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Showing 40 articles from June 19, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

County ok’s budget with raises
Franklin County commissioners approved a $77 million budget for 2012-13 that gives employees a raise and provides some additional revenue, but it requires the county to dip into its savings to cover a funding gap.
On Monday night, the board approved the budget, but at least two, Commissioners Harry Foy and Don Lancaster, said the county should go into its 2013-14 budget negotiations expecting to cut the tax rate.

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Louisburg firemen capture awards at Raleigh competition
LVD firemen Randy Lanham, Chase Wammock and Ray Yarborough plan strategy
Louisburg firemen capture awards at Raleigh competition
Louisburg firemen weren’t sure exactly what to expect last weekend when they agreed to represent their department in Raleigh as that fire department celebrated its 100th anniversary.
But when the competition wound down, they had reaped a number of awards in a competition that involved at least 10 departments, including Raleigh’s.

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<i>County schools honor ‘outstanding employees’</i>
Linda Williams
County schools honor ‘outstanding employees’
The Franklin County School District recognized “outstanding employees” and community partners” at the annual Honors Day celebration last week at Franklinton High School.  
Topping the list of honors were the naming of the county schools’ Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year.

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GOP picks Dee Sams for District 2 contest
GOP picks Dee Sams for District 2 contest
A Franklinton woman who has worked behind the scenes to support area causes and leaders will now be at the front of her own campaign to be the county’s next District 2 Commissioner.
The Executive Committee of the Franklin County Republican Party chose Dee Sams to be the GOP’s candidate for the Franklinton area seat.

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L’burg budget drops capacity fees
With no debate and after hearing from only one resident, the Louisburg Town Council unanimously adopted its budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year Monday night after making one minor change from the version that emerged from a recent budget workshop.
Acting on a recommendation from town manager Mark Warren, the board agreed to completely eliminate “capacity fees” for water and sewer from residential projects both in and adjacent to the town.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Disco King Oliver June Greene

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bill & Obama
Editorial Cartoon: Bill & Obama

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Is this any way to treat a returning business?
Is this any way to treat a returning business?
SOME GREETING! One might think that when a business moves back into town, bringing skilled jobs and tax revenue, it might receive a hearty and positive greeting – maybe even a little encouragement – not here in Louisburg apparently, however.
The fine folks that operate Mullis Millworks recently decided to move back to the ‘Burg from a five-year foray in Youngsville and are now located in the old Joyner Manufacturing building on Bickett Boulevard and are open for business.

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No apologies! Government secrecy is quite despicable
Absurd and despicable?
Oh, come on now Mr. Tatum, that’s a bit much even for an interim town administrator who is new to the Franklin County political arena.
For the record, we are not backing down one iota from our contention that negotiating the sale of Youngsville’s utilities to Franklin County out of the public’s scrutiny amounted to secret meetings!

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More money, no problem for Franklin County government
More money, no problem for Franklin County government
Funny how when I watch cartoons, I think about bigger issues.
A few weeks ago, I was watching the Simpson’s movie when the plight of the school board popped into my mind.
If you don’t remember, it was the scene where Homer was attached to a wrecking ball, swinging violently between a rock and a bar called A Hard Place.

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Laff-A-Day
Laff-A-Day

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OBITUARIES

ALVIN R. “RANDY” WHEELER JR.
FRANKLINTON —Alvin Randolph “Randy” Wheeler Jr., 56, died  Sunday, June 17, 2012 at WakeMed. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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JAMES M. “KEN” PHILLIPS
ZEBULON – James McKinley “Ken” Phillips, 82, died Sunday morning, June 17, 2012. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Union Hope Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jim Robertson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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VIRGINIA H. SMITH
FRANKLINTON - Virginia Hicks Smith, 86, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the Service League of Inpatient Hospice in Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, 313 W. High St., Murfreesboro, where she was an active member. A reception will immediately follow the service.

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CHARLES L. WILSON
HENDERSON - Charles Linwood Wilson, 73, died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at his home. Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 19, at Sunset Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Allen Murphy.

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SIDNEY J. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Sidney Junior Williams, 51, who died Thursday, June 14, 2012, were held Tuesday, June 19, at Mitchell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel Lilly officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JIMMIE LEE TERRELL
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Jimmie Lee Terrell, 69, who died Thursday, June 14, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.

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DALTON BAILEY SR.
YOUNGSVILLE —Dalton Timberlake Bailey Sr., 77, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at his residence. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Donald Warren officiating.

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STANLEY A. NOREK
YOUNGSVILLE - Stanley A. Norek, 80, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Cole Manor in Coudersport, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, June 18, at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, Pa.

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BETTY S. PARKER
YOUNGSVILLE - Betty S. Parker, 67, died Friday, June 15, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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CHARLES T. BRADFORD
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Charles Theodore Bradford, 70, who died Monday, June 18, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kelvin Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RICHARD “RICKY” A. STEWART
LOUISBURG - Richard “Ricky” Allen Stewart, 56, of the Wood/Centerville community died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Wake Medical Center.  He was employed by the Franklin County Schools and Louisburg Tractor & Truck Company.  He was a member of the Centerville Fire Department.  He was a hard worker and he loved to help anyone in need.

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BEULAH ODESSA PITTMAN
LOUISBURG - Beulah Odessa Pittman, 96, of Louisburg died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Louisburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Reggie Rushing officiating.  Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg.

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FRANCIS N. CASH
LOUISBURG - Francis Newell Cash, 96, of Louisburg, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Callihan Cash; his son, Hoyt Kirby Cash; and his sister, Alma Thorne.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Mountain Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. T. Daren Smart, Jr., officiating.  Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park. 

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SPORTS

STATE SUCCESS
STATE SUCCESS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Led by a combined five players and three coaches, Nash County and Franklin County boasted a distinct flair at the annual Powerade North Carolina State High School Level Baseball Games.
The event was held last weekend at several locations in Winston-Salem, including BB&T Park.
The Region 3 Team was coached by Rocky Mount’s Kent Cox. He was assisted by Bunn’s Leonard Allen (a former assistant in Nash County) and Faith Christian School’s Greg Clifton.

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LC class has solid potential
PRIME RECRUITER. Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes is looking for big things from his incoming class of freshmen.
LC class has solid potential
LOUISBURG -- Only one piece was missing before Andy Stokes could put together the final puzzle that is his women’s soccer recruiting class at Louisburg College.
After recruiting both locally and internationally, Stokes felt he had his best-ever list of incoming recruits -- complete with scorers, defenders and solid midfielders.

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Academic Honors
Academic Honors
LOUISBURG -- Historically, the fast-pitch softball program at Louisburg College has boasted one of the school’s top overall team grade-point averages.
This year proved to be no different.
The LC softballers earned Academic All-American Team status for the 2010-11 school year -- an accomplishment that is destined to be repeated for the 2011-12 campaign.

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New SID is tabbed for Canes
New SID is tabbed for Canes
Don Stopa won’t be limiting his contributions to Louisburg College to the softball field.
Instead, Stopa’s role at LC was expanded after he was named the school’s Sports Information Director recently.
Stopa will also maintain his duties as Louisburg’s head softball coach. He just completed his first year at the helm of the Lady Hurricanes’ fast-pitch program.

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Louisburg Lions to host tryouts
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Lions Club Youth Football and Cheerleading program is getting ready for another season.
Registration will be Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at Terrell Lane Middle School. A Parents Meeting and First Practice will be held at the same time at TLMS.

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Webb Simpson wins U.S. Open
SAN FRANCISCO -- Raleigh native and Wake Forest University alum Webb Simpson carded a pair of 2-under 68s over the weekend at the US Open at the Olympic Club to secure his first major championship.
Simpson started the weekend in a tie for 29th at 5-over par but stayed steady on Saturday en route to a 68 and jumped into a tie for 8th at 3-over par. He started the final round four-shots behind Jim Furyk.

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Mudcats roar back for win
Mudcats roar back for win
SALEM, VA -- Seemingly out of the game, down five, the Carolina Mudcats put together a rally for the ages to beat the Salem Red Sox 14-8 on Sunday afternoon at Lewis-Gale Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
The Mudcats scored 10 runs in the eighth, eight of those runs on eight hits with two outs.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Hite’s mark 50th wedding anniversary</i>
Hite’s mark 50th wedding anniversary
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY. Stephen and Frances Hite of Durham celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, which was June 17, 2012, at a reception given by their three children Saturday night in Durham.  Family and friends attended the reception. They were married June 17, 1962 at Louisburg Baptist Church.

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Couple exchanges marriage vows
Couple exchanges marriage vows
Kristen Nicole Ingram and Tejae Kyle Petty were married on May 27, 2012 during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony conducted at Hudson Manor Estate in Louisburg. Gary Williams was the officiating minister.
The bride is the daughter of Gray and Yvonne Ingram of Franklinton.
The groom’s parents are David and Victoria Petty of Oxford.

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Dealing with bullies: Positive climates matter!
According to the latest research, our children will witness an episode of bullying on average every 15 minutes in the classroom, and eight minutes on the playground.
The experts state bullying runs rampant on the school bus and cyber-bullying has been linked to a spike in teen suicides.  What is a parent, grandparent or concerned community member to do?

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bunn student attends seminar
Anna Dodson recently attended the North Carolina East Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar.  Dodson joined 150 other young leaders representing over 130 high schools from eastern and central North Carolina, June 15-17, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deadline looms for proposed park
So far, Franklin County property owners have submitted about 10 properties to be reviewed for a potential county park.
They have another two weeks to beat the deadline.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has set a June 30 deadline to receive submissions from anyone interested in turning a plot of land into a county park.

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AWARDS CAPTURED
AWARDS CAPTURED
These members of the Louisburg Fire Department returned home over the weekend with four major awards they received at a competition in Raleigh. Shown here are (kneeling, from the left) Duane Smith and Ray Yarborough. Standing (from the left) are Randy Lanham, Clark May, Chris Lanham, Chase Wammock, Dalton West and Randy Young.

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Man hit by car recovering, suspect is charged
Louisburg police arrested a man accused of running over a man after a fight.
Marquis T. Foster, 23, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

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Local student serves as page in NC Senate
The North Carolina Senate recently had Beverly Claire Foster, a student at Kerr-Vance Academy, serve as a Page.
She is the daughter of Al and Lynn Foster of Henderson.

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Sheriff’s deputies arrest three on drug charges
Alley
Sheriff’s deputies arrest three on drug charges
Responding to community complaints, sheriff’s deputies set up a license checkpoint that netted three arrests on drug charges.
Larry C. Alley, 62, Joseph B. Tharrington, 36, and Tara M. Hughes, 27, were charged with conspiring to sell and deliver heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of marijuana.

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