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Showing 21 articles from October 8, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Public explanation on BHS overage challenged
Franklin County commissioners were taken to task Monday night for not giving the public a clear picture on a school bond funding decision.
Commissioners approved a $67,370 increase to its additions and renovations contract for improvements at Bunn High School.
The increase was the result of change orders associated with removing asbestos piping discovered under the cafeteria floor slab during demolition and filling concrete around certain existing wall foundations.

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Novozymes expansion
Novozymes expansion
FRANKLINTON — At the same time that Novozymes officials cut the ribbon on an expansion project, congressional leaders readied them for a federal grant that should further help the industry leader develop better ways to manufacture the enzymes necessary to produce alternative fuels.
The Denmark company’s leaders unveiled the $26-million, 3,660-square-foot laboratory expansion and 10,720 square-foot office extension to its site off N.C. Highway 56 and Perry’s Chapel Road.

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Turnout won’t discourage community policing efforts of SCOPE, officers say
Turnout won’t discourage community policing efforts of SCOPE, officers say
An event designed to stimulate public interest in protecting their families and communities wasn’t the draw law enforcement officers hoped it would be.
But they remain committed to the concept of community policing, even if they have to meet the public more than half way.
“We’re going to continue on,” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Bennett Manson, who heads up SCOPE (Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort) and organized Saturday’s Safe Communities Fair at Bunn Middle School.

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Mooving right along
Mooving right along
Wayne Champion is trying to get a hoof up.
Spotted earlier this week by a cow pasture off May Road, Champion was “conversing” with a couple of cows from a resting herd in preparation for Saturday’s United Way “Cow Chip.”
“You have to be able to speak their language,” he said, getting cozy with a few bovines to sharpen his coaxing skills for the competition.

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OBITUARIES

CARLTON L. ALLEN
YOUNGSVILLE - Carlton Leon Allen, 60, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 5, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Ron Wallace officiating. Burial followed in Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery.

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GINA D. REICHENBACH
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.- Gina D. “Roop” Reichenbach, 40, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Creedmoor, with Pastor Marc Tilley officiating. A graveside service will immediately follow the funeral service at Memorial Gardens in Raleigh.

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ALLIE S. MCWHIRTER
WILLOW SPRING - Allie Daisy Stanley McWhirter, 93, a resident of Carolina House in Smithfield, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2008. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 8) at Bethel Free Will Baptist church cemetery in Four Oaks.

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JOE C. “BUCK” GUPTON
July 25, 1925 - September 26, 2008
RAEFORD - Joe C. “Buck” Gupton, 83, of 419 N. Donaldson Ave., died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.

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CAMERON SCOTT WAYNE
GREENSBORO --- Cameron Scott “Scotty” Wayne, 17, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at Lexington Community Hospital, following a car accident.

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SPORTS

NCC Questions
NCC Questions
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Over the past several seasons, the Bunn-Southern Vance showdown has been considered the unofficial championship game in the Northern Carolina Conference -- even if the contest fell as the league opener for both clubs.
But SV and BHS have dominated the conference since the Wildcats entered the NCC in 2002.

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Warriors stopped by SVHS
Warriors stopped by SVHS
HENDERSON -- Earlier in the year, the Louisburg Lady Warriors were able to secure a home victory against backyard, non-conference rival Southern Vance.
But SV returned the favor Monday at home, sweeping the Lady Warriors by a 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 margin at the SVHS Gymnasium.

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LHS Wallops Weldon In TRAC Action
LHS Wallops Weldon In TRAC Action
WELDON — Louisburg High rode a strong ground game to a 54-18 victory over the host Weldon Chargers during the Warriors’ Tar Roanoke Athletic Conference opener last Friday in Halifax County.
The Warriors jumped out early with a 63-yard scoring strike from Ryan Stern to Jovon Blacknall, staking the team to a 6-0 lead with 9:32 to go in the first quarter.

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Kerry is coming to the area
Kerry is coming to the area
Former Bunn High star Kerry Neal will be returning to The Triangle this Saturday as a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
That’s when Notre Dame will tangle with a red-hot University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ squad at 3:30 p.m. at Kenan Stadium.

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Hurricanes announce NHL festivities
Hurricanes announce NHL festivities
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 2008-09 regular season on Friday, Oct. 10, with a 7 p.m. matchup against the Florida Panthers.
Following a trip to Tampa Bay for a Saturday evening tilt against the Lightning, the Hurricanes will return to the RBC Center on Monday, Oct. 13, to host the 2008 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

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FOOTBALL CONTEST WEEKLY RESULTS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s individual and game winners from The Franklin Times Football Contest:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Mann murder: death penalty on the table
Prosecutors will announce during a pretrial conference next week whether or not they will seek the death penalty against a suspect charged with first-degree murder.
Early indications suggest they won’t.
Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood set the conference date for Monday, a time when Ibin Williams will learn whether he faces the possibility of death or life in prison for his alleged role in the July 3 murder of Corey Wardell Mann.

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TDA works to iron out funding guidelines
During a Monday work session, the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority talked about developing practices to better analyze grant applications.
They also sought some legal advice.
County Attorney Darnell Batton helped the board discuss the limits of their grant reach, specifically, what types of projects can be funded and which ones cannot.

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Tar River Land Conservancy plans farm field day
The Tar River Land Conservancy will celebrate the permanent protection of over 13,000 acres and 100 miles of streams at its “Field Day on the Farm” event Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event is being hosted by Charles and Karen Vaughan at the historic Heptinstall Place in Aurelian Springs.

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Springfield ranked 4th in Angus
Springfield Angus Farm, Louisburg, ranked as fourth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in North Carolina.
The farm recorded 169 head of Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2008, which ended September 30, according to Bryce Schumann, chief executive officer of the American Angus Association.

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Arts Council celebrates 30 years; membership drive under way
It was 1978.
Twelve talented, forward-thinking arts enthusiasts came together to form an organization that would be tasked to promote the arts in Franklin County. Edith Anderson, James H. Brown, C. T. Dean, Allen de Hart, Margaret Gupton, Julia Kornegay, Thilbert Pearce, Maude H. Thomas, James A. Williams, Luther Baldwin, Sandra Elam and Parker Lumpkin worked to put together the necessary program and documents that created the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC).

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BUSINESS

NEW SIGN DAWNING
NEW SIGN DAWNING
Workers put up a new “Days Inn” sign off Bickett Boulevard on Monday morning, taking down the old one that went from Best Western to Sandlewood Hotel to Days Hotel, forefront, over the last two years.

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