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Showing 25 articles from July 8, 2008.

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State clears claims against FRMC
Franklin Regional Medical Center received another good bill of health this week when state inspectors concluded that claims of nursing deficiencies are unsubstantiated.
State Sen. Doug Berger requested the state inspect FRMC on the heels of federal inspections that revealed a number of deficiencies at the hospital, including one that led to a patient’s death in December.

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Man found shot to death
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in the shooting death of a man found in a ditch last week.
A resident was walking near his home on Ferrells Bridge Road just before 9 a.m. on Thursday when he came upon a body in a ditch, Sheriff Pat Green said.
The body was later identified as Corey Wardell Mann, 29, of 1804 Ferrell Bridge Road.

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VIEW TO A THRILL
VIEW TO A THRILL
Louisburg Parks and Recreation Director Brent Cardwell, far left, and family and friends enjoy the fireworks display at Louisburg High School. The fireworks capped an evening of events put on by the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department. Similar Independence Day festivities also took place in Franklinton, Lake Royale, Castalia and Wake Forest.

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Teen charged after leaving fatal weck
A Franklin County man was charged with underage drinking and manslaughter this weekend after leaving the scene of a fatal wreck Saturday morning.
Tempia Ann O’Keith Rodwell, 39, was killed following the one-vehicle wreck on Alert Road.
According to Trooper B.R. Simmons, Jasmen Lemar Hedgepeth, 18, was behind the wheel of the 1990 Oldsmobile when he ran off the rain-slicked road and crashed into several trees.

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Coppedge family files lawsuit against Mitchell, Sheriff’s Office
The attorney for the Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement was not negligent for the death of a pedestrian on New Year’s Eve in response to a lawsuit filed June 23 seeking damages by the family.
Marcus Coppedge, 23, was killed when he was hit by Deputy Crystal Mitchell as he tried to cross N.C. 39 at Ingleside the evening of Dec. 31.
According to the state Highway Patrol, Mitchell was exceeding the 45-mph speed limit when the accident occurred.

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Richardson, Berger selected for convention
Franklin County will be represented two-fold later this summer when Democrat leaders from across the country are expected to select Barack Obama as its presidential nominee at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
During the North Carolina Democratic Party Convention in June, Sen. Doug Berger and county Democratic Party Chairwoman Bobbie Richardson were elected as delegates for Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, respectively.

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Fourth of July Parade in Alert keeps getting bigger, better
CANDY AT HIS DOORSTEP. Paul Bumgarner, above, lives at the corner of Pete Smith and Alert roads, where the Alert Fourth of July Parade makes its traditional turn to the left.
Fourth of July Parade in Alert keeps getting bigger, better
ALERT — For Paul Bumgarner, the Fourth of July Parade is about as exciting as it gets in Alert.
“It seems as if this is about as much attention as we get around here,” he said Friday, waiting for the community celebration to begin.
Bumgarner should know. He lives in the 100-year-old-plus house right on the corner of Pete Smith and Alert roads, where the parade route reaches its hub and where the most watchers tend to gather.

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“MRS. ALERT”
“MRS. ALERT”
Her sash reads “Mrs.,” but “Miss” Destiny Padgett, above, is the reigning princess in Alert and was a big part of the sparkle for the Fourth of July Parade.

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OBITUARIES

RUTH W. WELDON
MACON - Ruth Wester Weldon, 90, died Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2008 at Maria Parham Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, July 9) at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CURTIS MORRISON SR.
LOUISBURG - Curtis Morrison Sr., 64, died Friday, July 4, 2008. Memorial services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Spring Hope.

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ESTELLA C. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Estella Crudup Perry, 59, who died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, were conducted Sunday, July 6, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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IRBY “BUDDY” WALKER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mr. Irby “Buddy” Walker, 72, who died Monday, July 7, 2008, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TEMPIA ANN O. RODWELL
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Tempia Ann O’Keith Rodwell, 29, a native of Franklin County, who died Saturday, July 5, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 9) at the Tabernacle of Witness and Worship, with Elder Melissa Elliott officiating. Burial will follow in the Rodwell family cemetery.

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COREY W. MANN
BUNN - Corey Wardell Mann, 29, died Thursday, July 3, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted today (Wednesday, July 9) at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Bunn, with the Rev. Rory E. Sneed as eulogist. Burial was in the Rocky Chapel church cemetery. Born in Durham County, he was the son of Charles and Johnnie Harris Mann. He was a graduate of Bunn High School, truck driving school, and also received a degree in graphic design from the Raleigh School of Arts.

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LORRAINE O. SMITH
LOUISBURG - Lorraine Olive Smith, 46, died at her home on Friday, July 4, 2008. Funeral services were Monday, July 7, at Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Gary Williams officiating. Entombment followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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BOBBY S. MARSHALL
YOUNGSVILLE - Bobby Sanford Marshall, 67, died Friday, July 4, 2008. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 9) at Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Gene Mangum officiating. Burial will follow in Stony Hill Baptist Church cemetery. He was born to the late Pearl Catlett Marshall and Sanford Marshall, and was preceded in death by a brother and a sister, Thomas and Linda Marshall.

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WILL SNEED
FRANKLINTON - Will Sneed, 53, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Franklinton, died Thursday, July 3, 2008. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 8, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with burial at Rock Spring United Church of Christ cemetery, Creedmoor. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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CURTIS L. RAY
January 15, 1965 – July 6, 2008
ZEBULON – Curtis Lynn Ray, 43, of the Pilot Community, Zebulon, died Sunday morning.

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SPORTS

Always The Champs
Always The Champs
LOUISBURG - For most fans who were part of the experience, the Louisburg All-Stars’ run toward the 2005 Dixie Youth Major League State Championship will never be forgotten.
But just to make sure, Louisburg Recreation Director Brent Cardwell has put up a sign in center field at the Louisburg High Softball Field, which plays host to many rec league games during the summer.
Cardwell unveiled the sign during the recent Dixie Youth District 10 Coach-Pitch Tournament.

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Swim Stingrays Successful Again
Swim Stingrays Successful Again
LOUISBURG -- Once again, the Town and Country Stingrays are enjoying a strong showing as part of their annual summer swim schedule.
TC entered Thursday’s road match with a 1-1 overall record. The Stingrays opened with a home loss against Winchester before bouncing back in solid fashion with a road decision versus Broadlands in Raleigh.

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Carolina standout selected
Carolina standout selected
ZEBULON -- Carolina Mudcats right-handed pitcher Jesus Delgado has been selected to play in the annual XM Satellite Radio Futures Game on Sunday, July 13 at Yankee Stadium.
Delgado, a member of the Florida Marlins 40-man roster who has split his 2008 season between Carolina and Triple-A Albuquerque, represents the only Marlins’ minor leaguer to be named to the game.

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Football weight-lifting hours
Weight-lifting hours
High school football players and prospects have the following opportunities to lift weights at the county’s high schools.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Lighting up the Franklin County sky for the Fourth of July ...
Lighting up the Franklin County sky for the Fourth of July ...
The boats in the water at the Lake Royale festivities were the perfect location to see the fireworks display during the community’s Independence Day festivities there on Saturday. The fireworks were a culmination of events at the lake, which included a morning parade, a taekwondo demonstration and food that was available, including hot dogs and cold drinks.

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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG SMILES
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG SMILES
A huge crowd showed up at Louisburg High School to witness the fireworks display sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department on July 4. Michael Williams and Matthew Sidibeh race down a slide at Louisburg High School.

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“Exploring Equine Farms” annual tour coming Aug. 2
“Exploring Equine Farms” annual tour coming Aug. 2
Area horse owners will have the opportunity to visit four horse farms in Franklin County on Saturday, Aug. 2.
The theme of this year’s tour is “Exploring Equine Farms in Northern Franklin County.”
The annual popular driving tour will be begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. and should conclude around 2 p.m. Participant registration will be from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Agriculture Building at 103 S. Bickett Blvd. (401/56 East) in Louisburg.

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