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Showing 49 articles from May 21, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

County awards nearly $1 million in incentives

LOUISBURG — County commissioners agreed to provide nearly $1 million to help two industries expand.
The money isn’t expected to help Novozymes and Atlantic Corporation create new jobs, immediately, but it would help keep 567 jobs in Franklin County and offer the chance for job creation into the future, county staff said.
Novozymes is adding a new bioagriculture research and development facility in Cary.


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Franklinton warned on finances, tax rate

FRANKLINTON — Commissioners said they will ask for an extension of time to address a “terse” state treasurer’s letter alleging the town has serious financial problems, but the consensus following a two-hour discussion on the matter is that residents should expect to pay.
Sharon Edmunson, director of the fiscal management section within the State Treasurer’s Office, sent the town a letter on April 30, outlining a list of issues that led the state to believe the town has a financial crisis on its hands.


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<i>Hundreds push ‘Relay’ toward goal</i>
CARRYING THE BANNER. Members of the 2014 Relay for Life event carried the banner, leading others around the Bunn High School during the survivor lap.
Hundreds push ‘Relay’ toward goal

BUNN— Hundreds of people turned out last weekend to give cancer the boot.
And after two days of the annual Franklin County Relay for Life, organizers were closer to their goal of kicking cancer to the curb.
“During my closing speech,” said Danette Cheatham, one of four event chairpersons, “I got emotional because I’m passionate about Relay for Life.


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Louisburg retires debt on sewer plant
Louisburg retires debt on sewer plant

Louisburg town officials slipped outside the council chambers for a few minutes Monday evening to do something they’ve been waiting 20 years to accomplish.
With a flick of the trigger, Mayor Karl Pernell lit a butane lighter and touched the blue flame to the document indicating that the town’s sewer plant debt is now paid in full.


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Teenager charged in F-ton murder
Teenager charged in F-ton murder

FRANKLINTON — Police arrested a Henderson man they allege is responsible for the town’s first murder in four years.
Police Chief John Green Jr. said Cammron Da Kim Torrance, 18, isn’t the only person they hope to arrest for the May 13 murder of David Wilkins Jr.
“The investigation is ongoing,” he said. “We’re looking for additional suspects.”


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Loganne Driver and Colton Young


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Memorial Day
Editorial Cartoon: Memorial Day

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What passes for ‘news’ says a lot about us all
What passes for ‘news’ says a lot about us all

Sometimes I question the priorities our society — and the news media which tends to mirror society — have devolved to accept.
Take for example the other night when I collapsed into a comfortable chair and did something I rarely do anymore, watch the 10 p.m. news.
Here’s what jumped out at me: The station sent a veteran reporter out to Wake Forest to do a long story about a Franklin County woman who left her two dogs in a car while she shopped in a big box store.


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It is time to remember that freedom has a price

If you’re reading this, you’ve either picked up this newspaper or called it up online.
You were free to do that — and you are free to either agree, disagree or be indifferent to what is included in its pages.
Some will react negatively, wadding up the paper and derisively tossing it away. Others may click off the page, mumbling.
Hopefully many more of you will find something that makes you think or inspires you to do something positive in our collective community.


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Town Hall is no place for moment of silence
Town Hall is no place for moment of silence

In my line of work, it’s easy to witness the disconnect between a community and those elected to represent them.
I’ve been to numerous meetings where residents have been brave enough to step forward and speak their mind and raise concerns and issues during the public comment portion of a public meeting.
Often times, whether it’s because of rules of order, an attempt to avoid an uncomfortable back-and-forth conversation, or simply to avoid a three-hour meeting, town or county commissioners sit there, listen, or at least pretend they are, and the resident goes on their merry way — having no idea of whether the governing board took their concerns to heart, or not.


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Legislators try to quiet critics with new rules
Legislators try to quiet critics with new rules

Last Thursday was just the second day of the North Carolina General Assembly’s short session, but any hope for redemption and correction was quickly dashed.
Instead of taking action to correct the disastrous first session, which has led to a budget shortfall in the half billion dollar range — something predicted by most Democrats — the Republican controlled body moved in the exact opposite direction.


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<i>Memorial Day: What does it mean?</i>
Memorial Day: What does it mean?

Friction continues to build, there was another incident. A local government official, Ebenezer Richardson, became angry and began firing randomly into a group of citizens.
Twelve-year-old Christopher Snider was shot in the arm and chest. He died before the night was out.
Dateline 22 February 1770, reported by, The Boston- Gazette and County Journal.


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Oil, gas industries punished?

Dear editor:
Too many industries are hampered by excessive regulations, steep taxes, and the other costs of doing business to truly thrive. This becomes especially apparent in a sluggish economy, when the supply of businesses willing to make costly investments decreases.


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Editorial Cartoon: Economic Hunger
Editorial Cartoon: Economic Hunger

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OBITUARIES

ANTHONY “TONY” MOSS

ROCKY MOUNT - Anthony “Tony” Moss, 58, died Friday, May 2, 2014. A celebration of Tony’s life was held Tuesday, May 6, in the Chapel of Johnson Funerals and Cremations in Rocky Mount. Entombment was in the Chapel of Memories in Rocky Mount Memorial Park.


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MATTIE R. MITCHELL

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mattie Richardson Mitchell, 98, who died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Castalia Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Victor Fenner officiating.


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WILLIAM WESLEY WOODALL

LOUISBURG - William Wesley Woodall, 82, died Sunday, May 18, 2014. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 21, at Mitchell Funeral Home in Raleigh, with the Rev. Pat Chisenhall officiating. Burial followed in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.


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SPORTS

WARRIOR PRIDE
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR AT LHS. (L to R) Caleb Allen and Vanisha Wilshire were saluted as the Male and Female Athletes of the Year during Louisburg High School’s Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday evening at the LHS Auditorium.
WARRIOR PRIDE

LOUISBURG- Eight team championships in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference. Four Player of the Year and three Coach of the Year honors in the TRAC.
And a Class 1-A State Track and Field Champion in Vanisha Wilshire, who became the first Warrior to claim a state crown in any sport in 14 years.


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BHS star selected for game
BHS star selected for game

GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been finalized, and there will definitely be a Franklin County flair at this year’s North Carolina East-West All-Star Basketball Game.
The event will be staged July 21 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets will be available at the gate.
Bunn High School’s Deshawn High, the two-time Northern Carolina Conference Boys Player of the Year, will be a member of the East Team.


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LHS Erupts In The Third
ON THE SLIDE. Louisburg High School’s Mackenzie Wood (right) slides safely into second base during the Lady Warriors’ home victory last Wednesday evening over Voyager Academy in the first round of the Class 1-A State Softball Playoffs.
LHS Erupts In The Third

LOUISBURG -- After two innings, Coach Erica Wammock wasn’t necessarily overwhelmed by the Louisburg High School softball team’s performance during last Wednesday’s home meeting with Voyager Academy in the opening round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
LHS had scored just two runs to that point, but that number would quickly change in what would prove to be a historic bottom of the third frame of action.


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FABULOUS FUTURE
FABULOUS FUTURE

BUNN -- Bunn High School didn’t have a senior on its entire softball roster, so it’s safe to say that the Ladycats arrived ahead of schedule in the win-loss column during a successful 2014 campaign.
Bunn’s young club went 19-4 overall with an all-underclassman lineup under veteran head coach Melanie Lovin.
The Ladycats, who garnered a share of the Northern Carolina Conference Championship, reached the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs before their season came to an end Tuesday night.


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Wildcats edged in playoffs
CHRISTIAN’S FINALE. Senior standout Christian Sledge played the final game of his spectacular baseball career at Bunn High School on Tuesday night.
Wildcats edged in playoffs

BUNN -- Unless a team is fortunate enough -- and talented enough -- to win a state championship, there is always a bitter taste that comes with the end of a season.
And while that taste tends to stay around for awhile, the overall success of a campaign is what is eventually remembered most.


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Tradition Builder
Tradition Builder

ROCKY MOUNT -- When he was hired to reorganize the Louisburg College cross country program following a several-year layoff, Jay Koloseus had a special idea of the type of runner he wanted to build around.
And Nash Central’s Natalie Manning fit all of Koloseus’ criteria.
Manning, a senior standout at NC who excelled in both cross country and track and field, inked a letter-of-intent Monday to join the revamped Hurricanes’ program.


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Two More Wins
AND HERE’S THE PITCH. Casey Gupton was exceptional on the mound this season for the Louisburg Warriors, who claimed a share of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference regular season championship.
Two More Wins

LOUISBURG -- During last year’s Louisburg High School Athletic Awards Ceremony, baseball coach Al Bolton encouraged everyone involved with sports at the school to strive to do better during the 2013-14 calendar year.
Bolton included himself and his players on that list, and the Diamond Warriors would live up to their end of the bargain with an outstanding campaign this spring.


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Hammers having effective year
Hammers having effective year

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The East Wake Soccer Association ‘99 Lady Hammers, with a few players from the Youngsville and Wake Forest areas, recently won the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association Spring Classic League U14 Girls First East Division Championship.
The Lady Hammers, who went 8-0-1, will now move up to the NC Youth Soccer Premier League next fall.


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VGCC signs a local standout
VGCC signs a local standout

HENDERSON -- Holden Hedgepeth, a leading member of the Colts boys’ varsity basketball team at Crossroads Christian School in Henderson, is set to become a Vance-Granville Community College Vanguard this fall.
Hedgepeth recently signed a national letter of intent to join the VGCC men’s basketball team.
Hedgepeth was a forward for the Colts and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player during his senior year.


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Mudcats topped on the road
Mudcats topped on the road

WILMINGTON, DEL. -- James Roberts recorded his first three-hit performance of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Carolina Mudcats fell 8-4 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium.
The loss drops the Mudcats (20-21) under .500 for the second time this season.
The Blue Rocks (20-22) won their fourth straight against the Mudcats.


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Vance-Granville’s athletes honored
AWARD WINNER. (L to R) Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball Coach Heather Chance presents an award to player Brianna Gatson at the recent VGCC Athletics Banquet. Gatson prepped at Bunn High School under Coach Henry Jones.
Vance-Granville’s athletes honored

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College celebrated Vanguard student-athletes at its annual Athletics Banquet, held on April 23 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus.
VGCC Director of Student Activities and Athletics Jasmine Hightower served as mistress of ceremonies.
In welcoming remarks, Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of VGCC, congratulated the student-athletes and thanked their family members for their support.


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BHS grid schedule released
BHS grid schedule released

BUNN -- Bunn High School’s 2014 varsity football season will begin with a road game on Aug. 22 at defending Big East Conference champion Wilson Fike.
Bunn’s initial home event will be Sept. 5 versus long-time backyard rival Southern Nash.
The Wildcats’ in-county games will be Sept. 19 at Louisburg and Oct. 31 at home versus Franklinton.


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Bunn takes 12th at golf states

SOUTHERN PINES -- Bunn High School claimed 12th place as a team at the Class 2-A Boys Golf State Championships.
The two-day event was staged last week at Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
Bunn, coached by Matt Keith, finished at 335-338 --673, which was one stroke behind Reidsville.
Newton-Conover was the team champion at 610, while SouthWest Edgecombe’s Cole Jefferys fired a final-round 68 to win the individual crown by three strokes.


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ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS
ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS

(L to R) Jada Richardson-Small and Caleb Allen were the selections as Scholar-Athletes of the Year during Monday night’s Louisburg High School Athletic Awards Ceremony.


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HEADING HOME
HEADING HOME

Louisburg High School’s Mackenzie Wood hurries home while being waved around by Coach Erica Wammock during last Wednesday evening’s home game in the Class 1-A State Softball Playoffs.


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LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SUPERLATIVES FROM AWARDS CEREMONY
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SUPERLATIVES FROM AWARDS CEREMONY

Among the Louisburg High School boys honorees from Monday’s annual awards ceremony were (back, l to r) Ryder Bishop, Grant Phillips, Sterling Hartsfield, Max Kohn, Kenan Epps, Eric Price, Jonathan Alston, John Walker, Lakito Perry, Octavius Scoggins and Eliceo Hernandez; (front, l to r) Alejandro Rivera, Reed Wheless, Sam Chmurovic, Quamon Person, Colton Young, Caleb Allen, Chris Thorne, Marco Calamaco, Octavio Saldana and Trevious Foster.


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LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SUPERLATIVES FROM AWARDS CEREMONY
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SUPERLATIVES FROM AWARDS CEREMONY

Among the Louisburg High School girls honorees from Monday’s annual awards ceremony were (back, l to r) Sandy Williams, Alexis Davis, Rebecca Keith, Marissa Mondin, McKayla Wood, Arianna Fuller-Bell, Sarah Foster, Sydney Parrish, Jessie Whitley, Summer Phillips, Ladahyza Foster, Breasia Williams, Phoenix Spivey and Karen Gregory; (front, l to r) Dorothy Gallagher-Smith, Jada Richardson-Small, Claire Johnson, Shardae Alexander, Peyton Joyner, Catie Strickland, Shelby Cash, Bryana Roundtree and Vanisha Wilshire (who won a state track and field championship in the triple jump).


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SUPERB SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
SUPERB SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

Louisburg High School’s Athletic Booster Club Scholarship recipients were (l to r) Caleb Allen, Karen Gregory and Colton Young.


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THOMAS IS TOPS
THOMAS IS TOPS

Shortstop Thomas Dean was outstanding this season for the Bunn HS baseball squad.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Depression-era farms contrast with today’s</i>
Depression-era farms contrast with today’s

Recent innovations, including the use of GIS technology to guide farm machinery in the fields, are transforming the way farmers do their work.
They contrast starkly with farm life in Franklin County during the Great Depression.
The Soil Survey of Franklin County, published in 1931 by the United States Department of Agriculture, provides considerable insight into the county’s agricultural economy during a time of financial crisis.


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<i>Local couple married in double-ring service</i>
Local couple married in double-ring service

Brittany Nicole Bell and Mackenzie Reeves Hurley were married April 19, 2014, at Jones Chapel at Meredith College. The Rev. Robert Collier performed the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter Johnnie and Catherine Bell of Louisburg. The groom is the son of Daniel and Cathy Hurley of Youngsville.


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LSB High bands to perform on Friday

The Concert and Symphonic Bands at Louisburg High School will present their annual Spring Concert this Friday night, May 23, in the school auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Brian D. Miller and hosted by Master of Ceremonies Craig Eller, the students will perform a variety of band literature in this capstone performance, which completes another year of music-making.


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<i>Wedding bells to ring</i>
Wedding bells to ring

Tony and Rhonda Duke of Henderson announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber Nicole Duke, to William Craig Stanton of Kittrell. The groom-elect is the son of William Stanton of Kittrell and Dianne Benton of Angier. A September 27, 2014 wedding is planned at Fuller Chapel in Henderson.


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<i>Cherry Hill concert is a tribute to Bach</i>
Cherry Hill concert is a tribute to Bach

Six talented musicians will join their talents to provide a special recital at Cherry Hill Plantation in neighboring Warren County.
The event will be a preview recital of music to be presented at the UNCG Focus on Piano Literature that is scheduled for early June.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Student graduates from NCA&T</i>
Student graduates from NCA&T

Shanique Gupton graduated from NCA&T State University on May 10 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She will be going back to school for her master’s degree.
Shanique is a 2010 graduate of Louisburg High School and is the granddaughter of Lizzie and Joe Alston of Louisburg.


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SCHOLARSHIP EARNED
SCHOLARSHIP EARNED

A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Emily McGhee, a senior at Franklinton High School, on Thursday, May 8, by the Franklinton Woman’s Club. Club member Leanna Anderson is shown here presenting the scholarship. Emily is the daughter of Connie and Michelle McGhee. She will be pursuing a nursing degree.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

YEARS IN THE MAKING
YEARS IN THE MAKING

Last Saturday, history enthusiasts gathered at the Confederate Monument at Louisburg College’s campus to recognize the centennial celebration of its dedication. Above, members of the Regimental Army Band played music appropriate to the period as people gathered on the college campus, adjacent to the monument which sits on an island intersection.


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Chambers honor hospital

Novant Health Franklin Medical Center was named one of the 2013 Small Businesses of the Year at the annual Small Business Luncheon hosted by the Franklin County, Granville County, Vance County and Warren County chambers of commerce.
Franklin Medical Center was chosen to receive the award by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.


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Local man charged in shooting

LOUISBURG — Police charged a Louisburg man with a weekend shooting.
Anthony H. Carter, 42, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and felony possession of a firearm by a felon.
Police allege Carter shot Batone Hicks in the leg with a small-caliber gun following an altercation on Hayes Street the afternoon of May 17.


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EMOTIONAL RELEASE
EMOTIONAL RELEASE

Friends and family of David Wilkins Jr., including his sister, Laquenta Ward, left, and brother Sam Wilkins, center, released balloons during a community gathering held in remembrance of David, 30, who was killed on May 13. The gathering was held at Church and Hawkins streets, where police found Wilkins dead. A couple of days later, police made the first arrest in the case. Investigators have said they are looking for additional suspects in the matter.


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Willie F. Bartholomew remembered as a leader

LOUISBURG — A man who set a strong foundation in the White Level community died this past weekend.
Willie Frank Bartholomew was 78.
Bartholomew was a charter member of the White Level and Justice volunteer fire departments, past president of the White Level Lions Club and a man that could be counted on, said County Commissioner John May.


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BUSINESS

SERVICE
SERVICE

Members of the Pete Smith Automotive Group recognized a quarter century of service by James Edwards, center. Pictured above are, from left, Greg Smith, Anna Monaco, Melissa Edwards, Wes Ragland, James Edwards, Tim Edwards, Keith Smith and Stephanie Wrenn. Contributed photo.


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