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Showing 48 articles from August 31, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Bickett improvement project revived by DOT</i>
Bickett improvement project revived by DOT

LOUISBURG -- A road project that has been on again, off again is back on, again.
The State Department of Transportation's draft Strategic Transportation Improvement Plan for 2018-2027 includes plans to widen Bickett Boulevard from Nash Street to Main Street north of town.
The project is estimated to cost about $6.9 million.


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THEY ARE BACK
THEY ARE BACK

Franklin County school children attending traditional calendar schools went back to classrooms this week to be greeted with enthusiastic staff members like Edward Best Elementary School teacher Mary Murphy. And with teachers that excited, how could the kids help but look forward to learning? Taking a slightly different approach was Rebecca Watts (above photo), a teacher at Long Mill Elementary School. She and a group of her students were using elongated toothpicks and marshmallows as a first-day icebreaker.


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Details sketchy in lake death

LAKE ROYALE -- Investigators allege Shannon Anderson shot and killed Michael Cahoon inside his Pawnee Drive home, but no charges have yet been filed.
That decision, said District Attorney Mike Waters, will come after some consultations take place.
"I met with the detective and the chief of police last week," Waters said on Monday. "I also spoke with the assigned [State Bureau of Investigations] supervisor who visited the scene.


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Lecture series puts focus on rebuilding communities
Lecture series puts focus on rebuilding communities

A series of lectures on building communities through historic preservation begins Sept. 16 at Louisburg College, part of ongoing work to leverage history and architecture to improve the local economy.
The first lecture features two experts in downtown revitalization. Liz Parham, director of the North Carolina Main Street Center, will talk about the state's Main Street program, which has helped selected communities, including Warrenton, to restore economic vitality to downtown while preserving historic sites.


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New director leads VGCC Community Band

The Vance-Granville Community Band started rehearsals for the 2016-2017 academic year on Aug. 22, with a new conductor, Brian D. Miller of Louisburg.
Miller has been a member of the Community Band for several years as a trombonist and has served as associate conductor for the past three years.
He is most well-known for his 20-year career as band director at Louisburg High School. The Louisburg band under Miller's direction grew to become one of the largest high school bands in North Carolina, though in one of the state's smallest schools; consistently, between 20 and 25% of the entire population of LHS was in the band.


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Judge: If you don't like the plea deal, go to trial!

LOUISBURG -- Devon Whaley admitted he was in a criminal fight for his life this week and asked the court to appoint him an attorney that would take on his case with fervor.
Judge G. Wayne Abernathy denied Whaley's petition, though, telling the man accused of shooting his estranged girlfriend and kidnapping their daughter that attorney Buzzy Gardner was one of the best in the area and Whaley shouldn't judge his attorney's passion and ability just yet.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Volleyball fanatic Hudson Blake


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hillary
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary

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Battling for info and against junk mail deception
Battling for info and against junk mail deception

Last week was one of THOSE weeks when if it wasn't one thing it was about 14 others!
Amazingly a local politician decided to double down on a discredited advertising message and we spent hours running in circles trying to find out about a murder -- or some type of sudden, unexpected death -- at Lake Royale.
The man's death is troubling for a whole lot of reasons beyond the obvious loss of life.


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When the wind blows, you'd better be prepared

As this editorial was being written, two storms were swirling around the Atlantic sparking lots of talk by the television fear mongers but apparently not posing much of a threat to us in Franklin County.
But, as anyone who has endured hurricane season in North Carolina has learned, all that can change in a few hours.
It's been several years -- thankfully -- since a serious hurricane has ripped through our area, but those who have been here for a couple of decades still cringe at the memory of Fran and Floyd -- and a few others.


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Perhaps, our anger at a backup QB is misplaced
Perhaps, our anger at a backup QB is misplaced

I have to say, I am still amazed at what draws people's ire.
Unless you've been under a rock, which I may very well do some time soon, you have probably heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the firestorm he has created.
For those under said rock, let me share: The backup QB opted to sit during the playing of the National Anthem during the team's most recent preseason football game.


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<i>In politics, truth still matters</i>
In politics, truth still matters

Just about all problems, big and small, can be traced back to someone lying. It is true of people, and nations. Wars are fought because someone simply did not keep their word, and/or knowingly said things that were not true about someone.
At the highest levels of our government, when people are caught lying, they invoke the 5th Amendment, or just refuse to answer, and it is accepted.
Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in my opinion, clearly lied about knowingly compromising classified material.


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Fact checking candidates: Who passes and who fails?
Fact checking candidates: Who passes and who fails?

Today's edition of The Franklin Times is the Labor Day edition.
Having grown up in a town where the main street is Union Road, you might expect me to take honoring American laborers seriously and you would be correct.
There is more than just one way to work, and that will come out in this tale.
The other day, a friend of mine called me terrified that Donald Trump was getting away with a lot of lies and self-contradictions (in our minds another form of lying) because the press wasn't sufficiently calling him out.


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Truth misrepresented

Dear editor: Thank you, Mr. Cunard, for setting the record straight concerning Senator Chad Barefoot's recent political advertisement regarding his opponent's participation at the June 30 school board meeting.


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Three climate questions

Dear editor: I have never heard the promoters of global warming, now called climate change, answer three fundamental questions. (1) When was the last time that the climate was not changing? (2) What is the ideal climate? (3) How do we know that it is the ideal climate?


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Editorial Cartoon: Iran Deal
Editorial Cartoon: Iran Deal

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OBITUARIES

EDITH W. PERRY

YOUNGSVILLE _Edith Wood Perry, 83, of Youngsville, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016. She was born in Franklin County on June 2, 1933 to the late Katie West and Henry Clarence Wood. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Perry was preceded in death by her husband, Judge Grady Perry; brothers, Perry Lee Wood and Henry "Scoot" Wood; and sisters, Mavis W. Franklin and Claudia Pearl Woodard.


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MARTHA ELNORA WILLIAMS

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Martha Elnora Williams, 80, who died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Bernice Richardson, officiating. Burial will follow in the Nelson Chapel Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Charles The Great For Wildcats
FRIEDLY FELLOW. Bunn's Tanner Friedly (left) controls the ball last Wednesday against the Northern Nash Knights.
Charles The Great For Wildcats

RED OAK -- Charles Haley thinks the time is now for his Bunn Wildcats to push through toward the top of the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings.
Haley is in his fourth campaign in charge of the BHS pitch program, so he has grown with the job -- along with 12 members of the current Wildcats' senior class.
Haley has coached those performers all the way through toward their final campaigns -- and he sees the potential for a grand finale.
"I've been with these guys for four years now,'' Haley said. "This team is as near to perfect as we are going to have.''


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CANES BEAT THE HEAT
LC quarterback Caleb Lloyd
CANES BEAT THE HEAT

LOUISBURG -- Long-time rival Jireh Prep wasn't the only formidable opponent for the Louisburg College Hurricanes during last Saturday's regular season football opener.
In addition to Jireh, Louisburg had to deal with temperatures that were nearing 100 degrees -- and certainly went over that level in the heat index.
But the Hurricanes were red-hot from the outset and rolled to an impressive 57-7 triumph over Jireh in action at Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.


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NEW ERA AT FHS
SURE TACKLE FOR FHS. Louisburg High School's Quamon Person can't escape the grasp of Franklinton defense back Brandon Reese during last Friday night's non-conference football showdown on the FHS campus.
NEW ERA AT FHS

FRANKLINTON -- A pre-game banner, which was soon burst through by Franklinton's players, spoke to a new era in FHS football history in JeVar Bransome's initial season in charge of the program.
But while this is indeed a new chapter in the Franklinton football legacy, one area of status quo remained in force last Friday -- the Red Rams' recent dominance over backyard rival Louisburg.


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FHS gets a look at its future
DEFENSIVE ACE. Hayes Tharrington is a standout along the back row for the Franklinton High School boys soccer squad under veteran head coach Isaac Welker.
FHS gets a look at its future

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton offered a sneak peek of things to come with its boys soccer program on Monday -- and even set an almost-unbelievable precedent in the process.
That's when the Red Rams hosted future Big East Conference rival Southern Nash for what is now a non-league matchup at the FHS Football Field.
After falling behind by two goals early in the contest, the Red Rams stunned just about everyone in attendance by delivering four goals in a five-minute span.


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Bunn surges past Vikings

BUNN -- By halftime, Bunn had already piled up 56 points during the Wildcats' regular season home football opener last Friday against the Northwest Halifax Vikings.
The Wildcats were dominant literally from the opening kickoff en route to delivering a 70-6 triumph over the Vikings in a non-conference football showdown.
Just four days after its clutch decision at Wilson Fike, Bunn upped its mark to 2-0 overall. The Vikings slipped to 0-2 -- and have given up 70 points in each of the setbacks.


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Lady Hurricanes post a pair of decisions

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's women's soccer season opened last weekend with a pair of victories in neutral-site action in Spartanburg, S.C.
The Lady Hurricanes, coached by veteran skipper Andy Stokes, earned decisions over Andrew College (last Saturday) and Georgia Military (Sunday).
"Playing through the heat was quite a challenge for our team,'' Stokes said. "It was 97 degrees with a heat index of 104. It is still early in the year, so we aren't where we want to be yet from a conditioning standpoint.''


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Golf tourney slated
Golf tourney slated

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Franklin County Democratic Women will be hosting a 14th Annual Golf Tournament on Sept. 21 at The River Golf and Country Club in Franklin County.
Entry fee is $220 per four-person team or $55 for individuals.
Sponsorships are also available.
Fee includes lunch, snacks, awards and door prizes.


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Mudcats defeated by the Dash
Mudcats defeated by the Dash

WINSTON-SALEM -- Winston-Salem's Toby Thomas, Daniel Gonzalez and Cleuluis Rondon combined for 10 runs, 11 hits and seven RBI as the homestanding Dash ran away with Sunday's series finale 15-2 against the Carolina Mudcats in a Class A Carolina League baseball event at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.
Carolina (47-85, 18-44) fell a win shy of a sweep after losing their final road game of the 2016 season.
Enderson Franco started and took the loss after allowing four runs in the second and one more in the fifth before leaving the game.


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EYE ON THE PRIZE
EYE ON THE PRIZE

Franklinton's Richard Lopez-Hernandez (right) eyes possession during his club's home boys soccer event on Monday against Southern Nash.


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IT'S A CATCH
IT'S A CATCH

Louisburg College's Jacob Stough (with ball) hauls in a reception as part of his club's home football conquest last Saturday afternoon against rival Jireh Prep from Charlotte.


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POCKET PATIENCE
POCKET PATIENCE

Louisburg College's Terrance Ervin stands in the pocket before delivering a pass during the Hurricanes' home football decision last Saturday afternoon against Jireh Prep.


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TYREESE IS TOUGH TO TAKE DOWN
TYREESE IS TOUGH TO TAKE DOWN

Franklinton's Tyreese WillIams (with ball) enjoyed an exceptional performance during last Friday night's home football victory against the Louisburg Warriors.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Wide variety of entertainment coming to college</i>
Crystal Gayle
Wide variety of entertainment coming to college

Tickets are on sale for Louisburg College's 59th Allen de Hart Concert Series, which will feature a variety of performances ranging from r&b tunes and classic country hits to a holiday symphony orchestra and a beach music show.
The season opens on Friday, Sept. 23 with country music legend Crystal Gayle. Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," Crystal Gayle has had 20 No. 1 country hits during the 1970s and 1980s, and six albums certified gold by the RIAA.


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<i>Local couple exchanges vows in church rites</i>
Local couple exchanges vows in church rites

Courtney Michelle Cooke and Jonathan Brooks Williams were united in marriage on June 4, 2016, at 5 p.m. at White Level Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Keith and Connie Cooke of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Martha Cooke and the late Larry Cooke of Louisburg and the late Thomas and Doris Hocutt of Raleigh.


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<i>90th birthday celebrated!</i>
90th birthday celebrated!

Virginia Tharrington Manley of Louisburg celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. at the Louisburg Operations Center. She was born on Aug. 22, 1926 and lived much of her life in the Fox Park area.
The head table was covered with a gold tablecloth. Attendees age 80 and above sat with the honoree.
Mrs. Manley's grandson, George Thurston Manley, served as the master of ceremonies, and his sons, George Walter and Charlie Isaiah, served as greeters and ushers.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Teachers: Grant deadlines loom

Time is running out for teachers to apply for funding from Wake Electric's Bright Ideas education grant program.
The co-op will give out a total of $50,000 this year.
Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by final deadline, which is Sept. 13.
Public school teachers in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties are eligible to apply.


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Biowork training offered at both VGCC campuses

HENDERSON -- Classes to train area residents for jobs in the growing biotechnology manufacturing field are scheduled to start soon at both Vance-Granville Community College's Franklin County Campus near Louisburg and at the Main Campus in Vance County.
Both campuses have state-of-the-art biotechnology labs in which to conduct the "BioWork" Process Technician training course.
A BioWork class will be held in the lab on the Franklin Campus on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Sept. 20 through Nov. 12, with additional coursework completed online.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Arrest made in attempted rape case

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Louisburg man on charges of attempted rape.
The morning of July 5, deputies responded to a field in the 800 block of Sutton Road to find a 44-year-old man assaulting a woman.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, the man, later identified as Ricky Collier of Raymond Tharrington Road, had picked up a 26-year-old woman, an acquaintance, to give her a ride.


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Woman can avoid jail by avoiding trouble

LOUISBURG -- One of two women whom police found in a compromising situation involving drugs will avoid jail time and a criminal charge if she keeps her nose clean.
On the evening of March 9, Franklinton police arrested Page Csonka and Sarah Sims in the Walgreens parking lot after responding to a call of indecent exposure.
When officers arrived, according to investigators and the court's summary of events, the two appeared to be having sex in the car and were in various states of undress.


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'Status conference' moves several court cases ahead

LOUISBURG -- A status conference on the county's murder cases provided clarity on a number of matters moving forward.
• After reviewing a forensic mental evaluation, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that James Marshall Small Jr., of Henderson, was competent to stand trial.
Franklin County sheriff's investigators arrested Small on Oct. 23, alleging he killed Ronald Davis Jr., 20.


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HOMETOWN ECONOMICS
HOMETOWN ECONOMICS

Hometown Cafe owner Garland Hudgins, right, and his son, Corey, left, present Twig Wiggins, with the Franklin County Education Foundation, with a check for $500 -- money raised during a three-day fundraiser at the 5-year-old restaurant where 10 percent of proceeds went toward the organization. The Foundation, which has a goal of promoting better educational opportunities for local students and helping teachers, has scheduled a number of fundraisers in the coming weeks. The foundation's ultimate goal, Wiggins said, is to raise $1,000 for every teacher in Franklin County.


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<i>Dinner in the Meadow connects farmers, food, families</i>
Previous grant award winner Terri Wells
Dinner in the Meadow connects farmers, food, families

LOUISBURG -- A grand farm family history, an extraordinary community culmination in celebration of local foods and the beginnings of something notably-enduring to agriculture in North Carolina radiated in the early evening hours from a rolling pasture hilltop during the 2015 Dinner in the Meadow.
It was the second year at Meadow Lane Farm when two massive tents overshadowed culinary selections from the Coast to the Foothills for the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund.


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<i>Judge Dan Finch retires</i>
Judge Dan Finch retires

LOUISBURG -- Chief District Court Judge Daniel Finch banged his last gavel this week.
Finch had been a district court judge in the 9th district, which includes Franklin County, since 1995.
The Oxford native became chief district court judge in 2009, but held his last session this week as North Carolina law requires judges to retire at the end of the month in which they turn 72.


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Gun stolen from home

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a suspect who stole a gun from an apartment.
According to the report, someone broke into a home in Franklin Court apartments, taking cash and a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun sometime between the afternoon of Aug. 21 and Aug. 24.
The case remains under investigation.


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PAID IN SPADES
PAID IN SPADES

Safe Space Inc. was the special recipient of a check for $8,930.20 from the SAFCAB Club of Garner. SAFCAB is a motorcycle club that sponsors an annual Poker Run and Benefit for Safe Space. The Poker Run started in Garner and finished at Krafty's Burgers and Brews. Pictured are SAFCAB Club Member Melissa Weisman presenting the donation to Safe Space Executive Director, Monica Kearney, left. The event included local vendors, raffles, bands, and over 100 motorcyclists. SAFCAB's goal is to raise awareness about domestic violence to the public through this annual event and to financially support shelters that provide safe havens.


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Job Corps offers training program

HENDERSON -- Kittrell Job Corps Center is seeking career-motivated applicants for its free training program in fall 2016. Application is open to ages 16 through 24.
Job Corps is an education and vocational training program that provides eligible young people with the skills and educational opportunities they need to take the first step toward establishing real careers.
Job Corps students receive comprehensive career development services that also include employability and personal development skills, as well as various personal support services.


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Ushers from several counties meet for 91st annual session

The Interdenominational Ushers Convention of North Carolina, Inc. met Aug. 12-14 at the Ushers Headquarters Building in Franklinton and New Liberty Baptist Church. Ushers from Chatham/Orange County, Durham County, Greensboro, Roxboro and Franklin County were in attendance.
Presenters for the 91st Annual Session were Monica Kearney, director of Franklin County Safe Space, and Dr. Clarence McClain, pastor of Little Zion Baptist Church and a security specialist, who spoke on church safety. Both presenters gave useful information and handouts.


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FOOD DONATED
FOOD DONATED

Two representatives from Blessings Inc. Soup Kitchen, Phyllis Perry and Geraldine Manley, met with the advisor and youth who made a donation to feed those less fortunate.


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BUSINESS

NEW BUNN AREA BUSINESS
NEW BUNN AREA BUSINESS

The Broken Needle, located at 219 NC Hwy. 98 East, Bunn, held its ribbon cutting last Thursday. The ribbon cutting was held by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The Broken Needle, according to its owners, Matt and Wendy Kruskie is a hybrid shop-more quilt shop than anything, but also offering a large selection of yarn and accessories for all of the thread arts, including needle felting, cross stitch, hand embroidery and even tatting. They also offer classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, hand embroidery, needle felting, wet felting, tatting and spinning and have established contact with local instructors.


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AWARDED AN EAGLE!
AWARDED AN EAGLE!

Will Davis (left), owner of G&B Auto in Louisburg, accepts the Crystal Eagle award from Billy Threadgill, president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) in Las Vegas in June. NIADA developed the Crystal Eagle award to reward those who recruit 100 or more new members to their association within a 24-month period. The Crystal Eagle award signifies a drive to increase association membership and connect with others. The NIADA was created in 1946 to assist its members in becoming more successful within the used motor vehicle industry.


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