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Showing 38 articles from July 31, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

County jobless rate inches up; hits 9.3 percent
Franklin County’s unemployment rate inched up slightly, but remained below double digits and the state’s rate.
According to the most recent statistics, the number of unemployed people that make up the county’s labor force made for a rate of 9.3 percent.

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<i>Don’t look now but practices for Fall sports are already underway and classes begin soon!</i>
Don’t look now but practices for Fall sports are already underway and classes begin soon!
EYES ON THE PRIZE.  Area athletes and teams are using the heat of summer to forge the spirit they will need to compete in fall sports during the 2012-13 school year. Left, Kenon Epps keeps his eye on a pass during a recent practice at Louisburg High School. LHS, competing in the Northern Carolina Conference, will do battle with the Bunn High Wildcats and the Franklinton Red Rams, competing for bragging rights and a conference championship.

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Franklin’s ‘tax man’ is headed to Gaston
Franklin’s ‘tax man’ is headed to Gaston
After helping Franklin County navigate its way through one of the toughest revaluation periods in history, Jimmy Tanner said he made the toughest decision he’s ever made — leaving.
Tanner tendered his resignation late last week, notifying County Manager Angela Harris that he has accepted an offer from Gaston County to become its new director of revenue.

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<i>Building a better Bickett!</i>
Building a better Bickett!
Louisburg officials moved another step closer to making it safer for residents to get around its main thoroughfare.
A complete fix, though, may not come right away.
State Department of Transportation District Engineer Steve Winstead met with Mayor Karl Pernell and staff members last week to discuss the potential for pedestrian improvements to Bickett Boulevard.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg footballer Antwan Perry

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Tax Return
Editorial Cartoon: Tax Return

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Much needed rain helped but economy struggles
Much needed rain helped but economy struggles
GOOD MORNING: Boy, Oh Boy! That was a real humdinger we had early Saturday night, wasn’t it? I had just settled down and was trying to go to sleep when the storm struck and an hour later, I was still trying to go to sleep.
On the plus side, we got just shy of 2 inches of badly needed rain out my way just east of Louisburg, but the thunder and lightning show we got along with it was something else.

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Tragic Colorado shootings highlight another problem
The aftermath of the tragic shootings in Colorado has shined a spotlight on issues that we Americans should be discussing in great detail  instead of shouting at each other.
No, we’re not talking about the ability to easily purchase assault-type weapons and vast amounts of ammunition and other combat-related gear even if you’re crazy as a proverbial loon!

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Late Friday email kicks  cynicism into overdrive
Late Friday email kicks cynicism into overdrive
When I walked into the office on Monday, I was greeted by an email from county staff.
The headline — Resignation - Jimmy Tanner, Franklin County Tax Administrator.
It was sent at 4:45 p.m. on Friday — the news cycle equivalent of throwing something in File 13.
I hate to say it, but as a reporter, my cynicism radar went off.

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President’s belief in small business defended
Dear editor:
President Obama is a firm believer that no one or no business achieves anything totally on their own.  President Obama believes the drive and ingenuity of our entrepreneurs and workers make American businesses successful.  When hardworking individuals turn their dreams or ideas into profitable enterprises, they have helped lift our economy.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM H. “SCOOT” LANCASTER
LOUISBURG - William Howard “Scoot” Lancaster, 54, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at Murdoch Center.  Graveside services will be held Thursday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Sandy Creek Baptist Church, with Chaplain Willis Herman officiating. 

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REBECCA A. JENNINGS
HENDERSON —Rebecca Abbott Jennings, 90, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation in Henderson.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. at Gillburg United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Raymond Ayscue officiating. 

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JAMES HENRY STEED
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Henry Steed, 75, who died Saturday, July 28, 2012, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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CALVIN S. AYSCUE
HENDERSON - Calvin Simmons “Cuz” Ayscue, 82, died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Liberty Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Bryan Breland, the Rev. Tammy Ayscue, and the Rev. Clyde Waiden. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BILLY C. HARRIS
ZEBULON - Billy Charles Harris, 74, died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LINWOOD “LIN” WHITE
ROLESVILLE —Linwood “Lin” Lewis White, 68, died Sunday, July 29, 2012 . Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rolesville Baptist Church cemetery.

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GEORGE W. SHEARIN
MORRISVILLE —George Willis Shearin, 85, died Friday, July 27, 2012. Funeral services were conducted Monday at Grey Stone Baptist Church by Dr. Clay Waters, Burial was in Warren Plains Memorial Gardens near Warrenton.

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HATTIE I. MURPHY
September 17, 1920 - July 29, 2012
CASTALIA - Hattie Inscoe Murphy, 91, of the White Level Community, died Sunday night.

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SPORTS

BACK ON TRACK
THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD? Louisburg High’s Antwan Perry gets ready to start a drill during Monday’s practice session at Warrior Field.
BACK ON TRACK
LOUISBURG -- Coach Chris Lee has already found one silver lining to the early low numbers for Louisburg High School’s football practice sessions.
“Playing time is not going to be an issue,’’ Lee said. “All of the guys are going to contribute in some way. These guys are going to get on the field. And hopefully, we will be able to pick up a few more kids along the way.’’

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Setting the tone for BHS
IN THE MIX. Sophomore Kristy Green is in contention for playing time at setter this season for Bunn High School’s volleyball squad.
Setting the tone for BHS
BUNN -- In Henry Jones’ estimation, the Bunn Ladycats are one-third on their way to being a strong volleyball squad this fall -- again.
Jones, Bunn’s veteran skipper, sees the sport as a three-fold process -- defense, setting and hitting.
Undoubtedly, BHS should have little trouble on the hitting front thanks to the return of blaster Tainasha Vines, who dominated the Northern Carolina Conference last year as a ninth-grader.

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Warriors Will Be Improved
SERVING UP SUCCESS. Louisburg High School’s McKayla Wood works on her serve during Monday morning’s volleyball practice at the LHS Gymnasium.
Warriors Will Be Improved
LOUISBURG -- Erica Wammock isn’t prone to making grandiose, unreasonable predictions.
But for Wammock, this guarantee was an easy one.
“We are going to be better than last year,’’ Wammock said after her Louisburg High School Lady Warriors opened preseason volleyball practice Monday at the LHS Gymnasium.

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Withers the pick for Rams
Withers the pick for Rams
Flash back to 2010, when Emily Regan took over as the head volleyball coach at Franklinton High School with less than one month to go before the start of the season.
It wasn’t the desired way to begin Regan’s coaching career after she had recently graduated from Elon University.

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Bunn to host Pancake Breakfast
Bunn to host Pancake Breakfast
BUNN -- Bunn High School’s annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit the football program will be held this Saturday at the BHS Cafeteria.
The event will run from 7-10 a.m. Donations will be accepted.
Following the breakfast, BHS head coach Chris Miller will conduct a mandatory parents meeting at 10:30 a.m. (also at the cafeteria).

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COOL IN THE POOL
COOL IN THE POOL
Peter Bartholomew competes in an event for the Town and Country Stingrays during recent swim action. The Stingrays will close their season Thursday at home versus Franklinton. For more on the club, see this coming Saturday’s edition of The Franklin Times.

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Wesleyan picked third in league
DANVILLE, VA. -- The USA South Athletic Conference held its 2012 Football Media Day on Monday at Averett University.
Each of the Conference’s eight football coaches addressed the media and gave their thoughts on the upcoming season.

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RETURNING SIGNAL-CALLER
RETURNING SIGNAL-CALLER
Veteran Marcus Davis is back at quarterback this season for the Louisburg Warriors.

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A TRUE MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
A TRUE MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
Veteran head coach Henry Jones has overseen the successful Bunn High School volleyball program for almost two decades.

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Hall of Fame class announced
CHAPEL HILL -- Eight more outstanding individuals in the annals of state prep athletics have been selected for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Donnie Baxter of Asheboro, Ronnie Chavis of Pembroke, Lawrence Dunn of Raleigh, Doug Henderson of Greensboro, Lindsey Page of Burlington, Larry Rhodes of Gastonia, Robert Steele of Salisbury and Jim Taylor of Shelby have been named as the 27th group of inductees to join the prestigious hall.

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Mudcats claim a road series
Mudcats claim a road series
WILMINGTON, DEL. -- For the second straight game, Anthony Gallas had the big hit as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks 5-2 on Sunday to claim their first road series since winning three of four at Lynchburg from April 23-26.  
Carolina (19-18, 51-56) finished the Class A Carolina League baseball road trip at 2-5.

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BACK IN TOWN
BACK IN TOWN
After two years at Southern Nash, Morgan Foster has returned to Louisburg High School.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Tenisha Wilkins, Rashaad Thomas wed in church rites</i>
Tenisha Wilkins, Rashaad Thomas wed in church rites
Tenisha Wilkins and Rashaad Thomas were married Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Gospel Unlimited Church. The 3 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Elder Shelton Wilkins.
The bride is the daughter of Silous and Veronica Wilkins of Louisburg. The groom is the son of Debra Thomas of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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<i>September wedding planned</i>
September wedding planned
Jerry Morris and Karen Ripple Lancaster of Raleigh announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Blake Lancaster of Ocean Isle, to Billy Allen Benton Jr., son of Kathy Baker and the late Billy Benton Sr. of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tyree Morris Lancaster of Centerville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dawson Ripple of Whiteville.

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<i>Margaret Lytch, Benjamin Dickerson exchange vows</i>
Margaret Lytch, Benjamin Dickerson exchange vows
Margaret Elizabeth Lytch and Benjamin Douglas Dickerson were married at 6 p.m. on May 19, 2012 at Midway Presbyterian Church in Maxton.
The Rev. Steve Lytch officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Madison Lytch of Maxton.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Two local attorneys face failure-to-file tax issues
A husband and wife attorney tandem are awaiting discipline from the State Bar on charges they failed to file state and federal taxes.
The State Bar filed a complaint with the Disciplinary Hearing Commission on July 12, alleging that Steven and Susan McFarlane failed to pay their taxes from 2005 to 2008.

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FRIENDLY COMPETITION
FRIENDLY COMPETITION
The Bunn High FFA attended summer camp at the North Carolina FFA center located on White Lake. This camp for Future Farmers of America members has been in existence since 1928. The camp is a recreational camp that has daily organized sporting events which include waterball, volleyball, basketball, softball, horseshoes, swimming contest, track and field events, and individual events such as checkers, and ping pong.

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Youngsville police arrest careless and reckless driver, file DWI charge
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are probing an attempted burglary.
Kirstin Huffman reported the morning of July 24 that something woke her up during the early morning hours, but she did not find anything unusual.
Later that morning, though, she came upon some damage to the front door.

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Louisburg woman wins national award for website design
RALEIGH — A Louisburg woman won a national award for a website she developed.
Karen Gupton was presented with the 2012 Grand Prize  for websites developed by nonprofit agencies at the 24th Annual Awards for Publications Excellence (APEX) competition.  
YoungMomsConnect.org was designed by the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation for pregnant and parenting teens and young women in North Carolina.

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BUSINESS

CUTTING UP
CUTTING UP
Don Mitchell, center, with Norris Creek Outdoor Entertainment Complex, cut a ribbon during a celebration at the site on July 26. The Franklin, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon Chambers of Commerce and the Youngsville Area Business Association were on hand for the open house.  The event was free and open to the public. The Brickhouse band performed.

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