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Showing 29 articles from July 31, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

State budget gives Medicaid relief by cutting into ADM, local sales tax $$
State budget gives Medicaid relief by cutting into ADM, local sales tax $$
State legislators approved a $20.7-billion budget this week that saves counties money on Medicaid costs and offers potential revenue streams.
The state will have to dip into other county revenues to pay the bill, though.

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Bluegrass never sounded so good
It’s time for pickers and grinners to come together for some good old-fashion bluegrass jammin’.
The 10th annual Preddyfest Bluegrass Festival starts Thursday and continues through Saturday at 2284 Green Hill Road in Franklinton.

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Morehead Scholar explores Brazil
Morehead Scholar explores Brazil
A local teen has made the world a little smaller.
Tripp Gobble just returned to Louisburg after spending two months volunteering at a children’s camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gobble, who graduated from Louisburg High School in 2006, is a Morehead Scholar and a rising sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Untreated wastewater spills in creek
YOUNGSVILLE — A sewage spill in Youngsville early Friday morning released about 3,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into Richland Creek, a tributary water conveyance to the Neuse River Basin.
The pipe rupture occurred at a force main just north of Holden Road.

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Clint Black, Roy Clark, Platters — they’re all coming!
Clint Black, Roy Clark, Platters — they’re all coming!
Tomorrow, Clint Black will perform his new single, “The Strong One,” on Live with Regis and Kelly.
However, if you would prefer to watch Black perform in a more intimate environment, then you will want to catch him live from the Louisburg College Auditorium this fall.

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TRANSPORTATION SURVEY
Dear Franklin County Resident:
As you know, Transportation plays a vital role in the economic prosperity of any region. In order for an area to grow, adequate transportation must be provided to support employment centers, travel and tourism, field to market agricultural demands/needs and the movement of goods and services.

Did you know:

• Almost 60 percent of Franklin County residents commute daily to Wake County for work, mostly using US1 and US401. This means we’re dependent on these roads to keep our economy going.

• The State of North Carolina faces a $65 billion projected shortfall in transportation funds over a 25-year timeframe (from 2005-2030) based on state and federal tax revenues that determine how dollars are coming to NCDOT for transportation needs.

• Our population has grown from 30,000 people in 1980 to 56,000 today. More people means more cars and more traffic. This growth is likely to continue and we will be near 90,000 by 2030!

Because of the importance of our roadways, the State’s budget shortfall on roadway funding and our population growth, the County, Franklin County Towns and partners are developing an updated transportation plan for Franklin County.

The purpose of this plan is to identify solutions to roadway and other transportation problems and to help keep traffic in Franklin County moving!

It may take some time to fund these projects, so we need your help in deciding which types of projects should be a priority and how they should be funded.

Since roadways and other transportation facilities are such an important issue in our County to maintain our great quality of life, we need YOUR input!

Please take a few minutes to fill out the attached survey and mail back to us or return to this envelope by SEPTEMBER 14, 2007.

This survey is anonymous and the County will not have your name associated with the survey unless you want us to.

Thank you for your participation and please call Tammy Davis at (919) 496-2909 with any questions or if you wish to receive more information about this transportation plan!!!

Sincerely,
Patrick Young, Director
Franklin County Planning and Inspections

Click Here To Download Survey

MAIL SURVEY TO:
Franklin County Planning Department
215 East Nash Street
Louisburg, NC 27549

OR, GO ONLINE TO FILL OUT SURVEY:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/franklincounty


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OBITUARIES

TODD RAGLAND
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Todd “Ghost” Ragland, 20, who died Saturday, July 28, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 1) at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Walter Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MELVIN R. WOOD
ZEBULON - Melvin Ray Wood, 66, of Coventry House died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 30, at Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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BARBARA ANN READY
LOUISBURG - Barbara Ann Ready, 48, died Monday, July 30, 2007 at her home.

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CALLIE S. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Callie S. Perry, 101, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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EMMA L. TABRON
FRANKLINTON-Emma L. Tabron, 93, died Friday, July 27, 2007.

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JULLETTE J. HARVEY
FRANKLINTON - Jullette J. Harvey, 84, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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LAWRENCE D. KEARNEY
LOUISBURG - Lawrence D. Kearney, 70, died Thursday, July 26, 2007.

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CHICK EUGENE T. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Chick Eugene T. Wlliams, a native of Louisburg, died Friday, July 27, 2007, at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral service was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations with the Rev. Jack Edge officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery with Military Rites.

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SPORTS

FHS set to unveil its new offense
FHS set to unveil its new offense
FRANKLINTON - Just because it’s football practice doesn’t mean the pigskin has to get flung around for three hours.
In fact, Franklinton pulled out the footballs for only 15 minutes of Monday’s first fall workout on the FHS campus. The rest of the time was devoted to one of head coach Chris Miller’s favorite endeavors.

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LHS players: It’s time for games!
LHS players: It’s time for games!
LOUISBURG - Louisburg High will play 11 football games this season, and that’s not including the Warriors’ expected deep run into the Class 1-AA State Playoffs.
But LHS head coach James Collier was stressing a different sort of games during the Warriors’ first practice of the season, which took place Monday evening.

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Bunn club takes 2nd at Worlds
Bunn club takes 2nd at Worlds
BUNN -- It wasn’t a coincidence that some of the top players on the Bunn Yellowjackets’ summer baseball team starred against the Bunn High diamond squad during regular season action.
Jeff Lester, head coach of the Yellowjackets, was a BHS assistant, and he took notice when an opposing performer fared well versus the Wildcats.

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Mudcats drop pitcher’s duel
ZEBULON -- A brilliant first start for Carolina Mudcats (17-20) pitcher Chris Volstad was spoiled in the eighth inning, amounting to a 3-1 Jacksonville Suns (26-11) victory at Five County Stadium Sunday in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.

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Red Rams will host jamboree
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will host the Red Ram Relay Boys Soccer Jamboree on Aug. 15 at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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Hurricanes’ ticket packages on sale
RALEIGH -- Kyle Prairie, Director of Ticket Sales for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced the team’s mini-season ticket plans for the 2007-08 season. Partial season ticket plan-holders can opt for a 24-game plan, or choose between three different 10-game plans.

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Northern’s Joyner committed to ECU
RED OAK -- Last year at this time, Northern Nash’s Tyler Joyner had his mind on football as the Knights kicked off their practice season. He played middle linebacker.

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LIFESTYLES

Jones, Shearin marry May 19
Leslie Ann Shearin and Jessie Wayne Jones, both of Louisburg, were married on May 19, 2007 at Atlantic Beach. The 9 a.m. ceremony was officiated by Reneé Mebly.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

WINDSWEPT
WINDSWEPT
Wind gusts from a storm that rushed through the area Monday afternoon snapped a tree near its base and sent limbs and power lines crashing to the ground and on top of this car. The woman inside, who’s name was not immediately verifiable, did not receive life-threatening injuries during the accident. A witness said she was talking as emergency crews pulled her from the vehicle. Power crews responded to shut down power temporarily as emergency crews worked to free the woman from the car while avoiding the threat of electrocution. The town’s utility crews used a chain saw to cut the tree in sections and then used a bull dozer to remove the tree and debris from the roadway as the limbs and debris blocked Sterling Street. A block away, another tree was downed and caught fire, according to police.

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Butterfly Run spreads wings for Roberts
Defenders of goodwill are teaming up for Krystal Beth Roberts, the Bunn teen who was injured in a car crash on May 25.

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Break-ins reported at Bull Creek
Bull Creek Golf Course has fallen victim to a blitzkrieg of break-ins as of recent.

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Nominations sought for top volunteer efforts
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007 North Carolina Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

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Girl Scouts has new leader
Girl Scouts announces the appointment of Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair as CEO of the new organization, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines.

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BUSINESS

Novozymes on the list
Novozymes made this year’s “Sustainable Business 20 List,” the 20 most innovative companies that are having an important impact on creating an environmentally sustainable society, released by SustainableBusiness.com on July 18.

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