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Showing 40 articles from July 23, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Youngsville team captures second in the nation

TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS -- Youngville’s first-ever trip to a Dixie Youth National Tournament ended just a single victory from the championship.
Youngsville reached the finals of the D-Y Machine-Pitch World Series before falling 5-3 against Sebring, Florida. Despite the loss, it was a great tournament for the All-Stars, who went 6-2 overall.


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‘Concealing death’ charges are filed against teen mom
‘Concealing death’ charges are filed against teen mom

LOUISBURG — A teenager charged with concealing her baby’s death is slated to appear in court this coming week.
Ashley Marie Reed surrendered to authorities on Tuesday after prosecutors decided to file charges of concealing and failing to report a death.
Investigators allege that Reed, 16, buried her newborn baby in the backyard of her Fox Ridge Farms subdivision home.
The baby was believed to have been born alive.


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Terrell Lane changes protested
Terrell Lane changes protested

LOUISBURG — Protesters waved signs and hurled accusations, claiming an “outsider” was responsible for disrupting a school community.
On July 14, Superintendent Lisa Martin announced that she had reassigned five educators.
The one that appears to have touched the biggest nerve, though, was a decision to move Novella Brown as principal of Terrell Lane Middle School, putting her in charge of the Creative Education Center, instead.


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<i>Shining the (sun)light on solar energy</i>
Shining the (sun)light on solar energy

BUNN — In the spring of 2012, Franklin County and Bunn were at the dawn of the solar farm age — literally writing the book on the subject.
The developments were so new that Franklin County planners had to define solar farms in their Unified Development Ordinance, and create a process by which they could be approved.


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Long-time Louisburg councilwoman resigns

LOUISBURG — The Louisburg Town Council got some good news in the form of long-awaited sidewalk projects, just missed a state grant, got lambasted for roadside trimming techniques and its use of a herbicide and then lost one of its veteran members in a surprise announcement.
As Monday night’s meeting wound down, Mary Green Johnson, who has been on the council about 14 years, announced that she is resigning, effective Aug. 25.


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FHS gets new principal
FHS gets new principal

Franklinton High School will have a new leader at its helm when students return next month.
Russell Holloman has been named the school principal — and he began his duties on Tuesday of this week.
Holloman comes to Franklin County from Washington High School in Beaufort County where he had served as principal for eight years.
Holloman said he and his wife and their three children wanted to be closer to Raleigh and their family in the area.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

County resident Nathan Braun


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Immigration Demands
Editorial Cartoon: Immigration Demands

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Mother Nature slowly counting off days of summer
Mother Nature slowly counting off days of summer

Maybe it’s because I grew up in the country and like to dig in the dirt, but I tend to keep track of time by what’s going on outdoors. Forget the desktop calendar and the one hanging on the wall, nature seems much more reliable and enjoyable.
This week my friend and sometimes Times’ columnist Tracy Perry whacked me upside the head with a column he wrote about what’s in season ... and when. It should be elsewhere in this edition.


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State personnel law needs ‘wiggle room’

A conflict of a sort that probably could have been avoided caught up with the Franklin County Board of Education this week — and, while the specific event that triggered it was unexpected, the conflict was unavoidable.
As you know from reading Page 1 of this edition, several parents of middle school students and friends of Terrell Lane’s former principal showed up at a special called meeting of the Franklin County school board — but were not allowed to speak in the formal part of the meeting.


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Case of infant’s death serves as an education
Case of infant’s death serves as an education

Here we are.
A Louisburg teenager has been charged with concealing and failing to report the death of her child.
That child was only moments old, apparently, when the umbilical cord was cut too short and bled to death.
For 23 days, many wondered what fate would befall the teen mother, whose motherhood was, tragically, short lived.
For weeks, we had been seeing stories about children who perished after their parents or guardians left them to die in hot cars.


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<i>Be cautious of scoundrels of all types</i>
Be cautious of scoundrels of all types

Live and let live, an approach to life that if applied without prejudice carries with it the harmony most seek.
This should not mean you must accept what your good common sense tells you is wrong or unreasonable.
If you ask a friend or neighbor how they feel about the concept of live and let live, I am confident you will hear they subscribe to it.


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<i>Your opinions are yours, but the facts must be ours</i>
Your opinions are yours, but the facts must be ours

The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once told a colleague: “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”
Two weeks ago, the Franklin County Democratic Party’s reputation was falsely attacked in an op-ed in this newspaper.
There were also several misleading and hypocritical statements made.


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McCrory, voters should think about teacher issue

Dear editor:
I am writing to you because I am very concerned about the future education of our children. Not just Franklin County’s children, but the entire state of North Carolina. All because our esteemed governor feels our teachers aren’t worthy of a decent pay raise.


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Editorial Cartoon: Chelsea
Editorial Cartoon: Chelsea

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OBITUARIES

JESSE EARL COPES

LOUISBURG - Memorial services for Jesse Earl Copes, 73, who died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Lettuce Hall Baptist Church, with Bishop Paul Perry Jr. officiating.


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SPORTS

SHOOTING STAR
DESHAWN DOES IT RIGHT. Bunn High School’s Deshawn High enjoyed a strong performance at Monday night’s East-West All-Star Boys Basketball Game, which was held at the Greensboro Coliseum. High has signed with Louisburg College.
SHOOTING STAR

GREENSBORO - Until Monday night, Deshawn High had spent his entire career being the go-to guy on the basketball court.
When Bunn High School needed a clutch bucket, High was always there. And his heroics became so routine that they were almost expected on a nightly basis.


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Y’ville a Top-Eight standout
Y’ville a Top-Eight standout

EDEN -- A pair of close losses would hamper the Youngsville All-Stars at the Dixie Youth Minor League State Baseball Tournament.
Still, it was a strong showing for Youngsville, which had rolled through its foes in district action to advance to the states.
The All-Stars, coached by Scott Canipe, went 2-2 overall and finished in the Top Eight of a competitive field.


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Neal enjoys state crown
Neal enjoys state crown

APEX -- Even though the event occurred in the early 2000s, then-coach David Neal vividly remembers the day when a banner was unveiled to commemorate Louisburg High School’s 1971 state basketball championship
“I used to walk into the gym at Louisburg every day and see that banner,’’ Neal said. “I wondered if it was something that really could happen.’’


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Stopa steps down as LC’s softball coach

LOUISBURG -- After three seasons, Don Stopa has announced his resignation as the softball coach at Louisburg College.
Stopa, who posted a 70-65 overall record during his stint at LC, will become the new skipper at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, which competes on the NCAA Division II level.
“We had three solid teams during Don’s time here,’’ said LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman. “His teams always worked hard and performed well both on the field and in the classroom.


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All-Stars earn 2nd in nation
NATIONAL NOTORIETY. Caelan Witcher and the Youngsville All-Stars took second place overall at the Dixie Youth Machine-Pitch World Series in Arkansas.
All-Stars earn 2nd in nation

TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS -- Youngsville’s All-Stars proved to be quick learners in the intracacies of machine-pitch baseball.
Four days before the Dixie Youth World Series Machine-Pitch Tournament, not a single All-Star had ever hit off a machine.
That’s because Youngsville had advanced to the World Series in Arkansas courtesy of its runner-up finish in the D-Y Coach-Pitch State Tournament the week before.


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Louisburg a runner-up
Louisburg a runner-up

SHELBY -- The marathon that was the Tar Heel 8-Under Coach-Pitch Softball Tournament eventually took its toll on the Louisburg All-Stars.
Playing eight games in a four-day span, including three of championship Sunday, the All-Stars clawed out of the loser’s bracket and made it to the finals.


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Louisburg volleyball sked announced
Louisburg volleyball sked announced

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg High School Lady Warriors will begin their 2014 volleyball season on Aug. 18 at perennial powerhouse Southern Vance.
One day later, Louisburg will have its home opener versus Rocky Mount.
LHS’ complete ledger is as follows, with home matches listed in CAPS:


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NCWC player honored

ROCKY MOUNT -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has announced its NABC Honors Court, which recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2013-14 season.
North Carolina Wesleyan head coach John Thompson has announced that former Battling Bishop and current assistant coach David Gurganus garnered recognition.


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Mudcats dropped vs. Rocks
Mudcats dropped vs. Rocks

ZEBULON -- The Wilmington Blue Rocks came out swinging in a 9-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The Mudcats (19-14, 48-52) relented eight runs in the first inning and the Blue Rocks (16-15, 49-50) claimed their 13th win over the Mudcats.


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COURT PRESENCE
COURT PRESENCE

Bunn’s Deshawn High (with ball) speeds up the court during action on Monday at the East-West All-Star Boys Basketball Game in Greensboro.


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EAST STANDOUT
EAST STANDOUT

Bunn’s Deshawn High


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POINTING THE WAY
POINTING THE WAY

Former Bunn High School skipper Scott McInnes, now at Raleigh Millbrook, served as an assistant coach for the East Team during Monday night’s East-West All-Star Boys Basketball Game. The event was staged at the Greensboro Coliseum.


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SMILING FACES
SMILING FACES

Why was Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Mark Vanderslice (left) so happy during Monday’s East-West All-Star Boys Basketball Game? Because top recruit Deshawn High had a strong performance for the East Team as part of the annual event in Greensboro. Coach Vanderslice is shown with his father, Scott.


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TAR HEEL HEROES
TAR HEEL HEROES

The Youngsville All-Stars represented North Carolina in an exceptional manner at the Dixie Youth World Series.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Couple exchanges wedding vows in church ceremony</i>
Couple exchanges wedding vows in church ceremony

Katherine Leigh Stewart and John Allen Campbell were united in marriage on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at Louisburg Baptist Church in Louisburg. The ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Dr. Reggie Rushing. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Green Hill Club.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Day Stewart of Louisburg.


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<i>September nuptials</i>
September nuptials

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Holmes of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Aaron, to Kevin Cordero of Charlotte. The groom-elect is the son of Dr. Edgar and Margaret Cordero of McKeesport, Pa. The couple will be married Sept. 27.


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<i>Enjoy nature’s bounty in season!</i>
Enjoy nature’s bounty in season!

I am asked throughout the growing season as to what produce is actually in season locally.
So, like most all my great ideas, it hit me, why not use this topic for an article?
Please keep in mind that the list that I am providing does not in any way reflect what is available at your local grocery store.
Well let’s get started.


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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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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

KVA’s honor students named

Franklin County students named to the Kerr-Vance Academy of Henderson Headmaster List or A/B Honor Roll are as follows:


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police car involved in minor wreck

LOUISBURG — The State Highway Patrol is investigating a minor wreck involving a police officer.
According to a report by Trooper D.J. Ball, Robert D. Bowden was traveling north on Bickett Boulevard at about 11:30 a.m. on July 18 when he began to turn around in the roadway near an intersection.
Bowden’s cruiser turned in the path of an oncoming car, driven by Stanley Thomas of Louisburg.


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GRADUATION TIME!
GRADUATION TIME!

The Kid’s Corner in Louisburg recently held its graduation at the center. Daycare director is Amy Merritt and the lead instructor of the class of 2014 is Tina Holden and assistant instructor is Barbara Coons.


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MARKING 40 YEARS!
MARKING 40 YEARS!

Louisburg High School Class of 1974 celebrated its 40th Class Reunion recently, at the Embassy Suites in Cary. About 63 people were in attendance. The kickoff event for the weekend was a meet and greet on Friday night. Some classmates had not seen each other in over 40 years. A banquet meal was served Saturday night, followed with entertainment by classmates. After the entertainment, it was a night of laughter, dancing and good times.


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CELEBRATING 50!
CELEBRATING 50!

The 1964 Class of Riverside High School of Louisburg celebrated their 50th Class Reunion RECENTLY at their alma mater on West River Road. The event included a meal, live entertainment and a tour of the building that once housed the high school, led by classmate Nelton Pace.


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BUSINESS

IN SAFE HANDS
IN SAFE HANDS

Woodie Wilson, center, a safety and training specialist with Electricities, presented the Louisburg Utilities crew, from left, Director Ray Patterson, lineman Ben Benton, Superintendent Mike Ayscue, linemen Donald Grice, Lin King, Clayton Shearin, and Larry Perry, with a safety award. The team had no injuries during the 2013 year.


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