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Showing 28 articles from January 17, 2007.

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State will review ‘concerns’ at Louisburg Gardens
State will review ‘concerns’ at Louisburg Gardens
The state Division of Facility Services is slated to review a rest home later this month, investigating what local social services’ officials call grave concerns.

Louisburg Police confirmed that they are investigating three allegations of rape reported to have happened at Louisburg Gardens in August and November.

No arrests have been made, but Louisburg Police Capt. Jason Abbott said the investigations continue.


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MLK Jr. legacy strong
Betty Lawrence and her niece, Constance C. Jackson, march during the Franklinton celebration on Saturday.
MLK Jr. legacy strong
This past weekend, the Rev. William J. Barber II said we are living in the time of the prophet.

It was a nod to Monday being the national holiday honoring the life, deed and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It was also a call for citizens to continue King’s fight for civil rights and to battle injustices, wherever they might be.


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Several county heads get pay boost
The most recent salary history for the county’s department heads highlights increases for those who have exhibited outstanding performance, county management said.

According to data released last month, County Manager Chris Coudriet, Planning Director Pat Young, Airport Director Leigh Osborn and Network Administrator Coy Floyd have received the most significant bump in salary among department heads — a total of more than $10,000 during the calendar year.


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Healthy meals cost more for state schools
The cost of providing a healthy meal in Franklin County schools is going up.

Anticipating shortfalls in nutrition budgets statewide due to the adoption of state Nutrition Standards for Elementary Schools over the next two years, the FCS Board of Education is supporting a state lobbying effort to get $25 per pupil in recurring funds to offset the predicted losses.


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OBITUARIES

HELEN R. HAITHCOCK
WARRENTON - Helen Rooker Haithcock, 81, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2007 at Maria Parham Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 17) at Warrenton Baptist Church.

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BENJAMIN H. COOKE
BRACEY, Va. - Benjamin Herbert Cooke, 78, formerly of Franklin County, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 in Community Memorial Health Center. A funeral service was conducted Monday, Jan. 15, at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory in South Hill, Va., with interment in Shiloh United Methodist Church cemetery in South Hill.

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JORDAN M. “J.M.” HIGHT
FRANKLINTON - Jordan McCray “J.M.” Hight, 81, died Monday in a Louisburg nursing facility. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 17) in the Franklin Funeral Service Chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. Wayne Rigney and the Rev. McCrae Holmes officiating. Burial will follow in Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery, with Masonic and military honors.

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GARLAND F. GREEN
LOUISBURG - Garland Frank Green, 74, died Sunday night, Jan. 14, 2007. A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 17) at White Level Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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WILLIE EVANS
LOUISBURG - Willie Evans, 93, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2006. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, Centerville. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

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BENNIE CRUDUP
BUNN - Funeral services for Mr. Bennie “Tommy” Crudup, 60, who died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 17) at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, with the Rev. William Ratcliffe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOE B. JOHNSON
KNIGHTDALE - Funeral services for Mr. Joe B. Johnson, 59, who died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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BARRETT M. RAY
LOUISBURG - Barrett Matthew Ray, 51, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 17) at Massey Funeral Home in Zebulon. Burial will follow in the Bryant family cemetery.

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BRUCE A. COCKERHAM
WAKE FOREST - Bruce Allen Cockerham, 50, died Jan. 4, 2007 at his home in Willow Spring. The family will receive friends and family at the home of his brother, Chip Cockerham, at 3428 Song Sparrow Drive, Wake Forest. This remembrance will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27. It will be a casual affair with hopes of celebrating his life rather than mourn his loss.

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WILLIAM H. MATTHEWS
RALEIGH - William “Bill” Harton Matthews, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 at his daughter’s residence in Reidsville. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 17) at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s Street. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

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BETTY L. MEDLIN
KURE BEACH - Betty Lou Medlin, 65, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 17) at Kure Beach First Baptist Church, with Pastor Joey Canady officiating. A brief graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Gethsemane Memorial Park, Zebulon.

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LAURA N. PARKER
ZEBULON - Laura Nicole “Nikki” Parker, 19, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 at Duke Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Social Plains Baptist Church, Zebulon. Entombment followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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JOSEPH C. ELLINGTON
CREEDMOOR - Joseph Conger Ellington, 75, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 at the home of his daughter in Kittrell. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 14, in the J.M. White Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Aubrey Florence. Burial with military honors followed in Sunset Gardens.

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CARLTON S. ALFORD
BUNN – Carlton Smith Alford, 52, of Bunn, died Monday. He was a son of the late John D. and Pauline Braswell Alford.

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SPORTS

Second To One
Second To One
LOUISBURG - How is this for progress? In only their third season of existence, the Louisburg High School Mat Warriors are headed to the Class 1-A State Dual Team Wrestling Tournament.

LHS earned that lofty feat with a strong finish at last weekend’s Carolina Conference Team Tourney, which was held Friday and Saturday at the Louisburg High School Gymnasium.


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3rd time a charm for LHS
BUNN -- Louisburg had lost by a combined 57 points during its previous two meetings against Bunn this season -- a fact that didn’t bode well for Saturday’s girls basketball rematch at the Bunn Dome.

But LHS, in almost stunning fashion, scored 14 of the contest’s first 16 points and went on to stun the Ladycats by a 55-37 margin in a matchup that was never close.


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Wildcats roll past Warriors
Wildcats roll past Warriors
BUNN -- Rarely does a game end with both coaches happy, but that was the case last Saturday night at the Bunn Dome.

Playing in front of a capacity crowd, the Bunn Wildcats displayed tenacious defense for most of the contest en route to defeating rival Louisburg High by a 54-44 margin.


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LC’s Spectacular Weekend
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College couldn’t have picked a better time to fashion its best weekend of the women’s basketball season.

Taking on a Walters State squad that had defeated them in overtime earlier in the 2006-07 schedule, the Lady Hurricanes rolled to a 70-51 decision over the Lady Senators in a non-league matchup last Saturday at Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.


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LC no match for Cape Fear
LC no match for Cape Fear
LOUISBURG -- Little man Lamar Cross -- and the rest of his Cape Fear teammates -- proved to be big trouble last Saturday for the Louisburg College Hurricanes in a key Region X men’s basketball matchup.

Cross, who is only 5-foot-8, poured in 24 points to help the Sea Wolves defeat the Hurricanes 84-65.

The diminutive Cross stood especially tall in the first half, delivering 21 points, including five trifecats, to send Cape Fear to a 51-35 advantage over the stunned Hurricanes.


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Kids Day slated at NC Wesleyan
Kids Day slated at NC Wesleyan
ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan men’s and women’s basketball teams will be sponsoring its 2007 “Take a Kid to the Game” day this coming Saturday, January 20th when the Bishops host Greensboro College. The women tip off at 2 p.m. followed by the men at 4 p.m. in Everett Gymnasium. Youth 12 and under will be admitted free to both games and will receive promotional bracelets and posters upon arrival.

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Canes get two in All-Star Game
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has announced that Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal and right wing Justin Williams have been named to the Eastern Conference’s team for the 2007 National Hockey League All-Star Game.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Lewis named to interpreter board
Gov. Mike Easley has appointed Connie Jo Lewis of Louisburg to the North Carolina Interpreter and Transliterator Licensing Board.

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Loans available for well upgrades
Certain low- to moderate-income individuals or families may be eligible for money to construct, repair or improve household water well systems through 1 percent interest loans from the Foundation for Affordable Drinking Water.

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Alpha Pi Chi Founder’s Day recognized by Nu Epsilon
Six sorors of the Nu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi Sorority Inc. celebrated Founder’s Day by worshipping at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Louisburg on Sunday, Jan. 7.

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