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Showing 26 articles from January 13, 2009.

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Udderly cold
Udderly cold
These cows are grazing in a pasture off Highway 56 in Mapleville, chilling in the winter temperatures that fell into the low 30s Tuesday morning. Even lower temperatures are expected through the week and into the weekend with lows in the teens expected Friday and Saturday mornings. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)

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School board hushed on Collier
State and federal laws prevent the Board of Education members or school staff from commenting on the criminal investigation into a former coach/teacher on allegations of a sexual relationship with a student.
That message was publicly presented Monday night by Board of Education Chairman Paige Sayles and by Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme who both addressed mounting public concern about issues at Louisburg High School but did not state the coach/teacher’s name — James Collier — and did not make reference to recent criticisms about the leadership of Principal Freda Clifton.

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Terrell murder: Williams in for 30
Terrell murder: Williams in for 30
WARRENTON — A Franklin County man was sentenced to at least 30 years in jail for his role in a 2007 convenience store clerk murder.
Jimmy Lee Williams, 26, of northern Franklin County, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery for killing Randy Terrell, 41, of Warren County.
According to police, Williams, his cousin, Bobby Earl Williams, and another man, Michael Junior Harris, entered Papa’s Southern Store and Country Grill the evening of May 18, 2007, and shot him.

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Teachers’ jobs may be cut
The current fiscal year is likely safe, but school officials are bracing for cuts in the state allocations for local schools that will cut deep into the classroom.
Potential state cuts for fiscal year 2009-10 will likely range from $1.44 million to $3.36 million locally under three scenarios that will make it all but impossible not to eliminate teacher positions, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Doug Moore told the Board of Education on Monday.

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Cohoon to head up Triangle North
Cohoon to head up Triangle North
Stakeholders in a four-county economic development effort will rely on a veteran approach to guide a new wave approach to fiscal success.
Veteran economic developer Bud Cohoon began work this month as director of Triangle North — a partnership between Franklin, Vance, Warren and Granville counties to collectively market and promote and benefit from development at business parks in each county.

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OBITUARIES

GEORGE W. HATHAWAY
LOUISBURG - George Washington Hathaway, 69, died Sunday morning, Jan. 11, 2009 at his residence. A memorial service honoring his life was conducted Tuesday morning, Jan. 13, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Tammy Carter officiating.

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EDWARD F. BLAND SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Edward Francis Bland, Sr., 87, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 at the Carolina House of Wake Forest. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan.17, at Oak Level Christian Church, with the Rev. Gary Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Level Christian Church cemetery.

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AVIS J. SEYMOUR
PILOT - Avis J. Seymour, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. A funeral service was conducted Sunday, Jan. 11, at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon.

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JOSEPH GILL
WAKE FOREST - Joseph Gill, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 11, at Feggins & Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest. Burial followed Tuesday in the Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury.

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THOMAS DAVIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Thomas “Hook” Davis, 69, who died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MAMIE B. GREEN
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mamie Bullock Green, 107, who died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HARRIET A. BURTON
WARRENTON - Harriet Aronson Burton, 92, of Warrenton and Louisburg, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Littleton.

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CARLEY ROGERS
WENDELL - Carley Rogers, 72, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan.14) in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. Burial will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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KEVIN R. WARREN
ZEBULON - Kevin R. Warren, 22, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009. A service will be conducted Jan. 24 in Zebulon with location to be determined.

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FAYE H. HALE
ALERT - Faye Hunt Hale, 73, of Alert died Saturday, January 10, 2009. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Stanley and Stewart Hunt, both of Alert. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. from Mountain Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Wallace and the Rev. Ernest Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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PAUL “WINSTON” JONES
Jan. 11, 1936 - Jan. 10, 2009
RALEIGH - Paul “Winston” Jones 72, of Raleigh, went to be with his Lord on Sat., Jan. 10th, 2009.
He was born in Franklin County to the late Willard Jones and Alma Pearce Jones. He was a graduate of Bunn High School and a general contractor for most of his life.

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SPORTS

HISTORY MAKERS
HISTORY MAKERS
HENDERSON - Tucked away inside a recreational facility in rural Vance County, a little bit of local hoops history was made Saturday afternoon.
That’s when -- for the first time -- Louisburg College tangled with upstart Vance-Granville Community college for a men’s basketball game on the varsity level.
The schools met last year -- the first in existence for VGCC -- for a pair of JV contests.

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Warriors stopped by West
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s boys basketball team dropped a second straight heartbreaker in Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference action, falling 52-51 at home last Friday to the Northampton West Hurricanes.
“We had two shots at the end of the game, but we couldn’t get them to fall,’’ said LHS head coach Chris Davis. “It was that way most of the game -- we shot about 30 percent from the field.

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Davis Named LHS’ AD
Davis Named LHS’ AD
LOUISBURG -- Chris Davis has been selected as the new Athletic Director at Louisburg High School.
Davis was offered the position Monday by LHS Principal Freda Clifton. Davis succeeds James Collier, who resigned in December and is now being investigated for an alleged sexual relationship with a female student at the school.

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FHS boys edge SV at buzzer
FHS boys edge SV at buzzer
HENDERSON -- Here’s a good rule to follow for the Franklinton Red Rams during the remainder of the 2008-09 boys basketball season:
With the game on the line, get the ball into the hands of junior guard Jamen Allen.
During a non-league meeting with Louisburg in December, Allen drained a buzzer-beating shot to give the Red Rams a victory over their Franklin County rivals.

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FHS girls fall to So. Vance
FHS girls fall to So. Vance
HENDERSON -- The young, freshman-dominated Franklinton High School girls basketball team continues to make progress this season.
But the improvement isn’t necessarily showing up on the scoreboard, where the Lady Rams are having difficulty with some of their higher-powered opponents in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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Meet The Pirates Day is scheduled
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University baseball fans will get their first chance to meet the 2009 Pirates up close and personal on Saturday, February 14, as ECU hosts its ninth annual “Meet the Pirates” luncheon.
Scheduled to start at approximately 11 a.m. at the Murphy Center’s Harvey Banquet Hall, “Meet the Pirates” offers fans a chance to get autographs and photos of the ECU baseball team and fourth-year head coach Billy Godwin, as well as enjoy a catered lunch with the Pirate coaches and players.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

STATE COUNCIL CONFERENCE
STATE COUNCIL CONFERENCE
Franklin County 4-H’ers were among 300 other teen 4-H’ers at the N.C. 4-H State Council Conference in Raleigh recently. 4-H’ers participated in leadership workshops and they completed community service projects. During the leadership banquet, Kyle Frazier, Equus of All Trades 4-H Club received the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award for the North Central District. Above are: Frazier, Amani Rainey, Brittany Desouza, Jaron Allen, Aaron Cook, Tevin LeMay, Damien Jacobs, Cameron Remy, Remey Frazier and John Conyers III. Not pictured is 4-H participant Chris Farley.

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Police looking for suspected home burglar who shot man in stomach
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect who shot a Louisburg man who was trying to protect his family Tuesday morning.
According to a report by Dep. C. Evans, police were first called out to Franklin Regional Medical Center at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday as Earl Cadette Crudup, 45, was suffering from a gunshot wound.

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A CROSS TO BEAR
A CROSS TO BEAR
The 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which is a Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, is this month. Shannon Road Highest Praise church has placed crosses on its property in Louisburg in opposition to abortion on demand. A sign there reads: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness no choice for the 3,300 babies aborted today.

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TOP LION
TOP LION
The Louisburg Lions Club recently enjoyed a visit from Lions Vice District Governor Don Henry, who is also a member of the Lake Gaston Lions Club. Prior to joining the Lions Club, Henry served as a communications director for NASA. He has been involved with Lionism since 1997 and updated the club on the districts’ efforts at supporting the Lions Club main focus of assisting the visually impaired in our communities. Above are Henry, left, and Louisburg Lion Warren Smith, program chairman. The Louisburg Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Murphy House restaurant. New members are welcome.

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