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Showing 44 articles from January 17, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Ticket punched
Ticket punched
A Youngsville officer charged with stealing lottery tickets resigned this week.
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation arrested Jeremy Montejano on Jan. 12, alleging that he stole lottery tickets and tried to cash them.
Police Chief Daren Kirts placed Montejano on unpaid leave on Jan. 13.

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LIVING A LEGACY
MARCHING ON. Bernice Rice, center, and the Rev. Don Ward, joined hands during a ceremonial march through Franklinton on Saturday as part of the town’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
LIVING A LEGACY
FRANKLINTON — Though it was a Saturday, class was in session during the town’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
During the service at First Baptist Church, Maurice Kearney shared an assignment he got from his own pastor at Pope Chapel United Church of Christ.

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King’s dream of equality lives on
King’s dream of equality lives on
Before Martin Luther King Jr. died, he expressed a “Dream” where his children would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
From King’s death in 1969 to the world we live in today, there has been much progress and many strides made toward achieving King’s dream, said the Rev. Shane Benjamin, the speaker during Monday’s celebration of King’s life and legacy.

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Man pawns mother’s TV reported as stolen
FRANKLINTON — Police arrested a man accused of trying to make a quick buck — off his mother.
On Dec. 14, Charles Layton reported that someone stole a television set from his mother’s Layton Street home.
The report also indicated about $100 in damage to a back door frame.

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Unemployment rate rises slightly in county
Franklin County’s unemployment rate remained under double digits, but it was one of 26 counties that continues to see an uptick in the number of those looking for work.
Through August and September, Franklin County’s unemployment rate was at 10 percent before falling to 9.7 percent in October.

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CORRECTION
Laurie Lee is the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission’s Board Audit and Pricing director. A story in the Jan. 14 edition of the Times incorrectly identified her title. The Times regrets the error.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Mike Epps

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: If His Lips Are Moving
Editorial Cartoon: If His Lips Are Moving

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Survey tells us nothing new about how Americans feel about Congress
News flash: A record 84 percent of Americans say they disapprove of the way the Congress is doing its job compared with just 13 percent who approve of how things are going, according to a Washington Post/ABC News public opinion poll published Monday.
Okay, okay, technically that may be news. It’s new information, based on a new survey and shows new results.

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Commissioners don’t seem interested in a better way to improve emergency radio communications
Commissioners don’t seem interested in a better way to improve emergency radio communications
GOOD MORNING: There was something like an 80 percent chance of rain last night or early this (Wednesday) morning, otherwise it’s expected to be mostly sunny with highs around 50. It’s expected to be partly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a chance of showers on Saturday.

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Issues in the workplace can be deadly, getting accurate obesity numbers can be dangerous
Issues in the workplace can be deadly, getting accurate obesity numbers can be dangerous
I was reading a story last week about pet peeves in the workplace that can set folks off.
It was meant to be humorous, for the most part.
The most egregious problems were people popping popcorn in the office — it apparently tastes great, but no one wants their office smelling like the snack.

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Website Reader Participation Results Jan. 11-17
Will you be attending any of the local ceremonies scheduled to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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A Carolinian’s growth agenda
RALEIGH – The president was personally liked. But his policies were failing. After initial signs of improvement, the economy again began to sputter. Job creation was virtually nonexistent. Programs meant to stimulate “aggregate demand” had in reality funded wasteful and politically connected projects. Millions of Americans feared for the future.

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Is the government really the enemy?
I didn’t get far into Bill Clinton’s new book, “Back to Work,” before he stopped me in my tracks. The American public has largely bought into the theory that government is the problem, the reason for all our ills. If we “get government out of the way,” cut taxes, shrink government and reduce regulations, happy days will be here again.

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OBITUARIES

ALICE P. WESTER
LOUISBURG - Alice Faye Phillips Wester, 74, died at William G.  Dunlap Hospice House on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with burial to follow in the Maple Springs Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

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MARVIN L. PERNELL
LOUISBURG – Marvin Leon Pernell, 75, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Alert Pentecostal Holiness Church, with the burial to follow in the Pernell family cemetery.

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KATIE MAE WILLIAMS
YOUNGSVILLE—Funeral services for Katie Mae Williams, 62, who died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, will be  held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at New Birth Apostolic Church, with Bishop Robert Locklear officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Church cemetery.

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McKINNIE STEED
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for McKinnie “The Bull” Steed, 97, who died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LOIS B. WHELESS
Lois Brown Wheless, formerly of Louisburg, died Dec. 10, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Louisburg United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at the church after the service.

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LAURA P. McGREGOR
LOUISBURG – Laura Parrish McGregor, 80, died Sunday morning, Jan. 15, 2012. A graveside memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Middle Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Wake County.

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JEAN M. PIPKIN
BUNN - Jean Manning Pipkin, 66, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at her home.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Tondee officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Spring Hope.

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RUBY J. RANSDELL
FUQUAY-VARINA - Ruby Johnson Ransdell, 98, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 16, at Fuquay-Varina Presbyterian Church. Entombment followed at Wake Chapel Memorial Gardens.

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MARGARET W. EDWARDS
Sept. 9, 1924 – Jan. 16, 2012
LOUISBURG – Mrs. Margaret Watkins Edwards, 87, died January 16.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Maylon E. Watkins and Mary Etta Tharrington Watkins, and stepmother, Helen Parrish Watkins, husband, R.C. Edwards, Jr., as well as brothers, M.E. and Charles Watkins, and sisters, Mary Helen Watkins and Mildred Cook.

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NETTIE ANN PEGRAM MURPHY
BUNN – Nettie Ann Pegram Murphy, age 93, died peacefully at Kindred Traditional Care and Rehabilitation in Raleigh, NC, Friday, January 13, 2012.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ennis Grey Murphy; her parents, John Thomas and Mamie Hoyle Pegram; brothers, Kennie Pegram and Thurston Pegram; sisters, Mamie Belle Pegram and Essie Pegram Hunt.

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CYNTHIA M. JONES
April 9, 1957 – January 15, 2012
LOUISBURG – Cynthia Moss Jones, 54, of Louisburg, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday evening, January 15, 2012.

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EDDIE CLIFTON RICHARDS
ZEBULON – Eddie Clifton Richards, age 60, passed away suddenly early Saturday morning, January 14, 2012, at his home.

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SPORTS

Lineup Changes
A GREAT ESCAPE. Bunn’s Dominique Seda tries to unlock the hold of a Dinwiddie wrestler during last Saturday’s Firebird Duals at Southern Nash.
Lineup Changes
STANHOPE -- Bunn enjoyed some strong early-season progress on the wrestling mat in December.
But the New Year came, and so did an unusual rash of injuries that have affected the Wildcats.
New coach Randy Kagarise has been trying to deal with the issues, but his lineup has been depleted -- and the Wildcats are currently forfeiting several weight classes while waiting for everyone to get healthy.

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‘CANES PULL RANK
BLOCK PARTY. Louisburg College’s Jasmine Phillips (left) denies a Spartanburg Methodist shot attempt during last Friday’s game at Holton Gymnasium.
‘CANES PULL RANK
LOUISBURG -- Any coach, regardless of the sport, worries how his or her team will respond following a long layoff.
But the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes, despite not being in action since Dec. 11, hit the ground running -- literally -- during their return to the hardwood last weekend.

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New Faces At FHS
JOUSTING FOR POSITION. (Top to Bottom) Franklinton’s Cole Buckner and Northern Nash’s Larry Byrd grapple for an advantage during last Saturday’s Firebird Duals event at Southern Nash High School.
New Faces At FHS
STANHOPE -- New faces are plentiful for the Franklinton Red Rams as they attempt to rebuild on the fly in the competitive wrestling world of the Northern Carolina Conference.
Not only does FHS have a slew of new, young and potential-filled performers, but they also have a new coach in Alan Carter.

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Gridiron picks are finalized
Gridiron picks are finalized
Now we’re down to the nitty gritty in the National Football League Playoffs, and my winning record is in jeopardy.
Following a 2-2 week in the postseason, my mark is now a rather mediocre 5-3 -- thanks in part to the 49ers’ unlikely comeback against New Orleans.

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FHS set to retire players’ numbers
FRANKLINTON -- Friday night will be a historic one at Franklinton High School as FHS will retire a pair of basketball jerseys as part of a Northern Carolina Conference hoops matchup against the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
Honorees will be Becky Pace, who shined on the girls hardwood in the late 1970s and Dustin Newton, who graduated a few years ago after an amazing career as a four-season starter for the boys squad.

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Davis returns and takes home a win
GAME ACTION. Corinth Holders’ Kyron Walden (l) and Louisburg’s Dennis Hargrove try to bring in a loose ball.
Davis returns and takes home a win
LOUISBURG -- An old friend returned to the Louisburg High School Gymnasium last Friday -- and left with a key victory.
Corinth Holders head coach Chris Davis -- the former skipper at Louisburg -- led his Pirates into familiar territory, at least for the long-time Warriors’ mentor.

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Scoring Drought Ends
FOUL FEELING. Louisburg point guard Ebonee Alston (right) is fouled during her club’s home victory last Friday night against Corinth Holders in Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball action.
Scoring Drought Ends
LOUISBURG -- When the scoring drought finally broke for the Louisburg Lady Warriors, it did so in a big way -- and the result was a key Northern Carolina Conference basketball conquest.
After going almost the entire first half of last Tuesday’s disappointing loss at Bunn without finding the basket, the Lady Warriors were oin a similar slump last Friday at home versus league foe Corinth Holders.

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Louisburg plays a rare weekday contest
Louisburg plays a rare weekday contest
RALEIGH -- Antonio Robinson scored eight of his team-high 20 points in overtime as Louisburg College outlasted Cape Fear CC by a 75-69 margin on Monday in men’s basketball action.
The event as part of the day-long MLK Classic at the new Wake Tech CC Gymnasium, which is located South of Raleigh.

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BEAR HUG
BEAR HUG
Bunn’s Antonio White (bottom) tries to get out of the tight hold of a Dinwiddie wrestler as part of last Saturday’s Firebird Duals Wrestling Tourney, which was staged at Southern Nash High School in Stanhope. Bunn will return to action this Thursday evening with a non-conference road tri-match against the Wilson Fike Golden Demons.

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TIGHT DEFENSE
TIGHT DEFENSE
Louisburg College’s Latrice Phelps (left) clamps down on Spartanburg Methodist’s Gina Patton during last Friday evening’s women’s basketball contest at Holton Gymnasium.

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SEAL OF APPROVAL
SEAL OF APPROVAL
Louisburg College women’s basketball coach Brett Vana encourages his club during last Friday’s home decision against Spartanburg Methodist.

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LIFESTYLES

Burnette, Bennett wed
Burnette, Bennett wed
Christy Diane Burnette and David Lee Bennett were married on Nov. 12, 2011 at Jones Chapel  at Meredith College in Raleigh. The officiating minister for the 7 p.m. ceremony was the Rev. Doug Addington.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ray Burnette of Maggie Valley.
The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Bennett of Louisburg.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGED. Roy Thomas Kemp Jr. and Jacqueline M. Kemp announce the engagement of their daughter, Es’lee Brooke, to Harvey Taylor Satterwhite III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey T. Satterwhite of Franklinton. A May 2012 wedding is planned.

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Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream for America
If you studied Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month, you learned that he was a smart man who was also a Reverend, a leader in his church.
In fact, he was a leader of many things.  He was a leader in his home, in his community and in his school.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

GRANT FOR PLANTS
GRANT FOR PLANTS
Starquest Environmental Club students at Louisburg Elementary School learned firsthand the process and research needed to write a grant.  After narrowing down the environmental need at their school, Mrs. Leonard’s Environmental Club decided to focus on writing a grant for needed plants at the front of the school.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg police looking for suspects who shot into a house
Louisburg police are looking for suspects who shot into a house.
No injuries were reported.
Residents at a home in the 100 block of Harris Street reported the evening of Jan. 15 that someone drove by their house and fired a gun.

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ATTENTION
ATTENTION
Members of the Wake Forest-Rolesville Senior High School ROTC carry the American and state flag, leading a processional march through Franklinton to First Baptist Church on Saturday for the town’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

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IN SERVICE
IN SERVICE
Residents and visitors packed First Baptist Church on Saturday to take part in Franklinton’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

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