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Showing 23 articles from September 5, 2008.

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Watching, waiting<br>Hanna fizzling; Ike raging
Watching, waiting
Hanna fizzling; Ike raging
If hurricane tracks hold true, Hanna may have grown to hurricane strength by landfall today but central North Carolina would not see her wrath.
As late as Friday, meteorologists with the National Weather Service predicted Hanna would have made landfall near Wilmington at midnight (Friday) and trudged across eastern North Carolina.
Areas east of the I-95 corridor could suffer rain of 2 inches or more and 50-mph wind gusts, said meteorologist Jeff Orrock, but Franklin County and other areas in the central part of the state would see 1 to 2 inches of rain and sustained winds of about 20 mph.

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Locals join the rally
Above, Board of Commissioners GOP candidate Jeremy Neal, left, and North Carolina Victory 2008 field representative Patrick Lawson look over information that would be used to survey voters about their leadership preferences in the fall.
Locals join the rally
The Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, Minn., was the appropriate site for Sen. John McCain to accept the Republican Party’s nomination for president.
Second Congressional District GOP candidate Dan Mansell was in the Twin Cities for the party’s national convention and he said McCain did much to galvanize the party and the country moving toward the November election.
“His speech was electrifying,” Mansell said. “For the longest time, I felt that our (party) base wasn’t excited.

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County OKs $500,000 for Pilot Park, wants Joyner Park $$ back
County OKs $500,000 for Pilot Park, wants Joyner Park $$ back
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed on Tuesday night to equally match a $500,000 state grant to develop Pilot Lions Park.
And shortly thereafter, commissioners decided to get back $100,000 it gave Louisburg in 2007.
That $100,000 was intended to match a grant, but in July, Louisburg sent back the $426,000 it got from the state for Phase II of Joyner Park.

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Board of Elections to move
County staff will look to use a recently vacated retail spot to house its Elections Office, which has come under fire from a disability advocacy group.
In July, Disability Rights North Carolina, a federally mandated protection and advocacy organization, sent the county Board of Elections office a letter outlining six access issues regarding parking, sidewalks and walkways and the lack of curbside voting.

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OBITUARIES

LUCILLE RICHARDSON
CASTALIA - Lucille Richardson, 79, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008.

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RUBY M. CREECH
ZEBULON - Ruby Manning Creech, 93, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Sept. 4, at Watkins Chapel Baptist Church. Entombment followed in the church cemetery.

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REUBEN HALL
ZEBULON - Reuben “Bro Boy” Hall died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 6) at Good Hope Baptist Church, 4209 Smithfield Road, Knightdale. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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GWENDOLYN E. SATTERWHITE
FRANKLINTON - Gwendolyn E. Sattterwhite, 42, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 6) at Allen Metropolitan AME Zion Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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JENNIE E. LUCAS
WILSON - Jennie E. Lucas, 80, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 6) at St. John AMEZ Church, Wilson, with Presiding Elder Franklin L. Rush officiating.

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JOE T. JORDAN
FRANKLINTON - Joe T. Jordan, 68, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m.

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REV. BENNIE A. MACK SR.
HILLSBOROUGH - The Rev. Bennie Austin Mack Sr. was born October 27, 1928. He died September 3, 2008.

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SPORTS

Bunn Shows Savvy During Sweep
Bunn Shows Savvy During Sweep
LOUISBURG -- Bunn’s veteran experience -- and Louisburg’s lack thereof -- was on display during the renewal of the teams’ rivalry Thursday at the LHS Gymnasium.
The visiting Ladycats refused to get rattled despite falling behind to the energetic Lady Warriors in the opening game.
But when Bunn rallied for the game-one victory, Louisburg seemed to be deflated for good, and the result was a 25-20, 25-11, 25-18 decision that went in the Ladycats’ favor.

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Weather shifts LC contests
Weather shifts LC contests
Several scheduled sporting events this weekend involving Louisburg College have been postponed -- or the sites switched -- because of the threat from Tropical Storm Hanna.
LC’s scheduled football game today against Erie Community College out of New York will now be played on the road instead of at the Louisburg High School Football Field.

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Much Closer This Time
Much Closer This Time
BUNN -- Following last Saturday’s eight-goal defeat against Bunn at the Garman Homes Labor Day Cup, Louisburg High School boys soccer coach Brent Cardwell promised a much better showing when his Warriors had a rematch with BHS four days later.
Cardwell’s guarantee proved to be accurate, as his Warriors were much more competitive this time around.

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Northern tops LHS
HENDERSON -- Louisburg dropped a 25-13, 25-22, 25-13 decision to host Northern Vance in a non-league volleyball matchup Wednesday evening.
The setback put Louisburg’s record at 2-3 on the season.
Lindsey Ward paced the Lady Warriors’ offense with six kills and four blocks, and Kendra Carter offered a trio of blocks.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are Thursday’s high school football scores:

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Mudcats in control of SL Divisional Series
Mudcats in control of SL Divisional Series
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats moved to within one win of their fourth Southern League Championship Series appearance, destroying first-half champ West Tenn 11-2 on Thursday night at Pringles Park to take a commanding two games to none lead in the best-of-five series.
Carolina, which was one-hit by Diamond Jaxx starter Tracy Thorpe on August 13, assaulted Thorpe (L, 0-1) for four runs on three hits in the top of the first inning to set the tenor for the game.

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Bunn Sweeps Northern
Bunn Sweeps Northern
BUNN -- Bunn has yet to lose to Northern Nash since the clubs resumed a high school volleyball rivalry in recent seasons.
But Wednesday’s renewal would prove to be the toughest yet for the Ladycats against their non-conference foe from Red Oak.
After a comfortable game-one victory, Bunn was tested by Northern Nash in games two and three. But in each game, the Ladycats were able to pull away late to earn a 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 decision at the Bunn Dome.

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Golf tourney slated
Golf tourney slated
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Sandy Creek Relay For Life Golf Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Louisburg.
Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Entry deadline is Oct. 5.
Cost is $50 per person or $200 per foursome.
For more information, call 853-3105 or 569-0399.

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LIFESTYLES

Everybody talks about the weather
Everybody talks about the weather
The weather is probably one of the topics talked about in more languages around the world than any other topic. Weather can affect human beings in so many ways that we find ourselves talking about it daily.
For this very reason, the weather is one of few topics placed in the content of all foreign language textbooks throughout the world.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

DISTRICT COURT
The following people were penalized in Franklin District Court recently for driving while impaired (DWI).

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PREP FOOTBALL

A Birthday Bash
A Birthday Bash
FRANKLINTON - Since it was his 40th birthday, Louisburg High football coach James Collier hoped to receive plenty of gifts Thursday.
Not see his team give them away.
Somehow, LHS provided a happy ending to Collier’s birthday celebration -- despite the fact that the Warriors committed a whopping six turnovers during a sloppy 18-6 road decision over rival Franklinton at the FHS Football Field.

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Wildcats win over Eagles
BUNN -- In a duel of previously unbeaten teams, Bunn racked up 356 rushing yards and went on to defeat Elizabeth City Northeastern 30-17 in a non-conference prep football matchup Thursday on the BHS campus.
The host Wildcats are now 3-0, while Northeastern dropped to 2-1.
“It was probably our best all-around effort of the season,’’ said BHS head coach David Howle. “We didn’t have many penalties, and the kids played hard against a pretty good football team. I think we’re getting better.’’

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