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Showing 38 articles from August 24, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Court officials debate which county should try alleged kidnapper
Court officials debate which county should try alleged kidnapper
Attorneys held the first of at least two arguments that will determine where a man suspected of kidnapping and sexual assault will be tried.
Ryan M. Brown surrendered to authorities on March 22, four days after investigators allege he kidnapped an estranged girlfriend from her Craven County home, drove to a residence off N.C. 58 and sexually assaulted her.

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BONK
BONK
Bunn High School boys soccer player Gabe Gonzalez (left) heads the ball while being defended by Southern Nash’s Trevor Marshall during Wednesday’s non-league matchup at the SNHS Soccer Complex in Stanhope. Gonzalez delivered the lone goal of the contest in the second half as the  Wildcats secured a 1-0 decision over the Firebirds.

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Franklinton’s officials mum on water issue
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners appointed two new members to its ABC board and agreed to pursue funds to bolster its ailing utility system.
But they did not address a resident’s request for more public discussion about the town’s water dispute with Franklin County.

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<i>County’s EMS director leaving for state job, again</i>
County’s EMS director leaving for state job, again
It’s not an emergency, but Franklin County will begin searching for someone to lead its Emergency Services Office.
Director Randy Likens tendered his resignation this week, telling county management that he will be returning to work for the state.

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A ‘grave’ issue resolved; college, concerned family find a win-win solution
An effort to honor the memory of Louisburg College’s first president, an effort that very nearly veered into controversy, is apparently coming to a conclusion that should please just about everyone.
Earlier this year, college President Mark La Branche announced tentative plans to relocate the body of Matthew Dickinson, the school’s first preceptor, as the position was then called, from a long-neglected cemetery in the northern part of the county to a spot near the Academy Building on the college campus.

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Plea ends indecent liberties case without jail
A man who was alleged to have been shielded by a county commissioner and the sheriff’s office pled no contest to child sex abuse this week.
Unless he violates his probation, Jason Medlin will not spend a day in jail for his transgressions.
Authorities arrested  and charged Medlin with three counts of felony indecent liberties with a minor on April 6, alleging he assaulted a 10-year-old girl.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Freeman Jones

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Homes, Sweet Homes
Editorial Cartoon: Homes, Sweet Homes

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Murder by mug: At least she didn’t use whole pot
Murder by mug: At least she didn’t use whole pot
GOOD MORNING: It looks like a pretty nice weekend shaping up weather wise. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 83 degrees today. Sunday looks to be sunny with a high around 85 and only a very slight chance of rain either day.
Enjoy!

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It’s confusion over erosion!
It’s confusion over erosion!
JUST PLAIN CONFUSED! The old adage about the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing is the appropriate way to explain the difference between these photographs. In the photo (right), many of the trees and other protective vegetation from along a ditch have been removed or killed by a contractor for Progress Energy as the giant utility cleared its right-of-way along Wilder Street in Louisburg recently.

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Data mining for history better with volunteers?
Data mining for history better with volunteers?
Although it looks like the controversy over moving the grave of the first president of Louisburg College is winding down in a win-win solution, that’s  only part of the good news.
Granted, I’m glad both sides came to agreement over the controversial idea to move the grave and, it’s even more important, that the man’s gravesite and those around it are to be cleaned up and the site preserved.

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Similar penalties
Dear editor:
It is good that the former sheriff admitted to stealing money and he is serving time for his crime. I believe we should have sent former tax collector Donnie Rudd with him.

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A sweet deal
Dear editor:
I am leaving instructions with my wife that after I die she should sell our farm to the county in the same way that it purchased land near the airport three days ago; specifically, purchase price 30 percent higher than appraised value, and my wife gets to keep the money from the sale of the timber.

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OBITUARIES

EMMA WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Emma Williams, 87, who died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, were held Friday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Elbert Alston officiating. Burial followed in the St. Stephens church cemetery.

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RUBY LINDA BRODIE
FRANKLINTON— Ruby Linda Brodie, 51, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at her home in Franklinton. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Woodland Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Curtis Perry officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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CATHERINE O. MERRITT
WAKE FOREST - Catherine O’Neal Merritt, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at New Liberty Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2 p.m. Sunday at the church.

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GERALDINE A. HALL
RALEIGH - Geraldine Alford Hall, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Millbrook Baptist Church, with visitation from 10 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

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MADIE LEAN JONES BREWER
BEDFORD, VA - Madie Lean Jones Brewer, 88, of Bedford, VA, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Born December 8, 1923 in Louisburg, NC, she was a daughter of the late Zachus Jones and Mamie Radford Jones.

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GABRIEL CURRIN
5/8/2003 - 8/22/2012
ALBANY, NY - Gabriel Cole Currin, 9, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 22, at St. Margaret’s Center in Albany.  At his bedside were his mother, Eden Marie Kane, and his grandmother, Julie Kane, both of Hillsdale, NY, and his best friend and loving nurse, Marguerite Hickey of Stillwater, NY.  Born in New York City on May 8, 2003, Gabe was also the son of Lawrence E. Currin, Jr., of Henderson, NC.

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SPORTS

ONE AND DONE
TANGLED UP WITH YOU. (L to R) Southern Nash’s Trey Jerman and Bunn’s Walter Snead collide during Wednesday’s prep soccer showdown in Stanhope.
ONE AND DONE
STANHOPE -- Benj Daniels was right -- the high-flying days are temporarily over for the Bunn High School boys soccer program.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the victories have to stop -- at least in Daniels’ estimation.
Last year, Bunn shared the Northern Carolina Conference Championship and reached the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs thanks in part to a potent offense that featured Barton College signee Kevin Strassburger.

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LC brings in several new stars
LC brings in several new stars
LOUISBURG -- Having nine returnees provided Don Stopa with a bit of a safety net as he embarked on his first recruiting expedition as the head coach of the Louisburg College softball program.
Stopa guided the Lady Hurricanes to a solid finish in the spring, but he took the job last November -- meaning he had no time to add any new players for the campaign.

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Miller’s Magic Leads To Tie
COLE IN THE CLUTCH FOR FHS. Franklinton’s Cole Gupton (right) tries to gain possession from Northern Nash’s Zeke Alvarez during Thursday evening’s boys high school soccer match, which was staged on the NN campus in Red Oak.
Miller’s Magic Leads To Tie
RED OAK -- To date, Isaac Welker has found more questions than answers in his first season in charge of an inexperienced boys soccer squad at Franklinton High School.
Welker,  however, has discovered one absolute amid a roster that is otherwise dotted with unproven freshmen and sophomores.

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Gridiron matchup is moved
Gridiron matchup is moved
Bunn’s scheduled football game this coming week against Southern Nash has been moved up one day.
The Wildcats and Firebirds will meet on Thursday instead of Friday. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at the BHS Football Field as the backyard foes will renew their rivalry.
“It’s Labor Day Weekend, and we just wanted to make sure folks could enjoy our holiday and still be able to come to the game,’’ said BHS head coach Chris Miller.

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County Sports Schedule Week of August 26-Sept. 1
High School Football
THURSDAY
Southern Nash at Bunn    7 p.m.
FRIDAY
Ravenscroft at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.

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LC’s soccer squads ready for campaign
LC’s soccer squads ready for campaign
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will begin its women’s soccer season this weekend with a pair of contests in Wilmington.
Today, LC will tangle with the College of Southern Maryland at 1 p.m. The weekend will conclude Sunday with a noon showdown against Anne Arundel Community College.

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BIG BASS
BIG BASS
Tyshun Livingston, 10, reeled in this five-pound bass recently at a private pond in Franklin County. Tyshun is a fifth-grade student at Louisburg Elementary School.

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LEAVING HIM BEHIND
LEAVING HIM BEHIND
Southern Nash’s Trevor Marshall (5) races toward a ball during Wednesday afternoon’s high school boys soccer showdown against Bunn HS.

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BHS gets best of Hunt
BUNN --  Bunn’s final pre-league volleyball preparation proved to be a profitable one for the Ladycats.
Playing at home, Bunn was able to outlast Wilson Hunt in a non-conference event. Scores were 25-23, 25-21, 22-25 and 25-22 in the Ladycats’ favor.
BHS is now 2-1 on the campaign heading into next Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference opener on the road against Corinth Holders.

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Mudcats can’t hold off the Nats
Mudcats can’t hold off the Nats
WOODBRIDGE, VA. -- The Carolina Mudcats stormed out to a 7-3 lead, but could not make it hold as the Potomac Nationals rallied for a 9-8 win in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium in Northern Virginia in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.  
The Nationals (26-32, 57-71) scored five unanswered runs over the last three innings for the win.

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Carolina Rollergirls back in action
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Rollergirls are back at Dorton Arena in Raleigh as they will be taking to the flat track on September 1 to work out their end-of-summer blues against the Cincinnati Rollergirls.
“We all love playing at Dorton,” says Sue Yu of the Carolina Rollergirls. “And we’re excited to be back there for what will certainly be two hard-hitting bouts. We’ve been working hard all summer, and we can’t wait to see that hard work pay off against these Cincinnati teams.”

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SLIP SLIDIN’ AWAY
SLIP SLIDIN’ AWAY
Southern Nash’s Trey Jerman (right) goes to the ground to tip the ball away from Bunn’s Gabe Gonzalez.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (August 27-31)
LOUISBURG SENIOR CENTER
Telephone: 496-1131 • Meals Daily: 11:30 a.m.
* Exercise Room: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. -  Fri.*
*Billiards: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.*

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COMMUNITY NEWS

IN THE WEEDS
IN THE WEEDS
The driver of this car avoided injuries, and a bunch of trees, after running off Person Road just north of Jones Chapel Road at about 3 p.m. on Monday. Emergency crews responded, along with the State Highway Patrol.

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<i>Commissioners want missing money update</i>
Commissioners want missing money update
While Franklin County commissioners were being updated about new money coming in, the board asked for an update about old money that was apparently lost.
By the first of the year, the State Bureau of Investigation began probing allegations that a former animal control officer embezzled funds.

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Youngsville police make drug arrests
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole construction equipment from Franklinton High School.
Clarence Walker reported the afternoon of Aug. 20 that when he came back to school, he noticed a mortar mixer missing from a locked fence behind his classroom.
According to the report by Dep. A.W. Moss, Walker also noticed the lock was cut and four wheel barrows were missing.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Red Rams Sparkle On Defense
Red Rams Sparkle On Defense
HENDERSON -- After giving up 49 points in Week One, the Franklinton High School defense was motivated for a quick reversal of fortune during Friday’s football matchup at Northern Vance.
FHS achieved its goal by limiting NV to a single touchdown as part of a 14-7 conquest at Viking Stadium.
The Red Rams forced four key Northern Vance turnovers and came up with a clutch goal-line stand late in the game to preserve the victory -- which was the first for Jeremy Buck as FHS’ head coach.

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Ravens Win Wild One Vs. LHS
RALEIGH -- Louisburg’s high-powered offense piled up a whopping 512 total yards during Friday’s road football showdown at Ravenscroft.
And it still wasn’t enough.
Instead, LHS allowed the Ravens to accumulate 527 yards of their own en route to a 46-32 decision over the Warriors in North Raleigh.

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Late TD Sends Fike Past Bunn
WILSON -- Bunn’s early-season tour of the Big East Conference continued Friday -- but with a much different result.
The Wildcats had opened their football campaign in Week One with a victory over Rocky Mount that featured a fourth-quarter comeback.

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