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Showing 26 articles from March 14, 2008.

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Construction slows down
Construction slows down
Between 2004 and 2006, residential growth in Franklin County kept the county’s planning department hopping and the economy pumping.
Now, though, a lull in the housing market has given staff time to pause and cash flow is slumping.
During that three-year period, there were at least 1,100 subdivisions approved.
The peak came in 2006 with 1,340 subdivisions approved. In 2007, though, that number dropped to 862.

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PEDAL to the MEDAL
PEDAL to the MEDAL
FINISH STRONG. Arie Andrew Purvis runs with determination to finish his 100-meter race at the Franklin County Special Olympics event on Friday at the Franklinton Recreational Park. Purvis and dozens of other children competed in various events in front of parents, friends and spectators during the morning event

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Repair bidding needs a tune-up
Auto repair shops have until March 19 to detail why they are best qualified to maintain the county’s fleet of vehicles, but on Monday night, two garage owners told commissioners that their request for service needs a tune-up.
In November, commissioners adopted changes to the county’s purchasing policy that put all service contracts out to bid, including lucrative vehicle maintenance service work.

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Youngsville commissioners support May school bond
YOUNGSVILLE — The town Board of Commissioners agreed to support a $53-million school bond that will be put before voters in May.
The 2008 School Bond Advocacy Group held a kick-off campaign at Vance Granville Community College last month, pledging to sell the community on the importance of the bond.

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Jail expansion discussions to continue Monday
Franklin County commissioners plan to continue their discussion about a new jail on Monday.
At a February meeting, law enforcement officials and an architect firm, Brennan Associates, presented commissioners with a plan to build a new $36-million jail.

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OBITUARIES

MARGIE O. BAREFOOT
BUNN – Margie Jean O’Neal Barefoot, 71, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 in Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply. Funeral services will be held today (Saturday, March 15) at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial will follow in Bunn Cemetery.

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ANNIE B. PERRY
FRANKLINTON – Annie Bertha Perry died Sunday, March 9, 2008. Funeral services were held March 14 at the Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MARY J. DICKSON
FRANKLINTON – Mary J. Dickson, 71, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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JOSEPH P. JACKSON
RALEIGH – Joseph Preston Jackson died Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, March 15) at Mt. Peace Baptist Church, Raleigh. Burial will follow in Carolina Biblical Gardens in Garner.

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CARMELO CRUZ-LOPEZ SR.
RALEIGH – Carmelo “Papi” Cruz-Lopez Sr., 81, died Saturday, March 5, 2008. Graveside services were held March 14 at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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JOHN E. DUNSTON
LOUISBURG – John E. Dunston, 73, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Bunn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Carly Cranks One
Carly Cranks One
FRANKLINTON - Over-the-fence home runs are rare occurrences in Franklin County, so it was understandable that Carly Lawrence desired a piece of memorbilia to celebrate her special occasion Tuesday.
As in the softball Lawrence plastered far beyond the left-field fence in the bottom of the second inning of Franklinton’s rivalry showdown against Louisburg at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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Wildcats win prep golf event
Wildcats win prep golf event
BUNN -- Michael Burnside’s first shot of the afternoon was a sign of things to come Thursday at The River Golf and Country Club at Lake Royale.
Burnside, a senior at Bunn, started his round on the par-3 third hole. His approach landed four feet from the pin, and Burnside collected an early birdie.

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Lady Rams Finish Off Tourney Victory
Lady Rams Finish Off Tourney Victory
FRANKLINTON -- Thanks to a strong second half, the Franklinton Lady Rams were able to put the finishing touches on a victory over Northern Vance in Thursday’s first-round action of FHS’ Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
It was an outcome that suited FHS head coach Deran Coe just fine, as he saw his club pot a pair of clutch goals after intermission to secure its 3-0 conquest of David Hicks’ Lady Vikings.

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BHS boys topped by Northern
BHS boys topped by Northern
RED OAK -- For the second time in an eight-day span, the Bunn High School boys tennis team was swept by Northern Nash.
The Knights repeated their earlier success with a 9-0 decision over BHS during a match that was held Wednesday at the NNHS Courts in Nash County.

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Caught In Oxford’s Webb
Caught In Oxford’s Webb
FRANKLINTON -- Oxford Webb needed all of 40 seconds to take charge of Thursday’s opening-round match against Bunn at the 2008 Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic Girls Soccer Tournament.
And the Lady Warriors never relented en route to secure a 4-1 decision over BHS at the Franklinton High School Football Field.

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Wesley nominated for the Masterton Award
Wesley nominated for the Masterton Award
RALEIGH -- The Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has nominated Hurricanes’ defenseman Glen Wesley for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

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East Carolina picks up another diamond decision
GREENVILLE -- Senior Harrison Eldridge collected four hits, smacked his second home run of the season and swiped four bases en route to East Carolina’s 10-4 win over Virginia Commonwealth University on Tuesday.
With the decision, the Pirates improve to 9-4 on the year while VCU falls to 2-10.

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LIFESTYLES

Use what you learn in life to the fullest
Use what you learn in life to the fullest
It is a fact that we don’t always use in life what we learn.
We all try very hard to do so, but for one reason or another we don’t always do it.
In the United Methodist Church we have The Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Fund, which is an annual special offering of United Methodist Women. The 2008 theme for this offering is “Learning for a Lifetime.” The offering will be used for missions of the United Methodist Women and the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. The offering will be used among U.S. and international institutions.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

SPECIAL CHEER
SPECIAL CHEER
Shanikwa Bowden throws a softball during a tossing competition. Volunteer Grace Melgar looks on with approval. There are about 100 students in Franklin County with developmental disabilities and they were recruited to participate in the Special Olympics event, the first in Franklin County in several years. Athletes competed in 10 events, from a 25-meter walk to a 200-meter race. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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Reagan Day dinner full of honors, politics
Reagan Day dinner full of honors, politics
“Unless you want Hillary or Barack, you need to back McCain,” said former state Republican Party Chairman Jack Hawke, speaking to Franklin County Republicans at their annual Reagan Day Dinner, March 1 at Greenhill Country Club in Louisburg.
Hawke said that although he disliked the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill -which regulates soft money and issue ads- authored by senators John McCain and Russ Feingold, he said McCain is our likely nominee and we “better get together on that.”

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CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
In observance of Achievement Week, the Zeta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. named the Rev. Sidney Dunston as Citizen of the Year. Achievement Week was designed to seek out and give due recognition to those individuals at the local and international levels who have made a noteworthy contribution toward improving the quality of life for people in the community. Dunston is the founder and pastor of God’s Vision Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin County and is active in his community, where he serves on numerous boards and committees. Some of his contributions are serving as vice chairman of the Franklin County Board of Health, chairperson of the Legal Redress and Scholarship Committee of the Franklin County NAACP, member of the School Improvement Committee of Terrell Lane Middle School, and vice chairman of the Democratic Party.

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Sheriff graduates from leadership institute
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green of Franklin County graduated on March 7 from the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute.
This training was sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and funded through a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission. Thirty-four sheriffs from across the state received their certificates at a ceremony conducted at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham.

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Here a chick, everywhere a chick-chick
Any area youth from Vance, Warren or Franklin counties who are interested in raising and showing chickens are invited to come by the local Cooperative Extension 4-H office and fill out chick request forms. Forms and a fee of $10 per child are due by March 24.

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St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre to perform at Louisburg College
On Tuesday, March 18, at 8 p.m., Louisburg College will present the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s production of the timeless classic “Romeo and Juliet.”
Formed in 1966 under the original title “Theatre of Ballet,” this relatively new dance troupe is a creation of the famous artist of the old Kirov Ballet, professor Peter Gusev, under the management of the People’s Artist of Russia program. Since then, the company has become one of Russia’s most internationally toured ballet ensembles, dancing a wide range of classical and modern ballet repertoire.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-15-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-15-2008
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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