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Showing 36 articles from August 11, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Miserable!<br>Temps soar over 100 degrees, cooler days predicted for midweek
Miserable!
Temps soar over 100 degrees, cooler days predicted for midweek
If weather predictions held true, beast and man alike should feel cooler temperatures beginning today.
The feeling was misery, though, on Monday and Tuesday as the heat index reached and exceeded triple digits — forcing the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for dozens of counties, including Franklin.
Emergency crews advised people to stay inside where air conditioning or fans were available.

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Knife-throwing assailant arrested
Police arrested a Franklinton man who hurled knives at an officer before threatening to kill more officers if they showed up at his house.
According to police reports by Det. Reggie Norflett and Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, Norflett arrived at 12 McGhee Street to find Kenneth Lamar McGhee sitting on his front porch with two butcher knives.
Norflett asked McGhee, 40, to put the knives down, but the man responded by throwing two knives at Norflett and hurling profanities at the officer.

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School of hard knocks
DIRTY WORK. School Board members, commissioners, elected leaders and school staff shovel dirt, breaking ground on a new Franklinton High School at the intersection of Cedar Creek and Lane Store roads.
School of hard knocks
As morning temperatures soared and forecasts predicted the hottest day in the state this year, School Board Chairwoman Paige Sayles stood atop bright orange clay, figuring there was no other place she’d rather be.
School staff and officials, county commissioners, business and community leaders joined Sayles atop rocks, earth and dust to take part in a ground-breaking ceremony, marking the beginning of construction for a new Franklinton High School.
The 214,277-square-foot, $25.4 million building, which will serve about 1,200 students, is slated to open in the fall of 2011.

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Two elementary schools earn state honors
Two elementary schools earn state honors
Two Franklin County schools -- Royal Elementary and Youngsville Elementary -- have been named as North Carolina Schools of Distinction.
The designation came as the state Department of Public Instruction released its annual ABC accountability report.
The ABC report is a state measurement of school progress based on state testing results.
In the end, Royal tallied an overall composite score of 80.3 percent proficient, while Youngsville finished at 80.0 percent proficient. To meet proficiency, students must make a Level III or above on the state reading and math end-of-grade tests. In all, 502 schools throughout the state earned the School of Distinction title.

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Car break-ins
Franklin County investigators are looking for suspects that broke into nearly a dozen vehicles in one night.
According to reports by Deputies John Whitman  Jr., Raymond Vaughan, and Michael Gray II, and Det. Dean Woody, residents in a community near Wake Forest reported that someone broke into their vehicles and stole items, ranging from GPS devices to high-priced sneakers.
According to the 11 reports, the suspects broke into the vehicles between 7 p.m. on Thursday and 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Lawsuit against officer and Youngsville delayed
The case against an officer accused of abuse will wait another month after state obligations got in the way of a hearing on Monday.
Attorneys for Stephen Williamston filed a lawsuit in February, alleging that Officer Steve Puryear used excessive force during a Sept. 6, 2006 arrest.
Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood was scheduled to hear motions to dismiss the case against the officer and the town, but Williamston’s attorney, Larry Hall, could not make the court date.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Stingray swimmer Summer Phillips, Louisburg

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Divot
Editorial Cartoon: Divot


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A long road travelled to the new high school
With a bulldozer as a backdrop and a hint of wood smoke in the air from burning brush piles, a long line of public officials dipped their shovels into the hot, dusty dirt along Lane Store Road Monday morning -- and made a bit of Franklin County history.
As Robert Lee Swanson, chairman of the Franklin County commissioners pointed out, the ground-breaking was especially significant since it marked the first time since 1923 that a new high school is being started in the Youngsville, Franklinton area.

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Maybe Ronnie and Richie would do better scouting for recyclables at the landfill
Maybe Ronnie and Richie would do better scouting for recyclables at the landfill
GOOD MORNING: Yeah, it was hot Monday….. and on Tuesday, too, for that matter, but neither were anywhere near as hot as the heat generated by EDC Director Ronnie Goswick and his staff on The Franklin Times website as a result of their glowing assessment of jobs and the unemployment situation in Franklin County.
Here are excerpts from some of the comments posted on our website concerning that 375 new jobs figure Ronnie and Richie Duncan have been tossing around so liberally.

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The new Franklinton High School has some mighty big shoes to fill
The new Franklinton High School has some mighty big shoes to fill
I don’t really know if they build ‘em like they used to, but I suspect generations to come can answer that question.
The current Franklinton High School dates back to the early 1920s — 1923, I believe.
Anyway, it’s a well-built and hulking structure that defines downtown Franklinton as much as anything.
Sure, its crowded and needs renovations, but how many things approaching 90 years of age — that have had as many children come through its doors — do not need a new coat of paint or some lifts and tucks here and there.

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Website Reader Participation Results August 4-11
Last Week’s Poll
Cash for Clunkers?
What do you think of “Cash for Clunkers?”

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Lucy Allen speaks against the practice of democracy
Dear Editor:
Rep. Lucy Allen, as with many members of the General Assembly, appears to have abandoned her oath of office. It appears that she enjoys speaking out against the very people who elected her to office, as she did when speaking against a qualified vote of the people that is contained in the bill modifying the current annexation statutes.
When a statute tramples on one North Carolinian’s rights, it tramples on all North Carolinians’ rights. The annexation statute enacted in 1959 does just that. The statute tramples on the freedoms that have been paid for in blood by our military.

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OBITUARIES

RUFUS YARBOROUGH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Rufus “Putt” Yarborough, 59, who died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DONALD W. WILLIAMS
ZEBULON - Donald Wayne Williams, 69, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. Funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Wakefield Central Baptist Church, with burial following at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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MARCOLA B. PARKER
ZEBULON - Marcola Bunn Parker, 77, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. Graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Zebulon Cemetery.

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GLORIA K. ALEXANDER
FRANKLINTON—Gloria K. Alexander, 77, formerly of Garner, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 9, at Bryan-Lee Funeral chapel, Garner. Burial was Tuesday, Aug. 11, in Sylvania, Ga.

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ALENE S. PARNELL
WAKE FOREST - Alene Simmons Parnell, 73, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 10, at New Light Baptist Church, with Dr. Mike Jones officiating. Entombment followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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TOMMY G. HIGGINS
RALEIGH - Tommy Gerald Higgins, 71, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 at his home. A graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 10, at Elevation Methodist Church cemetery, Benson.

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ALBERT C. AUTREY SR.
FRANKLINTON—Albert C. Autrey Sr., 75, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 at his home. Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 7, in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor, with the Rev. Lemar Wheeler officiating. Burial was in South Granville Memorial Gardens.

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SPORTS

SECOND SEASON
SHOWING THE WAY. Franklinton High School volleyball coach Lindsay Dehart (right) displays a blocking technique during a practice session last Friday at the FHS Gymnasium. Dehart is in her second year in charge of the Lady Rams’ program.
SECOND SEASON
FRANKLINTON -- After she accepted the Franklinton High School head volleyball coaching position, Lindsay Dehart acknowledged that she would need one season to gauge where the program was at -- in relation to opponents in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Dehart found out the answer to that question as the Lady Rams struggled to a 3-15 record.
The perils only served to motivate Dehart even more. Known for her tenacity and work ethic during her playing career at Southern Alamance and Lenoir-Rhyne College (as a softball standout), Dehart continually expressed to her players the importance of working harder in the off-season.

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Miller Making Adjustments
AYE, AYE CAPTAINS. Bunn High School’s football captains for the upcoming season are (back, l to r) Andrew Barnes, J.R. Barnes, Jeremy Gourley and Fletcher Barbee; (front, l to r) Jordan Tabron, Richard Dunston and Bryant Saunders.
Miller Making Adjustments
BUNN -- With regular season action fast approaching, Chris Miller’s first on-field audition as Bunn High School’s head football coach will be today.
That’s when Miller’s Wildcats will be on the road at Wilson Fike for a scrimmage. First play is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Changes in Bunn’s program have been abundant since the Wildcats were defeated by Goldsboro last year in the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
Long-time legend coach David Howle retired, with Miller being tabbed as his successor.

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BHS girls meet with ex-players
BHS girls meet with ex-players
BUNN  -- Every August, former members of the Bunn High School volleyball team circle a date on their calendars.
It’s the one when BHS head coach Henry Jones invites ex-Ladycats back to the Bunn Dome to take part in the annual Alumni Day festivities.
The former players are divided into teams and take on the current Bunn varsity and junior varsity squads.
This year’s event took place last Saturday morning, and 18 ex-performers were in attendance.

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The camp observer continues
The camp observer continues
The hotter-than-you-know-what portion of the preseason road trip picked up in the past week with more journeys to check out Franklin County’s high school football and volleyball squads.
Because of the weather, some gridiron workouts were either brought inside or shifted to different parts of the day -- meaning that I still have yet to see Franklinton’s football squad.
That will change in a few days. Hopefully.
Last Friday, I hopped over to Franklinton to check out the Lady Rams’ volleyball squad.

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LHS Seeking Hitters
LHS Seeking Hitters
LOUISBURG -- Few volleyball programs in the area boast a list of hitting greats as legendary as the one at Louisburg High School.
Over the past 25 years, LHS has churned out one powerful blaster after another -- and that production has helped pave the way for the Lady Warriors’ litany of postseason successes (including two state championships).
Now, Erica Wammock is seeking the next great hitter at LHS. She’s just not sure if that player is currently on the Lady Warriors’ roster.

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COUNTY VOLLEYBALL SKEDS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are this season’s volleyball schedules for Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn High Schools:

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FHS tennis ledger released
FHS tennis ledger released
FRANKLINTON --  Franklinton High School’s 2009 girls tennis campaign will swing into action Aug. 20 at home against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
FHS’ complete schedule is as follows (home matches are listed in CAPS):

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Mudcats a winner on the road
Mudcats a winner on the road
JACKSON, TENN. -- Todd Frazier belted a game-winning home run in the top of the ninth inning to catapult the Carolina Mudcats past the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 6-4 before 946 fans on Sunday afternoon at Pringles Park in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Carolina (17-27), which was stymied most of the afternoon by West Tenn starter Steve Bray, built the winning surge after a soft line drive was misplayed by first baseman Rich Poythress for a leadoff single by Zack Cozart.

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LIFESTYLES

Dickens, Boyd wed
Holly Nicole Dickens and Brian Christopher Boyd were united in marriage on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 6 p.m. in a tented ceremony in the pecan grove at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville. The bride and her father entered the ceremony site on a horse-drawn carriage. The Rev. Gary W. Murray, a long-time friend of the bride’s family, officiated the nuptials.

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Engagement
W. B. Lilley of Henderson and Karen G. Lilley of Dunn announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Susan Lilley, to Kevin Neal Wester, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vann Wester of Louisburg. The wedding is planned for Oct. 10, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Henderson. The ceremony is by invitation only.

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Birth
Jessica Bowen and Allen Chesser of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, Maddox Brice Chesser, born July 2, 2009 at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

GlaxoSmithKline’s “Orange Day” benefits county
GlaxoSmithKline’s “Orange Day” benefits county
It was “Orange Day” one day last week — and it had little to do with sunshine. Instead it was the day a team of volunteers from GlaxoSmithKline converged on the Louisburg area to work as volunteers. This group, which includes (left to right) Frieda Thomas, team leader; Pat Jones, Vonda Sloan, Elisha Atkinson and Pauline Denton, spruced up the flower beds in front of the Safe Space Variety Store on Nash Street in downtown Louisburg. That is what they did when they weren’t painting walls, washing windows, hanging and steaming clothes.

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FGV Partnership for Children changes name
The Franklin-Granville-Vance Partnership for Children has formally changed its name to Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start, Inc.  The name change reflects the agency’s affiliation with North Carolina’s nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative which is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.
FGV Smart Start administers Smart Start funds to support programs to benefit children ages 0-5 and their families, is a catalyst for bringing different groups together for the sake of children, and educates the community on the critical needs of young children and helps develop solutions.

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Abarca serves as page
Jullian Abarca, a student at Louisburg High School, recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives.  He is the son of Eloy and Dawn Abarca of Louisburg and was sponsored by Representative Lucy Allen (D-Franklin).  Speaker of the House Joe Hackney (D-Chatham, Orange and Moore) appoints the pages and introduces each one to members and citizens in the House gallery at the start of each week during Monday night’s session.

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OPEN SESAME
OPEN SESAME
Franklinton officials held an Open House session on Saturday, allowing residents to ask questions and get answers from town officials and staff in an informal setting. Above, Sheila Allers (of the town’s Tree Committee), standing, tells, from left to right, Commissioner Joe Cutchins and residents Ed and Betty Harris about a park planned near the town’s municipal parking lot.

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BUSINESS

Monroe new head of Novozymes
Monroe new head of Novozymes
Novozymes is under new management.
Officials announced this week that Adam Monroe is the new president of its North American Region in Franklinton.
He replaces Lars Hansen, who returned to Denmark to head the company’s European region.
Monroe began his career with Novozymes in 1991 in the Process Engineering group.
He has since served as production manager for granulation, regional director of Supply Chain Operations and director of Supply Chain Operations, Americas.

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