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Showing 22 articles from June 8, 2007.

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3 charged in clerk shooting death
BOBBY WILLIAMS
3 charged in clerk shooting death
WARRENTON — Three men have each been charged with first-degree murder for a suspected gang-related May 18 shooting of a Warrenton convenience store clerk. Bobby Earl Williams, 21, of Lot 30 Cavalier Lane, Louisburg; Jimmy Lee Williams, 24, of Inglewood Drive, Louisburg, and Michael Junior Harris, 27, of 701 Champion St., Henderson, have been apprehended in a combined effort by sheriffs’ offices and police departments in Warren and Franklin counties and the state Bureau of Investigation.

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School smoking policy swirling closer to a vote
School smoking policy swirling closer to a vote
Savor that last drag. Come the 2008 football season, there may not be any smoking at the county’s high school games — or anywhere else on campus. If the proposed 100 percent Tobacco Free Schools policy is accepted, the Franklin County School Board will be following in the footsteps of 86 other school districts in the state that have prohibited the use of tobacco products at any time, on any school property or at any school sponsored or school related event, by anyone.

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Louisburg man charged in rape of 4-year-old girl
A Louisburg man is slated to appear in court later this month on sexual assault charges involving a 4-year-old girl. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Maron Ranalld Levister, 29, of 1001 S. Main St., on May 24. The arrest was the result of a probe launched by a Franklin County Department of Social Services child protective services investigator.

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‘Spirit Day’ raised dollars for Hernandez family
‘Spirit Day’ raised dollars for Hernandez family
Dozens of students and residents turned out Wednesday for Spirit Day at a local restaurant where half of that night’s profits — and maybe more — will be donated to a Bunn-area family mourning a loss. Bunn High student Elvira Hernandez, 17, was gunned down on May 10 after getting off a school bus.

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OBITUARIES

ERNEST “BAY” THOMAS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Ernest “Bay” Thomas, 77, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2007, were conducted Friday, June 8, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with Elder James Alston officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MARK A. WATSON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mark Anthony Watson, 35, who died Monday, June 4, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, June 9) at Our Fathers House of Deliverance (Timberlake Grove), with the Rev. James Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Church cemetery.

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JAMES W. WILSON JR.
RALEIGH - James W. Wilson Jr., 85, died Monday, June 4, 2007 at Rex Hospital Hospice Unit in Raleigh. Memorial services were conducted Friday, June 8, at First United Methodist Church of Cary. Inurnment was at Oakwood Cemetery.

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BERTHA MAE GOWANS
LOUISBURG - Bertha Mae Gowans, 93, died Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Funeral services will be Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, Louisburg.

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EARLIE W. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Earlie Wilbert “Hair” Williams, 67, who died Thursday, June 7, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston, eulogist. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LUCILLE H. WINSTEAD
LOUISBURG – Lucille Harris Winstead, 75, of 1569 NC Hwy. 98 W., died Thursday morning at her home. Lucille was the daughter of the late Samuel Daniel and Hazel Terrell Harris. She was preceded in death by her husband, Closs Winstead; her granddaughter, Amy Marie Winstead; and brother, Bobby Harris.

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SPORTS

Bunn High salutes its best at Athletic Banquet
Bunn High salutes its best at Athletic Banquet
BUNN — Maghan Place and Kimani Yarborough took home top honors at last Tuesday’s Bunn High School Athletic Banquet. Place, a junior who starred in volleyball and softball for the Ladycats, was tabbed as BHS’ Female Athlete of the Year. She also has a sterling 4.3 grade-point average.

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Spike team works hard on JO level
LOUISBURG -- Even though he is the head coach at Bunn High School, Henry Jones had no qualms with guiding the Louisburg Lightning 17-under Junior Olympic volleyball squad. Especially since his daughter, Molly, was on the seven-person roster, along with six of her Louisburg High spike teammates.

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Yarborough to join LC men’s basketball program
LC BOUND. Bunn High School point guard Kimani Yarborough (front, center) signs a letter-of-intent to continue his basketball career at Louisburg College.
Yarborough to join LC men’s basketball program
BUNN -- Always strong on the basketball court, Kimani Yarborough learned that he had another inherent talent during his four years at Bunn High School.
Football.
Yarborough sparkled on both stages at BHS, earning All-Northern Carolina Conference honors in each sport.

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LC event scheduled for Sept.
Organizers are calling it ‘The Big Event,’ and that’s exactly how the folks at Louisburg College are treating what has been promised to be the most attended athletic reunion in school history. A weekend of festivities is planned for Sept. 28-30 on the LC campus. Each former living LC athlete has received a flyer in the mail, urging them to participate in the event.

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Hoops camp slated in Butner
BUTNER -- The Reynolds Basketball Academy will host its second annual summer basketball camps the weeks of June 11-14 and June 18-21. The first camp is for boys and girls ages 6-11, while the final camp is for boys and girls ages 12-18.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Winstead’s stays Winstead’s
Winstead’s stays Winstead’s
BUNN — There aren’t many of the old, country general stores around anymore. But Karen Patterson and her husband, William, have kept Winstead Grocery in Bunn open for the new generation to see a piece of history.

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Committee of 100 shell building first up for hub
County officials, businessmen and those interested in a booming economy turned out Thursday to break ground on a site to attract business and industry. This spring, the county completed the purchase of 250 acres that were approved as part of the Kerr-Tar regional hub project.

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BES teacher’s assistant fired
The Franklin County Board of Education has fired a Bunn Elementary School teacher assistant. Kimberly Gray’s termination is effective June 14. She was hired in August of 2006.

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Guns stolen during home robbery
FRANKLINTON — A cache of rifles and shotguns was reportedly stolen from a home some time between May 26 and 28. Sgt. P. A. Johnson and Deputy F. T. Wheless of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

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FHS assistant principal Mubenga resigns
Franklinton High School Assistant Principal Dr. Pascal Mubenga is resigning from his position effective June 30. Mubenga, originally from the Congo, is taking the principal position at Jones County Middle School.

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Franklin County could get more of the green scene
The new Louisburg bike trail may be linking up with a newly proposed 65-mile trail running through Henderson, Franklinton and Youngsville. On the eve of National Trails Day, state officials announced plans last week to add a 65-mile hiking and biking trail to the state’s trails system, with the proposed trail passing right through Franklin County.

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Arrest made in Louisburg Kangaroo robbery
A Louisburg man has been charged in an armed robbery after holding up The Pantry Kangaroo station off Bickett Boulevard early Wednesday morning. David Lee Freeman of Hazlewood Apartments off Sandlewood Drive was arrested on East Nash Street at 1:33 a.m. by Louisburg Police Officer Anthony Holtz just five minutes after a clerk called to report the robbery, Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter said.

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