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Showing 26 articles from September 2, 2008.

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18-wheeler slams into Johnsons restaurant
DANGEROUS SCENARIO. A truck driver says he fell asleep just before crashing this Dollar General tractor-trailer into the dining area of a Youngsville restaurant Tuesday morning. The driver received minor injuries; no one else was hurt.
18-wheeler slams into Johnsons restaurant
YOUNGSVILLE — A tractor-trailer smashed into Johnsons Farmers Market Restaurant at 8 a.m. Tuesday, plowing into an unoccupied dining room, knocking out two electrical feeders and putting 2,620 Progress Energy customers in the dark.
No one in the restaurant was injured; the staff was in the kitchen area.
Youngsville Police said the truck driver, Marc Louis Zabala, 30, of Raleigh, told authorities that he fell asleep.

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Breaking News: 18 Wheeler crashes into Youngsville restaurant
Breaking News: 18 Wheeler crashes into Youngsville restaurant
An 18-wheeler crashed into the Johnsons Farmers Market Restaurant at 235 Park Ave. in Youngsville today around 8 a.m.

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Empty
Empty
Above, the dining area was empty when the truck plowed into Johnsons Farmers Market Restaurant in Youngsville.

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Hearts on fire
Hearts on fire
Two Franklin County families who were burned out of their home two weeks ago were busy trying to get comfortable in a new one this week.
A fire that started in some brush on Davis Drive spread to Amy Arrington’s home, gutting the one-story house and destroying everything inside, including generations worth of artifacts and memories.

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Pruette remembered for gifts of wisdom
Pruette remembered for gifts of wisdom
At 4-feet, 8-inches, Dr. C. Ray Pruette would stand on a Coca-Cola crate when he spoke from the pulpit at Franklinton Baptist Church.
Without that, it would have been tough to see him, but his spirit was never obscured, friends said.
Pruette died Saturday. He was 90.
“He was bigger than life, he really was,” said Jenny Edwards, who knew Pruette all her life.
“He was the tallest man I’ve ever known,” Edwards said of Pruette’s civic, educational and religious stature.
“He was head and shoulders above everyone.”

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Pastuer murder trial scheduled
Pastuer murder trial scheduled
The murder case against a man accused of killing his estranged wife is set to begin next week.
County, area and state authorities arrested Robert Lee Pastuer in December of 2006, alleging he killed Narskelsky Pastuer about a week before family members reported her missing.
Mrs. Pastuer’s body was found inside the trunk of her car, which was abandoned in a wooded area off of U.S. Highway 1 near Pocomoke Road.

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Tying up loose ends
Tying up loose ends
Labor Day was not a day off for the men of Duke Memorial Baptist Church. Left to right, Eric Morgan, Johnny Garrett, Charles Phelps and Tony Ford tie down a tent that will be used during this weekend’s 8th Annual Justice Community Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Show. Event organizer Milton Shearin said vendors and participants will be setting up all week to get ready for the Sept. 5-6 fund-raiser, which will be at the church in Justice. (Times photo by Jay Lamm)

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OBITUARIES

DR. C. RAY PRUETTE
FRANKLINTON - Dr. C. Ray Pruette, an outstanding civic, educational and religious leader, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 following a valiant battle with cancer.

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CAROLYN B. JOURNIGAN
WAKE FOREST - Carolyn Barham Journigan, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 3) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. J. Marshall Neathery officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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SHIRLEY S. TAYLOR
SUMMERVILLE, SC - Shirley Stokes Taylor, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at her residence. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at St. James United Methodist Church, Greenville, N.C. A private entombment will be at Pinewood Memorial Park, Greenville.

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MOLLY ANN WHITE
FRANKLINTON - Molly Ann White, 92, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at Carebridge Assisted Living in Louisburg. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Mount Herman Christian Church cemetery, Garner.

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HAYWOOD L. FOSTER JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Haywood L. Foster Jr., 53, who died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Perry’s School Alumnae Building, with Bishop Geanie Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Foster family cemetery.

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SPORTS

Bunn By A Block
Bunn By A Block
BUNN - Bunn parlayed a blocked punt into the eventual game-winning touchdown in the third quarter of last Friday’s 14-8 backyard rivalry victory over the Southern Nash Firebirds at the BHS Football Field.
With the score tied at 8-8 late in the third stanza, Bunn blocked an SN punt and took over at the Firebirds’ 21-yard line.
Five snaps later, BHS fullback Justin Rodgers dove into the end zone from 1-yard out, marking his second score of the night.

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Warriors defeated in opener
RALEIGH -- Louisburg was doomed by six turnovers -- including four interceptions -- during a season-opening, 21-8 road loss Friday against the Ravenscroft Ravens.
LHS’ defense was solid, limiting the high-powered Ravens’ offense to 134 total yards. But Louisburg, despite picking up 280 total yards, could muster only one touchdown during the contest.

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Rams Roll In 3rd-Place Showdown
Rams Roll In 3rd-Place Showdown
FRANKLINTON -- After disappointing setbacks the night before, Franklinton and Northern Nash didn’t necessarily want to be playing in the third-place match last Saturday afternoon at the Garman Homes Labor Day Cup.
In the semifinals of the eight-team event, host FHS had squandered a two-goal lead in losing to East Wake, while NN had dropped a shootout against Oxford Webb.

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Football matchup changes
Football matchup changes
The threat of poor weather this weekend has forced the shift of at least one high school football game in the area.
There may be more schedule changes as the week progresses.
Friday’s slated varsity matchup between Elizabeth City Northeastern and Bunn has been moved to Thursday. Because of the travel distance from Elizabeth City to BHS on a weeknight, the contest has also been shifted up 30 minutes and will kick off at 7 p.m.

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LC Drops Season Opener
LC Drops Season Opener
LOUISBURG -- Don’t accuse John Sala of easing into his new job as the Louisburg College football coach.
Not with long-time grid powerhouse Fork Union Military Academy serving as the opponent for Sala’s first game in charge of the LC program.
FUMA spoiled Sala’s debut last Friday, topping the Hurricanes by a 19-11 margin at the Louisburg High School Football Field.

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Franklinton topped by Southeast Halifax on road
TILLERY -- Franklinton went on the road last Friday and suffered a disappointing 32-6 setback at Southeast Halifax in a non-conference prep football matchup.
With the loss, Franklinton fell to 0-2 in Clark Harrell’s first season as head coach. Southeast, guided by former FHS mentor Richard Byrd, upped its overall mark to 2-0.

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Wildcats Claim Fifth Place
Wildcats Claim Fifth Place
FRANKLINTON -- During the short history of boys soccer in Franklin County, rivals Bunn and Louisburg have competed in several close, memorable matchups.
Last Saturday’s fifth-place showdown at the Garman Homes Labor Day Cup, however, wasn’t one of them, as the Wildcats rolled to the lopsided victory.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s results from Week Two of the North Carolina high school football season:

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Mudcats wrap up the regular season
Mudcats wrap up the regular season
ZEBULON -- Carolina scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie and go on to defeat the Tennessee Smokies 7-4 at Five County Stadium in front of 4,736 fans in the regular season diamond finale of the Class AA Southern League.
Brett Sinkbeil pitched five innings for Carolina, allowing just two hits and one run. Todd Doolittle (W,5-3) earned the win for Carolina, pitching the eighth inning, allowing one run on one hit. Chris Mobley (S, 28) pitched the ninth inning for Carolina to earn the save.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Ready for Hanna’s path?
Emergency management staff is preparing for treacherous weather this weekend.
Forecast models have Tropical Storm Hanna headed right for central North Carolina.
And Tropical Storm Ike is right on its heels. There’s also another storm, Josephine, emerging in the Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service.

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The ABCs of WIC
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally funded, supplemental food program which provides nutritional foods to help babies and young children improve their developmental growth.
Young children need essential vitamins and minerals in their diet. If a child does not receive the proper nutrients, he can become more susceptible to illnesses. Many illnesses can be related to undernourishment of children such as marasmus, kwashiorkor, rickets and scurvy.

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BUS SAFETY
BUS SAFETY
North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Hans Ellefson of Troop C, District 3, above, accompanied by Long Mill Elementary Assistant Principal Carleen Jones, led a school bus safety presentation for all the teachers and students of the school Aug. 29. They discussed the rules of riding a school bus (such as keeping hands, feet and head inside the bus at all times, remaining seated on the bus, not getting up and walking around while moving, not throwing trash or items of any kind out the windows, only speaking to the person seated next to you).

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Fall rabies clinic starts Sept. 6
Tar River Veterinary Hospital of Franklinton, with Dr. Elyse Goldman and staff, will sponsor a Fall Rabies Clinic.
The schedule is as follows:

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Edward Best High School  reunion: Class of ‘48
Edward Best High School reunion: Class of ‘48
The Edward Best High School Class of ‘48 celebrated its 60th class reunion on June 21 at the Murphy House in Louisburg. Above, left to right, are Jerry Ball, Minnie Inscoe Champion, Barbara Stallings Bailey, Elizabeth Edwards Smith, Paul Lamm, Elaine Lancaster Stallings, Marie Gupton Denton and Lucy Leonard Colbert.

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