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Showing 36 articles from June 22, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Louisburg approves budget
With no flash, fanfare or even any public comment — no one showed up at its public hearing — the Louisburg town council quickly adopted its budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year Monday night.
The budget, requires no increase in property taxes, electric rates or sewer rates, although it reflects an increase of about $400,000 in total spending. The tax rate will remain at 53.5 cents.

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Commissioners get down to business
Commissioners get down to business
Franklin County commissioners agreed to back a Youngsville couple’s bid to reopen a restaurant as long as economic fail safes are put in place to recoup funding if the venture flops.
Johnson’s Farmers Market Restaurant shut down in September 2008 after a tractor trailer smashed through it.

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Juneteenth celebrated
BANG THE DRUM. Celina Perry does her best to keep up with an African rhythm played as part of the Juneteenth celebration on Saturday at the Franklinton Recreational Park.
Juneteenth celebrated
FRANKLINTON — Adults and children packed a picnic shelter for a Saturday morning of music and song that doubled as a history lesson.
The county’s African American Cultural Club and Arts Council combined to put on its annual Juneteenth Celebration — a ceremony recognizing the end of slavery.

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Science lab makes stop in Franklin County
Science lab makes stop in Franklin County
On Monday and Tuesday, the ravages of the Gulf Coast played out inside a mobile science lab parked in the Cooperative Extension Parking lot.
GlaxoSmithKline’s Science in the Summer enrichment program’s mobile science lab stopped in Franklin County this week, giving elementary students a hands-on learning experience.

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Business audit proposal rejected, budget approved
Business audit proposal rejected, budget approved
Franklin County commissioners opted against an action that could have made county government an even bigger brother.
Tax Administrator Jimmy Tanner recommended the county contract with auditors to review and audit existing business personal property accounts.
First, Tanner said state statutes require the audits.

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Low voter turnout for primary runoff
Low voter turnout for primary runoff
As expected, Franklin County’s voters trickled into the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate who will face Richard Burr in the fall.
The race between Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham was the sole race on the Franklin County ballot for Tuesday’s primary runoff election.

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Problems at the new Pilot Park; Green Hill could get Owens’ Gift
Contractors broke ground on park land two weeks ago that might be broken, indeed.
And one man’s last request for a county park could come to fruition.
County staff advised commissioners of both prospects at the end of Monday night’s meeting.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg youngster Ava Smetana

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Force Fed
Editorial Cartoon: Force Fed


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BP officials don’t seem to be too worried about the “small people”
So, was it a travesty or a treasure that BP’s leader spent the weekend on his racing yacht, managing to finish in fourth place?
You’ll have to decide this one ... and everyone’s decision is probably the right one.
As most everyone in the universe knows by now, Tony Hayward, the embattled  CEO of BP, has had another tough weekend.

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County officials are getting new vehicles, but no one is steering them in the right direction
County officials are getting new vehicles, but no one is steering them in the right direction
GOOD MORNING: Ok folks! Let’s run through this one more time. At the county airport, where we’re trying to impress industry leaders and other movers and shakers who fly into our facility, all we’ve been able to offer them are battered and bruised “courtesy” cars to travel to their final destinations in the Triangle Area.

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If we have another failure to communicate,  county commissioners will be in for an earful
If we have another failure to communicate, county commissioners will be in for an earful
County commissioners and the public were scheduled to discuss spending millions of dollars to improve the county’s radio and paging system on Tuesday night.
As I wrote this Tuesday afternoon, I had no idea what kind of decision or action the board is going to take.

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Editorial Cartoon: Political Harvest
Editorial Cartoon: Political Harvest


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Outraged at cemetery desecration
Dear Editor,
I have just returned from viewing the total desecration of Oakwood Cemetery and want to express my shock and dismay at this wasteland. The many old boxwoods, tall crepe myrtles, dogwoods, azaleas, altheas and other old plantings that beautified this cemetery have been totally destroyed.

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Asher, explain the Etheridge “set up”
Dear Editor,
In Asher Johnson’s article on June 16 2010 he states that he knows Rep. Bcb Etheridge was “set up.” I wonder what difference that makes. There is no excuse for Rep. Etheridge’s violent response to the person asking him a question. I can’t imagine why Mr. Johnson would try to justify the response.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM B. LEONARD
ROCKY MOUNT - William Bruce Leonard, 84, died Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 22, at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, with Pastor Tommy Batts officiating.  Burial followed in the King family cemetery in Wood.

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OTELIA “TEE” WILKINS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Otelia “Tee” Wilkins, 54, who died Friday, June 18, 2010, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Wilkins family cemetery.

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ROY RICHARDSON
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Roy Richardson, 35, who died Friday, June 18, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 23) at St. Gideon Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RAYMOND H. HUBER SR.
MIDDLESEX-Raymond H. Huber, Sr., 76, died Sunday June 20, 2010 at Wake Medical Center.  The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, June 23, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main St. Wake Forest.

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HOWARD LEE GRIFFIN
CENTERVILLE - Howard Lee Griffin, 81, of Centerville died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at his home.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Guy, Truet and Robert Griffin.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Centerville Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Campbell officiating. 

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M. SENORA HARRIS
LOUISBURG - M. Senora Harris, 92, of Louisburg died Monday, June 21, 2010 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin G. Harris, and grandson, Curtis Harris Jr. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel with the Rev. Brent Farrar and the Rev. Gary Vassar officiating.  Burial will follow in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.

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SPORTS

A VANGUARD SALUTE
A VANGUARD SALUTE
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College celebrated Vanguards’ student-athletes at its Athletics Banquet, which was held recently in the Civic Center on the college’s main campus.
Pictured (Above): VGCC ACADEMIC AWARD RECIPIENTS. Former Franklinton High School standout Cameron Keith (second from left) was among the Academic Award Winners during the recent Vance-Granville Community College Athletics Banquet. Keith, who resides in Youngsville, is a sophomore member of the Vanguards’ men’s basketball team. Presenting the awards were VGCC assistant hoops coach Thomas Jefferson (left) and VGCC head basketball coach Avery Wilson (right), a Louisburg resident. Also pictured at second from right is Academic Award Winner Eric Garrett from Henderson.

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Carolina schedule released
Carolina schedule released
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has released the 2010-11 regular-season schedules for its 30 member clubs.
Following seven games away from the RBC Center to start the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes will host the Washington Capitals in their North American home opener on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

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Mudcats end the first half with a setback at home
Mudcats end the first half with a setback at home
ZEBULON -- Alejandro Machado’s two-run homer in the first inning along with a 6 2/3-inning start by Jacob Thompson lifted the Mississippi Braves past the Carolina Mudcats 5-4 at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.

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LIFESTYLES

Stover, Hildreth wed
Stover, Hildreth wed
Michelle Stover and Corbin Hildreth were married May 22, 2010 at the historic home of the bride, known as the Edwin Wiley Fuller Home. The 3 p.m. ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Barbara Lodge.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Stover of Louisburg.
The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hildreth of Louisburg.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

TRUE BLOOD
TRUE BLOOD
VGCC recently recognized its first Phlebotomy graduates to complete their training through the state’s JobsNOW program. Pictured in front, from left, are graduates Shaneka Plummer, Amanda Sauls, Crystal Williams, Keisha Owens, and Keesha Hargrove; back row, from left, instructor Kathy Bedussi with graduates Stacy Wood, Ernestine Bullock, Christopher Smith and Shaunte Fields.

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Louisburg Elementary Honor Rolls
The Louisburg Elementary School honor roll for the nine weeks ending June 10 includes:

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Basic Law Enforcement class graduates
Basic Law Enforcement class graduates
Nineteen cadets graduated June 2 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus. After passing the state certification exam, all 19 are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

RIVERSIDE REUNION
RIVERSIDE REUNION
The Riverside High School Class of 1960 celebrated its 50th class reunion on May 15 with a luncheon cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk. Traveling with the class members were Barbara Anderson Leathers and June Conway, class of 1966, and Helen Person Hill, class of 1961.

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Grant awarded to Epsom Fire and Rescue
RALEIGH - Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne  Goodwin announced that the Epsom Fire and Rescue Association was awarded a $3,152.95 grant through the 2009 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund from the State of North Carolina.
The check will be mailed to Chief Matthew Grissom to be used by the department to purchase needed equipment, which must be approved by the Department of Insurance  Office of State Fire Marshal.

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MULTI-CROP PLANT
MULTI-CROP PLANT
Here’s one way to get the most out of your garden — two crops off one plant. Charles Faulkner was checking out things in his garden in the Alert community recently and discovered this double crop. At the top of the plant, which was supposed to be a potato, were what appear to be small, green tomatoes.

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USJFCOM judge advocate wins career achievement award for work as military lawyer
NORFOLK, Va. — A U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) Marine Corps officer was recently recognized by the Judge Advocates Association (JAA) with one of their 2010 Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Awards for his work as a military lawyer.

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United Way of Franklin County and Novozymes partner with Triangle United Way so non-profits can get low-cost, refurbished computers
The United Way of Franklin County, in partnership with the Triangle United Way, is opening applications for Franklin County non-profits and schools for refurbished computers.
The computers have been updated and loaded with new software as part of the Triangle United Way program, Teaming for Technology.

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FOOD DRIVE DONATION
FOOD DRIVE DONATION
The United Way of Franklin County Food Drive received a $1,000 donation last week from a Raleigh businessman who lives in Louisburg, and the Louisburg Walmart donated $200 to add to the generous contribution. The individual donor asked to remain anonymous. He contacted UWFC after seeing a story about the Food Drive in The Franklin Times.

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Grant awarded to Franklinton Rescue & E.M.S
RALEIGH - Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Franklinton Rescue & E.M.S. was awarded a $6,204.41 grant through the 2009 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund.


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