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Showing 44 articles from September 18, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Missing money subject of probe at local assisted living facility
Missing money subject of probe at local assisted living facility
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating at least half a dozen allegations that residents of an assisted living facility have been ripped off.
The new operator claims the incidents occurred before he took over.
The first report was filed on Aug. 28 when Betty Ayscue reported that about $500 was missing from an account managed for her mother by administrators at the Autumn Wind retirement home.

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<i>‘Mr. Bunn High School’ will be honored Sept. 30</i>
‘Mr. Bunn High School’ will be honored Sept. 30
Years of service to Bunn High School, the Bunn area and Franklin County in general will be honored at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, when the Bunn High School auditorium will be named for Johnny H. Alford in a ceremony that is open to the public.
The county board of education voted unanimously last April that the facility be named for Alford, a former Bunn High principal and a former member of the county school board.

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UP TO THEIR KNEES
UP TO THEIR KNEES
Youngsville utility crew members, from left to right, Wade Brown, Sheldon Patterson and Terry Perry worked through Monday to repair a waterline break that happened in front of Town Hall over the weekend. The only service impacted was that of Town Hall.

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Lake Royale protections get commissioners’ okay
Lake Royale protections get commissioners’ okay
County commissioners adopted a text amendment expected to protect a waterway at the heart of the county’s largest community.
Lake Royale residents and its Property Owners Association asked commissioners to adopt a plan that would limit the percentage of property that residents are allowed to cover with an impervious surface, such as concrete or the footprint of their home.

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Y-ville moving ahead on utility sale
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners gave staff authority to negotiate easements that would pave the way for a utility transfer between the town and Franklin County.
The entities have discussed a proposal by which Franklin County would pay to take over the town’s water and sewer service.

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L-burg lowers downtown speed limit
Speed limits downtown and parking near Louisburg High School were the main items of business Monday night for the Louisburg town council.
After a brief debate -- and a month of behind-the-scenes research -- the council agreed unanimously that the speed limit on Main Street downtown from Franklin Street to West River Road should be set at 20 miles per hour. (Northbound, the new limit will apply from Perry Street to Franklin Street.)

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Resident and United Way volunteer Gary Bridges

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Better Off?
Editorial Cartoon: Better Off?

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Let’s hope a mild summer evolves into a mild winter
Let’s hope a mild summer evolves into a mild winter
GOOD MORNING: I can’t recall for sure whether these days are the ones that are sometimes referred to as the “Dog Days Of Summer” or what, but regardless, Saturday will mark the first day of fall according to my desk calendar, and the weather we’ve experienced the past few days tends to verify it.
I can’t complain about the weather we’ve enjoyed this past summer, however.

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What’s wrong with this? USPS favors ‘big guys’
The newspaper business—both small and large papers—has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to purposely entice advertising out of the newspaper so ads can be placed instead with USPS favored stakeholder Valassis Inc., which bought direct mail company ADVO in 2006.

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Cold winds signal start of dicey political season
Cold winds signal start of dicey political season
When I didn’t know any better, I always assumed that the change in the weather this time of year was associated with Mother Nature.
I just assumed that tornado watches and warnings, and the prospect of hurricanes had more to do with warm water patterns and, for a time, El Niño.

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Treatment ‘excellent’ at FRMC
Dear editor:
I want to let readers know about the excellent treatment I received at the Franklin Regional Medical Center emergency room recently.
On Aug. 26, 2012, I fell hard down some steps at church and cut my head.

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Editorial Cartoon: I.O.U.
Editorial Cartoon: I.O.U.

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OBITUARIES

EVELYN F. FINCH
BUNN – Evelyn Forsythe Finch, 83, died Sunday morning, Sept. 16, 2012 at her home. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg. Burial followed at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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MAGGIE L. STARR
HIGH POINT - Maggie LaRuth Starr, 83, of High Point died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at her residence.

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PATSY H. TIPPETT
HENDERSON - Patsy Gail Hendley Tippett, 61, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at Maria Parham Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Flowers Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Tammy Ayscue.

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WILLIE A. TUCKER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Willie A. Tucker, 52, who died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ELLIS J. LYNCH
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Ellis Junior Lynch, 64, who died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Richardson Funeral in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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MELBA B. HULETT
YOUNGSVILLE —Melba Lee Bower Hulett, 64, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at Rex Hospital. A celebration of her life will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at North Wake Church, with Pastor Larry Trotter officiating. Friends may visit with the family following the service.

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JAY T. STALLINGS JR.
ZEBULON - Jay Travis Stallings Jr., 28, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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HELEN M. ANGE
ZEBULON - Helen Morgan Ange, 71, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Funeral service was held Tuesday at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Entombment followed in the Gethsemane Mausoleum.

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GRADY J. HAYNES, JR.
LOUISBURG – Grady J. Haynes Jr., 77, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, 2012. Services will be private.

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EUGENE EDWARD NEWELL
October 15, 1928 – September 16, 2012
BUNN – Eugene Edward “Gene” Newell, 83, of Bunn, passed away September 16th at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh.

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SPORTS

ONE SHY OF SEVENTY
FALLING FORWARD. Bunn’s Tevin Ferrell (with ball) gains some extra yardage for the Wildcats during last Friday night’s football victory at home against Northern Carolina Conference opponent North Johnston.
ONE SHY OF SEVENTY
BUNN -- Through three games, Bunn coach Chris Miller felt like his club hadn’t reached its potential on offense.
But following a bye week for extra preparation, the Wildcats piled up 69 points -- scoring in just about every fashion -- to roll past North Johnston last Friday by a 69-0 margin at home in the Northern Carolina Conference gridiron opener for both squads.

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Kelsey Kicks ‘Em For Warriors
LOUISBURG’S KICKING SENSATION. Senior Kelsey Harris is serving as a placekicker this fall for the Louisburg High School football squad, which will be on the road this Friday against the Franklinton Red Rams.
Kelsey Kicks ‘Em For Warriors
As the head coach for the Louisburg High School football team, Chris Lee often receives summertime phone calls from the parents of prospective players.
This one, however, was a bit different.
Kelsey Harris’ father called Lee early this summer, wanting to know if his child could earn the opportunity to wear a jersey for LHS when the Warriors opened their season in mid-August against Southern Vance.

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Warriors prepared for Rams
Warriors prepared for Rams
A variety of offensive weapons will be showcased Friday when Louisburg makes its first-ever trip to the new Franklinton High School Football Field for a key Northern Carolina Conference grid contest.
Both clubs had little trouble scoring over the past few weeks. Franklinton is now on a four-game winning streak, and the Red Rams’ lone low-scoring game was still one they were able to win -- a 6-0 decision over Ravenscroft in Week Three.

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Four In A Row For FHS
Four In A Row For FHS
WENDELL -- Franklinton’s penchant for earning clutch wins has now spanned four straight games -- including Friday’s 34-21 decision over the host Corinth Holders Pirates in the Red Rams’ opener in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Corinth Holders entered the contest with a winless mark, albeit against a tough schedule.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s scores from football action in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association:

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REACH FOR SUCCESS
REACH FOR SUCCESS
Bunn’s Naquan Davis (right) lunges to make a tackle for the Wildcats during last Friday’s home football decision vs. North Johhston in Northern Carolina Conference action.

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LC schedule released
LC schedule released
LOUISBURG -- Coach Brett Vana’s second season in charge of the Louisburg College women’s basketball program will begin Nov. 2-3 when the Lady Hurricanes host the Pizza Hut Classic at Taylor Center on the LC campus.

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FCPR VOLLEYBALL PHOTOS
FCPR VOLLEYBALL PHOTOS
8-11 SUMMER LEAGUE SUGAR AND SPIKES. (Back, l to r) Coach Crystal Powell, Diana Potter, Hailey Tuck, Dana Potter, Taylor Whitley and Coach Jamie Whitley; (front, l to r) Savannah Tuck, Harley Foster, Maggie Powell and Miranda Bell.

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BUNN STOPS FUQUAY-VARINA
BUNN STOPS FUQUAY-VARINA
GREAT START FOR BYRL. The Bunn Youth Recreation League Wildcats got off to a tremendous start to the East Wake Football League season two weeks ago. The Wildcats played Fuquay-Varina on the road on secured victories in the Mini Mites (13-12) and Mighty Mites (7-0).

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Lady Hurricanes sweep Johnston
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College volleyball team dominated Johnston Community College in Region X action last Friday night as the Hurricanes swept the Jaguars 3-0.
The Canes had a true team effort as the whole roster helped out in the conference win.
Chermaine Johnson set the tone with her serve as she hit nine total aces.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Couple exchanges vows in double-ring ceremony</i>
Couple exchanges vows in double-ring ceremony
Rachel Georgia Beckham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Beckham of  Creedmoor, married Christian B. Hale of Morrisville in a double-ring ceremony on Sept. 15, 2012. The groom is the son of Katherine Spare Hale of  Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late Richard B. Hale.

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<i>Golden Anniversary marked</i>
Golden Anniversary marked
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED. Rich and Patsy Cash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. They were given a dinner party at the Angus Barn by their daughter, LuAnne C. Cooper, and son Richard Cash III and wife Kelly. They were married Sept. 2, 1962 at Flat Rock Baptist Church of Louisburg.

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Violin, piano concert opens  fall season at Cherry Hill
Violin, piano concert opens fall season at Cherry Hill
The first concert of 2012 at Warren County’s Cherry Hill will feature violinist Olga Caceanova accompanied by pianist Constantin Finehouse.
They will present works by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Bela Bartok, Enrique Granados, Fritz Kreisler and Camille Saint-Saens. The concert is to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

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Newest arrival
Graham and Kelly Williams of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, Zachary Jaden Williams, born March 27, 2012 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long.

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<i>Quilt Trail designed to focus on local arts, area’s heritage</i>
Quilt Trail designed to focus on local arts, area’s heritage
The Quilt Trails of the Tar River is a program of the Franklin County Arts Council designed to capture the history of our community through the display of quilt square blocks on historic buildings and structures in Franklin and surrounding counties.
While traveling around to look at quilt blocks, participants can partake in our art, history, agriculture and scenic byways.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>College’s concert series will offer a wide variety</i>
The Platters are scheduled for an appearance at Louisburg College
College’s concert series will offer a wide variety
Tickets are now on sale for Louisburg College’s 55th Allen de Hart Concert Series, which will feature a wide variety of performances ranging from timeless R&B tunes and classic country hits to a holiday favorite play and a Broadway-style variety show.
On Friday, Sept. 28, get ready to relive the thrilling experience of seeing the most influential band in history live when The Beatles tribute group Yesterday brings the British Invasion to Louisburg College.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Fixing permit issue may cost Youngsville a business
YOUNGSVILLE — A move to address a permitting oversight that governs outdoor business sales downtown may have cost Youngsville one business.
Two others, though, just met the deadline to apply for a conditional use permit that commissioners can use to regulate what’s sold on the streets of the Main Street Business District.

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Deputies find no evidence to support assault claim
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a man being thrown from a moving vehicle, but evidence suggests otherwise.
Deputies were sent out  to the 7800 block of N.C. 39 S. near Zebulon during the early morning hours of Sept. 14 after getting a call that a man had been thrown out of a vehicle.

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Deputies find stolen vehicle wrecked
Sheriff’s deputies recovered a stolen vehicle that turns out to have been involved in a wreck.
Dep. D. Moore reported the morning of Sept. 15 that he went to a home in the 1900 block of Ronald Tharrington Road to speak with Jessie Langley about a wreck that happened in the 300 block of Joe Denton Road.

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Youngsville reduces sweepstakes’ licenses
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners agreed that the stakes were too high for sweepstakes operators.
In July, the town’s governing board agreed to raise its annual privilege license fee for Internet cafés from $5 to $500 per location and $1,000 per machine.
The goal was to generate revenue for the town, cashing in on a business trend that is sweeping the state.

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Deputies probe sexual assault
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton man accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl.
James A. Crane, 19, was charged with statutory rape of a 13-year-old — a Class C felony.
According to investigators, the 13-year-old girl left home around the start of school to stay with Crane, an acquaintance.

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