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Showing 21 articles from November 30, 2007.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton under new, temporary leadership
Franklinton under new, temporary leadership
FRANKLINTON — The Board of Commissioners hired an interim town manager Wednesday night, bringing in someone to help guide the town until a permanent replacement is made.
Commissioners fired Sharon Garner as its town manager on Nov. 20 and in the week since, the board relied upon the N.C. League of Municipalities and its own town attorney to hire Larry Carver.

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Loophole?
Hospital ownership could revert to county
County staff is investigating an apparent deficiency in a hospital purchase contract that, if enforced by the county, could revert ownership of Franklin Regional Medical Center back to the county.
That prospect clouds two current petitions by FRMC’s parent company, Health Management Associates (HMA), to relocate the hospital from Louisburg to the outskirts of Youngsville.

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Senator Dole visits county
Senator Dole visits county
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole stopped in Franklin County on Tuesday to talk with Sheriff Pat Green about slowing the numbers of illegal immigrants.
She also took back to Washington proposals from residents, government and business leaders about ways to help improve the county’s economic forecast.

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Police still looking for Halloween assailant
Investigators continue to look for an Hispanic man accused of stabbing his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son on Halloween night.
After making an identification, authorities issued an arrest warrant for Anain Gomez, 25, of 1215 Leghorn Drive. Investigators believe he is hiding out with relatives in Georgia.

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Walgreens planning to build in Louisburg
A Walgreens spokesperson confirmed Friday that the company plans to open doors for customers in the fall of 2008.
A development company purchased property just off N.C. 56 and Bickett Boulevard. According to the Register of Deeds, A L Chase LLC purchased the property on Thursday. The excise tax paid on the 2.27 acres was $3,000.

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United Way gives educators a boost with grant money awards
The United Way of Franklin County handed out more than $20,000 in education grants Thursday night to help teachers provide programs ranging from arts to the sciences.
The United Way received 62 applications from 13 schools representing $73,204 in needs and the education granting board chose 17 applicants.

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OBITUARIES

CLARENCE L. BEDDINGFIELD
BUNN – Clarence “Spot” Lafayette Beddingfield, 78, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at Pine Ridge Baptist Church.

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VERNELL JONES
LOUISBURG – Vernell Jones, 52, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007.

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GREGORY BURT
WAKE FOREST – Funeral services for Gregory “Greg” Burt, 51, who died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at the Richardson Funeral Home chapel with Elder Donnel Haywood officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.

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OMARRION S. EDGERTON
HENDERSON - Baby Boy Omarrion Sherrod Edgerton, 18 days, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Roland Chapel Christian Church with the Rev. Isaac Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LEROY MCMILLIAN
ZEBULON – Leroy McMillian, 60, died Nov. 24, 2007. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 1) at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in St. Pauls.

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JOHN E. BATTLE
SMITHFIELD – John Ed “J.B.” Battle, 66, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Richardson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ella Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in the New St. John Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Boy, you have to carry the weight
Boy, you have to carry the weight
BUNN - Ever since its inception one decade ago, the Bunn High School wrestling program has always been about a numbers game.
Or lack thereof.
Every year, Bunn boasted a core of strong wrestlers, but interest in the sport remained low, as the Wildcats always struggled to field a full roster.

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A Deacon switches to defense
A Deacon switches to defense
WINSTON-SALEM -- Retrace your steps.
Retrace your steps.
Those words went through Mike Rinfrette’s mind when he was called into Head Coach Jim Grobe’s office this summer at Wake Forest University.

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Lady Rams win versus No. Vance
Lady Rams win versus No. Vance
HENDERSON -- Franklinton avenged an earlier-season loss to Northern Vance by toppling the host Lady Vikings 38-33 Tuesday in a non-conference, girls high school basketball matchup at the NVHS Gymnasium.
The victory was the first of the campaign for the Lady Rams, who are now 1-2 under veteran head coach Lester Wilder, back on the sideline after a one-year absence.

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Huge day for Canes’ athletics
Huge day for Canes’ athletics
Eight proved to be an outstanding number for Louisburg College athletics during the recent National Signing Day.
That’s when a whopping eight student-athletes from LC signed scholarships to attend four-year, Division I schools.

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LC’s hoops squads are back on the hardwood
LC’s hoops squads are back on the hardwood
LOUISBURG -- Even though it’s not a Region X matchup, today’s meeting against Georgia Perimeter will be one of the biggest games of the season for the Louisburg College women’s basketball squad.
LC and GPC have developed a huge rivalry in recent campaigns, and the Lady Jaguars have scored three straight district title victories over Louisburg -- with a spot in the national tournament at stake.

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LIFESTYLES

Program brings community together in praise, celebration
Program brings community together in praise, celebration
It all began with the vision of a very special lady by the name of Mary Hill who, at the present time, resides at Louisburg Nursing Center. Some few years ago, said Edith Anderson, Ms. Mary had the idea of bringing more people to her church to praise the Lord.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

GOP leader inducted into hall
Franklin County Republican Party Chairman John Edwards was inducted into the North Carolina Republican Party’s Hall of Fame at its biennial awards banquet November 17 at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

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Piedmont chorale leads list of upcoming Christmas activities
John Rutter’s “Magnificat” and Camille Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio” will be presented by the Northeast Piedmont Chorale and Orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Franklinton High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with pre-program entertainment from 6:30 to 7 p.m. by the Hill King Methodist Church Handbell Choir. A post program reception will be hosted by the Franklinton Woman’s Club. This event is free to the public.

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Chickenpox reported at seven schools
Franklin County school officials reported an outbreak of chickenpox at seven schools.
An outbreak is defined as at least two cases at each school.

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