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Showing 53 articles from October 16, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

County sued; former airport operators say they were ‘swindled’
LOUISBURG — The former operators of Franklin County’s airport have come to collect.
Knightdale Airport Inc. and Carlina Inc. have filed a lawsuit, alleging that Franklin County breached a 40-year contract, swindling them out of millions in investments and future earnings at the airport.
The incorporated businesses served as the airport’s operator — First in Flight — beginning in May 1997.

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Somethin’s up!
Somethin’s up!
RAPT ATTENTION. Colton Leonard and his mom, Pam, get a good view of the goings on in the Walmart parking lot last Saturday.

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Electrified!
YOUNGSVILLE — Apparently, town police officers can teach door-to-door salesmen a thing or two.
Back in July, commissioners gave officers the approval they needed to solicit businesses for money to buy Tasers — non-lethal weapons that officers said they needed to fight escalating crime.
First Sgt. Ron Adkins and Patrol Officer A.J. Urdaneta were tasked with contacting businesses to see if they would support the town’s effort.

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Police chiefs on board with school security idea
YOUNGSVILLE — Last week, Sheriff Jerry Jones told county commissioners that police chiefs were on board with plans that could put deputies at schools within town limits.
Essentially, that’s true.
However, they have expressed heartburn about boarding a train that already appeared to have left the station.

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JUST CHECKING
JUST CHECKING
Elections Director Lisa Goswick, right, and Deputy Director Michelle Chavis, second from left, help Board of Elections members, from left, Thomas Bregger, Sonravea Privette, and Amy Southerland test voting equipment on Tuesday. Early voting begins at the office on Industrial Drive on Thursday. Election day is Nov. 5.

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‘Dust’ settles, schools’ budget finally okayed
With the school year nearly two months along, the Franklin County Board of Education was finally able to adopt its final $76.6 million budget for 2013-14 during its Monday night meeting.
“Most of the dust has settled” at the state and county level said Assistant Superintendant Doug Moore, who presented the finalized budget to the board.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
FHS student Brooke Davis

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Extremist
Editorial Cartoon: Extremist

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Downtown art was fleeting but impressive!
Downtown art was fleeting but impressive!
Incredible pictures done mostly with chalk on a downtown sidewalk!
If you took a close look at last weekend’s edition of your Franklin Times, you undoubtedly were impressed with the Arts Council’s downtown art event that featured local artists creating art on sidewalks — very detailed, impressive artworks, by the way.

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Sometimes ‘different’ is a step in right direction
Something was “different” at Monday night’s Franklin county Board of Education meeting.
Very different ...
First, a veteran principal asked a simple question that he knew the answer to long before he voiced it.
And, local industry representatives, instead of just complaining about the state of public education, explained why their company is getting involved in making things better and more exciting for students.

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Medical checks aren’t the only thing to keep eye on
Medical checks aren’t the only thing to keep eye on
Stories like the one I just read have a way of putting a pit in your stomach.
A study conducted by USA Today revealed more than 1,500 recent cases where nursing homes had been cite d for mishandling funds belonging to some of our most vulnerable people — elderly residents in these homes.
In one of the more alarming cases, a former office staffer at a facility in Mississippi was arrested and charged with billing more than $101,000 in personal expenses to trust accounts belonging to residents at two nursing home facilities.

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Editorial Cartoon: Furloughed
Editorial Cartoon: Furloughed

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<i>Pat’s pals: Reworking state government with patronage</i>
Pat’s pals: Reworking state government with patronage
What to do with the trash after a party is always a dilemma.
De jure Governor Pat McCrory seems to have found a solution; he put it all in a place he doesn’t care about — the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 
DHHS is headed by McCrory fundraiser and George W. Bush appointee as Ambassador to Estonia, Dr. Aldona Zofia Wos.

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<i>Teaching politicians with lessons that can work on a new puppy</i>
Teaching politicians with lessons that can work on a new puppy
“To pick up from my lead-in from last week: “What you say is only your opinion; you are not legitimate or validated.”
This in part is what I was told by a longtime sitting county commissioner when I contacted him to extend a little courtesy.   
He made it clear he was not happy with my commentary on how the board in general is disrespectful to citizens when they appear and ask questions.

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Stand up against violence
Dear editor:
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the month of October, domestic violence programs throughout the country recognize the victims that have been murdered by the hands of their abusers, whether it be a spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend or family member.  

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Editorial Cartoon: The End Is Near!
Editorial Cartoon: The End Is Near!

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OBITUARIES

CYNTHIA HARTSFIELD
BUNN - Cynthia Hartsfield, 56, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Funeral will be Thursday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at Zion Spring Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Bunn. Interment will follow in Zion Spring Memorial Gardens.

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JEAN H. WINN
YOUNGSVILLE —Jean Harris Winn, 91, died in her home on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Bill Haley officiating. Burial will be in the Harris family cemetery.

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LINWOOD MIDDLETON
ROCKY MOUNT—Funeral services for Linwood Middleton, 59, who died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. at Social Union Baptist Church, with the Rev. Nathaniel Bunn officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hope Memorial Gardens.

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VIRGINIA S. BUNN
CONOVER, NC - Virginia A. Suarez “Ginny” Bunn, age 80, of Conover, NC, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013, at her residence after a long, valiant fight with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Virginia was  born on  December 6, 1932, in Brooklyn, NY.  She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Sylvia Fabricant Suarez.  Raised by Raymond and the late Emily McVicar Suarez.

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SPORTS

RIVALRY RETURN
NOWHERE TO GO. Bunn High School defenders (l to r) Daroun Hodge, Jackson Leggett and Nathan Sperling team up to make a tackle during the Wildcats’ home victory last Friday night against Northern Carolina Conference foe Southern Vance.
RIVALRY RETURN
BUNN -- The newest configuration of the Northern Carolina Conference began with one of the league’s best former rivalries -- Southern Vance against Bunn.
BHS and Southern played some memorable games in the early to middle portion of the 2000s before the Raiders moved up to the Class 3-A level.

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A HOT STREAK
SUPER SIX. Franklinton’s Preston Mason-Eaton (with ball) dribbles upfield during last Wednesday’s home boys soccer decision against Warren Co.
A HOT STREAK
FRANKLINTON -- Winning has become contagious with the Franklinton High School boys soccer squad.
As a result, the Red Rams control their own destiny in the Northern Carolina Conference standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
With a mark of 13-7 overall and 9-2 in the NCC, the Red Rams are one game behind North Carolina School of Science and Math in the conference standings.

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LHS Shines At TRAC Meet
QUICK START. Members of the Louisburg High School boys cross country team, including eventual winner Chris Thorne (center), speed away at the beginning of last Wednesday’s Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference event on the LHS campus.
LHS Shines At TRAC Meet
LOUISBURG -- One huge positive came out of the poor weather offered for last Wednesday’s Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference cross country meet on the campus of Louisburg High School.
The temptation of shelter and warmth certainly served as a motivator for runners who braved the rain, wind and below-normal temperatures to complete LHS’ home layout.

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Jones makes Shrine Bowl
Jones makes Shrine Bowl
BUNN -- Organizers of the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Football Game work hard to make sure that the experience is a memorable one for selected players and coaches -- on and off the field.
In addition to the showdown between the North Carolina and South Carolina All-Stars on the campus of Wofford College in Greenville, S.C., attendees enjoy a variety of events and practice sessions throughout the week heading up to the contest.

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FHS Drops A Wild One
CREEDMOOR -- One of the most anticipated matchups of the Northern Carolina Conference football schedule will certainly be remembered as one of its wildest.
In the NCC opener for both clubs, Franklinton and host South Granville combined for an unbelievable 124 points last Friday -- with SG holding on for a 67-57 conquest.

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VGCC claims first victory of the year
VGCC claims first victory of the year
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball team won its first match of the season on Oct. 5 in what was also the program’s first match against a team from a four-year university.
The Vanguards bested the squad from Mid-Atlantic Christian University in a thrilling home match that started with VGCC victories in the first two sets (25-19 and 25-23).

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LC suffers second loss of season
LC suffers second loss of season
LOUISBURG -- The 19th-ranked Louisburg College football team dropped a home non-conference game, 42-39, to the Atlanta Sports Academy last Saturday afternoon at Louisburg High School’s Patterson Field.
The Hurricanes ruled the game on the ground as they outgained ASA, 357 yards to 50, but the ASA’s air attack out-dueled the Canes 388-85.
Louisburg had the first two scores of the game as Tyree Massey and Chris Brown each made six-yard rushes i

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Warriors defeat SEH
LOUISBURG -- After watching his team fail to hold onto a substantial lead one week earlier at Warren County, Louisburg’s Chris Lee encountered a similar scenario during Monday’s Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference football opener at Southeast Halifax.
Once again, Louisburg built a comfortable early advantage -- only to see its opponent make a furious rally.

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Cohen off to a strong start at NC A&T
Cohen off to a strong start at NC A&T
GREENSBORO -- When Bunn’s Tarik Cohen signed a letter--of-intent to join the North Carolina A&T football program, former BHS coach Chris Miller predicted that Cohen would make an immediate impact for the Aggies as a true freshman.
Miller’s prophecy was a correct one as Cohen, a running back, has gotten off to a quick start this fall.

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Alaffita continues baseball career at VSU
Alaffita continues baseball career at VSU
BUNN -- It didn’t take long for the baseball hook to permanently lodge itself into Tony Alaffita.
When he was four years old, Alaffita joined the Bunn Youth Recreation League T-Ball program. And he hasn’t stopped playing since.
“Over time, I have liked baseball more and more,’’ Alaffita said.

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ECU’s diamond sked finalized
GREENVILLE --Thirty-two home games at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium, including the 11th-Annual Keith LeClair Classic, highlight the 2014 East Carolina baseball schedule announced last Friday morning by head coach Billy Godwin.

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DON’T PASS ME BY
DON’T PASS ME BY
Louisburg’s America Paschall (left) makes a strong move during last Wednesday afternoon’s Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference cross country meet on the LHS campus.

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NOWHERE TO GO
NOWHERE TO GO
Southern Vance’s Maurice Howard is wrapped up by several Bunn defenders during last Friday night’s high school football game on the BHS campus.

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RACE TOWARD THE GOAL
RACE TOWARD THE GOAL
Franklinton’s Jacob Woodburn (left) rushes to gain the ball during last Wednesday’s soccer victory against Warren County in Northern Carolina Conference action.

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READY TO SCORE
READY TO SCORE
Franklinton’s Ivan Rebollar rushes the ball into the box during last Wednesday’s soccer triumph against the Warren County Eagles at home.

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TRE’S FIRST-TIME SUCCESS
TRE’S FIRST-TIME SUCCESS
Eight-year-old Tre Chesser recently harvested his first-ever deer -- an eight-pointer from 25 yards out. Tre, who was hunting for the first time and killed the buck on his first shot, used a 20-gauge pump shotgun while hunting on a private farm in Eastern Franklin County. Tre was accompanied on the hunt by his stepfather, Cale Wood.

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WINNING WAYS
WINNING WAYS
Louisburg’s Chris Thorne was the boys champion during last Wednesday’s Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Cross Country Meet on the LHS campus.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>March nuptials planned</i>
March nuptials planned
Michael and Anne Puett of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Krista Anne Puett to Daniel Joseph Trotter, son of Larry and Stephanie Trotter of Youngsville. The wedding will take place on March 15, 2014 at The Garden on Millbrook in Raleigh.

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<i>September wedding is planned</i>
September wedding is planned
Patty Skiff and Jim Hayes of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Christine Hayes of Chapel Hill, to Luke Richard Blitchington, also of Chapel Hill. The groom-elect is the son of Diane and Robert Blitchington of Chapel Hill. A September 2014 wedding is planned at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. Personal “Save the Date” announcements will be sent to family members and friends.

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St. Matthias’ Chapel met spiritual, education needs
St. Matthias’ Chapel met spiritual, education needs
Led by energetic clergy and laymen during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Episcopalians did much to promote Christianity and education in Louisburg.
Their labors resulted in the establishment of St. Matthias’ Chapel and a robust school for African American children.
Much of the credit should be given to the Right Rev. Henry Beard Delany, who from 1889 until 1904, served the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina as a member of the Commission for Work among Colored People.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (October 21-25)
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

Local student named to Society of Scholars
ATLANTA — The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has announced that Louisburg High School student Sandra Williams from Louisburg has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville seeking parks and rec director
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s Parks and Recreation department will be under new management.
Andy McGhee, who had guided the program for the town since at least 2007, resigned the week of Sept. 16, less than a week after essentially accusing new town management — Bill Tatum — of backing off Youngsville’s commitment to administer the program.

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Time travel, no Internet required
BEFORE THE MICROWAVE. Volunteer Betsy Benning will be giving children a look at how cooking was done on an open hearth decades before modern ranges and microwave ovens drastically changed the task.
Time travel, no Internet required
Soap milling, iron smithing, and clothes washing in a barrel mostly belong to history, but not  always.
These old-fashioned artisanal activities will come alive again this year in Franklin County  during the second Colonial Hearth Day.
Franklin County school kids will visit a local farm on a field  trip illustrating their North Carolina studies.
Organizers believe it offers a rare chance to share  stories and crafts that deserve a life outside of textbooks.

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Apartments evacuated, but odor was harmless
Fire crews responded in hazmat suits to a Franklinton complex, but the matter turned out to be a non-emergency.
Authorities evacuated the Wilson Place Apartments on Joyner Street in Franklinton at about noon on Oct. 11 because of a noxious odor coming from one of the units.
Initially, authorities thought it might be the result of a meth lab.

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Grillin’, chillin’ and bettin’ on the beef!, 1
Grillin’, chillin’ and bettin’ on the beef!, 1
SPECTATOR SPORT. United Way Executive Director Kathy Harrelson, left, walks judges through the finer points of deciding the winners of the Siren3 Cook-Off, which ran in conjunction with the Cow Chip Bingo.

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Grillin’, chillin’ and bettin’ on the beef!, 2
Grillin’, chillin’ and bettin’ on the beef!, 2
SPECTATOR SPORT. From left, Cow Chip judges Maribeth Allen and Nicki Perry have different reactions to cows doing their business as Mann Mullen, the originator of the Cow Chip Bingo fundraiser, helps with the action.

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Grillin’, chillin’ and bettin’ on the beef!, 3
Grillin’, chillin’ and bettin’ on the beef!, 3
SPECTATOR SPORT. Siren3 co-chair Jeremy Neal shows off his slicing skills during the Siren3 event, which also served as a plate fundraiser for fire, rescue and police units in the county.

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Grillin’, chillin’ and bettin’ on the beef!, 4
Grillin’, chillin’ and bettin’ on the beef!, 4
SPECTATOR SPORT. Archie Coley with Lake Royale’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) makes sure their pork is ready. The team took home the Community Service Award for contributing most to the success of the event.

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Local family loses case over improper death declaration
RALEIGH — A family that alleged nearly a dozen entities were responsible for the events that led to a man mistakenly being declared dead took their case all the way to the state Supreme Court.
Earlier this month, that court ruled that Larry Green’s guardians were responsible for legal costs associated with an unsuccessful component of their lawsuit.

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District No. 20 attends Eastern Star event
Members of District #20, Order of the Eastern Star in the Jurisdiction of North Carolina attended the 112th Annual Grand Session recently at the Twin City Quarters in Winston-Salem.
The order was founded in North Carolina 134 years ago.
District Deputy Grand Matron Shirley H. Wardrick is in charge of the delegation that covers Franklin, Vance and Warren counties.

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Drug cases, hit and run, burglary keeping area authorities hopping
Youngsville police seized drugs investigating two different cases.
On Oct. 9, officers arrested John K. Malunda III, 30, of Raleigh, charging him with felony possession of cocaine. He made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday.
According to the report by Officer W. Taylor, he was dispatched to a disturbance call at the Wilco Hess on E. Main Street.

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BUSINESS

Novant Health’s use of electronic records saluted
Novant Health, which operates Franklin Medical Center in Louisburg, has received the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Stage 7 Ambulatory Award for its adoption and use of an electronic health record (EHR).
One of only six systems in the country – and the first in the Carolinas - to attain the highest level of EHR use, this award represents the successful transformation of care in Novant Health’s more than 350 physician clinics across three states.

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