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Showing 42 articles from September 22, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

HANNA STORM
HANNA STORM
A Franklin County resident called out Franklin County staff and commissioners for dragging their feet in respons to taxpayer queries.
Back in April, Sheila Hanna brought to the attention of commissioners her concerns that interwoven relationships within the town’s economic development groups and committees essentially fostered a Good Old Boy Network.
And more dangerous, she feared, was that the relationships violated state statutes.

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BOE rejects superintendent job applicants, search still on
BOE rejects superintendent job applicants, search still on
After meeting in a closed door session to discuss personnel matters Monday, the Franklin County Board of Education emerged with instructions to its attorney to draft letters to all applicants for the superintendent’s job saying to each applicant that they were no longer under consideration.
Minutes of the meeting indicate that “the board shall continue and broaden the search for a permanent superintendent.”

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Youngsville Fall Festival
Youngsville Fall Festival
Burt Tippett, right, checks equipment while Tom Uhtand, background, throws some more burgers on the grill for Griffin’s Restaurant, one of the vendors at Saturday’s Youngsville Fall Festival, hosted by the town’s Youngsville Area Business Association.

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Medicaid fraud charges baseless
Investigators have revealed that charges of Medicaid fraud against a Louisburg substance abuse and mental health support agency are unfounded.
On Aug. 26 and Aug. 31,  Five County Mental Health Authority dispatched compliance team members to Family Intervention and Prevention Services (FIPS) to conduct targeted reviews into allegations by a former employee that FIPS was guilty of billing Medicaid for services it did not provide.

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Special-use permit ok’d for complex
Franklin County commissioners approved a special-use permit that is expected to bring entertainment to southern Franklin County.
David Bunn and Nelson Ross plan to turn 37 acres on Old Halifax Road into the Norris Creek Outdoor Entertainment Complex — where they would host tractor shows, music festivals, rodeos and other outdoor activities.
On Monday night, commissioners approved the request by unanimous decision.

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Centerville Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 50 years of community service
Centerville Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 50 years of community service
First, barbecue about 1,000 pounds of pork.
Then do the same with about 800 chicken halves.
Finally,  add all the fix’ins -- and fellowship -- especially the fellowship!
The result?
In this case it was the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department celebrating its half century of fighting fires and service to the community last Saturday.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Eric Barboza

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Stand Real Still and Maybe It Will Go Away
Editorial Cartoon: Stand Real Still and Maybe It Will Go Away


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Louisburg traffic concerns are real
Sometimes the important messages come hidden, somewhat disguised from easy view because they are wrapped in other issues.
We think something like that is happening around Louisburg these days.
Monday night a couple who own a home on the town’s North Main Street complained to the town council about street-side parking and cars that sometimes block either their driveway or their view -- or both.
The issue, they said, is safety -- and the town took it under advisement pending a little legal research.

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Does the “Good Ole Boy” network have a new member? I don’t think so
Does the “Good Ole Boy” network have a new member? I don’t think so
GOOD MORNING: Although yesterday (Tuesday) was officially the first day of fall, or more precisely autumn, allow me to welcome you to the leaf-gathering season. Fall has begun falling in earnest now.  Poplar and Sweet Gum trees out my way have been shedding their leaves in ever-increasing amounts for the past couple of weeks.
I am also happy to note that coupled with the arrival of Fall  was a bit of welcome rainfall.

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Getting answers can be an exercise of push and pull ... and creating a stink
Getting answers can be an exercise of push and pull ... and creating a stink
As someone who gathers information for a living, it’s crucial to learn the importance of when to push hard and when to pull back.
I’ve never really put it into percentages, but in order to get the job done, you have to push hard for information 100 percent of the time while appearing that you are pulling back almost all the time.
It’s a tough trick, but getting people to talk about stuff they’d rather not is a tough job.
On Monday night, though, I was reminded why it’s not just a job.

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Website Reader Participation Results September 16-22
Last Week’s Poll
Increase fee percentage?
Should Franklin County Schools increase the architects fee percentage, just because the school project came
in at a lower bid?

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Will the national debt sink us?
A couple of weeks ago the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), nonpartisan experts on the federal budget, boosted their estimate of the national debt in 10 years by $2 trillion. The CBO says the national debt will be $14 trillion in 2019, up from $7 trillion today.
The announcement set off renewed concerns about what the national debt means to taxpayers and to the nation’s economy. So let me try to answer some common questions about the national debt, what it means and whether you should be worried.

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Obamacare’s snake oil cure-all
Dear Editor:
President Obama reminds me of a snake oil peddler. Both Obama and the snake oil peddler go from town to town pushing their cure-all potion.

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Editorial’s too biased for reader
Dear Editor:
I find The Franklin Times to be a reliable source of information about local events and local government. However, I don’t think you serve our community well when you present information on national news items, usually done on your editorial page. There is one recent editorial that was so biased in its presentation that I feel counter-points must be made for your readers.

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OBITUARIES

ZACHARY M. ALLEN
SPRING HOPE - Zachary M. Allen, infant (still-born), died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 at Duke Hospital in Durham. Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

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DOROTHY J. HARRIS
RALEIGH - Dorothy Elizabeth Jones Harris, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. A service honoring her life will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 23) at Bryan Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, with the Rev. George Shore officiating. Inerment will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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KAREN P. STARKEY
YOUNGSVILLE —Karen Lana Payne Starkey, 62, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 at her place of residence A memorial service will be conducted  at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at The Cremation Society of the Carolinas, 2205 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh.

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NED T. MITCHELL
ZEBULON - Ned Thorpe Mitchell, 70, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 20, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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RONALD S. BOLDEN
FRANKLINTON—Ronald S. Bolden, 43, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 24, at New Liberty Baptist Church, Louisburg, with Pastor Jamil Crosson officiating.

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KATHERINE ALMA KEARNEY FREEMAN
FRANKLINTON - Katherine Alma Kearney Freeman, 49, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009 at her residence.

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SPORTS

TAKE A STAND
PICKOFF TIME. Louisburg High School’s Deandre Blacknall (with ball) returns an interception in the fourth quarter of last Friday’s home football victory over Southern Wayne. Blacknall is helped on the play by a block from teammate Ervin Hunt (2
TAKE A STAND
LOUISBURG - Before the season, incoming head coach Chris Lee indicated that defense would be a considerable strength for the Louisburg High School football squad.
But not even Lee could have imagined this.
The Warriors have now gone 10 quarters without allowing a touchdown following their second straight shutout -- a 14-0 home decision last Friday against Southern Wayne in a non-league matchup at LHS’ Patterson Field.

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Rams Get Passed By Webb
BREAKING THROUGH. Franklinton High School’s Reggie Williams (with ball) splits a pair of Oxford Webb defenders on his way to a touchdown during last Friday’s non-conference prep football game, which was claimed by the host Warriors.
Rams Get Passed By Webb
OXFORD -- An effective running game usually trumps an opponent’s passing attack -- but that was hardly the case last Friday night at Warrior Field.
Working out of their spread offense, the host Webb Warriors used a wealth of big plays through the air en route to defeating ground-oriented Franklinton by a 32-21 score in non-conference prep football action.
Both teams now stand at 2-3 overall on the season.

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Rematch time for Wildcats
Rematch time for Wildcats
BUNN -- Coming off a bye week and two consecutive victories, the Bunn Wildcats appear to be happy and healthy heading into this Friday’s home showdown against Nash Central.
Before the streak, the Wildcats were bemoaning their inability to win tight games as they opened their 2009 schedule with nail-biting losses to C.B. Aycock and Southern Nash.

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Mike is surging at Wake
Mike is surging at Wake
It’s three weeks in a row for Mike Rinfrette following Wake Forest University’s home football victory last Saturday over the Elon Phoenix.
Rinfrette, touchdown maker, scored for the third straight week while helping the Demon Deacons improve to 2-1 overall under veteran head coach Jim Grobe.
A senior at WFU and former Bunn standout, Rinfrette has seen an increased role in Wake Forest’s offense during his final campaign. He has also developed a knack as being a ‘go-to- guy then the Demon Deacons are near the goal line.

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An Early Challenge
SKY-HIGH HOPPER. Bunn High School’s Savannah Hopper (right) elevates for a kill during her club’s road victory last Friday afternoon over Franklinton in a Northern Carolina Conference volleyball showdown.
An Early Challenge
FRANKLINTON -- For the Bunn Ladycats, it didn’t take long to figure out that a much-improved Franklinton squad was going to provide a test last Friday.
But the Ladycats didn’t panic. Instead, Bunn overcome an early Lady Rams’ threat and defeated the Lady Rams in a key Northern Carolina Conference volleyball matchup at the FHS Gymnasium.
Bunn withstood Franklinton in the opening game and went on to post a 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 decision over Lindsay Dehart’s Lady Rams.

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LC hoops sked released
LC hoops sked released
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s 2009-10 men’s basketball campaign will begin Nov. 6 and 7 with a pair of games as part of the annual Coca-Cola Classic at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
LC, coached by John Meeks, will also have a Blue/White Scrimmage on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes will host a jamboree on Oct. 8 at East Chapel Hill High School.

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FINE FINISH
FINE FINISH
The newly formed Shockers 12-Under Fast-Pitch Softball Team took second place during the USFA Back To School Bash, which was held Aug. 29-30 in Nashville. Victor Dunston is serving as the head coach. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Jeff Davis, Victor Dunston, Chris Brantley and Daryl Timberlake; (middle, l to r) Jayla Cofield, Erica Davis, Madison Bell, Kristi Green, Tainasha Vines, Korrie Cooke and Sydney Parrish; (front, l to r) Lauren Williams, Paige Timberlake, Maggie Brantley, Jazmaine Mayo, Stephanie Williams, Ellen Blevins and Victoria Dunston.

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FHS takes pair of XC crowns
FHS takes pair of XC crowns
CREEDMOOR -- The Franklinton Red Rams didn’t just carry home one trophy following last Thursday’s South Granville Invitational.
FHS claimed both the boys and girls top prizes at the six-team meet, which also featured Oxford Webb, Kerr-Vance, Franklinton Academy and Granville Central -- along with host South Granville.

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LIFESTYLES

Art sale to benefit land conservancy
Art sale to benefit land conservancy
A reception and sale of paintings by Chapel Hill artist Emily Eve Weinstein will be held to raise funds for Tar River Land Conservancy.
The event will be Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Seby Jones Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Louisburg College. Admission is free.

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Reaves, Cochran marry
Reaves, Cochran marry
Jessica Reaves and Eric Cochran were married April 25, 2009 at Oak Level Christian Church. The officiating minister for the 4 p.m. ceremony was Dave Gilbert.
The bride’s parents are Teresa Perry, Charlene Dark and David Reaves.
The groom is the son of Ronald and Janet Thompson.

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Raynor, Petrosillo wed
Raynor, Petrosillo wed
Tammy Michelle Raynor and Dominick Dante Petrosillo, III were united in marriage Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 4 p.m. in the Elizabethan Gardens at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island, Manteo, N. C.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Marion (Rickey) Raynor III of Louisburg. The groom is the son of Dominick Dante Petrosillo, Jr. of New Bern and the late Regina Bacon Petrosillo of Long Island, N. Y.

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Walker, Carter nuptials
Walker, Carter nuptials
Caroline Jolene Walker and Chad Michael Carter, both of Raleigh, were married Saturday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Morehead City.  Following the service, the parents of the bride hosted a reception at The Dunes Club at Atlantic Beach. 
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Thomas Walker Jr. of Morehead City.  She is the granddaughter of Mrs. W.T. Walker, Sr. and the late Dr. Walker of Kernersville and Hilda Hollowell Howell of Goldsboro and the late Murray Stephens Howell of Goldsboro.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
George B. and Millie W. Hale of Wake Forest announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Leigh Hale, to James Edward Roberson of Youngsville. The groom-elect is the son of James H. Roberson of Franklinton and Linda P. Roberson of Youngsville.  The wedding will take place on Nov. 14, 2009 at 3 p.m. at Franklinton Baptist Church in Franklinton.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

ROTC training LC students to be leaders
ROTC training LC students to be leaders
When Samantha Pendergraft was a student at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, she was an active member of the AJROTC program. During her freshman year at Louisburg College – just this past spring, as a matter of fact – an ROTC program was started at Louisburg College. Pendergraft signed up for the program mainly, she says, to gain leadership experience. And, just one month into her sophomore year, she is already putting those leadership skills to work. In addition to taking a full course load, she serves as president of Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society of junior colleges; a team leader for the Christian Life Council; president of the Commuter’s Club; a member of Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity; and is a student ambassador and orientation counselor.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton man dies in wreck
A Franklinton man was killed last week after he crashed head-on into a car carrier.
According to a report by Trooper B.S. Gardner, Ronald Bolden, 43, of Green Street, was traveling north on U.S. 1 near the Vance County line when he ran off the road to the left, crossed a median, spun around and then crashed into an auto carrier in the southbound lane.

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Residents express traffic concerns at Louisburg Town Council meeting
Concerns about parking and traffic flow along North Main Street in Louisburg were referred to the town’s attorney Monday night after two residents raised questions about safety.
Patricia Glatt and Kenneth Cain told the town board that they had “great concern” about cars parked along both sides of North Main Street (just north of downtown) because of the lack of visibility when they try to enter or exit their driveway.

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More photos from the Youngsville Fall Festival
More photos from the Youngsville Fall Festival
Sliding into fall. Gracie Denton, center, and Taylor Bucklin, right, take the final plunge down a slide set up at the Youngsville Fall Festival.

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Rogers completes training
Army National Guard Pvt. Dustin T. Rogers has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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Fletcher graduates from basic
Army Pfc. Christopher J. Fletcher has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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I Yam what I yam
I Yam what I yam
William Bunn, of the Edward Best community, holds a 5 1/2-pound sweet potato he grew in his garden. The vegetable is 10.25 inches long and 5 inches in diameter. Bunn, whose past green thumb efforts have yielded a 103-pound watermelon and a 14-pound cantaloupe, credits using clean freshly-turned dirt and manure as fertilizer. (Times photo by Jay Lamm)

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BUSINESS

Vollmer, Haislip elected to TRLC board
The board of directors of the Tar River Land Conservancy recently elected two new members.
John Vollmer of Bunn and Bryan Haislip of Tarboro will begin three-year terms at the board’s October meeting. Linda Sigmon of Oxford and Boyd Sturges of Louisburg were re-elected to new three-year terms.

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