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Showing 36 articles from July 3, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Drug sting pinches crime
Louisburg police officers have arrested nearly a dozen suspects during an undercover drug sting that targeted a high-crime area and more than 40 suspects.
Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter said his department had received a number of complaints from residents along South Main Street concerned with street-level drug dealing.
For the past six months, officers have conducted undercover drug buys, building a case and a portfolio of suspects.
“The citizens in the community really helped out a lot,” Lassiter said, noting that they helped officers understand when and where transactions most often occurred.

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Food for the soul
Soup’s On. Blessings board member Diane Fleming greets Johnny Davis with a warm smile and a hot lunch.
Food for the soul
The old adage “think globally, act locally” pretty much describes a new effort that had its “soft opening” here  Thursday as the project of a group of local people who believe that hunger simply should not be a part of life in our community.
They’ve been working for several months pulling together an organization from scratch that they call Blessings, Inc.
The bottom line is that it’s a soup kitchen that will serve a couple of meals a week (to start) to local folks of all ages who can benefit from a hot, nutritious meal.

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Rabies cases reported
Within a week, the county’s Health Department has recorded its third and fourth cases of rabies this year.
Last Thursday, a woman in Spring Hope called animal control about how to dispose of a dead raccoon that had come in contact with two dogs.
The woman took the animal to a state lab in Raleigh, which confirmed the wild animal was rabid.
This past Tuesday, Animal Control Director Graham Stallings responded to the call of a a wild fox that nearly attacked a man while fishing in Youngsville.

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Sen. Berger at odds with Hospice Care
Sen. Berger at odds with Hospice Care
Proposed cuts to home health care have resulted in a media battle between lobbyists and a co-chair of the Health and Human Services appropriations committee.
Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin, and the state have proposed cutting the budget for home health services by $40 million the first year and $60 million in the second year.
Tim Rogers, director of the Association for Home & Hospice Care — the nation’s largest trade association representing home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations — said the cuts would decimate a program that provides the care necessary to keep the elderly in their homes and out of nursing facilities.

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Novozymes to supply biofuel to conference
When world leaders meet in Copenhagen later this year to negotiate efforts to reduce global emissions, many of them will put their words into action by driving vehicles powered by biofuels.
Their environmental friendly efforts are a result, in part, of work done by Novozymes scientists, engineers and workers here in Franklinton.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference will begin in Denmark in December.

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Don’t tell him where, just tell him when
Don’t tell him where, just tell him when
At eight years old, Jackson Neal has a world of experience with animals.
Since the time he was four, he’s cared for chickens and turkeys, and toured the country to attend shows exhibiting his mastery over the beasts.
So, after he’s put away a former show cow and mentions he has a secret, one would expect a revelation that could make you, too, a grand champion with animals.
After all, Neal routinely attends shows in the dozens across the country, walking away with ribbons and accolades for his work.
His secret — he doesn’t keep up with where the shows are.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Pilot resident Samuel Tant

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Souper!
Editorial Cartoon: Souper!

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Above the law
Beverly Perdue handpicks the new head of the SHP
Here we go again!
Yet another issue surfaces in our capital city that points to serious problems with our state government and reflects badly upon those who run it.
It is slowly being revealed that Gov. Bev Perdue forced out Walter J. Wilson Jr. from his position as commander of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Nothing wrong with that -- and no offense is meant to Wilson.

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Hospice tells Berger to take a long walk on a short and expensive pier
Hospice tells Berger to take a long walk on a short and expensive pier
GOOD MORNING: Today may be July 4th as the dateline on this issue of The Franklin Times implies, but not if you get your Times by mail.
The fact is what with the 4th being a National Holiday, on which there is no mail delivery, followed by Sunday, again with no mail delivery, chances are that it will be July 6th by the time some readers get the current issue of the Times. The Times was available to subscribers on our website, however, holiday or no holiday.
And here’s hoping you have/had a nice July 4th holiday.

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Soup kitchen is a blessing to the community
Soup kitchen is a blessing to the community
I’ve had to admit this before but sometimes there are some stories I feel guilty about getting paid to write.
One of those is on page 1 -- or is supposed to be since page 1 hasn’t been completed as this is being written.
It’s a story about a group of local folks who decided simply, enough talk about hunger, let’s do something about it.
They have formed a group they call Blessings, Inc., that will be providing free lunches to those people who really could use a helping hand.

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Where no guv has gone before
RALEIGH – North Carolina is experiencing something unprecedented in modern times: an unpopular first-term governor.
I’d have worded the statement even more forcefully – that North Carolina hasn’t had a truly unpopular governor in recent memory – if you were reading this column a couple of years ago. But then came the implosion of former Gov. Mike Easley.

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Our citizen legislature
The North Carolina Constitution of 1776 emphatically demonstrated a genuine distrust of executive power; our colony was still incensed over abuses by the English crown. Voters in each county selected their legislators for one-year terms. The message was clear: Represent us well or be replaced. This system has basically served us well even with some modifications. We find ourselves needing further revisions today.

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OBITUARIES

BILLY B. O’NEAL
GRIFFIN, Ga. - Billy Bennett O’Neal, 74, died Sunday, June 28, 2009 at Christian Ministries Hospice. Funeral service was Wednesday, July 1, at Carver Road Baptist Church, Griffin, Ga. The Rev. Jack O’Neal and the Rev. Tom Summers officiated.

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DARIEN T. SMITH
YOUNGSVILLE —Darien T. Smith, infant, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Arrangements by Chappell’s Funeral Home, Garner.

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MARIAN V. NEWBILL
JUSTICE - Marian V. Newbill, 75, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at Life Care Health Center in Rocky Mount. Arrangements by Lancaster Funeral & Cremation Services, Louisburg.

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MITTIE A. MOORE
WAKE FOREST - Mittie Aurelia Moore, 79, of Durham, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Funeral service was conducted Friday, July 3, at Wakeminster Baptist Church, with the Rev. Merle Martin officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Level Christian Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Oxford wins, Bunn also qualifies from districts
OUT CALL. Bunn catcher Johnathan Thomason (right) tags out Oxford’s Lane Humphries at home plate during Tuesday’s finale at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament at Louisburg High School. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Oxford wins, Bunn also qualifies from districts
LOUISBURG -- To the victor -- and the runner-up -- come the spoils.
That was the theme for Tuesday’s finale of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
Regardless of the outcome of the event, both finalists -- Oxford and Bunn -- had already qualified for the D-Y State Tourney, to begin in two weeks in Clarkton.

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Stingrays Swim At Hasentree
Stingrays Swim At Hasentree
Town & Country meets new club in Wake Forest
WAKE FOREST -- Hasentree County Club -- a new league entrant -- hosted the Town and Country Stingrays on Tuesday in a youth swimming showdown in Wake Forest.
The host Hasentree Hammerheads came away with a victory over the Stingrays to close out pre-holiday league action.

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LC coach heads to Canisius
LC coach heads to Canisius
Adam Reekie won’t be returning this fall as the head coach of the Louisburg College women’s soccer program.
Reekie, who has spent the last two years at LC, has accepted a men’s assistant coaching position at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Reekie, a native of England, has ties to both schools -- he played his first two collegiate seasons at Louisburg before finishing his career at Canisius, beginning in 2003.

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STINGRAYS SWIM HIGHLIGHTS
STINGRAYS SWIM HIGHLIGHTS
BEST IN THE BACKSTROKE. McKayla Wood competes in the backstroke event for the Town and Country Stingrays during Tuesday’s road swimming matchup at Hasentree CC. (Submitted photo by Nicki Marshall)

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BUNN MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS.
BUNN MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS.
Roster members for the Bunn Minor League Baseball All-Star squad are (back row, l to r) Coaches Geoufrey Anderson, Jimmy Johnson and Daryl Timberlake; (third row, l to r) J.D. Rice, Bladen Johnson, Christian Murray, Bryan Bowden and Taylor Proctor; (second row, l to r) Andrew Smith, Mason Makar, Dylan Timberlake and Johnathan Thomason; (front row, l to r) Nick Albino, Jaylan Williamson and Jackson Anderson. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD.
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD.
Jake Murphy (left) accepted the Sportsmanship Award on behalf of his Louisburg teammates following the conclusion of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Tournament. Murphy is shown with Louisburg Recreation Director Brent Cardwell. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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OXFORD MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS.
OXFORD MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS.
Roster members for the Oxfor Minor League Baseball All-Star squad are (back, l to r) Coaches Bill Wilkinson, Jeff Watson and Ronald Bennett; (middle, l to r) Daniel Wilkerson, Lane Humphries, Payne Watson, Josh Bullock, Nick Blackwell and Jared Bennett; (front, l to r) Jabe Montgomery, Dustin Brewer, Jack Wilkinson, Zack Keeton, Banks Conde and Austin Breedlove. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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LIFESTYLES

Quinceañera is an amazing party
SWEET FIFTEEN PARTY. Selena Rivera celebrates her fifteenth birthday with the traditional Spanish Quinceañera. The coming-of-age ceremony, held at the Lady of Our Rosary church, dates back to 500 B.C.
Quinceañera is an amazing party
Spanish ritual of celebrating a girl turning fifteen
The “Quinceañera” ritual has been traced back to 500 BC from the Aztec culture as an event that continues to be enjoyed today by many Latin American families. By the way, Quinceañera is spelled with a curve over the “n” which is pronounced as the “ny” in “canyon.” Some of you might be familiar with the celebration that takes place when a Spanish girl turns 15 years of age. The family, friends, and guests celebrate this birthday with a religious ceremony, a meal, and a big dance. Many friends and family attend the party.

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Celebrating July 4th a little early this year
Celebrating July 4th a little early this year
Yankee Doodle DANDIES.Britthaven of Louisburg residents get a jump on showing their patriotism with pre-Independence Day festivities. Above, residents enjoy their own Fourth of July parade. (Submitted photos)

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Guardian ad Litem volunteers sworn in
Guardian ad Litem volunteers sworn in
Local residents have stepped up to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected youth. Blair Byrum and Gaynell Irby were sworn in by Judge John Davis as Guardian ad Litem volunteer court advocates on July 2.
These volunteers, along with an attorney, are jointly appointed by a judge to protect the child’s legal rights, protect the child from further victimization that results from multiple and temporary foster placements, and help the child attain permanence as quickly as possible.

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COOKOUT FOR SENIORS
COOKOUT FOR SENIORS
The Smooth Rider Motorcycle Club of Louisburg had its annual cookout for the senior citizens of Franklin County on Saturday, June 14. More than 200 seniors attended.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

PRE-K GRADUATION
PRE-K GRADUATION
Pictured are the Kid’s Corner (Louisburg) 2009 Pre-K graduates.

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White graduates cum laude from ECU
White graduates cum laude from ECU
Rachel E. White graduated cum laude on May 9 from East Carolina University in Greenville, receiving a BS degree in nursing.
While at ECU, she was a member of East Carolina’s Association of Nursing Students, Nursing Christian Fellowship, National Honors Society, and at graduation she received her honor cards as cum laude.

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Fenske graduates with music degree
Sarah Malissa Fenske of Louisburg graduated With Distinction (GPA at least 3.5) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 10 with a Bachelor of Music degree.

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Loyd receives degree from Gardner-Webb
Justin T. Loyd of Louisburg received a BS in business administration from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs during its recent 2009 Spring Commencement. He was among a total of 512 graduates who received degrees from the university.

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Matthew Debnam makes Wake Tech’s Dean’s List
Matthew Joel Debnam, son of Charles and Cindy Phelps of Louisburg, received academic honors at Wake Technical Community College by making the Dean’s List for the spring semester.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Care and Share program receives $1,000 donation
Care and Share program receives $1,000 donation
The Board of Directors of the Franklin County Community Foundation has awarded $1,000 to the Care & Share Center program of the Franklin County Department of Social Services, according to Al Wheless, board president.
Wheless, in presenting the check to Cindy Tharrington, Karen Wilson and Velvet Perdue of the Department of Social Services, noted that Care & Share makes a significant impact on the lives of many in Franklin County.

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Mills High School Class of ‘43 reunion
Mills High School Class of ‘43 reunion
The Mills High School Class of 1943 met for its annual reunion on April 30, the date of its 66th year of graduation. Eight of the 14 survivors were present.
Also in attendance were Marjorie Gardner Leonard of Louisburg, honored guest, last surviving teacher of the class; Elsie Gray Hunt Pernell of Wake Forest, Class of 1942; and spouses of class members, Bill Beckwith, Beth Beasley Dickerson, Everette Pearce, Everet Phelps and Rachel Stone.

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