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Showing 31 articles from December 22, 2009.

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GUSH HOUR
MAIN DEAL. A Louisburg utilities crew worked in less-than-stellar conditions on Friday evening to repair a main water line on N.C. 56. Water was shut off for about five hours to make repairs. The line was repaired by midnight.
GUSH HOUR
Louisburg utility crews had to shut off power and reroute traffic after a water line ruptured during rush hour on Friday.
The town’s Public Works department got word at about 4 p.m. on Friday that water was running down N.C. 56 east just before Ronald Tharrington Road.
When crews arrived, water was shooting through cracks in the street.
“It was coming out good and hard,” said town Public Utilities Director Ray Patterson.

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Letters from home
Letters from home
By any measure parts of Afghanistan can be a desolate, bleak and very, very dangerous places if you happen to be an American service member stationed there.
In addition to the normal hazards of war like ambushes, snipers, unexpected attacks and the insidious roadside bombs that have caused so many casualties, there is the loneliness that seems to be most severe at this time of the year.

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Emergency personnel take part in mock disaster drill
Joan Cederna-Moss, center, the acute care services director for Franklin Regional Medical Center, offers information about how the hospital would prepare and deal with disaster during an emergency preparedness exercise last week.
Emergency personnel take part in mock disaster drill
By 10 a.m., Wednesday, 27 Franklin High School students were in the infirmary, suffering from nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and cramps.
An hour later, 16 more students were infected.
Shortly thereafter, the school’s office and 911 lines are lighting up with reports of illness and parents wanting to know what’s going on.

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Deputies arrest vigilantes in bogus rape claim case
ALERT — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Warren County men for attempting to shoot up a house.
The family of Steven and Kenneth Hunt said the two men were going to a home on Schloss Road around midnight on Saturday to rescue a woman who claimed she had been sexually assaulted.
Turns out the woman had not been raped and investigators said the two men were wrong for trying to take the law into their own hands.

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Times’ cartoonist chosen for year-in-review publication
Times’ cartoonist chosen for year-in-review publication
The Franklin Times’ editorial cartoonist, Jay Lamm, has been published in the “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year - 2010 Edition.”
The book, published by Pelican, was released last week and features 400 editorial cartoons from 168 cartoonists, three of which are Lamm’s.
The book is part of a series of 38, compiled and edited annually by Charles Brooks, who served as editorial cartoonist for the Birmingham News for almost four decades. Brooks is a former president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

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New Civitan chapter started
A group of Lake Royale residents began a civic group in search of a cause.
Since it was chartered in June, the Cypress Creek Franklin County Civitan chapter has been busy helping residents at the Lake and are looking beyond the private community for causes and memberships.
“We really want to grow,” said club president-elect Norm Bell. “We are a service organization and we’re looking for new membership.

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Murphy House Christmas Dinner
This year -- especially this year! -- a Christmas Day tradition will continue at The Murphy House Restaurant in Louisburg.
A community Christmas Dinner is being planned for 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, the 34th year the event has been held.
Served will be a traditional Christmas Dinner -- and anyone is welcome -- organizers said.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Five-year-old Chance Walker

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Tradition
Editorial Cartoon: Tradition


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After the gadgets and toys are figured out, relax and have a Merry Christmas!
‘Tis almost the night before Christmas -- as every kid in Franklin County will gleefully inform you -- and soon not a creature will be stirring, except, of course, all those perplexed parents trying to fit Bolt B into Hole 37C so that nut 14-11(j) will hold piece G13-8-2 in place while someone finds an 11/32 box-end wrench with a short, preferably bent handle! No wait, it’s got to be a metric wrench!
It’s rather amazing that such a talented guy as Santa can arrange to get all those toys built in his North Pole workshops and deliver them all around the world in a single night regardless of the weather -- but can’t seem to get assembly instructions written so they make sense to native speakers of English!

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Holiday band concert blows me away, so does some salaries of non-profit CEOs
Holiday band concert blows me away, so does some salaries of non-profit CEOs
GOOD MORNING: Approximately 200 aspiring young musicians, members of the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade bands at Terrell Lane Middle School, in combination with the 150 member Louisburg High School Band, under the combined direction of Brian D. Miller and Tracie D. Winstead, ushered in the Christmas Holidays with their annual Winter Concert before a packed house at the Louisburg College Auditorium this past Thursday night.

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Health care debate, political posturing and maneuvering are making this reporter sick
Health care debate, political posturing and maneuvering are making this reporter sick
To be honest with you, I don’t really know what to make of the health care debate.
I can tell you this, though — President Barack Obama is finding it difficult to bring about change we all can believe in.
In my opinion, it’s more politics as usual. And it’s disgusting.
Any time I hear Republicans and Democrats hash out an issue, their screams, cackles, delay tactics and other posturing drown out any issue, worthy or not, that is being put before the public.

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Website Reader Participation Results December 16-21
Last Week’s Poll
What should county do?
Should the county make Ronnie Goswick the new airport director and hire a new Economic Development director?

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Schools should focus on getting students ready for life
News stories about public education are too often negative, but there are some very positive things going on in North Carolina Schools, as we learned in an interview with June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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OBITUARIES

BETTY L. TERRY
WAKE FOREST - Betty  L. Terry, 70, of Wake Forest died Thursday, Dec. 17 at WakeMed.

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JACQUELINE S. WHITE
BUNN - Jacqueline Suzanne White, 47, died Friday, Dec. 18.

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BERTA MAE FOSTER MOORE
LOUSBURG - Berta Mae Foster Moore, 86, died Friday at home.

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RANDOLPH WALTERS
Randolph Walters, 52 of Louisburg, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009.

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EILEEN P. GRIMES
LOUISBURG -  Eileen Patterson Grimes, 56, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at her home. 

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SPORTS

TOURNEY TIME!
TOURNEY TIME!
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Johnston County will be the preferred destination spot during the holiday season for Franklin County’s girls and boys high school basketball squads.
All of the teams will be participating in tournaments -- and different ones, for that matter -- in Johnston County.
Bunn kicked things off earlier this week by taking part in the Clayton Holiday Tournament on the campus of Clayton High School.

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Wildcats will open March 3
TAKING A BREAK. Ryan Belton and the Vance-Granville Vanguards won’t be in action again until Jan. 4 on the road at Davidson Community College. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Wildcats will open March 3
HENDERSON -- Heading into a lengthy holiday break, the Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team has a record of 4-7 thus far in VGCC’s second season as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The Vanguards have a 3-3 record in their conference (Region 10, Division II).
VGCC is coached by Louisburg resident Avery Wilson. Franklin County players on the squad are Cameron Keith (Franklinton), Ric Yarborough (Bunn), Derrick Knight (Bunn) and Rasool Kearney (Louisburg).

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Wildcats will open March 3
IT’S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. Senior Jake Young and the Bunn Wildcats will begin their high school baseball schedule March 3 at home against the Southern Nash Firebirds. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Wildcats will open March 3
BUNN -- Bunn High School has released its baseball schedule for the 2010 campaign. The Wildcats will open March 3 at home against the Southern Nash Firebirds.
This will be Leonard Allen’s first season as BHS’ head coach.
Bunn’s ledger is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):

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Bowl pix feature diversity
Bowl pix feature diversity
In the past, the outcome of a few select games would eventually determine the winner of The Franklin Times College Bowl Picks Contest.
Proving that not-so-brilliant minds think alike, Carey Johnson would have many similar picks to mine -- meaning that a couple of matchups would be the only ones of viewing interest.

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ONE MORE TIME
ONE MORE TIME
Here’s another photo of former Bunn standout Mike Rinfrette (with ball), who was featured in last Wednesday’s edition of The Franklin Times. Rinfrette recently concluded his career at Wake Forest University and hopes to find a professional home next season.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC BLET Class 88 graduates fifteen
VGCC BLET Class 88 graduates fifteen
Fifteen cadets graduated Dec. 16 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus. After passing the state certification exam, all 15 are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

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FHS students visit VGCC Culinary program
FHS students visit VGCC Culinary program
Students who are learning basic kitchen skills at Franklinton High School learned about how they might continue their education when they visited Vance-Granville Community College’s Culinary Technology program on Dec. 4.
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.

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NEW OFFICERS
NEW OFFICERS
The Vance-Granville Community College chapter of the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) recently elected officers for the 2009-10 year. They include (pictured, from left) parliamentarian, Tina Noblin of Bullock; assistant treasurer, LeEtta Nyquist of Henderson; assistant secretary, Sandra Hargrove of Norlina; vice president, Patricia Edwards of Franklin County; treasurer/alternate Student Government Association senator, Tina Burwell of Henderson; president/SGA representative, Ramona Schronce of Henderson; and secretary, Nellie Henderson of Manson.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Medlin graduates from basic training
Medlin graduates from basic training
PFC Matthew Medlin graduated Fort Benning, GA Basic Training on November 24th.
He is now stationed at Fort Gordon for AIT.
Medlin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen & Lisa Medlin of Youngsville.

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Holiday wish from Louisburg
We would like to wish you a joyous Holiday Season! In addition, we would like to provide some information that you can use to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
If you have been driving or riding in a car anytime during the past few weeks then you know that this is one of the busiest times of the year on our roads and highways. Anyone who has looked for a parking place at Louisburg’s new shopping center or at one of Raleigh’s shopping malls has experienced this first hand. Were you also aware that the holiday season is the most dangerous time of the year to travel by car?


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THUNDER STRUCK
THUNDER STRUCK
Members of the Rolling Thunder NC-7 Chapter in Franklinton present Army veteran and Louisburg Manor resident, Judge Cardwell, center, with  a Christmas gift pack on Saturday. Members handed out more than 30 gift bags at nursing homes in Louisburg and Henderson. From left to right are Ann Deal, Monica Cash, Randy Tingen, the Rev. Charlie Morgan and Bud Mayse.

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Snow storm created no havoc in Franklin County
Franklin County was dusted by wintry-type weather that began on Friday, but the storm did not produce any significant problems.
Franklin County avoided taking the brunt of the winter storm, as the Triangle area received the heaviest accumulation, which began Friday afternoon.


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