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Showing 40 articles from December 17, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton's board approves utility sale to Franklin County

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners agreed to sell its water utility system -- and the county will also get more than $4 million in grants, too.
Following months of negotiations and discussions, Franklinton officials agreed by a majority vote on Tuesday night to sell the system to Franklin County for $3.2 million.


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Youngsville hikes rec fees 22 percent

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners agreed to raise spring baseball fees with the caveat that recreation staff develop a business plan that outlines spending and revenue projections into the future.
During the board's Dec. 11 meeting, Parks and Rec Director Pete Gibson presented the board with a proposal to raise the fees from $90 to $130.


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RECONNAISSANCE MISSION?
RECONNAISSANCE MISSION?

This jolly old gentleman from the North Pole has been seen at various places in Franklin County in recent days, including riding in all of the community parades. In this one, held by the Chamber of Commerce in Louisburg, he is shown waving to bystanders, perhaps as a subtle alert that his annual visit is next Wednesday night, ready or not. It's been reported that Santa has been checking to see who has been naughty and who has been nice prior to loading up his sleigh for his annual expedition.


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Lower electric rates in town's future?

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council quickly plowed through an agenda of relatively routine business Monday night, got some encouraging words about the future of local electric rates -- and just the opposite about planned highway upgrades.
"We're not out of the woods yet, but it is looking very encouraging," Town Administrator Mark Warren told the board as he discussed news that the Federal Regulatory Commission has approved Duke Energy Progress's application to purchase the generating assets of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.


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Arts Council scrambles after alleged theft

FRANKLINTON -- The former treasurer of a nonprofit organization surrendered to authorities last week on charges that he embezzled more than $6,700.
While Joe Baisley awaits a January court date, those entrusted with operating the Franklin County Arts Council said they have taken the steps needed to shore up the organization now and into the future.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Connor Roberson with a special friend


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Pluto
Editorial Cartoon: Pluto

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The more things change, the more we can lose
The more things change, the more we can lose

It's amazing how quickly things change, sometimes right before your eyes and you don't even notice.
At the annual Person Place Preservation Society meeting late last week, the name John McKay came up -- and conjured up a lot of memories.
John and his wife, Susan, used to operate the Hearthside Inn Bread and Breakfast on Main Street in Louisburg -- and were very active members of the community when I discovered Louisburg in late 1990.


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Power-generating deal might be good news

On the surface at least, there should be some good news for electrical customers of the town of Louisburg -- although it's not coming by way of the North Pole.
But don't start celebrating just yet because the true, long-range effect of this latest development is certainly months if not years away -- and time has a way of whittling away at expected benefits.


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The firecracker in Ferguson could explode anywhere
The firecracker in Ferguson could explode anywhere

Months after a black teenager was killed by a white police officer, and weeks after a grand jury decided not to indict the officer involved in the shooting, civil unrest has hit us at home as newscasts have been filled with protests from across the country -- and, for some of us, we've come face-to-face with it on our evening commutes.
One of the things that struck me, initially, about the incident -- whether it was through news accounts or social media -- was the apparent racial powderkeg that is Ferguson, Mo.


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Editorial Cartoon: Rushmore
Editorial Cartoon: Rushmore

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<i>Taking a moment to salute those who make a difference</i>
Taking a moment to salute those who make a difference

As we near the end of the year, it is a natural time to reflect. This column is a small percentage of my writing.
The Christmas, New Year's, recap, predictions and Person of the Year type articles are all either in my head or on my hard drive. That writing ahead allows me a little more time for my favorite job, (Grandpa), as the year comes to a close.
On net, I think 2014 was a pretty tough year for Franklin County.


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Paying extra 'just because'?

Dear editor:
This is an open letter to the commissioners of Franklin County.
I was intrigued by an article in the Dec. 4 edition of The Franklin Times that said you agreed to pay $600,000 to Dennis Mustian for 60 acres of land to be used to build a football stadium and sports complex at Louisburg High School.


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Editorial Cartoon: Homeless
Editorial Cartoon: Homeless

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OBITUARIES

RUBY G. WILLIAMS

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Ruby G. Williams, 67, who died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. at Greater New Life Church of Christ in Franklinton, with Elder Dexter T. Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Gupton family cemetery.


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SPORTS

The Victory Streak Continues
BUTTERBALL HANDLES THE BALL. Bunn High School freshman Bernadette 'Butterball' Cooke (right) speeds up the court for the Ladycats during last Friday night's girls basketball victory at backyard rival Southern Nash.
The Victory Streak Continues

STANHOPE -- Heading into the middle portion of December, the Bunn Ladycats have staked a claim to being one of the top girls basketball squads in the area.
That's a fact Nash Central and Southern Nash found out earlier in the month, as both Nash County clubs suffered defeats against the Ladycats.


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ONE FOR THE BOOKS
INSIDE CHALLENGE. (L to R) Franklinton's Branson Capps penetrates the lane while being defended by Louisburg's Tony Vines last Friday night.
ONE FOR THE BOOKS

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's arrangement with Louisburg College to play its games against Franklinton and Bunn at the Taylor Center has been a profitable one -- except on the scoreboard.
Since those contests were shifted to LC a few years ago, Louisburg's boys basketball squad had been unable to come up with a victory against either one of its Franklin County rivals.


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Warriors nab first decision
WALL ON HER WAY. Franklinton High's Tanisha Wall drives while being defended by Louisburg's Tetyana Seda during last Friday night's contest.
Warriors nab first decision

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's Lady Warriors couldn't escape the feeling that they gave one away during an early-campaign loss at Franklinton.
LHS went ahead early, only to see the Lady Rams rally and go ahead for good courtesy of Tanisha Wall's final-minute heroics.


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SN SWEEPS BUNN
FOUL FEELING. Bunn's Shane Garrison (center) is fouled against So. Nash.
SN SWEEPS BUNN

STANHOPE -- After seeing one winning streak snapped two nights earlier, the Southern Nash Firebirds embarked on another one last Friday night at the SNHS Gymnasium.
Southern had opened the 2014-15 boys basketball campaign with five straight victories, but the Firebirds suffered their first setback last Wednesday on the road against the C.B. Aycock Falcons in Wayne County.


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Bunn tops host L'burg
PRECIOUS TIMES. Bunn's Precious Walker scores in the paint last Wednesday against Louisburg.
Bunn tops host L'burg

LOUISBURG -- Few observers gave the Louisburg Lady Warriors much of a chance during their basketball rematch last Wednesday against undefeated Bunn.
BHS had rolled past Louisburg just five days earlier, and the Lady Warriors were still seeking their first victory of the campaign.


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The Event Planners
ALL THE WAY. Bunn's T.J. Jones breaks free for a layup during last Wednesday's road decision over the Louisburg Warriors at Taylor Center on the Louisburg College campus.
The Event Planners

LOUISBURG -- It's been an up-and-down start to the season for the inexperienced Bunn High School boys basketball squad.
But this much is certain -- the Wildcats seem to save their best for the biggest events.
That assessment was evident last Wednesday as Bunn, playing in front of a huge crowd at Louisburg College's Taylor Center, finished off a season sweep of chief rival Louisburg with a 58-41 decision.


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STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAMES

CHAPEL HILL -- Here are last weekend's championship matchups in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's State Football Playoffs:


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Carolina Mudcats announce staff
Carolina Mudcats announce staff

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have unveil edtheir 2015 field staff as they prepare for their first season as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
Luis Salazar, who has 15-plus years of major league coaching experience, will helm the Mudcats this summer.
Carlos Mendez will serve as the team's hitting coach, while Derrick Lewis joins the staff as the pitching coach. Trainer Joe Toenjes will begin his first season with the Mudcats as well.


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NCWC honors Wright
GRAND UNVEILING. A sign commemorating Terry Wright's career at North Carolina Wesleyan College was displayed to the public for the first time last Saturday.
NCWC honors Wright

ROCKY MOUNT -- The men's basketball team of North Carolina Wesleyan College returned from exam week to post a dominating 110-59 victory over Mid-Atlantic Christian University last Saturday afternoon.
Prior to tip-off, Wesleyan honored former Bishop standout Terry Wright, whose retired jersey #41 was officially unveiled in Everett Gymnasium.


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Special hunt held in county
Special hunt held in county

LOUISBURG -- More than 40 women from across North Carolina attended the Fourth Annual Women in the Outdoors Deer Hunt on December 6 in Franklin County.
Participants came from as far away as Beaufort and Asheville.
The event kicked off that Friday evening with a dinner for all hunters and their guides.


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Louisburg wins over Pioneers

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College forward Jamarcus Hairston scored 25 points to lead the Louisburg College Hurricanes to a 86-70 victory over the Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers last Saturday afternoon at the Taylor Center.
The Hurricanes, leading 46-33 at the intermission, started the second half a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor to stretch their advantage to 66-43 a little over five minutes in.


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BOWERS TO THE BUCKET
BOWERS TO THE BUCKET

Louisburg High School's Michael Bowers (right) makes a strong move toward the hoop as Bunn's T.J. Jones defends during last Wednesday's boys basketball game.


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EYE-CLOSING EXPERIENCE
EYE-CLOSING EXPERIENCE

Franklinton High's Darion Green (left) goes up for a rebound as Louisburg's Kenan Epps defends during last Friday night's boys basketball showdown.


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HAVE A LOOK
HAVE A LOOK

Louisburg High School's Mackenzie Wood (lelft) tries to find an open teammate during last Friday's home decision over rival Franklinton HS.


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SURE SHOT
SURE SHOT

Freshman Darreus Caldwell (right) scores for Bunn.


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UNDENIABLE
UNDENIABLE

Bunn's Tainasha Vines (left) drives to the basket for the Ladycats during last Wednesday night's road victory over Louisburg at Taylor Center at Louisburg College.


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LIFESTYLES

Sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas reign supreme, 1
Sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas reign supreme, 1

A festive group riding the Novozymes float in Franklinton


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Sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas reign supreme, 2
Sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas reign supreme, 2

Church groups added a festive mood to the Chamber's parade


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Sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas reign supreme, 3
Sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas reign supreme, 3

Jack, Giovi and Josie Chretian enjoy some personal time with Santa Claus.


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Sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas reign supreme, 4
Sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas reign supreme, 4

Santa, shown here at Franklinton, has been especially busy


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COMMUNITY NEWS

'This is fantastic,' auditor says of Y-ville's finances

YOUNGSVILLE -- The town's finances got a clean bill of health.
Jim Winston with the Oxford accounting firm of Winston, Williams, Creech, Evans & Co., LLC, presented the board with its audit report for the 2013-14 fiscal year -- giving the town an unmodified opinion, meaning that the town's financial reporting was in accordance with all reporting frameworks.


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<i>'People side' of history in focus at annual event</i>
'People side' of history in focus at annual event

LOUISBURG -- Historian and long-time "friend" of the Person Place in Louisburg, Michael Hill, took members of the preservation society on a verbal walk through the home's history during the annual meeting of the Person Place Preservation Society last week.
Hill has been associated with the historic Person Place home on the campus of Louisburg College for more than 30 years and did his master's thesis on the home and the families associated with it.


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Veteran <i>Times</i> carrier says he'll miss customers most
Veteran Times carrier says he'll miss customers most

LOUISBURG -- We like to say news in this area is brought to you by The Franklin Times.
The truth, though, is that for the past 22 years, more likely than not, it was brought to you by Bobby Tharrington.
Tharrington, a county native, retired as one of this paper's longest tenured carriers.
"The thing I liked the most," Tharrington said, "was meeting all types of different people and dealing with them.
"I'm really going to miss seeing them and talking with them."


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Police seeking five who robbed store

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a handful of suspects accused of robbing a local clothing store at gunpoint.
According to investigators, store employees allege five black men entered the store at about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, brandished a weapon and demanded money.
The suspects were in and out in a few minutes, said Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter, and no one was hurt.


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Gas tank tumbles into hole; emergency situation resolved

BUNN -- Part of the downtown business community was evacuated and roads were blocked as emergency crews worked to corral a propane gas leak on Wednesday.
According to county emergency services staff, an environmental company had been working to remove contaminated soil from the Bunn Exxon on Main Street when the ground around the site gave way and a roughly 300-gallon tank fell inside the 15-foot hole.


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