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Showing 23 articles from May 30, 2008.

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Writing test scores increase
In what educators here are calling a culmination of several years of hard work and focus, writing test scores have increased in all but one school.
Franklinton High School rises to the top of the 13-school system with a 39.6 percent increase in the number of students who scored at levels III and IV on state writing tests for 2008 (79.7 percent). That compares to 2007’s 40.1 percent.

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Hey! That’s some nice hay
Hey! That’s some nice hay
Haystacks in a pasture this year are particularly beautiful, local agriculture experts say.
“The hay is ... OK,” said Agricultural Extension Director Cedric Jones this week with a sound of relief as he recalled last year this time.
The statewide drought led to a crisis situation for livestock producers, who could not harvest enough feed hay.
This year, pastures are filling up with fat, round bales in the first of what should be a three-time-harvest yield, Jones said.

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Teens’ joyriding leads to 2 arrests
Two Louisburg teenagers are under strict parental supervision this week after they were arrested for stealing four vehicles, taking them on joyrides and leaving the wrecked vehicles behind.
Louisburg Police arrested Justin L. Goforth of 600 Stone-Southerland Road and Jonathan H. Wolfran of 619 Stone-Southerland Road on Wednesday morning after a resident who noticed suspicious activity led police to their location.

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Here comes Louisburg’s Wal-Mart
Here comes Louisburg’s Wal-Mart
A Raleigh crew has started work on a Super Wal-Mart and retail development a year after plans were approved by the Louisburg Town Council.
The project was delayed at least once as developers said now was a better time to begin construction than last fall.

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Louisburg College will do own top post search
Louisburg College officials have learned a number of lessons because of the abrupt departure of its last president, J. Michael Clyburn.
One of those, they hope, will save its presidential search committee between $50,000 and $100,000.
The college has decided to conduct the search for a new president themselves rather than hire an executive search firm.

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OBITUARIES

ELLA MAE PORTER
YOUNGSVILLE - Ella Mae Porter, 51, died Friday, May 23, 2008 at her residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 31) at Feggins & Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Harvey Hartsfield officiating.

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MARGIE STRICKLAND
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Margie Strickland, 56, who died Wednesday, May 28, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 2, at South Main Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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GEORGE A. BATTS
ZEBULON - George Alton Batts, 79, formerly of Wilson, died Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Graveside services were conducted Friday, May 30, in the Batts family cemetery, with Dwight Batts officiating.

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GINA MARIE HICKS
RALEIGH - Gina Marie Hicks, 49, of the O’Berry Center in Goldsboro, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. A memorial service honoring her life was conducted Friday, May 30, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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ELIZABETH F. ALLEN
YOUNGSVILLE - Elizabeth Frances Allen, 95, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, May 31) in the chapel of Franklin Funeral Service, 504 E. Mason St. in Franklinton, with the Rev. David Haley officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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ANNIE GEORGE FERGUSON
LOUISBURG - Annie George Ferguson, 81, beloved mother, grandmother, wife and friend passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Annie lived with her daughter and family for the past six years at 1094 Hickory Rock Road, Louisburg, NC.

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SPORTS

Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond
LOUISBURG - Above and beyond.
Those were the words Louisburg High School Athletic Director James Collier used to describe the Male and Female Athletes of the Year during Tuesday’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony at the LHS Auditorium.
Senior Brittini Pittman, who was an All-Tar Roanoke Athletic Conference pick in volleyball, basketball and track and field, was the girls selection.
Noel Mueller, also a senior standout, took home the boys top award after closing out a stellar career in wrestling, football and baseball.

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All-NCC stalwarts released
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Six athletes from Franklin County have earned honors on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field teams for the 2008 season.
Four of the recipients are from Franklinton, while two hail from Bunn.

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LHS Wrestlers Honored By Lions
LHS Wrestlers Honored By Lions
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s wrestlers continue to receive recognition after enjoying a record-setting campaign in 2007-08.
LHS’ four qualifiers for the Class 1-A State Tournament were saluted by the Louisburg Lions Club during a meeting last Tuesday evening at the Murphy House Restaurant.
Honorees were senior Noel Mueller, junior Mamour Camara and freshmen Ahmadou Camara and Smiley Mueller.

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Cardwell working the finals
Cardwell working the finals
Louisburg’s Brent Cardwell continues to work his way up the umpiring ladder.
Cardwell, who also serves as the Town of Louisburg Recreation Director and the boys soccer coach at Louisburg High, has been selected to work this weekend’s Class 1-A State Baseball Championships.
Cardwell was behind the plate Friday for Game One between Hampstead Topsail and tradition-rich Cherryville. Cardwell has also worked plenty of area college games this spring.

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Mudcats tame Tennessee in SL contest
Mudcats tame Tennessee in SL contest
SEVIERVILLE, TENN. -- Daniel Barone pitched six shutout innings, while Chris Coghlan drove in three runs as Carolina defeated Tennessee 8-1 at Smokies Park on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup in the Volunteer State.
Barone (W, 1-0), who allowed a leadoff single in the first, retired 16 consecutive Smokies hitters until permitting a pinch-single to Matt Matulia in the sixth.

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BYRL soccer registration now available
BUNN -- Signups are currently being held for the Bunn Youth Recreation League’s Fall Soccer Season.
Boys and girls ages 5-13 (before August 1) are welcome to participate. Matches will be played from August through November at the Pilot Baptist Church Fields.

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LIFESTYLES

Change is all around us
Change is all around us
Many people nowadays need to relearn or brush up on their high school or college Spanish.
Time changes everything, including the environment we live in.
We have to share this land with all cultures whether we like it or not. It is a fact of life, and we have a choice of getting involved in the changes or not; that’s the beauty of this land of freedom.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Black bear sightings
Each year, as June approaches, authorities brace themselves for a busy season as teens with idle hands get out of school.
In the past few years, though, authorities of the animal control variety have been bracing themselves against more menacing juveniles — black bear.

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Suspect in sexual assault sought
FRANKLINTON — Police continue to investigate a sexual assault reported to have happened within the shadows of Franklinton Elementary School.
According to the incident report, an 11-year-old student reported to her teacher on May 19 that an unknown man tried to sexually assault her while she and two other friends were on the playground two days before — a Saturday.

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PreddyFest kicks up heels
Organizers of the PreddyFest have moved up its Bluegrass event to avoid the sweltering sun of late July, but more than a dozen groups still plan to bring the heat next weekend.
Campers are expected to start arriving at the Preddy site on Green Hill Road in Franklinton today, getting a good place to enjoy the annual festival that begins with stage shows on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

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Utilities, rabies shots on agenda
Franklin County staff will be asking commissioners on Monday to approve a plan of action to address the county’s utility allocations.
In September, Utilities Director Bryce Mendenhall presented commissioners with an impending problem — about 80 percent of the county’s sewer capacity has been allocated, at least on paper based upon approved subdivisions.

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Dunston hearing continued
A child support case involving a county commissioner was continued until next month.
Sidney Dunston was scheduled to appear in Franklin County District Court on May 16 after his estranged wife sought the aid of the state Child Support Enforcement Agency, alleging that Dunston either failed to pay or had not paid adequate child support.

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