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Showing 38 articles from September 25, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Boys and Girls Club hires new director
Boys and Girls Club hires new director
A Louisburg native is returning to Franklin County to help direct an agency that provides a guiding light for this county’s youth.
Shamequa Wilkerson began work as unit director of the Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina (BGCNCNC) in Louisburg this week.
Wilkerson is a 1998 graduate of Louisburg High School.
“This gives me a chance to give back to the community,” said Wilkerson. “It changes lives.”

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Home improvement
Home improvement
A state granting organization awarded a Franklin County rest home seed money to renovate and create jobs.
Franklin County agreed in May to partner with Zollieville Rest Home to seek $48,000 from the N.C. Rural Center.
The organization’s board approved the request in August and announced the award this week.
It will help proprietors renovate the aging buildings on East River Road in Louisburg and potentially hire at least four new employees.

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Elderly targeted by scam artists
Local and area law enforcement agencies are looking for suspects responsible for targeting and swindling the elderly.
According to reports in Louisburg and Franklin County, on at least three occasions, someone represented themselves as either a family member or friend of a family member in need of money for auto repairs.
In each case, the suspects asked for money or were able to get money from the older residents under false pretense.

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Dallas Neal accused of car theft
A former Bunn High School multi-sport standout is awaiting a court date next month on charges that he stole a Maserati.
According to published reports and Raleigh Police, Dallas Fitzgerald Neal, 25, is accused of stealing the high-class, $110,000 sports car from a Maserati  dealership on Capital Boulevard on Sept. 13.
Fayetteville police officers, who assisted Raleigh PD, arrested Neal, 25, at a friend’s house on Sept. 16 without incident.

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Broadband group discussions begin to determine best plan of action
Broadband group discussions begin to determine best plan of action
Communication consultants and county staff met with focus groups this week, trying to figure out the best way that broadband services could meet their needs.
Earlier this month, Franklin County commissioners agreed to enter into a $70,000 contract with Excelsio Communications to seek funding to plan, design, construct and implement broadband infrastructure to serve government, industry, institutions, business and, eventually, residents.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Dalton Cowley, 9 mos.


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Swanee Fibber
Editorial Cartoon: Swanee Fibber


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Program administrators reap benefits of funds meant for returning citizen soldiers
Yet again, in a seemingly relentless barrage of bureaucratic incompetence, we see another failure of our much-vaunted university system in this great state.
Just Friday a headline in the Raleigh N&O read “Well-paid staff, little help for soldiers.”
It appears to be another example of incompetence -- or worse -- that not only has wasted millions of our tax dollars, it has failed to help the people who have given so much to this nation.

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Remembering a hunting buddy and so what if we’re biased
Remembering a hunting buddy and so what if we’re biased
TOO BIASED? After reading John Berry’s letter to the editor in this past Wednesday’s edition of The Franklin Times, I can understand why Berry is of the opinion that the editorial regarding President Obama’s speech to the nation’s school children in our Sept. 9th issue was too biased for him. That’s generally the case when one is gored by one’s own bull so to speak.

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DOT Secretary not happy with 401 Committee members
DOT Secretary not happy with 401 Committee members
Whew! You’d have thought we stole the french fries out of Gene Conti’s happy meal!
Granted, we didn’t expect red carpet treatment last Friday afternoon when we -- fellow 401 Citizens Action Committee member Gary Faulkner and I -- faced the NC Department of Transportation “lion” in his very own den, but it was obvious he was one unhappy Secretary of Transportation.

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Have we lowered our standards?
UNC President Erskine Bowles emerged from a recent meeting of the Education Cabinet and fired what should have been a warning shot regarding the state of education in North Carolina. Bowles said our standards are too low.
He’s right. We tolerate excuses and low expectations on all fronts in public education. It isn’t acceptable that parents are not more involved in their child’s education. Raising children is not a sideline activity. Making sure children do their homework, get sufficient rest and understand the value of education is part of the job, as is staying informed about their progress and urging them to excel.

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Back to school on immigrants
RALEIGH – The North Carolina community college system seems bound and determined to admit illegal aliens. And once again, hotheads on both sides are doing their best to complicate a tough subject with irrelevant claims.
Let’s walk our way through the immigration thicket one more time.

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OBITUARIES

OLGA K. HARRIS
FRANKLINTON - Olga K. Harris of Lorton, Va. died Sunday, Sept. 20 . She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie W. Harris, and her daughter, Myrna Clarice Harris.

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WENDY AYSCUE BROWN
LOUISBURG - Wendy Ayscue Brown, 49, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Rex Hospital.

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MARIE KINTON PERRY
ROLESVILLE - Marie Kinton Perry, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital.

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JOSEPH R. ROCHELLE
WAKE FOREST - Joseph R. Rochelle, 54, of 3521 Pine Valley Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 20 at his residence.

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HAROLD MCLAWHON JR.
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -  H.L. “BoBo” McLawhon, Jr., 72, died Tuesday, Sept. 22.

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BERTHA MAE BUNN
ZEBULON - Bertha Mae Bunn, 86, died Monday, Sept. 21. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bogue and Lelia Walker Bunn.

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DOUGLAS CARL STEINWAY
WAKE FOREST - Douglas Carl Steinway, 60, died Saturday, Sept. 19.

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ELSIE G. BARROW
RALEIGH - Elsie Gupton Barrow, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 22.

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W. LARRY COOKE
LOUISBURG - W. Larry Cooke, 66, died today (Friday, Sept. 25).

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BEATRICE BARHAM HILL
LOUISBURG – Beatrice B. Hill died September 24, 2009 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Born in Franklin County, NC July 24, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Charles B. Barham, Sr., and Virginia Denton.

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SPORTS

COURT ORDERS
READY TO STRIKE. Franklinton No. 3 singles player Ashley Boeye prepares to blast a winner Thursday during a match against North Johnston. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
COURT ORDERS
FRANKLINTON - With four top singles standouts returning from last year, things continue to be on the upswing for the Franklinton High School girls tennis program.
But there is still work to be done, as evidenced by Thursday’s 7-2 home loss to North Johnston in a Northern Carolina Conference matchup at the FHS Courts.

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LHS’ Alarm Clock Goes Off
DAVIS DELIVERS. Louisburg High School’s Erin Davis (right) comes through with a kill for the Lady Warriors during Thursday’s match against North Johnston. The Lady Warriors claimed the Northern Carolina Conference event in three games.
LHS’ Alarm Clock Goes Off
LOUISBURG -- Perhaps Louisburg High School head coach Erica Wammock should have brought an alarm clock to Thursday’s home volleyball key volleyball matchup against North Johnston.
But maybe Wammock’s stern look to her players early in the opening game told the full story.
Either way, Wammock’s Lady Warriors shook off some early lethargy and went on to defeat the Lady Panthers by a 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 margin at the LHS Gymnasium.

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BHS girls win over the Vikes
HOPPER HITS ONE. Savannah Hopper and the Bunn Ladycats went on the road this week and defeated Tarboro High School in a non-conference volleyball matchup in Edgecombe County. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BHS girls win over the Vikes
TARBORO -- Bunn took to the road Wednesday to secure a tougher-than-expected volleyball victory at Tarboro.
In the non-conference meeting, the Ladycats were taken to five games before earning a 25-16, 23-25, 25-6, 23-25, 15-7 decision.
BHS head coach Henry Jones opted to use his substitutes in the second and fourth games, which contributed, in part, to the Lady Vikings’ success.

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Soccer is starting in league
Soccer is starting in league
Roanoke Rapids will have talent and tradition on its side when the Northern Carolina Conference opens its 2009 league boys soccer schedule Monday night.
Will that be enough to propel the Jackets to an NCC title this fall after a two-year hiatus?
At least one conference coach thinks so.

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Pinnell has big match for Peace College
Pinnell has big match for Peace College
RALEIGH -- The Peace College volleyball team defeated Greensboro College 3-2 on Tuesday for its first-ever win against The Pride in 17 tries.
The event was held at Hermann Center on the Peace College campus in Downtown Raleigh.
This marked Peace’s first conference win of the season and the team improved to 5-8 overall.  Greensboro dropped to 3-12 overall.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3
High School Football
FRIDAY
North Johnston at Bunn    7:30 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Northern Vance    7:30 p.m.

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LC returns home after two victories
LC returns home after two victories
LOUISBURG -- Following a three-week hiatus, the Louisburg College Hurricanes will return home on Sunday for a football showdown against ASA Institute.
Much has happened within the LC gridiron program since then, as the Hurricanes, with an undefeated start, have started to gain more notoriety on a national level.

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Big Match For BHS
Big Match For BHS
BUNN -- After a strong start to the season, the Bunn Wildcats have fizzled in recent weeks on the boys soccer field.
That’s not necessarily a good sign as the Wildcats head into their Northern Carolina Conference schedule, which begins Monday at Roanoke Rapids.
But there is still plenty of room for optimism in BHS’ camp, especially with the expected return this week of several key players.

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LIFESTYLES

North Carolina and Uruguay connection
North Carolina and Uruguay connection
North Carolina, through the NC State University delegation of agricultural educators, shares knowledge and experiences of sustainable, primarily organic agriculture with the country of Uruguay.
Martha Leonard Mob-ley, a former student of mine, made an interesting 10-day trip to Uruguay back in 2007. She made this trip with a delegation of agricultural educators from NC State. Her thoughts and experiences were shared with me as she recalls the similarity of the two places, North Carolina and the country of Uruguay.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

30-YEAR REUNION
30-YEAR REUNION
The Louisburg High School Class of 1979 held its 30-year reunion on July 3 at Joey’s Italian Chop House in Louisburg. Pictured, front row, left to right, are Joanna Hayes, Faye Mitchell Wienner, Carolyn Perry Freeman, Blondina Harris, Adelle Hayes; second row: Katie Perry-Brown, Nannie Solomon, Esther Brodie Daniels, Pamela Freeman, Deborah Eaton, Annie Spivey; back row: Craig Lloyd, John Benton, Mary Wilkins Fogg, Ramona Macon and Douglas Gupton. Not pictured, Joseph Walker and Brenda Wilkins Thomas. Anyone wanting pictures, call Brenda Thomas, (919) 671-5457.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Crop Hunger Walk, Oct. 4
Ian Faulkner (left) and Daniel Hales hold a picture of Butch Davis, coach, and a UNC football and basketball team picture. (Submitted photo)
Crop Hunger Walk, Oct. 4
If you’re a college sports fan, this year’s annual Louisburg Area CROP Hunger Walk offers something special.
The walk, which is sponsored by the Louisburg Interchurch Council, will be held Sunday, Oct. 4.
It will begin at 2 p.m. with registration of “sponsored” walkers. Sponsor envelopes can be obtained from local church recruiters or by calling the Louisburg United Methodist Church at 496-3736.

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4-H camp wraps up
Although schools get back in session in the fall, the Cooperative Extension used this past summer to continue its educational outreach.
Extension Agent for 4-H youth development Crystal Smith wrapped up another year of 4-H Summer FUNdamentals by providing more than 120 children with learning activities, ranging from piano lessons, to fitness challenges to wildlife camp options.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Safe Space, Inc., a non-profit domestic violence agency serving Franklin County, will recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with two events in October.        
Community members are invited to join the Safe Space, Inc. Board of Directors, staff and supporters in remembering victims and survivors at the annual Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of the Louisburg College Main Building. The vigil will include comments and remembrances by community members and survivors of domestic violence, as well musical performances. The Purple Shoe Memorial and Clothesline Project will be displayed.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Outlasts Bulldogs
Bunn Outlasts Bulldogs
BUNN -- Both Bunn and Nash Central almost drowned in a sea of mistakes during Friday’s non-conference showdown at the BHS Football Field.
Bunn, however, managed to stay afloat long enough to secure a 19-13 decision over the Bulldogs in a game plagued by penalties and turnovers.

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LHS Topped In Double OT
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Louisburg came within one yard of extending its unbeaten streak Friday night.
But it wasn’t meant to be for the Warriors, who were stopped on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the first overtime of Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference opener at Roanoke Rapids.

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FHS Shuts Out Vikes
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Franklinton picked a perfect time to earn its first shutout of Clark Harrell’s two-year tenure as the school’s head football coach.
In their Northern Carolina Conference opener, the ferocious Red Rams’ defense limited host Northwest Halifax to a meager 16 total yards during a 14-0 decision at the NWH Football Field.

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