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Showing 28 articles from February 22, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Where’s the water?
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to discuss new water resources in the face of a dwindling supply.
The meeting comes on the heels of a board decision to limit non-essential water usage.
The actions, said county Utilities Director Bryce Mendenhall, are needed to preserve water the county already has and meet a demand that is expected to surpass supply in the not-too-distant future.

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Etheridge makes third trip into Iraq
Etheridge makes third trip into Iraq
During a third trip to war-torn Iraq, Congressman Bob Etheridge said he’s witnessed new signs of civility and progress.
Much of it, he said, can be attributed to a surge in troops that, when proposed a few months ago, Etheridge openly questioned.
“At the time (I spoke out about it) I felt strongly about what I was saying,” Etheridge said during a telephone conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

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Designers of Tomorrow
Designers of Tomorrow
FRANKLIN’S FUTURE. Members of the Franklin County Homebuilders Association and the Franklin County School system honored Cedar Creek and Terrell Lane Middle School students who took part in the Designers of Tomorrow 2008 contest. The program, with a long history, is designed to teach students math, art and English skills as they design homes to scale, draw their creations and explain why they chose each design. Above, from left to right are second-place winner Zoe Hinton; first-place winner Christian Frazier; honorable mention Kim Howell and third-place winner Mark Denton. All of the placeholders are from Terrell Lane Middle School.

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Neal files for County Commission: District 3
The primary field was increased by one this week when Jeremy Neal filed for the District 3 commission seat, currently held by Robert Lee Swanson.
Neal, 32, is seeking the Republican party nod to take on the Democratic nominee in November.

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Sheriff’s Office satellite station opens in Youngsville
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green announced this week the opening of the South Western Sheriff’s Office Satellite Station.
The office is at 890 Park Ave., Youngsville (within the DanCo. Electric Co. at the intersection of U.S. 1 and 1-A North).

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Pine Street parking gets eyed by Franklinton board
Pine Street parking gets eyed by Franklinton board
FRANKLINTON — After finding itself in the middle of a neighborhood grudge match, the town’s Board of Commissioners agreed to meet again to settle a parking dispute on Pine Street.
Pine Street neighbors say David Watson makes a habit of parking any number of his trucks, including a flat-bed rollback wrecker, in the driving lane on narrow Pine Street.

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OBITUARIES

JOE L. TOWNES
FRANKLINTON - Joe Louis Townes, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 23) at New Bethel Baptist Church in Warrenton. Burial will follow in the Kings-Burchette cemetery in Warrenton.

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HARVEY G. FERRELL
FRANKLINTON - Harvey Gene Ferrell, 63, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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SAMUEL H. COLLINS
FRANKLINTON - Samuel Howard Collins Sr., 78, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 23) at Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton.

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NEWELL W. ASKEW
HENDERSON - Newell Winston Askew, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008 at his home. Graveside services with military honors were conducted Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Askew family cemetery on Walter Grissom Road, with the Rev. Calvin Hedgepeth officiating.

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ELMOS M. “BUD” EATON SR.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Elmos M. “Bud” Eaton Sr., 84, who died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Old Liberty Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Murrill Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

9 And Counting
9 And Counting
HENDERSON - Not even head coach Gerald Melton could have envisioned the unlikely plot twist to the second half of the Bunn High School boys basketball season.
Just under one month ago, the Wildcats wondered if they would be able to sneak in a back door into the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
But Friday, the red-hot Wildcats, with a postseason slot already secured, were playing for the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament championship.

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LHS girls defeated versus SE
LHS girls defeated versus SE
LEGGETT -- So much for the long-anticipated girls rematch between Louisburg and Weldon.
After LHS lost late in the regular season at Weldon -- marking the second time that happened in 2007-08 -- Louisburg head coach James Collier expressed his glee that the Lady Warriors could potentially play WHS again in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.

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BHS’ Number Is 3
BHS’ Number Is 3
HENDERSON -- All along, Bunn High girls basketball coach Daniel Wright felt as if his Ladycats were entrenched as the third-best team in the Northern Carolina Conference during the 2007-08 season.
So Thursday’s NCC Tourney semifinal loss at Southern Vance -- marking the fourth time BHS has lost to SV this winter -- wasn’t necessarily a surprise to Wright.

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Franklin clubs vie for titles
Franklin clubs vie for titles
Friday’s championship games at the Middle Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament had a distinct Franklin County flair, as three county teams were seeking MAC titles.
The annual tourney was played at the Cedar Creek Middle School Gymnasium.
The Bunn Middle School girls squad, which has been topped just once this season, lived up to its No. 1 seed by reaching the final game against Hawley.

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‘Canes outlast Guilford in overtime showdown
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College closed out its regular season home schedule in style Wednesday with a wild 111-106 overtime victory over Guilford Tech in a key Region X men’s basketball matchup.
LC led by 10 points at halftime, but Guilford Tech was able to rally behind the shooting heroics of Beaufort native Vince Davis, who would finish with a game-high 38 points.

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Red Rams’ season ends with SV loss
Red Rams’ season ends with SV loss
HENDERSON -- The official mascot name for Southern Vance High School is the Raiders, but on the basketball court, fans of the school like to refer to their team as the Runnin’ Raiders.
Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament against Franklinton, Southern Vance’s boys did their best to make the faster moniker a permanent part of the school’s plans.

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Davis Cup to make return to Winston-Salem in April
Davis Cup to make return to Winston-Salem in April
WINSTON-SALEM -- The United States Tennis Association has announced that tickets for the 2008 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinal between the United States and France at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem from April 11-13 will go on sale starting Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. ET.
Tickets are sold as a three-day series with prices ranging from $90 to $390, with VIP packages available, and can be purchased by calling (888) 484-8782 (USTA).

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LIFESTYLES

Louisburg College: making a difference
Louisburg College: making a difference
We have all experienced happenings in our lives that we will never forget because of the implications and impact they have had on us.
Some of them are negative, but we must concentrate on the positive ones.
Well, I have my story, and I want to share it with you because it means so much to me.

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<i>Whistlers in “Southern Living”</i>
Whistlers in “Southern Living”
“Whistling Beyond Dixie” is a feature story of Louisburg and the International Whistlers Convention in the March 2008 edition of Southern Living magazine by writer Susan Byrum Rountree.
Photos illustrate the whistlers, judges, and the college auditorium. In the magazine, the story is under “People & Places of the Arts.”

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

BUNN ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, announces the honor roll for the second nine-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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COMMUNITY NEWS

NORTH CAROLINA ANGUS ASSOCIATION
NORTH CAROLINA ANGUS ASSOCIATION
These men and women will serve on the North Carolina Angus Association board of directors and are at the 2008 N.C. Angus Association annual meeting and banquet, Jan. 26 in Winston-Salem. Seated front row from left are: Suzanne Brewer, Lexington, secretary; Dean Crocker, Cherryville, vice president; Steve McPherson, Snow Camp, president; J.F. Lancaster Jr., Rocky Mount, past president; and John Smith Jr., Pink Hill, director. Directors seated second row from left include Linda Hicks, Roxboro; Russell Wood, Willow Spring; Karl Holshouser, Gold Hill; Steve Williamson, Kenansville; Kenny Woodard, Princeton; and Edward Leagans, Mocksville. Directors back row standing include James Scarlett, Snow Camp; Randy Jones, Kinston; Russell Vinson, La Grange; Joe Hampton, Mount Ulla; Matthew Cox, Louisburg; Eric Bray, Jonesville; and T.W. Wall Jr., Morganton.

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FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
On Feb. 12, American Legion Post #228 of Louisburg presented the Boys and Girls Club of Louisburg a check for $1,000. The check, a portion of the proceeds from a month-long raffle sponsored by the post, was presented as a part of Post 228’s pledge to help “add value to the community” and its continuing effort to help support the Louisburg Boys and Girls Club and its activities. Post members stated that they feel strongly about the mission of the Boys and Girls Club and applauded them for providing alternative activities for the children of our community. In a gesture symbolic of the concern shared by all members of the post, “that we must provide our children with the tools they will need to survive the challenges they will face in life,” the check was presented to Judy Johnson, left, CPO for the area Boys and Girls Club, and Ron Williams, right, unit director for the Louisburg Boys and Girls Club, by the two oldest members of the post, Clea Nicholson, second from left, and Hargie Brodie, both veterans of World War II.

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Spring rabies clinics set
Tar River Veterinary Hospital in Franklinton will sponsor spring rabies clinics as follows:
• Saturday, March 29: Tar River Veterinary Hospital, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
• Saturday, April 12: Gold Sand Fire Department, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Centerville Fire Department, 10-11 a.m.; Wester’s Feed and Seed, 11:30-12:15 p.m.

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Day of Caring: United Way reaches out to community
Jim Duncan will serve as this year’s Day of Caring chairman.
United Way’s 13th Annual Day of Caring will be Saturday, May 10.
Duncan, immediate past president of the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and vice president of Harrington Bank, describes the Day of Caring as a “community-wide day of service that connects ... individuals with short-term projects. It is an event that demonstrates how volunteers lending a helping hand can make a difference in our community.”

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Hazelwood pleads guilty to accessory
Hazelwood pleads guilty to accessory
The final man accused of taking part in the killing a Bunn teenager, Marc Philippeaux, was sentenced this week.
Elliott Hazelwood, 28, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of first-degree murder on Thursday.
Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Hazelwood to between 44 and 62 months in jail. Hazelwood received credit for serving a little over three years in jail already.

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Final Republican precinct meetings are scheduled
Final Republican Party precinct meetings for 2008 are scheduled as follows :

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 2-23-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 2-23-2008
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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