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Showing 35 articles from April 1, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Despite lawsuits, water negotiations continue
Despite lawsuits, water negotiations continue
Even though Franklinton and Franklin County are embroiled in a legal dispute, both sides continue to make efforts to resolve their disagreement outside of court.
Franklinton filed a lawsuit on Jan. 26, asking a judge to rule on the validity of a 40-year-old water contract and get the county to pay its overdue water bill — estimated at about $360,000.

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Radio overhaul gets go ahead
SWANSON
Radio overhaul gets go ahead
County commissioners approved additions to a radio project overhaul that increases the project by nearly $2 million.
The contractor said those improvements will be necessary to provide the county with emergency communications strong enough to penetrate buildings in the county’s toughest places and provide pager coverage that will reach first responders in the deadest of spots.

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Drug arrest made
Drug arrest made
Granville and Franklin county sheriff’s deputies combined to arrest a Zebulon woman on drug trafficking charges.
Robin Pearce House, 37, was arrested March 28 and charged with four counts of trafficking opiates, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver a controlled substance.
According to Granville County Deputy Chad Coffey, House was receiving oxycodone medication prescribed for her husband.

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Mobile emergency system approved
Mobile emergency system approved
Commissioners took action Wednesday night on an issue that had been dead.
It was a move that local law enforcement officers and emergency responders say will save lives.
Back in February, commissioners balked at spending $193,000 for a mobile Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)/Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system for deputies, police, fire and rescue workers.

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Perry retires from Clerk of Court office
COURTING RETIREMENT. Franklin County Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter, right, presents long-time Assistant Clerk of Court Jennifer Perry with a retirement plaque during a luncheon on Wednesday.
Perry retires from Clerk of Court office
On Wednesday, order in the court included shared stories, laughter and a few tears.
The source of those emotions was Assistant Clerk of Court Jennifer Perry, who retired this week after 30 years of public service — the last 22 in the clerk’s office.
Her primary role was working behind the scenes to make sure court ran smoothly, essentially keeping order.

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Whistlers set for Thursday start
Practice your pucker — and be prepared to be amazed by folks who take this whistling thing really, really seriously.
Barring some serious and totally unexpected problems, the organizers of the International Whistlers Convention are ready to launch the 38th event at 9 a.m. next Thursday.

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Nozomi packing for Louisburg
Nozomi packing for Louisburg
Perhaps one of the most determined whistlers headed toward Louisburg is Oba Nozomi from Japan.
In an e-mail this week, he reported that there is “a rolling blackout happening” in his hometown of Narashino in the Chiba prefecture as officials try to deal with the triple disaster of an earthquake, tsunami and a disaster at a nuclear power plant.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Mecca Hicks

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Balancing Act
Editorial Cartoon: Balancing Act


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Company is coming
Spring is relentlessly making its way across Franklin and despite the damp, very cool weather of recent days, that’s all about to change.
Soon, both the weathermen and the calendar agree, the weather is going to turn warm, sunny and quite beautiful.
And with that change comes a variety of events in Franklin County.

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Water problem becoming costly
Water problem becoming costly
GOOD MORNING: We needed the rain and I’m thankful for it, but if I owed someone a cold, wet miserable day and they wouldn’t take Wednesday in payment thereof, they would simply have to go unpaid as far as I’m concerned. And not only that, Thursday wasn’t much better.
Temperatures began to warm up a bit Friday, however, and Sunday looks to be sunny with a high of around 65, climbing into the mid to upper-70’s once again by Monday.

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Warren County benefits as Franklin County leadership drops the ball again
Warren County benefits as Franklin County leadership drops the ball again
You may be pleased to know that efforts to make locally grown food more easily available — a farm-to-fork program — seems to be alive and well.
It’s just not in Franklin County.
Despite the fact that this idea has been tossed around Franklin County for years — and that our local Cooperative Extension staff managed to find a $25,000 grant to see if the idea was feasible (it was!) — local officials have once again bobbled the ball.

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The case for medical cost containment by foregoing IMRT
Dear Editor:
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is a relatively recent innovation in the history of Radiation Oncology.
It employs sophisticated computer treatment planning software and hardware to focus the damaging effects of radiation on the malignant tumor, while reducing the dose to nearby normal tissues.

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OBITUARIES

LAWRENCE MOSLEY
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Lawrence Mosley of Savannah, Ga., died Monday, March 28, 2011. He was the former owner/operator of Gordon’s Seafood in Louisburg and former husband of Maxine Perry of Franklin County.

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CHARLES L. POWELL
WARREN, Ore. —Charles L. Powell, 74, a native of Franklinton, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at a Longview, Wash. hospice care center. Open house will be at the family home at 33684 Rodney St., Warren, Ore., on Saturday, April 9, from 1-5 p.m.

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JOHN “CADILLAC” WILLIAMS JR.
ROCKY MOUNT - John Williams Jr.,  78, died Friday, March 25, 2011.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 30, at Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount. Burial followed at Gardens of Gethsemane Cemetery in Rocky Mount.

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TERRY L. HANCOCK
YOUNGSVILLE - Terry L. Hancock, 58, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Cremation Society, Raleigh.

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CHARLIE E. PERRY SR.
PORTSMOUTH, Va.- Funeral services for Charlie Edward Perry Sr., 85, formerly of Louisburg, who died Wednesday, March 30, 2011,  will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, at St. Delight UCC in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Softball Stakes
COVERING THE PLATE. Bunn High School pitcher Lauren Maynard (right) tries to field a throw as a North Johnston runner crosses home plate during Tuesday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch matchup at the BHS Softball Field.
Softball Stakes
BUNN -- Traditional powerhouse North Johnston was considered one of the preseason favorites to win the Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball -- and the Lady Panthers have done nothing so far to dispel that notion.
North Johnston has passed every league test to date this year -- including a key road matchup Tuesday evening against the Bunn Ladycats.

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BHS boys earn first in league
TOP CAT. Senior veteran Robbie Satterwhite is currently Bunn High School’s leading golf scorer in Northern Carolina Conference competition for the 2011 season.
BHS boys earn first in league
LOUSBURG -- For the first time in almost 10 years, the Bunn Wildcats have taken first place at a Northern Carolina Conference Prep Golf Event.
Bunn collected 325 points to outdistance perennial powerhouse Roanoke Rapids, which took second with 334 points during Tuesday’s match at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.

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Big-Inning Blues From Bunn
Big-Inning Blues From Bunn
BUNN -- Big-inning blues have proven to be lethal for the Bunn Wildcats during the 2011 prep baseball season.
If not for their penchant for allowing opponents to deliver runs in quick bunches, the Wildcats could have fared better than their current start, which is now at 2-10 overall following an 8-1 home loss on Tuesday to Northern Carolina Conference foe North Johnston.

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Down to the wire in picks
Down to the wire in picks
It’s going to come down to who wants it the most in the annual The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Pool.
Thanks to a string of weird upsets, Franklin County Parks and Recreation Director Oliver Greene is one of two competitors who enters the Final Four with one team alive -- the Connecticut Huskies.
The other picker with UConn in the Final Four was Ricky Carden, but he has been mathematically eliminated.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 3-9
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Franklinton at Oxford Webb    5 p.m.

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Annual Torch Run golf tourney slated
Annual Torch Run golf tourney slated
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The annual North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Benefit For Special Olympics Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 20 at The River Golf and Country Club at Lake Royale.
Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon. A four-person superball format will be utilized.
Following the golf, a ceremony featuring dinner, awards and door prizes will be held.

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Mueller Tops NCC
Mueller Tops NCC
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Wrestling is still a relatively new sport to Franklin County, but grapplers from the local high school have certainly caught on quickly.
The county’s recent string of strong finishes at the Class 2-A State Meet continued this year as Louisburg senior veteran Smiley Mueller claimed a runner-up finish in the 152-pound class to wrap up his tremendous career.

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PLAYMAKER
PLAYMAKER
North Johnston High School catcher Taylor Adams fields a bunt from the Bunn Ladycats during Tuesday’s key Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch event at the BHS Softball Field.

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MULLING HIS OPTIONS
MULLING HIS OPTIONS
Bunn High School’s Christian Sledge (with ball) makes the correct decision that he would be unable to retire a North Johnston batter off a ground ball.

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LIFESTYLES

Maqui, my childhood berry, is the next “superfruit”
Maqui, my childhood berry, is the next “superfruit”
I never thought I was going to hear about Maqui in this country. When I was a little girl, back in Chile, my favorite berry was Maqui. It was smaller and about the same color as a blueberry.
Our family went to the country to pick Maqui berries, or we bought them from families with poor income. The families or just the children would come to town with baskets full of these berries, as they went from door to door to try to sell them.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Kerr-Vance Academy announces Honor Roll
The following Franklin County students at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson were named to the Headmaster List or A/B Honor Roll for the third quarter grading period.

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Franklinton Elementary Carnival
The PTA at Franklinton Elementary School is having a carnival at the FES Playground, 431 S. Hillsborough St., on Saturday April 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be  pony rides, a mini train ride, bounce houses, a climbing wall, a car show and a bike show, as well as games and prizes.  The American Legion will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs, the Lions Club will be selling funnel cakes and Rolling Thunder will have a dunking booth to dunk some of our favorite teachers.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

LIONS MEETING
LIONS MEETING
The Louisburg Lions Club recently enjoyed a very informative program presented by John Vollmer with Vollmer Farms in Bunn.  He updated the club on growing organic vegetables and how to become a member of the Community Supported Agriculture program in Franklin County.  Pictured (left to right) are Vollmer and Lions Club President Victor Bethea.

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United Way of Franklin County Community Impact Grant application cycle open through April 15
United Way of Franklin County Community Impact Grant application cycle open through April 15
How can you make a difference?
One way is to identify an area where help is needed and then get busy.
The United Way of Franklin County application period for the 2011 Community Impact Grants remains open through April 15.
Awards will total $128,000 this year, according to UWFC Executive Director Kathy Harrelson.    

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Youngsville man arrested on assault charges; Country Lounge vandalized
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who vandalized a Youngsville-area night spot.
According to an incident report, Dep. J. Maloney was dispatched the morning of March 29 to a breaking and entering call at the Country Lounge at 823 Youngsville Boulevard South.
When he arrived, he met a state worker at the front of the building.

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BUCKLE UP KIDS!
BUCKLE UP KIDS!
The Louisburg Fire Department is now the BuckleUpKids Site for Franklin County. Currently, there are seven members who are Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians.  This is a national certification that accounts for 36 hours of classroom and practical skills evaluations. The technicians will inspect your child seat and instruct you on proper installation. This is a free service for inspections/installs, and child restraints are available at the station.

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PRAYER DAY
PRAYER DAY
The 12th Annual Day of Prayer for United States Farmers (Farmers’ Prayer Day), sponsored by local churches, businesses and farmers, was observed Sunday, March 13, hosted by the Vollmer Farm of Bunn. Approximately 200 people attended. The event takes place yearly on the second Sunday of March and was started by local farmer Brent Strickland, above, who  is a lifetime resident of Franklin County.

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