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Showing 38 articles from January 21, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

County and Franklinton could be resolving water contract issues
Franklinton and Franklin County officials have both scheduled special-called, closed session meetings this coming week.
And based on a letter sent out on Wednesday, both sides could be closer to resolving an ongoing water contract dispute, perhaps without litigation.

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Lancaster chosen Citizen of the Year
PAST AND PRESENT. Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2009 winner Rosemary Champion presented Don Lancaster with the award for 2010 during the Chamber’s annual banquet Thursday night.
Lancaster chosen Citizen of the Year
For his final joke, Don Lancaster shared a story about a new business venture that looked bleak in the beginning.
When he started out as senior vice president and Franklin County market executive for Union Bank, he was working in a small space in Youngsville.
The success or failure of the business was on his shoulders and he felt the weight.

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Getting schooled on charter schools
UP TO HERE. Franklin County resident Anna Johnston had a question for panelists during a discussion on lifting the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state during a Senate District 7 public forum Wednesday morning.
Getting schooled on charter schools
HENDERSON — Advocates for more charter schools say it gives parents choices.
Those who caution against claims that charter schools are a panacea for education say choice is one of the problems with charter schools.

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Man arrested for threatening girlfriend, children with gun
Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Louisburg area man Friday morning after threatening his estranged girlfriend and children at gunpoint.
Members of the department’s tactical team arrested Mario Lamont Sims, 25, charging him with three counts of felony child abuse and endangerment; assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill; assault on a female; and communicating threats.

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Forum puts numbers to tax reform
LEGISLATIVE LEADERS. Sen. Doug Berger, right, and Rep. Glen Bradley held a public forum at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson this week, trying to gauge residents feelings about charter schools and tax reform.
Forum puts numbers to tax reform
HENDERSON — Tax reform, experts said, can help the state burrow its way out a financial recession or depression.
But it’s not what’s going to get the state out of a nearly $4 billion bind this year.
Sen. Daniel Clodfelter, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a tax reform advocate; Roland Stephen, associate professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at North Carolina State University;

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Louisburg approves grants
From giving final approval to three building-restoration grants to confronting a chicken issue, the Louisburg Town Council had a busy, diverse agenda at its Tuesday meeting.
Of the three grant projects, the restoration of the Scoggins Building at the corner of Nash and North Main streets was the largest.

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County reviews economic development plan progress
County reviews economic development plan progress
A year after commissioners and staff developed a strategic economic development plan, they met this week to gauge progress.
Commissioners met last January with staff, educators, municipal, regional and state leaders to develop a plan focusing on six goals:

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Board tables radio decision
Board tables radio decision
County commissioners tabled a decision about one emergency communications issue and approved changes to another that reduced the cost of a system overhaul by $1 million.
The contractor, Harris Corporation, expects to have an improved system completed  in the summer of 2012.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Monique Perry

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Wet Suit
Editorial Cartoon: Wet Suit


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Embarrassed texter looking to blame mall for ending up all wet
Ever hear of Cathy Cruz Marrero?
Us either, at least until this week.
And that’s way too soon but that’s a gripe to be heard another day!
She is the Pennsylvania woman who was walking through a mall texting someone and managed to walk straight into a decorative water fountain.

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Cold weather didn’t keep farmers from warming up to the idea of a new tobacco market in China
Cold weather didn’t keep farmers from warming up to the idea of a new tobacco market in China
After two and a half years of gloom, doom and depression, it’s tempting to look almost anywhere for a bit of good economic news.
But, honestly, I didn’t expect to find it under a shed, in front of tobacco barns in the middle of January -- in what felt like one of the coldest places in Franklin County one morning this week!
But there it was.

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Representative Bradley says he will go wherever his job takes him
Representative Bradley says he will go wherever his job takes him
GOOD MORNING: That greeting, however, depends in large measure on whether we got through the night Friday without any frozen precipitation, or not. But anyway you look at it, it’s expected to be quite cold today with highs in the low to mid 30’s.  And come next Tuesday, our weather forecast calls for something like a 50 percent chance of frozen precipitation of some type.

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Stolen memories
Dear Editor,
Material possessions have their value and, when stolen, summon the emotion of outrage and anger.  After the initial act, one must come to terms with the intrinsic loss.   However, the violation has many layers that last much longer.  How does one restore the feeling of security once your home has been violated?

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Massenburg was highly respected
Dear Editor,
I, along with many others, would like to thank Gary Cunard, editor of The Franklin Times, for his article concerning the late Warren E. Massenburg. It was truly an excellent article. Massenburg was a man who cared about others. He spent his life trying to improve education for all of our children. He was totally dedicated to making our county the very best it could be.

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Thanks for honoring WWII vets
Dear Editor,
I am glad that the people have decided to honor the World War II veterans, though it is too late for a lot of them to know it, but their loved ones will.

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OBITUARIES

ANNIE S. KEARNEY
FRANKLINTON - Annie S. Kearney, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011.

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MARION BROWN FLOYD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Marion Brown Floyd, 81, who died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, will be Monday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at South Main Street Baptist Church.Burial will follow in the Cedar Street cemetery with Rev. David Rosby officiating.

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CECIL MARSHALL
ANGIER - Cecil Marshall, 56, died Jan. 12, 2011 at home after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family.

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JOHN JUNIUS WHITE
RALEIGH - John Junius White, 75, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

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RUDOLPH BRANTLEY
MIDDLESEX - Rudolph Brantley, 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

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ALLEN WAYNE PARKER
CLAYTON -  Allen Wayne Parker, 45, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

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COL. DEAN R. PAQUETTE
PINEHURST - Dean R. Paquette, 80, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst.

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R. NORWOOD WYNNE SR.
HENDERSON - Ralph Norwood Wynne Sr., 80, of the Epsom Community died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 20, at Liberty Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Frank Sossamon and the Rev. Robert Wagner. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Bellamy’s Toll
HITTING THEIR STRIDE. Junior guard Chepirah Neal (with ball) and the Bunn Ladycats continued to play well in Northern Carolina Conference action by picking up a road victory on Wednesday night against the Warren County Lady Eagles.
Bellamy’s Toll
WARRENTON -- Backcourt excellence is a nightly given for the Bunn Ladycats, as guards Whitney Bunn and Chepirah Neal have been consistently good throughout the 2010-11 campaign.
But in order for the Ladycats to make another deep run in the Class 2-A State Playoffs, head coach Chuck Mann understands that his team will have to get significant contributions from his frontliners.

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Early treys send BHS to victory
FLICK OF THE WRIST. Bunn’s Miles Clifton drives for two points during the Wildcats’ key road victory Wednesday night at Warren County in Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball action.
Early treys send BHS to victory
WARRENTON -- Andre Davis is making up for lost time along the perimeter of the offense for the Bunn High School boys basketball squad.
Thanks to his excellence on the football field in leading the Wildcats to an Elite Eight performance last fall, Davis spent most of December shaking off some hoops rust.

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Lady Hurricanes defeated by GTCC in extra session
Lady Hurricanes defeated by GTCC in extra session
JAMESTOWN -- Even in defeat, Louisburg College women’s basketball coach Mike Holloman found out something about his team during Wednesday night’s road game at Guilford Tech Community College.
LC was defeated 68-63 in overtime, but the Lady Hurricanes were able to rally from an 18-point deficit in the second half to force the extra session.

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Weekend gridiron thoughts
Weekend gridiron thoughts
We’ve come too far to turn back now, as this is the most interested I’ve been in a National Football League season in a long, long time.
With that in mind, it’s time to offer my picks for Sunday’s NFC and AFC Championship Games.
The Packers foiled my Atlanta Falcons’ pick last weekend, as they were able to move ahead early, and thus neutralize the Falcons’ high-powered running game.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 23-29
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
North Johnston at Franklinton    7 p.m.
Corinth Holders at Bunn    7 p.m.

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The 20-Minute Match
PLOTTING HIS NEXT MOVE. Bunn High School’s Patrick Limer (top) prepares to place a hold on Louisburg’s Darrian Brown during the clubs’ Northern Carolina Conference wrestling matchup, which was held Thursday night at the historic LHS Gymnasiu
The 20-Minute Match
LOUISBURG -- It didn’t take long for the Louisburg Warriors to wrap up a victory against rival Bunn during a Northern Carolina Conference wrestling match Thursday.
In just 20 minutes, it was all over, as the visiting Wildcats utilized only four wrestlers during a 60-6 loss to the Warriors at the LHS Gymnasium.

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‘Canes to host a Casino Night
‘Canes to host a Casino Night
RALEIGH -- Doug Warf, Senior Director of Marketing and Executive Director of the Carolina Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation, has announced that tickets for the team’s Casino Night and Wine Tasting fundraiser are on sale.
Tickets for the March 13 event cost $200 ($115 is tax deductible), and are available via Ticketmaster and the Time Warner Cable Box Office at the RBC Center. All proceeds will benefit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

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Baseball camp scheduled at Bunn
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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LHS-BUNN MATCH ACTION
LHS-BUNN MATCH ACTION
Louisburg’s Darrian Brown takes control of his 125-pound match against Bunn’s Patrick Limer.

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TALL TIMBER
TALL TIMBER
Bunn’s Danyel Smith (with ball) tries to drive to the basket during the Ladycats’ road decision Wednesday night against the Warren County Lady Eagles. BHS is undefeated this season.

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LIFESTYLES

Living healthy with diabetes
 The Kerr Tar Regional Area Agency on Aging will hold a Living Healthy with Diabetes workshop at the Castalia Baptist Church, 9563 Main Street, Castalia, beginning in February.  This is a highly  participatory work­shop that will take place once a week for six  weeks.  Each session is two and a half hours, and all workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders. 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Flu – It is not too late to receive a flu vaccine
Every year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people get influenza, or the flu, with many being hospitalized and some even dying from causes related to the flu. Flu activity has been increasing statewide according to surveillance reports. 
The symptoms of flu are as follows:

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Triangle North board elects officers
Triangle North board elects officers
The Kerr-Tar Regional Economic Development Corp. (KTREDC), owner and developer of Triangle North business parks, has elected officers and welcomed new board members to represent the four counties that collaborate to develop the parks.
New officers are:

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Three charged with kidnapping, used duct tape to subdue victim
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men charged with binding a man with duct taping and tossing him into the back of a truck.
Deputies charged Chad Matthew Batie, 28, Charles Anthony Perry, 26, and Nicholas Edward Morris, 30, with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and assault inflicting serious injury.

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