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Showing 29 articles from December 16, 2008.

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Yarborough gets at least 30 years in plea arrangement
Yarborough gets at least 30 years in plea arrangement
A Franklin County man was sentenced to at least 30 years in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to killing his great grandfather.
In court documents, Patrick M. Yarborough, 20, confessed to killing Samuel Burt, 80, inside his Schloss Road home on Jan. 8, 2007.
In Franklin County Superior Court on Monday, Yarborough pled guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery as part of a plea agreement.

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Sirens back from past
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners want to make more noise one way and cut it out in another.
Police Chief Larry Pritchett said he has been approached by town firefighters interested in re-establishing the town’s civil defense sirens.
The devices, commonly referred to as air raid sirens, generate a high-pitch wail that could be used to alert town residents of events, primarily tornados.

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In step with Christmas in Bunn, Alert
In step with Christmas in Bunn, Alert
Above, Madeline Burton, foreground, focuses on her flute as the Bunn High School band makes its way through Bunn during the town’s Christmas parade on Saturday morning. Accompanying her are from left to right, Kaili Stevens on the flute,, Zaneta Diaz on the clarinet, and Ryan Jackson on saxophone. At far left, Austin Torrealba also makes his way down the town’s main street.

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Mental health director Norman resigns position
An area agency charged with helping residents procure mental health care will have a change at the top.
Five County Mental Health Authority Area Director Foster Norman has resigned. His last day will be Dec. 31.
“I am sad to be leaving,” said Norman. “... but (Five County Area Mental Health) is in a very strong position to continue its mental health leadership in the Five County Area.”

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‘Countrypolitan’ publishes stories of business, politics
Billed as a “collection of stories of love, of politics, of faith, of business” and more, a book authored by Wake County businessman Rick Eddins delivers not only stories with a deeper meaning but also inspiration and wisdom forged in real-world business and politics.
Eddins, whose grandmother, Claudia “Mammy” Young, lived on the family farm between Louisburg and Bunn, has lived a varied life as a businessman, husband, father, politician and activist who helped form Franklin Academy, an extremely successful Wake Forest Charter School.

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HMA buys Youngsville property for $3.26M
Hospital Management Associates, the parent company of Franklin Regional Medical Center, has purchased 50.1 acres in Youngsville for about $3.26 million.
The site at the corner of U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. Highway 96 is designated as the place where HMA wants to build a new hospital.
The land has been under option for more than two years, but HMA’s plans for the relocation have run into repeated snags at the state level.

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OBITUARIES

CAROLINE M. LOVELL
YOUNGSVILLE - Caroline Matthews Lovell, 35, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be determined at a time and date to be announced later.

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MARSHALL ROBERSON
ROCKY MOUNT - Marshall Roberson, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the chapel of Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Glenn Hill and the Rev. Tim Parker officiating. Burial followed at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

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JESSE W. WATKINS
RALEIGH - Jesse Wilton “J.W.” Watkins, 76, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 at Rex Healthcare. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 17) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, with Dr. Albert Wright officiating. Burial will be at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery, 3329 Forestville Road, Raleigh.

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ALECIA “COOKIE” COOKE
FUQUAY-VARINA - Alecia “Cookie” Cooke, 62, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. A memorial service to celebrate her life was conducted Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest.

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FRANK W. DAVIES
YOUNGSVILLE - Frank W. Davies, 74, owner of Country Auto Mart, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 at his residence. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas.

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ROBERT E. RECTOR
OXFORD - Robert “Bob” Elmer Rector a resident of Oxford, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral chapel in Oxford, with the Rev. Gene Brooks and the Rev. Terry Howard officiating. Burial will be in Douglas, Tex.

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WILLIAM L. WILKINS
FRANKLINTON - William L. Wilkins, 46, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will be in the Jones cemetery in Louisburg.

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RONALD S. “BIG RED” HOUSE
November 29, 1952 – December 14, 2008
BUNN – Ronald Stephens “Big Red” House, 56, of Bunn, died Sunday at his home.

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SPORTS

A GRAND OPENING
A GRAND OPENING
MICRO -- Two past and future league basketball rivals met for a bit of history Monday.
North Johnston and Franklinton -- former foes from the defunct Capital Area Conference -- met for the first-ever game at NJ’s sparkling Waverly Van Dorn Jones Jr. Gymnasium.
The event proved to be a grand opening for the visiting Red Rams, who spoiled the Panthers’ party with a 65-53 victory.

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Sumler a standout for ‘Dogs
Sumler a standout for ‘Dogs
ROCKY MOUNT -- During the teams’ first meeting of the season two weeks ago, Bunn seemed to have every answer during the second half of a wild comeback victory over Nash Central in boys prep basketball action.
But in last Friday’s rematch, the Wildcats couldn’t solve the defensive riddle of how to stop Trey Sumler -- Central’s high-scoring wing.

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Panthers slide past FHS girls
Panthers slide past FHS girls
MICRO -- Franklinton and North Johnston -- two girls programs who have met on big-time stages in the past -- shared another spotlight moment Monday night.
That’s when the former Capital Area Conference foes teamed up to open the brand-new Waverly Van Dorn Jones Jr. Gymnasium on the NJHS campus.
In the first-ever game at the gym, the Lady Panthers trailed only once -- early in the contest -- and went on to defeat Franklinton by a 41-25 margin.

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Davis’ Double Duty
Davis’ Double Duty
LOUISBURG -- The last -- and only -- time that Chris Davis coached a girls basketball team, his Plain View Middle School contingent in Sampson County posted an undefeated record.
That was 13 years ago. This season, Davis knows his all-time girls record may take a substantial hit as he takes over a rebuilding Louisburg High Lady Warriors’ program.

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Bunn Ladycats fall vs. Central
ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central finished off its season sweep of Bunn with a 36-24 decision last Friday in a non-conference girls basketball matchup.
The Lady Bulldogs were never threatened after roaring to an 11-3 advantage after the first period of action.

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LHS Takes Tourney -- Again
AHOSKIE -- For the second time in an eight-day span, the Louisburg High School wrestling team brought home a championship from a dual match tournament event.
This after never having won a dual tourney in the history of the program.
That changed Dec. 6 when the Warriors claimed first place at the Red Ram Duals at Franklinton High School.

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Louisburg clubs end pre-holiday ledgers
SMITHFIELD -- Louisburg College wrapped up its pre-Christmas men’s basketball schedule with a convincing 108-52 road decision last Saturday against Johnston Community College.
The event was played at the Smithfield-Selma High School Gymnasium.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the state football championship football game results from last weekend:

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Eric Staal bobbleheads are available Thursday
Eric Staal bobbleheads are available Thursday
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that the team will give away limited edition Eric Staal bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans in attendance at the RBC Center for the Hurricanes’ game against Florida on Thursday.
Pictures of the Staal bobblehead, which showcases his signature goal-scoring fist-pump pose, can be viewed at www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL MATCHUPS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed is the upcoming schedule for the college football bowl season (all times Eastern):

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LIFESTYLES

You gotta be Alert to catch this parade
You gotta be Alert to catch this parade
Organizers Larry Ayscue and Melanie Bobbitt said this year marked the 19th year for the community parade. Elizabeth Cardenas (above), who was out front and center before the parade came through, takes a break from the parade hubbub after grabbing plenty of candy.

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Santa knows which way it is to Bunn
Santa knows which way it is to Bunn
Austin Tilley, Emily Tilley, Taylor Renfrow and Ashley Renfrow make final preperations on their Farmer’s Table float before the Bunn parade began at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Mike Clifton calls on school board for response
The husband of a recently fired Louisburg High School employee has called upon Board of Education members to respond to claims of lack of leadership and inconsistent disciplinary actions by top school administration.
Mike Clifton, who spoke to the board without response from members on Dec. 8, sent an e-mail to each board member Tuesday asking what is being done about accusations, including ones that resulted in his wife’s firing in a closed session Dec. 8 upon the recommendation of Principal Freda Clifton.

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R&R Food Store in Bunn robbed
BUNN — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint.
According to a report by Deputy Troy Wheless, a black man armed with a shotgun entered the R&R Food Mart on Brantley Town Road at about 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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2008 Parade of Homes winners
The winners for the 2008 Tri-County Parade of Homes event on Sept. 19 are as follows:

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