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Showing 36 articles from February 24, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Property owners frustrated with revaluation
There are 500 neighborhoods in Franklin County and those residents began receiving their revaluation notices this past week.
For a lot of those residents, those bills should have come with an antacid, as, in some cases, they say their new tax value exceeds market value.

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Bladesmith
MCGHEE
Bladesmith
To some, a small metal stamp with the letters “JS” might not mean much, but to one Franklin County native, those letters may be the key to a career change!
North Carolina bladesmith E. Scott McGhee, a native of Franklinton, earned his ABS journeyman knife maker certification recently at the All Forged Blade Expo in San Antonio, Texas.

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Rep. Bradley files for NC Senate seat
Rep. Bradley files for NC Senate seat
Ballots for the primary and general election continue to be rounded out as two more candidates filed for local offices this week.
Rep. Glen Bradley will take a shot at unseating Sen. Doug Berger, as he has filed for the newly formed Senate District 18 seat.

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Alleged child pornographer’s case headed to grand jury
Alleged child pornographer’s case headed to grand jury
The case against a Louisburg man accused of child pornography is expected to go before a grand jury this coming week.
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation arrested Bruce Arthur Howard on Oct. 27,  charging him with 10 counts of second-degree child sexual exploitation and one count of first-degree child sexual exploitation.

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CENTER DEDICATION
TAYLOR
CENTER DEDICATION
Historic Holton Gymnasium on the Louisburg College campus will be renamed the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center in a ceremony planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Taylor is a 1968 graduate of Louisburg College and was a member of the basketball team.

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Roberts named Franklinton’s 2011 Citizen of the Year
SIGN OF SUPPORT. Franklinton Commissioner and former police chief Ray Gilliam hugs Denise Roberts after the town presented her family with a Citizen of the Year award honoring her mother, Joyce Roberts.
Roberts named Franklinton’s 2011 Citizen of the Year
FRANKLINTON — Last October, town officials lamented the loss of a community stalwart, proclaiming Oct. 18 as Joyce Goswick Roberts Day.
On Tuesday, commissioners recognized Roberts once again, presenting her family with Roberts’ Citizen of the Year award.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Hoops fan Shamir Sheppard

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Good Ole Boy Tax
Editorial Cartoon: Good Ole Boy Tax

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Who’s really to blame for rising gasoline prices?
We Americans are always looking for the easy answer, the quick fix, the painless solution — and there is none for the energy problem that is pinching your wallet and the nation’s economy.
For more than 40 years, our leaders in Washington — Democrat, Republication and “Other” — have known that without a concise, coherent, sensible energy policy, we were headed for a train wreck.

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Questioning the accuracy and fairness of the county’s new property tax revaluations
Questioning the accuracy and fairness of the county’s new property tax revaluations
Amazing! Property values in Franklin County have spiraled upward 14.8 percent in the last four years during the worst economic times since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Who would have thought it?
Certainly not I!

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Will property tax revaluation cause a political fallout?
Will property tax revaluation cause a political fallout?
GOOD MORNING: I’m having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that it’s midwinter when overnight lows are in the mid 60’s, but such was the case early Friday morning when I drove down to pick up the morning paper.
The indoor reading outdoor thermometer in my front yard was reading 65.3 degrees at 6:30 a.m. and shortly thereafter at 7:10 a.m. dropped to 64.8 degrees, which is considerably higher than the daytime highs expected today and tomorrow.

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Occupy movement takes two tries at the one percent
RALEIGH – Although those involved may wish us to forget, there were actually two attempts over the past year to make a certain statistic, one percent, into a political cause here in North Carolina. Both flopped in telling ways.

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OBITUARIES

RALPH P. COLLINS
LOUISBURG – Ralph Perry Collins, 79, died Thursday morning, Feb. 23, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at White Level Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BESSIE WILLIAMS
BOSTON, MA - Funeral services for Bessie Williams, who died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at God’s Vision, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.

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LOUISE B. FULLER
WAKE FOREST- Louise Burnette Fuller, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 23, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. A private burial was held in the Sandy Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Louisburg.

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BLANCHE W. GORDON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Blanche Williams Gordon, 74, who died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, will be held Monday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RAYMOND TOMLINSON
RALEIGH - Eugene “Gene” Raymond Tomlinson, 65, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at Wake Med. Funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at New Hope Baptist Church, Raleigh, with Dr. Richard Childress officiating. Burial was at Stone Heritage family cemetery, Middlesex.

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GEORGE E. MOORE
RALEIGH - George Elliott Moore, 76, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at Oak Hill Living Center in Angier. A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at Montlawn Funeral Home.

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MARY P. LEONARD
LOUISBURG - Mary Magdaline Wall Perry Leonard, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center. The funeral services was conducted Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Greater Pentecostal Church, Raleigh, by Bishop Claude Cooke. Burial followed at Walnut Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

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MARY HELEN HARRISON
April 19, 1938 – February 22, 2012
LOUISBURG – Mary Helen Harrison, 73, of Louisburg, died Wednesday.

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SPORTS

2nd-Half Surge
ON HER WAY. Louisburg’s Olivia Gaines (with ball) drives toward the basket during Wednesday’s home decision against Region X foe Guilford Tech.
2nd-Half Surge
LOUISBURG -- Guilford Tech played a nearly perfect first half during its women’s basketball showdown Wednesday against the high-powered Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.
GTCC, a key Region X rival of LC’s over the past several years, had made a slew of long-range 3-pointers while making the transition-oriented Lady Hurricanes play a half-court game.

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BUNN IN THE ZONE
GET AWAY FROM ME. Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy isn’t about to give up possession of the ball during Wednesday’s playoff victory versus Northside-Jax.
BUNN IN THE ZONE
BUNN -- A frenzied full-court pressure defense is destined to fuel Bunn’s quest for a deep run into the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
But another defensive strategy is every bit as pleasing to the Ladycats’ fans.
When BHS head coach Chuck Mann implores his team to drop back into a 2-3 zone, it usually means that the Ladycats have obtained a substantial cushion -- and Mann isn’t about to run up the score on an opponent.

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A Scorpions’ Bite
MISTER QUICK. Bunn’s Montrel Cooke makes an aggressive move during Wednesday’s basketball playoff showdown against North Brunswick.
A Scorpions’ Bite
BUNN -- The high-wire conclusion of Bunn’s playoff thriller with North Brunswick on Wednesday left BHS veteran head coach Gerald Melton crying foul.
Literally.
North Brunswick, leading by one point, missed a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining, one of which came courtesy of a lane violation.

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LC takes game vs. Dolphins
LC takes game vs. Dolphins
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College remained undefeated on the baseball season Wednesday with a 5-0 home victory against Brunswick Community College at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
Louisburg, now 13-0 overall, received another excellent pitching performance from Tim Brechbuehler, who struck out 10 batters in 7.1 innings of work.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 3
High School Basketball
CLASS 2-A STATE PLAYOFFS
GIRLS EAST REGIONALS
AT CROWN ARENA (ANNEX)

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IT’S ALL ABOUT ANDRE FOR CANES
WON’T BE STOPPED. Bunn High School’s Deshawn High (with ball) drives for two points during the Wildcats’ home playoff victory Tuesday against Warren County.
IT’S ALL ABOUT ANDRE FOR CANES
BUNN -- Defeating a team four times in one season is never an easy proposition -- especially a tall, athletic club like Warren County.
The visiting Eagles gave Bunn some trouble, but the Wildcats were still able to hold on for a 60-52 decision in Tuesday’s first-round game in the Class 2-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs at the Bunn Dome.

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Shorthanded Squad
Shorthanded Squad
RED OAK -- The roster that represented Bunn High School at Thursday’s Northern Nash Girls Soccer Jamboree won’t resemble the one the Ladycats will boast once basketball season ends.
Six BHS soccer players are currently tied up in the hoops playoffs, either as players or cheerleaders.
Heading that list, of course, is BHS junior Whitney Bunn, who is already one of the most prolific scorers in school history.

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New coach to lead Louisburg soccer team
New coach to lead Louisburg soccer team
RED OAK -- Louisburg High School promises to be young on the soccer field this spring -- while being led by a first-year coach.
LHS’ girls will be guided by Georganna Davis, who helped coach the school’s track and field program in 2011.
Davis welcomes a team with plenty of new faces, as evidenced by Thursday’s performance at the annual Northern Nash Girls Soccer Jamboree, which was held in Red Oak.

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GATSON GETS THE JOB DONE
GATSON GETS THE JOB DONE
Bunn’s Brianna Gatson (left) has been a solid contributor during the 2012 playoff stretch.

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KING JAYMES
KING JAYMES
Bunn’s Jaymes Kingsberry (left) wrapped up his strong career for the Wildcats following Wednesday’s home playoff setback against North Brunswick.

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LIFESTYLES

Grieving, not an easy process
Grieving, not an easy process
We all know that grieving is not an easy process, and that there are all kinds of surprising emotions such as shock, anger, and guilt which people experience. We also know that the degree of these emotions differs from person to person; therefore, some people need more support than others.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Suspects in murder to appear in court
Two more suspects in a 2010 murder are slated to appear in court this coming week.
And so is a former Bunn police officer accused of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Sheriff’s deputies allege more than a handful of assailants broke into Anthony Perry’s home in northern Franklin County in March 2010, killing him during a robbery attempt.

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TOWN SERVICE
TOWN SERVICE
Members of Girl Scout Troop 983 were on hand to lead Franklinton officials and residents in the Pledge of Allegiance during the board’s Feb. 21 meeting. Also, Mayor Elic Senter read a proclamation marking the week of March 11-17 as Girl Scout Week in town.

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Franklinton takes over ownership of cemetery
FRANKLINTON — With a unanimous vote, town officials took ownership of a town cemetery that for years served as a racial dividing line for the community.
In April 2010, commissioners agreed to assume maintenance of Evergreen Cemetery — historically the final resting place for minorities in town.

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SURPRISE VISIT
SURPRISE VISIT
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers visited Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg on Thursday. Her visit was not announced in advance. This was Ellmers’ first visit to the facility and it included a presentation, question-and-answer session, and tour. Much of the discussion was focused on Franklin Regional’s community impact, including $4.4 million of free care given in 2010, as well as $6.5 million in unreimbursed Medicare costs.

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Franklinton police investigate firearm theft
Thanks to a resident, a man and a mother, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies cited a man for leading an officer on a chase.
According to a report by Det. John Whitman Jr., he was patrolling Bunn Elementary School Road when he came upon a man on a dirt bike in the middle of the road.

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