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Showing 35 articles from June 18, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Restaurant wants county’s help to reopen
Restaurant wants county’s help to reopen
Franklin County economic development staff will ask commissioners to pursue a grant that would reopen the doors of a Youngsville business.
Johnson’s Farmers Market Restaurant shut down in September 2008 after a tractor trailer smashed through it.
Currently, the restaurant is undergoing renovations to reconstruct the business and reopen this fall.

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Public hearing set for proposed 911 system
Public hearing set for proposed 911 system
Franklin County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing this coming week, giving residents a chance to talk about a system that could improve emergency communications at a significant cost — perhaps a 2.5-cent tax increase.
The county’s radio and pager system has been a topic of conversation amongst first responders for years, as the county’s unique topography and current radio system have combined to create dead spots throughout the county — most notably in the Pilot area and the central and northern part of the county.

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Commissioners plan to adopt budget at Monday meeting
Franklin County commissioners are poised to adopt a budget on Monday night that identifies some wins and losses for county employees.
Still, County Manager Angela Harris’ budget does not propose a tax rate increase.
Last year, commissioners made changes to the budget that cut out the career advancement program for employees.

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A league of their own
LACI AT THE BAT. Laci Wade shows off her batting skills during a T-ball game. Her mother, Donna, wants Laci and other children with special needs to be able to play in a level playing field and is proposing the county start a Miracle League.
A league of their own
While running the bases, Laci Wade’s brown locks blow in the wind and her bright face is framed by the biggest smile.
Her mother, Donna Wade, wants that twinkle for so many more kids.
That’s been the inspiration behind her efforts to bring a Miracle League to Franklin County, giving children with developmental disabilities a chance to have fun on the baseball diamond.

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Franklinton delays budget approval
FRANKLINTON — A calculating error and an attempt to address county concerns about rising water rates caused town commissioners to wait until the end of the month to adopt a budget.
Town Manager Larry Carver identified an error in a formula to calculate the impact of the $7 base rate for water and sewer service.

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County airport discussed at 401 meeting
When the Franklin County 401 Citizens Action Committee met Thursday night, four laning U.S. 401 in Franklin County took a temporary backseat to discussions about the county’s airport and adjoining industrial development site.
The airport is an “economic engine” for both Franklin County and the region, 401 committee member Gary Faulkner told the group before introducing the evening’s special guests. “We have to tie in aviation and surface transportation,” he said.

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Hospital to add state-of-the-art digital mammography
Hospital to add state-of-the-art digital mammography
Digital mammography is coming to Franklin Regional Medical Center next week and the state-of-the-art equipment that makes it possible should have a positive effect on local women both during their regular screenings and when an accurate diagnosis is critically important.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Playground legend Aidan Morgan

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Can You Hear Me?
Editorial Cartoon: Can You Hear Me?


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Early detection vital for breast cancer survival
One woman in eight has a chance of developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.
The risk was about one in 11 in 1975.
Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer besides skin cancer among women in the United States.

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No apologies necessary for Bob, ambush was purely political
No apologies necessary for Bob, ambush was purely political
Those of us of a “certain age” remember when how effectively the new sheriff in town coped with an ambush determined whether he’d last until the next episode.
If the new sheriff was smart — and a wee bit vicious — he dispatched his attackers with cool aplomb and moved on to the next challenge.

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Website comments raise the dead over Oakwood Cemetery landscaping
Website comments raise the dead over Oakwood Cemetery landscaping
GOOD MORNING: Once again Momma Jean and I are the beneficiaries of another of the “Cabbage Lady’s” giant cabbages. The latest gift weighed in at 7 and 1/2 lbs. (on our bathroom scales) and will be more than enough for four meals for us and probably some slaw too.

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Keeping our retirement promises to state employees
North Carolina is making promises to state employees we cannot keep and the sooner our leaders address these problems the better it will be for both public employees and the citizens of our state.
For many years, North Carolina provided enough state contributions so that, coupled with reasonable investment returns, our retirement system was considered fully funded, meaning we could pay the retirement benefits promised public employees.

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Placing a Bad Bet
RALEIGH – Have you ever heard the phrase: “as rich as Croesus”?
Those of a certain age, or possessing a classical education, will surely remember the phrase as both a description of great wealth and a reference to a famous Lydian king in ancient Asia Minor.

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OBITUARIES

DAVID T. MERRITT
SPRING HOPE- David Thomas Merritt, 71, died Tuesday June 15, 2010 in the VA Medical Center, Durham. Funeral services were Friday morning, June 18, 2010 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with Rev. Ken Bartholomew officiating. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg.

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WARREN RAY WARD
BUNN - Warren Ray Ward, 70, died Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at Duke University Medical Center. The family received friends and relatives Thursday, June 24, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

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JUSTINE D. “TINE” JOHNSON
FRANKLINTON — Funeral services for Justine Davis “Tine” Johnson, 49, who died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at New Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Lenwood V. Long Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HAZEL B. MASSEY
ZEBULON - Hazel Brannan Massey, 71, died Monday, June 14, 2010 at her home. Funeral service was Thursday, June 17, at Union Chapel Baptist Church, with Dr. Greg Lawson and Chaplain Eric Raddatz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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ROSE E. BOGGS
YOUNGSVILLE - Rose E. Boggs, 67, died Sunday, June 13, 2010. Arrangements by Cremation Society, Raleigh.

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SHIRLEY K. PETERS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Shirley K. Peters, 68, who died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m.  Tuesday, June 22, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

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LEON WOODLIEF
FRANKLINTON— Leon Woodlief, 80, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at the Hospice House of Wake County. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 19) at Franklinton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Averette, the Rev. Clyde Waiden Jr. and the Rev. Daniel Jenks presiding.

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KAREN R. MARSHALL
WARRENTON - Karen Randazzo Marshall, 51, died Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at her home.  Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. 

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MARY LILLIAN WRENN
YOUNGSVILLE - Mary Lillian Holden Wrenn, 87, died Friday, June 18, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 21, at Oak Level Christian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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EDWARD CLAYTON WALLACE
MOREHEAD CITY - Retired Master Sgt. Edmond Clayton Wallace, “Mickey”, “Alcapone”, 73, of Morehead City, formerly of Louisburg and Durham, passed away on Wednesday, June 16th, at home with his family by his side. Services will be private.

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SPORTS

FITTING FINALE
MAGICIAN ON THE MOUND FOR LHS. Senior Chase Ragland has served as Louisburg High School’s No. 1 diamond starter for the past two campaigns.
FITTING FINALE
LOUISBURG -- During the Louisburg High School Athletic Awards Ceremony last month, LHS baseball coach Al Bolton referred to Chase Ragland as one of the best diamond standouts in the prosperous history of the school.
Bolton is an expert on such things -- he grew up around the LHS program before playing for the Warriors himself.

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BHS girls reloading for season
BHS girls reloading for season
BUNN -- Because of the consistent, long-term success of the program, rebuilding isn’t usually considered an option for the Bunn Ladycats’ volleyball team.
Reloading on the fly, however, always seems to work for the Ladycats under veteran head coach Henry Jones.

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Yarborough Signs With NCWC
Yarborough Signs With NCWC
ROCKY MOUNT -- Kimani Yarborough’s basketball travels have taken him to several locales over the past few years. But he’ll be spending the next two seasons close to home.
Pictured (Above): FUTURE BISHOP. Former Bunn High School and Louisburg College standout Kimani Yarborough signs a letter-of-intent to continue his basketball career at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Also pictured are (back) BHS boys hoops coach Gerald Melton; (front, l to r) BHS Assistant Principal Daniel Wright and Elijah (son). (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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FHS’ Coe heading to WF-R
FHS’ Coe heading to WF-R
Franklinton High School Athletic Director/Soccer Coach Deran Coe has resigned his position to become the AD at Wake Forest-Rolesville.
 Coe, a native of Western Pennsylvania, was at FHS for nine years as both the boys and girls soccer coach. He is the only pitch mentor Franklinton has known, as he started the programs in 2002.

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Bunn Bulldogs enjoy diamond success
Bunn Bulldogs enjoy diamond success
Members of the Bunn Middle School diamond squad for the 2010 season were (back, l to r) Assistant Coach Matthew Davis, Manager J.T. Lloyd, Christian Sledge, Nick Johnson, Jonathan Eatmon, Manager Kevin Swain and Head Coach Allen White; (middle, l to r) Taylor McDaniel, Robert Hopkins, Brandon Stroud, Royce Alston, Joey Miller and Thomas Dean; (front, l to r) Tyler Ferguson, Rafael Ortega, Justin Whitley, Kevin Carroll and Braxton Oliver.

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STAYING CLOSE TO HOME
STAYING CLOSE TO HOME
Louisburg High School baseball standout Chase Ragland will continue his career next season with the Louisburg College Hurricanes. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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LIFESTYLES

The Emmaus Walk at Blackstone, Va.
The Emmaus Walk at Blackstone, Va.
What an incredible spiritual renewal that was, WOW!  The four-day retreat is intended to strengthen the local churches by developing Christian disciples. It was spent in Christian community with many other women, as we listened to talks, discussions, worship services, music sessions, and surprising group activities.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

High school students chosen to attend workshop in Raleigh
Two local high school students have been selected by the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District to attend the Resource Conservation Workshop in Raleigh.  Sponsorship for the workshop is paid by the District and students are required to submit an application expressing their interest in natural resource conservation issues. 

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Franklinton Elementary Honor Roll
The Franklinton Elementary School honor roll for the fourth nine-week grading period has been announced and includes:

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FC Schools personnel matters
The following personnel matters were approved at the June 14 meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

New line of utility tractors introduced at demonstration
New line of utility tractors introduced at demonstration
The new Massey Ferguson HD Series utility tractors  made their debut last week at a Franklin County farm, where customers and dealers could demonstrate the new product line. Other Massey Ferguson sub-compact, compact and mid-range tractors, along with Hesston by Massey Ferguson mowers, rakes, and balers were on-hand for field demonstration.

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