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Showing 52 articles from February 26, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

<i>FCC experts could begin radio checks as early as this week</i>
FCC experts could begin radio checks as early as this week
LOUISBURG — Federal communications experts were expected this week to begin looking for the cause of interference that’s compromising the county’s new 911 radio system.
Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin advised the staff, consultants and Harris Corporation engineers had a conference call with the FCC on Monday.

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<i>Furry friends thwart the cold!</i>
IT’S A TOPSY, TURVY WORLD. Some days, no matter how hard you try, you just find yourself upside down!
Furry friends thwart the cold!
LOUISBURG — Saturday was cold and dreary, but 21 shelter animals found warm, inviting homes.
The county’s Animal Shelter hosted its first adopt-a-thon of the year — boosting the number of adopted animals for February to 94.
Officials and staff are closing in on their goal of 113.
Triple digit monthly adoptions is becoming a norm for the department, not the exception.

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<i>From hobby to farming: Information is the key</i>
FRUITFUL DISCUSSION. Joey Knight a Virginia farmer and director of the Caswell County Cooperative Extension office talks about strawberry production during the small farms conference.
From hobby to farming: Information is the key
LOUISBURG — The name of Jake and Dawn Phillips’ farm is a play on their name.
It’s also a reference to familiarity.
Jake Phillips, though, said they are looking to their Daja View Farm beyond what they know — essentially a hobby farm — and move to something on a grander scale.

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EARLY MORNING MISHAP
EARLY MORNING MISHAP
A Louisburg woman, Maketa D. Spencer, 24, walked away from this one-vehicle crash Tuesday morning without serious injury. She told State Highway Patrol Trooper P. L. Clayton that she was southbound on NC 581 about 5:30 a.m. when she swerved to miss an oncoming car that had veered into her lane. She ran off the pavement, hit the soft mud and grass along the highway, then overcorrected. Her vehicle shot across the highway and overturned into the fence row on the north side of NC 581.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton’s Tyrin Hicks

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: New Pope
Editorial Cartoon: New Pope

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Robin welcomed back, sugar is under attack
Robin welcomed back, sugar is under attack
GOOD MORNING: Count me among the masses in welcoming ABC’s top-rated “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts back Wednesday following a 6-month absence due to a life-threatening illness.
“Good Morning America” just wasn’t the same without her.

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Health care reform, the good, bad news
It was the proverbial good news, bad news scenario last week when the Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast to discuss health care reform, often derisively called simply Obama Care.
The good news was that the presenters talked about little in the new law that will be particularly harmful to small businesses, that in spite of what some politicians have been shouting from the roof tops for months.

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Sometimes, hostages have to be shot to prove a point
Sometimes, hostages have to be shot to prove a point
This country is facing $85 billion in budget cuts starting on Friday.
And the truth of the matter is, in some circles, you’d hardly know it.
There are a couple of reasons for it, as I see it.
First of all, we’ve sort of been down this road before.

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Editorial Cartoon: Pony Express
Editorial Cartoon: Pony Express

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OBITUARIES

EDITH J. GRIFFIN
LOUISBURG - Edith Joyner Griffin, 91, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Centerville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Aaron Land officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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NEWTON M. PICKARD
YOUNGSVILLE— Newton “Monty” Monroe Pickard, 68, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center in Louisburg. Final rites will be held at 3  p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 27) at Worthington Funeral Home, with the Rev. Thomas Fairfax officiating.  Interment will follow in the Horne family cemetery, Chadbourn.

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REBECCA A. HICKS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Rebecca Alston Hicks, 73, who died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Entombment will follow in the Ellis family cemetery.

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JOHN “DOC” JONES SR.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for John “Doc” Jones Sr., 93, who died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, will be held at noon Friday, March 1, at Word Tabernacle Church, with the Rev. James Gailliard officiating.

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JOHNNY LEE DANIEL
WHITAKERS - Funeral services for Johnny Lee Daniel, 65, who died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Pleasure Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sean Bunn officiating. Burial will follow in the Daniel family cemetery.

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LUKE W. CURTIS
LOUISBURG – Luke Wesley Curtis, 21, died Sunday night, Feb. 24, 2013. Funeral service will be held at 2 pm Thursday, Feb. 28, at Pearce Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Cottrell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the burial service.

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KEVIN G. BRAKE
CASTALIA - Kevin G. Brake, 50, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at his home.  A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Brake family cemetery, 27 King Road, Castalia.

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DOROTHY EATON
LOUISBURG - Dorothy Eaton, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Please share your condolences and get service information at www.richardharrisfuneralhome.com.

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“DOUG” W. DOUGLAS MAY
October 18, 1932 – February 23, 2013
LOUISBURG – William Douglas “Doug” May, 80, of Louisburg, passed away February 23, 2013 at Franklin Regional Medical Center.

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ELIZABETH CASH
September 16, 1921 – February 25, 2013
LOUISBURG – Sarah Elizabeth Cash, 91, of Louisburg, died Monday evening at her home.

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JOY Y. BOYDSTON
May 27, 1951 – February 23, 2013
LOUISBURG – Joy Young Boydston, 61, of Louisburg, passed away Saturday after a short courageous battle with cancer.

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SPORTS

THE FIRST STEP
NO PROBLEMS HERE. Whitney Bunn (right) helped Bunn secure a victory over Carrboro during Monday night’s first round of the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs. BHS will host a second-round game today against Bertie High School.
THE FIRST STEP
BUNN -- The Bunn Ladycats wasted little time in making an early statement in the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
In a contest that BHS head coach Benj Daniels thought would be challenging, the Ladycats came out strong and delivered 13 of the outing’s first 15 points against the Carrboro Lady Jaguars.

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FHS falls on road vs. Vikes
FHS falls on road vs. Vikes
KINSTON -- The host Kinston Lady Vikings -- a perennial state powerhouse -- didn’t provide a good first-round matchup for the Franklinton Lady Rams in the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
Kinston, which reached the State Final Four last season, served notice of a possible repeat this time around with a convincing 66-18 decision that ended Franklinton’s season under veteran head coach Lester Wilder.

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The Rubber Match
TAVON TO THE HOOP. Bunn’s Tavon Perry (right) drives to the basket during last Friday’s decision over Corinth Holders in the championship contest of the Northern Carolina Conference Basketball Tournament.
The Rubber Match
WENDELL -- Few things motivate a team like the opportunity for redemption.
And opportunity was knocking last Friday for the Bunn Wildcats, and they were there to answer the door in emphatic fashion.
All along, BHS head coach Gerald Melton thought he had the best team in the Northern Carolina Conference this season.

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Wildcats get past Edenton
Wildcats get past Edenton
BUNN -- Still fueled by momentum from last week’s Northern Carolina Conference Tournament Championship, the Bunn Wildcats rolled to a first-round victory in Monday’s opener of the Class 2-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs.
Bunn took charge in the first period and never looked back en route to defeating Edenton Holmes by a 70-57 margin at the Bunn Dome.

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LC softball is called off
LOUISBURG -- Tuesday’s Lousiburg College Lady ‘Canes road softball doubleheader at Southeastern CC was postponed due to the threat of heavy rain in Whiteville.
The nonconference doubleheader has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 3.

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BHS’ Crown Quartet
THE UNDEFEATED. Whitney Bunn (right) has never lost a Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball game during her four-year career with the Ladycats. Bunn has signed with Furman University.
BHS’ Crown Quartet
WENDELL -- After taking one final conference victory lap, Whitney Bunn was in no hurry to let go of the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament Championship Trophy.
Bunn posed for several pictures before finally walking away, with the trophy still in her grasp.
Nobody knows NCC supremacy like Bunn, as she has guided her Bunn Ladycats through four consecutive years of league hoops perfection.

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CLASS 2-A BOYS STATE PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the first-round pairings for the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball Playoffs.
Opening-round games were played Monday, with winners advancing to today’s second round of action at the higher seed.

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CLASS 2-A GIRLS STATE PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the first-round pairings for the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball Playoffs.
Opening-round games were played Monday, with winners advancing to today’s second round of action at the higher seed.

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BUNN CELEBRATES TITLES, pics 1
BUNN CELEBRATES TITLES, pics 1
BUNN GIRLS COACH BENJ DANIELS & WHITNEY BUNN

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BUNN CELEBRATES TITLES, pics 2
BUNN CELEBRATES TITLES, pics 2
NCC GIRLS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS -- BUNN

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LHS to open baseball season
LHS to open baseball season
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s baseball squad, coached by Al Bolton, will begin its season today with a road game against Franklin Academy, weather pemitting.
First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. The Warriors will have their home opener Thursday at 4:30 p.m. versus Neuse Charter.

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LC gets back on the diamond
LC gets back on the diamond
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College baseball team got rained out most of the weekend but the Hurricanes made the best of their only game as they blasted their way past Rappahannock CC on Sunday afternoon at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
With the 15-2 win, the Hurricanes improved to 4-2 overall.

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AND THE HILL WINNER IS...
AND THE HILL WINNER IS...
ALLEN ON THE MOUND FOR LC. Former Kerr-Vance Academy standout John Allen was the hill victor Sunday afternoon as the Louisburg College Hurricanes secured a home baseball decision against Rappahannock Community College out of Virginia. The Hurricanes were scheduled to play today on the road against Wake Tech CC, weather permitting.

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ALSTON INSIDE
ALSTON INSIDE
Bunn’s Johnathan Alston scores in the paint during last Friday’s tourney victory over Corinth Holders.

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FINISHING TOUCH
FINISHING TOUCH
Bunn’s Jordan Lucas delivers a dunk against Corinth Holders.

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JUMPING ON THE JAGUARS
JUMPING ON THE JAGUARS
Precious Walker’s solid early play helped Bunn build a huge lead Monday versus Carrboro.

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PRECIOUS MOMENT
PRECIOUS MOMENT
Bunn’s Precious Walker (with ball) drives to the basket during last Friday’s decision over North Johnston at the NCC Girls Basketball Tournament.

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TWO MORE
TWO MORE
Malik Finley scores in the lane for the Bunn Wildcats against Corinth Holders.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>A new arrival!</i>
A new arrival!
Sha-neeta Michelle Thomas of Louisburg and Noel Adolphus Matthews III of Youngsville announce the birth of their son, Noel Adolphus Matthews IV, born Feb. 17, 2013 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Felesia Edwards of Louisburg and Christopher Thomas of Raleigh.

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<i>May wedding planned</i>
May wedding planned
Laura Whitney Dale of Youngsville and Brandon Denson Vick of Nashville announce their engagement.
The bride-elect is the daughter of the late George Frank Dale of Raleigh and the late Karen Walters Dale of Franklinton.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>2013-14 Early College High School calendar</i>
2013-14 Early College High School calendar
CLIP AND SAVE! Here’s the 2013-14 calendar as approved for the Early College High School as recently adopted by the Franklin County Board of Education. This calendar more closely follows the Vance Granville Community College schedule since students attend class both in the Early College building adjacent to the college and at the college as well.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bickett crash injures three
Three people were rushed to the hospital, including an infant, but none of the injuries from a Tuesday morning wreck proved to be life-threatening.
According to a report by Louisburg Officer Anthony Holtz, Shameka Crudup was pulling out of the McDonald’s restaurant on Bickett Boulevard when she drove into the path of an oncoming car.

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Enrollment underway for local Head Start
The Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. Head Start is accepting children for the 2013-2014 Program Year.
Children must be 3 years of age as of August 31, 2013. Parents of children with mental, physical or emotional impairments are encouraged to apply.
The program will make special provisions to serve children with special needs.

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Democrats plan precinct meetings
Registered Democrats in Franklin County are being encouraged to attend their annual precinct meeting to be held in the following locations and dates listed below.
“Precinct meetings are the building blocks of a strong and vibrant Democratic Party,” said Armenta Eaton, county chairwoman.

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Marine completes Boot Camp
Marine completes Boot Camp
PFC Wesley Street Johnson, a graduate of Wakefield High School in Raleigh, entered Boot Camp  at  Parris  Island, S.C. in the fall of 2012.
He graduated on Dec. 21 as a member of Platoon 1097 where approximately 600 recruits participated in the graduation.

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<i>Motorcycle Patrol helps others</i>
Motorcycle Patrol helps others
MAKING A DONATION! Shrine members of the North Carolina Desert Motorcycle Patrol visited God’s Vision Missionary Baptist Church of Louisburg on Motorcycle Sunday, held recently at the church. Motorcycle Sunday  is a special day when various motorcycle clubs are invited to come and worship.

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Drug raid, false robbery report keep deputies busy
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies seized drugs and arrested two Youngsville area men following a drug raid.
As part of an ongoing investigation, narcotics officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Kent Street the morning of Feb. 21. Once inside, they found burnt marijuana and drug paraphernalia throughout the house.

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LITTLE BUDDIES
LITTLE BUDDIES
Carolina Puca and Brenda Hana play with some little pooches during the adoption event on Saturday.

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PLAYTIME
PLAYTIME
Skylar Johnson, front, and her father, Andrew, play with cats in a visitation room during the adopt-a-thon on Saturday.

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THE GANG’S ALL HERE
THE GANG’S ALL HERE
Volunteers and employees, including Animal Control Director Taylor Bartholomew, front, right, were on hand for an adoption effort that took place on Saturday.

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BUSINESS

<i>Local insurance agent in Top 75</i>
Local insurance agent in Top 75
Wayne Champion, Franklin County agent for North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, was named among the Top 75 Agents for 2012, by Steven D. Carroll, CPCU, executive vice president and general manager.

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