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Showing 39 articles from December 4, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Two arrests made in poker game shootout
SPINKS
Two arrests made in poker game shootout
With the aid of Fayetteville police and Lee County sheriff’s deputies, Franklin County investigators arrested two men charged with a home invasion which resulted in a shootout.
On Wednesday, officers arrested Walter Eugene Spinks, 59, of Sanford, and Wilbert Lee McClain, 44, of Fayetteville, charging them with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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FHS’s Wheeler gets FCS honor
FHS’s Wheeler gets FCS honor
It was just a few years ago that Ernest Wheeler was leading a classroom on the middle school level in Durham in addition to serving as a Community Support Specialist. While successful as a teacher and mentor, Wheeler wanted to try his hand in administration.
He received his chance in July of 2007 when he was named Assistant Principal of Franklinton High School. It hasn’t taken long for him to make a positive impact, and as a result, he was voted Franklin County Schools Assistant Principal of The Year by his fellow assistant principals throughout FCS.

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Franklinton Christmas Parade
Franklinton Christmas Parade
Franklinton High School student Doris Torrance marches with members of the school’s newly formed marching band during Franklinton’s Christmas parade on Thursday night.

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Rumor is someone’s resigning
Rumor is someone’s resigning
A member of the county’s GOP executive committee confirmed that it met this week to discuss filling a county commissioner’s seat — giving credence to a rumor that a member of their party is set to announce his resignation on Monday night.
Republican Commissioner Don Lancaster said he had no plans to leave the board.
Attempts to reach Commissioner Harry Foy were not  sucsuccessful.

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Deputies hot on the trail of the Grinch
GRINCHES, NOT. Deputies Chad Evans, Sgt. Troy Wheless and Deputy Billy Asycue test to make sure the Grinch pops up from the chimney like he’s supposed to.
Deputies hot on the trail of the Grinch
ZEBULON ­— Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a Grinch who tried to steal Christmas from a family and a two-year old who is in the fight of his life against a rare illness.
Whether officers find the suspect or not, Shane and Sherree Benoit said a vandal will not ruin their holiday.
And the kindness of sheriff’s office reminded them of the true meaning of Christmas spirit.

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Parolee in murder case met criteria
Parole officials say a Henderson man convicted of killing a Franklin County store owner and clerk decades ago, met all the criteria needed to be released from prison.
And the victim’s family had all available avenues, by law, to express their concerns.
A jury found Howard Lee Alston guilty of killing R.W. Bobby Foster and Jack Stainback on Feb. 9, 1981.

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United Way of Franklin County distributes education grants
United Way of Franklin County distributes education grants
Franklin County schools are reaping the benefits of a strong United Way fundraising campaign.
United Way of Franklin County held its annual Education Grants Ceremony Thursday night and awarded 28 grants totaling $29,259.59.
“We were very excited to see so many great grant applications this year,” United Way President Dale Byrns said.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Trevor Fuller, 18 months, Louisburg

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Won't Be Fooled Again
Editorial Cartoon: Won't Be Fooled Again


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Hope Obama has studied LBJ’s mistakes
On Tuesday night as President Barack Obama discussed America’s future in Afghanistan, many Americans of “a certain age” probably were recalling an iconic image of the 1960s.
In a long-ago photo, President Lyndon Johnson was seen slumped over a long table, head down on his forearm which was on the table. His other arm was hanging virtually limp at his side.
It was a photo of a president facing an agonizing decision -- one not entirely unlike that faced by our current president.

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I should have taken Kelevera with me when I had my head examined
I should have taken Kelevera with me when I had my head examined
GOOD MORNING: Right you are Anon e mouse, December 7 is on Monday this year. My bad, but for me and millions of others, December 7th is and will always remain synonymous with Sunday.
And Mack, it wasn’t until late that afternoon while walking home from Ed and Nick Perry’s along with Bobby and Lewis Frazier, who lived just down the road from us, where we had been playing softball, when Ed and Nick (both now deceased) came running down the road (N.C. 561) behind us yelling, “the Japs have bombed Pearl Harbor,”— that I heard the news that roughly18 months later would find me wearing the uniform of the U.S. Navy.

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Commissioners, can you spare a dime or two to help widen 401?
Commissioners, can you spare a dime or two to help widen 401?
Fair warning: We’re going to ask the Franklin County commissioners to do something that is technically not their job.
And we hope they will give serious consideration to our request because it’s focused on economic development, job creation and safety issues that are their concern.
The “we” is the 401 Citizens Action Committee and the request will (hopefully) be made at the Monday night county commissioners’ meeting.

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Stop digging the debt hole
RALEIGH – I know that Gov. Beverly Perdue and incoming Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt are intelligent individuals. I don’t know why they continue to advocate foolish ideas.
The problem is, again, budgetary. Recent headlines point to another rough fiscal year for North Carolina government. From July to October, state revenues fell 1.5 percent short of the already dreary forecast lawmakers had assumed when crafting their 2009-10 budget. By itself, that doesn’t constitute another crisis, given a budget cushion the governor put in place back in July.

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Safe Space asks for your support
Dear Editor:
As a child, imagine waking up to screaming, cursing, crashing of items in your house and hearing the sound of someone being beaten. How would you feel? Frightened, scared, afraid? This is what the children of domestic violence have to live with in a home where there is family violence. It may be every day, once a week, when they come home from school, while they are sleeping or playing outside.

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT W. BENTON
LAKE ROYALE - Robert W. Benton, 75, owner and operator of Lake Royale ERC died Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at his home.  The memorial service was conducted Friday, Dec. 4, from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services.

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HEZEKIAH JOHNSON JR.
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Hezekiah “Jock” Johnson, Jr., 78, who died Tuesday, December 1, 2009, will be conducted Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at 3 p.m. from the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Patricia Clifton officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Church Cemetery.

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DENNIS RAY MANN
RALEIGH - Dennis Ray Mann, 58, died Sunday, November 29, 2009. He was the son of the late Charles L. and Cola Parrish Mann. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Danny Ray Mann.

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ROBERT GARY WILLIAMS
ZEBULON - A memorial service for Robert Gary Williams, 69, who died at home on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, was conducted from 1 - 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at his home.

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ANNIE LAURA SMITH BURGESS WARDRETT
LOUISBURG - Annie Laura Smith Burgess Wardrett, 70, died Thursday, December 3, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Spivey family cemetery.

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ROBBY LYNWOOD HEATH
BUNN - Robby Lynwood Heath, 69, died December 2, 2009 at Duke Medical Center.

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SPORTS

ERICKA’S OPENER
COME BACK HERE. Louisburg’s Onnika McCowan tries to regain possession of the ball during Tuesday’s home game versus Rocky Mount Prep. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
ERICKA’S OPENER
LOUISBURG -- Ericka Wilkins didn’t just have to build a roster when she became the Louisburg High School girls basketball coach in the spring.
She needed to provide a much-need boost of confidence to a club that claimed just one victory during a frustrating 2008-09 campaign.

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LHS trio honored by NCC
LHS trio honored by NCC
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- By anyone’s estimation, Chase Ragland, Elmer Rayo and Y-Monh Eban are three of the greatest players in the young history of the Louisburg High School boys soccer program.
All seniors, the members of the Tremendous Trio closed out their careers in style this fall, leading the Warriors to a berth in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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A Preppy Victory
DOUBLE TEAMED. Louisburg High School’s Dante Walker (l) and Ashton Mayers (right) impede the path of Rocky Mount Prep’s Jordan Bunting toward the basket during Tuesday’s basketball game at LHS. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
A Preppy Victory
LOUISBURG -- Keeping pace -- and exceeding it -- will be a crucial key this season for the Louisburg High School boys basketball team.
Just look at the result of Tuesday’s home opener against Rocky Mount Prep for evidence.
The Warriors are loaded with speedy guards, but not as strong up front following the graduation of Rasool Kearney.

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Winter’s sports are here
Winter’s sports are here
Two familiar sounds reminded me this week that winter has arrived upon the sporting landscape in Franklin County.
When you enter a high school gymnasium for a basketball game, there is always a mixture of dribbling basketballs, background music, cheerleaders doing their routines and fans talking in unison to create a single humming voice.
It’s basketball season, folks.

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Bunn Is Demon-ized
DRIBBLE DRIVE. Bunn’s Andre Davis takes the baseline during Wednesday night’s home game against Wilson Fike. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Bunn Is Demon-ized
BUNN -- Judging by Wednesday’s regular season opener, head coach Gerald Melton has some work to do with his Bunn High School boys basketball squad.
But even though the Wildcats were soundly defeated, maybe the level of competition needs to be considered, too.
Wilson Fike, a Class 3-A squad, has talent, speed and length -- and the Demons entered Wednesday’s game hungry for a victory.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Dec. 6-12
High School Basketball
TUESDAY
Ravenscroft at Franklinton    6:30 p.m.
KIPP Pride at Louisburg    6 p.m.
Bunn at Tarboro    6 p.m.

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Louisburg College falls on road to Spartanburg
Louisburg College falls on road to Spartanburg
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Louisburg College Hurricanes couldn’t make it two victories in a row against Spartanburg Methodist College.
Instead, the host Pioneers, who had fallen to LC earlier in the campaign, got a measure of revenge on the Canes during Wednesday’s rematch in the Palmetto State of South Carolina.

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LHS WRESTLING ACTION
LHS WRESTLING ACTION
Louisburg’s Kiefer Norris (left) gets tangled up with Southern Nash’s Ryan Biggerstaff during Wednesday’s prep mat event at the Edward Best Gymnasium. Norris lost by decision, but his Warriors earned a 43-27 decision over the Firebirds. For more pictures and a story from the match, see next Wednesday’s edition.

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A STRONG SEASON FOR BRANDI
A STRONG SEASON FOR BRANDI
Louisburg High School graduate Brandi Pinnell enjoyed an exceptional junior campaign as a member of the Peace College volleyball squad in Raleigh. The Pacers went 19-13 overall.

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TAKING A GOOD LOOK FOR LHS
TAKING A GOOD LOOK FOR LHS
Freshman Mercedez Cooke (with ball) tries to find an open teammate for the Louisburg Lady Warriors during Tuesday night’s home girls basketball contest against Rocky Mount Prep.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Terrell Lane Middle School honor roll for first nine-week grading period
Terrell Lane Middle School honor roll for the first nine weeks includes:

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Royal Elementary honor roll for first nine-week grading period
The honor roll for the first nine-week grading period at Royal Elementary School has been announced and includes:


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COMMUNITY NEWS

“Willy Wonka Jr.” to be presented at Granville Little Theatre
“Willy Wonka Jr.” to be presented at Granville Little Theatre
Granville Little Theatre will present its children’s play, “Willy Wonka Jr.,” at the Oxford City Hall Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/children.
The play, based on the book “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, will feature 46 children from Granville and Vance counties. Songs will include “The Candyman,” “I Want It Now,” and all the Oompa Loompa songs.

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NC Boys Choir and Chamber Choir Christmas concert
The North Carolina Boys Choir and Chamber Choir will present their annual Christmas Concert in Duke University Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

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VGCC Seminar discusses epidemics in literature
The global outbreak of H1N1 influenza is a hot topic in 2009, but English instructors at Vance-Granville Community College recently demonstrated that epidemic disease has been a topic of interest to writers for centuries. Instructors James Powell, Dr. Tanya Olson and Maureen Walters talked about the intersection of epidemics and literature in the VGCC Civic Center on Nov. 18. Their seminar was the final installment in a three-part series on epidemics organized by the college’s Arts and Sciences instructors. The earlier seminars focused on how environmental factors shape the spread of disease, and on the importance of epidemic disease in the history of the South.

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MEN IN BLACK
MEN IN BLACK
Perry’s Alumni Association held its annual “100 Men Attired in Black” celebration at the Perry’s School auditorium on Friday, Nov. 27. Master of ceremonies was the Rev. Dr. James Walter Smith. Music was provided by the Perry’s Baptist Church All Male Chorus and William Hunter. Guest speaker was Judge Quon Bridges. A full course meal was served. Radio personality “Willie C” provided entertainment with songs from the 50s and 60s. Special guest was the school’s former English and French teacher, James L. Nicholson, who now resides in Temple Hills, Md. Former students, friends and loved ones also attended.

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Vargas returning from BATARG mission
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alejandro E. Vargas, son of Ruth I. Diaz of Louisburg and Jose A. Vargas of Lehigh Acres, Fla., along with sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), Norfolk, Va., and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Camp Lejeune, recently departed the 5th Fleet and entered 6th Fleet’s area of operations after traveling through the Suez Canal and entering the Mediterranean Sea.

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Security guard faces charges
A HON security guard is slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on charges that he damaged more than $12,000 in equipment, including a burned fork lift.
According to a report by Dep. Nathaniel Rinker, between the evening of Nov. 21 and the early afternoon of Nov. 22, a U.S. Security Services senior field advisor alleges that one of his security employees, Raymond Daniel Bryant, 20, caused the damage at the manufacturing warehouse, which is slated to close at the end of this year.

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VGCC students complete food drive
Criminal Justice Technology students at Vance-Granville Community College recently continued their tradition of giving back to their communities with the annual Criminal Justice Club Thanksgiving food drive for families in need.

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