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Showing 26 articles from March 24, 2006.

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<FONT SIZE=5>Ready or not here we grow</FONT><br><FONT SIZE=3>More demand on services as residential growth explodes</FONT>
BUSTING AT THE SEAMS. Royal Elementary School teacher Roberta Wilkins holds the door for students who have to use trailers at the 5-year-old school as enrollment has increased.
Ready or not here we grow
More demand on services as residential growth explodes
When Johnston County residents Dominic Giangiulio and his wife Linda were looking for a new place to live, Franklin County fit the bill. Their Glen Oaks subdivision home between U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. 56 provided a shorter commute for Linda, who was transferred to a Food Lion distribution center in Butner.

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Adequate Public Facilities: proposal developing
Recognizing that growth comes at a price, county staff and plenty of other share holders have tinkered with plans to have new homeowners pay for growing pains. In late 2004, county planning staff presented commissioners with an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance proposal.

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<FONT SIZE=4>Teen dies in single-car accident</font>
Teen dies in single-car accident
Family and friends said goodbye to a 16-year-old Franklinton High School student on Friday, nearly a week after he died as the result of a single-car accident.
Travian Lamar Holder’s funeral was at Franklinton Elementary School on Friday.

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Schools’ facilities meeting Monday
The use of the Franklinton High School building when a new high school is built will top discussion Monday night. In the second school system long-term facilities task force meeting, ideas for use of the 1920s structure will be discussed.

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OBITUARIES

BETTYE Q. DUNSTON-GOMES
PROVIDENCE, RI - Bettye Queen Dunston-Gomes, 64, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 18, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with the Rev. C. H. Balark Jr. officiating. Interment followed at North Burial Ground, Providence.

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BLANCHE O. LEWIS
WENDELL - Blanche Ophelia Lewis, 88, died Friday, March 24, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Baptist Tabernacle Church. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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CLEACY COLLINS JR.
ZEBULON - Cleacy Collins Jr., 53, died Saturday, March 18, 2006 at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 23, at Christ Holiness Church #1 in Wake Forest. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon.

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COREDERS JOHNSON
LOUISBURG - Coreders Johnson, 82, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Revs. Stanley Dunston and Claude Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GEORGE L. ADAMS
ZEBULON - George Leon Adams, 84, died Thursday, March 23, 2006, at his home. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, March 25) at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.

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JACK D. ADAIR
ZEBULON - Jack Duane Adair, 78, died Monday, March 20, 2006. Graveside memorial services were conducted Wednesday, March 22, at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

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JAMES H. PERRY
WAKE FOREST - James Harrison Perry, 75, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at Hillside Nursing Center in Wake Forest. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 21, at Woodland Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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JOHN H. WALKER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mr. John H. Walker, 60, who died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ Disciples, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LEROY NICHOLSON
DURHAM - Leroy “Charlie” Nicholson, 61, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, with the Rev. W. C. Radcliff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LULA GRAY BEDDINGFIELD
RALEIGH - Lula “Lulu” Beddingfield, 86, of Bunn died Saturday, March 11, at Hospice of Rex Hospital after a short illness.

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SARAH L. MITCHELL
WAKE FOREST - Sarah L. Mitchell, 92, died Monday, March 20, 2006 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 25) at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ in Franklinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.

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TRAVIAN “TRAY” HOLDER
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Mr. Travian “Tray” Holder, 16, who died Monday, March 20, 2006, were conducted Friday, March 24, in the Franklinton Elementary School Gymnasium, with Minister Sabrina Russell officiating. Burial followed in Dickies Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

<FONT SIZE=4>Not This Time!</FONT><br><FONT SIZE=2>Ladycats soar to home victory against Nash Central</font>
Not This Time!
Ladycats soar to home victory against Nash Central
BUNN -- Considering the injury and illness problems that her team has experienced this year, Bunn High girls coach Ashley Olinger wasn’t about to feel sorry for the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs Thursday at the BHS Soccer Field.
With Nash Central down seven players -- six to a school conflict and another (star Carly Pitt) to an injury, the Lady Bulldogs proved to be no match for BHS during a 3-0 Ladycats’ victory in a non-league matchup.

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Freshman shines for Northern
BUNN -- Bunn received a glimpse of the future of Nash County baseball Wednesday. And for the Wildcats, it wasn’t a pretty sight.

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Devils do in plenty of dreams
Needless to say, Duke’s demise in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has thrown The Franklin Times’ picks pool into a tizzy. Several panic-stricken employees paced the office Thursday during the final moments of the Blue Devils’ loss to LSU.

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Strickland to follow father with LC's diamond squad
BUNN -- Blake Strickland’s father, Larry, played at Louisburg College, so it was only natural that he would one day want to follow his dad’s talented footsteps. Blake, a senior at Bunn, has announced his intention to join the baseball squad at LC beginning next season.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Franklinton takes early margin on the links
LOUISBURG -- Franklinton earned the first advantage during the annual Franklin County Prep Golf Championship, which began Wednesday at Bull Creek.

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County Sports Schedule

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<FONT SIZE=5>Bunn Middle School: not afraid to examine itself</FONT>
Bunn Middle School: not afraid to examine itself
Everyone at Bunn Middle School is taking a closer look. From students dissecting animals in science classes to the school’s counselor developing innovative ways for more positive choices and from a language arts teacher linking up to a class in Australia to magazine and newspaper publications, BMS is in a continual state of embracing academic and individual growth.

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IN OUR CLASS
Cedar Creek Middle
At CCMS, students have been busy preparing for and taking the writing test, and teachers have been busy preparing for EOG’s and the final phase of the school year.
Students and staff will perform at the annual CCMS Talent Show on April 6 at 7 p.m. Admission to the talent show will be $3.
Several staff members have recently returned from the N.C. Middle School Conference. As a result, faculty is in deep discussion about positive changes to implement for next school year, such as how to ease the transition from fifth to sixth grades and from eighth to ninth grades.
March 29 is the next scheduled Early Release Day. Progress reports will be sent home on March 30. There will be a Booster Club meeting for all parents of CCMS athletes on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the CCMS media center. Students will be out of school April 14-April 23 for spring break.

All Middle Schoolers
As a reminder to parents, students will have only one opportunity to take the End of Grade tests in June. Students who do not pass the tests the first time will attend summer intervention for two weeks.
Those students will then be provided the opportunity to take the tests a second time. For students who still do not pass the tests, Summer Intervention will be provided for an additional two weeks in an effort to provide as much support to those students as possible. Additionally, students who do not pass their Math class will be required to attend Summer Intervention. Parents who are not sure about your child’s grades should request a parent/teacher conference.

Franklinton High School
The FHS National Honor Society will hold its induction ceremony on March 28 at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium.
The FHS Drama Club will sponsor its annual Spring Talent Show on Thursday, March 30 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium. Admission will be $5, and all proceeds will go toward the FHS Drama Club.
The FHS Athletic Boosters will sponsor a student – faculty basketball game on March 31 at 7p.m. in the FHS gymnasium. Proceeds will go to the booster club for the support of FHS Athletics. The FHS Relay for Life Club will hold a benefit dinner in the FHS cafeteria on April 11 at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per plate with all proceeds donated to the Relay for Life fight against cancer. Please contact Mrs. Lesley Coe @ FHS for ticket information.

Bunn High School
During February, Melanie Lovin’s art students studied pieces created by various African-American artists. Students concluded their study of famous African-American artists by creating tributes to the artists they had studied.
The BHS Concert Band participated in the North Carolina Central District High School Band Festival on Wednesday, March 15. Students traveled to Wakefield High School to participate in the festival.
BHS has 18 members on its Relay for Life Team. Lindsay Patterson is the team captain. Linda Twitty and Dusty Anderson are co-captains. Team members are currently selling large purple bows and Celebrate Life bracelets in an effort to raise money for cancer research. Members are also collecting items for the county auction and yard sales. Relay for Life Team members will be collecting donations for the next four weeks. The class that raises the most money will be rewarded with a hot fudge sundae party.
BHS is proud to be able to host Franklin County Relay for Life this year. The event will be Friday, April 21, beginning at 6 p.m. and continue through Saturday, April 22, at noon.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Growth: water needs being looked at now
Schools might very well be on the front lines of growth, but they are not the only county resource under siege due to growth. The county’s ability to provide water and other available services is also a concern.

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Moment of silence called for troops this Sunday
U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) voted Tuesday to honor members of the U.S. Armed Services serving at home and abroad. Etheridge voted in favor of H.Res. 698, which would establish a moment of silence to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of U.S. troops.

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