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Showing 41 articles from December 10, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Student with gun arrested at LHS
Student with gun arrested at LHS
Police arrested a 17-year-old Louisburg High school student charged with having a gun on campus.
According to Police Capt. Jason Abbott and the school system, students recognized something amiss and notified administrators that the student had something suspicious in his possession.

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Franklinton woman killed in car wreck
A Franklinton woman was killed this week following a crash in Wake County.
According to reports, Krystal Strother, 28, was driving long I-540 when she lost control of the 2003 Honda she was driving.
The car swerved to the left, went underneath median cables and she drove into the eastbound lanes and oncoming traffic.

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History matters at Person Place
ALL ABOUT HISTORY. Featured speaker Betty McCain looks over a Franklin County Heritage book presented to her Thursday night after she delivered the keynote address to the Person Place Preservation Society at its annual meeting.
History matters at Person Place
From a somber resolution honoring a founding member to a funny address by a self-described “Yellow Dog Democrat,” the holiday-decorated Person Place came alive Thursday night at the Preservation Society’s annual meeting.
The group passed a resolution honoring the late Betty Chauvin Hochenedel McKinne as “the inspiration and driving force” in saving the historic Person Place Home on the campus of Louisburg College.

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School bus wreck sends students to hospital
Seven Bunn Middle School students were taken to the hospital at about noon on Friday following a school bus accident in Wake County.
According to school system spokesperson Joseph Baisley, two buses were returning from Wake Forest Rolesville High when one was involved in an accident.

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SBI investigates allegations of officer taking indecent liberties with a minor
BUNN — A town officer was fired last month amid allegations that he took indecent liberties with a minor.
Police Chief Kent Winstead confirmed that James Perry was terminated following an internal investigation into the allegation brought forward by the guardian of a teenager on Nov. 15.

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Youngsville delays road repair expenditures
ROAD WOES. Youngsville commissioners are scheduled to meet in March to determine which town roads and sidewalks they will try to repair.
Youngsville delays road repair expenditures
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners decided to wait until the spring thaw to determine how it spends money to repair roads and sidewalks.
Town Clerk Brenda Robbins advised the board that it had $35,254.44 available through the state Street Aid Program  to improve roads, sidewalks and build new ones.

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Food safety legislation could affect small farmers
Food safety legislation could affect small farmers
Area farmers are keeping an eye on food safety legislation designed to boost governmental inspection powers and prevent widespread contaminations.
Wording that makes small farms exempt from the legislation — which some say could drive up food costs — remains in tact, much to the delight of a growing segment of Franklin County farmers.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Mekhi Hendricks, 4 years

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Karl and the Knottheads
Editorial Cartoon: Karl and the Knottheads


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Anonymous heroes step up to prevent possible high school tragedy
Sometimes those who make the biggest difference are those who do it anonymously — for all the right reasons — but who never get the credit they really deserve.
Yet they make a difference, sometimes without even realizing how big a difference they have actually made.
Such is the case here in Franklin County this week.

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Be aware of dangers that lurk on the Web
Be aware of dangers that lurk on the Web
Some folks don’t understand the shudder I experience about every time the word Facebook is spoken.
Nor do they understand why some of us want nothing to do with this social networking stuff that can cause a great deal of grief if you aren’t very, very careful!
Truth is, most folks are not very careful -- and get more careless the longer they use the service.

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Knott says Pernell is no “Poll” cat; biker punished already by truck
Knott says Pernell is no “Poll” cat; biker punished already by truck
GOOD MORNING: If I owed someone a cold day and they wouldn’t accept this past Wednesday in payment thereof, they’d just have to go unpaid as far as I’m concerned.
When I went down to pick up the paper shortly after dawn, my outdoor thermometer was reading 14.5 degrees and it never got out of the 30’s all day. And the heck of it is that it ain’t even winter yet. According to my calendar, winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 21.

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Etheridge’s outgoing address to Congress
Madam Speaker, I rise today to address the House.  I will be leaving Congress at the conclusion of this term, and I want to take a few minutes to speak to my colleagues and to the people of North Carolina’s Second Congressional District – the people whose hopes and dreams, whose fears and apprehensions, whose challenges and opportunities have been my first and only priority every day for the past 14 years. 

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Knott is proud of Mayor Pernell
Dear Editor:
I am proud that Karl Pernell is the mayor of Louisburg. He is dedicated and totally committed to do all he can to help our town grow. He spends a great deal of time trying to improve our government. There is no question but that he has the support of our citizens in Louisburg. He certainly does not deserve the criticism he is receiving from The Franklin Times.

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OBITUARIES

RUBY M. PLYLER
BUNN – Ruby McMullen Plyler, 98, died Thursday morning, Dec. 9, 2010. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 11) at Longview United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Margaret Long and the Rev. Rhonda Maurer officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bunn Memorial Gardens.

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JOHN “EARL” CRUDUP
BUNN - Funeral services for John “Earl” Crudup, 54, who died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 11) at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Greg Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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KRYSTAL J. STROTHER
FRANKLINTON —Krystal Jeanette Strother, 28, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 11) at Grove Hill Methodist Church by the Rev. Tommy Robertson. Burial will be in the Strother cemetery.

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RONNIE M. EDWARDS
ZEBULON - Ronnie Michael Edwards, 61, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. Graveside services were held Thursday, Dec. 9, at New Knightdale Baptist church cemetery, with the Rev. Tim Rabon officiating.

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BENNIE M. BILLINGS
October 8, 1934 – December 8, 2010
BATTLEBORO – Bennie M. Billings, 76, of Battleboro, died Wednesday afternoon.

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SPORTS

Q WITH A THREE
MONTREL MAKES HIS WAY TO THE BUCKET. Bunn High School guard Montrel Cooke (with ball) tries to escape a Wilson Fike defender during Wednesday night’s boys basketball showdown at the Fike Gymnasium. Bunn was an overtime winner.
Q WITH A THREE
WILSON -- The year may be different, but the Bunn High School boys basketball team continues to find a way to win tight games.
This scenario has become a trademark of Coach Gerald Melton’s tenure at BHS, and it continued Wednesday night on the road against non-conference foe Wilson Fike.

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Red Rams topped on hardwood
Red Rams topped on hardwood
RALEIGH -- Franklinton fell behind by 20 points after the first quarter and went on to fall to host Ravenscroft by an 84-43 margin in a non-conference boys basketball matchup Tuesday night.
In that decisive quarter, the Red Rams mustered just seven points, compared to 27 for the Ravens.
Jamal Johnson, Bo Bagwell and Kevin Williams tallied eight points apiece for Franklinton, which is now 2-2 on the campaign.

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A Big East Power?
GATSON GOES TO THE HOOP. Bunn High School’s Brianna Gatson (right) drives for two points during the Ladycats’ road victory Wednesday at Fike.
A Big East Power?
WILSON -- Too bad the Bunn Ladycats aren’t members of the Big East Conference -- they would already be making their way up the league’s girls basketball standings.
Bunn opened its campaign last week with a home victory against Big East member Nash Central, and the Ladycats were set to take on their second foe from the league when they traveled to Wilson Fike this Tuesday.

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Holiday sporting thoughts
Holiday sporting thoughts
A few thoughts as we get closer and closer to Santa Claus paying his annual visit:
• Christmas continues to be a swell topic for me, and there are even a few gifts under our tree. I am definitely in the spirit this year.
Speaking of that, we went to see A Christmas Carol last week in Greensboro. At the performance, we were able to sit literally right on stage, with our feet on the cobblestone (well, rubber in this case) streets of London.

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Bunn’s Numbers Game
PINNING DOWN A VICTORY. Bunn’s Patrick Limer (top) wraps up a victory against Kerr-Vance’s Pierce Tooley during Thursday night’s match in Henderson.
Bunn’s Numbers Game
HENDERSON -- Thanks to overflowing interest in the Bunn Middle School mat team, Bunn High head coach Mike Diaz certainly has reason to be optimistic about the future of his varsity program.
But for now, the Wildcats continue to be hampered by a lack of numbers -- and that intangible showed up again Thursday during a road matchup against the Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Dec. 12-18
High School Wrestling
FRIDAY
Franklinton at Ravenscroft    6:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Corinth Holders    6 p.m.

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BHS Booster Club selling pork shoulders
BHS Booster Club selling pork shoulders
BUNN -- The Bunn High School Athletic Booster Club is currently having its annual pork shoulder sale.
Shoulders can be picked up Dec. 18 at the Pilot Fire House between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per shoulder, which will come fully cooked and include a cup of sauce.
To order in advance, call 496-1280 or 810-2190 by Dec. 13 at 5 p.m.

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DYLAN’S 1ST BUCK
DYLAN’S 1ST BUCK
Bunn resident Dylan Timberlake, 10, killed a nine-pointer during a recent hunting expedition with his father in Franklin County. Dylan wanted to thank his Uncle Tony for recommending a good spot to hunt. (Submitted Photo)

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PRIZE BUCK CATCH
PRIZE BUCK CATCH
E.B. Ridout of Louisburg shot this seven-point buck during a hunting expedition on Dec. 8 in Franklin County. (Photo Submitted)

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BUNN INSIDER
BUNN INSIDER
Bunn High School senior guard Andre Davis scores in the paint for the Wildcats during their road basketball victory Wednesday night against the host Wilson Fike Golden Demons. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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LIFESTYLES

Holiday Giving & Events
Bunn Parade
The Bunn Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. Contact Christy Pippin, (919) 497-3129, or Linda Pippin, 496-4831, for more information.

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Continuation of a sad conspiracy
Continuation of a sad conspiracy
We are in the middle of Advent, and we continue to look at the “reason for the season,” so to speak.
It is not easy to let go of consumption and consumerism. As I mentioned in last week’s Saturday article, the ideas of Mckinley, Seay, and Holder, authors of Advent Conspiracy, can be very valuable in our daily lives.

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AUTHOR VISITS
AUTHOR VISITS
Raleigh author Gary Pearce, whose book “Jim Hunt,” a biography, was published this fall, visited Louisburg Monday evening to autograph copies of his work. Pearce, shown here (on the right) at the Coffee Hound Bookshop in downtown Louisburg, was autographing a book for State Rep. John May as they discussed politics in North Carolina.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg Elementary Honor Rolls
William Harris, principal of Louisburg Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Long Mill releases Honor Rolls
Kim Ferrell, principal of Long Mill Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Early College High School announces Honor Rolls
Jim Harris, principal of Franklin County Early College High School, announces the Honor Roll for the first six weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Louisburg High School Honor Rolls for first six-weeks grading period
Freda Clifton, principal of Louisburg High School, announces the Honor Roll for the first six-weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the AB Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin Regional wins award for outstanding improvement
Franklin Regional Medical Center was recently awarded a Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) award for Most Outstanding Improvement for 2010.
This recognition was awarded to hospitals in North Carolina that showed the most improved overall SCIP performance, meeting the nationally recognized best practices for surgical patients.

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FSA announces committee election results for county
The Farm Service Agency County Committee Election was held on Dec. 6.  This year’s election was held in Local Administrative Area 2, consisting of Cedar Rock, Cypress Creek, Gold Mine and Sandy Creek townships. 
Henry Nelms was re-elected to the county committee for a three-year term.  He will assume his committee duties on Jan. 1.

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Franklin County designated a natural disaster area
On Nov. 30, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated Franklin County and 41 other counties as natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred May 1 – Oct. 1, 2010.
“President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to a wide variety of crops and prevented farmers from harvesting these crops,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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ON THE FRONT LINES
ON THE FRONT LINES
Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood and Chief District Court Judge Dan Finch called this lineup of assistant and deputy clerks of court the lifeline of the judicial system. The group was sworn in for service on Monday, right after Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter took the oath of office in Franklin County Superior Court.

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Williams receives honor
Williams receives honor
Debbie Williams,  administrative assistant to the Franklin County Board of Education and student  assignment manager for Franklin County Schools, received the Certificate of Excellence for successful completion of the Professional Certification Program requirements of the Superintendents and Board Assistants of North Carolina Public Schools at the North Carolina School Boards Association Conference in Greensboro in November.

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