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Showing 25 articles from September 9, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Pastuer murder trial under way
Pastuer murder trial under way
The case against a man accused of killing his estranged wife continues this week.
Prosecutors began presenting their case Monday, alleging that Robert Lee Pastuer, 49, killed Narskelsky Pastuer about a month before her body was discovered in the trunk of her car on Dec. 6, 2006.
By Tuesday morning, the prosecution team of assistant district attorneys Annette Sellars, Bill Williamson and Kristin Peebles had solicited the testimony of Narskelsky Pastuer’s daughter, Melissa Battle, co-workers, a neighbor and a security officer with the State Employees Credit Union.

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Utility issues topic at special meeting
Franklin County staff, Franklinton representatives and officials will meet with an advisory group on Thursday to discuss utility issues.
With so many projects up in the air, county Utilities Director Bryce Mendenhall said now was a good time to conduct the special-called meeting.

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Too wet to plow
Too wet to plow
W.E. Heath of Kinston covers up as he rides through a drenched and empty Justice Community Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Show. The annual Duke Memorial Baptist Church fund-raiser was cut short Saturday due to heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hanna. “The rain hasn’t ruined my weekend at all. I’m staying through Sunday, show or no show. But, I do feel sorry for the church. The weather had to have hurt their fund raising,” said Heath, who has participated in the show each of its eight years.

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Couple seeks to have paternity laws improved
When a woman told Franklin County native Avon Alston he was the father of her child back in 1992, he took her at her word.
What he found out recently is that a stack of evidence to the contrary doesn’t mean much 16 years later.
A judge in 2004 denied his motion to terminate child support payments, ruling too much time had passed.

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OBITUARIES

WANDA W. PRIVETTE
ZEBULON – Wanda Wilson Privette, 56, died Saturday morning, Sept. 6, 2008. Funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Union Hope Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Privette family cemetery, Riley Crossroads, Zebulon.

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EVELYN S. BALL
LOUISBURG - Evelyn Sturges Ball, 92, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 in Carebridge Assisted Living. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 10) at Duke Memorial Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jack Edge officiating. Entombment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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THOMAS B. LEONARD
LOUISBURG - Thomas Brantley “Tommy” Leonard, 58, of Louisburg, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at his home. Funeral services will be conducted today (Wednesday, Sept. 10) at 2 p.m. at Centerville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Keith Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HERBERT C. CYRUS JR.
ORANGE, N.J. - Funeral services for Mr. Herbert C. Cyrus Jr., 73, formerly of Hollister, who died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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THE REV. BENNIE A. MACK SR.
HILLSBOROUGH - The Rev. Bennie Austin Mack Sr., 79, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. The funeral was at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in Church Cemetery.

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MARY S. WOOD
LOUISBURG – Mary Sykes Wood, 70, of Lake Royale, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 at her home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with Rev. Kevin Byers officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will follow in White Level Baptist Church cemetery.

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GWENDOLYN E. SATTERWHITE
FRANKLINTON - Gwendolyn “Ram Bette” Edwards Satterwhite, 48, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at her home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 6, at A.M.E. Zion Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. Alex Atlas officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

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JANIE W. ENGLE
August 31, 2008
CONYNGHAM, PA - Janie W. Engle, 84, of 80 Main St., Conyngham, Pa., died Sunday afternoon (August 31, 2008) at Hazleton General Hospital.

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SPORTS

Speed Vs. Size
Speed Vs. Size
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Over the weekend, Louisburg High School football coach James Collier attended a youth gridiron game featuring his son, Cody.
And Collier was amazed -- simply because his son’s team was able to effectively snap the ball.
“They didn’t fumble a snap the whole game,’’ Collier said. “I couldn’t believe it.’’

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Red Rams in finals of BK event
HENDERSON -- Franklinton’s boys soccer squad is one victory away from a three-peat at the annual Burger King Classic.
But the Red Rams had to play the waiting game for a few days when poor weather washed away last Saturday’s scheduled finals.
Instead, the championship match featuring Franklinton against Kerr-Vance was postponed and will be played today at 4:30 p.m. on the K-VA campus.

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Patterson Field To Be Unveiled At LHS
Patterson Field To Be Unveiled At LHS
LOUISBURG -- One of Louisburg’s favorite sons will be recognized Friday night at halftime of the Louisburg-Bunn high school football game.
James Robert ‘Crow’ Patterson, who graduated from LHS in 1967, will have his alma mater’s football field named after him as part of a halftime ceremony.
After Friday night, the facility will be forever known as James Robert Patterson Memorial Field.

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Gridiron jamboree targeted
Gridiron jamboree targeted
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Border Wars Middle School Football Scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Bunn High School Football Field.
Franklin County teams Cedar Creek, Terrell Lane and Bunn will participate, along with Hawley, Butner-Stem and Weldon.

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Mudcats fall in SL’s finals
Mudcats fall in SL’s finals
ZEBULON -- Twelve-year minor league veteran catcher J.C. Boscan hit a run-scoring double to right field in the top of the 10th inning to score Van Pope from first base, lifting the Mississippi Braves to a Game 1 Southern League Championship Series victory over the Carolina Mudcats 5-4 Monday night at Five County Stadium in front of 1,183 fans.

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Franklinton hits the road Friday
FRANKLINTON -- Through three games, the Franklinton Red Rams have consistently been able to force turnovers from opposing offenses.
“You can see our guys starting to take a little pride in our defense,’’ said first-year FHS head coach Clark Harrell.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS
Nesse Milon-Clifton, a distance learning lab facilitator at Louisburg High School, is one of eight individuals statewide honored for outstanding support of UNCG iSchool, a state-funded program that gives N.C. high school students an online, tuition-paid head start on their college education.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

THIS TRACTOR FOR SALE
THIS TRACTOR FOR SALE
Tropical Storm Hanna pushed many of the the Justice Tractor Show highlights inside, but the community still came out in support for the annual fund-raiser that is for the Duke Memorial Baptist Church building fund. Above, Bobby Gupton helps clean up after the breakfast crowd.

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SUCCESSFUL DRIVE
SUCCESSFUL DRIVE
The Louisburg Rotary Club’s annual Back-to-School Supply Drive was a great success, organizers said. “We know how important it is for all students to get off to a good start to the school year,” Louisburg Rotary President Dr. Bert L’Homme, above left, said. “Through the support of the community, we were able to help many students get a good start that may not have been possible without proper supplies. We are very thankful for the support.”

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Police advise elderly residents to protect against scams
Two law enforcement agencies are investigating home invasions involving elderly people.
In mid-August, an elderly man on Gay Way just outside Louisburg reported that a man and woman used an insurance ruse to get into his home.
Once inside, the man distracted him with taking measurements for insurance purposes outside the home and the woman stole $300, insurance, bills and a bank statement.

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Concert Association outlines performance series
The Henderson Community Concert Association will present American Jukebox in the first concert of the 2008-2009 Concert Series for season ticket holders.
This performance will be Monday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center Auditorium, Exit 209 on I-85.

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Leisy’s logging out
Leisy’s logging out
Without leadership, a department can struggle to progress.
Through the leadership of now retired Franklin County Schools’ Director of Technology Susan Leisy, FCS has become one of the leading technology systems in the state.
Leisy spent the past 10 years with FCS making sure the county had the best technology program affordable. Leisy’s dedication to FCS will be missed, according to Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme.

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AgCarolina grant applications open
AgCarolina Financial has announced that it is accepting grant applications through their corporate-giving program, The Fund for Rural North Carolina.
Grants are available up to $5,000 per organization for programs that specifically benefit farmers and rural residents.

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