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Showing 42 articles from August 23, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Breaking News! County feels aftershock of earthquake
The remnants of an earthquake that struck Richmond, Va. and registered a  5.9 on the Richter Scale shook Franklin County for a few seconds on Tuesday afternoon.

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County feels aftershock of earthquake
The remnants of an earthquake that struck Richmond, Va. and registered a  5.9 on the Richter Scale shook Franklin County for a few seconds on Tuesday afternoon.
It shook some residents’ confidence a bit longer.
At about 1:53 p.m., pockets of the ground began to move all over Franklin County, shaking desks, computer monitors and buildings.

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Help wanted: town administrator
Help wanted: town administrator
Youngsville officials say they could begin interviewing new town administrator prospects in a week.
The town has been advertising the post for about a month.  
In fact, the town has been receiving applications and resumés since former town administrator Brenda Robbins was fired in June.

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Green case remains in hands of the state
Green case remains in hands of the state
Prosecutors have completed their investigation into allegations that former sheriff Pat Green stole undercover drug money, but it’s still not clear where the matter will end up.
The matter has been turned over to special prosecutors, who could decide to present their findings to a grand jury and seek an indictment.

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Are you ready for some football!
Are you ready for some football!
SIGNS OF THE SEASON. Montrel Cooke carries the football for the Bunn Wildcats during their season-opening loss last Friday at home against Rocky Mount. In other Franklin County action, Franklinton defeated Lakewood and Louisburg fell to Southern Vance.

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Former Bunn commissioner dies at 76
Former Bunn commissioner dies at 76
A long-time public servant  always looking out for others passed away this past weekend.
Jeannette Mullen was 76.
Mullen served consecutively on Bunn’s Board of Commission from 1993 until 2004, when the only passion stronger than her service to the community called — her family.

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Approval process for communication towers to be addressed by county staff in meeting
Franklin County staff will meet today to figure out a way to resolve a process to approve emergency communications towers that has caused much contention.
On Aug. 9, the county’s planning board endorsed a planning staff recommendation to change the process by which emergency communications towers are approved.

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Funding could be issue for communications project
The erection of an emergency communications tower isn’t the only obstacle in front of a multi-million dollar radio system overhaul.
Financial approval is still not finalized, even though staff don’t suspect it will be an issue.
The project is expected to cost the county $10.7 million and the Local Government Commission (LGC) has given the county verbal approval to go ahead.

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Emergency services on hurricane alert
Emergency services on hurricane alert
Franklin County dodged hail, heavy winds and anything else Mother Nature had to dish out on Sunday.
Emergency services staff are keeping an eye on Hurricane Irene, hoping for the same outcome this coming weekend.
“According to advisories, it’s tracking more to the right, and we hope it keeps doing that,” we hope it keeps doing that,” said County Emergency Services Director Randy Likens.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Chris Smith

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: King Wrong
Editorial Cartoon: King Wrong

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Water dispute should be resolved by elected officials not expensive lawyers
Is “peace” too much to hope for?
Is wishing for a cooling of emotions beyond possible?
Can logic prevail when emotions have ruled thus far?
Tough questions, all!
And for the record, we’re not talking about world peace, cooling off emotions in Libya or using logic to find a solution in the Mideast!

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What will the Louisburg Town Council ban next?
What will the Louisburg Town Council ban next?
GOOD MORNING: The Franklinton Town Commissioners have scheduled a special called meeting this (Wednesday) evening to discuss their next move regarding the water standoff between the town and Franklin County now that the county has officially declined to purchase the town’s water plant.   
The meeting is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. at the Franklinton Town Hall Annex and is likely to draw a sizable crowd.

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Critics need to take break from lambasting president’s vacation
Critics need to take break from lambasting president’s vacation
When I first heard about the grief that President Barack Obama is getting for, gasp, taking a vacation, I had to laugh.
Then my blood started to boil, just a bit.
When reports first came out about Obama’s vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, the overwhelming criticism focused on a handful of things:

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Website Reader Participation Results August 17-23
Will the Grand Jury indict anyone in the case of the missing money from the Sheriff’s Department?

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Perdue bets on ObamaCare
RALEIGH – I thought it was supposed to be a waste of time.
Remember this spring when Gov. Beverly Perdue and other Democrats ridiculed a Republican bill that would have added North Carolina to the list of states challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare?

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OBITUARIES

R. KURTIS CHAMPION, JR.
LOUISBURG – Robert Kurtis Champion Jr., 69, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Funeral service was Tuesday at Maple Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MALINDA BLANTON
LOUISBURG - Malinda Blanton, 41, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2011 following a long illness. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home in Goldsboro, with the Rev. Harold Woodlief officiating. Interment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

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JEANETTE J. MULLEN
BUNN – Jeanette Earline Jeffreys Mullen, 76, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. Funeral service was  Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Wendell. Interment followed in the Old Bunn Cemetery.

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DIANE Z. MURPHY
ANGIER - Diane Barbara Zering Murphy, 70, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 at William M. Dunlap Center for Caring.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh. Burial will be held in the New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery in Epsom.

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REBECCA M. NODDEN
RALEIGH - Rebecca Morton Nodden, 80, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 at Rex Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel.

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EARNESTINE H. WILDER
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Earnestine H. Wilder, 84, who died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, will be held Thursday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

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DAPHINE C. WEST
June 11, 1925 – August 23, 2011
LOUISBURG – Daphine Cash West, 86, of Louisburg, went home to be with her Lord Tuesday morning.

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SPORTS

Rally Time For SV
BURST OF SPEED. Louisburg High School quarterback Marcus Davis (with ball) tries to outrace Southern Vance defender Reggie Hunter during last Friday’s football matchup in Henderson.
Rally Time For SV
HENDERSON -- A slow start didn’t prevent Southern Vance from winning its football season opener at home against Louisburg Friday night.
Louisburg scored first and led 10-6 at halftime before a big third quarter put the Raiders up 19-10.
Southern maintained that advantage until the fourth quarter when Chris Henderson ran in for a short touchdown.

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RM RAINS ON BUNN
CLOSE CALL. Bunn High School’s James Bumpers (left) punts the ball while avoiding a Rocky Mount rusher during last Friday night’s season-opening football game, which was won by the visiting Gryphons.
RM RAINS ON BUNN
BUNN -- It rained on Bunn’s season-opening football parade last Friday night.
Again and again and again.
The Wildcats seemed to have problems with the poor weather last Friday -- and the talented Rocky Mount Gryphons didn’t help matters, either.

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Reggie Rolls At FHS
Reggie Rolls At FHS
FRANKLINTON -- A season destined to be filled with huge expectations began with yet another big performance from a long-time key standout at Franklinton.
FHS senior back Reggie Williams, in his third year as a starter, scored three touchdowns as the Red Rams kicked off their much-anticipated football campaign with a 29-20 decision over Lakewood at the FHS Football Field.

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Weekend good for coaches
Weekend good for coaches
It was a good weekend for football coaches who live in Franklin County -- but coach elsewhere.
Youngsville resident and former Franklinton skipper Dickie Schock made a triumphant -- albeit wet -- return to the county as the head coach of the Rocky Mount Gryphons.
Running an unpredictable single-wing offense, Rocky Mount kept the ball off the ground in the poor weather and used some big plays on defense and special teams en route to a 30-0 decision over Bunn.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are results from Week One of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football season:

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Perry earns scholarship
Perry earns scholarship
BUNN -- Former Bunn High School student and baseball standout Dylan Perry has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League.
Perry participated for the Bunn squad in the league in 2010 as a rising senior. That made him eligible for the scholarship this season.

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Mudcats win at home
Mudcats win at home
ZEBULON -- James Avery and Tim Gustafson combined on Carolina’s first shutout in over two months, dealing a 2-0 defeat over the Jacksonville Suns at Five County Stadium on Sunday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.

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Guzzo claims NCWC honor
ROCKY MOUNT -- Since 1999, North Carolina Wesleyan College has honored 48 former athletes, administrators, teams, coaches and contributors by enshrining them in its Athletics Hall of Fame.  
These individuals have created a higher standard for Battling Bishop athletics and were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments and/or contributions to the College. 

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LIFESTYLES

WEDDING
WEDDING
WEDDING. Kelly Denise Preddy and Russell Stephen Corley were married on May 21, 2011 at Franklinton United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dannie Preddy Sr. of Franklinton. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ted Turner of Creedmoor.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT. Rosa Patterson of Lowndesboro, Ala., and Eugene Williams Jr. of Fayetteville announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachael (Rasha) Antoinette Williams to Gregory Allan Thomas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Thomas of Kittrell.

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Summer’s over…now what?
Okay, the summer is now over for your youth and they will begin school this week.
This is a sigh of relief for parents because you have been trying to entertain them for the past two and a half months. 4-H has provided some wonderful programs this past summer to an estimated 180 youth.
Parents, the question you ask children is: “Does 4-H do anything during the school year?”

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Franklin County 4-H youth attends NCACC Youth Summit
Franklin County 4-H youth attends NCACC Youth Summit
A 4-H’er from Franklin County attended the second annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit, which was held in Concord, Aug. 19-20. North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partnered for the second year with the NCACC on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government.

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Youth livestock projects begin for 2011 State Fair
Youth in the area are selecting and preparing their sheep, goats, cattle, poultry, and swine for the upcoming 2011 NC State Fair, which will be held on Oct. 13-23 in Raleigh.   Fair rules and regulations, along with entry forms, can be found at www.ncstatefair.org/2011/Competitions/HowToEnter.htm. Entry forms are due by Sept. 15 and are encouraged to be entered online.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Author tells students they need dream makers
Author tells students they need dream makers
Franklinton author Dr. Sylvia Crudup told Franklin County students Saturday they need dream makers in their lives rather than dream breakers.  She told students from Bridges of Hope Outreach Ministry and Helping Hands PAL, Inc. that they must dream, dream big, and allow caring adults to help them achieve their goals.

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ENERGY SAVING INTERNS
ENERGY SAVING INTERNS
This trio of North Carolina summer interns has been providing workshops this summer that focused on energy conservation. From the left are interns Stephen Kelly, Lauren Lescek and Drew Hatley. They have been working with North Carolina State University’s Department of Natural Resources and the state’s energy office.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local businesses, community effort make school supply drive a success
STOCKING UP. Tracy Batts, part of the Novozymes team that worked together to collect and donate dozens of backpacks, gets ready to check the items out and add them to a stockpile of school supplies for children.
Local businesses, community effort make school supply drive a success
In an effort to make sure students are ready for a new school year, Franklin County residents passed the test.
The United Way of Franklin County combined with Franklin County Schools and Walmart to take part in “Build a Backpack,” — a back-to-school drive.

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Deputies investigate stolen mowers, trailer
A drug investigation led police to arrest a Louisburg man wanted on assault charges in Vance County.
Police responded to the 900 block of S. Main Street the afternoon of Aug. 21 to investigate allegations that a man, later identified as Hosea L. Lewis, 22, of 3877 U.S. 401 South, was selling drugs.
When officer T.W. Lincoln arrived, according to his report, Lewis did not cooperate and attempted to run.

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Semper fi
Semper fi
The Wake Forest Marine Corps League Chapter 1257 recently donated a 24-man US military surplus tent to Boy Scout Troop 619 and American Heritage Girls Troop 619 from Anchor Baptist Church. From left, Terry Shackelford and Kevin Hughs Chapter 1257 members, receive handshakes of appreciation from Troop 619 Boy Scout leaders Mark Barnes and Taylor Barthomew.

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EXTENSiON SERVICE SPEAKS AT LIONS CLUB
EXTENSiON SERVICE SPEAKS AT LIONS CLUB
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a very informative update recently from the Franklin County Extension Services staff which was led by Director Charles Mitchell.  Director Mitchell explained that his agency partners with the community to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolina.

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