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Showing 33 articles from November 8, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Breaking News! Election Results — Pippin in, Hartsfield out in Bunn; Gilliam in, Cutchins out in Franklinton
NEW FACES. Linda Pippin, left, will take Robert Hartsfield's seat in Bunn, while former Franklinton Police Chief Ray Gilliam, right, will replace incumbent Joe B. Cutchins, Jr. on the Franklinton Board of Commissioners.
Breaking News! Election Results — Pippin in, Hartsfield out in Bunn; Gilliam in, Cutchins out in Franklinton

Franklinton residents chose a new town representative, ending the tenure of one of the board’s longest serving members and starting the political career of a former law man.

And Bunn residents will welcome a former member back to the board, as Linda Pippin garnered enough votes for one of the two available seats as in incumbent fell.


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Breaking News! Election Results — Pippin in, Hartsfield out in Bunn; Gilliam in, Cutchins out in Franklinton
Breaking News! Election Results — Pippin in, Hartsfield out in Bunn; Gilliam in, Cutchins out in Franklinton
Franklinton residents chose a new town representative, ending the tenure of one of the board’s longest serving members and starting the political career of a former law man.
And Bunn residents will welcome a former member back to the board, as Linda Pippin garnered enough votes for one of the two available seats as in incumbent fell.

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Mapping out the county’s future political landscape
ROUND TABLE. Mel Black & Associates attorney Chris Heagarty, center, talks with, from left to right, Commissioner Don Lancaster, County Attorney Darnell Batton, and Commissioner Penny McGhee during a break in the board’s meeting on Monday night.
Mapping out the county’s future political landscape
After a clandestine meeting regarding redistricting maps drew criticism on Monday night, the county’s Board of Commissioners agreed to host a public meeting before approving a plan that will affect voting for the next decade.
Commission Chair Sidney Dunston arranged a by-invitation-only meeting between select members of the African American community and a Mel Black & Associates consultant charged with presenting the county with redrawn district maps.

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County to pursue legal action regarding state redistricting
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to pursue legal means to retain its political sway in the General Assembly.
Legislators have proposed redistricting maps that have been criticized for marginalizing the African-American vote, among other things.

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School Board input not solicited for redistricting
School Board input not solicited for redistricting
The Franklin County Board of Education got its first official look at the various proposed school board districts Monday night -- and were flatly told that their input on creating the districts wasn’t sought in advance.
“We were retained by the county. Our client is the county,” said Chris Heagarty of Mel Black & Associates, the Raleigh law firm that developed the various possible districts.

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Alston named FCS Principal of the Year
Alston named FCS Principal of the Year
Roosevelt Alston, principal of Bunn Middle School, has been selected as the 2012 Principal of the Year for Franklin County Schools.
Alston now moves on to compete with other local award recipients from the North Central Region of the state. After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2012  state Principal of the Year.

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Veterans’ program remembers those who fought for our freedom
FLAG BEARERS. Members of Southern Nash High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC took part in AMVETS Post 201’s Salute to Veterans program on Saturday.
Veterans’ program remembers those who fought for our freedom
LAKE ROYALE — For World War II veteran Anne Capucille, the American flag is more than stitches and a pattern.
It represents a dignity, liberty and freedom that every American soldier has been willing to die for.
“It was given to you by somebody’s family, by their father, their brother, their uncle,” she told those gathered inside Lake Royale’s Club House to hear her cap off Saturday morning’s Salute to Veterans program.

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Voting begins slowly for municipal election
There were contested races in four of the county’s five municipalities Tuesday, but turnout was sparse.
By 8:10 a.m., four people had cast a ballot at Faith Baptist Church — the polling place for West Youngsville Precinct No. 2.
“It’s important for people to come out and vote,” said voting precinct chief judge Susan Moss.
“But turnout is still slow.”

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Cort Radford

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: My Brotha
Editorial Cartoon: My Brotha

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As the holidays approach, think of those less fortunate
Don’t look now, but Thanksgiving is merely two weeks and a day away!
Don’t ask how that can be possible because we don’t have a clue about how another year has sped by so quickly.
But it has, and we’ll be in the thick of the holiday season in the blink of an eye. In fact, some stores started putting out Christmas merchandise before they put the Halloween stuff away.

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Public hearing draws a standing room only crowd
Public hearing draws a standing room only crowd
GOOD MORNING: Good morning to you, good morning to you, we’re all in our places, with sunshine in faces, oh what a great way to start a new day!
And that’s exactly, as best I remember, the little ditty we sang each weekday morning in “Miss Onnie Perry’s first grade at W. R. Mills School here back when I began school in 1934.

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Candidates needed? Good guys need not apply
Candidates needed? Good guys need not apply
While waiting for a crush of voters to turn out on election day on Tuesday, I had time to think.
And I came to a conclusion — regular, honest folks just don’t run for office anymore.
Or, more to the point, they won’t run for public office anymore — at least not the most powerful and influential posts.
And why would they.
The hours are terrible.

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Website Reader Participation Results Nov. 2-8
Do you believe evidence found during the SBI’s investigation of the missing money from the Sheriff’s Office only incriminated Pat Green?

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How high Is high enough for taxes?
RALEIGH – I drive cars. I like cars. I want my car to be reliable, safe, and efficient.
That means I am the best expert you will ever find about how I feel about my car. That does not make me an authority on cars. If you ask me detailed questions about which car you should buy, how much you should pay for it, or how to maintain it, you would be well advised not to risk your money or life on the answers.

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OBITUARIES

DEBORAH M. ALLEN
FRANKLINTON—  Deborah Mortensen Allen, 57, died Thursday evening, Nov. 3, 2011 at the Hospice of Wake County care facility in Raleigh. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Franklinton Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 504 E. Mason St. in Franklinton. The Rev. Samuel Williams will officiate.

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WALTER G. WHEELER JR.
LOUISBURG - Walter Greenwood Wheeler Jr., 70, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury.

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HILDRETH B. PERRY
ZEBULON - Hildreth Gray Bunn Perry, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 6, at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial followed at Gethsemane, Zebulon.

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ALASTAIR L. MUIRHEAD
HILLSBOROUGH— Alastair Lennox Muirhead died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at his horse farm in Hillsborough. Services for the family were private.

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SPORTS

Hex Continues
FOOTRACE. Franklinton’s Justin Jones and a Northwood player try to gain possession during last Saturday evening’s playoff showdown.
Hex Continues
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s boys soccer season came to a close last Saturday, but all was not lost for the Red Rams.
After being unable to obtain a shot on goal in the opening half, Franklinton made some tactical shifts in the second half -- and the Red Rams were able to come up with a pair of goals.

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VANA’S ERA BEGINS
PATH BLOCKED. Louisburg College’s Raven Feaster (left) defends Delaware Tech’s Dana Watkins during last Friday’s basketball game at Holton Gymnasium.
VANA’S ERA BEGINS
LOUISBURG -- To long-time Louisburg College women’s basketball observers, seeing Mike Holloman watch early-season games from a perch on the training table seemed a bit odd.
After all, Holloman will go down as one of the country’s most decorated junior college coaches. His tenure at LC included one national championship and over 500 victories before he stepped down in the off-season to concentrate full-time on his duties as the school’s Athletic Director.

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Big-Play Wildcats
HAPPY RETURNS. Bunn’s Calvin Brodie (with ball) returns a kickoff for the Wildcats during last Friday’s home playoff win against North Brunswick.
Big-Play Wildcats
BUNN -- Just when things appeared to be the gloomiest, the Bunn Wildcats turned to a pair of season-long friends -- big plays and turnovers -- to seize control of last Friday’s first-round home matchup against North Brunswick in the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
The Wildcats have been an opportunistic bunch this fall en route to earning a share of the Northern Carolina Conference championship.

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Wildcats win over Pirates
AIR EXPRESS. Bunn’s Brian Montes heads the ball forward during the Wildcats’ home soccer playoff victory last Saturday afternoon against rival Corinth Holders.
Wildcats win over Pirates
BUNN -- A familiar foe -- and a vastly different result -- awaited the Bunn Wildcats during their second-round home contest last Saturday in the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.
Bunn’s opponent was Corinth Holders -- a Northern Carolina Conference rival that took the Wildcats to the limit in a pair of matches during the regular season.

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Franklinton claims 10th
PITTSBORO -- Franklinton reached a milestone last Friday -- and advanced in the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs in the process.
FHS’ 29-7 road conquest at Northwood was indeed one for the ages as the Red Rams became only the third team in school history to win 10 games in a season.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
NASH COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s results from Round One of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs

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A Matchup Of Titans
TOUCHDOWN BOUND. Bunn’s Davonte Caldwell (right) breaks free on his way to a touchdown during Monday’s Middle Athletic Conference victory against Cedar Creek.
A Matchup Of Titans
FRANKLINTON -- A pair of teams very familiar with the Middle Athletic Conference football championship met Monday with yet another title at stake.
Bunn came in looking for its third crown over the past five seasons, while host Cedar Creek was the defending MAC grid champ.

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State’s volleyball champions crowned
RALEIGH -- Four volleyball champions were crowned last Saturday at the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association Volleyball Finals at Reynolds Coliseum.

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LIFESTYLES

A Showcase of Franklin County Arts
Call for Artists!
The Franklin County Arts Council is seeking artists of all mediums for our upcoming juried exhibition opening Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 and closing Jan. 2, 2012.
Artists are asked to email images for up to three works to FCACGallery$@gmail.com for review.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Parent hears gunshots, Franklinton Elementary locked down briefly
Franklinton police decided to exercise caution on Tuesday afternoon when gunshots were heard near an elementary school.
According to school officials, a parent picking up a child at Franklinton Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon heard some gunshots in a nearby wooded area.

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Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments wins award
WASHINGTON, DC – The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, based in Henderson, North Carolina received a 2011 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Summer Cruising- Teacher Enrichment Program.  

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Lawsuit against Franklin County Animal Control has been continued
A case alleging animal control and its staff were responsible for the death of a family pet will continue.
However, a claim seeking more than $40,000 was dismissed.
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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Lake Royale man charged with shooting girlfriend
Lake Royale man charged with shooting girlfriend
A Lake Royale man is slated to appear in court next month on charges that he shot his girlfriend in the head.
Jessica Ashworth, 24, was treated for her injuries and released from Pitt Memorial Hospital.
Gary Edwards Robinson Jr., 21, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

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Adopt-a-thon finds homes for dogs and cats
Adopt-a-thon finds homes for dogs and cats
Last Saturday, Nov. 5, the Franklin County Animal Shelter and the County Animal Advisory Board jointly sponsored a shelter adopt-a-thon.
The $25 adoption fee was waived for the day and a dozen dogs and cats found new homes.

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