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Showing 27 articles from April 25, 2008.

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Breaking News!!!! FRMC AND REX CON REJECTED!!!!!!
More details coming.

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State denies FRMC’s move
Franklin Regional Medical Center’s application for a certificate of need to relocate to Youngsville in a partnership with Rex-UNC Health Care has been denied.
A statement was released by FRMC and Rex late Friday that expressed disappointment on the state Division of Facility Services’ decision that “hurts the residents of the county.”
This is the second application for relocation for FRMC to be rejected in the last year to build a proposed $98-million hospital in southwest Franklin County off U.S. Highway 1.
“The state has decided against allowing the expansion of quality health care throughout Franklin County.

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Whistlers’ convention lives up to its international name
Whistlers’ convention lives up to its international name
After taking three of the top awards in last year’s International Whistlers Convention, some Japanese performers will have the home concert hall advantage this summer when the event heads to Tokyo.
The 35th annual event is being hosted by the Japan Whistlers Federation in July. It will be at the Culture Hall of the Center of Lifelong Learning in Ushiku — about an hour east of Tokyo.

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Officers OK’d to give rabies vaccinations
Franklin County Animal Control is reinstituting certified rabies vaccinators at the animal shelter.
A commitment from Health Department Director Eric Ireland came Wednesday night following discussion during an Animal Control Advisory Board meeting.
Ireland agreed to have two officers certified through the state to give the shots and one officer’s certification to be transferred over to Franklin County, giving rise to a state statute that has been in place since 1983.

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<i>County Employee of the Quarter</i>
County Employee of the Quarter
SHEARIN HONORED. Franklin County Commission Chairman Robert Lee Swanson on Monday night presented Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin with an Employee of the Quarter certificate for the period ending in March. The presentation was made during the board’s meeting Monday night. Shearin oversees an office of 12 other employees, which receives about 57,000 911 calls a year.

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17-year-old arrested for hate crime against two black VGCC students
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Kittrell teen this week, charging him with the county’s first reported hate crime in a decade.
Investigators arrested Stephen Overton, 17, of 2201 Rocky Ford Road, and charged him with two counts of ethnic intimidation.

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Sliver of land slicing into the Wal-Mart deal
Sliver of land slicing into the Wal-Mart deal
The Louisburg Town Council is holding off on taking control of a right-of-way near the proposed Super Wal-Mart location, giving competing developers time to work out an agreement without town involvement.
Phil Goodson, the man who handled the land deal for Louisburg Plaza (the Super Wal-Mart project) on the west side of U.S. Highway 401, also holds the option on .106 acres on the east side of the highway.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES H. WRENN JR.
OXFORD - James H. “Jimmy” Wrenn Jr. died Sunday, April 20, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 23, at Hester Baptist Church by Dr. Lavelle Waters and Brad Woodlief.

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GLADYS H. DANIEL
CHARLOTTE - Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Hicks Daniel, 43, who died Thursday, April 24, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MURIEL T. CLARK
LOUISBURG - Muriel Tharrington Clark, 93, died Monday, April 21, 2008 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 25, at Corinth Baptist Church, with the Rev. Brent Farrar officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ANNIE RUTH GAY
YOUNGSVILLE - Annie Ruth Wall Gay, 79, died Wednesday morning, April 23, 2008 at her home. Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 26) at Bethlehem Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dannie Hayes and the Rev. Bill Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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VIRGINIA B. ARMSTRONG
ZEBULON - Mrs. Virginia Bridgers Armstrong, 83, died Sunday, April 20, 2008 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 25, at Massey Funeral Home in Zebulon. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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HILDA S. HOLLOWAY
YOUNGSVILLE - Hilda Smith Holloway, 58, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest.

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INGRID C. BROOKS
FRANKLINTON - Ingrid C. Brooks, 33, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 26) at Manasseh Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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SPORTS

FHS’ Signing Day
FHS’ Signing Day
FRANKLINTON - Football wasn’t the only focus of Kyle Ennis’ college decision-making process.
A member of the National Honor Society -- and 31st in his class -- Ennis wanted to make sure his eventual choice boasted a strong reputation in both academics and athletics.
Ennis feels like he’s found the perfect place -- Guilford College in Greensboro.

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All-NCC stalwarts honored
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- When Jon Pearsall helped start the Franklinton High School wrestling program three years ago, he felt the potential was there to one day claim a Northern Carolina Conference regular season championship.
But this soon? Pearsall hardly anticipated what happened to the Red Rams in 2007-08. FHS won the NCC regular season title with a 7-1 league mark.

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Monroe makes her mark at UNC-A
Monroe makes her mark at UNC-A
ASHEVILLE -- Jessica Monroe continues to climb up the women’s basketball leader at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
During each of her three seasons, Monroe has seen her playing time consistently increase -- until she earned a permanent spot in the Lady Bulldogs’ lineup for the 2007-08 campaign.
Monroe, a former prep stalwart at Franklinton High, started 28 of UNCA’s 30 games. She was second on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.6).

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Mahola, from me to you
Mahola, from me to you
"I've run out of sick days, so I'm calling in dead” -- Not-so-ancient Hawaiian proverb (found on the back of a T-shirt at a West Maui gift shop)
During my 11 years at The Franklin Times, I've e-mailed stories from Washington State, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta and my mother's kitchen in Kentucky (the last one on too many occasions to count).

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FRANKLIN COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
BUNN -- Listed are the latest results from the Bunn Youth Recreation League’s baseball/softball seasons:

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LIFESTYLES

Remembering Amy Calamaco
Remembering Amy Calamaco
Amy, even though your life was cut short, you had already made an impact on people of all ages. Everyone says how sweet you were, and how hard you worked to get ahead in life.
I remember writing in the June 5, 2004 edition of The Franklin Times about the graduates in Franklin County who had come a long way.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

LHS band concert: courthouse, May 3
On Saturday, May 3, the concert and symphonic bands from Louisburg High School will perform their 13th annual “turn-of-the-century” concert in downtown Louisburg on the historic courthouse steps.
The concert will begin at 6 p.m. and should last about 45 minutes.
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Louisburg High School Auditorium.

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Rail could knock town off track
Franklin County officials and residents will get a chance on Tuesday night to learn more about the impacts of a high-speed rail project, but the fortunes of two towns are decidedly different.
The Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor is a state and federal project to connect Richmond, Va., to Raleigh, and South Carolina and Georgia.

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Novozymes wins first health/safety practices award
Novozymes North America was presented Friday night with the first Best Practices Award for its Health and Safety Program from the N.C. Psychological Association.
The awards ceremony was at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

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VGCC golf tournament May 13
Last year, the annual golf tournament to benefit the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund raised about $31,500 to provide scholarships to deserving students. This year, college officials hope to surpass that result with the 24th annual tournament, which will be at the Henderson Country Club on Tuesday, May 13.

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Franklinton’s Bargain Store to rebuild
FRANKLINTON — A 75-year-old town store was destroyed by fire last weekend, but its proprietors don’t expect the tragedy to snuff out their desire to stay in business.
Franklinton and Mitchners Crossroads firefighters responded to the Bargain Store on N.C. Highway 56 to find it completely engulfed at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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Louisburg College alumni recognized for achievements
Three Louisburg College alumni were presented with awards during Alumni Weekend at Louisburg College, April 11-12. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award was established in 1993, and it recognizes and honors an alumnus who graduated within the last 20 years and has achieved significant accomplishments in a profession or in the community.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-26-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-26-2008
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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