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Showing 27 articles from March 25, 2008.

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FRMC: Gwyn transferred; McNair returns
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FRMC: Gwyn transferred; McNair returns
Health Management Associates has shaken up leadership at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg while the hospital is in the midst of state and federal reviews that could determine the hospital’s economic future.
CEO Brian Gwyn stepped down as the hospital’s chief executive officer on Friday and HMA responded by hiring Mike McNair as its interim chief executive officer. He began on Monday.

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<i>Changing face at Franklinton High School</i>
Changing face at Franklinton High School
SPRING BREAK? A construction crew continued work this week at Franklinton High School to complete a 10-classroom addition, part of a $3.9-million investment there. Students are currently on spring break. Workers with Carrolls Construction of Elm City began putting up the steel for the project earlier this month and will continue that work, along with the roof system. Crew members said they are slated to be done with their portion of the project in three weeks. The entire building is set to be done by the time school opens for the fall. The school system planned to use modular units for the expansion, however, costs were higher than anticipated, so the Board of Education decided to go with a permanent structure.

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Murder cases heading to court in April
Two murder cases are scheduled to be heard in Franklin County Superior Court in April and one could be resolved.
Brandon Bullock, 20, was arrested in October 2005, a day after investigators allege he killed Leroy Kelley Sr. inside his T.K. Allen Road home.
Last April, Bullock was found incompetent to stand trial, however, he was recently found mentally able to face his charge.

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Franklinton manager, budget top agendas
FRANKLINTON — The town Board of Commissioners has set a schedule of dates to discuss finance and leadership.
The board set three meeting dates each for budget work sessions and for a manager search.
The town hired former Warrenton Town Administrator Larry Carver in November to take over for Town Manager Sharon Garner when she vacated the position.

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NETSTAR: Motion for dismissal of Barrick’s charges to be heard
The attorney for a pilot at the helm of a helicopter that crashed and killed a sheriff’s deputy will have a motion to dismiss the case heard in Superior Court next month.
K. Robert Davis filed the motion in Franklin County Superior Court in February, alleging that manslaughter charges against Barrick should be dropped for a number of reasons, including impropriety on the part of District Attorney Sam Currin.

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OBITUARIES

GERALD A. FIELD
YOUNGSVILLE - Gerald “Gerry” Alfred Field, 78, born in Chester, Pa., died Friday, March 22, 2008. Services will be conducted at a later date.

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ALICE H. GLASGOW
RALEIGH - Alice Hayes Glasgow, 99, died Monday, March 24, 2008 at Sunnybrook Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 26) inside the mausoleum of Raleigh Memorial Park. The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

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EFFIE J. HEIGHT
ZEBULON - Effie Jeans Height, 97, of Guardian Care Nursing Home died Friday, March 21, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 24, in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel, Wendell. Burial followed in the Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

The Defenders
The Defenders
LOUISBURG - Bluestone effectively played the part of a defending champion during Monday’s first-round action at the Alltel Invitational Baseball Tournament at picturesque Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus.
The Barons pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of four Franklinton errors to defeat the Red Rams by a 13-3 margin.

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LC splits two tilts at home
LC splits two tilts at home
LOUISBURG -- Opportunity for a victory didn’t look promising last weekend for the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball team -- at least on paper.
LC was at home against Region X rival Spartanburg Methodist -- a team that had swept the Lady Hurricanes by a combined 15-1 margin one week earlier in South Carolina.

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Warriors a winner vs. WCD
Warriors a winner vs. WCD
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High wasted little time in flexing its offensive muscles during the first round of the Alltel Invitational Baseball Tournament at Louisburg College’s Frazier Field.
The Warriors plated a combined eight runs in the first two innings and went on to defeat Wayne Country Day by a 16-6 margin in Monday’s opener.

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Pitching Sparks BHS In First Round
Pitching Sparks BHS In First Round
BUNN -- After losing star pitcher Jimmy Tanner to graduation in the off-season, Bunn had to wonder who would be piling up the innings on the mound during the 2008 campaign.
Early on, the Wildcats have seen the emergence of several varsity newcomers, including Michael Collins, Clayton Adams and Brandon Ray.

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LC claims four at Frazier Field
LC claims four at Frazier Field
LOUISBURG -- Due to an odd number of schools (11) in the Region X baseball scroll this spring, each team will have one weekend away from its league schedule this season.
That doesn’t mean, however, that each club will take the entire weekend off. At least not in the case of the Louisburg College Hurricanes.

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Bunn’s Howle commits to Penn State
BUNN -- Ty Howle finalized his college football plans at the foot of a legend -- Penn State’s Joe Paterno.
Howle, a Bunn High junior and All-State center, capped off a weekend-long visit to Penn State by offering a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions in Paterno’s office.

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East Carolina drops two of three against Houston
GREENVILLE -- Blake Kelso collected a game-high four hits and Bryan Pounds drove in three runs as the University of Houston walked away with an 8-5 victory and a 2-1 series win over No. 23 East Carolina in Conference USA play Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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LIFESTYLES

Pruning azaleas, forsythias shouldn’t wait
The Old Fashion Garden Club conducted its March meeting at the home of President Martha Hyman. The devotion was based on quotes of love and friendship from “Side by Side, A Treasury of Thoughts for a Special Friend.”
Tips were given by the Horticulture Committee on pruning azaleas, forsythias, spirea and quince, which should be trimmed once they have completed blooming. Waiting until summer to cut these back will remove next year’s flowers.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Cedar Creek shows math does count
A team from Youngsville’s Cedar Creek Middle School placed second, behind Northern Granville Middle School, at the regional MATHCOUNTS competition for the North Central chapter of North Carolina. Vance-Granville Community College hosted the competition on its main campus.

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VGCC 2007 radiography class earns 100 percent pass rate
Vance-Granville Community College President Randy Parker recently congratulated the college’s radiography program on a significant achievement.
The 2007 graduating class had a 100 percent passing rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national examination.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin County, Youngsville report wastewater spills
Franklin County Public Utilities experienced a bypass of untreated wastewater on Friday, March 7.
The spill of about 1,500 gallons was near the intersection of Cedar Creek Road and Lane Store Road.
The wastewater entered into Cedar Creek, which is in the Tar/Pamlico River Basin.
This spill was the result of a gravity sewer line that could not handle the additional volume of rainwater that was being delivered from the Franklinton Lift Station.

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Youngsville Business EXPO
Youngsville Business EXPO
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS. The Youngsville Area Business Association Business Expo was Thursday, March 20, at the Youngsville National Guard Armory. Above is fifth-grade Youngsville Elementary student Paige Absher with cards she was selling to raise money for the Student Ambassador Program. She will be traveling to Australia as part of the program. Looking on are Lori Bruce and her 5-year-old daughter Samantha.

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FRMC submits corrective plan of action to keep Medicare/Medicaid
Franklin Regional Medical Center’s staff submitted a plan of correction to prevent the federal government from terminating the hospital’s Medicare/Medicaid agreement.
Last week, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services notified FRMC that it would terminate the reimbursement agreement it has with the hospital for Medicare and Medicaid services.
Those services account for more than 50 percent of the hospital’s revenue.

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United Way supports 2008 school bond
The United Way of Franklin County has announced its endorsement of the Franklin County School Bond with a unanimous vote at the board of directors meeting on March 18.
“The school bond clearly aligns with two of our seven community impact focus areas, which are assisting classroom education and helping children and youth succeed,” Pat Johnston, United Way executive director, said.

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AgCarolina Financial to send out patronage refund checks
In the next few weeks, customers of AgCarolina Financial will receive patronage refund checks for 2007.
Gene Charville, president, made the announcement this week.
The patronage refund for 2007 totaled $7.2 million resulting in an average interest rate discount to the cooperative’s customers of .92 percent.

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Berger, Dalton tour area hub site locations
State Sen. Walter Dalton, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, along with state Sen. Doug Berger and other elected officials, toured economic development hub sites in four counties, as well as Vance-Granville Community College on Tuesday.

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Slade to judge art contest
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Art du Jour is sponsoring “Women in Art,” a juried art competition for women artists in Franklin County, Wake Forest and Zebulon.
Art du Jour announced that Donna Slade of Wake Forest is the judge for this competition.

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BUSINESS

Sponsors needed for EXPO 2008
Businesses and organizations are being sought as Gold Premiere or Silver Premiere sponsors for EXPO 2008, the 19th annual area business exposition, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-26-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-26-2008
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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