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Showing 48 articles from April 10, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Transporting mentally ill is a unique challenge
No Franklin County law enforcement officers were involved in a high-speed pursuit of a mental patient that ended in a fatal shooting along the Raleigh beltline recently, but they’ve felt the impact.
Sheriff Jerry Jones said as soon as he heard about it, he knew it would be important to re-emphasize the matter with his officers.

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Clerk of courts resigns
Clerk of courts resigns
LOUISBURG — After spending more than four decades of her life in the Franklin County Courthouse, Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter decided Tuesday night that she just couldn’t do one day more.
Hunter tendered her letter of resignation to Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood,  stating that she wanted to spend time with her grandchildren.
Her resignation was effective immediately.

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It’s officially Franklinton Middle School
It’s officially Franklinton Middle School.
After months of using that name unofficially, the Franklin County Board of Education unanimously voted Monday night to make it official.
The new Franklinton Middle School is scheduled to open this August in the former Franklinton High School building in downtown.

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<i>It’s pucker up time!</i>
Fifth grader Kyle Gupton will perform for first time
It’s pucker up time!
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Next week, warblers, whistlers and musicians from around the world will descend upon Franklin County to take part in the 40th International Whistlers Convention.
For a handful of competitors, that trip will be slightly shorter.
They are hoping to use, in some cases, experience, and a home-stage advantage to shine during the convention that begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

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JOINING BOARD
JOINING BOARD
Dr. Elizabeth Keith (center) takes the oath of office Monday night to become the newest member of the Franklin County Board of Education. Administering the oath is Clerk of Courts Alice Faye Hunter and holding the Bible is James Keith, Dr. Keith’s husband. A retired educator with the county school system, Dr. Keith replaces Dr. Bobbie Richardson who resigned to accept appointment to the North Carolina House of Representatives.

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Who benefits from bequest?
LOUISBURG — While one death benefit is being used to support an animal welfare agency, it will take a judge to determine who gets to use another one.
Louisburg businesswoman Ann Lancaster left the SPCA of Franklin County $264,000 in a certificate of deposit paid upon her death in December.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Wren, Amanda and Kelly Fritz

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Pull The Switch
Editorial Cartoon: Pull The Switch

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Springtime arrives on the wings of ‘hummers!’
Springtime arrives on the wings of ‘hummers!’
GOOD MORNING: Spring has sprung, officially, at any rate.
The first hummingbird sighting of the season was reported by Mike Morton of Franklinton who spotted the little hummer around 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, last week.
And on Monday, April 8, Betty Jo Redmond reported sighting the first hummingbird at her home near Louisburg.

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Domestic violence deaths rise as awareness begins to wane
Domestic violence deaths rise as awareness begins to wane
One death due to domestic violence is always one too many.
So, you can imagine that 122 domestic violence cases across the state is way too many.
But that was the press release received by The Franklin Times on Tuesday afternoon — Domestic violence killed 122 North Carolinians in 2012.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the total was 16 more than was reported in 2011.

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Ever wonder if politicos listen to themselves?
A lot of North Carolinians are to be forgiven for those skeptical looks that have been on their faces recently in the wake of the state’s new plan to reform Medicaid.
It’s not that Medicaid — and a whole lot of other programs — don’t need reforming.
They certainly do.

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<i>Watching history roll by on a fine spring day!</i>
Watching history roll by on a fine spring day!
If you happen to be of a “certain age” you may remember the Ford Motor Company’s famous advertising slogan: “Watch the Fords go by.”
If you’re not of that age — but happened to be rather lucky on Saturday, you may have watched a parade of beautifully restored vintage Fords go rolling through Franklin County.

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Editorial Cartoon: Sequestration Cuts
Editorial Cartoon: Sequestration Cuts

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OBITUARIES

BOBBY GENE BRAGG
FRANKLINTON—Bobby Gene Bragg, 77, of Franklinton, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at his home. He was born in Granville County to the late Owen Vann Bragg and Ruby Hight Bragg. He was a cook with the United States Army and was a member of the Franklinton American Legion Post 52. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.

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DONNA M. WINSTEAD
BUNN – Donna Marie Winstead, 70, died Tuesday morning, April 9, at Duke Hospice.  A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dave Bundy officiating. Burial will follow in Bunn Memorial Gardens.

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ERIC W. KEARNEY
FRANKLINTON- Eric Wade Kearney, 53, of Franklinton passed away April 9, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Douglas Kearney, and daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Kearney.

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JAMES N. “PAPA” EASLEY
YOUNGSVILLE —James Nello Easley, 76, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Unity Baptist Church, with the Rev. Harold Woodlief officiating. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery.

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JOHNNY W. VAUGHAN
FRANKLINTON —Johnny Weldon Vaughan, 68, died Monday, April 8, 2013. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton, with the Rev. Dr. David Averette officiating.

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TRAVIS M. PERRY
VIDALIA, GA - Travis M. Perry, 46, formerly of Louisburg, died Monday, Apri 8, 2013 in Vidalia, Ga. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at Ambassadors for Christ Ministries, Louisburg.

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SPORTS

ONE OUT OF TWO
A FIRST FOR AUSTIN. Austin Mitchell picked up his first career varsity start during Monday evening’s home baseball game vs. Neuse Charter School.
ONE OUT OF TWO
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School hosted a rare multi-team doubleheader Monday afternoon -- an event that featured a convincing victory against Neuse Charter School.
But the Warriors lost the contest that mattered most as Corinth Holders 10-run ruled LHS in a key Northern Carolina Conference event.

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Gaines selected as POY
Gaines selected as POY
LOUISBURG -- Olivia Gaines’ name now stands alongside some of the greats of the game after she was selected as the State Farm Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Junior College Player of the Year.
Gaines, a sophomore guard who led Louisburg College to the NJCAA D-2 National Championship, averaged 18.6 points, six rebounds and 2.4 assists per outing.

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Bunn Scores Her 100th Goal
CROWD CONTROL. Bunn High School’s Alexandra Caldwell (center) tries to send a pass through the midfield while being defended by a pair of North Johnston players during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer showdown.
Bunn Scores Her 100th Goal
BUNN -- Whitney Bunn’s basketball excellence will be remembered for a long time at Bunn High School -- but her soccer statistics aren’t too shabby, either.
Bunn, who has signed to continue her hoops career at Furman University, is enjoying one final go-round on the soccer pitch this spring for the Ladycats.

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Murray’s quest for the title
Murray’s quest for the title
Unlike some seasons, the outcome of The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool came down to the championship game.
The finals featured the Louisville Cardinals -- Chuck Murray’s favored pick -- versus the Michigan Wolverines, who were the choice of Steven Hall.

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‘Canes Make A Move
GET BACK TO WHERE YOU ONCE BELONGED. A USC-Lancaster baserunner (r) tries to avoid a pickoff attempt from Louisburg College’s Jeremy Coburn (background) as LC first baseman Tucker Coward fields the throw during Sunday afternoon’s doubleheader.
‘Canes Make A Move
LOUISBURG -- Every game is important in the parity-driven Region X baseball standings this season.
With the highest-rated clubs taking turns beating each other so far, winning three out of four during a weekend series can help a team make a major push up the league ladder.
Louisburg College was able to accomplish that feat last Saturday and Sunday as LC went 3-1 against the University of South Carolina-Lancaster at Frazier Field.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 14-20
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Bunn at Warren County    6 p.m.
Louisburg at North Johnston    6:30 p.m.

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FT NCAA BRACKET FINAL STANDINGS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the final results of the 2013 Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool:

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Mudcats open sked with a home sweep
Mudcats open sked with a home sweep
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats could not think of a better scenario to begin the 2013 season than a three-game sweep of the Winston-Salem Dash.
With a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon, they got exactly that in Class 1-A Carolina League baseball action. 
The Mudcats improved to 3-0 on the year by holding the Dash (0-3) scoreless for six straight innings while building a 4-0 advantage.

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Bunn claims third at Tarboro Tourney
Bunn claims third at Tarboro Tourney
TARBORO -- As a player at SouthWest Edgecombe High School, Leonard Allen cherished his experience at the annual Tarboro Easter Classic Baseball Tournament.
Now the head coach at BHS, Allen and his Wildcats came up just short in their quest to make the finals of the event at the historic Tarboro Municipal Stadium.

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A Guard-ed Tradition
A Guard-ed Tradition
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Players were still shooting into peach baskets when the Town of Bunn was formed in 1913.
Through the years, Bunn and basketball have become synonymous with each other as the town has produced a seemingly never-ending list of talented performers -- especially at the guard position.

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LC Splits With Columbia
IF THERE’S A WEIL, THERE’S A WAY. Louisburg College first baseman Tyler Weil (left) retires a Columbia College baserunner off a ground ball during Sunday’s fast-pitch softball event in South Carolina.
LC Splits With Columbia
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Louisburg College softball team split a pair of non-conference games Sunday afternoon as the Lady Hurricanes defeated host Columbia College’s junior varsity squad 7-3 in the first game of their twinbill, but fell 13-3 in the nightcap in the Palmetto State.
Rebecca Norwood got the start, and win, in game one as she gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits.

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NOJO sits atop the conference
NOJO sits atop the conference
BUNN -- There are few absolutes in the competitive world of Northern Carolina Conference sports -- but one of them is that North Johnston is always destined to finish at or near the top of the league fast-pitch softball standings.
The Lady Panthers are loaded once again this spring, and have the look of a possible contender to make it to the Class 2-A State Final Four at Walnut Creek.

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A Big Win For BHS
AT THE KNEES. Bunn’s Nick Cole takes a pitch during the Wildcats’ home baseball game Tuesday night against the North Johnston Panthers.
A Big Win For BHS
BUNN -- For the majority of good athletes, it’s important to quickly get back up and try again after suffering a setback.
Bunn High School baseball coach Leonard Allen was more than eager to put the ball back into Christian Sledge’s hands for Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference home matchup with North Johnston.

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Happy Camper event slated
Happy Camper event slated
LOUISBURG -- The Happy Camper of Franklin County Four-Person Superball Golf Tournament will be held April 19 at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.
Action will begin at noon. Cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per four-person team.
The registration fee includes lunch, cart, practice balls and goody bag.

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LEVINSON LUNGES TOWARD THE BALL
LEVINSON LUNGES TOWARD THE BALL
Bunn’s Erica Levinson (right) tries to chase down a ball in the midfield for the Ladycats during Monday’s home league victory.

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SLICED IT
SLICED IT
Louisburg’s Jacob Wood sends a foul ball down the right-field line during Monday’s home conference baseball setback against the Corinth Holders Pirates.

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STEP ASIDE
STEP ASIDE
Bunn’s Sean McDaniel is forced at second base during Tuesday’s home victory over North Johnston.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Approaching marriage</i>
Approaching marriage
ENGAGED. Mr. and Mrs. Steven Haden of Bunn and Mrs. Eva Aycock of Louisburg announce the approaching marriage of their children, Teri Ellen Haden to Anthony Garrett Aycock, Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Highway 561, Louisburg. The groom-elect is also the son of the late Michael J. Aycock. A reception will follow at the Forest Lakes Clubhouse. Invitations will be mailed.

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Spring wedding slated
COUPLE ENGAGED. Ashleigh and Dana Ray, Dalton, Tyler and Breanna Black announce the engagement of their parents, Cynthia Ray and Adam Black of Bunn. A spring wedding is planned.

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Cherry Hill spring concert planned
With springtime finally here, four talented musicians will welcome the season when they present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at historic Cherry Hill in the Warren County community of Inez.
Performing will be Michael Cyzewski, clarinet; Brian Reagin, violin; Jonathan Kramer, cello; and June Burbage, piano.

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<i>101st birthday!</i>
101st birthday!
PASSING THE CENTURY MARK. Blonnie L. Massenburg, seated, celebrated her 101st birthday with family and friends at Walnut Grove Baptist Church on March 9. Her birthday was March 3. Standing behind her, from left, are daughter, Mary M. Solomon; granddaughter, Jill Solomon Brown; and great-granddaughter, Lauren McKenzie Brown.

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Conservancy field day to offer a day in nature
A conservation group has invited the community out to enjoy nature.
Tar River Land Conservancy’s Field Day on the Farm event will be held Saturday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Brittain Farm, 645 J.A. Rogers Road near Kittrell.
The event will feature food, catered by the Cook Shack, kids’ activities, and a nature hike.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

New grading system for schools raises concerns
If North Carolina’s new performance grade evaluation system had been in place last year, all the schools in the district would have received at least a “C” and the rest were in the “A” and “B” range.
Superintendent Eddie Ingram told the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night that the unofficial grades were based on data from the 2011-12 school year, but graded under a new model the state has developed.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

A good run for fun and recreation in Youngsville
A good run for fun and recreation in Youngsville
RACE DAY. Dozens of runners, including, above, Will Oakes, No. 82, showed up for the First Annual Youngsville 5-K Run/Walk, held this past Saturday.  Entrants lined up on a cool morning at Luddy Park, preparing to run the 3.1 miles through the town of Youngsville. The Youngsville Parks and Recreation department set up the race, giving people an opportunity to support the area’s youth through entry fees. It also served as a kick-off to the spring season for the department.

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Youngsville police make drug arrest
Youngsville police arrested a man on drug charges.
According to a report by Officer J. Kimball, he was patrolling S. Cross Street at E. Main when a 1995 Subaru Legacy went past, burning only one headlight the evening of April 3.
Kimball followed and stopped the vehicle and, according to the report, he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle.

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4-H’ers learn: There are tricks to handling critters!
WINNER WINNER. Bennie Ray Gupton, with one of the event’s sponsors, Farm Bureau, presents Annie Best with a certificate.
4-H’ers learn: There are tricks to handling critters!
LOUISBURG — Before this past Saturday, if you called Ian Nemitz a go-getter, it might have been because he was giving chase to a stubborn goat.
However, because of his cool patience, attention to detail in the arena and incredible attitude, he earned Sheep Showmanship Champion at the Fun 4-H Livestock this past Saturday.
And he also took home the Go-Getter Award.

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Deputies say kidnapping allegations are not true
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating kidnapping claims that turned out to be untrue.
Valerie Williams reported the afternoon of April 2 that an Hispanic man called, claiming to have her brother tied up in a basement.
The caller, according to the report by Dep. Jonathan Wells, said that Williams’ brother was involved in an accident and they wanted $1,000, or they would do him harm.

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Waterways volunteers trying for a ‘three-peat’
IN THE BUSH. Volunteer Anna Moss searches the Sandy Creek portion of the Tar River for trash during a cleanup.
Waterways volunteers trying for a ‘three-peat’
LOUISBURG — Volunteers interested in keeping Franklin County’s waterways pristine are seeking a three-peat.
And while winning the fifth annual RIVERKEEPER® Cup Cleanup Challenge would be great, organizers say they aren’t in it to take home trophies.
“(Winning) doesn’t matter to us,” said Randy Green, who organized the cleanup event.

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<i>Legislators field questions about McCrory’s budget</i>
Legislators field questions about McCrory’s budget
State Representatives Bobbie Richardson and Jeff Collins listened to the concerns of constituents at a meet and greet event on Friday afternoon at Nash Community College. Both Collins and Richardson represent districts that include parts of Franklin County.
Around a dozen citizens, including public officials, expressed concerns over numerous topics which all centered around funding for various entities.

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