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Showing 55 articles from April 5, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

US Growers Direct to locate at Triangle North Franklin hub site
U.S. Growers Direct, a commodities marketing and distribution company, plans to locate a new global distribution center at Triangle North Franklin business park in Louisburg.
County commissioners applauded the move during a meeting on Monday night.
The $3.75 million, 100,000-square-foot facility will be built by Golden Leaf Properties, a Franklin County development company, on 17 acres at Triangle North Franklin.

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Missing woman found
The case of woman reported missing in Franklin County has turned into a kidnapping investigation.
Erik Sherman reported his 31-year-old wife, Samantha,  missing on Saturday morning.
Later that day, Samantha Sherman turned up at Duke’s Raleigh hospital, claiming to have been kidnapped, among other claims.

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OPENING DAY
OPENING DAY
Former Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy James Williamson threw out the first pitch last Saturday as part of the Opening Day Celebration for the Louisburg Recreation Department’s Spring Sports Season.

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Foy wants board to pick new sheriff
Foy wants board to pick new sheriff
The State Bureau of Investigation’s probe into allegations that money was stolen from the sheriff’s office continues.
So does the debate about what commissioners should do about it.
Pat Green resigned as sheriff on Jan. 30, citing personal and health issues.

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SPRING CLEANING!
SPRING CLEANING!
Louisburg utility employees found themselves doing a little spring cleaning Tuesday morning after a fast-moving storm took down this tree near Tucker Drive. Crews worked from about 5:30 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. cleaning up the tree, replacing a damaged transformer and getting the power back on. In this photo, Colt Dickerson, a lineman with the electric department, trims tree limbs and branches.

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Commissioners support US 401 resolution
MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN. Franklin County commissioners took time on Monday to recognize county staff members who also served in the military.
Commissioners support US 401 resolution
Franklin County commissioners agreed to support a resolution to improve U.S. 401.
The decision came two weeks after residents, officials and others stated their case that U.S. 401 needs to be improved all the way through Franklin County.
As it’s proposed, a preliminary state Department of Transportation improvement plan calls for the highway to be widened from the Rolesville Bypass to Royal — Section C.

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Tractor trailer wreck sends two to hospital
CHECKING THE SCENE. Trooper B.R. Simmons checks out a pickup truck involved in an accident on Monday afternoon. The trooper made marks at the scene to aid in the investigation.
Tractor trailer wreck sends two to hospital
YOUNGSVILLE — A wreck involving a tractor trailer sent two people to the hospital, tied up traffic for hours and spilled about 150 gallons of diesel fuel.
The state Highway Patrol said Berhane Weldemichael was responsible for the rush-hour wreck at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

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Special Olympics slated for Friday at Bunn High
Special Olympics slated for Friday at Bunn High
In their fourth year, organizers of Franklin County’s Special Olympics are hitting their stride.
The event, slated for Friday at Bunn High School’s football field, promises to be bigger and better — both in terms of the number of athletes and community involvement.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Anthem singer Ashley Duncan

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Rubber Duckie
Editorial Cartoon: Rubber Duckie


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County shouldn’t commit to new emergency radio system without more study
It sounds like Franklin County’s new plan for a communication system was conceived by a marketing company trying to sell something!
And that’s not comforting.
The county says it is looking for a communication system for police and fire fighters that works “in 95 percent of the county 95 percent of the time.”

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Green investigation far from over
Green investigation far from over
GOOD MORNING: Although April is noted as the month of showers, that was definitely a March-like wind we had to contend with on Saturday.
On the other hand, Sunday and Monday were two of the prettiest days we’ve had in a long while, with temperatures Monday nearing the 90-degree mark.

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Companies that pull the wool over your eyes might not be worth second look
Companies that pull the wool over your eyes might not be worth second look
It might be important to divert the eyes of impressionable youngsters, right now.
That’s because I was crushed when I found out there was no real Santa Claus.
It still stings to know that there is no Easter Bunny ... or Tooth Fairy for that matter.
As you get older, it really hurts when you start losing faith in real people.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 30 -April 3
Last Week’s Poll
Will Green be charged & tried?
Will former sheriff Pat Green ever be charged with a crime and go to trial?

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Problems with teaching Pacing Guide System
Dear Editor:

This past year, Franklin County started forcing all teachers to teach by a system called the “Pacing Guide.”
Teachers are told what to teach and when in weekly time frames. The pacing guide does not take into account a child who already knows the material; they learn nothing for the week.

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Honoring advocates
Dear Editor:
April is an important month in that it is Volunteer Appreciation Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month.  
As the district administrator for the Guardian ad Litem program, I’d like the citizens of our community to know that many fine individuals are involved in our program as volunteer court advocates.

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It was just a dog
Dear Editor:
The old man thought to himself, thank goodness morning has come.  He laid awake another night trying to block loneliness from his mind.   Months had turned to years, and the years were filled with emptiness.  He had disappointed everyone, and he knew it. 

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OBITUARIES

LYNN W. HALSTEAD
ZEBULON - Lynn Weeks Halstead, 53, died Thursday, March 31, 2011 at her home. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Milton, N.Y.

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PATRICK L. PENDRY
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Patrick Leigh Pendry, 24, who died Thursday, March 31, 2011, were held Sunday, April 3, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.

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ELIZABETH W. SENTER
FRANKLINTON - Elizabeth Williams Senter, 87, died Saturday morning, April 2, at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 5, at Franklinton Baptist Church. Entombment followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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JAMES W. “J.W.” BOYKIN
ZEBULON - James Wilton “J.W.” Boykin, 75, died Thursday, March 31, 2011. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 3, at Social Plains Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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MICHAEL LEE HOPKINS
ZEBULON - Michael Lee Hopkins “Big Mike,” 59, died unexpectedly at his residence. A celebration of his life was held Sunday, April 3, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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LARRY P. RITCHIE
RALEIGH - Larry Paul Ritchie, 68, of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Raleigh, died Thursday, March 31, 2011. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Montlawn Memorial Park with military honors.

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BESS P. HART
ALEXANDRIA, VA— Bess Poole Hart, 89, died Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Alexandria, Va. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Pilot Baptist Church, 8103 NC 39 Highway S, Zebulon.

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QUEEN “GRAY” L. TAYLOR
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Queen “Gray” Lynch Taylor, 58, who died Saturday, April 2, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ANNA M. DAVIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Anna M. Davis, 95, who died Monday, April 4, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Mann family cemetery.

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MAGALENE R. MITCHELL
FRANKLINTON—Magalene Ray Mitchell, 89, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Mt. Carmel Christian Church, with the Rev. Don Owen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TONY R. UPCHURCH
July 24, 1949 – April 3, 2011
ZEBULON – Tony Ray Upchurch, 61, of Zebulon, passed away Sunday morning.

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SPORTS

Change Winds
FLYING HIGH. Louisburg College catcher Patrick Roy tries to reel in a relay throw as USC-Lancaster’s Trey Deason crosses home plate during Saturday afternoon’s Region X baseball doubleheader at historic Frazier Field on the LC campus.
Change Winds
LOUISBURG -- Heavy winds brought in a change in the Region X baseball standings last weekend at Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus.
After dropping its first six league games, Louisburg has been slowly clawing back up the league’s standings -- and toward a more favorable seed in the Region X Tournament, which will be held in May at the Burlington Athletic Park in Alamance County.

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FHS boys strong on the court
FHS FOREHAND. Franklinton’s Vinnie Joostema returns a volley as part of a doubles match during the Red Rams’ boys tennis event last Friday afternoon against Corinth Holders in Northern Carolina Conference action.
FHS boys strong on the court
FRANKLINTON -- The hopes and dreams of the Franklinton High School boys tennis team are intact as the Red Rams get ready for postseason action.
FHS, under the direction of first-year skipper Nathan Moreschi, currently boasts an 8-3 overall record following last Friday’s home decision against Northern Carolina Conference foe Corinth Holders.

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Ladycats Slide Past Pirates
RACE TO FIRST. Corinth Holders pitcher Hanna Holland (right) throws the ball to first base as Bunn’s Aimee Sanders hustles down the line following a bunt during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference softball matchup on the BHS campus.
Ladycats Slide Past Pirates
BUNN -- With the exception of one inning, the Bunn Ladycats weren’t able to dent the scoreboard during their Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball matchup on Monday at home against Corinth Holders.
But that uprising would prove to be enough as the Ladycats posted a 5-1 victory over upstart Corinth Holders at the BHS Softball Complex.

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Greene a champion for picks
Greene a champion for picks
It’s all over but the shouting in the annual The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool.
And there is plenty of shouting coming from the River Road offices of the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department.
That’s because FCPR Director -- and long-time contest sad sack -- Oliver ‘June’ Greene has claimed the top prize in what can only be described as a stunning upset.

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Longson, Sledge team up for no-hitter for BHS
Longson, Sledge team up for no-hitter for BHS
BUNN -- Head Coach Leonard Allen didn’t realize it until after  the game, but a pair of Bunn High School pitchers combined for a no-hitter during the Wildcats’ home baseball meeting Monday against Northern Carolina Conference foe Corinth Holders.
Southpaw Taylor Longson worked the first five innings and Christian Sledge finished things off with a hitless top of the sixth as the Wildcats roared past the Pirates by a convincing 10-0 margin at the BHS Baseball Field.

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Fishing tournament scheduled
Fishing tournament scheduled
HENDERSON -- The Fourth Annual Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina Fishing Tournament will be held April 23 at the Satterwhite Point portion of Kerr Lake in Vance County.
A two-person team format will be utilized. Entry fee is $180, and pre-registration is preferred. There will be a $20 late fee for registrations received after April 15. Late registration will be available one hour before safe light at Satterwhite Point.

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FHS suffers first setback
FHS suffers first setback
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Franklinton had rolled through the early portion of its girls soccer schedule, but the Lady Rams were destined to face their toughest test of the spring to date on Monday night.
That’s when Franklinton traveled to rival Roanoke Rapids for a renewal of the clubs’ always-feisty series.

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LOUISBURG OPENING DAY
LOUISBURG OPENING DAY
The Coach-Pitch Cubs and Reds squared off in the first game of the season as part of Louisburg Recreation Department’s Opening Day Ceremonies last Saturday. Above, Jaheim Brown of the Cubs tries to tag Reds’ player Landon Mize.

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LOUISBURG OPENING DAY, 2
LOUISBURG OPENING DAY, 2
Jeremy Milton is safe at second base between Reds’ defenders Landon Seal and Landon Mize.

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FRANKLIN CO. RECREATION DEPT. VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 1
FRANKLIN CO. RECREATION DEPT. VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 1
V.I.P.ERS 12-OVER. (Back, l to r) Nancy Padvchowski, Johanna Taylor, Elizabeth Battle and Coach Sherri Vernelson; (front, l to r) Trinity Battle, Kimmee Vernelson and Erin Collier. Not pictured: Haley Effingham. (Photo Submitted)

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FRANKLIN CO. RECREATION DEPT. VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 2
FRANKLIN CO. RECREATION DEPT. VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 2
SERVE.IVORS 12-OVER. (Back, l to r) Jordan Edwards, Morgan Morris, Dylan Hill, Heidi Best and Coach Nicki Marshall; (front, l to r) Haley Marshall, Sarah Gupton, Summer Phillips and Mackenzie Wood. (Photo Submitted)

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ECU Pirates rally to topple UAB
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Zach Wright’s second home run of the day, a three-run shot in the top of the ninth inning, gave East Carolina University (20-7, 3-3 C-USA) a come -from-behind win in game three of the Conference USA baseball series against  UAB (16-11, 4-2 C-USA).

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Canes take to the road
Canes take to the road
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s softball regular season destiny in Region X will be paved on the road this spring -- and that quest began last weekend with a four-game series at Florence-Darlington Tech in South Carolina.
The Lady Hurricanes, jousting for seeding for the postseason tournament, won two of the four contests against the upstart Stingers.

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NC Wesleyan defeated at Methodist
FAYETTEVILLE -- Last Saturday, the North Carolina Wesleyan College Bishops baseball squad allowed 16 runs to Methodist University en route to a 16-4 loss in seven innings.
Sunday afternoon, when the two teams met again, the Blue and Gold’s defense allowed less than one-half of that total.
Unfortunately for NCWC, its offense provided just a pair of scores in a 7-2 defeat.

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MAYO MAKES IT BACK
MAYO MAKES IT BACK
Bunn High School freshman Jazmaine Mayo (left) slides safely back into first base for the Ladycats during their home fast-pitch contest Monday against Corinth Holders.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
The families of Jayme Lyle Palumbo and Adam Wayne Owen announce their engagement. They will marry on May 21, 2011.

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BIRTH
Patrick Alexander Lewis would like to announce the birth of his baby brother, Mason Thomas Lewis, born on April 2, 2011 to Patrick and Sarah Brame Lewis. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Grandparents are Glenn and Debbie Brame of Henderson and Robin Davis Lewis of Youngsville and the late Thomas Lewis.

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KVA Five Forks cookbook recipes chosen in contest
KVA’s Five Forks cookbook recipes received national recognition through the FRP recipe contest.
Cookbook publishers with the company were asked to submit their favorite recipes from their recently published books for a chance to be included in FRP’s new “More Recipes Worth Sharing” cookbook. KVA had five recipe submissions chosen to be included in the book.

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Rolwing in concert at Cherry Hill
Rolwing in concert at Cherry Hill
The April concert at Warren County’s Cherry Hill will feature soprano Julia Rolwing, accompanied by Lloyd Arriola, a highly acclaimed pianist and conductor. The concert is to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17.
They have planned a program with selections from Franz Liszt, Erich Korngold, Oskar Merikanto, Ralf Gothoni and others.

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Dr. Meador to discuss religion and  health at Louisburg College April 14
Dr. Meador to discuss religion and health at Louisburg College April 14
Religion and Health: Pitfalls and Possibilities will be the topic of the featured speaker at an upcoming program at Louisburg College. Dr. Keith Meador will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the auditorium of the Performing Arts Center on the college campus.
His presentation is free and open to the public.

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The Castaways in concert to benefit the Inez Volunteer Fire Department
Get out your dancing shoes and mark the date for Easter weekend. Inez Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., has booked The Castaways Band for an evening of live music at The Warren County Armory on Saturday, April 23.
Featured will be live music, dancing, a barbecue beef dinner with all the trimmings and fun door prizes. Event hours are 6 to 10 p.m., and tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Inez Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Deadlines for Franklin County Schools kindergarten registration
It’s deadline time for parents to get youngsters signed up for kindergarten in the fall.
Franklin County Schools are holding registration and evaluation for children entering public kindergarten in the 2011-2012 school year from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies investigate farm equipment theft
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg-area man on charges of drunken driving and drug possession.
According to an incident report, Dep. Frederick Heisler stopped a vehicle on Ferrell’s Bridge Road that he said was traveling at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle, according to the report, also matched a vehicle involved in a nearby larceny.

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Storm blows through, leaves 750 residents without power
Strong winds knocked out power to more than 700 residents during a storm that swept through Tuesday morning and continued to send wind and rain ripples through the day.
“It’s a still-evolving storm,” Progress Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks said Tuesday morning, as crews worked to restore power in pockets all around the county.

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Bunn agrees to update personnel policy
The Bunn town Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with plans to update its personnel policy.
The decision came months after commissioners began wrestling with the idea, which was prompted by a personnel decision in the police department.
Back in October, Chief Kent Winstead created and filled a night-time supervisor position without advertising the job.

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CRP general sign-up ends April 15
Franklin County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Sheila Allen reminds landowners and producers that the general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ends Friday, April 15. All interested farmers, landowners and producers should contact the Franklin County FSA office to discuss their eligible land. 

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New extension agent wants to help people age with gusto
New extension agent wants to help people age with gusto
If there is one thing certain about Rachel Harris Monteverdi it’s that she’s a people person — and may have the perfect job to showcase that talent as the new Cooperative Extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences in Franklin County.
A self-described “military brat” who is the daughter of a 38-year veteran of the Marine Corps, Monteverdi’s job involves dealing with people from before a baby is born all the way through elderly care. And she’s thrilled with the challenge.

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