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Showing 37 articles from September 25, 2013.

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<i>Preserve history and heritage? Yes, and more, residents urge</i>
Preserve history and heritage? Yes, and more, residents urge
Dozens of ideas, suggestions and possibilities for the Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College were batted about last Thursday evening at the Louisburg Training Center.
The meeting, which was open to the public, was attended by more than 60 people and was coordinated by Maury York, director of the center, and Louisburg College President Dr. Mark La Branche. The center is a project launched by Dr. La Branche and York, a Louisburg native with deep ties to the community, who is serving as director and organizer of the still-incompletely defined center.

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<i>Unity called crucial to region’s economic recovery, prosperity</i>
McCrory advisor Tony Almeida speaks to local group
Unity called crucial to region’s economic recovery, prosperity
YOUNGSVILLE — The Franklin County Committee of 100 is built around the idea that the county can do more together.
During its annual banquet on Sept. 19, Committee of 100 Chair Don Lancaster said the group’s founding principles are even more important now.

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Courthouse air: No reason for alarm?
LOUISBURG — Air quality tests at the county’s courthouses revealed higher than accepted levels of carbon dioxide, but nothing to trigger alarm, county staff said.
“It’s a little high,” said County Finance Director Chuck Murray, who along with architect Surapon Sujjavanich made commissioners and the public aware of air quality issues at the two buildings when the architect began examining issues with a leaky roof at the facilities.

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Local man charged in driveby shooting
Franklinton police continue to investigate a couple of driveby shootings that resulted in one injury and one arrest.
Police arrested Terrell Rodgers in a scuffle after he tried to flee from Franklin Medical Center the evening of Sept. 17.
Rodgers was at the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound to the hand — an injury police said Rodgers sustained in a driveby shooting.

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LINE UP, SIGN UP
LINE UP, SIGN UP
Franklin County Public Health Supervisor Mary Jo Michalski, left, watches as people fill out information to win gifts and get information at the health department’s booth set up at the Senior Fun Day.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg High assistant principal Michael Sheldon

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Weary
Editorial Cartoon: Weary

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Exciting meeting helps chart future directions
Exciting meeting helps chart future directions
It was unlike any “history” meeting I’ve ever attended.
The meeting a week ago focused on the creation of a Tar River Center for History and Culture that’s being proposed by the folks at Louisburg College.
The first planning and get-acquainted session was held at the Louisburg Training Center — and amazingly drew more than 60 people from all parts of Franklin County and at least four other counties.

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College sparks lightning that must be captured
If someone out there knows how to capture lightning in a bottle, now would be a really good time to demonstrate that skill.
Last Thursday night, “lightning” was evident at the Louisburg Training Center when Louisburg College officials led a strategic planning meeting for the proposed Tar River Center for History and Culture. (See page 1 story for more details about that meeting.)

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No turning our backs on face-to-face gunplay
No turning our backs on face-to-face gunplay
I was never naive enough to think that we are ever truly safe.
But two recent criminal events hit home, literally.
First, a friend of The Franklin Times, Carvel Cheves, came face-to-face with someone who broke into his car — parked in his own driveway.

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Okay, but what about the <i>rest</i> of the Constitution?
Okay, but what about the rest of the Constitution?
Sept. 17th was the anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1787.
I was invited to and attended a reading of the Constitution in Louisburg.  The body of the original Constitution was read but what followed alarmed me. 
The “patriots” read only the first 10 amendments, commonly known as the Bill of Rights.

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Franklin County is not a monarchy!
Franklin County is not a monarchy!
I remember Emily, my surrogate grandmother, the only grandmother I ever knew. She would start a new lesson with, “Now everyone sit up, listen, and pay attention.”
What a wonderful woman; one of the most influential loving people ever to enter my life.
She was not a school teacher or someone of authority in the community. She was a Mennonite woman that simply loved and listened to me.  I think of her often and miss her a great deal.

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Editorial Cartoon: Robin
Editorial Cartoon: Robin

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OBITUARIES

MARJORIE H. COULTER
LITTLETON - Marjorie Harris Coulter, 83, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at her home.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Lutheran Church, 2427 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton.

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SALLIE M. SMITH
LOUISBURG - Sallie Lou Murray Smith, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 in Harrisonburg, Va. Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 22, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Revs. Jason Havens and Floyd Benfield officiating. Interment followed at Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.

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SPORTS

A FINAL FLURRY
AROUND END. Louisburg College’s Darshaun Ford heads upfield during the Hurricanes’ home win versus Lackwanna.
A FINAL FLURRY
LOUISBURG -- Even trailing by 11 points midway through the fourth period, the Louisburg College Hurricanes weren’t able to concede a football victory to rival Lackwanna.
Instead, the Hurricanes rallied with a pair of unanswered touchdowns to take the lead of last Saturday’s Northeast Conference grudge match at Louisburg High School’s Patterson Field.

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SECOND-HALF SURGE
OPENING ACT. Bunn High School running back Tevin Ferrell (with ball) took this handoff and raced for a touchdown on the Wildcats’ first snap of the game during last Friday’s home victory against rival Louisburg.
SECOND-HALF SURGE
BUNN -- After 24 even-up minutes, the Bunn Wildcats needed just 31 seconds to take charge of their home rivalry football matchup last Friday against Louisburg.
The score was tied at the break, but Bunn’s Tevin Ferrell raced for a 40-yard touchdown on the second play of the third quarter.
BHS would never trail again on its way to a 35-13 decision over the Warriors.

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Freeman selected for game
Freeman selected for game
BUNN -- From never having kicked a football to one of the nation’s best in just a few years -- it’s certainly been an  amazing ride for Bunn High School football senior Freeman Jones.
Jones has received one of the top honors that can be bestowed upon an upperclassmen as he was recently selected to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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Rams wrap up season sweep versus Warriors
JUMP BALL. Louisburg’s Marissa Mondin (left) goes up for a kill attempt while being defended by Franklinton’s Anna Moss (center) and Kaitlyn Branam.
Rams wrap up season sweep versus Warriors
FRANKLINTON -- Finishing off a season sweep of a county rival -- and getting ready for an even more important game 24 hours later -- were the chief priorities for the Franklinton Lady Rams during Monday’s home volleyball matchup against Louisburg.
Franklinton had won in three games against the Lady Warriors earlier in the year, and the Lady Rams repeated that fate during the rematch at the FHS Gymnasium.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5
High School Football
FRIDAY
Corinth Holders at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Warren County    7:30 p.m.

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Second Watch In NCC
READY TO SERVE. Franklinton High School’s Mikaela Pulley prepares to serve the ball during Tuesday evening’s home volleyball victory against league and county foe Bunn.
Second Watch In NCC
BUNN -- Two teams apparently heading in different directions met Tuesday for a crucial Northern Carolina Conference volleyball matchup.
And nothing happened to change the recent trend of Franklinton revving and Bunn slipping through its worst stretch of the season.

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Louisburg squads roll past opponents
Louisburg squads roll past opponents
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College volleyball team put together a great team effort, on Monday night as the Lady Hurricanes knocked off Guilford Tech CC in a conference match at Taylor Center.
The Hurricanes took the match in three sets where they had to go to extra points (29-27) in game one of the best of five match. LC had a slow start in both of the first two games but pulled out game two (25-22) and dominated in the finale (25-11).

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Bunn Secures Huge Victory
MAKAR MAKES IT HAPPEN. Bunn’s Mason Makar (left) advances the ball during Monday’s decision at rival Franklinton.
Bunn Secures Huge Victory
FRANKLINTON -- Midway through the league portion of the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer schedule, this much is certain -- there are a handful of teams capable of beating each other on a given night in the competitive conference.
That assessment was proven Monday night when Franklinton, which was clutching the No. 2 position in the league, hosted Bunn for a key NCC showdown.

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Golf tourney scheduled
Golf tourney scheduled
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Moose Lodge #2256 will host its annual golf tournament this Friday at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.
A four-man superball format will be utilized.
For more information or to register, call E.H. Smith at (919) 729-4600.

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ALLEN ON THE RUN
ALLEN ON THE RUN
Louisburg High School quarterback Caleb Allen (left) tries to avoid Bunn pass rusher Dominique Seda during last Friday night’s football contest.

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BRANAM BUMPS ONE
BRANAM BUMPS ONE
Franklinton’s Kaitlyn Branam sends the ball to a teammate during Tuesday evening’s home volleyball decision against the Bunn Ladycats.

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HEADS UP
HEADS UP
(L to R) Franklinton’s Alvaro Ortiz and Bunn’s Gabe Gonzalez try to gain possession during Monday evening’s NCC boys soccer event on the FHS campus.

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THAT’S A WRAP
THAT’S A WRAP
The Franklin County Royal Knights Youth Basketball Program saw its combo team of 7th and 8th graders go undefeated at 3-0 to claim the championship in the last tourney of 2012-13 season.

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LIFESTYLES

Newest arrival
Newest arrival
William and Brittini DeJesus of Castalia are proud to announce the birth of their son, Cohen William DeJesus, born Sept. 2, 2013 at Duke University Hospital in Durham. He weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce and was 13 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Cynthia Jo Parrish and Bryan Medley.
Paternal grandparents are Alexandro Rodriguez and Nilda Fernandez.

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<i>Remembering Cedar Rock Academy in rural Franklin County</i>
Map showing location of Cedar Rock Academy, Circa 1906-07
Remembering Cedar Rock Academy in rural Franklin County
The morning of May 29, 1894, dawned brightly in eastern Franklin County. At 10 o’clock, six leading pupils of the Cedar Rock Academy and Business Institute — G.W. Newell Jr., G.W. May, Willis H. Smith, James Coppedge, R.H. Cheek, and T.O. Coppedge — assembled before a large crowd to present their declamations.
One by one, the students stood to give their speeches. After careful deliberation, the judges, who considered each effort meritorious, awarded the gold declamation medal to Smith.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Is former Arts Council building ‘sick?’
LOUISBURG — While it was a leaky roof that prompted air quality tests at two county courthouses, two sick Arts Council employees prompted tests on another county-owned building.
Now, the Justice Street building, which used to house the Franklin County Arts Council, sits vacant.
But it’s not because it’s useless, said County Finance Director Chuck Murray.

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Suspected thief assaults homeowner
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a  suspect who assaulted a resident during a vehicle break-in.
Carvel Cheves told authorities that he was getting ready for bed when his driveway motion sensor alarm was activated the evening of Sept. 20.
According to the report by Dep. J. Tate, Cheves saw a light shining inside his car and went outside, with a revolver, to investigate.

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BEST BUDDIES!
BEST BUDDIES!
Franklin County’s Alpaca Dreams Farm, at 2714 Schloss Road, Louisburg, is planning to mark National Alpaca Farm Day with an open house this weekend. The event will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the farm owned by Mike and Sarah Conyer.

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Rep. Richardson supports fight against voting bill
RALEIGH — Rep. Bobbie Richardson, representing portions of Franklin and Nash counties, announced her support of a recent lawsuit filed against the state of North Carolina for passing a reform bill that restricts the voting rights of the elderly, the poor and the young.

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A fine, fun day to spend in the park! 1
A fine, fun day to spend in the park! 1
WINNER, WINNER.  Above, Rebecca Mason does a little dance to the music during festivities at the event held in Louisburg.

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A fine, fun day to spend in the park! 2
A fine, fun day to spend in the park! 2
Above, Pauline Alston, left, takes a shot at cornhole while Roxanne Shover with Peak HealthCare Services, center, looks on, and Betty Ruth Williams, right, waits her turn.

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Pilot firemen to provide community with alarms
The Pilot Fire Department has been awarded 57 new smoke alarms from the North Carolina Department of Insurance, according to Fire Chief Lane Hobbs.
He explained that firemen will be canvassing at-risk areas of the community to insure that homes have working smoke alarms. “The goal is to ensure that every level of the home has working smoke alarms and to replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old,” he explained.

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