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Showing 28 articles from June 24, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Mitchell Wins Runoff
Shane Mitchell, center, checks unofficial results on Tuesday night with his son, Nicholas, left, as Mitchell supporter Boyd Sturges stands in the background.
Mitchell Wins Runoff
Shane Mitchell garnered 71 percent of the vote during a run-off election Tuesday to secure the Democratic nomination for the Commission District 7, at-large seat. He will face Republican candidate Ken Gregorius in the fall.

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2nd potential blow to Joyner Park: county to pull funds
Louisburg’s decision to terminate a grant agreement to expand Joyner Park could also mean losing out on another $100,000 donated by Franklin County.
At its June 16 meeting, the Louisburg Town Council agreed to hold a public hearing on its plans to send back a $426,000 state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant they intended to use to buy 42 acres from E. Carroll Joyner on the back side of Joyner Park for Phase II of the park — which includes baseball fields, an expansion of the walking trail and amphitheater.

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CMS clears FRMC
Franklin Regional Medical Center has avoided having its Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement agreement terminated.
On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notified the hospital that it was in full compliance and rescinded termination action.

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Woman charged in attempted murder
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton woman Sunday morning, alleging she opened fire on an occupied house, wounding her husband.
Authorities used a taser to subdue and arrest Valerie D. Hughes, 41, of 111 N. Cheatham St. after deputies arrived at a home on Bob Richards Road for a shots-fired call.
According to an incident report, by Deputy M. Tharrington, Hughes son had gone to the house on Bob Richards Road at about 4 a.m.

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<i>Ready to catch some fun</i>
Ready to catch some fun
Above, Ron Williams with the Franklin County Boys and Girls Club, right, shows Tatyana Seda how to cast a fishing line for a June 28 N.C. B.A.S.S. Federation National competition in Henderson to support the club. First prize is $5,000. At left, are Boys and Girls Club team members Maleek Thomas, Darion Williams, Aledo Gomez, John Hernandez, Storm Lynch, Jamil Strickland, Tyree Alston, Ivan Alvarez, Markee Thomas, Chris Hunter, C.J. Walker, Tariq Mitchell, Naquan Davis, Joseph Hunter, Chris Thomas, Seda and Williams.

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Arts Council calls on public
The Franklin County Arts Council wants to galvanize the community to search for a new museum.
The Council has called a special meeting for July 1 to discuss plans to find a home for the museum as well as plans to restore the old county jail building.

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Louisburg College on way to secure accreditation
A team of Louisburg College executives, officials and staff are in Asheville this morning, making their case to keep open the doors of the historic institution.
Late last year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) placed the school on a six-month warning because of its shaky finances.

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OBITUARIES

RAY ANSTEAD
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Ray Anstead, 54, who died Friday, June 20, 2008, were conducted Tuesday, June 24, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ROBERTA JO CRUZE
LOUISBURG - Roberta Jo Cruze, 53, died Sunday, June 22, 2008. A memorial service honoring her life will be conducted at a later date.

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JAMES R. PERRY SR.
WAKEFIELD, Va. - James R. Perry Sr., 93, died Thursday, June 12, 2008.

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NINA S. MURPHY
ROXBORO - Nina Elizabeth Smith Murphy, 87, formerly of Greenville, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Graveside services were conducted Monday, June 23, at Burchwood Cemetery in Roxboro by the Rev. T. R. Miller.

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JOHNNY LEE GODWIN
RALEIGH - Johnny Lee Godwin, 58, died Thursday, June 19, 2008. A memorial service was conducted Saturday, June 21, in the chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home in Raleigh.

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FLORIED R. BRADLEY
YOUNGSVILLE - Frances Floried Roberson Bradley, 86, died Friday, June 20, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 24, at Wake Forest Baptist Church. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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MICHAEL S. JOHNSON
CLAYTON - Michael Stephen “Mike” Johnson, 53, died Thursday, June 19, 2008 as the result of an auto accident. A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, June 24, at Trinity Baptist Church, Raleigh, with the Rev. Dr. G. Jeffrey Roberts officiating. and honors by the City of Raleigh Fire Department Honor Guard. Inurnment will take place in the Columbarium of Trinity Baptist Church at a later date.

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GEORGIA E. LANGSTON
ZEBULON - Georgia Ezell Langston, 52, died Sunday, June 22, 2008 at Rex Healthcare. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 25) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon.

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SPORTS

The Big Blue Machine
The Big Blue Machine
LOUISBURG - Even the most optimist manager knows his or her Coach-Pitch team is going to give up several runs per outing. That’s simply the nature of the usually high-scoring game.
Unless you compete for the Oxford All-Stars, who have flashed plenty of leather through two games at the Dixie Youth District C-P Tournament at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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Crudup Takes Over At Nash Central
Crudup Takes Over At Nash Central
ROCKY MOUNT -- So, you’re Cedric Crudup’s brother?
That’s the response Kevin Crudup usually got when attending coaching clinics along with his kid brother.
But Kevin will be forging a name for himself in Nash County after being selected as the new head football coach last week at Nash Central High School.

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Fast-pitch success for Bunn?
Fast-pitch success for Bunn?
Bunn’s annual quest for youth softball summer supremacy will begin this weekend at the Dixie Youth District Tournaments at Tart Park in Dunn.
Bunn will field teams on the Darlings, Angels, Ponytails and Belles brackets, with the winner of each event advancing to the D-Y State Softball Tournaments near Lincolnton.

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Mudcats fall to Lookouts
Mudcats fall to Lookouts
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- Danny Dorn hit a three-run homer in the first inning to spark a 10-1 Chattanooga victory over the Carolina Mudcats at AT&T Field on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Dorn’s blast against starter Brett Sinkbeil (L, 3-7) highlighted a four-run first, but the Lookouts (3-3) extended the advantage with another run in the second and a pair of runs in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.

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D-Y Minors begin Friday
D-Y Minors begin Friday
YOUNGSVILLE -- Pairings have been announced for the upcoming Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament, which will be staged beginning this weekend at Luddy Park in Youngsville.
The four-team event will feature Bunn, Youngsville, Louisburg and defending champion Oxford. The winner in the double-elimination format will earn a spot in the state tourney.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

SKILLS IN COSMETOLOGY
SKILLS IN COSMETOLOGY
The annual Vance-Granville Community College Cosmetology competition highlighted four categories. The event was in the Civic Center on the college’s main campus. Students competed in barbering, fantasy, “manikin cut, color and style,” street wear and acrylic nails. Fred Silver, a student at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus, took first place in the barbering category. The runner-up in barbering was Southern Vance High School student Martin Fields. Jermaine Spears, another Franklin County Campus student, came in third.

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Strike up the band: performers recognized
The Louisburg Area Band Awards Night ceremony was conducted at Terrell Lane Middle School on Tuesday, June 3. This was the 13th annual awards ceremony.
All band students were recognized for various levels of instrumental music study from grades 6-12. The following students were recognized for additional awards:

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Bobbie Richardson earns doctorate degree
Bobbie Richardson earns doctorate degree
Dr. Bobbie Jean Richardson is a 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She received her Ed. D. degree in educational leadership on May 10.
Dr. Richardson began her doctoral studies in 2000 as a part-time student while she worked as the director of exceptional children programs for Warren County School in Warrenton (1988-2004), and for the North Carolina Department of Correction/Division of Prisons, Educational Services Section (2004-present).

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SUMMER SCIENCE
SUMMER SCIENCE
Above, Rakeem Yarborough and Britaney Holden use pipettes to put solution in containers as part of a Science in the Summer program in Louisburg sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline using UNC-Chapel Hill’s DESTINY traveling science lab.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Progress Energy seeks rate hike
The same global economic influences that have caused prices to rise dramatically at the gas pump have pushed up the cost of other fuels in recent months. The increase — particularly in the price of coal used in electricity generation — has prompted Progress Energy Carolinas to seek an increase in the fuel component of the rates paid by the company’s North Carolina customers.

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Excuse me, but is this change right?
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a Hispanic man accused of robbing a Youngsville convenience store with a machete.
According to a report by Deputy N. Rinker, the man entered the Royal Mini Mart on U.S. Highway 401 South at about 10:45 p.m. on Friday to purchase beer.

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Gifts of giving
The United Way of Franklin County board of directors approved grant funds in the amount of $101,800 be dispersed to 17 agencies to support 26 programs focused on improving the lives of Franklin County residents.

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<i>Disposing of U.S. flags with honor</i>
Disposing of U.S. flags with honor
American Legion Post 52, Franklinton, conducts a flag disposal ceremony on June 21. Above, left to right, are Royal Jones, Bill Kimbrough, Harvey Satterwhite, Dan Vinson, Howell Jones and Patrick Kearney. Some 500 unserviceable flags were disposed of in accordance with regulations by burning.

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