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Showing 29 articles from March 6, 2009.

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Breaking News! CaptiveAire Catches Fire!
Breaking News! CaptiveAire Catches Fire!
 CAPTIVEAIRE FIRE.  Investigators searched through a Youngsville plant trying to determine what triggered a blaze that sent more than 100 employees scrambling for the exit Friday morning. CaptiveAire workers reported seeing fire and smoke and said they heard  explosions at about 11 a.m. The blaze damaged both the inside and outside of the building, but investigators had yet to determine the fire’s cause. No one was injured in the fire at the plant, where ventilation systems for commercial kitchens are made. The company has about 150 employees. See more in Saturday’s edition of The Franklin Times. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
 

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CaptiveAire fire
CaptiveAire employees gather as firefighters behind them try to extinguish a blaze at the Youngsville plant.
CaptiveAire fire
YOUNGSVILLE — More than 100 CaptiveAire workers escaped injury Friday morning after evacuating a burning building.

Workers reported seeing smoke and fire and hearing eruptions at about 11 a.m.

“I heard what sounded like explosions,” said Laura Murrill, who has worked at the company for more than a year.


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Interim health director takes active role
Interim health director takes active role
A man who has had a permanent place in public health for more than 40 years brought that experience to Franklin County, beginning a stint as the county’s interim health director.

Jim Jones began work on Thursday, replacing Eric Ireland, who will begin work as an assistant health director in New Hanover County next week.

Most recently, Jones had retired as health director in Warren County, but before that, he served as health director in departments in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and  Stanly County near Charlotte.

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Riverplace MOU signed; opposition lingering
County officials have signed an agreement that puts them a step closer to bringing Franklin County another viable water source yet faces continual opposition from the City of Raleigh.

Franklin County began looking at alternative water sources after a 2003 water and sewer study suggested the county’s demand for water would exceed its supply, possibly as early as 2010 — although recent demand has waned.

As a result of water woes, staff explored a number of options, including using the Burlington Mills water intake in Wake County as a potable water source.

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Ready to show just what it takes
Ready to show just what it takes
Faces that will become even more familiar to county residents are instructors, from left, front: Kenny Harp, Justin Hastings, Allen Batchelor, Bryan Gupton, Andy Ayscue and Ralph Almkuist; back, from left: Nathaniel Rinker, Daniel Wester, Wayne Daniels, Kevin White, Billy Brewer and Bennett Manson. (Photo courtesy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

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Sheriff’s Citizen Academy looking for a few good men and women
The time is now to get a first-hand, inside look into the world of law enforcement.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has opened applications for residents to join the county’s first Citizen Academy, which begins March 24.

The eight-session academy is not to train residents to perform police duty but to give them a comprehensive understanding of what officers do and in turn open communications between the department and the community, Crime Prevention Deputy Bennett Manson said.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Gall in the Family
Editorial Cartoon: Gall in the Family
 

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Page 5 Cartoon: Touché
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Page 5 Cartoon: Touché
 

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Bring on the sun
The Barack Obama administration is daily introducing more government control in our lives, adding more and more debt on the back of valueless promise.

Announced Friday, the national unemployment rate hit 8.1 percent.

The stock market continues to dip, and home foreclosures continue to rise.

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Dot’s new plan: red tape road block
Dot’s new plan: red tape road block
GOOD MORNING: Have patience! That’s what DOT officials and area planners say, according to a story by Carey Johnson in last Saturday’s edition of The Franklin Times. Chief District Engineer Wally Bowman said it, and both CAMPO Planner Kenneth Withrow and Kerr-Tar RPO Planner Shelby Powell said it.

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Dial 911: they really do make house calls
Dial 911: they really do make house calls
The business of emergency services in Franklin County is in many hands.

To a large extent it goes beyond budget crunches that have every agency trying to find ways to cut back and manage operations as the population grows here, although there are significant dollar commitments needed immediately for communications shortfalls.

In Franklin County, the heart and soul of fire and rescue service depends on the workers and volunteers, and the demand is only increasing.

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401 patience: virtue not worthy of public asking
401 patience: virtue not worthy of public asking
Several years ago I had a large poster in my office that featured two huge, hungry buzzards sitting in a tall, dead oak tree. One bird was saying to the other, “Patience H*ll, I’m going to kill something!”

I remembered that poster during a recent meeting of our 401 Citizens Action Committee as NCDOT District 5 engineer Wally Bowman urged everyone to have patience  because, he said, eventually U.S. 401 in Franklin County will be four-laned.

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Don’t hit; just leave
Dear Editor:

I am most definitely “old school” when it comes to music.

Hardly knew who Chris Brown or Rihanna are.

Ordinarily, the current matter of domestic violence involving “celebrities” would not even register on my radar. I don’t have a daughter, or any children, for that matter.

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OBITUARIES

VIRGINIA B. MUNFORD
DURHAM - Virginia Burt Munford, 87, died Sunday evening, March 1, 2009 at Rose Manor Healthcare Center. Graveside rites were conducted Friday, March 6, at Woodlawn Memorial Park by the Rev. John Gorsuch.

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AMIE R. AVERY
RALEIGH - Amie R. Avery, 101, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 7) at First Congregational Church, with visitation from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. Interment will be in Carolina Biblical Gardens, Garner.

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JOSEPH E. HARRIS
SPRING HOPE - Funeral services for Joseph E. Harris, 74, who died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Phillip Lynch officiating. Burial will follow in the Tilman Lynch cemetery.

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BARBARA B. EARP
CARY - Barbara Ann Bunn Earp, 71, died Thursday, March 5, 2009. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Saturday, March 7) at Apex Funeral Home, 550 West Williams St. (Hwy. 55), Apex. Funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. following visitation. A graveside service will be at noon Monday, March 9, at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Clayton.

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AGNES C. HYMAN
LOUISBURG - Agnes C. Hyman, 80, died Thursday, March 5, 2009. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Wake Forest.

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DONALD SCOTT HART
SOUTHPORT - Mr. Donald Scott Hart, age 39, of Southport died February 28, 2009 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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LINZY Y. BURNETTE
September 26, 1932 – March 5, 2009
LOUISBURG – Linzy Young Burnette, 76, of Louisburg, passed away Thursday morning.

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SPORTS

Best Of The Best In NCC
Best Of The Best In NCC
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- All along, Franklinton had the inside track toward the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball regular season championship.

Literally.

Thanks to the lofty talents of inside standouts Pierre Hunter and Dustin Newton, the Red Rams were able to surge to a first-place tie with Northwest Halifax in the NCC.

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Bunn Hurricanes Claim Gold Medal
Bunn Hurricanes Claim Gold Medal
BUNN -- For even more evidence about the future potential of the Bunn High School volleyball program, simply check out the results from this year’s version of the Bunn Hurricanes 16-Under Junior Olympic Team.

The squad, which is comprised of several members of BHS’ junior varsity contingent last fall, took first place on Feb. 14 at the Mount Airy Volleyball Tournament in Surry County.

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BHS, FHS standouts are picked
BHS, FHS standouts are picked
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Everywhere you looked, youthfulness was the order of the day in the Northern Carolina Conference’s girls basketball circuit during the 2008-09 season.

Nowhere was that statement more true than in Franklin County, where both Bunn and Franklinton trotted out lineups loaded with underclassmen.

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Finding a top steak in Philly
Finding a top steak in Philly
PHILADELPHIA, PA. -- Had the Hatfields and McCoys lived in Philly, the great feud probably would have started because of an argument about who makes the best cheesesteak in this sprawling city.

You can make fun of a someone’s family, job, favorite sports teams or even his beloved dog. But be careful when saying negative things about his preferred cheesesteak joint.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 8-14
High School Baseball

TUESDAY
Louisburg at Bunn    4:30 p.m.
North Johnston at Franklinton    5 p.m.

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LIFESTYLES

Fulfilling promise at Louisburg College
Fulfilling promise at Louisburg College
Dr. Mark La Branche, new president of Louisburg College, spoke at the Spring Opening Convocation on Jan. 27 to the student body, faculty, staff and members of the community.

Dr. La Branche opened his message with these words from “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” one of Robert Frost’s familiar poems “But I have promises to keep/and miles to go before I sleep.”

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Ned Winn earns photo craftsman degree
Ned Winn, Cr. Photog., CPP of Winn Portrait Studio and Persuasions Photography in Rolesville, has earned the Photographic Craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Kindergarten registration starts April 2
Franklin County Schools kindergarten registration and screening clinic dates are:

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BUSINESS

Louisburg Wal-Mart recognized
In November 2008, Wal-Mart in Louisburg received the Store of the Month award from its distribution center in Sutherland, Va.

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