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Showing 27 articles from March 24, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Allen, Berger opposition doesn't shake FRMC goal
Franklin Regional Medical Center staff said they're disappointed that local legislators oppose their plans to move, but southwestern Franklin County remains the destination. "We've taken our time and researched the need to make sure this is the best possible situation to replace the hospital," said FRMC spokesperson Bonnie Little. "We did not go into this lightly."

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Louisburg College hires new president
Dr. J. Michael Clyburn
Louisburg College hires new president
The Louisburg College Board of Trustees' top choice for president – pared from 48 applications to just three over several months – accepted the job just a short time after it was offered to him Wednesday.
Dr. J. Michael Clyburn will be installed as the college's 26th president this summer, replacing the school's current president, Dr. Reginald W. Ponder, who is retiring.

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Berger, Dunston pursue ministry shelter, program
Sen. Doug Berger filed legislation this week seeking money to help a ministry build a shelter for incarcerated women recently released from prison. God's Vision Missionary Baptist Church, helmed by Commissioner and the Rev. Sidney Dunston, has proposed a shelter and program to help women leaving the prison system.

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Town bike trail dedicated
Town bike trail dedicated
Louisburg officials hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration Friday to unveil the Louisburg Bike Trail. The 2.2-mile trail starts downtown at Depot Hill on South Main Street at Riverbend Park and snakes through town southwest to eventually run parallel with N.C. Highway 56. The $589,000 trail stops at Vance- Granville Community College. Town and county staffs hope work can be done in the future to extend the trail more than 10 miles to connect Riverbend Park with the Franklinton Recreation Park. Above, Louisburg Town Administrator C.L. Gobble talks with visitors about the trail before a ribbon was cut.

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Loosened regulations lure Wal-Mart back to table
The Louisburg Town Planning Board could meet as soon as this coming week to discuss a Super Wal-Mart proposal. After having withdrawn their proposal late last year, developers for a Super Wal-Mart and outlying parcels resubmitted plans this week — a month after the Louisburg Town Council loosened regulations to allow such a complex development.

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OBITUARIES

FREDDIE D. PIPER
FRANKLINTON - Freddie D. Piper, 73, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, March 24) in the Franklin Funeral Service chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. Bobby Piper officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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GABRIEL E. LOWDER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Gabriel Evan Lowder, 36, who died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Mount Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Willie Silver officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DIANE WILLIAMS
HENDERSON - Diane Williams, 44, died Sunday, March 18, 2007 at Durham Regional Hospital in Durham. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 23, at Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church in Franklin County, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Interment followed in White Level.

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MARY B. SNEED
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Burrell Sneed, 75, who died Thursday, March 22, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LONNIE LEE SILLS SR.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Lonnie Lee Sills Sr., 59, who died Sunday, March 18, 2007, were conducted Friday, March 23, at New Life Outreach Ministry, with Elder Donathan Muldrow officiating. Burial followed in the Risen Christ Church cemetery.

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LEMON LONG
LOUISBURG - Lemon Long, 61, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 24) at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will be in Eagle Rock Cemetery. Arrangements by William Toney's Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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HATTIE M. DAYE
LOUISBURG - Hattie M. Daye, 70, died Thursday, March 22, 2007 at her home at River Ridge Apartments. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Haywood Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GRACE J. OLDHAM
CLAYTON - Grace Jones Oldham, 92, died Thursday, March 22, 2007. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at McLaurin Funeral Home chapel, with Dr. John Allen officiating. Entombment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park.

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ROSABELLE J. LANCASTER
LOUISBURG - Rosabelle J. Lancaster, 100, of Louisburg, died Thursday, March 22, 2007 at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Nashville. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations.

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SPORTS

Wildcats rally to get past Nash Central
Wildcats rally to get past Nash Central
BUNN -- Saying that Bunn's victory over Nash Central in Wednesday's baseball doubleheader opener was improbable is an understatement. Miraculous might be a better word to describe the Wildcats' 13-12 decision in the five-inning game.

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Warriors top BHS on links
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg High School golf team avenged an earlier-season loss to Bunn thanks to a strong performance Thursday at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club. Led by a 3-over-par 75 from Ryan Wheeler, the Warriors posted 325 strokes for the 18-hole matchup, compared to 328 for the Wildcats.

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Bunn defeats Louisburg in extra-inning showdown
Bunn defeats Louisburg in extra-inning showdown
BUNN — Both teams made a case for victory -- and defeat -- when Bunn hosted Louisburg for a wild softball showdown Tuesday afternoon. Louisburg led by three runs after the top of the fourth, only to see the Ladycats rally to take a two-run advantage heading into the top of the seventh stanza.

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LHS' star ready to join L.C.
LOUISBURG -- Rick Mohlmann didn't have to travel very far to recruit Randy Lassiter. Just over the hill, as a matter of fact. And Mohlmann certainly didn't need to be convinced to recruit Lassiter, who recently capped off a stellar football career at Louisburg High School.

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Young Lady Rams score another soccer conquest
Young Lady Rams score another soccer conquest
STANHOPE — From Pretender to Contender — that may be the theme of the Franklinton High School 2007 girls soccer season. When the campaign began, FHS head coach Deran Coe, with a roster loaded with freshmen and sophomores, was simply hoping to break even against a difficult schedule.

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BHS Goes 4-0 At Home
BUNN — Bunn's softball team found the perfect way to enter Northern Carolina Conference action. With a 4-0 week. BHS' week-long perfection began Tuesday with a home, extra-inning victory over Louisburg

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LIFESTYLES

Needs for children in Andes Mountains are great
I can tell you that the Andes Mountains are the most beautiful mountains on Earth. They really and truly remind you of how great God’s creation is. My experience with these mountains started when I was a little girl. My sister and I would always get very excited in preparation for our yearly summer trip to see my father’s family. We could not see the Andes from where we lived in Angol, but as soon as we approached the surroundings of Santiago, the capital, we were able to enjoy the enormous beauty of the snow-covered peaks of the Andes.

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“Camelot” takes the stage at Louisburg College
On Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m., Louisburg College will present the national tour of Mainstage Artist Management’s production of the classic musical “Camelot.” Based on the book by T. H. White, “The Once and Future King,” this award-winning musical was adapted for the stage by Alan Jay Lerner who also wrote the lyrics and his partner, Frederick Loewe, composed the music for the production.

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Unexpected bright spots coming here?
Can you picture Louisburg as a showplace with outdoor sculpture from a renowned artist on display at multiple locations? The folks at Art du Jour, the downtown art gallery, can, and they’re asking for a little help in turning that vision into a reality.

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Spring blooms at Cherry Hill
If it’s spring, it’s time for a concert at nearby Cherry Hill in Warren County. Pianist Andrew Willis is scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the mid-19th century plantation home. Willis performs in the United States and abroad on pianos of every period.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn rezoning: residents get a look
BUNN — Residents and property owners met with town officials Monday night to discuss the impacts of a rezoning effort, with many learning for the first time that it could affect their property taxes. Along the town's main corridor, N.C. 98 heading southeast out of town, officials have proposed rezoning that area from residential to C-3, or highway business.

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Correction
The Franklin Times incorrectly reported in the March 21 edition that the county purchased land for a proposed hub site at the airport for $2.5 million directly from state Rep. Lucy Allen and her husband, Felix.

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