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Showing 32 articles from April 10, 2007.

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Late freeze is berry challenging to growers
PRIME TIME. Russ Vollmer, left, with his son, Jacob, work into the night Saturday when temperatures dropped below freezing.
Late freeze is berry challenging to growers
Franklin County strawberries had a chilling weekend, but early indications find that the typically-bumper local crop is OK.

County Extension Agent Will Strader said Monday that growers throughout the county are reporting no serious damage to the crop, which involves about 20 acres this year.

The county’s top producers — Woods, Vollmer and Jeffreys farms — are all experienced in handling freezes such as the one that moved in over the weekend, he said.


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Frozen in time
Frozen in time
ICE CAP. This plant is part of 6 acres of strawberries growing at Vollmer Farm in Bunn. The Vollmers worked all weekend to keep the crop from being damaged by sub-freezing temperatures. Sunday morning, the plants were covered with a wrapping of ice from sprinklers, keeping the plant temperature inside the coating warmer than the outside air. Franklin County has 20 acres of strawberries this year, the county Extension Service reports. No major damages was reported. (Times photo by Jay Lamm)

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Leroy Kelley murder: suspect is ‘incompetent’
A teenager suspected of killing a Franklin County man in 2005 has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Investigators arrested 18-year-old Brandon Lyn Bullock the evening of Oct. 28, alleging that he killed Leroy Kelley Sr. inside his T. K. Allen Road home just hours before.


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ER director addresses concerns of heart attack, stroke and care access
A person having a heart attack and being brought to FRMC will be at no more of a health risk if FRMC relocates to Youngsville than under conditions now, according to the hospital’s emergency room director.

All persons brought to Franklin Regional Medical Center who are diagnosed with a heart attack are currently transferred to other hospitals in Wake County, FRMC ER Director Andy Pacos said Monday, addressing concerns raised by county commissioners last week when hearing a report from FRMC officials about their pursuit of a state certificate of need to move from Louisburg to Youngsville.


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Family forced out of home by fire
Family forced out of home by fire
Firefighters continue to search for the cause of a fire that forced a Franklin County family out of its home.

Youngsville and Bunn firefighters responded to a structure fire at 605 Fox Ridge Road at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday to find a brown single-story wood house on fire.

From the outside, the fire burned most intense in a room on the front left side of the house.


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OBITUARIES

JOHN “JACK” THERIAULT JR.
WILMINGTON - John “Jack” Lawrence Theriault Jr., formerly of Louisburg, died Saturday, April 7, 2007 at his home. His body is being donated to science in hope that research will find a cure for cancer. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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ROBERT E. LEWIS
LOUISBURG - Robert E. Lewis, 70, died Thursday, April 5, 2007 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 11) at Alston-Anderson Funeral chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Governor Wardrick family cemetery in Centerville.

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JOE H. DUNSTON
LOUISBURG - Joe H. Dunston, 84, died Thursday, April 5, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Louisburg.

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RUTH W. HAYES
FRANKLINTON - Ruth Wall Hayes, 78, died Saturday, April 7, 2007 at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 10, at Union View Baptist Church, with the Rev. T. J. Kollar and the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial followed in the Pope’s Chapel Christian Church cemetery in Franklinton.

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FRANCISCO B. MORALES
LOUISBURG - Francisco Baez Morales, 20, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations, Louisburg.

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KAREN G. DENTON
WAKE FOREST - Karen Elaine Girton Denton, 40, died Monday, April 9, 2007 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at Red Bud Baptist Church, with the Rev. Leo Lowery officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LESTER M. HINTON
ZEBULON - Lester Marvin Hinton, 76, died Sunday morning, April 8, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 9, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Burial was Tuesday morning at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon.

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FEB C. FLOWE
ZEBULON - Feb Clark Flowe, 87, died Saturday, April 7, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 10, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, with the Rev. George Pullium officiating. Entombment was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Masonic Rites.

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ANNA P. PINION
ZEBULON - Anna Louise Privette Pinion 60, died Saturday, April 7, 2007 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 10, at Pilot Baptist Church, Zebulon. Burial was in the Alford Cemetery, Stallings Road, Zebulon.

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INA L. MILLER
LOUISBURG - Ina L. Miller, 91, died Saturday, April 7, 2007. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh.

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ERNEST GRIFFIN
Ernest Griffin, 83, of 1704 N.C. Highwy 39, Louuisburg died April 6, 2007 at Britthaven of Louisburg.

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FREDDY L. ALFORD (March 19, 1930 – April 7, 2007)
BUNN – Freddy Lenuel Alford, 77, of Bunn, died Saturday evening at Rex Healthcare.

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SPORTS

Eight Wonders
Eight Wonders
LOUISBURG - Only two years have passed since The Fab Four -- Cameron Capell, Chandler Loyd, Tyler Bolton and Hunter Wright -- helped lead the Louisburg All-Stars to the Dixie Youth Major League 12s State Baseball Championship.

Had members of the quartet attended public schools, they would still be competing on the middle-school level as eighth-graders.


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LC splits contests vs. Surry
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College Hurricanes averted a potential disaster last weekend in Region X baseball action at Frazier Field on the LC campus.

Taking on perennial rival Surry Community College, the host Hurricanes dropped Friday’s opening doubleheader of the crucial four-game series.

But LC was able to claw back Saturday to sweep a twinbill over Surry to earn a weekend split.


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Nothing Decided
Nothing Decided
FRANKLINTON -- The unofficial championship match of the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic officially settled nothing last Thursday at Franklinton High School.

Three weeks ago, tourney host Franklinton and Nash Central reached the finals of the annual girls soccer event. But because one of the tourney days had been eliminated due to rain, a goal-differential format was utilized, as opposed to a head-to-head matchup between the young, on-the-rise squads.


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Freddy’s signing at UNCW
Freddy’s signing at UNCW
Former Bunn High star Freddy Little has finalized his college basketball plans, and he’s coming much closer to home. Little, who spent the past two seasons at Miami Dade College in Florida, offered a verbal commitment last weekend to continue his career at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

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Bested By Bluestone
Bested By Bluestone
LOUISBURG - Bunn’s first step toward defense of its Louisburg Easter Tournament championship was against its final step of 2006 -- the Bluestone Barons.

But instead of BHS inching toward another crown, it was the Barons who gained a measure of revenge one year after falling to the Wildcats in the tourney finale.


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Lady Warriors Step Up
Lady Warriors Step Up
STANHOPE - A step up in competition wasn’t kind to Louisburg High School during last weekend’s festivities at the annual Ladybird Classic Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament at Southern Nash.

Louisburg went 0-3 to finish in eighth-place in the eight-team event. But LHS head coach Erica Wammock was at least happy to see her club tested against some elite-level clubs, as opposed to the long list of mediocrity the Lady Warriors will be tangling with in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.


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Golf tournament is scheduled
Golf tournament is scheduled
LOUISBURG -- The first annual Louisburg Wal-Mart Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 15 beginning at noon at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Louisburg.

Lunch will be provided at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Cost is $75 per player or $300 per team. Entry is limited to the first 25 registered teams.


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LIFESTYLES

Whistlers Week is upon us
For years, it has been customary for North Carolina governors to declare the third week in April as “Happy Whistlers Week.”

Whether the global visitors to the small town of Louisburg in Franklin County are happy when they lose in three days of competition, at least all participants take home a trophy, medallion, or cash awards. Registration for competition has reached capacity for more than 160 performances.


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Grand Opening concert tuning up for April 19 at the college
A Grand Opening concert of singing and whistling classical and popular music to celebrate the 2007 International Whistlers Convention will be Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Louisburg College Auditorium.

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Events stretch throughout the week
The 2007 International Whistlers Convention & Music Festival program is as folows:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton man sentenced for taking indecent liberties
A Franklinton man was sentenced to prison this month after pleading guilty to charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

A similar case in Wake County is pending.


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Charges dismissed against Phelps
The District Attorney’s Office dismissed charges against a Louisburg man this week, ending the last court matter involving a man who was killed while riding his motorcycle.

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Safe Space reverse raffle set for May 5
On Saturday, May 5, Safe Space Inc. will host a reverse raffle fund-raiser at Louisburg United Methodist Church.

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Arrest made n church break-ins
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Henderson man charged with breaking into houses of worship.

Investigators allege that Rickie Holley, 43, of 521 Spring Court, broke into four churches in the northern part of Franklin County.


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Youngsville Parks and Rec opening day this Saturday
Youngsville Parks & Recreation opening day ceremonies will be April 14, 9 a.m. until, at Luddy Park.

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