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Showing 40 articles from January 21, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Joe Cutchins Jr. is named Chamber Citizen of Year</i>
AWARD PRESENTED. Joe Cutchins Jr. (right) was named the Citizen of the Year recently by the Chamber of Commerce. Presenting the award was Dr. Mark La Branche, president of Louisburg College and last year's Citizen of the Year.
Joe Cutchins Jr. is named Chamber Citizen of Year

YOUNGSVILLE -- A busy schedule almost kept Joe Cutchins Jr. from attending last week's annual banquet for the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
A surprise honor nearly made him silent, too.
"I'm speechless," he said, moments after being recognized as the organization's Citizen of the Year.


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A street by any other name?

FRANKLINTON -- During a ceremony to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., town officials said they will be taking steps to recognize King on a daily basis.
Mayor Elic Senter told those gathered at First Baptist Church that he and Commissioner Anita Fuller will propose an ordinance that would allow officials to create honorary street names in town.


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State settles Green 'death' claims; will pay $425,000

LOUISBURG -- The state settled a claim filed on behalf of a man mistakenly declared dead in a wreck nearly 10 years ago, agreeing to pay Larry Green $425,000.
The settlement was the result of a complaint that Green's family filed with the N.C. Industrial Commission in 2009, claiming that the medical examiner was responsible for mistakenly declaring Green dead after he was hit by a car as he crossed the highway at the U.S. 401/N.C. 39 split in Ingleside in January of 2005.


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<i>Remembering history's lessons</i>
Remembering history's lessons

FRANKLINTON -- James Kingsberry said too often, people remember the horrors perpetrated upon those in the Civil Rights movement and only think about the atrocities in Birmingham, Ala., Memphis, Tenn., and other cities in the deep South.
Those stains upon the history books, he reminded people, took place right here at home, Kingsberry said during this past Saturday's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

De'Kya "Dee Dee" Hartsfield at the Louisburg MLK celebration


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Progress
Editorial Cartoon: Progress

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A year and counting for a new county finance chief
A year and counting for a new county finance chief

One of the few fun things about mid-January in the newspaper business is that we often get a little time to look back over the previous year -- and compile a "year in review" piece that many of our readers seem to enjoy. By the way, that is scheduled to be in next week's edition.
Looking back through a year's worth of news is fascinating -- and you uncover some interesting tidbits.


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Repeating history is not in anyone's best interest

First it was Grumpy Old Men.
Then it was Grumpier Old Men.
Now it appears it is Grumpiest Old Coots -- And a Few Cootettes! That is, if Cootettes is a word.
We're referring, of course, to the obviously tense, obstinate and counterproductive attitude of the "loyal opposition" this week as President Barrack Obama gave his State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress.


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The state of our union may need new address
The state of our union may need new address

I'll go ahead and say it now, I did not watch President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
It was not any sort of political statement, just as I would have said that watching it also should not indicate favor.
I didn't watch it because, I'm assuming, it went like they all do.
The president of the United States strolled in, probably wearing a dark blue or black suit, a lighter colored shirt and a power tie -- I am convinced they hand these out to politicians at their how-to school.


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Editorial Cartoon: Boat
Editorial Cartoon: Boat

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New House wastes no time; Social Security attacked
New House wastes no time; Social Security attacked

The 114th House came into session on Tuesday, Jan. 6. It didn't take long for it to pass its first harmful resolution.
The first order of business was basically roll call, next came the election of the Speaker. Roll call votes 3 through 6 dealt with the passage of the rules.
Three, four and five were basically procedural with the sixth being the "real vote."


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Prison service club reaches out to others

Dear editor:
It is such a blessing to be able to give to others in need.
This holds true at Franklin Correctional Center in Bunn as well.
For the past five years, members of the Service Club, made up of 10 to 15 residents there, have blessed one to three families at Christmas.


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Editorial Cartoon: Phil's Shadow
Editorial Cartoon: Phil's Shadow

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OBITUARIES

RICKY W. SHEARIN

LOUISBURG -- Ricky Wayne Shearin, 62, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at his home. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at Saint's Delight Baptist Church


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SPORTS

SWEET SIXTEEN
SWEET SIXTEEN

BUNN - For many prep basketball programs, finishing the regular season with an undefeated record is a generational proposition -- if it happens at all.
But Bunn's girls basketball team is on pace for its second perfect campaign in the past five years. And BHS head coach Matt Keith isn't shying away from the opportunity.


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SWING GAME
BIG BUCKET. Louisburg's Michael Bowers floats for two points last Friday against Granville Central in a key Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference contest. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
SWING GAME

LOUISBURG -- A early loss in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference suddenly put the Louisburg Warriors in an awkward position in the league's boys basketball standings.
LHS lost to Southeast Halifax in that contest, and it was also figured that Weldon will be one of the conference's top squads this winter.


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BHS Back In The Hunt
T.J. TO THE RESCUE. T.J. Jones helped the Bunn Wildcats secure a key victory Tuesday night against conference foe Franklinton High School.
BHS Back In The Hunt

FRANKLINTON -- Rare is the occasion when Bunn enters the latter portion of the boys basketball season needing some clutch victories just to qualify for the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
But Bunn is in urgent mode heading down the stretch this winter as the Wildcats found themselves in fourth place in the Northern Carolina Conference heading into Tuesday's road matchup against long-time league rival Franklinton.


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Bounceback Mode
Bounceback Mode

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College lived on the edge last week during a pair of intensity-laden Region X men's basketball showdowns.
Last Wednesday, the Hurricanes were upset at home against Richard Bland in front of an overflow crowd -- marking the first defeat of the campaign for top-ranked Louisburg.


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Louisburg claims key region victory
FAN OF CAM. Louisburg College's Cam Palmer (left) drives toward the basket during last Saturday afternoon's Region X decision over rival Guilford Tech.
Louisburg claims key region victory

LOUISBURG -- With balance a keyword in the league standings this season, the eventual Region X women's basketball champion will probably be the team that is best able to rebound from a defeat.
Louisburg College displayed that penchant last Saturday during a home meeting against Guilford Tech -- the highest-rated region club in the national polls.


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Renovations await fans at Frazier Field

LOUISBURG -- Visitors to Frazier Field will discover a myriad of improvements when Louisburg College opens its baseball season on Feb. 4 with a doubleheader against Rockingham Community College.
Thanks to the assistance of LC alumni and friends of the program, Frazier Field will feature a new outfield fence with blue padding on the poles, a batter's eye and new backstop padding.


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LHS' Moving Day
IN A CROWD. Louisburg High School's Summer Phillips (with ball) scores under duress during the Lady Warriors' home basketball triumph last Friday night against Granville Central.
LHS' Moving Day

LOUISBURG -- In the ultra-competitive Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference standings, all it takes is a few victories in a row for a team to dive back into the race for a spot in the Class 1-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
That's what has happened recently for the Louisburg Lady Warriors, who used a two-game winning streak over the past week to even their league mark at 2-2.


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BYRL to conduct registration

BUNN -- The Bunn Youth Recreation League is currently holding registration for its 2015 baseball, softball and T-Ball seasons.
Ages 4-12 are welcome to participate. Cost is $65 per youngster.


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Mat card coming to Louisburg

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's own 'Redman' -- aka Lamont Richardson -- is hoping for a title shot when he appears on a NWA/Rage wrestling card on Feb. 21 at the Louisburg National Guard Armory.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the bell time scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Admission will be $12 per person.


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Hot Stove event slated in Wilson
Hot Stove event slated in Wilson

WILSON -- The annual Wilson Hot Stove League Banquet is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Recreation Park Community Center in Wilson.
This will be the 40th year for the banquet. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at Dick's Hot Dog Stand and Earl Boykin Sports in Wilson.


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CALVIN IN THE CLUTCH
CALVIN IN THE CLUTCH

Louisburg High School's Calvin Manley (with ball) came through with some key plays down the stretch to help the Warriors defeat league foe Granville Central.


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DORSEY DELIVERS
DORSEY DELIVERS

Louisburg College's Sycoya Dorsey (with ball) looks for an open teammate during last Saturday's Region X contest at the Taylor Center.


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GUPTON GOES INTO THE LANE
GUPTON GOES INTO THE LANE

Franklinton's Cole Gupton drives during Tuesday's game against Bunn.


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LIFESTYLES

Navy Sea Chanters offer free concert

The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the official chorus of the United States Navy, is returning to the area for a free concert on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center in Henderson.
One of the nation's preeminent professional choral ensembles, the Sea Chanters chorus has played a vital role in the history of our country.


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<i>Five generations!</i>
Five generations!

BABY MAKES THE FIFTH. The birth of Bailey Rae Lester makes for a fifth-generation photo opportunity. Lester was born on Dec. 18, 2014, weighing 6 pounds 9 ounces and was 19 ΒΌ inches long. Front row, from left, are great-great grandfather Dan Pearce, great-great grandmother Colleen Pearce holding Miss Bailey Rae Lester; back row, left to right, grandmother Sherry L. Mercer, father J. Bryant Lester and great grandmother, Pat P. Cash.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

County waives fees for F-ton mill project

LOUISBURG -- A development project that could transform downtown Franklinton got three thumbs up.
On Tuesday, Franklin County officials agreed to waive $58,000 in capacity fees to spur the project. On the same night, Franklinton officials adopted resolutions in support of the project and have said they would work to secure grant funding to bolster the project.


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L-burg cautioned about utility budgets

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council got a gentle warning about the operation of its utility systems during a brief Monday night meeting -- and then set up a budget workshop where some of those growing problems will be discussed.
Presenting the town's annual audit report, CPA Dale Place cautioned the town that it needs "to take a very serious look" at the operations of the water, sewer and electric departments.


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A BEE PLATE
A BEE PLATE

The Franklin County Beekeepers Association (FCBA) has designed a North Carolina specialty license plate in an effort to bring more awareness to the plight of the state insect, the honey bee. The proposed plate is based on the "First in Flight" plate and a honey bee logo appears on the left hand side of the plate. More information can be found at www.franklincountybees.org. DMV requires 300 pre-paid applications before it will consider the initial plate application.


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Area man dies in NC 561 crash

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A Spring Hope man was killed Tuesday morning after the car he was driving crossed the center line and was crushed by a tractor trailer.
Hugo Enriquez, 54, was killed at the scene of the wreck on N.C. 561 less than a mile from the Nash County Line.
According to Trooper C.I. Hundley, Enriquez was traveling east on the two-lane highway when he crossed the center line.


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LOUISBURG RECOGNIZED
LOUISBURG RECOGNIZED

Town Councilwoman Emma Ruth Stewart accepted the Chamber's Business of the Year (Over 50 Employees) from Blaine Holmes during the annual banquet last week.


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PUTTING IN WORK
PUTTING IN WORK

Chamber Chair Fred Keller presented Anna Monaco with the organization's Ambassador of the Year award during its annual banquet.


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RECOGNITION
RECOGNITION

Outgoing Chamber Chair Charles Early presented Melissa Wolfe with the group's Director of the Year award.


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MORE THAN 100 PERCENT
MORE THAN 100 PERCENT

Outgoing Chamber Chair Charles Early presented Sherry Mercer with the group's Helping Hands award.


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<i>Quilt trail features 38 blocks ... and it's growing</i>
Quilt trail features 38 blocks ... and it's growing

The Quilt Trails of the Tar River team has sold its 38th quilt block. The newest block will be for Martin County Arts Council and Martin County Tourism Development Authority. The design and name will be determined later.
In addition, Martin County Arts Council's board of directors has asked to meet with the FCAC board about working out a partnership with the Quilt Trails of the Tar River sometime in January.


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CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

Bunn Mayor Marsha Strawbridge (right) is shown presenting a certificate of appreciation to newly elected Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead at the Winstead family and friends Christmas party. The certificate is in recognition of Winstead's many years of faithful law enforcement service in Franklin County.


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<i>King's legacy is a call to service, speaker says</i>
MARCHING FOR A CAUSE. A crowed gathered at the Frankln County Courthouse to perform a ceremonial march to St. Paul Presbyterian Church to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
King's legacy is a call to service, speaker says

LOUISBURG -- Martin Luther King Jr. took early to his call to serve, graduating college at 18 and entering the ministry because of an "inner urge to serve humanity."
By his mid 20s, he had led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president.


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