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Showing 39 articles from January 18, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Construction worker killed in accident
A construction worker was killed Saturday morning in what investigators are calling an accident.
Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter said Ricardo Rios Telles, 34, was working with a crew of three others at the intersection of Elm and Short streets when the fatal mishap occurred just before 9:30 a.m.

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Hardware store target of smash and grab
FRANKLINTON — Police are investigating a smash and grab at a county commissioner’s business.
Between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, law enforcement responded to Mitchell’s Do It Best Hardware as two silent alarms were sounded, the last of which signaled a successful breaking and entering.

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Following a Dream
Alexis Strickland, left, and Braille Harris, right, lead a procession of marchers down Main Street, from the Franklin County Courthouse to St. Paul Presbyterian Church during a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Following a Dream
• Franklinton
Franklinton was the first community to host a celebration on Jan. 15, recognizing the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy 25 years after he died on the actual date of his birthday.
Organizers there put on a ceremonial march through Franklinton, ending at First Baptist Church.
Inside, visitors were treated to a ceremony of words, music and dance, celebrating King’s impact on the nation.

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Pilots allowed to wash planes at county airport
Pilots allowed to wash planes at county airport
It looks like pilots at Triangle North Executive Airport will be able to keep up appearances after all.
Consultants emphasized late last year that the airport would need to comply with state and federal requirements to document hazardous materials, prevent spills and take other precautions to limit the prospects of pollutant discharges at the facility.

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Community organizers to join together as OneFranklinton
Those who have served as the backbone to a number of different community events and organizations will meet Wednesday night in a plan that will draw them together.
And they want more people in town to join them.

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Company looking to China as new market for tobacco growers
Company looking to China as new market for tobacco growers
Farmers from around the region gathered under a tobacco shed at the Raymond Foster farm on U.S. 401 North in Franklin County Tuesday morning to learn about a venture that  could keep local fields filled with tobacco for many more years.
The event was hosted by a new company called United States Growers Direct which is offering tobacco growers contracts for up to 100 million pounds of tobacco that will be sold to China.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Dominique Perry

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Going Down
Editorial Cartoon: Going Down


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Hoping spring comes sooner than later
While we’re certainly not endorsing the idea, we did get a chuckle from the “plans” of one Franklin County man who claimed recently that he was going home to plant butter beans in the snow, hoping that might spark an earlier spring.
Although we’re pretty sure that won’t help bring spring sooner, it seems to be about as smart as sitting around hoping a groundhog doesn’t see his shadow in a few weeks!

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Goswick gallivants as Duncan reports on economic development progress
Goswick gallivants as Duncan reports on economic development progress
GOOD MORNING: We apparently lucked out yesterday (Tuesday) morning in that temperatures apparently remained a tad too warm for what little badly needed rain we received to ice up, out my way at least, although it was a close call as far as the temperature was concerned as the mercury dipped to 32.5 degrees shortly after dawn.

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Are rights to puff going up in smoke?
Are rights to puff going up in smoke?
Have we gone too far?
I came across a story that said the Raleigh City council is discussing plans to ban smoking at outdoor parks.
As a non-smoker, I’m sure I cheered the loudest when the state banned smoking in public places.
It meant that I could go to a restaurant, or bar or night spot and not come home smelling like a chimney sweep.

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Website Reader Participation Results January 12-18
Last Week’s Poll
New gun laws needed?
Will new gun laws prevent tragedies like the Tucson shooting?

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Time to restore debt limits
RALEIGH – As Republicans prepare to take control of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time in more than a century, there may be a lot of talk about amending the state constitution.
 For years, Democratic leaders blocked several proposed amendments from consideration, including eminent domain reform, a marriage amendment, and a cap on annual spending growth. Some of the amendments had bipartisan support.

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Speak out against abortion
Dear Editor:
Jan. 23 begins National Right to Life Week. How many of us stop to think about how many innocent babies are put to death before they ever see the light of day?

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A little tax fairness would go a long way
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Most of the public debate about how to address the state’s $3.7 billion budget shortfall has focused on two competing claims. The new Republican leadership says that they can balance the budget with cuts alone without doing irreparable harm to education and human services.

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The Real Washington
We are so engaged in our own and public affairs that we overlook good, wholesome opportunities readily available to us. North Carolinians have two wonderful opportunities, both unique and well worth the investment of time.

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OBITUARIES

ELIZABETH W. JONES
WINTON - Elizabeth Wilson “Lib” Jones, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Winton Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joseph Futrell officiating. The family will greet friends Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church.

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BETTY B. OAKLEY
RALEIGH - Betty Batchelor Oakley, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at Wake Med. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3800 Hillcrest Drive, Raleigh. Burial will be in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens, 7600 ACC Blvd., Raleigh.

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FRANCES GARNER
FRANKLINTON — Frances Garner, 85, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2011 at Hillside Nursing Center. A memorial service honoring her life was held Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating.

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HILDA B. BLAKE
RALEIGH - Hilda Blackmon Blake, 72, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 from injuries suffered in an auto accident. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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ROBERT L. SILVER
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for  Robert L. Silver, 67, who died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, were held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


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EVELYN O. BRODIE
FRANKLINTON—Evelyn O’Neil Brodie, 59, died Saturday, Jan 15, 2011. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, Louisburg. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Interment, church cemetery.


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RICHARD HOBAUGH, JR.
LOUISBURG - Richard Earl Hobaugh, Jr., 50, of Louisburg, died Thursday, January 13, 2011, at Wake Medical Center.  Richard was a great husband and father and dedicated to helping others.  He was a dedicated coach to his players in T-Ball, softball, basketball and football and an avid hunter, fisherman and a breeder of lab puppies.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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SPORTS

Magnificent Seven
TIGHT GRIP. Louisburg’s David Pearce (right) hangs on to a Havelock wrestler during last Saturday morning’s action at the annual Firebird Duals, which were held on the campus of Southern Nash High School.
Magnificent Seven
STANHOPE -- Even though they didn’t have strength in numbers, the Louisburg Warriors had plenty of reasons to be excited following their performance last Saturday at the annual Firebird Duals Wrestling Tournament at Southern Nash High School.
Because they only had seven performers available for the event, the Warriors were destined to not fare well in the team portion of the tourney, which featured a dual format.

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Victory Lap For LHS
DEFENSE WINS GAMES. Louisburg’s Jamal Wright (left) tries to keep a Warren County player from moving toward the basket during last Friday night’s key Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown at the LHS Gymnasium.
Victory Lap For LHS
LOUISBURG -- Any coach’s first career victory is a memorable one.
But Louisburg first-year boys basketball skipper Dontae Lassiter just hoped it would have come a bit sooner.
After a start to the season filled with near-misses, the Warriors got over the hump last Friday during their Northern Carolina Conference home showdown against backyard rival Warren County.

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Strong Competition
WRAPPED UP. A Franklinton wrestler takes on a grappler from C.B. Aycock during last Saturday morning’s action at the annual Firebird Duals Wrestling Tournament at the Southern Nash High School Gym.
Strong Competition
STANHOPE -- Not afraid to take on some of the area’s top squads, the Franklinton Red Rams hit the road last Saturday to take part in the annual Firebird Duals Wrestling Tournament, which was held at the Southern Nash High School Gymnasium.
Among the entrants at the annual event were long-time state powerhouse Cary High School, along with perennial title Havelock.

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Lindsey selected for Hall
Lindsey selected for Hall
Russ Frazier  broke down a barrier when he became Franklin County’s first -- and only -- member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Frazier will be joined in May by one of the county’s most beloved native sons.
Youngsville’s Larry Lindsey, who won one basketball state championship as a player and eight more as a coach -- has been selected as a member of the NCSHOF’s 2011 class.

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Eagles Soar Past LHS
JUST OUT OF REACH. Louisburg High School’s Sedalia Seda (right) stretches in an attempt to grab this rebound during the Lady Warriors’ home hoops loss last Friday night against Warren County.
Eagles Soar Past LHS
LOUISBURG -- Ten was not a lucky number last Friday for the Louisburg High School girls basketball squad.
And 34 wasn’t so great, either.
Those two numbers helped add up to a defeat for the Lady Warriors, who were stopped 50-26 by Warren County in a Northern Carolina Conference matchup at the historic LHS Gymnasium.

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Bunn surges to a decision at home
Bunn surges to a decision at home
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn substituted liberally against a young Corinth Holders squad but was still able to come away with a 51-16 decision last Friday night in a Northern Carolina Conference girls hoops event at the Bunn Dome.
Unbeaten Bunn is now 10-0 overall to go with a 5-0 league ledger.
Bunn, coached by Chuck Mann, cruised to a 28-9 cushion at intermission.

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Franklinton Recreation to host signups
Franklinton Recreation to host signups
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Recreation Department will conduct T-Ball and Baseball registration on the following dates:
• Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Franklinton Recreation Park
• Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Franklinton Recreation Park

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Louisburg teams earn region wins
Louisburg teams earn region wins
LOUISBURG -- Lousiburg College remained hot on the hardwood with two more victories in Region X men’s basketball action.
Louisburg, which has lost only once this season -- and that was in November -- lived up to its No. 6 national ranking by defeating league rival Rockingham Community College by a 103-83 margin last Saturday afternoon at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.

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LHS DUALS ACTION
LHS DUALS ACTION
After trailing for the majority of the contest, Louisburg’s Zach Fontana (top) put on a quick hold and came up with a pin against Havelock.

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CONTACT TIME
CONTACT TIME
(L to R) Louisburg’s Ambria Alexander and Warren County’s  Calena Jefferies collide during last Friday’s Northern Caroilna Conference girls basketball game at the LHS Gymnasium.

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LIFESTYLES

MARRIAGE
MARRIAGE
Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Collins announce the marriage of their daughter, Shawanda Shikara Collins to DeMario Rakeé Closs, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Closs. The marriage took place Friday, Jan. 14, at the Franklin County Courthouse. A reception at the BTU Center in Franklinton followed.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies looking for trailer thief
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies made a drug arrest with the assistance of a most unlikely source — the suspect.
According to a report by Dep. Jonathan Wells, he and Dep. Joel Anderson responded just after 2 a.m. to a call of shots being fired into a home at 522 Vaiden Road.
According to the report, Teresa Jeanne Odell alleged that her boyfriend had shot into the house.

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Garden planted in spirit of MLK day
GARDEN SPOT. Volunteers made short work of unloading a truck of donated soil that quickly became part of a Grow and Share raised garden.
Garden planted in spirit of MLK day
Volunteers looking to give back in the spirit of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convened on Franklinton Elementary School Monday to build a raised garden bed.
The project was coordinated by Grow and Share of Zebulon.

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Local author to host book signing
A Franklin County resident who’s faced battlefields, both literally and figuratively, is scheduled to host a book signing this coming Spring.
With the help of publisher Changing Lives Changing the World Inc., Linda Turner wrote a book: “God Gives Second Chances - A Red Rose For the Future.”

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PICTURE PERFECT
PICTURE PERFECT
Bishop Robert Locklear, foreground, with New Birth Apostolic Church in Franklinton, captures a praise dance by Ashley Crawford, background, on his cell phone. The event inside First Baptist Church was the culmination of the celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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NOT JUDGING
NOT JUDGING
District Court Judge S. Quon Bridges, who called himself a bootleg preacher, delivered the keynote speech inside St. Paul Presbyterian Church, concluding the celebration of the legacy left behind by Martin Luther King Jr.

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