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Showing 30 articles from February 27, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Perdue reaches in for lottery, ADM funds to balance budget
An executive order to buoy the state’s coffers could throw a serious wrench in plans for next year’s school construction, including plans for a new Franklinton High School.
If nothing else, it sent finance staff and administrators scurrying to realize the impact of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s decision.

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DOT: ‘Have patience’
DOT: ‘Have patience’
Transportation staff and planners urged residents to be patient with regard to plans to widen U.S. Highway 401.
State Department of Transportation Division 5 Chief Engineer Wally Bowman delivered that message to the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee during a meeting on Thursday night.

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IP number traces alleged sex crime
The arrest of a Youngsville man on charges of Internet sex solicitation highlights a balancing act performed by Internet providers.
Wake County deputies arrested Mark Steven Shankin, 53, of Youngsville in January following a probe that investigators say revealed Shankin used a computer to solicit sex from a girl he believed to be 13.

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I think that I have never seen .....
A variety of hardwood tree seedlings, white oak, willow oak, red maple, river birch and bald cypress, will be given to county landowners today, Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Farmers Market Shelter in Louisburg from 9 a.m. until all are given out. There will be no charge for the trees.

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Recession not holding back enzyme development
Novozymes has cut development costs and is on track to deliver the enzymes necessary to convert agricultural wastes into commercially viable cellulosic ethanol by 2010.
It doesn’t appear that ethanol companies will be ready for production, though.

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County staff to ask for EMS delay
County staff will ask commissioners to delay an expansive emergency communications upgrade project.
Earlier this month, county staff and officials learned that Piedmont Communications was unable to procure a performance bond — essentially a financial guarantee against its work — to provide the $3 million upgrade.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Mrs. Scratch-Off
Editorial Cartoon: Mrs. Scratch-Off

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A real emergency
If Franklin County commissioners delay acting on a progressive plan to improve emergency communications they can expect a 911 call of their very own.
The county needs well-placed, functional towers, period.
Anything less not only shortchanges residents and compromises their safety but also puts our law officers and rescue workers in jeopardy with each call.

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Perdue starts dipping
Perdue starts dipping
GOOD MORNING: North Carolina’s so-called education lottery is “educational” alright, but it’s the voters of North Carolina — not our young people — who are getting the education.
Now we’re learning that Gov. Beverly Perdue, who wouldn’t dare make such a move without an OK from House and Senate leaders, has reportedly decided to tap the educational lottery and ADM (average daily membership) pot to offset a growing state budget deficit – a move that is expected to cost Franklin County thousands of dollars and could be devastating to our county schools.

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Cartoon interpretations in the eye of the beholder
Cartoon interpretations in the eye of the beholder
Sometimes when speaking to local groups, I’ve told everyone that we at The Franklin Times will make each of them angry.
The punch line is that we’ll try not to make them all angry at the SAME time.
That’s the life of anyone in the newspaper business. It’s the only racket I know of where the better you do your job, the more people you irritate.

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The indecent impatience of waiting for others to fail
The indecent impatience of waiting for others to fail
It’s been well documented as to which college basketball team I pledge my allegiance.  I love the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill -- I think it’s a beautiful campus and I hope to follow in the deepest footsteps of some of my friends and end up there for graduate studies in the future -- but having no official ties to the university, I’m stuck with being one of those guys: the die-hard, unapologetic, shouting-at-the-top-of-my-lungs-during-a-ball- game light blue fan.

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OBITUARIES

DOROTHY F. MURPHY
DURHAM - Dorothy Ann Foster Murphy, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 at her home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 28) at Liberty Christian Church cemetery.

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NORMA B. LASSITER
HENDERSON - Norma Jean Beckham Lassiter, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 in a local nursing home. Graveside services were conducted Friday, Feb. 27, in the New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery at Epsom by the Rev. Clyde Waiden.

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SHEILA D. SHUMAN
YOUNGSVILLE - Sheila Driver Shuman, 49, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, at her home. Funeral was Friday, Feb. 27, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Haley officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JAMES “RUDY” BRIDGES
YOUNGSVILLE - James “Rudy” Bridges, 75, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. Funeral services were Friday morning, Feb. 27, at Neuse Baptist Church, with Pastor Dan Helvey and Pastor Donnie Cash officiating.

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DAVID W. HOUSE
FRANKLINTON - David Wayne House, 37, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009 in Nash County. Funeral services were Friday afternoon, Feb. 27, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with Dr. Tommy Seedorf officiating. Entombment followed at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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SUSIE M. KENT
RALEIGH - Susie Irene Moye Kent, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 28) at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Montlawn Memorial Park.

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BETHEL J. STRATTON
YOUNGSVILLE - Bethel J. Stratton, 81, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. National Cremation Service, Raleigh.

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SPORTS

LHS’ PERFECT 10
LHS’ PERFECT 10
LOUISBURG - Louisburg High School came up with several Franklin County firsts during last weekend’s trip the Class 1/2-A State Wrestling Tournament.
The Warriors made history with the county’s first-ever individual state champion, as Mamour Camara claimed the title in the 135-pound division.

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Weed A Late Bloomer For Warriors
Weed A Late Bloomer For Warriors
LOUISBURG -- Had there not been a dare from a classmate, Andrew Weed may never have developed into a football star at Louisburg High School.
Let alone have the chance to compete in the sport on the collegiate level.
But as a freshman at LHS, Weed was a member of the boys soccer team. He had never tried out for the football squad -- even when he was in middle school.

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Ladycats looking to next year
BUNN -- Just like one of those weight-loss commercials, the Bunn High School girls basketball team experienced a before and after season in 2008-09.
In the ‘before’ portion of their schedule, the slow-starting Ladycats dropped their first seven games and appeared destined to be on the outside looking in come the postseason.

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Weekend sporting thoughts
Weekend sporting thoughts
This weekend promises to be one of the biggest of the season for the Louisburg College Athletic Department.
Maybe.
LC’s men’s and women’s basketball squads will be in action, hoping to snare league championships at the annual Region X Division II Tournament at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth (near Reidsville).

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LC ready for region action
LC ready for region action
LOUISBURG -- There’s an added caveat this spring in the Region X baseball regular season standings -- an automatic berth into district play.
In the past, regular-season action -- though a source of great pride among combatants -- meant nothing more than seeding for the annual Region X Tournament in May.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 1-7
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Louisburg at North Johnston 4 p.m.
TUESDAY
Nash Central at Bunn 4:30 p.m.
Durham Arts at Franklinton 4 p.m.

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LIFESTYLES

Inter-church Council: serving the community
Inter-church Council: serving the community
Some of you might not be aware of the tremendous service the Louisburg Inter-church Council provides to our community.
Sometimes the activities go unnoticed by people who are mainly committed to their own churches and denominations.
This Louisburg association consists of eight congregations that work together in a variety of activities, ministry projects, and, most special of all, inter-denominational worship services for the entire community.

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Rabies vaccines
The Franklin County Health Department is reminding residents that rabies is a very real and continual concern in our county.
On Jan. 9, a raccoon found in the King Drive area of Franklinton tested positive for the rabies virus as confirmed by the N.C. State Laboratory for Public Health. There were no known exposures to animals or humans.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONOR ROLLS FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOLS
The following is a continuation of the recent honor rolls for Franklin County schools. They will appear in consecutive editions of The Franklin Times. For more information, contact Nathan Moreschi, FCS, 496-2600, or Kathy Harrelson, FT, 496-6503.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Springfield Angus Farm has four bulls listed
Springfield Angus Farm, Louisburg, owns four bulls listed in the spring 2009 Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association.
Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 5,175 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angussiresearch.com.

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BHS in mock trial competition
BHS in mock trial competition
The Bunn High School Mock Trial team attended the Wade Edwards Mock Trial Competition Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Pitt County Courthouse in Greenville. There were two teams competing against other regional high schools in successfully arguing both sides of a mock court case. The students had been working on this case since October. Legal advice was given from attorney Jeffery Scott Thompson, who practices law in Louisburg. Each team won one round during the competition. Two of our students received special recognition during the awards ceremony.

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Williams will rememember President Obama’s big day
Williams will rememember President Obama’s big day
When President Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States, most people who witnessed it did so via television.
While television captured the moment and made it memorable for millions of people throughout the United States, it was a little more meaningful for Franklinton High School senior Olivia Williams. Williams saw it live. It’s a live moment that will stay with the standout student for the rest of her life.

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