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Showing 26 articles from December 27, 2006.

FRONT PAGE

Education lottery coming up short of projection
Lottery officials and state leaders expect a lottery shortfall, leaving school systems to figure out how to cover those gaps.

According to North Carolina Education Lottery Executive Director Tom Shaheen, the lottery is on track to generate $75 million less for education than originally predicted.


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Commissioner recalls mother’s influences
SADIE CUTCHINS
Commissioner recalls mother’s influences
FRANKLINTON — In a business noted for death, Sadie Cutchins helped keep a legacy alive when she took over the family funeral home decades ago.

Her son, town Commissioner Joe Cutchins Jr., was able to relive her efforts recently when he penned her Profile in Courage — an article that appeared in a national mortician’s publication in September that honored living legends.


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County obesity rate high
The county’s health department will be working double time in the coming year to help reverse what state and national health officials are calling a devastating trend of obesity.

According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, Franklin County, along with Nash and Wilson counties is first in the state for the percentage of people that are overweight or obese.


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Louisburg High, Terrell Lane bands rock the community
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Doug White plays the trombone as the band plays some Christmas standards. The Terrell Lane Middle School band performed earlier in the night. (Times photos by Carey Johnson)
Louisburg High, Terrell Lane bands rock the community

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OBITUARIES

JOSEPHINE H. HARRIS (July 8, 1926 – December 22, 2006)
LOUISBURG - Josephine Hight Harris, 80, formerly of Asheville, died Friday, December 22nd, in Louisburg, NC.

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BETTIE B. KENNEDY
LOUISBURG - Bettie Ruth Bailey Kennedy, 90, of Louisburg died Saturday, December 24, 2006, in Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg. Born November 30, 1916, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Whitley Kennedy; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Ernest (Mary Lou Harris) Bailey; sisters, Eileen Bailey, Beulah Cooley and Christine Keith; brothers, E. Norris Bailey and Reece Bailey.

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LOUISE L. DRIVER (April 16, 1931 – Dec. 24, 2006)
LOUISBURG – Louise Lewis Driver, 75, of 507 Ford Circle, died Sunday morning.

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WILLIE R. MASSENBURG
LOUISBURG - Willie R. Massenburg, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 at his residence. He was born in Franklin County to Robert and Mada H. Massenburg.

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LOUIS “PETE” BAGWELL
ZEBULON - Louis “Pete” Terry Bagwell, 63, died suddenly Friday evening, Dec. 22, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Williams family cemetery.

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VIOLET B. HILLIARD
WAKE FOREST - Violet Burchette Hilliard, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 26, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, Knightdale. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay-Varina.

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PAULINE W. DUPREE
RALEIGH - Pauline W. Dupree, 75, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 24, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Phillip Annas Sr. officiating. Burial followed in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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LONNIE L. BURRELL
FRANKLINTON - Lonnie L. Burrell, 68, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 27) at Kinches Chapel United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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EDWIN R. WILLIAMS
FRANKLINTON - Edwin Ronald Williams, 48, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 26, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton. Private interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.

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SPORTS

From BHS To BCS
From BHS To BCS
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Mike Rinfrette isn’t the least bit surprised by Wake Forest’s amazing football ascension this season.

Why should he be? Rinfrette all but predicted it a few years ago, when he told all of his friends that the Demon Deacons were one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s rising powerhouses.

That was when Rinfrette, a Bunn native, signed with WFU after leading the Wildcats to a 12-1 campaign in 2004.


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Ladycats will open vs. ‘Birds
BUNN -- Fresh off a strong 2006 season, the Bunn High School Ladycats will open ‘07 fast-pitch softball action Feb. 27 at home against backyard rival Southern Nash.

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It’s Tourney Time
It’s Tourney Time
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County’s high schools will return to action this week at a pair of area boys and girls basketball tournaments.

Bunn and Louisburg will travel to Clayton for the annual Clayton News-Star Holiday Invitational, which will be held on the CHS campus.

Bunn’s boys are the defending champion after scoring a finals victory last year over Apex.

Action will begin Wednesday and will run through Friday.


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Champion comeback in contest
Champion comeback in contest
Champions.

We aren’t just judged by our dominance, or how we handle being on top of the mountain.

It’s also about how we handle adversity. Look at the story to the right, and read about how Mike Rinfrette and the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons were able to overcome the loss of two key offensive stars early in the season.


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FRANKLIN COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
LOUISBURG -- Listed are recent results and standings from the Louisburg Parks and Recreation Department’s basketball season:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

State’s license agency first to add new security feature
RALEIGH —The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is the first driver license agency in the United States and Canada to pilot a new design feature for licenses which enhances security, protects against document fraud and aids law enforcement.

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Safe Space gets $20,000 donation from Mary Kay charitable foundation
In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation has donated $20,000 to Safe Space in Louisburg.

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VGCC readies eight officers for the field
Eight cadets graduated Dec. 19 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College. After passing the state certification exam, all eight are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

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Keep a watchful eye on expenses this holiday season
RALEIGH – As North Carolinians cross items off their holiday gift lists and prepare to make their New Year’s Resolutions, State Treasurer Richard Moore reminds people to include saving in their goals for 2007.

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Make holidays happier, safer for a senior
If you’re brimming with the holiday spirit, consider putting some of your energy and joy into making the holidays happier and safer for seniors in your community. This time of year can be especially difficult for elderly residents. Instead of celebrating with loved ones, many seniors are lonely, ill or disabled. They are often isolated and highly vulnerable to charitable scams and theft.

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Farmer finds spirit in wine grape production
Until recently, Greg Foster was a third-generation tobacco farmer and a second-generation logger.

Today, Foster is among a growing number of North Carolina farmers to see economic promise in wine grape production.


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Scouts help folks stay cozy
Girl Scouts from across Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council’s 20 counties set out to blanket the community.

They collected and donated more than 5,500 new and gently-used blankets to area women’s shelters, homeless shelters, foster homes, animal shelters, and other local community organizations.


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BUSINESS

AG Cooper wins injunctions against two ‘robo callers’
RALEIGH – Two telemarketing companies will have to change their ways and stop bothering North Carolina consumers with illegal telemarketing tactics, Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced.

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