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Showing 25 articles from March 18, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

We are the champions
We are the champions
Wendy Vavrousek didn’t run a single lap, but by Friday afternoon, she was spent.
The Franklin County Special Olympics had just gone off without a hitch and she and the dozens of others who put the event together wore smiles just as big and shiny as the medals adorning the Olympians necks.

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Eggs-cellent
Eggs-cellent
THE FUN OF THE HUNT. Easter egg hunts in Franlinton and Youngsville drew plenty of children and parents out for fun on Saturday.
Trinity Lamm, 6, of Louisburg tries on an Easter basket for size just before the Easter Egg hunt began at the Franklinton Park on Saturday morning.

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Expansion of jail moves another step
Support for a new $36-million jail appeared to gain momentum Monday night as Franklin County Commissioners asked staff to report back with a recommendation.
In February, Sheriff Pat Green, an architect firm and U.S. Marshal agents presented commissioners with a scenario where the current jail will face crowding issues.

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Strategizing
Strategizing
Dawn Stallings and her daughter, Riley, 3, take a second to plot a strategy before Riley sets out to hunt for eggs with other children at the Youngsville Library. Riley also took home first place in the Easter bonnet contest that was held at the library.

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Couple robbed at gunpoint at their home
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies continue to look for a second man responsible for robbing a married couple at gunpoint.
According to Dep. S. Zuniga, he and Sgt. A.R. Roberts responded to a home on Willies Way near Franklinton after receiving a report of an armed robbery at about 10:45 p.m. on March. 10.
The victims, Terry and Angela Kearney, were able to give deputies a vehicle description that led to the arrest of one suspect, Julious Jerome Bullock, 21, of Henderson.

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Hub site access connector to U.S. 401 gets a funding boost
Hub site access connector to U.S. 401 gets a funding boost
Franklin County moved a third of the way closer to getting a road that officials say could pave their way to economic vitality.
Late last month, the state Board of Transportation designated $500,000 to help build an access lane from U.S. 401 to the Triangle North Franklin hub site next to the county airport.
Combined with $400,000 the state had already provided, the project is just more than a third of the way toward the estimated $2.5 million needed to complete the roughly 7,000-foot road.

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OBITUARIES

CARL S. FERGUSON JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Carl Smith Ferguson Jr., 60, died Saturday, March 15, 2008.

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JANE H. WHITMAN
YOUNGSVILLE - Jane Hayden Whitman, 64, died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A memorial service was conducted Monday, March 17, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wake Forest.

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CLEO C. WRENN
ZEBULON - Cleo Carter Wrenn, 85, died Thursday afternoon, March 13, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 18, at Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell. Burial followed in the Murray cemetery. She was born in Nash County, daughter of the late Arthur and Aletha Batchelor Carter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Carter; brothers, Melvin, Robert Lee, Ralph, Rex and Clyde Carter; and a great-granddaughter.

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ROBERT W. MURPHY SR.
ZEBULON - Robert W. Murphy Sr., 70, died Saturday, March 15, 2008. Graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 19) at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy D. Murphy; son, Thomas L. Murphy; and daughter, Cynthia Murphy Hough.

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WILLIE BONDS
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Willie “Rudy” Bonds, 72, who died Saturday, March 15, 2008, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

FHS’ Classic Conquest
FHS’ Classic Conquest
FRANKLINTON - Fittingly, Nash Central and Franklinton were finally able to have their showdown in the finals of the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic Girls Soccer Tournament last weekend.
Last season, FHS and Central reached the finals of the event, but a championship match was unable to be staged because one day was lost to poor weather.
Instead, a goal differential format was used, and the host Lady Rams were declared the winner.

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Pitcher’s Duel
Pitcher’s Duel
FRANKLINTON -- With four Franklin County residents on the roster, the Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans always enjoy the opportunity to tangle with a county baseball squad.
K-VA headed to Franklinton on Monday to meet the Red Rams in a rematch of an earlier-season contest, which was claimed in convincing fashion by the Spartans.

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LC claims sweep vs. Wilkes CC
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College returned to Region X form last weekend with a four-game league sweep against Wilkes Community College at picturesque Frazier Field on the LC campus.
One week earlier, the Hurricanes had dropped three of four at Pitt CC, but Louisburg bounced back with a quartet of impressive decisions.

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Corvo sparking the Hurricanes
Corvo sparking the Hurricanes
RALEIGH -- Defenseman Joe Corvo scored three goals as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators by a 5-1 margin Sunday in National Hockey League action at the RBC Center.
Corvo, recently acquired in a trade with the Senators, scored the hat trick to bring his season total to 12 goals.
When asked if he was apprehensive concerning the recent trade to Carolina, Corvo said he knew it would be a “good fit’ and it was a “good move”.

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A Sudden Impact
A Sudden Impact
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High golf coach James Collier thought he had a regional title contender this spring -- until three of his key returnees were declared academically ineligible.
But LHS may still vie for regional supremacy, thanks in part to the contributions of a pair of talented newcomers.
Freshman Patrick Riddick has been Louisburg’s most consistent performer this season, while junior Andrew Weed, in his first varsity campaign, has been a solid, pleasant surprise.

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East Carolina wins on diamond -- again
GREENVILLE -- Brandon Henderson belted his fifth home run of the season and drove in three runs, while Justin Bristow worked seven strong innings for the third consecutive outing to help East Carolina (13-4) to its 12th consecutive win and a series sweep over Rhode Island, 9-4, at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Bristow, who improved to 3-0 on the season, allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

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FHS’ Booming Bats
FHS’ Booming Bats
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s Lady Rams have broke out the big bats en route to a strong start to the 2008 fast-pitch softball squad.
FHS is now 3-2 overall after scoring a 17-1 home decision Monday against Kerr-Vance Academy in a non-conference matchup at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
The game was called after the top of the fifth because of the mandatory 10-run rule.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS
Tensie Janine Taylor was the first-place winner in the Alpha Phi Alpha oratorical contest recently held on the campus of North Carolina State University.
She was given a scholarship of $100.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

NEW HIGH SCHOOL.
NEW HIGH SCHOOL.
MBAJ Architecture has developed a series of concepts that represent the facilities improvements and construction for Franklin County schools that would come from the proposed $53-million bond. The public will vote on a referendum to approve or decline the bond issuances on May 6. Above is the new high school concept. To the right is the extension of Lane Store Road off Cedar Creek Road from the bottom corner left. The school is proposed as a replacement for Franklinton High. The existing Franklinton High School will be converted into a middle school upon completion of the new high school, the Board of Education has decided.

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Rabies clinics start soon
Tar River Veterinary Hospital in Franklinton will sponsor spring rabies clinics.
The following are ones coming up:

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BOARD MEMBERS
BOARD MEMBERS
New board members of the Franklin County Arts Council (left to right) are Ellen Woodlief (Youngsville), retired teacher of Wake Forest Elementary School and active in the state and local Woman’s Club; Tracy Perry (Franklinton), N.C. Agricultural and Natural Resources technician; Joyce Cooke (Bunn), real estate broker and artist; Brian Miller (Louisburg), band director of Louisburg High School/Terrell Lane Middle School, and organist; and Joe Shearon (Louisburg), retired Louisburg Town Council. Other board members are Joe Pearce (Louisburg), Angela Adkins (Franklinton), Dee Harris (Louisburg), Lillian Benton (Bunn), Allen de Hart (Louisburg) and Mary Rose Joyner (Louisburg). Hispanic program coordinator is Alicia Eller, and Emily Barrick is office secretary.

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BLET graduates earn certification at VGCC
BLET graduates earn certification at VGCC
Seventeen cadets graduated recently from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College. After passing the state certification exam, all 17 are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

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LEAP services expanded
On Monday, March 31, the North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP) will expand its services into the Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties. The launch ceremony and free legal clinic will be held at the Raleigh Business and Technology Center in downtown Raleigh at 900 S. Wilmington St.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-19-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-19-2008
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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