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Showing 24 articles from July 27, 2007.

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FRMC move denied<br>Opponents pleased; hospital plans appeal
BRIAN GWYN
FRMC move denied
Opponents pleased; hospital plans appeal
Franklin Regional Medical Center will appeal a decision that has halted plans to move to Youngsville, staff said this week.
On Wednesday, the state Division of Facility Services denied the hospital’s request to relocate its 70-bed facility from Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg to the corner of U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. Highway 96 just north of Youngsville.
In the decision rendered by project analyst Michael McKillip, FRMC’s move would negatively impact disenfranchised residents in central and northern Franklin County.

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Ethan’s struggle to survive<br>Family coping with rare disease
ETHAN. Though it seems 7-month-old Ethan Benoit is watching every move, he is blind and deaf as a result of three strokes he suffered in May. Ethan has metatropic dysplasia Type III, an extremely rare genetic disease.
Ethan’s struggle to survive
Family coping with rare disease
ZEBULON ­— Looking at 7-month-old Ethan Benoit’s angelic face and watching his eyes flit around the room, it is difficult to think such a beautiful child could be in the midst of excruciating pain.
“Imagine the worst case of arthritis you can, and then multiply that by one hundred,” Shane Benoit, 36, Ethan’s father, said.
“That’s the pain Ethan’s going through.”

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Davis steps into Nifong hearing role
MIKE NIFONG
Davis steps into Nifong hearing role
DURHAM — Franklin County attorney Charles Davis will spearhead a criminal contempt prosecution next month against disgraced former District Attorney Mike Nifong.
Setting the hearing date, though, was a practical matter as Nifong’s apology provided an emotional spark during Thursday’s preliminary hearing on charges that he lied during his prosecution of three former Duke lacrosse players.

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Country kick: Randy Parton Theater opens
ROANOKE RAPIDS — Randy Parton took center stage Thursday night, surrounded by a steel, new-age platform, strobe lights, a smoke machine, high-tech screens and his well-oiled Moonlight Bandits band. And there was a spotlight, too, appropriate for a man at the center of a development project designed to spur vitality in a town and region devastated by mill shop closures.

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OBITUARIES

MARGARET H. JOHNSON
KILL DEVIL HILLS - Margaret Huggin Johnson, 90, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at Britthaven of Outer Banks. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, July 28) at Louisburg United Methodist Church.

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VERNON C. SMITH JR.
BUNN - Vernon Cevie Smith Jr., 59, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 26, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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WILLIAM M. “BILL” BROWN
ZEBULON - William M. “Bill” Brown, 79, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, July 28) at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church, 4525 Hopkins Chapel Road, Zebulon. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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WILLIS W. BOYKIN
ZEBULON - Willis W. Boykin, 57, of Zebulon died Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at Duke University Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 27, at Joyner’s Funeral Home, with the Rev. Reuben Cason officiating. Burial followed in Bailey Town Cemetery.

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MICHAEL LEE GUPTON
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Funeral services for Michael Lee Gupton, 55, formerly of Louisburg, who died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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THELMA L. MASSENBURG
FRANKLINTON - Thelma L. Massenburg, 47, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home Inc.

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EUGENE T. “CHICK” WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Eugene Tracy “Chick” Williams, 87, died Friday, July 27, 2007 in Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites.

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SPORTS

BUNN HIGH’S MONTGOMERY SHINES IN EAST-WEST GAME
BUNN HIGH’S MONTGOMERY SHINES IN EAST-WEST GAME
GREENSBORO — Bunn’s Mike Montgomery made his former head coach David Howle proud last week. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder represented the Wildcats at the 59th N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game and he helped the East squad to a 22-14 upset victory. The win broke a five-game losing streak to the West -- something Montgomery was very proud to be a part of.

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Diamond coach is extended
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract extension and a $10,000 annual raise for Billy Godwin, head coach of the ECU baseball team. The contract modification extends Godwin’s contract until June 30, 2011, and increases his salary to $102,500 per year.

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BHS’ Tomberlin to continue fast-pitch career at LC
BHS’ Tomberlin to continue fast-pitch career at LC
BUNN -- Even though she graduated in December and didn’t get to play for Bunn High this spring, Missy Tomberlin never lost the itch to shine on the softball field. Tomberlin continued to be a part of the Team TFS travel team, and her performance during a summer tournament in Florence, S.C., caught the attention of Louisburg College head coach Don Gines.

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Thoughts from the ball park
Thoughts from the ball park
Ever since I was a little boy, I have loved going to professional baseball games.
Thankfully, I grew up just outside of Cincinnati, so this was always an available option.
In my toddler years, we would sit in the bleachers at Crosley Field. During Bat Day promotions, I would pound my bat on the concrete during rallies -- just like all of the other kids.

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Teams to start grid practice
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- High School football practice begins Monday in Franklin County as Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn are looking for big seasons. The first-day practice times for the three teams are as follows:

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LIFESTYLES

Duke attends Red Hat camp
Duke attends Red Hat camp
Andrew Duke of Louisburg was one of 48 children selected to attend Red Hat High Summer Camp. Duke, 14, was the only youth selected from Franklin County to attend the week-long summer camp for rising eighth- and ninth-graders that teaches students how to use animation software.

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Lost in translation: keeping the emotion in interpretations
Lost in translation: keeping the emotion in interpretations
As most of us are aware, translating from one language to another is not as easy as it might seem.
There are so many words that differ in meaning according to the context. And, furthermore, it is difficult many times to catch the emotional context, making it hard to give the perfect translation.
One of those words used often in Spanish is the word “ya,” which when translated into English, for example, context is everything.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local drug dealer sentenced to 19-plus years on federal charges
A Franklinton man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and firearm possession. Derrick Jomell Perry, 33, of 1755 W. River Road, Franklinton, was sentenced in Greenville to serve 230 months, or 19 years and 2 months, on July 20 following his January drug charge conviction.

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Wake Forest couple hits $200,000 lottery
It’s plenty hot outside, but Christmas came early this year for Deryl and Tim Garrity. The Wake Forest residents won $200,000 on Wednesday after buying a winning Powerball lottery ticket.

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Teen recovering from shotgun blast
A Louisburg teenager is recovering at Duke Hospital after being shot in the chest by a 16-gauge shotgun around 5:30 on July 20. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell said the 15-year-old was a victim of an “accidental firearm discharge.”

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FRMC initiates medical response team
Franklin Regional Medical Center has initiated a medical response team designed to address medical needs before they become critical. The hospital set up a Rapid Response Team at the beginning of the month. The program allows any and all hospital staff to notify the team of a non-intensive care patient’s condition if they feel or think the patient is heading toward a more serious medical emergency.

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Final issue of $30-million school bond approved
Franklin County commissioners gave staff permission Monday night to take the final part of a $30-million school bond to the bond market. Voters approved spending $30 million in general obligation bonds for school renovations and additions in 2004.

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Crosscreek Charter merges classes
Crosscreek Charter School in Louisburg is combining its two locations into a single facility. Originally, kindergarten through grade five was taught at 306 Sandlewood Drive and grades six through eight were held just off of US Hwy. 401 on Fox Park Road.

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