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Showing 30 articles from August 3, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Black sent to federal prison
Black sent to federal prison
Hands cuffed and dangling at his waist, Jim Black looked worn and out of place by the sides of tattooed inmates. With a 7-hour, 416-mile trip from Louisburg, North Carolina to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania ahead of him, the soft-spoken former House speaker emerged from the Franklin County Detention Center on Friday morning .

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The next school bond August or November?
Commissioners and school board members will meet jointly on Monday to discuss a $53.3-million school bond proposal. Last month, the Board of Education decided to ask commissioners to put a $53.3-million bond before voters as a stand-alone item in August of 2008.

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Glitch in hub land sale
Word this week that a nonprofit organization bought three hub sites was a bit premature. The Kerr-Tar Regional Economic Development Corp. sent out a notice on Wednesday announcing that it had closed on more than 1,100 acres in Franklin, Warren and Granville counties.

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Family, friends continue memorial off Cedar Creek Road
NOT FORGOTTEN. Maggie Sinclair’s stepfather, Andy Williams, left, and her mother, Barbara, decorate Maggie’s roadside memorial on Cedar Creek Road in Youngsville. They visited Aug. 1, Maggie’s 22nd birthday. (Times photo by Mason Rizzo)
Family, friends continue memorial off Cedar Creek Road
Time is supposed to heal all wounds. When a person breaks a bone, the healing process usually takes six to eight weeks. Heartbreak, on the other hand, takes longer. Sinclair’s daughter, Maggie Leigh Sinclair, would have celebrated her 22nd birthday on Aug. 1 if she were still alive.

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Summer school ends in success
This summer, Franklin County students who failed their end-of-grade tests the first time had a chance for a rematch during two weeks of summer school, and many of them proved they were up to the challenge. By the end of summer school, 53.4 percent of the students’ scores had risen to passing level.

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OBITUARIES

ANNETTE Q. RICHARDSON
LOUISBURG - Visitation services for Annette Q. Richardson, 72, who died Tuesday, July 31, 2007 will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.

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AUBRA L. ARRINGTON
CASTALIA - Aubra L. Arrington, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. Graveside services were conducted Friday, Aug. 3, in the Arrington family cemetery at Red Bud Baptist Church, with the Rev. Leo Lowery officiating.

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EMMA W. TABRON
FRANKLINTON - Emma Lee Wilder Tabron, 93, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 1, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Diane F. Dozier officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JULLETTE J. HARVEY
FRANKLINTON - Jullette Jacobs Harvey, 84, died Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Duke University Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 2, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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MACK E. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mack Ezra Williams, 70, who died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MILLARD SNEED
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Millard Sneed, 86, who died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Greater Refuge Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Henderson, with Bishop Rufus Hargrove officiating.

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PANSY SWANSON OVERTON
WILMINGTON - Pansy Swanson Overton, 72, of Wilmington died Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at her home. She was born November 13th, 1934 to the late Clinton and Hattie Swanson. The family received friends from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. Interment and graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg, NC.

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PLUMMER RICKS
NASHVILLE - Graveside services for Plummer Ricks, 85, who died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Oakland Cemetery, with the Rev. Richard Ricks officiating.

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RICKY E. HARRELSON
YOUNGSVILLE - Ricky Earl Harrelson, 26, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 1, 2007, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A funeral service will be conducted in Pennsylvania at a later date. A visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 4) at Bright Funeral Home & Creation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest.

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ROBERT C. PERGERSON
RALEIGH - Robert Clay Pergerson, 54, a native of Louisburg, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. A memorial service will be conducted Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. at River Bend Park on the Tar River in Louisburg.

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THELMA L. MASSENBURG
FRANKLINTON - Thelma Jean Lynch Massenburg, 47, died Monday, July 23, 2007 at Durham Regional Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, July 29, at First United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Jeanette Pender officiating.

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VERNON S. JOHNSON
ZEBULON - Vernon Steve Johnson, 71, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 at his home. The family received friends Thursday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, Wilson. A private service was to be held.

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SPORTS

Take a hike: Three vie for Louisburg QB slot
Take a hike: Three vie for Louisburg QB slot
LOUISBURG -- If Louisburg High School football coach James Collier were to put up one sign this summer at his team’s practice facility, it would read this:
One vacancy.
Just one.
Louisburg’s backfield has the potential to once again put up big numbers, thanks to the return of veteran rushers Greg Small, Hakeem Strickland and Dominique Perry.

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Bunn enters preseason with veteran team
Bunn enters preseason with veteran team
BUNN — David Howle isn’t ashamed to admit it. In fact, he’s proud of his offensive philosophy, which centers around power football. Howle, Bunn’s long-time gridiron coach, has overseen his share of powerhouse offenses, going back to the days when Terence Stokes and Cedric Crudup were dominant for the Wildcats in the mid-1990s.

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All-Stars go 1-2 at tourney
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- After winning their first contest, the Franklin County All-Stars dropped their next two at the annual Dixie Boys State Baseball Tournament (ages 13-14) in Southport. Franklin County, coached by Ken Smith, opened tourney play with an impressive 7-4 decision over Montgomery County on July 21.

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Questions abundant with picks
Questions abundant with picks
Fearless.
Determined.
Stupid.
Mediocre.
Just plain moribund.
Regardless of the description, I’m back for more scrutiny -- along with my work partner Carey Johnson -- with my 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference football predictions.

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FHS to compete in jamboree
KENLY -- Franklinton High, along with nine other area squads, will take part in the 2007 North Johnston High School Football Jamboree, slated for Aug. 10 on the NJHS campus. Cost is $5 per spectator. Concessions will be available for the event, which begins at 6 p.m.

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LIFESTYLES

BEARS OF LOVE
BEARS OF LOVE
From left are: Brianna Lawson; Bears of Love Inc. Director Marie Rosales-Mateo; Franklinton Police Chief Ray Gilliam and Magistrate Shirley Fogg. Bears of Love donated its first batch of presents to the Franklinton Police Department on Thursday. The items included 55 pencil boxes stocked with art supplies and 30 stuffed animals. Some of the gifts will be handed out during Franklinton’s annual National Night Out. The festival will be held at the Franklinton Recreational Park Aug. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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Mexican influences abound in local grocery stores
As I was walking through the aisles of Farmer’s Foods, our newest grocery store in town, I realized how lucky we are. It dawned on me how we have acquired such variety of produce and foods from other countries, especially, of course, the Mexican products. A few years ago it would have been almost impossible to find some of the ingredients we can so easily buy in the stores today.

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Volunteer with children for great reward
To be a volunteer or not to be. For many people this question never comes to mind until that right situation comes along. Well, I believe that the 4-H Friends of Youth program is that right situation for many residents here in Franklin and surrounding counties.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Let road needs be known
Let road needs be known
The state Department of Transportation and Franklin County planning staff have opened two avenues to solicit input about road improvements. Last week, they randomly mailed out 1,000 transportation surveys to town and county residents and this week, they made the survey available to residents online and through the planning office to anyone who is interested.

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Youngsville man killed in wreck
A Youngsville man was killed Wednesday following a wreck on U.S. Highway 1. According to a report by Trooper D.O. Guy, Ricky Earl Harrelson, 26, was riding a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle north on the highway at about 9 a.m. when the accident occurred.

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Franklinton wants water use watched
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton staff has asked its residents to conserve water as heat and humidity have combined to cause a dip in the town’s water reservoir. “It’s not a crisis, but we’re just asking people to be conscious,” said Franklinton Town Administrator Sharon Garner. “Anything that households can do will help.”

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Wastewater released into tributary
FRANKLINTON ­— An estimated 600 gallons of wastewater were released into an unnamed tributary of Cedar Creek from a leak in a sewer line discovered Tuesday. The bypass of wastewater occurred just south of College Street at an above-ground gravity sewer line.

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DISTRICT COURT
Following are some cases adjudicated in Franklin District Court recently:

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