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Showing 36 articles from July 17, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

School board begins crafting policy on religious practices
Beginning with a template about religion in the schools supplied by the North Carolina School Board Association, the Franklin County school board’s policy committee began crafting its own policy Monday night, adding bits and pieces from both the Buncombe and Caldwell county policies to the proposed document.
The policy committee will meet at least one more time to finalize the policy before releasing it for public review and comment.

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STATE SOFTBALL ACTION
STATE SOFTBALL ACTION
Louisburg’s Abigail Fagan takes a pitch in the 10-Under Division.

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Y’ville hikes fees for gaming cafes
YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials are hoping to cash in on a growing business venture.
During its July 12 meeting, the Board of Commissioners agreed to increase the price that Internet sweepstakes cafe operators pay for the privilege of operating their businesses in town.
Effective immediately, new operators within the town’s limits will have to pay $500 per location and $1,000 per machine, annually.

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School board headed to ‘paperless’ meetings
School board headed to ‘paperless’ meetings
From robotics to a new computer system for school board members, technology was on center stage during much of Monday night’s county Board of Education meeting.
Student Britni Mickey, who just completed a school-district-sponsored robotics camp, gave the board a brief demonstration of the creation she crafted and learned to program at the camp, describing the experience as “fun.” Britni is a rising sixth grader headed to Terrell Lane Middle School in the fall.

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Suspected dog fighting gear prompts arrest
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man suspected of dog fighting.
Deputies took Antonio L. White into custody on July 11, charging him with possession of dog fighting equipment.
The arrest was the result of a narcotics investigation at the 34-year-old’s residence on White’s Way.
According to the report by Animal Control Director Taylor Bartholomew, officers located nearly 30 pit bulls at the residence when they executed a search warrant.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville resident Ramsey Schlafer

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Taking A Position
Editorial Cartoon: Taking A Position

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Ol’ Maude is not quite what she used to be!
Ol’ Maude is not quite what she used to be!
GOOD MORNING: The Old Grey Mare, in this particular case, Ol’ Maude, the vintage 1921 American La France fire engine, recently brought back home by members of the Louisburg Fire Department, “ain’t (exactly) what she used to be, many long years ago.”
“Ol’ Maude, as I knew her back then, was the mainstay of the Louisburg Fire Department, had wooden-spoked wheels with solid rubber tires, if you could call ’em that.

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Bureaucracy protecting bureaucracy is a problem
The dilemma faced by Franklinton officials helps to underscore a real problem.
Too dang much bureaucracy.
Worse, it’s bureaucracy that seems to exist mostly to perpetuate itself.
As you read in our weekend edition, Franklinton officials have found themselves overwhelmed by plans to create a “high speed” rail service from Raleigh to Richmond that will slice the town in half, creating a long string of problems.

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Democracy replaced by apathy
Democracy replaced by apathy
One of the beautiful things about this country and the Democracy it embraces is the ability of regular citizens to rise up and elect its leaders.
When the masses descend upon election booths and cast their ballots, it reflects an optimism and can-do spirit that is unique.

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Editorial Cartoon: The Etch-A-Sketch Candidate
Editorial Cartoon: The Etch-A-Sketch Candidate

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OBITUARIES

CAROLYN W. WIGGINS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Carolyn E. Woodard Wiggins, 57, who died Friday, July 13, 2012, were held Tuesday, July 17, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Williams officiating. Burial followed in the Haywood Church cemetery.

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LARRY V. TIMBERLAKE
ZEBULON – Larry Vann Timberlake, 36, died Monday, July 16, 2012.  Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon.  Burial will follow in Zebulon Cemetery.

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THOMAS “TOM” ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Thomas “Tom” Alston, 57, who died Monday, July 16, 2012, will be held at noon Friday, July 20, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellis family cemetery.

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JAMES “POPCORN” MASSENBURG
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James “Popcorn” Massenburg, 60, who died Monday, July 16, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Jordan Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jimmie Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

The Great Eights
THE BEST STEP OF ALL. Bunn’s Monica Strickland crosses home plate during last Friday evening’s victory over Johnston County as part of the Tar Heel 8-Under State Softball Tournament at Smithfield Park.
The Great Eights
SMITHFIELD -- A first-round loss usually spells doom in a double-elimination, state tournament setting.
But it didn’t keep a determined Bunn contingent from battling back through the loser’s bracket to claim a fifth-place overall finish at the Tar Heel 8-Under State Softball Tourney, which concluded last weekend at Smithfield Community Park.

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A SPRINT FOR THIRD
YOU CAN GO HOME NOW. Louisburg’s Kaylee Saunders (right) gets the signal from Coach Robert Fagan and scores during last Friday’s victory over Youngsville at the Tar Heel 10-Under State Softball Tournament.
A SPRINT FOR THIRD
SMITHFIELD -- Coach Robert Fagan clearly remembers the feeling when his Louisburg All-Stars struggled through a 1-2 record during the 2011 portion of the Tar Heel State Softball Tournament.
In retrospect, the experienced proved to be a valuable one for Louisburg, which was intent on a better showing during this year’s 10-Under States, which were held last weekend at Smithfield Community Park.

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The Capps Quest
SAFE HOUSE. A Burke County runner slides into second base as Youngsville’s Kennedy Capps tries to come up with the ball during last Thursday’s action at the Tar Heel 10-Under State Softball Tournament.
The Capps Quest
SMITHFIELD -- It takes both talent and experience to win on the state level -- a fact Youngsville Firecrackers coach Davis Capps knew coming into last week’s action at the Tar Heel 10-Under State Softball Tournament.
Capps knew that his club had plenty of skill, but he wondered if his players’ overall inexperience would be a detriment at the annual event, which was being staged at Smithfield Community Park.

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Changes plentiful for FHS
Changes plentiful for FHS
For most educators, summer offers an opportunity to exhale, spend time with family and maybe take a journey to someplace special.
That’s not been the case this summer for Franklinton Principal Charles Fuller, who is still in the midst of trying to fill seven coaching vacancies within his athletic department.

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LHS spike sked released
LHS spike sked released
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s 2012 volleyball schedule will begin Aug. 14 with a home match against the Rocky Mount Lady Gryphons.
LHS will be coached by veteran skipper Erica Wammock, and this will be the Lady Warriors’ final season in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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Mudcats get best of the Keys
Mudcats get best of the Keys
FREDERICK, MD. -- The Carolina Mudcats cracked a pair of firsts in a big 10-6 conquest over the Frederick Keys on Sunday night at Harry Grove Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The victory means a split of the four-game series at Frederick.
Carlos Moncrief powered the Mudcats’ first grand slam of 2012 out to left for a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

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Joyner returning for East Carolina
GREENVILLE -- Following the July 13 signing deadline for all 2012 Major League First Year Player Draftees, left-handed pitcher Tyler Joyner is returning to East Carolina University for his senior season in 2013.
The Red Oak native and Northern Nash High School alum, who was selected in the 35th round (pick 1,063) by the Kansas City Royals, is the lone ECU selection returning to the Pirates following the MLB Draft in June.

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NEXT
NEXT
T.C. Davis and the Bunn All-Stars will be in action beginning Saturday at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball State Tournament, which is being held in Elizabethtown. Bunn took the district title last Thursday.

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TWO AGAINST ONE
TWO AGAINST ONE
Despite being outnumbered, Bunn’s Mallori Darnell (middle) crosses home plate during last Friday evening’s win versus Johnston County at the Tar Heel 8-Under State Softball Tournament. The annual event was staged at the Smithfield Community Park.

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I’M IN THERE
I’M IN THERE
Louisburg’s Amari Champion beats a throw to second base during last Thursday’s game with Caldwell Co.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Golden anniversary!</i>
Golden anniversary!
Lee and Jean Barham celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner hosted by their son, Tim Barham, at the Fargo Cattle Co. Steakhouse in Zebulon. They were married on May 5, 1962 at Flat Rock Baptist Church, Louisburg.

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<i>Couple united in church ceremony</i>
Couple united in church ceremony
Lindsey Rae Cannady of Raleigh and Celestino Tolentino Antonio of Rolesville were married May 26, 2012, at Red Bud Baptist Church, Castalia.  The Rev. Dr. Cory Wilson officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Henderson Cannady of Raleigh. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Cannady Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Murphy.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Local student achieves summer’s dean’s list
Local student achieves summer’s dean’s list
Jonsie Brooke Duke, daughter of Elaine Cardwell and Tom Chris Duke of Louisburg, made the Dean’s List for the 2012 Summer Quarter at Miller-Motte College in Raleigh.
A 3.75 to 3.95 GPA must be maintained to make the dean’s list. This is the third quarter that Brooke has made the list. In addition, she has made the President’s List for two quarters, which requires a 4.0 GPA.

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Variety of Classes to be offered at Extension Center
The following is a list of upcoming events to be held at the Franklin County Extension Center, 103 S. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg.
For more information or to pre-register for any of these classes, call Rachel Monteverdi, (919) 496-3344.

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2012 Louisburg grad receives scholarship
2012 Louisburg grad receives scholarship
The Perry’s School Alumni Association presents a $500 scholarship annually to a deserving student who is a descendant of someone who attended the former Perry’s High School in Centerville.
The scholarship is presented in memory of Luceleandia Massenburg Tabb, who founded the Perry’s Alumni Association.

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Three new trustees join Louisburg College board
Louisburg College has announced three new appointments to the college’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Bobbie Richardson, Lynda C. Lumpkin, and Brian Wilder began their service in June 2012 for a term of four years.
“We are excited about the gifts and talents these individuals bring to the board,” said Louisburg College President Mark La Branche. “Their willingness to serve is a reflection of the strong forward momentum we are experiencing as an institution.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville, county utility deadline passes, no action
YOUNGSVILLE — Another deadline has come and gone, but officials say efforts to transfer its utility service to the county continue to move forward.
Back in May, Franklin County and Youngsville announced that they were working toward a deal by which Franklin County would pay to take over the town’s water and sewer service.

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Outdoor sales to cost businesses
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners agreed to correct an oversight at its last meeting.
The move is expected to cost three businesses $250, each.
Staff informed the board during its July 12 meeting that any business conducting outdoor sales in the Main Street Business District is required to have a conditional use permit.

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<i>Fire destroys historic Mount Olive school</i>
Fire destroys historic Mount Olive school
The building at  100 William Perry Road meant a lot to a lot of people.
Dating back to 1908, it served as home to one of Franklin County’s earliest schools for African Americans.
By the 1950s, it was home to William A. Bell Perry and his family of 11.
On the afternoon of June 30, it became a memory as a fire gutted the building.

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DOT, L’burg to debate Bickett projects
Discussions to improve pedestrian crossing points on Bickett Boulevard that began in the spring are moving forward this week, Louisburg staff said.
“We have a meeting with (state Department of Transportation) staff this week,” Louisburg Administrator Mark Warren said during the Town Council meeting on Monday night.

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Pizza delivery man assaulted, robbed
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in a handful of break-ins.
The afternoon of July 13, Jeffery Miller reported that someone broke into a property on Turtle Court near Youngsville.
According to the report by Cpl. K. Gunter, suspects are alleged to have stolen three big-screen televisions, a laptop computer and entertainment equipment.

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