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Showing 25 articles from January 25, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Green meets with deputies in wake of firing
Green meets with deputies in wake of firing
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green spent this week boosting morale at the Sheriff’s Office after he fired a deputy for allegedly stealing weapons from a home.
Green fired Richard Shearin, 43, on Tuesday shortly after a grand jury indicted him on three counts of felony larceny of a firearm.

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Meals on Wheels Legacy: Friendly face comes calling
Kevin Potter prepares a lunch tray for one of the dozen or so people on his Meals on Wheels program route this past week.
Meals on Wheels Legacy: Friendly face comes calling
There’s something definitely circular about Kevin Potter’s lunchtime journey every Thursday. Each Thursday, he picks up a batch of meals from the Louisburg Senior Center and makes a rounding route around Louisburg, delivering lunches and conversation. Two of his Meals on Wheels customers either cooked or delivered meals themselves for more than a decade, so delivering to them now forms a circle of service.

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Attorney general review on FRMC contract begins
The Attorney General’s Office has received Louisburg’s request to examine the town’s contention that Franklin Regional Medical Center has committed violations that call into question the hospital’s ownership, but it’s unclear when the office will make any determination. Louisburg made its request through state Rep. Lucy Allen, and the state office received the request on Jan. 18.

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Novozymes, Southeastern incentives OK’d; Bunn auction house stirs debate
Novozymes, Southeastern incentives OK’d; Bunn auction house stirs debate
Franklin County Commissioners spent nearly half an hour discussing Bobbie Wrenn’s proposal to build a business with no county money. And they spent hardly any time at all discussing plans to give more than $650,000 for expansion projects at Novozymes and Southeastern Emergency Equipment.

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Franklin Times Year-in-Review 2007
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OBITUARIES

BENENA O. FOSTER
LOUISBURG - Benena O. Foster, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 at Britthaven Nursing Home in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at First Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cedar Street Cemetery, Louisburg.

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CLARENCE P. SHEARIN JR.
LOUISBURG - Clarence Plyler Shearin Jr., 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 at his home. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 26) in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services in Louisburg, with Dr. Wayne Ellis and the Rev. Philip Kissinger officiating. Interment will follow in the Hill King United Methodist Church cemetery.

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JOHN H. ELAM JR.
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. - John Howard Elam Jr., 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at the Hospice of Charleston Center, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 25, at Carolina Memorial Chapel in Charleston, S.C. Interment followed in Carolina Memorial Park.

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LUCY PLUMMER JONES
LOUISBURG - Lucy Plummer Jones died at Louisburg Nursing Center January 24, 2008. She was born in Franklin County to the late Joseph Broomfield Jones and Laura Egerton Jones September 24, 1914. The family moved to Henderson, N.C., and she graduated from Henderson High School, then attended Woman’s College (UNC-G).

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MARIAN SAWYER DOBBS
GAINESVILLE, FL - Marian Sawyer Dobbs of Gainesville, FL died January 23, 2008 at The Village. She was 87. Born and raised in Franklinton, NC, she was married to John D. Dobbs, who passed away Aug. 15, 1995. Mrs. Dobbs served in the F.B.I. after college.

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SPORTS

Bunn, Franklinton swimmers tread water in conference title splash
Bunn, Franklinton swimmers tread water in conference title splash
HENDERSON _ Wasn’t it just a few days ago when Franklin County’s high school swimmers jumped in the pool for the first time to prepare for the 2007-08 campaign? It seems like it, but the regular season ended Thursday when the Northern Carolina Conference hosted its annual tournament at Aycock Recreation Center in Vance County.

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League is shaping for 2009
League is shaping for 2009
Barring an unexpected late change of plans, the future of the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference has started to take shape.
With one exception.
Unless the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Realignment Committee tweaks its current proposals, the NCC, from 2009-13, will consist of Franklin County schools Louisburg, Franklinton and Bunn.

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Sea Devils rally to top Hurricanes
LOUISBURG -- How important was Thursday’s Region X men’s basketball meeting between host Louisburg College and Cape Fear Community College? Only this -- the winner would be tied for first place in the Region X North standings, while the loser would drop all the way to the fourth spot.

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Hamilton, Willis share honors at Hot Stove Banquet
Hamilton, Willis share honors at Hot Stove Banquet
RALEIGH -- When the Raleigh Hot Stove League’s board members met to select their annual Will Wynne Award winner, two names kept coming up during the discussion. Josh Hamilton and Carl Willis. After reviewing the accomplishments of both individuals, the board couldn’t decide between the two. So they chose both.

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Bunn drops a pair at home to Vikings
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Northwest Halifax erased a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter and rallied to defeat Bunn 57-54 in a key Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown Tuesday at the Bunn Dome. The Wildcats dropped to 2-3 in NCC play under head coach Gerald Melton.

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LC to begin schedule Feb. 9 vs. Hiwassee
LOUISBURG -- In a sure sign that warmer weather is soon on the way, the Louisburg College baseball squad is just two weeks away from the start of its 2008 season. The Hurricanes, coached by Tommy Atkinson, will open their schedule Feb. 9 with a home doubleheader against Hiwassee College from Tennessee.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

TLMS teacher explores different grants to get the most for science classes
TLMS teacher explores different grants to get the most for science classes
In the past three years, Katie Tatum’s name has become synonymous with education grant at Terrell Lane Middle School. The eighth-grade science teacher is known for her ability to earn grants, and her latest grant has created a buzz. That’s what a $10,000 grant will do.

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Focus on recreation, attorney position for recessed meeting
Commissioners recessed their last board meeting until Jan. 29 to further discuss a proposition that could bring the county more courts of play and another proposition that could keep them out of the courts. County Recreation Director Bob Yeatman is preparing to apply for more than $1.85 million in grants to develop the Pilot Lion’s Community Park and a park in Epsom.

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Unidentified person killed in fiery crash
The state Medical Examiner’s Office is working to identify a driver who was killed in a fiery wreck on Tuesday morning. According to the state Highway Patrol, Trooper T.L. Hunt responded to an accident call at about 3 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 64 and N.C. 39.

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BUSINESS

IT’S OPEN
IT’S OPEN
Louisburg’s recently completed office of BB&T Bank opened with a ribbon cutting on a chilly Friday morning Jan. 25, when veteran bank employee Marie Boyette was handed the ceremonial scissors and wasted no time in snipping the ribbon.

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Tractor Supply Company to open in Feb.; Fasel named manager
Jason Fasel has been named store manager at the Youngsville, Tractor Supply Company store that is under construction, according to District Manager Ron Pleasant. Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States.

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Curves earns ‘Star’
Curves, the world’s largest franchisor of fitness clubs, has announced that the Franklinton Curves has earned its prestigious Shining Star club designation. This recognition is given to clubs that meet rigorous standards in their business practices, service quality, and adherence to the Curves methods.

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Wood joins United Country
Terri Wood, broker, has joined the staff of United Country-Raynor & Associates Realty LLC in Louisburg. She has been a Realtor for eight years and serves Franklin County and surrounding areas.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 1-26-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 1-26-2008
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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