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Showing 22 articles from October 16, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Helping Flextronics’ workers
Although Flextronics decided to shut down its Youngsville plant without consulting county staff or officials, commissioners said they want to know as much as they can about what will happen in the aftermath.
On Oct. 12, Flextronics officials announced that the plant would close, likely in six months.

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County office complex in Louisburg?
The Louisburg Town Council agreed to buy two pieces of property Monday night with the idea for a county government office complex development.
The Council agreed to pay Ford Enterprises $305,000 for the old Ford Agency property that sits across from Town Hall. The property and building’s tax value is $110,244 according to the Franklin County Tax Office. The town accepted a real property agreement with Ford Enterprises and Mike Leonard and Assigns, who expect to develop the property for county offices. The town could recoup that money from any deal that Leonard would make with Franklin County to develop the property.

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Royale Pain
Royale Pain
Nearly 100 athletes showed up for the inaugural Lake Royale Triathlon on Saturday. The event featured a 500-meter swim, 15-mile bike ride into Franklin and Nash counties and a 5k (3.1 miles) run. Parts of the course were quite technical due to turns and hilly terrain of the Lake Royale subdivision. Participants ranged in age from 14 to 55 years old.

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Commissioners OK TDA grants
Commissioners Monday awarded grants to entities that received favorable recommendations from the Tourism Development Authority (TDA).
The TDA recommended granting $5,000 to promote Hill Ridge Farms’ Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival; $1,655 for a triathlon event in Lake Royale; and $1,000 to Franklinton’s Uptown Revitalization Committee for its Frankenfest on Main.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM “BILLY” TURNAGE
LOUISBURG - William “Billy” Cecil Turnage, 43, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 17) at New Hope Worship Center, 7428 Pearces Road, Louisburg, with Pastor Joe Ferguson officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends immediately following the service.

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LARRY W. WRIGHT
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Larry W. Wright, 53, who died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, Centerville, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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WILBUR “SPEED” DAVIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Wilbur “Speed” Davis, 84, who died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 17) at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sylvester White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARY “BIT” G. WRIGHT
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mary Louise “Bit” Green Wright, 81, who died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at South Main Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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LISA R. COOKE
CASTALIA - Lisa Rose Radford Cooke, 41, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 in Nash General Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Tommy Eagle officiating. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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AILEEN M. DICKERSON
LOUISBURG - Aileen Medlin Dickerson, 85, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 15, in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Leo Bennett Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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HAROLD ELMER REED
HINTON, W. Va. - Harold Elmer Reed, 78, of Hinton, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2007, following a long illness.

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JAMES C. KEARNEY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mr. James C. Kearney, 87, who died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. at Old Liberty Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles A. Murrill Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LUCY S. LONG
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Mae Smith Long, 66, who died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sylvester White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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D. CORNELL MEDLIN
ZEBULON – Douglas Cornell Medlin, 58, died Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, 2007, at his home. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pearce Baptist Church cemetery with Military Honors.

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SPORTS

Winning Vick
Winning Vick
WARRENTON - After dropping a pair of heartbreaking overtime losses earlier in the season, the Franklinton Red Rams weren’t about to let their third extra-session opportunity slip away.
Instead, Landon Vick converted a clutch PAT as Franklinton rallied last Friday to defeat host Warren County 28-27 in a wild Northern Carolina Conference football matchup at the WCHS Field.

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Warriors shut out N. Edge
LEGGETT -- Louisburg was down to its third-string quarterback Friday, but that didn’t stop the Warriors’ offense from rolling down the field.
With starter Lee Person and backup Daryl Ware unavailable because of injuries, LHS turned to Ryan Stern.

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Hamilton’s field of faith
Hamilton’s field of faith
BUNN -- We often read about athletes and entertainers who have fallen on hard times. But we don’t hear as much about the ones in tough situations who turn their life around.
The people of Franklin County got a turn-around story last Wednesday from a professional baseball player that really hits close to home – Josh Hamilton.

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Wildcats surge past the Vikes
Wildcats surge past the Vikes
Justin Rodgers got things going for the Wildcats with a 4-yard TD plunge at the 4:31 mark of the first quarter.
After a Northwest Halifax three-and-out, Bunn found the end zone again just 1:28 later courtesy of a 5-yard run from Norman Dunston. Levon Stanley connected with Chris Fleurmont on the 2-point pass, and the Wildcats had seized control early at 14-0.

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LHS runners excel in TRAC
ROCKY MOUNT -- Jared Nobles, Phillip Mueller and Stephen Davis earned all-league honors for Louisburg High School at last Wednesday’s Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference boys cross country championships at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
In girls action, LHS received all-conference efforts from C.J. Alston and Kim Baker.

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FOOTBALL CONTEST WINNERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last week’s game and individual winners from The Franklin Times Football Contest:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man struck by car, killed
A Franklin County man was killed Sunday night while walking in the roadway near his home.
According to Trooper L.W. McKeithan, William Cecil Turnage, 43, of 1971 N.C. 98 West was walking home from Tina’s Place along N.C. 98 at about 8:20 p.m. when he was hit by an oncoming car.

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Man pleads self-defense in death of wife
The case against a man charged with killing his wife could end today.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Timothy Dale, 42, in May of 2006, alleging that he strangled his wife, Shaundra Dale.

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