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Showing 26 articles from May 8, 2007.

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Commissioners approve $20 million in COPs
Commissioners will ask the state to approve a $20-million funding formula it plans to use for a new elementary school, animal shelter and infrastructure needs.
Late last year, commissioners gave staff approval to pursue certificates of participation bonds to fund the remainder of projects outlined but not met with a $30-million general obligation school bond that was approved in 2004.

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LHS Band brownie fan
LHS Band brownie fan
Zach Ayscue of Epsom grabbed a chocolate brownie before catching the Louisburg High School Band’s Turn-Of-The-Century Concert on Saturday night. The LHS Band Boosters had a table full of baked goods to raise money for the band, which is currently in the middle of a fundraiser to get uniforms. The band concert was moved from the courthouse steps to the LHS auditorium as rain showers moved in just before the 6 p.m. performance. Music spirits, however, were not dampened — nor were appetites, by the looks of it. More photos inside. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)

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Charles Davis to be inducted into N.C. Bar Hall of Fame
Charles Davis to be inducted into N.C. Bar Hall of Fame
On the eve of his induction into the North Carolina Bar Association’s Hall of Fame, there are two things that will be guaranteed to bring a wry smile and a glint to the eye of Louisburg attorney Charles Davis: talk of his family, especially the five grandchildren, and his law career that spans 46 years in Franklin County.
Davis is scheduled for induction into the Hall of Fame during the Bar Association’s 109th annual meeting June 21-24 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

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BOE tables bid award for elementary school
The low bid for the new elementary school project is being scrutinized.
The Board of Education on Monday night was pleased to hear that construction bids for the school off Bert Winston Road came in lower than expected, but the board tabled action on awarding a bid to address concerns with the lowest single-prime bidder — J.M. Thompson Co. out of Raleigh. The low bid is $10,863,100.

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Katie Spivey decorates her world and the lives of those around her
Randolph and Katie Spivey on opening day of the art studio off Highway 56 East
Katie Spivey decorates her world and the lives of those around her
A difficult time with bone marrow cancer is behind Katie Spivey, but the inspiration she found during that time carries on in her art.
The 54-year-old opened an art studio off Highway 56 on Saturday with friends and family joining in a day of celebration on the first day of the small business. They were also grateful for Spivey’s health, something she said she is thankful for every day.

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OBITUARIES

THOMAS B. MARSHALL JR.
LOUISBURG - Thomas Bryan Marshall, 73, died Saturday, May 5, 2007 at Duke Medical Center. A memorial service was conducted Monday, May 7, in the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations, Louisburg.

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BARBARA J. WHITLEY
LOS ANGELES, CA - Memorial services for Barbara J. Whitley, 66, formerly of Louisburg, who died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Ambassadors For Christ Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Barbara Mc-Knight officiating.

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EDNA W. DAUSE
FRANKLINTON - Edna Williams Dause, 76, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at Duke-Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 6, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Diane Dozier officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.

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MARY P. UPCHURCH
ZEBULON - Mary Louise Privette Upchurch, 91, of the Pearces Community died Monday, May 7, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 9) at Pearces Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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CARL R. ALIFF SR.
WENDELL - Carl Randolph Aliff Sr., 85, a resident of Oliver House, died Saturday, May 5, 2007. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 9) at Yarborough-O’Neal Villa, 501 Pony Road, Zebulon, with the Rev. Mark Blanton officiating.

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LORRIELLE W. WATKINS
WENDELL - Lorrielle Wells Watkins died Tuesday, May 1, 2007. Funeral services were Monday, May 7, at Lea Funeral Home. Burial followed in the family cemetery in Youngsville.

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SUSIE HIGHT RALEY
NASHVILLE - Susie Hight Raley, 90, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2007, in Nashville, NC. A teacher in the Nash County School System from 1970 until 1984, she worked with migrant children and also served for many years as a substitute teacher.

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MARIAN PARSONS THERIAULT
WILMINGTON - Only 27 days after the passing of her one, true love, Marian Brenda Parsons Theriault joined her partner, Jack Theriault, to begin their next adventure together.

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FAUSTINA M. LESTER
GAINESVILLE, FL - Faustina M. Lester, 95, of Gainesville went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 5, 2007, following a period of declining health.

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BARBARA D. EDWARDS
LOUISBURG - Barbara Dickerson Edwards, 73, of Farmville, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at Pitt Memorial Hospital. She was born in Goldsboro and later lived in Louisburg and Wake Forest. She was preceded in death by her son, John Clifton Edwards.

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SPORTS

Asheboro Repeat?
Asheboro Repeat?
LOUISBURG -- Good things happened the last time the Louisburg College baseball squad traveled to Asheboro’s McCrary Park for the Region X Tournament.
Two years ago, in what would prove to be Billy Godwin’s final campaign as LC’s head coach, the Hurricanes defeated Surry Community College in a memorable championship finale in Asheboro.

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Co. teams ready for regionals
Co. teams ready for regionals
MAYODAN -- Bunn and Franklinton will test their skills against the area’s elite at this Saturday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track Meet, which will be held at Mayodan McMichael High School in Rockingham County (just north of Greensboro).

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Playoffs to begin in soccer
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton may have one of the youngest teams in the area, but the Lady Rams took the time to salute four seniors Friday during intermission of a home girls soccer game against Franklin Academy.

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Bunn forces one-game playoff for NCC crown
Bunn forces one-game playoff for NCC crown
BUNN -- Thanks to a final-week flurry, the Bunn Wildcats have put themselves into position to win the Northern Carolina Conference regular season baseball championship.
Facing a must-win situation last Friday, the Wildcats stayed alive with a 2-0 road victory at Roanoke Rapids.

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LC wraps up region crown
HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- For the second straight year, a journey to Hartsville proved to be a profitable one for the Louisburg College women’s softball team.
The Lady Hurricanes are once again the Region X Tournament champions after soaring through the event with an undefeated mark.

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Pirates score a sweep at Houston
Pirates score a sweep at Houston
HOUSTON, TEX. -- East Carolina used a six-run fourth inning to complete the sweep of Houston Sunday afternoon at Cougar Field 9-2 in Conference USA baseball action.

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LIFESTYLES

Cherry Hill spring performance May 13
Classical music echoing from the halls of one of the area’s best-preserved historic homes will harken springtime once again beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the historic Cherry Hill Plantation in Warren County.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONOR ROLLS
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, announces the honor roll for the third nine-weeks grading period.

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OUTGOING PRESIDENT WITH MARSHALS.
OUTGOING PRESIDENT WITH MARSHALS.
Dr. Reginald Ponder, outgoing president of Louisburg College, is with this year’s marshals on Saturday as part of the college’s spring graduation. Back row, from left, are: Christopher Robert Powell, Michael Todd Walker, Jean Paul Leebrick, and Andrew John Feldenzer; front row, from left, are Sarah Dawn Daily, Elizabeth Wester (chief marshal and Bunn High School graduate), Ponder, Shaina Hulbert Ormsby and Reuben Daniel Carden (Bunn High School graduate). (Contributed photo)

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Child murder court case continued
The case against a Youngsville man charged with killing his 5-week-old daughter was continued until later this month.
Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood granted the continuance Monday after Jason Johns Bertrand was slated to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on Monday.

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Walter B. Jones speaks at Reagan Day Dinner
He’s made national news demanding an investigation into Durham D.A. Mike Nifong’s handling of the Duke lacrosse rape case. He takes a firm stand on the war in Iraq. He is concerned about the well-being of our children in the schools. He is very concerned about the huge deficit. And he wants the president to pardon two border patrol agents. In fact, whatever you want to know on how Congressman Walter B. Jones stands on any issue just ask him.

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