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Showing 26 articles from February 6, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

BREAKING NEWS! HWY. 401 HEAD-ON COLLISION!
BREAKING NEWS! HWY. 401 HEAD-ON COLLISION!
HEAD-ON COLLISION. A head-on collision on U.S. Highway 401 sent three people to the hospital Friday afternoon.

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Louisburg rescinds rec fee increase
Louisburg rescinds rec fee increase
County will consider all needs
The Louisburg Town Council has rescinded its decision to raise parks and recreation fees for out-of-town participants.
At the Council’s Jan. 20 meeting, officials voted to raise the out-of-town rate for its baseball/softball program from $40 to $150.
On Thursday night, during a special session prior to the Council’s planning session, officials agreed by unanimous decision to rescind the hike.

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Contract falls short of giving coverage
Contract falls short of giving coverage
Franklin County staff is expected to recommend how to address the county’s inadequate communications system at the board’s next meeting.
During a closed session on Monday night, commissioners were advised that Piedmont Communications could not obtain a performance bond — essentially a financial guarantee from bank or surety company that Franklin County would get a radio system that provides 95 percent coverage 95 percent of the time.

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401 Committee steers straight into action
401 Committee steers straight into action
Widening U.S. Highway 401 will take a multi-pronged attack and members of a citizen committee lobbying for road improvements used that approach on Thursday night.
Members divided into subcommittees, figuring out how they would use public relations, safety and the help of surrounding communities to improve the chances of widening the two-lane highway.

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Committee of 100 lease deal for Goswick Prius crumbles under questioning
Franklin County will not move forward with a lease agreement to purchase a vehicle through the Committee of 100.
At its Jan. 26 meeting, the Board of Commissioners agreed to enter into a lease agreement to get a 2009 Toyota Prius.
The terms of the lease called for payments of $497.99 per month from Feb. 1, 2009, though Jan. 1, 2014.

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OBITUARIES

JANET P. MITCHELL
CASTALIA – Janet Parrish Mitchell, 72, of Castalia, passed away Tuesday afternoon.
Janet was the daughter of the late Edward Harvey and Annie Bet Smith Parrish. She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward G. Parrish.
A memorial service was at 7 p.m. Friday evening at Maple Springs Baptist Church. The family received friends immediately following the service and other times at the home of Anna and Tony Parrish, 4216 NC Hwy. 56 E., Louisburg.

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CLORINDA PERRY
WARRENTON - Clorinda Perry, 38, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at United Solid Rock Faith Ministries in Warrenton by Bishop Moore H. Bynum, pastor. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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EDWIN R. GAME, JR.
BUNN – Edwin Roger Game, Jr., 78, of Bunn, passed away Wednesday afternoon at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Edwin was a son of the late Edwin Roger and Lona Howell Game. He was an Army Veteran and retired from Carolina Freight.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with Dr. Steven Wade officiating. Burial followed in Bunn Memorial Gardens.

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FREDERICK C. DICKERSON
RALEIGH - Frederick Clegg Dickerson, 82, of Raleigh, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Mayview Convalescent Center.
Fred was born in Bunn, North Carolina, the son of the late James Graham and Marilda Strickland Dickerson. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Harold Dickerson and Roger Wright Dickerson.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel, with the Reverend Rhonda Maurer officiating. Burial at Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg will immediately follow the service.

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JEANETTE S. HILTON
GARNER - Jeanette Sullivan Hilton, 67, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 6, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home chapel in Garner. Burial followed at Montlawn Memorial Park.
A native of Wake County, she was the daughter of Margaret Britt Sullivan and the late Charles Sullivan. She was a retired employee of Dorothea Dix Hospital.

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KENNETH THOMAS
LOUISBURG - Kenneth Thomas, 48, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. Funeral services will be Monday, Feb. 9, at First Baptist Church of Louisburg with the Rev. Frederick Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Open visitation will be at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 3 - 8 p.m.

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LOUISE HUFFMAN TAYLOR
FRANKLINTON - Louise Huffman Taylor, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 6, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden presiding. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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PHIL KIMBLE PEARCE
BUNN - Kimble Pearce, 75, of Land Farm, 6413 Pearces Road, Louisburg, NC 27549 went peacefully to his Lord and maker early Thursday morning. Kimble was a son of the late Dollie and Kate Pearce of Franklin County.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday February 7th, at Bunn Baptist Church, 205 E. Jewett Avenue, Bunn, NC. Visitation will precede the service at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Gravesite burial service will be held at the family farm cemetery following the service.

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PHILLIP J. WALKER
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Phillip Joseph Walker, 56, who died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Mt. Hebron Holiness Church, with Evangelist Joseph Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the Vines family cemetery.
Open visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 7) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.

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TERESSA ANN ALSTON RICHARDSON
LOUISBURG - Teressa Ann Alston Richardson, 52, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. Funeral services will be Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at Fork Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Alston Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Open visitation will be at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg from 3 - 8 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 7).

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THE REV. T.O. TERRY
NEW BERN - The Rev. T.O. Terry, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 at home. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 6, at St. Mary’s Original Free Will Baptist Church, New Bern, with Dr. Billy A. Melvin and the Rev. Craig Simmons officiating. Interment followed at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

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WILLIAM D. WATSON
RALEIGH - William Dalton Watson, 58, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 7) at Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.
A native of Raleigh, he was a mail carrier with the U. S. Post Office. He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

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SPORTS

SWEPT AT STATES: Franklin County mat teams fall on first day
SWEPT AT STATES: Franklin County mat teams fall on first day
LOUISBURG — Louisburg racked up a laundry-list of accomplishments during its historic 2008-09 wrestling campaign, which was easily the best in school history. LHS racked up a whopping 39 team victories, but pardon Warriors’ head coach Phil Mueller for thinking that 40 would have been an even more fabulous number.
Louisburg came within one victory of advancing to today’s Final Four, only to be victimized by Thomasville 48-27 in the second round of the Class 1-A State Wrestling Tournament at the LHS Gymnasium.

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A Super Six For Bunn Wildcats
A Super Six For Bunn Wildcats
Bunn players ink papers on Signing Day
BUNN -- David Howle’s final signing class at Bunn High School proved to be one of his most bountiful ones.
Howle, who retired as Bunn’s football coach at the close of the 2008 campaign, introduced six of his players as future collegians during a ceremony Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.
Five of the performers were in attendance. The other one -- BHS star center Ty Howle -- signed his letter-of-intent at Penn State Univesity.

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Wildcats hold off Warren: Bunn thwarts late comeback attempt
Wildcats hold off Warren: Bunn thwarts late comeback attempt
BUNN -- Facing a near must-win situation, the Bunn Wildcats rallied around their seniors Thursday during a key home Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball meeting with Warren County.
Upperclassman Levon Stanley delivered 16 points and set the tone both offensively and defensively during the Wildcats’ 50-48 decision over the Eagles.

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BHS girls keep on winning
BHS girls keep on winning
Ladycats claim another victory
BUNN -- This wasn’t necessarily the way Chuck Mann saw things developing for his Bunn High School girls basketball team.
Not that Mann, BHS’ first-year head coach, is complaining. Certainly not after the Ladycats, following a miserable start to the season, have rallied back to be in good shape heading down the stretch to obtain one of the Northern Carolina Conference’s berths in the upcoming Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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Small Is Still A Warrior
Small Is Still A Warrior
LHS running back ready to continue grid career
LOUISBURG -- Most fans thought Greg Small played his final game at Patterson Field back in November, when Small’s Louisburg High School Warriors were defeated by Pender in the second round of the Class 1-AA State Football Playoffs.
But not so fast.
Small will have a curtain call on Aug. 29, and he’ll still be a Warrior -- as a member of the first-year program at the Central Carolina Sports Academy, which is located in Greensboro.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

This is Nell’s: 25 years of fashion, beauty and business
This is Nell’s: 25 years of fashion, beauty and business
If the best advice during a storm is to throw on a good jacket, then Nell Gupton is in the right business.
Since she opened shop 25 years ago, Gupton has weathered two moves and is currently dealing with an economic downturn that has doused plenty of businesses.
But 25 years ago this week, she opened her doors to women’s fashion for the first time and continues to provide an umbrella of services.

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Louisburg taxes to hold
The Louisburg Town Council met during a planning session Thursday night, excited about development in and around town and pledging not to raise taxes.
The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, which performed a planning grant on the Scoggins building downtown, recommended that the town and Tri-bond Properties move forward with plans to apply for a $400,000 restoration grant from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.

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Harris farm enters into 110-acre easement deal
Harris farm enters into 110-acre easement deal
A piece of Franklin County real estate that has been in farming for generations will stay that way for generations to come after its owners received a farmland preservation grant.
The state Agriculture Development and Farmland (ADF) Preservation Trust Fund agreed to pay $324,000 for a 110-acre easement on the Harris Farm, owned by Clyde Harris and his family, in exchange for the family agreeing not to develop the land for at least 50 years and continue its use in farming.

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The ‘hitz’ and the ritz
On Thursday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Louisburg College’s Allen de Hart Concert Series will present “Puttin’ on the Hitz!,” which features music of The Great American Songbook.
From the timeless tunes of Tin Pan Alley to the bright lights of Broadway, all the way to the heyday of the Hollywood musical, The Great American Songbook is a dazzling parade of American popular music from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

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