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Showing 29 articles from December 2, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Swanson re-elected chairman
SIGN-UP SHEET. Above, Commssioners, from left, Shane Mitchell, Sidney Dunston, Don Lancaster and Robert Lee Swanson sign their oaths of office, which were taken during a ceremony prior to the board’s meeting on Monday night.
Swanson re-elected chairman
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners chose established leaders on Monday night to navigate the county through what is expected to be a challenging year.
By unanimous decision, the board chose Robert Lee Swanson and Penny McGhee-Young as chair and vice chair, respectively, for another year.
Commissioner Bob Winters suggested Swanson retain his position as chairman.

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Cannady faces life, $4-million penalty
Rodney “Camp Earl” Cannady is facing federal sentencing in February that could put him in prison for life and bring up to a $4-million fine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said this week.
Sentencing for the Franklinton native is set for Feb. 23.
He pled guilty last week to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of oxycodone, which is a pain killer, according to Robin Zier, public information officer, U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District.

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Skydiving plan OK’d by commissioners
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners directed staff to move forward with plans that would bring a skydiving venture to its airport.
Triangle Skydiving Center (TSC) representatives proposed the business to commissioners at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting, but officials wanted more details regarding liability issues.

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Pearce steers election concerns toward legislators for change
Pearce steers election concerns toward legislators for change
Danny Pearce plans to take his election complaint to the state but not because he was dissatisfied with the county’s resolution.
He is dissatisfied with the avenue by which residents have to voice concerns about election irregularities.
Pearce filed a complaint with the County’s Board of Elections on Nov. 4, alleging that someone was illegally passing out marked sample ballots within the no-campaigning area of Louisburg’s early voting site on Nov. 1.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIE M. NICHOLSON
FRANKLINTON - Willie M. Nicholson, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, Franklinton.

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E. ALLEN STALLINGS SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - E. Allen Stallings Sr., 79, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at home. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial followed at Youngsville Cemetery.

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QUINCY E. ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Quincy E. Alston, 84, who died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, will be conducted at noon Friday, Dec. 5, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Albert Alston officiating.

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SUSIE M. ALSTON
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Susie Moore Alston, 110, who died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, were Sunday, Nov. 30, at Haywood Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JAMES W. HARTSFIELD SR.
LOUISBURG - James Walter Hartsfield Sr. (“Sugarman”), 70, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at William Toney’s Funeral Home in Spring Hope.

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JAMES W. MANGUM SR.
CREEDMOOR - James William Mangum Sr., 80, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 30, at Rock Spring United Church of Christ, Creedmoor, with the Rev. Veola Johnson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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CARRIE LEE ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Carrie Lee Alston, 55, who died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DOUGLAS E. ALLEN
HOLLY RIDGE - Douglas Earl Allen, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 at Universal Health Care in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 1, at Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel by the Rev. Terri Steed. Interment followed in Sea Lawn Memorial Park.

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HOWARD O. WILDER
RALEIGH - Howard Owen Wilder, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 at Rex Hospital after months of declining health. Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 30, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Raleigh. Burial followed at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.

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DORA M. DAVIS-MCDONALD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Dora Martha Davis-McDonald, 83, who died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, will be conducted at noon Saturday, Dec. 6, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LADY ASTOR P. WATSON
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Lady Astor Person Watson, 82, who died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, will be conducted at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Manassas Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ANNIE LEE R. LEONARD
June 19, 1923 – November 30, 2008
CASTALIA – Annie Lee Radford Leonard, 85, of Castalia, died Sunday morning.
Mrs. Leonard was a daughter of the late Robert R. and Lola Duke Radford and was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce P. Leonard; sisters, Edna R. Suitt and Emily “Tom” Cartledge; brothers, Mickey Radford, James Radford and Robert Radford.

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SPORTS

HOOPS WEBB-MASTERS
HOOPS WEBB-MASTERS
FRANKLINTON - Antwan Thorpe’s heroics apparently aren’t limited to the football field.
Thorpe, a star quarterback at Oxford Webb, has shifted his attention to the hardwood after the Warriors were defeated by Rocky Mount in the second round of the Class 3-A State Playoffs a few weeks ago.
It’s been a quick and successful transition for the speedy, talented Thorpe, who proved to be too much for the Franklinton Red Rams during a non-conference hoops showdown Monday at the FHS Gymnasium.

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FHS girls defeated by Webb
FHS girls defeated by Webb
FRANKLINTON -- Lester Wilder received a glimpse of what he hopes his team will be in the future Monday night.
Taking on a veteran, polished Oxford Webb contingent, Wilder’s young Franklinton Lady Rams would prove to be no match, falling by 69-24 margin in a non-conference girls basketball matchup at the FHS Gymnasium.

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Bunn Grid Trio Spotlighted In NCC
Bunn Grid Trio Spotlighted In NCC
BUNN -- David Howle has now won eight league Coach of the Year Awards during his soon-ending 21-year tenure in charge of the Bunn High School football program.
So the fact that Howle closed his career with another COY honor out of the Northern Carolina Conference wasn’t anything special to him.
But the real enjoyment for Howle this time around comes with the fact that he can share the NCC spotlight with a pair of his players, including his own son.

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Johnson will keep fighting
Johnson will keep fighting
Grit. Determination. Resiliency. Passion. A sense of urgency. A never-say-die attitude.
Those are the traits any team owner wants to see on display when his club is on the brink of elimination.
And it’s what Carey Johnson hopes will carry his team to an improbable, miraculous comeback in The Franklin Times NFL Fantasy Football League.

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Local Heisman winners announced
Local Heisman winners announced
CARY -- Six Franklin County athletes were recognized during a Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards Ceremony, which was held Nov. 25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary.
Students were nominated based on athletic and academic achievement, along with community service. Student-athletes also must be in their senior year in order to qualify.

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LIFESTYLES

We want your favorite Christmas photos: send to news@thefranklintimes.com
The holiday season is upon us, and The Franklin Times would like to publish some of your most treasured photos and memories.
We are now accepting contributed photos from your Christmases past.

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Louisburg College presents 3 Redneck Tenors holiday performance
On Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m., Louisburg College will present a one-of-a-kind holiday concert as the third performance of the 2008-2009 Allen de Hart Concert Series. The 3 Redneck Tenors Holiday SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR is holiday music not easily forgotten. The concert is performed by the same cast of the 3 Redneck Tenors – a New Musical Adventure that’s been a big hit around the country. These real-life Broadway and opera stars are ready to rock the holidays with a classic, pop and deep-fried feast of musical delights.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ROYAL
Francemise Kingsberry didn’t have to go very far to find her first job as an assistant principal. Kingsberry began as an intern with FCS at Youngsville Elementary this past July and has now landed the Royal Elementary assistant principal position. The position became available when current Royal Principal Shawnee-Perry Manley was promoted from assistant principal earlier this fall, replacing Rob Bendel.

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HONORS
The Kerr-Vance Academy Headmaster’s List and A/B Honor Roll for the first quarter of this school year have been announced as follows:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

2008 JAMES SPEED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2008 JAMES SPEED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
A special youth achievement award was made in the memory of the late Sen. James D. Speed of Franklin County on Saturday, Oct. 18, during the “Sale of Champions” in the Graham Building at the 2008 N.C. State Fair. This statewide award was won by a Catawba County youth, Heath Brittain, above left, for his outstanding achievements in the beef cattle industry. Selection criteria included strong leadership skills, integrity, good sportsmanship, being goal oriented and promoting today’s agricultural industry.

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Franklinton loitering session Wednesday
FRANKLINTON — Town and school officials hope intermediate actions that addressed after-school loitering make short work of a session tonight.
During a Town Commissioner meeting in October, school officials said residents and business owners have complained that students and other teenagers clog the sidewalks and streets after school, often engaging in less than exemplary activity.

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Innovation in local classrooms rewarded by UW
From left, back row, are: Michelle McGhee (FES), Wendy Walker (BES), Elaine Ihrie (BES), Lacy Coley (Royal), Scott Ring (Long Mill) and Pat Dodson (Long Mill); front row: Tasha Wilder (FES), Mary Sahady (LES), & Maria Collins for Marla Mize (Laurel Mill).
Innovation in local classrooms rewarded by UW
The United Way of Franklin County is celebrating its 12th year of funding projects that enhance classroom instruction to help children and youth succeed.
With this year’s grant awards, the United Way has provided $272,844 to support 224 “above and beyond” projects conducted by teachers in Franklin County.
For the 2008-09 academic year, 19 of 62 grant applications received funding.

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Man sought in beating
A man already awaiting trial on a laundry list of gun and drug possession charges is now a suspect in a brutal beating.
Police were called to Franklin Regional Medical Center on Nov. 22 and found Lola V. Jones, 40, of Halifax Street, suffering from severe wounds to the head and face.
According to investigators, Jones was at a home on Mineral Springs Street during the early morning hours of Nov. 22 and got into an argument with her boyfriend, Kimball A. Hinton, 24.

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