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Showing 39 articles from May 1, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Early voter turnout low despite local races
Franklin County voters will get to decide some primary battles this spring.
And they’ll get to determine whether the state’s constitution defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman, only.
Still, as of Monday, only about 1,150 had cast an early ballot.

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<i>A pie in the eye!</i>
A pie in the eye!
Above, Terrell Lane Middle School softball player Kalin Mitchell smacks head coach Chris Baker with a pie. It was the player’s reward for going undefeated in the Middle Athletic Conference (MAC-9).

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Louisburg College grads to hear from board chair
Louisburg College grads to hear from board chair
Louisburg College officials have announced that  Dr. John Cameron, chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees, will deliver this year’s commencement address slated for 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center.
He will speak on the topic of “The Possible Dream.”

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Franklinton honors long-time volunteer with memorial tree
Tree Committee Chair Sheila Allers
Franklinton honors long-time volunteer with memorial tree
FRANKLINTON — George Harris was a man of his community, but he served it with distinction.
Harris died last March, but his legacy was celebrated as Franklinton recognized its 27th annual Arbor Day celebration last Saturday by planting a tree in his memory.
The event served as a distinguishing factor for the town, as well, as it is one of the places in the state that celebrates Arbor Day.

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Lottery wants its own payday, sues
Attorneys for the state lottery commission are trying to hit the jackpot.
The N.C. State Lottery Commission filed a lawsuit last month seeking nearly $20,000 in lottery proceeds it says that the proprietor of the former Annie Lee’s Grocery and Grill owes it.
According to the April 20 complaint filed by Cary attorney Raven Byrne, the store breached its lottery contract by failing to remit a total of $17,960.63 during two one-week payment cycles in September of 2009.

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SAFETY FIRST
SAFETY FIRST
Vance Burres, 11, center, tries on a helmet moments before the Miracle League of Franklin County’s Bike-A-Thon at Long Mill Elementary. The event, sponsored by Dr. Smoak Ackerman and partner Rhonda Maclean, raised $3,000, for Miracle League, which provides children with developmental issues a chance to  play ball.

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Annual strawberry fest set for May 11
The annual Franklin County Strawberry Festival will be held on Friday, May 11, at the Franklin County Farmer’s Market, 129 Shannon Village Shopping Center in Louisburg. This event is in celebration of the strawberry season and the opening of the Farmer’s Market.
This year there will be  a recipe competition for adults and youth, including cakes/pies, breads/muffins, and novelties, all made using strawberries.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Vanisha Wilshire

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Secret Service
Editorial Cartoon: Secret Service

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Even a low-key election needs your participation
Granted, so far it has been as exciting as watching paint dry.
On a cold, winter day when paint just seems to take forever to dry — and when watching it dry becomes downright boring.
But that reality aside, it’s your duty as an American citizen to cast your ballot in the upcoming May Primary.

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Candles, oil lamps needed in county courtroom
Candles, oil lamps needed in county courtroom
GOOD MORNING: Hang onto your wallets and pocketbooks folks. It has been suggested that the county may need to adopt a candle fee to shed some light in the Hobgood Courthouse Annex where the emergency lights apparently still don’t work – not when you need them at any rate.
Just this past week the Louisburg electrical grid suddenly went out again, causing a major blackout that knocked out power to most of downtown including the courthouse annex which was filled to overflowing with people.

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Secret Service, GSA highlight big problems
Secret Service, GSA highlight big problems
Perhaps, if our government had sent Jeff Neely down to Cartagena, Colombia in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit, people would still be thinking that Secret Service agents looked cool behind those shades they wear instead of realizing they’re hiding a black eye, instead.
That’s because, as I understand it, quibbling over prices is what brought a Secret Service prostitution scandal to light.

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OBITUARIES

JOSEPHINE G. FINCH
LOUISBURG – Josephine Grissom Finch, 91, died Sunday morning, April 29, 2012. A funeral service was held Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kellie Gallagher-Smith officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MARGARET MULLINS
WARRENTON —Funeral services for Margaret Mullins, 79, who died Saturday, April 28, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BLANCHE D. EDWARDS
FRANKLINTON —Blanche Dillard Edwards, 99, died Friday, April 27, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, April 30, at Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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HORACE L. TANT
ZEBULON – Horace Littleton Tant, 76, died Monday, April 30, 2012. Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 3, in the Perry family cemetery, the date of his wedding anniversary.

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STEVE OLIVER “ROCK” TERRY
FRANKLINTON - Steve “Rock” Terry, age 45, went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2012 after a brave battle with Friedreichs Ataxia, a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Steve was born is Baltimore, MD, but relocated with his parents to Franklinton, NC when he was 3 years old. He is the son of the late “Buddy” Oliver Banks Terry and Jackie Wells Terry.

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SPORTS

PRINCE WILLIAM
INSTANT IMPACT. Even though he is only a freshman, Bunn’s William Lewis has shined this spring in the Northern Carolina Conference golf standings.
PRINCE WILLIAM
LOUISBURG -- A prince shall lead them - and he’s a fresh(man) prince, to boot.
Bunn’s defense of its Northern Carolina Conference golf championships has been led by a player who wasn’t even on the roster last spring -- ninth-grader William Lewis.
But Lewis is no stranger to the BHS program. A few years ago, Lewis’ older brother, Graham, was the Wildcats’ No. 1 player, and Will would follow Graham around the course during NCC matches.

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FANTASTIC 49
HURRICANE PERFECTION. Tim Brechbuehler has not dropped a hill decision this season for the Louisburg College baseball squad.
FANTASTIC 49
LOUISBURG -- Of his aspirations for the weekend, two incentives stood out most for Louisburg College baseball coach Mike McGuire.
Get some work in and get two victories closer to the 50 mark.
McGuire’s Hurricanes achieved both of those goals as part of a doubleheader sweep last Saturday at home against Rappahannock Community College.

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Lady Hurricanes wrap up campaign
Lady Hurricanes wrap up campaign
LOUISBURG -- The 2012 Louisburg College softball campaign would prove to be a learning experience for both first-year coach Don Stopa and his players.
Stopa didn’t get the LC job until December, so he didn’t have much time to familiarize himself with the Lady Hurricanes’ roster before moving from Arizona.

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Tourney time for LC
Tourney time for LC
Even with their collection of gaudy, high-end talent, the Louisburg College Hurricanes aren’t officially considered the favorite for the upcoming Region X Baseball Tournament.
That honor belongs to the Florence-Darlington Stingers, who won three of four games from LC en route to claiming the region’s regular season crown.

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Tony Awards For BHS
IN THERE. Louisburg’s Jacob Wood slides home safely as the ball eludes Bunn’s Nick Cole during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference baseball game at Warrior Field.
Tony Awards For BHS
BUNN -- Going far back to his youth league days, Bunn’s Tony Alaffita has gained a reputation as a clutch hitter.
So BHS head coach Leonard Allen couldn’t have asked for a better situation with the biggest game of the year on the line.

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LC adds signees
LOUISBURG -- Andy Stokes has added two more signees for his Louisburg College women’s soccer program -- one with a travel pedigree and the other with a past connection to the school.
In Stokes’ estimation, defender/midfielder Alexis Godley has the potential to be one of the best players the school has ever produced.

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Mudcats fall at Salem
Mudcats fall at Salem
SALEM, VA. -- The Salem Red Sox once again raced to a big lead, and swept the three game series with the Carolina Mudcats at Lewis Gale Field on Sunday in a Class A Carolina League showdown.
Salem (12-9) won 8-3 in front of 2,106 for their fifth straight.
The Mudcats fell to 10-12 overall.

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A COMPLETE GAME
A COMPLETE GAME
Christian Sledge went the distance Monday for the Bunn Wildcats during their key league victory against rival Louisburg High.

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LAYING IT DOWN
LAYING IT DOWN
Louisburg’s Maurice Person attempts a bunt during Monday’s home game against Bunn.

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Triangle Tar Heels set to host events
Triangle Tar Heels set to host events
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Triangle Tar Heels AAU Basketball Program will conduct a pair of events on May 19 at Youngsville Elementary School.
A free-throw shooting tournament will be held from 6-7 p.m. It is open to all ages and genders. Cost is $10 per person.

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Pirates avoid sweep
Pirates avoid sweep
GREENVILLE -- Jharel Cotton collected his Conference USA-best eighth win behind a career-high 12 strikeout performance and No. 27 East Carolina (28-16-1, 10-7-1 C-USA) avoided a diamond series sweep with a 6-3 victory over Tulane (29-15, 7-8) Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Cotton (8-0) allowed just two runs (both earned) on four hits and issued one walk in seven innings.

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LIFESTYLES

Woodlands management help on the way
A forest management plan is a key to successful long-term management of your forest.
Just like a road map, a plan offers a direct way to reach your goals.  Natural resource professionals can help you determine the best route to take for your forest.  
Planning is not a single event, but a series of continuous steps leading to a desired goal.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

New VGCC prez welcomed to community
Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of Vance-Granville Community College, was the guest of honor at a reception on April 16 in the college’s Civic Center that served as an opportunity to officially welcome her to the community.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Two square off in Democratic primary in District 1: Neal
Two square off in Democratic primary in District 1: Neal
Full Name:  Christopher L. Neal
Age: 61 years Old
Occupation: Owner of Neal’s Virtual Services Corporation
Marital status: Married
Children: Two
Community Service: Worked very heavily in voter registration in Franklin County.

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Two square off in Democratic primary in District 1: Dunston
Two square off in Democratic primary in District 1: Dunston
Full name: Sidney E. Dunston
Age: 68
Occupation: Minister
Marital status: Divorced
Children: Four
Previous public service (ex. other town, county boards or appointments): Franklin County Board of Health,

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Assault arrest
Deputies arrested a man on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and wrecked her mom’s vehicle.
Jamie Tant, 28, was arrested on April 26 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, resisting a public officer, hit and run leaving the scene of an accident, communicating threats and injury to personal property.

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District 7 race features two political newcomers: William Jackson III
District 7 race features two political newcomers: William Jackson III
Name: William Jackson III
Age: 67
Occupation: Retired
Public service: Former Township Auditor (Great Bend Twp); Former School Board Member (BRHS);
Community service: Member Franklin County Sheriff Academy; High Speed Rail Involvement; Past President Hallstead/GB Lions; Working with developments to get private roads turned over to NCDOT

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District 7 race features two political newcomers: Roger Lytle
District 7 race features two political newcomers: Roger Lytle
Name: Roger Lytle
Age: 48
Occupation: Electrical Engineering; Program/Project Mgr.
Marital status: Married
Children: None
Previous public service (ex. other town, county boards or appointments) – Never held public office

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Three square off in District 3 county commission race: John May
Three square off in District 3 county commission race: John May
Full name: John Milton May
Age: 62
Occupation: Tele-communications technician, retired
Marital status: wife, Vickie
Children: Three
Previous public service (ex. other town, county boards or appointments): North Carolina House of Representatives, Franklin County Board of Education, Franklin County Planning Board,

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Three square off in District 3 county commission race: Joey Mills
Three square off in District 3 county commission race: Joey Mills
Full name: Joey Mills
Age: 43
Occupation: Self-employed
Service: Served on the Board of Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine for three years, still an active volunteer.

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Three square off in District 3 county commission race: Maggio
Three square off in District 3 county commission race: Maggio
Name: Linda Maggio
Age: 52
Occupation: Small Farmer: poultry, sheep, organic vegetables, sold at Mid Town market in Raleigh S&L Farm
Marital status: Married
Children: Two.
Previous public service: No experience in public office, but I have a BA in Political Science

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Youngsville author releases book about Native American artifacts, archaeology
Youngsville author releases book about Native American artifacts, archaeology
Nancy LaPonzina writes in the beautiful countryside of Franklin County under Carolina blue skies.
Her women’s fiction explores thoughtful characters involved in challenging situations, and braids in touches of archaeology, the metaphysical, and alternative healing modalities.
Her debut women’s fiction, “Nardi Point” released from Rebel Ink Press.

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