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Showing 32 articles from May 27, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Toddler survives near drowning
A toddler that was rushed to the hospital after being found in a neighbor’s pool is fine, but her mother could be facing trouble.
According to Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr. and a report by Officer Terry Pearce, authorities were called in after some children found a nearly two-year-old girl floating on her back in a swimming pool in the 200 block of Cooke Street the evening of May 23.

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GAS LEAK
GAS LEAK
Louisburg police had to divert traffic around S. Main Street after a gas leak was reported Wednesday morning. According to town Public Utilities Director Ray Patterson, residents at 606 S. Main Street were moving out when they decided to take a gas heater with them. They unscrewed the connection, but gas was apparently still coming from the tank when they left. Neighbors noticed the smell and called authorities.

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Reduced bond denied
Reduced bond denied
During a hearing on Wednesday, a judge refused to reduce the bond for a Bunn area man charged with drug trafficking.
Members of the county’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit, along with the sheriff’s office tactical unit, arrested Jerome Usher Jr. and Rodriquez Davis after executing a search warrant at 137 Johns Drive on Dec. 9.

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Nursing home robber sentenced
Nursing home robber sentenced
A Raleigh woman was sentenced to at least five months in jail on charges that she stole from two nursing home residents.
Judge R. Allen Baddour Jr. handed down the sentence on Wednesday, three weeks after Kelli Awuonda pled guilty to two counts of larceny from a person.

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Franklinton residents lack interest in budget talks
Franklinton residents lack interest in budget talks
FRANKLINTON — Town officials are presenting residents with a proposed budget that cuts employee hours and raises taxes and water rates.
The first two meetings to gauge public input, though, have not raised much interest.
Commissioners held their first formal public hearing on the budget during its May 17 meeting.
No one showed.

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Bunn hopes to avoid tax increase
Bunn hopes to avoid tax increase
BUNN — Town commissioners continued to cut away at its budget this past week, hoping to avoid a tax increase or eat into its savings account.
However, a dramatic loss in ABC store revenues makes it difficult.
Without a tax increase, town staff presented commissioners with a budget that would require using $114,172 from its savings account to balance the budget.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College trainer Mandy Ryan

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: I.D. Clare
Editorial Cartoon: I.D. Clare


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Public records safe in newspapers for the time being
Government in North Carolina is going to remain a little bit more transparent for another year.
In other words, your right and ability to know what your state and local governments are up to has been preserved after a difficult struggle in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Thankfully, Franklin County’s representative, State Rep. Glen Bradley, came down on what we believe is the right side of the issue and voted to preserve your right to know — and to find out — what government is doing.

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Entrusting my garden to modern day scarecrows
Entrusting my garden to modern day scarecrows
Memorial Day weekend! Can you believe that nearly five months of 2011 are behind us -- and that temperatures are beginning to mimic summer after a fairly nice spring this year?
This weekend, please take a moment to remember those for whom the holiday is intended. Although there are no major events planned locally that I’m aware of this weekend, that should not stop each of us from remembering those who have given their lives so that we can enjoy a quiet weekend of grilling, golf, gardening -- or whatever!

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Who should accept responsibility for euthanized dog?
Who should accept responsibility for euthanized dog?
GOOD MORNING: Well, what do you know? Garner’s Scotty McCreery won the American Idol Contest, Oprah Winfrey throws in the towel, for now at least, and federal investigators  have apparently set their sights on former North Carolina Senator and two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards in connection with his campaigns for the White House.

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Ask the $8,700 question on schools
RALEIGH — It was a dark time in the history of North Carolina education.
Grossly underfunded public schools struggled just to keep the doors open. Tens of thousands of teachers lost their jobs, while tens of thousands of neglected students simply wandered out of their schools to form the core of a new socio-educational underclass.

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OBITUARIES

JAY R. JENSEN
YOUNGSVILLE - Jay Richard Jensen, 55, died Sunday, May 22, at his home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.

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ADDIE M. TERRY
YOUNGSVILLE - Addie Louise Melvin Terry, 83 died Sunday, May 22, 2011. A memorial service celebrating her life was held Thursday, May 26, at St. Mary’s Free Will Baptist Church in New Bern.

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ALVIN R. WALKER SR.
RALEIGH - Alvin Raymond Walker Sr., 70, died Sunday, May 22, 2011. Funeral visitation will be 12:30-1 p.m. today (Saturday, May 28), with the services following at 1 p.m. at Lea Funeral Home, Raleigh. Interment will be at Carolina Biblical Gardens.

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DEBBIE FITCH GRADY
June 5, 1953 - May 7, 2011
KNIGHTDALE - Debbie Grady, 57, of Knightdale passed away May 7, 2011 at the William Dunlap Hospice House in Raleigh. A native of Wake County, she was born 5 June, 1953 to the late Paul and Lela Mae Fitch in Raleigh, NC. Debbie worked in Information Technology for the State of North Carolina for over 25 years, retiring in 2006. She was a lifelong resident of the Raleigh area, with deep roots and beloved friends. Debbie was always the most popular person in the room whenever children were present.

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SPORTS

Ervin’s Curtain Call
LOUISBURG ATHLETES OF THE YEAR. (L to R) Ervin Hunt and H-Wang Eban were saluted Tuesday night as the 2010-11 Louisburg High School Athletes of the Year during an awards ceremony on the LHS campus.
Ervin’s Curtain Call
LOUISBURG -- Ervin Hunt took one final bow Tuesday to cap off his glorious career at Louisburg High School.
Again and again and again.
Already saluted with Most Valuable Player Awards in football and track and field, Hunt was also awarded the school’s Boys Athlete of the Year during the annual LHS Athletic Awards Ceremony at the LHS Auditorium.

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Tharrington To Play For LC
FHS SPEED DEMON. Morgan Tharrington starred as a pitcher and hitter for the Franklinton Lady Rams -- and she has signed a letter-of-intent to continue her softball career at Louisburg College.
Tharrington To Play For LC
LOUISBURG -- Just a few swings -- that was all it took.
Last fall, Franklinton’s Morgan Tharrington made a visit to the Louisburg College campus with the intention of learning more about the school’s successful softball program.
Tharrington met with LC head coach Monica Gordy, who decided to come watch the rising FHS senior in the batting cage the next day.

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Fishing tourney heroics
Fishing tourney heroics
EDENTON -- Five Franklin County anglers earned spots in the Top 10 at the recent North Carolina B.A.S.S. Federation Nation State Qualifier, which was held at the Pembroke Fishing Center in Chowan County.
Louisburg’s Chuck Murray, the NC B.A.S.S. Federation Nation President,  used a strong final day to capture first place overall.

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Miracles Can Happen
HOME RUN KINGS. (L to R) Bunn’s Nicholas Sanders and Trevor Gupton were the Co-Winners of the Home Run Derby during last weekend’s Miracle League of Franklin County Baseball Tournament, which was held at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
Miracles Can Happen
FRANKLINTON -- Making miracles happen is the chief goal of the Miracle League of Franklin County.
Led by Executive Director Donna Wade, the Miracle League of Franklin County has several fund-raising events planned this summer.

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Mudcats defeated at Five County
Mudcats defeated at Five County
ZEBULON -- Christian Marrero went 4-5 with a homer and three RBI to lead Birmingham to a series-opening 5-4 victory over the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium before 1,827 fans on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.

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GIRLS HONOREES FOR LHS
GIRLS HONOREES FOR LHS
Among the girls winners at the Louisburg High School Athletic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening were (back, l to r) Kalie Marks, Chelsea Ragland, Kera Ktul, Amanda Smith, Sharika Evans, Gaybreala Madison, Erin Davis and Zoe Hinton; (front, l to r) Kamilah Henry, Christina Coley, Kenia Roa, H-Wang Eban, Danie Dement, Shade’ Goodson, Shaniqua Baskett and Ambria Alexander.

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BOYS HONOREES
BOYS HONOREES
Among the boys winners at the Louisburg High School Athletic Awards Ceremony were (back, l to r) Kiefer Norris, Dusty Ayscue, Sean Hines, Forrest Plyer, Kelvin Coppedge, J.T. Falkner, Devonte Evans, Jeremy Coburn, Jesse Nichols, Scotty Tharrington and David Pearce; (front, l to r) Kwon Joo, Tyrone Davis, Gray Ayscue, Eric Gupton, Smiley Mueller, Ervin Hunt, Marcus K. Davis, Dillon Joyner, Jamal Lucas and Braulio Rayo.

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EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETES AT LHS
EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETES AT LHS
(L to R) Senior standouts Erin Davis and Ervin Hunt received the Scholar-Athlete Awards during Tuesday evening’s Louisburg High School Athletic Awards Ceremony.

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LIFESTYLES

Discovering art at Franklin County Historic Homes Tour
Discovering art at Franklin County Historic Homes Tour
What I like about family events in nearby counties and around Franklin County is the combination of so many interesting things to view and enjoy with the family.
One such event, hosted by The Person Place Preservation Society, was the Franklin County Historic Homes Tour which took place May 14 and 15. There was so much to see, so much to enjoy, and so much to be proud of. At the tour, people could enjoy visiting some 12 homes and places that were featured.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Ronald McDonald House Charities of NC Scholarships
Ronald McDonald House Charities of NC Scholarships
RALEIGH - Twenty-four Triangle-area students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of NC) and local McDonald’s owner/operators for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.  The local Scholars are among 181 students from across the Carolinas who received college scholarships from RMHC of NC and local McDonald’s franchisees.

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Alston-Pleasants Scholarship awarded
The Student Aid Office of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has awarded the 2011 Alston-Pleasants Scholars Fund merit scholarship for UNC undergraduate studies to Maria Guadalupe Aguilar Noyola, salutatorian of the graduating class at Louisburg High School.

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Williams wins math award
Williams wins math award
Tamara Williams has recently won the designation 2010-2011 TRIG-STAR for Franklinton High School.  The contest was locally sponsored by the NE Piedmont Chapter of The North Carolina Society of Surveyors.
A TRIG-STAR is a mathematics student who has demonstrated in competition that they are the most skilled among classmates in the practical application of trigonometry.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police charge man with intimidating a witness
The State Highway Patrol continues to look for suspects in a hit and run accident that has left a Franklin County man in the hospital — perhaps for several months.
According to a report by Trooper P.L. Clayton, William Andrews, 69, was driving a pickup truck on N.C. 98 near Bunn on May 10 when he became part of a chain-reaction wreck.

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Crosscreek Charter Walk for Water
Crosscreek Charter Walk for Water
OFF AND WALKING. Crosscreek Charter School kindergarten student Lyric Allen and kindergarten teacher Kathryn Wilson march in the Walk 4 Water effort that is part of Project H2O. They are underscoring the fact that while Americans on average use 80 to 100 gallons of water a day, the children of Kenya must walk miles for just the possibility of obtaining dirty, disease-ridden water. Worldwide, water-related diseases are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5.

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Crosscreek Charter Walk for Water, 2
Crosscreek Charter Walk for Water, 2
CARRYING WATER. Crosscreek Charter School third grader Lourdes Richardson (left) carries a jug of water as she walks with her cousin, Crystal Elliott. They were participating in a Walk 4 Water event in Louisburg last weekend that is helping children of Kebeneti Primary School in Kenya get clean, safe drinking water.


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BUSINESS

No. 1 Construction receives awards
No. 1 Construction, a local authorized Ceco Building Systems builder in Louisburg, was recognized for achieving $250,000 in annual sales in 2008; $500,000 in annual sales in 2009; $1 million in cumulative sales in 2009; and $500,000 in annual sales in 2010 at the recent Ceco 2011 National Business Meeting in Tampa, Fla.

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