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Showing 32 articles from April 11, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

BREAKING NEWS!!! Former Wester's Body Shop Employee Charged with Embezzlement
A former employee of a Louisburg auto shop was arrested Friday on charges of embezzlement.

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Watching over children
Franklin County’s forum on protecting children was light in terms of public attendance, but the message was heavy.
The forum, held at the Cooperative Extension office, was part of County Government Week activities and offered residents a chance to learn what efforts county departments took to protect the welfare and interests of the county’s youth.

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Calamaco attempted to end online relationship
An attempt to end a nearly year-long Internet relationship enraged an Arkansas man enough to make him travel across the country and kill a Louisburg woman, Louisburg police suspect.
Police allege Jerold Lee, 26, killed Amy Calamaco after confronting her at Phelps Staffing on Bickett Boulevard.
Lee then turned the weapon on himself.

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<i>One that didn’t get away</i>
One that didn’t get away
WHAT A CATCH. Weighing in at just under 2 pounds, this crappie was caught last week in a private pond by Annette Green of Louisburg. According to local fishing expert Chuck Murray, who also heads up the county Finance Office, crappie are spawning this time of year and can be found in 3 to 5 feet of water. Better hurry though, in the summer the fast swimmers school up on brush and stumps in 18 to 25 feet. The state crappie record, Murray said, is 4 pounds, and any time one more than 1.5 pounds can be reeled in, it’s a big one. Green said this one was set to be fried up for dinner over the weekend.

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Effectiveness: Allen 18th; Berger 31st
ALLEN
Effectiveness: Allen 18th; Berger 31st
Franklin County’s two legislators improved their effectiveness, according to a report released this week by a government watchdog agency.
According to a bi-annual report released by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, Rep. Lucy Allen was rated the 18th most effective legislator in the 119-member House of Representatives.
Allen posted a 30th place ranking in 2005 and is the third highest woman rated in the House. She was ranked 55th in 2003.
Sen. Doug Berger was ranked the 31st most effective legislator among the 50-member Senate.

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Mosswood Partners buys Flextronics property at $6.6M
A Wake County company and a Fayetteville company have stepped forward to bring commerce to Franklin County after Flextronics closed shop last month.
According to county staff and the Register of Deeds office, Flextronics sold two buildings and almost 35 acres to Mosswood Partners in a deed recorded on March 27.
Mosswood Partners is a limited liability partnership made up of Jim Moss of Youngsville and Robert Neeb of Wake Forest.

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Brotherly love spills into educating community
One night last week, Katy Wester was chatting online with a friend in her upstairs room.
Her brother, Tyler, called to her from another room, downstairs.
He needed help. She was quickly on her way.
After sitting back down at the computer, Katy heard Tyler call out again.
At first, he had been cold and needed a blanket removed; this time he was too hot.
The blanket had to come off. Katy got up again.

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SHELTER IN A STORM
SHELTER IN A STORM
Work continues at a fast pace off T. Kemp Road on a new Franklin County animal shelter, scheduled for completion this summer. Recently, county commissioners agreed to use available money to begin work on a piping project that could be tied into a cistern, or collected water system, that could be used instead of potable water for cleaning purposes at the shelter.

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OBITUARIES

JESSE LEE BURWELL JR.
LOS ANGELES - Jesse Lee Burwell Jr., 40, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, Calif. Funeral services will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, April 12) at Rowland Chapel Christian Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Issac Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie instate at the church one hour prior to the service.

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GERALDINE E. GILMORE
FRANKLINTON - Geraldine Eleanor (Gerry) Gilmore died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Duke Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 13, at Kinches Christian Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie Nixon III officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie instate at the church prior to the services.

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MARGARET G. SMITH
NEW BERN - Margaret Griffin Smith, 87, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at her home in New Bern.

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JOHN B. WHELESS
LOUISBURG - John Benjamin Wheless, 53, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 12) at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon.

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DONNIE W. WHEELER
WAKE FOREST - Donnie Wilson Wheeler, 65, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, April 12) at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Entombment will follow in the church cemetery.

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CELESTIA R. JEFFREYS
ZEBULON - Celestia Ray Jeffreys, 71, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, April 12) at Pearces Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MAGGIE P. WYNNE
ZEBULON - Maggie Pearl Parham Wynne, 90, died Monday, April 7, 2008. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel, Wendell. Burial followed in Montlawn Memorial Park.

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JOSHUA MCCADDEN
LOUISBURG - Joshua McCadden, 66, died Monday, April 7, 2008. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the William Toney’s Funeral Home chapel, Spring Hope. Burial will follow in the Vines family cemetery.

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ALBERT R. GRIFFIN
LOUISBURG - Albert R. Griffin, 66, died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 12) at Centerville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Keith Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the Griffin family cemetery.

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AILYA M. POLLAY
FRANKLINTON - Aiyla M. Pollay died Tuesday, April 8m, 2008. Memorial services were conducted Friday, April 11. at Bible Baptist Church, Hudson Funeral Home, Durham.

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JOHN P. KENNEDY JR.
WARRENTON - John P. Kennedy Jr., 85, formerly of Hillsborough and Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 9, at Shady Oaks Plantation in Warrenton. Kennedy was one of the key figures in creating North Carolina’s present system for the governance of higher education. As associate director of higher education, he was the principal legal draftsman of the 1972 law that created the University of North Carolina System, often cited as a model for the country. Kennedy then became the first secretary of the expanded University, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1987.

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ROSEMARY M. RICHARDSON (January 23, 1927 – April 8, 2008)
BUNN – Rosemary Mowery Richardson, 81, of Bunn, died Tuesday night at her home.
Mrs. Richardson was preceded in death by her husband, Norman L. Richardson. She was the daughter of the late Oather A. and Lota Wuellner Mowery. Mrs. Richardson was active in the art community of Franklin County and a member of Art du Jour. She was active in genealogy research since 1980.

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WILEY DAVIS PERRY (December 24, 1915 – April 9, 2008)
Wiley Davis Perry, 92, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008, at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. He died of injuries suffered in a fall in his home in Guntersville on Monday, April 7th. A native and longtime resident of Louisburg in Franklin County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Archibald Wiley and Sally Allen Perry.

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SPORTS

FHS’ Knapp Time
FHS’ Knapp Time
BUNN - Amanda Knapp is already the second-leading career goals scorer in the history of the Franklinton High School girls soccer program.
And she’s only a sophomore.
Following a strong season as a ninth-grader, Knapp’s numbers continue to soar in her second varsity campaign. With 27 goals in 2008, Knapp is currently the No. 1 scorer in the Triangle.

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Franks a medalist for Bunn
Franks a medalist for Bunn
CREEDMOOR -- Roanoke Rapids has sat atop the Northern Carolina Conference golf charts -- in both the individual and team standings -- in dominant fashion over the past two years.
But Bunn earned a taste of the medalist honors Thursday during an NCC matchup at South Granville Country Club.
BHS’ Chase Franks claimed first place with a 4-over-par 76 at SGCC to break Roanoke Rapids’ long string of weekly success.

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Louisburg High Ties With Southern
Louisburg High Ties With Southern
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High has recently developed a defensive approach to its girls soccer season -- and the results have been showing up on the scoreboard.
Fueled by the shift of talented senior Emily Williams from midfield to sweeper, the Lady Warriors have suddenly become a stingy team to play against.

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Ladycats explode past NW
BUNN -- Bunn pounded out an unbelievable 28 hits -- in just three innings -- and went on to defeat Northwest Halifax on Tuesday by a 33-0 margin in a Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball matchup.
The Ladycats are now 8-2 overall to go with an unblemished 5-0 NCC mark.
The following batters collected at least two hits Tuesday for the victorious Ladycats:

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‘Canes earn 2 vs. Brunswick
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s baseball squad stepped out of league play Tuesday and picked up a doubleheader sweep over Brunswick Community College at picturesque Frazier Field on the LC campus.
In the opener, LC roared 7-2 behind a 3-for-3, four-RBI performance from designated hitter D.J. Robinson. Robinson homered, tripled and doubled to spark Louisburg’s nine-hit attack.

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Louisburg erupts to top Red Rams, 14-0
Louisburg erupts to top Red Rams, 14-0
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High’s season-long bat explosion continued in a big way Thursday during a county rivalry matchup with Franklinton.
The Warriors scored in every inning and stopped the Red Rams by a 14-0 margin at the LHS Baseball Field.
Louisburg, coached by Al Bolton, improved to 7-3 overall with the decision. Lester Wilder’s Red Rams dropped to 5-8.

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LIFESTYLES

Honoring Native Americans for contributions
Honoring Native Americans for contributions
There is this very special, different culture right here in the United State which I would like to bring to your attention. We do not have to travel very far to experience traditions, language and beliefs that are somewhat different from our way of living and doing things.
I am referring to our own Native Americans who lived in this land long before any of us. They lived in this country before the invention of television, radios, video games or computers, and there were no shopping centers, movies, fast food restaurants, or even electricity.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

UWFC joins up with T4T program
United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) announces its partnership with the Triangle United Way to offer the Teaming for Technology (T4T) Program.
T4T is dedicated to the work required to bridge the digital divide in North Carolina by providing refurbished computers (loaded with a fresh copy of Microsoft Windows XP Professional) to schools and nonprofit organizations to help these entities keep expenses down and achieve their goals for success.

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Woman dies in car crash
A Franklinton woman was killed April 6 when she ran off the road and crashed into some trees.
According to Trooper B. E. Pulliam, Judith Carolyn Tingen, 64, of Cone Drive, was traveling on Montgomery Road when she ran off the road to the left.

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County’s unemployment climbs to 5.3 percent
The effects of the declining U.S. economy are being felt in Franklin County, the Economic Development Board learned this week in a report from Employment Security Commission staffer Mike Brown.
Brown told the board that the county’s unemployment rate has climbed to about 5.3 percent this year as compared to 4.2 percent at this time last year, meaning that an additional 300 people are not employed but are seeking jobs.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-12-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-12-2008
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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