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Showing 43 articles from July 14, 2009.

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Car goes into Bunn Lake, passenger dies
Car goes into Bunn Lake, passenger dies
The State Highway Patrol arrested a Zebulon man accused of leaving the scene of an accident in which a friend died.
Officers arrested Emiliano Luna-Islas, 25, on Monday, a day after the accident that perplexed law enforcement and rescue personnel. They allege his erratic driving and subsequent actions led to the death of a friend, Jesus Celen Rios-Salvador, 30, also of Zebulon.
According to a report by Trooper T.W. Allen, Luna-Islas was driving a 1996 Chrysler on Hagwood Road toward N.C. 39 when he hit an embankment, went airborne, clipped a fence and submerged into murky Bunn Lake at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The state Highway Patrol did not get the call until almost 9 a.m. on Sunday.

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BID ACCEPTED
FOURTH BID IS THE CHARM. School project architect Jon Long explains to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners how the Board of Education came to recommend the fourth lowest bidder for the new Franklinton High School.
BID ACCEPTED
After late changes and a last-minute addition to the agenda, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to award the new Franklinton High School construction bid to the fourth-lowest bidder.
During a meeting in June, the county’s Board of Education agreed to recommend that D.A. Thomas Construction Co. be awarded the $25.3 million project.
Their decision came after board members and staff said they rejected the two lowest bidders —  John S. Clark Company and DeVere Construction Co. — because of significant issues with their bid packages.

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Fresh faces file for races
The filing period ends this week, but early results already set the stage for three contested races.
So far, four people have filed for the three available commissioner seats in Youngsville, four people have filed for the two available commissioner seats in Wake Forest and Incumbent Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones has a challenger in David Bissette.
The filing deadline is Friday at noon.
In all, 21 municipal seats are up for elections in which Franklin County residents can vote.
The following seats are open in the fall general election:

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School budget still in limbo
Fresh from having its dream of a new Franklinton High School approved by the county commissioners Monday night, the school board came crashing down to earth as it faced its operating budget — or, more precisely, its lack of an operating budget — for the coming school year.
With classes in the year-round program scheduled to begin in just over two weeks, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Doug Moore told the board that “we’re in a waiting mode.

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Franklinton water back on tap
Franklinton water back on tap
FRANKLINTON — Staff switched back over to town water, a week after shutting their system down to flush out murky water.
Town water plant staff switched over to county water on July 6 after days of trying to flush its own system of rust-colored water.
The problem cropped up on July 2 when the plant pulled water from a stagnant level of its reservoir. The water was rich in iron and when it was treated, oxidation turned the water brown.
The water was not dangerous, staff and officials said, but it was unsightly.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Ethan Wood, 5 years

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fourth and Goal
Editorial Cartoon: Fourth and Goal


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Taxpayers victimized by restitutions
Now, wait just a minute here.
Granted, the state makes the rules -- and is supposed to follow them -- but this latest state fiasco over payment to victims of crime stretches credibility to the absolute breaking point.
First, the court system (actually the Administrative Office of the Courts in Raleigh) says it misunderstood a state law passed by the General Assembly in 1998 that was designed to put victims of crime first in line for restitution if and when restitution was ever made.

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Some order in the court, please
Some order in the court, please
GOOD MORNING: Whatcha gonna do when the court system breaks the law? That’s right, folks. It appears that for the past 10 years North Carolina’s court system has improperly and I might add, apparently illegally, diverted millions of dollars meant to compensate crime victims and has deposited the money in state and local treasuries.
Or to put it another way, in addition to being victimized by criminals, crime victims have been further victimized by the courts.
According to published reports, in 1998 the General Assembly put crime victims first in line to receive any money paid by probationers, parolees and prisoners — money assessed by judges after the offenders were convicted. But officials at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Raleigh interpreted the law to put crime victims third in line behind fees for probation and community service.

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Taking tobacco away from soldiers could be bad strategy
Taking tobacco away from soldiers could be bad strategy
My grandfather worked at Liggett & Myers.
And while I was growing up, he smoked.
My grandmother smoked.
And my mother smoked.
I never once felt the urge to smoke, but I always understood how important it was to those who did.
And I also understood how important it was to the economy.
We lived in a nice house in a nice neighborhood and I never went hungry.

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When is regulation right?
As a university professor, I come in contact with many foreign graduate students. Periodically I enjoy chatting with them about their impressions of our country and how those impressions might change the longer they’re here. Although attitudes and ideas certainly vary, there is one consistent comment the students tell me. They are impressed with the amount of economic freedom we Americans have.

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Police quick to respond
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Louisburg Police Department, especially officers Harris, Brinkley and Stanley. I was very frightened on the night of June 27 when a prowler knocked on my front door. I immediately dialed 911. In less than 10 minutes the officers were at my home.
Knowing that the Louisburg Police Department was so quick in answering my call was very comforting to me. They were very helpful in searching my house and grounds while keeping me calm. The dispatcher was extremely helpful, as she kept me on the line until she knew the police were at the front door.

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OBITUARIES

JIMMIE BAKER
ZEBULON- Jimmie Baker, 75, died Monday, July 13, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Youngsville, followed by burial in the church cemetery.

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DOROTHY J. PLEASANTS
WAKE FOREST - Dorothy Linda Jones Pleasants, 81, died Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 15) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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PAUL H. DUNN
YOUNGSVILLE - Paul H. Dunn, 80, died Friday, July 10, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 17, at New Bethel Baptist Church in Rolesville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CAROLYN J. TARLTON
ZEBULON - Carolyn Johnson Tarlton, 64, died Friday, July 10, 2009 as a result of an automobile accident. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Central Baptist Church, 11109 Poole Road, Wendell, with the Rev. Ed Rose, senior pastor, and the Rev. Nathan Reddinger, pastor and family friend, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DONALD WOODLIEF SR.
YOUNGSVILLE —Donald Woodlief Sr., 67, died Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, July 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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WILLIE LEE STRICKLAND
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Willie Lee Strickland, 62, who died Sunday, July 12, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Nelson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RAYMOND R. HIGHT
FRANKLINTON - Raymond Ruffin Hight, 88, died Monday, July 13, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16, at Franklinton Baptist Church by the Rev. David Averett. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton with Military and Masonic Rites.

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ROBERT EUGENE SEAITZ
SEPTEMBER 8, 1957 – JULY 9, 2009
LAKE ROYALE - Robert Eugene Seaitz, 51, of Lake Royale, died Thursday, July 9, 2009.  He was preceded in death by his father, Wallace “Wally” Seaitz.  Robert’s passion was cooking and he was a lover of the outdoors, camping, fishing and always putting others first, helping them out in any way he could.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services.

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DAVID T. “D.T.” STROTHER, SR.
APRIL 12, 1937 – JULY 6, 2009
LOUISBURG - David Thomas “D.T.” Strother, Sr., 72, of Louisburg, died Monday, July 6, 2009, in Duke Raleigh Hospital. Graveside services were held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. from Gupton Family Cemetery.

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ANNIE DUKE WHELESS DEAN
FREDERICK, Md - Mrs. Annie Duke Wheless Dean, 81, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at her home in Frederick, Maryland.

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SPORTS

GREEN & GOLD FRENZY
GAME ACTION. Duplin County’s Kristen Glasper is tagged by Bunn catcher Kristy Green to avert a potential home run.
GREEN & GOLD FRENZY
WILMINGTON -- As it turned out, too many obstacles stood in the way of the Bunn All-Stars at the Dixie Softball Ponytails (11-12) State Tournament.
Bunn, the defending state champion on the 9-10 level, went to the states with a club that was already short-handed, as a handful of members from the earlier title club opted not to participate.
And moving up an age group meant that the Ponytails would be among the youngest teams in this year’s event at the Cape Fear Optimist Park, located in the Castle Hayne portion of Wilmington.

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TC Tangles With Winchester
ALMOST THERE. Town and Country’s Christian Frazier makes his way toward the finish line during his event in the Boys 13-14 age group during last Thursday evening’s road matchup against Winchester Swim Team in Raleigh. (Submitted by Nicki Marsha
TC Tangles With Winchester
RALEIGH -- The Town and County Stingrays continued their area swim season last Thursday with a road trip to North Raleigh to meet long-time foe Winchester Swim Team.
Town and Country was defeated by the Waves, though the final scoring was unavailable at press time.
The Stingrays will be in action again this Thursday versus the Broadland Barracudas.
Broadlands’ pool is located off Trawick Road in North Raleigh.

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Job well done for Ponytails
Job well done for Ponytails
In my line of work, losing is never glorified.
Which is a shame in many ways. Sometimes, teams simply fall to a superior opponent.
Or things just don’t fall certain ways during the course of a game or tournament.
Still, everybody wants to know why a team loses, whether it be a youth league contest or one of the area’s high school football squads.
Usually, folks examine things through the colored glasses of their respective favorite team.

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Ready For Action
BACK ON THE DIAMOND. Christian Sledge and the Bunn All-Stars will be in action beginning this Saturday at the Dixie Youth Major League State Baseball Tournament in Pembroke. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Ready For Action
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn’s All-Star squads will return to action this weekend at the Dixie Minor League and Major League Baseball State Tournaments.
The Bunn Minors, coached by Jimmy Johnson, will compete in the annual Dixie 9-10 event, which will be held this year at Clarkton Park in Bladen County.
Bunn’s first-round outing will be Saturday at 4 p.m. against  the Sandhills All-Stars.
If Bunn wins, Johnson’s club would play again Sunday at 7 p.m. versus the winner of the Oxford-Bladen County showdown.

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Mudcats split road doubleheader
Mudcats split road doubleheader
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. --  Brad Stone and two Jacksonville relievers combined on a three-hit shutout of the Carolina Mudcats in the nightcap of last Saturday’s doubleheader, defeating the Mudcats 1-0 at the Baseball Grounds in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
The Suns (13-7) managed just two total hits in Saturday’s doubleheader, and the run in the nightcap did not need a hit to score. 
Tom Cochran (L, 1-3) fanned Chris Hatcher to leadoff the inning, but a wild pitch put Hatcher aboard. 

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PINK PANTHERS RULE
PINK PANTHERS RULE
The Louisburg/Youngsville 7-8 ‘Pink Panthers’ won the Tar Heel League District Six Softball Championship last week in Wendell. Pictured are team members (back, l to r) Coaches Tony Poole, Dawn Riggan, Jerry Faulkner and Eric Coats; (middle, l to r) Morgan Young, Kaylee Saunders, Hayley Poole, Kennedy Capps, Brittany Davis, Dallas Brock and Amber Riggan; (front, l to r) Morgan Hopkins, Emma Jones, Kameron Coats and Jessica Faulkner. Not pictured is Jayla Arnold.

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L-YSL Wins Tourney
L-YSL Wins Tourney
WENDELL -- The Louisburg/Youngsville All-Stars won the Tar Heel League District 6 Softball Championship last week.
L-Y, featuring girls in the 7-8 age division, rallied out of the loser’s bracket to defeat Rolesville twice and earn the crown.
L-Y lost its first-round game but fought back and eventually took home the title.
Hayley Poole led the way for the winners with a hot bat to go with smothering defense up the middle from her pitcher’s position.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Jodi Murashige of Rougemont announces the engagement of her daughter, Paige Lauren Murashige, to Dustin James Arnold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Arnold of Bunn. A July 25, 2009 wedding is planned at Atlantic Beach.


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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Doctor and Mrs. William Thomas Walker Jr. of Morehead City announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Jolene Walker of Raleigh, to Chad Michael Carter, also of Raleigh. The groom-elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Michael Carter of Louisburg. The wedding will take place on Sept. 12, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Morehead City.


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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Rachel Bishop of Wake Forest and Travis FormyDuval of Newport will exchange wedding vows on Sept. 19 at Bogue Watch in Newport. The bride-elect is the daughter of Patricia and Ted Lysen of Rolesville and Joe and Maria Bishop of Louisburg. The prospective groom is the son of Jack and Susan FormyDuval of Newport.


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Ashlynn Renee Tharrington
Ashlynn Renee Tharrington
Erica Renee Hill and Ryan Tharrington announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlynn Renee Tharrington, born June 5, 2009 at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Ronnie and Maggie Hill of Louisburg.

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Omarion Tyrese Thorne
Omarion Tyrese Thorne
Ann Perry and Clayton Thorne of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, Omarion Tyrese Thorne, born Dec. 10, 2008 at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are John Perry and Mary Perry of Louisburg.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Campbell University announces honors list
Campbell University has released its Dean’s and President’s Lists for the spring 2009 semester.
The following local Campbell University students are Campbell University President’s List Honorees: Jordan Beckham of Louisburg and Bradley Gardner of Franklinton.

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Hartsfield graduates Summa Cum Laude
Hartsfield graduates Summa Cum Laude
Miss Raven Gabrielle Hartsfield of Greensboro graduated Summa Cum Laude on Sunday, June 7, 2009 from James Benson  Dudley High School. She was valedictorian of her 350-member graduating senior class. She completed her senior year with a grade point average of 4.81.
Raven will continue her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will major in economics and Spanish. Raven is very active in her school, community and church. She is the recipient of over $565,000 in academic scholarships.

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Harris joins Sigma Alpha Lambda
Sigma Alpha Lambda announced that Heather E. Harris of Louisburg has recently become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

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Herrera graduates
Elizabeth Herrera of Louisburg received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke during the school’s May 2 commencement.

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Preddy makes Dean’s List
Lauren Brooke Preddy of Youngsville has made the Peace College spring 2009 semester Dean’s List with Distinction. A student must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 to 3.99 to receive this designation.

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Lawrence makes UNCP Honors List
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke announces Carly Alana Lawrence of Franklinton has made their spring 2009 semester Honors List.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Carol Slaughter retires from Vance-Granville
Carol Slaughter retires from Vance-Granville
Carol P. Slaughter of Oxford recently retired after 21 years of dedicated service to Vance-Granville Community College.
Slaughter’s colleagues held a retirement celebration for her on June 30. They were joined by some of her friends and family members, including her husband, Wilbur Slaughter, who is a retired VGCC instructor.
Mrs. Slaughter retired as the executive assistant for the Vice President of Student Affairs, a position she has held since 2005.

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87th Basic Law Enforcement Training class graduates
87th Basic Law Enforcement Training class graduates
Thirteen cadets graduated May 26 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus in Henderson. After passing the state certification exam, all 13 are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.
Graduates of VGCC’s 87th BLET class included Toni Lynn Pleasants of Butner Public Safety; William Ray Aiken, Eugene Alexander Burrell, Timothy Allen Kelley and Soloman Bryan Simmons, all of Henderson Police Department; Anton Eunice Edwards of Louisburg College Campus Police; Brian William Stewart of N.C. Parks and Recreation (Falls Lake); Forest Lindell Hewlin of Warren County Sheriff’s Office; Amanda Danielle Dance, Keith Webster Harris, Wesley Barker Harris, Chadwick Shane Massey and Whitney Claren Sorge.

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