Franklin Regional Medical Center has a new owner, but it’s still unclear whether it will have a new location.
Novant Health announced this week that it now owns 99 percent of two Health Management Associates hospitals, Franklin Regional (FRMC) and Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney, S.C.
Health Management Associates (HMA) will retain the final one percent in ownership.
One local physician said there was “a universal sigh of great relief” as the news that Novant had acquired Franklin Regional Medical Center from Health Management Associates was announced Friday.
We certainly agree!
Franklin Regional, under HMA’s ownership, has been a controversial, divisive force largely because of an upper management philosophy that put profit ahead of patients and corporate goals ahead of community needs.
FRANKLINTON — Just a handful of years ago, the sounds coming out of Academy Village were the cries for safety and order.
Because of efforts to clean up the neighborhood and, most importantly, reinvestment by Donathan and DeLillian Muldrow, cries of help have been replaced by gentle church music and children at play.
Vance-Granville Community College students, faculty, staff and trustees rededicated its Louisburg campus this week, continuing a series of festive events to celebrate the system’s 40th anniversary.
“By rededicating our outstanding facilities, we declare that they are set apart for activities that are special and extraordinary -- teaching, learning, starting new careers and making dreams come true,” said VGCC President Randy Parker during the rededication ceremony and student appreciation day activities.
Against the wishes of its chairman, the Franklin County Agriculture Board agreed to award a contract to a consultant group charged with drafting a farmland preservation.
Before the decision was made, though, Chairman Bob Radcliffe resigned his position as chair and board member, fearing that the selection process was tainted and such a decision could be a financial liability for the county.
D&J Automotive has begun a digital campaign to keep its franchise agreement with General Motors.
In May, GM notified more than 1,000 local dealers across the country that it planned to shut down operations.
D&J, which sits at the corner of N.C. 56 and U.S. 401, was not on that list.
At the same time, GM notified dealers, including D&J, that their franchise agreements could be terminated in October 2010.
County economic development staff and Jackson’s Mill Pond land representatives are slated to present commissioners with a plan to transform the scenic structure and surrounding lands into a state park.
For more than a year, a national nonprofit conservation organization, The Trust for Public Land, has worked with property owner Clyde Harris, local preservation group Unique Places, which is working with Harris, and county and local staff about the possibility of turning 330 acres into a state Natural Area — a place preserved by the state for its natural and recreational assets.
County resident Jeremiah Collins
“While we do not agree that Karen Dorrans was retaliated against, we acknowledge that there is room for improvement in the county’s written policies and procedures,” (Mary Craven) Adams said in a statement.
That’s an incredible statement if taken at face value, especially since it was made by Mary Craven Adams, with Winston-Salem-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, the law firm that represents Franklin County in its dispute with a former employee.
GOOD MORNING: You know what? It’s a sad state of affairs when government officials have nothing better to do than hinder efforts to raise money to help crippled children, but that’s apparently what Louisburg officials are doing.
Louisburg officials have apparently become so obsessed with the signs that Franklin County Shrine Club members use to promote their annual fish fry to raise funds for children’s hospitals, that the Shriners have been forced to go to the trouble and expense of mounting the signs in the back of pick-up trucks. Now they‘re getting grief about that.
Talk about bittersweet moments!
There was a “celebration” this week marking the retirement of Cedric K. Jones, Sr., as head of Franklin County’s Cooperation Extension Service.
I’ll admit retirement may be great for Cedric -- and he should celebrate.
But not having him at the Extension office -- and available by phone or in person -- is nothing for us to celebrate, in my opinion.
RALEIGH – These days, it can be difficult for newspaper readers to tell the difference between the state news section, the gossip page, and the crime blotter.
Many of the controversies and investigations surrounding former Gov. Mike Easley remain unresolved, with a new round of hearings by the State Board of Elections scheduled to commence in late October. Sen. R.C. Soles of Columbus County remains the subject of what is reportedly a wide-ranging probe of alleged criminal and personal wrongdoing. Rep. Ty Harrell of Wake County has just resigned from the legislature after authorities pointed to irregularities in his campaign finance reports. And divisions within two state departments, Environment & Natural Resources and Transportation, are now under investigation for accepting pricey meals and other gifts from private vendors.
ALERT - Rupert Lee Pearce, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 2, at Mountain Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Wallace officiating. Interment followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.
ZEBULON - Charles William Pearce, 52, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at the Alpha & Omega Home in Chinquapin. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 3) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale. Burial will follow in the Rolesville Baptist Church cemetery.
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Peter “P.J.” Foster Jr., 82, who died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Blalock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
UP, UP AND AWAY. (L to R) Franklinton’s Jessica Harris and Morgan Tharrington go up for a double-team block during Thursday afternoon’s road volleyball matchup at North Johnston High School in Kenly. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
KENLY -- The winner of Thursday’s volleyball match between Franklinton and host North Johnston was destined to take a step closer toward obtaining a spot in the Class 2-A State Playoffs out of the Northern Carolina Conference.
The winner was, barring a late collapse, all but guaranteed of at least a No. 3 finish in the league.
The loser, however, will have to scramble the rest of the way in order to get into the postseason.
BUNN -- When looking for a nominee for the WRAL-TV Extra Effort Award, Bunn’s Chris Miller couldn’t help but think of Richard Dunston.
Again and again and again.
Ever since he took over as BHS’s head football coach, Miller has witnessed Dunston’s never-ending contributions to the Wildcats’ grid program.
ON HIS WAY TO THE FINISH. Louisburg’s Kip Sayles gets ready to wrap up his race Wednesday at the latest Northern Carolina Conference Cross Country Meet. (Photo Submitted)
BUNN -- Bunn’s boys and Roanoke Rapids’ girls came away with team victories during the latest installment of the Northern Carolina Conference’s cross country season.
The event was held Wednesday afternoon at Bunn’s home course on the grounds of Vollmer Farm.
BHS’ boys collected 24 points, compared to 63 for second-place Franklinton.
Following a few miserable days, I’m back in action with The Franklin Times.
Actually, I’ve been sick for a couple of weeks -- bothered by some headache and sinus issues.
But on my list, going to the doctor is right down there with being forced to watch reruns of Petticoat Junction.
So stubbornly, I didn’t go to the doctor until there seemed to be no other choice.
High School Football
Northwest Halifax at Bunn 7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Louisburg 7:30 p.m.
The Ryder’s Destruction team finished in first place in the 2009 Franklin County Parks and Recreation Adult Co-Ed Softball League. Pictured are (back, l to r) Jesse Stallings, Tyson Collins, Robbie Lloyd, Jesse Burnette, Nicole Thorne, Tabitha Collins, Ashley Collins and Ann Wood; (front, l to r) Tracey Young, Jamie Young, Justin Burnette and Cathy Burnette. Not pictured are Heather Wood, Brooks Holmes, Wendy Holmes and Joe Ferguson.
The Clifton Bail Bonds team finished in second place in the 2009 Franklin County Parks and Recreation Adult Co-Ed Softball League. Pictured are (back, l to r) Thomas Terrell, John Perry, Robert Hawkins, Marcus Battle, Rick Thomas, Richard Jackson, Tricia Alston, Dontae Fogg and Francis Bobbitt; (front, l to r) Lashaun Branch, Erica Alston and Shawanda Neal. Not pictured is Annie Perry.
RALEIGH -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Ward on a new, six-year contract.
The deal, which begins with the 2010-11 season, will pay Ward an average of $6.3 million each year through the 2015-16 season.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Cam prior to the season,” said Rutherford. “Signing Cam long term, along with Eric Staal, gives us a strong foundation to build teams year after year.”
Bunn High School’s Madelynn Berton is on her way to the finish line for the Ladycats during Wednesday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Cross Country Meet at picturesque Vollmer Farm in Bunn.
Being a missionary, especially to another country, must be one of the most rewarding jobs that anyone can have. Missionaries have always had a very special place in my heart.
Growing up with them and their families in Chile was one of the most valuable experiences of my developing years.
I remember missionaries being my pastors, church choir directors, Sunday school teachers, camp leaders, square dance organizers, agricultural administrators, school directors, etc. I remember the children of missionaries being my friends and playmates, and later, as I became a teenager, dating one or two of them before coming to Louisburg College and Meredith to continue my education.
The Franklin County Community Foundation is offering the annual opportunity for teachers in Franklin County to apply for mini-grants from its Education Fund.
The mini-grants program was established to encourage creativity in effective teaching throughout the Franklin County School System.
Preschool Partners of Louisburg recently took a walking field trip to the Post Office. Post Mistress Margaret Pernell, standing center, gave them a behind-the-scenes tour, and the students mailed letters home to their families. (Submitted photo)
Tar River Land Conservancy will hold its annual Field Day on the Farm event Saturday, Oct. 17, at the home and farm of John and Linda Sigmon near Berea. Field Day is held every year to celebrate and promote environmental and agricultural sustainability through land, water and wildlife conservation.
On Saturday, August 29, the family of Mary Elizabeth Sills and Roden Williams hosted their first family reunion at the Usher’s Headquarters building on U.S. 1 in Franklinton. Over 100 family members attended the event.
Retiring Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service Director Cedric Jones, Sr. thanks those whose lives have touched his during the 30 years he spent with the local agency during his retirement celebration this week. Watching are his wife, Laureen, daughter Lauren and mother, Phrosenia Jones Andrews.
Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine is sponsoring Hope for the Uninsured Weekend Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11. This will be a time to commemorate FCVIM’s fifth year in operation, recognize 48 million Americans living uninsured, and honor James O. Hacker Jr. by naming the FCVIM Clinic The James O. Hacker, Jr. Wellness Center.
The merchants in downtown Louisburg are sponsoring a Scarecrow Contest as part of the Autumn Day Bash to be held in downtown Louisburg on Oct. 31. Anyone can participate by making a yardstick scarecrow, which should be 4 ft. to 6 ft. tall.
The deadline to have your scarecrow ready for display is Thursday, Oct. 15. They should be dropped off at Country Moments, 204 E. Nash Street.
Students shown above are displaying autographed sports memorabilia that will be given as prizes for a drawing at the Crop Walk to take place at Riverbend Park in Louisburg on Oct. 4, beginning at 2 p.m. Funds raised will be used to help feed the hungry. Of the funds raised in the local walk-a-thon, 25 percent will return to the Louisburg community to help with the Care & Share food and clothing pantry.
Small businesses throughout the county are joining together for the first United Way of Franklin County Business Blitz.
Blue and gold United Way cans will be at business registers starting this weekend through Oct. 14, and patrons can drop in their change, cash or check for the designated agency written on the card beside the can.
The business owners have chosen which agency to support, and 100 percent of the donations will go directly to the agency or agency program specified.
FRANKLINTON -- The Northern Carolina Conference’s regular season champion won’t be crowned for over a month.
But it looks like, regardless of the scenarios, the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets will be one of the teams in the title mix.
The Jackets, coached by Russell Weinstein, used a strong second half to outdistance Franklinton by a 38-15 margin Friday in a key NCC meeting at the FHS Football Field.
HENDERSON -- After his team’s tough loss last week at Roanoke Rapids, Louisburg High School football coach Chris Lee was looking for an urgent response this Friday during a non-league matchup at Northern Vance.
Lee got what he was asking for as the Warriors piled up a season-high 425 yards of offense en route to posting a 29-11 road decision over the Vikings.
BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats continue to frustrate foes with their almost-dizzying array of offensive weapons.
Bunn’s gamebreakers were out in full force Friday as the Wildcats scored eight touchdowns on their way to a 56-21 victory over visiting North Johnston in BHS’ first Northern Carolina Conference game.
The Wildcats, coached by Chris Miller, upped their mark to 4-2 overall.