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Showing 35 articles from February 8, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Balancing the books in the dark?</i>
Balancing the books in the dark?
FRANKLINTON — For financial reasons, town staff members are looking at turning out the lights — at least along some streets.
During a retreat last month, town commissioners and staff talked about the cost of operating street lights in town — pledging a way to bring costs in line.

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Postal Service changes met with shrugs, objections
LOUISBURG — The U.S. Postal Service delivered a message this week — come this summer, Saturday mail delivery will be a thing of the past.
The news was met by a range of reactions, from shrugged shoulders to outright objections, from letter carrier to farmers’ unions.

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<i>Rosemary Champion enters race for school board seat</i>
Rosemary Champion enters race for school board seat
As of press time Friday, a couple of hours prior to the filing deadline, the battle for the newly vacated Franklin County Board of Education seat will feature two people.
Bobbie Richardson resigned her District 3 School Board seat last month after being appointed to the General Assembly, representing half of Franklin and Nash counties.

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SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
Members of Louisburg’s Electric Department spent Thursday afternoon using tandem bucket trucks to upgrade some power lines leading to the Ford Warehouse located on West River Road.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Carlos Alston

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Gun Control
Editorial Cartoon: Gun Control

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Lottery wins are fine but did they catch any fish?
Lottery wins are fine but did they catch any fish?
GOOD MORNING: Talk about luck, how about the Arkansas couple that bought a lottery ticket at a convenience store while on a fishing trip that netted them a $1 million prize recently? But that’s not all, on the way home they stopped at the same store and bought another ticket that netted them an additional $60,000, I believe it was.

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Expect a new assault on NC public records
“They are all crazy down here this year, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, alike!”
Those words were spoken by a lobbyist who has spent a great deal of time recently hanging around the General Assembly trying to get a feel of where things are going. And that opinion, if it’s correct, isn’t good news for most of us.

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New Postal Service scheme shows leaders are clueless
New Postal Service scheme shows leaders are clueless
The worst-kept secret of the 21st Century hit the front page this week when the hidebound U.S. Postal Service announced it would stop Saturday delivery of most mail. The exceptions are the packages they deliver for UPS and FedEx under contract.
No surprise there.

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OBITUARIES

GRACIE HOGWOOD
LOUISBURG - Gracie Hogwood, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Funeral service will be Monday, Feb. 11, at Greater St. Delight Baptist Church, Castalia. Interment will follow in the Castalia Baptist Church  cemetery. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. prior to the services at the church.

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JUNE A. RUDD
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for June Artis Rudd, 72, who died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, will be held Monday, Feb. 11, at White Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the Rudd family cemetery.

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NORWOOD B. KEARNEY
FRANKLINTON - Norwood Blackley Kearney, 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 7, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church by the Rev. Carl Hunter. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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FREDERICK H. ELLINGTON
ZEBULON - Frederick Horton Ellington, 67, died at home early Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2013. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 8, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Horton Cemetery with military honors.

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WILLIAM J. GORHAM JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - William J. Gorham Jr., 69, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Arrangements by Montlawn Funeral Home, Raleigh.

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QUILLA A. BYRD
FRANKLINTON —Quilla A. Byrd, 92, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Arrangements by Cutclins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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SPORTS

THE SLOW LANE
EYE OPENER. (L to R) Franklinton’s Charity Snelling and Bunn’s Tainasha Vines follow a loose ball during Tuesday’s hoops matchup at the Bunn Dome.
THE SLOW LANE
BUNN -- Not all of the victories during Bunn’s four-year unbeaten streak in the Northern Carolina Conference have been masterpieces -- as evidenced by Tuesday’s home triumph against the Franklinton Lady Rams.
Despite being undermanned due to injuries, the Lady Rams were able to control the pace of the game while refusing to submit to Bunn’s trademark pressure defense.

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Wildcats roar past the Rams
CRUDUP CLEANS UP. Franklinton’s Tykwan Crudup grabs a rebound during Tuesday night’s road loss against the Bunn Wildcats.
Wildcats roar past the Rams
BUNN -- Bunn coach Gerald Melton had hoped to avoid a repeat of his club’s earlier-season boys basketball showdown against backyard rival Franklinton.
That was when the homestanding Red Rams pushed BHS to the limit, with the Wildcats escaping late with a three-point conquest.

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Bunn Boasts Big Signing Day
Johnathan Alston
Bunn Boasts Big Signing Day
BUNN -- Some technologies have changed, but one constant remains on National Signing Day -- Bunn’s uncanny penchant for producing football players worthy of competing on the four-year level.
But the Wildcats might have even outdone themselves during this year’s signing day, which was Wednesday.


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Shumate prepared for year
Shumate prepared for year
After a record-setting 2012, the Louisburg College Hurricanes will be in encore mode when the new baseball season opens today at Frazier Field.
Most of the faces that paced LC to its highest victory total in school history have moved on -- though a few talented performers remain.

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Louisburg splits with Jackets
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg used a strong fourth quarter to earn a key Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball victory Tuesday at home versus Roanoke Rapids.
The score was tied heading into the final frame, but LHS was solid down the stretch to secure a 35-30 decision.

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BUNN FOOTBALL SIGNEES, 1
BUNN FOOTBALL SIGNEES, 1
JORDAN DENTON. Bunn High School’s Jordan Denton signs a letter-of-intent to continue his football career at NC Wesleyan. Also pictured are (back, l to r) BHS Coach Chris Miller and BHS Principal Robin Faulkner; (front, l to r) Parents Barbara and Scott Denton.

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BUNN FOOTBALL SIGNEES, 2
BUNN FOOTBALL SIGNEES, 2
J’WAN LEWIS. Bunn High School’s J’Wan Lewis signs a letter-of-intent to continue his football career at Campbell University. Also pictured are (back, l to r) Jonte’ Lewis (brother), BHS Coach Chris Miller and BHS Principal Robin Faulkner; (front, l to r) parents Shirley and James Lewis.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 10- Feb. 16
High School Basketball
TUESDAY
Louisburg at Bunn    6 p.m.
Warren County at Franklinton    6:30 p.m.

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Youngsville to host 5-K event in March
YOUNGSVILLE -- The First Annual Youngsville 5-K Run/Walk will be held April 6 beginning at Luddy Park.
The event will begin at 8:15 p.m. Registration and packet pick up will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Pre-registration cost before March 15 is $20 for adults or $15 for ages 17-under. Late registration will be $25.

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SIGNING OF THE TIMES
SIGNING OF THE TIMES
Smartphones were the gadget of the day during Wednesday afternoon’s signing ceremony for four members of the Bunn High School football squad.

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LIFESTYLES

Newest arrival
Newest arrival
Timothy and Melissa Goodsell of Spring Hope are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Scott Goodsell, born Jan. 4, 2013 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Stanley and Linda Nelms of Spring Hope.

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Tips for taxpayers, victims about identity theft and tax returns
The Internal Revenue Service is taking additional steps during the 2013 tax season to protect taxpayers and help victims of identity theft and refund fraud.  
Stopping refund fraud related to identity theft is a top priority for the tax agency. The IRS is focused on preventing, detecting and resolving identity theft cases as soon as possible.

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Top 10 ways to get help from IRS.gov
When you’re looking for tax information, you want to find it as quickly and easily as possible. That’s why the IRS redesigned its website. It’s now even more user friendly. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit IRS.gov:

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Choosing which form to file
IRS e-file makes it easy for taxpayers to choose which tax form to file. Tax software automatically chooses the best form for your particular situation. Most people e-file these days, but if you prefer taking pen to paper, the IRS has some tips to help you choose the right form.

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How to get IRS forms and publications
The Internal Revenue Service provides free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics – from tax credits for individuals to a tax guide for small businesses.
Here are four easy ways to obtain tax forms and publications from the IRS:

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Check your eligibility for the earned income tax credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit has made the lives of working people a little easier since 1975. EITC can be a boost for workers who earned $50,270 or less in 2012. Yet the IRS estimates that one out of five eligible taxpayers fails to claim their EITC each year. The IRS wants everyone who is eligible for the credit to get the credit that they’ve earned.

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Who should file a 2012 tax return?
If you received income during 2012, you may need to file a tax return in 2013. The amount of your income, your filing status, your age and the type of income you received will determine whether you’re required to file. Even if you are not required to file a tax return, you may still want to file. You may get a refund if you’ve had too much federal income tax withheld from your pay or qualify for certain tax credits.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (February 11-15)
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

Court case alleging well contamination dismissed
LOUISBURG — Attorneys for a Franklin County woman dismissed a lawsuit that alleged seeping underground storage tanks contaminated her property.
In a complaint filed on April 3, Gracie Oakley said the pollutants have made her well unusable, diminished her property value and cost her money to provide alternate sources of water at the Long Mill Road residence.

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Deputies nab ‘smokey the bandit’
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg College student, charging him with a series of vehicle break-ins.
Apparently, he was smokey, the bandit.
Adam K. Griffin, 20, of Winston-Salem, was charged with 10 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, one count of breaking and entering, and one count of felony larceny after breaking and entering.

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