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Showing 33 articles from August 21, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

KISS MY GRASS!
KISS MY GRASS!
FRANKLINTON — A contractor who maintained the town’s cemetery for nearly 20 years before losing the service sought payback this week.
Town staff and officials said they decided earlier this year that they needed to bid out the contract to cut costs.
Harry Strother has mowed and maintained the town’s cemetery for 19 years, but his $22,500 contract expired at the end of this fiscal year and his bid was higher than the lowest bidder — $9,500 by Simple Lawn Cuts Care.

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Graffiti may be recruiting tool
Graffiti may be recruiting tool
FRANKLINTON — Police said they are closing in on the person suspected of defacing state and private property with gang graffiti.
In his monthly report to commissioners on Tuesday, Interim Police Chief John Green noted that the town had witnessed a spike in graffiti along the north side of town.
Initially, Green said, law enforcement officers suspected the writing was done by children or teenagers with no gang experience or ties.

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Food for thought process
Food for thought process
Tracey James, Brianna Maye and Mary James made their way to the front of the line for some food provided by hosts, Family Intervention and Prevention Services. The organization provided free food, games, fun and school supplies to students on Friday. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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Driver in fatal wreck headed to court
A Rocky Mount man is scheduled to appear in court next month for his role in a fatal crash earlier this week.
According to a report by Trooper C.M. Garner, Jessica Lynn Dixon, 27, of Zebulon, was killed Tuesday morning when the car she was sitting in was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
According to the report, Ronald Bruce Hicks, 64, was traveling west on U.S. 64 when he ran off the highway to the left and hit Dixon while she and her husband sat in a parked vehicle on the side of the highway.

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County’s crediting rating improves
Tough decisions this summer could lead to an easier path this fall after a world-renowned credit rating service said the county was on improved financial footing.
Standard and Poors upgraded the county from an A+ rating to a AA- rating.
The improvement, in part, was based on the Board of Commissioners’ decision to raise the tax rate by 5 cents rather than continue a trend of dipping into its savings account to balance the budget.

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Etheridge considers Senate seat
Congressmen Bob Etheridge will apparently make a decision on whether he runs for Senator Richard Burr’s seat in the next month or so.
If Etheridge runs against Burr,  it could set off a chain reaction in local leadership.
But the county’s two state officials said it’s too soon to tell whether they would like to fill his position if its vacated.

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School honored by Clinton foundation
School honored by Clinton foundation
A local school was recognized for its focus on health and nutrition by a former president.
Long Mill Elementary School was one of 114 institutions from across the country recognized at the Fourth Annual Health Schools Program Forum in New York.
Former President Bill Clinton’s William J. Clinton Foundation sponsors the event.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
De’Kya Hartsfield and Dwayne Watkins Jr.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Consequences
Editorial Cartoon: Consequences


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Former first lady may have earned her money after all
Sometimes it’s downright strange how things work out over time.
Who would have thought a few weeks ago that we’d all owe former North Carolina First Lady Mary Easley a major vote of thanks!
Perhaps she was really worth that $180,000 or so after all. Well, maybe that’s a stretch even for NC State fans, but you have to admit she inadvertently lit the fuse on a potential little political bomb.

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Getting everyone resolved to support Highway 401
Getting everyone resolved to support Highway 401
Someone asked me recently if we’re having fun yet -- perhaps a bit of a tongue-in-cheek dig at our efforts to find a few million spare federal dollars to convert U.S. 401 in Franklin County into a modern four-lane highway.
I just grinned and said we sure are!
And honestly, I meant it.
We are having fun and we’re getting things done.
There are no guarantees that we’ll be successful -- and the cynic that resides deep inside this old reporter keeps voicing a reminder that these things rarely work out well.

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County resolves while Goswick needs to evolve
County resolves while Goswick needs to evolve
GOOD MORNING: Bulletin: This just in. Congressman Bob Etheridge is “bringing his office” to Franklin County, Franklinton to be exact, on Tuesday. A card from the Congressman, addressed to me at my home, announces that the congressman will be at the Franklinton Town Hall Annex (in Franklinton, of course) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 25 and invites me to come by and talk about any concerns I might have.
I don’t know if I’ll be able make it, however, I’m sure their are hundreds, possibly even thousands of Franklin County folks who commute to Raleigh and Wake County via U.S. 401 every workday, who would like to discuss the 401 problem with him.

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A lobster, not a mobster
RALEIGH – It seems I am a mobster. Who knew? I always thought I was more of a lobster – you know, hard shell on the outside but soft and sweet on the inside.
I am a mobster, apparently, because my colleagues and I at the John Locke Foundation are critics of ObamaCare, as are other free-market organizations, who’ve held public events expressing their views, at which some attendees have occasionally been impolite, a term which might also describe a threatening phone call received recently by the office of U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, whose ideological allies used the term “mobs” to describe the incident and us in the same breath.

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A moderate speaks out on health care
My recent column in support of moderates seems to have resonated with many North Carolinians who, like me, are appalled at the tone and volume of the public debate surrounding health care, among other issues.
I think I speak for moderates (and perhaps many liberals and conservatives) in wondering if what we have been seeing on TV is really happening in America. I want to tell both sides to sit down, take a deep breath, calm down, lower the volume and start acting like adults. The fear tactics and misinformation, coupled with all the shouting and claims on both sides, is so loud and disruptive there is no way any of us who earnestly want to learn about these complex issues can possibly understand what may be one of the more important decisions we will make, impacting not only us but generations  to come.

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OBITUARIES

JOHN H. FOSTER
NORFOLK, VA - The Rev. Dr. John H. Foster of Norfolk, Va., died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. A homegoing service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 22) at Shiloh Baptist Church, 745 Park Ave., Norfolk, Va.

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PATRICK MICHAEL GALLAGHER
ZEBULON - Patrick Michael Gallagher, 65, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at Duke University Hospital.

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ADA MAE POLLARD ELLIS
CLAYTON - Ada Mae Pollard Ellis, 88, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009.

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SPORTS

A TOUGH START
DIG IT. Louisburg’s Kristen Edwards passes a ball during Wednesday evening’s road volleyball match at Southern Vance in Henderson. (Submitted photo by Ashley Steven Ayscue)
A TOUGH START
HENDERSON -- When she glanced over her team’s schedule for the 2009 season, LHS volleyball coach Erica Wammock knew her Warriors would have a grueling stretch in the first week.
On back-to-back days, Louisburg was slated to travel to Vance County -- first to Northern Vance on Tuesday and then to Southern Vance on Wednesday.
Both programs -- just like Louisburg’s -- have a rich tradition of success on the volleyball court.

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Bunn Stuns Northern Nash
RACE TO THE BALL. (L to R) Bunn’s Charlie Azoulay and a Northern Nash player try to track down a loose ball during Wednesday afternoon’s boys soccer matchup on the BHS campus. The host Wildcats won the contest by a 5-4 score.
Bunn Stuns Northern Nash
BUNN -- Bunn provided a glimpse of its boys soccer improvement last season, when the Wildcats scored a benchmark victory against area perennial powerhouse Roanoke Rapids.
And with several players set to join the program from the strong eighth-grade team at Bunn Middle School, the future certainly looked promising for the varsity Wildcats.
Another landmark win came Wednesday, as Bunn continued to flash its potential with a 5-4 home decision over Northern Nash -- another top-notch area program.

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Red Rams defeated in opener
BACK IN ACTION. Matt White and the Franklinton Red Rams participated in The Brittany For The Boys Soccer Showcase Friday in Wilson. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Red Rams defeated in opener
RALEIGH -- Franklinton High School kicked off its boys soccer season Tuesday with a setback at Ravenscroft School in North Raleigh.
The Red Rams, who lost all but two key rotation performers from last year’s banner squad, were defeated 6-0 against the Ravens.
“Ravenscroft has a strong team,’’ said FHS head coach Deran Coe. “They have been down in the past, but this was the season they have been peaking to. They have some very talented players, and they look to have a good year ahead of them.’’

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Mudcats win road contest
Mudcats win road contest
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Camilo Vazquez pitched seven strong innings while Todd Frazier and Sean Henry each hit home runs to lead Carolina to a 5-1 victory at Jacksonville on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Vazquez (W, 4-4) won his second straight start, during a season-long outing with eight strikeouts as the Mudcats (20-34) snapped a three-game losing streak. 
Vazquez also singled to begin a three-run third inning, which culminated with a two-run, two-out double by Frazier and a run-scoring single by Zack Cozart.

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TLMS releases football sked
TLMS releases football sked
LOUISBURG -- Terrell Lane Middle School will kick off its 2009 football season with a Sept. 9 showdown at Cedar Creek. The game will begin at 5 p.m. at the Franklinton High School Football Field.
TLMS took second place last fall in the Middle Athletic Conference.
The Tornadoes’ complete schedule is as follows (home games at Louisburg High School are listed in CAPS):

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County Sports Schedule, Week of August 23-29
High School Football
FRIDAY
Northern Vance at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Ravenscroft at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at Southern Nash    7:30 p.m.
High School Volleyball

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LIFESTYLES

Second Farm Life Photography Contest
Second Farm Life Photography Contest
Where would we be without photography? We take this invention for granted over and over again. We would not know what our ancestors looked like and history would be up to our imagination with only word pictures to go on.  I could go on and on about the wonders of photography.
I personally became very interested in taking pictures as I needed to do so to make the articles for The Franklin Times a little bit more concrete. I have learned to appreciate more the world we live in by paying attention to flowers, animals, people, and nature, in general.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Feds begin sign-up for the new conservation stewardship program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) began continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on Aug. 10, in North Carolina. The first cutoff for ranking purposes is scheduled for Sept. 30, State Conservationist Mary Combs announced.
“The Conservation Stewardship Program changed dramatically in the 2008 Farm Bill,” said Combs. “NRCS took the time to develop a program that would appeal to our diverse customers and offer them an equal chance to participate. We hope that agricultural and forestry producers in North Carolina take full advantage of the benefits this newly revised program offers.”

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2009 Fall rabies vaccination clinic
All clinics will be held on Saturdays as follows:
•Aug. 29: Franklin County Animal Shelter, 351 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg, 8-9 a.m.
Bunn Fire Dept., 9:30-10:30 a.m.
•Sept. 12: Louisburg Police Dept., 8:30-9:30 a.m.

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‘Canes connect with community through volunteerism
‘Canes connect with community through volunteerism
The Louisburg College Hurricanes football team stepped up for the community last Saturday during a student orientation event – Campus Community Connection.  The Franklin County United Way was part of the day, introducing students to the roles of United Way and volunteerism. “At first, a few football players signed up to volunteer for Day of Caring, which is on Sept. 12, and within a few minutes, more than 40 players had signed up,” United Way of Franklin County Executive Director Kathy Harrelson said. “What is really inspiring is these young men were volunteering in their new community with their own motivation to reach out and help the elderly and disabled.”

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CUTTING UP
CUTTING UP
More than 40 Franklin County community leaders were on hand Thursday at Franklin Community Health Services at 111 S. Church Street  to celebrate National Health Center Week.  The Community Health Center opened in downtown Louisburg in June,  and Thursday was the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting. National Health Center Week  (Aug. 9-15) recognizes the thousands of health centers nationally, and 28 health centers in North Carolina, that provide quality primary care regardless of ability to pay.

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Cash for Clubbers
Cash for Clubbers
The Louisburg Lions Club recently received a $500 cash donation along with various football equipment from D & J Automotive, Inc. of Louisburg in support of the Louisburg Lions Youth Football program.   The youth football program includes Mini-Mights, Mighty-Mights, and Pee-Wee football teams along with youth Cheerleading Squads.  Pictured above on the left is Wilbert Wilkerson, GM Specialist with D & J Automotive, Inc.,  presenting the check to Lions Club President Phil Mueller.  The Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Murphy House Restaurant in Louisburg.  New members are welcome.

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BUSINESS

Louisburg resident completes Uniform CPA Examination
The North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners has announced that Rebecca Barrett Owens of Louisburg is among the 120 North Carolina candidates who successfully completed the Uniform CPA Examination by passing one or more exam sections during the period of April 2009 - June 2009.
The Uniform CPA Examination tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills in four major areas—Auditing and Attestation; Financial Accounting and Reporting; Regulation; and Business Environments and Concepts.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Firebirds Hold Off Red Rams
Firebirds Hold Off Red Rams
STANHOPE -- Franklinton -- a team known for its powerful rushing game -- had the tables turned during its season opener Friday night.
The Red Rams saw Southern Nash accumulate 396 total yards of offense -- most of it on the ground -- and control most of the proceedings along the line of scrimmage.
Southern, however, committed a whopping seven turnovers, and the opportunistic Red Rams were able to capitalize on most of them.

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Aycock Rallies Past Wildcats
PIKEVILLE -- Bunn built a 22-point lead to open the game, but couldn’t hold it during Friday’s regular season prep football opener at C.B. Aycock.
Instead, the host Falcons rallied to earn a 39-38 victory over the Wildcats in an offensive slugfest.
The Falcons amassed a whopping 433 total yards -- 381 of which came on the ground. Senior running back Marcus Cobb accounted for 212 of those yards to go with three touchdowns.

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Warriors fare well vs. RM
GOING UP. Louisburg’s Tabias Wright (left) reaches to try to grab a pass during Thursday’s football scrimmage at Rocky Mount High School. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Warriors fare well vs. RM
ROCKY MOUNT -- Earlier in the preseason, new Louisburg High School football coach Chris Lee declared that a strong defense would have to carry the Warriors -- at least during the beginning portion of the 2009 campaign.
Nothing has happened yet to dispel that notion.
During Thursday’s scrimmage at Class 3-A powerhouse Rocky Mount, the LHS defense kept the Gryphons out of the end zone during a pair of first-team, 40-yard series at the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex.

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