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Showing 25 articles from March 4, 2008.

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Fire investigation continues; ban lifted
State Forest Service officials are still trying to determine the cause of one of the three fires that burned about 1,500 acres and generated more than 1,000 911 calls.
A downed power line caused the fire off U.S. 1 in Franklinton, burning 899 acres, said Forest Service District Ranger Fred Harris.

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Teen drowns in local pond
A Franklin County teenager died Sunday night hours after friends dragged him out of a pond.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Jeremy Harris, 17, was hanging out with friends at a pond just off Avon Brantley Road near old U.S. 64.

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<i>Swinging Saturday</i>
Swinging Saturday
FUN AT FRANKLINTON PARK. Four-year-old Kyra Lael Williams was having a great time Saturday at the Franklinton Park, enjoying spring-like temperatures with her mom and dad, Trae and Brandy Williams, and her brother, Ethan. Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid- to upper-60s this week. The first day of spring is soon — March 20.

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Fighting problems of drinking and driving
YOUNGSVILLE — A roundtable of parents and mental health professionals figures that early education may be the key to defeating the triggers that cause drinking and driving in Franklin County.
According to transportation statistics, there were 375 alcohol-related crashes and fatalities in Franklin County between 2002 and 2006.

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<i>Commissioners focusing in on Franklinton’s future with 20/20 in mind</i>
Commissioners focusing in on Franklinton’s future with 20/20 in mind
WARRENTON — Franklinton commissioners completed a two-day retreat on Tuesday that gave them an opportunity to look back at past accomplishments and chart the town’s growth for the next 12 years.
With regal Magnolia Manor as the surroundings, the board discussed past accomplishments, such as securing a state grant to improve sewer conditions, current issues, such as updating codes and ordinances, and future matters, such as improving facilities and realizing how to develop goals that commissioners may have for the town’s future.

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OBITUARIES

NORMA P. “ROO” PAIR
LOUISBURG - Norma P. “Roo” Pair, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. A graveside service was conducted Monday, March 3, at Cedarwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Askew Funeral & Cremations, Roanoke Rapids.

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CURTIS D. “BARNEY” ROBERTS
FRANKLINTON - Curtis Dean “Barney” Roberts died unexpectedly at the family home on Sunday, March 2, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 5) in the chapel of Franklin Funeral Service in Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden and the Rev. Craig Currin officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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EDNA C. WILDER
ZEBULON - Edna Alford Caudill Wilder, 93, formerly of the Corinth community, died Friday morning, Feb. 29, 2008, in Lancaster, S.C. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 2, at Corinth Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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RONALD “RON” GUTT
RALEIGH - Ronald Matthew Gutt, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital following an extended illness. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, March 2, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh.

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MARY S. RAPER
RALEIGH - Mary Seagroves Raper, 78, died Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 4, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Garner. Burial followed in the Auburn Christian Church cemetery, Raleigh.

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JOHNNY W. SULLIVAN
CASTALIA - Johnny W. Sullivan, 52, died Sunday, March 2, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 5) at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial will follow in Rocky Mount Memorial Park, Rocky Mount.

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JOSEPH BERRY COOPER, JR.
LOUISBURG - Joseph Berry Cooper, Jr., 83, of Louisburg died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at his home. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Mark Tondee officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park, Louisburg, NC.

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ERNESTINE V. KELLERHALS
April 23, 1926 – February 27, 2008
YOUNGSVILLE - Ernestine V. Kellerhals, 81, of Youngsville, North Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg, NC.

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RUBY L. LAYTON
January 30, 1912 – March 2, 2008
LOUISBURG – Ruby L. Layton, 96, of Louisburg, died Sunday morning at Louisburg Nursing Center.
Mrs. Layton was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Layton, and her daughter, Shelby Layton. She was a daughter of the late MaDora Bunn and William Henry Layton. She was a floral designer for many years in Louisburg and a member of Duke Memorial Baptist Church.

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SPORTS

A Soccer Rerun
A Soccer Rerun
BUNN - Conventional wisdom -- and past results -- say that it’s difficult for a team to get up for a rematch against an opponent that it had easily drubbed one week earlier.
Regardless of the sport.
Northern Nash girls soccer coach Joe McCarthy, however, doesn’t buy into the fact that his Lady Knights should be anything less than 100 percent motivated for any match on NN’s 2008 schedule.

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Lady Rams claim a tie versus EW
WENDELL -- Franklinton and East Wake both scored a goal in the first half, and those scores would hold up the rest of the way for a 1-1 tie in girls prep soccer action last Thursday.
Amanda Knapp got FHS on the board with a tally 13:30 in off an assist from Shaylyn Poppe. East Wake countered 10 minutes later courtesy of a goal from Rachel Atkinson.

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Northern Nash Bests Bunn On The Court
Northern Nash Bests Bunn On The Court
BUNN -- Northern Nash dropped only 16 singles games and one doubles game during a dominant tennis performance Monday at Bunn.
The visiting Knights cruised to a 9-0 team decision over the Wildcats in a non-conference showdown.

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LC stunned in Region semis
WILMINGTON -- An era ended last Saturday -- at least for one season -- at the Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament.
That’s when the top-seeded Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes, who hadn’t lost in tourney action since the mid-1990s, were edged 57-54 by Wilkes in semifinal action at the Cape Fear Community College Gymnasium.

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Tourney’s pairings finalized
Tourney’s pairings finalized
The Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament has always provided a sure sign that spring is on the way in Franklin County.
Thankfully, the event is now just a few weeks ago.
Defending champion Bluestone out of Virginia will return in an attempt to defend its title at the eight-team event.

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East Carolina wins at home
East Carolina wins at home
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University junior Justin Bristow threw a complete game two-hit shutout Sunday afternoon to give the Pirates a 6-0 win over Monmouth inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 3-4 on the season and take the series from the Hawks (1-2) two games to one.

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Hurricanes get the best of Tampa Bay
Hurricanes get the best of Tampa Bay
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes, with the help of Sergei Samsonov’s two goals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-1 margin Saturday night in a National Hockey League contest at the RBC Center.
Tampa Bay opened the scoring as newly acquired Jeff Halpern, during a scramble in front of Canes’ goalie Cam Ward, knocked a loose puck through for an early 1-0 lead.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Spring forward March 9 and double check alarms
With the beginning of daylight saving time and the “spring forward” time change on March 9, many people will change the batteries in their smoke alarms, along with setting their clocks ahead one hour.
However, simply replacing the batteries in some smoke alarms may not be enough to ensure protection against fire emergencies, specifically if those alarms are older than 10 years.

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NO GRANTS HERE
NO GRANTS HERE
Franklin County Commissioner Harry Foy placed a sign outside his store off of U.S. 64 letting constituents know that his business has not used any local, state or federal grants for operation. “It comes from my heart,” Foy said. “It’s the way I live, practice and preach.” Foy said he turned down money to help with a business development in Hobucken.

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Old Fashion Garden Club goes horizontal
The February meeting of the Old Fashion Garden Club was conducted at the Murphy House, with President Martha Hyman presiding. The hostess was M. Dora Hill.
The devotion was led by Hill, using excerpts on “Love,” from “Apples of Gold,” compiled by Jo Petty. She also read a poem, “A Garden Lives,” by Garnett Ann Schultz.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-05-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-05-2008
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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