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Showing 47 articles from September 3, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

OFF THE AIR
OFF THE AIR
Country 102’s sound, unique for its country twang and local color, turned to static this week.
Aug. 31 marked the last broadcast for the FM station as Curtis Media group pulled the plug after six years of ownership.
“It was six years of losing money,” said Don Curtis, founder of Curtis Media Group, which bought the station from Mollie Evans and the Evans family back in 2003.

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Arrests made in Louisburg break-ins
WILLIAMS
Arrests made in Louisburg break-ins
Police arrested two Louisburg residents accused of targeting downtown businesses, the bulk of which occurred last weekend.
Investigators arrested Damon Latez Evans, 17, and Altee David Williams, 26, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, respectively, charging them with five counts of breaking and entering and larceny.

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Life on the road
Life on the road
Such are the limitless boundaries of J. Enid Drake’s influence that a young boy he once displayed compassion toward — albeit almost 50 years ago — would return one day to become the print caretaker of Drake’s magical life story.
J. Andrews Smith -- known as ‘Jerry’ to his close friends and ‘Duck’ to even closer friends — was a resident at the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home in Nash County when Drake was a coach  at Middlesex High School.

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Teen pleads guilty to burglary
A Youngsville teenager was sentenced to at least a year in jail, the result of a plea in a case that began with allegations of sexual battery.
Joshua Kyle Jackson, 19, pled guilty to second-degree burglary in Franklin County Superior Court this week.

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Medical clinic to open in Centerville
Proprietors of a new medical clinic will introduce themselves to the Franklin County community this weekend.
Beckford Centerville Medical Clinic will begin serving residents in the immediate and adjoining areas beginning in October.
The practice, which will serve patients with and without insurance, will try to fill the needs of rural, family health care.

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Burr visits Louisburg High
NICE TO MEET YOU. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, second from left, speaks with, clockwise, School Board Chairwoman Page Sayles, Superintendent Eddie Ingram and Louisburg High School Principal Freda Clifton during a visit to the school on Wednesday.
Burr visits Louisburg High
Sen. Richard Burr’s campaign train stopped at Louisburg High School on Wednesday, giving impromptu civics and history lessons along the way.
For the past few weeks, the United States senator has been crisscrossing the state, making time to stop in Louisburg.

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Commissioners asked to protect utility allocations
County infrastructure and planning staff will ask that commissioners not extend the approval period for development projects that lay dormant because of the recession.
The item will be on the Franklin County Board of Commissioner’s agenda this coming Tuesday night.

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Committee of 100 and Louisburg reach agreement
The Franklin County Committee of 100 approved a loan maintenance agreement between the town of Louisburg and the committee on Thursday morning.
The agreement provides for the Committee of 100 to administer a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan of $50,000  to Louisburg Gardens nursing home.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Former Bunn resident Bobby Britt

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Ball of Twine from a Tobacco Looper circa 1968
Editorial Cartoon: Ball of Twine from a Tobacco Looper circa 1968


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Panel using common sense to repair Highway Patrol
Boy, we certainly hope that the special advisory panel Gov. Bev Perdue appointed to make recommendations on the Highway Patrol is an all-volunteer bunch!
Looking over the first of their few recommendations is a cause for pause — and literally begs the question: Isn’t this all just common sense?

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Has the EDC decided to follow Goswick’s lead and do nothing?
Has the EDC decided to follow Goswick’s lead and do nothing?
GOOD MORNING: One might think that what with current troubles at the SBI and SHP, that we had trouble enough here in North Carolina, but that was before Hurricane Earl posed a threat to Cape Hatteras and other areas along the Outer Banks Thursday night.

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Sending Mahoney after Burr gets 401 Committee nowhere
Sending Mahoney after Burr gets 401 Committee nowhere
Horrors! Getting old is for the birds — especially the supposed “getting mellow” part of aging to say nothing of the out-of-touch part.
Apparently I’m becoming a victim.
Long disparaged because of a propensity to fire off a stinging one-liner on occasion, I actually found myself hesitating on a nearly perfect opportunity this week.

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Louisburg responds to Oakwood Cemetery landscaping controversy
Dear Ms. Yarborough:
In response to your written concerns regarding the maintenance of the Oakwood Cemetery, on behalf of the town, I wanted to respond to you with a written reply. First, we deeply regret that the recent maintenance of the cemetery has disturbed you or others.

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Why build when we have so many empty buildings
John Mayo is correct (in his letter to the editor published in The Franklin Times on Aug. 25) just because we have retired and sort of “aged-out” is no excuse for not sharing our wisdom with the less informed/experienced.

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Get ready for the boomers
Every sixty seconds an American turns 60. Adults 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of our population. Known as the “Baby Boomers,” this group born between 1946 and 1964 has forged change in every decade since their birth, but nothing like we are about to see.

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OBITUARIES

KAREN M. BESCHLER
LOUISBURG - Karen Mary Beschler, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at her home. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 5, at 3 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, with the Rev. Brad Paradis officiating.

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ASTER “BRO” BATCHELOR JR.
CASTALIA - Aster “Bro” Batchelor Jr., 63, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 4) at Luther’s Chapel Holiness Church, Castalia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JEREMY A. EVANS
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Jeremy A. Evans, 36, who died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church., with the Rev. Willie Silver officiating. Burial will follow in the Lynch-Burgess cemetery.

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ODELL W. PERRY
FRANKLINTON —Odell Wilder Perry, 84, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 1, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. Jeanette Pender officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

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MARTHA V. COOPER
CASTALIA - Martha Vines Cooper of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Castalia, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Funeral service will be held Sunday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m. at William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope. Interment will follow at the Vines family cemetery in Stem.

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JOSEPH D. WILSON
FRANKLINTON — Joseph Douglas Wilson, 76, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010 at Britthaven in Louisburg. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 3, at Flowers Funeral Chapel in Henderson, conducted by the Rev. Sam Brewer and the Rev. Clyde Waiden. Burial followed in the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church cemetery.

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MARY F. SCOTT
FRANKLINTON—Mary F. Scott, 82, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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LULA ELIZABETH PEARCE CASH
LOUISBURG - Lula Elizabeth Pearce Cash, 93, of Louisburg, died Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Hillside Nursing Center. She was born in Franklin County, the daughter of the late Annie Wheeler Pearce and S. Talmadge Pearce. Mrs. Cash was a long-time member of Flat Rock Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and helped with Vacation Bible School for many years and was a charter member of William B. Barrow Chapter #39 Order of the Eastern Star.

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SPORTS

The Road Kings
DAVIS WORKS HIS MAGIC. Bunn’s Jamie Davis (right) tries to control the ball while being defended by Southern Vance’s Humberto Salazar during Wednesday’s soccer match in Henderson.
The Road Kings
STANHOPE -- Bunn has been away from home more often than not during the early portion of the 2010 boys soccer season -- and the Wildcats have responded with several strong performances.
Included on that list was a road decision last week against perennial power Tarboro.

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Early NCC Matchup
SAVANAH SKIES. Bunn High School senior outside hitter Savanah Hooper (right) elevates for a kill attempt during Thursday’s victory over Franklinton in a key Northern Carolina Conference volleyball showdown.
Early NCC Matchup
FRANKLINTON -- Two teams that couldn’t be more different than their 2009 incarnations met Thursday for a key, early-season Northern Carolina Conference volleyball showdown.
Veteran Bunn head coach Henry Jones will be the first to admit that his current Ladycats don’t have the hitting power as some of his past clubs, including last year’s hard-hitting contingent, which won the NCC regular season and tournament championships.

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Comeback Special
SEND IT. Franklinton’s Ivan Rebollar (right) lifts a pass upfield during Tuesday’s home victory against the Southern Nash Firebirds. FHS rallied for a 5-3 decision in the non-league event at the Franklinton Rec Park.
Comeback Special
FRANKLINTON -- Jordan Germano didn’t know what to fully expect when he took the Franklinton High School boys soccer coaching position in July.
After all, Germano is from New York State, though he had heard about Franklinton’s tradition of success during the interview process.

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Regan’s work is evident
Regan’s work is evident
Maybe I’m showing my age by quoting a legendary song from Ten Years After entitled ‘I’d Love To Change The World’.
The lyrics go like this -- “I’d love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do. So I’ll leave it up to you.’’
Which reminds me of the plight of the Franklinton High School volleyball program since I’ve arrived in 1996.

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LC Continues To Build
BACK IN THE BACKFIELD FOR THE HURRICANES. Sophomore Demario Askew will return at running back this season for the Louisburg College football squad.
LC Continues To Build
LOUISBURG -- In two short seasons as Louisburg College’s head football coach, John Sala has transformed the Hurricanes into a Top 20-type program, developed a ‘Character First’ system for his players and led the way for LC to make a much-needed alignment with the Northeast Football Conference.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 5-11
High School Football
FRIDAY
Franklinton at Granville Central    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at Oxford Webb    7:30 p.m.

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Tar River Rush slated
Tar River Rush slated
LOUISBURG -- The annual Tar River Rush 5-K Run/Walk is scheduled for Sept. 11 in Louisburg.
Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club NCNC.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the race at 8:30 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow.
The start/finish will be at the Louisburg College Auditorium on North Main St.

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Red Rams defeat Louisburg
Red Rams defeat Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- Since she has only been in Franklin County for just over one month, Franklinton first-year volleyball coach Emily Regan might not have fully understood the magnitude of her team’s accomplishment Tuesday evening.
Until she saw the wild celebration that ensued from the Lady Rams’ players and parents after FHS had scored a five-game conquest over backyard rival Louisburg in an early-season Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the LHS Gymnasium.

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Louisburg tripped up by Kerr-Vance
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS. LHS’ Johnny Carachure gains control of the ball.
Louisburg tripped up by Kerr-Vance
HENDERSON -- The start to the season has not been a kind one for the Louisburg Warriors in boys soccer competition.
Louisburg, which is still looking for its first win of the campaign, was defeated 4-0 on the road Thursday against the Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans, who feature several Franklin County players on their roster.

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Sappelt snares Southern League honor
ZEBULON -- Carolina Mudcats outfielder Dave Sappelt was named the Southern League Most Valuable Player for the 2010 season, the league announced Thursday afternoon.
The most prestigious award offered by the S.L. was collaboratively voted upon by league managers, broadcasters and print media. 

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LHS Bounces Back
ANOTHER SHARIKA SMASH. Louisburg High School senior hitter Sharika Evans lifts off on her way to a kill during Wednesday afternoon’s home victory against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
LHS Bounces Back
LOUISBURG -- One night after dropping a tight Northern Carolina Conference match against Franklinton, the Louisburg Lady Warriors took out their frustrations on the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
Louisburg wrapped up a season sweep against the Ladybirds with a non-league decision Wednesday at the LHS Gymansium.

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Mudcats’ season winds down
Mudcats’ season winds down
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Three Birmingham pitchers combined to one-hit the Carolina Mudcats 5-0 at Regions Park on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Charles Leesman (W, 5-2) only permitted a two-out single in the fifth to Jake Kahaulelio on a bloop hit to left. 

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LIFESTYLES

Benefits of music lessons for children
Benefits of music lessons for children
Too bad. When the economy does not go well, guess what are the first things to suffer in the education of our children? You guessed it, art and music.      
Art and music, as I have commented in previous articles, are essential to the development of a child who is going to appreciate his or her own culture and the culture of other human beings who may not speak his or her own language.

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Cardiologist educates patients about high cholesterol
Cardiologist educates patients about high cholesterol
Andrew Kronenberg, a cardiologist at Franklin Regional Medical Center, educates high cholesterol patients every day.  And with September being national cholesterol education month, he wants to remind people how important it is to learn how to detect high cholesterol and tips to prevent it. 

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Alcohol holds less appeal for incoming students
Alcohol holds less appeal for incoming students
National data shows an increase in the percentage of non-drinkers entering college.
As Louisburg College students arrive on campus for the first time this fall, they will face a number of pressing transitional issues, including the decision of whether or not to drink. However, emerging data indicates that an increasing number of students are choosing to refrain from alcohol use and are seeking activities where alcohol is not the central focus.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton Police arrest Raleigh man for transporting drugs
Sheriff’s deputies arrested  break-in suspects following a chase earlier this week.
According to a report by Det. Kevin White, he was patrolling Hart Road on Aug. 30 in the vicinity of a residence that had previously been broken into when he came across a suspicious vehicle.

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FENDER BENDER
FENDER BENDER
This motorcycle sustained only a few scratches after Virginia Ortiz Garcia, 40, made a left turn from Jolly Street onto Bickett Boulevard, pulling into the path of the bike’s rider, David McCracken, 44, of Louisburg, who is in the background on the stretcher. He was taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening. Garcia was charged with making an improper left turn.

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HONORARY PLAQUE
HONORARY PLAQUE
Pictured above, from  left, Ed Wheeler, past chairman of the Franklin County Agriculture Board, was presented a plaque by incoming chairman, Steve Mitchell, for his leadership and dedication to agriculture in the county while serving on the county’s Agriculture Board. The  presentation was made at the board’s September meeting.

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Youth preparing for Livestock Show at 2010 NC State Fair
Youth preparing for Livestock Show at 2010 NC State Fair
Youth in the area are selecting and preparing their sheep, goats, cattle and swine for the upcoming 2010 N.C. State Fair, which will be held Oct. 14-24 in Raleigh. Fair rules and regulations, along with entry forms, can be found at www.ncstatefair.org/2010/Competitions/HowToEnter.htm.   

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BUSINESS

Raleigh Cardiology joins WakeMed’s hospital-based physician practice
WakeMed Health & Hospitals announced this week that Raleigh Cardiology Associates (RCA) and WakeMed have signed an agreement that brings RCA together as part of WakeMed’s hospital-based physician practice, known as WakeMed Faculty Physicians.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Ravens Hold Off Rams
Ravens Hold Off Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s newfound big-play capability out of the spread met Ravenscroft’s always-innovative attack for what would prove to be an explosive non-league showdown Friday at the FHS Football Field.
Ravenscroft went ahead for good early in the fourth quarter, but the outcome wasn’t decided until the Red Rams were stopped on downs in Ravens’ territory with two minutes remaining.

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Bunn Rushes Past Panthers
STEM -- Bunn collected a whopping 525 yards of total offense and went on to top host Granville Central by a 45-18 margin in a non-league football game Friday night.
BHS, now 2-1 overall, had 442 yards on the ground to go with 83 through the air.

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Crusaders Race Past LHS
RALEIGH -- Cardinal Gibbons broke open a tight game by scoring 10 points in the final 4:05 to top Louisburg by a 37-20 margin in a prep football showdown Friday on the CGHS campus.
Louisburg, now 0-2 on the season, never led in the second half, but the Warriors came back to within 27-20 on a 1-yard plunge from Rommaine Gobourne with 6:15 remaining in the non-conference matchup.

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