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Showing 50 articles from March 19, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Dyking Road site picked for new park
LOUISBURG — County commissioners agreed to move forward with plans to buy land that will become the county’s new park.
Monday night’s decision came more than three years after commissioners learned that Louisburg resident Edgar Owens left the county 80 percent of his estate — $963,000 — to build a park, complete with a fishing pond.

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GOOD PRESCRIPTION
GOOD PRESCRIPTION
The county’s Water and Soil Conservation District and the Sheriff’s Office conducted a medicine drop-off on Saturday, collecting more than 32,000 pills (above).

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Y-ville’s pay raises cost but perhaps not so much
YOUNGSVILLE — Town Administrator Bill Tatum has told commissioners that if they choose to adhere to their pay plan, it would come at a cost.
Last Thursday, though, Tatum told commissioners it might not cost as much as first indicated.
Back in November, Police Chief Daren Kirts told the board that in order to retain officers, the town would need to boost pay for officers.

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Louisburg transfers $50,000 grant to Committee of 100 to aid Palziv
In a very short meeting Monday night, the Louisburg Town Council agreed to transfer a $50,000 United States Department of Agriculture grant it had to the Franklin County Committee of 100 -- and also approved a 5K Run being planned by Crosscreek Charter School.
The town originally received the USDA grant to help a local nursing home expand but when that company scrapped the project, the town was left with an unused grant that was about to expire.

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Local man found with teen; faces 2nd degree rape charges
Local man found with teen; faces 2nd degree rape charges
LOUISBURG — Franklin County authorities charged a man with second degree rape after helping Wake County authorities track down a missing girl.
Dean Paul White, 54, was placed in the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
A Silver Alert was issued for the 17-year-old girl on Saturday and, according to authorities, Wake County investigators tracked her to White’s home in the 1000 block of Timberlake Road.

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Louisburg’s tax base shrinks
Louisburg’s property tax base has been hit with a one-two punch in recent months -- and that will cost the town more than $102,968 in revenue each year.
Recently, Louisburg College bought back its dormitories -- Kenan, Merritt and Hillman -- from a Tennessee development company and that reduced the town’s tax base by $9.1 million, according to Louisburg Town Administrator Mark Warren. (The college is exempt from property taxes.)

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Nia Richardson

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Wall Street
Editorial Cartoon: Wall Street

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Has science solved a riddle of universe?
Has science solved a riddle of universe?
GOOD MORNING: They found it they found it! That’s right, physicists say they have found a Higgs Boson.
In what could go down as one of the great moments in physics – and win somebody the Nobel Prize – scientists last Thursday said that after a half-century quest, they are confident they have found a Higgs Boson, the elusive subatomic speck sometimes called the “God particle,” which helps solve one of the most fundamental riddles of the universe; how the Big Bang created something out of nothing 13.7 billion years ago.

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New park site decision is long time coming
New park site decision is long time coming
They are called the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, but for the past three years, the group has put in plenty of work.
The result Monday night was that county commissioners agreed to negotiate with Billy O’Neal to buy property on Dyking Road for a new county park — fulfilling the dying wish of a Louisburg man.

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Disjointed ‘justice’ system is ample reason for concern
Over the decades, a lot of arguments have been made against the death penalty, ranging from moral outrage to the long, inevitable appeals that precede it, to the fact that a death penalty case usually costs more than housing an inmate for life.
But perhaps the strongest argument against the state having the power to kill a human being — even one who has done much to “deserve” death — is the simple, quiet example of Joseph Sledge.

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Are ID cards a barrier?
Dear editor:
One of the political debates of the day is should a person have to show identification when they vote?
The question should be why would anyone object to it?  Over history people have fought and died to win and protect this right. In countries too many to name people do not have this right.

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OBITUARIES

ORMOND and GAYNELL BAILEY
RALEIGH - Ormond and Gaynell Bailey died together on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from injuries received in an auto accident. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 20) at New Hope Baptist Church where they both were active members for over 55 years. Burial will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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KATHERINE “KATHY” TALASKA
FRANKLINTON—Katherine Weaver “Kathy” Talaska, 54, died Sunday, March 17, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 20) at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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JOYCE S. ANDERSON
LOUISBURG - Joyce Strickland Wynne Anderson, 82, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center. 

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ANNIE P. INSCOE
LOUISBURG - Annie Perkerson Inscoe, 95, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Hillside Nursing Center. Graveside services were held Sunday, March 17, at Lancaster Memorial Park with the Rev. Dusten Mace officiating.

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LUCILLE A. DALES
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lucille Alston Dales, 99, who died Monday, March 18, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22,  at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DOROTHY L. FULLER
FRANKLINTON—Funeral services for Dorothy L. Fuller, 68, who died Sunday, March 17, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, with the Rev. LeRoy Dukes officiating.

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JENNIE MAE DALE
FRANKLINTON —Jennie Mae Dale,  60, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, Franklinton, with the Rev. Jeanette Pender officiating. Interment followed in the Popes Chapel United Church of Christ cemetery.

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REATHA MAE RICHARDSON
SPRING HOPE - Funeral services for Reatha Mae Richardson, 74, who died Thursday, March 14, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 20) at Pleasure Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hope Memorial Gardens.

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ANNETTE L. BATTLE
RED OAK - Funeral services for Annette L. Battle, 77, who died Friday, March 8, 2013, were held Friday, March 15, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Herbert Scott officiating.

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JOHN LEE WILDER
December 11, 1928 – March 15, 2013
FRANKLINTON - John Lee Wilder, 84, of Franklinton, died Friday, March 15, 2013.

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CURTIS “BILLY” MCGHEE
HENDERSON - Curtis “Billy” McGhee died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at age 76. He was born in Franklin County on November 19, 1936.

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WELDON B. GASKILL
FRANKLINTON— Weldon Baysmore Gaskill, 86, formerly of Norfolk, passed away Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the Gaskill family cemetery in Frisco, NC.

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SPORTS

TITLES GO WEST
IN THE CLEAR. Franklinton’s Daija Corbitt elevates over a hurdle during last Saturday’s The Franklin Times Franklin County Track Championships.
TITLES GO WEST
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton made the most of its first-ever opportunity to host The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships.
The long-time event has always been held at Bunn, which had the county’s lone on-campus track facility.
But when Franklinton’s new school was built last year, it allowed the Red Rams to serve as the hosts.

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A BIG STAGE
ERICA ON THE RUN. Bunn’s Erica Levinson (right) chases down a loose ball during last Friday night’s action against Halifax Academy at The Brittany For The Girls Soccer Showcase at Gillette Park in Wilson.
A BIG STAGE
WILSON -- It was quite a 96-hour span for the Bunn High School girls soccer team, beginning with an appearance last Friday night at The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase at Gillette Park in Wilson.
Making their first appearance at The Brittany in recent memory, Bunn secured a 4-0 decision over Halifax Academy.

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Cedar Creek MS a dual winner
I DID IT! Terrell Lane’s Octavius Scoggins won the middle school high jump with this attempt at the Franklin County Track and Field Championships.
Cedar Creek MS a dual winner
FRANKLINTON -- With Franklinton High School securing both of the varsity team titles at The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships, all that was left was for Cedar Creek to take the middle school title for a Western Franklin County clean sweep.
CCMS lived up to its part of the bargain by rolling to titles in both the girls and boys standings.

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Rams rally past Warriors
SAVANNA SHINES. Franklinton’s Savanna Styers (left) gains control of the ball during Monday night’s road victory against Louisburg at Joyner Park.
Rams rally past Warriors
LOUISBURG -- Franklinton’s performance during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer showdown at Louisburg pretty much typified how the year has gone to date for the Lady Rams.
This spring, Franklinton, with a young squad, started slowly but has rebounded with three consecutive victories -- including Monday’s 4-1 decision over the homestanding Lady Warriors at Joyner Park.

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LC Sweeps Bulldogs
LC Sweeps Bulldogs
Keith Shumate’s first season in charge of the baseball program at Louisburg College.
Glancing at LC’s early-year schedule in Region X action, it was widely considered that the Hurricanes would be tested in the first two weeks by usual league titans USC-Sumter and Pitt Community College.
But the Hurricanes have rolled through each of those opponents, winning a combined seven of eight contests -- including a home sweep last Saturday against Pitt.

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FRANKLIN CO. TRACK MEET TEAM CHAMPS, pics 1
FRANKLIN CO. TRACK MEET TEAM CHAMPS, pics 1
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS: FRANKLINTON LADY RAMS

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FRANKLIN CO. TRACK MEET TEAM CHAMPS, pics 2
FRANKLIN CO. TRACK MEET TEAM CHAMPS, pics 2
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS: CEDAR CREEK JAGUARS

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Miller makes East-West contest
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School’s Jared Miller  has earned one of the state’s most prestigious boys soccer honors.
Miller, a senior keeper for the Red Rams, has been selected to take part in the East-West All-Star Soccer Game.

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LC softballers settle for split
LC softballers settle for split
LOUISBURG -- Given an opportunity to at least win the series against the University of South Carolina-Sumter last weekend, the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes were unable to finish the job.
After winning a pair of Region X contests on the softball diamond last Saturday, the Lady Hurricanes saw the Fire Ants return the favor during Sunday’s twinbill finale at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.

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COUNTY TRACK INDIVIDUAL MVPs, pics 1
COUNTY TRACK INDIVIDUAL MVPs, pics 1
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS
LUIS GUILLEN, FHS

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COUNTY TRACK INDIVIDUAL MVPs, pics 2
COUNTY TRACK INDIVIDUAL MVPs, pics 2
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
IVORY MITCHELL, TLMS

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Canes win first game
EAST PEORIA, ILL. -- The Louisburg College women’s  basketball team opened up play at the 2013 NJCAA National Championship Tournament with 66-49 win over Erie CC (New York), Tuesday afternoon.
 The 2nd-seeded ‘Canes controlled the game from the onset as the Louisburg speed was too much for the 15th-seeded Kats team.

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BAR NONE
BAR NONE
Louisburg’s Malik Sidibeh clears this height in the high jump during last Saturday’s track meet at Franklinton.

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BIG THROW
BIG THROW
Louisburg’s John Walker competes in the shot put at the annual Franklin County Championships.

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CENTER OF ATTENTION
CENTER OF ATTENTION
Franklinton distance runner Kayla Wetherell (center) was selected as the Girls Co-MVP at The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships.

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COUNTY STARS
COUNTY STARS
Among the competitors at last Saturday’s The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships on the middle school level was (above) Nia Richardson (Terrell Lane).

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SMOOTH LANDING
SMOOTH LANDING
Bunn sophomore Tainasha Vines soars during long jump action at the Franklin County Championships.

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SPRINTER’S SPEED
SPRINTER’S SPEED
Franklinton’s Lyric Harris (left) pulls away in the Girls 100 at the Franklin County Championships.

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LIFESTYLES

Easter Egg hunts this Saturday
The county and Youngsville will host Easter Egg hunts on Saturday.
Franklin County Parks & Recreation will have its 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 23 at 11 a.m. at Franklinton Park (located off Hwy. 56). Rain date is March 30.

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<i>April wedding planned</i>
April wedding planned
ENGAGED. Terry and Donna McDaniel and Kathy and Todd Parrish of Henderson announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Leigh McDaniel of Henderson to Bryant Earl Coker of Henderson, the son of William and Brenda Coker, also of Henderson. An April 13, 2013 wedding is planned at Hillside Farms, Henderson.

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It’s ‘burn season,’ be careful!
The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents throughout the state to think about safety and exercise caution during the upcoming fire season, which typically lasts statewide mid-March through mid-May.
The N.C. Forest Service encourages anyone considering debris burning to contact the local county forest ranger. There are many factors to consider before burning debris.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Suspect in ‘near riot’ headed to court
FRANKLIN COUNTY — A Franklinton area man accused of pulling a gun on a sheriff’s deputy and causing a near riot is slated to appear in court later this month.
Officers arrested Gregory David Vidal during the early morning hours of Oct. 7, a short time after investigators allege he began shooting a .380-caliber pistol in the middle of a crowd outside the National Guard Armory in Louisburg.

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DROP-OFF POINT
DROP-OFF POINT
Yvonne Townsley drops off some medications during Operation Medicine Drop, an event hosted by the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District and the sheriff’s office. Deputies Andy Ayscue, left, and Justin Hastings, take in the drugs. They and other deputies collected more than 32,000 pills during the Saturday event.

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Louisburg zoning laws nix community garden
LOUISBURG — Plans to use Louisburg College land as a showcase for a community garden project got the axe.
However, a group’s plans to feed the needy with produce it grows has not bitten the dust.
Last year, the United Way and a group of residents formed the Community Garden Project — an effort to turn barren plots around the county into gardens that could be used to help stock surrounding food pantries.

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Helping beautify the county!
Helping beautify the county!
EXTENDING A BRANCH. Emily Best, with 4-H, right, hands Ingleside resident Preston Woolard Jr. a tree during the Tree Giveaway hosted by the county’s Cooperative Extension office on Saturday.

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Surveillance gear helps nab suspects
Surveillance equipment helped officers arrest two people accused of breaking and entering and safe cracking.
According to a report by Dep. Dylan Moore, Laynoina Baker and Judith Baker reported the afternoon of March 14 that someone broke into their home on Firetower Road.
According to the report, suspects forced their way into the home, stealing cash, pills and jewelry.

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