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Showing 24 articles from May 10, 2006.

FRONT PAGE

School board going for November bond, wants county to make up ‘04 shortfalls
The Board of Education needs more funding for facilities, and members aren’t shying away from asking. In a 5-1 count - less than one week after voters narrowly defeated a $45-million bond referendum - the board agreed to ask county commissioners for another school bond referendum in November and unanimously agreed to ask for funding of about $5.4 million in overages on the Bunn High School and Louisburg High School projects from the 2004 bond.

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Ponder tells graduates to be righteous leaders, move ahead in service
Michael Privette gets his cap straight just before taking a class photo.
Ponder tells graduates to be righteous leaders, move ahead in service
Dr. Reginald Ponder sent Louisburg College’s Class of 2006 on a mission of leadership as he spoke to them Saturday morning. “Guide them,” the two-year Methodist College president prayed during the baccalaureate service. “Let them continue to be successful and guide them to be just and righteous leaders for our world.”

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Stone drops out after Wilder calls for runoff
DOROTHY WILDER
Stone drops out after Wilder calls for runoff
Commissioner Raymond Stone conceded the Democratic nomination for the District 6 seat an hour after his challenger requested a runoff. According to the official tally on Tuesday, Stone received 1,947 votes to the 1,846 that Dorothy May Wilder received.

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Short session begins; Berger, Allen ready for busy time
BERGER
Short session begins; Berger, Allen ready for busy time
Legislators arrived in Raleigh on Tuesday with a long list of issues to deal with during the short session. Two of the largest issues will be lobbying ethics and campaign finance reform. State Republicans have insisted that House Speaker Jim Black step down after a federal grand jury began looking into questionable campaign activities that involved him and his staff.

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OBITUARIES

CHARLES F. JOYNER
LOUISBURG - Charles Felton Joyner, 48, died Sunday, May 7, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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JOHNNIE L. PORTIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Ms. Johnnie Louise Portis, 83, who died Saturday, May 6, 2006, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at South Main Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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WILLIAM “TOMMIE” LEMAY
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Mr. William “Tommie” LeMay, 60, who died Friday, May 5, 2006, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Concord Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clarence LeMay officiating. Burial will follow in the Red Bud Baptist Church cemetery, Henderson.

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SALLIE T. HORTON
LOUISBURG - Sallie T. Horton, 87, died peacefully on Sunday, May 7, 2006. Graveside burial was Tuesday, May 9, at 12 p.m. in the Ransdell Chapel Church cemetery.

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VANCE J. MOORE
WAKE FOREST - Vance Julian Moore, 66, died Thursday, May 4, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 7, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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KATHLEEN W. UNDERHILL
ZEBULON - Kathleen Watkins “Mama Kat” Underhill, 83, died Friday, May 5, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 7, at Hephzibah Baptist Church, Wendell. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MARY LU SMITH
LOUISBURG - Mary Lu Smith, 46, died Saturday, May 6, 2006. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, May 9, at Oakwood Cemetery.

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DOROTHY G. PIERCE
KURE BEACH - Dorothy Gattis Pierce, 69, died Saturday, May 6, 2006 at her home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in Raleigh Memorial Park on Glenwood Drive, by Dr. A. Watkins.

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JERRY W. PEARCE
FRANKLINTON - Jerry W. Pearce, 56, died Sunday, May 7, 2006. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest.

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R. JOYCE BELL CREEKMORE “SMITH”
SPRING HOPE - Ruby Joyce Creekmore “Smith,” 76, of Spring Hope passed away Monday, May 8, 2006, at Wake Medical Center with her family at her bedside. A funeral service to honor her will be held Thursday, May 11, at 6:00 in the evening at Rock Spring Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Melton Tyson.

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ERMA D. STRICKLAND
BUNN – Erma Daphine Strickland, 96, of Bunn, passed away Sunday night.

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SPORTS

<FONT SIZE=5>FHS’ Senior Night</font>
Franklinton High School’s Calypso Bedouret is hugged by teammate Ashley Mikulski (12) during last Friday’s Senior Night ceremonies for the FHS girls soccer team. Bedouret is one of four upperclassmen for Coach Deran Coe’s Lady Rams.
FHS’ Senior Night
FRANKLINTON - During the halftime Senior Night festivities, an emotional Jennifer Flood, overcome by the moment, couldn’t stop crying. The rest of the way, Flood couldn’t stop scoring. Flood, one of four upperclassme honored by her Franklinton High teammates, began the game in goal, but shifted up front after intermission to increase the Lady Rams’ firepower.

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Louisburg takes the TRAC title
LOUISBURG -- From her days as a volleyball/softball player at Louisburg High, Erica Wammock knows what it’s like to win a Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship. But for Wammock, the feeling may even be sweeter as a head coach.

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Ladycats in top spot in NCC heading into finale
(L to R) Elizabeth Wester, Aimee Davis and Krystal Hawkins will play their final regular season home game for the Bunn Ladycats Thursday against the Lady Jackets from Roanoke Rapids.
Ladycats in top spot in NCC heading into finale
BUNN -- Under normal circumstances, Senior Night would provide ample cause for a celebration for the Bunn High School fast-pitch softball squad. But Thursday night, the Ladycats may have much, much more to celebrate.

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Red Rams pick new skippers
Red Rams pick new skippers
Franklinton High didn’t waste much time -- or travel too far -- to find its next girls and boys head basketball coaches. Instead, the Red Rams looked in-house to find the successors to Lester Wilder (girls) and Thurman Jordan (boys).

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Louisburg High’s boys, girls claim TRAC championships
TILLERY -- Clennie Wilkins’ birthday present from his team came a few days early. Wilkins celebrated his special day Monday, but last Wednesday provided an even better moment as his Louisburg High boys and girls track squads swept Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Championships at Southeast Halifax High School.

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LIFESTYLES

Cherry Hill performance features six on May 28
A visit by six noted area musicians will bring a special program to the historic Cherry Hill Plantation home in Inez on May 28. The performance is to begin at 3 p.m.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Commissioners deny Lake Royale rezoning
Franklin County commissioners denied a rezoning request that had pitted Lake Royale squarely against a Raleigh developer.
Developer Tim Supernaw had proposed to buy nearly 10 acres of lake-front property from Art Alexander with plans of erecting a 68-unit multifamily development, but on Monday night, after listening to a standing-room only crowd of Lake residents opposed to the project, commissioners denied the request.

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Laurel Mill before-, after-school program faultering
The Board of Education could close out the before- and after-school program at Laurel Mill. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Doug Moore presented the board information Monday night that shows the program is being subsidized by about $27,000 annually.

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Easley presents budget adjustments for fiscal year
Gov. Mike Easley on Tuesday released his recommended budget adjustments for the 2006-07 fiscal year. Easley’s budget provides more than $10.7 billion in resources to improve education.

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