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Showing 47 articles from March 12, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Robbery suspect search is widened
FRANKLINTON — Police continue to look for a suspect in a bank robbery.
But they aren’t the only ones.
Authorities said a suspect, essentially covered from head to toe, entered the First Citizens Bank the morning of Feb. 26, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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School board says it doesn’t like pay plan
With minimal discussion but with unanimous votes, the Franklin County Board of Education tackled two issues Monday night, first changing an insurance/benefits vendor for the district and then raising questions about the state’s new plan to pay top teachers a bonus in return for them dropping their tenure rights.
The vendor issue was explained by Dr. Cheryl Benson, who is in charge of human resources and resulted in the termination of a 25-plus year association with a local vendor in favor of one from Charlotte.

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Saluting a local hero!
George T. Lumpkin
Saluting a local hero!
LOUISBURG — It was difficult for George T. Lumpkin to open up about his military career.
But after he died in 1991, his family found a footlocker full of photographs and other documents that chronicled his military career.
Lumpkin’s military career resulted in his receiving the Navy Cross  — the second highest military decoration for valor awarded to a member of the Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in combat.

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<i>State budget cuts pinch art class; help is sought</i>
INSTRUCTION. Pam Danzer, right, looks over a work of art by student Marianne Neve.
State budget cuts pinch art class; help is sought
LOUISBURG — Some time back, Barbara Breton’s doctor wrote an unusual prescription.
The physician decided that art class was good for her health and well being, so Breton has been a diligent participant.
However, after the General Assembly approved a budget in the summer of 2013 that ended the tuition waiver for senior citizens at community colleges, that doctor’s advice became harder to follow.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College baseball player Tyler Holt

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Winter
Editorial Cartoon: Winter

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Duke Energy knew the risks, must pay the price
Duke Energy knew the risks, must pay the price
Okay, even in these insanely partisan times, can we all agree that we’ve endured enough winter and are ready for spring?
The last several days, which have ranged from a hint of snow, a smattering of ice, bone-chilling cold and — thankfully — some tantalizingly warmer weather, makes spring sound like a really, really good idea!

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Duke Energy owners must pay for cleanup
For some time now, we North Carolinians have heard a lot of jaw-boning about the mess that Duke Energy caused when it managed to dump tons of coal ash into the Dan River.
But while the voices have been many, not so many have been helpful or even practical.
However, we heard some comments recently that made so much sense — common sense — that they deserve to be repeated and repeated loudly.

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Looking for a plane? No App for that, yet
Looking for a plane? No App for that, yet
Sometimes, I think we forget how big our world really is.
It’s easy to do.
All we have to do is pull out a cell phone, mini tablet, tablet or laptop computer, click a few keys — as long as our Wi-Fi bill is paid —and be connected to any network computer and bit of information in the world.
If you need to know about unrest in the Ukraine, there is a newsfeed for that.

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Fear of critical thinking driving some ‘Core’ foes?
Fear of critical thinking driving some ‘Core’ foes?
There has been much ado coming out of the local radical right recently on Common Core complete with wild ascertains about things like mandatory retinal scans for students.
In an effort to inform myself on the topic I attended several events recently. 
Among them was one sponsored by the Franklin County Board of Education and hosted by Louisburg College.

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Hold on to your values, but help those you can
Hold on to your values, but help those you can
I believe the nature of most good people in our country is to look for the good in others.  They want to believe people are well intended.
The concept of contrived and deliberate deceit runs contrary to what their parents, grandparents, and clergy have imparted on them.

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Is early childhood education important?
Dear editor:
Too many children are entering our schools not prepared. When children enter school unprepared, they usually fall further behind and require additional help to attempt to catch up with their classmates.

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Editorial Cartoon: Options
Editorial Cartoon: Options

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OBITUARIES

DONNIE K. HARRIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Donnie Kent Harris, 52, who died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Linda Parker and Dr. Felicia Hardy officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.

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JOE “VNNI” WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Joe “Vnni” Williams, 79, who died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, were held Saturday, March 8, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

THE RIGHT TIME
CATCH YA LATER. Louisburg College’s Brehanna Daniels tries to catch up with a loose ball during last Friday afternoon’s action against Tidewater CC as part of the Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament at Wake Tech in Raleigh.
THE RIGHT TIME
RALEIGH -- The ‘TOE’ factor sounds more appropriate for football or soccer, but it has certainly worked for the Louisburg College women’s basketball team during the 2013-14 campaign.
During a portion of the season when the Lady Hurricanes were struggling a bit, LC first-year head coach Shay Hayes began to emphasize to her players her philosophy on the ‘TOE’ -- Team Over Everything.

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A LEAGUE TEST
SHOWCASE OF STARS. Standouts (l to r) Hannah Rayman from Franklinton and Jho Salmeron from Bunn attempt to gain possession in the midfield during last Wednesday’s girls soccer league event at BHS.
A LEAGUE TEST
BUNN -- With only one senior, the Franklinton Lady Rams have a look of youth this spring on the girls soccer field.
Still, Franklinton has its share of experience, even with a roster loaded with underclassmen.
FHS flashed some of its talent last Wednesday during a hard-fought Northern Carolina Conference victory on the road against the Bunn Ladycats.

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Bunn Bests Rival Warriors
ERICA AT THE PLATE. Bunn’s Erica Davis (left) scores a run for the Bunn Ladycats during Monday’s home victory against the Louisburg Lady Warriors.
Bunn Bests Rival Warriors
BUNN -- During some of Bunn High School’s best-ever softball seasons, the Ladycats were forced to rely on one dominant pitcher -- through both good times and bad.
That won’t be the case this spring as BHS head coach Melanie Lovin has the luxury of two strong hurlers on her squad -- Parker Brantley and Erica Davis.

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SLEET SHOWCASE
THE RIGHT APPROACH. Bunn’s William Lewis sends this shot toward the hole during last Thursday’s high school golf match against Southern Nash.
SLEET SHOWCASE
BUNN -- Scott Collie thought he had pretty much seen it all during his seven-year tenure as the boys golf coach at Southern Nash High School.
Until last Thursday.
Toward the latter part of Southern’s non-conference matchup with Bunn, sleet began to pelt performers at The River Golf Course at Lake Royale in Franklin County.

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LC’s season ends with tough defeat
FREEMAN HAS PLENTY OF FANS. Louisburg College sophomore post Marcus Freeman (with ball) is being recruited by a host of Division I men’s basketball programs.
LC’s season ends with tough defeat
LOUISBURG -- Chances are, Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Mark Vanderslice will relive the final seconds of regulation for the next several months.
During Sunday’s championship game of the Region X Tournament in Hickory, the top-seeded Hurricanes held a five-point lead with just 23 ticks remaining against backyard rival Wake Tech.

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Busy Times For LC
ON THE SLIDE. Louisburg College’s Logan Pingley (right) scores a run for the Hurricanes during last Wednesday’s home diamond decision against Wake Tech CC at Frazier Field.
Busy Times For LC
LOUISBURG -- With a break in the weather, that can only mean that Louisburg College’s baseball schedule is picking up.
Tuesday, LC (11-5) added a home game against SUNY-Adirondack and earned a 3-2 victory in 10 innings at Frazier Field.

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Franklinton shuts out SVHS in boys tennis
FRANKLINTON --  Franklinton picked up its first boys tennis victory of the season on Monday by registering a 9-0 home triumph against Northern Carolina Conference opponent Southern Vance.
Results from the match were as follows:

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Bunn saluted by SoCon
GREENVILLE -- The Furman University women’s basketball trio of Brittany Hodges, Holli Wilkins, and Whitney Bunn have been named to All-Southern Conference squads, the league announced recently.
Hodges and Wilkins, a pair of forwards and former SoCon Freshman of the Year picks, earned consensus first team All-SoCon honors in balloting by head coaches and media while Bunn, a guard, was among five league newcomers named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team.

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LC Sweeps Again
TAKING THE LEAD. Louisburg College’s Emmylou Clark (right) leaves first base during last Saturday afternoon’s home doubleheader victory against Harford Community College out of Maryland at Cotten Field.
LC Sweeps Again
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College Lady Canes softball team slugged its way through a weekend doubleheader with Harford Community College from Maryland last Saturday afternoon at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
LC took the opener 11-4 and followed that up with another offensive outburst by taking game two, 19-3.

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Ramsey sparks NCWC on mound
ROCKY MOUNT -- Freshman hurler Spencer Ramsey tossed a one-hit shutout versus Mitchell College on Thursday afternoon at Bauer Field, going the distance in a 5-0 Bishop win.
Wesleyan went on to fight to a 1-1 tie with the Mariners in game two, which was called in the eighth inning due to rain.

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STATE FINALS SCHEDULE
CHAPEL HILL -- Pairings have been finalized for the 100th Annual Men’s and the 43rd Annual Women’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association Basketball Championships.
Games will be played Saturday at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill and Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.
Tickets for all matchups will be available at the gate.

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Miracle League to host practice
Miracle League to host practice
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Miracle League of Franklin County will hold a practice session March 15 at its new field at Long Mill Elementary School in Youngsville.
Children and young adults with special needs are invited to join the league. Games will begin March 29.
Also being sought are buddies, coaches and team parents.

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ECU drops rubber match to Herd
GREENVILLE -- Matt Margaritonda tossed his first career complete game and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in Marshall’s Conference USA series-clinching baseball win over East Carolina, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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A JOB WELL DONE
A JOB WELL DONE
 Members of the Louisburg College women’s basketball team celebrate after winning the Region X Tournament on Sunday afternoon with a victory against long-time rival Guilford Tech. The event was held on the campus of Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh.

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A LEVEL SWING
A LEVEL SWING
Louisburg’s Katlyn Tharrington prepares to make contact with a pitch during Monday afternoon’s road softball meeting against the Bunn Ladycats.

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GOTCHA COVERED
GOTCHA COVERED
Louisburg College first baseman Sierra McLaren (left) fields a throw during the Lady Hurricanes’ home twinbill sweep last Saturday afternoon vs. Harford CC.

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HARDWARE COLLECTION
HARDWARE COLLECTION
(L to R) Louisburg College assistant coach Maegan Yelverton and head coach Shay Hayes proudly display the Lady Hurricanes’ hardware from the Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament. LC defeated Guilford Tech in the championship game.

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LEFTY
LEFTY
Sophomore veteran Daniel Batts from Knightdale delivers a pitch for the Louisburg College baseball squad.

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LIFT OFF
LIFT OFF
Louisburg College’s Kennethea Galloway scores in the paint during last Friday’s tournament win over Tidewater.

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LUCKY 14
LUCKY 14
Franklinton’s Sydney Rednour (right) tries to gain possession of the ball during last Wednesday’s road soccer triumph against the Bunn Ladycats in Northern Carolina Conference action.

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RUNNING THE SHOW
RUNNING THE SHOW
Louisburg College guard Deneysha Goods directs traffic for the Lady Hurricanes during last weekend’s action at the annual Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament. The event was held at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh.

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SHE CAN’T BE STOPPED
SHE CAN’T BE STOPPED
Franklinton’s Hannah Rayman (left) makes a strong rush upfield against the Bunn Ladycats.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (March 17-21)
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>FHS grad earns BA degree</i>
FHS grad earns BA degree
Pierre Hunter Jr., son of Pierre Sr. and Penny Hunter, and grandson of Freddie and Ada Alston, and  Randolph and Carolyn Hunter,  graduated  from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. A graduate reception was held Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Jane P. Batten Student Center on campus. 

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Louisburg College board bumps fund-raising goal by $3 million
As a result of it successful  fund-raising efforts, Louisburg College’s campaign goal of $15 million has been reached two years before its target date; the college’s board of trustees responded at last month’s quarterly meeting by voting to increase the goal to $18 million. The Great Futures Campaign ending date will remain at December 2015.
“We are very pleased with the success of our Great Futures Campaign,” says College President Mark La Branche.

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School board approves personnel changes
The Franklin County Board of Education made these personnel changes this week:
ACCEPTED the resignations of these certified personnel: Onnie Mitchell Burrell (retirement), Long Mill Elementary, Assistant Principal; Amber Lepisto, Royal Elementary, Teacher Lorraine Milark, Long Mill Elementary, Teacher- Gr 5; Amy Riley, Long Mill Elementary, Speech Pathologist; Judith Stover (retirement), Human Resources Support Coordinator; Jasen Thompson, Terrell Lane Middle, Music.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Farm/estate planning to be conference topic
Many North Carolina counties have seen a tremendous increase in value in farmland in recent years and it continues to grow in value.
Many farms have to be sold to development and others just to pay inheritance taxes.
North Carolina livestock producers and farmers are being invited to participate in an estate planning conference scheduled for Wednesday, March 19.

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<i>Trial by fire! Area firemen hone their skills</i>
Firefighter Mario Wright prepares to do battle with a blaze during training.
Trial by fire! Area firemen hone their skills
LOUISBURG — The long, oft-said remark about firefighters is that when everyone else is running out of a burning building, they are running in.
That decision, which goes against all life-preserving instincts, is not necessarily inherent.
It’s learned.

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<i>Area farmers get the ‘buzz’ about what’s new</i>
SAVED BY THE BELL. Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell presents information during a class session
Area farmers get the ‘buzz’ about what’s new
LOUISBURG — A good beekeeper is attracted to a buzz, and farmers gathered at Vance-Granville Community College a couple weeks ago created one.
About 100 farmers, vendors and growers, defined by small but growing operations, converged on the campus to take part in the annual Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference, hosted by the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Agency.

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Play it safe with meds!
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will collect unwanted and unneeded medications as part of Operation Medicine Drop.
The goal of the March 19 event is to prevent accidental poisonings, abuse and theft by ridding people’s homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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HONOR RECEIVED
HONOR RECEIVED
St. Paul Presbyterian Church Child Care Center‘s staff was honored recently with the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina torch award. The staff received the award at the prestigious Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.   Mrs. Patricia Hayes-Privette, administrator accepted the award and was accompanied by Trudy Person and Keshia Thorne. They received the award in the small business category.

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2014 UW grant cycle opens
The United Way of Franklin County grant cycle for 2014 is open through April 18.
Any non-profit agency in the county or government exempt program can apply.
UWFC funded 23 programs last year with $100,000 in funds that were raised locally.
Applications can be found on www.uwfc.org or can be mailed or emailed by calling (919) 496-0937.

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