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Showing 43 articles from June 16, 2009.

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Crudup murder case begins
Crudup murder case begins
The attorney for a suspected killer began opening statements this week, arguing that his client acted in self-defense when he killed a man within shouting distance of the courthouse.
Boyd Sturges filed motions last week that could have delayed the case, but began defense of his client on Monday afternoon, arguing that Derrick Crudup feared for his life in the early morning hours of Sept. 26, 2008.
That fear, Sturges said, led Crudup to shoot Darrell Collins in a barbershop parking lot south of the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse annex.

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Truck driver dies in wreck
A Lake Royale man died this weekend in a trucking accident in Oregon.
According to published reports, Oregon State Police officials said George Kent, 66, failed to stop for slowing traffic and ran his commercial truck into the  back of another commercial vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 at the Belt Line Road interchange.
The accident happened in Springfield, about 10 miles northeast of Eugene, Oregon.

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HATS OFF, Seniors!
HATS OFF, Seniors!
Bunn High graduates, including, left to right, Gaither Alston and Ashley Alston, prepare to toss their caps in excitement during their graduation ceremony on Saturday. (Times photo by Carey Johnson) More photos in Schools/Education section.

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Tutor arrested
Tutor arrested
Alamance County authorities have arrested a Franklinton man and charged him with soliciting a child by computer.
According to Alamance officials, actions by Edward Douglas Wilson, 62, came to the attention of its Computer Fraud/Forensic Investigative Section in March.
Public Information Officer Randy Jones would not provide specifics, but said the department’s investigation culminated with Wilson’s June 12 arrest at his West Franklin Street home.
Jones said no child was in danger.

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Commissioners waiting on information to approve budget
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners have scheduled a meeting next week, hoping to have the latest financial forecast available to help them approve a budget for next fiscal year.
The decision was made following a budget work session and the board’s regular meeting, both on Monday night.
By June 25, commissioners figure to have final numbers regarding the lowest bidder for a new Franklinton High School; they hope to have numbers that reflect the impact of a scaled-back jail expansion; and they will be presented with the findings of a sewer rate study that could impact utility fees.

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Halfway house still being discussed
Halfway house still being discussed
Franklin County Commissioners held off on making a change to a text amendment that could pave the way for a community group to operate a halfway house.
During the board’s regular scheduled meeting on Monday, planning staff presented the board with a text amendment proposal that would define group care facilities and restrict their locations.
Such action is needed, said County Planning Director Scott Hammerbacher, because by law, the county is required to provide for all types of uses somewhere within its land use plan.

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Louisburg adopts budget without fanfare
With no discussion, a complete lack of public comment and in less than four minutes, the Louisburg town council unanimously adopted its 2009-10 budget Monday night.
The budget, which totals $13,210,180 and was proposed by Town Administrator Mark Warren, keeps the town’s tax rate at 53.5 cents per $100 of valuation through the 2009-10 budget period.
The 2009-10 budget is up from the $12,472,023 in the current year’s budget, but all of that is increased power purchases. The town expects to purchase for resale about $6 million in electricity in the next year, up from about $5.2 million this year.

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Operations Center grand opening
Operations Center grand opening
Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell cuts the ribbon Monday morning marking the official opening of the 65,000 square foot Louisburg Operations Center at 115 Industrial Drive. Helping with the ribbon cutting were (left to right) town councilwoman Mary Green Johnson; town administrator Mark Warren; Mayor Pernell; administrative assistant and town clerk Carolyn Patterson; utilities director Ray Patterson and town councilmen Joe Shearon and Dean Ruedrich. The center will house the various utility departments, public works, street and electrical as well as all the equipment, gear, spare parts, street signs and other items necessary to keep the department up and running.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Clennie Wilkins

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Little Dickens
Editorial Cartoon: Little Dickens


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Picking it up here, boss
Say “Road Gang” and most folks conjure up an image of prison inmates, clad in striped uniforms and dragging a ball and chain, breaking large boulders into small rocks with nothing but a sledge hammer and the “inspiration” provided by an ill-tempered guard.
For many folks, there’s nothing wrong with that picture -- and some will even suggest that a return to those days might be just what this country needs.
We’ll leave that debate for another day, however.

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NC hasn’t had much luck with electing governors
NC hasn’t had much luck with electing governors
GOOD MORNING: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation and publisher  of CarolinaJournal.com had it right.
Hood wrote that through-out early June, there was  breaking news on the two biggest political scandals in North Carolina: the Easley scandal and the current state budget, which has a massive fiscal deficit.
The former state governor had a massive ethical deficit and Gov. Beverly Perdue has just shanghaied all $300 million of NC’s TIGER funds and plans to rebuild a bridge over the Yadkin River near Salisbury that should have been repaired years ago, in effect, detouring possible U.S. 401 funding to an I-85 Bridge.

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Summertime means school’s in for some, kickball for others
Summertime means school’s in for some, kickball for others
Talk about a going away present.
Summer vacation for hundreds of students at two Arizona elementary school’s has been pushed back nearly two months after it was discovered that someone was playing ring-a-ling with the school bell.
Apparently, the law in Arizona, and other places, I’m sure, requires that a school day must be at least 180 minutes.
An internal audit at the school district discovered that 34 days at one school had been scaled back to 175 minutes and they were scaled back to 170 minutes at another elementary school.

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Website Reader Participation Results June 10-June 16
Last Week’s Poll
Overboard?
Did the Town of Louisburg go overboard when building their new operations and training center?

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What we learned this week
This week was one of the most unusual and newsworthy in some time. Let’s try to summarize what we learned.
We learned that people in power have no hesitation seeking favors or privileges for family and friends. The e-mails released this week prove that former Governor Easley had no reluctance to request a job for his wife at NC State University. Those in power appoint, hire, and reward those related to them, those who contribute to them or those who help them.

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You decide: What’s behind ‘cap and trade’?
As the debate about the government’s approach to global warming heats up, there are some new terms being thrown around, and one of them is “cap and trade.”
Let me say at the outset that I have no ability to judge whether global warming is or is not occurring, nor do I have the training to evaluate the environmental impacts if it is. What I can do, however, is explain the economics of some of the public policy approaches to the issue of global warming and climate change.

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OBITUARIES

ALBERT P. ROBERTS
FRANKLINTON — Albert P. Roberts, 44, died Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Duke Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 16, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel in Franklinton, with the Revs. Clyde Waiden, Jack O’Neal and David Averette presiding. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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ELIZABETH L. MARTIN
RALEIGH - Elizabeth Ann Lewis Martin, 75, died Sunday, June 7, 2009.

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RENA M. NARRON
ZEBULON - Rena Moody Narron, 74, died Friday, June 12, 2009. Memorial service was Monday, June 15, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Private committal service was Tuesday at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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RANDY JUSTICE
YOUNGSVILLE - Randall Justice, 44, died Friday, June 12, 2009. A memorial service was conducted Monday, June 15, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Ray Smeltzer and Pastor Donnie Williams officiating.

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BETTY G. WILSON
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Betty Gordon Wilson (nee Poole), 70, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009. A service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Spotsylvania Presbyterian Church, Spotsylvania, Va., with the Rev. Alan R. Hager and the Rev. H. Carson Rhyne Jr. officiating. Interment will be at noon on Saturday, June 20, in Aquia Episcopal Church cemetery, Stafford, Va.

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GERALDINE D. FRYE
WASHINGTON, DC— Funeral services for Geraldine R. Dales Frye, 66, formerly of Nashville, who died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, June 17) at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Lois Taybron officiating. Entombment will follow in Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

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THOMAS FOGG
FRANKLINTON —Thomas “Tom” Fogg, 89, died Thursday, June 11, 2009.

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MAXINE D. RAY
MIDDLESEX – Maxine Dement Ray, 83, died Monday at her home.  Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Wendell. Burial will follow in the Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex.

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CARRIE K. MORRIS
October 17, 1911 – June 14, 2009
BUNN – Carrie Kelley Morris, 97, of Bunn, passed away Sunday afternoon at Louisburg Nursing Center.

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LIFESTYLES

Green reunion brings together five generations
Green reunion brings together five generations
Five generations of family members of the late Isham Green of Norfolk, Va., and the late Eunice Green Hill of Louisburg united in Norfolk recently. This was the first time in more than 60 years that the relatives had come together. They gathered at the home of Joan Green Brown, where the group enjoyed a cookout of southern food, as well as fellowship and reminiscing about old times. Descendants from Virginia, North Carolina, New York and Colorado attended.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Graduation ‘09 scrapbook
Franklinton High Principal Charles Fuller presents Sandy Dickerson with her diploma.
Graduation ‘09 scrapbook
Hundreds of Franklin County high school seniors took their academic last step on Saturday, taking part in commencement exercises inside the Louisburg College Auditorium. Franklinton High’s graduation was first and Salutatorian Paige Robbins and Valedictorian Cole Arendt provided the message to students. Next, Louisburg High School’s two top seniors, Valedictorian Benjamin Lord and Salutatorian Uriel Quintero delivered the message at their commencement. Bunn High wrapped up the day-long event, allowing their top students, Valedictorian Jessica Barker and Salutatorian Stormie Eaton, to deliver the message.

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Balloons
Balloons
Sheila Green hugs her nephew, Franklinton High School graduate Ricardo Kearney.


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Getting ready
Getting ready
Bunn High graduate Kaitlynn Schieber gets her final touches before marching.

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Shot of a shot
Shot of a shot
Bunn High School grads Nicole Ward, Jessica Fowler and Carrie Reavis pose for pictures.

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Preparing diploma
Preparing diploma
Franklinton High School graduate Gabby Tate places her diploma inside its jacket moments after graduating on Saturday.

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Helping hand
Helping hand
Louisburg High’s Jaron Allen gets just right before receiving his diploma on Saturday during ceremonies at the Louisburg College Auditorium.


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Mr. Wester
Mr. Wester
County School Board Chairwoman Paige Sayles presents Louisburg High graduate William Wester with his diploma on Saturday.

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Bunn High Marshals
Bunn High Marshals
Front row, from left to right, Morgan O’Neal, Taylor Jones, Reighlah Collins and Chief Marshal Graham Lewis. Second row, from left to right Robert Windsor, Tayla Ricks, Megan Crayton, Toni Franklin and Derek Eason.

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Franklinton High School Marshals
Franklinton High School Marshals
From left to right, Chief Marshal Alyssa Folmar, Megan Carper, Autumn McCord, Candace Thomas (front) Crystal Burkett, Brooklyn Lynam and Michael Nastasi.


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Louisburg High Marshals
Louisburg High Marshals
Front row, from left to right, Devonte Keith, Jazmine Manley, Allison Leonard, Kristen Edwards and Colby Gupton; middle row, Brianna Kosko, Hillary Campbell, Roxie Knight and Ashley Rochseter; back row, Stephen Davis, Molly Campbell, Chief Marshal Kim Baker, Breanna Mitchell and Rhyse McGinnis.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Eddins writes book on travels
Eddins writes book on travels
Wake County businessman Rick Eddins holds his second published book, “The Holy Land to Hallowed Ground.” It’s what Eddins calls a travelogue in photographs detailing a trip he and his wife Sherry took to to Israel and Normandy last year. You may purchase Eddin’s new book at amazon.com or at his business, Rolesville Furniture. The phone number is 919-554-1994.

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LIBRARY’S BOOK
LIBRARY’S BOOK
Annette Privette, librarian of Bunn High School, center, was presented a copy of the Franklin County Heritage Book, Volume One, 2008, by Joseph A. Pearce, Jr., right and Joanne Carpenter, both representing the Heritage Society of Franklin County.

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Strother, West
Strother, West
Courtney Strother and Joshua West were married Jan. 24, 2009 at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton. The 3 p.m. traditional ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Clyde Waiden.
The bride is the daughter of David Thomas Strother Jr. and Renie Strother of the Wood community.
The groom’s parents are Roger and Janet West of Franklinton.

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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
William and Mary Dunston of Kittrell announce the engagement of their daughter, Malva “Teena” Dunston to Roddrick McMillian, the son of Doris Lee McMillian of Elizabethtown. The wedding will take place on Sept. 19, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Kinches Chapel, Franklinton.

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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Jacqueline Vann of Henderson and Earl Beasley of Greensboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Atoyas L. Vann of Raleigh to Charles L. Arrington of Raleigh. The groom-elect is the son of the late L. T. Arrington and Nina Arrington of Louisburg. The wedding will be June 20, 2009 at 3 p.m. at Red Bud Baptist Church, Henderson.

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McCargo graduates from basic combat training
Army Pvt. Yolanda S. McCargo has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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Birth
Birth
Carleigh Eaves and Summer Jessup announce the birth of their brother, Anthony Tyler Eaves, born June 3, 2009 at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 22 inches long.
The proud parents are Tony and Amy Eaves of Henderson.
Maternal grandparents are Donnie and Anna Hicks of Louisburg.

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