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Showing 34 articles from December 20, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Police arrest accessory to murder-suicide
Police arrest accessory to murder-suicide
Police arrested a Louisburg man they allege had a role in a murder-suicide.
Investigators on Tuesday afternoon charged Ryan Reynolds, 21, with accessory before the fact and aiding and abetting a felonious breaking and entering.
According to Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter, Reynolds had gone to an apartment in Franklin Court Apartments the morning of Dec. 14 with the intent of helping Gregory Hicks get inside.

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Tainted Christmas charity trying to regain its true holiday spirit
KNOW THE GAME. Franklin County sheriff’s deputies Troy Wheless and Matthew Tharrington help Fannie Gill shop for those on her list during the Shop with a Sheriff event on Tuesday morning.
Tainted Christmas charity trying to regain its true holiday spirit
When allegations surfaced that former sheriff Pat Green illegally dipped into Shop with a Sheriff funds, a cloud hung over the program.
But Sheriff Jerry Jones, the United Way and others who donate to the program wanted to make sure that deserving children wake up Christmas morning with beaming smiles instead.

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Hawthorne named FCS Asst. Principal of the Year
Hawthorne named FCS Asst. Principal of the Year
Geoffrey Hawthorne, assistant principal at Cedar Creek Middle School, has been named the 2012 Franklin County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year.
Hawthorne began his teaching career at Cedar Creek Middle School in 2005, teaching eighth grade social studies for four years.

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Palziv in hiring phase, begins manufacturing
Palziv in hiring phase, begins manufacturing
Topics ranging from an update on the area’s newest industry, to wrapping up a long-running utility project, to honoring a former member and even hearing complaints about its police department (see related story), the Louisburg town council had an eventful session Monday night.
A good portion of the meeting centered around Palziv, the area’s newest industry, when its CEO, Greg Brooker, brought the council an update on his company.

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Business owners are upset with Louisburg Police
Owners of a local business, recently hit hard by smash-and-grab burglars, are also upset with the Louisburg Police Department and brought their concerns to the town council Monday night.
Jeremy Neal, who with his father, Dwight, operates Tar River Trading Co., on Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg, said  someone threw a cinder block through the front window of the store about a month ago and quickly scooped up about $50,000 worth of gold and silver and fled.

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Youngsville, Franklinton join forces to slow speeders
Youngsville, Franklinton join forces to slow speeders
FRANKLINTON — Youngsville and Franklinton police combined efforts to slow down speeders.
It was the second time that Franklinton police teamed up with the state Highway Patrol’s motorcycle unit to employ LIDAR to identify speeders along U.S. 1.
And it was the first time they teamed up with Youngsville police to crack down on speeders along one of the county’s main thoroughfares.

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Correction
The Louisburg High School student who allegedly brought a .22-caliber pistol to school in the glove compartment of his car is facing a misdemeanor charge of taking a weapon on educational property.
An earlier news report in The Franklin Times indicated that Clayton Williams, 17, was facing federal felony charges. However, because the gun was in a car and not brought into the school, misdemeanor charges were filed.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Ava Hayden, 4, is ready for Santa’s visit

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Lap Dog
Editorial Cartoon: Lap Dog

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Domestic violence and county’s health care needs require our attention
When we paused a moment after putting together last Saturday’s edition, we were struck by the two very different pictures of our community that were represented in one edition.
Page 1 was, unfortunately, the stereotype of a newspaper’s front page, although not typical for a community paper like your Franklin Times.

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Miller, LHS carolers bring an early Christmas to the Johnson’s home
Miller, LHS carolers bring an early Christmas to the Johnson’s home
GOOD MORNING: The Christmas/New Year countdowns are underway and it looks like it’s going to be a pretty wild ride for us here at the Times for the foreseeable future.
The Wednesday MIDWEEK editions of the paper will go to press as normal, but the Saturday WEEKEND editions will go to press a day early for Saturday delivery.

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No more closed sessions under the Christmas tree
No more closed sessions under the Christmas tree
As Christmas approaches, I figured it was the perfect time to check my Christmas list to old St. Nick.
The first thing I hope Santa Claus will bring is the end to all of these closed sessions.
I’ll be honest, I’ve lost count of the number of doors that have been closed in my face as town and county officials have elected to go into closed session to discuss county business.

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Website Reader Participation Results Dec. 14-20
In the 2012 NC house and senate races, do you see yourself voting for a candidate not from Franklin County?

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A clean sheet
Is it just me or are we more interested in dwelling on our problems, focusing on what we don’t have, complaining about what’s not working and pointing fingers of blame than in finding solutions to our problems?
We constantly tweak our current systems, largely creations of the 19th and 20th centuries, putting new wine into old wineskins, so to speak but today’s circumstances require new, out-of-the-box thinking.

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Cheeky defense of Christmas
RALEIGH – One of the ironies of the holiday calendar is that Christmas follows closely after Thanksgiving. Many of the Pilgrims and Puritans who helped make Thanksgiving an American tradition were appalled by and opposed to the celebration of Christmas.

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OBITUARIES

GRACIE C. GOODE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Gracie Crudup Goode, 70, who died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.

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GREGORY LEE HICKS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Gregory Lee Hicks, 29, who died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Mt. Hebron Holiness Church. Burial will follow in the Hicks family cemetery.

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LINDA S. BARBOUR
RALEIGH - Linda Salmon Barbour, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. A memorial service will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the funeral home.

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SAMIR “SAM” F. RIZK
RALEIGH - Samir “Sam” Fawry Rizk, 71, died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 while on vacation in the Grand Cayman Islands. Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 18, at Middlesex Church of God Worship Center in Middlesex. Graveside services with Hebrew prayers followed at the Murray family cemetery in Nash County.

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SPORTS

NATIONAL TREASURE
ONE OF THE BEST. Christian Buffaloe, 12, is considered one of the top youth experts in the United States in the art of Kyokushin Karate. Christian trains under his father, former Nash County resident Kenny Buffaloe.
NATIONAL TREASURE
BETHLEHEM -- Head out of Louisburg on SR 561 and travel into Centerville before taking a left at the big intersection.
Go across a bridge into Warren County and undertake a few turns before encountering a small sign for a modest subdivision.

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Bunn Gets Busy On The Mat
CLIFTON CLUTCH. Bunn High School’s Clifton White (right) gains a hold during last Thursday’s team wrestling matchup at Northern Vance.
Bunn Gets Busy On The Mat
BUNN -- With time short before Christmas, Bunn took advantage of every moment for a pre-holiday flurry of wrestling action.
Thursday night, BHS, under first-year head coach Randy Kagarise, hit the road for Henderson to take on the Northern Vance Vikings.

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Baseball event is scheduled
Baseball event is scheduled
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Roanoke Rapids currently holds the league through the fall season in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Wells Fargo Conference Cup Standings for the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
Thanks to league crowns in girls tennis, football (share) and boys soccer (share), the Yellow Jackets closed the fall with 40 total points.

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BHS still unbeaten after road decision
WARRENTON -- A fourth-quarter flurry helped Bunn remain undefeated while winning its initial Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball matchup for the 2011-12 campaign.
Taking on a much-improved Warren County squad, the Wildcats outscored the Eagles by seven points in the final stanza en route to earning a 63-52 decision at the WCHS Gymnasium.

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BUNN FOOTBALL HONOREES
BUNN FOOTBALL HONOREES
FRANKLIN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. Yulonda Crudup (center) from Franklin Regional Medical Center accepted a plaque on behalf of FRMC for its contributions to the Bunn High School football program. The ceremony took place at halftime of a basketball game. Also pictured are (l to r) BHS football coach Chris Miller and BHS Assistant Principal Daniel Wright.

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NATHAN NABS A VICTORY
NATHAN NABS A VICTORY
Bunn High School mat veteran Nathan Carnley prepares to wrap up a conquest as part of the Wildcats’ team decision at Northern Vance last Thursday night.

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LORI COMES THROUGH AGAIN
LORI COMES THROUGH AGAIN
ANOTHER BIG BUCK. Lori Murray of the Justice Community harvested this impressive 8-point buck during a recent hunting expedition in Franklin County with her husband, Chuck. Lori now has a 4-for-4 shooting record.

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MASTER AND PUPIL
MASTER AND PUPIL
Christian Buffaloe trains under his father, Kenny, in his quest to be one of the world’s best at the art of Kyokushin Karate. The Buffaloes live in Warren County.

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LIFESTYLES

Flies are important to maintain the ecosystem
Many people have seen flies of various types near creeks and rivers. If you like fishing, you may recognize some of these names: mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, dragonflies and dobsonflies.
Did you know that these critters are needed for the ecosystem? Most of these flies begin their life cycles in the stream and are food for fish.

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Preparing your animals for winter weather
Cattle Herds
Cattle are comfortable in temperatures around freezing. As temperatures fall below freezing and snow or other moisture occurs, cattle will need extra care to keep warm and functioning. Most cattle can make do with windbreaks.  A wooded area is often adequate for this purpose.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton gets updated on high-speed rail
FRANKLINTON — Staff got an update from those responsible for engineering a high-speed rail project that could cut the town in half.
Monday’s meeting was an opportunity for town officials and staff to continue dialogue about the Southeast High Speed Rail project and reiterate their call to prevent the project from closing major East-West thoroughfares to accommodate the train project.

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Volunteer medical ministry helps with dental problems
TEAM EFFORT. Glenn and Charlotte Stuart form quite a team for the Medical Dental Ministry put on by the North Carolina Baptists on Mission.
Volunteer medical ministry helps with dental problems
For the past year and a half, a health care group has been dealing with dental issues that have been downright offensive.
In response, they held a DENTAL BLITZ last weekend to try and stem the tide, helping nearly 30 patients.

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BUNDLING UP
BUNDLING UP
Wayne Champion, right, organizer of the Coats for Christmas campaign, stands with John Rouse and Joyce Rowe of Safe Space, which is helping to house some of the coats and provide them to those in need. The coats are being collected at drop-off sites, including the Youngsville Library, the Farm Bureau Insurance Office, or the Village Cleaners in Louisburg.

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Convenience store owner shoots man
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Youngsville-area man accused of assaulting a woman over a period of hours.
Michael Severn’s mother, though, told authorities the claims were baseless.
Andrea Horton reported on Dec. 18 that she and her boyfriend, Severn, had gone out the evening before and when they returned to their Beechwood Drive home, Severn became violent.

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BUSINESS

FRMC named on list of area’s healthiest employers
Franklin Regional Medical Center of Louisburg is one of the “healthiest employers in the Triangle area,” according to The Triangle Business Journal.
The inaugural Healthiest Employer Award was presented to Franklin Regional, and 19 other Triangle businesses, in honor of its commitment to making health a top priority.

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