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Showing 21 articles from December 21, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Firm claims conflict
Attorneys representing Louisburg in its opposition to a hospital relocation said it was ethics, not a heavy hand from Rex that prompted them to pull out from representing the town in a second relocation petition.
At the Louisburg Town meeting on Monday, Councilman Boyd Sturges said Rex Healthcare forced Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein to back off from representing Louisburg in Rex and Franklin Regional Medical Center’s joint application to relocate FRMC from Louisburg to just outside of Youngsville.

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Police SOPs up for review
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners decided to take a holistic approach to address operational procedures that have touched everyone in the community.
Town Attorney Mitch Styers announced Tuesday night that the board will appoint a commission and charge it with reviewing the town Police Department’s standard operating procedures.

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Flextronics: first layoffs Jan. 5
Flextronics: first layoffs Jan. 5
YOUNGSVILLE — Flextronics employees began meeting this week with a team of unemployment experts, preparing for a first wave of layoffs that begin Jan. 5.
The Singapore-based company announced in October that it was closing its Youngsville plant — leaving 486 people out of work, according to documentation filed with the state Department of Commerce.

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Deputies brighten holiday for 11 young shoppers
Five-year-old Malik Alston tested out the sirens, bells and whistles on toys during the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office “Shop with a Cop” earlier this week. Deputy S. Zuniga, (L), and Malik’s mom, Crystal Alston, right, didn’t mind a bit.
Deputies brighten holiday for 11 young shoppers
Nalaysia Alston got a quilted, pink coat. Dale Layton got a Dukes of Hazzard remote-controlled car, and Anthony Solana got a tricycle.
Those three along with eight others, from toddlers to teens, went on a holiday shopping trip with deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in “Shop with a Cop,” which is a nationally recognized charity effort to give to children who might not otherwise receive gifts at Christmas time.

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DAY FOR SHARING
DAY FOR SHARING
Alexis Debnam can hardly believe she is able to get this makeup kit as Deputy J. Whitman gives her the go-ahead. In other local giving efforts, the Youngsville Area Business Association reports helping 48 children and nine seniors through its community campaign. The Department of Social Services Angel Tree helped nearly 90 foster home children.

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OBITUARIES

WESLEY “HOSSFLY” HERMAN ALLEN
LOUISBURG - Wesley “Hossfly” Herman Allen, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

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MACKENZIE E. BELL
ZEBULON - MacKenzie Elizabeth Bell, infant daughter of Malicia Alford and Anthony Bell, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. A graveside service will be cunducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 22) at New Hope Christian Church cemetery, with Pastor Ron Wallace officiating.

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JANICE M. HOCUTT
ZEBULON - Janice Miriam Hocutt, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 22) at Corinth Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

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FREDERICK “TA” J. HENKEL
WAKE FOREST - Frederick Joseph Henkel, 64, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 21, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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ALLEN RADFORD
CASTALIA - Allen Radford, 87, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 22) in the chapel of Johnson Funeral and Cremation, Nashville.

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LUCY N. KEARNEY
LOUISBURG - Lucy N. Kearney, 68, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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SPORTS

Sonic Broom
Sonic Broom
LOUISBURG -- Somebody brought a broom to Wednesday’s games, as if to signify that another Franklin County sweep was inevitable for the Louisburg High boys and girls basketball squads.
LHS continued its season-long, county dominance by once again recording a pair of varsity victories.
The girls, now perfect at 7-0 on the campaign, opened the proceedings with a 49-23 decision over Lester Wilder’s Lady Rams.

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Could it be? FHS in 3
Could it be? FHS in 3
BUNN -- The Northern Carolina Conference wrestling champions?
Could it be the upstart Franklinton Red Rams -- in only their third season of mat existence?
“I never thought it could happen this quickly,’’ said FHS head coach Jon Pearsall. “It’s a surprise to me, but our kids have shown incredible improvement day in and day out.’’

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Ty Tops NCC’s Line List
Ty Tops NCC’s Line List
BUNN -- Every big offensive play registered by the Bunn Wildcats over the past three years began in the capable hands of Ty Howle.
Howle, a junior who is the son of BHS head coach David Howle, has started at center for the Wildcats since the first day he stepped on campus.
“It just kind of happened that way,’’ David Howle said. “Ty looked like a center, so it seemed like a good fit -- he started playing the position in middle school.

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Bunn’s boys, girls pick up NCC wins
WARRENTON -- Bunn picked a perfect time to pick up its first boys and girls victories on the hardwood this season.
Traveling to Warren County for their respective Northern Carolina Conference openers, the Ladycats and Wildcats both came away with decisions for the initial time during the 2007-08 campaign.

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Tourneys abundant for clubs
Tourneys abundant for clubs
After resting up for a few days and celebrating Christmas, all of Franklin County’s boys and girls high school basketball squads will be in action next week at different tournaments.
Bunn’s boys club will try to defend its title (twice over) at the Clayton Holiday Invitational. The Ladycats will also be there.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are recent results from the Bunn Youth Recreation League and Louisburg Recreation Department’s basketball seasons:

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LIFESTYLES

Merry Christmas, and have a fluent New Year
Merry Christmas, and have a fluent New Year
Language is dear to nearly all of us, and to no surprise it has become the focus of some politicians all over the nation and at times around the world. Sometimes the focus includes the correctness of a language, the legal status of the language, or even when and where to use a particular language.
As we become more and more of a melting pot, some of us feel the need to relearn or brush up on the little Spanish we once knew. Even though English as a second language is becoming very important in our schools, the ability to communicate in Spanish is almost a necessity to those who work side by side with Latinos in this country.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

National certification: Franklin reaches record number
The highest level of certification a K-12 teacher can obtain is to become nationally certified. It may seem like a simple idea, but the process couldn’t be any more difficult.
A record 16 Franklin County Schools teachers passed the National Boards Test recently – nearly doubling the total number of nationally certified teachers in the FCS system.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 12-22-2007
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 12-22-2007
This is your opportunity to be an editorial cartoonist. Each issue, we will post a cartoon without a caption and you get to fill in the punchline. Here are a few guidelines that may help you submit the funniest line...

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