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Showing 31 articles from November 22, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Election complaint dismissed
The Franklin County Board of Elections dismissed a complaint that alleged voting violations, ruling that there was not enough evidence to show the incident would have impacted the outcome of the votes.
Resident Danny Pearce filed a complaint with the County’s Board of Elections, alleging that someone was illegally passing out marked sample ballots within the no-campaigning area of Louisburg’s early voting site on Nov. 1.

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Safe for the Holiday
Faye Miller of Justice jokes with Wal-Mart Safety Team Leader Kyle Barker as the two load up her car Wednesday. Faye left her handbag unattended for just a few moments at a time, but those seconds translate into opportunity for a thief.
Safe for the Holiday
Are you as careful as you think?
Faye Miller never leaves her handbag unattended when she shops, or at least that’s what she thinks.
On Wednesday, guess what she did?
Loading some Thanksgiving and Christmas bags into the back of her car, Miller abandoned the paisley, quilted carry-all, plopping it into the front of a cart.

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Tracy Green remembered: wife, mother and friend
Tracy Green remembered: wife, mother and friend
A woman who was the backbone of a family, church and community died on Thursday. Tracy Green was 44.
Friends said Green, the wife of Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green, was a dedicated mother, good wife, special friend and a determined member of the community.
She wore all those hats, they said, with good spirits and humor.

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La Branche is new Louisburg College president
LA BRANCHE
La Branche is new Louisburg College president
Louisburg College’s board of trustees named Mark La Branche as the college’s new president Friday.
He is the current senior vice president of external affairs at Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala.
The board deliberated over two candidates Friday after they came to the college earlier this week in discuss issues in public forums.

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Arthur Williams enjoyed full, giving life
Arthur Williams enjoyed full, giving life
Friends and family will get a chance to say goodbye this weekend to a man whose life shaped faith and politics in Franklin County for nearly a century.
Arthur Williams died Nov. 14 at the age of 101.
Williams spent all his life in Franklin County, getting involved in the religious community at an early age.

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OBITUARIES

TRACY T. GREEN
LOUISBURG – Tracy Thorne Green, 44, of Louisburg, died Thursday morning.
Tracy was preceded in death by her father, J.W. Thorne, and her special aunt, Carrie Thorne. She was an active member of White Level Baptist Church and was an optician with Louisburg Eye Associates. She had a tremendous love for all of her patients. Tracy had such a love for her family, friends and life.

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DANNY GLENAL COGGIN
LOUISBURG - Danny Glenal Coggin, 55, of 951 M.C. Wilder Road, died Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at his home. Mr. Coggin was born in Wake County, the son of Lunervy House Coggin and the late John Dumas Coggin.
Funeral services were held at 7 o’clock Friday evening, November 21, 2008, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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BENJAMIN L. MASSENBURG
WAKE FOREST - Benjamin L. Massenburg, 52, died Monday, Nov. 17, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 22) at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JAMES C. TONEY
SPRING HOPE - Funeral services for James Curtis Toney, 62, who died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 22) in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Rock Church cemetery.

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JAMES E. DAVIS
HYATTSVILLE, Md. — James E. Davis, 62, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at Prince George Hospital in Landover, Md. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Eagle Rock Cemetery, Louisburg.

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MARGARET OGDEN
FRANKLINTON - Margaret Ogden, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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PHIL WIGGINS
ZEBULON - Arthur Philip “Phil” Wiggins, 65, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008. A memorial service was conducted Thursday, Nov. 20, at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh.

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ROBERT GRIFFIN JR.
FRANKLINTON - Robert E. “Bird” Griffin Jr. died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, from injuries received in an earlier accident.

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WILLIAM H. CROSS
LOUISBURG - William H. “Bill” Cross, 62, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were Thursday afternoon, Nov. 20, in the Mausoleum Chapel at Raleigh Memorial Park, with the Rev. Tara Lain of Leah’s Chapel UMC officiating.

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SPORTS

A STRONG SEASON: FHS’ Coe, Woodburn nab postseason honors
A STRONG SEASON: FHS’ Coe, Woodburn nab postseason honors
KLINTON — Even after shaving his head in the off-season, Josh Woodburn didn’t lose his strength on the soccer field for the Franklinton Red Rams.
In fact, the formerly long-locked Woodburn was stronger than ever this fall during his final high school campaign.
Fueled by hard work in a school weightlifting program, Woodburn would prove to be too much to handle for Franklinton’s oponents.

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BHS Star Receives Shrine Jersey
BHS Star Receives Shrine Jersey
BUNN -- After being officially selected, one formality remains for all pending participants in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Football Game.
As part of a long-standing tradition, all honorees receive a Shrine Bowl jersey, usually in front of their peers as part of an on-campus ceremony.
Bunn’s Ty Howle accepted his jersey last Friday before the Wildcats’ home playoff game against Croatan.

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Freshmen will spark FHS girls
Freshmen will spark FHS girls
Lady Rams will be young but talented
FRANKLINTON -- Lester Wilder has seen just about everything during his coaching career at Franklinton High School, which has spanned four decades.
Except a team this young.
Wilder has never coached a girls basketball club as inexperienced as the one he will put on the court during the 2008-09.
And it’s something Wilder doesn’t mind one bit.

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ACC picks destined to be bad
ACC picks destined to be bad
With my cohort in picks mediocrity Carey Johnson backlogged by other work duties, it’s up to me to provide the destined-for-failure Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball predictions for the 2008-09 season.
Even though Carey is unavailable, I’m sure that he is -- just like me -- committed to continuing our horrible success (or lack thereof) ratio when offering our college and professional sports picks.

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The Mighty Mighty Mites
The Mighty Mighty Mites
Bunn earns runner-up spot at East Wake Super Bowl
STEM -- Bunn’s Mighty Mites capped off another successful season Sunday with an appearance in the East Wake Football League Super Bowl.
Bunn, which closed at 9-2 overall, was defeated 19-7 against Knightdale -- marking the second time in three years that this age group of players was topped by the Knights for the Super Bowl crown.

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LC men’s basketball squad 6-2 on season
LOUISBURG -- Despite battling an early-season injury bug -- along with a handful of tough opponents -- the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad has gotten off to a solid start under first-year head coach John Meeks.
Louisburg currently has a 6-2 overall record after winning one of three outings last weekend at its annual Roger Taylor Classic at Holton Gymnasium.

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LIFESTYLES

Pet therapy is powerful medicine
Pet therapy is powerful medicine
Many times when we hear that something is “a healthy combination,” we are more likely thinking about foods, supplements, activities and the like.
Very seldom we speak of “a healthy combination” as referring to pets and people, or at least it’s not the first thing that comes to mind.
In the last “Strive For Healthy Living,” an AARP health bulletin, there is information about research that has been done where pets, especially dogs, have been shown to promote good health.

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Ready for a parade?
The Alert Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. Line-up will start around 1 p.m. There is no entry fee.
Anyone interested in participating or needing more information can contact Larry and Nancy Ayscue, (252) 459-9216, or Melanie Bobbitt, (919) 853-6638 or AlertParade@aol.com.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Roundabout planned for FES
FRANKLINTON — The town’s Board of Commissioners resolved to let school staff move forward with plans to ease traffic congestion at Franklinton Elementary School.
The school system is proposing to build a roundabout on S. Hillsboro Street, which is currently the main entrance and exit for both bus and car traffic and backs up before and after school.

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Youngsville knocks out churches in Main Street District
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s Board of Commissioners adopted a zoning ordinance change meant to open the downtown district to more business.
Proprietors just can’t pray for more money, though.
By unanimous vote, the board agreed to delete assembly halls from the definition of allowable uses within the town’s Main Street Business District. The decision was made at the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

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Louisburg set to discuss FRMC relocation attempts
The Louisburg Town Council will hold a special meeting this Monday to discuss their continued fight with Franklin Regional Medical Center to remain centrally located.
FRMC’s parent company, Health Management Associates, has proposed relocating the hospital from Louisburg to the outskirts of Youngsville at N.C. 96 and U.S. 1.

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Tourism Authority regroups in wake of Chamber cut
Franklin County Tourism Development Authority members said they need to review their administration after a shakeup in the Chamber of Commerce.
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has performed administrative duties for the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) almost since its inception two years ago.

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Man charged in Holmes’ fatal crash back in court
A Louisburg man facing charges of killing two Franklin County residents in a motor vehicle wreck this summer is now appealing a sexual battery charge.
Louis Mahler Joyner, 21, pled guilty this week to simple assault, a charge that was reduced in a plea agreement on an initial charge of sexual battery.

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Robbery under investigation
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for three suspects accused of robbing a man at gunpoint.
According to an incident report by Dep. J.S. Whitman Jr., three suspects armed with semi-automatic guns entered a house on Williams Road at about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Pender Defeats LHS -- Again
Pender Defeats LHS -- Again
LOUISBURG -- Pender continues to be Louisburg’s chief nemesis in the Class 1-AA State Football Playoffs.
Last season, Louisburg reached the quarterfinals before falling to the Patriots at home.
History repeated itself Friday, much to the dismay of LHS head coach James Collier, who saw the Patriots rally with a pair of second-half touchdowns to overtake his Warriors by a 24-20 margin in Round Two postseason action at Patterson Field.

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Howle’s Coaching Career Ends
Howle’s Coaching Career Ends
BUNN -- Goldsboro’s ‘30 Boys’ helped put an abrupt end to David Howle’s 21-year coaching career at Bunn High School.
Freddie Jones, A.J. Parker and Andre Montgomery have earned the moniker ‘The 30 Boys’ for Goldsboro, because each wears a uniform number in the 30s -- and each plays a key role in the Cougars’ churning T-formation offense.
Goldsboro’s ‘30 Boys’ would combine for 250 rushing yards Friday as the Cougars eliminated Bunn by a 42-26 margin in the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs at the BHS Football Field.

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Franklinton falls to Tarboro
TARBORO -- Franklinton High ended a winning season on Friday night with a road loss at top-seeded Tarboro in the second round of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
The Vikings put together a strong ground game and stifled the Red Rams, besting the Franklinton squad, 38-6.

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