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Showing 31 articles from March 11, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Parents raise concerns about Long Mill Elementary reassignment proposals
Parents raise concerns about Long Mill Elementary reassignment proposals
Parents with children in Royal Elementary and Youngsville Elementary addressed the Board of Education on Monday night, concerned about the process of reassignment for the county’s newest elementary school.
Parent Tammy Moore represented a group from Royal and said a main concern is the board had not contacted parents directly about the reassignment.

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The return of Special Olympics
The return of Special Olympics
Call up Special Olympics North Carolina under Franklin County on the Internet, and there won’t be much there — not yet anyway.
The first games in at least seven years will be at Franklinton Park on Friday, and two dozen athletes — ages 8 to 18 — are more than ready to compete, organizers said this week.

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Crunch time for taxpayers; last day Friday
Franklin County real estate owners must beat a Friday deadline to avoid some measure of public scrutiny.
If their bills are not paid by then, their names will be part of a list published in the local newspaper detailing their outstanding tax bill.

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Erin Mullen honored with Congressional Silver Medal Award
Erin Mullen honored with Congressional Silver Medal Award
With well-manicured hands, Louisburg’s Erin Mullen grabbed hold of one of the government’s most prestigious awards.
It took two years of getting her hands dirty, though, to earn it.
She collected care packages for soldiers. She coordinated fundraisers to help youngsters go to summer camp.

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Susan Lewis says farewell to Louisburg
A business woman who came to Louisburg looking to inject new life into the town’s business community is ready to let someone else give it a try.
Susan Lewis, who along with Buddy Lewis, owns Sweetie’s, the Internet-based business Tea Party on a Tray, the Baxter’s Ale House building, the adjacent space where Art Du Jour used to operate, and the Governor Bickett House bed and breakfast operation, plans to sell her businesses and properties and relocate.

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT E. “BUD” KEITH
YOUNGSVILLE - Robert Edward “Bud” Keith, 88, died Sunday morning, March 9, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services will be conduced at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 12) at Harris Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Haley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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EVA MAE A. HARRIS
FRANKLINTON - Eva Mae Harris, 80, died Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 11, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

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MAEBELLE H. BUCKNER
RALEIGH - Mattie Maebelle Holden Buckner, 89, died Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Universal Health Care. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 11, at Oak Level Christian Church in Youngsville. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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CHRISTINE M. SPRUILL
FRANKLINTON - Christine M. Spruill, 75, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at Virtua Memorial Hospital, Willingboro, N.J. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 8, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. André Johnson officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

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PAULINE A. WEST
HENDERSON - Pauline Abbott West died Saturday, March 8, 2008. A celebration of her life was conducted Tuesday, March 11, at New Sandy Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Tim Burgess and the Rev. Marshall Neathery. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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CRYSTAL P. DUKE
ZEBULON - Crystal Perry Duke, 81, died Monday, March 10, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 12) at Strickland Funeral Home chapel, Wendell. Burial will follow in Zebulon Town Cemetery.

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MARY ALICE MORRIS
RAEFORD - Alice Morris, 89, died Thursday, March 6, 2008 at Sentara Nursing Home in Norfolk, Va. Graveside services were conducted Saturday, March 8, at Raeford Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Mark Carver officiating.

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LESTER W. PATE
KINSTON - Judge Lester Williams Pate, 80, died Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 11, at Howard-Carter Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Wiekel and the Rev. Rick Vernon officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery in Kinston.

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KATHLEEN M. MCCLEAN
HENDERSON - Kathleen McCormick McClean, 83, of NC Highway 39 N, Louisburg, died Friday, March 7, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 9, at First United Methodist Church by the Rev. George D. Speake. Burial followed in Union Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.

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MAURICIA R. DIAZ
SAN ARROGO HONDO, MEXICO - Mauricia Rod-riguez Diaz, 87, died Sunday, March 9, 2008 in a hospital in Guzmem, Mexico. A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 12) at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 460 Fox Park Road, Louisburg.

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MARY CHARLES D. FOSTER
LOUISBURG - Mary Charles D. Foster, 60, of Louisburg, died Sunday, March 9, 2008, in Raleigh Community Hospital. Graveside services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Brent Farrar officiating.

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SPORTS

Just The Pitts For LC
Just The Pitts For LC
WINTERVILLE - Heavy winds blew in a change in the Region X baseball standings before this weekend’s key league series between Louisburg College and host Pitt Community College.
LC, with only one region loss coming in, dropped three games in a row to the Bulldogs before averting a sweep in the finale.
The outcome pushed LC from first to third place in the league with a 12-4 mark. The Hurricanes are 20-4 overall under head coach Tommy Atkinson.

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Nash Central Takes Out Wildcats, 7-2
Nash Central Takes Out Wildcats, 7-2
BUNN -- Nash Central swept through six singles matches en route to scoring a convincing 7-2 decision over Bunn during boys prep tennis action Monday afternoon at the BHS Courts.
The Bulldogs have gotten off to a strong start this spring and are now 4-0 on the campaign under veteran head coach Susan McCarthy.
Robert Lapp got things going for Nash Central at No. 1 Singles by posting a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Bunn’s Brandon Yeatman.

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Neal will joust for state title
Neal will joust for state title
Former Louisburg High School head coach David Neal is one step away from the top of the North Carolina high school basketball mountain.
Neal and his Apex Cougars will play for the Class 4-A state boys title Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against East Mecklenburg. The game will be played at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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Solid field expected for FHS tournament
FRANKLINTON -- Deran Coe formed the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic three seasons ago to gather some of the area’s best girls prep soccer squads for a weekend of competition and Irish-themed, St. Patrick’s Day fun.
Coe feels like the eight-team field has gotten stronger every spring -- including this year.

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Pirates take first place at annual LeClair Classic
GREENVILLE -- Justin Bristow allowed just two runs on four hits in seven innings to help East Carolina to a 9-3 win over Georgia Southern Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Fifth Annual Keith LeClair Classic inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, the Pirates, coached by Billy Godwin, improved to 8-4 on the year and extended their current winning streak to seven games.

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FINALS PAIRINGS, REGIONAL SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last weekend’s regional results and this weekend’s finals pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Basketball Playoffs:

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Mudcats’ tix on sale today
Mudcats’ tix on sale today
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats are releasing tickets for individual games for the 2008 Class AA Southern League regular season starting today at 9 a.m.
Mudcats’ tickets may be purchased by phone (919-269-2287), walk-up at Five County Stadium or via www.gomudcats.com.
   Walk-up orders can be placed by credit cards, checks or cash.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Ferrell will be Long Mill principal; Alston goes to BMS; Frederickson promoted
The Franklin County Board of Education appointed Kim Ferrell principal of Long Mill Elementary School, Roosevelt Alston principal of Bunn Middle School and Linda Frederickson director of elementary education at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.
The decisions followed a closed session on personnel.

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HONORS
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, announces the honor roll for the second nine-weeks grading period.
To be named to the A honor roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A/B honor roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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LOTS NEW WITH SCHOOLS
LOTS NEW WITH SCHOOLS
The Franklin County Board of Education was presented with three recommendations for reassignment to establish the Long Mill Elementary School District. That school will open in August.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Blue Star Mothers of America unite
Blue Star Mothers of America unite
YOUNGSVILLE — Women interested in chartering a Blue Star Mothers of America chapter for the Franklin and Wake County area spent more than two hours plowing through a list of items including their upcoming events and projects.
And even though it’s not written down, organizers say hugs and tears are always on the agenda.
Louisburg resident Wendy Bishop was grateful.

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Grants move forward for rural development
Commissioners committed to moving forward on two sewer projects that will bring more jobs to Franklin County.
Through its consent agenda, which requires no board discussion, the board agreed to go forward with receiving a $250,000 Rural Center grant, to extend sewer in front of Hill Ridge Farms.

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CORRECTION
A story in Saturday’s issue of The Franklin Times incorrectly identified how a Rural Center grant was to be distributed.
A $50,000 grant awarded to help renovate a Franklinton building for business purposes does not require a $50,000 appropriation by the town.

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‘The Academy Awards for accounting’
‘The Academy Awards for accounting’
AND THE WINNER IS. Franklin County Schools Finance Officer Fred Carter has been recognized by the state Board of Education and Department of Instruction for his outstanding accuracy. This honor is awarded annually to finance officers with no audit exceptions for certified personnel paid from state or federal funds. Carter has worked for FCS for 12 years and is known for his outstanding service and accuracy. Monday night, Carter was surprised by colleagues in recognition of his accomplishments during the Board of Education meeting.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-12-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-12-2008
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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