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Showing 42 articles from August 2, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Breaking News! Former Sheriff admits to taking money

Prosecutors have completed an investigation into allegations that former sheriff Pat Green stole about $100,000 from an undercover drug fund.


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Green confesses to taking money
Green confesses to taking money
Prosecutors have completed an investigation into allegations that former sheriff Pat Green stole about $100,000 from an undercover drug fund.
No charges have been filed, though, and it’s not clear when the matter will go before a grand jury.
The next session is Aug. 15.
What is clear, though, is that special agents with the SBI have reason to believe that Green stole as much as $90,000 and more than $200,000 is in question.

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Franklinton shooting suspect arrested
Franklinton shooting suspect arrested
He might have come out the worse for wear, but Franklinton police charged a Durham man with robbery and aggravated assault in a July 15 shooting.
Police arrested Byron Howard on July 28 — almost a week after he had been released from WakeMed where doctors had treated him for serious injuries sustained in a gunfight.

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Workshop shows farmers how to process their own poultry
Members of a poultry processing workshop, Ginger Sykes, left, and Kenneth Richardson, take turns dunking chickens in scalding hot water to loosen their feathers during a mobile chicken processing workshop held at Two Bridges Farm on Monday.
Workshop shows farmers how to process their own poultry
For many small farmers, getting their product to someone’s kitchen table might take them down a pricey path.
During a workshop on Monday morning, Poultry Science specialist Doug Smith showed them how they could literally do it in their backyard.

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Tasers used to break up underage drinking party
Authorities had to deploy tasers to bust up an underage drinking party that grew to more than 30 people.
A teen’s father, Darrell Basinger, 46, was cited for providing malt beverages to minors.
According to a report by Franklinton Police Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, he and Franklin County Sheriff’s Dep. Antione Eaton responded to a disturbance call at 26 Autumn Drive in the Beechwood subdivision at 12:50 a.m. on Monday.

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Weekend weather brings heavy rain, minor accident
Storms that swept through the area on Saturday and Sunday caused some heavy rains and one wreck involving a trooper, but no significant problems.
According to the state Highway Patrol, Trooper Brian Moseley was treated for minor injuries after he was hit from behind while responding to a wreck in Vance County.

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County gives Miracle League $145,000 from recreation fund
County gives Miracle League $145,000 from recreation fund
Franklin County commissioners agreed to provide funding for a ball field project, bringing recreation opportunities to a group of kids who are often left out.
And one commissioner pledged to make a personal donation.
The approval and affirmation came after representatives of the Miracle League presented a plan of action that produced more than a few sniffles from commissioners and those in the crowd.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Kim and Marissa Ferrell

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Tears for Fears
Editorial Cartoon: Tears for Fears

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Give Washington credit for averting debt ceiling crisis
Okay, put away the bubbly.
And forget the firecrackers.
It’s far too early to celebrate or even to know if a celebration is in order.
As you know, Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress announced Sunday night that they have agreed on a plan to raise the debt ceiling and avert a national credit crisis.

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After Green’s “confession”, what’s next?
After Green’s “confession”, what’s next?
GOOD MORNING: There’s an old adage that goes something like this: “Red sun in the morning, sailors take warning, red sun at night, sailors delight!” And, as things turned out this past weekend, that certainly appears to be true.

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It’s time for water dispute to dissipate
It’s time for water dispute to dissipate
So, as I wrote this column, the National Football League was back to business.
And after all the back and forth by Congress, it looked like the Senate was going to pass a debt limit bill after the House approved the measure already.
Still, though, there is no end in site regarding the stalemate between Franklinton and Franklin County regarding water service.

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Website Reader Participation Results July 27-Aug. 2
Should Brooke Wheeler have resigned from her job as principal of Cedar Creek Middle School?

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Fiscal Conservatives should bite back
RALEIGH – Don Carrington, a reporter for the John Locke Foundation’s Carolina Journal, is a funny guy and a skillful photographer. But his July cover story for CJ on federal stimulus funds being used to replace the motors of North Carolina fishing boats – accompanied by a photo of the program’s most representative recipient, a boat named Bite Me – required neither original humor nor trick photography.

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Biden sticks foot in mouth again
Dear Editor:
I can only thank Vice President Joe Biden (aka Foot in Mouth) for calling the Tea Party “terrorists.” That word alone will probably get more hard working taxpayers riled up and active in politics, and put a stop to higher taxes and wasteful spending. In fact — and you can’t make this up — Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) said about the Tea Party on Politico.com: “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

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OBITUARIES

BEN DOUGLAS WHITLEY
NASHVILLE - Ben Douglas Whitley, 66, died Friday, July 29, 2011. Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 1, at Ridgecrest Worship Center, Rocky Mount, with entombment to follow at a later date.

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PATTIE S. OXNEVAD
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Pattie Selema Oxnevad, 86, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Hospice in Palm Beach County.

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FRANCES Y. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Frances Y. Williams, 88, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at First Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow at Cedar Creek Cemetery, Louisburg.

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LOU LEWIS
YOUNGSVILLE - Lou Lewis, 69, of Youngsville died Saturday, July 30, 2011. Cremation Society NC, Raleigh.

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MERLA J. CLINE
CHAPEL HILL - Merla Johnson Cline, 91, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cedars Club House on Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.

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WILLIAM “PETE” PERRY
RAHWAY, N. J. - Funeral services for William “Pete” Perry, 68, formerly of Henderson, who died Thursday, July 28, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Concord Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Blalock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HUNTER A. EVANS, JR.
LOUISBURG – Hunter Allen Evans, Jr., 70, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 at his home.

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RAMELLA W. JONES
WASHINGTON, DC — Ramella Wilkins Jones, 87, died Friday, July 29, 2011.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington DC.  Burial will follow at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Md.

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SPORTS

LHS’ Changes
READY OR NOT. Louisburg High School’s Kendall McDaniel (right) attempts a kill over Zoe Hinton during a volleyball practice session Tuesday morning at the LHS Gymnasium. Plenty of lineup spots are up for grabs this fall for the Lady Warriors.
LHS’ Changes
LOUISBURG -- Few volleyball pre-seasons at Louisburg High School have started with as much roster uncertainty as the Lady Warriors are facing this August.
Because of the tradition of excellence within the program, LHS usually just reloads with talent after suffering graduation losses.

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All-Stars nab pair at event
All-Stars nab pair at event
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Regardless of how Tuesday’s play turned out, the Bunn All-Stars had already made an impressive statement at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch Region 1 Baseball Tournament at McLeod Park.
Bunn, coached by Larry McKeithan, went 2-1 through three games at the 16-team, double-elimination event.

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Returnees Boost FHS’ Hopes
HEAVY HITTER. Alexis Degrasse returns at outside hitter this season for the Franklinton High School volleyball team, which will be guided by second-year coach Emily Regan. Franklinton started fall drills this week at the new FHS Gymnasium.
Returnees Boost FHS’ Hopes
FRANKLINTON -- Not since the Crystal Barnes Era in the early portion of the 2000s have expectations been this high surrounding the Franklinton High School volleyball program.
Not only is FHS moving into a new campus -- complete with a sparkling gymnasium -- but the Lady Rams should be fielding their most competitive squad since then.

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Finn now the AD at Southeast
Finn now the AD at Southeast
Daniel Finn was recently named the Athletic Director at Southeast Raleigh High School -- adding to the list of Wake County ADs with Franklin County connections.
Finn is a Franklinton High School graduate who served as a quarterback for some of the Red Rams’ top all-time gridiron squads.

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Rotolo to guide E-W Team
Rotolo to guide E-W Team
HENDERSON -- Mike Rotolo has earned one of the most prestigious honors that can be bestowed upon a North Carolina high school coach.
Rotolo, the long-time hoops skipper at Southern Vance, has been tabbed as the East Boys Basketball Head Coach for the annual East-West All-Star Game.

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Mudcats edged at Huntsville
Mudcats edged at Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. -- Steffan Wilson hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to snap a scoreless game, leading the Huntsville Stars to a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Mudcats at Joe Davis Stadium on Sunday night in a Class AA Southern League diamond showdown.

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Tar Heels excel at tourney
Tar Heels excel at tourney
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Triangle Tar Heels Middle School Girls Basketball Elite Team recently competed in the Southeast Regional High School Division Showcase.
The event was held July 30-31 in Aiken, S.C.
The Tar Heels went 1-1 playing a series of exhibition games.

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Wakefield to host Els golf event
RALEIGH -- The ‘Els for Autism Golf Challenge,’ the largest charity-driven national golf series in the United States, will stage one of its 30 Super Regional events August 22 at TPC Wakefield Plantation, which is located on Falls of the Neuse Road in North Raleigh.

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INTENSE SERVE FROM ALEX
INTENSE SERVE FROM ALEX
Alex Jones keeps her eye on the ball as she works on a serving technique during a volleyball practice session on Tuesday morning at Louisburg High School.

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VERSATILE PERFORMER
VERSATILE PERFORMER
Shade’ Goodson can play a variety of positions for the Louisburg High School volleyball squad -- including setter and outside hitter.

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LIFESTYLES

The science of agriculture
The science of agriculture
Webster’s dictionary defines agriculture as “the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.”
Therefore, agriculture is a science that our producers learn, put to work, manage and create a livelihood to sustain their land and families.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Larry and Barbara Alston of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Christy M. Alston of Louisburg to James Morgan of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Yvonne and Johnny Morgan of Franklinton.

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FAMILY REUNION
FAMILY REUNION
The Hilliard/Strickland family reunion was held on July 2 at the Interdenominational Building in Franklinton. Family members came from near and far to celebrate and reminisce about the family history.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC names new nursing director
VGCC names new nursing director
A Vance-Granville Community College faculty member has been promoted to lead the college’s nursing programs. Erica L. Jastrow recently became VGCC’s Director of Nursing after having been an instructor for the college’s Associate Degree Nursing program since August 2004. In addition to the ADN program, Jastrow will oversee the Practical Nursing program and the LPN to ADN Completion Program, a relatively new option which helps Licensed Practical Nurses return to school and prepare to become registered nurses.

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VGCC earns high marks on Community Colleges report card
Vance-Granville Community College continued to excel by a variety of measures during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to this year’s Critical Success Factors report, which was recently released by the N.C. Community College System office. VGCC’s scores equaled or surpassed seven out of the eight state standards. Dr. Randy Parker, the president of VGCC, informed the college’s Board of Trustees of the report’s findings at the July 18 board meeting.

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Hodge graduates from Indiana University
Hodge graduates from Indiana University
Malliron Hodge, daughter of Mallie Sr. and Janette Hodge  of Bunn, graduated on May 6 from Indiana University with a master’s degree in public affairs, with a concentration in non-profit management and a certificate in social entrepreneurship. She is currently serving as an Americorps VISTA member in New Orleans.

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Johnsen honored by Sigma Alpha Lambda
Kacie Marie Johnsen of Louisburg has recently become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville man charged with indecent exposure
Louisburg police arrested a Youngsville man on charges of indecent exposure.
According to a report by Sgt. Joe Sherrill, he was patrolling S. Main Street when he found Willie M. Perry, 17, urinating in public.
When Sherrill tried to apprehend Perry, according to the report, the teenager ran.

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ABC ADVENTURES GRADUATION
ABC ADVENTURES GRADUATION
ABC Adventures Preschool & Childcare in Louisburg recently held its “More at Four” graduation. Valerie Weston is owner/director of the five-star center.

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