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Showing 26 articles from December 9, 2006.

FRONT PAGE

Loaded handgun retrieved at Bunn High School
A loaded handgun with 10 rounds was taken from a student at Bunn High School on Wednesday morning. The 14-year-old did not threaten to use the gun, but he did show it to two other students, who reported it to Principal George Kelley.

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The makings of a makeover
Louisburg resident Mike Krieg, stands in front of the home that was built by the crew of reality television hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The makings of a makeover
For the past week, Louisburg resident Mike Krieg and a cast of thousands worked around the clock to help the crew of a reality television show build a Raleigh couple the home of their dreams.
Needless to say, no one associated with the project has gotten much sleep.

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Body found in trunk
Franklin County investigators are waiting for medical evidence to identify a body found in the trunk of a car Thursday. The identity could be that of a woman reported missing a month ago. According to investigators, a couple of men looking for scrap metal in a wooded area off of U.S. 1 near Pocomoke Road discovered a 1998 Toyota Camry Thursday afternoon.

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Green fires 10; H.M. Edwards is re-hired
Pat Green said he went into the Sheriff’s Office with plans. That also included firing 10 people within the command staff, investigations and all levels of the office. It happened on his first day. “It’s not an easy thing to do,” Green said. “But the people elected me to do what I believe is right as sheriff.

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Louisburg ties helped mold Dorrance
Three years is a long time between national championships for one coach who claims Louisburg as his hometown. Coach Anson Dorrance ended this three-year drought when he led the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team to their 18th NCAA championship in only 25 years of NCAA-sponsored competition Sunday. The Tar Heels defeated Notre Dame 2-1 at SAS Soccer Park in Cary.

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Chamber dues going up; Barrington outlines goals
Directors with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce voted this week to raise membership dues by 5 percent. It’s been at least three years, board members said, since membership dues were increased. On Thursday, directors talked about an increase of as much as 8 percent.

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OBITUARIES

MINNIE C. FOSTER
DURHAM - Minnie Castine Foster, 78, of Durham went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at her home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. from Liberty Christian Church, with the Rev. Freddie Partin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PATTIE H. VINES
FRANKLINTON - Pattie H. Vines, 69, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Hawkins Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Creedmoor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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REGINALD MILLS
FRANKLINTON- Reginald Mills, 62, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 at Meadowlands Hospice in Hillsborough. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 9) at the Gilliam family cemetery.

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SPORTS

RED RAMS STOPPED ON MAT BY WAKE-FOREST ROLESVILLE
AN OFFICIAL’S WATCHFUL EYE. The referee keeps an eye on a match between Wake Forest-Rolesville’s John Wood, top, and Franklinton’s Corey Hoffman during Wednesday night’s prep mat action. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
RED RAMS STOPPED ON MAT BY WAKE-FOREST ROLESVILLE
FRANKLINTON — When analyzing Jose Loera as a wrestler, Franklinton High head coach Jon Pearsall can find only one flaw.
Loera’s grade.
He’s a senior.
In literal terms, Loera is only a sophomore on the mat, considering he just took up the sport last year, when the Red Rams started their mat program.

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Nash Central pulls away to defeat Warriors
TOUGH MATCHUP ON THE MAT. (L to R) Louisburg High School’s Keith Lancaster engages Nash Central’s Ryan Kitchen during a 160-pound matchup Thursday night at the Edward Best Gymnasium. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Nash Central pulls away to defeat Warriors
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg had the momentum, but Nash Central had timing on its side during a non-conference prep wrestling matchup Thursday at the historic Edward Best Gymnasium. Host LHS had trimmed its deficit to just four points midway through the team event, but the performers on the Bulldogs’ bench weren’t sweating things.

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Tough LC rolls past Caldwell
LOUISBURG -- When head coach Mike Holloman saw the Caldwell CC players trot onto the floor for pre-game warmups, he knew what his team’s strategy would be.
Pound the ball inside.

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LC player is saluted by NJCAA
LC player is saluted by NJCAA
Louisburg College’s strong men’s basketball start is now being noticed on a national level.
Earlier this week, it was announced that LC sophomore forward Mike Mitchell has been selected as one of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Men’s Division I Basketball Player of the Week for games ending on Dec. 3.

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LIFESTYLES

FARM-CITY WEEK 2006
Successful farm/city partnerships depend on working together
Well, it’s another year and another Farm-City Week celebration. As we continue to grow, expand and prosper in population, education, income, and value, we ask the question: What do rural and urban, city and county, farm and business, adult and youth, men and women all have in common? The answer, very simply, is Franklin County!

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Helping change lives
For more than five decades, National Farm-City Week has provided a link between our nation’s rural and urban people. Founded by Kiwanis International, the week was established to help achieve unity among all American workers – on and off the farm.

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Friends of Youth offers children new experience
4-H Friends of Youth is a relatively new program in this county, and it will soon be approaching it’s one year anniversary since being reinstated here in Franklin County.

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Farmers can plan for the future
Franklin County agricultural land has seen a tremendous increase in value in recent years and continues to grow in value. Too many farms have to be sold to development and others just to pay inheritance taxes.

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4th farm tour will be May 19-20
The 4th annual Franklin County Farm Foods and Crafts Tour will be held again this year on May 19-20 from 1 to 5 p.m. The driving tour will showcase to the public the importance of Franklin County’s diverse agricultural community in combination with our rural artisans.

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Style, training, poise at N.C. Fair
Franklin County youth and livestock producers were well represented at the 2006 N.C. State Fair. Twenty-eight area youth exhibited nine head of beef heifers and a market steer in addition to 25 head of meat goats and sheep in Raleigh, bringing home many ribbons and more that $2,500 in prize money.

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Opening up new worlds through 4-H
Why 4-H? Because you get to “Learn by Doing” and meet new friends who share your interests. You can participate in projects where you make something, develop a skill, raise and/or train an animal, join a virtual club with kids from anywhere in the world. There are numerous projects available to you, including foods, clothing, public speaking, models, aerospace, wood science and livestock.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Rezoning plan in Franklinton includes mixed-use development
FRANKLINTON — The Town Commission has approved the last piece of a rezoning effort after months of reworking the plan to minimize potential tax increase effects. Earlier this year, the town began conducting meetings and public hearings to develop a town-wide rezoning, the crux of the plan being mixed-use development along the town’s major corridors, N.C. Highway 56 and U.S. Highway 1.

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It’s one of the best poinsettia crops at FHS ever
What started as 4-inch cuttings, turned into one of the best poinsettia crops ever produced by a class of Franklinton High School horticulture students. That’s good news for people who wish to decorate with the vibrant plants this holiday season.

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Acts of crime and violence in schools increase statewide
During last school year, North Carolina public schools reported 10,959 acts of crime and violence among the state’s almost 1.4 million students, according to the 2005-06 Report on School Crime and Violence presented to State Board of Education members Thursday.

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SUPERINTENDENTS
SUPERINTENDENTS
State public schools’ Superintendent June Atkinson, above with Franklin County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme, was in Louisburg on Thursday night, leading a town-hall style meeting to get information from the public about the educational needs of students for the N.C. Board of Education to develop strategies for the 21st century. The meeting was one in a series statewide. State BOE member Edgar Murphy also attended. Concerns raised included teacher pay, challenging students, technology and related support, funding, keeping competitive in a global economy, community and parental support and fostering passion in educating. See the Dec. 13 edition of The Franklin Times for complete coverage of the meeting.

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LC ‘Neighbors’ Campaign starts
Louisburg College has kicked off its “Business Neighbors Campaign.”
This year, the campaign is chaired by Bill Galloway, area vice president of First Citizens Bank in Louisburg.
“The community benefits from the economic engine that is Louisburg College,” Galloway said.

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ANGEL TREE
The Franklin County Department of Social Services Angel Tree is now up for foster children. Just pick an angel and bring back to Wal-mart with a gift.

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