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Showing 39 articles from March 29, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Alleged drug buy goes awry; bump in road sparks assault
Barbara Earp
Alleged drug buy goes awry; bump in road sparks assault
LOUISBURG — An apparent trip to get some crack cocaine nearly turned deadly for an area couple.
Ultimately, Todd F. Stumpf, 47, of Middlesex, was charged with assault causing serious bodily injury.
Barbara Jean Earp 45, of P.G. Pearce Road, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

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<i>Electronic Voter ID system coming to county elections</i>
Electronic Voter ID system coming to county elections
LOUISBURG — Franklin County will roll out new electronic election equipment that officials, staff and designers say will help poll workers be more efficient and effective.
The Electronic Voter ID (EVID) system will reduce paper usage and reduce the need for some election day poll workers — providing the Board of Elections some savings.

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Springtime smile!
Springtime smile!
DARE WE HOPE IT’S WARMING UP? Little Christopher Benitez got outside to enjoy the almost-spring-like weather Thursday afternoon, doing what a lot of Franklin County residents undoubtedly were wishing they could do, get outside and soak up a little bit of Springtime.

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Tax value appeals becoming fewer?
LOUISBURG — County commissioners are slated to begin reviewing tax assessment appeals next month, but staff doesn’t expect nearly the workload experienced following revaluation.
Commissioners are expected to call to order its Board of Equalization and Review on Monday, setting April 8 as its first meeting date.

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Local man’s attempted murder case delayed
LOUISBURG — The case against a Franklinton area man accused breaking into a house with intent to kill his estranged girlfriend has been postponed.
Issac Jeffrey Pender Jr. was slated to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on March 25, but the case was continued.

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FUN-RAISER
FUN-RAISER
Crosscreek Charter School fourth-grader Lorenzo Pearsall takes part in some activities last Friday as part of the school’s Jump Rope for Heart event. It was designed to raise money for the American Heart Association as students rotated between stations to keep them moving.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Krika Bell & Mecca Hicks

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Drones
Editorial Cartoon: Drones

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Publication day change is back to the future!
Publication day change is back to the future!
GOOD MORNING: You might want to preserve your copy of today’s issue of The Franklin Times.
If all goes according to plan, it will be the last Weekend edition of the Times for the foreseeable future as the U.S. Postal Service ends Saturday mail deliveries and a terrible economy takes its toll.
This means that we’ll be combining the two weekly editions into one that will be published on Thursdays as it was back when I got my introduction into the newspaper business as a “printer’s devil” at the age of 15.

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Becoming a weekly doesn’t dilute our local commitment
Becoming a weekly doesn’t dilute our local commitment
Setting out to craft this column was bittersweet since it will appear in the last Weekend Edition of The Franklin Times for the foreseeable future.
Starting next week, The Times will go to press Wednesday evenings and appear as a Thursday edition each week in your mailbox, favorite store or coin-operated rack.
Simply put, the declining local economy — which shows few signs of bottoming out yet — and the uncertainty of weekend postal delivery made this change to weekly publication unavoidable.

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Congratulations, Lady Hurricanes!
Congratulations to the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes basketball team — and all the coaches, assistants, staff members and others whose efforts helped bring home the crown last weekend.
The team captured the NJCAA National Championship for the second time in  12 years — and third time in school history.

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OBITUARIES

THEODORE “BRO” ALLEN
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Theodore “Bro” Allen, 73, who died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, will be held at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, March 30) at South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in the Concord Church cemetery.

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DAVID LEE LAWRENCE
WAKE FOREST— Funeral services for David Lee Lawrence, 96, who died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m.  Monday, April 1, at Popes Chapel UCC, with the Rev. Leroy Dukes officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARY P. KEARNEY
FRANKLINTON  —   Mary P. Kearney, 88, died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Granville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday,  March 31, at Franklinton Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. David Averette, the Rev. Clyde Waiden and the Rev. Wayne Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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JAMES A. LEONARD
RALEIGH - James Adcock Leonard, 71, died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at his home in Raleigh. A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 30) in the chapel at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh.

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MARY K. POWELL
LOUISBURG - Mary Katherine Powell, 54, died Monday, March 25, 2013. Arrangements by Montlawn Funeral Home, Raleigh.

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EILEEN P. WILLIS
LOUISBURG - Eileen P. Willis, 56, died Thursday, March 28, 2013. City of Oaks, Raleigh.

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DORIS E. BRITT
WAKE FOREST - Doris Ellington Britt, 77, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were held Friday, March 29, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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SALLIE M. HORTON
APEX - Sallie Mitchell Horton, 96, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013. A memorial service was held Thursday, March 28, at Bells Baptist Church. Burial was private in the church cemetery.

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PERRY WADDELL “SNAKE” HORTON
PILOT - Perry Waddell “Snake” Horton, 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Perry was born on October 4, 1928 in Wake County to the late Ruth Perry Horton and Marvin W. Horton.

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“PETE” R. W. SHEARIN
November 14, 1934 – March 29, 2013
CASTALIA – Rhodes Wayne “Pete” Shearin, 78, of Castalia, died Friday morning at his home.

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GERTIE S. AYSCUE
October 16, 1913 – March 28, 2013
LOUISBURG – Gertie Stone Ayscue, 99, of Louisburg went to be with her Lord, March 28, 2013.

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SPORTS

NCC REMATCH
TIED UP. (L to R) Bunn’s Lucy Perez and Louisburg’s Shanier Weiner duel for possession during Wednesday’s girls soccer contest at Joyner Park.
NCC REMATCH
LOUISBURG -- When Bunn and Louisburg met  in girls soccer action just two weeks ago, the Ladycats had to rally from an early deficit to defeat LHS in a tight matchup.
The rematch, which was held Wednesday night at Joyner Park, wasn’t nearly as heart-stopping.
Instead, Bunn controlled the majority of the play en route to securing an efficient 4-0 victory against the Lady Warriors to finish off their Northern Carolina Conference series for the 2013 campaign.

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FUTURE GAINS
A STEAL OF A DEAL. Louisburg’s Katlyn Tharrington (right) swipes second base as Bunn’s Kristy Green tries to come up with the throw during Thursday’s conference showdown at the LHS Softball Field.
FUTURE GAINS
LOUISBURG -- Both the present and future of Franklin County fast-pitch softball were on full display during Thursday’s showdown between Bunn and host Louisburg.
Both clubs have a slew of underclassmen in their lineup and combine to start just three seniors.
Franklinton also has a young roster, so the fast-pitch clubs should continue to get better in the coming seasons.

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A time to celebrate for Canes
HARDWARE MAN. Louisburg College women’s basketball coach Brett Vana poses with the Championship Plaque and the Coach of the Tournament Award from the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Finals.
A time to celebrate for Canes
LOUISBURG -- A hero’s welcome awaited the triumphant Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes upon their return to campus following the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Last Saturday night, LC won the championship with a comeback victory over Mesa Community College -- marking the school’s first national title in any sport in the past two decades.

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Sledge Sparkles Again
DIAMOND INSIDE-R. Bunn High School freshman Nicholas ‘Hot Rod’ Sanders scoots out of the way of a tight pitch during Thursday’s road victory against rival Louisburg.
Sledge Sparkles Again
LOUISBURG -- Christian Sledge’s bulldog mentality has always been apparent on the mound, but he’s adding a little finesse to his already-outstanding repertoire.
The benefactors of Sledge’s continued improvement are his Bunn Wildcats, who are currently tied for first place in the Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 31-April 6
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Louisburg at Warren County    6 p.m.
TUESDAY
Louisburg at TBA    TBA

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FHS claims track wins vs. Panthers
FHS claims track wins vs. Panthers
FRANKLINTON -- A strong 1-2 finish in the 3200 helped the Franklinton boys secure a Northern Carolina Conference team victory Wednesday at home against North Johnston.
With the standings close, FHS’ Luis Guillen won the late race with a time of 11:04.40, while teammate Darius Scott was second with a PR effort of 11:53.38.

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Bunn travels to Tarboro for baseball event
TARBORO -- Once again, the Bunn Wildcats will make a Spring Break trip to Edgecombe County to compete in the annual Tarboro Easter Classic Baseball Tournament.
The event will be held at historic Municipal Stadium in Downtown Tarboro.
During Wednesday’s opening round, the Wildcats will tangle with Timber Creek (New Jersey) at 1:30 p.m.

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Wells Fargo announces standings
CHAPEL HILL -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2012-2013 winter sports season.
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play.
Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.

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ALONG CAME JONES
ALONG CAME JONES
Bunn’s Freeman Jones heads home with a run during Thursday’s win at Louisburg.

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COMPLETE GAME
COMPLETE GAME
Bunn’s Christian Sledge went the distance on the hill Thursday during a victory against Louisburg.

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HINTON ITS ONE
HINTON ITS ONE
Louisburg senior Zoe Hinton makes contact during Thursday’s home softball matchup against Bunn.

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SLICK MOVE
SLICK MOVE
Bunn’s Erica Levinson moves into the offensive zone during the Ladycats’ road win Wednesday at Louisburg.

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THE MAYOR’S MOMENT
THE MAYOR’S MOMENT
Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell addresses the audience during Tuesday’s ceremony at Louisburg College.

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LIFESTYLES

Benefit fish plate sale set April 5
A fish plate sale will be held on April 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Lions Club, Chavis St., Franklinton, sponsored by Coach Wilder and the Smokem Up Riders Motorcycle Club.
Proceeds will benefit a student studying in Europe.
For more information, call (919) 671-9020.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

LOOK MA, NO HANDS
LOOK MA, NO HANDS
Crosscreek Charter School fourth-grader Fletcher Spillman shows off his hula hoop skills last Friday as part of a fundraising effort at the school. Students took part in activities, ranging from jumping rope to using the hula hoop to raise money for the American Heart Association.

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Chicken-napped, right off the fence!
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who apparently stole livestock.
Karen Edwards reported the afternoon of March 25 that someone stole 24 chickens from a property in the 1600 block of Long Mill Road near Franklinton.
According to the report by Dep. D.S. Wester, the chickens sit on the fence to roost at night and it’s believed that someone took the chickens the evening of March 23.

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BUSINESS

<i>Scenes from an Expo</i>
Scenes from an Expo
TIRE TALK.  Wayne Harp (right) of Wake Forest visits with Ronnie White of Ronnie White’s Towing and Tire during the Youngsville Area Business Association Business Expo.

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