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Showing 28 articles from July 22, 2008.

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Angela Harris hired as county manager
Angela Harris hired as county manager
Following a closed session Monday night, commissioners hired Angela Harris as the county’s manager.
Harris, a Franklin County native, was hired on an interim basis in December after Chris Coudriet left for an assistant manager’s post in New Hanover County.
After being hired for the position Monday night, Harris didn’t have much time to celebrate, with meetings scheduled early on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Louisburg Town Council steps up against Sunrock quarry permit
The Louisburg Town Council wants answers from the county commissioners and county staff about water quality and traffic issues concerning the Sunrock quarry proposal.
The Council agreed unanimously Monday to support the county Planning Board’s decision to deny the special-use permit that would allow Sunrock to go ahead with its plans for a rock quarry off Beasley Road and N.C. Highway 39 on 480 acres.

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Four schools meet AYP under NCLB
Four of 13 Franklin County schools met Adequate Yearly Progress for 2008.
The preliminary results released earlier this week are subject to change when the reading scores are completed.
Franklinton Elementary School, Laurel Mill Elementary School, Royal Elementary School and Youngsville Elementary School each made 100 percent of their targeted goals in AYP, which involves set benchmarks for testing through the federal government’s “No Child Left Behind” program in conjunction with results that are established through state testing under the ABCs program.

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Jail expansion approved
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. Above, Sheriff Pat Green talks with commissioners and residents about the need to move swiftly to build a new jail to house more federal inmates.
Jail expansion approved
Franklin County commissioners locked down plans for a new jail, agreeing to an expansion that partners with the U.S. Marshals Office.
By a 5-2 vote, commissioners agreed to a $36-million, 354-bed jail expansion that will meet the county’s jail needs for the next 20 years.
The key to the proposal is an inter-governmental agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service providing a $63-per-day per diem.

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Electric rates on way up; 6.3 percent more possible
Electric wholesale rates through Electricities are expected to go up by 14 percent Aug. 1, pushing Louisburg rates up another 6.3 percent in addition to the 5 percent hike already approved in the budget.
Louisburg Town Administrator Mark Warren told the Town Council Monday night that the likely increase is a recommendation by the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency of which Louisburg is a member along with 31 other cities/towns.

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Man killed in motorcycle wreck after Smooth Riders fund-raiser
Man killed in motorcycle wreck after Smooth Riders fund-raiser
Concerned passersby scurried at the scene of a fatal motorcycle wreck Saturday off Stallings Mill Road — many calling on cell phones for 911 rescue and others bringing over blankets and water.
Troy Alexander Artis, 44, was barely breathing on his side and his pregnant wife, who came up on the crash just after leaving a Smooth Riders Motorcycle Club fund-raiser, was on the ground nearby crying out with stomach pains.
Rescue/emergency workers from Justice and White Level were quick to respond. Artis was transported to Franklin Regional Medical Center, where he later died, officials said.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM “SKEET” LEE
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for William “Skeet” Lee, 57, who died Friday, July 18, 2008, were conducted Tuesday, July 22, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed in Pine Chapel Memorial Gardens.

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HERMAN T. JONES
ZEBULON - Herman Troy Jones, 85, died Friday, July 18, 2008 at WakeMed. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 21, at Social Plains Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military honors.

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EDITH P. SEPARK
FRANKLINTON - Edith Prince Separk, 51, died Saturday, July 19, 2008. Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Knott’s Grove Christian Assembly in Oxford. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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EARL O. HORTON JR.
ZEBULON - Earl Oliver Horton Jr., 81, died Monday, July 21, 2008 at Wake Med. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 23) at Hephzibah Baptist Church, 1794 Wendell Blvd., Wendell, with the Rev. Bill Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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MIRIAM P. HARRIS
RALEIGH - Miriam Norris Perry Harris, 85, died Sunday, July 20, 2008, after a period of declining health. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Clements Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham.

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EARL W. HARPER
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Earl W. Harper, 61, of Melbourne, Fla., died Friday, July 11, 2008 in Wilmington, N.C. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. His remains will be taken back to his home in Florida.

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ELSIE H. GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Elsie H. Gupton, 82, died Monday, July 21, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at White Level Baptist Church, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TROY A. ARTIS
ROCKY MOUNT - Troy A. Artis, age 44, died Saturday July 19, 2008.

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GARY A. BURBAGE SR.
LOUISBURG - Gary “Pappy” Allen Burbage Sr., 63, died Monday, July 21, 2008 at Rex Hospital. Funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home chapel in Wendell. Burial will be in the Bunn Town Cemetery.

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KELLI FRAZIER WOOLARD
WENDELL: Kelli Frazier Woolard, 31, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2008. Kelli was born March 31, 1977 in Raleigh, NC, and was raised in Franklin County, NC. Kelli was a registered nurse at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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SPORTS

History Makers
History Makers
CHERRYVILLE- Who says kids don’t understand the importance of history?
Leadoff ace Duncan Brown certainly did when, moments before the game, he reminded his father that he was about to become Youngsville’s first-ever batter at any Dixie Youth state baseball event.
And since Youngsville was on the cusp of such a momentous occasion, why not make it a time to remember?

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Protest does in All-Stars
Protest does in All-Stars
VALE -- Through three games, Bunn was undefeated on the field, but still in the loser’s bracket at the Dixie Softball Angels State Tournament at West Lincoln Park.
After picking up victories over Burgaw (last Saturday) and Hope Mills (Sunday), the All-Stars matched up Monday against the host team in what would prove to be a controversy-marred showdown.

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Ponytails Drop Pair At State Tourney
Ponytails Drop Pair At State Tourney
VALE -- After blitzing through district competition, the Bunn All-Stars had high expectations entering the Dixie Softball Ponytails Tournament at West Lincoln Park.
But in a sport that features a ‘hit-em where they ain’t’ philosophy, Bunn made consistent bat contact, only to see East Columbus’ fielders scoop up everything in sight during last Saturday’s tourney opener.

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Meeks the new coach for Canes
Meeks the new coach for Canes
After having the same coach -- J. Enid Drake -- for over four decades, the Louisburg College men’s basketball program is now working on its third mentor in four seasons.
Drake’s storied tenure at LC ended following the 2005-06 campaign, and he was replaced by Aaron Denton, who spent two years at on campus before becoming the head coach/Athletic Director at Sandhills Community College.

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Pony Tourney Express
Pony Tourney Express
CHESAPEAKE, VA. -- Joining the Pony Softball organization meant a weekend near the beach in the Tidewater Area for the Louisburg All-Stars in three different age classifications.
However, this wasn’t a pleasure trip as Louisburg was determined to display its softball wares at the Pony Eastern Zone Regional against some high-level competition.

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Mudcats edged in extras
Mudcats edged in extras
PEARL, MISS. -- Quentin Davis hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Mississippi Braves past the Carolina Mudcats 8-7 in a near four-hour game in the series finale at Trustmark Park in a Class AA Southern League diamond matchup.
The sixth Carolina error of the game ignited the game-winning rally in the 11th against Jeff Gogal (L, 4-2). Smelin Perez committed his third error the night on a routine grounder hit by Reid Goreckie.

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‘Canes to host Summer Fun Fest
‘Canes to host Summer Fun Fest
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes will host a Summer Fun Fest Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the RBC Center.
The event includes street hockey, live music, interactive inflatables, guest speakers from the Hurricanes, discounted concessions and a showing of a classic Hurricanes game.
Parking and admission are free to the general public.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER
EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER
Sandra Stafford is congratulated by Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert Lee Swanson.

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Shootings reported: Ferrells Bridge Road
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies have increased patrols in a neighborhood where a home was shot at twice within a week’s time.
Anitra Leatrice Hodge, 28, of Ferrells Bridge Road, reported on July 12 that a car drove by her home at about midnight and someone fired shots into the house.
No one was injured.

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King, family take a bow
King, family take a bow
It was a family affair Monday night when Louisburg Assistant Town Administrator Tony King was recognized for being named the top in his profession in the state.
“They are all here to share in my happiness,” King said, introducing a row of supporters from his mother and father to a niece, nephew and future wife.

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Civil suit continues to be pursued in NETSTAR case
While criminal charges against Ben Barrick have been dismissed, attorneys continue to pursue a civil case against him and a dozen other defendants.
Last week, the District Attorney’s office announced that it would dismiss involuntary manslaughter charges against Barrick, who was at the helm of the helicopter that crashed into a wooded field, killing Deputy Ted Horton.

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United Way of Franklin County satisfies membership requirements
The United Way of Franklin County has successfully completed all of the United Way of America membership requirements by their respective due dates.
The requirements include Membership Requirements Certification, Membership Investment, the Database 2 Survey of Total Resources Generated (a survey that captures the full extent of a community’s resource development efforts during the year) and a report of the United Way’s annual income and expenses.

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