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Showing 25 articles from March 9, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Senator close to opposing FRMC move to Youngsville
Expressing concern about the availability of health care facilities to all Franklin Countians, state Sen. Doug Berger on Friday stopped just short of formally opposing the effort by Hospital Management Associates to move Franklin Regional Medical Center from Louisburg to Youngsville.

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Public asked to comment on CON application
The state Division of Facility Services has begun its review of Franklin Regional Medical Center’s Certificate of Need application to move the hospital from its current Louisburg location on Bickett Boulevard to its proposed site on U.S. 1 and N.C. 96.

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Franklinton’s own making best of his shot
Franklinton’s own making best of his shot
During a decade of carrying around a guitar and playing gigs, Jason Michael Carroll heard a popular refrain. “People ask me what was the difference before I had a record deal to now,” said Carroll, a Franklinton-raised musician who put his heart and soul into a debut album, “Waitin’ in the Country,” that hit the Billboard country album chart’s No. 1 spot when it was released Feb. 6.

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County to look at revenue options
Franklin County commissioners are scheduled to discuss lobbying legislators, again, for a 1/2-cent sales tax increase Monday night. The board made an initial request to legislators in the spring of 2004 and the matter passed the House, but stalled in the Senate.

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Louisburg Town Council seeks guidance for administrator hire
Louisburg officials could have a list of potential interim town administrators in the next few days. Officials expect they’ll need the help to replace retiring Town Administrator C.L. Gobble and Town Attorney Buzzy Sturges, who informed the board this week that he’ll be leaving on April 1 — the same day as Gobble — because he’ll be joining his wife who just got a new job in Washington, D.C.

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OBITUARIES

CLAUDE E. PERRY
RALEIGH - Claude Edward “Bronie” Perry, 86, died Monday evening, March 5, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 8, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Dwight Barham officiating. Burial followed in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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JACKIE C. FULLER
RALEIGH - Jackie Cooper Fuller, 65, died Thursday morning, March 8, 2007 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. today (Saturday, March 10) at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4272 U.S. 401 N., Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARY W. BUNN
HENDERSON - Mary Williams Fleming Bunn, 88, a former resident of Edgewood Drive in Louisburg, died Thursday afternoon, March 8, 2007 in a local nursing home. Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Rolesville Baptist Church cemetery by the Rev. Marshall Neathery.

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GEORGE W. DENTON
WENDELL - George Washington Denton, 74, died Wednesday afternoon, March 7, 2007 at Johnston Memorial Hospital Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 9, at Central Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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BERDIE P. HUNTER
RALEIGH - Berdie Person Hunter, 93, died Monday, March 5, 2007 at Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Wake County in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 9, at C.A. Haywood Sr. Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Raleigh National Cemetery.

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ALICE R. HAWKINS
LOUISBURG - Alice Rogers Hawkins, 89, formerly of Kenmore Avenue and later a resident at Hillside Nursing Facility in Wake Forest, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. A celebration of her life was held Friday, March 9, at Kittrell First Baptist Church, Kittrell.

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BILLY RAY SHELTON JR.
LOUISBURG - Billy Ray “Tinky” Shelton Jr., 28, died Sunday, March 4, 2007. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 10) at Bowling Funeral Home, 661 English Road, Rocky Mount.

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GEORGE L. RUSSELL SR.
FRANKLINTON - George Lacy Russell Sr., 73, died Thursday, March 8, 2007 in Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Franklin Funeral Service chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. Milton Abbott and the Rev. Dr. Ron Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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VERNON MOYER WILKINS
LOUISBURG - Vernon Moyer Wilkins, 79, of Louisburg, NC died Saturday, March 3, 2007 at his home surrounded by his family. A native of Baker, WV, Mr. Wilkins was in retail store management, retiring in 1993. He has lived in Louisburg for the past 28 years.

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SPORTS

Bunn makes LHS pay price for mistakes
Bunn makes LHS pay price for mistakes
LOUISBURG -- Make ‘em make a play.
That’s a long-time fast-pitch softball adage, as a bunt in front of the plate can be every bit as lethal as a smash toward the fence.
Bunn received a little of both Thursday during the Ladycats’ road matchup at Franklin County rival Louisburg High.

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Wildcats get past Warriors in prep golf match
Wildcats get past Warriors in prep golf match
BUNN — Bunn and Louisburg were lights-out during Thursday’s high school golf match at The River Golf and Country Club at Lake Royale. With sunlight at a premium, the teams were unable to finish their 18-hole event because of darkness.

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Lovin’s birthday a big bash for Bunn High softball club
STANHOPE -- The complete Rambo DVD collection. Copies of Terminator 2 and Beetlejuice. A 25-pound bag of bird seed and a lemon cake, made by members of the Bunn High School fast-pitch softball team. Needless to say, it was quite a birthday for current BHS softball assistant -- and former head coach -- Mike Lovin.

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Warriors stop THS at home
LOUISBURG -- With five solid returning starters, Louisburg High seems primed to defend its Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference baseball championships. But the heroics may be just beginning at LHS.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Lady Rams go 1-1 on the field
FRANKLINTON -- Deran Coe’s Franklinton High School Lady Rams went 1-1 during a pair of prep soccer contests this week. Tuesday at home, the Lady Rams avenged an earlier loss to South Granville, defeating the Lady Vikings by a 3-1 margin in the non-conference showdown.

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Bunn High School ready to begin track and field season
BUNN -- Bunn’s boys and girls track and field schedule will begin March 29 with a road matchup at Northwest Halifax. The complete meet schedule is as follows (home events in CAPS):

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County Sports Schedule

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LIFESTYLES

Mexican music makes impact around the world, locally
Mexican music makes impact around the world, locally
Our neighboring country of Mexico has an extraordinary wide variety of styles of music. The best known type of Mexican music is, by far, the ranchera, traditional Mexican songs that are very well known throughout the world.
Another important music style is the traditional “norteño,” or northern tunes, similar to Tex-Mex and Tejano music in the United States.Norteño began in the 1830s and 40s in the Rio Grande border region of southern Texas and was influenced by Bohemian immigrant miners with a rhythm derived from the European polka dance, almost always having the accordion as the lead instrument, with guitars serving as its roots.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Lake Royale, post office look to deliver more options
Lake Royale, post office look to deliver more options
Lake Royale representatives and the post office are working to deliver residents a better mailing experience. Since mail is not delivered to street addresses within the private community, residents rely primarily on two post office box locations within the neighborhood.

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Foy wants teeth in FRMC’s commitment to keep services in town
Uncertainties regarding access to health care brought on by a hospital move to Youngsville has stirred one commissioner to ask more questions. Franklin County commissioners have never discussed the issue of a hospital move as a board, but Commissioners Lynwood Buffaloe, Bob Winters, Penny McGhee-Young and Harry Foy have expressed support for the move with a caveat that Franklin Regional Medical Center leave behind significant service in Louisburg.

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Attempted carjacking probed
A reported carjacking could involve three law enforcement agencies. According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy First Sgt. D. Collins, a Raleigh woman called police at about 6:50 p.m. on Thursday from the Rosemart gas station on U.S. 1 and N.C. 96 and reported that someone tried to steal her car.

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