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Showing 46 articles from July 30, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

ElectriCities deal could trim electric rates in Louisburg

LOUISBURG — Town power customers could begin to see smaller bills next summer if a utility purchase goes through.
Earlier this week, Duke Energy’s board of directors agreed to buy generating assets that belong to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.
ElectriCities of North Carolina, of which Louisburg is a member, manages the power agency.


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<i>Hot topic!</i>
Hot topic!

FIELD TRIP! A class from The Kid’s Corner in Louisburg visited the Louisburg Fire Department this week for a field trip. They got an up close and personal look at fire trucks and other equipment that firefighters use to extinguish blazes and respond to other emergencies, including car crashes. Above, Tyheim Eaton, center, asks Louisburg Firefighter Ramey Seal about a piece of equipment tucked away into the side of a firetruck.


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Horse tour set for Friday

LOUISBURG — Equine enthusiasts will get another chance to get up close and personal with horses and farms this Friday.
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension will host its 19th Annual Franklin County Horse Farm Tour.
Registration will run from 7:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. at the Cooperative Extension office at 103 S. Bickett Boulevard.
After that, the tour will take off for the first of three stops.


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<i>Bringing real life to the classroom</i>
Bringing real life to the classroom

FRANKLINTON — For Chris England, class has been in session this summer.
His experience as a Kenan Fellow, interning in a Novozymes lab, is expected to drive his teaching curriculum in the fall and beyond at Louisburg High School.
England is nearing the end of a month-long stint at the enzyme producing company, working with scientists develop cutting-edge, hands-on lessons to help students understand the scientific process.


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<i>Crash of ‘08 alters local man’s career path</i>
Crash of ‘08 alters local man’s career path

After spending more than six years building a career in commercial real estate, Franklin County native Pier Williamson made an abrupt change in his life a few years ago.
And when asked about that, his explanation is simple: “2008.”
The abrupt crash of the financial markets that sent ripples around the world caused him to pull up short and evaluate his options.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Richard Jackson


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Putin TV
Editorial Cartoon: Putin TV

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Forget incentives, now we’re getting a ‘closing fund’
Forget incentives, now we’re getting a ‘closing fund’

Someone might suggest to the North Carolina state senate that a rose by any other name ...
Well, forget it. They wouldn’t listen.
But they are a fascinating bunch to watch.
Last week, they were suggesting that the state’s incentive fund should be revitalized as a way to channel your tax money to huge businesses who might want to relocate to our state — or, to at least relocate here long enough to reap the benefits of your generosity.


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Tragic death of a baby reveals the inexcusable

Surely one of the saddest, most tragic local stories of 2014 has been playing out in the news media, including this newspaper, over the last several days.
And buried in the details of that situation is a tragedy of a different type, one that could be easily remedied if only our lawmakers would step up and fix the problem.


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Domestic violence is an ugly mark on society
Domestic violence is an ugly mark on society

Back in February, one particular image surrounding NFL and Baltimore Ravens star football player Ray Rice was hard to ignore.
Surveillance footage showed the running back dragging an unconscious woman, identified then as his fiance, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator, callously stepping over her at one point.


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Foreclosure: Fighting for your home
Foreclosure: Fighting for your home

In our last article, the Franklin County Foreclosure Fraud Task Force gave you a brief synopsis of what is going on with foreclosures that makes them questionable.
Now we would like to get down to what you can actually do in your own situation if you are facing foreclosure.
The clerks’ of court throughout North Carolina take direction from the AOC (Administrator of the Courts). The AOC is not an elected body, only an administrative body.


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<i>What does 50 grand a day buy in Raleigh? Not much!</i>
What does 50 grand a day buy in Raleigh? Not much!

I often write my op-ed for the Times’ the weekend before publishing.
Friday morning I checked the N&O for any word on a budget deal. The big news they reported was that the Republicans were actually talking among themselves.
Incredibly this passed for progress!


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Trust the FDA on GMO labels

Dear editor:
I would like to propose that we look at the positive aspects of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and a new bill proposed by US Representatives G.K. Butterfield (NC 1st district) and Mike Pompeo (Kansas, 4th district) which would give authority to the FDA in deciding if any food needed to be GMO-labeled in determining its nutrition and safety factors.


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Editorial Cartoon: Fertilizer
Editorial Cartoon: Fertilizer

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OBITUARIES

DEMETRIUS “BOO MAN” CANNADY

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Demetrius “Boo-Man” Cannady, 27, who died Sunday, July 27, 2014, will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. K. Greg Hall officiating.


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HATTIE E. MCKNIGHT

FRANKLINTON-Hattie Marie Ellis McKnight , 101, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 30, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with Elder Claude Perry officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.


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JIMMIE L. PENDERGRASS

CASTALIA – Jimmie Louis Pendergrass, 69, died Saturday morning, July 26, 2014 at his home. A private memorial service will be held.


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JOE H. WILLIAMS

LOUISBURG ­— Joe H. Williams, 81, died Monday, July 28, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the cemetery on the Hill in Louisburg.


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SPORTS

Moss Verbals To Wilmington
FUTURE SEAHAWK. Franklinton High School senior Anna Moss has verbally committed to join the volleyball program at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Moss and the Lady Rams will begin fall drills this Friday on the FHS campus.
Moss Verbals To Wilmington

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School has developed a well-earned reputation as consistently producing girls athletes who excel in more than one sport.
And on anyone’s list of recent FHS standouts, Anna Moss has to be at or near the top.
How talented is Moss? Consider that she was selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Defensive Player of the Year in Girls Soccer as a keeper this spring.


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THE FITTING FINALE
CHANDLER IS COMING THROUGH. Youngsville’s Chandler Williams (left) slides safely into third base during Monday’s victory over East Duplin at the Dixie Youth Major League State Baseball Tournament in Dunn.
THE FITTING FINALE

DUNN -- As the final piece of Youngsville’s district champion triumvirate, the Major League All-Stars headed into the Dixie Youth State Tournament with plenty of momentum.
And just like their brethren on the Coach-Pitch and Minor League levels, the Majors came up with a strong performance in the annual event at Tyler Park in Dunn.


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BHS girls should be on guard
BHS girls should be on guard

FRANKLINTON -- If Bunn had a flaw during its star-studded 2013-14 girls basketball campaign, it was that the Ladycats didn’t have a true point guard.
Because of that weakness, Precious Walker and Tainasha Vines had to share the ballhandling chores -- and they were the club’s leading scorers.


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FHS athlete at nationals

FRANKLINTON -- At an age when most track and field athletes are interested in devolving toward specialized events, Franklinton High School’s Malik Tarbell is all about expanding his horizons.
Tarbell, a rising senior at FHS, has starred for the Red Rams in sprints, hurdles and jumps since moving to the area from Trinidad and Tobago two years ago.


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Brickhouse Picks ECU
Brickhouse Picks ECU

BUNN -- From the moment he first stepped on to the T-Ball field as a youngster, Spencer Brickhouse was a natural at the plate.
Using that ability, and an intense desire to hone his craft, Brickhouse has developed into one of the best hitters Bunn High School has ever produced.


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Players sign with VGCC
Players sign with VGCC

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team recently picked up a pair of recruits from the Palmetto State. Rayshon Andrews and Tyrell Sabb, recent graduates of Darlington (S.C.) High School and Latta (S.C.) High School, respectively, signed letters-of-intent to join the Vanguards this fall.
Andrews (6’3”) was a forward on the Darlington Falcons team that went 20-6 and made it to South Carolina’s Class 3-A state championship game earlier this year.


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Mudcats take out Red Sox
Mudcats take out Red Sox

SALEM, VA. -- Adam Plutko limited the Salem Red Sox to five base runners across seven innings and the Carolina Mudcats pulled away for a 5-1 win on Tuesday night at LewisGale Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Mudcats (20-18, 49-56). The Red Sox fell to 16-21 in the second half and 49-56 overall.


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Jordan named coach at Hillside

DURHAM -- Former Franklinton High School basketball coach Thurman Jordan has been named the new hoops skipper at Durham Hillside.
Jordan spent six seasons in charge of Franklinton’s program and guided the Red Rams through one of their best stretches in recent history.


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Franklinton volleyball sked released

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School’s 2014 volleyball campaign will begin Aug. 19 with a home match against Northern Vance.
Former head coach Crystal Barnes is returning to guide the Lady Rams this season. Franklinton returns five starters from last year’s playoff squad.


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Louisburg soccer team opens Aug. 19

LOUISBURG -- Coach Chris Cannady and the Louisburg Warriors will kick off their 2014 boys soccer season on Aug. 19 with a home matchup against backyard rival Bunn.
Louisburg, which reached the Class 1-A State Playoffs last fall, will play its home matches at Joyner Park.
The Warriors’ lone contests in Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference action will be against KIPP Pride and Granville Central.


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Pancake breakfast slated
Pancake breakfast slated

BUNN -- The annual Bunn High School Football Team Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Aug. 9 from 7-10 a.m. at the BHS Cafeteria.
Donations will be accepted. A mandatory parent’s meeting will be held at the conclusion of the event.
Bunn will begin its football drills this Friday with a practice from 6-9 p.m. A Midnight Madness celebration will follow, including fireworks.


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Y’ville to host tryouts

YOUNGSVILLE -- The Town of Youngsville will be hosting tryouts for its Fall Travel Baseball Teams on the following dates:


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CLOSE ONE
CLOSE ONE

Youngsville All-Star first baseman Austin Lowery (left) lunges for a throw in an attempt to register an out on a close play at the bag during Monday’s victory over East Duplin at the Dixie Youth Major League State Baseball Tournament at Tyler Park in Dunn.


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NATIONAL EXPOSURE
NATIONAL EXPOSURE

The Franklin County Royal Knights Travel Basketball Team recently took second place in the nation in the High School Division at the NTBA National Tournament. The event was held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Also, the Sixth-Grade claimed 18th place nationally, and the Eighth-Grade squad was 19th. All of the clubs competed in the difficult gold bracket levels of play. The high schoolers are pictured in this photo.


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ROBBIE RISES TO THE OCCASION
ROBBIE RISES TO THE OCCASION

Robbie Burnett (top) attempts a tag for the Youngsville All-Stars as part of Monday’s state tournament matchup with East Duplin at Tyler Park in Dunn.


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LIFESTYLES

4-H: A tradition of innovation spanning a century
An early corn club shows its harvest
4-H: A tradition of innovation spanning a century

Orville Redenbacher, Johnny Cash, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis are just a few of the many who have been involved with 4-H.
With a history spanning over 100 years, 4-H is rich with tradition, but also an amazing ability to adapt.
Through the years, many staples of 4-H have stayed, for example our emblem, the four-leaf clover, and our pledge.


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<i>New arrival announced</i>
New arrival announced

Daniel and Kristal Eastman of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Emry Renee Eastman, born July 19, 2014 at Wake Med in Raleigh. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Sandra R. Freeman of Louisburg and the late Cecil A. Pipkin Jr. Maternal great-grandparents are Earl and Toby Rowland of Raleigh.


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<i>Students urged to ‘dream big’</i>
Students urged to ‘dream big’

Hard work is nothing until we accomplish something, and these students are on the right track. By “these students,” I mean the members of the National Honor Society of Louisburg High School (LHS) who were inducted into this society because of their good character, scholarship, leadership, and service.
This spring, teachers, staff, parents, family, and friends gathered at the LHS Auditorium to attend the National Honor Society induction.


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<i>Teaching kids about bees</i>
Teaching kids about bees

The Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and the Franklin County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee joined forces to bring literature to youngsters.
They purchased and donated The Beeman for each branch of the Franklin County Library, as well as for each of the Franklin County elementary school libraries.


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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 student earns degree</i>
Local student earns degree

RECENT GRAD. Gene’sha S. Williams graduated from Fayetteville State University on May 10, 2014 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Birth to Kindergarten, minoring in Psychology. She is the daughter of Phillip and Tina Holden of Louisburg and the granddaughter of Irene M. Williams and the great granddaughter of Bettie Ruth Holden.


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FHS graduate earns degree

WASHINGTON — Marshall Harris of Louisburg earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Gallaudet University on May 16. Chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is the world’s only liberal arts university in which all programs and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.
Marshall is the son of Dorine Harris and a graduate of Franklinton High School.


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On dean’s list

Michelle Edwards was named to the Dean’s List for the 2014 spring semester at Everest College in Vienna, Va. Her parents are Christina Mcknight and Waverly Holden of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Emma Alford and the great-granddaughter of Bettie Ruth Holden.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville museum target of fund-raiser

YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Woman’s Club is working with a Wake Forest restaurant to raise money for its museum project.
Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of profits from sales on Aug. 3, putting them toward the Youngsville Museum of History.
The goal is to raise $3,000 to put toward electrical upgrades..


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Lawyer named for teen mom

LOUISBURG — A teenager accused of burying her baby was appointed an attorney and given a new court date.
Ashley Reed, 16, is next slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on Aug. 25 to face charges of concealing and failing to report a death.
Investigators responded the evening of June 29 to her Fox Ridge Farms subdivision home to find an 8.5-pound baby girl wrapped in a grocery bag buried in a shallow grave behind the home.


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<i>Manager: County’s future brighter than its past</i>
Manager: County’s future brighter than its past

LOUISBURG — Franklin County looks better through the windshield than the rearview mirror.
That’s the message that County Manager Angela Harris delivered last week during her State of the County Address presented to guests of the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
“As you glance in the rear view mirror, you immediately reflect back over recent years — years of a very challenging economic time in our history,” Harris said, using a moving car as an analogy for the transition period that Franklin County finds itself in, moving from a crushing economic recession to a slow recovery.


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Town leaders lend perspective

LOUISBURG — While Vance-Granville Community College served as the site for a State of the County address, Franklin’s municipalities were not left out.
Mayors from Franklinton, Louisburg and Youngsville were each on hand during the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce event, touting the economic development opportunities in their corners of the county.


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Louisburg man, 27, drowns at Kerr Lake

A Louisburg man died over the weekend during a swimming outing.
According to authorities, Demetrius Cannady was in a swimming area at Kerr Lake on Saturday evening when he went under.
According to reports, Cannady, 27, called out for assistance before going under, but help was not able to arrive in time, apparently.


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