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Showing 26 articles from May 15, 2007.

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Louisburg High teacher resigns; unethical behavior cited
A Louisburg High School teacher resigned last month amid allegations of unethical behavior.
Superintendent Bert L’Homme confirmed that Lucy Dillard resigned her teaching position on April 30, a week after Louisburg High school and school system administrators received a student complaint regarding Dillard.

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Green calls on SBI to clear any concerns
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Green calls on SBI to clear any concerns
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a brutal shooting death, bringing in the state Bureau of Investigation.
Sheriff Pat Green said he wants the SBI involved so that he and the community can be clear that deputies did everything within their power to arrest the perpetrator on a warrant that was taken out a week before deputies allege Christopher Steven Thomas killed Bunn High student Elvira Hernandez, 17.

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Agribusiness showcased
Agribusiness showcased
When Greg Foster pulls his quarter-of-a-million dollar grape harvester out of the garage, the hulking machine scrapes the concrete floor and garage door top.
After four years of harvesting muscadine grapes, Foster figures his decades-old family farm is just beginning to scratch the surface of playing a key role in harvesting grapes in Franklin County and around the Southeast.

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Drug arrests net cocaine, marijuana
Agents within the county’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit arrested two Hispanic men last week on charges of drug trafficking.
According to a report by Sgt. W.L. Mitchell, agents with M.A.N.U., which includes officers from all of the county’s law enforcement departments, set up a traffic stop along U.S. 1 North near Youngsville on May 9.

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Buzzy Sturges, C.L. Gobble take two
Former Town Administrator C.L. Gobble breaks into laughter while friends relayed old stories. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Buzzy Sturges, C.L. Gobble take two
Family, friends and colleagues gathered Monday at a retirement reception for two public servants who committed more than a quarter-century of service to Louisburg.
C.L. Gobble and Buzzy Sturges both came to work for the town in 1981 and both retired on April 1 from their posts as town administrator and town attorney, respectively. “They’ve both meant a lot to this town,” said state Rep. Lucy Allen, who served as Louisburg’s mayor during a good chunk of their careers.

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OBITUARIES

ELVIRA Y. HERNANDEZ
LOUISBURG - Elvira Yaneth Hernandez, 17, died Thursday, May 10, 2007 at her home. A graveside service was conducted Monday, May 14, at Bunn Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Roland Norris officiating.

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SOMECKO DUNN
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Somecko “Mecko” Dunn, 26, who died Thursday, May 10, 2007, were conducted Monday, May 14, at South Main Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial followed in the Cedar Street Cemetery.

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JEZZIE B. ALSTON
GREENSBORO - Funeral services for Jezzie B. Alston, 89, formerly of Kittrell, who died Friday, May 11, 2007, were conducted Tuesday, May 15, at Concord Baptist Church, with the Rev. Larry A. Person Sr., eulogist. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ERNESTINE THOMAS SR.
LOUISBURG - Mr. Ernestine Thomas Sr., 79, died Friday, May 11, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 13, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Louisburg. Interment was in the Thomas family cemetery.

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BOOKER T. PARIS
NEWARK, N.J. - Funeral services for Booker T. Paris, 101, who died Friday, May 11, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Union Hill Baptist Church, Tennille, Ga. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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KENNETH S. ISLEY III
CHARLOTTE - Kenneth S. Isley III, 53, died Thursday, May 10, 2007 at Carolinas Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 14, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Entombment followed at Forest Lawn East Cemetery.

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DOROTHY B. HUBBARD
LITTLETON - Dorothy Burton Hubbard, 97, died Sunday, May 6, 2007 in Louisburg. A private family service was held with burial following in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Littleton.

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HERBERT E. ALFORD
YOUNGSVILLE - Herbert E. Alford, 67, died Monday, May 14, 2007. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest.

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MARGIE LINDSEY RAY
HENDERSON - Margie Lindsey Ray, age 68, died Sunday, May 14, 2007 at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. Born in Franklin County to the late Howard G. “Buck” Lindsey and Mattie White Lindsey, Margie was a member at Franklinton Baptist Church.

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SPORTS

LHS’ Spot At State
BUIES CREEK -- Just getting there was half the fun for the senior-less Louisburg High School golf squad.
After one day of the Class 1-A State Meet at Keith Hills Golf Course, the Warriors stood in last place in the 12-team format with 377 strokes.

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Green vs. Orange
Green vs. Orange
BUNN -- Bunn’s bats are perking up at the right time as the Wildcats continue to progress in the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs.
Throw in BHS’ always-reliable pitching, and the Wildcats could be a factor in the postseason this time around.

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Warriors a winner at home
LOUISBURG -- Coach Al Bolton didn’t hesitate to call upon freshman Chase Ragland to pitch in the pressure-packed situation of the Class 1-A State Playoffs.

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Lady Rams close with a loss at No. 1 Reidsville
Lady Rams close with a loss at No. 1 Reidsville
REIDSVILLE -- Two years ago, Franklinton suffered a resounding loss at Western Guilford in the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.
At the time, FHS coach Deran Coe hoped the setback would help his team realize that improvement was in order if the Lady Rams were to compete with some of the state’s elite programs on the 2-A level.

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Lester is back for Red Rams
Lester is back for Red Rams
After one year away, Lester Wilder realized how much he missed working with young people.
And so a living legend will be returning to the Franklinton High School Gymnasium next season.

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Griff’s A Bishop
Griff’s A Bishop
FRANKLINTON -- During preseason drills once summer, Chris Griffin felt an instant pain in his right thumb after engaging the tackling sled.
“I think it’s broken’’ Griffin told an assistant coach for the Franklinton High School football team.
Griffin wasn’t joking -- the thumb was hanging sideways of his hand and was obviously dislocated.

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LC To Have A Ball
LC To Have A Ball
FRANKLINTON -- With only three returning players on the roster, recruiting was the biggest off-season priority for Louisburg College first-year head volleyball coach Holly Mitchell.
She didn’t have to travel far to find one of her six incoming recruits to date.

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Mudcats topped at home by Huntsville
Mudcats topped at home by Huntsville
ZEBULON -- The Huntsville Stars utilized a big inning for the second straight game, and disposed of the Carolina Mudcats once again 10-2 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.

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ECU sweeps league foe Central Florida
ECU sweeps league foe Central Florida
GREENVILLE -- Kyle Roller drove in a career-high six runs going 3-for-4 with a home run as No. 30 East Carolina finished off the series sweep of UCF Sunday afternoon 13-8 inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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BHS hoops camp scheduled
BHS hoops camp scheduled
BUNN -- The Bunn High School Basketball Camps are scheduled for June 25-28 at the Bunn Dome.
There will be two sessions each day:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

HERE IS THE CHURCH, BUT WHERE IS THE STEEPLE?
HERE IS THE CHURCH, BUT WHERE IS THE STEEPLE?
Lightning struck the steeple of Rock Spring Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon, but quick response by the Bunn and Louisburg fire departments limited the damage to the steeple (above). The Rev. Melton Tyson and a crowd of 234 were able to have Mother’s Day services on Sunday as the inside of the church was not damaged by smoke, fire or water.

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Youngsville Area Business Association hosting second annual Lake Donna Party
YOUNGSVILLE — For the second year, the community will rely on the allure of an old-time hangout to have fun in the present.
The Youngsville Area Business Association is hosting the second annual Lake Donna Party on Saturday in downtown Youngsville.

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