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Showing 31 articles from November 16, 2012.

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<i>After 32 years, Franklin County’s ‘Godfather’ retires</i>
Retiring Commissioner Swanson
After 32 years, Franklin County’s ‘Godfather’ retires
LOUISBURG — When he first decided to run for commissioner in 1975, Robert Lee Swanson said he didn’t know enough.
During a celebration of his service on Thursday night, he was referred to as the “Godfather,” a commissioner that others could go to for guidance and advice.

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County park board nears recommendation ... maybe
LOUISBURG — After more than two years of trying to find a location for a new county park, recreation advisory board members have put a tentative finish line on their effort — Dec. 3.
It coincides with the term expiration date for a majority of the board’s members.
They could each be reappointed or their appointing commissioners could pick new members.

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Glitzy radio, new solar farm to be considered
LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners are slated to get an update on the county’s nearly $11 million radio system.
They will also get a chance to review an application for a solar farm in the central part of the county.
The board is expected to continue conversations concerning its $10.7 million radio overhaul.

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Pay hike comes at a cost
YOUNGSVILLE — Town staff said it may be time to look at providing employees with a pay raise.
Town administrators, though, warned that such plans come at a cost.
During his financial update, Interim Town Administrator Bill Tatum presented commissioners with a financial update, which included inquiries made by town staff regarding pay raises.

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More arrests possible in Louisburg shooting
LOUISBURG — Police continue to investigate a weekend shooting that sent two people to the hospital.
“We’re still working on it,” said Police Chief Rick Lassiter. “We expect more arrests.”
Already, Darius Robinson, 20, was arrested Nov. 12 and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Antrione Cooke

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Campaign Ads
Editorial Cartoon: Campaign Ads

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Election consolation prize cost really big bucks!
Election consolation prize cost really big bucks!
GOOD MORNING: So, Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency huh? Don’t feel bad. For instance, suppose you were like Romney supporter casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who reportedly pumped tens of millions of dollars into eight candidates, including Romney, none of which were victorious in the Nov. 6 election.

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Preserving local history leaves a remarkable gift
There was an excellent idea suggested at the Franklin County salute to veterans on Monday although implementation of the idea may need  little more work.
American Legion Post Commander Steve Ijames, a U.S. Army veteran, listened to the main speaker, Bill Croninger, share his experiences and the experiences of others he gathered for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.

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Ignoring a U.S. senator is absolutely inexcusable
Ignoring a U.S. senator is absolutely inexcusable
Franklin County officials failed us this week!
Failed so badly, that the new way to spell apathy is: F-r-a-n-k-l-i-n C-o-u-n-t-y.
That’s not a joke.
Taxpayers didn’t get their money’s worth and one of my college journalism professors undoubtedly turned over in his grave because of what I did.

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OBITUARIES

LENA B. DAVIS
LOUISBURG -  Lena Joyce Brinkley Davis, 76, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

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MAGGIE W. SILLS
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Maggie Wilder Sills, 88, who died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, will be held today (Saturday, Nov. 17) at 2 p.m. from New Life Outreach Ministry,  with the Rev. Donathan Muldrow officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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HAROLD D. STRICKLAND
ZEBULON - Harold David Strickland, 75, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 17) at Rocky Cross Holiness Church, with visitation from 2 - 3 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow in Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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KIMBERLY B. SMITH
November 21, 1958 – November 13, 2012
RALEIGH – Kimberly Burnette Smith, 53, of Raleigh, died Tuesday afternoon. 

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MARY B. DAVENPORT
October 24, 1920 – November 16, 2012
LOUISBURG –Mary Frances Bateman Davenport, 92, passed away Friday morning. Mary Frances was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Marina Bateman.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Reynold S. Davenport.

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HAROLD D. STRICKLAND
ZEBULON - Harold David Strickland, 75, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 17) at Rocky Cross Holiness Church, with visitation from 2 - 3 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow in Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

IT’S BOWL TIME
ROAD TO RECOVERY. Louisburg College’s Calvin Pate recovers a fumble during a regular-season football matchup against Hudson Valley CC.
IT’S BOWL TIME
LOUISBURG -- For the first time since the resurgence of the program, the Louisburg College football team is going bowling.
After a strong 6-2 regular season, the Hurricanes have accepted an invitation to participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Graphic Edge Bowl, which will be played Dec. 2 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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LC only two wins from title
LC only two wins from title
LOUISBURG  -- When he accepted the head coaching position at Louisburg College over the summer, Cristian Neagu expressed a desire to compete for the national championship every year.
It hasn’t taken long for Neagu’s goal to come to fruition as the Hurricanes are just two victories away from claiming their first-ever national title.

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BMS Serves Up Spike Success
BMS Serves Up Spike Success
BUNN -- Amy Bryant was known more for her softball exploits when she was a student at Bunn High School in the mid-1990s.
And even though Bryant never played volleyball at BHS, she is experiencing a high level of success as a spike coach at Bunn Middle School.

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LC wraps up 2012 campaign
LC wraps up 2012 campaign
The highest point in the program’s history could serve as a well-built foundation for the Louisburg College women’s soccer squad.
LC just completed its first-ever trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament, which was held in Melbourne, Fla.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Nov. 11-17
High School Football
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
FOURTH ROUND
Sites, Pairings TBA    7:30 p.m.

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STATE SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
RALEIGH -- Pairings have been finalized for today’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association Boys State Soccer Championships.
Each match will be played at the Dail Soccer Field on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Matchups for the finals are as follows:

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D.J. PITT CLAIMS A SERIES CROWN
D.J. PITT CLAIMS A SERIES CROWN
FIRST-PLACE FINISHER. D.J. Pitt, who is a freshman at Bunn High School, recently won the top spot for the Nite-X Series Bike Championship in the 85cc Division. The event took place at North Carolina Motorsports Park in Henderson. This is Pitt’s first year of motocross racing.

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HERE THEY ARE, FOLKS.
HERE THEY ARE, FOLKS.
The Louisburg College football squad will be on a national stage on Dec. 2 as the Hurricanes will tangle with Ellsworth Community College in the annual Graphic Edge Bowl, which will be played on the campus of Northern Iowa University.

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MILLS IS THE MAN IN CHARGE
MILLS IS THE MAN IN CHARGE
Quarterback Madison Mills and the Louisburg College Hurricnaes will participate in the Graphic Edge Bowl, which will be played on Dec. 2 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Meeks returns this weekend
Meeks returns this weekend
LOUISBURG -- John Meeks’ return to campus will headline the card at this weekend’s action at the Louisburg Classic Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be hosted by Louisburg College at Taylor Center.
Meeks is LC’s former coach who resigned after leading the Hurricanes to the Region X Tournament Championship and a spot in the NJCAA Division II National Tourney in 2010.

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CHEERLEADING HEROICS
CHEERLEADING HEROICS
TROPHY TIME. The Wake Forest Bulldogs took took first place in the Mighty Mite Division at last weekend’s Franklinton High School 18th Annual Cheerleading Competition. There were three divisions at the event, with participants ranging in age from 5-12. The Mighty Mites are 8-10 years old.

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All-NCC tennis team released
All-NCC tennis team released
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Three Franklin County standouts have earned All-Northern Carolina Conference girls tennis honors for the 2012 campaign.
The county’s selections were Casey Shellman (Louisburg), Madison Poupard (Franklinton) and Jhovanna Salmeron (Bunn).

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ANOTHER CROWN FOR THE ROCKERS
ANOTHER CROWN FOR THE ROCKERS
The Wake Forest Rockers 14-Under Fast-Pitch Softball Travel Team cappe off the fall season with a recent championship at the Wounded Warrior Classic in Fayetteville. All proceeds from the event went to that worthy cause. Competing in the older 18-Under High School Division, the Rockers handled their foes, accumulating a 6-1 record.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville police break up fight at Armory; no arrests
Youngsville police were called to break up a fight at the National Guard Armory.
According to a report by Officer J. Garrett, he was dispatched to the facility in the 100 block of U.S. 1-A the evening of Nov. 10 to quell a fight.
A Sgt. Aldo Cruz with the National Guard was doing a check of the building during a party that was taking place, according to the report, when he went outside and saw three Hispanic men fighting.

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Stevenson broadens lead with final election results
LOUISBURG — No election night outcomes were affected when election results were finalized Friday, including a district court judge race that was separated by 235 votes.
Counting provisional and absentee ballots, both Incumbent Judge Quon Bridges and Amanda Stevenson picked up votes, but Stevenson increased her lead with a final tally of 28,251 to 27,988 for Bridges.

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