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Showing 40 articles from December 26, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Years after assault, local man caught, faces long sentence
LOUISBURG — A Franklin County man was sentenced to nearly 30 years in jail on a sexual assault charge he evaded for more than six years.
Youngsville police alleged Nathan Randall Pettigrew sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in July 2005.
Less than a month later, in August 2005, Pettigrew is alleged to have kidnapped an ex-girlfriend at knifepoint, trying to get her to drive him some place.

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Lake Royale man sentenced for child porn
Lake Royale man sentenced for child porn
RALEIGH — A Lake Royale man was sentenced to 18 years in jail after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography.
Lake Royale Police combined with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in April 2012 to probe allegations that Joseph Patrick Murphy was dealing in child pornography.

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<i>Local aviation ‘aces’ sought</i>
Local aviation ‘aces’ sought
The high flying aviation history of Franklin County is being preserved by a forward looking group of pilots at the Triangle North Executive Airport.
The airport’s pilot association, the LHZPA, is undertaking the effort to discover notable aviation figures that hail from the county and have had an impact.

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<i>If it’s in the record, Annette Myers may have put it there!</i>
If it’s in the record, Annette Myers may have put it there!
LOUISBURG — Judges are important and powerful, but no court case that Annette Myers has sat in on has been able to start without her.
That will change at the end of the year when she retires as a court reporter, having erved the state for the past 26 years.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Harper Vick, 3 Weeks Old

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Avatars
Editorial Cartoon: Avatars

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A ‘doubly lucky’ year could be interesting
A ‘doubly lucky’ year could be interesting
Can you believe it?
It’s almost 2014! Santa has come and gone, the new year is all primed for launch and now, soon, we’ll all have to remember to write a new date on our checks, at least those of us old fogies who still write checks.
It’s tradition at this time of the year to look ahead, making either resolutions about how things are going to change or wondering how to deal with the inevitable plans that will be made for us.

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A much brighter future hinges on single factor
With the beginning of the Great Recession now, officially, five years behind us, there are some signs the local economy is beginning to shake off the doldrums and could be poised once again for significant gains.
Don’t break out a new bottle of “bubbly” just yet, of course, but if you’ve got a little left from New Year’s Eve, this might be an excuse, ... er, reason to use it up.

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In 2014, the sky is falling with dropping possums
In 2014, the sky is falling with dropping possums
So, I read that the annual Possom Drop will go on next week in Brasstown, helping that western North Carolina town ring in the New Year.
So, two questions popped into my head.
The first was, why was it in danger of not occurring.
And, why do they have it, anyway.

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<i>Let’s finally get one right: Build the Owens Park now!</i>
Let’s finally get one right: Build the Owens Park now!
Sports fans, we have to get this one right: “Build the “V.E. Owens Fishing Hole and Park” Now!
On Jan. 21, 2010, Edgar H. Owens left us all too soon. I did not know the man personally, but I have learned of him. I know of the Owens family and their deep and meaningful contributions to Franklin County.
Among Owens’ final wishes was that if sufficient funds were available, the county build a lake or pond, stock it with fish, and call it the V.E. Owens Fishing Hole.

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<i>County’s mature ‘wish list’ needed only two requests</i>
County’s mature ‘wish list’ needed only two requests
If Franklin County were a child it would have recently visited Santa with its wish list.
In my analogy, Franklin County is a mature child and Santa is a combination of the state and federal governments.
Being a mature child, the county is only asking for two things; the two most important things to aid its economic development.

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Hospital president says moving CON helps patients
Dear editor:
The operating room that Novant Health plans to move has not been in regular use for patient care and is often used for storage. Relocating the hospital’s third operating room will allow the Franklin County community to take full advantage of an underutilized asset.

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Editorial Cartoon: Selfies
Editorial Cartoon: Selfies

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OBITUARIES

LUTHER J. ALLEN
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Luther J. Allen, 61, who died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellis family cemetery.

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GERALD J. EURY
LOUISBURG—Gerald Jackson Eury, age 80, passed away December 25, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness.  Gerald is the son of the late Joseph Clay Eury, Sr. and Myrtle Dement Eury.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph “JC” Eury, Jr., Ray Eury, Archie Eury, and a sister, Deloris Andrews.

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JEFFREY LEE “JEFF” FIELDS
YOUNGSVILLE — Jeffrey Lee “Jeff” Fields, 51, died Wednesday, Dec.  25, 2013 at his home. Friends may visit with the family 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Youngsville Fire Department, 803 Wheaton Ave, Youngsville, followed by a celebration of Jeff’s life at 3 p.m. at Youngsville Baptist Church, 315 E. Main St., Youngsville.

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SPORTS

WINTER OF 42
KING OF THE COURT. Bunn senior guard Deshawn High had a huge game last Friday night as the Wildcats rallied to defeat conference rival Franklinton.
WINTER OF 42
BUNN - Bunn High School has certainly produced its share of high-level boys basketball players through the years as part of the school’s long-standing hardwood tradition.
But few Wildcats past or present have possessed the ability to change the fortunes of a game almost singlehandedly the way Deshawn High does.

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COLOR SCHEME
SPLITTING THE DEFENSE. Bunn’s Precious Walker (middle) soars into the lane for two points during last Friday’s road victory against rival Franklinton.
COLOR SCHEME
FRANKLINTON -- When Franklinton tangles with Bunn in girls basketball action, veteran FHS coach Lester Wilder wishes his club could come up with a selective case of color blindness.
The way Wilder sees it, the Lady Rams are a bit psyched out whenever they see Bunn’s green and gold rush on to the court.

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Standouts Shine In League
Standouts Shine In League
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Following the latest realignment, Franklinton and Bunn weren’t quite sure how they would fare on the gridiron in the latest concoction of the Northern Carolina Conference.
But BHS and FHS would stack up to the conference competition -- both new and old -- quite well.
Bunn tied South Granville for the regular season championship, while the Red Rams were right behind in the No. 3 position.

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Bunn delivers versus LHS
EYEING A BUCKET. Louisburg High School’s Alkia Johnson (right) goes up for a jump shot as Bunn’s Kristy Green defends last Wednesday night.
Bunn delivers versus LHS
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s injury-ravaged lineup was simply no match for the healthy and talented Bunn Ladycats during last Wednesday’s non-conference girls basketball matchup -- the first meeting of the season between the long-time rivals.
The outcome was never in doubt as Bunn scored 21 of the game’s first 24 points en route to picking up a convincing 53-30 triumph.

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Big Game At Taylor
THROUGH A CROWD. Bunn’s Deshawn High drives for two points last Wednesday night against rival Louisburg HS.
Big Game At Taylor
LOUISBURG -- The annual Bunn-Louisburg football grudge match was recently voted as the top gridiron rivalry in the nation by USA Today/High School Sports.
But the teams also have a rich hardwood history of dueling each other, and the intensity continued last Wednesday night at Taylor Center on the Louisburg College campus.

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Bunn claims award
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman University’s Whitney Bunn has been named Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week for her stellar play in the Paladins’ recent 79-72 road win over Coastal Carolina.
Bunn, a 5-foot-7 guard from Bunn High School, returned to action against Coastal Carolina after missing two games with a foot infection.

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Canes drop heartbreaker to Columbus
Canes drop heartbreaker to Columbus
RALEIGH -- The Columbus Blue Jackets played Grinch Monday night and stole a little hockey spirit from the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Center. 
The boys from Columbus scored two goals, less than two minutes apart, late in the third period to give themselves something to cheer about over the holiday break following a 4-3 victory. 

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Bunn to host XMAS Tourney
BUNN -- A strong field will be featured in both the girls and boys portions of the 2013 Bunn High School Christmas Basketball Tournament.
Action will begin with the first round Friday, followed by Saturday’s consolation and championship rounds at the Bunn Dome.

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Mudcats announce new staff
Mudcats announce new staff
ZEBULON -- Eddie “Scooter” Tucker will return to Five County Stadium as the manager of the Carolina Mudcats in 2014, the Cleveland Indians announced last Friday.
Tucker made his coaching debut in 2012 as hitting coach for the Mudcats under Edwin Rodriguez.
Joining Tucker will be pitching coach Steve Karsay, hitting coach Tony Mansolino and trainer Bobby Ruiz.

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Standouts emerge for the Vanguards
HENDERSON -- With almost half a season under their belts, three members of the Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team have emerged as the players to watch.
Christian Creswell of Henderson, a product of Crest High in Shelby, and two Durham Hillside High alumni, Jarrett Ballard of Henderson and Ronald Evans of Durham, have excelled in various statistical categories.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY
ALL IN THE FAMILY
With her older sister, Seda, out with an injury, freshman Tatyana Seda has been playing well for the Louisburg High School girls basketball team.

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HIDE AND SEEK
HIDE AND SEEK
Bunn High School’s Tainasha Vines (left) tries to grab the ball near the leg of Franklinton’s Tanisha Wall during last Friday night’s girls basketball matchup at the FHS Gymnasium.

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SIMMONS IS STRONG INSIDE
SIMMONS IS STRONG INSIDE
Sophomore Aaron Simmons was exceptional in the paint during Bunn’s road victory last Wednesday against Louisburg.

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THIS ONE IS MINE
THIS ONE IS MINE
Franklinton’s Daquan Neal (right) comes down with a rebound for the Red Rams during last Friday night’s home conference matchup against Bunn.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>A new arrival</i>
A new arrival
Bryant and Heather Coker of Henderson announce the birth of a baby boy, Jase Bryant Coker, born Dec. 4, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces.
Grandparents are William and Brenda Coker, Todd and Kathy Parrish, and Terry and Donna McDaniel, all of Henderson.

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<i>Couple trades vows in outdoor ceremony</i>
Couple trades vows in outdoor ceremony
Jamie Leigh Sandling and Scott Thomas Davis were married Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at the Triple R. Ranch in Franklinton. The Revs. Clyde L. Waiden Jr. and Christopher R. Walker officiated the outdoor ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Nathaniel Sandling of Youngsville. She is the granddaughter of Alta Debnam Sandling of Youngsville and the late J.A. Sandling Jr., and Joyce Strother Peoples of Louisburg and the late V.A. Peoples Sr.

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Parenting: Children and the future
Parenting: Children and the future
Despite the fact the little boy and little girl were in different classes, they had the same experiences. Both were hit with a ruler because they came to Kindergarten speaking Spanish, something the teachers frowned upon.
As a result, they promised they would grow up and never teach their children Spanish. 
The boy and girl met in high school, married, had five kids and moved from state to state always wondering if they fit in.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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

Country music star serenades fundraisers
Country music star serenades fundraisers
FUN-RAISING. Country music star and local legend Jason Michael Carroll was the center of attention during a pizza party and ice cream social held at Franklinton High School earlier this month. The events were an award for classes that raised money for the Miracle League of Franklin County. All told, four classes generated $2,178.12. Above, Carroll, left, sings Happy Birthday to a stunned Summer Jacobs, far right.

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False eviction case winds down
LOUISBURG — The courtroom drama involving a former Franklinton family and those responsible for erroneous eviction attempts is over.
In late September, a jury awarded Wayne and Debra Jones $9 million — a sum it determined the family was owed for the harassment perpetrated by Jeffrey Witherspoon.

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New Year’s delivery
Due to the New Year’s holiday schedule, your Thursday edition of The Franklin Times newspaper, Jan. 2, 2014, will be in your mail slot on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

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Christmas comes to Alert on a sunny, mild day, pics 1
Christmas comes to Alert on a sunny, mild day, pics 1
POPULAR GUY. Charles Faulkner was one popular guy on “parade day” in Alert on Saturday, Dec. 21. Not only did he haul youngsters along during the parade, he was also tossing out candy to the spectators.

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Christmas comes to Alert on a sunny, mild day, pics 2
Christmas comes to Alert on a sunny, mild day, pics 2
Now, this is the way to enjoy riding in a Christmas parade!

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Youngsville firefighter dies suddenly
A Youngsville firefighter and resident died this week.
Jeff Fields was found on Christmas day, dead from an apparent medical complication.
Fields had been reportedly named as the county’s Firefighter of the Year on at least two occasions.
He was also carrying on a family legacy.

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