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Showing 30 articles from July 18, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

School board will pursue $53-million bond, Aug. ‘08
The Franklin County Board of Education will ask the county Board of Commissioners to call for an August 2008, stand-alone bond referendum for $53.3 million.
Holding the separate vote would cost $40-50,000, according to the county Board of Elections.

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Dave Harker remembered as genuine public servant
Dave Harker remembered as genuine public servant
A man who wore his emotions and his Republican Party loyalties on his sleeve died over the weekend.
Dave Harker was 61.
Harker moved to Youngsville in 2001 and, just as soon, immersed himself into the Republican Party, culminating in a run for the N.C. House of Representatives in 2006.

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Louisburg will fight store’s ABC permit to control crime
The Louisburg Town Council resolved to fight a business’ attempt to get an ABC license saying such a permit would continue a trend of lawlessness and lewdness exhibited by drunken patrons.
During a meeting on Monday night, interim Administrator Ed Wyatt and town Zoning Administrator Tony King advised the board that the proprietor of the convenience store at the corner of South Main Street and Bunn Road was applying for a beverage permit from the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission.

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A sweet opening for Olde Liberty
A sweet opening for Olde Liberty
Gabriel Preston chooses to use the old-fashioned way ­­— without a spoon — to eat his ice cream during Saturday’s grand opening of Olde Liberty, a golf and housing development in Franklinton. Gabriel was more than happy to take advantage of the free ice cream that was being offered as part of the event. For more on Olde Liberty Golf and Country Club, see today’s sports section, beginning on page 10. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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New elementary school is named Long Mill
New elementary school is named Long Mill
Franklin County’s newest elementary school, set to open in the fall of 2008, has been named.
Long Mill Elementary’s construction has begun at the intersection of Long Mill Road and Bert Winston Road in Youngsville.

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Centerville Meat Market bought — new look, same quality
Centerville Meat Market bought — new look, same quality
CENTERVILLE — Residents from around here need not fear any more cookouts.
S & H Hamlet’s Meat Market owner Henry Hamlet promises the best variety of specialty-cut meats in the area.
Hamlet bought the shop — formerly Centerville Meat Market — on June 4 from Bill Spruill.

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OBITUARIES

DAVID T. HARKER SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - David Theodore Harker Sr., 61, died Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Wake Medical Center.

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NELLIE MAE BRODIE
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Ms. Nellie Mae Brodie, 81, who died Monday, July 9, 2007, at Prince George’s Hospital in Cheverly, Md., were conducted Thursday, July 12, 2007 in the Marshall’s Funeral Chapel in Suitland, Md., with Dr. William H. Garner officiating.

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DA’SHANTI R. VINES
WAKE FOREST - Funeral services for Da’Shanti Ramon Vines, 12, who died Friday, July 13, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 18) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.

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AVA L. PARKER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Ms. Ava L. Parker, 55, who died Sunday, July 15, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Freedom and Deliverance Outreach Center, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating.

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GERALD S. FLEMING III
SCOTLAND NECK - Pastor Gerald Shelby Fleming III, 58, formerly of Louisburg, died Sunday, July 15, 2007 at his home.

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KATHERINE LATIF
FRANKLINTON - Katherine E. Latif, 48, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at UNC Hospital. A funeral service was conducted Tuesday, July 17, in the Memorial Chapel of the Cremation Society of the Carolinas.

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ANTHONY J. BRAVAR JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Anthony James Bravar Jr. died Monday, July 9, 2007 unexpectedly at his home in Youngsville.

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BARBARA P. SCARBORO
ZEBULON - Barbara Perry Scarboro, 71, died Sunday, July 15, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 17, at Massey Funeral Home. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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ZEBULON V. ALFORD
TARBORO - Zebulon Vance Alford, 87, died Monday, July 16, 2007.

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SPORTS

Moulin’s Mastery
Moulin’s Mastery
FRANKLINTON - Like most aficionados of the sport, Joel Moulin spent many of his teenage days on the golf course in his native Missouri.
The similarities, however, stop there. While his buddies were adding up their scores, Moulin had a hose in his hand. Or he was driving around on a tractor or cleaning out carts.

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Canes get Cullen in NYR deal
RALEIGH -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced that the team has acquired center Matt Cullen from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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FC Nationals nab Dixie Baseball district crown
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- After outscoring opponents by a whopping 36-2 margin in three games, the Franklin County Nationals took home the Dixie Baseball District Championship last weekend.
The Nationals, coached by Ken Smith, opened tourney action with a 16-0, four-inning victory over Youngsville 1 on July 12 at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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Another grid list targeted
Another grid list targeted
Maybe it’s a product of the slow-news summer, but lists are the big media trend these days.
A few weeks ago, we dissected the USA Today Top 25 All-Time NFL players list -- at least the names that had been released to that point.

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Mudcats surging in Southern League
JACKSON, TENN. -- Ryan Bear singled home Grant Psomas with two outs in the top of the 12th inning to send Carolina to its fourth straight win, defeating West Tenn 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Pringles Park in a Class AA Southern League diamond matchup.

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CAROLINA HURRICANES’ SKED
RALEIGH -- Listed is the Carolina Hurricanes’ game schedule for the 2007-08 National Hockey League season (home games are listed in CAPS):

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LIFESTYLES

Piecing together history one scrapbook at a time
Some might call Lillian Horton a historian. Others might call her a hobbyist.
Horton, 87, of Louisburg refers to herself as a workaholic and said the children who frequent her year-round Christmas store, L and J Crafts and Sales at the Raleigh Flea Market Mall, call her “Grandma.”

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VOLUNTEERS’ RECEPTION.
VOLUNTEERS’ RECEPTION.
The Franklin County Arts Council hosted a reception July 12 at the Arts Center in Louisburg to recognize volunteers from the 2007 International Whistlers Convention and to present Allen de Hart with an award. At left, from left to right, are Rachel Stone, Elmar Holmes, Allen de Hart and Joe Shearon. Hart is holding a painting of himself marking a hiking trail. The art was done by state House Rep. Lucy Allen. De Hart was awarded the Law Recognition Award from the International Association of Whistlers for his hard work and contributions to the International Whistlers Convention. “This award is for all of us,” de Hart said. “This is not just for me — this is for all volunteers.”

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Old Fashion Garden Club enjoys 1,200 rose bushes
The Old Fashion Garden Club of Louisburg toured the Rose Garden in Wilson on May 21.

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Strawbridge, Cookson wed
Lauren Raye Strawbridge and Andrew Cookson were married Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Luola’s Chapel, Orton Plantation at Winnabow. Dr. Carl Poole officiated at the ceremony. A reception was held following the ceremony at the Henrietta III Riverboat in Wilmington.

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Carswell, Wrenn wed
Robin Renee Carswell and Steven Blake Wrenn were married May 5, 2007 at Rock Spring Baptist Church. The officiating minister for the 2 p.m. ceremony was the Rev. Melvin McGriff.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Demolition of Youngsville building on hold for now
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners reversed a board decision within a matter of minutes after realizing their action could have an adverse impact on a business owner.
First, the board tabled a decision on Vickey Willis’ rezoning and variance request for a month because they want more time to determine how traffic would be impacted by relocating a building currently on Main Street to 311 S. Cross St.

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DONKEY STARE DOWN
DONKEY STARE DOWN
Elizabeth Denton and her furry friend size each other up on Charles Faulkner’s farm off of Ed Faulkner Road in Alert. Elizabeth, along with her three brothers and mother, were visiting the farm after the Alert Independence Day Parade, where Faulkner had invited several families to come and see his goats and newborn donkeys.

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Humane Society starts SNIF
The Franklin County Humane Society has adopted a new spay/neuter program, SNIF, to assist low-income households with getting their dogs or cats spayed or neutered.

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Bunn Police Department brings in full-time officer
The Bunn Board of Commissioners approved an ascension last month, giving the police department a third full-time officer.

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