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Showing 34 articles from March 20, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Student: noose used as threat
Student: noose used as threat
While administrators probe allegations of harassment, police arrested one Louisburg High student charged with two gun crimes and another student is facing allegations of assault on a female. Earlier this week, Ouija Edwards, the parent of a 17-year-old Louisburg High student, reported that another student was swinging a noose around in class and made comments that upset her daughter during a third-period class on Tuesday.

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Franklinton stands up for American Legion
Franklinton stands up for American Legion
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners agreed to support a local American Legion Post’s July 4 celebration this summer. The board had provided $1,500 each of the first two years of the event, but did not include an allocation in the current budget because they expected a crunch.

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County unemployment hits 10 percent
Franklin County’s unemployment rate has reached 10 percent. Worker opportunities seem to be at an all-time low, Employment Security Commission staff say.

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Harrelson named new executive director of county United Way
The Franklin County United Way hired an executive director this week who has a keen sense of how the organization makes lives better. Kathy Harrelson, managing editor of The Franklin Times, will assume her post as the lead executive officer of the organization on April 1. Her last day as editor of the newspaper will be March 31.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: I've Got A Bad Case of Wanting to Sue
Editorial Cartoon: I've Got A Bad Case of Wanting to Sue

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Time for next step
Time for next step
I met a guy a few weeks ago who stirred my thinking a good bit. Patrick Moore has certainly propelled better minds than mine in his most-amazing life as an internationally-renowned environmentalist/activist. A co-founder of Greenpeace, Moore now speaks out against the organization’s tactics, which he finds misleading and far too radical, if you can image him thinking that. At any rate, his ideals started not to mesh with what Greenpeace was becoming, and eventually he cut off from it.

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It’s not raining cows
It’s not raining cows
GOOD MORNING: What’s all this bull Dr. Phil Goodson is trying to feed us about skydivers landing in and doing damage to his cattle pasture? Come on Dr. Phil, the jumpers are at far greater risk from your cattle than the cattle are from the jumpers. Your cattle are more likely to be disturbed by low-flying aircraft, taking off and landing at the airport than they are the skydivers.

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Final words from Rizzo: it has been lots of fun
Final words from Rizzo: it has been lots of fun
“And no one sings me lullabies and no one makes me close my eyes / And so I throw the windows wide and call to you across the sky” — Pink Floyd, “Echoes” There is no shortage of things that make people unhappy.  Financial issues are reportedly the most trying strains on a family.

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Is there a better way to budget?
North Carolina is facing a budget gap of several billion dollars for this and the next fiscal year. Of course, this situation is mainly due to the severity of the recession that has hit both the nation and our state. The governor and the general assembly are making some hard decisions about spending and revenues to fill the budget gaps.

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Upsetting robbery
Dear Editor: I just don’t know who to be more upset with, the people or person who broke into my home or the deputy that was supposed to be investigating. I have to be thankful, because the robbers were gone and no one was hurt. However, by the same token, I do not particularly like the way my case was handled.

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Good bands
Dear Editor: I am grateful to be among those who took advantage of the opportunity to hear the Concert and Symphonic Bands at Louisburg High School Tuesday evening. These young musicians are to be commended, and their director, Brian Miller, as well.

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LEGISLATIVE WATCH
The following are local votes from the state General Assembly, week ended March 19, by state Rep. Lucy Allen and Sen. Doug Berger.

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OBITUARIES

MAMIE H. SCOTT
WAKE FOREST - Mamie Hudspeth Scott, 81, of Wake Forest, formerly of Alexander City, Ala., died Sunday, March 15, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

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JONATHAN “COLE” BURWELL
CARY - Jonathan “Cole” Burwell, 28, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at Wake Medical Center. A funeral service honoring his life will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, March 21) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. John McLaurin officiating.

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WALTER C. “W.C.” MURPHY SR.
CASTALIA - Walter Cleveland “W.C.” Murphy Sr., 73, died Tuesday night, March 17, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 20, at Red Bud Baptist Church, with the Rev. Leo Lowery officiating. Burial followed in the Murphy family cemetery.

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ALEX TERRELL JR.
LOUISBURG - Alex Terrell Jr., 79, died Monday, March 16, 2009 at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, Castalia. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery, Louisburg.

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CHARLES KEARNEY JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Charles Kearney Jr., 75, of Columbus, Ga., formerly of Louisburg, who died Monday, March 16, 2009, will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, March 21) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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WILLIE M. PERRY
WAKE FOREST - Willie M. Perry, 73, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at Hillside Nursing Center in Wake Forest. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 23, at Feggins & Feggins Chapel in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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HELEN J. WINTERS
RALEIGH - Helen Jacobson Winters, 83, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at Wellington Nursing Center. A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, with the Rev. Gary Newell officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends immediately following the service.

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LIBBY V. WEST
ZEBULON - Libby Vick West, 61, died at her home on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, March 21) at Bethel United Methodist Church in Andrews, S. C. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. in the church fellowship hall prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Bethel Church cemetery.

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JEWEL D. HARRIS
WOODROW WILSON HARRIS
LOUISBURG - Jewel Dennis Harris died Thursday, January 11, 2007. Woodrow Wilson Harris died Thursday, January 22, 2009. Memorial services were held Friday, March 20, 2009 from Oakwood Cemetery for family members with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating.

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SPORTS

Central To The Cause
Central To The Cause
ROCKY MOUNT - Even without five key performers, the band played on Thursday for the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs. Central’s lineup was depleted because of a mandatory school band trip, but the Lady Bulldogs were still able to roll past Bunn by a 7-2 margin in a non-conference girls soccer showdown on the NCHS campus.

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County Showdown
County Showdown
LOUISBURG -- Recent heavy rainfall meant that scoring was destined to be tricky when Franklinton traveled to Louisburg on Thursday for a 9-hole boys matchup at the Bull Creek Golf and Country Club. LHS, playing on its home course, defeated the Red Rams by a convincing 182-226 margin.

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LHS’ Building Process
LHS’ Building Process
RED OAK -- Finding a way to replace graduated scoring threats Danielle Yates and Caroline Tippette has been the biggest priority this spring for veteran Northern Nash girls soccer coach Joe McCarthy. For McCarthy, it’s still a work in progress as the Lady Knights are still looking for a finisher to complement his club’s solid array of playmakers.

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LC women succumb to Ocelots
WEST PEORIA, ILL. -- Early in the season, Louisburg College’s three sophomores expressed frustration to head coach Mike Holloman. Their mutual concern was that maybe this year’s LC women’s basketball squad wouldn’t live up to the long-standing legacy set up by the program.

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Canes split a pair of games
LOUISBURG -- Don’t accuse the Louisburg College baseball squad of backing away from potentially tough competition. Two weeks ago, the Hurricanes went on the road and dropped a four-game, Region X series against Spartanburg Methodist -- the fifth-ranked junior college program in the nation.

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DSA Down The Stretch
DSA Down The Stretch
FRANKLINTON -- After three lopsided victories to open the season, Franklinton High School girls soccer coach Deran Coe expected an increased level of competition Tuesday evening. But he didn’t necessarily expect to lose.

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Louisburg standouts make All-TRAC club
LOUISBURG -- A trio of Louisburg High School performers have earned spots on the All-Tar Roanoke Athletic Conference boys basketball squad for the 2008-09 campaign. Louisburg’s honorees were post Rasool Kearney, forward Deandre Blacknall and wing Tabias Wright. That trio helped LHS secure the No. 3 regular season spot in the TRAC. The Warriors took second place at the annual TRAC Tournament and reached the Class 1-A State Playoffs.

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LIFESTYLES

Where is the place to seek answers?
Where is the place to seek answers?
You know, we can talk about problems and come up with many solutions. And this is wonderful, because when we put everyone’s ideas together, we always come up with at least one good thing we can try (and sometimes it works).

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONOR ROLL
The following is a continuation of honor rolls from Franklin County Schools. They are being published consecutively, as space allows.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Special Olympics: March 27
Special Olympics: March 27
Athletes, organizers and volunteers have stepped up to the starter’s line again, preparing for the second consecutive Franklin County Special Olympics. The event returned last year after a long hiatus and organizers this year promise more athletes, more activities and more fun.

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Boys, Girls Clubs get ready for big events
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina, Franklin Unit joins Boys & Girls Clubs across America to celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week from March 22-28 by hosting several events.

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Accused could get custody
Charges against a Louisburg man arrested on sexual assault of a toddler were dropped in Franklin County, but the matter remains an open issue in Tennessee. Franklin County’s Department of Social Services and the Sheriff’s Office joined in May 2007 to charge Maron R. Levister, of 1001 S. Main St., with first-degree rape of a child, carnal knowledge, sexually assaulting the girl, who was 4 at the time, and taking indecent liberties with the child.

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BHS cranks up a ‘Deere’ of a fundraiser for FFA
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or an entire program’s for that matter. Bunn High School vocational teacher Bob Frisbie has made a habit out of finding good deals on what would be expensive equipment through the North Carolina State Surplus auction.

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