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Showing 23 articles from March 21, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Gas prices hopping high for Easter weekend holiday
Gas prices hopping high for Easter weekend holiday
When Bob Bader goes to the pump, he feels a bit of a pinch.
That pinch might feel more like a boa constrictor’s grasp from now through the summer as motoring experts predict a continued spike in record-high gas prices.
Already, prices are more than 60 cents higher than they were last year at the Easter holiday.
Gasoline prices are not expected to reach $4 a gallon, experts say, but it’s high enough already, motorists say.

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Medicare, Medicaid status could be terminated at FRMC
Medicare, Medicaid status could be terminated at FRMC
Franklin Regional Medical Center could lose its ability to receive federal Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, creating a muddied health care picture for those who rely on the insurance.
It could also have an impact on the hospital’s proposal to relocate.
This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a notice that it would terminate the Medicare/Medicaid agreement for in-patient services, effective March 30, because the hospital is not in compliance with four conditions of participation:

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Super Retriever Series back for another splash
BACK AT IT. Above, Hottie, a black lab owned by an Atlanta couple and trained by Louisburg’s Stacey West, gets some water training done this week in anticipation of next week’s Super Retriever Series, broadcast by the Versus network.
Super Retriever Series back for another splash
Stacey West has spent much of his life teaching dogs new tricks.
After organizing last year’s Super Retriever Series in Louisburg, he’s learned a few himself.
“The first year, I was really worried that we were doing the right thing,” West said of the crush of organizing the event, serving as host and handling training duties.

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Wal-Mart development moves ahead
The Louisburg Town Council handled some housekeeping items on Monday that move along a significant commercial proposal and a government development.
Following a public hearing that drew no public comment, the Town Council approved a final subdivision plat for the Louisburg Plaza development, which includes plans for a Super Wal-Mart and several out parcels.

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OBITUARIES

ELBERT P. LEWIS JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Elbert P. Lewis Jr., 79, who died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 22) at St. Delight United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Maurice White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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RELDA S. STUTTS
RALEIGH - Relda S. Stutts, 78, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 21, at Westover United Methodist Church, with interment following at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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BARBARA L. WOODLIEF
KITTRELL - Barbara Ann Lee Woodlief, 73, died Monday, March 17, 2008 at Duke Medical Center. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, March 19, in the Woodlief family cemetery in Kittrell by the Rev. Frank Sossamon.

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HELEN S. RANKIN
ZEBULON - Helen Stone Rankin, 83, died Monday, March 17, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 20, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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BETTY LEE HUBBARD
YOUNGSVILLE - Betty Lee Hubbard, 80, died Monday, March 17, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 21, in the chapel of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road, Raleigh.

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DORETHA S. JONES
BUNN - Doretha S. Jones died Wednesday, March 19, 2008. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Zebulon.

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GLADYS VIRGINIA CORBETT MOWERY
LOUISBURG - Gladys Virginia Corbett Mowery died on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Rex Hospital after a short illness. She was 91.
Gladys was born July 16, 1916 in Selma, North Carolina. She was one of nine children born to Charles A. Corbett and Birmah Broadwell Corbett of Selma, both deceased.

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SPORTS

Rockin’ Lady Rams
Rockin’ Lady Rams
LOUISBURG -- A strong, veteran Franklinton squad with an eye of championships took on a work-in-progress Louisburg club in a girls prep soccer matchup Wednesday night.
The result was predictable as a talented Franklinton club rolled to 9-0 decision over the rebuilding Louisburg Lady Warriors at the LHS Football Field.

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Firebirds On Fire
Firebirds On Fire
TANHOPE - When Bunn and Southern Nash tangled earlier in the season, they played as tightly as possible to a tie.
It wasn’t nearly as dramatic this time around during Thursday afternoon’s rematch under windy conditions at the SNSH Soccer Field.

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FHS grid coach has resigned
FRANKLINTON -- After three seasons, Chris Miller has stepped down as the head football coach at Franklinton High School.
Miller announced his decision Thursday. He will remain at FHS as a physical education teacher, but didn’t rule out moving to another school next year, possibly as a grid assistant.

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RR’s Tyler Tags One
RR’s Tyler Tags One
BUNN -- Bunn figured Tyler Deloach’s potent arm would play a key role in Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the BHS Baseball Field.
After all, Deloach, a lefty from Roanoke Rapids, is regarded as one of the league’s top hurlers. Last year, Deloach even fashioned a no-hitter against the Wildcats.

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Holiday thoughts are good
Holiday thoughts are good
Good Friday brought good news to Franklin County, as I’ve heard the news that long-time Louisburg College baseball fixture Clara Frazier is feeling much better after having surgery last week.
Clara, the wife of former LC coach Russ Frazier, is a long-time friend of The Franklin Times’ sports department. We wish her a continued speedy recover, and we hope to see her again soon at Frazier Field.

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Bunn picks up two fast-pitch decisions
Bunn picks up two fast-pitch decisions
BUNN -- Bunn’s solid start in the Northern Carolina Conference softball standings continued Tuesday with a 5-2 home victory over the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
In the span of 96 hours, the Ladycats -- the defending NCC champions -- came up with conquest over clubs expected to be in the upper echelon of the league.

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Canes’ playoff tix on sale
Canes’ playoff tix on sale
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes announced today that individual game tickets for potential first-round games of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the RBC Center will go on sale on Monday at 10 a.m.
Single-game tickets will be available at the Time Warner Cable Box Office at the RBC Center in Raleigh, through Ticketmaster online, or by calling Ticketmaster at 919-834-4000.

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LIFESTYLES

Luck of the Irish has link with Christianity
Luck of the Irish has link with Christianity
As you may know, Christianity has everything to do with wearing green and celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.
However it is so easy to just celebrate a holiday without ever thinking about the meaning behind it. We all do it some time or another. Whether at Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, etc., it is almost inevitable as we encounter the business flourishing around these special days.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS
The following students were named to the Appalachian State University dean’s list for the fall 2007 semester:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

EXTENDING A DONATION TO EXTENSION
EXTENDING A DONATION TO EXTENSION
The Franklin County Farm Bureau board of directors recently donated $10,000 to the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service. Bennie Ray Gupton, president of Franklin County Farm Bureau, second from right, presents the check to Cedric Jones, extension director; Crystal Smith, 4-H youth and family agent, and Martha Mobley, animal ag agent, right.

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Smith joined young leaders’ group
During the week of March 6-9, Amanda Smith, a freshman at Louisburg High School, joined a select group of eighth- and ninth-grade students from across the nation to take part in a unique leadership development program conducted in 32 cities across the country.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-22-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-22-2008
This is your opportunity to be an editorial cartoonist. Each issue, we will post a cartoon without a caption and you get to fill in the punchline. Here are a few guidelines that may help you submit the funniest line...

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