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Showing 34 articles from July 3, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

<i>State budget revives program that provides lower cost medicines</i>
State budget revives program that provides lower cost medicines
The state’s budget has resuscitated a health care support system that was clinging to life after Senators threatened to cut it out.
By early June, state budget discussions revealed that the Senate’s version of the budget did not contain money for the Medication Assistance Program (MAP).

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<i>It’s more than fixing a roof!</i>
Hannah Donald puts the hammer down while repairing a roof
It’s more than fixing a roof!
Doug Moorcroft has spent years patching roofs and taking on other construction projects.
He’s always seen it as more than filling holes, though.
More than that, he said, it’s about filling people’s lives.
As one of the key members on a repair project in Franklin County, Moorcroft wants to make sure that the middle and high school students taking part in the World Changers project get that perspective, as well.

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No joke! Suspect in attempted murder case gets another day in court
No joke! Suspect in attempted murder case gets another day in court
Come next week, prosecutors could know whether a different plea and a different judge yields a resolution in an attempted murder case.
If not, they are set to try Gary Normand on charges that he tried to set fire to and kill his estranged girlfriend.
“We’re offering a different plea than the last one,” said Assistant District Attorney Kristin Peebles.

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Will ‘overlay’ protect Lake Royale water?
The county’s planning board will be tasked with reviewing and approving plans that would better protect a valuable Franklin County waterway.
In May, the Lake Royale Property Owners Association Board of Directors approved an overlay district that will limit a new property owners’ ability to cover a high percentage of their property with an impervious material.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Matthew Thomason

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Voter Registration
Editorial Cartoon: Voter Registration

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What’s the true meaning of religious liberty?
A recent letter from Ken Jones (“Why is prayer not tolerated?”) contained many gross inaccuracies about the work of the American Civil Liberties Union that must be corrected.
In fact, they should not have been printed in this newspaper in the first place, as the slightest amount of research would reveal that many of the allegations made are completely false. 

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<i>236 years and counting! It’s time to celebrate a birthday</i>
236 years and counting! It’s time to celebrate a birthday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA! While it was a bit before my time, roughly 236 years ago, if I’m not sadly mistaken. Our nation was born on July 4, 1776 making this July 4th our nation’s 236th birthday while hoping for many more to come.
In commemoration of that historic event, today, Wednesday, July 4, 2012 is a National Holiday with all sorts of parades, observances, etc. throughout our great nation. See list of local observances elsewhere in today’s issue of The Franklin Times.

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Selfless teens bring about cool breeze, attitude change
Selfless teens bring about cool breeze, attitude change
Just when I was beginning to believe in some of this generation’s worst stereotypes you know, being selfish and self-absorbed ­— I was hit with a cool, refreshing new take.
And as temperatures reached 100 degrees late in the week, that was no easy feat.
Thanks to a spirited Franklin County resident, I learned last week that World Changers had organized in the area and were helping about half a dozen residents in the area with some home improvements they could not make themselves.

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Spaying, neutering best solution to stray cats
Dear editor:
I would like to add to the good informative letter from Susanne Harris of Franklinton, written in response to Gary Cunard’s commentary on the issue of feral cats.
We both live in the same neighborhood where we have had many feral cats.

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OBITUARIES

MARVIN “BERN” WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Marvin “Bern” Williams, 46, who died Thursday, June 28, 2012, were held Tuesday, July 3, at Haywood Baptist Church, with Minister Patricia McClain officiating. Burial followed in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery.

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TONEY RAY THORNE
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Toney Ray Thorne, 51, who died Friday, June 29, 2012, were held Tuesday, July 3, at Lifeline Outreach Ministries Church, with the Rev. Barbara Jean Thomas officiating. Burial followed in the Thorne family cemetery.

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EMMA LEE P. BOWDEN
FRANKLINTON —Emma Lee Perry Bowden, 82, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 at her home. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 30, at Synama Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Oxford, with the Rev. Linwood L. Timberlake officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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MARGARET B. EDWARDS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Margaret Bullock Edwards, 64, who died Thursday, June 28, 2012, will be held at noon on Thursday, July 5, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hosea Starr officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOANN G. ZIPPERER
YOUNGSVILLE —JoAnn Godbee Zipperer, 82, died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at WakeMed. A graveside service was held Tuesday, July 3, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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NANCY E. LILLY
YOUNGSVILLE - Nancy Edwards Lilly, 64, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at her home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 4, at 11 a.m. at Flowers Funeral Chapel in Henderson, conducted by the Rev. Richard Brown and the Rev. Robert Weatherly. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.

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SPORTS

WENDELL WINS
WHERE’S THE BALL? Bunn’s Jessie Whitley tries to field a ball at second base -- but it’s behind the back of Wendell baserunner Nataleigh Kirby during last Friday’s title game of the Tar Heel District 12-Under Softball Tournament.
WENDELL WINS
YOUNGSVILLE -- Falling behind the tourney favorite isn’t the best way to begin a game -- especially against a club as talented as the Wendell All-Stars.
Still, Bunn continued to claw back despite an early deficit -- and nearly caught up with Wendell during last Friday’s championship game of the Tar Heel 12-Under District Softball Tournament.

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State C-P event is targeted
READY FOR STATE. Deshaun Grant and the Youngsville Nationals All-Stars will compete this weekend at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch Baseball State Tournament at Lockwood Folly Park in beautiful Brunswick County.
State C-P event is targeted
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County will double its pleasure at the upcoming Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament.
The county will be represented by two teams at the annual event, which is being staged at Lockwood Folly Park in Brunswick County.

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Louisburg In Solid Position
THAT FLEETING BALL. Bunn pitcher Chris Green (top) tries to come up with a relay throw during Sunday’s victory over Warren County in the semifinals of the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball Tournament at Warren County Recreation Complex.
Louisburg In Solid Position
WARRENTON -- Through two games, Louisburg’s All-Stars are in the driver’s seat for a potential journey to Brunswick County.
Louisburg entered Monday’s action just one victory away from the title at the Dixie Youth Major League Districts Baseball Tournament, which is being held at the Warren County Recreation Complex.

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McGuire leaving for MSU
McGuire leaving for MSU
One of the home-run hires of recent Louisburg College history is now rounding third -- and moving much closer to home.
LC’s diamond skipper Mike McGuire, who led the Hurricanes to the most victories in school history this spring, has submitted his resignation after just one year on campus.

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TAR HEEL SOFTBALL SQUADS
TAR HEEL SOFTBALL SQUADS
BUNN ALL-STARS -- TAR HEEL SECOND PLACE. The Bunn All-Stars accepted the runner-up trophy at the Tar Heel 12-Under District Softball Tournament, which concluded last Friday at Luddy Park in Youngsville. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Mike Robbins, Lee Salter and Timmy Whitley; (middle, l to r) I’Kesha Little, Kamesha Rogers, Katelyn Robbins, Victoria Hendricks and Ashlyn Bowden; (front, l to r) Makaela Finch, Jessie Whitley, Emily Bell, Hannah Nazelrod and Casey Salter.

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Dixie Minor Tourney targeted
Dixie Minor Tourney targeted
OXFORD -- Oxford Webb High School’s Softball Field will be the next stop on the Dixie Youth Summer District Tournament circuit.
The D-Y Minor League Districts will begin this Friday at Webb with host Oxford scheduled to compete along with Warren County, Louisburg, Youngsville and Bunn.

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Pesky Pelicans rally for victory
Pesky Pelicans rally for victory
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Carolina Mudcats could not hold a late two-run lead and fell to Myrtle Beach 5-4 in 11 innings on Saturday night at TicketReturn.com Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
The Mudcats (6-4, 38-42) led 4-2 entering the eighth inning. After Michael Goodnight dealt another quality start, two runs over seven innings, Carolina handed the ball to Jose Flores.

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COMING TO A HOME PLATE NEAR YOU
COMING TO A HOME PLATE NEAR YOU
Bunn’s Jessie Whitley delivers a pitch for the All-Stars during their meeting with Wendell in last Friday’s championship game of the Tar Heel 12-Under District Softball Tournament. The event was played at Luddy Park in Youngsville.

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STATE SOFTBALL REPRESENTATIVES
STATE SOFTBALL REPRESENTATIVES
The Youngsville Firecrackers will represent Franklin County at the Tar Heel 10-Under State Softball Tournament, which will be held later this month in Smithfield.

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SHOW OF SPORTSMANSHIP
SHOW OF SPORTSMANSHIP
Members of the Youngsville and Louisburg teams pose together after last week’s championship game at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament. The event, which was claimed by Youngsville, was staged at Zebulon Elementary School.

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LOUISBURG ALL-STARS
LOUISBURG ALL-STARS
Members of the Louisburg Major League All-Star Team are (back, l to r) Coaches Ricky Person, Jon Dorsey and Mike Broughton; (middle, l to r) Curran McFadden, Trevor Wilder, Ricky Person, Titus Dorsey, Dylan Jessee and Chandler Broughton; (front, l to r) Donny Muldrow, James Hutchison, Jyquan Taylor, Dylan Musselman, Justin Weathers and Levi Dorsey.

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MAJORS CHASE SCENE
MAJORS CHASE SCENE
Bunn’s Caleb Morton (left) attempts to avoid a rundown tag during Sunday evening’s action at the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball Tournament at the Warren County Recreation Complex.

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LIFESTYLES

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
Frank Hopkins Sr., wearing hat with arms folded, is surrounded by members of World Changers, an organization of children, teens and adults who go around the country performing building and rehabilitation projects for residents who otherwise would not be able to do the work. Last week, teams  of World Changers were in Franklin and Vance counties putting on roofs, doing window work and other jobs for residents.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

LC graduate wins national competition
LC graduate wins national competition
Louisburg College has announced that 2012 graduate David Safran was awarded first place in his competition category on Wednesday, June 27, at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
He placed first in the “Sales Presentation” category, competing against students from schools such as Rutgers, Florida International, and Valparaiso University.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

‘Keepers’ project offers meals to kids
New Liberty Outreach Service, Brothers’ Keepers Project provides free meals for children during the summer, together with their Summer Enrichment program.
This summer, meals will be served at New Liberty Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 1793 Peach Orchard Road, Louisburg.

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Concord School alums take a walk down memory lane in reunion
The old Concord School building, at 645 Walter Grissom Road, Kittrell, was the scene of the school’s first-ever reunion recently. People came from several states to reminisce with former schoolmates and friends about their past days at Concord School in a “Walk Down Memory Lane.”

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Another suspect arrested in Ushers Assn. shooting
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Youngsville man on drug charges.
According to a report by Sgt. J.G. Hastings, he and Det. G. Cottrell were on patrol on Weldon Road during the early morning hours of June 22 when they were passed by a red sport utility vehicle.
The officers had information that the vehicle was similar to one that was being used to transport and sell drugs in the area.

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Power outages reported during swift storm action
More than 3,200 Franklin County power customers suffered through the loss of their utility on Sunday.
A handful of Louisburg customers were out for about an hour at the height of the storm, according to town staff.
All of Wake Electric’s customers were back on the grid by Monday.

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