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Showing 30 articles from May 9, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

RUNOFF: Stone awaits public cue
Standing, from left to right, Election Board members Larry Tetterton and Walter Yarborough look over the recount. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
RUNOFF: Stone awaits public cue
Dr. Raymond Stone spent the past few months courting voters for the Democratic nod and a chance to win the Commission District 7 seat.
He’ll spend the next few days seeking the endorsement of two other candidates and deciding whether he’ll call for a run-off election against Tuesday’s highest vote getter — Shane Mitchell.
Mitchell, with 3,765 votes, did not get the 40 percent needed to prevent a runoff.

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Severe storms could kick up on Mother’s Day
Franklin County emergency management staff will be keeping an eye on the heavens on Sunday, hoping they don’t see hail.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Raleigh predicted severe weather for Thursday, prompting Emergency Management Director Randy Likens to activate the county’s Emergency Operations Center and place it at level three — an intermediate rung on a meter where level one means a threat is upon us.

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Deputy reprimanded after citizen complaint filed against him
A sheriff’s deputy was reprimanded this week after a resident logged a harassment complaint.
Sutton Road resident Dana Dean said in a written complaint that in just more than two weeks’ time, beginning on April 14, Deputy Philip Wheless arrested her husband, John Dean, twice; cited her for a crime she was nowhere near; refused to file a report based on John Dean’s complaint; and more than routinely patrolled her street.

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GETTING READY
GETTING READY
Franklin County Agriculture Extension Agent Martha Mobley, right, and Kerry Carter of Lynch Creek Farm & Antiques went over preparations this week for the 5th annual Franklin County Farm, Foods and Crafts Tour coming up May 17 and 18. Lynch Creek Farm off Rocky Ford Road is the first of seven locations for the tour, which will be highlighted this year by a first-time foods festival at Person Place in Louisburg on Saturday night. The festival will feature local foods prepared by chefs and will host live music.

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Farmers get help in drought recovery
The Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District has a new program to assist Franklin County farmers affected by the 2007 drought.
The North Carolina Agriculture Drought Recovery Program, funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, was established in coordination with state agriculture and policy leaders to assist farmers in their efforts to recover from the drought and help prevent losses of this magnitude in the future.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES “JAY” JONES
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for James “Jay” Jones, 53, who died Monday, May 5, 2008, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, May 10) at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ANNIE S. CLEMONTS
LOUISBURG - Annie Stone Clemonts, daughter of the late Alafair Evans Stone and Joe Stone, and wife of the late Thaddeus (Penn) Clemonts, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

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SUSAN J. WINN
LOUISBURG - Susan Janet Winn died Saturday, May 3, 2008. Services will be conducted at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m.

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BRINDA “BRIN” LYNCH
WARRENTON - Funeral services for Brinda “Brin” Lynch, 48, who died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Shiloh Baptist Church, with the Rev. Will C. Tabron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GERTRUDE HOLDEN
FRANKLINTON - A memorial service for Gertrude Elizabeth “Trudy” Holden, who died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, was conducted Thursday, May 8, in the Cutchins Funeral Home Chapel, with director Joseph B. Cutchins Jr. officiating.

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SUE G. DEAN
ZEBULON - Sue Gainey Dean, 64, died Thursday, May 8, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, May 10) at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Christian Church cemetery, Garner.

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DONALD B. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Donald B. Perry, 73, died Thursday, May 8, 2008. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.

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MICHAEL JAY GOURLEY
FRANKLINTON - Michael Jay Gourley, 47, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Pitt Memorial Hospital.

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SPORTS

Driver Domination
Driver Domination
FRANKLINTON -- Call it pride, competitiveness or bragging rights -- or all of the above -- but much more than just the No. 1 postseason seed out of the Northern Carolina Conference was at stake Tuesday when Bunn tangled with Southern Vance for the third time on the softball field this spring.
The clubs had split their two previous outings, and swept through the NCC otherwise. That meant a one-game showdown was necessary to determine the conference’s top seed for the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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A Playoff First?
A Playoff First?
FRANKLINTON - From Amanda Knapp’s scoring frenzy to an all-time best regular season record, it’s been a historic campaign for the Franklinton High School girls soccer squad.
But one first still needs to be secured -- a trip into the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs for the initial time in school history (boys or girls).

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FHS girls reach the playoffs
FHS girls reach the playoffs
FRANKLINTON -- Just one run.
That’s all the Franklinton Lady Rams needed in the seventh inning Tuesday to potentially earn a spot in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
But without their cleanup slugger Carly Lawrence, that would be easier said than done for the Lady Rams during a showdown against Granville Central at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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Wildcats stop the Red Rams
BUNN -- Joey Batkoski set the tone for Tuesday’s play-in baseball showdown by plastering a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first for the Bunn Wildcats.
Host Bunn, after a late rally from Franklinton, would end the contest with nine unanswered runs to defeat the Red Rams 17-8 in a game for the No. 2 spot from the Northern Carolina Conference in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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One-Run Wonders
One-Run Wonders
BURLINGTON -- Once again, the league’s longest-standing rivals are both in position to claim supremacy at the annual Region X Baseball Tournament.
Louisburg College and Spartanburg Methodist College.
Together again. As usual.
LC and SMC -- and sometimes both -- always seem to be in contention for the league championship.

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Mudcats falter in SL matchup
Mudcats falter in SL matchup
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Juan Gonzalez hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the fifth inning to spur the Jacksonville Suns past the Carolina Mudcats 9-7 at the Baseball Grounds on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Trailing 5-3 entering the inning, the Suns (16-18) scored a run against Mudcats starter Brett Sinkbeil.

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LHS’ Campaign Closes
LHS’ Campaign Closes
LOUISBURG -- Records can be deceiving when discussing the 2008 Louisburg High School girls soccer campaign.
Louisburg’s final mark of 4-13-2 certainly wasn’t impressive, but the Lady Warriors closed with a 3-3-1 spurt, including a key win over Gates County that clinched the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship.

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LIFESTYLES

Joyful sharing of so many talents
Joyful sharing of so many talents
How wonderful it is to share the natural qualities and abilities our Lord gives us.
Can you imagine what this world would be like if people did not share the unusual innate abilities they have in some field or activity?
Some people believe that they do not have any talents to share with society. This is absolutely not true. God created us with different abilities to do a variety of things; that is why he gave diversity to the human race. I believe He created us equal but diverse for a purpose. Diversity is a good thing, especially when we refer to talents.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

EDC supports fast movement on getting new high school built
In a unanimous move, the Franklin County Economic Development Commission voted Thursday morning during a meeting at Lake Royale to ask the county school board to move ahead as quickly as possible with the construction of a new Franklinton High School as well as its other planned construction projects.
That move came after voters strongly approved a $53-million bond issue on Tuesday that will fund the new high school and several other projects around the district.

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Religious confession leads to couple charged in indecent liberties, sexual offenses against child
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Castalia man and woman on charges related to taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Deputy G. Guerrero arrested Christian Martin Johnson, 31, of Gardner Road on May 5, charging him with indecent liberties with a child, second-degree sexual offense and first-degree sexual offense with a child.

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Death penalty forum May 15
In the wake of the recent exonerations of three men who spent a combined seven decades on North Carolina’s death row, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church will host a community forum on the death penalty at 7 p.m. on May 15. The church is at 305 North Church St. in Louisburg.
The forum will feature speakers from People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, a national organization based in Carrboro.

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Police stop nets arrests
A police stop in Franklinton resulted in three arrests on charges of armed robbery and drug dealing.
Franklinton Officer T. Pearce was patrolling near Winston Street at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday when he stopped a 1993 Chevy Caprice.
One of the occupants, Michael Antonio Bagley, 21, of 1577 Sid Mitchell Road, is alleged to have thrown a 9mm semi-automatic handgun from the car during a roadside investigation.

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Wrenn leads in courtroom
Wrenn leads in courtroom
Ella Swanson Wrenn was recently presented the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Conference of Court Administrators.
The honor was announced during the annual Judicial Administration Award at its spring conference. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of judicial administration in North Carolina and/or demonstrated leadership in the advancement of the ideals and principles of professional court management.

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COMMUNICATING SUCCESS
COMMUNICATING SUCCESS
Franklin County Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson presents Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin with an Employee of the Quarter certificate during the board’s April 21 meeting. Shearin oversees a department that has a call volume of at least five calls per hour and that number peaks to as many as 45 calls per hour. In 2007, the office recorded 57,083 emergency calls. Shearin said the work load continues to grow and the department will need more employees and more space in the future. Shearin has been employed with the county since June 1999.

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TOP EMPLOYEES
TOP EMPLOYEES
Chances are if you’ve been to the front office at Franklinton High School in person or by telephone, you’ve spoken with school secretary and treasurer Christine Tharrington. On the other hand, if you’ve ever had a finance question regarding payroll in relation to the Franklin County School system, you may have spoken with Assistant Finance Officer Quinnley Hedgspeth. That given, you probably know how well each does her job — as does the Leadership Team of Franklin County Schools. As a result, both are the latest Employees of the Quarter. They were recognized April 28 at the Board of Education meeting at Louisburg High School. Tharrington, right, has worked at FHS for more than five years, while Hedgspeth is in her eighth year at FCS.

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Foreclosure help available
The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency has announced that Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. is one of 20 North Carolina housing counseling organizations selected to receive foreclosure prevention support.

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Airport hosts free airplane rides
The Franklin County Regional Airport is hosting free airplane rides today, May 10.
The community event will feature free rides for children ages 7-17, static aircraft displays, classic cars and other events.
There will also be a raffle to win a free ride in an antique WWII open cockpit biplane.

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