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Showing 39 articles from June 22, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Train project could derail Franklinton, local officials fear
FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners want to meet with designers of a proposed high-speed rail project before plans that would cut off an essential roadway get too far down the tracks.
Officials and staff who are part of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) were recently informed that preliminary plans for a rail project that would come through Franklin County would close Mason Street — which, besides N.C. 56, is the town’s main east-west corridor.

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County airport expansion still not finalized
A deal that appeared close to completion earlier this year is dragging close to a deadline, albeit not a hard and fast one.
In January, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to buy 64 acres adjacent to Triangle North Executive Airport, which is located on Airport Road between U.S. 401 and N.C. 39

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WATER WARRIOR
WATER WARRIOR
Crosscreek Charter School student Max Jones, right, registers for a 5-k run that was held as a fundraiser for middle school students at the charter school. More than 130 people signed up for the midnight run on June 15, raising more than $2,200. The classes adopted Kebeneti Primary School in Kenya and are raising money to help the school build a well, as well as promote awareness about global water issues.

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New rules to protect water source
Reluctantly, commissioners revised a stormwater ordinance that would protect a significant waterway.
The board was hesitant to make the change because it will create a bigger burden for development in a 9-square-mile area that’s prime real estate — south of N.C. 96 and west of U.S. 1, just outside of Youngsville.

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<i>L’burg firemen want to rescue a ‘grand old lady’</i>
The late Floyd Griffin took a spin in a restored ‘Maude’ in early 1990s
L’burg firemen want to rescue a ‘grand old lady’
It’s not unusual to see Louisburg firemen rushing out to battle a structure fire, to extract a victim of a traffic accident or dashing off to deal with some other emergency.
It’s what they train for!
But now they’re trying  a rescue that their training didn’t mention -- saving the 91-year-old “grand old lady” of Franklin County fire fighting and bringing her back home where she spent her working life protecting the lives and property of Franklin County residents.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Soccer camper Ryan Wood

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fast food
Editorial Cartoon: Fast food

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New state budget notable for what it does not fund
We now have a $20 billion budget for North Carolina.
At least we have one, unless Gov. Bev Perdue vetoes it like she did last year. Of  course, the General Assembly can always override her veto — and will almost certainly do so again this year.
Now, with all the political posturing and baloney aside, where are we in North Carolina?

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Abolish property tax? Question is, then what?
Abolish property tax? Question is, then what?
GOOD MORNING: It appears that this unusually mild weather we’ve been enjoying for the past several months is coming, or has actually, already come to a screeching halt.
Daytime high temperatures are expected to range in the low to mid 90’s at least thru the weekend.  
On the plus side, we finally got some badly needed rain early Thursday afternoon.  

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Finding the fun in budgets merely takes a closer look!
Finding the fun in budgets merely takes a closer look!
Perhaps I’m weird or maybe warped from having to write too many danged government budget stories, but I consider them some of the funniest things we publish.
To hear many elected officials talk, they must figure we don’t know our assets from first base.
And that we wouldn’t recognize a debit if we whacked it on the backside with a base fiddle!

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OBITUARIES

DANNY W. MITCHELL
YOUNGSVILLE —Danny Williams Mitchell, 54, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at New Life Church, 6900 Zebulon Road, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Mitchell family cemetery.

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WILLIAM “BILL” HICKS
YOUNGSVILLE - William W. “Bill” Hicks, 72, died Thursday, June 21, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Landmark Baptist Church, with the Rev. Craig Currin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BOBBY J. PULLEY
WAKE FOREST - Bobby Jackson Pulley, 73, died Monday, June 18, 2012. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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GENE G. FLOYD
RALEIGH - Gene Gooch Floyd, 78, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at MItchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

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HAZEL CASH BOBBITT
LOUISBURG – Hazel Cash Bobbitt, 88, died Friday morning, June 22, 2012. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bobbitt family cemetery, 123 Schloss Rd., Louisburg. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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SPORTS

Soccer Challenge
Aldredo Hernandez and Adam Medlin try to gain possession during a drill.
Soccer Challenge
LOUISBURG -- It’s a safe bet that Eamonn Morgan’s summer vacation trumped those of most of his buddies back in Northern Ireland.
As an instructor for Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps, Morgan is spending the next few months in the Southeast portion of the United States, traveling from town to town for one-week stints -- all the while teaching the nuances of the ‘Beautiful Game’ to eager youngsters.

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BUCK BACK HOME
KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING. New head coach Jeremy Buck hopes to get the recent upswing intact within the Franklinton High School football program. Buck comes to FHS from East Mecklenburg in Charlotte.
BUCK BACK HOME
FRANKLINTON -- Following four successful years under Clark Harrell, the momentum-sustaining torch has been passed to Jeremy Buck for the Franklinton High School football program.
Harrell, who guided the Red Rams to their best season in three decades last fall, oversaw a tenure that saw Franklinton rise from the rubble of its three-year victory drought in the mid-2000s.

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Silver At The States
DEFENSIVE ACE. Louisburg’s Kelsey Harris (left) takes on a foe at the NC Girls Soccer State Games.
Silver At The States
LOUISBURG -- As the assistant coach for the North Team at the Powerade North Carolina Girls Soccer State Games, it was John Matthews’ responsibility to help recruit prospective players to attend tryouts.
Matthews is in charge of the program at Southern Nash High School, and he had his eye on a pair of Louisburg players during a late-season meeting between the clubs this spring.

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Tourney pairings finalized
Tourney pairings finalized
A recent meeting determined the pairings for the upcoming Dixie Youth Baseball District Major and Minor League Tournaments.
Unlike most years, the Major event will be held first, beginning June 29 at the new Warren County Park, which is located near Warren County High School.

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Walker Wows ‘Em
Walker Wows ‘Em
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- From the moment Walker Harris first stepped into the huddle, camp instructors knew he was something special.
Harris, a 10-year-old who is a rising fifth grader at Youngsville Elementary School, was presented with a Certificate of Excellence as the Most Outstanding Quarterback in the 10-12 Age Group at the Charles Johnson Football Camp.

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Vance-Granville seeks athletes
Vance-Granville seeks athletes
HENDERSON -- As the 2012-2013 academic year approaches at Vance-Granville Community College, officials at the college are encouraging men and women with an interest in athletic competition to start planning now if they want to join the VGCC Vanguards.
A member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), VGCC fields teams in three sports: women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and golf, which is open to both men and women.

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CAROLINA HURRICANES 2012-13 NHL SCHEDULE
CAROLINA HURRICANES 2012-13 NHL SCHEDULE
RALEIGH -- Here is the Carolina Hurricanes’ schedule for the 2012-13 National Hockey League season, with home games listed in CAPS:

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Mudcats open 2nd half with win
Mudcats open 2nd half with win
ZEBULON -- Jesus Aguilar and Tony Wolters served as catalysts for a big offensive night from the Carolina Mudcats.
The Indians’ Advanced-A affiliate clubbed the Wilmington Blue Rocks 7-3 in front of 5,292 on Thursday night at Five County Stadium in Carolina League baseball action.

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YOU CAN’T GET PAST ME
YOU CAN’T GET PAST ME
Louisburg High School’s Kelsey Harris (right) plays sturdy defense for the North Team during last Saturday afternoon’s action at the Power North Carolina Girls Soccer State Games.

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CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
Ryan Wood jumps for joy while performing a dance routine at the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, which ended Friday at Joyner Park in Louisburg.

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MOLLY MAGIC
MOLLY MAGIC
Molly Currin works on her dribbling skills.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Can music make you lose control?</i>
Can music make you lose control?
We all know that “music hath charm to soothe the savage breast,” but can it make a person lose control? I think so, because it lifts the spirits so high.
Music is indeed used in weddings, funerals, services of all kinds, celebrations, concerts, dances, choral presentations; you name it, and music takes the lead when it comes to ceremonial necessity.

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Engagement announced
Engagement announced
Donald Ray and Connie Arnold of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Carol of Raleigh to Timothy Nicholas (Nick) Parker of New Hill, son of Tim and Jeanette Parker of New Hill and Cheryl and Brian Littleton of Sanford. A December wedding is planned.

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<i>Newest arrival!</i>
Newest arrival!
Toby and Caroline Chappell of Gatesville are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Annabelle Shaw Chappell, born May 13, 2012 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Bett Cartee and Bob Peeler of Lexington, S.C.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Cypress Creek Civitan club gives scholarship to BHS senior
Cypress Creek Civitan club gives scholarship to BHS senior
The Cypress Creek Civitan Club participated in Awards Day at Bunn High School by presenting Lisa Jones with the Connor Starling Junior Civitan Scholarship (named after the charter president of the Junior Civitans and last years’ winner).
Jones, a senior at Bunn High, was presented a certificate representing a $500 college scholarship. 

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Local student wins Scholar Vision award
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF) awarded Michael McCracken of Louisburg a Scholar Vision scholarship.
McCracken who is a member of Local Government FCU plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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SHE’S A POET, AND SHE KNOWS IT
SHE’S A POET, AND SHE KNOWS IT
Franklinton High School Poet Laureate Taylor Halterman provided the graduating class of 2012 with some elegant words during the school’s graduation ceremony on June 9 at the Louisburg College auditorium. (Contributed photo)

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Leonard Family Farm receives Century award
Leonard Family Farm receives Century award
State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized Leonard Family Farm of Franklin County recently as a “Century Farm”
The farm has been owned and operated by the family  for more than 100 years.
The farm has always raised and produced livestock, primarily beef cattle.

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Franklinton man faces assault, kidnap charges
Authorities arrested a Franklinton area man suspected of an assault and kidnapping that was apparently fueled by a drunken rage.
Willie Perry’s mother, though, told deputies that the victim helped trigger the incident.
Investigators were dispatched to a home in the 5400 block of N.C. 56 West to find Perry and his girlfriend, Tyesha Thomas, involved in a domestic dispute the evening of June 15.

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COLLEGE CELEBRATING
In celebration of a journey that now touches four centuries (1787-2012), Louisburg College held a special event in the floor lobby of the North Carolina State Legislature on Tuesday, June 19.  President Mark La Branche and members of the college’s staff, board of trustees, and the Golden Anniversary Council were present to hand out cake and punch and to share the story of Louisburg College. Visitors saw displays of historical photos from the archives collection, college publications, and admissions materials.

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NO GAVEL EXCHANGED
NO GAVEL EXCHANGED
When the leadership of the Franklin County Arts Council changed recently, it wasn’t a gavel that was passed but a “Brush of Creativity” depicting the group’s roles in the local arts community. Tai Miles took over as chairwoman of the FCAC from Simon Brough.

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MECHANICAL DISCUSSION
MECHANICAL DISCUSSION
Maude’s current owner Jackie Lee, second from left, explains engine details to a group of visitors from the Louisburg Fire Department including (from the left) Chief Timmy Smith, Ray Patterson and Al Peoples.

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HISTORIC VEHICLE
HISTORIC VEHICLE
Louisburg’s Floyd Griffin is shown at the wheel of Maude with current owner Jackie Lee and then Mayor Lucy Allen in 1991 when the town opened its new fire department on Johnson Street.

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Story details clarified
The father of a child care center operator was not charged in an incident where he escorted a trespasser from the facility.  A story in the Midweek edition of The Franklin Times gave the impression that he had been. We regret the error.

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