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Showing 38 articles from June 4, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Preddyfest begins pickin’ and grinnin’ June 10th
Preddyfest begins pickin’ and grinnin’ June 10th
Putting on the Preddyfest requires good touch and balance, and not just the kind needed to fiddle with the best of them.
For the past 12 years, organizers have tried to find the right balance of musicians, from local up and comers, regional favorites and national acts.

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Louisburg man injured in shooting
A Louisburg man is recovering from injuries suffered in an alcohol-related shooting last week.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Johnathan Blake Perry, 23, early on May 27, charging him with shooting Henry Alston in the McKenzie Park Apartments’ parking lot.

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Adapting to a new school
UP AND AWAY. Contractors use a heavy crane to put steel beams in place at the site of the new Franklinton High School, at the intersection of Cedar Creek and Lane Store roads.
Adapting to a new school
FRANKLINTON — While looking down over the proposed athletic complex at the new Franklinton High School, agility seemed to be an appropriate discussion.
Architect Jon Long and Project Manager Ben Price weren’t talking about the exploits they expect to see on the field of play in the fall of 2011, though.

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Louisburg has budget workshop
Louisburg has budget workshop
The Louisburg town council got its first look at a proposed 2010-11 budget Thursday night during a workshop held at town hall — and they quickly found some things to like in the document.
The budget, prepared mostly by Town Manager Mark Warren and Finance Director Sean Medlin, requires no increase in property taxes, electric rates or sewer rates, although it reflects an increase of about $400,000 in total spending.

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Home invasion/ murder suspects granted bonds
A handful of defendants in a home invasion murder were granted bonds this week.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Damien Lamont Crudup, 20, of Kittrell; Antavious Green, 18, and Jemel Davone Bullock, 24, both of Henderson; Taron Vershon Reed, 19; Damian Jaron Evans, 18; and Denalle Dontrell Anderson, 23, all of of Oxford; and Thomas Reed, 39,  shortly after finding Anthony Perry dead from a March 16 shooting.

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Early voting begins for primary runoff election
Early voting begins for primary runoff election
Early voting began Thursday, giving voters a jump on nominating the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate to face Richard Burr in the fall.
Elaine Marshall garnered more votes than Cal Cunningham in the May 4 primary, but she didn’t earn enough votes to avoid a runoff election, slated for June 22.

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County budget discussions continue
Franklin County residents will get their first chance Monday to voice any concerns about the county’s proposed $68.7 million spending plan.
County Manager Angela Harris has proposed a 2010-11 budget that spends more money and adds new positions, but keeps the tax rate steady at 87.25 cents per $100 valuation.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Andre Davis

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Survivor
Editorial Cartoon: Survivor


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How do you keep the next generation down on the farm?
First, a prediction: Over the next few weeks, your Franklin Times will feature dozens of photos and stories about local students and their scholastic accomplishments.
There will be stories and photos of scholarship award winners, stories of those who have achieved various academic and service honors and, of course, the annual graduation edition with photos of those local young people who have earned their high school diplomas and are off to make their mark on the world.

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Step up and help send a kid to camp, Happy Camper needs your support
Step up and help send a kid to camp, Happy Camper needs your support
Please, don’t let a deserving kid suffer because some of us adults aren’t as fleet afoot as we once were!
Here’s the deal.
We suddenly “woke up” and discovered it’s June.
And school is about out which means that the summer camping season is almost upon us.

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Blacksnake makes one too many cooks in Momma Jean’s kitchen
Blacksnake makes one too many cooks in Momma Jean’s kitchen
GOOD MORNING: The weekend weather forecast in a single word, ditto! Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms and warm. Highs expected in the 90s.
NOTHING NEW: The headline in the Friday morning paper read, “With both hands out, (Gov. Perdue (that’s N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue by-the-way) greets U.S. Education Secretary.

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Disgusted at those involved with oil spill
Dear Editor,
This is a letter from a dismayed and disgusted U.S. citizen.
You can always count on people to be greedy, lazy, sorry and stupid. The aforementioned being the idiots at B.P., the U.S. Coast Guard and the (man?) in the White House.

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OBITUARIES

RICHARD C. SHARPE
YOUNGSVILLE - Richard C. Sharpe, 81, died Monday, May 31, 2010. A graveside service was held Thursday, June 3, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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WILLIAM B. NIVISON
RALEIGH - William B. Nivison, 98, died Monday, May 31, 2010. Funeral service was Thursday, June 3, at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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WILLIE EVANS
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Willie Evans, 94, who died Monday, May 31, 2010, will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, June 5) at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Hollister, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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HELEN W. JACKSON
March 28, 1923 – June 2, 2010
LOUISBURG – Helen Wrenn Jackson, 87, of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning at her home.

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BAXTER G. DEAN
November 12, 1930 – May 31, 2010
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Baxter Guy Dean, 79, of Fredericksburg, died Monday in Fredericksburg.

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SPORTS

BUNN SALUTES BEST
BUNN’S ATHLETES OF THE YEAR. (L to R) Morgan Pearce and Richard Dunston were honored Tuesday night as the 2009-10 Athletes of the Year at Bunn High School. Both Pearce and Dunston are seniors.
BUNN SALUTES BEST
BUNN -- A pair of four-year standouts were saluted as the Athletes of the Year during Bunn High School’s Athletic Awards Ceremony.
Two other sterling performers double-dipped into the major awards vault at the annual event to cap off another successful calendar year of athletic success at BHS.

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NCC Softball Squad Selected
NCC Softball Squad Selected
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Six Franklin County athletes have made the grade by being selected to the All-Northern Carolina Conference Team for the 2010 season.
Five more competitors were saluted on the Honorable Mention Squad.

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Bolton commits to ECU
FUTURE PIRATE. Louisburg resident Tyler Bolton has verbally committed to continue his baseball career at East Carolina University. Bolton currently attends Kerr-Vance Academy. (Submitted photo by Ashley Steven Ayscue)
Bolton commits to ECU
HENDERSON -- Last week, Tyler Bolton became the second member of Kerr-Vance Academy’s North Carolina Independent Class 2A state-champion baseball team to commit to a Division I program. 
Bolton verbally committed to East Carolina University while teammate Cameron Capell has been committed to South Carolina since summer of 2009. 

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Mudcats win against Suns
Mudcats win against Suns
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Scott Carroll and two relievers collaborated on a six-hit shutout as Carolina blanked Jacksonville 4-0 at the Baseball Grounds on Wednesday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League diamond contest.
Carroll (W, 1-1) worked 6 1/3 innings, fanning three en route to his first Double-A victory.  Philippe Valiquette and Jordan Smith combined for the final 2 2/3 hitless frames.

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Louisburg diamond camp slated
Louisburg diamond camp slated
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Baseball Camp will be held June 21-24 at Warrior Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.
Ages 6-13 are welcome to participate in the camp, which will take place from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Cost is $50 per camper, which includes a T-shirt.

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BHS GIRLS AWARD HONOREES
BHS GIRLS AWARD HONOREES
Among the girls award winners at Tuesday night’s Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony were (back row, l to r) Lindsay Ray, Sheena Pitt, Courtney McLaughlin, Tayla Ricks, Tyla Ricks, Amanda Wright and Nicole Coplen; (second row, l to r) Natalie Daniels, Alysha Wonka, Rashella Moody, Marissa Bellamy, Chepirah Neal and Jasmine Brodie; (front, l to r) Melanie Davis, Mary Seligman, Katie Jones, Morgan Pearce, Missey Kanuck and Whitney Bunn.

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THE 5,000,000TH FAN
THE 5,000,000TH FAN
The Carolina Mudcats celebrated the five-millionth fan passing through Five County Stadium’s gates for the team during the May 28 home game against the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. Johnny Boggs of Raleigh (center) earned the distinction of being the Mudcats’ five-millionth fan.

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BHS BOYS AWARD HONOREES
BHS BOYS AWARD HONOREES
Among the boys award winners at Tuesday night’s Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony were (back row, l to r) Brandon Strickland, Steven Reinertsen, Jeremy Gourley, Tyler Brandenburg, Corrie Tate and Thomas Clifton; (fourth row, l to r) Zach Driver and Bryant Saunders; (third row, l to r) Raven Sills, Richard Dunston and Fletcher Barbee; (second row, l to r) Brad Davis, Brandon Williams and D.L. Burroughs; (first row, l to r) Matt Davis, Andre Davis and Michael Collins.

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SUPERB SPORTS FOR BHS
SUPERB SPORTS FOR BHS
Graham Lewis and Jasmine Brodie received the Male and Female Sportsmanship Awards during Tuesday evening’s Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held at the BHS Auditorium. Both Brodie and Lewis are seniors.

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LIFESTYLES

Music to my ears
Music to my ears
I just love music, and my bumper sticker that says “When words fail, music speaks,” given to me by my dear friend Jeanne D. Faulkner, summarizes very well the value of music. That is so true in so many occasions in our daily lives. I guess that is why music is used to inspire people; it plays an important part in touching their very soul in order to take them through valuable experiences.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Seniors awarded Teaching Fellows Scholarship
Seniors awarded Teaching Fellows Scholarship
Eight Franklin County seniors can sleep a little easier now after being awarded North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarships.
Stephanie Alford and Alex Berry from Bunn High School received the honor.
Also making the field were Colby Gupton and Christopher Smith of Louisburg High School.

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Students chosen for Governor’s School
Students chosen for Governor’s School
Three students from Franklin County Schools have been selected to participate in the 2010 North Carolina Governor’s School.  John Brodish (Franklinton High School), Ben Hamm (Bunn High School) and Erin Davis (Louisburg High School) are among 600 rising high school juniors and seniors statewide selected to attend the six-week summer program for academically or intellectually gifted students.

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Jefferson selected intern
Walter E. Jefferson, son of Michael and Earnestine Jefferson, has been selected to study and intern as a medical trainee in medical technology at a medical center in Henderson. In order to meet the requirements, he maintained a high percentage score in Allied Health, Anatomy Physiology and Biology.

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Bishop makes Dean’s List
Wendy Bishop of Louisburg, a 42-year-old mom who has gone back to school to get a degree in Human Services Substance Abuse, has achieved the honor of being named to the Dean’s List at Wake Technical Community College.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

United Way spring food drive begins
United Way spring food drive begins
No, it isn’t time to trim the tree or set the table for a big feast.
Springtime doesn’t seem like the right time to have a food drive, but if you ask county community human service leaders, the need for food is year-round, whether it is 29 degrees outside or 92 degrees.

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Castrodale Commissioned
Castrodale Commissioned
Andrew Castrodale, son of Reid and Jessica Castrodale of Concord, successfully completed the rigorous 12-week Navy Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. He was granted a commission as Ensign in the United States Navy, effective May 28. Ensign Castrodale will serve as a Submarine Warfare Officer and will initially be stationed at Charleston, S.C. for Nuclear Propulsion training.

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Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity receives an urgent repair grant for homeowners
Applications are now being accepted for grant funding to provide urgent housing repair services to eligible homeowners in Franklin and surrounding counties.

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BUSINESS

Toney Lumber receives Sawmill Safety Award
The Southern Forest Products Association recently presented Sawmill Safety Awards to 22 member mills and treating plants in recognition of outstanding safety records during 2009.
Among the winners was Toney Lumber Company of Louisburg which received an award in Division 1. It was the only North Carolina company to win in that category.

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Wake Electric seeks grant applications
Wake Electric is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties. Through its Operation RoundUp program, the Wake Electric Foundation board will consider grant requests for projects and proposals that:

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AGENT HONORED
AGENT HONORED
Franklin County Farm Bureau insurance agent Wayne Champion was recently awarded Master Agent status at a statewide meeting. Fewer than 1 percent of the company’s agent force of 850 agents receive this recognition. Selection is based on performance in production, loss ratios, underwriting, persistency, and recommendation from all department executives.

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