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Showing 54 articles from June 18, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Board’s differences evaporate, L-burg adopts, amends budget

After a disagreement a week earlier almost completely disappeared, the Louisburg Town Council unanimously adopted its nearly $14 million 2014-15 budget Monday night — and then immediately amended it.
The amendment, proposed by councilman Boyd Sturges, added $5,000 for the Tar River Center for History and Culture and $2,500 for the Boys and Girls Club.


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‘Quiet, please!’ town demands

Reacting to what officials said were a multitude of complaints last Saturday night, the Louisburg town council unanimously adopted a temporary moratorium on loud music played outdoors during its Monday night session.
According to town officials, the Red Barn 601 restaurant hosted bands outdoors last Saturday night and the music was so loud and was played so late that complaints flooded in from as far away as South Main Street and Fox Park as well as much closer neighborhoods.


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Youngsville fireman injured in explosion; helped rescue friend

YOUNGSVILLE — A Youngsville firefighter who suffered second- and third-degree burns has two surgeries and months of rehab to look forward to, but he wouldn’t change his actions last weekend.
Terry Perry was cooking breakfast for a friend, Ransom Bennett, the morning of June 14 when he said he smelled something funny.


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Franklinton hikes taxes, utility fees to ease woes

FRANKLINTON — Officials adopted a budget Tuesday night that raises taxes and utility rates in an effort to right the town’s financial ship and get the state off its back.
In April, representatives with the State Treasurer’s Office sent the town a letter outlining a list of issues that led the state to believe the town has a financial crisis on its hands.


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<i>Class of ’14 urged to soar</i>
HATS OFF. Bunn High graduates celebrate by throwing their caps into the air following ceremonies on Saturday.
Class of ’14 urged to soar

LOUISBURG — It’s not often you hear a Red Ram cluck like a chicken.
And chickens don’t soar.
But Franklinton High senior Dominique Williams used the barnyard sound to punctuate a portion of his graduation speech.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn native Kandar Artis


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: GM
Editorial Cartoon: GM

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Limiting our options to protect a fantasy highway
Limiting our options to protect a fantasy highway

Some knives are two edged, cutting both ways.
And perhaps Franklin County should use one of those against the state and its Department of Transportation after U.S. 401 got inexplicably short-changed in the recent “data-driven” evaluation.
That evaluation pushed U.S. 401 improvements in Franklin County far, far into the future; probably decades into the future.


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Our graduate brain drain damages county’s future

Over the last few editions and carrying forward in to the next several, especially with this one, your Franklin Times will feature photos and stories about local students and their scholastic accomplishments.
There will be stories and photos of scholarship award winners, stories of those who have achieved various academic and service honors and, of course, this is the annual graduation edition with photos of local young people who have earned their high school diplomas and are off to make their mark on the world.


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F’ton v. the county 2: The saga continues
F’ton v. the county 2: The saga continues

I guess one of the first things I should say is that we’ve all grown accustomed to the Hollywood movie ending, where the guy gets the girl, the girl gets the job, the antagonist gets his comeuppance, or the hero rides in on a white horse to save the day.
For some Franklinton residents, that hero on the white horse appears to be Franklin County — whose officials have sent town officials a letter saying they are willing to take that pesky, aging water and sewer system off their hands.


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<i>My deer friend, was that a Hippo?</i>
My deer friend, was that a Hippo?

I recently read a story about a hippopotamus found wondering in the streets of a city. Not something you would expect to see, but something you would certainly remember.
My first reaction was to laugh a bit. Any story that brings a smile to your face is one worth reading.
Imagine you have you have left the house for work. You have your morning coffee, the radio is sharing what is happening, and all of a sudden you see a hippopotamus!


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<i>Attacking foe’s family members obscures candidate’s own record</i>
Attacking foe’s family members obscures candidate’s own record

In 2012, Republican State Sen. Chad Barefoot won election, primarily by utilizing financial superiority to distort his opponent’s record.
He has done such a horrible job of representing the interests of his constituents, including all of Franklin County, that a public interest consortium is running ads against him in which he has been labeled the head of the Fracking Crew.


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Ashamed of our leadership

Dear editor:

I had planned for my letter last week to be my last. The happening this week with a soldier and also D-Day, I had to pick up my pen.
Anyone that says they are ashamed to be an American, especially one of our military, should be put in a troop plane naked with a parachute on their back and flown to the furthest Third World country and pushed out of the plane.


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Editorial Cartoon: Bureaucracy
Editorial Cartoon: Bureaucracy

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OBITUARIES

RONNIE G. MORRIS

BUNN – Ronnie Glenn Morris, 65, died Monday evening, June 16, 2014 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, in the Bunn Cemetery.


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SPORTS

THE 9TH POWER
FRESHMAN FIREBALLER. Ninth-grader Arianna Fuller-Bell was an ace on the mound this season for the Louisburg High School fast-pitch softball team.
THE 9TH POWER

LOUISBURG -- Thanks to an influx of talented players from Terrell Lane Middle School, it was anticipated that the Louisburg Lady Warriors would field a young softball team this spring.
But nobody thought Louisburg would boast its youngest squad in school history -- but still enjoy plenty of success.
With a roster exclusively featuring sophomores and freshmen, LHS went 16-5 overall to go with a 9-1 mark in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.


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BEARING DOWN
HERE COMES THE HEAT. Former Louisburg High School and Louisburg College pitching standout Jeremy Coburn was outstanding on the mound this spring for the Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears. (Photo Courtesy of Phil Robinson/SportsFotos)
BEARING DOWN

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Back when he was knee-high to his father, Jeremy Coburn fell in love with baseball.
It’s an affair that has never stopped.
As a boy, Coburn tagged along with his family to minor and major league games, incessantly chasing down players for autographs.


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Bunn Back On Diamond
CONTACT TIME. Bunn High School leadoff ace Nicholas Sanders fouls off a pitch Monday night against the Northern Nash Knights in diamond action.
Bunn Back On Diamond

BUNN -- A lack of familiarity certainly wasn’t an issue when Northern Nash tangled with Bunn on Monday in a Central Carolina Summer Scholastic League senior team baseball matchup on the BHS campus.
Northern’s club is almost identical to this spring’s Big East Conference champion, with the exception of a few missing players due to personal commitments.


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THE GAMES BEGIN!
THE GAMES BEGIN!

HAVE BAT, WILL TRAVEL. Bunn High School’s Spencer Brickhouse will test his skills on a high level this weekend as he will be on the Region 3 Roster for the Powerade North Carolina State Games baseball tournament. The showcase will be held in Charlotte. Also representing Region 3 will be head coach Greg Clifton (former BHS assistant) and assistant Leonard Allen (former BHS head coach). Region 3’s first game in the tournament will be Friday.


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Cole has solid season at WPU
Cole has solid season at WPU

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- William Peace University made history on Feb. 8 when the Pacers hosted Craven Community College for a doubleheader -- the first-ever games for the school.
And Bunn alum Nick Cole was right in the middle of action.
That trend continued the entire season as Cole, a freshman catcher, starred for the Pacers in the school’s inaugural diamond campaign.


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KEEPING TRAC
KEEPING TRAC

Louisburg College softball coach Don Stopa (right) made a big recruiting move in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference when he signed Granville Central High School standouts (front, l to r) Brooke Fletcher and Taylor Lickliter. Lickliter was selected as the TRAC Player of the Year after the Panthers shared the league championships with the Louisburg Lady Warriors.


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Links tournament is targeted in Snow Hill

SNOW HILL -- The National Golf Association (NGA) TOUR is in Greene County for the fourth contesting of the Cutter Creek Golf Classic.
The event will run through Sunday. It is free and open to the public.
The NGA Pro Golf Tour is the No. 3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the United States after the PGA and Web.com Tours and is the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA and Web.com Tour Professionals.


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Red Rams set to open August 22
Red Rams set to open August 22

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School’s 2014 football schedule will kick off August 22 with a road game against Goldsboro in Wayne County.
FHS’ home opener will be one week later against backyard rival Louisburg.
This will be Jeremy Buck’s third season as the Red Rams’ head coach. Franklinton’s complete slate is as follows, with home events listed in CAPS:


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Summer Swings
TAYLOR TAKES HIS CUTS. Jackson Taylor swings at a pitch for the Bunn Babe Ruth Prep Team during recent game action.
Summer Swings

BUNN -- Preparing for the future is the chief goal of the Bunn Prep Babe Ruth Baseball Team.
The club, which features rising seventh and eighth graders, is coached by former Bunn High School skipper Geoufrey Anderson. All home games are played at the BHS Baseball Field.
“It’s an opportunity to get these kids used to playing on a bigger field, with 90-foot basepaths and 60-6 foot mounds,’’ Anderson said. “It’s just nice watching these kids grow.’’


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Youngsville to host Coach-Pitch Tourney

YOUNGSVILLE -- Youngsville’s Luddy Park will serve as the host site for the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District 10 All-Star Baseball Tournament.
The event will begin Friday and run through Monday.
Participants will be Youngsville Red, Youngsville White, Bunn, Oxford and Warren County.


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Blue Rocks best the Mudcats
Blue Rocks best the Mudcats

WILMINGTON, DEL. -- The host Wilmington Blue Rocks plated three in the eighth inning to wrestle a 3-2 win from the Carolina Mudcats in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown on Sunday afternoon at Frawley Stadium.
The Mudcats finish the first half 29-38. The Blue Rocks (33-35) claimed seven of the 10 meetings in Delaware.
The comeback spoiled a terrific outing by D.J. Brown. The right-hander tossed a one-hit shutout across five innings for the Mudcats. He struck out four.


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EAST-WEST GRID ROSTER

STANHOPE -- Brian Foster from nearby Southern Nash High School will serve as the East head coach for this year’s North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game.
The contest will be played July 23 at historic Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Greensboro Grimsley High School.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.


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DEAN DELIVERS
DEAN DELIVERS

DEAN DELIVERS. Bunn’s Thomas Dean rips a base hit during Monday’s home diamond meeting with Northern Nash.


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VGCC GOLF TOURNAMENT, 1
VGCC GOLF TOURNAMENT, 1

CENTURYLINK. The team from CenturyLink, including (l to r) John Zeigler, Tom Bradley, Steve Launder and Randy Gilmore, won the afternoon round of the 30th Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club on May 6. (VGCC Photo)


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VGCC GOLF TOURNAMENT, 2
VGCC GOLF TOURNAMENT, 2

TEAM SEIFERT. The team of (l to r) Donald Seifert Sr., Charles Finch, Owen Tharrington and Buddy Thomas won the morning round of the 30th Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, which was held at the Henderson Country Club on May 6. (VGCC Photo)


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LIFESTYLES

<i>New arrival</i>
New arrival

Ashley Riley and Derek Clark of Henderson announce the birth of their son, Brantley Allen Clark, born May 31, 2014 at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Michelle and Kevin Riley.
Paternal grandparents are Stephanie and Allen Clark.


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<i>Class of 1963 is reunited</i>
Class of 1963 is reunited

CLASS GETS TOGETHER. The B.F. Person-Albion Class of 1963 celebrated their 51st class reunion on May 24. Shown, left to right, front row: Salathiel Clifton, Mary Pender Tharrington, Maggie Tabron, James Todd, Preston Greene, Maxine Foster McAllister, Jesse Garner Dunn; back row: James E. Harris, Mack Neil, John O. Fogg, Bobby Cutchins and William Wood.


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Play about mothers celebrates birthday

Four ladies recently celebrated the birthday of Dorothy Cooke and Rannie Cooke at the Franklinton Lions Club by participating in a short play about mothers.
The cast were Mattie Perry, who played as Pastor Vera Sampson, Regina Cooke as Andrea Salmer, Felicia Arrington as Faye Mason and Shanita Bumpers as Sophia Ingram.


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Student concert slated at Cherry Hill

Four talented young musicians will join their talents to provide a special recital at Cherry Hill Plantation in neighboring Warren County beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22.
The concert will feature the music of Bach, Samuel Barber, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Piazolla and Rachmaninoff.
The event is the last in the spring series and is a free concert that features the talents of student artists.


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Bringing the university to Franklin County farm families
Bringing the university to Franklin County farm families

This year, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of cooperative extension in North Carolina and Franklin County. The United States Congress enacted the Smith-Lever Act in 1914 to provide information about agriculture and home economics to rural people and to promote its practical application.
It was a time of progressivism, when many people believed that government should play a role in improving the lives of citizens through better education, safer working conditions for laborers, and more attention to health care.


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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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SIX DECADES LATER!
SIX DECADES LATER!

On May 24, the Epsom High School Class of 1954 had its 60th year reunion. Class members met for the evening at the home of Alton and Sandra Foster, where they socialized and enjoyed a steak dinner. Tea candles were lit in memory of deceased class members. Hosts were Alton Foster, Anne M. Hicks and Claude R. Edwards.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

DIPLOMA IN HAND
DIPLOMA IN HAND

Franklinton High senior Breanna Durham takes hold of her diploma on Saturday.


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Local youth wins scholarships
Local youth wins scholarships

PepsiCo Foundation has announced that David Denton of Louisburg has been selected to receive a $7,000 scholarship to be used for education related expenses.
The scholarship is renewable for up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, provided the PepsiCo Foundation continues the scholarship program.


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Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 1
Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 1

MAKE WAY FOR THE CLASS OF 2014. Louisburg seniors Tyleka Jordan and Amber Gilmore hang out before graduation.


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Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 2
Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 2

MAKE WAY FOR THE CLASS OF 2014. Bunn High senior Haley Perry gets some help with her graduation cap.


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Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 3
Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 3

MAKE WAY FOR THE CLASS OF 2014. Franklinton High Valedictorian Taylor Williams addresses the crowd inside the Louisburg College auditorium.


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Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 4
Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 4

MAKE WAY FOR THE CLASS OF 2014. Bunn High teacher Kim Mitchell helps Bunn High senior Shanikwa Bowden with her cap and gown prior to graduation.


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Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 5
Look out world! Class of ‘14 has launched! pics, 5

MAKE WAY FOR THE CLASS OF 2014. Louisburg High Valedictorian Ivan Cockman addressed the audience as the Warriors class of 2014 kicked off commencement exercises on June 14.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

County wrestles with budget; ponders more cuts

LOUISBURG — Commissioners have set another work session to hash out a budget that got some additions and subtractions the last time officials discussed the spending plan. The board will conduct a work session on June 23, beginning at 4 p.m., in the Commissioners Room of the Franklin County Administration Building.
It will give them time to address issues that arose from a June 12 work session.


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Cap on privilege licenses hits towns

RALEIGH — A tax repeal slated to take effect at the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year has some municipalities flinching already.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Omnibus Tax Law Changes bill — H1050 — which eliminates the privilege licensing tax on July 1, 2015.
McCrory said the bill’s intent is to streamline the state’s tax policy.


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EFFORTS LAUDED
EFFORTS LAUDED

Grace Tharrington, 11, of Bunn was honored by the Franklin County Board of Education recently. She has achieved the Lifesaving Medal of Honor from the North Carolina Coastal Pines Girl Scout group for saving the life of a younger cousin who she rescued from near drowning last summer. Grace was recently featured in a Franklin Times story and was presented this certificate by Gil Johnson, chairman of the county board of education.


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Area student serves as page

Connor Bryce Mendenhall, a student at Granville Early College High School, recently served as a page in the North Carolina Senate.
He was sponsored by Sen. Chad Barefoot and appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger.


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<i>Epsom miss honored by NC garden clubs</i>
Epsom miss honored by NC garden clubs

Beverly Claire Foster recently received the Grace Curtis Vaught Outstanding Juniorette of the Year Award at the 112th annual convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina in Concord. This award is given to a senior for being dependable, active in all aspects of school life and a good citizen.
Beverly was recognized for her admirable qualities of an effective club and community leader and her service as president of her local club and GFWC-NC Juniorette Secretary/Treasurer for the state club.


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Louisburg man trained as a medic
Louisburg man trained as a medic

Hospitalman Carson Sayles completed Field Medical Service School training recently at Camp LeJeune.
He spent eight weeks of training with the U.S. Marine Corp as a combat medic, with training in combat casualty care and combat medicine, along with weapon and tactical training. Prior to his Field Medical/Combat Medicine training, Sayles spent 12 weeks training as a US Navy hospital corpsman in San Antonio, Texas, after completing basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois.


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‘The Living Soil’ was this year’s conservation topic

The Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District recently held its 18th Annual Awards at Terrell Lane Middle School.
Franklin County school students in grades three through nine were recognized and received cash awards, certificates and ribbons for their accomplishments in the annual District Conservation Contest.
Approximately 125 students, parents, teachers and school administrators attended the program to lend support to these talented Franklin county youth.


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Louisburg Fire Department observing fire safety week

Louisburg Fire Department is participating in the 2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week from June 15-21. Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).
The event is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC and is supported by a network of fire service, health, and safety organizations.


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Local artists display works

Twenty-four local artists are part of a group exhibition at Mims Gallery at Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center in Rocky Mount.
The Franklin County Arts Council Group Exhibition began June 6 with a reception for the artists and will run through Aug. 8.


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<i>Teen to compete in pageant</i>
Teen to compete in pageant

An area teen will be among the contestants at the National American Miss North Carolina pageant later this month in Winston-Salem.
Joelle Pernell, daughter of Scott Pernell and Jeannie Ball, has been chosen as a state finalist in the event, which will be held June 27-29.


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