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Showing 45 articles from July 12, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Proposed congressional maps would cut county in half
Proposed congressional maps would cut county in half
Based on newly drawn congressional district maps, Franklin County may be split again — this time along a more east to west line.
If approved, it would leave residents in the two districts fighting for new representation between a whole new set of counties.

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Schools headed for state honors
Schools headed for state honors
The Franklin County Board of Education was teased with some pending good news Monday night but also faced the reality of the effects of state budget cutbacks.
The good news, said Superintendent Eddie Ingram, is that the county school will likely have four “Schools of Distinction” this year, although the official results will not be released by the state board of education until August.

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County awaits water plant appraisal
County awaits water plant appraisal
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is preparing to meet jointly with Franklinton about purchasing its water system.
County commissioners want to meet in private, first, though.
County staff advised commissioners on Monday night that engineering consultants could have a final appraisal of the town’s water system available soon.

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Block Grant renovates seven homes in county
HOME REPAIR. Pat Crissman with the Wooten Company tells county commissioners and residents about a recently completed project to renovate and rehabilitate homes across the county.
Block Grant renovates seven homes in county
A civil engineering firm that oversaw a home rehabilitation project advised commissioners that they got more than their money’s worth.
The county received a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant in 2008 to improve six homes scattered throughout the county.

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Bunn delays lifting sweepstakes ban
Bunn delays lifting sweepstakes ban
BUNN — Bunn commissioners agreed to wait to determine if it lifts a ban on sweepstakes cafes.
The town placed a moratorium on Internet cafes in June 2010 — a month before the General Assembly voted to ban the establishments.
That ban took effect on December 1.

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New legislation requires blood sample
A N.C. Senate bill that will make it harder for impaired drivers to skirt the law in death by motor vehicle cases has been signed into law by Gov. Beverly Perdue. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Doug Berger of Youngsville.
“I worked on this legislation for several years after a constituent who lost her parents in a head-on collision near her home brought to my attention that there were problems with the current law,” Berger said.

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Courtney ruled competent
The case against a White Level woman accused of abusing residents and property in her neighborhood cleared one hurdle this week.
Superior Court Judge James Cole reviewed a psychological evaluation this week and ruled that Phyllis Courtney was competent to stand trial.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg Softball Bat Girl Sarah Fagan

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Spreadin' It On Thick
Editorial Cartoon: Spreadin' It On Thick

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Proposed redistricting maps are lose-lose situation for county
Okay, now it’s time to pay attention!
We suggested a short while ago that it was too early to pay much heed to the redistricting plans coming out of Raleigh as the once-every-decade redistricting effort gained steam.
It appears that the silly season has ended down to our south and proposals now being laid out are worth study and evaluation.

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$40,500 is too much for a dog
$40,500 is too much for a dog
GOOD MORNING: Any concerns I may have harbored about the public not paying attention to what’s been going on right under their very noses here in Franklin County were put to rest, big time, over the past weekend.
But the one from Kelevra suggesting that all county commissioners drop their membership in the Committee of 100 takes the cake as far as I’m concerned.

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Municipal filing period lacking buzz
Municipal filing period lacking buzz
By the time this column hits newsstands, there will only be two and a half days left to file for a municipal office in the county of Franklin.
So, while all of the Fourth of July parades have been held, I expect that Bickett Boulevard will see another procession as residents race to the Board of Elections office to fill a seat on their town board.
Okay, so maybe that’s wishful thinking.

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Website Reader Participation Results July 6-12
Do you agree with the jury and believe Casey Anthony is innocent of killing her daughter, Caylee?

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What can we learn from foreign economics?
Economics is about understanding decision making when limited resources — time and money — are involved. Whenever I travel, I enjoy observing how economic behavior, at both the individual and national levels, differs from what I see in our country.

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OBITUARIES

JIMMY LEE RODWELL
LOUISBURG - Jimmy Lee Rodwell, 77, died Monday, July 11, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Arrangements entrusted to Garnes and Toney Funeral Home.

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KITTY ROSE WESTER
LOUISBURG – Kitty Rose Wester, 83, died Monday morning, July 11, 2011. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. Don McGinnis and Rev. Bill Haley officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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CORNELL “CONNIE” B. WILSON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Cornell “Connie” Bowden Wilson, 79, who died Sunday, July 10, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at First Baptist Church of Louisburg, with the Rev. Fredrick Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilson family cemetery.

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DAN G. ARNOLD
LOUISBURG - Dan Gray Arnold, 70, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at his home.  Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery with Pastor Bobby Murrell officiating. 

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CLIFFORD LEE MUTART
ZEBULON - Clifford L.  Mutart, 22, died Saturday, July 9, 2011. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Massey Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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JAMES “JIM” W. BARTLEY
LOUISBURG – James “Jim” W. Bartley, 85, of Louisburg, died Tuesday afternoon, July 12, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg.

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EDD WILLIAMS JR.
FAYETTEVILLE - Edd Williams Jr., 94, died at NC State Veterans Nursing Home, Fayetteville, on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

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WILLIAM N. “BILLY” CONYERS
YOUNGSVILLE - William “Billy” Newell Conyers, 74, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at his home.  Funeral services will be held Friday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Anita James officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ALBERT REDICAVAGE
WENDELL - Albert Redicavage (Uncle Al) of 2129 Edgemont Road, Wendell, born on February 13, 1954 in Hartford, Connecticut, died peacefully at Duke Hospital in Raleigh, NC on July 10, 2011. His footprints will forever be remembered.

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DAISY B. ROWE
April 24, 1926- July 11, 2011
LOUISBURG - Daisy Brantley Rowe, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 11, 2011.
Mrs. Rowe was one of four children. She was born to Henry Neil and Beulah Pauline Brantley on April 24, 1926, in Elm City, N.C. She was born again on April 12, 1952. She was married to W.E. Rowe on October 2, 1944.

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SPORTS

Double Dippers
IN THE NICK OF TIME. Bunn’s Julia Perry (left) crosses home plate at Louisburg’s Alexandra Edwards reels in the throw during Sunday’s championship game of the Tar Heel 8-Under District Softball Tournament.
Double Dippers
LOUISBURG -- After his team had defeated Bunn in the first round of the Tar Heel District 8-Under Softball Tournament, Louisburg head coach Robert Fagan was confident in the fact that his All-Stars would again meet the Green and Gold -- and probably for the championship.

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The Flames On Fire
MAKING A CROSS. Youngsville’s Hayley Poole (left) makes her way home as Bunn’s Morgan Bush tries to come up with the throw during Sunday’s finale of the Tar Heel Softball District 10-Under Tournament.
The Flames On Fire
LOUISBURG -- Youngsville’s Flames lived up to their nickname during action at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament.
Indeed, the Flames were on fire during an impressive weekend of action that was capped with a 2-0 victory over Bunn in the championship matchup at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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Warren’s To Win
ACE ETHAN. Louisburg’s Ethan Young fires a pitch during his team’s meeting with Warren County on Monday night at the Dixie Youth Major League District Tournament at the Bunn Elementary School Field.
Warren’s To Win
BUNN -- Any doubts about Warren County’s credentials heading into the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball Tournament were quickly erased in its tourney opener when the All-Stars defeated perennial championship threat Bunn.
By an 18-0 score, no less.

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C-P club two wins from title
C-P club two wins from title
Bunn entered Tuesday’s play just two victories away from picking up the programs first-ever state baseball championship.
The Green and Gold, coached by Larry McKeithan, took a 4-1 record into the day’s proceedings, which began with a rematch against the Stanley All-Stars in a bracket title game.

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BUNN ALL-STARS -- 8-UNDER DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
BUNN ALL-STARS -- 8-UNDER DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
Members of the Bunn 8-Under Tar Heel District Softball Champions are (back, l to r) Coaches Randall White, Gwen Parrish, Todd Nazelrod and Chris Perry; (middle, l to r) Alex Parrish, Cameron House, Elizabeth Winstead, Elizabeth Parrish, Caroline White and Emily Bowden; (front, l to r) Madison Hamilton, Albany Turner, Julia Perry and Lorelei Ray.

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YOUNGSVILLE ALL-STARS -- 10-UNDER DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
YOUNGSVILLE ALL-STARS -- 10-UNDER DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
Members of the Youngsville 10-Under Tar Heel District Softball Champions are (back, l to r) Coaches Ed Twiss, Jerry Faulkner, Tony Poole and Davis Capps; (middle, l to r) Ramsey Schlafer, Britney Davis, Kennedy Capps, Amanda Murray, Morgan Young, Hayley Poole and Dallas Brock; (front, l to r) Emma Jones, Jessica Faulkner, Shay Seward and Machaela Twiss.

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LOUISBURG ALL-STARS -- 8-UNDER SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS
LOUISBURG ALL-STARS -- 8-UNDER SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS
Members of the Louisburg 8-Under Tar Heel District Softball Second-Place Finishers are (back, l to r) Coaches Don Barefoot, Brian Leonard, Robert Fagan, Bert Edwards and Dana Holloman; (middle, l to r) Shelby Sykora, Abigail Fagan, Lauren Calaminici, Brenda Hernandez, Cassie King, Sally Ketterer and Laine Barefoot; (front, l to r) Alexandra Edwards, Sarah Fagan (Bat Girl), Madi Leonard, Raylee Nowell, Taylor Leonard and Ragan Holloman.

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BUNN ALL-STARS -- 10-UNDER SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS
BUNN ALL-STARS -- 10-UNDER SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS
Members of the Bunn 10-Under Tar Heel District Softball Second-Place Finishers are (back, l to r) Coaches Melissa Bell, Lee Salter and Chris Wolinski; (middle, l to r) Madison Wolinski, Katelyn Robbins, Caroline Bell, Alex Denton, Emily Bell, Morgan Bush and Valerie Kehrer; (front, l to r) Madison Albino, Caison Files, Casey Salter and Hannah Nazelrod.

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Mudcats earn DH sweep
Mudcats earn DH sweep
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. -- The Carolina Mudcats hit five homers over a doubleheader sweep of Huntsville, leading the Mudcats into sole possession of second place thanks to a pair of 6-2 triumphs over the Stars at Joe Davis Stadium on Monday night in Class AA Southern League baseball action.

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NHL’s Hurricanes offer ticket plans
NHL’s Hurricanes offer ticket plans
RALEIGH -- Kyle Prairie, Director of Ticket Sales for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced the team’s mini-season ticket plans for the 2011-12 season. Mini-season ticket plan-holders can opt for a 26-game plan, or choose between three different 12-game plans.

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Louisburg Lions to host signups
Louisburg Lions to host signups
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Lions Club Youth Football and Cheerleading program is accepting registrations for its 2011 season.
Ages 6-12 as of Aug. 1 are welcome to participate in Mini Mite, Mighty Mite and Pee Wee leagues.
Cost is $30 per person. A copy of a birth certificate is required.

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Rams to play in The Brittany
WILSON -- Franklinton High School will once again participate in the Seventh Annual Brittany For The Boys Soccer Showcase.
The event, which features some of the state’s top programs, will be held Aug. 26-27 at picturesque Gillette Park in Wilson.

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FRANKLINTON ALL-STARS
FRANKLINTON ALL-STARS
Members of the Franklinton Major League All-Stars were (back, l to r) Coaches Nick Tabron and Donathan Muldrow; (middle, l to r) Semaj McCowan, Alan Hicks, Isiah McClean, Cameron Aiken, Chris Ayscue and Israel Lockamy; (front, l to r) Ryan Boz, Donathan Muldrow, Lance Parker, Andres Ardilla, Christian Watson and Cameron Smith. The team competed in the Major League District Tourney in Bunn.

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LOUISBURG’S DYNAMIC DUO
LOUISBURG’S DYNAMIC DUO
KEY ALL-STARS. (L to R) Keith Edwards and Chandler Broughton are on the roster for this season’s Louisburg Major League All-Stars, who are competing in tourney action this week in Bunn.

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WE’RE THE CHAMPS
WE’RE THE CHAMPS
Players and coaches from the Youngsville All-Stars celebrate after the final out of the Tar Heel Softball 10-Under District Softball Tournament. Youngsville defeated Bunn in Sunday afternoon’s title game at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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LIFESTYLES

Taking care of your cattle during a drought
Anytime I write an article concerning dealing with a drought on farms, it seems to rain. Let’s hope this article works for the summer drought of 2011.
When grass is limited in pastures due to drought, there are several things you might consider to extend your grazing potential.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Nu Epsilon holds annual Rainbow Tea
Nu Epsilon holds annual Rainbow Tea
The Nu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. held its annual Rainbow Tea on Saturday, July 11, at the Operations Center in Louisburg. Scholarships were awarded to young ladies who have been contestants in the Miss Nu Epsilon Cotillion.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg police arrest two men on drug charges
Franklinton police arrested two women, one on drug charges and another on having fictitious registration.
According to a report, Officer S. Zuniga and Sgt. W.B. Bulloch were providing surveillance at Communication Drive and Allen Avenue when they saw a car pull up, turn off its headlights and turn on the dome light inside the car.

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“Build a Backpack” school supply drive begins July 17
Franklin County children in need of school supplies and clothes will be helped once again this year through a partnership with the United Way of Franklin County, Franklin County Schools and Walmart in Louisburg.
The effort kicks off July 17 and continues through Aug. 21. It is part of a statewide campaign – “Build A Backpack” –  through Communities in Schools to help economically disadvantaged students get a good start to the 2011-12 school year.

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County author to host book signing
County author to host book signing
A Franklin County resident and author is finally ready to host a book signing.
Linda Turner, an Air Force veteran who has since undergone a number of harrowing events, wrote “God Gives Second Chances - A Red Rose For the Future,” and put it out for public consumption with the help of Changing Lives Book Publishers.

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NC Agriculture Cost Share Funds are available
The Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District expects to receive its cost share allocation from the state for nonpoint source pollution control from agricultural activities.  These funds are available to assist farmers to install conservation practices which help decrease the amount of sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, chemicals and other pollutants in the surface and ground waters of the state.

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