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Showing 37 articles from February 1, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Revised gun resolution called ‘a joke’
LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners are set to continue discussions about gun control.
However, a resolution awaiting their signature on Monday night is drastically different from the anti-gun control document put before commissioners during its Jan. 22 meeting.
That resolution, titled “A resolution to preserve and defend the United States Constitution and North Carolina Constitution,” called upon commissioners to defend the right to bear arms even if the federal government passed gun control laws.

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Novant postpones idea of moving an OR to Youngsville
Novant Health officials will delay submitting an application to move an operating room to Youngsville, giving the company more time to address concerns raised by Louisburg and Franklin County officials.
It was welcome news to town leaders.
“Hopefully,” said Mayor Karl Pernell, “we can work with the hospital.

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AN EDUCATION
AN EDUCATION
Newly elected Sen. Chad Barefoot, left, took a tour of Franklin County educational sites and businesses last Friday, getting in a few stops before snow and sleet covered the area. Above, he took a tour of Novozymes with the help of Jason Holmes and Kate Brandon-Sutton.

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Easement issue won’t hold up Youngsville-county utility deal
Easement issue won’t hold up Youngsville-county utility deal
YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials have called a meeting on Monday to publicly discuss and, perhaps, approve a utility transfer agreement with Franklin County.
That decision came at the end of a special-called meeting this past Tuesday when staff was given approval to procure the final storage tank easement — essentially the last hurdle to selling Franklin County its water and utility system.

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County ‘followed protocols’ in denying gun range permit, its attorney contends
LOUISBURG — Franklin County’s legal counsel says county commissioners followed protocols when it denied a special use permit that would have allowed a gun range in a community east of Louisburg.
Attorneys for Aaron Byrd and Eric Coombs filed documents in court last month asking a judge to review the procedure the county used to deny them a permit to build a shooting range on Dunn Road.

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<i>REEP trailblazer’s efforts are saluted</i>
REEP trailblazer’s efforts are saluted
LOUISBURG — During a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., residents also recognized another trailblazer a bit closer to home.
The Rev. Walter Yarbrough presented Aileen Rogers with a plaque recognizing her contributions to Franklin County as the founder of REEP, the acronym for a grassroots organization that stands for Recreation Education Economics and Politics.

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School board deadline looms
A month into the search — and with a week to go before the application deadline — only one person has expressed interest in filling a vacancy on the Franklin County Board of Education.
The seat, which represents District 3 in the northern part of the county, was vacated last month by Dr. Bobbie Richardson who was appointed to fill a vacancy in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Easton Crawford

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Swearing In
Editorial Cartoon: Swearing In

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Cat in tree makes itself comfortable at home
Cat in tree makes itself comfortable at home
GOOD MORNING: A beautiful large, white cat that had apparently taken up residence in one of those tall trees in our front yard out on Terrell Lane several days ago is the latest addition to the Johnson household.
The feline was talked down Tuesday afternoon by grandson Ryan White and granddaughter Emma Hester and has since made herself at home inside the house with Momma Jean and me.

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Law enforcement secrecy merely spawns distrust
Heard around our office one day this week:
“When did the attorney’s general’s office take over management of Area 51?”
Granted, it was a tongue in cheek question that didn’t require a serious answer.
Which is a good thing since newspapers — especially when the folks who report and write opinion pieces are around ­ can be bastions of the politically incorrect.

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Plan a mid-winter break to chase winter doldrums
Plan a mid-winter break to chase winter doldrums
It’s February and although we’ve had very little winter so far, it’s bleak, windy and more than chilly enough for most of us who are longing for spring as we flip through seed catalogues plotting our garden triumphs months in advance.
But, if you’re marking off the days until the last average date for frost, here’s a date you might want to pencil in.

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Experiencing history in the making
Dear editor:
They have much work to do.
The report of muskets reverberating from Concord North Bridge has called out to the sons and daughters of Liberty.
Remember Lexington Green. REMEMBER!

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OBITUARIES

HERMAN JOHNSON
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Herman Johnson, 75, who died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, were held Friday, Feb. 1, at Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with Dr. Harry White officiating. Burial followed in Carolina Biblical Gardens.

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ROBERT J. BRYANT
ZEBULON - Robert Jay Bryant, 37, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 2) at Heritage Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Murray-Bryant family cemetery.

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GERALD CRUDUP
FRANKLINTON—  Gerald Crudup, 62, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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MECY P. BURNETTE
LOUISBURG – Mecy Pullen Burnette, 55, died  Friday morning, Feb. 1, 2013.  A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Sandy Creek Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joel Story officiating.  Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.  Family will receive friends at the home at all other times.

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ANNIE MAE BURNETTE
LOUISBURG - Annie Mae Burnette, 91, of Louisburg died Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Hillside Nursing Center. The daughter of the late Zeb and Sarah Collins, she was also preceded in death by her sons, Johnny Burnette and Howard Gupton; her brothers, William and Robert Collins; and her sister, Lucy Moss.

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CARRIE C. GOODWIN
LOUISBURG - Carrie Cotten Goodwin, formerly of 104 Dickens Avenue, Louisburg, NC and a resident of Louisburg Manor, died in Louisburg Nursing Center on January 30, 2013.

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SPORTS

Lights Out At LC
ROCK ROLLS FOR TWO. Louisburg College’s Kevin Williams (right) heads for two points during the Hurricanes’ home matchup with Wake Tech CC.
Lights Out At LC
LOUISBURG -- The lights have literally gone out on Louisburg College’s quest for a perfect men’s basketball season.
LC’s much-awaited showdown with Wake Tech ended up taking 24 hours longer than expected as a power outage interrupted the contest early in the second half Wednesday night at the Taylor Center.

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JAGS IN THE CLUTCH
DETERMINED. Cedar Creek’s Smith Gupton won’t be denied on his way to two points against Terrell Lane.
JAGS IN THE CLUTCH
YOUNGSVILLE -- Nobody seemed to mind that the first-place trophy was nowhere to be found following the Middle Athletic Conference Boys Basketball Tournament Championship Game.
The kids from Cedar Creek were more than happy to raise the runner-up hardware in celebration -- before it was officially presented to the Jaguars’ rival Terrell Lane.

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One Short Of 100
JOB WELL DONE. Louisburg College baseball player Jeremy Coburn, a Louisburg native, receives congratulations from Don Fish at Wednesday’s Hurricanes Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony at Taylor Center.
One Short Of 100
LOUISBURG -- The number 99 proved to be a lucky one Wednesday at Louisburg College.
That’s how many students were honored at LC’s annual Hurricanes Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony, which was held between men’s and women’s basketball games at the Taylor Center.
In order to earn consideration for a medal, students needed to post at least a 3.0 grade-point average in either the 2012 Spring or Fall Semesters -- or both.

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BHS star commits to State
BHS star commits to State
And then there was one in Johnathan Alston’s quest to find a college football home.
Alston, Bunn’s standout wide receiver and defensive end, verbally committed Friday to continue his career at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Alston had several Division I offers, but eventually narrowed his choices to NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill.

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LC Is Still The One
TEACHING MOMENT. Louisburg College women’s coach Brett Vana instructs his team during Wednesday’s home hoops decision against Region X rival Guilford Tech.
LC Is Still The One
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College is still the team to beat in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Women’s Basketball Poll -- and folks across the country are starting to take notice.
At least seven representatives from four-year schools were in attendance at Wednesday’s Region matchup between the host Lady Hurricanes and Guilford Tech.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 3- Feb. 9
High School Basketball
TUESDAY
Franklinton at Bunn    6:30 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Louisburg    6 p.m.

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Bunn earns another MAC championship
AMANDA IS ON HER WAY. Bunn’s Amanda Dean (with ball) drives to the bucket during her team’s victory over Hawley at Wednesday’s MAC-9 Basketball Tournament.
Bunn earns another MAC championship
YOUNGSVILLE -- If pedigree meant anything, the Bunn Middle School Lady Bulldogs were destined to have a title-caliber girls basketball squad this season.
At least four of the BMS players have older siblings who are current or former players at Bunn High School -- Bernadette Cooke (Montrel and April Cooke and Tracy Smith), Ikesha Little (Freddy and Marcus), Jasmine Neal (Chepirah) and Amanda Dean (Thomas).

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Wildcats stopped versus Warren County
WARRENTON -- After working hard to draw even with Corinth Holders in the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball race, the Bunn Wildcats fell back into second place just 24 hours later.
Monday, BHS stopped Corinth Holders to move into a first-place tie with the Pirates.
After the tough victory, BHS head coach Gerald Melton was concerned heading into Tuesday’s expected challenge on the road at Warren County.

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Swimmers make regional
Swimmers make regional
HENDERSON -- It’s been a quick ascent for the first-year Louisburg High School swim program -- especially for LHS’ Girls 200 Medley Relay Team.
Louisburg’s foursome of Kiersten Sneeden, Peyton Joyner, Shelby Cash and Kelsey Harris qualified for the Class 2-A East Regionals, which were held Friday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

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LADY HURRICANES SALUTED
LADY HURRICANES SALUTED
SOCCER SCHOLAR-ATHLETES. Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes poses with his honorees at Wednesday’s Hurricanes Scholar-Athletes Award Ceremony at Taylor Center.

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BASELINE TEST
BASELINE TEST
Terrell Lane’s Malik Kearney makes an aggressive move to the basket during Thursday’s MAC-9 boys title game against the host Cedar Creek Jags.

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HOOPS LEGACY
HOOPS LEGACY
Bunn Middle School’s Ikesha Little is the younger sister of Bunn basketball legends Freddy and Marcus Little. Ikesha helped the Lady Bulldogs take the MAC-9 Tournament Championship on Thursday with a decision over the Hawley Lady Hornets.

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NOWHERE TO GO
NOWHERE TO GO
Louisburg College’s Olivia Gaines (right) defends Guilford Tech’s Carnique Marks during Wednesday’s contest.

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SPIN-O-RAMA
SPIN-O-RAMA
Louisburg College’s Antonio Robinson tries to avoid a pair of Wake Tech defenders during Wednesday’s Region X basketball game at Taylor Center.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (February 4-8)
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>SBI investigates ‘financial wrongdoing’ allegations</i>
SBI investigates ‘financial wrongdoing’ allegations
LOUISBURG — Franklin County law enforcement confirmed this week that the State Bureau of Investigation has assumed control of an investigation into allegations of financial wrongdoing by an assisted living facility.
Witnesses said both Franklin County deputies and SBI agents were at Autumn Wind Assisted Living Facility on Tuesday.

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Suspect gives police wrong ID, increases his charges
A Louisburg man who gave authorities the slip in a cold, dank swamp was misidentified in a previous edition.
According to an amended report by Dep. Samuel Zuniga, he spotted a red pickup truck on N.C. 561 heading toward Halifax, loaded down with scrap metal.
The driver, who identified himself as Christopher G. Solomon, 25, was not wearing a seat belt — which prompted the stop.

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Pumpkin festival suspended
The Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce has suspended the Pumpkin Festival due to a “limited number of volunteers and financial support.”
This year’s festival would have been the 42nd year it has been held in Spring Hope.
Sylvia Williams, a member of the Chamber who also volunteers with the festival, said manpower was the biggest issue in not holding the festival.

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