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Showing 27 articles from December 14, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Drug charges added to local man facing dog-fighting counts
LOUISBURG — A Franklin County man is slated to appear in court next week on dog fighting and drug charges.
Investigators were alerted to the potential of criminal behavior in northern Franklin County and executed a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Tollie Weldon Road the afternoon of Dec. 10.

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Economic prospects improving?
Hints of possible economic development prospects and an agreement to help a local company preserve a water tank were the main items of business for unusual back-to-back meetings of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission and the county’s Committee of 100 Thursday morning.
The EDC met first and members heard Ronnie Goswick, Franklin County’s economic developer, report that economic “activity in Franklin County is good.”

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<i>Hardships at home</i>
A BLOOMING SUCCESS. Person Place President Lucy Allen presents author Joe Mobley an orchid.
Hardships at home
Those attending the Person Place Preservation Society’s annual banquet Thursday night received an unusual perspective on life on the home front during the American Civil War — and then wrapped up the meeting with several positive notes for local preservation efforts.
Featured speaker was Joe Mobley, professor and author of Weary of War: Life on the Confederate Home Front.

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Alarm thwarts burglary
Alarm thwarts burglary
LOUISBURG — Investigators are hoping an arrest in Person County could be the break they need in a Franklin County home invasion attempt.
Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 1100 block of Epsom Rocky Ford Road the morning of Dec. 13 after a residential alarm sounded.

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RIBBON CUTTING
RIBBON CUTTING
Franklin Regional Medical Center President and Chief Operating Officer Jody Morris, second from right, cuts a ribbon to the hospital’s new geriatric psychiatric unit with the assistance of Dr. Manish Fozdar, Program Manager Amy Smiley and Nurse Manager Ali Fouts.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Upward cheerleader Landry Kuehn

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Credit Score
Editorial Cartoon: Credit Score

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Winter arrives well ahead of the calendar!
Winter arrives well ahead of the calendar!
GOOD MORNING: According to my desk calendar, winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21, but Mother Nature apparently wasn’t paying attention because it sure looked and felt like winter out my way just east of town Friday morning.
The thermometer out in my front yard was reading 25.7 shortly after 7 a.m. and the open area between my house on Terrell Lane and N.C. 561 was a sea of white frost that could have easily been mistaken for snow.

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Politicians missing Christmas is no reason for us to feel bad
We Americans learned this week that our elected representatives in Washington may not have such a Merry Christmas and extended holiday season this year as they normally enjoy at our expense.
It’s all because of this pending “fiscal cliff” that everyone is talking about and which is holding Congress and the Administration virtual hostages while “negotiations” (if we dare call them that) plod along.
Well, isn’t that just too bad?

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When is an ‘old school’ more than a building?
When is an ‘old school’ more than a building?
Okay, I’ll confess. Although I’m a big fan of historic homes and vintage commercial buildings, I was never all that much impressed by the old Franklinton High School in downtown.
Oh, granted, it is an impressive sight when you drive by -- but I suppose I’ve always just considered it an old school with its best days behind it.
That changed this week.

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OBITUARIES

ALICE C. DUGAN
SILER CITY - Alice Carolyn Conyers Dugan, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro. A funeral Mass was held Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Julia Catholic Parrish, 210 Harold Hart Road, Siler City, with Father Jim Fukes officiating.

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BOOKER T. DRIVER
LOUISBURG - Booker T. Driver, 89, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

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MARGARET S. LOVE
ZEBULON - Margaret Isabelle Stanley Love, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 at Kindred Healthcare of Zebulon. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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O. KEITH FULLER CDR USN (SS) (Ret.)
Commander Keith Fuller of Fairfax, Virginia, age 54, passed away December 11, 2012, surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his home.

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SPORTS

TREMENDOUS TRIO
TOP GRID HONORS IN THE NCC. (L to R) Bunn High School’s Tank Williams, Chris Miller and Tarik Cohen all earned superlative awards this season on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Football Team.
TREMENDOUS TRIO
BUNN -- Chris Miller called the plays, Tank Williams provided the blocking and Tarik Cohen used his speed and tenacity to plow through the line.
It was a combination that provided consistent success this season for the Bunn Wildcats as they rolled to the Northern Carolina Conference Football Championship.

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BHS’ Vines tabbed as NCC’s best spiker
BHS’ Vines tabbed as NCC’s best spiker
BUNN -- Tainasha Vines took the Northern Carolina Conference by high-flying storm as a ninth-grade volleyball player during the 2011 campaign.
Certainly, a potential-filled freshman couldn’t help the Bunn Ladycats claim an NCC championship in what some experts tabbed to be a rebuilding season.
Or could she?

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Three LC standouts on squad
Three LC standouts on squad
Three Louisburg College gridiron players have earned recognition on the Northeast Football Conference First Team for the 2012 campaign.
It was a successful season for the Hurricanes, who finished third in the Northeast standings before making their first-ever bowl appearance in the Graphic Edge Bowl earlier this month in Iowa.

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County clubs on hardwood
BUNN -- A foray into competition against strong clubs from the Big East Conference hasn’t been a profitable one this week for the Bunn Ladycats.
Tuesday night on the road, the Ladycats dropped a back-and-forth game at Nash Central by a 58-56 margin.
Central controlled the game early, but Bunn drew closer with an 18-9 spurt in the third frame that tied the score.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Dec. 16-22
High School Basketball
MONDAY
Franklinton at Chapel Hill    6 p.m.

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Louisburg College Lady ‘Canes win
PENDLETON, S.C. -- The #3 Louisburg College women’s basketball team played their final game before the holiday break where they demolished Tri-County Technical College, 101-34 last  Friday night (Dec. 7).  
The ‘Canes scored 55 points in the first half as they went into the break with a substantial 40-point lead.
LC then outscored the Hawks 46-19 in the second frame.

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LC men ascend to No. 1 in the nation
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College men’s basketball team has jumped up to the top spot in the NJCAA as they took over #1 on this week’s Top 20 National Poll. The Hurricanes entered the Top 20 at #4 in October’s preseason poll; then moved up to #2 in the first in-season poll on November 13.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (December 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

Ingleside store robbed at gunpoint
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in an armed robbery.
Ingleside Grocery clerk Olalekan Oluwa reported during the early morning hours of Dec. 12 he saw two men standing by the front of the store, appearing to have trouble opening the door.
Oluwa went to open the door, according to the report by Dep. Robert Bowden, but the men did not come in.

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Lawyers’ tax issue fixed; punishment suspended
Two local attorneys had their licenses suspended for failing to pay taxes, but their punishments were suspended.
The State Bar filed a complaint with the Disciplinary Hearing Commission in July, alleging that Steven and Susan McFarlane failed to pay their taxes from 2005 to 2008.

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New Year to start with a tour of park sites
LOUISBURG — Franklin County’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board closed out its last meeting of the year preparing for new possibilities.
At its Dec. 3 meeting, Franklin County commissioners agreed to tour three sites that the advisory board is proposing the board turn into the county’s new park.

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<i>Holiday heart-warmers!</i>
Holiday heart-warmers!
WARM FEELINGS. Above, Wayne Champion, organizer of the Coats for Christmas effort, gets some help from Esparanza Romero and Mary Ann Alston at the Village Cleaners, which has donated cleaning efforts.

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TOY DRIVE
TOY DRIVE
Louisburg College just wrapped up its toy drive for needy children in Franklin County. Right, LC President Mark La Branche, administrative assistant Leigh Ann Parish, and auditorium director Robert Poole pose in front of the tree. All toys will be given to the Franklin County Department of Social Services for distribution to local families.

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