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Showing 24 articles from December 5, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Economy shifts; new high school construction could be delayed
County commissioners will discuss with the Board of Education on Monday night whether or not $53 million in financing for the new Franklinton High School and other school upgrades should be delayed.
The discussion will be directly related to current bond market conditions, which are seeing interest rates being paid out by government bodies on general obligation bonds as much as 5.39 percent compared to around 3.8-4.2 percent this time last year, and part of an overall early-start on fiscal year 2009-10 budget deliberations, which commissioners readily state will be challenging.

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Christmas lights up Franklinton’s night
Christmas lights up Franklinton’s night
Franklinton youngsters get ready to wow the crowd on their train float during Thursday night’s Christmas parade. The town puts on the county’s only evening parade, giving residents an opportunity to see floats under a cloak of darkness. From left to right are Kyler Folmar, James Medlin, Zachary Ball, Javani James, Sean Griffith and Chase Desrochers. Franklinton’s parade is the first in a succession. The town of Youngsville will host a Christmas parade and day-long list of holiday activities on Saturday and the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will host a parade on Sunday. Bunn and Alert will host parades on Dec. 13.

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Franklin tier rank drops to 2
Franklin tier rank drops to 2
A depressed work climate in 2008 means that Franklin County will go into 2009 with an economic development rating that reflects a distressed economy.
Each year, the state Department of Commerce places a county in tier designations, which, in part, determine how much state funding a county can receive to support business opportunities.

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A shoulder to lean on
A shoulder to lean on
Clean-up crews attend to an overturned 18-wheeler at the intersection of Highway 56 West and Will Mitchiner Road on Thursday morning. Chris Hill of Bronson Trucking, Henderson, ran off the road to avoid hitting another transport truck that had slowed due to a state trooper assisting a motorist who had hit a deer. The truck was carrying wastewater from the Louisburg Waste Water Treatment Plant to Granville Farms in Oxford. About 800-1,000 gallons spilled. “I just didn’t want to hit anybody,” said Hill, who wasn’t injured in the incident. No charges were filed.

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Meeting of mayoral minds
Meeting of mayoral minds
Franklin County’s mayors and community leaders agreed that they need to meet more for the good of the county.
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce hosted a government speakers series at Hudson Manor on Wednesday, giving mayors from Youngsville, Franklinton, and Louisburg and Lake Royale leaders an opportunity to tout their successes and how they approach challenges going into the new year.

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OBITUARIES

JEAN W. PACE
FRANKLINTON - Jean Williams Pace, 74, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 at Wake Med in Raleigh. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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ALICE L. RILEY
ZEBULON - Alice Liverman Riley, 76 died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. Graveside services were Thursday, Dec. 4, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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ODESSA M. JONES
YOUNGSVILLE - Odessa Marie Jones, 61, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 6) at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn.

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MYRL E. BARNES
LOUISBURG - Myrl E. Barnes, 67, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh.

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SPORTS

TWO PINS TO WIN
TWO PINS TO WIN
STANHOPE - Add another nail-biting chapter to the budding Louisburg-Southern Nash wrestling rivalry.
Last season, SN traveled to Louisburg, and the clubs clawed to a tie following the last match. LHS was awarded the team victory because of a tie-breaker.
The to-the-wire heroics continued during Wednesday’s rematch at the SNHS Gymnasium.

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Warriors Claim TRAC Superlatives
Warriors Claim TRAC Superlatives
LOUISBURG -- Of all the great rushing tandems in the history of North Carolina high school football, none can surpass the statistical greatness of Louisburg High’s Hakeem Strickland and Greg Small.
Small and Strickland will leave LHS’ gridiron program as the all-time leading rushing tandem in the Tar Heel State.

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Campaign begins for Wildcats
OXFORD -- Chuck Mann’s first game as the Bunn High School girls basketball coach was successful for the initial half -- but not thereafter.
Taking on a solid Oxford Webb contingent, the Ladycats trailed by only four points (26-22) at intermission.

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Tourneys scheduled on court
Tourneys scheduled on court
Just because it’s the Christmas Holiday doesn’t mean the basketballs will stop bouncing in Franklin County.
Each of the county’s high schools will be in action during the upcoming Christmas Break, with Louisburg’s boys and girls and Bunn’s boys slated to participate in tournament action.

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Penny Worth A Million
Penny Worth A Million
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Sunday used to be the most difficult day of the week for the Cardwell Family in the late 1970s and 1980.
On most weekends -- after Sunday School and lunch -- the Cardwells would load up the family vehicle for a journey to Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.
It wasn’t a shopping journey, however. Instead, the Cardwells would drop off their daughter, Penny, so she could catch the bus back to the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, which is located near Asheville.

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Louisburg High hoops teams resume skeds
Louisburg High hoops teams resume skeds
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg High School boys and girls basketball squads will continue their 2008-09 seasons this coming Friday with a road matchup at Franklinton.

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Laviolette out and ‘Mo’ in for ‘Canes
Laviolette out and ‘Mo’ in for ‘Canes
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday the team has relieved Peter Laviolette of his coaching duties and that Paul Maurice will assume the role of head coach.
Rutherford also announced that Ron Francis has been named the team’s associate coach, and that the remainder of the team’s coaching staff will remain in place.

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LIFESTYLES

Stafford honored at “Night of the Living Community”
Stafford honored at “Night of the Living Community”
What a wonderful idea, a night where the community gathers to share their talents, enthusiasm and love and concern for each other.
If you missed the first annual community gathering, there will be plenty of future celebrations because, according to Mark Joyner, who organized the event, “This is actually the beginning of many more nights of the living community.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local historic preservation from an expert perspective
Local historic preservation from an expert perspective
It was a combination walk down memory lane and pep talk for the challenges that lie ahead when Peter Sandbeck, deputy state historic preservation officer, spoke at the annual banquet of the Person Place Preservation Society in Louisburg Thursday night.
Sandbeck, a veteran historic preservationist who has worked with both Williamsburg and New Bern’s Tryon Palace, is a new Louisburg resident with a long history of involvement with Person Place.

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Wake Electric awards teachers’ grants for technology
Today’s economy rewards workers who have the skills and knowledge gained through classroom technology.
Traditionally, the definition of literacy has been the ability to read and write. With the rapid development of new technologies, however, the nature of literacy has changed dramatically. In addition to reading and writing, the current definition of literacy also includes the ability to learn, comprehend, and interact with technology in a meaningful way.

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

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Family looking for shelter after house fire
A Louisburg family would like nothing more than to be home for the holidays, but a fire Monday morning may make that difficult.
Fire crews responded to a home on Gayline Drive to find flames billowing from a home.
From the outside, the home doesn’t appear to be damaged, but inside, fire, smoke and water combined to destroy a building that Tiffany and David Hardy and their four children have called home the past four years.

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Census jobs open
The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for qualified applicants to fill more than 15,000 jobs in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to help prepare for the 2010 Census.

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BIG CHECK PRESENTATION
BIG CHECK PRESENTATION
The Franklin County Shrine Club recently made a $17,000 donation to the Sudan Temple to help the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. The donation, most of which was raised through the local club’s annual fish fry, is the largest in the 41-year history of the fund-raising effort locally. Bobby Waller, potentate of the Sudan Temple, left, accepted the check from local Shriners Bobby Davis, center, and Tommy Wester, two of the 12-member local organization who have spearheaded the fish fry for several years.

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BUSINESS

DenMark faces Chapter 7 bankruptcy
Staff with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of North Carolina have confirmed that a Youngsville company could be liquidated.
DenMark Construction Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April, allowing the company to continue business and protect Denmark for creditors until they figured out a plan to pay them back.

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