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Showing 37 articles from September 9, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton officer's home hit by gunfire; called 'cowardly act'

FRANKLINTON -- The apparent "open season" that's been placed on law enforcement has hit home.
Franklinton investigators are looking for suspects who fired shots into a detective's home over the weekend.
No injuries were reported, but investigators did find a bullet lodged in a couch that Det. Reginald Norflett was sitting in moments before the shots were fired.
"It looks like we've had an officer and his family targeted," said Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr.


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School report cards'mixed

When the state released school "report cards" last week, area schools received decidedly mixed results.
The first round of school grades, based on the 2014-15 school year, was released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
On the positive side, six schools in the Franklin County system recorded a jump in their letter grades this year.
Included in those improvements was the Early College High School which went from a "C" to a "B" this year.


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SCHOOL UNITES BEHIND STUDENT
SCHOOL UNITES BEHIND STUDENT

Students and staff at Crosscreek Charter School in Louisburg have rallied behind one of their own, Ravin Pickrel, a first-grader at the school who was diagnosed with lymphoma last spring. The school raised enough money for devices so Ravin can attend class from home and the hospital. Among dozens helping out in the effort were ((left to right) Greyson Parrish and Bryceson Rhodes; second row, Gage Roark, Libby Carter and Summer Tillitt; third row, Sarah Hart and Sherry Caldwell, and in the back row are staffers Kathie Spicer, Will Jackson and Brian Miller.


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<i>No bid contract issued for cleanup</i>
No bid contract issued for cleanup

LOUISBURG -- County commissioners agreed to let Builder Services continue with efforts to remediate mold problems at the county's health and human services building at a cost not to exceed $155,000.
The owner of the Creedmoor business, though, warned officials that the price tag could change once contractors get a full view of what they're dealing with.
"That [cost] is based on what we know now," Ben Bass told commissioners during the board's meeting on Tuesday night. "We'll know more when we cut open the walls and see."


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Crosscreek Charter student Sophia Bobbitt


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Christie & Trump
Editorial Cartoon: Christie & Trump

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Enough already, our image can't take any more!
Enough already, our image can't take any more!

Ever since that first man gave up his cave and built a structure with a roof as protection from the elements, mankind has been dealing with leaky roofs.
And ever since someone figured out a way to pipe water into a structure, we've been dealing with leaks.
And, obviously, since the first water heater was invented and placed inside a building, man has been dealing with leaks.
The problem is not the leaks -- like death and taxes, water leaks are inevitable!
The issue is how you deal with them!


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School grades troubling but only part of the story

For most parents, if their child brought home a report card with a couple of Bs, a bunch of Cs and Ds and one glaring F, it would be time for a serious conversation.
And, we suspect, a very serious conversation.
Those are the grades that Franklin County's schools achieved last year -- and there is no doubt that this is a topic for conversation.
Honestly, we're not exactly sure how seriously to take these school performance grades issues by the state Department of Public Instruction and which were based on 2014-15 school year data.


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If you wanna hear county news, get a hearing aid, and patience
If you wanna hear county news, get a hearing aid, and patience

When I was a kid, I often heard that I apparently had a hearing problem.
When the alarm clock went off in the morning, I couldn't hear a thing.
However, on Saturday mornings, I could hear cartoons calling my name.
So, with this hearing affliction, it was hard to trust my ears on Tuesday night because I couldn't have heard Commission Chair Sidney Dunston correctly.


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<i>Could North Carolina be worst of worst governed?</i>
Could North Carolina be worst of worst governed?

Which is the worst governed state in America?
That is a difficult question to answer, especially in the aftermath of the 2010 elections.
It also depends on which metric(s) you measure by.
If you choose the inability of its legislature to perform its most basic function, North Carolina is the hands-down winner.


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Outdoor public mural to be dedicated

Dear editor:
I hope everyone will attend the dedication of the new mural located on the Bunn Heating and Air Conditioning Co. building at the corner of South Main and Johnson streets in Louisburg at 12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 12. The event is sponsored by Louisburg College and the public is invited.


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Differing view of crisis

Dear editor: Please accept this letter as a response to the articles referencing the condition of Franklin County Health Department published in last week's The Franklin Times.
The health department provides preventative health care and home health services to the citizens of our county. Like many health departments in NC, it has struggled to adjust to the ever changing landscape of health care options.


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Editorial Cartoon: Driverless
Editorial Cartoon: Driverless

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OBITUARIES

BONITA T. HAMM

LOUISBURG - Bonita Rose Tippett Hamm, 61, of Bailey died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at her home. Graveside services will be held today (Thursday, Sept. 10) at 11 a.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park, with the Rev. Tim Hopkins officiating.


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CRYSTAL G. CHAMPION

LOUISBURG - Crystal Gayle Champion Uhl, 36, of Louisburg, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The family will receive friends Friday at 10:00 at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel in Louisburg where a memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m., with the Rev. Kaden Williamson officiating.


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JACOB M. BLICKENSDERFER

ZEBULON - Jacob Matthew Blickensderfer, 25, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 at his home. A remembrance service will be held on Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. at Dehart Botanical Gardens.


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SPORTS

THE BAKER'S DOZEN
ON THE MOVE. Louisburg College's Hunter Carter surges into scoring position during Monday afternoon's home triumph against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie at Dr. Ronald May Field.
THE BAKER'S DOZEN

LOUISBURG - Thirteen proved to be a lucky number Monday for the Louisburg College women's soccer squad.
While most folks were taking off for Labor Day, the Lady Hurricanes were hard at work, delivering a 13-0 victory over Region X rival USC-Salkehatchie at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
Even with a young roster, Louisburg has put together a 2-1 record to start the campaign under veteran head coach Andy Stokes.


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Canes a winner vs. CNU
Canes a winner vs. CNU

LOUISBURG -- Another week, another impressive road victory for the Louisburg College football squad.
The Hurricanes opened their schedule in late August with a convincing decision at Jireh Prep, and continued their road show Sunday with a visit to take on the Christopher Newport University junior varsity in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
LC scored on its second series of the game and never looked back en route to registering a 36-14 conquest -- and thus improving the record of the Trevor Highfield Era to 2-0.


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Late TD Sinks Wildcats
AIRBORNE. Bunn's Ian Land (right) rises and stretches to bring down Southern Nash running back Jaquay Mitchell last Thursday.
Late TD Sinks Wildcats

STANHOPE -- After a scoreless first half, Bunn and Southern Nash would combined to rack up 34 points after the break.
But the Firebirds would get the better of the half and stopped the Wildcats by a 21-13 margin in a prep football non-conference rivalry showdown last Thursday on the SNHS campus.
Southern Nash is now 3-0 on the campaign, while the Wildcats dropped to 1-2 overall -- with both losses coming against powerhouses from the Big East Conference.


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FHS rallies to top Dogs
TOUGH TO TAKE DOWN. Franklinton's Denzel Perry (left) tries to tackle burly Princeton fullback Adrian Whack during last Friday night's prep football showdown in Johnston County.
FHS rallies to top Dogs

PRINCETON -- With its offense struggling and several key players battling injuries, Franklinton High School desperately needed a change of pace during last Friday night's road football showdown at Princeton. The Red Rams got exactly what they needed from sophomore backup signal-caller Kyeon Spencer.
Summoned into the game in the third period to spark Franklinton's offense, the speedy Spencer responded with a pair of clutch touchdown runs to help the Red Rams rally for a 31-14 decision over the homestanding Bulldogs.


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GETTING A DELL
TRAFFIC JAM. Louisburg College's Robert Smith (left) tries to escape a defender from USC-Salkehatchie. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
GETTING A DELL

LOUISBURG -- Regardless of the sport, most coaches don't prefer a quick turnaround time when playing an opponent twice -- especially if the first event results in a victory.
Such was the dilemma Louisburg College men's soccer coach Martin Dell encountered during Monday's Region X Labor Day showdown against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.


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More Tennis Tests
YOUNG STANDOUT. Alex Young has been a star player so far this season for the Louisburg HS girls tennis squad.
More Tennis Tests

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's tough early schedule in girls tennis continued Tuesday with a home date against Franklin Academy, which boasts a perennially strong program.
The Lady Warriors dropped the team match by a total of 8-1, but found some solace in a doubles victory courtesy of the No. 1 tandem of Alana Fagan and Alex Young.


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Warriors looking to rebound

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will be in search of a much-needed victory Friday night on the football field -- but it certainly won't be easy.
That's because the Warriors will tangle with a much-improved Oxford Webb club that is currently riding a two-game winning streak.
After opening with a loss to Granville Central, Webb has bounced back with decisions over Northern Carolina Conference schools Southern Vance and South Granville -- the defending NCC co-champion.


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SN Blanks Warriors
GREAT EIGHT. Louisburg High School's Eliseo Hernandez (right) controls the ball during last Wednesday afternoon's home contest against the Southern Nash Firebirds at Joyner Park.
SN Blanks Warriors

LOUISBURG -- The start of last Wednesday's non-conference soccer matchup between Southern Nash and host Louisburg didn't foreshadow how the contest would eventually turn out.
Louisburg earned the early portion of play and had its share of chances. But when the ball went across midfield for one of the few times in the first six minutes, Southern Nash was there to capitalize.


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LHS Still Unbeaten

LOUISBURG -- Coach Erica Wammock isn't trying to get too excited about her Louisburg High School volleyball squad's undefeated start to the 2015 regular season.
The Lady Warriors are now 6-0 overall after securing a Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference spike decision on Tuesday against homestanding Oxford Prep in Granville County.
Scores were 25-14, 25-10 and 25-10 in favor of Louisburg.


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Vance-Granville solid on court
Vance-Granville solid on court

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team enjoyed a successful last weekend of August as the Vanguards won three consecutive matches in two days.
In their first match of the season on VGCC's home court, Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson, the Vanguards welcomed the Bruins from Piedmont International University of Winston-Salem on Aug. 28.


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A MIDFIELD MEETING
A MIDFIELD MEETING

Louisburg College's Alex Kao (right) tries to gain possession in the midfield during Monday afternoon's home victory against USC-Salkehatchie at Dr. Ronald May Field.


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COMING YOUR WAY
COMING YOUR WAY

Louisburg College's Hunter Carter (right) delivers a ball versus USC-Salkehatchie.


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JUST OUT OF REACH
JUST OUT OF REACH

Bunn's Bruce Adams tries to reel in this pass attempt during last Thursday's road football setback against the Southern Nash Firebirds in Stanhope.


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PERRY PRESSES ON
PERRY PRESSES ON

Bunn High School's Tevin Perry (left) picks up yardage during last Thursday night's road football game against the Southern Nash Firebirds. The Wildcats will be at home this Friday for a non-league meeting with the Northern Vance Raiders. Kickoff for the event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg native named 'Treasured Pirate' at ECU
Louisburg native named 'Treasured Pirate' at ECU

GREENVILLE -- Chance Kornegay was one of eight East Carolina University staff members in Business Services who were honored recently as Treasured Pirates.
Kornegay, who is technology sales manager at ECU's Dowdy Student Stores, won the Treasured Pirate Award for display of initiative.
"Chance works tirelessly to bring new technology products and services to this store and university," said Bryan Tuten, director of Dowdy Student Stores.


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<i>Bunn High student is working her way to success</i>
Bunn High student is working her way to success

Brandy Babbitt is a senior at Bunn High School and the first student from Franklin County to be accepted into the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program, or NCTAP.
As part of the program that's valued at more than $140,000, Babbitt has been hired by Youngsville Manufacturer CaptiveAire, and has already begun working there part-time.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Aircraft veers into woods, two receive minor injuries
Aircraft veers into woods, two receive minor injuries

LOUISBURG -- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a weekend plane crash.
Emergency crews responded to the privately owned Rampart Aviation on N.C. 56 between Louisburg and Franklinton the afternoon of Sept. 6 to find a DHC-6 (De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter) crashed into a set of trees off to the northeast side of the runway.
Officials said Michael Vargo, 37, was piloting the craft and there were two passengers on board -- Tim Baldwin, a master parachute rigger from Cumberland County, and John Schroeder, a pilot from Iredell.


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Missing man's body found

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County authorities found the body of a man missing late last week.
Sheriff's deputies, emergency services staff and others began searching for Christopher Wrenn, by land and air, as a helicopter was brought in to help search the Seven Paths Road area where the Lake Royale resident was last seen on Sept. 1.
Sheriff's office staff confirmed they found Wrenn, 53, the morning of Sept. 3.


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<i>Prepared to perfection:</i><br>Young chef's program focuses on local food, agriculture and a lot more
Prepared to perfection:
Young chef's program focuses on local food, agriculture and a lot more

LOUISBURG -- For 12 Franklin County preteens and teens, a new Young Chefs program proved to be an experience prepared to perfection.
Offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Martha Mobley and Arnetta Wilson, the weeklong program provided aspiring chefs with the chance to learn not just about cooking, but about local food, agriculture, business and nutrition.
During the July event, participants - ages 9 to 14 - visited farms and markets, picking up local produce and meats that they would bring back to the local Extension Center kitchen.


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LHS graduate finishes basic

Army Pvt. Lamar T. Perry has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.


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Firefighters Association will host 9/11 ceremony

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Firefighters Association is hosting a service on Friday in remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the continuing battle on terror.
During those four coordinated attacks, in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, nearly 3,000 people died, including 343 firefighters who died when two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York.


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