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Showing 46 articles from February 19, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Focus on 401, DOT chief Tata urged
Sen. Chad Barefoot
Focus on 401, DOT chief Tata urged
LOUISBURG — It wasn’t exactly clear what route N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata took to get to Louisburg College on Wednesday morning.
After a two-hour meeting, though, it was clear that he would be taking U.S. 401 back to his staff and the governor with a definitive message — stakeholders in this region want the roadway widened and improved.

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Commissioners nix solar farm
LOUISBURG — Commissioners refused to issue a special-use permit for a solar farm they said would harm a residential neighborhood.
Green Energy Development LLC proposed erecting a solar farm on 15 acres of a 46-acre tract on Cedar Creek Road near Franklinton High School.
The county’s planning board, though, urged the board to deny the petition during a January vote on the matter.

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MEET AND GREET
MEET AND GREET
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, left, meets with County Manager Angela Harris, center, and Louisburg Town Councilwoman Emma Ruth Stewart, during a presentation about the IRS and North Carolina Free File programs. It was held at Vance-Granville Community College, hosted by Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity Inc.

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Play within the rules, new rec director pleads
YOUNGSVILLE — Parks and recreation programs, ultimately, teach kids how to play within the rules.
If the town’s Board of Commissioners agrees, parents and coaches will have to learn to do the same.
When Pete Gibson took over the town’s parks and rec department in December, he knew he wanted to establish a written code of conduct and ethics for both parents and coaches.

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Teen shot twice in chest
LOUISBURG — A Louisburg man turned himself in to authorities following a weekend shooting.
According to a report by Officer T.W. Lincoln, Ledaryenne M. Smith and Deshawn M. Conyers got into an altercation at an apartment in the 200 block of Cooper Street the afternoon of Feb. 15.
Chief Rick Lassiter said Smith pulled out a 9mm handgun and shot Conyers two times in the chest area.

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Louisburg residents may see the LEDs
There’s a good chance that areawide LED lighting will be coming to a backyard near you soon -- if it hasn’t already.
The Louisburg Town Council agreed Monday night to work up the numbers to analyze a proposed switch from sodium vapor lights to the new LED technology after hearing a presentation from Robbie Tugwell of Power Secure, Inc., of Wake Forest.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Aaron Gill, 18 months

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hillary
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary

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Endless ‘snowbabble’ was worse than the weather
Endless ‘snowbabble’ was worse than the weather
Whew! I think I discovered something worse than Chinese water torture or water boarding.
It would be being forced to watch the non-stop “snow-babble” broadcast by this area’s television stations during a wee storm that caused problems for a few hours last week.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to watch much of that since I still remember where the “off” switch is located.

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Talk of teacher raises obscures bigger issues
You’ve heard a great deal about pay raises for teachers lately, mostly from the folks in Raleigh who have caught a fair amount of flak over the issue, both from teachers and those who believe public education must be among our state’s top priorities.
But teacher pay increases aren’t the only issue facing public education in this state and, honestly, probably not the biggest issue, either.

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Government can still work for the little guy
Government can still work for the little guy
Sometimes, one person can make a difference.
More importantly, seven others — with decision-making power — agreed.
Earlier this week, a Raleigh company, Green Energy Development LLC, petitioned the board, asking for a special-use permit to erect a solar farm on Cedar Creek Road near Franklinton High School.

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Editorial Cartoon: On the Slopes
Editorial Cartoon: On the Slopes

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<i>Declassifying DENR officers an effort to lessen enforcement?</i>
Declassifying DENR officers an effort to lessen enforcement?
I recently watched the 1973 movie “Serpico” again.  That is something old guys do, watch movies we saw years ago.
A major part of the plot is that the crooks in New York City aren’t afraid of getting arrested because they have the police on their payroll. 
Fast forward to 2014 and North Carolina; the premise is the same except the bad guys’ methodology is even more insidious.

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Politics: Do the rules apply to everyone?
Politics: Do the rules apply to everyone?
Often it is asked why we cannot simply come together and find solutions to many of the problems we face?
In large part it is because we have been betrayed by leaders we have trusted.
Those that think the rules do not apply to them; they say one thing and do another.
If you think about it, most of the things we differ on have little to do with what we personally want or believe, and have more to do with what someone else would have us believe.

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Patience, logic and facts to win out
Dear editor:
I commend Ned Barnett for his thought provoking opinion piece in The News & Observer, (“A Moral Monday opponent makes his case,” Feb. 16.)   Barnett is correct in saying that the anonymous writer “should see himself in the crowd on Fayetteville Street” instead of identifying with and voting for those whose policies favor people who are much wealthier.

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Editorial Cartoon: Snow
Editorial Cartoon: Snow

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OBITUARIES

CHARLIE T. EDWARDS
FRANKLINTON—  Funeral services for Charlie T. Edwards, 78, who died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at Allen Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Franklinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

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CHASE HINNANT
YOUNGSVILLE —Chase Hinnant, 18, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.  He was a student at Wake Tech, North Campus. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Stony Hill Baptist Church, Wake Forest.  Inurnment will follow at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, Wendell.

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JOAQUIN (JACK) MUNOZ
FRANKLINTON —Joaquin (Jack) Munoz, 87, of Wilmington, N.C., died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at his home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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MARY FRANCES STRICKLAND
LOUISBURG - Mary Frances Strickland, 76, of Louisburg died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at her home.

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SHELLEY LEE KELLY
JACKSONVILLE, AR— Shelley Lee Kelly, 68, of Jacksonville, AR died Jan. 24, 2014.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force who had two tours of duty in Vietnam. He served as a Senior Master Sergeant for 23 years until retirement. Following this, he returned to the LRAFB as civilian instructor with the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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SPORTS

Bolton On Mound For Pirates
ON-TIME DELIVERY. East Carolina University’s Tyler Bolton sends a pitch toward home plate during Sunday’s victory against James Madison. Bolton grew up in Louisburg and attended Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson.
Bolton On Mound For Pirates
GREENVILLE -- Senior Ryan Williams tossed four scoreless innings of relief, while freshman Kirk Morgan recorded two hits including the game-winner lifting East Carolina University (2-1) to a 4-2 Opening Weekend baseball series win over James Madison (1-2) Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates, who notched their seventh straight series win dating back to 2013, broke a one-all tie in the fourth frame scoring a pair of runs for a 3-1 advantage.

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BACK IN FIRST
AARON ON THE MARK. Bunn’s Aaron Simmons scores inside during Tuesday night’s road boys basketball decision at league opponent Warren County.
BACK IN FIRST
WARRENTON - With no gauge to go by, Bunn’s Gerald Melton’s isn’t exactly sure how his club will respond to what will undoubtedly be the most challenging 96 hours of the boys basketball season.
Despite a lifetime of experience, Melton has never been part of a team that has been forced to play four games in four days due to recent poor weather.

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LHS girls take the rematch
TWO FOR TETYANA. Louisburg High School’s Tetyana Seda drives for a basket during last Saturday’s home loss to Northwest Halifax.
LHS girls take the rematch
LOUISBURG -- In order to keep their season alive, the Louisburg Lady Warriors needed to stop a team -- Northwest Halifax -- that they had lost to just 72 hours earlier.
But LHS was able to achieve that goal, nailing several key trifectas during the decisive second half in Tuesday’s opening round of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Girls Basketball Tournament at Weldon High School.

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LC’s men continue solid run
THREE IS A LUCKY NUMBER. Louisburg College’s Kendall Isler looks for an open teammate during Sunday’s home hoops decision against Bryant and Stratton College.
LC’s men continue solid run
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s tradition-rich men’s basketball program finds itself in a rare recent position heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
LC, which was won four consecutive Region X Tournaments, is one game behind Richard Bland in the league standings with four contests remaining -- including the season finale against RB next Saturday at home.

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Warriors 1st in the league
DON’T PASS ME BY. Louisburg High School’s Nick McCalston (right) drives for the Warriors during last Saturday afternoon’s triumph against Northwest Halifax in TRAC action at the LHS Gymnasium.
Warriors 1st in the league
LOUISBURG -- At the time, the Louisburg High School Warriors had no idea the ultimate importance level of last Saturday’s home victory against Northwest Halifax.
LHS would win that game, but fell two nights later at Weldon in the final regular season boys basketball event in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.

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A Second-Half Flurry
STUDY OF INTENSITY. Bunn’s Tainasha Vines drives for two points on Tuesday night against league foe Warren County.
A Second-Half Flurry
WARRENTON -- A grueling week for the Bunn Ladycats began with a test Tuesday night at Warren County.
WCHS head coach Shannon Jones had her team prepared for the Northern Carolina Conference contest against the Ladycats, who needed to win in order to remain in the race for the NCC regular season crown.
At halftime, Bunn was actually behind, but the Ladycats picked up the defensive pressure in the second half en route to earning a 50-35 triumph.

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Carolina Mudcats to host Anthem tryouts
Carolina Mudcats to host Anthem tryouts
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats’ annual National Anthem Tryouts are scheduled for March 22 at 9 a.m. at Five County Stadium.
Tryouts will be held from 9 a.m.-Noon. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the third-base side of the stadium. Auditions will be held first-come, first-served.

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Local wrestlers advance
JUST TREY-MENDOUS. Cole Gupton’s heroics from the 3-point line helped Frankliknton High School secure a boys basketball victory Tuesday night at Roanoke Rapids.
Local wrestlers advance
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It was a banner performance for Franklin County mat stars during regional wrestling competition last weekend.
At the Class 2-A Mideast Regionals at Wheatmore High School (in the Triad), athletes were tested because the event, which is usually two days, was shortened to one day because of recent poor weather.

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Lady Hurricanes have busy return
Lady Hurricanes have busy return
LOUISBURG -- For the third straight night, the Louisburg College Lady Canes basketball team hit the hardwood for a Region X game, and as they did Saturday and Sunday, Louisburg came out on top by defeating Lenoir CC, 76-70 on Monday at Taylor Center on the LC campus.
The three conference wins up LC’s Region X record to 8-3, 15-5 overall.

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BYRL to host signups
BUNN -- The Bunn Youth Recreation League is currently conducting registration for its Spring Sports Leagues.
BYRL will host baseball, softball and T-Ball leagues.
Registration will be held through March 1 at Bunn Elementary School. Times are 6-8 p.m. every weekday except Wednesday, and also on Saturdays from 10 a.m-2 p.m.

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Morrison nabs 1,000th point
ROCKY MOUNT -- Senior Josh Morrison eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career las Saturday afternoon, helping his North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops to a 81-66 victory over visiting Greensboro College in USA South Conference men’s basketball play.
Needing 13 points, Morrison’s milestone basket came with 2:48 left in the first half.

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ALL ABOUT ALKIA
ALL ABOUT ALKIA
Louisburg’s Alkia Johnson (with ball) drives for a basket during last Saturday’s home basketball game.

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FLIP SIDE FOR LC
FLIP SIDE FOR LC
Louisburg College’s Kadarius Turner (5) tries to come up with a loose ball while being surrounded by a trio of Bryant & Stratton players during Sunday’s men’s basketball contest at Taylor Center.

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KEY CLUB
KEY CLUB
Bunn’s Casandra Key (with ball) tries to avoid some strong Warren County defense during Tuesday’s matchup.

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T.V. TIME
T.V. TIME
Bunn’s Tainasha Vines heads for yet another basket.

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TWO FOR TREY
TWO FOR TREY
Louisburg College’s Trey Brown (right) prepares to drive for a basket during the Hurricanes’ home victory Sunday afternoon against Bryant & Stratton.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Buttons are a reminder of Bickett’s political career</i>
Buttons are a reminder of Bickett’s political career
The Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College recently acquired several buttons from the 1916 gubernatorial campaign of Thomas Walter Bickett (1869-1921).
Measuring less than an inch in diameter and bearing a photograph of the candidate, the buttons read “Bickett for Governor [:]  ‘The Record is the Reason.’”

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<i>Bunn United Methodist Church site of wedding</i>
Bunn United Methodist Church site of wedding
Christy Ann Pippin and Christopher John Wilder were married during a 5 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Bunn United Methodist Church. The minister, Pastor Dave Bundy, not only recognized the marriage of the bride and groom, but the uniting of them and their children as one family.
The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Linda Pippin of Bunn.

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<i>Wedding planned</i>
Wedding planned
Melody and Leonard Jarman of Louisburg, and Michael and Diana Mowery of Grove City, Ohio, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Renee Crotts of Louisburg, to John Rusty Creekmore of Nashville. He is the son of Everette and Ann Creekmore of Louisburg. The wedding is planned for March 15, 2014 at White Level Community Holiness Church.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (February 24-28)
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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COMMUNITY NEWS

Few major problems as winter storm blankets county
Few major problems as winter storm blankets county
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Franklin County was blanketed by a snow storm that shuttered schools, closed down municipal governments, paralyzed travel and caused emergency directors to open a shelter.
And while the storm, that swept through the county the afternoon of Feb. 12, knocked out some power and caused a few wrecks, the county escaped any serious problems, according to authorities.

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Small farm conference slated
There are many opportunities in North Carolina for the small farmer.  To explore several options, a regional conference will be held Saturday, March 1, entitled “Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference.” 
The conference will be held at the Vance-Granville Community College multi-purpose building in Louisburg.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m.

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Snow was fun for the youngsters, work for others! pics, 1
Snow was fun for the youngsters, work for others! pics, 1
AT WORK AND PLAY IN THE SNOW. Ethan Creech, 8, makes a snow angel at a home on Balance Rock Road in northern Franklin County.

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Snow was fun for the youngsters, work for others! pics, 2
Snow was fun for the youngsters, work for others! pics, 2
AT WORK AND PLAY IN THE SNOW. Franklinton Public Works Director Josh Bennett cuts up a tree that snapped a power line near Franklinton Middle School’s gym.

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BUSINESS

Two pass CPA exams
Meghan Scott Ayscue of Louisburg and K.C. Spangle of Zebulon were among the 151 North Carolina candidates who successfully completed the Uniform CPA Examination during the period October-December 2013.
The successful Uniform CPA Examination candidates must now meet the education, work experience, and moral character requirements of the Board to become licensed as CPAs in the State of North Carolina.

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