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Showing 29 articles from January 29, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Youngsville foreclosure dispute entangles county and family
Youngsville foreclosure dispute entangles county and family
YOUNGSVILLE — Attorneys are close to resolving a foreclosure sale that saw a 90-year-old woman lose her home.
According to family members, attorneys and court documents, the county executed a foreclosure sale in the summer of 2006, selling Betty Robinson’s Youngsville home in an upset bid fashion to Shearin Realty Inc. for $42,219.

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Chasing Downtown Dreams
Chasing Downtown Dreams
FRANKLINTON — After residents were presented with a business plan, town leaders said they will now look for a way to marry the town’s resources with a development plan.
The state’s Main Street Program helped Franklinton develop an Uptown Revitalization Committee and presented residents and town staff on Thursday night with a business and development plan based on a market study.

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Sheriff’s jailer faces SBI scrutiny
A Franklin County jailer has been suspended with pay as the SBI probes allegations that the Edward Best PTA treasurer embezzled about $4,000.
According to a sheriff’s report, PTA President Frankie Yousseff and Edward Best Principal Deborah Ayscue told deputies on Friday they had been alerted that unauthorized purchases and deposits were missing from the PTA account.

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Coppedge had been drinking
Prosecutors want two more pieces of information before they consider whether or not to file charges against a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy who struck and killed a pedestrian, but District Attorney Sam Currin said early reports suggest the deputy was not at fault during the New Year’s Eve accident.

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Bunn High classroom building slab structurally flawed; remedy in place
Too much water added to a batch of concrete has caused the slab of the new Bunn High School classroom building to crack.
MBA architect Jon Long reported to the Board of Education on Monday that the problems are being addressed by the contractor, H.G. Reynolds, at that company’s exclusive cost.

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ENGULFED
ENGULFED
Fire crews from Mitchiner’s Grove, Franklinton and Louisburg responded to this fire, right, on Monday afternoon. Apparently, someone was burning trash or brush or a combination of the two and winds swept the fire away and burned this house, which sits a few houses away from Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church just off N.C. 56 between Louisburg and Franklinton. No one was inside the home when the fire started, and it appeared that no one lived there. Mitchiner’s Fire Capt. Jim Pearce said firefighters worked through the evening to put out hot spots. The fire did not rekindle or spread to any other structure or brush. The burning ban has been lifted and the brush fire was not in violation. No charges are expected to be filed.

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OBITUARIES

CALVIN JACKSON JR.
LOUISBURG - Calvin G. Jackson Jr., 59, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at Duke Hospice Inpatient Facility in Hillsborough. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at First Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cedar Street Cemetery in Louisburg.

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FANNIE L. CLIFTON
LOUISBURG - Fannie L. Clifton, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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PHYLLIS F. BARBREY
FUQUAY-VARINA - Phyllis Faulkner Barbrey, 51, of Fuquay-Varina died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 30) in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services in Louisburg. Burial will follow in New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.

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JUDITH ANNE GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Graveside services for Judith Anne Gupton, 59, were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Centerville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary Vassar officiating.

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MARY V. RICHARDSON
RALEIGH - Mary Virginia Richardson, 93, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 30) at Brier Creek Memorial Park (formerly Restlawn).

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MARTHA L. MONTAGUE
LOUISBURG - Martha L. Montague, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton.

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BOBBY RAY PARRISH
WAKE FOREST - Bobby Ray Parrish, 62, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 28, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Mike Jones officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ALEXENA “ALEC” N. CARLYLE
ZEBULON - Alexena “Alec” Neville Carlyle, 67, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Rex Healthcare. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Pilot Baptist Church, 8103 NC 39 Highway South, Zebulon, with the Rev. Gilbert McDowell and the Rev. Kevin Byers officiating. Burial will follow in the Carlyle family cemetery, 670 Carlyle Road, Zebulon.

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JOHN R. PRINCE, JR.
RALEIGH - John R. Prince Jr. went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2008. He was born in Mullins, South Carolina on January 20, 1940 to Pearl Ray and John R. Prince Sr.

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GLYNN B. CARTER
January 27, 1938 – January 29, 2008
LOUISBURG – Glynn Bryant Carter, 70, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning.

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SPORTS

A Scoring Drought
A Scoring Drought
BUNN - Bunn’s Wildcats went the entire second period -- and over 14 minutes overall -- without scoring during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball home showdown against Warren County.
But the Wildcats still had their chances down the stretch of the game, which held key implications for the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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Bunn Edges LHS As Part Of Special Night
Bunn Edges LHS As Part Of Special Night
BUNN -- Bunn’s 1981 Class 2-A State Championship Team brought some old-school magic to last Saturday’s showdown between the current BHS contingent and the Louisburg Warriors.
Playing in front of an overflow crowd, which featured many fans there to see a reunion ceremony for the ‘81 Champs, the Wildcats outlasted rival LHS in a 55-54 boys basketball thriller at the Bunn Dome.

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BHS title squad is honored
BHS title squad is honored
Follow sports enough and you realize that the fruits of most champions are planted with the seed of disappointment.
Such was the case for Bunn’s 1981 Class 2-A State Boys Basketball title winner. One year earlier, the Wildcats had been defeated in the district finals -- a bitter setback for a team loaded with talent and drive.

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Injury dampens wins for 14th-ranked Canes
LOUISBURG -- Victory may have come at a huge cost last Friday for the 14th-ranked Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.
LC, which has been defeated just once this season, may have lost sophomore post Jazman Ramsey during a 100-41 decision over Region X foe Denmark Tech at historic Holton Gymnasium.

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LC men secure home victory over Wilkes CC
LC men secure home victory over Wilkes CC
LOUISBURG -- Six players scored in double figures Sunday as Louisburg College claimed a key 103-94 home decision over Wilkes Community College in a Region X men’s basketball matchup at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
Louisburg, coached by Aaron Denton, is now 16-4 overall to go with a 9-2 league worksheet. The Hurricanes are currently tied for second place in the Region X North Standings -- one game out of the top spot.

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LHS hosts wrestling event
LOUISBURG -- Topsail, the top-ranked Class 1-A team in the state, lived up to its lofty ranking during action last Saturday at the annual Louisburg High Duals at the LHS Gymnasium.
In the finals of the team format, Topsail defeated Eastern Wayne to finish the tournament with an unblemished mark.

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LIFESTYLES

Making nandina berries decorative
The January meeting of the Old Fashion Garden Club was conducted at the Cola Cafe in Louisburg, with President Martha Hyman presiding. Hostess for the meeting was Christine Green.
The devotion was led by Christine Green with a reading of “Life in a Garden,” ending with a timely New Year’s prayer.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS
The following Franklin County area students have been named to the Kerr-Vance Headmaster List or A/B honor roll for the second quarter and the first semester.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Volunteers are heartbeat of Red Cross
American Red Cross Triangle Chapter board member Rod Foth, and volunteers Glen Liles, Randy Likens, Roxanne Bragg-Cash, Nicki Griffin, Jeanette Richardson, Velvet Perdue, Cindy Tharrington, Jamie Whitley, Karen Wilson, Sandra Shearin and Ann Stone.
Volunteers are heartbeat of Red Cross
The Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross gave a pat on the back to volunteers who provide a shoulder to lean on for residents faced with disaster.
Last month, Red Cross Director of Emergency Services Patricia Lindholm-LeRoy and board member Rod Foth handed out certificates of appreciation and recognized the dozens of people who volunteer their time in times of need.

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Federal refund just a click away
The fastest way for taxpayers to receive a tax refund is to use IRS e-file and choose direct deposit.
Taxpayers can receive their refunds in as little as 10 days with IRS e-file and direct deposit. Around the Carolinas, about 77 percent of filers are expected to receive refunds this year.

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MILITARY
Louisburg native Sidney A. Williams Jr. was recently promoted to Army master sergeant.
He graduated from Louisburg High School in 1990 and received his general studies associate degree in 1999 from Pikes Peak Community College.

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STARTING OUT RIGHT
STARTING OUT RIGHT
The Guardian ad Litem Program of District 9 (Franklin, Vance, Warren and Granville counties) celebrated its annual “Start the Year out Right” event to show its appreciation of volunteers on Jan. 24. Presidential Service Awards were presented by district court Judge Quon Bridges who also gave a very moving speech, and door prizes were given. In attendance were also judges John Davis and Charles Wilkinson. The Guardian ad Litem program recognized the following for support: The Franklin Times, Courier Times, Butner-Creedmoor News, the Henderson Dispatch, Oxford Ledger, the Wake Weekly, the Warren Record, the Lake Gaston Gazette, One Paper, Wal-Mart, the Home Depot, Red Robin, Texas Steakhouse and Saloon, Carolina Ale House, Revlon, Applebee’s, Just Tires, Rowe’s Men’s Shop and My House Computers.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 1-30-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 1-30-2008
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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