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Showing 45 articles from September 27, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Search for new sheriff continues
Franklin County commissioners have stretched their meeting day out to Wednesday, continuing efforts to name the county’s next sheriff.
Franklin County commissioners met in closed session for three hours on Monday, entering open session only to indicate that they would meet again at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday).

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Farm sheds light on solar panel use
RAY OF LIGHT. Solar panels help power operations at Ray Family Farms on Pearces Road near Bunn. The operation was on display Tuesday during a visit by some of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s brass.
Farm sheds light on solar panel use
As farmers, Chad Ray and his family don’t like to waste anything.
They recycle seeds, run trucks and tractors using bio-diesel and use animals’ waste and hay as compost and fertilizer.
So it only made sense to try and capture the potential of the sun, shining down on the Pearces Road farm for free.

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LORD OF THE RINGS
LORD OF THE RINGS
Irene Timberlake takes a shot at tossing a hula hoop around pumpkins at Louisburg’s Riverbend Park. The activity was part of the annual Senior Fun Day hosted by the county’s Department of Aging.

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Claim and counterclaim, water lawsuit continues
A lawsuit pitting Franklinton against Franklin County is still months away from going to trial, but attorneys continue to file documents in support of their positions.
Last week, Franklinton attorneys responded to Franklin County’s counterclaim, arguing that the the 40-year water contract signed in 1982 remains valid and enforceable.

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Dreary weather doesn’t stop United Way’s Day of Caring
MEASURING UP. Youngsville Baptist Church volunteers Dalles Glover, left, Steve Solum, center, and Lynwood Buffaloe work on a handicapped ramp project in Franklinton on Saturday for Day of Caring. (Contributed photos by UWFC)
Dreary weather doesn’t stop United Way’s Day of Caring
The forecast called for cloudy skies and rain this past Saturday.
However, there were pockets of sunshine in Franklin County.
Volunteers gathered early Saturday, setting out to fix porches, clear yards and whatever else they could do during United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Daquan Wall

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: I Wish, I Wish, I Might
Editorial Cartoon: I Wish, I Wish, I Might

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Merger will create a profitable monopoly
So, Progress Energy and Duke Energy want to merge.
Does that not give you the warm fuzzies?
It’s such a wonderful idea that let’s stop and count the reasons we love it!
Oops, there aren’t any.

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County deserves better than an alleged thief and a helicopter that couldn’t fly
County deserves better than an alleged thief and a helicopter that couldn’t fly
GOOD MORNING: The question is no longer when, whom, or even if our county commissioners are going to choose someone to succeed interim Sheriff Elliott Pinnell, but what our commissioners are going to use as an excuse for continuing their secret sessions once that’s over and done with.

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Too many closed sessions can lead to a bad case of failing to open up to the public
Too many closed sessions can lead to a bad case of failing to open up to the public
“We’ve got to stop meeting like this.”
In most instances, that’s a phrase you might utter when, during the course of a day, you run into someone you know in the most random places.
It’s usually meant to be good natured.

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Website Reader Participation Results September 21-27
Which will be the commissioners top priority when hiring the new sheriff?

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African-Americans ignored during search for new sheriff
Dear Editor:
This is to express concerns from the Franklin County African American community. It is a shame that we have two county commissioners that represent the black community in this county and neither of them saw fit to talk to their constituency about the unfolding of the replacement of former Sheriff Green.

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Mills High reunion was a great day
Dear Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those responsible for the W.R. Mills reunion. For fear of leaving someone out, I will not list the names.

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The argument over Obama’s race continues
Dear Editor:
Kim Campbell, first of all, if you are going to tell something, you need to tell the truth. Second, according to the one-drop rule, it still persists for biracial individuals in our society. Therefore, President Obama is a black man.

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OBITUARIES

HORTENSE “TENSIE” LEONARD
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Hortense “Tensie” Leonard, 85, who died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, were held Monday, Sept. 26, at Union Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas W. Leonard officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ANGELA M. MORRIS
FRANKLINTON - Angela Michelle Morris, 35,  died Sunday, Sept. 25, at Duke Hospital in Durham. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with interment following at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.

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ROSE C. TURNAGE
ZEBULON - Rose Chamblee Turnage, 74, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Zebulon United Methodist Church.

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ETHEL L. GASKINS
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Ethel Lynch Gaskins, 79, who died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, will be held Friday, Sept. 30, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TIMOTHY “TIMMY” LEWIS
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Timothy “Timmy” Lewis, 45, who died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville, with Bishop Jimmy Williams officiating.

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ROBERT H. NEAL
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Minister Robert Henry Neal, 65, who died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, were held Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

NCC TURNOVER
DOUBLE TEAMED. Bunn High School’s Demarious Alston and DeSean Wright work together to bring down Roanoke Rapids runner Clay Lockamon during last Saturday’s Northern Carolina Conference gridiron showdown at the BHS Football Field.
NCC TURNOVER
BUNN -- There’s been a huge turnover at the top of the football standings in the always-competitive Northern Carolina Conference.
Four of them, as a matter of fact.
Taking advantage of a quartet of miscues from defending champion Roanoke Rapids, the opportunistic Bunn Wildcats put together a dominant second half and went on to top the Yellow Jackets by a 35-14 margin in a key NCC matchup last Saturday at the BHS Football Field.

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6 IN A ROW!
ESCAPE ACT. Louisburg High School quarterback Marcus Davis (with ball) tries to get away from Franklinton’s Ryan Glover during Monday night’s crucial Northern Carolina Conference football contest at LHS.
6 IN A ROW!
LOUISBURG -- The season is only six weeks old, but the Franklinton Red Rams have already clinched a winning record for the 2011 campaign.
Franklinton, however, is seeking much loftier goals following an undefeated start that continued Monday with an impressive road conquest at Northern Carolina Conference foe Louisburg.

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Bunn still atop the standings
THREE’S A CROWD. (L to R) Louisburg’s Leo Carature and Ossie Peralta and Bunn’s Kevin Strassburger attempt to gain possession of the ball during Monday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer event on the BHS campus.
Bunn still atop the standings
BUNN -- With each mounting victory for his club, Bunn High School boys soccer coach Benj Daniels had continued to warn against complacency and overconfidence.
Following key Northern Carolina Conference wins over traditional powers Franklinton and Roanoke Rapids, Daniels’ job became even tougher last week.

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LC’s streak is ended
STAY AWAY. (L to R) Mercer Community College’s Jonathan Louisignau (left) tries to create space as Louisburg College’s Logan Asercion defends during last Saturday’s soccer match at LC’s Dr. Ronald May Field.
LC’s streak is ended
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s men’s soccer squad carried plenty of momentum -- in the form of a two-match winning streak -- into last Saturday’s non-region contest against Mercer Community College out of New Jersey.
But it didn’t take long for the 10th-ranked Vikings to establish territorial control en route to claiming a 5-0 victory over the Hurricanes at Dr. Ronald May Field on the LC campus.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are scores from Week Five of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Football Season:

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Louisburg College gets past Lackawanna
Louisburg College gets past Lackawanna
RALEIGH -- After a crazy day, a huge reward finally arrived for the Louisburg College football team.
Early last Saturday, LC wasn’t even sure if its home game against Northeast Conference foe Lackawanna College would be played.
The contest was slated for Franklinton High School, but LC officials were informed that the field at FHS was unavailable due to recent heavy rains.

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Lakeem Perry shines for CC
Lakeem Perry shines for CC
GREENEVILLE, TENN. -- Catawba College posted its first win of the season, defeating host Tusculum 23-21 in South Atlantic Conference football action last Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field in the Volunteer State.
Former Louisburg High School standout Lakeem Perry had a big day for the Indians with one interception, one fumble recovery, one sack and nine total tackles.

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Lady Hurricanes defeated in Maryland
Lady Hurricanes defeated in Maryland
ROCKVILLE, MD. -- Things didn’t go as planned for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes during their road soccer matchup last Saturday against non-conference foe Montgomery-Rockville in the Maryland portion of suburban D.C.
After playing a scoreless first half, the Lady Hurricanes gave up a quartet of unanswered goals of the closing 45 minutes of action and were defeated by a 4-0 margin.

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FCPR ADULT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
FCPR ADULT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
Clifton’s Bail Bonds won the 2011 Franklin County Parks and Recreation Adult Co-Ed Softball League Summer Tournament Championship.

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BOINK
BOINK
Louisburg College’s Ian O’Brien (right) sends a header for the Hurricanes during their home soccer matchup on Saturday afternoon against Mercer Community College from New Jersey.

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GAINING SPEED
GAINING SPEED
Roanoke Rapids’ A.J. Alston tries to avoid several Bunn defenders during last Saturday’s football game.

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TANK MARCHES FORWARD FOR THE RED RAMS
TANK MARCHES FORWARD FOR THE RED RAMS
Franklinton’s Tank Yarbrough (with ball) picks up yardage for the Red Rams during their road victory Monday night at Northern Carolina Conference rival Louisburg. With the win, FHS is now a strong 6-0 to start the campaign.

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LIFESTYLES

Pickin’ and Grinnin’ at the Person Place
REGULAR PERFORMANCE. Donnie Gilliam sings and plays at Person Place last Tuesday. Backing him up were Alan and Betsy Reid, Matt Nelson, Marie Vanderbeck and Bennie Fuller (on Dobro).
Pickin’ and Grinnin’ at the Person Place
If you haven’t attended one of the monthly Pickin’ and Grinnin’ sessions at Person Place, you’ve really missed something.
The sessions are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Person Place, 605 N. Main Street, Louisburg.

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Introduction to the world of stream classification
What is the difference between a creek and a branch?  When does a spring become a creek?
Let me introduce you to the world of stream classification, and yes, this is a serious subject, and yes, you can get an advanced degree in stream morphology and classification.
To begin at the beginning, streams have their origin high up in their watershed.

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Battle, Brinkley wed
Battle, Brinkley wed
Jennifer Lakesh Battle and Willenn Brinkley were married on Aug. 20, 2011 at Word Tabernacle Church of Rocky Mount. The 2 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Senior Pastor James Gailliard Sr.
The bride is the daughter of George and Margaret Battle of Franklinton.
The groom’s parents are Alice Dunston and Willie Baines of Nashville.

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BIRTHS
Kylie Sophia Stanley
BIRTHS
Brandon Stanley and Chelsea Harris announce the birth of their daughter, Kylie Sophia Stanley, born June 23, 2011. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Jackie Gardner of Louisburg and Bill Harris of Raleigh.
Paternal grandparents are Pat and Tina Stanley of Fuquay-Varina.

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Vintage train trips scheduled
Vintage train trips scheduled
A vintage train will ride the rails through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Oct. 29 and Oct.  30 on its Appalachian Region tour. People from all over will have a chance to see and ride this historic train. Our grandparents have ridden many of these restored passenger cars during the 1950’s and 60’s.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

NC Retired School Personnel to meet
The Franklin County Unit of Retired School Personnel will hold its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Mitchell Media Center on Dogwood Lane in Louisburg, beginning at 10 a.m.
Anyone who is a retiree of North Carolina Public Schools may become a member. The goal of the group is to keep the retirees informed with changes connected with benefits, insurances, etc.

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HONORS
HONORS
MASTERS. Lindsay Lewis Patterson of Franklin County received her Masters in Science Education and a Master in Zoology at the May 14 Commencement at N.C. State University. She is continuing her studies at N.C. State.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Donnelly speaks to lions
Donnelly speaks to lions
The Louisburg Lions Club received an informative update recently from one of Franklin County’s largest employers, Novozymes North Amercia. Paige Donnelly, communications manager for the company, shared a PowerPoint presentation about the impact of enzymes they develop on our everyday life from new energy technology to extending a loaf of bread’s shelf life.

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Burglar attempts to bake chicken
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who broke into a northern Franklin County home.
Mary Reese reported on Sept. 23 that someone broke into a home in the 8300 block of N.C. 39 South.
According to a report by Dep. Bill Garrett, between Sept. 18 and Sept. 23, suspects kicked in the front door to gain entry.

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DEEP APPRECIATION
DEEP APPRECIATION
Bonnie Doss, seated, of Franklinton said she was overwhelmed by the Day of Caring crew that came to her home Saturday and did everything from grass cutting to washing clothes. Eighteen volunteers worked outside and in each room to get Ms. Doss’ home in order. She is on oxygen 24 hours a day and has suffered, she said, from ill effects of long-term smoking.

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GIRL SCOUTS REIN
GIRL SCOUTS REIN
Franklin County Girl Scouts were not put off by rain on Saturday and went out in full force to complete five United Way of Franklin County Day of Caring projects. Above, Troop 961 is with leader Betty Craig, center left, and Edith Perry, center right. This troop completed yard work and cleaning at Perry’s Youngsville home. A crew will return this week to complete yard work that could not be done because of the weather.

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More Senior Fun Day photos
More Senior Fun Day photos
NOT TOO TAXING. Diane Dozier checks out the booth display set up by the county’s tax department. The display was part of the fun and educational opportunities available to residents during the annual Senior Fun Day at Riverbend Park in Louisburg on Tuesday.

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BUSINESS

GRAND OPENING
GRAND OPENING
Currin’s Art Corner, a gift shop and art studio located at 375 Main Street, Bunn, held its grand opening on Saturday. The shop features works of local artists with items ranging from jewelry, paintings, stained glass, greeting cards, whimsical gourds, handbags, hats, and more. The art studio offers private art lessons and is currently accepting students.

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