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Showing 49 articles from May 10, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

School board says House budget plan could dismantle education
In an unusual move, the Franklin County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Monday night opposing the North Carolina House’s budget proposal — and going a step further by urging Gov. Bev Perdue to veto any budget that has many of the House’s provisions included.
The finished resolution is to be sent to all legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly.

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Louisburg serving up new business growth
Louisburg serving up new business growth
Business development in Louisburg is apparently ravenous.
The town of Louisburg has received site plans that would raze and rebuild the McDonald’s on Bickett Boulevard, as well as plans for a new Mexican eatery in the Franklin Plaza shopping center on N.C. 56.
Plans that could bring a Sheetz station to the Murphy House location appear to be moving forward.

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Davis-Allen-Ford house brings its own unique history to homes tour
ON TOUR. The Davis-Allen-Ford house anchors North Main Street in Louisburg. The home, built by Joseph J. Davis, a lawyer and Civil War veteran, will take part in the Franklin County Historic Homes Tour this weekend.
Davis-Allen-Ford house brings its own unique history to homes tour
Nestled well back from the street, snugly under a towering oak tree, the Davis-Allen-Ford House is a two-story Italianate-style house that’s one of the few remaining antebellum structures surviving from Louisburg’s prosperous antebellum era.
If the house could talk, it could spin spellbinding tales about at least two colorful and successful leaders of the community’s past and their contributions to the Louisburg of today.

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Spring Hope man killed in head-on collision
A Spring Hope man was killed following a head-on collision on Friday morning.
According to a report by Trooper T.L. Hunt, Glenn Sanders was traveling east on N.C. 97 when he crossed over into the westbound lane just after 9:30 a.m.
The 2000 Mercedes he was driving collided with a flatbed truck driven by Richard Earl Langston of Wilson.

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Cub Scouts aid tornado victims
HELPING HAND. Cub Scout Troop 555 member Jaden, red shirt, takes a package from the car trunk of a woman who dropped off goods to be donated to area tornado victims.
Cub Scouts aid tornado victims
Members of Cub Scout Troop 510 and Boy Scout Troop 555 packed plenty of bags of necessities for those who were devastated by tornadoes last month.
The most important thing they delivered, though, hope, didn’t get stuffed into a trunk.
“We just wanted to make sure they had the basic necessities,” said Scout Master Stephanie Templeman. “We just wanted to let them know that someone was out there thinking about them.”

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IT’S A KILT
IT’S A KILT
Robert J. White plays the bagpipe and leads a group of Louisburg College officials, staff and students into the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center during the college’s commencement ceremony on Saturday.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Ann Goswick

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: On Tour
Editorial Cartoon: On Tour


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FC School Board opposes House passed state budget
We’ll take the President at his word that the 40 minutes of the raid to kill or capture Osama bin Laden was the longest 40 minutes of his life — with the possible exception of a time when he waited for a formal diagnosis of his infant daughter’s ailment.
But if 40 minutes was a long time to President Obama and his top aides, the Franklin County Board of Education and other public officials across the state are bracing for a wait of probably 40 days or more in current budget battles.

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We must never let our guard down
We must never let our guard down
GOOD MORNING: It’s been well over a week now since SEAL Team Six took down al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, but the action continues to make headlines throughout the world and the danger of future terrorist attacks on U.S. interests at home as well as abroad remains high.

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Trip to gas station is like highway robbery
Trip to gas station is like highway robbery
Every time I go to the gas pump, I have to make sure I take certain precautions.
It would be helpful to use the buddy system, but that’s not always an option.
So, I go to a well lit station.
I make certain that I look around ... more than once.

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More of a threat?
Will the killing of Osama bin Laden make terrorism more of a threat in the United States?

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Just gimme some money
RALEIGH – As the North Carolina General Assembly pursues action on annexation, the state budget, charter schools, and other topics, it may look like lawmakers are all over the map.
In reality, these issues are linked together, much like communities separated by hundreds of miles can nevertheless be connected together by geographical features such as river basins or water tables.

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Trust funds or slush funds
In 1998, North Carolina and 45 other states entered into a Master Settlement Agreement with four major tobacco companies. Our state was projected to receive about $ 246 billion over 25 years to recover tobacco-related health care costs and to restore communities economically affected by the decline of tobacco. North Carolina decided to direct these funds to The Golden Leaf Foundation, The Health and Wellness Trust Fund and The Tobacco Trust Fund.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIE SUE T. LIGHTELL
HENDERSON - Willie Sue Travis Lightell, 67, died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 11) at Flowers Funeral Chapel in Henderson, conducted by the Rev. Sam Brewer. Burial will follow in Island Creek Baptist Church cemetery.

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SAMUEL P. WINBORNE III
RALEIGH - Samuel Pretlow Winborne III, 60, of Louisburg and formerly of Raleigh, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011.  A celebration of life with his family will be held at the Historic Polk House, 537 N. Blount St., Raleigh on Saturday, May 14, from 2-5 pm.

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ROBERT G. FOWLER
ZEBULON - Robert Grayson Fowler, 82, died Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Rex Healthcare. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 11) at Union Chapel Baptist Church, 2437 Zebulon Road, Zebulon, with Pastor Greg Lawson officiating. Burial will be in the Fowler family plot in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton with military honors.

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MAGGIE M. BURT
FRANKLINTON—Maggie M. Burt, 86, died  Thursday, May 5, 2011. Arrangements by Albright Funeral Home, Apex.

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JOHN H. PRYOR
May 20, 1914 - May 9, 2011
YOUNGSVILLE – John Hamilton Pryor, 96, of Youngsville, died Monday afternoon.

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IVA HARRIS WRIGHT
GREENVILLE - Iva Harris Wright, 96, of Greenville died on May 7, 2011 at Cypress Glen Methodist Retirement Community. 
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, May 23 at the Brown Chapel at Cypress Glen by the Rev. Karen Crutchfield, Chaplain.  The family will greet friends after the service.  A private graveside service will be held at the Warren Cemetery near Abingdon, Va.

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SPORTS

Alone In Second
LAYING DOWN THE LAW. Bunn High School senior outfielder Sara Green executes a sacrifice bunt for the Ladycats during their home softball victory Monday evening against the Franklinton Lady Rams.
Alone In Second
BUNN -- Excellence in the present -- and a promise of good things for the future -- has been on display recently for the Bunn High School softball squad.
With standout senior catcher Melanie Davis out of the lineup with an arm injury, BHS has been fielding an all-underclassman lineup -- with the exception of outfielder Sara Green.

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Team To Remember
SIGN OF THE TIMES. Members of Bunn High School’s 1979 State 2-A Championship Baseball Team pose with a new sign that was put up Monday evening as part of a reunion ceremony on the BHS campus.
Team To Remember
BUNN -- Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea for Mike Pearce to make the drive all the way back home to Lexington on Monday night.
Pearce, however, figured the journey would be a breeze.
And it was.

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Exam Time For LC
SAFE AT SECOND. Louisburg College second baseman Samantha Turner (left) tries to come up with a throw as a USC-Salkehatchie player steals second base during Monday’s Region X softball twinbill.
Exam Time For LC
LOUISBURG -- Playing down to the level of its competition has been a season-long bugaboo for the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball team.
It’s an issue that has bothered LC head coach Monica Gordy, and she would just as soon like to see it go away heading into this weekend’s Region X Tournament at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina.

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Lindsey prepares for HOF
Lindsey prepares for HOF
Larry Lindsey will reach the pinnacle of athletics in the Tar Heel State on Thursday when he is inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
This is no small feat -- Louisburg College baseball coaching legend Russ Frazier is the only other Franklin County native who is in the Hall.

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Bunn On A Hot Streak
DECILLIS STRIKES. Franklinton’s Joel DeCillis makes contact with a pitch during the Red Rams’ road conference baseball game Monday evening at Bunn High School.
Bunn On A Hot Streak
BUNN -- After an early-season schedule that featured plenty of growing pains and frustration, the young Bunn Wildcats have seemingly saved their best baseball for the right time.
During the second half of the campaign, Bunn has worked its way back up the Northern Carolina Conference standings, including a few upset victories that have put the Wildcats in the thick of the playoff push in the NCC.

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CLASS 2-A STATE SOCCER BRACKETS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the brackets for the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs, which will begin this week:

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Tough losses doom LC at region tourney
Tough losses doom LC at region tourney
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College may just as well have stayed at the Heartbreak Hotel during a visit to Alamance County for the annual Region X Baseball Tournament.
In the double-elimination format, the Hurricanes lost a pair of near-miss games, including a tough 7-6, 11-inning contest on Monday against top-seeded University of South Carolina-Sumter at the Burlington Athletic Stadium.

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Track 3-A Regionals slated
Track 3-A Regionals slated
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Top athletes from Franklin County will participate in the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet, scheduled for this Saturday at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane.
Action will begin with field events at 11 a.m.

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BHS enjoys strong golf season
BUNN -- The Bunn High School golf team put together one of its best seasons in recent history this spring -- with the promise of even better things in the future.
With only one senior -- leading scorer Rob Satterwhite -- the Wildcats ended Roanoke Rapids’ long-time reign as the team champions in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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LINKS SENSATIONS
LINKS SENSATIONS
Members of the Bunn High School Golf Team for the 2011 season were (back, l to r) Head Coach Michael Grover, Milton Brannan, Jeff Eaton, Rob Satterwhite, Connor Jones and Assistant Coach Wayne Ruey; (front, l to r) John Ruey, Freeman Jones, Tory Fierst and John Jones. Not pictured is Assistant Coach Rocky Winstead.

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HERE’S TO READING
HERE’S TO READING
Bunn High School football players (l to r) Montrel Cooke and James Bumpers read to youngsters in the K-2 Classes at Bunn Elementary School recently as part of the Week of the Young Child.

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Pirates score series win
Pirates score series win
CHARLESTON, W.V. -- Freshman Jonathan Holt delivered one-out, pinch-hit single up the middle to score Joshua Lovick to tie the score in the ninth and then scored the game-winning run on a suicide squeeze by Philip Clark to complete the comeback as East Carolina (30-17, 11-10) took the Conference USA baseball series from Marshall (18-26, 5-13) by a 5-4 score at Appalachian Power Park on Sunday afternoon.

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Mudcats close out homestand
Mudcats close out homestand
ZEBULON -- The Montgomery Biscuits aggregated 23 baserunners on Saturday night leading to a 7-1 series-clinching victory over the Carolina Mudcats before 4,976 fans at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

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SUPER SATURDAY
SUPER SATURDAY
Marisa Bellamy (left) and the Bunn Wildcats will participate in the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Eastern Alamance HS in Mebane.

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LIFESTYLES

65th Wedding Anniversary
65th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Arnold of Louisburg celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family. T. K. and Sarah were married March 15, 1946.

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APPROACHING MARRIAGE
APPROACHING MARRIAGE
Jessica Williams and Lashon Durham of Raleigh announce their approaching marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Philip Luto of Knightdale and the late Kathy Luto. The groom-elect’s parents are Gloria Durham of Louisburg and Daniel Collins of Atlanta.

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Cherry Hill features two pianists in May 22 concert
Dr. Thomas Otten
Cherry Hill features two pianists in May 22 concert
wo performers will be featured at the May 22 concert at historic Cherry Hill in Warren County.
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature pianists Dr. Thomas Otten and Derison Duarte.
They have prepared a program that includes works by Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninoff, William Bolcom and Joe Utterback.

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Washington, D.C., coolest sights, museums and parks
Washington, D.C., coolest sights, museums and parks
A glance at Washington, the city laid out on a diamond-shaped area, is indeed a jewel to our country’s history and culture.
Washington is filled with monuments, museums, and historic buildings, so many, that if you want to see all of the cool and historic places, you need to plan your day very carefully.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Schools address personnel issues
Only four personnel items came before the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night.
The board accepted the resignation of Lori Paz, a first grade teacher at Long Mill Elementary School.

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Louisburg High School announces Honor Rolls
Louisburg High Principal Freda Clifton announced the Honor Roll for the fourth six-weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the AB Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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End-of-Grade Testing: Preparations, expectations and celebrating doing your best
Parents, it is that time of year again.  Our children are taking exams called the EOGs (End-of-Grade tests).  In order for them to do their best, please consider the following:
1, If you haven’t done so already, set aside a quiet place and time for your child to complete and review their homework on a daily basis.

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Schools host Parent Information Fair June 2
Franklin County Schools will be holding a District Parent Information Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Riverside Campus on West River Road in Louisburg.
This fair enables parents and the Franklin County community to learn more about local schools, programs available, and much more.

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STANDING O.
STANDING O.
Members of the Louisburg College faculty applaud nearly 80 graduates, including Ariel Phelps, as they earned their degrees at the two-year school on Saturday.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton starts getting fit
CUPID SHUFFLE. Saundra Pender took part in a dance routine during Get Fit Franklinton on Saturday. The day featured events designed to get people moving and active.
Franklinton starts getting fit
FRANKLINTON — To get the full benefits of any exercise routine, repetition is important.
Those who organized the town’s first Get Fit Franklinton community event realize that, already working on  a follow-up to the first-time event held Saturday.

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Mob grazing workshop/pasture walk May 14
On May 14  from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be a mob grazing workshop/pasture walk, sponsored by Pasture Management Systems, Inc.
The workshop will provide information on the tools you need to start mob grazing immediately and the pasture walk on Greg Wheeler’s farm will give participants a chance to see this system in action.

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Deputies investigate copper theft
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who took a charge out of Louisburg area business.
Jack Strickland reported on  May 3 that someone stole 20 batteries from vehicles at his Strickland Auto Sales store during a week’s time.

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Reminder of Crop Reporting Deadline
Sheila Allen, acting county executive director, reminds crop producers that May 16 is the final date for filing crop reports with the Farm Service Agency for fall and spring-seeded crops. Reports filed for these crops after this date will be assessed a late file fee.

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Fifteen-year-old mans up to protect family from snake
Fifteen-year-old mans up to protect family from snake
Lisa Jones and her husband try to make sure their son, Tyrin, is ready to be a man of the house.
Two weekends ago, he was just that, pitted against a snake that threatened his family’s peace.
His actions, his mother said, showed, in dramatic fashion, that he gets the message.

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BUSINESS

Animal Hospital RIBBON CUTTING
Animal Hospital RIBBON CUTTING
Bunn Animal Hospital held a ribbon cutting at its new location at 76 Crossing Place (behind Family Dollar), Bunn on Monday.  There will be an open house Saturday, May 14, from noon until 4 p.m. You may reach them at 919-496-7401.

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