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Showing 34 articles from February 2, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Drinking and drug use lead to murder
Drinking and drug use lead to murder
Franklin County logged its second murder in as many months after a night of drinking and drug use devolved into a deadly shooting over $10.
According to investigators, Gregory Jackson, 53, of 2377 Schloss Road admitted early Tuesday morning that he shot and killed Alton Johnson.
Johnson, 24, of Vaiden Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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More snow to come?
ROUND 2? Franklin County was blanketed by snow from a winter storm last weekend.
More snow to come?
As residents watch snow melt from this past weekend’s storm, meteorologists are keeping an eye on another weather pattern that threatens a wintry mix this coming weekend.
Forecasters say it’s too soon to be specific, but computer models suggest rain or snow  arriving with a storm Thursday night through Friday morning and, perhaps, another round of the same on Saturday.

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Mendez court appearance gets delayed by snow
Mendez court appearance gets delayed by snow
The case against a Louisburg High School student charged with killing his sister was snowed out this week.
It’s not clear when Joseph Mendez’s court appearance in Franklin County District Court will be made up, but his first-degree murder case is expected to move to a superior court docket soon.
Mendez’s attorney, Boyd Sturges, said his client would not be eligible for any bond until the District Attorney’s Office decides whether to pursue the death penalty, or not.

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Weather pushes commissioners back a week
Commissioners and county staff will wait an extra week to get down to business.
The weekend’s snow storm and subsequent road conditions prompted officials and staff to postpone the regularly scheduled Monday meeting to next Monday, Feb. 8.
“The (cancellation and reschedule) is in keeping with what we’ve done in the past,” said County Manager Angela Harris.

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Not everyone onboard with high-speed rail
Last week, the federal government announced $8 billion in stimulus funding for rail service that it called an historic commitment.
Local leaders, though, hope one planned high-speed rail project doesn’t make the towns as they know them history.
Out of the $8 billion investment, $520 million will go toward improving the rail corridor between Charlotte and Raleigh.

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Unemployment rate moves up
As expected, Franklin County’s unemployment rate changed only slightly, inching up by one-tenth of one percent.
Still, Franklin County joined 86 other counties that experienced an increase in the unemployment rate in December according to statistics released by the state’s Employment Security Commission.
Rates decreased in nine counties, and remained the same in five.

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Allen de Hart to appear on UNC-TV series
Allen de Hart to appear on UNC-TV series
Allen de Hart will be highlighted on UNC-TV’s Trailmakers  episode Thursday night, focusing on his 30 years of involvement with an ambitious project to craft a hiking trail across the state.
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a nearly 1,000-mile trail consisting of footpaths, roads, and state bike routes that stretches from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park to Jockey’s Ridge State Park by the Atlantic Ocean.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Lake Royale resident Mehnissa Hartsfield

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Three to a shovel
Editorial Cartoon: Three to a shovel


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DOT did a good job, but should re-evaluate brining
Okay, that’s enough winter already.
Bring on Springtime.
And let’s not bother with all that technical stuff like the fact that the first day of spring will be March 20.
As far as we’re concerned, let’s just waive the rules and start it. . .oh, say. . .now!

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The groundhog may not come out of his hole, but I made it out of mine
The groundhog may not come out of his hole, but I made it out of mine
GOOD MORNING: I finally worked up enough nerve shortly after noon Monday to venture out of my burrow for the first time since packing it in and pulling the hole in behind me Friday evening. It was real dicey making my way down the hill from the house to Terrell Lane and thence out to NC 561 even though my ol’ buddy, Harold (Waterbed) Wood, had come over Sunday afternoon and scraped the path from my house down to the roadway.

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Bad weather brings out bad drivers, military ban eliminates willing soldiers
Bad weather brings out bad drivers, military ban eliminates willing soldiers
I guess you could call it an evil smile.
There is always a little Mona Lisa smile I can muster when I see a sport utility vehicle spun out on the side of the road.
Now, understand, I don’t wish harm or injury on anyone, however, when it’s someone who has decided to drive too fast for the conditions, well, a spun-out SUV serves as the perfect reminder.

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Website Reader Participation Results Jan. 27-Feb. 2
Last Week’s Poll
Alumni Assoc. in or out of line?
Should the Perry’s School Alumni Association be allowed to put a halfway house-style rehab/community family center in the old Gold Sand Elementary School?

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Obama, a government of one super egomaniac
Dear Editor,
Obama’s State of the Union message was typical of all his speeches — he speaks as if he is the only person there with his never ending repetition of “I,” “I,” “I.”  Somebody needs to tell the man the American people are tired of his presenting of himself that it is he who will fix everything.  We are not a country of Kings. Get out of the way Obama and go back to your desk for a few days or weeks rather than trying to get on national TV every single day; let Congress do their job.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM “SARAH” YARBOROUGH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for William “Sarah” Yarborough, 66, who died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at First Baptist Church of Louisburg, with the Rev. Fredrick Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood church cemetery.

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MARGARET VINES
WAKE FOREST - Margaret Vines, 48, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 3) at Feggins & Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Riley Hill Baptist Church cemetery in Wendell. The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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LOIS A. THORNE
ZEBULON - Lois Anne McCall Thorne, 76, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 3) at Faith Baptist Church, with visitation from 10-10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Clinton Town Cemetery.

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SHELBY (JEAN) EURY
RALEIGH - Jean Eury, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 at her home. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 1, in the Montlawn Funeral Home chapel.

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JOSEPH R. MAY
June 8, 1948 – January 29, 2010
LOUISBURG – Joseph Robert May, 61, of Louisburg, died Friday night.  Joe was a son of the late Robert W. and Florence Pearce May and was preceded in death by his brothers, Douglas Parrish and Edward Parrish. He was a retired truck driver with Overnite Transportation.

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HALLIE S. THARRINGTON
LOUISBURG – Hallie Smith Tharrington, beloved Mother, Grandmother and “Meme”, 95, departed to her heavenly home Monday evening at her home.

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VIRGINIA W. CARR
September 27, 1927 – January 29, 2010
LOUISBURG - Virginia Harriett Wells Carr, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 29, 2010.  She was the daughter of the late Leslie J. Wells and the late Dorothy Mae McDougall Wells and was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest George Carr, in 1986 and sister, Lois E. Wells Grinnell, in 1983.  She has lived with her daughter, Linda Muster, and son-in-law, William Muster, of Baileywick Rd., Raleigh N.C., since April 2009 and previously lived in Louisburg, North Carolina and in New York State.

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SPORTS

How Will LC Finish?
BACK FOR MORE AT LC. Catcher/designated hitter Jacob Pierce will be returning for his sophomore campaign for the Louisburg College baseball team, which is coached by second-year mentor John Thomas.
How Will LC Finish?
LOUISBURG -- During his first season as Louisburg College’s head baseball coach, John Thomas always accentuated this phrase:
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.’’
Thomas’ Hurricanes lived up to that saying in 2009, starting miserably before rallying to close with a 28-22 record.

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FHS Soccer Receives Awards
FHS Soccer Receives Awards
FRANKLINTON -- Deran Coe has experienced a myriad of on-field successes during his career as Franklinton High School’s girls and boys head soccer coach.
Coe is the only soccer skipper the school has ever known, but he doesn’t just emphasize athletic success.
Last month, Coe traveled to historic Philadelphia to accept National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Team Academic Awards for both his boys and girls squads from the 2008-09 season.

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LC guard on fire in home win
LC guard on fire in home win
LOUISBURG -- Ashton Ford enjoyed one of his best outings of the season last Tuesday as the Louisburg College Hurricanes rolled to a men’s basketball victory against Wake Tech Community College.
Ford, a sophomore guard, poured in 26 points as the Hurricanes picked up a 103-89 decision in the Region X  matchup at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.

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SECOND SEASON
SECOND SEASON
John Thomas (standing) says he learned plenty of lessons last spring during his initial campaign as the head baseball coach at Louisburg College.

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FUTURE MONARCH
FUTURE MONARCH
Louisburg College mound ace Ryan West has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Old Dominion University, which is located in historic Norfolk, Va.

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LIFESTYLES

Cherry Hill’s first concert of 2010 will feature pianist Mayron Tsong
Cherry Hill’s first concert of 2010 will feature pianist Mayron Tsong
The first concert of 2010 at Warren County’s Cherry Hill will feature pianist Mayron Tsong who will present works by Rzewski, Chopin, Mozart, Scarlatti and Prokofiev. The concert is to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14.
Tsong has been taken by her performances around the globe to almost every state in the continental United States, as well as Canada, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

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Williford, Johnson wed
Williford, Johnson wed
Paige Williford and Ricky Johnson were married on Dec. 19 during a 2 p.m. ceremony at Sparta Advent Christian Church. The officiating minister was Jack Ellis.
The bride is the daughter of James and Teresa Williford of Elm City.
The groom’s parents are Ronnie and Betty Gupton of Louisburg.

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BIRTHS
Amelia and Joey Patton are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Grace Patton, born Jan. 12, 2010 at Rex Birthing Center in Raleigh. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Donald and Tammy Whitley of Zebulon.
Paternal grandparents are Roy and Brenda Patton of Louisburg.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklinton Elementary opens new computer lab
Franklinton Elementary opens new computer lab
FES Principal Carol Davis snips a ribbon to officially open a new computer lab at Franklinton Elementary. The new lab features a Smart Board, data projector and 24 computers. The lab will be used for enrichment, research and other activities. Also pictured (left to right) are FCS Technology Facilitator Betsy Bryan, FES Curriculum Resource Teacher Lisa Pennington and FCS Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram (far right).

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COMMUNITY NEWS

FC Republican Party precinct meetings
Franklin County Republican Party precinct meetings have been scheduled as follows. All Republicans are encouraged to attend their respective meetings.
Bunn Precinct: Feb. 22, 7 p.m., GOP Headquarters, 101 W. Nash St., Louisburg. Contact Glen Bradley, (919) 272-7182
Cedar Rock Precinct: Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., GOP Headquarters, 101 W. Nash St., Louisburg. Contact Chairman Shea Neal, (919) 853-6716.

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AWARD WINNERS
AWARD WINNERS
Past and current members of Franklin Regional Medical Center, including, left to right, Reggie Faulkner, FRMC’s former pharmacy director, now at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center; Certified Dietician Susan White; Dietician Program Director Julie Kephart; Education Director Wendy Blackburn; and Pharmacist Jodi People, were presented with the American Diabetes Association’s Provider of the Year Award last weekend. The hospital received the award because of their diabetes education program.

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Winter storm pictures
Winter storm pictures
IGLOO. Davion Trader of Bunn built this igloo with her family’s assistance on Sunday afternoon. To the left of the igloo, are the members of the igloo family. (Photo submitted by Larranda Spivey)

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Winter storm pictures, 2
Winter storm pictures, 2
ON STANDBY. Gold Sand Fire Chief Tony Faucette took this picture of Laurel Mill while riding the Gold Sand Fire Department District Saturday. (Photo submitted by Tony Faucette)

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