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Showing 27 articles from May 6, 2006.

FRONT PAGE

Life after failed bond: what’s next?
Tuesday’s defeat of a $45-million school bond sent school staff and officials back to the drawing board — literally.
More than $37 million of that money was expected to pay for a new high school for Franklinton and Youngsville students, a course of action pursued after school staff initially proposed using $5 million from a 2004 school bond to make improvements at the school.

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Sheriff’s race weight: where will support go?
There will be a new sheriff in town this fall and, already, the two candidates vying for the top spot are generating support from their comrades. Former Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Pat Green beat out incumbent Sheriff Jerry Jones and fellow former Lt. Joe Lynch for the Democratic nomination when he garnered 48 percent of the vote May 2.

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Horton estate files a lawsuit
Attorneys for the widow of a deputy who was killed in a 2004 helicopter crash filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday against a dozen defendants, including Franklin County, Sheriff Jerry Jones and former deputy Ben Barrick.

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<FONT SIZE=3>National Day of Prayer</FONT>
National Day of Prayer
FINE TUNED. Four-year-old Caleb Jones, foreground, performs with Buck and Peggy Harris on Thursday afternoon during the county’s observance of the National Day of Prayer. Organizers and participants offered prayer and song for the country and its leaders and leaders here in Franklin County.

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Rabies: raccoon infected
The first case of rabies for 2006 in Franklin County has been confirmed.
Animal Control Officer Maylon Edwards said Wednesday that a raccoon tested positive for the virus, which is fatal in humans.
A pet dog dragged the raccoon into a yard, and AC sent a sample off for testing to a state laboratory, Edwards said.

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<FONT SIZE=4>Tourism Authority gets busy</FONT>
Tourism Authority gets busy
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority met this week, looking at ways to market and promote tourism.
The TDA was put in place this spring after county commissioners enacted an occupancy tax it began collecting in February.
The authority, made up of members of the hospitality industry and residents, determines how those funds are spent.
So far, more than $7,600 has been collected.

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OBITUARIES

JOHN H. WALL
LOUISBURG - John Henry Wall, 66, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Dr. Freddie Powell officiating.

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OTHO B. SMITH
ROCKY MOUNT - Otho Bunn Smith, 89, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006. A gathering to celebrate his life was held Friday, May 5, at Johnson Funerals and Cremations in Rocky Mount, with Dr. Bill Wakefield of Rock Creek Baptist officiating. Burial followed at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

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MARGARET C. PATTERSON
CASTALIA - Margaret C. Patterson, 55, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006. A graveside service was conducted Friday, May 5, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville. Arrangements by Bowling Funeral Home & Crematory, Rocky Mount.

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HENRIETTA MANN
SPRING HOPE - Henrietta C. Mann, 88, died Thursday, May 4, 2006. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Lettuce Hall Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Cope family cemetery. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home.

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THOMAS E. JONES
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Edward “Teeny Boy” Jones, 66, who died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, will be conducted Monday, May 8, at 12 noon at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Missionary Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Rapids Fire By RR
Roanoke Rapids claims yet another NCC crown
BUNN - Bunn almost had much more to celebrate than just Senior Night Wednesday afternoon in the Ladycats’ regular season finale. But with a share of the Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer championship at stake, the Ladycats were defeated 4-2 by perennial power Roanoke Rapids at the BHS Soccer Field.

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<FONT SIZE=4>A Long Wait Rewarded</font><br><FONT SIZE=3>Long’s heroics send Rams to 2-A Regionals</FONT>
A Long Wait Rewarded
Long’s heroics send Rams to 2-A Regionals
HENDERSON - With the outcome suddenly in doubt, a freshman’s opportune score went a Long way to securing a Class 2-A regional birth for the Franklinton High golf squad Tuesday. With rival Bunn making a late surge to snare the No. 2 spot in the Northern Carolina Conference, Franklinton maintained that position thanks to a clutch 79 from Mike Long at the difficult Kerr Lake Country Club.

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<FONT SIZE=4>Ladycats, So. Vance take track titles</font>
Ladycats, So. Vance take track titles
FRANKLINTON -- It’s no contest again -- the Bunn High School girls track and field dynasty continues in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Bunn took yet another NCC championship Wednesday as the Ladycats soared to 161 points to outdistance second-place Southern Vance (84).

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<FONT SIZE=3>WF-R will host grid festivities
WF-R will host grid festivities
Now that the Pigskin Preview has gone to hog heaven, Wake Forest-Rolesville will host a Friday Night Pigksin Kickoff Aug. 11.
In the past, that would have been the weekend that the Pigskin Preview was held at Carter-Finley Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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Chowan now to use Hawks
MURFREESBORO -- In a unique tribute to sacred creatures revered by area Native Americans, President M. Christopher White today unveiled Chowan University’s new athletic team nickname “Hawks” in an address to students and the general public. This announcement comes after an intensive eight-month study by the University of the NCAA policy prohibiting the display of Native American mascots that are deemed “hostile and abusive.”

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Canes’ playoff series begins today
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the schedule for their Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the New Jersey Devils. The No. 2 seeded Hurricanes will host the No. 3 seeded New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series today at 2 p.m., a nationally televised game on NBC.

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County Sports Schedule

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LIFESTYLES

Getting the best of both worlds with two cultures
Getting the best of both worlds with two cultures
If people have the opportunity to experience two cultures and use them in a positive way, they have the best of both worlds.
Only if those people assimilate both cultures and use them to improve the community and the lives of those around them can they feel like they have accomplished something.

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Students gain experience during leadership conference
Students gain experience during leadership conference
The 41st annual North Carolina Skills and Leadership Conference was sponsored recently at the Sheraton Conference and Convention Center in Greensboro.
SkillsUSA is a state and national organization that serves trade, industrial, and technical students in secondary and post-secondary public schools.

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Granville Med starts pastoral care
Granville Medical Center recognizes that, for many patients, pastoral care and other spiritual services are an integral part of healthcare and daily life.

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Columbines growing wild

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COMMUNITY NEWS

<FONT SIZE=4>Outgoing, focus on service - Cotton is lovin’ it</FONT>
Outgoing, focus on service - Cotton is lovin’ it
Unmatched customer service and one of the best work ethics they’ve ever experienced – that’s been said about the newest McDonald’s Employee Ambassador, named this week in Louisburg.
McDonald’s announced that Louisburg’s Chelsee Cotton has been named McDonald’s Employee Ambassador, a prestigious honor for employees in the Carolinas.

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They’re here; the most-needed computer classes
Three of the most popular and most-needed computer classes offered by Vance-Granville Community College’s Computer Center will be starting up in the next few weeks on the main campus in Vance County.

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Memorial Day celebration open to public May 13
The Franklin Rifles invite the folks of Franklin County to a Memorial Day celebration at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg. The celebration is Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m.

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Wolf-Rossie appointed to ‘Living Council’
Gov. Mike Easley has appointed Jeannie Wolff-Rossie of Louisburg to the N.C. Statewide Independent Living Council, along with Lucy Wong Hernandez of Greenville and Jeff McLoud of Kinston.

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Teachers credit renewal
Area public school teachers who need renewal credits may earn them through classes being taught at the Vance-Granville Community College Computer Center and online this summer.

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