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Showing 20 articles from August 17, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Students are back at LC, VGCC
SAY CHEESE. Louisburg College student Jessica Baker poses for a picture that will be used for identification at the school. Baker joined nearly 500 new students during orientation on Wednesday.
Students are back at LC, VGCC
Louisburg College officials welcomed more students back to school this week than last year. The college boasts a 14.6 percent increase over the same time last year. This fall, 447 new students have enrolled, pushing enrollment numbers to 737 students.

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Foy faces assault, marijuana charges, claims innocence
Foy faces assault, marijuana charges, claims innocence
A commissioner who was arrested this week on charges of drug possession and assaulting a woman said he is innocent and looking to turn the tables.
Dare County Sheriff Rodney Midgett said Harry Foy was arrested with three of his employees a few miles off the coast of Hatteras in the Pamlico Sound Aug. 15 after one employee, Laurie Boemper, called 911 alleging that Foy assaulted her.

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Animal shelter threat: Albright intent unclear, says he’s not going away
A local businessman who’s looking to expand his high-tech business said he’ll continue to express concerns about the impact an animal control shelter could have on his plans. Tom Albright said he’s deciding whether to expand his TTI Wireless company at the county’s hub site or at a 30-acre site he owns along T. Kemp Road near the Sheriff’s Office.

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Rep. Etheridge visits local nursery, discusses potential
Rep. Etheridge visits local nursery, discusses potential
U.S. Congressman Bob Etheridge paid a visit Thursday afternoon to a Franklin County family farm that helped itself to a new future when tobacco markets were beginning to dry up. And he talked about the 2007 Farm Bill that may be able to help them even more.

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It’s all elementary: Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
ALL NEW. The new Laurel Mill classroom building for art, music and exceptional children.
It’s all elementary: Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
This year Genie Faulkner is looking forward to a hard rain. As the assistant principal at Laurel Mill Elementary School, Faulkner is anxious to see just how well new drains at the school’s entrance are going to work. A stream of water after a rain typically flowed into the school’s front entrance, through a lobby area and out a back door. Last year, teachers and staff pushed out the water with mops and brooms after a good rain.

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Brick by Brick
$30-Million School Bond Package raising the roof for education

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OBITUARIES

CHARLES R. MERRITT
LOUISBURG — Charles Ray Merritt, 69, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007. Cryptside services will be today (Saturday, Aug. 18) at 11 a.m. from Lancaster Memorial Park Mausoleum in Louisburg with Hospice chaplain Andy Stewart officiating.

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MARILYN LOU W. NOREK
AUSTIN, Pa.– Marilyn Lou Williams Norek, of Youngsville died Aug. 9, 2007. The Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Augustine’s Church in Austin on Aug. 13. A memorial mass was at St. Catherine’s in Wake Forest on Aug. 17 with Fr. Paul Byron presiding.

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JONATHAN R. MURPHY JR.
LOUISBURG — Jonathan R. “Richie” Murphy Jr., 44, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at the Shingleton Funeral Home chapel in Wilson.

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SPORTS

Vikings Rout Red Rams
Vikings Rout Red Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s high hopes for the 2007 football season didn’t come to fruition in the team’s opener Friday. Instead, backyard rival South Granville controlled the game from the outset and went on to post a convincing 52-6 non-conference decision over the Red Rams at the FHS Football Field.

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2007 Red Rams set goal: Take the NCC championship
2007 Red Rams set goal: Take the NCC championship
FRANKLINTON — Second-best is no longer the best option for the Franklinton High school boys soccer team. In fact, it’s not even an option anymore. In the past, the Red Rams -- just like everyone else in the Northern Carolina Conference -- began the season with the goal of earning a runner-up spot behind perennial titan Roanoke Rapids.

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Wildcats’ workout is a ‘war’
BUNN -- After taking on finesse-oriented teams Millbrook and Green Hope at Saturday’s Pigskin Preview, Bunn found a willing power-football dance partner Tuesday during a home scrimmage against East Bladen. Just like the host Wildcats, East Bladen doesn’t hide what it does best, which is try to control the ball with a pound-it-out offense.

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LHS gets game-ready for upcoming opponents
LHS gets game-ready for upcoming opponents
STANHOPE -- When Louisburg High School head football James Collier scheduled a scrimmage against Southern Nash -- for the second straight season -- he had no idea the long-term benefits the event would provide. Southern, coached by Brian Foster, is historically known for its power football scheme. But with 18 starters graduated from last year, including four behemoth linemen and star running back Jerry Howard, the Firebirds have opted to utilize a spread offense -- at least some of the time -- in 2007.

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See and be seen at events
See and be seen at events
See and be seen, but not too much. And definitely don’t give any secrets away.
No, this isn’t about a Hollywood star trying to chase down a good time -- while being chased by the tabloids.
At every preseason football scrimmage, you’ll seen plenty of coaches. But not just the ones of participating teams

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LC’s Hurricanes prepare for gridiron opener
LOUISBURG -- Head coach Rick Mohlmann and his Louisburg College Hurricanes have kicked off fall drills in anticipation of their Sept. 1 football opener at George Mason University. This coming Friday, LC will scrimmage at Methodist College. The event is slated for 3 p.m. in Fayetteville.

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County Sports Schedule

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COMMUNITY NEWS

FCHS rabies clinic successful
FCHS rabies clinic successful
COMMUNITY RABIES CLINIC. The Franklin County Humane Society along with Town and Country Supply sponsored a free rabies vaccination clinic last weekend in Louisburg at the store off Bickett Boulevard. Volunteers, including Mike Hindle, top photo, help with the shots — 200 available.

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Commissioners will discuss extra sales tax, land transfer tax
County commissioners are slated to discuss revenue options during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. The state Legislature adopted a budget in July that relieves counties of their Medicaid burden during a three-year phase out, and legislators also afforded counties the opportunity to pursue one of two revenue options — either a quarter-cent sales tax increase or a land transfer tax.

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Airport Commission adopts ‘field maintenance’ program, considers hire
The county’s Airport Commission adopted an aggressive field maintenance program on Tuesday, addressing concerns about pilot safety, aesthetics and economic development that cropped up last week. Former airport groundskeeper Shane Mitchell expressed concerns about upkeep during the Franklin County Commission’s Aug. 6 meeting and former Airport Commission member and Commissioner Don Lancaster suggested that the board further discuss the matter at another meeting.

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DISTRICT COURT
Following are some cases adjudicated in Franklin District Court recently:

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