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Showing 41 articles from March 5, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Groundbreaking launches Hodges fine arts complex</i>
A rendering of the Ray Hodges Arts Complex.
Groundbreaking launches Hodges fine arts complex
LOUISBURG — Renovations and improvements will take place at the Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex, located in the northeastern part of Louisburg College.
But it will be at the heart of the school.
“Ray Hodges and his family have been a piece of the heart of this institution,” said school president Dr. Mark La Branche during a groundbreaking event for the complex the afternoon of Feb. 27.

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A LITTLE HELP
A LITTLE HELP
Louisburg firefighter Chris Phillips, gets a hand putting on his turnout gear during a training exercise this past Saturday. Firefighters from Louisburg, Epsom and Gold Sand took part in a live burn at a property on U.S. 401/N.C. 39 north of Louisburg. The crews worked on fire suppression skills, finding hotspots and other techniques needed to extinguish blazes. A full story will follow in a later edition.

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Longtime Youngsville leader passes
Longtime Youngsville leader passes
YOUNGSVILLE — During his more than 20 years as a town servant and mayor, Sam Hardwick made a habit of looking through documents and records that told the tale of Youngsville.
He couldn’t flip through any that didn’t have the name Leelan Woodlief typed or scrawled among them.
Woodlief, a town commissioner who spent more than 50 years on the town board, and his entire life committed to improving Youngsville, died on March 1.

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It’s official: Election races are on!
There was no last-minute filing flurry, but Friday’s deadline set spring and fall races, both locally and regionally.
Sheriff Jerry Jones will face fellow Republicans William Mitchell, Thomas Hawley and Rodney Shearin for that party’s nomination.
The party nominee, in November, will face the winner of the Democratic battle between Kent Winstead, Bruce Baker and Joe Lynch.

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<i>Plant a tree — for beauty and for health</i>
Plant a tree — for beauty and for health
Arbor Day in North Carolina will be March 21 this year. Take time to celebrate by planting a tree.
Trees are a wonderful addition to any landscape by not only providing an aesthetic complement but by increasing the quality of life and improving overall health.
Since trees are such a large visible addition to the landscape, care must be taken to ensure proper growth and development.

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Common Core: What does it mean for students?
The Common Core curriculum is not about testing or data collection but “focuses on what students should know and be able to do” at various stages in their education, said Dr. June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction.
Her comments came Thursday evening as part of a “point, counterpoint” discussion of the sometimes controversial Common Core curriculum that also featured Jamie Falkenbury, director of operations for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Firefighter Ashley Collins and her niece, Ellie-Kate Collins

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Stepping Stone?
Editorial Cartoon: Stepping Stone?

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Marveling at 23 years of change, good and bad!
Marveling at 23 years of change, good and bad!
It doesn’t seem possible that it was 23 years ago last Saturday, March 1, when I wondered across Bickett Boulevard from that marvelous, 1970s-era First Citizens Bank building (that’s been destroyed) to tell the folks at The Franklin Times that I was the new caretaker of the newspaper.
A lot has changed in those two-plus decades, some for the better and a lot that, to me at least, hasn’t been for the best.

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New curriculum not perfect, not disaster
Most conspiracy theories don’t stand up to cold, hard facts.
For some time, we’ve been hearing horror stories about the state’s Core Curriculum that will affect nearly a million North Carolina young people a year for the next few years.
But when a special “point, counterpoint” discussion of Common Core curriculum wound down last Thursday evening, it didn’t seem that scary — and not much of a conspiracy, either.

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Primary, fall elections to be a royal rumble
Primary, fall elections to be a royal rumble
I believe if Vince McMahon was in charge of area elections, May 6 could be dubbed the brawl for it all.
Or, at least the semifinal battle royale.
If nothing else, the date of the primary should certainly generate some excitement.
Every now and then, local and regional politics combine to create some highly contested races.
This spring should be no different.

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<i>Some dare to call them kids,  but they are really young lions</i>
Some dare to call them kids, but they are really young lions
John McGinty, have you ever heard of him?
Your children know the names of sports figures, popular music icons, and the political person of the moment, but they probably never heard of Mr. McGinty.
I recently learned John died last month. I did not see it on the news, and there was no fanfare. 

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<i>Donations or investments? What does record show?</i>
Donations or investments? What does record show?
Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. 
How many times have we all heard that adage?
I bet a lot of people at DENR feel that way. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources was a sleepy little agency that most North Carolinians never heard of until recently.
Life was simpler then. 

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Good work at Novant Health
Dear editor:
Many Franklin County residents have a skewed view of our local hospital. I wanted to share my personal experience with the community as a testament to the good work being done at Novant Health Franklin Medical Center and their local physician practices.

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Editorial Cartoon: Bullying
Editorial Cartoon: Bullying

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OBITUARIES

CHRIS HAMILTON
LOUISBURG - Christopher B. Hamilton, 36, of Bunn, died suddenly on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at his residence.

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JOE “VNNI” WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Joe “Vnni” Williams, 79, who died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, will be held Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

LC Takes Top Spot In Region X
A (DRIVING) FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. Louisburg College’s Kiara Rawls (with ball) heads to the basket during the Lady Hurricanes’ home victory last Saturday afternoon against rival Wake Tech Community College at LC’s Taylor Center.
LC Takes Top Spot In Region X
LOUISBURG -- Winning the Region X regular season championship is nothing new to the Louisburg College women’s basketball team.
The Lady Hurricanes have owned the league for the major portion of the past three decades -- so it was no surprise LC earned more hardware by clinching the region with an 82-60 victory over Wake Tech in front of a strong crowd last Saturday afternoon at the Taylor Center on the LC campus.

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SOLID EARLY WORK
YOU’RE IT. Louisburg College catcher Logan Pingley (right) tags College of Albemarle baserunner Will Miller during last Saturday’s baseball doubleheader at Frazier Field on the LC campus. The teams split the twinbill.
SOLID EARLY WORK
LOUISBURG - Nine victories in 12 tries is a strong showing for any baseball team, regardless of the level.
Louisburg College is off to that 9-3 start after splitting a home doubleheader last Saturday afternoon against College of Albemarle.
LC began the twinbill with a 5-0 victory as sophomore pitcher Tyler Holt tossed a four-hitter over six innings to earn the decision.

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Another title for LC men
OOP THERE IT IS. Louisburg College’s Josh Davis sends down an alley-oop dunk during the Hurricanes’ home victory last Saturday against Richard Bland College.
Another title for LC men
LOUISBURG -- Even long-time veterans of the Taylor Center scene had a hard time remembering when the electricity was so high for a Louisburg College men’s basketball home game.
Certainly, it had been awhile, but the vociferous glory was restored last Saturday when Louisburg College hosted rival Richard Bland -- with the Region X regular season championship at stake.

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BHS Falls In State Playoffs
FINAL COUNTDOWN. Bunn’s Aaron Simmons (left) tries to get off a shot attempt in the closing seconds last Friday.
BHS Falls In State Playoffs
BUNN -- The long arms of Northside Jacksonville’s defense eventually pointed toward the end of the season for the Bunn High School boys basketball squad.
The Wildcats, who are usually torrid from the perimeter, had difficulty getting quality shots in Northside’s extended zone defense.

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Bunn delivers key win over Graham
JORDAN WITH A ‘J’. Bunn’s Jordan Lucas scores on a jumper last Wednesday night against Graham.
Bunn delivers key win over Graham
BUNN -- In what would prove to be Bunn’s final victory of the season, the Wildcats made it one to remember last Wednesday by rolling past Graham in the second round of the Class 2-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs.
Fueled by 25 points, eight rebounds and four steals from senior standout Deshawn High, the Wildcats advanced with a 69-49 triumph at the Bunn Dome.

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LC Secures A Sweep
REASON TO CELEBRATE. Louisburg College’s Megan Johnson (wearing helmet) is greeted by her teammates at home plate after hitting her first career homer last Saturday.
LC Secures A Sweep
LOUISBURG -- Through eight games, the Louisburg College women’s softball squad had gone four up and four down -- and split each of their quartet of doubleheaders.
That streak finally came to an end last Saturday, much to the happiness of LC head coach Don Stopa.
Rappahannock, playing its first contests of the season, would be overmatched by the Hurricanes as part of a twinbill at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.

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Ladycats’ campaign closes at Kinston
Ladycats’ campaign closes at Kinston
KINSTON -- If a superhero movie was ever made about the Bunn girls basketball team, the Kinston Lady Vikings would most certainly serve as the villains.
For the third straight year, Kinston ended Bunn’s season last Friday night with a home victory in the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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Pirates’ series moved
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University officials have announced that the Conference USA baseball series opener between East Carolina and Marshall scheduled for this weekend at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium has been altered due to potential forecast of inclement weather in the area.
The Pirates and The Herd will play doubleheader Saturday with game one starting at Noon and the second game to follow approximately 45 minutes after the completion of the opener.

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DREAMS to host events
BUNN -- The D.R.E.A.M.S. Sports organization will host its First Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and 3-Point Shooting Contest on March 29 at a site to be determined.
The event is open to all ages.
Cost is $40 per four-person team.

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‘Canes will play Friday
HICKORY -- Louisburg College’s quest for another Region X Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship will begin Friday at 1 p.m. with a quarterfinal meeting against either Guilford Tech or Tidewater.
LC will enter the event as the No. 1 seed. The tourney is being played at Catawba Valley Community College.
The semifinals are slated for Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m., followed by Sunday’s championship showdown at 2 p.m.

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Chamber golf event scheduled
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Golf Tournament on April 17 at Olde Liberty Golf & Country Club in Youngsville.
The Captain’s Choice Tournament will begin at 11:15 a.m. with registration and lunch.
A shotgun start will follow at 12:30 p.m.  Cook Shack will cater the event.

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ANY WAY I CAN HELP
ANY WAY I CAN HELP
Louisburg College’s Kiara Rawls (with ball) dishes out an assist for the Lady Hurricanes during last Saturday’s home victory against rival Wake Tech CC at the Taylor Center.

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LC’S SLICE OF SUCCESS
LC’S SLICE OF SUCCESS
Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Mark Vanderslice (right) has guided the Hurricanes to yet another Region X regular season championship. LC will compete in the Region X Tournament this weekend at Catawba Valley CC in Hickory.

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SANDERS SNARES A BOARD
SANDERS SNARES A BOARD
Bunn’s Tyler Sanders (right) wrestles for a rebound last Wednesday against Graham.

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SMITH SENDS ONE
SMITH SENDS ONE
Louisburg College freshman Megon Smith was the winning pitcher last Saturday in Game One of a home doubleheader vs. Rappahannock CC.

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T.J. TO THE BUCKET
T.J. TO THE BUCKET
Louisburg College freshman T.J. Wilson (left) makes a strong move during the Hurricanes’ home men’s basketball victory last Saturday afternoon against rival Richard Bland College from Virginia.

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TOTAL CONCENTRATION
TOTAL CONCENTRATION
Louisburg College’s Sierra McLaren prepares to make contest for the Lady Hurricanes during last Saturday’s doubleheader sweep over Rappahannock Community College at Cotten Field.

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YOU’VE BEEN CHOPPED
YOU’VE BEEN CHOPPED
Louisburg College’s Markel Jones chops a foul ball in front of home plate during last Saturday’s home doubleheader against College of Albemarle.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Land policies in Granville District led to riots in 1759</i>
Land policies in Granville District led to riots in 1759
Disgruntled settlers in the Upper Tar River region, including men from present-day Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Nash, Vance, and Wilson counties, rioted in 1759 to protest unfair treatment related to the collection of taxes on their land.
The seeds of their anger had been sown nearly 100 years earlier, and it would take a revolution to put an end to the trouble.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (March 10-14)
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

<i>Student earns degree at ECU</i>
Student earns degree at ECU
Shana Wilkins graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University on Dec. 13, 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She was a member of the Honors College and several on-campus organizations.
Shana is the daughter of Beverly Thomas and Clarence Wilkins, both of Louisburg.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin County farming couple takes tobacco course
Franklin County farming couple takes tobacco course
A Franklin County tobacco farm couple, Jason and Natalie Wester Farmer, recently participated in a week long, 2014 NC State Tobacco Short Course in Raleigh.
Married in 2012, the couple is now farming with Natalie’s parents, Len and Dorothy Wester at Wester Farms LLC near Louisburg.

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Completes training
Navy Seaman Jacob W. Paszak, son of Craig W. Paszak of Youngsville, and Dorothy Hornbeck of Littleton, Colo., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Paszak completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.

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Louisburg man dies in freak accident on U.S. 64
NASHVILLE — A Vermont woman was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle for causing a pedestrian to be struck on Highway 64 on Feb. 27.
According to Trooper Brandon Jones, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Diane Leclaire, 48, of Vermont, allegedly stopped in the travel lane on 64 Westbound, near the 452 Exit, to ask for directions.

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