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Showing 22 articles from August 29, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Southerland named new airport director
Southerland named new airport director
The Franklin County Regional Airport Commission selected a director this week — a Franklin County native with experience in the sky and in management.
Robert Southerland, an Air Force veteran and owner of Town and Country Supply in Louisburg, will begin work as the new airport director Sept. 15.

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BARACK OBAMA: Local delegation watches history in the making
BARACK OBAMA: Local delegation watches history in the making
When Barack Obama took the stage at Invesco Field, becoming the first African-American to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, the opening of his speech was delayed for minutes by thunderous applause.
It was appropriate that his speech came on the 45-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights March on Washington where he gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. When Obama ended his speech 45 minutes later, his supporters, including Franklin County representatives, couldn’t stop talking about its effect.

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HMA clinics switch over to Novant
Franklin Regional Medical Center’s doctors’ offices will be under Novant Medical Group ownership and operation beginning this coming week.
When the Winston-Salem health care entity bought a minority ownership in seven Health Management Associates hospitals — including FRMC — they offered doctors the opportunity to join the medical group.

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Car show is classic fund raising
Car show is classic fund raising
FRANKLINTON ­— All kinds of cars, from a late model Mercedes Benz to 1950s Ford Coupes, were on display under a brilliant sun on Saturday.
None of their shimmer was brighter than the smile Wayne Daniels had on his face.
Daniels and his group, Habitual Customs Car and Truck Club, put on its first car show to raise money for Franklin County’s Boys and Girls Club.

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Wake Electric cuts 16 positions
In a move to increase operational flexibility and reduce costs, Wake Electric changed its engineering and operations group.
The result is 13 linemen were fired, immediately, on Wednesday.
All told, 16 positions were cut as three of the line positions were vacant.

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Stormy mid-week weather causes spills, prompts tornado drills
A torrent of rain Wednesday brought less than 2 inches of rain, the threat of tornadoes and emergency drills at Franklin County schools, but there were no reports of damage or injury.
The rains did inundate the county’s wastewater system, causing three spills.
Tropical Storm Fay lumbered across the Florida peninsula, bringing rain and treacherous weather.

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OBITUARIES

IRENE U. “MA” PERRY
YOUNGSVILLE - Irene Upchurch “Ma” Perry, 94, of Guardian Care Nursing Center, formerly of 8209 Halifax Road, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 at Wake Med. She was born April 22, 1914 in Franklin County to the late Williford J. Upchurch and Serena Medlin Upchurch.

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JOSEPHINE S. JACKSON
FRANKLINTON - Josephine Shearon Jackson, 92, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 at Hillside Nursing Center. A memorial service was conducted Friday, Aug. 29, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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MYRTLE A. LYLES
YOUNGSVILLE - Myrtle Arrington Lyles, 92, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Union Grove Baptist Church in Youngsville, with Pastor Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RUPERT M. HICKS
ZEBULON - Rupert McDonald Hicks, 76, died Thursday morning, Aug. 28, 2008, at WakeMed. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 30) at Union Hope Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Murray cemetery.

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RUSSELL “TITO” MEDEIROS
LOUISBURG - Russell “Tito” Medeiros, 34, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. The family received friends Thursday, Aug. 28, at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News, Va. At the family’s request, services and burial will be private at a later date.

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SPORTS

Action gets going at Garman Homes Cup
Action gets going at Garman Homes Cup
For two days, weather wreaked havoc on the Garman Homes Labor Day Cup Soccer Tournament.
But it took less than 30 seconds for the East Wake Warriors to declare themselves as one of the tourney favorites.
East Wake and Louisburg were supposed to play Tuesday, but the event was pushed back 48 hours because of heavy rains.

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Ladycats get past Southern
HENDERSON -- Bunn staved off a match point and rallied to defeat Southern Vance in an early-season Northern Carolina Conference volleyball showdown Thursday at the SVHS Gymnasium.
On the verge of dropping the key NCC contest in the fourth game, Bunn clawed back to pick up a 25-17, 23-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-10 decision over the Lady Raiders.

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LHS Serves Way Past Red Rams
LHS Serves Way Past Red Rams
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg had a few aces in the hole during its regular season home volleyball opener Wednesday against Franklin County rival Franklinton.
A whopping 25 of them, to be exact.
Of the 75 points the Lady Warriors won, 33 percent of them came from the service stripe during a 25-4, 25-18, 25-14 victory over the Lady Rams in a non-conference matchup.

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Close of summer thoughts
Close of summer thoughts
A few thoughts as we get ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to football season:
• Well, at least football provides a solid trade-off for those nights when it gets dark at 5 p.m.
My wife would disagree, though. At least in this part of the country, we still have a few more months of nice weather before it gets cold.
The surest sign that football season is here is the annual Franklin Times Fantasy Football League Draft, which will be held this coming week.

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SPORTS SHORTS: Caniac Carnival is scheduled
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the schedule of events for the Ninth Annual Caniac Carnival.
The Carnival is the team’s annual season kick-off event and will take place on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at the RBC Center.
Parking and admission to the event are free of charge and the Carnival will feature rides, interactive games, a designated sports zone, a TNT Freestyle Motocross show, live music, an autograph session with select Hurricane’s players and more.

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LIFESTYLES

FCS teachers welcomed
The Wake Forest Area Artists’ Studio Tour invites the public into the homes and working studios of professional artists on Sept. 13-14 and Sept. 20-21.
All studios are within about a 7-mile radius of downtown Wake Forest and will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. This is a great opportunity to see the artists in their working environment and learn how a passion for the arts can become a lifetime career.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Lenderman, Williamson lead off 2008 United Way campaign now under way
United Way President Dale Byrns has named the co-chairmen of the 2008 campaign.
They are Pier Williamson, Brassfield Realty, and Candace Lenderman, Union Bank.
Williamson will serve as the Pacesetters chairman, which involves overseeing the efforts of 14 companies to raise $95,000. The Pacesetter companies are: BB&T, First Citizens Bank, Franklin County Government, Franklin County Schools, Franklin Regional Medical Center, The Franklin Times, HON Company, Louisburg College, Novozymes, SunTrust Bank, VGCC-Franklin Campus, Wake Electric Membership Corp., Wal-Mart and the Weisberger Group.

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Gas prices down for Labor Day
Transportation advocates expect there to be fewer motorists on the road this holiday weekend, but law enforcement will not be taking it easy.
According to AAA Carolinas, about 720,300 North Carolina and 352,000 South Carolina drivers are expected to drive more than 100 miles round trip this weekend, a less than 1 percent decrease from the 2007 number of Labor Day road travelers.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Blocked Punt Boosts Bunn
Blocked Punt Boosts Bunn
BUNN -- Bunn parlayed a blocked punt into the eventual game-winning touchdown in the third quarter of Friday’s 14-8 backyard rivalry victory over the Southern Nash Firebirds at the BHS Football Field.
With the score tied at 8-8 late in the third stanza, Bunn blocked an SN punt and took over at the Firebirds’ 21-yard line.

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Southeast Halifax Handles Franklinton
TILLERY -- Franklinton went on the road Friday and suffered a disappointing 32-6 setback at Southeast Halifax in a non-conference prep football matchup.
With the loss, Franklinton fell to 0-2 in Clark Harrell’s first season as head coach. Southeast, guided by former FHS mentor Richard Byrd, upped its overall mark to 2-0.

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Ravens Fly Past Louisburg
RALEIGH -- Louisburg was doomed by six turnovers -- including four interceptions -- during a season-opening, 21-8 road loss Friday against the Ravenscroft Ravens.
LHS’ defense was solid, limiting the high-powered Ravens’ offense to 134 total yards. But Louisburg, despite picking up 280 total yards, could muster only one touchdown during the contest.

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