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Showing 39 articles from October 14, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Teacher charged with assault on student
A Franklinton High School teacher was suspended with pay amid allegations that he assaulted a student.
The 17-year-old student’s parents, Shawonda and Ellysses Noel, took out warrants on Oct. 11, alleging that A.J. Piper grabbed their son and pushed and shoved him up against a wall.
Franklinton police served the warrant on charges of misdemeanor simple assault on Wednesday.

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Murder conviction overturned
Murder conviction overturned
A man who was sentenced to life in prison on charges that he killed his estranged wife will soon be free.
In April 2009, a jury found Robert Lee Pastuer guilty of killing Narskelsky Pastuer.
Last July, a state Appellate Court overruled the decision, arguing that local prosecutors did not meet the burden of proof necessary to convict.

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Keep on truckin’
A little elbow grease. Abe Kemp and his latest project, a 1949 Corbitt that he rescued and restored.
Keep on truckin’
Where most people would have seen an old, unloved and abandoned truck sitting under a shed, Janie and Abe Kemp saw an important piece of this region’s heritage and a challenge to their skills.
Months later, no one would recognize their latest restoration as the truck once sitting forlorn in a shed -- but many would recognize it as a Corbitt, manufactured up the road in Henderson.

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Daycare worker under investigation
Franklin County, state agents and the Department of Social Services continues to investigate allegations of misconduct by a day care employee.
Sheriff Jerry Jones confirmed this week that State Bureau of Investigation agents and deputies were made aware of allegations involving an employee at Leaps and Bounds Early Learning Center on Sledge Road near Lake Royale.

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Residents want better view of shooting operation
Clay Davidson, Amidon Contracting Solutions vice president of legal and compliance, tries to address a crowd of Youngsville residents who have concerns about the company’s plans to continue ballistics testing at their Northbrook Drive site.
Residents want better view of shooting operation
YOUNGSVILLE — Within the next month, residents could get an up-close  tour of Afghanistan.
What they see and hear could determine a businesses future in town.
Representatives with Amidon Contracting Solutions appeared before commissioners on Thursday night, applying for a special-use permit so they can continue ballistics testing on shock absorbing concrete that’s used by the military in live-fire training.

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New park purchase on agenda
County commissioners will be asked on Monday to purchase land for a park to fulfill a Louisburg man’s dying wish.
Edgar Owens died in January 2010, leaving behind an estate that included $800,000 for the county to buy land for a park, develop a pond and maintain the property.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Joey Olivieri

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Just Looking for a Raise
Editorial Cartoon: Just Looking for a Raise

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Girl Scout camp is not a good site for county park
Editor’s Note: Caution, you may be about to waste a few minutes of your life by reading this editorial because it almost certainly will be ignored by the Franklin County commissioners. But commissioners will never be able to say “no one told us!”
On Monday, the county commissioners will almost certainly agree to use an unusual gift to create a park where they shouldn’t.

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Protesters could have major impact on the future of America and its economy
Protesters could have major impact on the future of America and its economy
Have you been watching these Occupy Wall Street protests that are gaining momentum across the United States including in neighboring Raleigh?
Surely, none of us can be surprised, given the events of the last decade when the top one percent of Americans amassed huge amounts of wealth while the other 99 percent of us watched as our net wealth, home value and stock withered on the vine.

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Jones is shaking things up at the sheriff’s department
Jones is shaking things up at the sheriff’s department
GOOD MORNING: Actually, when one gets to be my age, every morning that you wake up and find yourself able to climb out of bed is a good morning, to me at any rate.
In addition to that, or should I say except for that, we’re led to believe that we can expect sunny and mild temperatures this weekend, except for tonight (Saturday) when an overnight low of 43 degrees is expected and daytime highs in the mid 70’s. ENJOY!

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What has Obama done that is so wonderful?
Dear Editor:
Well, I’m back and once again I can see that Julet Marshall doesn’t know how to tell the truth. The definition of biracial in Webster’s dictionary states the following: relating to, or involving members of two races. So how in the world can you still think that Obama is black?

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We need a big hairy audacious goal
Fifty years ago last week, the USS North Carolina was towed to its final berth in Wilmington, the culmination of three years of dreaming, planning, fundraising and hurdles. More than one hundred thousand people showed up on a cold, rainy October day to watch the famed World War II battleship come up the Cape Fear River.

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OBITUARIES

ANN L. BLACKMON
WAKE FOREST - Ann Lassiter Blackmon, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at her residence. A funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 13, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Terry Ashe officiating. Burial followed in the Falls Community Cemetery.

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ARNOLD LEE “AL” WRIGHT
LOUISBURG —Louisburg College will hold a memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Al Wright, LC faculty emeritus, next Thursday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Benson Chapel.

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BESSIE O. COOKE
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Bessie O. Cooke, 76, who died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

OT EXCELLENCE
QUICK TO THE BALL FOR LC. Louisburg College’s Arturo Alvin (left) edges Cape Fear’s Spencer Tayloe for possession during Wednesday afternoon’s Region X men’s soccer matchup, which was held at Dr. Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
OT EXCELLENCE
LOUISBURG -- With parity resulting in a seemingly never-ending rush of one-goal matches, subtle differences can mean huge returns in Region X men’s soccer circles this season.
Louisburg College four tight one-goal matches against league foes in 2011 -- and came away with three victories, including a 1-0 overtime conquest Wednesday against Cape Fear CC in an important league showdown at Dr. Ronald May Field.

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BE-DEVILED
BAILEY WITH THE BALL. Louisburg College’s Larie Bailey uses fancy footwork to gain possession during the Lady Hurricanes’ home loss Wednesday to Cape Fear Community College at Cameron Field.
BE-DEVILED
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes spent considerable time working on a new formation for his club’s rematch against perennial Region X power Cape Fear Community College.
LC had lost to Cape Fear in convincing fashion earlier in the year, so Stokes thought it was imperative to throw a different strategy toward the Lady Sea Devils during Wednesday’s rematch at Cameron Field on the LC campus.

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Red Rams surge past Louisburg, 5-1
FOOTRACE. (L to R) Franklinton’s Hunter Cox and Louisburg’s Leonardo Carachure try to track down a loose ball during Monday’s conference showdown.
Red Rams surge past Louisburg, 5-1
LOUISBURG -- Coming off a disappointing week -- and with another key week looming -- the Franklinton Red Rams hoped to get off to a strong start to the stretch during a road meeting Monday against Northern Carolina Conference rival Louisburg.
The Red Rams did exactly that, staying in the mix for a strong position in the NCC with a 5-1 victory over the Warriors at Joyner Park.

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Rams rally to stop BHS
DUEL OF TITANS. (L to R) Standouts Hunter Cox (Franklinton) and Kevin Strassburger (Bunn) lunge for the ball during Wednesday’s NCC match.
Rams rally to stop BHS
FRANKLINTON -- Just stick with the plan.
That was Jordan Germano’s simple message to his Franklinton High School Red Rams after they fell behind by two goals early against Bunn during a key Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer matchup at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 16-23
High School Football
FRIDAY
North Johnston at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at Northwest Halifax    7:30 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE PLAYER OF WEEK
MIRACLE LEAGUE PLAYER OF WEEK
JUSTIN NEATHERLY. Justin Neatherly is the latest Miracle League of Franklin County Player of the week. Justin a 10-year-old student at Youngsville Elementary School. He loves to build with Lego blocks and is pictured with his faithful buddy, Madison Potter.

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NCWC earns ranking
ROCKY MOUNT -- The men’s basketball team of North Carolina Wesleyan College has earned a preseason top-25 national ranking by DIII News, the monthly newsletter of Division III men’s basketball.  
The Battling Bishops came in at #25 and were listed as the top team in the USA South Athletic Conference.  
Head Coach John Thompson, who is entering his 17th season at the helm of the program, had this to say regarding his squad’s early recognition.

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Bunn wraps up NCC regular season title
Bunn wraps up NCC regular season title
BUNN -- Bunn wrapped up a successful defense of its Northern Carolina Conference regular season volleyball championship with a pair of clutch home victories this week.
Tuesday, BHS stopped North Johnston 25-15, 25-23 and 25-20 at the Bunn Dome.
The Ladycats served at 90 percent, led by Tainasha Vines (15-of-15) and Marisa Ang (18-of-19).

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AIR EXPRESS
AIR EXPRESS
Cape Fear Community College’s Lauren Sawyer (right) sends a header forward while being defended by Louisburg’s Gemma Dugo during Wednesday’s match.

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BIG SENDOFF
BIG SENDOFF
Louisburg College’s Arnaldo Cabrera-Arroyo (left) sends the ball forward for the Hurricanes during their home victory Wednesday afternoon against Cape Fear Community College.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Spivey named asst. principal
Larranda Spivey, Bunn High School Alumni, has been named assistant principal at Southern Nash High School in Nash County.
Spivey graduated from Bunn High School in 2000.
She went on to receive an undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice at NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Troopers investigate Hwy 56 collision
A Franklinton woman was killed Friday afternoon in a head-on collision.
Franklinton police confirmed that Joyce Roberts died in the wreck on N.C. 56 at about 1 p.m.
Roberts’ nephew is on the town’s fire department and also serves on Granville County’s EMS, officials said.
“She always helped out in the community,” said Police Chief John Green. “She was one of the first people that helped support National Night Out.”

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FRMC to host Pilates for Pink
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Franklin Regional Medical Center will partner with national publication, Shape magazine, to host a Pilates for Pink class on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the National Guard Armory in Louisburg.

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Operation Stop Arm
In an effort to promote traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops, the Highway Patrol will conduct “Operation Stop Arm” the week of Oct. 17-21. The operation will be conducted from 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Oct. 21. A press event will be held in Raleigh at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on Monday, Oct. 17, announcing the operation.

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A Blessing Inc. receives azaleas
A Blessing Inc. in Franklin County has been selected by NC Beautiful to receive a special beautification prize of 54 azaleas for use in the group’s 2011 Beautification projects. The award is part of NC Beautiful’s 26th annual Azalea Celebration, which rewards North Carolina community groups for improving their communities through creative landscape projects.

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Granville County Library seeks old local papers
Do you have an old copy of the Oxford Public Ledger in storage or in your attic?
If you do, it would be of great interest to officials with the Granville County Library System. They are looking to fill a gap in the library’s collection of Granville County newspapers.
Specifically, they hope to turn up issues of the Oxford Public Ledger published between 1947 and 1967.

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FRMC hosting Ladies Night Out on Oct. 25
Franklin Regional Medical Center will host its annual Ladies Night Out event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the hospital’s outpatient waiting area. This is a free event, and all members of the community are invited to attend.
“Ladies Night Out is a staple event for the women in Franklin County, and we are excited to be hosting it again,” said Jason Proctor, president of Franklin Regional.

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Pace-Evans completes Army basic training
PFC Rashaun Pace-Evans recently graduated from Army Basic Training. He is now attending AIT at Fort Gordon, studying to become a B25 Information Technology Specialist.
He is a 2011 graduate of Louisburg High School and is the son of Robert Evans and Damita Pace-Evans of Louisburg.

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Louisburg police arrest two Louisburg College students
Franklinton police arrested a man they allege was operating a drug house.
Dating back to Aug., 23, Det. Reggie Norflett said a number of residents in the area of 202 Mitchell Avenue had expressed concern about illegal activity occurring at the property.
After monitoring the house and relying on witnesses and a confidential informant, officers were able to execute a search warrant on Oct. 11, arresting James Robert “Bull” Bullock, 53.

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BUSINESS

RIGHT ON SCHEDULE
RIGHT ON SCHEDULE
The new Louisburg McDonald’s Restaurant opened right on schedule Thursday morning, roughly 110 days after the old restaurant closed. The former building was demolished, the site altered and raised and a new building with twin drive-throughs is now serving patrons. The new restaurant, on Bickett Boulevard, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to owner Steve Fordham.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Jackets Defeat FHS, Force 3-Way League Tie
Jackets Defeat FHS, Force 3-Way League Tie
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- It’s now a three-way dance for the top spot in the Northern Carolina Conference standings -- a fact that came at the expense of Franklinton’s potential undefeated regular season.
FHS came into Friday’s showdown at defending NCC champ Roanoke Rapids with an unblemished mark, but left tied with RR and Bunn for the No. 1 position in the league with two games remaining.

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Bunn Bests Pirates
BUNN -- Bunn spread the scoring wealth during Friday’s home football matchup against first-year varsity program Corinth Holders.
The Wildcats found the end zone in a variety of ways -- again and again -- en route to defeating the upstart Pirates by a 55-14 score.

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Two-Pointer Lifts Warriors
KENLY -- With time running out, there was no doubt about Louisburg’s decision-making process when faced with the prospect of taking the lead -- or possibly suffering a heartbreaking loss.
Thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run from Antonio Smith, LHS had drawn to within one point of host North Johnston with 34 seconds remaining in the clubs’ Northern Carolina Conference showdown Friday night.

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