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Showing 29 articles from December 19, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Denmark Construction remains in Chapter 11
A bankruptcy administrator has withdrawn a motion that could have led to the liquidation of a Youngsville company.
DenMark Construction Inc. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in April, allowing the company to continue business and protect Denmark from creditors until they figured out a plan to pay them back.

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Judge Wilkinson honored
A FIRM HAND. Judge Paul Finch, left, presents retiring Chief District Court Judge Charles Wilkinson Jr., with a plaque that recognizes his more than 30 years of service on the bench.
Judge Wilkinson honored
OXFORD — Charles W. Wilkinson Jr. is stepping down as the longest serving District Court judge in the state’s history, but he didn’t get there taking his time. During a retirement ceremony on Thursday, family, friends and colleagues gathered for his retirement ceremony, recognizing Wilkinson’s leadership, service and dedication to Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties.

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Franklin Co. DMV records resurface
Officers continue to investigate the case of a man accused of using equipment stolen from a Louisburg DMV office to make high-end fake IDs.
Wake County ABC Law Enforcement arrested Robert Wayne Bullock on Tuesday, charging him with six felony counts of selling fraudulent driver’s licenses.

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Jim Wrenn resigns as tax assessor
County Tax Administrator Jim Wrenn tendered his resignation on Thursday to take a similar role in Nash County next year.
Wrenn came to the county’s Tax Office in 1996 as an appraiser and, in 1999, became the assistant assessor. In 2001, the county’s Board of Commissioners appointed him as the county’s tax assessor, taking over for Pat Goddard. Wrenn will stay on in Franklin until Jan. 23.

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Contamination prompts action
The Louisburg Town Council agreed earlier this week to seek legal counsel to defend itself against claims that it’s collaterally responsible for contamination committed by Ward Transformers.
Since 1964, Ward Transformers has built and reconditioned electrical transformers for a number of electrical entities, such as Electricities towns, including Louisburg.

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OBITUARIES

CHRISTOPHER LEE HAMLETT
HENDERSON - Christopher Lee Hamlett, 33, formerly of Franklin County, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 from injuries received in an automobile accident. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 19, in the J. M. White Funeral Home Chapel in Henderson, with the Rev. Frank Sossamon officiating. Burial followed in Meadowview Memorial Park in Oxford.

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KELLY P. PELLUM
NASHVILLE - Kelly Perdue Pellum, 32, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A private graveside service was conducted Friday, Dec. 19, at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, followed by a service to celebrate her life at First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro.

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C. FLETCHER WRENN
ZEBULON - Calvin Fletcher Wrenn, 81, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 17, 2008. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 20) at Social Plains Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Murray Cemetery.

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LINDA F. BOAHN
WASHINGTON - Linda Faye Boahn, 56, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. Graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Oakdale Cemetery, Washington, conducted by Ricky Skiles.

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JERRY C. MOORE
RALEIGH - Jerry Carlton Moore, 72, of Raleigh and Morehead City, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at the home of Kevin and Sandra Moore in Youngsville. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 19, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Raleigh, with the Rev. Shannon Scott and the Rev. M. Kevin Moore officiating. Burial followed in the Olde Mt. Vernon Church cemetery on Durant Road.

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ROSOLENE L. LEWIS
YOUNGSVILLE - Rosolene Leonard Lewis, age 62, a resident of 70 Turtle Court, died Thursday, December 18, 2008, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Born in Rocky Mount, NC, on July 11, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Roger Ervin Leonard and Lou Ella Burnette Leonard.

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SPORTS

FIELD-GOAL FAMINE
FIELD-GOAL FAMINE
BUNN - Outside shooting becomes one of the most important intangibles for a team lacking in size -- such as the Bunn High School boys basketball squad.
And when the Wildcats are clicking from they perimeter, they can be competitive, as evidenced by a trey-sparked comeback two weeks ago against a talented Nash Central contingent.
But when Bunn’s shots aren’t falling, the results can be disastrous. In the rematch against Central, BHS went cold from the field as the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for a lopsided decision.

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Webb Wins Vs. Bunn
Webb Wins Vs. Bunn
BUNN -- Bunn’s Ladycats have developed a recent penchant for being competitive in the second half of games, including Wednesday’s home matchup against the Oxford Webb Lady Warriors.
But Bunn’s biggest problem has been its slow starts, which have offset any progress the Ladycats have made after intermission.

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No. Vance gets past FHS boys
No. Vance gets past FHS boys
HENDERSON -- Thanks to a trio of strong periods, the Franklinton Red Rams put themselves into position for another strong road victory Wednesday night.
But the Red Rams couldn’t finish out the job.
Instead, host Northern Vance rallied from a four-point deficit at the beginning of the fourth period and went on to post a 61-58 win over Franklinton at the NVHS Gymnasium.

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Ironsides at stake in picks
Ironsides at stake in picks
With the coveted Louisburg High School mini-football back where it belongs, it’s time to reclaim another long-standing office-desk tradition.
The beloved Old Ironsides stapler.
Last year, I lost the stapler in stunning fashion, as Lloyd Carr somehow managed to win his career finale at Michigan, pushing Carey Johnson over the top in our annual Bowl Picks Contest.

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Lady Rams Top Northern
Lady Rams Top Northern
HENDERSON -- Franklinton High veteran girls basketball coach Lester Wilder wasn’t thrilled with his club’s performance during a road loss Monday at North Johnston.
The Lady Rams made quick amends, however, coming through in the clutch to pick up a 45-44 thriller Wednesday over the host Northern Vance Lady Vikings.

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County’s Water Wonders
County’s Water Wonders
HENDERSON -- Bunn and Franklinton offered some strong finishes during a prep swim event Wednesday at the Aycock Recreation Center.
In the six-team standings, Franklinton took fourth in the girls and sixth in the boys, while Bunn was sixth in the girls and fifth in the boys.

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Louisburg High takes road game at Princeton
PRINCETON -- Louisburg High School won a Battle of the Brothers during a boys basketball showdown Wednesday at Princeton High School in Johnston County.
LHS, coached by Chris Davis, took an early lead and went on to earn a 58-49 decision over the Bulldogs, who are guided by Chris’ brother, Jeff.

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Hurricanes announce festivities for Dec. 31
Hurricanes announce festivities for Dec. 31
RALEIGH -- The Carolina have announced the details of the festivities surrounding the Carolina Hurricanes’ annual New Year’s Eve game and party. The Hurricanes will host the Atlanta Thrashers at the RBC Center on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m., and tickets are still available.
Following the game, all fans in attendance are invited to stay in the arena to celebrate the arrival of 2009 at the RBC Center’s Arena Club Restaurant.

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LIFESTYLES

The King lives
The King lives
Some of us music lovers remember very vividly the music and voice of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock-and-Roll. I am referring to the American singer, musician and actor, the one who fused country, gospel, and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. He mixed black and white sounds so well that it made him popular and controversial at the same time.

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Tips from IRS to help save with next year’s filing
Plan now and be ready for tax time, the Internal Revenue Service says.
“With less than a month before the end of the tax year, you may want to set aside a moment during the busy holiday season to consider some quick IRS tips that may give you the gift of time and money saved next year,” IRS Spokesperson Mark Hanson said.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

VGCC faculty raises scholarship funds
VGCC faculty raises scholarship funds
The Vance-Granville Community College board of trustees had its bimonthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 17, at the college’s Henderson campus.
At that meeting, Carl Hann and Jason Snelling, co-chairs of the annualVGCC Endowment Fund Faculty and Staff Drive, presented a check to the board for $26,979.

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A HELPING HAND
A HELPING HAND
Allie Davis from Pilot helps her dance group inflate a Santa Claus that served as a centerpiece for their float in the Bunn Christmas parade that took place last Saturday. Organizers said the holiday event was the biggest parade the town has hosted in years. The Bunn parade, and later that day, the Alert parade, marked the end to the county parades, that took place in every corner, from Youngsville to Franklinton and Louisburg.

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Man dies in single-car wreck
A former Franklin County resident was killed in a Vance County wreck on Tuesday morning.
According to a report by Trooper D.R. Eanes, Christopher Lee Hamlett, 33, of Lauri Ball Road, Henderson, was driving a 1994 Toyota Corolla at about 5:20 a.m. on N.C. Highway 39 north in Townsville when he ran off the side of the road.

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Robert Rector remembered
A foot soldier for the Republican party died last week.
Robert Rector, who presided over North Carolina’s last Electoral College and served as Franklin County’s party chair during some of the party’s biggest victories, was 63.
Rector’s GOP influence dates back to the 1970s, when he began sponsoring the Louisburg College Republicans.

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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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WARM SPIRITS
WARM SPIRITS
Above, Wayne Champion, second from right, the primary organizer for the Coats for Christmas effort, poses with Christopher Klingman, second from left, of United Way, which helped distribute coats to those in need. Village Cleaners volunteered to clean the items before they were distributed. Above are, from left to right, Barbara Jordan, Liza Johnson and Chinh Nguyen.

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WRAL TEACHER OF THE WEEK
WRAL TEACHER OF THE WEEK
Jane Blevins, Louisburg High School curriculum resource teacher, was named the WRAL Teacher of the Week recently for her outstanding service as a teacher. She was Franklin County Teacher of the Year two years ago and has taught for 36 years (language arts). On the right is Valonda Calloway of WRAL, who gave a surprise visit to the school to announce the honor.

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BUSINESS

Sherry Ball promoted at BB&T
BB&T has promoted Sherry Ball to vice president.
Ball, who rejoined the bank in 2008, is a payment solutions product manager in BB&T’s Deposit Access Products Department.
She is based at 3200 Beechleaf Court. Ball worked for BB&T in Wilson from 1996 to 2000.

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