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Showing 37 articles from February 15, 2008.

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All charges dropped against Harry Foy
All charges dropped against Harry Foy
County Commissioner Harry Foy claimed his innocence on drug possession and assault charges last year, and on Thursday he was vindicated by the Dare County District Attorney’s Office.
Foy was arrested with three of his employees a few miles off the coast of Hatteras in the Pamlico Sound on Aug. 15, after one employee, Laurie Boemper, called 911 alleging that Foy assaulted her.

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1,563 acres burned in Franklin
The Dyking Road fire blazes. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)
1,563 acres burned in Franklin
The story of what didn’t happen during Sunday’s brush fires throughout Franklin County might be bigger than what did.
More than 1,500 acres were ablaze in fires that started midday and burned into the early hours of Monday, N.C. Forest Service District 5 Franklin County Ranger Fred Harris said Thursday.
More dramatic is that the property saved is estimated at more than $7 million.

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SORTING IT OUT
District 5 Franklin County Forest Ranger Fred Harris looks over a map showing damages to acreage with Franklinton Fire Department volunteer Steward Goswick.
SORTING IT OUT

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Burning ban in effect as dry conditions linger
Take note. There is a burn ban in effect.
Due to the continued hazardous fire conditions and the continuing drought, the Franklin County Fire Marshal’s Office, under authority granted by the “Franklin County Ordinance Regulating Open Burning,” has issued a burn ban prohibiting all open burning.

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United Way goal falling short $10,000
United Way goal falling short $10,000
It’s down to 10 days, and this year’s United Way campaign is running $10,000 short.
“Can we do it? I don’t know, but we’re going to try,” said Franklin County United Way Director Patricia Johnston earlier this week.
Donations this year have not met previous contributions from the larger Pacesetter organizations, Johnston said.

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Shearon files for House seat for GOP
A Franklin County native and businessman has stepped into the state House 49 race as a Republican candidate.
Keith Shearon, 50, director of quality at ASC Signal — a company that builds satellite systems — filed this week.

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OBITUARIES

VIRGINIA T. PARKER
FRANKLINTON - Virginia T. Parker, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at Union AME Zion Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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CHARLES “CHARLIE” BAILEY
LOUISBURG – Charles “Charlie” Bailey, 51, died at his residence on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at Mt. Creek Baptist Church cemetery.

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IRENE A. STRICKLAND
LOUISBURG – Irene A. Strickland, 74, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at Alston-Anderson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Greater Lovely Hill Baptist Church cemetery in Macon.

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ASHLEY B. JONES
LOUISBURG – Ashley Ball Jones, 82, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008.

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WILLIAM D. COVINGTON
KNIGHTDALE – William D. Covington, 65, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Raleigh. The family will received friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at Feggins & Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest.

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JERRY E. JONES
LOUISBURG – Jerry Ellis Jones, 67, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at Wake Medical Center. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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JOEL T. “BILL” ALSTON
LOUISBURG – Joel Thomas “Bill” Alston, 67, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at New Liberty Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Phelps Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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HARVEY E. MCPHAIL
ZEBULON - Harvey Edward McPhail, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. Graveside services were conducted Friday, Feb. 15, at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

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JUNE G. KREUGER
ZEBULON - June Graham Krueger, 72, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Home, Knightdale, with Pastor Bill Currington and Pastor Todd Krueger officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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EDWARD L. JEANS
YOUNGSVILLE - Edward L. Jeans, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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KRAMA H. FOWLER
ZEBULON - Krama Hocutt Fowler, 93, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 at Wellington Nursing Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Feb. 15, at Corinth Baptist Church, Zebulon, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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EUNICE S. WILSON
KITTRELL - Eunice Shearin Wilson, 76, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 in a local nursing home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 14, in the J.M. White Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Robert Hammond. Burial followed in the Union Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.

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LIZZIE H. CHAMPION
FRANKLINTON - Lizzie Hayes Champion, 90, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) in the chapel of Franklin Funeral Service, Franklinton, with the Rev. David Averette presiding. Burial will follow in Fairview cemetery.

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WILLIAM H. “BILL” STEINER
WAKE FOREST - William Herman “Bill” Steiner, 88, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2008, attended by his wife and Hospice caregivers. Mr. Steiner was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Ralph and Rose Steiner, on April 17, 1919; he later attended William and Mary College and was a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War II, serving in England and France. Mr. Steiner was retired from City Investing Company, New York, New York, and later managed Carolina Antique Mall for several years.

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SPORTS

Best For Last
Best For Last
FRANKLINTON - Bunn’s Daniel Wright -- or any prep hoops coach, for that matter -- simply hopes that his or her team will save its best basketball for the end of the season.
With that in mind, Wright couldn’t be more thrilled about the fortunes of his Ladycats, who have been playing well down the stretch of their Northern Carolina Conference schedule.

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Wildcats spoil day for Rams
Wildcats spoil day for Rams
BUNN -- Maybe this hasn’t been a season to remember for the tradition-rich Bunn High School boys basketball program.
But chances are, BHS head coach Gerald Melton won’t soon forget last Tuesday’s key road matchup at Franklinton.

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Warriors a winner in finale
Warriors a winner in finale
LOUISBURG -- Coaches usually subscribe to two schools of thought concerning games that are hosted as part of Senior Night festivities.
Sometimes, coaches feel as if the events serve as nothing more of a distraction, especially during an important game.

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Clinch Of Second
Clinch Of Second
LOUISBURG -- James Collier wasn’t in a festive mood during Louisburg High’s Senior Night celebration Thursday at the LHS Gymnasium.
Collier, who is LHS’ head girls coach, was less-than-thrilled about his club’s performance during a sluggish 45-35 home decision over Northampton East in a Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference matchup.

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LC wins game versus Lenoir
LC wins game versus Lenoir
KINSTON -- Marquena Delk poured in 22 points to help the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes devour Lenoir Community College during a Region X women’s basketball matchup Tuesday night in Lenoir County.
Louisburg is once-beaten overall to go with a perfect mark in league action.

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County wrestling stars at weekend regionals
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County’s mat masters will be in action across the state this weekend as part of regional tournament matchups.
Franklinton and Bunn will travel to the Class 1/2-A Mideast Regionals at Ledford High School in Davidson County.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Learning job market skills
February is National Career and Technical Education Month and the Franklin County Schools Career and Technical Education Department (CTE) is explaining to the public the programs that it offers.

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Going digital
Students often struggle to see the relevance of a specific course, but that’s not usually the case for students taking a class that is part of the Franklin County Schools’ Career and Technical Education Program.

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Brick House
As a CTE instructor, I always have diversified students. My most diversified is Olivia Williams. Olivia is not diverse just because she’s a female in a male-oriented class, but because she has unbelievable confidence in others and everyone has unbelievable confidence in her. She came to my Masonry One class last year and my question to her as to all my students was “Why are you taking this class?” Always with a smile she said, “I need this class because I am going to be an architect. I need a construction course before I can be accepted in an architectural engineering program.”

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New vocational building benefits kids
Both the agriculture and carpentry programs at Bunn High School now have a lot more appeal.
There’s a sharp new 8,000-square-foot vocational building in Wildcat Country that houses both programs and was officially opened in the spring of 2007.

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Allied Health encourages lifesavers
There’s a host of Louisburg High School students gaining skills that will help save lives through the Allied Health class taught by Joyce Mangum.
The class, consisting of students from Bunn, Franklinton and Louisburg, took part in an emergency preparedness exercise late last fall.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Horse assessment vote on March 5
Horse and other equine animal owners/leassors will vote across the state on March 5 to determine whether to continue to voluntarily assess themselves $2 per ton of commercial horse feed to provide funds to promote the interests of the horse industry.

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OFFICIAL GROUNDBREAKING
OFFICIAL GROUNDBREAKING
Union Bank and Trust officially broke ground on its new facility at 978 U.S. 1 in Youngsville Tuesday morning. The new bank is expected to be open by May. Making it official by tossing shovels of dirt were, from left, advisory board members Boyd Sturges, John Hill, Union Bank President Thomas Combs, advisory board member Jenny Edwards, Don Lancaster, senior vice president and Franklin County market executive, and advisory board members Keith Smith, Shane Mitchell and Neil Holden. Union Bank also operates a branch in Louisburg.

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Key positions filled at Louisburg College
As Louisburg College continues to grapple with internal finance and management issues under fire of losing its accreditation, two new hires have been made.
Belinda Faulkner has accepted the position of vice president for finance, and Tracey Sala has accepted the position of vice president for enrollment management.

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Two arrests made in college dorm break-in
Two Louisburg College students were arrested last week and charged with stealing from a dorm room.
Javis Sutton, 19, of 411 W. Circle Drive, Shelby and Christopher Thomas, 19, of 332 Foxwood Lane, Wilmington, were each charged with breaking and entering and larceny after a breaking and entering, LC Police Chief James Williamson said.

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Custodians get raises
Custodians get raises
As part of an overall revamp of salaries for Franklin County Schools, custodians are getting a pay boost.
“This is the next chapter in the salary study,” Doug Moore, assistant superintendent of business and finance, said.
Earlier this year teacher assistants‘ and bus drivers’ salaries were adjusted, and still to come before the end of this fiscal year will be adjustments for support staff.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 2-16-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 2-16-2008
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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