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Showing 47 articles from November 24, 2009.

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ATMs VANDALIZED
ATMs VANDALIZED
FRANKLINTON — Police and Wake County authorities are looking for suspects who are apparently targeting ATMs.
In one incident, a suspect tried to gain access via blow torch. In the other, the suspect tried to cut power to the machine.
According to a report by Franklinton Police Lt. John Green Jr., a customer at the Credit Union Automated Teller Machine alerted bank and staff and officers to a damaged machine at Franklinton Square shopping center on Nov. 16.

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LHS coach suspended without pay
MUELLER
LHS coach suspended without pay
A Louisburg High School teacher who has been accused of making an inappropriate comment to a student last school year is now suspended without pay for an indefinite period of time.
Neither school staff nor school officials would detail exactly what type of complaint precipitated the decision to suspend wrestling coach and auto mechanics teacher Phil Mueller.

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Thanksgiving feast
Thanksgiving feast
Laurel Mill Elementary School kindergartner Patrick Faulkner is all smiles as he and the rest of Marla Mize’s students prepare for their Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday. Students in Sharon Reams’s class, as well as Lisa Whitley’s class celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey, ham and other traditional holiday foods. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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Law beefs up holiday patrols
This holiday season, law enforcement agencies across the county are making a list and checking it twice.
Residents from Bunn to Youngsville who will be out of town can contact law offices and be placed on a list where officers will keep an eye out for their property.
Law enforcement agencies perform the service year round, however, it can be a bit more concentrated during the holiday season — when more people are out of their homes for shopping or visiting out-of-town relatives.

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Mike Rowe, Sr. dies at 70
Mike Rowe, Sr. dies at 70
Mike Rowe, Sr., was a key cog in his family.
He learned from his dad, Fenner Rowe, the art of men’s fashion and running  a business.
He passed on those lessons to his sons.
The result was a business that served as an anchor in the community for more than 50 years and a family that has thrived for even longer.
Mike Rowe Sr. died Sunday at the age of 70 — a day after the avid hunter spent time doing what he loved.

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Franklin County Arts Council holds annual meeting
Franklin County Arts Council holds annual meeting
The Franklin County Arts Council used its annual meeting last week to look at the past, celebrate the present and look to the future.
Admittedly, members said, the arts council hasn’t been a pretty picture the past few months.
Long-time Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) board member and leader Lillian Benton resigned her post in July, claiming that she felt threatened and bullied.

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Freddy Green chosen Artist of the Year
Freddy Green chosen Artist of the Year
The board kept with tradition on Friday night naming its Artist of the Year.
Franklinton native and jazz saxophonist Freddy Green not only provided the night’s entertainment with his Freddy Green Street Genie trio, but he was also the award recipient.
Green has long been a go-to performer for town and county functions and his artistry was rewarded by the Arts Council on Friday.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Tykia Webb

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Zippy
Editorial Cartoon: Zippy


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Time to be thankful and charitable to those in need of a helping hand
It’s Thanksgiving Eve!
Time to re-check those last-minute details for the big day tomorrow, maybe hit the grocery store one last time and then rest up for a cooking -- and eating! -- marathon that officially launches the beginning of the Christmas Season.
For many families this year, things are a bit tight. The economy has not been kind over the last year or so and that’s putting it quite mildly.

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Louisburg to be invaded with Ashers over the holiday
Louisburg to be invaded with Ashers over the holiday
GOOD MORNING: If all goes according to plan, there’ll be more Asher Johnson’s gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table at (daughter) Julie and Rodney White’s Thursday than you can shake a stick at.
Barring some unexpected disaster, there’ll be me and Momma Jean, of course, plus Frank (Asher Frank, III), and his eldest, Asher Frank, IV, followed by   Asher James Johnson and his dad, Harry, of Portland, Texas, who incidentally is a Louisburg native.

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Focus should be on expanding minds, not expanding waistlines
Focus should be on expanding minds, not expanding waistlines
Sometimes, I have a recurring nightmare.
I’m back in college, graduation is looming, but there is some test, paper or project due that seems impossible.
Those nights usually produce cold sweats.
But, I always wake up, remember I’ve already got my degree and the halls of academia no longer feel like they’re closing in on me.

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Website Reader Participation Results November 11-17
Last Week’s Poll
Public hearings relevant?
Do public hearings have any bearing on the decisions made by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners?


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Lest we forget to be thankful
Dear Editor,
Almost 400 years ago, there was a group of people who saw the ability to possess personal freedom and to be able to worship God freely and without government intrusion as the greatest gifts that could be possessed by men. It was during a time of great religious persecution in England and because of their “Christian faith,” a group of Separatists that had fled to Holland banded together and made the decision that in order to be able to live as free men who would also have the opportunity to freely worship God, they were willing to forsake all ... their friends, their families, and the familiar land that many had called home and chance a fresh start in a place that had come to be known as “The New World.”

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OBITUARIES

OCTAVIA YARBOROUGH
DURHAM - Funeral services for Octavia Yarborough, 71, who died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 25) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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ELIZA “LIZA” HOLDEN
KITTRELL - Memorial services for Eliza “Liza” Holden, 56, who died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 25) in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg.

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MYRTLE A. FULLER
RALEIGH - Myrtle A. Fuller, 95, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Blue Ridge Health Care. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Raleigh. Interment followed at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.

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JERALD T. “JERRY” LIPSCOMB
ZEBULON - Jerald Thomas “Jerry” Lipscomb, 60, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at his home. Memorial services were held Sunday, Nov. 22, at St. James United Methodist Church in Raleigh.

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J. WILSON NELMS
July 18, 1917 – November 22, 2009
LOUISBURG – Jones Wilson Nelms, 92, of Louisburg, died Sunday evening.

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MICHAEL E. ROWE, SR.
March 21, 1939 – November 22, 2009
LOUISBURG – Michael Ellis Rowe, Sr., 70, of Louisburg, died Sunday morning at his home.

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SPORTS

Tough Way To End
CALLING IT A CAREER. Deandre Blacknall, shown picking up yardage last Friday night at East Bladen in the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs, enjoyed a strong senior season for the Louisburg Warriors. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Tough Way To End
ELIZABETHTOWN -- Louisburg’s season of heart-stopping games ended with a blowout last Friday at East Bladen.
LHS, which has been part of few lopsided outings either way this fall, was on the short end of one as the host Eagles rolled to a 50-21 decision over the Warriors in the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
Undefeated East Bladen (13-0) lived up to its No. 1 seeding and will advance into a third-round contest at home against Jordan-Matthews.

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Not all is lost for Franklin
Not all is lost for Franklin
Like a good movie, football seasons are often judged by their endings.
Which isn’t necessarily fair.
Not when some of the villains are as powerful as the ones that Franklin County squads ultimately seem to encounter at some point in the postseason.
Clinton, Reidsville, Tarboro, James Kenan -- we’ve pretty much seen them all over the years.
These programs are every bit as unforgiving as the bad guy who foils the happy ending.
And this season was no different.

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LC fourth at nationals
LC fourth at nationals
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Louisburg College’s season ended last weekend with back-to-back losses at the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Tournament at Mercer Community College.
After opening the tourney with a victory over defending champion Yavapai, the Hurricanes were defeated last Friday in the semifinals by top-seeded Tyler College out of Texas.

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LC’s Perfect Weekend
HELP WANTED. Allegany’s Tamara Nesmith (with ball) looks for an open teammate while being defended by LC’s Monique Williams (left) during Sunday’s women’s hoops game at Holton Gymnasium. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LC’s Perfect Weekend
LOUISBURG -- Everything about the weekend was enjoyable to Louisburg College women’s basketball coach Mike Holloman -- except for the ending.
Still, Holloman’s Lady Hurricanes were able to pick up a pair of victories against solid opponents -- though LC was in survival mode down the stretch of Sunday’s tourney finale against Allegany College.

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Godwin receives ECU extension
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University has announced an extension of head baseball coach Billy Godwin’s contract, which will secure his position through the 2014 season.
The new agreement, approved last Friday by the University’s Board of Trustees and announced by ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland, will add three years to his existing contract that was set to expire June 30, 2011.

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STATE PLAYOFF RESULTS, SKED
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last week’s results and this week’s schedule for the Class 2-A and Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs:

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CONTEST WINNERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s individual and game winners from The Franklin Times Football Contest:

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Wildcats topped versus Reidsville
REIDSVILLE -- They haven’t lost a game since 200, so why should the Reidsville Rams start now?
Reidsville, a 17-time state football champion, took another step toward No. 18 by rolling past the Bunn Wildcats last  Friday in the second round of the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.
The Rams are now on a 45-game winning streak after handling Bunn by a 66-6 margin.

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START OF SOMETHING BAD
START OF SOMETHING BAD
East Bladen’s Rasheem Smith turned this simple screen pass into a touchdown for the Eagles, who went on to defeat Louisburg last Friday in football playoff action.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

High school students visit VGCC Culinary Program
Students in the Culinary Arts program at Northern Vance High School got a taste of the next level of education in their field when they visited Vance-Granville Community College’s Culinary Technology program on Nov. 13.
VGCC’s two-year degree program, based at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, prepares students for entry-level professional positions in restaurants, hotels, catering operations, health-care facilities, schools and other institutions. Chef Ross Ragonese, head of the VGCC Culinary program, told the high school students about what the college offers. “There are many opportunities and paths available through the program, and it’s not limited to being a chef,” Ragonese said.

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SETTING THE TABLE
SETTING THE TABLE
Savannah Leonard settles in for a Thanksgiving meal behind the centerpiece setup in Lisa Whitley’s kindergarten class at Laurel Mill Elementary. All kindergarten students at the school took part in the festivities on Tuesday.

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Louisburg College holiday festivities begin this week
Louisburg College will host a number of holiday events beginning this week..
Festivities begin Thanksgiving Day when the college, in conjunction with “A Blessing” soup kitchen, Murphy House Restaurant, and Chartwell Dining Services, host a free Thanksgiving meal for the public from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the college dining hall.
There will be a kids’ craft table set up where children can decorate a stocking filled with goodies to take home.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Hwy. 401 wreck could lead to DWI charges
A Raleigh man and Durham woman were rushed to the hospital Monday night following a wreck on U.S. 401.
According to a report by Trooper C.M. Garner, Jacqueline Howard, 43, was backing out onto U.S. 401 near E.F. Cottrell Road at about 8:45 p.m.
Her pickup truck pulled into the path of a 1999 Mazda driven by Mohamed Zrhoudi, 45, of Raleigh.

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Franklin County student serves as Governor’s Page
RALEIGH – Erin Paisley Davis of Louisburg participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh.  Erin spent a week gaining valuable life experience and providing administrative support as a page for the N.C. Department of Revenue for the week of Nov. 16-20. 

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Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department awarded grant
RALEIGH - Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Justice Rural Vol Fire Association, Inc. was awarded a $15,750.00 grant through the 2009 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.
The check will be mailed to Chief Kelly Harris to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

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YET ANOTHER RECORD
YET ANOTHER RECORD
The Franklin County Shrine Club presented a $17,014 check to the Sudan Temple of the Shrine organization recently, the proceeds from the annual fish fry that was held earlier this fall. All of the money is designated to provide medical care to children in the network of Shrine Hospitals around the nation. The hospitals provide orthopedic surgery and treatment, burn care and rehabilitation and treatment of cleft palate and related problems, all free of charge. More than 700,000 children have received treatment in the Shrine Hospital network since its founding in 1927.

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Spark graduates from basic training
Army Reserve Pfc. Cody K. Spark has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Ky.
During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

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Deputies make marijuana bust, 500 grams seized
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Raleigh man with more than 500 grams of marijuana in his car.
According to a report by Dep. Robert Bowden, he and Dep. Bobby Martin were on patrol on Timberlake Road toward Louisburg when they saw a maroon Honda Accord coming out of the woods just before 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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HEAD START
HEAD START
Gaguale Hicks, a student in Sharon Reams’ class, gets a jump on the Thanksgiving goodness on Tuesday. He and other kindergarten students at Laurel Mill Elementary School had a Thanksgiving feast, complete with Pilgrim and Native American costumes.


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Franklin County to prepare an agricultural development and preservation plan
Franklin County enjoys a strong farming tradition and a viable agricultural economy.  Long a major participant in North Carolina’s tobacco industry, Franklin agriculture has undergone a transformation over the past decade with the emergence of a diverse small farm sector focused on local marketing opportunities.  To help guide the county’s agricultural future, the Franklin County Agricultural Board, with support from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and NC Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center, has commissioned preparation of an Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Plan.

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Franklin County’s future: maintaining viable agriculture at the urban edge
For over five decades, National Farm-City Week has provided a link between our nation’s rural and urban people.  Founded by Kiwanis International, the week was established to help achieve unity among all American workers – on and off the farm.  With an ongoing theme, “Partners in Progress,” National Farm-City Week has increased understanding between two vital parts of our nation.

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Area 4-H Poultry Show and Sale
North Carolina Cooperative Extension hosted the Annual Area 4-H Poultry Show and Sale on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Franklin County Farmer’s Market.  Participating counties were Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren with 34 youth enrolled.
Each youth participant received up to 10 biddies (Silver Lace Wyandottes and/or Rhode Island Reds) in late May to raise and care for the upcoming Area 4-H Poultry Show and Sale in November.

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Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins!
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center celebrated the start of Farm-City Week by offering Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins! to area youth ages 5 – 18.
Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins! was used as an avenue bridge Farm and City youth and family to taste of Agriculture!  Youth had the opportunity to paint or carve a pumpkin while entering a favorite pumpkin dish in the Pumpkin Bake-off! 

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Ag meetings, events and marketing materials
Franklin County
Agriculture Board Meeting:
Dec. 2, 2009

The next meeting of the Agriculture Board is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Agricultural Services Center in Louisburg.  Qualifying farms will continue to be reviewed by the board for acceptance into the Voluntary Agricultural Districting Program (VAD).  More than 16,000 acres of agricultural land in the county are already part of the program.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information about the VAD program, call Martha Mobley, Agricultural Agent, at 496-3344.   This board meets every other month to review farm applications.

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Groundwater: a natural resource
Groundwater … Groundwater is one of our most important natural resources. A large percentage of the population depends on groundwater for drinking. More and more we are learning that this resource is in danger. The expansion of population, industry and agriculture places a greater demand on this resource. We must plan carefully if we are to enjoy growth, and still protect our groundwater resources for future generations and ourselves.

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County equine emergency manual coming this spring
As one of the benefits of our Franklin County Cooperative Extension horse program, its Horse Advisory Committee has been developing an emergency planning manual for horse owners in Franklin County.  Recognizing that the North Carolina emergency programs for animals focus their support on small animals, the Horse Advisory Committee decided to develop an Emergency Preparedness Guidance Manual that would provide educational and practical benefits for horse owners.  The committee first conducted a literature search for guidance documents on various types of disaster planning.

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BUSINESS

CUT UP
CUT UP
Amedisys CEO William Borne, center, cuts a ribbon during an Open House/Grand Opening of Amedisys home health care and hospice services in Franklinton on Nov. 11. The company, which began in 1982, has grown into a network of 221 Medicare-certified facilities in 16 states. The office in Franklinton has been open since April and serves about 100 patients. The office is located at 3320 US 1 Highway, Suite B.


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