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Showing 36 articles from December 28, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

War at the doorstep: Civil War photography exhibit planned here
RALEIGH — Franklin County will be home to a Civil War exhibit beginning this coming week.
Determination, commitment and pride are among many characteristics of North Carolinians depicted in the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit.”
The exhibit commemorates the state’s role in the Civil War (1861-1865), a defining period in United States history.

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<i>A celebration without end</i>
APPLAUDED EFFORT. Alijah Clifton, right, and Etta Alston-Burgess enjoy the Kwanzaa celebration at the Lake Royale Clubhouse on Wednesday night.
A celebration without end
LAKE ROYALE — Kwanzaa is an African American cultural celebration that is recognized during a week of gathering and communing.
But it’s more than just seven days, participants said.
“Kwanzaa doesn’t end,” said Sauuda Y. Eshe, a participant in the program held at the Lake Royale Clubhouse on Dec. 26 — the first day of the seven-day celebration.

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<i>Work on a ‘miracle’ begins</i>
Work on a ‘miracle’ begins
FRANKLINTON — Work has begun on a field that will help fill the dreams of the physically and mentally challenged.
The Miracle League of Franklin County has already begun playing baseball at Louisburg High School’s softball field, giving those with physical and mental limitations an opportunity to play the sport.
Now, though, construction has begun on their own field at Long Mill Elementary.

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Park site tour begins year
LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners are slated to meet at a special time in a special place.
They are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday to visit three sites that an advisory group feels are best suited for a new county park.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Dalvin Peace, 4 years

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fiscal Cliff
Editorial Cartoon: Fiscal Cliff

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LHS band’s visit kicked off the season in style
LHS band’s visit kicked off the season in style
GOOD MORNING: In what has become an annual event, some 20 or more members of the Louisburg High School Band, under the direction of Brian D. Miller and Mrs. Tracy Winstead, stopped off by our home out on Terrell Lane Friday before Christmas and serenaded us with Christmas Carols.
As I have recalled previously, I had the privilege of playing in the original group that was then the Mills (now Louisburg) High School Band back in the early 1940’s, and I look forward to their annual visit with great anticipation.

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State seems intent on killing golden geese! Wonder why?
The nursery rhyme warns that you should never kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
Yet our state appears focused on slaughtering the only golden “geese” that small towns have seen in the last few years.
As everyone who lives in small towns knows, the proliferation of huge chain stores, the loss of jobs, the problems in the auto industry and the incessant, impossible to ignore effects of the Internet and web-based shopping have put a serious hurt on small towns and the small businesses that make them unique.

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Struggling to make sense out of the truly senseless
Struggling to make sense out of the truly senseless
Everyone’s life experiences and education form the caldron where individual opinions and reactions are formed.
That’s never been more true than now as the nation wrestles with the senseless and horrific tragedy in a New England school house.
I grew up in a small town (about the size of Bunn) on a street where every male of a certain age was a World War II veteran who loved to hunt and fish.

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Grandpa’s account of Civil War surrender is different
Dear editor:
I enjoyed the story in the Dec. 15 issue of Civil War details, “Hardships at Home.” For many years, there has been a Civil War story I’ve wanted to tell, but I don’t know how many people will believe it.

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Tragedy too soon forgotten
Dear editor:
This will too soon be forgotten, just like 9/11, the 620,000 or more dead from the War Between the States, and so many other horrific events.

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Congrats for stopping dog fighting
Dear editor:
Congratulations are due to the Sheriff’s department and Animal Control for investigating and breaking up the dog fighting operation in Franklin County. 

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OBITUARIES

JOHN T. DAVIS JR.
FAYETTEVILLE —John T. Davis Jr., 84, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. He had been at the state Veteran’s Home for two years.

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CECIL B. COLLIE
FRANKLINTON —Cecil Bell Collie, 72, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 at his home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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JOSEPH L. NICHOLSON
SPRINGFIELD, MASS.- Joseph Lynwood Nicholson “Nick,” 80, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. He was born in Bunn to the late Andrew and Sarah Harris Nicholson. Prior to moving out of state, he taught and coached at Gethsemane High School.

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BONNIE L. CYRUS
GREENSBORO —Bonnie Lancaster Cyrus, 99, a patient of the Skill Care Unit of Whitestone, a Masonic and Eastern Star Community, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 26, 2012. Visitation will be held at L. Harold Poole Funeral Services, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 29). Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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CHARLIE MORISE EVANS
March 20, 1928 – December 26, 2012
LOUISBURG - Charlie Morise Evans, age 84, of Louisburg, NC died peacefully at home Wednesday morning after an extended illness.  Funeral services were held Friday, December 28th, at 11:00 a.m. at Louisburg United Methodist Church.  The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church.  Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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DONNIE Q. DENTON
ROCKY MOUNT —Donnie Qualls Denton, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

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EMMA “SHIRLEY” JONES PAQUETTE
PINEHURST, NC - Emma “Shirley” Jones Paquette died December 25, 2012.  She was born May 13, 1931 in Richmond, Virginia, to J.W.F. Jones and Emma Gephart Jones.  She was married for 58 years until her husband Dean R. Paquette died in 2011. 

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SPORTS

A GREAT START
PAINT JOB. Bunn’s Deshawn High (with ball) drives for two points for the Wildcats during their home victory over Fuquay-Varina during Thursday’s first-round action of the Bunn Christmas Basketball Tournament. The event will conclude today.
A GREAT START
BUNN -- Tradition is an important part of the holiday season -- and the same goes for the Bunn High School boys basketball squad.
Over the years, the Wildcats have made a holiday habitat of defeating higher-classification opponents in a tournament setting.

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FHS girls earn win vs. Webb
FHS girls earn win vs. Webb
HENDERSON -- Franklinton secured a key victory at the Southern Vance Girls Holiday Classic on Thursday -- and gained a much-needed measure of revenge in the process.
Taking on an Oxford Webb crew that had topped FHS twice earlier in the campaign, the Lady Rams rolled to a 43-24 decision at the SVHS Gymnasium.

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Statement Makers
GALLATIN GOES TO THE BUCKET. Bunn’s Keella Gallatin (left) drives into the lane during the Ladycats’ first-round decision over Kinston on Thursday evening at the Bunn Christmas Basketball Tournament.
Statement Makers
BUNN -- Maybe the Bunn Ladycats can be a postseason factor after all.
Bunn, in Benj Daniels’ first year as head coach, has gotten off to a slow start in 2012-13 -- thanks in part to the graduation of several key performers, along with a brutal early schedule.
That’s why Bunn’s reward was two-fold following Thursday’s 55-49 victory over Kinston in the first round of the Bunn Christmas Basketball Tournament.

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Warriors playing at Taylor
Warriors playing at Taylor
It worked so well in 2012, the Louisburg Warriors will be returning to the Taylor Center once again this coming year.
Twice.
Due to small capacity of the LHS Gymnasium, school administrators moved last season’s scheduled basketball doubleheader with Bunn to the Taylor Center on the campus of Louisburg College.
The result was a much more comfortable experience for fans from both teams.

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Canes Will Open Feb. 9
Canes Will Open Feb. 9
LOUISBURG -- Keith Shumate’s first season as the Louisburg College baseball coach will begin Feb. 9 with a home doubleheader against Catawba Valley Community College.
First pitch will be at 1 p.m. at Frazier Field on the LC campus.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Dec.30-Jan. 5
High School Basketball
WEDNESDAY
Northwest Halifax at Louisburg    6 p.m.
Warren County at Bunn    6:30 p.m.

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VGCC’s athletes read to children
VGCC’s athletes read to children
HENDERSON -- Several Vance-Granville Community College student-athletes visited with children at the Child Care Center on the college’s Main Campus in December.
Among other activities, the VGCC students read books with winter and holiday themes, such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and Clifford the Big Red Dog’s “The Little Red Sled,” to all the classes at the center, which serves children from ages one to four.

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Outdoor recreation increases nationally
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Wildlife-related outdoor recreation increased dramatically from 2006 to 2011.   
The national details are shown in the final report of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, which was released recently by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Final Report, which follows the August 2012 Preliminary Review and the September 2012 State Overview, provides more information on the types of activities and money spent for fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching.

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NCHSAA updates 2-A Wells Fargo standings
NCHSAA updates 2-A Wells Fargo standings
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the standings for fall sports in the Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2012-13 academic year.
The Wells Fargo Cup recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. The Cup program is in its 34th year.

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LUCAS LOOKS TO SCORE
LUCAS LOOKS TO SCORE
Bunn’s Jordan Lucas drives toward the basket fore the Wildcats during Thursday’s first-round contest versus Fuquay-Varina at the Bunn Christmas Tournament.

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PERRY TAKES PRIDE IN HIS WORK
PERRY TAKES PRIDE IN HIS WORK
Bunn High School veteran point guard Tavon Perry (with ball) drives during the Wildcats’ home tournament decision on Thursday night against the Fuquay-Varina Bengals.

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WALKER WOWS ‘EM
WALKER WOWS ‘EM
Bunn freshman guard Precious Walker delivered 16 points on Thursday evening as the Ladycats defeated Kinston in the opening round of the Bunn Christmas Basketball Tournament.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (December 31 - January 4)
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

<i>This gift is for you!</i>
This gift is for you!
THIS BIKE IS FOR YOU. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jack Joyner cuts up with the Fowler Family children Thursday before Christmas during Shop With A Sheriff. Joyner, picking out Charlie’s bike, is also with Bailey, left, and Shanley and Bradlee, who each got a bicycle that day. Joyner had fun giving this one a test drive.

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SOME HARM. NO FOUL.
SOME HARM. NO FOUL.
A wreck on Bickett Boulevard sent two people to the hospital, but police did not issue any citations in the two-vehicle wreck. According to Louisburg Officer Andy Castaneda, Janie Vines, 54, was pulling out from Sandalwood Avenue onto Bickett Boulevard at about 2 p.m. on Thursday when the accident occurred. A tractor trailer was stopped in the right, northbound lane of Bickett, Castaneda said, and Vines pulled out, apparently not seeing a 1999 Toyota Corolla driven by Horauo Sandoval,  21, of Henderson.

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Two armed robberies investigated by deputies
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating two separate armed robberies.
Charles Brown reported the afternoon of Dec. 23 that he had been robbed at gunpoint the previous evening.
According to the report by Dep. Kevin Perry, Brown told authorities that four people he knew stole cash, an iPhone and iPad from him during a party at a home in the 400 block of Mitchell Store Road near Youngsville.

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BUSINESS

<i>Local man’s passion for food, cooking behind new restaurant</i>
Local man’s passion for food, cooking behind new restaurant
A new restaurant is scheduled to open the week of Jan. 7 in Louisburg and the goal, according to its owner, is good food, good service and good value.
To be known as Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse, the restaurant will be in the former Ribeyes’s building behind the Bojangles restaurant.

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