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Showing 41 articles from July 15, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Redrawn NC Senate district leaves Franklin County intact
Redrawn NC Senate district leaves Franklin County intact
For a change, state leaders responsible for redrawing legislative districts have kept Franklin County whole in the Senate.
However, Granville, Vance and Warren counties have been swapped out for portions of Wake County, including part of northern Wake County, Wake Forest, Zebulon, Wendell and Garner.

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Youngsville hires interim town administrator
Youngsville hires interim town administrator
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s Board of Commissioners selected an interim town administrator on Thursday night, moving a step beyond a Town Hall embarrassment that claimed two former leaders.
In June, commissioners fired streets and maintenance department director Joey Patterson after police alleged he used town employees, equipment and resources for personal use on company time.

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Franklinton water plant valued at $4.23 million
Franklinton water plant valued at $4.23 million
If Franklin County is serious about purchasing Franklinton’s water system, they would have to pony up more than $4 million.
Consultants hired to appraise the town’s water and sewer system released their findings on Wednesday.
After evaluating the replacement cost less depreciation, income, and comparable sales, Gerald Hartman, an appraiser with GAI Consultants, estimated the market value of the infrastructure at $4.23 million.

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Larceny at ABC store investigated
BUNN — Law enforcement is investigating allegations of larceny at the town’s liquor store.
During a budget session in June, ABC store manager Ann Masterman informed the board that a former employee was suspected of stealing from the store.
On Tuesday, Masterman filed an official report with the Bunn Police Department alleging that someone had stolen from the store.

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Airport hoping to expand
Franklin County’s airport staff has engaged the services of another appraiser, hoping a second review of property adjacent to the airport leads to a purchase.
Expanding the 220-acre airport has been a long-time goal and earlier this year, members of the Triangle North Executive Airport Commission decided to push the project to the top of its Transportation Improvement Plan requests.

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Franklinton Town Hall to become more automated
VOICE MAIL HELL? Beginning next week, Franklinton Town Hall will be serviced by a voice mail system, giving residents touch pad access to staff and freeing staff, such as Town Clerk Kim Worley, above, from routing phone calls.
Franklinton Town Hall to become more automated
FRANKLINTON — The town’s board of commissioners have devised a plan to try and do more with less.
The result will be more automation at Town Hall.
Also, there will be some changes in office hours that will shut off employee interaction a bit during the week, but add hours on the weekend for residents who find it tough to get to Town Hall during regular business hours.

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Newcomers file for municipal elections
Newcomers file for municipal elections
Candidates in four of the county’s municipalities will have a race on their hands this fall, including challenges from former town employees in Louisburg and Franklinton.
The filing period closed on Friday, providing competition for seats in Bunn Louisburg, Franklinton and Youngsville.

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Green jobs workshops scheduled
Just what are green jobs and what skills and training are needed to get them?
That will be the focus of three workshops that will be held Thursday, July 21, at the Warren County Armory Civic Center for those interested in the growing GreenTech industry.
The workshops are being sponsored by the GREEN (Green Regional Emerging Employment Now) Partnership which was recently formed by a number of groups in this region.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Rylee Nowell

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Linus Up For A Free Hot Dog
Editorial Cartoon: Linus Up For A Free Hot Dog

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“Regionalism” takes away local control
At the risk of sounding just a bit like Chicken Little warning that the sky is falling, there is one note of caution we think should be sounded now while it’s early.
It’s about a problem similar to one that happened in the early 1980s, also a time when the economy was in the toilet and the financial strains were showing, especially to government agencies.

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New districts would weaken Franklin County’s political clout
New districts would weaken Franklin County’s political clout
Let’s start with a tongue-in-cheek headline: Economic developer suggests theft!
Okay, not really — and not theft.
But if we’re going to start filling the gap left by the demise of the News of the World, we may have to start writing silly exaggerations like that.

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Franklin County could become a casualty of redistricting battle
Franklin County could become a casualty of redistricting battle
GOOD MORNING: I was all poised to dive into this legislative redistricting battle, but it appears that Times publisher Gary Cunard not only beat me to the punch, but has pretty much covered the situation as well.
The bottom line is that Franklin County is coming out on the very short end of the stick as far as who and how we’re represented in Raleigh and Washington is concerned, and that’s something you might want to keep in mind when casting your ballot in future state and national elections.

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OBITUARIES

ROSEMARY K. PHILLIPS
KURE BEACH - Rosemary Kearney Phillips, 69, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Services were held Friday, July 15, at the Franklinton Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton. A graveside service immediately followed at Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton.

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JAMES OTIS PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Otis Perry, 61, who died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at South Main Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating.

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DOROTHY L. BOWMAN
WASHINGTON, DC- Celebration services for Dorothy Lamour Bowman, who died Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Washington (D.C.) Hospice, will be held Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HERSHEAL G. MCDONALD SR.
RALEIGH - Hersheal George McDonald Sr., 87, died Sunday, July 10, 2011. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 14, at Renaissance Funeral Home, Raleigh, with Dr. Jeff Roberts officiating. Burial followed at Raleigh Memorial Park with military honors.

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DIANNE R. SPACEK
WAKE FOREST - Dianne Ritter Spacek, 69, died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at her residence. A memorial service honoring her life was held Friday, July 15, at St. Philip Lutheran Church, Raleigh.

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ERMA SNEED
FRANKLINTON -Erma Sneed, 94, died Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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JAMES WALTHALL BARTLEY
November 3, 1925 - July 12, 2011
LOUISBURG, NC - James W. Bartley died Tuesday, 12 July, 2011.

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KATHERINE I. LANIER
FRANKLINTON - Katherine Inez Lanier, 70, of Franklinton, a loving wife and devoted mother, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

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SPORTS

WC WHITE-OUT
GREAT STUFF. Ace left-hander Christian Murray pitched well for the Bunn All-Stars during Wednesday night’s finale of the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball District Tournament, which was held at the Bunn Elementary School Field.
WC WHITE-OUT
BUNN -- Trey Martin offered a  powerful opening argument -- and a thunderous closing statement -- as part of Warren County’s case to claim the championship at the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament.

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All-Stars compete at states
MORGANTON MAGIC. Ragan Holloman and the Louisburg All-Stars are currently competing in the Tar Heel State Softball Tournament in picturesque Morganton.
All-Stars compete at states
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Things didn’t go as hoped for at least three of Franklin County’s participants at the Tar Heel State Softball Tournament in Morganton.
The Bunn All-Stars and Louisburg All-Stars were both defeated in first round action of the 8-Under Tournament, while Youngsville was topped in the 10-Under Tournament.

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Bunn Takes Third At States
Bunn Takes Third At States
BUNN -- Not all was lost for the Bunn All-Stars following a semifinal loss at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament on Tuesday at Tart Park in Dunn.
As a Top-Four overall finisher (Bunn took third), the All-Stars have earned a trip to the D-Y Regional Tournament -- a 16-team event slated to begin July 30 in Florence, S.C.

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Bunn 14s claim district event
BUNN -- This age group has experienced plenty of successes over the years -- and the Bunn 14-Under Team recently added to its list of accolades at the Tar Heel District Softball Tournament.
Bunn, coached by Chris Brantley, swept a best-of-three series last week against host Knightdale to advance to the states, which began Thursday night in Morganton.

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It is hot out there thoughts
It is hot out there thoughts
OK, well maybe not this weekend, but the weatherman says the scorching-hot weather will be heading back to the area sooner than later.
Enjoy the respite while you can.
Here are a few thoughts:

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TOURNEY CHAMPS
TOURNEY CHAMPS
The Warren County All-Stars claimed the championship at the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament, which concluded Wednesday at Bunn Elementary School.

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DUAL-TROPHY WINNERS
DUAL-TROPHY WINNERS
The Bunn All-Stars took trophies for Second Place and Sportsmanship at the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball Tournament, which concluded Wednesday night at Bunn Elementary School.

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Mudcats’ winning streak ends
Mudcats’ winning streak ends
ZEBULON -- James Paxton whiffed 11 over five innings in his second Double-A start, while Brandon Haveman drove in four runs as the Jackson Generals snapped Carolina’s five-game winning streak 10-7 at Five County Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.

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LEADOFF MASTER
LEADOFF MASTER
Timari Perry, who bats leadoff, rips a single for the Warren County All-Stars during Wednesday’s championship contest of the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament, which was held at Bunn Elementary School. Warren County won the event to advance to next weekend’s state event in South Park/Charlotte.

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Miracle League ready for fall
Miracle League ready for fall
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Miracle League of Franklin County is currently accepting registration for its Fall 2011 Baseball Season.
The Miracle League is a baseball league for children with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities.
Cost is $35 per player. The first practice will be Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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Hurricanes sign Sutter to deal
Hurricanes sign Sutter to deal
RALEIGH -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes has announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Brandon Sutter on a three-year contract.
The deal will pay Sutter $1.5 million in 2011-12, $2 million in 2012-13 and $2.7 million in 2013-14.

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LC ADDS SOFTBALL STANDOUT
LC ADDS SOFTBALL STANDOUT
NEWEST LADY HURRICANE. Sommer DiFulgo signs a letter-of-intent to join the softball program at Louisburg College. Also pictured are (back, l to r) LC Vice-President of Academic Life Jim Eck and LC head coach Monica Gordy; (front, l to r) Parents Jeff and Shirl DiFulgo. DiFulgo prepped at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va.

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Chance tabbed as VGCC spike coach
Chance tabbed as VGCC spike coach
HENDERSON -- Heather Chance has been named the head coach for the women’s volleyball program at Vance-Granville Community College.
The Fayetteville resident, who is in the process of moving to the area, takes over the VGCC program as the college prepares for its second season playing volleyball at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level.

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LIFESTYLES

2011 Dance Review- “The Name Game”
2011 Dance Review- “The Name Game”
This was a special year in dancing when Louisburg School of Dance (LSOD) played a game in choosing dance music with names included in the titles. Some of the fun titles picked were “Dance Cinderella Dance,” Mickey’s Got the Beat,” “Rocking Robin,” “Ben,” “Elvira,” “Mustang Sally,” “Proud Mary,” “Manda the Panda,” “Aaron’s Party,” “Eli’s Coming,” “Adam’s Family,” etc. According to the teachers, it was fun picking the songs for dancing. The “Name Game” dance review was presented on June 3-4 at the Louisburg College Auditorium.

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Be cost-efficient by properly sealing and insulating your home
Do you ever just sit around the house during the summer, with the air conditioner running full steam ahead, and you still don’t feel as though you’re comfortable? If so, then your house may be lacking in insulation.
Sealing and insulating your home is often the most cost-effective method to making your home more energy efficient, as well as keeping it comfortable on these agonizingly hot summer days.

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Still time to sign up for Cherry Hill Music Festival and camp
There is still time -- and one more reason -- to sign up for the Summer Music Festival and Camp at historic Cherry Hill in nearby Warren County.
The camp will be July 28 to Aug. 2 and will feature organ workshops for children and adults, a children’s chorus and recital for grades one through eight, piano lessons, lectures and master classes. There also are audit options.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

EDC elects new officers
A familiar face will continue at the helm of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission after a new slate of officers was elected when the group met Thursday morning in Youngsville.
Mark McArn, who has been chairing the group, was selected for his third straight term as chair. Matthew Winslow was named vice chair and Leelan Woodlief was named secretary.

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Deputies investigate three home break-ins
Louisburg police arrested a man who is no stranger to law enforcement.
Jaquis Jackson has been arrested in two drug stings, one in the spring of 2006 and another in 2007.
He had been arrested as recently as March after police performed a traffic stop and seized nearly 35 grams of cocaine and marijuana.

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“Feds Feed Families” Food Drive ends Aug. 31
This summer, Farm Service Agency is participating in the 3rd annual government-wide Feds Feed Families Food Drive and has established a state goal of 14,000 pounds.  This effort started on June 1 and will continue through Aug. 31.

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Farm Service Agency reminders
July 29 is the deadline to apply for 2009 crop loss assistance under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.  SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that incurred crop production or quality losses.

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