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Bonnie Rae Watson, 65

Bonnie Rae Watson, 65, of Creedmoor, died at her home Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Born May 7, 1949, in New Brunswick, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Lt. Col. James B. McConnico Sr. and Lillian Rae McConnico. Bonnie traveled the world with her parents while they were in the...

Edward Ernest Wells, 79

Edward Ernest Wells, 79, of Wake Forest, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Morningside Assisted Living in Raleigh. He was born in London, England, the son of the late William Wells and Queenie Neal Wells. Mr. Wells is survived by his wife, Barbara Cufari Wells; daughters, Donna...

Dorothy Louise Jones, 70

Dorothy Louise Jones, 70, of Louisburg, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. She was born Jan. 10, 1944, to the late Robert and Dorothy Aurelia Wallis Lawrence. She was employed with Franklin County Social Services in child protective services until her retirement. She is survived by...

Richard Evans Sr., 59

Richard Evans Sr., 59, of Spring Hope, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Evans, of Spring Hope; four daughters, Tracy Justice-Clark, of Winston-Salem, Annetta Crudup, of Franklinton, Erica Elaine Alston, of Louisburg, and Mistee Evans, of Spring...

Judie A. Bowden, 94

Judie Lee Aycocke Bowden, 94, of Louisburg, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Universal Healthcare in Nashville. Born June 19, 1920, to the late Joseph and Beulah Brown Aycocke, she lived in the Justice community and was a member of Duke Memorial Baptist Church. She is survived by...

Gail Martonic Christine, 86

Gail Martonic Christine, 86, of Wake Forest, formerly of Daytona Beach, Fla., died Sept. 15, 2014, at Rex Hospital. Mrs. Christine was born in Berks County, Penn., the daughter of the late Floyd Eugene Auchenbach and Jennie Kissinger Auchenbach. She was a retired registration...

William Russell Bunn, 67

William Russell Bunn, 67, of Louisburg, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Rex Hospital. He was born in Wake County, the son of the late Luella and F. R. Bunn. Mr. Bunn is survived by his wife, Novette Shearin Bunn; stepchildren, Rodney Shearin and wife, Christy, of Louisburg, and...

Gerrymandering: The next ice-bucket challenge?

Whoever came up with the ALS ice bucket challenge deserves to be enshrined in the marketing hall of fame. It accomplished the dual purpose of focusing attention on Lou Gehrig’s disease while also raising millions of dollars for finding a cure. It caused us to ponder how we might...