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Showing 30 articles from September 19, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Pastuer murder case ends in mistrial
After a grueling week-and-a-half- long trial that resulted in a mistrial, prosecutors and defense attorneys will prepare to go another round.
After 11 hours of deliberation over nearly three days, a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on the guilt or innocence of Robert Lee Pastuer.
Pastuer is charged with killing his estranged wife, Narskelsky Pastuere, in the fall of 2006. In open court on Tuesday afternoon, the jury said it was split 8-4.

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Ag Day in the Park
Ag Day in the Park
This black Angus was one of the many animals on display Thursday during the 14th annual Animal Agriculture Field Day at Riverbend Park. The event invites third-graders from all of Franklin County’s elementary schools to take part in the field day, which teaches the youngsters how foodstuffs get from the farms to their kitchen tables. Above, a class sits and listens to N.C. State 4-H livestock specialist Milo Lewis talk about how cows produce milk and beef that help feed the population.

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Museum location is history, or is it?
The Franklin County Arts Council is still planning on re-establishing a history museum in Franklin County even after its most desired location appears to have fallen through.
Earlier this year, the Council proposed using the old BB&T building for the museum and set about looking for money to buy the property for $500,000 — a price that the building’s brokers, Brassfield Commercial, had agreed to for a limited time.

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Many opportunities available to Franklin County, Tolson says
Many opportunities available to Franklin County, Tolson says
With Novozymes’ expansion online and a hubsite that will target biotechnology businesses coming along, county economic development officials say Franklin County is in good position to ride a wave of new frontier industry.
Norris Tolson, leader of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, agreed.
Tolson was the featured speaker Thursday night during the Franklin County Committee of 100’s annual banquet at Hillridge Farms.

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OBITUARIES

CHARLES A. BLAND
LOUISBURG - Charles Arthur Bland, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at Louisburg Nursing Center. Memorial services will be conducted today (Saturday, Sept. 20) at 2 p.m. at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with Dr. Timothy J. Walker, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites.

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HELON C. BRAME
ZEBULON - Helon Carter Brame, 86, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2008 at Guardian Care of Zebulon. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 20, at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Apex.

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ELSIE M. HORTON
ZEBULON - Elsie M. Moore Horton, formerly of Zebulon, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 at Frankford Hospital, Torresdale, Pa. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Sept. 19, at Mars Hill Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.

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ORA MAE PERSON
FRANKLINTON - Ora Mae Person, 63, formerly of Franklinton, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. A service was conducted Thursday, Sept. 18, at Agape Christian Fellowship Center in Paterson, N.J., with the Rev. Arnold Kuykendall officiating.

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LINDA DUNN TIPPETT
ROXBORO - Linda Dunn Tippett, age 59, of 2245 Gentry Ridge Road, Roxboro, NC, died Thursday evening, September 18, at her home with family by her side.

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SPORTS

Is Eight Enough?
Is Eight Enough?
LOUISBURG - Dave Sexton hopes his Louisburg College men’s soccer team will have enough to earn its eighth consecutive Region X championship.
But it won’t be easy, as the expanding league has been bolstered by several strong new entrants.
Back in the old days, it was almost a given that Louisburg would be meeting Spartanburg Methodist for the crown. Sometimes, LC and SMC were the only schools in the region. And if there were other teams, they were usually overmatched.

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Bunn’s Third Straight
Bunn’s Third Straight
LOUISBURG -- Bunn will finish the season with an unblemished record against Louisburg in boys prep soccer action.
But with each match, the gap between the clubs has gotten closer, though the Wildcats have found a way to pull away for a victory each time.
The latest -- and final -- installment for the 2008 season came Wednesday at Joyner Park as the Wildcats defeated the Warriors by a 5-2 margin.

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What is next for Wildcats?
BUNN -- What’s next for the Bunn High School football program?
That’s the buzzing question these days at Bunn after long-time head coach David Howle announced his retirement earlier this week.
Howle has been at BHS for 21 years, compiling an impressive 169-73 record. Because of the length of Howle’s tenure, the subject of a pending football coach has come up very little at Bunn over the past two decades.

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Region Power Struggle
Region Power Struggle
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has been unable to earn a Region X Women’s Soccer Championship in five years -- mainly because of the recent dominance of the Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils.
But Wednesday at home, LC gave an early-season signal that change might be coming in the region air this fall.
Taking on the perennial power Sea Devils, Louisburg roared to a 4-1 decision at Cameron Field on the LC campus.

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Rinfrette starting for WFU
Rinfrette starting for WFU
During his playing days at Bunn High School, Mike Rinfrette got used to lining up at several different positions.
At some point in his BHS career, Rinfrette excelled at fullback, tight end, offensive lineman and linebacker under head coach David Howle.
That experience has come in handy for Rinfrette as a member of the nationally ranked Wake Forest University football squad.

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LC Claims First Victory
LOUISBURG -- With a bye week looming, Louisburg College football coach John Sala stressed to his team the importance of coming away with a victory Monday on the road against the Jacksonville (Fla.) University junior varsity squad.
No team wants to head into a bye week with a loss, especially when it would keep the club winless on the season.

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FHS topped by Southern
FHS topped by Southern
HENDERSON -- Franklinton dropped every match and was defeated 9-0 by Southern Vance in a Northern Carolina Conference girls tennis contest Thursday at Fox Pond Park.
Results from the NCC event were as follows:

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Red Rams a winner against Louisburg High
LOUISBURG -- Five different players scored as the Franklinton Red Rams picked up a 6-2 road decision over Louisburg Tuesday at Joyner Park.
The match was played under muddy field conditions following heavy rain throughout the day.
That didn’t matter to FHS, which received two goals from David Pitz, along with one goal and three assists from Josh Woodburn.

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Mudcats called up by Florida
Mudcats called up by Florida
ZEBULON -- Following the dramatic conclusion of the 2008 Southern League Championship Series, the Florida Marlins have pulled four instrumental Carolina Mudcats players to the major leagues, including one for the first time.
OF Cameron Maybin, RHPs Ryan Tucker and Jesus Delgado -- already on the 40-man roster -- have been recalled to the Marlins, while non-roster IF Gaby Sanchez has had his contract selected by the Marlins.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

FHS students learning about personal finance through new program
Learning life skills at a young age can result in a lifetime of smart decision-making.
Given current economic conditions, it’s critical that high school students learn how to manage their money.
Civics and economics teachers Kimberly Burnap and Savannah Dobbins of Franklinton High School are making sure their students will know how to be financially responsible in the future through a new project - PIMP (Put Income and Money in my Pocket) My Checkbook.

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Williams takes on principal position
Franklin County Board of Education Vice Chairman the Rev. Dannie Williams has steadily climbed through the ranks of education since starting out as a reading tutor at Franklinton Elementary School in the early 1980s.
Since that time, he has progressed from teachers’ assistant to teacher to administrator and now principal of North Edgecombe High School.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

MANU, ALE break up illegal night club
The county’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit broke up an illegal night club earlier this month, where drugs and alcohol flowed freely.
About 300 people were dispersed during the 1:30 a.m. raid.
The club — known as “Fat Daddy’s” — was in a mobile home at 292 Sutton Road, in northern Franklin County.

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Dunston child support case continues
A District Court judge will soon decide whether a county commissioner is responsible for back pay on child support.
Franklin County Commissioner Sidney Dunston, his wife Toni Dunston and the court system have apparently come to an agreement in principle regarding child support.
On Thursday, Toni Dunston, was in court seeking retroactive child support from the time the couple separated, November of 2007, to the time she filed for child support, April 2008.

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Justice VFD gets state grant for equipment
Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Jim Long announced this week that the Justice Rural Volunter Fire Association Inc. was awarded a $27,025.83 grant through the 2008 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

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DOT plans workshop for Sims Bridge Road detour
The North Carolina Department of Transportation will have a Citizens Informational Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mitchner’s Crossroads Firehouse to discuss replacing Sims Bridge Road bridge and related detours during construction.
The proposed detour is 14 miles.

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DISTRICT COURT
The following people were penalized in Franklin District Court recently for driving while impaired (DWI). Abbreviations:

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VGCC EXPO set for Oct. 14
EXPO 2008, the 19th annual business exposition for Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties, will be Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center, and the public is invited to attend.

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FRONT AND CENTER
FRONT AND CENTER
Because of his keen animal knowledge, Youngsville Elementary School student Hunter Murphy, center, gets to hold a Nutria, a member of the rodent family native to South America which was introduced, both accidentally and purposely, into the waterways in several American states, most notably Louisiana. The species, which was brought here for fur, isn’t supposed to be in North America, said USDA Wildlife Specialist Frank Newell, with back turned. The animal is in overly destructive habitat in some areas, creating problems for muskrats and waterfowl.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Rams Rally Past Weldon
Rams Rally Past Weldon
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton continues to win the turnover battle against opponents, and Michael Crudup continues to pile up yardage on the ground.
The result of those factors was another victory Friday for the Red Rams.
Franklinton trailed Weldon in the fourth period before rallying with a pair of clutch touchdowns to defeat the Mighty Chargers by a 28-16 score at the FHS Football Field.

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Bunn Ends Webb’s Unbeaten Streak
Bunn Ends Webb’s Unbeaten Streak
BUNN -- If every game is like this, it’s going to be quite a closing run for one of the area’s most successful high school football coaches.
Week One of the David Howle Farewell Tour at Bunn featured a 36-28 victory Friday over previously undefeated Oxford Webb at the BHS Football Field.
Howle, who announced his retirement after 21 years earlier this week (effective at the end of the year), saw his club combine with the Warriors for a whopping 802 total yards.

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Louisburg Runs Away From Manteo
LOUISBURG -- Host Louisburg scored on its first three possessions and went on to rout Manteo by a 52-6 score in non-conference high school football action Friday night at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
The Warriors, after dropping their regular season opener, have reeled off three consecutive victories to improve to 3-1 on the campaign.
Louisburg wasted little time denting the scoreboard after taking the opening kickoff. A seven-play, 62-yard march was completed by Greg Small’s 9-yard burst. Quarterback Ryan Stern located Small for a 2-point pass, and the Warriors led 8-0.

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