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Showing 29 articles from July 13, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Home invasion leads to arrest, $1 million bond
Authorities arrested a suspected drunken driver who was leaving a day care with a loaded shotgun, a large knife and the picture of a woman he broke into a house looking for four days prior.
Issac Jeffrey Pender Jr., 29, was placed in jail under a more than $1 million bond.
“We don’t know for sure what his intentions were (at the day care),” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. E.H. Smith. “We don’t know if he was looking for his kids or, what.
“He hasn’t said.”

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<i>Franklinton railroaded?</i>
Franklinton railroaded?
FRANKLINTON — During a special-called meeting, town officials expressed how especially upset they were with an historic district designation that could mean the path of least resistance for a rail project would close a main East-West thoroughfare.
At that same meeting on Wednesday, state Department of Transportation staff, transportation consultants and high speed rail engineers told commissioners that they need to take their argument down the road — to state and federal historic preservation representatives.

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Quilt trail idea lost in ‘thicket’ of rules
A proposed quilt trail designed to lure tourist dollars to Franklin County quickly became lost in Louisburg’s thicket of sign, zoning and historic district regulations Thursday night — and stalled there.
The quilt trail, similar to those in western North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is a project of the Franklin County Arts Council which hopes to link local artists, an appreciation of the region’s heritage and buildings and tourism into a viable tour.

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HOME AGAIN
HOME AGAIN
The Louisburg Fire Department brought back the area’s first fire engine, Maude, a 1921 American La France fire engine made especially for the Louisburg Fire Department. The squad used donations to purchase the engine from a truck collector in Fayetteville. The department anticipates using the engine in parades and other ceremonies to commemorate the history of the squad.

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<i>Plan to move a grave digs up controversy</i>
Plan to move a grave digs up controversy
One of Louisburg College’s attempts to commemorate its 225 years of service has unearthed the contempt of a family whose ancestors have been underground for nearly as long.
Not long after Dr. Mark La Branche was named president of the two-year college in 2008, a professor suggested he might want to visit the site where the college’s first president, Matthew Dickinson, was buried.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Ashley Salter

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Super Pacs
Editorial Cartoon: Super Pacs

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Was commissioner being positive or delusional?
Was commissioner being positive or delusional?
GOOD MORNING: Oh Boy! That was a real humdinger that Mother Nature unleashed upon us around 8:30 Monday evening.
I had just crawled into bed when all you know what broke loose and the bottom fell out!
In a matter of 30 minutes, we recorded 3.7 inches of rain in the little rain gauge on the deck in front of the house.

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School policies on religion are board’s next challenge
Usually, when someone mentions school policies, especially at local board of education meetings, there is a not-so-quiet groan because discussing and adopting policies is usually about as exciting as watching paint dry on a hot summer afternoon.
That is, unless you’ve been around the block a few times and understand that policies can have a major impact on what happens with personnel, education, discipline and a host of other activities that they cover.

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The more we learn, the worse this utility merger is smelling!
The more we learn, the worse this utility merger is smelling!
As predicted, this Duke Power, Progress Energy “merger” has become a total fiasco, leaving us mere rate-payers to foot the bill.
With all this controversy, I suspect this new, merged company — if it survives scrutiny — will be searching for a new name.
I really like the one suggested by Jim Sampson of Youngsville who suggested, in a letter to the editor of the Raleigh daily paper, the name Duplicity Power.

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OBITUARIES

ROZELLE B. BEST
September 5, 1932 – July 11, 2012
LOUISBURG – Rozelle Burnette Best, 79, of Louisburg went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday night.

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CEPHAS E. DUNSTON SR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Cephas E. Dunston Sr., 87, who died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, with Elder Wayne Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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SHEILA ALSTON
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Sheila Alston, 49, who died Monday, July 9, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Church cemetery.

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MACON D. HARRIS
FRANKLINTON  —   Macon Devoe Harris, 78, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

INTO THE NIGHT
AND THE WINNER IS. Bunn’s Aidan McKeithan came up with the game-winning hit for the All-Stars during Thursday’s championship showdown against Oxford at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament.
INTO THE NIGHT
OXFORD -- Bunn’s All-Stars stayed a few hours longer than anticipated at Thursday’s finale of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament at Webb High School.
But it was well worth the wait.
After losing a late lead and falling in heartbreaking fashion to Oxford in the ‘if necessary’ game, Bunn recovered nicely in what proved to be the championship game of the double-elimination tourney.

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All-Stars effective at states
SAGE AT THE PLATE. Sage Bolarinwa helped the Bunn All-Stars to a strong finish at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament at Lockwood Folly Park in Brunswick County. (Contributed photo)
All-Stars effective at states
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Following a strong performance by both teams in district action, it was anticipated that both Youngsville and Bunn would enjoy effective finishes at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament.
That proved to be the case, as the clubs were solid at the annual State C-P event, which was held at Lockwood Folly Park in Brunswick County.

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Youngsville Third At Minors
TAKE TO THE AIR. Youngsville’s Robbie Burnett elevates while trying to avoid a tag attempt during his team’s loss to Oxford during Tuesday’s semifinals of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament at Webb High School.
Youngsville Third At Minors
OXFORD -- Through three innings Tuesday, the Youngsville All-Stars appeared on their way to the championship game at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament.
Youngsville was in the lead and shutting out the Oxford squad, but the hosts rallied with seven runs to claim a 7-3 decision over Youngsville in a semifinal contest at Webb High School.

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Diamond updates for Canes
Diamond updates for Canes
After sifting through the applications of over 140 candidates, it’s down to two potential choices for the position as head baseball coach at Louisburg College.
LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman indicated that two potential coaches were interviewed Thursday, and one of them will be offered the job sometime this coming week.

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It’s Opening Day
TAKING THE HEAT. Youngsville hurler Ramsey Schlafer fires a pitch for her club during Thursday afternoon’s first-round action at the Tar Heel 10-Under State Softball Tournament in Smithfield.
It’s Opening Day
SMITHFIELD -- Each of Franklin County’s three participants encountered difficult early challenges at the Tar Heel State Softball Tournament, which began Thursday at Smithfield Community Park.
The lone county squad to win in the opening round was Louisburg, which tacked on another decision to advance into the winner’s bracket of the 10-Under Division.

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Louisburg stars in action today
Louisburg stars in action today
LELAND -- The Louisburg All-Stars will begin action today at the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball Tournament.
The event is being staged at Leland Elementary School in Brunswick County -- just south of Wilmington. A double-elimination format will be utilized.
Louisburg’s opening-round opponent will be Tryon Optimist today at 3:30 p.m.

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Homer dooms Mudcats in loss
Homer dooms Mudcats in loss
FREDERICK, MD. – The Carolina Mudcats watched another rally thwarted when the Frederick Keys came up with one of their own on Thursday night at Harry Grove Stadium.  
Pinch-hitter Mike Flacco launched a towering two-run shot over the left field wall, and the Keys escaped, 4-3 in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.

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READY TO RUN
READY TO RUN
Bunn All-Star Caleb ‘Duck’ Jeffreys prepares to take off from second base during play at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament in Brunswick County.

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WORTH THE WAIT FOR THE ALL-STARS
WORTH THE WAIT FOR THE ALL-STARS
Members of the Bunn Minor League All-Star Team pose after winning the Dixie Youth District Tournament on Thursday night a the Oxford Webb High School Softball Field.

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GOING TO BE A CLOSE ONE
GOING TO BE A CLOSE ONE
Youngsville’s Isaac Williams (right) barely avoids being tagged out at third base during Tuesday’s semifinal action of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament, which was held at the Oxford Webb High School Softball Field.

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BALL ON THE LOOSE
BALL ON THE LOOSE
Bunn’s Jaylen Perry (left) tries to come up with a loose ball as Oxford’s Austin McGhee slides into third base during Thursday’s Dixie Youth Minor League District Tournament.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Moonshine, guns found in area home
Sheriff’s deputies destroyed 17 gallons of moonshine, seized 16 guns and confiscated suspected stolen merchandise from a Franklinton area home they allege was being used as a shot house.
According to a report by Det. Wayne Daniels, deputies executed a search warrant at 102 Dunston Street and found several people inside the home, including the subject of the search warrant, Otha Lee Sneed.

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THE TRIP, FROM THERE TO HERE
THE TRIP, FROM THERE TO HERE
Members of the Louisburg Fire Department, from left to right, Ray Patterson, Larry Peoples, Dalton West, Tommy Wester, Carlton Tabron, Maude’s seller, Jackie Lee, and Al Peoples, pose in front of the 90-plus-year-old engine in Fayetteville before the Louisburg contingent loaded up the truck and brought it back to Franklin County on Wednesday. The fire department raised money and held a raffle to raise the funds needed to buy the truck, the department’s first fire engine, and bring it back home.

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TAKING THE OATH
TAKING THE OATH
Cheryl Soza and April King-Helm were sworn in as Guardian ad Litem Advocates by Judge Randolph Baskerville recently at the Franklin County Courthouse. Soza and King-Helm will serve as court appointed volunteer advocates serving youth who have experienced abuse and neglect.

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Burglary suspects hunted
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in a couple of break-ins.
First, Frieda Paredes reported on the afternoon of July 6 that someone broke into her home in the 1000 block of Tollie Weldon Road.
According to the report by Dep. Kevin Perry, suspects apparently kicked open the back door to gain entry.

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