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Showing 38 articles from January 29, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Gun range decision challenged in court
LOUISBURG — Two Youngsville businessmen have petitioned the courts to review and, ultimately, overturn a decision that denied them the ability to open a gun range.
Aaron Byrd and Eric Coombs applied for a special use permit this past fall to build a shooting range on a portion of a 171-acre tract on Dunn Road in the Margaret Community east of Louisburg.

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Louisburg man killed in mishap
LOUISBURG — Authorities found a Louisburg man dead following a weekend wreck that plunged his vehicle into a pond.
According to a report by Trooper J.O. Walter, Richard Murphy was apparently driving a 1984 Ford pickup truck along Walter Collins Road when he lost control.

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UP, UP AND OVER!
UP, UP AND OVER!
Work has been underway for a few weeks to convert the former Rowe’s Men’s Shop in Shannon Village into a Goodwill Industries facility. Part of the changeover includes building a loading dock facility on the north side of the structure. On Monday, with concrete forms in place, workmen brought in a huge, concrete-pumping apparatus that takes concrete from a mixer truck, shown at the left, and delivers it where it is needed, in this case on the Bickett Boulevard side of the building.

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Local officials asked to weigh in on gun rights
Local officials asked to weigh in on gun rights
LOUISBURG — Commissioners held off on considering a resolution to defend an amendment that has divided the country — and led to some pointed words between two county commissioners.
A handful of residents last week urged the board to adopt a resolution to preserve and defend the Constitution, particularly the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

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Case against teens in limbo
LOUISBURG — The case against two teens accused of conspiring to kill the younger teen’s mother and steal money continues to churn.
Investigators allege a 15-year-old girl plied her 18-year-old boyfriend, Shannon Nyamodi, with money and drugs to kill her mother, Rhonda Maclean, and steal about $50,000.
Both were arrested in the hours following the coordinated Aug. 16 home invasion.

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Two ‘storms’ affected delivery
Two “storms,” one caused by Mother Nature and the other by pressroom problems, caused some weekend editions of The Franklin Times’ to be delivered later than normal.
A winter storm, which arrived with freezing rain, sleet and even snow flurries, hit this region mid-afternoon Friday just as the weekend edition was going to press, explained Publisher Gary Cunard.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Tatiyana Hamlett

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Congressional Confessions
Editorial Cartoon: Congressional Confessions

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At least the birds brightened winter’s drab look
At least the birds brightened winter’s drab look
GOOD MORNING: While it didn’t look all that bad outside when I got up Saturday morning, it was enough to make me give up any plans I had for going over to Harold “Waterbed” Wood’s for breakfast.
The only activity I observed outside were the birds at the two big bird feeders in front of the house where several large red Cardinals presented a sharp contrast to the sleet and snow that covered everything.

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If lottery is bad for poor, isn’t it bad for everyone?
One of those little-noticed political comments in Raleigh recently would be funny if it weren’t so serious.
It all started with State Rep. Paul Stam who suggested that welfare recipients in North Carolina should be banned from buying lottery tickets.
His reasoning was that,  “we’re giving them welfare to help them live and yet by selling them a ticket, we’re taking away their money that is there to provide them the barest of necessities.”
That’s probably true — at least in a general sense.

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The writing’s on the wall: Cursive writing is extinct
The writing’s on the wall: Cursive writing is extinct
In school, it was one of the first things I was good at.
It sort of gave me confidence that if I could be good at one thing, then maybe I could achieve other successes.
I like to think I did.
But now, that one good skill is no longer required to be taught in North Carolina schools, so I’ve read.
Cursive handwriting has apparently gone the way of the Dodo.

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OBITUARIES

MACON Z. MORRIS JR.
ZEBULON – Macon Zebulon Morris Jr., 72, of the Pilot Community, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 28, at Pilot Baptist Church, with burial following in the Massey-Poole family cemetery.

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WILLIE LEE WILSON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Willie Lee Wilson, 77, who died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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SHIRLEY TEMPLE
PILOT - Shirley Temple, 50, of the Pilot Community died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Rocky Cross Baptist Church in Middlesex.

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BONNIE M. DOSS
FRANKLINTON —Bonnie Holder Moore Doss, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 30) in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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THOMAS C. ALSTON JR.
APEX - Thomas C. Alston Jr., known to his family and friends as “Cut,” died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. A memorial service will be held at Apex United Methodist Church on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends after the service. Interment will follow at a later date in Siler City.

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SUSAN L. SHEARON
YOUNGSVILLE - Susan Liles Shearon, 67, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 30) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Woodland Baptist Church cemetery.

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CRAIG W. SLEDGE
June 25, 1950 – January 26, 2013
LOUISBURG – Craig Wayne Sledge, 62, of Louisburg, died Saturday morning.

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RICHARD K. MURPHY
LOUISBURG - Richard Kelly Murphy, 68, of Louisburg, died Saturday, January 26, 2013.  The son of the late Johnnie Garvis and Wilma Burnette Murphy.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in Vietnam.

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SPORTS

BACK TO A TIE
ALSTON ON HIS WAY. Bunn’s Johnathan Alston (with ball) drives for a basket during Monday’s home boys basketball victory against Corinth Holders.
BACK TO A TIE
BUNN -- Theoretically, every contest in the Northern Carolina Conference is a must-win game if a club hopes to finish at the top of the league boys basketball standings.
Some, however, have a more direct impact on the NCC race than others.
For Bunn, the mission was simple heading into Monday’s home matchup with Corinth Holders.

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LC wins another matchup
RUNNING THE SHOW. Louisburg College guard Tiffany Johnson looks for an open teammate during last Saturday’s home hoops victory against Cape Fear CC.
LC wins another matchup
LOUISBURG -- Not even the frigid weather last Saturday could cool off the on-fire Louisburg College women’s basketball squad.
The recent ice storm did push the starting time back 15 minutes for the game between LC and Cape Fear.
But that only delayed the inevitable as the top-ranked Lady Hurricanes improved to 15-1 overall with a convincing 95-42 decision over the visiting Sea Devils at Taylor Center on the LC campus.

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Ladycats Undefeated In NCC
OPENING SOUGHT. Bunn freshman Aaliyah Simmons (left) tries to find an open teammate during Monday’s home decision against Corinth Holders HS.
Ladycats Undefeated In NCC
BUNN -- A trap game usually provides a negative connotation for a girls high school basketball team.
The reference comes when a club is coming off a huge win and is expected to easily take its next contest.
Whether it be a hangover from the important victory or overconfidence, many squads over the years have succumbed to the threat of a trap game.

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HOF calls for Bunn skipper
HOF calls for Bunn skipper
The most successful coach in Franklin County softball history will now have a permanent place beside some of the state’s all-time greats.
The legendary Mike Lovin, who guided the Bunn High School program from 1980 through 2004, will be inducted this weekend into the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Workin’ Overtime
A PLACE FOR MY STUFF. Louisburg College’s Tyrice Thomas (11) elevates for a dunk during the Hurricanes’ home victory last Saturday afternoon against rival Catawba Valley.
Workin’ Overtime
LOUISBURG -- Although thrilled with his club’s seemingly never-ending string of lopsided victories, Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Mark Vanderslice still had one secret wish heading into the final month of the 2012-13 regular season.
A close game.

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NCWC salutes hoops program
ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College commemorated its 50-Year Anniversary of men’s basketball last Saturday afternoon with a thrilling 70-65 win over Ferrum College in a packed Everett Gymnasium.
From the morning’s alumni game to the evening’s celebratory dinner, it was a memorable day for all players and coaches involved.

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LC Adds First Recruit
LC Adds First Recruit
LOUISBURG -- Even though the start of the 2013 season is still more than one week away, Louisburg College softball coach Don Stopa is getting a head start on his recruiting class for the next campaign.
Stopa added his first signee for ‘14 last week as he inked Tori Geissinger to a letter-of-intent to join the Lady Hurricanes’ program.

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FHS drops close game to Panthers
FHS drops close game to Panthers
KENLY -- After being blown out at home by North Johnston earlier in the campaign, not much was expected of the Franklinton Lady Rams during the recent contest Monday at the NJHS Gymnasium.
But Franklinton played one of its best games of the season, only to come up short down the stretch during a 28-26 setback against the Lady Panthers in a game that was moved back three days due to poor weather.

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Louisburg HS tennis schedule finalized
Louisburg HS tennis schedule finalized
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will begin its 2013 boys tennis schedule on Feb. 26 with a road match in Stanhope against the Southern Nash Firebirds.
LHS’ home opener will be Feb. 27 against Northern Carolina Conference foe Corinth Holders.
All matches will start at 4 p.m.

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TAYLOR ADDRESSES CROWD
TAYLOR ADDRESSES CROWD
BACK AT HIS ALMA MATER. Louisburg College and North Carolina Wesleyan College alum Roger Taylor (with microphone) speaks during last Saturday’s NC Wesleyan Men’s Basketball Anniversary Celebration in Rocky Mount. Taylor, a Nash County native, is a member of both the LC and NCWC Athletic Halls of Fame. He played at LC under J. Enid Drake.

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BRANDON’S BEST
BRANDON’S BEST
Bunn’s Brandon Batchelor (right) makes a strong move toward the basket during Monday’s home decision against league foe Corinth Holders.

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CAPTIVE AUDIENCE
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE
Louisburg College’s Jazmine Parker (with ball) drives into a crowded lane during last Saturday’s home triumph against Cape Fear Community College at Taylor Center.

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HELPER
HELPER
Bunn’s Keella Gallatin (left) picks up an assist Monday night against the Corinth Holders Lady Pirates.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Memorial service celebrates amazing 5,407 years of life!</i>
Memorial service celebrates amazing 5,407 years of life!
I was invited to attend the Memorial Service for some 61 former residents of Louisburg Nursing Center (LNC) who, during this past year, have preceded us to glory.
There are too many to name, but they are all worthy of our thoughts and memories for years to come.
The service was opened with remarks by LNC Administrator Cheryl Vermilyea.

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50th Wedding Anniversary
50th Wedding Anniversary
Ray and Betty Faye Collins celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Dec. 1, 2012 with family and friends at Red Bud Baptist Church. They were married in 1962.

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<i>What do you know about your ‘watershed address’?</i>
What do you know about your ‘watershed address’?
Do you know your ecological address?
It is not the same as your E 911 address, but it does matter.
Your ecological address relates to the watershed in which you live, and if you are reading this, you are alive and your life depends upon clean water. A watershed is the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, river, lake, estuary, or even the ocean, and we all live in one.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Drugs, break-ins, thefts keeping authorities busy
A Franklinton area man was slated to appear in court earlier this week on drug charges.
Narcotics agents arrested Roger Wayne House the afternoon of Jan. 23 after finding a significant amount of drugs in his home.
House was slated to appear in court on Tuesday. It was not clear at press time when he would next be scheduled to appear in court.

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<i>County employees saluted</i>
County employees saluted
RECOGNIZED. During its most recent meeting, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners recognized Mary Jo Michalski (photo above) and Barry Thorpe as Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year, respectively. Commission Chair Shane Mitchell presented each with plaques, as well as other rewards.

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BUSINESS

<i>Long-time downtown Louisburg business merged into new firm</i>
Long-time downtown Louisburg business merged into new firm
Yet another change has come to the Louisburg area business community with the new year.
Betty and Rickey Raynor, of Louisburg, owners of United Country – Raynor & Associates, and Rochelle Moon, owner of Rochelle Moon Realty, have completed a merger of their two companies.
The newly formed company – United Country – Rochelle Moon Realty – will be managed by Moon, while Betty serves as a broker associate.

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