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Showing 40 articles from July 9, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

General Assembly votes to ban Internet sweepstakes cafés
General Assembly votes to ban Internet sweepstakes cafés
Rep. John May gambled on the future of Internet Sweepstakes cafés.
He lost, and believes the economy lost, too.
After the ban on the controversial businesses sailed through the Senate with a 47-1 vote, the measure passed the House by a 86-27 vote.

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Murder suspect judged competent to stand trial
A superior court judge ruled this week that a Louisburg man accused of killing his estranged girlfriend is competent enough to stand trial.
At the same time, another murder suspect, Joseph Mendez, is being sent to Raleigh to determine if he’s sane enough to stand trial.

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State prepares for public hearings on high-speed rail
State Department of Transportation Rail Director Pat Simmons said earlier this week that he and his staff were preparing for every bit of input when a series of public hearings for a high-speed rail proposal begin next week.
Simmons and his staff can expect a popular refrain from Franklinton and Youngsville residents and officials — don’t cut the community in half.

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Food drive helps stock pantries
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY. Paul and Vanessa Perry were the last to come in and pick up a share of the United Way of Franklin County’s Spring Food Drive on Wednesday afternoon.
Food drive helps stock pantries
Temperatures weren’t the only thing rising this week.
A food drive conducted by the United Way of Franklin County generated enough food to lift the spirits of hundreds who could otherwise go hungry.
Organizers distributed food stuffs to eleven food pantries, groups and organizations spread throughout the county on Wednesday.

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Etheridge visits senior center to discuss financial scams
WEAVER
Etheridge visits senior center to discuss financial scams
Congressman Bob Etheridge and Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection Lynne Weaver told a crowd of seniors the same thing — if something sounds too good to be true, it is.
Their message came against the backdrop of a pending financial reform bill that its proponents say will curtail the practices that have created the most recent financial crisis.

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Dr. Lassiter new director of Inpatient Care at FRMC
Dr. Lassiter new director of Inpatient Care at FRMC
Dr. Gaddy Lassiter has joined the Franklin Regional Medical Center medical staff as the medical director of the Novant Inpatient Care Specialists Franklin, NICS, also known as the hospitalist program, effective July 1.
Dr. Lassiter is nationally board-certified in family medicine.

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Youngsville delays yard sale decision
Youngsville delays yard sale decision
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners held off on a decision to regulate yard sales on Thursday night.
Town staff began looking into the issue last month after Commissioner Graham Stallings lamented those who abuse the ability to host yard sales — often for weeks on end.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklin County’s Kaylin Sanjers

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Friends With Benefits
Editorial Cartoon: Friends With Benefits


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Highway Patrol blames media for its problems
Yep, it’s all the media’s fault.
Gee, every time you pick up one of these infernal newspaper things — or turn on the boob tube at the news hour — you’re likely to read another story about the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the shenanigans of another of its troopers or officers.

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Louisburg could be liable for cemetery damage; Highway Patrol commander puts foot in mouth
Louisburg could be liable for cemetery damage; Highway Patrol commander puts foot in mouth
GOOD MORNING: News flash! Good news, in fact. Wilma Tharrington called late Wednesday to let me know that she’s back home following recent hip surgery and is getting along just fine.
Thought you’d like to know.

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D&J Automotive losing GM is another blow to the county’s already suffering economy
D&J Automotive losing GM is another blow to the county’s already suffering economy
One more straw ... and the camel’s back is being severely bowed.
Not broken, yet, perhaps, but bowed and under enormous stress.
The “camel” in this case is, of course, the Franklin County economy which is under its greatest strain since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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Are our extension agents leaving due to politics?
Dear Editor,
Is this what it has come to — politics?
I’m referring to the departure of Franklin County extension agent Ms. Crystal, because that’s the name she has answered to for the last 14 years.

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OBITUARIES

FRANCES NEWTON BRAGG
FRANKLINTON - Frances Newton Bragg, 81, died July 7, 2010. She was born in Granville County, the daughter of the late Annie Mitch Munn Newton and Towns Boyd Newton. She was preceded in death by her husband Willie Henry Bragg, Jr. 
She was a member of Franklinton Baptist church for many years.

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JERRY W. MITCHELL, SR.
ZEBULON - Jerry Wayne Mitchell, Sr., 68, of 501 Gay Road, died Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at his home. He was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Myrtle Jackson Mitchell and Durwood Lellon Mitchell.

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LYLE B. TUCKER
WARRENTON - Lyle B. Tucker, 56,  died Saturday, July 3, 2010.

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CHARLES G. PEARCE
FRANKLIN, VA. - Charles Gilbert Pearce, 70, died July 6, 2010 at Southampton Memorial Hospital.

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STEVEN R. SINGLETARY
GARNER - Steven Reid Singletary, 48, died Sunday, July 4, 2010.

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WILLIAM E. BURTON SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - William E. Burton, Sr., 82, died July, 3, 2010.

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SPORTS

8 ISN’T ENOUGH
EFFECTIVE USE OF FORCE. After recording a force out at second base, Bunn’s Taylor Proctor tries to throw over Louisburg’s C.J. Cooke during action Tuesday at the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament at Louisburg HS.
8 ISN’T ENOUGH
LOUISBURG -- Host Louisburg’s route to the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball District Tournament Championship took a two-inning detour Tuesday.
But the All-Stars, after falling behind by eight runs to Bunn, quickly got back on the title road and sped away to a 14-8, crown-clinching victory at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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TC takes to water vs. foes
READY TO GO. Town and Country’s Maddie Ayscue prepares for an event during a recent Stingrays’ swim match.
TC takes to water vs. foes
LOUISBURG -- After opening their season with a swim victory over Broadlands, the Town and Country Stingrays tangled with a tough team from Winchester last Thursday.
Winchester was able to defeat the Stingrays by a 270-159 margin last Thursday evening at the TC Pool in Louisburg.
In the first match of the season, visiting Town and Country, coached by Jamie Cash, topped Broadlands 260-146.

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Louisburg Shines At District
Louisburg Shines At District
YOUNGSVILLE -- Heading into this morning’s action, the Louisburg All-Stars were just one victory away from a championship at the annual Pony District 8-Under Softball Tournament at Luddy Park.
The All-Stars have cruised to a pair of conquests this week, topping Wendell (8-0 on Tuesday) and Zebulon (8-2 on Thursday) to move into today’s title round in the double-elimination format.

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FHS star selected for match
FHS star selected for match
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Shaylyn Poppe got the phone call this week that she had been waiting for.
Originally picked as an alternate for the North Carolina Team at the annual Clash of the Carolinas soccer showdown, Poppe earned a spot when another player withdrew.

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Mudcats shut out vs. West Tenn
Mudcats shut out vs. West Tenn
JACKSON, TENN. -- Pitchers Steve Bray and Anthony Varvaro combined on an eight-hit shutout as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx blanked the Carolina Mudcats 4-0 at Pringles Park on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.
Bray (W, 5-6) worked into the eighth inning, leaving with the bases loaded and no outs with a four-run lead.

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DIXIE YOUTH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TOURNEY CHAMPIONS
DIXIE YOUTH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TOURNEY CHAMPIONS
The Louisburg All-Stars earned the crown as the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball District Tournament, which concluded Tuesday evening at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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DIXIE YOUTH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TOURNEY SECOND PLACE
DIXIE YOUTH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TOURNEY SECOND PLACE
The Bunn All-Stars took home the runner-up trophy at the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament, which concluded Tuesday evening at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES
CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES
(L to R) Casey Bolton, Willie Person and Ricky Person served as the coaches for the Louisburg All-Stars, who won the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament Championship.

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READY OR NOT, HERE IT COMES
READY OR NOT, HERE IT COMES
Louisburg’s Michael Bowers delivers a pitch to the plate during Tuesday evening’s finale at the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC TOURNAMENT KICKBALL CHAMPS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC TOURNAMENT KICKBALL CHAMPS
Kickin It Old Skool claimed the championship at the recent Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department’s Adult Kickball League Tournament at the Louisburg Moose Lodge.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC TOURNAMENT SECOND PLACE
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC TOURNAMENT SECOND PLACE
he Playground Bullies took second place at the recent Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department’s Adult Kickball League Tournament at the Louisburg Moose Lodge.

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LOUISBURG 8-UNDER ALL-STARS
LOUISBURG 8-UNDER ALL-STARS
Members of the Louisburg 8-Under All-Stars from this week’s Pony District Softball Tournament at Luddy Park are (back row, l to r) Coaches Dawn Riggan, Kim Saunders, Don Barefoot and Bryan Leonard; (third row) Madison Murray; (second row, l to r) Sally Ketterer, Laine Barefoot, Kaylee Riggan, Kaylee Saunders, Brenda Hernandez and Jayla Arnold; (front row, l to r) Shelby Sykora, Abigail Fagan, Madi Leonard, Alexandra Edwards and Kelise Pender.

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A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND
A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND
Town and Country’s Noah Bartholomew gets some assistance from assistant coach Lindsay Harrison during a recent matchup against the Winchester Swim Team.

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BIG EAST CHALLENGE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
BIG EAST CHALLENGE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
The Bunn Warriors recently won the Big East Challenge Baseball Championship with a 9-4 victory over Fuquay-Varina. The event was held two weekends ago at The Factory in Wake Forest.

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HELPFUL HINTS ABOUT SERVING
HELPFUL HINTS ABOUT SERVING
Instructor Misty D’Ottavio discusses serving technique with Journee Hartsfield at the recent Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department Volleyball Camp, which was held June 21-25 at Royal Elementary School.

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HOOPS HEROES
HOOPS HEROES
Camp counselors (l to r) Chris Hartsfield from Terrell Lane Middle School and Dontae Lassiter from Louisburg High School give some ballhandling tips to Jacob Phillips (with ball) and Gabriel Willis at the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Baseball Camp. The annual event was held June 14-17 at Royal Elementary School.

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BASKETBALL CAMPERS
BASKETBALL CAMPERS
A good time was had by all at the recent Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department Basketball Camp, which was held in June at Royal Elementary School.

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RONALD IN THE HOUSE
RONALD IN THE HOUSE
Even Ronald McDonald was on hand at the recent Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department Volleyball Camp, which was held in June at Royal Elementary School.

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LIFESTYLES

Celebrating freedom and age—what a blessing
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Louisburg Nursing Center residents honored long lives with birthday celebrations. Above, Jessie Thomas, center, celebrates her 100th birthday with her son, James Thomas, and daughter, Jean Cooley.
Celebrating freedom and age—what a blessing
Let us talk about freedom first since we have just celebrated 234 years of freedom of this nation. This is a wonderful freedom that we all take for granted at one time or another.
The 4th of July celebration and, for that matter, the celebrations of independence of many countries around the world, are indeed a blessing as they bring friends and families together, as well.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Vandals respond to Castalia fireworks cancellation
Vandals struck Castalia’s Town Hall, two area businesses, and two Castalia homes Sunday night, apparently angered by the lack of fireworks during the Castalia Fourth of July celebration.
According to Mayor Ellene Leonard, the comments “We want fireworks!” were written amidst the obscenities scrawled on the pavement in the front of the Town Hall. The building was also egged.

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Day Care at VGCC Franklin Campus awarded Five Stars
Day Care at VGCC Franklin Campus awarded Five Stars
The state of North Carolina has once again awarded a five-star rating — the highest possible rating — to the Child Care Center at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus.
State evaluators recently conducted an examination of the center using the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS).

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