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Showing 54 articles from April 24, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Pucker power captivates Louisburg</i>
Qingyue Cao raises his trophy
Pucker power captivates Louisburg
FRANKLIN COUNTY — In an event where the first television show to come to mind is the “Andy Griffith Show” — with its whistling theme and all — Summer Tillitt decided to keep it “All in the Family.”
Tillett, 7, was named the Children’s Grand Champion in the Franklin County Division of the International Whistlers Convention.
She also earned first place trophies in the popular and classical categories in the Franklin County Division.

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<i>‘Right person’ sought for clerk’s post; Davis holds a steady course</i>
‘Right person’ sought for clerk’s post; Davis holds a steady course
LOUISBURG — Alice Faye Hunter’s abrupt resignation required swift action to fill her post on an interim basis.
Residents had until Wednesday to submit an application to replace her on a permanent basis.
Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood, who is responsible for picking the person who will serve though 2014, said he will take his time to choose the right person to serve as this county’s Clerk of Court.

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<i>It’s a labor of love!</i>
Joe and Sonja Webb on the stairs of the nearly completed Timberlake House
It’s a labor of love!
Fears, tears and cheers is perhaps the perfect description of the restoration of an old house.
That explanation comes courtesy of Joe and Sonja Webb (Sonja, actually!) who have labored for years on the historic Timberlake House on U.S. 401 just south of Louisburg and who are opening the nearly completed house to the Franklin County Historic Homes Tour this weekend.

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Roosters found homes; 16 people face charges
Roosters found homes; 16 people face charges
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Animal Control officers had found homes for about 50 roosters by the time 16 people accused of using the birds to fight were set to appear in court.
Sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers raided a Rocky Ford Road home on April 13, breaking up a cockfighting ring that authorities say drew about 50 people to the desolate location.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Lillie and Jake Wright

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Highway Funding
Editorial Cartoon: Highway Funding

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U.S. 401 undone as a Times column comes to end
U.S. 401 undone as a Times column comes to end
GOOD MORNING: Reference my recent remarks about why U.S. 401 in southern Franklin County hasn’t been fixed, comes this from Mack on 4/15/13:
“Asher, we’ve done everything short of a lawsuit to urge the NC DOT to focus on widening Hwy 401.
The 401 Citizens Action Committee even produced a short documentary (movie) focused on the urgency of widening this final 11 miles of dangerous highway.

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Raleigh’s surprise loss could be county’s gain
Franklin County has a fantastic opportunity at its fingertips, but it’s highly unlikely that our elected leadership will have the vision or the gumption to take advantage of it.
Recently, in a split and largely unexplained vote, the Raleigh city council fired City Manager Russell Allen.
Allen is the guy who led the capital city through 12 years of unprecedented growth and prosperity, managed to get them through the Great Recession without an economic bloodbath and engineered the revamping of Fayetteville Street and construction of a new, downtown Civic Center.

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The time for ignoring public comments is fading away
The time for ignoring public comments is fading away
I’ve been to enough municipal and county government meetings in my professional life to know the drill.
Each board, committee or council has a public comment section of their meeting, which allows residents to bring almost any matter or issue to their governing board — no matter how large or small the matter may be.
And at the end, if the governing board is so inclined, they may thank a resident for stepping forward.
But that’s about it.

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<i>Take time to enjoy irony; often you’re paying for it</i>
Take time to enjoy irony; often you’re paying for it
I have a weakness for all things ironic.
That said, it’s ironic that I missed something truly ironic in Louisburg recently — but a friend took great delight in pointing it out to this clueless old reporter.
I did notice that it was ironic last week that the Louisburg Town Council did not mention the recent loss of two downtown businesses, even though last month they were assured that the empty building scenario in town wasn’t as bad as we have been making out.

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Editorial Cartoon: Decreasing Stature
Editorial Cartoon: Decreasing Stature

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Editorial Cartoon: Drone Technology
Editorial Cartoon: Drone Technology

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Editorial Cartoon: Time Machine
Editorial Cartoon: Time Machine

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OBITUARIES

BETTY LEE MAXEY SWANN
ROCKY MOUNT – Betty Lee Maxey Swann, 71, died peacefully Wednesday, April 24, at Rex Healthcare, Raleigh.

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ELIZABETH C. PERRY
April 8, 1922 – April 22, 2013
RALEIGH – Elizabeth “Betty” Carder Perry, 91, of Raleigh, died Monday morning. 

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PATRICIA U. BYNUM
RALEIGH - Patricia Ann Upchurch Bynum, 69, died Saturday, April 20, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, April 25) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 590 Bryan Dr., Cary. Burial will follow in Apex Cemetery.

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SPORTS

Classic Comeback
ERICA’S GREAT CATCH. Franklinton veteran Erica Goswick (right) fields a pop fly as teammate Alexsa Bowman looks on during last Friday afternoon’s home softball victory against league rival Louisburg.
Classic Comeback
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s young softball squad has found one opponent that it obviously has a number on -- the Louisburg Lady Warriors.
FHS topped Louisburg earlier in the season on the road, but the Lady Warriors headed into the bottom of the seventh of last Friday’s rematch milking a slim lead.

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WILLIAM’S TO WIN
REPEAT TIME? Bunn High School sophomore standout William Lewis is looking to defend his Northern Carolina Conference Golf Championship. The NCC convened Tuesday afternoon at Bull Creek in Louisburg.
WILLIAM’S TO WIN
LOUISBURG - William Lewis’ potential path toward a Northern Carolina Conference championship has been paved by one of his best golfing traits.
Consistency.
Lewis, the defending NCC and Mideast Regional Champion, is well on his way to repeating as the league title holder after firing an even-par 72 during Tuesday’s conference call at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.

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LC takes 2nd spot in league
SECOND SEED. Zac Laneve and the Louisburg College Hurricanes will be the No. 2 seed for the annual Region X Baseball Tournament.
LC takes 2nd spot in league
LOUISBURG -- Much more than just tournament seeding was at stake this spring in the Region X baseball standings.
In past years, only the league tournament champion has earned a spot in district competition -- the next step toward a possible berth in the NJCAA College World Series.
But under a new format, both the Region X regular season and tournament champions will appear in the districts, which will be held in May in either Maryland or West Virginia.

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LC’s Fabulous Finish
LC’s Fabulous Finish
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College couldn’t have picked a better time to gain momentum on the softball diamond.
Over the past few weeks, the Lady Hurricanes have put together a nine-game winning streak in front of the annual Region X Tournament, which will be held this weekend at Aiken Tech College in South Carolina.
Certainly, LC’s No. 5 seed is deceiving as the Lady Hurricanes are playing their best softball of the season heading into the event, which features a National Tournament berth for the winner.

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LC salutes top athletes
LC salutes top athletes
LOUISBURG -- Last week, the Louisburg College faculty and staff recognized outstanding achievements by members of the campus community, including distinguished service awards, academic achievement honors and other student successes.
As part of the 2013 Awards Day program, two Hurricanes were honored as Outstanding Student Athlete Award winners.

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All About Anderson
CONFERENCE DOMINANCE. (L to R) Coach Caitlin Withers and player Jessica Harris helped the Franklinton Lady Rams roll through their spike opponents last year in the Northern Carolina Conference.
All About Anderson
FRANKLINTON -- Of the many intangibles Jessica Harris enjoyed during her volleyball career at Franklinton High School, coaching stability was not one of them.
Since she became an instant starter at FHS as a freshman, Harris saw the Lady Rams’ program change hands three times -- and that can be a difficult hurdle for any prep athlete to overcome, regardless of the sport.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 28-May 4
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Franklinton at Roanoke Rapids    6:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Corinth Holders    6:30 p.m.

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Bunn takes second spot in the league
Bunn takes second spot in the league
BUNN -- Bunn High School wrapped up its regular season in the No. 2 position in the Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis standings.
That means the Wildcats have earned a spot in the upcoming team portion of the Class 2-A State Playoffs under Coach Duane Gatson.

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CH Can’t Be Stopped
YOU’RE TRAPPED. Louisburg High School’s Kenia Roa (left) and Kelsey Harris (right) double-team Corinth Holders’ Christi Innocent during last Wednesday’s prep soccer showdown at Joyner Park.
CH Can’t Be Stopped
LOUISBURG -- Only one team has been able to solve Corinth Holders this season in Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer action -- and that’s perennial powerhouse Roanoke Rapids.
Other than a loss to the league-leading Yellow Jackets, Corinth Holders has run the table against NCC foes -- a streak the Lady Pirates put on the line last Wednesday during a visit to Joyner Park to tangle with homestanding Louisburg High School.

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NC State wins over Davidson
RALEIGH -- No. 6 North Carolina State University extended the nation’s longest baseball winning streak to 15 games with a 4-3 walk-off win over Davidson on Tuesday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (33-10) are coached by former Louisburg College assistant Eliott Avent.

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Robins takes region
NEW BERN -- Louisburg College Hurricane golfer Zach Robins won the Region X Division III Men’s Golf Championship with 74 and 75 scores for the two rounds of the tournament.
The event was held on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, at Emerald Golf Course in Craven County. 

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Bunn defeats Louisburg in track and field
BUNN -- Bunn High School won the boys team event during a Northern Carolina Conference track and field meet last week against the Louisburg Warriors.
Bunn, coached by David Howle, was a winner by a 78-46 margin. The Wildcats will return to the track today for a road matchup against Franklinton.

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Tourney Champs
PARKER PILES UP THE AWARDS. Franklin County Royal Knights player Lyeshon Parker was selected as the Most Valuable Player at the recent Under Armour Basketball Tournament. (Photos Submitted)
Tourney Champs
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Franklin County Royal Knights Fifth-Graders shined on their home floor recently during the Under Armour AAU Basketball Tournament, which was held at the Youngsville Elementary School Gymnasium.
The Knights were paced by Lyeshon Parker, who averaged 17 points per game during the tourney to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

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SALUTED AT THE DPAP
SALUTED AT THE DPAP
CHECK PRESENTATION TO THE MIRACLE LEAGUE. The Durham Bulls and Capital Broadcasting Company donated $10,000 and Minor League Baseball Charities donated $2,500 to The Miracle League of Franklin County. The check was presented at the beginning of the Durham Bulls home game on April 20. Five Miracle League players along with their families were guests to the Capital Broadcasting Company’s suite during the doubleheader game.

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Mudcats deliver vs. Potomac
Mudcats deliver vs. Potomac
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats earned their first shutout of the year thanks to great pitching and defense in a 3-0 triumph over the Potomac Nationals on Monday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
 Playing through the mist and a cold wind, the Mudcats (7-10) snapped a three-game losing streak behind another quality start for Cody Anderson (3-0).

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APPROACH EXCELLENCE
APPROACH EXCELLENCE
Bunn’s Jeff Eaton delivers a chip shot to within one foot during Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference links event at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Louisburg.

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HE LIKES IT
HE LIKES IT
Franklinton’s Trent Perry delivers a drive on the back nine at Bull Creek in Louisburg during Tuesday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference match.

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IRON FEAT
IRON FEAT
Bunn High’s Connor Jones comes through with a perfect iron shot off the tee during Tuesday’s NCC golf match.

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KEEPING HER AT BAY
KEEPING HER AT BAY
Louisburg High School’s Leslie Ruiz (right) tries to hold off Corinth Holders’ Tally Pavel during last Wednesday’s soccer event at Joyner Park.

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MAKING FRANKLINTON PROUD
MAKING FRANKLINTON PROUD
Former Franklinton High School standout Morgan Tharrington has enjoyed a strong two-year stint as a member of the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball squad. Tharrington and the Lady Hurricanes will be at the Region X Tournament this weekend at Aiken Tech in South Carolina.

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PERFECT CONNECTION
PERFECT CONNECTION
Louisburg College’s Angelica Fontana makes solid contact during the Lady Hurricanes’ home doubleheader last Saturday afternoon against rival USC-Salkehatchie.

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TAYLOR TRIES FOR THE STEAL
TAYLOR TRIES FOR THE STEAL
Louisburg High School’s Taylor Broughton (right) attempts to swipe third base as Franklinton’s Erica Goswick reaches for the throw during last Friday’s NCC fast-pitch softball matchup.

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YOU’RE IN MY WAY
YOU’RE IN MY WAY
Louisburg College’s Morgan Tharrington (left) tries to make a relay throw and avoid a USC-Salkehatchie runner during last Saturday’s twinbill.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Learning to stay safe while having fun</i>
Learning to stay safe while having fun
Did you know the leading causes of injury-related death among children ages 14 and under are motor vehicle crashes, suffocation, drowning and fires and/or burns?
Also it is estimated that in 2009, nearly 220,000 children ages 14 and under were treated in emergency departments for injuries associated with playground equipment.

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<i>Engaged</i>
Engaged
Robin and Maylon Edwards of Louisburg and Adam and Donna Benson of Moyock announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Faye Benson to Douglas Jerome Creekmore Jr. of Zebulon. The groom-elect is the son of Cora Creekmore of Henderson and the late Douglas Creekmore. The wedding will take place on Sept. 28, 2013 at Lake O’ The Woods Plantation, Warrenton.

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<i>Approaching marriage</i>
Approaching marriage
Laura “Lolly” Virginia Hollingsworth of Louisburg will marry Trevor Wayne Penick of Boone on April 27, 2013. The 6 p.m. outdoor ceremony will be held at Triple R Farm in Franklinton. The bride is the daughter of Walter and Laura Hollingsworth of Louisburg. The groom’s parents are Chris and Vonda Penick of Boone.

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HOPPIN’ ALONG!
HOPPIN’ ALONG!
Dressed as the Easter Bunny, Joyce Greene is shown above at an Easter event held at her house in Louisburg. A large Easter Egg hunt was held as part of the event.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (April 29-May 3)
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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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

LC graduation speaker named
LC graduation speaker named
SPEAKER NAMED. Michael Boddie, chair of the Louisburg College Board of trustees, will deliver this year’s commencement address at 5 p.m. Friday May 3, in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC). His topic will be, “Believing in People.” A native of Rocky Mount, Boddie is a 1977 graduate of Louisburg College and a 1979 graduate of East Carolina University.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Henry Nelms saluted for efforts founding, running planning board
Henry Nelms saluted for efforts founding, running planning board
LOUISBURG — Basically, for 30 years, there wasn’t a planning matter that Henry Nelms didn’t get a chance to weigh in on.
Nelms was a founding member of the county’s Planning Board, joining the advisory board in 1984.
From 1992 until he stepped aside this year, he served as chair — setting the tone for the 14-member board.

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Deputies tase suspect
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Youngsville man who tried to avoid capture.
Curtis L. Jones, 29, initially told deputies that his name was Christopher Jones during an encounter the morning of April 19.
Jones ran on foot and had to be subdued by a taser. Authorities eventually learned his real name and discovered Wake Forest Police had warrants on him.

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Strong winds knock out power in Franklinton
FRANKLINTON — Town officials cancelled its first Spring Fling event this past Saturday because of the threat of inclement weather.
And while the skies turned out to be clear on Saturday morning, straight-line winds on Friday evening flung trees and utility poles, knocking out Duke Energy Progress power and telephone service until about noon on Saturday.

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Deputies look for suspects in a couple of break-ins
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole guns.
Danny Inscoe reported the afternoon of April 15 that someone broke into a property on Millford Way in northern Franklin County.
According to the report by Dep. Dylan Moore, an SKS Chinese assault rifle, .22-caliber six-shot pistol, .45-caliber pistol and six-shot Smith & Wesson snub nose revolver were reported missing.

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<i>VGCC’s child care center lauded</i>
VGCC’s child care center lauded
The state of North Carolina has once again awarded a five-star license — the highest possible rating — to the Child Care Center at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus, located near Louisburg.
 The facility earned the five-star rating this year for having a knowledgeable and dedicated staff, a safe and attractive environment, and opportunities for children to develop mentally, physically and socially. State evaluators conducted an examination of the center using the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS).

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<i>Special Olympics: Tests skills, builds character</i>
LIGHTING THE WAY. Paige Sayles helps Michael Lane light the Olympic Torch during the Franklin County Special Olympics event last week in Bunn.
Special Olympics: Tests skills, builds character
BUNN — Maria Benson stood on her mark before sprinting down a runway and taking a flying leap into a sandy pit — aided by a blustery breeze at her back.
She and dozens of other athletes were buoyed just as much by the crowd gathered at the Bunn High School track, cheering on students competing in the annual Franklin County Special Olympics meet this past Friday.
The annual event gives youngsters with special needs an arena to show their skills and have fun.

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LHS graduate finishes basic
LHS graduate finishes basic
Pfc. Garrett Thomas Calvery graduated from Marine Basic Training at Parris Island, S.C., on March 9 and completed Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville  on April 16. He is now attending Combat Engineering Training at Camp Johnson in Jacksonville.

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ALL ABOUT BUNNIES
ALL ABOUT BUNNIES
A Franklin County 4-H family recently organized a “rabbit clinic” at their home to teach youth and adults about the benefits of owning and raising rabbits. Stephanie, Johnnie, Christopher and Taylor Farley organized the event with hopes of generating enough interest to create a 4-H Rabbit Club. Julie Gupton, who raises rabbits and is knowledgeable about all breeds, spoke to the group  of 43, 22 of whom were youth.

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VISITS LIONS
VISITS LIONS
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a very informative presentation recently from NC State University Professor Joe Mobley. Professor Mobley is a history instructor and shared stories of the American Civil War and what life was like on the home front in the South during that period. Mobley (at the left) is shown here with Lions Club president Mark La Branche.

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