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Showing 33 articles from April 8, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Going green with new shelter
Going green with new shelter
Franklin County commissioners agreed to let architects use what discretionary funds they have available to make the new animal shelter more environmentally friendly.
Architect Walter Vick updated the board on the progress of the $1.2-million project, which is still on track to be completed in July.

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Reassignment<br><i>Burning the midnight oil</i>
THE RIGHT COURSE. Board Chairwoman Paige Sayles, above, talks with member Bernard Hall during a break. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)
Reassignment
Burning the midnight oil
The art of compromise takes time, and there isn’t much of it left when it comes to getting Long Mill Elementary School open.
The Board of Education on Monday night spent more than four hours in a work session to agree on three reassignment maps for the opening of Long Mill Elementary on Aug. 25.
Just before midnight, the board agreed on one of the maps proposed by a study committee — a pick from that group’s three recommendations (ES11, previously ES9.35.68) — and on two other options that were hashed out with the help of a spreadsheet, which projected variation on a screen throughout the night.

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Rest home rape case: plea deal accepted
A Castalia man accused of raping a mentally disabled woman was sentenced Monday.
After accepting the plea agreement, Superior Court Judge Kenneth Titus sentenced Kevin G. Brake, 45, to between 42 and 51 months in jail on a charge of patient abuse and neglect.
He was initially charged with second-degree rape.

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Kelley murder: Bullock sentenced
Kelley murder: Bullock sentenced
A 20-year-old man who neighbors said terrorized them in what appeared to be a fit of schizophrenia was sentenced to prison this week.
Brandon Bullock, who was 18 when police allege he killed Leroy Kelley Sr. in October 2005, pled guilty to second-degree murder in Franklin County Superior Court on Monday.
Bullock’s sentence of between 94 months and 122 months in jail was the range of punishment because of mitigating factors — his mental health.

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Ordinance will mandate criminal background checks on all potential county employees
County staff is working on a new ordinance to subject all new county employees to a criminal background check as part of hiring.
The ordinance was initially raised years ago by a human resources director, but when the position was vacated, the matter was dropped.

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OBITUARIES

JUDITH C. TINGEN
FRANKLINTON - Judith “Judy” Carolyn Tingen died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 9) in the chapel of Franklin Funeral Service in Franklinton, with the Rev. Sid Stafford and the Rev. Jerry Davidson officiating.

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ROBERT B. GARRETT
LOUISBURG - Robert B. Garrett, 53, of Chapel Hill, formerly of Louisburg, died Saturday evening, April 5, 2008 at UNC Hospital. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 9) at Duke Memorial Baptist Church cemetery in the Justice Community.

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MELISSA JOYNER-WALKER
RALEIGH - Melissa Mae Joyner-Walker, 77, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 9) at Feggins & Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Union Grove Baptist Church cemetery in Youngsville.

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WALLY D. SHEARIN
LOUISBURG - Wally Dwight Shearin, 43, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A funeral services was conducted Sunday, April 6, in the chapel of Spring Hope Funeral Home. Interment followed in Spring Hope Memorial Gardens.

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FLORA H. FITZGERALD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Flora Helen Fitzgerald, 71, who died Friday, April 4, 2008, were conducted Monday, April 7, at Mitchell Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Daniel Lilly officiating.

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LAMONTE VINES
ZEBULON - Funeral services for Lamonte Vines, 61, who died Friday, April 4, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 9) at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Rory Sneed officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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HATTIE T. KEARNEY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Hattie T. Kearney, 80, who died Friday, April 4, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating.

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DENNIS W. DICKERSON
KITTRELL - Dennis Wayne Dickeson, 50, died Saturday, April 5, 2008 at Duke Medical Center. Graveside services were conducted Sunday, April 6, at New Hope Baptist Church by the Rev. Henry Abbott. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JOHN W. MOODY
ZEBULON - Johnnie Wesley Moody, 86, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at the Oliver House in Wendell. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 9) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale. The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery, 8225 Mitchell Mill Road, Zebulon, with military honors.

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JOSEPH JANIK JR.
WAKE FOREST - Joseph “Joe” Janik Jr., 72, died Friday, April 4, 2008 at his residence. A mass of Christian burial service was conducted Monday, April 7, at St. Catherine of Sienna Roman Catholic Church, with Father Philip Tighe officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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ARCHIE O. ANGE
ZEBULON - Archie Onward Ange, 68, died Sunday night, April 6, 2008 at his home. Funeral service was conducted Tuesday, April 8, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Entombment was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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PEGGY JONES TAYLOR
CASTALIA - Peggy Jones Taylor, age 61, 8641 Sunset Lane, Castalia, entered into eternal rest April 7, 2008. She was born September 14, 1946, to the late Robert and Marjorie Jones. Peggy was a member of Gillfield Baptist Church, where she served as an usher and in the Sunday School Department. She was Past Worthy Matron of Coretta S. King #655 Order of Eastern Star, PHA, Spring Hope, NC. Peggy was employed by The Sewing Source for many years.

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JAMES E. PERRY
JACKSONVILLE - James “Buck” Earl Perry, 64, died Friday, April 4, 2008 at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, Stadium Road, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Gary McNaire officiating.

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BOBBY H. SHERRON
ZEBULON - Bobby Horton Sherron, 80, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 6, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Entombment followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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ELIZABETH F. MURRAY
ZEBULON - Elizabeth “Lib” Ferrell Murray, 88, died Friday, April 4, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 7, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Entombment followed in the Zebulon Cemetery.

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SPORTS

Louisburg surges to TRAC links conquest
Louisburg surges to TRAC links conquest
LOUISBURG -- In one of the area’s most glaring sports formalities, the Louisburg High School boys golf team wrapped up the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship Monday at Bull Creek.
The TRAC outcome, however, had long since been determined as the young-but-talented Warriors have had little difficulty this season with Northampton East -- its lone foe in conference action.

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Panther Prowess
Panther Prowess
LOUISBURG - Earlier in the year, Louisburg High had lost to North Johnston by six goals in a girls soccer matchup.
So Louisburg head coach Andrew Blackburne wasn’t exactly sure what to expect during Monday’s rematch at the LHS Football Field.
What Blackburne saw was one of his team’s best performances of the season -- even in defeat.

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LC teams are foiled by rains
LOUISBURG -- When Louisburg College and Spartanburg Methodist College meet on the baseball diamond, a lofty perch at or near the top of the Region X standings is usually at stake.
That trend will continue this season when the Pioneers travel to LC for a key weekend series at picturesque Frazier Field.

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Lady Warriors defeated versus Southern Vance
Lady Warriors defeated versus Southern Vance
LOUISBURG -- Through the years, the Louisburg High Lady Warriors have enjoyed the luxury of the greatest softball attribute -- consistent, quality pitching.
From Jennifer Jones through Amber Ayscue, those mound performers have paved the way for a wealth of fast-pitch successes at LHS since the sport was introduced on the high school level in North Carolina in the mid-1990s.

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All over in the FT brackets
All over in the FT brackets
Dean of Students Ed Rooney parked his car, emerged and confidently flipped down his sunglasses as he surveyed the scene.
A man on a mission, Rooney entered the pizza parlor and looked around, sure that he would find the elusive Bueller.
There Bueller was -- or so Rooney thought -- standing beside a video-game machine.
“Bueller!’’ Rooney said to himself as his smile began to widen.
Rooney swaggered up to the figure from behind before engaging the youngster in a miniature French lesson.
“Les jeux sont faits,’’ Rooney said. “Translation: the game is up.’’

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Carolina Mudcats caught by BayBears
Carolina Mudcats caught by BayBears
MOBILE, ALA. -- The Mobile BayBears capitalized on seven Carolina walks shutting out the Mudcats 5-0 at Hank Aaron Stadium Sunday afternoon, handing Carolina its first loss of the season in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup. 
The Mudcats (3-1), which entered the game with the fewest walks of any club in the Southern League, started two innings by issuing consecutive walks to ignite Mobile uprisings.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

EXCEPTIONAL TALENTS
The Women’s Club of North Carolina sponsors an Art Contest every year with prize money accompanying first-, second- and third-place winners. Franklinton High School students have entered art in this event for three years. This year students entered about 80 works of art. The contest is divided into three levels: local, district and state. The Women’s Club hires judges and the local chapter presents trophies and medals to the winners. The local first-place winners are selected to compete for awards in a district contest . Out of nine possible fine art categories, Franklinton sent seven first-place local winners to the district competition winning five first places, one second place and one third place.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

COMFORTING
COMFORTING
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and social services employees, most notably Heather Nelms, second from right, used artwork from St. Paul Presbyterian and ABC Adventures day care center children to build the quilt, which is on display at the Franklin County Courthouse. From left to right are Stephanie Freemen, Velvet Perdue, Kim Talley, Jessica Miller, Amy Melton, Jamie Whitley, Jennifer Hultmark and Antowan Pickett. The quilt recognizes child abuse prevention and county government week.

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Franklinton commissioners debate tax-dollar grants
FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners began the whittling process last week, trying to cut nearly $34,000 to balance their proposed 2008-09 budget.
As proposed, expenses outpace expected revenues and commissioners began a nearly three-hour work session last Monday with a line-by-line review of the 23-page draft.

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United Way celebrates community giving
The 13th annual United Way of Franklin County appreciation and awards event was March 27 at Wake Electric Membership Corp., Youngsville. The buffet breakfast was to recognize those who have given to the United Way in the recent campaign. Receiving awards were: Wayne Michalowski, the HON Company; Jim Mangum, Wake Electric, and Ada Pitt, representing Franklin County employees.

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VIM recognizes April for uninsured
In observance of Cover the Uninsured Month (April), Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic will present the following events:

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SpringLitter Sweep
The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing for its 2008 SpringLitter Sweep, which will be Saturday, April 19, through Saturday, May 3. During the statewide litter sweep, NCDOT maintenance crews, Adopt-A-Highway groups, N.C. Department of Correction inmate crews, community service workers and other volunteers will take to the highways to remove roadside litter.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-09-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-09-2008
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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