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Showing 25 articles from August 8, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Novant, FRMC: makings of a deal
There is no final word on Franklin Regional Medical Center’s plans to relocate its hospital near the Wake County line, however, discussions about equal care for all residents is healthy, according to representatives on both sides.
The state Certificate of Need Section has denied both FRMC attempts to relocate from Bickett Boulevard to the intersection of N.C. Highway 96 and U.S. 1.

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Long Walk Home
Kathy and Jake
Long Walk Home
Jake has found a home.
A bow-legged, mixed stray puppy, Jake is the playful, adopted mascot for the county’s new $1.3-million animal control shelter.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, Jake and dozens of others will be hosting a community party — an open house at the shelter, which culminates years of work and focus that have changed the course of animal management in Franklin County.

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SHELTER READY TO OPEN
SHELTER READY TO OPEN
The new Franklin County Animal Shelter, top photo, is just about completed, and an open house is planned for Aug. 16 at the T. Kemp Road site, next to the Franklin County Detention Complex in Louisburg.

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Third report shows nursing deficiencies
Franklin Regional Medical Center staff said efforts that led them to correct violations and deficiencies pointed out in a federal report have put the hospital on a better path.
The Franklin Times has obtained the third and final investigative report conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
It was provided by state Sen. Doug Berger, who has pushed for the public disclosure of all the reports.

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Law to change driving privileges gaining momentum
The family of a Franklin County couple killed in an automobile crash this summer are buoyed by political and public reaction to proposing a new law that would keep those suspected of causing vehicular deaths off the road.
James and Mary Holmes were killed June 26 during a head-on collision on U.S. 401.
The driver of the other vehicle, Louis Mahler Joyner, 21, is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, but maintains his license with no restrictions.

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OBITUARIES

GRAHAM BULLOCK SR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Graham Bullock Sr., 84, who died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 9) at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Coppedge officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOHN H. HAWKINS
FRANKLINTON - John H. “Babe” Hawkins, 85, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 3, at New Birth Christian Temple in Franklinton. Burial was in the Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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BEATRICE M. WATTS
FRANKLINTON - Beatrice “Bea” Mitchell Watts, 71, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 at home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 8, at Franklinton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Luis Reinoso, the Rev. David Averette and the Rev. Daniel Jenks presiding. Entombment followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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RUTH M. WAIDEN
FRANKLINTON - Ruth M. Waiden, 89, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 6, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 9) at Franklinton Baptist Church, with her son, the Rev. Clyde L. Waiden Jr., and the Rev. David Averette presiding. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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ANNETTE W. SMITH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Annette Wardrick Smith, 69, who died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MELVIE “GRANNY” COLLINS GRIFFIN
ROCKY MOUNT - Melvie “Granny” Collins Griffin, 91, entered into heaven, Wednesday, August 6, 2008. She was born October 9, 1916 in Franklin County. “ Granny” was the daughter of the late James Early and Martha Rebecca Collins Collins. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to all she met. She was preceded in death by twin daughters, Barbara Faye and Karen Kay Griffin; one son, Harold Thomas Griffin; one sister, Lois Collins Aycock.

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SPORTS

LHS’ Stern Belief
LHS’ Stern Belief
LOUISBURG - Head Coach James Collier made a Stern decision when picking a starting quarterback for the Louisburg High School Warriors for the 2008 football season.
Actually, it wasn’t that difficult of a choice -- Ryan Stern went undefeated in four starts last year when filling in for injured senior Lee Person.

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Who Sets The Tone For Louisburg?
Who Sets The Tone For Louisburg?
LOUISBURG -- One of the greatest collections of hitters in school history has graduated from the Louisburg High volleyball team.
But oddly enough, that’s not Coach Erica Wammock’s top concern heading into the 2008 campaign.
Though they might not be at the level of a Brittany Hicks, several key hitting options will be available for the Lady Warriors, including rotation returnees Lindsey Ward and Kristen Edwards.

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New coach inherits a new team
New coach inherits a new team
FRANKLINTON -- Nine seniors -- and a head coach -- have departed from a Franklinton High School volleyball squad that reached the Class 2-A State Playoffs last fall.
Ericka Wilkins resigned in the off-season as FHS’ skipper to move with her family to the Triad. Lindsay Dehart -- a former fast-pitch softball star at Lenoir-Rhyne College -- has been hired to take Wilkins’ place.

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Red Rams jamboree scheduled
Red Rams jamboree scheduled
FRANKLINTON -- Franklin County’s boys prep soccer teams will be in action Aug. 16 at the Red Ram Jamboree preseason exhibition.
Scrimmages will be held at the Franklinton High School Football Field and the Franklinton Recreation Park.
The event will be hosted by Franklinton and will also feature Bunn and Louisburg, along with Northern Durham, Durham Arts, Trinity, Rocky Mount, South Granville, North Johnston and Wilson Beddingfield.

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Mudcats roll to a shutout
Mudcats roll to a shutout
ZEBULON -- The Carolina pitching staff collectively earned its ninth shutout of the season to lift the Mudcats to a 2-0 victory over the Mobile BayBears Thursday night in front of 3,247 fans at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball outing.
With the victory, Carolina’s Northern Division lead swelled to six games over second place Tennessee, which was shutout by Chattanooga 2-0 on Thursday night.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

How’s your picture looking? Passport time
The Louisburg Post Office will hold a Passport Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at its lobby, 125 N. Main St.
Applicants are encouraged in advance to print an application online at www.usps.com/passport and have it completed prior to going to the Post Office.

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Task force/commissioners’ goals for AC met
The recommendations approved for change in 2005 and resulting actions are:
1) The county either build a single, new facility that combines traditional AC activities with expanded animal welfare functions or depending on the cost of upgrading the current facility, bringing it into compliance with state statutes, to upgrade it and build a separate facility for welfare nearby. RESULT: New, state-of-the-art, $1.3-million animal shelter opens for business Aug. 18. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; drop-offs and adoptions are Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays. Open house for the public is Aug. 16.

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Tractor show time rolls around
The 8th annual Justice Community Antique Tractor, Car & Engine Show will be Sept. 5 and 6 at Duke Memorial Baptist Church, Highway 581, Louisburg. The hours are Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for 12 and older. Proceeds will go to support the church building fund.
Antique farm equipment, tractors, cars and hit-n-miss engines will be on exhibition. Exhibitors are welcome.

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Join up and get 10 trees
Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation during August 2008 will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees.
The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees.
The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, at the right time for planting.

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Man dealt a strong hand
Deputies arrested a Franklin County man accused of assault following a card game.
According to an incident report, Deputy C. Evans was dispatched to 93 Louisburg Farms Road to find Devon Long, 43, on the floor, incoherent the evening of Aug. 3.
Witnesses said Baby Ray Strickland, 53, of 20 Louisburg Farms Road assaulted Long with a stick following an argument during a game of spades.

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Community extravaganza: reaching out to children
Community extravaganza: reaching out to children
FRANKLINTON — Oftentimes, the community is accused of not offering enough opportunities for children.
Last Saturday at Franklinton Elementary School, two community organizations pooled their resources for a fun-filled event for all ages.
“It’s been going great,” said the Rev. Mattie Crudup, associate pastor at Pope’s Chapel UCC and one of the organizers of the Franklinton Community and Youth Extravaganza Explosion.

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SPLASH
SPLASH
Isaiah Scott, with ball, takes aim at a bullseye to see if he can dunk Colby Muldrow at the dunking booth on Saturday. During the high heat, the booth was one of the more popular activities during the day and plenty gathered around.

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National Night Out
National Night Out
Above, Lt. J.W. Mitchell hands out a T-shirt to a lucky winner during Franklinton’s National Night Out festivities at Franklinton Park on Tuesday.

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SHOWSTOPPER
SHOWSTOPPER
Above, Cpl. Cale Wood and K-9 Ciro were at the Louisburg National Night Out festivities.

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