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Showing 22 articles from June 23, 2006.

FRONT PAGE

Fret over fee
County personnel look forward to more effective solid waste operations, but county residents and municipal leaders bemoan the cost. As part of the county’s approved budget, county residents will pay a $45 waste fee that will help the county’s solid waste operations lose reliance on the property tax for funding.

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School facilities needs up statewide
Franklin County schools do not stand alone in the need for more space. According to a Department of Public Instruction preliminary report on statewide facilities needs for the next five years, demand for more classrooms is being fueled by growth and upkeep, with a total estimated cost just under $10 billion.

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<FONT SIZE=4>Life taken in car crash</FONT>
Life taken in car crash
WRECK. Law enforcement and emergency personnel confirmed one fatality in a two-car accident on N.C. Highway 39 just before Ingleside on Friday afternoon. Louisburg, Epsom and county paramedics and fire units were called about 3:15 p.m. A pickup truck was turned onto its side in the southbound lane and a grey car had spun into a ditch embankment on the southbound side.

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Downtown break-ins reported in Louisburg
Louisburg police are investigating a handful of break-ins they believe might be tied to idle hands. Three businesses and one resident reported break-ins Tuesday that were believed to have occurred overnight.

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<FONT SIZE=3>Flea Circus got young readers jumping
Twins MacKenzie and Matthew Gupton from White Level provide a drum roll for a flea feat.
Flea Circus got young readers jumping
There was a lot of squirming, jumping and hopping around inside the Louisburg Training Center on Wednesday morning. And it wasn’t Jim Alberti’s imaginary fleas. It was wide-eyed kids and parents caught up in the mystery of the Alberti Flea Circus, a traveling show that dates back to the 1880s.

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Elections Supervisor Billy Craft to retire
After nearly 15 years counting votes, Board of Elections Director Billy Craft will be counting something else come Sept. 1 — television channels. Between the first primary and runoff election this year, Craft decided that it was time for retirement.

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Two write-in candidates up for Clerk of Court
If two Franklin County residents are successful, Clerk of Court Alice Hunter will have some competition for her job in November. County resident and Youngsville shop owner Dan Vinson, 60, is seeking the necessary number of petitions to be listed as an unaffiliated candidate on the Nov. 7 ballot.

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OBITUARIES

ADA “TOOTSIE” MITCHELL
ZEBULON - Ada “Tootsie” Mitchell, 64, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, June 24) at William Toney’s Funeral Home chapel, Zebulon. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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ANNIE MAE GODWIN
NASHVILLE - Annie Mae Godwin, 63, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 24) at Castalia Church of God of Prophecy, with the Rev. Brian Autry officiating.

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ARVEL “DAN” CLEVENGER
FRANKLINTON - Arvel “Dan” Clevenger, 67, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 23, at Hudson Funeral Home, Creedmoor.

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CATHY C. BROCKMAN
ARCHER’S LODGE - Cathy Creech Brockman, 56, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 23, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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E. RAY EDWARDS
LOUISBURG - Eddie Ray Edwards, 51, died Thursday, June 23, 2006. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, June 24) at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Reggie Rushing officiating.

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JAMES N. EDWARDS
LOUISBURG - James N. Edwards, 79, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at his home. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, June 24) at South Henderson Church of God in Henderson.

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LEONARD PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Leonard Perry, 84, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, June 24) at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

<FONT SIZE=6>Those King Bees</FONT><br><I><FONT SIZE=4>Bolton’s club wins Louisburg Minor League title</FONT></I>
Those King Bees
Bolton’s club wins Louisburg Minor League title
LOUISBURG — Louisburg’s Minor League Baseball Tournament was abuzz with talk about the talented Murray’s New and Used Tire Bees of head coach Al Bolton. Those Bees didn’t disappoint as the club put up a strong effort that concluded with a 10-2 decision over the Fred Hight Diamond Jaxx in Wednesday’s Minors championship game of the Louisburg Rec League.

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<FONT SIZE=4>Braves a winner in BYRL final</font>
Braves a winner in BYRL final
BUNN — A four-day wait proved to be more than worth it for the Eye Care Associates Braves at the Bunn Youth Recreation League’s Major League Baseball Tournament Championship.
During the final game, with the title at stake, the Braves, coming out of the loser’s bracket, were leading the Honeywell Marlins by a 4-2 score in the bottom of the fifth inning.
That’s when torrential rains — which didn’t conclude until seven inches were on the ground — hit the Bunn area.

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<I><FONT SIZE=4>Lewis Joins LC’s Program</font></i>
Lewis Joins LC’s Program
LOUISBURG — Greensboro. Richmond. Durham. It doesn’t matter to new Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Aaron Denton. Wherever the players are, he shall travel. Denton hit all of the aforementioned cities this week as he continues to vigorously recruit for the 2006-07 campaign — and beyond.

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‘Patches’ on roster for UNC
‘Patches’ on roster for UNC
Joe ‘Patches’ Pietropaoli’s rags-to-riches story continues this weekend on the grandest college baseball stage of all.
Pietropaoli, a Maryland native, came to Louisburg College three years ago and was immediately assigned a spot on the Hurricanes’ junior varsity squad.

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Registration upcoming for Louisburg Lions grid clubs
LOUISBURG — The Louisburg Lions Club will be conducting Youth Football and Cheerleading signups for its upcoming Mini-Mite, Mighty-Mite and Pee Wee seasons.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Airport, security company reach compromise on safety
The county’s Airport Authority and security providers reached a compromise as more effort will go into safety. During the committee’s May meeting, authority members were concerned that cameras could not consistently record airplane tail numbers at night.

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Municipal budgets hold tax rates
Franklinton approved its $2.75 million budget on Tuesday, making it the last municipality to adopt a spending plan before the fiscal year begins in July. The budget, which does not include an increase to the 68 cents per $100 valuation tax rate, is what former interim Town Administrator Ed Wyatt called a “maintenance” budget.

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County library hours change
Are you ready to read? New library hours will begin on July 3. The goal of the Franklin County Library is to serve the public interest and provide the services that address the public’s recreation and information needs with what is needed by whom where and when, Director Holt Kornegay said. For more information call 496-2111.

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