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Showing 46 articles from December 6, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Man arrested for armed robbery
Man arrested for armed robbery
FRANKLINTON — Investigators arrested one man this week and are looking for two more accomplices accused of robbing a delivery driver at gunpoint.
Police arrested Percy Dion Crudup, 19, on Monday morning, alleging he was part of a trio of suspects who robbed a 20-year-old Domino’s employee.

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Guin named interim county attorney
GUIN
Guin named interim county attorney
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners tabbed an interim county attorney Monday night after saying goodbye to its long-standing counsel.
Louisburg attorney Darnell Batton has served as the county’s attorney for nearly 20 years, but announced in October that he was resigning the position on Jan. 1.

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Plane crash remains under investigation
The federal government continues to investigate a single-engine crash helmed by the county’s airport director.
According to local and federal reports, Triangle North Executive Airport Director Steve Merritt was at the controls of a single-engine kit-built plane that went down at the end of the runway at Crooked Creek Airport — a small, private airstrip on Whippoorwill Lane between N.C. 39 and N.C. 98 in Bunn.

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Honoring the sacrifice of a fallen Marine’s family
Honoring the sacrifice of a fallen Marine’s family
The true cost of war and service to our country was in sharp focus Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Louisburg as the U.S. Marines — along with a congressman and several members of the community -- paused to honor the family of a young marine who paid the ultimate price.
Pictured (Above): SOLEMN PRESENTATION. Two U.S. Marines, Sgt. Michael S. Wagner and Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Jarman, present roses to Terry Lancaster in memory of her father, Staff Sgt. Bobby Jack Ruddle, who was killed in the Korean War. The rose is the symbol for Marines’ mothers, wives and daughters since it has both the flower and the thorn. The bouquet of red roses represents love, the lone white rose, loss, according to Marine Sgt. Angel J. Velasquez, who narrated the ceremony. The Lancaster family includes (seated, from the left) Don, Logan, Ramsey and Terry. Flowers also were presented to Ramsey, and Logan received a memento of the event.

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Perry case continued
The case against a former Bunn police officer accused of taking indecent liberties with a minor was put off until next month.
James Newton Perry was slated to appear in court during the superior court session that began on Monday, however, the prosecutor in the case had a death in the family.

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THE CLAUSES
THE CLAUSES
Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the happy couple, are the stars of the show on Saturday during Youngsville’s Christmas parade.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville’s Cassie Garner, 4

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Mirror, Mirror
Editorial Cartoon: Mirror, Mirror

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Ceremony intended to reach out to all that have sacrificed and served
It was a fitting use of the National Guard Armory in Louisburg on Saturday when our nation remembered the sacrifices of a fallen warrior.
Staff Sgt. Bobby Jack Ruddle was a young Marine who none of us will ever know but his family — his daughter and two grandchildren — are people many of us know and who have deep roots here in Franklin County.

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Remembering the attack on Peal Harbor
Remembering the attack on Peal Harbor
GOOD MORNING: Today, Wednesday, December 7, 2011 marks the 70th Anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed, “A Day That Will Live In Infamy,” and plunged the United States and me, too,  into WW11 roughly 17 months later.
As I have noted on numerous occasions, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first heard the news.

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Governing board to let a little sunshine in
Governing board to let a little sunshine in
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners had nine items on their agenda — the last of which was a closed session to discuss three matters.
They spent about an hour in open session.
They spent about two hours meeting behind closed doors.

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Website Reader Participation Results Nov. 30-Dec. 6
Three Franklin County residents have announced their intentions of running for the NC Senate District 18 seat in 2012. If the election were held today, who would get your vote?

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More guns in more places
Here is some extra holiday advice you will need this year, thanks to the General Assembly.
It’s probably not a good idea to argue with a stranger over a parking space at a state park or confront a reckless cyclist on your local greenway. They might have a loaded handgun hidden in their belt.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same in Franklin County
Dear Editor:
I guess it was Jay Lamm’s most recent editorial cartoon “All the Unusual Suspects,” that prompted me to write after a distance of 600 miles and a time of about a year-and-a-half.

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OBITUARIES

MARGARET H. PACE
FRANKLINTON —Margaret Horton Pace, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating.

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TOMMY R. YOUNG
YOUNGSVILLE —Tommy Reid Young died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

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DEVON LONG
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Devon Long, 47, who died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, were held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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WILLIE E. JONES
FRANKLINTON —Willie Eugene Jones, 60, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 in his home. Eulogistic services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Franklinton Elementary School, Franklinton, with the Rev. Rory Sneed officiating. Burial was in the Jones family cemetery.

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LUCY MAE R. LYNCH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Lucy Mae Richardson Lynch, 91, who died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at White Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Alonzo West officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BERTHA B. PERRY
LOUISBURG - Bertha B. Perry, 80, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at Ambassadors for Christ Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill in Louisburg.

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DEBRA Y. OWENS
LOUISBURG - Debra Yates Owens, 52, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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SPORTS

A COURT ORDER
A COURT ORDER
LOUISBURG -- Brett Vana hit the ground running when he took over as the Louisburg College women’s basketball coach this summer.
And he hasn’t stopped since.
Neither has Vana’s team, which has developed a penchant for open-court, transition-oriented success so far during the 2011-12 campaign.

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BHS girls edged at E. Wake
BHS girls edged at E. Wake
WENDELL -- Bunn’s girls basketball squad dropped its second game in row last Friday to start the 2011-12 season.
The Ladycats didn’t lose until the playoffs last year, but are now 0-2 following a 45-41 setback on the road last Friday at East Wake.

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Bunn Picks Up Mat Conquest
IN NEED OF AN ESCAPE. Bunn High School’s Avery Fergerson (right) tries to get out9 of a hold from Kerr-Vance Academy’s Parkins Davis during Monday’s prep wrestling matchup, which was staged on the K-VA campus in Henderson.
Bunn Picks Up Mat Conquest
HENDERSON -- Following a season-opening loss to Kerr-Vance Academy, Bunn returned the favor Monday as part of tri-match wrestling proceedings on the K-VA campus.
BHS, using three key forfeits in the highest weight classifications, defeated the Spartans by a 45-36 margin.
Bunn also topped Granville Central 44-36 to sweep the event.

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Holiday sporting thoughts
Holiday sporting thoughts
Here are a few holiday sporting thoughts as I try to get into the Christmas spirit.
Maybe writing this column will help.
Maybe it won’t.
Here we go:

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NCHSAA’S STATE FOOTBALL FINALS
NCHSAA’S STATE FOOTBALL FINALS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last weekend’s results from the championship games of the 2011 North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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LC defeats Catawba in Region X contest
LC defeats Catawba in Region X contest
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s men’s basketball team continued its strong start to the 2011-12 campaign with a home victory last Saturday against Region X foe Catawba Valley Community College out of Hickory.
LC, coached by Mark Vanderslice, was able to win the game by a 99-89 margin at Holton Gymnasium.

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A Sunny Day For LC
LOUISBURG COLLEGE LEADER. Veteran midfielder Sunny Makh has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer All-American Team for the 2011 campaign.
A Sunny Day For LC
LOUISBURG -- Every day was sunny this fall with the Louisburg College men’s soccer program -- thanks to sophomore midfielder Jagdeep ‘Sunny’ Makh.
Makh, who hails from England, transferred to LC to be reunited with Stuart Brown, who had coached Makh at Belmont-Abbey College before taking over at Louisburg.

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BUNN FOOTBALL HONOREE
BUNN FOOTBALL HONOREE
GRIDIRON CONTRIBUTOR. Steve Chromy (center) accepts a plaque on behalf of Poplar Springs Baptist Church for its contributions last fall to the Bunn High School football program. The ceremony took place last Thursday at the Bunn Dome at halftime of the Wildcats’ home boys basketball game against Nash Central. Organizations were honored for helping fund pre-game meals and other needs for BHS football.

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ALL ABOUT HALL
ALL ABOUT HALL
Bunn High School’s William Hall (right) picks up Kerr-Vance wrestler Connor Wade on his way to a pin as part of Monday’s tri-match mat event in Henderson.

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COLLEGE BOWL SCHEDULE
NASH COUNTY -- Here is the schedule for the 2011-12 College Football Bowl Season:

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Avent likes recruiting class
RALEIGH -- North Carolina State University baseball coach Elliott Avent has announced the signing of 15 players to national letters of intent during the November 2011 signing period.
Avent is a Nash County native who grew up in Aventon and graduated from Northern Nash High School.
Avent later went on to serve as an assistant coach at Louisburg College under the legendary Russ Frazier.

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LIFESTYLES

Robinson, Bawcum wed
Kristina Dawn Robinson and Brian Keith Bawcum were married on Oct. 15, 2011 during a 4 p.m. ceremony conducted at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church in Henderson. The traditional double- ring ceremony was officiated by Pastor Frank Sossamon.
The bride is the daughter of Delores and Ernest Robinson of Henderson.

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BIRTH
Robert and Jennifer Waring of Wilmington are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Rees Waring, born Nov. 9, 2011 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long.

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Lettermen to perform at Louisburg College Dec. 16
The ever-popular Letterman will bring their Christmas Show to Louisburg College at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.
Tony Batala, Donovan Tea and Mark Preston will sing a variety of holiday songs and their iconic letter sweaters are even expected to make a brief appearance.

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How to care for your Christmas tree
‘Tis the season to be jolly and to take care of your Christmas tree.
Now that you are in the mood and waiting for more information, let’s get started. A fresh tree remains fresh and fragrant if you take care of it. A neglected tree loses much of its beauty after only a short period of time.

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“Taste of the Arts” scheduled for Dec. 17
“A Taste of the Arts” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the new Franklinton High School (910 Cedar Creek Rd., Franklinton). This event spotlights the performing arts, visual arts, and culinary arts.
Franklinton High School students will present the play, A Christmas Carol, while guests enjoy dessert and coffee.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police arrest man on drug charges
Franklinton police responded to a call of shots fired, but could find no evidence or witnesses to the event.
According to a report by Officer A.J. Bishop, he and Sgt. K.J. Hornaday were on patrol the evening of Dec. 3 when they were dispatched to a call of shots being fired in the area of Sterling and Mill streets — an area that police are familiar with.

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Need legal help?
Having questions about foreclosures, collections, government benefits or renter rights?
North Carolina Legal Aid in partnership with the Franklin County Department of Aging and the United Way of Franklin County is hosting a Legal Aid Rural Connect Forum on Dec. 12 at the Louisburg Senior Center.

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Nu Epsilon Chapter attends national meeting
Nu Epsilon Chapter attends national meeting
Three sorors of Nu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. attended the national meeting held in St. Louis, Mo., in June at the Marriott Airport Hotel.
Phyllis R. Perry, Geraldine P. Manley and Jane Williams enjoyed the events and meetings. Each of the sorors holds a position on a national committee.

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Animal Control lawsuit scheduled for court next week
A lawsuit alleging wrongdoing led to the death of a family pet is on the court calendar next week.
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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Youngsville Christmas Parade
EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE. Kathy Hannam shares the joy of a parade with Trevor Blanchard during the Youngsville Christmas parade.
Youngsville Christmas Parade
Crisp skies and even better weather greeted those who ventured into downtown Youngsville to witness the town’s annual Christmas parade.
Those in attendance were treated to bands and dance groups, as well as floats representing civic, church and business organizations.

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Youngsville Christmas Parade (more pics)
Youngsville Christmas Parade (more pics)
LEADER OF THE PACK. Bunn High band member Caitlin Morris holds on to her instrument while marching in Saturday’s Christmas parade in Youngsville.

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Annual parade helps usher in holiday season, pics 1
Annual parade helps usher in holiday season, pics 1
HOLIDAY GREETINGS. Brittney Ayscue and daughter, Emma, were enjoying the parade from one of the floats.

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Annual parade helps usher in holiday season, pics 2
Annual parade helps usher in holiday season, pics 2
GIRL SCOUTS. Avery Cooper (left) and Mollie Currin enjoy the parade as part of the Troop 769 entry.

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Annual parade helps usher in holiday season, pics 3
Annual parade helps usher in holiday season, pics 3
WARRIORS MARCH. Louisburg High School band members Holden Jones (left) and Dusty Ayscue kept the tempo as the band marched in Sunday’s Christmas parade.

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