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Showing 37 articles from September 7, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

New radio system given a ‘thumbs up’ by first responders
The county’s newly overhauled emergency communications system is still more than a month away from being green lighted, but first responders and commissioners gave it a thumbs up this week.
Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin presented commissioners with test results for the new system and they were impressive, according to those in the emergency response community.

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<i>As tough as combat</i>
George Pugh deals with loss of everything, including his pets
As tough as combat
During his time in the Army, one of George Pugh’s assignments was coordinating the efforts undertaken by a stable of hundreds of photographers.
The 55-year-old also saw his share of combat.
However, none of the visions he saw or the pains he felt compare to the despair he’s experienced since an early morning Labor Day fire  burned his mobile home to the ground, killing four cats and his best friend, Rocky, a half Dachshund, half Chihuahua.

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Commissioners told main library upgrade overdue
Friends of the Library would like Franklin County’s main media center to be a bit more friendly.
Or, at least larger.
Jean Edwards, a member of the Franklin County Library Board of Trustees and a member of Friends of the Library, a volunteer group to promote library service, said they need a bigger space at the county’s main library in Louisburg.

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GETTING READY FOR A SHOW
GETTING READY FOR A SHOW
Milton D. Shearin of the Justice Community adjusts a sign in his booth at the Justice Tractor Show which kicked off Friday morning and runs through today (Saturday). As he set up his booth, Shearin said he’s still amazed that the show, which he originally thought would last a year or two, is in its 12th year and shows no sign of slowing down.

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142 ‘Pot’ plants found in plots around county
GREEN THUMB. Officers seized marijuana plants like this one during an eradication effort late last month.
142 ‘Pot’ plants found in plots around county
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested three people and seized 142 marijuana plants during a marijuana eradication effort they deemed significant and successful.
Members of the narcotics unit, Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (SCOPE) deputies, State Bureau of Investigation and members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit were part of the multi-agency effort designed to remove the drug from the county.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident A’Deja Williams

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Middle Class
Editorial Cartoon: Middle Class

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CPR: Don’t give up on life-saving effort too soon
CPR: Don’t give up on life-saving effort too soon
GOOD MORNING:  Listen up folks. As a member of the Louisburg Rescue Service back when cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was first introduced, the word now is don’t give up too soon! A new study involving hundreds of hospitals suggests that many doctors may be giving up too soon.
The study found that patients have a better chance of surviving in hospitals that persist with CPR for just nine minutes longer, on average, than hospitals where efforts are halted earlier and I see no reason that should not apply to first responders, too.

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It’s a wired, wired world; are graveyards to be next?
Oh, no! Say it ain’t so.
For those of us who have endured having virtually every second of our lives “wired” by countless and often insidious electronic devices and gizmos, we’ve always counted on one place where we could escape the constant possibility of electronic interruption.

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Today is ‘festival day,’ just don’t forget to eat
Today is ‘festival day,’ just don’t forget to eat
If you’re reading this fairly early Saturday, there’s still time to watch tractors in Justice, view firemen playing games in Epsom or attend a festival in Louisburg.
All these events, including times, have been in recent editions of this newspaper, so get out of the house and have fun.

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OBITUARIES

BARRY S. VICK
HENDERSON - Barry Stewart Vick, 42, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. A memorial graveside service was held Monday, Sept. 3, at Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg, with the Rev. Matthew Bowden officiating.

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EDDIE R. EDGERTON
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Eddie R. Edgerton, 92, who died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Luther Coppedge officiating. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove church cemetery.

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WALTER T. SHERRON
LOUISBURG - Walter Thomas Sherron, 58, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery.

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MABLE IRENE MACON
HENDERSON —Funeral services for Mable Irene Macon, 71, who died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, will be held at noon on Monday, Sept. 10, at Rowland Chapel Christian Church, with the Rev. John Miles officiating. Burial will follow in the Rowland Chapel church cemetery.

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CAROL B. BIELAWSKI
FRANKLINTON —Carol Burnett Bielawski, 57, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 7, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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ROBIN C. OLIVER
LOUISBURG - Robin C. Oliver, 53, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. Arrangements by Parrish Funeral Home, Selma.

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BERTHA A. FOGG
CREEDMOOR - Bertha Mable Allen Fogg, 78, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at Durham Regional Hospital in Durham. Services were held Thursday, Sept. 6, at Rock Spring Baptist Church, Creedmoor, with the Rev. Dr. Samuel Corbett officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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WALTER T. SHERRON
LOUISBURG - Walter Thomas Sherron, 58, died Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

FHS’ Smash Hits
TOWERS OF POWER. Stars (l to R) Jessica Harris (Franklinton) and Tainasha Vines (Bunn) elevate for possession during Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference volleyball matchup at the FHS Gymnasium.
FHS’ Smash Hits
FRANKLINTON -- The forfeiture of five matches one day earlier. The motivation of a home opener -- at least at the new gymnasium.
And the fact that the opponent had defeated them on all but two occasions over the past 18 seasons.
Certainly, there was plenty to play for -- and more -- as the Franklinton Lady Rams hosted backyard rival Bunn on Thursday in a key Northern Carolina Conference volleyball match.

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A WIN THAT WASN’T
GOODSON GOES FOR GLORY. Louisburg’s Shadé Goodson (right) delivers a kill for the Lady Warriors during Tuesday evening’s home volleyball matchup against Northern Carolina Conference opponent Franklinton.
A WIN THAT WASN’T
LOUISBURG -- The win that really wasn’t didn’t provide much solace for Louisburg High School volleyball coach Erica Wammock.
On the court, the Lady Warriors were defeated in four games Tuesday by rival Franklinton. Scores were 25-20, 17-25, 25-15 and 25-13 in favor of the Lady Rams.

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Zoe’s Extra Effort
HINTON HONORED. Louisburg High School senior Zoe Hinton (center) receives the WRAL-TV Extra Effort Award from the legendary Tom Suiter. Also pictured is LHS Athletic Director/Coach Erica Wammock. (Photo Submitted)
Zoe’s Extra Effort
LOUISBURG -- Of her lengthy list of career accomplishments, one moment stands out to best describe Zoe Hinton’s commitment to the athletic program at Louisburg High School.
During a match last year against Franklinton, Hinton made a play few of her peers would attempt as she dove far out-of-bounds in an attempt to save a ball.

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NFL picks destined to be bad
NFL picks destined to be bad
Bold. Daring. Provocative. Dynamic.
And destined to be terrible.
Once again, it’s time for another series of ill-fated National Football League picks for the 2012 campaign.
My selections will come first, followed by Carey Johnson’s just-as-lousy offerings:

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 9-15
High School Football
FRIDAY
Franklinton at Corinth Holders    7:30 p.m.
North Johnston at Bunn    7:30 p.m.

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Christian Buffaloe earns a promotion
Christian Buffaloe earns a promotion
NEW YORK -- Christian Buffaloe, the 12-year -old son (and student) of local Kyokushin Karate instructor Kenny Buffaloe, recently passed a high-level examination for 3rd kyu (Green Belt/Brown Tip) ranking.
In Kyokushin Karate, rank is very difficult to obtain, due to the high level and standards required for advancement. 

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Strassburger helps Barton to a win
Strassburger helps Barton to a win
WILSON -- Former Bunn High School standout Kevin Strassburger registered one goal and one assist on Wednesday as the Barton College Bulldogs claimed their first men’s soccer victory of the season -- a 4-1 home decision versus Chowan University.
Dante DeLuca had a hat trick for the Bulldogs, who improved to 1-2 overall.

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Mudcats wrap up 2012 regular season
Mudcats wrap up 2012 regular season
FREDERICK, MD. -- The Frederick Keys scored five unanswered over the second half of the game to drop the Carolina Mudcats 5-2 in the baseball season finale on Monday afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Carolina Mudcats finish the 2012 Class A Carolina League campaign with a 63-77 record while Frederick comes home with a 62-77 worksheet.

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Watt claims Northeast award
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College football team opened up its  2012 season with a 17-7 win over Erie Community College last weekend and a big part of the game’s success was the play of Kenny Watt.
For his efforts, Watt has earned the Northeast Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award.

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VERTICAL URGE
VERTICAL URGE
Franklinton’s Jessica Harris (right) leaps for a kill during Tuesday’s spike match against Louisburg.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (September 10-14)
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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COMMUNITY NEWS

IRS forms changing, local FSA announces
Franklin County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Lindsay Driver announced that calendar year 2012 brings several changes to the way FSA reports a producer’s farm program payments to the producer and to IRS.
In past years, IRS Forms 1099-G would be issued to show all program payments received from the Farm Service Agency, regardless of the amount.

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Local Democrats plan ceremony to mark Sept. 11
The Franklin County Democratic Party is hosting a 9/11 ceremony set for this Tuesday.
Full details are not available, but service, in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, is scheduled for noon on the Franklin County Courthouse steps.
The event is open and free to the public.

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Cattlemen’s Association hands out honors
Cattlemen’s Association hands out honors
At the first educational meeting of the new season, the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association recognized two individuals, one a long-time Cooperative Extension Agent and the other, the 2012 scholarship recipient for $500.

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Deputies probe missing money
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating allegations of fraud at an area retirement home.
Betty Ayscue reported the afternoon of Aug. 28 that there is about $500 missing from an account that is managed for her mother by administrators at the Autumn Wind retirement home.
According to the report by Det. G. Cottrell, Ayscue said that her mother receives a Medicare check that the retirement home keeps.

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FHS grad completes basic training
Army National Guard Pfc. Corey Smith has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons...

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HEALTHY LIONS
HEALTHY LIONS
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed an informative presentation recently regarding the new Geriatric Unit now under construction on the Franklin Regional Medical Center campus in Louisburg.  Jody Morris, CEO of Franklin Regional Medical Center, and Marcy Davis with Horizon Health provided an artist’s rendering of the 13-bed facility and advised the club that the plans are to have it open in 2013.

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PREP FOOTBALL

LHS Dominates Northwest Halifax
LHS Dominates Northwest Halifax
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- One week after using a late-game comeback to gain their first victory of the season, the Louisburg Warriors needed no such  fortune to secure Win No. 2.
Instead, Louisburg dominated literally from the opening kickoff en route to a 48-6 decision Friday at Northwest Halifax.

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FHS Holds Off Webb
FHS Holds Off Webb
OXFORD -- Franklinton came up with more defensive heroics Friday -- this time with the outcome of the game on the line.
FHS, which has stymied both Ravenscroft and Northern Vance in recent weeks, stopped host Oxford Webb on a potential score-tying 2-point conversion with 1:32 remaining in Friday’s non-conference football matchup in Granville County.

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