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Showing 17 articles from December 15, 2006.

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Marc Philippeaux case: Perry out of death penalty threat
Marc Philippeaux case: Perry out of death penalty threat
A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a Louisburg man won’t face the death penalty. Attorneys for Antione Perry, 21, argued in court that their client, the alleged trigger man who killed Bunn teenager Marc Philippeaux, has scored below the mental capacity standard to face the death penalty.

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Body found in trunk identified; no arrest made
Authorities made one break in a homicide case when they identified the victim, however the suspect remains at large. Medical examiners this week used dental records to identify the body found in the trunk of a car as Narskelsky Pastuer, 54, of Lynyrd Lane in Franklin County.

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Young neighbors bring gift of Christmas song and joy
Young neighbors bring gift of Christmas song and joy
FA-LA-LA-LA-LA. Edna and Milton Smith were treated to a round of Christmas carolling at their home Wednesday in Louisburg by the children at Kid’s Corner Daycare. The couple has lived in the same house off Tanglewood for 50 years, and was delighted when the daycare opened behind the house a few years ago.

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Rep. Allen will support Crawford for House speaker
Some state legislators have begun a campaign this week to become speaker of the House after current House Speaker Jim Black decided against running for the post. About seven legislators have expressed interest in the influential post, including Granville County Rep. Jim Crawford.

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THE GREAT WHITE PUMPKIN
THE GREAT WHITE PUMPKIN
Franklin County might not see a white Christmas this year, but this white pumpkin brings plenty of cheer to Virginia Perry of Louisburg.”I am going to make preserves out of it for my grandchildren for Christmas, but before I do I wanted to show it to the world,” she said.

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OBITUARIES

NARSKELSKY STEELE PASTUER
ZEBULON - Funeral services for Narskelsky “Ski” Steele Pastuer, 54, who died recently, will be held today (Saturday, Dec. 16) at 2 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg with the Rev. Sylvester White officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

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JOHN F. MATTHEWS II
LOUISBURG - The memorial service for John F. “Johnny” Matthews II, who died Aug. 15, 2006, was conducted at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg on Dec. 10 rather than on Dec. 17 as reported in Wednesday’s edition.

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SPORTS

Solid defense sparks Lady Warriors
Solid defense sparks Lady Warriors
FRANKLINTON — Maybe it wasn’t the most majestic victory during the recent successful string of the Louisburg High School girls basketball program.
But most defensive-oriented decisions don’t earn style points. They just keep opponents from scoring points.
And Louisburg was effective with that strategy Tuesday as the Lady Warriors held Franklinton to just four points in the first half en route to defeating the rebuilding Lady Rams by a 36-23 tally at the FHS Gymnasium.

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New stars send FHS to decision
New stars send FHS to decision
FRANKLINTON — Mass graduation decimated Franklinton’s boys basketball roster in the off-season and put the Red Rams’ recent string of on-court dominance in question for the 2006-07 campaign.
In order to continue the team’s success, members of the FHS coaching staff knew that some of last year’s junior varsity stalwarts would have to step up to the ‘big time’ and make extensive contributions this winter.

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Rams thwarted by a lack of numbers vs. Vikes
Rams thwarted by a lack of numbers vs. Vikes
FRANKLINTON — With five weight classes scheduled to be forfeited, the Franklinton Red Rams knew they needed to win just about every match in order to defeat Northern Vance Wednesday night. Halfway though the event, the Red Rams had almost achieved that feat, claiming six of seven matches en route to taking a 28-point advantage.

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Bowl pix a shot in the dark
Bowl pix a shot in the dark
Here at The Franklin Times, we believe in deciding a victor on the field -- or at least the left side of the sports page.
You won’t find any computer rankings, strength of schedule formulas or human polls.
A little human error, maybe. Well, actually a lot of human error. But nothing else.
As I write this, I proudly look up to my desk, where Old Ironside has resided for three of the past four years. Ironside, our beloved old-school staple, goes to the winner of the annual College Bowl Picks between myself and Carey Johnson.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

FES teacher, official’s daughter in high-speed chase
A Youngsville official is dealing with the fallout after her daughter was arrested following a high-speed chase earlier this week.
The county school system is, also.

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Motorcyclist death case continued; Murphy continues to drive
Motorcyclist death case continued; Murphy continues to drive
The case against a Youngsville woman charged in the vehicular death of a Louisburg motorcycle rider was continued until next year. Authorities in April charged Emily White Murphy, 85, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and no operator’s license in connection with the death of Preston Phelps.

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Rezoning at Moore’s Pond, Flat Rock Church roads OK’d
The county’s Planning Board recommended that the county approve a rezoning request that would allow more dense zoning in a school zone that’s already overpopulated.

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HONORED
HONORED
Commission Chairman Lyn Buffaloe presents outgoing board member Jimmie Gupton with a plaque for his service during a December board meeting. Gupton decided not to run for re-election this past year, ending his commissioner service at one term.

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Biotechnology classes scheduled at VGCC for spring
Classes to train area residents for jobs in the growing biotechnology manufacturing field will be on weekdays and evenings and on Saturdays, beginning in January at Vance-Granville Community College.

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L’Homme will lead United Way board
Dr. Bert L’Homme, superintendent of Franklin County Schools, has been re-elected president of United Way of Franklin County. L’Homme has been active with the United Way of Franklin County since 2004 and previously served with the United Way in Durham County.

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