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Showing 31 articles from July 27, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Shooting probe leads to arrest of 4 on drug charges
Responding to a call of shots being fired at a home, deputies arrested five people — including the occupants, who face drug charges.
According to a report by Det. Allen Batchelor, deputies were dispatched to 242 Mulberry Road after receiving reports of shots being fired at the house about 7:30 a.m. on July 26.

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<i>Not just horsin’ around!</i>
Jennifer McCaskill pampers Koko in the foaling barn
Not just horsin’ around!
A few years ago, Sammy and Jennifer McCaskill took their first Franklin County Farm Tour.
Then, they went on another. Then another.
While some folks view the tour as a chance to get a good glimpse at horses and bask in the county’s rural, rustic nature, the McCaskills saw it as a homework assignment.

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<i>Reaching needy kids by building backpacks</i>
Reaching needy kids by building backpacks
Families in Franklin County that need help with school supplies this year will get a boost again from the United Way of Franklin County as part of a statewide effort with N.C. Communities in Schools and Walmart.
Known as “Build-A-Backpack,” the effort secured 408 backpacks full of supplies for needy students in Franklin County during the inaugural year in 2011.

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Bats bested, residents can return
Residents at a Franklinton apartment complex have been given the go-ahead to move back into a building that was infested with bats.
And by next week, every resident confirmed by the health department to have come in contact with with the nocturnal mammals will have completed their post exposure treatment.

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Attorney admits improper actions
An area attorney accused of taking part in an inappropriate sexual and client-attorney relationship has admitted to his wrongdoing. His fate will now rest with the N.C. State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission.
The State Bar filed a complaint in June, alleging that while Steven Decillis represented a client in a motor vehicle accident, he  had gotten involved with the defendant in that case.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Jasmine & Chepirah Neal

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Penn State
Editorial Cartoon: Penn State

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‘A little rain must fall’ but the question is when?
‘A little rain must fall’ but the question is when?
GOOD MORNING: There’s a song that notes that into each life some rain must fall, but I’ll say this much: Very little rain has fallen around these parts in quite some time, and it shows.
The weekend weather outlook: Partly cloudy and quite warm, that is if you can call temperatures in the low to mid 90’s warm, with something like a 20 percent to 30 percent chance of rain.

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Home invasions a symptom of how times have changed
My, how times have changed.
And not for the better, either.
Used to be that a family’s home was its castle and that sanctity was rarely violated by the criminal element.
Sure, sometimes a petty thief might sneak around to the back door and find a way inside, only to make off with a few relatively insignificant items that could be sold or hocked for a small gain.

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 A red-faced, sweaty visitor proved theory about Bickett
A red-faced, sweaty visitor proved theory about Bickett
Sometimes it’s uncomfortable to be proven right, especially when someone sets out to test the basis for an opinion.
Such was the case this week when I was called to the front office to meet a friend who dropped by unexpectedly.

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OBITUARIES

MCCOY EVANS
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for McCoy Evans, 66, who died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Faith Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linwood Richardson officiating.

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DORIS W. FULFORD
ZEBULON - Doris Watkins Fulford, 82, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Watkins family cemetery.

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ETHEL T. TAYLOR
LOUISBURG - Ethel Tyree Taylor, 92, died at her home on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. She had previously lived in Raleigh. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale.

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SPORTS

Bunn Bows Out
FIRE AWAY. Bunn’s Seth Bullock delivers a pitch as part of the Dixie Youth Minor League State Baseball Tournament at Elizabethtown Park.
Bunn Bows Out
ELIZABETHTOWN -- A nine-run explosion by their opponent early in the game doomed the Bunn All-Stars’ chances at the Dixie Youth Minor League State Baseball Tournament.
But it certainly didn’t doom their spirits.
In an elimination game on Monday, Bunn fell behind by nine runs in the top of the first inning against North Stanly.

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VICTORY CHARM
BALL IN HER HANDS. Chepirah Neal was a four-year starter at Bunn High School.
VICTORY CHARM
BUNN -- Wherever Chepirah Neal has played, she has been a winner -- going back to middle school and beyond.
Fayetteville State hopes Neal brings that winning recipe with her when she joins the Broncos’ women’s basketball program next month.

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McHale steps down at Franklinton
FRANKLINTON -- After nearly two seasons, Paul McHale won’t be returning as the Athletic Director at Franklinton High School.
McHale, who has been at FHS for five years total as a math teacher, announced his resignation on Thursday to accept a finance position in the private sector.

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Wildcats to play in jamboree
BUNN -- Coach Chris Miller and the Bunn Wildcats will cap off their preseason schedule by taking part in the Corinth Holders High School Footbll Jamboree on Aug. 10.
The event will be staged on the CHHS campus near Wendell. Scrimmages will be held at both the stadium and practice fields.

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LC’s women release sked
LC’s women release sked
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has released its 2012 women’s soccer schedule, and the Lady Hurricanes will begin regular season action on Aug. 25 with a match against College of Southern Maryland.
The event will be staged at a neutral site in Wilmington.
LC, coached by Andy Stokes, will have its initial home match Sept. 2 at home versus Region X soccer newcomer Patrick Henry Community College.

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Howle to stay with Penn St.
Howle to stay with Penn St.
Rumors have been swirling all week that some members of the Penn State University football team will be transferring following epic sanctions from the NCAA.
Ty Howle won’t be one of them.
Howle, a junior center and former standout at Bunn High School, has opted to remain at PSU -- despite the fact that the gridiron program will be ineligible for bowl games for the remainder of his time at State College.

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NEXT STOP -- FAYETTEVILLE STATE
NEXT STOP -- FAYETTEVILLE STATE
Bunn High School girls basketball standout Chepirah Neal (front, center) signs a letter-of-intent to continue her career at Fayetteville State University.

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Mud Run coming to Youngsville
YOUNGSVILLE -- A unique format in running is coming to Youngsville on Sept. 8.
The Zombie Escape Mud Run will be held on that day at Panic Point on 2739 Cedar Creek Road.
The 5-K course will feature 16 challenging obstacles, along with plenty of mud, open fields, forest roads and water crossings.

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BIG GRAB
BIG GRAB
Bunn’s Sam Kagarise prepares to reel in a fly ball during last weekend’s action at the Dixie Youth Minor League State Baseball Tournament in Elizabethtown.

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Rollergirls to be in action Aug. 5
RALEIGH -- So far, it has certainly been a cruel summer.
In addition to suffering through over 100-degree temperatures and stifling humidity, fans have had to endure the absence of the big hits, thrilling jams and fast-paced athleticism of the Carolina Rollergirls.
On August 5, the Carolina All-Stars will take on the Atlanta Dirty South All-Stars in a special morning bout at the Skate Ranch, located at 2901 Trawick Road in Raleigh.

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Dash do in Mudcats once again
Dash do in Mudcats once again
WINSTON-SALEM –- After staking a 5-1 lead thanks to a patented offensive outburst, the Carolina Mudcats surrendered six unanswered to the Winston-Salem Dash in a 7-5 loss at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
The Mudcats (17-16, 49-54) dropped their fourth straight losing decision, and fell to third place in the Carolina League Southern Division, one game behind the Dash (18-15, 62-40).

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LIFESTYLES

FIVE GENERATIONS
FIVE GENERATIONS
It’s not often that five generations of a family get the opportunity to get together for a photo — and when it happens, it’s worth noting Shown here (clockwise from left) are Danielle Davis, with daughter Alana Hamilton; Dorothy Davis, great-grandmother; Wanda Davis, grandmother; and Alberta Davis, great-great-grandmother.

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<i>What’s that critter doing damage, a mole or vole?</i>
What’s that critter doing damage, a mole or vole?
During the past month the Cooperative Extension Office has received many questions about moles and voles.
How do you tell the difference? What do they eat? What can you do to control them?  They have taken over my yard.
These are the questions and comments that most people have.

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MASTER PILOT
MASTER PILOT
Clive Goodwin received the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from Bob Sutherlin of the FAA in a ceremony in Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s General Aviation Hangar last month. The award is given to pilots with more than 50 years experience. Goodwin accepted the award with his wife, Mary Lou.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

WELCOME BACK
WELCOME BACK
The LHS Class of 1971 held its 41st year reunion on June 9 at Terrell Lane Middle School in Louisburg. There were lots of hugs, tears of joy, laughter and good food. Some classmates had not seen one another in 41 years.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Room named in honor of Kittrell man</i>
Room named in honor of Kittrell man
Telamon Corporation recently dedicated the T. Jerome Cheek Multipurpose Room in memory of T. Jerome Cheek of Kittrell.
Cheek retired from the NC Employment Security Commission in 2007, after a successful 20-year career.
Before joining the ESC, he worked for the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Association, which later became Telamon Corporation.

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Federal WIC food program designed to boost nutrition
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally funded, supplemental food program which provides nutritional foods to help babies and young children improve their developmental growth.
The main goals of the WIC program are to improve the nutritional status of eligible women, infants and children from low to moderate income families by providing healthy foods, nutritional education, and access to other social and health programs.

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Deputies looking for suspect in home break-in
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in a home break-in.
Wilhemina Woods reported on July 25 that someone broke into a home in the 100 block of Mark Street off Sims Bridge Road.
According to the report by Dep. Joel Anderson, the suspect apparently broke a dead bolt on a back side door to gain entry.

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