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Showing 33 articles from August 7, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

High rate of DWI charges dismissed in Franklin
The Franklin County courts’ voluntary dismissal (VD) rate for impaired driving charges is close to double the state average.
According to N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts statistics for fiscal year 2006-07, which ended June 30, out of 426 impaired driving charges disposed of in the county courts, 178 were voluntarily dismissed by the prosecution, leading to a 41.8 percent dismissal rate.

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HOT<br>It’s going to feel like 110+
HOT
It’s going to feel like 110+
You know it’s hot when a forecast of 89 degrees is considered a cool down.
But that’s what nearly a week’s worth of triple-digit temperatures has meteorologists predicting.

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<i>Horsing around on the farm tour</i>
Horsing around on the farm tour
A HELPING HAND. The Southerlands, from left to right, Luke, Jocelyn and Rob, take time during the Franklin County Horse Farm Tour Aug. 4 to feed a horse on the first stop of the tour. The Southerlands were joined by about 100 other folks who braved heat to tour three horse farms in Franklin County to get ideas on fencing, bedding and housing.

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No decision on bond date
Commissioners and educators picked a date, but not for a $53-million school bond.
The Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education met during a joint meeting Monday night to discuss the school board’s request that the school bond go before voters in August of 2008.

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Commissioners OK hub land transfer
Commissioners approved a “do over” Monday night when they approved a resolution to sell the county’s hub site to a nonprofit group designed to market and promote the industrial site near the airport.

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PREDDYFEST
PREDDYFEST
“Nothin’ Fancy” band members, from left, Mike Andes on mandolin, Gary Farris on acoustic guitar, Mitchell Davis on banjo and Tony Shorter on up-right bass, perform at Franklinton’s Preddyfest over the weekend. “Nothin’ Fancy” travels extensively and has recorded nine studio albums. Others who performed included “Sourwood Mountain,” “Carolina Sonshine,” and Rhonda Vincent. Hundreds turned out for the festival, which was in a field on about 100 acres off Green Hill Road.

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Elizabeth Yarborough
Unique jewelry splashes fashion
The world of women’s fashion accessories recently got a taste of old-fashioned hometown gumption.
Louisburg native Elizabeth Yarborough was featured in the August edition of Vogue magazine, thanks to a new and very original line of Yarborough Jewelry.

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Mitchell: tall grass turns hub prospect away, threatens airport
A landscaper who used to be responsible for cutting the grass at the county’s 280-acre airport told commissioners Monday that missteps at the site have cost the county business and nearly shut down the airport. Before the county assumed operation of the airport in April 2006, Shane Mitchell of Franklinton won a bid to cut the grass at the site.

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OBITUARIES

ALICE S. BARHAM
ZEBULON - Alice Smith Barham, 90, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

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MARIE W. FINCH
ZEBULON - Marie Watson Finch, 91, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 6, at Zebulon United Methodist Church. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens

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THELMA R. HALL
YOUNGSVILLE - Thelma Roberts Hall, 92, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 5, at Youngsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Stratton officiating. Burial followed in Youngsville Cemetery.

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CALLIE S. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Callie S. Perry, 104, died Saturday, July 28, 2007.

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DAVID W. HOLLIDAY
YOUNGSVILLE - David W. Holliday, 40, died Friday, July 27, 2007.

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JAMES H. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - James H. Perry, 70, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007 at his residence.

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RICHARD LYNWOOD TOMLINSON
FREDERICK, MD - Richard Lynwood Tomlinson, 70, of Frederick died Sunday, August 5, 2007 at the Frederick Memorial Hospital.

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SPORTS

Bunn to seek title in difficult NCC
Bunn to seek title in difficult NCC
BUNN - From contenders to defenders. That’s the path Bunn High’s volleyball team took during a strong late-season push in 2006.
The Ladycats have spent most of the decade chasing Southern Vance in the Northern Carolina Conference, but BHS picked the most opportune time to score its first victory over the always-successful Lady Raiders.

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Franklinton High works to improve
Franklinton High works to improve
FRANKLINTON - When Ericka Wilkins took over the Franklinton High volleyball program last season, she inherited a team lacking experience -- and confidence.
That was understandable, considering the Lady Rams had only three seniors, and many performers were seeing their first duty on the varsity level.
Twelve months later, Wilkins’ roster has an entirely different makeup. Franklinton now has nine upperclassmen, and the Lady Rams return four starters -- and a slew of rotation players -- from a club that took fourth place in 2006 in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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Area stars sparkle in nationals
LOUISBURG -- Testing themselves against top competition is nothing new to former members of Louisburg’s 2005 Dixie Youth Major League State Championship squad.
Five of those performers went up against some of the nation’s top talent at the 14-Under AAU Major Nationals Tournament, which was held July 21-28 in Sarasota, Fla.

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Carolina falls to West Tenn
ZEBULON -- Charlton Jimerson fell a triple shy of the cycle, clubbing four hits good for five RBI as West Tenn snapped a personal six-game losing streak to Carolina, defeating the Mudcats 11-4 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.

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Baked Goods<br>High temps for teams
Baked Goods
High temps for teams
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Ninety-six degrees.
That’s the game-time forecast for the afternoon portion of Friday’s Wake Forest-Rolesville Football Pigskin Preview at Trentini Stadium.
It’s a number that worries Franklin County head coaches David Howle (Bunn) and James Collier (Louisburg), whose clubs will be suiting up at 4 p.m. for a two-hour session against Millbrook and Green Hope.

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Schock is the choice at Orange
Schock is the choice at Orange
Roanoke Rapids and Hillsborough Orange High Schools may be 98 miles apart, but their fortunes have been intertwined due to a series of unique events this summer.
And the fallout gave a former Franklin County prep football coach another chance at a head position.

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Brittany pairings finalized
Brittany pairings finalized
WILSON -- The third annual Brittany for the Boys Soccer Showcase will once again feature several local teams on Aug. 24-25 at Gillette Park in Wilson.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Brittany Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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LIFESTYLES

Ethier, Whatley marry
Kay Ethier and Frank Whatley Jr., both of Bunn, were married on July 28, 2007 in Wilmington near Wrightsville Beach. The 11 a.m. ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Martin Stubbs.

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ENGAGED
Bobby and Frances Corbett of Clayton announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen Sue Corbett to Timothy O’Connor McCann, son of Perry McCann of Hemet, Calif., and Shirley Kendall of Chesapeake, Va. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sarah Jane Peoples of Louisburg and the late Fred L. Peoples Sr. The wedding will take place Oct. 27 at the Kenan Chapel in Wilmington.

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50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
The Rev. Robert and Carol Boone of Raleigh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 24, 2007. The couple was honored with a dinner at the Peddlers Restaurant, followed by a trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Angelia Duckworth and Amy Lee, and have three grandchildren, Jamie, Kaitlin and Robbie Lee. They were married on Aug. 24, 1957 at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church in Castalia.

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Not horsing around: enthusiasts ride out new ideas
Not horsing around: enthusiasts ride out new ideas
The heat and attendance were as high as the passion for horses this past Saturday as equine enthusiasts gathered for the 13th annual Franklin County Horse Farm Tour.
More than 100 people attended this year’s event, receiving a tour of three horse farms noted for their diversity.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Rainbow Tea recognizes top local students
The Nu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi Sorority Inc. had its 4th annual Rainbow Tea on Saturday, June 2, at Louisburg United Methodist Church.
Elder Priscilla Holden, associate pastor of Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, served as the mistress of ceremonies. She kept the program lively through singing.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

READING PROGRAM
READING PROGRAM
Ethan Trillet enjoys the fun games and good food at the last event of the Franklin County Library Summer Reading Program last week in Louisburg. Celebrations were also in Franklinton and Youngsville. Commissioner Harry Foy, back, served up hot dogs. The children sang songs that they had practiced with Children’s Librarian Betty Ball and played Safari. About 60 people attended the Louisburg party. More than 660 children participated in this year’s program.

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Seven injured in 401 head-on collision
An accident Saturday night that sent seven people to the hospital, with at least four people critically injured, remains under investigation.
State Department of Transportation staff, though, say work is under way to make the site of the accident on U.S. 401 and Tarboro Road safer.

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Humane Society, Town and Country to give free rabies vaccinations
The Franklin CountyHumane Society has combined with a local shop and a national pharmaceutical company to offer a free rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday morning.

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BHS, BMS principals named
The Bunn community now has two new principals, but odds are the community is already familiar with them.
The Franklin County Board of Education appointed Robin Faulkner principal of Bunn High School Monday night, in addition to appointing Bill Askins principal of Bunn Middle School. Both are graduates of Bunn High School.

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BIRTHS
Chris and Gretchen Gupton of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, Parker Christopher Gupton, born July 8, 2007 at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. He weighed 7 pounds and was 21 inches long.

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BUSINESS

Chomping down on a national business from Youngsville lab
Chomping down on a national business from Youngsville lab
YOUNGSVILLE — Believe it or not, Ray Adams is a mouth mechanic. No, he really is.
Adams, who owns and operates the Removable Dental Lab at 64 Wheaton Drive considers himself a jack of a respectful albeit uncommon trade.
“I build almost anything that goes into a person’s mouth,” he said as he held a pair of roughly molded dentures.

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