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Showing 33 articles from April 24, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Chance of death penalty
Chance of death penalty
A court hearing next month could determine if a suspected killer will face the death penalty.
David Bishop, 24, of Louisburg, turned himself in Tuesday on charges that he shot and killed his girlfriend, Gabrielle Reece.
Bishop has been transported to Central Prison after the sheriff’s office received credible threats against his life.
Bishop is scheduled to appear in Franklin County District Court in early May to take part in a Rule 24 hearing.

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PUCKER UP
PUCKER UP
Japan’s Mariko Takagi performs Thursday during the first full day of competition at the 36th annual International Whistlers Convention at the Louisburg College auditorium. Takagi was competing in the classical category. The competition continued Friday with the popular category. The competition itself will wrap today (Saturday).

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Robbers take a gamble on armed home invasion
Sheriffs deputies are looking for two men suspected of impersonating officers, breaking into a home, interrupting a card game and attempting a robbery that resulted in a shootout.
According to investigators, two black men armed with guns kicked in the front door of a house at 8625 N.C. 39 South in the Pilot community at about 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
Authorities said the two men were dressed in dark clothing and flashed badges, trying to pass themselves off as law enforcement officers when they went inside.

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Local security firm gets homeland defense money
Local security firm gets homeland defense money
A Youngsville company is using $6 million in homeland defense money to improve airport security across the country, including here in Franklin County.
Congressman Bob Etheridge, the only N.C. member of the Homeland Security Committee, was at Triangle North Executive Airport on Tuesday to publicly announce funding awarded to TTI Wireless.
The Youngsville company received the appropriation in October 2008.

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County shows benefits of widening 401
County staff presented a portrait of a widened highway that could make U.S. 401 look like the Yellow Brick Road.
Currently, the two-laned highway is populated by residences and the occasional country store, much like U.S. 1 was before it was widened in 1992.
Since that time, though, the total tax valuation for property along the four-laned U.S. 1 corridor jumped from $12 million in 1992 to $126.4 million in 2008.

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Franklinton commissioners address issues: Officials hopeful for new budget without any tax increase
Franklinton’s governing board has committed to no new taxes or fee increases — at least those fees they control.
The board met all day Monday to discuss topics ranging from gang prevention and awareness, to its budget, to weed and grass abatement.
During and following the meeting, commissioners said they wanted a 2009-10 budget that keeps the town’s tax rate at 68 cents per $100 of real property valuation.

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Franklinton commissioners address issues: Residents want cemetery annexed and cared for by town
Franklinton commissioners address issues: Residents want cemetery annexed and cared for by town
FRANKLINTON — Town officials plan to meet with a lively bunch of residents to discuss care of the dead.
During the board’s Tuesday meeting, a handful of residents asked the town to look into annexing Evergreen Cemetery — just on the outskirts of the town limits past Franklinton Elementary School on U.S. 1-A.
The government maintains and operates Fairview Cemetery in town, and residents say Evergreen deserves the same treatment.
“It’s not fair and it’s not right,” said resident Lether Young. “You take care of one and not the other.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: File 13
Editorial Cartoon: File 13


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Pedestrian safety a must for Louisburg’s foot-bound traffic
One of the discussions held during the Louisburg Town Council’s meeting this week centered around the need for sidewalks along South Main Street.
The conversation indicated that the need will become acute in a few months when the new “big box” shopping center opens on the south side of NC 56.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: No one here disputes the need for sidewalks along South Main Street.

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Louisburg leaning toward 401 efforts; Blago and bloggers are at it again
Louisburg leaning toward 401 efforts; Blago and bloggers are at it again
GOOD MORNING: Is it possible for Franklin County to come together and act for the common good of everyone? Well, there were indications that this possibility is slowly taking hold at a meeting of the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee Thursday night, and you’d better pray that the trend continues to grow, because the future welfare of the entire county is at stake.
And to discover why the 4-laning of U.S. 401 is such an important part of this plan, one has only to look at the economic impact the 4-laning of US 1 has made in the western part of the county, together with the huge investment the county has made in the Triangle North Franklin industrial (hub) site, the success of which hinges on upgrading U.S. 401.

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Historic landmarks could be key to Franklin County’s future
Historic landmarks could be key to Franklin County’s future
If you missed the Franklin County Historic Homes tour last weekend, I’m sorry.
You missed a great time and a chance to learn a little about the region’s heritage and what residents are doing -- or should be doing -- to preserve it for future generations.
Of course, there also was food, heritage plants for sale, a great place to take a nature walk and a chance to catch up with friends that you may not see every day.

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It’s Not The Time for Tax “Reform”
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Senate is now considering a tax-hike package that will cost state taxpayers $1.5 billion over the next two fiscal years. Proponents are, however, describing it as a “tax reform” package that will “benefit” the state by $1.5 billion over the next two years.
One’s choice of words matters a great deal. Annoyance is not the same as anger. A rebate is not the same as a refund. And raising taxes is not the same as reforming taxes.

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Tax reform is like pumping water
Trying to change state government can be likened to coaxing water out of a deep well using a hand pump. First you must prime the pump, never sure how much water to pour down the well, but knowing that if you pour too little you have to start all over. Then you pump like crazy trying to get enough suction to bring water up to the top. And when your efforts finally succeed, cold, sweet water gushes out the nozzle.

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LETTERS
Dear Editor:
I believe it’s five years too early to do a revaluation on real property. The last one was done in 2005. We are in a slowdown with no jobs and high taxes. It would be a lot better to bring our taxes down (county and city) where we can afford them and live and help our children.
I have paid taxes in Franklin County since 1946 and can’t keep paying more and more. And I am not by myself.

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OBITUARIES

MCKENNEY “KENNY” BURK JR.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for McKenney “Kenny” Burk Jr., 53, who died Monday, April 20, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 25) at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quentin Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Wardrick family cemetery.

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OLLIE T. “O.T.” EVANS
RALEIGH - Ollie Thomas “O. T.” Evans, 76, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at his home. Funeral services were Friday, April 24, at Friendship Baptist Church, Raleigh, with the Rev. Robert Vradenburg and the Rev. Eddie Peterson officiating. Burial followed in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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DANIEL DAVIS
WENDELL - Daniel Davis, 86, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Memorial services were Thursday, April 23, at East Wake Church of God, Wendell.

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GLENN G. JENKINS JR.
RALEIGH - Glenn Glaudius Jenkins Jr., 79, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Funeral services were Thursday, April 23, at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor. Interment was in the Banks United Methodist Church cemetery in Wilton.

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ANTHONY “TONY” D. GEORGE
LOUISBURG - Anthony “Tony” Donald George, 51, died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, April 25) at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, 854 Perry’s Chapel Church Road, Franklinton. Visitation with the family will follow immediately after the service.

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OZA H. HOLMES
FRANKLINTON - Oza Harris Holmes, 87, died Friday, April 24, 2009 at Universal Health Care in Raleigh.  Graveside services will be held Monday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating.

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SPORTS

One Stroke Apart
One Stroke Apart
LOUISBURG - One shot.
With two rounds left to play in the Northern Carolina Conference golf season, that’s all that stands between the Southern Vance Raiders and the Bunn Wildcats for second place in the league’s cumulative standings.
Bunn edged a stroke closer -- but only one -- during Tuesday’s NCC event at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.
Roanoke Rapids -- the runaway conference leader -- once again was at the top of the pack with a strong 306. BHS was next at 352, followed by Southern at 353.

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Gates County Shuts Out Louisburg
Gates County Shuts Out Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s final chance for a shot at the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference regular season softball championship came Tuesday at home against Gates County.
But the Lady Warriors will now have to shift focus toward a possible runner-up finish after Coach Erica Wammock’s club was shut out by a 20-0 score against the league-leading Lady Red Barons.
Louisburg had lost by 13 runs earlier in the year at Gates, but Wammock had hoped for a closer outing this time around.

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Ladycats topped by So. Vance
BUNN -- Bunn picked up only two hits and was defeated by a 9-0 margin against Southern Vance on Tuesday in a key Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch contest at the BHS Softball Field.
Southern Vance remained in first place in the NCC with an unblemished mark, while the Ladycats have two defeats -- leaving BHS in second place overall.
Bunn could have moved into a tie for the top spot Tuesday, but it wasn’t to be as Southern Vance standout hurler Jordan Garrett whiffed 13 batters.

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VGCC to host golf tourney
VGCC to host golf tourney
HENDERSON -- The 25th Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament is slated for May 12 at Henderson County Club in Vance County.
There will be morning and afternoon rounds, with shotgun starts scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A four-person superball format will be utilized.
Handicaps must be provided. Trophies will be presented to the top three teams. Closest-to-the-pin and longest drive prizes will also be awarded.

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Carolina Mudcats rally to get past Huntsville
Carolina Mudcats rally to get past Huntsville
ZEBULON -- Juan Francisco chugged home from third base on a wild pitch with the winning run culminating a three-run rally boosting Carolina past Huntsville 7-6 before 3,542 schoolkids at Five County Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
The Mudcats (6-7) started the ninth down 6-4 before a Chris Heisey triple kickstarted the comeback. 

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 26-May 2
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Bunn at Louisburg    7 p.m.
TUESDAY
Southern Vance at Franklinton    7 p.m.
Louisburg at Southeast Halifax    4:30 p.m.

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LIFESTYLES

Get prepared, Solazo will be back in the fall
Get prepared, Solazo will be back in the fall
All of you middle and high school students of Franklin County, be prepared to welcome Solazo once again this fall. If you missed the performance at Louisburg College this past April 7, you’ll have another chance to hear this amazing Latin band.
Louisburg College, Franklinton High School and Bunn High School, with their respective teachers, enjoyed a unique and educational, bicultural music program sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Local students attend state leadership conference
Members of the Vance-Granville Community College Chi Beta Chi chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda business student organization recently attended their first PBL State Leadership Conference since the chapter was established in 2008. The conference was April 2-4 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, where approximately 225 students from North Carolina universities and community colleges participated in various competitive business events. VGCC members placed in the top eight in 13 different events.

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Graduate succeeds on the job, partners with school
Jacqueline Sills of Louisburg credits Vance-Granville Community College with jump-starting her career, and now she wants to work with the college to provide opportunities for today’s students.
Sills was employed at a software development firm as an office manager, when the company down-sized. “I’d always wanted to go back to school, so I took that opportunity when I was laid off,” she recalled. She decided to attend VGCC’s Franklin County Campus “because of its good reputation and its convenience to my home,” she said. She also wanted to keep her education close to home because of her belief in supporting her community.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin County Schools Spelling Bee winners
Franklin County Schools Spelling Bee winners
Spelling Bee enthusiasts who witnessed the 2009 FCS Spelling Bee at Louisburg Elementary will remember this year’s competition for a long time.
Bunn Middle seventh-grader Nathan Anderson outlasted Terrell Lane sixth-grader Sandy Williams to take the 2009 county title. Anderson and Williams were both on the brink of elimination multiple times, but fought hard for nearly 30 minutes before the champion was crowned.

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Louisburg opposes ABC store legislation
The Louisburg Town Council became the latest entity to oppose potential state legislation that would take liquor control away from local government.
Last week, the Youngsville Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution opposing House and Senate bills that want to create one local Alcohol Beverage Control board for each county and regionalize the process.
Local governments are concerned that such action would take away a revenue stream.

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Bunn Middle teacher named Kenan Fellow
Kristen Hensley has been selected by the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development at North Carolina State University as a Class of 2011 Kenan Fellow. Beginning in June 2009, she will engage in a two-year fellowship supported by the Goodnight Educational Foundation to develop innovative curricula for use in North Carolina classrooms while working with mentors Ashley Weinard and Jill Taylor from the NC Museum of Art. Her project is entitled “Art of Collaboration.”

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Strawberry Festival
The 8th Annual Franklin County Strawberry Festival will be Thursday, April 30, at the Franklin County Farmer’s Market Shelter in the Shannon Village Shopping Center.
It will feature cooking contests including strawberries as ingredients.  The contests will be in the following categories: cakes and pies, breads and muffins, and novelties (jams, jellies, etc.).  Each category will be broken down into adults, youth under 8 years old, and youth 9 and up.

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