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Showing 44 articles from June 5, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

County’s proposed budget up $4 million; tax rate unchanged
Publicly, Franklin County commissioners didn’t get any closer to acquiring Youngsville’s utility system.
At least not on Monday night.
Commissioners were scheduled to receive a staff update and possibly take action toward acquiring the system during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.

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County Health Department reaccredited by state board
County Health Department reaccredited by state board
The Franklin County Health Department passed muster, again.
The North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board notified the local health provider that it had been reaccredited.
The Franklin County department first earned that distinction in 2007.

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Youth summer camp is about helping kids
Youth summer camp is about helping kids
As a trainer who’s readied the likes of former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, Aaron Snowell knows a little something about answering the bell.
And he’s back for round two. More importantly, he didn’t come back alone.
In a Franklin Regional Medical Center conference room, Snowell announced that Bridges of Hope Outreach Ministry, Helping Hands PAL Inc., and a host of community and civic groups will offer a youth summer camp for the second straight year.

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Jones gets party backing for election
Jones gets party backing for election
Democratic Party leaders gave County Commissioner Cedric Jones their support, again.
In March, the party nominated Jones to replace District 2 Commissioner Penny McGhee, who abruptly resigned.
Last week, the party’s Executive Committee agreed to ask the Board of Elections to put Jones on the Nov. 6 ballot as its party representative — an action that was required if Jones is to serve beyond December.

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Board chair explains basis for school prayer decision
The Franklin County Board of Education’s decision last week to comply with the United States Supreme Court’s rulings banning school prayer has understandably upset most of the citizens of Franklin County.
This decision will discontinue the long-held tradition of opening prayers at our high school graduations.
I want to be clear that this was not something the board sought to do and was forced upon us by the ACLU after a complaint from a student and the student’s parents.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
J’Wan Lewis and Chepirah Neal

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Facebook
Editorial Cartoon: Facebook

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Moment of silence answer to school prayer issue?
Moment of silence answer to school prayer issue?
GOOD MORNING: Boy, Oh Boy, did that school prayer story that topped the front page of the WEEKEND EDITION Saturday set off a firestorm or not? You be the judge. Following are a few examples.”
Shaggingmomma says (in part) on 6-2-12, that “It shames me to know that the Franklin County Board of Education has no spine”, but larken fires back, asking “What part of it is illegal” do you not understand, would you rather have had the BOE get into a very expensive court battle with our tax dollars?

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Hopefully, grads’ big weekend will be both safe and a blast!
It may seem impossible to believe, but Saturday will be 2012’s milestone day for hundreds of Franklin County young people.
That’s the day, in three separate ceremonies, the Class of 2012 will receive their high school diplomas and step out into the “real world” to see what challenges and opportunities await them.

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Debate about prayer in schools is truly animated
Debate about prayer in schools is truly animated
The other day, I was watching television and the Simpson’s movie was on.
After the family patriarch, Homer Simpson, failed to use a wrecking ball to free his family from the big bad government, he himself got strapped to that wrecking ball.
And what happened?

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Did officials merely ‘bow down?’
Dear editor:
Once again officials bow down instead of making a stand! This time it’s the school board, deciding to ban prayer from any school functions. Didn’t the state just make a stand (biblically based) for an amendment? Why all of a sudden let the ACLU (Anti-Christians Loving Unrest) dictate what the majority can do?

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OBITUARIES

JAMES E. GOOCH
LOUISBURG - James E. Gooch, 56, died Sunday May 27, 2012 with his wife, Sandy,  by his side. There will be a celebration of his life on June 9 at 2 p.m. at the residence, 1654 NC #39 Hwy. N, Louisburg. Casual dress at the request of James.

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CHARLES S. DENTON
ZEBULON - Charles Sanford Denton, 78, died Sunday, June 3, 2012 at his home. A graveside service was held Tuesday, June 5, at Corinth Baptist Church cemetery.

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WILLIAM L. “BILL” SAULS
LOUISBURG - William Lee “Bill” Sauls, 71, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Raleigh Rehab and Health Care. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 5, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jason Havens and the Rev. Grover Blackburn officiating. Interment followed in Maple Springs Church cemetery.

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RICHARD V. WILL
LOUISBURG - Richard Vern Will, 84, died Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 8, in the chapel of Pine Forest Memorial Gardens. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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REESE H. THOMAS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Reese Hardie Thomas, 84, who died Sunday, June 3, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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BEULAH S. BRYANT
YOUNGSVILLE— Funeral services for Beulah S. Bryant, 79, who died Friday, June 1, 2012, were held Tuesday, June 5, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Hopkins Sr. officiating. Burial was in he church cemetery.

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JAMES A. RICHARDSON
WARRENTON—Funeral services for James Arness Richardson, 45, who died Friday, June 1, 2012, were held Tuesday, June 5, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial followed in the Richardson family cemetery.

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WILLARD E. “BILLY” AYSCUE
LOUISBURG—Willard (Billy) Ayscue, 84, of Louisburg, died on June 3rd, 2012. 

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ELOISE G. NELMS
December 8, 1930 – June 4, 2012
CASTALIA - Anna Eloise Gardner Nelms of the Cedar Rock community in Franklin County, passed away on June 4th, 2012.

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BARBARA A. HUDSON
Barbara Ann Pergerson Hudson died Monday, June 4, 2012 at Rex Hospital with her husband and son by her side.

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SPORTS

IT’S HAWK TIME
IT’S HAWK TIME
FRANKLINTON -- Nothing can separate Reggie Williams from his desire to be on the football field.
Not even a separated shoulder.
During his senior campaign at Franklinton, Williams experienced the unbearable pain of his shoulder injury -- but he remained in the lineup for what would be the Red Rams’ best season in 30 years.

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Lewis a champion in league
Lewis a champion in league
BUNN -- From the moment he stepped onto the first tee, William Lewis was a dominant force in the Northern Carolina Conference golf standings.
Lewis averaged 74 for the year in NCC competition en route to earning honors as the Conference Player of the Year.
And he was only a freshman.

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County Stars Saluted In NCC
CONFERENCE DIAMOND AWARD. Bunn pitcher Taylor Longson has earned a spot on the 2012 All-Northern Carolina Conference Baseball Squad.
County Stars Saluted In NCC
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Each of Franklin County’s prep baseball squads enjoyed a successful 2012 campaign, so it was no surprised that each club was well-represented on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Team.
Bunn tied with North Johnston for the regular season league crown en route to reaching the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs, where the Wildcats dropped a one-run heartbreaker against Graham.

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Houchins waiting on draft
Houchins waiting on draft
Through Round Four on Tuesday afternoon (and right at press time), Louisburg College’s Zach Houchins had yet to be selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
Houchins, a standout third baseman who has also signed a letter-of-intent to continue his career at East Carolina University, was expected by most observers to be picked in the Top 10 Rounds.

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Bunn gets past Cougars
Bunn gets past Cougars
BUNN -- Bladen Johnson came through on the mound and at the plate for Bunn during a Nash County Prep Babe Ruth League Baseball game last Saturday at home.
Johnson was the winning pitcher and was also 1-for-2 as the Wildcats edged the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars by an 8-6 margin.

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STATE BASEBALL RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the results from last weekend’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Baseball Championships.

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Mudcats blast the W-S Dash
Mudcats blast the W-S Dash
WINSTON-SALEM – The Carolina Mudcats plated seven runs in the first three innings, and held on for a 7-4 win against the Winston-Salem Dash on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The Mudcats (26-29) snapped a six-game losing streak to the Dash (33-22) with the win.

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DREAMS Camp is scheduled at Bunn
DREAMS Camp is scheduled at Bunn
BUNN -- The D.R.E.A.M.S. Sports Basketball Camp will be held June 25-29 at the Bunn Dome.
Cost is $75 per camper.
For more information, contact Torry Wheless at (919) 426-6776.
CENTRAL CAMP: Nash Central High School will host a basketball game from June 19-21 at the NCHS Gymnasium.

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STATE SOFTBALL RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the results from last weekend’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Softball Championships:

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FHS’ MIRACLE LEAGUE BUDDIES
FHS’ MIRACLE LEAGUE BUDDIES
MIRACLE LEAGUE BUDDIES FROM FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL. Miracle League of Franklin County Executive Director Donna Wade (center) poses with Franklinton High School’s Buddies for the 2012 season.

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MR. FRANKLINTON
MR. FRANKLINTON
Reggie Williams will go down as one of the top Franklinton High School football standouts in recent memory. Williams has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his gridiron career at Chowan University, which is located in nearby Murfreesboro.

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LIFESTYLES

TWO BY TWO
TWO BY TWO
Franklin County artist Katie Spivey held a one-woman art show Friday at Louisburg Town Hall sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council. Spivey is shown here with her painting of Noah and his ark, complete with animals. Religious themes are part of her effort to “paint and leave a legacy,” she said, adding that “God has given me a gift.”

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
The North Carolina Wild Turkey Federation recently presented a $1,000 scholarship to Jacob Adams. The award is presented to a deserving, avid hunter. Presenting the award is Brian Perry, the North Carolina State Wild Turkey Federation president. Shown here (left to right) are Jacobs’ father, Cliff Adams, Jacob Adams, Brian Earl Perry and Brian Perry.

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2011 LHS  grad named to dean’s list
2011 LHS grad named to dean’s list
Philip Allen “Smiley” Mueller of Louisburg was recently named to the King College (Bristol, Tenn.) Dean’s List for the spring semester 2012. The list recognizes those who participate in at least 12 hours of academic work and attain a semester grade point average within the range of 3.50 to 3.99.

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Local to deliver grad address
A Franklin County woman who grew up on a farm as the 10th of 18 children will be the featured speaker Friday evening at the North Edgecombe High School graduation service.
Ernestine Williams Allen is a 1968 graduate of Perry’s High School and is a resident of Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband of 41 years, Ronald R. Allen Sr.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Shots fired in area of house, near children
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who fired shots from a car.
No injuries were reported.
According to a report by Dep. Robert Curtis, a woman on Highland Way at Possum Road in the Franklinton area told authorities that she heard about 10 shots being fired the evening of June 2.

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Raleigh mother faces charges after incident involving child
A Raleigh woman is slated to appear in court this month after authorities allege her child was endangered and her deceit led deputies on a nearly endless search.
According to investigators, a concerned citizen saw what appeared to be a two- or three-year-old child standing in the roadway of Brantleytown Road the morning of May 30.

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Small farms tour planned
The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T State University is hosting its 11th annual Small Farms Field Day at the University Farm on Thursday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
An extensive array of research in progress will be open to the public.

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<i>PB&J challenge met! Now, how many sandwiches is that?</i>
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB MAKES A DIFFERENCE. The Franklin County Unit of the Boys and Girls Club helped with distribution to the pantries on May 28. Above are LaMont Smith, Sedalia Seda, Tatyana Seda, Keenan Crudup and Regina Tabron.
PB&J challenge met! Now, how many sandwiches is that?
The 500/500 peanut butter and jelly challenge was accepted and exceeded by Franklin County residents.
As part of the 2012 United Way of Franklin County Spring Food Drive in May, 542 jars of peanut butter and 502 jars of jelly were donated – all now in the hands of 16 different church pantries and food program agencies that make up a network of volunteers to work against hunger locally.

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Franklin County woman selected to be Obama delegate
Franklin County woman selected to be Obama delegate
Delegates selected from Franklin County attended the annual Second Congressional District Convention recently in Smithfield.
The delegates returned to Franklin County with three honors and recognitions.
The Franklin County delegation received the trophy for having the highest percentage of delegates out of a total of 10 counties in attendance at the Convention.

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Head Start program seeking area children
The Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., Head Start is accepting children for the 2012-2013 Program Year. Children must be 3 years of age as of August 31, 2012. Parents of children with mental, physical or emotional impairments are encouraged to apply. The program will make special provisions to serve children with special needs.

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BUSINESS

WITH A SNIP
WITH A SNIP
Dr. Corneliius Cathcart, center, owner of North Carolina Pediatrics, cuts the ribbon to his practice at 216 N. Bickett Boulevard.

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Funeral director named president
The North Carolina Funeral Directors Association (NCFDA) held its 125th Annual Convention recently at the Sheraton Imperial in Research Triangle Park.
During the business meeting, Cary B. Cannady, CFSP of Zebulon, was elected president of the association.

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