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Showing 39 articles from August 13, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

County schools receive favorable report from state
The annual North Carolina Department of Public Instruction ABC report for the 2009-2010 school year has been released and with that has come a favorable result for Franklin County Schools.
In comparison to the 2008-2009 school year, overall composite test scores in 11 of 14 schools that could be measured increased.

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FCS graduation rate on the rise
The FCS graduation rate rose for the fourth consecutive year. In 2009-2010, 76.5 percent of FCS seniors graduated - a 2.3 percent increase over the year before.
While Supt. Eddie Ingram said he wanted the district to reach 80 percent, he was still pleased to see an improvement.

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Yard sale ordinance abandoned
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners withdrew plans to adopt a yard sale ordinance, deciding to take a more genial approach to cleaning up the town.
At Commissioner Graham Stallings request, staff began looking into a policy to clean up yard sales in town back in June.

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On the fence
On the fence
Andie Kryak, top, and her dad, Dave, get a closer look at a Sandy Hill Farms horse during the first stop of the 16th annual Franklin County Horse Farm Tour on Friday morning. Dave Kryak said his family was interested in getting horses and figured the tour would provide a good learning opportunity.

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Preliminary farmland development plan unveiled
Preliminary farmland development plan unveiled
Consultants unveiled a preliminary farming development plan that recommends a host of ideas, from improving direct marketing opportunities to becoming a better incubator for new farmers.

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Early College building funding public hearing set for Monday
Franklin County residents will have a chance Monday night to say how commissioners should fund new classroom space for the Early College High School program.
Finance Director Chuck Murray said the most fiscally efficient way is to use bond money voters agreed to use for school improvements back in 2008.

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Airport revenues discussed
Airport Manager Steve Merritt updated commissioners on two items that equal revenue at the airport.
First, Merritt gave commissioners their first peek at projected tax revenues at the airport — the result of a decision county commissioners made last spring, allowing the airport to recoup ad valorem taxes on aircraft based at the airport and funnel that money back into operations.

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County’s economic news—not good, not bad
County’s economic news—not good, not bad
The August meeting of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission was pretty balanced – no really bad news but no really good news either.
Perhaps the best news, although still tentative, was the report from county Economic Development Director Ronnie Goswick that an alternative energy industry is looking at a site in the county -- and could eventually offer as many as 200 new jobs.

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Campus safety awareness
There’s more to college orientation than figuring out the best class schedule.
Sheriff Pat Green and Louisburg College Campus Police Chief Jeffery Linney want to make sure students and faculty also orient themselves to potential dangers on campus.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Deaveanee Crumpler

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Alphabet Soup
Editorial Cartoon: Alphabet Soup


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Watch closely as state officials take away our school funds
If you care about public education in Franklin County, pay attention!
Despite what you may hear from state officials, Franklin County schools have been hammered by the new state budget.
So far, and we may not be done yet, it’s obvious that the county schools have faced cuts of an ADDITIONAL $1,366,000 this year — IN ADDITION to the approximately $1.3 million they were forced to absorb last year.

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A lesson in finances: modular classroom building not the county’s brightest idea
A lesson in finances: modular classroom building not the county’s brightest idea
Okay, I’ll admit that popping a modular building out behind a storage shed and calling it an Early College High School is not the worst decision I’ve seen local government make.
That honor belongs to the decision by Franklin County to buy water for $6 a gallon, sell it for $2 — and try to make up the deficit on volume! (That will always hold the top spot on my list of dumb ideas.)

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Oh Sheetz! Was it just a rumor?
Oh Sheetz! Was it just a rumor?
GOOD MORNING: Boy, Oh Boy! That thunderstorm that appeared to go on forever Wednesday night was a real doozy, wasn’t it? It sounded to me like it was never going to quit, and although I have doubts as to the accuracy of my little rain gauge, they were put to rest by that puddle of water in the driveway here at the Times office Thursday morning.

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SBI guilty of poor law enforcement
Prosecutors, defense attorneys, out-of-state criminal investigators and even law enforcement officials have complained for years about investigative practices at the State Bureau of Investigation. It took two high-profile verdict reversals and knowledge about a damning investigative series in The News and Observer before Attorney General Roy Cooper took action by replacing the Director of the SBI and suspending the bloodstain pattern analyst’s unit.

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Landscaping decision an insult to loved ones
To the Editor:
Town of Louisburg officials say it was a financial decision to cut down beautiful crepe myrtles, dogwoods, boxwoods, azaleas and other shrubbery at the historic Oakwood Cemetery. The decision will save the town some money in pruning costs each year. But the small savings are an insult to the angry and surprised family members whose loved ones are buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

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OBITUARIES

DONALD S. STEVENS
ZEBULON - Donald S. Stevens, 84, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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ROBERT A. “BOBBY” BEITEL
ZEBULON-Robert Alan “Bobby” Beitel, 45, died Wednesday, Aug.  11, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 14) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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KERMIT D. CARTER SR.
RALEIGH - Kermit David Carter Sr., 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. J. Marshall Neathery officiating. Burial followed with Masonic rites at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.

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DR. T. LACY STALLINGS JR.
ORIENTAL - Dr. Tolbert Lacy Stallings Jr. died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 14) at Oriental United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Keith Sexton officiating.

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B. DOUGLAS “DOUG” LONG SR.
LAKE ROYALE - Ben Douglas “Doug” Long Sr., 57, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 14) in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel in Wendell.

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LUCILLE WOOD WATKINS
LOUISBURG – Lucille Wood Watkins, 77, died Friday morning, Aug. 13, 2010, at her home.  Funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at Louisburg Baptist Church, with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating.  Burial will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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SPORTS

NCC SPIKE QUESTIONS
EXPECTING TO BE COMPETITIVE. Franklinton High School first-year head coach Emily Regan is looking for her Lady Rams to be strong this fall in the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball standings.
NCC SPIKE QUESTIONS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Before state realignment last year, two things were annual givens about the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball standings.
Bunn and Southern Vance.

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Fall Sports Season Kicks Off
Fall Sports Season Kicks Off
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The 2010-11 high school sports season will officially kick off Tuesday afternoon with a boys soccer matchup between host Bunn and Northern Nash.
The ball is expected to be dropped at 4:30 p.m. for the non-conference contest.

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Johnson benefit is scheduled
Johnson benefit is scheduled
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Angel Johnson Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 18 at the Zebulon Country Club.
Angel Johnson is a Bunn resident who is in need of a liver transplant. Angel is currently on a waiting list and will have the transplant as soon as possible in Atlanta.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Aug. 15-21
High School Football
FRIDAY
Southern Nash at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
C.B. Aycock at Bunn    7:30 p.m.

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Vance-Granville CC hosts a “boot camp”
Vance-Granville CC hosts a “boot camp”
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College recently held its first “Boot Camp” for student-athletes.
The three-day series of sessions focused on improving the students’ non-athletic skills, with topics including study skills, time management, career exploration and managing money.

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Carolina Mudcats stymied against Suns
Carolina Mudcats stymied against Suns
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Lee Mitchell homered and drove in four runs to lead the Jacksonville Suns by the Carolina Mudcats 8-5 at the Baseball Grounds on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Mitchell tripled in the first two runs of the game against starter Travis Webb (L, 6-8) in the first inning, then socked a tie-breaking homer with a man on in the fifth as the Mudcats (21-26) fell into last place in the Northern Division.

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New HOF class released
CHAPEL HILL -- Seven more outstanding individuals in the annals of state prep athletics have been selected for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

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FLYING HIGH
FLYING HIGH
Lindsay Johnson (right) and the Louisburg Lady Warriors are expected to compete for supremacy this season in the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball standings. LHS will open next weekend at the Heritage Tournament in Wake County.

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LIFESTYLES

Taylor performing at Cherry Hill Aug. 15
This Sunday Abigail Taylor will be front and center at historic Cherry Hill in Inez, not merely sitting on the beautiful home’s front stairs watching and listening with rapt attention at the performers.
This Sunday, at 3 p.m., she will present her senior voice recital in the venue she loved as a child.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Brodie earns Barton College scholarship
Ilicia Jamayne Brodie of Bunn, a transfer from Nash Community College, is the recipient of a Transfer Incentive Award at Barton College in Wilson.
The renewable scholarship will cover $1,000 of tuition for the year.

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Coley earns John J. Harper Scholarship
Lanikka Coley of Franklinton, a graduate of Franklinton High School, is the recipient of the John J. Harper Scholarship at Barton College in Wilson. The renewable scholarship will cover $3,000 of tuition for the freshman year.
Coley is the daughter of Veronica Coley and Louis Coley, Sr. of Franklinton. She will enter Barton College in the fall semester and plans to double major in Elementary Education (K-6) and Spanish.

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“Back to School” requires well-rested kids and parents
MOORING
“Back to School” requires well-rested kids and parents
With back-to-school time just around the corner (and for some, it’s already here!), many people return to a normal sleep schedule.
For most people, nighttime offers the welcome relief of a good night’s sleep. But for others, the bedtime schedule represents a nightly ritual of tossing, turning and a frustrated attempt at rest.

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Vance-Granville Community College Practical Nursing graduates receive pins
Vance-Granville Community College Practical Nursing graduates receive pins
Vance-Granville Community College honored 30 students who have completed its one-year Practical Nursing program during a pinning ceremony in VGCC’s Civic Center on Aug. 4. Upon receiving diplomas, graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national exam for licensed practical nurses (LPNs). An LPN provides care in structured settings, under the direction of a registered nurse or physician.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police looking for copper bandit
Louisburg police arrested a man on drug charges this week.
Dezmon T. Jackson, 18, of 707 Kenmore Avenue was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance.

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SHOE MANIA
SHOE MANIA
Leaps and Bounds Early Learning Center, located near Bunn, is a designated drop-off site for SOS, Share Our Shoes. They are accepting all sizes and styles of gently worn or new shoes (keep in mind, many children wear adult sizes)

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FC Board of Education personnel decisions made at Aug. 9 meeting
The following personnel decisions were made Monday night, Aug. 9, by the Franklin County Board of Education.

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Evans promoted in Air Force Reserve
Torre M. Evans, son of Lindel and Jeanette Evans of Castalia, has been promoted to senior airman with the 916th Maintenance Squadron, a unit of the 916th Air Refueling Wing, the Air Force Reserve tanker unit at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

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