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Showing 31 articles from April 18, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton’s police policy review near completion
FRANKLINTON — A revised copy of the Police Department’s standard operating procedures will be ready next week.
The town decided to review the policy in the days following a Dec. 1, 2007 police chase that spanned two counties and resulted in the death of three people — the fleeing suspect and two young sisters, who were travelling in the car the suspect hit head-on.

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Looking for safer space
Looking for safer space
Commissioners had their first public discussion Thursday about leasing a new $4.5-million office complex in downtown Louisburg that would be built in cooperation with the town and a local developer.
Comments came during a work session on overall space needs.
In October, the Louisburg Town Council bought the old Ford Agency that sits across from Town Hall for $305,000 with an eye toward developing the property for county offices.

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CMS report opens eyes
A death that prompted a federal investigation at Franklin Regional Medical Center could also prompt a civil lawsuit and has caught the eye of the state Certificate of Need Section.
An investigation by the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services revealed that medical staff made a series of errors in care when a 76-year-old patient went in for a knee replacement surgery on Dec. 10, 2007.
He died a day later.

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EXHIBITION
EXHIBITION
The Franklinton High School Parent Teacher Student Association had its annual showcase on Tuesday, allowing new students and incoming students an opportunity to see what courses and resources are available at the school. The event also invites area businesses to show graduating students what job opportunities are available. Above, standing, medical sciences II students Carly Lawrence, Fatimah Patterson and Arielle McLean take blood pressure levels from Shanece Joyner and Brittany Harris.

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Two suspects sought in home invasion, shooting
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for two suspects responsible for a home invasion and shooting.
According to a report by deputy Andy Ayscue, two suspects broke into a home on Ingle Drive (off U.S. Highway 401) and held Grady Brinkley, his wife and son at bay with a shotgun at about midnight on Wednesday.

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OBITUARIES

WOODROW V. “JIMBO” LOYD
APEX - Woodrow Vinson “Jimbo” Loyd, 48, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008. A funeral service was conducted Friday, April 18, in the chapel of Apex Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. David R. Palmer. Burial with military honors followed in the Apex Cemetery.

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REBECCA P. ELMORE
LOUISBURG - Rebecca Perry Stallings Elmore, 83, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 18, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jay Tilley and the Rev. Richard Smith officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MANDY H. JONES
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mandy Hargrove Jones, 76, who died Monday, April 14, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, April 19) at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Claude L. Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the Hargrove family cemetery.

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HERBY W. HORTON
ZEBULON - Herby Waddell Horton, 50, died Monday, April 14, 2008 at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 17, at Pilot Baptist Church, Zebulon, with the Rev. Roger Hensley and the Rev. Kevin Byers officiating. Entombment followed at the Stallings family cemetery, Stallings Road, Pilot.

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ALICE U. COATES
DUNN - Alice Melissa Coates, 88, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. A funeral service was conducted Thursday, April 17, at First Baptist Church in Dunn, with Dr. Richard McDuffie and Dr. Len Keever officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery.

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BESSIE SNEED
FRANKLINTON - Bessie Sneed, 44, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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DOROTHY D. GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Dot (Lloyd) Gupton, 86, of Centerville, died peacefully Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at her home. A native of Franklin County, she was the wife of Lloyd Gupton, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Gupton grew up in Sandy Creek Baptist Church and has been an active member of Centerville Baptist Church where she found the love and support of her Christian family for over fifty years. She served in many different roles, most recently a member of the Busy Bees.

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SPORTS

The County Kings
The County Kings
LOUISBURG -- Thanks to four scores of 80 or below, the Bunn Wildcats took a nearly insurmountable lead Thursday in the race for the Franklin County Golf Championship.
Playing at Bull Creek against county rivals Louisburg and Franklinton, the Wildcats dominated with 307 strokes -- far ahead of second-place Louisburg.

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Jackets And Tie
Jackets And Tie
FRANKLINTON - Originally, it was thought that the winner of Tuesday’s Franklinton-Roanoke Rapids girls soccer struggle would gain an upper hand at the top of the Northern Carolina Conference standings.
That will have to wait until April 30, when the rematch between the talented squads will -- barring a tie -- determine the NCC champion.
Tuesday at the FHS Football Field, the clubs jousted for 100 back-and-forth minutes before settling for a 1-1 tie.

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Bunn Suffers Rare NCC Loss To SV
Bunn Suffers Rare NCC Loss To SV
HENDERSON -- Bunn doesn’t lose many games in Northern Carolina Conference softball action, but it happened Tuesday afternoon at Southern Vance.
The host Lady Raiders received a clutch RBI single from Tangeray Owens in the bottom of the seventh to score a 2-1 decision over BHS at the SV Softball Field.

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Wildcats take out S. Vance
HENDERSON -- The Bunn High School baseball squad remained in the mix for one of the top spots in the Northern Carolina Conference with a clutch 8-4 road decision Tuesday at Southern Vance.
The victory was the second of the spring for BHS against SV. The Wildcats, with one NCC loss, are currently tied for second place in the league standings behind Roanoke Rapids (entering Thursday’s games).

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LC’s bats booming in sweep
LC’s bats booming in sweep
LOUISBURG -- After mustering just six combined runs during a softball doubleheader split the night before, Louisburg College broke out the bats for Wednesday’s home twinbill against non-league foe Southeastern Community College at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.
LC head coach Donn Gines wondered how his club would respond from the split, which came against Region X rival Pitt Community College.

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Patrick Henry slides past LC
LOUISBURG -- Patrick Henry erupted for 13 hits and went on to defeat Louisburg College in a non-region baseball game Tuesday at historic Frazier Field.
LC is now 34-8 overall.
Cleanup hitter Jeremy Sprague went 4-for-4 and Thomas Sappelt was 3-for-5 as the Patriots improved to 30-15 on the season.

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COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
BUNN -- Listed are the latest results from the Bunn Youth Recreation League’s softball/baseball season:

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LIFESTYLES

ROCKING GOOD TIME
ROCKING GOOD TIME
Louisburg College Players Keith Abbott, Ken McDonald, Dolly Conner and Graham Outten helped put on “Pump Boys and Dinettes” — a story of guys and girls working at a gas station/dinette somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna. The performers dazzled the crowd with country and pop rock tunes.
Tonight is the final performance as it closes out its run with an 8 p.m. start. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children. The play is the first full performance for the theater program after it went on hiatus for three years.

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Business links to art
Business links to art
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large department stores.
It is the world’s largest public corporation by revenue, according to the 2007 Fortune Global 500. It was founded by Sam Walton in 1962, and it is the largest grocery retailer in the United States. Wal-Mart also owns and operates the North American company of Sam’s Club.

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Real to Reel film festival needs promotional touch
The Third Annual Real to Reel Film Festival in Shelby is seeking submissions for the 2008 poster that will promote the festival.
Entries will be accepted until May 16.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

BUNN HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, announces the honor roll for the fourth six-weeks grading period. To be named to the A honor roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B honor roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
Chris Blice, principal of Louisburg High School, announces the honor roll for the fourth six-weeks grading period. To be named to the A honor roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the AB honor roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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YOUNGSVILLE ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL
Rick Smith, principal of Youngsville Elementary School, has announced the honor roll for the most recent grading period.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies investigate alleged rape case
Franklin County deputies are investigating allegations of a sexual assault and rape from last week.
The incident was first reported to Franklin Regional Medical Center staff on April 11 by a 20-year-old woman who was admitted to the hospital for a drug overdose.

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Union Bank declares dividend
OXFORD — The board of directors of Union Bank and Trust Co. has declared a 6 percent stock dividend.
The dividend will be paid April 14, 2008 to shareholders of record as of April 3.

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GOVERNING FUN
GOVERNING FUN
Assistant County Tax Administrator Bobbi Gravitt, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners Kristen King and information technology employee Barry Thorpe, share a light moment during a picnic as part of County Government Week festivities last week.

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EARLY BIRDS
EARLY BIRDS
Franklin County resident Arlene DeJong was preparing to cast her ballot on Thursday, the first day of the early voting period held inside the commissioners’ room of the Franklin County Administration Building on Market Street in Louisburg. According to volunteers and Board of Elections staff, 58 people had voted by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. In 2004, staff said, about 1,200 people cast ballots during the early session. In 2006, 1,300 people cast their ballots. Elections officials, staff and volunteers said the first day total on Thursday is a good sign that this year’s early voting season and May 6 primary may be one of the busiest in the county.

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OFFICIALLY STARTED
OFFICIALLY STARTED
A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of work on the new Youngsville office of First Citizens Bank, which is scheduled to open early in 2009 in front of the new Youngsville Crossing Shopping Center. First Citizens’ Regional Executive Ed Willingham told the group that bank officials have been considering opening a Youngsville office for several years and quipped, “We may not be fast, but we’re here to stay.”

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-19-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-19-2008
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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