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Showing 26 articles from February 29, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Commissioner at-large race hot
Stone, Coward, Gregorius jump in
The Democratic race for the Commission District 7 at-large seat will be like a game of musical chairs with four people seeking the party nomination. A sole Republican has sought his party’s nomination and will do battle with the Democratic winner in November.

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WEBSITE SOFTWARE UPDATE
Today around 5pm EST The Franklin Times website may have to shut down for software upgrades. This should not take more than 30 minutes. Thank you for your patience.

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Grants go to McGhee-Young, Cox, Hill Ridge, Novo for developments
Grants go to McGhee-Young, Cox, Hill Ridge, Novo for developments
Some existing and proposed businesses, including one that belongs to a county commissioner, received more than $600,000 in grant money this month. The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center awarded a total of $14.6 million in grants to boost stagnant local economies and address critical water and sewer needs.

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Combined efforts help family save home
Patricia, Jake and Birdie Walker didn’t lose their house on Friday. What had been a dreaded day turned out to be one of the best for them in recent memory. Through combined efforts and determination under fire, Democratic candidate for governor Richard Moore, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, and officials from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, HUD and countless local folks who wanted to give support both emotionally and financially changed overnight the course of a foreclosure for a family that earlier in the week had nowhere to turn.

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Commissioners want information on operation costs for jail expansion
Commissioners want information on operation costs for jail expansion
Commissioners asked staff to provide more information on how much it would cost to operate an expanded jail facility before they would consider a potential $36-million investment. Using a jail study that highlights a growing county and jail population, architect firm Brennan Associates Inc., provided county staff and officials with a proposal to expand the jail by a total of 384 beds.

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United Way campaign comes in at $107,156
A late push helped United Way coordinators get close to their campaign goal of $115,000, falling a few thousand dollars short. Down $10,000 with 10 days to go before Thursday’s noon campaign close out, United Way’s Director Patricia Johnston and Campaign Chairwoman Nicki Griffin doubled their efforts to meet the goal.

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School Bond Advocacy Group kicks off effort
School Bond Advocacy Group kicks off effort
School and county officials charged a crowd of residents Thursday night with going out and selling a $53-million school bond. The 2008 School Bond Advocacy Group held a kick-off campaign at Vance-Granville Community College and Commission Chairman Robert Lee Swanson, who gave the opening address, acknowledged they will have an uphill battle.

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OBITUARIES

ELLEN ANN “NANNIE” GREEN
ZEBULON - Ellen Ann “Nannie” Green, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. She was born in Fazakerly, England, the daughter of Thomas and Martha Green. She married Senior Master Sergeant Richard Lee Stansell in Liverpool, England before immigrating to the United States. Mrs. Green was a respiratory therapist.

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ERNESTINE V. KELLERHALS
YOUNGSVILLE - Ernestine V. Kellerhals, 81, of Youngsville, North Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg, NC. Mrs. Kellerhals was born April 23, 1926, in Pittsburgh PA, the first of two children born to Anna M. Vilsack.

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GLADYS M. SCOTT
BUNN – Gladys Mullen Scott, 96, of Bunn, died Tuesday at her home. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Viola Lewis Mullen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Thomas Scott, and her sister, Mavis M. McKee. She was a member of Bunn Baptist Church.

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HAZEL N. SHEARIN
LOUISBURG – Hazel Nash Shearin, 94, of Louisburg, died Wednesday night. Mrs. Shearin was a daughter of the late Walter Lee and Lizzie Gilliam Nash. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linwood Shearin; daughter, Iva Lynn Mustian; sister, Bertha May; brothers, Johnson Nash and Jack Nash.

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J. HAROLD “RED” DICKERSON
LOUISBURG – James Harold “Red” Dickerson, 82, of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning. Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Doris May Dickerson, and was a son of the late James Graham and Marilda Strickland Dickerson. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Roger Dickerson. Harold owned and operated Dickerson’s Garage and served as a Franklin County magistrate.

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LEE S. SILVER
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Lee S. Silver, 88, who died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 1) at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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W. H. “BUGGAR” HOPKINS
ZEBULON - W. H. “Buggar” Hopkins, 83, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 28, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Bunn High defeated by Northwood
Bunn High defeated by Northwood
BUNN -- For the Bunn Wildcats, the first playoff eyebrow was raised as soon as the brackets were released by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. BHS’ opening-round foe would be Pittsboro Northwood, a club with a solid resume’ that includes a victory over long-time titan Burlington Cummings. That fact alone was enough to catch the attention of BHS head coach Gerald Melton.

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OUSTED: Manteo rally too much for Collier’s club
OUSTED: Manteo rally too much for Collier’s club
MANTEO -- Despite posting an amazing 24 victories, one intangible hampered the Louisburg High School girls basketball team -- at least in close games -- during the 2007-08 season.
An inability to finish off decisions.
Louisburg lost four times this year, and the Lady Warriors led in the final quarter in each of them.

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The trash starts in FT’s pool
The trash starts in FT’s pool
Who will it be this time?
Will Carey Johnson finally drop the horseshoe that appears to be affixed to his backside?
Will I overcome last year’s heartbreaking defeat?
Will two-time champion Kathy Harrelson return to form after a disappointing 2007 effort -- one she attributes to illness?
Will Darrell Brown ever finish out of last place?

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Towne Ties It For BHS
BUNN -- After two unsuccessful tries this week, the Bunn Ladycats found a Nash County foe more to their liking Thursday on a frigid day at the BHS Soccer Field. Southern Nash was able to control the action for the majority of the contest, but BHS utilized two clutch goals from Ashley Towne -- along with some amazing goalkeeping from Allie Greer -- to salvage a 2-2 tie against the Ladybirds.

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Potent Ladycats roll to win versus NJHS
Potent Ladycats roll to win versus NJHS
BUNN -- After getting just one hit in their season opener earlier in the week, the Bunn Ladycats’ bats erupted during a Thursday softball showdown against North Johnston. Freshman outfielder Melanie Davis starred by going 3-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and four RBI as the Ladycats defeated North Johnston 8-1 on the BHS campus.

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LIFESTYLES

Sounds of bells
Sounds of bells
We all know how beautiful the sound of church bells can be, especially on Sunday mornings. At weddings or at many other celebrations, bells can really and truly take you through a spiritual experience.
But the sound of bells I want to tell you about in this article happens to be the sound of hand bells. Have you ever heard a complete hand bell choir concert? Well, it’s simply awesome.

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Franklinton named ‘Tree City USA’
Franklinton has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the 23rd year Franklinton has received this national recognition. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Federal grant to help with human services
Franklin County has been awarded $26,576 to supplement human services programs. The dollars come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program. In all, North Carolina will receive $4.6 million to assist with supplemental food, shelter, rent, mortgages and utility assistance.

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AAAH-CHOO: Still time to get a flu shot
The number of flu cases continues to rise, but flu vaccine is still available according to State Health Director Leah Devlin and Franklin County Health Director Eric Ireland. Both encourage unvaccinated individuals to get immunized against the disease.

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County considers water issues
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to move in earnest toward exploring every option it has to build the county’s water supply. During a work session on Tuesday evening, Public Utilities Director Bryce Mendenhall shared with commissioners five ways to increase the county’s water capacity.

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DEMOCRATIC PRECINCT MEETINGS
The Franklin County Democratic Party will hold precinct meetings on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-01-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-01-2008
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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