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Showing 37 articles from January 28, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Water contract dispute headed to court
Water contract dispute headed to court
Franklinton officials filed a complaint on Wednesday, asking the courts to settle a water dispute with Franklin County.
The documents were filed a day after town officials reviewed Franklin County’s proposal to quash the matter — by taking over control of the town’s water plant and its infrastructure, and assuming the $1 million in debt on the system
“That was their proposal,” said Franklinton Town Manager Larry Carver.

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A LOT AT STAKE
A LOT AT STAKE
Workers with GeoTechnologies Drilling Inc. of Raleigh were on-site at the Murphy House location on Bickett Boulevard collecting soil samples on Friday. The lot’s owner, Johnny Sledge, has been entertaining opportunities to develop the site since the restaurant closed last spring, but no firm plans have been made.

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United Way campaign tops goal
MOBLEY
United Way campaign tops goal
Three new members have joined the United Way of Franklin County board of directors as the 2010-11 campaign winds down.
A final total for the campaign is expected by month’s end, and the $120,000 goal was exceeded this year, Executive Director Kathy Harrelson said this week.

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Franklinton retreat allows time to reflect, look ahead
Franklinton retreat allows time to reflect, look ahead
FRANKLINTON — Officials and staff used a day-long retreat on Thursday to get a more intimate look at town departments, ordinances and finances.
They plan to use those findings to make decisions in the quickly approaching future.
“Retreats make life a lot easier,” said Mayor Elic Senter. “It gives us one day devoted to looking back and looking forward.”

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Gigi’s reopening for business after fire
Gigi’s reopening for business after fire
YOUNGSVILLE — A restaurant that doubled as a town gathering spot will again welcome customers.
After a September fire closed Gigi’s Bistro, Stephan Bezzina is ready to open the doors for business on Monday.
After clearing debris and ash from the restaurant floor  four months ago, Bezzina said he never doubted that he’d be back open again.

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In-home nurse sentenced for fraud, theft
A woman charged with stealing nearly $12,000 from an in-home patient paid her debt, nearly in full, this week.
Franklinton police arrested Sherree Kearney in April, charging her with 30 counts each of financial card fraud, financial card theft and identification theft.
Investigators also charged the Wake Forest woman with two counts of criminal receipt of goods and services fraud.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Al Bolton

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: All Wet
Editorial Cartoon: All Wet


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Litter is in bloom along our roadsides
It may be very late January, but winter “flowers” are visible around are region.
And they aren’t pretty!
This time of year, when most vegetation is dormant and has been beaten down by snow and ice, these “flowers” bloom most prolifically.

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The value of planning school facility needs
The value of planning school facility needs
Several years ago I vividly remember coming out of a Franklin County School District facility needs committee meeting late one night and writing a story about $38 million in facilities the district needed.
Frankly, there were a lot of “deer-in-the-headlights” stares evident as school officials and members of the community took a realistic look at what the district needed and what those needs would cost.

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Water dispute between the county and Franklinton will cost us all
Water dispute between the county and Franklinton will cost us all
GOOD MORNING: I want to begin by thanking State Senator Doug Berger for his letter of congratulations on being among those selected to become part of the display in the new North Carolina Veterans Park opening in Fayetteville on July 4th, and for the DVD video about the park included with his letter.

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LEGISLATIVE WATCH
The following are votes from state Rep. Glen Bradley and state Sen. Doug Berger, week ended Jan. 29 of the N.C. General Assembly.

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OBITUARIES

LULA BELL MCKNIGHT
DURHAM - Memorial services for Lula Bell McKnight, 62, who died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, will be held at noon today (Saturday, Jan. 29) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating.

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GLADYS P. COOKE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Gladys P. Cooke, 93, who died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at New Liberty Baptist Church, with Dr. Coolidge McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DAVID W. GORE
CLAYTON - David Wayne Gore, 46, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the home of Shelia and Benny Powell, with the Rev. Mark Tondee officiating.

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DANIEL C. JOHNSON
LOUISBURG - Daniel Christopher Johnson, age 5, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 at Duke Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 29) at Don Brown Funeral Home in Ayden. Interment will follow in the Ayden Cemetery.

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CLARENCE E. CLEMENT JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Clarence Edward Clement Jr., 71, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Raleigh. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 29) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main Street, Wake Forest.

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DEMETRIUS REAVIS
ZEBULON - Demetrius Reavis, 41, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 29) at Lea Funeral Home. Interment will be in Montlawn Memorial Park.

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BILLY L. PRICE
BENSON - Billy Lewis Price, 79, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, Jan. 28, at McLaurin Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

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AILEEN P. MEDLIN
RALEIGH - Aileen Pipkin Medlin, 94, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 in Chattanooga, Tenn. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 29) at Inwood Baptist Church, 3700 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BATHSHEBA N. JONES
FRANKLINTON —Bathsheba N. Jones, 59, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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SPORTS

Progress Makers
FLICK OF THE WRIST. Roanoke Rapids’ Hannah Grimes (center) tries to come up with the ball while being defended by Louisburg’s Sedalia Seda (left) during Tuesday night’s NCC girls basketball matchup at the historic LHS Gymnasium.
Progress Makers
LOUISBURG -- Little things -- and not the bigger overall picture -- often mean the most during a rebuilding process for a basketball team.
First-year head coach Brett Kiger must look at these intangibles when assessing the progress of his young club.
And Kiger saw a key, never-say-die intangible Tuesday from his Lady Warriors during their home contest against Northern Carolina Conference foe Roanoke Rapids.

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R. Rapids slides by LHS boys
STRONG TO THE HOOP. Roanoke Rapids’ A.J. Alston drives to the basket during the Yellow Jackets’ road victory Tuesday night against the Louisburg Warriors.
R. Rapids slides by LHS boys
LOUISBURG -- Northwest Halifax and Bunn currently share the top of the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball mountain.
But steady-climbing Roanoke Rapids isn’t far from the summit.
RR continued its uphill quest Tuesday by registering a 66-50 road victory at Louisburg in an important NCC showdown at the LHS Gymnasium.

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Pitt CC The Pick For Capell
IT’S SIGNING TIME. Kerr-Vance Academy senior and Louisburg resident Cameron Capell (left) is congratulated by K-VA Headmaster Paul Villatico after Capell signed a letter-of-intent recently to continue his baseball career at Pitt CC.
Pitt CC The Pick For Capell
HENDERSON -- Cameron Capell knew that committing to a college would be one of the hardest decisions of his life.
Decommitting from one proved to be just as difficult.
But after a whirlwind year, Capell felt like his final choice was the right one, as he recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at area and national junior college powerhouse Pitt Community College, which is located just south of Greenville.

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A banner time for Warriors
A banner time for Warriors
In Erica Wammock’s estimation, some of the banners inside the Louisburg High School Gymnasium have been around longer than she has.
Wammock was a multi-sport athlete at LHS in the late 1990s, so she knows a thing or two about the history of athletics at the school.

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A Tie At The Top
A Tie At The Top
BUNN -- Needing a victory to stay in the hunt for the top spot in the Northern Carolina Conference, the Bunn Wildcats came through Wednesday with a 59-42 triumph over Northwest Halifax in a league boys basketball showdown at the Bunn Dome.
The decision moved Bunn into a tie for first place in the NCC, along with Northwest Halifax. Both clubs have one league loss, as they have split their season series.

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Howle honored by Big Ten
Howle honored by Big Ten
STATE COLLEGE, PA. -- Ty Howle is taking his academics just as seriously as athletics during his tenure at Penn State University.
Howle, a redshirt freshman football player at PSU under the legendary Joe Paterno, has once again been selected for the All-Big Ten Academic Team for the fall of 2010.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
Bunn at Franklinton    6 p.m.

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Canes sweep pair versus Wake Tech
Canes sweep pair versus Wake Tech
WAKE FOREST -- In theory, this was a road game for Louisburg College, but it wasn’t a very long journey.
It was, however, a profitable trip as both the Hurricanes and Lady Hurricanes recorded victories Wednesday against Wake Tech Community College in Region X basketball action.

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MAYERS THE BOARD MASTER
MAYERS THE BOARD MASTER
Veteran wing Ashton Mayers grabs a rebound for the Louisburg Warriors during their home conference basketball game on Tuesday night against Roanoke Rapids.

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LIFESTYLES

Remembering a great artist and a wonderful friend
Remembering a great artist and a wonderful friend
Last fall, a dear friend, great artist, and former student of mine passed to be with our Lord. I still remember her dedication and love for learning while a student in my Spanish class, even though she was much older than the rest of the students.
She used to walk to the high school to take Spanish. She wanted to learn it and practiced it every time she saw me. She did her homework, took notes, made A’s on the tests, and even helped students who had a little trouble comprehending the material.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Personnel decisions approved during school board meeting
The following personnel decisions were approved at the Franklin County School Board meeting on Monday, Jan. 24:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Dew returns home from Iraq
Army Reserve Spec. Thomas L. Dew is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraq serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn, or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations.
The soldiers return to Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., for debriefing, evaluations and out-processing procedures before returning to their regularly assigned Army Reserve or National Guard units.

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Ben Franklin Society holds annual meeting
Ben Franklin would have been proud.
During the Jan. 25 annual meeting of the Franklin County society bearing the innovator’s name, a half-dozen local projects were discussed along with a vitalization strategy for the start-up group that has been steadily organizing members and ideas for the past two years.

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House break-ins investigated
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Cary men moments after investigators allege they broke into a Youngsville area woman’s home.
Dep. Allen Batchelor, Capt. Tim Strickland and Det. Dean Woody were on their way to to Rhonda Bullock’s 528 Mitchell Store Road home at about noon on Jan. 19 when they were advised that the two suspects who broke into her home had just left.

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The Dream Continues
The Dream Continues
FGV Smart Start’s sponsored a luncheon for the Vance County Adolescent Parenting program(APP) participants and supporters on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Maria Parham hospital auditorium.  The Dream Continues program featured several participants in the APP program who talked about what Dr. King’s dream means to them.

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BUSINESS

PHARMACY OPENS
PHARMACY OPENS
A snip of the ribbon by co-owner Patricia Person officially opened the Family Pharmacy of Louisburg Friday morning. The store is owned by Person and Jarrett Southall, shown holding the ribbon, both of whom are pharmacists.

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