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Showing 33 articles from August 14, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Four men sought in another home invasion, robbery
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in an armed home invasion.
It’s a routine they’re getting used to.
During the early morning hours of Aug. 9, James Epps reported that four men broke into his house in the 3500 block of N.C. 56 E. and robbed him and Patricia Cruz at gunpoint.

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<i>Practicing rescues!</i>
TO THE RESCUE. Above, White Level fire and rescue members pull a member on board during a training exercise this past weekend.
Practicing rescues!
WHITE LEVEL — Sunday proved to be a good day to be on the water as members of the White Level Fire and Rescue unit hauled in some whoppers weighing more than 100 pounds.
They weren’t plucking fish out of the water, though.
Members of the first-responders unit were pulling simulated “drowners” from a pond and dragging the bottom of the waterway for simulated bodies, putting their training to the test.

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<i>Schools’ religion policy now available for review</i>
Schools’ religion policy now available for review
The Franklin County Board of Education quickly but conditionally approved several policies, including those on handling religion and religious issues in schools and a policy on recruitment and selection of personnel, during a routine Monday night meeting.
The policies -- which are now posted on both The Franklin Times’ website and the school district’s website -- will be held open for public comment for a month before the board takes final action on them in September.

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Town’s license fee called too much of a gamble
Town’s license fee called too much of a gamble
YOUNGSVILLE — The operator of an Internet sweepstakes operation said the cost of doing business is too high.
At a meeting in July, town commissioners agreed to increase the privilege license fee for such operations to $500 per location and $1,000 per machine, annually.
Before that, the flat fee was $5.

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Y’ville, county close on utility sale?
YOUNGSVILLE — Although they haven’t set any deadline, town officials say they are closing in on plans to sell the town’s water and sewer utility.
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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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Andre Davis

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: The Voter
Editorial Cartoon: The Voter

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It doesn’t take a memory pill to know fall looms
It doesn’t take a memory pill to know fall looms
GOOD MORNING: If I’m not sadly mistaken, we’re getting into what we sometimes refer to as the Dog Days of Summer, ie. a period marked by hot, dry days and nights and overall personal listlessness.
Unfortunately, at least as far as I’m concerned, it will be all over far too soon and we’ll be looking at frost and (ugh) falling leaves, etc., which will have to be gotten up-and disposed of.

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Without Olympics’ fanfare, the Blame Games begin
Okay, let the Blame Games begin.
No sooner than the 2012 Olympic Games ended to mediocre reviews than the great American Blame Games began.
You know, the 2012 American election for President of these United States.

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Sagging pants could be sign of declining public values
Sagging pants could be sign of declining public values
I know the presidential race is important, particularly as it relates to the future of health care and this country’s economy.
Those two issues, alone, will have significant impacts on this country and its future.
I will be following them with keen interest.

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OBITUARIES

RALPH LANE MEDLIN
FRANKLINTON —Ralph Lane Medlin, 70, of Four Oaks, died Friday morning, Aug. 10, 2012 at his home. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton.

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REATHER H. RUDD
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Reather H. Silver Rudd, 86, who died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. at Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the Burton cemetery.

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MABEL B. MASSENBURG
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Mabel Brim Massenburg, 92 (affectionately known as “Nana”), who died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Bishop Tony Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Hogwood family cemetery.

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CHARLES JEFFREY “JEFF” PERRY
ZEBULON - Charles Jeffrey “Jeff” Perry, 48, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 at his home. Funereal service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church, 4525 Hopkins Chapel Road, Zebulon, with Pastor Earl Roach officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GROVER EVANS
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Grover “Moonie” Evans, 68, who died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating.

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MARTHA J. SMITH
LOUISBURG - Martha J. Smith died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.

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SPORTS

A Difficult Task
MATTHEW ON THE MOVE. Louisburg quarterback Matthew Woodlief (left) tries to evade a Warsaw James Kenan defender during last Friday night’s grid action at the Wilson Fike High School Football Jamboree.
A Difficult Task
WILSON -- Head Coach Chris Lee has spent much of August learning about the nuances of his numerous younger players.
But this much Lee already knows -- that his Louisburg Warriors are a much better football team when senior veteran quarterback Marcus Davis is behind center.

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FHS’ GRAND OPENING
CAN’T STOP THIS TANK. Franklinton High School running back Tank Yarbrough surges forward for yardage during last Saturday morning’s home football scrimmage against the South Granville Vikings.
FHS’ GRAND OPENING
FRANKLINTON -- Maybe it wasn’t a regular season game, and maybe it was staged while some folks are enjoying their Saturday-morning coffee.
Still, there was a special feeling in the air last Saturday -- along with some drizzle -- as Franklinton staged its first-ever football event at its new stadium.

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Southern Shutout
IT’S A FOOTRACE. Franklinton’s Cory Halterman (left) makes his way toward the ball during Monday’s road setback against the Southern Nash Firebirds.
Southern Shutout
STANHOPE -- Southern Nash’s unique set of talented scorers versus stingy Franklinton keeper Jared Miller proved to be an entertaining facet of Monday’s boys soccer season opener for both squads.
Southern, led by midfielder Moises Gonzalez and speedy wing Miguel Salazar, was able to put consistent pressure on Miller, who answered with a slew of acrobatic saves to keep the Firebirds off the scoreboard.

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FHS girls win over Cougars
FHS girls win over Cougars
FRANKLINTON -- Caitlin Withers’ first match as Franklinton High School’s head volleyball coach was a successful one as the Lady Rams held off backyard rival Wake Forest-Rolesville in a season-opening contest at the Old FHS Gymnasium.
“I was more nervous than I thought I would be,’’ said Withers, a former player at the University of South Carolina. “We got down big a few times, but we were able to keep things together and come back.

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Rematch With RM
GETTING READY FOR THE GRYPHONS. Dillon Autrey (right) and the Bunn Wildcats will travel this Friday night to tangle with the Rocky Mount Gryphons at the new RMHS Football Field.
Rematch With RM
BUNN -- The role of party crasher isn’t one the Bunn Wildcats have been used to through the ears.
After all, the Wildcats, because of their usual lofty status, aren’t on the homecoming docket for many foes.
But BHS head coach Chris Miller hopes his Wildcats will enjoy their spoiler’s role this Friday when they serve as the opponent for the grand opening of the new stadium (and new campus) at Rocky Mount High School.

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Gryphons prepare for Wildcats
ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount’s Jason Battle is full of mixed emotions this week.
The new head football coach of the Gryphons is on Cloud 9 about being the school’s gridiron leader.  
He’s beside himself about being a part of the school’s first-ever on-campus football game when 2-A power Bunn comes calling for the season opener in RMHS’ brand new stadium Friday.

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IT’S A SNAP
IT’S A SNAP
Franklinton’s Daquan Neal prepares to receive a snap during last Saturday’s scrimmage versus South Granville.

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DAQUAN CAN DO IT ALL
DAQUAN CAN DO IT ALL
In addition to his time at quarterback last Saturday, Franklinton’s Daquan Neal also reeled in this pass from Steven Downing.

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Wings Over Water event slated
MANTEO -- The 2012 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a six-day celebration of the wild side of the Outer Banks of North Carolina is set for Nov. 6-11.
Many of this year’s events are family-friendly and priced so that they are affordable. And there are tram tours for those who don’t wish to walk far.

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Rayl reels in the Hillcats, 5-0
Rayl reels in the Hillcats, 5-0
LYNCHBURG, VA. -- Mike Rayl has been an anchor for Carolina over the last few weeks, and his unrelenting will power helped the Carolina Mudcats combine on a 5-0 shutout of the Lynchburg Hillcats on Sunday evening at Calvin Falwell Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
The Mudcats improved to 25-24 in the second half, and 57-62 overall.

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FIND THE FLIGHT
FIND THE FLIGHT
Southern Nash’s Ben Liles (left) and Franklinton’s Layne Lynam (right) try to locat the ball during Monday’s boys soccer contest in Stanhope.

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SMITH SURGES TOWARD THE BALL
SMITH SURGES TOWARD THE BALL
Louisburg’s Derek Smith (right) tries to chase down a Warsaw James Kenan player during a segment at last Friday’s Wilson Fike Football Jamboree.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Pat Green court case could conclude by end of the week
Pat Green court case could conclude by end of the week
The court saga involving former sheriff Pat Green could be concluded by week’s end.
Noelle Talley, a spokesperson with the State Attorney General’s Office, said they anticipate the case being disposed of on Friday.
Last week, County Attorney Pete Tomlinson said State Bureau of Investigation representatives informed him that their investigation had concluded and the special prosecutor in the case was working out a possible plea arrangement with Green and his attorneys.

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Local police arrest suspected drunk driver, gun toter
Franklinton police arrested a Henderson man accused of driving around drunk with a concealed weapon.
According to a report by Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, officers were notified of a careless and reckless motorist who was driving on U.S. 1 with no lights on.
Officers stopped the vehicle in the northbound lane and smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the driver.

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White Level Fire and Rescue
White Level Fire and Rescue
Front row left to right, Bryan Boyd, JT Southerland, Caleb Leonard, TJ Hight, Capt. B.J. Brewer Jr., Evelyn Smith; back row, left to right, Second Capt. Will Smith, Scott Southerland, Justin Bailey, Dustin Haley, Jason Wright, Beverly Harris, Assistant Chief Johnny Hight and Chief Billy Joe Brewer.

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Fatal wreck at county line
A Sanford man was killed in an alcohol-related, fiery crash on U.S. 64 near Franklin County on Sunday.
According to a report by Trooper Q.C. Stanton, Marvin Lee, 23, was driving along U.S. 64 just before 3:30 when he ran into the back of a car that was sticking in the roadway.
Lee hit another car and his vehicle split in half and caught fire. He died at the scene, according to reports.

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Authorities suspicious about reports of shots fired into home
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects alleged to have shot into an occupied dwelling.
According to a deputy’s report, though, the incident looks like an inside job.
Juan and Franselia Vega reported the morning of Aug. 9 that they heard several gunshots outside of their Master Booth Lane home in the Spring Hope area.

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