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Showing 44 articles from September 9, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Staying strong for the children
VICTORY SMILES. One of the survivors Tara “Miss Tara” Jones reads a story to little Chaney Ray Leonard at Kids’ Corner Child Care Center in Louisburg.
Staying strong for the children
The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, began just about like every other morning had for four years — a ride on the “J-train” from Brooklyn, greeting the 3- and 4-year-olds who would be in her care for the day and chatting with parents dropping off their children on their way to work, and making sure breakfast was served.
It wasn’t much different than mornings today when she arrives for work at a Louisburg day care.

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Area 9/11 ceremonies scheduled
Franklin County residents will have plenty of opportunities to recognize and remember those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
• First, the county’s Firefighters Association will host a morning and early afternoon ceremony at the Louisburg Fire Station on Wade Avenue.

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Commissioners begin process to name new sheriff
Commissioners begin process to name new sheriff
Eight months after former sheriff Pat Green resigned his post amid allegations that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with plans to name a permanent sheriff.
The board admitted, though, that it will be doing so without knowing what a State Bureau of Investigation probe has uncovered, or who, if anyone else, might be implicated.

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County delays decision on emergency radio towers
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to wait another month to discuss radio towers.
Currently, if an applicant wants to erect an emergency communications tower, they have to receive a conditional-use permit — which requires a number of obligations, including a public hearing and other activities that would alert the public of the action.

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Police chief makes another plea for department funding
WHEELER
Police chief makes another plea for department funding
YOUNGSVILLE — Police Chief Daren Kirts made his second public plea in three months, asking commissioners to find money to fund his department.
Its a request, he said, that can’t continue to be denied.
“I need help,” he told the board during its regular meeting on Thursday night.
“I can’t maintain public safety at this point.”

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Alzheimer’s care facility coming to Franklin County
A new business is well on its way to opening a new facility in Franklin County near Century Link south of Youngsville.
The company, Smith/Packett Med-Com, LLC, is planning an Alzheimer’s care facility with the total cost of construction pegged at about $2.5 million.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Carolyn Francis

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: A Day In The Life
Editorial Cartoon: A Day In The Life

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Sunday is a time to reflect and remember
Tomorrow, Sunday, marks the 10th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks on our nation that have spawned two wars, expended untold billions of dollars, cost an incalculable number of lives and perhaps changed more lives than any single event since World War II.

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There are plenty of activities in Franklin County this weekend
There are plenty of activities in Franklin County this weekend
It’s time for us to make sure all the batteries are charged, the disks are empty and the lenses are clean.
Today marks the unofficial beginning of the fall festival scene here in Franklin County and that means one thing, lots of photos to take!
The Justice Tractor Show began Friday and continues through today offering shutterbugs and the curious alike a great many opportunities to peer at equipment from a bygone era.

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Images of 9/11 attacks still vivid after 10 years
Images of 9/11 attacks still vivid after 10 years
GOOD MORNING: Tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 11 will be the 10th anniversary of the disastrous attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in our nation’s capital.
Like I recalled just a couple of weeks ago concerning the Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, I remember how, where and when I learned of the attack, only the news of that came via radio as opposed to TV.

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Mayor still owes explanation
Dear Editor,
Jay Lamm’s cartoon in the Sept. 4 edition of the Times is too good to pass up writing about, and then the picture of the uprooted tree at  Oakwood Cemetery in Asher Johnson’s column ... that was definitely Irene.
The mayor leaves big stumps when he goes in with a chainsaw and clean cuts.

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Disappointed in the way the country, state, county are headed
Dear Editor,
You are right about your newspaper coverage of Franklin County, and you are also right about the other things you wrote about in your Sept. 3 “My Turn.”  
Even when readers disagree or dislike what is written in your publication, they are very fortunate to even have local coverage.

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OBITUARIES

TOMMY H. PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Tommy H. Perry, 61, who died on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, will be today (Saturday, Sept. 10) at 3 p.m. at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BETTIE MAE RICHARDSON
WARRENTON - A funeral service for Bettie Mae Richardson, 88, who died on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, was Friday, Sept. 9 at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Al L. Cooper Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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LEO JOSEPH VANDEUSEN
FRANKLINTON - MSG Leo Joseph VanDeusen I, 83, Army retired, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 at home.  He was born on July 15, 1928 in Livingston Manor, NY.

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THOMAS HENRY CARTER SR.
GARNER - Thomas Henry Carter Sr., 95, died  Sept. 7, 2011, at Wake Assisted Living.

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JAN HOPKINS PEARCE
ZEBULON - Jan Hopkins Pearce, 57, died Sept. 5, 2011.  She was preceded in death by her father W. H. “Buggar” Hopkins. 

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LOLA MAE JEANS CLIFFORD
RICHMOND, VA - Lola Mae Jeans Clifford, 77, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 4, 2011.

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Pauline Strickland Wall
RALEIGH - Pauline Strickland Wall, 84, passed away on Thursday morning, September 8, 2011. Born in Franklin County, Louisburg, NC, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Mattie Strickland.

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SPORTS

ON THE WAY UP
HANDS OFF. Spartanburg Methodist College’s Corbin Payne (front) tries to control the ball while being defended by Louisburg College’s Kenson Badeau during Wednesday’s Region X men’s soccer showdown at Dr. Ronald May Field.
ON THE WAY UP
LOUISBURG -- First-year coach Stuart Brown and the Louisburg College Hurricanes ran into an unlikely opponent Wednesday afternoon at Dr. Ronald May Field.
Fatigue.
LC was playing its third match in four days against a strong foe -- in this case Region X rival Spartanburg Methodist College.

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NCC STUNNER
BIG TIPPERS. (L to R) Franklinton’s Savanna Styers and Bunn’s Tainasha Vines go up for a tip during Tuesday’s key volleyball event at the Bunn Dome.
NCC STUNNER
BUNN -- It wasn’t necessarily that the Bunn Ladycats were able to defeat Franklinton in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference prep volleyball showdown.
After all, the Ladycats have either won the regular season or tournament (or both) championship in the NCC for the past four campaigns.

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Lady Hurricanes improve to 4-0 overall
HAVE A LOOK. Louisburg College’s Zoe Hunt (with ball) tries to find an open teammate during Wednesday’s match versus Spartanburg Methodist College.
Lady Hurricanes improve to 4-0 overall
LOUISBURG -- The official Drive For Four was delayed by about one hour, but eventually the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes were able to speed off to a key Region X soccer victory Wednesday at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
In the process, Louisburg was able to steer clear of a potential threat from  Spartanburg Methodist College en route to a tight 2-1 decision.

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Williams gets NEFC award
Williams gets NEFC award
LOUISBURG -- It hasn’t taken Louisburg College long to make an impact in the Northeast Football Conference.
LC played its first-ever league game last Saturday and defeated Erie Community College by a 34-20 margin.
Running back Rasheed Williams rushed for a school-record 161 yards to go with three touchdowns to spark the Hurricanes’ offense.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 11-17
High School Football
FRIDAY
Corinth Holders at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at North Johnston    7:30 p.m.
Northwest Halifax at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.

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Lady Warriors claw back on spike court
Lady Warriors claw back on spike court
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Lady Warriors went one up and one down during Northern Carolina Conference volleyball action this week.
Louisburg, coached by Erica Wammock, scored a four-game home victory on Tuesday afternoon against the Lady Jackets from Roanoke Rapids High School.

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Mudcats end year with home defeat
Mudcats end year with home defeat
ZEBULON -- Chris Masters pitched seven shutout innings in his Double-A debut as the Mississippi Braves blanked the Carolina Mudcats 4-0 to close the Class AA Southern League regular season on Monday afternoon at Five County Stadium.

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Fishing tourney planned
Fishing tourney planned
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Community Foundation will host a Take a Kid Fishin’ event on Oct. 1 at Harris Farm, which is located on Mort Harris Road in Louisburg.
Cost is $30 per team, which will include one adult and one or two children. A fishing license is not required.

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ANOTHER GREAT YEAR FOR MOUNTAIN GROVE/WHITE LEVEL
ANOTHER GREAT YEAR FOR MOUNTAIN GROVE/WHITE LEVEL
The Mountain Grove/White Level Baptist Church men’s slow-pitch softball squad went undefeated for the second straight year to win the title of the Tar River Baptist Men’s Softball League. The club also won the season-ending tournament. Earlier in the year, Mountain Grove/White Level took part in the USSSA Men’s Church State Tournament and earned a third-place finish.

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FCPR VOLLEYBALL PHOTOS, 1
FCPR VOLLEYBALL PHOTOS, 1
FCPR RAYS 12-OVER. (Back, l to r) Jodie Summerlin, Melissa Ayscue and Maddie Ayscue; (front, l to r) Hannah Nobles, Coach Sondra Ayscue and Kallie Bowers. Not pictured are Taylor Harris, Coach Michelle Harris, Dylan Hill and Coach Jessica Ball. (Photo Submitted)

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FCPR VOLLEYBALL PHOTOS, 2
FCPR VOLLEYBALL PHOTOS, 2
FCPR SUPER SERVERS 8-11. (Back, l to r) Coach Audra Gupton, Mackenzie Gupton, Linzey Griffin, Cameron Hayes and Coach Jennifer Hamlin; (front, l to r) Austan Hamlin, Abigale Gupton, Dana Potter and Chandler Parrish. (Photo Submitted)

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Vanguards begin spike sked
HENDERSON -- The 2011 Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball season has started, and the team has notched its first victory of the year.
The campaign began with two losses, however.

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INTENSITY THROUGH THE MIDFIELD
INTENSITY THROUGH THE MIDFIELD
Louisburg College’s Arnaldo Cabrera-Arroyo makes his way through the midfield during Wednesday’s home match versus Spartanburg Methodist College.

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CASTO EFFECTIVE
CASTO EFFECTIVE
Louisburg College defender Nichole Casto (with ball) dribbles upfield during the Lady Hurricanes’ home victory on Wednesday versus Spartanburg.

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LIFESTYLES

United Way’s backpack program was mission of community giving, generosity
United Way’s backpack program was mission of community giving, generosity
There was cake, smiling and a whole lot of gratitude when families came to “shop” for school supplies as part of “Build A BackPack.”
Despite Hurricane Irene, 185 Franklin county students with their families were given backpacks and school supplies Aug. 27 to begin the new year.

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“Legends of Country Music” coming to Louisburg College
“Legends of Country Music” coming to Louisburg College
On Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., Branson comes to town with Ozark Jubilee’s “Legends of Country Music,” featuring the hits of some of the greatest classic country artists of all time.
This show features the music of George Jones, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow and many more.

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UW Siren Cook-off scheduled for Oct. 8
Plans are shaping up for the first fire/rescue/police Siren Cook-Off Contest.
The United Way of Franklin County event will be Oct. 8 at the Louisburg Moose Lodge, and local teams from fire, rescue and police departments will be competing for community support (based on ticket sales), best BBQ pork, best chicken and best sauce – all to be judged. The ladies’ auxiliaries will be entering a best cake competition.

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Kolkin at first art opening of Louisburg College
Kolkin at first art opening of Louisburg College
We are very excited about our first art exhibit of the school year at Louisburg College (LC). Will Hinton, professor of art at LC has for many years shared some of the best art exhibits with the local community.       
This time he has invited Photographer Jon Kolkin, who is not just a photographer, but also a doctor and musician.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Designated elementary schools to participate in USDA fresh fruit, vegetable program
North Carolina has been awarded with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program by the USDA.
This grant program will enable students at Laurel Mill, Louisburg and Franklinton Elementary schools to have their fruits and vegetables and eat them too!

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Lack of funding, not desire, holds up arts council renovation project
After months of trying to figure out ways to renovate the old county jail, Arts Council members determined that the flesh is willing, but the finances — not so much.
Commissioners, community leaders and civic groups have bandied about a new use for the old jail for years.
Last summer, the Franklin County Arts Council decided it would take another look at the jail and its potential uses, exploring a private/public partnership to rehabilitate the building.

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Youngsville, area police combine to arrest fleeing suspect in stolen car
Youngsville police arrested a Henderson man who led officers on a chase through Wake Forest.
According to a report by Youngsville Police Lt. M.L. Little, he was patrolling on U.S. 1 when a car going southbound went by at 80 mph. According to the report, the driver, later identified as Jeremy Bagby, 29, did not have the car’s headlights on.

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Farm Service Agency names new director
North Carolina USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Aaron Martin has announced that Lindsay Driver is the new executive director for the Franklin County Farm Service Agency.
Martin said Driver was chosen, in large part, because of her experience in planning, managing, harvesting and inspecting crops and livestock.

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Cattlemen’s Association to meet on Sept. 15
The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association will meet on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 pm at Meadow Lane Farm, in the Mapleville Community.
A local food “hamburger” meal will be served.  

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PREP FOOTBALL

Red Rams Roll To Fourth Victory
Red Rams Roll To Fourth Victory
FRANKLINTON -- For the second straight week, the Franklinton Red Rams had an opportunity for redemption versus a team it had lost to during the 2010 campaign.
FHS got the job done last week at Ravenscroft -- and again this Friday during a rematch with the Oxford Webb Warriors.

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