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Showing 36 articles from August 7, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Franklin County joins fight against Va. uranium mining
Franklin County joins fight against Va. uranium mining
Franklin County commissioners adopted a resolution they hope will spur a northern state to take action and protect a valuable waterway locally.
In 1982, Virginia enacted a ban on uranium mining and milling after discovering the substance throughout the Southside of Virginia.

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Green case ‘close,’ not on docket
The case against former Sheriff Pat Green is not on next week’s superior court case calendar, but the county’s attorney said the matter appears to be headed toward a conclusion.
And prosecutors are aware  of just how bad the county wants its more than $220,000 back.
In October 2011, 11 months after he abruptly resigned, Pat Green was indicted on charges that he stole the money from an undercover drug fund.

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<i>‘Greener’ farming to be focus of next year’s popular tour</i>
Jackson Elis and Mikey get along well
‘Greener’ farming to be focus of next year’s popular tour
Franklin County’s farm tour continues to thrive, a sign that such an agricultural endeavor can be an economic engine in Franklin County.
Next year, organizers will bank on that interest, but they want to focus on a different kind of green, too.
“Next year, maybe we’ll be looking for facilities (for the tour) that are going green,” said Cooperative Extension Agent Martha Mobley, noting that there are farms in the county relying more on solar power.

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School religious policies approved by committee
The policy committee for the Franklin County Board of Education wasted little time Monday afternoon putting the finishing touches on two new policies dealing with religion in the schools and religious-based exemptions from school programs.
After tweaking the policies in their second meeting on the topic, the committee voted unanimously to send them -- and three others that were adopted later -- to the full school board for consideration.

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Talent show to boost Boys, Girls Club
Months after announcing financial struggles, the Boys and Girls Club in Franklin County will be getting a boost in spirits and funds through a talent show this Saturday.
Dedrick Williams and Terrance Alston have been working to launch a clothing line, Ambitious Rebirth by Nightmare Entertainment, and while doing so, Williams has served as an activity leader at the Boys and Girls Club site in Louisburg.

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STORY TIME
STORY TIME
Franklin County Library staff concluded its Summer Reading Club last Friday with a trip to Joyner Park, where children and parents were treated to arts and crafts, as well as hot dogs and story time. Above, Claire Ramsey goes through the story of Goldilocks with those gathered under the picnic shelter. Children’s Librarian Christy Allen coordinated the event and the program, designed to keep children reading through the summer.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Tyson, Paige and Lyndsey Lundy

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Curiosity
Editorial Cartoon: Curiosity

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Avoiding wife’s burial takes a real tightwad!
Avoiding wife’s burial takes a real tightwad!
GOOD MORNING: I read where, Hans Rausing, one of Britain’s richest men, was given a suspended 10-month jail term last Wednesday after pleading guilty to “preventing the lawful burial” of his wife, Eva, whose body was found in a state of advanced decomposition last month, hidden under a pile of clothing and garbage bags at their London home.
Now, that’s what I would call a real tightwad.

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Don’t agree with science? Just make a theory illegal
The much-maligned North Carolina General Assembly has slashed public school funding, rolled back environmental protections and done untold damage to our state’s future, changes enacted mostly to save us a penny of sales tax.
But finally they got one correct.

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Will county be happy with green backs or Green in jail?
Will county be happy with green backs or Green in jail?
According to those in the know, we’re getting closer to former Sheriff Pat Green having his day in court.
The question, though, is what will matter most to the people of Franklin County — getting its money back or watching Pat Green rot in jail.
County Attorney Pete Tomlinson told commissioners last night that he contacted representatives with the Attorney General’s Office who said their investigation is all wrapped up.

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OBITUARIES

CLEO SILVER
ENFIELD - Funeral services for Cleo Silver, 67, who died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, were held Monday, Aug. 6, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial followed in the Lebanon A.M.E. Church cemetery.

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CARL O. PLEASANTS
LOUISBURG – Carl Olds Pleasants, 74, died Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2012. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Centerville Baptist Church with the Rev. Aaron Land officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

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RUTH S. HINTON
ZEBULON - Ruth Smith Hinton, 101, of the Emit Community died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Watkins Chapel Baptist Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service in the fellowship hall. Entombment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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ROBERT WALTER SMITHWICK, JR.
KINGSPORT, TN - Robert Walter Smithwick, Jr. (“Bob”) died on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Baysmont Healthcare Center in Kingsport, TN at the age of 89.

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SPORTS

Taking The Field
BHS’ HIT SQUAD. Bunn High School football players (l to r) Nathan Sperlng and Jessie Romero engage each other during a tackling drill at a recent practice. The Wildcats will scrimmage today at Nash Central.
Taking The Field
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Given the way this year’s schedule is configured, time isn’t necessarily on the side of high school football coaches.
Bunn and Louisburg are in the same dilemma, as both clubs will participate in a one-on-one scrimmage today before wrapping up their preseason slate Friday with an appearance at a jamboree.

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RED RAM WELCOME
GOING LONG. Franklinton High School head football coach Jeremy Buck oversees a passing drill during a recent practice session on the FHS campus. The Red Rams will scrimmaage Saturday morning at home.
RED RAM WELCOME
FRANKLINTON -- From a facilities standpoint, just about everything is new about the Franklinton High School gridiron program.
FHS is currently working out at a spiffy practice field that is adjacent to the school’s new stadium, which will open its doors this fall after the Red Rams played at the old school in 2011 due to field issues.

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BHS’ Alumni Invite
BIG TEST THIS WEEKEND. Gabby Brickhouse and members of the Bunn High School varsity volleyball squad will be in action Saturday morning as part of BHS’ annual Alumni Day at the Bunn Dome.
BHS’ Alumni Invite
BUNN -- Henry Jones always finds it interesting how his current players respond to the annual Bunn High School Alumni Volleyball Day.
“Most of them think it’s funny that they are going to be playing against these older people,’’ said Jones, who has guided the BHS program since the mid-1990s. “They laugh about it -- until they get beaten.’’

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Sala is unfazed by picks
Sala is unfazed by picks
Even with today’s upgraded technology, college football preseason predictions are an inexact science.
‘Experts’ can watch highlights, past games and glance over lists of returnees, but it’s impossible to say how a team will fare until it gets on the field against a quality opponent.
So imagine what it’s like on the junior college level, where prognosticators can’t flip on their televisions or surf the internet to get glimpses of clubs from week to week.

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MAC clubs begin Sept. 12
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Each of Franklin County’s three middle school squads will be at home when the Middle Athletic Conference begins its football schedule on Sept. 12.
Terrell Lane will host Hawley, while Cedar Creek (vs. Butner-Stem) and Bunn (vs. Northern Granville) will be at home for key early-season matchups.

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Halford remembered at event
RALEIGH -- Memories of Wade Halford and Lane Meyer will be rekindled Saturday at the Lane and Wade Memorial Jamboree.
The event will be held at the WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh and will feature some of the top boys soccer squads in the area -- including Franklinton.

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Mitchell stepping down at LC
Mitchell stepping down at LC
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College Head Volleyball Coach and Compliance Coordinator, Holly Mitchell, has resigned from her positions at Louisburg College.
Mitchell spent five seasons at the helm of the Hurricanes volleyball program. In addition to her duties on the court, Holly also dealt with athletic compliance.

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Mudcats rally to top Lynchburg
Mudcats rally to top Lynchburg
ZEBULON -- Jesus Aguilar’s only hit of the afternoon proved to be the most important as the Carolina Mudcats shocked the Lynchburg Hillcats 7-6 in front of 1,734 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
Trailing 6-4 going into the bottom of the eighth, the Mudcats (22-21, 54-59) rallied for two runs to tie the score and set up the thrilling finish.

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Rose Hill will host big event
NASHVILLE -- Clay targets, skill shooting contests, games, vendor booths and industry demonstrations are on tap for the 17th Annual Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot, to be held Friday August 24 and Saturday August 25, 2012 at Rose Hill Sporting Clays in Nashville.

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TANK’S TIME
TANK’S TIME
By anyone’s estimation, Franklinton’s Tank Yarbrough should be one of the top football players this fall in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference.

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GETTING READY FOR THE SEASON
GETTING READY FOR THE SEASON
COUNTY GRIDIRON LEGENDS. Two former Franklin County football greats were spotted last week preparing for the upcoming college season. (Above) Bunn’s Andre Davis was watching the progress of the Wildcats’ spread offense before heading out to Elon University, where he is a wide receiver. Davis, a sophomore, said he is at 100 percent following an injury that shortened his 2011 campaign.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Churches of today facing an ‘adaptive’ challenge</i>
Churches of today facing an ‘adaptive’ challenge
I believe that most of us are well aware of the challenges taking place in churches today.  And the biggest one so far appears to be an “adaptive” challenge, which most of us can understand, is here to stay and it is real.
In June, Joe Pearce and I once again attended the 2012 North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Raleigh.

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Couple united in June rites
Couple united in June rites
Megan Michelle Shearin and Brandon Alexander Coffey were married on June 16, 2012 at the Coffey residence, 1283 Firetower Road, Louisburg. The 6 p.m. outdoor ceremony was officiated by Joseph Daniel.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Michael Shearin of Louisburg.
Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Wayne Reinheardt of Hudson.

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October wedding planned
October wedding planned
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jones of Mebane announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Jones, to Jason Rogers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Rogers of Youngsville. An October wedding is planned.

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Church nuptials planned
Church nuptials planned
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Abbott of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Ann Abbott, to Brian Joseph Fillard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Fillard of Fuquay-Varina. The wedding is planned for Oct. 27, 2012 and will be held at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh.

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Couple planning to wed
Couple planning to wed
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ilon Wall of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Leigh Wall to Aaron Scott Hair of Willow Spring. The groom-elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John James Hair of Raleigh. An October wedding is planned in Bunn.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

L’burg native graduates
L’burg native graduates
Ebony Sheree’ Brown graduated magna cum laude from Norfolk  State University on May 5, 2012, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Print Journalism and a minor in Music Technology.
She was a member of Golden Key National Honors Society as well as Alpha Kappa Mu honors society.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and is the immediate past president of the Epsilon Theta chapter.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Emergency reserves taps new commander
OXFORD — The 38th Regiment of the North Carolina Emergency Reserves (NCER) announces the assignment of Major Norman Dean III as commanding officer of the new 383rd Battalion of volunteers in the northern part of their area of operation — which includes Franklin County.

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PILOT PROGRAM
PILOT PROGRAM
Three-year-old Edward Lee Pendergrass III (Noot Noot) has aspirations of becoming a pilot. Every Saturday and Sunday, he asks his parents, Edward Pendergrass Jr. and Pearl Pendergrass, to take him to Triangle North Executive Airport for a better look at the aircraft. In this picture, he got an up-close look at a plane that was on display at the airport during History Flight in early July.

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Deputies investigate allegations of animal cruelty
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating allegations that a Winston-Salem man was cheated out of half a million dollars.
Michael Ingino reported on Aug. 2 that his sister, Kelly Ingino, of Tant’s Way, had taken his inheritance upon his mother’s death.

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BUSINESS

<i>Union Bank opens loan office in Wake</i>
Union Bank opens loan office in Wake
Union Bank and Trust has hired Larry Holt to open a loan production office and bring the bank’s presence to Wake County.
Holt was one of the original nine staff members when Crescent Bank opened in Cary, and he will help shape Union Bank’s growth in the area. Union Bank is based in Oxford with five full service bank offices in Granville, Vance, Franklin and Person counties.

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