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Showing 34 articles from May 22, 2009.

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Imitation Pearls
Robert Pearl
Imitation Pearls
Fugitives who eluded California authorities and slipped through the fingers of state Commerce staff who sought to halt their apparent economic development scam were arrested Wednesday on unrelated fraud charges.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Strickland arrested Robert Pearl and his wife, Tamara A. Pearl,  on two counts of felony financial card fraud and felony identity theft.
According to Strickland, the two are suspected of obtaining two credit cards in the name of Mrs. Pearl’s step-mother.
The cards, Strickland said, were used to purchase a laptop and a camera.

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Walking the line
Walking the line
YOUNGSVILLE — Using a winding rail line as a starting point, residents, planners and officials ran their fingers along a map stretching two tables trying to chart the best path for a county recreation opportunity.
Their efforts were part of a public hearing and forum which gave residents an early chance to help determine the location of a trail project that would essentially run parallel to the proposed Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.

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Stimulus paves the way
Stimulus paves the way
Motorists traveling through Franklin County can expect a smoother ride along U.S. 1 and U.S. 64, but those looking for improvements along U.S. 401 should expect rough terrain.
S.T. Wooten out of Wilson has received $5.8 million to resurface 12 miles of U.S. 64, including portions  in Wake and Franklin counties.
They are also responsible for the $4.5 million resurfacing of U.S. 1 throughout Franklin County, which covers just over 12 miles.

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Franklinton budget has pay increase
FRANKLINTON — Town staff presented commissioners with a 2009-10 budget that proposes no tax increase while including a pay increase for town employees.
The budget, presented by Town Manager Larry Carver, keeps the tax rate at 68 cents per $100 of real property valuation and calls for no fee increases for water, sewer or trash collection.
The 2 percent increase for all employees — save for Carver who works under contract — equates to $20,000.

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Sweet and Sourwood
Sweet and Sourwood
The Sourwood Mountain Band, from left to right, Donnie Barham on banjo, Tommy Carter, Gary Bray, Carl Norguard and Raymond Bragg, who also serves as Franklinton’s public works director, were the first act to go on stage, kicking off the annual PreddyFest bluegrass music festival on Thursday. The event, which draws bluegrass lovers from across the country, continued on Friday and wraps up Saturday (today). Tickets for Saturday cost $25 with acts scheduled to begin at noon and run just past 11 p.m. For more information about the event, visit www.preddyfest.com.

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Survey says...
Have an idea about what the Franklin County Board of Education should be looking for in a new school superintendent?
You can make your opinions known through a survey being conducted by the school district.
You can access the survey from The Franklin Times’ website by simply clicking on a link button and following the instructions.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton’s Jasmine Clarke

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Heroes
Editorial Cartoon: Heroes


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Bickett Boulevard also needs some attention
If it seems as though you’ve read something like this before -- you have!
But we have to keep saying it because people are still being injured -- and the costs are spiraling upward.
Something must be done to make Bickett Boulevard, especially the section between NC 39 and NC 561, safer.
The highly congested four-lane road -- plus a suicide fifth lane that’s supposed to facilitate turning -- has become a virtual bumper car arena.

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Time for Easley & others’ curtain call
Time for Easley & others’ curtain call
GOOD MORNING: I received what could be classified as a call from the past on Tuesday.
Former Louisburg resident Ben Massenburg, who graduated from Mills (now Louisburg) High School in 1939, called from Hawaii, seeking the whereabouts of any surviving MHS class members.
Unfortunately, I was not in the office at the time, but I’m expecting him to call back at which time I hope he’ll leave his mailing address in addition to the telephone number he left Tuesday, which I’ll be glad to share with anyone that might be able to help him in his quest.

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Whirlwind of a week has proven to be quite dizzying
Whirlwind of a week has proven to be quite dizzying
Whew, it’s been an interesting week.
Almost fainted and fell over twice -- and the reasons are probably good news.
The first was Monday night when I covered the Louisburg town council meeting.
The agenda wasn’t much but the meeting’s biggest surprise wasn’t on the agenda anyway.

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Budget cuts won’t collapse the roof
RALEIGH – If the North Carolina General Assembly ends up adopting the 2009-10 state budget reportedly being developed by leaders of the N.C. House, a number of things won’t happen.
The state’s collective roof won’t collapse. The state’s citizens won’t flee fearfully into the sheltering hills of East Tennessee or the remote swamps of South Carolina. The state’s prisons won’t suddenly empty of dangerous thugs. The state’s Medicaid program won’t stop paying the medical bills of the elderly, poor, and disabled. The state’s schoolchildren will still attend school (although I can’t promise they will still get a good education, as the use of the word “still” would assume facts not in evidence).

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Where does it all end?
Dear Editor,
As a former educator, I certainly understand the need to ensure that our students are given the best opportunities to succeed in their education. We all know and understand the absolute necessity of finishing high school. We all understand that our country needs to improve its position academically compared to our foreign competitors. However, I find it a bit concerning that the trend in public education is to coddle our youth to the point that they need to be institutionally transitioned at every turn in their lives.

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OBITUARIES

TOMMY E. FOGG
ZEBULON - Tommy Eugene Fogg, 24, died Sunday, May 17, 2009 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services were Friday, May 22, at the Church of God of Prophecy in Wake Forest, with Bishop James Ricks Sr. officiating. Interment followed at the Fork Chapel Baptist Church cemetery in Warren County.

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MARY M. LYNCH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Mary M. Lynch, 57, who died Friday, May 15, 2009, were conducted Friday, May 22, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Tayborn officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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CHARLES E. LYNCH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Charles E. Lynch, 61, who died Friday, May 15, 2009, were conducted Friday, May 22, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Tayborn officiating.

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ROBERT A. GOETZ
ZEBULON - Robert Alan Goetz, 55, died Monday, May 18, 2009. A memorial service was conducted Friday, May 22, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Youngsville.

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JOHN M. MCGEE
YOUNGSVILLE - John Matthew McGee, 53, died Saturday, April 25, 2009 while visiting New York City. A party will be held in his honor in Rocky Mount today (Saturday, May 23).

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JANET ANN BOYLES
YOUNGSVILLE-Janet Ann Boyles, 66, died Tuesday morning May 19, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Thursday evening, May 21, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Todd Greene officiating.

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SPORTS

FINAL CRUSADE
QUICK TO THE BALL. (L to R) Cardinal Gibbons’ Avery Ayers and Franklinton’s Nichole Poppe rush toward the ball during Wednesday’s Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoff showdown on the CGHS campus in West Raleigh.
FINAL CRUSADE
RALEIGH -- After finishing up an 80-minute game Wednesday afternoon, the Franklinton Lady Rams played another brief game during a post-event team meeting.
The ‘What If’ Game.
Certainly, the Franklinton Lady Rams, even with their full roster, would have been a prohibitive underdog during their contest against Cardinal Gibbons in the third round of the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.

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LHS Moves Into Third Round
COMING UP WITH THE BALL. Louisburg High School catcher Dillon Joyner (left) comes up with a throw as Plymouth’s Chris Rogerson (10) slides into home plate during Tuesday’s action in the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs at Warrior Field.
LHS Moves Into Third Round
LOUISBURG -- Chase Ragland’s arm and a slew of skilled bats could provide the recipe for a lengthy run this season for the Louisburg Warriors in the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs.
Ragland, for the second straight game, picked up the victory on the mound and also provided some big hits -- along with several of his teammates -- during Tuesday’s home meeting with Plymouth in the second round of the postseason.

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Franklin squads stopped
BACK FOR MORE. Morgan Tharrington, who is only a sophomore, has two seasons remaining with the Franklinton High School fast-pitch softball program. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Franklin squads stopped
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Each of Franklin County’s high school fast-pitch teams were defeated Tuesday in first-round action of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Softball Playoffs.
On the Class 1-A level, Louisburg traveled to Bear Grass and was defeated by a 10-0 score.
In Class 2-A action, Bunn was stopped 3-1 at home by Greene Central, while Franklinton fell 9-0 on the road at Elizabeth City Northeastern.

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Keith a  winner at Co. Line
Keith a winner at Co. Line
ELM CITY -- Several Franklin County residents posted strong performances last Saturday during action at County Line Raceway.
Franklinton’s Cody Keith was a winner in the Cadet Division. The complete list of county finishers is as follows:

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Stars Shine For Spartans
MAKING THE PLAY. Kerr-Vance Academy second sacker Patrick Warren (left) from Louisburg makes a force play during last weekend’s action.
Stars Shine For Spartans
HENDERSON -- Seven Franklin County residents -- making up over one-half of the entire roster -- made key contributions this spring to the successful Kerr-Vance Academy baseball program.
Louisburg’s Tyler Bolton, a shortstop/pitcher, was tabbed as a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A All-Stater.

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ECU’s Godwin earns Coach of Year Award
HATTIESBURG, MISS. --  East Carolina University’s Chris Heston was named Newcomer-of-the-Year, while Head Coach Billy Godwin took home the Keith LeClair Coach-of-the-Year Award that is named for the former ECU skipper who courageously battled ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) before his passing in 2006.
ECU (41-15) landed the most total All-Conference selections with seven, including a league-best five first-teamers in Ryan Wood, Stephen Batts, Kyle Roller, Seth Maness and Heston.  Trent Whitehead and Brad Mincey were named second-team, while Kevin Brandt took home All-Freshman Team honors.

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LIFESTYLES

An evening of objects, images, and stories
An evening of objects, images, and stories
Art and music have always been dear to my heart. Since I was a child, what I enjoyed the most was to play music, draw, paint, work with modeling clay, and let my imagination take me through objects, images and stories.
There is something liberating, relaxing and expressive about the arts. You can express your happiness, sadness, as well as your concerns about anything involving life in general.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg College adds three to staff
DAVIS
Louisburg College adds three to staff
Louisburg College is pleased to announce the addition of three new employees to our faculty and staff.

Alice Davis has been appointed by North Carolina Bishop Al Guinn to serve as Chaplain at Louisburg College beginning this July. A graduate of Mount Olive College with a BA in religion, Davis completed her master of divinity degree at Duke University and currently serves as the assistant pastor for urban and youth ministry at Jefferson United Methodist Church in Goldsboro. She also serves as a part-time instructor of religion at Mount Olive College. Former Louisburg trustee, the Rev. Milton Gilbert, describes Davis as an outstanding woman, a great theologian, a person of amazing humility, with a mature servant’s heart.

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Area Memorial Day events, schedules and closings
County and town offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday while a local group plans a celebration.
The Franklin County AMVETS Post 201 will host a service on Monday at 11:30 a.m.
The event will take place on Memorial Hill at the entrance to Lake Royal. Rep. Lucy Allen will be the guest speaker.
The event is open to the public.

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Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Service becomes exclusive veterans provider, kicks off drive to collect cell phones for soldiers
Mike Askew, owner of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Service, announced that his firm has been selected to become Veterans & Family Memorial Care Provider for Louisburg and the surrounding areas. VFMC Providers are family owned and operated, selected for upholding the highest level of ethical business standards and integrity while providing outstanding, affordable professional service. The staff at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Service work closely with all Veterans Service Organizations and local Hospices.

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 Gift of History
Gift of History
From left to right, Roosevelt Alston, principal of Bunn Middle School, and Molly Crudup, school librarian, were presented with a copy of the Franklin County Heritage Book, Volume One, 2008, by Joseph A. Pearce, Jr., vice president of the Franklin County Heritage Societ, and society member Joanne Carpenter.

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Veterans honored for service
Veterans honored for service
On Saturday, April 11, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, Louisburg, the Joseph J. Davis 537 United Daughters of the Confederacy presented the following awards:
Harry P. Leonard, U.S. Army, World War II, posthumously received by his sister, Nannie Wrenn; Roger Irvin Leonard, World War II, posthumously received by his son, Dale Leonard; Robert A. Butler, U.S. Army, Korean Conflict; Sammy N. Perdue, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam Conflict; Lindley S. Butler, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Certificate of Appreciation-Vietnam Conflict; Garland E. Mustian, Master Sergeant, North Carolina National Guard, Certificate of Appreciation (was not present).

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2009 hurricane season
Researchers at North Carolina State University believe that 2009 will bring a near-normal hurricane season, with storm activity in the Atlantic basin and the Gulf of Mexico slightly above the averages of past 50 years, but staying in line with those from the past 20 years.
According to Dr. Lian Xie, professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, and collaborators Dr. Montserrat Fuentes, professor of statistics, and graduate student Danny Modlin, 2009 should see 11 to 14 named storms forming in the Atlantic basin, which includes the entire Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

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VGCC board raises day-care rates
The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held its bimonthly meeting on Monday at the college’s Henderson campus.
During that meeting, the Board approved new rates for the Day Care centers. The Board also heard plans for economic stimulus funds and for a 40th anniversary celebration at the college.

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Allocation panels meet on United Way impact grants
LOUISBURG – The allocations panel meetings for the 2009 United Way of Franklin County community impact grants continue this week, with more than $180,000 in needs identified for 27 programs, ranging from elderly service care to child support efforts.
Six panels made up of volunteers from the community are reviewing applications and conducting interviews, and the chairmen of those panels are meeting May 26 with the UWFC Allocations Committee to determine recommendations for funding, which are subject to the full board approval in June, UWFC Executive Director Kathy Harrelson said.

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