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Showing 35 articles from February 24, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Second Pastuer murder trial
A second murder trial against a man accused of killing his estranged wife is being prepared.
The first trial against Robert Lee Pastuer ended in a mistrial in September when a jury split 8-4 on whether to convict or acquit him of killing Narskelsky Pastuer in the fall of 2006.
Pastuer’s attorney, Larry Norman, has filed a slew of pre-trial motions similar to those filed in the first trial, including a motion for a change of venue.
The case was on the Superior Court calendar this week, but no motions were heard.

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C•H•A•M•P•I•O•N
C•H•A•M•P•I•O•N
Perfection.
It’s a word that has never been used before in the history of Franklin County high school wrestling.
Until Mamour Camara’s career-crowning performance last Saturday at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem.
Camara capped off an undefeated season with a 15-9 decision over West Henderson’s Michael Williams in the 135-pound title match at the Class 1/2-A State Wrestling Meet.

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Man re-files Youngsville police brutality lawsuit
Attorneys for a Youngsville man re-filed a case against the town, its Police Department and an officer accused of police brutality.
Stephen Williamston claims that former Youngsville Officer Stephen Puryear assaulted him during an arrest the evening of Sept. 6, 2006.
Durham Attorney Larry Hall filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Superior Court in September 2007, alleging that Puryear savagely and maliciously beat Williamston.

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NEW FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING FOR JUSTICE
NEW FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING FOR JUSTICE
Members of the community and the Justice Volunteer Fire Department gathered Sunday for a ground breaking for a new 8,400-square-foot building to be across the road from the existing department. Construction should be completed by mid to late summer.

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DOT division engineer to speak
A committee intent on widening U.S. Highway 401 expect to hear from the state Department of Transportation’s chief engineer for this division on Thursday night.
The U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee has hosted a handful of meetings so far, gathering the information they believe they will need to make their case for widening the road that has been on the drawing board for decades.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Honor Roll Model
Editorial Cartoon: Honor Roll Model

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More, more Mamour
SWEET: Congratulations to Louisburg High School student Mamour Camara who has achieved excellence in academics and in wrestling — winning the 1/2A state championship this past weekend, reaching a personal dream and setting an example for us all.
His natural talent and hard work and focus have paid off, and he stands as a role model for students everywhere.

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Strike up the band & tap the keg: FRMC may be ready to deal
Strike up the band & tap the keg: FRMC may be ready to deal
GOOD MORNING: You know what? This proposal by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce to host a combination outdoor band concert and beer bash in conjunction with the annual Tar River Festival come September might not be such a bad idea after all.
One thing for sure, it would add some badly needed life to the party so-to-speak. In fact, it might just be the salvation of the annual event, which desperately needs a boost. And the fact that it’s never been done before is all the more reason to try it.
Lord only knows, Louisburg could certainly stand a boost.

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Time will tell whether there is stimulus bliss
Time will tell whether there is stimulus bliss
As my one-year anniversary approaches, I know a lot about the honeymoon period.
It’s full of flowers, hugs, kisses and chocolates.
During that first year, it’s easy for your wife to bite her tongue when the trash has set in the bin perhaps a tad longer than it’s supposed to.

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Website Reader Participation Results Feb. 18-24
Last Week’s Poll
Should county commissioners accept bids for the construction of the new Franklinton High School this year?

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Children are the ones to suffer in addictions
Alcoholism or drug addiction in the home has long lasting effects.
Children of alcoholics often learn to cope with an unhappy childhood in ways that cause problems for them later in life. Learning about how alcoholism or drug addiction affected your past can help you build a better future.

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No one wants the blame
Dear Editor:
No one wants to take the blame.
I’m referring to Larry Green’s lawsuit against all persons and the county named in the lawsuit.
To me, this is an open and shut case. A man lay alongside the highway (401) on a cold night in January 2005 after being hit by a car.

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LEGISLATIVE WATCH
The following are votes from state Rep. Lucy Allen and state Sen. Doug Berger, week ended Feb. 19 of the N.C. General Assembly.

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OBITUARIES

SUSIE B. BRUCE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Susie B. Bruce, 85, who died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Coppedge officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ANN H. COLLINS
FRANKLINTON - Ann Holmes Collins, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Don Ward presiding. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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EDDIE MAE A. DURHAM
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Eddie Mae Alston Durham, 71, who died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 25) at Macedonia New Life Church on Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh. The family will receive friends from 12 to 12:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Raleigh.

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MABEL P. WILDER
FRANKLINTON - Mabel P. Wilder, 97, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at Britthaven Nursing Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 24, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. Coolidge McCoy presiding. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.

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JAMES W. PERRY
DURHAM - James Wesley Perry, 77, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 25) at Bethesda Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Hugh O’Shields. Interment will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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MARION F. BASS
CLAYTON - Marion Franklin Bass, 87, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton, with the Rev. Emerson Woodall officiating. Interment will follow at Wayne Memorial Perk Cemetery in Goldsboro.

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VIVIAN MAE WIGGINS
RALEIGH - Vivian Mae Wiggins, 93, formerly of Youngsville, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at Mayview Convalescent Center after a brief illness. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 22, at St. John’s Baptist Church, Raleigh. A private graveside service followed at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.

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SAM R. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Sam R. Perry, 61, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at Granville Medical Center. Memorial services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 22, at Gentry-Newell and Vaughan Funeral Chapel in Oxford by the Rev. Donald W. Ward.

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KAREN K. BARBER
May 13, 1952 – February 20, 2009
LOUISBURG – On February 20, 2009, Karen was reunited with her daughter, Brandy Sneeden Khamaiseh, who passed away in February of 2008.

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SHEILA D. SHUMAN
YOUNGSVILLE – Sheila Driver Shuman, 49, died Tuesday morning at her home.

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SPORTS

THS LEAVES A TIP
THS LEAVES A TIP
FRANKLINTON - Funny how quirky -- and cruel -- the game of basketball can be.
For most of Monday’s home showdown against Tarboro in the first round of the Class 2-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs, the Franklinton Red Rams engaged in the arduous task of trying to contain the taller, physical Vikings.
And then, after fighting back from a seemingly impenetrable deficit, the Red Rams are defeated -- thanks to a where-did-it-come-from play by one of Tarboro’s smallest performers.

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TLMS a winner at tourney
TLMS a winner at tourney
LOUISBURG -- Poise, pressure defense and pell-mell offense turned a two-point third quarter lead into a 65-56 Middle Athletic Conference basketball tournament championship last Friday for host Terrell Lane Middle School against Butner-Stem.
The game was anything but helter-skelter in the first period, though, as the two teams started off slowly, with the Tornadoes holding a 9-4 lead at the end of the first six-minute quarter.

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Wildcats stopped by EDHS
BEULAVILLE -- East Duplin scored more points in the fourth quarter than in the rest of the game combined to rally past Bunn on Monday night in the first round of the Class 2-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs at the EDHS Gymnasium.
Bunn closed at 12-13 on the campaign with the road setback.
“It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season,’’ said BHS head coach Gerald Melton. “It was a game that we should have won.’’

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Weldon Wins Finale
Weldon Wins Finale
WELDON -- The Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference’s most grizzled postseason veterans met a tourney newcomer Friday night.
And the veterans weren’t in a very hospitable mood as the homestanding Weldon Chargers defeated Louisburg in the finals of the TRAC Boys Basketball Tournament in front of an overflow audience at the WHS Gymnasium.

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Canes split 2 versus WCC
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College went one-up and one-down during baseball action last Saturday at home against Wilkes Community College.
Wilkes won the opener by a 3-2 score before LC claimed the nightcap 4-1 at picturesque Frazier Field.
The Hurricanes now have a 5-1 overall record under first-year head coach John Thomas. Wilkes’ improved squad is 9-2 on the campaign.

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STATE BASKETBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the pairings and results for the Class 1-A and 2-A Boys and 2-A Girls State High School Basketball Playoffs:

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ECU Pirates enjoy strong weekend
ECU Pirates enjoy strong weekend
GREENVILLE -- Stephen Batts continued his hot offensive production Sunday afternoon collecting four hits and driving in a pair in No. 27 East Carolina University’s 9-2 baseball series sweep over Monmouth at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The senior left-fielder from Wilmington finished the three-game tilt batting a team-best .643 with nine hits, three RBI, six runs scored and swiped three bases to pace the Pirates to a 3-0 start on the young season.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS
Noah Jay Bailey, a sophomore at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Perry Creek Road in Raleigh, was inducted into the National Honor Society on Feb. 9.
The program was centered around the five pillars of the National Honor Society which are scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. He was also inducted into the Honor Society while in 7th grade on January 30, 2006.

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CEDAR CREEK MIDDLE HONOR ROLL
CCMS A honor roll 1st nine weeks
Kamile Anderson, Montana Banks, Makayla Boggs, Kaitlyn Branam, Imani Burwell, Caitlyn Cooley, Gabriella Davis, Matthew Davis, Miles Davis, Ce’Nedra Davis-Schimpler, Hillary Dimig, Alexis Engilish, Fiona Evanson, Robin Ferguson, Jacie Gailey, Donte Graham, Briana Gray

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin litter index shows improvements
The Franklin County Solid Waste Department and the Solid Waste Task Force recently performed the annual Litter Index, which is a requirement of the national Keep America Beautiful organization.
This must be done every year for Franklin County to maintain its national certification.

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FRMC Volunteers/Auxilians offers scholarships
The Franklin Regional Medical Center Volunteers/Auxilians will be offering scholarships again this year with a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $1,000. The scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors, hospital volunteers and hospital employees who plan on entering the field of medicine or are currently in s

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Democratic precinct meetings
The Franklin County Democratic Precinct meetings will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Locations are as follows:

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