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Showing 46 articles from August 20, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton agrees to sell water, sewer facilities to county

FRANKLINTON — Following a long and apparently heated closed session, and prompting from a rowdy crowd, town commissioners agreed to take Franklin County up on its offer to purchase its utility system.
During the county’s Aug. 4 meeting, commissioners sent Franklinton a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), outlining the terms by which they would buy the town’s water and sewer infrastructure.


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<i>Historic bell plucked from perch</i>
Architect Surapon Sujjanvanich inspects courthouse roof project
Historic bell plucked from perch

LOUISBURG — As work continues to rehabilitate the courthouse roof and renovate the courthouse, one of its older touches had to go.
Or at least be moved.
Last Thursday, a Henderson crane service removed a nearly half-ton, 86-year-old bell from the attic space of the courthouse.


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Another solar farm gets county approval

LOUISBURG — County commissioners welcomed the county’s newest solar farm, but not before making the new venture dress itself up before coming in.
Morgan Farm LLC is proposing to build a 25-acre solar farm on just under 60 acres along N.C. 56, north of the intersection of Charlie Morgan Road — between Walter Collins and Firetower roads.


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<i>Veteran L-burg council member honored</i>
Veteran L-burg council member honored

LOUISBURG — It was a short but bittersweet meeting for the Louisburg Town Council Monday night when the only item of business on the agenda was bidding a fond farewell to veteran council member Mary Green Johnson.
Mayor Karl Pernell presented Johnson a plaque commemorating her nearly 15 years of service on the board.
Johnson, in a surprise move last month, gave notice that she was resigning her elected position at the end of August, saying that she was doing so for personal reasons.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg resident Catie Strickland


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Borders
Editorial Cartoon: Borders

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Old ‘syndrome’ affects children; no cure is in sight!
Old ‘syndrome’ affects children; no cure is in sight!

Remember that old childhood “disease” that afflicted most of us, particularly at this time of the year?
Around my neighborhood, it was called “Lassie Syndrome” and happened most Sunday evenings, although this coming weekend would have been the worst of the epidemic.
In those (olden) days, the TV program Lassie came on Sunday evening and by the time Timmy and Lassie had dealt with that week’s challenge and signed off, it was just about time to finish up the homework and trudge off to bed — head down and depressed!


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County can rebuild credibility by dealing with airport issue

For once, please, let’s get to the bottom of a controversy and settle it once and for all.
Franklin County simply cannot stand another long-simmering controversy that drags out for months and ends, not with finality, but with a kind of questionable tranquility that leaves too much unknown.
As you know, this county has endured multiple scandals and near scandals over the last few years, one so serious that an elected office holder is still in jail and others that have damaged careers and reputations in addition to leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those who must pay the bills for such shoddy activity.


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Decision to sell utility system is clear as mud
Decision to sell utility system is clear as mud

I don’t have a crystal ball.
If I did, I wouldn’t necessarily be writing this column.
Instead, I’d be sitting on a beach somewhere drinking a colorful drink with a straw in it.
The other night, though, I sat inside the Franklinton Town Hall Annex and, essentially, got to witness an incredible turning point for a town.


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<i>Buy land now, learn why later?</i>
Buy land now, learn why later?

Remember this quote from former speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, “We have to pass the bill to know what is in it, and get away from the fog of controversy?” My reply is, this makes sense, but not to me.
It appears to be the same flawed logic used by Franklin County commissioners to purchase the Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.
Apparently it did not make sense to Commissioner Harry Foy either, as he was the only dissenting vote.


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<i>When the circus visits town you have to write about it</i>
When the circus visits town you have to write about it

I had some advice passed down to me a few months back.
Basically it was that when an office holder did something incredibly stupid, (like fall asleep in the speaker’s chair on national TV), you have a moral obligation to write about it.
There is plenty to write about coming out of Raleigh.


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What’s behind the comments?

Dear editor:
Response to your August 14, 2014 news story “Airport manager criticized, supported at meeting”.
The leadoff statement in Carey Johnson’s news article is very misleading. There were a total of five tenant/pilots (all five are either pilots or training to be pilots) that spoke, however there were no others to speak.


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Editorial Cartoon: NCAA
Editorial Cartoon: NCAA

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OBITUARIES

BRYANT C. FAULKNER, SR.

CASTALIA – Bryant Clifton Faulkner Sr., 68, died Thursday morning, Aug. 14, 2014. A graveside service was held Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Pernell family cemetery.


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MALCOLM LEE NEAL JR.

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Malcolm Lee Neal Jr., 68, who died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hosie Starr officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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STELLA P. SMITH

LOUISBURG – Stella Preston Smith, 92, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 19, 2014. A prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery in Fillmore, N. Y.


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VIVIAN A. HORTON

BUNN – Vivian Adcock Horton, 91, died Saturday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2014. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in New Hope Christian Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

DECISION TIME
CONTINUING THE FAMILY TRADITION. Franklinton freshman standout Ricky Person, Jr., seems destined to follow the successful football footsteps of his father, Ricky. The eldest Person prepped at Louisburg High School.
DECISION TIME

WAKE FOREST - Franklinton has the skill position pieces -- it’s just a matter of getting them in the right places on the field.
That’s the assessment from FHS head coach Jeremy Buck as his Red Rams prepare for their regular season football opener this Friday on the road at Goldsboro.
A starting quarterback battle still has Buck unsure how his offensive lineup will be for the opening showdown.


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THE 1ST STEP
CALDWELL’S QUEST. Bunn High School’s Devante Caldwell (with ball) picks up yardage against East Chapel Hill as part of last Friday’s Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree at Granville Central.
THE 1ST STEP

STEM -- Many area experts have pencilled in the Bunn Wildcats as the preseason favorites to win the Northern Carolina Conference football championship.
Certainly, there is plenty of good reason for that as the Wildcats are loaded along the offensive and defensive fronts -- and have a slew of options at the skill positions.


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LHS Preps For Panthers
MALIK’S MAGIC. Quarterback Malik Sidibeh escapes a Ravenscroft defender during last Friday’s Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree in Stem.
LHS Preps For Panthers

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School hasn’t had to look too far to find a comparable offense to prepare for its regular season football opener this Friday at North Johnston. Just like the Warriors, NJ will be running the wing-T this fall under new coach Ashley Ennis.
That gives Louisburg a preparation boost but, of course, the same thing could be said for the Panthers.


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Veteran Presence
CLARK CONCENTRATES. Marissa Clark returns a shot for Louisburg High School. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
Veteran Presence

LOUISBURG -- With four of its top five performers returning, optimism is high this fall within the Louisburg High School girls tennis program -- and with good reason.
Louisburg went undefeated in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference last fall and reached the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs under veteran skipper Johnathan Waugh.


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A Strong Spike Start
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT. Louisburg High School veteran volleyball coach Erica Wammock (right) explains a technique to her team during Monday evening’s season-opening victory on the road against the Southern Vance Runnin’ Raiders in Henderson.
A Strong Spike Start

HENDERSON -- Louisburg’s regular season volleyball opener at Southern Vance was delayed at least 30 minutes Monday due to a tornado warning in the area.
But once the match started, the Lady Warriors stormed out to a quick lead -- and never relented.
Taking on a Final Four squad from last year’s Class 2-A State Playoffs, Louisburg rolled to a convincing three-game sweep.


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County Sports Schedule Week of Aug. 24-30

High School Football
THURSDAY
Bunn at North Johnston 7 p.m.
FRIDAY
Louisburg at Franklinton 7:30 p.m.


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United Way golf tourney targeted
United Way golf tourney targeted

LOUISBURG — This coming Wednesday, folks will get a chance to golf ‘til they drop — if they so choose.
The United Way of Franklin County is hosting its first, Longest Day in Golf fundraiser.
For $50, participants can golf all day, half a day or play as many holes as they would like at The River Golf and Country Club.


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Bolton pitches gem for Missoula Osprey
Bolton pitches gem for Missoula Osprey

MISSOULA, MONTANA -- Louisburg native Tyler Bolton continued his strong first season as a professional by working seven innings on the mound for the Missoula Osprey during a 4-0 victory over Helena in Class A Pioneer League baseball action earlier this month.
Bolton struck out two and allowed just two hits to go with zero walks.


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MARISA BELLAMY SPARKLES AT USC
BACK ON THE TRACK AT BHS. Bunn native Marisa Bellamy worked hard this summer at the Bunn High School track in preparation for her upcoming season at the University of South Carolina.
MARISA BELLAMY SPARKLES AT USC

Bunn native Marisa Bellamy, regarded as one of the top track and field athletes in Franklin County history, is entering her redshirt sophomore season as a member of the team at the University of South Carolina. She is working in mid-range sprints for the Gamecocks, who compete in the Southeastern Conference. Bellamy has been at home working out recently at the Bunn High School Track.


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FHS On The March
FRANKLINTON’S FAB FOUR. (L to R) Patrick Polmacheck, Ryan Fritz, Andy Anderson and Jake Polmacheck practice their trumpet work during Franklinton High School’s annual Band Camp.
FHS On The March

FRANKLINTON -- Football players aren’t the only students working hard to prepare for the start of the high school football campaign.
Franklin County’s bands have been busy in August getting ready for Friday night’s opener -- including the squad at Franklinton High School.


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Merritt a winner for Mudcats
Merritt a winner for Mudcats

ZEBULON -- Ryan Merritt weaved seven masterful innings and the Carolina Mudcats rolled over the Frederick Keys 6-2 on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The Mudcats (26-30, 55-68) snapped an eight-game losing streak at home and picked up their 11th win over the Keys (25-30, 57-65) this summer.


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Canes offer packages

RALEIGH -- Kyle Prairie, Vice President of Ticket Sales for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced the team’s mini-season ticket plans for the 2014-15 season. Mini-season ticket plan-holders can opt for a 26-game plan, or choose between three different 12-game plans.


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Franklinton opens with a spike victory

FRANKLINTON -- Crystal Barnes hasn’t been Franklinton’s volleyball coach for the past decade, but the feeling of winning never gets old.
Barnes, who has returned to FHS for the second time around, saw her team open the 2014 campaign on Tuesday with an impressive home triumph against the Northern Vance Lady Vikings.


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BHS SCRIMMAGE HIGHLIGHTS
BHS SCRIMMAGE HIGHLIGHTS

(Top) Three Bunn defenders team up to make a tackle; (bottom) Bunn’s Bruce Adams reverses his field as part of the Wildcats’ segment with East Chapel Hill at the Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree. The scrimmage was held last Friday night on the campus of Granville Central HS in Stem.


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CONVERGENCE
CONVERGENCE

(L to R) Franklinton’s Yush Smith and Syvion Smith chase down a Broughton back during last Wednesday’s action at the Heritage Football Jamboree in Wake Forest.


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DOWN BUT NOT OUT
DOWN BUT NOT OUT

Even though Bunn High School quarterback Quenten Wright is currently out with an injury, he still wants to be part of the team -- and he was on the sideline last Friday night as the Wildcats took part in the Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree at Granville Central HS in Stem. Wright, who started behind center last season as a freshman, is out with a collarbone injury. He is shown with BHS assistant coach Chris Lewis.


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LET’S MEET IN THE MIDDLE
LET’S MEET IN THE MIDDLE

Louisburg’s Vanisha Wilshire (right) tries to elevate for a point during her team’s road contest on Monday evening against the Southern Vance Runnin’ Raiders in Henderson.


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NOWHERE TO GO
NOWHERE TO GO

(L to R) Louisburg’s Ryder Bishop (50) and Garrett Ingraham team up to make a tackle against Ravenscroft during the Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree, which was staged last Friday night at Granville Central High School. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)


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SERVING UP A STRONG SEASON
SERVING UP A STRONG SEASON

Look for Catie Strickland and the Louisburg Lady Warriors to have another solid girls tennis campaign this fall. Louisburg was the winner of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Championship in 2013 and returns four Top-Six performers from that squad. Louisburg opened Tuesday with a loss to Franklin Academy.


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LIFESTYLES

Upcoming de Hart Concert Series features wide variety

Tickets are on sale for Louisburg College’s 57th Allen de Hart Concert Series, which will feature a wide variety of performances ranging from classic pop and soul hits to comedy and beach music.
This season also marks the 25th anniversary of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC), a venue of choice for world-renowned artists, as well as a host for Franklin County commencements and various community events throughout the year.


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<i>County courthouse cost just $4,058 in 1849</i>
County courthouse cost just $4,058 in 1849

It would cost too much to repair the old courthouse in Louisburg. That was the conclusion of commissioners appointed in December 1848 by the Franklin County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions to determine how best to provide a proper facility for the transaction of the people’s business.
Seven men — Jones Cook, Joseph B. Littlejohn, A.H. Davis, A.C. Perry, Nicholas B. Massenburg, Isaac Winston, and Daniel S. Hill — accepted this responsibility.


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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>Students return to college</i>
Students return to college

INCOMING. Above, Louisburg College freshmen sign the school’s Honor Code during an induction ceremony at the two-year school on Monday afternoon. Parents, staff and administrators welcomed 435 new students — the largest freshman class in over a decade — to the Louisburg campus. Also, the class has the highest average GPA in over a decade, the largest number of merit scholars in over a decade and the first valedictorian among the entering class.


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‘White Coat Ceremony’ includes local woman

Jordan M. Page, daughter of Jack and Karen Page, who live in Youngsville, participated in the traditional “White Coat Ceremony” at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine on Aug. 9.
The annual event signifies acceptance into the competitive four year academic program leading to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Ready for a local roast?</i>
Ready for a local roast?

KITTRELL — Economics and a lot of other factors have caused grist mills to grind to a halt, leaving few of the historical structures to survive.
Buffaloe Milling Company is one of those survivors.
Founded in 1854, it began like many other gristmills in North Carolina did; it was a necessity for local settlers.
People of the community would bring their corn to the mill to be ground into corn meal.


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Y-ville man arrested after U.S. 401 crash

YOUNGSVILLE — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Youngsville man days after he bolted from a hospital to avoid hit-and-run charges associated with a three-vehicle accident.
Dan D. Giles II, 44, was arrested on Aug. 14 and charged with:
• Felony hit and run causing serious injury;
• Reckless driving to endanger;


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GOLFING FOR OTHERS
GOLFING FOR OTHERS

Safe Space Inc. held its 13th Annual Golf Tournament on July 25 at the Green Hill Club. All proceeds from the tournament go to support the services of Safe Space Inc., a domestic violence services organization. This year’s winning team was the Scott May Team; second place team was the Austin Murray Team and the Bob Elliott Team came in third. The players enjoyed lunch donated by Cook Shack Catering.


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<i>Louisburg College alumnus receives Long Leaf award</i>
Louisburg College alumnus receives Long Leaf award

FAYETTEVILLE — An alumnus of Louisburg College was presented with one of the state’s most prestigious honors.
Judge James F. Ammons Jr. received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine during a recent ceremony.
Ammons graduated from Louisburg College in 1975.
He is currently a chief superior court judge for Cumberland County.


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Local man completes basic training

Navy Seaman Recruit John T. Dickerson II, son of John T. Dickerson Sr. and grandson of Rebecca E. Dickerson of Franklinton, and Bambi A. Lloyd of Henderson, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.


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