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Showing 28 articles from March 2, 2007.

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Apology weighs on 2 families
Families involved in a tragic accident on Bickett Boulevard that took the life of a 19-year-old Louisburg man nearly a year ago are still waiting — waiting on an apology. It has become the unspoken “I’m sorry” that continues to haunt both families.

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Murphy’s license was canceled on day of fatal car wreck
Murphy’s license was canceled on day of fatal car wreck
A Youngsville woman charged with the April 5, 2006 vehicular death of a Louisburg man still faces charges that she shouldn’t have been driving. Two moving violations have been dismissed.

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No GARVEE funds for Franklin’s 401
No GARVEE funds for Franklin’s 401
The state Board of Transportation approved a long-range plan Thursday morning that pushes along the Rolesville bypass but makes no commitment to widening U.S. 401 in Franklin County. The state approved $31.7 million in future financing to build the Rolesville bypass in 2011 — two years ahead of plan — however, the bulk of the $115 million project to widen U.S. 401 from Ligon Mill Road to Bunn Road in Louisburg remains unfunded.

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Legislation defines Wake, Franklin lines
State legislators introduced a bill this week that would modernize the boundary between Wake and Franklin counties. In 1915, the county’s boundary read like a Robert Frost poem and was marked by blackgum on someone’s land, to a large rock planted near Riley, to an iron stake on someone else’s land and three white oaks on another property.

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Downtown Franklinton captures public spotlight
Downtown Franklinton captures public spotlight
FRANKLINTON — Dozens of residents and business owners on Thursday night took the first step toward bringing back downtown. The group of residents, town staff and officials, and state planners met inside the Franklinton Elementary School gymnasium to form groups that will market, promote and lead efforts to bring business and other development to town.

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SIGNS ARE UP —  OWNER’S QUIET.
SIGNS ARE UP — OWNER’S QUIET.
A Virginia company is preparing to offer Louisburg and surrounding residents a new grocery store option. Farmer’s Foods replaced the Winn-Dixie in Shannon Village on Bickett Boulevard that closed in 2005 when the corporation closed or sold 326 stores in the southeast.

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County leaders are strong, committed, Coudriet reports
Franklin County’s leaders are in a state of commitment. That’s the message that County Manager Chris Coudriet delivered to members and guests of a Franklin County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at Vance-Granville Community College.

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Bunn man killed in accident at Toney Lumber
A Bunn man was killed Thursday morning during a workplace accident at a Louisburg lumber company. According to police reports, Ronald Webb, 66, was working at Toney Lumber on Bunn Road at about 10:45 a.m. when he became pinned between a piece of lumber and a tractor.

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OBITUARIES

WANDA J. MALONE
LOUISBURG - Wanda Jean Malone, 46, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007 at her home. A memorial service was conducted Thursday, March 1, at Maple Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MINNIE LOU D. GILLIAM
LOUISBURG - Minnie Lou Dickerson Gilliam, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 2, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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GLADYS M. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Gladys M. Williams, 68, who died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Spring Hope Memorial Gardens.

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ELLA Y. JOHNSON
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Ella L. Yarborough Johnson, 42, who died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CLARENCE D. JEFFREYS
RALEIGH - Clarence D. Jeffreys, 88, died at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road, with Robin Pipkin officiating, assisted by Tim Wilson, Steve Arentz, and John Kinlaw. Interment followed at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.

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BARRETT B. HUDSON
WAKE FOREST - Barrett Blair Hudson, 34, died Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 3) at Oak Level Christian Church cemetery.

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RICHARD W. ALSTON
KING GEORGE, Va. - Richard Whitaker Alston, 65, of King George, Va., died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at Mary Washington Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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THE REV. CORRINE HARRIS
CASTALIA - The Rev. Corrine Harris, 64, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 1, at Pleasure Hill Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Richardson Funeral Home, Louisburg.

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MARTHA C. SHOWS
KNIGHTDALE - Martha Ann Clark Shows, 70, of Smyrna, Tenn., died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 3) at Knightdale United Methodist Church, First Avenue, Knightdale, with inurnment to follow in the church cemetery.

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ALICE HAWKINS
RALEIGH - Mrs. Alice Hawkins, 89, formerly of Vance County, died Thursday, March 1, 2007. Arrangements by C. E. Willie Funeral & Cremation Services, Pittsboro, were incomplete at press time.

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ETHEL LUE GUPTON
CASTALIA - Ethel Lue Gupton, 92, of Castalia died Tuesday, February 28, 2007 at home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Clyde Gupton. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday from Red Bud Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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RONALD D. “RONNIE” WEBB
LOUISBURG - Ronald D. “Ronnie” Webb, 66, died Thursday in Louisburg. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday from Lancaster Funerals and Cremations Chapel. Entombment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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SPORTS

BUNN OPENS SOCCER SEASON WITH HOME VICTORY
BUNN OPENS SOCCER SEASON WITH HOME VICTORY
BUNN — Should Summer Sparks not be summoned to be Bunn’s interim coach again, she’ll go down as the winningest girls soccer mentor in Franklin County history.
With a shiny 1-0 mark.

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Yeatman, Walker lead revamped Wildcats
Yeatman, Walker lead revamped Wildcats
BUNN -- For the Bunn High tennis team, some of the most intense competition this season may not occur during matches.
Instead, just come to a BHS practice every Monday.
That’s when Bunn head coach Frank Poyer will utilize challenge matches to determine his seedings for that week’s upcoming events.

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Campaign closes for LC’s men
Campaign closes for LC’s men
LOUISBURG -- It only seems like yesterday when Aaron Denton took over as the head coach of the Louisburg College men’s basketball program.
Actually, Denton’s tenure began 11 months ago, and Season Number One of the Denton Era closed Wednesday with a loss to Lenoir Community College in the first round of the Region X Basketball Tournament at Aiken Technical College in South Carolina.

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Coaches’ stipends on rise?
Before he retired in 2004, Mike Lovin pulled out a calculator to tabulate how much -- or how little -- he had been compensated in his nine years as Bunn High School’s athletic director.
“It came out to $5.28 per day,’’ Lovin said. “And just for the heck of it, I added up some of the other sports. As a football coach in Franklin County, you make about $5.86 per hour before taxes. And that was using generous numbers -- it’s probably a lot less for the time they put in.’’

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Ladycats rally in seventh inning to top Southern Nash
Ladycats rally in seventh inning to top Southern Nash
BUNN -- Even though she is a senior, Bunn High second baseman Brittany Pleasants believes in freshman magic. How could she not? Especially considering the fact that the BHS softball squad is destined to see quality contributions this season from a strong ninth-grade class.

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Future looks strong for LHS’ mat squad
LOUISBURG -- The state-level performance of Noel Mueller, who is just a junior, isn’t the only sign that good things are in store in the future for the Louisburg High School wrestling program.

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