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Showing 33 articles from November 27, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

When Black Friday comes
When Black Friday comes
For Kevin Chavis and Doanita Williams, holiday shopping began at 5:30 a.m. on Friday.
Their enthusiasm appears to reflect national shopping forecasts, which predict that six million more people than last year will shop between Black Friday through Sunday — with about 30 percent of them having shopped between 4-6 a.m. on Friday.
“Regardless of what we’ve already seen these last few weeks in terms of promotions, retailers still have a few tricks up their sleeves to excite Black Friday shoppers,” Tracy Mullin, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation, said this week.

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Louisburg mother, two children die in single-car accident
A Louisburg family was rocked this week after a mother and two children were killed in a fatal wreck in Granville County on Wednesday night.
According to published accounts and a highway patrol report, Melissa Jo Bullock Godfrey, 26, of Stone Southerland Road, was traveling west on Mays Store Road about 10 miles outside of Creedmoor when she ran off the road to the right.

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Holiday hospitality
Holiday hospitality
Above, Franklin Countians gathered at the Louisburg College campus on Thursday for the first community Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by A Blessing, Inc., a local group formed to fight hunger in the community.

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Pilot Lions Club Thanksgiving Breakfast
Pilot Lions Club Thanksgiving Breakfast
The Pilot Lions Club held their annual Thanksgiving Breakfast for the first time in their new building. The cooking started around 4:30 a.m. and the hungry crowds, above,  started coming at 6 a.m.

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Sexiest Dad Alive?
SEXY. Troy Wheless and his daughter, Madison, take a moment to pose in some fancy shades. (Submitted photo)
Sexiest Dad Alive?
While starring at Bunn High School and later at the College of Charleston in basketball, going for two usually meant Troy Wheless drove to the basket.
Now, when he’s going for two, he drives home to get hugs and kisses from his two kids.
Such a commitment, Wheless believes, is why he is one of eight finalists for People Magazine’s Real People: Sexiest Dad Alive competition.

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Bid of $2 million takes Olde Liberty ownership
Bid of $2 million takes Olde Liberty ownership
A former Red Hat executive is behind a limited liability company’s purchase of Olde Liberty Golf Club.
A foreclosure sale was held on the Youngsville property in September and the Real Estate company looking to recoup its $9 million investment was the first taker with a bid of $750,000.
However, through the upset bid process, CILPS Acquisition LLC in Raleigh made the final and highest upset bid of $2 million — which was recorded in Franklin County court on Tuesday.

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Williamston’s attorney amends Y’ville lawsuit
Attorneys for a man who alleges that a former officer, the police department and the town were responsible for police brutality, amended their lawsuit this week to include federal charges.
Attorneys for Stephen Williamston filed a lawsuit in February, alleging that Officer Steve Puryear used excessive force during a Sept. 6, 2006 arrest.
The complaint listed Puryear, the police department and the town of Youngsville as defendants.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Lacey Hunt

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: On Dasher, On Prancer, On Line Shopping and Blitzen
Editorial Cartoon: On Dasher, On Prancer, On Line Shopping and Blitzen


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Time to get serious about Christmas
Okay, Turkey Day is over.
Black Friday bargains have been harvested.
Now, as every child knows, it’s time to get serious about the Christmas holiday season.
We won’t frighten you by detailing just how many shopping days there are until Santa visits North Carolina -- but there aren’t as many as you’d like and they will flash by quickly.

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Johnson clan gathers for Thanksgiving holiday
Johnson clan gathers for Thanksgiving holiday
GOOD MORNING: Thanksgiving may be over, but it may take several days for me to get over Thanksgiving.
We had what you might want to call a gathering of the (Asher) Johnson clan at daughter Julie and Rodney White’s Thursday evening that counting yours truly, included four Asher Johnsons, and something like 16 other immediate family members, two of which (Harry and son Asher) drove non-stop from Portland, Texas, to be here.

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Thanksgiving dinner was a community blessing
Thanksgiving dinner was a community blessing
Thanksgiving was a picture perfect day for late November in North Carolina — and walking up the sidewalk toward the Louisburg College dining hall was an easy jaunt and a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather for a few moments.
But getting close to the door, something happened that made the weather almost a non-issue.
I was several steps away when the door popped open and two ladies issued a Happy Thanksgiving greeting that was not only a surprise, it was a welcome treat, especially on a day set aside to allow us Americans to pause a moment to be thankful for the bounty that the majority of us enjoy.

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They’re after my health care
RALEIGH – There are plenty of reasons for lovers of liberty to oppose the legislative abomination now lumbering to the floor of the U.S. Senate under the misleading name of “health care reform.”
The bill in its current form will jack up taxes, cost far more than advertised, delay the nation’s economic recovery, violate the U.S. Constitution, and make millions of additional Americans into the kind of governmental dependents that most Europeans now are – and that the Left desires as a means of increasing its political power.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES E. HOLDEN
CARY - James Edwin Holden died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 28) at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. Entombment will follow at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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ELAINE RUBY “LAINA” PARKER
YOUNGSVILLE —Elaine Ruby “Laina” Parker, infant daughter of Sarah and Carley Parker, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at Durham Regional Hospital. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 27, at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church in Hurdle Mills.

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MELISSA JO BULLOCK GODFREY
GEORGIA LEIGH GODFREY
JOHN WYATT “FATBOY” GODFREY
LOUISBURG - Melissa Jo Bullock-Godfrey, 26, Georgia Leigh Godfrey, 5, and John Wyatt “Fatboy” Godfrey, 4, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 from injuries received in an auto accident.

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SPORTS

A NEW RIVALRY
JUMPIN’ JEREMY. Louisburg College freshman forward Jeremy Atkinson (left) grabs a rebound as Vance-Granville’s Raymond Dunn defends during Tuesday night’s Region X hoops matchup at Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson.
A NEW RIVALRY
HENDERSON -- It’s been said that a rivalry can’t take full effect until each team has the capability to consistently beat the other.
Try telling that to the participants in Tuesday’s Region X men’s basketball showdown between Louisburg College and host Vance-Granville Community College.
Upstart Vance-Granville hasn’t been able to beat its backyard foe from just 15 miles down the road -- but intensity was high when the clubs met at the Aycock Recreation Center.

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Diamond sked final for Canes
Diamond sked final for Canes
LOUISBURG -- John Thomas’ second campaign as the Louisburg College baseball coach will kick off Feb. 6 with a home doubleheader against Wake Tech at picturesque Frazier Field on the LC campus.
The teams will play again on Feb. 7, this time at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary.
Regular season play will continue through April 29, and the annual Region X Tournament is slated for May 5-9 in Burlington.

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LHS begins mat season
Jackson Ellis gains an advantage against a Northern Nash opponent.
LHS begins mat season
RED OAK -- Judging by only the numbers, it appears as if Louisburg High School is loaded once again on the wrestling mat this winter.
But though LHS didn’t lose many performers off last year’s successful squad, those standouts will definitely be missed.
Mamour Camara, who won the first state individual championship in school history, is now a student at North Carolina State University.

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End game near in FT matchup
End game near in FT matchup
I have arrived at the final hill of the marathon, with the finish line in sight -- not too far in the distance.
But there are still obstacles to overcome. I’m filled with confidence, but uncertainties could still lurk.
I’m on the verge of end game in The Franklin Times Fantasy Football Contest.
Last weekend, I earned a convincing 74-42 decision over Carey Johnson to take a commanding 7-3-1 lead in the annual chase for the coveted Louisburg High School orange mini-football.

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NVHS Blitzes Rams
STRONG TO THE HOOP. Franklinton’s Kevin Williams scores on a layup while being defended by Northern Vance’s Shawn Brown during Tuesday night’s boys basketball showdown.
NVHS Blitzes Rams
HENDERSON -- Northern Vance High School smothered Franklinton with its pressure defense from the start of its season-opening 68-39 win Tuesday in a non-conference boys basketball showdown.
The Vikings held the Red Rams scoreless until the 2:24 mark of the first quarter and without a field goal for nearly the entire period.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5
High School Basketball
TUESDAY
Rocky Mount Academy at Louisburg    6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
Wilson Fike at Bunn    6:30 p.m.

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Lady Rams claim road win over NV
Franklinton High School’s Nikki Bell cans a jumper over Northern Vance’s Michelle Jones.
Lady Rams claim road win over NV
HENDERSON -- Too many early turnovers and too much Jalissa Debnam in the paint cost Northern Vance in Tuesday’s game with visiting Franklinton.
The Red Rams jumped out to a big halftime lead and held onto it in their 55-31 win at the NVHS Gymnasium in Henderson.
From the tip, Franklinton came out in an aggressive press for legendary head coach Lester Wilder -- creating turnovers and stifling the Vikings’ offense.

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DUNK TIME
DUNK TIME
Louisburg’s Elijah Smith (right) prepares to go up for a slam while being fouled by Vance-Granville’s Trentin Cozart (11) during Tuesday night’s men’s basketball matchup in Henderson.

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LIFESTYLES

Dia de Accion de Gracias
Dia de Accion de Gracias
In Chile, we celebrate “El Dia de Accion de Gracias,” literally translated into English as “the day of actions of thankfulness.” In North America, is a traditional celebration that falls on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, the celebration occurs on the second Monday of October.
We often recall that on that day we get to see family members, eat delicious foods, be thankful for all the things that God has provided, and try to relax a bit with friends and relatives.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

More photos from A Blessing's dinner
More photos from A Blessing's dinner
When it came time to present the community Thanksgiving dinner, volunteers lined up to help. In the photo above, the volunteers spanned three generations, including in the front row, Lynn Collins and daughter Kyndall, visiting from Mebane, and Frances Willard. In the back is Bob Willard. The Willards are Louisburg residents.

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Putting it on the table
I AM THE EGG MAN. Left to right, Howard Jones and Jerry Carlyle scramble eggs.
Putting it on the table
Even though the Pilot Lions Club Thanksgiving Breakfast has been a tradition for a couple of decades, it is still a large undertaking. Some members have been helping since day one and some are just learning the tricks of the trade so they can carry on the ritual for years to come.


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CAST Of CHARACTERS
CAST Of CHARACTERS
Vance-Granville Community College’s Day Care Center, located on the college’s main campus in Vance County, held a Storybook Character Parade on Nov. 20. The parade was the culmination of a week’s worth of literacy activities on classic children’s tales. The young children walked through the courtyard in costume, waving to the numerous parents and college employees who came to observe. Characters from a variety of books and television programs were represented, including Sleeping Beauty, SpongeBob SquarePants, Bob the Builder, Batman, The Cat in the Hat, Raggedy Ann and Snow White.

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Power outage reported
Apparently, a Thanksgiving goose was cooked.
According to a Progress Energy spokesperson, a total of 1,400 customers lost power Thursday night when a goose hit a power line in the Mapleville area.
The goose’s unfortunate end initially caused 1,100 customers across the county to lose power.

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VGCC hosts representatives from four-year colleges and universities
Vance-Granville Community College hosted representatives from four-year colleges and universities on Nov. 20 in Building 6 on its main campus.
The event was VGCC’s annual College Day, in which students obtain important information about transfer requirements, financial aid and scholarships. VGCC students browsed through displays and talked with representatives from 15 four-year schools, while picking up college applications and catalogs. Most of the colleges and universities were from North Carolina. College Day is organized by the VGCC Counseling Services department.

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SURPRISE VISITOR
SURPRISE VISITOR
A brightly colored hot air balloon floating as high as 2,200 feet over Louisburg late Wednesday afternoon attracted quite a bit of attention before it landed in a field along Ronald Tharrington Road east of town. The flight was arranged by Stephanie Boyd whose brother, Keith Turlington, owns the balloon and normally offers rides from his base in Virginia.

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NAACP TURNS 100
NAACP TURNS 100
The 66th Annual North Carolina NAACP State Convention, celebrating 100 years, was held recently  at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory. The convention theme was “Bold Dreams, Big Victories.” Those with 50 years or more of dedicated service to the NAACP and the cause of Civil Rights were honored, including Franklin County representatives Rosanell Eaton, with 62 years of service, and Armenta Eaton, with 50 years of service.

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Last day for United Way food drive is Nov. 30
The deadline for the United Way of Franklin County community-wide food drive is Monday, Nov. 30. The food drive will benefit county church food pantries, Care and Share, A Blessing soup kitchen, Bunn Community Outreach and the Volunteers in Medicine pantry.

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