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Showing 48 articles from September 28, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Deputy’s assailant due in court next week
The case against a man accused of precipitating a riotous situation that resulted in a sheriff’s deputy sustaining serious injuries is slated for a court hearing next week.
Prosecutors don’t expect any resolution in the case, though, as defense attorneys have apparently dug in their heels.

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Restaurant owner’s apartment and bistro damaged by fire
NO EASY STREET. Customers walked up to Gigi’s House bistro in Youngsville on Monday to find it closed, the result of a fire that started in Stephan Bezzina’s upstairs apartment on Sunday.
Restaurant owner’s apartment and bistro damaged by fire
YOUNGSVILLE — A fire on Sunday afternoon took away a man’s apartment and, perhaps, a business that was one of the new faces of progress in town.
Firefighters from Youngsville, Franklinton, Bunn, Wake Forest, Brassfield and Bailey responded to the  fire at 120 E. Main Street in Youngsville to find smoke coming from the top of the building at about 4:30 p.m.

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A Caring Community
WHEN PEOPLE CARE. Rose Gilliam and her son, Blake Pace, work at a Franklinton house project — one of two adopted by Novozymes through the United Way of Franklin County Day of Caring on Saturday.
A Caring Community
After Saturday, the beauty of Lois Donaldson’s back yard wasn’t the only thing that was restored.
So was her faith in humanity.
A platoon of United Way volunteers converged on Donaldson’s Franklinton home, pruning shrubs and trees and clearing weeds as part of the organization’s Day of Caring — a day where more than 200 volunteers performed 33 similar projects all around Franklin County.

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Recent rain not expected to lift water restrictions
Recent rain not expected to lift water restrictions
FRANKLINTON — Forecasters predict rain through Thursday, but officials and staff don’t expect it to be enough to raise the reservoir or scale back restrictions.
A summer’s drought and a dwindling water reserve forced Franklinton officials to enact Stage III water restrictions earlier this month, essentially making it illegal to use water for any purposes outside save for firefighting.

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Unemployment rate remains unchanged
Franklin County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from July to August, joining seven other counties who kept the status quo.
And while a decrease would be better, said Employment Security Commission’s local branch manager Mike Brown, the status quo beats an increase in unemployment.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Aiden Limer, 11 mos.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Arsenic and Bad Taste
Editorial Cartoon: Arsenic and Bad Taste


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Obama’s longer school year proposal good for students
So, President Obama wants children to stay in school longer each day.
It’s about time that someone woke up to that major problem in the American education system!
We build giant, multi-million dollar buildings and then buy fleets of school buses, labs full of computers, etc., and then use them — at most — 180 days a year. Show us an industry or other business that could survive with that business plan.

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May might have to eat “Crow” with voters come this November
May might have to eat “Crow” with voters come this November
GOOD MORNING: Whoopeeeee!!! It rained, and it rained, and it rained some more. According to the little rain gauge on my front porch Tuesday morning, we had received a total of 3.8 inches since Saturday. And, if I’m not mistaken, that amount represents our total rainfall not only since Saturday, but for the entire month of September as well.

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Two Americas creating one problem
Two Americas creating one problem
The Internet.
When it was first introduced, it was suppose to bring worlds together with the click of a mouse.
Of course, after seeing our own website bloggers hash their issues out in the blogosphere, under the anonymity that the Internet provides, I wonder is it doing more to rip us all apart.

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Website Reader Participation Results September 22-28
Last Week’s Poll
Worth the effort?
With funding lined up to build a connector road from US 401 to the airport hub site, do you believe the Triangle North Industrial Park will ever amount to anything substantial?

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Bad news on North Carolina’s jobless front
RALEIGH – I am, by nature, an optimistic fellow.
Despite North Carolina’s summer dry spell, for example, I haven’t given up on my lawn. I still get out the mower each weekend, check the gas and oil, crank up an audiobook, and spend exactly five minutes trimming the patch of crabgrass that is the only green and growing part of my front yard.

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You should thank a North Carolina farmer
How detached have some people become to how food makes it to their supper table?   
During a legislative hearing on agriculture issues, a witness, complaining about the “mess” and “smells” associated with farms located near her new home, demanded strict laws that would allow farms to be shutdown.   An alert panelist asked, “Ma’am, then where will you get your food?”  The lady answered “At the grocery store across the street, of course.” 

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OBITUARIES

EDITH W. “TABBIE” ROSS
FRANKLINTON —Edith Wall “Tabbie” Ross, 84, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 29) in the chapel of Hall Wynne Funeral Home, Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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THELMA J. GRIFFIN
WAKE FOREST —Thelma Eleanor Jones Griffin, 96, formerly of Louisburg, died Saturday Sept. 25, 2010 at Hillside Nursing and Rehab Center in Wake Forest. A private interment will be held at a later date.

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MARY G. MATTHEWS
LOUISBURG - Mary Guagenty Matthews died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. A funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.

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VIOLA WILSON
BRONX, NY - Funeral services for Viola Wilson, 77, formerly of Vance County, who died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, were held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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LILLIE MAE REAGAN
FRANKLINTON —Lillie Mae Reagan, infant daughter of Danielle O’Neal and Christopher Reagan, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

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SADIE MAE WATKINS
WAKE FOREST - Sadie Mae Watkins, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at Hillside Nursing Center. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 29) at the Falls Community Church cemetery.

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LESLIE A. “SPECK” FREEMAN
YOUNGSVILLE-Leslie A. “Speck” Freeman, 61, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. Funeral services were held Monday morning, Sept. 27, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MARGARET M. PEARCE
ZEBULON - Margaret M. Pearce, 82, daughter of the late Troy McCune Pearce and Lizzie Alford Pearce, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. Funeral service was Monday, Sept. 27, at Bunn Methodist Church. Burial followed in Bunn Cemetery.

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ARTHUR T. STRICKLAND
RALEIGH - Arthur Theron Strickland, 95, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. A local service was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Springmoor Retirement Community. He will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 30, 2010 at 9 a.m. In order to be a part of this service, it is imperative that attendees arrive by 8:30 the morning of.

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ODELLE B. TAYLOR
FRANKLINTON - Odelle Barwick Taylor 90, of Franklinton, (formerly of Seven Springs, NC) died Friday, September 24, 2010.  She was  preceded in death by her husband, H. Ray Taylor, Sr.; her parents, Ben and Penny Barwick of Seven Springs, NC; sisters,  Ruth Benton and Martha Raye Holland.

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LOUIS T. PERDUE
LOUISBURG - Louis Thurman Perdue, 72, a lifelong native of Franklin County, died peacefully on Friday, September 24, 2010, at Duke University Medical Center after a lengthy illness.  He was a lifelong farmer and member of Trinity United Methodist Church.  He was the son of the late Thurman Hight Perdue and the late Mary Helen Cottrell Perdue, born on June 16, 1938.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Ann P. Peoples, and a brother, Philip Sterling Perdue. 

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BENJAMIN E. “BENJIE” EDGE JR.
CONWAY, S.C. - Benjamin Elexy “Benjie” Edge, Jr. of Conway, S.C., died September 27, 2010 at his residence.  He was a native of Conway and the Hand Community, and the widower of the late Jean Lowell Johnson Edge (formerly of Louisburg, N.C.) and a son of the late Benjamin Elexy Edge, Sr. and Charlotte Anna Bourne Edge.  Mr. Edge was the owner of the Edge Stables and a retired farmer.  He was a Trustee on the North Myrtle Beach School Advisory Board (1974-1986), a Trustee on the Grand Strand Career Center Advisory Board (1975-1985), and Past Chairman (1984-1986) of the Grand Strand Career Center Advisory Board.

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SPORTS

FINAL-PLAY FURY
READY FOR IMPACT. Franklinton’s Brandon Rollins (with ball) prepares for a collision with a Northwest Halifax player following a pass reception during the Red Rams’ key overtime victory last Friday night as part of homecoming festivities.
FINAL-PLAY FURY
FRANKLINTON -- After a back-and-forth duel the entire way, last 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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LC women win match vs. USC-L
LC women win match vs. USC-L
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes earned a key Region X victory last Saturday by defeating the University of South Carolina-Lancaster at home.
Freshman Kelly Wolz potted two goals as the Lasy Hurricanes rolled to a 4-1 decision.

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Rawles Sparks Yellow Jackets
RUNNING ROOM -- Louisburg High School’s Gregory ‘Plucky’ Clifton picks up yardage around end for the Warriors during last Friday’s home loss to Roanoke Rapids in a Northern Carolina Conference prep football showdown at Patterson Field.
Rawles Sparks Yellow Jackets
LOUISBURG -- Roanoke Rapids’ defense of its Northern Carolina Conference regular season football championship began last Friday night 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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Spikers’ heroics evident
Spikers’ heroics evident
Strange as it may sound, this is one of the most interesting volleyball seasons I’ve covered during my 15 years in Franklin County.
Not because any of the local teams have a shot at a state title. Realistically, that isn’t the case. But then again, you never know.

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A CATFISH CATCH
A CATFISH CATCH
Louisburg resident Lewis Edgerton brought in this amazing channel catfish during a recent fishing expedition in Franklin County. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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Wildcats On Offensive
GIVING CHASE. Several Nash Central defenders try to track down Bunn quarterback Andre Davis (with ball) during last Friday night’s non-conference football game at The Dawg Pound in Rocky Mount.
Wildcats On Offensive
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 pull-away victory.

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Canes defeated in road matchup
Canes defeated in road matchup
LOUISBURG -- For the second consecutive time, the Louisburg College Hurricanes dropped a football game their head coach thought was theirs for the taking.
But just like the setback two weeks ago at Fork Union, the Hurricanes were defeated, this time by a 24-14 margin at Lackawanna College -- a future Northeast Conference rival of Louisburg’s that is located in Scranton, Pa.

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Wesleyan takes high-scoring shootout
RED OAK -- North Carolina Wesleyan College’s football squad earned its first win of the 2010 season last Saturday afternoon, using two interception returns for touchdowns to down LaGrange College by a 35-24 at the Northern Nash Football Complex.

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LOUISBURG REC UPDATE
LOUISBURG -- Here are some recent results from The Town of Louisburg Recreation Department’s Fall Ball schedule:

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JOB WELL DONE -- AGAIN
JOB WELL DONE -- AGAIN
The Bunn Warriors 13-Under Travel Baseball Team recently took part in the Reebok NIT event in Rocky Mount and took first place. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coach Keith Gupton, Nick Sanders, Nick Williams, Coach Kyle Garrison, Trevor Gupton, Spencer Brickhouse, Tyler Dixon, Coach Quinton Sanders and Dylan Sequoia; (front, l to r) Shane Garrison, Bowie Oliver, Josh Boone, Dustin Smith and Tyler Williams.

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GRANVILLE BULLS WIN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
GRANVILLE BULLS WIN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
The Granville Bulls 12-Under Travel Baseball Club won the recent Top Gun Super Saver Tournament in Snow Hill. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Ronald Bennett and Allen Bullock; (middle, l to r) Josh Bullock, Chaney Renn, Jared Bennett, Lane Humphries, Zack Keeton and Damien Taylor; (front, l to r) Michael Bowers, Daniel Wilkerson, Chance Greene and Justin Bullock. Not pictured are Ryan Strickland and Coach Todd Wilkerson.

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STATE FOOTBALL SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s North Carolina high school football scores:

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LIFESTYLES

BIRTH
BIRTH
Michael and Sandra Pearce, parents, and David Pearce, big brother, are proud to announce the birth of Gentry Grace Pearce, born July 15, 2010 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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Water and its uses
Water?  What do we use it for?  We all have different needs for the water that is available to us – from our everyday household uses to washing the car to watering the front lawn or garden.  People are always going to have different preferences in the ways they want to utilize their available water.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Walmart Teacher Rewards Program helps Louisburg Elementary teachers
Walmart is helping 10 teachers at Louisburg Elementary School to purchase classroom supplies as part of its Teacher Rewards program. Nationally, Walmart and Sam’s Club locations are awarding more than 45,000 educators with $100, infusing $4.5 million to schools across America.

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VGCC names thirteen to summer Dean’s List
Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 13 students earned Dean’s List honors for the Summer Semester that ended in August. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student had to maintain a 3.5 grade-point average and have no grade lower than “B” while carrying at least 12 semester hours, according to VGCC Vice President of Instruction Angela Ballentine.

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Kerr-Vance Academy students earn awards
Nine students at Kerr-Vance Academy have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

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Louisburg College inducts new Phi Theta Kappa member
Louisburg College inducts new Phi Theta Kappa member
Louisburg College welcomed 15 new members to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society during its induction ceremony on Thursday, September 2, in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium.

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Larranda Spivey receives master’s degree
Larranda Donnette Spivey recently received a master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She began classes in February 2009 and received her degree on Aug. 31, finishing with a GPA of 3.9.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

VGCC students learn about Biotech Opportunities at NCCU
VGCC students learn about Biotech Opportunities at NCCU
Students enrolled in Bioprocess Technology courses at Vance-Granville Community College recently had the opportunity to see for themselves the next steps they could take in their education.
Students from both the college’s main campus in Vance County and the Franklin County Campus  traveled to the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) at North Carolina Central University in Durham on Sept. 1.

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FLOWER POWER
FLOWER POWER
Above, clockwise, Alvin Donaldson, Lois Donaldson, Anna Moss, Stephanie Forbes, Caleb Forbes and Josh Forbes, pose with flower pots that were hand-painted by Anna, Josh and Caleb.

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HARP PLAYERS
HARP PLAYERS
Kenny Harp, center, Gang Prevention Officer for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, with help from members of the Explorers, cleaned and repaired gutters for a project in Franklinton.

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Man accused of driving motorcycle while drunk
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects accused of stealing a car and wrecking it shortly thereafter.
According to Dep. Chad Yurich, Robbie  Neal reported on Sept. 26 that he stopped at Pete Smith’s on Pete Smith Road to get a drink from the vending machine.

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