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Showing 25 articles from April 24, 2007.

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West River Rd. bridge open
Contractors completed a bridge project last week that ended an unenviable commute for some Mitchner’s Crossroads residents.
West River Road buckled in June after waters from Tropical Storm Alberto overwhelmed a box culvert that funneled Buffaloe Creek waters beneath the road.

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Relay for Life dolls walked the walk in womanless beauty pageant
Relay for Life dolls walked the walk in womanless beauty pageant
The competition, above, was fierce. The womanless beauty pageant raised more than $2,500 in just an hour’s time, event Co-chairman Linda Frederickson, far right, announcing at the pageant, said. The total is part of the $213,000 already collected for this year’s campaign. Frederickson said Monday the Relay’s goal of $225,000 this year should be met, if not exceeded. Hundreds of people from across the county participated in the weekend event, which kicked off with a survivors’ walk at 7 p.m. Friday and carried on throughout the night and into Saturday morning. Supporters walked the BHS track all night to symbolize a continual struggle against cancer. In top photo are (stage names from left): Isabela, Andrea, Jonette, Donny’a, Lovely (Miss Relay), Lavonda X 2, Ja’nae, Candy, Gertrude, Danielle and Warnetta.

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Home invasions: one arrested; others sought
Sheriff’s deputies have arrested one suspect in a string of armed home invasions and robberies that has investigators unsettled.
On Saturday, deputies arrested Norwood Yarborough, 36, of Louisburg, charging him with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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Whistlers celebrate 2007 championships
Alysha Wonka won first place in the classical category. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Whistlers celebrate 2007 championships
News that the International Whistlers Convention won’t be held again until 2009 was met by groans and hisses by many gathered inside the Louisburg College Auditorium hoping they’d get a chance again next year to hear some of the most melodic whistling in the world.
Convention organizers and volunteers hope that disappointment is galvanized in a way that the convention could resume on its annual basis.

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OBITUARIES

DEBRA L. ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Debra Faye Lynch Alston, 54, who died Saturday, April 21, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at First Baptist Church of Franklinton, with the Rev. Michael Alston officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

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MILTON “PETE” CRUDUP
BUNN - Milton “Pete” Crudup, 53, died Friday, April 20, 2007 at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 24, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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WILLIAM LEE EVANS
CREEDMOOR - William Lee Evans, 82, died Friday, April 20, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 23, at Pope’s Chapel Christian Church by the Rev. Don Ward. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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ALDA MAY BLYTHE
FRANKLIN, Va. - Alda May Blythe, 85, died Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at Britthaven of the Outer Banks in Nags Head. A funeral service was conducted Friday, April 20, at Wright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mary Marshall and Donald T. Blythe Sr. officiating. Burial followed in Poplar Spring Cemetery.

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MARIE J. DIEDRICH
ZEBULON - Mary Marie Johnson Diedrich, 55, died Thursday, April 19, 2007. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, April 22, at McLaurin Funeral Home Chapel in Clayton.

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JERRY O. “WAHOO” BAKER
LOUISBURG - Jerry O. “Wahoo” Baker, 61, died Saturday, April 21, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 24, at New Hope Christian Church.

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SPORTS

A Moody Victory
A Moody Victory
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High’s Lady Warriors must have felt like history was destined to repeat itself Monday at the LHS Softball Field.
Earlier in the year, LHS had traveled to Southern Vance and came away with an easy non-conference victory in Henderson.
The same couldn’t be said of Monday’s rematch, though the result ended up being the same.

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Warriors top West in league
GASTON -- Louisburg High remained undefeated in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference baseball standings with a 17-3 road decision last Friday against Northampton West.

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Red Ram Rout
Red Ram Rout
LOUISBURG - Maybe the way Franklinton defeated Louisburg earlier in the season was a blessing after all for FHS girls soccer coach Deran Coe.
At the time, Coe bemoaned how his club had taken a strong early advantage, only to slow down on its way to a four-goal victory.

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LC nearing the crown in league
NORTH WILKESBORO -- Louisburg College inched closer to earning the Region X regular season baseball championship with a four-game series sweep last weekend at Wilkes Community College.

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Warren County finishes off NCC’s tennis championship
Warren County finishes off NCC’s tennis championship
BUNN -- There are few certainties in the area high school sports scene.
But Warren County winning the Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis championship is one of them.
It has long since been a foregone conclusion, but the mighty Eagles wrapped up the NCC crown with a 9-0 team victory Monday afternoon against the host Bunn Wildcats.

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Mudcats keep sliding in SL baseball action
ZEBULON -- Chris Dickerson singled home a pair of runs in the eighth as the Chattanooga Lookouts rallied past the Carolina Mudcats on Sunday afternoon 6-3 in a Class AA Southern League baseball meeting at Five County Stadium.

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Canes’ Whitney has surgery
RALEIGH -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced Tuesday that left wing Ray Whitney underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder this morning.

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Pirates roll past Savannah State
GREENVILLE -- Stephen Batts went 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and home run to help East Carolina to a 14-5 win over Savannah State and extend the Pirates current winning streak to seven games Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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LIFESTYLES

Celebrating strawberries: ‘07 festival is May 4
The 6th annual Franklin County Strawberry Festival will be May 4 at the Franklin County Farmer’s Market Shelter in the Shannon Village Shopping Center.

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Kinlaw, Roberson married March 10
Kristen Kinlaw and Lane Jeffrey Roberson were married March 10, 2007 during a 4 p.m. ceremony at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in White Oak. The Rev. Tim Reaves was the officiating minister.

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Relaying for a Cure
Relaying for a Cure
COMMUNITY SUPPORT. Cathy Joostena with Landon Heller cheers on the first walk of the survivors, during the annual Relay For Life at Bunn High School this past weekend. The event was one of the largest and most successful in recent years, organizers said, expecting to meet the year’s goal of $225,000 that will go toward finding a cure for cancer. Supporters walked throughout the night around the track, which circled around a field of community booths.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County Government Week forum focuses on environment
Franklin County has joined other counties around the nation in celebrating National County Government Week (NCGW) April 22-28, with the theme “Protecting the Environment.”

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How to make your garden grow
The “Successful Gardener Learning Series,” which offers free educational classes, is under way in Franklin County.

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Planning director completes course
Pat Young, Franklin County planning and inspections director, has successfully graduated from the 2006-2007 County Administration Course of the School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Historical marker serves as reminder of shining legacy
Historical marker serves as reminder of shining legacy
Historians, area leaders and descendants gathered Monday afternoon to unveil a marker chronicling how a Louisburg man rose from slavery to become a legislator, publisher and leader.
“(John H. Williamson) is deserving of a marker,” said Michael Hill with the state Department of Cultural Resources, Historic Site Division. “He’s a man that Louisburg needs to be proud of.”

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