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Showing 49 articles from May 4, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

BREAKING NEWS: Green wins, School Board District 3 not decided
Election results came in Tuesday night, but the winner of School Board District 3 won’t be known until Wednesday.
And it might take longer.
 

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Homeowner kills intruder
A homeowner shot and killed an intruder early Monday in what Sheriff Pat Green said was an act of self-defense.
Law enforcement officers have not filed any charges against Terry McClamb, 38, who investigators said shot and killed Thomas J. Wright just before 7 a.m. on Monday.
Wright was already facing charges of breaking into the Green Hill Road home of McClamb and his sister, Lisa Jane Wright.

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War of words: Louisburg vs. Novant
Strong feelings linger in the wake of a decision to keep Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg -- and Franklin County a one-hospital county -- as evidenced by dueling statements from the two parties involved in the dispute.
Novant Health, which now owns Franklin Regional, announced late last week that it is giving up, at least temporarily, on the idea of building a new, second hospital near Youngsville.

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A successful Relay for Life
A successful Relay for Life
Not even an ailing economy could put a damper on a fund raiser aimed at finding a cure for a deadly disease.
The 2010 Franklin County Relay for Life wrapped on Saturday after more than 50 teams helped raise $144,463 ... and counting.
“With the economy and job situation, I think it was excellent,” said Tonya Clayton, who co-chaired the event with Jennifer Hill.

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Commissioners want to know where funds for Early College building would come from
Commissioners want to know where funds for Early College building would come from
Franklin County Commissioners said they wanted an answer key before tackling space issues for its Early College High School program.
Pictured (Above): AN EDUCATION. Franklin County school system Superintendent Eddie Ingram, left, and Vance-Granville Community College President Randy Parker update the board on issues surrounding the need for more space to accommodate growth experienced at the Louisburg Campus, attributed to normal growth as well as the influx of students created by the new Early College High School program.

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Civic duty brings voters out for primary
Civic duty brings voters out for primary
Franklin County voters showed up Tuesday in a slow trickle for the spring primary, but those who did, did so with conviction.
In Tuesday’s primary, incumbent District 7 Sen. Doug Berger faced a challenge from Butner politician Ronald Alligood for the Democratic Party nomination; Sheriff Pat Green faced a challenge from former deputy, Darryl Wright; and Bobbie Richardson and Kathy Harrelson squared off in a write-in campaign for the District 3 School Board seat.

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Drowning at Lake Royale
Law enforcement officers said there were no signs of foul play in a drowning on Sunday night.
Emergency responders and divers pulled Randy Terrell Hodge’s body from Lake Royale at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday — a little more than 8 hours after friends said he jumped into the water but did not return to the surface.

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Youngsville still supports hospital move
While the proposal to relocate Franklin Regional Medical Center faced fierce opposition in the central and northern part of the county, pockets to the south and west championed the move.
They are hoping Novant Health’s decision to scrap the move is only a setback, and not a loss.
“We’re still on board for a possible move to Youngsville,” said Youngsville Mayor Sam Hardwick.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Former Louisburg College assistant coach Chris Wiley

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Moonglow
Editorial Cartoon: Moonglow


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Governor’s Mobility Fund idea should be told to hit the road
Thank you, Gov. Bev.
But no thanks, we’ll pass on this idea!
In recent days, the governor has floated a really bad idea she calls the Mobility Fund for North Carolina.
Don’t be fooled. This isn’t about mobility — it’s about highjacking a significant portion of the state’s highway money for a single project that has been intentionally ignored by the state for more than 20 years.

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Hospital: Louisburg stepped up while the county commissioners looked away
Hospital: Louisburg stepped up while the county commissioners looked away
GOOD MORNING: We could use some rain around these parts, but hopefully nothing like the 10-12 inches that fell just west of us in Tennessee and Kentucky over the weekend.
NOVANT BACKS DOWN: Good news, at least for people in the central and northeastern portions of Franklin County.
Regardless of the reasons, Novant Health has apparently decided to (temporarily, at least) abandon plans that would have essentially resulted in the relocation of the greater part of Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg to the doorsteps of Wake County, just outside of Youngsville.

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Election time is not the only time to stand up and be counted upon
Election time is not the only time to stand up and be counted upon
Whether it’s one person or a million, the power of casting a ballot is awesome.
It gives each voter the chance to give an incumbent a vote of confidence or, in sports terms, a chance to tap them on the shoulder and say enough.
It gives each voter the power to give an upstart or newcomer the chance at representing their community and making a difference.

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Lessons from our founders
In 1710, a group of 695 German and Swiss men, women and children left Europe to start a new colony. More than half of them would die before reaching the site they named New Bern at the union of the Neuse and Trent Rivers in Carolina. Bath, established in 1705, had about fifty residents and it would be 1712 before Edenton was established. New Bern struggled but became the largest town in the colony for many years. That colonial heritage and charm is alive to be seen today.

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Welcome the urge to merge
RALEIGH – Gov. Beverly Perdue is pitching an idea that deserves universal approval: rewriting the organizational chart of North Carolina state government to eliminate some of the dozens of separate agencies, boards, and commissions.
Don’t expect reorganization to erase the state’s budget hole. There’s not that much savings available, given that the 2010-11 fiscal deficit looks like it will reach the hundreds of millions of dollars, again. Reorganizing the agencies of state government would yield savings more in the range of tens of millions of dollars a year.

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Blue Cross favors health care reform
Dear Editor,
Since becoming CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) in February, I have traveled the state - including a visit here in Hickory - listening to customers, employers and community leaders. I frequently hear two questions: “What is your take on health care reform legislation?” And “What do we need to do to get health care costs under control?”

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OBITUARIES

JEAN M. JACKSON
WAKE FOREST - Jean M. Jackson, 60, died Thursday, April 29, 2010. Family will receive visitors at the home of Marchell Medlin, 226 E. Jones Ave., Wake Forest, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6.

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AUBREY L. GAY
ZEBULON - Aubrey Leonard Gay, 71, died Monday, May 3, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 5) at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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THOMAS J. PENDERGRASS
WAKE FOREST —Thomas Jordan Pendergrass, 82, died Sunday afternoon, May 2, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 4, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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DIANE C. BABU
RALEIGH - Diane Reid Cooley Babu, 46, formerly of Wake Forest, died Thursday, April 29, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the Feggins-Feggins Funeral Chapel by the Rev. James S. Utley. Interment will follow at Corinth United Church of Christ church cemetery.

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RUTH C. DORSEY
LOUISBURG - Ruth Champion Dorsey, 86, died Saturday morning, May 1, 2010. Funeral service was conducted Monday, May 3, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she was a member, with the Rev. Don McGinnis officiating. Burial followed at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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MARIAH M. NICHOLSON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mariah M. Nicholson, 93, who died Friday, April 30, 2010, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 5) at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, with the Rev. William Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

BHS’ Big Inning
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN. Bunn High School’s Holden Edwards (left) tags out Louisburg’s Jasmine Manley, who had been in a rundown, during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference softball game.
BHS’ Big Inning
LOUISBURG -- One big inning was all it took to propel the Bunn Ladycats to a victory over rival Louisburg last Friday.
Bunn erupted for six runs in the top of the third frame and went on to defeat the Lady Warriors by an 8-1 margin in a key Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball showdown on the LHS campus.
The rally began with two outs and nobody on. Four hits and three walks later, Bunn had built an insurmountable 7-0 advantage.

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Tied Up At The Top
LOOK OF DETERMINATION. Franklinton’s Amanda Knapp is not to be denied as she chases down a loose ball during Monday’s home soccer showdown against Northern Carolina Conference foe Roanoke Rapids.
Tied Up At The Top
FRANKLINTON -- Percentages aren’t exactly known, but scoring the first goal is usually paramount to victory in a soccer match.
And potting both the first and second tallies? That’s an uphill battle to climb for any opponent to overcome.
Franklinton High School pitch coach Deran Coe understood that fact last month, when his Lady Rams took a two-goal advantage and went on to defeat Roanoke Rapids in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference girls matchup.

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Tourney Prepared
JUST CHECKING. Louisburg College first baseman Alan Edwards (left) makes sure an East Carolina Club Team player is safely back on the bag during last Saturday’s action at historic Frazier Field.
Tourney Prepared
LOUISBURG -- Winning wasn’t the major goal for the Louisburg College Hurricanes during last Saturday’s home diamond doubleheader against the East  Carolina University Club Team.
Instead, LC head coach John Thomas was simply looking to keep the Hurricanes sharp heading into this week’s Region X Baseball Tournament, which begins today at the Burlington Athletic Park.

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Thoughts on eve of tourney
Thoughts on eve of tourney
By the time you read this, Louisburg College may have already competed in its first-round game at the annual Region X Baseball Tournament.
That’s because LC is playing its first-round game at 10 a.m. against Florence-Darlington Tech at the historic Burlington Athletic Park in Alamance County.

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LHS Evens The Score
SWINGING THROUGH. Bunn’s Steven Reinertsen can’t catch up with this pitch as Louisburg catcher Dillon Joyner reels in the ball during last Friday’s baseball matchup.
LHS Evens The Score
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg wasn’t able to be bitten by the upset bug for the second time this season against the Bunn Wildcats.
Instead, the Warriors took an efficient, businesslike approach to Friday’s rematch between the Northern Carolina Conference baseball rivals.

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Bunn takes a huge step with home win
Bunn takes a huge step with home win
BUNN -- Whitney Bunn scored with 16 minutes remaining as Bunn High School edged backyard rival Louisburg by a 1-0 score in Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer action Monday evening at the BHS Football Field.
The goal was the 21st of the season for Bunn, who is only a freshman.
With the victory, the Ladycats wrapped up third place in the NCC. BHS is 8-5-1 overall to go with a 3-4 ledger in the league.

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Pirates defeated by Marshall
Pirates defeated by Marshall
GREENVILLE -- Arik Sikula struck out a career-best eight and allowed one run over six innings as Marshall took game three of the Conference USA series against East Carolina 10-3 Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, The Herd improved to 21-24 overall and 10-8 in league play, while the Pirates dropped to 27-18 and 8-7.

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NCC releases golf honorees
NCC releases golf honorees
ROANOKE RAPIDS --  League newcomer North Johnston had little difficulty adjusting to the rigors of the Northern Carolina Conference’s golf competition this spring.
The Panthers, who moved up from the Class 1-A to 2-A level this year, closed out their links championship last Monday at historic Chockoyotte Country Club in Halifax County.

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Mudcats continue to falter in SL
Mudcats continue to falter in SL
MOBILE, ALA. -- The Mobile BayBears scored twice in the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 score and defeated the Carolina Mudcats for the third time in four games 4-2 at Hank Aaron Stadium on Sunday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Kris Negorn drilled a homer to left-center in the top of the seventh to even the score before Mobile (11-13) pushed across two runs against reliever Daryl Harang in the bottom half. 

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MIDFIELD MEETING
MIDFIELD MEETING
(L to R) Roanoke Rapids’ Katie Smith and Franklinton’s Nikki Bell try to gain possession in the midfield area during Monday’s crucial Northern Carolina Conference soccer match.

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WHAT’S THE CALL, UMP?
WHAT’S THE CALL, UMP?
Bunn second baseman Morgan Pearce (right) tries to show the umpire the ball, but Louisburg’s Jasmine Manley was ruled safe during last Friday’s league softball game on the LHS campus.

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HERE IS HOW IT’S DONE
HERE IS HOW IT’S DONE
Louisburg College assistant baseball coach Blake Herring (left) offers some advice to pitching ace Hunter Ackerman during last Saturday’s home twinbill against the East Carolina University Club Baseball Team at LC’s picturesque Frazier Field.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Anthony and Annette Alston of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Marie Richardson, to George Earl Lassiter Jr., son of George and Emma Lassiter of Louisburg. The wedding will take place on July 10, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Fork Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenton.


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Ninetieth birthday
Ninetieth birthday
Susie Yarborough  Hawkins, born April 17, 1920, celebrated her 90th birthday on April 18 at St. Paul Presbyterian Church during the 11 a.m. service. Church members, family and friends gathered, including niece Renate Yarborough Sanders of Newport News, Va., and great-niece Natalia Sanders, a senior at the University of Richmond. Natalia added to the worship service by playing the violin for the meditation hymn and the offering. Refreshments were served after the service.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Jason and Kristie Burden of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kasey Montana Burden, born March 29, 2010 at Wake Med in Raleigh. She weighed 7 pounds and was 20 1/8 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Ronald and Faye Denton of Louisburg.
Paternal grandparents are Sidney and Regena Burden of Abingdon, Va.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Tabron honored at a Scholars Recognition Program at UNC-G
Tabron honored at a Scholars Recognition Program at UNC-G
Deanna Tabron was honored at a Scholars Recognition Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNC-G) on Saturday, April 18.
The annual program recognizes minority students who demonstrate high academic achievement and academic excellence during the school year, and who have an academic average of 3.25 or above.

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N.C. A&T Dean’s List/Graduate
Students from Franklin County who made the Fall 2009 Dean’s List at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro are as follows:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

TALL TASK
TALL TASK
Louisburg Fire Chief Timmy Smith, left, led a group of firefighters through some training exercises Monday night. In downtown Louisburg, the group practiced fighting fires from significant heights, sending streams of water along incredible arcs to meet their target. The group also went over the best practices to attack a fire that threatens structures that share common walls, such as those in downtown Louisburg. Nash Street in front of Town Hall was closed to accommodate the practice session.


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SURPRISE AWARD
SURPRISE AWARD
Bobbie Richardson was presented the 2010 Democratic Woman of the Year award at the party’s annual banquet. Presenting the award is Evelyn Blackwell, president of the Franklin County Democratic Women. (Submitted photo)


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Girl Scout Troop 3060 earns Girl Scout Bronze Award
Girl Scout Troop 3060 earns Girl Scout Bronze Award
Girl Scout Troop 3060 has completed requirements for a Junior Girls Scout’s highest award, the Girl Scout Bronze Award.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award recognizes a girl’s commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. 

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Traffic stop brings drug arrest
Police arrested a Louisburg man during a traffic stop accused of drug possession.
According to a report, Officer Travis Lincoln was patrolling at N. Main Street and W. Noble Street at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday when he stopped a car because its headlights were out.
As he was making the stop, Lincoln said he saw a plastic bag fly from the passenger side window.

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Relay for Life
FESTIVE. The Laurel Mill Elementary School Relay for Life team was in good spirits as they made their way around the track at Bunn High School on Friday. There were 56 teams that took part.
Relay for Life
Franklin County’s Relay for Life celebrated its 15th year with a two-day event held last Friday and Saturday at Bunn High School. The event, aimed at raising money to fund research to wipe out cancer, featured 56 teams, all walking laps to raise money and awareness about the disease that can be deadly. Even in a struggling economy, organizers said, Franklin County residents, businesses and civic organizations dug deep to give as much as they could, raising more than $144,000 toward cancer research.

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Relay for Life pics, 1
Relay for Life pics, 1
HONORED. Amy Mathis, who received the Caregiver Award, shared the honor with her husband, Robert, who nominated her. The couple cares for three-year-old Monika, who’s cancer is in remission.

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Relay for Life pics, 2
Relay for Life pics, 2
PRETTY AWESOME. Womanless Beauty Pageant contestants, from left to right, Robert Nunnamaker, Dustin Britt, Quenton Cannady, Aaron Davis and Robert Mathis.

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Relay for Life pics, 3
Relay for Life pics, 3
CUTIE. Abigail Difrancesco, almost two, dresses up for Relay for Life.

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Relay for Life pics, 4
Relay for Life pics, 4
Shamari Hawkins, Concord Missionary Baptist Church, was chosen this year’s Master Relay.

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