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Showing 33 articles from July 6, 2012.

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<i>Local residents find lots of ways to enjoy Independence Day!</i>
FOURTH FUN. Maggie Wilder, (front) is excited to see the fireworks at Franklinton’s Stand Up For America celebration with family, from left to right, Darin Wilder, Laura Hall, Laura Strickland, and Jan Strickland.
Local residents find lots of ways to enjoy Independence Day!
Franklin County residents were treated to several ways to celebrate this country’s independence.
And many of them proved they were willing to pay for it.
Franklin County’s festivities jump started holiday celebrations as the county’s Parks and Recreation Department hosted free festivities at Louisburg High School on Tuesday, July 3.

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Deadline looms on utility deal
If Frankin County and Youngsville town commissioners expect to meet a self-created deadline, they need to take action at separate meetings this week.
First up is Franklin County, which meets on Monday.
Both sides announced in May that they were working toward a plan to transfer Youngsville’s water and utility system to the county.

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Area lawyer target of ethics complaint
Area lawyer target of ethics complaint
The State Bar has filed a complaint against an area attorney, alleging he was involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship.
It’s the second time in nine years that the agency responsible for regulating the practice of law in North Carolina has alleged that Steven Decillis was responsible for a sexual transgression.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Jennifer Grice and her buddy, Zero, enjoy the Alert parade. And yes, Zero is wearing tinted goggles!

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Congress At Work
Editorial Cartoon: Congress At Work

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From cool to hot! It’s crazy NC weather!
From cool to hot! It’s crazy NC weather!
GOOD MORNING: After one of the mildest winter’s that I can recall, Mother Nature has certainly turned up the thermostat on us, and there’s apparently little or no real relief in sight.
Daytime high temperatures in the upper 90’s to around 100 or higher appear to be in store for us at least thru the weekend with less than a 50 percent chance of precipitation.

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Promises won’t suffice in health care debates
A news summary this week put it this way: Americans are cool to Obamacare but cold to Romneycare.
That’s a pretty good summary, if you ask us, especially since no one knows what Romneycare may be.
It’s also an opening to discuss our nation’s health care crisis.
It’s interesting that Obamacare has been so roundly chastised by his challenger, Mitt Romney, because Romney instigated a very similar program while he was governor of Massachusetts.

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Utilities sold NC a pig in a poke — once again
Grab your wallet and watch carefully — if this week’s surprise announcement in the Duke-Progress Energy “merger” is any indication, we’re in for a rough ride.
Not that a rough ride is a surprise for any of us who have long believed that allowing these two huge utilities to “merge” (it’s probably more accurate to say Duke has been allowed to buy Progress, but that may get our electricity shut off) was a bad idea!

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Just sayin’ — if that’s allowed
Dear editor:
While I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with the recent assertions of letter writer Ken Jones in reference to the latest round of controversy regarding prayer in the Franklin County public school system, I did get an ironic chuckle out of the response to Jones’ letter from Mike Meno, communications manager for the ACLU of North Carolina.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES D. “JIMMY” FAISON
WAKE FOREST - James David “Jimmy” Faison, 56, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, July 6, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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MYRON U. “BUD” TUTTLE
RALEIGH - Myron Uzzle “Bud” Tuttle, 91, died Monday, July 2, 2012. Services to honor his memory were held Friday, July 6, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh. Private burial for the family followed the service.

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DONALD JAY CLARKE
ZEBULON - Donald Jay Clarke, 76, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012. A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, in the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, Wendell.

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ELMA H. BOWEN
ZEBULON - Elma Lee Hedgepeth Bowen, 79, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012. A private memorial service was planned at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Zebulon.

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SYLVIA C. RAY
YOUNGSVILLE —Sylvia Carter Ray, 75, died Thursday, July 5, 2012 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Ridgecrest Baptist Church cemetery.

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JAMES E. MASSENBURG
WAKE FOREST - James Edward Massenburg, 61,  died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Friday, July 6, at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Wake Forest, with Dr. L. A. Carson officiating. Interment was in the Massenburg family plot at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, Wake Forest.

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MARTHA DUANE DICKERSON
ROCKY MOUNT - Martha Duane Dickerson, 70, passed away Wednesday July 4, 2012. She was born June 10, 1942 in Talladega County, Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Stokley Mae Gravette.  Duane was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was affectionately known as Grandma Dewey. She retired from the Franklin County Dept. of Social Services after many years of faithful service.

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SPORTS

MAJORS MAGIC
TAYLOR TO THE PLATE. Louisburg’s Jyquan Taylor (right) slides into home plate during Monday evening’s championship game of the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament at the Warren County Recreation Complex.
MAJORS MAGIC
WARRENTON -- Louisburg’s All-Stars made a Major impression on each of its three foes during action at the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball District Tournament.
Louisburg played one game apiece against
every potential opponent in the four-team field at the annual event, which was held at the Warren County Recreation Complex.

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County’s clubs at tourney
CAPPS CROWN. (L to R) Davis Capps and his daughter, Kennedy, hold up the trophy they received after Youngsville took first place at the Tar Heel District 10-Under Softball Tournament last week in Zebulon.
County’s clubs at tourney
SMITHFIELD -- Three Franklin County squads will be in action beginning next Thursday at the Tar Heel 10-Under and 8-Under State Softball Tournaments.
The event is being held at Smithfield Community Park, which is located adjacent to Smithfield-Selma High School in Johnston County.

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Louisburg College football schedule finalized
Louisburg College football schedule finalized
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has finalized its sites and opponents for the 2012 football season.
The Hurricanes will open Sept. 1 on the road against Erie Community College in Western New York.
LC’s first home game will be Sept. 16 vs. Gray Military Academy at the Old Franklinton High School Football Field.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE
AND THE WINNERS ARE
The Franklin County 14-Under Torros claimed the championship at the recent Batters Box Invitational Baseball Tournament in Goldsboro.

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McGuire looking to future
McGuire looking to future
Mike McGuire hadn’t planned on leaving Louisburg College’s baseball program after just one season -- until he saw that the diamond position was vacant at Morehead State University.
McGuire has a special attachment to Morehead -- he received a master’s degree at the school while earning his first assistant coaching job under then-Eagles coach Frank Spaniol.

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Buffaloe shines in the Big Apple
Buffaloe shines in the Big Apple
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Christian Buffaloe, a 12-year-old local Kyokushin Karate fighter, won the 11-13 Youth Division of the All American Open Kyokushin Championships on June 23 in New York City.
The Kyokushin All American Open was established in 1996 to bring in the best full-contact knockdown karate competition from North, Central and South America, but has evolved to welcome the best fighters from Europe, the African continent, Russia, Asia, and the South Pacific region.

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Salem slams the door on Carolina Mudcats
Salem slams the door on Carolina Mudcats
ZEBULON -- The Salem Red Sox snapped a five-game losing skid by running past the Carolina Mudcats 12-3 in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,871 on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
Salem (4-10, 45-38) pounded out 19 hits to halt the Mudcats’ winning streak at three games. Carolina drops to 9-5 in the second half and 41-43 overall.

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COUNTY SUMMER HEROES, 1
COUNTY SUMMER HEROES, 1
COACH-PITCH STANDOUT. Bryce Marshall was a key player this summer for the Louisburg All-Stars on the Coach-Pitch level. Marshall and the All-Stars fared well during district competition. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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COUNTY SUMMER HEROES, 2
COUNTY SUMMER HEROES, 2
LOUISBURG 8-UNDER SOFTBALLERS. Members of the Louisburg 8-Under Softball All-Stars for 2012 were (back, l to r) Coaches Dana Holloman, Junior Leonard, Bert Edwards and Melissa Edwards; (middle, l to r) Ragan Holloman, Alexandra Edwards, Shyanne Bell, Taylor Leonard and Abby Holmes; (front, l to r) Savannah Thompson, Sarah Fagan, Rylee Nowell, Maddox Harding and Josey Leonard. Not pictured is Mackenzie Crawford.

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DISTRICT TOURNEY CHAMPIONS
DISTRICT TOURNEY CHAMPIONS
Members of the Louisburg All-Stars pose after winning the Dixie Youth Major League District Tournament.

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HARDWARE COLLECTION
HARDWARE COLLECTION
The Bunn All-Stars hoist their second-place trophy following Monday’s championship game at the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament in Warrenton.

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GAME BALL
GAME BALL
Louisburg’s Trevor Wilder was awarded with a game ball following Monday’s title game of the Dixie Youth Major League District Tournament.

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IT’S A CLOSE ONE
IT’S A CLOSE ONE
Louisburg All-Stars infielder Justin Weathers retires Bunn’s Caleb Morton on a close force play at second during Monday’s championship matchup.

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LIFESTYLES

FIELD DAY
FIELD DAY
Above, Nickie Carroll plays catch with her dad, Shannon Carroll, during Franklinton’s Stand Up For America celebration.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

TIMBER!
TIMBER!
A thunderstorm rushing through Franklin County on Thursday afternoon knocked down this tree near a home on East River Road.  No injuries were reported. The storm knocked out power for hours.

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Man uses guns to protect his property, assailant flees
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect who was chased away from a property by gunshots.
Allan Parrish reported to authorities during the early morning hours of July 5 that his wife woke him up and advised that someone was trying to steal items from his business on Perdues Road.

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<i>Fireworks, fun and family highlight the Fourth</i>
Fireworks, fun and family highlight the Fourth
EXPLOSIVE. At left, a time-lapse picture captures fireworks in all their glory at the Louisburg High School football field. The Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department hosted the free festivities on Tuesday, getting a jump start on the Independence Holiday.

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