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Showing 23 articles from June 1, 2007.

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Bear struck by car, euthanized by wildlife officer
BUSY SCENE. When Sherry Perdue, above, struck a black bear Thursday morning it caused a big stir. A bear had been spotted in the area of Terrell Lane Middle School last week. The bear’s injuries appeared to be internal, and he was euthanized.
Bear struck by car, euthanized by wildlife officer
The black bear suspected of pulling a disappearing act near Terrell Lane Middle School on May 25 was hit by a car Thursday morning. The bear, reported to be about a year to a year and a half old and about 110 pounds, was euthanized after the collision.

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Ray ID’d; drowning suspected
The state Medical Examiner’s Office identified a body this week that boaters and investigators found in Falls Lake last November. In a news release on Friday, investigators confirmed that boaters discovered Thomas Ray, 53, of 69 Arnold Way, Louisburg, in Falls Lake on Nov. 25.

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Shattered life: Teen’s recovery could take ‘years’
LONG ROAD AHEAD. Krystal Roberts recovers from a head-on collision last week. Her mother, Freda Roberts, said the young girl is looking at a two-year recovery time. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Shattered life: Teen’s recovery could take ‘years’
CASTALIA — A vibrant, active teenager, Krystal Beth Roberts now spends most of her waking hours napping in a recliner and communicating through head nods, blinking eyes and grunts. The 17-year-old Bunn High student had her jaw wired shut following a head-on collision on May 25 — less than a full day after getting her driver’s license.

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Two House bills slugging out opinions
The state House of Representatives passed a bill meant to reduce bullying and violence in schools, and on the same day voted against a bill to end corporal punishment in state schools. Some legislators and educators feel that this sends a mixed message, and they have definite viewpoints on both issues as educators, particularly, have to deal with them each school day.

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From dusty tobacco rows to flowering gardens, it’s dry
From dusty tobacco rows to flowering gardens, it’s dry
Crisp, brown lawns and opaque dust clouds are an indicator of one thing. There has not been rain for a while. While some weekend relief is expected, dry conditions can mean trouble for the residents and those who have developed a livelihood dependent upon rain.

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OBITUARIES

ANNIE MAE BOBBITT
LOUISBURG - Annie Mae Bobbitt, 90, died Thursday morning, May 31, 2007. There will be no service. A native of Vance County, she was a daughter of the late George Washington and Sarah Wester Fulcher.

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SUNIE R. HINTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Sunie R. Hinton, 92, who died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, will be conducted Monday, June 4, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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K. JOANN PROCTOR
BUNN - Katherine JoAnn Williams Proctor, 70, died Wednesday night, May 30, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 2) at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with Dr. Ron Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery.

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LARUE K. LOCKLIER
ZEBULON - Larue King Locklier, 77, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 31, at New Life Church of God of Prophecy in Rolesville. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MARGARET A. EDWARDS
BUNN – Margaret Armstrong Edwards, 75, of Bunn, died Friday morning at her home. Margaret was a daughter of the late Joshua Lawrence and Eula Shearin Armstrong. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruby Davis. She was a member of Bunn Baptist Church.

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NATHAN E. NAAS
WAKE FOREST - Nathan Elliot Naas, age 3, died Friday, June 1, 2007, at home after a courageous fight against cancer. A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Wake Forest Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jimmy W. Allen and the Rev. Kenny Davis officiating.

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SPORTS

Franklinton salutes its Athletes of the Year
Franklinton salutes its Athletes of the Year
FRANKLINTON — Andrew Yentzer, who runs five miles every morning, was a runaway winner in the balloting for Franklinton High School’s Male Athlete of the Year Award. Yentzer was joined on the podium by Female Athlete of the Year Jennifer Staggers during last Wednesday’s Franklinton Athletic Banquet at the FHS Auditorium.

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Backcourt bolstered for Canes
LOUISBURG -- With eight returning players, Mike Holloman was more effectively able to pinpoint off-season recruiting efforts for his Louisburg College women’s basketball team. Specifically, Holloman’s main priority was in the backcourt, where the Lady Hurricanes needed to replace starters Dione Eccles and Kevina Ransom -- the Region X Player of the Year.

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Lovin’s 2nd Chance At BHS
Lovin’s 2nd Chance At BHS
BUNN -- Life is full of second chances, but Melanie Lovin might not have understood that philosophy when she was a student-athlete at Bunn High School in the mid-1990s. As a player, Lovin performed on several teams with an impressive list of achievements.

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Ladycats’ date with history?
Could now be the time?
It’s been 18 years since Franklin County secured a team state championship in any sport.
The last club to turn the trick did so in back-to-back fashion as Louisburg High’s volleyball squad, coached by Freddie Edwards, nabbed titles in 1988 and ‘89.

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Mudcats drop a pair vs. Mobile
MOBILE, ALA. -- Carlos Gonzalez hit a game-ending homer in the first of a doubleheader to win 6-5, then three Mobile pitchers combined to shut out Carolina 8-0 in the nightcap as the BayBears swept two from the Mudcats at Hank Aaron Stadium on Thursday night.

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Tourney slated at Zebulon CC
BUNN -- The Olde Heritage Builders Charity Golf Tournament will be held June 6 at 1 p.m. at Zebulon Country Club. Proceeds will be split between the families of Bryant Anderson and Jacob Noe. Anderson passed away from cancer in March, while Noe, 7, is currently receiving treatment for the disease.

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LIFESTYLES

Honoring the short life of Elvira Hernandez
Honoring the short life of Elvira Hernandez
Unfortunately, in communities across the nation and the world, young people are denied the opportunity to hope, dream, and mature. Their lives are abruptly ended by unnecessary violence which can and must be stopped. Crime and violence are getting out of control and are becoming some of the most important issues facing our society today.

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Training to help abused, neglected children: add one more volunteer
AmeriCorps VISTA member Robin Darone of Franklinton completed the two-day Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Recruiter Training in Aberdeen in May. She will assist the Guardian ad Litem staff with the recruitment and training of new volunteers in Judicial District 9 of Vance, Franklin, Warren and Granville counties.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Lights, camera, action — and don’t forget the screams
HURRY UP AND WAIT. Charley-John Smith, standing, talks with members of the cast and crew, including stars, Erin Hart, left seated on bed, and Elizabeth Miller, right sitting on bed.
Lights, camera, action — and don’t forget the screams
HENDERSON — Young, hungry actors, a camera crew and a steady director transformed two historic homes in town and in Franklinton into a den of 1980s sorority girls whose lives turn to terror. Cottonmouth Productions Inc., led by Charley-John Smith — Louisburg College Artistic Director of the Louisburg College Players — is putting together its first film using local scenes as its backdrop and giving local talent a springboard into the movie business.

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Fees could send aviation flying out the window
The Franklin County airport board figures it’s time to take a position on an aviation bill that at least one commissioner said could devastate general aviation airports. U.S. senators Jay Rockefeller, Trent Lott, Daniel K. Inouye and Ted Stevens introduced the Aviation Investment and Modernization Act of 2007 that would, among other things, charge a $25 fee per flight on commercial and high-end general aviation jet flights.

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Eaglets add to farm’s serenity
Eaglets add to farm’s serenity
High above the treetops, two bald eaglets perched on the limb of a cyprus tree, waiting for breakfast. The tree has been home to the mother and father eagles for the past seven years, Double D Equestrian Center co-owner John Daniels said.

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Franklinton battles deadlines, applies to state for sewer permit
FRANKLINTON — The Franklinton Board of Commissioners welcomed back Town Administrator Sharon Garner on Tuesday night. They got right down to business, approving an application for a state sewer collection permit to avoid having a moratorium placed on the town’s sewer system.

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