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Showing 32 articles from May 23, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Osborn resigns as airport director
Osborn resigns as airport director
Franklin County Airport Director Leigh Osborn resigned earlier this week, the same day a warrant was issued for her arrest for allegedly stealing airplane property from her estranged husband.
Interim County Manager Angela Harris said Osborn submitted her letter of resignation at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Strickland issued a warrant for her arrest that same day on charges of tampering with an aircraft and taking an item from an aircraft.

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Family files civil suit in chase deaths
FRANKLINTON — Town officials continue to send their condolences to the family of sisters killed during a high-speed chase, but they are not accepting fault.
The mother and father of 18-year-old Linsay Erin Lunsford and 9-year-old Maggie Rose Lunsford filed a lawsuit against Franklinton, two officers involved in the chase, Chief Ray Gilliam and the fleeing suspect’s estate — Guy Christopher Ayscue, 38, who died in the wreck — claiming that all were responsible for the girls’ death.

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Got no beef here
Got no beef here
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY — TAKE IT EASY. Many folks will be enjoying a three-day weekend over the Memorial Day holiday, giving time for relaxation and activities with friends and family, including Saturday’s Memorial Day service at Lake Royale, 11:30 a.m. at the entrance. Early rain showers are predicted for Saturday, and in that case the service will be in the lodge. But, after that system passes, skies will be sunny and clear through the rest of the holiday, temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.

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No speed restriction put on pursuits
FRANKLINTON — Police presented and commissioners accepted an update to the department’s standard operating procedures, including a pursuit policy that has no speed limitation.
In the wake of a Dec. 1 fatal police chase, the Franklinton Board of Commissioners tasked its police chief, interim town manager, mayor, surrounding law enforcement agents and attorney General’s Office representatives with reviewing the police department’s standard operating procedures.

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PREPARING FOR THE PROM
PREPARING FOR THE PROM
Members of Louisburg High School’s Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) had students sign a pledge not to drink or do drugs before, during or after LHS’ Saturday prom. Above, SAVE members stand around a car placed at the school to remind students of the dangers of drinking and driving.

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TDA split on funding for “Stand up for America”
The county’s Tourism Development Authority could not agree to provide funding for an American Legion Post’s July 4 celebration, referring them instead to other resources.
The Authority split a vote to give the Franklinton Post 52 $1,500 to help put on the unit’s second “Stand Up For America” celebration.

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OBITUARIES

THOMAS G. TAYLOR
ZEBULON - Thomas G. Taylor, 71, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Graveside service was private.

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PATRICIA D. PICKREL
LEXINGTON - Patricia Diane Pickrel, 63, died Sunday, May 11, 2008 from injuries in an automobile accident. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 21, at Davidson Funeral Home by the Rev. D. R. Johnson. Burial followed in Forest Hill Memorial Park.

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HATTIE P. THORNE
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Hattie Pearl Thorne, 69, who died Sunday, May 18, 2008, were conducted Friday, May 23, at Lifeline Outreach Ministry by the Rev. Raphael Holloman. Burial followed in the Thorne family cemetery.

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LONNIE G. HOUSE
FRANKLINTON - Lonnie Graham House, 81, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 22, at Franklinton Baptist Church by the Rev. David Averette, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery at a later date with Military Rites by the American Legion Post 52.

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FRANCES D. CORBETT
ZEBULON - Frances Dean Corbett, 85, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 22, at Corinth Baptist Church, Zebulon. Burial was on the church cemetery.

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CARRIE H. “PERNELL” LECATES
DURHAM - Carrie Harris “Pernell” LeCates, 89, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 23, at Temple Baptist Church in Durham, with the Rev. Norman B. Harris officiating. Burial followed in Maplewood Cemetery.

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JANICE J. WALLACE
GARNER - Janice Joyner Wallace, 70, died Monday, May 19, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 22, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel in Garner. Burial followed at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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AARON D. GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Aaron D. Gupton, 76, died Friday, May 23, 2008 in Franklin Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are being handled by Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg.

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REBECCA SWEATT HARDY
ROANOKE RAPIDS - Mrs. Rebecca Sweatt Hardy of Roanoke Rapids, formerly of Garysburg, North Carolina, was born September 17, 1916 in Northampton County. She was the daughter of the late Henry “Tony” and Sarah Benjamin Sweatt. She slipped into eternity with her heavenly Father peacefully on May 15, 2008.

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ALMA MARIE PENDERGRASS PATTERSON
HENDERSON - The Lord came to take Alma to Heaven on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at the home of her daughter in the Epsom Community. Her blinded eyes can now see, her deaf ears can now hear, and she can stroll over Heaven with her new legs. She was age 84. Born in Warren County on July 10, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Will Green Pendergrass and Ida Dickerson Pendergrass, and the widow of Lonnie Thomas (L. T.) Patterson, Jr. L. T. died October 26, 1994.

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SPORTS

Miracle Workers!!!
Miracle Workers!!!
BUNN - Softball has been referred to as a game of inches, but the Bunn Ladycats seemed miles away from pulling off a victory heading into the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday’s home contest against Pittsboro Northwood in the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
The Ladycats, however, put their best foot forward during a miraculous rally that resulted in a stunning 7-6 conquest.

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A season on brink for Bunn
A season on brink for Bunn
Here’s a quick riddle:
What does Wednesday’s state softball playoff showdown between Bunn and Northwood have in common with the guy that once ate 30 consecutive days at a fast-food restaurant?
For the answer, just ask BHS coach Melanie Lovin.
“A heart attack waiting to happen,’’ Lovin said of her club’s 7-6 victory against the Lady Chargers in the Round of 16 of the Class 2-A Playoffs.

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STATE SOFTBALL PLAYOFF SCORES
STATE SOFTBALL PLAYOFF SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are round-three scores from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State Softball Tournaments:

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Carolina Mudcats shut out at home in SL action
Carolina Mudcats shut out at home in SL action
ZEBULON -- Rick Asadoorian threw five scoreless innings, homered and drove in two as the Jacksonville Suns blanked the Carolina Mudcats 6-0 at Five County Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Asadoorian (W, 4-2) entered the game in long relief behind starter Clayton Kershaw, who pitched one inning before being taken out. 

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Red Rams to host soccer tourney
Red Rams to host soccer tourney
FRANKLINTON -- For the first time, the Franklinton High School boys soccer squad will host a tournament as part of its 2008 schedule.
The tourney will be held from Aug. 26-30 and will feature East Wake, Northern Nash, Northern Vance, Oxford Webb, Louisburg High, Bunn and North Raleigh Christian Academy, along with the host Red Rams.

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ECU alive at tournament
ECU alive at tournament
NEW ORLEANS -- Senior T.J. Hose pitched 4.1 innings of hitless ball in a relief appearance to spark No. 28 East Carolina (40-18) to a 4-3 win over No.5 and top-seeded Rice (42-13) in the 2008 Entergy Conference USA elimination game at Greer Field inside Turchin Stadium.
Hose (6-4), who made his third relief appearance of the season, walked four batters and fanned five after taking the ball from starter Justin Bristow.

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LIFESTYLES

Getting jazzed up with “Quarter Notes”
Getting jazzed up with “Quarter Notes”
Jazz is a type of music first developed by African Americans around the first decade of the 20th century with a wide stylistic evolution. Jazz grew up side by side with the blues and popular music.
Since its beginnings, jazz has branched out into so many styles that not just one description would fit all of them.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

2008 Senior Art Show winners
2008 Senior Art Show winners
THE ARTISTS. In the front row are Cameron Cagle (FHS), Jessica Wortham (FHS), Lindsay Golden (FHS), Jacklyn Hall (FHS). In the middle row are Kristyn Ball (BHS), Ashley Wercholuk (FHS), Justin Stroud (FHS). In the back row are Michael Pearce (LHS), Christina Weaver (FHS) and Stephanie Stringer (LHS). Winners at the show are: Franklinton High School, Justin Stroud – Forged Man; Jacklyn Hall – Beaded Sphere, Shrouded Grace; Lane Hurley – Man in the Mirror; Ashley Wercholuk – COPD, Take You Time Drawing Your Bead; Cameron Cagle – This is Who I Am; Christina Weaver – Lunar Cycle, A Dream of Serpents; Lindsay Golden – Value Texture Study; Samantha Strickland - Starry Night Landscape; Jessica Wortham – Cut Paper Landscape; Bunn High School, Morgan Collins – Pencil Texture Study; Angelica Moore – Life or Death Buck; Kristyn Ball – Peonies on Silk, Digital Oak; Brandon Sledge – Polished Warrior; Louisburg High School, Matthew Michalski – Shrapnel Forest; Michael Pearce – The Bridge Party; Stephanie Stringer – Cut Glass Flag.

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Cheering at state level
Demetria Batchelor of Louisburg, the daughter of Stephanie and William Batchelor, was a state finalist in the Miss Cheerleader of America Selection May 3 and 4 at the Ramada Woodlawn Conference Center, 212 Woodlawn Road, Charlotte.

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Phillips selected for NSHSS
The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has announced that Louisburg High School student Nathaniel Phillips of Louisburg has been selected for membership.

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FIRST PLACE IN REGION
FIRST PLACE IN REGION
Pedro Najera, Corey Brushaber and Earvin Doyle members of the Franklinton High School SKILLS/USA chapter, recently competed at the N.C. State SKILLS/USA conference in the Masonry competition. The conference was April 14-16 in Greensboro, with about 100 high school apprentice masons competing for one chance to advance to the National Finals to be held in Kansas City. Najero didn’t win a ticket to the National Finals but was crowned first place (top high school mason) in the central region. For his effort, Najera won a $350 set of mason’s tools, a jacket and a trophy. The Franklinton High School Masonry Department will receive a $1,000 donation for having the top high school apprentice in our region, which consists of 17 including Wake, Durham, Person, Warren, Vance, Wayne, Harnett, Nash, Orange, Guildford and others.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Meeting falls flat; FRMC won’t release 2nd CMS report
Franklin County commissioners were hoping to meet with Franklin Regional Medical Center brass by the end of the month, but a meeting of the minds may take longer to develop.
At the Board of Commissioners May 5 meeting, Commissioner Sidney Dunston suggested that commissioners meet with FRMC CEO Mike McNair to address equal access to health care in the county.

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Mitchell/Stone runoff June 24
Franklin County residents will have two items on the ballot June 24.
Commission candidate Raymond Stone made it official on May 14 when he filed documents requesting a run-off election against the May 6 primary top vote-getter, Shane Mitchell.
The two will battle it out to see who gets the Democratic nomination for the Commission District Seat 7.

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Louisburg High bands’ spring concert May 30
The Concert and Symphonic Bands of Louisburg High School will perform their Spring Concert on Friday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Louisburg High School Auditorium on Allen Lane.
Craig Eller, long-time announcer for the band, will be the master of ceremonies. The bands will be conducted by Brian D. Miller, now in his 13th year as Louisburg band director.

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Battle of the Bands first big event at new BHS Auditorium
Bunn High School will have a Battle of the Bands in the new BHS Auditorium on Friday, May 30, 6-10 p.m.
This is a fundraiser for the BHS and BMS bands. Attendees will vote for their favorite group to win a $50 prize.

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Chance to reward local volunteers
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 North Carolina Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of this program that showcases North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers.

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