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Showing 41 articles from March 9, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

State investigates waste from Shearon Harris dumped in Youngsville
A state agency is investigating allegations that a Granville County company illegally dumped effluent from a nuclear power plant onto a Youngsville field.
Agents with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, though, said none of the materials were nuclear waste.

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UNUSUAL SIGHT!
UNUSUAL SIGHT!
It’s not every day that you see a Louisburg fire truck parked in front of iconic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI, home of the Green Bay Packers. Fortunately, this was not a mutual aid call to help out a department in a crisis. Instead, the photo was taken as the completed truck was on its journey to Louisburg after leaving the Pierce manufacturing plant in Appleton.

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Franklinton woman files sexual harassment lawsuit
A Raleigh company filed a motion this month, arguing that a sexual harassment suit filed by a Franklinton woman is not a matter for state court.
Tracy Moody-Williams filed a complaint in Franklin County Civil Superior Court in February, alleging that two employees of LipoScience in Raleigh were responsible for sexual harassment and infliction of emotional distress.

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Job retention as important as job growth
Job retention as important as job growth
Keeping a job in Franklin County is as important as bringing a new job to the county.
That was the gist of a decision made by the county’s Economic Development Commission Thursday morning when it passed a resolution supporting a change in county policy that will allow an existing business to collect economic incentives from the county if it agrees to keep jobs in the county instead of relocating elsewhere.

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Website will aid victims in recovering stolen items
Website will aid victims in recovering stolen items
Robbery victims hoping that the seizure of more than $100,000 in suspected stolen merchandise could be theirs will have help claiming their goods.
The sheriff’s office was planning to update its website by week’s end with a link to hundreds of photographs of more than 500 items removed from a house on Perry Lane.

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US 1 workshop gives citizens chance to learn, give input
LEADING THE DISCUSSION. Mike Fendrick, senior transportation engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff, leads a group of residents through an exercise designed to solicit input about improvement for U.S. 1.
US 1 workshop gives citizens chance to learn, give input
FRANKLINTON — With No. 2 pencils in hands, they sat in chairs at Franklinton High School, penciling in answers they expect will have a profound impact on their future.
They weren’t taking a scholastic aptitude or placement test, though.
Residents were taking part in a public workshop designed for two purposes:

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Bunn’s D.L. Burroughs, Quinton Cannady, Andre Davis, Cameron McFadden

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: County's Culture
Editorial Cartoon: County's Culture

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Did you meet your appraiser or get a door hanger notice?
It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen one issue grab everyone’s attention so completely, but the county’s recently released tax re-valuation numbers have certainly taken over most conversations.
It seems that if two people are talking today, it’s certain that the issue of tax valuations will be one of their main topics.
And opinions aren’t very mixed either.

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Solar farm shines light on the future of generating electricity
Solar farm shines light on the future of generating electricity
With spring knocking on our door — don’t forget to “spring” your clocks ahead an hour tonight! — it was only fitting that a lot of folks spent Monday evening learning about the power of the sun.
In case you missed it, a company named O2 Energies wants to build a solar farm near the Bunn Prison to generate electricity from the sun’s rays.

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Let your commissioners know how you feel about property revaluation
Let your commissioners know how you feel about property revaluation
GOOD MORNING: Realtor Scott Lerew may be right in that the only way the commissioners can make changes in your property revaluation and help is if you appeal.
While that may be true, our county commissioners were elected to represent us. They are the ones that got us into this mess to begin with and as far as I’m concerned, it’s up to them to get us out of it.

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Citizen input needed for new park site
Dear Editor:
Franklin County has received a tremendous gift from the Late Edgar H. Owens. Mr. Owens died in January 2010 and in his will he left the Franklin County Recreation Commission 80 percent of his estate (currently $979,000) so that the county could buy land on which to construct a park.

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Tips from employees uncover most frauds
Dear Editor:
In a recent editorial, you noted that an alleged embezzlement was not found during the course of the last annual independent audit. While such audits may discover fraud, they are not designed for that purpose.

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OBITUARIES

THADDEUS J. CHEEK
KITTRELL - Thaddeus J. Cheek, 63, died Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at First Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery, Louisburg.

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DONNIE B. GRIFFIN
LOUISBURG - Donnie Barlow Griffin, 85, died March 8, 2012 at Rex Hospital.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating.

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GEORGE R. OLIVIERE
SARASOTA, Fla. —George R. Oliviere, 91, died Thursday, March 1, 2012 in Sarasota, Fla. There will be no services.

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KENNETH E. WIRICK
ZEBULON - Kenneth Eugene (Kenny) Wirick, 34, died Saturday, March 3, 2012. A graveside service was held Thursday, March 8, at the Wirick family cemetery, Cheves Road, Zebulon.

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DIANN M. HINSON
RALEIGH - Diann Markey Hinson, 69, died Friday, March 2, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2718 Overbrook Dr., Raleigh.

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MARJORIE GARNER
FRANKLINTON— Marjorie Garner, 84, died Friday, March 2, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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LORRAINE “TOOKIE” J. BEASLEY
LOUISBURG - Lorraine “Tookie” Jones Beasley, 69, of Louisburg died Thursday, March 08, 2012, at Guardian Care in Zebulon.  She was the daughter of the late Thomas Henry and Mildred Ruskin Jones.  She was a member of Wood Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services with the Rev. Philip Kissinger officiating. Entombment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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SPORTS

Building Program
SHE’S IN THERE. Louisburg’s Tatiyana Hamlett (right) is safe at home plate during the Lady Warriors’ home softball victory Thursday vs. Rocky Mount.
Building Program
LOUISBURG -- As with any potential-filled rebuilding process, there are destined to be good and not-so-good times -- and sometimes in the same game.
That was evident for the Louisburg Lady Warriors during their home showdown Thursday against non-league foe Rocky Mount.

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MASTERS OF THE BAT
RIGHT ON FOR LHS. Louisburg High School’s Christian Frazier makes contact for the Warriors during their home baseball victory Thursday afternoon against non-conference foe Granville Central at Warrior Field.
MASTERS OF THE BAT
LOUISBURG -- With five starters who are either freshmen or sophomores, there could be a few growing pains this season for the Louisburg High School baseball squad.
But there is enough talent available for plenty of highlights as well -- including a pair of high-powered victories this week.

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Birds Taking Flight
IT’S A RACE. (L to R) Southern Nash’s Tori Parker and Louisburg’s Catie Strickland rush toward the ball during Thursday’s matchup at Joyner Park.
Birds Taking Flight
LOUISBURG -- Before the match, Southern Nash coach John Matthews bemoaned his club’s lack of goal scoring during the early portion of the 2012 girls soccer campaign.
Seemingly on cue, the Ladybirds were able to deliver a trio of tallies during Thursday’s road victory against the Louisburg Lady Warriors at Joyner Park.

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BHS golf club nabs 2nd place
WILDCATS ON COURSE. Bunn High School’s golf squad, including John Ruey, took second place during Thursday afternoon’s team event against Southern Nash and Southern Wayne at The River Golf Course.
BHS golf club nabs 2nd place
LOUISBURG -- Three slight strokes proved to make a big difference during Thursday’s tri-match links event at The River Golf Course at Lake Royale.
The River, with its tricky greens, serves as the home layout for both Bunn and Southern Nash, so those talented clubs held a built-in advantage over Southern Wayne, the third team as part of the three-way dance.

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Busy times for ‘Canes
Busy times for ‘Canes
LOUISBURG -- This will be one of the busiest -- and most important -- weekends of the sports season for the Louisburg College athletic program.
LC will be hosting the annual Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Taylor Center. The Lady Hurricanes are seeded first following the regular season league championship.

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Tom O’Brien In Town
Tom O’Brien In Town
LOUISBURG -- Tom O’Brien wasn’t interested in addressing the audience from the head table.
Instead, O’Brien opted to stand in between rows of tables while talking to fans during his appearance in Louisburg on Tuesday as part of the North Carolina State University Wolpack Caravan.
O’Brien, who just completed his fifth year as NC State’s football coach, was more than happy to answer questions from over 80 red-clan fans as part of the event at Green Hill Country Club.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Mar. 11-Mar. 17
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Southern Nash at Bunn    4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY
North Johnston at Bunn    7 p.m.

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Ticket info released
Ticket info released
RALEIGH -- Kyle Prairie, Director of Ticket Sales for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced changes to season ticket pricing and incentives for the 2012-13 season at PNC Arena.
The Hurricanes will reduce costs for full-season tickets in several areas of the arena for the 2012-13 season.
The popular $9.99 FanZone will add six new sections, spanning from section 308 to 320.

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Red Rams shut out Bunn
Red Rams shut out Bunn
BUNN -- Franklinton’s early-season boys tennis magic continued Wednesday with a road victory at Northern Carolina Conference rival Bunn.
FHS swept all of the singles and doubles matches en route to a 9-0 conquest.
The Red Rams, under the direction of Coach Nathan Moreschi, are now 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the NCC.

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FLYERS TAKE THE TITLE
FLYERS TAKE THE TITLE
SANDHILLS IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Members of the Sandhills Community College men’s basketball team pose with their title plaque after the Flyers claimed the Region X Division III Tournament Championship last weekend with a victory over Davidson CC. The event was held at Rockingham Community College in Rockingham.

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LC Sweeps Surry
LC Sweeps Surry
DOBSON -- Louisburg College headed for the mountains on Wednesday and secured a doubleheader softball sweep over Surry Community College.
LC won the opener 5-3 before finishing things off with a 12-4 conquest in the nightcap.
The Lady Hurricanes, under first-year head coach Don Stopa, have won five outings in a row and stand at 5-1 overall early in the campaign.

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MAKING A CONNECTION
MAKING A CONNECTION
Louisburg’s Gray Ayscue lines a base hit during Thursday’s victory over Granville Central.

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LIFESTYLES

Thoughts on the Lenten season
Thoughts on the Lenten season
Louisburg College’s Benson Chapel is the traditional place of gathering for this Lenten Season. Thanks to the Inter-Church Council (ICC) of Louisburg, the community once again will have the opportunity to listen to speakers from various denominations.
These mid-week community services of prayer and devotion have spiritually inspired many worshipers who want to reflect on the wonderful stories of Jesus, previous to His crucifixion.

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Art critique workshop scheduled
Art critique workshop scheduled
Don’t miss this opportunity to have your artwork critiqued by well-known artist and art critic, Everett Adelman.
The Franklin County Arts Council is sponsoring an Art Critique Workshop on March 22 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. featuring Adelman.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Gina and Tommy Sheridan of Charlotte are proud to announce the birth of their son, Beckett Hight Sheridan, born Dec. 30, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches.
Maternal grandparents are Freddie and Lou Hight of Louisburg.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville commissioners change late fee policy to help customers
Youngsville commissioners change late fee policy to help customers
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s Board of Commissioners revised its delinquent bill policy, hoping to give stressed residents a bit of a break.
And later in the meeting, Police Chief Daren Kirts informed the board that his officers have been stressed by an uptick in work.

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Girls Scouts to host anniversary celebration at courthouse steps
Girls Scouts to host anniversary celebration at courthouse steps
Franklin  county’s Girl Scouts  will host a community event this Saturday at the Franklin County courthouse steps to mark our 100th anniversary of girl scouting.
The community is invited to attend as scouts and their leaders will sing a few girl scout songs as part of the “Rock the Court House” event.

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Times through time
Times through time
The Franklin Times has been an integral part of Franklin County for more than 140 years and local historian Joe Pearce has found at least four locations in Louisburg where the newspaper’s offices have been located. The newspaper was known to be in the Perry Neal Building on Main Street in 1890; then it was in a building on Nash Street near where the old movie theater building is now located; then, from 1909 to 1956, it was on Court Street in front of the building shown here.

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Conservation Reserve Program general signup
USDA Farm Service Agency Franklin County Executive Director Lindsay Driver announced a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning March 12 and ending April 6.  CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.

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Custom fire truck meets town’s needs, expands capabilities
Ramey Seal (left) and Chief Timmy Smith explain features of the truck
Custom fire truck meets town’s needs, expands capabilities
Fire fighting has come a long way since the days when volunteers lined up and passed along leather buckets filled with water in an attempt to douse flames — although a version of that exercise is still part of fire games.
These days, modern fire-fighting equipment is infinitely more sophisticated — and Louisburg’s department just received a new, custom-built truck that expands the department’s capability.

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Police investigate suspicious man at Louisburg day care
Sheriff’s deputies arrested two Franklinton High School students for weapons possession on back-to-back days in unrelated incidents.
In neither incident was a student assaulted with the weapon.

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