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Showing 28 articles from August 22, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

12-year-old shoots neighbor, 11
12-year-old shoots neighbor, 11
An 11-year-old Franklin County boy — celebrating his birthday Friday — was shot by a 12-year-old neighbor from a nearby porch with a high-powered rifle.
He suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was grazed on the chest, officers at the scene said.
According to investigators and Sheriff Pat Green, Giovann Lopez was playing on a trampoline behind his neighbor’s home on 401 South when the 12-year-old resident of that home shot him with an A-K 47 assault rifle at about 4:30 p.m.

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Brush fire overcomes home
Brush fire overcomes home
A fire that started in some brush off of Ferrells Bridge Road on Thursday spread and destroyed a family’s home. Above, Assistant Justice Fire Chief Linwood Powell coordinates efforts. A passerby reported the fire at about 2 p.m., and by the time firefighters got to the home about a mile down a private drive, they found a house fully engulfed in flames. The family had a family pet, a dog, that did not survive. Representatives with the American Red Cross responded to assist the family. Firefighters from Bunn, Justice, Louisburg and White Level responded, and EMS crews provided support. The Forestry Service used plows to keep the fire from spreading. Crews doused the fire by about 6 p.m.

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Charges against Osborn dropped
The District Attorney’s Office has dismissed tampering charges against Franklin County’s former airport director.
According to Leigh Osborn’s attorney, Assistant District Attorney Bill Williamson made the decision this week. Immediate attempts to reach Williamson were not successful.
According to Osborn’s attorney, Boyd Sturges, the state decided that the matter was not worth pursuing criminally.

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Unemployment rate creeping up
Franklin County’s unemployment rate continues to rise, mirroring 97 of the state’s 100 counties.
According to the Employment Security Commission (ESC), Franklin County’s unemployment rate reached 7 percent in July.
The statewide unemployment rate is 6.8 percent.

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Slowing it down at Bickett/561
Slowing it down at Bickett/561
The Louisburg Town Council approved a speed limit change on a town street it hopes could spur business.
When the state Department of Transportation erects the signs, the speed limit on Justice Street (N.C. 561) from U.S. 401 east toward Industry Drive will go from 45 mph to 35 mph.

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MEET MR. TRACTOR
MEET MR. TRACTOR
The 8th annual Justice Tractor and Engine Show is coming up Sept 5 and 6 at Duke Memorial Baptist Church. Started as a building fund-raiser, the show has gone from a local project to an event that pulls in hundreds of tractor lovers from North Carolina and surrounding states. Milton Shearin, above, came up with the idea for the show as an outreach of his passion for farming, antique engines and, of course, anything John Deere or Farmall. See Wednesday’s edition for a story on how the whole thing started.

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OBITUARIES

M. MARIE GAY
ZEBULON - M. Marie “Ree” Gay, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 at WakeMed. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 22, at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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RUTH C. LAYTON
RALEIGH - Ruth Carlyle Layton, 77, formerly of Franklinton, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008.

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ZOILA M. FLANNAGAN
LOUISBURG - Zoila Maria Garcia Flannagan, 97, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 at Louisburg Nursing Center in Louisburg.

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POLLIE J. JONES
CASTALIA - Pollie J. Jones, 93, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 23) at Cedar Rock Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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WILLARD SAMUEL PERRY
September 22, 1920 – August 20, 2008
RALEIGH-Willard Samuel Perry, 87, died August 20, 2008.
Will Perry was born in Franklin County. He was the sixth of seven children born to James Edward Perry and Fannie Bell Alford Perry.

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STACI JO MORGAN
SPRING HOPE - Staci Jo Morgan, 17 months, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2008. She was born March 1, 2007 in Nash County. Staci was a beloved daughter and sister.

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SPORTS

LHS Is ‘D’Lightful
LHS Is ‘D’Lightful
STANHOPE - Head coach James Collier acknowledges that this may be the quickest defense he’s worked with during his eight-year tenure in charge of the Louisburg High School football program.
That’s saying something, considering the fact that the Warriors inevitably produce one of the top defenses in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.

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Warriors defeated at home
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High led by two goals at halftime, but the Warriors were overtaken by Knightdale after the break during boys prep soccer action Thursday at Joyner Park.
The visitors from Wake County rallied to claim a 6-4 decision over the Warriors in a non-conference matchup.

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Solid Second Half Rescues Rams
Solid Second Half Rescues Rams
STANHOPE -- Before the match, Deran Coe emphasized how important it was for his Franklinton High School boys soccer team to get off to a quick, effective start this season.
But it took 40 minutes for Coe’s message to get across before his Red Rams erupted in the second half to defeat host Southern Nash by a 4-2 margin Tuesday in the first match for both clubs.

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Edwards leaving for EKU
Edwards leaving for EKU
Jerry Edwards, who became an unlikely face for Louisburg College’s recent financial woes, won’t be returning as the school’s assistant baseball coach.
Edwards, who had been at LC the past three seasons, was told in the spring that his position was being eliminated as part of school-wide budget cuts.

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READY TO RUN
READY TO RUN
The Louisburg High School cross country team has been working this summer to prepare for the upcoming Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference schedule. LHS roster members for the 2008 season are (back, l to r) Phillip Harvin, Jarrett Clifton, Ben Lord, Terrell Grant and Coach Randal Holmes; (front, l to r) Kip Sayles, Kim Baker, Doug McClurg and Stephen Davis. Not pictured are Doug Harris, Kiefer Norris, Uriel Rivera and Selene Rivera.

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Canes’ tix on sale Sept. 21
Canes’ tix on sale Sept. 21
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that individual game tickets for home games in October and November will be on sale to the general public on Sunday, Sept. 21, in conjunction with the Caniac Carnival.
Tickets will be available at the Time Warner Cable Box Office at the RBC Center, CarolinaHurricanes.com and all Ticketmaster outlets beginning at 10 a.m.

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LIFESTYLES

The spirit of the Olympics
The spirit of the Olympics
The spirit of the Olympics has always been special.
In what other event do you gather 204 nations and more than 11,028 participants from so many walks of life and so many different cultures to compete and to bring happiness?
I do not think there is a more emotional and exciting event in the world.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

More catalytic converters stolen; man robbed
Catalytic converter thieves have struck again.
Tony Capell of Capell’s Auto Repair on N.C. Highway 56 reported on Monday that five catalytic converters were stolen.
On July 30, Capell reported that two converters were stolen and two more were damaged.

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Annexation eyed
FRANKLINTON ­— Town officials and staff figure it’s important to move quickly on plans to annex a substantial development planned along the town’s outer corporate limits.
Developers tore down the old Night Moves building on U.S. Highway 1 last year, the first physical sign of activity at the entrance to more than 110 acres that could possibly house a mixture of commercial and residential development, officials said.

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TOP EMPLOYEES
TOP EMPLOYEES
During an Aug. 11 meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education, Alice Faye Gupton (CEC secretary) and Thomas Earl Ayscue (maintenance worker in carpentry and water quality) were recognized as employees of the quarter. Above are, from left: John Dixon (teacher), Dale Byrns (CEC principal), Gupton, Deborah Hall (CEC staff) and Chairman of the Board of Education Paige Sayles.

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GENEROUS EFFORT
GENEROUS EFFORT
To celebrate its 9th anniversary, the parish families of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church decided to share the many blessings that have been given to them by “stuffing a truck” with food, diapers, cleaning products and paper goods to help re-stock the “Care & Share” shelves at the Franklin County Department of Social Services. Bags were donated locally through Lowes Foods. Sister Betty Bullen and members of the Parish Council delivered the goods on Monday morning to Nicki Griffin, director of FCDSS. As it is said in Psalm 86:17, “The gifts given to us are gifts for us to give,” said Monsignor Gerald Lewis as he blessed the truck, full of staples, during the parish’s annual picnic on Sunday. The celebration included a bi-lingual mass, when all the parishioners joined together in worship and praise. “Jesus told us to ‘feed the hungry,’ and, by the Grace of God, we at Our Lady of the Rosary are able to help do that,” said Sister Betty Bullen. Above are, left to right, Jose Solis, Sister Bullen, Mary Lou Illingworth and Monsignor Lewis.

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Whistlers find tunes in Japan for ‘08
The International Grand Champion winners were announced at the conclusion of the whistling competition of the 35th International Whistlers Convention (IWC) in Japan, July 18-21, 2008.
Winners are: Male International Grand Champions first place - Geert Chatrou, Mierlo, The Netherlands; second place - Terry Rappold, Harahan, LA, USA; third place - Cao Qing Yao, China; and Female International Grand Champions first place - Carole Anne Kaufman, Monrovia, CA, USA; second place - Akiko Komano, Japan; third place - Linda Schiffman, Lexington, MA, USA.

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United Way keys in for seniors’ computer needs
United Way of Franklin County, in partnership with the Triangle United Way’s Teaming for Technology (T4T) Program, provided four desktop computers to the Franklin County Department of Aging to support the computer labs at the Franklinton and Louisburg senior centers.

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HELPING FAMILIES
HELPING FAMILIES
The Five County Community Collaborative of Vance, Granville, Franklin, Warren and Halifax counties started the 2008-2009 year with new leaders. Above are Vice Chairman Freddie Harris of Warren County Department of Social Services, outgoing Chairman Jonathan Cloud of Granville Department of Social Services and new chairman, Mary Jo Van Horne, of the Guardian ad Litem Program of Judicial District 9. Cloud was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his leadership over the past two years. The Community Collaborative consists of community members including family members, advocates, community leaders, representatives of the faith-based community and various child-serving agencies providing leadership and oversight of the System of Care.

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PREP FOOTBALL

South Granville Slides Past Red Rams
South Granville Slides Past Red Rams
FRANKLINTON -- South Granville overcame a sea of offensive mistakes to spoil the beginning of the Clark Harrell Era at Franklinton in Friday’s regular season football opener.
The Vikings committed five costly turnovers, but still managed to defeat the Red Rams by a 14-0 margin at the FHS Football Field.
SG outgained Franklinton 355 yards to 151 in Harrell’s debut. FHS also had difficulty holding on to the ball as the Red Rams accumulated three turnovers.

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Bunn Shuts Out Falcons
BUNN -- Bunn found the end zone seven times during its season-opening football victory Friday at home against the C.B. Aycock Falcons.
Too bad for the Wildcats that only four of the scores counted, as Bunn had a trio of touchdowns called back because of inopportune penalties.
Still, Bunn had more than enough offense to surge past the Falcons 28-0 in a non-conference meeting at the BHS Football Field.

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