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Showing 45 articles from December 14, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Man arrested for baby daughter’s murder
Man arrested for baby daughter’s murder
Charges against a Franklin County man continue to  mount.
Franklinton police arrested Johnathan Blake Perry on Dec. 10 on Wake Forest Police warrants alleging that he killed his 14-month-old daughter inside a Wake Forest home four days earlier.
Perry was being held in the Wake County Jail without bond and had a first appearance in court on Monday.

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County schools get clean audit
County schools get clean audit
It was a routine night filled with mostly good news and normal business for the Franklin County Board of Education on Monday.
Pictured (Above): TAKE OATH. Franklin County Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter administers the oath of office to Franklin County School Board member Bobbie Richardson during Monday night’s meeting. Witnessing the event and holding the Bible was Richardson’s mother, Pattie Mae Richardson.

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NASCAR legend speeds to Franklinton
KEEPING TRACK. A volunteer keeps an eye on the center portion of the slot car racing track at Frugal’s Speedway in Franklinton, making sure the racers stay on the track during competition this past Friday and Saturday.
NASCAR legend speeds to Franklinton
FRANKLINTON — To say that Ernie Irvan is good at  going fast and making lefts is an understatement.
The former NASCAR driver posted 3 Busch Series victories and took home 15 Winston Cup trophies during a career and life that was nearly ended by two wrecks.
Now, though, the only flying debris he has to worry about is the trash-talk by his son, Jared, during their slot car racing duels.

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Deputies arrest two, seize 200 grams of cocaine
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Deputies arrest two, seize 200 grams of cocaine
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Bunn-area men on charges of trafficking drugs after seizing nearly 200 grams of cocaine.
Rodriquez Davis, 34, and Jerome Usher Jr., 25, were placed in the Franklin County Jail where they were being held in lieu of a $1 million bond, each.

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Santa and his helpers
Santa and his helpers
Above, children carried the banner for Bunn, welcoming visitors to the annual Bunn Christmas parade through downtown Bunn on Saturday. Gloves, coats and warm hats were the accessories of choice during the cold-weather parade.

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Impact fee refund checks to be mailed Friday
Franklin County staff will provide an early Christmas present to homebuilders this week.
They will mail out 228 checks, totalling $816,346 in refunds for those who paid the county’s Adequate Public School Ordinance (APSO) fee.

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High-speed chase leads to arrest
Franklinton police arrested a woman who led its chief on a short, high-speed chase.
Jo Ann Clemonts, 41, was arrested for speeding and eluding arrest on Dec. 10 — two days after she was arrested on charges of driving while her license was revoked.

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Franklinton sends county another water bill
Franklin County received another Franklinton bill on Monday for water it didn’t use.
Staff put it with the other $60,000-plus bill that it doesn’t intend to pay.
After Franklinton cut off its water supply to the county during drought conditions in September, county officials and staff considered their 40-year contract with Franklinton null and void.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn High drum major Connor Stanley

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Barack Who? Call me Barry
Editorial Cartoon: Barack Who? Call me Barry


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Congratulations to school system for clean audit
Congratulations are in order.
Problem is, we’re not exactly sure who deserves congratulations most.
Should it be the folks in Franklin County schools who kept such close tabs on our tax dollars that they managed to get a clean, unqualified opinion from the school district’s auditing firm?

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Knott’s letter taken apart point by point
Knott’s letter taken apart point by point
GOOD MORNING: Yep, you’re right. By any measure it was cold Tuesday morning, 18 degrees out my way shortly before sunrise, and if forecasts are right, it will be at least a couple of degrees colder this (Wednesday) morning.
And, although it’s expected to be a tad bit warmer on Thursday, there’s a chance of (ugh) a little more snow, possibly like the little “dusting” we received overnight Sunday.

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Rise of marijuana use among students gives rise to teaching, learning moment
Rise of marijuana use among students gives rise to teaching, learning moment
I read a story recently that said more high school seniors used marijuana than cigarettes.
The White House “drug czar” is quoted as saying that publicity surrounding the use and benefits of medical marijuana is to blame for the increase.
Perhaps.

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Website Reader Participation Results December 8-14
Last Week’s Poll
Rotation or vote?
Should the chair and vice chair leadership positions on the county’s board of commissioners be rotated among the commissioners instead of being put up to a vote?

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Straightforward facts should have been enough to hire new county extension director
Dear Editor:
Concerning the selection of the Franklin County Extension Director.
The interactions of the state/county process are unknown to this writer. I hope this is not another case of sex discrimination.

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OBITUARIES

KATHLEEN B. HEDGEPETH
HENDERSON - Kathleen Blackley “Jenny” Hedgepeth, 82, of Kittrell,  died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton, conducted by the Rev. Anita James.

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JADAJIA A’VEYONCE WRIGHT
WAKE FOREST - Funeral services for Baby Girl JaDajia A’Veyonce Wright, age 14 months, who died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 15) at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Charles Murrill officiating. Burial will follow in the Jones-Hopkins family cemetery.

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DALTON R. MOORE
FRANKLINTON - Dalton Roger Moore, 74, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. Visitation was Monday, Dec. 13, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell.

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MARY E. LILES
ZEBULON - Mary Frances Eudy Liles died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. Visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell.

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OLA K. RAY
WAKE FOREST - Ola Keith Ray, 92, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Wakeminster Baptist Church, Raleigh, with the Rev. Merle Martin officiating. Burial followed in Oakgrove Memorial Gardens in Durham.

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DOROTHY K. RHODES
ZEBULON - Dorothy Lee King “Dot” Rhodes, 88, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services will be held  at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 15) at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JANICE  IVEY CUPP
June 1, 1922 – December 13, 2010
LOUISBURG—Janice Ivey Cupp, 88, passed away with her family at her side. Janice loved to help people and crochet afghans and give them away. She was very faithful to her husband of approximately 70 years, Leonard, who preceded her in death. Graveside service will be at 2 PM Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Clayton.

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HAZEL M. GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Hazel Medlin Gupton, 64, of Louisburg, died Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at Wake Medical Center.  She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Bobby and Cecil Medlin, and was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church.  Graveside services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Joel Story officiating.

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SPORTS

LHS’ Prep Time
DRIBBLE DRIVE. Rocky Mount Prep’s Quashun Coppedge (with ball) tries to drive past Louisburg’s Marcus Davis during Monday night’s matchup.
LHS’ Prep Time
LOUISBURG -- Rocky Mount Prep is regarded as one of the top small-school teams in the area -- a fact the Louisburg Warriors discovered during a four-day span.
Last Friday, Louisburg, seeking its first victory of the season, dropped a 62-54 showdown on the RMP campus, which is located adjacent to North Carolina Wesleyan College.

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LHS Rebounds Nicely
DOUBLE TEAMED. Louisburg High School’s Shantel Blacknall (with ball) tries to avoid a pair of Rocky Mount Prep defenders during Monday night’s non-conference, girls basketball showdown. The host Lady Warriors won the close contest.
LHS Rebounds Nicely
LOUISBURG -- Anyone who has played or worked under legendary coach Mike Holloman at Louisburg College quickly understands the value of a rebound.
That’s because glass work -- especially on the offensive end -- has become at trademark of Holloman’s successful women’s hoops program at LC.

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Central In A Sweep
MAKING HIS CASE. Nash Central Coach Renny Taylor (right) seeks an explanation of a foul call from an official during last Friday’s home victory.
Central In A Sweep
ROCKY MOUNT -- From beginning to end, the Nash Central Bulldogs have held an edge over the Bunn Wildcats during non-conference boys basketball action this month.
The Bulldogs, however, took two different routes on their way to a 2-0 season sweep over the Wildcats.
In the initial meeting two weeks ago, Nash Central came through with a late rally to secure a key victory at the Bunn Dome.

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Ladycats get past Bulldogs
UP AND OVER. Bunn High School guard Whitney Bunn (with ball) elevates over a pair of Nash Central defenders during last Friday night’s road matchup in Rocky Mount, which was claimed by the visiting Ladycats.
Ladycats get past Bulldogs
ROCKY MOUNT -- Heading into the fourth quarter, the Bunn Ladycats appeared to be well on their way -- and in comfortable fashion -- to finishing off a season sweep against Nash Central in girls high school basketball action.
Bunn had rallied late to win the initial meeting two weeks ago, but last Friday’s rematch featured a strong early surge from the Ladycats, who didn’t let up through three periods.

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FHS defeats the Firebirds
FRANKLINTON-- Franklinton made some big plays down the stretch and was able to hold on to defeat Southern Nash by a 47-41 margin last Friday in a non-conference boys basketball event at the historic FHS Gymnasium.
The Red Rams had fallen at Southern Nash two weeks earlier, but FHS avoided a season sweep behind 13 points from Bo Bagwell and 12 markers from Kevin Williams.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are last weekend’s final scores from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Football Championships:

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Raleigh to host Fan Fest
RALEIGH -- NHL Fan Fair, the official NHL fan festival for the 2011 NHL®All-Star Weekend, will come to the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28 to 30, the National Hockey League (NHL) has announced.

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STUFFERINO
STUFFERINO
Rocky Mount Prep’s Jordan Bunting scores on a slam dunk during the Jaguars’ road boys basketball victory Monday against the Louisburg Warriors.

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SKY HOOK
SKY HOOK
Sedalia Seda lifts a hook shot Monday for LHS.

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LIFESTYLES

Holiday Giving & Events
Sponsors needed
The Franklin County Department of Social Services is seeking sponsors for Christmas who will purchase items for families, children and the elderly. Names may also be chosen from the Angel Tree at Walmart. The Angel Tree holds the wish list of 70 children in the custody of the Department of Social Services. If interested in being a sponsor, please contact Kellie Branch, (919) 496-8171.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklin County Schools personnel changes approved
At its Dec. 13 meeting, the Board of Education also approved the following personnel changes:

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Youngsville Elementary Honor Rolls
Rick Smith, principal of Youngsville 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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District 12 retired school personnel holds conference
The District 12 North Carolina Retired School Personnel held its annual fall conference on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Louisburg College. The meeting was called to order by Peggy Kearney, District 12 president, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “America.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

EFFORTS HONORED
EFFORTS HONORED
School Superintendent Eddie Ingram presented a plaque Monday night to Melissa Yeazel, assistant principal at Bunn High School, who was recently named Assistant Principal of the Year in Franklin County. The presentation came during Monday night’s school board meeting.

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Weather doesn’t dampen Christmas spirit in Alert
Santa hats and a four-wheeler made the parade fun
Weather doesn’t dampen Christmas spirit in Alert
Folks in Alert didn’t let rain, wind and cold wipe out their parade as many floats and parade watchers braved the brutal weather to take part in the community’s annual Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon.

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More Alert Christmas Parade pics
More Alert Christmas Parade pics
Parkas, horses, hats and waves from the crowd helped keep these riders warm despite the weather.

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Celebrating Christmas on Main Street in Bunn
CAUGHT UP. Bunn High School’s Stephanie Hilaire prepares to catch a colorful flag as the school’s marching band prepared for the Bunn Christmas Parade.
Celebrating Christmas on Main Street in Bunn
Visitors got a good view of the dozens of floats occupied by businesses, public officials, groups and churches taking part in the annual Christmas parade on Saturday morning.

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More Christmas on Main Street in Bunn pics
More Christmas on Main Street in Bunn pics
GARLAND GETTER. Above, Cindy Beaver hangs garland from a railing attached to the  Cypress Creek Civitan’s float prior to the start of the Bunn Christmas Parade.


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Goodies for the good guys
Goodies for the good guys
Anchor Baptist Church Boyscouts, Cubscouts and American Heritage Girls Troop 619 deliver Christmas Baskets full of snack cakes with Bible verses attached to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Police seek hit and run suspect
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are searching for suspects who stole a woman’s jewels while she was at church.
Cora Driver reported on Dec. 12 that someone broke into her 4668 N.C. 39 South home while she was at church.

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BUSINESS

Farm Bureau honors agents for service
Farm Bureau honors agents for service
SERVICE SALUTED. Above, Shirley Pendergrass, a retiring board member of the Franklin County Farm Bureau’s board of directors, was honored. Presenting her with a plaque recognizing 22 years of service is local Farm Bureau President Bennie Ray Gupton. The presentation was made at a Dec. 13 Christmas party. (Submitted photos)

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THIRTY-PLUS  YEARS OF SERVICE
THIRTY-PLUS YEARS OF SERVICE
Franklin County Farm Bureau’s Donnie Nelms was recognized at a retirement dinner last week. The Farm Bureau Board of Directors and staff honored Nelms for 36 years of “outstanding sales and service as an agent with the North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company.” Shown here are Kay Sims, manager of the local office and Franklin County Farm Bureau President Bennie Ray Gupton (right) presenting a plaque to Nelms (center).

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