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Showing 42 articles from March 17, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Perdue announces state budget details
State Rep. Lucy Allen struggled with Gov. Beverly Perdue’s budget proposal Tuesday morning, and it wasn’t because she was hustling to a meeting while juggling seven budget books. The governor’s proposal makes some deep cuts, eliminates more than 1,000 jobs and proposes to raise so-called sin taxes to cover a $3.4 billion budget gap.

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Commissioners move forward to re-bid EMS-911
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to re-bid an emergency communications project, hoping some tweaks in the proposal and the timing results in long-overdue improvements. Piedmont Communications was the sole bidder for the $2.9 million project designed to provide 95 percent coverage 95 percent of the time all across Franklin County.

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$100,000 winner
$100,000 winner
Looking for some lunch, it was fair to say that Deborah Janifer definitely got her fill. On Friday, the Youngsville resident won a $100,000 jackpot that might as well have been a lifeline. Janifer pulls double shifts at Britthaven, working anywhere from 120 to 140 hours every two weeks to provide for a family of three — including one child in college.

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No free-fall; project will go public
No free-fall; project will go public
County commissioners held off on pulling the ripcord on a skydiving venture at the airport, deciding to host a public hearing next week to see if there are residents concerned about the operation. The board’s decision to delay a lease agreement delayed plans to practice skydiving at the airport this weekend and forced Triangle Skydiving Center’s president to seek legal counsel, he said.

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Commission supports public vote on gay marriage ban
Commission supports public vote on gay marriage ban
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution calling for a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. It was not unanimous, though. Commissioner Bob Winters, a Republican, requested that the resolution be added to Monday night’s agenda.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Disconnected
Editorial Cartoon: Disconnected

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Gay marriage — what?
BITTER: With the economy such as it is, with all its challenges presented to every local government in this country, and with a tax increase decision to make with the jail expansion project and financing for the school bond package yet to be decided, isn’t it comforting to know that our commissioners support a referendum on banning gay marriage in North Carolina? Thanks Commissioner Sidney Dunston for being the lone voice on questioning this one.

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Stimulus pot stirring for us?
Stimulus pot stirring for us?
GOOD MORNING: Mother Nature might be rushing the season a bit (spring doesn’t begin officially until Friday), but the return of warmer weather, even for a day or two, is most welcome. The weekend rain, if not welcome, was needed.

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Just exactly what were they thinking? Commissioners to boot
Just exactly what were they thinking? Commissioners to boot
Weapon? Check. Accomplice? Check. Get-away vehicle? Check. Tank full of gas? Not really.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 11-17
Last Week’s Poll Skydiving success? Will the new skydiving operation help Franklin County’s airport finally take-off financially?

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Progress being made with 401
Dear Editor: In times when we are all so deeply impacted by the economic downturn and budget reductions, unemployment, and local safety issues, I want to share some positive experiences I have had the past couple of weeks as a result of my service on the 401 Citizen Action Committee. First, I must say this is among the finest group of people with whom I have worked, and we have great leadership.

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Caring for children
Dear Editor: I’m writing today seeking help from North Carolina grandparents of autistic children and anyone who truly cares about children.

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Public health: smoke-free workplace
Dear Editor: For too long, non-smoking North Carolinians have been getting sick, or have lost their lives, from other people’s cigarette smoke.

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OBITUARIES

DANNY M. GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Danny Morris Gupton, 45, who died Friday, March 13, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Jordan Wilkins officiating.

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ANGELA L. ALLEN
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Angela Lavone Allen, 47, who died Saturday, March 14, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sam E. Blaylock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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J. H. “PETE” BURNETTE
LOUISBURG - James Henry “Pete” Burnette, 84, died Saturday evening, March 14, 2009, at his home. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 17, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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MARY H. PERKINS
FRANKLINTON - Mary Helen “Bunch” Perkins, 73, died Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Temple University Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 14, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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JAMES S. JOYNER
FRANKLINTON - James Sidney Joyner, 85, died Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 18) at Fairview Cemetery.

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TERESA D. PIERCE
LOUISBURG - Teresa Darlene Pierce, 43, died Saturday, March 14, 2009. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 18) at the Nipper family cemetery, Nipper Lane, Louisburg.

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LELAND BASS JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Leland Bass Jr., 75, died Friday, March 13, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were Monday, March 16, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial followed in the Denton family cemetery.

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JOSHUA “JOSH” WINSTON
RALEIGH - Joshua Aubrey “Josh” Winston, 29, died Thursday, March 12, 2009. Funeral services were Sunday, March 15, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wake Forest.

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JAMES J. HIRSH
LOUISBURG - James J. Hirsh died Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Graveside services were conducted Sunday, March 15, at Maple Springs Baptist Church cemetery, Louisburg.

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MARY J. WILLIAMS
YOUNGSVILLE - Mary J. Williams of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Youngsville, died Monday, March 16, 2009. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest.

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LEON ELMO LAYTON
RALEIGH - Leon E. Layton, 85, died Monday, March 16, 2009 at his home. A service to celebrate his life will be conducted at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19.

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URBAN LYNN PEARCE
December 26, 1926 – March 14, 2009
LOUISBURG – Urban Lynn Pearce, 82, of Louisburg, died Saturday morning surrounded by his loving family.

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SPORTS

Hakeem: One More Time
Hakeem: One More Time
LOUISBURG - Hakeem Strickland hopes his highlight-reel prep football career has a few more show-stoppers remaining. If so, it will be on one of the state’s grandest stages of all, as Strickland, a Louisburg High School senior, has been chosen to take part in the 2009 North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game.

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Rodgers Selected To E-W Squad
Rodgers Selected To E-W Squad
BUNN -- Justin Rodgers made a name for himself as a bruising fullback during his effective football career at Bunn High School. But statewide gridiron fans will see another side of Rodgers when he participates in the annual East-West All-Star Football Game.

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Weather hampers the Canes
Weather hampers the Canes
John Thomas and his Louisburg College Hurricanes haven’t played many games lately. Unless you count the waiting ones. And there have been plenty of those. After dropping a four-game road baseball series at Region X rival Spartanburg Methodist College two weekends ago, the Hurricanes, foiled by the weather, have taken part in just one outing since then.

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Tournament finals washed away
FRANKLINTON -- The rain, rain wouldn’t go away, so the outcome of the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic will have to wait until another day. Maybe.

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Pirates claw back to defeat UCLA Bruins
Pirates claw back to defeat UCLA Bruins
GREENVILLE -- No. 20 East Carolina bounced back in game three of the weekend series against UCLA to record a 7-5 victory last Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Pirates improve to 11-4 on the baseball diamond, while the UCLA Bruins fall to 5-11.

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EAST’S ROSTER FOR E-W FOOTBALL GAME
GREENSBORO -- Here is the East roster for the upcoming North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game, which will be played July 22 at historic Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Greensboro Grimsley High School:

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Driver nabs award for Battlin’ Bishops
Driver nabs award for Battlin’ Bishops
FAYETTEVILLE -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College Department of Athletics has announced that a trio of Battling Bishops have earned USA South Athlete of the Week accolades in their respective sports.

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Red Rams to open at SN
Red Rams to open at SN
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Red Rams will kick off their 2009 high school football schedule with a road contest at Southern Nash on Aug. 21. FHS’ complete ledger is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):

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STATE BASKETBALL FINALS RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Saturday’s championship results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Boys and Girls State Tournaments, which were played in Raleigh and Chapel Hill:

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LIFESTYLES

Arntsen will judge women’s art show
Lauri Arntsen of Wake Forest has been selected as the judge for the art show, “Celebrating Women’s History Month/Women in Art.“ The public is invited to the opening reception, Friday, March 20, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Art du Jour, 209 East Nash St., Louisburg.

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Celebrate National Ag Day
Sheila F. Allen, acting executive director of USDA’s Franklin County office of Farm Service Agency, invites everyone to celebrate National Agriculture Day on March 20 and support the row crop farmers, fruit and vegetable producers, food scientists, livestock ranchers, equipment manufacturers and others who will take our country’s agriculture industry into the future.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONOR ROLLS
The following is a continuation of honor rolls from Franklin County Schools. They are being published in consecutive editions as space allows.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

It’s springtime at Cherry Hill
The first of three spring concerts at Cherry Hill Plantation in Warren County will feature soprano Julia Rolwing and pianist Dr. Charles J. Hulin IV. They will perform works from Wagner, Liszt and R. Strauss, Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m.

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Whistlers Convention comes home to Louisburg
The 36th International Whistlers Convention for April 22-26 has added another full day to accommodate an increase in contestants. An additional advanced musical whistling class has also been added. “Registration was filled by Jan. 1, and we needed to begin a waiting list,” announced Allen de Hart, founder of the event and founder of the Franklin County Arts Council, the Convention’s sponsor.

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What’s cookin’?
Sometime in the wee hours Saturday morning, Head Chef Bo May will light the fires at the Epsom fire station to cook his mom’s (Elizabeth May) famous Brunswick Stew.

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Henderson man killed in car wreck
A Henderson man was killed following a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 1. According to a report by Trooper T.W. Allen, Samuel Thomas Green, 56, of Henderson, was traveling north on U.S. 1 near Eric Medlin Road north of Frankinton when he lost control of the 2004 pick-up truck he was driving.

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Local 4-H featured on UNC-TV
Franklin County 4-H was featured on UNC-TV’s “NC NOW” program on Tuesday, March 17. This was the N.C. 4-H Youth Development Program’s third feature to be aired on UNC-TV.

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