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Showing 27 articles from February 14, 2007.

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It’s elementary - landowners want more
The Franklin County Board of Education authorized its attorney Monday night to make a counteroffer on property to build a new elementary school. School Board Attorney Boyd Sturges presented board members with a contract to buy 35 acres just off Bert Winston Road for $35,000 an acre, but educators took issue with three measures of the contract:

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Waiting on those Bojangles biscuits, dirty rice
Waiting on those Bojangles biscuits, dirty rice
Contractors have begun laying the groundwork on plans to bring two more eateries to Louisburg. Crews have put up the shell of a building on one lot along Golden Leaf Drive that developer Johnny King Jr., wants to build into a new Mexican restaurant. Next door, Tri-Arc Foods is bringing a Bojangle’s restaurant to town.

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FRMC: Petitions circulate to stop move
While state legislators still wrestle with how they’ll come down on a potential hospital move, some residents have penned their hopes on having Franklin Regional Medical Center stay in Louisburg.

Former Clerk of Court and current community activist Ralph Knott has begun a petition to keep the hospital in town.


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Natural gas lines in by summer’s end
Natural gas lines in by summer’s end
A natural gas provider expects to have all its lines installed by the end of the summer. Louisburg officials entered into a franchise agreement with PSNC Energy in 2005 to provide natural gas in town. The work began with commercial lines along N.C. Highway 56 and Bickett Boulevard Since that time, lines filtered into residential neighborhoods.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM C. BURGESS SR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for William C. Burgess Sr., 88, who died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, will be Saturday, Feb. 17, at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Missionary Church cemetery.

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ALLEN W. KEMP
CHARLOTTE - Allen Wilder Kemp, age 102, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. A memorial service was conducted at the Forest Lawn West Cemetery Chapel on Feb. 8, with the Rev. Dr. W. Carter Lofton officiating.

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CHARLES S. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Charles Sidney “Billy Buck” Williams, 67, who died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Mitchell Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LINWOOD THOMPSON
LOUISBURG - Linwood Thompson, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 at Britthaven Nursing Home in Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Lancaster Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Keith Campbell officiating. Burial followed in the White Level Baptist Church cemetery.

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ANNIE P. LEWIS
LOUISBURG - Annie P. Lewis, 86, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 at Louisburg Nursing Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 14) at Faith Missionary Baptist Church (formerly Timberlake Grove Baptist Church). Burial will follow in the Cedar Street Cemetery in Louisburg.

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SAMUEL A. CLAX SR.
FRANKLINTON - Samuel Avery Clax Sr., 90, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 12, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.

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DOUGLAS J. CREEKMORE
SPRING HOPE - Douglas J. Creekmore, 61, did Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 at his residence. A graveside service was conducted Monday, Feb. 12, at Oak Dale Cemetery, Spring Hope, with the Rev. Norris Cook officiating.

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ESSIE MAE ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Mrs. Essie Mae Alston, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pa. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 11, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

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NETTIE J. PERRY
YOUNGSVILLE - Nettie Jane Perry, 88, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 12, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, with Dr. Mike Jones officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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EDNA Y. BAILEY
RALEIGH - Edna Elizabeth Young Bailey died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 12, at Mitchell Funeral Home, Raleigh. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham.

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HALLUM K. DICKENS III
BRANDON, Fla. - Hallum Kirkwood Dickens III of Brandon, FL died suddenly at his home February 9, 2007.

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ADDIE MURRAY SMITH
FRANKLINTON - Addie Murray Smith, 68, of Franklinton died Monday, February 12, 2007 at her home. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday from Lancaster Memorial Park.

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SPORTS

Country Roads
Country Roads
PRINCETON, W.V. - Once you begin to see the mountains, continue north on the West Virginia Turnpike.

Pass through a couple of tunnels, and soon the path Stephanie Prewitt took almost one decade ago will clearly come into view.

Minutes into the Mountaineer State, exit from the turpike at Princeton. Filled with hotels, fast-food restaurants and service stations, you can’t miss it.


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Franklin’s tourneys starting
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Bunn will be the No. 1 seed for both the boys and girls portions of this week’s Northern Carolina Conference Basketball Tournament, which will be staged at the Bunn Dome.

BHS’ girls won that honor outright, while the boys claimed a coin flip victory over Southern Vance, which tied the Wildcats for first place in the NCC’s regular season standings.


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Injury Bug For LC
Injury Bug For LC
LOUISBURG - Ask most college basketball coaches to name their favorite pest, and the injury bug will certainly come up in the conversation.

It’s something Louisburg College women’s hoops mentor Mike Holloman has been talking about often these days.

The Lady Hurricanes are currently without three key performers, one of which won’t return during the 2006-07 season.

That player is sophomore post Brittney Wilkins, who was a second-team All-American junior college selection as a freshman.


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What’s in the name game???
What’s in the name game???
Where is he?

Where is the other Geoffrey Neville?

During some recent work-related research (well, maybe) by my famed cohort Carey Johnson, he came across the website www.howmanyofme.com.

You can type in your name, and find out how many people in the United States share your first and last name, or both.


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Robertson sparkles for North Carolina Wesleyan
Robertson sparkles for North Carolina Wesleyan
ROCKY MOUNT - Junior pitcher Kyle Robertson, a product of Bunn High School, continues to excel on the mound for the North Carolina Wesleyan College baseball squad.

And for the second consecutive year, NC Wesleyan pitcher Blake Rice has tossed a complete game no-hitter in his first outing of the season.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies continue to search for second suspect in chase
Investigators continue to look for a second man suspected of armed robbery and assaulting a law enforcement officer last week.

Jollee Bedford, 23, accused of wrestling over a gun with Deputy Crystal Mitchell as she was being dragged by his getaway car, turned himself in on Friday afternoon.


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There is support for when that day comes
It was about 6:30 on the morning of July 24, 2006 when my phone rang. I had become accustomed to my phone ringing at any hour of the day, but always knew that an early morning phone call usually was not good news. It was my brother who had been the “night shift” for Mom for the past year and a half. As he was getting ready for work and preparing for his 7:30 “shift change,” Mom was three steps ahead of him.

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Kindergarten registration starts in March
Franklin County schools will have kindergarten registration and screening clinics beginning in March. Children must be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 16, to be eligible for kindergarten for the 2007-08 school year.

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Rep. Allen recognized with ‘Champion Councils’ award
State Rep. Lucy Allen was recognized with the “Champion of Regional Councils” award at the Regional Legislative Reception on Jan. 31 in Raleigh.

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Tar River Land Conservancy receives grant
East Carolina Farm Credit recently awarded $28,500 in grants to 12 organizations, including the Tar River Land Conservancy, through their corporate-giving program, the Fund for Rural North Carolina.

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NCSG ambassador selected
Ellen Jenkins from Oxford has been chosen by Region K Senior Games to serve as a North Carolina Senior Games (NCSG) ambassador.

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