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Showing 42 articles from December 13, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Domestic abuse turns deadly, assailant dies
Domestic abuse turns deadly, assailant dies
A 21-year-old Franklin County woman was recovering this week from a gunshot wound suffered during an attempted murder-suicide.
The attacker, Brandon Teasley, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head during the Dec. 9 incident.
Court records indicate a recent history of Teasley abusing the woman, Brittany Williams.

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Former Louisburg town council member Lois Wheless dies
Former Louisburg town council member Lois Wheless dies
When many Louisburg area residents describe Lois Brown Wheless, the words “dedicated to Louisburg”, “wonderful” and  “informed” are words often heard.
Wheless died Saturday in Atlanta but she lived in Louisburg for more than 60 years — and served continuously on the town council from 1969 until her retirement in 2005.

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PRE-HOLIDAY VISIT
PRE-HOLIDAY VISIT
Santa Claus was in town for some pre-Christmas visits over the weekend, reportedly just checking on who has been naughty and who has been nice. In this photo, taken at the Alert parade Saturday afternoon, Santa was being driven around by the Gold Sand Volunteer Fire Department. The Alert parade was one of two on Saturday.

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Boys and Girls Club repays school system for heating/ac upgrades
Boys and Girls Club repays school system for heating/ac upgrades
The Franklin County Board of Education had an unusual experience Monday night — members left the meeting with more money in school accounts and a smaller financial obligation than when they arrived for the meeting.
After the board elected Gilbert Johnson as chairman and Debra Brodie as vice chair, it heard from two members of the local Boys and Girls Club.

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Autistic teen found unharmed
A Franklin County teenager returned home unharmed following a Friday evening manhunt.
According to authorities, Joshua Potter, 15, left his Raymond Tharrington Road home at about 5 p.m. on Dec. 9 and wandered into the woods.
Officers were called in to help look for the teen, who has autism.

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Animal control lawsuit on hold
A lawsuit alleging wrongdoing led to the death of a family pet is on hold.
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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Ballistics company proposes an underground testing bunker
LINE OF SIGHT. Brad Johnson, a contract marksmen, fires an AR-15 rifle at Amidon Contracting Solutions on Saturday. The company wanted residents to hear and see the safety and noise-cancelling options they plan to use at the location.
Ballistics company proposes an underground testing bunker
YOUNGSVILLE — To go above and beyond town regulations, a company that manufacture shock-absorbing concrete for use in live-fire training has proposed going underground.
Amidon Contracting Solutions in October petitioned the town’s Board of Commissioners for a special-use permit which would allow them to do ballistics testing at their Northbrook Drive location to make sure their concrete holds up to military-fired rounds.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Christmas parade viewer Lucy Cooke

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bat-ton's Succesor
Editorial Cartoon: Bat-ton's Succesor

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Restoration of Arthur Person House is good news for the community
At a time when good news has been downright scarce, Louisburg College officials delivered a good dose of it last week.
The school’s president, Mark La Branche, noted that the historic Andrew Person house on the edge of the campus facing North Main Street is going to be rehabilitated soon.

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Remembering Lois Brown Wheless
Remembering Lois Brown Wheless
GOOD MORNING: Today is Dec. 14 — a mere eight days before winter officially begins, only it’s felt enough like winter to suit me for the past several days. It’s only 10 more days until Christmas Eve, and then, before you know it, a new year, 2012.
The weather outlook: Partly cloudy through Saturday with highs in the mid to upper 60’s Thursday and Friday, cooling off again Saturday with something like a 20 percent chance of rain Friday and Saturday.

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Given a choice, decide to do something
Given a choice, decide to do something
Unfortunately, in some situations, you’re cursed if you don’t. And you’re cursed if you do.
That came to my mind over the weekend and the first part of this week as I worked on a story about a domestic violence case that turned deadly.

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Website Reader Participation Results Dec. 7-13
Should the county hire a lawyer from outside Franklin County to be the new county attorney?

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OBITUARIES

DIANE H. THOMPSON
FRANKLINTON- Diane Haley Thompson died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at her home. Funereal services were held Monday, Dec. 12, at Living Stones Church of God, Oxford, with Pastor Milton Abbott officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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EVELYN P. LEMAY
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Evelyn P. LeMay, 58, who died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, were held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. S. E. Blalock officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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KATHLEEN B. NIPPER
RALEIGH - Kathleen Brannan Nipper, 92, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at Universal Health Care of North Raleigh. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Soapstone United Methodist Church, Raleigh. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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GENE FULLER
ZEBULON -  Gene Fuller, 74, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 12, at Wakefield Central Baptist Church, with interment following in Wakefield cemetery.

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BRANDON A. TEASLEY
BUNN - Brandon A. Teasley, 21, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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ANNIE P. FAULKNER
July 28, 1925 – December 13, 2011
LOUISBURG – Annie Pernell Faulkner, 86, of Louisburg, passed away Tuesday morning.

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LOIS BROWN WHELESS
ATLANTA, Ga. - Lois Brown Wheless died Saturday, December 10, 2011 in Atlanta, GA.  Lois was a resident of Louisburg, N.C for over 60 years until she moved to Atlanta in 2006.  Lois was born in Rocky Mount to Bob and Susie Brown and graduated from West Edgecombe High School as valedictorian.  Lois also graduated from Louisburg College and from Women’s College of the University of North Carolina.

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LUCILLE PULLEY MITCHELL
FRANKLINTON - Lucille Pulley Mitchell, age 90, died peacefully on December 9, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family, after a long battle with COPD.

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SPORTS

BACK ON TRACK
FAST BREAK. Bunn’s Chepirah Neal (left) drives for two points during last Friday night’s home basketball decision against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
BACK ON TRACK
BUNN -- Bunn finally picked up its first girls basketball victory of the season last Friday -- and it came at the expense of the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
BHS, which went undefeated during the regular season portion of the 2010-11 campaign, had started with three consecutive losses, albeit against difficult competition -- Northern Nash, East Wake and Nash Central.

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‘Canes a winner on the road
‘Canes a winner on the road
LOUISBURG -- After blowing away most of the competition last year, the Louisburg College Hurricanes have become the masters of close victories during the 2011-12 men’s basketball campaign.
Louisburg, under second-year head coach Mark Vanderslice, has dropped just two games and is currently ranked 12th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Poll.

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BHS In The Clutch
SENDING IT INTO THE PAINT. Southern Nash’s Zack Parris (with ball) looks to make an entry pass while being defended by Bunn’s Teshawn High during last Friday night’s boys basketball rivalry contest at the Bunn Dome.
BHS In The Clutch
BUNN -- Two early-season trends continued last Friday in a boys basketball backyard showdown between host Bunn and Southern Nash.
Bunn had displayed a knack for winning tight games, and the reward is an undefeated record so far under veteran head coach Gerald Melton -- the former girls skipper at Southern Nash.

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NCHSAA plans are updated
NCHSAA plans are updated
So you think Sandy Koufax had a devastating curveball?
Well, how about the curve the North Carolina High School Athletic Association threw Franklin County’s way during its most recent realignment proposal.
The NCHSAA’s first draft was done by computer and featured Franklinton and Bunn staying on the 2-A level -- and Louisburg dropping down to 1-A -- when the next realignment begins in the Fall of 2013.

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Bunn to play in tourney
Bunn to play in tourney
DURHAM -- Bunn High School’s boys basketball squad will take part in the Southern Durham High School Spartan Christmas Challenge from Dec. 28-30.
Other entrants are Apex (guided by former Louisburg coach David Neal), Wakefield, Durham Jordan, Riverside, Holly Springs (guided by former Franklinton coach Thurman Jordan), Panther Creek and host Southern Durham.

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Warriors swept by Vikes
Warriors swept by Vikes
HENDERSON -- Louisburg traveled to Northern Vance last Friday and was unable to come away with a victory in varsity basketball action.
In the girls game, the Lady Warriors were defeated 39-36 to mark the first decision of the campaign for Northern Vance.

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Garner, Coles pace Vanguards
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team continues to search for its first win of the season, but two Vanguards, sophomore Clarence Garner and redshirt freshman Josh Coles, are standing out as leading contributors.
On Nov. 19, VGCC lost at home to area rival Louisburg College by a score of 98-55 at Aycock Recreation Center.

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GAME ACTION
GAME ACTION
Bunn’s Whitney Bunn (left) is fouled by Southern Nash’s Miya Bryant.

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LIFESTYLES

Sheriff Jones offers safe holiday shopping tips
The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals, said Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones.
But what shoppers are neglecting is their safety.

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Calling all families!
Times are tough for many this year. In this economic downturn, people are struggling to find a job, keep a roof over their head and pay the bills.  Some Franklin County residents even have a hard time putting food on the table.

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Safety first this holiday season
Christmas will be here before you know it, and thousands of trees will appear in homes everywhere, whether real or artificial. A real tree can add to the spirit of Christmas by filling your home with beauty and the scent of pine. But a real tree can also pose a fire hazard. Each year, more than 400 residential fires involve Christmas trees and, tragically, nearly 40 deaths and 100 injuries result from those fires.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Tony and Lacy Coley of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Makenna Kay Coley, born Sept. 26, 2011 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Robbie Frazier of Nashville and Horace Pullen of Whitakers.

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Anniversary
Anniversary
60th Wedding Anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Edward A Harris of Franklinton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 5. They were joined at the Middleburg Steak House by their four children and their spouses. Also present were their six grandchildren and their spouses and four great-grandchildren.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Fate of malpractice suit to be determined next week
The family of a man who died from a methadone overdose should learn next week whether the case against the doctor who prescribed the drug will go forward.
Attorneys on behalf of Tommy Watson filed a lawsuit in November 2010, alleging that Dr. David James King was responsible for killing her husband, Christopher Watson.

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Franklinton woman killed in wreck
A Franklinton woman was killed Monday morning following a high-speed, fiery wreck that ripped her car in half.
According to Trooper D.R. Simmons, Marianne V. Zona,  47, was rounding a curve on Sid Mitchell Road at about 100 mph when she lost control of the 2004 BMW she was driving.
According to the report, she ran off the road to the left and struck a tree just before 2 a.m.

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Help-Portrait Franklin brings smiles to families with free portraits
TAKING PHOTOS. Photographer Barry Barker gets a laugh from Tasha Brown as her portrait is taken.
Help-Portrait Franklin brings smiles to families with free portraits
The Louisburg Police Training Center was transformed into a photography studio Saturday, when about 45 Franklin County families were treated to free, professional portraits.
As part of a worldwide-recognized effort – Help-Portrait –  the Help-Portrait Franklin event created fun-filled sessions and satisfied a need for families who may otherwise not be able to afford to get portraits made.

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Christmas spirit is front and center at Bunn parade, pics 1
Christmas spirit is front and center at Bunn parade, pics 1
BEST WISHES. These Merry Christmas signs pretty much says it all in Bunn — and pays tribute to two former Bunn commissioners.

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Christmas spirit is front and center at Bunn parade, pics 2
Christmas spirit is front and center at Bunn parade, pics 2
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS. The Bunn Garden Club added to the holiday spirit with their decorated entry.

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Christmas spirit is front and center at Bunn parade, pics 3
Christmas spirit is front and center at Bunn parade, pics 3
READY FOR SANTA. These youngsters in the Bunn Christmas parade look like they are all ready for the big holiday -- and even have a tree!

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Alert Parade helps bring holiday season to northern  Franklin County! pics 1
Alert Parade helps bring holiday season to northern Franklin County! pics 1
FORMAL OPENING. The color guard from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office officially began the Alert Christmas parade.

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Alert Parade helps bring holiday season to northern  Franklin County! pics 2
Alert Parade helps bring holiday season to northern Franklin County! pics 2
CROSS COUNTY VISITORS. It may be a long way across Franklin County from Pilot to Alert but that didn’t stop these firemen from adding to the holiday merriment at the Alert Parade Saturday.

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