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Showing 41 articles from January 8, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Local critters could be losing their best friend
A Franklin County foundation that’s been an advocate for the better treatment of animals could be closing after nearly 15 years.
SPCA of Franklin County founder Rebecca Rodgers has announced that unless she’s able to find at least 10 volunteers to carry on, she’ll have to shut down at the end of the month.

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Richardson gets NC House nom
Richardson gets NC House nom
ROCKY MOUNT — Barring any unforeseen circumstances, a Franklin County resident will be taking a seat in the General Assembly today.
On Tuesday, the House District 7 Executive Committee voted to nominate Bobbie Richardson to fulfill the unexpired term of Angela Bryant. Gov. Pat McCrory was expected to sign the appointment order on Wednesday.

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SPECTACULAR SUNSET
SPECTACULAR SUNSET
Although it’s winter, you might now appreciate that from the types of weather Mother Nature has been providing Franklin County in recent days. But, despite the absence of snow and ice, the typical wintertime fronts that have been moving across the state have created some interesting cloud patterns that, especially when combined with just the right conditions at sunset, have created some absolutely stunning sights such as this one last Friday evening.

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Rolesville man arrested for a series of break-ins
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Investigators arrested a man with Franklinton ties, linking him to vehicle and residential break-ins in a multitude of jurisdictions.
Kadarly W. McLeod, 21, was being held in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond this week.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Det. Wayne Daniels said McCleod is suspected in a string of thefts dating back to at least early November, where he was suspected of aiding and abetting in a larceny in Youngsville.

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Youngsville woman killed in car crash
A 47-year-old Youngsville woman was killed in a single-vehicle wreck recently.
According to a report by Trooper D.R. Delcastilho, Yvette R. Kennedy was driving south along N.C. 96 when she crossed the center line just after 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 3.

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<i>Revisiting the Civil War era</i>
Revisiting the Civil War era
One of the county’s most historic places will open its doors to the public this weekend, giving visitors a photographic glimpse into the Civil War.
The Franklin County library has teamed up with the Person Place Preservation Society and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources to bring a Civil War exhibit to the county.

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Utility deal behind closed doors ... again!
LOUISBURG — At their December meeting, Youngsville commissioners said the matter of a utility transfer was in the hands of Franklin County leaders.
Franklin County commissioners apparently dribbled that ball behind closed doors on Monday night, but did not take a shot at resolving the matter in public.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
‘Dynamic Duo’ Chris Smith, James Harris

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Kick the Can
Editorial Cartoon: Kick the Can

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Everyone needs to be at table for gun control talks
Everyone needs to be at table for gun control talks
While viewing pictures of this country’s deadliest war, thoughts of this country’s Civil Unrest weren’t far from my mind.
From 1861 to 1865, for four years, three weeks and six days, this country was embroiled in a bitter battle that pitted brother against brother, cousin against cousin and communities against one another.

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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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Finding that ‘perfect’ gift since the pressure is off
Now that Christmas has come and gone ­ and Santa and his reindeer are safely (we hope!) back at the North Pole — word comes that some folks in Washington, D.C., of all places, found the perfect gift for their returning boss.
And that gift is even sparking a few ideas on the local scene.

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Lincoln’ worth seeing even if not always accurate
Dear editor:
I would like to encourage all to see the new movie “Lincoln.”
Surprisingly, while not totally historically accurate, it does a very good job of emphasizing the struggle that took place by the Republicans in Congress to pass the 13th Amendment (Abolition of slavery), against the vehement opposition of the Democrat party. 

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Don’t ‘drop the ball’ on park
Dear editor:
Enough with the posturing and grandstanding, let’s get the Edgar Owens Park on the ground already. This process has already been drawn out entirely too long. It’s a wonderful gift that Mr Owens bestowed upon Franklin County and it’s absurd it hasn’t happened yet. 

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‘Epitome of a Southern lady’ will be missed
Dear editor:
The Lord called home one of his children on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Barbara Burnette was a very special lady and a true, loyal friend to me and many others.

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Preserving the Constitution
Dear editor:
The 2nd Amendment states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  As you read it, there are four parts:  1) requires each free state to have a well regulated militia; 2) the job of the militia is to maintain the security of a free state; 3) the right of the people to keep and bear arms; 4) shall not be infringed.


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Dog fighting ring breakup earns congrats
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

CHRISTINE STOKES
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Christine Stokes, 97, who died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TRAVIS D. BOYD
CASTALIA – Travis Don Boyd, 65, died Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2013 at his home. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 8, at White Level Baptist Church, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating.

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HANS-JURGEN SCHULZ
LOUISBURG - Hans-Jurgen Schulz, 69, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

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EDITH A. PERRY
YOUNGSVILLE - Edith Alford Perry, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at Hillside Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 9) at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CRAYTON M. WASHINGTON
MANHATTAN, N.Y. - Funeral services for Crayton Christine Morgan Washington, 87, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 9) in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Dan Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the Nelson Chapel Church cemetery.

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RUBY L. STONE
DURHAM- Ruby Louise Stone, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at UNC Hospitals. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham.

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KENNETH R. STEVENS, SR.
WARRENTON - Kenneth Raymond Stevens, Sr., 74, of Warrenton, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, at UNC Chapel Hill.  Kenneth retired from the US Air Force after 21 years of service as an aircraft mechanic and aircraft scheduler, touring Vietnam for one year.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Stevens, Sr. and Alvina Knight Stevens; his brothers, Robert Stevens, Jr., and Edward “Pete” Stevens; and his two nephews, Malcolm Stevens and Edward Stevens.

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SPORTS

PERFECT FEELING
WON’T BE DENIED. Louisburg College’s Joe Goodwin drives for a bucket during last Saturday afternoon’s victory over Tidewater Community College.
PERFECT FEELING
LOUISBURG -- So much for the theory that a three-week layoff would squelch the momentum of the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad.
Instead, the Hurricanes returned from Christmas Break as motivated as ever during last Saturday’s non-region home event against an overmatched Tidewater Community College squad.

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FHS boys claim key conquest
DEMETRIUS DELIVERS. Franklinton’s Demetrius Burk (with ball) drives for two points for the Red Rams during last Friday’s decision against Louisburg High School.
FHS boys claim key conquest
LOUISBURG -- Maybe the getting-healthy Franklinton Red Rams are saving their best work of the season for Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball action.
Beset by injuries early in the campaign, the Red Rams are now revving in the NCC, including a 70-60 decision over Louisburg last Friday night in front of a near-capacity crowd at Taylor Center on the campus of Louisburg College.

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A Big-Game Effort
FOUL FEELING. Louisburg High School’s Alkia Johnson (right) was called for an offensive foul during this play as part of last Friday’s girls basketball matchup with Franklinton at Louisburg College’s Taylor Center.
A Big-Game Effort
LOUISBURG -- What was expected to be a tight game only provided further evidence to the improvement currently being shown by the Louisburg High School girls basketball squad.
Taking on county rival Franklinton, the Lady Warriors roared to a 22-point halftime cushion and never looked back en route to taking out the Lady Rams by a surprisingly one-sided 38-22 score.

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Wildcats nab NCC decision
BUNN -- Given the early-season improvement displayed by Northwest Halifax, last Friday’s showdown with the Vikings was destined to be an important one for the Bunn High School boys basketball squad.
But the Wildcats passed the test going away, using a strong defense to defeat the Vikings by a 50-26 margin at the Bunn Dome.

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BHS to open with Knights
BHS to open with Knights
BUNN -- Bunn High School’s 2013 baseball season will begin Feb. 27 on the road against the Northern Nash Knights.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on the NNHS campus in Red Oak.
As part of the campaign, the Wildcats will participate in the annual Tarboro Easter Classic from April 3-5 at the historic Tarboro Municipal Stadium.

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Pack signs diamond recruits
Pack signs diamond recruits
RALEIGH -- North Carolina State University baseball coach Elliott Avent, a former Louisburg College assistant, announced an early signing class of 11, continuing to build on the recruiting momentum generated by an exciting Regional Championship and Super Regional berth at No. 1 ranked Florida last spring.
The Wolfpack’s 2013 class includes Wilmington Hoggard’s highly sought after pitcher Joe O’Donnell, considered by many to be the top prospect in the state.

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SURROUND SOUND
SURROUND SOUND
Franklinton’s Romeo Debnam (with ball) tries to escape a double-team from Louisburg’s Tyrone Davis (hands up) and Marcus Davis (11) during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball contest at Louisburg College’s Taylor Center.

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I SKY
I SKY
Louisburg College’s Micah Parker (with ball) elevates for two points last Saturday afternoon versus Tidewater CC.

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A DANDY DOZEN
A DANDY DOZEN
Vanisha Wilshire scored 12 points for the Louisburg Lady Warriors during last Friday’s victory against backyard rival Franklinton at Taylor Center.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Students finish BLET course
Students finish BLET course
Twenty-five cadets graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College during a Dec. 18 ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus.
After passing the state certification exam, all are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

RECOGNITION
RECOGNITION
Commission Vice Chair Sidney Dunston, left, and the rest of the board thanked Commissioner Shane Mitchell for his service as chairman in 2012. Mitchell was also selected as chair this year.

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DONE DEAL
DONE DEAL
The Coats for Christmas campaign has ended with over 200 coats given to those in need, including: Safe Space, Care and Share, the county’s Senior Citizens centers and YABA’s Christmas cheer program, according to Wayne Champion, coordinator for the campaign. Champion thanked Village Cleaners for their support again this year as well as the people that donated and helped with the project.

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Dozing driver, asleep at pump, wakes up to face drug charges
A Franklinton woman who fell asleep at the wheel was arrested on drug charges.
According to investigators, Franklinton Officers Bennett Manson and A.J. Bishop responded to the Wilco Hess the evening of Jan. 4 after getting a call of a suspicious person.
According to the report, a woman, later identified as Angelica Dickerson, was sitting in her vehicle at the pump for about 15 minutes when an employee called 911.

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Local group receives Food Lion grant
For A Brighter Future, Inc. recently became the recipient of a $3,500 grant from Food Lion Charitable Foundation.
The $3,500 donation will be used for food purchases
For A Brighter Future is an after-school program which provides tutoring, mentoring and career counseling for students in grades 9-12 in Franklin County.

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<i>Feeding Franklin with turkeys</i>
LOADING UP. William Mitchell, right, and Bryan Taylor load up boxes of turkeys for storage before a Christmas delivery.
Feeding Franklin with turkeys
United Way and its partners delivered hundreds of turkeys in time for holiday meals.
Thanks to donations from Youngsville businessman E. Carroll Joyner, the United Way was able to provide hundreds of families with turkeys this past Christmas as part of its fall food drive.
Joyner is the primary donor, but he isn’t the only one.

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HILLRIDGE SUPPORT
HILLRIDGE SUPPORT
The UWFC turkey program receives support from Hillridge Farm in Youngsville each year. John Hill, above left, helps store the turkeys that go to the Youngsville Area Business Association’s Christmas Cheer program, which was on Dec. 15. YABA received 15 cases of the turkeys. With Hill on delivery day were UWFC board member Michael Schriver, right, and Betty Craig, UWFC Community Campaign co-chair, not pictured.

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CELEBRATING PHILANTHROPY
CELEBRATING PHILANTHROPY
Dr. E. Carroll Joyner, left, was honored recently by the North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for his body of philanthropic work, including support to the United Way of Franklin County Feeding Franklin food pantry network – which includes a donation of 324 turkeys this year. He was nominated for the pantry contributions.

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