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Showing 49 articles from October 16, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Dying gunshot victim robbed; suspect sought
FRANKLINTON — Police are looking for a man they allege robbed a dying man.
Those same investigators arrested a man this week accused of helping the killer elude police.
On Wednesday, officers arrested Jason Ruffin, 25, charging him with accessory after the fact.

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Franklinton seeks funds to expand police force
Franklinton seeks funds to expand police force
FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners agreed to apply for a state grant to bolster the police department.
This summer, the town gave police staff the authority to pursue two grants
• One was a federal grant that would cover the full cost of a police position for three years;

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TAKING THE OATH
TAKING THE OATH
Two new members of the Franklin County Board of Education took their oaths of office separately Thursday at the district’s central office. Administering the oath was Alice Faye Hunter,  Clerk of Superior Court (left). The new board members are Debra Long Brodie (center) and Synthia Richardson.

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Slaughterhouse, farmers market get EDC support
Grass fed beef.
Free range chicken.
Hormone free meat.
Organically grown strawberries.
Actually, organically grown anything!

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Youngsville adopts nepotism policy
From taking the first steps toward condemnation of a mobile home to fielding a resident’s questions about the rising costs of services, the Youngsville town board worked through a rather routine agenda Thursday night.
The board agreed to start condemnation proceedings against property at 411 SW Railroad Street after nearly three months of effort have failed to convince the owner to properly install a sewage line.

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Silent auction to benefit fire damaged bistro
When fire badly damaged Gigi’s Bistro in downtown Youngsville, many feared the popular restaurant might never reopen.
But Youngsville residents and businesses are determined that Stephan Bezzina will soon be back in business.
To help, they are holding a silent auction with the proceeds going to benefit the efforts to reopen.

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High Flight organizers expect event to continue growing
Organizers of the county airport’s biggest community event said they will need all hands on deck next year.
High Flight organizer Michael Colclough told Triangle North Executive Airport board members on Tuesday that the two-day event drew 4,200 visitors.
At that rate, next year could draw 8,000 visitors.

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Aviation group to paint calibration tool at airport
Aviation group to paint calibration tool at airport
Franklin County’s airport will get a fresh coat of paint, thanks to an organization with a rich history that traces its roots back to Amelia Earhart.
Members of the Kitty Hawk 99s, a chapter of the Ninety-Nines Organization of Women Pilots, will be on hand to mark Triangle North Executive Airport with a compass rose — a vital tool in helping pilots calibrate their directional instrument.

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Washington Post correspondent to speak at Louisburg College Oct. 19
Washington Post correspondent to speak at Louisburg College Oct. 19
There has been more turnover at the U.S. Supreme Court in the last five years than in the previous 40 -- and the man who has helped document those changes for The Washington Post newspaper will be in Louisburg Tuesday night to talk about those and other changes on the nation’s highest court.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
LHS football fan Ethan Mohlmann

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fried or Over Easy
Editorial Cartoon: Fried or Over Easy


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Slaughterhouse and farmers market are ideas to cultivate
Finally, a couple of ideas we all can sink our teeth into!
And, like many things in a county where agriculture roots run deep, this small “seed” of an idea could grow into something really impressive.

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Washington Post correspondent to speak on his years covering the Supreme Court
Washington Post correspondent to speak on his years covering the Supreme Court
No federal institution that I can think of has more influence, over a longer period of time, on your life than the U.S. Supreme Court.
Its role is complicated, often controversial and always far-reaching.
But, as with most things, there are “back stories” to the court and its activities that don’t often get told but which can be fascinating.

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Bradley and Schriver pay a visit to the newspaper
Bradley and Schriver pay a visit to the newspaper
GOOD MORNING: Brace yourself! It looks like the weather locally is getting into harmony with the economy, in the mornings at any rate. Temperatures out my way yesterday (Friday) morning down in the mid-40’s and a degree or two cooler than that in some parts of the county. But then, this is mid-October, right?

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A January 2011 story
It is January 26, 2011, opening day for the new session of The North Carolina General Assembly. Republicans have won control of both houses for the first time since the dawn of the twentieth century. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger has a comfortable 27-23 working margin of Republicans to Democrats that will help his party pass legislation, but House Speaker Thom Tillis faces a tougher challenge with only a 62-58 Republican plurality. 

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Vote to move our country forward
Dear Editor:
It is my hope that North Carolina citizens will not be one-issue voters during the mid-term elections. A few of the top issues are the budget, immigration, the New York mosque, abortion, and jobs.

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OBITUARIES

ANN WILLIAMS RIKER
ZEBULON - Anne Williams Riker, 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 at her home. Funeral service was Friday, Oct. 15, at Pilot Baptist Church, Zebulon, with Pastor Mick Bowen officiating. Burial was in the Williams family cemetery, Clyde Pearce Road, Zebulon.

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PERRY E. “PETE” GRISSOM
YOUNGSVILLE —Perry E. “Pete” Grissom, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, Oct. 15, at Neuse Baptist Church on Gresham Lake Road in Raleigh. Burial followed in the Bethel Freewill Baptist Church cemetery in Four Oaks.

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EUNICE R. CHINNIS
MIDDLESEX - Eunice Radford Chinnis, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at The Laurels of Forest Glenn. Graveside services were held Friday, Oct. 15, at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Michael Courtney officiating.

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HENRIETTA M. BOOZE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Henrietta M. Booze, 90, who died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JAMES DAVIS
BRIDGEPORT, Conn.- Funeral services for James Davis, 74, formerly of Louisburg, who died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis family cemetery.

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TIMOTHY W. MAY
ZEBULON - Timothy Wayne May, 56, died Sept. 6, 2010. A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 15, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon www.masseyfuneralhome.com.

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JIMMY DALE ALFORD
ZEBULON - Jimmy Dale Alford, 57, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 16) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale. Burial will follow in the Zebulon Town Cemetery.

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WILLIE F. ROBBINS
PILOT - Willie F. Robbins, 70, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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MAE HELEN HARRIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mae Helen Harris, 90, who died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Mt. Hebron Holiness Church, with Evangelist Joe Henry Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary H. Jones cemetery.

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DONNA “DEE” RAY
WAKE FOREST-Donna “Dee” Ray, 56, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at Wake Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17,  in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Virginia Dees officiating.

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BARRY T. PERRY
ROLESVILLE - Barry T. Perry, 60, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at Hospice of Wake County in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Body of Christ Church in Raleigh. Burial will be at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, Wake Forest.

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CHARLIE P. MOORE
September 26, 1933 – October 12, 2010
LOUISBURG – Charlie Perry Moore, 77, of Louisburg, died Tuesday evening at his home.

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SPORTS

SENIOR SPECIAL
RISING ABOVE THE CROWD. Franklinton middle hitter Tamara Williams (right) delivers a kill over a pair of Roanoke Rapids defenders during Thursday night’s Northern Carolina Conference volleyball showdown at the FHS Gymnasium.
SENIOR SPECIAL
FRANKLINTON -- Senior Night proved to be a celebration of the present -- and the future -- for the Franklinton High School volleyball program.
Thursday at the FHS Gymnasium, the Lady Rams saluted just two upperclassmen -- Morgan Tharrington and Kim Smiley.

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Ladycats a top seed at tourney
BUNN -- Bunn’s Ladycats will be the No. 1 seed for this coming week’s Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament.
All eight of the NCC’s clubs will have first-round matches on Monday at the higher seed.
The back-to-back semifinals will be played Tuesday at the highest remaining seed. Barring a monumental upset of the Ladycats on Monday by Northwest Halifax, those events will be played at the Bunn Dome.

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Winstead Helping Golf Grow
TIPS APPRECIATED. Area youth golf instructor Rocky Winstead (left) works with Bunn Middle School students William Lewis (center) and Matthew Place (right) on Monday afternoon at The River at Lake Royale Golf Course near Bunn.
Winstead Helping Golf Grow
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Serving as a boxing coach in the early portion of his adult life, Rocky Winstead switched to teaching a much less puglistic endeavor in 1971.
But against a foe no less challenging -- in the form of a golf course.

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Kiger the selection for LHS
Kiger the selection for LHS
Brett Kiger didn’t have to look far for his next coaching challenge.
As in less than one mile, to be exact.
Kiger, who has spent the past four seasons working as an assistant under Mike Holloman at Louisburg College, will be the new girls basketball head coach at Louisburg High School.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 17-23
High School Football
FRIDAY
Louisburg at Warren County    7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Bunn    7:30 p.m.

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VGCC hoops sked finalized for ‘10-11
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team is scheduled to play 23 games, including 11 home games, in the college’s third season as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). 
VGCC will open the regular season on the road, at Davidson County Community College in Lexington on Nov. 6.

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Louisburg to host campers
Louisburg to host campers
LOUISBURG -- In conjunction with the Town of Louisburg, Louisburg High School girls basketball coach Brett Kiger will host a hoops camp on Oct. 30 at the LHS Gymnasium.
There will be a morning session for youngsters ages 10-15, and an afternoon session for ages 4-9.
Cost is $15 per child, which includes four hours of instruction and a T-shirt.

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Lions’ Mighty Mites drop games
THERE HE GOES. Franklinton’s Trey Brown (left) finds a hole for the Lions during their Mighty Mites road game last weekend against homestanding Bunn in East Wake Football League action.
Lions’ Mighty Mites drop games
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Lions Mini Mites had a busy weekend in East Wake Football League action, traveling to Oak Grove last Saturday and Bunn on Sunday.
The Mighty Mites were defeated 27-7 by Oak Grove and 20-8 by Bunn.

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SANDY CREEK BASS HEROICS
SANDY CREEK BASS HEROICS
Local fishermen making up Sandy Creek Team No. 1 took the top honor at the North Carolina B.A.S.S Federation’s Eastern Regional competition, which was held last Friday and Saturday at Lake Gaston. NC B.A.S.S Federation Nation president and County Finance Director Chuck Murray missed out on taking the top individual prize by 21/100ths of a pound — the result of one fish that truly got away.

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DYNAMIC DUO
DYNAMIC DUO
The lone seniors on this season’s Franklinton High School volleyball squad are (l to r) Kim Smiley and Morgan Tharrington. They were honored Thursday as part of Senior Night festivities as the Lady Rams hosted Roanoke Rapids at the FHS Gymnasium.

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LIFESTYLES

Chile: My mind on the mine
Chile: My mind on the mine
First of all, this is Oct. 13, and I am so sleepy from trying to watch the rescue operation of the 33 miners last night, as well as this morning. This is an incredible, emotional rescue, one to be remembered through history, forever.
I could not begin this article without mentioning the Chilean miners and their rescue to safety. What a blessing from above for everyone involved in this successful operation.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

HANDS AREN’T FOR HITTING
HANDS AREN’T FOR HITTING
Hundreds of students at Bunn Middle School traced the outline of their hands onto a sheet that will be on display at Safe Space’s 12th annual Candlelight Vigil at Louisburg College on Oct. 19. The traced hands were part of the pledge that students at Bunn Middle, Bunn High, Franklinton High and Louisburg College have made not to use their hands for violence.

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NEW SATELLITE DIGS
NEW SATELLITE DIGS
The Franklin County sheriff’s office held an open house for their new satellite office in Bunn on Oct. 7. The new office is at 382 N.C. 98 West. It’s the second satellite office, as there is one in operation in Youngsville at 888 Park Avenue. Pictured, from left to right, Sgt. Travis Philbeck, Deputies Matthew Tharrington, Chad Evans were among the many deputies who attended and enjoyed refreshments.

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LITTER SWEEP
LITTER SWEEP
Connie Smith, administrative assistant with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, was one of over 20 volunteers who participated in a Litter Sweep recently. The semi-annual event, held in the spring and early fall, is sponsored by the Franklin County Solid Waste Task Force and the Keep Franklin County Beautiful program.

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CHECK PRESENTATION
CHECK PRESENTATION
Novozymes held its 6th annual President’s Cup best ball golf tournament on Oct. 11, an event for employees families and friends. The event, at the Heritage Golf Club in Wake Forest, raised $6,065 for the Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina in Louisburg.

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Top golfers
Top golfers
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce held their fall golf tournament on Sept. 23 at The River Golf Course & Country Club. Above, Joe Jones, member of the Chamber’s board of directors and owner of Youngsville Truck Tires & Services, far right,  congratulates 1st place winners, Ag Carolina Financial.

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Franklinton police search for man who stole headache powder
Franklinton police are looking for a suspect who may have compounded his headache.
According to a report by Officer R.L. Burger, a Wilco-Hess employee came across surveillance footage of a short, stocky white man with long black hair swiping BC Powder and Goody’s headache medicine on Oct. 6.
The theft at the U.S. 1 store was reported on Oct. 7.

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BUSINESS

2010 Tri-County Parade of Homes winners
The winners of the 2010 Tri-County Parade of Homes are as follows:

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PREP FOOTBALL

Roanoke Rapids Pulls Away From Bunn
Roanoke Rapids Pulls Away From Bunn
BUNN -- After posting seven more touchdowns on the scoreboard, it would be easy to say that Roanoke Rapids’ high-powered offense was the difference in the Jackets’ road tussle Friday at Bunn.
But following a wild first half, RR’s defense had a huge say in the second half as the Jackets would outlast Bunn by a 49-21 margin with first place at stake in the Northern Carolina Conference football standings.

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Big Plays Spark North Johnston
Big Plays Spark North Johnston
LOUISBURG -- North Johnston made the most of its six pass completions during Friday’s road victory at Northern Carolina Conference football rival Louisburg.
Those half-dozen successful attempts accounted for a whopping 242 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers picked up a 41-20 decision over the Warriors in a key NCC meeting at Patterson Field.

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Franklinton’s Defense Stifles Warren County
WARRENTON -- After allowing 63 points during a loss at Roanoke Rapids, an air of stinginess has become evident from Franklinton’s defensive unit.
Since that setback, FHS has allowed just 15 points in two games, including Friday’s 45-6 waltz at Warren County in a Northern Carolina Conference gridiron matchup.

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