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Showing 48 articles from September 3, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Ring-a-ding! Where’s the bell? County is mum</i>
Ring-a-ding! Where’s the bell? County is mum

LOUISBURG — Plans to shield the Franklin County Courthouse from the elements has cast shadows on a decision to remove an historic bell from the building’s attic.
But county staff and the architect say a 160-plus-years-old bell will see the light of day again — even if they won’t say in what dark place it’s being stored right now.


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Seniors accept ice bucket deluge to raise money
COLD AS ICE. Rudy Hoffman, left, and Pansy Denton, form the after and before shots as they get doused and prepared to get doused by ice water as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Seniors accept ice bucket deluge to raise money

LOUISBURG — The first time, Jewel McGhee watched footage of shrieking kids at Hickory Rock Baptist Church get doused for her enjoyment — and to raise funds to combat ALS.
The second time around, McGhee got to do some dumping of her own.
After finding out about McGhee’s ALS diagnosis, some of her friends at the Louisburg Senior Center decided to hold their own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


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Novant shakes up doctors

LOUISBURG — Patients received letters last month, letting them know that their medical needs would be attended to by two new physicians.
The form letters came days after Drs. David Seaman and Lavinia Reyes were, according to some, fired.
Patients, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the departures were jolting.


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JUST A TEASE
JUST A TEASE

Lots of folks enjoy looking at vintage tractors and farm equipment but won’t see much in this photo. Instead, the 14th annual Justice Community Tractor, Car and Engine Show is the place to be Friday and Saturday at Duke Memorial Baptist Church, NC 581, Justice. Friday hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an admission fee for those 12 and older.


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Advisory panel’s challenge: Make a golf course a park

LOUISBURG — Parks and recreation advisory board members have committed to coming up with a plan to develop a county park.
But they’ll need some help. First, they need county commissioners to fill a vacant slot on the board.
On Tuesday night, the board filled one of those slots, naming W.G. Arnold to the advisory board.
One more slot remains to be filled.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Baseball fan Bryson Cullom


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cell Phone
Editorial Cartoon: Cell Phone

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Social Security stereotypes quickly evaporate
Social Security stereotypes quickly evaporate

A long-held image, a stereotype, was destroyed completely for me last week.
For decades, my only experience with Social Security was sighing at the deductions that came out of my check each week — and hearing people predict that SS wouldn’t be there when I needed it or that it was a huge, cumbersome bureaucracy that was an example of inefficient government.
Honestly, I never gave it much thought.


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As summer winds down, it’s time to get serious!

Okay, folks, it’s time to get serious.
Labor Day is behind us, believe it or not!
The schools are back in session.
And Friday night football is once again a mainstay of local activity.
That means, unofficially at least, that summer is over and we’ve begun that annual “slide” through fall and toward Christmas and a new year.


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For whom does the bell toll? Not us
For whom does the bell toll? Not us

In my 20 years of journalism, I never thought I’d be writing a column about a 186-year-old bell being placed in the Witness Protection Program — but here it is.
It started out like most mob/dramas usually do — with a telephone call.
The voice on the other end of the phone told me it would be worth my while to get over to the courthouse in the afternoon.


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Spend too much, tax too little?
Spend too much, tax too little?

A few weeks ago, in an effort to call attention to the similarities of the Democratic Party’s strategy, both local and nationally, I cited the famous “We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it” line.
The parallel was the Affordable Care Act and the purchase of the golf course with Edgar Owens’ gift to the people of Franklin County.


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<i>The party of business? GOP words ring hollow</i>
The party of business? GOP words ring hollow

Republicans — including the radicals in Raleigh — like to brag about how they are the Party of business.
They wax poetically about how small businesspersons are the true entrepreneurs and job creators.
Their rhetoric includes how they defend the small business against the taxes and other burdens Democrats want to levy on them.
Well actions speak louder than words.


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Loss of doctors questioned

Dear editor:
I smell a rat. The stench is bad. I mean terrible. It seems to be coming from the area between Bickett Blvd. and N. Main Street, around the area of the hospital.


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Red Sox fan says ‘go Ichiro!’

Dear editor:
I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Red Sox fan, but this summer, while my Sox languish at the bottom of their division, I’m rooting for the Yankees’ right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, known as simply Ichiro, in his pursuit of 3,000 hits.


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Editorial Cartoon: Bank Challenge
Editorial Cartoon: Bank Challenge

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OBITUARIES

JACK T. HAMILTON

YOUNGSVILLE - Jack Thomas Hamilton, 84, of Youngsville, died Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh. Before retiring Mr. Hamilton owned and operated Hamilton Service Company. He was preceded in death by his son, Tommy Hamilton, and his grandson, Christopher Hamilton.


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SPORTS

RAMS WITH A RALLY
HINTON HITS THE SKIDS. Louisburg High School senior Joseph Hinton (with ball) is tackled during the Warriors’ gridiron loss last Friday night against the homestanding Franklinton Red Rams.
RAMS WITH A RALLY

FRANKLINTON - Franklinton coach Jeremy Buck has played all the right cards while trying to fit his skill-position pieces into a high-powered puzzle.
After testing three different quarterbacks in the preseason, Buck opted for Rondez Taylor, a former wide receiver, to take over behind center.


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Wildcats a winner over RM
THREE-BALL. Bunn’s Bryan Velazquez (3) dribbles upfield for the Wildcats during Tuesday’s road boys soccer matchup against the Rocky Mount Gryphons in Nash County.
Wildcats a winner over RM

ROCKY MOUNT -- Bunn picked up arguably the signature victory of Charles Haley’s two-year tenure as head coach on Tuesday afternoon.
With temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s, the red-hot Wildcats soared to a 4-3 road decision at perennial powerhouse Rocky Mount High School.


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Bunn Blasts Panthers
THUD. Bunn’s Ashton Avery (with ball) lands on a pair of North Johnston defenders during the Wildcats’ road football victory last Thursday in Kenly.
Bunn Blasts Panthers

KENLY -- Just six snaps into the game, Bunn coach David Howle threw his hands up into the air and called for a time-out -- not thrilled at all about his club’s lackluster start.
Howle wondered if his players had come ready to compete during last Thursday’s non-conference football showdown at North Johnston. And he was more than happy to let them know his opinion.


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GET ON THE BUS
MURPHY MAKES IT HAPPEN. No. 1 Singles standout Charlotte Murphy returns a forehand last Thursday for the Bunn HS Ladycats.
GET ON THE BUS

LOUISBURG -- The wait proved to be worth it last Thursday for the Louisburg High School girls tennis squad.
Around the scheduled time of 4 p.m., the Lady Warriors weren’t even sure if their non-conference match with backyard rival Bunn was going to happen.
That’s because BHS’ bus wouldn’t start, and it was uncertain if the Ladycats would be able to find alternate transportation.


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Happy Camper to host golf tourney
Happy Camper to host golf tourney

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Happy Camper of Franklin County will host a four-person superball golf tournament on Sept. 26 at the Green Hill Club in Louisburg.
Cost is $60 per player or $240 per team. The registration fee includes lunch and cart.
A rain date is scheduled for Oct. 10.
For more information, contact Karen Wilson at (919) 496-8103.


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Football Hurricanes open with a victory

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s 2014 football season began with a thriller as the Hurricanes were able to hang on to edge Jireh Prep out of Charlotte.
LC held off a late threat en route to picking up a 21-18 triumph last Saturday at Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.


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Dare To Compare
TIMBERLAKE TAKES THE POINT FOR BHS. Bunn’s Paige Timberlake (right) delivers a kill during Tuesday evening’s home volleyball matchup against South Granville at the Bunn Dome.
Dare To Compare

BUNN -- It hasn’t taken long for an early-season shakeup in the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball standings.
But the same club is still atop the league, and least in the early portion.
And that’s the South Granville Lady Vikings.
SG, the defending NCC Champion, lost several key performers from last year’s Class 2-A State Finalist.


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Down East Classic slated for Sept. 20

ROCKY MOUNT -- The 17th Annual Down East Viking Football Classic will be played on Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex.
The event will feature a matchup between host Elizabeth City State University and the Benedict College Tigers from Columbia, South Carolina.


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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 7-13

High School Football
FRIDAY
Northwest Halifax at Franklinton 7:30 p.m.
Corinth Holders at Bunn 7:30 p.m.


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LHS’ Numbers Add Up
WHELESS WINS IT. Louisburg’s Reed Wheless (left) gains possession during Tuesday evening’s home soccer event against the Southern Nash Firebirds.
LHS’ Numbers Add Up

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s 2014 boys soccer season got off to a late start as Coach Chris Cannady was still in the process of filling out his roster as several players had yet to obtain their necessary physical forms.
Because of that, LHS was a little behind its foes from the beginning, and the Warriors are still trying to catch up.
Cannady, however, thinks his club has a chance to be competitive once again in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.


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LHS spike squad rolls to a road win

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School is off to one of its best start in recent volleyball memory as the Lady Warriors are now 7-0 on the young spike season.
Louisburg continued that streak Tuesday with a three-game sweep over homestanding Southern Nash, which is coached by former Bunn standout Kandar Artis.


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Carolina Mudcats wrap up 2014 season
Carolina Mudcats wrap up 2014 season

ZEBULON -- The Winston-Salem Dash used three unearned runs in the sixth inning to beat the Carolina Mudcats 5-2 on Monday afternoon at Five County Stadium in the Class A Carolina League regular season finale for both clubs.
The Mudcats finish the 2014 campaign at 62-74 while the Dash go home at 61-78.
Mike Clevinger (0-1) was solid in the loss for Carolina, relenting three runs, two earned, on six hits across 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven while walking one.


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AND AWAY HE GOES
AND AWAY HE GOES

Bunn’s T.J. Jones (with ball) picks up big yardage during last Thursday night’s road football victory against the North Johnston Panthers.


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ANOTHER SIGNEE
ANOTHER SIGNEE

Vance-Granville Community College recently signed William Bailey of Shelby as a recruit to join the Vanguards men’s basketball team this fall. He is pictured with Matthew Johnson, assistant coach for the VGCC Vanguards, standing at right.


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BALL FAKE
BALL FAKE

Louisburg High School’s Fabian Calamaco (left) tries to get the ball past a Southern Nash player during Tuesday’s boys soccer meeting.


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BIG TIPPER
BIG TIPPER

Bunn’s Alexis McPhail (right) sends a tip over the net for a point during Tuesday’s home volleyball meeting with league rival South Granville.


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CALLING THE SHOTS
CALLING THE SHOTS

Bunn High School assistant coach Chris Lewis sends in a play with quarterback Logan Jackson during last Thursday night’s non-conference road football triumph at North Johnston. Bunn will host backyard rival Southern Nash this Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the BHS campus.


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MAKING HIS OWN MARK
MAKING HIS OWN MARK

Franklinton High School freshman Ricky Person Jr., picks up substantial yardage during last Friday’s home victory over Louisburg.


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MATCH ACTION
MATCH ACTION

Louisburg’s Catie Strickland (above) and Bunn’s Nancy Contreras were among the competitors during last Thursday’s girls tennis matchup on the LHS campus.


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PARKER POUNDS ONE
PARKER POUNDS ONE

Bunn’s Parker Brantley sends down a kill on Tuesday versus rival South Granville.


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SECONDARY EFFECT
SECONDARY EFFECT

Louisburg’s Jeru Debose (left) tries to get past Franklinton defensive back Chrysten Madrid during last Friday night’s high school rivalry football matchup.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Louisburg churches featured in architect’s pamphlet</i>
Louisburg churches featured in architect’s pamphlet

Two churches in Louisburg are prominently featured in Colonial Southern Homes, a pamphlet published in 1903 by Charles Wanton Barrett (1869-1947), an architect in Raleigh.
Both constructed around the turn of the 20th century, Louisburg Baptist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church were among the many new buildings that changed the face of the town during a time of relative prosperity.


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<i>Farm safety counts; get state certified
Farm safety counts; get state certified

Every year farmers, farmworkers, and their family members are at risk for serious injury, health concerns, and even death due to the hazardous nature of farming.
It’s sometimes the busy harvest season when tragedy strikes.
That’s why National Farm Safety & Health Week is observed the third week of September.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

EXCELLENCE HONORED
EXCELLENCE HONORED

Franklin County Schools recently selected a Long Mill teacher as its Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence. Charlene Shaffer received the 2014-2015 honor and will represent the Franklin County School District at the Exceptional Children Division’s 64th Conference this November in Greensboro. One teacher or related service provider from each of the state’s 115 school systems will be recognized at this event for their dedication, leadership and demonstrated positive outcomes for students with disabilities.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local woman is charged in shooting

LOUISBURG — Authorities arrested a Louisburg woman charged in a shooting.
Jerome Hicks, police said, was recovering from non-life-threatening injuries this week.
According to police, Angela Lanette Powell and Hicks had gotten involved in an altercation inside her Perry Street home the evening of Aug. 29.


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<i>Lack of evidence thwarts attempted murder case</i>
Lack of evidence thwarts attempted murder case

LOUISBURG — An uncooperative victim, shaky eyewitnesses and apparent apathy resulted in only one of eight suspects facing jail time in an attempted murder case.
And Tavain Hicks’ one to two-year jail term isn’t for the June 2013 driveby shooting of a 16-year-old victim.
Hicks pled guilty to a felonious assault that occurred while he was in jail.
His case was adjudicated on Aug. 25.


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Mother’s suspicions lead to arrest

FRANKLINTON — Police arrested a registered sex offender accused of trying to solicit a 12-year-old girl via a social media website.
According to police, a mother was concerned that her daughter was being contacted via Facebook by, apparently, a grown man.


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Slow-speed chase ends with DUI charges

LOUISBURG — Deputies arrested a man accused of driving drunk along school property.
According to a report by Dep. Troy Bailey, administrators at Laurel Mill Elementary School called authorities the afternoon of Aug. 26 after spotting what appeared to be an impaired driver in the school’s parking lot.
By the time officers arrived, the suspect, later identified as Ronald Murphy, was gone and he did not hit any vehicles.


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REACHING OUT TO KIDS
REACHING OUT TO KIDS

A local support group donated school supplies to Franklin County students. The Franklin County Visually Impaired Person (VIP) support group made the donation last month. Throughout the year, VIP completes many different projects, attend camps, learn about visually impaired products and donate to the schools and Angel Tree in Franklin County. The group meets the fourth Friday of every month at the Louisburg Senior Center at 10 a.m. If you need any additional information please call me at 919-496-5721.


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Area’s growth giving festivals a big boost

YOUNGSVILLE — This southwestern Franklin County town has been known for its spring flings, fall festivals and winter mixers.
Now, with growth — the town has grown by 75 percent in 10 years — those events are coming at a much faster pace.
And they’re stretching law enforcement thin.


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<i>Multiple honors earned</i>
Multiple honors earned

REAPING AWARDS. Taylor Edwards, a Bunn High alumna, attended the 86th Annual North Carolina Future Farmers of America Convention in Raleigh.  At the convention, Taylor received two scholarships, one from National FFA sponsored by AGCO/Louisburg Tractor Company and the other from The University of Mount Olive.


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Alleged hostage taker now faces variety of charges
Alleged hostage taker now faces variety of charges

LOUISBURG — A Louisburg man is slated to appear in court later this month after investigators successfully navigated a hostage situation.
It wasn’t the first time that Joseph Flores had found himself at odds with law enforcement, though.


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