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Showing 37 articles from July 30, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Commissioners to hear recommendation for Early College High School classroom space
Commissioners to hear recommendation for Early College High School classroom space
A committee tasked with finding space for the school system’s Early College High School program is expected to recommend that commissioners put students in mobile units.
County Commission Chair Penny McGhee appointed the committee in June and the group, which includes its chair, Commissioner Don Lancaster, Commissioners Shane Mitchell and Sidney Dunston, as well as county and school system and Vance-Granville Community College staffs, have met twice in public meetings.

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RIDING THE RAIL
CARRS ... AND TRAINS. Youngsville’s Charles and Kay Carr look at a map during an informational session on the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor project to determine the impact it would have on their property.
RIDING THE RAIL
FRANKLINTON — A proposed high-speed rail from the northeast to Raleigh won’t stop in Franklin County, but on Thursday night, an intense crowd hoped their comments would give planners pause.
Franklinton was the last stop on the Southeast High Speed Rail public hearing circuit, giving residents an opportunity to query engineers about the plan, as well as express concerns or issues in written and oral form.

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Art puts spell on campers
Art puts spell on campers
Andrew Reyes Chavez, left, highlights a clay doll made in the “likeness” of his art teacher, Tammy Petrosillo, center, during the conclusion of a two-week art camp on Thursday as fellow artist, Haley Brandli, right, looks on. The Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department sponsored the camp for 25 children between the ages of five and 14 at Terrell Lane Middle School.

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Erratic driver no stranger to the law
Erratic driver no stranger to the law
FRANKLINTON — When Sgt. Wade Bulloch stopped a man for driving erratically, the suspect told authorities they should know him.
Indeed they do.
The driver, Brandon Teasley, was arrested in February on charges of going armed to the terror of the public after police allege he fired a high-powered assault rifle at a group of people.

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Gravedigger arrested for theft; Country Lounge broken into
Franklinton police are investigating an aggravated assault.
According to a report by Officer S. Zuniga, he responded to 405 Bullock Street the evening of July 23, finding Harley Hughes, 17, suffering from multiple lacerations and a stab wound to the midsection.

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Bunn agrees to buy building to house utility crew and equipment
NEW TO ME. Bunn Commissioners have proposed buying this 4,400-square-foot building behind Arnold’s Service Center. The town wants to put its utility and grounds crew and equipment in the 1979 building.
Bunn agrees to buy building to house utility crew and equipment
BUNN — Town commissioners agreed to buy a building, a move that will take their grounds and utility equipment out of a dilapidated structure and its staff out of a cramped Town Hall.
The decision to expend $120,000 on the 4,400 square-foot-building behind Arnold’s gas station was made Tuesday during a special-called meeting.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville resident Johnny Conyers

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Toga! Toga! Toga!
Editorial Cartoon: Toga! Toga! Toga!


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What’s good for Wall Street is not always good for Main Street
Headed for the peak — and hoping for a sharp drop.
It’s not exactly an economic plan that would please an economist but it’s about the best we can hope for here in Franklin County.
A story in our Midweek edition noted that home foreclosure totals are on pace to be the highest this year in more than a decade.

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What is the hold up in choosing a new county extension director?
What is the hold up in choosing a new county extension director?
GOOD MORNING: That was quite a sound and light show we experienced out my way early Thursday night. The best part about it was the sound of rain that measured right at one-inch.
LOCAL NEWS:
Two stories on the front page of our midweek edition got me all wound up like an eight-day clock Wednesday. They were the stories by Times reporter Carey Johnson regarding the high-speed rail meeting that was to be held in Franklinton the following night, and the search for a new County Extension Director.

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Trains may be cool, but are they a cost-efficient mode of transportation?
Trains may be cool, but are they a cost-efficient mode of transportation?
It started as a convenient teaching moment for our little boy, Nick.
Long fascinated by trains, Nick recently learned about subways and cities so when we found ourselves taking a couple of “mental health days” in Virginia, the opportunity was too easy to pass up.
We figured we’d treat Nick to his first subway experience and an introduction to a big city all in one day.
He was thrilled.

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Don’t understand lackadaisical attitude in hiring new director
Dear Editor,
Not only am I having a difficult time understanding why the position remains vacant, I am baffled by the lackadaisical attitude of key decision makers. I am shocked that they seem to think this is ok.   I’m not sure what kind of political back scratching is going on, or why the decision continues to be delayed.

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Oakwood Cemetery landscaping stripped away character and history
Dear Editor,
My wife and I were in Louisburg last week visiting relatives.  As always, we went to Oakwood Cemetery to pay our respects to many generations of our ancestors.  Oakwood Cemetery has always been a welcoming place, with more historic and unique character than any other cemetery I have visited.  

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Sell — then make a political sale
RALEIGH – Gov. Beverly Perdue remains one of the most unpopular governors in recent North Carolina history. But lately she’s been toying publicly with some ideas that could help boost her political bottom line a bit – while also boosting the state’s fiscal position.

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OBITUARIES

RUBY J. ALLEN
OXFORD - Mrs. Ruby Jones Allen, 98, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Funeral service will be conducted Sunday, Aug.  1, at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Ray A. Allsberry, assisted by the Revs. Mack Timberlake Sr., Lennis Thorpe, Joel Norwood and George Bullock. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DOLLIE W. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Dollie W. Williams, 67, died Monday, July 26, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 29, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bill Spence officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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JANE F. HOWARD
RICHMOND, VA. - Jane Fuller Howard, 89, died Thursday, July 29, 2010 in Richmond, Va. There will be a memorial service at Bliley’s - Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va., at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2. Interment will be a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg, at 3 p.m. Monday.

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NATHANIEL R. ALSTON
YOUNGSVILLE - Nathaniel R. Alston, 52, died July 25, 2010 at Duke Raleigh Hospital.  Funeral service will be today (Saturday, July 31) at 1 p.m. at the Louisburg High School Auditorium. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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JAMES M. HILL
RALEIGH - James Marshall Hill, 85, Died July 27, 2010. A funeral service was Thursday, July 29 in the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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PAUL J. DUFFY
WAGRAM - Paul J. Duffy, 74, died Saturday, July 24, 2010 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. A Christian Mass memorial service was Thursday, July 29 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Laurinburg. Entombment was at Hillside Memorial Park.

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LILA MAE Q. WHEELER
LOUISBURG - Lila Mae Qualls Wheeler, 79, of Louisburg died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Britthaven of Louisburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Earl Wheeler; her son, Robert Earl Wheeler; and her sister, Peggy Austin Reese.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Hickory Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luke Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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SPORTS

56 REASONS...<br>To Love Basketball Camp
PROVIDING INSTRUCTION. Event Director Twig Wiggins (left) offers advice to a camper during action this Thursday at the 56ers Youth Basketball Camp.
56 REASONS...
To Love Basketball Camp
YOUNGSVILLE -- Campers were supposed to display the widest smiles at the 56ers Youth Basketball Camp.
But while each of the 47 youngsters at the camp enjoyed a tremendous time, their glee just may well have been topped by the happiness of the instructors themselves.

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LC’s grid contests finalized
LC’s grid contests finalized
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s home football schedule has been finalized for this fall, and the Hurricanes will take to the field at each Franklin County high school.
LC, coached by John Sala, has been playing its games exclusively at Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.

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Area Fall Squads Start Drills
Area Fall Squads Start Drills
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The county’s three area high schools will get busy with their respective fall sports seasons beginning Monday.
That will be the first official day for workouts according to North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules.

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Lassiter to coach for LHS
Lassiter to coach for LHS
Other than his time spent at Methodist University, Dontae Lassiter has been involved with the Franklin County sports scene since he was a youngster.
That lifelong trend will continue as Lassiter has been selected to be the new boys basketball coach at Louisburg High School.

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A TREMENDOUS WEEK AT THE CAMP
A TREMENDOUS WEEK AT THE CAMP
Pictured are the instructors and campers from the Youngsville 56ers Basketball Camp, which was held Monday through Thursday at Long Mill Elementary School.

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COME BACK HERE
COME BACK HERE
(L to R) Youngsters Tavion Jefferies and David Craft try to track down a loose ball as part of a drill at the Youngsville 56ers Youth Basketball Camp, which concluded Thursday afternoon at the Long Mill Elementary School Gymnasium.

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Carolina Mudcats rally to stymie Suns
Carolina Mudcats rally to stymie Suns
ZEBULON --  Jose Castro banged a single off the right field wall capping a two-run ninth inning rally as the Carolina Mudcats rallied to defeat the Jacksonville Suns 3-2 on Thursday night at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

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LIFESTYLES

Louisburg College offers lively acts for 2010-2011 concert series
Louisburg College offers lively acts for 2010-2011 concert series
Louisburg College has a long history of providing affordable, quality entertainment with its concert series. Beginning with the 2002-2003 season, the series became known as the Allen de Hart Concert Series.  As the 53rd year of the series begins, the 2010-2011 season offers similar high-caliber shows audiences have come to expect, along with several new options.

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Running through America
Running through America
Have you ever heard of an “Iron Man”? Well, these guys have to swim, run, and ride a bicycle, achieving enormous distances. It is incredible what they have to do in order to get to be called “Iron Man.”
My husband and I were talking about our organist Phyllis Ihrie’s son-in-law, who does that type of challenging sport. His name is Matthew Kirkendall, husband of Olivia, and he is very good at what he does.

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REUNION
REUNION
The Hilliard/Strickland Family held a reunion on July 3 at the Interdenominational Building in Franklinton. About 150 people gathered to celebrate and reminisce about the family history.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Session scheduled to discuss Farmland Protection, Agricultural Development Plan
The members of the Franklin County Agricultural Board are requesting public review and input on a draft of the Franklin County Farmland Protection and Agricultural Development Plan.
A PDF of the draft plan has been posted on the Franklin County Cooperative Extension website, www.franklin.ces.ncsu.edu, and also the county agricultural marketing website, www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com.

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Campers make art fashionable
Campers make art fashionable
Kelsey Barr, left, puts the finishing touches on a T-shirt she designed during summer art camp held at Terrell Lane Middle School on Thursday. Amari Champion, center, and Asha Thurman, right, also designed T-shirts and made clay figures during the camp, sponsored by the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department.

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Veterans Service Office to relocate
The Franklin County Veterans Service Office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 2 and 3, for relocation.  The office, currently located in Room 103, Franklin County Courthouse Annex, will move to Room 102 in the same building, the space formerly occupied by Board of Elections.  Services will resume on Wednesday, Aug. 4.  Contact information such as phone and mailing address will not change and are expected to be operational on Wednesday. 

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Green attends N.C. Sheriffs’ Association Training Conference
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green recently attended the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association 88th Annual Training Conference in Brunswick County with other sheriffs and law enforcement professionals from across the state.
“Our annual training conference allows North Carolina’s sheriffs to discuss their experiences and learn from each other, as well as bring ourselves up-to-date on important law enforcement developments,” Green said.

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Take a Kid Fishin’ charity tournament scheduled for Aug. 28 at Harris Lake
The Board of Directors of the Franklin County Community Foundation is hosting a charity fishing tournament, called Take a Kid Fishin’, on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 8  p.m. at Harris Lake, 243 Mort Harris Road in Louisburg.
The tournament will take place rain or shine.

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BUSINESS

College friends join to open new insurance agency in Louisburg
College friends join to open new insurance agency in Louisburg
A friendship formed in college as well as a mutual interest in the insurance business has resulted in a new downtown Louisburg business, Triangle Insurance and Associates at 103 Market Street.
Owners Jacob Alphin and J. M. Dickens both graduated from East Carolina University and have created a licensed Independent Insurance agency that offers a wide range of insurance companies to better serve their customers.

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