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Showing 37 articles from March 27, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Schools seek $1.9 million more in local funds
In the next few weeks, the Franklin County commissioners will receive a request for increased funding of about $1.9 million for schools next year.
The request is about evenly split between operating funds, $967,355, and capital outlay, $928,103.
If approved, the district’s local operating appropriation would be $12,967,355 and its capital outlay appropriation would be $1,853,103.

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Local volunteers extend helping hand to Kentucky tornado victims
HELPING HANDS. Hudson Burton takes a break from helping residents in Kentucky clean up after deadly tornadoes swept through that state and others in the South and Midwest earlier this month.
Local volunteers extend helping hand to Kentucky tornado victims
The death toll in Kentucky rose to two dozen as a result of the March 2 tornadoes that ripped through the South and Midwest.
Over the weekend, missionaries from Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine went down to one of the hardest hit little communities, trying to help those who survived put back their lives the best they can.

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<i>Spring Cleaning!</i>
Spring Cleaning!
TIME TO SPRUCE UP. Spring is most definitely in the air and with the sunshine and warmer temperatures comes the urge to clean up, spruce up and get ready to be outdoors. That’s certainly true in Louisburg where a number of springtime activities and events are planned. Town crews have been doing a little sprucing up around the downtown area in recent days.

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Democrats are near commission nominee
Franklin County’s Democratic Party leadership expects to recommend a new commissioner for District 2 this week.
The party’s Executive Committee is scheduled to meet this Thursday and vote on who they want to succeed Penny McGhee on the county’s Board of Commissioners.

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Water fight now in hands of judge
After a 16-month dispute, Franklinton and Franklin County attorneys had their day in court last week.
Neither side knows exactly if or when they’ll have to do it again.
Attorneys presented Judge Paul Gessner with about 10,000 pages of discovery and a few thousand pages of depositions — each trying to convince the Wake County judge to see their side in a water dispute that has cost more than $200,000 in attorney fees so far.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Madison Harding and Maggie Riley

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Critical budget debates promise to be confusing
It seems that every year or two we write this editorial -- but this year is a bit different.
This year you really MUST pay attention to the government budget process both at the local and state levels.
That’s true because so much is at stake this year -- and because so much of the information we all will be fed will be incorrect or incomplete. (And that’s being as kind as possible because, to be honest, some of the information will be intentionally misleading.)

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In the ‘Burg’ even helping children is difficult
In the ‘Burg’ even helping children is difficult
GOOD MORNING: We’re looking at the possibility of more seasonable temperatures thru Friday at least, with daytime highs expected in the mid 70’s today and Thursday, dropping back unto the upper 60’s on Friday.  Look for overnight lows in the 40’s Thursday and Friday. 

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Taking justice into one’s own hands always a risky proposition
Taking justice into one’s own hands always a risky proposition
I remember when I was a kid, we had Neighborhood Watch signs up all over my community.
To be honest, I never knew what that meant.
What I did know was that there were people in my neighborhood that looked out for folks.
There was Ms. Stroud who lived behind us.

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OBITUARIES

PEGGY A. BRAXTON
MIDDLESEX – Peggy Sue Alford Braxton, 64, died Saturday at home with her family. Funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, with entombment following in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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PAUL B. WRENN SR.
CASTALIA - Paul Bryant Wrenn Sr., 85, died at his home Sunday, March 25, 2012. A service to celebrate his life and honor his military service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Forest Hills Cemetery, with the Rev. Wray Wheeless officiating.

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ZENAYIJA “NAY NAY” FREEMAN
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Zenayija “Nay Nay” Freeman, age 9, who died Saturday, March 24, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SUSANNA CLIFTON
HENDERSON —Funeral services for Susanna Clifton, 79, who died Monday, March 26, 2012 at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson,  will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Old Liberty Baptist Church, with Dr. Charles A. Murril officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOANN WOOD CASH
LOUISBURG - JoAnn Wood Cash, 54, of Louisburg, died Monday, March 26, 2012 at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating.  Interment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park. 

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JACK F. STANLEY
LOUISBURG - Jack Furman Stanley, 79, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Maria Parham Medical Center. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Elmwood Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Frank Sossoman.

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SPORTS

A Futures Game
FAB FRESHMAN. Ninth-grader Hannah Rayman (right) has displayed plenty of potential this season for the Franklinton High School girls soccer team.
A Futures Game
FRANKLINTON -- Just think of Franklinton’s 2012 girls soccer campaign as an investment in the future.
There might not be many short-time gains for FHS this time around, but future profits appear to be promising for the Lady Rams of Coach Jordan Germano.
Franklinton, with only two senior starters, has struggled through the early portion of its schedule, posting just one victory -- a decision over county rival Louisburg.

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THE RAIN BUSTERS
PARDON MY DUST. Louisburg College’s Kyle McCrossen (center) slides safely into home plate as part of last weekend’s Region X home baseball series against Guilford Tech at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
THE RAIN BUSTERS
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College had more than just one formidable foe this weekend as part of its Region X home baseball series against Guilford Tech.
The Titans have spoiled LC’s diamond parade on occasion over the past several years, and other opponent threatened to spoil the Hurricanes’ potential success.

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BHS’ Kick Master
BEST FOOT FORWARD FOR BHS. Bunn High School’s Freeman Jones participated in the Chris Sailer National Kicking Event this winter in Las Vegas.
BHS’ Kick Master
BUNN -- Freeman Jones needed a ride home one day, and the rest is Bunn High School football history.
Funny how things work out sometimes. During his ninth-grade year at Bunn, Jones found himself in search of a lift after a boys soccer practice.
The only ride Jones could find needed to make one stop first -- at the BHS Football Field, where Coach Chris Miller was waiting to see if the driver was capable of sending a few boots through the uprights.

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LC earns third at tourney
INSIDE BUCKET FOR LC. Louisburg College’s Raven Feaster scores in the paint during action last week at the NJCAA Division II National Women’s Basketball Tournament. (Photo by David Crossett, Illinois Central College)
LC earns third at tourney
EAST PEORIA, ILL. -- It’s hard to be disappointed after a 31-victory season, but Louisburg College coach Brett Vana couldn’t help but wonder if his Lady Hurricanes were the best team at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Women’s Basketball Tournament.
“I believe in my heart that we should have been the national champions,’’ Vana said.

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Bunn blasts Warren Co.
WARRENTON -- The hits just keep coming for the Bunn Wildcats’ baseball squad.
Again and again and again.
The red-hot Wildcats won their sixth game in a row last Friday as they had no problem with Northern Carolina Conference diamond foe Warren County.

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LC has a strong finish at tourney
LC has a strong finish at tourney
DANVILLE, ILL. -- As a coach, Mark Vanderslice always preaches for his Louisburg College men’s basketball squad to finish well.
And that’s exactly what the Hurricanes did during last week’s action at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament on the campus of Danville Area Community College.

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FRANKLIN TIMES NCAA STANDINGS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the updated standings in The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool heading into the Final Four:

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LC swept by Pioneers
LC swept by Pioneers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Louisburg College Lady Hurricane softball team had its 11-game winning streak snapped last weekend as part of a rough weekend at Spartanburg Methodist College.
LC, coached by Don Stopa, lost all four games of the Region X series in the Palmetto State.
Here is a look at each contest:

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RR tops Wells Fargo standings
CHAPEL HILL -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2011-2012 winter sports season.
The Wells Fargo Cup award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

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Pirates avoid sweep in conference
Pirates avoid sweep in conference
ORLANDO, FLA. -- Junior hurler Jharel Cotton recorded a career-best 11 strikeouts and five Pirate hitters recorded multiple hits as No. 25 East Carolina University (16-7, 1-2 C-USA) avoided an opening weekend baseball sweep in Conference USA action at the hands of No. 19 UCF (19-6, 2-1 C-USA) Sunday afternoon at Jay Bergman Field, 15-6.

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FRANKLIN CO. PARKS AND REC WINTER SPIKE 8-11 SUN SETTERS
FRANKLIN CO. PARKS AND REC WINTER SPIKE 8-11 SUN SETTERS
(Back, l to r) Coach Amy Bryant, McKenna Huffman, Gracie Davis, Sara Debruhl, Mikayla Boucher and Coach Michelle Bryant; (front, l to r) Marirose Boucher, Payton Bryant, Brianna Pippin and Haley Buchanan.

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FRANKLIN CO. PARKS AND REC WINTER SPIKE 8-11VOLLEY GIRLZ
FRANKLIN CO. PARKS AND REC WINTER SPIKE 8-11VOLLEY GIRLZ
(Back, l to r) Coach Michelle Vitale, Sarah Dodrill, Taylor Vitale, Ashley Bowers, Kaylee Saunders and Coach Misty D’Ottavio; (front, l to r) Amanda Bell, Montana Pendleton, Jayla Arnold and Olivia D’Ottavio.

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FRANKLIN CO. PARKS AND REC WINTER SPIKE 12-OVER TEAM 631
FRANKLIN CO. PARKS AND REC WINTER SPIKE 12-OVER TEAM 631
(Back, l to r) Coach Melissa Bell, Alexis McPhail, Kimmee Vernelson, Coach Sherri Vernelson, Elizabeth Battle, Alex Denton and Coach Kim Denton; (front, l to r) Caroline Bell, Nikki Vernelson, Shelby Taylor, Madison Richardson and Trinity Battle.

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TIP DRIL
TIP DRIL
Louisburg College’s Josh Bowers fouls off a bunt attempt during Sunday’s baseball contest vs. Guilford Tech.

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LIFESTYLES

Mild winter and rain means more mosquitoes
The combination of a very mild winter, regular rainfall, and gradually lengthening day length is leading to more mosquito activity.
We need to take mosquitoes seriously as they can transmit three different diseases in North Carolina:  West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, and La Cross encephalitis.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Student completes Vance-Granville Community College diploma before high school graduation
Student completes Vance-Granville Community College diploma before high school graduation
When Timothy D. “Danny” Walsh of Oxford graduates from J.F. Webb High School in June, he will already have earned a college diploma.
He recently completed all the requirements for a diploma in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology from Vance-Granville Community College.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local volunteers hope to sweep podium while taking part in river cleanup competition
Franklin County and the City of Louisburg look to repeat their gold medal performance as Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup champions on Saturday, March 31.
This year competition stiffens as Granville County enters for a chance at winning the coveted Riverkeeper Cup, given to the community that collects the most trash by weight. Each year a new champion has been crowned.

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Alleged kidnapper is also hit  with sexual assault charges
Alleged kidnapper is also hit with sexual assault charges
Ryan Brown has not posted a $1 million bond, but that didn’t stop him from making a trip to Craven County earlier this week.
Brown was transported to a jail there on Saturday where he was slated to appear in district court on Monday to face charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

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Deputies arrest man on federal counterfeit charges
Sheriff’s deputies arrested an area man on federal counterfeiting charges.
Investigators said more arrests could follow.
Vernon Emmanuel Williams Jr. was arrested on March 15 pursuant to a federal indictment on charges of conspiracy to counterfeit U.S. currency.

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Day of Prayer
Day of Prayer
PRAYER TIME. The 13th Annual Prayer Day for Farmers USA, sponsored by local churches, businesses and farmers, was observed Sunday, March 11, hosted by the Vollmer Farm of Bunn. The two-hour program included gospel singing, prayers, agriculture-related topics, free food, fun and fellowship.

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Police looking for suspects that broke into superior court judge’s property
The charges against two Louisburg College basketball players was dismissed.
Louisburg College Police Officer Anton Edwards arrested Kiara F. Cruse, 19, and Brittney Merriweather, 18, during the early morning hours of March 1 after another student alleged the two assaulted her inside Merritt Dormitory.

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Franklinton officials cool to downtown sweepstakes cafe
Franklinton officials cool to downtown sweepstakes cafe
FRANKLINTON — One bid to bring an Internet sweepstakes cafe to town came up all 7s.
The second roll of the dice came up snake eyes.
Following a public hearing the evening of March 20, commissioners agreed to let Pareshkumar Patel open a sweepstakes cafe in the Franklin Square Shopping Center, anchored by Food Lion.

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