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Showing 39 articles from October 16, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

‘Communication’ blamed for slow police response
“It was a problem of communication,” said Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter as he evaluated problems that surfaced a week ago Saturday night.
Questioned at the town council meeting Monday night, Lassister said problems began when Sheriff Jerry Jones authorized a large party to be held at the National Guard Armory.

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Commissioners now want to look at three park sites
The last time parks and recreation advisors presented commissioners with a proposed park site, officials said no.
On Monday, commissioners took a sort of pre-emptive strike.
Last week, the county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board agreed to recommend a nearly 100-acre site on Dyking Road for a new park site.

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Louisburg agrees to let sunshine generate power
Solar power, already a reality in Franklin County, could be coming to Louisburg soon.
The town council took the first steps toward allowing both homeowners and businesses to generate electricity from solar powers during its Monday night session.
While the idea may not be financially viable without incentives at the moment, that’s likely to change, according to industry projections.

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ASHER HONORED
ASHER HONORED
Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell (left) presents Times columnist Asher Johnson with a proclamation honoring Johnson’s “unselfish, unparalleled and dedicated service to the citizens of Louisburg and Franklin County” following Monday night’s council meeting. The proclamation was approved by the town council.

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Airport hangar partnership gets county go-ahead
County commissioners gave airport staff the authority to move forward with contract negotiations that could expand the airport.
Last month, the county’s airport authority agreed that it would be a good idea to enter into a contract to lease airport land to Paul Fayard so he could build a 12,000-square foot hangar.

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Board votes to delay jail renovations
Board votes to delay jail renovations
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners decided to rescind a vote rather than get locked into an architectural contract for jail renovations.
Early in Monday’s meeting, commissioners agreed by a split, partisan vote on a contract that would have paid Apex-based Surapon Sujjavanich Architects 10 percent of an estimated $1.7 million renovation and new construction project.

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Patrol seeks answers in hit-run
The State Highway Patrol continues to look for answers more than a year after a Henderson man was killed walking along U.S. 401.
Authorities responded to the two-lane highway near the Warren County line at about 5 a.m. on May 31, 2011 to find Richard McClain Jones lying in the roadway.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Camdyn Ball

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Rhetoric
Editorial Cartoon: Rhetoric

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Newspaper folks (still) aren’t used to compliments!
Newspaper folks (still) aren’t used to compliments!
GOOD MORNING: I’m still floating on cloud nine as a result of that big blow-out for me at the Louisburg Operations Center last Wednesday. And in response to the online question, posed by Joe & Deb DeSantis in Florida Saturday, as to how I managed to keep a straight face while State Sen. Doug Berger made the presentation, is that for once in my long life, I found myself totally speechless and I kept asking myself if this was real or imagined.

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Latest park site is fine but why the change in rules?
Finally, we have a site.
Well ... , more precisely we have a recommended site that is awaiting a final decision by the Franklin County commissioners.
But no, wait! The commissioners unexpectedly — but of course not politically! — reversed direction Monday night, throwing the whole process once again into disarray.

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Continued search for new park site is getting ghastly
Continued search for new park site is getting ghastly
Growing up, one of my favorite shows of all time was Scooby Doo.
So, it’s no wonder that I do love a good ghost story.
Monday night’s commissioners meeting, I figured, was the perfect opportunity to spot an apparition. And it was.

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OBITUARIES

GLENDA A. LANE
LOUISBURG - Glenda A. Lane, 51, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Memorial services are pending at this time and will be announced at a later date.

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JOSEPHINE W. CRUDUP
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Josephine Wilder Crudup, 98, who died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, were held Monday, Oct. 15, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

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FRANKLIN D. CREECH
ZEBULON – Franklin Durward Creech, 77, died Friday night, Oct. 12, 2012 at William Dunlap Hospice Home. A funeral service was held Monday at Union Chapel Baptist Church.  Burial followed in church cemetery. 

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RICHARD A. SCARBERRY SR.
FRANKLINTON - Richard Alan Scarberry Sr., 64, died at his home in Wake Forest on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Hall-Wynne in Franklinton. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne, Franklinton.

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CHADWICK L. FOSTER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Chadwick L. Foster, 40, who died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Haywood Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery.

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MARTHA S. VAUGHAN
May 16, 1934 – October 13, 2012
LOUISBURG – Martha Stone Vaughan, 78, of Louisburg, died Saturday evening at her home surrounded by family and friends.

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PARRY G. PACE
HENDERSON-Parry Garland “P.G.” Pace, age 75, a resident of 815 Countrywood Lane, died Friday, October 12, 2012 at Maria Parham Medical Center.  Born in Franklin County on July 30, 1937, he was the son of the late Robert William Pace and Elsie Kearney Pace.  He was a retired Project Manager for Hill Gray / 7.

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SPORTS

Nifty 50 For LHS
FOLLOW YOUR BLOCKER. Louisburg’s Quintin Walters (with ball) runs behind the block of teammate Caleb Allen during last Friday night’s home gridiron decision over North Johnston at Patterson Field.
Nifty 50 For LHS
LOUISBURG -- Both Louisburg and North Johnston entered last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football showdown on recent hot streaks.
But only the Warriors remained on fire after their convincing 50-0 triumph against the Panthers at Patterson Field in a game with key standings implications in the NCC.

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CHARACTER STUDY
TRAVON’S TIME. Franklinton High School’s Travon Judkins (with ball) returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown during the Red Rams’ home victory last Friday night against the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
CHARACTER STUDY
FRANKLINTON -- So much for the theory that Franklinton would have trouble scoring due to the injury to starting quarterback Daquan Neal.
With Neal unavailable to play on offense with a broken thumb, homestanding FHS used a variety of ways to dent the scoreboard during a 30-24 victory over Roanoke Rapids in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference football event last Friday.

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Redman Rules ICW
Redman Rules ICW
LOUISBURG -- By day, Lamont Richardson is a mild-mannered employee at an area restaurant.
But when Richardson steps into the squared circle, his alter ego takes over as he plays to the adoring crowd.
Richardson becomes ‘Redman’ -- one of the stars of the Impact Championship Wrestling of North Carolina promotion.

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Wildcats will host tourney
Wildcats will host tourney
BUNN -- After a decade-long hiatus, Bunn High School will host a Christmas Basketball Tournament this holiday season.
Boys and girls events will be held, and each bracket will feature eight teams.
Games will be held Dec. 27-29 at the Bunn Dome.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last Friday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association football results:

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SLIPPERY SLOPE
SLIPPERY SLOPE
A pair of Louisburg High School defenders try to come up with an interception last Friday night.

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Bunn rallies past Pirates
WENDELL -- After spotting the home team nine points, the Bunn Wildcats were dominant the rest of the way during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football matchup at Corinth Holders.
The host Pirates had won three in a row, but Bunn proved to be too much for CHHS, rallying for a 40-15 conquest.

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LC soccer squads are winners
LC soccer squads are winners
LOUISBURG -- The sixth-ranked Louisburg College men’s soccer team shut out USC Salkehatchie by a 7-0 score in Region X action on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Canes improve to 14-0 overall, 11-0 in Region X.
Jacques Francois and Adrian Gonzales led the Hurricane offense as they each scored a pair of goals in the conference win.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION LEAGUE SUMMER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER LIFE SERVERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION LEAGUE SUMMER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER LIFE SERVERS
(Back row, l to r) Coach Sondra Ayscue, Ashleye Harmon, Melissa Ayscue and Coach Allison Gupton; (front row, l to r) Maddie H. Ayscue, Sarah Gupton, Nicole Skinner and Julie McGahy. Not pictured are Madison Richardson and Hannah Nobles.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION LEAGUE SUMMER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER SETTING DUCKS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION LEAGUE SUMMER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER SETTING DUCKS
(Back row, l to r) Coach Susan Summerlin, Jodie Summerlin, Elizabeth Battle and Coach Jason Wilkerson; (front, l to r) Savannah Wilkerson, Hope Crute, Katie Thompson and Trinity Battle. Not pictured are Jennifer Kagarise and Dylan Hill. The Setting Ducks won the league championship.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION LEAGUE SUMMER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER SERVING IT HOT
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION LEAGUE SUMMER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER SERVING IT HOT
(Back, l to r) Coach Sherrie Wrenn, Christina Perry, Morgan Morris, Mackenzie Gupton and Coach Brandy Gupton; (front, l to r) Ashley Bowers, Kaylie Bowers, Makayla Ball and Jesse Wrenn. Not picrured are Alex Cardwell and Alyssa Kearney.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Wedding planned</i>
Wedding planned
Rodney and Tammy Hagwood of Louisburg announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Kentrina A’dale Seibel to Michael Scott Shannon, son of Charles and Deanna Shannon of Youngsville. The couple will be married on Oct. 26, 2012.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

NURSE AIDE GRADUATES
NURSE AIDE GRADUATES
A ceremony was recently held at Nash Community College for graduates of its Nurse Aide I course. The Nurse Aide I course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients in a health care setting. “NAI students are often surprised at the range of topics the NAI course covers – everything from the legalities of health care to proper infection control techniques to how to deal with patients who are terminally ill,” Nurse Aide Program Coordinator Rita Joyner said.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Early voting begins Thursday
Franklin County voters can get an early jump on the November election beginning on Thursday.
Early voting lasts from Oct. 18 until Nov. 3, a Saturday.
Regular weekday voting will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the county’s Board of Elections office on Industrial Drive in the county’s Health and Human Services Building.

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$360 million in U.S. 1 projects outlined for Youngsville board
YOUNGSVILLE — It was an unusual night for the Youngsville Board of Commissioners who got taken to the “woodshed” by a couple of residents and then heard a lavish, $360 million highway improvement plan for U.S. 1 that is to unfold over the next several decades.
Two local residents, William Jackson and Twig Wiggins, urged the town board to be more business friendly.

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DANCE REVOLUTION
DANCE REVOLUTION
Louisburg High School’s Zoe Hinton, right, president of the school’s Student Government Association and National Honor Society, presented Miracle League of Franklin County Executive Director Donna Wade with a check for $1,900. The money was raised at a Dance Marathon fundraiser at Louisburg High School, hosted by the Student Government Association and National Honor Society.

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County deputies probe handful of break-ins
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of break-ins.
The afternoon of Oct. 9, John Sweder Jr. reported that someone broke into a property in the 100 block of Hill Court near Youngsville.
According to the report by Sgt. Dwayne Collins, a 42-inch flat screen television was reported missing.

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Wake Forest man charged with DUI — on a bicycle
A Wake Forest area man who already had a history of driving while impaired apparently found a new way to break the law — riding a bike while under the influence.
According to a report by Dep. N. Rinker, he went to a home in the 100 block of Margie Circle in the Wake Forest area of Franklin County to serve a Wake County warrant on William Thomas Morris for failing to appear in court on a DWI charge.

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Franklinton man facing drug counts
A Franklin County man was arrested on charges of selling drugs in Orange County.
Zachary T. Fitzgibbon, 18, of Franklinton, was charged with two counts of selling and delivering marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and selling and delivering a controlled substance.

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Local ‘Litter Gitters’ making a difference
Local ‘Litter Gitters’ making a difference
Last month proved to be another successful day for one of Franklin County’s premier volunteer groups known affectionately as “Litter Gitters.”
This long-time group of volunteers made yet another significant impact on the litter issue by cleaning up several miles of highway, and the area around the Farmer’s Market in Shannon Village.

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