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Showing 29 articles from November 5, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Obama takes it. Etheridge, Allen, Berger, Swanson, Dunston, Mitchell win Franklin
CELEBRATION. Early returns for presidential hopeful Barack Obama in North Carolina looked strong, as Kirsten Tipton, above, with her son, Alexander, cheer at an Obama rally at the Cola Cafe in Louisburg on Tuesday night. Obama won in Franklin County.
Obama takes it. Etheridge, Allen, Berger, Swanson, Dunston, Mitchell win Franklin
 Candidates sweated out late-returning early voting and absentee numbers before they could celebrate or concede victory on Tuesday night.
 

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History, future on minds of county voters
NO MATTER THE RAIN. Record turnout in Franklin County precincts was reported Tuesday, in spite of a day-long rain. Above, Ann Starrs helps Eva Brown to the polls at Terrell Lane Middle School. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)
History, future on minds of county voters
Throughout a rainy day in Franklin County on Tuesday, voters turned out with intent, purpose and record numbers to select the next president of the United States.
“More people have paid attention to this election than ever before,” Margaret Boyette said after voting at Terrell Lane Middle School. “It has been an unusual election, and either way it will be an election that will bring a lot of change.”

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Second pink ballot challenge under review
Second pink ballot challenge under review
The Franklin County Board of Elections received its second illegal campaigning complaint over the weekend and has changed its no-campaigning buffer procedures.
While election officials didn’t grant the complaint merit, they did take practical action following two special-called meetings on Sunday and Monday.

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Fenner Rowe remembered
Fenner Rowe opened a men’s clothing store more than 50 years ago.
And while styles and fashions have come and gone, the store and his spirit of community remain even after his death.
Rowe died Friday at the age of 93.
“Any man that can maintain a business for 50 years is business savvy,” said Ronnie Goswick, the county’s economic developer who knew Rowe well.

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OBITUARIES

THELMA BEATRICE LEONARD
NEWARK, N.J. - Thelma Beatrice Leonard, 88, formerly of Louisburg and Raleigh, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 7, at noon at First Baptist Church with Dr. Dumas Harshaw Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Church cemetery.

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GLORIA W. KING
LOUISBURG - Gloria Jean Ward King, 58, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services were Tuesday in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services in Louisburg, with Derrick Cooke officiating. Burial followed in Falls Community Cemetery in Wakefield.

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WILLIE H. BRAGG JR.
FRANKLINTON - Willie Henry Bragg Jr., 77, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were Monday morning, Nov. 3, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. David Averette officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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JOHN W. JONES
LOUISBURG - John W. Jones died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. Arrangements by R.H. Greene Funeral Home.

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FRED D. SHERWOOD
ZEBULON - Fred D. Sherwood, 71, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. A memorial service was Monday, Nov. 3, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Larry Barlow officiating.

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FENNER Y. ROWE
October 4, 1915 – October 31, 2008
LOUISBURG – Fenner Yarborough Rowe, 93, of Louisburg, died Friday evening.

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D. WATSON MITCHINER
September 17, 1918 – November 3, 2008
FRANKLINTON – David Watson Mitchiner, 90, of Franklinton, passed away at his home Monday afternoon.

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ELIZABETH B. FELTON
August 15, 1916 – November 2, 2008
LOUISBURG – Elizabeth Bullock Felton, 92, of Louisburg, went home to be with the heavenly angels Sunday evening at her home.

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SPORTS

Pasting The Pats
Pasting The Pats
LOUISBURG - For John Sala, there’s a big difference between a 5-4 and 4-5 record in his first season as the Louisburg College head football coach.
“A winning (mark) would be a good thing,’’ Sala said. “Of course, your goal is to win every game, but sometimes you get to the point when you can’t.
“We want to have a winning program, but we also want to have a program with character. We’re trying to do both of them, and we’ve let some guys go who we felt like didn’t fit in with that.

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Tough Road Defeat For Red Rams
Tough Road Defeat For Red 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 last 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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Red Rams topped by Chargers
Red Rams topped by Chargers
FRANKLINTON -- Head coach Deran Coe bristles at the suggestion that his Franklinton Red Rams had a disappointing season -- all because of a loss to Pittsboro Northwood last Saturday in the second round of the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.
Franklinton, despite its numerous heroics since the program’s inception, has been unable to travel beyond the second round of the postseason. That’s a song Coe has heard more than his share of since the final whistle last Saturday.

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Who’s the best team this fall?
Who’s the best team this fall?
So, who has the best college football team in the land now?
Under the current system, we will probably never know. But it certainly makes for interesting debate, especially since so many squads seem to be equal in talent this fall.
Unlike last season, however, hiccups probably won’t be allowed this time around. Oklahoma and USC both have very strong rosters, but probably won’t receive title consideration because of earlier losses.

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Louisburg Handles Hurricanes
Louisburg Handles Hurricanes
GASTON -- Thanks to an electrifying second half, the Louisburg Warriors were able to secure another Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference regular season football championship last 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.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s high school football results from across North Carolina:

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Spike champions crowned
Spike champions crowned
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association crowned four new champions last Saturday at the State Volleyball Finals at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Results were as follows:

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Carolina Mudcats announce coaches
CINCINNATI, OHIO -- The Cincinnati Reds have named David Bell manager, Chris Bosio pitching coach, Ryan Jackson hitting coach and Jimmy Mattocks athletic trainer the 2009 field staff for the Carolina Mudcats.
Bell, 36, will skipper the Mudcats in his first season as a minor league manager. He retired as a player following the 2006 season after 12 years and 1,403 games in the Major Leagues with the Indians, Cardinals, Mariners, Giants, Phillies and Brewers.

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Wesleyan falls at home
RED OAK -- In USA South Conference football action, the Captains of Christopher Newport University scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to earn a 27-26 come-from-behind victory over the homestanding Bishops of North Carolina Wesleyan last Saturday afternoon at the Northern Nash Football Complex.

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

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COMMUNITY NEWS

HONK FOR OBAMA
HONK FOR OBAMA
Nate Long, 13, right, and Kamari Alston, 13, yell out to passersby on Tuesday in downtown Louisburg. “I am so excited about this election,” Long said. A Terrell Lane Middle School student, Long said he missed the bus to go to school after there was a delayed start there for elections. Employees at a nearby law office cautioned the children to stay back from the curb away from traffic.

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NO EXCUSES
NO EXCUSES
Frank Cone stops to get some hot chocolate after voting for John McCain at Faith Baptist Church on Tuesday. A recent motorcycle wreck has limited his mobility, but he said he would not have missed the vote.

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MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM GRADUATES
MEDICAL ASSISTING PROGRAM GRADUATES
Recent Vance-Granville medical assisting program graduates included, at right, kneeling in front, from left, Monica Lawhorne and Rachel Rivers; seated, from left, Amy Crudup, Lashaun Branch, Tameko Nelson and Wendy Ferrell; in back, from left, Lyn Wall, Yolanda Long, Nakesha Ruffin, Winnie Prince, Rachel Doggette, Kristin Johnson, Sarah Jones and instructor Patrice Allen.

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Joyner elected as trustee of funeral service practice academy
William P. “Bill” Joyner, CFSP, of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wake Forest, has been elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
The Academy membership elects new board of trustees members for a term of six years. Joyner was installed Oct. 14 in Orlando, Fla.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Novozymes has donated $4,035 for the Special Olympics in Franklin County. Last year the Special Olympics returned to Franklin County after 10 years. Franklin County Schools, Novozymes and Franklin County Parks and Recreation were responsible for the return of the event. Franklin County Schools’ Executive Director of Student Support Services Wendy Vavrousek, left, accepts the check from Novozymes representatives Joni Dean, Kathy Rowland and Kevin Potter. The money was raised through an annual golf tournament by Novozymes.

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UP CLOSE WITH BIOPROCESS
UP CLOSE WITH BIOPROCESS
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (center) talks with Bioprocess Technology Coordinator/Instructor Julie Kinlaw, right, in the Biotechnology lab on VGCC’s Franklin County Campus, as VGCC President Randy Parker and (in back) Director of Economic and Workforce Development Garland Elliott listen. Burr toured Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus, accompanied by Betty Jo Shepheard from his staff, after they had just come from Novozymes near Franklinton, which has partnered with VGCC to develop industry training programs and to equip the Biotechnology lab at the Franklin Campus.

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GUEST SPEAKER
GUEST SPEAKER
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a presentation this week from Mary Bryant, a lay person with Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministry is affiliated with Louisburg United Methodist Church and provides one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties. This counseling is anonymous to the care receiver and is open to all persons regardless of their religious background. The recipients are people from our community who are experiencing divorce, grief, loss of job, loneliness, hospitalization, terminal illness or any other number of life difficulties. Above are Bryant and program Chairman Lion Phyllis Eury. The Louisburg Lions meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Murphy House Restaurant. New members are welcome.

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