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Showing 24 articles from May 7, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

$53M school bond passes
$53M school bond passes
Franklin County voters turned out in high but not record numbers on Tuesday, approving a $53-million school bond that will primarily pay for a new Franklinton High School.
And two commissioner candidates — Dr. Raymond Stone and Shane Mitchell — put themselves ahead of the pack in a race that could warrant a run-off election.
Franklin voters also cast their ballots in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama, with 5,735 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 5,055.
Voters approved the school bond with 8,301 votes to 4,546.

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<i>Bill Clinton visits Louisburg</i>
Bill Clinton visits Louisburg
FIRST GENTLEMAN? President Bill Clinton visited Louisburg on Monday afternoon as he stumped for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton battled it out with Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination during the North Carolina Primary. During his stop on Monday, President Clinton greeted a crowd of hundreds from Dr. Phillip and Judy Stover’s front porch as he spoke of several reasons why voters should support his wife. Following the speech, he shook hands before making his next of nine tour stops of the day.

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FRMC will be revisited
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners plan to meet with local hospital officials to figure out a solution to equal access to health care.
Last month, the state Division of Health Service Regulation’s Certificate of Need Section, a division within the state Department of Health and Human Services, denied Franklin Regional Medical Center’s petition to relocate because the new location would hinder access to health care.

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Absentee ballots easily tracked
The Board of Elections could have your number.
Actually, if a voter has been casting his choices since the late 1960s through absentee ballot in North Carolina, a number on his ballot has been written in or typed in and has corresponded with registration information.

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BANNER CARRIERS
BANNER CARRIERS
Cancer survivors, from left to right, Conny Davis, Gay Thomas and Debbie Richardson carry the American Cancer Society Relay For Life banner around the Bunn High School track during the first lap of the Franklin County Relay For Life on Friday and Saturday. The event featured dozens of teams that walked around the track to earn money for cancer treatment.

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OBITUARIES

GLADYS W. WATKINS
HENDERSON - Gladys Wrenn Watkins, 94, died Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Senior Citizens Nursing Home. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, May 6, at Elmwood Cemetery by the Rev. Tim Burgess.

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GILES R. JEFFREYS SR.
RALEIGH - Giles Rayford “Jeff” Jeffreys Sr., 86, of Spring Arbor Assisted Living, formerly of Old Milburnie Road, died Sunday, May 4, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 6, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel in Knightdale. Burial followed in Raleigh Memorial Park with military honors.

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JANE B. PEARCE
ZEBULON - Jane Baker Pearce, 70, died at her home on Friday, May 2, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 6, at Wakefield Central Baptist Church. Burial was in Zebulon Cemetery.

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TYLER N. GOWER
LOUISBURG - Tyler Nathaniel Gower, 13, died Thursday, May 1, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 5, at New Hope Worship Center Church of God. Burial followed in the Nipper family cemetery.

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ROGER J. DUNBAR SR.
RALEIGH - Roger Joseph Dunbar Sr., 74, died Friday, May 2, 2008 at Rex Healthcare. A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Monday, May 5, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Cary. Burial followed at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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JACK S. BUSH
ZEBULON - Jack S. Bush, 75, of Camden, Ark., died Friday, April 25, 2008.

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MARY C. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Mary Lizzie Crudup Perry, 102, died Friday, April 25, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 2, at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, Franklinton, with the Rev. Jeanette Pender officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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WESLEY “HOSSFLY” HERMAN ALLEN
LOUISBURG - Wesley “Hossfly” Herman Allen, 74, of 676 Arnold Road, Louisburg, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. He was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Jim and Sarah Denton Allen, and was a veteran of the United States Navy.

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JOHN H. IHRIE, III (August 14, 1922 – May 2, 2008)
LOUISBURG – John Haughton Ihrie, III, 85, of Louisburg, died Friday morning at his home.

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SPORTS

Murray’s Magic
Murray’s Magic
BUNN - Matt Murray’s heavy dose of mound magic kept the final Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings in doubt -- at least for one more day.
Needing a victory to move into a tie with Franklinton for second place in the NCC, the Wildcats delivered an 11-0 decision over the Red Rams in Monday’s regular season finale at the BHS Baseball Field.

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‘Bird’ a standout at NCWC
ROCKY MOUNT -- The Battling Bishop baseball team of North Carolina Wesleyan split Sunday afternoon’s twinbill with Mary Washington at Bauer Field, taking game one 10-3 before falling in game two by a 6-3 score.
Prior to game one, the Bishops honored their 2008 senior class: Matt Smith, Jason Webb, Ted Williams, Chris Pecora, and Kyle ‘Bird’ Robertson.

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Warriors qualify for states
Warriors qualify for states
SELMA -- For the second consecutive year, the Louisburg Warriors made the grade at the Class 1-A East Regional Golf Tournament.
And the reward -- once again -- is a place in next Monday’s Class 1-A State Finals.
Louisburg earned that honor by claiming third place Monday at the regionals, which were held at The Cardinal Country Club in Johnston County.

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Little Begins LC’s Big Region Quest
Little Begins LC’s Big Region Quest
LOUISBURG -- Tommy Atkinson had a Little decision to make before today’s first game of the Region X Baseball Tournament.
But it proved to be a no-brainer for Atkinson when trying to figure out who would be the opening-day pitcher for the Louisburg College Hurricanes.

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Carolina soars to road victory
Carolina soars to road victory
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Cameron Maybin and Lee Mitchell each had four hits to send Carolina roaring past Jacksonville 11-1 in the series opener at the Baseball Grounds before 6,197 fans on Monday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Maybin connected for a two-run homer before noon arrived, while Mitchell drove in five runs.  Meanwhile, Ryan Tucker (W, 2-1), who started a shutout over the Suns on April 15, threw seven more scoreless innings on just 89 pitches to lower his ERA from 1.08 to 0.89, which ranks 3rd in the Southern League.

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FHS’ Choice Is Harrell
FHS’ Choice Is Harrell
FRANKLINTON -- Ironically, the seeds of Franklinton’s current football coaching search began on a chilly autumn Friday night in 2002.
That’s when Clark Harrell brought his Gates County Red Barons to Franklinton for a Class 1-A State Football Playoff game.
Gates County boasted a rich gridiron tradition under Harrell, but the Red Rams were too much for GC on that night.

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ECU nabs sweep vs. UAB
ECU nabs sweep vs. UAB
East Carolina completed the doubleheader and weekend series sweep of Conference USA foe UAB 8-7 last Saturday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium to extend its current winning streak to nine games and its home win streak to 12.
With the win ECU improves to 36-13 overall and 11-7 in league play, while UAB falls to 19-27 and 4-14.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Child support questioned
A hearing is scheduled in Franklin County District Court next month to determine how much child support a county commissioner must pay.
According to court records, Commissioner Sidney Dunston and his wife, Toni Dunston, separated in November after being married for 27 years.

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SWEET VICTORY
SWEET VICTORY
People crowded the Franklin County Farmer’s Market last Friday to take part in the Strawberry Festival, which featured free strawberry ice cream and chances to sample cooking contest entries. Above are winners in those cooking contests, clockwise from front right, Brianna Pippin, cakes under 8; Justin Pippin, cakes 9 and up and first place in the children’s photography contest; Dottie Wrenn, overall winner and first place for pies; Teenie Wilder, first place in the novelty competition; Helen Wilson, first place for cakes; and Patricia Sasser, first place for jams and jellies.

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Relay For Life 2008
Relay For Life 2008
DRESS FOR SUCCESS. Above, Chuck Murray shares a hug and kiss with his daughter, Caroline, as he made his way around the Bunn High School track soliciting donations to help in the fight against cancer as part of the Womanless Beauty Pageant. In the event, men dressed as women and tried to raise money. The contestant who raised the most money was considered the winner. Murray came in second.

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