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Showing 45 articles from September 13, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Grand jury has yet to act on sheriff’s investigation
Franklin county staff will take applications up to 5 p.m. Wednesday for a new sheriff.
They will do so without any new light shed on the investigation into allegations that former sheriff Pat Green stole from the office.
Green resigned his post at the end of January, citing personal and health issues.

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Franklin County takes time to remember 9/11
SOLEMN TRIBUTE. Assistant Louisburg Fire Chief L. S. Ward holds a recently de-commissioned American flag while another flag flies proudly in a blue sky during Sunday’s Sept. 11 observance at the Louisburg Fire Department.
Franklin County takes time to remember 9/11
Hundreds of Franklin Countians paused at one time or another Sunday to remember those who were killed or injured on that fateful September 11 a decade ago and to honor those who serve others in various ways today.
One of the first events locally was sponsored by the Franklin County Firefighters Association at the exact time the first plane hit the World Trade Center shortly before 9 a.m.

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ALL SMILES AT EPSOM
ALL SMILES AT EPSOM
Little Addison Wilkins, 4, is all smiles as she gets ready to try out the inflatable slide at the Epsom Fireman’s Day celebration last Saturday — and she pronounced the slide a lot of fun. There was good food, a lot of activities for kids and a series of games that tested the skills of firemen. A photo feature of the fireman games is planned for the Saturday edition of The Franklin Times.

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Convicted murderer sentenced
A man that prosecutors allege fired the fatal shot during a home invasion was sentenced Monday to spend more than 23 years in jail.
At the high end, Taron Vershon Reed, 20, could spend more than 30 years in jail for his role in the death of Anthony Perry.

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THAT’S NO MICROWAVE
THAT’S NO MICROWAVE
Although the Justice Tractor Show is about tractors, it’s not just about tractors as evidenced by this photo. Dr. Peggy McGhee, a retired local educator, turns a rack of ribs she is cooking alongside an open fire at last weekend’s tractor show. An avid collector of vintage kitchen items, Dr. McGhee was demonstrating how cooking was done long before microwave ovens.

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Board of Education approves budget
Not quite a month into a new school year which saw enrollment grow by 183 students, the Franklin County Board of Education put its unanimous stamp of approval on the final version of the 2011-12 budget Monday night.
The total budget is $75.6 million, some $47.7 of which comes from the state public school fund and about $13.5 million from local funding.

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Co-defendant’s name corrected in article
A news story in the Wednesday, Sept. 7, edition of The Franklin Times incorrectly reported the name of one of the defendants in a lawsuit.
The story was about a lawsuit filed by Edwards & Foster Farms against Cross Creek Seed, Inc., and Crop Production Services, Inc.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Jonah Aiden Witcher, 2, from Bunn

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: All This And Expenses, Too!
Editorial Cartoon: All This And Expenses, Too!

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9/11 ceremony pays tribute, reminds us our children are our future
Something unusual and interesting happened Sunday as the 9/11 memorial services unfolded across Franklin County.
Originally, we thought the ceremonies would be a memorial service to those nearly 3,000 innocent victims who were killed that terrible morning and the thousands who have died since fighting terrorism in far-off parts of the world.

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Hiring new sheriff would not be wise before investigation is completed
Hiring new sheriff would not be wise before investigation is completed
GOOD MORNING: I would like to personally thank Carolyn Hudson and Jeanne Joyner Faulkner for their complimentary letters to the editor published in the Sept. 10th Weekend Edition of The Franklin Times.
We encourage readers to write and express their opinions regarding public matters and the job we’re doing in bringing you the local news. Be it a pat on the back or otherwise, your opinion is greatly appreciated.

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County’s job plan is apparently working
County’s job plan is apparently working
I keep hearing talk of a possible double-dip recession, but at least no one can say there are no jobs in Franklin County.
Right now, commissioners are looking for a new sheriff and Youngsville is looking for a permanent town administrator.

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Website Reader Participation Results September 7-13
Will you be attending the events (Justice Tractor Show, Tar River Festival, 9/11 ceremonies, or Epsom Firemen’s Day) scheduled for Franklin County this weekend?

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Obama is just a typical politician
I would like to respond to the article submitted by Julet Marshall on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 concerning President Obama. First of all, if you are going to tell something, then you need to tell the truth. First of all, Obama isn’t black, he is biracial. His father is black and his mother is white, so that makes him biracial. So this would make him a biracial man with power.

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Special treatment for former sheriff?
I’m writing on behalf of Pat Green’s situation. I was born and raised in Franklin County and my whole family is from Franklin County. In the early 90s, I got hooked on drugs. I’m ashamed of what I did and apologize to anyone who fell victim of my scam.

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OBITUARIES

BERTHA J. CREECH
ZEBULON - Bertha Jeffreys Creech, 97, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. A graveside service was held Monday, Sept. 12, at Historic Oakwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

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BARBARA W. MITCHELL
DURHAM - Barbara Wright Mitchell, 80, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 11, at Parkwood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jim Baggett officiating. Burial followed in Youngsville Town Cemetery.

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JOHN “CARROLL” PATE JR.
ZEBULON - John “Carroll” Pate Jr., 51 died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 at the William Dunlap Hospice House of Raleigh. A memorial service was held Sunday, Sept. 11, at Zebulon Baptist Church in Zebulon.

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LOIS M. TUCKER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lois M. Tucker, 70, who died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at noon at Allen Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOSHUA LEE FORD
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Joshua Lee Ford, 31, who died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 15, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Hayes family cemetery.

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ANNIE P. HIGH
ZEBULON - Annie Pearce High, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Corinth Baptist Church, 13450 NC Highway 96, Zebulon, with the Rev. Will Abernethy and Dr. Carl Hedrick officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PAUL J. KROCKMAN
RALEIGH - Paul Joseph Krockman, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at his home. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Montlawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Montlawn Memorial Park.

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LINWOOD E. BAIRD, SR.
Mr. Baird, 76, of Charlotte, NC, died early Saturday morning, September 10, 2011 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC.

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SPORTS

FAB FOUR FOR FHS
TANK MOVES FORWARD. Franklinton High School fullback Tank Yarbrough picks up yardage during the Red Rams’ home victory last Friday against the Oxford Webb Warriors. FHS won the contest by a 41-0 score.
FAB FOUR FOR FHS
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 two weeks ago at Ravenscroft -- and again last Friday during a rematch with the Oxford Webb Warriors.

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Southern Sweeps Franklinton
Southern Sweeps Franklinton
STANHOPE -- Southern Nash didn’t prove to be a hospitable host when the Ladybirds stepped out of league action Monday to entertain the Franklinton Lady Rams at the picturesque SNHS Tennis Courts.
Southern Nash, coached by Brad Joyner, swept the scoreboard, winning all singles and doubles matches en route to claiming a convincing 9-0 decision over FHS.

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Davis gets first score for Elon U.
Davis gets first score for Elon U.
While most freshmen are getting acclimated with redshirt seasons, former Bunn High School standout Andre Davis is making an instant impact with the Elon University football program.
Davis, who led BHS to the Elite Eight of the Class 2-AA State Playoffs last season as a quarterback, has switched to wideout at Elon.

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Hurricanes blast FUMA
Hurricanes blast FUMA
LOUISBURG -- Rasheed Williams made history for Louisburg College two weeks ago as he was tabbed as LC’s first-ever selection as Northeast Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Williams has done it again as he repeated his league POW honors following another sterling performance.

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Wesleyan defeated by Hampden-Sydney
RED OAK -- Freshman Jacques Alston scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and racked up 151 return yards, but it would not be enough on Saturday as Hampden-Sydney cruised to a 56-17 victory at the Northern Nash Football Complex, spoiling the Bishops’ 2011 home opener.
The loss drops Wesleyan to 0-2 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 2-0.

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Red Rams 2nd At BK
BLAST OFF. Franklinton’s Jordan Perry sends the ball forward for the Red Rams during last Saturday’s championship matchup of the Burger King Classic Boys Soccer Tournament, which was held at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson.
Red Rams 2nd At BK
HENDERSON -- Franklinton had hoped to be king for the day during action last weekend at the Burger King Classic -- but host Kerr-Vance Academy had other ideas.
But for FHS, that hope would actually come two days later as the Red Rams would score a key 4-3 overtime victory at perennial titan Roanoke Rapids in the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer opener for both clubs.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
NASH COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football campaign:

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IT’S A SNAP
IT’S A SNAP
Franklinton High School quarterback T.J. Wall (left) receives a snap from center out of the shotgun formation during the Red Rams’ home victory last Friday agianst Oxford Webb.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
Upcoming marriage. Cynthia Cheek and Richard Trader announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Alicia Trader to Lathan Hartsfield. The groom-elect is the son of Geraldine Hartsfield and James “JP” Perry of Louisburg. The wedding will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Louisburg.

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Trotter, Enright wed
Trotter, Enright wed
Corrie Elizabeth Trotter and William Joseph Enright were married Saturday, July 9, 2011, during a 6:30 p.m. ceremony at North Wake Church in Wake Forest. The officiating minister was Larry Trotter, father of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of Larry and Stephanie Trotter of Youngsville.

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Clean renewable energy in Franklin County
Clean renewable energy in Franklin County
I had the opportunity to start my discussion with Chad Ray of Ray Family Farms while he unloaded Snap Pea leaves where the chickens congregated.
“Nothing wasted,” he told me.  I learned of his new plans to install a solar panel PV system atop his barn while riding with him as he tilled different areas of his farm.

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Weekend events include High Flight and Youngsville Fall Festival
Weekend events include High Flight and Youngsville Fall Festival
Some forecasts call for temperatures in the upper ‘60s on Saturday.
For a summer with temperatures routinely in the 90s and pushing triple digits, the weekend forecast feels appropriately autumn-like.
And just in time.

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Photos from the Justice Antique Tractor, Engine and Car Show
Photos from the Justice Antique Tractor, Engine and Car Show
COLORFUL GREETING. Visitors to the annual Justice Tractor Show on Saturday were treated to a picture-perfect day as well as a wide assortment of displays ranging from carefully restored tractors to equipment in as-found equipment. In addition, there were a number of other displays that captured the atmosphere of a bygone era.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Prosecutors argue murder conviction should stand
Prosecutors argued before the state Supreme Court last week that a murder conviction should stand against a Zebulon man.
A jury convicted Robert Lee Pastuer in April 2009 for his role in the fall 2006 death of his estranged wife, Narskelsky Pastuer.

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LINE DANCING AT THE TAR RIVER FESTIVAL
LINE DANCING AT THE TAR RIVER FESTIVAL
Some of the youngest members of the Louisburg School of Dance delighted the Tar River Festival crowd on Saturday during the 22nd year of the event hosted by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The event featured children’s games, as well as food, craft and educational vendors during the day-long event in downtown Louisburg and at Riverbend Park.

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Boiler room problem at Royal Elementary
Boiler room problem at Royal Elementary
Royal Elementary school students were evacuated Tuesday morning while crews investigated an equipment malfunction inside a boiler room.
No injuries were reported and the evacuation was a safety precaution, officials said.
According to emergency responders, a piece of equipment inside the boiler room, which is connected to the school cafeteria, overheated, just before 10 a.m.

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Three arrested for kidnapping
Franklinton police arrested a Durham trio accused of kidnapping two children from a guardian.
According to a report by Officer A.J. Bishop, Maurice Eubanks contacted the legal guardian for two of his children, offering to take them to the store the evening of Sept. 9.
The guardian, Betty Lawrence, got concerned when Eubanks did not return after 45 minutes.

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FLAG RAISING
FLAG RAISING
Youngsville firefighters help Patti Elliott, second from left, raise a flag during a ceremony to remember those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The service at Luddy Park in Youngsville was also in memory of Elliott’s son, Military Police Spc. Lucas Elliott, who died recently in Iraq.

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Election for nickels check-off will be held Nov. 16
A self-assessed, statewide check-off that supports agricultural research, extension, and teaching programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at NC State University will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, subject to approval by the Board of Agriculture.
Users of feed and fertilizer in North Carolina will vote whether to continue the voluntary 15 cents per ton self-assessment on fertilizer and animal feed produced in our state.

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FRMC to host free diabetes events
Franklin Regional Medical Center will host a free diabetes community event. The event, Healthy Night Out: A Two Part Series on Diabetes, is comprised of two parts.
Friday, Oct. 7 will be an informational session on diabetes geared toward those who suffer from or care for people who suffer from the disease.

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Farmers may be eligible for loans
Franklin County farmers may be eligible for Farm Service Agency EM loans after President Barack Obama included this county in the list of counties eligible for assistance after Hurricane Irene.
In addition to five counties declared disaster areas, including Vance County, 15 additional North Carolina counties were named a contiguous counties where loan assistance may be available.

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Ruedrich honored for historic preservation work in Wake Count
Noted preservationist, Dean Ruedrich of Louisburg, is among eight Wake County projects that will receive awards at Capital Area Preservation’s 18th Annual Anthemion Awards Presentation on Monday, Sept. 19.
Ruedrich will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement in Preservation Award. Anthemion Awards recognize outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in historic preservation in Wake County.

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