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Showing 58 articles from April 30, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Novant gets okay to move OR to Youngsville

Novant Health has received conditional approval to move an operating room license from its Louisburg Hospital to an as-yet-unbuilt Same Day Surgery Center near Youngsville.
The approval was revealed Wednesday by the state agency that handles Certificates of Need for the state and is the latest development in a long-standing dispute between Novant and Louisburg over access to health care in Louisburg and northern Franklin County.


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‘Cybersquatting’ charges heat up court clerk race

LOUISBURG — With less than a week to go before election day, the clerk of court and a county resident are accusing the challenger of illegalities and cybersquatting.
Incumbent Patricia Burnette Chastain is facing Shelley Dickerson in the May 6 primary for the party’s nomination and — for all intents and purposes — the clerk’s seat in November because there is no Republican challenger.


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<i>A memorial Zumbathon for a cause!</i>
DO A LITTLE DANCE. Fireman Randy Privette dances with Bailey Eason during the Zumbathon.
A memorial Zumbathon for a cause!

YOUNGSVILLE — This past Saturday, the Youngsville Fire House was filled with pulsing sounds and fitness fanatics, burning calories to choreography that incorporated samba, mambo and merengue.
They were some of the first steps toward a summer fundraiser to benefit a firefighter who lost his life on Christmas.
Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Fields died Dec. 25, 2013, however, friends and the fire community have worked to keep his spirit alive through a fire scholarship — the Jeffrey L. Fields Memorial Scholarship.


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Early voting above normal

LOUISBURG — Early voting ends on Saturday before the May 6 primary election.
Turnout for the two-week early voting period has been steady, elections officials said.
By 1:15 p.m. on Wednesdsay, 1,705 people had cast an early ballot in the election.
“Turnout,” said Board of Elections Director Lisa Goswick, has been above normal.”


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<i>Tree farming: It’s more than ‘plant and forget’</i>
Bill Pearce decided that tree farming ‘made sense’
Tree farming: It’s more than ‘plant and forget’

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Decades ago, Bill Pearce had large swaths of farm land, an open mind and a realization of his limitations.
Row-crop farming wasn’t really an option as he split time between Franklin and Wake counties.
The idea of becoming a tree farmer took root.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Jessiel Romero and Dominique Seda


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Secret Donors
Editorial Cartoon: Secret Donors

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Courthouse project could endanger historic gem
Courthouse project could endanger historic gem

Next Tuesday is Primary Election Day.
If you haven’t voted already, please be sure to cast your ballot on May 6 — and let’s put this election in our rear-view mirror.
Although Franklin County elections are often controversial, few have sunk to the level that this one has reached and the sooner it’s over, the better, as far as I’m concerned.


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Primary Election system is flawed but vote anyway

If you haven’t yet voted in the 2014 primary election and can’t get there during the remaining early voting period, circle Tuesday, May 6, on your calendar and make sure you cast your ballot.
It is critically important to the future of this county — and is part of an electoral system that makes our nation delightfully different.


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Election fires are a threat to burn out of control
Election fires are a threat to burn out of control

Late last week, as I put together a story about a forestry and pecan orchard tour, I had the opportunity to learn about tree farm management — particularly the safety and knowledge that is required to use controlled burns to manage undergrowth and prevent disaster.
Little did I know I was also getting a political lesson, but more on that later.


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<i>Who is the real loser when you let other people pick the winners?</i>
Who is the real loser when you let other people pick the winners?

Last week’s question: Had the time come for me to move on, had this column run its course?
Conflict is so toxic; serious concern for safety and security must be considered.
These concerns still weigh heavy on my mind.
Many responded with a resounding no, saying the time had not yet come, asking that I continue writing the column.
No comment from elected officials, political parties or county executives. How very predictable.


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The primary is winding down; it’s your right and duty to vote
The primary is winding down; it’s your right and duty to vote

Early primary voting is upon us in Franklin County.
In its first two days alone, I spent several hours observing the vote and had countless conversations about the events.
Very appropriately, this newspaper prints a disclaimer at the end of my articles declaring my partisanship.
This could be my most important article I’ll ever write for The Franklin Times and it has nothing to do with partisanship; it has everything to do with being an American.


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Local voters are not ‘mindless’

Dear editor:
My morning coffee was quickly rerouted through a nasal passage when I guffawed over County Commissioner Sidney Dunston’s public defense of his involvement in the recent PAC mailing and pre-marked sample ballot distributed in Franklin County, suggesting who Democratic voters should cast their ballots for in the upcoming election.


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Setting the DWI record straight

Dear editor:
Letters have been sent out about the DWI rate specifically in Granville County and the District Attorney’s office dismissing DWI cases.
Here are some things that you need to know.


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Columns ‘valuable part’ of paper

Dear editor:
It is with deep concern that I read the article by the Republican writer Steve Trubilla asking us if he should lay his pen down.
I would write if the Democrat asked the same question.


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‘Right’ prayer might ease stress

Dear editor:
My name is Joe Clemente and I live in Franklin County. I enjoy Steve Trubilla’s column and I do not know much about politics.
Some may say I’m a conservative. I read his column about backing certain candidates, Chastain and Bostic.


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Column a ‘breath of fresh air’

Dear editor:
Steve Trubilla’s column in The Franklin Times “Paper Bullets” pertaining to the Politics in Franklin County is a breath of fresh air.
His reports on the county’s “Economic Development Department” was an eye opener.


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If you don’t vote, don’t complain

Dear editor:
I am writing this letter out of complete disgust over the present election.
First, let me make it clear, this is not intended to be for or against any candidate or party or race. I am not a Democrat, Republican, Tea Party Patriot or a racist. I love my country, county and state.


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Editorial Cartoon: Souls
Editorial Cartoon: Souls

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OBITUARIES

BETTY F. CLANTON

LOUISBURG - Betty F. Clanton, 80, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Hospice of Wake County in Raleigh. Funeral services will take place Saturday, May 3, at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Church Cemetery.


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DIANA PERRY

FRANKLINTON - Diana Perry, 66, died Thursday, April 24, 2014. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 30, at Franklinton First United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Douglas Wooten Sr. officiating. Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery.


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ELEANOR PHILLIPS SMITH

TRENTON, NC - Eleanor Phillips Smith, 89, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis W. Smith; a daughter Betty Lou Smith, and parents William Edward Phillips and Mable Elizabeth Griffin.


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HARVEY RAY STROTHER JR.

KNIGHTDALE - Harvey Ray Strother Jr., 78, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Wake Med. Memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Green Pines Baptist Church, 1498 Hodge Road, Knightdale. The family will receive relatives and friends immediately following the service in the church foyer.


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LARRY E. ARMSTRONG

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Larry Earl “Little Larry” Armstrong, 40, who died Thursday, April 24, 2014, will be held Friday, May 2, at 12 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.


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RANDY W. JERNIGAN

FRANKLINTON —Randy William Jernigan, 46, a former resident of Franklinton, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Wendell. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 30, in the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford by the Rev. Jimmy Pulley. Burial was in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham.


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SPORTS

TOUGHER TASK
GOTCHA. Bunn pitcher Erica Davis fields a ground ball as teammate Alli Davis looks on during last Wednesday’s road softball victory at rival Louisburg.
TOUGHER TASK

LOUISBURG - Bunn’s easy first-time victory over Louisburg wasn’t repeated during last Wednesday’s softball rematch on the LHS campus.
The Ladycats had thumped Louisburg by eight runs earlier in the campaign, and didn’t allow the Lady Warriors to cross the plate.


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LC STRANDED
OUTTA THERE. Louisburg College catcher Kim Mobley shows the ball to the home-plate umpire after making a tag during her team’s loss to Pitt CC at the Region X Softball Tournament at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.
LC STRANDED

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s performance at the Region X Softball Tournament left Coach Don Stopa with a stranded feeling.
In a key swing game to open last Saturday’s action in the double-elimination format, the host Lady Hurricanes took on favored Pitt Community College -- and did more than enough to put themselves in a position to be successful.


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Next Stop: State Playoffs
SAM STRETCHES. Louisburg’s Sam Chmurovic lunges for a shot as part of his club’s home tennis match last Wednesday against Franklin Academy.
Next Stop: State Playoffs

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s successful boys tennis season ended with a showdown against Franklin Academy -- an opponent the Warriors could very well tangle with down the road in the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
LHS fell to Franklin Academy earlier in the year, and the Warriors were defeated once again last Wednesday by a 7-2 margin at the LHS Courts.


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Withers heading to LC
Withers heading to LC

LOUISBURG -- Caitlin Withers has left her position as the Franklinton High School volleyball coach, but she won’t be leaving Franklin County.
Instead, Withers will take over the spike program at Louisburg College.
The job at LC became vacant following the recent resignation of Colby Mangum to become the head coach at Mount Olive College in Wayne County.


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It’s Hawks Time
DUAL THREAT. Christian Sledge has been effective both as a hitter and pitcher during his baseball career at Bunn High School. He has signed with Chowan University.
It’s Hawks Time

BUNN -- Ever since he was a youngster competing in the Bunn Youth Recreational League, Christian Sledge is used to having the baseball in his hands when it mattered the most.
Don’t expect that tendency to change anytime soon.
From that moment on, Sledge was a pitching ace for his respective teams, including a successful four-year stint as a member of the Bunn High School baseball squad.


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LC enjoys quick start
THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART. Louisburg College shortstop Tori Greissinger (left) readies for a throw as a USC-Salkehatchie runner rounds second base during last Friday’s tournament action.
LC enjoys quick start

LOUISBURG -- The fourth-seeded Louisburg College softball team opened up the 2014 Region X Tournament last Friday with a, 17-2, thumping of No. 4 seed USC-Salkehatchie at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
Louisburg pounded out 16 total hits and the Lady Hurricanes were led by frosh Megon Smith, who went 3-4, smacked a pair of home runs and drove in six RBI.


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Weather hinders the Wildcats

BUNN -- Bunn’s journey toward a Northern Carolina Conference baseball championship has taken a brief pit stop -- but not by fault of the Wildcats.
Due to recent poor weather, the Wildcats haven’t played since last Monday.
Because of that, BHS will now have a flurry of make-up events, beginning today at home versus Warren County.


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Bunn rallies for links crown
Bunn rallies for links crown

CREEDMOOR -- Trailing heading into the final day of the season, the Bunn Wildcats rallied to win their second Northern Carolina Conference Golf Championship in the past three years.
Bunn entered Monday’s NCC 18-hole finale at South Granville Country Club needing a solid effort to take home the first-place trophy.


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Big Deal For Jho
RARE ACHIEVEMENT. Not many Bunn High School tennis players move on to compete on the next level, but Jho Salmeron will as she has signed with Hollins University.
Big Deal For Jho

BUNN -- A simple twist of fate brought Jho Salmeron to Franklin County before her freshman year of high school.
That was the first of a few steps that helped cement Salmeron’s future -- one that now includes the opportunity to play tennis on the collegiate level.
Salmeron, a senior standout and No. 1 Singles competitor for the BHS tennis team, signed a letter-of


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Rams Nab Track Title

FRANKLINTON -- Last year, Franklinton’s boys won the regular season but couldn’t finish off the sweep at the Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Championships.
This season would provide a different storyline for FHS, which took the regular season and then claimed the top spot at last Wednesday’s NCC event on the Franklinton campus.


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Keys club Mudcats
Keys club Mudcats

FREDERICK, MD. -- First baseman Jerrud Sabourin logged four hits in his 2014 debut with the Carolina Mudcats, but the Frederick Keys pulled away for a 10-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium.
Sabourin doubled in his first at-bat and followed with three singles.


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ECU defeats Tar Heels again

CHAPEL HILL -- Reid Love tossed his second complete game shutout of the season Tuesday night leading East Carolina University to a 1-0 win and series baseball sweep of North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium.
The win marks the first time since 1994 that the Pirates (28-18) have claimed a series sweep of the Tar Heels (27-19).


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MANY HAPPY RETURNS
MANY HAPPY RETURNS

Louisburg High School’s Quint Hester prepares for a forehand return during his team’s home tennis match last Wednesday versus Franklin Academy.


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OUT AT HOME
OUT AT HOME

Louisburg College’s Megon Smith (right) is tagged out at home last Saturday morning against Pitt CC.


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PARKER’S PLAN
PARKER’S PLAN

Bunn’s Parker Brantley slides home safely for a run during her team’s road triumph last Wednesday afternoon against the Louisburg Lady Warriors.


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SHE’S SAFE
SHE’S SAFE

Louisburg College’s Megan Johnson slides safely into second base during her team’s contest against rival Pitt Community College as part of the annual Region X Softball Tournament.


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TARGET PRACTICE
TARGET PRACTICE

Louisburg High School leadoff whiz Jessie Whitley rips a single during the Lady Warriors’ home softball matchup last Wednesday afternoon against backyard rival Bunn.


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TIP DRILL
TIP DRILL

Louisburg College’s Kim Mobley fouls off a pitch last Friday against USC-Salkehatchie at the Region X Tourney.


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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

THE FUN-VEE
THE FUN-VEE

Joseph Mason, left, and Mason Heard have a good seat inside a National Guard truck at the annual Youngsville Firemen’s Day last month.


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Two square off for GOP seat on county commission: Challenger Roger Lytle
Two square off for GOP seat on county commission: Challenger Roger Lytle

Full name: Roger Lytle
Age: 50
Occupation: Program/Project Manager
Marital status: Married
Children: None


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Two square off for GOP seat on county commission: Incumbent David Bunn
Two square off for GOP seat on county commission: Incumbent David Bunn

Full name: David Thomas Bunn
Age: 37
Occupation: Independent Self-employed businessman
Marital status: Married
Children: One Daughter (Emerson, age 10)


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Novo’s expansion in Cary called good for Franklin

FRANKLINTON — County officials say a local company’s expansion in Wake County is good news for Franklin, too.
Last week, the governor’s office announced that Novozymes would add a new bioagriculture research and development facility in Cary.
Novozymes, headquartered near Franklinton, will invest $30 million in equipment and real estate to increase its manufacturing capacity to support new product lines.


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County man facing sexual assault charges

LOUISBURG — A Franklin County man arrested on sexual pursued to South Carolina on sexual assault charges will have his day in Franklin County court this month.
According to authorities, Jose Jesus Cecena-Martinez kidnapped his girlfriend’s daughter in July 2013 and drove her to Conway, S.C. — about 15 miles north of Myrtle Beach.


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Friends rally to help burned-out family

A community that watched a Youngsville area family lose everything in a house fire last month has joined together to give back.
Shortly after Cheryl and Shelton Keith watched their Pen Oak Lane home burn to the ground the morning of March 23, friends Amy Melton and Diana Parks Potwin sprang forth, setting up a fundraiser with a goal of $25,000.


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Both parties put forth candidates for sheriff: Thomas Hawley
Both parties put forth candidates for sheriff: Thomas Hawley

Full name: Thomas James Hawley
Age: 42
Occupation: Franklin County Sheriff Candidate
Marital status: Married
Children: No Children


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Both parties put forth candidates for sheriff:  Jerry Jones
Both parties put forth candidates for sheriff: Jerry Jones

Full name: Jerry W. Jones
Age: 54
Occupation: Sheriff of Franklin County Marital status: Married to Peggy W. Jones
Children: Two step children, Jamie and Stacey Shearin


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Both parties put forth candidates for sheriff:  William Mitchell
Both parties put forth candidates for sheriff: William Mitchell

Full name: William L. Mitchell II
Age: 43
Occupation: Recently resigned from Franklin County Sheriff’s Department
Marital status: Married, Melanie D. Sledge of Louisburg, NC
Children: Hunter (19), Caroline (7), Camille (18 months)


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Both parties put forth candidates for sheriff:  Roger (Rodney) Shearin III
Both parties put forth candidates for sheriff: Roger (Rodney) Shearin III

Full name: Roger (Rodney) E. Shearin II
Age: 47
Occupation: Self-Employed and Police Officer for Middlesex PD
Marital Status: Married to Christy Shearin for 11 years
Children: Justin Shearin, 10 and Sidney Shearin, 6


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Three are seeking Democratic nod for sheriff: Bruce E. Baker
Three are seeking Democratic nod for sheriff: Bruce E. Baker

Full name: Bruce Edward Baker
Age: 52
Occupation: Law Enforcement
Marital status: Married
Children: Five


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Three are seeking Democratic nod for sheriff: Joe A. Lynch
Three are seeking Democratic nod for sheriff: Joe A. Lynch

Full name: Joe Artis Lynch
Age: 59
Occupation: Fraud Investigator for the state of NC (9 years)
Marital status: Married
Children: 3


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Three are seeking Democratic nod for sheriff: Kent D. Winstead
Three are seeking Democratic nod for sheriff: Kent D. Winstead

Full name: Kent Douglas Winstead
Age: 48
Occupation: Chief of Police - Town of Bunn
Marital status: Married 29 years to Beth Winstead
Children: Wayne (serving Police Officer), Jake (serving US Army), Elizabeth and Emily.


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BUSINESS

Local hospital receives respiratory honor

Novant Health Franklin Medical Center was awarded Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) by the American Association for Respiratory Care as part of a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.
“Our cardiopulmonary department works hard to provide excellent care to patients with respiratory issues,” said Jody Morris, president of Novant Health Franklin Medical Center.


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