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Showing 45 articles from March 30, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Board of Education approves 2010-11 budget
It looks as if the 2010-11 Franklin County Schools’ budget is going to look basically like the current year’s budget.
Acting quickly and unanimously Monday night, the Board of Education put its stamp of approval on a budget that would increase current expense categories by $340,059 over the current year and bump the request for capital outlay funds by $146,673.


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Sheriff’s Department receives Patriot Award
Sheriff’s Department receives Patriot Award
Sheriff Pat Green didn’t establish a satellite office in Iraq, but when Sgt. Robert Legnante was last deployed there, he felt just as connected to the sheriff’s office as anyone.
Because of the office’s commitment to him and his family while he was deployed, Legnante recommended the office receive a Patriot Award from North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an organization of the Department of Defense.

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Easter Egg scramble
Easter Egg scramble
Above, Chandler Winstead plucks a colorful gift from the Youngsville Library grounds during an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday afternoon.

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Franklinton shooting proves to be a mystery
Franklinton police are investigating a shooting that’s turning out to be more of a mystery than usual.
Emergency communications received a call at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday from Zachery Poole who said he was suffering from a gunshot wound.

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Baby makes premature  arrival with Grandma’s help
Kamdyn Linley Hays
Baby makes premature arrival with Grandma’s help
YOUNGSVILLE — Little Kamdyn Linley Hays couldn’t wait.
Doctors figured she’d be ready for her debut on April 30.
Family and friends planned a baby shower this past Sunday, figuring that they had given themselves plenty of cushion before her birth.

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How will health care reform affect Franklin County
With the flick of 22 pens last week, President Obama signed health care reform legislation that would expand coverage to 32 million Americans who were previously uninsured.
And while the full impact of the legislation is not slated to be felt until 2014, health care officials have not wasted any time trying to figure out what it will mean.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: FrankenVest
Editorial Cartoon: FrankenVest


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How safe are your important records and photos?
There was a wake-up call for many of us in that spectacular fire that virtually destroyed the Chatham County Courthouse last Thursday afternoon and evening.
Amazingly, there were no injuries reported even though the historic structure was occupied at the time the fire broke out — and even though firemen faced a very dangerous task in trying to deal with the blaze that sent flames flickering high into the late afternoon sky.

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Wright needs to come clean
Wright needs to come clean
GOOD MORNING: It looks like pretty smooth sailing weather wise at least thru Saturday with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80’s Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
MORE THAN ONE DARRYL WRIGHT?
I’m getting two entirely different pictures in regards to the Bunn-Pilot area man who’s running against veteran Sheriff Pat Green in the May 4th Democratic Primaries.

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Information superhighway can lead to arrests, conspiracies
Information superhighway can lead to arrests, conspiracies
Score another point for puttering around on the computer.
In my lifetime, the term research has gone from meaning spending countless hours inside a quiet, dusty library to clicking a few keys to gain access to the information super highway.
I guess it’s only right that the same sort of transition would exist in police work.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 18-30
Last Week’s Poll
HEALTH CARE REFORM
Are you glad healthcare reform passed?

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Is the North Carolina job market turning around?
No other economic statistic receives as much attention as jobs. As well it should, because without jobs, households and families couldn’t buy and spend, and the economy would collapse. Therefore, most people judge the condition of the economy by one simple test – are jobs increasing?

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“Miss Bettyball” will be missed
Dear Editor,
Having lived in Louisburg all my life, I have long been a patron of the County Library. My mother introduced me at an early age to the treasures found among the shelves there, for seldom did a week go by when we did not go in search of the magic in the stories of patriots and heroes; tales of queens, kings and common folk; haunting stories of mysterious happenings; and all of the other experiences one finds between the pages of a book.

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Editorial should be reserved for more relevant issues
Dear Editor,
Really?  Less than a week after the Presidential signing of a bill that will bring drastic change to health care in the US, The Franklin Times wastes its editorial space on some meaningless delay in a hearing and points the finger directly at Senator Burr, calling him childish.

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OBITUARIES

WANDA M. HARRELSON
MIDDLESEX – Wanda Mitchell Harrelson, 48, died Monday morning, March 29, 2010. A graveside service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jay Tilley officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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ESTELLE T. PEARCE
YOUNGSVILLE—Estelle Talley Pearce, 90, died Sunday evening March 28, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 31) at Youngsville Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Town Cemetery.

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WADE J. TOLER
YOUNGSVILLE - Wade J. Toler, 76, died Sunday, March 28, 2010. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

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HENRY F. HOLMES
FRANKLINTON —Henry Franklin Holmes, 84, died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Brantwood Nursing Center, Oxford. A funeral service was held Monday, March 29, at Franklinton Baptist Church. Burial followed in Fairviw Cemetery.

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EDDIE BUNN
ZEBULON - Edgar “Eddie” Roger Bunn III, 61, died Thursday, March 25, 2010. A memorial service was held Sunday at the Barbara S. Roberson gymnasium at Zebulon Middle School.

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LINDBERG LASSITER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lindberg Lassiter, 82, who died Friday, March 26, 2010, were held Tuesday, March 30, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Anthony Hopkins officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JAMES E. LYNCH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for James Edward Lynch, 75, who died Thursday, March 25, 2010, were held Monday, March 29, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the Tilman Lynch cemetery.

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STEPHEN TURRENTINE
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Stephen “Lee Thomas” Turrentine, 72, who died Monday, March 22, 2010, were held Saturday, March 27, at Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church, 2199 Grove Hill Road, Franklinton, with the Rev. W. S. Taylor officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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SID CHAMPION
September 17, 1927 – March 27, 2010
LOUISBURG – Sid Champion, 82, of the White Level Community, passed away Saturday morning at the home of his daughter.

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SPORTS

LC’s Statement
HIGH THROW. Pitt Community College first baseman Trey Holmes (left) is unable to come up with this pickoff throw during Game One of last Saturday’s Region X baseball doubleheader against Louisburg College.
LC’s Statement
WINTERVILLE -- Last weekend’s trip to Pitt Community College was all about making statements for the Louisburg College baseball squad.
Certainly, the Hurricanes got their point across, coming up with three victories in four tries against a Pitt squad that entered the weekend as the No. 2 ranked junior college squad in the nation.

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Wildcats defeated by RRHS
ROUNDING THIRD. Bunn’s Zach Driver arrives at third base during the Wildcats’ home setback last Friday night against Roanoke Rapids in Northern Carolina Conference baseball action.
Wildcats defeated by RRHS
BUNN -- Last Friday’s poor weather blew in a sea of mistakes for the Bunn High School baseball squad -- and at the most inopportune time.
Taking on Roanoke Rapids in a key Northern Carolina Conference matchup, the Wildcats gave up 10 runs in the top of the second and went on to fall by a 17-3 margin at the BHS Baseball Field.

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Ware Makes Choice: Chowan
Ware Makes Choice: Chowan
LOUISBURG -- Even after spending one year away from the sport, the passion for playing football never died within Daryl Ware.
Instead, Ware sought to find a four-year college home -- and he located one in Murfreesboro.
Ware, a former standout at Louisburg High School, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his career at Chowan University.

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A race to the wire in picks
A race to the wire in picks
Does he root for his team, or does he take the money and run?
Such is the dilemma facing our own Carey Johnson, the former lovable loser who has turned into a force in the annual The Franklin Times NCAA Tournament Bracket Contest.
Johnson proclaims that he is a die-hard Duke University fan, even though he readily admits that he didn’t watch a Blue Devils’ game during the regular season.

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Bunn outlasts Jackets
Bunn outlasts Jackets
BUNN -- Brittany Baird’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Bunn Ladycats a 5-4 home victory over Roanoke Rapids in a Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball game last Friday night.
The outing was the first in league action this season for the Ladycats, who are now 2-5 overall.

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LC sweeps Southeastern
LC sweeps Southeastern
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s fast-pitch softball team stepped out of league play Sunday and scored a home doubleheader sweep against Southeastern Community College.
The Lady Hurricanes won the opener by a 7-0 margin before closing things out 5-1 in the nightcap.

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A CRAPPIE DAY
A CRAPPIE DAY
Franklin County resident Jackson Taylor caught this three-pound Crappie at a private pond in the county. Taylor used minnow as a bait to capture the “giant” crappie. According to About.com, the world record for crappies is five pounds.

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OUT OF THE WAY
OUT OF THE WAY
Roanoke Rapids batter Josh Stallings (2) tries to avoid being hit by a pitch during last Friday’s baseball game against the Bunn Wildcats. BHS catcher Jake Young (right) is preparing to field the ball in the Northern Carolina Conference matchup.

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GOOD TIMES FOR THE HURRICANES
GOOD TIMES FOR THE HURRICANES
There were plenty of reasons to celebrate last weekend for the Louisburg College Hurricanes, who went on the road and took three of four games from Pitt Community College in Region X action. (Above) William Swoope (25) is congratulated after scoring a run.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
Gil and Debbie Holton of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Holton, to Chip Young of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Jay Young and wife Pam of Louisburg and Candy and Ronnie Hobgood of Youngsville. A May 2010 wedding is planned at Louisburg United Methodist Church.

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Kick Butts Day promotes prevention of youth smoking
Kick Butts Day, sponsored every year by the Campaign for Tobacco- Free Kids, is a national campaign to help kids stand up and speak out against tobacco. This year, Kick Butts Day took place on Wednesday, March 24. Thousands of schools take part each year in activities related to preventing youth smoking or using other tobacco products.

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Easter-Egg A-Palooza
SAY CHEESE. Yolanda Aguilar, foreground, takes a picture of her daughter, Alondra Aguilar, left, and friend, Kyona Brunson, right, with the Easter Bunny just before the county Easter Egg Hunt at Franklinton Park.
Easter-Egg A-Palooza
Franklin County was transformed into Easter-Egg-A-Palooza as three groups held community hunts which were filled with festivities last Saturday. First, the SPCA of Franklin County held its first annual Easter Egg Hunt for dogs, as pooches and people braved cold weather early to search for treats and prizes at Luddy Park.

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Easter-Egg A-Palooza, Pics 2
Easter-Egg A-Palooza, Pics 2
PICTURE PERFECT. Julia Bond, right takes time and care, painting the face of Jadelyn Dement during festivities at the Friends of the Youngsville Library’s annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday. Hundreds of parents and children showed up for the event.

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Easter-Egg A-Palooza, Pics 3
Easter-Egg A-Palooza, Pics 3
RABBLE ROUSERS. Above, Jennifer Kinton’s pooches, Reese, left, and Oscar, provided the biggest barks during the SPCA of Franklin County’s first annual Easter Egg Hunt for dogs. 

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Easter-Egg A-Palooza, Pics 4
Easter-Egg A-Palooza, Pics 4
BUNNY LOVE. At left, county Parks and Recreation staff Billy Oakley, left, and Dyzwoski Hillard, right, show their love for the Easter Bunny, gamely played by Parks and Recreation Director Oliver Greene. Saturday’s event drew hundreds of parents and children who ran around Franklinton Park in search of goodies, candy and prizes that were handed out after the hunt was over in the early afternoon.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

FESTIVAL 2010
FESTIVAL 2010
Vance-Granville Community College recently sent a group of volunteers  to Research Triangle Park to continue the college’s tradition of helping UNC-TV with the public broadcasting network’s on-air “Festival 2010” fundraiser. Students and staff members traveled to the UNC-TV studio on March 21 and worked the phones for several hours, all the while proudly wearing their VGCC Vanguards T-shirts.


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TRAINING
TRAINING
The Louisburg Rescue Squad members pictured above recently took the EMT-Intermediate class. Back row (standing) are Megan Brewer, Milli Hendrickson, Devan Finch, Jennifer Vroman, Larry Varner and Megan Williby; front row (kneeling) are Calvinata Alston and Jarad Nobles. Louisburg Rescue and EMS (formed in 1948) was the first rescue squad in Franklin County and is the second or third oldest rescue squad in the state of North Carolina.

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Connelly serves as Governor’s Page
Connelly serves as Governor’s Page
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Connelly of Youngsville participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh. Kaitlyn spent a week gaining valuable life experience and providing administrative support as a page for the Office of the Governor for the week of March 22-26. 

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Franklin County spared from Sunday night storm
An aggressive storm rushed through the South Central area of the state Sunday night, causing at least two deaths by flood waters on Monday.
Franklin County, though, was spared the storm’s wrath.
According to the state Highway Patrol, two motorists in Johnston County were killed when the vehicle they were riding in overturned in flood waters.

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Wake Electric Annual Meeting
Wake Electric Annual Meeting
Above, Donna Panton, left, and Bob Panton of Wake Forest receive goodies from Wake Electric employees Tara Verna (front) and Jenny Lloyd prior to the annual meeting held at Louisburg College Auditorium Friday evening. (Times photo by Donna Cunard)

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Person Place stew and bake sale
Person Place stew and bake sale
Members of the Person Place Preservation Society turned their talents to cooking last Saturday to raise funds to preserve the Louisburg landmark. In the photo above, Betsy Benning, Joe Pearce  and Dewey Botts ready  Brunswick Stew for delivery.

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BUSINESS

FRMC hires Westfall to handle  public relations and marketing
FRMC hires Westfall to handle public relations and marketing
Charlotte native Jennifer Westfall is the new public relations and marketing specialist at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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