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Showing 44 articles from September 20, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Decision on hiring sheriff nears
Decision on hiring sheriff nears
What’s another week?
County commissioners met behind closed doors on Monday night to discuss a personnel matter, presumably how they will go about filling the about-to-be-vacant sheriff’s position.
Interim Sheriff Elliott Pinnell tendered his resignation last week, notifying the board that his last day would be Oct. 9.

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Former Youngsville employee indicted
A former Youngsville department head was indicted last week.
Joseph Allen Patterson II is slated to appear in Franklin County Superior Court next month on charges of larceny by an employee and embezzlement.
Patterson’s transgressions, which investigators allege had been going on for years, cost him and his mother, former town administrator Brenda Robbins, their jobs.

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YOUNGSVILLE FALL FESTIVAL
YOUNGSVILLE FALL FESTIVAL
COLD WEATHER, HOT GRILL. Jim Lanore, left, and Glen Darch braved the cold and drizzle to fire up the grill, preparing chicken for plates that were sold at the Youngsville Fall Festival this past Saturday. The rain cancelled the car show, but it has been rescheduled for this Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Youngsville Elementary School parking lot.

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Bradley announces Senate run
Bradley announces Senate run
When redistricting plans revealed an uphill battle for Glen Bradley to maintain his House seat, he said he would look at other options to serve his community.
Last week, the first-term representative announced that he would run for a Senate seat in 2012.
As it’s drawn, Senate District 18 would represent Franklin County, but, Granville, Vance and Warren counties have been swapped out for portions of Wake County, including part of northern Wake County, Wake Forest, Zebulon, Wendell and Garner.

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Ralph Knott dies at 78
Ralph Knott dies at 78
A man who was the guiding force behind the county’s most populous political party died over the weekend.
Ralph Knott was 78.
“[He] possessed a keen sense of the importance of political involvement, both on the local and state levels and how that involvement affects the lives of ordinary people,” said Armenta Eaton, a long-time friend and current chair of the county’s Democratic Party.

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Concert series asks for funding
A tourism advocacy group recommended the county spend some money on a concert series that brings in visitors.
Louisburg College’s Robert Poole, director of the school’s Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, presented the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) with a request for $7,500 to help market and promote the school’s Allen de Hart Concert series.

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Louisburg discusses utilities, quilt trail
Louisburg discusses utilities, quilt trail
From a discussion about a quilt trail to bring visitors to Franklin County to decisions about ways to upgrade the town’s utilities, the Louisburg Town Council moved quickly through a diverse agenda Monday night.
Two local artists and board members of the Franklin County Arts Council explained developing plans for a quilt trail that’s taking shape around the county.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Sebastian Alford of Louisburg

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: I'm Your Huckleberry
Editorial Cartoon: I'm Your Huckleberry

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SAT scores don’t tell the real story
Buried deep within a story on page 1 of the Sept. 17 edition of your Franklin Times was a detail worth remembering.
Like the canary in a coal mine, it may be an indication of a problem developing almost out of the sight of most of us.

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My friend, Ralph Knott, will be missed
My friend, Ralph Knott, will be missed
GOOD MORNING: I begin this column today on a somber note. Retired Clerk of Court and longtime friend Ralph S. Knott died Saturday night following a lifetime of service to the people of Franklin County. He was 78 years old.
Although we didn’t always see eye-to-eye on all public matters, I can’t recall a single instance where he harbored any grudge against me, as our end goal was always the same – the welfare of Franklin County and its people.

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Early warning system could be lifesaver
Early warning system could be lifesaver
Would I want to know it’s coming?
As someone who has lived in North Carolina all my life, I never thought I would have to ponder that question.
However, after the remnants of a Virginia earthquake rippled through the area during the afternoon of Aug. 23, my whole thought process changed.

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Website Reader Participation Results September 14-20

Will Pat Green ever serve time for the missing drug funds?


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What would you do?
RALEIGH – Doing the right thing means making difficult choices.
American history is full of examples. Whether it be the impositions of the Stamp Act, the injustices of slavery, or the intrusions of eugenics, Americans have had to decide how best to respond to tyrants in power — and sometimes to tyrants next door.

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Time for a coffee break
Dear Editor:
Hello sheep. To all of you critical thinkers and over-educated people and alike. To voice one’s opinion on the fact that President Obama is a black man (oh, I mean interracial, he could also be called a white man if his color was a lot lighter) does not mean you are a racist.

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Snacking bandit suffers more than admitted thief, Pat Green
Dear Editor:
Well, it looks like Pat Green is still allowed to walk free after stealing, by his own admission, thousands of dollars he was in charge of protecting.
How can this be?

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OBITUARIES

DWIGHT E. BRANTLEY
SPRING HOPE —Dwight Earl Brantley, 74, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Duke Raleigh Hospital.  Graveside services with military honors will be held Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Ridge Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Cameron Currin officiating.

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RANDALL “RANDY” HOLDEN
YOUNGSVILLE - Randall “Randy” Patterson Holden, 67, of Youngsville, died Monday morning, Sept. 19, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, at Wake Union Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jack Painter & the Rev. Al Marguerat officiating. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.

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ROY ALLEN
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Roy Allen, 89, who died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, at 12 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. James Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Hawkins Chapel cemetery.

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MICHAEL L. RICHARDSON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Michael L. “China-Man” Richardson, 49, who died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries, with the Rev. Barbara McKnight officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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CORNEATA COOPER
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Corneata Cooper, 77, who died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

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LISA IRS GARNER
SPRING HOPE - Lisa Irs Garner, 46, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at Nash Health Care. The family will receive friends at 502 S. Pine Street.

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JAMES “TOMMY” MURRAY
YOUNGSVILLE —James “Tommy” Murray, 66, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 2011. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Haley and the Rev. Shannon Scott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ELNA D. BURNETTE
LOUISBURG - Elna D. Burnette, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 at her home.

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GARNETTA S. EAVES
HENDERSON - Garnetta Swinson Eaves, 86, a resident of 21 Joe Ayscue Road, died Saturday, September 17, 2011, at Maria Parham Medical Center.  Born on November 27, 1924 in Martin County, she was the daughter of the late Preston Graham Swinson and Garnet McCaskey Swinson.  She was a member of Liberty Christian Church where she was a former member of the Bertha Mitchell Sunday School Class.  Mrs. Eaves was a partner with her husband in E & S Farm Store, Eaves-Parks Insurance Agency and other business interests.

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MANDY T. HILL
December 5, 1970-September 17, 2011
EAST TENNESSEE— Mandy T. Hill, 40, formerly of the White Level Community, surrounded by her loving family, passed away Saturday morning in East Tennessee where she had resided for the last several years.

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RALPH S. KNOTT
August 22, 1933 – September 17, 2011
LOUISBURG – Ralph S. Knott, 78, of Louisburg, died Saturday night.

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JAMES EARL MCGHEE
GASTONIA, NC - James Earl McGhee, 69, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2011 at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte.

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SPORTS

An NCC Setback
PERRY PICKS UP YARDAGE. Louisburg’s Antwan Perry (with ball) tries to elude a Northwest Halifax tackle attempt during last Friday night’s NCC football event at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
An NCC Setback
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 last 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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LC’s Region Tussle
SHOW OF SPEED. Louisburg College freshman forward Holly Graham (left) catches up to a ball during the Lady Hurricanes’ home conquest last Friday afternoon against Region X women’s soccer rival USC-Lancaster.
LC’s Region Tussle
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College was supposed to enjoy an off day from practice last Saturday -- a treat that Coach Andy Stokes dangled in front of his players following a subpar first half during a home matchup one day earlier against Region X foe University of South Carolina-Lancaster.
Through 45 minutes, LC had tallied the only goal of the match, but Stokes thought the Lady Hurricanes should have clutched a larger lead at intermission.

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FHS Takes The 5th
CUT TO THE CHASE. Corinth Holders quarterback Kenneth Collins (left) attempts a pass while being rushed by Franklinton’s Jack Roward during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football game at FHS.
FHS Takes The 5th
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 last Friday night at the FHS Football Field.

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LC claims road win in Virginia
LC claims road win in Virginia
It’s three up and three down for the Louisburg College football team, but the biggest tests lie ahead for the Hurricanes.
And they will begin this Saturday.
That’s when Louisburg, with a 3-0 mark, hosts new Northeast Conference foe Lackawanna College from Pennsylvania.

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

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Bunn Blasts Panthers
Bunn Blasts Panthers
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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Football action heats up Friday in NCC
Football action heats up Friday in NCC
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It’s still early in the season, but Friday’s showdowns will go a long way toward eventually determining the final pecking order in the Northern Carolina Conference football standings.
Franklin County will play host to a pair of huge matchups as Franklinton will travel to Louisburg and Bunn will host Roanoke Rapids.

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Miracle League opener postponed
Miracle League opener postponed
LOUISBURG -- Poor weather forced the postponement of the Miracle League of Franklin County’s Opening Night Baseball Ceremonies at Louisburg High School.
The event was slated for last Saturday, but will instead be rescheduled for this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the LHS Softball Field.

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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
 Louisburg College’s Zoe Hunt (with ball) tries to create space.

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LIFESTYLES

BIRTHS
BIRTHS
Jason and Shatasha Perry of Youngsville are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jason Devon Perry II, born Aug. 25, 2011 at WakeMed in Raleigh. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are David and Lelia Cooper of Franklinton.

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Research recycling options before throwing away old appliances and electronics
So you’re looking for a new washer and dryer. You plan on getting the best Energy Star certified appliances that promise the most minimal use of energy. But what about those older models still sitting in the your laundry room? What will you do with the two that have been so good to you for the past 15 years?

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville Fall Festival braves the cool weather, car show rescheduled
ALL SMILES. Meg Jackson and her daughter, Lillian, are all smiles as they check out some shirts for sale at the Youngsville Fall Festival this past Saturday.
Youngsville Fall Festival braves the cool weather, car show rescheduled
The Youngsville Fall Festival had one thing going for it on Saturday — cool weather.
Unfortunately, a constant drizzle forced organizers to postpone the car show, which has been re-scheduled for this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Youngsville Elementary School parking lot on U.S. 1-A.

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Youngsville Fall Festival pics
Youngsville Fall Festival pics
PET PAT. The Mauch family, from left to right, Erin, Wilson, Teddy and Rich get familiar with Petey, an Australian Blue Heeler mix, while at the Youngsville Fall Festival. The SPCA of Franklin County was a vendor at the Youngsville Fall Festival and was showing Petey off.

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United Way’s Day of Caring set for Saturday
WATKINS
United Way’s Day of Caring set for Saturday
Volunteers will be out helping their neighbors Saturday in 34 identified United Way Day of Caring projects in Franklin County.
It will be the culmination of months of preparation by givers and receivers.

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DWI arrest made
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklin County man on charges of driving while impaired.
An off-hand comment later on led officers to also level a drug charge.
According to a report by Dep. D.B. Wester, he was conducting a traffic checkpoint on Alert Road the evening of Sept. 14 when an approaching vehicle stopped short of the checkpoint.

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BUSINESS

McPROGRESS
McPROGRESS
Less than three months after the former Louisburg McDonald’s restaurant was demolished, its replacement is taking shape. The tear-down began July 4 and the new facility is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 13, according to Steve Fordham, owner/operator. Grand opening events are being planned for early November, he said.

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