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Showing 27 articles from September 29, 2007.

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Gang Prevention: Know the signs
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS. Kenneth, “Kenny,” Harp shows curious students his handcuffs. RES student Katie Chandler was ready to try them out, however Alvaro Ortiz was a bit surprised to be so close and kept his hands to his side.
Gang Prevention: Know the signs
Juan didn’t want to come to the front of the class for a group photo Wednesday.
Bashfully smiling, he put his head down and wouldn’t get out of his seat. After some coaxing, however, he gave in.
He’s the kind of child who can get a gang recruiter’s attention just by trying not to get any attention at all.

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Puppy on the mend
Puppy on the mend
GETTING BETTER. Pattie and Jackson Taylor were helping their Catahoula Leopard puppy, Lady, recover this week from serious injuries suffered in a pitbull attack that killed the couple’s other puppy, Tramp. Two pit bulls broke into a fenced-in pen on the Taylor’s property on Ferrells Bridge Road last Thursday and attacked the puppies that the Taylors had just gotten from the county’s animal shelter a few days before. Jackson Taylor had to shoot the dogs, who were threatening to attack the Taylors.

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Disaster relief now available
A declaration by Gov. Mike Easley could bring relief to farmers across the state.
Earlier this month, the state declared a natural disaster because of damages and crop losses attributed to the drought and high temperatures.

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Japanese visitors
Japanese visitors
CULTURAL EXCHANGE. On Thursday, Raleigh’s chapter of Friendship Force International brought American hosts and ambassadors from Nara, Japan to Franklin County to tour Bob Radcliffe’s and Kerry Carter’s Lynch Creek farm. The group is set up to share cultural exchange and foster peace. From left to right, Ambassadors Nom Homada, Ai Hatanaka, Reiko Harigae and American host, Dorie Monroe. See story, more photos inside.

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Ben Barrick pops up in Texas
A former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy’s involvement in a Texas helicopter operation similar to the one that killed a fellow deputy here three years ago is causing heartburn for attorneys representing the widow.

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OBITUARIES

BRIAN P. WELCH
FRANKLINTON – Brian Phillip Welch, 29, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Sept. 28, in the chapel at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with Pastor Scott Welch officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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MICHAEL T. LULL
WAKE FOREST – Michael Terry Lull, 51, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 at his home. Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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TOMMIE L. FLEMING
LOUISBURG – Tommie L. Fleming, 74, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at New Bethel Baptist Church, Rolesville.

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KAISER RICHARDSON
HOLLISTER – Kaiser Richardson Sr., 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Pine Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ETHEL L. WOOD
BUNN – Ethel Lucille Wood, 87, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in Bunn Cemetery.

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FREDDIE J. FLETCHER
KITTRELL – Freddie James Fletcher, 64, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Roland Chapel Christian Church with the Rev. Isaac Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Southern hospitality
Southern hospitality
LOUISBURG - For Louisburg High School, the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference volleyball championship is almost a formality -- even before the season begins.
The Lady Warriors have owned the overmatched TRAC for years, and that leaves LHS head coach Erica Wammock scrambling for ways to keep her club sharp -- and motivated -- as the campaign progresses.

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Southern hospitality 2
Southern hospitality 2
HENDERSON - For all of their long-term volleyball successes, one accolade has eluded the Bunn Ladycats over the past eight seasons.
A Northern Carolina Conference regular season championship.
BHS’ last crown came in 2000, when the Ladycats were still in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference. After moving to the NCC, Bunn has been unable to get past perennial league power Southern Vance, much to the consternation of BHS head coach Henry Jones.

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FHS girls dominant in county
FHS girls dominant in county
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Lady Rams took another step toward wrapping up the mythical Franklin County girls tennis championship with a 7-2 home victory Thursday over the Louisburg Lady Warriors.
FHS won four of the six singles matches before scoring a three-match doubles sweep. An eight-game format was utilized to determine winners.

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Karmanos steps down from job
Karmanos steps down from job
RALEIGH -- Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced his resignation from that position. Karmanos, who had served as assistant general manager since April 1998, cited personal reasons for his resignation.

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LHS’ Progressive Party
LHS’ Progressive Party
LOUISBURG -- Head coach Brent Cardwell doesn’t need to look at the scoresheet to notice the recent improvement of his Louisburg High boys soccer team.
But it sure doesn’t hurt to sneak a peek, especially when the Warriors are taking on an opponent that they rallied for a tie with earlier in the season.

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LIFESTYLES

What kind of memories do you have?
What kind of memories do you have?
Memory is an organism’s ability to store, retain and retrieve information. It is one of the most wonderful gifts that God has given us as human beings.
Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we did not remember anything from the past?

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A blooming universal language
The Old Fashion Garden Club met at the Murphy House in Louisburg for its September meeting, with Anne Burrell as hostess and Martha D. Hyman, newly-elected president, presiding.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County closer to mandatory water restrictions
Unless significant rains recharge Kerr Lake, Franklin County staff suspects it will have to institute mandatory water restrictions to conserve the resource.
Like Franklinton and, most recently, Louisburg, Franklin County utilities staff has urged residents to voluntarily conserve water.

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Japanese delegation visits
Japanese delegation visits
Members of an international group designed to get to the root of peace and understanding got to some real roots this week when they visited a Franklin County farm.
Friendship Force International is a non-profit organization that fosters relationships through an ambassador program that allows people to host visitors from abroad and connect cultures.

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Safe Space plans community events for awareness month
Safe Space Inc., a non-profit domestic violence agency serving Franklin County, will recognize National Domestic Violence Month with two events in October.
Survivors, victims, their family members and others whose lives have been touched by domestic violence are encouraged to raise public awareness about the problem through the Clothesline Project.

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Humane Society plans Paws for Life 5K-9
The Town of Wake Forest will host the Paws For Life 5K-9 Road Race and 1-Mile Dog Walk on Oct. 6.
This fundraiser benefits the Franklin County Humane Society and its various programs.

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FOND FAREWELL
FOND FAREWELL
Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell, left, joined dozens of town staff and employees for a going away lunch on Thursday as they said goodbye to Ed Wyatt, who served as the town’s interim administrator the past six months. Wyatt, the former Wilson town manager, had prior experience in Franklin County, serving as an interim administrator in Franklinton last year. Wyatt served as the bridge between long-time administrator C.L. Gobble and newly hired Mark Warren, who begins Oct. 1. Town staff and officials said Wyatt’s professionalism and effort helped the town with a smooth transition.

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LITTLE CHICK-A-DEE.
LITTLE CHICK-A-DEE.
Poultry farmer Warren Harris, right, holds a chick out for inspection as Bunn Elementary students, from left to right, Dylan Hamilton, Nathan Church and Romelia Poueriet take a close-up peek. The exhibition was part of the Animal Agriculture Field Day on Tuesday morning at Riverbend Park in Louisburg. Farmers and agricultural scientists from across the region showed county elementary school students the finer points of farming, including information on dairy cows, beef cattle, meat and dairy goats, poultry, sheep, llamas, horses, swine and fish.

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Board of Health brings in own member as interim leader
The Franklin County Board of Health chose one of its own this week to lead the health department on an interim basis.
The board unanimously chose Health Board Member Nancy White to serve as the interim health director as Phillip Tarte will leave the post this week to serve as the director in Union County.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Warriors Wallop Weldon
LOUISBURG - Considered the preseason favorite to win the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference, the Louisburg Warriors did nothing to dispel that prediction during their league opener Friday.
LHS celebrated homecoming in a big way, piling up 40 points in the first half alone en route to a 47-0 drubbing of the Weldon Mighty Chargers at Warrior Field.

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