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Showing 40 articles from August 10, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Schools deal with budget shortfall
“There is a lot going on -- either turned over, dug up or moved around.”
With those words, architect Jon Long gave the Franklin County Board of Education a little good news Monday night during a meeting that also included a frightening warning about the financial future facing the schools.

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Modular building to cost double previous projection
The actual cost of a proposed modular building for the Early College High School will be more than double the $490,000 cost of the modular building itself, according to school officials. The Franklin County commissioners said recently they prefer a modular structure over more expensive stick-built construction.

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Vollmer resigns from school board
Vollmer resigns from school board
In a move that caught many by surprise Monday night, Mary Vollmer resigned from the Franklin County Board of Education citing “personal reasons.”
Vollmer, who represents the most southern region of Franklin County, has been a school board member about six years.
She said that she is moving to Raleigh and “I don’t feel I can give the students the kind of representation they need.

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SLIPPERY SLOPE
SLIPPERY SLOPE
Sammy Teague, nine, takes a tumble down a giant slide set up at Franklinton’s National Night Out on Saturday afternoon. Teague’s dad, John Teague, donated the slide and bouncy house for children to use during the community event.

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Sheetz rumor denied
While rumors swirl about the future of the Murphy House site, one of its owners remains grounded in economic reality.
“Right now, there is nothing going on with it, at all,” said Johnny Sledge.
The restaurant at the corner of Bickett Boulevard and Wade Avenue in Louisburg has been closed since Mother’s Day.

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Woman dies in wreck
A woman living just over the Franklin County line died in a car crash Monday morning.
According to a report by Trooper Eric Hunt, Manda Salter, 56, of 5817 Rocking Chair Drive, was killed when she pulled out of her subdivision onto N.C. 96 into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.
Salter was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Family loses house to fire
The Denton’s had just one night to share in their new house before it all came burning down on Monday.
And while smoke and flames destroyed their house, help from the community has built up their spirits.
“We have had everybody in Pilot come by and call,” said Richard Denton. “We’ve gotten more clothes in the past hours than we know what to do with.

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Horse Farm Tour Aug. 13
Organizers hope a new date and a new hook brings out more equine enthusiasts this year.
The 16th Annual Franklin County Horse Farm Tour will take place this Friday — the first time in its history that it won’t be on the weekend.

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Nonprofit cooking up ideas to mentor youth
Nonprofit cooking up ideas to mentor youth
When George Harris has something cooking, it usually draws a crowd.
The Franklinton resident hopes that continues as he and and his nonprofit corporation, Franklin County Sunday School Baptist Training Union, have a few things in the works to help bring the community together.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
National Night Out visitor Natalie Greene

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Plugged Nickel
Editorial Cartoon: Plugged Nickel


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Promise and delay!
U.S. 401 on TIP list, but without funding
It’s certainly not time to break out the bubbly.
In fact, the result was both frustrating and depressing.
After 40 years of waiting and enduring state promises and hints that the improvements to U.S. 401 in Franklin County were just around the corner, the state’s new ranking system appears to be just more of the same.
Promise and delay. Promise and delay!

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Money spent on U.S. 401 not a waste
Money spent on U.S. 401 not a waste
GOOD MORNING: Hot enough for you yesterday? If not, the forecast calls for partly cloudy and more of the same for the balance of the week.
WASTED MONEY?
Not so, Kelevra. To begin with it was $17,000 - not $25,000 that was spent on that aerial (mapping) flyover of U.S. 401 you referred to in your recent letter to the editor. The remaining $8,000 of the $25,000 the county had contributed for the survey has been returned by the state, and rather than being a waste, it represents yet another step forward in getting the vital highway upgraded.

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Swine flu has come and gone, but you can bet there is a pandemic to take its place
Swine flu has come and gone, but you can bet there is a pandemic to take its place
Hey, remember the swine flu?
Exactly.
Last spring, you couldn’t get away from news of the pandemic, which, I’m assuming because pigs got offended and got a lobby, was renamed the H1N1 virus.
And then, everyone and their mother tried to get the vaccine.

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Website Reader Participation Results August 4-10
Last Week’s Poll
Modular classrooms?
Do you agree with the County Commissioners’ decision to build a 12-unit modular classroom building on county property behind Emergency Services to house the Early College High School?

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Disagreements among economists about what will help economy
Worries persist about the economy. Although the economy is in better  shape than it was a year ago, unemployment is still high, family budgets are still tight and confidence about the future isn’t very good.
Progress is being made in very small steps, and some economists openly talk about a return to recessionary conditions (the “double dip”) within a year.

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What you can do about child abuse
Dear Editor,   
Many thoughts came to mind as I read the Aug. 7 article of the foster parents charged with abusing an 8-month-old.  As the District Administrator for the Guardian ad Litem Program and a member of the Franklin County Child Fatality team, I know these articles raise a lot of feelings and may have folks wondering what they can do.

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OBITUARIES

RANDY G. LEWIS
WAKE FOREST —Randy Gene Lewis, 62, died Friday, Aug.. 6, 2010. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Hudson Funeral Chapel.

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DONALD C. LAKE SR.
YOUNGSVILLE —Donald Charles Lake Sr., 61, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Saint Eugene Catholic Church, Wendell. Burial will be at noon Friday, Aug. 13, at the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, Spring Lake.

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ELIZABETH COOPER
SPRING HOPE - Elizabeth Cooper, 80, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 11) at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Cooper family cemetery.

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HAZEL E. HOBBS
YOUNGSVILLE —Hazel Eddins Hobbs, 70, died Saturday morning, Aug. 7, 2010. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 9, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial was at the Rolesville Baptist Church cemetery.

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WILLIAM E. LEONARD
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for William Earl Leonard, 63, who died Thursday, Aug. 5, were held Monday, Aug. 9, at First Timothy Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Willie Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.

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ETTA T. SHILLINGER
LOUISBURG - Etta Theo Shillinger, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Corinth Baptist Church, with the Rev. Brent Farrar officiating. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug.  14, at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville.

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FRANCES K. EATON
LOUISBURG —Funeral services for Frances Kingsberry Eaton, 83, who died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Old Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Anthony Murrill Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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FRANK LANGLEY
WHITAKERS —Funeral services for Frank Langley, 44, who died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at White Oak Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donnie Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

FATHER & SON
FATHER & SON
FRANKLINTON -- When he was growing up, Will Harrell never had a conversation with his father about what the youngster wanted to do with his life.
Even then, Will was breaking down film with his father, Clark.
“It was pretty much a given that Will was going to be a coach,’’ Clark Harrell said. “I never even needed to ask him.

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Ladycats versatile on court
AN ALL-AROUND STANDOUT. Senior Missy Kanuck can play a variety of positions for the Bunn High School spike club, which is coached by veteran mentor Henry Jones.
Ladycats versatile on court
BUNN -- Once again, Henry Jones’ ultimate dilemma is one that opposing coaches would consider a luxury.
Jones simply doesn’t have enough playing time available for the members of his volleyball roster at Bunn High School.
There’s a catch this time, though -- Bunn doesn’t boast some of the high-end type talent that the Ladycats have been blessed with over the past 15 seasons.

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Crudups Team Up At Central
WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE BULLDOGS. Cedric Crudup (right) has joined the Nash Central High School football staff this season and will work with his brother, head coach Kevin Crudup (left).
Crudups Team Up At Central
ROCKY MOUNT -- When searching for an assistant coach in the off-season, Nash Central High School’s Kevin Crudup found a candidate with seven years of experience, including four as a head coach.
The same person was a prep standout in the 1990s who competed in the East-West All-Star Game before enjoying a strong four-year career as a linebacker at Western Carolina.

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Clemens excelling on mound
Clemens excelling on mound
Few observers will argue the fact that Paul Clemens is one of the most naturally gifted pitchers to come through Louisburg College in recent years.
That’s what made Clemens, a right-hander, the seventh-round selection of the Atlanta Braves in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

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Jamboree Time
Jamboree Time
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Each of Franklin County’s three high school football teams is expecting a strong test during jamboree action this Friday.
Franklinton will have the daunting task of going up against powers Tarboro and SouthWest Edgecombe, among others, at the Tarboro Jamboree.

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East-West coaches tabbed
East-West coaches tabbed
GREENSBORO -- The North Carolina Coaches Association has finalized its coaching selections for the 2011 East-West All-Star prep basketball, soccer and football games.
The events will be staged next July 18-20 in Greensboro.

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Mudcats rally for wild win
Mudcats rally for wild win
ZEBULON -- Mike Costanzo hit a game-winning home run in the last of the 10th to cap a four-run comeback for the Carolina Mudcats as they stunned the Chattanooga Lookouts 8-6 at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.

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JIMMY REELS IN A WHOPPER
JIMMY REELS IN A WHOPPER
Jimmy Garcia, 11 years old, is the son of Louisburg native Dianne Champion and the grandson of Louisburg residents William and Anne Champion.  Jimmy caught this 6.25 pound Bass on July 28 while spending the weekend with his grandparents.  Believe it or not, this is Jimmy’s very first season fishing!

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HELPING HAND
HELPING HAND
Nash Central assistant football coach Cedric Crudup (left) has extensive experience as the head coach at Northern Vance, along with spending four years as a player at Western Carolina. Crudup was a standout at Bunn High School in the 1990s.

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LIFESTYLES

Person-Bailey exchange vows
Person-Bailey exchange vows
Ashley Lynne Person and Christopher Thomas Bailey were united in marriage on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010 at 5 p.m. at Benson Chapel in Louisburg.  The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Tom Goebel.  Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Greenhill Country Club.   

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Engagement
Engagement
Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Thrower of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Belle Thrower to Gerald Edmund Cobb. The groom is the son of Forestine Cobb of Greensboro and the late Jesse Calvin Cobb of Raleigh. The wedding will take place at Manassah Chapel Baptist Church in Franklinton on Sept. 4.

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70th wedding anniversary
70th wedding anniversary
Stacy and James (Jimmy) Cornelison were married June 29, 1940 in Bennettsville, S.C. A reception celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary was held at Center Cross Baptist Church in Asheboro, where the couple are members, with approximately 75 family members and friends attending.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklin County Early College students start new school year
Franklin County Early College students start new school year
Franklin County Early College High School held an orientation session and open house on Aug. 3 at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus. Students started classes on Aug. 4, marking the beginning of the first full year for the school, which opened in January. The high school is the newest of the four early college programs that VGCC operates in partnership with four local school systems.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Holder joins staff of Franklin Regional Medical Center
Holder joins staff of Franklin Regional Medical Center
Joanna Holder has joined the Franklin Regional Medical Center administration as director of human resources of the Triangle market, effective Aug. 16.
Holder has been with the Novant Health system for six years and acted as interim director of human resources for Franklin Regional since March.

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Moss receives Spirit of Avon Award
Clareese Moss of Epsom was awarded The Spirit of Avon Award and also the Recruiting Excellence Award on June 9 at her President’s Club luncheon in Rocky Mount. These awards were given for her leadership ability with Avon, teaching representatives how to develop a career in the business. Moss has been with Avon more than 26 years.

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