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Showing 30 articles from August 21, 2012.

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Was teen ‘mastermind’ behind murder try?
Authorities are trying to determine whether a 15-year-old accused of using drugs and sex to mastermind a nearly fatal attack on her mother will be charged as an adult.
Investigators arrested the girl and her 18-year-old accomplice, Shannon Z. Nyamodi, in the hours following the Aug. 16 robbery attempt that resulted in Rhonda Maclean being shot inside her Shearin Court home. Maclean survived her injuries.

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County dissolves animal control advisory board
Franklin County commissioners agreed Monday night to dissolve its animal control advisory board.
Whether a new group of citizens will be tasked with fulfilling their role remains unclear.
Following an Aug. 8 meeting, the 11-member citizens’ group agreed that it would petition commissioners to disband the board.
Commissioners granted that request on Monday night.

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<i>College saluted after 225 years!</i>
College saluted after 225 years!
COLLEGE SALUTED. Louisburg College was saluted by the Louisburg town council Monday night as the school begins celebrating its 225th anniversary of its founding. On hand to accept a proclamation was college president Dr. Mark La Branche (left) who was handed the document by Mayor Karl Pernell.

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L’burg nixes quilt trail in residential areas
Efforts to bring a fledgling quilt trail to Louisburg that have been lost in the town’s notorious “weeds” of regulations finally was brought before a vote of the town council Monday night — and “mowed down” in a 5-to-2 vote.
The vote effectively bans the display of quilt blocks, the fundamental aspect of the trail, in any Louisburg residential district, including the historical district.

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Airport land deal finalized
Attorneys have completed a deal that expands the airport’s footprint.
Last week, Triangle North Executive Airport Director Steve Merritt informed committee members that a deal to buy 64 acres northeast of the terminal had been finalized.
“The deal is done,” Merritt said during the board’s Aug. 14 meeting.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident James Bumpers

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Kicking
Editorial Cartoon: Kicking

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Is one man’s vision a recipe for disaster?
Is one man’s vision a recipe for disaster?
GOOD MORNING: While it’s highly unlikely at my age that I will be affected in any manner by whoever is elected president or vice-president next year, it looks to me like GOP vice-presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan’s vision for the future is a recipe for disaster.
According to published reports, Rep. Ryan’s plan would tax the wealthiest Americans less but many of the poorest ones more, and on top of that, shrink Social Security and the military to levels not seen since the 1930s and drastically cut Medicare and Medicaid as well.

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Volunteers given the boot despite service to county
We know you’ll find this almost impossible to believe but Franklin County government is again skipping merrily down the road — BUT in exactly the wrong direction.
Surprised?
Of course you are!

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Foot in mouth disease is  catching on with politicians
Foot in mouth disease is catching on with politicians
When I think of politicians, I’m often reminded of two people — Ron Burgundy and Charles Barkley.
In the fictional world of Mr. Burgundy, the anchorman was known for reading his teleprompter, word-for-word, no matter what.
The same is true of basketball analyst Mr. Barkley, who is must-watch television during the National Basketball Association season.

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Is this Progress Energy’s legacy?
Dear Editor:
Wilder Street runners, walkers, bicyclists, and chauffeurs are remiss in not stopping to walk west to the stream bank so as to carefully view this Tar River feeder streambed; its eastern bank and embankment now denuded of native plants, bushes, and tiny trees.

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OBITUARIES

MARY ELLA PAGNELLA
WAKE FOREST - Mary Ella Pagnella, 13, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest.

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HERBERT LYONS COSTOLO, III
December 25, 1962 – August 19, 2012
BUNN - Herbert Lyons Costolo, III, 49, of Bunn, NC, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, died Sunday, August 19, 2012.

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SPORTS

RM Party Spoiled
MCLEAN MAKES HIS MARK. Bunn’s Karilee McLean (with ball) picks up yardage on the ground during last Friday’s road victory at Rocky Mount.
RM Party Spoiled
ROCKY MOUNT -- Bunn played the villain’s role to perfect last Friday, and in the process spoiled the grand opening of the new Rocky Mount High School Football Field.
The Gryphons were hoping for a celebration, but instead Bunn gained a measure of revenge from last year’s shutout loss at the hands of RM.

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TOUGH TO TAKE
DIFFICULT TO BRING DOWN. Louisburg’s Antonio Smith (with ball) evades a pair of Southern Vance defenders during last Friday night’s football game.
TOUGH TO TAKE
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg scored first -- but not again -- during last Friday’s regular season football opener against Southern Vance.
The Runnin’ Raiders would close the contest with two unanswered touchdowns en route to earning a 14-6 decision over the Warriors at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.

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Red Rams fall 49-47 to Lakewood
A BIG NIGHT FOR BURK. Demetrius Burk had a huge outing last Friday night for the Franklinton Rams, who were edged at Lakewood.
Red Rams fall 49-47 to Lakewood
ROSEBORO -- Jeremy Buck’s first game as Franklinton’s head football coach also turned out to be one of the wildest for the Red Rams in recent memory.
Taking on small-school power Lakewood, the Red Rams tallied 47 points -- but gave up 49 to the host Leopards.

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Franklin squads on court
Franklin squads on court
BUNN -- After dropping their first match of the season, the Bunn Ladycats were perilously close to falling to 0-2 during Monday’s home volleyball contest against Princeton.
Trailing two games to zero, the Ladycats rallied for a clutch 11-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-20 and 15-7 decision over the Bulldogs at the Bunn Dome.

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Tar Heels will host academy
Tar Heels will host academy
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Triangle Tar Heels Basketball Academy is now open to youngsters.
Boys and girls of all ages and skill types are invited to participate. Training sessions will be split into two categories -- advanced and beginner.
Head trainer Levi Beckwith will oversee the sessions.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s results from Week One of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s football season:

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Myrtle Beach masters Mudcats
Myrtle Beach masters Mudcats
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored four runs, needing only one hit, over the final innings to beat the Carolina Mudcats 5-2 on Sunday night at TicketReturn.com Field in the Palmetto State.
The win assured the Pelicans (33-23, 69-57) of the weekend series, and vaults them six games ahead of the Mudcats for the Southern division wild-card spot.

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HERE THEY ARE, FOLKS
HERE THEY ARE, FOLKS
Members of the Bunn High School football squad take to the field before last Friday’s season opener on the road against the Rocky Mount Gryphons in Nash County.

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ROAD BLOCK
ROAD BLOCK
Louisburg High School wingback Antwan Perry (with ball) tries to escape the tackle of Southern Vance’s Reginald Hunter during last Friday night’s contest.

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LIFESTYLES

Questions about God okay
Questions about God okay
How many times have we asked ourselves questions about God? Whether we are believers or not believers, very often we doubt our own beliefs. I think we can all  agree to some extent that questions about God go through our minds more  frequently than we sometimes want to admit.
I would like to share with you ideas and reflections about this subject, especially since you can become a part of this activity right here at your doorstep.

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No simple answers in fast food debate
No simple answers in fast food debate
It’s interesting to see how sometimes an innocent statement can lead to such lively discussions!
A colleague recently sent an email out across the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences listserv to alert us to the fact that a new Chocolate Chip Frappe from a popular fast food chain has over 450 calories.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklinton High School assistant principal named
Erica Shoulders-Royster has been named an assistant principal at Franklinton High School.
Shoulders-Royster began her post at Franklinton High School Wednesday, Aug. 1.
“I am excited to be working with two fine educators — Charles Fuller and David Averette,” said Shoulders-Royster.  “It is an honor to be a part of a great team

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COMMUNITY NEWS

NO CAMPAIGNING!
NO CAMPAIGNING!
Franklin County school officials apparently are serious about their ban on campaigning and campaign literature on school campuses. When school officials first saw this truck with a large campaign sign in its bed parked at Louisburg High School Friday night before the first football game of the season, they say they attempted to reach its driver via page.

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<i>L’burg council salutes college on 225th anniversary</i>
L’burg council salutes college on 225th anniversary
Although severely limiting the proposed quilt trail in Louisburg (see related story) was the major item of business for the Louisburg Town Council Monday night, a number of other items made up a long agenda that contributed to one of the longest council sessions in recent memory.
Among those was passing a proclamation celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of Louisburg College.

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Checks from ex-sheriff Green repay county, schools
By the first of this week, the coffers belonging to Franklin County and the school system got a bit more stacked.
By last Friday, former sheriff Pat Green paid the county $203,100 — money he admitted stealing from the county’s undercover drug fund.

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Youngsville police round up handful of DWI suspects
Youngsville police arrested a handful of DWI suspects, including a commissioner’s son.
Logan C. Lancaster, 21, of Remington Court, was arrested during the early morning hours of Aug. 18 and charged with driving while impaired.
According to the report by Officer A. Edwards, police had set up a license checkpoint at W. Main and N. Cross streets and Lancaster approached in a red pickup truck, driving through the stop.

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CHAMPIONS HONORED
CHAMPIONS HONORED
These members of Louisburg’s 11-and12-year-old Dixie Youth Major Champions were honored by the Louisburg Town Council Monday night. The team was cited in a proclamation from the town council which was presented by Mayor Karl Pernell, shown here at the far left.

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