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Showing 30 articles from November 6, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Incumbents sweep county commission races in county
Political newcomer Chad Barefoot beat out incumbent State Sen. Doug Berger to claim the newly created District 18 seat in one of the more fiercely fought races locally.
Berger’s defeat was one of two apparent losses by an incumbent — Judge Quon Bridges was short 235 votes to challenger Amanda Stevenson — as Democratic Commissioners Sidney Dunston, Cedric Jones, and Shane Mitchell retained their seats against challenges.

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<i>Celebrating — and making — fire-fighting history</i>
Could this be a record number of Franklin County fire fighters assembled at one place? Organizers of the 50th anniversary event thought so!
Celebrating — and making — fire-fighting history
History was not only celebrated but also made when the Franklin County Fire Fighters Association marked its 50th anniversary Sunday afternoon.
It addition to marking that milestone, the Association leaders also announced the creation of the Franklin County Fire Fighter of the Year Award — and awarded it to White Level Chief Billy Brewer Sr. — and also noted that the celebration may have been the largest-ever gathering of fire fighters in the history of Franklin County.

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Decision time!
Decision time!
Before Tuesday, nearly 40 percent of the county’s registered voters had already cast a ballot.
Yet, there was still a steady stream of voters who braved brisk temperatures on election day to choose candidates in local, state and federal races — including this country’s next president.
“It’s much busier than it was in (the presidential election of) 2008,” said James Jones, precinct judge for the old Franklinton High School polling site.

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A HORSIE PLEASE!
A HORSIE PLEASE!
Horse fancier Emma Clark, three and a half, really likes horses and wanted her face painted with a likeness of one, a wish that artist Tammy Harris was happy to grant. Face painting was just one of the activities for kids when the Franklin County Fire Fighters Association marked its 50th anniversary Sunday.

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Final school budget dips into reserves
Working through a diverse agenda Monday night, the Franklin County Board of Education honored a principal (see related story), moved money from its fund balances (saving accounts) to balance its budget, heard a student-led presentation and approved a quilt block that’s a nod to the history and heritage of not only the Porch Building but also to African-Americans.

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Bunn High Principal honored
Bunn High Principal honored
With her two daughters and husband, Jon, looking on, Bunn High School Principal Robin Faulkner accepted the 2013 Principal of the Year Award for Franklin County schools Monday night.
Presenting the award were Supt. Eddie Ingram and Board of Education Chairman Gilbert Johnson. The presentation came at the beginning of the board of education’s regular November meeting as part of a program sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Peyton Joyner

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Mother Nature
Editorial Cartoon: Mother Nature

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Uncrowded polling place greets early morning voters
Uncrowded polling place greets early morning voters
GOOD MORNING: For the looks and feel of things, fall has indeed fallen. We got our first hard freeze of the season out my way Saturday morning. The indoor reading outdoor thermometer in my front yard registered a frosty cold 31.3 degrees at 7:30 a.m. and the frost in that open pasture area between our house on Terrell lane and N.C. 561 looked like a blanket of snow.

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As fire fighters celebrate, we should say thanks!
If you needed a fire fighter Sunday afternoon, all you had to do was look around the Triangle North Executive Airport, the high-falutin’ name for the Franklin County airport.
There were fire fighters aplenty at the airport as the Franklin County Fire Fighters Association marked its 50th birthday.

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Radio discussion should be better communicated
Radio discussion should be better communicated
I remember years ago, when I first began working for the Franklin Times, I would hear horror stories about the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.
Their levels of dissension, animosity and vitriol on the board that was hard to believe.
There were assertions that county management staff told certain commissioners one bit of information and told other commissioners information that was different.

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OBITUARIES

MICHAEL I. ROBINSON
LOUISBURG —Funeral services for Michael I. Robinson, 46, who died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Roberson-Robinson Memorial Cemetery.

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ELIZABETH J. TYSON
WILMINGTON —Elizabeth (Lib) (Libby) Jacobs Tyson, 83, of Wilmington died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at Northchase Nursing and Rehab Center in Wilmington.

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SPORTS

Randleman Rally
EVERETTE ON THE MOVE FOR FHS. Franklinton’s Everette Eaton (46) picks up yardage during last Friday night’s home loss to Randleman in the first round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
Randleman Rally
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton was literally a few yards away from all but sealing a victory against Randleman in last Friday’s first round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
What transpired from that point resulted in one of the Red Rams’ most heartbreaking losses in recent memory.

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LC’S NATIONAL PRIDE
SCALES CAN’T BE STOPPED. Louisburg College freshman sniper Jessie Scales (middle) earns another scoring opportunity during the Lady Hurricanes’ district championship victory last Saturday against Essex CC.
LC’S NATIONAL PRIDE
LOUISBURG -- True soccer snipers have the ability to turn a few inches of space into a game-changing feat of offensive excellence.
When Andy Stokes signed Jessie Scales back in the spring to a letter-of-intent, he knew that the incoming freshman from Roanoke Rapids would be that type of player for his Louisburg College women’s soccer program.

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First-Round Fury
COHEN IN THE CLUTCH. Tarik Cohen (with ball) rushed for 262 yards as the Bunn Wildcats advanced in the Class 2-AA State Playoffs with a home shutout decision last Friday night over North Brunswick.
First-Round Fury
BUNN -- Coach Chris Miller doesn’t know when -- or if -- starting quarterback Deshawn High will return to the lineup for the Bunn Wildcats.
But even in High’s absence, the Wildcats have plenty of offensive talent to survive in the postseason -- a fact that was evident during last Friday’s first-round matchup with North Brunswick in the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.

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LC clubs succeed on court
LC clubs succeed on court
LOUISBURG -- The third-ranked Louisburg College women’s basketball team opened up the 2012-13 season with a pair of wins at the Pizza Hut Classic last weekend at Taylor Center on the LC campus.
In their season opener last Friday night, the Lady Hurricanes defeated Frederick CC, 97-71.
Olivia Gaines led the way for the Lady Canes as she scored 23 points, pulled down five boards and dished out three assists.

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Mudcats offer holiday deals
Mudcats offer holiday deals
ZEBULON -- Just in time for the holidays, the Carolina Mudcats are offering 2013 Seventh Inning Stretch Mini-Plans for the upcoming Class A Carolina League baseball campaign.
Each plan costs $50 and offers tickets to five select Friday or Saturday games during the season.
Two plans are offered -- Muddy The Mudcat and Mini Muddy. Each plan includes two undated box seats to another 2013 contest.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last week’s results from the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs:

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LHS’ campaign ends at Edenton Holmes
EDENTON -- Edenton Holmes lived up to its undefeated hype during last Friday’s first-round showdown against visiting Louisburg in the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
The Aces dealt the Warriors a 56-8 setback in opening-round action in historic Edenton.
With the loss, Louisburg’s campaign ended at 5-6 overall. But the Warriors achieved their chief preseason goal of qualifying for the playoffs.

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CATCH THE FEVER
CATCH THE FEVER
Bunn’s Johnathan Alston goes up for a reception during last Friday’s victory over North Brunswick.

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Guillen shines at state’s XC event
KERNERSVILLE -- Franklinton’s Luis Guillen capped off his strong season by finishing in 43rd place in the boys standings at the Class 2-A State Cross Country Championships.
The event was  held last Saturday at Beeson Park in Forsyth County.
Guillen, a sophomore, trekked the course in 17:38.64 to close out his first year on the FHS cross country squad.

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STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
RALEIGH -- Four champions were crowned last Saturday as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association conducted its annual State Volleyball Championships at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Results from the event were as follows:

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WRAPPED UP
WRAPPED UP
Franklinton High School defenders (l to r) Joshon Perry, Dominic Cotton and Kyrell Wright surround a Randleman back during last Friday night’s state football playoff contest.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Laurel Mill youngsters pick Obama by a wide margin</i>
CLASS ACTION. Kindergartners in Sharon Reams’ and Brenda Hunts’ class are proud to have voted.
Laurel Mill youngsters pick Obama by a wide margin
Laurel Mill Elementary School students exercised their right as a citizen of their school and voted in the presidential election.
Their efforts were part of the nationwide Every Kid Votes, a mock election program designed to teach students about the civic process.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

‘Bugs’ in radio system delay full switch; a fix is promised
LOUISBURG — The company behind a nearly $11 million 911 radio overhaul has held off on a complete system switch over until it works out some bugs.
Back in October, officers in Franklinton and Youngsville reported errors with audio and dropped calls since law enforcement traffic was taken off the old system and put onto the new emergency communications system.

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County to help industry with water tank
LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners agreed Monday to help a growing business continue that trend.
Just after closing out a $750,000 grant that Palziv used to locate in Franklin County and create 53 jobs, the company asked commissioners for $45,643 to bolster an aging water tank on site.

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‘Feeding Franklin’ annual food drive underway; will help 17 local pantries
It is that time of year again – time to help stock local food pantries.
The United Way of Franklin County Fall Food Drive – Feeding Franklin – is under way through Nov. 15.
“This is a way for county residents to give canned goods and other non-perishables to the 17 pantries in Feeding Franklin in the UWFC network,” 2012-13 Community Campaign Co-Chair Betty Craig said.

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Farm program enrollment underway
Franklin County Farm Service Agency (Louisburg) Executive Director Lindsay Driver announced the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program opened Oct. 22 and will end June 7, 2013.   The SURE program authorizes assistance to Franklin County farmers and producers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011. 

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Deputies probe vehicle break-ins near Youngsville
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who broke into a handful of vehicles in a Youngsville area neighborhood.
According to the report by Dep. Joel Anderson, he was dispatched to the 100 block of Richland Drive to speak to the first set of victims.

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