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Showing 44 articles from February 16, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Feds fine Sirchie $12.6 million
A Youngsville company was ordered to pay $12.6 million in fines for the violation of a plea agreement that barred illegal trades with China.
In 2005, Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories — the corporate predecessor of what is now Sirchie Acquisitions — pled guilty to sending more than $1 million in banned equipment through a third party to Hong Kong.

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WE MEAN BUSINESS!
JUSTICE FOR US ALL. Justice Grocery owner Tony Gupton, center, asks Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton about how government can remove some of the restrictions and fees that prevent him from operating a more profitable business.
WE MEAN BUSINESS!
State leaders were on hand Tuesday morning to host a Small Business Roundtable discussion where local business owners looked their leaders square in the face asking for support.
The listening tour, as described by Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, is designed to gauge the interests, concerns and challenges faced by small business operators.

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Audit has areas of concern
Although the most recent audit of the town of Louisburg’s books found that “everything is materially correct,” there was a problem -- since remedied -- and some areas of concern.
That was the word from Dale Place of May and Place, certified public accountants, in Louisburg.
The main problem discovered was caused by the software that controls the town’s payroll system.

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County adopts plan for economic development
Franklin County commissioners adopted an economic development strategic plan culled from a two-day retreat.
During that retreat, commissioners, staff, educators, municipal, regional and state leaders developed a plan that focused on six goals:

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County sexual harassment policy revised
Franklin County commissioners approved revisions to its employee harassment policy mandated by a federal lawsuit settlement.
In October, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed  a lawsuit on behalf of Karen Dorrans, alleging that the county was responsible for retaliatory acts against Dorrans after she complained of sexual harassment.

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More file for upcoming election
By Tuesday, the list of candidates continued to grow as every local incumbent had filed for re-election, as well as this county’s two state legislators.
The following seats are up for election this year and all, save for U.S. Senator Richard Burr, have filed for re-election. Challengers are listed in parentheses.

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Agriculture plan just months way
COHN
Agriculture plan just months way
Farmers told commissioners that they were just months away from presenting a development and preservation plan that would help guide the business and pleasure of agriculture in Franklin County.
Since the first of the year, Cooperative Extension staff, land use consultants and farmers have met with residents and farmers to gauge issues and concerns affecting farming now and into the future.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton High School senior Meredith Eason

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: With Respect
Editorial Cartoon: With Respect


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County, community should come together for park
It’s not often in real life that you get a “do over.”
And it is exceptionally rare when you get a “do over” with money the second time around.
Yet that’s exactly the enviable position that Franklin County finds itself in — and it is imperative that this time our county officials sit up and pay attention.

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DeSantis is moving south, while FRMC is still trying to move to Youngsville
DeSantis is moving south, while FRMC is still trying to move to Youngsville
GOOD MORNING: Well maybe not all that good, but look at it this way. It could have been worse, much worse. Take the last couple of weekends for example.

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Small Business Roundtable a benefit only if issues truly get squared away
Small Business Roundtable a benefit only if issues truly get squared away
Tuesday was a good opportunity for area business owners to get some issues off their chest.
It was apparent that their questions, concerns and anger reached the ears of those hosting the Small Business Roundtable discussion.
What’s important, though, is that another part of their anatomy be engaged.

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Website Reader Participation Results February 10-16
Last Week’s Poll
CHANGE?
Where would you like to see the biggest change made in the 2010 election?

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OBITUARIES

THOMAS A. PUETZ
LOUISBURG - Thomas A. Puetz, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 in Louisburg. Friar Patrick Wendt officiated funeral services Friday, Feb. 12, at Lancaster Funeral & Cremation Services, Louisburg. Entombment followed on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in Sheybogan, Wisc.

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RICHARD H. MURRAY
DURHAM - Richard Howard Murray, 61, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at his home. A funeral service was held at Monday, Feb. 15, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery.

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JEWEL S. CLARK
LOUISBURG - Jewel Stevens Clark, 68, died at her residence on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.  The family will receive friends and family 30 minutes prior to the memorial service. A private burial will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Pecks Mill, W. Va.

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EULA A. JOYNER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Eula B. Alston Joyner, 82, who died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, will be conducted at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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GEORGE H. CATES
RALEIGH - George Henry Cates, 69, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. Services will be today (Wednesday, Feb. 17), at 11 a.m. at Williford Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry King and the Rev. Allen Mason officiating.  The family will receive friends one our before the service. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

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EDWARD F. JENKINS
LOUISBURG - Edward Franklin Jenkins, 76, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at his home. Memorial services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Poplar Spring Baptist Church, Zebulon.

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MABLE L. DUNSTON
WAKE FOREST —Mabel L. Dunston, 77, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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TIANA M. CREWS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Tiana Monae “Pork Chop” Crews, 12, who died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sylvester White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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AMY ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Amy Alston, 82, who died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, will be held Friday, Feb. 19, at noon in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Elbert Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Stephens church cemetery.

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SHEILA HANNA
SEPTEMBER 28, 1960 – FEBRUARY 11, 2010
Sheila Hanna, 49, of Louisburg, died Thursday, February 11, 2010, at her home.  A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg.

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MATTIE “PAT” DICKERSON ESTILL
BATON ROUGE, LA - Mattie “Pat” Dickerson Estill died February 14, 2010.  She had just celebrated her 90th birthday and is survived by her three children, Nancy Estill David, John Robert Estill, and Alice Estill Mazzocchi; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother, Robert Coleman Dickerson.

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ESTER LILLIE COOPER
1929-2010
BUNN -  Ester “Teeny” Cooper, 80, went home Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, to be with the Lord and sons, Lee and Thomas, and great-grandson P.J. Private services will be held.

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SPORTS

LC LOCATES THE ARC
ANOTHER WYNN-ER FOR LC. Fletcher Wynn (with ball) and the Louisburg Hurricanes continued their men’s hoops winning streak Monday night with a home victory over backyard rival Vance-Granville at historic Holton Gymnasium.
LC LOCATES THE ARC
LOUISBURG  -- Vance-Granville Community ran into a men’s basketball buzzsaw Monday night at Louisburg College.
Louisburg ran at a breakneck pace in the first half and exploded from beyond the arc in the second to roll past Vance-Granville 117-75 in National Junior College Athletics Association Division II Region X play.
The Vanguards played the game without point guard Trentin Cozart, one of the team’s primary offensive threats.

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Duel For Second
DIAMOND OF A GAME. Diamond Graham (right) had a strong effort for the Franklinton Lady Rams during their road victory Monday at Northwest Halifax.
Duel For Second
FRANKLINTON -- With second place in the league at stake, the Franklinton Lady Rams encountered a hit-or-miss proposition Monday night at Northwest Halifax.
With the host Lady Vikings sitting back in a zone -- and inviting FHS to shoot from the outside -- the Lady Rams’ fate would rest squarely on their ability to drain jumpers.

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FHS set to host tourney
FHS set to host tourney
FRANKLINTON -- The Fifth Annual Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic Girls Soccer Tournament will be held March 10-13 in Franklinton.
Franklinton High School is the host and three-time defending champion. Other scheduled entrants are Northern Vance, Kerr-Vance Academy, Franklinton, South Granville, Oxford Webb, Louisburg, Northern Nash and Franklin Academy.

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NW’s Senior Showcase
BEALE ON THE BALL. Franklinton’s Zach Beale (right) tries to chase down a loose ball for the Red Rams during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball setback at Northwest Halifax.
NW’s Senior Showcase
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Northwest Halifax played like a team in celebration mode during its season-ending home matchup Monday night against the Franklinton Red Rams.
After all, it was the Vikings’ annual Senior Night, as players and parents were announced on to the court before the contest.

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NCC BASKETBALL TOURNEYBRACKET
KENLY -- Here are the pairings for the Northern Carolina Conference Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments, which will be held this week at the brand-new North Johnston High School Gymnasium.

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‘Canes returning to court at Wake Tech
‘Canes returning to court at Wake Tech
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s women’s basketball team ended up with the day off last Saturday.
The Lady Hurricanes were supposed to make a long road trip to take on the Spartanburg Methodist Lady Pioneers, but that event was called off because of the threat of poor weather.
Instead, Louisburg College will return to the hardwood today with a much closer road game.

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LAYUP TIME
LAYUP TIME
Louisburg College’s Marese Phelps tacks on two points courtesy of an uncontested layup during Monday’s victory over Vance-Granville.

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DISH NETWORK
DISH NETWORK
Franklinton’s Dustin Newton (right) passes to a teammate while being defended by Northwest Halifax’s Antonio Alston during Monday night’s boys basketball matchup in Aurelian Springs.

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PEEK-A-BOO
PEEK-A-BOO
Louisburg’s Jordan Davidson (with ball) tries to work inside for the Hurricanes during Monday night’s clutch home victory against the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards.

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STICKY DEFENSE
STICKY DEFENSE
Franklinton’s Moné Allen (l) and  Secoya Parker (r) double team Northwest Halifax’s Kendra Knight during Monday night’s crucial Northern Carolina Conference girls hoops event in Aurelian Springs.

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LIFESTYLES

Costa Rica following a common trend
Costa Rica following a common trend
In many Latin American countries such as Nicaragua, Panama, Chile and Argentina, the election of a woman as their country’s leader has become the latest trend. Costa Rica has joined these countries just recently, as they have elected Laura Chinchilla to the presidency of this most stable Central American country.

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Harris, Yancey marriage
Harris, Yancey marriage
Arthur Earl Yancey and Charlene Steed Harris were married on Nov. 17, 2009 in a private ceremony conducted at 6 p.m. at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. The ceremony was officiated by the hospital chaplain, the Rev. Nicholas DeJesus. The groom is the son of Oliver and Joann Yancey of Louisburg. He is the grandson of Leroy and Virginia Yancey of Zebulon and Carey and Velma Thorne of Louisburg. The bride is the daughter of Mckinnie Steed and Virginia Harris of Louisburg. A reception is planned at a later date.

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Women’s Club Soup and Sandwich lunch, Feb. 18
The Louisburg Woman’s Club will have its annual Soup & Sandwich lunch on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community House, Main Street, Youngsville, eat in or take out.
Homemade chicken and vegetable soup will be served, along with sandwiches, dessert and drink. Tickets are $7 each.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Terrell Lane Honor Rolls for second nine-weeks
The Terrell Lane Middle School Honor Rolls for the second nine-week grading period have been announced and includes:

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FCS celebrates Career and Technical Education month
BRICK HOUSE. Morgan Belton (left), Shaquille Strickland and Na’Jee Campbell (front) prepare mortar for a masonry project in Clarence Walker’s class at Franklinton High School.
FCS celebrates Career and Technical Education month
If variety is the spice of life, the Franklin County Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department would rate high on the education spice level.
February is CTE month across the nation – it’s a month in which districts and individual schools highlight and celebrate the CTE programs offered.

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UNDER PRESSURE
UNDER PRESSURE
Louisburg High School seniors Shanique Gupton (seated) and Bretney Strickland practice checking vital signs in Joyce Mangum’s class in which students can become certified nursing assistants.



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COMMUNITY NEWS

BUSINESS DISCUSSED
BUSINESS DISCUSSED
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton (center) discusses the problems facing small businesses with Shane Mitchell, (left), a Franklin County commissioner and small business owner, and Laureen Jones, Franklin County Schools’ Career and Technical Education director, during a Small Business Roundtable held Tuesday morning in Louisburg.


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BUSINESS

Gupton rejoins Stonewood
Gupton rejoins Stonewood
Timothy Earl “Tim” Gupton has rejoined Youngsville real estate firm Stonewood Properties, Inc.
According to Davis Capps, broker in charge, Gupton worked with Stonewood during 2006 and 2007 before going to work with a Wake Forest real estate firm. Also a PGA professional, Gupton specializes in golf course communities in the Wake Forest area.

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Thompson and Frizzle Join Fonville Morisey
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Thompson and Frizzle Join Fonville Morisey
Brian Pate, vice president and sales manager at the Fonville Morisey Youngsville office, has announced that Donna Thompson and Fred Frizzle have joined the sales team in Youngsville.

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