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Showing 44 articles from September 14, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

County SAT scores on the rise
County SAT scores on the rise
The combined verbal and math scores of Franklin County high school students on the SAT college entrance exam climbed a bit over last year’s totals but still lagged behind both statewide and national averages.
Two of three local high schools — Bunn and Franklinton — recorded increases in SAT scores while Louisburg’s tally dropped a bit lower than last year.

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Joseph resigns from school board to accept job with school system
Joseph resigns from school board to accept job with school system
In an unusual move Monday night, the Franklin County Board of Education tapped one of its own for a high administrative post in the school district.
School board member Beverly Joseph — who represented District 2, Franklinton, on the school board­ — was hired as the new assistant superintendent for student services and exceptional children’s services.

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A high-flying weekend
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A high-flying weekend
From a down-home festival to lining up the horizon, Franklin County residents and visitors will have recreational choices this weekend.
Youngsville’s Extension & Community  Association (ECA) will host this Saturday’s annual Fall Festival, an event that brings residents, visitors and businesses together for fellowship.

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Two vie for vacant District 4 Board of Education seat
Two long-time Franklin Countians have tossed their hats into the ring, seeking the seat on the Franklin County Board of Education created by the unexpected resignation of Mary Vollmer last month.
Seeking the position are Debra Long Brodie of Bunn and Chris Brantley of Zebulon.

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Lancaster elected to serve on NCACC board
Franklin County has an inside man.
County Commissioner Don Lancaster was elected to serve a two-year term on the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Board of Directors.
He represents District 8, including Franklin, Granville, Vance, Person and Warren counties.

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School Board helps Miracle League get closer to goal
It’s not often that a Board of Education gets to help create a miracle but the Franklin County board got just such a chance Monday night.
By unanimous vote, the school board cleared the way for creation of a Miracle League facility on the campus of Long Mill Elementary School.

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Family holds on to faith during wait for transplant
Family holds on to faith during wait for transplant
On Monday morning, Angel Johnson and her family got the call they wanted.
By Monday night, they got the news they didn’t want to hear.
By Tuesday, the family had a message of perseverance.
It’s the one the mattered most.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Ashlynn Tharrington at the Tar River Festival

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: The Little Engine That Could Not Do Squat
Editorial Cartoon: The Little Engine That Could Not Do Squat


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County needs to solve future water woes now
Water.
It’s so basic we usually take it for granted.
Yet, it’s so essential that without it, we would perish.
And still, we abuse it, waste it and contaminate it relentlessly.

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Proud to be a “Spoiled Brat”
Proud to be a “Spoiled Brat”
GOOD MORNING: While it may feel more like mid- to late-August than mid-September outside, during daylight hours at any rate, the fact remains that as of tomorrow (Thursday) we’re just seven days away from the first day of fall, although things have been falling out my way for the past week or more. My yard is literally wrapped up in leaves and pine straw and one section of my driveway has been topped off with little nut-shell pieces where squirrels have been “cutting” Hickory nuts.

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Pssst, don’t tell anyone, but listening in on conversations is catching on
Pssst, don’t tell anyone, but listening in on conversations is catching on
I work in a business that sort of thrives on eavesdropping.
Still, it’s amazing to realize how much business people are willing to put out on the street.
And, according to studies, surveys and social culture experts, more and more people are willing to share once-personal business with the masses.

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Website Reader Participation Results September 8-14
Last Week’s Poll
FUTURE FEELINGS?
With its current leadership, how do you rate Franklin County’s chance at a prosperous future?

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Three debates won’t help us decide
Richard Burr and Elaine Marshall have announced they will participate in three televised debates between now and the November 2nd election. If recent debates are any indicator, few will watch the three events and those who do will not learn much. While we love the concept of candidates facing each other to discuss important issues and visualize these confrontations being as significant as the Lincoln-Douglas or Nixon-Kennedy debates, we know this rarely happens.

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Mollie Evans was my mentor
Dear Editor:
Ed Shearin had it absolutely right, as did Gary Cunard when they wrote about how  remarkable Mollie Evans is. She did what Curtis Media could not, which was hold together a business that competed with media giants in adjacent areas, and still managed to stay afloat. I had the distinct privilege of working for Mollie and I never had a mentor who was her equal.

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OBITUARIES

LILLIAN D. HORTON
LOUISBURG – Lillian Denton Horton, 90, died Saturday morning, Sept. 11, 2010. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 15) at New Hope Christian Church cemetery.

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FRANK J. FOGG
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Frank J. Fogg, 72, who died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Mitchell Baptist Church., with the Rev. Daniel Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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NELSON G. PEARCE
ZEBULON - Nelson Gardner Pearce, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at his home. Funeral service was Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Wakefield Central Baptist Church, Zebulon, with the Rev. Rick Miller officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

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JEANETTE W. CATLETT
YOUNGSVILLE - Jeanette Williams Catlett, 56, died Friday evening, Sept. 10, 2010 at her home. Friends visited with the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest.

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JAMES R. HALL
LOUISBURG - James Ray Hall, 67, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A celebration of his life was held Sunday, Sept. 12 at his home.

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MABEL B. SCARBORO
CASTALIA - Mabel Bissette Scarboro, 86, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 13, at Bethany Baptist Church, Wendell, with the Rev. Phil Brantley and the Rev. Robert R. Boone officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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DONNIE K. BAKER
PILOT COMMUNITY - Donney “Donnie” Kurt Baker, 51, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2010. A gathering to commemorate Donnie’s life will be held at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 15) at the home of Susan Brantley, 4885 Brantley Road, Zebulon.

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JAMES E. DENTON SR.
WAKE FOREST - James Edward Denton Sr., 70 died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 at home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery.

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CARL V. TART
ZEBULON - Carl Victor Tart Sr., 88 died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 15) at Zebulon Baptist Church, with the Rev. L. Jack Glasgow Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

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SPORTS

HOME AT LAST
MARCUS ON THE MOVE FOR LHS. Louisburg High School’s Marcus Davis turns the corner for the Warriors during last Friday night’s home football victory against the Southeast Halifax Trojans at Patterson Field.
HOME AT LAST
LOUISBURG -- After spending the last two weeks in Raleigh, the Louisburg Warriors finally got to enjoy their home opener last Friday at Patterson Field.
Louisburg was able to score on its initial offensive snap of both the first and second halves en route to a 33-12 decision over former league rival Southeast Halifax.

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Red Rams claim 2nd at tourney
BK MATCH ACTION. Franklinton’s Brett Siebel (left) sends the ball forward.
Red Rams claim 2nd at tourney
HENDERSON -- Kerr-Vance Academy is regarded as a much-improved soccer team this fall -- a fact the competition learned about during last weekend’s action at the annual Burger King Classic.
K-VA, which hosts the event, potted 16 goals in two matches, including a 5-1 victory over Franklinton in last Saturday’s championship showdown in Henderson.

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Bunn Blasts Oxford Webb
MILES OF SMILES. Miles Clifton and the Bunn High School Wildcats rolled to a road, non-conference football victory last Friday night at Oxford Webb. BHS scored the final 35 points of the game to win by a 43-16 tally.
Bunn Blasts Oxford Webb
OXFORD -- Bunn exploded for the final 35 points of the game and went on to defeat Oxford Webb by a 43-16 margin in a non-conference prep football matchup last Friday night in Granville County.
With the decisive victory, Bunn improved to 3-1 overall for the season. The Wildcats will be off next week before returning to action Sept. 24 at Nash Central.

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LC falls on road to FUMA
LC falls on road to FUMA
A matchup against always-solid Fork Union Military Academy was one that Louisburg College football coach John Sala thought his club should have won last Saturday.
Instead, Sala’s Hurricanes gave up too many big plays, and the result was a 26-18 setback on the FUMA campus in Virginia.
Louisburg is now 1-1 early in the 2010 campaign.

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HOME OPENER HIGHLIGHTS
LOUISBURG FOOTBALL FESTIVITIES. The Louisburg High School band performed at halftime as part of an ‘All-American Salute.

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Rams rally past Panthers
STEM -- Injury-hampered Franklinton went on the road and churned out a 23-8 decision last Friday night at Granville Central.
The game was scoreless through the first half, but Franklinton got on the board when quarterback T.J. Wall delivered a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Williams in the third stanza of action.
Forrest Murosky added the PAT, and the Red Rams had moved ahead 7-0.

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BAM on Wheelz event held Saturday
BAM on Wheelz event held Saturday
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- BAM on Wheelz hosted “Cruisin & Kickball for a Cause” last  Saturday.
BAM on Wheelz, “Beautifully Admired Mommas” (B.A.M.), is a motorcycle and Social Club headquartered in Franklin County.
B.A.M.’s mission is to improve the awareness of women in the community as positive role  models to young women while riding safely as an organization.

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Lady Canes win two league events
Lady Canes win two league events
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College got off to a strong Region X women’s soccer start this past week thanks to consecutive victories against league foe Tri-County Community College.
Last Thursday, LC traveled to the Tri-County campus in Western South Carolina and came away with a 5-0 decision.

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OLD SCHOOL KICKBALL VICTORY
OLD SCHOOL KICKBALL VICTORY
Kickin’ It Old School won the title last weekend at the BAM on Wheelz Kickball Tournament. (Photo Submitted)

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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
Louisburg High’s Rommaine Gobourne (right) tries to escape the grasp of a Southeast Halifax player during last Friday night’s football showdown at Patterson Field.

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LIFESTYLES

Snapshots of the 10th Annual Justice Antique Tractor, Car & Engine Show
Snapshots of the 10th Annual Justice Antique Tractor, Car & Engine Show
QUITE A PROJECT. When  Larry and Karen DuFour of Cary decide to cut a board or two, it’s quite a project. First, they have to hook their one-third scale model Case 65 steam engine to a scaled-down version of an early saw mill. Once the engine is fired up and reaches a full head of steam, the cutting begins, as evidenced here by the growing pile of sawdust. At the Justice tractor show over the weekend, the couple kept onlookers fascinated by the complex contraption that actually worked quite well in slicing board-sized lumber from small logs that were fed through the mill.

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ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGED. Lee and Mary Leigh Inscoe of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Lee Inscoe, to Todd Randall Baker, the son of Tim and Darlene Baker of Pilot. An October 2010 wedding is planned.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Lexi Glenn Leonard was born on July 15, 2010 at 3:40 a.m. at Rex Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.
Proud parents of this new little girl are Glenn and Amy Leonard of Castalia.
Maternal grandparents are Donnie and Betty Oakley of Zebulon.

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ENGAGEMENTS, 2
ENGAGEMENTS, 2
ENGAGED. Mr. and Mrs. William O’Neal of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessi Elizabeth O’Neal of Wilmington to Alex Wayne Baker of Beaufort. The groom-elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Baker of Newport. The wedding will be in November 2010 at the bride’s parents’ home in Pine Knoll Shores.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Baisley new public information officer for school system
Baisley new public information officer for school system
Joseph S. Baisley has been named the new public information officer for Franklin County Schools.
A native of northeastern North Carolina, Baisley comes to Franklin County after a six-year stint with Currituck County Schools.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

“No Parking” signs stolen from convenience store
Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate a knife attack that required medical attention — albeit a day after the alleged assault.
According to a report by Dep. J. Maloney, Franklin Regional Medical Center staff alerted him the morning of Sept. 7 to an alleged assault.

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Epsom Firemen’s Day biggest yet
REMEMBER. Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies Harry Upchurch, left, and Matthew Tharrington, ceremonially fold a flag during Epsom’s Firemen’s Day on Saturday. The event took place on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks.
Epsom Firemen’s Day biggest yet
Epsom held its 11th annual Firemen’s Day on Saturday and organizers said it was their biggest yet. The event featured good food and good times, including dancing exhibitions by the Louisburg School of Dance, as well as a best fire truck contest, and firefighter competitions between area squads.

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Good weather, crowd for Tar River Festival
Good weather, crowd for Tar River Festival
Organizers of the 21st Tar River Festival enjoyed fantastic weather and a good crowd this past Saturday in downtown Louisburg and Riverbend Park. The Franklin County event featured food and craft vendors, live music and children’s games.

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Bunn takes steps to help animal hospital expand
BUNN — Town commissioners took another step toward helping a local business expand.
Earlier this year, the town authorized its staff to seek a N.C. Economic Infrastructure Program grant to help cover the costs of extending a 585-foot water line to the Bunn Crossing Shopping Center to serve the Bunn Animal Hospital — which is planning an expanded business at the site.

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BUSINESS

Novozymes ranked as one of the best companies to work for
Novozymes has been ranked number 17 on the list of the best medium- sized companies to work for in the U.S. Recognition by the Great Place to Work Institute in the U.S. follows high rankings in Brazil, Denmark, and Switzerland earlier this year.
“Novozymes is making significant changes to position ourselves for growth,” says Novozymes North America President Adam Monroe.

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