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Showing 28 articles from October 31, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Early voting won’t go into extra innings
Early voters have turned out in record numbers for Tuesday’s general election, but they won’t get an extension of time this weekend.
The state Board of Elections had given local election officials the opportunity to extend early voting by four hours on Saturday until 5 p.m.
On Friday though, the county’s Board of Elections decided to close the polls on Saturday at the originally scheduled 1 p.m.

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Youngster busts barriers
Youngster busts barriers
LOUISBURG -- She may be only seven years old, but Taylor Ferguson has an important message to share.
Girls just want to have fun.
Regardless of the sport, Ferguson has a knack for excelling at it -- whether it be against boys, girls or both.
Last winter, Ferguson was a sharpshooter for a team in the Louisburg Recreation Department’s 5-7 Co-Ed Basketball League.

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Town works for business
The Louisburg Town Council has agreed to take steps that would open up a development project across from a proposed Super Wal-Mart.
Town officials and staff, though, say the move is about safety.
Umiya RDU Inc. is proposing a development along the eastern side of U.S. 401 across from D & J Automotive, but a sliver of land — 0.106 acres — they need to connect their development to a central access point on the highway is owned by those responsible for the Wal-Mart development.

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Review leaves college in good spirits
Review leaves college in good spirits
A review by an accrediting agency that could determine Louisburg College’s future has produced optimism.
“I am very positive,” said Louisburg College interim president Rodney Foth shortly after a visit from a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) committee that literally holds the college’s survival in its hands.

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Care and Share needs more assistance
Care and Share needs more assistance
Those who help residents in need could use some help, themselves.
A struggling economy has meant longer lines at Franklin County’s Care and Share, a food and clothing assistance program the county took over in 2005. In that time, said Department of Social Services Director Nicki Griffin, the need has doubled.
“(The need for our services) has grown consistently the last two or three years,” Griffin said.

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Cool earnings
Cool earnings
The county’s finance staff continued their Halloween tradition this year of getting into the spirit. This year, they went to the movie and musical, Grease, for inspiration. From left are finance staff, Lisa Medlin, Debbie Vaughan, Marie Neve, Finance Director Chuck Murray, Mattie May, and clerk to the board of commissioners, Kristen King. King’s not endorsing smoking. The cigarette is a rolled up note card. (Contributed photo).

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OBITUARIES

LESLIE “L.G.” ALFORD, JR.
PILOT – Leslie “L.G.” Gardner Alford, Jr., 75, died Thursday morning, Oct. 30, 2008 at his home. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 1) at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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WILLIAM R. FRANKS
RALEIGH - William Robert “Bill” Franks, 61, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 at Rex Healthcare. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 1) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, with the Rev. Tab Cosgrove, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest, officiating.

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JAMES C. KNIGHT
WAKE FOREST - James C. Knight, 72, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at his residence. Friends visited with the family Wednesday evening, Oct. 29, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wake Forest.

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IDELLA B. HOLLER
LOUISBURG - Idella B. Holler, 88, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.

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CONNIE MACK MEDLIN
WILSON – Connie Mack Medlin, 69, died Thursday night at Pitt Memorial Hospital. He was born in Franklin County and was preceded in death by his father, Robert Dib Medlin.

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THOMAS WAYNE EDWARDS
LOUISBURG - Mr. Thomas Wayne Edwards, 57, of Louisburg, passed away October 28, 2008.

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GERALD PERRY BREWER
KINSTON - Gerald Perry Brewer, 73, of Kinston went to be with his LORD on October 28, 2008. Gerald was born October 24, 1935 in Louisburg, N.C. He served his country in the United States Army as a Military Police officer. He served the state of North Carolina and his community in the N.C. Highway Patrol, retiring after 30 years of service.

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SPORTS

Thursday Night Lights
Thursday Night Lights
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- As expected, Roanoke Rapids’ ever-changing offense threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Bunn Wildcats.
But Bunn responded with its own brand of high-powered offense Thursday en route to flushing away the Yellow Jackets’ hopes for an upset victory.
Instead, the powerhouse Wildcats racked up 561 total yards and went on to defeat Roanoke Rapids by a 46-14 margin in a Northern Carolina Conference football showdown at RRHS’ historic Hoyle Field.

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Too Little, Too Late For Warriors
Too Little, Too Late For Warriors
LOUISBURG -- Since the clubs had split their regular season matches, it was almost a given that early momentum would be a key when Louisburg hosted North Johnston in Wednesday’s first-round action of the Class 1-A State Boys Soccer Playoffs at Joyner Park.
The visiting Panthers took that analysis to heart with a strong first half against the stunned Warriors. North Johnston would pile up a huge lead and then hold on for a 6-4 decision that ended the season for Coach Brent Cardwell’s club.

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Chargers set to test Red Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton has clearly established itself as one of the area’s top boys soccer powerhouses.
But FHS has a chance to enhance its reputation even more during a second-round matchup today in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
At 7 p.m., the Red Rams, ranked sixth in the most recent 2-A polls, will entertain fourth-ranked Pittsboro Northwood at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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Season over for LC soccer
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s men’s soccer season has come to an abrupt end after the program was found to be in violation of National Junior College Athletic Association rules.
The NJCAA determined that LC did not meet the proper qualifications for the allotment of academic merit scholarship awards.
Under NJCAA guidelines, 18 student-athletes from each member soccer program can receive athletic scholarship money, including four international players.

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A Shrine Selection
A Shrine Selection
BUNN -- Ever since he was a child, Bunn’s Ty Howle attended the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Football Game along with his father, BHS head coach David Howle.
Ty Howle will get a different perspective of the contest this year. From field level, that is.
Ty Howle, a senior center at Bunn, has been selected to the North Carolina roster for the annual event, which will be held Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C.

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FRANKLIN FUTBOL CLUB MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Franklin Futbol Club’s 9-under girls squad played a home soccer doubleheader last weekend, going 1-1.
The first match was against TU AC Milan.
FFC lost 2-1. The team had some great ball control but could not keep the TU AC Milan from scoring twice in the first half.

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‘Skate With Canes’ scheduled
‘Skate With Canes’ scheduled
RALEIGH -- Doug Warf, Director of Community Relations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and Executive Director for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, has announced that tickets for the annual “Skate with the Canes” event will go on sale on Nov. 3 for season-ticket holders.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Nov. 4. “Skate with the Canes” will take place on Dec. 2 at the RBC Center in Raleigh.

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LIFESTYLES

A welcome surprise comes from Chilean president
A welcome surprise comes from Chilean president
I am so excited about this news that I want to share it with all of you. Normally the bad news makes the TV and the newspapers, but I feel that the good news can be as exciting as the bad news. Besides, the bad news leaves you in a depressed mood, while the good news lifts your spirits.
As you know, Chile has a woman president, Michelle Bachelet, who for the most part has made good decisions for the betterment of the people of that country. One of her latest interventions has been the passing of a law that would have been almost impossible some years back.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County Arts Council used broad brush strokes to provide cultural grant awards
The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) announces the subgrant awards for 2008- 2009.
Grants are annually provided by the North Carolina Arts Council from funding by the NC State Legislature. Each county is required to match the funds from the state.
FCAC receives matching funds from the county and the town of Louisburg.

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Skydiving venture could fall into county’s lap
Franklin County Airport Commissioners will ask county leaders for approval to bring a skydiving operation to the airport.
Two weeks ago, representatives with Triangle Skydiving Center (TSC) presented the airport authority with a plan to bring a parachuting business to the location.
Organizer Greg Upper said the abrupt closure of Carolina Sky Sports to civilian jumpers — that company now has a military contract — opened up an opportunity for the business venture.

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Novozymes is a catalyst for employee wellness
At Novozymes, wellness has become a priority company wide.
With the percentage of Americans who are overweight or unhealthy rising to epidemic proportions, it is going to take more than just personal will power to make a difference.
Individuals, employers, health care providers, family, friends and even government may need to partner together to make America healthy.

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State transportation officials urge drivers to be alert and safe
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, and they need to be alert to the change. The switch back to standard time means the sun will set an hour earlier in the day and leave less light for evening commuters.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Stifles Jackets
Bunn Stifles Jackets
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- As expected, Roanoke Rapids’ ever-changing offense threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Bunn Wildcats.
But Bunn responded with its own brand of high-powered offense Thursday en route to flushing away the Yellow Jackets’ hopes for an upset victory.
Instead, the powerhouse Wildcats racked up 561 total yards and went on to defeat Roanoke Rapids by a 46-14 margin in a Northern Carolina Conference football showdown at RRHS’ historic Hoyle Field.

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Northwest Rallies Past Rams
Northwest Rallies Past Rams
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Northwest Halifax put together a decisive nine-minute drive in the fourth quarter, and the resulting touchdown and two-point conversion sent the Vikings past Franklinton in a key Northern Carolina Conference football matchup Friday night.
Host Northwest got a 3-yard touchdown plunge from Douglas Squire with 1:30 left that brought the Vikings to within one point of the Red Rams.

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Warriors Pull Away From West
GASTON -- Thanks to an electrifying second half, the Louisburg Warriors were able to secure another Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference regular season football championship Friday night.
Leading by only 14 points at halftime, the Warriors exploded down the stretch to pull away from host Northampton West by a 46-8 score.
Louisburg is now 9-1 overall to go with an undefeated 5-0 mark in the TRAC. The Warriors have also won nine consecutive games.

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