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Showing 40 articles from May 8, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Voter turnout seems higher than expected
JUST CHECKING. Adam Hagen, left, checks his ballot before putting it in to be counted.
Voter turnout seems higher than expected
Contested races and, primarily, a marriage amendment, had voting stops hopping on Tuesday.
“We’ve had a steady line of voters,” said Susan Moss, precinct judge at West Youngsville No. 2’s site at Faith Baptist Church.
They had more than 130 people cast a ballot before 9 a.m.

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New tax valuation notices mailed; no one seems happy
If all goes well, all of Franklin County’s property owners will have received new revaluation notices by the middle of next week.
That’ what Tax Administrator Jimmy Tanner told commissioners and residents during a meeting Monday night.

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Crackdown on speeders launched
Sgt. Matthew Tharrington and Dep. Jonathan Wells
Crackdown on speeders launched
As the school year winds down, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies want students to focus on more than end-of-year testing.
Failing to heed the speed limit, deputies say, can lead to serious injury or death.
To prevent those outcomes, members of the office’s Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (SCOPE) team have begun cracking down on speeders in school zones at the county’s three high schools.

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Youngsville utility sale talks secret for a year
Franklin County commissioners gave staff the approval to continue discussions with Youngsville and bring back a formal proposal to buy its utility system.
Late last week, County Manager Angela Harris and Youngsville Mayor Sam Hardwick announced that they had been discussing a plan for the county to buy the system for a year or more.

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SOME DAYS YOU WIN, SOME DAYS YOU BITE THE DUST!
SOME DAYS YOU WIN, SOME DAYS YOU BITE THE DUST!
Louisburg College third baseman Zach Houchins (right) pumps his fist after tagging Pitt CC’s Joseph Pridmore to thwart a triple attempt during last Saturday’s action at the Region X Baseball Tournament in Burlington. LC lost this game but won the next two to remain alive in the double-elimination format.

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County officials say they get a ‘bang’ for incentive bucks
County Economic Development Director Ronnie Goswick said the county is getting bang for its bucks.
Goswick and staff presented commissioners with an update on its incentive policy on Monday night.
According to staff, the county has promised five companies just under $1.2 million in incentives to create 148 jobs.
Those companies, in turn, have created 173 jobs.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Reo Perry

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Plastics
Editorial Cartoon: Plastics

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Mother Nature flops down as do re-valuations
Mother Nature flops down as do re-valuations
GOOD MORNING: While this week got off to a cool start Monday, temperatures rebounded to around 80 Tuesday and, at the time of this writing,  it looked like we may see a thunderstorm or two by midweek.
That was a real flop-down we got during the night Saturday, however. I was awakened by the sound of thunder and then the rains came, and boy did they evermore come. I could hardly believe my eyes when I checked my little rain gauge Sunday morning to discover 2.5 inches had fallen.

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Youngsville treading very slippery slope if it sells utilities to county
Residents of Youngsville should be erecting yellow caution flags all around that community — and especially, ringing town hall.
Leaders of the town are starting down a very slippery slope with nothing less than the future of the town at stake — and if history teaches us anything, the downside potential of this journey is significant.

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Election day brings hope for better days to come
Election day brings hope for better days to come
I woke up Tuesday morning with a bit of a buzz.
And that’s saying something considering I only had about five hours of sleep.
But it was a reminder that this business that I’m in hasn’t knocked all of the cynicism out of me.
That’s because that buzz I woke up with comes around every election day.
There’s just something that still gets into me on an election day.

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An exercise in incompetence
Dear editor:
The word that comes to mind with all of this is “incompetent.”
This has now been reduced to throw it at the wall and see what sticks. If this is an indication of how local government functions in Franklin County, it is a symptom of a much greater problem.

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Editorial Cartoon: Drug Test
Editorial Cartoon: Drug Test

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OBITUARIES

ANTHONY B. “AMP” WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Anthony B. “Amp” Williams, 58, who died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at First Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Claude Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery.

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HERMAN W. “DOC” WILKINS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Herman W. “Doc” Wilkins, 86, who died Thursday, May 3, 2012, will be held at noon on Thursday, May 10, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hosie T. Starr III officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MERLE T. HOOD
ZEBULON - Sterling Merle Tippett Hood, 81, died at her home on Monday, May 7, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, with Pastor Bob Borland officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 - 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon, at 3 p.m., with Pastor Claude Wilson-Stayton officiating.

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MARVIN J. WOODCOCK
FRANKLINTON —Marvin Woodcock, 73, died Sunday, May 6, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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HAZEL O. WILSON
FUQUAY-VARINA—Hazel Oliver Wilson of Oak Hill Living Center died Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Wake Medical Center. Services will be held at Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

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BETTY B. PERRY
ZEBULON - Betty Brantley Perry, 85, died Sunday, May 6, 2012. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at the Brantley Cemetery, Middlesex.

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MARY B. LEONARD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Deaconess Mary Maxine Brown Leonard, 84, who died Sunday, May 6, 2012, will be held Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at New Hope Freedom & Deliverance in Louisburg, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating.

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STACY A. FINCH
December 25, 1942 – May 6, 2012
RALEIGH – Stacy A. Finch, 69, of Raleigh, went home to be with the Lord Jesus on May 6, 2012.

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SPORTS

CROWN COLLECTION
HIGH JUMP QUEEN. Louisburg High School freshman Vanisha Wilshire won the Girls High Jump at last Saturday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane.
CROWN COLLECTION
MEBANE -- One of the state’s toughest regions proved to be putty in the hands of Franklin County’s precocious, young track and field standouts.
The county freshman girls -- Bunn’s Mookie Chavis and Tainasha Vines and Louisburg’s Vanisha Wilshire -- took home individual titles at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships, which were held last Saturday at Eastern Alamance High School.

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LC Claws Back At Tourney
GOTCHA. Louisburg College catcher Chris Robinson (left) tags out Pitt Community College’s Wes Sowers at home plate during last Saturday’s first-round action of the Region X Baseball Tournament, which is being held at Burlington Athletic Stadium
LC Claws Back At Tourney
BURLINGTON -- After a stunning opening-round loss, the Louisburg College Hurricanes went into Survivor Burlington mode at the Region X Baseball Tournament.
From there, the message was simple -- keep winning immunity challenges, or risk being booted off the island.

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Franklin freshmen dominate
Franklin freshmen dominate
Talk to any Franklin County track and field coach, and the word ‘freshman’ usually comes up quickly in the conversation.
And for good reason.
Most ninth-graders, regardless of their sport, usually need time to adjust to the higher competition level of high school athletics.

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Lewis takes the region
REGION CHAMP. Bunn’s William Lewis, a freshman, was the medalist at Monday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Golf Tournament at Chapel Hill Country Club. Lewis will participate in the state meet next week at Longleaf CC. (Photo Submitted)
Lewis takes the region
CHAPEL HILL -- William Lewis had been shooting in the low-to-mid 70s the entire season for the Bunn High School golf squad.
But could he maintain that lofty status in the most important event of the campaign to date?
After all, Lewis is only a freshman. But after a slow start, he didn’t seem fazed by the grand stage of the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Championships on Monday at the Chapel Hill Country Club.

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Rams In Playoffs
GAME ACTION. Franklinton’s Aaron Cooke was the winning pitcher during the Red Rams’ play-in victory over Warren County on Monday at Louisburg High School’s Warrior Field.
Rams In Playoffs
LOUISBURG -- Franklinton’s mission was simple heading into Monday’s tie-breaker baseball matchup against Warren County.
If FHS was the winner, the Red Rams would earn a spot in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
And if Franklinton lost, its season would be over.

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CLASS 2-A GIRLS STATE SOCCER PLAYOFF GAMES
CLASS 2-A GIRLS STATE SOCCER PLAYOFF GAMES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the pairings for the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs. First-round matches were scheduled for either Tuesday or today.

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SPORTSMANSHIP WINNERS
SPORTSMANSHIP WINNERS
A JOB WELL DONE FOR TEAM PALERMO. Team Palermo was selected as the 2012 Sportsmanship Champions at the recent Fair Play Tournament for the Youngsville Area Kids Soccer League. Palermo was not called for a foul during the entire tourney. The squad played three grueling matches in one day but never lost hope, thanks in part to the expert tutelage of Head Coach Denise Miller.

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Mudcats split games with Keys
Mudcats split games with Keys
ZEBULON -- A long day of baseball came to an end when Carolina’s Carlos Moncrief raced home to score on a wild pitch in the 10th inning of the second game of a Class A Carolina League doubleheader at Five County Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Carolina Mudcats (15-14) came away with 3-2 win against the Frederick Keys (10-17) to finish off 17 innings of play in front of 3,888.

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REGIONAL TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
REGIONAL TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
MEBANE -- Here are the Top-10 Team Finishers and Top-Two Individual Finishers in each event from the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet, which was held last Saturday at Eastern Alamance High School:

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CALVIN IN THE CLEAR
CALVIN IN THE CLEAR
Bunn’s Calvin Brodie clears this height in the Boys High Jump at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships last Saturday.

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COOK’S QUARTERS
COOK’S QUARTERS
Franklinton’s Canitria Cook competes in the Girls Discus during action last Saturday at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships in Mebane.

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LIFESTYLES

Church program focuses on history, symbols of Easter
Church program focuses on history, symbols of Easter
Easter Season has not ended, by any means. Pentecost Sunday occurs on May 27 this year, and we are to continue celebrating the death, resurrection, and the belief that Christ sent His Holy Spirit down to be with  us on a permanent basis.
It is such a comforting assurance to know that we are not alone as we go about the everyday steps of our lives.

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Summertime fun! Simple ways to keep children safe
Summertime fun! Simple ways to keep children safe
Summer break will be here before we know it for youth attending school. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that every year, one in four kids ages 14 and younger will sustain an injury that requires medical attention.
Forty percent of all injury-related emergency room visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths happen between May and August (summer months).

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Local student wins award from Modern Woodmen
Tara E. Williams has been awarded a $500 educational award in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America.
Modern Woodmen, a fraternal benefit society offering financial services, has local representatives and is based in Rock Island, Ill.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County employees picnic -- and play!
County employees picnic -- and play!
FUN TIMES. Capt. William Mitchell and Sgt. Matthew Tharrington with the  Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (SCOPE) team play cornhole on a board set up at the county’s picnic for employees on May 3 at Joyner Park in Louisburg. The event is the conclusion of the county’s celebration of National County Government Month, which was in April. The time is used to highlight county government programs and services to the public.

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Students take on Great American Clean-up,  remove litter from two-mile stretch of road
Students take on Great American Clean-up, remove litter from two-mile stretch of road
It was a damp, cool day, but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of 76 Honor Society students from Louisburg High School.
The students and their advisors showed up April 18 at the Farmer’s Market parking lot ready and anxious to do their part for the Great American Clean-up activity sponsored by Keep Franklin County Beautiful and the Franklin County Solid Waste Task Force.

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Don’t drink, drive, or boat
RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol along with the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division are combing efforts in saving lives this summer.
Whether on the road or on the water, law enforcement officers across the state will be on the look out for impaired drivers by conducting DWI checkpoints near recreational boating areas as well as public service announcements that  educate motorists on the dangers of drinking and driving.

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More charges against home invasion suspects
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies have taken out more charges on two suspects in a home-invasion shooting.
Brandon Terrell High, 27, of Wake Forest, and Joseph Hicks Jr., 21, of Louisburg, were charged May 2 with conspiracy to commit a robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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United Way launches program to bolster human services
United Way launches program to bolster human services
The United Way of Franklin County has started a three-year pilot program to ensure key community agency programs in human services are funded and that those programs continue to thrive.
The pilot program opens up opportunities for the agencies to share ideas, prioritize needs and help each other operate, UWFC Chairman Dale Byrns said.

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