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Showing 30 articles from April 17, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Tea’d Off
Michele Duncan, second from left, her daughter Charlotte, Sandra Woodland and Woody Woodland hold out signs protesting the rise of taxes and corporate bailouts during a tea party held at the Franklin County Courthouse steps on Wednesday.
Tea’d Off
Opie Pearce said the government was like a suitor, promising you something one day and crushing your hopes the next.
Nicholas Cloer said they were corrupt, bankrupting this country’s future on weird, trivial programs now.
Michele Duncan said they are fiscally irresponsible.
Those and other sentiments, some that cannot be shared in a family newspaper, were expressed on Wednesday evening as residents in Franklin County joined others across the nation in hosting a tea party  protest — demanding lower taxes and less government spending.

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Whistle stop
Whistle stop
The International Whistlers Convention & Music Festival is back in Louisburg this year and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Because of interest, the actual competition was extended by half a day.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of competitors,” said Allen deHart, founder of the event that is celebrating its 36th year beginning on Wednesday as official events begin with a whistler’s school on Wednesday evening.

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House fire
House fire
Youngsville, Wake Forest, Bunn, Franklinton, and Brassfield firefighters battled this blaze at 320 Rolling Acres in Youngsville, but fire, smoke and water destroyed the home on Thursday afternoon. No one was injured. The county’s fire marshal is investigating the blaze.

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Airport to give plan to county
The Franklin County Airport Commission agreed to present the county’s governing board with a plan that reinvests revenues back into the airport.
Currently, revenues and taxes go back into the county’s general fund for broad use.
But to grow, the airport’s manager and commission believes that net profits and taxes up to $1 million annually need to be reinvested into the airport.

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Medical records disposed of in dumpster
Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating what could be the improper disposal of medical records and equipment.
On April 9, an employee with a company that makes rifle scopes, binoculars and sighting scopes told authorities that she found what appeared to be medical waste into the company’s dumpster on Jeffrey’s Way in Youngsville.
When Deputy J.S. Whitman Jr. arrived on scene that afternoon, he pulled 13 boxes and bags of materials, including medical records, patient information, medical supplies, needles, syringes and some over-the-counter drugs.

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School board to seek permission to put out bids
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will be asked on Monday night to give the School Board some direction on moving forward with a bond project that includes a new Franklinton High School.
School Board Chairwoman Paige Sayles sent county staff a letter earlier this month, reminding them that if they want to keep the project on schedule to open for the 2011-12 school year, the architect needs to know by this coming Wednesday whether he can put it out to bid.

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Antique Tractor Show
Antique Tractor Show
Lawrence Perry stands next to his beloved tractor on the first day of the Luther Perry Antique Tractor Show on Friday. It’s the first year for the event and runs Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. each day on the farm on Luther Perry Road. A one-day pass is $5 and a three-day pass is $7. Proceeds go to Anchor Baptist Church.

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Table set for Hill Ridge Farms
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s Board of Commissioners moved forward with plans that could pave the way for a planned restaurant at Hill Ridge Farms.
John Raymond Hill petitioned the board April 9 to annex just over three acres of his farm to be used as a restaurant.
Last year, the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center awarded $250,000 for a project to extend sewer service to Hill Ridge Farms for a restaurant and business expansion project.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Doormat Mouse
Editorial Cartoon: Doormat Mouse


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Litter bugged
Make no mistake, litter is a terrible sight anytime of the year.
But there is something especially horrible about seeing it in the springtime just as Mother Nature begins to re-green North Carolina’s beautiful panoramas and flowers begin to pop out of seemingly unexpected places.
Such has been the case this spring which, we’re sad to say, is one of the worst in recent memory!

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Lt. Governor’s small business plan just more grandstanding
Lt. Governor’s small business plan just more grandstanding
I don’t know if this is a warning, a threat or a promise, but if I hear one more politician extoll the virtues of small business and pledge to “help,” I may go postal! The same thing may happen when I hear them laud the effects of t
In almost every case I’ve come across, the government “help” comes with so many strings and is so poorly planned that only the truly desperate or the wildly optimistic would give it a second thought -- and they will likely live to regret it.
Of course, mingled with those pledges of help are instances where the whole exercise is mere grandstanding, a cynical  attempt to baffle the voters with baloney while doing little or nothing to help anyone.

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ABC’s of profitability
ABC’s of profitability
GOOD MORNING:  Hey Mack. What’s with our boy Richard up thar in Washington? You know which Richard I’m referring to. That dumb-a_ _ we elected to represent us in the United States Senate, who else?
It’s one thing to be thought stupid, but you don’t have to open your big mouth and remove all doubt.
One would have thought he’d had enough after angering vets all across the nation by holding up the nomination of a legless Iraqi War vet to be Asst. Sec’y. of Veteran Affairs.

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National Volunteer Week
Dear Editor:
April 19 – 25, 2009 is National Volunteer Week. The purpose of this week is to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels. This year’s theme is “Celebrating People in Action.” One volunteer group that demonstrates this spirit is SCORE.

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Global warming or climate change?
Dear Editor:
I read an article by John Deans of Greenpeace of North Carolina congratulating Congressman Etheridge because he voted to keep important language in a bill addressing the so-called Global Warming, AKA the Climate Change.

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A new home for UNC-TV
A last minute budget trick by our Senate would move the state’s public television network from the University of North Carolina to the NC School of the Arts. While Senator Linda Garrou’s slight-of-hand isn’t likely to slip through the House, a move to the School of the Arts would be disastrous. Nevertheless, the subject is worth discussing.

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OBITUARIES

E. CHRISTINE DANIELS
LOUISBURG - Elizabeth Christine Daniels, 72, died Wednesday morning, April 15, 2009. A graveside service was conducted Friday, April 17, at the Faulkner family cemetery, with the Rev. Luke Smith officiating.

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VALLIE H. DICKERSON
HENDERSON - Vallie Harper Dickerson, 88, formerly of Henderson, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at Britthaven of Louisburg. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 18) at Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Gene Wood. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.

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GARY L. FOSTER
FRANKLINTON - Gary Louis Foster, 39, died Saturday, April 11, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 16, at Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. W. S. Taylor officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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JASMYNE M. RUSSELL
YOUNGSVILLE - Jasmyne Moré Russell, 15, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 18) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest.

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SPORTS

LOUISBURG’S 11
LOUISBURG’S 11
STANHOPE - Because of Spring Break, Louisburg was missing five starters -- and had only the minimum of 11 players -- for Thursday’s road, non-conference girls soccer showdown at Southern Nash.
The host Ladybirds weren’t in the best of shape, either, as three starters were unavailable because of a Beta Club event, including midfield standout Hannah Brock.

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Bunn duo helps club to success
Bunn duo helps club to success
BUNN -- The father-daughter team of Greg and Whitney Bunn has proven to be a formidable one for the Wake Forest Wizards.
With Greg Bunn coaching from the sideline and Whitney Bunn running the show at point guard, the Wizards won the championship last weekend at the 15-Under AAU Eastern Regional Girls Basketball Tournament in Durham.
In the final game, Whitney Bunn, a current eighth-grader at Bunn Middle School, scored the winning basket with 12 seconds remaining as the Wizards defeated the Carolina All-Stars by a 69-67 margin.

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Canes on road this weekend
Canes on road this weekend
LOUISBURG -- With just eight league games remaining, the Louisburg College Hurricanes will be on the road this weekend for a key Region X, four-game series at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster.
Doubleheader action will begin both today and Sunday at 1 p.m.
LC will then return home next week for its region finale series against USC-Sumter at Frazier Field.

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Fast-pitch at LC done for season
Fast-pitch at LC done for season
Citing a lack of players, Louisburg College has opted to suspend its 2009 fast-pitch softball season.
The Lady Hurricanes, under the direction of first-year head coach Monica Gordy, were down to eight players due to injuries, defections and disciplinary issues.
“We explored all options, but we didn’t see how we could make it work the rest of the season,’’ said LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman. “We had hoped to find some additional players, but were unable to do so.’’

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East Carolina Pirates defeat rival NC State
East Carolina Pirates defeat rival NC State
GREENVILLE -- Freshman Kevin Brandt tossed a career-high 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and combined with three other hurlers as No. 17 East Carolina took the season series from in-state foe North Carolina State 7-0 Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Brandt, who made just his second start of the season, improved to 5-1 on the year for the Pirates (27-10) allowing just three hits, fanning four and walking three.

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County Sports Schedule: Week of April 19-25
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Northwest Halifax at Franklinton    5 p.m.
Southern Vance at Bunn    7 p.m.
Gates County at Louisburg    5 p.m.

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LIFESTYLES

We need world-wide unity
We need world-wide unity
We all know that unity is togetherness. We can go one step further and think of unity in an ecumenical way, which means promoting Christian unity throughout the world.
Many international interdenominational organizations work very hard to bring about cooperation among the churches on matters of mutual concern.
Ecumenical activities pertain to the whole Christian church, containing a mixture of diverse elements or styles of worship.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

OFFICIALLY OPEN
OFFICIALLY OPEN
First Citizens Bank officially opened its Youngsville branch office Thursday afternoon with a snip of the ribbon. Those helping make the opening official were (left to right) Ed Willingham, president of First Citizens; Sam Hardwick, mayor of Youngsville; Brenda Robbins, Youngsville town administrator; Scott Padalecki, who will manage the Youngsville bank; Darrell Smith, area executive for First Citizens and Heather Wood, a First Citizens employee. The bank, located along U.S. 1 in front of the new shopping center, has been under construction for about a year.

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Andrea Leonard speaks at Louisburg Lions Club meeting
Andrea Leonard with the Franklin County Department of Social Services recently spoke to Louisburg Lions Club members regarding the Care and Share Program in Franklin County.  She advised the club members that Care and Share’s primary mission is to provide emergency food assistance for those less fortunate in the community.

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Owens discusses Camp Dogwood
The Louisburg Lions Club recently enjoyed a program on Camp Dogwood, which is a summer vacation experience for the visually impaired and blind citizens from all over North Carolina. The program was presented by Dr. John Owens, Lions District 31-G representative for Camp Dogwood.
Since 1967, the North Carolina Lions Foundation has operated and upgraded the 56-acre facility, located on Lake Norman in Catawba County.

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VGCC holds cultural fair
The Civic Center at Vance-Granville Community College was the scene of a world of food, fun and entertainment on March 25, during the college’s annual Cultural Fair. The VGCC Global Awareness Committee stages the event each year to expose students, faculty and staff to a variety of cultures from around the world. The theme for this year’s event was “Creating Cultural Connections.”

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