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Showing 53 articles from May 7, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Chastain keeps clerk’s post; Waters is DA
Chastain keeps clerk’s post; Waters is DA

LOUISBURG — Election staff will make results official on May 13, but Tuesday night’s election produced two clear winners in the sheriff’s race and gave an incumbent a slight win, unofficially.
Incumbent Sheriff Jerry Jones nabbed the Republican party nomination with 1,964 votes, garnering 54 percent of the vote to beat out challenges from Tom Hawley, 841 votes, William Mitchell, 706 votes, and Rodney Shearin II, 88 votes.


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Schools request additional $1 million

A general state-of-the-schools description was outlined by Franklin County Schools Supt. Lisa Martin Tuesday morning at a joint meeting of the Franklin County commissioners and the county school board.
She began by detailing the last five years of Franklin County school history on her way to asking the county to increase funding for schools by $1.1 million in the upcoming fiscal year.


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Coal ash, water topics of meeting

State Rep. Bobbie Richardson has scheduled a Town Hall meeting on Duke Energy’s coal ash spill.
The May 13 event is slated to begin at 6 p.m. in the Cooperative Extension Service building at 103 S. Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg.


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<i>Marker recalls a time when ‘bluecoats’ marched through</i>
Marker recalls a time when ‘bluecoats’ marched through

Standing in the center of the Louisburg College campus green last Thursday evening, you could almost imagine hearing weary troopers slogging up the street toward a campsite, a march that symbolized the end of the bloody struggle that was ending 149 years ago — to the day!
In May, 1865, troops from General William Sherman’s forces had left Raleigh and were headed to Washington, D.C., on a forced, difficult march in the heat and humidity of early spring days.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Youngsville resident Joey Olivieri


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Middle Class
Editorial Cartoon: Middle Class

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From ‘berry’ good news to architectural travesty
From ‘berry’ good news to architectural travesty

There is berry good news to report this week — and that’s not a typo!
Strawberries have arrived in Franklin County at long last and are the perfect antidote to the long, cold, miserable winter we just endured.
This crop is just getting to market — and first indications are that’s is going to be a very good year.


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If you want better schools, the ball is in your court!

Dr. Lisa Martin, who has just completed four short months at the helm of Franklin County schools proved she is a quick study Tuesday morning when she presented a coherent, to-the-point analysis of the state of Franklin County schools and the challenges they face.
For most of her presentation, which was heard by four county commissioners and six school board members, she used solid data, not emotion, to make her points.


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Last-minute campaigning can be a voter turnoff
Last-minute campaigning can be a voter turnoff

There is always a special sizzle in the air on election day — particularly when local and regional offices (by that, I mean jobs) are on the line.
This past Tuesday was no different.
As I made my rounds to a few voting sites, parking lots were packed, but no so much with voters.
Many of those coveted parking spots were being used by election-day campaigners.


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Four died at Benghazi; how many died in NC?
Four died at Benghazi; how many died in NC?

Like most Americans, I have various roles in life. My favorite is Grandfather.
Here is a question I fear I will hear someday from one of them, “Grandpa, what was the middle class?”
Today’s North Carolina Republicans appear to be on a mission to eradicate the middle class in order to facilitate the flow of wealth to their financiers.
Their priorities simply do not represent the interests of the people they were elected to represent.


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<i>Stage is set; do you care to share it?</i>
Stage is set; do you care to share it?

The closer one stands to a fire, the clearer the flames become. Too close and you are consumed, the perils are many.
The primary election is now behind us, and like fire, it has consumed much. Materially, money has been spent. The few have run their race and won, others have fallen short. All that stood ethically have earned our respect.
The sentiment of this brings to mind President Theodore Roosevelt’s speech offered in Paris on 23 April 1910 at the Sorbonne, “Citizens in a Republic.”


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Don’t ‘remuddle’ courthouse

Dear editor:
Thank you for letting the residents of Louisburg know about the possible plan to replace the correct and original windows on our magnificent historic courthouse with some sort of alternative.


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One-sided sniping unproductive

Dear editor:
I rarely read the columns of either Steve Trubilla or Larry Marciniak, but my wife handed me the paper open to their page, so I read them last week. Marciniac offered a perspective on early voting, nothing that raised my eyebrow.


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Editorial Cartoon: Potholes
Editorial Cartoon: Potholes

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OBITUARIES

WILLIE BELL WILLIAMS

LOUISBURG —Funeral services for Willie Bell Williams, 76, who died Sunday, May 5, 2014, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at St. Stephen’s Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Lady Rams Claim Key Victory
HANNAH HEADS UPFIELD. Franklinton High School soccer standout Hannah Rayman (left) surges into scoring position for the Lady Rams as Bunn’s Jho Salmeron defends during last Friday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference event.
Lady Rams Claim Key Victory

FRANKLINTON -- In order to lock down the No. 4 position in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference, the Franklinton Lady Rams first needed to work their way through a challenging end-of-season soccer schedule.
That surge included a toughie last Friday night against an upset-minded Bunn group at the FHS Football Field.
Franklinton had stopped the Ladycats earlier in the year on the road, but the Lady Rams were never able to completely shake off BHS en route to securing a two-goal victory.


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RUSH TO GREATNESS
SEE YA IN GREENSBORO. After winning the 100 and 200 at the regionals, Bunn’s Ashton Avery (center) will head to Greensboro this Saturday to take part in the Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships.
RUSH TO GREATNESS

SOUTHERN PINES -- Both Franklinton and Bunn entered last Saturday’s action at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships with Final Four aspirations.
Under the format, the Top-Four finishers in each event qualify for the the state meet, which will be held this Saturday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.


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LC stars pick up awards
TORI’S TIME. Tori Geissinger enjoyed a strong freshman season as a member of the Louisburg College softball squad under veteran head coach Don Stopa.
LC stars pick up awards

LOUISBURG -- One of the perks of the Region X Softball Tournament is the annual Awards Ceremony, which sees the league’s top standouts honored for their year-long performances.
This time around, Louisburg College hosted the tourney, along with the ceremony two weeks ago at the LC Multi-Purpose Center.


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Bunn Takes League Crown
A REASON TO CELEBRATE. Bunn’s players are all smiles Monday evening after wrapping up the Northern Carolina Conference baseball crown. (Photo Submitted by Lymarie Jackson)
Bunn Takes League Crown

BUNN -- Two games against Southern Vance were all that stood in the way of the Bunn Wildcats claiming another Northern Carolina Conference baseball championship.
The Runnin’ Raiders have boasted some quality teams in the past, but they didn’t provide much of a road block for Bunn’s inexorable title march during Monday’s doubleheader.


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ONE WIN AWAY
IN THE CLUTCH. Lefty Daniel Batts pitched well Tuesday night for the Louisburg College baseball squad.
ONE WIN AWAY

KINSTON -- Inevitably, the law of averages tends to even out on the baseball diamond -- regardless of the level.
For three monumental games, the Louisburg College Hurricanes came through in the clutch at just about every opportunity -- and that strong work sparked LC’s Cinderella Story run toward the championship round of the Regin X Tournament at Grainger Stadium.


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Wilshire stars for LHS
Wilshire stars for LHS

LEJEUNE -- Louisburg High School junior Vanisha Wilshire had quite a day for herself last Saturday at the Class 1-A East Regional Track and Field Meet at Lejeune High School in Onslow County.
Wilshire will be appearing at the states for the third consecutive year after a standout performance that featured region titles in the discus (99-02), high jump (5-2) and triple jump (35-03.25).


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A Duel For First
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Louisburg High School batter Jessie Whitley (left) tries to make it to first base as Granville Central pitcher Taylor Bailey throws for the out during last Friday’s game.
A Duel For First

LOUISBURG -- All along, it was expected that Louisburg and Granville Central would be the final two teams standing in the race for the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference softball championship.
But due to poor weather, the clubs weren’t able to meet until last Friday’s showdown on the LHS campus.
With first place in the TRAC at stake, the Lady Panthers earned Round One of the two-game duel with an 8-0 decision.


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Bunn makes states
Bunn makes states

FAIRMONT -- For the second consecutive year, the Bunn Wildcats have qualified for the Class 2-A State Golf Championships.
Bunn punched its ticket courtesy of a third-place team performance at Monday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regionals at Fairmont Country Club near the South Carolina border.


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Capps To Canes
Capps To Canes

LOUISBURG -- A relationship that began two years ago will continue for the next pair of seasons at Louisburg College.
Back when she was a prep sophomore, Corinth Holders standout Anna Capps attended an Elite Girls Soccer Camp at Elon University -- and was coached by LC skipper Andy Stokes.
They have remained in touch since then, and Capps signed a letter-of-intent last Thursday to join Stokes’ successful program at Louisburg.


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Bunn Builds For Future
LOOKS GOOD. Members of the Bunn High School varsity baseball team look over the new improvements at the field.
Bunn Builds For Future

BUNN -- It literally took a village to help with the upgrades at the Bunn High School Baseball Field.
BHS head coach Chris Cullom -- and former skipper Leonard Allen -- went about the process of selling legacy bricks that are now on display at the facility.
Over 70 bricks have been sold to boosters and community members.
Students at Bunn got involved as Billy Longson’s carpentry class built the sparkling-new concession stand.


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Mudcats claim series on road
Mudcats claim series on road

LYNCHBURG, VA. -- The Carolina Mudcats snuck across the tying run in the ninth and scored twice in the 10th to claim a 5-3 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Tuesday night at Calvin Falwell Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The Mudcats (15-13) earned their first overtime win and take the series from the Hillcats (12-17).


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GREAT BASEBALL TEAMS
GREAT BASEBALL TEAMS

THE RING’S THE THING. The Franklin County Young Guns Travel Team earned championships rings by finishing in the gold bracket of the AAU Ring Showdown 10-Under Baseball Tournament, which was held recently in Oxford. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches John Canaday, Jamie Wilson and John Garrett; (middle, l to r) Fisher Canaday, Kyle Herrmann, Nick Moran, Parker Southall and Alex Douglas; (front, l to r) Gavin Johnson, Trenton Wilson, Shane Garrett, Landon Mize and Brandon Moran.


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CAPTIVE AUDIENCE
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

Even the person driving by in the truck caught a glimpse of Bunn’s Josh Boone hauling in this foul ball during Monday’s home doubleheader.


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DOUBLE TROUBLE
DOUBLE TROUBLE

Bunn’s Braxton Oliver rips a two-bagger.


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FAB FIVE
FAB FIVE

Franklinton’s Sydney Rednour (left) sends the ball upfield as Bunn’s Jaden Richards defends last Friday night.


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GOT YA THIS TIME
GOT YA THIS TIME

Louisburg High School shortstop Mackenzie Wood (left) makes a play during the Lady Warriors’ home softball matchup last Friday against conference foe Granville Central.


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HEADED TO THE STATE
HEADED TO THE STATE

Following her second-place effort in the Girls High Jump, Franklinton’s Charity Snelling will participate in the Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships this Friday.


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HERE’S YOUR SHOT
HERE’S YOUR SHOT

Franklinton’s Diesha Davis heaves the shot put last Saturday.


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MOVER AND SHAKER
MOVER AND SHAKER

Louisburg College’s Markel Jones (batting) elevates to avoid a pitch during Tuesday night’s action at the Region X Baseball Tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston.


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REGION X ROUNDUP
REGION X ROUNDUP

Louisburg College players who earned All-Region X Softball Team accolades this season were (l to r) Tori Geissinger, Kim Mobley, Jennifer Allison, Megon Smith and Sierra McLaren.


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RIGHT BEHIND YOU
RIGHT BEHIND YOU

Franklinton’s Tykima Alston (right) trails a North Carolina School of Science and Math runner as part of the Girls 3200 Relay last Saturday.


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TWIN TITLES
TWIN TITLES

Bunn’s Tainasha Vines took first place in the Girls Triple Jump and Long Jump at last Saturday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Couple exchanges wedding vows in church ceremony</i>
Couple exchanges wedding vows in church ceremony

Courtney Blaire Peoples and Landon Joseph Vick were married on March 8, 2014 during a 4:30 p.m. ceremony at Woodland Baptist Church in Wake Forest.
The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Jimmy Scott, uncle of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of Eddie Peoples of Franklinton and Janice Peoples of Franklinton.


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<i>‘Aging with Gusto’ class set for June 3</i>
‘Aging with Gusto’ class set for June 3

When you call her phone number, expect to get her voice mail.
She might be in a water aerobics class, helping with a canned food drive, tutoring a child, or meeting with her computer club.
In fact, Mary is more active today then she has ever been, and she is 75 years old. How is she aging with such gusto?
According to Mary, three key factors are diet, exercise and attitude. It’s a habit.


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<i>September wedding planned</i>
September wedding planned

Al and Melinda Parham of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Nicole Parham to Michael Kai Lucas of Garner. The groom-elect is the son of Scott Lucas of Fuquay-Varina and Robin Lucas of Louisburg. The couple have planned a September 2014 wedding.


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PAGEANT WINNERS
PAGEANT WINNERS

These are the happy winners at a pageant held May 3 at Bunn Middle School. In the front row are Tiny Miss Brianna Perry, Young Miss Lexi Holland, Wee Miss Randi Arrington, Baby Miss McKenna Cooper; Junior Miss Peyton Baines and Overall Supreme Miss Morgan Phillips. In the middle row are Sweetheart Aubry O’Quinn and Little Miss True Carmichael. In the back row is Mini Supreme Azura McPherson who is held by her mother, Alisson Ennett.


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<i>Louisburg Female Academy reflected a statewide trend</i>
Louisburg Female Academy reflected a statewide trend

An article in the Aug. 5, 1857, issue of The Weekly Raleigh Register announced the opening of Louisburg Female College.
A correspondent praised the school’s directors for inaugurating an institution of “endless benefit—one whose influence will spread with the progress of time . . . .”


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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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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Local youth wins scholarship</i>
Local youth wins scholarship

The Youngsville Woman’s Club awarded its annual $500 scholarship to David Denton of Louisburg. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carey Denton.
He plans to attend N.C. State University to pursue a degree in horticulture. He is currently taking some classes there, but will be a full-time student in the fall.


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VGCC’s high school to degree program is topic of meetings

Vance-Granville Community College will hold a series of sessions offering information for high school students and their parents on the “Career and College Promise” (CCP) program.
CCP allows eligible students to pursue a college degree, diploma or certificate while still in high school, without having to pay college tuition.


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<i>It’s graduation time!</i>
It’s graduation time!

Above, Justin Magee, right, makes sure his name is pronounced correctly during rehearsals. During the ceremony, 105 graduates received their degrees.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

County okays $300,000 for jail kitchen upgrades

LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners agreed to pay $300,000 to upgrade the jail’s equipment and kitchen.
The agreement comes on top of a decision back in September to spend $3.6 million to put a new roof on the jail and bolster other areas that deteriorated because of water leaks.
County staff said the kitchen equipment was not included in the overall bidded out project because the mechanism to purchase equipment would save the county 20 to 30 percent.


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F-ton eyes selling water to county

FRANKLINTON — Almost two years after a bitter dispute over water ended in superior court, town and county staffs are looking at becoming partners again.
County staff say it’s an opportunity to explore options for a precious commodity.
Town staff and officials say it’s a chance to bolster their bottom line.


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Local men arrested after home invasion
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Local men arrested after home invasion

LOUISBURG — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested three people and are preparing to take another into custody on kidnapping and assault charges related to a home invasion.
Jeremy Wright, 22, Kyle Anthony Clark, 19, and Darius Revel Robinson, 22, all of Louisburg, were charged with first degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second degree kidnapping and felony larceny related to the March 15 incident in the Gold Sand community.


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<i>Vietnam Conflict medal awarded</i>
Vietnam Conflict medal awarded

The Joseph J. Davis Chapter 537 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held a Ceremony of Bestowal of Military Awards on Saturday, April 12, at Maple Springs Baptist Church in Louisburg.
A Vietnam Conflict Medal was awarded to John Rickey Edwards (posthumously), Specialist E 5 United States Army, Third US Army (USARPAC).


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Tree assistance signups begin

USDA North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Bob Etheridge, announced that, effective April 15, 2014, orchardists and nursery tree growers who experienced losses from natural disasters that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011, can sign up for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). TAP was authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 as a permanent disaster program.


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Farm disaster aid signups underway

WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that, effective April 15, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
“We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today,” Vilsack said.


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BUSINESS

OPEN FOR BIZ
OPEN FOR BIZ

Johnny Wayne Mitchell, second from left, opened Johnny’s on Main with the aid of, from left, Mayor Elic Senter and fellow Commissioners John Allers and Art Wright. The business in downtown Franklinton on Main Street features a bar and grill.


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