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Showing 31 articles from April 22, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Nurse, tech staffing at FRMC
Problems that have put patients in jeopardy at Franklin Regional Medical Center have escalated over the last six months to include understaffing of floor nurses and nurse technicians, fraudulent documentation of patient monitoring, inappropriate disbursement of medicine to patients and low morale, according to a full-time nurse tech on staff.
FRMC officials said Thursday that there is not a morale or staffing problem among nurses and nurse techs, beyond the normal challenges of the profession.
At least 10 nursing positions have been filled in the last three weeks, they said.

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Hate crime with a rope
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the report of a hate crime involving Vance-Granville Community College students.
According to an incident report and investigators, a Louisburg woman and her two daughters were at Vance-Granville Community College at about noon on Tuesday and reported to deputies that they saw four or five white males in a rear parking lot taunting two black males with racial slurs and what appeared to be a hangman’s noose.

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<i>‘Idols at the Mill’ was hoppin’</i>
‘Idols at the Mill’ was hoppin’
A FRANKLIN COUNTY TOP IDOL. Susan Perry Alford takes home a first-place win from Laurel Mill Elementary School’s “Idol” talent contest for fourth- and fifth-graders. Perry sang “Our Song” by Taylor Swift. The event was Thursday, and music instructor Rebecca Collins said there were about 200 people attending. “Idols at the Mill” had 18 contestants in two divisions — K through third grade and fourth through fifth grades. Student Audra Jones won in K through third grade.

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Foth: LC interim president
Louisburg College’s board of trustees named Rodney Foth as its interim president on Monday.
Foth has been the college’s executive vice president and was vice president for academic life in 2001.
Foth assumes the top post on an interim basis, taking over for former president Michael Clyburn, who left the college earlier this month to become the president of Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia.

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Inside view of Long Mill
Inside view of Long Mill
Construction of Long Mill Elementary School should be complete in June.
MBAJ architect Jon Long gave an informal tour of the 83,000-square-foot, $11-million school on Monday to a small group, including Kim Ferrell, who will be principal when it opens in August.
“It is beautiful,” Ferrell said. “We are ready to get in it.”

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VIM continues to serve uninsured, underinsured
Operators of a free clinic began recognizing Cover the Uninsured Month with an open house and a public forum this week.
Those who built the Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine clinic three years ago say its future includes taking health care beyond the walls of its Louisburg location and into the community.
The free clinic began operating in January of 2005 and has a recurring patient list of almost 700 people.

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NO PRESSURE HERE
NO PRESSURE HERE
Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine volunteer Lorene Allen, left, checks the blood pressure of Louisburg resident Sylvia Wilson on Monday during an open house event at the free clinic. Organizers of the free clinic are celebrating their third year in existence and also have a week-long list of activities scheduled in recognition of Cover the Uninsured Month.

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OBITUARIES

GAYNELLE T. CARTWRIGHT
BUNN - Gaynelle Tharrington Cartwright, 78, of Boydton, Va., formerly of Bunn, died Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2008 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 22) at Bunn Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donnie Wiltshire officiating. Burial will follow at Bunn Memorial Gardens.

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JOHN “PETE” JOHNSON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for John “Pete” Johnson, 69, who died Friday, April 18, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 23) at the United House of Prayer, with Apostle Thomas Dillard officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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BESSIE SNEED
FRANKLINTON - Bessie Sneed, 44, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008.

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ALLEN B. JONES
WILMINGTON - Allen Bankert Jones, 87, died Saturday, April 19, 2008 at his residence. A private burial service will be conducted at the St. James Episcopal Churchyard in Boydton, Va.

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JOHN G. LEE
ZEBULON - John Graham Lee, 86, formerly of Lee Road, Raleigh, died Friday, April 18, 2008. A graveside service was conducted Monday, April 21, at Raleigh Memorial Park with military honors.

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KERRY A. PATTERSON
CASTALIA - Kerry A. Patterson, 33, died Friday, April 18, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 21, at Cornerstone Funeral Home and Cremations, Nashville.

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CLAUDIA R. SPEED (September 15, 1949 – April 18, 2008)
LOUISBURG – Claudia Ray Speed, 58, of Louisburg, died Friday at her home.

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JACKSON RAY HART
MIDDLESEX - Jackson Ray Hart “J.R.” (infant) of Middlesex, died April 17, 2008 at UNC Women’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., April 26, 2008 in the chapel of Massey Funeral Home in Zebulon, with Pastor Danny James and Pastor Bruce Dayton officiating.

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LINDA J. MAYES
SWANSBORO - Linda Johnson Mayes, 67, of Swansboro, NC, formerly of Beaufort, N.C., died Friday, April 18, 2008, at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC.

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JAMES LESTER “JIM” REES
GREENVILLE, NC - James Lester “Jim” Rees died April 17 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

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ROBERT B. SPROW (August 19, 1923 – April 20, 2008)
LOUISBURG - Robert Bradley Sprow, 84, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2008 in Sanford, FL.

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KENNETH A. RICE
CASTALIA - Kenneth A. Rice, 57, died Friday, April 18, 2008. Arrangements by Cornerstone Funeral Home & Cremations, Nashville.

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VIRGINIA D. CASH
FRANKLINTON - Virginia D. Cash, 76, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 19, at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest.

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SPORTS

FHS’ Quick Work
FHS’ Quick Work
FRANKLINTON -- And the band played on.
Which meant that Louisburg High’s girls soccer team wouldn’t be playing with a full roster during last Saturday’s non-conference event at Franklinton.
Throw in a pair of key injuries, and the Lady Warriors were able to dress only seven performers for the contest against the powerful Lady Rams.

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LC’s One-Hit Wonder
LC’s One-Hit Wonder
LOUISBURG - Matt Little walked the first University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie batter of the game -- and proceeded to retire the next 18 in a row.
Little was so dominant for Louisburg College that he carried a no-hitter into the seventh and final inning. But Little’s attempt at history was foiled when Cameron Louis came up with a one-out, infield single that would account for the Indians’ lone hit of the game.

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BHS’ Hill Nemesis
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Few players have victimized an opponent more than what Roanoke Rapids’ Tyler Deloach has done to the Bunn High School baseball team over the past two seasons.
Last spring, Deloach fired a no-hitter against the Wildcats, and that would prove to be a sign of things to come for the big lefty.

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Shearon honored at NCWC
FAYETTEVILLE -- The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its All-Conference awards for baseball, and former Louisburg High standout Jonathan Shearon has been recognized for his work this spring at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Regular season runner-up NCWC had eight players receive accolades, highlighted by First Team selections Ben Moore, Chris Pecora and Matt Smith.

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Maybin’s HR lifts Carolina
ZEBULON -- Big-time prospect Cameron Maybin hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift Carolina past the Tennessee Smokies 5-4 in the series opener at Five County Stadium in a key Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Maybin, batting for Lorenzo Scott with the tying run at third base, walloped the first pitch from Ed Campusano (L, 1-1) over the centerfield wall, sending the Mudcats into a state of euphoria.

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Pirates fall at Rice
Pirates fall at Rice
HOUSTON -- Adam Zornes collected four hits, drove in three and scored a pair of runs, while Ryan Berry allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings to help No. 7 Rice to a series opening win, 10-3, over No. 23 East Carolina in Conference USA action last Friday night at Reckling Park.
Berry (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season after giving up eight hits to the Pirates (27-11, 8-5) with four strikeouts and two walks.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Stormwater management plan for watershed to be developed
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners appointed a steering committee Monday night to develop a stormwater management plan for a key county waterway.
The North Carolina Cleanwater Management Trust Fund gave the county a $45,000 grant to develop a watershed plan in the Cypress Creek Watershed.

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Perry passes N.C. Bar exam
Joseph Chad Perry has passed the February 2008 North Carolina Bar examination. He is the son of the late Joanne Perry and Ernest H. Perry Jr.

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BUSINESS

Tractor Supply Co. plans grand opening
The new Youngsville Tractor Supply Co. will have its grand opening on Saturday, April 26, according to store manager Jason Fasel.

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Nobles joins Ammons Pittman real estate
Tucker Nobles recently joined the Wake Forest Office of the locally owned firm of Ammons Pittman GMAC Real Estate.

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CARTOON CAPTION CHALLENGE

Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-23-2008
Cartoon Caption Challenge for 04-23-2008
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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