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Showing 24 articles from November 14, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Chamber cuts out director’s job
Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephen Barrington figured the buck stopped with him when it came to organizational revenues.
The Chamber’s board of directors agreed last week when they agreed with Barrington’s own recommendation to eliminate the executive director position.
“I always felt very seriously that I nor (administrative assistant Brenda Fuller) are the Chamber,” Barrington said this week. “We work for the Chamber...

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Lighting the holiday way in Louisburg
Lighting the holiday way in Louisburg
The Louisburg Electric Department was out this week putting up the town’s holiday snowflake decorations. Before they went up on the utility poles, however, each light had to be checked. Replacing a few bulbs are, from left, Lin King, Dominick Lafella and Colt Dickerson.

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Louisburg College narrows president list down to two
Louisburg College will present to the public two finalists for the two-year college’s top post.
Mark David La Branche, senior vice president of external affairs at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and Judy Blankenship Cheatham, a professor at Greensboro College, will visit the school on this coming Monday, Nov. 17, and Thursday, Nov. 20, respectively.

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Farm-City Week: agriculture links to economic development
LOCAL FLAVOR. Local free-range hog farmer Mike Jones, right, helps round out a breakfast plate for AgCarolina financial services officer Laura Martin on Thursday during the Farm-City Week breakfast. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Farm-City Week: agriculture links to economic development
While money doesn’t necessarily grow on trees, Orange County Cooperative Extension Agent Mike Lanier said there is money in local food production.
Lanier, the agent for agribusiness and economic development, was the keynote speaker for Franklin County’s Cooperative Extension Farm City Week breakfast on Thursday.

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OBITUARIES

ERNEST E. WOODLIEF SR.
KITTRELL - Ernest Elliott Woodlief Sr., 67, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at Durham Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 15) in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel of Henderson, with the Rev. Rob Hammonds officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.

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EILEEN MITCHELL
YOUNGSVILLE - Eileen Mitchell, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 14, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jason Mitchell, great-grandson, officiating. Burial followed in the Mitchell family cemetery.

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BENJAMIN F. SEAGROVES
FRANKLINTON - Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Seagroves, 70, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. A graveside service was conducted Friday, Nov. 14, at Wake Forest Town Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller.

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LILLIAN M. STEPHENSON
RALEIGH - Lillian Mitchiner Stephenson, 98, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 12, 2008. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 15) at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street. After the service, the family at home will receive relatives and friends. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Severn Cemetery in Northampton County.

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JOYCE T. O’NEIL
WAKE FOREST - Joyce “Pop” Tudor O’Neil, 73, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at her residence. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 15) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery.

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SPORTS

A Mann-Sized Job
A Mann-Sized Job
BUNN - Chuck Mann is from Bunn. He grew up there and played basketball for the Wildcats before graduating in 1992.
So Mann understands all about what is expected from the high school teams in the hoops-crazy community.
Mann hopes to utilize that knowledge to his advantage as he begins his initial campaign as the Bunn High girls basketball coach.

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LHS Earns TRAC Spike Superlatives
LHS Earns TRAC Spike Superlatives
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High delivered one final parting gift this fall on its way out of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.
Yet another volleyball championship.
LHS has dominated the TRAC since the most recent realignment before the 2005 campaign. The Lady Warriors have won every league regular season and tournament crown during that period, and this year would prove to be no different.

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LC drops first game of season
LC drops first game of season
LOUISBURG -- After five consecutive strong victories to open the season, the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad found the losing column for the first time Thursday in opening-night action of the Roger Taylor Classic at Holton Gymnasium.
Taking on long-time Region X foe Spartanburg Methodist College, the Hurricanes made a late rush, only to be vanquished by an 80-74 margin.

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Vanguards win versus Johnston
Vanguards win versus Johnston
SMITHFIELD -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards were victorious against the Johnston Community College Jaguars on last Saturday at Smithfield-Selma High School in men’s basketball action.
VGCC posed a 86-69 win, making the Vanguards 2-0 for the season and 1-0 in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 10 Conference play.

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Canes release ticket special
Canes release ticket special
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes have announced that the team is offering buy-one-get-one-free ticket vouchers for the Hurricanes’ game at the RBC Center on Tuesday, Nov. 18, against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Bunn takes another NCC JV spike title
BUNN -- Bunn High’s recent volleyball dominance hasn’t just been limited to the varsity level.
Certainly, the Ladycats have built a varsity spike powerhouse, winning at least a regular season or tournament championship -- or both -- in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn’s Mighty Mites will tangle with Knightdale in this year’s East Wake Football League Super Bowl this afternoon -- weather permitting.
The contest is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Granville Central High School in Stem. Both clubs will carry a 9-1 worksheet into the much-anticipated event.

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LIFESTYLES

It’s a wonderful, ever-changing world
It’s a wonderful, ever-changing world
At Royal Elementary, the children of the Before and After School Program have the opportunity to do homework, do lab activities, experience creative enrichment, enjoy physical activities, and occasionally have the surprise of a guest.
Last month I was invited to share with about 30 children in the After School Program information about the Spanish language and its culture.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man charged in elderly man assault facing unrelated murder charge in Nash
HICKS
Man charged in elderly man assault facing unrelated murder charge in Nash
Nash County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Louisburg men on murder charges, including one who was already in jail on charges of assaulting an elderly man.
Nash County deputies found Stanley Chi, 50, dead from a gunshot wound inside his home on Sept. 9.
No information about where he was shot or what specific weapon was used has been released.
On Thursday, Nash County authorities announced that they had arrested Darrell Maurice Hicks, 23, and Jermaine Antwaun Drake, 24, both of Smooth Rider Road in Louisburg.

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Joey’s fire closes doors in short order
A Louisburg restaurant remains closed after an upstairs office caught fire last week.
Louisburg and Bunn fire departments responded to Joey’s Italian Chophouse the evening of Nov. 5.
The outside of the structure was not damaged, but firefighters discovered that an upstairs office had caught fire. No one was inside at the time.

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Northeast Piedmont Chorale schedules holiday performances
Northeast Piedmont Chorale schedules holiday performances
The Northeast Piedmont Chorale will present Handel’s “Messiah” at four concerts this fall.
At each concert, the Chorale will be joined by members of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Choir and the Wake Forest Baptist Church Chancel Choir.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, the Chorale will participate in “Night of the Living Community” at the Louisburg College Auditorium.

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BUSINESS

Union Bank elevates Lancaster to executive management team
The board of directors of Union Bank and Trust, a community bank based in Oxford, approved the promotion of Don Lancaster to the bank’s executive management team.
Lancaster, who continues as market executive for Franklin County and directs the operations for Union Bank offices in Louisburg and Youngsville, will carry a title of executive vice president and work directly in shaping the future of the bank.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Franklinton Flies By First Flight
Franklinton Flies By First Flight
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton sloshed its way to a postseason victory, lighting up the First Flight Nighthawks Friday night 23-13 in the first round of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
After a see-saw battle that saw both teams hold the lead through the first half, Franklinton seized control in the third quarter on a touchdown run by Michael Crudup with 4:49 to go in the third quarter.
The extra point made it 16-13 and Franklinton never trailed again.

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Bunn Bests Croatan
Bunn Bests Croatan
BUNN -- Bunn’s high-octane rushing attack has been no passing fancy during David Howle’s 21-year tenure as the Wildcats’ head football coach.
But while other schools have adopted passing-oriented spread formations, Howle continues to revel in the masterful simplicity of power football.

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Louisburg Takes Trask To Task
Louisburg Takes Trask To Task
LOUISBURG -- The offensive heroics just keep coming for the prolific Louisburg High School football team.
And they don’t seem to be on the verge of stopping anytime soon, either.
The Warriors exploded for a whopping 40 points in the second quarter alone en route to routing Heide Trask by a 72-12 margin Friday in the first round of the Class 1-AA State Playoffs at Patterson Field.

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