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Showing 41 articles from March 9, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Palziv buys Hon building
An Israeli foam company purchased the old HON building late last month, moving closer to bringing Franklin County another industry.
According to Register of Deeds documents, PZ Associates bought the building and just more than 47 acres from the Iowa-based HON company on Feb. 25 for $1.2 million according to the excise tax stamp.

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FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE
FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE
The Franklin County Board of Education unanimously agreed Monday night to take the next step toward creation of a new building on the Franklin County Campus of Vance-Granville Community College, a structure intended to house the new Early College High School.
The request actually goes to the VGCC Board of Trustees, which is to meet next week, and if trustees agree, they will take the request to the Franklin County commissioners, who must find a way to finance the estimated $7 million project.

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SBI crime lab review won’t affect local prosecutors
A review of past and present SBI crime lab practices won’t change how prosecutors build cases, said District Attorney Sam Currin.
Attorney General Roy Cooper initiated an internal and external review of the state Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab after attorneys for a wrongly convicted man say the case revealed errors within the department.


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Report determines overdose killed man
A Louisburg man found dead in a Rocky Mount psychiatric hospital last summer was the victim of an overdose, according to medical examiners.
Coastal Plains Hospital staff found 23-year-old James Ross Collins dead inside an isolation room on July 23.

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Judge doesn’t go for suspect’s delay tactic
Judge doesn’t go for suspect’s delay tactic
A superior court judge called out an armed robbery suspect for attempting what he called a delay tactic.
Louisburg police arrested Patrick Xavier Davis and two other people in the summer of 2009 on charges that they broke into a Louisburg businessman’s home and robbed him at gunpoint.

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Woman who exploited minors gets plea deal
A woman charged with more than 30 counts of drug violations and exploiting and abusing minors was sentenced to serve between nine and 13 months in jail as part of a plea.
Investigators arrested Mitch and Rhonda Parrish in February 2009 during a drug raid.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn hoops fan Landon Wheless

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Blockhead
Editorial Cartoon: Blockhead


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The time is right to erect Early College High School building on VGCC campus
There’s an old saying that advises: You’ve got to get while the gettin’s good!
While that saying obviously wasn’t directed at one opportunity the county is now facing, we think it might be appropriate.
The Franklin County commissioners — probably next month — will be faced with a request to build a new $7 million classroom building on the Franklin Campus of Vance-Granville Community College.

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Franklin County should get behind Early College High School construction
Franklin County should get behind Early College High School construction
GOOD MORNING: Spring doesn’t arrive, officially that is, until March 20th, but ‘til then I’ll gladly settle for the Spring- like temperatures we’ve been enjoying for the past couple of days. In the meanwhile, come Saturday night, we’ll be turning our clocks forward an hour upon retiring for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) that immediately follows the stroke of midnight.

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Without vigilance, crime and the price of gas could be up in the air
Without vigilance, crime and the price of gas could be up in the air
I remember when I was a reporter in Eastern North Carolina, I was speaking to a sheriff about a story when he mentioned that someone had recently stolen his four wheeler.
He considered putting something in the paper about it, but I think someone talked to him and, perhaps, suggested it might not look good if the county’s top cop was also a victim of crime.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 3-9
Last Week’s Poll
Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?
Do you believe in Global Warming?

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Legitimate use of handicap placard does not rate a ticket or officer’s snub
Dear Editor,
On March 2 around 11 a.m. in Youngsville at the Food Lion parking lot, a lady was parked in a handicap spot with her handicap card on the dash of her car.

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OBITUARIES

DEBORAH H. ALLRED
YOUNGSVILLE - Deborah Hinnant Allred, 53, died Sunday, March 7, 2010. A visitation will be held at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wake Forest on Saturday, March 13, from 2-4 p.m.

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MARIE S. JONES
WAKE FOREST - E. Marie Shearin Jones, 71, died Saturday, March 6, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services were Monday, March 8, at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville. She was cremated following the service.

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ELISE J. KING
LITTLETON - Elise Jenkins King, 82, died Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. A visitation will be held today (Wednesday, March 10) at Blaylock Funeral Home in Littleton from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Calvary United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mike Currin and the Rev. Stan Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CICERO F. TALLEY JR.
FUQUAY-VARINA— Cicero Farrar Talley Jr., 88, died Monday, March 1, 2010 at his home. A memorial service was held Sunday, March 7, at Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church on Woodrow Street.

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BETTY H. DENTON
LOUISBURG - Betty Grace Hight Denton, 61, died Saturday morning, March 6, 2010 at Rex Hospital from complications due to cancer.

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KITTY B. EDWARDS
GREENSBORO - Mrs. Kitty Beasley Edwards, 82, of Greensboro, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Beacon Place.

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SPORTS

3RD TIME’S A CHARM
AND NOW COMES THE REWARD. Members of the Louisburg College men’s basketball team pose with the championship trophy after winning the Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
3RD TIME’S A CHARM
WENTWORTH -- Louisburg College’s season-long motto helped the Hurricanes get through the difficult times during Sunday’s Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game against Guilford Tech.
Guilford had defeated LC twice in the regular season --  by a combined three points, no less.

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Warriors Throw SN A Curve
A SHOW OF FORCE. Southern Nash catcher J.D. Sherrod (left) fields a throw to record a force out at home plate of Louisburg’s Chase Ragland (5) during Monday afternoon’s high school baseball game on the SNHS campus in Stanhope.
Warriors Throw SN A Curve
STANHOPE -- After three straight victories to open the season, the Southern Nash Firebirds were thrown a curve Monday against the Louisburg Warriors.
Plenty of them, in fact.
LHS’ Chase Ragland, a Louisburg College signee, combined his off-speed stuff with a sneaky fastball to keep the Firebirds off the scoreboard for nearly five innings.

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Golf year kicks off for LHS
Golf year kicks off for LHS
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s Warriors began their boys golf schedule last week under second-year head coach Chris Lee.
The Warriors hosted area foes Southern Nash and South Granville at the Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Louisburg.
South Granville won the 18-hole competition with 359 strokes.

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Driver shines for Wesleyan
ROCKY MOUNT -- Bunn High School alum Ashley Driver has helped the North Carolina Wesleyan College Bishops get off to an undefeated start to the 2010 fast-pitch softball season.
Driver has teamed on the mound with  junior hurler Kacie Brandes, who tossed her first collegiate no-hitter on Sunday afternoon to help Wesleyan to a doubleheader sweep of Old Westbury at Edge Field.

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NCHSAA BASKETBALL TITLE GAME PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here is this Saturday’s schedule for the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State Basketball Championships:

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Split a disappointment for Hurricanes
LOUISBURG -- The Sunday Blues have kept the Louisburg College baseball squad from having an amazing start to its Region X schedule.
In each of their first two region series  -- two weekends ago at Florence-Darlington and last weekend at Spartanburg Methodist -- the Hurricanes swept Saturday doubleheaders.

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Pirates claim LeClair crown
Pirates claim LeClair crown
GREENVILLE -- Cam Freeman’s two-run home run in the eighth inning coupled with a strong pitching performance from Seth Maness helped No. 11 East Carolina University to a 5-4 win over in-state foe West Carolina Sunday afternoon in the Seventh Annual Keith LeClair Classic at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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PEREZ THE PLAYMAKER
PEREZ THE PLAYMAKER
Louisburg College point guard Marcellous Perez makes an entry pass into the post during the Hurricanes’ victory over Guilford Tech in Sunday afternoon’s championship game of the Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament in Wentworth.

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A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL
A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL
Members of the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad celebrate Sunday after winning the Region X Tournament Championship.

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DAVIDSON DOES IT INSIDE
DAVIDSON DOES IT INSIDE
Louisburg College’s Jordan Davidson (with ball) powers his way to a basket for the Hurricanes on Sunday during their victory over Guilford Tech in the Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game at Rockingham CC.

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COMING THROUGH
COMING THROUGH
Fletcher Wynn (with ball) delivered when it counted Sunday for Louisburg College at the Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament.

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JOB WELL DONE
JOB WELL DONE
Former Bunn High School standout Ashley Driver has helped the North Carolina Wesleyan fast-pitch softball squad to an undefeated start to the 2010 campaign.

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ERVIN’S CROWNING MOMENT
ERVIN’S CROWNING MOMENT
Here are a few highlights from Ervin Hunt’s recent championship performance in the 189-pound weight class at the Class 2-A State Wrestling Tournament in Winston-Salem. (Above) At the decisive moment, the referee signals a pin as Hunt wins the title match with a fall against Salisbury’s Isaiah Whitaker.

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RAINING THREES AT FRANKLINTON
RAINING THREES AT FRANKLINTON
Franklinton High School student and basketball player Dustin Newton (12) attempts a 3-pointer during last Wednesday’s Hoops For Haiti Student-Faculty Game at the FHS Gymnasium. The event raised $2,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund, according to Franklinton teacher/coach Lindsay Dehart.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Crystal Morin and Justin Nickerson announce their upcoming wedding, which will be a garden ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, in Louisburg.

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Seventy-third anniversary
Seventy-third anniversary
Wilson and Elizabeth Hedgepeth celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on March 6 with their children, family and friends.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY
Pam Gilliam’s first grade class at Crosscreek Charter School in Louisburg recently celebrated Black History Month by recognizing numerous “Franklin County Achievers.”  The celebration is an annual event for her class.  Many local “Achievers” have visited the class, sharing their stories and offering advice for success to the students.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Precinct meeting
The Democratic Party Precinct meeting for Cypress Creek Precinct will be held at the Seven Paths Community Center on March 16 at 7 p.m.
The meetings for the following precincts were held on March 9: Bunn, Cedar Creek, East Harris, Franklinton E & W, Gold Mine, Pilot and Sandy Creek. The information was not received in time for the Saturday, March 6, edition.

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Novozymes giving back
Novozymes giving back
Novozymes of Franklinton recently donated 40 laptop and eight desktop computers to be refurbished through the Teaming for Technology partnership with the United Way of the Greater Triangle and the United Way of Franklin County. Joe Burgess, Teaming for Technology manager, said the computers will be refreshed with new software and then will be distributed through UWFC to schools and other Franklin County organizations that may need them.

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“Church Basement Ladies” coming to LC
“Church Basement Ladies” coming to LC
The Seby Jones Performing Arts Center will get some religion at the end of the month.
Louisburg College will host the musical performance, the “Church Basement Ladies” on Sunday, March 28.
The comedy features four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1964.

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Grant awarded to Louisburg Rescue & E.M.S.
RALEIGH - Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Louisburg Rescue & E.M.S., Inc. was awarded an $18,868.02 grant through the 2009 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund from the State of North Carolina.

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Man’s stove stolen from new residence
Louisburg police arrested two Bunn men alleged to have broken into a car Friday afternoon.
According to police reports, officers arrested David McMoore, 21, and Jeremy Charles Burwell, 20, both of 35 Scarboro’s Way.
The two men were charged with breaking into a 1986 Ford Mustang which was parked in the Walmart parking lot.

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