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Showing 42 articles from April 7, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Who will replace Lucy?
Who will replace Lucy?
Franklin County’s Democratic Party is expected to throw its support behind a candidate for Lucy Allen’s soon-to-be vacated House of Representatives seat on Wednesday night.
Party Chairman Jerry Carlyle has called for a straw poll to take place in the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse Annex, giving potential candidates a chance to state their case for party backing.

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CHECKING HER LOOT!
CHECKING HER LOOT!
Little Sophia Bielert of Bunn was in the process of figuring out just what exactly was in all those plastic eggs she gathered up at the Bunn Volunteer Fire Department’s Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning. She was one of dozens of youngsters who managed to gather up about 5,000 of the candy-filled plastic eggs Saturday morning. Sophia, who is just 2 and a half, is shown here with her dad, John of Bunn.

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Louisburg woman dies in wreck
Louisburg woman dies in wreck
A Louisburg woman was killed Monday evening following a single-vehicle wreck.
According to a report by Trooper T.W. Allen, Samantha Jones was driving a 2003 Kia sport utility vehicle east on Duke Memorial Road when she came out of curve and lost control of the vehicle at about 6 p.m.
The SUV ran off the road to the right, came back onto the roadway, then ran off the road to the left, rolling over.

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Man fatally beaten with baseball bat
Franklin County investigators are consulting with the district attorneys office about an assault that resulted in a death.
Investigators were first notified about the attack by Franklin Regional Medical Center staff, who treated Alfredo Ortega, 53, for head injuries on Thursday night.
Ortega died from his injuries at WakeMed on Monday.

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Home invasion suspect suffers gunshot wound
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate a home invasion attempt that led to a shooting ... of the suspect.
Investigators allege that Donnie Hayes Jr. of Durham attempted to break into the Youngsville-area home of Michael Kearney on Thursday night.
According to Sheriff Pat Green, Hayes knocked on the door of a house at 429 John Mitchell Road at about 10:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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Foundation to expand county broadband
An economy-building organization is putting $24 million toward an effort to better connect Franklin County and the state.
Last week, the Golden LEAF Foundation announced its decision, hoping to leverage that money to pull down federal funding and private donations to provide broadband fiber service to 69 counties, including Franklin.

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Family sues Britthaven for negligence in woman’s death
A family is suing a Louisburg nursing home, alleging the company was negligent for a woman’s death.
On March 16, Kathy Hughes filed a complaint on behalf of Myrl Barnes alleging that Britthaven Inc. was responsible for the events surrounding Barnes’ Dec. 20, 2008 death.
Hughes is the administrator of Barnes’ estate.

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Commissioners delay revaluation
DELAY TAX-TICS. Tim Cain, right, with Assessment Solutions, explains to commissioners why it would be in the county’s best interest to delay revaluation until 2012 while county Tax Administrator Jimmy Tanner, left, listens.
Commissioners delay revaluation
Franklin County commissioners agreed to push back revaluation another year, hoping that the housing market will have time to stabilize in another 12 months.
Law requires each county to re-assess property values every eight years, however, the county has done its revaluation every six years.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Riggan Faulkner

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Beggar and Choosers
Editorial Cartoon: Beggar and Choosers


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Don’t let pollen ruin such a beautiful time of year
It would be difficult to imagine a more picture-perfect Easter weekend than the one we just enjoyed here in Franklin County.
If the weather wasn’t absolutely perfect, finding fault with it would be the meteorological equivalent of nit-picking.
Well, okay, there was one slight problem.
We could have gotten by with a little less of that yellow pine tree pollen.

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What did Berger have to do with Obama’s health care reform
What did Berger have to do with Obama’s health care reform
GOOD MORNING: A picture perfect Easter Holiday weekend weather wise, sunny and warm, even hot Monday and Tuesday afternoons.  The weather outlook for this coming weekend does not appear to be all that inviting, however, but cheer up, Spring has definitely sprung.
Within just the past week, the Dogwood trees out my way have burst into bloom and the pollen, — yes, the pollen — that’s another entirely different story. Need I say more? Welcome to Spring, “Ah-Choo!”


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Battling the bulge? advertising,  science, religion pack a punch
Battling the bulge? advertising, science, religion pack a punch
Good gravy, we’re all fat.
Well, not everyone, but based on what I’ve been reading the past couple of days, it’s a minor miracle that we’re not all heart attacks waiting to happen.
After reading news stories on Tuesday, I can only imagine all us fatties are waving the white flag.

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Colleges have become basketball factories
When the late Everett Case brought big-time college basketball to North Carolina State in 1946, the relationship between sports and the university changed. Case, a fierce competitor who played to win, constantly pushed the regulatory envelope, resulting in State being put on probation twice for infractions.

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT CANNADY SR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Robert Cannady Sr., 91, who died Friday, April 2, 2010, were held Tuesday, April 6, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with burial following in the Concord church cemetery.

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WILLIAM R. RICHARDS JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - William Robert “Bobby” Richards Jr., 79, died Saturday, April 3, 2010. A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 6, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church, Youngsville. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

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ROBERT M. GREEN SR.
FRANKLINTON —Robert M. Green Sr., 63, died Thursday, April 1, 2010. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.


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WILLIAM H. WESTER
LOUISBURG - William H. Wester, 58, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at his home.  Funeral services will be held Friday, April 9, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Don McGinnis officiating.  Interment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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SAMANTHA C. JONES
LOUISBURG - Samantha Content Jones, 29, died Monday, April 5, 2010 in Raleigh from injuries received in an automobile accident. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, at Elmwood Cemetery by Associate Pastor Roy Weaver and Pastor Ken Jones.

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ELLA W. BAILEY
LOUISBURG - Ella Wrenn Bailey, 91, of Louisburg, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2010 with family members by her side.

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JAMES A. KELLY
FRANKLINTON-James Alton “Jimmy” Kelly, age 65, a resident of 275 Garner Road, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Duke Raleigh Hospital.  Born in Vance County on December 31, 1944, he was the son of the late Wesley Alton Kelly and Ruth Abbott Kelly.  He was retired from Saint Gobain Containers, Inc.

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FRANCEINE P. REES
GREENVILLE, NC— Franceine Perry Rees died Friday, April 2, 2010. A service of Holy Eucharist in thanksgiving for her life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, with interment following in the church columbarium. The family greeted friends following the ceremony in the church parish hall.

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SPORTS

Base Stranded
MAKING THE PLAY. Louisburg High School third baseman Chase Ragland throws out a Warren County batter after fielding a ground ball during last Friday’s action at the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament at Frazier Field.
Base Stranded
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg left an opportunity to win its own tournament on the basepaths Monday night .
Taking on a solid Lawrence Academy squad, the host Warriors pounded out 11 hits -- but left 12 runners on base during a 5-2 loss in the championship game of the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament at historic Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus.

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County Residents Boost K-VA
JUST OUT OF REACH. Kerr-Vance Academy’s Tyler Bolton lunges for a grounder during the Spartans’ victory over Bunn last Friday afternoon in the first round of the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament.
County Residents Boost K-VA
LOUISBURG -- Kerr-Vance Academy jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings against Bunn last Friday in the first round of the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament.
But the Wildcats didn’t go down easily, scoring two in the third and rallying for three more in the fifth.
Enter Tyler Bolton.  

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Wildcats take 8th at event
ON THE MARK. Bunn High School shortstop Jacob Adams throws out a runner after fielding a grounder during last Friday’s tournament baseball game against Kerr-Vance Academy.
Wildcats take 8th at event
LOUISBURG -- Thanks to a pair of conference victories, the Bunn Wildcats carried high hopes into last Friday’s opening game at the annual Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament.
But the Wildcats couldn’t sustain the surge as Coach Leonard Allen’s club went 0-3 for the event and closed in last place in the eight-team format.

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LC takes on rival Pioneers
PUTTING IT DOWN. Louisburg College’s Laura Curran slaps down a hit during last Friday’s home softball doubleheader against Spartanburg Methodist at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
LC takes on rival Pioneers
LOUISBURG  -- Offense wasn’t an issue when the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes hosted long-time rival Spartanburg Methodist College for a key Region X fast-pitch softball doubleheader Friday afternoon.
Louisburg racked up a combined 18 runs in two games -- but the Lady Hurricanes were still only able to come up with one victory.


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LC nabs split versus Surry
LC nabs split versus Surry
DOBSON -- Further evidence that parity is the keyword this season in Region X baseball action was on display last weekend on the campus of Surry Community College.
That’s when the Louisburg College Hurricanes, fresh off a strong outing the weekend before against a nationally ranked Pitt CC contingent, split four games with the host Knights.

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LHS wins league matchup
HIGH HARD ONE. Louisburg High School senior second baseman Dustin Jones ducks away from a pitch during the Warriors’ conference victory last Friday over Warren County as part of the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament.
LHS wins league matchup
LOUISBURG -- Much more than tourney advancement was at stake when Warren County tangled with host Louisburg in first-round action last Friday afternoon at the annual Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament.
Because of a scheduling conflict, the meeting was also deemed a Northern Carolina Conference game for a pair of teams with Class 2-A State Playoff aspirations.

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Canes plan lunch outing
Canes plan lunch outing
RALEIGH -- The  Carolina Hurricanes have announced that the team will host the first-ever “Caniac Cookout” on Thursday prior to the team’s final National Hockey League home game of the 2009-10 season.
The lunchtime event will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the South Lawn between the RBC Center and Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh and is part of the Hurricanes’ Fan Appreciation Week festivities.

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UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT
UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT
Patrick Ward, who will be four years old in May, caught his first fish during a recent expedition with his Papa, Bobby Ward. Patrick used a ‘Sponge Bob’ rod and reel to make the catch last weekend.

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CARDINALS WIN TOURNEY
CARDINALS WIN TOURNEY
The Carolina Cardinals 13-Under Baseball Team recently won the Southern Classic NIT event. During the weekend, the Cardinals blasted 10 home runs, including five from Christian Sledge, two from Kiwane Garner and one each from Cooper Bolton, Zack Moore and Dillon Hopkins.

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LETTING IT FLY
LETTING IT FLY
Bunn High School senior pitcher Michael Collins sends an offering to the plate Monday during BHS’ showdown against Northern Vance at the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Baseball Tournament.

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ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Among the members of the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball All-Tournament Team were (back, l to r) Zack Orr (Northern Vance), Tyler Bolton (Kerr-Vance), Cameron Peed (Lawrence Academy), Chad Whitehead (Lawrence Academy), Evan Holton (Lawrence Academy), Blake Hill (Lawrence Academy) and Scott Edge (Lawrence Academy); (front, l to r) Trey Stainback (Northern Vance), Dillon Joyner (Louisburg), Chase Ragland (Louisburg), Dustin Jones (Louisburg) and Joel Bendel (Louisburg).

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MVP AWARD
MVP AWARD
Lawrence Academy’s Scott Edge (right) receives the Most Valuable Player Award from Tournament Director Al Bolton following Monday’s conclusion of the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament at picturesque Frazier Field.

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LIFESTYLES

WEDDING
WEDDING
Amina Joy Thorne and Steven Gregory Morning were married on April 3, 2010 at the Hilton at Myrtle Beach, S.C. The officiating minister for the outside ceremony was Vonda Dowe. The bride is the daughter of Jimmy Lee Thorne of Bunn and the late Brenda Thorne. The groom is the son of Wanda Taybron of Apex. Cierra Thorne was maid of honor and Bonita Perry and Juana Alaffita were matrons of honor. Serving as best man was Tobans Brantley of Clayton.

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BRUNSWICK STEW DAY
BRUNSWICK STEW DAY
Members of the Bunn Garden Club recently gathered at the Pilot Fire Department to cook their famous stew. The stew is cooked twice a year and is such a local favorite, it is all  sold before stew day. Pictured (left to right) are Rae Strickland, Pat Chadwick, Harlowe Carter, Lynn Johnson, Peggy Brantley, Linda Fairweather, Barbara Tetterton, Judy Staley, Belinda Turnage, Hazel Whitley. Not pictured, Darlene McKenny.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

AN EGG-STRAVAGANZA!
AN EGG-STRAVAGANZA!
If you were in the field behind the Bunn Volunteer Fire Department Saturday morning a little before 10 a.m., you might have been wondering if the Easter Bunny’s goody bag had exploded. Actually, the Easter Bunny — with more than a little help from fire department volunteers ­— filled and distributed about 5,000 plastic eggs just in time for the kids to begin their big hunt. So, how long did the hunt last? Not nearly as long as you might have expected.

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VGCC Community Band presents spring concert
The Vance-Granville Community Band took its audience on a journey that was not only musical but also geographical and historical at its Spring Concert on March 7. The program, billed as “Music from English Pageantry to the American Civil War,” was held in the Civic Center on the college’s main campus in Vance County.

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MILITARY
MILITARY
SSG Lawrence C. Jones will be retiring July 30 after completing nearly 21 years of service in the U.S. Army. He recently returned from a tour in Baghdad, Iraq, and is currently stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo. SSG Jones is a 1981 graduate of Bunn High School and joined the U.S. Army in November 1989. He is the son of James E. Bullock and Juanita Bullock of Bunn. After retiring, he will make his home in Nash County.

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“The Historic Architecture of Halifax County, NC” book signing
The long-awaited book, “The Historic Architecture of Halifax County, North Carolina,” has arrived and the authors and editors will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 10 at the Halifax County Library in Halifax to sign copies.
This publication was begun with surveys of the rural landscape of the county in the mid 1980s by the Halifax County Historical Association, Inc. Architectural historian Henry Taves, a Boston native, completed this phase.

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Staff Reports
Franklinton police arrested a man this past weekend charged with making a false police report.
Zachary Mitchell Poole reported on March 26 that suspects pulled up in two vehicles and one suspect got out and fired at least seven rounds, one hitting him in the ankle.
The 21-year-old was  taken to Franklin Regional Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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