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Showing 32 articles from February 1, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Louisburg College struggles
Louisburg College struggles
Louisburg College officials plan to meet next week with faculty and staff to outline details of a financial restructuring plan — which could include cuts to positions throughout the school.
Assistant Baseball Coach Jerry Edwards confirmed that his position will be slashed when his contract expires in June.
Neither Louisburg College President J. Michael Clyburn nor Interim Vice President of Finance C.L. Gobble could be reached for comment.

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CONDEMNED:
Process begins to take easement
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners decided to proceed with condemning a 30-foot easement it says is necessary to install a sewer system and open a new elementary school this fall.
Commissioners went into closed session on Tuesday night to discuss acquiring the sewer easement on property owned by Alexander Cleghorn and Elizabeth Cleghorn.

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N.C. attorney general won’t give opinion on FRMC contract for now
The Attorney General’s Office said a conflict of interest will keep it from investigating claims that local hospital operators violated a purchase agreement that calls into question the ownership of Franklin Regional Medical Center.
At the request of the Louisburg Town Council, state Rep. Lucy Allen forwarded a letter to the Attorney General’s Office on Jan. 15, asking Attorney General Roy Cooper to determine if FRMC and its parent company, Health Management Associates, violated a purchase agreement signed in 1986.

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Commissioners will hire full-time attorney; Batton will keep foreclosures
Commissioners will hire full-time attorney; Batton will keep foreclosures
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to pursue hiring a full-time county attorney, even though it would commit the county to spending about three times what it does on legal costs, now.
Commissioners, though, figure the price tag for a full-time attorney position could dip after the first year and they will get their money’s worth in having an attorney available to the board and county staff on a full-time basis.

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Green calls for ethics instruction
Green calls for ethics instruction
A series of deputy sheriff stumbles has prompted Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green to put employees through a refresher course in ethics.
Earlier this week, Green placed jailer Melanie Allen on paid leave after the State Bureau of Investigation began a probe into allegations that the Edward Best Elementary School PTA treasurer embezzled $4,000 from the organization.

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OBITUARIES

LEREEN “DOLLY” JACOBS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lereen “Dolly” Jacobs, 92, who died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries, with the Rev. Barbara McKnight officiating. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Baptist Church cemetery.

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EDITH M. JOYNER
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Edith Marie Joyner, 62, of Washington, D.C. (formerly of Louisburg), who died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, will be conducted Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Louisburg, with Rev. Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARTHA L. MONTAGUE
LOUISBURG - Martha L. Montague, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with Pastor W.S. Taylor officiating and the Rev. Walter Yarborough performing the eulogy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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WILLIAM P. FITZPATRICK
ZEBULON - William Peter Fitzpatrick, 77, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 at Rex Healthcare. Funeral mass will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 2) at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, 608 Lions Club Road, Wendell, with Father Joseph Lapauw officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon.

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ALLEN P. HARRIS
RALEIGH - Allen Perry Harris, 64, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at Spring Arbor Assisted Living. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 2) in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services in Louisburg, with the Rev. Jarrod Scott officiating. Entombment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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MARY T. NEAL
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mary T. Neal, 65, who died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. JoAnn Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery.

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GODFREY C. PULLEY
CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Godfrey Carlton Pulley, 68, of Chesapeake, Va., fomerly of Franklinton, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church cemetery in Franklinton.

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RICKY J. FOSTER, SR.
DURHAM - Ricky Joe Foster, Sr., 50, of Durham went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 29, 2008. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. from Liberty Christian Church, with the Rev. Freddie Partin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ELEANOR BOONE RICE
After five years of pain and suffering, Eleanor Boone Rice, 83, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 1, 2008. She was born November 1, 1924, in Franklin County. Eleanor was the daughter of the late Furney G. and Florine Holmes Bowden Boone. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Prior to her retirement she was a business agent for Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.

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SPORTS

LOUISBURG CRIES FOUL
LOUISBURG CRIES FOUL
WELDON - James Collier couldn’t help but cry foul following Tuesday’s loss at Weldon.
With the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference girls basketball regular season crown possibly hanging in the balance, the Louisburg High coach, watched in amazement -- and fury -- during a series of strange events as the decisive fourth quarter unfolded.

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Triumph on road for Canes
Triumph on road for Canes
KINSTON - Matchups like these are often referred to as ‘trap games’ by coaches -- especially in Region X men’s basketball circles.
Louisburg went on the road as a favorite Wednesday at Lenoir Community College. But nothing is a given in the region when a team goes on the road -- even if that club possesses a lesser record.

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Extra Effort Pays Off For Mueller
Extra Effort Pays Off For Mueller
LOUISBURG -- For the past four years, Noel Mueller has been giving the extra effort as a three-sport star at Louisburg High School.
Mueller, a senior, was saluted for that work during a ceremony Wednesday at the LHS Gymnasium as WRAL-TV out of Raleigh presented him with the weekly ‘Extra Effort Award.’

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Red Rams wrap up NCC title
Red Rams wrap up NCC title
In just its third season of existence, the Franklinton High School wrestling program has ascended to the top of the Northern Carolina Conference standings.
The Red Rams capped off their first-ever NCC championship Tuesday with a resounding Senior Night decision over the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets at the FHS Gymnasium.

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BHS picks up big win versus Raiders in OT
HENDERSON -- In a season of ups and downs, Bunn reached new heights Tuesday during an overtime victory at Northern Carolina Conference leader Southern Vance.
The Wildcats, despite losing a lead late in regulation, outscored SV 5-2 in the extra session to earn a key 58-55 boys basketball victory.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
BUNN -- Listed are the latest scores from action in the Bunn Youth Recreation League’s basketball season:
• Universal Forest 27, Franklin Regional 17 Leading Scorers: Garrett Colson (U) 14, Amanda Dean (F) 12
• D& S Sportsworld 14, True Work 6 Leading Scorers: Jaylen Perry (DS) 8, Matthew Yancey (DS) 6, Tanner Dixon (TW) 6

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LC women win at home
LC women win at home
LOUISBURG - Louisburg College prepped for this weekend’s Pizza Hut Classic by picking up a Region X women’s basketball victory Tuesday against Brunswick Community College at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
Five players scored in double figures for the Lady Hurricanes, led by Niesha Searles with 15 points to go with four rebounds, five assists and three steals.

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LIFESTYLES

Candidates pursue Spanish-speaking voters
Candidates pursue Spanish-speaking voters
Several US presidential candidates are already campaigning in Spanish to reach the millions of Latino voters. Many of the candidates are using Spanish on their websites in order to reach and better communicate with them.
If candidates with the best websites received the most votes, Barack Obama would be the winner among Spanish-speaking voters in upcoming U.S. elections. Obama is one of at least seven candidates with an official Spanish-language website for these elections.

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Watching the cookie crumble
After scrounging around the kitchen for one last holiday goodie, you find a single sugar cookie hiding in the bottom of the tin. You grab it and head toward the mountain of decorations that need to be packed away until next year. Several hours later, the last box has been shoved into the attic or garage.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS
Two Franklin County students have been named to the honors list at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the 2007 fall semester.
The students are Ashley Shenell Mitchell of Louisburg and Sean Patrick Boland of Youngsville.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

One of four armed robbery suspects arrested
Youngsville Police Department investigators arrested a Kittrell man this week, charging him with robbing six Youngsville industrial plant employees at gunpoint.
Authorities arrested Sheldon Bondell Daniels, 25, on Monday, alleging that he is one of four suspects responsible for a Jan. 4 robbery at Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc. in Youngsville.

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Missing woman found
Authorities located a Franklin County woman after she went missing Wednesday evening.
According to a sheriff’s report, a woman was going to check on Sallie Mae Webb at her Sykes Road home and discovered the elderly woman’s front door open at about 6 p.m.

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MEETING PLACES
Franklin County Calender of Events for February 2008:

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DISTRICT COURT
Following are some cases adjudicated in Franklin District Court.

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Get help with prescription costs
FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards are now available to help the people in Franklin County lower the cost of their medicine.
The FamilyWize Partnership and more than 500 United Way agencies across the country and Alliance Partners in America’s Promise are distributing free of charge these prescription drug discount cards in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. FamilyWize cards can reduce prescription drug costs by an average of 20 percent or more.

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Local couple shares transgender story on MSNBC
On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m., a Franklin County couple will be featured on MSNBC.
“Born in the Wrong Body: Girls Will Be Boys” features Dr. Marci Bowers and three of her patients who have undergone transgender surgery.

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POLICE REPORTS
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect who broke into a woman’s house and assaulted her.
According to a report by Dep. R. Vaughan, Melinda Pope, 33, was returning to her Sollie Ayscue Road home when she saw a blue pickup truck in her driveway at about 10 a.m. on Friday.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 2-2-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 2-2-2008
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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