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Showing 26 articles from May 13, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Stone calls for runoff against Mitchell
Stone calls for runoff against Mitchell
Candidate Raymond Stone has decided to call for a run-off election, pitting him in a two-man race against top vote-getter Shane Mitchell for the Democratic nomination in commissioners’ District 7.
According to the official tally from the May 6 primary, Mitchell received 3,795 votes to Raymond Stone’s 3,058.
Willie F. Bartholomew received 2,047 votes and Stuart Coward got 1,152.

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Down on the farm
A LITTLE TO THE RIGHT, PLEASE. Bob Radcliffe, above, gives Molly a greeting earlier this week at Lynch Creek Farm & Antiques. The two are getting ready for the county’s farm tour this weekend.
Down on the farm
There are more than 9 million of them in North Carolina, and 316,160 of them are in Franklin County.
They are acres and acres of beautiful and bountiful farmland, passed by every day without much more than a glance.
But there are some folks who would like locals and visitors to slow down and take a long, lasting second look.

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Are you a locavore?
Are you a locavore?
Make way for the locavores.
Apart from being the New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2007 Word of the Year, these local foods lovers are about to descend upon Franklin County.
They are growing in great numbers throughout North Carolina, encouraged by local events such as the two-day 5th annual Farm, Foods and Crafts Tour, which starts Saturday, according to Martha Glass, manager of the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agritourism Office.

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Wanna take the tour?
The tours are Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.
Tourists should bring their own coolers if they expect to buy any produce, meats or eggs.
Registration can be made by calling 496-3344, or tourists can register either day at the sites. Tourists can go to any one of the farms or a combination, and there will be signs to direct drivers. Cost is $5 a person; young children are free. No pets are allowed.

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FRMC gets one nod, waits on another
Franklin Regional Medical Center staff has received accreditation for its laboratory department and is awaiting word on whether its full level of health care is up to par.
A team from the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) surveyed the hospital last month and announced that FRMC’s laboratory program achieved accreditation.

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WHS comes a little closer to Louisburg
Wake Heath Services signed a lease this week for a space in Franklinton that will let it open an indigent-care clinic closer to the heart of Franklin County.
Earlier this month, the Wake County organization had signed a three-year lease to open a clinic in Youngsville temporarily with plans to open a permanent location in Louisburg in a year.

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OBITUARIES

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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DORIS J. HIRES
LOUISBURG - Doris Johnson Hires, 84, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Brunswick Memorial Park in Brunswick, Ga.

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MARY G. TINDALL
FRANKLINTON - Mary Mae Griffin Tindall, 94, died Sunday, May 11, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 14) at New Birth Christian Temple, with the Rev. Dr. William H. Garner officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.

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JAMES F. ESTES
FRANKLINTON - James Foy Estes, 86, died Friday, May 9, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 12, in the chapel of Franklin Funeral Service in Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden presiding. Burial with military honors followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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FRANCES ANN PERRY
RALEIGH - Frances Ann Perry, 67, died Thursday, May 8, 2008 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, May 11, at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.

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CAROLYN A. BRANTLEY
YOUNGSVILLE - Carolyn A. Brantley, 61, died Sunday, May 11, 2008. Arrangements by Bright Funereal Home and Cremation Center, Wake Forest.

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ARTHUR NICKSON JR.
BUNN - Arthur Nickson Jr., 76, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Funeral was Monday, May 13, at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Bunn, with burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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ALMETRA ALSTON
CASTALIA - Almetra Alston, 74, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 10, at Surepta Baptist Church, Nashville.

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CHARLIE C. SLEDGE SR.
LOUISBURG - Charlie Cleveland Sledge Sr., 82, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at his home. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, May 16, at Holly Grove Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Louisburg’s Pitt-Fall
Louisburg’s Pitt-Fall
BURLINGTON - Pitt Community College traveled to where few Region X baseball teams go -- and survived.
Under normal circumstances, a first-round loss at the Region X Tournament would mean almost certain doom, as fighting out of the loser’s bracket of the grueling double-elimination format can be a nearly impossible proposition.

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LHS Tames Leopards In Playoffs
LHS Tames Leopards In Playoffs
LOUISBURG -- With Brett Garrett on the mound, it won’t take many runs for the Louisburg High School baseball team to win a game during the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
But the Warriors, even with Garrett in shutdown mode on the hill, picked up 11 for good measure during last Friday’s opening-round home decision against the Lakewood Leopards.

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Athletics changing for Canes
Athletics changing for Canes
Officials at Louisburg College have announced that the school’s men’s and women’s basketball programs -- along with the volleyball team -- will shift down from Division I to Division II on the junior college level beginning this fall.
Is this a prudent decision, or another example of LC’s athletic department throwing up another white flag as the beleaguered college struggles for survival?

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FHS Edged In Overtime
GIBSONVILLE -- Allison Gibson’s goal in sudden death overtime propelled Eastern Guilford to a 3-2 victory over Franklinton in last Saturday’s second round of the Class 2-A State Soccer Playoffs.
Franklinton, coached by Deran Coe, closed with an 18-3-3 overall mark. EG advanced to a match today against state powerhouse Cardinal Gibbons.

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Mudcats a winner on Mother’s Day
ZEBULON -- Brett Hayes clubbed a two-strike pitch in the bottom of the ninth for a home run to lift Carolina past the Chattanooga Lookouts 4-3 at Five County Stadium on Mother’s Day in a Class AA Southern League diamond contest.
Hayes, who came to the plate 0-3, swatted a pitch from Josh Roenicke (L, 4-2) over the left field wall for the Mudcats’ third home run of the game to even the series at one game apiece.

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LIFESTYLES

THE JOY OF FLIGHT.
THE JOY OF FLIGHT.
Franklin County resident Greg Stallings, facing away, brought his son, Hunter, out to Franklin County Regional Airport on Saturday to watch planes take flight during a fly-in sponsored by the airport and the Young Eagles program. Pilots offered free plane rides to children between the ages of 8 and 17 during the day. It’s the second such community event held by the airport and its staff. Pilots in the program received reduced price gasoline to provide the free event. (Times photos by Carey Johnson)

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LIFTING SPIRITS
LIFTING SPIRITS
Above, during a time when the wind was too much for takeoffs and landings, pilot Charlie Davis shows children at the fly-in event at the Franklin County Regional Airport how planes achieve lift. Children between the ages of 8 and 17 received free plane rides, sponsored by the Young Eagles program. Young Eagles is a program committed to getting children interested in flight through hands-on experiences.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

BUNN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, announces the honor roll for the third nine-weeks grading period.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Lake Donna: third time, every time a charm
This is the third year for Youngsville’s Lake Donna Party, but organizers and town officials say it’s always been charming.
The Youngsville Area Business Association (YABA) is again sponsoring the Lake Donna Party, a new community event that pays homage to a local popular hangout that dates back to the 1950s.

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Gobble starts interim manager job in Selma
Former Louisburg Town Administrator C.L. Gobble began work as Selma’s interim manager last week.
Gobble retired as Louisburg’s top executive in April 2007 after 26 years of service.
He began work as Selma’s interim manager May 6.

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Mattie Simmons crowned NAACP Mother of the Year
The Franklin County Branch of the NAACP conducted its annual Mother of the Year Banquet recently in the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
The Rev. Sidney Dunston, membership chair of the branch, served as the master of ceremonies. Dr. William Barber Jr., state president of the NAACP, was the speaker.

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