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Showing 31 articles from July 20, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

‘Wrong Way’ Green nabbed after bizarre low-speed chase
‘Wrong Way’ Green nabbed after bizarre low-speed chase
Authorities arrested a Raleigh man accused of leading police on a two-county, low-speed chase that began on the wrong side of the highway.
Andrew H. Green, finally stopped and arrested in Wake Forest, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, driving while impaired, reckless driving, failing to heed police lights and siren, and failure to report an accident.

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<i>Robotic education!</i>
ALL TOGETHER. Matthew Stone, Edward Denton and Brandon Stroud work on a creation.
Robotic education!
Armed with Lego blocks, servo motors, and all sorts of bolts and gears, Franklin County students let their imaginations run wild.
Their spinning and firing creations kept pace.
“I like it because of the way my mind works,” said Michael Helsel, who was intently staring at a computer screen, figuring out the next steps in building a robotic remote control car complete with a functioning transmission and multi-function remote.

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TDA recommend funds for three ‘tourism’ events
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority recommended three grants while sticking to a goal of supporting self-sufficiency.
The board agreed that the county should use occupancy tax money to cover marketing costs for the Lake Royale Triathlon, the Youngsville Fall Festival, and the Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival at Hillridge Farms.

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Traffic citations spiral after Bickett crackdown
Traffic citations spiral after Bickett crackdown
A concerted crackdown on careless driving on Louisburg’s main thoroughfare has resulted in triple digit traffic citations.
Police hope the continued effort will make Bickett Boulevard and surrounding streets safer for motorists and pedestrians.

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F-ton near resolution of trash issue?
F-ton near resolution of trash issue?
FRANKLINTON — Town staff advised commissioners that they are closer to fixing a disconnect with their trash hauler that would mean $20,000 for Franklinton.
During a budget workshop in June, commissioners and staff discussed a billing discrepancy that was costing the town money for service it wasn’t receiving.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville Elementary School’s Clara Stolz

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Home of the Brave
Editorial Cartoon: Home of the Brave

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A spin on ol’ Maude not for the faint of heart
A spin on ol’ Maude not for the faint of heart
GOOD MORNING: Reference the editorial, “Bureaucracy protecting bureaucracy” on our July 18 Midweek edition, comes the following from b-revel on 7/18/12:  “There will never be a high-speed super train coming down the line and everyone knows it. Yet we taxpayers are funding a useless study and the Democrats are foaming at the mouth with OBAMAISM and are preparing for a train that will never be. And if it was, they wouldn’t ride it anyway.

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Is perceived profit a reason to lay on extra license fees?
There’s an old saying that not only makes a lot of practical sense, it’s one that local government officials ought to consider when they are making decisions: It’s never smart to kill the goose that’s laying the golden eggs!
We all know local governments are strapped for cash.

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School board takes reasoned approach to policy on prayer
School board takes reasoned approach to policy on prayer
It was an interesting school board session Monday night, a welcome, reasoned approach to an emotionally charged topic.
The topic was prayer in public schools and, if you remember the furor in May and early June about prayer at high school graduations, you might have expected fireworks at this week’s meeting.
Didn’t happen.

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Editorial Cartoon: Budgeting
Editorial Cartoon: Budgeting

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OBITUARIES

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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SUSAN H. HUDSON
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Susan Hilliard Hudson, 85, who died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at St. John Baptist Church, with the Rev. Herbert C. Scott officiating. Burial will follow in the new St. John  cemetery.

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HENRY A. JENKINS
ROLESVILLE - Henry Allen Jenkins, 62, died Sunday, July 15, 2012. A memorial celebrating his life will be held Saturday, July 21, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at North Haven Church, 6620 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.

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BARBARA K. WIGGINS
LOUISBURG - Barbara K. Wiggins, 60, died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Hospice Home, William Dunlap Center, Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 23, at South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill, Louisburg.

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KAREN S. ESTES
YOUNGSVILLE - Karen Alpin Smith Estes, 44, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at home. A service was held Friday, July 20, at Wake Forest United Methodist Church, followed by visitation with the family. Burial will be held at noon Saturday, July 21, in the Alphin family cemetery at Mt. Olive.

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NORBÉRTO SEDA
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Norbérto Seda, 72, who died Sunday, July 1, 2012 were held Friday, July 6, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, with the Rev. William E. Ratcliff officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Rotolo is the man at VGCC
VANGUARDS’ NEW LEADER. Southern Vance High School hoops coaching legend Mike Rotolo has been named the new men’s skipper at Vance-Granville Community College.
Rotolo is the man at VGCC
HENDERSON -- Mike Rotolo, the legendary longtime boys’ basketball coach at Southern Vance High School, has been named the new head coach of the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team.
Rotolo will become the third head coach in the history of VGCC’s program, which is set to start its fifth season of play in the National Junior College Athletic Association this fall.

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SELECT GROUP
POINT PRODUCER FOR LC. Antonio Robinson will return at point guard this coming season for the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
SELECT GROUP
LOUISBURG -- Coach Mark Vanderslice couldn’t afford to press the selectivity button when bringing in his first Louisburg College men’s basketball recruiting class in 2011.
Vanderslice had only one returnee (Rashod Chavis) back from his team that won the Region X regular season and tournament championships en route to qualifying for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

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Louisburg Enjoys Majors Trip
OUT OF THE BOX. Louisburg All-Star JyQuan Taylor sprints toward first base during last weekend’s action at the annual Dixie Youth Major League Baseball State Tournament, which was held at Leland Elementary School in Brunswick County.
Louisburg Enjoys Majors Trip
LOUISBURG -- Following each Dixie Youth game, an announcement is always made that ‘there are no losers in Dixie Youth Baseball’.
That was certainly the case last weekend for the Louisburg All-Stars, who went 0-2 and quickly exited in the double-elimination format at the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball State Tournament at Leland Elementary School in Brunswick.

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Shumate selected for Canes
Shumate selected for Canes
Louisburg College Athletic Director Mike Holloman considered experience to be a chief prerequisite when sifting through the 100-plus applications for the school’s vacant baseball coaching position.
And few candidates boasted the experience of Keith Shumate, who worked for 15 seasons as the head coach at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

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Bunn will play today
Bunn will play today
BUNN -- Bunn will be Franklin County’s representative at the Dixie Youth Minor League State Baseball Tournament, which begins today at Elizabethtown Park in Bladen County.
Bunn, coached by Larry McKeithan, will open tourney play at 2 p.m. against Reidsville.
The All-Stars won the District Championship last week by defeating Oxford in an ‘if necessary’ game at Webb High School.

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Canes Have Class
Canes Have Class
LOUISBURG -- If any team is due for a breakthrough this fall, it’s the Louisburg College women’s soccer squad.
LC has experienced its share of success during the three-year tenure of head coach Andy Stokes, but the Lady Hurricanes are still chasing their elusive first Region X Tournament crown under Stokes.

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Blasts bolster Mudcats at home
Blasts bolster Mudcats at home
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats launched some towering home runs to drive across six in an 11-9 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Wednesday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball meeting.
A crowd of 1,852 watched Bo Greenwell, Ronny Rodriguez and Carlos Moncrief crush long balls throughout the afternoon, and the Mudcats improved to 15-11, 46-49 overall.

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POWER IN THE PAINT
POWER IN THE PAINT
Williamston Riverside’s Marcus Freeman (at left) is expected to be an effective inside performer for the Louisburg College men’s basketball team.

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CUTTING TO LIMESTONE
CUTTING TO LIMESTONE
Louisburg College two-year men’s basketball standout Rashod Chavis will continue his career at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

TEAMWORK
TEAMWORK
Mackenzie Gupton, left, and Jai Henry, put their robotic creation through some paces this past week as part of a computer programming and robotics summer camp hosted by the Franklin County school system. The program is designed to spur creativity and either spark or nurture an affinity for engineering and robotics.

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FAST THOUGHT
FAST THOUGHT
Edward Denton focuses on his dragster, figuring out a way to improve its speed during a robotics summer camp.

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Wilkins graduates from WSSU with degree in early childhood
Wilkins graduates from WSSU with degree in early childhood
Shavone L. Wilkins graduated from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem on May 14. The commencement exercises were held in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Shavone received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education (birth to kindergarten).

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies arrest apparent repeat drug offender
Sheriff’s deputies seized drugs and guns while executing a search warrant.
Jonathan O. Washington, 33, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture. sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, and possession of firearm by a felon.
According to a report by Dep. S. Zuniga, officers had been looking into allegations that Washington had been storing and selling drugs from his White Oak Drive home near Youngsville.

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Gun stolen from captain’s house used in home invasion
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Gun stolen from captain’s house used in home invasion
Sheriff’s deputies arrested two Franklinton men and are looking for another accused of using a gun stolen from a sheriff’s captain’s house to commit a home invasion.
Rashad Yarborough, 20, and Kendrick Teasley, 19, have been charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

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