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Showing 36 articles from April 3, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Solar gets cloudy reception
Again, commissioners were not ready to approve a process by which solar farms can be approved.
But they were clear about one thing — they want to have a significant say in what winds up in Franklin County.
Because of that, the board decided to delay, again, any action on a text amendment that would define the process by which solar farms are considered and approved or denied.

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Cedric Jones joins county commission
Cedric Jones joins county commission
Franklin Commissioners rounded out the board Monday night when they appointed the county’s former long-time Cooperative Extension Service director to the county’s governing board.
By unanimous decision, Cedric Jones was tabbed to fill the District 2 Commission seat vacated by Penny McGhee.
District Court Judge John Davis swore Jones in Monday night.

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Egg-xactly!
Egg-xactly!
The Easter Bunny visited Franklin County last weekend — and got a high five from Ray Evans at the Youngsville Library.

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Incentive plan okayed
Incentive plan okayed
Franklin County Commissioners agreed to use a business incentive policy to entice a company to move over the county line.
By unanimous decision, the board agreed to provide Custom Dynamics with a $29,100 incentive over four years if the company meets investment benchmarks by bringing their motorcycle accessory business to the Youngsville area.

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High-speed chase called off but suspect quickly nabbed
High-speed chase called off but suspect quickly nabbed
FRANKLINTON — A Raleigh man eluded police during a two-county, high-speed chase — but detective work led to an arrest the following day.
Franklinton authorities charged Robert McPherson Bailey with felony eluding arrest, reckless driving to endanger and driving while license revoked.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Brittny Morris and Brooklyn King

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Newt
Editorial Cartoon: Newt

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Proposed sign law changes create interesting questions
A proposal headed toward a possible vote by our beleaguered Franklin County commissioners later this month raises several troubling questions.
First, and the most obvious question, is whether we Franklin Countians really need to allow signs in the county three times the size that are permitted now?

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Sneezing echoes as April brings flowers, pollen
Sneezing echoes as April brings flowers, pollen
GOOD MORNING: Well whatdoyaknow? It’s April already, flowers are blooming, trees are leafing out and just about everyone (me included) is sneezing their head off and suffering from runny noses as a result of the pollen. Spring has sprung, big time.
In fact, it’s been springing for the past several weeks. And right offhand, I can’t recall the last time we experienced such a mild winter as we’ve just gone through.

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Chapel Hill’s cell phone ban is a great first step
Chapel Hill’s cell phone ban is a great first step
As a life long Duke fan, I’ve had a begrudging respect for Chapel Hill.
It’s a nice enough town, but their fondness for that lighter shade of Blue has always given me a bit of heartburn.
I tended to overlook that, though, whenever I was in the town for social reasons.
Now, though, it may become one of my favorite places, ever.

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Editorial Cartoon: Easter Bunny
Editorial Cartoon: Easter Bunny

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OBITUARIES

TIMOTHY H. CLIFTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Timothy H. Clifton, 39, who died Monday, March 26, 2012, will be held at Noon on Thursday, April 5, at the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Linda Richardson-Jerrod officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Delight cemetery in Louisburg.

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VIRGINIA H. COOKE
WENDELL - Virginia Hunter Cooke, 95, died Friday, March 30, 2012. Funeral services were held Monday, April 2, at Baptist Tabernacle Church. Burial was in Corinth Baptist Church cemetery.

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SYLVIA DIANE JOHNSON
YOUNGSVILLE —Sylvia Diane Johnson, 60, died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Private services will be held at a later date.

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SPORTS

Rams On A Roll
WISH GRANT-ED. Franklinton’s Grant Poupard returns a shot as part of his team’s home boys tennis match on Monday against league foe Bunn.
Rams On A Roll
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton continued its winning ways in Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis action on Monday with an 8-1 home victory against the Bunn Wildcats.
It was FHS’ second victory of the season over Bunn. The Red Rams, coached by Nathan Moreschi, improved to 12-1 overall and 9-1 in the NCC, which is good enough for a tie for first place with Roanoke Rapids.

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ONE IN THE SEVENTH
LOOSE BALL. Louisburg’s Cooper Bolton is safe at third base as Franklinton’s Tyrin Hicks reaches for the ball during last Friday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference baseball showdown at LHS’ Warrior Field.
ONE IN THE SEVENTH
LOUISBURG -- Don’t be fooled by Franklinton’s one-win baseball season to date.
The Red Rams have plenty of talent, but not much luck, as all but one of their losses were of the close variety.
Another nail-biter that didn’t go FHS’ way happened last Friday as host Louisburg pulled out a 4-3 decision over the Red Rams in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown at Warrior Field.

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A Threat Thwarted
IT’S GOING TO BE CLOSE. Louisburg’s Taylor Broughton (right) beats a throw home during last Friday’s home victory against the Franklinton Rams.
A Threat Thwarted
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg built what appeared to be an insurmountable cushion during its Northern Carolina Conference softball showdown last Friday against backyard rival Franklinton.
But the Lady Warriors watched Franklinton storm back, only to fall short to Louisburg by a 13-7 margin in a key NCC event on the LHS campus.

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Coaching changes for FHS
Coaching changes for FHS
Clark Harrell arrived in Franklinton four seasons ago with the chore of building up a football program that had struggled for the better part of the previous decade.
A coaching endeavor is considered a success if the skipper leaves the program in better shape than it was when he first came to town.

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LC So Close To A Split
LAYING IT DOWN. Louisburg College’s Angelica Fontana attempts a sacrifice bunt during last Saturday afternoon’s fast-pitch doubleheader against Region X foe Aiken Tech at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.
LC So Close To A Split
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College achieved at least one softball goal last weekend, as a six-game winning streak was put to rest with a twinbill-opening victory last Saturday against Region X foe Aiken Tech.
But the rest of the four-game series went the Lady Knights’ way as LC was unable to gain a split in the nightcap.

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Hurricanes win series at USC-Lancaster
Hurricanes win series at USC-Lancaster
LANCASTER, S.C. -- Louisburg College went three up and just one down as part of a Region X baseball series last weekend at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster.
The Hurricanes, ranked second nationally, got off to a strong start last Saturday following a lengthy rain delay.

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ROUNDING INTO FORM
ROUNDING INTO FORM
Franklinton’s Justin Wolz returns a forehand as part of the Red Rams’ home tennis contest Monday afternoon against conference foe Bunn.

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BIG SWING
BIG SWING
Franklinton’s Daquan Neal sends an offering to the outfield for the Red Rams during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference baseball event against the host Louisburg Warriors.

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Avent wins 800th career game
Avent wins 800th career game
RALEIGH -- No. 9 North Carolina State University certainly had to work for head coach Elliott Avent’s 800th career victory, prevailing 7-6 over Virginia with a wild walk-off finish after two Wolfpack comebacks to win the series Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Avent is a native of Aventon who graduated from Northern Nash High School.

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Joyner sparkles for ECU Pirates
Joyner sparkles for ECU Pirates
GREENVILLE -- Junior Tyler Joyner tossed his first career complete game, striking out a career-best eight batters en route to No. 30 East Carolina University’s (18-8, 3-2 C-USA) 12-2 win over UAB (17-11, 2-3) last Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium in Conference USA baseball action.
Joyner is a lefty from Nash County who prepped at Northern Nash High School.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 DIGGIN DIVAS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 DIGGIN DIVAS
(Back, l to r) Coach Angela McGuire; (middle, l to r) Hailey Tuck, Jessica Sosa-Lopez, Jennifer Kagarise and Shania Walters; (front, l to r) Casey Salter, Michelle Sosa-Lopez and Savannah Tuck.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 SUPERSTARS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 SUPERSTARS
(Back, l to r) Coach Jamie Whitley, Madison Sherman, Taylor Whitley, Maggie Powell and Coach Crystal Powell; (front, l to r) Skylar Odd, Chandler Parrish, Heather Ferguson and Maddox Harding. Not pictured are Coaches Matt Whitley and Liinwood Powell.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 BLOCKER ROCKERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 BLOCKER ROCKERS
(Back, l to r) Coach Willie Hamlin, Gabrielle Valentine, Dana Potter, Diana Potter, Claire Wilkins and Coach Jennifer Hamlin; (front, l to r) Austan Hamlin, Carleigh Eaves, Marlee Sikes and Taylor Leonard.

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LOUISBURG REC DEPT. T-BALL HIGHLIGHTS, pics 1
LOUISBURG REC DEPT. T-BALL HIGHLIGHTS, pics 1
LOUISBURG REC DEPARTMENT OPENING DAY. A good time was had by all last Saturday as the Louisburg Recreation Department celebrated Opening Day for its T-Ball, Baseball and Softball seasons. Rain wasn’t about to dampen the spirits of the youngsters, who were excited to get on to the field for the first time this spring. Among the games was a T-Ball contest between the Bulls and the Lugnuts. Participants in this matchup included (above) Ben Hoyle of the Bulls.

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LOUISBURG REC DEPT. T-BALL HIGHLIGHTS, pics 2
LOUISBURG REC DEPT. T-BALL HIGHLIGHTS, pics 2
LOUISBURG REC DEPARTMENT OPENING DAY. A good time was had by all last Saturday as the Louisburg Recreation Department celebrated Opening Day for its T-Ball, Baseball and Softball seasons. Rain wasn’t about to dampen the spirits of the youngsters, who were excited to get on to the field for the first time this spring. Among the games was a T-Ball contest between the Bulls and the Lugnuts. Participants in this matchup included (above) Lalea Harrah of the Bulls.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Checkpoint nets dozens
YOUNGSVILLE — Multiple agencies combined late last week to make roads safer.
As a result, officers in Youngsville and Franklinton and sheriff’s deputies issued nearly 30 citations during a DWI checkpoint on Friday night.
The checkpoint was a Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) effort to keep drunken drivers off the road.

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Sheriff’s office to police animal control
With official action Monday night, the county’s sheriff’s office went to the dogs — and cats.
When former Animal Control Director Graham Stallings decided to step down at the end of March, County Manager Angela Harris went to work to develop a transition plan.
The result was consolidating Animal Control under the umbrella of the sheriff’s office.

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Miracles Can Happen, pics 1
Miracles Can Happen, pics 1
Amanda Brame and John Richardson

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Miracles Can Happen, pics 2
Miracles Can Happen, pics 2
Laci Wade

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Miracles Can Happen, pics 3
Miracles Can Happen, pics 3
Justin Smith and Brittany Williams

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Another suspect arrested in Franklin County break-in spree
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies recovered property in a business break-in, linking another suspect to a burglary spree that netted more than $100,000 in stolen goods.
Markie Devon Jones, 35, was charged with nearly a dozen counts of breaking and entering and larceny after investigators linked him to a break-in reported at K.B. Bunn and Sons in January.

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Franklin County utilities staff clean up Monday morning sewage spill
More than 14,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into a Cedar Creek tributary.
According to county Public Utilities staff, the wastewater came from a sewer manhole about 100 yards south of Cleghorn Drive along U.S. 1 near Youngsville.
The spill was found at about 9:15 a.m.

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