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Showing 31 articles from July 31, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

401 committee shifts into high gear for funding
401 committee shifts into high gear for funding
Residents who want U.S. 401 widened through Franklin County agreed to put the pedal to the metal in pursuit of funds to improve the roadway.
At its last meeting, members of the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee agreed to commission Rick Seekins with the Kerr Tar Regional Council of Governments to draft an executive summary — a necessary step if the group is to seek federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding for the $43 million project.
The deadline for applying for the apparent one-shot $300 million pot is Sept. 15.

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Ground- breaking for school
Franklin County leaders have scheduled a public ground-breaking event to commemorate the construction of a new Franklinton High School.
The event will take place Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the site, a 75-acre plot at the intersection of Lane Store and Cedar Creek roads between Youngsville and Franklinton.
“This is an historic event, and we are excited to have so many people on board,” said school system Interim Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram.

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If I had a hammer
Community volunteer Wayne Stallings has been described as tireless and relentless in his efforts to serve the needy in Franklin County, most notably through construction projects.
If I had a hammer
Earl Coghill has had a fascination with wood all his life.
For the last 10 years he has loved making things for people from wood – birdhouses, rain gauges and thermometers, trucks and cars.
“I have always liked to figure out how stuff is put together and how things work,” he said.
The 53-year-old Franklin County native, who has spina bifida, tinkers in his backyard shop for hours, creating those crafts that he occasionally sells at nearby Wrenn’s Convenient Store. It is a place where he frequents just about every day to meet and greet old and new friends, he said. Many say his broad, welcoming smile is as much a staple there as a loaf of bread or a half gallon of milk. His joyful heart is loved and appreciated, customers there readily agree. They love his rustic carvings.

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Church looks to motivate economy
A Bunn church is expected to ask county commissioners to back their efforts to spur economic development.
Gethsemane Baptist Church’s Community Development Corporation is applying for a $75,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to provide the training, counseling and other resources necessary to help underserved and low- to moderate-income business owners get started and thrive.
A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Monday during a meeting of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

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Guardian ad Litem needs volunteers
Those who represent the needs of battered, abused and neglected children in the court system took an unsettling message to the masses this week — they need more amongst their ranks.
Currently, there are 222 children within District 9 — Franklin, Warren, Granville and Vance counties — that need representation in the courts because they have been victims of some kind of abuse.
“The numbers have increased in Warren and Franklin,” said Guardian ad Litem District Administrator Mary Jo Van Horne.

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Church offers “Hope for Youngsville”
A Youngsville church congregation is putting God’s word into action next week through a community service project.
Members of North Star Baptist Church will take part in “Hope for Youngsville” beginning on Monday through efforts to provide repairs and a fresh coat of paint at the police station, Town Hall and an area business.
Jonathan Catanzaro, the church’s pastor of worship, missions and media, said the projects just spoke to the congregation.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Newlywed Tasha Stokes

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: The Fourth Mistake
Editorial Cartoon: The Fourth Mistake


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Stimulus not stimulating
Franklin County does not appear to be benefitting from all those stimulus dollars you’ve been reading so much about for the biggest end of a year.
Our unemployment rate is a brutal 10 percent -- and remember, that basically is just the people who are unemployed and seeking employment. Not included are those who are not fully employed, who have taken jobs far below their skill levels or needs as a way to make ends meet or the truly unfortunate, those who have simply given up and dropped out of the job market.
Oh, but we hear a lot about how this stimulus stuff is making life better.

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Class sizes increase as teachers decrease
Class sizes increase as teachers decrease
If all this talk about budget numbers -- a billion here, a billion there, a few hundred million on top of that and a grand total of over a trillion -- has your head about to explode, I have a remedy.
Set aside those big numbers for a little while. Most of us “country folk” are never going to fully appreciate what a billion dollars is, let alone a trillion.
Instead, let’s break all this down to a “Main Street” real-world situation that all of us can grasp (including me, so you know it’s simple).

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Where is Franklin County’s stimulus money?
Where is Franklin County’s stimulus money?
GOOD MORNING: Don’t get your hopes up by that $58.9 million in stimulus spending that, according to the N&O Wednesday, has supposedly been allocated for Franklin County.
About all of that $58.9 million Franklin County is likely to see if Gov. Beverly Perdue, DOT chief Gene Conti, etc., have their way, is the $4.5 million for resurfacing 12 miles of U.S. 1 in Franklin County, and another $3 million for resurfacing that short portion of U.S. 64 that crosses the southern tip of the county.
So the question is: 1.) What happens to the remaining $51.4 million? And 2.) How many new jobs are going to be created in Franklin County as a result of the two relatively minor resurfacing jobs?

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Health care, who is representing “We” the people?
While the average individual in America readily recognizes that health- care reform is needful in our nation—there is also an overwhelming majority who understand that to do so does not necessitate having a government takeover of the entire health-care system.
Great Britain, France and Canada are all ominous examples of how a government takeover of health care will greatly diminish the quality of health care, seriously expand the cost of health care, and force into place a rationing of treatments, procedures and medications that will then be available to only a select portion of the nation’s populace.

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How can the budget gap be closed?
Budgets are a financial tool to track flows of money – where the money comes from and where it goes. When I was a kid my mom made a budget using envelopes. Each envelope represented a spending item – groceries, mortgage payment, electricity, etc. – and cash would be put in the envelopes to meet the month’s expenditures. Rarely did my mom move cash between envelopes.
The largest budget being discussed in North Carolina today is the state budget. As I write, our state leaders are still wrestling with the fundamentals of the budget, specifically how much money they will have to spend and where it will be spent.

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The basic truth about government
RALEIGH – I think it’s okay to boss people around at the point of a gun.
Sound extreme? Well, unless you are a true anarchist, you agree with me because you believe there should be a government. By definition, any government exists for the purpose of carrying out certain tasks through the use of forceful taxation and regulation – that is, by issuing edicts enforceable at the point of a gun.
The basic conflict in politics is about the number of those certain tasks. For which tasks is it just to compel your fellow human beings to surrender the fruits of their labor to finance a government program? For which tasks is it just to compel your fellow human beings to follow governmental rules they would not voluntarily set for themselves?

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OBITUARIES

PAULA M. CONNORS
LOUISBURG - Paula Marie “Mac” Roberson Connors, 54, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 31, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, Rocky Mount. Burial followed in Pineview Cemetery, Rocky Mount.

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CYNTHIA V. GOSWICK
KNIGHTDALE - Cynthia Michelle Vaughan Goswick, 38, died Monday, July 27, 2009 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 30, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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LINDA M. BRYANT
RALEIGH - Linda Murphy Bryant, 67, died Thursday, July 30, 2009 at her home. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 1) at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2100 Noble Road, Raleigh, with the Rev. Buddy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Ridge Baptist Church cemetery, 865 Pine Ridge Road, Zebulon.

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RUBY C. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG – Ruby Cone Williams, 91, died Friday morning, July 31, 2009. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be in the Bunn Cemetery.

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SPORTS

Getting Their Kicks
FCPR KICKBALL LEAGUE CHAMPS. Members of the Ball Busters pose with their first-place trophy from the 2009 Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department’s Adult Kickball League Tournament.
Getting Their Kicks
LOUISBURG -- Before the season officially kicked off, June Greene wondered how Franklin County would respond to his new Adult Kickball League.
But the participation scale far exceeded Greene’s expectations, as  almost 100 players took part in the summertime activity.
Greene, the Interim Director of the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department, had been looking for a way to get adults involved in FCPR events.
The answer came in a game that used to be shared by children at recess -- but is now receiving a resurgence by grown-ups.

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Backcourt Bliss
BAGBY IS BACK. Tremaine Bagby (with ball) will be one of the key returnees this season for the Bunn High School boys basketball squad. The club has had a busy summer under head coach Gerald Melton. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Backcourt Bliss
BUNN -- Guard-heavy will once again be the theme for the Bunn High School 2009-10 boys basketball.
Over the past decade or so, the story always seems to be the same at BHS, at least in the estimation of veteran head coach Gerald Melton.
The Wildcats always seem to be loaded at the guard position, but have trouble finding complementary players to work in the paint.
There have been some exceptions to the rule, including the likes of powerful post players Brian Bridges and Ric Yarborough, among others.

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Allen is the pick at Bunn
Allen is the pick at Bunn
Leonard Allen didn’t have to search too far from his home to find the opportunity to be a head baseball coach for the first time.
And Bunn High School didn’t have to stray too far from campus to locate its next diamond mentor.
About five minutes, as a matter of fact.
Allen, who lives at Lake Royale, has been selected as BHS’ new baseball skipper.
Allen succeeds Chris Lewis, who served one year in the capacity while Bunn was looking for a long-term coaching solution.

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LHS to conduct spike tryouts
LHS to conduct spike tryouts
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will conduct volleyball tryouts this coming Monday and Tuesday at the LHS Gymnasium.
Tryouts will be from 9-11 a.m. each day. All participants must have a completed physical form, along with an insurance form signed by a parent or guardian.
Forms can be obtained at www.fcschools.net.
The Lady Warriors, under head coach Erica Wammock, reached the Class 1-A State Quarterfinals last season. In 2007, Louisburg made it to the Class 1-A State Championship Match, where the Lady Warriors took second place.

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STOPPING ALONG THE WAY
STOPPING ALONG THE WAY
Bunn High School boys basketball player Michael Collins has traveled with his family this week to Champaign, Illinois, for the annual USA Junior National Tournament. Along the way, the Collins Family has stopped at several sites, including a visit to the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- home of the Indy 500. Collins, who will be a senior this fall at Bunn, is shown in this photo with his father, Mike, outside the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.

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Chattanooga churns past Carolina Mudcats
Chattanooga churns past Carolina Mudcats
ZEBULON -- A three-run, two-out third inning was enough for the first-place Chattanooga Lookouts, defeating the Carolina Mudcats 3-2 before 5,889 fans at Five County Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Camilo Vazquez (L, 2-4) retired the first two hitters of the third inning before a walk and three successive hits allowing the Lookouts (18-16) to strike for a 3-0 lead. 
Andrew Lambo and Lucas May doubled home runs ahead of Gaby Martinez’s single to center to complete the scoring.

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LIFESTYLES

Experience of a lifetime for Benning
Experience of a lifetime for Benning
The best experiences most people have had in their lives are, without a doubt, the result of a trip abroad. There is nothing better than to experience firsthand the culture and the people of other nations.
The trip that Melanie-Lark Benning ( a wonderful Louisburg young lady whose home is “Wolf Pit” here in Louisburg) took during March to Santarem, Brazil, was, according to her, “almost overwhelming.” Traveling through the Amazon region of Brazil was almost unbelievable, said Melanie.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

EQIP funds available for the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (awep)
Farmers and producers have through Aug. 7 to enroll in this year’s Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP). AWEP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land for the purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water quality.  The AWEP Program is a part of the EQIP Program.  Applicants must meet all current producer eligibility requirements under EQIP.
The signup is “statewide” and the targeted field of applicants for 2009 AWEP will be these type agricultural producers:

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Lions install officers
Lions install officers
The Louisburg Lions Club at it’s first regular meeting in July installed new officers for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2009 thru June 30th, 2010. 
Newly elected Lions Club President Phil Mueller was installed along with all officers and board of directors. 
Lion President Mueller is employed by Franklin County Schools as the wrestling coach at Louisburg High School. 
The new president outlined his plan of action for the coming year and challenged the membership to remember that service to the community without personal financial reward was one of the main objectives of Lionism.  

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Horse Farm Tour begins Saturday
Horse Farm Tour begins Saturday
The Cooperative Extension’s 15th annual Horse Farm Tour begins Saturday with stops around the county on Saturday.
The tour begins with a stop at Hawk’s Nest Farm on Cooke Road in Louisburg. The stop will last from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
The farm, recently bought by Joel and Christine Hawkins, features a jumper/hunting boarding facility and the tour stop will feature a demonstration of therapeutic riding.
State Trooper James Lilley will also provide information about updated horse trailers and vehicle licensing.

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Airman Tabor graduates from training course
Air Force Airman Seth R. Tabor has graduated from the F-15/A-10 Avionics Systems Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.
The course is designed to provide airmen with the basic skills and knowledge to perform organizational level instrument and flight control systems maintenance on assigned aircraft. Students are trained to inspect, service and repair malfunctions on avionics systems, and interpret equipment operation characteristics to isolate system malfunctions such as attack control, instrument, flight control, communication, navigation, identification, and penetration aids.

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Hair-raising
Hair-raising
On July 24, Baylee Fowler, pictured above, donated five ponytails that were 10 inches long to Locks of Love. This was her second donation. Her first donation was made when she was in kindergarten. She is an upcoming second-grader at Crosscreek Charter School.

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TWIST AND SHOUT
TWIST AND SHOUT
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green tries his hand at the Hula Hoop during this year’s Franklin County Department of Aging’s Senior Fun Day.

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