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Showing 47 articles from October 11, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Breaking News! Day care employee being investigated by Franklin County and state agents

Franklin County and state agents are investigating allegations of misconduct by a day care employee.


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Sheriff Jones names new command staff
Sheriff Jones names new command staff
As he was getting sworn in as the county’s new sheriff, Jerry Jones had already hit the ground running, instituting a new command staff.
Jack Joyner, Jones’ right hand man during his first tenure, was hired as the department’s chief deputy on Friday.

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Batton resigns as Franklin County’s attorney, again
Batton resigns as Franklin County’s attorney, again
Franklin County commissioners will have to look for a new county attorney after the firm of Batton and Guin announced a shake-up.
In an email sent out on Monday evening, Darnell Batton informed the board and staff that his partner, David Guin, will serve as the new sheriff’s attorney.

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Responders engage in fiery competition
Cooking Cause. Lake Royale Police Chief Jarrett Winstead, right, and Jack Gibbons work to prepare their barbecue entry in the United Way Siren Cook Off Contest.
Responders engage in fiery competition
There were plenty of small blazes at the Louisburg Moose Lodge.
And there were plenty of firefighters and other emergency responders around.
But rather than douse the flames, they put chicken and pork on top, simmering them to perfection.
The result was the first United Way Siren Cook-off Contest, an event coordinated by Jeremy Neal that, at once, pitted the county’s emergency responders against each other and brought a community together.

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School board moves closer to old high school remodel
The Franklin County Board of Education took another step along a road it began in 2008, the reworking of the former Franklinton High School into a middle school.
In 2008, voters approved a bond issue that created a new Franklinton High School, which opened this fall, and the plans began for converting the old FHS in downtown Franklinton into a middle school.

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Hill Ridge Farms’ train, tractor collision sends two to hospital
Franklin County emergency crews responded to an accident at a Youngsville recreational farm.
According to reports, fire, emergency services and law enforcement personnel responded to a low-speed collision between a tractor pulling people on a hay ride and the train at Hill Ridge Farms.
According to law enforcement, someone driving the tractor was following another tractor as it crossed the train track.

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County kids ready livestock for State Fair
A BOY AND HIS CALF. Thomas Dean gets some final bits of practice showing off his steer before he will take it to the N.C. State Fair this week.
County kids ready livestock for State Fair
By the time Spence Dean’s children get their steers to the State Fair this week, he figures the family has already won.
His 12-year-old daughter Amanda will have become more assertive, learning how to take command of a 1,000-pound calf.

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Power knocked out by felled tree
Nearly 1,000 Louisburg area Progress Energy customers lost power on Monday afternoon when a primary line went down.
According to Scott Sutton with Progress Energy and witnesses, a contracting crew was cutting down a large Black Gum tree near power lines along N.C. 56 and East River Road when the tree fell on the line.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Dominique Perry, Lisa Jones

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Mr. Clean
Editorial Cartoon: Mr. Clean

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Take precautions to prevent house fires
There is a hint of color in the trees, gardens are pretty much gone and the nights are beginning to feel downright chilly.
It’s only a matter of time until heating systems are being kicked on — whether it’s the central unit, a fireplace or even a space heater.

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Commissioners may ultimately regret appointing Jones sheriff
Commissioners may ultimately regret appointing Jones sheriff
GOOD MORNING: With few exceptions, Times readers continued to lambast the county commissioners regarding their appointment of former Sheriff Jerry Jones to fill the unexpired portion of former Sheriff Pat Green’s term in office.

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As demonstrations sweep the country, maybe it’s time to “Occupy Franklin”
As demonstrations sweep the country, maybe it’s time to “Occupy Franklin”
I’ve sort of paid attention from afar to this phenomenon of public protests across the country. It started with “Occupy Wall Street.”
From what I gather, they are a series of demonstrations in New York City, with people protesting against social injustice, economic inequality, corporate greed and, plainly, poor government.

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Website Reader Participation Results October 5-11
When you heard Jerry Jones had been appointed sheriff by the county commissioners, how did you react?

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Class warfare or healthy debate?
Whoever suggests increasing taxes on the rich is engaging in class warfare according to the right. We don’t condone warfare but it is time to discuss why the middle class has gotten squeezed and is shrinking, why the percentage of poor is increasing rapidly and why the top five percent has actually gained wealth.

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National Feral Cat Day is Oct. 16
Dear Editor,
October 16 is National Feral Cat Day — a day for us to think about the outdoor cats in our neighborhood. We often see these cats ducking behind the supermarket or sunning in our backyards, and many of us dig into our wallets to feed them. Who are these cats, and how did they get here?

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OBITUARIES

JOSHUA J. ALLEN
LOUISBURG – Joshua Jay Allen, 38, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at his home. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be private.

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RUTH PEARL WHITE
LOUISBURG - Ruth Pearl Thomerson White, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. A graveside funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10,  at Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating.

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NANCY V. LONG
YOUNGSVILLE - Nancy Vincent Long, 48, died Friday morning, Oct. 7, 2011 at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring. A celebration of life was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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BERTHA S. ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Bertha Stokes Alston, 72, who died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating.

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JASPER PERGERSON JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Jasper J. Pergerson Jr., 66, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bryan Greene and Mr. Kay Hill officiating. Burial followed in the Wake Crossroads Baptist Church cemetery.

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ALEASE P. BARWICK
ZEBULON - Alease Privette Barwick, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Johnson family cemetery.

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JERRY W. ROBERTS
YOUNGSVILLE - Jerry Warren Roberts, 65, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at his residence. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial will follow in Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

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JEAN E. CORBETT
ZEBULON—Jean Elizabeth Lynch Corbett, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Corinth Baptist Church, with visitation from 2:30-4 p.m. prior to the service in the church fellowship hall. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CHRISTINE M. CARRINGTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Christine M. Carrington, 91, who died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, will be held Friday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Holiness Church, with the Rev. Joe Henry Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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CHARLES C. BRADLEY JR.
ZEBULON - Charles Clayton “Chuck” Bradley Jr., 80, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. A service to celebrate his life will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, with family visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.

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WILBUR J. PENDLETON
NASHVILLE - Wilbur Joseph Pendleton, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 011 at his home. A service to celebrate his life will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Cornerstone Funeral Home, with Dr. Michael Cloer officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery in Nashville.

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CHARLES BUMPERS SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Funeral services for Charles “Blue Boy” Bumpers Sr., 60, who died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Union Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ARNOLD LEE “AL” WRIGHT
LOUISBURG/WEAVERVILLE – Arnold Lee “Al” Wright, age 79, of 110 Clifton Street, Louisburg, died Sunday, October 9, 2011, at Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg.

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SPORTS

History Makers
RUNNING ROOM. Franklinton’s Reggie Williams (with ball) turns the corner for the Red Rams during their home decision last Friday night over Bunn.
History Makers
FRANKLINTON -- Regardless of the circumstances, the end of Franklinton’s 22-year football drought against Bunn was destined to be a memorable moment for the Red Rams’ faithful.
But for Franklinton, this script was downright unforgettable.
With first place on the line in the Northern Carolina Conference -- and with FHS’ undefeated record at stake -- the Red Rams used a goal-line stand in the closing seconds to secure a 19-14 victory over Bunn last Friday in front of an overflow crowd at the FHS Football Field.

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CANES DIVE BACK IN
ALMOST A PICK. Louisburg College defender Keaston Jones dives for a ball as part of an interception attempt during the Hurricanes’ home football victory last Saturday afternoon against the Greenville Titans.
CANES DIVE BACK IN
FRANKLINTON -- Coming off a tough road loss one week earlier, Louisburg College football coach John Sala hoped his club would find plenty of motivation for last Saturday’s home matchup against the Greenville Titans.
This wasn’t a conference showdown, but Sala anticipated the Hurricanes would have plenty to play for.
Pride, most notably.

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The Marathon Men
GREAT ESCAPE. Louisburg’s Antwan Perry (with ball) gets away from three Warren County defenders during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football matchup at LHS’ historic Patterson Field.
The Marathon Men
LOUISBURG -- So much for the theory that Louisburg wouldn’t be effective while playing its fourth football game in a 12-day span.
The Warriors controlled the majority of the contest, but had to withstand some big plays from Warren County en route to earning a 30-28 decision last Friday in a key Northern Carolina Conference matchup at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.

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Another big game for Rams
Another big game for Rams
Franklinton’s football victory last Friday over Bunn was one for the ages -- especially if you’re a FHS fan who is 22 or younger.
The Red Rams hadn’t defeated the Wildcats since 1989 -- a skein that ended with a heart-stopping 19-14 decision in front of an estimated 3,000 at the Old FHS Football Field.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
NASH COUNTY -- Listed are last week’s scores from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s football season:

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LHS’ Perry makes 16 tackles for Catawba
JEFFERSON CITY, TENN. -- Catawba College’s Lakeem Perry made 16 tackles, but it wasn’t enough as Carson-Newman rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense en route to a 55-21 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Burke-Tarr Stadium. 

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PASS RECEPTION
PASS RECEPTION
Bunn High School wide receiver Calvin Brodie (right) is pursued by Franklinton’s Tank Yarbrough after reeling in a pass during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football matchup, which was claimed by the host Red Rams, 19-14.

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GREAT GRAB FOR LC
GREAT GRAB FOR LC
Louisburg College’s Tomorris Roberts (left) comes up with a reception during his team’s home victory last Saturday afternoon over the Greenville Titans. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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LIFESTYLES

Doing Grill A Justice
Doing Grill A Justice
The cooking team from Justice Volunteer Fire Department display their awards for placing second in BBQ Pork and Cake. Justice also won the Community Support Award for most plate sales.

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Royale WInners
Royale WInners
Lake Royale Police Chief Jarrett Umstead, left,  and Jack Gibbons show off their first-place awards for Chicken and Sauce.

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FIRED UP
FIRED UP
Clockwise, from back row, Mike Collins, Lynn Arnold, Ethan Medlin and Brandon Arnold with Bunn Fire Department placed third in BBQ Pork and second in BBQ Chicken.

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KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS
KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS
Bunn Rescue Department won first place in BBQ pork, placed second in BBQ Chicken and Sauce. From left, back row, Randy Pearce, Scott Strickland, Carl Price, Jeff Whitley and Boston Pearce. Kneeling, from left, Joe Price and Shelia Strickland.

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BELLY FULL
BELLY FULL
Franklin Regional Hospital President Jason Proctor, second from right, takes a breather between samples of BBQ chicken during the United Way Siren Cook-Off contest. From left, John May, Tony Tavera and Moon Mullins wait to judge the next entry. (Submitted photo)

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Moo, Baa, Nay
With the cool crisp air and the changing of the time, fall is definitely in full swing.  Also in full swing are livestock shows/fairs.
There seems to be a livestock show or fair every weekend leading up to the BIG show at the N.C. State Fair. 4-H is widely known for showing livestock, even though 4-H teaches all areas of life skills.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC band concert features local band directors and students
Playing in a community band is something that can happen for an adult who was once a band student.  The skills learned in public school music programs never leave students, and playing as an adult is a great way to continue involvement in music.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville expects opposition to special-use permit
YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials will host its next meeting at the town’s Community House, expecting a large crowd that wants to know about a company’s plans to test ballistic concrete products that are used in live fire training.
Amidon Contracting Solutions Inc. manufactures the concrete products that military bases and others in law enforcement use when conducting live round training in settings that simulate urban warfare.

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State, local officers raid illegal night joint
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies combined with state agents to raid an illegal bar in the southern end of the county.
According to a release from the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and deputies raided an unlicensed bar known as Club 97 at 2135 N.C. 97 near Zebulon during the early morning hours of Oct. 9

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Regional horse meeting
An educational Elluminate equine training for interested area horse owners will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the FC Extension Center’s Annex meeting room in Louisburg, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Elluminate is a relatively new way to teach classes in an economical way ... by watching the presentation broadcast live on a screen …

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