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Showing 40 articles from October 2, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

State threatens to close county animal shelter
RALEIGH — Franklin County animal welfare staff plans to fight a state decision to enforce a fine and close the county’s animal shelter.
Last week, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Community Services’ Veterinary Division notified Animal Control Director Taylor Bartholomew and Franklin County that it has assessed a $5,000 civil penalty against the shelter and suspended its registration —  which, without appeal, would close its doors.

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Chased by woman, would-be thief gets away after shots fired
LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has called off an active manhunt, but they continue to look for suspects in a series of break-ins — one of which prompted a homeowner to fire shots at a suspect.
The homeowner, investigators said, suffered a few bruises in the altercation. The suspect was not believed to have been hit by gunfire.
“You’ve got a right to protect yourself if you fear for your life,” said Capt. E.H. Smith.

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JEWEL OF A DAY
JEWEL OF A DAY
The Youngsville Fall Festival drew hundreds to the town, for arts and craft and food vendors, as well as the annual car show. Above, Franklinton resident Lisa Wright, right, looks over some jewelry at Amanda Paige’s Atta Girl booth set up in the National Guard Armory this past Saturday. See more photos in a later edition of The Franklin Times.

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Compromise resolves will dispute
LOUISBURG — Parties laying claim to half an inheritance intended to benefit animal welfare reached an agreement to split the benefit.
The settlement was reached after Ann Lancaster’s sole heir — a brother — decided to step in.
When Lancaster died in December, she left behind an estate — estimated at just under half a million dollars — to be split between Trinity United Methodist Church and the Franklin County Animal Society.

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Jury tells ‘tapped out’ defendant to pay $9 million
LOUISBURG — A jury ordered a Franklinton man to pay a couple $9 million for disrupting their lives through erroneous eviction efforts that splintered their marriage and caused mental instability.
The question now is whether Jeffrey L. Witherspoon will be able to pay up.
“I don’t have counsel in this case because I couldn’t afford it,” Witherspoon told a jury as he represented himself in a trial that lasted a week, bleeding over into Monday — causing the case to move over to the more compact, small claims court.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Amanda Schafer

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cruz Missile
Editorial Cartoon: Cruz Missile

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Want scary? Try tangled webs, unreliable radios
Want scary? Try tangled webs, unreliable radios
It’s said that the Mayans predicted that the end of the world as we know it would come with the earth entrapped in a web!
As one who has a love/hate relationship with all things computerized, I figured the “web” that would spell doom for us mere humans would be the World Wide Web we created and have become ensnared in.
However, recently I’ve begun having doubts.

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Affordable Care Act: A few facts to get you started
Okay, it’s October, 2013, and despite fierce opposition from the nation’s conservative Republicans, the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, is beginning.
That’s in spite of GOP last-ditch efforts to delay its start by reducing funding, an ill-fated move that effectively shut down much of the federal government Monday night.

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If government shutdown is a game, we all lose
If government shutdown is a game, we all lose
Back in February, I wrote a column about impending sequestration — which would have cut the budget by $85 billion and sent this country into disarray.
The government’s response was to kick the bucket down the road to Sept. 30 where “future” Congress would have to deal with the fallout.
Guess what? Sept. 30 came and went and, now, we’re in trouble.

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<i>Does NC’s new voting law justify its billing?</i>
Does NC’s new voting law justify its billing?
“An act to restore confidence in government by establishing the Voter Information Verification Act to promote the electoral process through education and increased registration.”
Those are the first two dozen words of HB 589, North Carolina’s new voter suppression law.
Sounds good, let’s see if it lives up to its billing.

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Question motives behind the words
Question motives behind the words
You should question the motives of those that would influence the course of events?  It is the only way to find what they truly stand for.
On a rare occasion, every now and then, they slip up and tell you what they really stand for. This is the story of one of those times.

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Just progressive rhetoric?
Dear editor:
In response to Larry Marciniak’s “Telling the Truth” column on Sept 26, headlined “Okay, but what about the rest of the Constitution?” On a day in which, a group of Franklin County residents came together to remember our history and honor the men and women who died to preserve our liberty and freedom, Marciniak attacks in an attempt to divide We The People.

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Editorial Cartoon: NSA
Editorial Cartoon: NSA

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OBITUARIES

CATHERINE H. COLLIE
LOUISBURG – Catherine Hill Collie, 90, died  Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at her home. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Cypress Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery with the Reverend Bill Wallace officiating.

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FORREST EDWIN BOWERS
Forrest Edwin Bowers peacefully entered Heaven on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from the Louisburg Nursing Center. “Buck” was born on July 8, 1924 in Morganton, N.C. to Arthur Carlson Bowers and Minnie Mae Phillips Bowers. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Margaret Bowers; and his brothers, James and Phillip Bowers. He was 89 years old.

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SPORTS

WELCOME HOME
HENDERSON GETS HELD UP. Franklinton’s Derryan Henderson (with ball) tries to avoid a Granville Central tackle attempt during last Friday’s non-conference football matchup.
WELCOME HOME
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s three-game road trip was a bountiful one as the Red Rams scored over 50 points in each of those decisive victories.
And FHS’ return home  would be a happy one as the Red Rams remained undefeated overall with a 36-22 decision over Granville Central last Friday night.

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COURT ORDER
WAITING GAME. Franklinton’s Madison Poupard prepares to return a forehand as part of Tuesday’s event at Louisburg.
COURT ORDER
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County’s current queens of the tennis court put their lofty status on the line Monday as the Franklinton Lady Rams traveled to Louisburg for a key non-conference matchup.
Franklinton entered the contest with convincing earlier victories over both Louisburg and Bunn -- and the Lady Rams continued their county heroics with a 7-2 conquest at the LHS Courts.

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FHS stars shine at  XC meet
FINAL KICK. Bunn’s Callie Eatman prepares to cross the finish line during Monday’s Franklin Country Cross Country Meet.
FHS stars shine at XC meet
LOUISBURG -- A pair of familiar faces crossed the finish line first during Monday’s Franklin County Cross Country Meet at Louisburg High School.
Franklinton veteran standout Kayla Wetherell was the girls winner, while FHS teammate Luis Guillen was the boys champion.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 6-Oct. 12
High School Football
FRIDAY
Southern Vance at Bunn    7:30 p.m.
South Granville at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.

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Bunn rolls to road football conquest
CONWAY -- Bunn erupted both offensively and defensively in the second half of last Friday’s non-conference football game at Northampton County.
As a result, the Wildcats were able to break open a tight contest en route to winning by a comfortable 49-7 margin over the Jaguars.

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Lady Canes dominate in soccer action
Lady Canes dominate in soccer action
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College women’s soccer team coasted to a 13-0 win over USC-Lancaster last Saturday afternoon in a Region X conference game on the LC campus.
 The NJCAA’a leading scorer, Sam Rowland, set the pace as she scored six goals in the conference win, while the country’s second-highest scorer, Jessie Scales also had a good offensive day as she scored five goals.

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GOOD KNIGHTS
IN CONTROL OF THE SITUATION. Louisburg High School’s Kevin Rayo dribbles the ball out of harm’s way during last Thursday’s home soccer match with Northern Nash.
GOOD KNIGHTS
LOUISBURG -- Regardless of the sport, coaches are always interested to find out how their team responds to adversity.
For veteran Northern Nash skipper Joe McCarthy, that opportunity came last week after the Knights suffered a tough overtime loss on Wednesday against Big East Conference rival Wilson Fike.

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LHS’ Quick Response
SMITH ON SMITH. Southern Vance’s Sheldon Smith (25) trips up Louisburg’s Derrick Smith (21) during last Friday night’s football contest in Henderson.
LHS’ Quick Response
HENDERSON -- Louisburg couldn’t have asked for a better bounce-back performance during last Friday’s non-conference road football game at Southern Vance.
Coming off a loss one week earlier against top rival Bunn, the Warriors never trailed en route to stopping the host Runnin’ Raiders by a 36-20 margin.

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LHS In TRAC Mix
LHS In TRAC Mix
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s home volleyball match today against Granville Central will go a long way toward determining the regular season champion in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.
LHS fell to GC on the road earlier in the year and will be looking to take the rematch.
To date, that is the Lady Warriors’ lone setback in league action.

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LC claims historic win
LOUISBURG -- On the eve of last Saturday’s important Northeast Conference football contest at Dean College, members of the Louisburg College traveling party made the short journey to a fairly famous stadium just down the road from the Dean campus.
Dean is located in Franklin, Mass. -- just minutes from Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots.

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Franklinton will host signups
Franklinton will host signups
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Recreation Association is currently conducting registration fot its Youth Winter Basketball League.
Boys and girls ages 5-13 are welcome. Signups will end on Nov. 9, with regular season action slated to begin on Nov. 16.

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KINSTON CROWN FOR LADY BLAZE
KINSTON CROWN FOR LADY BLAZE
KINSTON CHAMPS. The Carolina Lady Blaze 04 Travel Softball Team took first place at last weekend’s USSSA Queen of the Hill Tournament in Kinston. The Blaze fashioned a perfect 6-0 mark for the tourney.

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VGCC kicks off spike campaign
VGCC kicks off spike campaign
HENDERSON -- The 2013 Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball season has started.
VGCC, coached by Heather Chance, features former Franklin County standouts Bri Gatson (Bunn) and manager Raquell Jordan (Franklinton) as roster members.
The Vanguards began their season on Sept. 3 by hosting Davidson County Community College at Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson.

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NC Wesleyan claims first victory
DANVILLE, VA. -- The Battling Bishop football team of North Carolina Wesleyan College picked up its first win of the seasonl last Saturday afternoon, holding on for a 27-24 victory over Averett University to spoil the Cougars’ homecoming near the banks of the Dan River.

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A TRUE WARRIOR
A TRUE WARRIOR
Louisburg’s Chris Thorne finishes up at Monday’s cross country event on the LHS campus.

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FANCY FORM
FANCY FORM
(L to R) Louisburg’s Maximillian Kahn and Northern Nash’s Tyler Jones go after a loose ball last Thursday.

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KAYLA THE CROSS COUNTRY QUEEN
KAYLA THE CROSS COUNTRY QUEEN
Franklinton’s Kayla Wetherell was the girls champion during Monday afternoon’s Franklin County Cross Country Meet. The event was staged on the campus of Louisburg High School. Wetherell, a junior, has been strong this season in Northern Carolina Conference running action.

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LOOKING FOR A LANE
LOOKING FOR A LANE
Franklinton’s Derryan Henderson (left) tries to find running room during last Friday night’s home victory against Granville Central High School.

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TAKE THIS
TAKE THIS
Louisburg’s Catie Strickland serves during Tuesday afternoon’s home tennis showdown against Franklinton.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>A bit of South America calls Franklin County home</i>
A bit of South America calls Franklin County home
Llamas are CUTE, but ALPACAS are absolutely adorable.
Their little faces are so unique with precious characteristics. They are all cousins of the camel, and they are great fun to talk to and to feed.
If you have never seen an alpaca, or if you have not seen one for a while, you must take a 20-minute ride from Louisburg into the countryside.

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<i>Clovers and colors to highlight local 4-H Week salute</i>
Clovers and colors to highlight local 4-H Week salute
More than six million young people across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.
Franklin County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to make a positive impact on their community.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Authorities investigate death of LHS senior
Authorities investigate death of LHS senior
LOUISBURG —Franklin County investigators are still trying to determine what killed a Louisburg High School senior early Monday morning.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies were alerted to a case about a missing juvenile at about 6:20 a.m. as the family of Cody Klingensmith was looking for the 17-year-old.

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<i>Two Franklin Countians help bring ‘Harvey’ to life</i>
Meredith Feldman
Two Franklin Countians help bring ‘Harvey’ to life
A comedy, Harvey, opens in Wake Forest this weekend, about a man who converses with a six-foot-tall rabbit which follows him around but which nobody else can see.
 Designed by theater company director Bob Baird, the set was built almost entirely by Youngsville resident Tony Womack in his spare time after work.

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Airman finishes basic training
Airman finishes basic training
Air Force Airman Rufus D. Hackney graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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