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Showing 43 articles from February 12, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Dr. Al Corpening, Youngsville town commissioner, dies
Dr. Al Corpening, Youngsville town commissioner, dies
YOUNGSVILLE — A man who provided area residents with medicine and civic duty died this week.
Dr. Albert N. Corpening was 79.
Corpening was a U.S. Navy veteran and ran a medical office in Youngsville for years.
Most recently, he served as a town commissioner, winning re-election last November.

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Left hung out to dry
DRYER DAMAGE. Firefighters, left to right, Russell Bottoms, Ray Yarborough, Daniel Nobles, Darnell Batton and Troy Shearin, from the Louisburg Fire Department attend to a house fire at Riverwood Drive in Louisburg.
Left hung out to dry
Jessie Daniels was inside his home Thursday morning reading a Bible.
Moments later, a fire and smoke damaged a shed area in the rear of his home. Still, his prayers were answered.
“God doesn’t allow things to happen for no reason,” Daniels said from his backyard, watching fire crews from Louisburg and Justice battle a fire that melted siding on the rear of the house and trapped smoke inside the roof.

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Louisburg hires new rec director
Louisburg hires new rec director
Louisburg’s new recreation director not only has roots in the community already, she confesses to a “passion for parks and recreation” that goes well beyond traditional team sports.
Jina (rhymes with China) Stamey will begin her new post with the town on Feb. 22 and she’s already planning to create a program that reaches out “to all ages” in the community.

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Crematories pass Louisburg Planning Board
The Louisburg Planning Board unanimously agreed that crematories should be allowed in a commercial district -- and that churches should not be permitted in the downtown business district during a meeting Thursday afternoon.
Both those recommendations will go before the Louisburg Town Council for a final decision.
Most of the nearly hour-long meeting was devoted to the crematory issue following a request from Tom Clancey of Strickland Funeral Homes on West Franklin Street.

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County takes another step to help Palziv
County takes another step to help Palziv
Franklin County commissioners will be asked to approve another step that could result in an Israeli company locating just outside of Louisburg.
Last month, the county agreed to back Palziv’s  $750,000 grant application through the state’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant since a governmental entity is required in the application process.

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Jackson’s Mill Pond sold
A property that conservationists had proposed as a state park opportunity was sold late last year.
There’s still a chance that Jackson’s Mill Pond could be developed as a state Natural Area, but conservationists have said the county has been luke warm to the project recently.

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EDC suggests economic summit
One industry that was considering locating in Franklin County has gone elsewhere, another is considering its options and Palziv, the Israel-based foam products company, is on the verge of purchasing the former HON manufacturing plant in Louisburg, according to Ronnie Goswick, head of the county’s economic development efforts.

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Airport to update regulations
Airport staff began circulating a document this week that could serve as a standard for operations and procedures at Triangle North Executive Airport.
Late last year, the county’s airport commission tasked its attorney with drafting rules of operation that will help direct airport staff, as well as tenants and businesses on the grounds.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton High School teacher, coach Deran Coe

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: I'm Going to Jackson, Jackson Here I Come
Editorial Cartoon: I'm Going to Jackson, Jackson Here I Come


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County doesn’t need to squander Owens’ gift
Franklin County has a rare opportunity -- and officials had better not squander it.
In an exceptionally generous gesture, a former Louisburg businessman has bequeathed Franklin County the bulk of his substantial estate with instructions that it be used to build a park.
Edgar Owens died Jan. 23 at age 80 -- but he left a legacy that can have a huge impact on the future of Franklin County.

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Utility bills soar due to cold weather, while the economy stays grounded
Utility bills soar due to cold weather, while the economy stays grounded
If you think it’s been particularly cold and miserable since Thanksgiving, it’s only because it has!
While many o­f us have been grumbling — loudly — about our utility bills, the proof is literally irrefutable.
For example, the town of Louisburg normally purchases about $500,000 worth of electricity every month for resale to its customers.

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Let’s all meet down at the fishing hole and throw Novant in
Let’s all meet down at the fishing hole and throw Novant in
GOOD MORNING: There are three important meetings coming up locally within the next couple of weeks that will have a direct effect on the lives of every man, woman and child in Franklin County.
The first of those will be a Small Business Roundtable sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce featuring Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, State Sen. Doug Berger and Rep. Lucy Allen at the Louisburg Training Center from 10 until 11:30 a.m. to “discuss issues and concerns of small businesses along with ways the state can assist.”

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Advice Perdue should take
RALEIGH – When North Carolina Republican Chairman Tom Fetzer held a press conference a few days ago to urge Gov. Beverly Perdue to fire two controversial members of her Cabinet, you can be sure that he didn’t intend to do the governor any favors.
That’s not Fetzer’s job. His job is to elect Republicans.

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Wait until you see what’s in store for North Carolina
Those attending this week’s Emerging Issues Forum got a glimpse into the future. For some it was exciting and filled with possibilities, while others were no doubt threatened by what they learned. The theme for this year’s event was Creativity, Inc. and while there were many outstanding presentations, one in particular caught our attention.

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Upset county swept netstar under the rug
Dear Editor,
May 14th will mark six years since the death of my husband, deputy Ted Horton. I have been silent and allowed attorney Hill Allen to speak on my behalf because of the hurt that I have felt, but now that things have been put to rest, I feel it necessary to make a few brief statements.

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OBITUARIES

MARGIE A. KEITH
WAKE FOREST - Marjorie “Margie” Alford Keith, 82, died Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2010 at Britthaven Nursing Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Entombment will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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GRADY W. PERRY SR.
YOUNGSVILLE —Grady Wayne Perry Sr., 59, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at his home. Funeral service was Thursday, Feb. 11, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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HILDA P. MEDLIN
PILOT - Hilda Pearce Medlin, 88, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 13) at Pilot Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the Pearce family cemetery.

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CATHERINE W. FLETCHER
FRANKLINTON—  Catherine Winston Fletcher, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 13) at Prince Chapel C.M.E. Church, New Hill. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

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REBECCA ANN “BECKY” MOORE
FRANKLINTON - Rebecca Ann “Becky” Moore, age 47, died Saturday, February 6, 2010. Becky was born in Durham County on August 24, 1962.

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HELEN B. DICKERSON
October 14, 1914 – February 11, 2010
LOUISBURG – Helen Bunn Dickerson, 95, of Louisburg, died Thursday afternoon.

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DR. ALBERT N. CORPENING
YOUNGSVILLE- Dr. Albert N. Corpening, 79, died Tuesday evening, February 9, 2010 at his home. He was born in Upland, PA., son of the late Opal Carter Corpening and  Albert N. Corpening, Sr.

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SPORTS

See-Saw Game
BASELINE CHALLENGE. Catawba Valley’s Ebony Caldwell (with ball) tries to drive on Louisburg College’s Amanda Sinclair during Thursday afternoon’s women’s basketball game at historic Holton Gymnasium.
See-Saw Game
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s recent women’s basketball success appeared to be destined to continue in the early portion of Thursday’s Region X home matchup against Catawba Valley.
After all, LC had scored eight of the outings first 10 points, and looked to be well on its way to yet another impressive decision.


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Overtime Survival
ALLEN GOES AIRBORNE. Franklinton’s Jamen Allen (right) drives on Bunn’s Quinton Cannady during Tuesday’s boys basketball game at the Bunn Dome.
Overtime Survival
Playing with their young backs to the wall seems to suit the inexperienced Bunn Wildcats just fine.
Due to a slow start, the Wildcats got behind early in their quest to gain one of the four Class 2-A State Playoff berths available for the Northern Carolina Conference.
During their late stretch, the Wildcats faced a slew of must-win situations, including games this week against Franklinton (Tuesday at home) and Northwest Halifax (Thursday on the road).

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A Return To Form
COLLISION COURSE. (L to R) Franklinton’s Nikki Bell and Bunn’s Ashley Denton collide while going after a ball during Tuesday night’s Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball showdown at the Bunn Dome.
A Return To Form
BUNN -- Suffice it to say, the Bunn Ladycats are a different team when sophomore guard Chepirah Neal is in the lineup.
Neal missed two weeks because of an ankle injury, and the Ladycats struggled a bit to maintain their undefeated mark in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Thanks to some gritty play, the Ladycats were able to keep winning, but it wasn’t pretty at times.

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Warriors’ schedule released
Warriors’ schedule released
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s first baseball season on the Class 2-A level will begin Mar. 1 with a home game against the Tarboro Vikings at Warrior Field.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Due to recent realignment by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the Warriors are moving up to the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference after a long string of success in the Class 1-A Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.

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Mat First For Franklinton
DILLON DELIVERS FOR FHS. Franklinton’s Dillon Baldridge (right) came through with a decision for the Red Rams during their victory over First Flight in Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 2-A State Dual Team Wrestling Playoffs.
Mat First For Franklinton
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton capped off a successful team campaign with a bit of history Tuesday night.
The Red Rams claimed their first-ever victory in the postseason as part of Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 2-A State Dual Playoffs, which were held at the FHS Gymnasium.
Franklinton, under the direction of head coach Billy Jackson, delivered a 37-32 decision over Kill Devil Hills First Flight in initial-round action.

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Louisburg defeated in wrestling playoffs
HILLSBOROUGH -- Louisburg High School’s wrestling campaign came to an abrupt end on Tuesday with a loss to a touted Topsail club in the first round of the Class 2-A Dual Team State Playoffs.
The event was held at Cedar Ridge High School.
Topsail topped the Warriors by a 45-33 margin. The score wasn’t that close, as Topsail forfeited several weight classes after the outcome of the match had been determined.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 14-20
High School Basketball
NORTHERN CAROLINA
CONFERENCE TOURNEYS
BOYS AND GIRLS

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Hurricanes continue NHL winning streak
Hurricanes continue NHL winning streak
RALEIGH --  The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1 Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 18, 393 fans in a National Hockey League Southeast Division showdown at the RBC Center.
The win stretched the Hurricanes’ win streak to three outings and extends the Panthers’ losing streak to four games.
Carolina is now 22-30-7 overall for the season, which gives the Hurricanes 51 points. That numbers is 12 points out of the eighth and final spot out of the Eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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LC: Give Me A Victory
DAVIDSON DOES IT AGAIN. Louisburg College’s Jordan Davidson (with ball) scores inside for the Hurricanes during Wednesday night’s home victory against Patrick Henry Community College.
LC: Give Me A Victory
LOUISBURG -- Patience is often a virtue for a college basketball coach that employs a full-court pressure defense.
Eventually, the coach thinks that the press will pay dividends.
Even if it takes a full game or two.
That was the scenario for Louisburg College men’s hoops mentor John Meeks, who saw his club struggle woefully with its press during an earlier-season setback at Patrick Henry Community College.

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The Seniors Shine
BASELINE BREAK. Northwest Halifax guard A. Alston (24) drives on Louisburg’s Diseray Reynolds during Wednesday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball game at the LHS Gymnasium.
The Seniors Shine
LOUISBURG -- Senior Night offered Louisburg High School’s basketball athletes one last chance to shine on the stage of the historic LHS Gymnasium.
But one of LHS’ top girls hoops seniors was unable to get that opportunity on Wednesday during the Lady Warriors’ home finale against Northwest Halifax.

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LC GAME ACTION
LC GAME ACTION
Louisburg College’s Amanda Sinclair (left) offers sturdy defense.

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LOOKING FOR HELP
LOOKING FOR HELP
Franklinton point guard Kevin Williams (with ball) tries to find an open teammate during Tuesday night’s road game against the Bunn Wildcats.

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HOOPS ACTION
HOOPS ACTION
Bunn’s Marissa Bellamy tries to get past strong Franklinton defender Mecca Hicks.

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LIFESTYLES

Brunswick stew cook-off
Brunswick stew cook-off
A Franklin County “family recipe” of brunswick stew took the People’s Choice Award and Best Presentation Award at the Brunswick County Brunswick Stew Cook-off Saturday, Feb. 6, in Shallotte.
The Lancaster Farms entry was cooked and served from a thirty gallon black iron pot suspended from a wagon wheel ring. The event was sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Edward Best Elementary Honor Rolls for first and second nine-weeks
Honor students at Edward Best Elementary School for the first nine-week grading period include:

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Wright graduates
Wright graduates
Louisburg resident Chadwick Wright has earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
He graduated cum laude from UNCW in December 2009. 
Wright, the son of Sharon and Horace Wright of Louisburg, graduated from Franklinton High School in 2005.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin County awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program
Franklin County has been chosen to receive $40,500 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
A national board, chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; the Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities, and United Way of America, made the selection.

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Apparent suicide reported
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies discovered a local woman dead inside her house from an apparent suicide.
Sheriff Pat Green said Sheila Hanna, 49, of N.C. 39 North was found dead by her husband at about 11:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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Family Life Center dedication
Family Life Center dedication
A light dusting of snow could not stop the celebration as the New Liberty Baptist Church dedicated its new Family Life Center, a baptismal pool, and the Dr. Coolidge McCoy Administrative Office Complex on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Pastor Jamil Crosson presided over the ceremony. The Mass Choir sang “To God Be the Glory,” “Down Through the Years,” and “Where Could I Go.”

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Weapon found at school
Law enforcement agencies are looking for suspects who stole a truck from a church-owned moving company.
According to a report by Dep. Chad Evans, proprietors of Kingdom Movers hired two people to use a company truck to transport furniture to a client in Florida on Feb. 5.
By Feb. 9, the drivers had not returned after receiving payment from the client.

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