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Showing 36 articles from June 15, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

County gets unofficial win in water dispute
Unofficially, the county has secured a victory in its long-standing feud with Franklinton over a water contract.
But the matter is far from over.
On Thursday, Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner notified attorneys that the county should begin drafting orders for summary judgement — a sign that Gessner is siding with the county in its dispute.

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MORNING STRETCH
MORNING STRETCH
Summer youth camp athletic activity director Lester Wilder, foreground, puts kids through some morning stretches before they begin some physical activities later in the day. The free, two-week camp at the old Franklinton High is put on by the Bridges of Hope Outreach Ministry and Helping Hands PAL Inc., with the aid of countless other organizations and volunteers.

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401 funding guarantee dies in Senate vote
A legislative attempt to make funding to improve Section C of U.S. 401 in Franklin County more secure went down in flames this week in the North Carolina Senate.
The vote was 30 to 17 against the measure introduced by Franklin County’s Senator, Doug Berger, and came along strict party line votes with Republicans casting all of the “no” votes.

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Town hall session focuses on education crisis
“Public education as we know it is facing a crisis.”
That sentence, uttered by State Rep. Angela Bryant, who soon may represent that part of Franklin County in District 7, set the stage for a town hall session Tuesday night at the Franklin County Courthouse that was co-sponsored by State Sen. Doug Berger, whose district includes all of Franklin County.

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No tax hike in Louisburg budget
Assuming no more negative surprises in the county’s on-going property re-valuation mess, Louisburg residents can look forward to a new fiscal year with no tax increases from the town.
That was the bottom line of the budget proposal unveiled Tuesday evening at a council budget workshop.
The budget does include a $1 per month increase in the cost of trash collection but the property tax rate is expected to remain unchanged. No increase is planned in water, sewer or electric rates.

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<i>Senate’s budget cuts reduce some to tears</i>
Senate’s budget cuts reduce some to tears
While sitting in a waiting room, they both had tears in their eyes.
“Denise,” a patient, was trying to recover from a dizzy spell that, while driving, could have put her life and the lives of others at risk.
A $4 prescription could help, but Denise didn’t have the money. And she was crying.
Beverly Kegley, executive director of Volunteers in Medicine — the free clinic that helps hundreds just like Denise — wiped away a few tears of her own.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Isaiah Ortega

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: NYC Diet
Editorial Cartoon: NYC Diet

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Great-grandchildren? Yep, they obviously are!
Great-grandchildren? Yep, they obviously are!
GOOD MORNING: The two young ladies in the accompanying photo are Evelyn McPeak, age 4 & 1/2, and Mae McPeak, age 2 & 1/2, grandchildren of my son Harry and Nancy Johnson, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and consequently, my great-grandchildren, whom I’ve yet to experience the pleasure of meeting.

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Making sure our ‘babies’ learn requires parental involvement
“Democrat, Republican or Independent — we just want our babies to learn.”
Those words were spoken by District Court Judge Quon Bridges during a town hall meeting on public education Tuesday in Louisburg.
While there are few who would disagree with the statement, it was what he said next that got to the absolute heart of the matter.

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Budgets highlight priorities and that’s often depressing!
Budgets highlight priorities and that’s often depressing!
It’s been a depressing week — although not an unexpected one.
It’s been depressing largely because the government response to problems we’re all facing simply doesn’t match the reality we see in our communities.
Take our schools. The state General Assembly has been using public education as a whipping boy for the last few years, leading some to believe there is even a conspiracy to dismantle free, public education as we know it in North Carolina.

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Feral cats are a human problem
Dear editor:
In response to Gary Cunard’s commentary on Wake County’s Trap/Neuter/Release plan for feral cats, I would l like to point out that their decision was in response to a lawsuit over the issue.

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OBITUARIES

AVA GERALDINE DURHAM
DURHAM - Ava Geraldine Durham, 69, died Sunday, June 10, 2012. A graveside service will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Lusk/Mitchem Family Cemetery in Beartown, W.Va.

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FRANCES ANN JOHNSTON
YOUNGSVILLE - Frances Ann Johnston died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Raleigh. There is no visitation. Flowers are welcome, and are part of her final request.

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EDWARD A. KANTNER
RALEIGH - Edward Allen Kantner, 80, died Monday, June 11, 2012. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Mitchell Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service until 3 p.m. Burial will be in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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CHARLES M. BAKER
RALEIGH - Charles Marion Baker Sr., 82, died Saturday, June 9, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh. Interment will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park. The  family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

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VIRGINIA SMITH
FRANKLINTON - Virginia Smith, 85, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Arrangements by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton.

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SPORTS

GRAND SEASON
A SEASON OF FIRSTS. Zach Houchins (left) stood on first base plenty of times during the 2012 campaign for the Louisburg College baseball squad.
GRAND SEASON
LOUISBURG -- When he accepted the head baseball coaching position at Louisburg College last summer, Mike McGuire was a bit alarmed by the fact that the Hurricanes were slated to return just one starter.
But what a starter thatplayed proved to be.
Wilson native Zach Houchins had enjoyed a solid campaign at LC in 2011, but he exploded this spring for the Hurricanes under McGuire’s tutelage.

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Neagu to take over for Canes
Neagu to take over for Canes
LOUISBURG -- During his playing days at Bryant & Stratton College, Cristian Neagu once lined up against the Louisburg College Hurricanes at the 2001 National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s National Tournament.
Little did Neagu know at the time that one day he would serve as the head coach of the Hurricanes.

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Prep Football Skeds Finalized
Prep Football Skeds Finalized
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Each of Franklin County’s high school football squads will begin regular season action on Aug. 17.
Bunn will christen the new school campus at Rocky Mount with a road game against the Gryphons.
Louisburg will kick off its campaign with a home event versus backyard rival Southern Vance, while Franklinton, under first-year coach Jeremy Buck, will have four of its first five games on the road, including the opener Aug. 17 at Lakewood High School.

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Buck the selection for Rams
Buck the selection for Rams
Jeremy Buck knows a few things about being a part of rebuilding football programs.
After all, Buck has served as the head coach at Harding University School and East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte -- programs that were in need of help when he took over.
Buck will have no such worries when he arrives on campus to become the new gridiron coach at Franklinton.

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BYRL MINOR LEAGUE TOURNEY CHAMPS
BYRL MINOR LEAGUE TOURNEY CHAMPS
The Farmer’s Table Brewers recently won the Bunn Youth Recreation League Minor League Baseball Tournament with a 5-3 victory in the title contest The Brewers also claimed the regular season crown.

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BYRL MAJOR LEAGUE TOURNEY CHAMPS
BYRL MAJOR LEAGUE TOURNEY CHAMPS
The R&R Food Mart Rockies recently won the Bunn Youth Recreation League Major League Baseball Tournament with a 3-2 victory in the title contest The Brewers also claimed the regular season crown, but had to battle out of the loser’s bracket to earn tournament supremacy.

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Down East football game slated
Down East football game slated
ROCKY MOUNT -- The 15th Annual Down East Viking Football Classic has been scheduled for Sept. 29 at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex, which is located just off U.S. 64 in Nash County.
The gridiron event will feature the host Elizabeth City State Univesity Vikings against the St. Augustine’s College Falcons.

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Mudcats a winner at Lynchburg
Mudcats a winner at Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, VA. -- Pitcher Kyle Blair stifled Lynchburg’s hitters and the Carolina Mudcats’ offense pulled away for a 7-2 victory on Wednesday night at Lynchburg City Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
Three players had multi-hit efforts in the win for Carolina (31-35).

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HERE’S THAT GUY AGAIN
HERE’S THAT GUY AGAIN
Louisburg College sophomore standout Zach Houchins led the Hurricanes in several categories this spring -- including runs scored. Houchins has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I All-American Baseball Team. Houchins has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his diamond career at East Carolina University under former LC skipper Billy Godwin.

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RANGERS RULE IN YOUNGSVILLE
RANGERS RULE IN YOUNGSVILLE
The Rangers won the Youngsville Recreation Department Coach-Pitch Regular Season and Tournament Championships. The club went 14-1 overall and was the only team in the league with just one defeat. Four Rangers made the All-Star roster for the upcoming Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament — Trenton Wilson, Caleb Ayers, Connor Hopkins and Corey Jones.

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Tar Heel Tournaments targeted
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Pairings have been finalized for the upcoming Tar Heel League 8-Under and 10-Under District Softball Tournaments.
The 8-Under event will be held June 21-24 at the Carver Elementary School Fields in Wendell.
The 10-Under tourney will be played June 24-27 at the Zebulon Elementary School Park.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

EARNS DOCTORATE
EARNS DOCTORATE
Erica Jewel Alston graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on May 4, 2012. She earned a Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Alston is presently employed with NASA Langley in Hampton, VA. She is a published author in scientific journals. Dr. Alston earned her undergraduate and Masters Degrees in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta.

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<i>New graduate!</i>
New graduate!
Daniel Simmons Ayscue graduated from Franklin Academy in Wake Forest on June 9. He is the son of Mark and Mary Lynn Ayscue of Kittrell. Daniel plans to attend the University of North Carolina in Wilmington this fall.

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GRADUATES
GRADUATES
The Kid’s Corner in Louisburg recently held its graduation at the center. Daycare director is Amy Merritt and the instructor of the class of 2012 is Tina Holden and assistant instructor is Barbara Coons.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

BIG DONATION!
BIG DONATION!
Safe Space Inc. was the special recipient of a check for $5,100 from the SAFCAB Club of Garner, which sponsored the second Annual Poker Run and Benefit recently. The Poker run started at the Locked and Loaded Grill in Garner. The event had local vendors, a dunking booth, raffles, local bands and BBQ plates available all day.

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Youngsville utility transfer to be delayed
Youngsville utility transfer to be delayed
YOUNGSVILLE — Officials announced Thursday that they were pushing back the deadline to transfer its utility system to the county.
But not before Interim Town Administrator Bill Tatum apologized to the board for his misinterpretation of the open meetings laws.

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Domestic assault case to continue
The case against a man accused of domestic battery was continued this week.
A medical emergency kept Assistant District Attorney Annette Sellars out of court on Wednesday, so the case against Jonathan Scott Ball will move toward the trial calendar. Investigators allege Ball, 31, broke into a woman’s home during the early morning hours of Oct. 2. He and the woman had a past relationship, according to authorities.

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Enticement grant gets EDC approval
Franklin County’s efforts to entice a Wake Forest company to move here received a boost Thursday morning when the Franklin County Economic Commission unanimously endorsed offering the company a $32,000 incentive.
Triangle Metalworks, a metal fabrication and welding company, is considering a $1 million investment in a site on Bert Winstead Road near Youngsville.

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UP AND AWAY
UP AND AWAY
Above, camp organizer Aaron Snowell helps a camper sign in for the day’s activities on Friday.

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