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Showing 39 articles from June 25, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

U.S. 401 supporters: “Watts Up?”
CHUCK WATTS
U.S. 401 supporters: “Watts Up?”
From a podium, newly appointed Board of Transportation member Chuck Watts stared out at a sea of transportation advocates, some filled with decades of skepticism when it comes to getting U.S. 401 improved.
What the Durham lawyer wanted them to see in return was the new face of the state Board of Transportation — an 18-member board committed to getting projects done based on merit, not as a result of smoke-filled, backroom deals.

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May or Allen?
May or Allen?
Rep. John May and Utilities Commissioner Lucy Allen apparently have some more paperwork to fill out to make sure May’s name appears on the ballot in November.
Gov. Bev Perdue appointed May to replace Allen in the House of Representatives on April 23 — almost two weeks after Allen’s resignation.

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Commissioners vote to move ahead with new 911 system
FRONT AND CENTER. Louisburg Assistant Fire Chief Ray Patterson, front, leads a group of other emergency responders to the podium to talk about the importance of improving the county’s communications system.
Commissioners vote to move ahead with new 911 system
After getting an earful from county emergency responders, Franklin County commissioners communicated in unison, voting unanimously to move forward with a $9.6 million contract to improve the county’s emergency communications system.
“I know it costs a lot of money,” said Commissioner Harry Foy, “but this is a something that would be worth every penny
“This is one of the few things we can do as a board that can help everyone in the county.”

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Girl Scouts could lose campsite
Girl Scouts could lose campsite
Franklin County Girl Scouts beat the heat this week during summer camp.
Later this year, Girl Scout organizers could know whether they’ve beaten the economy.
If not, the Franklin County Girl Scouts unit could lose their Homestead site on N.C. 39, the location for summer day camps and other events.

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Smith leaving county’s extension office
Smith leaving county’s extension office
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension is losing another stalwart as agent Crystal Smith is heading to direct Hertford County’s department.
Smith has been in Cooperative Extension for 14 years, staying close to her Franklin County roots with stints in Warren and Granville counties before joining Franklin County’s team as the 4-H and Youth Development agent in 2003.

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FEEDING FRENZY
FEEDING FRENZY
Franklin County Parks and Rec volleyball camp attendees got a surprise treat Thursday as Ronald McDonald showed up at Royal Elementary School to entertain them and teach them about the benefits of exercise. Parks and Rec staff arranged the visit and Director Oliver Greene said the goal was to share with campers the health benefits of making good, healthy choices.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg’s Aidan Smetana

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Pox in the Hen House
Editorial Cartoon: Pox in the Hen House


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DOT officials explain new project selection process
Data driven.
Transparent.
Data driven.
Transparent.
Datadriventransparent!

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Looking at the business side of fun and games, is it worth the gamble
Looking at the business side of fun and games, is it worth the gamble
Boy, that was an idea out of the blue.
The idea that Green Hills Country Club could be purchased by the county for a public recreation area caught most everyone I know by total surprise.
Thus far, we’re not sure how viable this idea is but it raises interesting questions.

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Restaurant grant stirs the pot with website bloggers
Restaurant grant stirs the pot with website bloggers
GOOD MORNING: Despite supposedly fail-safe measures proposed by County Attorney Darnell Batton, action by the County Commissioners in backing a bid for a $156,000 grant to reopen a Youngsville area restaurant damaged in a tractor-trailer accident is drawing fire, and with good reason too, in my opinion.

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Restoring public trust in leadership from all walks of life in North Carolina
The biggest problem facing North Carolina today is trust. We don’t trust those in leadership positions in business, in our churches or in most any sector of life, but nowhere is that breach of trust more evident than in government. We don’t trust that public officials will do the right thing for the common good.

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Water should be cut back on and landscaping resumed at cemetery
Dear Editor:
Both of my parents are interred in a two-person above-ground mausoleum at Oakwood Cemetery. Because the mausoleum is made of marble, it is very porous and gets dirty easily.

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OBITUARIES

JANE F. STAINBACK
YOUNGSVILLE - Jane Freeman Stainback, 74, of Toano, Va., formerly of Jamestown, NC, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010.

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LENORA L. SILVER
NORFOLK, Va. - Funeral services for Lenora Lynch Silver, 86, who died Monday, June 21, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, June 26) at Walters Chapel Holiness Church, with the Rev. Hurley Richardson officiating.

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DWIGHT T. DOP
INDIANOLA, Iowa - Dwight Dop, 56, died Saturday, June 19, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Services were held Tuesday, June 22, at the First Assembly of God Church in Indianola, with Pastor John Meaux and Pastor Guy Puthoff officiating.

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MARGARET P. VALENTINE
LOUISBURG – Margaret Perry Valentine, 84, died Thursday night, June 24, 2010. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Brent Farrar officiating.

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MARY HELEN COOKE
LOUISBURG-Mary Helen Rogers Cooke, 83, died Thursday, June 24, 2010 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial will follow in the Wheeler & Cooke family cemetery.

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GEORGE MCCARTY
FRANKLINTON —George McCarty, 71, died Thursday, June 24, 2010. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.


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SPORTS

SLICE OF HISTORY
RALLY TIME. Oxford third baseman Shane Williams (left) tries to come up with a throw as a Youngsville runner slides safely as part of a huge rally during Wednesday’s Dixie Youth District Tournament Championship Game at Luddy Park.
SLICE OF HISTORY
YOUNGSVILLE -- Both Oxford and Youngsville offered up a bit of history during Wednesday’s championship game of the annual Dixie Youth District 10 Coach-Pitch Tournament.
Oxford was able to hold off a late Youngsville Americans’ threat for an 11-9 victory that clinched the fourth straight C-P title for the squad from Granville County.

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Wildcats host grid campers
KICK MASTER. Dylan Timberlake lets loose with a big boot Thursday as part of the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition at the annual Bunn Wildcats Football Camp, which was hosted by BHS head grid coach Chris Miller.
Wildcats host grid campers
BUNN -- Increased temperatures aren’t the only Summer Rite of Passage in Bunn. You know it’s summertime when youngsters flock to the annual Bunn High School Wildcats Football Camp -- a tradition in the community for over two decades.

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Driver Signs With Wake Tech
Driver Signs With Wake Tech
RALEIGH -- Wake Technical Community College volleyball head coach George Tsai announces that Brandy Driver of Louisburg is one of five new recruits for the 2010 season.
Driver was a varsity player at Bunn High School, where she received a Most Valuable Player award, and also played for the Hurricanes’ club volleyball team.

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Changes plentiful for FHS
Changes plentiful for FHS
Franklinton High School’s Athletic Program will undertake a massive overhaul this summer following the resignation of two highly respected, multi-sport coaches -- one of whom also served as the school’s Athletic Director.
Earlier this month, FHS AD Deran Coe handed in his resignation to accept a similar position at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

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More tourney action this weekend
More tourney action this weekend
BUNN -- This weekend will be a busy one at Bunn as action will be held in both the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball and Dixie Softball District Tournaments.
The five-team Minor League Tourney will be held at the Bunn Elementary School Baseball Field. In Friday’s opening round, Warren County met host Bunn and Louisburg tangled with Oxford.

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OXFORD -- COACH-PITCH TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
OXFORD -- COACH-PITCH TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
The Oxford All-Stars claimed first place at the 2010 Dixie Youth District 10 Coach-Pitch Tournament, which concluded Wednesday evening at Luddy Park in Youngsville.

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YOUNGSVILLE -- COACH-PITCH TOURNAMENT RUNNER-UP
YOUNGSVILLE -- COACH-PITCH TOURNAMENT RUNNER-UP
The Youngsville All-Stars took second place at the 2010 Dixie Youth District 10 Coach-Pitch Tournament, which concluded Wednesday night at Luddy Park in Youngsville.

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SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNER -- BUNN
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNER -- BUNN
Coach John Benson (left) accepts the Sportsmanship Award on behalf of the Bunn All-Stars following the conclusion of the Dixie Youth District 10 Coach-Pitch Tournament on Wednesday at Youngsville’s Luddy Park. Presenting the award is Dixie Youth District Director Bruce Tant (right).

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BYRL MAJORS REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
BYRL MAJORS REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
The A’s won the Bunn Youth Recreation League Major League Regular Season Championship.

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YOUNGSVILLE MINOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
YOUNGSVILLE MINOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
The Rangers won the regular season and tournament championships in the Youngsville Recreation Department’s Minor League Division.

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TOURNEY CHAMPS
TOURNEY CHAMPS
The Tri-County Thunder 10-Under Travel Team took the title in the Silver Bracket at the recent Top Gun First Round State Qualifier in Rocky Mount.

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CARDINALS WIN MAJOR LEAGUE TOURNEY
CARDINALS WIN MAJOR LEAGUE TOURNEY
The Cardinals claimed first place at the recent Bunn Youth Recreation League Major League Baseball Tournament.

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JOB WELL DONE BY THE CARDINALS
JOB WELL DONE BY THE CARDINALS
The Carolina Cardinals recently won the NC Eastern State USSSA 13-Under Baseball Tournament in Rocky Mount. Players received state rings and the team earned a berth in the upcoming USSSA World Series and Super State Tournament.

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CAROLINA HURRICANES 2010-11 NHL SCHEDULE
CAROLINA HURRICANES 2010-11 NHL SCHEDULE
RALEIGH -- Listed is the Carolina Hurricanes’ schedule for the 2010-11 National Hockey League season (home games are listed in CAPS and all starting times are Eastern):

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Mudcats edged by the Smokies
Mudcats edged by the Smokies
SEVIERVILLE, TENN. -- Jose Castro was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Ty Wright to end the game as Tennessee edged Carolina 6-5 on Wednesday night at Smokies Park in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Carolina (0-2) entered the ninth trailing 6-3, but scored twice on a double by Castro to right-center against Alex Maestri to close to within 6-5. 

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LIFESTYLES

Music, the energizer for all ages and times
Music, the energizer for all ages and times
Have you ever thought about how much we depend on music? Music is needed for worship, celebrations, funerals, graduations, concerts, political events, romance, and others. It is amazing how a melody, a song can affect our spiritual well-being. For that reason, I think music has, for a long time, played a big part in the lives of human beings.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

WINNERS
WINNERS
Farm tour photography contest winners were presented with ribbons and, in some cases, cash prizes during a ceremony on Wednesday. In front, Jacob Day (still life), Amanda Smith (flowers, people, overall second place winner of $150); second row, left to right Hannah-Joy Bowden (farm equipment), Shannon Kimball (people), contest judge Alica Eller, and Brennan Smith (farm equipment).

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TEST DIGITIZED
Shown here in the above photo with the new equipment are (left to right) Tina Harper, R.T. (R) (M); Amy McCormack, R.T. (R) (M) and Mindy Rutter, R. T. (R) (M).
TEST DIGITIZED
The equipment needed to perform digital mammography has arrived at Franklin Regional Medical Center and staff members have been in training this week to learn to use it to its full capability. Digital mammography is much like the traditional film screen mammography. Both use X-ray to generate images of the breast; however the new technology can now convert X-ray energy into a digital image.

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METAL HEAD
METAL HEAD
A Louisburg man was taken to WakeMed following this head-on collision Wednesday afternoon, but none of the injuries were life-threatening. Trooper P.L. Clayton said Jonathan E. MacQuin, 29, was driving a Mercury sport utility vehicle on N.C. 56 three miles east of Louisburg at about 2:40 p.m. when he crossed the center line. He crashed head-on into a Buick driven by 85-year-old William Thomas Crawley.

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CONVOCATION
CONVOCATION
The North Carolina Fellowship of Holy Churches, Inc. held its first annual Holy Convocation, June 4-6, which convened at Praise Tabernacle Holy Church, Inc. in Roxboro. The theme was “Building Relationships, Friendships and Fellowships.”
Elder Jorge Martinez was ordained to the office of Elder, becoming the first Hispanic pastor of the convocation to be ordained an Elder. He is the pastor of Centro Cristiano La Red in Raleigh.


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