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Showing 43 articles from September 11, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Rack’em up!
Above, developers, residents and others interested in a proposed billiards hall packed themselves into the Youngsville Town Hall on Thursday night to hear the Youngsville Board of Commissioners approve the proposal with conditions.
Rack’em up!
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s Board of Commissioners approved a request to open a pool hall with some conditions they hope will keep it from becoming a nuisance.
After a nearly unanimous decision to proceed — Commissioner Graham Stallings cast the lone dissenting vote — developers said they would bring the town a business it could live with.
“We’re responsible business owners,” said Barry Felner. “Why would we turn this into a piece of trash.

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Franklin County remembers
Franklin County remembers
Louisburg Police Sgt. Greg Alston lowers the flag to half staff in recognition of Patriot Day, a day of remembrance established by President George W. Bush in honor of those who died during terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The county’s Democratic Party held an observance on Friday at the Franklin County Courthouse steps.

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Set for takeoff
Set for takeoff
Franklin County will begin looking for a new leader at its airport when its current director heads back to fight for the country.
Rob Southerland took over as the county’s airport director last September after a 10-year stint in the Air Force.
Come Oct. 5, Southerland will be answering a military call, and not the phone at Franklin County’s Triangle North Executive Airport.

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SAT scores see decline
Scholastic Aptitude Test scores increased in 2009 for Louisburg High School, but as a district, scores declined.
In a nutshell, Louisburg High students scored a combined 974 in Math and Engligh, followed by a tie at 928 each for students at Bunn and Franklinton high schools, total scores that slipped from last year.
Unfortunately, all three local high schools lagged the statewide and national averages. Statewide the average school score was 1,006 while nationally it was 1,016.

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Judge to hear case to remove murder charge from record
A superior court judge is set to hear a petition this coming week that could remove a murder charge from a Louisburg woman’s record.
Police arrested Natalie Edwards Branch on Feb. 26, 2005, alleging she killed her husband, Mark Cartine Branch.
Natalie Branch was initially charged with first-degree murder and those charges were lowered to second-degree.

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Olde Liberty loan holders make bid on property at auction
A New York firm looking to recover a multi-million dollar loan from developers of a luxury community bought a chunk of the property at auction this week.
D.B. Zwirn Real Estate Credit Partners LLC filed court papers this spring, seeking to recover nearly $9 million from Olde Liberty Club LLC, which operates Olde Liberty Golf and Country Club in Youngsville.
Olde Liberty took out an $11.5 million loan in August of 2005 to develop the property, but D.B. Zwirn said the loan is in default.

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Commissioners move forward on broadband
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with a plan that could bring broadband communications to the area.
The goal is for Franklin County to build and own a broadband communications backbone, allowing telecommunications companies to bring their service to homes and businesses that are otherwise underserved.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
LHS students Sherika Dean and Cora Bowden

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Say It Isn't So, Joe
Editorial Cartoon: Say It Isn't So, Joe


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Respect the office, if not the man
Millions of Americans have received a vivid answer to their questions about why this nation is headed in a troubling direction -- and why.
That came Wednesday night when the President addressed the Congress.
And no, the question that was answered had nothing to do with health care!
Frankly, after the President finished with that topic, there probably were more questions than when he began and hopefully that will lead to more enlightened discussion about an issue that touches virtually every American citizen.

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Your $5 can help a kid
Your $5 can help a kid
Got five bucks?
Need a way to spend it that will boost the community -- and help a child at the same time?
You might want to consider donating it -- and maybe getting five of your friends to also donate five bucks -- to the local Boys and Girls Club.
This is not their big fund raiser of the year. That comes next month.

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401 application headed to Washington, Easleys headed for trouble
401 application headed to Washington, Easleys headed for trouble
GOOD MORNING: The good Lord willing and the “crick” don’t rise, Franklin County’s case for funding for long-sought improvements to US 401 will be in the offices of the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. on Monday
Come what may, this volunteer US 401 Citizens Action Committee has won widespread support for updating the 11-mile section of US 401 from Northern Wake County into Franklin County from hundreds of people in the area, including such notables as Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and Wake County Senator Josh Stein, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation as well as the Senate Select Committee on Economic Recovery.

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About all those stupid voters
RALEIGH – If Forrest Gump’s mama was right that “stupid is as stupid does,” then there are quite a few North Carolina politicians, activists, and political commentators whose recent public behavior makes them as thick as old molasses.
It has become all the rage to ridicule one’s political opponents as not just mistaken but stupid. Democrats are doing it right now by making fun of the so-called Birthers who question President Barack Obama’s place of birth. They refer to polls indicating that significant numbers of Republican-leaning voters aren’t convinced that Obama was born in the United States.

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Should you care about Bernanke’s job?
Every four years we elect a president. But another very important person takes office every four years who, many say, eclipses the president in impact over the economy. This person is the chair of the Federal Reserve System, and we now know who this will be for the upcoming term – Ben Bernanke.
The head of the Federal Reserve is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Every president has an opportunity to appoint at least one Fed head, although not necessarily at the beginning of the president’s term. Fed heads are not subject to term limits (like presidents are). Alan Greenspan served almost five full terms running the Federal Reserve, and Bernanke has been nominated for his second full term.

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“We the People” aren’t in control anymore
Dear Editor:
Trillions! I don’t even understand “billions” yet.
My daddy always said, “If you can’t pay for it, don’t buy it!” I didn’t always do what he said, but I truly understand why he gave me that advice.

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Not a big fan of Bob, but he’s a stand-up guy
Dear Editor:
As everybody knows, I am not a big fan of Congressman Etheridge of North Carolina. Politically we disagree on most issues and I believe have a different view on what makes America great.
Now even though I have my differences with him, I always thought him to be intellectually honest on the issues, but as I told him at his Clayton Town Hall meeting, I believe lately, starting with the Cap & Trade (AKA Cap and Tax) Bill and his statement that he can’t wait to get back home to Washington, he has not been honest and this concerns me more than our political difference,  for I would hate to find out he (who I believe at heart is a good man) has finally succumbed to the lack of morals of Washington politics.

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OBITUARIES

MAXINE C. WILKINSON
LOUISBURG —Maxine C. Wilkinson, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Friday. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating.  Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.

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HANNAH J. TANT
ZEBULON — Hannah Jean Tant, 62, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 at Wake Medical Center. Private services to be conducted.

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CHRISTOPHER T. HARRIS
LOUISBURG — Christopher Todd Harris, 39, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 12) at Victory Free Will Baptist Church, 5251 Wiggins Mill Road, Lucama, with Pastor Wayne Whitley officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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SYLVESTER BRYANT
ALBEMARLE —Funeral services for Sylvester “June” Bryant, 79, who died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, Sept. 12) at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. C. L. Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARY T. STROUD
WAKE FOREST — Mary Timberlake “Bug” Stroud, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 12) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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YOLANDA M. D’AGOSTINO
YOUNGSVILLE —Yolanda M. (Colucci) D’Agostino, 82, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 at Carolina House of Wake Forest Assisted Living. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Sept. 10, from Majorano Funeral Home in Waterbury, Conn. A mass was held at our Lady of Lourdes Church.

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JEAN P. AMOS
ZEBULON — Jean Perry Amos, 71, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 11, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell, wih burial to follow in Pearce Baptist Church cemetery.

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COLLEEN B. BETTS
FRANKLINTON—  Colleen B. Betts died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. Arranements by Lea Funeral Home, Raleigh.


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Judith H. Gatling
April 20, 1943 – September 10, 2009
SPRING HOPE - Judith Catherine Harris Gatling, age 66, died Thursday at home. She was the daughter of the late Huford and Lucille Wheless Harris.

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DAPHINE L. MURPHY
October 18, 1916 – September 10, 2009
CASTALIA – Daphine Leonard Murphy, 92, of the Red Bud Community, passed away Thursday evening surrounded by her loving family.

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SPORTS

Tale Of 2 Matches
Louisburg High School’s Elmer Rayo (with ball) gains an advantage off a rush during Tuesday evening’s road setback at Northern Vance. The Warriors rebounded on Wednesday by topping SouthWest Edgecombe. (Submitted photo by Ashley Steven Ayscue)
Tale Of 2 Matches
LOUISBURG -- In Coach Brent Cardwell’s estimation, the real Louisburg Warriors finally stepped up during Wednesday’s road, non-conference boys soccer showdown at SouthWest Edgecombe.
For the Warriors, the surge was just in time as they managed to avoid a two-matches-in-two-nights sweep.
Instead, Louisburg rallied for  a 3-2 decision over SouthWest in Pinetops.

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Vance Rematch
MIDDLE MEETING. Northern Vance’s Katie Wilson (left) attempts a kill while being defended by Louisburg’s Zoe Hinton during Thursday afternoon’s non-conference volleyball match, which was held at the LHS Gymnasium. NV won the contest in three
Vance Rematch
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg got halfway through its Vance County Redemption Tour before running into the inexorable force that is the Northern Vance volleyball squad.
The Lady Warriors had opened their campaign three weeks ago with back-to-back losses at Southern Vance and Northern Vance -- before embarking on a long winning streak.

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NCC Tennis Time
BACKHAND BLAST. Franklinton High School’s Brooklyn Lynam returns a backhand during her No. 2 singles event Thursday as part of a Northern Carolina Conference girls match versus Louisburg. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
NCC Tennis Time
FRANKLINTON -- Tie-breakers were the order of the day during a Northern Carolina Conference girls tennis matchup on Thursday between Franklinton and Louisburg.
Only one of the six singles matches ended in regulation, but the Lady Rams showed plenty of savvy by winning four of the tie-breakers en route to an 8-3 overall team victory against Louisburg at the FHS Courts.
Louisburg’s lone singles winner was No. 6 H-Wing Eban, who stopped Franklinton’s Madison Hurley 3-6, 6-3 (8-2).

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Stunning picks in FT league
Stunning picks in FT league
With the first pick in The Franklin Times National Football League Fantasy Draft, I  select...
Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.
Carey Johnson, my not-so-esteemed opponent in this annual competition, seemed surprised by my opening selection.
But it was a fairly easy decision -- and one I had finalized (barring injury) over two months ago.
After countless hours of research by my war-room staff, picking Brees was a no-brainer -- especially considering the value that is placed on quarterback points in our league.

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Ladycats solid in trio of spike wins
BUNN -- The Bunn Ladycats picked up a trio of prep volleyball victories this week, including a pair in Northern Carolina Conference action.
Tuesday afternoon, the Ladycats traveled to Warren County and cruised to a 25-10, 25-10, 25-13 decision over their league foes.
Bunn served at 94 percent for the match and blasted 27 kills, with Tayla Ricks leading the way with nine blasts. Katie Jones (6) and Jasmine Brodie (5) combined for 11 kills for the victorious Ladycats.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 13-19
High School Cross Country
WEDNESDAY
NCC Meet at Roanoke Rapids    5 p.m.
THURSDAY
FHS at S. Granville Invitational    TBA

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Busy Week For BHS
STAND IN LINE. Southern Nash’s Julio Roman (front) heads the ball in front of two players on Tuesday afternoon. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Busy Week For BHS
BUNN -- Bunn didn’t have to wait long to get another chance against Southern Nash in boys soccer action.
The clubs met last week on SN’s home turf in Stanhope, and the host Firebirds were able to come away with an overtime victory.
During Tuesday’s rematch at the BHS Soccer Field, the Wildcats got off to a slow start, but used a strong second half to secure a clutch 3-1 conquest.

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Canes’ tickets going on sale
Canes’ tickets going on sale
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that individual game tickets for Hurricanes’ home games in October and November will be on sale to the general public on Monday, Sept. 14.
Tickets will be available at the Time Warner Cable Box Office at the RBC Center, CarolinaHurricanes.com and all Ticketmaster outlets beginning at 10 a.m.

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LIFESTYLES

Sharing through reading
Sharing through reading
A Sex Equity and Ethnic Diversity Sharing (SEEDS) reading group has been meeting at Louisburg High School for several years now. It consists of a group of 15 to 20 retired and non-retired teachers and friends who share ideas and beliefs based on books read or videos viewed.
The group was organized by Cherry Ayscue, guidance counselor at Louisburg High. The purpose and goals of the group are to promote tolerance of diversity in the classroom, to increase awareness and understanding of ethnic groups in the classroom, and to increase the use of works by ethnic and women authors in the classroom.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

WORKIN’ ON WINGS!
WORKIN’ ON WINGS!
Paul Farmer of Farmer’s  Foods in Louisburg lends his expertise to a batch of chicken wings on Sept. 3 as part of a food-raising promotion for the local Care & Share program. Among those helping out were Cindy Tharrington (center) and Andrea Leonard, the food assistance coordinator for Care & Share. The idea was simple, everyone who donated a non-perishable food item to Care & Share got a free grilled chicken wing covered with John Boy & Billy’s Grillin’ Sauce, and they got it hot off the grill! Other volunteers were loading the food items into a nearby truck to help meet a growing need in Franklin County as the recession takes its toll. According to Tharrington, the drive was very successful, with 700 pounds of food collected.

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Cherry Hill fall concert series
Cherry Hill fall concert series
With fall just around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about the new concert season at Cherry Hill, the 19th Century plantation home near Inez in Warren County. Kicking off the three-concert season this year will be Thomas Pandolfi, a concert pianist who will present some of his favorite works on the Steinway Concert Grand Piano beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. His program will include works by Franz Liszt, Alexander Scriabin and Frederic Chopin. A graduate of the Julliard School, Pandolfi earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Cherry Hill is a beautifully preserved mid-19th Century plantation home located on NC 58 in the Warren County community of Inez. Admission is $8 per person and tickets will be available at the door. For more information,visit www.cherryhillconcerts.com

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NAACP youth branch celebration
NAACP youth branch celebration
The Franklin County Youth NAACP recently celebrated the end of the 2008-2009 school year with a dinner at Saint Paul Presbyterian Church. The program was planned by the youth group under the direction of Phyllis Perry, Youth Council advisor; Geraldine Manley, teen advisor; and Etta Alston-Burgess, student advisor.
Guests included Judge Quon Bridges; Irma Bailey; Zollie W. O. Gill, local branch president; Mamie J. Jones, local branch secretary; James R. Jones, long-time NAACP member; Jerome Perry II, the first youth branch president, who is a sophomore at Winston-Salem State University; parents and family.

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Poole speaks to Lions
Poole speaks to Lions
The Louisburg Lions Club was treated recently to an update from Louisburg College officials on the 52nd season of the Allen de Hart Concert Series planned for 2009-2010.  The first of the 10 performance series this season kicks off on Sept. 12 at the Seby Jones Center for the Performing Arts with The Kingston Trio. Robert Poole, auditorium manager, informed club members that each show this season will have a little something extra for fans to enjoy.  Poole informed the Lions membership that approximately 450 season tickets have been sold with the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium capable of seating 800 plus patrons.

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Gold Sand invited to parade
Gold Sand invited to parade
The South Atlantic Fire & Rescue Expo invited the Gold Sand Fire Department to participate in the North Carolina Main Street Fire Parade on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh on Aug. 22.
The parade featured 50 modern fire trucks, 10 antique fire trucks, three pipe and drum bands and 10 FD Honor Guard squads, along with numerous EMS units from Wake County. The fire parade wrapped up a three-day convention of firefighters and rescue workers from around the state, which was held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Wallops Webb
Bunn Wallops Webb
BUNN -- For the past two seasons, Oxford Webb and Bunn have engaged in gridiron thrillers that weren’t decided until literally the last play of the game.
That wasn’t the case in this year’s renewal, which was staged Friday at the BHS Football Field.
The host Wildcats never trailed and led by as many as 41 points during a 41-16 decision over the Warriors in a non-conference matchup.

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Red Rams Rout Granville Central
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton scored on its first drive -- and again and again -- during a lopsided home football victory Friday against Granville Central.
By halftime, the Red Rams had piled up 35 points en route to a convincing 51-8 decision over the upstart Panthers in a non-conference showdown at the FHS Football Field.
Now 2-2, Franklinton will hit the road again this coming Friday for a date at Oxford Webb.

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LHS Blanks Trojans
TILLERY -- A former Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference foe provided little resistance Friday to the Louisburg High School football team.
Louisburg used to be in the TRAC with Southeast Halifax, but the Warriors have moved up this fall to compete in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
But before embarking on their NCC schedule in a few weeks, the Warriors are enjoying a prosperous stretch of non-league outings -- a run that continued Friday at the SEH Football Field.

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