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Showing 24 articles from January 3, 2012.

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Youngsville man headed to court on arson, attempted murder
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Youngsville man headed to court on arson, attempted murder
A Youngsville man accused of trying to set his girlfriend on fire is slated to appear in court during the next superior court case management session.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Gary Normand on March 5, shortly after they allege he assaulted and tried to kill his girlfriend, Chloe Reynolds.

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Fatal heart attack leads to Christmas house fire
A Louisburg woman’s death apparently led to a small fire on Christmas day.
According to Louisburg Fire Chief Timmy Smith, Vivian Toney, 44, was cooking Christmas dinner late in the evening on Dec. 24 when she apparently fell ill.
According to Smith, it appeared that Toney had retired to her room while cooking and had a heart attack.

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TAKING SHAPE
TAKING SHAPE
Contractors have been working on the Sheetz convenience store  location since the fall and its starting to look like a gas station, with the covers for the gasoline pumps erected.

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New Year’s Eve fight sends man to the hospital
FRANKLINTON  — Police are using interviews and surveillance footage to piece together a convenience store altercation that sent a man to the hospital.
Proprietors of the Snackers convenience store downtown called police just after 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve when as many as four people got involved in fisticuffs.

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Man slated for court for helping convicted murderer
A Franklinton man accused of helping a convicted murderer flee to Virginia is slated to appear in court during the next superior court session.
Police arrested Rashawn Arrington on Sept. 21, 2010 — a day after investigators allege he shot and killed Jesse Montague Jr.

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Former teacher scheduled to face charges of assaulting student
A former Franklinton High School teacher is slated to appear in court this month on charges of assaulting a student.
The mother of a 17-year-old student took out warrants against AJ Piper on Oct. 11, alleging that Piper grabbed her son and pushed and shoved him against a wall.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident LaKai Saunders, 7 years

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Resolution
Editorial Cartoon: Resolution

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2012 should be a rebuilding year for the economy
Welcome to 2012!
Hopefully, it will be a huge improvement over 2011, even though we’ll have Presidential election campaigns to endure for most of the year — and post-voting analysis of them for the final two months or so.
All that brings up a critical point that can be raised now that the Iowa fiasco is over.
Why do any of us pay any attention whatsoever to what is going on in Iowa?

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Johnson clan rings in the New Year in grand fashion
Johnson clan rings in the New Year in grand fashion
GOOD MORNING and Happy New Year! While I can’t say we rang in the New Year Saturday night, we certainly said goodbye to 2011 in grand fashion.
Daughter Julie and Rodney White, along with grandson Ryan White, hosted a big family get-together at their home on Bethlehem Church Road down in the southern tip of Franklin County Saturday evening that drew quite a bunch of us.

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Maybe it’s not too late for Santa to deliver
Maybe it’s not too late for Santa to deliver
Someone brought it to my attention that Santa Claus had already brought me a lump of coal.
If you don’t remember, I wrote in a Christmas column that I wanted the jolly fat man to bring me fewer closed sessions in this new year.
So, 2012 still has that new car smell — it was only three days old at the time — and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners had already planned to meet in closed session to discuss a personnel matter.

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Website Reader Participation Results Dec. 28- Jan. 3
Will Franklin County’s economic fortunes begin to look better in 2012, with more industry and jobs?

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OBITUARIES

MURTHA R. YOUNG
FRANKLINTON—Murtha Richardson Young, 97, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 30, at Hawkins Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. W. S. Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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EARL H. HARTSELL, JR.
LOUISBURG – Earl Horace Hartsell Jr., 84, died Thursday night, Dec. 29, 2011. There will be no service.

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CARL B. CREEKMORE
NASHVILLE - Carl Braxton Creekmore, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. Funeral service was  Saturday, Dec. 31, at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Paul Arnold and the Rev. Roy Parker officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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ELLIS W. YOUNG
April 7, 1930 – January 1, 2012
LOUISBURG – Ellis Wester Young, 81, of Louisburg, passed away Sunday morning.

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CARL W. RICE
CASTALIA - Carl Wilson Rice, 93, left his earthly life Tuesday, January 3, 2012.  He resided in Justice, NC all of his life, until recent months where he resided at Franklin Oaks of Louisburg. He was born July 29, 1918 in Franklin County. 

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SPORTS

THE SECOND SEASON
STRATEGY SESSION. The Bunn Ladycats, including (l to r) Marisa Bellamy and Tainasha Vines, were tested Tuesday during a home conference basketball showdown against the undefeated Franklinton Lady Rams.
THE SECOND SEASON
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The second half of the 2011-12 Franklin County prep basketball season started with a bang Tuesday -- and with a game destined to have long-term implications in the Northern Carolina Conference standings.
That’s when undefeated Franklinton traveled to Bunn for its biggest test of the campaign to date.

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BHS’ Fab Fourth
FOURTH FINISH. Senior Montrel Cooke and the Bunn Wildcats claimed fourth place at the Spartan Christmas Challenge Boys Basketball Tournament, which was held last week at Southern Durham High School.
BHS’ Fab Fourth
DURHAM -- Over the holidays, Bunn boys basketball coach Gerald Melton discovered that a pair of long-time friends weren’t necessarily in the giving mood.
Not when standings supremacy was at stake at the Spartan Christmas Challenge, which was held last Wednesday through Friday at Southern Durham High School.

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Picks for football playoffs
Picks for football playoffs
I’ve never been a big fan of picking winners in sports I cover -- mainly because it was a necessity during my days at a newspaper in Savannah, Ga., back in the early 1990s.
Not only was it a job prerequisite to offer my prep football selections every week in print, but a final score was also posted.

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COUNTY SPIKE CHAMPS
COUNTY SPIKE CHAMPS
SECOND PLACE. The Honey Badgers took second place overall in the recently completed Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League. Pictured are (back, l to r) Caleb Lewis, Nick Brezinski and Matt Green; (front, l to r) Allison Pittman, Rebecca Green and Scottie Goodwin. Not pictured are Mary Brezinski and Brad Morring. (Photo Submitted)

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DIAMOND SHINES
DIAMOND SHINES
Diamond Graham and the Franklinton Lady Rams looked to stay unbeaten Tuesday night at Bunn.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies recover Louisburg police officer’s service belt
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies recovered some of the service gear reported stolen from a Louisburg officer’s home.
According to a report by Dep. W.J. Wiggins, a woman who was keeping an eye on Louisburg Officer Travis Lincoln’s home reported a break-in back in May while he was away.

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Farm Service agency releases election results
The Franklin County Farm Service Agency Office would like to announce the 2011 Franklin County Committee Election results for LAA 1, which includes the townships of: Hayesville, Franklinton, and Louisburg. We would like to congratulate Edward Wheeler as the elected member of the Franklin County FSA Committee and Henrietta Renn as the elected first alternate.

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