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Showing 36 articles from August 9, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Schools face budget woes, testing shows improvement
Even as it plans to open the new, state-of-the-art Franklinton High School later this month, the Franklin County Board of Education is hearing warnings about a looming financial pinch in the 2012-13 school year.
The warnings came from Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance, Monday night as he called the current budget “a process like none other.”

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State investigates workplace fatality
State investigates workplace fatality
A state occupational safety  agency is investigating a workplace fatality — the second such incident in Franklin County this year.
According to the state Department of Labor (DOL) and emergency responders, Eric Eugene Black, an electrician’s helper with Act Electric in Wake Forest, was working on a scissor lift when the apparatus got knocked over by a bridge crane.

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Mattie Kemp dies at 70
Mattie Kemp dies at 70
In her 70 years, Mattie Kemp not only looked out for her own interests, she helped others.
The long-time executive director of the county’s Chamber of Commerce started out as an entrepreneur herself, running a salon and then a dress shop.
She also served as an office manager at a prominent Louisburg company.

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Community group seeks solutions
A group of Franklin County residents is looking for a few good men and women.
The only requirement is that you come with an open mind, some ideas and, hopefully, some solutions to problems at the county, state and federal level.
Roger Lytle and Dee Sams are organizers behind the group, We the People of Franklin County NC Patriots.

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Mendez murder trial expected to be delayed
Mendez murder trial expected to be delayed
Although the case against an accused murderer was given the go-ahead by a judge, the trial is not expected to begin next week as scheduled.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Joseph Mendez on Jan. 19 2010 after alleging that he killed his sister, Julianna Matthews, and seriously wounded his mother, Lydia Etanislao.

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Car wash fund-raiser to honor fallen soldier
Car wash fund-raiser to honor fallen soldier
A local community group is hosting a fund raiser this weekend to honor a fallen Franklin County soldier and raise money for a cause that was dear to his heart.
Military Police Spc. Lucas Elliott was killed in Iraq on July 15 when the vehicle he was riding in ran over an improvised explosive device.

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Clinic takes part in stop smoking campaign
Clinic takes part in stop smoking campaign
A local free clinic is again a trailblazer — this time in an effort to get people to avoid lighting up.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected free clinics in North and South Carolina and Virginia to be part of its Learn More Breathe Better campaign — an effort to stamp out Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and tobacco use.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Franklinton High School media specialist Doris Davis-Williams

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Slowly I Turn
Editorial Cartoon: Slowly I Turn

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Despite credit rating nation will continue to pay its debts
The credit rating of the United States has been downgraded one notch.
Who cares?
It doesn’t mean much in the real world so don’t jump off a bridge just yet.
Although the already jittery -- isn’t it always jittery? -- U.S. Stock Market took a significant dip on the downgrade news, no one really believes that Standard & Poor’s decision means very much over the long haul.

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Time will tell if Green had any partners in crime
Time will tell if Green had any partners in crime
GOOD MORNING: Keep your fingers crossed, but if forecasts prove to be anywhere near correct, we could be in for a little relief from the heat and humidity such as that we experienced over the past weekend that kept those floor to ceiling windows in the front of our house fogged up so badly that you could hardly see through them.

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Economic recovery needs to hurry up
Economic recovery needs to hurry up
I’ve always thought, when you’ve got a short distance to fall, the sudden drop doesn’t hurt so much.
I say that in reference to the recent, abrupt downward spiral in the stock market.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I know much about the stock market, or anything, but earlier this week, economists watched as the Dow Jones dropped by 634 points.

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Website Reader Participation Results August 3-9
What do you think of former Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green’s confession concerning the missing funds from the Sheriff’s Office?

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You can make a difference
RALEIGH – Elections matter.
Keen grasp of the obvious, huh? But in my defense, many people view the electoral process with suspicion, skepticism, and scorn. They say there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties, or that political pull matters more than political ideas, or that politicians who run for office on principle often run from principle once in office.

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Might as well admit it, we’re addicted to college sports
The first step in any recovery is to admit you have a problem. So before trying to fix the football program at UNC, or any athletics program, let us begin there. We are addicted and, like all others, it has assumed too great a priority in our lives. Want proof? Look at the campaign to fire the UNC chancellor because he fired the coach, the incessant chatter on Internet message boards or angry talk radio blasts surrounding football at our flagship university.

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OBITUARIES

ROYCE P. WHEELER
YOUNGSVILLE — Royce Payne Wheeler, 58, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 8, in the Wake Forest Town Cemetery.

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WILLIAM M. “BILLY” MITCHELL
FUQUAY-VARINA— William Morton Mitchell, 75, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Thomas Funeral Home, 401 N. Ennis St., Fuquay-Varina. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh.

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ERIC E. BLACK
WAKE FOREST - Eric Eugene Black, 31, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 7, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home with Chaplain Matt Baldwin officiating.

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JOHNNIE B. MANN JR.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Johnnie B. Mann Jr., 76, who died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at St. Delight United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Maurice White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CORETTA D. BRODIE
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Coretta Diane Brodie, 38, who died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ROBERT L. ARMISTEAD
YOUNGSVILLE - Robert L. Armistead, 73, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.

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BESSIE I. BENDER
WAKE FOREST - Bessie Irene Hilkey Bender, formerly of Greensboro, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hope Lutheran Church.

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MATTIE BECKHAM KEMP
FRANKLINTON - Mattie Beckham Kemp, 70, of 222 Phelps Road, Franklinton died August 6, 2011.

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RUBY “PETE” B. MURRAY
LOUISBURG - Ruby “Pete” Bobbitt Murray, 73, of Louisburg, died Monday, August 08, 2011, at Louisburg Nursing Center.  She was preceded in death by her husband, David Earl Murray; her sisters, Annie Grey Jones and Becky Rhodes, and her brother, Thaddeus Wayne Bobbitt.

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SPORTS

ALUMNI RETURN
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. Bunn High School senior spike veteran Holden Edwards (right) returns a ball as teammate Gabby Brickhouse looks on during a drill as part of a volleyball practice session Monday afternoon at the Bunn Dome.
ALUMNI RETURN
BUNN -- Bunn High School’s Alumni Volleyball Day always brings a huge crowd -- but this year proved to be the all-time topper for the Ladycats.
A whopping total of 24 former players showed up for the annual event -- encompassing just about every era of Coach Henry Jones’ storied tenure at the school, which spans back to the mid-1990s.

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Jamboree week for FB teams
A BIG WEEK. Ricky Robinson and the Bunn Wildcats will be in scrimmage action both Friday (Wake Forest-Rolesville) and Saturday (East Wake). BHS will open its regular season Aug. 19 at home versus Rocky Mount.
Jamboree week for FB teams
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It would be an understatement to say that this is a busy week for Franklin County’s three high school football programs.
Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn will all be in action this week in not one -- but two -- scrimmages or jamborees.

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Shorthanded LHS Meets NV
LHS STRATEGY SESSION. Louisburg High School volleyball coach Erica Wammock goes over some items of concern with her team during a practice session Monday morning at the LHS Gymnasium.
Shorthanded LHS Meets NV
LOUISBURG -- When asked about areas of her team that need improvement, Louisburg High School veteran volleyball coach Erica Wammock has a quick answer.
“Everywhere,’’ Wammock said before her team hopped a bus Tuesday for an important scrimmage in Henderson against the homestanding Northern Vance Lady Vikings.

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Success expected after VG
WELL-ROUNDED. Former Franklinton High School and Vance-Granville Community College hoops standout Cameron Keith is now excelling in the classroom at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Success expected after VG
HENDERSON -- As Vance-Granville Community College prepares for another men’s basketball season, the program can boast of several alumni who have gone on to enjoy various athletic and academic successes.
Among them is Raleigh native Bryan Burrell, one of the stars from VGCC’s first season in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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Mudcats fall in SL action
Mudcats fall in SL action
PEARL, MISS. -- Jordan Kreke singled home Cory Harrilchak with the winning run in the last of the ninth to lift Mississippi to a 4-3 victory over Carolina on Sunday night before 1,407 fans at Trustmark Park in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
The game-winning rally started against reliever James Adkins (L, 0-1) with a double to right-center by Harrilchak. 

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MOVIN’ ON UP
MOVIN’ ON UP
Paige Timberlake (right) is one of the many talented ninth-graders who should help Bunn have a formidable volleyball junior varsity squad this season.

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WORLD SERIES CHAMPS
WORLD SERIES CHAMPS
The Carolina Lookouts 12-Under Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Team recently went to Myrtle Beach to take part in the 2011 WFC A Class World Series. The Lookouts dropped only one game at the event and went on to win the World Series.

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NORTH CAROLINA’S FINEST
NORTH CAROLINA’S FINEST
The Bunn All-Stars were the highest-finishing team from North Carolina at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch Regional Tournament, which concluded last week at McLeod Park in Florence, S.C. Earlier, Bunn had won the D-Y District Tournament in Youngsville and took third place in the D-Y State C-P Tourney in Dunn.

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LC fall schedule finalized
LC fall schedule finalized
LOUISBURG -- First-year head coach Mike McGuire and the Louisburg College Hurricanes will begin their 2011 fall schedule with a home game on Sept. 7 against Wake Tech Community College.
First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
Louisburg College’s complete fall ledger is as follows, with home games listed in CAPS:

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Waters Sr. of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Noella Waters of Louisburg to Dana Joe Harris of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of the late Wade and Martha A. Harris of Youngsville. The wedding will take place on Aug. 20, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Zebulon.

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Incorporating a rain garden into your landscape
Incorporating a rain garden into your landscape
Rain Gardens are wonderful ways for homeowners to recycle run-off from home drainage and in return have an area for beautiful plants that are watered from captured rainwater.
A rain garden is not only beneficial to your landscape, but also aids in slowing water movement, thus reducing sediment movement into lakes, streams, ponds, and storm water pipes.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Air conditioning units stolen from vacant Murphy House
Louisburg police are looking for suspects who stole $10,000 worth of equipment from a vacated business.
According to a report by Officer T.W. Lincoln, suspects stole two air-conditioning units from the Murphy House location on Bickett Boulevard.
The business has been closed since last spring, but items remained at the site.

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