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Showing 26 articles from April 21, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Certificates of participation public hearing May 7
Some of the $20 million in certificates of participation debt that the county plans to pursue will go to run water and sewer line access to the proposed new hospital property off U.S. Highway 1.
County manager Chris Coudriet confirmed Thursday that the water and sewer project — required under a contract to purchase the Mitchell property off Bert Winston Road for a new $14.5-million elementary school — would accommodate FRMC’s needs for utilities for a new $98-million hospital project proposed off U.S. Highway 1.

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Pucker up: Whistlers Convention begins
TOKYO BLISS. Cristina Toyohashi and Ryosuke Takeuchi perform a Johann Sebastian Bach selection during the International Whistlers Convention grand opening concert on Thursday. The convention continues through the weekend. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Pucker up: Whistlers Convention begins
Hundreds of visitors at the Louisburg College Auditorium were treated to whistling feats and song Thursday night during the grand opening concert for the 34th annual International Whistlers Convention. Visitors experienced a musical diversity, ranging from the Northeast Piedmont Chorale’s performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 106 to a rousing rendition of Amazing Grace by Louisburg’s Jones Chapel Baptist Church Gospel Choir.

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Students found with knife; bomb threat clears hallways
Terrell Lane Middle School was the scene of the crime twice this week.
On Monday, School Resource Officer Shari Brinkley detained six students who were accused of passing a knife around.
On Wednesday, the school was evacuated while officers searched the building for a bomb.
Neither incident resulted in any injury.

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CON decision to bring appeal either way
After taking three hours to voice their opinions about a hospital relocation, interested parties probably won’t hear a thing from the state until early July. Franklin Regional Medical Center filed a certificate of need application with the state Division of Facility Services on March 1.
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Putting faith in the hubsite for county’s economic development
“Sometimes you’ve just got to make things happen,” said a smiling but determinedly grim-faced Don Lancaster, the banker/county commissioner who is spearheading the new Hub project that is intended to bring industry to central Franklin County. Lancaster has staked much of his political and personal reputation on the success of the Hub and is somewhat fatalistic about its future.

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OBITUARIES

WOODY H. YARBOROUGH SR.
LOUISBURG – Funeral services for Woody Herman Yarborough Sr., 58, who died Monday, April 16, 2007, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at First Baptist Church of Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Haywood Church cemetery, with Rev. Johnson officiating.

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MAVIS G. REDMOND
WAKE FOREST – Funeral services for Mavis G. Redmond, 43, who died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Concord Baptist Church, with the Rev. S. E. Blaylock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ELIZABETH M. ROYAL
SALISBURY, MD – Funeral services for Elizabeth McDonald Royal, 56, who died Thursday, April 19, 2007, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Bethesda United Methodist Church. Family and friends will be received from 1-2 p.m.

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PATRICIA B. NIPPER
LOUISBURG – Funeral services for Patricia Bonin Nipper, 53, who died Thursday, April 19, 2007, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel. Burial will follow in the Nipper family cemetery.

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JUNE T. MCNEELY
LOUISBURG – June Thomas McNeely, 90, died Thursday, April 19, 2007. Surviving: one son, James McNeely (Angela) of Louisburg; one daughter, Carol Hackett of Wake Forest; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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SPORTS

Lady Jackets score last five goals in 7-1 win
LOUISBURG -- Five minutes into the second half, the Louisburg Lady Warriors found themselves within one goal of perennial area power Roanoke Rapids. By the time the match ended, however, the Lady Jackets had picked up another victory, defeating Louisburg by a 7-1 margin in a Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer matchup Wednesday on the LHS campus.

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Bunn, Franklinton in search of conference track and field heroics
Bunn, Franklinton in search of conference track and field heroics
FRANKLINTON — Though they are usually rivals, Bunn and Franklinton found a common foe Thursday during Northern Carolina Conference track and field action at the Franklinton Recreation Park. Because of a scheduling snafu, both FHS and BHS tangled with Northwest Halifax in league showdowns. Competitors took part in events together, but the scoring was broken down to display FHS vs. Northwest and Bunn vs. Northwest.

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Wildcats strong at The River
BUNN -- Few area layouts offer the home-course advantage that Lake Royale’s The River does. With its snaky greens, The River can be a nightmare for golfers who are unfamiliar with its nuances. But if you practice on the course every day -- as members of the Bunn High School golf team do -- The River can eventually be tamed (at least somewhat).

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Deloach hurls no-no vs. BHS
BUNN -- Pitching ruled the day during Tuesday’s showdown between Roanoke Rapids and host Bunn for first place in the Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings. BHS ace lefty Jimmy Tanner was sharp, allowing just three hits. But Roanoke Rapids’ Tyler Deloach topped that by tossing a no-hitter as the Yellow Jackets claimed a tight 1-0 victory over the Wildcats.

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Crawford’s slam sends LHS past Rams on the diamond
Crawford’s slam sends LHS past Rams on the diamond
FRANKLINTON -- Retro Night at Franklinton -- as deemed by head coach Thomas Morris -- meant a rare return to the FHS Baseball Field for a county showdown between Louisburg and the host Red Rams. FHS now plays its home games at the Franklinton Recreation Park, but a scheduling conflict shifted the site of Thursday’s meeting over to the FHS campus.

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Lady ‘Canes sweep Pitt CC
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College scored a key doubleheader sweep over Pitt Community College in a Region X fast-pitch softball matchup Wednesday at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus. In the opener, LC posted a 7-4 decision as Tracy Brighter fashioned a five-hitter, striking out 10 while walking just one Pitt batter.

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LIFESTYLES

Hard work pays off for 4-H’ers at annual show
Grand Champion of Market Goat, Beverly Foster
Hard work pays off for 4-H’ers at annual show
Franklin County hosted for the third time the annual 4-County, 4-H Junior Livestock Show & Sale April 13 at Double D Equestrian Center near Louisburg. Thirty-four youth from Granville, Vance, Warren and Franklin counties participated.

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Save power, plant a tree: get involved in Earth Day 2007
Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day in the United States, and Franklin County residents and students will be observing various festivities in honor of that special day. The founder of Earth Day, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, was quoted as saying, “Building a sustainable society is the critical challenge of this century. Everything depends on it.”

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Safe Space training to begin
Safe Space will have a training for community members who wish to volunteer for the agency. Volunteers will receive training on domestic violence and related issues, agency services, and agency policies and procedures.

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VGCC burns into summer
Many young scholars long for the time when “school’s out for summer,” but school will be “in” throughout the summer at Vance-Granville Community College. The schedule for summer-term curriculum classes at VGCC is now available, and students can begin making plans for their summertime studies. A variety of classes are offered during the day, at night, or online.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County employee of the quarter — Kelly Faulkner
County employee of the quarter — Kelly Faulkner
RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE. Kelly Faulkner receives recognition as the Franklin County Employee of the Quarter from County Commission Chairman Lynwood Buffaloe. Faulkner is the payroll specialist in the county Finance Department. She started with the county part time in 1997 and went full time in 1999. She was chosen by a committee of her peers. She received a savings bond and a paid day off.

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School safety issues at the forefront; sheriff calls for more resource officers
Incidents in Blacksburg, Va., Orange County and Louisburg have heightened concerns about school safety. On Monday, a Virginia Tech student took his own life after killing 32 people in this country’s largest mass shooting.

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Routine check nets Md. arrest
Deputies continue to investigate a drug deal gone awry, but they did make a break in a murder case three states away. Deputy S. Zuniga was called out to Sim’s Way and Sim’s Bridge Road last Friday after Brandon Eason, 19, of Youngsville, reported that his car had been stolen.

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Deputies search for gunman who robbed Justice grocer
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who robbed a Justice grocer at gunpoint on Thursday.
According to a report by Lt. Bobby Burger, a black man wearing a white mask entered Ball’s Store just before 8:30 a.m. The assailant used a double-barreled sawed-off shotgun to threaten the store owner, Bobby Ball.

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Issues concerning Franklin County residents to be presented April 24
The citizens of Franklin County have a powerful voice that is worth considering. As Franklin County continues to grow, the voice of current citizens should not be overlooked. With the well-being of residents in mind, an ongoing collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Franklin County Health Department will give Franklin County citizens an opportunity to let their voice be heard.

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