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Showing 25 articles from April 13, 2007.

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Relocating the hospital: What’s to gain .... what’s to lose
When all the debates have subsided, and when all the viewpoints have been expressed, state health care experts will emerge from a public hearing Tuesday with enough information to decide whether or not Franklin Regional Medical Center will move from Louisburg to Youngsville and build a $98-million hospital. Supporters have called the proposal the biggest opportunity Franklin County has ever had relative to progress; opponents say a location closer to Louisburg would serve the population and the county better.

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FRMC: Youngsville location serves all of Franklin County
FRMC: Youngsville location serves all of Franklin County
Say the words “new hospital” around Franklin Regional Medical Center and a lot of heads turn, none of them with more excitement and expectation than Chief of Staff Dr. Steven Schwam’s. “It is going to allow us to take care of more patients with a large facility and in a more modern facility,” he said.
“I don’t know of anyone in this hospital who does not support it.”
Still, the medical doctor realizes there are some people outside the walls of the Louisburg center who do not want the change.

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Louisburg: public’s needs are better served more centrally
Louisburg: public’s needs are better served more centrally
Louisburg officials and community leaders in the central and northeastern part of the county have led the charge against Franklin Regional Medical Center’s bid to relocate its hospital.
They plan to continue that push during a public hearing on the matter Tuesday afternoon.
Town officials sent out a postcard to all of the town’s utility customers asking them to show up in masses to oppose the request.
They also took out advertising, urging a show of force.

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Allen, Berger not planning to attend CON public hearing
Sen. Doug Berger has denied making any threats to cut a state health agency’s funding if they approved Franklin Regional Medical Center’s request to relocate the hospital. The man who made the accusation, Jim Moss Jr., a friend to Berger and one of four people looking to sell property on U.S. 1 and N.C. 96 to FRMC, backed off his assertion this week.

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New LC president welcomed by faculty, students, community
New LC president welcomed by faculty, students, community
Louisburg College’s next president was introduced to the community, faculty and students this week.
J. Michael Clyburn will become the school’s 26th president on July 1.
On Thursday, Clyburn stood on the school’s Main Building steps and talked about his commitment to continuing the school’s mission.
That will include his concerted effort to involve himself in the school community, the town and the county.

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OBITUARIES

MARY D. MACKEY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mary Doris Mackey, 69, who died Monday, April 9, 2007, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 14) at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Clark family cemetery.

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RUSSELL E. BOISELLE
YOUNGSVILLE - Russell Eugene Boiselle died Friday, April 6, 2007. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on May 27, 2007, which would have been his 70th birthday, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church in Zebulon.

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BARBARA J. WHITLEY
LOS ANGELES - Barbara J. Whitley, 66, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Ocean View Convolescent Home in California. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at ABC Mortuary in Long Beach, Calif. Burial will be in Los Angeles.

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ANDREW T. MEDLIN
FRANKLINTON - Andrew Talmadge Medlin, 78, died Thursday, April 12, 2007 in a Louisburg nursing facility. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the Franklin Funeral Service chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. Charles Summerlin officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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MATTHEW K. GUARD
APEX - Matthew Kelley Guard, 38, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 10, 2007 in Holly Springs. A service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Thomas Funeral Home, 401 N. Ennis St., Fuquay-Varina. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m.

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RUSSELL N. STRICKLAND
YOUNGSVILLE - Russell N. Strickland, 79, died Wednesday evening, April 11, 2007 at the Carolina House in Wake Forest. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 14) at Youngsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Stratton officiating. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Town Cemetery.

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ERIC R. VICK
SPRING HOPE - Eric Reid Vick, 25, died while serving in Iraq on Sunday, April 1, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 14, at Cornerstone Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc., 1052 S. First Street, Nashville, with the Rev. Carol Wiggs officiating. Burial will follow at Peachtree Cemetery, Spring Hope.

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JOHN “JACK” LAWRENCE THERIAULT, JR.
John “Jack” Lawrence Theriault, Jr. of Wilmington, formerly of Raleigh, Edenton and Louisburg, died Saturday, April 7, 2007 at his home at 2925 Newkirk Avenue, Wilmington, surrounded by his loving family.

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SPORTS

A Backyard Rivalry
A Backyard Rivalry
LOUISBURG - Every year, at least one game straddles the idea of wacky disbelief at the Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament.
The 2007 occurrence of that common theme came Thursday during the third-place matchup between host Louisburg High and Kerr-Vance Academy.
The Warriors, leading by as many as seven runs, appeared well on their way to securing the No. 3 spot before Kerr-Vance started an improbable rally.

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Strickland sends Bunn past Lawrence Academy
Strickland sends Bunn past Lawrence Academy
LOUISBURG - Bunn’s Brandon Strickland seems to save his best work for the Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament.

Strickland, last year’s Tourney Most Valuable Player, came through with another solid effort in 2007 for the Wildcats.

Thursday at Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus, Strickland tossed a complete-game, nine-hitter to help the Wildcats claim a 4-1 victory over Lawrence Academy in the event’s fifth-place game.


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ECU wins matchup vs. Hawks
WILMINGTON - Ryan Wood’s RBI single in the top of the ninth that plated Brandon Henderson and gave East Carolina a 3-2 win over in-state rival UNC Wilmington Wednesday night at Brooks Field.

Henderson singled down the left field line with one out and then moved into scoring position on his fourth stolen base of the year, setting up the game-winning hit for the Pirates (22-12).


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L’burg Parade this morning
L’burg Parade this morning
LOUISBURG - An annual spring tradition will be held today as the Louisburg Recreation Department will conduct its Opening Day ceremonies for the baseball and softball seasons.

Festivities will begin with a parade up North Main Street. The parade will begin near the Person Place and will conclude at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.


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Red Rams roll to win in 7th-place matchup
Red Rams roll to win in 7th-place matchup
LOUISBURG - A seven-run fourth inning propelled the Franklinton Red Rams to an 11-6 victory over Wilson Greenfield in Wednesday’s seventh-place game at the Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament.

The contest was called after four frames, and the three contests scheduled for later in the day were postponed until Thursday at historic Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus.


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LIFESTYLES

Making the transition into kindergarten with parents’ help
Making the transition into kindergarten with parents’ help
Kindergarten registration toolk place recently in Franklin County. The registrations were held in each of the county’s elementary schools with a very successful enrollment.

The registration days were carried out on seven different dates during the month of March. Children had to be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 16, to be eligible for kindergarten for the 2007-2008 school year. A physical examination is also required for children who enter kindergarten.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

What people are saying - yes and no
The following are excerpts from letters that have been written by local leaders and residents for and against the relocation of Franklin Regional Medical Center from Louisburg to Youngsville. The letters are among those submitted to the state as part of public response prior to the certificate of need public hearing that is scheduled for April 17.

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What kind of hospital is planned?
County Commissioner Lynwood Buffaloe has said it.
FRMC’s Chief of Staff Steven Schwam has said it.
Even state Sen. Doug Berger and state Rep. Lucy Allen, who oppose Franklin Regional Medical Center’s relocation from Louisburg to Youngsville, have said it.

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Nomaco to lay off 63
An insulation company is planning to close the doors to its Louisburg warehouse beginning this summer. According to information provided by Nomaco Inc., President Scott Edwards to Louisburg officials, the polyethylene insulation operations in Louisburg will relocate to the company’s Youngsville site.

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Wal-Mart hearing Monday
The Louisburg Town Council will host a public hearing on Monday to consider a special exception permit that could bring a Super Wal-Mart to town.

In March, the Louisburg Town Council took actions to open up U.S. 401 South of N.C. 56 for the Super Wal-Mart development.


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Plan on five minutes to speak at the hearing
Franklin Regional Medical Center, government officials, and interested parties will be given a final chance this Tuesday to comment on a request to move the Louisburg hospital to Youngsville. A project analyst with the state Division of Facility Services’ Certificate of Need Section (CONS) will host a public hearing beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday inside the Louisburg College Auditorium.

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Just the facts please
Who: Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg Owned by Health Management Associates, Naples Fla. Currently employs 380

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