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Showing 23 articles from July 15, 2008.

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Hush, hush on Sunrock location
It seems like everybody’s talking about a proposed rock quarry north of Louisburg.
Well, everyone except the county Board of Commissioners.
The county’s attorney and staff have advised commissioners not to discuss the matter, fearing any public discussion or debate could taint the quasi-judicial process set forth to review the special-use permit request.

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<i>Seniors live it up in the park</i>
Seniors live it up in the park
Above, Department of Aging Director Roxanne Bragg-Cash, right, and Edith Perry tag-team a hula hoop during events and games at the 18th Annual Senior Fun Day on Tuesday at Riverbend Park in Louisburg.

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Face paint
Face paint
Above, Teenie Wilder and Ray Beaman show off their kissing-lips face paint at the Senior Fun Day event.

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Machete attack; home invasion
FRANKLINTON — Police are investigating two brutal attacks, one on the street and another in a home.
First, Marcus Earl Dozier, 23, was cut by a machete during a street fight on July 7.
Three days later, police were looking for two suspects accused of breaking into a home on Allen Avenue, shooting into the house and injuring one man.
Investigators don’t believe the incidents are related.

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Franklinton: commissioners tighten up on abandoned vehicles
FRANKLINTON — Town staff expects to provide commissioners with some revisions to an abandoned and junked vehicles ordinance.
The matter was up for discussion during a special-called meeting last Thursday.
The ordinance has been the subject of an update for several years, but on Thursday, Planning Director Tammy Ray presented commissioners with a draft that incorporated ordinances from Wake Forest, Warrenton and Henderson.

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OBITUARIES

MAXINE WRIGHT
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Maxine “Noot” Wright, 50, who died Thursday, July 10, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MILLARD DICKERSON
WAKE FOREST - Spurgeon Millard Dickerson, 84, formerly of Youngsville, died Saturday, July 12, 2008 at Hillside Nursing Center. The entombment service was conducted Monday morning, July 14, at Oak Level Christian Church cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Brad Reynolds officiating.

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RUSSELL C. EDWARDS
YOUNGSVILLE - Russell Carlton Edwards, 78, died Sunday, July 13, 2008 at Rex Hospital. A memorial service honoring his life was conducted Tuesday afternoon, July 15, at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

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BEN D. THOMAS SR.
ZEBULON - Dr. Ben David Thomas Sr., 87, died Saturday, July 12, 2008 in Raleigh. A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, July 15, at Zebulon Baptist Church, Zebulon.

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ANNIE DELL WHITE
ZEBULON - Annie Dell White, 70, died Saturday, July 12, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 15, at Zebulon Baptist Church.

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ERNEST C. TOLMAN
FUQUAY-VARINA - Ernest Carlton Tolman, 72, died Sunday, July 13, 2008. A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 16) at the Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church, 100 Judd Parkway, SE, Fuquay-Varina. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Church Centrum.

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BEVERLY ANN BOWDEN
NAVARRE, Fla. - Beverly Ann Bowden, 62, of Navarre, Fla., died Friday July 11, 2008. Graveside services will be conducted today (Wednesday, July 16) at 3 p.m. at Duke Memorial Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Stayin’ Alive At States
Stayin’ Alive At States
LUMBERTON - Faced with elimination -- and a stiff late-inning challenge from a feisty foe -- the Bunn All-Stars responded in clutch fashion to stay alive Monday evening at the Dixie Youth Minor League State Baseball Tournament.
Shortly after the Fayetteville Kiwanis club had erupted to trim its deficit to just one run in the top of the fourth, Bunn answered with five markers in the bottom of the frame to put away a 10-6 victory at historic Lumberton Park.

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Youngsville Claims A Majors Thriller
Youngsville Claims A Majors Thriller
BUNN -- Youngsville’s time was now at the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament.
Youngsville, which had not won a district crown in recent history, outlasted a balanced field with a dose of late-inning heroics last Saturday at Bunn Elementary School.
The event had been pushed back for several days because of rain, but it was more than worth the wait for Youngsville, which had set its sights on winning this summer on the Major League level after a runner-up performance in 2007.

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Picks are made for the ACC
Picks are made for the ACC
Maybe it’s too early to reveal the annual Neville/Johnson predictions for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s upcoming football season.
That’s understandable, given the fact that games won’t start for six more weeks.
But stinging from yet another fantasy loss to Carey -- this time in the Big Break Golf Sweepstakes -- I’m hungry to make amends, even if there is no hardware at stake in this competition.

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FHS invited to Brittany
FHS invited to Brittany
WILSON -- Franklinton High School will be returning to Wilson for the third straight year to take part in the annual Brittany For The Boys Soccer Tournament.
The prestigious event, which honors the late Brittany Willis, will be held Aug. 22-23 at Gillette Park.
Franklinton, coached by Deran Coe, will play Wilson Beddingfield on Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m. on Field Four.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Wake Health Services gets Reynolds grant
Wake Health Services, which operates a clinic in Franklinton, has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust of Winston-Salem.
The funds were awarded to expand access to health care in Wake and Franklin counties.

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Mentor group sets car wash
Members of 1st Step, a Franklinton area mentoring group, will host a car wash this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Advance Auto in Franklinton.
Proceeds will be used to help the group put on a 3-on-3 basketball tournament Aug. 2 at the Franklinton Elementary School playground.

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11 cadets graduate from VGCC BLET course
11 cadets graduate from VGCC BLET course
Eleven cadets graduated May 27 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus. After passing the state certification exam, all 11 are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

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YOUNG SHUTTERBUGS
YOUNG SHUTTERBUGS
The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central NC-Franklin Unit members were able to participate in a national “Image Makers Photography Program” through a grant of $2,000 from the Franklin Arts Council. Twenty-two members participated in an exciting and educational photography class that taught them to become familiar with the way a camera works, the process of taking pictures, how to hold a camera steady, taking pictures in direct sunlight, as well as seeing, expressing, documenting and storytelling through the eyes of a camera. At the end of the program, members will be able to participate in Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Photography Contest where they will compete for national recognition.

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4-H WINNERS
4-H WINNERS
Franklin County 4-H participated in the annual 4-H Presentations on June 20. 4-H Presentations is one of N.C. 4-H’s premier programs where 4-H’ers ages 9 - 19 have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge by standing before adult judges. Presentation categories range from public speaking, outdoor cookery, 4-H Entertains, and so much more.

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Mills High School Class of 1943 has luncheon reunion
Exactly 65 years ago to the day of graduation from Mills High School, the class of 1943 met for a luncheon reunion at the Murphy House in Louisburg. Although they have met several times before during the years, members thought this meeting seemed more poignant — 12 members of the class still were able to attend.

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RACE OF GRACE CONTRIBUTION
RACE OF GRACE CONTRIBUTION
Safe Space Inc. was the recipient of $20,000 from the Race of Grace sponsored by the Raleigh District of the United Methodist Church. The funds will be used to provide services and programs for the residents of the Safe Space domestic violence residential facility. Above are Dawn Stallings, rape prevention coordinator; Linda Rudolph, executive director, Safe Space Inc., and the Rev. Jo Elaine Harris, Pastor of Missions.

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