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Showing 40 articles from April 29, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Lawyers may ask judge for more time in water dispute
Attorneys involved in an ongoing legal dispute may ask a judge for a bit more time to resolve their differences.
Franklinton and Franklin County have been on opposite sides since September when Franklinton shut off water service to the county because of the drought.
The county felt the decision violated and voided a contract signed in 1982.

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PUPPY LOVE
A DOG’S LIFE. Sparkey surveys his surroundings from a perch that even has a fishing pole.
PUPPY LOVE
The sight of two buddies riding down the road -- maybe going fishing or running errands -- is not the kind of thing that normally causes bystanders to get whiplash.
But around Bunn, it sometimes does just that.
In fact, once a police officer stopped the car just to check things out.

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Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Festival
JUDGEMENTAL. County Manager Angela Harris and Louisburg College President Mark La Branche put their palates to the test as judges in the annual Franklin County Cooperative Extension Strawberry Festival.

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Franklinton looking for budget cut alternatives
Franklinton officials and staff are slated to continue chomping away at next year’s budget, but a proposal to cut employees nearly to the bone wasn’t appetizing to commissioners.
During a budget work session on April 21, Interim Town Manager Tammy Ray presented the board with a proposal to cut all full-time employees back to 35 hours a week — a 12.5 percent cut.

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Winstead’s receives grant, to reopen after renovations
Winstead’s receives grant, to reopen after renovations
A long-time Bunn business is getting a second wind.
The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center announced this week that it was awarding Bunn and the proprietors of Winstead’s Grocery with a $32,000 grant to renovate and re-open the business.
Rose Loyd operated the grocery and general store since 1982.

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DOT coming back to county with CTP Plan
State Department of Transportation Engineers are scheduled to come back for Round 2.
State planners presented their Comprehensive Transportation Plan to county commissioners at an April 18 meeting, but commissioners refused to endorse the plan until the county’s municipalities endorsed the 20-year blueprint.
As of last week, Youngsville, Louisburg, Franklinton and Bunn had endorsed the plan by unanimous decision.

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Jobless rates drop
Franklin joined 98 other counties that saw their unemployment rates drop last month.
Franklin County was also one of 98 other counties that saw its rate drop from last year.
Greene and Swain counties were the only ones that saw their unemployment rates tick up over last month and last year, respectively.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Elaine Simpson at Bunn Fun Run

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hot Air
Editorial Cartoon: Hot Air


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Trash cleanup effort garners locals award
The proverbial good news, bad news story isn’t all that unusual but the one we had this week was a doozy!
First, the good news.­
Louisburg and Franklin County — more precisely volunteers representing both — won the third annual Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge.

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Franklin County is lucky to have been spared by devastating deadly storms
Franklin County is lucky to have been spared by devastating deadly storms
Greetings at the beginning of what promises to be a fantastic weekend weatherwise, a far cry from the deadly storms that rolled across the South earlier this week.
We in Franklin County have been pretty fortunate this year — at least so far.
Two huge, devastating weather systems have brushed our county yet we have had no significant damage, unlike our neighbors elsewhere.

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Knott has park situation in hand, sees advisory board decision as mute point
Knott has park situation in hand, sees advisory board decision as mute point
GOOD MORNING: Although it might be a bit early to start crowing, it appears that Franklin County has again been spared from the tornados, flooding, etc. that brought death and destruction to central and eastern parts of our state, as well as other parts of our nation, and I sincerely hope and pray that our good fortune will continue.
Those storms did, however, bring some significant rain to most of the area nearly erasing our rainfall deficit for the year-to-date.

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Time for grown-ups to urge politicians to play nice
Sometimes you don’t understand what you know about a situation. That has been the case in Washington but now is true in Raleigh.
There was optimism in North Carolina as Republicans took legislative control. A new team, new leaders and new approaches to unresolved problems greeted the start of the legislative session.

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Workshop valuable to visually impaired
Dear Editor:
I had the privilege of attending a mini service workshop for the visually impaired, sponsored by the N. C. Division of Services for the Blind. It was held at Louisburg Baptist Church every Friday for nine weeks.

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OBITUARIES

ASHLYNN DAWN BALL
LOUISBURG – Ashlynn Dawn Ball, infant daughter of Lerin Gilliam and Scott Ball, died Friday, April 22, 2011.

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SUSIE N. CANNON
RALEIGH - Susie Naomi Cannon, 90, died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Uni-Health Care of Raleigh. Funeral service was held Thursday, April 28, at Maple Temple Church.

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DONALD VANDEMERGEL
YOUNGSVILLE - Donald Vandemergel, 91, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 30) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Myers officiating.

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DAISY B. WRIGHT
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Daisy Rosser Wright, 93, who died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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NORMAN “GUS” LYNCH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Norman “Gus” Lynch, 78, who died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 30) at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Rudd officiating. Burial will follow in the Lynch family cemetery.

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RONALD M. COLEY
ENFIELD - Funeral services for Ronald M. Coley, 37, who died Tuesday, April 25, 2011, will be held at 2 p.. Sunday, May 1, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARGARET LUCILLE (LUCY) MAYBERRY
HENDERSON - Margaret Lucille (Lucy) Mayberry (Vaughan) of Henderson, passed away April 26, 2011.  Lucy was the daughter of Peggy Vaughan and the late Troy Wilbert Vaughan of Louisburg. She was a graduate of Louisburg High School and retired after 34 years of service with Columbus Consolidated Government as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Building Maintenance.

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SPORTS

LC Feeling The Pitts
LEAP OF FAITH. Louisburg College catcher Carly Schmidt leaps in an attempt to bring in a throw as Pitt baserunner Amanda Daw crosses home plate during Tuesday evening’s Region X fast-pitch softball showdown.
LC Feeling The Pitts
LOUISBURG -- The steamy cauldron that is the heated Louisburg College-Pitt CC softball rivalry finally boiled over Tuesday.
With the foes engaged in another intense battle, Pitt’s Kristen Garner was caught in a rundown between second and third base in the top of the third inning of the key Region X matchup.

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Franklinton Set To Host RR
Franklinton Set To Host RR
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Most Franklin County high school sports teams took last week off for Spring Break -- but will swing back to action with a fury this coming week.
In track and field, the Northern Carolina Conference will conduct its annual championships on Wednesday at Corinth Holders High School, with Franklinton, Bunn and Louisburg scheduled to participate. Field events will begin at 1 p.m. at the CHHS Football Field, which is located in Johnston County.

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Bibby in the NBA playoffs
Bibby in the NBA playoffs
Franklinton’s Henry Bibby was on the sideline Wednesday as the Memphis Grizzlies almost finished off an upset of the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the National Basketball Association Playoffs.
Bibby is in his second full year as an assistant coach for Memphis -- a young-but-talented club that entered the postseason as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

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LHS rained out at event
FAYETTEVILLE -- Poor weather caused a premature end to Louisburg High School’s play at the annual Warren-Edwards Invitational Baseball Tournament in Cumberland County.
After going 1-1 over the first two days of competition, LHS was unable to take part in its scheduled fifth-place game on Tuesday against Jack Britt at Fayetteville Douglas Byrd High School.

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VGCC Salutes Athletes
VGCC Salutes Athletes
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College celebrated Vanguards student-athletes and coaches at its annual Athletics Banquet, which was held on April 21 in the Civic Center on the college’s main campus.
VGCC Director of Student Activities and Athletics Jasmine Hightower served as mistress of ceremonies.

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County Sports Schedule Week of May 1-7
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Louisburg at Warren County    6 p.m.
Bunn at Corinth Holders    6 p.m.

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Mudcats conclude their SL homestand
Mudcats conclude their SL homestand
ZEBULON -- Kyle Russell had three hits, including a pair of doubles and three RBI to lead Chattanooga to a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
The Lookouts (12-8), who claimed the series 3-2, tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning, then Russell drilled a double against the left-centerfield wall to take a 2-1 advantage. 

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Tar Heels rally to get past East Carolina
GREENVILLE -- Jesse Wierzbicki’s two-RBI single in the top of the ninth with two outs gave No. 14 North Carolina (33-10) a 5-4 baseball victory over No. 29 East Carolina (27-14) Wednesday night at Lewis Field in Clark-LeClair Stadium in front of a season-high crowd of 4,470.

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MEGAN’S MIGHTY CUT
MEGAN’S MIGHTY CUT
Louisburg College first baseman Megan Murray swings at a pitch for the Lady Hurricanes during their home loss Tuesday against Region X softball rival Pitt CC.

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HOCKADAY ON THE HILL
HOCKADAY ON THE HILL
Louisburg College’s Jamie Hockaday delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s home loss against the Pitt Community College Lady Bulldogs.

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LIFESTYLES

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month
The “Singing Grannies” and other volunteers were graciously invited to participate at a special luncheon and appreciation program hosted by the residents of Louisburg Nursing Center (LNC).
On Friday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m., the residents and staff of LNC were ready to present a very meaningful program of music, singing, readings, and poems which portrayed their feelings of appreciation toward all the people in this area who volunteer in one way or another.      

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Second Cup Writers Group meeting scheduled May 4
Second Cup Writers Group will celebrate its third year anniversary in June. The all-ladies group first met at the Coffee Hound in Louisburg, and then The Philling Station in Franklinton until the café closed last summer.
Since that time the group has met in the home of one of its members. Beginning May 4, they will meet at the Franklin County Arts Council building at 106 Justice Street in Louisburg.

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BIRTH
Carla Jo and Jonathan Sands are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Stephen Sands, born Dec. 23, 2010 in Marietta Ga.
Jackson weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 ¾  inches long.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Foster receives honors at WSU
Foster receives honors at WSU
Renee Foster, a Chancellor Scholar at Winston-Salem State University, was recently inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society. Membership into BGS is the highest recognition a business student can receive in a business program.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Cub Scouts ask for help for storm victims
Victims of the past storms are still in need of food, clothing, personal hygiene items, and so much more. Some have no power and no way of making ends meet.
We, the Cub Scouts of Pack 510, are asking for your help to make things a bit better for these people until they can regain a steady life. We are asking all local stores, businesses, community groups, families, and whoever wants to help, to come out on May 7 to Louisburg United Methodist Church from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and help make care packages for the victims of the Forestville Road and Harris Creek Elementary area.

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Berry good time at Strawberry Festival
Berry good time at Strawberry Festival
AT YOUR SERVICE. Cooperative Extension Agent Kim Jackson, foreground, serves folks waiting in line for strawberry goodies during the annual Strawberry Festival at the Franklin County Farmers Market on Friday.

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Louisburg police investigate break-in at dentist’s office
Police arrested a Louisburg pair on drug charges.
According to the arrest report, Officer T.W. Lincoln stopped a 1999 Ford Taurus at the intersection of West River and Westover roads on April 26 for outstanding warrants out of Wake Forest.
WFPD was seeking Bobby Dean Lynch Jr., 26, and Muktir Terode Alston, 26, on charges of possession of cocaine.

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United Way of Franklin County spring food drive begins May 2
United Way of Franklin County spring food drive begins May 2
Hunger happens every day.
To help keep local food pantries stocked throughout the year, the second United Way of Franklin County spring food drive will be from May 2 to May 20.
The UWFC also has a fall food drive, and the spring drive particularly recognizes that hunger doesn’t pick a certain time of year, UWFC Chairman Dale Byrns said.

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Attention crop producers
Sheila Allen, Farm Service Agency Acting County Executive Director, reminds all crop producers that in order to be eligible for FSA benefits, crops and other land uses, on all open cropland, must be reported by the specified final reporting dates. Since May 15 falls on Sunday, crop producers have until Monday, May 16, to file acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency for all fall-seeded and spring-seeded small grain crops. Any small grain crops reported after this date will be assessed a late file penalty.

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