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Showing 36 articles from December 18, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

‘We are not immune,’ but local officials say preparation is crucial
‘We are not immune,’ but local officials say preparation is crucial
LOUISBURG — While watching the tragic results of a mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., roll across the television screen, Sheriff Jerry Jones’ heart hung low.
At the same time, it heightened the resolve of law enforcement officers to make the county and, particularly, its schools, as safe as possible.
“I was just absolutely floored,” Jones said when word of the incident first was reported.

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A changing of a chief!
SEEING IF IT FITS! Louisburg’s new fire chief, Randy Lanham, tries on the chief’s turnout jacket as he prepares to take over the helm of the Louisburg Fire Department. Giving him a helping hand is Timmy Smith who just completed 20 years as chie
A changing of a chief!
There has been a changing of the guard at the Louisburg Fire Department, a rather rare occurrence in the long history of the county’s oldest fire department.
Veteran Chief Timmy Smith is stepping down — or, more precisely, stepping aside — and the new chief is Randy Lanham, a veteran firefighter who has been with the local department since September 1999.

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Sounds of recovery disturbing to some
Sounds of recovery disturbing to some
YOUNGSVILLE — What is generally the sound of a good economy and the fulfilment of the American Dream has been a nightmare for residents in one growing subdivision.
Recently, Peachtree Communities, the builder behind the East Woods of Patterson development, began building new homes — a rarity during the recent economic downturn.

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Youngsville, county utility sale called close
YOUNGSVILLE — Town staff advised that they are close to a deal to sell its water and sewer utility to Franklin County.
In the spring, Youngsville and Franklin County officials and staff announced that they were working on the transaction.
The announcement came after staffs discussed the proposal behind closed doors.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Alkia Johnson

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Union Label
Editorial Cartoon: Union Label

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As fall wanes and winter looms, better learn to write ‘13’
As fall wanes and winter looms, better learn to write ‘13’
GOOD MORNING: It’s only a couple of more days before winter begins, officially at any rate. Christmas is just around the corner, and before you know it, it will be 2013, although it will likely take several more days before I get accustomed to writing 2013. It comes with age, you know, and I am getting on up in years. I feel it, too.
The weather this fall hasn’t been all that bad. I hope the same holds true for what lies ahead.

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‘We can’t tolerate this,’ but what’s the solution?
“We can’t tolerate this anymore,” President Barack Obama said from the stage of a Newton High School auditorium on Sunday as adults wept, or hugged, or sat quietly, many hugging small children.
We agree — but the question is what can be done to lessen the chances that history will repeat itself.
History, as the president knows first-hand, does not offer optimism.

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Slow police response? It’s the economy, stupid
Slow police response? It’s the economy, stupid
I’ve worked in plenty of communities, having the good fortune of being a police reporter in a number of towns, cities and counties.
One thing that unites all of these places is one common complaint — why does it take the police so long to get to my house?
Well, while poring through a recent batch of incident reports, I decided to shed some light.

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OBITUARIES

SHARON D. HENDERSON
FRANKLINTON- -Funeral services for Sharon Denise Henderson, 47, who died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Popes Chapel UCC in Franklinton, with the Rev. Leroy Dukes officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PATRICIA WILIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Patricia Williams, 86, who died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at St. Stephen Baptist Church, with the Rev. J. Debnam officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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EMMA L. SMITH
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Emma L. Smith, 91, who died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 19) at Union Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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E. DEAN LEGGETT
YOUNGSVILLE- Eddie Dean “Fishdawg” Leggett, 44, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. A memorial funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 19) at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the service.

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S. RAY JOYNER
WAKE FOREST - S. Ray Joyner, 72, died at his home on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 19) in the Wake Forest Cemetery, with the Rev. Ron Brissom officiating.

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RUDOLPH L. BLAKE
WAKE FOREST - Rudolph Leon Blake, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 19) at Glen Royal Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Faile officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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MARIE W. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Marie W. Perry, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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GLORIA C. MCKNIGHT
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Gloria Ann Cannady McKnight, 59, who died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, will be held Friday, Dec. 21, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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“MAC” H. N. McKENZIE III
FRANKLINTON - Hugh Nelson “Mac” McKenzie III, 59, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at his home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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IDA MAE WRIGHT
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Ida Mae Wright, 82, who died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

They’re Number 1
MAN IN THE MIDDLE. LaShawn Alexander (with ball) and the Louisburg College Hurricanes head to break as the top-ranked team in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Men’s Basketball Poll.
They’re Number 1
LOUISBURG -- Given the overall success of the program during the past three seasons, Louisburg College has become accustomed to having the proverbial target on its back during matchups against Region X men’s basketball opponents.
But that target just became a lot larger -- as in nationally -- after LC moved to the No. 1 spot in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Poll.

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DON’T STOP
DISTANCE QUEST. (L to R) Franklinton High School’s Kayla Wetherell and Luis Guillen enjoyed strong campaigns this fall during Northern Carolina Conference cross country action. Both athletes are sophomores.
DON’T STOP
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s Luis Guillen and Kayla Wetherell took the long road to success during the 2012 Northern Carolina Conference cross country campaign.
Guillen and Wetherell were Franklin County’s top performers in the NCC standings -- and both are only sophomores at FHS.

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League Sked Begins
LET THE GAMES BEGIN. Sedalia Seda and the Louisburg Lady Warriors opened their NCC basketball schedule Tuesday night at Roanoke Rapids.
League Sked Begins
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The much-anticipated beginning of the Northern Carolina Conference basketball season kicked off Tuesday night as the Louisburg Warriors and Lady Warriors traveled to Roanoke Rapids for a key early-campaign meeting.
LHS’ girls played at RR earlier in the schedule and defeated the Lady Jackets as part of a tournament.

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Players selected for team
Players selected for team
The 2012 boys soccer season proved to be one of the most competitive in Franklin County history, as each of the county’s three schools were capable of beating each other on a given day.
Because of that, the county teams played a myriad of tight contests against each other, with Franklinton eventually taking third place in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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NCC MVP -- It’s Jared
ONE STINGY GUY. Jared Miller’s refusal to allow balls into the back of the net resulted in the Franklinton High School senior keeper being selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Soccer Player of the Year for the 2012 campaign.
NCC MVP -- It’s Jared
FRANKLINTON -- For whatever reason, soccer coaches are usually quite begrudging in their compliments for opposing players.
That wasn’t true in the case of Franklinton High School veteran keeper Jared Miller during the 2012 campaign.

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JMC HOSTS PIZZA PARTY
JMC HOSTS PIZZA PARTY
HELPING OUT THE MIRACLE LEAGUE. Franklin County native and popular Nashville recording artist Jason Michael Carroll was on hand at Franklinton High School last week for a Pizza Party and Ice Cream Social that served as a fundraiser for the Miracle League of Franklin County. Classes at FHS raised money for the opportunity to take part in the pizza party and ice cream social. In the above photo, Jason is pictured with Miracle League players (l to r) Malik Cooke, Kristopher Hanzer, Kamel Mane and Kevin Mitchell.

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Franklinton is in second spot in NCC standings
Franklinton is in second spot in NCC standings
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2012 fall sports season.
The Wells Fargo Cup Award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

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NC Wesleyan drops matchup
GREENSBORO -- Guilford College used a strong second half effort to down North Carolina Wesleyan by an 80-64 score in last Saturday afternoon’s non-conference men’s hoops action.
The Quakers, who led just 37-35 at the break, out-scored the Bishops 28-13 over the final 11 minutes to secure their sixth win of the season.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>With tax law changes coming, is now the time to sell timber?</i>
With tax law changes coming, is now the time to sell timber?
Are you considering to complete a timber sale before year’s end to avoid any new or unknown taxes such as the 3.8 percent Medicare surcharge on investment income from the Obama-care for taxpayers with income over $200,000 (single, head-of-household filing statuses) and $250,000 (married filing a joint return), and perhaps a 5% increase in the long-term Capital Gains Rate?
Selling under any level of uncertainty is never a good idea.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Lawsuit against animal control, ex-director dismissed by judge
The case against animal control and its former director is over.
Last month, Resident Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood issued an order, upholding an appellate court’s decision that all claims accusing Graham Stallings and animal control staff of committing acts that led to a pet’s death be dismissed.

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CHRISTMAS CHEER
CHRISTMAS CHEER
Legionnaires with American Legion Post 52 delivered Christmas cheer to 21 veterans at area senior homes on Dec. 14-15. Seated is 20-year veteran Henry Hildreth, a World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War vet being visited by legionnaires, Steve Ijames, Bill Kimbrough, and Neil Weintraub.

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MUSICAL PRESENTATION
MUSICAL PRESENTATION
A presentation at the halftime of a basketball game may not be all that unusual — but this presentation involved a musical instrument which may be a bit more uncommon. As you know if you’re a regular reader of The Franklin Times, Louisburg’s self-described “fiddle maker” Mike Anderson promised to present a violin to a deserving student prior to Christmas and on Friday night he made good on that promise.

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<i>‘Family decision’ prompts Harris Farm sale</i>
‘Family decision’ prompts Harris Farm sale
LOUISBURG — A Henderson real estate firm backed by a former NFL player has purchased more than 1,000 acres of farm property in the heart of Franklin County.
Choice Property Associates LLC closed on a deal in late October to purchase 1,029 acres of the Harris Farm for $2.8 million, according to the excise tax stamp at the county’s Register of Deeds.

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Armed robber hits Youngsville store
YOUNGSVILLE — Police are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery.
According to police, a masked man entered the Dollar General on Tarboro Road the evening of Dec. 13, wielded a silver handgun and demanded money.
The suspect pushed an employee to the floor and stole money while the store was occupied by two other employees and customers.

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Council backs Clean Water Trust Fund
In an 18-minute meeting Monday night, the Louisburg town council ratified Randy Lanham as the town’s new fire chief (see story on page 1), approved the annual certification of firemen and then passed a resolution urging the North Carolina General Assembly not to target the Cleanwater Management Trust Fund.
“The fund has been an important source of funding for town,” said Louisburg Manager Mark Warren.

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<i>Christmas comes to Alert!</i>
Christmas comes to Alert!
HOLIDAY GREETINGS! The northern Franklin County community of Alert hosted the county’s last Christmas parade of the 2012 holiday season on Saturday — and beautiful weather drew large crowds to the annual event. In the photo above, a rider on a float winds up to toss a handful of candy to bystanders — part of a huge number of sweet treats that were handed out to children along the way.

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BUSINESS

Youngsville gives 2 businesses a break
YOUNGSVILLE — Town commissioners favored the economy, giving two businesses the approval they needed to continue hawking their wares on downtown streets.
This past summer, town staff realized that proprietors of Old May Hotel Antiques and Vintage Collectibles and the Flea Market needed a conditional use permit to sell items outside in the Main Street Business District. 

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