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Showing 22 articles from August 5, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Taking back a community
Taking back a community
Family, friends and neighbors of a man who was gunned down outside his home a month ago filled the commissioners meeting room Monday night looking for help to take their community back.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men on July 23, charging them in connection with the murder of Corey Mann.
According to investigators, Mann was walking less than a few hundred feet from his Ferrells Bridge Road home when he was shot in the back by a man who was fleeing from a botched home invasion attempt.

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Something to smile about
RIDIN’ AND GRINNIN’. Matthew Place of Louisburg takes part in the horse farm tour as he and other children demonstrated riding techniques as part of the tour stop at Shocco Creek Ranch. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Something to smile about
Rural Franklin County has long been a refuge for people eschewing the big-city life for more wide open spaces.
On Saturday, though, proprietors of Shocco Creek Ranch also showed how the county can be a refuge for other things, namely a horse farm that stood in the way of progress.

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Commissioners taken to task about Sunrock silent treatment
Although Carolina Sunrock has withdrawn its application to locate a rock quarry north of Louisburg, county staff is still advising commissioners to refrain from discussions or fact-finding missions about the project because it might come back before them.
Attorney Darnell Batton said such avoidance may make commissioners unpopular in the community, but it would not make them losers in a court of law.

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Sandra Rushing gives resignation at Louisburg College
Louisburg College is moving from under an accreditation cloud with new leaders in key roles.
They’re also losing one.
Sandra Rushing, vice president for institutional advancement, tendered her resignation on July 28.
She will end her five-year relationship with the college at the end of September.

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OBITUARIES

BELINDA FAYE ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Belinda Faye Alston, 52, who died Thursday, July 31, 2008, were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Concord Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Blalock officiating.

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HOWARD M. HOUSE
LOUISBURG - Howard Marshall House, 78, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008 at his residence. Funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 6) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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CHARLIE ABE JOHNSON
ZEBULON - Charlie Abe Johnson, 92, of the Coventry House, died Saturday afternoon, Aug. 2, 2008 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel in Wendell. Burial followed in Gethesemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon.

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MELBA J. RICHARDSON
WENDELL - Melba Johnson Richardson, 80, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 3, at Corinth Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JAMES H. HAWKINS
FRANKLINTON - James H. “Rabe” Hawkins, 85, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 3, at New Birth Christian Temple in Franklinton. Burial followed in the Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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RONALD E. FULLER JR.
KITTRELL - Ronald Elliott Fuller Jr., 45, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at Maria Parham Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 4, at New Sandy Creek Baptist Church, led by the Rev. Tim Burgess and the Rev. Ronnie Lassiter. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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IDA K. PULLEN
SPRING HOPE - Ida K. Pullen, 91, of Spring Hope, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 in Nash Rehab & Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at Duke Memorial Baptist Church, with Rev. Jack Edge and the Rev. Robert Ricks Boone officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Top Of The Line At BHS
Top Of The Line At BHS
BUNN - When discussing his Bunn High School football program, few intangibles make Coach David Howle smile more than his team’s consistent ability to produce quality linemen.
Not too many smaller-sized schools can boast the likes of Division I performers such as Alex Rice (North Carolina State) and Kerry Neal (Notre Dame) -- among many others.
“We’ve been fortunate to have kids who want to work hard in the weight room,’’ Howle said. “If you don’t do that, you’re not going to be much of a lineman.

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Bunn The Best Once Again In NCC?
Bunn The Best Once Again In NCC?
BUNN -- Bunn spent the better part of eight seasons ascending toward the top of the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball standings.
Since the Ladycats have officially reached that lofty perch, they aren’t interested in stepping down heading into the final season of the NCC in its current state.
In 2009, the NCC will be realigned, with long-time spike titan Southern Vance saying goodbye, along with developing power Granville Central.

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Gridiron selections are pitiful
Gridiron selections are pitiful
Welcome to The Franklin Times’ sports section, where we will no longer talk about that guy who used to play quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
But hey, that Aaron Rodgers has some potential, doesn’t he?
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the start of the National Football League season -- so much so that we’re ready to unveil our destined-to-be-pitiful predictions for the 2008 campaign.

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‘D’ The Key For Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Deran Coe has always believed in building his soccer teams back to front to reinforce his belief that a strong defense is the most important factor to success.
That will be a challenge this year for Coe, Franklinton’s long-time boys coach.
Coe’s Red Rams are overloaded with talent on offense, but must rebuild a defense that was dominant in 2007.

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Mudcats soaring in first place in SL
Mudcats soaring in first place in SL
SEVIERVILLE, TENN. -- First-place Carolina built up a 14-1 lead and stiff-armed a second-place Tennessee rally as the Mudcats took a three-game divisional lead with a 15-11 win Sunday night at Smokies Park in a Class AA Southern League diamond meeting.
Gaby Sanchez homered twice and drove in six runs while Dante Brinkley had four hits to lead Carolina (26-17) past the Smokies (23-20) for the second straight night.

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LC men’s soccer club to open Aug. 30
LC men’s soccer club to open Aug. 30
LOUISBURG -- Perennial power Louisburg College will open regular season men’s soccer action with two matches against tough Texas foes as part of a weekend event Aug. 30-31 at Georgia Perimeter College near Atlanta.
LC will play San Jacinto Aug. 30 and Tyler Aug. 31 at times to be announced. LC’s home opener will be Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. against Mercer Community College out of New Jersey.

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All-Stars topped at National Tourney
ALEXANDRIA, LA. -- Bunn’s Angels suffered a pair of heartbreaker defeats -- both by identical 3-2 scores -- at the Dixie Softball National Tournament last weekend.
Bunn, coached by Jeff Davis, opened tourney action last Saturday by taking on the Louisiana State Champion.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS FROM LOUISBURG HIGH
Edward McKinley Bartholomew II, a rising senior at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, was named to the dean’s list for the second semester of the 2007-2008 academic year.
To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

IT’S OPEN ... OFFICIALLY
IT’S OPEN ... OFFICIALLY
A snip of a green ribbon officially opened Union Bank’s new office at 978 U.S. 1 Highway in Youngsville on Juy 29. Helping make the opening official were, from left, contractor Mike Leonard, whose company built the building; Union Bank board member Crawford Knott; Youngsville Commissioner Marvin Roberts; bank board member Stan Fox; Union Bank President Thomas Combs; Donald Lancaster, senior vice president and Franklin County market executive for Union Bank and county commissioner, and Franklin County commissioners Bob Winters and Sidney Dunston. Union Bank also has a bank in Louisburg.

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<i>Franklinton’s Town Hall Day</i>
Franklinton’s Town Hall Day
Above, Franklinton Planning and Zoning Director Tammy Ray helps Zachary Pattridge pour some lemonade. Pattridge is the son of Town Hall employee Kate Pattridge, and money raised from sales were to support the town’s Uptown Revitalization Committee.

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Host families needed
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive in Franklin County soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families.
The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

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