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Showing 23 articles from April 12, 2006.

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<font size=6>Controlled burns turn loose</font><br><font size=4>Dry conditions, winds make for busy fire season</font>
The N.C. Forest Service uses a bulldozer to clear brush and debris around the perimeter of a fire that started Monday morning. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Controlled burns turn loose
Dry conditions, winds make for busy fire season
Fire departments and the state Forestry Service have been busy putting out fires. And that’s no cliche. Since the first of the year, drought conditions and high winds have combined to turn 41 controlled burns into out-of-control fires in Franklin County. “We’ve had five times as many fires as last year,” said Brian Champion, Franklin County’s assistant ranger with the state Forest Service. “We’ve been working nearly every day since March,” he said Monday.

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Lottery dollars adding up
There have been more losers than winners in the state lottery, but proponents say there has been a jackpot. “Education is the winner in the lottery,” said state Sen. Doug Berger. Since the lottery began on March 30, there has been $265,000 in ticket sales and $130,934 in payouts in Franklin County.

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Fewer new lawsuits keep FC rates down
After being faced with higher insurance rates the last few years, including one carrier who declined to rebid for services last year, the county is expecting a lower bill this year. County Finance Director Chuck Murray said current quotes, if they hold, would save the county 34 percent from its premium payments last year of $410,000 for property and liability insurance. The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners risk pool for property and liability insurance is quoting a premium bill of $135,000 less than what it charged the county last year.

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<font size=4>Franklinton administrator will reach<br>out to people, guide growth carefully</font>
Franklinton administrator will reach
out to people, guide growth carefully
FRANKLINTON — Even though Sharon Garner doesn’t officially assume her duties until May 1, the eastern North Carolina native has already put down roots. She made a deposit on a home this week and said she will be ready to hit the ground running as the new town administrator. “There is a lot of information to absorb,” said Garner, who most recently held the post as a town manager in Madison.

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OBITUARIES

LYNN SHERRON
WAKE FOREST - Lynn Sherron, 36, died suddenly Sunday, April 9, 2006. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 12) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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THOMAS D. HUNT
NORLINA - Funeral services for Master Thomas Daniel Hunt, age 2, who died Saturday, April 8, 2006, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 12) at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARJORIE “MARGE” B. SAWITZKY
LOUISBURG - Marge B. Sawitzky, 78, died Saturday, April 8, 2006 at her home. She was a daughter of the late Clarence James and Helen Prankratz Clowesley and a native of Detroit, Mich.

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ONZA LEE BLACKLEY
FRANKLINTON - Onza Lee Blackley, 85, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in a Henderson nursing facility. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating.

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CURTIS FRED “FREDDIE” ATKINS
WENDELL - Curtis Fred “Freddie” Atkins, 57, died Thursday, April 6. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 9, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, with visitation following from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

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LELA S. CHAMBLEE
LOUISBURG - Lela Strickland Chamblee, 84, of the New Hope Community, died Thursday, April 6, 2006 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 9, in the New Hope Christian Church, with the Rev. Steve Barham officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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BESSIE R. LOWERY
WAKE FOREST - Bessie Rogers Lowery, 88, died Sunday, April 9, 2006 at Hillside Nursing Center of Wake Forest. Funeral services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 12) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. The Rev. Tommy Seedorf will be officiating.

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ORA LEE ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Mrs. Ora Lee Alston, 74, died Saturday, April 8, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Thursday, April 13, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church in Centerville. Burial will follow in the Wardrick family cemetery.

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EDITH R. WRIGHT
BUNN - Mrs. Edith Rogers Wright, 65, died Monday, April 10, 2006. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Zebulon.

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JAMES T. BRIDGES
WAKE FOREST - James Thomas Bridges, 89, died Thursday, April 6, 2006 at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 12) at Feggins-Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Friendship Chapel Baptist Church cemetery in Wake Forest.

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MARY E. “SIS REID” REID
ZEBULON - Mary E. “Sis Reid,” 92, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at Wake Medical in Raleigh. Services were held Sunday, April 9, at Zebulon First Baptist Church, Zebulon

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SPORTS

<font size=6>Wild Weekend</font><br><font size=4>Only rain can stop Lady ‘Canes from softball heroics</font>
Louisburg College’s Jessica McLawhorn steals second base during the Lady Hurricanes’ home softball victory last Saturday against Region X foe Spartanburg Methodist College. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Wild Weekend
Only rain can stop Lady ‘Canes from softball heroics
LOUISBURG - Only Mother Nature kept the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes from capping off a perfect performance last weekend in Region X fast-pitch softball action. After winning three of its first four contests, LC’s hopes of closing out a key league sweep were thwarted by nasty weather last Saturday afternoon at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus. The first game of the doubleheader, which was played in a steady downpour, closed with the Lady Hurricanes winning by a convincing 8-0 margin over long-time league rival Spartanburg Methodist College.

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Red Rams claim two conquests
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton High School baseball squad picked up its first victories of the season last week as the Red Rams collected a pair of triumphs in Northern Carolina Conference action. Last Tuesday, FHS’ Shane Ogilvie tossed a complete-game five-hitter, striking out 12, as the Red Rams scored a 9-3 home decision over the Warren County Eagles.

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Bunn soars to county’s track championships
HURDLES EXCELLENCE. Louisburg’s Juanita Mangum soars over a hurdle at Monday’s Franklin County Track and Field Meet on the Bunn High School campus. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Bunn soars to county’s track championships
BUNN - Even though his Bunn Wildcats claimed yet another title, one memory from the 2006 Franklin County Track and Field Meet will remain with BHS boys coach David Howle. And it didn’t even involve one of his competitors. At the close of the meet, points were tabulated, and Bunn’s Matt Vestal and Jimmy Stewart, along with Franklinton’s Blake Pace, were awarded Tri-Most Valuable Performer Awards since each athlete had racked up 18 points.

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Diamond tourney is scheduled
Diamond tourney is scheduled
A Franklin County tradition will begin Monday with the first pitch of the Louisburg High School Fifth Annual Easter Baseball Tournament. LHS will serve as the host for the event, which will be played at picturesque Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus. In addition to the Warriors, other entrants include Southern Vance, Greenfield, Kerr-Vance Academy, Bunn, Bluestone (Va.), Franklinton and Warren County.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

<FONT SIZE=4>Let the games begin!</font>
Let the games begin!
PARADE HEROICS. Louisburg Rec alum Tripp Gobble, right, a senior at Louisburg High School, threw out the first pitch Saturday at the annual Louisburg Recreation Department Spring Parade. Gobble, a former Rec All-Star, recently received the prestigious Morehead Scholar Award from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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Getting jobs matters
Vance-Granville Community College has had a long, continuing relationship with Kittrell Job Corps Center, providing a wide variety of training for the center’s residents. In recognition of that relationship, the center named VGCC its Community Partner of the Year for 2005.

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Speaking English made easy at VGCC
An English As A Second Language (ESL) class has begun at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County campus, and a Spanish for healthcare professionals class will begin there soon. ESL classes are for non-English speaking people who need help understanding basic English language. This may include how to apply for jobs, how to communicate with merchants, healthcare providers and other officials, and other “survival” English.

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Task force measures up littering
The Franklin County Solid Waste Task Force recently had its annual “Litter Survey.” Volunteers traveled throughout the county in pre-selected areas to grade the overall litter situation on the roadways and in residential areas. They did not see what they had hoped for, because according to their grading scale, some areas were actually worse this year than they were last year.

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