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Showing 58 articles from May 24, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

On track for a cure
ALL WET! Hunter Hill, 10, of Youngsville gets splashed with the last water balloon of the day on Saturday at the Relay for Life event.
On track for a cure
Fifteen years ago, Debbie Richardson began cheering on cancer survivors from the sidelines while working to raise funds for a cure.
Ten years ago, the applause was directed her way after she was  diagnosed with cancer.
No matter the side, Richardson said her fight has been the same — put an end to cancer.

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Louisburg High student dies after swimming accident
Louisburg High student dies after swimming accident
A Louisburg High School freshman passed away earlier this week, cutting short a life of such promise, school officials said.
According to family, Marcus Hawley had gone  swimming with family and friends at a private pool in a Wake County apartment complex on Saturday when Hawley jumped into the deep end.
He got into distress and went under.

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Murder trial slated in court next week
The case against a man accused of murder and fleeing the state is on the trial calendar next week.
Franklinton and Virginia State police units combined to arrest Rashawn Arrington on Sept. 21 — a day after local investigators allege he shot and killed Jesse Montague Jr.
The next superior court trial session is slated to start on May 31 and Arrington is on the docket.

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Attorney responds to animal control lawsuit
Attorney responds to animal control lawsuit
Attorneys for animal control and its director responded to a dead dog lawsuit, denying legal wrongdoing and arguing that the pet’s owners were culpable.
Attorneys for Jessica Ruiz filed a lawsuit on March 21, claiming that Animal Control Director Graham Stallings, officers and staff failed to follow procedures and protocols which led to the death of their five-month old labrador-pit bull mix named Rocky.

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Nursing home robber to be sentenced
A Raleigh woman is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday to learn the extent of her punishment.
Kelli Awuonda pled guilty earlier this month to charges that she stole jewelry from a a 90-year-old Louisburg Manor resident on Jan. 13.
She also agreed to an Alford Plea on a similar charge in Granville County.

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TALKING SHOP
TALKING SHOP
Al Roberson, left, and Ken Wilson talk about custom cars during Habitual Custom’s annual Car and Truck Show on Saturday at the D&J Automotive lot in Louisburg. Proceeds went to the Boys and Girls Club.

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HOT IN HERE
HOT IN HERE
Scott Girvin with Bella G’s Wood Fired Pizza risks the heat and the fire to pump out personal pizzas for the crowds gathered at the annual Lake Donna Party.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Vada Tharrington at Relay for Life

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Editorial Cartoon: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes


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Gas prices not a concern for most
Perhaps one of the most interesting — and perplexing — headlines of the past week was one that said: Four in 10 Americans say gas prices are causing them a financial hardship.
We did a double take with that one!
Does that mean 60 percent of Americans enjoy paying more for fuel?

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CPR column resuscitates old memories of volunteer group
CPR column resuscitates old memories of volunteer group
GOOD MORNING: And the mere fact that today is Wednesday, you can be pretty well assured that the world didn’t come to an end Saturday as widely predicted by Harold Camping, the 89 year-old retired civil engineer, who built a multi-million dollar Christian media empire that publicizes his apocalyptic predictions.

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Clichés won’t fix budget problem
Clichés won’t fix budget problem
t’s budget time, all around, which means one things — town, county, state and the federal governments all bring out the old cliché Rolodex.
My all-time favorite is: We have to roll up our sleeves.
Another that comes out of hiding this time of year: We have to tighten our belts.

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Website Reader Participation Results May 18-24
Last Week’s Poll
Economic faith?
Do you have faith in Franklin County’s economic development leadership?

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Don’t get stung on terminal groins
RALEIGH – During the British march through the Carolinas in 1780, Lord Cornwallis spent a short time near my birthplace in Charlotte – and had more than enough. Calling it a “hornets’ nest” of rebels, Cornwallis soon withdrew his forces and headed North, to be surrounded and defeated at Yorktown the following year.

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Stop playing games with the unemployed
The political game being played with some 37,000 unemployed North Carolinians is disgraceful and needs to end now. None of the players in this drama, except the unemployed, has the moral high ground, despite protests to the contrary.

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A thank you from the Nash County sheriff
Dear Editor:
I want to take the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for the valuable assistance they provide. Nash County had a homicide on May 14, 2011 near Castalia. We received information that the suspect may have been in Franklin County. Captain Travis Philbeck and other deputies responded and were instrumental in helping us apprehend this individual.

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OBITUARIES

EZELL H. GIBSON
EAST ORANGE, N.J. - Ezell H. Gibson, 83, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the VA Hospital in East Orange, N.J. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 25) at St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cedar Street Cemetery, Louisburg.

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JEANETTE M. GUIN
LOUISBURG – Jeanette Massengill Guin, 79, died Sunday morning, May 22, 2011. Funeral service was held Tuesday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Scott Talley and the Rev. Joel Story officiating. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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NOVELLA WILSON
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Novella Wilson, 84, who died Thursday, May 19, 2011, were held Tuesday, May 24, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ERNEST H. PERRY JR.
LOUISBURG - Ernest H. Perry Jr., 74, died Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 24, at South Main Street Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial followed in Cedar Street Cemetery, Louisburg.

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H. GLENN PERRY
ZEBULON - Howard Glenn Perry, 58, of Nashville,  Tenn., died Friday, May 20, 2011 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Mary 25) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Dr. Mike Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Beulah Christian Church cemetery.

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BLONNIE S. PRIVETTE
ZEBULON - Blonnie Baker Stallings Privette, 95, died Friday, May 20, 2011. Funeral service was held Sunday, May 22, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church, Zebulon. Burial followed in Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery, Youngsville, in Franklin County.

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RUBY MAE D. ELLINGTON
LOUISBURG - Ruby Mae Dement Ellington, 86, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Centerville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Keith Campbell.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

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EDGAR T. “ED” GILLIAM JR.
FRANKLINTON - Edgar Thomas “Ed” Gilliam Jr., 69, died Monday, May 23, 2011. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton, with Pastor Wes Bailey officiating.

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MARCUS “LIL TWIST” HAWLEY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Marcus “Lil Twist” Hawley, 15, who died Monday, May 23, 2011, will be held Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m. in the Louisburg High School Auditorium, with Apostle Luby Coley officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Church cemetery.

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BETTY D. BARNES
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Betty Dunston Barnes, 73, who died Saturday, May 21, 2011, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Mitchell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CLARENCE RUDOLPH FLEMING
RALEIGH - Clarence Rudolph Fleming, 83, of Raleigh, died Monday morning, May 23, 2011 at Franklin Oaks in Louisburg.

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KESTON N. PRIVETTE
LOUISBURG - Keston “Norris” Privette, 65, died Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the home of his brother Phil in Louisburg. A memorial service was held Sunday, May 22 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Chapel, Knightdale, with Pastor Mick Bowen officiating.

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BOBBY LEE HAMM
HENDERSON - Bobby Lee Hamm, age 75, a resident of 216 Green Street, died Monday, May 23, 2011, at Maria Parham Medical Center.  Born in Franklin County on July 9, 1935, he was the son of the late Dewey Hobson Hamm and Ruth Lassiter Hamm Harris.  He was a retired truck driver for Variety Wholesale and was a former Vance County Sheriff.  He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

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OTHA DON UPCHURCH
MILLERSVILLE, MD - Otha Don Upchurch, 71, of Millersville, MD, son of Otha and Annie Freeman Upchurch, stepson of Lottie Mae Upchurch, died from complications of cancer on May 21, 2011 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

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GERTRUDE A. WRENN
HENDERSON-Gertrude Abbott Wrenn, age 93, a resident of 816 Bearpond Road, died Sunday May 22, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center Hospital in Charlotte. A native of Vance County, she was the daughter of the late William Ernest and Clara Faulkner Abbott, and was the widow of Wilson Lee Wrenn.  She was a devoted and loving wife for 57 years, a loving and selfless mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was a genuine and humble servant of God.

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SPORTS

THE GOODBYE GIRL
A FANTASTIC FINISH. Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy (left) leans forward at the finish line to edge High Point Andrews’ Paisley Simmons in the finals of the Girls 100 at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Meet last Saturday.
THE GOODBYE GIRL
GREENSBORO -- Before her first medal quest of the day, Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy high-fived her competitors in the starting blocks of the Girls 100.
Then she said goodbye. Again and again and again.
In an epic performance, Bellamy, a junior, claimed victories in the 100, 200 and 400 at the annual Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships, which were held last Saturday at North Carolina A&T University.

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Spartans Fall In State Finals
PERFECT TIMING. Kerr-Vance Academy senior standout Tyler Bolton, a Franklin County resident, lines a hit for the Spartans during last weekend’s championship series in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association State Finals.
Spartans Fall In State Finals
ROCKY MOUNT --For the second straight season, the NCISAA Class 2A State Baseball Title came down to a third game, a remarkable pitching performance and a lower seed taking down the top team.
Unfortunately for defending champion Kerr-Vance Academy, the Spartans were the one-seed this season and came out on the wrong side of a shelling as No. 2 Southlake Christian Academy of Huntersville swept KVA (22-7) on Day 2 of the finals to claim its first-ever baseball state championship.

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Amazing effort by athletes
Amazing effort by athletes
Marisa Bellamy’s highlight-reel performance was one of the greatest in Franklin County history -- regardless of the sport.
But there were plenty of heroics besides the ones offered by Bellamy at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships, which were staged last Saturday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

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CLASS 2-A STATE TRACK RESULTS
GREENSBORO -- Listed are the final results from last Saturday’s NCHSAA Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships, which were held at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University:

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LC Stars Finalize Plans
INDY BOUND. Louisburg College’s Will Smith signs a letter-of-intent to play the next two seasons for the University of Indianapolis.
LC Stars Finalize Plans
LOUISBURG -- Mark Vanderslice’s most gratifying triumph in his first season as Louisburg College’s men’s basketball coach didn’t come on the court -- even though there were plenty of those to remember.
Instead, Vanderslice achieved the greatest satisfaction by seeing his current sophomores find homes at four-year schools -- with most of them coming of the full-ride variety.

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Mudcats surge to  win over Lookouts
Mudcats surge to win over Lookouts
ZEBULON -- A season-high crowd of 6,678 saw the Carolina Mudcats defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts 4-1 to take a 2-1 series lead at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.
Kyle McCulloch (W, 1-1) notched his first organizational victory in the Cincinnati Reds chain, pitching six innings, allowing just one run on three hits. 

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SHOWING OFF THEIR STATE MEDALS
SHOWING OFF THEIR STATE MEDALS
(L to R) Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy and Keella Gallatin display their medals from last Saturday’s Class 2-A State Track & Field Meet.

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MORE K-VA HIGHLIGHTS
MORE K-VA HIGHLIGHTS
FIELDING HIS POSITION. Franklin County resident Cameron Capell makes a play from the catcher’s spot for Kerr-Vance Academy during their championship series last weekend at the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association State Baseball Tournament, which was held at Rocky Mount Academy in Nash County.

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MORE MASTERY FROM MARISA
MORE MASTERY FROM MARISA
Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy (center) pulls away for a victory in a preliminary race in the Girls 200 during last Saturday’s Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships.

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THUMBS UP
THUMBS UP
Bunn High School’s Marisa Bellamy (left) is all smiles after winning a gold medal as part of her historic performance at last Saturday’s Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships, which were held at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

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FOLLOW THE LEADER
FOLLOW THE LEADER
(L to R) Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy, High Point Andrews’ Paisley Simmons and Bartlett-Yancey’s Bria Wilson are escorted to the medals podium by a volunteer worker following Bellamy’s victory in the Girls 100 as part of last Saturday’s Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships in Greensboro. Bellamy would go on to win three events and was selected as the Girls Most Valuable Performer for the meet.

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LIFESTYLES

Cultivating agritourism
Agritourism is defined as the connection of tourism and agriculture.
Agritourism takes general farming one step further by increasing revenue from on-farm activities, while protecting the farm from fluctuating markets, and helping with things such as on-farm employment.
Agritoursim also improves on off-season income, business sustainability, and diversifies farm operations, while preserving land for future generations.

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Chick Day at the Extension Office
Chick Day at the Extension Office
Above photo, Meg Wyatt, 4-H youth development extension agent, separates chicks just after their arrival at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension office recently. The chicks will be used as part of a program that teaches 4-H members how to care for and raise chicks. Each participant receives 10 chicks to nurture and ready for the Fall Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale.

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Conservation planning a factor in receiving financial assistance through Farm Bill Conservation programs
RALEIGH – Now is the time to contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Field Office to develop a conservation plan. All landowners interested in Farm Bill conservation programs administered by NRCS must have an active conservation plan so that their applications for programs can be considered when funding is made available.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC pins nursing graduates
Vance-Granville Community College recognized 37 students who graduated this spring from the Associate Degree Nursing Program with a pinning ceremony in the college’s Civic Center on May 11.

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Franklin County School board makes personnel decisions
In a meeting devoted entirely to personnel, the Franklin County Board of Education on Monday made the following decisions:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Poster winners honored at program
Poster winners honored at program
Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District held its 15th Annual Awards Program recently at Terrell Lane Middle School.
Franklin County school students in grades three through six were recognized and received cash awards, certificates and ribbons for their accomplishments in the District Poster and Essay contest.  About 130 students, parents, teachers and principals attended the program to lend support.  

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Competency is still a matter for the courts in murder case
The murder case against a Louisburg man accused of killing his sister and attacking his mother is up in the air.
Last summer,  evaluators at Dorothea Dix determined that Joseph Mendez, 19, was not competent to stand trial.
Mendez was arrested on Jan. 19 and charged with killing his sister, Julianna Matthews, 14, and stabbing his mother, Lydia Etanislao in a fit of rage.

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On the cat walk for a good cause
On the cat walk for a good cause
Above, Carlee Reed, front center, and members of Dance Works Studio put on a performance during the Safe Space Fashion Show at Louisburg College’s Multipurpose Room Saturday.

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Relay for Life photos, 1
Relay for Life photos, 1
TOP DOLLAR. The Bunn Elementary School Relay for Life team was the top fund-raising team, according to the organization’s website. Students, teachers and others carried the Yellow Brick Road banner.

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Relay for Life photos, 2
Relay for Life photos, 2
PANTHER POWER. A team of Panthers from Edward Best Elementary carry the banner for their Relay for Life group on Friday at Bunn High School.

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Slow flow at the Lake Donna Party
Slow flow at the Lake Donna Party
Lyn Buffaloe, right, and his wife, Mary Jo, and others take part in a slow dance during a set by the Castaways on Saturday during Youngsville’s annual Lake Donna Party. The event was moved to Luddy Park this year to allow for more parking.

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Hot Rods for charity
Hot Rods for charity
BUMBLEBEE. Olivia resident John Felix shines up his Camaro for the Habitual Custom’s annual Franklin County Boys and Girls Club Car and Truck Show.

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Franklin County man charged with DWI
Franklinton police arrested one Franklinton teen on trespassing charges and expected another to face school discipline following a fight at the high school.
School Resource Officer Doris Hinton arrested Charles Holder, 18, on May 18 — a day after authorities allege he went onto the Franklinton High School campus and got into a fight with a 16-year-old student.

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CROSS OF MILITARY SERVICE AWARDS
CROSS OF MILITARY SERVICE AWARDS
The Joseph J. Davis Chapter #537 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy presented the following Cross of Military Service Awards on April 9 at Maple Springs Baptist Church. Each person had a Confederate ancestor.

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MEMBERSHIP PINS/CERTIFICATES
MEMBERSHIP PINS/CERTIFICATES
The Joseph J. Davis Chapter #537 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy presented the following with membership pins and certificates on April 9.

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NEW BUILDING
NEW BUILDING
A ribbon cutting ceremony which officially opened the new multi-purpose building at Bunn Baptist Church was held May 22. From left, Charlie Wilder, Arleen Pippin, Pastor Michael Spain, Chick Winstead, and Jon Alford took part in the ceremony.

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