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Showing 41 articles from October 26, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

‘Farm’ generating ‘sun-tricity’ near Bunn
Aerial view of solar farm near Bunn. (Bunn prison is at right, high school top left)
‘Farm’ generating ‘sun-tricity’ near Bunn
BUNN — This past Wednesday’s weather proved more than appropriate.
As O2 Energies brass, county and community leaders, and sustainable farmers gathered in what was once a pasture — an unseasonably warm sun beamed onto their brows and 46 acres of a solar array set up to collect energy in an efficient manner.

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Parks panel decides on three sites to send to commissioners
A recreation advisory board will recommend three park properties, including one that was previously rejected.
And a site that garnered support from a Franklin County commissioner didn’t make the final cut.
Earlier this month, the county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board agreed that it would recommend a Dyking road property as the county’s next park site.

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Hungry critters getting a hand
A trio of county and community resource agencies have combined efforts to help fill the bellies of cats and dogs belonging to the county’s needy.
United Way, Franklin County Animal Control and North Carolina Animal Alliance, a nonprofit rescue organization headed by Ida Estep, will coordinate efforts to supply pet food for those who meet eligibility requirements.

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Frankenstorm scares off one event
A Frankenstorm expected to bring wind and rain this weekend won’t be enough to scare away all this weekend’s festivities, organizers said.
But it did force the county’s Firefighters Association to reschedule its 50th anniversary celebration until Nov. 4, from 2-5 p.m.

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EFFORTS HONORED
EFFORTS HONORED
Several people were presented framed certificates including an aerial photograph of the Bunn Solar Farm during its opening ceremony Wednesday, and this one went to Robert Blackman (right) who was site superintendent for the project. Making the presentation was Olee Joel Olsen Jr., president of O2 Energies, the company which developed the project.

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Local business card directory published
Smaller, locally owned businesses are the key to the success of any community -- and with that in mind, the staff at The Franklin Times has created a directory that shines the spotlight on many local businesses.
A “Business Card Directory” is part of this edition and features a wide array of local businesses and service professionals that help keep the community humming.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg’s Darrian Brown

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Castaways
Editorial Cartoon: Castaways

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Peeking at the future from a ‘farm’ near Bunn
It’s been about 30 years since I got a peek into the future — although perhaps that happened again this week in a field near Bunn.
No, nothing supernatural or drug induced!
Three decades ago I visited a small weekly newspaper in southeastern Tennessee and saw my first Apple MacIntosh computer connected to a laser printer.

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Picking a park: Best site or another political deal?
Perfect scenario!
Now, it will get v-e-r-y interesting!
The Franklin County commissioners have lost all their “cover” and must either do what they said they were going to do -- or toss their promises to the wind and make a purely political decision.

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Voter apathy? Not this time
Voter apathy? Not this time
Apparently, Franklin County voters and others across the state have gotten the first part of the tongue-in-cheek phrase correct — vote early.
By noon on Friday, 7,635 voters in Franklin County had cast a ballot, taking advantage of the county’s three one-stop, early voting sites.

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<i>Column not in this edition</i>
Column not in this edition
Asher Johnson’s column won’t appear in this edition. He’s taking a break.

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Detail incorrect, premise was not!
The bridge along Bickett Boulevard which crosses the Tar River needs a sidewalk along its east side, not its west side, as was indicated in a Wednesday editorial on this page.
The west side of the bridge has a pedestrian walkway although it is not connected to adequate sidewalks.

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OBITUARIES

SALLIE BOWDEN
LOUISBURG - Sallie Bowden, 93, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Castalia Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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EUGENE ARRINGTON
LOUISBURG - Eugene Arrington Jr., 76, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.  Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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RUDOLPH MAYNARD
LOUISBURG - Rudolph “Rudy” Maynard, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at home.

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NELL L. WHITEHURST
RALEIGH - Nell L. Whitehurst, 95, of  Raleigh, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. She was born on June 16, 1917 in Franklinton, to William and Cora Leonard.

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EDITH LEN AYCOCK
LOUISBURG - Edith Len Aycock, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

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RACHEL S. NEWTON
HENDERSON - Rachel Sykes Tant Newton, age 91, a resident of 7829 NC Hwy. 39 South, died Thursday, October 25, 2012 at her home.  Born on September 18, 1921 in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Moses R. Sykes and Iola Strickland Sykes.  She was a retired Rehab Therapist at John Umstead in Butner.

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FRANCES WALL PERGERSON
January 21, 1917 – October 24, 2012
LOUISBURG – Frances Wall Pergerson, age 95, died Wednesday evening, October 24, 2012, at Louisburg Nursing Center. 

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SPORTS

2 WINS TO GO
MIDFIELD CONTACT. (L to R) Louisburg College’s Kyle Foote (right) tries to gain possession during Tuesday afternoon’s home victory against the University of South Carolina-Lancaster in the first round of the Region X Men’s Soccer Tournament.
2 WINS TO GO
LOUISBURG -- Despite being the overwhelming favorite, members of the Louisburg College men’s soccer team know that one untimely slip-up could put a quick end to the Hurricanes’ amazing campaign.
LC entered this week’s Region X Tournament with an undefeated record at 15-0 -- along with a No. 5 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Poll.

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Muddled mess in the MAC
ON THE RUN. Cedar Creek’s Jeremiah Edgerton picks up yardage for the Jaguars during Wednesday’s MAC-9 Conference football meeting vs. the Bunn Bulldogs.
Muddled mess in the MAC
BUNN -- Rare are the occasions when the Middle Athletic Conference football standings feature a three-way tie for first place this late in the season.
But with two weeks to go, a trio of talented clubs share the top perch in the MAC-9 -- and two of them are from Franklin County.

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Pirates Spoil Warriors’ Finale
FOOTRACE IN THE NCC. (L to R) Louisburg High School’s Hugo Hernandez and Corinth Holders’ Nick Lyons try to gain possession during Wednesday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer showdown at Joyner Park.
Pirates Spoil Warriors’ Finale
LOUISBURG -- Heading into the season finale, just one match separated the Corinth Holders Pirates from an undefeated campaign in the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings.
The scrappy Louisburg Warriors would serve as the Pirates’ opponent during Wednesday’s contest at Joyner Park.

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Spikers wrap up seasons
Spikers wrap up seasons
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Three days after a dominant first-round performance, Franklin County’s prep volleyball squads experienced the other side of the spike spectrum in Tuesday’s action in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn all exited the postseason courtesy of three-game sweeps at the hands of strong opponents.

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VGCC ready for schedule
VGCC ready for schedule
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team is scheduled to play 16 games and compete in two tournaments during the college’s fifth season of play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The 2012-2013 season is VGCC’s first under the leadership of new head coach Mike Rotolo of Henderson.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3
High School Football
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND

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TOMMY TO THE RESCUE
TOMMY TO THE RESCUE
Louisburg College’s Tommy Whiteside (right) prepares to send the ball updfield during first-round action Tuesday of the Region X Tournament.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE ACTION
MIRACLE LEAGUE ACTION
Here are some highlights from recent games for the Franklin County Miracle League. In the above photo, Matthew Wuchich receives encouragement from buddies Joseph and Sharon Murphy.

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LC Reaches Semis
LC Reaches Semis
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College women’s soccer team opened up the 2012 Region X Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over Wake Tech CC on Tuesday afternoon at Ronald May Field.
LC forward, Jessica Scales) is one of the nation’s top scorers and she showed her stuff in the playoff win as she scored four of the Lady ‘Canes goals.

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FCPR VOLLEYBALL SQUADS
FCPR VOLLEYBALL SQUADS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE 12-OVER SERVES YOU RIGHT. (Back, l to r) Coach Cindy Dorsey, Maggie Dorsey, Hadley Nation, Joy McLeod and Coach Lisa Bolton; (front, l to r) Dequandria Obrey, Abigale Dorsey, Whitney Bolton and Lacie Steffenson. Not pictured is Erin Collier.

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Red Rams a winner
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High school wrapped up its 2012 regular season boys soccer action in style on Monday with a 3-0 home victory against Northern Carolina Conference foe Warren County.
With the conquest, FHS concluded at 10-9-3 overall to go with an 8-3-1 conference mark.
Franklinton finished tied for second in the final NCC standings, but nabbed the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Class 2-A State Soccer Playoffs.

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NHL campaign in peril
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 30 because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

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SPECTACULAR GRAB
SPECTACULAR GRAB
Cedar Creek’s Tyreese Williams  (right) makes a one-handed catch for the Jaguars during Wednesday afternoon’s MAC matchup at Bunn Middle.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (Oct. 29 - Nov. 2)
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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<i>Averting ‘flashy flows’ can help protect streams</i>
Averting ‘flashy flows’ can help protect streams
When towns and cities are developed roads and roof tops and parking lots are built to accommodate human activity.
There is nothing inherently wrong with roads and roof tops and parking lots, but the installation of these impervious surfaces can have unintended consequences.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

FES POSTER WINNERS
FES POSTER WINNERS
Three students from Franklinton Elementary School captured various honors in the North Carolina School Bus Safety Poster Contest recently. Kaleigh Cox won first and Amber Elkins won second in the kindergarten to grade two category and Victoria Phillips won second in the grade 3 to 5 category. The contest was titled “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black” and posters were designed to help remind everyone to use bus safety rules.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County deputies probing a series of residential, business break-ins
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of break-ins.
Sam Holliday, owner of East Wake Guns in the 1000 block of Brantley Town Road, reported a break-in the evening of Oct. 19.
According to the report by Dep. Alison Claybon, the office’s front window was busted out.

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TRUCK HITS OWN TRAILER
TRUCK HITS OWN TRAILER
A Louisburg man was cited for exceeding a safe speed after being involved in the single-vehicle wreck above. According to Trooper T.L. Hunt, Ronald Marshall, 57, was driving a pickup truck in the westbound lane of N.C. 56 near Leonard Road when he lost control of the trailer he was pulling, causing the wreck and damage. The trailer separated from the truck, causing them to come to a stop on different sides of the highway.

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Two school buses hit head-on
YOUNGSVILLE — Elementary students and two bus drivers avoided significant injury following a head-on collision on Wednesday afternoon.
The work status of the bus driver at fault remained in doubt by week’s end.
According to Trooper P.L. Clayton, Toshona Wilkins was driving a load of Franklinton Elementary students when she turned left from Bert Winston Road onto Hicks Road at about 3:15 p.m.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Defeats LHS But High Suffers Injury
Bunn Defeats LHS But High Suffers Injury
LOUISBURG -- Not even a victory over their biggest rivals could lift the post-game spirits of the Bunn Wildcats.
Usually, Bunn has plenty of celebration following a win over chief gridiron foe Louisburg -- but that wasn’t the case Friday night at LHS’ Patterson Field.
Instead, emotions were tempered as the decision may have come at a cost for Coach Chris Miller’s club.

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FHS Scores 70 Versus Warren County
FRANKLINTON -- Senior Night was a celebration of both the present and future on Friday for the Franklinton Red Rams.
With several upperclassmen playing starring roles -- along with a handful of promising youngsters -- the Red Rams closed out the 2012 regular season with a 70-8 decision over Warren County in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the FHS Football Field.

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