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Showing 41 articles from June 28, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Youngsville administrator, son fired
HARDWICK
Youngsville administrator, son fired
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners fired a long-time town administrator and her son Monday night amid a probe into wrongdoing.
Three weeks ago, the Board of Commissioners suspended both Brenda Robbins and Joey Patterson, with and without pay respectively, as Police Chief Daren Kirts and auditors conducted an internal probe.

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Snap, crackle but no pop
Snap, crackle but no pop
Independence Day festivities will kick off this Saturday, but not for everyone.
Franklin County’s parks and recreation department will not host a Fourth of July celebration this year.
The reason? Depends on who you ask.
Late last week, Franklin County Parks and Recreation Director Oliver Greene said the event was cancelled because they could not find an alternate site.

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Schools adopt interim budget
The Franklin County Board of Education quickly plowed through a brief Monday night meeting, making a number of fiscal year-end transfers and adopting an interim budget.
The fund transfers are normal as each fiscal year winds down and a new one is about to begin on July 1.
“These are housekeeping items to best utilize various funds,” said Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance.

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Dunn man charged with impersonating an officer
Dunn man charged with impersonating an officer
FRANKLINTON — A Dunn man alleged to have made a habit of impersonating a law enforcement officer will now get his chance at being on the other side of jurisprudence.
Franklinton police arrested Jason Apollo Jackson on June 26 after  the 27-year-old was found to be a fraud.
According to a report by Sgt. Wade Bulloch, he was on patrol at 4:30 a.m. when he pulled into the parking lot of the Wilco-Hess gas station on U.S. 1 and came upon Jackson inside the store.

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Embezzlement case awaits civil court outcome
The criminal case against a Louisburg woman charged with embezzlement was on the superior court calendar this week.
However, prosecutors don’t expect much in the way of resolution until the case is worked out civilly.
In October, an agent with the state Department of Insurance (DOI) arrested Judy Allen on charges of embezzlement by an insurance agent.

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Unruly parents removed from little league baseball game
Authorities removed some unruly parents Monday night following a little league ball game.
A Youngsville officer and Franklin County sheriff’s deputy were called to Luddy Park at about 7 p.m. after parks and recreation staff attempted to have people removed from the game for heckling 6-8-year olds during the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunnn residents Ashley Murray and Claudia McKeithan

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Police Blahg
Editorial Cartoon: Police Blahg

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Franklinton fireworks to celebrate America as county fizzles out
That giant f-s-s-s-s-t-s-z you might have heard this year was fireworks fizzling this Fourth of July weekend in Franklin County.
Well, at least Franklin County’s celebration!
It seems the annual celebration of our nation’s independence has fallen victim to the budgetary axe.
Yep, no money for the rocket’s red glare or bombs bursting in air.

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Youngsville will be in need of a new town administrator
Youngsville will be in need of a new town administrator
GOOD MORNING: The weather is not the only thing that’s running hot here in Franklin County as the midweek edition of The Franklin Times goes to press this Tuesday evening.
Over in neighboring Youngsville, Town Manager Brenda Robbins and her son Joey Patterson, a street department employee, have both been fired as the result of an internal investigation.

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Another politician goes down; stunning ... not
Another politician goes down; stunning ... not
“I frankly am stunned.”
That is what former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is quoted as saying after having been convicted of 17 felonies after being charged with political corruption.
I can honestly say, I’m stunned too.
I’m stunned it took a second trial to get to this point.

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Website Reader Participation Results June 22-28
Is the county’s proposed plan to use EMS as a patient transport service to make money a good idea?

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You decide: How should we prepare tomorrow’s workforce?
Some may call me geeky, or others may just call me strange, but I like to read academic reports. My standard excuse is, “Someone has to read them!” When my wife sees me curled up with the latest 100-page version, she just shakes her head and says, “You’ll be asleep soon.” But to me, the reports are almost as fun as the latest John Grisham thriller. Well, not quite.

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OBITUARIES

EARL LEE RILEY
FRANKLINTON - Earl Lee Riley, 72, died Monday, June 27, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Eastside Baptist Church in Henderson by the Rev. Aubrey Florence. Burial will follow in the Enon Baptist Church cemetery in Oxford.

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JESSIE “BUDDY” RICHARDSON
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Jessie “Buddy” Richardson, 88, who died Sunday, June 26, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Tillman Lynch cemetery.

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ROSA BELL FOGG
FRANKLINTON - Rosa Bell Fogg, 77, died Friday, June 17, 2011 at her home.  Funeral services were held Sunday, June 26, at Manasseh Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. S.T. Tunstall officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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JAMES E. WILLIAMSON JR.
FRANKLINTON —James Edward Williamson Jr., 79, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were held Monday, June 27, at Manasseh Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Claude Dunston officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.

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EUDEAN “DEAN” Y. HAGWOOD
RALEIGH - Eudean “Dean” Young Hagwood, 81, died Monday, June 27, 2011 at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 29) at Oak Level Christian Church, with the Rev. Gary Williams officiating. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.

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VICTOR M. MISILEWICH
FRANKLINTON - Victor Michael Misilewich, 69, died Monday, June 27, 2011. A private cremation ceremony will be held through Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. There are no other services scheduled at this time.

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THELMA GAY
March 25, 1925 – June 25, 2011
LOUISBURG – Thelma Gay, 86, of Louisburg, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday evening.

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SPORTS

BIG-INNING BASHERS
A REAL FORCE. Bunn second baseman J.C. Davis (left) forces Oxford’s Jack Sharp at the bag during Monday evening’s contest at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament, which is being played at Luddy Park.
BIG-INNING BASHERS
YOUNGSVILLE -- Opponents have followed one portion of the game plan against Bunn at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament at Luddy Park.
Foes have been able to get an early lead on the hot-hitting Bunn squad. But remaining ahead has been another issue.

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Bunn Slides Past Louisburg
UNDER THE TAG. Lousiburg’s Parker Southall (left) is safe at home as Bunn’s Jordan Briggs tries to reel in the throw during last Friday’s first-round contest at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament at Luddy Park in Youngsville.
Bunn Slides Past Louisburg
YOUNGSVILLE -- Bunn’s opening game would prove to be a definitive sign of things to come at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament.
During the blind draw earlier in the week, Bunn drew long-time rival Louisburg to open the event last Friday at Luddy Park.

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56ers will host their BB camp
56ers will host their BB camp
YOUNGSVILLE -- The annual 56ers Basketball Camp will be held July 18-21 at the Long Mill Elementary School Gymnasium.
The event is open to boys and girls in rising fifth through seventh grades. There is no charge to participate.
Serving as camp instructors will be a long list of area hoops legends, including recent North Carolina Hall of Fame inductee Larry Lindsay.

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Tar Heel tourney shifted
LOUISBURG -- Youngsville has elected not to participate in one age group, and that has changed the brackets for the upcoming Tar Heel Softball 10-Under and 8-Under District Tournaments.
Youngsville will not play in the 8-Under portion, but will still field a squad in the 10-under group.
The original pairings were printed in last Saturday’s edition of The Franklin Times.

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Mudcats defeated in extras
Mudcats defeated in extras
ZEBULON -- Sean Halton singled home the tying run in the ninth to tie the score and then hit a sacrifice fly as part of a four-run Huntsville 10th inning as the Stars defeated the Carolina Mudcats 10-6 at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League diamond event.

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Murphy tabbed by Hurricanes
Murphy tabbed by Hurricanes
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have selected defenseman Ryan Murphy of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, which began last Friday night at the picturesque Xcel Energy Center Center in St. Paul, Minn.

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MORE C-P HIGHLIGHTS, 1
MORE C-P HIGHLIGHTS, 1
SAFE AT THIRD BASE. Bunn’s Wyatt Hayden (right) slides safely into third base for his club during last Friday evening’s comeback victory against Louisburg in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament at beautiful Luddy Park in Youngsville.

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MORE C-P HIGHLIGHTS, 2
MORE C-P HIGHLIGHTS, 2
TWIST AND TURN. Youngsville’s Kyle Graham tries his best to elude this tag attempt, but he was ruled to be out of the baseline during his club’s event against Warren County on Monday at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament at Youngsville’s Luddy Park.

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MORE C-P HIGHLIGHTS, 3
MORE C-P HIGHLIGHTS, 3
DOUBLE TROUBLE. A pair of Youngsville Americans’ players try to force Warren County’s Shane Edwards at second base during Monday’s game at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament.

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A GREAT GRAB
A GREAT GRAB
Louisburg’s Ja’Heim Brown makes a tremendous catch during his team’s contest against Bunn in the first round of the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament at picturesque Luddy Park.

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BIG STRETCH
BIG STRETCH
Bunn first baseman Derek Daniel extends to reel in a throw to retire Louisburg’s Pierce Gardner during last Friday’s action at the Dixie Youth District Coach-Pitch Tournament at Youngsville’s Luddy Park. Bunn has advanced to the finals, and the team tangled with Warren County on Tuesday.

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LIFESTYLES

What is a teen to do?
Pause for a moment.  Think back to when you were a teen.
How did you spend your summer vacations?
What was your general demeanor?
Now, think of adolescents today.  How are they different from the generation before them?

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RACE FOR THE CURE
RACE FOR THE CURE
On June 20, 35 members of Team TJ gathered at Meredith College to run/walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event. Team TJ, organized by Kim Gay of Zebulon, participated in the 5k race to honor Tracey W. Jonino of Clayton, raising $1,870.00. Participants of the walk consisted of her family, friends and her co-workers at WakeMed. T

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bailey graduates from NRCA
Bailey graduates from NRCA
Noah Jay Bailey of Raleigh graduated on Friday, June 3, from North Raleigh Christian Academy.  
He was in the National Honor Society, served over 100 hours of community service during his four years of high school, and received the Presidential Outstanding Academic Achievement Award with a 4.0+ GPA.  Noah had been a member of the choir since 4th grade.

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Pace-Evans gets ROTC Scholarship
Pace-Evans gets ROTC Scholarship
Rashaun Pace-Evans, a 2011 graduate of Louisburg High School, will be leaving July 19 for Army Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, S.C., under the Army ROTC program.
He received a $127,000  four-year college fund scholarship from the Army as a participant in the program. He also received a certificate of appreciation from Gov. Beverly Perdue.

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Whitley makes honors list at East Carolina
Cameron “C.J.” Whitley of Zebulon was named to the Fall Dean’s List and Spring Chancellor’s list at East Carolina University.
He is the son of Tammy and Donald Whitley of Zebulon.

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NC State student to intern with Cooperative Extension Office
NC State student to intern with Cooperative Extension Office
Just a semester away from earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental technology at North Carolina State University, Stephen Kelly is spending much of his summer in Franklin County.
As an energy intern with the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service, he’s one of three interns who will be putting on programs to help local residents save energy and money — and perhaps help the environment at the same time.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police looking for armed robbery, assault suspect
Franklinton police are looking for a man suspected of an armed robbery and assault.
Daryle Jeffreys, 43, reported just before 2 a.m. on June 26 that he was sitting on his nephew’s porch on Fairlane Avenue when an acquaintance assaulted him with a box cutter.
According to the report by Sgt. W.B. Bulloch, Jeffreys sustained injuries to both eyes, as well as a laceration to the neck.

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Alston retires from USAF
Alston retires from USAF
A retirement ceremony in honor of Master Sergeant Charlie T. “Ty” Alston was held on June 10 at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. He began his military career in September 1989.
At the time of his retirement, he was the Law Office Superintendent for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Second Air Force, Keesler Air Force base, Miss., and primary assistant in overall administrative management of the Numbered Air Force legal office.

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Etheridge speaks to Senior Democrats
Etheridge speaks to Senior Democrats
Franklin County received $61 million in federal stimulus money that has made a difference in the economy here. So said former Congressman and NC Superintendent for Public Instruction Bob Etheridge at a recent meeting of the Franklin County Senior Democrats in Louisburg. The event was hosted by Franklin County Democratic Party vice-chair John May.

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Skywarn spotter class scheduled
These days when everyone is keeping a nervous eye on developing thunderstorms and the potential of tornadoes, it would be nice to have a little formal training about what to look for.
With that in mind, a Basic Skywarn spotter training class is slated for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Bunn Rescue and EMS building at 333 NC 98 West, Bunn.

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