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Showing 46 articles from December 4, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Breaking News: Nashville woman found dead in home
A Nashville woman was found dead in her home on Tuesday afternoon and her boyfriend has been charged with first degree murder.
According to Captain Pat Joyner of the Nash County Sheriff’s Department, Nash County deputies responded to a possible homicide at 7389 Cedar Grove School Loop Road around 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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SIGNS OF THE SEASON
SIGNS OF THE SEASON
From Santa’s arrival in the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade to a Merry Christmas banner carried by Rebecca Tyson (left) and Brittany Mulkey, the signs of the season were all around Franklin County last weekend. The banner, by the way, helped call attention to “A Night of Miracles,” a free, drive-through Nativity being held by Rock Spring Baptist Church on Dec. 7, 8, and 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each night.

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Can you hear us now? Sorry, ‘no’
LOUISBURG — Commissioners got an update regarding its multi-million dollar radio system project and it sounded a lot like the last update.
And the one before that.
Site manager Kevin Desmond, though, said engineers won’t stop until they’ve fixed the problem.

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Shooting range shot down by county
Shooting range shot down by county
LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners refused to permit a Youngsville gun shop from opening a gun range in the Mapleville Community east of Louisburg.
Aaron Byrd and Eric Coombs proposed building a pistol, shotgun and rifle range on a 171-acre site on Dunn Road, but a roomful of residents told commissioners they didn’t want such an operation in their backyard.

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Businessman, developer Mike Leonard dies at 66
Businessman, developer Mike Leonard dies at 66
Friends say Michael Leonard looked at the business world a bit differently.
He could look at an open field and instead of cow pies, he saw opportunity.
And, more importantly, he did something to stimulate business rather than just curse the odor.
The long-time businessman and development advocate died Dec. 2.
He was 66.

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Find-a-park challenge carries into a new year
LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will begin the new year tackling an old problem — picking a site for a county park.
The county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is preparing to present commissioners with three potential sites and figured it would help their cause if commissioners got a chance to visit the properties to get a good look at them.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Makenzie Mejias, 2, enjoying the Youngsville parade

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Dumped
Editorial Cartoon: Dumped

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Dec. 7: A day that lives in infamy — and memory!
Dec. 7: A day that lives in infamy — and memory!
GOOD MORNING: Friday marks the 71st anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire — a day that will not only, in the words of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “live in infamy,” but a day that made a big change in my life as well as in the lives of countless others.
As I have noted so many times in the past 71 years, little did I realize as having just reached the age of 14, that after roughly 18 months and lying about my age, I would be wearing a uniform in the U.S. Navy.

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A few simple suggestions for a safer holiday season
The holiday season is here and shoppers can bet that the crooks are out in full force.
To help keep folks safe, Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones has offered some tips that are worth repeating this year.
“This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours.  These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.”

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Gun range points trigger  at, changing county
Gun range points trigger at, changing county
Monday night’s county commission meeting created some interesting conversations.
Primarily, it raised the discussion that pits business interests against homeowners, who want to enjoy their property free of that kind of intrusion.
In the case of Monday night, that intrusion would have been a shooting range.

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Good ole’ boy network lingers
Dear editor:
I had said I was not writing any more letters, but just could not pass this up.
The Godfather may have retired, but he got his mouthpiece elected (Franklin Times, Nov. 12).

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OBITUARIES

ROGER F. PERNELL
CASTALIA - Roger Franklin Pernell, 68, died  Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Memorial service was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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R. KEITH REYNOLDS
YOUNGSVILLE - Richard Keith Reynolds, 52, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at WakeMed North Healthplex. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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BENJAMIN “BEN” MYERS
LOUISBURG - Graveside services for Benjamin “Ben” Myers, 61, who died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, were held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.

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CHARLES T. AYSCUE
HENDERSON - Charles Thomas “Tommy” Ayscue, 89, of the Epsom Community, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at his home. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 3, at New Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by Pastor Jim Curtis. Burial, with Military Honors, followed in the church cemetery.

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MARVIN “ROSCOE” SANDY JR.
RALEIGH - Marvin Clifford Sandy Jr. “Roscoe”, 71, of Middlesex died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. A memorial service was held Sunday, Dec. 2, at Middlesex Baptist Church.

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W. HILARY “ROCK” PEARCE
ZEBULON - William Hilary “Rock” Pearce, 47, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell.

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JOSEPHINE W. HARPER
BUNN – Josephine Walker Harper, 82, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Bunn Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Spain officiating. Burial will follow in Bunn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery.

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MICHAEL W. LEONARD
LOUISBURG - Michael Warren Leonard, 66, of Louisburg died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Duke Raleigh Hospital.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Centerville Baptist Church with the Rev. Aaron Land officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 

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SPORTS

LC Makes History
RETURN KING. Ellsworth Community College’s Oscar Ross (with ball) returns a kickoff while Louisburg College’s John Gourdin defends during Sunday’s action at The Graphic Edge Bowl.
LC Makes History
LOUISBURG -- Any game with the moniker ‘edge’ in its name is destined to be a to-the-wire thriller.
That’s exactly what Louisburg College experienced Sunday during its first-ever bowl appearance.
The Hurricanes were tied with Ellsworth Community College in the final minute, but the Panthers came through with an 18-yard field goal from Alex Bainter in the closing seconds to secure a 30-27 victory over LC in the annual Graphic Edge Bowl, which was played on the campus of Northern Iowa University.

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BREAK BUSTERS
NO TROUBLE WITH DOUBLE. Despite being double-teamed, Louisburg College’s Tyquan Roberts (left) scores in the paint last Saturday vs. Lenoir CC.
BREAK BUSTERS
LOUISBURG -- It’s unclear when the last time Louisburg College men’s basketball team has gone to Christmas Break with an undefeated record -- if it has happened at all.
Certainly, it hasn’t occurred over the past two decades, but that streak might come to an end if the Hurricanes can pick up two more victories.

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LC splits contests on road
LC splits contests on road
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The third-ranked Louisburg College women’s basketball team knocked off #5 Monroe College in a road game between the two Top 5 teams Sunday afternoon in the Empire State
LC secured a seven-point lead at the break and went on to post a 76-66 decision. 
Sophomore guard, Tiffany Johnson led the ‘Canes in the non-conference win as she scored a game-high 19 points.

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Wildcats kick off with loss
Wildcats kick off with loss
Basketball is now in full swing at Bunn after the Wildcats traveled to Cardinal Gibbons on Monday for their regular season boys opener.
The Wildcats led heading into the fourth quarter against the highly regarded Crusaders, but Gibbons recovered to force overtime.

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Great Year For Lions
IT’S TROPHY TIME. Franklinton Lions coach Brian Bowers holds the runner-up trophy after his club took second place at the East Wake Football League Championships at Holly Springs High School.
Great Year For Lions
FRANKLINTON -- Coming into the campaign, all of the pieces were in place for the Franklinton Lions to be successful in the Mini Mite Youth Football Division.
But Coach Brian Bowers and his staff couldn’t imagine that the Lions would make history in the always-competitive East Wake Football League.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s scores from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Championships:

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CAMERON CLAIMS A PAIR OF PRIZES
CAMERON CLAIMS A PAIR OF PRIZES
CAMERON IN THE CLUTCH. Cameron Bowers, who is nine years old, harvested a doe and buck in a three-day period during the week of Thanksgiving.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here is a list of the upcoming College Football Bowl Games:

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Rayo Wins His Division
Rayo Wins His Division
ROCKY MOUNT -- A star-studded field awaited Louisburg High School at last Saturday’s Rocky Mount Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Nash County.
The event featured 16 high-caliber clubs, but Louisburg was still able to achieve its share of heroics.
“There was some very good competition at this tournament -- some really good teams,’’ said LHS head coach Courtney Tart. “We are getting stronger by the day.’’

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Bunn to host its annual baseball camp
Bunn to host its annual baseball camp
BUNN -- The 4th Annual Franklin County Baseball Camp is scheduled for January 26 on the campus of Bunn High School.  
The camp is designed for ages 6-18 with 12-13 area instructors working with participants in all areas of the game.
 The cost of the camp is $40, which includes lunch. 

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FIRST PLACE AT THE FACTORY
FIRST PLACE AT THE FACTORY
The Bunn Wildcats 9-Under Baseball Team won the championship in the Top Gun Silver Bracket at the Coach’s Appreciation Travel Tournament, which was held Nov. 17-18 at The Factory in Wake Forest.

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STANDING TALL FROM TALLWOOD
STANDING TALL FROM TALLWOOD
Louisburg College’s Tyrice Thomas (11), who prepped at Tallwood High School in Virginia, scores in the paint for the Hurricanes during last Saturday’s decision versus Lenoir CC.

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TAKEN DOWN
TAKEN DOWN
A Louisburg College runner (with ball) can’t avoid this double-team tackle attempt during Sunday afternoon’s action at The Graphic Edge Bowl in Iowa.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Couple exchanges wedding vows in ceremony at Meredith College</i>
Couple exchanges wedding vows in ceremony at Meredith College
Megan Carol Arnold and Timothy “Nicholas” Parker were married on Dec. 1, 2012 in Jones Chapel at Meredith College. The 5 p.m. ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Gary Moore.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray Arnold of Louisburg.

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Celebrating 62 years together!
Celebrating 62 years together!
Willard and Juanita Nash of Louisburg observed their 62nd Wedding Anniversary on Nov. 25, 2012. They were married on Nov. 25, 1950. They have three children, Mark and Sheila Leonard, Kent and Rhonda Nash, all of Louisburg, and Jim and Gaye Stallings of Greenville; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Commissioners take oaths</i>
Commissioners take oaths
I DO. Left, Commissioner John May swears to uphold the law as he takes the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony on Monday. His wife, Vickie, holds the Bible while District Court Judge John Davis reads the oath.

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ON THE DOTTED LINE
ON THE DOTTED LINE
Commissioner Don Lancaster, center, signs a copy of the oath of office he took moments before with the help of his wife, Terri.

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READY TO SERVE
READY TO SERVE
Above, Commission Vice Chair Sidney Dunston, middle, shakes the hand of District Court Judge John Davis after taking the oath of office with help from his daughter, Erris, left, and his sister, Mary Solomon.

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<i>Signs of the season appearing everywhere</i>
Signs of the season appearing everywhere
FUN IN YOUNGSVILLE. Krystina Phillips and her daughter, Payton, get a good glimpse of the parade

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Marching Band
Marching Band
FUN IN YOUNGSVILLE. Bunn High Marching Band member Victoria R. Dunston plays the flute.

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Sunny skies grace Louisburg parade
Sunny skies grace Louisburg parade
Franklin Regional Medical Center’s entry in the Chamber parade

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Sunny skies grace Louisburg parade, pic 2
Sunny skies grace Louisburg parade, pic 2
Little Master and Miss Justice wave to the festive crowd

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Deputies investigate vandalism
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who spray painted a house with racial slurs.
Samuel Gomez reported the evening of Nov. 27 that he was checking up on a rental property he owns in the 100 block of White Oak Circle near Louisburg when he discovered the damage.

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Pair charged with breaking, into building
Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people charged in a break-in.
Dep. Kevin Perry reported he responded to a breaking and entering in progress at a property in the 1300 block of Clifton Pond Road to find a storage building door cracked and two people inside.
They were identified as Sara Pierce, 32, of Cheves Road, and Timothy Edwards, 41, of Arnold Road.

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VETERANS HONORED
VETERANS HONORED
Amedisys Home Health and Hospice hosted their annual Veterans Day Breakfast recently and these vets were among those honored. Members of the Louisburg Senior Center’s “Coffee Club” were (from the left) Charles Oakley, Howell Jones, Thomas Harris, Renchor Wright, Hunter Averette and Ronnie Champion.

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BUSINESS

Five-star employee honored
Five-star employee honored
YOUNGSVILLE — An outstanding work ethic and dedication to giving customers five-star quality service every day are the attributes that garnered a Youngsville fast food employee a corporate honor.
McDonald’s presented Janie Hudson with its McDonald’s Five-Star Employee Ambassador award for employees in the Carolinas.

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