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Showing 38 articles from August 3, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Soaring Eagles to nest in modular classroom
Soaring Eagles to nest in modular classroom
Franklin County commissioners told school officials to erect a modular classroom building to house Early College High School students.
In two weeks, they’ll have a public hearing to let residents opine about how to fund the venture, including the potential to use savings from the 2008 school bond.

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Thomas gets 24 years for Elvira Hernandez murder
Thomas gets 24 years for Elvira Hernandez murder
A Franklin County man was sentenced to 24 years in jail for killing his estranged 17-year-old girlfriend and threatening bodily injury to at least two others.
Prosecutors said it was only an apparent suicide attempt that kept Christopher Thomas from spending the rest of his life in prison or facing the death penalty for killing Elvira Hernandez.

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LET’S GET IT STARTED
LET’S GET IT STARTED
Franklin County’s three high schools — Louisburg, Franklinton and Bunn — began fall sports practices Monday in anticipation of the coming season. At Bunn, the football squad has been practicing in the morning to take advantage of the nicer weather. In above photo, Bunn football  lineman Aaron Davis shreds his way through a tackling dummy during a practice drill. The Wildcats, coached by Chris Miller, will open their regular season gridiron schedule Aug. 20 against C.B. Aycock.

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Local officials want high-speed rail issues addressed by D.O.T.
Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter said town officials and staff want to make sure a public hearing on high-speed rail last week is more than a one-night stand.
Franklinton was the last scheduled public hearing regarding the Southeast High Speed Rail’s draft environmental impact study, however, residents and other interested parties have until the end of this month to submit their written comments, either by mail or electronically.

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Louisburg teen deemed incompetent to stand trial
Louisburg teen deemed incompetent to stand trial
A Louisburg teen accused of killing his sister and maiming his mom was deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Superior Court Judge Marvin Blount made the ruling Monday after reviewing a forensic psychologist’s analysis that Joseph Mendez was not competent to stand trial.

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Eaton honored with Long Leaf Pine Award
Eaton honored with Long Leaf Pine Award
Inside a tiny church in Franklin County, Rosanell Eaton stood up, gave thanks to God and joined other church members in song during homecoming service at New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church.
After a presentation moments later by Sen. Doug Berger, Eaton can recite some other meaningful lyrics — the toast given by recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Governor to a resident.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
9-month-old Marlee Ann Hunt

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can
Editorial Cartoon: I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can


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Mismarked graves at Arlington National Cemetery inexcusable
There is incompetence.
And there is criminal negligence.
This mess at Arlington National Cemetery certainly seems to be criminal negligence.
It was stunning when we first learned that as many as 211 graves may be mismarked or misidentified.

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High speed rail costly mistake
High speed rail costly mistake
GOOD MORNING: No rain to speak of, but those low clouds and off and on drizzle Monday and that early morning mist Tuesday combined to make the weather out my way a lot more comfortable compared to the 90-degree plus readings we sweated through last week and have to look forward to today and  for the rest of the week.
And, can you believe it? It’s August already!


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Government, Customs should ease border restrictions for those who want to leave
Government, Customs should ease border restrictions for those who want to leave
It would seem to me that if you’re a country that opposes illegal immigration, you would throw parties when immigrants decided to go back across the border.
However, I just came across a story that says instead of birthday cake and pinatas, undocumented immigrants are most likely to be met by an ill-tempered U.S. Customs agent, be detained and even criminally charged.

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HIGH SPEED RAIL
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With getting older comes a whole new routine
I celebrated a birthday this week, one of those milestone anniversaries that officially categorize me.
Nobody wants to dwell on getting older, but this one was hard to ignore. When your oldest child is 41, you’ve got clothes older than your senior pastor, and your mailbox is crammed with offerings for Medicare supplemental coverage, you just might be getting older.

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OBITUARIES

MAY OLA DUNN
WHITAKERS - Funeral services for May Ola Dunn, 82, who died Friday, July 30, 2010, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 4) at Faith Tabernacle Holiness Church, with Elder Shirley Battle Lyles officiating. Burial will follow in the Shiloh cemetery.

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SARAH E. JOHNSON
HENDERSON —Funeral services for Sarah E. Johnson, 73, who died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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AUDREY L. LEWTER
AHOSKIE - Audrey Lassiter Lewter, 82, died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 4) at Second Baptist Union Church, with Pastor M. Bryon Pierce officiating. Burial will follow in the Lewter family cemetery.

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SUSAN G. VICK
WILSON - Susan Gardner Vick, 81, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 4) at Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.

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LILLIAN H. BRYANT
NASHVILLE - Lillian Hendricks Bryant, 87, died Friday, July 30, 2010. Funeral service was Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Rocky Point Missionary Baptist Church, Spring Hope. Burial followed in Meeks Cemetery.

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JERLINE BENNETT
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Jerline Bennett, 51, who died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, at noon at Social Union Baptist Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Nathaniel Bunn officiating.

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L. GLEN SMITH
LOUISBURG - Loyal Glen Smith, aka Uncle Bugs and Pappa Bunny, 71, of Louisburg died Friday, July 30, 2010, at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A private family service will be held at a later date. 

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SPORTS

Depth Perception
SOPHOMORE STANDOUT. Louisburg High School hitter Zoe Hinton (right) was a starter for much of her freshman campaign last fall.
Depth Perception
LOUISBURG -- In the estimation of some area spike observers, Louisburg High School could field two varsity teams with its array of options.
For LHS head coach Erica Wammock, finding playing time for everybody on her roster will be a huge chore as the Lady Warriors look to be in the mix for a Northern Carolina Conference Championship.

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BHS’ View To A Skill
TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT. Bunn High School veteran defensive back Tyler Brandenburg prepares to take on a tackling dummy during a gridiron workout session Tuesday morning at the BHS Practice Field.
BHS’ View To A Skill
BUNN -- When Chris Miller became Bunn’s head football coach before last season, he implemented a spread offense designed to utilize some of the school’s quick, high-level athletes.
Miller has plenty of them to choose from this year, as the Wildcats hope to improve on last year’s 9-4 mark, which included a trip to the second round of the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.

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BHS Sets The Tone
STUDY OF INTENSITY. Veteran head coach Henry Jones makes a point to his Bunn High School Ladycats during Monday afternoon’s official opening of practice for the 2010 volleyball campaign.
BHS Sets The Tone
BUNN -- It’s a testament to Bunn’s overall volleyball program that the Ladycats -- despite losing seven seniors -- are once again expected to be in the hunt for Northern Carolina Conference spike supremacy this fall.
That’s saying something, as the Ladycats, coached by veteran mentor Henry Jones, will be without a slew of talent from its 2009 contingent.

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Wesleyan selected in league
Wesleyan selected in league
MARYVILLE, TENN. --  The USA South Athletic Conference released its 2010 Preseason Coaches Poll on Tuesday morning at the league’s annual Football Media Day hosted by Maryville College.
The Battling Bishops, under the direction of third-year head coach Mark Henninger, were picked to defend their 2009 league title, the program’s second in the past three seasons.

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The Brittany to feature Rams
WILSON -- Franklinton will be the lone Franklin County participant at the The Brittany For the Boys VI Soccer Tournament.
The event will be held Aug. 27-28 at Gillette Park in Wilson. Tickets will be available at the gate.
Franklinton, under new coach Jordan Germano, will play on the first night of competition.

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GREAT TIME AT BULL CREEK
GREAT TIME AT BULL CREEK
The Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department hosted a golf clinic from July 27-29 and a Putt, Drive and Chip Competition on July 15 at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Louisburg. Pictured (Above), Putt, Drive and Chip overall winners were (back, l to r) Bull Creek Golf Pro Bryan Marshburn and Abigail Dorsey; (front, l to r) David Sperling, Nathan Sperling, Titus Dorsey, Levi Dorsey and Heath Mann.

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Ritchie claims 3rd spot at spike event
Ritchie claims 3rd spot at spike event
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FLA. -- Franklinton’s Taylor Ritchie headed to the Sunshine State last week to help prepare herself for the upcoming prep volleyball campaign.
Ritchie, a rising junior at FHS, competed in the annual University of North Florida Summer Spike Beach Volleyball Tournament last weekend.

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Mudcats rally to defeat Suns
Mudcats rally to defeat Suns
ZEBULON -- Jake Kahaulelio had three hits, while Luis Terrero and Chris Denove drove in two runs apiece to lead the Carolina Mudcats to an 8-5 win over the Jacksonville Suns in the finale of a five-game series on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.
Carolina (18-18) scored the first in the first inning against former Florida Marlin, Andrew Miller (L 1-6).

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MILLER MAKES A POINT
MILLER MAKES A POINT
Head coach Chris Miller speaks with his Bunn High School football players during a workout session Tuesday morning on the BHS campus.

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MOSS IN THE MIX FOR BHS
MOSS IN THE MIX FOR BHS
After two solid seasons on the JV level, junior Lucy Moss will be one of the varsity setters this fall for the Bunn High School volleyball squad.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
Darlene Steed of Louisburg and Eric Williams of Pittsburgh, Pa.,  are planning an Aug. 14, 2010 wedding. The bride is the daughter of McKinnie Steed and Virginia Harris of Louisburg.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Dietician provides healthy eating advice for summer festivities
Dietician provides healthy eating advice for summer festivities
Wendy Blackburn, a Louisburg dietitian with Franklin Regional Medical Center, provides local patients and consumers with a lot of eating advice during the year, especially during the summer months.  With all of the cookouts, parties and vacations during the summer, it is easy for people to let their diets fall by the wayside.

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Franklinton police charge man with breaking and entering; deputies investigate The Country Store attempted break-in
Franklinton police arrested a man, essentially, red handed.
Officers were charging Kevin Lee Gourley, 21, with at least four counts of breaking and entering and larceny after alleging he broke into four downtown businesses.

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USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-up
A general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began on Aug. 2, and will continue through Aug. 27.  During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

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MSG Sidney Williams retires from Army
MSG Sidney Williams retires from Army
Army Master Sergeant Sidney Williams was honored during a retirement ceremony held on April 27 at Ft. Meade, Md., in recognition of his 20 years of service to his country.
He was born in Louisburg on May 18, 1972, the son of Betty and Sidney Williams. He graduated from Louisburg High School in 1990 and received his General Studies Associate degree in 1999 from Pikes Peak Community College.

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Moore honored at 4-H awards luncheon
Moore honored at 4-H awards luncheon
Joey Moore of  Franklin County was honored for his achievements at the annual North Carolina 4-H Scholarship and Awards Reception and Partnership Luncheon, held on Wednesday, July 21, at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the NC State Campus in Raleigh during  North  Carolina 4-H Congress.

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Delegation attends annual 4-H Electric Congress
Delegation attends annual 4-H Electric Congress
A delegation from Franklin County attended the annual 4-H Electric Congress July 12-14 at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The three-day event was attended by 240 4-H’ers, adult leaders and Cooperative Extension agents from 63 counties.

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North Central District 4-H Presentation Champions
North Central District 4-H Presentation Champions
Franklin County 4-H was represented at the 2010 North Central District 4-H Presentation, bringing home three Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze.  4-H’ers who placed in the Gold and Silver division competed on the state level.

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