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Showing 27 articles from February 28, 2007.

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FRMC pledges to keep services in Louisburg
FRMC pledges to keep services in Louisburg
Despite the nonreference in the state CON application about opening an emergency facility in Louisburg, FRMC CEO Brian Gwyn said Tuesday that the hospital will not be pulling out of Louisburg and will maintain a Health Management Associates’ presence in operations, not just property ownership.

Franklin Regional’s Certificate of Need application does not commit to any future use of the existing building in Louisburg and refers to the unavailability of land and utilities elsewhere in the county as one reason why it wants to attempt to relocate from Louisburg to off U.S. Highway 1 above other more geographically-centered spots.


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County, Moss discussed FRMC relocation last year
Discussion of Franklin Regional Medical Center’s relocation was made at a county staff level as far back as June 29, 2006, according to a Planning and Inspections Department memo.

The memo, dated June 30, which is addressed to former County Commissioner Jim Moss, refers to a zoning classification for a parcel of land off U.S. Highway 1, which is being considered for purchase at $65,000 and acre by FRMC to relocate its 70-bed facility.


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Commissioners will seek $20M in COPS; public hearing April 2
Commissioners have agreed to take the next step toward using certificates of participation bond money to cover some educational facility shortfalls, build a new animal control shelter and make some infrastructure improvements.

In October, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed that it would let staff pursue the funding strategy to cover the $13 million gap between school construction and renovation obligations and available funding.


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Novo comes back down to Earth
Novo comes back down to Earth
Days after President Bush and his entourage came to Novozymes during a whirlwind visit, workers at the biotechnology company are trying to get back into a normal routine.

“When I was walking into work (Monday) morning, all I was thinking was, how are we going to top last week,” said Kevin Potter, the company’s Community Relations Committee chairman.


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Bush death threat still being investigated
State and federal agencies continue to investigate a death threat made against the president last week.

According to Sheriff Pat Green, a male voice came over the law enforcement agency’s main police channel just before 11 a.m. and threatened to do harm to President George Bush.


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In the wake of a presidential visit
In the wake of a presidential visit
MEETING THE PRESIDENT. Logan Sumner, chief editor of the Cedar Creek Middle School newspaper Jaguar Chronicle, was excited about seeing President Bush. His reflections will be in an upcoming edition of the school paper.

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OBITUARIES

HOWARD J. HARRIS SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Funeral services for Howard J. Harris Sr., 55, who died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 28) at Rocky Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Rory Sneed officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DAVID SMITH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for David Smith, 72, who died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JULIAN P. JOHNSTON
RALEIGH - Julian Parker Johnston, infant, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 at UNC Hospital. Memorial services were held Sunday, Feb. 25, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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BETTY C. HAYES
RALEIGH - Betty Carolyn Hayes, 54, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007 at her residence. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 28) at Woodland Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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THE REV. JAMES T. LAMB JR.
LITTLETON - The Rev. James T. “Jim” Lamb Jr., 57, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 28) at Enterprise Baptist Church, with the Rev. Julian Motley and the Rev. Greg Powell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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THOMAS C. HAWKINS
CASTALIA - Thomas C. Hawkins, 64, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 28) in the chapel of Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home, Rocky Mount. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville.

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EUGENE DUNSTON
LOUISBURG - Eugene Dunston, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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CHARLIE C. WOODLIEF JR.
LOUISBURG - Charlie C. Woodlief, Jr., 69, died Friday afternoon, Feb. 23, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A memorial service celebrating his life was held Monday, Feb. 26, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest.

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SIMON HARRIS JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Simon Harris Jr., 73, who died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in the Haywood Church cemetery.

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WILMA JEAN MOONEY
LOUISBURG - Wilma Jean “Jeannie” Mooney, 74, of 116 N. Creek Drive, Louisburg, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 at Louisburg Nursing Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest.

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Wanda Jean Malone
LOUISBURG – Wanda Jean Malone, 46, of Louisburg died Tuesday, Feb. 27, at her home.

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SPORTS

A Cavalier Attitude
A Cavalier Attitude
HILLSBOROUGH - Sure, it’s important.

It’s why players spend four months during the season -- and even in the summer -- working hard to hone their skills.

It’s why underpaid coaches sacrifice so much of their time. It’s why fans travel great distances for games.


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Orange Squeeze
Orange Squeeze
HILLSBOROUGH - Daniel Wright wasn’t about to let three frustrating minutes spoil three fantastic months.

Certainly, the season didn’t end the way Wright wanted, as his Bunn Ladycats were defeated 50-42 by host Hillsborough Orange in last Friday’s sectional finals of the Class 2-A State Girls Basketball Playoffs.

But despite the loss, it was a strong campaign for Wright’s Ladycats, who posted a 21-7 record while winning the Northern Carolina Conference regular season and tournament championships.


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Louisburg College earns a pair of weekend victories
Louisburg College earns a pair of weekend victories
LOUISBURG - It took only one weekend for Louisburg College’s men’s basketball team to erase its recent string of disappointing losses.

Seemingly void of momentum after dropping so many close games, the Hurricanes came to life last weekend, scoring a sweep over Guilford Tech in Region X action.

Saturday in Greensboro, the Hurricanes rallied from a late deficit to score a 99-97 decision over the Titans.


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Billiard Inv-Asian
Billiard Inv-Asian
ROCKY MOUNT — Talk about long shots.

Ga-Young Kim, the winner of the Carolina Women’s Billiard Classic — first event of the Women’s Professional Billiards Association Tour — is from Seoul, South Korea.

Her opponent, Xiaoting Pan, is a native of Shanghai, China.


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ECU Pirates wrap up solid weekend
GREENVILLE - East Carolina continued its hot hitting hand Sunday afternoon pounding out 10 hits and scoring 11 runs in an 11-4 win over Duke in the final game of the ECU Invitational at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

With the win, the Pirates, coached by former LC mentor Billy Godwin, improve to 5-5 on the season while Duke drops to 9-1.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton turns to state for funding
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners will pursue state funding to revamp the town’s sewer system in their effort to avoid a sewer moratorium.

In January, the state Division of Water Quality told town staff and its engineers that their ravaged sewer lines warranted a moratorium — meaning the town could not issue anymore sewer permits which would cripple growth in the town.


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Franklinton planning session on downtown Thursday
Town officials and staff plan to host a planning session on Thursday to help boost downtown activity.

The session was originally scheduled for Feb. 1, but inclement weather forced its postponement.


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Bond reduced against suspect in case involving rape, beating
A Superior Court Judge has reduced to $75,000 the bond for a man charged with raping a woman at knife-point in 2005.

Investigators allege that in June of that year, Linwood Hinton Perry II, 20, broke into the home of a woman on N.C. Highway 39 South of Louisburg and beat her, assaulted her and raped her.


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LHS bands to perform
The Concert and Symphonic Bands at Louisburg High School will perform the annual pre-contest concert on Friday night, March 2, in the high school auditorium. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and should last under an hour.

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Concerts at Cherry Hill
It’s time to begin shaking off the winter doldrums with the first of three planned springtime concerts at Warren County’s Cherry Hill Plantation home.

This first event is slated to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, and will feature performances by soprano Yoko Shimazaki-Kilburn and her husband, Dr. Ray Kilburn, a pianist.


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