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Showing 32 articles from January 4, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Park pickin’ proving ponderous, problematic</i>
REVIEW. Parks and Rec Advisory Board Chair Jan Alford, left, goes over park site details with Commissioner Cedric Jones.
Park pickin’ proving ponderous, problematic
LOUISBURG — Franklin County’s Board of Commissioners struggled to get a quorum, but a handful of leaders set foot on three properties — one of which could become the county’s next park.
The county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is planning to present commissioners with three properties from which to build a new park complete with a fishing pond.

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Local sweepstakes cafes closed, appeal of ban is promised
Local sweepstakes cafes closed, appeal of ban is promised
FRANKLIN COUNTY — A ban on sweepstakes cafes came down Thursday, but whether officers enforced the ban remained a crapshoot.
In December, the State Supreme Court ruled that the operations that spread across the state like wildfire were no longer legal.
The industry said it plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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State House seat up for grabs
ROCKY MOUNT — The political dominoes began falling by week’s end as those interested in filling Angela Bryant’s House seat began stepping forward.
On Thursday, a Democratic executive committee voted to nominate Bryant to fill the unexpired Senate seat held by Edward Jones.
Jones died Dec. 14 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Store owners warned: Be vigilant, robbers on the prowl
Store owners warned: Be vigilant, robbers on the prowl
Sheriff Jerry Jones has issued a warning to store operators after at least seven armed robberies were reported in just over a month’s time — with at least five of them appearing related.
“Until this person is caught,” Jones said, “every store owner needs to be on their Ps and Qs.”
Dating back to Nov. 20, seven stores have been robbed by an armed gunman.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Martha Harris, daughter Katherine Madison

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Torn
Editorial Cartoon: Torn

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Even President says limiting gun violence not easy
Even President says limiting gun violence not easy
GOOD MORNING: Looking backward into The Times once again, we’re indebted to Welford M. Sims, of Raleigh, for part of what was obviously an eight-page edition of the July 15, 1921 edition of The Franklin Times, which was at the time edited and managed by my dad, A. F. Johnson Sr., and a little over six years before I was born.

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Fiscal cliff deal is no reason to celebrate
Even this early in a new year filled with promise, this is no time to celebrate.
Regardless of how you slice it, our federal government is badly  broken, especially the U.S. House of Representatives which is either in denial, completely ignorant of financial matters or collectively drunk on power and self-aggrandizement!

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An ecstatic 4-year-old starts the year off right!
An ecstatic 4-year-old starts the year off right!
If this is Saturday, then hopefully we’re back on our regular schedule and with a few days of re-orientation, I may actually know what day it is and what edition we’re working on again.
Hopefully, with the holiday season behind us, we’ll get back to what passes for normal around here — and with luck and several calendars we’ll figure out what day it is before spring!

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OBITUARIES

BETTY D. BURNETTE
October 25, 1929 – January 3, 2013
LOUISBURG – Betty Davenport Burnette, 83, of Louisburg, died Thursday evening.

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BOB G. DANIELS
WAKE FOREST - Bob Gordon Daniels, 81, a long- time resident of Wake Forest, died Monday, December 31, 2012.  Born in Castalia, NC to the late John Wesley and Sarah Gilliam Daniel, who lived in the Cedar Rock community prior to their passing.  Bob served in the Korean War (AF) and was a graduate of Edward Best High School and East Carolina College. 

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ELEANOR F. DICKENS
KITTRELL - Eleanor Fowler Dickens, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center in Louisburg. A private burial was held Monday, Dec. 31, at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church cemetery.

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BARBARA J. PAGE
RALEIGH - Barbara J. Page, 67, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 31, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest. Burial followed in Carolina Biblical Gardens in Raleigh.

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GEORGE O. DAVIS
SMITHFIELD - George Omega Davis, 55, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

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JOHN T. DAVIS JR.
FAYETTEVILLE —John T. Davis Jr., 84, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. He had been at the state Veteran’s Home for two years.

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MORRIS “MUD” JONES
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for  Morris “Mud” Jones, 70, who died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, were held Friday, Jan. 4, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial followed in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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NED D. NEAL JR.
LOUISBURG - Ned D. Neal Jr., 56, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at  his home. Funeral services will be held at 1  p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 5) at Alston-Anderson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill in Louisburg.

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CRAYTON M. WILLIAMSTON
MANHATTAN, N.Y. - Funeral services for Crayton Christine Morgan Williamston, 87, who died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Dan Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the Nelson Chapel Church cemetery.

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HELEN N. HEDRICK
LOUISBURG - Helen Nichols Hedrick, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. A graveside memorial service will be held today (Saturday, Jan. 5) at 12:00 p.m. at Floral Gardens Memorial Park, with the Rev. Joe Bean officiating.

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SPORTS

LEAGUE RETURN
READY AND AMYL. Louisburg’s Amyl Smith (left) goes for a loose ball during Wednesday night’s basketball meeting with foe Northwest Halifax.
LEAGUE RETURN
LOUISBURG -- With league play now in full swing, Dontae Lassiter is still looking to find the right buttons to push with his Louisburg High School boys basketball squad.
Lassiter has experimented with some different starting lineups in recent weeks, but the Warriors have still struggled to find success.

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Jeremy is on a roll at UNCA
GREAT YEAR. Former Louisburg College standout Jeremy Atkinson (left) is enjoying an outstanding season as a member of the UNC-Asheville men’s basketball squad. Atkinson is a senior.
Jeremy is on a roll at UNCA
ASHEVILLE -- University of North Carolina-Asheville senior forward Jeremy Atkinson has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played Dec. 17-30, it was announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Atkinson, a former standout at Louisburg College, averaged 20 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 offensive rebounds and 3.3 assists in leading the Bulldogs to three wins. 

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Tight At The End
HANDS TEAM. (L to R) Northwest Halifax’s Tysha Moody, Louisburg’s Tyreka Kearney and Louisburg’s Akiya Johnson try to gain possession of the ball during Wednesday’s contest at the LHS Gymnasium.
Tight At The End
LOUISBURG -- The small steps Louisburg’s Lady Warriors continue to make were parlayed into one big victory Wednesday night.
LHS resumed its schedule after Christmas Break with a Northern Carolina Conference swing game against Northwest Halifax.

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Sala not surprised by pistol
Sala not surprised by pistol
Some pundits have been surprised at the success of the pistol offense in the National Football League this season.
Louisburg College head coach John Sala is not among that group.
Sala can’t help but chuckle when he hears analysts refer to the pistol as a ‘college-type offense’.
In Sala’s estimation, that assessment couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Bunn Bests The Bulldogs
Bunn Bests The Bulldogs
ROCKY MOUNT -- Before the holiday break, Bunn High School wrestling coach Randy Kagarise hoped the extended time off would provide an opportunity for several of his injured or ill performers to get better.
Kagarise saw his team move closer to full strength when the Wildcats resumed their schedule Wednesday with a road matchup at non-conference opponent Nash Central.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 6-12
High School Basketball
TUESDAY
Bunn at Franklinton    6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY
North Johnston at Louisburg    6 p.m.

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Bunn girls pick up conference victory
Bunn girls pick up conference victory
BUNN -- Looking for the best team with a sub-.500 record in the state?
It might very well reside in Franklin County.
Thanks to their difficult early schedule, the Bunn Ladycats are currently 5-6 for the girls basketball campaign.
But BHS probably won’t stay under .500 for long if the Ladycats’ recent strong play is any indication.

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Hot Stove League banquet scheduled
Hot Stove League banquet scheduled
RALEIGH -- The 63rd Annual Raleigh Hot Stove Banquet will be held Jan. 22 at the McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Festivities will begin with a silent auction at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., along with the presentation of awards.

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TWO MORE
TWO MORE
Louisburg’s Vanisha Wilshire works through a crowd to score against Northwest Halifax HS.

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ON THE LOOSE
ON THE LOOSE
Kenan Epps recovers the ball for Louisburg HS.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (January 7-11)
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

Text message leads to gunfire
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an apparent dispute that led to gunfire, but no injuries were reported.
Michael Collins reported the evening of Dec. 29 that he had gotten an explicit text message from Michael Pryor about his ex-wife.
Collins, according to the report by Dep. Kevin Perry, rode his motorcycle to the residence on Horace Baker Road to speak with Pryor, requesting that he leave him alone.

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LOUISBURG HOME DAMAGED
LOUISBURG HOME DAMAGED
When Louisburg fire fighters arrived at this home at 308 Averitte Street, it was fully involved in flames, according to Fire Chief Randy Lanham. Firemen received the call about 5:55 p.m. Thursday and quickly searched the structure upon their arrival, finding no one inside. Some 26 Louisburg firefighters, aided by two firemen from Mitchners and three from Bunn, battled the blaze and had it under control by 6:36 p.m.

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