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Showing 44 articles from April 2, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Airport lawsuit can continue, judge decides
LOUISBURG — A superior court judge has ruled that a case alleging Franklin County breached a contract with its former airport operators shall continue.
Knightdale Airport Inc., and Carolina Inc. — doing business as First in Flight — began operating the county’s airport in 1997 under a 40-year-contract.

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Gun-toting man terrorizes store
INGLESIDE — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who went armed to the terror of the public.
Someone at Ingleside Grocery called 911 just after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, reporting that a black man ran into the store, armed with a gun, shouting and — apparently — chasing someone.
The suspect, described as a black man with a medium build, was not trying to rob the store or demand money from the proprietor, investigators said.

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<i>Veteran volunteer saluted</i>
Veteran volunteer saluted
LOUISBURG — Johnny Hight has been lending a hand in his community for more than 30 years, usually trying to stay in the background.
It hasn’t always been easy.
He was named the White Level Fire Department Firefighter of the Year in 1999 and shared the title of Franklin County Firefighter of the Year in 2013.

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<i>Special Olympics: Athletic events and so much more!</i>
LEADERS OF THE PACK. Shanikwa Bowden, left, leads the Bunn athletes into the stadium.
Special Olympics: Athletic events and so much more!
BUNN — Late last week, athletes stood poised at starting lines, ready to propel wheelchairs around a track, sprint through a finish line, leap through the air or fling a projectile into the atmosphere, watching as it takes flight.
At this time of year, organizers of the Franklin County Special Olympics said they are just as eager to see their students and athletes take flight, too.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Jaleesa Small

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: IRS
Editorial Cartoon: IRS

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Your tax dollars at work — and working well!
Your tax dollars at work — and working well!
A story in last week’s edition of your Franklin Times reminded me of why we pay property taxes — and why, sometimes at least, they are a great investment.
The story, written by Carey Johnson, was about Anna Dodson, a student at Bunn High School who recently won the very prestigious Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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‘Consider the source’ advice works as well now as then
Remember way back in elementary school when you complained to the teacher that someone was calling you names or saying mean things about you?
Most likely the teacher’s response would have been something like, “Just consider the source!”
In other words, if the other student was jealous, mean-spirited, ignorant or some combination of these, it would be best to understand that and simply ignore them.

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Election signs of the times
Election signs of the times
Someone asked me recently, tongue in cheek, I suspect, what made the biggest difference for candidates — the number of political signs they erected or the size of the signs they put up around the county?
While I ponder those questions, I must also think about two more issues — negative campaign signs and the dirty little tactic of removing other candidates campaign signs.

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Cause and effect? Did a few words generate cash?
Cause and effect? Did a few words generate cash?
I really hadn’t intended to go after Republican State Sen. Chad Barefoot three weeks in a row, but sometimes temptation just gets the best of me.
An Associated Press story came across my desk the other day along with some other material linking Barefoot to legislation that made it easier for Duke Energy to pollute.

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<i>Do you want a politician or public servant?</i>
Do you want a politician or public servant?
First, a few disclaimers.
I am a registered Republican. This is something that may  change. The reasons for this are many.
I am not being paid by anyone to promote any candidate and will not accept payment for doing so.
I have made political contributions to members of both parties.

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Editorial Cartoon: Putin
Editorial Cartoon: Putin

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OBITUARIES

LOTTIE J. HIGHT
LOUISBURG - Lottie Murelle Joyner Hight, 97, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A memorial service will be held at Mt. Gilead Church, Louisburg, at 4 p.m.  Friday, April 4.

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SPORTS

Red Rams Resume Court Duty
BASS’ BEST SHOT. Franklinton’s Josh Bass leans into a forehand during last Wednesday’s home tennis match against the South Granville Vikings.
Red Rams Resume Court Duty
FRANKLINTON -- After boasting one of the best teams in school history two seasons ago, the Franklinton Red Rams are currently undergoing a rebuilding phase in boys tennis action.
No. 1 Singles standout Grant Poupard, now a senior veteran, is the lone holdover from that squad, which took second place in the Northern Carolina Conference under Coach Nathan Moreschi.

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A SECOND SHUTOUT
MAYNARD MAKES HER MARK. Bunn High School’s Rachel Maynard (center) tries to retrieve a throw-in during the Ladycats’ road soccer victory last Thursday afternoon against the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs.
A SECOND SHUTOUT
ROCKY MOUNT - Two weeks ago, the Bunn Ladycats needed a late goal to edge Nash Central in a non-conference girls soccer showdown.
During last Thursday’s rematch, the Ladycats needed no such late heroics as they controlled the proceedings from the outset en route to securing a 2-0 decision over the homestanding Lady Bulldogs.

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Wildcats rolling on diamond
SECOND SACKER. Bunn’s Rafael Ortega throws out a batter during a recent baseball contest.
Wildcats rolling on diamond
BUNN -- The hits just keep on coming -- literally -- for the red-hot Bunn High School baseball squad.
Bunn picked up three more victories in the past week, and was able to reach double digits in the runs category in each outing.
BHS, now 7-1, was able to roll past rival Franklinton by a 15-3 margin on Monday at home in a key Northern Carolina Conference showdown.

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Warriors Rally Past Rams
IN THE NICK OF TIME. Louisburg High School’s Nick Joyner (left) crosses home plate for the Warriors during their road baseball outing Tuesday afternoon against non-conference county rival Franklinton.
Warriors Rally Past Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Veteran coach Al Bolton is still looking to find the proper chemsitry for his Louisburg High School baseball squad as the Warriors prepare to head into the major portion of their Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference schedule.
Bolton saw a few promising things on Tuesday when the Warriors traveled to backyard rival Franklinton for the clubs’ second meeting of the campaign.

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LC takes games vs. Guilford Tech
LC takes games vs. Guilford Tech
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College baseball team picked up a pair of conference wins Sunday afternoon as the Hurricanes knocked off Guilford Tech CC, 10-4 and 12-2, in Region X action at Frazier Field on the LC campus in Franklin County.
Louisburg got off to a Rocky start as GTCC scored three runs in the first inning off of Hurricanes starter Jon Stires, who settled down and earned the win.  Stires threw seven innings where he gave up four runs, on nine hits.

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LHS Clinches Comeback
PULLEY’S PLAN. Franklinton’s Mikaela Pulley lines a pitch for the single during the Lady Rams’ home softball game on Tuesday against rival Louisburg High School.
LHS Clinches Comeback
FRANKLINTON -- With her club loaded with freshmen and sophomores, Louisburg High School softball coach Erica Wammock wasn’t quite sure how the Lady Warriors would respond to the adversity of falling behind in a rivalry game.
Wammock got her answer Tuesday as Louisburg trailed by three runs at Franklinton before clawing back for a 4-3 decision in a non-conference fast-pitch meeting on the FHS campus.

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Lady Canes are swept
Lady Canes are swept
DOBSON -- The Louisburg College Lady Canes softball team struggled through a pair of non-conference losses Tuesday afternoon as homestanding Surry CC knocked off LC, 6-5 and 12-3.
Megon Smith took the loss in game one as she went the distance giving up six runs, four earned, on 11 hits.
Louisburg outhit the Lady Knights 14-11 and five players registered multi-hit games.

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Louisburg continues boys tennis success
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s strong boys tennis campaign continued Tuesday  with a non-league victory against the Northern Vance Vikings.
LHS, ranked ninth in the latest Class 1-A State Poll, won five of the six singles matches en route to securing a 6-3 team triumph.

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Charity Chooses Coker
THE QUEEN OF THE JUMPS. Senior standout Charity Snelling will be remembered as one of the best track and field athletes in the history of Franklinton High School.
Charity Chooses Coker
FRANKLINTON -- As a multi-sport standout at Franklinton High School, Charity Snelling had plenty of options when it came to continuing her athletic career on the collegiate level.
But for Snelling, the dilemma wasn’t just what school to choose, but also whether her future would involve basketball or track and field.

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Y’ville event slated
Y’ville event slated
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Opening Day for the 2014 Baseball Season this Saturday at Luddy Park.
A 5-K race will begin at 8 a.m., with registration starting at 7:30 a.m.
Games will begin at 10 a.m., and opening ceremonies are slated for noon at Lower Luddy Park.

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THE FRANKLIN TIMES BRACKET STANDINGS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the standings heading into the Final Four of The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool:

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Heels win Eastern Regionals
TAR HEELS EIGHTH-GRADE TEAM
Heels win Eastern Regionals
FAYETTEVILLE -- The Triangle Tar Heels Class of 2018 and 2019 Girls Basketball Teams won the East Regional Championship last weekend.
The 2018 club went 5-0 and claimed the crown for the second consecutive season. The team defeated the Mid State Magic, the Carolina All-Stars, the Wilmington Blizzard, the Down East Panthers and Team Carolina.

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Knights shine at tourney
ROYAL KNIGHTS FOURTH-GRADERS
Knights shine at tourney
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Royal Knights Basketball Club is travel basketball team based out of Franklin County entering its fourth year of existence.
There are currently four male competitive teams: 4th grade, 6th grade, 8th grade and high school. The Royal Knights Basketball Club also will field its first-ever girls middle school team this season.

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A CHAMPIONSHIP EFFORT IN MAYODAN
A CHAMPIONSHIP EFFORT IN MAYODAN
The North Carolina Dominators 16-Under Blue Crew Volleyball Team won the Carolina Regional Tournament, which was held last Saturday in Mayodan. The spike team consists of players from Oxford Webb, Bunn, Franklinton and Franklin Academy High Schools. Coaches are Rebecca and James Matthews, and club directors are Randy and Darlynn Oxendine.

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FIELDING HIS POSITION
FIELDING HIS POSITION
Franklinton freshman pitcher Branson Capps retrieves a pop fly during his club’s home matchup Tuesday afternoon against rival Louisburg HS.

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OUCH
OUCH
Nash Central’s Jessie Harbour (right) heads the ball forward while being defended by Bunn’s Jaden Richards during last Thursday afternoon’s soccer event.

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TAKING IT FOR GRANT-ED
TAKING IT FOR GRANT-ED
Franklinton’s Grant Poupard returns a shot last Wednesday against rival South Granville HS.

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LIFESTYLES

CLASS GETS TOGETHER
CLASS GETS TOGETHER
The Louisburg High School Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th reunion recently at the home of Charles and Ann Stone. The evening of fellowship was organized by Jeff Bulluck, Charles and Ann Stone, and Catherine Harrison.

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<i>Centuries old tradition revisited</i>
Centuries old tradition revisited
On Sunday, March 23, I was lucky enough to notice the advertisement of the Raleigh Convocation Choir. This group of singers is from Episcopal churches in the area. Members have to audition to join the group, and they travel at their own expense.
I was amazed at the clarity and sound of those angelic voices. The service that evening was in a vocal music form, taken from the rite of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

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FIVE GENERATIONS
FIVE GENERATIONS
Irene Horton of Louisburg with great-great-grandchild, Lauren Dickerson, great-grandchild, Brittney Dickerson both of Carolina Beach; daughter, Debra Dickerson of Louisburg and grandson, Sam Dickerson of Henderson.

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<i>Not all insects should ‘bug’ you!</i>
Not all insects should ‘bug’ you!
Gardeners normally wage what seems like a never-ending battle with insects, mites and other so-called pests.  Big box stores and garden centers are full of insecticides, but is it wise to spray your yard indiscriminately?
There are many bugs that are beneficial to nature and man. 
Most of us are familiar with butterflies, moths and bees.  They are the pollinators of many of our fruits and vegetables.

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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

College student faces drug charges
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and Louisburg College police combined to make a drug arrest.
A 21-year-old student is slated to appear in court this month.
According to a report by Det. Allen Batchelor, members of the narcotics unit and community policing group were asked to assist the Louisburg College Police Department with a drug probe in February.

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Rain blamed for sewer spill
YOUNGSVILLE —  Heavy rains were blamed for a sewage spill last week, county staff said.
According to Public Utilities staff, the spill was caused by heavy rainfall during a quick-moving storm system.
It caused untreated wastewater to bypass a gravity sewer line and pump station in Youngsville on March 29. Almost two inches of rainfall was recorded at the site of the spill.

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Louisburg youngster is state finalist in Miss NC pageant
Louisburg youngster is state finalist in Miss NC pageant
J’Nashia Bullock, 7, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss North Carolina Pageant to be held June 20-28 at the Marriott in Winston-Salem.
The winner will receive $1,000, including a trip to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland
The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation.

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<i>Louisburg postmaster puts her ‘stamp’ on retirement</i>
Louisburg postmaster puts her ‘stamp’ on retirement
A self-described “country girl,” Louisburg Postmaster Margaret Pernell has decided to return to her Warren County farm and enjoy life with her husband, children and six -- soon to be seven -- grandchildren.
Her retirement after 20 years with the United States Postal Service was effective last Friday, March 28.
It was a bittersweet time for the woman who has handled the Louisburg Post Office since 2005 and built a lot of personal relationships over the years.

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Mattress sale to help ‘smart music’ proposal
Brian Miller is a traditionalist. People in Louisburg who know him through his work with the Louisburg Band program and as organist of Louisburg Baptist Church, as well as other churches in our area, know of his penchant for old-fashioned music, old-fashioned houses, and old-fashioned ideals. 
But Miller wants to use some modern technology to teach music to the band students at Terrell Lane Middle School and Louisburg High School. 

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Can Youngsville entice water to flow uphill?
YOUNGSVILLE — Town staff has agreed to pursue a way to get water to flow uphill — or at least find a way to keep it from ending up at a woman’s doorstep and underneath her house.
Laurine Young appeared before commissioners in February, lamenting the way that water rushes across town-owned property and settles at her E. Franklin Street address.

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Daughter’s boyfriend charged with assault
Franklinton police arrested a man charged with assaulting an elderly woman.
Officers were called to Franklin Medical Center the evening of March 28 as doctors treated a 74-year-old woman for a hematoma to the head and bruising to her back and tailbone area.
The woman told officers that she had gotten into an altercation with her daughter’s boyfriend, Ralph Derrick, inside her home on Ramey Circle.

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Special Olympics pics, 1
Special Olympics pics, 1
Competitors, including Laci Wade, center, make their way to the finish line as crowds lined Bunn’s football stadium.

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Special Olympics pics, 2
Special Olympics pics, 2
THE OLD HEAVE HO. Tyler Hatley takes his turn throwing the shot put during the field portion of events during the Special Olympics.

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