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Showing 27 articles from April 18, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

CON hearing pulls in large crowd
SPEAKING OUT. Franklin County Commissioner Sidney Dunston opposes the move from Louisburg to Youngsville. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
CON hearing pulls in large crowd
A public hearing that pitted hospital relocation proponents against those who want Franklin Regional Medical Center to stay in Louisburg grew a bit testy Tuesday.

The state Division of Facility Services hosted the public hearing at the Louisburg College Auditorium to give the hospital and interested parties a chance to voice their opinions publicly.


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Sen. Berger gets state nod on understanding CON application process
The credibility of state Sen. Doug Berger concerning the certificate of need process – called into question by a spokesperson for Franklin Regional Medical Center – has been reinforced by two top state officials.

At issue were five specific points about the CON application process – and Berger’s position on each has now been supported by Robert J. Fitzgerald, director of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and Lee Hoffman, chief of the Certificate of Need Section.


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Impressions at the Youngsville Arts Festival
Impressions at the Youngsville Arts Festival
A GLANCE INTO THE FUTURE. Camryn Jamison takes a look at some paintings during Youngsville’s Arts in the Community on Saturday. The 7-year-old was with her mother, Angela, and hopes to be a painter one day, she said. Her favorite subject to paint now is flowers. See more photos inside. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)

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Bob Winters’ resolution to support FRMC move falls flat
A resolution before county commissioners to support the relocation of FRMC from Louisburg to Youngsville died with lack of a second Monday night.

Following the most discussion the board has had publicly on the issue, the commissioners bowed out of taking a stand on the eve of a certificate of need hearing by the state, which will lead to the approval or denial of the relocation.


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Wal-Mart Supercenter development cleared to go
The Louisburg Town Council paved the way for a Wal-Mart Supercenter, agreeing Monday to signage and aesthetic issues laid out by the developer.

By a 5-2 vote, the council approved a special exception permit for a 68-acre development that, in many cases exceeds the town’s zoning requirements. It also falls short of compliance in parking spaces, sign allowances and landscaping.


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Winds, brush fires, power outages strike
Wind gusts as high as 45 mph toppled trees and power lines, caused brush fires, knocked out power and rerouted traffic all over the county Monday.

It started a day earlier.

The state and region were battered by heavy rains on Sunday.


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Youngsville club boots out church congregation
YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Woman’s Club has bought the old Youngsville Christian Church, putting it another step closer to locating a town museum, while putting a church congregation out of service.

According to the Franklin County Register of Deeds office, the club agreed to the purchase on March 29, buying the land and building from the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ for about $70,000.


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Whistlers melodiously return to Louisburg this week
Louisburg will be home to an international community this week and a cultural enclave by the weekend.

The 34th International Whistlers Convention begins today and culminates Sunday as whistlers are expected to serenade church goers before heading back to many corners of the globe.


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OBITUARIES

SADIE M. SUITT
FRANKLINTON - Sadie M. Suitt, age 102, died Monday, April 16, 2007 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at First Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will be in the Manasseh church cemetery, Franklinton. Surviving: niece, Marion Jean Brodie of Baltimore, Md.; one great-niece; and two great-nephews.

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ALLIE P. AYSCUE
LOUISBURG - Allie Perry “A.D.” Ayscue, 66, of the Alert community died Sunday morning, April 15, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 17, at Alert Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial followed in the Pernell family cemetery.

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JAMES S. HINTON
ZEBULON - James Seba Hinton, 79, died Friday, April 13, 2007 at Wake Med. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 16, at Watkins Chapel Baptist Church, Middlesex, with the Rev. Randy Bridges officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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RAYMOND E. COOPER
ZEBULON - Private funeral services for Raymond Earl Cooper, 61, formerly of Zebulon, were conducted Friday, April 13. Burial was in Zebulon Cemetery.

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JAMES E. FOREMAN
RALEIGH - James Michael Elzar Foreman died Wednesday, April 11, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 15, at Lea Funeral Home chapel. Burial was Monday, April 16, at Historical Oakwood Cemetery.

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RUSSELL J. BECKER
LOUISBURG - Russell J. Becker, 62, died Thursday, April 12, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 17, in the Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center chapel in Wake Forest.

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MARTHA E. HARRISON
CASTALIA - Martha E. Harrison, 92, died Sunday, April 15, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 18) at Social Union Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Harrison family cemetery. Arrangements by Richardson Funeral Home, Nashville.

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JOSEPH WAYNE COLLINS SR.
CASTALIA—Joseph Wayne Collins Sr., age 90, died Saturday April 14, 2007. Mr. Collins was born September 14, 1916 in Nash Co. to the late Ernest Hampton and Addie Blackwell Collins. He was preceded in death by his sister; Irene Braziel, and brothers; Edwin Collins and Eugene Collins.

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SADIE M. SUITT
FRANKLINTON - Sadie M. Suitt, age 102, died Monday, April 16, 2007 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at First Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will be in the Manasseh church cemetery, Franklinton.

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SPORTS

Jacket Shutout
Jacket Shutout
BUNN - Roanoke Rapids, the long-time titan of the Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer standings, entered Monday’s league road matchup at Bunn as a prohibitive favorite.

And for good reason. The Jackets are once again undefeated in NCC action, while Bunn’s roster has been depleted by a string of injuries.

Still, Bunn played RRHS to the wire before dropping a 2-0 contest at the BHS Soccer Field.


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Pettus a valuable stalwart
LOUISBURG -- Bluestone’s Hakeem Pettus was selected as the Most Valuable Player at the annual Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament, which concluded last Thursday at Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus.

Pettus, the Barons’ leadoff hitter, helped his team go 3-0 at the tourney, including a 10-7 victory over Oxford Webb in the championship matchup.


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Red Rams surge past NCC foe Southern Vance
Red Rams surge past NCC foe Southern Vance
HENDERSON - The post-Spring Break Blues seemed to have no effect on the Franklinton High girls soccer squad.

Instead, the Lady Rams picked up where they left off two weeks ago as FHS continues to play well in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference.

FHS remained alone in the second place in the NCC Monday with a 6-0 road victory at league rival Southern Vance.


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Mitchell the MVP for Canes
Mitchell the MVP for Canes
LOUISBURG -- Sophomore forward Mike Mitchell has been honored as the Most Valuable Player for the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad during the 2006-07 season.

Mitchell, who hails from Burlington, was saluted during Monday’s team banquet at the LC Auditorium.


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Pirates take a pair against Marshall U.
CHARLESTON, W.V. - Stephen Batts and Corey Kemp combined for seven RBI as East Carolina swept the day-night doubleheader last Friday night with a 13-3 win over Marshall at Appalachian Power Park in a Conference USA baseball matchup.

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LIFESTYLES

Youngsville Woman’s Club:  Arts in the Community
Youngsville Woman’s Club: Arts in the Community
Scattered showers and and a cool wind kept crowds down at the Youngsville Woman’s Club Arts in the Community on Saturday, but vendors reported a steady stream of customers.

They sold everything from hand-painted crafts to produce. At right, Stephanie McRee, front, and Terrie Campbell chat with customers inside the community center, where they sold candles and home accessories.

Community organizations were out in full force, including the Franklin County Humane Society, Relay for Life and the Youngsville Friends of the Library, which had a sale with donated books.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

They’ll be listening
udges for the 34th International Whistlers Convention are:

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Grand Opening planned for Thursday
A Grand Opening concert of singing and whistling classical and popular music to celebrate the 2007 International Whistlers Convention will be Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Louisburg College Auditorium.

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Drug-related arrest made
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Wendell man on drug charges this weekend.

According to an arrest report by Deputy H.L. Thompson, deputies arrested Ernest Eley Peppers, 27, on Pearces Road at about midnight on Sunday.


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Hastings places as finalist in N.C. NAM pageant
Aspen Stroud Williams Hastings, 8, of Youngsville, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss North Carolina Pageant to be July 26–28 at the Renaissance Suites Hotel in Charlotte.

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