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Showing 46 articles from May 11, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

School Board seat outcome still in question
School Board seat outcome still in question
Franklin County’s Board of Elections rejected an election protest that would have thrown out School Board votes cast for John May, but they did inform the second highest vote getter that she can request a runoff election.
When School Board member John May resigned his District 3 seat, Bobbie Richardson and Kathy Harrelson both waged write-in campaigns to take the seat — which they both thought would be settled during the May 4 primary.


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School Board tables May replacement
With only four board members present and no clearcut recommendation from the Franklin County Board of Elections, the county’s Board of Education decided Monday night to table considering a replacement for board member John May.
May resigned in April to accept appointment to the North Carolina House of Representatives, replacing Lucy Allen who left that spot for a seat on the Board of Public Utilities in Raleigh.

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The Big Picture
The Big Picture
Above, workers use scaffolding to renovate the old Scoggin’s building at the corner of Nash and Main streets in downtown Louisburg. The county has agreed with Tribond Properties to lease office space in the building for Child Support Enforcement workers, who will now come under the authority of the county’s Department of Social Services.

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Teen killed in wreck
A Louisburg teenager was killed Friday evening in a wreck.
According to a report by Trooper C.M. Garner, Kyle S. Lewis, 17, was driving east on West River Road just after 8 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the road while heading into a curve.

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Short session begins
BERGER
Short session begins
State legislators expect the General Assembly session beginning on Wednesday to be short and sweet, relatively.
The regular session usually takes about six months while the short session, which starts Wednesday, usually lasts about six weeks.
Sen. Doug Berger said the legislature is looking to use that short-time period wisely.

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Court will decide fate of shopping center
A Charlotte company could learn next month whether they get shut out of plans to finish developing Youngsville Crossing.
And, their attorneys are seeking money for their trouble.
First, GE Business Financial Services filed a lawsuit, alleging that Youngsville Crossing’s developer Gemini Real Estate Advisors, defaulted on a $17.8 million loan.

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Youngsville close to filling board seat
HARDWICK
Youngsville close to filling board seat
The Youngsville Board of Commissioners could be back to full strength come Thursday night.
Long-time doctor and town Commissioner Bert Corpening died in February, leaving a position vacant on the board.
Mayor Sam Hardwick said fellow board members have all pitched in to cover Corpening’s committee responsibilities, however, the board could be ready to appoint a new commissioner at its Thursday meeting.

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Union gets LC cafeteria staff new contract
Just before Louisburg College students grabbed their degrees, its food service staff was grabbing more money.
Union workers with Chartwells, which provides the two-year college with food services, ratified a new three-year contract that will provide a 15-percent pay increase, starting with a 5-percent raise in September.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Jessica Barker

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Lloyd and Harry
Editorial Cartoon: Lloyd and Harry


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County in desperate need of rain, time for Asher to dance
Does anyone know a rain dance?
If you do, it’s about time to hold a practice session in Franklin County!
According to the National Weather Service, we’re about four inches below normal in rainfall this spring — and the effects are beginning to be felt.

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Political shenanigans continue to mar school board election
Political shenanigans continue to mar school board election
GOOD MORNING: It looks like these up, down – up, down yo-yo temperature fluctuations we’ve been experiencing of late are coming to an end with high temps back in the mid 80’s today (Wednesday) and Thursday and possibly hitting the 90-degree mark by Friday.


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School Board District 3 election turning out to be an education
School Board District 3 election turning out to be an education
I suspect maybe this is payback for the time I spent daydreaming in Social Studies class, or the time I spent trying to get a certain girl’s attention in political science class.
That’s because I don’t believe I’ve gotten as much of an education in politics as I have the past week regarding the School Board District 3 race.

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Website Reader Participation Results May 5-11
Last Week’s Poll
Games being played?
Is Novant playing games with Louisburg?

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OBITUARIES

JERLENE CARROLL
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Jerlene Carroll, 61, who died Friday, May 7, 2010, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 12) at Shiloh Baptist Church, with the Rev. Will C. Tabron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOSEPH P. “SHANKS” MEDLIN
LOUISBURG – Joseph Percy “Shanks” Medlin, 80, died Sunday morning, May 9, 2010. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 13, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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WILLIE A. KEARNEY
HENDERSON - Willie Alexander Kearney, 72, died Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Maria Parham Healthcare.

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MARY V. “LIB” ELLINGTON
LOUISBURG - Mary Varner Ellington, 87, died Sunday, May 9, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 12) at Jenkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Burial will follow in Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

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RICHARD E. DAVIS
WAKE FOREST - Richard Earl “Unk” Davis, 37, died Sunday, May 9, 2010 at WakeMed. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 12) at New Light Church of God, with the Rev. Robbin Taylor and the Rev. Rodney Harp officiating. Burial will follow in the Bailey family cemetery.

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ROBERT “BOBBY” A. NEWTON
JANUARY 5, 1936 – MAY 11, 2010
HENDERSON - Robert “Bobby” Allen Newton, 74, of Henderson died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at his home. He served in the National Guard and was a Mason with John H. Mills Lodge since July 25, 1957 and a Shriner.  He was president of Franklin Gun Club for 43 years.

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WILHELMINA CLARK DEMENT
November 10, 1927 – May 9, 2010
CENTERVILLE – Wilhelmina Clark Dement, 82, of 1996 Laurel Mill Road, died Sunday morning.

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KYLE S. LEWIS “BIG KYLE”
March 23, 1993 – May 7, 2010
LOUISBURG – Kyle Southall Lewis, 17, of Louisburg, died Friday evening.

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SPORTS

States Are Next
NOT TO BE DENIED. Bunn High School’s Marissa Bellamy (right) takes off en route to winning this heat of the Girls 100 during last Saturday afternoon’s action at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet at Pinecrest High School.
States Are Next
SOUTHERN PINES -- As usual, there won’t be a shortage of Franklin County participants at this Saturday’s Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships.
In order to qualify, athletes needed to earn a Top Four finish at last weekend’s 2-A Mideast Regionals, which were held at Pinecrest High Schoool.

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Warriors win over R. Rapids
Warriors win over R. Rapids
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Louisburg High School wrapped up the No. 2 position in the Northern Carolina Conference with a 13-3 road baseball victory last Friday at Roanoke Rapids.
With the victory, LHS closed regular season action at 18-4 overall and 10-2 in the NCC under veteran head coach Al Bolton. Roanoke Rapids could have moved into a tie with the Warriors with a victory.

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LC’s Bats -- What Happened?
LC’s Bats -- What Happened?
BURLINGTON -- Don’t feel badly if you’re wondering why Louisburg College’s bats went dormant during the Region X Baseball Tournament last week.
The man closest to the situation -- LC head coach John Thomas -- doesn’t have an answer, either.

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RRHS star earns top state honor
RRHS star earns top state honor
CHAPEL HILL -- Kareem Martin of Roanoke Rapids  High School and Leah Mackley of Pender High School have been named  winners of the 2010 Athlete of the Year awards by the North Carolina  High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).
These are the top athletic awards given by the  NCHSAA to honor the most outstanding male and female high school athletes in the state.

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Mudcats nab an SL victory
Mudcats nab an SL victory
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats pushed across four first inning runs and picked up their third consecutive win over the Chattanooga Lookouts 7-2 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
In its first at-bat of the night, Carolina (11-19) picked up four runs the first coming off the bat of Jake Kahaulelio, who homered to left. 

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Stokes rebuilds LC roster
Stokes rebuilds LC roster
LOUISBURG -- For the first time, Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes will look forward to coaching his own recruited players next fall.
Stokes will be entering his second campaign in charge of the LC program, but he took the position last summer and had no time to bring in any newcomers.

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Pirates swept at Southern Miss
Pirates swept at Southern Miss
HATTIESBURG, MISS. -- Dillon Day’s RBI single to right center scored B.A. Vollmuth in the bottom of the eighth to complete Southern Miss’ come from behind win over East Carolina University, 7-6, Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park.
With the win, the Golden Eagles extended their current winning streak to 11 games and records their third straight Conference USA series sweep improving to 29-17 overall and 11-7 in league action, while the Pirates suffer their fourth straight defeat and fall to 27-21 and 8-10.

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MAKING THE STATES
MAKING THE STATES
Louisburg’s Ervin Hunt qualified for the state event in the discus during last Saturday’s action at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet in Southern Pines.

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RELAY SUCCESS
RELAY SUCCESS
Louisburg High School’s Girls 3200 Relay Team took second place at last Saturday’s Mideast Regionals -- a finish that qualified the Lady Warriors for this Saturday’s Class 2-A State Track and Field Meet in Greensboro. Pictured are (l to r) Ambria Alexander, Tyrese Blackwell, Keella Gallatin and Diamond Brinkley.

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D.L. DELIVERS
D.L. DELIVERS
Bunn High School’s D.L. Burroughs glides toward a victory in the Boys Long Jump last  Saturday at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet, which was staged at Pinecrest High School.

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A SECOND-PLACE FINISH
A SECOND-PLACE FINISH
The Carolina Shockers 12-Under Travel Softball Team out of Bunn recently took second place at the annual NC USFA April Showdown Tournament at Glover Park in Nashville. This was the first tourney of the season for the Shockers.

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JOINING THE FOLD
JOINING THE FOLD
Zhantavia Johnson from Charlotte Independence  High School signs a letter-of-intent to join the women’s soccer program at Louisburg College. Ready to accept the letter is LC head coach Andy Stokes, who made the trip to Mecklenburg County for the event.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Stover of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Stover to Corbin Hildreth, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hildreth of Louisburg. The wedding will be at 3 p.m. on May 22, 2010 at the bride’s home, 307 N. Main St., Louisburg.


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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
David and Suzanne Carter of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Hale Carter to Stephen Ryan Vick, the son of Stephen and Jamie Vick of Youngsville. The wedding will take place on July 31, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Stony Hill Baptist Church, Wake Forest.


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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Anthony and Annette Alston of Louisburg announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Danielle Marie Richardson, to George Earl Lassiter Jr., son of George and Emma Lassiter of Louisburg. The bride-elect is the daughter of James Allen Richardson of Roxboro and the late Teressa Ann Alston Richardson 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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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Atwater receives law degree
Atwater receives law degree
Brandon Sherrod At-water recently received honors while accepting his Juris Doctor Degree from the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.
Among those witnessing the occasion was his grandmother, Lucy Pearl Massenburg of Perdue Road, Louisburg.

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Space Day celebrated at Crosscreek Charter School
Space Day celebrated at Crosscreek Charter School
Students at Crosscreek Charter School in Louisburg joined more than 500 other schools around the world Friday by signing Student Signatures in Space® posters to celebrate “Space Day 2010!”
Student Signatures in Space (S3) provides elementary and middle school students the opportunity to send their digitized signatures into space and feel a personal involvement with the crew and the mission.  Jointly sponsored by NASA and Lockheed Martin, S3 is one program of the award-winning Lockheed Martin Space Day educational initiative.

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Moore chosen as Phillips Ambassador
Moore chosen as Phillips Ambassador
Twenty-two undergraduates and one graduate student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors for 2010 study abroad programs in Asia.
Alan Moore of Franklin County will study in India with the UNC Summer in India program. Moore is a political science major.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

A Blessing receives gift from Food Lion
A Blessing soup kitchen has received $2,400 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. The gift will be used to continue serving meals to the needy every Monday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 928 S. Main St. in Louisburg at no charge.

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Criminal Justice Students tend to adopted road
Criminal Justice Students tend to adopted road
Criminal Justice Technology students at Vance-Granville Community College recently got a headstart on their career aspirations to serve the community, in this case by trying to keep it clean.



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School Board approves personnel matters
The following personnel matters were approved at the May 10 meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education:

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Franklin Regional Medical Center holds annual Teddy Bear clinic
Franklin Regional Medical Center holds annual Teddy Bear clinic
Nurses at Franklin Regional Medical Center held their annual Teddy Bear Clinic at Bunn Elementary School recently.
Donna Perry and other nurses from various departments within Franklin Regional began this program several years ago to educate children about summer safety and visits to the emergency department.

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Farm Service Agency disaster assistance
Farmers are still eligible for disaster assistance after Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declared a natural disaster in March, based on losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Nov. 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

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Confederate Memorial Service to be held
On Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m., there will be a Confederate Memorial Service at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg. This service is open to the public.
The Joseph J. Davis 537, the First Flag 852 Children of the Confederacy Popular Grays SCV 1700, Bowling Green 2622 UDC and the Franklin Rifles 310 SCV will present a program.

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