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Showing 42 articles from March 8, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

ATV injuries prove fatal for Franklinton woman
ATV injuries prove fatal for Franklinton woman
A Franklinton woman died on Monday, days after she sustaining injuries in a late-night four-wheeler accident.
According to a report by Dep. W.J. Wiggins, Elizabeth “Niki” Edwards was riding an all-terrain vehicle with a group of friends on a path at 42 Perry Way, a private road next to her 43 Perry Way home, when she ran into a cable strung across the path.
The accident was reported at about 11:45 p.m. on March 4.

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BURNING LOVE
AFTERMATH. Yellow tape keeps bystanders away from a Youngsville-area home that caught fire over the weekend. The blaze was the result of a domestic dispute that, fortunately, resulted in no injuries.
BURNING LOVE
A Youngsville man was transported to a mental health facility after trying to set his girlfriend on fire on Saturday night.
According to deputies, Gary Norman was not successful in his attempt to injure Chloe Reynolds, but he did set fire to their 20 Deerfield Court residence.
According to the Youngsville Fire Department and a report by Dep. J. Maloney, emergency responders were called out to the scene on an arson call.

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Schools present budget
Schools present budget
A proposed budget for Franklin County schools’ next fiscal year was unveiled Monday night and projects a $708,217 increase in current expenses, most of which involve the opening of the new Franklinton High School and the new Early College High School building.
But even as the school board’s budget committee — which includes all school board members — looked over the numbers, Assistant Supt. for Business and Finance Doug Moore warned them that “this is not the budget we’ll end up with.

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Couple sentenced for insurance fraud, swindling elderly woman
PITTMAN
Couple sentenced for insurance fraud, swindling elderly woman
A Louisburg man and Nashville woman were sent to jail for their roles in swindling an elderly woman out of her life savings.
Superior Court Judge Richard Baddour Jr. sentenced Aaron Pittman, 56 to between 96 months and 125 months in jail and ordered the Louisburg man to pay $122,000 in restitution.
The judge also sentenced Mildred Dew, 58, to between 13 months and 16 months in prison and five years of probation on March 3, following a trial in Granville County Superior Court.

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Memorial fund honors Gold Sand firefighter
Memorial fund honors Gold Sand firefighter
Jared Wynne died in a hunting accident more than a year ago.
However, his spirit lives on through his family and the Gold Sand Fire Department.
With the aid of Wynne’s family, the Franklin County fire station has established the Jared K. Wynne Memorial Fund for Fire Prevention.

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United Way community breakfast, March 17
United Way community breakfast, March 17
The giving for the 2010-2011 United Way of Franklin County is done — and it’s time to celebrate.
Exceeding the goal of $120,000 to raise a record $131,104, the community is ready to come together, reflect on a challenging yet successful campaign and set sights on the upcoming needs here for human services, UWFC President Dale Byrns said this week.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Golfing legend Scott Collie

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: To The Core
Editorial Cartoon: To The Core


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Prepare yourself for a safe, enjoyable spring
Although the calendar indicates it’s still nearly two weeks until the March 20 official debut of spring, there already are some unpleasant indications that the season is upon us.
In the last few days, we’ve had a young woman fatally injured in a four-wheeler accident, a young Nash County man killed in a high speed motorcycle crash and several thunderstorms rolling across the area and even spawning a small tornado just over the county line in Rolesville.

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Mentors set good example
Mentors set good example
GOOD MORNING: We got a bit of badly needed rain locally over the weekend, but we could use quite a bit more. And, if our luck holds out, we might just possibly get it Thursday or Friday.
According to records at the Louisburg Water Plant, we received .04 of an inch on Saturday and .68 Sunday for a total of just a fraction under ¾ of an inch.

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Police chief, gas prices — both head out of sight
Police chief, gas prices — both head out of sight
In today’s economy, it’s hard to imagine that getting fired is a good thing.
However, if I was Marisol Valles Garcia, I’d gladly be collecting unemployment.
To tell the truth, I don’t even know that I would need that.
A pink slip would be just fine.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 2-8
Last Week’s Poll
Investigation exists?
Do you believe the federal investigation of a county commissioner and two senators that Pat Green discussed with Angela Harris and Chuck Murray exists?

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Shaw students give new meaning to “Gentlemen of Distinction”
Good role models are important, but especially so in single parent homes. A group of male students at Shaw University in Raleigh are giving new meaning to the term gentlemen while reinforcing that importance.
Each Wednesday about 20 Shaw University “Gentlemen of Distinction” show up at Raleigh’s Ligon Middle School, dressed in coats and ties to mentor a group of specially selected young boys, many of whom come from single parent, economically depressed homes.

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OBITUARIES

MARTHA A. KETRING
YOUNGSVILLE - Martha Allene Ketring, 76, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 8, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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BETTY FAY RAY
FRANKLINTON - Betty Fay Ray, 69, died Sunday March 6, 2011 at her residence. A memorial service will be held at her residence (252 Gordon Moore Rd. Franklinton) at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating.

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DEBORAH K. BABB
LOUISBURG - Deborah Kay Babb, 61, died Sunday March 6, 2011, at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 8, at Elmwood Cemetery with Dr. William Wakefield officiating.

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EDITH M. DAVIS
ROCKY MOUNT— Edith Eloise Modlin Davis, 95, died Sunday, March 6, 2011.  The family will receive friends 7-8:30 tonight (Wednesday, March 9) at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home.

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WILLIAM LEE “BUTCH” MURPHY
WAKE FOREST- William Lee “Butch” Murphy, 58, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at his home.  A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Unity Baptist Church, with the Rev. Harold Woodlief officiating.

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WILLIAM C. “W. C.” JEANS
ZEBULON – William Carol “W. C.” Jeans, 70, died Friday, March 4, 2011. Funeral service was held  Monday,  March 7, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel.  Internment followed in the Old Bunn Cemetery on Hwy. 98.

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ARTHUR “JUNIOR” WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Arthur “Junior” Williams, 75, who died Friday, March 4, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Emanuel Church of God, with the Rev. C. E. Willie III officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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GEORGE HARRIS JR.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for George Harris Jr., 73, who died Friday, March 4, 2011, will be held Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at Franklinton Elementary School Gymnasium, with the Rev. Calvin Jones officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

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LUCILLE S. RICHARDSON
WARRENTON - Funeral services for Lucille S. Richardson, 89, who died Thursday, March 3, 2011, were held Monday, March 7, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Mt. Bethel Church cemetery.

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CLEOTHA HAYES
GARNER - Cleotha Hayes, 74, died Friday, March 4, 2011. A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 8, at Poplar Springs Christian Church, Raleigh. Burial was in Carolina Biblical Gardens, Raleigh.

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ELIZABETH N. EDWARDS
FRANKLINTON- Elizabeth Nicole Edwards, 21, died Monday, March 7, 2011 at Duke Medical Center in Durham from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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LUCY J. CARTER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lucy J. Carter, 66, who died Sunday, March 6, 2011, will be Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Leon Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

CUT DOWN THE NETS!
NET GAINS. Louisburg College’s Joe Thompson cuts down his portion of the net after the Hurricanes defeated Guilford Tech to win the Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Wentworth.
CUT DOWN THE NETS!
WENTWORTH -- Even though his team leads the nation in margin of victory, first-year Louisburg College head coach Mark Vanderslice is quick to point out that his Hurricanes have experienced their share of tight games.
Louisburg, however, has made a habit of turning nail-biters into blowouts in the bat of an eye -- and Sunday’s championship outing of the Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament would continue that trend.

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Coaches excel for LC men
Coaches excel for LC men
WENTWORTH -- While Louisburg College was winning its second straight Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship, one of its most important contributors was less than one hour away, helping a potential recruit try to get his car fixed on the side of the road.
In the rain, no less.

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LC Wraps Up Year
TIGHT DEFENSE. Louisburg College’s Ariel Phielps (11) guards a Lenoir Community College player during first-round action on Friday at the Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament in Kinston.
LC Wraps Up Year
KINSTON -- Overcoming the Patrick Henry nemesis has been a two-year quest for Louisburg College veteran women’s basketball coach Mike Holloman.
But it still hasn’t happened yet.

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NCHSAA STATE HOOPS RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are this weekend’s state pairings and last weekend’s regional results from the North Carolina High School Boys and Girls State Basketball Tournaments:

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Hurricanes pick up sweep on diamond
Hurricanes pick up sweep on diamond
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College Hurricanes were hoping to get a full weekend of action in last Saturday and Sunday, but Mother Nature had other ideas.
Louisburg was able to stage its home doubleheader last Saturday against Patrick Henry, and the Hurricanes were able to earn a sweep courtesy of 2-1 and 6-5 victories.

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LADYCATS ARE WINNERS AT SOUTHERN VANCE
LADYCATS ARE WINNERS AT SOUTHERN VANCE
Erica Levinson (left) advances the ball for the Bunn Ladycats during their road soccer victory Monday evening at Southern Vance in Henderson. Bunn exploded in the second half to post a 5-1 decision against the Lady Runnin’ Raiders. For more on Ladycats, see this coming Saturday’s edition of The Franklin Times. (Submitted Photo by Ashley Steven Ayscue)

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A Links Trifecta
BIRDIE ATTEMPT. Louisburg High School’s Reid Cox just missed this rare birdie try on the difficult No. 8 hole at The River Golf Club during Monday afternoon’s high school links action.
A Links Trifecta
BUNN -- Wet weekend weather didn’t bode well for a potential prep golf match Monday between host Southern Nash, Wilson Fike and Louisburg.
But skies cleared that morning, and the event took place as scheduled -- much to the happiness of Southern Nash’s Haywood Brantley.

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LC PAINT PRESENCE
LC PAINT PRESENCE
Louisburg College sophomore center Jordan Davidson (with ball) was effective inside for the Hurricanes during their victory over Guilford Tech in the championship game of the Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament, which concluded Sunday afternoon at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.

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INSTANT IMPACT
INSTANT IMPACT
First-year head coach Mark Vanderslice led the Louisburg College men’s basketball team to the Region X Tournament Championship.

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LOUISBURG COLLEGE WINS REGION X TOURNEY TITLE
LOUISBURG COLLEGE WINS REGION X TOURNEY TITLE
Louisburg College head coach Mark Vanderslice congratulates Jeremy Atkinson.

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SIR SLAM
SIR SLAM
Louisburg College sophomore standout Jeremy Atkinson sends down a dunk during the Hurricanes’ victory against Guilford Tech in Sunday’s Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game. The event was held at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, and Louisburg College claimed the title for the second consecutive season.

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LIFESTYLES

ANNIVERSARIES
ANNIVERSARIES
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. Norberto and Virginia Seda of Louisburg celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on March 6, 2011.

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BIRTH
Joyce, Natalie and Sharon Williams of Franklinton proudly announce the birth of their little sister, Stephanie Ivory Williams. She was born Feb. 8, 2011 at 3:19 a.m. at Duke University Medical Center. She weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces and was 16 1/2 inches long.

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POPCORN PAYBACK
POPCORN PAYBACK
Troop 510 Cubmaster Stephanie Templeton, left, and Assistant Cubmaster Eric Dickerson  are covered with the remains of about 75 shaving cream pies thrown by scouts, parents and special guests at the troop’s annual Blue and Gold meeting. The pie-throwing session was used by the troop leaders as an incentive to inspire the scouts to sell $16,000 in popcorn. The troop sold $16,300.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Leaps and Bounds celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday
Leaps and Bounds celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday
Last week, Leaps and Bounds Early Learning Center celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a week-long celebration.
Monday they read “The Foot Book” and painted the kids’ feet (made footprints while dancing on paper); Tuesday they read “Green Eggs and Ham” and ate green eggs and ham for breakfast; Wednesday’s book was “The Cat in the Hat” and the class wore hats like the cat’s; Thursday’s book was “One Fish, Two Fish” and red and blue fish shapes were painted.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man reports his date stole his automobile
Franklinton police are investigating a car theft where the vehicle’s make and model are bound to be more helpful than the suspect’s description.
On Sunday, Audley Anderson of Cary reported that a prior night’s acquaintance swiped his 2005 Dodge Magnum.

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Harris receives award
Army Pfc. Vernon C. Harris received Coin of Excellence from the 434th Brigade Commander for Holiday Block Leave 2010.
Harris is an S-1 award/promotion clerk, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla.  He has served in the military for two years.
He is the son of Etheline Harris of Rocky Ford Road, Louisburg, N.C.

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