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Showing 30 articles from May 16, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

County budget coming up $11M short of needs
County staff and commissioners are preparing to begin marathon work sessions next month to finalize a balanced budget with no tax increase.
Right now, there is an $11-million difference between projected revenues and expenses for the 2008-09 proposed budget, said county Finance Director Chuck Murray.

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NETSTAR civil suit: county dropped
A Superior Court judge dropped all claims against Franklin County, former sheriff Jerry Jones and current Sheriff Pat Green, and the Sheriff’s Office, ruling that the May 2004 crash that killed a former deputy is a workers’ compensation matter.
Deputy Ted Horton’s widow, Ann Greene, filed a lawsuit in May 2006, spreading blame for the fatal crash amongst the pilot, former Deputy Ben Barrick, and 13 other defendants, including the county, then-Sheriff Jones, a helicopter company, mechanics and members of Ben Barrick’s NETSTAR Air Rescue operation.

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Arts Council wants history preserved
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW? Above, the old county jail house used to be the home of a county museum in the mid 1990s.
Arts Council wants history preserved
The Franklin County Arts Council will propose on Monday night that the Board of Commissioners invest in the county’s history.
In April, the Arts Council Board of Directors agreed to begin, in earnest, efforts to create a Franklin County Museum of History inside the former BB&T building.
They are preparing to ask commissioners on Monday night to invest nearly $400,000 in the effort. The Arts Council is willing to be a partner and help raise funds.

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Stone tosses in official run-off call
Commission candidate Raymond Stone made it official on Wednesday, filing papers with the county’s Board of Elections calling for a runoff in the District 7 primary race.
Stone announced on Monday that he would call for a runoff election with top vote-getter Shane Mitchell. On Wednesday, he filed the appropriate paperwork to make it official.

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Checks, vehicle contract up for consent votes
Commissioners are set to adopt one ordinance that will affect how they hire new employees and take another action to award a contract that will determine how the county gets its vehicles serviced.
At its meeting on Monday night, commissioners will be asked to adopt an ordinance that will subject new and, potentially, current employees to a criminal background check, as well as motor vehicle record check.

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OBITUARIES

FRED SNEED
LOUISBURG - Fred Sneed, 102, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center.

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ALLIE FORD WRIGHT
FRANKLINTON - Allie Ford Wright, 57, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the VA Hospital in Durham. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 17) at Union Grove Baptist Church, Youngsville, with family visitation at 1 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the Veterans cemetery.

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BESSIE H. CLIFTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Bessie Hartsfield Clifton, 98, who died Thursday, May 15, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at St. Delight United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Maurice White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CAROLYN ANN BRANTLEY
YOUNGSVILLE - Carolyn Ann Brantley, 61, died Sunday, May 11, 2008 at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 15, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial followed in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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BOBBY W. WYNNE
ZEBULON - Bobby W. Wynne, 69, died Monday, May 12, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 16, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell, with burial following in Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Henderson.

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PATRICIA L. GALES
YOUNGSVILLE - Patricia Lloyd Gales, 57, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Mount Zion Holy Church in Oxford by Elder Patrick Jackson. Burial will be in Meadowview Memorial Park.

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LINDA H. BAIRD
RALEIGH - Linda Hobson Baird, 56, of Durham, died Thursday, May 18, 2008, at Duke Hospice of the Meadowlands. Funeral services will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, May 17) at the chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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ITO F. FOGG
FRANKLINTON - Ito F. Fogg, 95, of the Bronx, N.Y., formerly of Franklinton, died Thursday, May 8, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, May 17) at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church.

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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 was conducted Friday, May 16, at Holly Grove Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

BHS’ Playoff Best
BHS’ Playoff Best
LOUISBURG - There’s something about the postseason that seems to bring out the best in recent versions of the Bunn High School softball squad.
Last year, the Ladycats got hot at the right time and rolled into the Final Four of the Class 2-A State Playoffs at Walnut Creek.

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Warriors defeated by Bruins
CAMDEN -- For the second straight season, the Camden Bruins have put an end to Louisburg High’s stint in the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs.
In 2007, the Bruins pulled off that feat at LHS. Playing at home this time around, Camden County stopped Louisburg by a 7-3 margin in the second round of the postseason at Camden Yards near Elizabeth City.

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Ware Is Going To Louisburg College
Ware Is Going To Louisburg College
LOUISBURG -- Size is an intangible that can’t be taught on the football field.
And Louisburg High’s Daryl Ware has plenty of it -- with room to grow.
Ware, LHS’ chief receiving target at tight end last season, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his gridiron career at Louisburg College.

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Thoughts on LC and its future
Thoughts on LC and its future
John Cena could hardly contain himself during a pair of rants on our website regarding my story in Wednesday’s edition about Louisburg College’s drop from Division I to II in men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.
While I didn’t agree with everything Cena wrote, there is little doubt that he cares about Louisburg College athletics. And several of his opinions were dead-on.

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LHS to open against Ravens
LHS to open against Ravens
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s 2008 football schedule will begin Aug. 29 with a road game in North Raleigh against the Ravenscroft Ravens.
The Warriors are the defending Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference champions, and LHS reached the quarterfinals of the Class 1-AA State Playoffs last year under veteran head coach James Collier.

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Lookouts a winner vs. Mudcats
Lookouts a winner vs. Mudcats
ZEBULON -- Ben Jukich authored his first-ever nine-inning complete game as the Chattanooga Lookouts defeated the Carolina Mudcats 6-2 at Five County Stadium before 3,324 fans on Wednesday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY REC REPORT
BUNN -- Listed are results from the Bunn Youth Recreation League’s baseball/softball season:

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LIFESTYLES

When disaster strikes, faith must be strong
When disaster strikes, faith must be strong
We have always heard that behind every bad thing there is something good.
OK, I agree; there are many instances when we say, “You know, that catastrophe really brought people together, or the death of someone brought the family closer.”
Even after those thoughts, natural disasters are hard to comprehend and to accept, especially when they involve us, or people we know and love.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

LOUISBURG COLLEGE HONOR ROLL
Louisburg College seeks by every legitimate means to stimulate and reward exceptional achievements in all worthy lines of endeavor.
Two honor lists are issued by the academic dean and the registrar to recognize exceptional achievement.

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BUNN HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, announces the honor roll for the fifth six-weeks grading period.
To be named to the A honor roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B honor roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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ROYAL ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL
Royal Elementary School Principal Rob Bendel announces the following A and A/B honor rolls.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Person Place: Missouri Alston Pleasants to be honored
The Person Place Preservation Society Inc. will host an afternoon reception and program on May 25 to honor Missouri Alston Pleasants.
Pleasants was a long-time resident of Louisburg, and the occasion is on the 50th anniversary of her May 9, 1958, establishment of the Alston-Pleasants Scholars Fund.

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Faulkner, Davis new principals; Nichols, Carter APs
Faulkner, Davis new principals; Nichols, Carter APs
The Franklin County Board of Education appointed two principals and two assistant principals Monday night.
Genie Faulkner is now the principal of Laurel Mill Elementary.
Faulkner replaces Kim Ferrell, current principal of the county’s new elementary school — Long Mill.
Faulkner was the acting principal of Laurel Mill after Ferrell left in April. She began as assistant principal of Laurel Mill in 2004.

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LIBRARY WEEK
LIBRARY WEEK
To celebrate National Library Week, a reading contest was at the Youngsville Library. The Friends of the Youngsville Library awarded a $50 savings bond to two lucky readers. Winners were Melissa Murry of Youngsville and Taylor Winstead, also of Youngsville. Congratulations to both of these lucky young ladies who found out that reading really does pay. Above are Murry, left, and Winstead. (Contributed photo)

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Science camp to exlore marvelous monsters
They had huge claws, gigantic jaws and were monstrous in size. We’ve all seen them come to life on the silver screen. This summer, campers at Louisburg College will get a chance to bring saber tooth tigers, dinosaurs, and mammoths to life in their own minds.

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PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN
PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN
The Franklin-Granville-Vance Partnership for Children received a $1,000 PBIS Bronze Award for Franklin County at the 2008 Smart Start Conference in Greensboro May 13-16. The Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) is an annual performance evaluation system that was implemented by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) in 2001.

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