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Showing 37 articles from June 12, 2012.

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Class of 2012: Diplomas in hand, ready for new horizons
FHS’s Taylor Ritchie and Jessica Woodburn
Class of 2012: Diplomas in hand, ready for new horizons
Administrators, teachers, family and friends recognized 574 Franklin County seniors who earned their diplomas during commencement exercises on Saturday.
Franklinton
The 224 seniors marked the first graduating class of the new Franklinton High School.
Valedictorian Dylan Moss reminded his classmates of their mark in history.

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Joy-riding teens steal carts, chased with axe
Sheriff’s deputies arrested three teens and were looking for another accused of damaging golf carts during a joyriding episode that ended when a club employee overtook one of the suspects with the aid of an axe.
Ronnie McGhee reported the incident the morning of June 8.
According to the report by Sgt. A.R. Roberts, McGhee, the maintenance supervisor at Green Hill Country Club off N.C. 39, was heading in to work when he opened a garage door and noticed something amiss.

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One redistricting plan affects high schools
Two redistricting plans — one relatively simple and the other with far-reaching effects — were presented to the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night which unanimously accepted both and took them under study.
The two plans were created by a committee of consultant Jeff Tsai of North Carolina State University, parents, school officials and board members in anticipation of the creation of a new Franklinton Middle School beginning with the 2013 school year.

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Pot-growing operation found near Rocky Ford
Franklin and Vance county deputies are looking for a man they say was responsible for growing more than 200 marijuana plants weighing more than 50 pounds.
With the State Highway Patrol providing surveillance by air, Franklin County deputies, along with officers from the Wake Forest Police Department, were performing marijuana eradication efforts when they came upon a suspected growing operation on farmland between Gillburg and Rocky Ford Road on the afternoon of June 4.

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PRAYER SERVICE
PRAYER SERVICE
Closing a first-ever downtown prayer service for 2012 high school graduates, Courtney Michelle Cooke, background, leads the crowd of about 200 in singing the hymn Amazing Grace while surrounded by television cameras from several stations.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Jordan, Ebonee, Tiara and Antonio Alston

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: John Edwards
Editorial Cartoon: John Edwards

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A casino in the Burg, now that ought to be fun!
A casino in the Burg, now that ought to be fun!
GOOD MORNING: Boy, Oh Boy! I’ll bet that new banner-type sign that has gone up in downtown Louisburg has raised some eyebrows, particularly on our staid town council.
The sign says simply: Coming Soon: CASINO. A Casino in downtown Louisburg? No, I’m not kidding.
Well, look at it this way. On the bright side, maybe it will employ a few folks and pay some taxes. But wouldn’t it have been fun to be a fly on the wall when town officials got their first peek at that sign?

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Graduation: No major incidents but a ‘teaching moment’ missed
As planned.
And without serious incident.
Not that we — or most Franklin Countians — are surprised, but Graduation 2012 went off without a major glitch on Saturday.

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Bank robber is no mastermind
Bank robber is no mastermind
There are times when suspects would have you believe they are criminal masterminds.
At first blush, Chapel Hill resident Gordon Miller Goodwin would seem to fit the mold.
After donning a disguise that included a floppy red hat and big shades, Youngsville police allege he robbed the Suntrust Bank in town.

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Why is prayer not tolerated?
Because it is your prayer not mine. The prayer that got Franklin County Schools in trouble with the ACLU was heavily Evangelical.
I get the strong feeling that is what most Franklin County residents want when they talk about school prayer. We don’t have to go too far to offend that majority.

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OBITUARIES

EDNA B. CYRUS
RALEIGH - Edna Beal Cyrus, 89, died Saturday, June 9, 2012. Graveside services were held at Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery Tuesday, June 12, with the Rev. Bruce Johnson and the Rev. Tonya Hudgins officiating.

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AVA DURHAM
FRANKLINTON - Ava Durham, 69, died Sunday, June 10, 2012. Arrangements by Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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BILLY W. BOWDEN
YOUNGSVILLE - Billy W. Bowden, 54, died Friday, June 8, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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BERYL S. WOOD
April 26, 1918 – June 12, 2012
LOUISBURG – Beryl S. Wood, 94, of Louisburg went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Louisburg Nursing Center. 

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RAY EDWARD HARRIS, SR.
FRANKLINTON - Ray Edward Harris, Sr., age 82, died Monday, June 11, 2012 in Louisburg Nursing Center. He was a native of Emporia, Va., and was the son of the late Roger C. and Mary Clay Harris. Mr. Harris worked in road construction, he was a veteran of the US Marine Corps, a member of the American Legion Post 52 in Franklinton, member of the Franklinton Lions Club, former Lion of the Year and past president of the club. While living in Virginia, he worked with the Boy Scouts and coached baseball in the Chesapeake area. Ray was also a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.

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MILTON E. SMITH
August 30, 1929 – June 9, 2012
LOUISBURG – Milton Elmo Smith, 82, of Louisburg, passed away Saturday morning. 

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ROSA JONES SUAREZ
LOUISBURG - Mrs. Rosa Suarez was born in Pitrufquen, Chile, on June 16, 1917 and died on June 6, 2012, at Louisburg Nursing Center. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on June 23 at Louisburg United Methodist Church.

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SPORTS

Show Stoppers
ALL IN THE FAMILY. (L to R) Amelia Cooke and Montrel Cooke received plaques as part of the recent Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony.
Show Stoppers
BUNN -- Bunn High School capped off another season by hosting its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony recently at the BHS Auditorium.
The list of award winners is as follows:

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LC’s ALL-AMERICAN
PRESTIGIOUS AWARD. Louisburg College sophomore pitcher/first baseman Jamie Hockaday has been selected as a Junior College Softball All-American by the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association.
LC’s ALL-AMERICAN
LOUISBURG -- Everybody’s Favorite Teammate is now Everybody’s All-American at Louisburg College.
Pitcher/first baseman Jamie Hockaday, who excelled on the softball field and in the classroom for the Lady Hurricanes, has earned a third-team spot on the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association Junior College All-American Team.

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Red Rams On Rise
COACH’S AWARD. Franklinton High School’s Shelby Boccia was saluted for her work in tennis and softball during the 2011-12 school year.
Red Rams On Rise
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School has announced a list of winners from its recent Athletic Awards Ceremony at the FHS Gymnasium.
Student-athletes were honored in all sports, and superlative awards were also presented.
Here is the list:

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LC takes third at nationals
LC takes third at nationals
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. -- Louisburg College closed in third place in the team standings following last Friday’s finale at the 72-hole NJCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championships in Western New York.
The Hurricanes finished with 1244 strokes -- just two shots behind national runner-up Jamestown Community College. LC was also two strokes ahead of defending national champion Monroe Community College.

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THE SECOND SEASON AWAITS
THE SECOND SEASON AWAITS
After enjoying a strong initial campaign as Louisburg College’s softball coach, Don Stopa (center) is excited about his recruiting class for the 2013 season -- though he will miss sophomore All-American standout Jamie Hockaday (No. 10 at left).

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State edged by Gators
State edged by Gators
GAINESVILLE, FLA. -- North Carolina State University traded blows with the top-seeded Gators for 10 innings, but the Pack’s sensational 2012 campaign drew to a close with a 9-8 loss at McKethan Stadium, Sunday in NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regional action.
The Wolfpack (43-20) took a 1-0 lead immediately after a two-hour, 23-minute rain delay in the middle of the third that shelved NC State starter Carlos Rodon.

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Mudcats’ players on All-Star squad
Mudcats’ players on All-Star squad
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have announced that position player Jeremie Tice and pitcher Shawn Armstrong were named to the 2012 Carolina League All-Star team.
The game will feature All-Stars from the Carolina League against the best from the California League at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem on June 19.

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LIFESTYLES

Katie Cunard, Boyce Adams exchange vows
Katie Cunard, Boyce Adams exchange vows
Katherine Casey (Katie) Cunard of Charlotte and Boyce Webster Adams of Wingate, NC, were married at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, NC.
The bride is the daughter of Marianne and Dave Bright of Albemarle and Donna and Gary Cunard of Louisburg, NC. The groom is the son of Samuel W. Adams III of Emporia, Va., and the late Barbara W. Adams.

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Jamie Edwards, William Wilson wed
Jamie Edwards, William Wilson wed
Jamie Lee Edwards and William Paul Wilson were married on Feb. 25, 2012 at Louisburg United Methodist Church. The traditional ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Earl Dulaney and the Rev. Patrick Fuller.
The bride is the daughter of Barbara Dickerson and Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Edwards, all of Louisburg.
The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. William Woodrow Wilson Jr. of Louisburg.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT
ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT
Bunn High Senior Brionna Welch presents her mother, Officer Doris Hinton, with a flower during Bunn High’s graduation ceremony on Saturday at Louisburg College. More than 150 Bunn students received their diplomas.

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Local student earns masters in public health
Jessica Lois Phipps graduated May 12 from UNC-Chapel Hill, receiving a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She is the daughter of William and Erika Phipps and sister of Sarah Alford of Louisburg.

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School board makes personnel decisions
The following personnel decisions were made by the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night:

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Teacher earns masters in business education degree
Tonya Morris McGhee, daughter of Thomas and Saundra Morris, received a Masters of Business Education degree from N.C. State University at its 125th Commencement on May 12.
Tonya also has an undergraduate degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J.  She teaches middle school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System.

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KVA honor roll
The following Franklin County students were named to the Honor Roll at Kerr-Vance Academy. Listings are for the fourth quarter, second semester and the year.

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GRADS, 1
GRADS, 1
Christian Bullock, with his neice, Ajsia Jackson, celebrates graduation on Saturday morning.

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GRADS, 2
GRADS, 2
BHS teacher Emilea McLean helps Yesenia Garcia get ready for the school’s commencement exercises.

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GRADS, 3
GRADS, 3
LHS’s Antonio Alston, center, and a host of Louisburg High graduates surround a teacher to get their diplomas on Saturday.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Would-be robbers flee home after being confronted
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who apparently had second thoughts about committing a robbery.
Gaston Tellez reported the morning of June 9 that two men broke into his house in the 500 block of Mitchell Store Road near Youngsville.

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17 cadets earn BLET qualifications
17 cadets earn BLET qualifications
Seventeen cadets graduated recently from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus. After passing the state certification exam, all are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

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