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Showing 31 articles from November 16, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

FRMC, Rex plan partnership
Franklin Regional Medical Center joined forces with Rex Healthcare this week in new efforts to relocate its hospital from Louisburg to the outskirts of Youngsville.
During a telephone conference Friday morning, Rex President David Strong and FRMC CEO Brian Gwyn confirmed that the two have formed a single entity and filed a certificate of need (CON) application on Thursday to relocate the hospital.

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YA-HOOOO!<br>Boys & Girls Club takes third in Internet competition
YA-HOOOO!
Boys & Girls Club takes third in Internet competition
THE WARRIORS AND THE TORNADOES. Youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin County came in third place in competition Tuesday in a high-tech showdown of speed and skill. Teams from Franklin, Ind.; Ft. Myers, Fla. and Las Vegas also participated. Web cameras and speakerphones allowed competitors to hear and see each other during the contest. The teams answered trivia questions and e-mailed answers.

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Light goes up at Tarboro/401 intersection
Light goes up at Tarboro/401 intersection
Engineers expect to have a traffic light operating at one of the most dangerous intersections in Franklin County by the end of the year.
Workers had installed the lights at the intersection of U.S. 401 and Tarboro Road this week.

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Tax talk tops board agenda
Commissioners will discuss on Monday whether they will put a referendum before voters that could drive up the sales tax or put a tax on land transfers.
In July, the General Assembly authorized counties to put before voters a land use transfer tax or a quarter-cent sales tax increase as revenue options to help offset raids the state made on other county funding it will use to pick up Medicaid expenses.

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More community participation sought to map out growth
More community participation sought to map out growth
Residents had their second and third opportunity this week to provide input that will shape Franklin County for the next few decades.
County staff, with the aid of state planners, are updating the county’s Comprehensive Development Plan.

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OBITUARIES

OLLIE G. BROWN JR.
ZEBULON – Ollie Glen “Jim” Brown Jr., 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 17) at Cove Baptist Church in Woodbury, Ga., with burial following in the church cemetery.

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WILLIE J. SMITH
LOUISBURG – Willie Junior Smith, 80, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PEGGY Y. BREWER
NASHVILLE – Funeral services for Peggy Y. Brewer, 67, who died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, will be today (Saturday, Nov. 17) at 1 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas McCullers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MAYBELLE J. PERRY
PITTSBORO – Maybelle Jacobs Perry, “Mary B. Perry,” formerly of Franklinton, 66, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Funeral services were Nov. 16 at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial followed in the Manasseh church cemetery.

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JAMES D. MILON
LOUISBURG – James Dewey “Jim” Milon, 61, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 17) at Jordan Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. James Barham officiating. Burial will follow in the Milon family cemetery.

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THOMAS E. SUTTON
LOUISBURG – Thomas E. Sutton, 42, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Kelvin G. Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PAULETTE E. GREGG
ROCKY MOUNT – Paulette Elizabeth Gregg, 64, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the St. John Baptist Church with the Rev. James Douglas officiating.

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RICARDO J. GOBANTES
YOUNGSVILLE – Ricardo J. Gobantes, 45, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. A memorial service was Nov. 14 at Cutchins Funeral Home in Franklinton.

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DARLENE PRICE
YOUNGSVILLE – Darlene Price, 53, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Montlawn Funeral Home in Raleigh.

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KATIE P. BASS
FRANKLINTON – Katie Gertrude Person Bass, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Funeral services were on Nov. 16 at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating.

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ROBERT G. ETHEREDGE
LOUISBURG – Robert G. Etheredge, 64, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007.

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IRENE SASSER COLLINS
FRANKLINTON – Irene Sasser Collins, 80, a resident of Franklinton passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007.

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DANNY B. ARNOLD
LOUISBURG - Danny Brent Arnold, 54, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at his home. He was preceded in death by his sister, Karen Arnold Crowder, brothers-in-law, Steve Crowder and Roger P. Holmes. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from Louisburg United Methodist Church with Rev. Earl Dulaney officiating. Interment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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SPORTS

BUNN’S BUOYS
BUNN’S BUOYS
HENDERSON - For the first time in school history, the water may turn upside down with the Bunn High swimming program.
Every season, BHS has produced a strong girls squad, while the boys were short in numbers and, despite the attempts of a small group of energetic swimmers, low on results in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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A Bunch to look forward to
A Bunch to look forward to
HENDERSON -- Emily Bunch learned all about success during her career with the tradition-rich, championship-grabbing Enloe High School swim team.
Bunch hopes to translate some of those lessons to the Franklinton Red Rams and Lady Rams, who are entering their third season of pool competition.

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FHS coach returns to the court
FHS coach returns to the court
FRANKLINTON -- Lester Wilder’s grand return to the sidelines at Franklinton High School had the makings of a celebration.
Until the fourth quarter.
Wilder, a long-time legend who has returned to coach the FHS girls basketball team following a one-year retirement, saw his club fall 46-34 to Northern Vance in the Lady Rams’ regular season opener Tuesday night at the FHS Gymnasium.

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Together again in Franklin
Together again in Franklin
Together again -- that will be the theme for Franklin County high school sports beginning with the 2009-10 calendar year.
Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn haven’t been in the same conference since 2001, but that should change following the recent release of updated Average Daily Membership enrollment numbers by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

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LC offers youth sports clinics
LC offers youth sports clinics
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College fast-pitch softball program will host a hitting and pitching clinic Dec. 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
There will be an emphasis on pitching, hitting, bunting, baserunning and defensive fundamentals.

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LIFESTYLES

Communicating through rhythm and music - let’s dance
Communicating through rhythm and music - let’s dance
It is hard to define “dance,” since it depends on so many components found in society, culture, and in the mores of a given country. Dancing can be described as a non-verbal communication between humans.
In the 200 countries of the world, all have their own music and rhythms that characterize their culture.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Denton case settled for $10,000
A Franklin County man received $10,000 after settling his case alleging that a sheriff’s deputy assaulted him.
James Denton, 72, filed a lawsuit in March 2005, alleging that Deputy Andy Ayscue bumped him, sprayed him with mace, pushed him to the ground and knelt on his back to make an arrest on May 9, 2004.

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GAL TRAINING
GAL TRAINING
Guardian ad Litem staff attend statewide meeting Nov. 7-8. Mary Jo Van Horne, district administrator; Robin Darone, GAL recruiter; Alice Johnson, program assistant and Wynona Thomas, program supervisor, attended. The GAL attendees were from Judicial District 9 (Vance Granville Warren and Franklin counties).

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Howard set to speak at Person Place banquet
Myrick Howard, president of Preservation North Carolina, will be the featured speaker at the annual banquet of Louisburg’s Person Place this year.
His topic will be “Buying Time for Heritage,” and he also will speak about such historic area properties as the Patty Person Taylor House and other homes in the county.

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Duke University Health Systems pursues CON
Duke University Health System announced Friday it has filed a certificate of need (CON) with the state of North Carolina for a proposed 548,420-square-foot expansion of Duke University Hospital that would modernize 160 of its licensed 924 beds and add 16 new operating suites. The requested expansion, along with related enabling expenses, will cost an estimated $596 million.

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BUSINESS

D&J Automotive continues to grow
Making a dramatic U-turn from educating and counseling children to the hectic world of running a car dealership has put Phyllis Culbreth in exactly the place she says she wants to be.
At least with one exception –– and she’s hoping that exception will be quite temporary!

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PREP FOOTBALL

LHS Holds Off Bruins
LHS Holds Off Bruins
LOUISBURG -- One thing has been missing during Louisburg High’s school-record, 10-game winning streak.
A close contest.
While LHS head coach James Collier has been pleased with his club’s ability to blow out opponents, he also wondered if the Warriors’ lack of tight-game experience might come back to haunt them in the Class 1-AA State Playoffs.

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SC Stops Bunn
TABOR CITY -- South Columbus lived up to its No. 1 seed -- and showed why it is undefeated -- during a home matchup Friday against Bunn in the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
The Stallions boasted a well-balanced offense and a stingy defense in eliminating the Wildcats by a 36-0 margin.

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