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Showing 20 articles from January 18, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Praying for the End of Abortion
Thousands of Catholics from across the country will gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for an end to abortion at the National Prayer Vigil for Life Opening Mass at 7:00 p.m. on January 21, the eve of the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

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FRMC CON - Round 2
FRMC CON - Round 2
JUDGE AND JURY. Martha Frisone, left, the project analyst for the state Division of Facility Services, and Assistant Deputy Chief Craig Smith, right, listen to comments made during a public hearing that is part of the process to determine whether Health Management Associates and Rex Healthcare can relocate Franklin Regional Medical Center from Louisburg to just outside Youngsville. Opponents of the move showed up with signs saying “Keep the hospital in Louisburg.” Supporters of the relocation wore patches, like the one below, that showed the results of a survey where 70 percent of residents supported the move. Some also wore T-shirts with a big “YES” on the front.

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Public hearing nearly equal in support, opposition
NOT ABOUT BUSINESS. Phyllis Jeffreys-Culbreth, operator of D & J Automotive Inc., said FRMC should consider the overall good of health care in the county, not moving to a more lucrative location.
Public hearing nearly equal in support, opposition
A nearly four-hour public hearing concluded with opponents punching holes in a joint petition to relocate Franklin Regional Medical Center.
In November, FRMC and Rex Healthcare filed a joint petition with the state Division of Facility Services to relocate the hospital from Louisburg to just outside Youngsville, and Wednesday was the first and only opportunity for residents to voice their support, opposition or questions.

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Remains likely those of Gupton
Remains likely those of Gupton
The recovery of skeletal remains earlier this week is helping a family come to grips with what had been a more than 4-year-old mystery.
Family reported Judith Ann Gupton missing from her Green Hill Manor apartment on Nov. 5, 2003.
Ground searches by men and dogs and air searches by helicopter were conducted near her home with no success.

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Legislators host forum on Tuesday
Area legislators will host a public forum on Tuesday, giving constituents a chance to listen to and ask questions about issues ranging from economic development to mental health. The forum, initiated by state Sen. Doug Berger, will be hosted by state Reps. Lucy Allen, Jim Crawford and Michael Wray at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center at VGCC’s Henderson campus.

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OBITUARIES

ANNIE E. SATTERWHITE
BUNN - Funeral services for Annie Esther Satterwhite, 80, who died Jan. 14, 2008, will be conducted today (Saturday, Jan. 19) at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Everett Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Satterwhite family cemetery.

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DOROTHY MAE J. HAMMOND
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Dorothy Mae Joyner Hammond, 78, who died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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JAMES W. FREEMAN SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - James W. Freeman Sr., 70, of Mendon, N.Y., formerly of Youngsville, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Jerry Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

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JOSEPH A. PATTERSON
LOUISBURG - Joseph Allen Patterson, 64, of Louisburg, died Sunday, January 13, 2008, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Atha and Lucy Patterson; brothers, William, Perry, Larry and Bruce Patterson Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. John Thrift officiating. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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LETHA W. GRISSOM
KITTRELL - Letha Louise Wallace Grissom, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008 at Maria Parham Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 19) in the J.M. White Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Frank Sossaman. Entombment will follow in Sunset Gardens.

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PAUL G. ROWLAND
KITTRELL - Paul Gill Rowland, 91, did Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at Maria Parham Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 19) at Plank Chapel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Carol Dean. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PERCY E. DAVIS SR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Percy W. Davis Sr., 83, who died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis family cemetery. Open visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 19) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.

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SPORTS

Eyes On The Irish
Eyes On The Irish
Under the shadow of the storied Golden Dome, an excited Kerry Neal rushed onto the field last September in his first game as a member of the Notre Dame University football squad. “I didn’t know what to expect,’’ Neal said. “It was just hard for me to believe I was there.’’
Neal, however, understood this as he gazed up at the sellout crowd of over 80,000 at hallowed Notre Dame Stadium.

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Lady Rams Have Talent, Smarts
Lady Rams Have Talent, Smarts
FRANKLINTON -- For the Franklinton High girls soccer squad, success wasn’t limited to the playing field during a strong 2007 campaign. FHS also excelled in the classroom -- a feat that is being saluted this weekend at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Banquet in Baltimore, Md.

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Weekend sporting thoughts
Weekend sporting thoughts
Will it snow or not?
That’s the main weekend question in Franklin County, as residents are bordering on panic because of the local forecast.
Midwesterners such as myself and boss man Gary Cunard are usually skeptics of such apocalyptic outcomes. We won’t be rushing to the store for bread, milk and cans of tuna.

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LC basketball teams continue campaigns
LOUISBURG -- With the thrill of Mike Holloman’s 500th career coaching victory now a memory, the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes can now shift their attention to another attainable goal. A spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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‘Meet The Pirates’ event slated
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University baseball fans will get their first chance to meet the 2008 Pirates up close and personal on Saturday, February 16, as ECU hosts its eighth annual “Meet the Pirates” luncheon. Scheduled to start at approximately 11 a.m. at the Murphy Center’s Harvey Banquet Hall, “Meet the Pirates” offers fans a chance to get autographs and photos of the ECU baseball team and third-year head coach Billy Godwin, as well as enjoy a catered lunch with the Pirate coaches and players.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Car chase ends with stop sticks and pursuit on foot
A Raleigh woman was arrested Sunday morning, marking the second time in about four weeks that she has tested the pursuit capabilities of local law enforcement. Kelly Kathleen Jones, 38, was arrested on Dec. 24 after Franklinton Police initiated a pursuit on U.S. 1 that ended when Vance County Sheriff’s deputies deployed stop sticks on Orange Street in Henderson.

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New Health Department Director
New Health Department Director
WELCOME. New Health Department Director Eric Ireland, center, was with his wife, Debra, right, last week during a welcome reception hosted by the county in the Health Department’s conference room. Department of Aging Director Roxanne Bragg-Cash, left, was one of dozens of county department heads and employees who showed up for the reception. Ireland began work at the first of the year and replaces Philip Tarte, who left the post for a similar position in Union County.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 1-19-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 1-19-2008
This is your opportunity to be an editorial cartoonist. Each issue, we will post a cartoon without a caption and you get to fill in the punchline. Here are a few guidelines that may help you submit the funniest line...

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