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Showing 31 articles from May 11, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Breaking News! Fastfood restaurant robbed
Franklinton police are looking for a man who robbed a fastfood restaurant at gunpoint.
According to a release by Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr., either a white or Hispanic man entered the Hardee’s restaurant just before 6 a.m. on Friday and ordered something to drink.

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Youngsville forging ahead with proposed sale of town utilities
YOUNGSVILLE — In its first official action, town commissioners unanimously approved moving forward with selling the town’s water and sewer utilities to the county.
Mayor Sam Hardwick said he had been working offline with County Manager Angela Harris for a year, working out a plan for the town to transfer all of its water and sewer assets to the county.

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Dwindling financial support puts local club for kids in difficult spot
STUDY TIME. Sedalia Seda, second from right, helps Boys and Girls Club members, from left to right, Victor Davis, Salvador Gomez and Damon Miller study.
Dwindling financial support puts local club for kids in difficult spot
Anyone who’s been on a swing knows a push makes the experience better.
But if more local donors don’t step up to support the Boys and Girls Club, swings at the Louisburg site could go motionless.
If financial support continues to dwindle, said the club’s chief executive officer, Jerome Levisy, then they will face some tough decisions about staffing, program hours and accepting new memberships.

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Park pickin’ efforts begin with site tours
Park pickin’ efforts begin with site tours
Franklin County’s parks and recreation advisory board members got their first look at some properties that could wind up being the county’s new park.
Since March, the group has been soliciting sites to fulfill Edgar Owens’ dying request that the county find land for a park, name it after his parents, and build a pond on it, naming it after his father.

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County voter turnout beats state average
County voter turnout beats state average
Franklin County voters went to the polls at a brisk clip, making party nominations in contested local races and supporting the marriage amendment.
Unofficially, 37.99 percent of the county’s 38,408 voters cast a ballot, besting the state average of 34.48 percent.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Josh Woodburn

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Super Pac
Editorial Cartoon: Super Pac

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Veteran politicos fare well in primary contests
Veteran politicos fare well in primary contests
GOOD MORNING: Well, it looks like incumbent County Commissioner Sidney Dunston narrowly beat off a challenge by Christopher Neal for the Democratic nomination for District 1 County Commissioner in Tuesdays voting, but he faces yet another hurdle in GOP nominee Pat Walker come the general election in November.

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Speeding crackdown is fine but authorities must have ‘backup’
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is planning to crackdown on speeding and other driving infractions around our county’s high schools.
That’s fine — as far as it goes.
Of course, the cynics among us might suggest that they could streamline their efforts and focus on Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg, which is turning into a five-lane raceway.

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Franklin County election results show loss of clout
Franklin County election results show loss of clout
Well, now. We’ve got that silly election stuff behind us, now maybe we can get on to more important things.
A mere 38 percent of registered voters in Franklin County made it to the polls on election day and during the early voting period leading up to Election Day.
Of course, a 38 percent voter turnout in a primary election with no heated local contests isn’t anything to sneeze at, given our recent history.

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OBITUARIES

COOPER B. BEASLEY
ZEBULON - Cooper Bryant Beasley, 75, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at his home in Zebulon. At his request, there will be no public funeral service.

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HERBERT C. “BILL” PERRY JR.
ZEBULON - Herbert C. “Bill” Perry Jr., 86, retired from Zebulon Drug Company, died Monday, May 7, 2012. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 10, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens with military honors.

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ALMA G. BAILEY
ZEBULON - Alma G. Bailey, 78, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012. A memorial service was held Thursday, May 10, at Baptist Tabernacle Church of Wendell.

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FRANCES W. HAYES
FRANKLINTON —Frances Wyvette Hayes, 73, died on Friday, May 11, 2012 at her home.  She was born in Wake County to the late Jesse James Wall and Margaret Lee Beddingfield Wall. Mrs. Hayes was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. She was retired from Central Carolina Bank/Suntrust after 18 years of service and later served as Activity Director for the Louisburg Nursing Center for 18 years.

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MARTHA A. “PEGGY” BAKER
GARNER - Martha Averette “Peggy” Baker, 76, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Wake Medical Center. A graveside service was held Friday, May 11, at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.

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SPORTS

GRAND OPENING
FIRST IN THE NET. Franklinton’s Sam Weilbacher (left) scored the opening goal for her team during Wednesday’s road playoff victory against Tarboro.
GRAND OPENING
TARBORO -- Earlier this week, Jordan Germano was in the process of collecting uniforms when he decided to check out the brackets for the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.
To Germano’s surprise, he discovered that his Franklinton Lady Rams had qualified for the postseason as a wild-card.

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Bulldogs nab pair of titles
BUNN MIDDLE SCHOOL MAC GIRLS TRACK CHAMPS
Bulldogs nab pair of titles
BUNN -- Bunn Middle School gained big-meet momentum by winning the Franklin County Track and Field Championships last month.
But the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs weren’t about to stop there.
Instead, BMS scored a team sweep last Saturday by winning both the boys and girls crowns at the annual Middle Athletic Conference Meet at Northern Vance High School in Henderson.

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‘Canes Conclude Campaign
SUPER SAVER AT LC. Closer Josh Roeder was outstanding this season for the Louisburg College baseball team.
‘Canes Conclude Campaign
BURLINGTON -- Three days into a relentless climb out of the loser’s bracket, the gas tank for Louisburg College’s 2012 baseball season finally reached empty.
But what a ride it was for the Hurricanes, who set a school mark for victories with 52 -- eclipsing the mark of 51 set by LC’s last World Series team back in 2002.

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Historic season is finished
Historic season is finished
Statistically, Louisburg College enjoyed its best-ever baseball season in 2012, as the Hurricanes won more games -- 52 -- than any other squad in school history.
But the Hurricanes couldn’t win the ones that mattered the most, and the result was a disappointing third-place finish at the Region X Tournament in Burlington.

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Sandy Creek to host golf event
Sandy Creek to host golf event
LOUISBURG -- Sandy Creek Baptist Church will host its 2012 Youth Mission Trip Superball Golf Tournament on June 15 at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.
Festivities will begin with a shotgun start at noon.
Entry fee is $50 per person. Teams of four are welcome. The cost includes gifts, prizes, refreshments and dinner.

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Perfect Year For TLMS
Perfect Year For TLMS
LOUISBURG -- The 2012 fast-pitch softball season at Terrell Lane Middle School was nothing short of extraordinary.  
The Lady Tornadoes rolled through the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record to win the Middle Athletic Conference Championship. TLMS capped off its successful campaign by reaching the semifinals of the MAC Tournament.

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CLASS 2-A STATE BASEBALL SKED
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are first-round pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs:

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WON’T BE DENIED
WON’T BE DENIED
Franklinton High School freshman Hannah Rayman (left) enjoyed another strong outing during the Lady Rams’ playoff decision Thursday at Tarboro.

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Lucas Inks Deal
EYE ON THE BALL. Jamal Lucas was a solid receiving threat during his gridiron career with the Louisburg Warriors. Lucas has signed a letter-of-intent to play football at Averett University, which is located in Danville, Va.
Lucas Inks Deal
LOUISBURG -- A chance visit to the Louisburg High School campus by a stranger helped pave the way for Jamal Lucas’ pending college football career.
A coach from Averett University was making the rounds earlier this spring and decided to pop in at LHS to speak with Warriors’ gridiron coach Chris Lee.

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CLASS 2-A STATE SOFTBALL FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are first-round pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2-A State Softball Playoffs:

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Mudcats drop twinbill on road
Mudcats drop twinbill on road
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Carolina Mudcats dropped a pair of games to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Thursday night in front of 3,484 at TicketReturn.com Field in a Class A Carolina League diamond doubleheader.
The Mudcats fall to 16-16, one game behind Myrtle Beach (17-15).

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LIFESTYLES

Train Day planned
The Downtown Enfield Restoration and Preservation Committee is celebrating National Train Day today, May 12, by hosting an art and photography exhibit at the historic Enfield Lodge Performing Arts Center, formerly the Masonic Lodge, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg High band hosting senior citizens
Brian Miller is no stranger to community involvement.  As director of the band program in Louisburg for the past 17 years, he has linked the band and community through the 17-year tradition of the Downtown Concert in Louisburg, the annual Winter and Spring Concerts, the Christmas Caroling to raise funds for the Angel Tree and the Toy Ministry, and other community-centered events.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Beanbag subdues naked man
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies used a stun gun and non-lethal bean bag round to subdue a man who had stripped naked in the street.
According to a report by Sgt. A.R. Roberts, Eric Duncan had a significant criminal history that included violent assaults and attempting to kill a deputy with a handgun.

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Bid question may force rebid on Bunn work
BUNN — Commissioners are scheduled to meet Saturday to rescind a tentative contract award.
On May 7, the board awarded a contract to InsituForm Technology LLC to perform some rehabilitation work on its sewer.
Town Clerk Judy Jeffreys, though, said another contractor raised a question about the bidding process.

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REMEMBER MAUDE?
REMEMBER MAUDE?
Maude, in case you weren’t around back in 1921, was the first fire engine that was purchased by the Louisburg Fire Department in that year. It’s shown here parked near the Franklin County Courthouse near the entrance to the downtown movie theater. Veterans of the early days of the fire department recall that the switch that activated the fire siren was just inside the movie theater’s entrance. The movie theater was on the second floor.

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