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Showing 47 articles from February 26, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Soldier from Youngsville killed
A soldier from Youngsville was killed this week during the war on terror.
According to reports, Daniel T. O’Leary, 23, sustained fatal injuries during a vehicle accident on Tuesday.
O’Leary was an 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper.
O’Leary was a motor transport operator with Company F, 307th.

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Sheriff Pat Green gets challenger
A last minute filing by a former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy means Sheriff Pat Green will see some competition for his post this spring.
Sen. Doug Berger will also face spring competition from a Butner Democrat and long-time Granville County commissioner.
Green, who is seeking his second term as sheriff, declared for the post on the first day of filing — Feb. 8.

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Louisburg Gardens asking for county’s help to expand
Louisburg Gardens asking for county’s help to expand
Franklin County commissioners will be asked Monday night to help a Louisburg-area business expand its operation and hire new employees.
It’s the same rest home that was the site of a rape and has been cited by the state Department of Health and Human Services for deficiencies.

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Tobacco farmers having a hard time since 2004 buyout
Franklin County’s tobacco farmers are reeling from recent cuts to tobacco contracts, leaving them scrambling and putting a major economic development engine in turmoil.
County Cooperative Extension Agent Will Strader said area tobacco farmers have been dealing with uncertainties since the Tobacco Buyout in 2004, but the industry has been sustainable.

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Hanging on
Hanging on
Workers prepare to set a new First Citizens Bank sign on Thursday morning. The sign replaces one that was smashed to bits following a wreck in front of the Bickett Boulevard business in January.

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Franklinton considering moratorium on Sweepstakes Internet Cafes
As more Internet cafes sweep through the area, Franklinton officials are considering a moratorium on the establishments.
In recent months, businesses known as Sweepstakes Internet cafes have begun to dot the Franklin County landscape, with two in Louisburg, one in Youngsville and another within that town’s extra-territorial jurisdiction.

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UPSIDE DOWN
UPSIDE DOWN
A Schloss woman avoided serious injury after the Ford Mustang she was driving rolled onto its top Wednesday afternoon. Sheila Branch, 41, had to be removed from the car, right, after she was pinned inside the vehicle during the wreck at about 12:20 p.m. According to Trooper C.M. Garner, Branch was traveling south on Person Road when she entered a curve. The road was covered with mud produced by logging trucks leaving a nearby work site.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Jasmine Neal, 10 years

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: America's Backbone vs Government's Spineless
Editorial Cartoon: America's Backbone vs Government's Spineless


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Political posturing is not moving health care reform forward
Political theater might be okay in the theater — maybe.
But it’s a mighty poor way to run the country.
There has been no clearer evidence of that fact than Thursday at the joint health care forum that was an endless display of purely partisan posturing by political leaders from both political parties.

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Are Toyota’s problems another sneak attack on the US by the Japanese?
Are Toyota’s problems another sneak attack on the US by the Japanese?
GOOD MORNING: Relief that the last vestiges of that January 29/30 snowfall and the snow that followed it the next weekend had finally disappeared was decidedly short-lived as far as I’m concerned as a result of that bone-chilling March-like wind that blew in to replace it Thursday.
Up until yesterday, we still had lingering patches of icy snow on the ground at our house dating back to January and if I had to make a choice between the two, I’d choose neither of the above.


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Looking back at my nineteen years with The Franklin Times
Looking back at my nineteen years with The Franklin Times
Nineteen years! And counting.
Seems impossible to believe but it will be 19 years ago Monday, March 1, when I took a deep breath, clicked the ballpoint pen in my hand and signed on the line where the lawyers said I was supposed to sign.
In seconds, I became the new publisher/owner of The Franklin Times — and completed my escape from “Corporate America” that had been my life for two decades.

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Three big political questions
RALEIGH – As one of the nation’s chief political battlegrounds for decades, North Carolina has never lacked for breaking news or interesting trends. At the present moment, with so much going on, it may be helpful to consider North Carolina’s political future by asking three big questions:

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Proud to disagree
Dear Editor:
I would like to inform Carolyn H. Hudson, first of all, my name is Julet, not Julie, thank you. I guess when you get old, your eyesight, along with other things, start to fade. Yes, I want to be one of those old folks. I totally agree with the fact that President Obama should not be excused from criticism. I did not state that he should.

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Ideas for park gift
Dear Editor:
Our county has truly been blessed by the late Edgar H. Owens gift of $800,000 to the Franklin County Recreation Commission for the erection of a park. It is a gift for all our people. Edgar sets out how he wants the funds used for the park.

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OBITUARIES

KENNETH MISKIE
FRANKLINTON —Kenneth Miskie, 73, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 in Raleigh. A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 26, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton.

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EDITH E. AYSCUE
GARNER - Edith Ellington Ayscue, 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at home. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 27) at Bryan-Lee Funeral chapel, Garner. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.

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BOBBY “BOB” CASEY
LOUISBURG - Bobby “Bob” Ray Casey, 72, died Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, 2010. Funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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JOSEPH A. FAULKNER
LOUISBURG - Joseph Alvin Faulkner, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at Care Bridge Rest Home. There will be a private funeral.

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WILLIAM O. GUPTON
BUNN – William Owen Gupton, 70, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. 

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ROBERT A. PERSON
FRANKLINTON —Graveside services for Robert A. Person, 54, who died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, were held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton, with Cutchins Funeral Home Director Joseph B. Cutchins Jr. officiating.

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PATRICIA A. NICHOLS
FRANKLINTON —Patricia Ann Nichols, 54, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 26, at Hudson Funeral Chapel in Durham, officiated by the Rev. Floyd Jackson. Burial was in South Granville Memorial Gardens.

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WANDA B. STRICKLAND
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Wanda Black Strickland, 54, who died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Nelson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PAUL L. MASSENGILL
HENDERSON - Paul Leon Massengill, 69, formerly of Four Oaks, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Minshew Funeral Home chapel, 5820 US Highway 301 S., Four Oaks, with the Rev. Billy Nowell officiating.

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PEGGY L. LORAH
YOUNGSVILLE - Peggy L. Lorah, 72, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.


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SPORTS

PRESSURE BUILDS
BUNN TO THE BUCKET. Bunn High School freshman guard Whitney Bunn (with ball) drives on her way to two points for the Ladycats during Thursday night’s home victory over Reidsville in the second round of the Class 2-A State Hoops Playoffs.
PRESSURE BUILDS
BUNN -- As the postseason pressure continues to build, so does the ability of the Bunn Ladycats to stifle opponents with their full-court pressure defense.
The latest victim came Thursday, as Reidsville committed plenty of backcourt turnovers against BHS’ press during the second-round matchup of the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.

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LC drops toughie to GTCC
LC JUMPER. Louisburg College’s Fletcher Wynn attempts a shot for the Hurricanes during Thursday afternoon’s home game against Region X rival Guilford Tech at historic Holton Gymnasium.
LC drops toughie to GTCC
LOUISBURG -- Three points.
That’s all that separated the Louisburg College men’s basketball team from a shot at the Region X regular season championship.
Thanks to a pair of narrow losses to Guilford Tech Community College -- by a combined three points -- the Hurricanes will have to settle for the No. 2 position.

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Indoor a huge hit for FHS
Franklinton High School sophomore Nichole Poppe competed in the shot put event at the Class 1-2-3/A State Track and Field Indoor Meet, which was held recently at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Also pictured is FHS head coach Trent Sanders.
Indoor a huge hit for FHS
FRANKLINTON -- On paper, it says that the Franklinton Red Rams will open their spring track and field season this Thursday with a road matchup at Northwest Halifax.
But Franklinton has been hard at work preparing for the campaign -- and not just going back to the first official day of spring drills.


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ECU’s Woods cuts down Old Dominion
GREENVILLE -- Former Louisburg College standout Zach Woods struck out a career-high eight batters, while Kyle Roller, John Wooten and Zach Wright hit home runs to help No. 13 East Carolina University (2-2) to an 11-2 win over former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion (3-1) Tuesday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
ECU is coached by former LC skipper Billy Godwin.

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Lady Canes at regionals
Lady Canes at regionals
SUPPLY -- Louisburg College will put its Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship on the line this weekend at the league’s annual tourney.
The event is being held at the new gymnasium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, which is located between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.

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Bunn season ends on road
BUNN -- Bunn’s boys basketball team exceeded even its coach’s expectations with a strong, late-season surge that featured a Northern Carolina Conference Tournament Championships -- as a No. 4 seed.
But forgive BHS skipper Gerald Melton for hoping for just a little bit more in the postseason.
Certainly, Melton was thrilled that his club was able to reach the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs. After all, Bunn was on the verge of missing the postseason three weeks ago.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 28-March 6
Girls High School Basketball
CLASS 2-A
EASTERN REGIONALS
(POSSIBLY BUNN)
AT ROSE HIGH SCHOOL

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FHS INDOOR TRACK TEAM
FHS INDOOR TRACK TEAM
Franklinton High School competed for the first time in indoor track this winter. The Red Rams took part in four regular season meets, and thrower Nichole Poppe was able to qualify for the state event, which was held at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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LOUISBURG REC CHAMPS
LOUISBURG REC CHAMPS
The Blue Devils won the ACC (11-13) regular season championship for the 2009-10 Louisburg Recreation Department basketball campaign. Pictured are (top, l to r) Assistant Coach Greg Smith, Assistant Coach Casey Bolton and Head Coach Kenneth Finley; (middle, l to r) Grant Phillips, Cooper Bolton and Jacob Stephenson; (front, l to r) Joseph Adams, Kenneth Richardson, K.J. Finley and Dustin Smith.

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DUNK TIME FOR LC
DUNK TIME FOR LC
Louisburg College’s Ashton Ford sends one down off an alley-oop during Thursday afternoon’s home Region X contest against Guilford Tech at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.

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ELUSIVE BALL
ELUSIVE BALL
Bunn’s Tyla Ricks (left) tries to come up with possession of the ball during the Ladycats’ home victory over Reidsville on Thursday in the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.

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QUICK PASS
QUICK PASS
Louisburg College’s Marcellous Perez sends a pass through Guilford Tech’s defense during Thursday’s key Region X hoops matchup.

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LIFESTYLES

Tour on high tunnel greenhouse vegetable production March 24
A local food movement is occurring in the region.   Small farmers who grow and have the interest of direct marketing their produce have the opportunity to participate in a research farm tour on Wednesday, March 24, in Goldsboro. International expert on high tunnel greenhouses, Steve Moore, will meet with the small farmers and show them the tools for extension of vegetable production out of season. 

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Celebration of holidays and special occasions
Celebration of holidays and special occasions
What would we do without holidays and special occasions? How could the business world do without selling special merchandise related to celebrations? The questions can just keep on coming, making us realize that life would probably be pretty boring and insignificant without them.
All of us enjoy holidays and celebrations that make us think of spiritual matters, being thankful, family members, historical occasions, important people, New Year, and love.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg College inducts new members into honor society
Louisburg College inducts new members into honor society
Louisburg College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society inducted 32 new members during its induction ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium.
The new members were welcomed into PTK, the International Honor Society of two-year colleges, by Advisor Louise Mitchum and the 22 current members.

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FES honor roll for second nine weeks
The Franklinton Elementary School honor roll for the second nine week grading period includes:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies investigate equipment thefts
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole more than $14,000 in equipment from a Pilot man.
According to a report by Dep. D.B. Wester, Ralph Kermit Knotts III of 109 Pilot Bypass Road reported on Wednesday that someone had stolen a trailer from his residence — between the evening of Feb. 22 and 8:30 a.m. the next day.
Knotts told investigators that he did not see anything unusual the evening before the theft.

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Happy winner
Happy winner
Carvel Cheves (left) is shown with his grandsons, Ted Noe and Jacob Noe, this past Tuesday night after winning the Bunn High School Future Farmers of America reverse raffle. The Kubota Utility Vehicle was provided by Louisburg Tractor. Cheves and his grandsons are looking forward to utilizing the prize. In all, 160 tickets were purchased for $100 each for the event.

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Goat & sheep pick-up March 7
Member of NC Meat Goat Producers Inc. are encouraged to bring their goats and sheep for a collection pick-up at the weigh station off of Highway 56 West near Louisburg.
The event is slate for March 7 at 1 p.m.

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Louisburg town council agrees to change in property ownership
The Louisburg town council unanimously agreed Friday morning to waive any objection to the change of ownership of a piece of property in its industrial park.
The land, known as lot 5, has been owned by a company that in turn is owned by Chinook Sciences, LLC, a New Jersey Limited Liability Company, which owns and operates a metal processing business at 424 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg.

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VGCC establishes Dunn memorial fund
VGCC establishes Dunn memorial fund
The Vance-Granville Community College Student Government Association is establishing the Raymond Dunn Memorial Fund to support the late student’s family during this difficult time. The 20-year-old sophomore and leading member of the VGCC Vanguards basketball team died Feb. 20 after collapsing during a home game.

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BUSINESS

Union Bank and Trust elects Huggins corporate secretary
Union Bank and Trust elects Huggins corporate secretary
The board of directors of Union Bank and Trust has elected Cobb Huggins as corporate secretary, effective immediately.
As corporate secretary, her duties include maintaining accurate records of all meetings of shareholders and directors. She is charged with keeping the corporate books and records and will attest and affix the corporate seal to any lawfully executed instrument related to the corporation. She also oversees the stock transfer books and a record of all shareholder names and addresses.

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