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Showing 38 articles from November 18, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

FRMC cuts top managers
Proctor
FRMC cuts top managers
Nine jobs, including three top-level management positions, were eliminated Thursday at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg in what is being called a surprise cost-cutting move.
Included in the reduction of force was Jason Proctor, who had been president of Franklin Regional for about the last year and a half. Proctor was recruited by Novant and left a job at a Texas hospital to assume the reigns of FRMC.

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Arts Council rededicates renovated headquarters
Arts Council rededicates renovated headquarters
A chilly November rain didn’t dampen spirits one bit Thursday morning as the Franklin County Arts Council rededicated its Justice Street building to serve as a “artist and cultural hub” for Franklin County’s multi-talented artists.
Pictured (Above): OFFICIAL OPENING. With a snip of scissors the Franklin County Arts Council building was opened and rededicated Thursday. Doing the official duties were (from the left) Theresa Somerville, executive director of the Arts Council; Simon Brough, chairman of the Arts Council board; Sidney Dunston, chairman of the Franklin County commissioners; and Theresa Brown, Arts Council board member and quilt trail director.

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Meeting gives public chance to view redistricting maps
MAPPING IT OUT. Chris Heagarty, an attorney with Mel Black & Associates, the firm tasked with developing redistricting maps, holds up one of the maps his firm has drawn during an informational meeting on Wednesday night.
Meeting gives public chance to view redistricting maps
YOUNGSVILLE — Franklin County commissioners will be tasked with selecting a redistricting map this coming Monday.
On Thursday, residents had one last chance to weigh in on a plan that will shape county elections for the next decade.

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Smith named Franklin County Arts Council’s artist of the year
Smith named Franklin County Arts Council’s artist of the year
A native North Carolinian whose work encompasses both the written word and photography was named Franklin County’s Artist of the Year Thursday evening.
Donna Campbell Smith, who lives at May’s Crossroads near Franklinton, was presented the award by Billy Farmer, last year’s winner, during the Franklin County Arts Council’s annual meeting in Louisburg.

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Franklinton drafts new policies after audit
FRANKLINTON — Town management has drafted new purchasing policies and procedures to address deficiencies and weaknesses pointed out in a draft audit.
During a special-called meeting on Monday night, commissioners are expected to make more changes to support fiscal responsibility.

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Court of Appeals upholds dismissal of Green lawsuit
A court of appeals, for the second time, has dealt a blow to a family’s case alleging that negligence by rescue workers has left a man permanently injured.
The case, though, remains on life support.
Larry Green was hit by a car as he crossed the road at the U.S. 401/N.C. 39 split in Ingleside on Jan. 24, 2005.

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Vollmers honored as Farmers of the Year
Vollmers honored as Farmers of the Year
Franklin County farmers who have shown an ability to adapt and overcome were tabbed as Farmers of the Year by an agricultural advocacy group.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association presented John and Betty Vollmer with the honor during the 26th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham earlier this month.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Lakeem Perry

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Nip and Tuck
Editorial Cartoon: Nip and Tuck

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Congress considering categorizing pizza as a vegetable in school lunches
Tomato paste on pizza crust a vegetable?
Really? A vegetable?
Just when we all thought the collective intelligence of Congress had reached the bottom, they have surprised us again  not in a good way!
Proving once again that we get all the government the lobbyists pay for, the U.S. Congress wants to keep pizza and french fries on school lunch menus  and says tomato paste is enough of a vegetable!

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Small towns: A way of life in jeopardy
Small towns: A way of life in jeopardy
Two things, seemingly unrelated, tell us much about the problems facing rural parts of this state and speak volumes about the challenges we face.
The first was just infuriating -- but we can solve it.
The big box stores are opening as early as Thanksgiving evening around the country, making a mockery of a national holiday in a selfish grab for cash.

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Rumors of missing money in Franklinton exaggerated
Rumors of missing money in Franklinton exaggerated
GOOD MORNING: Yep, it was a bit on the cool side yesterday (Friday) morning — 26.4 out my way at 7:23 a.m. with frost that looked like a young snow. But you know what?
Temperatures are expected to rebound again over the weekend possibly getting into the upper 60’s to low 70’s again early next week.

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Swear off the bubble gum
RALEIGH – Now that the 2011 election cycle is history, voters will begin to turn their attention to next year’s crop of political candidates. They will judge these candidates – for president, Congress, governor, state legislature, and other offices – on the basis of whether they offer sensible and realistic solutions to our economic woes.
What policies do they think will best draw investor dollars into new business ventures and job creation?

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Received excellent medical care at FRMC
Dear Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the excellent care that I received at Franklin Regional Medical Center. From the Emergency Room to the day I was discharged nine days later, I received professional and caring care from every member of the staff.

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OBITUARIES

HOWARD THORNE
CASTALIA - Howard Louis Thorne, 88, died Tuesday, Nov.15, 2011 at his home. A memorial service was held Thursday, Nov. 17, at White Level Baptist Church, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating. 

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ROBERT A. “BUS” TANT SR.
ZEBULON – Robert Alton “Bus” Tant Sr. died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. A graveside service was held Friday, Nov. 18, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church cemetery.

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RUTH B. HILL
YOUNGSVILLE - Ruth Bridges Hill, 94, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at Hospice of Wake County. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TIMOTHY E. BEAL
WINSTON-SALEM— Funeral services for Timothy Evon Beal, 59, who died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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EULA LEE TEASLEY
YOUNGSVILLE —Funeral services for Eula Lee Teasley, 66, who died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Kinches Christian Church, with the Rev. Willie R. Dixon III officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ARCHIE “MACK” WARDRICK
SUFFOLK, VA - Archie “Mack” Wardrick, a Franklin County native, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at New Hope Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va.

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DOUGLAS A. “FATBACK” JONES
ZEBULON - Douglas Arnold “Fatback” Jones, 47, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at his home. Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 18, at Richland Community Church in Wake Forest, with Pastor Brian Merritt officiating, followed by a Patriot Guard Riders escort and burial at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.

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WILLIAM D. PERRY
FRANKLINTON - William Darnell Perry, 60, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at the Louisburg Rehabilitation Center in Louisburg. Services were held Thursday, Nov. 17, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating.

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JAMES H. WASHINGTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Henry Washington, who died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, will be held Sunday, Nov. 20, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Ronnie Rorie Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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WAYNE C. PEARCE
KNIGHTDALE— Wayne C. Pearce, 72, died Friday at Wellington Nursing Center where he had been a resident for the last 17 years.  Funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Pearce Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mark Cottrell officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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N. B. “SALTY” MILLER
FRANKLINTON - N.B. “Salty” Miller, 71, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011.

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SPORTS

EXCHANGE RATE
MAGIC FEET. Exchange student Kevin Strassburger (left) was a dominant boys soccer performer this season for the Bunn Wildcats, who tied with Franklinton for the regular season championship in the NCC.
EXCHANGE RATE
BUNN -- Following his club’s first practice of the preseason in August, Bunn boys soccer coach  Benj Daniels told his fiancee that the Wildcats might experience their share of struggles this fall.
One day later, Daniels relayed a much different message to her after Kevin Strassburger showed up for a tryout.

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Perry  is honored by SAC
Perry is honored by SAC
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Five Catawba College players, including Louisburg High School alum Lakeem Perry, have earned post season football honors from the South Atlantic Conference  
Named first team All-SAC was Perry, a senior linebacker, and junior cornerback Jumal Rolle (Wilson Beddingfield High School). 

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It’s All About Alexis In NCC
NCC’S FINEST SPIKER. Franklinton High School senior outside hitter Alexis Degrasse has been selected as the 2011 Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Player of the Year. Degrasse helped the Lady Rams to a 2nd-round playoff berth.
It’s All About Alexis In NCC
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s volleyball resurgence continued this fall, and senior veteran Alexis Degrasse once again played a huge role in the Lady Rams’ success.
Degrasse, an outside hitter, helped FHS take second place in both the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament and regular season standings.

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Jeremy playing for Dogs
Jeremy playing for Dogs
‘The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of’ would have been an appropriate title to Jeremy Atkinson’s men’s basketball career at Louisburg College.
Atkinson, an undersized forward from Wilson, played much bigger than his 6-foot-4 frame for the Hurricanes.
He led LC to a pair of Region X Tournament Championships and ensuing appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Nov. 21-27
High School Football
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
FOURTH ROUND
Sites, Pairings TBA    7:30 p.m.

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NCC releases its all-league squad
NCC releases its all-league squad
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Corinth Holders lapped the field during the 2011 Northern Carolina Conference cross country schedule -- so it was no surprise that the Pirates and Lady Pirates were represented heavily on the All-NCC XC squad.
CHHS’Anthony Mercado was the Boys Runner of the Year after leading his club to the conference championship.

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Vance-Granville off to slow hoops start
Vance-Granville off to slow hoops start
HENDERSON -- The young Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball season has not yet produced a victory.
On Nov. 5, the team’s first game of the regular season, and the first for new VGCC head coach Tim James, was a nail-biter.

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A-HEAD OF HIS OPPONENTS
A-HEAD OF HIS OPPONENTS
Jared Fuller enjoyed an outstanding season for the Franklinton Red Rams while earning an Honorable Mention spot on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Team.

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FAMILIAR SCENE
FAMILIAR SCENE
Louisburg College men’s basketball fans are certainly familiar with this display -- a dunk from former Hurricane star Jeremy Atkinson, who is a junior starter for the University of North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs. Atkinson is shown sending one down for UNC-A.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Miracle League fundraisers scheduled Sunday, Nov. 20
Raffles Hair Salon, located at 505 Retail Way (next to Wal-Mart) in Louisburg, will be holding a fundraiser for Safe Space on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 6 p.m. All haircuts are $15, with all proceeds going to Safe Space. The fundraiser is for haircuts only. For more information, call Raffles Hair Salon, (919) 340-2000 or Safe Space at 497-5599.

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Franklinton, County headed to court over water dispute
“I just wasted three hours of my life.” —Elic Senter, Franklinton Mayor
Franklinton, County headed to court over water dispute
Franklin County and Franklinton are heading to court.
A three-hour court-ordered mediation failed Tuesday night, ending the last chance either side had of settling out of court a water dispute that has stretched on longer than a year.
“Absolutely no (expletive deleted) action was taken,” Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter said before tersely ending the town’s portion of the joint meeting inside the Franklin County Courthouse.

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Police arrest Franklinton man on drug charges
Police arrested a Franklinton man on drug charges.
According to a report by Officer S. Zuniga, he and Franklinton Sgt. K.J. Hornaday were conducting a drivers license checkpoint the afternoon of Nov. 15 when a burgundy minivan approached their position on Winston and Peace streets.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Comes Up Inches Short
Bunn Comes Up Inches Short
KINSTON -- One play. From three yards out. With the outcome of the game -- and the season -- on the line.
How could you blame Chris Miller for trusting his offense in a one-and-done situation at the end of Friday’s showdown between Miller’s Bunn Wildcats and the host Kinston Vikings in the third round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs?

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