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Showing 21 articles from April 6, 2007.

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Commissioners refused ER services commitment
Commissioner Bob Winters talks to hospital officials
Commissioners refused ER services commitment
Franklin Regional Medical Center staff and representatives on Thursday presented commissioners with their argument for relocating their hospital, but were not able to make any firm commitments regarding continued health care in central and eastern Franklin County. Franklin County commissioners requested that hospital staff share with them how they would continue to serve the poor and indigent at a new location.

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$50-million school bond discussed for 2008 issue
A commitment to put dollars behind school capital improvement plans could cost voters as much as $90 million. When county commissioners adopted its Adequate Public Schools Ordinance in June, it obligated the county to apply collected development fees toward new building and renovation plans outlined in the school system’s long-range facilities plan.

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The tragic loss of Eric Vick
Eric Vick, above, was in his third tour of duty when he was killed in Iraq on April 1
The tragic loss of Eric Vick
SPRING HOPE — War has a way of making it difficult to speak with loved ones, as messages of ‘I love you’ and ‘I’m OK’ are measured in the five-minute increments in which soldiers get to call home. Three days and three minutes after Staff Sgt. Eric Vick died while serving his country in Iraq, his family believes he made one more call to let his family know he was OK.

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First ‘07 rabies case
The first case of rabies in Franklin County has been confirmed. The report comes right at the beginning of a spring county-sponsored rabies clinic for pet vaccinations and as the state updates its manual for rabies prevention and animal bite management.

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Louisburg College to welcome its new president
On April 12, Louisburg College will officially announce Dr. J. Michael Clyburn as Louisburg College’s 26th president. The event will begin at 11 a.m. on the front steps of Main Building. Following a welcome and introductions from current college President Dr. Reginald W. Ponder, Board Chairman Dr. John Cameron and Student Government Association President Fleming Fuller, Clyburn will address the crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members. A campus-wide cookout will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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OBITUARIES

RUBY S. PEARCE
LOUISBURG - Ruby Strother Pearce, 72, died Wednesday morning, April 4, 2007. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 7) at Pearce Baptist Church cemetery.

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ELGIE WILLIAMSON
YOUNGSVILLE - Elgie W. Williamson, 84, died Monday, April 2, 2007 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, April 7) at Union Grove Baptist Church in Youngsville. Burial will follow on Monday at the Veterans Cemetery in Raleigh.

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ROSA I. FINCH
LOUISBURG - Rosa Isabelle Finch, 77, died Monday, April 2, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 5, at Knightdale United Methodist Church in Knightdale. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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IRENE E. PARKER
FRANKLINTON - Irene Elizabeth Parker, 78, died Thursday, March 29, 2007 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 6, at First United Church of Christ, Franklinton, with Elder Cullus Dunston officiating. Interment was in the Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, Franklinton.

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ADA LOU SLEDGE PERRY
Ada Lou Perry, 91, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Marshall Manor Nursing Home in Guntersville, Al. A native and long-time resident of Louisburg, in Franklin County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late John Oliver and Jessie Louise Bobbitt Sledge of Bobbitt (near Littleton), N.C. Mrs. Perry was born in the Cedar Rock community and for many years her parents operated a store in the area of Louisburg, then known as Pruitt Town.

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ELDRED J. JOYNER
JACKSONVILLE, FL - Eldred J. Joyner, 82, passed away March 29, 2007 in Jacksonville, FL. He was born in Louisburg, North Carolina to Oscar and Violet Joyner. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and had a long career until his retirement in Jacksonville, FL.

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SPORTS

BUNN EDGES LOUISBURG IN OT SOCCER THRILLER
BUNN EDGES LOUISBURG IN OT SOCCER THRILLER
LOUISBURG — Before the match, Ashley Towne’s grandfather predicted that she would break out of her recent scoring slump. Towne, a forward for the Bunn High girls soccer team, had been working hard to set up scoring opportunities, but she hadn’t been able to find the net.

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Hill whiz sparkles for Bunn
FRANKLINTON -- Thanks to more heroics from senior ace Jimmy Tanner, the Bunn Wildcats are still undefeated in the Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings. Tuesday at Franklinton, Tanner, a lefty who has signed with Lenoir Community College, tossed a complete-game, two-hitter as the Wildcats scored a 6-0 victory over the Red Rams in a key NCC diamond matchup.

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Bunn avenges track and field setbacks to FHS
Bunn avenges track and field setbacks to FHS
FRANKLINTON -- Bunn received an early-season wake-up call last week as part The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet.
Both the Wildcats and Ladycats were defeated by Franklinton, which took both plaques home to the other side of the county following the annual event.
It wasn’t a pleasant experience for BHS coaches David Howle (boys) and Daniel Wright (girls).

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Wachovia standings updated
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are updated standings (through winter sports) for the Wachovia Cup race in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic (Louisburg) and Northern Carolina (Bunn and Franklinton) Conferences:

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Kim to Pembroke: Bunn soccer star earns college scholarship
BUNN -- Kim Turner’s first impression of soccer wasn’t a positive one. But she will have a long-lasting impression on the sport in Franklin County.
Regarded as one of the best -- if not the best -- performers in the young history of soccer in the county, Turner has opted to continue her career at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.

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LIFESTYLES

Awareness of sexual assault
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Safe Space Inc. invites the community to join in speaking out against sexual assault by attending “Sexual Assault Awareness Day.”
The event will be Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 12 p.m. at Louisburg College and will include a representation of the frequency of sexual assault and rape in this country.

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Lighten up church services April 22 with uplifting tunes
The Franklin County Arts Council has received a request from 11 whistlers wishing to whistle a sacred song at the Sunday morning worship hour on April 22. Traditionally, whistlers and visitors to the International Whistlers Convention wish to attend Sunday worship services in the Louisburg area, and in the process may participate as a guest whistler/singer.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County threatens eviction against family on hubsite land
Stephen King needs more time, and after expressing his concerns this week, the county seems prepared to give it to him. He has been living in a mobile home for the last 15 years on a farm that the county recently bought to develop as part of the Kerr-Tar Hub site near the airport.

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Expect higher gas prices this Easter
Despite gasoline prices climbing steadily higher in the past month, (up 18.6 cents in North Carolina and up 19.5 cents in South Carolina), motorists will pay less for gasoline in both states this Easter compared to last year. With Easter occurring eight days earlier this year, average prices are 8.1 cents less in North Carolina and 9.1 cents less in South Carolina than they were for the 2006 Easter holiday, when the effects of Hurricane Katrina were still being felt.

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Winters murder: Combs receives probation
A Louisburg man was sentenced to probation this week and avoided more jail time in part for his role in bringing the primary slaying suspect to justice. Investigators arrested Shelvie Hinzman, Tamera Weathers and Bernard Combs in October of 2004, charging the three with robbing and killing 45-year-old Fred Winters of Wake Forest.

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