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Showing 42 articles from February 14, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Breaking News! Family loses everything in house fire
BUNN — A Sunday morning house fire has left a family of four without a home.

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Fire destroys home
AMID THE RUBBLE. Cresta Williams, right, hugs her mother, Rebecca Jamason, as they look over the remains of their home, which was destroyed by fire on Sunday.
Fire destroys home
BUNN — A family that has called a house between Youngsville and Bunn home for the past 20 years is now stuck in a hard place.
A fire tore through the house with a metal roof on Sunday morning, leaving four people without a place to stay this week.

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Case against attempted murderer on court calendar
A Youngsville man accused of trying to set his girlfriend on fire and burn their house down is slated to appear in court this week.
An apparent medical issue kept Gary Normand out of court in January, but he is slated to appear in court on Wednesday to face charges that he tried to kill his girlfriend, Chloe Reynolds.

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Part of Riverside school campus chosen for National Register of Historical Places
A portion of Riverside school campus in Louisburg has been named to the National Register of Historic Places following a years-long effort by the county school board and, more specifically, member Bernard Hall.
The campus was formerly the Franklin County Training School - Riverside Union School and for many years Louisburg Elementary School was part of the campus. Much of the campus  has now been converted into the schools’ administrative offices.

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As the filing period begins, new and old faces sign up
BRYANT
As the filing period begins, new and old faces sign up
The filing period began Monday with a handful of folks running for office — at least one for the first time.
Roger Lytle, who began the community group, We The People, filed to fun for the County Commission At-large District 7 seat, facing off against Shane Mitchell, who also filed for re-election.
Commissioner Sidney Dunston filed for re-election to represent residents in District 1.

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State could mandate backup 911 emergency center
State could mandate backup 911 emergency center
Franklin County officials were notified that they could be facing an emergency in a year — they’ll be faced with spending money to make money.
County Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin advised commissioners last week that the North Carolina 911 Board has proposed a series of new standards for emergency dispatch centers.

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Hobgood delays Cline case
A Franklin County judge asked to referee a dispute that could unseat a Durham district attorney will hold the gavel on the matter for at least another week.
At the end of January, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood suspended Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline, ruling that that was enough preliminary evidence to support claims that Cline was unfit for office.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Diane Rogers

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hook, Line and Stinker
Editorial Cartoon: Hook, Line and Stinker

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Fix-by-toll plan ignores state’s real challenges
If it seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
And worse, it often has unintended consequences.
That’s exactly our fear with the latest scheme the state has cooked up to finance improvements to Interstate 95 across Eastern North Carolina.

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No shows at parks and rec meeting raise questions about new park
No shows at parks and rec meeting raise questions about new park
GOOD MORNING: After a chilly weekend that saw temperatures locally dip into the teens early Monday morning, the outlook calls for mostly sunny weather today (Wednesday) and Friday with a 70 percent chance of rain on Thursday. Daytime highs around the 59-60 degree mark are expected today and Thursday before dropping back into the mid to upper 50’s on Friday and Saturday.

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The political running season has begun
The political running season has begun
This is my favorite time of year.
Okay, not really, but it’s close.
It comes around every year, kind of like a season unto itself — it’s filing period time.
It’s an opportunity for those who want to make their neighborhoods, communities, towns, cities, state, region, or country better by serving the public in a representative government.

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Website Reader Participation Results Feb. 8-14
Should Franklin County offer incentives to businesses to locate here?

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The Republicans’ education problem
Republican leaders in North Carolina have a problem. People are beginning to understand that dismantling public education is an important part of their agenda.
And that is not a popular position. People still believe in public schools, despite years of misleading but well-funded attacks on them by the think tanks on the Right in Raleigh and Washington.

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OBITUARIES

JOHNNY CHAVIS JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Johnny Chavis Jr., 65, who died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Hickory Grove Church cemetery.

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MYRA S. ROBERTS
FRANKLINTON—Myra Salter Roberts, 83, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at Universal Health Care in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Hall Wynne Franklinton Chapel by the Rev. Anita James. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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JOSEPHINE W. FAISON
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Josephine W. Faison, 83, who died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, were held Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Social Union Baptist Church, with the Rev. Nathaniel Bunn officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.

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CONNIE LEE HORTON
WAKE FOREST - Connie Lee Horton, 85, of High Point, formerly of Wake Forest, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating.

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FRED CLAYTON
FRANKLINTON - Fred Clayton, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Cremation Society of NC.

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ELVIS B. HOLMES
YOUNGSVILLE - Elvis B. Holmes, 71, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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SPORTS

Crown Clinchers
MOVER AND SHAKER. Bunn senior Montrel Cooke (with ball) drives to the basket for two points during the Wildcats’ home victory last Thursday night against Corinth Holders High School at the Bunn Dome.
Crown Clinchers
BUNN -- Bunn’s shooting stars have used plenty of outside heroics en route to gaining the regular season boys basketball championship in the Northern Carolina Conference.
So why should the scenario have been any different when the Wildcats hosted second-place Corinth Holders for their Senior Night finale last Thursday at the Bunn Dome?

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LUCKY 14 FOR BUNN
WON’T BE DENIED. Bunn’s Tainasha Vines drives for a bucket during the Ladycats’ home conquest last Thursday night against Corinth Holders.
LUCKY 14 FOR BUNN
BUNN -- One of the most remarkable aspects of Bunn’s second-half run to the girls basketball season is that the Ladycats have been able to excel even when key players were out of the lineup.
BHS faced one last test in that regard during last Thursday’s regular season finale against Corinth Holders, which entered the event with just two league victories.

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Davis Does In WC
SENIOR SHOWCASE. Louisburg’s Brandon Crudup poses with his mother as part of LHS’ Senior Night Celebration last Thursday night. LHS’ boys club edged Warren County in a key league showdown.
Davis Does In WC
LOUISBURG -- After a strong start to the season, a playoff berth seemed to be a formality for the Louisburg High School boys basketball team.
But those lofty plans hit a snag in January as the Warriors began to struggle -- all the while nearly falling out of the postseason race.

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Rams set for NCC Tourney
Rams set for NCC Tourney
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will have an opportunity to showcase its new gymnasium as part of the 2012 Northern Carolina Conference Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments.
The event will be held today through Friday at the FHS Gymnasium.
After first-round games at home sites, action will switch to FHS today for the boys semifinals at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

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The California Kid
LOS ANGELES -- Christian Buffaloe, the 12-year-old son/student of Nash County Kyokushin Karate instructor Kenny Buffaloe, recently won the youth division of the Japan sponsored “2012 Kyokushin Karate U.S. Weight Category Tournament” in Los Angeles on Jan 22.
This annual tournament is one of the largest and most prestigious Kyokushin Karate full-contact competitions outside of Japan. 

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Teams to compete at Northern
RED OAK -- A pair of Franklin County soccer squads will be in action at the Fighting Lady Knights Preseason Jamboree on Feb. 23.
The annual event will be held at the Northern Nash High School Soccer Field, which is located in Red Oak.
In addition to host Northern, other competitors will be Tarboro, Bunn, Corinth Holders, Louisburg and Southern Nash.

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LHS SENIOR NIGHT HIGHLIGHT
LHS SENIOR NIGHT HIGHLIGHT
SPECIAL TIME FOR EBONEE. Louisburg’s Ebonee Alston, shown with members of her family, was one of only two seniors who were honored Thursday as members of the LHS girls basketball squad.

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Effective Weekend
Effective Weekend
LOUISBURG -- Despite his club’s undefeated record through two weeks, first-year head coach Mike McGuire has been patiently waiting for both his high-powered bats and stingy arms to produce together in a game.
McGuire got his wish last Saturday in the finale of a three-event baseball series against Lackawanna College from Pennsylvania.

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LOOKING FOR A LANE
LOOKING FOR A LANE
Bunn’s Montrel Cooke (with ball) tries to penetrate during last Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference home victory over Corinth Holders.

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MARISA MAKES IT HAPPEN
MARISA MAKES IT HAPPEN
 Marisa Bellamy scores inside for the Bunn Ladycats against league foe Corinth Holders.

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LIFESTYLES

Highlighting heart disease differences in men and women
Highlighting heart disease differences in men and women
When it comes to heart attacks, men and women are not created equal.
Donna Perry, Franklin Regional Medical Center’s emergency room nurse manager, says the signs and symptoms of heart attacks vary widely among the sexes.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States,” Perry states.

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4-H helps axe out bullying
4-H helps axe out bullying
In 2007 a study done by the U.S. Department of Education reported that 8.1 million students between the ages of 12-18 reported being bullied at school.
Nearly one million youth reported being cyber-bullied, which has become a hot topic in our society.  We as a society have an abundance of technology avenues to host such things as bullying.

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“From Whence We Came” Performing Arts Program
The “From Whence We Came” performing arts program is being presented by Tai Miles Productions and sponsored by Bunn Middle School’s O.F.F.E.R. Program in celebration of Black History Month.
This event will take place Feb. 25 at Bunn Middle School. The community is invited to this display of music, Chicago-Style Stepping, African dance and drumming, poetry and more.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Nathan Watson and Anna Love of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Allen Watson, born Jan. 19, 2012 at Duke Hospital in Durham. He weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19.2 inches long.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Jerry and Sharon Fuller of Youngsville are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Hope Fuller, born Jan. 13, 2012 at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces and was 23 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are the Rev. David and Teresa Blake of Louisburg.

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Living Healthy With Diabetes workshop scheduled at Louisburg Senior Center
The Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging in partnership with the Louisburg Senior Center will hold a Living Healthy with Diabetes workshop at the Louisburg Senior Center at 127 Shannon Village, Louisburg begin­ning this month.  This is a highly  participatory workshop that will take place once a week for 6 weeks.  Each session is 2 1/2 hours, and all workshops are facilitated by trained leaders. 

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

ECU Honors Lists
Franklin County students who made the Chancellor’s List, Dean’s List or Honor Roll at East Carolina University in Greenville for the Fall 2011 semester are listed below.

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Harrison makes UNCG Dean’s List
Harrison makes UNCG Dean’s List
Lindsay Harrison of Louisburg has been selected for the Dean’s List at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro for the Fall 2011 semester.

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Recent graduates of East Carolina
Franklin County students who graduated at ECU in Greenville during the Fall 2011 graduation ceremonies are listed below.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Tomlinson recognized for Youngsville service after accepting county job
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners officially received a letter of resignation and recognized the long-time service of its attorney — weeks after he accepted the same post with Franklin County.
The county’s Board of Commissioners hired Pete Tomlinson as its attorney, replacing Darnell Batton who resigned from that post after nearly 20 years.

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Louisburg man arrested on charges of possession of firearm by a felon
Narcotics officers seized nearly three pounds of marijuana, arrested one man and planned to charge two others during a drug raid.
According to a report by Dep. J. Hastings, Raleigh police tipped off the sheriff’s office about suspected drug sales at a home in the 3200 block of Epsom Rocky Ford Road in northern Franklin County.

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Rogue Louisburg beekeeper’s court case decided
A Louisburg woman was found guilty of violating the town’s bee-keeping ordinance and ordered to remove the insects within two weeks.
If she fails to do so, Patricia Walker would be subject to a $50 a day fine and have to appear, again, in front of a judge.

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