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Showing 32 articles from December 4, 2007.

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BREAKING NEWS!!! STATE HIGHWAY PATROL REPORT SAYS OFFICER DOING 90 MPH!
FRANKLINTON — According to a state Highway Patrol report expected to be released today, a Franklinton police officer violated the town’s pursuit policy when he engaged in a two-county chase that ended in a fiery head-on collision that killed three people.

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Tragic pursuit:<br>Three die, ending officer’s high-speed chase
Linsay Erin Lunsford, Maggie Rose Lunsford
Tragic pursuit:
Three die, ending officer’s high-speed chase
FRANKLINTON — According to a state Highway Patrol report expected to be releasedWednesday, a Franklinton police officer violated the town’s pursuit policy when he engaged in a two-county chase that ended in a fiery head-on collision that killed three people.
Officer Michael Dunlap began chasing Guy Christopher Ayscue, 38, of Vance County, about 3 p.m. Saturday after seeing Ayscue speed through an intersection in the wrong lane of N.C. Highway 56 going past the Snackers gas station toward Granville County.

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Family devastated, wants answers
Family devastated, wants answers
CREEDMOOR — Mt. Energy Elementary School is where 9-year-old Maggie Rose Lunsford loved to read.
Mt. Energy is also a place that her 18-year-old sister, Linsay Erin Lunsford, a UNC-G freshman and a student of merit, could have wound up teaching.
Instead, their family and friends will gather at the school for a funeral tonight after the sisters were killed in a fiery wreck on their way home from a shopping spree Saturday afternoon.

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Angela Harris picked as interim manager
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to bring back a familiar face, naming one-time assistant county manager Angela Harris to fill the top spot on an interim basis.
Harris served as an assistant manager but commissioners terminated that position in 2003 in a move that sparked controversy in the community and drove residents to protest the decision.

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Gobble joins LC staff; Miller resigns
Former Louisburg Town Administrator C.L. Gobble has been named interim vice president of finance at Louisburg College following the abrupt resignation of Marvin Miller.
Miller, who served as finance director since September of 2004, resigned Friday, effective immediately, for personal reasons, according to Louisburg College spokeswoman Jade Biggio.

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OBITUARIES

LINSAY ERIN LUNSFORD and MAGGIE ROSE LUNSFORD
CREEDMOOR - Linsay Erin Lunsford, 18, and Maggie Rose Lunsford, 9, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 in an automobile accident. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 5) at Mt. Energy Elementary School in Creedmoor, with the Rev. Jason Thornton officiating. A private burial will be Thursday, Dec. 6, at South Granville Memorial Park.

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PERCY L. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Percy L. Williams, 82, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at noon today (Wednesday, Dec. 5) at South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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CHRISTINE L. JONES
ZEBULON - Christine Ruth LePree Jones, 49, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 5) at Massey Funeral Home in Zebulon. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hollywood Cemetery in Middlesex.

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KENNETH G. CHRISTIAN
FRANKLINTON - Kenneth Griffin Christian, 57, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 5) at Calvary Baptist Church, with Dr. Ron Cumbie and the Rev. James West officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

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FRANCES B. SWOPE
ZEBULON - Frances Novell Bunn Swope, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Friendship Free Will Baptist Church, Middlesex. Burial was in the Hephzibah Baptist Church cemetery, Wendell.

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GUY C. AYSCUE
HENDERSON - Guy Christopher Ayscue, 38, of 531 Skenes Ave., died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007.

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JOHN R. POLLARD SR.
FRANKLINTON - John R. Pollard Sr. of Trenton, N.J., formerly of Franklinton, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007.

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ELAINE WOOD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Elaine Wood, 47, who died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at My Father’s House Church of Deliverance, with the Rev. James Otis Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Walnut Grove Church cemetery.

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NORWOOD Y. ROWE
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Norwood Y. Rowe, 84, of the 90 Block of Diamond Springs Road, died Saturday at his residence. He was a native of Franklin County, Va., and an Army veteran of World War II and was a bricklayer.

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SPORTS

Hooping it up:<br>Nash Central takes 2 vs. BHS
Hooping it up:
Nash Central takes 2 vs. BHS
ROCKY MOUNT -- Last Friday night’s season-opening boys basketball matchup between Nash Central and Bunn featured plenty of first-game jitters from both of the traditional area powerhouses.
At times, the contest appeared to be a battle of attrition as the clubs struggled in their initial outings of the 2007-08 campaign.

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Bulldogs bury FHS, 54-20
Bulldogs bury FHS, 54-20
FRANKLINTON -- Less than one week ago, Durham Arts escaped with a four-point victory during a girls basketball matchup against Franklinton.
The rematch was much less suspenseful. In fact, the outcome had all but been determined before the first quarter had ended.
Using some clutch 3-point shooting and a tenacious pressure defense, the Lady Bulldogs stormed ahead early and went on to top Franklinton 54-20 in a non-conference contest Monday at the FHS Gymnasium.

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Franklin County takedown
Franklin County takedown
FRANKLINTON -- For the first time since the 2005-06 campaign, Franklin County’s three prep wrestling program appeared in the same building last Saturday as part of the Franklinton High Red Ram Duals.
Bunn, after taking last season off, has returned to the mat under new coach Mike Diaz. And Louisburg and Franklinton return a strong nucleus of performers from their respective squads, meaning that grappling heroics could be on the rise this winter across the county.

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NCHSAA’s proposals alter NCC
NCHSAA’s proposals alter NCC
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association took another step toward finalizing its realignment process during a committee meeting last week in Chapel Hill.
During the meet, the realignment committee, using enrollment figures released last month, adopted its preliminary conference affiliations for the 2009-13 calendar years.

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LC Defeats Chief Nemesis
LC Defeats Chief Nemesis
LOUISBURG -- Mike Holloman insists he isn’t concerned about the trek toward his 500th career victory as the women’s basketball coach at Louisburg College.
To Holloman, it simply means that he’s been on the job for a long time. And that he isn’t as young as he used to be.
“I’m really not thinking about it at all,’’ Holloman said.
Chances are, Holloman won’t soon forget career victory No. 494.

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High School Grid Scores
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Friday’s results from regional action in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here is the schedule for this Saturday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Championship Football Playoff Games:

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NCHSAA CLASS 2-A STATE ENROLLMENT FIGURES
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the latest Class 2-A enrollment projections for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 2009-13 realignment schedule:

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LIFESTYLES

LHS, TMS Christmas concert Dec. 13 — open to public
‘Tis the season for the annual Classic Christmas Concert brought by the Louisburg High School Band and the Terrell Lane Band.
The chill of winter brings with it the anticipation of holidays and tradition. What great tradition this annual concert invites.

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Holiday Giving & Events
Parades The Alert Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m.
The Bunn Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.
The Franklinton Christmas Parade will be Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. (Rain date, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.)

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

21-credit high school diploma policy helps with dropouts
Earning a high school diploma is a major step toward success for a person, and Franklin County Schools is taking measures to make sure more students accomplish that goal.
The Franklin County Board of Education has adopted a new 21-credit high school diploma policy that is intended to prevent at-risk students from dropping out of high school.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Volunteers, leaders honored during Farm-City Week program
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center staff conducted its annual Farm-City Week program on Nov. 14 at the Extension Center Annex in Louisburg.
With more than 60 people in attendance, including State Rep. Lucy Allen, the program’s theme of Food Marketing Safety was addressed through the speaker, Ross Williams, assistant director, Marketing Division, North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

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Reassignment meeting for new school Dec. 6
The first meeting of an advisory committee to define school boundaries for the new county elementary school, Long Mill Elementary, will be Thursday night.
Long Mill will open for the 2008-09 school year, and the boundaries will change populations in Franklinton Elementary, Royal Elementary and Youngsville Elementary, officials anticipate.

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Art Du Jour: new spot
Art Du Jour will open its doors today in a new location.
Organizers of the art cooperative had operated next to Baxter’s Ale House on Nash Street for the past two years, but when their lease ran out this month, the group decided to move to the other side of the street to 209 E. Nash St.

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Faces on Parade
Faces on Parade
Franklin County Holiday Parade Louisburg • December 2

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Faces on Parade, 2
Faces on Parade, 2
Youngsville Christmas Parade • December 1

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BUSINESS

Health survey leaves a smoky trail in eateries
Health survey leaves a smoky trail in eateries
Chances are good that eating out in Franklin County means dealing with some, if not a lot, of cigarette smoke in between chews.
The county Department of Health has sent out the 2007-2008 Restaurant Heart Health Survey to 51 eateries, including chain and locally-owned restaurants and small store grills.

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East Carolina Farm Credit changes its name
East Carolina Farm Credit, the largest rural lender in eastern North Carolina for more than 90 years, will change its name to AgCarolina Financial effective Dec. 1.
According to company officials, many rural residents and businesses aren’t aware that they are eligible to borrow from the member-owned lending cooperative.

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