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Showing 29 articles from March 28, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Breaking News!!! FRMC in the Clear with CMS!
Franklin Regional Medical Center was released late Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a citation on inadequacies in service and governing.

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CMS: Patients were in ‘immediate jeopardy’
Agents for the federal government are slated to resurvey Franklin Regional Medical Center to determine if deficiencies that placed patients in immediate jeopardy have been corrected.
Following a March 7 survey by agents with the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified the hospital that it had until Sunday to address shortcomings within its governing body, medical staff, nursing services and laboratory services.

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Clyburn W.Va. bound
Clyburn W.Va. bound
Louisburg College President Michael Clyburn submitted his intent to resign this week as he plans to accept an offer to helm a West Virginia college.
Alderson-Broaddus’ search committee and executive committee have recommended that Clyburn become the next president of the four-year school.
That school’s board of trustees is slated to meet April 17 and 18 to take action on the recommendation.

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<i>What makes that stew so good?</i>
What makes that stew so good?
A hush puppy. A cracker or two. A piece of buttered loaf bread. A sturdy spoon.
As long as the Brunswick stew is steaming and seasoned just right, all these go right along with a great big bowl, Elizabeth May says.
She should know.
Her recipe is the one that has been the cornerstone of the Person Place Preservation Society’s annual stew sale for longer than she or other organizers can remember.

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Man arrested following standoff with 4-month-old using fake gun
Although the gun used turned out to be fake, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who put his family and officers in danger.
Authorities charged John Wesley Boydston, 28, with kidnapping, non-assault child abuse and communicating threats following a 45-minute standoff March 18, when Wesley held officers at bay with the gun.

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First public hearing on Long Mill reassignment Monday night
The first of three public hearings on reassignment to establish attendance for Long Mill Elementary School will be Monday night.
The 7 p.m. session at Cedar Creek Middle School will give the public an opportunity to review three proposed attendance boundary plans that were recently developed by a grassroots community committee and approved by the Franklin County Board of Education.

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OBITUARIES

TERESA M. CONRAD
PORTSMOUTH Va.– Teresa Moody Conrad, 82, died Thursday, March 27, 2008. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, March 29) at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Boulevard. Chapel, by the Rev. Deb Jenkins.

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PATRICIA R. HUNTER
FRANKLINTON - Patricia Ricks Hunter, 80, died Thursday morning, March 27, 2008, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.

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JOHN W. FOSTER
HENDERSON - John Earl Walker Foster, 49, died Saturday, March 22, 2008, at Granville Medical Center, Oxford. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 28, at New Bethel Baptist Church, with Rev. Neal and Apostle Esther Williams officiating. Interment followed in the Blacknall cemetery.

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EVA MAE P. WILLIAMS
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Mae Perry Williams, 83, who died Saturday, March 22, 2008, were conducted Thursday, March 27, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the Manasseh Church cemetery.

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DELLA R. HORTON
ZEBULON - Della Rhodes Horton, 80, died Monday, March 24, 2008 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 27, at Hephzibah Baptist Church, Wendell, with the Rev. David Edgell officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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BOBBY C. JONES SR.
WAKE FOREST - Bobby C. Jones Sr., 69, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 29) at Wake Forest Church of God, with the Rev. Mike Wells and the Rev. H. W. Harrell officiating. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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ALMA G. ALLEN
FRANKLINTON - Alma G. Allen, 86, died Monday, March 24, 2008. Funeral services will be today (Saturday, March 29) at Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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JOHN WILLIAMSTON
RALEIGH - Funeral services for John “Kid” Williamston, 62, a Franklin County native, who died Tuesday, March 25, 2008, will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, March 29) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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SPORTS

Jackets Wear Title
LOUISBURG - Pitching depth is an asset at any baseball tournament, and Roanoke Rapids flashed plenty of it en route to a championship at the Alltel Invitational at Louisburg College’s Frazier Field.
After using ace Tyler Deloach in a semifinal victory over Bluestone, the Yellow Jackets called on Seth Wright -- known more for his catching prowess -- for Wednesday’s title contest against host Louisburg.

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ALL-TOURNEY
ALL-TOURNEY
Members of the All-Tournament team included (back, l to r) Tyler Deloach (Roanoke Rapids), Dillon Joyner (Louisburg), Patrick Ray (Bunn), Landon Vick (Franklinton), Andrew Trotter (Franklinton), Logan Lancaster (Franklinton), Tyler Bolton (Kerr-Vance Academy) and Brett Garrett (Louisburg); (front, l to r) Brant Askew (Roanoke Rapids), Jaime Hernandez (Roanoke Rapids), Jacob Dixon (Roanoke Rapids), Seth Wright (Roanoke Rapids), Casey Bolton (Louisburg), Chase Ragland (Louisburg) and Dustin Jones (Louisburg).

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Bats help Rams to 5th spot
Bats help Rams to 5th spot
LOUISBURG -- Early in the season, the Franklinton Red Rams received several strong pitching performances -- only to be victimized by a lack of offensive heroics.
That trend changed quickly during the final two games of the Alltel Invitational Baseball Tournament, which concluded Wednesday at Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus.

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LC teams busy this weekend
LC teams busy this weekend
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s baseball and softball teams will resume their respective schedules this weekend with some key Region X matchups.
The baseball squad will be on the road for a pair of doubleheaders at long-time foe Surry Community College in Dobson (near Mt. Airy).

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BHS Settles For 4th Spot At Tourney
BHS Settles For 4th Spot At Tourney
LOUISBURG -- Bunn got off to a strong start in hopes of claiming its second title in three years at the annual Alltel Invitational Baseball Tournament at historic Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus.
But following a first-round decision over Halifax Academy, the Wildcats followed with disappointing setbacks to Louisburg and Bluestone to settle for fourth place.

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It’s Happy Valley
It’s Happy Valley
BUNN -- Happy Valley put a smile on Ty Howle’s face last weekend, but it brought a few tears down the profile of his father, Bunn High School head football coach David Howle.
Especially when Ty Howle, in town for an unofficial visit to Penn State University, offered a verbal commitment to join the famed Nittany Lions’ program after he graduates from BHS in the Spring of 2009.

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ECU roars to home victory
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina baseball team collected 15 hits and smacked three home runs to pace themselves to an 11-3 win over in-state foe Campbell Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Freshman Sthil Sowers picked up his second collegiate win and improved to 2-1 on the year after working a career-high six innings with five strikeouts, no walks and allowed two runs on six hits.

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LIFESTYLES

Art show celebrates creativity of local women
Art show celebrates creativity of local women
The Franklin County Arts Council and Art du Jour of Louisburg kicked off a celebration March 28.
This celebration is in observance of “Women’s History Month” by having a “Women in Art Competition.”
Women artisans in the Franklin and Wake County areas have been invited to participate in this art competition. This juried art competition will take place through April 25.

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Hidden ways to green up your home
Building or remodeling a home can be exciting – and nerve wracking. Homeowners face a seemingly endless array of decisions, from paint color to landscaping, and, more recently, how their choices will impact the environment. Fortunately, it is not complicated to build a “green” home – one that is energy efficient, uses renewable materials and is healthy for your family and the environment.

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Add warmth and value with easy weekend projects
(ARA) – Many value-enhancing, elegance-adding improvements can be accomplished in a weekend with minimal effort and expense.
“You can find a weekend project that’s right for your budget, skill level and decorating goals,” says home improvement expert Mike Denny of So Simple Crown Molding. “Look around your home and consider the details, those little things that you can do to really punch up a room’s warmth and appeal. You’ll be surprised at the projects that come to mind, and many will be things you can do in a day or less.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

LC community theater takes the stage
LC community theater takes the stage
Louisburg College is cranking up its theater program with a fine-tuned musical following a three-year hiatus. The Louisburg College Players will present the Broadway musical “Pump Boys & Dinettes,” a story of four guys and two women who work at a gas station/dinette somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna.
Some of the cast play instruments, and they break out into song about 95 percent of the play.

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BB&T opens new center
BB&T has opened a new financial center to serve the Louisburg area at 157 Burke Blvd. The new financial center, which replaces a smaller location at 403 E. Nash St., provides additional office space and parking.
BB&T is offering a free tote bag to anyone opening a new account at the financial center through May 2.

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Harris: county progresses with commissioners’ vision
Interim County Manager Angela Harris said Franklin County has stayed true to the vision of commissioners and its challenges are born out of growth.
Harris delivered that message Friday morning at Louisburg College’s Multi-Purpose Room during an event hosted by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

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Man arrested for impersonating an officer
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklin County man on charges that he impersonated an officer of the law.
According to a report by Sgt. A.R. Roberts, officers arrested Clintford E. Williams, 31, who tried to pass himself off as an officer and chased two people in his car to their home and began yelling at them at about 11 p.m on March 18.
“Anytime that someone looks to take the law into their own hands, it is a deep concern,” said Sheriff Pat Green.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-29-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 03-29-2008
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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