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Showing 42 articles from November 20, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Gunshots rake house
FRANKLINTON — Investigators are looking for suspects who shot into a house occupied by a grandmother and her two-year-old grandson.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the Saturday night shooting, said Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr.
“There was a fragment of a bullet found in the bed where they were sleeping,” Green said. “It penetrated two walls, but lost its energy by the time it got to the bed.”

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<i>‘Tis the start of the season!</i>
‘Tis the start of the season!
SANTA’S HELPER. When you’re just three like Chase Champion, Santa Claus can be a pretty intimidating character. But not to worry, his mom, Jennifer, came to the rescue and made sure little Chase felt safe and happy as he ticked off his wish list to the jolly old gentleman from the North Pole.

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Community Thanksgiving planned
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday when Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate the harvest — and to eat too much, watch football and perhaps even sneak in a hunting trip or a nap.
But for families who are struggling financially, it can be a very difficult time, especially for the children.

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<i>Youngsters get a hands-on history lesson</i>
FIRE. Charles Powell demonstrates how a flintlock rifle is fired while students brace themselves for the sound.
Youngsters get a hands-on history lesson
FRANKLINTON — When it became too much for Peggy McGhee to take colonial education to the classroom, she brought the classroom to her.
Aboard buses, fourth-graders turned off a paved road, rumbled along a gravel path before reaching a clearing on McGhee’s farm land — passing through a figurative time machine into the 1700s.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Jail-A-Thon “Inmate” Glen Liles

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Black Friday
Editorial Cartoon: Black Friday

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85 good reasons to be giving thanks this year!
85 good reasons to be giving thanks this year!
GOOD MORNING: It’s the day before Thanksgiving, which incidentally, happens to fall on my 85th birthday this year, so I’ll have even more to be thankful for.
I’ll tell you what, though. I’ll be happy to forego the birthday cake for the more traditional Thanksgiving goodies.

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Loss of Twinkies, jobs leaves an empty feeling
Loss of Twinkies, jobs leaves an empty feeling
No one wins when Twinkies are lost.
That was the news that met most of us last week as it was announced that Hostess Brands Inc. filed a motion to shutter its operations.
That means that unless something significant happens, the last Ding Dongs and Twinkies made at the company’s 36 plants, including one in Rocky Mount, will be the last ones that anyone gets to enjoy.

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Solutions remain unclear but the problem is jobs!
Happy Thanksgiving!
And good luck with that turkey and all the fixin’s tomorrow!
Although it’s almost impossible for some of us to believe, it is Thanksgiving already. The calendar doesn’t lie!
The first 11 months of the year are almost in our rear-view mirror and after the turkey is carved and everyone recovers, it’ll be time to begin focusing on Christmas and the biggest holiday season of the year.

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High property taxes blamed for economic woes
Dear editor:
I would like to take the time to thank the people of Franklin County for their help and support in this election for Franklin County commissioner for District 2.
It was such a great opportunity to meet and hear from the concerned people who make up our community, and I learned so much, I would not trade the experience for anything.

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We can’t afford ‘progressiveness’
Dear Editor:
In a paid ad in the Nov. 14 edition of the Franklin Times, the chairwoman of the Franklin County Democratic Party says “... we move forward for a progressive county and a better future for Franklin County citizens.”
The word progressive is a synonym for left-winger and leftist.

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OBITUARIES

PERRY W. CURRIN
HENDERSON - Perry Williams Currin, 84, died Friday, Nov. 16 2012 at Maria Parham Medical Center.

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MORRIS T. BALL
HENDERSON - Morris Thomas Ball, 80, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at Rex Health Care in Raleigh.

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WILBERT LEE “TICK” BRODIE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Wilbert Lee “Tick” Brodie, 88, who died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, will be today (Wednesday, Nov. 21) at 11 a.m. at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ELZONA CRUDUP WORTHAM
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Elzona Crudup Wortham, 57, who died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, will be Friday, Nov. 23 at 12 noon at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg, with Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Open visitation will be Friday, from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at the church.

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MATTIE H. OAKLEY
LOUISBURG - Mattie Harrison Oakley, 91, of Louisburg, died Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Warren Hills Nursing Center. She was born in Franklin County and was the daughter of the late William Lindsay Harrison and Annie Dean Harrison. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Oakley.  Mrs. Oakley was a member of Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church and worked for over 25 years at the Murphy House Restaurant in Louisburg.

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SPORTS

ROUGH ENDING
NOWHERE TO GO. Bunn’s Dominic High (with ball) is unable to pick up yardage on this carry during last Friday night’s road football playoff matchup at Jacksonville Northside. The homestanding Monarchs won the game by a 28-10 margin.
ROUGH ENDING
JACKSONVILLE -- The Elite Eight hasn’t provided a very elite feeling for the Bunn Wildcats over the past three seasons.
The Wildcats have reached the quarterfinals of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs on each of those occasions -- but have been unable to advance beyond that round.

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LC drops overtime setback
LC drops overtime setback
ALBANY, GA. -- A golden goal tarnished an otherwise sterling season for the Louisburg College men’s soccer squad.
The Hurricanes carried an undefeated mark all the way through the campaign -- and right into the championship match last Saturday at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament in Southwest Georgia.

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The Color Purple For Bunn
ONE OF THE BEST. Bunn High School senior guard Whitney Bunn will inevitably go down as one of the top girls basketball players in BHS’ school history.
The Color Purple For Bunn
BUNN -- When she was a little girl, Whitney Bunn made a career decision -- even though she was not even a teenager at the time.
Bunn decided that she wanted to earn a scholarship to play college basketball. After making that commitment, Bunn worked hard to make sure that her dream would come true one day.

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Rotolo is winning at VGCC
Rotolo is winning at VGCC
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards have started the 2012-2013 men’s basketball season (the first under new head coach Mike Rotolo) with two wins and two losses.
In the first regular-season contest (Nov. 1), VGCC lost to Louisburg College by a score of 101-55.
The Hurricanes are the defending Region X champions and were recently ranked second in the nation in NJCAA Division II.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last Friday’s Elite Eight scores and this Friday’s Final Four schedule from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Championships:

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LORI MURRAY STRIKES AGAIN
LORI MURRAY STRIKES AGAIN
PRIZE CATCH FOR MURRAY. Lori Murray of the Justice Community recently bagged this impressive eight-point, 16-inch buck.

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LC hoops teams pick up victories
LOUISBURG -- The #3 Louisburg College women’s basketball team opened up the 2012 Coca-Cola Classic with a 74-60 win over Montgomery College last Saturday night. 
Lady Canes guards, Olivia Gaines and Justin Taylor led the Louisburg scoring effort as they each dropped 21 points in the win.

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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FRIENDS
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FRIENDS
Bunn High School senior basketball standout Whitney Bunn (center) is surrounded by her friends as part of last Friday night’s signing ceremony on the BHS campus. Bunn will continue her career at Furman University.

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NCHSAA SOCCER FINAL RESULTS
RALEIGH -- Listed are last Saturday’s results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Boys Soccer State Championships, which were held at Dail Soccer Field:

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THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF
THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF
Six Bunn High School defenders team up to stop Northside’s Dwayne Johnson during last Friday night’s playoff matchup.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Day camps for kids: Fun, friends and learning!</i>
Day camps for kids: Fun, friends and learning!
We are so blessed to still have day camps for children right here in this county. Being with friends, doing various activities, and learning as we have some fun has to be the ideal way to teach children.
We actually have the perfect site right here near us at Kerr Lake. It does not take long to get there, and you can return home every day without worrying about having to keep children overnight.

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GREENS OF THE SEASON
GREENS OF THE SEASON
Of course the Christmas season is just around the corner but before it arrives, there is Thanksgiving and that’s mostly about the food. In this discussion, the topic was greens, turnip greens if you want to be precise, and the proper way to cook them. Betsy Burnette Benning (left) explains the fine art of cooking greens fresh from her organic garden to Paige Sayles, a visitor to the Louisburg United Methodist Church Fall Bazaar Saturday.

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Are you prepared for the challenges of life ... really?
Are you prepared for the challenges of life ... really?
A small group of Cooperative Extension professionals were returning home after facilitating a statewide Essential Life Skills for Military Families training when the hurricane hit.
The rain began pouring down in buckets and the 50 mph wind moved the car from side to side.
One agent had diabetes and started feeling queasy.  She didn’t have any extra medication for the trip home. 

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FUN WITH RIBBONS
FUN WITH RIBBONS
These two ladies made making large bows look like a lot of fun as they crafted this one at the Duke Memorial Methodist Church’s annual Bazaar fundraiser on Saturday. Phyllis Rice (left) and Nancy Ball are shown making this bow, one of many crafts that were displayed for sale at the annual event.

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A brief history of the arts council
A brief history of the arts council
Allen de Hart founded the Franklin County Arts Council in 1978. The arts council was incorporated in 1979.
Since that time, the organization has undergone many changes, growing and spreading its wings to celebrate the creativity of the community of Franklin and neighboring counties.
The arts council, as written in its mission statement, aims to encourage all people in Franklin County to experience and participate in the arts.

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Louisburg Garden Club goes out on a major success!
Louisburg Garden Club goes out on a major success!
LAST STRAW. Before the Louisburg Garden Club disbanded, they took on one last project — the county’s Animal Control shelter. Here is a picture of the former Louisburg Garden Club with appreciation to Chris’ Green House who helped to redo the front walkway outside the Franklin County Animal Shelter building.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

LHS honor students named
Freda Clifton, principal of Louisburg High School, has announced the Honor Roll for the first six-weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the AB Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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Franklinton High School’s honor students
Michael Chappell, interim principal of Franklinton High School, has announced the Honor Roll for the 2012 first six-weeks grading period.

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Local students earn honors at K-V Academy
Several Franklin County students have earned academic honors during the first quarter at Kerr-Vance Academy.
Two local students were named to the Headmaster’s List, including 10th-grader Betsy Murphy and 12th-grader Dallas Smith.

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SCHOOL REUNION APPROACHING
SCHOOL REUNION APPROACHING
In anticipation of the Franklin County Training School/Riverside High School upcoming reunion, some alumni met recently at the site of their alma mater, “The Porch Building” on West River Road in Louisburg. After a group picture was made, the alumni enjoyed refreshments and reminiscing about their school days and their life experiences since leaving school.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Community ‘jail birds’ raise record total to help others</i>
BREAD AND WATER. Wayne Champion tosses “contraband” to a jailhouse “inmate.”
Community ‘jail birds’ raise record total to help others
LOUISBURG — After a year’s parole, the United Way of Franklin County’s Jail-A-Thon returned, taking in the most money in the three years the giving group has hosted the event.
The United Way first used the fundraising format in 2009, raising $19,000. The second year, 2010, the organization raised $22,000.
After taking 2011 off, the event returned on Nov. 8, raising about $25,000.

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Domestic battery case heads to trial
A man charged with domestic battery is slated to appear in court next week, more than a year after being arrested.
Jonathan Scott Ball was slated to appear during the trial court calendar this past summer, but a medical emergency kept prosecutors from trying the case then.

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Man says he was robbed, then forced to collect money
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects accused of robbing a man, kidnapping him and forcing him to collect money on their behalf.
Joe Shannon told authorities that at about 11 a.m. on Nov. 18, he was confronted by three black men as he went to Sid Champion Groceries in the 1300 block of White Level Road.

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TEACHER OF THE YEAR
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Colleen Malena, left, the Franklin County Teacher of the Year, was one of several area Teachers of the Year recognized at Elizabeth City State University recently. The university held its annual assembly in celebration of American Education Week. Debbie Ayscue, principal of Edward Best Elementary School, also attended the event to congratulate Malena.

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Variety of incidents probed by local authorities
Louisburg police are looking for suspects who broke into a restaurant.
Tanya Guillory reported the morning of Nov. 15 that someone broke into Ribeyes Steakhouse on Golden Leaf Drive.
According to the report by Officer Dennis Benson, suspects used a brick to break out glass.

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<i>Samiyah Edgerton crowned Miss Nu Epsilon</i>
Samiyah Edgerton crowned Miss Nu Epsilon
Samiyah Ke’Shion Edgerton has been chosen as the reigning Miss Nu Epsilon for 2012-13. The ninth annual cotillion was held recently at the Interdenominational Headquarters Building in Franklinton.
She is the daughter of Ke’Shion and Sherree Edgerton of Louisburg and a fourth-grader at Royal Elementary School. She was sponsored by Geraldine Manley and Faye Weiner.

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