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Showing 34 articles from July 20, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Three charged with robbing Billy’s convenience store
Three charged with robbing Billy’s convenience store
Investigators arrested a trio of Youngsville residents charged with robbing a gas station at gunpoint.
Deputies arrested Noel A. Matthews Jr., 18; Jahleel T. Hobbs, 17; and Kenny A. Sanford, 34, on July 16 — nearly a month after investigators allege they robbed Billy’s convenience store.

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Storm uproots trees, but county sees little damage
Storm uproots trees, but county sees little damage
A rush of wind sent trees down like dominos around a Laurel Mill Road home.
Luckily, there was no collateral damage.
Chris Tharrington was at the back of his house, watching some much-needed rain fall when about eight, hulking oak and sweet gum trees were felled by gusting winds.

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Bragg retires from the Department of Aging
Bragg retires from the Department of Aging
Roxanne Bragg earned a wage for her work in the Department of Aging, but her true pay came in embraces.
“It’s the only job in the world where you’re guaranteed a hug and to feel loved,” said Bragg, who officially retired this month after nearly three decades as director of the county’s Department of Aging.

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Senior Fun Day
Senior Fun Day
Above, Phyllis Bullock from Franklinton takes her best shot at an event setup by the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department at the 20th Annual Senior Fun Day hosted by the county’s Department of Aging at Riverbend Park on Tuesday.

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Town of Louisburg adopts updated transportation plan
It’s official, Louisburg now has a western bypass planned.
Actually, it’s just a line on a map, has no funding and even assistant administrator and planner Tony King cautioned that it may never be built, but the western bypass is official.
The Louisburg town council Monday night unanimously adopted the  first update of its transportation plan since 1988.

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Burdick honored with wildlife award
Burdick honored with wildlife award
A man considered by many in federal government to be a maverick, rebel and nuisance could call himself something different this month — award winner.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission honored George Burdick on July 7, presenting him with the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award — the organization’s most prestigious honor.

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Proposal made to TDA for South American Festival
A Youngsville man figures a trip to South America can bring Franklin County together.
Humberto Vicetti appeared before the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority in May, looking for support for his proposal — a South American Festival.
The county event would showcase food, music, dance and other arts associated with Latin America.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Baseball fan Chance Murphy

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Last Breath
Editorial Cartoon: Last Breath


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Don’t blow an opportunity to help the Whistlers Convention
Another Louisburg and Franklin County tradition is in jeopardy.
No, this time it’s not a business — although we’ve certainly had more than our share of business losses in recent months.
This time it is the Whistlers Convention, a 30-year-old event that draws attention from a worldwide audience.

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Governor backtracks on statement about recommending promotions
Governor backtracks on statement about recommending promotions
GOOD MORNING: Yes, it’s hot. And the immediate outlook is for more of the same, with temperatures locally in the upper 90’s or higher for the remainder of the week.
And that’s not all, despite the fact that we broke the heat record for the month of June, we’re really just getting into the summer season leaving us another six to eight weeks to go.

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Shaky Social Security could mean it’s time to gamble on my financial future
Shaky Social Security could mean it’s time to gamble on my financial future
When I saw the headline, all I could think was — Duh.
It seems that faith in the social security system is tanking.
It seems that for as long as I can remember, the idea of banking on social security was an increasingly bad idea.

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Website Reader Participation Results July 14-20
Last Week’s Poll
LIABLE?
Should the Town of Louisburg be held liable for damage, due to unwanted landscaping, to gravesites at Oakwood Cemetery?

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An ironic deal on tax penalties from the Department of Revenue
RALEIGH – During the past couple of years of recessionary budgets, revenue collections have repeatedly fallen short of projections. For North Carolina lawmakers and budget officials trying to avoid major reductions in spending that would anger their constituencies, one of the few bright spots in the revenue picture was a series of surprising gains in corporate-tax receipts that somewhat offset other losses.

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OBITUARIES

LELIA C. HOLMES
ZEBULON - Lelia C. Holmes, 94, died Thursday, July 15, 2010 at her home in Raleigh. Funeral services were Sunday, July 18 at Zebulon Baptist Church in Zebulon, with the Rev. L. Jack Glasgow Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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SAMUEL E. “RED” GUPTON JR.
LOUISBURG – Samuel Edgar “Red” Gupton, Jr., 75, died Monday afternoon, July 19, 2010. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jay Tilley officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

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SPORTS

SHOOTING STAR
SHOOTING STAR
FRANKLINTON -- Some shooting specialists are regarded as being soft in other areas of the game of basketball -- but that’s not the case with former Franklinton hoops standout Zach Beale.
When Beale showed up at Vance-Granville for a recent tryout, he had already gained a fan in VGCC head coach Avery Wilson, who had seen Beale play numerous times as a Red Ram.

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All-Stars Stopped At Tourney
DUSTIN DEALS ONE. Louisburg All-Star Dustin Smith sends a pitch toward the plate during last weekend’s action at the annual Dixie Youth Major League Baseball State Tournament, which was held at Cerro Gordo in Columbus County. (Submitted Photo)
All-Stars Stopped At Tourney
CERRO GORDO -- A tough draw awaited Louisburg’s All-Stars at the 2010 Dixie Youth Major League State Baseball Tournament in Columbus County.
After rolling through district action, Louisburg was going to be at a distinct disadvantage in the states, as the All-Stars were matched up against perennial power Dunn in last Saturday’s opening round.

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BYRL will raise funds on July 24
BYRL will raise funds on July 24
BUNN -- The Bunn Youth Recreation League is conducting a fundraiser to raise money for its youth football and cheerleading programs on July 24. 
The fundraiser will be a Yard Sale/Bake Sale & Car Wash and will take place on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bunn Elementary School Baseball/Softball Field. 

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The 56ers will host campers
The 56ers will host campers
The 56ers -- a group comprised of players and coaches from Youngsville’s legendary 1956 State Championship squad -- will host a kids basketball camp from July 26-29.
The camp is free and will be open to boys and girls in grades 5-7. The event will be from 1-5 p.m. each day at Long Mill Elementary School in Youngsville.

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Canes to host free NHL game
Canes to host free NHL game
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that the team’s preseason game against the Atlanta Thrashers, scheduled for Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the RBC Center, will be free to the public.
The Oct. 1 preseason game against Atlanta will serve as the Hurricanes’ “European sendoff,” and is being played at 1:30 p.m., as the team will depart for St. Petersburg, Russia, following the game.

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Mudcats defeated by Lookouts
Mudcats defeated by Lookouts
ZEBULON -- The Chattanooga Lookouts snapped their seven-game losing streak on Monday night as they took game three of the four game series from the Carolina Mudcats 8-1 at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

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ANOTHER GREAT TOURNAMENT
ANOTHER GREAT TOURNAMENT
The Carolina Cardinals recently took fourth place at the USSSA 13-Under World Series, which was held July 7-11 at The Factory in Wake Forest and Middle Creek Park in Cary.

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LIFESTYLES

EASY AS CAKE
EASY AS CAKE
Above, Nancy Neal, center, with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, directed Cake Walk competitors to their appropriate marks, with lucky winners taking home baked goods during Senior Fun Day.

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Richard, Corbett wed
Richard, Corbett wed
Emily Lauren Corbett and Andrew Vincent Richard were united in marriage on June 22, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Sycamore House in Zebulon. Hosts for the occasion were Dwain Driver and Marvin Howell. The Rev. Jack Bryant, cousin of the bride, officiated.

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Moody, King unite in marriage
Moody, King unite in marriage
Erica Ann Moody and Ricky Dale King Jr. were united in marriage at Rock Spring Baptist Church near Bunn on May 22, 2010 at 4 p.m. The Rev. Jared Pemper officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Gregory and Tonya Moody of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Frances and Claude Moody of Louisburg, Patricia and Andrew McDonald of Durham, Cathy and Bobby Autrey of Wilton.

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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Rick and Cindy Smith of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Ashley Smith, to Daniel Nevin Rohrbaugh of Raleigh, the son of Nevin and Suzanne Rohrbaugh of Lexington. The wedding will take place on June 25, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. at All Saint’s Chapel in Raleigh.

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BIRTH
Brian and Miguana Egerton of Kernersville are proud to announce the birth of a 6-pound, 7-ounce son, Khory La’Shaun Egerton, born June 16, 2010 at Forsyth Hospital in Winston-Salem. Khory was 20 inches long.
Paternal grandparents are Bernice and Bert Egerton of Louisburg.

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FIVE GENERATIONS
FIVE GENERATIONS
Front row from left,  Mrs. Dorothy Autrey, great-great-grandmother, Bobby Autrey, son, (back row from left) Erin Moody, great-granddaughter, Ember Moody, great-great-granddaughter, Tonya A. Moody, granddaughter of Mrs. Autrey. (Submitted photo)

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklinton’s Hopkins accepted by Hampden-Sydney College
Daniel Ryan Hopkins has been accepted by Hampden-Sydney College  in Hampden-Sydney, Va., and will enroll with a President’s Award in August. Daniel is a graduate of St. Thomas More Academy and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hopkins of Franklinton.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police investigate stolen items from D&J Automotive
Louisburg police arrested a Franklin County man they allege fled the scene of a wreck, leaving a two-year-old inside a sweltering car.
According to a police report, investigators and witnesses, Terry Lynn Martin, 44, of Old Halifax Road, was attempting to park a friend’s car on Market Street in Louisburg when the trouble began the afternoon of July 16.

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Franklin County NAACP Youth Branch meeting
Franklin County NAACP Youth Branch meeting
Members of the Franklin County NAACP Youth Branch met on June 13 in the fellowship hall of St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Louisburg. The primary purpose of the gathering was to celebrate the accomplishments made by the youth during the year.
The meeting was called to order by 2nd Vice President Jonathan Yarborough. Opening prayer was provided by John Yarborough.

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United Way Day of Caring application deadline extended to Aug. 6
United Way Day of Caring application deadline extended to Aug. 6
Do you know someone who needs a handicapped ramp? Do you know someone who is unable to maintain a yard or someone who could use a helping hand to clean up in and around the house?
If that person is you or a neighbor, there is help on the way.

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Community Foundation adds board members
The Franklin County Community Foundation has added three new members to the Board of Directors, according to Al Wheless, board chair.
Joining the board are Darrell Smith, First Citizens Bank; Robert Poole, Louisburg College, and Holt Kornegay, Franklin County Library System.

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