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Showing 32 articles from December 28, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Rainmaker
Rainmaker
Franklin County could be in for another rainfall event this weekend, but it’ll be the last bit of precipitation for a while.
And the less than an inch of rain that reportedly fell in Franklin County the day after Christmas did little to move the rainfall gauge.
“There’s about an 8- to 20-inch rainfall deficit across North Carolina,” meteorologist Mike Strickler said on Thursday. There was a 50-50 chance of rain on Friday.

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NETSTAR civil suit heads to court
The case against 10 defendants a widow claims were responsible for her husband’s death is slated for trial in February.
First, though, the matter will appear before a judge in January during an administrative hearing.

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<i>Take a hike</i>
HAPPY TRAILS. Author Allen de Hart is with his new publication, “Trails of the Triangle,” during a book signing at the Coffee Hound Bookstore in Louisburg on Dec. 22. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Take a hike
Put your eyes on a copy of “Trails of the Triangle,” and it is clear that this guide comes not only from expertise but from the genuine love and appreciation of the outdoors.
Allen de Hart — who has hiked 53,000 miles in 46 states and more than a dozen foreign countries — has recently published the second edition, which reveals surprisingly 400 trails in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill region.

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<i>Franklin auxiliary deputy comes to rescue of mother, daughter in car-truck collision</i>
MAKAYLA MALONEY
Franklin auxiliary deputy comes to rescue of mother, daughter in car-truck collision
NASHVILLE — A Coopers Elementary student is on the path to recovery, and a local man is credited with saving her life after a car accident on the way to school.
Tracy Maloney was taking her daughter, Makayla, and a neighbor’s daughter to school on Friday, Dec. 7, when their vehicle hit a patch of ice and began sliding across the yellow line. The vehicle collided with a truck.
Nashville resident Jeff Sherrod was on his way to work at Lowe’s in Wilson when the accident occurred.

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OBITUARIES

BILLIE H. COLLINS
FRANKLINTON - Billie Higgins Collins, 77, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 24, at Franklinton Baptist Church, with the Revs. Wayne Rigney, Charles Stratton Jr. and David Averette officiating. Entombment took place in Fairview Cemetery, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall.

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BERNICE T. DURHAM
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice Thomas Durham, 78, who died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, Dec. 29) at the Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ Disciples, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TRACY W. BULLOCK
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mr. Tracy Wayne Bullock, 42, who died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, were conducted Friday, Dec. 28, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quenton Alston, eulogist, and the Rev. Anthony Sanders officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JAMES D. MCNEILL
FRANKLINTON - James Dallas McNeill, 44, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 28, in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, Louisburg. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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JOHN T. SHOCKLEY
LOUISBURG - John Thomas Shockley, 46, died Sunday morning, Dec. 16, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 21, at Rock Spring Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melton Tyson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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FREDERICK “TA” J. HENKEL
WAKE FOREST - Frederick Joseph Henkel, 64, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 21, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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LUCY A. KEARNEY
FRANKLINTON - Lucy Allen Kearney, 67, died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at Britthaven of Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 24, at First Baptist Church of Franklinton, with the Rev. Diane Dozier officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton. She was born in Franklin County to the late Alfred and Pinnell Allen. She was united in matrimony to John V. Kearney.

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BOB H. DAVIS
LOUISBURG - Bob H. Davis, 60, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 28, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with Dr. Timothy J. Walker Sr., pastor, officiating. He was born in Franklin County to the late Alvis and Viola Massenburg Davis.

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TROY L. ALSTON
DURHAM - Troy L. Alston, 53, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2007 at the VA Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 29) at Feggins-Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest. A private burial will follow in the Friendship Chapel Baptist Church cemetery in Wake Forest.

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ALPS L. VAN DYKE
KITTRELL - Alps Lewis Van Dyke Jr., 80, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at Duke Medical Center. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Dec. 23, in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Robert Hammond, Mark Richardson and Frank Sossamon officiating.

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MAURICE “GENE” GLASGOW JR.
RALEIGH - Maurice Eugene “Gene” Glasgow Jr., 77, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 26, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel in Knightdale. Burial followed in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens, Raleigh.

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DAVID W. BARBOUR
ZEBULON - David Walter Barbour, 64, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 at WakeMed. A memorial service was conducted Thursday, Dec. 27, at Beulah Christian Church. Inurnment was at Rolesville Baptist Church cemetery.

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MAMIE W. CREECH
ZEBULON - Mamie Wilder Creech, 93, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 26, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 28, at Friendship Free Will Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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KESHAWN A. JOHNSON JR.
LOUISBURG - Infant Keshawn A. Johnson Jr., died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. A noon graveside service was conducted Monday, Dec. 24, at Mitchiner’s Grove Church cemetery. Arrangements by Richardson Funeral Home.

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REBECCA S. TAYLOR (May 27, 1940 – December 27, 2007)
LOUISBURG – Rebecca Smith Taylor, 67, 211 Ray-Beck Road, went to be with her Lord and Savior after a long struggle with cancer.

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NACK GUPTON (October 25, 1916 - December 22, 2007)
LOUISBURG – Nack Gupton, 91, of 300 Albert Gupton Road, died Saturday night at his home.

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SPORTS

BHS’ HAPPY HOLIDAY
BHS’ HAPPY HOLIDAY
CLAYTON - There’s something about the Clayton News-Star Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament that brings out the best in the Bunn High boys -- despite what the Wildcats’ record may be entering the event.
Bunn, the two-time defending champion, carried a 1-6 worksheet into Thursday’s first-round matchup against Class 4-A school Leesville Road at the Clayton High Gymnasium.

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A Long, Long Day For The Ladycats
A Long, Long Day For The Ladycats
CLAYTON -- Obviously, Bunn ended up on the long end of the stick during the draw for the the Clayton News-Star Holiday Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament.
In the first round, the Ladycats were paired up against Leesville Road -- which meant a long night was inevitable for Daniel Wright’s club.

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Franklin clubs are thriving
Franklin clubs are thriving
Franklin County’s basketball teams took on a quartet of Class 4-A programs during Thursday’s holiday basketball tournament action in Johnston County.
They came away with a 3-1 record.
Louisburg moved into Friday’s championships for both the boys and girls at the West Johnston Holiday Tournament near Benson with impressive decisions over Smithfield-Selma.

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SSS NEEDS AN SOS
SSS NEEDS AN SOS
BENSON -- Louisburg took down a classification titan Thursday in the first round of the West Johnston High School Holiday Invitational Tournament.
To claim the tourney championship, the on-fire Warriors needed to do it again Friday night.
Louisburg, a Class A school, soared past Smithfield-Selma by a 64-46 margin in Thursday’s opener. That decision put LHS into a finals matchup against host West Johnston, which defeated North Johnston in the opening round.

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Louisburg advances to WJHS title game
BENSON -- Last year’s Christmas Break action proved to be no holiday for the Louisburg Lady Warriors, as they lost three straight games at the Clayton News-Star Holiday Invitational Tournament.
“That was miserable,’’ said LHS head coach James Collier.
Louisburg is out to make amends for that hiccup -- just 15 miles away from Clayton.

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Wilder, Red Rams slated to open against Vikings
Wilder, Red Rams slated to open against Vikings
FRANKLINTON -- The legendary Lester Wilder will return to the diamond this spring as the baseball coach at Franklinton High School.
Wilder and the Red Rams will open their campaign Feb. 26 at South Granville.
Franklinton’s schedule is as follows (home games at the Franklinton Recreation Park are listed in CAPS):

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FRANKLIN COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
LOUISBURG -- Listed are the latest results from the Louisburg Recreation Department’s winter basketball season:

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

BUNN HIGH HONOR ROLL
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, announces the honor roll for the second six-weeks grading period.
To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.
To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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LOUISBURG HIGH HONOR ROLL
Chris Blice, principal of Louisburg High School, announces the honor roll for the second six-weeks grading period.
To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.
To be named to the AB Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Home riddled with gunfire; 2 injured
Franklin County investigators are looking for suspects who riddled a mobile home with bullets, hitting two of the occupants inside.
Sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to 65 Crooked Creek Drive at about 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 to find two occupants, Raymond Page, 25, and Benita Page, 30, suffering from gunshot wounds to the lower extremities.

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Recycling Christmas trees quick and easy
This year, why not recycle that old, live Christmas tree and do your part to help the environment?
The Franklin County Solid Waste Department would like to urge each of you with live Christmas trees to bring them to the landfill facility on Timberlake Road after the holidays.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 12-29-2007
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 12-29-2007
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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