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Showing 48 articles from September 16, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Pinnell resigns as interim sheriff
Pinnell resigns as interim sheriff
In less than a year, there will be  a shuffle at the top of the sheriff’s office.
Interim Sheriff Elliott Pinnell tendered his letter of resignation on Thursday — effective on Oct. 9.
Commissioners tabbed Pinnell as the interim sheriff after former sheriff Pat Green resigned at the end of January.
Green resigned amid allegations that he stole money from an undercover drug fund, as well as a fund designated for a children’s Christmas program.

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SAT scores drop
SAT scores drop
Depending on how you parse the numbers, there was both good news and bad news in the Scholastic Aptitude Test results for Franklin County schools released this week.
Overall, the composite SAT score in reading and math for Franklin County high schools dropped just one point to 958.

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READY, AIM, SPRAY
READY, AIM, SPRAY
In an unusual variation of the old dunk tank, the Epsom Volunteer Fire Department featured this contest as one of the games at the annual Fireman’s Day event last weekend. The game is fairly simple. A fireman from each team stands in a kiddie pool several feet away from the hoses. The idea is for the team to spray their lone fireman while he tries to block as much of the water stream as possible so that it falls into the pool. The team with the most water in the pool wins.

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County bills Franklinton their share of appraisal cost
Franklin County sent Franklinton its share of a bill for an appraisal that was done on the town’s water and sewer system.
Unlike the stack of unpaid sewer bills, town officials expect to pay the $7,500.
“It is what we discussed,” said Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter, noting that the town agreed during a spring joint session to share in the cost of appraising the system up to $7,500.

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Animal control lawsuit sent to mediation
A superior court judge named a mediator, giving attorneys a chance to settle out of court a case that claims  animal control negligence led to a family pet’s death.
Attorneys for Jessica Ruiz filed a lawsuit on March 21, claiming that Animal Control Director Graham Stallings, officers and staff failed to follow procedures and protocols that led to the death of the family’s five-month-old labrador-pit bull mix named Rocky.

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United Way Spelling Bee is Sept. 22
United Way Spelling Bee is Sept. 22
The war of words has already started. Fortunately for the men behind those words, they will only have to eat them, they won’t have to spell them.
That pleasure will go to the 16 teams that have signed up for United Way’s annual Spelling Bee — which helps kick off the organization’s campaign season.

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Airport director gets support at meeting
Airport director gets support at meeting
Pilots and aviation entrepreneurs showed up in force Tuesday evening to defend the county’s airport director.
The airport commission, though, would not divulge the reason for such a display.
The Triangle North Executive Airport committee met in closed session during a special-called meeting on Sept. 7.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Centerville resident Dedrick Williams

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cameron Crazy
Editorial Cartoon: Cameron Crazy

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Interim sheriff resigns, but county doesn’t feel obligated to tell public
As yet another chapter in the sad saga of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department closes and a new one is about to open, there are some lessons to be learned — and conclusions to be drawn.
Thursday morning, Interim Sheriff Elliott Pinnell submitted his resignation to accept a position at Duke University.

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Are public officials too busy to attend county events, ceremonies?
Are public officials too busy to attend county events, ceremonies?
Ask a cranky old news reporter (like me) about an upcoming event, and you’ll often get a description in advance that will prove pretty accurate.
Not last weekend.
At least not if you asked me what to expect at the Sept. 11 memorial events planned by the Louisburg Fire Department and the county’s Democratic Party.

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The weather is cooling off but the anger towards Green isn’t
The weather is cooling off but the anger towards Green isn’t
GOOD MORNING: Yesterday (Friday), was a cool one. The thermometer in my front yard was indicating a cool 55.8 degrees at 7:52 a.m. and another cool one is expected this (Saturday) morning before temperatures gradually return to more seasonal levels beginning Sunday.
Did you get any rain Thursday evening?  We recorded half an inch out my way.

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Saving lives and saving money by employing an innovative alternative to IMRT
IMRT: Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy is a relatively recent innovation in the history of Radiation Oncology.
It employs sophisticated computer treatment planning software and hardware to focus the damaging effects of radiation on the malignant tumor while reducing the dose to nearby normal tissues.

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Contributions of the honey bee shouldn’t be overlooked by Pernell
Dear Editor:
The beekeepers in your city have put out an alert informing naturalists around the world of the recent mandates that repress the keeping of bees in your city.  Many of us are amazed at the lack of education that continues to permeate the greater society on the issue of honeybees.
Honeybees provide the all-important pollination for humans to survive in today’s populated world.

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OBITUARIES

DOROTHY H. HARRIS
WAKE FOREST - Dorothy Hopkins Harris, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Phelps Chapel Baptist Church in Youngsville, with the Rev. Elvis Harris officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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WLLIAM E. EDWARDS SR.
GOLDSBORO - William Enos Edwards, Sr., 76, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3  p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro, with Pastor Eugene Hartley officiating. Interment will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

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ETHEL M. WILLIAMS
ZEBULON - Ethel Morris Williams, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 at Zebulon House. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 15, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, Knightdale, with the Rev. Kevin Bragg officiating. Burial was in Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.

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JAMES L. SUTTON
FRANKLINTON —James Luther Sutton, 66, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 in Louisburg. Friends may call Jaimie at 801-831-4987 for information on a memorial to be held in Durham on Saturday evening, Sept. 17.

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MARGARET T. SAWYER
ZEBULON - Margaret Tharrington Sawyer, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Zebulon Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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SADIE H. BRASWELL
ZEBULON - Sadie Hocutt Braswell, 96, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at WakeMed in Raleigh. Funeral services were  held Friday, Sept. 16, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Burial was in the Zebulon Cemetery.

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PAMELA B. RICHARDSON
ZEBULON - Pamela Benson Richardson, 59, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory, 944  Old  Knight Road, Knightdale. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Avenue, Zebulon.

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EMMIE D. STRAUGHN
KNIGHTDALE —Emmie Rose Denton Straughn, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at Rex Healthcare. A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 16, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service, Knightdale.

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GARNET M. MEUNIER
BUNN - Garnet Marie Meunier, 100, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Bunn, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in Phoenix Mountain Nursing Center. She was the widow of Andrew J. Meunier. Graveside services were held Friday at Bunn Memorial Gardens.

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DR. WILLIAM RAY “BILL” MCCOLLUM
Dr. William Ray “Bill” McCollum, 90, died September 13, 2011 in Winston-Salem, NC.  He was born May 20, 1921 in Danville, Virginia.  He married the love of his life, Martha Lillian Hill, August 1, 1945 in Washington, DC. They shared 53 years together prior to her death in 1999.

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SPORTS

LEAGUE TOPPERS
RISING HIGH FOR BHS. Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (right) soars for a kill Tuesday afternoon during the Ladycats’ home volleyball victory against rival Louisburg.
LEAGUE TOPPERS
BUNN -- With all of the talk about parity in the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball race this season, one team still stands alone atop the league standings almost halfway through the schedule.
And it’s the same club that has been dominating the NCC for the past four campaigns.
Bunn has been able to shoo off all other contenders to date, including a home victory Tuesday afternoon against long-time rival Louisburg.

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OT FRUSTRATION
CLOSE QUARTERS. (L to R) Louisburg College’s Logan Asercion tangles with Wake Tech’s Kevin Burke during Wednesday’s men’s soccer match.
OT FRUSTRATION
LOUISBURG -- From a tactical standpoint, Louisburg College controlled the vast majority of minutes during its key Region X men’s soccer match Wednesday at home against Wake Tech Community College.
But a pair of incorrect, split-second decisions washed away Louisburg’s otherwise strong work, and Wake Tech was able to take advantage to post a 2-1 double-overtime victory over the Hurricanes at Dr. Ronald May Field on the LC campus.

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Wildcats pass non-conference test
SIR WALTER. Bunn’s Walter Snead (right) advances the ball during the Wildcats’ home soccer conquest on Tuesday against the Northern Nash Knights.
Wildcats pass non-conference test
BUNN -- Tough matches in the Northern Carolina Conference are looming soon for the Bunn High School boys soccer team -- including a Monday showdown against Franklinton.
BHS head coach Ben Daniels is thrilled with his group’s solid start, and he put together a strong non-league slate to test his Wildcats.

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Franklinton picks up a home win vs. Warriors
GETTING A LEG UP Franklinton’s Hunter Cox (right) tries to gain the ball during Wednesday’s prep soccer matchup against Louisburg.
Franklinton picks up a home win vs. Warriors
FRANKLINTON -- Several coaches have stated that the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer crown is ‘up for grabs’ -- with any number of teams capable of beating each other on a given day.
A good start in league action will be crucial to any squad’s long-term prognosis.
With that mind, there is plenty to feel good about at Franklinton, where the Red Rams have already collected a pair of key early-schedule conquests.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 18-24
High School Football
FRIDAY
Franklinton at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Bunn    7:30 p.m.

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LHS drops a close match vs. Pirates
LHS drops a close match vs. Pirates
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s young volleyball squad continues to show improvement, but it hasn’t necessarily shown up in the Northern Carolina Conference standings.
LHS dropped its fourth NCC match of the season on Thursday as the Lady Warriors were edged at home against the Corinth Holders Lady Pirates.

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Caniac Carnival scheduled for Sunday
Caniac Carnival scheduled for Sunday
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes will host their 12th annual season kick-off event, the Caniac Carnival, at the RBC Center on Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This year’s Carnival will feature activities for fans of all ages including a Red-White game, inflatable rides, interactive games and booths, live music and an autograph session with select Hurricanes players.

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SNEAKY FEELING
SNEAKY FEELING
Bunn’s Lucy Moss (left) tries to sneak a tip away from Louisburg’s Kendall McDaniel (center) and Katie Fobes (right) during Tuesday’s spike contest at BHS.

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CHASE SCENE
CHASE SCENE
(L to R) Wake Tech’s Ciel Missie and Louisburg’s Logan Asercio try to track down the ball during Wednesday’s Region X soccer showdown at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.

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BIG BLAST
BIG BLAST
Franklinton’s Jordan Perry advances the ball during Wednesday’s home victory against Louisburg High School.

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MIRACLE HIGHLIGHTS
MIRACLE HIGHLIGHTS
BATTER UP. The Miracle League of Franklin County held a Batter Up! Clinic last Saturday at Louisburg High School. A total of 14 special-needs children attended the event. In the above photo, ‘Buddy’ Zoe Hinton (right) poses with brothers Lorenzo and Jay Stancil.

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LIFESTYLES

All Aboard! Catenacci’s call to dance
All Aboard! Catenacci’s call to dance
I keep on counting the blessings for Franklin County’s children and adults who can enjoy the opportunity to take dancing. We are so fortunate to have not only one local dance studio, but two very well liked studios
Nowadays, with the technology opportunities, we tend to be a little bit more sedentary and not be creative enough to venture into dancing, one of the most fun exercises around.

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How to take and submit soil samples
Soil samples are taken throughout North Carolina and they differ as far as the size of area sampled and the reason for taking the samples.
Large-scale growers and homeowners depend on soil samples for nutrient management.  After reading this article, hopefully, you will have a newfound enthusiasm for soil sampling.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Eastern Star Chapter sharing backpacks
Eastern Star Chapter sharing backpacks
Pictured are some of the Pre-K and elementary school children in Franklin County who received backpacks for school from Pride of Labor #142-B, OES, PHA. The children and parents were excited to get new backpacks filled with paper, pencils, erasers, notebooks and many other school supplies for the year.

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UNC-Charlotte graduate
UNC-Charlotte graduate
Tiffany Reneé Alston, daughter of Rufus and Geneva Alston of Louisburg, received her master’s degree in school administration on May 14 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a 1998 graduate of Louisburg High School. Tiffany will continue her employment with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Regional On-Farm Poultry Processing Workshop is Sept. 29
A second regional on-farm poultry processing workshop will be held on Thursday, Sept, 29, due to the demand from interested citizens who were not able to attend the first one on Aug. 1.
Based on the growing demand of small farmers in the region who have found a niche in direct marketing their livestock and poultry agricultural products directly to the consumer in the Research Triangle area and beyond, this workshop was recommended as a training session.

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Producers required to file form
Before producers clear, plow, or prepare areas not currently in crop production for planting, they are required to file an AD-1026 form (Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland conservation (WC) Certification form), showing the area to be brought into production and request a Wetland and HELC determination from Natural Resources and Conservation Services (NRCS).

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22nd annual Tar River Festival is a success
A WHIRL WIND. Deborah Shearin has some fun with her granddaughter, Taylor Stanley, while on a ride set up at the Tar River Festival last Saturday.
22nd annual Tar River Festival is a success
Residents and visitors were treated to food, games and much more during the 22nd annual Tar River Festival hosted by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
The event, held in downtown Louisburg and at nearby Riverbend Park, featured music, pony rides, a rock climbing wall and other gaming activities for children.

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Epsom games test skills of firemen
It may look like Louisburg firemen Ray Yarborough, Chris Lanham and Randy Lanham are surrendering (or about to) but actually they are signaling that they are in full turnout gear and, when they raise their hands, have crossed the finish line.
Epsom games test skills of firemen
Four area fire departments squared off in a friendly competition last Saturday afternoon as part of the annual Epsom Fire Department’s Fireman’s Day.
The event, which also featured lots of fried chicken, barbecue pork and fun activities for kids, included games which tested the skills of firemen from Louisburg, White Level, Norlina and Watkins.

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More Fireman’s Day pics
More Fireman’s Day pics
OLD-FASHIONED FIREFIGHTING. The days of bucket brigades to fight fires may be gone but they still make a good contest on game day. Here two judges (at the far left) keep a close eye on Louisburg firemen as Duane Smith dumps a bucket into a barrel. Bringing more water are (from the left) Dalton West, Chris Lanham, Chase Wammock, Ray Yarborough and Randy Young.

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More Fireman’s Day pics, 2
More Fireman’s Day pics, 2
HALF A TROPHY. White Level fireman Capt. B.J. Brewer (left) accepts a trophy from Epsom’s Russell Fuller after White Level finished in last place in the annual Epsom Fireman’s Day competition. The trophy was literally half a horse — more precisely, the south end of a northbound horse. This trophy is presented annually to the team that finishes last in the spirited competition.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Red Rams Now 5-0 After Topping Pirates
Red Rams Now 5-0 After Topping Pirates
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton began the Northern Carolina Conference portion of its 2011 football schedule in much the same fashion as previous non-league outings -- with a victory.
Corinth Holders, a first-year varsity program, would prove to be a tougher-than-expected foe, but the Red Rams would break away in the second half en route to a 47-19 home decision at the FHS Football Field.

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LHS Falls To Northwest Halifax
LHS Falls To Northwest Halifax
LOUISBURG -- Despite competing without five suspended players -- and having no chance to make the postseason -- the Northwest Halifax Vikings still competed like a football team on a mission Friday against host Louisburg.
After LHS had taken an early advantage, the Vikings reeled off 22 unanswered points and went on to defeat the Warriors 28-16 in the Northern Carolina Conference opener for each club at historic Patterson Field.

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Bunn Wins At North Johnston
KENLY -- A victory at North Johnston helped vault Bunn to a wealth of success during the second half of the 2010 football season -- and deep into the playoffs.
BHS head coach Chris Miller hopes his Wildcats will experience a similar fate this fall -- and the NJHS Football Field might once again have been a starting point.

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