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Showing 37 articles from March 24, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

VIM needs help
Franklin County’s free clinic is not necessarily on life-support, but its founders could use some infusion of funds — stat. Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine has served uninsured and underserved residents for five years, and the clinic is facing a budget crunch unlike anything it’s faced before.

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Coppedge case set for judge hearing
A judge is scheduled to hear motions next month that could put to an end to the claims that Sheriff’s Office negligence led to a pedestrian’s death. Marcus Coppedge, 23, was killed the evening of Dec. 31, 2007 when he was hit by Deputy Crystal Mitchell as he tried to cross N.C. Highway 39 near Ingleside.

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YABA Expo shows off
YABA Expo shows off
Above, members of Girl Scout Troop 392 of Youngsville, left to right, Brianna Patterson, Cady Bailey, Lindsey Lee and Troop Leader Amy Bailey tell visitors to the third annual Youngsville Area Business Association (YABA) Business Expo about their cookies for overseas troops program. The expo was Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. at the Youngsville National Guard Armory off U.S. Highway 1-A in town. The exposition provides an opportunity for businesses to present information about themselves and what they offer to new and existing residents. (Times photo by Gary Cunard)

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Wake Health Services plans relocation to Louisburg
Wake Health Services is slated to move to the heart of the county, making good on its promise to provide equal access to all Franklin County residents. Its Franklin Community Health Services clinic opened in Dr. Donald Woodburn’s old office location in Franklinton Square last June.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cost of Living
Editorial Cartoon: Cost of Living

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Goodbye to Speed, Hasty
Franklin County has lost two outstanding friends and public servants in the past week with the deaths of Martha Speed and Lanier “L.C.” Hasty. Speed — who faced a great deal of adversity in her last years with the death of her husband, Sen. James Speed, with the untimely passing of her daughter, Claudia, and failing health — was courageous and beloved.

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Pesky reporters keep on doing their jobs
Pesky reporters keep on doing their jobs
GOOD MORNING: Looks like we’re in for another cloudy and possibly wet spell for the next several days, but the good news is that it’s going to be a bit warmer beginning Thursday. On second thought, maybe a cooling off period is just what we need, judging by reader response to some stories in our weekend edition.

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Skip ‘American Idol’ and let your voice be heard
Skip ‘American Idol’ and let your voice be heard
Come this Wednesday night, Franklin County’s commissioners will have some positions to weigh. On one hand, they can approve a lease agreement allowing Triangle Skydiving Center to begin operations at its Triangle North Executive Airport — a revenue generator in more ways than one.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 18-24
Last Week’s Poll The right resolution? Commissioners approved a resolution calling for a statewide vote on banning gay marriage.

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Protect the porta-potty
Dear Editor: Unemployment is rising in our area. The General Assembly is considering a budget that would raise over a billion dollars in taxes and fees on the backs of citizens and companies in North Carolina.

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Harrelson will be missed, wished well
Dear Editor: I was saddened to see that Kathy Harrelson was leaving The Franklin Times as managing editor. Kathy brought some diversity in opinions as well as a positive attitude in her writings that is not always seen in some of the other writers of the paper.

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Playing tax code favorites
Well, she did it – big time. As had been widely expected, Gov. Beverly Perdue’s proposed 2009-10 state budget includes tax increases on the sale of tobacco and alcohol products. The tax hikes are truly punitive – nearly tripling the excise tax on cigarettes from 35 cents to $1.35, for example – and are projected to pilfer about a half a billion dollars next year and nearly $700 million the year after that out of the pockets of smokers and drinkers.

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OBITUARIES

MARTHA M. SPEED
January 23, 1927 – March 23, 2009
LOUISBURG – Martha Ray Matthews Speed, 82, of the Laurel Mill Community, passed away Monday morning.

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PEARL N. JONES
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Pearl N. Jones, 80, who died Friday, March 20, 2009, were Tuesday, March 24, at First Baptist Church of Franklinton, with the Rev. Lafayette Maxwell officiating. Burial followed in the Manasseh Church cemetery.

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JAMES T. “J.T.” MULLEN
RALEIGH - James Timothy “J.T.” Mullen, 87, died Friday morning, March 20, 2009 at Wake Med. Funeral services were Monday, March 23, at New Hope Baptist Church, Raleigh, with Dr. Gerald Goodwin and Dr. Jack Coffey officiating. Burial followed in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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HOWARD D. TANT
ZEBULON - Howard Darnell Tant, 85, died Thursday, March 19, 2009. Funeral services were Sunday, March 22, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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NANNIE P. NELMS
ROCKY MOUNT - Nannie Bell Perry Nelms, 92, died Friday, March 20, 2009. Funeral services were Monday, March 23, in the chapel of Johnson Funerals and Cremations, with interment following at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

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LIBI THOMPSON
FRANKLINTON - Libi Thompson, 57, died Thursday, March 19, 2009. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, March 22, at Glendale Heights United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Clements Funeral Service, Durham.

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ROY J. HINTON
LOUISBURG - Roy J. Hinton, 62, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 21, at Chappell’s Funeral Home in Garner. Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Raleigh.

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LANIER COTTINGHAM HASTY
SHALLOTTE - Lanier Cottingham Hasty, “L. C.,” 81, of Colonist Square, Ocean Isle Beach, died Saturday, March 21, 2009. He was born in Hasty, NC, a son of the late Dan and Nettie Lanier Hasty. He received a B.S. Degree in Agriculture from NC State University, and served with the Agricultural Extension Service in Franklin County, NC. He served as Sunday School Superintendant of Louisburg United Methodist Church and other leadership positions. He served on the Committee of 100 (Economic Development Board), the Franklin County School Board, and the Franklin Regional Medical Center Board as well as various other leadership roles in Franklin County. He was an Agency Manager for Farm Bureau Insurance for over 30 years, and a US Army Veteran. He was a real estate investor and an avid golfer.

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SPORTS

STEPHEN SHINES
STEPHEN SHINES
HENDERSON - Stephen Crumpler delivered an afternoon to remember Monday for the Northern Vance baseball squad. Crumpler started on the mound and went five strong innings to earn the decision in the Vikings’ 14-4 victory against Franklinton in a non-conference matchup at the NVHS Baseball Field.

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Northern Vance Defeats Lady Rams
Northern Vance Defeats Lady Rams
HENDERSON -- Northern Vance needed only four and one-half innings to rout Franklinton in Henderson Monday. The Vikings sent 12 batters to the plate in an eight-run first, and held the momentum throughout in a 16-1 win over the Lady Rams in a non-league fast-pitch softball outing.

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Ladycats bested by Southern
Ladycats bested by Southern
BUNN -- Five games into the season, and Bunn’s bats have yet to get going on the fast-pitch softball diamond. That isn’t usually a problem at Bunn, where clutch hits have been the norm since the switch to fast-pitch in the 1990s.

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Donna C. is leading the pack
Donna C. is leading the pack
Always consistently good, but never quite good enough to claim the elusive top prize. That’s been Donna Cunard’s tendency during the annual Franklin Times NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket Contest.

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Lady Rams ready for Brittany appearance
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A journey to Wilson has become an annual springtime tradition for the Franklinton High School girls soccer squad. And for good reason.

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Plenty Of Battles For LC
Plenty Of Battles For LC
LOUISBURG -- Given her pedigree as a talented player, Monica Gordy always has high expectations when she steps onto the fast-pitch softball diamond. Even as a coach. But Gordy has had to temper such hopes during her initial season in charge of the LC softball program.

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Bunn football schedule released
Bunn football schedule released
BUNN -- Chris Miller’s first game as the Bunn High School head football coach will be Aug. 21 on the road against the C.B. Aycock Falcons in Wayne County. Bunn will then play at Southern Nash before the Wildcats will have their home opener Sept. 4 versus Granville Central.

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East Carolina sweeps Central Florida
East Carolina sweeps Central Florida
GREENVILLE -- Sophomore Kevin Brandt tossed 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, facing one batter over the minimum, while Kyle Roller hit his third home run of the weekend to help No. 23 East Carolina to an opening weekend sweep of UCF at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium Sunday afternoon.

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Hurricanes tangle with Guilford Tech Titans
Hurricanes tangle with Guilford Tech Titans
THOMASVILLE -- A potentially successful weekend slipped away by the narrowest of margins last Saturday and Sunday for the Louisburg College baseball squad. The Hurricanes went 1-3 during their four-game, Region X road series against the Guilford Tech Titans at historic Finch Field.

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Lady Canes wrap up hoops season
LOUISBURG -- To be competitive in every sport, you have to know your opponent. Which is exactly what Louisburg College women’s basketball coach Mike Holloman hoped to learn from his team’s experience last week at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament.

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LIFESTYLES

Women’s History Month
The Opening Reception Friday evening for the Women in Art Celebration of Women’s History Month was highlighted by the announcement of the winners.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC DEAN’S LIST
Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 311 students earned dean’s list honors for the fall semester that ended in December 2008. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student had to maintain a 3.5 grade-point average and have no grade lower than “B” while carrying at least 12 semester hours, according to VGCC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Angela Ballentine.

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HONOR ROLLS
The following is a list, in part, of honor rolls for Franklin County Schools:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Neal named GOP chairman
Neal named GOP chairman
“We’re going to work to win and work to dominate,” said newly-elected Chairman Jeremy Neal at the Franklin County Republican Party’s annual county convention March 20 at the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse Annex in Louisburg. Neal made several proposals to help the county GOP grow.

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Drug charges lodged against FHS students
FRANKLINTON — Two Franklinton High School students were arrested last week for possessing drugs and a weapon on school property. School Resource Officer D.W. Hinton was alerted to the possibility that students were smoking marijuana inside a parked vehicle the morning of March 18.

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Tattoo you? Not in downtown
The Louisburg Town Council refused to amend a zoning ordinance that would have allowed a man to open a tattoo parlor downtown. David Lewter petitioned the board to amend its zoning text to allow parlors as a conditional use in the B-1 (downtown) district.

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BUSINESS

SERVE YOU?
SERVE YOU?
Businesses from the county and surrounding areas gathered at the Youngsville Armory March 21 for the YABA Business Expo. Above, Sherry Bell, circulation manager with The Franklin Times, meets and greets readers.

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