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Showing 37 articles from September 1, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Driver in drunken fatal crash allowed to get out on bond
Driver in drunken fatal crash allowed to get out on bond
 A Louisburg man accused of killing a Raleigh man in drunken crash posted bond this week.
According to reports and the Raleigh Police Department, Cory L. Henderson, 33, of Ferrells Bridge Road, was speeding north on Old Wake Forest Road on Saturday morning when he attempted to pass a 1998 Jeep.
The Jeep, driven by John E. Ogburn, was attempting to turn left when Henderson’s 2002 Infiniti crashed into the sport utility vehicle.

EDITOR'S UPDATE. Wednesday  Raleigh police  charged  Cory L. Henderson of Louisburg with 2nd degree murder for his part in the  automobile wreck that took the life of John E. Ogburn of Raleigh. Henderson, who had previously posted a $130,000 bond for other charges related to the crash, is now under a $1.5 million bond.

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Domestic Mess
Domestic Mess
Franklin County investigators believe a raucous argument and shooting that drew the attention of a Gold Sand fire official was self defense.
What’s more, the shooting victim faces charges of stealing a car and wrecking it moments before he was shot.
According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Strickland, investigators were called out to the 2100 block of Person Road in reference to a gunshot victim on Monday morning.

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Franklin gets $623,876 to replace bridge
Perdue
Franklin gets $623,876 to replace bridge
A state Department of Transportation project will replace a  bridge between Franklin and Nash counties while also filling an economic gap.
This week, Gov. Bev Perdue announced that Franklin County received one of 21 contracts totalling nearly $51 million, a chunk of which is funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus funding.
C.C. Mangum Company LLC of Raleigh was awarded the $623,876 contract to replace a bridge over Cypress Creek located on Lake Royale Road in Nash County.

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Summer jobs help improve unemployment
Unemployment numbers remained steady in Franklin County, which, like many counties across the state, did not see a bounce from summer hiring.
“Employment growth was modest in many of our counties in July,” said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. “The coastal counties traditionally experience rate decreases due to tourism and the need for summer workers.
The rest of the state has not had as much summer hiring compared to previous years, but there was enough to drop the rates in more than half of the state’s 100 counties.”

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With a nod to the past, shopping center developer builds for the future
With a nod to the past, shopping center developer builds for the future
If you’ve looked at the new Louisburg Plaza shopping center on the southern edge of Louisburg and come away with a feeling of vague familiarity, there’s a good reason.
It’s because, as the developers explain, the shopping center reflects a “contemporary version” of the architecture at Louisburg College which enjoys a 222-year tradition as one of the landmarks of central Franklin County.
Before design work began on the shopping center at the intersection of U.S. 401 and NC 56, architect Lee Mahler spent a day in Louisburg to “develop a feel and theme” for the shopping center and adjacent development.

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Louisburg says no to Novant’s proposal
By taking no action following an executive session on Tuesday, the Louisburg Town Council turned down a medical organization’s plans that would result in the relocation of Franklin Regional Medical Center.
Franklin Regional Medical Center has filed two petitions with the state to relocate its hospital from Louisburg to the outskirts of Youngsville — just miles from the Wake County line.
Both petitions have been denied by the state and been denied by the state and they are under appeal.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton High School student Dylan Moss

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bill Me Later
Editorial Cartoon: Bill Me Later


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Louisburg Plaza offers the good and bad side of economic development
There is  a good news, bad news scenario developing in Louisburg that will pose a serious challenge both to the elected leadership of the town and county as well as  to the business community.
The good news, to many, will be the opening over the next six to eight weeks of the new Louisburg Plaza at the intersection of U.S. 401 and NC 56 at the southern edge of Louisburg.

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A week of numbers — sales tax up, Etheridge’s poll numbers down
A week of numbers — sales tax up, Etheridge’s poll numbers down
GOOD MORNING: Outdoor temperatures were down yesterday (Tuesday) morning, but sales taxes were up, along with the tax on cigarettes and beer as new tax increases adopted by the N.C. General Assembly went into effect.
Sales taxes rose from 6.75 to 7.75 percent while the cigarette tax rose by 10 cents per pack. Beer jumped up by 5 cents per six-pack.

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Price hikes can take a hike
Price hikes can take a hike
The way I see it, two price hikes that took place this week will have all kinds of impacts on the court system.
The first is a direct effect.
Tuesday was the first day that new, increased court fees took hold.
Fees for things such as traffic tickets, failing to wear a seatbelt or helmet, and criminal background checks have all gone up.
And so have the fees for failing to appear.

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Website Reader Participation Results August 26-Sept. 1
Last Week’s Poll
Could Etheridge defeat Burr?
If Congressman Bob Etheridge decides to run for the U.S. Senate could he beat incumbent Richard Burr?

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Hanna’s letter inspires
Dear Editor:
Thank you for waiving the length rule for the letter from Sheila Hanna in the Aug. 29 issue. Not one word should have been omitted, and I wish I had written those same words. Ms. Hanna expressed so well what so many Americans are feeling right now, and those of like mind are desperately seeking ways to help straighten out the mess that our government has gotten us into.

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Taxation with explanation; protest the taxman
They say those are two sure things.  Well, they are.  But you can only die once, but taxes seem to go on and on and on.  As I thought about that, I began to compile a list of taxes that we pay to various levels of government.  Follow me:
Federal income taxes:  from 10% to 35% depending on income.
Social security and medicare taxes:  7.65% from you and 7.65% from your employer.

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OBITUARIES

MAGALINE FOWLER
YOUNGSVILLE - Magaline Fowler, 80, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 at Duke Raleigh Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 29, at Corinth UCC in Youngsville. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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BARBARA D. INSCOE
CASTALIA - Barbara Dickens Inscoe, 74, died Sunday morning, Aug. 30, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 2) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jack Carter and the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating.

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PATRICK M. MCLAUGHLIN JR.
ZEBULON - Patrick Michael McLaughlin Jr., 17, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 2) at Zebulon Baptist Church.

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GENEVA SPIVEY
LOUISBURG - Geneva Spivey, 97, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RAYMOND WARDRICK
LOUISBURG - Raymond Wardrick, 84, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Spaulding Family Resource Center Auditorium, Spring Hope. Burial will be in the Wardrick family cemetery, Louisburg.

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DORIS L. PHELPS
LOUISBURG – Doris Lamb Phelps, 79, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 1, 2009. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Jay Tilley officiating.

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MARY A. TABRON
BUNN - Mary Alice Tabron, 73, died Aug. 30, 2009. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RAEFORD MACON NEWMAN
CLARKSVILLE, VA - Raeford Macon Newman, 90, husband of Rebecca Kelsey Newman, passed away Friday, August 28, 2009 at his home.

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SPORTS

2nd-Half Surge
CORNER TURNER. Franklinton’s Reggie Willaims (right) breaks away for a big gain during last Friday night’s game against Northern Vance. (Submitted photo by Ashley Steven Ayscue)
2nd-Half Surge
FRANKLINTON -- Trailing by 10 points at intermission, the Franklinton Red Rams picked up the pace in the second half and rallied past the Northern Vance Vikings on Friday in a prep football showdown.
Franklinton would rattle off three unanswered touchdowns and go on to stop the Vikings by a 19-10 margin in a non-conference game at the FHS Football Field.
The Red Rams improved to 1-1 overall, while Northern Vance, coached by former Bunn player Cedric Crudup, dropped to 0-2.

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Bunn Sweeps Northern Nash
NET CHALLENGE. (L to R) Northern Nash’s Jessica Daniel and Bunn’s Stormi Barham reach for the ball at the net during Monday’s prep volleyball matchup at the Bunn Dome. The host Ladycats won the event in three games over NNHS.
Bunn Sweeps Northern Nash
BUNN -- Bunn came up with a new volleyball strategy Monday, and it proved to serve the Ladycats very well.
After watching  his club be defeated last week against a talented Northern Vance foe, BHS head coach Henry Jones decided that the Ladycats needed to become more aggressive from the service stripe.
So Jones decided that several of his Ladycats, who had been working on jump serves in practice, needed to perform the strategy during matches -- beginning with Monday’s home event against Northern Nash at the Bunn Dome.

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Red Rams set to host cup event
Red Rams set to host cup event
FRANKLINTON -- For the second consecutive year, Franklinton High School’s boys soccer program will be hosting the Garman Homes Labor Day Cup.
But this year’s event has been downsized due to the difficulty with scheduling opponents.
Instead of an eight-team format, the four-squad tournament will feature Northern Nash, Northern Vance and Durham School of Arts -- in addition to the host Red Rams.
Defending champion East Wake will not be returning.

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Gridiron thoughts plentiful
Gridiron thoughts plentiful
Football season is only two weeks old, and I’m already confused.
Not that it takes a lot to do that, but it’s becoming almost harder by the day to figure out what to expect this fall from the gridiron squads at Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn.
Through a pair of games (well, one for Louisburg), here are a few of my thoughts:

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Field Goal Dooms BHS
Field Goal Dooms BHS
STANHOPE -- Another week, another heartbreaking loss for the Bunn High School football team.
In their opener, the Wildcats dropped a wild one-point decision at C.B. Aycock, which rallied from a 22-point deficit to edge Bunn.
Last Friday, BHS amassed a 14-point lead -- and then had a single-point advantage in the closing seconds -- only to see host Southern remain undefeated with a 24-22 comeback conquest at Firebird Stadium.

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Lee, LHS claim first win of year
Lee, LHS claim first win of year
LOUISBURG -- Chris Lee’s first victory as the head football coach at Louisburg High School was certainly one to remember.
Taking on a solid Ravenscroft club, the Warriors scored the first 21 points of the game and went on to defeat the Ravens by a 24-17 margin in LHS’ regular season opener last Friday at Patterson Field.
Ravenscroft, which had drubbed Northern Vance in its opener, fell to 1-1 overall.

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Mudcats toppled on the road
Mudcats toppled on the road
MONTGOMERY, ALA. -- Matt Spring doubled in three runs while Jason Perry hit a three-run homer to lead Montgomery past Carolina for the second straight game 8-1 at Riverwalk Stadium before 6,489 fans on Saturday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Spring cleared the bases on a 1-2 pitch with a double high off the left-centerfield wall in the fifth inning as Montgomery (29-32) stretched its lead to 6-1.

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LIFESTYLES

Davis/Bumpers wed
Davis/Bumpers wed
Chad Bumpers and Tamika Davis exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the magistrate’s office in Louisburg. A private reception was held at the home of the bride and groom in Louisburg. The couple will honeymoon at Myrtle Beach, S. C., in September.


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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Larry and Sherry Parker of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Sherron Parker of Franklinton to Christopher Len James of Raleigh. The groom-elect is the son of Tommy and Doris Thompson of Castalia. A 4 p.m. wedding is planned for Nov. 21, 2009 at Franklinton Baptist Church in Franklinton.


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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Megan Marie Vester is the daughter of Danny Vester of Spring Hope, Teresa Finch of Bailey, and stepdaughter of Gordon Finch of Bailey, who announce her engagement to Justin Michael Brown of Youngsville, son of Michael and Denise Brown, also of Youngsville. The wedding will be Oct. 10 at Independence Pentecostal Holiness Church in Bailey.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Erica Moody on VGCC Dean’s List
Erica Ann Moody of Louisburg has been named to the Vance-Granville Community College spring 2009 semester Dean’s List.
She earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

GUARDIAN AD LITEM VOLUNTEERS
GUARDIAN AD LITEM VOLUNTEERS
Randolph Baskerville swore in the following individuals as Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocates at the Aug. 27 session of Juvenile Court in Franklin County:  Dawn McKinney, Cynthia Hayes, Tammy Seavert, Tina Dawson, Kathleen Shefchunas, Trevon Lucas, Tammy Seavert and Queen B. Queen of Franklin, Wake, Vance and Warren counties. Volunteer advocates, along with an attorney advocate, are jointly appointed by a judge to protect the  legal rights of children, protect children from further victimization that results from multiple and temporary foster placements and help the children attain permanence as quickly as possible.  The Guardian ad Litem program has been a part of the NC Judicial System since 1983. Statewide (in 2007), 4,237 GAL volunteer advocates gave the state 813,504 hours of service, a value of more than $14.68 million representing 17,705 children in 38,681 abuse and neglect court proceedings. To learn more, visit www.ncgal.org or call 919-497-3010.


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Employee found dead
Louisburg police have ruled a death at a local business a suicide.
Police responded to Flowers by Henry on West Franklin Street at 8 a.m. on Tuesday to find an employee, Kelvin Eddy, dead.
The store’s proprietor called it in. There were no other employees or customers inside when the incident occurred.

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Rotary back-to-school supply drive
Rotary back-to-school supply drive
The Louisburg Rotary Club’s Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive was a big success.  “We wanted to make sure that kids who can’t afford basic school supplies don’t have to go without,” said Louisburg Rotary President Holt Kornegay.
“This year the supplies were needed more than ever.  The community support for this drive was so enthusiastic and we can’t thank BB&T enough for their partnership in this project.” The partnership is part of BB&T’s companywide community service initiative in August and September, called the BB&T Lighthouse Project. The philanthropic effort is the largest in BB&T’s 137-year history.

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BUSINESS

Jennifer Jones named CFE
Jennifer Jones named CFE
Jennifer Leigh Jones, CIA, has been named as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The CFE designation is awarded to anti-fraud professionals who have met a stringent set of criteria, including a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE, as well as high standards of character, experience and education.

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