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Showing 37 articles from March 11, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

FRMC seeks Certificate of Need
FRMC seeks Certificate of Need
Officials at Franklin Regional Medical Center confirmed this week they are seeking a state Certificate of Need (CON) that would allow them to create a geriatric psychiatry unit on the third floor of the Louisburg hospital.
Jason Proctor, chief executive officer of the hospital, said creation of the unit will cost an estimated $5 million and that it would serve mostly patients age 65 and older.

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Shelter staff scrutinized for death of a family pet
MOTHER AND CHILD. Jessica Ruiz, right, comforts her daughter, Victoria Dupree, while members of the county’s Animal Advisory Board mull over actions taken by Animal Control staff that resulted in the loss of the family’s pet.
Shelter staff scrutinized for death of a family pet
An animal advisory board wants county leaders to hold staff accountable for systemic, repeated failures in animal control that recently led to the death of a family pet.
The board came to that conclusion on Wednesday night after listening to Jessica Ruiz, and her daughter, Victoria Dupree, recount the story through tears, frustration and anger.

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Youngsville denies rezoning request
Youngsville denies rezoning request
YOUNGSVILLE — Town commissioners denied a rezoning request for a development that residents and officials feared could disrupt the town.
Developer David Moss petitioned the board to change about 21 acres at Winston and Railroad streets from residential to mixed use.

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Youngsville hosts work session
Youngsville hosts work session
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners hosted an informal planning session that drew residents who had never set foot in Town Hall before.
And technically, they still haven’t — the meeting was at the Youngsville Community House — but they were impressed enough by the town’s efforts to seek their input that many said they would stay plugged into town politics and issues.

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Bunn moves to improve water treatment plant
Bunn moves to improve water treatment plant
BUNN — Commissioners moved another step toward improving its wastewater treatment plant.
About two years ago, the town secured a $500,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Center and a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan would cover the rest of the roughly $1.5 million project.
On Monday night, the board agreed to apply to the Local Government Commission to get approval to finance the project.

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Airport to host event to inspire women to fly
Managers of Franklin County’s airport are hosting an event to close a disparity gap.
They want more women in airplanes.
According to Women In Aviation International, a nonprofit organization designed to draw women into flight, women make up only 6 percent of the nearly 600,000 active pilots in the United States.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton interim Manager Tammy Ray

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: What's New Pussycat?
Editorial Cartoon: What's New Pussycat?


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Hospital’s plan shows it is making a commitment to Franklin County
Finally, a little good economic news on the home front.
Novant Healthcare, which owns Franklin Regional Medical Center, announced this week that it is seeking a Certificate of Need to create a 12 to 13 bed geriatric psychiatry unit on the third floor of FRMC.
It’s a unit that will be designed to serve patients 65 and over who may be suffering mental issues, perhaps from Alzheimer’s Disease, medication or a host of other causes.

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401 Committee is revved up and ready for action again
401 Committee is revved up and ready for action again
We’re off and running again.
After a brief layoff for the election, the holidays and a chance for political passions to cool and some common sense return, the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee got fired up again Thursday night.
As you may remember, the 401 committee was formed a little over a couple of years ago by the Franklin County Economic Development Commission with its primary goal to speed up four laning of U.S. 401 between Louisburg and the Neuse River in Raleigh.

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Green investigation still continues and so does rumor mill
Green investigation still continues and so does rumor mill
GOOD MORNING: Stormy weather, and no, I’m not talking about the tune by that name, but rather the huge 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan early Friday morning causing a tsunami with waves of more than 12 feet, that swept debris miles inland putting dozens of others under a tsunami warning.
Residents in Hawaii, where a full evacuation was reported underway, and the U.S. west coast as well, were put on alert for coastal flooding.

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The perils of Governor No
RALEIGH – So far in the 2011 legislative session, Gov. Bev Perdue has used her veto power twice: to defend corporate welfare at the expense of local governments and the taxpayers, and to defend President Obama’s health care program at the expense of constitution principle and the taxpayers.

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT “BERT” PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Robert “Bert” Perry, 79, who died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Mitchell Missionary Baptist Church, with Dr. Daniel Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JUANA A. SUAREZ
LOUISBURG - Juana A. Suarez, 58, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Alston-Anderson Funeral Chapel, 204 S. Main St., Louisburg. Burial will be in the Price family cemetery, Louisburg.

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MARILYN C. HOPKINS
WAKE FOREST - Marilyn “Betty Boo” Charmaine Hopkins, 57, died Tuesday, March 8, at her residence. Funeral service will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, March 12) at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the church.

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ANNIE M. EDWARDS
CASTALIA - Annie Mosley Edwards, 86, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 12)  at the Alert Cemetery, with the Rev. Robbie Piper Jr. officiating.

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J. W. KORNEGAY SR.
YOUNGSVILLE- James Wallace “J.W.” Kornegay, Sr., 91, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at WakeMed. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today (Saturday March 12) at the Stonewall Farm, 1408 Sid Mitchell Road, Youngsville, with Richard Bunner officiating. Burial will follow in the Kornegay family cemetery.

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GEORGE HARRIS JR.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for George Harris Jr., 73, who died Friday, March 4, 2011, will be held Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at Franklinton Elementary School Gymnasium, with the Rev. Calvin Jones officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

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ALRIDGE A. RENN
HENDERSON — Alridge A. Renn, 82, of the Epsom Community, died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Liberty Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Tammy Ayscue. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Knights’ Uprising
SAFE AT HOME. Northern Nash’s Luke Joyner (right) slides safely into home plate as Bunn catcher Nick Cole collects a throw during the Knights’ home victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday in non-conference prep diamond action on the NNHS campus.
Knights’ Uprising
RED OAK -- Coach Leonard Allen has a master plan for making sure his Bunn High School baseball team reaches its optimum level of performance during upcoming Northern Carolina Conference action.
And while Allen doesn’t intentionally want to see his Wildcats take their share of lumps, he does want them to encounter some stiff early-season challenges against talented, higher-classification area foes.

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Returning The Favor
TAG, YOU’RE IT. Louisburg High School second baseman Eric Gupton (right) tags Rocky Mount’s Jeremy Johnson during a steal attempt during Wednesday’s baseball showdown at Warrior Field on the LHS campus.
Returning The Favor
LOUISBURG -- Disappointed by his team’s performance during back-to-back losses last week at Rocky Mount and Tarboro, Louisburg High School baseball coach Al Bolton hoped for much better things when those teams returned the favor this week with journeys to Warrior Field.
Bolton’s Warriors were able to avenge one of the defeats, as Louisburg edged Rocky Mount by a 3-2 margin in nine innings Wednesday afternoon.

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A Region X Sweep
SIMPLY THE BEST IN REGION X. Louisburg College sophomore forward Jeremy Atkinson has been honored as the Region X Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Atkinson helped the Hurricanes claim the region’s regular season and tournament championships
A Region X Sweep
LOUISBURG -- For the past two seasons, Jeremy Atkinson and Ariel Phelps have been talented, consistent forces for their respective Louisburg College basketball squads.
Their work was rewarded this week as Atkinson was voted as the Region X Men’s Player of the Year, while Phelps gained the same honor in the women’s division.

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McInnes coaching in finals
McInnes coaching in finals
Scott McInnes hopes the third time will finally be the charm in his quest for a state basketball crown at the Dean Smith Center.
During his days at Bunn High School, McInnes guided the Wildcats to a pair of title games at the Dean Dome  in 1998 and 1999.

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Whitney’s Back For BHS
BALL POSSESSION. Bunn High School’s Kwinlyn Tyler (right) advances the ball upfield during their road victory Monday night against Southern Vance.
Whitney’s Back For BHS
HENDERSON -- Whitney Bunn is back, which means yet another prolific option for the high-scoring offense of the Bunn High School girls soccer squad.
Bunn, who missed the first two games of the campaign because of an injury, returned Monday when the Ladycats hit the road for Southern Vance for their second meeting of the year against the Lady Runnin’ Raiders.

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Warriors stopped by Northern Vance
NOT THIS TIME. Louisburg High School keeper Jordan Harrell (dark jersey) makes a save for the Lady Warriors during their road setback Wednesday night against Northern Vance.
Warriors stopped by Northern Vance
HENDERSON -- Allowing three early goals isn’t the recipe for success on the girls high school soccer scene.
That was true Wednesday for the Louisburg Lady Warriors, as they fell behind  instantly and couldn’t recover during a 5-1 road loss at non-conference foe Northern Vance.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 13- March 19
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Bunn at Wilson Fike    4:30 p.m.

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LC softballers post 0-2 record on road
LC softballers post 0-2 record on road
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College was supposed to play four fast-pitch softball games this week in Tennessee, but the Lady
Hurricanes were only able to get two complete contests in because of poor weather.
Tuesday, Louisburg was defeated 6-2 by Motlow State in a matchup that was staged at Coffee County High School in Manchester.

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Hurricanes to host Military Night
Hurricanes to host Military Night
RALEIGH -- Tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes will host Military Appreciation Night as the team takes on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m.
This marks the eighth season that the Hurricanes have hosted Military Appreciation Night as an opportunity to thank servicemen and women for their contributions, as well as raise awareness about the branches of the military.

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MOSS MAKES CONTACT
MOSS MAKES CONTACT
Rocky Mount’s Benton Moss, who has signed with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, fouls off a pitch for the Gryphons during their visit Wednesday to Louisburg. The host Warriors, coached by Al Bolton, won the contest by a 3-2 margin.

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LIFESTYLES

Sound of the bells— plus soup
Sound of the bells— plus soup
It was that time again when 19 bell ringers of Louisburg United Methodist Church (LUMC) packed their 96 handbells, 36 tone chimes, and their bags and headed for the mountains with a “carload of prayers,” according to Ivey Sutton.
It is the event of the year that we, the bell ringers, look forward to with much excitement. It is a time to visit the mountains, to learn more about the ringing of bells, and to spend time together in fellowship.

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ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
Michael Spohn of Newport News, Va., and Christie Andrews of Laguna Beach, Calif., announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Kristin Spohn, to Christopher Shaun White of Youngsville, the son of Joe and Donna White of Youngsville. The wedding will take place at 3 p.m. on April 2, 2011 at Rolesville Baptist Church, Rolesville.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn Fire District receives rating after inspection
Bunn Fire District receives rating after inspection
If you see a Bunn Volunteer fireman grinning widely, there are two possible reasons, although it’s most likely a combination of both.
First, the department just reached a goal that firemen have been shooting at for a long time and, second, they know they have saved residents in the Bunn Fire District some significant money.

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New Cooperative Extension agent  has deep roots in Franklin County
New Cooperative Extension agent has deep roots in Franklin County
As a young girl growing up in Louisburg, something about her mother’s garden club activities intrigued Meg Wyatt — and that intrigue was eventually nurtured by  two long-time Cooperative Extension agents, Polly Knott and Tammy Kelly.
Now, it’s come full circle.

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Deputies looking for suspects who attempted to steal a cash machine
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who swiped law enforcement gear.
State Department of Corrections employee Brandon Mitchell reported on March 2 that someone broke into his 1995 Chevy Camaro parked outside his Franklinton home.

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Trash times change
Changes within Waste Industries will change trash times for residents in Bunn, Franklinton and Youngsville.
Waste Industries bought out Shaw Sanitation and because of the increase in customer base, the company is rerouting its trucks.
In Bunn, beginning this coming week, trash will be picked up on Mondays instead of Wednesdays.

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Perry receives award
Perry receives award
Jerome (Li’l Jay) Perry II received the MLK “Achieving the Dream” award for his community service work as president of the Winston-Salem State University chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The award is given annually to a student and an administrator from Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the community.

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BUSINESS

COMPANY HONORED
COMPANY HONORED
Joyful Homes of Louisburg has been recognized for consistently achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction by Cavalier Home Builders, a division of CMH Manufacturing. The CMH Manufacturing Five Star Customer Service Award symbolizes Joyful Homes’ commitment and success in providing outstanding customer service, according to Lance Hull, vice president of CMH Manufacturing. “We partner with over 1,100 independent retailers in marketing our products across the country and Joyful Homes is one of the best in consistently delivering the finest customer service, Hull said.

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