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Showing 32 articles from December 31, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

County blames rain for sewage spills; state wants answers

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Public utilities staff reported two wastewater spills during the Christmas break, one the result of heavy rains and the other the apparent result of equipment failure.
The year-end mishaps are part of a string of sewer problems that prompted the state to query Franklin County's plan to address the problem.


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Y-ville man shot in chest; stepson charged

YOUNGSVILLE -- Deputies arrested a man on an attempted murder charge following an apparent domestic dispute.
The evening of Dec. 28, deputies responded to a home in the 100 block of Beechwood Drive near Youngsville to find Robert Plemons suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
They seized a .45-caliber handgun and arrested Plemon's stepson, Steven Stevenson, charging him with attempted first degree murder.


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Getting a new 'leash' on life!
BEST FRIENDS. From left, Jermaine Bennett, Alden Rainey and Jeffrey Servidio get acquainted with the service dogs they will train.
Getting a new 'leash' on life!

BUNN -- On one end of a prison rec room, there were volunteers keeping pooches calm in a new environment.
On the other end were a bunch of inmates, looking for a new lease on life.
They met in the middle, during a leash ceremony, where volunteers with Carrboro-based Eyes Ears Nose & Paws (EENP) handed over dogs that inmates will train as service animals, assisting people with disabilities.


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Multi-agency traffic stops nab a variety of suspects

FRANKLINTON -- Within a few hours, area agencies arrested a trio of suspects, including a man wanted for attempted first degree murder.
According to an arrest warrant, Henderson investigators allege Kyree Williams shot Robert Miles several times at close range during an incident in Henderson on Nov. 11.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn HS hoops legend Troy Wheless


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bipartisan
Editorial Cartoon: Bipartisan

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New year starts with silly list and dangerous game
New year starts with silly list and dangerous game

Happy New Year! Any estimates on how long it will take the majority of us to write 2015 instead of 2014?
Personally, my goal is to be somewhat proficient by March ... but who knows?
Starting off the New Year with lists of things seems to be the norm and recently I discovered what I, at first, thought was a tongue-in-cheek list of what each state was worst at accomplishing.


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Stop blaming the rain and fix the problem!

It rained over the Christmas holiday.
In fact, it rained fairly hard, dumping a great deal of water over this region, a fact that is not unusual this time of the year.
Okay, you're wondering why this simple fact of nature is worth reading about?
Perhaps it's not news -- but it does underscore an important problem facing Franklin County that needs to be faced in a pro-active manner sooner rather than later.


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Exodus: Film directors and producers to flee NC
Exodus: Film directors and producers to flee NC

According to reports, the film industry is connected to about 4,000 jobs in the state and, according to the film industry, they spent about $250 million in the state in 2013.
As you can imagine, that's come at a cost.
The state has provided $69 million in tax credits or other rewards in 2012 and $61 million in 2013.
I'm no mathematician, but I suspect that's a pretty good return on investment.


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Editorial Cartoon: Recycle
Editorial Cartoon: Recycle

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<i>Franklin County needs a visit from infrastructure genie</i>
Franklin County needs a visit from infrastructure genie

This week we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in 2015.
I have one wish for Franklin County in 2015; the appearance of the Infrastructure Genie.
Left, right and center, there is dissatisfaction with economic development in Franklin County; more specifically, lack thereof.


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Editorial Cartoon: Selfie
Editorial Cartoon: Selfie

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OBITUARIES

MILDRED M. BOBBIT

LOUISBURG - Mildred Graham Murray Bobbit, 87, of Louisburg died Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Born on October 29, 1927 to the late Millard and Pattie Jo Thompson Murray. She was employed with the FBI and the USDA for 40 years.


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RICHARD PAUL DEAN, JR.

On Monday evening, December 29th at 9:10 p.m., our world momentarily stood still as our force-of-nature father, Richard Paul Dean, Jr., stepped into the presence of his Lord and Savior. Complicated, vexing and oft-times misunderstood, Dad firmly believed in God's gift of free-will. We often heard him say, "there are enough ways in the world for everyone to have one of their own." This was the rare sentiment with which our mother, Jeanette Mincey, was known to agree. The rest of us simply accepted it as explanation for his peculiarities that frankly, made no sense at all.


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SPORTS

KNIGHTS FEVER
THE WRIGHT TIME. Bunn's Quenten Wright (left) drives against Northern Nash.
KNIGHTS FEVER

BUNN - Depth will be an issue this season for the Bunn High School boys basketball squad -- and that intangible will be evident even more when disciplinary issues arrive.
For Monday's first-round game with Northern Nash at the annual Bunn Christmas Tournament, the Wildcats were without their two highest scorers for the entire first half.


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BHS SEES RED
RELENTLESS. Bunn High's Tainasha Vines (left) makes a strong move to the basket for the Ladycats during Monday night's action against Red Springs at the Bunn Christmas Basketball Tournament.
BHS SEES RED

BUNN -- Most scouting reports on the Red Springs Lady Devils would emphasize the need to focus on freshman phenom Taya Jones.
But Bunn coach Matt Keith employed a different strategy during his club's showdown with Red Springs on Monday in the opening round of the Bunn Christmas Basketball Tournament.


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Wildcats honored by Panthers
GAME BALL FOR JUSTIN. Bunn High School junior offensive lineman Justin Holder was recently saluted as a Community Captain by the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
Wildcats honored by Panthers

BUNN -- Two members of the Bunn High School football program had in-person views of the Carolina Panthers' race toward a playoff spot in the National Football League.
During Carolina's victory over Tampa Bay three weeks ago, Bunn offensive lineman Justin Holder and head coach David Howle were in attendance at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.


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Pirates get past LHS
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Louisburg High School's Vanisha Wilshire (with ball) eludes the Corinth Holders defense in open court during Monday's tournament contest at the Bunn Dome.
Pirates get past LHS

BUNN -- Mike Sheldon isn't big on moral victories, but it's hard to deny the progress his Louisburg Lady Warriors have made on the hardwood over the past several weeks.
Louisburg notched its initial win of the campaign by defeating Franklinton on Dec. 12 -- and wasn't far away from collecting its second triumph in the past three games as past of Monday's opening-round action at the Bunn Christmas Basketball Tournament.


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Alston excels for the Wolfpack
Alston excels for the Wolfpack

RALEIGH -- Johnathan Alston capped off his strong seasons as a member of the North Carolina State University football squad by catching a touchdown pass during the Wolfpack's contest against Central Florida at the St. Petersburg Bowl last Friday.
Alston, a sophomore wide receiver from Bunn, came through with three grabs for 58 yards, including a 38-yard TD reception as part of NC State's 34-27 victory.


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Hot Stove League event slated

RALEIGH -- The 65th Annual Raleigh Hot Stove League Baseball Banquet will be held Jan. 27 at the McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Festivities will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6 p.m.
Pat O'Conner, the President of Minor League Baseball, will serve as the guest speaker.


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BASELINE TAKER
BASELINE TAKER

Bunn's Precious Walker drives toward the basket for the Ladycats during Monday's home tournament victory against Red Springs HS.


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CRUDUP CLAIMS THE BALL
CRUDUP CLAIMS THE BALL

Bunn's McKinley Crudup (center) maintains possession while being double-teamed during the Wildcats' home defeat against Northern Nash as part of Monday night's semifinals of the Bunn Christmas Basketball Tournament.


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HANDS TEAM
HANDS TEAM

Bunn's Bernadette Cooke (with ball) drives through the Red Springs defense during the Ladycats' home victory on Monday at the Bunn Christmas Tournament.


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MACK ON THE ATTACK
MACK ON THE ATTACK

Louisburg's Mackenzie Wood makes a strong move to the basket during Monday's loss against Corinth Holders.


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POST PLAY
POST PLAY

Shane Garrison scores inside for the Bunn Wildcats.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Just married!</i>
Just married!

Jean Williams of Franklinton and Mark Melvin of High Point were united in marriage on Dec. 13, 2014 in High Point. The couple will call Franklinton their home.


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<i>Granville's 1858 fair had regional impact</i>
Granville's 1858 fair had regional impact

The Granville County Agricultural Society held a county fair in Henderson, on Oct. 13 and 14, 1858, more than 20 years before the creation of Vance County from portions of Franklin, Granville, and Warren counties.
This successful event reflected a growing commitment in North Carolina to improving agricultural practices. Its location in Henderson, a fledgling tobacco town on the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, points toward a desire on the part of the organizers to draw participation from counties throughout the Upper Tar River region, including Franklin, Warren, and Nash.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Scholarships offered by Wake Electric

Wake Electric is accepting applications for 2015 scholarships for college students: the Fred M. Alford Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 and a total of 16 Touchstone Energy Scholarships of up to $1,250.
The $2,000 Fred M. Alford Memorial scholarship will be awarded to the top candidate selected by an independent judging panel. Requirements include the following criteria:


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COMMUNITY NEWS

County deputy cited in two-vehicle mishap near Y-ville

YOUNGSVILLE -- A Franklin County sheriff's deputy was charged with running a stop sign and causing a wreck that injured a woman.
Dylan M. Moore, 23, is slated to appear in court on Feb. 20 to face the charge.
Sheriff Kent Winstead confirmed that Moore was involved in a wreck the evening of Dec. 23.


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LHS graduate finishes basic

Air Force Airman Charisma A. Doyle graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Doyle completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.


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EFFORTS APPRECIATED
EFFORTS APPRECIATED

Debra Barboux (right), manager and owner of Stay At Home Senior Care of Wake Forest, presents Willie Mae Richardson with a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding service.


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DINING OUT FOR A CAUSE
DINING OUT FOR A CAUSE

In the spirit of the holiday season, some of the employees at Union Bank and Trust teamed up with Johnny Bull's Steakhouse in Louisburg this holiday season to create "Dining for a Safe Space" fund-raiser. The effort raised $5,240 to support Safe Space, a non-profit organization that assists domestic violence victims and their children.


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