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Showing 26 articles from December 12, 2006.

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State BOE raises challenges of global economy
State BOE raises challenges of global economy
Educators in North Carolina are going to have to just not keep up but, in many cases, catch up when competing in a global economy, state Superintendent June Atkinson said here during a town-hall-style meeting last week.

In a crowd of about 60 people — mostly administrators, staff and teachers — many ideas emerged following a brainstorming session after Atkinson presented the state Board of Education’s mission just adopted in October for every student to graduate “globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century.”


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Smoking policy is swirling
No cigarettes on school property anytime, anywhere is the rule in more than 70 school systems in North Carolina.

Franklin County could be next.


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Franklinton, Bunn parades full of good cheer
Franklinton, Bunn parades full of good cheer
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS. Above, Santa Claus closes the Franklinton Christmas parade Thursday night as plenty braved whipping winds to witness the festivities.

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Waiting for ID of victim
Investigators continue to wait for an official identification of a body found inside a car trunk late last week.

Officers found the body on Thursday afternoon inside the trunk of a 1998 Toyota Camry registered to Narskelsky Pastuer, 54, of Lynyrd Lane in Zebulon


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Sayles, Williams will lead Board of Education
WILLIAMS
Sayles, Williams will lead Board of Education
Paige Sayles is the new chairman of the Franklin County Board of Education.

She was voted in unanimously by the members Monday night, stepping into the chairmanship after Bernard Hall, who has served in that role for four years.

There were no other nominees, and Hall closed the nominations.


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Board of Education moves ahead with Porch Building project
Renovation of the Riverside Campus Porch Building got a significant boost Monday night.

The Board of Education hired the Rural Initiative Project Inc., an 11-year-old nonprofit organization, which showed off a package of successful projects in a presentation by director Angelo Franceschina.


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OBITUARIES

CHARLES G. COLLINS, JR.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Charles Grover Collins, Jr., 80, of the 100 block of Maurice Avenue passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 in a Portsmouth hospital. He was a native of Hamlet, N.C. and was the husband of Flora R. Collins. He was a retired construction foreman, a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church, and a member of Retreads Motorcycle Club.

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PHYLLIS F. PEARCE
FRANKLINTON - Phyllis Freeman Pearce, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 11, in the Franklin Funeral Service chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. T. J. Kollar officiating. Burial followed Tuesday in Fairview Cemetery.

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JAMES BRAKE
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for James “Boot” Brake, 50, who died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Philadelphia Baptist Church, with the Rev. Terry Stample officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillingsworth family cemetery.

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FRANKIE SILVER
LITTLETON - Funeral services for Mr. Frankie “Nap” Silver, 45, who died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at White Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Silver family cemetery.

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ANTHONY RAY CRAWLEY
ZEBULON - Anthony Ray “Tony” Crawley, 49, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 10, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel in Knightdale, with burial at Central Baptist Church cemetery.

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NANNIE M. GILL
ZEBULON - Nannie Melvin Gill, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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JOHN F. MATTHEWS II
LOUISBURG - A memorial service for John F. “Johnny” Matthews II, who died Aug. 15, 2006, will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.

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SPORTS

Closed Basket
BUNN - Nash Central’s hot start -- and Bunn’s cold shooting -- helped provide for another victory last Friday for the on-fire Bulldogs’ boys basketball squad.

Central led by as many as 13 points early in the second quarter before holding off a late BHS threat to score a 52-47 decision over the host Wildcats.


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Magical Journey
Magical Journey
BUNN - For David Howle, there’s nothing like sharing one of the most special moments of his career with a close friend.

Howle, Bunn’s long-time head football coach, considered it to be an honor in the highest degree when he was selected as a North Carolina assistant coach for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas gridiron matchup.


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LHS boys claim first conquest
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High picked up its first boys basketball victory of the season last Friday with a 65-35 home decision over an overmatched squad from Rocky Mount Prep.

LHS, with its stifling full-court pressure defense, forced over 40 turnovers.


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Unbeaten streak is snapped
Unbeaten streak is snapped
After snapping off 10 victories to begin the season, the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad faced arguably its toughest tests of the 2006-07 campaign last weekend.

That’s when LC, led by first-year head coach Aaron Denton, traveled to South Carolina for crucial Region X matchups against perennial powerhouses Aiken Tech (last Saturday) and Spartanburg Methodist College (Sunday).


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Pressure High At LHS
Pressure High At LHS
LOUISBURG - There’s a big reason why head coach Chris Davis literally lives and dies -- and teaches -- his way through every full-court press drill during Louisburg High’s boys basketball practice.

Actually, it’s a little reason -- as in the lack of size that the Warriors possess. With its tallest starter (Lakeem Perry) standing at only 6-foot-1, LHS has no choice but to use its overall speed and athleticism in an attempt to thwart opponents this winter.


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State football champions crowned
CHAPEL HILL - Listed are the scores from last Saturday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State Football Championships:

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LIFESTYLES

Experience the “Magic of Christmas” without the headaches
There are many things that can spark the Christmas spirit inside of us -- the arrival of cold weather, the smell of cookies baking in the oven and the presence of family are all examples. But nothing seems to trigger the magical feelings of the holiday season quite like holiday decorations.

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Gift cards: a hot ticket this holiday shopping season
‘Tis the season: Stores are stocked with the latest toys, clothes, electronics and just about anything else you can think of for the holidays. Yet the most popular gift this season won’t even require a trip to the mall. A recent survey by Deloitte & Touche USA found that two-thirds of consumers surveyed plan to buy gift cards this year, making them the top gift purchase of the holiday season.

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HONORS
Trevor Rorie, a Louisburg High School senior, has been nominated to compete in the national Principal’s Leadership Award scholarship program, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Public forum scheduled for Jan. 16
The General Assembly will convene its next session on Jan. 24.

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Homes destroyed by fire
Two Franklin County residents were burned out of their homes in the past few weeks.

On Nov. 30, a fire gutted a home on North Main Street in Franklinton. No one was injured in the fire, but fire, smoke and water damage destroyed Brenda Brooks’ home.


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Man dies in car wreck
A Franklinton man was killed Dec. 4 following a single-vehicle wreck.

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Cooking oil gets would-be robber free
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg man, essentially catching him in the act.

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