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Showing 44 articles from December 11, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Deputies break up dog fighting ring in northern Franklin
SEIZED. This dog has signs of attack on his hind legs.
Deputies break up dog fighting ring in northern Franklin
LOUISBURG — Sheriff’s deputies seized battered dogs and other evidence of a dog fighting operation in northern Franklin County this week.
Animal Control Director Taylor Bartholomew said it’s an activity that’s growing, but so is the resolve to stop it.
“I just want people to know that the sheriff’s office and animal control are serious about stopping this,” Bartholomew said. “We’re giving it more attention than ever before.

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<i>‘Tweaked’ attendance map okayed; creates Franklinton middle school</i>
ON A GUIDED TOUR. Assistant School Superintendent Tommy Piper (center, white shirt) leads a tour of the former Franklinton High School for parents and others interested in its conversion into a middle school. (Times photo by Gary Cunard)
‘Tweaked’ attendance map okayed; creates Franklinton middle school
The Franklin County Board of Education wasted little time Monday night in approving a “hybrid” attendance map that alleviated the objections parents had to the two earlier versions of attendance areas for the district’s middle schools.
After an hour-long tour of the old Franklinton High School, which is to be converted into the district’s new middle school, the board approved a map designated as “3B.”

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Shooting stopped by zoning rules
LOUISBURG — County planning staff responded to a noise complaint Sunday, putting a stop to shooting on a property that commissioners already said was not appropriate for a gun range.
Last week, commissioners refused to issue a special use permit that would have allowed Aaron Byrd and Eric Coombs to build a shooting range on 171 acres on Dunn Road in the Margaret Community east of Louisburg.

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<i>Struttin’ their chitlins!</i>
Struttin’ their chitlins!
THE GANG’S ALL HERE. From left, Andy Jones, “Chitlin King” Royal Jones, Brodie Green, Nat “The Brute” Sandlin, Harold “McNaughton” Kearney, and Sam Green  gather around, preparing chitlins for this past Friday night’s fundraiser hosted by members of American Legion Post 52 in Franklinton.

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<i>Franklin Regional about to unveil its new addition</i>
IN CHARGE. Nurse Manager Ali Fouts in her office at Franklin Regional Medical Center’s new geriatric psychiatric unit.
Franklin Regional about to unveil its new addition
LOUISBURG — After breaking ground on an expansion this past spring, Novant Health System is set to offer a groundbreaking resource to the community, and beyond.
Novant, operators of Franklin Regional Medical Center, will host an open house Thursday for its 13-bed geriatric psychiatry unit that will focus on the special mental health needs of older patients — a growing and underserved population, health care professionals say.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Parade lovers Kayla Cash and Parker Gupton

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Snail Mail
Editorial Cartoon: Snail Mail

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Fair warning: Don’t booze it and you won’t lose it
Fair warning: Don’t booze it and you won’t lose it
GOOD MORNING: Listen up, folks. I see where police all across North Carolina have launched their annual December crackdown on drunken drivers.
The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign got into full-swing this past Friday and will end on Jan. 2. Authorities say drunken driving is a major problem during the holidays, when many people celebrate at parties.

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Maybe it’s the weather, but holiday giving starting slow
It’s been partly the weather.
Granted, very warm — very unseasonably warm — weather has kept many people out of the Christmas season so far this year.
Weatherwise, it hasn’t seemed much like the holiday season, especially when the thermometer is hovering in the high 60s and low 70s and some folks in Christmas parades are in shorts and even short sleeves.

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Worrying about world’s end isn’t a healthy choice
Worrying about world’s end isn’t a healthy choice
It’s not too often that you can connect a story about the end of the world and health care, but here goes.
As most folks know, the Mayans hypothesized that the world would end in catastrophe on Dec. 21, 2012.
The theory has gained sufficient traction that plenty of people have either planned end-of-the-world parties, or have taken survival tendencies to the extreme — preparing bunkers to withstand a nuclear fallout or rationing foodstuffs for a year.

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People can vote as they choose
Dear editor:
Mrs. Hudson, first things first, you are not going to steal my joy because you are distraught (pray about it). People have a right to vote for whomever they choose to, just as you have the right to think as you do. Those are your thoughts.

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Editorial Cartoon: Tattoo
Editorial Cartoon: Tattoo

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OBITUARIES

BARBARA U. AYSCUE
July 24, 1941 – December 8, 2012
LOUISBURG – Barbara Marie Underwood Ayscue, 71, of Louisburg, died Saturday morning.

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GLADYS Y. MOORE
LOUISBURG —Funeral services for Gladys Y. Moore, 103, who died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hosie T. Starr III officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LAURA F. JEANS
ZEBULON – Laura Faye Jones Jeans, 68, of the Pilot Community, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.  Funeral service was held Monday, Dec, 10, at Pilot Baptist Church with burial in the Old Bunn Cemetery.

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MANERVIA T. MANN
FRANKLINTON - Manervia Christine Taylor Mann, 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 9, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Interment was in the Hawkins Chapel Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.

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JERRY T. MORRIS JR.
WARRENTON - Jerry Thomas Morris Jr., 41, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Maria Parham Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Cecil Newton officiating.

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NELLIE L. STROUD
FRANKLINTON - Nellie Lane Stroud, 94, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 12) at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ANNIE BELL MCKNIGHT
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Annie Bell McKnight, 92, who died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Conference Call
TIGHT QUARTERS. Louisburg’s Sedalia Seda (right) tries to find some space to drive toward the basket during last Friday night’s home girls basketball contest against the Southern Vance Lady Runnin’ Raiders.
Conference Call
LOUISBURG -- The beginning of the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball schedule will be a journey into the unknown of sorts for LHS first-year coach Sarah Bolten.
Bolten has plenty of hoops experience both as a player and a coach -- on the high school and college levels.
But she is unfamiliar with the NCC, aside from Louisburg’s early-season game at Roanoke Rapids as part of a preseason tournament.

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SHOT SELECTION
MILLS MAKES HIS MOVE FOR LHS. Louisburg High School veteran guard Tyrone Mills (right) drives to the basket for the Warriors during last Friday night’s home boys basketball showdown against non-conference rival Southern Vance.
SHOT SELECTION
LOUISBURG -- For the Warriors to be a factor in the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball race this season, some shots will have to start falling.
Louisburg is blessed with several other intangibles needed for success -- experience, depth, backcourt tenacity and a hefty share of athleticism.

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BHS boys slide past Warriors
PERRY’S PASS. Bunn’s Tavon Perry tries to find an open teamate vs. East Wake.
BHS boys slide past Warriors
BUNN -- East Wake just wouldn’t go away during last Friday’s non-conference boys basketball matchup at Bunn.
Just when the host Wildcats appeared to put some scoreboard defense between themselves and the Warriors, East Wake would claw back to make things interesting.

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Ladycats take on East Wake
Ladycats take on East Wake
BUNN -- First-year head coach Benj Daniels has undertaken a brutal early-season schedule for his Bunn High School girls basketball team -- with the hope that this level of competition will help the Ladycats later in the season.
That quest continued last Friday as the Ladycats tangled with a tough Class 4-A East Wake squad at the Bunn Dome. The visiting Warriors were able to secure a 51-32 decision.

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LC stars honored on team
LC stars honored on team
When he first saw her play during the recruiting process, Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes believed that Jessie Scales was the type of high-energy player who could put the Lady Hurricanes over the top in their long quest to win the Region X Championship.
Scales had certainly put up gaudy offensive numbers while helping Roanoke Rapids High School dominate the Northern Carolina Conference, but prep-level success doesn’t automatically translate into greatness in college.

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East-West Football moved to High Point
GREENSBORO -- The North Carolina Coaches Association has announced that the 65th East-West All-Star Football Game will be played at High Point’s A.J. Simeon Stadium in July of 2013.
The All-Star Game, which has been played at Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro for the previous 64 years, is moving due to a construction project at the traditional site.

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Former Mudcats’ manager passes away
Former Mudcats’ manager passes away
ZEBULON -- P.J. Carey, who managed the 2002 Carolina Mudcats when they were the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, died last Friday night at the age of 59. Carey had been battling a long illness.
During his lone season at Five County Stadium, Carey guided the Mudcats to a 35-71 finish. His career in the Rockies’ organization spanned 13 years from 1993-2006.

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Hurricanes roll at Guilford Tech
JAMESTOWN -- The #2 Louisburg College men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 in Region X action, 11-0 overall, as they defeated Guilford Technical CC, 80-59, last Saturday evening.
The Louisburg defense took control in the first half as the Hurricanes kept the Titans to 23 points in the opening frame that ended at 41-23.

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HE WON’T BE DENIED
HE WON’T BE DENIED
Bunn High School guard Deshawn High (with ball) is determined to earn two points during this strong drive as part of last Friday night’s home basketball game with the East Wake Warriors.

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HEAD FAKE
HEAD FAKE
Louisburg High School’s Antwan Perry (right) tries to make his way past a Southern Vance defender during last Friday night’s boys basketball meeting at the LHS Gymnasium.

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AGGRESSIVE MOVE
AGGRESSIVE MOVE
Louisburg High School guard Tyreka Kearney heads to the hoops last Friday vs. Southern Vance.

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CLAMPING DOWN
CLAMPING DOWN
Louisburg High School’s Tyrone Davis (top) plays tight defense during the Warriors’ home boys basketball event against rival Southern Vance HS.

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LIFESTYLES

HISTORY DISCUSSED?
HISTORY DISCUSSED?
It’s a safe bet that some local history was discussed when this trio met at a book signing recently at the Coffeehound Book Store in downtown Louisburg. Authors Larry Peoples (center) and Al Peoples (right) were autographing copies of their recently published history of the Louisburg Fire Department when avid local historian Joe Pearce stopped in for his personalized copy.

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<i>Understanding the world</i>
Understanding the world
Nowadays it looks like what the young generation needs is more knowledge of geography and a deeper understanding of world cultures.
I am sad to say that according to Deborah Hoeflinger’s article on The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin for the fall 2012 (who is an excellent educator and professional from New Jersey), U.S. students were found deficient in these areas, placing them well below students from other countries.

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<i>Wedding bells to ring in January</i>
Wedding bells to ring in January
Lori Murphy of Castalia announces the engagement of her daughter, Shannon Murphy to Egerton Baker Ridout III of Louisburg, son of Willie Ann Ridout of Warrenton and the late Egerton Baker Ridout Jr. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Clyde Murphy Jr. The wedding will take place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2013 at Centerville Baptist Church, Louisburg.

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<i>June wedding ceremony planned</i>
June wedding ceremony planned
David and Marilyn Sebastian of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Renée Sebastian to Barry Curtis Smith of Clayton, the son of Curtis and Florence Smith of Kenansville.  A June 8, 2013 wedding is planned.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

School personnel changes okayed
The following personnel changes were approved by the Franklin County Board of Education Monday. The board:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

RECITAL FOR GOOD CAUSE
RECITAL FOR GOOD CAUSE
Claire Moose, right, loosens up during rehearsal for the Catenacci Dance Studio’s Christmas recital, slated for this Saturday. Proceeds will help a woman fighting cancer and another woman who lost her husband in a car accident. Debbie Fowler was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lucy Diaz Both are Girl Scout troop leaders with small children who are part of the Louisburg dance school.

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CERTIFIED
CERTIFIED
Margaret Bullock, left, Professional Development Coordinator for Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start, has successfully completed the Pre-K Class reliability test and will now be conducting classroom observation as a Certified Class Observer.  Also pictured is Carolyn Paylor, FGV Executive Director.

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Three suspects arrested for breaking into home
Sheriff’s deputies arrested three suspects accused of a breaking and entering that was thwarted by an armed resident.
Thomas Wilkins told authorities he was asleep inside his home in the 100 block of Bridle Trail near Youngsville when he heard footsteps in the house the morning of Dec. 5.

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<i>Two county school board members take oaths of office</i>
Two county school board members take oaths of office
TAKING THE OATH. Franklin County Board of Education member Synthia Richardson (left) takes the oath of office from Franklin County Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter (right). Holding the Bible is Lissie Mangrum, mother of Richardson. (Times photos by Gary Cunard)

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Bunn brings Christmas cheer with parade, pics 1
Bunn brings Christmas cheer with parade, pics 1
FROSTY AND FRIENDS. Children enjoy their ride on Frosty the Snowman’s float during Bunn’s annual Christmas parade.

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Bunn brings Christmas cheer with parade, pics 2
Bunn brings Christmas cheer with parade, pics 2
CANDY ANYONE? This group of Bunn athletes had a fun time tossing out candy during the Bunn Christmas parade Saturday. Much to the delight of youngsters (of all ages!) candy rained down on spectators from several floats participating in the parade.

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Bunn brings Christmas cheer with parade, pics 3
Bunn brings Christmas cheer with parade, pics 3
A SEASON OF MIRACLES.  Members of The Miracle League of Franklin County float entertain parade attendees with a song during the Bunn Christmas parade.

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Bunn brings Christmas cheer with parade, pics 4
Bunn brings Christmas cheer with parade, pics 4
COW EXPRESS TRAIN.  These Bunn parade participants had it made Saturday as they relaxed and rode along while waving at onlookers during the annual Bunn Christmas parade. It was a beautiful day for a parade — and these youngsters seemed to be enjoying every minute of it!

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