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Showing 19 articles from April 19, 2006.

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Barrick searches for attorney; next court date May 24
Former sheriff’s deputy Ben Barrick had his day in court Monday, and the only thing that was resolved is he will have another one, at least. Barrick appeared briefly in Franklin County Superior Court on involuntary manslaughter charges.

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Child advocates lift awareness of abuse, neglect during rally
Guardian ad Litem advocates, including Autumn Stearne and Ariel Moody, center, release balloons symbolizing children who have been victims of abuse. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Child advocates lift awareness of abuse, neglect during rally
Advocates who fight legal battles for abused, neglected and dependent children released dozens of blue balloons into a similarly hued sky Monday afternoon. The balloons represented the 48 children in this district who have been taken into foster care due to abuse or neglect last year. Shortly after the release of the balloons, though, some got hung up in the limbs of a tree planted along the Franklin County Court House steps.

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County takes over Animal Control
County Health Department Director Phillip Tarte, right, was criticized for not acting on recommendations for change with Animal Control by Humane Society President Ida Estep, left, and AC Director Graham Stallings.
County takes over Animal Control
Commissioners placed the animal control director under the authority of county management in a move expected to empower the position. The decision removes Animal Control from under the direction of the county Department of Health after years of disagreements on how the operations should function. Animal Control Director Graham Stallings began work on March 6 to address six recommendations developed by residents, the Health Department and county staff to improve care at the facility. The recommendations were approved in December 2005, after a task force completed months of research and debate.

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Lauren Jones: state’s top health educator promotes prevention
Lauren Jones helps client Stephanie Miller-Stevens, left, detect a lump in a model of a breast. The exercise is to promote self-examinations. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)
Lauren Jones: state’s top health educator promotes prevention
If Lauren Jones could give out apples to everyone in Franklin County, her job would be that much sweeter. Prevention in her field of health education is the key, she said, and when people begin to make changes from individual choice about being healthier, much is accomplished. Whether it is eating a red delicious apple instead of a chewy caramel nut bar or smoking a pack of cigarettes in a week instead of in a day, when a person takes responsibility for his well being, the day is done for Jones.

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OBITUARIES

VIVIAN P. BEDDINGFIELD
ZEBULON - Vivian Parker Beddingfield, 85, (Pine Ridge Community), died Sunday, April 16, 2006.

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MARGARET V. GROFF
RALEIGH - Margaret “Maggie” Varner Groff, 87, died Saturday morning, April 15, 2006 at Universal Healthcare Center. Funeral services, officiated by the Rev. Johnnie Wright of Westover United Methodist Church, were conducted Tuesday, April 18, at Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

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DENISE M. SCIARRONE
YOUNGSVILLE - Denise M. Sciarrone, 48, died Friday, April 14, 2006. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home.

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J. THURMAN MURRAY
ZEBULON - J. Thurman Murray, 90, died Thursday night, April 13, 2006. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 16, at Zebulon Baptist Church.

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FRED B. BRIGGS
YOUNGSVILLE - Fred Basil “Papa” Briggs, 85, died Thursday, April 13, 2006 in his home. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 17, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Michael Bass officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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STUART D. “DOUG” ANDREWS
LOUISBURG - Stuart Douglas Andrews, 49, died Friday, April 14, 2006. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 18, at Centerville Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Owen Doyle. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JÁVION VASHUNE HARTSFIELD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Baby Boy Jávion Vashune Hartsfield, 5 weeks old, who died Sunday, April 16, 2006, will be conducted at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 19) in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Anthony Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis family cemetery.

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ANDREW “A.G.” CREECH
ZEBULON - Andrew Gordon “A.G.” Creech, 75, died Monday, April 17, 2006 at WakeMed. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Entombment will follow in the A. G. Creech cemetery.

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SPORTS

LC In The Mix
Louisburg College pitcher Joe Johnson (background) seems to have a future as an umpire after ringing up a Spartanburg Methodist College runner on a close play at first base last Saturday. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LC In The Mix
LOUISBURG - Maikol Gonzalez’s final-gasp home run last Friday may have reshaped the Region X baseball standings. Maybe. But maybe not. Nobody is quite sure. Thanks to some communication snafus, the region’s diamond mentors aren’t quite sure what the standings are in the league this spring.

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Red Rams topped by Bluestone
LOUISBURG -- For five innings, the young Franklinton Red Rams displayed the potential that has head coach Thomas Morris convinced about the solid future of his program. But for one decisive frame, Franklinton’s inexperience showed through during a 9-2 loss to Bluestone (Va.) in a first-round matchup Monday at the annual Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament at Frazier Field.

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Cradle of coaches at Louisburg
Cradle of coaches at Louisburg
Louisburg College has gained a reputation as a ‘Cradle of Coaches’ -- an assessment that was reinforced for me in the span of a few hours Monday. My day began at Southern Nash High, where I watched Brandy Frazier’s SN squad host the Ladybird Invitational Softball Tournament.

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Bunn’s Rally Time
LOUISBURG -- Chris Fleurmont’s running-back speed helped Bunn High School win plenty of football games last fall. But Fleurmont showed Monday that his blazing heroics aren’t limited to the gridiron.

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LC golfers ranked No. 1 in national poll
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College men’s golf team, coached by Charles Sloan, is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll. The Hurricanes are also listed as the No. 33 squad in the entire junior college rankings.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Adolescent Parenting Program has many services
The Franklin-Granville- Vance Partnership for Children is the local agency that houses the Franklin County Adolescent Parenting Program (APP) under the executive direction of Carolyn Malone-Paylor. The APP is administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health. The program is funded through a combination of Federal (Medicaid), State and local dollars.

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Calling all eighth-graders to new frontiers
Thinking of becoming a research scientist, engineer, or working with computers? Are you mathematically gifted, do you enjoy star gazing, or have you ever heard the word nanotechnology?

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