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Showing 42 articles from May 25, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Richardson appointed to school board
Richardson appointed to school board
Bobbie Richardson was selected Monday night to fill the Franklin County Board of Education seat vacated by John May when he resigned from the board to accept appointment to the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Richardson’s appointment came after a motion from board member Dannie Williams, seconded by Beverly Joseph and unanimously supported by the remaining board members.

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Jones wins regional award
Jones wins regional award
Leadership is a topic that Laureen Jones takes seriously.
Jones, Franklin County Schools Career Technical Education director, was recently named Central Region CTE Administrator of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators.

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Firefighters cut loose
Firefighters cut loose
This past weekend, emergency responders worked to crack new vehicle technology, hoping to use new tips to crack open vehicles involved in serious accidents.
First responders from Louisburg to Rocky Mount took part in Franklin County’s first advanced vehicle extrication class, learning new and more efficient ways to pry open or cut through steel and other metals that can, in severe wrecks, trap motorists in life-or-death situations.

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Ingram says Terrell Lane is safe
“Students and staff are safe.
“And we will review (the school district’s) response, learn from it and use it to improve our school plans,” said Franklin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Ingram as he was asked to provide an “update” on the Terrell Lane Middle School situation.
“Mrs. (Novella) Brown handled the situation with competence,” Ingram added, referring to the TLMS principal.

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Budget work sessions begin
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will get to work on the 2010-11 budget beginning on Wednesday.
County Manger Angela Harris is slated to present commissioners with a budget proposal for the 2010-11 fiscal year that keeps that tax rate static at 87.25 cents per $100 of valuation.
“We asked our department heads to present lean budgets,” County Manager Angela Harris said. “They have done that.”

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Housing market on upswing
A group that surveys the housing market has noted an uptick in new home construction in region.
Planning staff said Franklin County is seeing a bit of good news, too.
“We’ve seen an increase (in building permits) over 2009, which was definitely our low point,” said Planning and Inspections Director Scott Hammerbacher.

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Grant is seed money for local small farmer
Grant is seed money for local small farmer
Maggie Lawrence has a simple idea.
Plant, grow, sell and cook foods locally.
However, in a world of large farms, massed produced, processed and heavily transported foods, her goal is pretty innovative.

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Novo partners with Ceres on biofuels project
Novozymes and a California-based energy crop company are working to bring low-carbon biofuels closer to a commercial reality.
Ceres Inc. and Novozymes, the world’s largest enzyme provider, have entered into a research collaboration to co-develop customized plant varieties and enzyme cocktails for the production of cellulosic biofuel. 

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville resident Kenna Schock

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Postal Permit 1910
Editorial Cartoon: Postal Permit 1910


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Happy Camper needs financial assistance
The recent economic downtown has hammered all of us pretty hard — but it is hitting the children perhaps hardest of all.
And they are the least capable of responding to it — and of minimizing the challenges that have been created by it.
All that was pretty obvious but now comes word that one of Franklin County’s premier volunteer efforts — Happy Camper — is in dire straights.

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Ralph Knott defends May and Berger
Ralph Knott defends May and Berger
GOOD MORNING: In reference to retired Clerk of Court Ralph Knott’s letter to the editor in last Saturday’s edition of the Times, let me begin by saying how pleased I was to hear from a longtime friend and welcome him back into the political arena, regardless of the fact that his prime reason for coming out of the closet, so to speak, was to take me to the woodshed for being somewhat critical of ol’ “Dougie Boy, ” who has, or who is apparently trying to take over the leadership of Knott’s beloved Democratic Party apparatus here in Franklin County.

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Picking the job of the future is the important question of today
Picking the job of the future is the important question of today
I guess it’s bad news and good news.
When I first joined the workforce, I knew it was a marathon, not a sprint.
I’ve held a steady job since I was 16, save about a month when I was in between jobs.
And I hope that is the case up until retirement. Of course, as the years go by, that employment finish line continues to move further down the road.

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Frivolous grants have no place during budget crisis
Dear Editor,
The recent article concerning grants to three communities for promoting walking and bicycling in the News and Observer points out the hypocrisy in the general handling of budgetary restraints and the professed need for belt-tightening measures. 

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School problem is very real
Dear Editor,
Apparently we are about to have a “Columbine” situation on our hands here in Franklin County. Apparently three middle school students plotted to murder their teacher. Apparently the school board, staff, and parents simply do not care!

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OBITUARIES

KENNETH W. “KEN” ALRED SR.
LOUISBURG- Kenneth Wayne “Ken” Allred Sr., 56, died Saturday, May 22, 2010. A private service will be held at a later date.

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JOHN O. “OLLIE B” FOGG
FT.  WASHINGTON, MD - Funeral services for John Oliver “Ollie B” Fogg, formerly of Louisburg, who died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, will be conducted at noon today (Wednesday, May 26) at Mitchell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel Lillie officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PAULINE C. AYSCUE
FRANKLINTON - Pauline Cooper Ayscue, 86, died Sunday, May 23, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 26) in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton, with the Rev. David Averette presiding. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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GARY L. FULLER
LOUISBURG – Gary Lee Fuller, 41, died Sunday morning, May 23, 2010 at Duke University Medical Center. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.

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NANNIE H. LETCHWORTH
RALEIGH - Nannie H. Letchworth, 81, died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at her home. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 26) at Longview Baptist Church in Raleigh. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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JOHNNY RAY AYSCUE
CASTALIA - Johnny Ray Ayscue, 49, died Saturday, May 22, 2010.  He was born April 30, 1961 in Nash County.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 26) in the chapel of Cornerstone Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dal Coppedge, the Rev. Danny James and the Rev. Robbie Piper officiating.  Burial will follow at the Ayscue/Bobbitt Cemetery at the family’s home. The family will receive visitors at the home following the graveside service.

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OLLIE M. WHARTON
LAURINBURG-Ollie M. Wharton, 85, formerly of Franklinton, died May 24, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton.

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BOBBY B. ALLEN
May 1, 1928 – May 24, 2010
LOUISBURG – Bobby Brewer Allen, 82, of Centerville, went to be with the Lord on Monday morning.

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C. L. “BILLY” BOWDEN
May 12, 1933 – May 22, 2010
LOUISBURG – Charles Linzy “Billy” Bowden, 77, of Louisburg, went to be with his Lord May 22, 2010 after losing his battle to cancer.

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SPORTS

MEGAN REPEATS
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR AT FRANKLINTON. Megan Carper and Will Jones were saluted as Franklinton High School’s Female and Male Athletes of the Year during Monday evening’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony at the FHS Auditorium.
MEGAN REPEATS
FRANKLINTON -- Rare is the instance when a standout earns back-to-back Athlete of the Year honors at his or her school.
But that’s been the case for Franklinton’s Megan Carper over the past two campaigns.
Carper claimed FHS’ Female Athlete of the Year Award last spring, and she tallied a repeat performance during the school’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held Monday evening at the FHS Auditorium.

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Wildcats looking to future
Wildcats looking to future
BUNN -- Leonard Allen’s work is not done as the head baseball coach at Bunn High School.
Not even close.
Which is why Allen isn’t taking much of a break following his initial campaign at Bunn, which closed with a 7-2 loss at Pittsboro Northwood in the opening round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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What’s Next For Franklinton?
SHAYLYN THE STOPPER. Thanks to Shaylyn Poppe and her defensive teammates, the Franklinton Lady Rams have accumulated a whopping 55 shutouts over the past four girls soccer campaigns under head coach Deran Coe.
What’s Next For Franklinton?
FRANKLINTON -- Before the season, Franklinton’s Deran Coe had to wonder about the future of his girls soccer program.
After all, the Lady Rams were a senior-dominated team led by standouts Amanda Knapp and Shaylyn Poppe, both of whom would sign with Division I colleges.

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FHS star deserves awards
FHS star deserves awards
Deran Coe was sitting in his office Monday at the school gymnasium, putting together the final touches of the Franklinton Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was going to be held later that night.
He heard a volleyball hitting against the wall, so he looked out the door of his office.
And there was Megan Carper, continuing to work on her skills.

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Lookouts rally for victory
Lookouts rally for victory
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- Corey Smith capped a five-run Chattanooga ninth inning with a game-ending grand slam to catapult the host  Lookouts past the Carolina Mudcats 6-4 at AT&T Field on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown in the Volunteer State.

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GREAT SEASON
GREAT SEASON
The 2010 Bunn Coach-Pitch Select Team put together a remarkable 18-1 record this spring. In April, Bunn competed in the Triangle Select League Preseason Showcase in Smith and went 4-0. During the weekend of May 15-16, Bunn went undefeated in the End of Season TSL Tournament in Wendell. The squad rapped out 413 hits and scored 284 runs for the campaign.

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Canes will host baseball camp
Canes will host baseball camp
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will host an All-Skills Baseball Camp from July 12-15 at picturesque Frazier Field on the LC campus.
Cost is $100 per person. There will be two sessions:
• 9 a.m.-noon for ages 6-12
• 1-4 p.m. for ages 13-18

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East Carolina a winner against Houston
East Carolina a winner against Houston
GREENVILLE -- Senior Kyle Roller picked a great time to record his 200th career RBI pushing home the game-winning run in the seventh inning to help East Carolina University to an 8-6 win over Houston on Saturday afternoon in baseball action at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium on the ECU campus.

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Regional basketball shifted to Fayetteville
CHAPEL HILL -- Fayetteville will be the new host city for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Eastern Regional basketball tournament, starting with the 2010-11 season.
Davis Whitfield, executive director of the NCHSAA, made the official announcement on Monday.

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FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL MALE AWARD WINNERS
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL MALE AWARD WINNERS
Among the boys honorees at the annual Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony were (l to r) Garrett Freese, Jared Fuller, Gillberto Pannunzio, Hunter Holliman, Matt Davis, Kevin Martin, Matt White, Lane Pickett, Devin Hoffman, Will Jones, Sergio Rozabal, Reggie Williams and Khongphat Parsanathong. The event was held Monday evening on the FHS campus.

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FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL FEMALE AWARD WINNERS
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL FEMALE AWARD WINNERS
Among the girls honorees at the Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony were (l to r) Courtney Sherron, Crystal Burkett, Alyssa Folmar, Megan Carper, Shannon Barclay, Shaylyn Poppe, Amanda Knapp, Sam Arendt, Nichole Poppe, Nikki Bell and Lauren Wilder. The event was held Monday on the FHS campus.

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LIFESTYLES

MARRIED
MARRIED
Julie Skowvron Byrd and David Chase Wammock were united in marriage during a beachfront ceremony at sunset in Clearwater, Fla.,  on April 6, 2010. The bride is the daughter of Jon and Carol Skowvron of Garner. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Skowvron of Houston, Pa. The groom’s parents are David and Barbara Wammock of Louisburg.

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ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
Major Neal and Beatrice Neal of Wadesboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Ebony Neal, to Stephen Thomas, son of Curtis and Doris Thomas of Louisburg. The wedding will be held Oct. 23, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Bunn.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklinton High School poetry contest winners
Franklinton High School poetry contest winners
In observance of School Library Media Month and National Poetry Month, the Franklinton High School Media Center staff sponsored a school-wide Poetry Contest to promote the creative writing and reading of poetry.
Nearly 100 students submitted poems, and three winners were chosen with several poems receiving honorable mention.

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Woodmen of the World present awards to high school students
Woodmen of the World present awards to high school students
Katie Barrett (left), was presented with the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society American History award 2010 for Franklinton High School by Vicki Whitlow, local Woodmen field representative for Franklin County. Woodmen of the World recognizes one deserving high school student each year from each area high school who excels in the study of American History.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Airport honors Corpening
Airport honors Corpening
The county’s airport authority recognized the service of a former member who passed away earlier this year.
The Triangle North Executive Airport Commission presented a plaque to Mary Charlie Corpening, in honor of her husband, Dr. A.N. Corpening who passed away in February.
Corpening, noted for his keen interest in transportation, served two years on the board.

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Deputies investigate break-ins
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men and are closing in on another person suspected of an armed home invasion.
According to a report by Dep. W.J. Wiggins, Dustin Sanford and Samuel Winstead reported that on May 18, they were inside a home at 12 Pilot Bypass when two white men entered the house, armed with a handgun and knife.

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SECOND-PLACE WINNERS
SECOND-PLACE WINNERS
The Sourwood Mountain Band of Franklinton finished in second place at the Got To Be NC Festival band competition held May 22 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Pictured, from left, are Carl Norgaard, Donnie Barham, Raymond Bragg, Gary Bray and Tommy Carter.


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