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Showing 22 articles from July 22, 2006.

FRONT PAGE

Mitchell property borings look good
As school board members get closer to recommending another elementary school site to commissioners, their attention is turning to Franklinton High School’s future. The board is expected Monday night to make decisions on the current and future use of FHS School, where capacity is exceeding adequate space.

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Handful of seeds into fists full of success
Handful of seeds into fists full of success
Since they were 10 years old, friends D.J. Scott and Tim Strickland have been budding entrepreneurs.
Lately, they are in full bloom.
Selling cantaloupes, watermelons, corn and tomatoes off a wobbly card table in a soft-sand field outside of Bunn, the team not only markets but plants, nurtures and harvests an annual crop.

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Keeping ‘911’ strong, healthy
Keeping ‘911’ strong, healthy
While a lot of surrounding county emergency agencies see their paramedic ranks dwindle, Franklin County’s staff is quite healthy. At least the paid staff, anyway.

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How’s your ficus?
How’s your ficus?
Whether it’s a beginner wondering why his ficus won’t take or it’s a nursery operation wondering how to root out a disease, Will Strader is the one to call.
Strader, an N.C. State and N.C. A & T State University graduate, joined the county’s agriculture extension office in June, providing help with consumer and commercial horticulture and generally helping residents and farmers with their green thumb.

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OBITUARIES

ALICE MAE HARRIS
FRANKLINTON - Alice Mae Harris, 62, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 21, at Hawkins Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Walter S. Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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BENNY L. “BEN” BAKER
LOUISBURG - Bennie Louis “Ben” Baker, 59, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 21, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, Knightdale, with the Revs. Doug Lain and Robert A. Piper Sr. officiating.

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DELANO “DEE” UPCHURCH
ZEBULON - Delano “Dee” Thomas Upchurch, 73, of Wellington Nursing Center in Knightdale, died Wednesday morning, July 19, 2006 at WakeMed. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Pearce Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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EDITH KIRBY LANCASTER
WILMINGTON - Edith Kirby Lancaster, 69, passed away at her home in Wilmington on July 18, 2006. She was born on September 9, 1936 in Wayne County, NC to the late Richard E. Kirby and Winnie Eva Taylor Kirby.

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EVELYN D. WIGGINS
YOUNGSVILLE - Evelyn D. Wiggins died Thursday, July 20, 2006 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, July 22) at Oak Level Christian Church, with the Rev. Richard Myers and the Rev. David Haley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JAMES “DOC” MANLEY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mr. James “Doc” Manley, 79, who died Monday, July 17, 2006, were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, July 21, in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. James E. Manley Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Cedar Street Cemetery.

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MARY L. BRODIE
FRANKLINTON - Mary L. Brodie, 79, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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RAY STRICKLAND
LOUISBURG - Clarence Ray Strickland, 95, died Thursday evening, July 20, 2006 at his home. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, July 22) at Rock Spring Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Gene Darnell officiating.

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ROBERT A. WILLIAMS
WARRENTON - Mr. Robert Alston Williams, 75, died Sunday, July 16, 2006 at the Brian Center in Charlotte. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon today (Saturday, July 22) at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Warrenton, with Brother Marion Clark officiating.

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SPORTS

Oxford rallies to defeat Bunn in tourney finale
Oxford rallies to defeat Bunn in tourney finale
BUNN — Oxford found a way to counteract Bunn’s home-run prowess at the Dixie Youth Major League District X Baseball Tournament. With a slew of timely singles.

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Bunn seals title with tight win vs. S. Columbus
Bunn seals title with tight win vs. S. Columbus
LINCOLNTON -- Two state championships in two years -- after never having claimed one before. How’s that for success, Franklin County?

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Wildcats to play in FB event
WAKE FOREST -- Stepping up to fill the void of the now-defunct Pigskin Preview is the 2006 Friday Night Pigskin Kickoff, which will be held Aug. 11 at historic Trentini Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

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Coaching spots are still open
Coaching spots are still open
Even though school starts in a few weeks, there are still some coaching openings for Franklin County’s high schools.
At Louisburg, Athletic Director James Collier is in search of volleyball and boys soccer coaches -- with practice scheduled to begin soon.

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Lions to host grid signups
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Lions Club will be having an open registration for the upcoming youth football season. Signups will be held July 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Franklinton Lions Club, which is located on Chavis Street.

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LIFESTYLES

In any language, culture, saying ‘I do’ means ‘I love only you’
In any language, culture, saying ‘I do’ means ‘I love only you’
These days it costs as much to have a wedding on average as it does to buy a new car.
The average amount spent on weddings has increased to more than $20,000, up considerably from the average cost in the 90s.
But as couples are spending more on weddings, so are those who attend and those who are part of the ceremony.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Tall wall will get new look
Unapproved design changes at the State Employees Credit Union will lead to a more aesthetic look. Original plans for a water retention wall were presented to the Town of Louisburg at 3 feet, but the 5-foot wall in place makes for a noticeable concrete effect off Bickett Boulevard.

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Commissioners discuss Epsom, IGA properties
County commissioners discussed two pieces of property during a closed session Monday night. First, commissioners talked about the old Epsom School property.

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Burning fire on blistering day
CENTERVILLE — Firefighters in northern Franklin County battled sizzling heat and a blistering blaze that gutted a home Thursday afternoon. Firefighters from Centerville were called to 82 William Perry Road at about 1 p.m. Thursday to find a home fully engulfed.

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