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Showing 42 articles from May 4, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Confused, befuddled voters may be common Tuesday!
According to a review by an elections watchdog group, a whole lot of Franklin County residents will be scratching their heads in voting booths this coming Tuesday.
Based on changes created by redistricting, Democracy North Carolina configured a Voter Confusion Index that ranks Franklin County in the top 10 for voter uncertainty.

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New property tax valuation forms to show reductions
County staff began sending out new revaluation notices that should better reflect the county’s financial state.
In other words, most property owners should see values lower than the ones they got in February.
It was at that time that Assessment Solutions Inc. President Tim Cain told county commissioners and residents that it was sending out revaluation notices that reflected an overall 15 percent increase in county property values.

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JUST A TEST
JUST A TEST
Louisburg College student Victor Bright Jr., front, and about 71 other students took part in a graduation rehearsal Friday morning at the college. Commencement took place at 5 p.m. at the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center on campus. All told, 91 students were expected to receive their degrees from the two-year Methodist church affiliated college.

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Youngsville, county to talk about sale of water, sewer
Franklin County announced this week its intent to negotiate the purchase of Youngsville’s water and sewer system.
According to a joint press release issued on Friday afternoon, if both sides agree, the town would transfer all of its water and sewer utility service properties and assets to the Franklin County Public Utility Department by June 30.

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Commissioners to ponder job-retention incentives
Economic development staff will present commissioners with revisions to an incentive policy that better describes its intent.
The county’s incentive policy came under question in February when commissioners approved a $230,000 grant for K-Flex to expand its operation in the Youngsville area.

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Franklinton budget delayed by lack of tax re-val data
FRANKLINTON — Town officials have pushed back their final budget session because they need more time to get property values — a key factor in the town’s spending plan.
Staff had proposed hosting a final budget workshop on May 9 and calling a public hearing on the spending plan during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on May 15.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Miracle Leaguers Rodney and Aidan Medlin

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Postal
Editorial Cartoon: Postal

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One town finds a way to serve two purposes
It seems like every time we turn around lately, the town of Franklinton has been in the news.
And, it’s been largely good news.
The town certainly deserves some very positive accolades for its annual Arbor Day event held last weekend for making the event not only positive but two-fold.

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Garden statue idea deserves some consideration
Garden statue idea deserves some consideration
GOOD MORNING: As the editorial in this past Saturday’s WEEKEND edition of The Franklin Times pointed out, “Someday, there won’t be any of us around who will remember the man (Allen de Hart), dressed in his “gardening grubbies,” working tirelessly in the scorching sun or the frigid cold to make sure the (De Hart) gardens were just right so the public could enjoy them free of charge.

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Don’t be offended, but we’ve been sliced, diced
Don’t be offended, but we’ve been sliced, diced
It’s been a strange week — and one when it’s been easy to be offended.
The worst offense — unintended but true, it turns out — was committed by a guy named Bob Hall of a group called Democracy North Carolina.
He called this week about some information, and early in the conversation, said that Franklin County was one of the “worst” places in North Carolina.

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Proposed amendment: Carelessly narrow definition
Dear editor:
People really are confused about the proposed amendment one, which would add a carelessly narrow definition of marriage to North Carolina’s constitution.

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Enshrining discrimination
Dear editor:
I write today as an individual; the views I share are mine, as I am not speaking for any group or entity. I do, however, believe that they are shared by many others.

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Editorial Cartoon: Direction
Editorial Cartoon: Direction

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OBITUARIES

FAYE M. TANT
BUNN – Faye Mullen Tant, 74, died Tuesday evening, May 1, 2012. A graveside service was  held Friday, May 4, at Bunn Memorial Gardens.

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RONALD B. ANDERSON
LOUISBURG - Ronald Blake Anderson, 69, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Duke Raleigh Hospital.  The family received friends Friday night at the River Gold and Country Club.

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WILLIAM D. FORD
ZEBULON - William Dal Ford, 44, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel in Louisburg.

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LOUIS WOLOZIN
TIGNALL, Ga. - Graveside services for Louis Wolozin, 96, who died Sunday, April 29, 2012, were held Thursday, May 3, at Fishing Creek Baptist Church cemetery in Tignall, Ga., with the Rev. Roy Cates officiating.

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TERESA J. WALKER
YOUNGSVILLE —Teresa J. Walker, 53, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Arrangements by Richard Harris Funeral Home, Zebulon.

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JEAN M. BROWN
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Jean M. Brown, 87, who died Monday, 30 April 2012, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, 7 May 2012, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Raleigh. There will be a visitation at the church prior to the funeral service at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will follow the funeral service at Raleigh Memorial Cemetery. 

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SPORTS

A Will To Succeed
A Will To Succeed
BUNN -- William Lewis was so dominant this season that his highest round was a 76.
So when the final scores were tabulated, it was no surprise that Lewis was the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Golf Individual Champion for the 2012 campaign.
Lewis, a freshman at Bunn High School, wrapped up his regular season heroics with a 74 during action on Tuesday at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Louisburg.

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THE BEST FOR LAST
SWEEP TAG. Bunn Middle School third baseman Alli Davis (left) tries to tag out a Hawley runner during Wednesday’s championship game of the MAC Softball Tournament at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
THE BEST FOR LAST
FRANKLINTON -- Playing in important games is nothing new to the current group of Bunn Middle School softballers.
After all, several of the players on this year’s team won two state championships on the Dixie Youth level -- and the success continued to build from there.

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Dogs Have Big Day
ANOTHER RUN COMES HOME. Tyler Loyd (middle) crosses home plate for the Bunn Middle School Bulldogs during their victory over Hawley during Wednesday’s MAC Tournament Baseball Championship game, which was staged at the Franklinton Rec Park.
Dogs Have Big Day
FRANKLINTON -- A water cooler bath -- following a chase almost around the entire field -- was the perfect way to end a perfect season for Bunn Middle School baseball coach Robert Pendleton.
After going through the regular season without a league loss, Bunn emerged as the favorite for the Middle Athletic Conference Tournament.

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NCHSAA plans are finalized
NCHSAA plans are finalized
Franklin County’s three high schools couldn’t have asked for a better endgame to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s realignment plans for the 2013-17 calendar years.
All along, Franklinton and Bunn had hoped to remain on the Class 2-A level and be part of an All-2-A league along with several holdovers from the current Northern Carolina Conference.

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Red Rams At Regionals
Red Rams At Regionals
HAMPSTEAD -- Franklinton’s trip to the Class 2-A State Team Tennis Playoffs was a short one as the Red Rams suffered a first-round loss Tuesday at Hampstead.
FHS No. 1 Singles standout Harrison Vaughn was the Red Rams’ lone winner as they were defeated 8-1 at Topsail.

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County Sports Schedule Week of May 6-12
High School Baseball
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-A STATE PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND

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Aguilar remains hot for Carolina Mudcats
Aguilar remains hot for Carolina Mudcats
LYNCHBURG, VA. -- Jesus Aguilar launched a pair of home runs, and Mike Rayl tossed six scoreless innings as the Carolina Mudcats blanked the Lynchburg Hillcats 3-0 in front of 3,704 on Thursday afternoon at Calvin Falwell Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
Aguilar extended his hitting streak to five games with a 2-for-4 showing.

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PLEASE PARDON MY DUST
PLEASE PARDON MY DUST
Bunn Middle School’s Stephanie Williams scores a key run for the Lady Bulldogs during Wednesday’s MAC Softball Championship at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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Dixie Youth tourneys are slated
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Dates and sites have been finalized for this summer’s Dixie Youth District Baseball Tournaments.
The Coach-Pitch Tournament will begin June 22 at Bunn Elementary School.

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HAPPY TIMES
HAPPY TIMES
Teammates (l to r) Erica Davis and Alli Davis celebrate an out for the Bunn Middle School Lady Bulldogs during Wednesday’s victory over Hawley in the MAC Softball Tournament finale at Franklinton.

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Herring signs with LC
UP AND DOWN. Louisburg’s Devin Herring executes a chip shot during recent Northern Carolina Conference golf action. Herring has signed to join the links program at Louisburg College under Coach Charles Sloan.
Herring signs with LC
LOUISBURG -- As a veteran standout at Louisburg High School, Devin Herring knows plenty about the ins and outs of Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.
After all, Herring practices at Bull Creek just about every day in the spring as part of his training regimen at LHS.

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Links Legends at LC
CHIP SHOT. Louisburg College sophomore Seth Nagle works on his short game during a recent practice at Bull Creek GC.
Links Legends at LC
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College had become a staple participant at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Golf Tournament.
But an upstart Sandhills CC program stole LC’s Region X spotlight over the past two years -- and only one league team participant is able to qualify for the nationals.

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MAC-9 CROWN CHASERS
MAC-9 CROWN CHASERS
MAC BASEBALL CHAMPS. Members of the Bunn Middle School baseball squad celebrate after the Bulldogs won the MAC Tournament Championship on Wednesday with a victory over Hawley. The Bulldogs are shown with the regular season and tourney title trophies.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Candidates fight for Republican nomination in District 18: Chad Barefoot
Candidates fight for Republican nomination in District 18: Chad Barefoot
Name:  Chad Barefoot
Age:  28
Occupation:  Director of Business Development
Marital status: Married
Children: None

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Candidates fight for Republican nomination in District 18: Glen Bradley
Candidates fight for Republican nomination in District 18: Glen Bradley
Glen Bradley
Age: 38
Occupation: Computer, Network, Point Of Sale Field Service, NC State House Representative
Marital status: Single
Children: 0

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Third Republican Candidate fights for Senate District 18: Michael Scott Schriver
Third Republican Candidate fights for Senate District 18: Michael Scott Schriver
Name: Michael Scott Schriver            
Age: 41
Occupation: General Contractor and Farmer
Marital status: Married 18 years
Children: Scott and Ellie

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RESEARCHING ANCESTORS?
RESEARCHING ANCESTORS?
The Franklin County Library has announced that it is the beneficiary of a collaborative effort between the Franklin County Heritage Society and the Franklin County Library Board that has made Ancestry.Com Library Edition available on-site at the Central Library in Louisburg.  Ancestry.Com Library Edition is a vast resource of genealogical data about the people of the United States and their forebears.

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Pistol, drugs seized in raid
Sheriff’s deputies arrested one person and are looking for another suspect in a drug case.
Investigators executed search warrants on an apartment on West River Road and at a home in the 300 block of Honeysuckle Lane in the Youngsville area on April 27 after getting complaints of drug sales from the two locations.

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SAFE SPACE WINNERS
SAFE SPACE WINNERS
Jim Grove, board chair of Safe Space (left), presents Helen and Johnny Gilliam of Louisburg with the $1,000 grand prize from the recent Safe Space reverse raffle. The annual fund raiser, held at Louisburg United Methodist Church, raised more than $13,000 for the agency.  Guests purchased $100 tickets admitting two people.

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Two vie for Democratic nomination for House District 7: Angela Rebecca Bryant
Two vie for Democratic nomination for House District 7: Angela Rebecca Bryant
Name:  Angela Rebecca Bryant
Age: 60
Occupation: Attorney; Diversity and Organizational Consultant
Previous public service:  Rocky Mount City Council (one term); UNC System Board of Governors (4 yrs.); NC Administrative Law Judge - 10 years  (NC Industrial Commission and Office of Administrative Hearings)

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Two vie for Democratic nomination for House District 7: William Duke Hancock II
Two vie for Democratic nomination for House District 7: William Duke Hancock II
Name: William Duke Hancock II
Age: 53
Occupation: Retired USMC aviator, currently CAP STAFF for persons with  disabilities
Marital status: Divorced
Children: 2 sons

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LET THERE BE LIGHT
LET THERE BE LIGHT
County maintenance worker Brian Leonard, on ladder, was among a crew of workers either checking emergency batteries or installing new emergency lights at the county’s Courthouse Annex. A recent power outage revealed that the emergency devices were not working. Crews made the repairs on Wednesday.

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