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Showing 30 articles from January 24, 2007.

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Arrest made in rest home rape case
Louisburg Police arrested a Castalia man accused of raping a mentally ill resident at Louisburg Gardens.

According to police, rest home staff and an investigative report by the county’s Department of Social Services, Kevin Greg Brake, 44, is alleged to have had sex with the woman at the rest home in August.


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Paige Sayles is ‘Citizen of the Year’
Paige Sayles is ‘Citizen of the Year’
HONORED. The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce presented Paige Sayles with its Citizen of the Year award Friday night during its annual banquet. Sayles was honored because of her work to help bring a Boys and Girls Club to the county. (Times photos by Carey Johnson)

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Schools won’t make up ‘snow day’
Last week’s “snow day” will not have to be made up in Franklin County schools the Board of Education agreed Monday.

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Sandling, Davis share more than friendship
Sandling, Davis share more than friendship
If a person were to walk by the peppy tandem of Carol Davis and Debra Sandling, he could probably tell the two are good friends.

He’d probably have no idea, however, of just how close.

Sandling and Davis have been friends for more than 20 years, and that bond escalated this past December when Sandling donated a kidney to Davis.


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County considers hiring lobbyist for its interests
County considers hiring lobbyist for its interests
Franklin County commissioners met during a special session last week to determine what issues they want legislators to push.

And, they discussed hiring someone full time to lobby for county interests in Raleigh and Washington.

By a 4-3 Democrat majority vote, the board agreed to ask its delegation to approve for all 100 counties the same revenue options that a current few counties wield — including a land transfer tax.


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Chamber celebrates its accomplishments
Executive board member Nicki Griffin presents Clea Nicholson, left, with a Helping Hand award as Chamber board bember Brian Gwyn, center, looks on.
Chamber celebrates its accomplishments
The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce had its annual banquet on Friday night with a nod toward the past and an eye toward the future.

Outgoing Chamber Chair Rosemary Champion said the organization, its members and the community should be proud of the accomplishments reached during 2006.

The Chamber hosted a forum in its continued support for widening U.S. Highway 401.


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OBITUARIES

THOMAS T. GRAY
HURDLE MILLS - Thomas Tilley Gray, 71, of 8585 Hurdle Mills Road, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, at his home. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) at Wheeler’s Primitive Baptist Church by Elder Pete Hendrix, the Rev. Craig Willingham, and the Rev. Doug Wagner. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LUCILLE T. ALSTON
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille Taylor Alston, 87, who died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Nashville. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

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SAMUEL S. BROWN
FRANKLINTON - Samuel Scott Brown, 37, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 22, in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel in Henderson by the Rev. Katherine Widdifield. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) in Newberry Memorial Gardens in Newberry, S.C.

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MARY K. ECHOLS
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Kingsberry Echols, 81, who died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Old Liberty Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles A. Murrill Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JUDITH P. TROUTNER
ZEBULON - Judith Privette Troutner, 62, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. A memorial service was conducted Monday, Jan. 22, at Zebulon United Methodist Church.

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DONALD R. PRIVETTE
YOUNGSVILLE - Donald Ross Privette, 63, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, Zebulon. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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DEBORAH P. JONES
FRANKLINTON - Deborah P. Jones, 56, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 23, at First Baptist Church, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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FRANCINE S. SCHLENER
CASTALIA - Francine S. Schlener, 53, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) at Elm Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville. Arrangements by Johnson Funerals and Cremations, Nashville.

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VERA MAE BAILEY
LOUISBURG - Vera Mae Bailey, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 at Zollieville Rest Home. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Vance Harrell officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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MARGARET C. BURNETTE
FUQUAY-VARINA - Margaret Cloer Burnette, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) at Faith Baptist Church, Apex, conducted by the Rev. Lalon Barnes. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay-Varina.

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ROSE P. VICK
ZEBULON - Rosa P. Vick, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Stokes Chapel Baptist Church, Middlesex, with interment in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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BERTEEN W. MULLEN
LOUISBURG – Berteen White Mullen, 93, of 465 Douglas Williams Rd. died Friday at her home.

Mrs. Mullen was the daughter of the late Clarence Oscar and Neta Liles White.


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SPORTS

A Tough Weekend
A Tough Weekend
LOUISBURG -- Following last Wednesday’s clutch victory at Lenoir, Louisburg College’s men’s basketball fortunes appeared to be on the upswing in the Region X standings.

But things can change quickly in the balanced, hotly contested region -- a fact the Hurricanes found out about during two home games last weekend at Holton Gymnasium.


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Wildcats, Ladycats nab wins
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- The way Gerald Melton sees it, Bunn’s chances of winning the Northern Carolina Conference depend on finishing the rest of the season with a league sweep.

That means not only topping leader Southern Vance this Friday at home, but also winning all of the other contests, including a road toughie last Friday at Northwest Halifax, which is always a difficult place to play for opponents.


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A Mat Tradition
A Mat Tradition
STANHOPE - Thomas Cowles has been gone for almost one decade, but his name continues to be synonymous with the Southern Nash wrestling program.

Each January, the Firebirds host the Thomas Cowles Memorial Firebird Duals to commemorate the achievements of Cowles, the SN mat coach who died from a rare disease in 1998.


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Red Rams a winner against Roanoke Rapids
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Cameron Keith has made plenty of key shots during his Franklinton High School basketball career.

But few were as important -- or came at a more opportune time -- than his buzzer-beating 3-pointer last Friday at Roanoke Rapids.


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Chad will get over the hump
Chad will get over the hump
Much was made Sunday of Peyton Manning ‘getting over the hump’ and finally winning a big game.

It’s all media-induced hogwash, of course. Much was made of this by my media brethren, most of which I believe are bleeding fools, idiots or both.


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County’s Water Works
County’s Water Works
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Of Franklinton’s 16 swimmers this season, 14 of them are underclassmen.

That fact certainly bodes well for the future of the FHS pool program, which is in only its second campaign of existence.


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NC Wesleyan’s Hall earns Player of the Week honors
NC Wesleyan’s Hall earns Player of the Week honors
ROCKY MOUNT -- Junior Lenny Hall is making waves at North Carolina Wesleyan and in the USA South Conference.

The talented shooting guard has turned in three 30-point games in the Bishops’ last four outings, including a career-high 38-point, 12-rebound performance this past Tuesday night in Wesleyan’s 92-85 win at Christopher Newport.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Burglar scoped out house
Louisburg police have arrested a man who cut power to a house before trying to steal its contents.

According to police, a neighbor noticed someone suspicious taking items from a home on Person Street the morning of Jan. 13 and called authorities about a breaking and entering in progress.


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Larry Green vigil tonight
The family of a man mistakenly believed to be dead following an accident two years ago is hosting a prayer vigil tonight.

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Here are dollars to help keep warm
Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity Inc. announces the availability of additional funds to weatherize homes and repair or replace home heating and cooling systems. Eligible households may receive both services. Funds are available to assist eligible households in Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren and Person counties.

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Kids driving you crazy? Take this class
Parenting Matters, a parent education series for all parents, will be offered on Thursday nights through March 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the conference room at the Extension Center, 103 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg.

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BUSINESS

Animal House scratches out a place for business; open house Saturday
There’s another new business coming to Louisburg.

The Animal House is set to open on Monday, Jan. 29.

It is owned and operated by Mary Ann Britt.


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