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Showing 36 articles from August 27, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Class Work
RAPT ATTENTION. New Franklinton Elementary School teacher Jennifer Arbo, seated, center, has some eager students in her fifth-grade class this week.
Class Work
There may be dark clouds forming on the funding horizon, but the 2010 school year began with bright smiles and no glitches, school officials said.
Wednesday was opening day for traditional year students, as the school system opened with 8,212 students.
“We had smooth openings,” said School System Superintendent Eddie Ingram. “Everything was routine.”

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CHAIN REACTION
CHAIN REACTION
Emergency crews took Louisburg resident Velma Richardson out of this Nissan Sentra Thursday afternoon after she was rear-ended in a three-car wreck. Louisburg police charged Franklinton teenager Jeremy Coburn with causing the accident on Bickett Boulevard. Officer Travis Lincoln said Coburn, 17, was not paying attention as he drove south on the roadway in a Kia Sedona, running into the back of Richardson’s car.

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Two Louisburg men charged with break-ins
Chappell
Two Louisburg men charged with break-ins
Investigators arrested two Louisburg men charged with a string of break-ins.
Deputies charged Mark W. Chappell, 30, of 510 Dorsey Road, and Wayne Hogwood, 57, of 77 Hogwood Drive, with three counts of breaking and entering and larceny.
Chappell was additionally charged with defrauding a county commissioner.

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Levisy hired to lead Boys and Girls Club
Levisy hired to lead Boys and Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina — which operates the club in Louisburg — has hired a new Chief Professional Officer.  Jerome Levisy will begin his new role with BGCNCNC on Monday.
Levisy has been involved with Boys & Girls Clubs for 11 years.  Eight of those years were in the in Richmond, VA where he worked his way up from unit director to senior. vice-president of program services.

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Bunn moving into new public works building
Bunn moving into new public works building
BUNN — Town staff were expecting to have begun moving into a new pad after commissioners agreed to buy a new utility building on Thursday.
In July, commissioners agreed to inspect a 4,400-square-foot building on Montgomery Street with plans to relocate their public works department.

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Unemployment numbers are going down
Save for an uptick in June, the county’s unemployment rate has been dropping like it’s hot this summer.
The rate has been on a decline from double digits since January.
“I’m always encouraged when those numbers go down,” said Mike Brown, branch manager of the Franklin County Employment Security Commission office.

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White Level forming Community Watch
Residents already known for their tight bond will get a boost from law enforcement next month to form a Community Watch Program.
Dozens of White Level residents had already met for an initial meeting and on Sept. 7, they plan to meet with community-centered deputies once more to organize a group they hope can hope can help prevent, deter and get rid of criminal activity.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg volleyball follower Kaleb Wright

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Jail Birds
Editorial Cartoon: Jail Birds


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Let your opinions be known about High Speed Rail
You still have a little time to comment on one of the most ridiculous government boondoggles to come along in many a year.
But you’d better hurry! More about that in a moment.
In the meantime, it’s important to understand that this concept of creating a network of so-called high speed rail service across the U.S. is running into a good dose of American common sense.

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Voters didn’t sign off on use of school bond money for new modular building
Voters didn’t sign off on use of school bond money for new modular building
As this was being written a host of workmen — at least nine — swooped in on the Nash Street/Bickett Boulevard intersection just north of our office and began work on a storm drain ... which wouldn’t make news except that they had to take down the rat’s nest of signs everyone has been making fun of recently.

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Momma Jean and Wilson Clay seem to be on the road to recovery
Momma Jean and Wilson Clay seem to be on the road to recovery
GOOD MORNING: At long last, I finally understand why days during the latter part of August are referred to as the “dog days of summer.” The weather, with the possible exception of this weekend, has been sweltering and everyone has bailed out of Dodge City, as the saying goes, or they’re staying inside out of the heat, one or the other.

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Don’t let our community be run over by the High Speed Rail
Dear Editor:
I write to again share our concerns regarding the proposed Southeast High Speed Rail corridor, and the proposal’s effects on the Town of Franklinton.  As many in Franklin County are aware, the proposed rail crossing closures will have a dramatic and immediate impact on the Town of Franklinton, as well as our ability to serve our citizens, to remain united and grow as a community.

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Positive experience at cancer center
Dear Editor:
My experience at the Franklin County Cancer Center has been very positive. Dr. Robert McLaurin spends as much time as needed answering any and all questions of concern to the patients.

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OBITUARIES

T. ALLEN GARDNER
LOUISBURG - T. Allen Gardner, 71, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.

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ROBERTA W. JEFFRIES
RALEIGH - Roberta Walker Jeffries died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 26, at Lea Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Baptist Grove Church cemetery.

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GEORGE S. CURRIN
ZEBULON - George Stephenson Currin, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 at Guardian Care. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 26, at Hephzibah Baptist Church, Wendell, with the Rev. Bill Sanderson officiating. Entombment followed in the church cemetery.

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HORACE S. PACE
RALEIGH - Horace Sygmund Pace, 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 at his home. Funeral services with military  honors will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 28) at Montlawn Funeral Home chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be private.

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LAURA H. PERRY
LOUISBURG – Laura Horton Perry, 70, of the New Hope Community, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 25, 2010, at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 27,  at  the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, Wendell.  Burial followed in the New Hope Christian Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

LHS’ Clean Sweep
HINTON WITH THE HIT. Louisburg’s Zoe Hinton prepares to deposit a kill for the Lady Warriors during Tuesday’s home victory over Southern Vance.
LHS’ Clean Sweep
LOUISBURG -- The always-competitive volleyball rivalry between Southern Vance and Louisburg has seen its share of intense matches over the years.
This wasn’t one of them.
Louisburg roared to an early lead in the first game and never looked back en route to a sweep of the Lady Raiders on Tuesday at the LHS Gymnasium. Scores were 25-14, 25-18 and 25-14.

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Tennis In Full Swing
GOING TO THE BACKHAND. Louisburg High School No. 1 Singles player Callie Marks prepares to volley a return during Thursday afternoon’s home matchup against Northern Carolina Conference foe Franklinton.
Tennis In Full Swing
LOUISBURG -- The first Northern Carolina Conference girls tennis match of the season was also the opening one of the overall campaign for both Louisburg and Franklinton.
The event would be dominated by the host Lady Warriors, who rolled to a 9-0 decision over Franklinton in NCC action on Thursday afternoon at the LHS Tennis Courts.

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One Up, One Down
ONE AGAINST TWO. Despite being double-teamed, Bunn High’s Keke Crudup (right) sends a tip over a pair of Nash Central defenders during Wednesday afternoon’s road volleyball matchup in Rocky Mount.
One Up, One Down
BUNN -- Bunn’s volleyball defeat at the hands of powerhouse Wakefield wasn’t all that it seemed Thursday -- at least to BHS head coach Henry Jones.
Jones’ club would prove to be no match for Wakefield, as the Class 4-A Lady Wolverines rolled past BHS by a score of 25-16, 25-8 and 25-15 at the Bunn Dome.

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Autumn is coming thoughts
Autumn is coming thoughts
The recent drop in temperatures -- however slight -- made me realize that fall is right around the corner.
And if you’re a transplant like myself -- someone who just can’t get used to those sweltering July and August days -- you can’t wait.
Clean off the grill. Grab the steaks. Dust off the deck chairs and table. Find the hiking shoes.

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Bunn Takes On Top Foes
Bunn Takes On Top Foes
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Nobody can accuse the Bunn Wildcats of avoiding area heavyweights during the non-league portion of the 2010 boys soccer schedule.
Through two weeks of action, Bunn has already tangled with usual area titans Rocky Mount, Northern Nash and Tarboro -- along with rapidly rising Southern Nash, which is currently undefeated.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4
High School Football
FRIDAY
Ravenscroft at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at Granville Central    7:30 p.m.

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‘Canes get ready for grid campaign
‘Canes get ready for grid campaign
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s football season will begin soon, but Hurricanes’ fans will have to wait a little longer to see them in person.
LC’s schedule will kick off next Saturday with a road game at Erie Community College, which is located in suburban Buffalo in Western New York.

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Mudcats rally to best SL foe Birmingham
Mudcats rally to best SL foe Birmingham
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats overcame a four-run deficit and scored five runs in the third inning to take the final outing of a three- game series from the Birmingham Barons 8-5 on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.

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CONCENTRATION
CONCENTRATION
Louisburg’s H-Wang Eban returns a forehand during Thursday’s matchup against Franklinton.

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LIFESTYLES

Prayers for Chilean miners
Prayers for Chilean miners
A long and narrow coastal country located on the west side of the Andes Mountains needs, once again, our prayers and thoughts. This narrow country, 2,880 miles long and only 265 miles wide, has been hit again after the devastating earthquake this past February.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

SPORTING A NEW STYLE
SPORTING A NEW STYLE
Chloe Smith of Castalia is sporting a new hairstyle these days but not for the usual reason of style. Instead, the fourth grader at Edward Best Elementary School got her long hair cut recently in order to donate about 14 inches of it to Locks of Love where it will be used to make wigs for those undergoing cancer treatment.

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THREE LITTLE COWBOYS?
THREE LITTLE COWBOYS?
These three youngsters were among those attending a Children’s Camp this summer that was sponsored by Safe Space, Inc., and funded by the North Carolina Governors’ Crime Commission. Safe Space held three weekly camps for children 7 through 15. The children who attended were from families involved in domestic violence or were referred by Juvenile Services.

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NEW OFFICERS
NEW OFFICERS
Shown above, left to right, are the  Franklinton Lions Club officers for the year 2010-2011: George Harris Jr., chaplain; Bill Day, secretary; Ann Goswick, Tail Twister and Lion Tamer; and Frank Edwards, president. Not pictured: Mark McArn, treasurer, and George Buck, vice president.

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BUSINESS

Edmundson elected chairman of the board
Edmundson elected chairman of the board
The Board of Directors of Union Bank and Trust has elected R. Gene Edmundson as chairman, succeeding Stanley H. Fox, who was the bank’s first chairman.
Fox was instrumental in organizing the bank, which opened in April 2006. Edmundson, too, is an original board member, and the board has remained intact during all four years of existence.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Southern Nash Stymies Bunn
Southern Nash Stymies Bunn
BUNN -- Southern Nash’s Victory Tour through Franklin County continued Friday with a short journey to Bunn.
The Firebirds brought plenty of offensive ammunition -- and fans -- to tangle with the Wildcats in the renewal of the clubs’ backyard rivalry.

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Franklinton Edges Northern Vance
Franklinton Edges Northern Vance
HENDERSON -- Friday night’s matchup between Northern Vance and Franklinton at Viking Stadium proved to be a game of inches.
A missed point-after touchdown off the upright in the third quarter and an offsides penalty late in the fourth damaged Northern’s chances of getting its first win in a 7-6 loss to the Red Rams.

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Ravens Fly Past LHS
RALEIGH -- Louisburg’s strong 2009 football season began with a clutch home victory against Ravenscroft.
The Ravens, this time playing on their own field, returned the favor Friday.
Connor Gonet, the son of Ravenscroft veteran head coach Ned Gonet, scored four touchdowns as the Ravens rolled to a 36-18 decision over the Warriors at Stefanou Field.

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