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Showing 43 articles from April 17, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Split vote triples size of allowable county signs
Franklin County commissioners took a vote Monday night that its supporters say shows its commitment to business.
By a 5-2 vote, the board agreed to increase the allowable size and height for ground signs allowed in the neighborhood business and rural business zoning districts.

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Ground-breaking looms on hospital’s geriatric psych unit
The Louisburg Town Council received a “state of the hospital” update Monday night -- and got a dose of good news in the process.
Franklin Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jody Morris revealed that work could begin in as soon as two weeks on a new Geriatric Psychology addition to the hospital.

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COOLER HEADS
COOLER HEADS
Justin Hill uses his expertise to prepare a snow cone for a waiting customer at the Youngsville Family Fun Day held Saturday at Hillridge Farms in Youngsville. The event was designed to raise funds, but also give residents, and particularly children, a chance to see fire and rescue equipment and get a hands-on experience. They also got to interact with Smoky Bear.

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Youngsville faces cash flow woes
Youngsville faces cash flow woes
YOUNGSVILLE — Shortly after the town hired accountant Bill Tatum as its interim administrator, he warned the town that prior financial habits put the town at risk of running into a cash flow this spring.
On Thursday night, Tatum delivered that message again through his financial report.
And this time, he had some backup.

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Cotton Mill project clears permit hurdle
FRANKLINTON — The town’s planning board on Monday night recommended issuing a special-use permit to a company that plans on restoring an old cotton mill and bringing jobs to the community.
The matter was expected to get favorable consideration from town commissioners on Tuesday.
If that were the case, Inter Technologies could begin work to create 15 jobs initially and build to as many as 200 jobs over the next 10 years.

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Deputy fired in sex case
Deputies arrested one man on rape charges Monday morning while the case against another was continued until later this spring.
Mario Arana Jr., 20, was charged April 16 with second degree rape as investigators allege he sexually assaulted an autistic girl.

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Authorities probe wayward gunfire
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects accused of firing shots into a Zebulon neighborhood.
By the weekend, the list of apparent victims grew by one.
No injuries have been reported.

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Run in Bunn for fun — and to create a park!
Run in Bunn for fun — and to create a park!
BUNN — Dr. Cletus Simpson is preparing for a marathon effort.
But if plans for a Bunn park turn into a sprint, that’s fine, too.
Organizers will host the Bunn Fun Run for the second year on April 21, hoping that proceeds and interest in recreation will lead to a public park in the town of Bunn.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Cedar Creek student Tyreese Williams

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Mitt
Editorial Cartoon: Mitt

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Ducking controversial tax issue simply wrong
The question of the week in Franklin County is not whether you’ve gotten your taxes filed but rather whether you’ve heard from your appeal.
The appeal, of course, refers to the massive number of appeals that have been filed — many of which are apparently backlogged — regarding the county’s recent re-valuation of property.

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No solar panels, big signs at these markets
No solar panels, big signs at these markets
GOOD MORNING: In a letter to the editor in our weekend edition, Joyce Neff asked some pointed questions in regards to Martha Mobley’s April 7th column “Franklin producers set pace in statewide local food effort”after noting that she “drives out of the county once or twice a month to get fresh produce.”

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Building program a benefit
Building program a benefit
On Monday night, Franklin County Commissioners and the Louisburg Town Council  each made commitments to support a program that can help folks down on their luck build a better foundation.
And the best part is that if the program is successful, those in search of affordable housing would benefit.

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OBITUARIES

BARBARA JEAN BUMGARNER
May 24, 1938 – April 15, 2012
LOUISBURG – Barbara Jean Bumgarner, 73, died Sunday, April 15, 2012. She was born May 24, 1938 to Roy and Lois Faulkner Bumgarner of Louisburg, NC.

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SUSAN A. ETHERIDGE
ZEBULON - Susan Annette Etheridge, 54,  died  Saturday, April 7, 2012 at her home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at Union View Baptist Church, with Charles Etheridge officiating.

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GERRY CORMIER
WENDELL - Gerry “Moon Pie” Cormier, 54, died Sunday, April 15, 2012. Visitation will be 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Strickland Funeral, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell, with a gathering at  8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.He was the owner of Triangle Driving School. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Gerald Cormier, and a brother, Charlie.

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MAMIE J. BAILES
SPRING HOPE - Mamie Jones Bailes, 91, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Hospice of Wake County in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the chapel of Spring Hope Funeral Home, 7881 Webbs Mill Road, with the Rev. Brian Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Spring Hope.

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DAPHNE L. CLARK
ZEBULON - Daphne Lewis Clark, 87, died Thursday, April 12, 2012. A graveside service was held Saturday, April 14, at Zebulon Cemetery.

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ALVIS SILVER
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Alvis “Ray Billy” Silver, 79, who died Saturday, April 21, 2012 will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Ernest Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Church cemetery.

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ANGELA WATERS
FRANKLINTON—Funeral services for Angela “Queen Ann” Waters, 40, who died Monday, April 9, 2012, were held Saturday, April 14, at Franklinton Elementary School, with the Rev. Charles Murrill Sr. officiating. Burial followed in the Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.

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AILEEN R. SMITH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Aileen Robinson Smith, 71, who died Thursday, April 12, 2012, were held Tuesday, April 17, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial followed in the Roberson-Robinson family cemetery.

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JOHN D. RODWELL
FRANKLINTON —Memorial services for John Davis Rodwell, who died Sunday, April 15, 2012, will be held Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at New Birth Christian Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. William H. Garner officiating.

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VICKY THOMPSON STALLINGS
HAMPSTEAD, NC - Vicky Thompson Stallings went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

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SPORTS

Quest For Third
SHOW OF SPEED. (L to R) North Johnston’s Samantha Richardson and Bunn’s Patricia Bell race for possession during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer event on the BHS campus.
Quest For Third
BUNN -- Bunn may have been the last ones to the dance, but the Ladycats were still swinging at the end of Monday’s crucial Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer contest versus North Johnston.
BHS started slowly, thanks in part to being off last week due to Spring Break.
The Lady Panthers, with third place in the NCC at stake, were more than happy to take advantage, staking to a two-goal cushion early on.

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CANES SHOUT ‘FOUR’
THAT’S A WRAP. Louisburg College reliever Alex Lopez (right) is congratulated by starter and winner Tim Brechbuehler after finishing off game one of last Saturday’s sweep over Region X rival USC-Salkehatchie.
CANES SHOUT ‘FOUR’
LOUISBURG -- Coaches often wonder if their club is peaking at the right time -- especially when that team gets off to a 27-0 start.
Certainly, Louisburg College first-year head coach Mike McGuire enjoyed the Hurricanes’ impressive beginning, which included a No. 1 ranking in the nation.

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Sweep of Stingers
NOT GONNA GET ME. Louisburg College’s Lauren Saller slides safely into third base during the Lady Hurricanes’ twinbill sweep last Saturday afternoon against Region X rival Florence-Darlington Tech.
Sweep of Stingers
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College Lady Hurricane softball team earned a key Region X four-game sweep over Florence-Darlington Technical College last weekend at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.
LC swept doubleheaders over the Stingers on both Friday and Saturday.
With the four conference wins, the Canes improved to 23-12 overall, 13-11 in Region X play.

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LC coach hits road in a hurry
LC coach hits road in a hurry
Andy Stokes has been known to be relentless with his recruiting practices, but Monday’s heroics may have been the most glorious of his three-year career as the Louisburg College women’s soccer coach.
Stokes has already gained a reputation as a spirited recruiter who values the importance of initial introduction -- and staying with that relationship over time.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE ACTION
MIRACLE LEAGUE ACTION
A GREAT DAY ON THE DIAMOND. The Miracle League of Franklin County held another tremendous day of activities on April 7 at the Louisburg High School Softball Field. Among the participants were (top to bottom) Taylor Smith, aided by his father, Malcolm Smith.

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Wildcats take the fourth
Wildcats take the fourth
TARBORO -- Bunn finished in fourth place overall at the Tarboro Easter Classic Baseball Tournament following a 7-0 consolation-game loss to Winslow Township (New Jersey) last Thursday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
Jefferson Forest, the team that defeated BHS in the semifinals, won the championship with a narrow victory against host Tarboro.

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Mudcats dethroned vs. Dash
Mudcats dethroned vs. Dash
WINSTON-SALEM -- The Winston-Salem Dash recovered from losing an early three-run lead to beat the Carolina Mudcats 6-5 in front of 3,682 on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
The win pulls Winston-Salem (5-4) into a first place tie with Carolina (5-4) in the Carolina League’s Southern Division.

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Local anglers shine at R. Rapids event
REELING THEM IN. Among the standouts from action at the latest NC B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Tournament at Roanoke Rapids Lake were (left to right) Jay Wright and Ricky Ballance.
Local anglers shine at R. Rapids event
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- On a cool, windy day on Roanoke Rapids Lake on April 6, area anglers were bringing big bags of  bass to the scales again.
Twenty-five anglers from the NC B.A.S.S.  Federation Nation brought in over 303 pounds of bass.
When all of the scales had settled, Castalia’s Cory Leonard and Roanoke Rapids’ Cory Byrum took with win with 5 bass weighing 21.33 lbs.

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Bunn hosts tryouts for summer squad
Bunn hosts tryouts for summer squad
BUNN -- Any 12-13 year-old-boy interested in joining the Bunn Prep Babe Ruth Baseball Team should attend tryouts this coming weekend at Bunn High School.
Times will be Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon and Sunday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Attendance both days is mandatory.

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A KEY TIME FOR THE WARRIORS
A KEY TIME FOR THE WARRIORS
STRETCH RUN FOR LHS.  Senior veteran Dusty Ayscue and the Louisburg Warriors are in the mix for the top spot in the Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings. Louisburg hosted Northwest Halifax on Tuesday and will return to the diamond Friday evening with a home meeting with the Warren County Eagles. Ayscue has signed to continue his career at Wingate University.

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OUTNUMBERED
OUTNUMBERED
Louisburg College’s Lauren Saller (sliding) tries to get away from a pair of Florence-Darlington Tech infielders during last Saturday’s softball twinbill.

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LIFESTYLES

My 50 years of American blessings
My 50 years of American blessings
How wonderful it has been to have an adopted country like this country for as long as I have.
This past Sunday, April 15, was the anniversary of my 50 years in the United States. What a blessing it has been to have had so many amazing experiences full of so many valuable feelings.

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Engaged
Engaged
John and Vickie May of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda May, to Matt Maynard. The groom-elect is the son of Mike and Cindi Maynard of Greensboro. A Summer 2012 wedding has been planned.

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Moulin Rouge theme slated for fund raiser by Youngsville club
The Youngsville Woman’s Club is planning its fourth annual May Fare fundraiser event to be held at the CenturyLink Dining Hall on U.S. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 11.
This year, experience an “Evening at the Moulin Rouge,” including a French Cuisine dinner specially prepared by Cannon’s Caterers.

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Engaged
Engaged
Marianne and Dave Bright of Albemarle and Gary and Donna Cunard of Louisburg, NC, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Katherine Casey (Katie) Cunard of Charlotte, to Boyce Webster Adams of Wingate, NC.
The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Comerford Sr. of Cleveland, and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Russell Cunard of Flushing, Ohio.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

From humble start, a decade of service develops
From humble start, a decade of service develops
What started out as a huge community yard sale in 1997 to support Safe Space, Franklin County’s local domestic violence prevention program, turned into a full-fledged business.
The Safe Space Variety Store recently celebrated its 10th year in business in downtown Louisburg.
“The success of the Variety Store,” according to Store Manager Sharon McCarty, “has always been and continues to be because of the outpouring of generous support from our local community.”

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Bureau of Investigation earns reaccreditation
Raleigh — The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has received its fifth reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  
SBI Director Greg McLeod and representatives from the agency appeared before the Commission for review and reaccreditation proceedings on March 24.

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Youngsville food and fun day
Youngsville food and fun day
ALL IN FUN. Jake Goldsmith gets a look at the controls of a UNC Hospitals helicopter on display at the Youngsville Family Fun Day at Hill Ridge Farms on Saturday afternoon.

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With help of six-year-old, police arrest teens in “game”of vandalism
Franklinton’s officers have been busy.
A chase and arrest on April 11 was the department’s second in two days.
Just before 2 a.m., Officer A.J. Bishop was sitting in the Dollar General parking lot when a red Honda Accord sped through the lot.

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Terry graduates
Army Reserve Pvt. Alex T. Terry has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During nine weeks of training, Terry studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship,

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