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Showing 27 articles from February 13, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Slew of dismissal motions coming for Larry Green case
Attorneys are expected to number in the double digits next week representing the 11 entities who have filed motions to dismiss charges of wrongdoing regarding the care of an Ingleside man presumed to be dead, only to be deemed alive a few hours later.
Larry Green was hit by a car the evening of Jan. 24, 2005, was presumed dead and placed in a body bag by the side of the road.

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Flight of Fancy
Flight of Fancy
Airport staff and officials continue to work through surprising issues regarding two proposed ventures at the airport.
In November, county commissioners approved in concept plans that could bring an aviation convention, museum and air show to the county’s airport.
A month later, they also directed staff to move forward with plans that would bring a skydiving operation to its Triangle North Executive Airport.

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Wildfire threats are real
Gusting winds and low humidity created a heightened wildfire risk on Thursday, but fire crews and forestry service staff dealt with brush-ups all week long.
The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch on Thursday, as sustained winds reached 20 miles per hour and gusts were around 35 miles per hour.
That made it prime weather for fires to get out of control.

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FCS’ dropout rate decreases
Franklin County Schools’ dropout rate has decreased.
In the 2006-2007 school year, 158 students withdrew; that number decreased to 138 for the 2007-2008 school year. That’s a 12.66 percent decrease in the number of students who dropped out from the year before.

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The Franklin Times brings home three NCPA news awards
The Franklin Times news team won three North Carolina Press Association awards for 2008, honored during a ceremony of community and daily papers in Cary at The Embassy Suites on Thursday.
The Franklin Times is in the highest circulation category for community papers in North Carolina — more than 10,000, Division C — competing with papers such as The Chapel Hill News, The Cary News, the Charlotte Weekly and The Brunswick Beacon.

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OBITUARIES

BILLY O. FULGHUM SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Billy Owen Fulghum Sr., 82, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at his residence. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 14) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Ken Curtis officiating. Burial will follow with military honors at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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RAYONELL M. CONYERS
CLAYTON - Rayonell Moore Conyers, 74, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 13, at White Oak Baptist Church, Clayton, with the Rev. Paul Tolbert officiating. Burial was in Pinecrest Cemetery, Clayton.

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BILL LOWERY
FRANKLINTON - Bill Lowery, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 14) in Fairview Cemetery, with the Rev. Gary Vassar presiding.

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DEBRA P. RICHARDSON
WENDELL - Funeral services for Debra P. Richardson, 48, who died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 14) at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Baptist Church cemetery.

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GEITHA R. WATKINS
WAKE FOREST - Geitha Robert Watkins, 78, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at New Bethel Baptist Church in Rolesville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CHARLES N. HART
YOUNGSVILLE- Charles N. Hart, 78, died Thursday morning, Feb. 12, 2009 at Universal Health Care of North Raleigh. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday Feb. 14) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

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JERRY D. THARRINGTON
LOUISBURG - Jerry Dean Tharrington, 52, of Louisburg died Thursday, February 12, 2009 at Meadowlands in Hillsborough. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. from Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services chapel.

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SPORTS

HE SHALL BE LEVON
HE SHALL BE LEVON
BUNN - Levon Stanley has been in his share of tense moments during his athletic career at Bunn High School -- most notably as a four-year starter at quarterback for the Wildcats’ football squad.
Stanley has also developed a go-to reputation on the basketball court. Now a senior, Stanley is a veteran leader for an otherwise-young BHS squad, which hosted Franklinton on Tuesday for a crucial Northern Carolina Conference game.

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CCSA Signs LHS Standout Corner
CCSA Signs LHS Standout Corner
LOUISBURG -- Because of the run-oriented nature of high school football, defensive-backs coaches don’t usually have much reason to celebrate during games.
That’s why LHS secondary coach Chris Davis liked Jamel Hedgepeth so much.
Hedgepeth was a big-play machine for the Warriors during his two years as a starter at cornerback. He finished with 137 career tackles, seven fumble recoveries and five interceptions while helping LHS to back-to-back championships in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.

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Tourney scheduled for TLMS
Tourney scheduled for TLMS
Last season, the Middle Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament had a distinct Franklin County flair as Bunn’s boys and girls claimed first-place crowns in the event, which was held at Cedar Creek Middle School in Youngsville.
Terrell Lane added to the mix with a second-place boys finish, and now it’s TLMS’ turn to host the annual tournament.

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LC Sweeps Patrick Henry
LC Sweeps Patrick Henry
MARTINSVILLE, VA. -- The John Thomas Era for the Louisburg College baseball program began Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep at Patrick Henry Community College.
The Hurricanes, in Thomas’ debut as head coach, won the opener by a 9-6 margin. LC then claimed the nightcap 3-1 against the host Patriots.

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LHS’ boys win on road at Northampton East
CONWAY -- Rasool Kearney delivered 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots Thursday night as the Louisburg High School boys basketball team rolled to a 60-43 road victory at Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference rival Northampton East.
Louisburg improved to 12-9 overall and 6-5 in the TRAC with the decision. The Warriors closed out regular season action Friday at home against Southeast Halifax. LHS is currently in the third spot in the league.

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BHS Girls Best Lady Rams
BHS Girls Best Lady Rams
BUNN -- Franklinton girls basketball coaching legend Lester Wilder originally coined the phrase ‘Bunn Dome’ back in 1996 before the Lady Rams’ first-ever appearance at BHS’ then-new facility.
Later that year, the Lady Rams would claim one of their biggest wins of the decade at the Bunn Dome, picking up a decision over North Johnston in the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament.
Wilder’s return to the facility Tuesday night, however, wouldn’t prove to be a favorable one for his Lady Rams.

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Summer camps slated
Summer camps slated
RALEIGH -- Paul Strand, Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator, has announced the schedule for the Carolina Hurricanes Summer Hockey Camps.
The camps, now in their 11th year of operation, will be held in late July and early August at the RecZone, the Hurricanes’ official practice facility, and will include appearances by Hurricanes players and coaches.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
LOUISBURG -- Listed are updated results, tournament matchups and standings from the Town of Louisburg Recreation Department’s 2008-09 Basketball League:

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Bunn releases spring track and field schedule
Bunn releases spring track and field schedule
BUNN -- Bunn High School will begin its 2009 track and field schedule with a home meet on March 12 against the Warren County Eagles.
BHS’ complete worksheet is as follows (home meets are listed in CAPS):

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LIFESTYLES

Retirement: they are just getting started
Retirement: they are just getting started
Retirement is not a time to sit back and do nothing, to sit back and be quiet; it is time to enjoy and flourish in many ways.
With the economy as it is, many retirees cannot afford to stay home and allow working opportunities to slip by.
Many retirees have opted to go back to work and double dip to stay alive. This is not a bad idea if your health permits it, since it also helps your mental stability and sense of worthiness.

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Showcase of Homes starts in April
For the fourth straight year, the Vance-Granville Home Builders Association is giving area builders, real estate agents and contractors the chance to show off their finest work in a Showcase of Homes.
The 2009 Showcase of Homes will be on three consecutive weekends: April 18-19, April 25-26 and May 2-3.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Condemnation price close
Last week, Franklin County attorneys agreed upon a price the county would pay a Youngsville couple after condemning a piece of land to make way for a sewer line.
The matter is slated to go before county commissioners during a closed session on Monday before it becomes official, though.

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NEW INSTRUCTORS
NEW INSTRUCTORS
B.J. Brewer Jr., 1st lieutenant of the White Level Fire Department, left, with Landon Brewer, and Matt Strawbridge, captain of the Bunn Fire Department, have been certified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal as Level 2 fire instructors.

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Sexual assault charge made; student’s foot ran over by minivan
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Castalia man charged with sexual assault.
According to a report by Deputy D. Buchanan, he responded to a call on Inscoe Road after being advised that a 14-year-old girl reported she was sexually assaulted at about 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.
According to the report, the girl said she was over at a friend’s house on Rick Boone Road when Michael Eugene Rowe, 36, kissed her, touched her inappropriately and made inappropriate comments.

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New nursing director
Jane Ryan, RN, BSN was recently named the nursing director of the Emergency Department for Maria Parham Medical Center.
She has been at Maria Parham full-time since 2001 and has been the assistant director of the ED since 2003. She has served as interim director for this department since August of last year.

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