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Showing 27 articles from March 27, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Soaring at Jumping Run
Soaring at Jumping Run
In the Super Retriever Series, the test of a good dog is whether he can find an object and bring it back by land, water or air.

For those who hosted the national event at a Louisburg area farm, their test will be whether they can bring back the event and its television audience.

Early indicators suggest there was a good showing by man and beast.


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Local businesses go to the dogs
Local businesses go to the dogs
Coolers support the cargo of folding tables, boxes of paper goods, small wares and handmade signs. Deena Sykes straightens from the rear of the burgundy van holding an arm full of Styrofoam cups in plastic sleeves. She walks past an unlit pig cooker to place her load on one of the two tables that have been set up end to end to form a work area.

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Burlington Mills taken down in Franklinton
Burlington Mills taken down in Franklinton
FRANKLINTON — A salvage company is clearing a hulking eyesore from the town’s landscape.

For about two years, Franklinton commissioners and staff have worked to get owners of the Burlington Mills property on N.C. Highway 56 to either renovate the building or tear it down.


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Louisburg hires interim administrator
Louisburg hires interim administrator
A public administrator with more than 40 years of service will take a second tour of duty helping a Franklin County municipality.

The Louisburg Town Council hired Ed Wyatt as its interim town administrator, asking him to report to work on Monday.

C.L. Gobble is retiring Sunday from his post as town administrator after 26 years on the job.


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OBITUARIES

MIRDZA PETERSON
WAKE FOREST - Mirdza Peterson, 87, died Sunday morning, March 25, 2007. A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest.

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LOUISE P. CULLER
FRANKLINTON - Louise Prebble Culler, 93, formerly of 210 W. Mason St., died Sunday, March 25, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Brassfield Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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GILBERT W. MURRAY
WAKE FOREST - Gilbert Wayne Murray, 65, died Monday, March 26, 2007 at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sam Gore officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ALICE T. TABRON
YOUNGSVILLE - Alice T. Tabron, 96, died Friday, March 23, 2007. Funeral services will be conduced at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 28) at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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JOHN C. FULLER
KITTRELL - John Cheatham Fuller, 83, died Saturday, March 24, 2007 at his home. A private graveside service was conducted Tuesday morning, March 27, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Plank Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Carol Dean officiating.

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CLARA E. WILDER
FRANKLINTON - Clara E. Wilder, 98, died Thursday, March 22, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 26, at First Baptist Church. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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SPORTS

Sweeping Beauty
Sweeping Beauty
LOUISBURG - Earl Weaver has officially left the building at Louisburg College. The former Baltimore Orioles’ legendary manager used to profess the strategy of ‘two walks and a three-run homer’ -- a style that the sweet-swinging Hurricanes have taken to heart over the years.

But now, it’s all about pitching for Louisburg College. And age ain’t nothin’ but a number for the Hurricanes, who are being led by four key freshmen mound starters.


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Opening decision for Rams
WARRENTON -- The Franklinton Lady Rams got off to a strong start to their Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer schedule, rolling to a 10-0 road victory Monday against an overmatched Warren County contingent.

“It was a good way to open the conference -- with a victory,’’ said FHS head coach Deran Coe, whose crew is now 6-2 overall for the 2007 campaign. “Obviously, we are doing


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LHS Soars Versus Southern
LHS Soars Versus Southern
HENDERSON -- From one of the season’s most devastating setbacks to a pair of feel-good victories.

It’s been quite a seven-day span for the Louisburg High School softball squad.

Last Tuesday, the Lady Warriors saw Bunn rally to claim an extra-inning victory over LHS in a crazy contest that saw four lead changes.


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Ladycats defeat Southern Vance
Ladycats defeat Southern Vance
HENDERSON -- Keeping team morale high has been one of the most pertinent job descriptions this spring for first-year Bunn High School girls soccer coach Lindsay Patterson.

But even with injuries mounting, that hasn’t been a problem as the Ladycats continue to play with confidence.


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All over but the shouting
All over but the shouting
Perhaps a name change is in order for The Franklin Times’ 2007 NCAA Basketball Tournament Picks Contest.

‘Gloatfest’ would be a more appropriate title.

Thanks to a colossal collapse by the North Carolina Tar Heels during Sunday’s regional final, I’ve gone from a potential winner to a no-chance delegate in the standings.


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Jekiva Joins Canes
Jekiva Joins Canes
LOUISBURG -- Jekiva Gupton transferred to Louisburg High School as a sophomore and made an immediate -- and lasting -- impact.

So much so that Gupton, a 5-foot-5, 215-pound fullback, leaves Louisburg as the third-leading career rushing behind former stars Jeremy Arrington and Chad Bumpers.

Gupton finished with 3,609 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns while also playing a key role in the Warriors’ defense as a linebacker.


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ECU’s Pirates continue to shine
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina used a six-run fifth inning and an impressive three-hit performance by starting pitcher Josh Dowdy to collect its 13th consecutive win and sweep Memphis 11-1 Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium in seven innings.

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NCWC’s Thompson earns special appointment
NCWC’s Thompson earns special appointment
ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics has announced that Head Basketball Coach John Thompson has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee. Thompson’s term of service will begin September 1, 2007 and continue through September 1, 2011. He will replace current Division III representative Charlie Brock of Springfield College.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Proposed school budget holds more for teachers
Teachers will do a bit better in pay under a budget proposal approved by the Board of Education’s Budget Committee on Monday night.

The full board will consider the budget April 2, and then it will go before the Board of Commissioners for a final OK.


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Imagine that cat in a hat
Read Across America Day was a huge success at Franklinton Elementary School again this year.

For the second consecutive year, Franklinton High School students jumped at the opportunity to share their love of reading with students in every FES classroom.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Come fly with me
Franklin County Regional Airport will be a hub of activity this weekend when it becomes a playground for little and big kids alike.

The airport will host a Fly-In, Cruz-In and Young Eagles Rally on Saturday.


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Commissioners review health care, retail, communications
I very much appreciate the opportunity you (The Franklin Times) are providing me to let the citizens know the content of the educational choices I made at this legislative conference.

It takes substantial sacrifice for someone to take the amount of time away from family and work required to attend one of these events.


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Kwik Stop cashier robbed at gunpoint
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for two suspects accused of robbing a gas station clerk at gun- point.

According to a report by Deputy R. Shearin, a clerk at S.T.’S Kwik Stop on N.C. Highway 561 reported that two men entered the store at about 11:15 p.m., taking money from the cash register, a change box and his wallet.


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Local groups supported
Time Warner Cable’s Raleigh Division presented 1.1 million in cash donations and in-kind services to nearly 100 non-profit organizations at the 4th annual TWC Partners Awards Luncheon on March 15.

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Time to put out all those tasty veggies
The March meeting of the Old Fashion Garden Club was hosted by Ilean Mattocks, with President Edna Fogg presiding.

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Making a big splash on Mort Harris
Sir Harley, a yellow lab owned by Jay Harris, takes flight for his championship jump of 24 feet and 8 inches. Sir Harley won the Super Fly Pro and qualified for the Crown Championships in Hot Springs, Ark. (Photo by Jay Lamm)
Making a big splash on Mort Harris
Little Morgan, Princess Nala, DeeDee and Nestlé were all there. So were Colby and Sir Jackson. Judy Camin drove from Lake Gaston. Anthony Creech brought his family from Zebulon. Sweetie’s, Baxter’s, Johnny’s Barbecue and Miranda’s Hallmark loaded up, unpacked and stayed for a few days. Even the Hawaiian Jerky man came from Durham.

Jumping Run Farm was the place to be this past weekend, the place with the grain silos off of Mort Harris Road.


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Catch series on VERSUS
The event will air on the VERSUS network, channel 65.

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