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Showing 28 articles from January 31, 2007.

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County proposes growth moratorium around airport land to plan for hub
County proposes growth moratorium around airport land to plan for hub
Franklin County commissioners will be asked to consider placing a temporary moratorium around the airport and its potential hub site to prevent residential development from limiting airport and business growth opportunities.

Last year, county commissioners amended an ordinance to extend the airport overlay district by 1,000 linear feet to prevent the erection of towers and other high-rise structures around the airport, making it possible to protect the runway approach if, or when the runway is expanded.


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Will Franklin County see a tax rate increase?
During a special session Friday, commissioners confirmed priority spending while keeping an eye on a flat tax rate.

Commissioners admit it will be hard to do.

Following revaluation in 2004, the county adopted a budget with a 79 cents per $100 valuation of real property tax rate, which is 2.5 cents below what was considered revenue neutral.


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Cat and mouse tease continues with Wal-Mart
Although Wal-Mart representatives have yet to submit new plans for retail development, town officials and staff continue to proceed with steps to accommodate the company.

During the Town Council’s meeting on Jan. 16, staff told board members that the town is submitting to Wal-Mart a proposal for electric service.


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Franklin Co. home health tops in U.S.
Franklin Co. home health tops in U.S.
A company that touts itself as a leader in judging health-care providers announced that Franklin County’s Home Health Agency is among the country’s elite.

Seattle-based OCS measured quality of service, patient improvement and financial performance in placing the county’s Home Health Agency among the 2006 HomeCare Elite — the inaugural compilation of the most successful home care providers in the country.


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Louisburg College earns reaffirmed accreditation
“To loosely paraphrase the Irish poet W. B. Yeats, there is no good thing that does not require hard work,” Louisburg College English Professor Craig Eller said in response to the college’s recent good news confirming the institution’s reaffirmation of accreditation.

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OBITUARIES

RICKY LEE BROWN
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mr. Ricky Lee Brown, 50, who died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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NELSON KEARNEY
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Mr. Nelson “Bay Junior” Kearney, 58, who died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Isaac Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Concord church cemetery.

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SHARON L COSSABOOM
FRANKLINTON - Sharon L. Cossaboom, 45, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 at her home. A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m., Friday Feb. 2, in the chapel at Cremation Society of the Carolinas, 2205 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh.

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LINNIE H. BLACKNALL
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Mrs. Linnie Hagwood Blacknall, 91, who died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, will be conducted Friday, Feb. 2, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Blacknall family cemetery.

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ROBERT E. TIMBERLAKE JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Robert Earl Timberlake Jr., 70, died Saturday morning, Jan. 27, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 29, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Robert Faile officiating. Burial followed in the Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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WILLIAM F. HOLDSWORTH
YOUNGSVILLE - William Francis Holdsworth, 85, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. A Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 31) at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Wake Forest, with Father John Parish officiating.

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BRENDA P. PERRY
ZEBULON - Brenda Privette Perry, 61, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 31) at Stoney Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Pine Ridge Baptist Church cemetery.

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GRACE B. BUSAM
WAKE FOREST - Grace Arena Bonderer Busam, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007. A Mass of Resurrection was conducted Monday, Jan. 29, at Saint Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, with Father John Parish officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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LUCILLE P. PRIVETTE
EMERALD ISLE - Lucille Perry Privette, 89, formerly of Youngsville, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 at her home. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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RICHARD G. ROCK
YOUNGSVILLE - Richard G. Rock, 68, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.

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DONNA I. DOOLITTLE
LOUISBURG - Donna I. Doolittle, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. Arrangements by National Cremation Service, Raleigh.

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RUBY LEE ARRINGTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Lee Arrington, 91, who died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with Bishop Gennie Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion church cemetery.

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JANICE FRAZIER GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Janice Frazier Gupton, 82, of Louisburg, died Friday, January 26, 2007.

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SPORTS

Century Mark
Century Mark
LOUISBURG - When Louisburg High School started its wrestling program three years ago, head coach Phil Mueller had no idea what direction his squad would eventually head.

But Mueller knew one thing -- his son, Noel -- was going to be the anchor of the program.


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Ransom a huge key for Canes
LOUISBURG -- Even when their lineup has been in a state of flux, one constant has remained this season for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.

That’s Kevina Ransom at the point guard position.

Ransom, a sophomore from nearby Northwest Halifax High School, is on pace to become LC’s all-time assists leader.


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Two For The Cats
Two For The Cats
BUNN -- Needing a victory to stay alive in the race for the Northern Carolina Conference regular season championship, the Bunn Wildcats delivered last Friday night.

Again and again.

Taking on a SouthernVance squad that had defeated BHS earlier in the year in Henderson, the Wildcats were dominant from the outset in posting an impressive 64-32 decision over the Runnin’ Raiders at the Bunn Dome.


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LC coach inducted to H.O.F.
LC coach inducted to H.O.F.
Add another amazing post-career accomplishment to Russ Frazier’s impressive list of accolades.

Frazier, the former Louisburg College baseball coach who retired in the late 1990s, will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony on May 17 at the North Raleigh Hilton.


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Louisburg College rallies for road hoops victory
Louisburg College rallies for road hoops victory
NORTH WILKESBORO -- The Louisburg College men’s basketball team snapped a four-game Region X losing streak Sunday with an 85-82 road victory at league foe Wilkes Community College.

It wasn’t easy as the Hurricanes trailed 48-35 at halftime against the Cougars. But LC would outscore the hosts 52-34 in the second half to secure the hard-fought decision.


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Red Rams shine in pool
Red Rams shine in pool
HENDERSON -- For a second-year program, the Franklinton High swim team continues to make plenty of pool progress.

Franklinton will even have a swimmer at this year’s Class 1/2-A State Meet, which is scheduled for Saturday on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Setting the course for Franklinton’s downtown
FRANKLINTON — Town officials and staff are set to host a community meeting that they hope changes the face of downtown.

After more than a year, the town’s Strategic Planning Committee and town staff devised a strategic plan to improve the town based on recommendations that residents made during a survey.


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Proposed moratorium ordinance set for vote on Feb. 19
The proposed ordinance for the moratorium is as follows:

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Unraveling family history
In town to attend my 40th class reunion in Nashville, I asked my husband, Van, to take a side trip to Rocky Mount to search for my great- grandmother’s gravesite in Battle Park.

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BUSINESS

‘Spectacular Saturday’ planned for Louisburg
Merchants in the heart of Louisburg are inviting shoppers to come see what they’ve been missing.

Eleven businesses will be offering specials and sales on Saturday as part of what’s being called the Spectacular Saturday Sidewalk Extravaganza.


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