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Showing 37 articles from June 8, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Seniors ready for graduation and ‘real world’
IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME. Seniors from Bunn, including Kaili Stevens, Dawn Mangum and Destiny Williams had a banner year at the school.
Seniors ready for graduation and ‘real world’
Hundreds of Franklin County seniors are set to graduate from the county’s three high schools during ceremonies set for Saturday.
Franklinton High students will be the first to cross the Louisburg College auditorium stage to receive their diplomas during a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m.

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Man gets ‘life’ term in death of daughter
Man gets ‘life’ term in death of daughter
A Wake Forest man who was no stranger to law enforcement in Franklin County was sentenced to life in prison this week.
A jury, on Tuesday, found Johnathan Blake Perry, 25, guilty of first-degree murder and felony child abuse involving serious injury following an incident that happened back in December 2010.

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Two indicted for home invasion
A grand jury returned true bills of indictment against a pair of suspects accused of trying to kill a Franklin County man during a home invasion.
Investigators allege Joseph Hicks Jr. and Brandon Terrell High kicked in the door of a home on Rough Lane during the early morning hours of April 6, assaulting Joshua Hargrove Sr. while he was with his 6-year-old son.

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<i>Car confusion costs woman a lawn mower</i>
Car confusion costs woman a lawn mower
Like a lot of people, Inez Taylor had trouble picking her car out of a crowded parking lot.  
And even though she thought she did find her Chevy Malibu, she really didn’t.
The result was a swiped lawn mower.
She was shopping at Walmart the morning of May 24, buying a lawn mower that would be used to cut her brother’s grass.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Josh Bennett and Tammy Ray

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Stars
Editorial Cartoon: Stars

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Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny few days!
Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny few days!
GOOD MORNING: What, no clouds? The weekend weather forecast at the time of this writing Thursday morning, called for sunny and warm weather today (Saturday) and Sunday with highs today in the mid 80’s and 90 on Sunday,  with little or no chance of rain. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.
And how about this? According to the National Weather Service, we’ve had record setting warm temperatures this spring with temperatures averaging 64.1 degrees, a full degree higher than the pervious record set in 1921.

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American patience near limit with Pakistan? Nope, it’s gone!
In what has to be the classic understatement of the year — and perhaps understatement of the decade — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared that the United States is reaching the “limits of our patience” with Pakistan.
Really, Leon? Really?!

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Dealing with cats: From theory to a furry reality
Dealing with cats: From theory to a furry reality
Here’s hoping that a just-announced policy in Wake County stays there and doesn’t make it to Franklin County.
Wake County has announced that while it will continue to capture wild or feral cats, it will now spay or neuter them and turn them back into the wild to continue to fend for themselves.
That’s supposed to be more humane than euthanizing them.
What a lame idea!

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Why is prayer not tolerated?
Dear editor:
Prayer has always been seen as a vital part of America’s heritage, and although a prayer of blessing has always been bequeathed upon our Franklin County graduates since this country first came into existence in 1779, yet beginning this year and for every year hereafter, prayers of blessing upon our youth will no longer be tolerated.
Why?

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OBITUARIES

LONZA “MY MAN” DUNN
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lonza “My Man” Dunn, 63, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Emmanuel Church of God, with Bishop L. J. Allison officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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LOUIE B. JORDAN
SPRING HOPE -Funeral services for Louie Brown Jordan, 93, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Gooch officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPOONER LYNCH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Spooner Lynch, 73, who died Monday, June 4, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GEORGE T. “SONNY” HIGH
BATH, N.C. - George T. “Sonny” High, 84, died Thursday June 7, 2012.   A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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LOIS CALHOUN BLEVINS
(MAY 20, 1921 – JUNE 4, 2012)
LOUISBURG — Lois Calhoun Blevins, age 91, died Monday, June 4, at Louisburg Nursing Center.  Mrs. Blevins, formerly of Bristol, Tennessee, had lived at Louisburg Manor for six years.

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SPORTS

GOOD KNIGHTS
A BIG SWING. Bunn’s Dylan Timberlake (right) takes a mighty cut at the plate during his team’s meeting Thursday evening with Northern Nash as part of Nash County Babe Ruth Prep League baseball action on the Bunn High School campus.
GOOD KNIGHTS
BUNN -- Develop continues to be a keyword as the Bunn Wildcats make their way through the Nash County Babe Ruth Baseball Prep League season schedule.
Bunn is halfway through its campaign following Thursday’s 7-3 home loss against Northern Nash.
And while Bunn Coach Leonard Allen is mostly concerned about his players’ fundamental progress, he is excited that the Wildcats have managed to score two victories against tough competition.

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Bellamy wraps up her career
Bellamy wraps up her career
BUNN -- For the past four years, Marisa Bellamy’s Northern Carolina Conference opponents have lined up beside her, pretty much resigned to the fact that they had no hope of beating her.
And on just about every occasion, the outcome wasn’t even close.
By anyone’s estimation, Bellamy will go down as one of Franklin County’s best-ever track and field athletes -- and for good reason.

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Miracle League Season Ends
A PRIZE TO REMEMBER. Nicolas Breitenback adores his trophy while his mother, Kim, is all smiles during last Saturday’s Miracle League of Franklin County 2012 Spring Season Awards Ceremony at the Louisburg High School Gymnasium.
Miracle League Season Ends
LOUISBURG -- Do you believe in miracles?
Donna Wade does in her role as Executive Director for the Miracle League of Franklin County.
This spring, the Miracle League brought smiles to the faces of 37 special-needs children, but the joy didn’t stop there.

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LC stars snubbed at draft
LC stars snubbed at draft
What happened?
Just about everyone associated with the Louisburg College diamond program asked that same question following the conclusion of this week’s Major League Baseball Draft.
LC standouts Zach Houchins and Tim Brechbuehler -- both expected to be tabbed in the Top 10-15 rounds by some experts -- were not even selected in the 40-round draft.

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Bunn the NCC runner-up
Bunn the NCC runner-up
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2011-2012 sports season.
The Wells Fargo Cup Award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

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Wolters is showing the way
Wolters is showing the way
WILMINGTON, DEL. -- Tony Wolters plated three runs on three hits to help the Carolina Mudcats knock off the Wilmington Blue Rocks 5-2 on Wednesday night at Daniel Frawley Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
Will Roberts (3-2) held Wilmington (28-30) to two runs on six hits over six innings to pick up the win.

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YANKEE STANDOUTS
YANKEE STANDOUTS
Coach Quinton Stancil poses with Kevin Mitchell during last Saturday’s Miracle League of Franklin County Awards Ceremony, which was held at Louisburg High School.

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WAY TO GO YANKEES
WAY TO GO YANKEES
Members of the Yankees team and their buddies pose at last Saturday’s Miracle League Awards Ceremony.

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HAPPY YOUNGSTER
HAPPY YOUNGSTER
Dominick Hammock shows off his trophy to his mother, Cynthia, last Saturday at Louisburg High School.

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LC second at tourney
LC second at tourney
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. -- Louisburg College was in contention for the team title heading into Friday’s final round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Golf Championships at Chautauqua Golf Club.
Following third-round action on Thursday, LC was in second place overall with 935 strokes. That number placed the Hurricanes five shots ahead of third-place Monroe Community College, which is also the defending team champion.

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BUNN HIGH SCHOOL’S MIRACLE LEAGUE BUDDIES
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL’S MIRACLE LEAGUE BUDDIES
Miracle League of Franklin County Executive Director Donna Wade (second from left) poses with Bunn High School’s ‘Buddie’s for the 2012 season. In addition to Wade, pictured are (l to r) Austin Medlin, Jonathan Eatmon, Samantha DeBruhl, Tony Alaffita and Hannah Coward.

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SPOT ON FOR THE WILDCATS
SPOT ON FOR THE WILDCATS
Bunn’s Jonathan Thomason makes contact during his club’s home loss Thursday against Northern Nash in Nash County Babe Ruth Prep League baseball action.

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TORONTO BOUND
TORONTO BOUND
Louisburg College pitching ace Tim Brechbuehler has signed a free agent contract to join the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization. Brechbuehler was not tabbed in the MLB Draft.

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LIFESTYLES

Enjoying an ‘old-fashioned’ concert
Enjoying an ‘old-fashioned’ concert
I call it “old fashioned” because it has all the characteristics of old values brought to action. As I attended this year’s LHS band concert, I could not help but feel the respect and appreciation for music by everyone in attendance. The variety of ages, races, nationalities, cultures, and especially the number of relatives attending the concert, was gratifying.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Red Ram Pride
Red Ram Pride
Franklinton High senior Canitria Cook and her fellow seniors were awash in Red Ram pride during the 2011-12 school year.

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GRADUATES RE-UNITED!
GRADUATES RE-UNITED!
The Edward Best High School Class of 1949 held its annual reunion recently in Raleigh. It has been 63 years since the class graduated from a school that no longer exists. Plans were made to hold another reunion next year.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

College’s Project RE:SCUE saves money and provides help to others
By recycling items that were formerly thrown in dumpsters by students at the end of the academic year, Louisburg College’s Project RE:SCUE (Reuse Everything: Save the College’s Usable Excess) allowed the institution to divert usable items to those in need and simultaneously save money on trash-hauling costs.

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Local DMV office wins ‘donor’ award
Local DMV office wins ‘donor’ award
It’s a simple question asked within a series of others: “Do you want to be an organ donor?” DMV Examiners across the state ask this on a daily basis to North Carolinians receiving or renewing their driver’s licenses or ID cards.
However, this one question has the potential to save the lives of up to eight people through the gift of organ donation.

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Franklinton talks trash
FRANKLINTON — During a budget workshop on Tuesday, town commissioners spent most of their time talking trash.
Specifically, they were talking about cleaning up a roughly $8,000 billing matter with its provider — Waste Industries.

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Soldier completes basic training
Army Pvt. Prentice G. McNeil has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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The attic is not a good hiding place!
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who tried to hide from deputies in an attic.
According to a report by Dep. Damion Linder, deputies went to a home in the 1300 block of Gillcrest Farm Road the morning of June 3 to serve a warrant on Daniel T. Williams.
When he arrived, according to the report, Linder could hear a male voice inside the home, but a woman answered the door.

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GETTING KIDS STARTED
GETTING KIDS STARTED
Tuesdays for Tots is FGV Smart Start’s yearly advocacy effort to discuss with Raleigh policymakers the needs of families with young children.  Recently, local ‘Champions for Children’ met with their delegation to talk about how early childhood education efforts and programs affect their work, and how intervening in the first five years of a child’s life better prepares them for success in school and the community.

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