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Showing 27 articles from July 29, 2008.

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LHS Principal Chris Blice accepts Chatham position
LHS Principal Chris Blice accepts Chatham position
Louisburg High School Principal Chris Blice announced Tuesday that he’ll be opening the high school as principal for the last time.
He accepted a principal position at Northwood High School in Chatham County and is expected to assume leadership at that school in September.
He will remain at Louisburg High School long enough to open this school year.
Blice made the announcement in between vacation time and was unavailable for comment for this story.

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Rising transportation costs: whole new approach to busing
Rising transportation costs: whole new approach to busing
Fewer field trips, consolidation of bus stops and double runs are a few cost-saving approaches Franklin County schools are looking at in the midst of increased diesel fuel prices in combination with state reimbursements that don’t meet the overages.
The Board of Education heard an overview of rising fuel prices and the effects on the transportation budget Monday night.

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‘Night Out’ joins EMS, police with communities
Louisburg and Franklinton Police will be out in force next week, continuing their efforts to make for safer streets.
Both law enforcement agencies will host National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.
The Aug. 5 event serves as an opportunity for law enforcement and emergency rescue personnel to meet with the community, the first steps in building a bond to take a stand against crime.

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Sheriff’s Office marijuana search nets dozens of plants, warrant
Sheriff’s Office marijuana search nets dozens of plants, warrant
Even with the trained eye, it’s getting harder and harder to spot marijuana.
Due to their diligence, narcotics officers are finding less marijuana plants out in the field because cannabis growers don’t want to get caught.
However, they’ve not stopped growing. They’ve just moved operations indoors.
“It has become harder to find,” said Sheriff Pat Green. “We don’t find the larger crops we used to find throughout the county. But it’s still a worthwhile project.”

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OBITUARIES

WILLIE R. ARNOLD
FRANKLINTON - Willie R. Arnold, 65, died Saturday, July 26, 2008.

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SPENCER B. RICE
YOUNGSVILLE - Spencer B. Rice, 86, died Sunday, July 27, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 30) at Oak Level Christian Church, with the Rev. Gary Williams and the Rev. Jerry Saleeby officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ELEANOR W. MOYE
BUNN - Eleanor W. Moye, 90, formerly of Bunn, died Saturday, July 26, 2008. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, July 30) at Lancaster Funeral Services of Louisburg, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Bunn Cemetery.

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ROBERT G. GAGNON JR.
RALEIGH - Robert George “Bobby” Gagnon Jr., 28, died Friday, July 26, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, July 30) at Harris Chapel Baptist Church, 2960 Tarboro Road, Youngsville, with the Rev. Bill Haley officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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H. LUCILLE BASS
FRANKLINTON - Hellen Lucille Yarbough Bass, 81, died Sunday, July 20, 2008 at Universal Health Care of Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 26, at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Youngsville, with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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GEORGE H. WINTERS
RALEIGH - George Harold Winters, 85, died Sunday, July 27, 2008 at his home. All services for Mr. Winters will be private.

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SPORTS

All About The Angels
All About The Angels
BUNN - Even after falling into the loser’s bracket by the most uncommon of circumstances, the Bunn All-Stars refused to panic at the Dixie Softball Angels State Tournament in Vale.
Bunn had defeated host West Lincoln in a game last Monday, only to see the outcome overturned because of a substitution protest -- much to the fury of Bunn’s coaches and parents.

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Teaming Together
GREENSBORO -- Lakeem Perry and Terry Davis rarely have much to say, so it’s no surprise the duo earned the moniker ‘The Silent Assassins’ from members of the East football coaching staff.
But when the game started, The Silent Assassins made plenty of noise as part of a talented defensive crew at the annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game.

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Mueller = Pembroke
Mueller = Pembroke
LOUISBURG -- Making the differentiation between a father and coach has never been a problem for Louisburg High mat mentor Phil Mueller.
Until this summer.
The coach in Mueller wanted his son, Noel, to accept a scholarship offer to wrestler on the collegiate level.

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Tourney winners released
Tourney winners released
LOUISBURG -- The Second Annual Jesica’s Hope Chest Charity Golf Tournament was held July 25 at The River Golf and Country Club at Lake Royale.
A total of 28 players on seven teams teed off to help critically ill children. When combined with local sponsors, players raised over $2,500.

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Mudcats roll to home win
Mudcats roll to home win
ZEBULON -- Andy Jenkins hit a three-run homer to lead the Carolina Mudcats into first place of the Northern Division with a 5-1 series-opening win over the Jacksonville Suns at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Jenkins, who caught on Saturday night and threw out all three Huntsville basestealers, started at first base, batted clean-up and walloped a one-strike pitch from Jesus Rodriguez (L, 1-3) against the left field scoreboard to open up a 4-0 lead.

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NCHSAA announces HOF honorees
CHAPEL HILL -- Eight more outstanding names in the annals of state prep athletics have been selected for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
The late Bill Bost of Catawba, along with Ken Browning of Durham, Richard Hicks of Durham, Mac Morris of Greensboro, Jan Stanley of Hendersonville, Tim Stevens of Raleigh, Billy Widgeon of Morehead City and Charlie Adams of Chapel Hill have been named as the 22nd group of inductees to join the prestigious hall.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

NURSE AID I GRADUATES
NURSE AID I GRADUATES
Seven students at Vance-Granville Community College’s south campus who have completed the Nurse Aide I program were honored at a graduation ceremony on June 11. Above, from left, are: India Norfleet of Oxford, Samantha Tart of Franklinton and Kendra Morgan of Butner; from left, standing: Arlene Lewis of Creedmoor, Rachael Bruce of Wake Forest, Jean Harris and Coretta Hicks, both of Butner, and instructor Sharie Kemp-Bruce of Wake Forest. These graduates are now eligible to take the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Competency Exam. Nurse Aide I & II programs are designed to prepare students to become certified nursing assistants. For more information about nurse aide programs at VGCC, contact Julie Cooke at (252) 738-3366.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Been waiting? Here’s a chance to get involved
Franklin County planning staff, consultants and residents are moving forward with a development project that is intended to guide county growth.
They didn’t plan for poor community involvement, though.
Last summer, staff presented commissioners with plans to rewrite the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Development Plan.

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GEARING UP FOR THE TRACTOR SHOW
GEARING UP FOR THE TRACTOR SHOW
The annual Justice Community Antique Tractor, Car and Engine Show is coming up Sept. 5-6. In its eighth year, the show started as a fund-raiser for the Duke Memorial Baptist Church building fund and has turned into a regional, two-day event. On Friday the show will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday the show will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s activities include a parade, a flea market, a 6-mile tractor ride, a Friday night spaghetti dinner and an auction. Call (919) 853-2925 for more information.

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VIM adds to staff, needs volunteers
Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic has announced additions to staff.
Alicia Johnson, PA, and Fonda Daignault, MAC, have joined the clinic.
Johnson comes through a grant from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. She will be seeing patients that meet the eligibility criteria of Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

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Sound forestry commitment
John R. Green Jr., Franklin County property owner, knows that productive forestland with clean water, healthy wildlife habitat and opportunities for recreation benefits people and protects the environment.
The Tree Farm sign on his property in Franklin County proves it.

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Springfield Angus Farm has five bulls listed in report
Springfield Angus Farm in Louisburg owns five bulls listed in the 2008 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 6,670 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angussiresearch.com.

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Teen on bike struck by truck
A Youngsville teen was hit by a car while riding his bicycle July 20.
According to a report that was filed by state Highway Patrol Trooper B.D. Vick, Aaron Tant, 13, of Sid Eaves Road, was traveling north on Darius Pearce Road in front of a pickup truck driven by Michael Stoner, 18, of Wendell.

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VGCC raises $23,000 for student scholarships
VGCC raises $23,000 for student scholarships
Vance-Granville Community College’s 24th annual Endowment Fund Benefit Golf Tournament generated $23,000 from entry fees and from sponsors to help fund scholarships for deserving students at the college. A total of 131 players on 33 teams played in either the morning or the afternoon round on Tuesday, May 13, at Henderson Country Club.

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Franklinton Chamber of Commerce fights to stay organized
FRANKLINTON — The town’s Chamber of Commerce is undertaking a membership drive to stave off closure.
During a Town Commission meeting July 15, Planning Director Tammy Ray updated the board about the most recent Chamber of Commerce meeting, on July 7.
The Chamber’s future was a point of discussion.

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LICENSE TO FISH
LICENSE TO FISH
A largemouth bass — the size that dreams are made of — has eluded his hook all summer long. However, 10-year-old Dylan Gilbert of Lake Royale will be able to practice his technique — free for life, courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop, www.nssnc.com, located in Kinston. Dylan won a lifetime fishing license — the grand prize offered in a statewide drawing for participants in 40 “Fish-for-Fun” events held during National Fishing and Boating Week.

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Litter task force rewarded for clean-up
Cleaning up a pile of garbage beside the road or an illegal dump site that is an eyesore to the public is not a lot of fun, but it does have its good side.
The Franklin County Solid Waste Task Force, along with Solid Waste staff and volunteers, recently cleaned several sites in Franklin County, and they have been rewarded with a $750 check from the N.C. Soft Drink Association.

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