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Showing 30 articles from July 24, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

TeamCancer
TeamCancer
The Franklin County Breast Care Specialists opened their new Louisburg office this week at 205 Sandalwood Ave, Suite B, in Louisburg. Dr. Chad Caldwell, holding the scissors just behind the large bow, is the facility’s director and will be responsible for orchestrating a team of professionals to fight the disease. Standing to his left, (with stethoscope) is Dr. Robert McLaurin, owner, operator of the nearby Franklin Cancer Center at 113 Jolly Street. He, and a third physician, Dr. Daniel Crocker, comprise a medical team that, for the first time, will be able to offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment options to patients who will no longer have to travel outside the county.

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The Franklin County Breast Cancer Center opens doors to fight life-threatening illness
“We are creating a family atmosphere — and will be available to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.“ — Dr. Chad Caldwell Franklin County Breast Care Center
The Franklin County Breast Cancer Center opens doors to fight life-threatening illness
With the snip of a ribbon, treatment for local women who have or are suspected of having breast cancer took a giant step forward Wednesday.
Dr. Chad Caldwell wielded the scissors and snipped the ribbon, marking the opening of the Franklin County Breast Care Center at 205 Sandalwood Ave., Suite B, in Louisburg.
The opening represents “years of work” to bring the pieces together, explained Dr. Robert McLaurin, “so that there is now one point of contact to provide access to any of the three board-certified physicians who are part of the breast care center’s medical team.”

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Guide to Franklin County 2009-2010 is here!
It’s here! The 2009-10 Guide to Franklin County publication is included in this edition of The Franklin Times and offers a comprehensive look at many aspects of life in Franklin County and all that makes the county unique.
The cover features the faces of 52 Franklin Countians -- drawn from the newspaper’s Franklin Faces feature -- which emphasize the county’s true strength, the people who truly make this a very special place to live.

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TDA recommends tourism boost
TDA recommends tourism boost
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority recommended doling out nearly $22,000 in grants to area events.
Earlier this year, the TDA adopted a grant application review schedule, giving them equal time to examine grant applications and plan the commission’s strategy for advancing tourism in Franklin County.
On Monday, people representing the Youngsville Fall Festival, Frankenfest on Main, the Tar River Festival, the Lake Royale Triathlon and the Louisburg College Concert Series appeared before the TDA to present their cases for funding.

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AYP shows progress
Franklin County Schools got some good news this week when tentative figures indicated that 11 of the 14 schools in the district have made Adequate Yearly Progress, a measuring tool for school performance created in the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Schools not meeting AYP goals this year were Franklinton High, Louisburg High and Louisburg Elementary schools.
Last year, only two schools in the county system made AYP.
Here are the results by school:

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Franklinton water issues delays action
Water issues in town kept staff from doing the legwork on one water project, but they adopted a resolution in support of another.
During the board’s Tuesday night meeting, commissioners adopted a resolution asking the N.C. Cleanwater Management Trust Fund to look favorably upon its grant application to build a water reuse package plant.
The roughly $2.2 million project, town staff said, would dramatically reduce the discharge of wastewater into Crooked Creek;  provide a significant amount of reuse water to two business that would otherwise be using treatable surface water or potable water; increase the volume of treatable surface raw water flowing to the town’s raw water reservoir by eliminating an irrigation need at the Olde Liberty Golf Course; and  allow the town to redistribute its wastewater treatment allocation to other customers in support of economic development.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Geoffrey Hutchinson

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Three against the
Editorial Cartoon: Three against the "Big C"


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Health care is a complex issue our lives depend on
Wednesday was an interesting day for those concerned about health care, both at the local level and nationally.
That evening, President Barrack Obama calmly explained his ideas on vastly expanded health care options and to those not accustomed to following all things political, the course he charted might have seemed possible, even easy to complete in a fairly short time.
To his credit, the President has attacked a problem that has worsened greatly over the last 30 years and that the political forces that govern this nation have repeatedly failed to successfully address.

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Berger and other cabbage-heads
Berger and other cabbage-heads
GOOD MORNING: If Republicans want to deal Gov. Beverly Perdue a body blow and give U.S. Senator Richard Burr a huge re-election boost at the same time, the first and most important thing they need to do is convince Sen. Burr how important the U.S. 401 project is to voters in the Franklin, Vance, Warren area and all the rest of eastern North Carolina, actually, and to climb on the 401 bandwagon.
I’m telling you, folks, when details on all of the back-room deals leak out regarding various funding initiatives designed to give our ailing economy a boost and put unemployed workers back to work — and make no mistake about it, they will, voters will be screaming for the scalps of some very prominent political office holders all the way from Raleigh to Washington, D.C.

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Back-room deal makers have got the tiger by the tail
Back-room deal makers have got the tiger by the tail
If you have any doubt about how things are working in Raleigh/Washington, what you’re about to read will help clear some of them up.
This saga begins with the federal TIGER funding, one of those cute government shorthands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery and the fact that North Carolina is supposed to get $300 million.
According to the feds who run this giant give-away of our tax dollars, the deadline is Sept. 15 in a competitive application process and the winners are to be announced in January.

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Democrats hit rewind button on taxes
RALEIGH – So after weeks of costly negotiations in Raleigh between House and Senate leaders, the Democratic majority of the General Assembly has finally struck a deal – to jack up sales and income tax rates on North Carolinians by more than $1 billion a year.
What fresh, out-of-the-box thinking. During the 2001-02 recession, then-Gov. Mike Easley and the Democratic legislature raised sales and income taxes, weakening North Carolina’s economic recovery. Now, faced with another recession, Gov. Beverly Perdue and the Democratic legislature are about to, well, raise sales and income taxes, weakening North Carolina’s economic recovery.

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Lucy out of touch with facts and reality
Dear Editor:
Wednesday, in the Appropriations Committee comedy of errors, state Rep. Lucy Allen spoke for The League of Municipalities’ position on forced annexation and said that unlike Atlanta and Richmond, North Carolina cities were economic engines.
She was applauded for this in The League’s legislative bulletin, which said she was “eloquent,” but did not say she was factual. Her arguments, and theirs, for the continuation of forced annexation are definitely not factual.

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Just say no to big Government
Dear Editor:
Time to open our eyes!! I am against government running the banks, the automobile companies, and especially our health care.
I don’t want government to decide who is “eligible” for surgeries, or who should die. Horror stories come from people in Canada relating to government decisions about their health care (long waits, refusal of care based on what government decides is worth paying for). I don’t want my tax money paying for abortions. I remember when there was some integrity in government (I thought).

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OBITUARIES

JOHN ELLIS MITCHELL
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for John Ellis Mitchell, 72, who died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. James Barbour officiating. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery.

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ERNESTINE P. HIGNUTT
ZEBULON - Ernestine “Tina” Pippin Hignutt, 85, formerly of Robinwood, died Monday, July 20, 2009 at Guardian Care. Funeral service was conducted Wednesday, July 22, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Burial followed in the Pippin family cemetery.

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SHIRLEY S. JORDAN
BULLOCK - Shirley Stebbins Jordan, 57, died Sunday, July 19, 2009 at Duke Medical Center in Durham. A memorial service was held Thursday, July 23, in the chapel of Watkins Cooper Lyon, with the Rev. Ronald Cava officiating.

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DAVID F. MAY
UPLAND, Calif. - David Foster May died at his home in Upland, Calif. on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Faith Baptist Church, Youngsville.

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PAULINE ESTELLE GUPTON TAYLOR
April 4, 1918 – July 23, 2009
WOOD, N.C. – Pauline Estelle Gupton Taylor, of Wood, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 23, 2009 at The Fountains at Albemarle in Tarboro, NC, where she had been a resident since December 2007.  She was 91.

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SPORTS

A TERRIFIC TANDEM
INSTANT IMPACT FOR THE EAST. Bunn’s Justin Rodgers (51) made this tackle for a loss on the first play of Wednesday night’s North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game.
A TERRIFIC TANDEM
GREENSBORO - Sure didn’t take long for a Franklin Countian to make an impact at Wednesday’s North Carolina Coaches Association East-West Football All-Star Game.
Just one play, as a matter of fact.
On the initial snap from scrimmage, Bunn’s Justin Rodgers roared through a gap and stopped a runner for a huge loss.
The play set the tone for what was to come, as Rodgers and the East All-Stars, including Louisburg’s Hakeem Strickland, posted a 6-0 shutout over the West in the annual gridiron showcase at Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Grimsley High School.

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Bunn Wraps Up Tourney Play
Bunn Wraps Up Tourney Play
PEMBROKE -- Hitting wasn’t supposed to be an issue for the sweet-swinging Bunn All-Stars during the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball State Tournament.
After all, Bunn had piled-up double-digit final scores during a trio of convincing victories in district tourney action.
But Bunn’s bats were silenced during the majority of state play as the club was shut out twice -- including an 18-0 setback to Leland on Tuesday at the West Robeson Recreation Park.

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FHS star shines in big game
FHS star shines in big game
Josh Woodburn has been one of North Carolina’s biggest boys soccer secrets -- a huge talent at a small school that has just started to earn a quality reputation on the pitch.
Woodburn, of course, has played a key role in Franklinton’s soccer upswing, and his heroics have become legendary to the people who follow the sport in Franklin County.
But to the rest of the state, Woodburn has been a relatively unknown commodity. He claimed a pair of All-State selections in high school, but most of the voters would probably confess that they had never seen him play in person.

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Canes announce NHL ticket plans
Canes announce NHL ticket plans
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the team’s mini-season ticket plans for the 2009-10 season. Partial season ticket plan-holders can opt for a 26-game plan, or choose between three different 12-game plans.
The 26-game plan covers more than half of the Hurricanes’ home schedule, including Opening Night against the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Year’s Eve match-up with the New York Rangers.
Of the three 12-game plans available for purchase, the Red Plan features the most weekend games, with 10 of the 12 games falling on Saturday or Sunday, including eight Saturday night games.

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Mudcats split pair of games in Huntsville
Mudcats split pair of games in Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. -- Drew Anderson had four hits while former East Carolina University standout Sam Narron carried a shutout into the eighth inning as Huntsville defeated Carolina 6-1 on Wednesday night at Joe Davis Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.
Anderson, who flew out to deep left field in the first inning, collected three singles and a home run in his ensuing four at-bats to lead Huntsville (12-15) to a tie in the five-game series.

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LIFESTYLES

Spanglish, anyone?
Spanglish, anyone?
When I first heard about the word “Spanglish,” it actually turned me off a little (as a Spanish teacher) because I immediately thought, “this is going to hurt both languages,” Spanish and English. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that I do not need to be upset at something I have no control over.
When you mix two or more cultures in one geographic place, the use of both languages is going to be expected, and it is going to be inevitable.

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LHS duo attends summer music camp
LHS duo attends summer music camp
For the second year in a row, two Louisburg High School students are attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s summer music camp.
The music camp is attended by students from all over the country, with some from as far away as China and Germany. These select students are recommended by their school’s band directors for one week to intensely hone their musical skills. Brian D. Miller, Band Director, Louisburg High School referred rising seniors Emily Cooper and Hillary Campbell for attendance this year.

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LC hosts Outstanding Little Miss Pageant
LC hosts Outstanding Little Miss Pageant
On July 17 and 18, Louisburg College hosted the 2009 North Carolina Outstanding Little Miss Pageant (NCOLM). Girls ranging in age from 3-12 years stayed in the Merritt Residence Hall and competed in the pageant.
The pageant, which is designed to prepare young girls to eventually compete in the North Carolina Outstanding Teen (NCOT) and the Miss North Carolina (Miss NC) pageants, raises scholarship money for the winners, and also donates a portion of the proceeds to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) – the organization’s charity of choice.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Break-in, missing car and theft reported
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in a break-in who stole several items, including the Good Book.
According to a report by Dep. D.B. Wester, Whitney Franklin reported on July 22 that several items had been stolen from her Chances Way home.
At first, Franklin thought that a family member had borrowed a DVD player, but when that was not the case, the woman realized that other items were missing, including a digital camera, several pieces of jewelry and two Bibles.

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Miller to accompany silent “Phantom”
You can roll the clock back to about 1925 in Louisburg tonight (Saturday) when the silent movie The Phantom of the Opera will roll at Louisburg High School auditorium at 7 p.m.
The 80-minute movie was filmed in 1925, two years prior to the first “talkie.”
Making this showing a true period experience, Brian Miller, Louisburg band director and organist for Louisburg Baptist Church, will accompany the movie on an organ — and he will improvise or create music that will match the action on the screen, just like it was done before “talkies.”

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Ncdot to hold citizens’ workshop on road widening
The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a citizens’ informational workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 4, for the proposed widening of U.S. 401/N.C. 39 in Louisburg.
The workshop will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. in the Louisburg High School cafeteria, 201 Allen Lane. Citizens are invited to drop in and speak individually with NCDOT officials, as well as review the project area map, in an informal setting. There will not be a formal presentation. Comments and suggestions received by NCDOT during the workshop will be considered as the project plans are refined.

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