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Showing 36 articles from March 5, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

New home for Early College High School?
New home for Early College High School?
The Franklin County Board of Education will be asked to consider a resolution of support Monday night for a new building on the local Vance-Granville Community College campus site that would be home to the Early College High School.
As currently envisioned, the  proposal would be to construct a 43,000 square foot building beside the campus’s most recent classroom structure.

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A driving lesson learned
A driving lesson learned
A Warrenton woman was rushed to the hospital following this three-vehicle wreck on U.S. 401 Thursday evening. According to Trooper C.M. Garner, Amberley Rhyne, 16, of Henderson was driving the white car in the foreground south on the two-lane highway when she came upon two cars stopped, preparing to turn left. To avoid running into the back of the vehicles, Rhyne crossed the center line and collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle, driven by Carla Hehl of Warrenton.

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Bids lower than expected for Franklinton sewer line
Bids lower than expected for Franklinton sewer line
FRANKLINTON — If low bids hold up, town officials can look to approve a business-luring sewer project well under budget.
Engineers with Davis Martin & Powell estimated it would cost $250,000 to run a sewer line from Pocomoke Road north to N.C. 56 — serving a proposed Hardee’s restaurant and open business along that corridor.

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Franklinton town board moves forward on dam problem
FRANKLINTON — In a meeting that lasted about 15 minutes, town commissioners moved swiftly to tackle a dam problem that’s become a thorn in their side.
During heavy rains late last year, town officials and staff realized that its aging dam was causing erosion problems that threatened to wash out Long Mill Road below.

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Deputy Williamson improving
Deputy Williamson improving
A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy seriously injured during a scuffle outside a Louisburg gas station continues to make improvement, officials said by week’s end.
James Williamson was taken to Duke Hospital last Saturday after suffering a head injury in an attempt to help Louisburg police officers subdue an unruly suspect.

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Deputies investigate argument
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a skirmish that may or may not have involved gunshots.
Investigators responded to 705 Old Halifax Road at about about 1:50 p.m. on Thursday after receiving reports that someone was being shot at.

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Parrish slated for superior court this week
A woman facing a drug case and a slew of charges of exploiting a minor is slated to appear in superior court this coming week.
Rhonda Parrish’s husband, Mitch Parrish, has already pled guilty to the same charges.
The charges stem from a February 2009 drug raid conducted by agents of the county’s Multi Agency Narcotics Unit.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Andy’s employee Diane Taylor

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: First Class Delivery
Editorial Cartoon: First Class Delivery


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Postal Service should do better with what they have
What’s wrong with this picture?
The U.S. Postal Service wants to stop Saturday delivery to help it recover from spiraling losses, most of which are brought about by ill-advised contracts and gross mismanagement.
This proposed change is from an organization that gets its revenue from three main sources: Postage and other services provided to the public through service windows; permit mailings and stamps sold by coin-operated machines in the lobby.

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Learning a lesson from the Wake County School Board: Pay attention to elections!
Learning a lesson from the Wake County School Board: Pay attention to elections!
Whew! For a moment I feared I’d torn off too many pages on my calendar.
The calendar said March but the weather felt more like January or February.
Thankfully, by the time you read this on Saturday, the mercury is supposed to be climbing back toward more seasonable temperatures.

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The ABC’s of booze profits
The ABC’s of booze profits
GOOD MORNING: Sunny and relatively mild weather is reportedly on tap locally for today (Saturday) and Sunday with temps topping out in the mid to upper 50’s, partly cloudy and even warmer weather is on tap for Sunday and Monday with highs in the low 60’s. Whoopeeee, bring it on!

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Casting insurers as villains
RALEIGH – If you want to know why President Obama, leaders of the Democratic Congress, and their allies in activist groups and the press are trying to sell their health care program by bashing insurance companies, you need only to look at a few numbers.

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Problem with mandatory rabies vaccines
Dear Editor,
I’m writing regarding the decision of mandatory rabies vaccines in Franklin County.
I think this was a mistake to approve this new policy because you are opening the county up to possible lawsuits. Did you consider the older pets that have had inoculations all their lives and are effectively immune?

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OBITUARIES

MARGARET R. EVANS
WYNNEWOOD, Pa. - Funeral services for Margaret Richardson Evans, 81, formerly of Hollister, who died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, will be held Monday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Linda Tayborn, pastor, officiating. The Rev. Thomas Richardson will deliver the eulogy.

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FRANCES J. “NINA” YATES
ZEBULON - Frances Juanita “Nina” Yates, 83, died Wednesday morning, March 3, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services were held Friday, March 5, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ROBERT J. DEMENT
YOUNGSVILLE—Robert J. DeMent, 87, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the home of his sister, Marie DeMent. Funeral services were held Friday morning, March 5, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Youngsville Cemetery.

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WILBERT L. BOBBITT
LOUISBURG – Wilbert Linus Bobbitt, 86, died Wednesday evening, March 3, 2010. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today (Saturday, March 6) at Lancaster Memorial Park, with the Rev. Luke Smith officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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ERDINE LEE VANN
ZEBULON - Erdine Lee Vann, 87, formerly of 13597 Highway 39 S, Zebulon, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Wilson Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. Burial will follow in the Hales Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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LUCY L. BROWNING
ROCKY  MOUNT— Lucy Elizabeth Lumpkin Browning, 88, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Somerset Court in Rocky Mount. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 6) at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home chapel, Rocky Mount, with a private burial in Louisburg.

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FELTON JOHNSON JR.
KENLY - Felton Johnson Jr., 68, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Wilson Medical Center. Funeral services were Friday at New Jerusalem Free Will Baptist Church, with the Rev. Danny Creech officiating. Burial followed in the New Jerusalem Church cemetery.

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JIMISE S. HUNT
DURHAM - Jimise Skillman Hunt, 72, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 6) at Clements Funeral chapel in Durham, with the Rev. Bess Hunnings Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.

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JEANNE H. HILTON
RALEIGH - Jeanne Harris Hilton, 80, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, March 6) at North Raleigh Chapel, 5121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Entombment will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon.

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JEAN K. HARRISON
ZEBULON - Jean Kirby Harrison, 83, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at her home. It was Mrs. Harrison’s request that no services be held.

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DENNIS B. BLOUIN
LOUISBURG - Dennis B. Blouin, 50, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010. There will be no services. Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.


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SPORTS

END OF THE ROAD
FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT. Bunn’s Amanda Wright, center, fights with an East Bladen player for the right to control the basketball during tourney action Thursday in Greenville.
END OF THE ROAD
GREENVILLE — It wasn’t the way head coach Chuck Mann hoped to end the season, but the best may still be to come for Mann and his Bunn High School Ladycats.
Certainly, the Ladycats arrived ahead of schedule on the statewide scene this year with a young roster that featured a dynamic backcourt featuring a freshman and sophomore -- along with a variety of skilled role players up front.

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Thorne Flying High For SCC
SUPERB AT SANDHILLS CC. Former Bunn High School standout Clay Thorne (with ball) enjoyed a solid freshman campaign as a membe of the men’s basketball team at Sandhills Community College under Bunn native Aaron Denton.
Thorne Flying High For SCC
SOUTHERN PINES -- A good basketball coach isn’t afraid to make changes, whether it be in-game strategy or making shifts in a club’s playing rotation.
At the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign, Sandhills Community College men’s hoops mentor Aaron Denton had freshman Clay Thorne scheduled for limited minutes during his initial year on the campus.

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LC women saluted in Region X
LC women saluted in Region X
LOUISBURG -- Three Louisburg College women’s basketball players have earned postseason accolades in Region X.
Frontliners Shequitia Manning and Ariel Phelps have been selected to the All-Region X squad, while Phelps and Coco Hull were All-Region X Tournament picks.
Manning, LC’s starting sophomore center, averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game while patrolling the lane.

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LHS edged in extra innings
LOUISBURG -- An uncharacteristic fielding performance cost the Louisburg Warriors during the regular season baseball opener Monday afternoon at home.
Louisburg committed six errors and was defeated 9-5 by Tarboro in eight innings.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 7-13
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Enloe at Bunn    4:30 p.m.
Kerr-Vance at Franklinton    4:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Southern Nash    4:30 p.m.

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Mudcats tickets on sale
Mudcats tickets on sale
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have announced that single-game tickets for the 2010 Southern League season are currently on sale.
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:  online at www.carolinamudcats.com, via the Mudcats box office (919) 269-2287 and at Five County Stadium. 

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ON THE BALL
ON THE BALL
Bunn High’s Chepirah Neal surveys the action before making a move during tournament action Thursday night. The Ladycats lost the contest, but went unbeaten in Northern Carolina Conference regular season and tournament action. The young team is expected to compete well next year after anothe year of seasoning.

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LIFESTYLES

My dear “CHILE LINDO”
My dear “CHILE LINDO”
It breaks my heart to see any country go through a natural disaster, but when it is your native country, it hurts a little bit more. My dear “Chile lindo” (“beautiful Chile”) is all I can say when I see the news of the devastation left behind. “May God hold you at the tip of His fingers so that you will not fall into the ocean,” is what I would hear adults say as I was growing up in that beautiful land.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

CEDAR CREEK WINS!
CEDAR CREEK WINS!
Cedar Creek Middle School captured its first Franklin County Battle of the Books championship Wednesday morning and now moves into the regional tournament slated for March 25 at Bunn High School. After six competitive rounds, the Jaguars claimed victory with a final tally of 58 points. Terrell Lane Middle placed second with 47 points, while host Bunn Middle tallied 38 points for third place. Points are accumulated based on facts recalled from a series of selected readings.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin County Board of Commissioners declare Girl Scout Week March 17-13
Franklin County Board of Commissioners declare Girl Scout Week March 17-13
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has declared March 7-13 Girl Scout Week in Franklin County. The Commissioners issued the proclamation on March 1 at their regular board meeting. Several Girl Scouts from Troops #769 and #961 were on hand to receive the proclamation.

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Stolen vehicle recovered
Franklin County authorities recovered a vehicle reported stolen from Virginia.
According to a report by Dep. Nathan Rinker, a wildlife officer found the vehicle Feb. 28 down a path across from the Crescent Motel in Franklinton.


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