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Showing 44 articles from May 25, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

<i>A 'ticking time bomb' explodes in violence</i>
A 'ticking time bomb' explodes in violence

LOUISBURG -- When the mother of Devon Whaley's one-year-old daughter sought a domestic violence protective order against him in September, she described him as a psychopathic, ticking time bomb.
According to authorities, Whaley exploded in anger the evening of May 20 when he kicked in the door to Desiree Hopkins' Hampton Lane home and shot her twice, once in the stomach and once in the leg.


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'Balance' touted as benefit by regional partnership
'Balance' touted as benefit by regional partnership

DURHAM -- Wake, Durham and Orange counties serve as the hub for the Research Triangle Region, but their successes reverberate along the spokes that connect the 10 other counties to the region.
Last week, community and business leaders gathered at the Sheraton Imperial for the 2016 State of the Research Triangle Region address, expressing how that hub and spokes have formed an economic development wheel that has rolled along, relying upon adaptability, innovation and collaboration to push it along.


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LUNCH ... AND LEARN TO SAVE A LIFE!
LUNCH ... AND LEARN TO SAVE A LIFE!

Capt. Missy Johnson (right) shows two of her recent "lunch and learn" students, Tia Ragland (left) of Vance Granville Community College and Jessica Cochran, an agent with Franklin County Farm Bureau, the finer points of performing CPR. Johnson, who is chief compliance officer with Franklin County Emergency Services, teaches CPR classes as part of her duties and is available, by appointment, to visit local businesses and industries to offer this potentially life-saving training.


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Judge to order improvements

LOUISBURG -- Attorneys for residents claiming an assisted living facility maintained deplorable care say a judge will order operators to bolster staff levels.
Attorneys filed a class action lawsuit in Franklin County Civil Superior Court in April, alleging that staffing levels at Franklin Manor Assisted Living Center in Youngsville violate general statutes regarding such facilities.
The suit alleges that Cleveland, Ohio-based Saber Healthcare Group -- operator of the Youngsville site and two others named in the lawsuit -- understaffed the Youngsville facility to the point that some residents went without care, and many sustained falls that required hospital stays.


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Tips on 'hidden history' sought

Anyone who has knowledge of historic buildings in Franklin County is invited to attend a meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, in Benson Chapel on the campus of Louisburg College.
Dr. Jeroen van den Hurk, who in 2015 undertook the first phase of a reconnaissance survey of the county's historic buildings, will show images of the structures he identified during the survey, including houses, outbuildings, churches, schools and stores.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Strawberry contest winners Charlie Bass, Helen Wilson, Teenie Wilder and Ayden Wyatt


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: The Dems
Editorial Cartoon: The Dems

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Why not keep more of our tax dollars working here?
Why not keep more of our tax dollars working here?

Honest, I checked. Double-checked even.
Next Monday is Memorial Day, 2016, despite the fact that it doesn't seem possible the end of May is so near.
But Memorial Day is next Monday, the 30th, so please take a moment to reflect on what the day means and the sacrifices that have been made so that we can spend a little time with family and hunched over a grill getting those burgers and dogs just right!


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It's much too quiet; big decisions loom

We may have been wrong!
As painful as it is to admit in public, we may have been wrong earlier this year, although not publicly so.
Just as the National Weather Service offers hurricane season forecasts about the number and severity of storms, we keep a close eye on building "storms" that roll through here every year about this time.


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Millennials learned a lesson: A parent's roof ain't all bad
Millennials learned a lesson: A parent's roof ain't all bad

What kid hasn't muttered this under their breath: "Man, I can't wait til I'm grown and get out on my own so no one can tell me what to do!"
That muttered phrase -- you muttered it because, if you said it out loud in my house growing up, it might be the last thing you remember saying for a week -- was often met with a kid's idea of freedom.
Sleeping as late as you want. Eating what you want. And playing video games all day.


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Editorial Cartoon: Trump On Rules
Editorial Cartoon: Trump On Rules

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<i>New Senate education chair is no friend of public schools</i>
New Senate education chair is no friend of public schools

Recently, it seems like every day I come across another news item expressing legitimate concern about the state of public education in North Carolina.
Recently, Franklin County's lone State Sen. Chad Barefoot was named chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
Normally that would be cause for celebration in anticipation of good things for the Franklin County School System.
That is until you examine Barefoot's record.


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HB2 won't be enforced

Dear editor:
I have continued to read with interest Larry Marciniak's rants about HB2 and the current Republican administration in Raleigh. What is left out is good old-fashioned "common sense."
Let's examine HB2. The news media has had a field day with this one.


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Editorial Cartoon: Third Party Race
Editorial Cartoon: Third Party Race

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OBITUARIES

DEATRA S. LEWIS

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Deatra Simmons Lewis, 51, who died Monday, May 23, 2016, will be held Saturday, May 28, at 12 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg.


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PHILLIP ALSTON

RALEIGH - Funeral services for Phillip Alston, 55, of Raleigh, formerly of Louisburg, who died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, were incomplete at press time. Arrangements will be announced by Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg at a later date.


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RUBY R. "JEAN" TERRY

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Ruby Regina "Jean" Terry, 68, who died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, will be held Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Allen Chapel Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Ladycats Close Out Campaign
CLOSE CALL. A South Granville baserunner scores at home plate as Bunn's Charlotte Murphy (right) makes the tag during last Thursday's contest in the third round of the Class 2-A State Softball Playoffs at Northern Durham High School.
Ladycats Close Out Campaign

DURHAM -- Bunn High School's 2016 softball season featured its usual collection of success -- along with an unexpected passing of the torch for coming campaigns.
Before Bunn began its schedule, veteran coach Melanie Lovin knew she had plenty of top-level talent, led by senior standouts Erica Davis, Charlotte Murphy and Stephanie Williams.
But what worried Lovin was the depth of her group, especially when starting third baseman Alli Davis was lost for the season with an injury.


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THE FANTASTIC FOUR

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton's level of student-athlete is on an uptick in recent seasons, so choosing the school's Athletes of the Year for 2015-16 proved to be no easy task.
But that was the dilemma voters were faced with as several Red Rams and Lady Rams were qualified to take home the top plaques from last Thursday's Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held in front of a lofty audience at the FHS Gymnasium.


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REGION HEROES
REGION HEROES

LOUISBURG -- The overall season didn't go as expected, but that didn't stop members of the Louisburg College baseball squad from earning honors on the All-Region X Team.
Louisburg's Jordan Sergent was a First-Team All-Region selection, while teammate Bryce Myers was tabbed for the Second Team.
Also, Louisburg had two picks on the All-Region Defensive Team -- Hank Niblock at first base and Toby Buchanan behind the plate.


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Williams medals at the states
MEDAL COLLECTOR. Louisburg High School's Breasia Williams displays her medal from the girls shot put event at the Class 1-A State Track and Field Championships.
Williams medals at the states

GREENSBORO -- Breasia Williams couldn't have asked for a better way to cap off her accolades-filled track and field career at Louisburg High School.
Williams, a senior thrower for LHS, stepped to the awards podium one final time last Friday to accept a third-place medal in the girls shot put event at the annual Class 1-A State Track and Field Championships.
The meet was held last Friday at Irwin Belk Track at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.


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LHS drops tough game
END OF A GREAT CAREER AT LHS. Four-year standout Katlyn Tharrington played the final game of her softball career last Thursday at Louisburg High School.
LHS drops tough game

LOUISBURG -- Even with a loss to close things out, it was impossible to refer to the 2016 Louisburg High School softball campaign as anything but a success.
The Lady Warriors, coached by J Stamey, reached the third round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs for the first time in several years -- and also won the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference fast-pitch championship in outright fashion.
Louisburg's run came to an end last Thursday as the Lady Warriors were edged at home by a 9-8 margin against Northside Pinetown in a thriller at the LHS Softball Field.


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The State Show
LEADING THE WAY. Franklinton's Tykima Alston competes in the Girls 3200 Relay as part of last Saturday's action at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships in Greensboro.
The State Show

GREENSBORO -- For head coach Clennie Wilkins, the greatest indicator of the improvement of his Franklinton High School track and field program comes by how well the Red Rams and Lady Rams fare at the annual Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships.
After a successful season on the conference and regional levels, Franklinton lined up against the state's elite at this year's championships, which were staged last Friday at Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.


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Canes set to host campers
Canes set to host campers

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College with host a Youth Basketball Camp from June 13-16 at Taylor Center on the LC campus.
The event will be overseen by LC men's hoops coach Neil Dixon, along with staff and players.
Cost of the event will be $75 per person.
The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 3-8.


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Holman A Cobra
Holman A Cobra

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's connection to Coker College continues -- and shows no signs of letting up.
Two years ago, Franklinton's Charity Snelling started the trend by signing with the Cobras after a star-studded prep track and field career.
FHS' Malik Tarbell followed in track last season, along with soccer standout Jacob Woodburn.
Kaylaa Holman added her name to the list recently as she inked a letter-of-intent to join the Coker track and field program.


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Mudcats split road doubleheader
Mudcats split road doubleheader

WILMINGTON, DEL. -- Max Povse struck out six and allowed just one unearned run over five innings pitched while leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 5-1 victory in game one of Sunday's doubleheader in Wilmington.
Game two, however, went to the Blue Rocks as they scored six runs on nine hits against starter Ryan Clark while defeating the Mudcats 6-4 in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.


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ERICA ON THE MOVE
ERICA ON THE MOVE

Bunn's Erica Davis retrieves a ground ball during last Thursday's playoff game against South Granville at Northern Durham High School.


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FRESHMAN PHENOM
FRESHMAN PHENOM

Bunn's Emily Bell was a key player as a ninth-grader for the Ladycats' softball squad. Bell batted in the No. 2 position in the lineup and started at second base for Melanie Lovin's squad.


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FUTURE VANGUARD
FUTURE VANGUARD

Louisburg High School's Calvin Manley signs a letter-of-intent to join the men's basketball program at Vance-Granville Community College. A story on Manley's signing appeared two weeks ago in The Franklin Times. Also pictured are (back, l to r) Shawnee (mother), LHS boys basketball coach Michael Sheldon and LHS Athletic Director Erica Wammock; (front, right) Ron (father).


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REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Senior standout Kaylaa Holman competed in several events this season for the Franklinton High School girls track and field squad -- including the high jump.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Wedding bells are ringing!</i>
Wedding bells are ringing!

Amanda Lynne Dillon and Wesley Ryan Tharrington, both of Louisburg, announce their approaching marriage. Amanda is the daughter of the late Annette Tharrington Smith. Her father and stepmother are T.J. and Mary Ann Dillon of Fuquay. Wesley is the son of Dean and Debra Tharrington of Louisburg.
The wedding will take place at Mountain Grove Baptist Church, Louisburg, on June 18 at 2 p.m.


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<i>Wedding bells are ringing! 2</i>
Wedding bells are ringing! 2

Jeanette Pender of Youngsville, the daughter of the late Frank and Lucy Pender, and Connie L. Powell of Holly Springs, the son of the late Mero and Mary Powell, announce their upcoming wedding. The couple will be married on Saturday, July 30, at 1 p.m. at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, 1055 Gordon Moore Road, Franklinton.


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<i>Wedding bells are ringing! 3</i>
Wedding bells are ringing! 3

Monica Alston of Youngsville and Herbert Carthens Jr. of Henderson announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Candice Alston, to Tyrone Battle Jr., son of Tyrone and Rachel Battle of Nashville. The wedding will be held Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ Disciples, Inc., 330 NC Hwy. 58, Castalia.


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<i>Local woman celebrates 95th birthday</i>
Local woman celebrates 95th birthday

Mrs. Annie Brodie Harris celebrated her 95th birthday on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Rocky Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 988 Sykes Road, Louisburg. The celebration was given by her nine children. Her actual birthday is May 10. She was reared in the Margaret Community. Her parents were the late Vera Brodie Anderson and the late Arthur Brodie, and she was the stepdaughter of the late Jacob Anderson. She is the oldest child of six.
Upon her entrance into the fellowship hall, her daughter, Doris Thomas, pinned her corsage of white and purple.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Wake Electric provides 19 scholarships to area students

Wake Electric recently awarded 19 college scholarships equaling a total of $24,500 for the 2016 year.
The Fred M. Alford Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) was awarded to Hannah Jordan, Wake Forest High School.
The Touchstone Energy Scholarship winners are:


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VGCC names 280 students to president's, dean's lists

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 124 students earned President's List and 156 students earned Dean's List academic honors for the fall 2015 semester that ended in December.
The President's List recognizes students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) while carrying a "full load" (of at least 12 credit hours) in 100-level or higher curriculum courses.


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Top students saluted at Louisburg College

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College announced its Dean's List and Honor's List for the spring.
To be named to the Dean's List, a student must have completed at least 12 or more hours of college credit in a given semester and have a semester grade point average between 3.50 and 4.00.
The following, local students, made the list:


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COMMUNITY NEWS

LUCKY WINNER
LUCKY WINNER

Mrs. Sue Anthony was the lucky winner of the $1,000 grand prize during the 14th annual reverse raffle fundraiser held recently by Safe Space, Inc. Shown here are (from the left) Rev. Dick Graves, master of ceremony; Jim Grove, board chair; Anthony and Monica Kearney, executive director. Mrs. Anthony and her husband immediately donated their winning back to Safe Space to support domestic violence and sexual assault services! The event raised nearly $16,000 to help Safe Space which serves local victims of domestic violence and their children by providing shelter, advocacy counseling, sexual assault advocacy and community education.


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<i>State group salutes two local volunteers</i>
DYNAMO. Kathy Harrelson, right, was presented with the volunteer honor by Cooperative Extension Agent Martha Mobley.
State group salutes two local volunteers

LOUISBURG -- Two residents who have been known to feed the body and spirit of residents in Franklin County were recognized for their giving nature by local agents of the State Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
The group's county coordinator, Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell, presented Phyllis Perry and Kathy Harrelson with the certificates last week.
"It's an award presented to the state's most dedicated volunteers," Mitchell said. "They fit the bill."


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LADIES IN RED
LADIES IN RED

Franklin County Clerk of Court Patricia Burnette Chastain, front, center, and her staff will take part in Red Nose Day celebrations today [Thursday]. Red Nose Day is a nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit children's charities around the world. Red noses can be purchased at any Walgreens location for a dollar. Money raised will be distributed to 11 pre-selected, poverty-fighting charities. Over the past 25 years, Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion, globally. Staff at the clerks office will be wearing their noses to recognize the effort and raise awareness.


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Highway Patrol to step up holiday enforcement

RALEIGH -- The State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.
The holiday officially kicks off the summer vacation season in North Carolina.
Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 263 fatal collisions and over 9,047 injury collisions during the summer months.
"As Memorial Day approaches, traffic will increase throughout North Carolina. We want to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend," said Colonel Bill Grey, Highway Patrol commander.


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Three teens arrested in Bunn burglaries

BUNN -- Police arrested three teens and are looking for another that they allege broke into two town businesses.
Some time between the evening hours of May 19 and the early morning hours of May 20, authorities allege three 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old broke into the Mi Fiesta Cafe and Sisters Cafe, both in the 600 block of Main Street.
Bunn police officers arrested Roberto Cantera of Main Street and Averie K. Evans, of Seven Paths Road, both 16, and a 15-year-old.


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Embezzlement suspect ordered to repay funds; faces probation

LOUISBURG -- A former Franklin County school system employee pled guilty to embezzling funds from a statewide school association.
If he complies with probation, Joe Baisley won't do any jail time.
Franklinton authorities arrested Joe Baisley in December 2014 after member of the Franklin County Arts Council allege Baisley embezzled more than $6,700 from the organization.


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Pitcher's mound stolen in Franklinton

FRANKLINTON -- In the weeks since Franklinton brought back its recreation program, they had one setback -- someone stole a pitchers mound from the field.
That setback was short lived, though, as a resident stepped forward to replace the equipment.
"I must say God is good and when you are trying to do the right thing, he provides," said Police Chief John Green, who brought attention to the theft last week.
Green, Sgt. Drew Bishop and Commissioner Brad Kearney have been key in reviving the town's parks and recreation program.


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