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Showing 44 articles from March 19, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

3 gunmen invade home
LOUISBURG — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who assaulted two older residents during an armed home invasion.
Douglas F. Denton Jr. told authorities he was in his Gold Sand Road home just before midnight on March 14 when he heard a knock on the door.

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Millions in jail repairs begin
LOUISBURG — While significant improvements on the county’s jail were expected to pick up this week, so too were discussions about upgrades to the courthouse.
During the board’s March 17 meeting, architect Surapon Sujjavanich informed the board that he has prepared drawings that outline improvements to the courthouse, including plans to improve security and other matters.

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IN REMEMBRANCE
IN REMEMBRANCE
Left, Billy Lumpkin addresses a crowd that came out to witness a flagpole dedication ceremony in honor of his uncle, World War II hero Lt. Col. George T. Lumpkin. Lumpkin, born in Youngsville, was a dive-bomber pilot, part of a group that helped repel the Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942. Also, one of Lumpkin’s training flights was used in the movie, “Battle of Midway.” He also served on the Solomon Islands, continuing to fly bomber missions.

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First Citizens leaving F-ton
FRANKLINTON — Downtown Franklinton was dealt a blow when First Citizens Bank announced it was closing the local branch.
The decision takes the only bank out of town.
“I understand business decisions,” said Mayor Elic Senter, “but this, nevertheless, leaves our downtown with a major gap and leaves our community with one less institution.

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Town briefed on Electri-Cities talks
The Louisburg Town Council unanimously agreed Monday night that talks between Electri-Cities and Duke Energy should continue on what could be a two-year process ending in the purchase of Electri-Cities by the much larger utility.
Town officials got a private, closed-door briefing for more than an hour Monday night during which Electri-Cities’ executives apparently explained details of the process and what it could mean to the 32 towns and cities that are now part of the Electri-Cities utility.

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Murder suspect nabbed
Murder suspect nabbed
LOUISBURG — Authorities arrested a Durham man charged with murder.
Durham police issued a warrant for the arrest of Dominique Xavier Lamberth, 23, of Creedmoor on March 14.
He was arrested by police at a home in the 200 block of Cooper Street on March 16 without incident.
According to authorities, Lamberth was robbing a man at gunpoint the evening of Feb. 26 in Durham.

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A TREE FOR ME
A TREE FOR ME
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension handed out trees and planting information this past weekend and, Walter Perry of Vance County, above, picked out some Crepe Myrtles and dogwoods.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Connor & Easton Crawford

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Facebook
Editorial Cartoon: Facebook

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Hollow promises and government by ambush
Hollow promises and government by ambush
Note to my teacher friends: If you’re buying a pig in a poke, look in the poke!
If that sounds like cynical advice, I’d suggest that it comes hard-earned from four decades of dealing with public officials.
Last week, teachers celebrated after the Franklin County Board of Education passed a resolution opposing the state’s plan to have the district select the 25 percent of its best teachers and reward them with raises provided they give up tenure.

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If you make tough calls, be ready to defend ‘em
Politics, especially of the smoke and mirrors variety, can be funny or infuriating.
And sometimes infuriatingly funny.
Take a recent local example with strong local impacts.
The state’s General Assembly and the current governor have been shaving precious dollars out of the state budget in a move that many believe was not only the right thing to do but also imperative.

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What’s an audit if it doesn’t find missing $?
What’s an audit if it doesn’t find missing $?
Pretty soon, town and county governments will begin holding workshops and other meetings to deal with their budgets.
It seems the goal every year is to find some place to trim spending, ideally finding something that a town or county can either do without or find a cheaper way to get the same service.
May I suggest that towns and counties do away with the money they spend on audit reports.

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Editorial Cartoon: Crimea
Editorial Cartoon: Crimea

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Are today’s leaders as wise as founding fathers, mothers?
Are today’s leaders as wise as founding fathers, mothers?
I remember a time of great national pride. A time when it seemed the entire world looked to the United States as the hope for the future. Strong and proud, a faith-based nation, innovative and leading the way forward in all things.
Do you remember this?
America the beautiful, God shed his grace on thee. The “greatest” generation; what a legacy they left.

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Coal ash scandal widens; McCrory cuts regulators
Coal ash scandal widens; McCrory cuts regulators
It has been two weeks since I visited the Coal Ash spill/DENR scandal.
The national media and federal investigators have not ignored it; again portraying North Carolina in a bad light.
How that squares with creating a business friendly environment is beyond me. 
On March 1, the McCrory administration went ahead with plans to further reduce the DENR workforce by 13 percent.

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Editorial Cartoon: Invasion
Editorial Cartoon: Invasion

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OBITUARIES

ALBERTA H. SMITH
FRANKLINTON- Funeral services for Alberta H. Smith, 63, who died Monday, March 17, 2014, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Leroy Dukes officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DIANE L. REEDER
WAKE FOREST - The Rev. Diane Loretta Reeder, 64, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 18, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest, with Dr. Enoch Holloway officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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DORIS E. BRODIE
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Doris Elaine Brodie, 64, who died Sunday, March 16, 2014, will be held Sunday, March 23, at Greater St. Delight Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ethan Arrington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOSEPH C. WEBB
DURHAM - Funeral services for Joseph C. Webb, 74, who died Saturday, March 15, 2014, will be held at 12 noon Saturday, March 22, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Norward Brodie officiating.

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LEROY PRIDGEN
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Leroy Pridgen, 82, who died Thursday, March 13, 2014, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Bunn Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Hines officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.

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NANNIE P. BATTLE
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Nannie P. Battle, 96, who died Saturday, March 15, 2014, will be held at 12 noon Saturday, March 22, at Social Union Baptist Church.

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SPORTS

Canes Split With Rival Pitt
BASE KNOCK. Louisburg College third baseman Chris Williams (middle) collides with a sliding Pitt Community College player as PCC head coach Tommy Eason looks on during last Saturday’s Region X baseball doubleheader in Winterville.
Canes Split With Rival Pitt
WINTERVILLE -- Louisburg College’s doubleheader last Saturday at Region X baseball rival Pitt CC took a left-handed turn before the nightcap.
And that would prove to be a good thing for the Hurricanes.
Needing a victory in game two to salvage a split, LC called on sophomore veteran left-hander Daniel Batts, who stymied the Bulldogs en route to a 6-2 conquest on the PCC campus, just south of Greenville.

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ANOTHER BHS SWEEP
HOOPS HEROES AT BUNN. (L to R) Bunn High School standouts Tainasha Vines and Deshawn High have been selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Basketball Players of the Year for the 2013-14 campaign.
ANOTHER BHS SWEEP
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Bunn has secured a countless number of girls-boys doubleheader basketball sweeps through the years -- and kept the brooms handy for the Northern Carolina Conference postseason awards.
For the fourth consecutive campaign, Bunn swept the Player of the Year voting in the NCC.
BHS senior guard Deshawn High has been selected as the NCC Boys Player of the Year, while junior wing Tainasha Vines is the Girls Player of the Year.

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LC drops national matchup
LC drops national matchup
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS -- Some early-game jitters came back to haunt the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes in the opening round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Women’s National Basketball Tournament.
Louisburg, the defending champion, missed an array of open shots in the first half and fell behind against Monroe College -- a club the Lady Hurricanes had defeated in the regular season.

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Eight Is Great For Canes
THREE’S COMPANY. Louisburg College outfielder Emmylou Clark (right) fields a ball while teammates Erika Hardy (l) and Heather Howard (center) back up the play during last Friday afternoon’s softball doubleheader against Herkimer CC.
Eight Is Great For Canes
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s softball team isn’t just in the process of putting together an impressive record.
The Lady Hurricanes are also building plenty of character -- a much-needed intangible if Coach Don Stopa’s club hopes to make a run at supremacy in the Region X standings.
Last weekend, LC swept four home games against solid foes Herkimer CC and Florence-Darlington at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.

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Louisburg claims road softball win
Louisburg claims road softball win
WAKE FOREST -- Like all Franklin County spring sports teams, the Louisburg Lady Warriors have been hindered by inactivity due to poor weather the last several weeks.
But LHS’ softballers were able to get a game in last week against Franklin Academy -- an event that was staged at Flaherty Park in Wake Forest.

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STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPS CROWNED
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are last Saturday’s results from the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships:

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VGCC finishes hoops schedule
HENDERSON -- The 2013-2014 Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball season came to an end with a recent first-round loss in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X Division II Tournament.
The Vanguards lost to the Lenoir Community College Lancers, 84-77, on March 6 at the conference tournament, held in Hickory.

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Franklin County track meet this Saturday
Franklin County track meet this Saturday
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The annual The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet will be held this Saturday at the Franklinton High School Football Field.
Prep teams from Franklinton, Bunn and Louisburg will participate, along with middle school squads from Terrell Lane, Bunn and Cedar Creek.

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ROYAL KNIGHTS ON A ROLL
ROYAL KNIGHTS ON A ROLL
SECOND SPOT. The Franklin County Royal Knights Fourth-Grade Team took second place at the Hoop City Pepsi Challenge AAU Basketball Tournament in Morrisville. Some of the best youth teams in the state were on hand to take part in the prestigious event. Coaches for the Franklin County Royal Knights are Carlton Jones, Mark Evans and Dexter Grant.

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Vanguards begin golf season
Vanguards begin golf season
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College golf team will participate in several tournaments around the state during the 2014 season.
For one golfer, the season has already started.
On Feb. 17, VGCC student-athlete Becky Anderson of Henderson played in an invitational open only to women, which was hosted by Sandhills Community College at the Legacy Golf Links in Pinehurst.

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East Carolina wins two against Tulane
GREENVILLE -- Ian Townsend sparked an eight-run second inning by belting a pair of home runs, which tied and NCAA record, as East Carolina University (10-10, 3-3) completed a Conference USA baseball doubleheader sweep over Tulane (10-8, 3-3) with a 13-3 win in eight innings Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Following game one, where Reid Love and Ryan Williams starred on the mound, it was the offense that shined in game two.

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DONATION ACCEPTED
DONATION ACCEPTED
Members of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services presented a check to Donna Wade and the Miiracle League of Franklin County. Over the holidays, Lancaster sold Christmas Trees and raised $1,565 for the league, which provides recreational opportunities for special needs children and young adults.

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FINAL APPROACH
FINAL APPROACH
Louisburg College second sacker Joshua Turner catches a pop fly last Saturday.

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HOLT HAS THE POWER
HOLT HAS THE POWER
Louisburg College sophomore pitcher Tyler Holt retires a Pitt CC batter on a grounder during last Saturday’s diamond doubleheader in Winterville.

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ON-TIME ARRIVAL
ON-TIME ARRIVAL
Louisburg College’s Tori Geissinger (left) makes it to second base to complete a double during last Friday afternoon’s home softball doubleheader.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Albion Academy served African Americans for decades</i>
Albion Academy served African Americans for decades
Albion Academy, founded in 1879 in Franklinton, educated African American youth for more than 50 years.
Moses Aaron Hopkins (1846-1886), a former slave from Virginia who became a Presbyterian minister after the Civil War, started the school “to lift the fallen sons of our people in America, and ultimately to enlighten the minds in the benighted land of our fathers.”

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<i>June wedding planned</i>
June wedding planned
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gilliam of Raleigh announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Annette Gilliam of Raleigh to Timothy Howard Powell of Norlina. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Parham of Norlina and Thomas Powell of Warrenton. Miss Gilliam is the granddaughter of Maxine Gilliam of Louisburg and the late Bert Gilliam and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Denton.

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<i>Practice preparing for a better life</i>
Practice preparing for a better life
Preparing for a better life should be a continuous effort on our part, not just right before Easter. This is definitely not an easy task to accomplish, especially in modern times with so many negative distractions.
One word comes to mind as we think of actions inspired by religious principals, and that is PIETY. Piety is considered a religious devotion, a devotion of Christian people.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (March 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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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

RECENT GRADUATE
RECENT GRADUATE
From a class of 600 students, Malisa Janella Hopkins received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice on Dec. 14, 2013 at North Carolina Central University in Durham. She is the daughter of Kevin and Christan White and the granddaughter of Carolyn White, Christine Bullock and Harry Lee Hopkins, all of Louisburg. She would like to work with juveniles.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Economic Development ‘flurry’ ended, EDC board told
Economic activity, which was enjoying a flurry early in the year, has “really dried up” recently, according to Franklin County Economic Director Ronnie Goswick.
Speaking to the county’s Economic Development Authority at its March meeting, Goswick said the slowdown was quite noticeable.
Activity, he said, “is not as robust.

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CHOIR TO PERFORM
CHOIR TO PERFORM
 Choral Eversong will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, on the corner of Church and Sunset in Louisburg, on Sunday, March 23, at 4 p.m. Directed by Lewis Moore, interim organist at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, this service will be sung by the Raleigh Convocation Choir, a group of singers from Episcopal churches in the area.

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