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Showing 39 articles from October 19, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Park recommendation may be delayed some to finalize data on sites
An advisory board tasked with determining a new site for county recess was given a bit more homework to do.
During an Oct. 9 meeting, the county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board agreed that it would recommend a Dyking Road property to become the county’s next park site.

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A few ‘bugs’ found in new radio system
Franklin County switched over to its new, nearly $11 million 911 system last week.
And while the system is an upgrade over a system that has been cited for flaws for decades, there are still some bugs to work out.
“There are some hiccups and blind spots in the county,” Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr., told his board members earlier this week. “They are in the process of fixing some audio errors.

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<i>As slow as molasses!</i>
FEEDING THE MACHINE. Chad Evans loads some sorghum cane through a mill at the family’s Centerville area farm. The mill squeezes the cane, extracting the juice into a pan to be cooked.
As slow as molasses!
To say the Evans family is as slow as molasses is not a slight.
It’s a source of pride for a family that has grown sweet, sticky sorghum molasses on their Centerville area farm for the past 200 years.
“I’ve been making it all my life and I’m 65 years old,” said Lewis Evans, the family patriarch who picked up the craft from his father, Everette Evans...

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<i>New man takes helm of Franklinton utilities</i>
New man takes helm of Franklinton utilities
FRANKLINTON — For the first time in more than 30 years, the town’s infrastructure will be cared for by someone else.
Long-time public works director Raymond Bragg retired at the end of September, ending 32 years of service for the town.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Anthony & Saniya Alston

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Trick-Or-Treat
Editorial Cartoon: Trick-Or-Treat

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For once, set politics aside and dare to think big!
For once, set politics aside and dare to think big!
Talk about whiplash! We surely didn’t see that 180-degree turn that the county commissioners made this week coming in advance.
They caught us — and about everyone else — off guard.
The cynics among us say the “obstacle” that caused that 180 was pure politics and we’re not finding many reasons to disagree.

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Decision time! Voters have to make choices
Okay, folks, it’s time to start making the tough decisions.
Try to forget about all those glossy, expensive direct mail pieces that have cluttered your mailbox — and stuffed your trash can.
Try to calm down after your dinner has been interrupted by those infernal robo-calls that the candidates seem to think might actually sway a candidate instead of sending them on a mission to exterminate those who created robo-calls!

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Dyking Road park site neighbors say ‘no thanks’
Dear editor:
As a landowner at 517 West Dyking Road, Louisburg, we object to the county park proposal to place the park in our neighborhood.
The O’Neal land is full of rocks and if a road or any development is done on the land, it will require dynamite to blast through rocks.

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Communications controversy worth discussing
Dear editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to raise some key discussion points that I feel are missing from overall discussions surrounding the events of Saturday Oct. 6, 2012.

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OBITUARIES

LOUISE W. PREVATT
WILMINGTON —Louise Wilder Prevatt, 97, died at her home Monday night, Oct. 15, 2012. A celebration of her life will be held at Temple Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m.

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EVELYN M. “TOOTSIE” BASS MORGAN
LOUISBURG - Evelyn Marie “Tootsie” Bass Morgan, 79, (Lake Royale), formerly of Wilson, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Joyner’s Funeral Home, with Pastor Gary Murrell officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson.

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RICHARD C. SNIDER
LOUISBURG­—Richard Clay Snider, 73, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. Funeral services were held at Spring Hope Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 18, with Pastor Wes Bailey officiating. Interment followed in Spring Hope Memorial Gardens.

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LESTER D. CLEMONS JR.
ZEBULON—Lester Darnell Clemons Jr.,  38, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at New Hope Worship Center, Louisburg.  Burial will follow at St. Hope Baptist Church, Spring Hope.

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DELMAR S. DAVIS
WAKE FOREST—Delmar Standford Davis, 58, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at his residence. Funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 18, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, Wake Forest. Burial followed in the Wake Forest cemetery.

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EDSEL H. PRIVETTE
RALEIGH - Edsel Howard Privette, 85, died at his home Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 18, at Montlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, Raleigh, with the Rev. Jay C. James officiating.

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RUFUS “R.D.” LEONARD
LOUISBURG - Rufus “R.D.” Leonard, 76, died Oct. 19. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home.

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STANLEY LANCASTER
LOUISBURG - Stanley Ray Lancaster, 78, of Louisburg died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Wake Medical Center.  He is the son of the late Herbert and Annie Lee Smith Lancaster and he was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Lynn Griffin, and two brothers, James and Tyree Lancaster.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Centerville Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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GWENDOLYN C. TICCONI
LOUISBURG - Gwendolyn Chandler Ticconi, 48, of Louisburg died Monday, October 8, 2012, at Maria Parham Medical Center.  Graveside services were held Thursday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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SPORTS

REGION X RACE
DEFENSIVE FORCE. Sophomore Louisburg College player Ashley Beck has been strong along the back row for the Louisburg College women’s soccer squad this season.
REGION X RACE
LOUISBURG -- Early in the season, Cape Fear Community College appeared to be the far-and-away class of the Region X women’s soccer standings.
Louisburg College and Spartanburg Methodist spent much of the season playing catch-up.
But LC coach Andy Stokes thinks it will be a three-team race when the annual Region X Tournament begins next week.

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THE FINISH LINE
CONSISTENT KAYLA. Franklinton’s Kayla Wetherell has been a weekly Top-10 finisher in the Northern Carolina Conference girls cross country races.
THE FINISH LINE
LOUISBURG -- Corinth Holders completed its regular season cross country sweep in the Northern Carolina Conference in style Wednesday afternoon.
The Pirates once again rolled to victories in both boys and girls again at the Louisburg High School course.
Corinth Holders claimed eight of the Top 10 positions in the boys event, which Anthony Mercado holding off a challenge from Franklinton’s Luis Guillen for the individual crown.

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Franklinton Edged In NCC Finals
HAND-LING THE SITUATION. Franklinton’s Jessica Harris (right) attempts a tip during Wednesday’s finals of the Northern Carolina Conference Tourney.
Franklinton Edged In NCC Finals
WENDELL -- Two teams with something to prove met in what was expected to be a high-intensity matchup in Wednesday’s championship match of the Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament.
Franklinton entered as the No. 3 seed, despite the fact that the Lady Rams had lost just one regular season match in the NCC. However, FHS was forced to forfeit matches due to using a player with an expired physical.

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Spike playoffs kick off
SETTING THE TONE. Junior setter Haley Dickerson and the Bunn Ladycats will open the 2012 Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs today at home versus Kinston High School. First serve will be at 3 p.m. at the Bunn Dome.
Spike playoffs kick off
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklinton got a one-day jump on its Franklin County spike foes as action started Friday in the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.
The Lady Rams, coming off a runner-up finish at the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament, began its playoff quest Friday at Wilson Beddingfield.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 21-27
High School Football
FRIDAY
Warren County at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.

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SARAH SHINES
SARAH SHINES
Freshman Sarah Parkinson has been an effective player this season for the Louisburg College women’s soccer squad. LC will compete in the Region X Tournament next weekend.

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MIDFIELD MASTER
MIDFIELD MASTER
Sam Parrish has been solid in the midfield this fall for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.

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CLASS 2-A STATE SPIKE PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the pairings for today’s opening round of the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs:

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FC MIRACLE LEAGUE PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
FC MIRACLE LEAGUE PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
IAN POSES WITH ‘DOUG-OUT’ MASCOT. This week’s Miracle League of Franklin County Spotlight goes to Ian Brown. Ian is in Kindergarten at Louisburg Elementary School. He loves to jump on the trampoline, play baseball, swim and comb his siblings’ hair as they are getting ready for school. He has 20 brothers and sisters and was adopted in 2010 from the Ukraine, where he was living in an orphanage.

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Soccer race muddled
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Two matches played 60 miles apart on Wednesday combined to dislodge the tight Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings.
Franklinton and Roanoke Rapids entered play that day tied for second place in the NCC behind league leader Corinth Holders.

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THE LAST RIDE
THE LAST RIDE
Members of squads from (l to r) Bunn, Louisburg and Franklinton pose during the final league cross country match between the schools -- at least for the next four years. Bunn and Franklinton will remain in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference following North Carolina High School Athletic Association realignment in 2013. Louisburg will move to a Class 1-A League.

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Canes entertain Hudson Valley CC today
Canes entertain Hudson Valley CC today
LOUISBURG -- After a bye week, Louisburg College’s football team will resume its 2012 schedule today with a home game against Northeast Conference foe Hudson Valley Community College.
Kickoff is scheduled for Noon at the Bunn High School Football Field.
LC is currently 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Northeast Conference under veteran head coach John Sala.

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COUNTY SPORTING HEROES
COUNTY SPORTING HEROES
BUNN WINS AGAIN. The Bunn Wildcats 10-Under Travel Team recently won the championship at the Top Gun Super Nit Tournament, which was staged Oct. 13-14 in Cary. The players received championship rings and a free paid berth to the Winter and Summer World Series. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Bryant Rice, Larry McKeithan, Terry Poole and Tracy Pearce; (middle, l to r) Ayden Pearce, Ja’Heim Brown, D.J. Daniel, Luke Rice, Matthew Poole and Seth Bullock; (front, l to r) Aidan McKeithan, Christopher Salter, Matthew Kahn, T.C. Davis, Christian Allen and Parker Southall.

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Mudcats release 2013 schedule
Mudcats release 2013 schedule
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats of the Class A Carolina League will open their 2013 baseball season with a six-game homestand at Five County Stadium that begins on April 5 versus the Winston-Salem Dash.
In addition to the traditional Independence Day game (Thursday, July 4 vs. Salem), Carolina will also host home games on Mother’s Day (May 12 vs. Potomac) and Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27 vs. Winston-Salem and Wilmington).

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (October 22-26)
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

BRINGING HOME THE ... AXE!
BRINGING HOME THE ... AXE!
The Louisburg Fire Department’s competition team entered the Caldwell County Fire and Life Safety Festival near Hickory recently — and came home with a fire axe. Well, a trophy shaped like a fire axe — and the trophy represented first place in the team event. Members of the team competed in the individual competition as well as the team event.

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Break-in probed
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in several break-ins, including damage reported at a county park.
Burnell Hilliard and Billy Oakley reported just after noon on Oct. 15 that someone tried to break into the concession stand at the county park in Pilot.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Waltzes Past Vikings
Bunn Waltzes Past Vikings
BUNN -- Of all the storylines available for Bunn’s Senior Night, suspense wasn’t destined to be one of them.
Needing a victory to clinch the Northern Carolina Conference football championship, the Wildcats score four touchdowns in the first quarter alone en route to a 56-0 triumph against the struggling Northwest Halifax Vikings.

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FHS’ Offense Explodes Again
FHS’ Offense Explodes Again
KENLY -- When one door closes, another one opens.
That’s the theory Franklinton High School head coach Jeremy Buck has taken after starting quarterback Daquan Neal was rendered unavailable on offense two weeks ago following a broken thumb injury.
With Neal out, Buck reshuffled Franklinton’s offensive schemes -- and with great success in FHS’ last two outings.

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Louisburg at Roanoke Rapids
Louisburg at Roanoke Rapids
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Possibly every single fan at Hoyle Field had their eyes on the chain crew on the turf at the exact same moment.
With less than two minutes remaining on the clock and facing a fourth and four, Roanoke Rapids quarterback De’Juan Walker picked himself up off the ground after a short gain.

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