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Showing 19 articles from November 18, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

State to take back $338,500 from FCS
The state is taking back school funding throughout North Carolina in anticipation of shortfalls in the budget, projected at $117 million in the public education fund.
Franklin County Schools is going to have to revert $338,500 as part of an adjusted net expected loss statewide of about $58 million, Franklin County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Doug Moore told the Board of Education on Monday.

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Voters’ results are official
Voters’ results are official
Franklin County’s election results were made official Friday and 156 ballots were added to the final tally, which was not sufficient to change any race.
Before Friday’s canvass, President-elect Barack Obama trailed Sen. John McCain, 13,022 votes to 13,273.
However, after elections officials and staff certified the vote — which included removing 16 incorrect ballots and adding absentees — McCain eked out a Franklin County victory with 13,273 votes to Obama’s 13,085.

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Skydiving decision on hold
County commissioners said they need more information about liability before they could sign off on bringing a skydiving operation to the airport.
Representatives with Triangle Skydiving Center (TSC) presented commissioners with the proposal at its meeting on Monday night.

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Complaint returned to county
The Franklin County Board of Elections will conduct a hearing on Friday that could identify the person responsible for alleged campaign violations.
Whether that happens or not, Danny Pearce, who filed the complaint, said a full hearing should shed some light on what he says are deficiencies within the Elections Office.

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County hires planning director
County hires planning director
County Manager Angela Harris stayed in-house last week, tabbing Scott Hammerbacher as the county’s new planning director.
Hammerbacher has served in the county’s planning office since 2006 as a planning supervisor.
He replaces Pat Young, who left earlier this year for a planning position in Durham.

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Bye-Bye Buffaloe
Bye-Bye Buffaloe
SWAN SONG. Commissioner Lyn Buffaloe, second from right, receives congratulatory pats on the back from, from left to right, Commissioners Bob Winters and Penny McGhee-Young, County Manager Angela Harris, Commission Chairman Robert Lee Swanson and Commissioner Sidney Dunston. Commissioner Don Lancaster also wished Buffaloe well as he will be replaced on the board by at-large Commissioner-elect Shane Mitchell. Commissioner Harry Foy did not attend Monday night’s meeting.

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OBITUARIES

DAVID H. STRICKLAND
STEM - David H. Strickland, 48, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at Duke University Medical Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 19) in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, Durham. Fr. Steven B. Clark will preside.

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CALVIN “C.J.” THOMAS
YOUNGSVILLE - Calvin “C.J.” Thomas, 67, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at his home. Funeral service was Monday, Nov. 17, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Mike Jones and the Rev. Jeff Chappel officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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LEWIS BARTON
Oct. 29, 1941 – Nov. 16, 2008
WENDELL - Lewis Barton, 67, of 2708 Marks Creek Road, died Sunday at home surrounded by his beloved family. He was a native of Rockville, CT, son to the late Howard and Margorie Medders Barton. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was also preceded in death by sons, Thomas and Bruce Jones.

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MR. ARTHUR LEON WILLIAMS
On October 15, 1907, Arthur Leon Williams was born to Sidney Williams and Lizzie (Blacknall) Williams. The oldest of four children, he had two sisters, Sarah (Ervin) Jones and Elizabeth (Joseph Blair) Wilson.

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SPORTS

Stopping The Spread
Stopping The Spread
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.
With each game possibly his last, the retiring Howle has his Wildcats revving late in the season, including a 68-8 whitewash of Croatan in Friday’s first round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs at the BHS Football Field.

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LHS: 72 Is Perfect
LHS: 72 Is Perfect
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 pasting Heide Trask by a 72-12 margin last Friday in the first round of the Class 1-AA State Playoffs at Patterson Field.

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Red Rams Take Flight
Red Rams Take Flight
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton sloshed its way to a postseason victory, lighting up the First Flight Nighthawks last 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.

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Wrestling program starts up
Wrestling program starts up
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A new youth wrestling program is starting this winter in Franklin County.
Youngsters ages kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome. Cost is $65 per wrestler.
The club will practice two days per week from December through March, with the first meeting scheduled for Dec. 5 at Franklinton Elementary School.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are the first-round results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS
The Kerr-Vance Academy Headmaster’s List and A/B Honor Roll for the first quarter of this school year have been announced as follows:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Eaton Corp. takes the cake in supporting United Way
Eaton Corp. takes the cake in supporting United Way
When Eaton Corp.’s United Way team in Youngsville was seeking a way to kick off their fund-raising campaign, Don Rollins volunteered to make his famous carrot cake to raffle off.
Rollins is the supply chain project manager for the company’s Power Quality Division.

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Caldwell selected as 2008 Wachovia Principal
Caldwell selected as 2008 Wachovia Principal
The principal of Kennedy Learning Center has been selected as the 2008 Wachovia Principal of the Year for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
Bertha Caldwell, a Franklin County native, was chosen from among 77 principals in the school system.
The state award is co-sponsored by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and Wachovia Bank. The local award is sponsored by Truliant Federal Credit Union.

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EARLY CHRISTMAS
EARLY CHRISTMAS
Safe Space staff Colleen Cassada, left, and Dawn Stallings, give an early showcase of the more than 400 new toys that will be on sale Saturday at the Louisburg Training Center beginning at 10 a.m. An anonymous donor presented the toys and they will be sold for prices between 50 cents and $15. Proceeds from the event will be used for Safe Space’s holiday client party. Safe Space provides a haven for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

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