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Showing 50 articles from June 5, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

County budget: No tax hike, more staff and raises!
LOUISBURG — Staff presented county commissioners with a budget proposal that bolsters EMS and expands the workforce, boosts spending, gives employees a raise and reduces the water rate.
It also maintains a flat tax rate.
County Manager Angela Harris and Finance Director Chuck Murray unveiled the proposed 2013-14 spending plan during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting this past Monday.

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School request pared back
Franklin County school officials were surprised to learn this week -- when they were called by a Franklin Times staffer -- that two of their three major projects in next year’s budget did not make it past the county’s administration and were not recommended to the county commissioners.
Gone in the recommendations made by County Manager Angela Harris Monday night was money to add School Resource Officers (police) to each of the district’s elementary schools and also chopped were funds to raise local pay of school teachers by $300 per year.

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LIGHTING THE WAY
LIGHTING THE WAY
State Division of Highways workers Casey McCullough, in the bucket truck, and Troy Sineath, install new LED lights in a traffic device on Main Street.

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8 charged in drive-by shooting
LOUISBURG — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people they alleged were involved in a driveby shooting that injured a 16-year-old.
According to a report by Dep. Kevin Perry, officers responded to a report of shots being fired near a home in the 100 block of Claymont Drive after 1 a.m. on June 1.

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COG ‘bail out’ in trouble
LOUISBURG — Chronologically, the last member of a regional development organization that was asked to help pay off a federal debt says it won’t do so until an independent audit is performed.
Last month, the Kerr Tar Regional Council of Governments asked its 21 town and county members to pay a one-time special assessment to cover a $311,000 bill it owed the federal government.

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<i>Y-ville officials sharpen planning skills</i>
Y-ville officials sharpen planning skills

YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners held a training session last week, sharpening some planning skills they haven’t exercised in a while.
In April, town staff advised commissioners that William Alford was improperly operating a mechanical lift at his property on the corner of Cross and Winston streets.

 


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Bunn residents Gabby Brickhouse & Troy Gupton

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

‘Sickly yellow’ growth indicates problems
‘Sickly yellow’ growth indicates problems
There’s an old saying in the marketing world that if you’re growing you’re green — and if you’re not, you’re dead!
Well, we may not be dead yet but our “green” is fading to a sickly yellow that’s bad, enough in the flower bed but is terrible news when it’s in the local economy.
Franklin County, which not too many years ago was listed among the fastest growing counties in the state, is now home to the slowest growing towns in the Triangle.

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Editorial Cartoon: Climate Change
Editorial Cartoon: Climate Change

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Ag-gag bill enough to make us all gag
You live in town or maybe in a subdivision.
You buy your groceries at a supermarket and maybe supplement them with finds from a farmers’ market.
So, you ask, why should you care that the North Carolina General Assembly is considering an “Ag-gag” law?
An Ag-gag law is, besides being the most ridiculous, short-sighted piece of legislation in years, is designed to protect large, corporate farming operations from having their dirty little secrets exposed to their customers.

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Jail cell is right place for society monster
Jail cell is right place for society monster
I read a comment recently that gave me long pause. Laurence Lovette Jr., the man sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a University of North Carolina senior Eve Carson, uttered these words in court:
“I’m not the monster that y’all made me out to be.”
According to investigative accounts, in the spring of 2008, Lovette, 17 at the time, and another man kidnapped Carson from her Chapel Hill home.

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Editorial Cartoon: IRS
Editorial Cartoon: IRS

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Early childhood education proving its worth
Since the President’s State of the Union address, there have been many public debates about the value of early childhood programs.
But the need for effective early childhood education has been affirmed by many business-related groups, including ReadyNation, and The Institute for a Competitive Workforce. 

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Editorial Cartoon: Scandal Excuses
Editorial Cartoon: Scandal Excuses

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OBITUARIES

CHARLIE B. “C.B.” HUDSON, JR.
LOUISBURG – Charlie Brantley “C.B.” Hudson, Jr., 75, died Monday morning, June 3, 2013. A memorial service was held Wednesday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.

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FELICIA STALLINGS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Felicia Stallings, 49, who died Monday, June 3, 2013, will be held Monday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries, with the Rev. Barbara McKnight officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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RUTH MAE K. WHITE
YOUNGSVILLE - Ruth Mae Keith White, 97, died Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Oaks of Mayview in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 1, at Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Joey Chafton and the Rev. Julian Motley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

TOP CATS FOR BUNN
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR. (L to R) Senior standouts Tarik Cohen and Whitney Bunn were honored as the Bunn High School Athletes of the Year during last Tuesday night’s awards ceremony at the BHS Auditorium.
TOP CATS FOR BUNN
BUNN - Despite her myriad of accomplishments, one top honor has eluded Whitney Bunn during her career at Bunn High School.
Before last Tuesday’s BHS Athletic Awards Ceremony, Bunn had never been honored as the school’s Female Athlete of the Year.

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Bunn Begins Babe Ruth Play
DOWN BUT NOT OUT. Northern Nash batter Lee Casper (right) was unable to get out of the way in time and was hit by the pitch during last Friday night’s baseball game with Bunn. Catcher Kyle Kettells tries to retrieve the ball for Bunn.
Bunn Begins Babe Ruth Play
BUNN -- Player development is the main name of the game in the Nash County Babe Ruth 13-Under Summer Baseball League.
But getting a few victories along the way isn’t a bad thing, though that outcome wasn’t to be last Friday for Bunn in its season-opening contest at home against Northern Nash.

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LC coach resigns position
LC coach resigns position
Brett Vana made quite an impact during his two seasons as the Louisburg College women’s basketball coach.
In 2011-12, Vana guided the tradition-rich program to the Final Four of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament.
One year later, Louisburg returned to the tourney in Illinois and made the most of the opportunity, rallying in the second half of the title contest to win the school’s third national women’s basketball championship.

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Peace Train Continues
MR. VERSATILITY. One of Braxton Lamm’s greatest attributes is his ability to play several different positions on the field.
Peace Train Continues
BUNN -- Given the first-year pending status of the William Peace University baseball program, it was imperative for the Peace coaching staff to find versatile players who can fill a variety of roles during the 2014 campaign.
Bunn’s Braxton Lamm fits that bill perfectly. And Lamm hopes he fits in well at the Raleigh school, which will field a diamond squad next spring for the first time in school history.

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County athletes make NCC’s list
DISTANCE EXCELLENCE AT FHS. Kayla Wetherell was outstanding in distance events this season for the successful Franklinton High School girls track and field squad.
County athletes make NCC’s list
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County boasts a long-time penchant for track and field success on the high school level -- and this spring would prove to be no different.
Franklinton went undefeated in regular season boys events in the Northern Carolina Conference while dropping just one girls league match.

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NC State advances to Super Regionals
NC State advances to Super Regionals
RALEIGH -- North Carolina State University advanced to its second consecutive Super Regional and fourth since 2003 with a 9-2 win over William & Mary on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park in NCAA Tournament baseball action.
The Wolfpack (47-14) wasted no time in cranking up the offense, as the regional’s Most Outstanding Player Tarran Senay smashed a three-run homer over the right-field fence in the bottom of the first.

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All-NCC baseball squad is released
COLTON’S CLOUT. Louisburg High School standout Colton Young has earned a spot on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Baseball Team for the 2013 campaign.
All-NCC baseball squad is released
BUNN -- Pundits love to stress that pitching wins baseball championships, and that was certainly the case this spring for the Bunn High School diamond squad.
Bunn’s path to the NCC title was captured between the 60 feet and six inches from the mound to home plate.
The Wildcats were blessed with some strong arms, including veteran Christian Sledge and freshman newcomer Nicholas Sanders.

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BHS to host volleyball camp
BHS to host volleyball camp
BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats Volleyball Camp will be held June 24-26 at the Bunn Dome.
The event is open to elementary and middle school-aged boys and girls.
Cost is $30 per person. Times will be from 9 a.m.-noon.
Campers are asked to bring a towel, clean-soled shoes, kneepads, sports drink or water and plenty of energy.

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NCHSAA BASEBALL FINALS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are last weekend’s results for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Baseball Championships:

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Morimando masters Blue Rocks
Morimando masters Blue Rocks
WILMINGTON, DEL. -- Fresh off earning Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors, Shawn Morimando tossed seven scoreless as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks 5-1 on Monday night at Frawley Stadium.
The Mudcats (20-36) snapped a four-game losing streak, and picked up their first win in Delaware this season.

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VGCC golfer at nationals
VGCC golfer at nationals
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College golf program recently completed the 2013 season, the first season under Coach Bobby Paff and the first to end with a player in the sport’s national tournament.
 First, Vanguard golfer Becky Anderson of Henderson competed in the Ladies’ Region X Championship (April 12-14), which was hosted by Spartanburg Methodist College, and placed sixth with a score of 185 over two days.

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NCHSAA SOFTBALL FINALS
RALEIGH – Listed are the final results for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Fast-Pitch Softball Championships, which were held last weekend at Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Wake County.
All series were best of three.

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A TREMENDOUS TRY
A TREMENDOUS TRY
Bunn catcher Kyle Kettells dives in an attempt to grab a foul pop during last Friday evening’s home contest against Northern Nash in Nash County Babe Ruth baseball action.

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AWARD WINNERS
AWARD WINNERS
(L to R) Tarik Cohen and Alexis McSears pose together after claiming plaques last Tuesday night at the Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony at the BHS Auditorium.

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CHAMPS
CHAMPS
MORNING CHAMPS. The team of (l to r) Phillip Shope, Rusty Pace, Bobbie Jo May and Ronnie Goswick won the morning round of the 29th Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, which was held at the Henderson Country Club on May 7.

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FCPR VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 1
FCPR VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 1
FCPR 8-11 NET BURNERS. (Back, l to r) Coach Chris McMullen, Sally Ketterer, Danice Burt, Jericka Brodie, Karson Garrett and Coach Brian Leonard; (front, l to r) Sara Kenny, Garcie Mills, Alyssa Ausley and Madi Leonard.

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FCPR VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 2
FCPR VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 2
FCPR 8-11 SPIKED PUNCH. (Back, l to r) Coach Missey Dodrill, Grace Johnson, Sarah Dodrill, Madison Murray, Haley Ayscue and Coach Kelly Hunt; (front, l to r) De’Nyla Harlan, Chrissie Foster and Riley Huffman.

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HONOREES
HONOREES
AMONG BUNN’S BOYS HONOREES

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LIFESTYLES

<i>First rule of healthy eating: Good taste!</i>
First rule of healthy eating: Good taste!
Imagine it is dinnertime and your stomach is growling.
You’ve worked hard all day, the kids are dancing around and the only thing you can focus on is:  What are we going to eat that’s quick and easy for dinner?
Two caveats:  It should taste good and (ideally) be healthy.

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<i>Dunked for a cause!</i>
Dunked for a cause!
SPLISH, SPLASH. Right, Don Lancaster, executive vice president and chief banking officer for Union Bank and Trust, and also a county commissioner, got dunked, several times, last week as part of the company’s Customer Appreciation Day on May 31.

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<i>Four top student pianists to perform</i>
Carely Mendoza
Four top student pianists to perform
Four outstanding piano students will present a special program June 23 at historic Cherry Hill in Warren County.
The concert, which will begin at 3 p.m., is free of charge and directed by Dr. Margaret Evans of Meredith College and Dr. Keiko Sekino of East Carolina University.
The students, the professors said, were chosen because they have a promising futures as professionals and is designed to give them a chance to showcase their abilities on the Steinway concert grand piano at the historic home.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (June 10-14)
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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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Local student earns degree at NC Central</i>
Local student earns degree at NC Central
Bianca C.P. Smith graduated from North Carolina Central University, making the Dean’s List.
She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Parole/Probation during a May 11 ceremony.
Bianca is the daughter of Johnny Hugh Sidney Smith  of Franklin County and Mary W. Smith of Inez.

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Louisburg High honor roll
Freda Clifton, principal of Louisburg High School, announces the Honor Roll for the fifth six-weeks grading period. 

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Franklinton High honor roll
The honor roll for the fifth six week grading period at Franklinton High School has been announced and includes:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn beefs up its sewer system with eye on future
BUNN — Commissioners followed through on a financial commitment made last year that will help bolster its sewer system.
Officials have planned to improve its wastewater system for at least a year and on Monday night, they took two actions toward completing the $1.8 million project.

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‘Suspicious’ actions lead to arrest
Youngsville police arrested a man on gun and drug charges, but there was a hiccup in his criminal process through the magistrate’s office.
According to a report by 1st Sgt Ron Adkins, officers responded the morning of May 29 to a call at Thompson Mobile Home Park on Thompson Circle regarding a suspicious man with a gun near a van.

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Wide variety of criminal cases keep deputies hopping
Franklinton police are looking for a suspect in domestic assault involving a  home invasion.
A 24-year-old woman at Academy Village reported the evening of May 31 that a Brian Hawkins kicked in her back door and began to argue.
Hawkins, according to the report by Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, shoved the woman into a plate glass window in the kitchen.

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Free summer camp signups are June 11
FRANKLINTON — Organizers of a free summer camp will host a signup for the event on June 11.
Bridges of Hope Outreach Ministry, Helping Hands Pal Inc., New Liberty Outreach Ministry, Allen Metropolitan AME   Zion Church, First United Church of Christ  and WBC Cares have combined to again offer the two-week camp.

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Boys & Girls Club planning summer program
The Boys & Girls Club in Louisburg will have a summer program beginning June 17 and continuing through July 26. Operating hours will be Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration is open now, but space is limited. The cost is $75 per three-week session. Total cost for six weeks is $150.00.

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<i>Quick thinking honored</i>
Quick thinking honored
RALEIGH —  State Sen. Chad Barefoot honored a Bunn youngster credited with heroically saving a friend’s life this spring. Jacob James, an 11-year-old fifth-grader, saved his best friend’s life during lunchtime at Bunn Elementary School.
When Marty Hall, Jr. (known to his classmates as MJ) started to choke on his sandwich, he quickly tapped on Jacob’s shoulder for help.

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Hunting death nets probation
RALEIGH — The case against a Franklinton man accused of killing his 12-year-old nephew was resolved last week, days before the matter was slated to go to trial.
Jason Matthews Parker pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and unlawfully obtaining a hunting license — charges resulting from a Dec. 28 hunting accident that killed James Lee Parker of Tarboro.

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<i>Special Olympians fare well</i>
Special Olympians fare well
Franklin County was well represented at the Penn Relays recently as three Special Olympians qualified for the event.
Two of them, Joshua Thomas and Mychael Parker competed in the 100-meter dash. Samantha Munson also qualified.
Their times in the 2012 Special Olympics of North Carolina qualified them for the Pennsylvania meet.

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