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Showing 37 articles from February 11, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

Local public schools graded

LOUISBURG -- The recently released State Report Card on Franklin County Schools got only brief attention from the county board of education Monday night -- and sparked limited discussion.
The report card, which was filled with Cs and Ds plus two Fs generated by math scores, was outlined briefly for the board by Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.


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School grades and survey results

GRADE COMPARISON. The "state grades" column are the School Performance Letter Grades that local schools received in the state evaluation. They are based 80 percent on student test scores and 20 percent on student growth or progress. The scores for the elementary and middle schools were based on reading and math scores -- and this chart does not indicate that both Terrell Lane and Bunn Middle Schools received F grades for math, the only failing grades recorded by county schools.


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Charter school grades

Charter schools, which are also public schools, were issued grades by the state. Here are the grades received by two of the charter schools that attract the largest number of Franklin County's students:
• Cross Creek Charter School in Louisburg received a C.
• Franklin Academy in Wake Forest received a B.


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Fiery crash ends police chase, driver injured

PILOT -- A Wendell man was rushed to the hospital after sustaining injuries in a fiery wreck that occurred as he ran from police.
According to authorities, Dep. D. Jacobs was on patrol near the intersection of N.C. 39 and U.S. 64 just after midnight on Feb. 9 when a sport utility vehicle ran the stop sign.


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<i>Two CAP founders honored</i>
Clive Goodwin Jr.
Two CAP founders honored

LOUISBURG -- Clive Goodwin Jr. and Annie Stevenson Hyde were among the first to answer their country's call.
And since doing so placed their lives in peril, they were heroic.
Because of that, the duo, founding members of the Civil Air Patrol, were given bronze replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal this past weekend.


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Franklinton man stabbed

WAKE FOREST -- Authorities are looking for the suspect in a convenience store stabbing that sent a Franklinton man to the hospital in critical condition.
Police responded to a panic alarm at the Cruizers in the 12000 block of Capital Boulevard at about 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 7 to find the clerk suffering from a stab wound.


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State grant kicks off Louisburg budget talks

LOUISBURG -- It's not often that government budget meetings, especially these days, start off with a blast of good news.
But Louisburg's first budget discussion of 2015 did just that last week when Mayor Karl Pernell revealed that the town has received a $645,000 state grant for repairs to its water treatment plant.
The grant, the mayor said, is the "best kind," and added that it requires no local match and no payback of the money.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn resident Kenny Horton


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Christie
Editorial Cartoon: Christie

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Are dirty hands in the kitchen a constitutional right?
Are dirty hands in the kitchen a constitutional right?

Sometimes being a cynic can keep you from believing everything you read -- and that can be a very good thing!
But sometimes being a cynic and not believing what you read sends you down the wrong path!
That happened recently when I read something that I first thought came from satirical publication meant as a spoof.
Much to my horror, I quickly learned that was not the case.


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A tale of differing grades ranks more than schools!

he usual rule of thumb is that the truth usually lies somewhere between the two most extreme interpretations of a story.
Actually, that me be the truth in the current debate of the public school systems in North Carolina.
For example, right here at home, the Franklin County School System last week announced a web-based survey of about 911 people which indicated that most residents gave local schools either an A or B grade. Actually, only Franklinton Middle School received a C.


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Blurred lines generally lead to unemployment line
Blurred lines generally lead to unemployment line

I read the other day where the head of the State Employees Association of North Carolina just up and decided to quit.
The fact that it came a day after prosecutors said they wanted to look into some questionable spending habits, I'm sure, had nothing to do with it.
In a quote, former SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope said:


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<i>Just-approved charter school backers deserving of scrutiny</i>
Just-approved charter school backers deserving of scrutiny

Last Thursday I was listening to the radio when I heard a news item I found unbelievable.
The newscaster said that the North Carolina Board of Education had just announced it was allowing two online charter schools to open next fall and one of the charters was issued to K12, Inc.
Perhaps The Onion had purchased WUNC. That didn't seem likely.


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LHS student soars like an Eagle!
LHS student soars like an Eagle!

The news recently reported an incident at Bunn High School involving students who became so out of control, school staff was not capable of restoring order.
Reports are a police officer, who is also the school resource officer, had to be called, and even he was ignored. The situation escalated to the point the officer must have feared for his safety, and the safety of others.


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Editorial Cartoon: Jobs
Editorial Cartoon: Jobs

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OBITUARIES

SALBERT LEE SILVER

HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Salbert Lee Silver, 76, who died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, will be held Friday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linwood Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Chapel Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

NO SENIOR MOMENT
HELP WANTED. Franklinton's Bianca Perry looks for an open teammate during Tuesday's victory against Durham School of Arts at the FHS Gymnasium.
NO SENIOR MOMENT

FRANKLINTON -- If any team is poised to be a potential spoiler in the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament and beyond, it has to be the surging Franklinton Lady Rams.
Franklinton continued its strong recent play by rolling to a 59-27 triumph over Durham School of the Arts on Tuesday at the FHS Gymnasium.


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BHS girls clinch the NCC title

WARRENTON -- Given a chance to clinch the title, Bunn made no mistake as to which team reigns supreme this winter in the Big East Conference girls basketball standings.
BHS headed to Warren County last Friday needing one more win to wrap up its fifth championship over the past six years.
But a loss to the Eagles would drop the Ladycats into a tie for the top spot with Warren County, so it was a game Bunn needed to win.


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Lee Leaving Louisburg
Lee Leaving Louisburg

ROCKY MOUNT -- Chris Lee never moved away from the area when he accepted the head football coaching position at Louisburg High School six years ago.
Because of that fact, Lee, a former Rocky Mount HS assistant, was always intrigued when a job opened in Nash County.
But Lee would remain at Louisburg for that duration, leading the Warriors to four playoff appearances, along with a Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship in 2013.


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POINT DROUGHT
THREE AGAINST ONE. Louisburg High School's Vanisha Wilshire (center) tries to drive through a trio of Franklin Academy defenders during last Wednesday's setback at the LHS Gymnasium.
POINT DROUGHT

LOUISBURG -- When his team was experiencing a recent uptick in the second half of the season, Louisburg High School girls basketball coach Mike Sheldon hoped the Lady Warriors wouldn't retreat to any habits that had been evident during their slow start.
But Sheldon witnessed a reversion to past form during last Wednesday's home game against non-conference foe Franklin Academy.


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LHS On Win Streak
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE. Louisburg High School's Andreas Wilson (with ball) scores on a reverse layup during the Warriors' comeback victory against Franklin Academy last Wednesday.
LHS On Win Streak

LOUISBURG -- Resiliency has been a keyword for the Louisburg Warriors as they have mustered several comeback victories in boys basketball action this season -- including last Wednesday's home decision against non-league foe Franklin Academy.
Trailing by seven points at halftime, Louisburg found a way in the second half to deliver a 53-47 triumph behind 15 points from Calvin Manley and 10 markers from Michael Bowers.


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Vanguards stop WT

RALEIGH -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men's basketball team celebrated a big conference victory Monday night as they defeated nearby rival Wake Technical Community College, 92-71, in Raleigh.
The Vanguards led the Eagles for most of the first half, but Wake Tech narrowed the margin to 36-35 as the halftime buzzer sounded.


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Lewis Picks SCC
Lewis Picks SCC

BUNN -- Bunn has already established a long-standing tradition of sending men's basketball players to Sandhills Community College.
The Bunn-SCC pipeline has spilled over onto the links as BHS senior golf standout William Lewis has signed a letter-of-intent to join the Flyers' program.


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Two Out of Three
CLUTCH TIME. Nick Green (left) sinks a late free throw to help Cedar Creek defeat Henderson in the championship game of the MAC Boys Basketball Tournament.
Two Out of Three

BUNN -- Cedar Creek Middle School picked the right time to play its best basketball of the season, and the reward was the Jaguars' second Middle Athletic Conference Tournament Championship over the past three years.
Taking on a Henderson Middle squad that had topped the Jags by over 20 points earlier in the campaign, Cedar Creek claimed the title with a hard-fought 48-46 decision over the Rams in the tourney finale on Jan. 29 at the Bunn Middle School Gymnasium.


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Diamond Canes start slowly

ROCKY MOUNT -- Louisburg College's baseball season has gotten off to a slow start as the Hurricanes are 1-4 through five games, all of which were held at the newly renovated Frazier Field on the LC campus.
The Hurricanes, coached by Keith Shumate, opened their campaign last Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Rockingham Community College.


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DRIBBLE DRIVE
DRIBBLE DRIVE

Louisburg High School's J'Tyonnah Thomas takes the baseline for the Lady Warriors during last Wednesday's home defeat against non-conference rival Franklin Academy.


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PAINT JOB
PAINT JOB

Franklinton's LaMonika Morrison (with ball) scores inside during Tuesday night's home hoops decision against Durham School of Arts.


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WALL FINDS A WAY
WALL FINDS A WAY

Franklinton's Tanisha Wall (left) scores over a Durham School of the Arts defender during Tuesday night's girls basketball meeting at the FHS Gymnasium. The Lady Rams won the game.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Some of what glittered was gold!</i>
Some of what glittered was gold!

The new Portis Gold Mining Company, incorporated in 1866, began on a solid footing and attracted considerable attention.
Investors quickly purchased all of the stock issued by the firm, which was valued at $500,000. Thomas K. Thomas became president of the company and Stephen G. Sturges of Newark, New Jersey, assumed the role of treasurer.


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<i>April wedding bells to ring</i>
April wedding bells to ring

Larry Donnell Kearney and Tracey Cassandra Moore are happy to announce their engagement. Larry is the son of John Kearney of Louisburg and the late Lucy Kearney. Tracey is the daughter of the late Frank James Moore, and Valerie Moore and Bobby Sam Simpson, all of Washington, D.C. An April 2015 wedding is planned.


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<i>Spring Sing is slated for April; is both a workshop and concert</i>
Spring Sing is slated for April; is both a workshop and concert

The Northeast Piedmont Chorale and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church are planning the first Northeast Piedmont Spring Sing on Saturday, April 18.
Together, the Northeast Piedmont Chorale and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church will host an all-day choral workshop culminating in a concert, conducted by world renowned choral clinician and composer, Sally K. Albrecht.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

KVA honor roll students named

Kerr Vance Academy in Henderson recently announced their latest honor rolls and headmaster list.
Second Quarter


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Fire hits Youngsville business
Fire hits Youngsville business

YOUNGSVILLE -- A weekend fire tore through a downtown building -- for the third time.
A couple living in an upstairs apartment were not hurt.
A conflagration damaged an apartment above Gigi's House Bistro located at 120 E. Main Street in the summer of 2010.
After its owner, Stephan Bezzina, renovated, the same location caught fire on Thanksgiving 2011, burning the restaurant and the upstairs apartment.


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Horses to be topic of meetings

Educational meetings continue throughout the winter months for horse owners in the region.
Mark your calendar and plan to attend an educational mini-series for area horse owners in February and March. All meetings will be held at the Extension Center's Annex meeting room beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served first followed by the program. There is no fee for the meals. If you plan to attend, you must pre-register by calling 919-496-3344 to reserve your meal.


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Chute-versus-throttle issue arises again at airport

LOUISBURG -- Airport officials have urged pilots and parachutists to get together -- again -- to figure out how jumpers and planes can continue to share the sky in and around Triangle North Executive Airport.
This spring, the Triangle Skydiving Center (TSC) will have been at the airport for six years.
In that time, the center, the area pilots' association and other interested parties drafted a Letter of Mutual Understanding that defined how planes, helicopters, jumpers and other airport users would co-exist.


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Youngsville police catch W-F shoplifting suspects

YOUNGSVILLE -- A traffic stop led police to make an arrest in a Wake Forest shoplifting case.
According to a report, Sgt. J. Kimball was on radar patrol on Park Avenue the afternoon of Feb. 7 when a silver car drove past at a high rate of speed.
Kimball tried to stop the vehicle, but it continued to speed along the roadway toward U.S. 1, nearly hitting an oncoming sport utility vehicle at the intersection.


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BUSINESS

Franklinton funeral home becomes part of Lancaster's

The former Sandling Funeral Home of Franklinton, which had become Hall Wynne Funeral Home in 2001, has now become part of Lancaster Funeral & Cremation Services, effective Feb. 5.
The new name is Lancaster's Franklinton Chapel.


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