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Showing 45 articles from November 29, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Youngsville bank robbery suspect appears in court
Youngsville bank robbery suspect appears in court
A Chapel Hill man accused of robbing banks in Wake and Franklin counties appeared in local courts this week.
Whether he appears in federal court remains up in the air.
Gordon Miller, 22, appeared in Wake County District Court on Monday, facing charges of common law robbery and forgery and uttering. His case was continued until Dec. 19 there.

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Gigi’s to rebuild after fire, again
BOARD WALK. Windows are boarded up at Gigi’s House Bistro, the site of a Thanksgiving Day fire that damaged the restaurant, an adjacent space and upstairs apartment. The store’s owner, Stephan Bezzina, plans to reopen as soon as he can.
Gigi’s to rebuild after fire, again
YOUNGSVILLE — A fire that charred a man’s business and residence — for the second time in just more than a year — hasn’t torched his resolve.
Stephan Bezzina, proprietor of Gigi’s House Bistro, plans to reopen — again.
“I’m still trying to figure it out,” Bezzina said this week in the aftermath of again, losing his business and apartment to fire, this time on Thanksgiving. “It really is unreal, almost surreal.

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Former Bunn cop charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor headed to court
Former Bunn cop charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor headed to court
A Bunn man is slated to appear in court next week on charges that cost him his job.
A Franklin County grand jury in January indicted 27-year-old James Newton Perry on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Those charges came two months after Bunn Police Chief Kent Winstead fired Perry after the guardian of a teenage girl brought forth allegations that the one-time officer took liberties with a girl.

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School Board unanimously approves redistricting plan
In a short but somewhat unusual Monday night meeting, the Franklin County Board of Education gave unanimous approval to the political redistricting plan known as Alternative Five which was approved a week earlier by the Franklin County commissioners
In addition, the board also unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice give “expedited consideration” to the redistricting plan so it can be used in the May 8, 2012, elections.

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Ceremony to honor marine killed during Korean conflict also a tribute to his family
Ceremony to honor marine killed during Korean conflict also a tribute to his family
A ceremony this Saturday in Louisburg will pay tribute to the memory of a fallen U.S. Marine, a man described as a “farm boy that answered a moral compass that called him to serve his country.”
Sadly, Staff Sgt. Bobby Jack Ruddle was a member of a rifle platoon that came under fire from an organized force of the enemy around Ghango-Myron, Korea on April 19, 1953.

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Yes, Virginia, there will be a Franklinton Christmas Parade
Yes, Virginia, there will be a Franklinton Christmas Parade
Franklinton and its community will be pressing ahead with its Christmas parade on Thursday, setting off a string of holiday celebrations this December.
Franklinton’s fire department has long organized the town’s Christmas parade but begged off the chore this year after a number of its members burned out.

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Youngsville close to naming new administrator
YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials hope to be closer to naming its new town administrator by the end of the year.
The permanent position has been vacant since June.
That’s when commissioners fired Brenda Robbins after an investigation revealed she was aware of criminal and managerial wrongdoing by her son, former maintenance and streets department director Joseph Patterson II.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Jamie Whitley

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: I Can See Clearly Now
Editorial Cartoon: I Can See Clearly Now

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Don’t look now but with the turkey demolished, we’re on that incredibly quick “slide” toward the Christmas holiday season.
Already Black Friday — whatever that means — is over and done.
And Cyber Monday, one of those newly forged shopping days built around computers and the Internet — is fading into history even if all the items bought that day haven’t arrived just yet.

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Commissioners’ vote on redistricting map doesn’t set well with some
Commissioners’ vote on redistricting map doesn’t set well with some
GOOD MORNING: Well, we got a bit of rain Tuesday morning, but fortunately nothing like the deluge reported west of us like what I saw on TV in Durham and the vicinity. It’s  expected to clear up and cool off a bit beginning today, Wednesday.

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Cain takes the approach of lie, deny and avoid responsibility
Cain takes the approach of lie, deny and avoid responsibility
Another day, another Herman Cain scandal.
At least that seems to be the pace, anyway.
This week, an Atlanta businesswoman came forward, alleging that she had a 13-year affair with the married man that ended right before he announced his presidential campaign.

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Website Reader Participation Results Nov. 23-29
Do you think the actions of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and county staff, keep industry from wanting to locate in the county?

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Redistricting map gives Lake Royale the shaft
Dear Editor:
As a resident of Lake Royale, we got the shaft on the new redistricting map. And I am speaking personally and not on behalf of the Republican Party.

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Is Louisburg’s concern for the hospital’s problems genuine?
Dear Editor:
Surprise, Surprise!
It is amusing to watch the Louisburg Town Council feign concern about the fate of the hospital. After years of refusing to respond to the relentless elimination of doctor after doctor, specialty after specialty, and medical service after medical service (the latest of which was stereotactic breast biopsy), they now pretend to be surprised at the recent layoffs.

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OBITUARIES

MATTIE W. LINDSEY
FRANKLINTON —Mattie White Lindsey, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 at Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JAMES M. HUNT
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James McKinley Hunt, 61, who died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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ERNEST W. HARRIS
WARRENTON—Funeral services for Ernest Wilson Harris, 74, who died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. James Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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WILLIE LEE JOHNSON
NORFOLK, Va. - Funeral services for Willie Lee Johnson, 68, formerly of Louisburg, who died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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ANNIE G. CHEATHAM
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Annie Greene Cheatham, 78, who died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Coppedge officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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KENNETH V. PEARCE
ROLESVILLE - Kenneth V. Pearce, 86, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Rolesville Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SANDRA ANN DALEY
FRANKLINTON— Sandra Ann Daley, 58,  died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Wake Forest.

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WILLIE E. JONES
FRANKLINON - Willie E. Jones, 60, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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LOIS U. BULLOCK
WENDELL - Lois Underhill Bullock, 75, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at Wake Med in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 28, at Wendell Presbyterian Church. Burial was at Central Baptist Church cemetery.

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EDNA B. BRADLEY
ANGIER - Edna Barbour Bradley, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. A graveside service was held Sunday, Nov. 27, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, Wake Forest.

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SARAH C. VOGLER
RALEIGH - Sarah Elizabeth “Bettie” Cheatham Vogler, 85, died at home on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. At Mrs. Vogler’s request, a private graveside service was to be held at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

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ERNEST E. MAY
LOUISBURG - Ernest Earl May, 68, of Louisburg died Monday, November 28, 2011, at his home.  Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park with the Rev. Jimmy Carpenter officiating.

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MELVIN DOUGLAS EDWARDS
RALEIGH - Melvin Douglas Edwards went to be with his Lord on November 22, 2011. He was born on October 27, 1933 in Franklin County, NC to Nathan Melvin Edwards and Alethea Cheaves Edwards. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Capps Edwards; his daughter, Gretchen Lee Sutton and husband, Tim, and grandson Kaiden Douglas Sutton.  He was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Keith Edwards.

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MILDRED SMITH
HENDERSON - Mildred Smith, 91, of Kittrell, NC, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2011 at Louisburg Manor in Louisburg, NC.

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SPORTS

A NET ASSAULT
A NET ASSAULT
FRANKLINTON -- Judging a player’s offensive ability in soccer is usually pretty simple.
You either have the knack and talent to score goals, or you don’t.
During her amazing four-year career at Franklinton High School, Amanda Knapp had that knack like nobody else in Franklin County history.

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Williams selected as POY
FORCE ON OFFENSE. Louisburg College sophomore running back Rasheed Williams has been tabbed as the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Williams selected as POY
LOUISBURG -- Pardon John Sala for being a big skeptical when Rasheed Williams approached him with what would turn out to be the Idea of the Year for the Louisburg College football squad.
After all, Sala, LC’s head coach, had watched Williams enjoy a record-setting campaign as a freshman wide receiver in 2010.

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Shaylyn A Super Sophomore
Shaylyn A Super Sophomore
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Playing through pain is nothing new to Shaylyn Poppe, going back to her days as a soccer sensation at Franklinton High School.
Now a sophomore at Gardner-Webb University, Poppe spent most of the 2011 season battling through an ankle injury that, despite the pain, didn’t keep her from playing in 18 of 19 games for the Bulldogs.

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LC picks softball skipper
LC picks softball skipper
One keyword trumped all others during Louisburg College’s quest for a new fast-pitch softball coach.
Experience.
LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman was looking for a person with an impressive, accolade-filled resumé to take over the resurgent program.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Friday’s results and this weekend’s Championship Schedule for the 2011 North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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Players Sign With ECU
Players Sign With ECU
GREENVILLE -- Two junior college players and 10 high school seniors have committed to play baseball at East Carolina University in 2013, head baseball coach Billy Godwin announced recently.
The latest group of standouts will enroll at ECU in the fall of 2012 and will take the diamond for the Pirates in 2013.

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Muller takes over as Canes’ coach
Muller takes over as Canes’ coach
RALEIGH -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced that Kirk Muller has been named the team’s new head coach.
Muller had been serving as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

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County kickball tournament is scheduled
County kickball tournament is scheduled
LOUISBURG -- A Kick For The Cure Kickball Tournament will be held April 28, 2012 at Laurel Mill Elementary School.
Cost is $100 per team. All proceeds will benefit Relay For Life. Six teams are needed to participate.
T-shirts will also available at $10.

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LIFESTYLES

Vance-Granville Community Band presents free Holiday Concert
The Vance-Granville Community Band will perform its fourth annual Holiday Concert on Monday, Dec. 12. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center on the college’s main campus in Vance County. Admission is free. Children are encouraged to attend and there will a special time devoted to them.

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“A Night on the Town” set for Louisburg College
SWINGING. The NC Revelers Orchestra will accompany Reggie Rushing in concert for a night of big band swing music at Louisburg College on Friday, Dec. 2 (Submitted photo)
“A Night on the Town” set for Louisburg College
Prepare for a “Night on the Town” on Friday, Dec. 2, as local favorite Ernie Rushing will be accompanied by the NC Revelers Orchestra for an evening of swinging-hot big band music beginning at 8 p.m.
Rushing, a multi-talented singer of gospel, country, and popular styles, will also perform a medley of holiday tunes with the band to set the mood for the season.

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ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENT. Mr. and Mrs. Greg McDonald of Bunn announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather McDonald, to Lee Rouse, son of Russell Rouse of Seven Springs and David and Betty Padgett of Beulaville. The wedding is planned for April 7, 2012 at Emerald Isle.

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BIRTHS
BIRTHS
Jess Burnette announces the birth of his little sister, Charity Raylyn Burnette, born Nov. 16, 2011 at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson. She weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches long.
Parents are Jesse and Cathy Burnette of Louisburg. Maternal grandparents are Mike and Jenny Miller of Louisburg.


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Pianist, cellist to be featured in Cherry Hill concert
The third fall concert at Cherry Hill will feature pianist June Burbage and cellist Jonathan Kramer at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
Collaborative pianist Burbage is engaged in extensive accompanying, vocal and instrumental coaching and the performance of chamber music.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Sheriff’s deputies investigate stabbing
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a stabbing suspect.
Officers were called out to the American Legion Post in Franklinton after shots were reportedly heard at the location during the early morning hours of Nov. 27.
The location, authorities said, had apparently been rented out for a party that evening.

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Franklinton High student earns Eagle Scout rank
Franklinton High student earns Eagle Scout rank
Miles “Brennan” Davis, Jr., a junior at Franklinton High School, has attained the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.  He earned 22 merit badges over the last five years and participated in numerous service projects as a member of Troop 303 in Wake Forest.  
For his Eagle Project, Brennan organized and implemented a Safety/Emergency Preparedness Fair on Sept. 24.

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Miller graduates from Army basic combat training
Army Pvt. Brian A. Miller has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

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