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Showing 40 articles from January 25, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

History complicates hospital’s plan for surgery center
A proposal that would create a day surgery center in Youngsville got tangled up in history, suspicions about motives, and the lack of a commitment not to reduce services at Franklin Regional Medical Center on Monday night.
Ultimately it was stymied by the Louisburg Town Council -- and the same proposal was tabled by Franklin County commissioners.

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Novant ‘thinking through’ company’s response
Although senior Novant Healthcare officials had been “hoping for a different response” when the company’s request went before local government officials earlier this week, the company’s response is pending.
“It’s being discussed by senior leadership,” said Franklin Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Jody Morris Friday morning in answer to questions about how the company plans to proceed.

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SPCA’s fortunes improve
YOUNGSVILLE — In a month’s time, the fortunes of the SPCA of Franklin County have changed.
In December, its founder, Rebecca Rodgers sent out a plea, needing an influx of volunteers and funding to keep afloat the nonprofit organization committed to preventing cruelty to animals.
About 40 people have said they would help and Rodgers has scheduled a meeting for this Saturday, Jan. 26, to meet prospective new board members and volunteers.

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BIRTHDAY BASH
BIRTHDAY BASH
Franklinton High School basketball coaching legend James Foster (second from left) returned to the FHS Gymnasium on Tuesday to be saluted on his 78th birthday.­ Foster, who coached at Person and Franklinton High Schools from the early 1960s until 1997, received a framed certificate to commemorate his special day — along with an ovation from the crowd.

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‘Bugs’ still evident in county’s radio system
LOUISBURG — The good news, said radio overhaul site manager Kevin Desmond, is that engineers are able to squelch issues that arise.
The bad news, though, is that problems persist.
Desmond and other project staff members were on-hand Tuesday to update commissioners about the $10.7 million project.

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‘Stealthy’ water agreement soon to become ‘very public’
YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville town and county officials are closing in on a utility deal that has been masked by private sessions for more than a year.
Youngsville officials have scheduled a special-called meeting on Tuesday to finalize easements the town needs to obtain to complete the deal.

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<i>Bunn starts planning its centennial bash</i>
Bunn starts planning its centennial bash
BUNN — Town officials and leaders are expected to soon begin in earnest a celebration that’s 100 years in the making.
Mayor Marsha Strawbridge and Commissioner Linda Pippin are set to host a meeting this Sunday to gauge interest in efforts to recognize the town’s centennial.
Bunn was established on March 3, 1913, town officials said.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Austin Stopa, 3 years

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Debt Limit
Editorial Cartoon: Debt Limit

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Brutal arctic air puts chill, ice back into winter
Brutal arctic air puts chill, ice back into winter
GOOD MORNING: It is with a bit of tongue in cheek that we extend that greeting to you this Saturday morning seeing as how it looked at the time of this writing that the same brutal arctic cold front that’s already delivered sub-zero temperatures across the upper Midwest and Northeast was likely to bring ice and freezing rain to the south and Mid-Atlantic states yesterday.

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‘Enlightened self interest’ helping shape tax debate
Ah, the old “enlightened self interest” idea has perhaps injected a little common horse sense into state politics.
And, surprisingly, it comes from an unusual source.
But it’s a source that’s perhaps not so terribly unusual if you give it a little thought.
As the state switched from Democratic to Republican leadership over the last few weeks, a rather radical idea surfaced.

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Hospital’s plans for future mired in past controversy
Hospital’s plans for future mired in past controversy
Once we find someone who can solve the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, we have a real challenge for him or her.
Provide leadership in Franklin County so the long-standing issues over the hospital and health care can be resolved — and, ease the tension between the towns and the county over ... well, just about everything!

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OBITUARIES

JEAN D. SAWYER
December 17, 1929 – January 24, 2013
LOUISBURG – Jean Dickerson Sawyer, 83, of Louisburg, died Thursday evening.

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CAROLINA NICOLE PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Carolina Nicole Perry, 36, who died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, were held Friday, Jan. 25, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in Shady Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

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EVA MAE P. MARSHALL
WILLOW SPRINGS—Eva Mae Pernell Marshall, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at her home.  Graveside services will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Pernell/Murray family cemetery. 

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J. OVEIDA PRICE
LOUISBURG - Jack Oveida Price, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Louisburg Nursing Center.  Funeral services will be private.

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JAMES A. CANNADY
FRANKLINTON—Funeral services for James Albert Cannady, 80, who died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Greater New Life Church, with the Rev. Elder Dexter Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

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ANNETTE J. HOGWOOD
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Funeral services for Annette Jefferson Hogwood, 74, formerly of Louisburg, who died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Guilfield Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DEBORAH “DEBBIE” HAMMETT
LOUISBURG - Deborah Taylor “Debbie” Hammett, 63, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at WakeMed Hospital.
She was born in Atlanta, Ga.

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DONALD RAY MOSS
YOUNGSVILLE —Donald Ray Moss, 56, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. A graveside service was held Friday, Jan. 25, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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F.C. HOLMES
LOUISBURG - Fred Carl “F.C.” Holmes, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

A QUICK STRIKE
DIESHA WON’T BE DENIED. Franklinton’s Diesha Davis (left) drives to the basket Tuesday against Northwest Halifax in a NCC girls hoops matchup.
A QUICK STRIKE
FRANKLINTON -- Tuesday’s home game against Northwest Halifax would prove to be a key swing contest for the Franklinton Lady Rams in the Northern Carolina Conference girls hoops standings.
With FHS currently residing in the middle of the NCC pack, that means the Lady Rams are on the bubble for a potential spot in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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NUMBER ONE!
NUMBER ONE!
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College made a bit of off-the-court history on Wednesday -- and then went out and took care of business as usual on the court.
That morning, Louisburg College found out that the school’s women’s basketball team had moved up to the No. 1 position in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Rankings.

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BHS players make commitments
BHS players make commitments
BUNN -- Bunn High School football coach Chris Miller expects to be a busy man during National Signing Day in February.
For Miller, that’s a good thing.
Two of Miller’s players have already verbally committed to four-year programs -- and it’s anticipated that 14 more Wildcats may finalize their decisions by then.

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78 And Still Great
78 And Still Great
FRANKLINTON -- The definitive ‘Heyyyyyy!!!!’ from down the hallway meant just one thing -- that James Foster was in the house.
The personable Foster, who always greets his many friends with his trademark welcome, returned to the Franklinton High School Gymnasium Tuesday to receive an unexpected birthday surprise.

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Spreading The Wealth
TAVON FOR TWO. Bunn’s Tavon Perry soars for a basket for the Wildcats during Thursday’s decision versus Louisburg.
Spreading The Wealth
BUNN -- Bunn High School’s boys basketball program has been blessed with its share of star power throughout its illustrious history, but BHS head coach Gerald Melton sees a different path toward success this season.
Certainly, the Wildcats have their share of high-level performers, including junior sharpshooter Deshawn High.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 27- Feb. 2
High School Basketball
MONDAY
Franklinton at North Johnston    6:30 p.m.
Corinth Holders at Bunn    6:30 p.m.

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BHS rolls to first in league action
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. Bunn’s Tanaisha Vines (with ball) draws a crowd during Thursday’s road victory against Louisburg.
BHS rolls to first in league action
BUNN -- Even with a slew of offensive weapsons at his disposal, Bunn girls coach Benj Daniels likes to consistently remind his team that one constant is always evident on the court.
And that’s defense.
So with Bunn’s offense not revving at full speed, the Ladycats turned to a sturdy defense to secure a triumph against backyard rival Louisburg in a key Northern Carolina Conference basketball game Thursday at Taylor Center on the campus of Louisburg College.

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NCC hoops events postponed
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Due to the threat of nasty weather, each of Franklin County’s scheduled basketball games on Friday have been pushed back to next week.
Franklinton and Bunn will be in action Monday as the Red Rams will travel to North Johnston and the Wildcats will host Corinth Holders -- with first place on the line in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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Vikes Sail Away
FINDING A WAY. Franklinton’s Tykwan Crudup (with ball) scores in the paint Tuesday against the Northwest Halifax Vikes.
Vikes Sail Away
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton considered this to be a must-win week in the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball standings.
With matchups looming against Northwest Halifax and Warren County -- teams not far ahead of FHS in the league -- this was the perfect opportunity for the Red Rams to get back into the NCC race.

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Henninger resigns at Wesleyan
ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College Department of Athletics has announced the resignation of head football coach Mark Henninger, who has accepted the same position at Marian University in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana.

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HANDS TEAM
HANDS TEAM
(L to R) Bunn’s Brandon Batchelor, Louisburg’s Amyl Smith and Bunn’s Nick Johnson try to come up with a rebound during Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball matchup at Taylor Center on the campus of Louisburg College.

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IN THE CLEAR
IN THE CLEAR
Bunn’s Deshawn High (right) tries to avoid the defense of Louisburg’s Antwan Perry during Thursday night’s conference boys basketball showdown.

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LISTEN UP
LISTEN UP
Louisburg High School coach Sarah Bolten encourages her team during Thursday night’s game against Bunn. The first-year skipper saw her club fall to the Ladycats at the Taylor Center.

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STERLING SHOW
STERLING SHOW
Sterling Hartsfield (with ball) and the Louisburg Warriors were unable to play Friday night against Warren County.

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TANISHA’S TIME
TANISHA’S TIME
Franklinton’s Tanisha Wall (with ball) enjoyed a strong outing Tuesday for the Franklinton Lady Rams.

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LIFESTYLES

SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (January 28- Feb. 1)
LOUISBURG SENIOR CENTER
Telephone: 496-1131 • Meals Daily: 11:30 a.m.
* Exercise Room: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. -  Fri.*
*Billiards: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.*

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Kerr Vance Academy honor students named
The following Franklin County students who attend  Kerr-Vance Academy, Henderson, were named to honors lists as shown below.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Litany of serious charges filed after night of partying
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton area man following a night of apparent boozing and partying that led to allegations of sexual assault, physical assault and drunken driving.
A woman on Blue Jay Lane reported the morning of Jan. 19 that Rogers Covington was at her home, drinking and partying, when he hit her husband over the head with a liquor bottle.

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United Way’s Feeding Franklin program boosted
United Way of Franklin County’s Feeding Franklin program has received $3,500 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation.
UWFC will use the gift to supply 17 local food pantries with food items as part of the 2013 communitywide spring and fall food drives.

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