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Showing 33 articles from January 27, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

School bond hanging in there
County commissioners and the Board of Education are taking a guarded wait-and-see approach in deciding whether or not to proceed on schedule with financing the $53-million school bond package.
The bulk of the package is for a new Franklinton High School, estimated at a total project cost of $41 million, at $167 a square foot, for the 210,000-square-foot building. Architect fees are at 5.2 percent for construction, 6.5 percent for renovations.

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JUDGE: Teen can call Collier
A Superior Court judge granted a motion allowing the victim of an alleged teacher/student sex offense to have limited contact with her offender.
The motion was brought before Judge Michael Morgan on Friday by the 17-year-old girl’s parents. The suspect, James Collier, a former Louisburg high school coach, was not present at the hearing.

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NOT TOO COLD
NOT TOO COLD
With more seasonal temperatures taking hold this week after a freezing, snowy last week, Demari Crudup, 3, took a playtime break outside at St. Paul’s Child Care Center on Tuesday.

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Former teacher/student relationship led to kidnapping, shooting
Former teacher/student relationship led to kidnapping, shooting
The Wake County school system has suspended a teacher and Franklinton resident while it investigates claims that she shot a N.C. Wesleyan student during a kidnapping attempt.
The teacher, Dawn Perry, also had a run-in with a student at Franklinton High School more than two years ago.

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Rec fees: no meeting of the minds, yet
A decision by Louisburg officials last week has sparked discussion among parents, but it has yet to cultivate a meeting between town and county officials.
At the Louisburg Town Council’s Jan. 20 meeting, officials voted to raise the out-of-town rate for its baseball/softball program from $40 to $150.

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County Employee of the Year
County Employee of the Year
Franklin County Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin, above, received the county’s Employee of the Year Award for 2008. Shearin, who has been with the county since 1999, received employee of the quarter in the spring of 2008 year. She 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. She received a plaque and a financial reward.

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OBITUARIES

HARVEY HARRIS JR.
KITTRELL - Harvey Harris, Jr., 88, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009. Funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at Concord Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LOUISE EVANS TATE
WARRENTON - Louise Evans Tate, 64, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. Funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Tayborn officiating. Burial will follow in the Richardson family cemetery.

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MARY R. PENDLETON
FRANKLINTON - Mary Helen Ross Pendleton, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 28) at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 1245 Mount Olivet Church Rd., Franklinton, with the Rev. Carl E. Hunter officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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VIVIAN B. BURNETTE
LOUISBURG - Vivian Beal Burnette, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Louisburg Nursing Center. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 28) at Maple Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jay Tilley officiating.

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CLARA D. SKILLMAN
LOUISBURG - Clara Elizabeth Davis Skillman, 85, formerly of Cranbury, N.J., died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at Wake Medical Center. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, from Brainerd Cemetery, Cranbury, N.J.

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VIOLA H. KIDD
LOUISBURG - Viola Heath Kidd, 86, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A private memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the home, 254 Beasley Road, Louisburg.

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SIDNEY S. JONES
FRANKLINTON - Sidney Scott Jones, 33, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at Duke University Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 28) at Forestville Baptist Church, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton.

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AUDREY P. MITCHELL
YOUNGSVILLE - Audrey Pippin Mitchell, 87, died Monday morning, Jan. 26, 2009 at her home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, (Wednesday, Jan. 28) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Shannon Scott officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell family cemetery.

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FLORA MAE HORTON
WAKE FOREST - Flora Mae Horton, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009.

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OTHA PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Otha Perry, 77, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Feggins and Feggins Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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WOODROW WILSON HARRIS
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - Woodrow Wilson Harris, 87, of St. Augustine, FL, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2009.  He was born in Oxford, NC and resided in St. Augustine for the past 10 years. Mr. Harris served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired from the U.S. Government where he oversaw quality control for the production of aircraft in Norfolk, VA.  He and his wife  then returned home to Franklin County,  North Carolina, where he pursued his passion for farming.

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SPORTS

A SEASON SPLIT
A SEASON SPLIT
BUNN -- Bunn’s depleted lineup wasn’t the only difference when Louisburg traveled to the Bunn Dome to renew the clubs’ Franklin County boys basketball rivalry last Saturday.
The Warriors ran their half-court offense much better than their previous meeting earlier this month against Bunn -- which resulted in a going-away victory for the visiting Wildcats.

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Ladycats Sweep LHS
Ladycats Sweep LHS
BUNN -- Host Bunn’s stifling defense helped the Ladycats make it a clean sweep over the Louisburg Lady Warriors this season in girls basketball action.
In the latest installment of the Franklin County rivalry, Bunn picked up its second decision over the campaign over Louisburg in action lat Saturday in front of a huge crowd at the Bunn Dome.

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Red Rams outscore R. Rapids
FRANKLINTON -- Host Franklinton and Roanoke Rapids went on the offensive during a key Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown Monday at the FHS Gymnasium.
The result was a high-scoring game that featured a combined 163 points between the clubs.
FHS soared to a 12-point halftime lead and held off a late Roanoke Rapids threat to defeat the Jackets by an 87-79 score.

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J.J. ready for Super matchup
J.J. ready for Super matchup
Just across the border in Nash County, J.J. Arrington was a lightly recruited running back from Northern Nash High School earlier this decade.
Most people outside of the Nash area had never even heard of the diminutive-but-quick running back.
In fact, Arrington wasn’t even the most recruited member of his family. His older sister, Janette, was a star at Northern Nash, helping the Lady Knights win the 1998 Class 4-A State Girls Basketball Championship.

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LC Dunks Rockingham
LC Dunks Rockingham
LOUISBURG -- In Head Coach John Meeks’ estimation, the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad might be peaking.
And just at the right time.
As LC heads into the meat of its Region X Division II schedule, the Hurricanes are surging, as evidenced by last Saturday’s solid performance against Rockingham Community College at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.

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Wilkes defeats LC in blooming rivalry
Wilkes defeats LC in blooming rivalry
LOUISBURG -- There’s a budding rivalry in the Region X Division II women’s basketball standings -- one that could make for plenty of intensity come the league’s annual tournament next month.
For years, LC’s successful program has been without parallel in region action, but that changed a bit last year, when Wilkes Community College upset the Lady Hurricanes in the postseason tourney.

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FHS soccer clubs nab national academic honor
FHS soccer clubs nab national academic honor
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School recently was presented with a pair of prestigious awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
FHS was one of only 59 schools nationwide to be saluted with high school team academic awards from both the boys and girls squads for the 2007-08 school year.

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A Dual To The Finish
A Dual To The Finish
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High’s hopes of earning yet another tourney crown were derailed last Saturday by the Roxboro Person Rockets.
Person spoiled the part at the annual Louisburg Duals, defeating the host Warriors by a 48-27 margin in the championship match at the LHS Gymnasium.

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LIFESTYLES

Girl Scout cookie sale begins
Girl Scout cookie sale begins
The Franklin County Girl Scouts had the annual “Cookie Rally” at Louisburg United Methodist Church earlier this month, at right, to kick off the cookie sale, now under way. Sales will continue through March 15. Price per box is $3.50. Proceeds generated from the sale stay within the girls’ local area. In 2008, Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines troops earned more than $1.2 million in proceeds. That’s nearly an average of $1,000 per troop. For information on how to purchase Girl Scout cookies in the area, visit, www.nccoastalpines.org.

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Top ten tax time tips
1. Gather your records…now! It’s never too early to start getting together any documents or forms you’ll need when filing your taxes: receipts, canceled checks, and other documents that support an item of income or a deduction you’re taking on your return. Also, be on the lookout for W-2s and 1099s, coming soon from your employer.
2. Find your forms. Whether you file a 1040 or 1040-EZ, you can download all IRS forms and publications on our Web site, IRS.gov.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

School volunteer policies fall under scrutiny after public complaint
The Board of Education is investigating a complaint lodged Monday night by a resident who questioned how the school system monitors volunteers.
Marbeth Holmes of Louisburg also called for the board’s attorney, Boyd Sturges, to be fired.
She claimed Sturges withheld reporting to the board about one of his criminal case client’s involvement as a volunteer at Louisburg High School.

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Franklinton High FFA gets ag grant
AgCarolina Financial awarded $21,000 in grants to 10 organizations through their corporate-giving program, the Fund for Rural North Carolina.
The grants will help the recipients carry out programs that specifically benefit farmers and rural residents in eastern North Carolina where the Association conducts business.

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ESSAY JUDGES
ESSAY JUDGES
The North Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution awarded certificates of appreciation to the George S. and Stella M. Knight American History Essay judges. The North Carolina winner they select will compete at the national level in July. The winner of the North Carolina competition will receive a medal and certificate as well as a $500 scholarship at the annual state convention in Burlington April 3-4. From left are: Dr. Cleveland Hawkins, Dr. Rhoderick Williams, Betsy Hudgins and NCSSAR Knight Essay Chairman Ken Wilson. The group is trying to stir up interest in membership and participation in Franklin County to get more young people interested in American history. Youth groups and schools are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Wilson at (252) 537-5406.

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United Country Real Estate world-class franchise
Entrepreneur Magazine recently unveiled the 30th Annual Franchise 500®, the world’s most comprehensive franchise ranking system designed to assist entrepreneurs in selecting the best franchise opportunities.
United Country Real Estate has earned a Top 100 ranking among the 2009 Franchise 500 report, which is featured in the January 2009 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine.

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS
STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS
VGCC Student Government Association officers for 2008-2009 include, from left, Secretary Crystal Partin of Henderson, a practical nursing student; Vice President Patricia Renn of Henderson, a student in the business administration program; President Ed Lyons, a networking technology and information systems security student from Louisburg; and Parliamentarian Rockele Bryant of Henderson, a criminal justice major. Not pictured are Treasurer Russ Creech and Public Information Officer Monica Turner.

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Landowners vs. deer hunters
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners tasked its staff with reviewing laws that would corral outlaw hunters.
During the board’s public comment session on Monday night, five residents expressed exasperation at hunters who have come onto their property, without permission, and released deer hunting dogs that tear up their property and interfere with their still hunting activities.

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