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Showing 36 articles from August 17, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

BREAKING NEWS: Former Franklin County sheriff Pat Green sentenced
BREAKING NEWS: Former Franklin County sheriff Pat Green sentenced
Former Franklin County sheriff Pat Green was sentenced to between 44 and 62 months in jail Friday after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $220,000.
Green quit his post in January 2011, shortly before the State Bureau of Investigation began a probe into allegations that he stole money from an undercover drug fund.

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<i>Teen, friend charged with trying to kill her mom</i>
Shannon Nyamodi
Teen, friend charged with trying to kill her mom
YOUNGSVILLE — Authorities allege a 15-year-old conspired with another teen to set up a robbery that resulted in her mother getting shot.
Investigators arrested the duo in the hours following the armed home invasion early Thursday morning.
State Bureau of Investigation agents and sheriff’s investigators allege Shannon Z. Nyamodi confronted Rhonda Maclean in the bedroom of her Shearin Court home at about 2:15 a.m.

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Pat Green admits thefts; heads to jail
TAKING A STAND. State Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent in Charge Danny Mayes, left, testifies while Judge Donald Stephens, right, listens.
Pat Green admits thefts; heads to jail
Former Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green said he will spend the next 44 to 62 months trying to make himself a better man and better Christian.
Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said it was Green’s blatant violation of the public’s trust that will have him doing that soul searching in prison.

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Paid in full!
FRANKLINTON — On Tuesday night, Franklinton commissioners announced that the check would be in the mail.
By Thursday morning, Franklin County received a certified check for $597,015.01 — the money it owed the county after a judge sided with the county following a long-standing utility battle.

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Animal control board wants to disband
A board that has seen animal control update its policies and methods and build a million-dollar shelter has decided to disband.
The county’s Animal Advisory Board has drafted a dissolution letter and commissioners will be asked to act on that measure during its meeting on Monday night.

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County names interim ‘tax guy’
Franklin County has called upon an experienced hand to hold the interim office of tax administrator.
County management has tabbed Gene Rountree to head the tax office beginning next week, taking over for Jimmy Tanner, whose resignation became effective on Friday.
Tanner  will begin work as Gaston County’s new director of revenue on Monday.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Louisburg HS footballers Thomas Oothoudt and Cooper Bolton

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Farm Bill
Editorial Cartoon: Farm Bill

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Pick a topic and somebody will be protesting
Pick a topic and somebody will be protesting
GOOD MORNING:  I read where tens of thousands of protestors are expected to descend on Charlotte when the Democratic National Convention begins early next month.
When the party gathers in Charlotte Sept. 4, anarchists bent on bringing down the government as well as other radical evangelical groups bearing down on homosexuals and abortion doctors are expected to be there.

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Judge’s 53-year-old advice is just as applicable today
We often believe that the problems and challenges we face today are new — and maybe even unique — to us and our current times.
Then we discover that the problems and challenges are not unique, not new and have been around for decades.

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Save the date! Louisburg firemen planning a party!
Save the date! Louisburg firemen planning a party!
Quick, grab a pencil and put a hold on Sunday, Oct. 7!
Unless, you’ve got boys (of any age!) in your household and in that case, mark Sunday, Oct. 7 in ink.
That’s the day the Louisburg Fire Department is celebrating its 100-plus birthday and firemen are planning quite an event.

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OBITUARIES

MAMIE L. RODWELL JONES
WAKE FOREST -  Mamie L. Rodwell Jones, 83, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 in Raleigh. The funeral service was conducted Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Feggins & Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest. Burial followed  at Wake Forest Cemetery, Wake Forest.

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DANNY W. HODGE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Danny W. Hodge, 43, who died on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 will be Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GARLAND “BIG G” WITHERSPOON
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Garland “Big G” Witherspoon, 67, who died on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 will be Sunday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. at Westminister Evangelistic Church #2 with Bishop Benjamin J. Ravenell of Harrisburg, Pa. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ERIC PRIVETTE JR.
FRANKLINTON - Eric Privette, Jr., infant, died Aug. 15, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins F.H., Franklinton.

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FRANCES RICHARDS WOODLIEF
YOUNGSVILLE - Frances Richards Woodlief, 94, died Thursday Aug. 16, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center.

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SPORTS

BHS’ RARE LOSS
HERE’S YOUR TIP. Northern Nash’s Claire Fleming (left) tries to send a trip past Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (center) and Jayla Cofield (right) during Tuesday’s high school volleyball showdown at the Bunn Dome. Northern Nash won in three games.
BHS’ RARE LOSS
BUNN -- During his 19-year tenure as Bunn High School’s volleyball coach, Henry Jones had never dropped a match against a foe from Nash County.
Never.
That two-decade streak ended Monday as the Ladycats fell to Northern Nash in BHS’ regular season opener at the Bunn Dome.

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Another big year for BHS?
ENCORE PRESENTATION. Bunn High School boys soccer coach Benj Daniels hopes to lead the Wildcats to another strong season this fall.
Another big year for BHS?
BUNN -- This time last year, Benj Daniel wasn’t quite sure what to think about the potential fortunes of his Bunn High School boys soccer squad.
Then Kevin Strassburger arrived as an exchange student from Brazil, and the Wildcats were instantly transformed into a contender in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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Longson To Play For Barton
CRAFTY LEFTY. Taylor Longson’s variety of pitches helped him be successful during his strong career with the Bunn High School varsity baseball squad under Leonard Allen.
Longson To Play For Barton
BUNN -- Left-handed pitchers are always a valuable baseball commodity -- regardless of level of competition.
And when a lefty has a variety of pitches he can choose from, his stock rises even higher.
Just ask Bunn’s Taylor Longson, who has accepted an opportunity to join the baseball program at Barton College in nearby Wilson.

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Thoughts on grid schedule
Thoughts on grid schedule
At the time of this writing, the opening of the high school football season is just a few hours away.
So here are some thoughts heading into what would be an interesting and entertaining year:

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County Sports Schedule Week of August 19-25
High School Football
FRIDAY
Franklinton at Northern Vance    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at Wilson Fike    7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Ravenscroft    7:30 p.m.

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LHS Enjoys Solid Start
LHS Enjoys Solid Start
LOUISBURG -- After watching her club suffer though an uncharacteristic six-win season last fall, Louisburg High School volleyball coach Erica Wammock understood the importance of a good start to the 2012 campaign.
Consider it done.

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LC volleyball team to open on Aug. 24
LC volleyball team to open on Aug. 24
LOUISBURG -- Under new coach Colby Mangum, the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes will begin their volleyball schedule on Aug. 24 with a road match at Wilkes Community College.
LC’s home opener will be on Aug. 31, also versus Wilkes CC.
The Lady Hurricanes’ complete ledger is as follows, with home events listed in CAPS:

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Keys clamp down on Mudcats
Keys clamp down on Mudcats
ZEBULON -- Buoyed by an offensive surge from his teammates, left-hander Tim Berry held the Carolina Mudcats to two hits in an 8-2 victory for the Frederick Keys on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
A crowd of 2,712 waited through a one-hour, thirty-minute, rain delay for the night’s events to unfold.

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BHS SOCCER HIGHLIGHT
BHS SOCCER HIGHLIGHT
Keeper Will Stallings makes an acrobatic save for the Wildcats during a recent practice session at the BHS Soccer Complex.

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MEETING ON THE NET
MEETING ON THE NET
(L to R) Bunn’s Amaya Rousseau and Northern Nash’s Alexus Hill converge at the net during Tuesday evening’s high school varsity volleyball contest at the Bunn Dome.

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GREEN GOES FOR THE SET
GREEN GOES FOR THE SET
Bunn High School sophomore Kristy Green (left) attempts a set during Tuesday’s volleyball match versus the Northern Nash Knights.

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LIFESTYLES

There’s almost always music in the air here!
On a clear evening, from almost anywhere, you can hear music in the air in Franklin County.
That is especially true the first weekend of August when Preddy Fest is held ­— a three-day bluegrass festival that brings in some of the top bands and listeners and jammers from all over the southeast. This year Preddy Fest was even featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Weekend on July 26. If you missed it go to the website and watch it online.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

As schools’ eye opening, board makes several staffing changes
With schools about to open in Franklin County, the school board handled a number of personnel-related issues Monday night, including these.
The board:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Third annual local food roast to kick off United Way’s drive
The third annual Local Food Roast Plate Sale will be Sept. 7. The event, sponsored through the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service, is the kick-off event for the 2012-13 United Way of Franklin County campaign.
Plates will be on sale on site that day and tickets are on sale now.

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One hurt in two-car crash on U.S. 401
One hurt in two-car crash on U.S. 401
TOPSY TURVY. A two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of U.S. 401 and N.C. 98 on Thursday morning sent a Bunn woman to the hospital. Her injuries were not life-threatening. According to Trooper T.L. Hunt, Daniel Jasper, 65, was driving south on U.S. 401 and ran a stop light. His car crashed into a sport utility vehicle driven by Gladys Davis, 48, and her vehicle rolled over.

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Assault probed
Police arrested a Franklinton man accused of assault with a bottle.
According to a report by Dep. A.J. Bishop, he responded to Sterling Street the evening of Aug. 13 to find Eddie Harris suffering from a laceration to the head and scrapes to his body.
First responders transported him to the hospital.

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BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS OPENS
NEW BUSINESS OPENS
Urgent care and sports medicine has come to downtown Youngsville with the opening of A-Plus Urgent Care and Sports Medicine in the new downtown complex at 127 East Main Street. The business is designed to handle urgent care matters and all sports medicine needs. X-ray machines and labs are on site. It’s open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Spoils RM Stadium Opening
Bunn Spoils RM Stadium Opening
ROCKY MOUNT -- Bunn played the villain’s role to perfect Friday, and in the process spoiled the grand opening of the new Rocky Mount High School Football Field.
The Gryphons were hoping for a celebration, but instead Bunn gained a measure of revenge from last year’s shutout loss at the hands of RM.

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Southern Vance Outlasts Louisburg
Southern Vance Outlasts Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg scored first -- but not again -- during Friday’s regular season football opener against Southern Vance.
The Runnin’ Raiders would close the contest with two unanswered touchdowns en route to earning a 14-6 decision over the Warriors at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.

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FHS Drops Wild Game To Lakewood
ROSEBORO -- Jeremy Buck’s first game as Franklinton’s head football coach also turned out to be one of the wildest for the Red Rams in recent memory.
Taking on small-school power Lakewood, the Red Rams tallied 47 points -- but gave up 49 to the host Leopards.

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