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Showing 33 articles from December 25, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Commissioners hold public hearing on Palziv incentives
Franklin County commissioners held the first of two public hearings that could provide a potential Franklin County company with even more incentives to locate here.
On Nov. 16, the county’s governing board agreed to match a $250,000 One North Carolina Fund grant to lure Palziv’s North American headquarters into the HON building on N.C. 56 just outside of Louisburg.

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I SWEAR
I SWEAR
A new council member was sworn in, a new business approved and a new truck purchased during Monday night’s Louisburg Town Council meeting, the last of 2009.
Fred Hight Jr. was sworn in to a seat on the council some 32 years after he took his first oath of office for a seat on the council.

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Getting schooled
BIG CROWD. Early College High School Principal Jim Harris is the center of attention during remarks he made during the open house, a chance for students and teachers to get a look at where they’ll be taking courses next year.
Getting schooled
Franklin County’s Early College High School doesn’t begin until Jan. 21, but its principal, Jim Harris, gave students, and parents, for that matter, their first challenge on Monday.
Harris challenged students to take advantage of the ground-breaking program and challenged parents to provide necessary support to see their children earn their diplomas and two years of college courses through the five-year program.

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Hwy. 401 bids come in lower than expected
Franklin County indirectly got a little good news just before the Christmas holiday, although just how good the news actually will be remains to be determined.
When the state Department of Transportation opened bids for four-laning 3.695 miles of U.S. 401 from the Neuse River north to almost Rolesville, they got a pleasant surprise.

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TDA committed to better website
During its most recent meeting, the county’s Tourism Development Authority committed itself to improving a website designed to lure visitors to Franklin County.
The committee’s website, www.visitfranklincountync.com, remains outdated and due to the contract under which it was created, authority members have limited ability to update it themselves.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Jalissa Southerland

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Vested Interest
Editorial Cartoon: Vested Interest


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Check charities out before you make a donation
Check before you write one.
That’s the advice that Elaine Marshall, North Carolina’s Secretary of State, is handing out during this holiday season -- and the rest of the year as well.
It’s pretty darn good advice, if you ask us!

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If handling of H1N1 virus was any indication, beware of government health care reform
If handling of H1N1 virus was any indication, beware of government health care reform
As this year winds to a close, I’m thankful for many things -- but perhaps most especially that the H1N1 flu (better known as swine flu) wasn’t the long-predicted, deadly flu pandemic that was first feared.
If it had been, the death toll would have been horrific because government response at all levels has been confused, bumbling and incompetent in the face of  a pandemic that was clearly predicted.

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Could LEA be lined up on the wrong side of the law?
Could LEA be lined up on the wrong side of the law?
GOOD MORNING: ‘Tis the day after Christmas, but other than that, there’s very little I can say about the Christmas Holiday just yet seeing as how today’s edition was put to bed, as the saying goes, and actually printed a day before Christmas.
But the advance weather forecast looked anything but bright, I might add. While temperatures locally were expected to be somewhat on the mild side for this time of the year, the weatherman was calling for an 80% chance of rain on Christmas Day and a 70% chance Saturday.

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OBITUARIES

ISADORA MCMILLIAN
ZEBULON - Isadora McMillian, 94, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Macedonia New Life Church. Interment followed in Carolina Biblical Gardens.

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THOMAS A. HARMON JR.
RALEIGH - Thomas Alvin Harmon Jr., 82, died  Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. Funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the Mitchell Funeral Home  chapel. Interment followed at Montlawn Cemetery.

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ROOSEVELT “JUNE” RICHARDSON JR.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Roosevelt “June” Richardson Jr., 65, who died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RICHARD A. KURYLA
WAKE FOREST - Richard Alan Kuryla, 65, formerly of Lafayette, N.Y., died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 at his home. A Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, Dec. 23, at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, with Father Philip Tighe officiating.

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SPORTS

FHS’ DOUBLE DELIGHT
MAN IN THE MIDDLE. Franklinton’s Kevin Williams splits Louisburg’s defense en route to a basket during Tuesday’s contest at the LHS Gymnasium. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FHS’ DOUBLE DELIGHT
LOUISBURG - Their first conference game in four years was one to remember for Franklinton and Louisburg.
Once fierce league rivals, the clubs were separated in 2005 when FHS moved up to the Class 2-A level, while Louisburg remained in Class 1-A.
Certainly, the clubs still met twice a year, but without league implications, a tinge of the intensity was missing between the backyard foes.

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Perimeter Payoff
SHOW OF HANDS. (L to R) Franklinton’s Tamara Williams and Louisburg’s Desaray Reynolds try to gain possession of the ball during Tuesday’s game. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Perimeter Payoff
LOUISBURG -- Franklinton’s girls basketball team has long since established an inside presence, most notably in the form of sophomore standout Jalissa Debnam.
The thinking has always been, of course, that the Lady Rams could do considerable damage in the Northern Carolina Conference -- if they can find a consistent outside game to complement their solid post players.

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Holiday sporting thoughts
Holiday sporting thoughts
Here’s a few sporting notions as we celebrate the Christmas Season:
• It was good seeing Thurman Jordan the other day at the Clayton Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Jordan, who enjoyed plenty of success during his tenure at Franklinton, is now the head coach at Holly Springs, which defeated Bunn in the opening round of the tourney.
Thurman is a class act, and we wish him only the best in the future.

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Bunn Fourth At Tourney
LOWERING HIS HEAD. Bunn’s Andre Davis (with ball) makes an aggressive drive toward the basket during the Wildcats’ tournament game on Monday afternoon against the Holly Springs Hawks. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Bunn Fourth At Tourney
CLAYTON -- An old friend welcomed Bunn to the Clayton Holiday Tournament on Monday afternoon.
Former Franklinton head coach Thurman Jordan, now at Holly Springs, saw his Hawks take on the Wildcats in the first round of the event at Clayton High School.
Using their size and athleticism, the Hawks pressed their way to a 56-46 decision over Bunn to advance to the finals on Tuesday.

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Ladycats claim third-place prize
Bunn High School freshman Whitney Bunn (20) makes a nifty pass against Clayton.
Ladycats claim third-place prize
CLAYTON -- Things certainly didn’t start the way they wanted for the Bunn Ladycats at the Clayton Holiday Basketball Tournament.
But the ending was a sweet one for BHS, which earned a third-place finish Tuesday with a 53-47 decision over long-time rival Southern Vance at the Clayton High School Gymnasium.

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Franklinton baseball season opens March 2
Franklinton baseball season opens March 2
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Red Rams will begin their 2010 baseball schedule on March 2 with a road game at Southern Nash High School in Stanhope.
First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Franklinton’s complete diamond ledger is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):

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LIFT OFF
LIFT OFF
Franklinton’s Kevin Williams (left) soars for two more points for the Red Rams during their double-overtime boys basketball conquest Tuesday night against the Louisburg Warriors at the LHS Gymnasium.

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DUSTIN ON THE DRIBBLE
DUSTIN ON THE DRIBBLE
Franklinton’s Dustin Newton (with ball) tries to take the baseline while being defended by Louisburg’s Rommaine Gobourne during Tuesday’s contest at the LHS Gymnasium.

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COLLINS CANS ONE
COLLINS CANS ONE
Bunn’s Michael Collins connects on a 3-pointer for the Wildcats during Monday’s tourney meeting against Holly Springs High School.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Educators Scholarship
Educators Scholarship
Franklinton Elementary Principal Carol Davis, left, presents Princess Richardson with the educators scholarship given annually by Gamma Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Princess is currently a teacher’s assistant at Franklinton Elementary. The money was used to purchase a laptop computer.

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Cattlemen Scholars
Cattlemen Scholars
Two Franklin County youth recently received the second installment of their $1,000 college scholarships during the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association Christmas meeting on Dec. 10.  Left to right:  Gilbert Wheeler, son of Ed and Laurel Wheeler near Franklinton, and Matt Cooke, son of Keith and Connie Cooke in the White Level Community, are given checks for the upcoming semester from Greg Wheeler, president of the Cattlemen’s Association. Gilbert is attending NC State University in the Agriculture Institute Program and Matt is attending Vance-Granville Community College.  The  scholarships are awarded by the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

United Way honors Debra Poleo for service, re-elects Dale Byrns chairman
United Way honors Debra Poleo for service, re-elects Dale Byrns chairman
When it comes to getting the numbers right, Debra Poleo has been someone to count on.
The Louisburg accountant was recognized last week during the December board meeting for four years of volunteer service to the United Way of Franklin County as a board member and treasurer, seeing the agency through several executive director changes and helping manage the organization through an historic economic time that has challenged all non-profit agencies.

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Franklinton Elementary receives flags
Franklinton Elementary receives flags
Rep. Lucy Allen (D-49) presented FES with a new state flag that was flown over the Capital.

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2009 Little Miss and Master Justice
2009 Little Miss and Master Justice
Jericka Brodie and Domonique Yarborough were crowned the 2009 Little Miss and Master Justice winners. Jericka is 8 years old and is in the third grade at Louisburg Elementary School. She is the daughter of Ericka and Jermaine Brodie of Louisburg. Domonique is 10 years old  and he is in the fourth grade at Edward Best Elementary School. He is the son of Lakesha Yarborough of Louisburg.


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Assault warrant leads to drug charges
An arrest on an outstanding assault warrant led to additional drug charges for Louisburg police.
According to a report by Officer Travis Lincoln, officers located Thomas Lee Hicks, 28, at the corner of Cooper Street and S. Main Street.
According to police, Hicks was a suspect in an assault that occurred on Dec. 16 and faced a  charge of assault inflicting serious injury.

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Two Agricultural Community Meetings: Jan. 5 & 12
Franklin County is in the process of researching, developing, and drafting a new “Agricultural Development and Farmland Protection Plan.”  To reach the agricultural community for open discussion concerning preserving our farmland, two community meetings have been scheduled; one on Jan. 5 in Louisburg at the Extension Center’s Annex meeting room and a second meeting on Jan. 12 in Bunn at Bunn High School’s Agricultural Building.  Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments served. Consultants Andrew Branan and Gerry Cohn will be leading the discussion and will be drafting the county’s plan.

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Farm Bill Organic Initiative offered
Organic farming is one of the fastest growing segments in U.S. Agriculture.  The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) provides specific opportunities for organic producers and those transitioning to organic farming.  North Carolina farmers who are transitioning to organic or who are currently certified organic can now apply to receive assistance under the Organic Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

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Sign-Up for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced Jan. 15 as the deadline to qualify for the first application period of the 2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in North Carolina. Landowners who wish to participate in this initial ranking period should have their applications submitted to their local NRCS Field Office by close of business on Jan. 15.

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Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) Application Ranking Deadline January 15, 2010
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on private land. Through WHIP, NRCS provides both technical assistance and financial assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat.  NRCS has announced Jan. 15 as the deadline to qualify for the current WHIP ranking period.

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