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Showing 30 articles from March 13, 2007.

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Deputies search for home invasion suspect
Investigators continue to look for a suspect whose home invasion attempt was thwarted by an alert homeowner.

According to an incident report by Dep. Crystal Mitchell, 35-year-old Trudy Brantley was inside her Lake View Road home when someone knocked on her front door at about 4 p.m. on Feb. 17.


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Commissioners not yet ready to practice eminent domain
PLAN OF ACTION. Architect Jon Long, center, shows commissioners about plans and the location of a new elementary school. School staff have negotiated the purchase of the property, however, no agreement has been reached.
Commissioners not yet ready to practice eminent domain
Franklin County Commissioners asked school staff to negotiate for at least three more weeks before it would exercise eminent domain over 30 acres for a new elementary school site.

School Board Attorney Boyd Sturges told commissioners on Monday night that they had reached an impasse with two trustees for the property on Long Mill Road.

“We’re at the point where we need to use these powers to condemn the property or go elsewhere,” Sturges told commissioners. “We have negotiated in good faith and we have not been able to reach an agreement.”


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One defendant in NETSTAR civil case settles lawsuit; 14 more remain
Attorneys closed one chapter of a civil suit that claims everyone from mechanics to county staff to Sheriff Jerry Jones were responsible for a fatal helicopter crash nearly three years ago.

Last month, mechanic Keith Svadba settled the claim brought against him by Ann Greene. In that suit, she alleges that he and 14 other defendants were responsible for the May 2004 helicopter crash that killed her husband, Deputy Ted Horton.


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CASTING A SPELL
CASTING A SPELL
Louisburg residents James Hicks and Sarah Toney sit and enjoy some warmer weather this week while fishing at Riverbend Park in Louisburg. The duo caught a few small fish but expect to be at the park plenty this spring and summer as the weather warms up. Forecasters predict a high of 80 degrees today before cooler weather and possible showers move in. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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OBITUARIES

PATRICIA “PAT” POWELL SHOOK
LOUISBURG - Patricia Powell Shook, 66, died at her home Sunday, March 11, 2007 after a brave battle with Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) disease.

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DANIEL OWEN SPINKS
SOLOMONS, Md. - Daniel Owen Spinks, 88, of Solomons, Maryland, passed away on March 10, 2007, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He died from complications of vascular dementia.

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HERMAN C. KEMP (Jan. 20, 1902 – March 11, 2007)
LOUISBURG – Herman Clare Kemp, 105, of Louisburg, died Sunday night.

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THOMAS HAMILTON
APEX - Thomas Hamilton, 74, died Thursday, March 8, 2007 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 12, at Hope Community Church, Raleigh, with the Rev. Steve Ellis and the Rev. Darrell Sauls officiating. Entombment followed in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

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ERIC D. “BUCK” MOSS
FRANKLINTON - Eric D. “Buck” Moss, 59, died Saturday, March 10, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 13, at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Kittrell with the Rev. Fred McGhee and the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ROBERT W. ALLEN
YOUNGSVILLE - Robert W. Allen, 92, died Friday, March 9, 2007 in a Louisburg nursing facility. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 12, in the Franklin Funeral Service chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. David Haley officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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HEZRA VEERASAMMY
YOUNGSVILLE - Hezra Veerasammy, 57, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 10, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, Franklinton. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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AILEEN F. GREEN
DURHAM - Aileen C. Floyd Green, 65, died Saturday, March 10, 2007 at Pettigrew Rehabilitation Center in Durham. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Youngsville. Burial will follow in the New Rock Spring UCC cemetery in Creedmoor.

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SANDRA W. HARRIS
YOUNGSVILLE - Sandra Williford Harris, 61, died Monday morning, March 12, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Bethany Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joe Zimmerman and the Rev. Phil Brantley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BENNIE FOSTER
CASTALIA - Bennie Foster, 73, of Castalia died Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Britthaven Nursing Home in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, Castalia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

No Match For NN
No Match For NN
RED OAK -- Seven days after edging Bunn by two goals, the Northern Nash Lady Knights had much less difficulty during Monday’s rematch on the NN campus.

Fueled by two goals from wing Danielle Yates, the Lady Knights rolled to a 7-1 home decision over the depleted Ladycats in a non-conference girls soccer matchup.

“We played a lot better this time,’’ said NN head coach Joe McCarthy, whose club maintained its flawless record at 6-0. “We had a lot of breakaways in the first game, but we couldn’t finish. We finished our opportunities this time.’’


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SN’s Fast Finish
SN’s Fast Finish
STANHOPE - Franklinton took all of five seconds to make the first move during last Friday’s non-conference baseball matchup at Southern Nash.

That’s how long it took Landon Vick’s leadoff blast -- on the first pitch of the game, no less -- to sail over the left-field fence.

But while the Red Rams were quick starters, Southern proved to be a fast finisher en route to claiming a 12-2 home victory.


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LC women fall versus Lady Jags
LC women fall versus Lady Jags
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has lost six women’s basketball games in the past two years. Four of them have come against Georgia Perimeter College.

That’s why LC head coach Mike Holloman wasn’t necessarily thrilled when he found out his Lady Hurricanes had to travel to GPC last Saturday for the district championship, with a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament at stake.


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Louisburg defeats Franklinton in links matchup at Bull Creek
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Led by Kai Lucas’ 39, the Louisburg High School golf squad rolled to a 173-199 victory over Franklinton Monday during prep links action at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club, located just outside of Louisburg.

The front nine, par-36 layout at Bull Creek was used, and Lucas fashioned a three-over-par 36 to claim medalist honors for the non-conference, nine-hole matchup.


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Brackets ready for the test
Brackets ready for the test
A haze of intensity is in the air this week at The Franklin Times, and for good reason.

It’s time for the FT’s annual bracket-busting NCAA Tournament Pool, where hopes are raised, dreams are dashed and Kathy Harrelson always seems to find a way to claim victory.

Harrelson, the two-time defending champion, will put her mega-titles on the line beginning Thursday.


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Lady Rams look to rebuild this spring
FRANKLINTON -- Last year’s Senior Day at Franklinton High School signified a new era for the Lady Rams’ fast-pitch softball program.

Not only was FHS saying goodbye to a talented core of seniors, the Lady Rams were also ready to embark on a rebuilding campaign after that pending mass graduation.


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LC wins over USC-Salkehatchie
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Strong pitching continues to carry Louisburg College through the early portion of the 2007 baseball season.

The Hurricanes, coached by Tommy Atkinson, didn’t give up more than four runs in a game while taking three of four contests last weekend at Region X rival University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.


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Wake Forest pigskin pairings finalized
Wake Forest pigskin pairings finalized
WAKE FOREST -- Louisburg and Bunn will both participate in the Second Annual Friday Night Pigskin Kickoff, scheduled for Aug. 10 at historic Trentini Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased either in advance (from participating schools) or at the gate.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Board takes up FRMC move but gives no diagnosis
For the first time Monday night, commissioners discussed, as a board, Franklin Regional Medical Center’s proposed move to Youngsville.

They took no action.

Hospital officials made public in February their plans to move the 70-bed facility from Louisburg to a location along U.S. 1 just north of the N.C. 96 intersection.


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Broadening the tax base is a misnomer
RALEIGH – When trying to make sense of debates in Raleigh about government budgeting and tax reform, there are some general rules that can help with interpretation.

First, assume that whenever you hear talk about “broadening the revenue base,” the real goal is to narrow the revenue base. Second, assume that whenever you hear talk about “making tough decisions” the real goal is to make easy decisions and then pretend they’re not.


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United Way Day of Caring applications requested
The United Way of Franklin County named a chairman to oversee an annual event that does good in the community.

Wendy Watkins will chair this year’s Day of Caring event, slated for May 5. The Day of Caring “demonstrates to the community how volunteering can make a positive impact on community problems,” said Watkins, program manager for the county’s Department of Aging.


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Locals help others
Franklin County Commissioner Sidney Dunston and Otis Gill, president of the Franklin County NAACP, went to Columbus County recently to help those less fortunate.

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Kids get education in nutrition
It’s no secret that regular exercise and a healthy diet can play a big part in living a comfortable and productive life.

But it’s easier to talk about exercising and eating healthy than it is to actually do it. Well, the Franklin County Schools’ Child Nutrition Department took some proactive steps last week in making sure children understand what living a healthy life really is.


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Volunteers needed: give a whistle
The opening meeting of volunteers to assist in managing the 34th International Whistlers Convention is this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Arts Center at 106 Justice St. in Louisburg.

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Franklinton town officials use retreat to move forward
FRANKLINTON — Town officials emerged from an all-day retreat last week with a road map for the town’s immediate and distant future.

From 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. inside Novozymes, Franklinton’s governing board discussed the roles and responsibilities of the board, key issues facing the town and the most important issues to focus on in the next 18 to 24 months.


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Order of the Eastern Star holds annual meeting
District Twenty Order of the Eastern Star held its annual meeting on Feb. 24 at the Louisburg Senior Center.

The Devotional Services began at 9:30 a.m. and were concluded with a sermon by the Rev. Dazale Kearney.


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