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Showing 29 articles from March 17, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

GA bill could mend FRMC relocation proposal
Sen. Doug Berger introduced legislation this week that would give the community a stronger voice in what hospitals can and can’t do, including moving from one location to another. Franklin Regional Medical Center applied to the state for that ability on March 1 and part of the approval process allows the public to express its opinion through written comment and a public hearing.

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Bunn residents to aid in zoning
Bunn residents to aid in zoning
BUNN — Commissioners will host a public hearing this Tuesday, giving residents the first of several chances to weigh in on proposed zoning changes.
With help from the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments, the town is proposing changes throughout the town.
The town began the zoning change process about a year ago.

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County to discuss eminent domain role
It’s been less than a week since commissioners asked School Board staff to continue negotiations for a new elementary school site, but attorneys say there doesn’t appear to be light at the end of the tunnel. School Board Superintendent Bert L’Homme and School Board Attorney Boyd Sturges appeared before commissioners on Monday night, telling commissioners that they had reached an impasse with trustees of the Viola Mitchell property and they needed to exercise eminent domain to purchase the 35-acre site.

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Youngsville commissioners set to rethink civic group loan toward new town museum
YOUNGSVILLE — Town commissioners have scheduled a special meeting on Monday to discuss their role in the fate of a church property and its congregation. The Hope Baptist Church congregation has rented the property at the corner of Franklin Street and North College Street for five years.

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OBITUARIES

FLORENE MURRAY JONES
Florene Murray Jones, 70, of 4012 Memory Lane, Raleigh, died Tuesday morning at Rex Health Care. She was born September 9, 1936 in Franklin County and was the daughter of the late Sidney Morris Murray and Bertha Smith Murray. She was preceded in death by brothers Cleamon Faulkner and Sidney Morris Murray Jr., and a sister, Nellie Ayscue.

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CHARLIE G. HIGHT JR.
FRANKLINTON - Charlie G. Hight Jr., 87, died Wednesday in a Raleigh hospital. Cryptside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 17) at Fairview Cemetery, with the Rev. Judi New officiating. Emtombment will follow in the family mausoleum.

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BERNICE L. WHITE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Bernice Leonia White, 84, who died Sunday, March 11, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 17) at St. Delight United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Maurice White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LENA MAE D. LEONARD
FRANKLINTON - Lena Mae Dickerson Leonard, 79, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, March 17) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Entombment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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RONDA J. LEONARD
HENDERSON - Ronda James Leonard, 68, formerly of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning, March 14, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. today (Saturday, March 17) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Don Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow in the Lancaster family cemetery.

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ENSLEY L. NELMS
CASTALIA - Ensley Lee Nelms, 79, died Tuesday afternoon, March 13, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 16, at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JOSEPH “JUNIOR” HARRIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Joseph “Junior” Harris, 59, who died Monday, March 12, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 17) at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Coppedge officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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STEVE FESPERMAN
ZEBULON - Steve Fesperman, 50, died Saturday, March 10, 2007 in Koln, Germany. Memorial arrangements are pending. Mr. Fesperman, a contract computer technologist, was formerly from Fort Mills, S.C.

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LUCILLE H. BOYKIN
ZEBULON - Lucille Hales Boykin, 88, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007. A graveside service was conducted Friday, March 16, at Middlesex Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions may be made to The Wake Med Foundation Heart Center, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh, NC 27610.

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HENRY L. MONTAGUE
ZEBULON - Louis Montague died Wednesday, March 14, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon today (Saturday, March 17) at Zebulon First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove church cemetery.

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LISSIE P. WILLIAMS
ZEBULON - Lissie P. Williams, 91, died Thursday, March 15, 2007. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, March 17) by the Rev. Alan Cotney at the Williams family cemetery, Clyde Pearce Road, Zebulon.

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THOMAS A. LYNN
GAFFNEY, SC - Thomas Allen Lynn, 58, died Monday, March 12, 2007 while in Ann Arbor, Mich. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 16, at Blakely Funeral Home, with the Rev. Joel Sellers officiating. Interment was at Frederick Memorial Gardens.

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BRYANT E. ANDERSON
ZEBULON - Bryant Edward Anderson, 25, died Friday, March 16, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Rock Spring Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TEMPIE B. COOKE
RALEIGH - Mrs. Tempie Bullock Cooke, 88, died Thursday, March 15, 2007 at Duke-Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Greenfield Baptist Church, Creedmoor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

LHS pitcher leads team to a sweep of Lady Rams
LHS pitcher leads team to a sweep of Lady Rams
LOUISBURG — Without a doubt, the Franklinton Red Rams are glad that they won’t be seeing Amber Ayscue again this season.
Or forever, for that matter.
Ayscue, Louisburg High’s senior fast-pitch softball star, tossed a no-hitter last week during the teams’ first meeting of the season.

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Senior stalwarts a key for Bunn High
LOUISBURG — If the old baseball theories about pitching and veteran leadership winning championships ring true, the Bunn Wildcats are destined to enjoy a banner season in 2007. Bunn is blessed with both factors in the forms of senior stars Brandon Strickland, Jimmy Tanner and D.J. Scott.

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Franklinton, Louisburg joust on tennis court
Franklinton, Louisburg joust on tennis court
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- In a battle of schools hoping to build successful programs, Franklinton defeated Louisburg by a 7-2 margin in boys prep tennis action Tuesday at the LHS Courts. Results from the singles and doubles matches were as follows:

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Bryant’s death is truly sad
Bryant’s death is truly sad
My grandparents were both fortunate to enjoy long, productive lives. Everybody loved them. They didn’t have an enemy in the world.
My grandmother went first in 2002, and she was in her late 80s. My grandpa didn’t last much longer -- he died 10 months later at the age of 94.

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The Red Rams Roar
FRANKLINTON -- For Deran Coe, it’s almost like starting over again. With a freshman-dominated team this spring, Coe can’t help but think back to 2002, when his Franklinton High School girls soccer program was formed.

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Louisburg rolls past K-VA in girls’ soccer tourney opener
FRANKLINTON -- Without senior star Laura Lord in the lineup, many observers felt like Louisburg’s chances of success were slim at the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic Girls Soccer Tournament. Louisburg’s players and coaches, however, had a different assessment of the situation.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

FRMC to meet with county EMS about move
Relocation could put strain on emergency transport service

Hospital officials have invited the county’s emergency medical services staff to a meeting this week to discuss the impacts of a hospital move.
Franklin Regional Medical Center applied to the state Division of Facility Services on March 1 for a Certificate of Need to allow them to move from their current location to a site at U.S. 1 and 96.


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Warren County board goes on record to oppose hospital move
County commissioners in neighboring Warren County have gone on record in opposition to the proposed move of Franklin Regional Medical Center from Louisburg to the Youngsville area. On a split vote, with Commission Chairman Clinton “T-Bone” Alston breaking the tie, the board voted not to support the move which would involve construction of a new hospital and ancillary investments that Hospital Management Associates, the firm that owns FRMC, estimates could reach $90 million.

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Henderson concert series, campaign kick off
The Henderson Community Concert Association will present The Little Eagles of Siberia for season ticket holders next Saturday. The choir from Russia will perform at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center Auditorium, beginning at 8 p.m.

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DEEDS AND TRANSFERS
Following is a list of real estate transfers and timber deeds amounting to $5,000 or more in Franklin County for the time period Feb. 3-8, 2007, as recorded in the office of the Franklin County Register of Deeds.

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