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Showing 31 articles from January 4, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

New Year’s celebration gets out of hand, two arrested
Louisburg police rang in the New Year arresting two rowdy people outside a new area restaurant.
According to police, there were a series of altercations that began inside of Turner’s Hot Spot during the early morning hours of New Year’s day.
Lassiter said officers were called in for assistance as the fights apparently spilled outside of the establishment.

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BRONZE STARS
IN GOOD HANDS. Artist and sculpturist Marcela Casals, left, shows Clifford Gilliam how she plans to make a bronze mold of his hand.
BRONZE STARS
Hands that were accustomed to holding firearms or the hands of loved ones as they returned from battle were dipped in all sorts of goo on Monday afternoon.
By the time artist and sculpturist Marcela Casals gets done, that goo will have dried and those hands will be immortalized in bronze and on display at the North Carolina Veteran’s Park in Fayetteville this July 4.

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County adopts resolution to support doctor
County adopts resolution to support doctor
County commissioners adopted a resolution that a health care provider hopes will keep cancer-treating technology in Franklin County.
Dr. Robert McLaurin appeared before the board last month, asking commissioners to adopt a resolution supporting his continued use of a linear accelerator at his Franklin County Cancer Center in Louisburg.

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WHAT GOES UP...
WHAT GOES UP...
Louisburg electric department worker Matt Edwards takes down a snowflake displayed along Bickett Boulevard. The holiday ornaments and lights were placed around town for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but came down this week.

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School system facing tough budget decisions
A double-barreled message of economic gloom and doom, coupled with a great deal of uncertainty, was delivered forcefully to the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night by Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance.
The message came at the first budget meeting of a new year that promises to be filled with financial challenges. The audience was filled with principals and other staff members, an unusual sight at a school board meeting.

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Jobless rate increases
Only one county held off an unemployment rate increase, according to the state Employment Security Commission.
Franklin County joined 98 other counties that witnessed an increase in their unemployment rate for the month of November. Davie County was the lone county without a rate increase as their number remained stagnant.

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Bunn getting hardware, farm supply store
It wasn’t exactly the magic of dipping peanut butter in chocolate, but two area businessmen are betting that a joint effort in Bunn will satisfy the appetites of the handyman and farmhand, alike.
Shane Brantley and Tim Morris plan to open a combination hardware/country supply store along Main Street.

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Times’ cartoonist featured in year-in-review publication
Times’ cartoonist featured in year-in-review publication
The Franklin Times’ editorial cartoonist, Jay Lamm, has been published in the “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year - 2011 Edition.”
The book, published by Pelican, was released in mid-December and features over 400 editorial cartoons from 157 cartoonists.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Shatory Yarborough

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Doctor Doctor
Editorial Cartoon: Doctor Doctor


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In the end, budget must provide well-grounded, diverse education
And so it begins ...
Monday night, with little fanfare, the Franklin County Board of Education began what is likely to be a long, arduous effort to deal with a financial “cliff” that top school administrators have been predicting for months.

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Appointment of Stone’s replacement doesn’t register well with bloggers
Appointment of Stone’s replacement doesn’t register well with bloggers
GOOD MORNING: The snow last week was nothing compared to the fallout that resulted from the news that veteran County Register of Deeds Linda Stone is planning to step down in the near future. Stone, a veteran of some 30 years in the Register of Deeds Office, is expected to continue in office until a replacement is named and comes on board, probably within the next month or so.

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Blackbird death. Sign of the apocalypse or sign that people will believe anything?
Blackbird death. Sign of the apocalypse or sign that people will believe anything?
Really?
That’s the best we got?
Over the weekend, it was reported, thousands of red-wing blackbirds came raining from the sky, falling dead in the tiny Arkansas town of Beebe — population 5,000.

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Website Reader Participation Results Dec. 29-Jan. 4
Last Week’s Poll
Would President Obama win again?
If President Obama runs for re-election, will he win?

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We need proactive approach to recycling
Dear Editor,
I was surprised to see in a recent Times article that The Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award had been awarded to Franklin County. From my observations at the Solid Waste Recycling Centers, we exercise very little effort at focusing on maximizing recycling and waste reduction and reducing what is taken to the landfill.  This type of effort is described in the article as one of the core focus areas of the Keep America Beautiful program.

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OBITUARIES

BELMA P. MURRAY
ZEBULON - Belma Parker Murray, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell.  Burial followed in the Murray cemetery.

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LINDA F. JONES
FUQUAY-VARINA—Linda Forsythe Jones, 66, died at her home on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 1, at Catawba Springs Christian Church.

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FRED “POGO” STEPHENSON
RALEIGH - Fred “Pogo” Stephenson, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 3, at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh. Burial followed at Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

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PAUL WALSH
LOUISBURG - Paul Walsh, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. Arrangements by Joann Marotta Funeral Home, Durham.

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SANDRA R. PEARCE
September 2, 1943 – January 2, 2011
LOUISBURG – Sandra Rose Pearce, 67, of Louisburg, died Sunday afternoon at her home.

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SPORTS

New Year’s Ball
EXCELLENCE DOWN THE STRETCH. Franklinton’s Jamal Johnson made some key plays late in the game for the Red Rams during their championship matchup against Cardinal Gibbons last Friday at the South Granville Boys Holiday Tournament.
New Year’s Ball
CREEDMOOR -- Between them, Franklinton head coach Clarence Walker and long-time assistant George Hale couldn’t remember the last time the Red Rams won a Christmas Boys Basketball Tournament.
That skein came to an end last Friday as the Red Rams celebrated New Year’s Eve with a 49-44 victory over Cardinal Gibbons in the championship contest of the South Granville Holiday Classic.

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Warriors defeated by NJHS
TOUGH LOSS. Marcus Davis (with ball) and the Louisburg Warriors were defeated by North Johnston in overtime last Thursday in the third-place game of the North- South Christmas Classic in picturesque Four Oaks.
Warriors defeated by NJHS
FOUR OAKS -- Louisburg High School continues to put itself in position to win in boys basketball action.
But the Warriors simply haven’t been able to get over the hump to date, and the result has been a winless start to the season for first-year head coach -- and former LHS player -- Dontae Lassiter.

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Baseball clinic scheduled at Bunn High School
Baseball clinic scheduled at Bunn High School
BUNN -- Bunn High School will be hosting its 2nd Annual Franklin County Baseball Clinic, which is scheduled for January 29.
The clinic will begin in the Bunn High School Gym and move outside after lunch, weather permitting. 
The cost of the camp is $35 per person, which includes lunch. 

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LC clubs return to the court
LC clubs return to the court
Mark Vanderslice considers the next few days as ‘halftime’ for his Louisburg College men’s basketball squad.
After three weeks to exhale -- and celebrate the holidays -- the Hurricanes are back on campus, and have only a few days to prepare for what is expected to be one of their most intense games of the year.

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Cotten A Hall Of Famer
Cotten A Hall Of Famer
LOUISBURG -- A journey that began with a daily, one-block walk to the local rec fields culminated in December for Sheilah Cotten -- some 3,000 miles from her humble beginnings in Fuquay-Varina.
Cotten, the long-time coach at Louisburg College who retired in 2005, was honored as the lone member of the 2010 National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame class at the annual National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association meeting in San Diego, Calif.

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Camp scholarships are available
WAKE FOREST -- Wake Electric is providing all-expenses paid scholarships for one deserving young woman to attend the Kellie Harper Basketball Camp at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and one young man to attend the Roy Williams Basketball Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill this summer. 

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SOLID AS A ROCK
SOLID AS A ROCK
Franklinton senior guard Kevin ‘Rock’ Williams was outstanding for the Red Rams as they won the championship at the South Granville Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament last Friday in Creedmoor.

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READY TO GO
READY TO GO
Nikki  Bell and the Franklinton Lady Rams hoped for a strong effort Tuesday night on the road against Corinth Holders in conference girls hoops action.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

STEADY HAND
STEADY HAND
World War II veteran and Times Associate Editor Asher Johnson holds still while Marcela Casals makes a mold of his right hand on Monday. His and four other bronzed hands will be part of a veterans display in Fayetteville.


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Deputies investigate break-in
Sheriff’s deputies brought in this new year investigating an old problem — home break-ins.
Patricia Hart reported on Jan. 1 that someone broke into her 2653 Mays Cross Roads Road home between that morning and the evening of Dec. 31.

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Spring Hope man shot
A New Year’s Eve argument led to one Spring Hope man being shot and another arrested.
According to Spring Hope Police Chief Tim Denton, 27-year-old Benjamin Reshon Hicks and 22-year-old Christopher Jerome Howard reportedly got into an argument on Friday, December 31 around 2 p.m. The argument quickly escalated and Hicks allegedly shot Howard in the leg.

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