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Showing 28 articles from October 3, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Police fear violence will be getting worse
Three shootings, including one homicide, within a five-day period has law enforcement officers concerned and issuing a warning.
The situation is liable to get worse.
Louisburg Police responded to a shooting during the early morning hours of Sept. 26 to find Darrell Antwan Collins, 26, dead from a gunshot wound.

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School bus hit head on; no injuries
School bus hit head on; no injuries
Shannon Alley, of 210 Thomerson Lane, Louisburg, talks with Trooper T.L. Hunt, in his car, Friday morning following a head-on collision involving Alley and a Franklin County School bus on Thomerson Lane. Alley’s car hit the bus at a low rate of speed as he was on his way to work. Alley, the four students on board and driver were not injured. “As I was coming around the curve, I leaned down to cut on the defrost. When I looked up I ran right under the bus,” Alley said. The bus, driven by Charlene Finch, was about halfway through it’s morning route to Royal and Louisburg Elementary schools. Finch, a three-year veteran bus driver with the Franklin County School system, said the kids didn’t even know anything happened.

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Man faces rape and weapons charges
A Louisburg man is slated to appear in District Court on Tuesday, facing charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
He’ll also answer to reinstated gun charges in another case.
After searching for months, Detective Darryl Wright arrested Justin Maurice Jones, 20, on Sept. 15, charging him with statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child.

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Teen driving, $6-million financing to be discussed
A newly formed group advocating for teenage driving safety will present commissioners with a plan on Monday night to make Franklin County roads safer.
Charles Benzing, founder of the Cary-based Target Teen Safety, began the program about two months ago and will ask commissioners about interest in bringing it here.
The program, an effort between community leaders, the school system, law enforcement and parents, would involve voluntarily putting Target Teen Safety stickers on the cars of teenage drivers.

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ELECTING TO VOTE
ELECTING TO VOTE
Gladys Aycock, above standing, a polling place judge, helps the county’s Board of Elections with a voter registration drive Friday in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Cathy Pridgen, right and Ethel Eaton, with her grandson, Trashaun Holden, get registered to vote. Already, more people are registered than during the 2004 presidential election.

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Franklinton moves ahead with water, sewer grant
The Franklinton Board of Commissioners is moving ahead with plans to run a water/sewer line along U.S. Highway 1 to accommodate a Hardee’s restaurant at the corner of Pocomoke Road.
The town has applied for a $205,000 Rural Center grant and the Hardee’s franchise owner has said he would provide $109,500.

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OBITUARIES

MARY JO DOVE
WENDELL - Mary Jo Oakley Dove, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at her residence.

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KATHERINE GUPTON
SEBRING, Fla. - Katherine Gupton of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Louisburg, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. Memorial services will be in November.

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ADDIE ROSE PRIVETTE
ZEBULON – Addie Rose Privette, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. Graveside services were held Friday, Oct. 3, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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ISAIAH B. REAGAN
WAKE FOREST - Isaiah Bart Reagan, born July 9, 2008, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008.

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SARAH O’NEAL IHRIE
LOUISBURG - Sarah O’Neal Ihrie, 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday Oct. 4) at Louisburg United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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VERNON MCDONALD CUMMINGS
YOUNGSVILLE - Vernon McDonald Cummings, 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008 at his home. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday (today) Oct. 4, 2008 at Mid-Way Baptist Church, in Raleigh.

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HELEN V. RICHARDSON
HOLLISTER - Helen V. Richardson, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008.

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ELSIE L. RADFORD WILSON
Elsie Lea Radford, 89, died October 1, 2008.

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SPORTS

Late Night With Central
Late Night With Central
ROCKY MOUNT - Thursday night’s football showdown between Bunn and Nash Central was billed as a unique contrast in styles.
Bunn’s power football against Central’s big-play ability.
But despite their differences, the clubs were as evenly matched as possible, moving through regulation and three overtime sessions before a winner was determined in the hard-fought event.

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Offense The Best Defense For FHS
Offense The Best Defense For FHS
FRANKLINTON -- Soccer purists may scoff at the notion that the best defense is a good offense.
But it was certainly a theory that made sense to Franklinton High boys coach Deran Coe before his club’s Northern Carolina Conference showdown Wednesday against rival Bunn.
With first place in the NCC at stake, Coe called on his stable of offensive weapons to control the ball and, in turn, give Bunn’s frontliners less opportunities to counter-punch.

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Thoughts on world of sports
Thoughts on world of sports
If the rest of the David Howle Farewell Tour is like this, it’s going to be a wild next couple of months for the Bunn High School football team.
Since Howle announced his retirement two weeks ago, the Wildcats have played a pair of classic contests -- winning 36-28 over Oxford Webb and falling 34-32 in triple overtime Thursday at Nash Central.

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Southern Sweeps Lady Rams
Southern Sweeps Lady Rams
FRANKLINTON -- In recent seasons, Southern Vance and Bunn have annually ruled as the ‘Big Two’ in the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball standings.
Look for the final campaign in the NCC in its current state to conclude in the same fashion.
Bunn, undefeated in NCC play, has all but wrapped up the league championship. And Southern, with its only two losses coming against BHS, will be the conference’s second-place finisher.

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LHS celebrates its spike Senior Night
LHS celebrates its spike Senior Night
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s volleyball team celebrated Senior Night in style Monday with a convincing three-game sweep against Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference rival Northampton East at the LHS Gymnasium.
Scores were 25-10, 25-7 and 25-11 in Louisburg’s favor. The Lady Warriors improved to 10-5 overall and 9-0 in the TRAC.

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LIFESTYLES

Bringing world cultures into the classroom
Bringing world cultures into the classroom
As we all come to realize that national boundaries of many countries are continuing to dissolve, it is time to get some help, especially in the classrooms.
Many times we think we know what to do as teachers, but in reality I believe we need a little reminder as well as some help with how to work and live with others from different cultures who speak different languages and practice different religions.

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TRACTOR-TRUCK COMPETITION
TRACTOR-TRUCK COMPETITION
At the annual Future Farmers of America Truck and Tractor competition, Bunn High students Andrew Beckham, above, and Skylar Leonard performed well. Beckham finished second in the truck-driving competition, while Leonard was third in the tractor event. The contest was at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on September 18th.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Region K Council of Governments honors leadership
Region K Council of Governments honors leadership
The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments had its annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 25, honoring several local officials.
New officers for 2008/2009 were installed as follows:

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Three-county effort goes into dropout prevention grant
The Committee on Dropout Prevention has agreed to award $15 million in grants in three separate categories by the end of the year.
The grants will be for innovative programs and initiatives that target students at risk of dropping out of school and demonstrate the potential to be developed into effective dropout prevention and re-entry programs in middle schools and high schools. Grants will be geographically distributed throughout the state and the eight educational regions. They will vary in amounts up to a maximum of $150,000.

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Teen travels to Florida for special 16th birthday
Teen travels to Florida for special 16th birthday
Teenager Tyler Wester isn’t a lot different from other kids — he enjoys his iPod, video games, television and adding to his MySpace page. And he loves going to Hooters.
In fact, the North Carolina 16-year-old recently attended the 2008 Miss Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant in Hollywood, Fla.
The July 7 trip was a surprise birthday trip from his friends and Hooters.

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Johnson heads to League conference
Louisburg Mayor Pro Tem Mary Johnson will participate at the 2008 N.C. League of Municipalities’ Annual Conference, which will be October 12-14 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
About 1,500 municipal officials, state officials and guests are expected to attend the event, which is the centennial celebration of the League.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Late Night With Central
Late Night With Central
ROCKY MOUNT - Thursday night’s football showdown between Bunn and Nash Central was billed as a unique contrast in styles.
Bunn’s power football against Central’s big-play ability.
But despite their differences, the clubs were as evenly matched as possible, moving through regulation and three overtime sessions before a winner was determined in the hard-fought event.

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Bulldogs Best Bunn 34-32 In 3OT
Bulldogs Best Bunn 34-32 In 3OT
ROCKY MOUNT -- Thursday night’s football showdown between Bunn and Nash Central was billed as a unique contrast in styles.
Bunn’s power football against Central’s big-play abiltiy.
But despite their differences, the clubs were as evenly matched as possible, moving through regulation and three overtime sessions before a winner was determined in the hard-fought event.

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Warriors take the juice out of Chargers
Warriors take the juice out of Chargers
WELDON — Louisburg rode a strong ground game to a 54-18 victory over the host Chargers during the Warriors’ Tar Roanoke Athletic Conference opener.
The Warriors jumped out early with a 63-yard scoring strike from Ryan Stern to Javon Blacknall, staking the team to a 6-0 lead with 9:32 to go in the first quarter.

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