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Showing 34 articles from August 3, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Local schools fare well in last of state’s ABC reports
Although the statistics are complex, Franklin County residents should be “pleased” with the state’s evaluation of county schools, said Franklin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Ingram Thursday afternoon, shortly after the state released its latest statistics.
“Twelve of the 15 schools showed expected growth,” Ingram said, and even some without expected growth got higher scores than last year.”

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<i>Neighborhood gets a plumbing surprise</i>
More than 15 tons of PVC pipe was strewn about Franklinton; no injuries reported
Neighborhood gets a plumbing surprise
FRANKLINTON — A late morning accident sent more than 30,000 pounds of PVC pipe tumbling through yards and caused its hauler to overturn, but no injuries were reported.
According to an accident report by Officer. G.T. Strickland,  Jeffrey Battle was driving a flat-bed tractor trailer east on E. Green Street approaching Bullock Street when he ran off the right side of the road at about 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 1.

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<i>Building a field of beams near Bunn!</i>
Steel posts ‘popping up’ in a field near Bunn prison has many wondering what’s next
Building a field of beams near Bunn!
BUNN — In the past few weeks, a solar energy company has produced an interesting crop just outside of town — a field of steel beams.
By October, developers expect the field to be full of solar panels that will feed the area with renewable energy.

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Single DWI at checkpoint a good sign
YOUNGSVILLE — Officers cited nearly 30 people for traffic violations, including one person who was charged with driving while impaired, during an organized checkpoint late last week.
It’s the kind of sign, officers said, that tells them motorists are learning the consequences of their actions.
“It’s a good thing (we didn’t have many DWI’s),” said Youngsville Officer J.D. Kimball, who organized the multiple agency operation.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Horse lovers Jamie and Levi Doran

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Tweedle Romney
Editorial Cartoon: Tweedle Romney

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Growl! ‘Dog Days of Summer’ have arrived!
Growl! ‘Dog Days of Summer’ have arrived!
GOOD MORNING: You can call it whatever you like, but it’s August already and the summer doldrums, also known as the Dog Days of Summer, characterized as a period of listlessness, despondency, blues, or whatever you wish to call it, are upon us.
Forecasts call for more of the same, ie. partly cloudy weather with daytime highs of 90 or more and something like a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain thru Monday.

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‘Foot in Mouth’ disease shouldn’t decide election
In one of the worst periods of economic turmoil since the Great Depression — and some are beginning to suggest it’s worse than the Great Depression — we Americans are being slighted by both candidates for president.
So far, we’ve been enduring what some pundits are calling a “Campaign of Gaffs” and while it can be entertaining, it has diverted attention away from the very real problems this nation and the world are facing.

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Mystery ailment causing Congressional inaction?
Mystery ailment causing Congressional inaction?
I think I know what’s going wrong in our country — and even have named it.
It’s called Cabin Boy Malady!
It’s named after the cabin boys on the Titanic who were furiously re-arranging the deck chairs as that great ship took on water and eventually slipped beneath the icy waves, taking hundreds of lives.
This disease is epidemic in Washington — and in Raleigh.

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Clinton’s sterling endorsement
Dear editor:
Regarding the Franklin County Democratic Party’s bash-a-thon letter to the  editor about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was it that said Romney has a “sterling” business career? It was none other than former -Democratic- President Bill Clinton. That’s who!

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OBITUARIES

JUDITH KAY SOSNOWSKI
YOUNGSVILLE  —    Judith Kay Keltz Sosnowski, 70, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, 2012 at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday morning, Aug. 3, at Saint Catherine of Siena. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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KENDALL B. ANDERSON
ZEBULON - Kendall Blake Anderson, 18, died Monday, July 30, 2012. Funeral service was held Thursday, Aug. 2, at Heritage Baptist Church, Zebulon. Burial followed at Salem Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Wendell.

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STEPHEN E. HOGAN
ZEBULON - Stephen E. Hogan, 59, died Thursday, July 26, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes, 2718 Overbrook Dr., Raleigh.

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HENRY “BEAR” SHIELDS JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Henry “Bear” Shields Jr., 81, who died Monday, July 30, 2012, will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 4, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Claude Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ROBERT F. “BOB” MYERS
LOUISBURG - Robert Frank “Bob” Myers, 76,  died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Durham VA Medical Center. A service in his honor will be offered on Monday, Aug. 6, at 8 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Avenue, Wake Forest.

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CRAFTON HUDSON
ZEBULON - Crafton Hudson, 83, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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MARY SUSAN PARKER
ZEBULON - Mary Susan Parker, 55, formerly of Wausau, Wisc., died Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Wilson Medical Center, Wilson. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug.4, at Reynoldson Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Cody Brinkley, Glen Land and Billy Presley. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

LINE UPGRADES
I’M THE NEW GUY. Dillon Autrey will line up at quarterback this season for the Bunn Wildcats, who are coming off back-to-back Elite Eight playoff efforts.
LINE UPGRADES
BUNN -- One thing quickly comes to mind when sizing up the potential fortunes of the 2012 Bunn High School football squad.
That’s the fact that Bunn will have its biggest and most experienced offensive and defensive fronts during Chris Miller’s coaching tenure at the school.

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Time to adjust for FHS
FOUR-YEAR STARTER. Jessica Harris has enjoyed an outstanding volleyball career at Franklinton High School. Now a senior, Harris will be a team leader this fall.
Time to adjust for FHS
FRANKLINTON -- With the start of the regular season just a few weeks away, time isn’t necessarily an ally as new coach Caitlin Withers attempts to trim her roster -- and come up with an effective rotation -- for the Franklinton High School volleyball squad.
Withers has only been on the job since mid-July, and the Lady Rams just started fall practice this week.

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Rays Enjoy Swim Success
GETTING BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS. Noah Bartholomew competes in a event with the aid of an older teammate during a recent swim matchup for the Town and Country Stingrays. TC hosted Franklinton on Thursday evening.
Rays Enjoy Swim Success
LOUISBURG -- It’s been a busy summer for the Town and Country Stringrays as the Louisburg-based squad has won three of its five scheduled matches.
On July 12, the Stingrays traveled to Stonecreek in Raleigh and came away with a 296-94 victory.
TC closed out its campaign Thursday with a home matchup against Franklinton.

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Coe will coach the All-Stars
Coe will coach the All-Stars
One of Franklin County’s best-kept sports secrets used to be the high-powered boys and girls soccer programs that Deran Coe built at Franklinton High School.
Everybody knows about Coe now -- especially his peers across the state.
Coe started soccer at FHS in the late 1990s and stayed until 2010, when he became the Athletic Director at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

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LC men release schedule
LC men release schedule
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s first men’s soccer season under new coach Cristian Neagu will begin Aug. 30 with a home match against Region X rival Wake Tech Community College.
LC will also have four preseason scrimmages -- Aug. 18 at Barton, Aug. 21 vs. Averett (home), Aug. 24 vs. Frances Marion (home) and Aug. 26 vs. Guilford College (home).

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NC EAST-WEST COACHES
GREENSBORO -- Here is the complete list of coaches for the 2013 North Carolina/South Carolina Basketball and East-West All-Star Games:

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BEST IN THE BACKSTROKE
BEST IN THE BACKSTROKE
Town and Country’s Jayden Cash competes in the backstroke event during a recent swim meet.

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Mudcats master Myrtle Beach
Mudcats master Myrtle Beach
ZEBULON -- Mike Rayl pitched four perfect innings to set the tone in a 5-0 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
The Mudcats claimed their fourth straight win for the second time this year.
A crowd of 3,076 waited through a 29-minute rain delay to witness Rayl (7-8) retire the 13 straight batters en route to seven scoreless innings.

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LOOKING FOR ANOTHER BIG YEAR
LOOKING FOR ANOTHER BIG YEAR
Coach Chris Miller and the Bunn Wildcats should be strong once again this season.

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GET WELL SOON
GET WELL SOON
A back ailment has kept Louisburg High School assistant football coach Al Bolton from being his usual on-the-go self during grid workouts this weekend. Bolton hopes to be on his feet again soon as the Warriors prepare for their opener on August 17.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (August 6 & 10)
LOUISBURG SENIOR CENTER
Telephone: 496-1131 • Meals Daily: 11:30 a.m.
* Exercise Room: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. -  Fri.*
* Billiards: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.*

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>New assistant principal announced for LES</i>
New assistant principal announced for LES
Trenace M. Gilmore has been named an assistant principal at Louisburg Elementary School.  Gilmore began her post at Louisburg Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
“Although I am leaving my position as a curriculum resource teacher, which I enjoyed, I am truly looking forward to beginning this new phase of my career as an assistant principal,” Gilmore said. 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

ROOF REPAIRS
ROOF REPAIRS
Workers with Bunn-based SEB Handyman were out this week repairing the roof and ceiling at the Youngsville Community House. Above, Peter Blodgett checks an area of the rooftop. Work was slated to be done by week’s end.

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Hospital’s blood testing raises red flags for many
Hospital’s blood testing raises red flags for many
One in three American adults are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, yet many don’t realize it because the debilitating, potentially deadly disease often shows few early symptoms, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Franklin Regional Medical Center has confronted this dilemma with an early diagnosis and education program that is identifying and informing hospital patients who have diabetes – or are at risk of contracting the disease.

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Miracle League hit by theft last year, officer pled guilty
A year after filing paperwork to solicit donations, the treasurer for an organization working to create recreational opportunities for the mentally and physically disadvantaged has been charged with embezzlement.
Kate E. Cardwell, now Kate Fulton, was charged with embezzlement and misdemeanor larceny in December 2011.

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Woman says three assaulted her, stole her scooter
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for three suspects alleged to have assaulted a woman and then stole her scooter.
Dep. D. Barrett was dispatched to Cedar Creek Middle School the afternoon of July 30 to find Jessica Jackson laying on the ground in the parking lot with a laceration to her head.

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Franklinton native honored by Marines
Lieutenant Colonel Robert G. “Butch” Bracknell, US Marine Corps (FHS ‘87), was awarded the American Bar Association’s Career Lawyer of the Year award this week at the ABA’s annual meeting in Chicago.
He has been on active duty as a Marine for 20 years, has deployed to Cuba, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and is assigned to the Office of Military Commissions in Washington, DC.

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