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Showing 48 articles from February 11, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Walking the beat
Walking the beat
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s public comment period elicited comments from the county’s top cop —  interim Sheriff Elliott Pinnell.
Franklin County Commissioners tabbed Pinnell as the interim sheriff at its Feb. 7 meeting — a week after Pat Green abruptly resigned his position.

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Commissioners bark at dog limit
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners discussed corralling a growing problem in town — people with packs of dogs.
Staff presented the municipal board with revisions to its animal control ordinance, the most significant of which would limit the number of dogs allowed to five.
“We’ve been running into a big problem with dogs,” said Town Administrator Brenda Robbins.

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A.J. Perkinson, Franklinton EMS pioneer, dies
A.J. Perkinson, Franklinton EMS pioneer, dies
A man who proved to be a bedrock of service and leadership in the Franklinton community died this week.
Andrew Jackson “A.J.” Perkinson was 78.
More than 40 years ago, Perkinson helped found Franklinton Rescue & EMS, bringing a life-saving resource to the community.

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Elderly residents help police with drug bust
Elderly residents help police with drug bust
Louisburg police combined with elderly residents to arrest a suspected drug dealer.
Investigators executed a search warrant the afternoon of Feb. 9, arresting David Lee Wilkins in his Louisburg Elderly Homes apartment, charging him with possession of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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EDC recommends business incentives for Golden Leaf
EDC recommends business incentives for Golden Leaf
The Franklin County Economic Development Commission unanimously recommended Thursday morning that the county offer a $112,650 financial incentive to Golden Leaf Properties.
A new company, United States Growers Direct, is planning to use the money to lease a building for the endeavor.

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Bunn Fun Run to raise money for town park
Bunn Fun Run to raise money for town park
BUNN — Organizers are putting the final touches on plans to host a community event this spring, and now they have a marketing logo in place to hit the ground running.
Dr. Cletus Simpson with Bunn Family Dentistry and the town, including administrative assistant Kimberly Files, have been working for months to bring the first Bunn Fun Run to town.

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Skydiving observation deck to be built
Skydiving observation deck to be built
A new operation at the airport is expanding.
County commissioners approved a lease in March 2009, giving Triangle Skydiving Center the green light to open their business at Triangle North Executive Airport.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg legend Patrick Wright

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: The Shock Hearld Around The World
Editorial Cartoon: The Shock Hearld Around The World


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Sheriff should be hired, not elected
The party in power — or which thinks it is —- wants to  appoint a sheriff.
The party out of power — but drooling over the prospects of gaining it — wants to hold an election for a new sheriff.
Such is the dilemma in Franklin County where the economy is in the toilet, jobs have evaporated, the schools are facing a financial slashing not seen since the Great Depression and no one seems to give a flip.

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The wonders of baking soda and vinegar
The wonders of baking soda and vinegar
Never in all the years that I have been covering school board meetings have I ever encountered vinegar, baking soda and a lighted candle.
But Monday night they were there — and the science “trick” that followed taught a little science but offered some insight into the challenges our schools face.

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The General Assembly shouldn’t cave to the whims of a few
The General Assembly shouldn’t cave to the whims of a few
GOOD MORNING: I would be hesitant to say that, however, if weather conditions are the same this morning as they were Thursday morning when I went down to pick up the morning paper shortly after 5 a.m.
It had just begun to snow, but fortunately outdoor temperatures were just a tad above freezing at that time and it didn’t amount to much.

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Pleased with letters
Dear Editor:
It has been a real pleasure to read the letters and articles about the ex-sheriff and the abortion issue.
It really touched my heart to read one from a person that feels he could have been one of the 3,000-plus-a-day count. Thanks to his birth mother he wasn’t and now is serving God and mankind every day. To God be the glory!

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Poll question: $40,000 or democracy?
Dear Editor:
Your Feb. 9 edition included a box showing that 72.6 percent of county citizens favored a special election to replace Sheriff Green, with only 27.4 percent favoring the Board of Commissioners choosing someone to fill the job until the next regular election.  I always take polls with a grain of salt, as they can often be slanted to get the answers you want.

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Election would stop good old boy network
Dear Editor:
I agree with Franklin County Republican Party Chairman Jeremy Neal that a special election is needed for sheriff. In addition to Mr. Neal’s Wednesday letter to the editor, we have three Republican and four Democratic commissioners; however, who knows if all of the Democratic commissioners would want to appoint the same person for sheriff as would all of the Republican commissioners?

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Integrity... where is it?
Dear Editor:
While this article will be brief, I want to begin to tell you about the next one, pending details that are still unfolding.
What happened, Pat? As many will read this article, I was a 2006 and 2010 voter for former sheriff Pat Green and I was baffled by the allegations that have come about.

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OBITUARIES

WINNIE YARBOROUGH- CRUDUP
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Winnie Yarborough-Crudup, 90, who died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, will be held at noon  today (Saturday, Feb. 12) at Deliverance Cathedral of Love, with the Rev. Phillip Pulley officiating. Burial will follow in Carolina Biblical Gardens.

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ANDREW J. “A.J.” PERKINSON
FRANKLINTON —Andrew Jackson “A.J.” Perkinson, 78, died Monday evening, Feb. 7, 2011 at Duke-Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville. Burial, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 52, followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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MICHAEL D. LYNCH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Michael Dean Lynch, 50, who died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, were held Friday, Feb. 11, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with Bishop Shelton Daniel officiating. Burial followed in the Tilman-Lynch cemetery.

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J. ROBERT PERRY
ZEBULON - James Robert Perry, 94, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 10, at Union Hope Baptist Church. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon.

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PATRICIA “PATTY” PETERS
YOUNGSVILLE - Patricia Ann “Patty” Peters, 51, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Wake Medical Center. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, the daughter of Mittie Davis Peters and Bobby Peters.

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ELAINE B. WOOD
December 11, 1924 – February 8, 2011
LOUISBURG – Elaine Bowden Wood, 86, of Louisburg, went home to be with her Lord Tuesday evening.

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SPORTS

A Canes Rarity
BUCKET BOUND. Louisburg’s Tia Johnson (with ball) drives to the basket for the Lady Hurricanes during their home setback Wednesday night against Region X foe Guilford Tech at historic Holton Gymnasium.
A Canes Rarity
LOUISBURG -- Tradition-rich Louisburg College is used to its home women’s basketball games being all but decided by halftime.
Just not quite in this fashion.
In a key Region X meeting with Guilford Tech, the Lady Hurricanes fell behind by 19 points at the break and never recovered en route to suffering a 64-43 defeat against the Titans at historic Holton Gymnasium.

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A Postseason Push
TURNING POINT. This key pin from veteran David Pearce in the 160-pound weight class helped Louisburg defeat Cedar Ridge on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 2-A Dual Team State Wrestling Playoffs.
A Postseason Push
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s young-but-accomplished wrestling program reached another milestone Tuesday -- and are only a handful of victories away from even greater heights.
Until Tuesday, Louisburg, despite fielding a strong squad over the past several campaigns, had never gotten out of the first day of competition for the Class 2-A State Dual Team Wrestling Playoffs.

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BHS girls unbeaten for Mann
BHS girls unbeaten for Mann
Chuck Mann doesn’t like to emphasize records, but the one his Bunn High School girls basketball team possesses is mighty impressive.
But it doesn’t guarantee playoff success as the Ladycats -- following a perfect regular portion of their campaign -- will begin postseason action this coming week by hosting the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament at the Bunn Dome.

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Distant Relationship
A TITAN TAKES THE BASELINE. Guilford Tech’s RaSean Brewington (with ball) attempts to drive against Louisburg College’s Rashad Chavis during Wednesday’s showdown at Holton Gymnasium.
Distant Relationship
LOUISBURG -- With a first-place cushion already secured, it’s now time for the Lousiburg College Hurricanes to create a little space in the Region X men’s basketball standings.
It’s a process the Hurricanes have been hard at work at for the entire year -- and it continued Wednesday during a key home game against rival Guilford Tech at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 13-19
High School Wrestling
FRIDAY
AT CROATAN HIGH SCHOOL

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LC baseball squad wins home contest
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College picked up its second victory of the 2011 baseball season by edging College of Albemarle by a 4-3 margin on Tuesday at Frazier Field.
Louisburg, coached by John Thomas, improved to 2-1 during the early portion of the campaign.

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FHS’ Banner Day
THE NEXT STEP. Franklinton High School senior standout Sam Arendt (left) has signed a letter-of-intent to continue her soccer career at Lees-McRae College, which is located in Banner Elk.
FHS’ Banner Day
FRANKLINTON -- During last year’s National Signing Day, the Franklinton Lady Rams celebrated two high-profile Division I soccer signees -- Amanda Knapp with UNC-Ashville and Shaylyn Poppe with Gardner-Webb.
Franklinton’s Signing Day hits continued last Wednesday as two more Lady Rams’ standouts finalized their plans for the next four years.

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NCC Tourney Time
VICTORY NEEDED. Ambria Alexander (with ball) and the Louisburg Lady Warriors will need to win the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament in order to advance into the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
NCC Tourney Time
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- There have been few guarantees in the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball standings -- and look for that trend to continue this coming week at the annual NCC Hoops Tournament at the Bunn Dome.
Host Bunn, with only two regular season losses, will be the No. 1 seed courtesy of its regular season crown.

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Middle school wrestlers shine
Middle school wrestlers shine
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County’s three middle schools -- Cedar Creek, Terrell Lane and Bunn -- took part in the annual Middle Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament, which was held last Saturday at the TLMS Gymnasium.
Each of the schools experienced success at the event, with the following wrestlers earning championships:

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CLASS 2-A STATE RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are updated results (through Thursday’s matches) from the Class 2-A State Dual Team Wrestling Playoffs:

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LIFESTYLES

Celebrating different kinds of love
Celebrating different kinds of love
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we concentrate on the word ”love,” which can take various directions. As we think of the word love, it can have a variety of related but distinct meanings in different contexts.
It gets even more complicated when we refer to love in other languages and cultures. As we try to understand the concept of love, cultural differences make it a bit difficult to establish a universal definition.

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HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY
Mary Louise Hill, seated center, celebrated her 100th birthday party at the Louisburg Nursing Center on Jan. 31. Gov. Bev Perdue provided Hill with a certificate of acknowledgment and congratulations, Sen. Doug Berger presented her with a letter of recognition and Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell issued a proclamation.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

CROSSCREEK CAPTURES AWARD
CROSSCREEK CAPTURES AWARD
The Crosscreek Charter Middle School Science Olympiad Team placed in the Fossils category and was awarded a Time Warner Cable-sponsored grant for their first participation in the Olympiad.  The Science Olympiad is a nationwide competition organized much like the athletic Olympics, but with science events such as bottle rockets and anatomy.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’
RALEIGH – The American Civil War wrought great hardship upon the state and nation.  North Carolina suffered at least 35,000 deaths and felt more than its share of pain.  The nation and state survived the war years, 1861-1865, but at great price. 

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School Board personnel decisions made Feb. 7
The following personnel matters were approved at the Franklin County Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 7.

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COOKIES ANYONE?
COOKIES ANYONE?
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Girl Scout cookie time in Franklin County — and unloading the goodies is quite a task. The Franklin County Girl Scouts picked up 2,234 cases of cookies on Wednesday — and this line of volunteers handled their fair share and then some. Watch for sales this weekend at area stores.

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Louisburg police arrest Franklinton man on drug charges
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Henderson man on drug charges during a traffic stop.
Officers charged Robert Milton Wilson, 45, with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Arts Council holds workshop, names executive director
Arts Council holds workshop, names executive director
Last Saturday, the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Board gathered for a four-hour workshop, facilitated by Janie Wilson, the Arts in Communities director of the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC). 
The goals of the workshop included budgetary and program planning, as well as a reinforcement of the FCAC’s continued mission to serve the talented individuals and groups of Franklin County.

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Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week, Feb. 13 – 19
An estimated one in four youth under the age of 18 in the United States are exposed to a family where a person abuses alcohol or is an alcoholic, and for those children it is difficult to know where to turn for help.

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USDA releases status of 2010 counter-cyclical payments
North Carolina’s USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Aaron Martin reminds Franklin County livestock producers that assistance may be available to producers dealing with harsh winter weather, which caused serious harm to livestock and forage. 

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Dates announced for Sorghum Checkoff Referendum
Sorghum Checkoff is a national, coordinated, self-help marketing program designed to strengthen the position of sorghum in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets and uses for sorghum, and develop new markets and uses for sorghum. 

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Programs available for livestock producers affected by winter
North Carolina’s USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Aaron Martin announced that USDA will not issue partial 2010-crop counter-cyclical payments to Franklin Co. producers of wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, soybeans, and peanuts.  For all covered commodities and peanuts, market price projections exceed levels that would trigger these payments.

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Organization to allocate funds to provide low-cost spay/neuter for adopted pets
The SPCA of Franklin County has been awarded a grant totaling nearly $700, courtesy of The Pedigree Foundation.  The funding will assist the Franklin County-based, non-profit organization in continuing its important work: providing low-cost spay/neuter for pets of Franklin County residents.

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FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE
FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a World War II documentary on the life of Edgar “Punch” Parker, a North Carolina hero during the Battle of Okinawa. The film was produced by Robert Poole Jr., who serves as director of the Performing Arts Center at Louisburg College.   Standing (L to R) are Poole and Lions program chairman Mark La Branche.

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BUSINESS

Wake Electric awards Operation RoundUp grants
WAKE FOREST - Wake Electric awarded more than $5,000 in grant monies during the 4th quarter of 2010 to nonprofit organizations located in counties served by the co-op.
These grants were made available through the Operation RoundUp program.

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Domino’s Pizza raises funds for St. Jude
The Franklinton Domino’s Pizza raised extra dough this holiday season to benefit the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — $547.00, to be exact. Domino’s expresses appreciation to all of the customers who donated money for the children at St. Jude during the 2010 “Thanks and Giving” campaign.

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