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Showing 25 articles from August 15, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Bunn seeks out safer pedestrian walkways, bike trails to schools
Bunn seeks out safer pedestrian walkways, bike trails to schools
BUNN — The Board of Commissioners asked a civil engineering company to help develop a plan to improve walking and biking access to schools.
Representatives with ADR Delta, an Ohio-based consulting group with offices in Raleigh, presented commissioners with a proposal to address the problem during an Aug. 4 meeting.

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Back to class
Above, LC student Steven Flowers gets his dorm room ready.
Back to class
Louisburg college officials figure enrollment numbers will be a bit less than expectations, but they’re focusing on quality rather than quantity this fall.
School officials wanted to maintain a stable enrollment of almost 730 students, but by Wednesday, before new students began arriving on campus, enrollment was at 573 students.

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VGCC looks for community partners in education
Vance-Granville Community College is set to begin classes on Tuesday.
Registration just ended, and staff said they don’t have exact enrollment numbers, but last fall, 4,352 students were enrolled in the college’s four campuses.

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Interviews start up for airport head
The Franklin County Airport Commission has scheduled a special-called meeting on Tuesday to further discuss their airport manager position.
Interim Airport Director Ronnie Goswick said a decision could come following the closed session, but it’s more likely that a decision would come during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting in September.

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Commissioners set to issue part of school bond at first of year
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will be asked to handle some housekeeping duties for the school system on Monday night.
The meeting begins at 7 o’clock.
Voters approved a $53-million school bond in the spring, with the bulk of the money, $41 million, going toward a new Franklinton high school.

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OBITUARIES

DAISY DUNN
WHITAKERS - Daisy Mirend Dunn, 70, died Monday, August 11, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, August 17, 2008, at 12:00 noon at Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Philadelphia Baptist Church cemetery.

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MARIAH W. ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Mariah W. Alston, 88, died Sunday, August 10, 2008. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at Perry’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JAMES WOODARD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Henry “Preacher” Woodard, age 67, who died on Tuesday, August 12, 2008, were held on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. from the Haywood Baptist Church in Louisburg with the Rev. Luther Coppedge officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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GWENDOLYN L. TYSON
LOUISBURG - Gwendolyn Laury Tyson, 57, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 in Duke Raleigh Hospital. Services were private.

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MELLENY G. WARD
LOUISBURG – Melleny Gilbert Ward, 83, of Louisburg, died Thursday afternoon at her home.

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MICHAEL T. “HEAVY” COPELAND
LOUISBURG – Michael Todd “Heavy” Copeland, 48, of 180 Cardin Way died Thursday.

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JUDITH BELCHE PARRISH
LOUISBURG - Judith Belche Parrish, 66, of Louisburg died on Tuesday, August 12, 2008. Mrs. Parrish was born on June 6, 1942 and was raised in Castalia, NC. On August 11, 1963 she married Billy Glenn Parrish, her loving husband of forty-five years.

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DR. SPURGEON EDWARD EAKES
FRANKLINTON — Dr. Spurgeon Edward Eakes, 91, of Franklinton died August 14, 2008.

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SPORTS

Great At Great 8?
Great At Great 8?
LOUISBURG - Playing in the Great Eight Tournament wasn’t very great for Erica Wammock when she was a volleyball player at Louisburg High School.
In the Great Eight format, each finalist from the previous season’s state spike championships are invited to Greensboro to take part in an event to begin the ensuing campaign.

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Ladycats welcome ex-stars
Ladycats welcome ex-stars
BUNN -- Few Franklin County coaches keep the former-playing pipeline alive like Bunn High School volleyball coach Henry Jones.
Each year, Jones welcomes back his ex-stars to the Bunn Dome in August for the school’s annual Alumni Game.
The event features former Ladycats’ stalwarts going up against Bunn’s first team, varsity subs and junior varsity squad.

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A Key-note Night For Youngsville
YOUNGSVILLE -- Members of the Youngsville All-Stars earned the key to the hearts of fans during this summer’s historic run to the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball District Championship.
Thursday evening, the All-Stars were saluted for their efforts as each player received a key to the town during a special ceremony at the Youngsville Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Weekend sporting thoughts
Weekend sporting thoughts
Here are a few random sporting thoughts as we head into another weekend:
• I’m sitting at my desk on Friday, just three hours away from the first snap at the Wake Forest Pigskin Preview, which features Franklin County teams Louisburg and Bunn in the same segment (though not against each other).
The weather looks pretty ominous right now. So we’ll see how things go. Maybe it won’t rain and we can get football season going.

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Mudcats surge again
Mudcats surge again
JACKSON, TENN -- Graham Taylor won his first Double-A game as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 4-3 at Pringles Park before 1,179 fans on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.
Carolina reduced its magic number to clinching the Northern Division to 10, compliments of Carolina’s win coupled with Tennessee’s loss to Birmingham.

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FHS hosts tournament
FHS hosts tournament
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will host the inaugural Garman Homes Labor Day Cup Boys Soccer Tournament from Aug. 26-30.
Matches will be played at the Franklinton High School Football Field and the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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LIFESTYLES

Farm life photography brings out local talents
Farm life photography brings out local talents
Franklin County’s first “Farm Life Photography Recognition and Awards” ceremony was Aug. 2 at the Louisburg College Auditorium Gallery on Main Street in Louisburg.
It was the closure of a very successful Franklin County Farm Tour organized by the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

MOVING ON UP
MOVING ON UP
LC student Shayne Paskanik carries items into Wright dormitory on Thursday, preparing for the start of classes next week.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

3 LHS Band members attend School of Music
3 LHS Band members attend School of Music
Talent, enthusiasm and a love for music are at the heart of three Louisburg High School Band students who recently attended The School of Music at UNC Greensboro for six days of rigorous instruction from July 20-25.
Incoming senior Yvette Townsley, along with in-coming juniors Emily Cooper and Hillary Campbell, attended the intense week of musical study.

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N.C. Arts Council awards dollars for local efforts
The North Carolina Arts Council will invest $76,046 in grants for arts programs and projects in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties during 2008–2009.
Across North Carolina, $7,427,425 was distributed through 353 grants to 269 grantees. That total includes $500,000 in nonrecurring funding and $2,710,245 in recurring funding for the Grassroots Arts Program.

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GETTING READY
GETTING READY
Local youth recently completed a three-day “youth livestock judging and skill-a-thon” workshop for 11 children in the county. The group drove to four area farms on Aug. 6 and 7, judging sheep, meat goats, swine and beef cattle. Area farmers, Extension agents and specialists taught the trainings. On Friday, Aug. 8, agents Mark Hucks and Martha Mobley taught information for a skill-a-ton contest. The entire event was sponsored financially by the Franklin County Farm Bureau board of directors. The youth learned about evaluating live animals and giving reasons on various classes, breeds of the species, management tools and meat cuts identification. The event was organized by Mobley and Brent Jennings, NCSU 4-H livestock specialist. The deadline for entries for the 2008 NC State Fair is Sept. 15.

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RAPE PREVENTION
RAPE PREVENTION
The Franklin County Rape Prevention Task Force met recently. Members are, from left: Tracy Perry, Kristi Smith, Marla Hall, Janice Stricek, Dawn Stallings, Cindy Jones, Linda Rudolph, Colleen Cassada and Jason Cox. Members not pictured are: Robin Darone, Fonda Daigneault, Danielle Hill, Pam Prokopowicz, Jamie Neal, Carah Wheeler, Lisa Boone, and Tojuana Miller.

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