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Showing 39 articles from January 26, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

SBI investigating jail suicide
The state Bureau of Investigation continues to probe an apparent suicide that two separate people have said law enforcement and jailers were warned about.
One of them even claims that jailers provoked Ashley Ann Six, who was discovered inside her jail cell on Jan. 18 — dead from an apparent hanging.

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Panning for Gold Sand
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME. This sign outside the old Perry’s School, which was once Gold Sand Elementary, shows plans for the Perry’s Community Life Center.
Panning for Gold Sand
Franklin County has yet to approve the planning necessary to allow a nonprofit group to begin a halfway house-style rehab center, but organizers continue to drum up support.
The Perry’s School Alumni Association petitioned commissioners in June for a text amendment that designated how group care facilities would be operated and where they could be located.

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TDA wants to strike up the bands
The county’s tourism authority wants to see if area bands can help the county toot its own horn.
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority is primarily charged with supporting local events that draw tourists and visitors into Franklin County.
Part of their mission, also, is to promote what it does.

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Missing Bunn teen found
Authorities found a missing Bunn teen on Sunday, nearly a week after his parents reported him missing.
According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Cpl. Kenny Harp, the parents of Joshua Daniel Perry last saw him walking away from their home in the Justice community on Monday.

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Cardwell case continued
A domestic violence case against a former Louisburg department head has been continued until next month.
Brent Cardwell appeared in Franklin County District Court on Monday to face misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and communicating threats.
The case was continued until Feb. 23.

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Jobless claims concern ESC
The state Employment Security Commission is preparing to release county-by-county unemployment numbers for December.
But it’s the January numbers that have local employment staff concerned.
“In December, the number of claims was about 250, which is equal to the previous year,” said Mike Brown, Franklin County’s branch manager of the Employment Security Commission.

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Wastewater spills reported
Franklin County’s public utilities department recorded wastewater spills as a result of Monday’s torrent.
According to county staff, the wastewater overflows were detected early Monday and lasted about two hours.
About 1,500 gallons of untreated wastewater was lost at the Franklinton pump station and 2,100 gallons were lost from the manhole on Cedar Creek Road.

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Daycare reaches out to Haiti
Daycare reaches out to Haiti
They may not have raised $57 million, but children at Franklinton’s United Methodist Day Care did raise spirits.
Relief efforts continue for the people of Haiti, a Caribbean nation still reeling from a devastating earthquake that’s killed 150,000 and has countless others scrambling for life-saving rations.
On Friday, celebrities organized a global benefit that, as of Tuesday, had raised more than $58 million.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Alexis and Jamie  Strickland

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

EDITORIAL CARTOON: Nonprofiteering
EDITORIAL CARTOON: Nonprofiteering


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Not a good week for NC lawyers
Interesting question: “I cannot understand why anyone thought this was a good idea. Detection was almost certain, given the records and the number of people involved. I don’t get it.”
The question was asked by Superior Court Judge Henry Hight, a familiar figure from time-to-time around the Franklin County Courthouse, while he was presiding over a case Monday in Johnston County.

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County’s economic development hopes to take flight with new six-point plan
County’s economic development hopes to take flight with new six-point plan
GOOD MORNING: It looks like we may have another couple of days of sunny to partly cloudy and relatively mild weather before some more wintry weather rolls in by the end of the week, bringing the possibility of freezing rain, sleet or snow. So, I guess the moral of that story is to make hay while the sun shines.


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Proof will be in pudding for retreat
Proof will be in pudding for retreat
My schedule didn’t allow me to spend a full two days at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ retreat last week.
But plenty of commissioners, staff, town administrators, regional economic development directors, and interested parties did.
And they took part in the routine retreat practices, talking about things such as a SWOT analysis. Just so you know, it has nothing to do with the A-Team.

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Website Reader Participation Results January 20-26
Last Week’s Poll
Haiti relief contribution?
Are you planning on contributing in some way to the relief effort in Haiti?

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Comments misrepresent facts about Arts Council finances
Dear Editor,
Regarding the article about Bobby Cooper in the Jan. 23 edition of The Franklin Times, his statements misrepresents the facts of the Franklin County Arts Council. It was the bank, not the new treasurer, that required a new signature account after Mr. Cooper caused some of us to resign.

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Our thanks to the Louisburg and Epsom Fire Departments
Dear Editor,
Oftentimes, it seems much news is negative—”these people didn’t do their job,” or “a better job could have been done...” We’d like to let the citizens of Franklin County know that the Epsom and Louisburg Fire Departments did an exemplary job of saving our home. It was a wonderful Christmas gift.

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Had enough of US 401
Dear Editor,
Gosh, do I wish the US 401 Committee would sit on their backsides!  Both Asher and Gary need to back off Mack’s Kool-Aid stash.  We all have our priorities -- maybe a good new one would be to four-lane NC 581 and Mort Harris Road.  Silly me, I thought Scary Gary was only a comic strip.  I am so tired of reading The US 401 Times, but my husband won’t let me cancel his subscription!!

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WWII WARBIRDS
WWII WARBIRDS
Pictured above is the WWII era B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber that visited the Franklin County Airport recently.

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OBITUARIES

J. THADDEUS “THAD” CALDWELL
ZEBULON - James Thaddeus “Thad” Caldwell, 79, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. Funeral service was Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel, Wendell.

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HARVEY A. DENTON
GARNER - Harvey Andrew Denton, 61, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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GEORGE W. HILDEBRAND JR.
LOUISBURG - George Washington Hildebrand Jr., 68, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. Per George’s request, his body has been donated to UNC for scientific research. There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at 140 Crooked Creek Run, Louisburg.

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CAMDEN KING
FRANKLINTON —Camden King, infant, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. Arrangements by Cremation Society, Raleigh.


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SPORTS

A Tough Stretch
JUANA HEADS TO THE HOOP. Louisburg High School guard Juana Deleon (with ball) drives to the basket during last Friday’s home loss to the North Johnston Lady Panthers in a NCC hoops showdown.
A Tough Stretch
LOUISBURG -- Last week, first-year head coach Ericka Wilkins said her Louisburg  Lady Warriors were slowly but surely improving the look of Lady Warrior Basketball.
Certainly, Louisburg has made tremendous strides in Wilkins’ initial campaign, and the Lady Warriors have already topped Warren County and Roanoke Rapids in Northern Carolina Conference action.

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Rams In The Hunt
VICTORY LANE -- AGAIN. Franklinton’s Lane Pickett (top) gets ready to secure a pinfall during the Red Rams’ team wrestling match against the Wilson Hunt Warriors last Friday night at the FHS Gymnasium.
Rams In The Hunt
FRANKLINTON -- Thanks to a recent string of successes, things seem to be falling into place for the much-improving Franklinton High School wrestling squad.
Franklinton continued its upward swing last Friday with a non-league victory at home against the Wilson Hunt Warriors -- a team that competes in the solid Class 3-A Big East Conference.

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Factor In The NCC
CAN I GET A LITTLE HELP? North Johnston’s Marshon Shoulars (with ball) is defended by Louisburg’s (l to r) Ryan Branch, Tabias Wright and Ashton Mayers during last Friday’s contest at the LHS Gymnasium.
Factor In The NCC
LOUISBURG -- Head coach Chris Davis thinks his Louisburg High School boys basketball team sometimes makes life more difficult than necessary.
And he wonders why his Warriors rarely blow out an opponent -- even an overmatched one.
But as long as the victories continue to pile up -- especially in Northern Carolina Conference action -- Davis will remain happy.

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MAC-9’s tourney targeted
MAC-9’s tourney targeted
The annual Middle Athletic Conference Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments will conclude Thursday at the Bunn Middle School Gymnasium.
But the chances of a Franklin County team being in the finals dwindled considerably during Monday’s first-round action.
Terrell Lane’s boys, which were seeded first, were defeated in stunning fashion by Butner-Stem.

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Bunn still perfect in the conference
Bunn still perfect in the conference
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Only one unbeaten team remains in the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball standings -- and it’s the Bunn Ladycats.
Despite their unblemished mark, the Ladycats knew they would get the best challenge that Louisburg had to offer last Saturday in front of a huge crowd at the Bunn Dome.

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LC falls by one to Guilford Tech
LC falls by one to Guilford Tech
JAMESTOWN -- Louisburg College came up one point short in possibly its biggest game of the season to date.
In a duel of nationally ranked teams, the eighth-ranked Hurricanes fell 71-70 at ninth-ranked Guilford Tech in a key Region X showdown last Saturday afternoon at the Jamestown YMCA Gymnasium.
Despite committing an uncharacteristic 30 turnovers, the Hurricanes were in the game late, only to see Guilford Tech come out on top.

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NO ROOM TO ROAM
NO ROOM TO ROAM
North Johnston High’s Gabe Pate (with ball) is defended in the paint by Louisburg’s Dante Walker during last Friday’s boys basketball game at LHS.

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HUNTER HOLDS ON
HUNTER HOLDS ON
Franklinton’s Hunter Holliman (right) prepares to get into position to record a pinfall for the Red Rams during last Friday night’s home wrestling match versus Wilson Hunt.

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LIFESTYLES

BIRTHS
Damon Poole and Miranda Medley of Zebulon  are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashley Brooke Poole, born Dec. 28, 2009, at 12:04 p.m. at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Cynthia Parrish Smith of Louisburg and W.J. Bryan Medley, Jr. of Rocky Mount.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bunn Elementary Honor Roll for second nine-weeks
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, has announced the Honor Roll for the second nine-weeks grading period.
To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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KVA Honors Lists
The following Kerr-Vance Academy students were named to the  Headmaster’s List or A/B Honor Roll for the second-quarter and first-semester grading periods.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Eagles in Flight hosting 4-H open house
Eagles in Flight Exploring Our Father’s World will be hosting a free  Open House for youth and families who are interested in joining their  4-H Club.  It will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Faith  Baptist Church, 249 Holden Road, Youngsville. in the brick house located  in the parking lot of the church.  Open House will begin at 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  For more details, call Franklin County Cooperative Extension, 496-3344 and ask for Crystal Smith, Extension Agent, 4-H  Youth Development.

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United Way establishes channels for individuals to contribute to relief efforts in Haiti
The devastating earthquake in Haiti has brought forth concern and attention worldwide. From all corners, people want to help.
Last week, the United Way of Franklin County board of directors expressed its intent to monitor humanitarian efforts in Haiti through the United Way Worldwide, one of the organizations that has come to immediate rescue, and to gauge what role the local United Way could play.

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Franklinton Woman’s Club Annual Open House
The Franklinton Woman’s Club held its Annual Open House and Student Art Exhibit on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Franklinton Depot in Franklinton.
The following students were awarded medals and certificates for their winning entries. The 1st place entries will be taken to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs-NC District 5 Arts Festival in Henderson on Feb. 20. First place winners there will be entered in the GFWC-NC State Arts Festival at Salem College in Winston-Salem on March 20.

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MILITARY NEWS
Navy Seaman Recruit Brandon N. McFarlane, son of Lenworth N. McFarlane of Youngsville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, McFarlane completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

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Triangle North starts year with park tour
Triangle North starts year with park tour
Economic developers from the N.C. Department of Commerce and Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) toured Triangle North’s four parks in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties Jan. 15 to view park improvements firsthand and receive an update on what the sites might offer companies that want to expand in the Research Triangle Region.

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Nurse on call
Nurse on call
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a program recently from Diane Beaudet, a registered nurse with Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of health care screening.  Beaudet informed the club that her organization’s mission is to make people aware of undetected health problems and encourage them to seek follow up care with their physician.  She also advised the membership that February is American Heart month and encouraged everyone to check out preventive stroke screening.  Standing, left to right, are Beaudet and Lion Program Chairman Jimmy Weathers.

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