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Showing 25 articles from February 3, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

FRMC pursuing relocation
NEW LOOK. Franklin Regional Medical Center is planning a relocated facility, above, from Louisburg to a location at U.S. Highway 1 and Highway 96. (Rendering courtesy of FRMC)
FRMC pursuing relocation
Franklin Regional Medical Center is in high gear to relocate to southern Franklin County, planning a new $60-million state-of-the-art facility with 70 beds off U.S. Highway 1.

The hospital has been enlisting the support of county commissioners and local legislators in its pursuit of a certificate of need for relocation, to be filed sometime this month.


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Airport Commission supports moratorium
The Franklin County Airport Commission is the first entity to throw its support behind a temporary residential moratorium that is expected to generate weeks of debate.

During a board meeting on Wednesday, County Planning Director Pat Young presented the Airport Commission with a proposal to halt residential subdivision development throughout a 48-square-mile swath surrounding the airport and the county’s potential hub site.


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Snow forecast had crews ready
BEING CAUTIOUS. Franklin County maintenance crew worker Benji Marshall throws out salt on a walkway Thursday at Shannon Village. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)
Snow forecast had crews ready
The threat, more than snow itself, caused a few closings and cancellations in Franklin County.

Snow amounted to less than an inch across the county by Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.


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Hope Chest under new direction
Years removed from the media spotlight that seared a young Mexican girl’s fight for life into the world’s consciousness, Jesica’s Hope Chest is moving forward under new direction.

Andrea Klainer was tabbed as director of the non-profit organization in September.


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OBITUARIES

ELIZABETH S. AYSCUE
FRANKLINTON - Elizabeth Strickland Ayscue, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007 in a Raleigh hospital after a brief illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden and the Rev. Dr. Steve Bolton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOSEPH E. KEITH
WAKE FOREST - Funeral services for Mr. Joseph E. Keith, 58, who died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at South Main Street Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, Wake Forest.

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RICHARD G. ROCK
YOUNGSVILLE - Richard Gerald Rock, 68, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007. A memorial service was conducted Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Wendell.

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EDMOND C. LAMM II
CASTALIA - Edmond Cooper “Tex” Lamm, 38, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007. Funeral service will be private.

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PHILIP D. PATE
HOLLY SPRINGS - Philip David Pate, 30, died Wednesday Jan. 31, 2007. A funeral service will be conducted today (Saturday, Feb. 3) in the chapel of Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St. (Highway 55), Apex, with the Revs. Jimmy Lambert and Phil Qualls officiating. Burial will be in Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.

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ARTHUR E. MASSEY II
FAYETTEVILLE - Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Arthur Edward Massey II, 79, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007 in the North Carolina State Veterans Nursing Home. His family celebrates his life at a visitation at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home from 9:30-11 a.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 3).

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SPORTS

Mike’s Miracle
Mike’s Miracle
WENDELL - Gerald Melton has seen his share of wild games during his illustrious career as a high school basketball coach.

But few could top the craziness quotient of Wednesday’s 70-62, double-overtime road victory at East Wake.

After a rare technical foul following a foul-out, Bunn fell behind by three points in the first overtime, only to be saved by Mike Montgomery’s buzzer-beating, 3-point heave from halfcourt that sent the game into a second extra session.


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Warriors Wright on versus SE
Warriors Wright on versus SE
LOUISBURG -- Be aware of Ashley at all times.

That was Louisburg’s chief strategy Monday during a girls basketball, Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference rematch against Southeast Halifax, which is paced by high-scoring junior point guard Ashley Wright.

LHS head coach James Collier knows all about Wright’s talents -- she torched the Lady Warriors for 43 points earlier in the season in a game that was won by the host Lady Trojans.


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A Revenge Factor
A Revenge Factor
WENDELL -- Bunn scored almost as many points (18) in the fourth quarter as in the rest of the game combined (22).

Which tells you all you need to know about the Ladycats’ crunch-time performance during Wednesday’s 40-31 at non-league opponent East Wake.

Bunn, despite not making a field goal in either the second or third stanzas, led 22-20 going into the final frame.


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Returning to balcony at Holton?
Returning to balcony at Holton?
Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Aaron Denton had special things planned for Thursday’s scheduled home, Region X basketball showdown against Guilford Tech.

Denton, in his first season at LC, was going to open the long-vacant balcony bleachers behind the east basket at Holton Gymnasium and allow members of the student body to sit there.


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BHS releases grid schedule
BHS releases grid schedule
BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats will open their 2007 varsity football schedule with a home matchup on Aug. 17 against the South Granville Vikings.

In addition to SG, BHS’ non-conference opponents will be Southern Nash, Jamesville, Louisburg, Oxford Webb and Nash Central.


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LIFESTYLES

Opening up the world to our future leaders
Opening up the world to our future leaders
We all know that our youth are going to be the leaders of the future; therefore, it is essential that nations take the initiative and opportunity to prepare young people to serve their country, and other countries, with the best of their ability.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bunn High School HONOR ROLL
George Kelley, principal of Bunn High School, announces the Honor Roll for the second six-weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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Bunn Middle School HONOR ROLL
Below is a list of students making the Bunn Middle School Principal’s List and the A/B Honor Roll for the second six-weeks grading period.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

CUP OF SNOW
CUP OF SNOW
Ed Malloy enjoys a cup of Thursday’s snow, which he followed immediately with sips of hot chocolate. Chocolate and snow — it was a “happy day,” he said. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)

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Commissioners meet Feb. 5, 19
Feb. 1 - Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Office, 112 East Nash St., Louisburg, 8 a.m.

Feb. 5 - Franklin County Board of Commissioners regular meeting, Franklin County Administration Building, Commissioner’s Meeting Room, Second Floor, 113 Market St., Louisburg, 7 p.m.


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Police investigate paper box thefts
Franklin County and Louisburg officers continue to investigate a series of newspaper box thefts.

Last Friday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies recovered two boxes in a pond off Dorsey Road that belong to The Franklin Times and The News and Observer.


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ALMOST THERE
ALMOST THERE
United Way Campaign leaders Nicki Griffin and Cedric Jones stand in front of a thermometer in Louisburg that touts the group reaching nearly 100 percent of its campaign goal this year. The United Way has reached 98 percent of its goal by gaining pledges for $110,000 of the $112,000 goal. Griffin said the campaign is wrapping up and anticipates meeting the goal prior to United Way’s annual recognition breakfast in March. The money raised by United Way goes toward community programs that help children, education efforts and the aging population. It also helps the community meet other health and human services needs. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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BUSINESS

First Citizens names new managers for Bunn, Pilot offices
First Citizens Bank has announced new managers for its branch offices in Bunn and Pilot.

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Franklinton officials look to reschedule meeting on downtown affairs
Franklinton officials look to reschedule meeting on downtown affairs
FRANKLINTON — Bad weather forced town officials and staff to delay a meeting intended to boost downtown activity.

Town staff and officials planned to host a community meeting on Thursday night to choose members for a non-profit downtown development corporation.


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Commissioners to discuss incentives
County commissioners are scheduled to meet Monday to discuss growing animal concerns and two growing companies.

Last year, commissioners authorized preliminary design work on a new animal shelter to accommodate the county’s burgeoning need.


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