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Showing 48 articles from June 29, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Raccoon tests positive for rabies
Raccoon tests positive for rabies
Franklin County reported its second case of rabies this year after a raccoon tested positive for the deadly viral disease last week.
According to animal control, the raccoon had come into contact with a Shephard dog mix in the area of N.C. 561 and Duke Valentine Road in Louisburg.

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SOFTBALL SPLENDOR
SOFTBALL SPLENDOR
Bunn’s Julia Perry raises her hands in celebration after her team vanquished a Dunn threat during action Sunday at the Dixie Softball District Darlings Tournament. Bunn took second place overall at the event, which was held at the Bunn Elementary School Softball Field.

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Louisburg College administrator resigns after arrest
A Louisburg College administrator resigned last week after being arrested on gun charges and eluding arrest.
Justin Carl Berg, 35, was slated to appear in Wake County District Court on Tuesday.
Wake Forest Police arrested Berg on June 7, charging him with assault by pointing a gun, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a gun where alcohol is sold/consumed, eluding arrest, driving while impaired, and reckless driving with wanton disregard.

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Pedestrian killed by car on U.S. 1
A Franklinton man was killed early Saturday while walking along U.S. 1.
Emergency responders pronounced Kenneth Lee Patterson dead at the scene after he was hit by a car driven by 20-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez of Henderson. No charges will be filed, police said.

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Hamming it up
SIGNAL HUNTING. Barry Baker of Durham tries to dig out a signal from the noise while operating voice during the American Radio Relay League Field Day held this past weekend on 21 megahertz.
Hamming it up
YOUNGSVILLE — This past weekend, being a ham was appropriate, because more than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country, including a handful here in Franklin County, were the center of attention.
After setting up antennae, and other pieces of equipment, Franklin County Amateur Radio Club members took part in the annual American Radio Relay League Field Day — where radio operators used skill, equipment and experience to make voice and Morse Code communications with fellow operators across the country.

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Board of Education passes interim budget
Moving quickly Monday night, the Franklin County Board of Education made the financial adjustments necessary to wrap up its current fiscal year and then passed an interim budget that will allow it to operate until its new budget can be finalized.
Saying that the year-end  budget amendments were routine and “like gathering up leaves in the fall,” Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance, said only one change would have a significant impact on the budget.

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Franklin County residents at Obama’s “Burger Summit”
Louisburg resident Ricky Wadford, right, was with his wife Helen and friends, Jake and Dawn Phillips last week when they wound up at the table next to President Barack Obama, middle, background, and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev.
Franklin County residents at Obama’s “Burger Summit”
It started out with drama and tension, as burly men in dark suits outfitted with earpieces scurried about an Arlington, Va., burger joint.
Then the action ramped up as blacked-out sport utility vehicles burned rubber, screeching to a halt, doors flinging open to reveal VIPs — in this case, presidents of the two most powerful nations on Earth.

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Fraternal Order of Police Chapter started in county
Law enforcement officers from every corner of the county now have one badge that unites them — the Fraternal Order of Police.
On June 23, 40 officers signed a charter, giving birth to the Franklin County Fraternal Order of Police Chapter 96.
The chapter serves two purposes:

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Holly and Beau Mitchell

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: The Fisher King
Editorial Cartoon: The Fisher King


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Sometime between the cookouts and fireworks remember those who sacrificed for our freedoms
It has been 234 years since a group of soon-to-be Americans took quill pens in hand and demanded their independence from England.
Some 56 men — yes, all the signers were men and three were from North Carolina  — pledged everything in the pursuit of their freedoms. By the way, the three signers from North Carolina were William Hooper, Joseph Hewes and John Penn.

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How do Wake Electric and Progress Energy stand on four-laning U.S. 401?
How do Wake Electric and Progress Energy stand on four-laning U.S. 401?
GOOD MORNING: Negative fallout as the result of county financial backing for a Youngsville area restaurant damaged in a tractor-trailer accident recently continued to draw fire on the Times website over the weekend, but first some thoughts regarding the turnout for the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee last week.

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Fireworks still an option in these parts
Fireworks still an option in these parts
Either Franklin County came into some Internet sweepstakes money, or they’re a whole lot better at running a celebration on a budget.
As cities across the country are cancelling fireworks shows, Franklin County and the immediate surrounding area continue to carry on tradition.

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Website Reader Participation Results June 23-30
Last Week’s Poll
Restaurant support
Should county government give Johnson’s Farmers Market Restaurant financial assistance to reopen?

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These days North Carolina politicians have me confused
RALEIGH – I admit it. I’m confused. North Carolina politicians are confusing me.
Which state politicians are confusing me? The leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly, for starters. Their position appears to be that allowing private citizens to set up and play video-gambling machines at legal establishments would be morally abominable, even if the resulting business would throw off tens if not hundreds of millions of tax dollars into state and local treasuries.

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OBITUARIES

DONNA L. KYTTLE
LOUISBURG - Pastor Donna L. Buttorff (Stutzman) Kyttle, 69, died Thursday, June 24, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.

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KENNETH “K.D.” DUNSTON
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Kenneth “K.D.” Dunston, 70, who died Saturday, June 26, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Union Grove church cemetery.

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KENNETH L. PATTERSON
FRANKLINTON - Kenneth Lee Patterson, 47, died Saturday, June 26, 2010. No service is currently planned.

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JAMES D. “PETE EDWARDS
PRINCETON - James David “Pete” Edwards, 72, died Saturday, June 26, at his home. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 29, in the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home in Selma, with the Rev. Vance Harrell and the Rev. Marcus Riggs officiating. Burial, with Masonic Rites, followed in the Bizzell Grove Memorial Gardens.

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GEORGE R. “BUDDY” MCCARTY
FRANKLINTON-George R. “Buddy” McCarty, 71, of southern Granville County, died  Thursday, June 24, 2010. Funeral service was held Monday afternoon, June  28, at Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford, with  the Rev. Alan Koeneke officiating. Burial followed at Wake Forest Cemetery.

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BEULAH H. TUCK
ZEBULON - Minister Beulah H. Tuck, 82, died Saturday, June 26, 2010. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at New Fire Worship Center, 100 W. Barbee Street, Zebulon. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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LACY M. WALL
WAKE FOREST - Lacy Bell Massey Wall, 97, died Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 30) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Faile officiating. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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ROBERT S. PAGE
RALEIGH - Robert Sidney Page, 67, died Sunday, June 27, 2010. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the parlor of First Baptist Church, 99 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.

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JAMES E. WELCH
FRANKLINTON—James Edward Welch, 77, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at his home.  A memorial service will be held Friday, July 2, at 10 a.m. at his home, 898 West Green Street, Franklinton.

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SPORTS

Ponytails Rule
IN THERE. Bunn All-Star Erica Davis (left) makes it safely into third base during last Saturday’s action at the Dixie Softball District Ponytails Tournament, which was held at the Bunn High School Softball Field.
Ponytails Rule
BUNN -- Some of the names on the backs of jerseys have changed, but success remains a constant for the current group of Bunn Ponytails All-Stars.
Going back to their days as Darlings, the Ponytails have now won five district championships in a row after last weekend’s first-place effort at the Dixie Softball District Tournament at the Bunn High School Softball Field.

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Oxford Takes Offense
CLOSE PLAY AT THE PLATE. Youngsville All-Star catcher Max Woodlief tries to tag out Oxford’s Garrett Reaves at home plate during Monday’s action at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament at Bunn.
Oxford Takes Offense
BUNN -- Oxford’s offense -- along with some time pitching -- has been the major difference at the annual Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament.
Through three outings, all of which were convincing victories, Oxford’s All-Stars have plated 38 runs, compared to just nine for opponents.

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Dapper Darlings
Dapper Darlings
BUNN -- By far, the Bunn All-Stars boasted the youngest roster at last weekend’s Dixie Softball Darlings (6-8) District Tournament.
But that didn’t stop Coach Chris Perry’s club from making a strong run into the finals, where the All-Stars ran into a talent-laden, veteran crew from Oxford.

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Softball tourneys at Luddy
Softball tourneys at Luddy
YOUNGSVILLE -- Luddy Park will be the site of a pair of Pony District 8 Softball Tournaments next week.
The event will feature both host Youngsville and Louisburg. Other entrants will be Zebulon, Rolesville, Wendell and Wilder’s Grove, though not necessarily in the same age group.
There will be two age divisions -- 8-Under and 10-Under.

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Bunn’s Glowing Angels
READY TO POUNCE. Bunn’s Victoria Hendricks prepares to smack a base hit during Sunday’s Dixie Softball District Angels Tournament at the Bunn High School Softball Field.
Bunn’s Glowing Angels
BUNN -- After watching powerhouse Dunn in action, Bunn head coach Kim Bell thought everybody else might be playing for second place at the annual Dixie Softball Angels (9-10) District Tournament.
If that assessment was correct, then Bell had to be pleased with the second-place effort his club received at the tourney, which was held last weekend under extreme temperatures at the Bunn High School Softball Field.

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SUPERB SISTERS FOR BUNN
SUPERB SISTERS FOR BUNN
Sisters (l to r) Ashlyn and Emily Bowden were members of Bunn All-Star teams during last weekend’s Dixie Softball District Tournaments at Bunn. Ashlyn competed for the Angels, while Emily was a member of the Darlings’ roster. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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Offense sparks Mudcats on road
Offense sparks Mudcats on road
SEVIERVILLE, TENN. -- Dave Sappelt drove in two more runs to lead a 16-hit attack as Carolina won the series finale over Tennessee 10-3 at Smokies Park on Sunday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Sappelt, coming off of a pair of three-RBI games, drove in a pair with two singles as Carolina (2-4) salvaged their final game at Smokies Park this regular season. 

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Hurricanes ticket plans available
Hurricanes ticket plans available
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes have announced the team’s mini-season ticket plans for the 2010-11 season.
Mini-season ticket plan-holders can opt for a 26-game plan, or choose between three different 12-game plans.

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FRIENDS AND TEAMMATES
FRIENDS AND TEAMMATES
(L to R) Jesse Whitley and Emily Bell were key players for this season’s Bunn Angels at the Dixie Softball District Tournament at the Bunn High School Softball Field.

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HIGH BALL
HIGH BALL
Bunn’s Hanna Nazelrod ducks under this pitch during Saturday afternoon’s game against Lillington at the Dixie Softball Angels District Tournament.

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BACK TO THE BAG
BACK TO THE BAG
A Youngsville player dives safely back into first base as Oxford’s Holden Laws applies the tag during Monday’s matchup at the Dixie Youth Softball Major League Tourney.

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BYRL MINOR LEAGUE SWEEP
BYRL MINOR LEAGUE SWEEP
The Dickerson Trucking Athletics won the Bunn Youth Recreation League’s Minor League Baseball regular season and tournament championships. The A’s closed with an impressive 15-3 record against strong competition.

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BANDITS TAKE TITLES
BANDITS TAKE TITLES
The Bandits 8-Under Softball Team won the regular season and tournament championships this season for the Louisburg Recreation Department. The Bandits posted a solid 10-2 regular season record -- in addition to their tourney crown.

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ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING ON THE DIAMOND
ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING ON THE DIAMOND
The Carolina Shockers, based in Bunn, earned second place at the recent NCUSFA Bringin’ the Heat 12-Under Softball Tournament in Greenville.

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LIFESTYLES

BIRTH
BIRTH
Joshua and Jessica Renee Hill of Naples, Italy, announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Renee Hill, born March 22, 2010 at United States Naval Hospital in Naples. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Schools receive national praise for healthy ways
Long Mill Elementary, Bunn Elementary and Franklinton Elementary were recently honored in New York City by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for taking strides to help students eat better and exercise more.
Long Mill received the Silver Award, while Bunn and Franklinton each received a Bronze Award.

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REUNION
REUNION
On May 27, the girls of the Youngsville High School Class of 1960 met at Brigs Restaurant in Wake Forest to share 50 years of memories. Each lady told about her life since 1960 and several passed around pictures of their family. Everyone enjoyed renewing friendships and sharing experiences.

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KVA Headmaster List/A/B Honor Roll
The following Franklin County students have been named to the Kerr-Vance Academy Headmaster’s List or A/B Honor Roll.

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Williams receives Masters
Williams receives Masters
Shannon Rene Williams, daughter of Tina Holden of Louisburg, received her Master of Science degree in criminal justice, with a concentration in justice administration, on May 1 from Tiffin University in Tiffin Ohio. She is presently employed at the Wake County Jail.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Stolen truck recovered; indecent exposure arrest
Wilson police recovered a truck stolen from the parking lot of Franklin Regional Medical Center.
According to a report by Louisburg Police Officer Elliott Coker,  a 2005 Ford F-150 was taken from the hospital parking lot the afternoon of June 24.

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Sheriff offers tips for a safe July 4th holiday weekend
Sheriff offers tips for a safe July 4th holiday weekend
With the approach of the July 4th weekend, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.
Traditionally during the July 4th Holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The Sheriff reminds all Franklin County residents to follow these safety tips:

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VGCC trains Boys & Girls Clubs staff
VGCC trains Boys & Girls Clubs staff
Vance-Granville Community College recently provided training for local staff members of the Boys & Girls Clubs organization. Jacquelin Heath, head of the college’s School-Age Education program, presented a workshop entitled “Classroom Management” on June 14.

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Franklin Regional diabetes program receives recognition
Franklin Regional diabetes program receives recognition
Franklin Regional Medical Center’s diabetes education program received the certificate of education recognition from the American Diabetes Association.
This recognition is given to organizations that demonstrate that they provide high-quality self-management education services to the diabetes community.

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BHS’s Patton serves as NC Senate page
The North Carolina Senate was honored recently to have Brandon Clea Patton, a student at Bunn High School, serve as a Page. He is the son of Billy and Dena Patton of Youngsville. Brandon was sponsored by Senator Tony Foriest and appointed by Senate President  Pro Tempore Marc Basnight.

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