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Showing 32 articles from September 15, 2009.

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Farming is universal
Lauren Barkley wears her winning Ag Field Day T-shirt design
Farming is universal
A team of administrators and farmers from Uruguay easily had the longest ride of anyone who made it to Tuesday’s annual Animal Agriculture Field Day in Louisburg.
The county’s Cooperative Extension office has sponsored the event for the past 15 years, giving the school system’s third graders a chance to learn how farming techniques take food and goods from the farm to their dinner tables and homes.

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BOE revises architect’s contract
School board members agreed Monday night to revise a contract with an architect that will pay it less than originally projected, but beyond what they would have received under the original contract.
The Board of Education entered into a contract with MBAJ in February 2007, agreeing to pay architect fees calculated on 5.2 percent of the construction costs for the new Franklinton High School, which was estimated to cost $34.5 million to build.

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Antique tractors never get old
Antique tractors never get old
Last year, it was grey skies and rain that kept most away from Justice’s annual car and tractor show.
This year, organizers feared that a bleak economy might keep exhibitors and visitors away.
Bright skies and the lure of tractors as far as the eye could see, though, combined to chase away any fears.
“We had people come from all over eastern North Carolina,” said Linda Aycock, part of the long list of community members who have worked to bring the Justice Community Antique Tractor, Car & Engine show to Franklin County for the past nine years.

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Good day sunshine
SAWDUST. Dallas Glover, left, and Lynwood Buffalo of Youngsville Baptist Church work Saturday during the United Way of Franklin County Day of Caring. More than 200 volunteers participated countywide in this year’s event. (Times photo by Jay Lamm)
Good day sunshine
A 15-year-old who lost his left leg to cancer two weeks ago. A 92-year-old woman in Youngsville who lives alone but is still independent with the help of family. A 58-year-old woman with chronic heart disease and diabetes who had her window shot out one night and who needed massive piles of decaying wood removed from her yard for a safer path to her home.
These are just a few of the people who were helped through the Franklin County United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 12 that brought together 200-plus volunteers in all, working on 34 projects countywide.

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Bandied about
Bandied about
Christian Forsythe, 7, of Louisburg bounces toward the heavens on Saturday while at the Tar River Festival in Louisburg. The festival, coordinated by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, hosted steady crowds throughout the day.

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RUFF TIME
RUFF TIME
Dr. Page Wages with CareFirst Animal Hospital in Raleigh holds onto Abbey, a Schitzu, while giving her a rabies vaccination shot. The Franklin County Humane Society hosted the free clinic in Youngsville on Saturday. One hundred and twenty shots were administered.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
White Level’s Savannah Neal, 18 months

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Moore Bid
Editorial Cartoon: Moore Bid


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Architect fee increase another controversy for county leadership
At first blush, there are some major questions about action the Franklin County Board of Education took on Monday night.
That decision, which will cost taxpayers a significant amount of money, is simple: The board agreed to pay additional architectural fees after the bids on the new Franklinton High School came in about $10 million under pre-bid estimates.
While that savings was good news to taxpayers, it was a different story to the architectural firm that designed the school.

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Application headed to Washington, Chief Gilliam headed to retirement
Application headed to Washington, Chief Gilliam headed to retirement
GOOD MORNING: It’s done. Franklin County’s application seeking $65.4 million in Federal stimulus funding to 4-lane U.S. 401 from Rolesville to Louisburg is done.  The lengthy (over 1,000 page) document, representing the hopes of thousands of motorists who commute to work in the Raleigh area daily and over eight months of work by the all-volunteer U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee, was transmitted to the U.S. Transportation Department in Washington, D.C. electronically late Monday.

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School board gets an “F” in finance, deputy scares you straight
School board gets an “F” in finance, deputy scares you straight
I’m pretty sure a few years ago that if school board members told voters they’d be able to shave more than $144,000 off of architect fees, they would have been giddy.
And if you told them the same thing before Monday night — as everyone is dealing with a crippling economy — voters would probably have been ecstatic.

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Prove it’s not a lie
Dear Editor,
Please do nothing. Your efforts make life worse—for example the health care reform. In an article, “The Assault on Truth,” in the September issue of AARP Bulletin, not a conservative talk show or Republican operative addressed the truth about the effect that health care proposals will have on Medicare.

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Health care madness or Democratic Party madness?
Dear Editor,
The current debate over health care is one that I never thought I would actually witness after our last election...  Not because others, (Clinton, Kennedy), have made the attempt to overhaul a much needed system with debate and eventually failure.  Rather my bewilderment is derived from a more insidious source—the Democratic Party.

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OBITUARIES

MARY ANN BROKENSHIRE
LOUISBURG - Mary Ann Brokenshire, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009.  A celebration service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at White Level Baptist Church.

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MAYNARD L. CASH
LOUISBURG – Maynard Lassiter Cash, 77, died Sunday morning, Sept. 13, 2009. Graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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JONATHAN D. YOUNG
YOUNGSVILLE - Jonathan Dean Young, 40, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 at his home. No services are planned.


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MIMA JOY WHITAKER
SUMTER, S.C. - Mima Joy Whitaker, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 12, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Latham Harris officiating. Entombment was in Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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EDSEL V. WHITAKER SR.
SUMTER, S.C. - Edsel V. Whitaker Sr., 82, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 12, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Latham Harris officiating. Entombment was in Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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GRACE E. RADFORD
LOUISBURG – Grace Eleanor Radford, 92, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Chaplain Allen Murphy officiating.

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JENNY G. JOHNSTON
FRANKLINTON —Jenny Gunderson Johnston, 48, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009. Arrangements by Cremation Society, Raleigh.


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BRENDA JOYCE SMITH HARRIS
September 25, 1951 to September 12, 2009
Zebulon — A memorial service was conducted September 15, 6 p.m., at Lou Chapel Holiness Church, Spring Lake, NC.

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GEORGE M. WEST
December 6, 1929 – September 12, 2009
LOUISBURG - George Maurice West, 79, of Louisburg, died peacefully on Saturday, September 12, 2009.

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SPORTS

A WILDCAT WALTZ
REACHING FOR A STAR. Bunn High School quarterback Montrel Cooke (with ball) escapes a tackle attempt from Oxford Webb’s Harris Lue (50) during last Friday’s gridiron matchup at the BHS Football Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
A WILDCAT WALTZ
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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LHS, Southern Duel To A Tie
LHS, Southern Duel To A Tie
HENDERSON -- Fit To Be Tied was the theme of Monday’s non-conference boys soccer showdown between Louisburg and host Southern Vance.
For LHS head coach Brent Cardwell, that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, as he acknowledged that the Runnin’ Raiders were a quality opponent.

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College heroics plentiful
College heroics plentiful
Several Franklin Countians are excelling on the collegiate level this fall, from volleyball to soccer to football.
Here’s a look at some of them. This list is not complete, with updates on other standouts to be printed in the coming weeks.
• Bunn’s Mike Rinfrette, a senior fullback at Wake Forest, has scored touchdowns in the Deacons’ first two games -- a loss to Baylor and a comeback win over Stanford.

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FHS’ King-Sized Effort
FHS’ King-Sized Effort
HENDERSON -- It a performance fit for a king, the Franklinton Red Rams rolled to a first-round victory over Granville Central last Friday at the annual Burger King Classic Boys Soccer Tournament.
But FHS’ success was short-lived as the Red Rams were defeated in the finals by host Kerr-Vance Academy.
In the opener, Franklinton rolled past Granville Central, marking the second time the Red Rams have defeated the upstart Panthers during the 2009 season.

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Warriors shut out Southeast Halifax
Warriors shut out Southeast Halifax
TILLERY -- A former Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference foe provided little resistance last 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.

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Franklinton routs Granville Central, 51-8
Franklinton routs Granville Central, 51-8
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton scored on its first drive -- and again and again -- during a lopsided home football victory last Friday night against Granville Central High School.
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.

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Mudcats on squad
Mudcats on squad
MARIETTA, GA. -- Three Carolina Mudcats have been selected to the Class AA Southern League Baseball Postseason All-Star Team.
Voting was conducted by the league’s field managers, radio broadcasters and print media.
Carolina’s selections are third baseman Juan Francisco, utility man Todd Frazier and left-handed pitcher Travis Wood.

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Another huge win for LC
Another huge win for LC
FORK UNION, VA. -- If national observers hadn’t taken notice yet of the Louisburg College football program, they most certainly will now.
Taking on Fork Union Military Academy -- one of the country’s top postgrad programs -- the Hurricanes rolled to a 42-16 road victory Sunday afternoon.

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Tar River Rush 5-K a success
Tar River Rush 5-K a success
LOUISBURG -- Tymir Williams-Park took first place at the Tar River Rush 5-K Race, which was held last Saturday as part of the annual Tar River Festival.
Williams, 18, trekked the 3.1-mile course in 18:43. Richard Ferguson, a 50-year-old from Danville, Va., was second at 19:18.
A total of 45 runners took part in the event.
The Top-20 finishers were as follows:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton woman assaulted with ice pick
FRANKLINTON — Police continue to look for a suspect in an attempted mugging and robbery.
According to a report by Officer Terry Pearce, Carolyn Linette McGhee was walking near Bullock Street the evening of Sept. 1 when she reported being accosted.

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