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Showing 31 articles from September 21, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Public-private idea may take root at Franklin’s airport
Franklin County’s airport authority is looking to expand the airport through a public/private partnership.
Paul Fayard, who sold his Carolina Sky Sports airport to Rampart Aviation a few years ago, is looking to build a hangar to house some Dash 8 planes he’s bringing in from Africa to renovate and sell.
His proposal to build a 12,000-square-foot hangar with leased space at the county’s Triangle North Executive Airport would make it the biggest hangar at the site.

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<i>A touch of optimism!</i><br>Speakers at economic development banquet paint a brighter picture
Banquet speaker Tom White
A touch of optimism!
Speakers at economic development banquet paint a brighter picture
Franklin County’s Committee of 100 got a rather upbeat report on the economy during their annual meeting Thursday night, first from chairman Don Lancaster and then from the event’s featured speaker, Tom White, director of the Economic Development Partnership with the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development at NC State University.

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With sites narrowed, park ‘nitpicking’ will now begin
Franklin County’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is moving forward with plans to target land for a new county park.
Members have scheduled a special-called meeting this Tuesday to further discuss properties that have made the top five.
Now, said Commission Chair Jan Alford, the nitpicking will begin.

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Candidates stake out their turf
FRANKLINTON — Federal, state and local candidates put their platforms before the public this week.
The seats on the Franklinton High School stage weren’t the only things that separated them.
At the commission level, views on taxes, business incentives and job creation provided delineation as clear as the political parties they represent.

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Community reaches out to vet who lost everything
Community reaches out to vet who lost everything
After debris and soot settled, George Pugh was able to search his burnt-out home, finding his beloved pets so he could give them a proper burial.
In the aftermath of the Labor Day fire, the 55-year-old has also found a community willing to help him move beyond the disaster that destroyed his house and killed four cats and a dog.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Tyrone Davis

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Education
Editorial Cartoon: Education

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As fall arrives, attention turns to ancient papyrus scrap
As fall arrives, attention turns to ancient papyrus scrap
GOOD MORNING: Today, Saturday, Sept. 22, marks the first day of fall, according to my desk calendar, and in view of the mild weather we’ve enjoyed all summer, I can’t help but wonder what Mother Nature is going to toss at us in the days ahead.
Temperatures locally are expected to top out around 86 degrees on Saturday and 76 on Sunday when there’s about a 20 percent chance we’ll get a bit of rain.

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From local to global; why is it so difficult?
What’s Lake Royale without the lake?
Very good question — although it’s a bit too narrow, if you ask us.
The comment came during a county commissioners’ meeting Monday night as county leaders discussed additional protections to make sure the lake is viable.

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Internet not biggest threat to papers; loss of towns is!
Internet not biggest threat to papers; loss of towns is!
It’s not unusual for folks to ask if the internet is going to put newspapers out of business.
The simple answer is no, it will not. It will change things but it won’t put us out of business — and it’s not even the biggest threat to our existence.
Of far bigger danger to us is the rapid decline of small towns — and small businesses that make small towns unique — thanks to the inexplicable trend toward “bigger is better” mentality.

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Repairing environmental damage short circuited
Dear editor:
The Tar River stream at Wilder Street continues trickling through its broken cement culvert; its embankments slithering ever closer to the stream. Ah, yes! Remember? Progress Energy sprayed and cut all flora and trees along the 400 feet of embankments.

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Romney mortgaged his soul
Dear editor:
I am starting to feel sorry for Mitt Romney. I really am. He’s a pretty decent fellow, and I think he did a good job as a rather progressive Republican governor of Massachusetts. But in his attempts to appeal to radical right-wing elements in his own party, he has mortgaged his soul, so to speak.

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OBITUARIES

JOHN JENKINS STRICKLAND, JR.
March 2, 1931 – September 20, 2012
LOUISBURG – John Jenkins Strickland, Jr., 81, of Louisburg, passed away peacefully Thursday morning at his home.  John was a son of the late John Strickland, Sr. and Iolia Wilder Strickland.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Carol Strickland Smith; sisters, Edith Blackley and Elsie Rogers; and brother, Raymond Strickland.

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PATRICK J. CATENA
RALEIGH - Patrick Joseph Catena, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at his home. A funeral mass was held Friday, Sept. 21, at St. Raphael’s Church in Raleigh.

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SELENE D. MOSS
FRANKLINTON— Selene DeMent Moss, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 18. A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 21, at Bethel United Methodist Church, Kittrell.

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ALEX O. RODWELL
FRANKLINTON  - Alex O. Rodwell, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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EDWARD WILKERSON
FRANKLINTON —Edward Wilkerson, 51, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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SPORTS

NO FEAR FOR LC
PHYSICAL COLLISION. (L to R) Cape Fear’s Elizabeth Okpodu and Louisburg College’s Sarah Parkinson collide while trying to gain possession during Thursday afternoon’s Region X women’s soccer matchup at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
NO FEAR FOR LC
LOUISBURG -- Admittedly, Andy Stokes didn’t know what to expect when his Louisburg College women’s soccer squad entertained perennial powerhouse Cape Fear CC on Thursday for an important Region X showdown.
After all, Cape Fear had dominated foes this season en route to a perfect record and a Top-20 national junior college ranking.

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ON THE BUILD
FOREHAND PROWESS. Louisburg High School’s Catie Strickland returns a shot during Thursday’s team tennis contest against Northern Vance.
ON THE BUILD
LOUISBURG -- With each passing individual victory, momentum and excitement builds within the Louisburg High School girls tennis program.
After not having enough players to field a team last fall, Louisburg boasts a young but energetic club that is lean on experience but loaded with players willing to learn about the sport.

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Lady Warriors rally past Warren Co.
HINTON HELPS THE CAUSE. Louisburg High School’s Zoe Hinton (right) elevates for a kill during Thursday’s volleyball event against Warren County.
Lady Warriors rally past Warren Co.
LOUISBURG -- The first game wasn’t pretty, but the final result was a victory for the Louisburg Lady Warriors.
Louisburg dropped the opener to Warren County but responded with three consecutive game victories to outlast the Lady Eagles in a Northern Carolina Conference volleyball meeting Thursday at the LHS Gymnasium.

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Warriors edged vs. RR
Warriors edged vs. RR
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- The Roanoke Rapids boys soccer team felt more relief than elation after defeating Louisburg 4-0 in overtime Wednesday at Hoyle Field in a key Northern Carolina Conference contest.
“It was frustrating,” Roanoke Rapids senior Ryan Boone said of the game against the Warriors. “I’m relieved we got the win, but we should have got it in regulation.”

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Red Rams Outlast Foes
KEEP-ING FHS IN THE HUNT. Thanks in part to talented keeper Jared Miller (center), the Franklinton Red Rams are a factor in the Northern Carolina Conference soccer race. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Red Rams Outlast Foes
FRANKLINTON -- With parity once again in full force in the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings, every match is a matter of survival.
And Franklinton was able to maintain its lofty perch in the league after surviving a pair of tough matches this week against NCC and Franklin County opponents.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 23-29
High School Football
FRIDAY
Corinth Holders at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.
Warren County at Bunn    7:30 p.m.
Northwest Halifax at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.

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LC wins close one over Gray Military
LC wins close one over Gray Military
FRANKLINTON -- The Louisburg College football team improved its 2012 record to 3-0 as the Hurricanes knocked off the War Eagles of Gray Military Academy, 34-32, Sunday afternoon.
The War Eagles came into the nonconference match up with a perfect record of 3-0 but they couldn’t overcome a great first-half effort by the Hurricanes, who came out firing at the Old Franklinton High School Football Field.

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HOLD OF THE SITUATION
HOLD OF THE SITUATION
Louisburg College’s Sam Parrish (top) plays strong defense on Cape Fear’s Jodi Barber during Thursday’s Region X women’s soccer match at Ronald May Field.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (September 24-29)
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

Senate candidates in ‘sparring match’
FRANKLINTON — The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate’s forum this past week.
For at least two of the General Assembly candidates, it was a sparring match.

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Teen’s case uncertain
A teenage girl accused of conspiring to kill her mother appeared in juvenile court this week, but the case against her remains uncertain.
Investigators arrested the 15-year-old girl and her accomplice, 18-year-old Shannon Nyamodi, in the hours following the Aug. 16 robbery attempt that resulted in Rhonda Maclean being shot inside her Shearin Court home.

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Deputies make arrest in armed robbery
Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men following an armed robbery.
According to a report by Det. C. Wood, investigators were first called out to settle a dispute involving a handgun at Franklin Court Apartments in Louisburg the afternoon of Sept. 18.
When they arrived, Louisburg police officers stopped a car containing the robbery suspects and seized a handgun that was alleged to have been used in the robbery.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Franklinton Holds Off Louisburg
Franklinton Holds Off Louisburg
FRANKLINTON -- Another week, another game-saving defensive stand by the Franklinton Red Rams.
In each of FHS’ five victories this season, the Red Rams have come up with a late stop to preserve a nail-biting decision.
So why should Franklinton’s most important game of the year to date be any different?

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Wildcats Win On the Road
Wildcats Win On the Road
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Roanoke Rapids scored 10 fourth-quarter points to cut into an 18-point deficit, but in the end Bunn had a little too much for the Yellow Jackets as the Wildcats rolled to a 28-13 win on Friday in a key Northern Carolina Conference football contest at RR’s Hoyle Field.
Roanoke Rapids quarterback Jackie Caudle threw for 125 yards in the second half, including a 32-yard completion to De’Juan Walker to the Bunn 9-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

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