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Showing 44 articles from September 24, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Murder suspect arrested in Virginia
Murder suspect arrested in Virginia
A Franklinton man accused of a murder that set off a fireball at a nearby gas station is next slated to appear in court on Oct. 4.
Franklinton Police, with the aid of the state Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia State Police, arrested Rashawn L. Arrington in Southampton County Virginia the evening of Sept. 21 — a day after police allege he shot and killed Jesse Montague Jr.

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Wynne charged with possession of firearm by felon
A man who killed his nephew in a hunting accident was charged this week with possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to investigators, Timothy J. Wynne and his 18-year-old nephew, Jared Wynne, were on a dove hunting expedition on property in the Rocky Ford community on Sept. 6 when the fatal accident occurred.

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A REAL WING DING
A REAL WING DING
Farmer’s Foods collected 765 pounds of food on Thursday in what has become an annual “Feed the Folks that Feed the Hungry” campaign. Residents and customers could donate food to the county’s Care & Share, which provides much needed help and assistance for Franklin County residents, and receive some well-cooked chicken wings from the grocery store for their generosity. Above, Paul Farmer, Farmer’s Foods, advertising and marketing director, left, and Wooly the Wing Man took control of the grill during the event.

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American Cancer Society to open resource center
American Cancer Society to open resource center
For most people, the most terrifying sentence they will ever hear spoken is “you have cancer.”
But a new resource center, due to open next month in Louisburg, is designed to take some of the fear out of that diagnosis and the course of treatment that will follow.

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Meeting called to discuss Franklinton water issues
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners have scheduled a special-called meeting next week to further discuss water issues, including the chance to pursue stimulus money to fix the town’s ailing dam.
Water service has been a town topic since the first of the year and it’s generated even more interest this month when the town instituted its stiffest water restrictions because its upper reservoir is being depleted.

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Franklinton sets aside funds for mobile home cleanup
Franklinton sets aside funds for mobile home cleanup
FRANKLINTON — Town officials decided they would have to pay if they want to help clean up the town.
The board agreed to set aside $2,000, money it would use to pay the tipping fees for residents who agreed to have nuisance mobile homes abated.
“We think it’s the only way to get movement on some of these properties,” said Town Manager Larry Carver.

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Fire burns 11.9 acres
PATHFINDER. A bulldozer, supplied by the N.C. Forestry Service, cuts firebreaks during a brush fire that burned 11.9 acres between Mt. Olivet Church and Green Hill roads Wednesday afternoon.
Fire burns 11.9 acres
A brush fire that burned 11.9 acres between Mt. Olivet Church and Green Hill roads was contained  Wednesday afternoon.
Four fire departments —­ Franklinton, Youngsville, Brassfield and Mitchners Crossroads — the N.C. Forestry Service, Franklin County Emergency Services and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded.

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POINTING THE WAY
POINTING THE WAY
State Department of Transportation engineers Julie Bolinger, foreground, and Rupal Desai, background, were on hand with other DOT staff seeking input about a transportation plan from residents and interested parties, including Rick Seekins, center, the Governments Community and Economic Development Director for the Kerr Tar Regional Council of Governments.

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TDA funds concert series
The county’s Tourism Development Authority agreed on Tuesday to support a Louisburg College concert series for the third straight year.
By unanimous decision, the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) recommended that county commissioners pull $7,500 from its occupancy tax coffers to support the Louisburg College Allen de Hart Concert Series.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg’s Natalie Barrett

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sweet Dreams
Editorial Cartoon: Sweet Dreams


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Robo calls cause unnecessary panic
Fortunately, it wasn’t much of an emergency.
Actually it wasn’t an emergency at all.
It’s just that some were told it was — and things definitely went downhill fast!

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Franklin County Shriners schedule fish fry for Oct. 6
Franklin County Shriners schedule fish fry for Oct. 6
Okay, time to get ready ...
... but don’t start mixing up the cocktail sauce just yet.
The Franklin County Shrine Club has announced that it will hold its 43rd annual Shriner’s Fish Fry on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
It will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the corner of NC 561 and North Bickett Boulevard (the old IGA building) where it has been held for several years. Plates will be $7 each this year.

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Louisburg Rescue Service was one of first in North Carolina
Louisburg Rescue Service was one of first in North Carolina
GOOD MORNING: Enjoy it while you can! According to the weather forecast, we could be looking at possible daytime highs of 90 degrees or more for the last time this year today (Saturday). The weather is expected to be partly cloudy Saturday thru Tuesday with a slim chance of showers and daytime highs hovering in the 79 to 80 degree range Sunday thru Tuesday with a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain.

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Financial angels looked out for me
Dear Editor:
My name is Patricia Harris Alston. I would like to write about three angels that God sent into my life. Their names are Lori Martin, Toretta Scott, and Tex R. Finch. These people are all managers at the banks I do business with.

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OBITUARIES

VIRGINIA LOIS “DOUGLAS” JOHNSON
ZEBULON - Virginia Lois “Douglas” Johnson, 77, died Sept. 22, 2010. She was a native of Johnston County and was daughter to the late Jim and Rena Medlin Douglas. She was retired from Devil Dog.

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DONALD EARL JOHNSON
ZEBULON - Donald Earl Johnson, 56, died Sept. 23, 2010 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Wake County, the son of the late Carl Maynard Johnson and Lacy Mae Privette. He was a processing assistant at the North Carolina Farmer’s Market.

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LAWRENCE “MANN” LLOYD CREECH SR.
ZEBULON - Lawrence “Mann” Lloyd Creech Sr., 78, died  Sept. 21, 2010 at Coventry House. A native of Wake County, he was the son of the late Clem and Ester Whitley Creech, Jr.

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TIMOTHY JOE LEONARD
FRANKLINTON - Timothy Joe Leonard, 58, died Sept. 19, 2010. He was born in Wake County to the late Douglas Nelson and Lena Mae Dickerson Leonard.

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JESSE DEXTER MONTAGUE, JR.
FRANKLINTON -  Jesse Dexter Montague Jr., 27, died Sept. 23, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. He was born in Durham County to Jesse D. Montague and Mable Scott Montague.

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JAMISON CONYERS
BUNN - Jamison Conyers, 38, died Sept. 23, 2010.

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FRANCES I. SAUNDERS
FRANKLINTON - Frances Irene Saunders, 84, died Sept. 21, 2010. She was born March 25, 1926 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, daughter of the late James and Irene Farrington.

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VICKIE R. THORNTON
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - Vickie R. Thornton, 61, died Sept. 20, 2010, after a battle with breast cancer. She was a native of San Diego, Calif. and a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thornton.

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MARY GUAGENTY MATTHEWS
LOUISBURG - Mary Guagenty Matthews, wife of the late Louisburg attorney John Frederick “Jack” Matthews, died Monday, September 6, 2010. 

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BETTE MAY BARTHOLOMEW
LOUISBURG - Bette May Bartholomew, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. She was born May 11, 1925 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents; Matthew Myers Rook and Thelma Welsh Rook; her daughter, Judy Matty; and her grandson, Todd Matty.

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JOHNSY BEAMAN HARRIS
October 16, 1928-September 22, 2010
LOUISBURG - Johnsy Beaman Harris of Louisburg peacefully departed this world September 21, 2010 to be with her Lord.

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SPORTS

A Role Reversal
ON THE UP AND UP. Franklinton’s Morgan Tharrington (right) elevates for a kill attempt during Thursday’s matchup against Louisburg in Northern Carolina Conference volleyball action at the FHS Gymnasium.
A Role Reversal
FRANKLINTON -- Strange karma -- of both the good and bad varieties -- is at work this season in the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball standings.
Earlier in the year, Franklinton scored a breakthrough win against Louisburg by taking the first two games and  dropping the next two before earning the fifth-game tie-breaker.

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Order On The Court
COURT APPEARANCE. Bunn High School volleyball standout Brianna Gatson played at No. 1 Singles for the Ladycats’ tennis squad during their home loss against Franklinton in Northern Carolina Conference action.
Order On The Court
BUNN -- There’s a new -- albeit familiar -- kid on the court for the Bunn High School girls tennis squad.
BHS’ Brianna Gatson, who is better known for her volleyball exploits for the Ladycats, is also an accomplished tennis player.
But because of her volleyball commitment, Gatson hasn’t suited up for the Ladycats on the tennis court this fall -- even though her father is the head coach.

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Big Matches Loom
TWO AGAINST ONE. Northern Nash’s Dara Robinson (right) attempts a kill over Bunn’s Missy Kanuck (l) and Sara Green (center) during Wednesday evening’s high school volleyball event at the Bunn Dome.
Big Matches Loom
BUNN -- For the Bunn Ladycats, the calm before potentially testy waters came during three volleyball matches this week.
Taking on three clubs they were expected to top in convincing fashion, the Ladycats did just that by posting victories over Warren County (Tuesday), Northern Nash (Wednesday) and Northwest Halifax (Thursday).

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Perry the leader of the pack
FIRST AGAIN. Bunn’s Brannon Perry was the top boys finisher once again on Wednesday during a Northern Carolina Conference cross country match at Vollmer Farm.
Perry the leader of the pack
BUNN -- Talent and home-course advantage proved to be a successful mixture Wednesday afternoon for Bunn distance running ace Brannon Perry.
Competing at BHS’ Vollmer Farm layout, Perry took and early lead and rolled to first place during this week’s installment of the Northern Carolina Conference Cross Country Race.

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FHS claims road victory
IN A CROWD. Franklinton’s Drew Loveland dribbles between two Northern Vance defenders during Thursday evening’s boy soccer showdown on the NV campus in Henderson.
FHS claims road victory
HENDERSON -- Both sides of the ball appear to be clicking now for the Franklinton Red Rams -- and that’s a good sign as FHS heads into the meaty portion of its Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer schedule.
Jared Miller is almost a given at keeper, with his acrobatic athleticism keeping the Red Rams close or ahead in may  outings so far this fall.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2
High School Football
FRIDAY
Franklinton at Roanoke Rapids    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at North Johnston    7:30 p.m.

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Louisburg P,P&K winners released
Louisburg P,P&K winners released
LOUISBURG -- The Town of Louisburg Recreation Department held a National Football League Punt, Pass and Kick Competition on Tuesday.
Over 60 youngsters took part in the free event. Here is a list of the winners:

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LC players, coaches help youths
LC players, coaches help youths
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Riptide Fall Softball Team has received some helping hands from a talented group of players.
As in members of the Louisburg College fast-pitch squad.
On several occasions, the Riptide club has gathered at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus for some personalized instruction from the Lady Hurricanes.

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FRANKLINTON LIONS REPORT
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s Lions earned their first Pee Wee victory of the season last Saturday, topping South Granville by a 19-18 margin in an East Wake Football League showdown.
Brandon Reese rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns -- and one extra point -- to spark the Lions. Deaunte Carroll also had a touchdown.

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NET ENCOUNTER
NET ENCOUNTER
(L to R) Louisburg’s Zoe Hinton and Franklinton’s Jessica Harris try to gain possession at the net during Thursday’s key conference volleyball meeting at the FHS Gymnasium.

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LIFESTYLES

Cherry Hill fall concert series begins Oct. 3
Cherry Hill fall concert series begins Oct. 3
The first concert of 2010 fall season at Warren County’s historic Cherry Hill will feature concert pianist Thomas Pandolfi, who is making a return visit to Cherry Hill by popular demand.
His concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 and is open to the public.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Mitchell completes leadership training
Mitchell completes leadership training
Charles Mitchell, Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District supervisor, completed the inaugural leadership training initiative sponsored by the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts and was recognized Wednesday at a luncheon at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham. 

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Closing dates for purchasing NAP Coverage for 2011 Crops
Crop producers are reminded that Sept. 30 is the final date for purchasing NAP coverage for your 2011 barley, oats, rye, wheat and triticale crops to be harvested for hay. Nov. 20 is the final date for purchasing coverage for the crop year 2011 for the following crops: alfalfa, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, grapes, grazing (grass/mixed forage), lespedeza and peaches.

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Time to get prepared for H1N1 and seasonal flu outbreaks
Time to get prepared for H1N1 and seasonal flu outbreaks
With millions of children back in school, Franklin Regional Medical Center employees suggest that now is the time to get prepared for H1N1 and seasonal flu outbreaks.
“As the flu season begins again, it is important for individuals to talk to their doctors about vaccination options,” said Marty Cooney, director of infection control at Franklin Regional.

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Deputies investigate thefts
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are working to help the victim of an apparent repeat offender.
Moulton Road resident Haywood Benton reported on Sept. 22 that someone stole several items out of his yard.
According to the report by Dep. J. Maloney, Benton said it was the third time in five days that someone had pilfered items from his yard.

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PREP FOOTBALL

FHS Edges Northwest In OT
FHS Edges Northwest In OT
FRANKLINTON -- After a back-and-forth duel the entire way, Friday’s key Northern Carolina Conference football matchup between Northwest Halifax and Franklinton came down to a simple test of 2-point conversions in overtime.
Franklinton, taking possession first in the extra session, made its 2-pointer on a dive from Reggie Williams following a touchdown.

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Rawles Helps RR Run Past Louisburg
Rawles Helps RR Run Past Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- Roanoke Rapids’ defense of its Northern Carolina Conference regular season football championship began Friday with a heavy dose of offense.
And when that happens, it’s a certainty that Justin Rawles has been a major reason for the Yellow Jackets’ success.

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Bunn Races Past Nash Central
Bunn Races Past Nash Central
ROCKY MOUNT -- Just like its previous game against Oxford Webb two weeks ago, Bunn saved its best for last during a non-league football showdown Friday at Nash Central.
Versus Oxford Webb, the Wildcats collected the final 35 points of the outing en route to a pullaway victory.

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