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Showing 31 articles from November 25, 2008.

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La Branche sets expectations high
La Branche sets expectations high
Mark David La Branche is set to assume Louisburg College’s top post after the start of the year, with plans to lead it out of financial hardship and into prosperity.
The college’s board of trustees chose him over finalist Dr. Judy Blankenship Cheatham during a meeting on Friday.
“What I hope to do is come in and listen a great deal to faculty and staff, the administration and students,” said La Branche, pronounced like the part of a tree — branch.

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Bending FRMC’s effort costs $489,000
The Louisburg Town Council met with legal representatives on Monday, advising them to continue negotiations.
Since the town took on Health Management Associates and the relocation issue, it has spent $489,142.68 in legal fees.

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The gentleman wore a ruby-red gloss
The gentleman wore a ruby-red gloss
Election 2008 brought more than just political campaigns to the students of Crosscreek Charter School. In addition to participating in a schoolwide mock election of local, state, and national politicians, students also voted for a school candidate to kiss a pig. Students were able to cast votes with box tops. The candidate with the most box tops won the distinction of showing students what lipstick on a pig really looks likes. The candidates were the school principal, Robin Jackson; CAPT Chairperson Pattie Brooks and the winner, school board President Mike Rowe, above, with Suzanne Jones, owner and operator of Mae Farms in Franklin County. The school raised more than 3,650 box tops during the election.

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Arts Council honors Lisa Bernardi Wolf
Arts Council honors Lisa Bernardi Wolf
It turns out Lisa Bernardi Wolf had a lot in common with a lump of clay last Friday night.
After being commissioned to make a sculpture of an immigrant woman’s mother, the clay she dug her hands into turned into one of her most personal and emotional works.
And after expecting to spend a quiet evening at home, Wolf unwittingly was the guest of honor at the Franklin County Arts annual dinner, taking home the Artist of the Year award.

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Safe for the holiday
Safe for the holiday
‘Tis the season to be jolly, but don’t get too cozy as Thanksgiving and Christmastime approach.
On the list of decorating and gift buying need to be ways to secure your home, Bennett Manson, county crime prevention officer, said this week.
In the past month, Franklin County has had a significant increase in home break-ins and thefts.

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OBITUARIES

ELIZABETH “BETTY” BATES
LOUISBURG-Elizabeth “Betty” (LaBarge) Bates, 73, died at home on Thursday Nov. 20, 2008. Memorial services were conducted at Leah’s Chapel United Methodist, Louisburg, on Monday, Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m.

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LOUISE O. KEITH
CREEDMOOR - Edna Louise O’Neal Keith, 82, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 at her home. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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HARVEY BATCHELOR
ZEBULON - Harvey Edward “Eddie” Batchelor, 59, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 23, at Social Plains Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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ANITA SUE GARRETT
ZEBULON - Anita Sue Garrett, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. A memorial service was conducted Sunday at Bryan-Lee Funeral chapel, Garner.

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Sarah Lee Peed
RALEIGH - Sarah Lee Peed, 87, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 26) at Carolina Pines Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Montlawn Memorial Park.

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LOUISE H. PERSON
OXFORD - Louise Hight Person, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 26) in Elmwood Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oxford Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Alan Koeneke and Dr. David J. Hailey officiating.

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JOHN E. FLICKINGER SR.
LOUISBURG - John E. Flickinger Sr., 70, formerly of Pennsville, N.J., died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at his home in Louisburg.

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SPORTS

BLACK FRIDAY COMES
BLACK FRIDAY COMES
BUNN - Goldsboro’s ‘30 Boys’ helped put an abrupt end to David Howle’s 21-year coaching career at Bunn High School.
Freddie Jones, A.J. Parker and Andre Montgomery have earned the moniker ‘The 30 Boys’ for Goldsboro, because each wears a uniform number in the 30s -- and each plays a key role in the Cougars’ churning T-formation offense.

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Pender Rallies To Shock Louisburg
Pender Rallies To Shock Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- Pender continues to be Louisburg’s chief nemesis in the Class 1-AA State Football Playoffs.
Last season, Louisburg reached the quarterfinals before falling to the Patriots at home.
History repeated itself last Friday, much to the dismay of LHS head coach James Collier, who saw the Patriots rally with a pair of second-half touchdowns to overtake his Warriors by a 24-20 margin in Round Two postseason action at Patterson Field.

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Red Rams topped by host Vikes
TARBORO -- Franklinton High ended a winning season on Friday night with a road loss at top-seeded Tarboro in the second round of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
The Vikings put together a strong ground game and stifled the Red Rams, besting the Franklinton squad, 38-6.

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Questions linger on campaign
Questions linger on campaign
How did it end so quickly?
That was the first of many questions I wondered about following Franklin County’s 0-fer last Friday in the second round of the state football playoffs.
Certainly, there were more questions than answers after higher seeds Louisburg and Bunn fell in games the clubs were considered favorites -- albeit against strong opponents.

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‘Canes Join The Club
‘Canes Join The Club
LOUISBURG -- Apparently, club members have more privileges when they visit Holton Gymnasium to tangle with the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad.
That’s the only reason LC first-year head coach John Meeks can come up with to explain Monday’s 84-64 home victory against the Campbell University Club Team.

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LC women a clutch road winner over Wilkes CC
WILKESBORO -- Louisburg College went on the road last Saturday and came away with a key women’s basketball victory at rival Wilkes Community College.
Taking on a Wilkes club that eliminated them at last year’s Region X Tournament, the Lady Hurricanes roared to a 14-point halftime lead and went on to defeat the Lady Cougars by a 65-55 margin.

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NCHSAA ROUND 3 PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are this Friday’s pairings for the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Friday’s results from the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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Bunn’s Building Process
Bunn’s Building Process
PIKEVILLE -- Mike Diaz’s rebuilding philosophy is simple within the Bunn High School wrestling program.
Get a potential-filled group of freshmen and sophomores and watch as they develop.
Sometimes, the circumstances will be painful. Wrestling is not an endeavor that is mastered overnight -- or in a year or two, for that matter.

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Annual Whitfield Camp is slated
Annual Whitfield Camp is slated
GOLDSBORO -- The baseball clinic run by North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Famer George Whitfield is set for its 37th annual renewal.
The clinic is scheduled for Goldsboro High School on January 10. 2009, and features another tremendous lineup.
Registration is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m, and then the clinic will run until 6 p.m.

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

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Airport Commission will develop business plan for operations
The Franklin County Airport Commission pledged to put together a business plan for the airport during its latest retreat.
The Commission met last Wednesday to take a long-range look at the airport, its growth and potential.
Commission members left the retreat, hosted by the N.C. Small Business Technology Development Center, with a goal of putting together a business plan to map the airport’s future.

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FIND AN ANGEL, BE AN ANGEL
FIND AN ANGEL, BE AN ANGEL
The Franklin County Department of Social Services Angel Tree is up at Wal-Mart. From left are (kneeling) Janel Jones, Susan Miller, Tojuana Miller, Jamie Whitley, (standing) Cheryl Piet-Rader, Chanel Parris, Amy Melton, Jeanette Richardson, Amy Perrine, Dottie Jones, all of DSS child support services. Anyone can pick an angel from the tree, purchase the item and return unwrapped toy to the customer service desk. Angels will remain on the tree until Dec. 22.

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Franklin Boys and Girls Club Art winners’ work goes to regional competition
Franklin Boys and Girls Club Art winners’ work goes to regional competition
The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina, Franklin Unit, hosted a local art exhibit in late October. Club members were able to showcase their digital artwork for judging. Judging were members of the Franklin Unit board of directors. Winners, above, are: from right, 11-year-old Jalisa Kern; 14-year-old Patra Kern, and 16-year-old Kamilaha Henry. The winners were selected based upon their creative, inventive and abstract talents demonstrated in their photos.

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COLLECTED FOR CHILDREN
COLLECTED FOR CHILDREN
Tony Wynne, Louisburg Fire Department, top photo. The Four Bridges ECA Club’s members (Margaret Abernathy, Samantha Abernathy, Eleanor Averette, Gladys Aycock, Beth Beck, Elmar Holmes, Diana Lee, Betty Pearce, Amy Southerland, Carole Southerland and Lisa Tharrington) collected stuffed animals throughout the year to give to needy familes as a project. The club also gave some of the stuffed animals to Safe Space Inc. (Contributed photos)

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Fall concerts wrap up at Cherry Hill, Dec. 7
An All-American program featuring pianist Daniel Steinert and the married, musical duo of Brian and Pamela Koser is planned for Sunday, Dec. 7, at Cherry Hill. Pamela Koser is a soprano and Brian is a saxophonist. The performance will begin at 3 p.m.
Noting that this is a return visit for the three musicians, Brian Koser explained that this year’s program will look and sound quite different from last year’s which was extremely well received.

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Wildlife changes
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled its annual series of nine public hearings to allow comment on dozens of proposed changes to the state’s hunting and fishing rules.
Some of the proposals apply only to one county or region, while others apply statewide.

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BUSINESS

Paige Sayles elected to NCSBA board of directors
The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) elected new officers and five new members to the governing board of directors — including Paige Sayles — during its 39th Annual Conference for Board Member Development.

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