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Showing 45 articles from November 7, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

SPARSE CHANGE
HOLDING THE LINE. Louisburg mayor candidate Stephen Phillips did some last-minute campaigning on Tuesday, holding up a sign outside the polling site in town on Tuesday. His efforts drummed up 138 votes, but not enough to beat out incumbent Pernell.
SPARSE CHANGE
Franklin County’s municipal elections didn’t bring out a lot of voters, but it did produce change in three town governments.
Elections in Bunn, Franklinton and Youngsville resulted in one incumbent each being ousted, giving way to candidates fresh to politics.
In Bunn, two commission seats were up for grabs and challenger Charlene Clay took one spot and incumbent Margie Winstead retained her spot, leaving incumbent Linda Pippin on the short end of the stick.

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Lucy Allen returns from China with global insight
Lucy Allen returns from China with global insight
Rep. Lucy Allen has returned from China very much with the eye of the tiger.
The UNC Center for International Understanding sponsored a trip for Allen and 10 other legislators to China, giving them a first-hand chance to understand the factors affecting China’s emergence as a global economic power.
Allen said she plans to take those lessons learned and share them with business and economic development leaders in her community.

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Captured for cash and a cause
BEHIND BARS. First Citizens’ Phyllis Rigsbee frantically made phone calls as she tried to post her bond during the United Way of Franklin County’s Jail-A-Thon fundraiser. The event was held on Thursday inside the old Walmart parking lot.
Captured for cash and a cause
A team of United Way organizers and inmates raised just more than $19,000 on Thursday during the group’s Jail-A-Thon.
The event allowed people to take out warrants on various county residents who had to call friends, family or whoever else to help post their bond to be sprung from a jail cell set up in the old Walmart parking lot.
The money raised goes to United Way, which raises money annually to help Franklin County  non-profit agencies as they address health, human, social and educational needs of the people of Franklin County.

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Write-in candidate wins Castalia board seat
Write-in candidate wins Castalia board seat
Clarence Bender and Jeanette Evans were the top two vote getters for Castalia’s Board of Commissioners during elections Nov. 3. But Evans’ name wasn’t even on the ballot.
Enough citizens wrote in Evans’ name during elections to put her on Castalia’s Board. Evans received 27 votes while Bender received 29 votes. Allison Roberts received the third highest number of votes with 22 votes.

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Area Veteran’s Day events scheduled
Area Veteran’s Day events scheduled
Veterans and others will have ample opportunities this coming week to recognize those who fought and continue to battle for the freedoms shared in this country.
First, Franklin County is hosting its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Nov. 11 on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
TLMS football fan Ella Wright

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Lucy in Denial with China
Editorial Cartoon: Lucy in Denial with China


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Report card points out highs and lows of Franklin County Schools
While there was much good news in the recently issued “report card” for Franklin County and other school districts across North Carolina, there were some troubling signs as well.
A couple of points deserve a little emphasis, at least in our opinion.
Here’s what the report card said about Franklin County schools:

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Palziv public hearing a formality or is county really not sure about the $250,000
Palziv public hearing a formality or is county really not sure about the $250,000
GOOD MORNING: Temperatures locally were expected to be below the freezing mark this (Sat.) morning, but then after the frosty 33.4 degree reading we experienced Friday morning, it shouldn’t come as any big surprise to anyone.
STILL WAITING IMPATIENTLY: You know, It’s been a little over 10 years now since State Representative Jim Crawford, then Chairman of the N.C. House Transportation Appropriations Committee, made the front page of the June 2, 1999 issue of The Franklin Times with a promise that “U.S.401 funding would be in the budget.”

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Giving flu shots to alleged terrorists at Gitmo, not my kind of job
Giving flu shots to alleged terrorists at Gitmo, not my kind of job
The worst job of the week award this week must go to the major general that the Pentagon trotted out to explain why alleged terrorists at “Gitmo” are going to get H1N1 vaccinations before millions of law-abiding, tax-paying American citizens.
That poor guy -- who will remain nameless because he’s probably trying to get into the Witness (or Witless!) Protection Program -- was forced to stand before the national media and explain that the swine flu vaccine is being given to alleged terrorists as a means of “force protection.”

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Editorial Cartoon: Cuffed for Cash
Editorial Cartoon: Cuffed for Cash


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Turning over a new ‘Golden’ leaf
When the Golden Leaf Foundation was formed to receive 50 percent of North Carolina’s portion of tobacco settlement funds, there were great hopes this organization would make a significant impact on a state impacted by the decline of the golden leaf. The foundation has never lived up to its promise and a recent audit by State Auditor Beth Wood indicates more than a few serious issues.

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Election sends mixed signals
RALEIGH – The 2009 election cycle is a prime example of how political trends are sometimes hard to spot when they’re approaching, hard to describe when they arrive, and hard to flag when they’ve run their course.
Around the country, conservatives and Republicans were jubilant about the outcome of two gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey watched closely this year for signs of a GOP resurgence. But the story was a bit more muddled here in North Carolina.

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OBITUARIES

MERDITH MAE RICHARDSON
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Merdith Mae Richardson, 67, formerly of Louisburg, died Tuesday, November 3, 2009.

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ZACHARY NATHANAEL WIGGS
GOLDSBORO - Zachary Nathanael Wiggs, infant son of Brian and Audrey Wiggs, died Friday, October 30, 2009.

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GUILFORD BUFKIN
ZEBULON - Guilford “Buck” Bufkin, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009.

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HAZEL P. TAYLOR
LOUISBURG - Hazel Parrish Taylor, beloved mother, 92, died Friday, November 6, 2009 at Carebridge Assisted Living.

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SPORTS

Carrboro Charge
UP IN THE AIR. Carrboro’s Sam Hickey (left) looks toward a loose ball while being defended by Louisburg’s Ossie Peralta during Wednesday’s matchup in the first round of the Class 2-A State Soccer Playoffs. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Carrboro Charge
CARRBORO -- Over the past four years, Louisburg High School boys soccer coach Brent Cardwell has brought the Warriors to new on-field heights.
And he’s had plenty of help from Chase Ragland, Y-Monh Eban and Elmer Rayo -- all of whom played their final matches Wednesday for LHS.

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THE SECOND SEASON
LC’S DEFENSIVE STANCE. Marese Phelps and the Louisburg College Hurricanes hope to be strong on the defensive side of the ball during the 2009-10 men’s basketball season, which started Friday night at home. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
THE SECOND SEASON
LOUISBURG -- Among the many things John Meeks learned last season was that talent alone doesn’t necessarily assure a team of a championship.
And character goes a long way toward determining a club’s eventual fate.
Louisburg College went 22-8 last winter in Meeks’ initial campaign as the Hurricanes’ men’s basketball coach. It was also Meeks’ first time in charge of a program after stints as an assistant at a few schools.

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Two Out Of Three
THERE HE GOES. Bunn Middle School’s Cordell Bumpers heads upfield for a substantial gain during Tuesday’s Middle Athletic Conference contest against Terrell Lane at Louisburg High School’s Patterson Field.
Two Out Of Three
LOUISBURG -- It’s a numbers game these days for Bunn Middle School and Terrell Lane Middle School in the Middle Athletic Conference football standings.
And here’s how the numbers look:
• Bunn now owns its second MAC championship in three years.
• Terrell Lane has now been the runner-up in the MAC for each of the past four campaigns.

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Johnson rescued from jail
Johnson rescued from jail
Do the crime, do the time.
That’s the advice I wanted to give our esteemed Carey Johnson after he was thrown in the slammer Thursday during the United Way of Franklin County’s Jail-A-Thon.
In order to post ‘bail money’, Carey needed to call all of his friends and associates to try to raise the necessary cash.
So my cell phone rang. I wanted to leave Carey in there, but realized I might have to perform some of his work responsibilities. Carey was also vehemently pleading his innocence.

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Rally Time For Canes
DOUBLE TEAMED. A Clinton Junior College player (middle) is double teamed by Louisburg College’s Monique Williams (left) and Mandy Sinclair (right) during Thursday’s hoops event at Holton Gymnasium.
Rally Time For Canes
LOUISBURG -- Utilizing a full-court pressure defense can be much like overseeing a 401K savings program.
You may not immediately see the results, but inevitably, the move will pay off in the long run.
That’s the philosophy Louisburg College women’s basketball coach Mike Holloman has taken during his glorious tenure at the school.

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STATE VOLLEYBALL FINALS MATCHUPS
RALEIGH -- Cedar Ridge, which defeated Franklinton in the opening round and Bunn in the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs, will be among the teams in action today in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 34th Annual State Volleyball Championships.
The day will feature four matches at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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UP IN THE AIR
UP IN THE AIR
Jamie Coats, above, and her Off Constantly teammates compete with six other teams twice a week in the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department’s adult volleyball rec league. There are four matches each on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Terrell Lane Middle School beginning at 6:15 p.m. The teams include the Backyard Ballers, Granny’s Takeout, Grave Diggers, It Serves You Right, County Line Auto Services, Over.Net and Off Constantly. Parks and Rec Director Oliver Green said the league offers fitness, fun and a chance to fellowship. Anyone interested  in learning more about county recreational opportunities should contact Green at (919) 496-6624.

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LHS wrestling sked will kick off Nov. 24
LHS wrestling sked will kick off Nov. 24
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will begin its 2009-010 wrestling schedule by hosting a Super Quad Tournament on Nov. 24 at the LHS Gymnasium.
In addition to the Warriors, other participants will be Hertford County, Northern Vance, Granville Central and Rosewood.
Jason Crawford will serve as Louisburg’s head coach this season.
LHS’ complete schedule is as follows (home events are listed in CAPS):

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LC wins Region X soccer crown
LOUISBURG -- Inevitably, Dave Sexton’s Louisburg College men’s soccer squads have a way of saving their best play for the most opportune times.
And this season is no different as the Hurricanes are competing at a high level heading into their most important match of the fall.
Today at 2 p.m., Louisburg College will host Essex College out of Maryland in the district championship match at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.

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KERRY NEAL HIGHLIGHTS
KERRY NEAL HIGHLIGHTS
Retired Bunn High School football coach David Howle made the journey to South Bend, Indiana, two weeks ago to watch BHS’ Kerry Neal in action for Notre Dame against Boston College. Coach Howle took a few photos of the experience -- (above) Neal (56) warms up on the field at Notre Dame Stadium before the game.

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BUNN HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING HONOREES
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING HONOREES
Bunn High School homecoming queen Jasmine Brodie (second from left) is pictured with her escort, Calvin Brodie (her father); BHS homecoming princess Rashella Moody (second from right) is pictured with her escort, Kevin Collado. (Photo Submitted)

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LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL 2009 HOMECOMING QUEEN
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL 2009 HOMECOMING QUEEN
Taylor Murray (right) smiles as she is crowned as the homecoming queen for 2009 at Louisburg High School. Murray is a senior at Louisburg.

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BUNN HIGH SCHOOL 2009 HOMECOMING COURT
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL 2009 HOMECOMING COURT
Members of the Bunn High School homecoming court were (back, l to r) Jordan Pearce, Tayla Ricks, Tyla Ricks and Jasmine Brodie; (middle, l to r) Erica Levinson, Holden Edwards, Katie Jones, Lauren Levinson and Rashella Moody; (front, l to r) Annie Wilbourne and Melanie Davis.

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LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING HONOREES
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING HONOREES
Louisburg High School’s homecoming honorees from the recent ceremony at Patterson Field were (l to r) Chelsea Ragland (Freshman Princess), Savannah Johnson (Junior Princess), Earvin Doyle (King), Taylor Murray (Queen), Jackie Prosser (Junior Princess), Khadijah Henderson (Sophomore Princess) and Brandon Crudup (Sophomore Prince).

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TACKLE TIME
TACKLE TIME
Carrboro’s Connor Roach (6) is tackled by Louisburg’s Darrian Brown during Wednesday’s matchup in the first round of the Class 2-A State Boys Soccer Playoffs in Orange County.

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ONE MORE YEAR
ONE MORE YEAR
Elijah Smith (with ball) is one of three key returning sophomores this season for the Louisburg College men’s basketball team, coached by John Meeks.

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LIFESTYLES

Feeling confident in the presence of cultural differences
Feeling confident in the presence of cultural differences
Adjusting to living in a global culture should be a concern of parents and teachers throughout the world, but especially in the United States.
Perhaps no one can have as big an influence in children’s lives as their own parents. Therefore, it is very important for parents, as well as teachers, to be ready to show the right attitude toward people and things that are different from their own culture.

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PSNC Energy offers tips, tools and rebates to save energy and money
Dropping temperatures are giving November a chilly start, which means home heating systems will soon start to run. To help customers hold down monthly heating costs, PSNC Energy recommends taking a few inexpensive measures. 
• Replace your old thermostat with a programmable model that automatically lowers the temperature when you are away from home and raises it before you arrive.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bunn Elementary honor rolls for the first nine weeks
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, has announced the Honor Roll for the first nine-weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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Kerr-Vance Academy honor lists
The following students at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson were named to the Headmaster’s List or A/B Honor Roll for the first-quarter grading period.

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VGCC students recognized at state Phi Beta Lambda conference
VGCC students recognized at state Phi Beta Lambda conference
Members of the Vance-Granville Community College “Chi Beta Chi” chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda business student organization recently attended the state PBL Fall Leadership Development Conference at the Clarion Hotel in Greensboro, Oct. 23-24. The VGCC chapter came away with several recognitions and awards.
The chapter received a first-place trophy and $150 for winning the N.C. PBL Foundation’s “Chapter Challenge.” VGCC members led the state by enrolling the most people in Food Lion’s Shop & Share program, in which grocery shoppers with “MVP” cards donate a portion of their total grocery purchase to a non-profit organization.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Vandals hit Hill Ridge Farms on Halloween
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who vandalized a Youngsville agri-tourism institution.
According to Dep. Christy Smith, she responded to a report of vandalism at Hill Ridge Farms on Tarboro Road the night of Halloween.
When she arrived, Smith and Dep. Nathan Rinker noticed a sexually explicit picture and spray painted letters DMX on a Porti Potty.

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Signs & symptoms of teen drinking and drug use
How can you tell if your child is using drugs or alcohol? It is difficult because changes in mood or attitudes, unusual temper outbursts, changes in sleeping habits and changes in hobbies or other interests are common in teens.
What should you look for?
You can also look for signs of depression, withdrawal, and carelessness with grooming or hostility. Also ask yourself, is your child doing well in school, getting along with friends, taking part in sports or other activities?

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Goat/sheep market and pick-up scheduled
The North Carolina Meat Goat Producers, Inc. have scheduled a pick-up and market for goats and lambs on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. at the collection station in Louisburg, off Highway 56 West. There are no commissions or sales fees.
This event is for members of the organization. Anyone who would like to join and participate in this opportunity, call Larry Smith, vice-chair of the NCMGP, at 336-573-4155.

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YOUR JUDGESHIP
YOUR JUDGESHIP
Jail-A-Thon Judges Nancy Neal, second from left, and Debra Brodie, second from right, share some light-hearted moments with United Way of Franklin County Executive Director Kathy Harrelson, right, and Shelley Rohring, left, with CenturyLink. In all, judges on the day were Louisburg College President Dr. Mark La Branche, Maribeth Allen, Al Foster, Jay Lamm, Tom Eaves, County Commissioner Shane Mitchell, Dale Byrns and Youngsville Commissioner Graham Stallings. Head Boss was county jail administrator H.M. Edwards, who was assisted by Harrelson and Bosses No. 3 and No. 4, Kelly Ayscue and Frances Willard, respectively.

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LAND HO
LAND HO
Land Protection specialist Eddie Jenkins recently spoke to Louisburg Lions Club members about the Tar River Land Conservancy. He said that his group is a non-profit organization and one of only 25 land trusts in North Carolina. He further explained that his group is currently protecting over 15,000 acres of land and more than 40 miles of streams in an eight-county area surrounding Franklin County. Pictured above are Jenkins (left) and Lions Club Program Chairman Eric Johnson.


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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Edges Louisburg
Bunn Edges Louisburg
BUNN -- After 48 intense minutes of hard-hitting action, Friday’s rivalry matchup between Bunn and Louisburg came down to a series of three placekicks.
Bunn made its lone attempt, and Louisburg missed a pair -- and that was the difference as the Wildcats edged LHS by a 7-6 margin in a Northern Carolina Conference football contest that was witnessed by an overflow audience.

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Williams Paces FHS
KENLY -- Reggie Williams has enjoyed a series of solid outings this fall, but he saved his best for last on Friday for the Franklinton High School football squad.
Williams rushed for a season-high 285 yards on 29 carries, leading the Red Rams to a 42-34 decision at North Johnston in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown.

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