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Showing 25 articles from December 14, 2007.

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GUILTY
GUILTY
A Louisburg man was sentenced to between 13 and 16 years after being convicted of killing Bunn teenager Marc Philippeaux.
Authorities charged Antione Perry with first-degree murder after he and two other suspects were arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 15, 2005.
Perry was convicted of firing the fatal shot that killed Philippeaux while he and about 150 other people celebrated a Bunn basketball victory at a house party.

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Louisburg College accreditation under threat; finances off
Louisburg College has begun efforts to tighten its belt and raise money to get out from under a financial warning that could impact its accreditation.
On Dec. 10, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges placed the school on a six-month warning, claiming the school’s financial stability is shaky.

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County attorney Darnell Batton resigns position
Franklin County’s attorney tendered his letter of resignation on Friday, effectively leaving his post on Jan. 31.
Darnell Batton has been the county’s attorney for 15 years.
He said he needed to resign because the workload is growing impossible to juggle between the county’s demands and the demands of clients in his private practice in Louisburg.

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Cox has big visions for downtown Louisburg
Cox has big visions for downtown Louisburg
Stepping carefully on worn wooden floors while dodging debris, Ron Cox uses a flashlight to illuminate a familiar darkness.
He saw it when he set out to renovate the old barbershop building at the corner of Main and Market streets.
Now, that building is home to a thriving barber, a church congregation, a clothing retailer and another business on the way.

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OBITUARIES

DONALD F. NEWELL
LOUISBURG - Donald Fletcher Newell, 55, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 15) at Blaylock Funeral Home, 203 North Front St., Warrenton, by Billy Fuller, with burial to follow in the Wise Cemetery.

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MATTIE BELL DAVIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mattie Bell Davis, 69, who died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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WILLIE D. BREWER
STEM - Willie Darrell Brewer, 75, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 14, at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Chapel in Oxford, with Dr. Randy Pittman officiating. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park, Louisburg.

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JAMES M. JONES
ZEBULON - James Monroe Jones, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 at WakeMed. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, with Masonic Rites, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon.

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ETHELENE E. CLANTON
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Funeral services for Ethelene Ellis Clanton, 65, formerly of Franklin County, who died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 15) at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellis family cemetery.

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SPORTS

DAWG-GONE IT
DAWG-GONE IT
BUNN -- Even after an 0-5 start to the season, Bunn High boys basketball coach Gerald Melton isn’t about to give up on his team. Not a chance.
“You could look all across the state, and you would have a hard time finding anybody else that lost the type of players we did (to graduation),’’ Melton said. “Yet we can be 4-1 right now -- our young guys just haven’t figured out to close out games.

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Warriors fly high vs. RHS
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High’s boys and girls both carried recent hot streaks into Friday’s home basketball matchups against rival Bunn.
The Lady Warriors are off to a perfect 4-0 start following Tuesday’s non-conference decision over Rosewood. Louisburg took control early and never relented en route to a convincing 50-36 decision against the Lady Eagles.

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Back On Track?
Back On Track?
FRANKLINTON -- Following a disappointing loss last Friday to Louisburg -- along with a general slow start to the season -- the Franklinton Red Rams returned to practice Monday with a renewed sense of vigor.
And the Red Rams carried that passion into Tuesday’s home contest against North Johnston.
Franklinton, in one of its most well-rounded performances of the season, held the Panthers scoreless in the first quarter and went on to post a 54-39 victory -- the second of the campaign for the Red Rams.

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NCC’s XC stalwarts honored
NCC’s XC stalwarts honored
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Roanoke Rapids’ Elias Ballew and Olivia Ballew have been saluted as the Cross Country Runners of the Year in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Franklin County was represented on the boys list by Bunn’s Jake Young and Franklinton’s Andrew Bordeaux. FHS’ Caite Barrett and Sandy Dickerson was girls first-team selections, along with Bunn’s Toni Franklin.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME SCHEDULE
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are college football’s bowl games, beginning with the Poinsettia Bowl:

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LIFESTYLES

Christmas trees, decorations all around the world
Christmas trees, decorations all around the world
Why do we have decorated Christmas trees?
It is a good question with lots of possible answers to choose from. According to the St. Boniface story, in the 7th century a monk from Crediton, Devonshire, went to Germany to teach the word of God. He spent much time in Thuringia, an area that later became the cradle of the Christmas decoration industry.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

BUNDLING UP FOR GOOD CAUSE
BUNDLING UP FOR GOOD CAUSE
From left to right, Village Cleaners owner Chinh Nguyen, employee Barbara Alston and Wayne Champion, who is handling the Coats for Kids program, show off some of the garments donated already. Coats for Kids will accept donations through Dec. 20, to provide less fortunate people with coats during the fall and winter season. Donations can be dropped off at the Village Cleaners on Bickett Boulevard, the Youngsville library on U.S. 1-A, and the Farm Bureau in Louisburg on Redwood Lane.

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Library adds PBS videos
On Jan. 1, library patrons at Franklin County Library will have free access to quality educational and entertainment programming from PBS over the Internet.
As a member of NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide library consortium, the library will provide on-site and home access to nearly 250 PBS programs, including Ken Burns’ “Baseball” and “The Civil War,” as well as the Emmy award-winning series “American Experience” and “Frontline.”

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New laws cover drunken driving, school bus safety, more
Many of the new laws that we approved this past session went into place at the beginning of this month.
Several of them are designed to protect drivers and other people who use our roads. Last year more than 1,500 people were killed on North Carolina roads, many because of drunken driving. These new laws will help us save lives.

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Shopping, baking, decorating, spending - oh my!
Holiday Stress?
Not me!
Welcome to the holiday season -- that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties and activities galore that begins right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving, and continues, gaining momentum through the end of the year.

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Public hearing for Rex/FRMC
A public hearing to solicit input on a proposed hospital move will be held, this time, in the town of a relocation supporter.
In November, Franklin Regional Medical Center and Rex Healthcare jointly filed a new certificate of need petition to relocate Franklin Regional Medical Center from its Louisburg location to just outside of the Youngsville limits.

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Shane Mitchell announces intent to run for commissioner’s seat
The filing period doesn’t open until February, but Franklinton resident Shane Mitchell has let it be known that he will run for a county commission seat.
Mitchell, who currently sits as chair of the county’s Economic Development Commission, said he wants a chance to serve on the county’s top governing board.

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NACo program offers discount prescription program through county for uninsured, under insured
Franklin County residents can now get help with increasing prescription drug costs.
Through the National Association of Counties and Caremark Rx — a pharmaceutical services company that brokers drug discounts — Franklin County has made available a free prescription drug discount card that residents can use at participating pharmacies.

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Franklinton unfires Garner; instead, she retires
FRANKLINTON — The town Board of Commissioners rescinded an earlier vote to fire its manager, instead allowing her to retire for medical reasons.
The decision allows Garner to rely on her tenure in government to get medical insurance, at her expense, through the UNC School of Government.

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BUSINESS

Floyd completes UNC information program
Coy Floyd, IT director for Franklin County, has successfully graduated from the 2007 Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 12-15-2007
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 12-15-2007
This is your opportunity to be an editorial cartoonist. Each issue, we will post a cartoon without a caption and you get to fill in the punchline. Here are a few guidelines that may help you submit the funniest line...

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