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Showing 39 articles from June 4, 2014.

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A 1914 scene in 2014!
A 1914 scene in 2014!

A RARE SIGHT THAT WAS ONCE FAMILIAR. Plowing with mules these days is bound to attract attention even from farm people who are more familiar with a tractor than its four-legged counterpart from a nearly gone era. But Hill Gay put on a demonstration of an old-fashioned way of plowing Saturday afternoon as part of the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service’s 100th anniversary celebration.


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Louisburg welcomes a saucy, spicy business
Daniel Williams adds a ‘touch’ of vinegar to a batch
Louisburg welcomes a saucy, spicy business

If the secret to your family’s favorite barbecue sauce is a couple cups of that, two teaspoons of this, a pinch of something and then just enough of that to taste, you might have a commercial hit on your hands — but it may take Jack Pyritz and some of his crew at Bobbees Bottling in Louisburg to pull it all together.
Bobbees Bottling, which originated several years ago as a honey brand, is now occupying the former tobacco warehouse on Golden Leaf Drive (behind Bojangles) in Louisburg.


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County budget cuts reserves; doesn’t hike taxes

LOUISBURG — County commissioners have scheduled a work session and public hearing to get input on a 2015 spending plan that dips into the county’s savings account, but doesn’t raise taxes.
The $73.27 million budget is $605,000 less than the total amount — county, state and federal dollars — the county expects to spend during the current fiscal year, but the county is expected to spend about $200,000 more of its own money in 2014-15.


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Rex appeals CON decision

RALEIGH — Novant Health’s plans to expand its operating capabilities in Youngsville are being challenged.
A state agency that, among other things, regulates the location of health care facilities gave Novant conditional approval to place two operating rooms inside a same-day ambulatory service center the company is planning to build at the intersection of U.S. 1 and N.C. 96.


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Community leader John Vollmer dies

BUNN — A man who carried on a generational tradition of farming, but wasn’t afraid to be an innovator, died this week.
John Vollmer was 71.
Farmer John, as he was known, was raised on the family farm in Bunn in the home still used by the family located in the Back Forty.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn Fun Run participant Shelby Fulcher


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Your Tax $
Editorial Cartoon: Your Tax $

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The give and take (away) of state taxing schemes
The give and take (away) of state taxing schemes

Last week, we focused on how the commissioners are giving away our tax dollars.
This week, let me explain how the state is extracting a bit more money from the vast majority of us, all in the name of the State Tax Simplification and Reduction Act of 2013.
You remember that, right?


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Classrooms to feel impact of ‘tempering with reality’

Well, at least we now know what “tempering with reality” means as far as the proposed budget for Franklin County Schools.
In a nutshell, it means the county is preparing to fund the schools at about $1.8 million LESS than the school board and administration have said it would take to operate next year — and that does not include the nearly $600,00 projected to keep police officers in county elementary schools.


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High school graduations are under way in FC
High school graduations are under way in FC

Time and space did not allow for our coverage of the Early College High School graduation to make this edition, but rest assured, it will be included in a future edition of The Franklin Times.
Last Friday, May 30, family and friends got an opportunity to watch members of the 2014 graduating class make there way across the stage during a ceremony at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center in Henderson.


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Editorial Cartoon: Student Debt
Editorial Cartoon: Student Debt

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A swift kick in the pants teaches a lot
A swift kick in the pants teaches a lot

In the course of things, there will always be questions. Some are more important than others, and given the subject and/or subjectivity, often the answers may vary.
It is reasonable to expect someone to respond when you ask them a question? Well, of course it is, or at least it used to be.
Replying to someone when they speak to you is really nothing more than the practice of common courtesy.


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<i>Politics may be local but sleaze common</i>
Politics may be local but sleaze common

The late Thomas “Tip” O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local.”
Apparently, our local politics is not free of the national sleaze and deception.
A few nights ago, my cell phone rang with a survey obviously paid for by Republican State Sen. Chad Barefoot’s campaign.


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Editorial Cartoon: Degree
Editorial Cartoon: Degree

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OBITUARIES

ELSIE D. HORTON
January 30, 1921 – June 3, 2014

LOUISBURG – Elsie Daniels Horton, 93, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning at her home.


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NORBERT JOHN VOLLMER, JR.
November 9, 1942 – June 3, 2014

BUNN — In loving memory of N. John Vollmer, Jr., 71, of Bunn, who died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by his family.


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STEPHANIE D. HUNT

LOUISBURG - Stephanie D. Hunt, 34, died Sunday, June 1, 2014 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 6, at her home, 210 Neal Road, Louisburg.


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SPORTS

SUSPENSE-LESS
AND THE WINNERS ARE. (L to R) Tainasha Vines and Freeman Jones were honored last Tuesday night as the Athletes of the Year at the annual Bunn High School Awards Ceremony at the BHS Auditorium. Vines is a junior and Jones is a senior.
SUSPENSE-LESS

BUNN -- There wasn’t even a hint of suspense in the air before the Athletes of the Year were announced at last Tuesday’s Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony.
In what was considered more a formality than a nail-biter, Tainasha Vines and Freeman Jones claimed the prestigous awards.


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SOCCER STARS
SCORING ACE. Junior Hannah Rayman was an offensive force this season for the Franklinton Lady Rams, who qualified once again for the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs under veteran coach Isaac Welker.
SOCCER STARS

FRANKLINTON -- After helping Franklinton to another successful soccer campaign last fall, Anna Moss and Hannah Rayman teamed up again this spring -- with similar results.
Rayman spearheaded Franklinton’s girls soccer attack with her lofty talents, while Moss kept plenty of opposing shots out of the net.


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FHS Tabs Buck For AD
FAMILIAR FACE, CHANGING ROLE. Franklinton football coach Jeremy Buck will now also be the Athletic Director at the school succeeding Steve Vick.
FHS Tabs Buck For AD

FRANKLINTON -- Already a busy man, Jeremy Buck’s responsibilities are about to increase at Franklinton High School.
Buck, who has served as FHS’ head football coach the past two seasons, has been selected as the school’s new athletic director.
Buck will succeed Steve Vick, who has stepped down, though he will remain at Franklinton in a teaching capacity.


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ONE OF THE BEST
LEWIS ON THE LINKS. Bunn High School junior veteran Will Lewis is once again the Golf Player of the Year in the Northern Carolina Conference.
ONE OF THE BEST

BUNN -- Though he still has one year remaining in his prolific prep career, it’s an undisputed fact that William Lewis is already one of the best golfers that Bunn High School has ever produced.
But on some days, Lewis isn’t even the best linkster in his own family.
That’s because William’s older brother, Graham, is also on everybody’s short list of BHS all-time greats.


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Baseball Heroics
IT’S TITLE TIME. In his first year as the head coach, Chris Cullom (15) guided the Bunn HS Wildcats to the Northern Carolina Conference baseball championship.
Baseball Heroics

BUNN -- Even with his two previous years of experience as an assistant coach at the school, Bunn’s Chris Cullom wasn’t quite sure what to expect from his 2014 baseball squad.
Granted, Bunn was coming off back-to-back championship campaigns in the Northern Carolina Conference -- and has a solid core of returning players.


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Dixie Youth events announced

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Dates and sites have been finalized for the upcoming Dixie Youth Baseball District and State Tournaments.


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Godwin’s contract not renewed

GREENVILLE -- The contract of Billy Godwin, head baseball coach at East Carolina University since 2005, will not be renewed according to an announcement by director of athletics Jeff Compher on Monday.
Godwin recently completed his ninth season heading the Pirate program following East Carolina’s 3-1 loss to Southern Miss on May 23 during the Conference USA Tournament.


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Mudcats collect road decision
Mudcats collect road decision

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.. -- Erik Gonzalez matched a career high with four RBI on Monday night as the Carolina Mudcats put together a 10-4 demolition of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in Class A Carolina League baseball action at TicketReturn.com Field on the Grand Strand.
The shortstop recorded three extra-base hits to help the Mudcats (24-31) snap a six-game losing streak to the Pelicans (37-18).


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BUNN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC AWARDS
AWARD WINNER. Sophomore Precious Walker was the recipient of the Most Outstanding Offense Award for the Bunn High School girls basketball squad as part of last Tuesday night’s BHS Athletic Awards Ceremony.
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC AWARDS

BUNN -- Here is a list of winners by sport from the Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held last Tuesday night at the BHS Auditorium:


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Golf tourney is scheduled

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Cypress Creek Civitan Club is having a “Golf Scramble” on Saturday, June 14, at the River Golf Course, which is located outside of Bunn.
Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Entry fee includes lunch, green fees and cart.


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SN’s Madison Bell earns Nash award
SN’s Madison Bell earns Nash award

STANHOPE -- Southern Nash’s sports season capped off recently with the recognition of the school’s top student-athletes as part of Senior Awards Day.
Madison Bell, who resides in Franklin County, was the recipient of the Nash County Schools Female Triple Crown Award.
The honor is presented to a student-athlete at each Nash County high school for all-around excellence.


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New football league heading to Franklin

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Southern Franklin Youth Football Association will begin a gridiron program this fall as the Franklin County Chargers.
Players and cheerleaders ages 12-under are welcome to participate.
Signups will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following days at Royal Elementary School:


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STATE BASEBALL, SOFTBALL SKEDS

CHAPEL HILL -- Here are this weekend’s schedules for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Baseball and Softball State Championship Series (all events are best-of-three):


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Bunn High School baseball camp targeted
Bunn High School baseball camp targeted

BUNN -- The Bunn High School Baseball Camp is slated for June 18-20 on the BHS campus.
BHS head coach Chris Cullom, along with his assistants and players, will oversee the event.
The camp is open to rising first through fifth graders and will be held from 9 a.m.-noon each day.
Cost is $50 per youngster, which included lunch and snacks.


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BHS to host grid camp

BUNN -- The Bunn High School Youth Football Camp is scheduled for June 23-26 on the BHS campus.
The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon each day and will be directed by BHS coach David Howle, along with current and former Wildcats’ players.
Prizes and awards will be presented, and there will be a punt, pass and kick competition along with a cookout on the final day.


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AMONG BUNN HIGH SCHOOL’S BOYS ATHLETIC AWARD WINNERS
AMONG BUNN HIGH SCHOOL’S BOYS ATHLETIC AWARD WINNERS

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AMONG BUNN HIGH SCHOOL’S GIRLS ATHLETIC AWARD WINNERS
AMONG BUNN HIGH SCHOOL’S GIRLS ATHLETIC AWARD WINNERS

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Kidnap, rape charges facing two local men
Terrell Crudup
Kidnap, rape charges facing two local men

LOUISBURG — Police and sheriff’s deputies combined to arrest a pair of suspects accused of raping a woman.
Antwone Burgess, 26, of Louisburg, and Terrell L. Crudup, 28, of Franklinton, were both charged with first degree rape and kidnapping.
According to Sheriff’s Capt. E.H. Smith, the two men got in contact with the woman about 5:30 a.m. on June 1.
Smith said the assault did not appear to be random.


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Authorities seek three in restaurant robbery

LOUISBURG — Police are looking for three suspects involved in an early Tuesday morning armed robbery.
According to authorities, employees were set to open the Bojangles restaurant on Golden Leaf Drive at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday when three suspects, one armed with a handgun, rushed the store.
“As one of the employees was putting the key in the door, they popped up and forced her into the door,” said Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter.


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<i>Growing partners: Extension and local farmers</i>
Maury York (at podium) used old photos to highlight his talk
Growing partners: Extension and local farmers

A century of farming in Franklin County — and the ongoing efforts to make it better — took center stage Saturday near Bunn when the county’s Cooperative Extension Service celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Outside the Montclair Complex on N.C. 98, those arriving at the event were treated to a mule-powered plowing demonstration by Hill Gay and two of his four-legged power plants that are as scarce in the county today as they were commonplace a century ago.


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Youngsville man sentenced for murder attempt

LOUISBURG — A Youngsville man was sentenced to about 10 years in jail for his role in trying to kill a friend’s mother.
Shannon Nyamodi pled guilty May 29 to conspiracy to commit first degree murder.
Nyamodi, 20, could have faced 40 years in jail, but several mitigating factors led Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway to agree to a plea and set a sentence — 100 to 132 months — that reflected Nyamodi’s circumstances.


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<i>Safe Space has a new leader at helm</i>
Lin Rudolph
Safe Space has a new leader at helm

LOUISBURG — An organization that provides support for victims of domestic violence is in new hands.
It’s new leader, though, is more concerned about footprints.
“She has been the voice of Safe Space,” said Monica Kearney, referring to Lin Rudolph, who retired as the group’s executive director last week after more than eight years of leadership.


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