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Showing 40 articles from April 26, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Traffic light on go near Long Mill Elementary
A new traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Bert Winston Road got the green light.
Steve Abbott, a spokesman with the state Department of Transportation, said the light will be operational in about two or three weeks.
“... We are waiting for power lines to be put in place at the location, then the light can go in,” he said.

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School bus safety is examined
A Terrell Lane Middle school parent is questioning school-bus safety after alleging her daughter was assaulted.
The woman, who did not want to be identified because she is pursuing a juvenile petition against the alleged assailant, said her 12-year-old daughter had just gotten on the bus the morning of April 14 when the assault happened.

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KEEPING FRANKLIN COUNTY CLEAN
KEEPING FRANKLIN COUNTY CLEAN
You never know exactly what you may find lying along our roadsides these days, but finding a road sign is rather unusual. But that’s what these Louisburg High School students found when they were picking up trash along Ronald Tharrington Road as part of the Great American Clean Up. Displaying their find were (left to right) Erin Davis, Erin May and Danielle Wagner.

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Louisburg, county win Riverkeeper Cleanup Cup
Louisburg, county win Riverkeeper Cleanup Cup
For their first time participating in the Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge, Louisburg and Franklin County did well; removing a total of 5,000 pounds of trash from local waterways.
That makes Louisburg and Franklin County this year’s winners of the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation’s Third Annual Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge. 

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Weather doesn’t slow Bunn’s first Fun Run
RUNNING FREE. Alysha Wonka, left, and a group of other runners took part in one portion of the Bunn Fun Run, a one-mile run, on Saturday.
Weather doesn’t slow Bunn’s first Fun Run
BUNN — It was a little cool, overcast and a bit drizzly on Saturday — pretty good running weather.
Turns out, the weather was good enough to show off the town, as well, as runners from as far away as Virginia Beach took part in the community’s first ever Bunn Fun Run.

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Mayor wants to make community healthier
Franklinton is looking to put its residents through the paces, or whatever else is necessary to improve the community’s health.
About a year and a half ago, Mayor Elic Senter and town leaders discussed ways to improve overall health, hoping to secure a grant to fund their efforts.
The grant never materialized, however, the push to improve health remained.

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Franklinton postpones meeting
An unsettled financial situation has forced Franklinton officials to postpone a community meeting.
Back in March, staff said a number of unknowns, including health care costs, the town’s tax base and the ramifications of a water dispute with Franklin County, would make it difficult to do more than pencil in budget numbers.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Juel Smith, 4-months, and great-grandmother Juel Grey of Pearces

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Feeding Frenzy
Editorial Cartoon: Feeding Frenzy


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Questions need to be answered before buying land for park
Far too many questions and concerns remain unaddressed for the county to rush out and purchase the former Girl Scout Camp for a new park.
The county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is expected to present that proposal to the county commissioners soon — but many questions remain and the mere fact that the advisory board’s recommendation is split 4-to-3 is enough to raise eyebrows.

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Taxpayers’ money going down the drain in water dispute legal fees
Taxpayers’ money going down the drain in water dispute legal fees
GOOD MORNING: As expected, the call by County Commissioner Harry Foy for the commissioners to go ahead and appoint someone to fill the unexpired portion of former Sheriff Pat Green’s term in office set off what could best be described as a free-for-all amongst all but one of the 17 posted comments regarding the matter.

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Can civility be regulated, regained?
Can civility be regulated, regained?
Can you ever really regulate civility?
That’s an issue being discussed on the Yale campus after a group of women complained that a group of fraternity pledges marched across campus, shouting a sexually offensive slogan.
The battle, in my opinion, is about free speech and just what kinds of assaults are we allowed to defend ourselves against.

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Website Reader Participation Results April 20-26
Last Week’s Poll
New sheriff before complete investigation?
Should county commissioners appoint new sheriff before SBI/FBI finish their investigation into the sheriff’s department?

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Franklin County libraries celebrate National Library Week
Dear Editor:
The Franklin County Library, along with its branches in Bunn, Franklinton and Youngsville, celebrated National Library Week, April 10-16. We all had Tuesday of that week set aside for an open house with a special invitation to our county commissioners, library board members, county manager and library patrons.

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OBITUARIES

HATTIE L. PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Hattie Louise Perry, 81, who died Sunday, April 24, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Mt. Hebron Holy Church, with the Rev. Michael Alston, eulogist. Burial will follow in the Concord Baptist Church cemetery.

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KENNETH H. DAVIS
LOUISBURG - Kenneth Holmes Davis, 95, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 27) at First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, with the Rev. Bob Bergland officiating. Burial will follow at Bethlehem United Methodist Church cemetery in Arcola.

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PHILLIP D. LLOYD
WAKE FOREST - Phillip David “Phil” Lloyd, 77, died Thursday afternoon, April 21, 2011. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 24, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Wake Forest Cemetery.

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“MONTY” MONTJOY
WAKE FOREST - Norris D. “Monty” Montjoy, 76, died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Rex Hospital. Funeral service was held Monday afternoon, April 25, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Perry family cemetery with military honors.

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MACK DEMENT
YOUNGSVILLE - Wallace Mack DeMent, Sr., 82, died Saturday afternoon April 16, 2011 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Youngsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Stratton officiating. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Town Cemetery.

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“BUDDY” PEARCE
RALEIGH - Aubrey “Buddy” Pearce, 84, died Friday, April 22, 2011 at Peak Resources in Durham. The family received friends Monday, April 25, at Bright Funeral Home. A private burial was held at Brian Creek Memorial Gardens.

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SWANNIE J. MC DIVIT
NAPLES, FL - Swannie J. Mc Divit, who battled lung cancer for over 4 years, died on April 24, 2011. She was born in Louisburg, N.C. on April 23, 1936 and resided in Nalpes, FL the past 7 years.

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SPORTS

Stokes Of Genius
KEY RETURNEE FOR THE LADY HURRICANES. Forward Kelly Wolz (right) will be back next season for the Louisburg College women’s soccer squad.
Stokes Of Genius
LOUISBURG -- Andy Stokes promises that the best is yet to come as he prepares to enter his third season in charge of the Louisburg College women’s soccer program.
Over the past two years, Stokes has been building the roster to his desired specifications -- and with admirable results.

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Weather hampers LC men
Weather hampers LC men
LOUISBURG -- Hoping for a full weekend in order to make up some ground in the Region X standings, the Louisburg College Hurricanes instead battled weather issues last Friday in the first day of a two-day series against the University of South Carolina-Sumter.

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Louisburg Goes 1-1 At Even
Louisburg Goes 1-1 At Even
FAYETTEVILLE -- Louisburg High School head baseball coach Al Bolton knew the competition would be tough this week at the annual Warren-Edwards Invitational Baseball Tournament.
Bolton figured his assessment would be especially true during last Saturday’s opening round, when the Warriors were slated to take on Class 4-A powerhouse Fayetteville Terry Sanford on the campus of Douglas Byrd High School.

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Ty Howle honored by Lions
Ty Howle honored by Lions
Only two people in the stands at Beaver Stadium were more surprised than Ty Howle when his name was called at halftime of the annual Penn State Spring Football Game two weeks ago.
That would be his parents, David and Jane Howle, who were sitting under an awning to avoid the heavy rainfall.
During the Spring Football Game intermission, Penn State announces several annual awards for gridiron standouts.

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Blast by Perez lifts Mudcats
Blast by Perez lifts Mudcats
ZEBULON -- Felix Perez homered over the wall in right field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Carolina Mudcats a 4-3 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,798 fans at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.

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Softball event is scheduled
Softball event is scheduled
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A Men’s Class E Benefit Softball Tournament will be held June 10-11.
The event will be staged on June 10 at the Louisburg Moose Lodge and June 11 at the New Hope Softball Field in Franklin County.
Proceeds will benefit the Miracle League of Franklin County.

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Murray helps NC win fishing event
Murray helps NC win fishing event
LUCAS, KY. -- Weather stole the headlines on the third and final day of the Southern Divisional Fishing Tournament, which was held two weeks ago in the Bluegrass State.
But on a day when competition was shortened by two hours because of predictions for severe weather in the afternoon, North Carolina charged out of fourth place to edge Alabama for the team title by just 7 ounces.

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RUTGERS-CAMDEN SIGNEE
RUTGERS-CAMDEN SIGNEE
Former Louisburg College standout Alisya Bradley has decided to continue her women’s soccer career at Rutgers University-Camden, which is located in New Jersey.

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BASKETBALL ROYAL-TY
BASKETBALL ROYAL-TY
The Franklinton Royal Knights AAU Fourth-Grade Team recently took home the runner-up trophy at the Anthony Atkinson Basketball Classic, which was held in February.

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LIFESTYLES

Egg-citement at Bunn VFD, 1
Egg-citement at Bunn VFD, 1
HUNTIN’ FOR EGGS! Young Ashtyn Wells, 2, of Bunn was all ready to go at the beginning of the Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning that was sponsored by the Bunn Volunteer Fire Department. Although when she started, her basket may have been empty, by the time the event was over a few minutes later, she undoubtedly had enough candy to worry her mother, Amanda.

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Egg-citement at Bunn VFD, 2
Egg-citement at Bunn VFD, 2
ALL SMILES. Amber Bushner, 6, of Lake Royale found the Bunn Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning a fun way to spend some time on a Saturday. She not only found her share of eggs, she found one of those special eggs that earned her this huge Easter basket. She’s the daughter of Doug and Anita Bushner.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Currin awarded Modern Woodmen scholarship
Alexander S. Currin has been awarded a $500 educational award in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America. Modern Woodmen, a fraternal benefit society offering financial services, has local representatives and is based in Rock Island, Ill.

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Hodges inducted into honor society
Melissa Collette Hodges was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Vance-Granville Community College.
Hodges, majoring in Information Technology, is the daughter of Dan and Martha Collette of Louisburg, and is married to Marty Hodges of Louisburg.

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Honor Society accepts Gupton
Honor Society accepts Gupton
Shanique Gupton of Louisburg has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, where she is a first-year student.
She is the granddaughter of Lizzie Ann Alston of Louisburg.

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Strokes of pure genius
Strokes of pure genius
SAFARI OF FUN. Students in Kim Leonard’s fifth-grade class at Louisburg Elementary School painted this mural in the lobby of the dental clinic at the Franklin County Health Department. Parent Lisa Bolton, back row, drew the mural and the fifth-grade students painted the mural on afternoons as part of a community outreach program.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

DOGGONE IT
DOGGONE IT
From left to right, Steve Chromy, Shannon Frye, and her dog Gabby, and Francis Thompson take part in the Bunn Fun Run that began at the Bunn High School track on Saturday morning.

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Warren County approves plans for agricultural biotechnology park
Warren County officials have approved plans to create an agricultural biotechnology cluster of companies and support services on a 100-acre GREENTECH business campus.
The campus itself will be “green,” the first agricultural biotechnology park in the nation powered completely by alternative energy sources – solar and biodiesel.

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Louisburg College students arrested
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a series of home break-ins around the county.
• Joanne Hoyle reported the morning of April 20 that someone broke into a rental property on Darius Pearce Road. According to the report by Dep. Jonathan Wells, Hoyle hadn’t been to the property in a month when a friend told her a door was partially open.

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Lord of the Bees
Lord of the Bees
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a very interesting program about the Secret Life of Bees recently.   Bill Lord, Franklin County Environmental Agent, shared stories and pictures about the modern beehive and reviewed with the club the great demand for honey production in the United States.

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