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Showing 23 articles from June 3, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

3rd inspection: CMS set to cut FRMC Medicaid, Medicare
For the second time in three months, Franklin Regional Medical Center is being threatened with losing more than 50 percent of its revenue and the access to health care for the indigent is under threat.
Agents for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) inspected the hospital for the third time, finding more deficiencies the week of May 23.

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‘Man, it’s hurting’
‘Man, it’s hurting’
A national survey released this week shows that nearly half of all commuters have made an adjustment in driving habits.
Pam Alexander didn’t need a report to prove it.
The Cash and Carry clerk sees the results of high gas prices from behind her register at the Youngsville convenience store.
“People are driving less,” she said. “It’s what we expected (with high gas prices).”

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Franklinton teen found on Tuesday
FRANKLINTON — Police have located a teenager missing since Friday morning.
Franklinton Police Lt. J.T. Green Jr. and Detective Reggie Norflett, with help from the State Bureau of Investigation located 13-year-old Kali Elizabeth Norris just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Law enforcement and family and friends had conducted an exhaustive search since she was reported missing.
“She’s found and she’s safe,” said Lt. J.W. Mitchell.

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Franklin crime rates dip slightly
According to 2007 crime statistics released by the state Tuesday, the number of offenses in Franklin County slightly decreased from the previous year.
Only Youngsville and Lake Royale reported an increase in crime from 2006 to 2007, with Youngsville more than doubling its reports from 40 to 83 and Lake Royale increasing its total number of reports by 10 to 48.

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$79.2M budget presented
Interim County Manager Angela Harris has made the county’s 2008-09 proposed budget available to the public in time for a work session on the document this Thursday.
The $79.26-million budget — which reflects an increase over the nearly $70 million current budget — proposes to keep the tax rate at 82.25 cents per $100 of real property valuation.
To do so, the budget is lean and mean, Harris said.

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Care and Share depends on continual flow of donations
When people who are down on their luck look to Care and Share to help with emergency meals, the county’s Department of Social Services turns to the Food Bank and community contributors to stock its pantry.
And while the agency has always had enough to feed the growing numbers of those in need, DSS Director Nicki Griffin knows any dip in giving would mean more Franklin County families would go hungry.

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OBITUARIES

CARMEALITA T. SMITH
WARRENTON - Funeral services for Carmealita T. Smith, 70, who died Friday, May 30, 2008, were conducted Sunday, June 1, at Jordan Chapel Baptist Church, with Elder Cornelius Perry officiating.

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ROBERT C. HOLMES
FRANKLINTON - Robert Carlton Holmes, 81, died Saturday afternoon, May 31, 2008 at Croasdaile Village in Durham. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 3, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sidney Stafford officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the church cemetery.

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JOE HIGH JR.
ZEBULON - Joe High Jr., 73, died Thursday, May 29, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 1, at Wakefield Baptist Church, Zebulon. Burial was in the High family cemetery.

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NONA B. WINSTEAD
September 28, 1930 – June 1, 2008
LOUISBURG – Nona Bunn Winstead, 77, of Louisburg, died Sunday evening.

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SPORTS

Place In History
Place In History
BUNN - Rare is the performer who repeats as an Athlete of the Year at Bunn High School.
Since he has been at BHS since the mid-1990s, current Wildcats’ Athletic Director Hancel Phipps can recall only one athlete who has pulled off this feat.
And that was Nakisha Stewart, who will undoubtedly go down as one of the school’s all-time best players.
Add the name of senior Maghan Place to that elite list, as Place has been selected for the second straight year as the BHS Female Athlete of the Year.

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Wildcats selected to squad
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The one-two punch of Roanoke Rapids and Bunn was evident at each Northern Carolina Conference Golf Match this season.
RR and Bunn finished in the Top Two spots at each event, with Roanoke Rapids winning each time.
The dominance of those clubs was reflected on the season-ending All-Northern Carolina Conference Golf Team.

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FHS’ Mikulski Makes It Official
FHS’ Mikulski Makes It Official
FRANKLINTON -- Some players might balk at being assigned a more defensive-oriented role on the soccer field.
But not Franklinton’s Ashley Mikulski.
After posting strong scoring numbers during her first two season at FHS, Mikulski saw more work at midfielder and back-line specialist as a junior and senior.

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Franklin sporting thoughts
Franklin sporting thoughts
A few sporting thoughts as we get ready to enjoy some warmer weather:
Great Sports
Congrats are in order for all of the student-athletes who are pictured on this front page.
At Bunn, Maghan Place and Joey Batkoski have enjoyed stellar careers on the field and in the classroom. I’ve enjoyed covering both of them over the years, including Joey’s stint as a Bunn Youth Recreation League All-Star.

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STATE SOFTBALL TOURNEY RESULTS
RALEIGH -- Listed are last weekend’s results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Softball Tournament, which was held at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Wake County:

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STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are last weekend’s results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Baseball Championships:

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NCC Stars Shine On Diamond
NCC Stars Shine On Diamond
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- For most of the season, Franklinton and Bunn dueled for the No. 2 spot in the Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings.
Roanoke Rapids was destined to be the league champion, with the Wildcats and Red Rams right behind.
Bunn won its final regular-season contest against Franklinton to force a one-game playoff the next day. BHS’ second victory over the Red Rams in a 24-hour span clinched second place for the Wildcats.

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Ladycats release ‘08 volleyball schedule
Ladycats release ‘08 volleyball schedule
BUNN -- The Bunn High Ladycats will open their 2008 campaign on Aug. 19 with a home match against East Wake.
The Ladycats will be the defending Northern Carolina Conference Champions and are coming off a year that saw them reach the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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Maybin goes deep twice
Maybin goes deep twice
MONTGOMERY, ALA. -- Cameron Maybin homered twice and scored three runs as Carolina won its second straight game in Montgomery 5-3 over the Biscuits on Sunday afternoon at Riverwalk Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
The Mudcats (32-25) inched to within 2 1/2 games of the Northern Division pace, now set by Huntsville after the Stars were rained out in Chattanooga. 

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Teachers of the Year
Teachers of the Year
Top teachers from each of the county’s 13 schools were selected by their peers recently and honored during a dinner. The countywide teacher of the year will be announced June 13, during honors day.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Cherry Hill concert June 13
The Cherry Hill spring concert series concludes with the annual student concert at 3 p.m. June 15.
Each year promising young musicians are selected to play a classical concert at the antebellum concert venue. This year’s offering is especially exciting as it features 15-year-old classical clarinetist Charlton Holt and six other young artists from Wake County, some with ties to Warren County.

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BLOOMING 70 YEARS
BLOOMING 70 YEARS
The Louisburg Garden Club, celebrating its 70th year, installed its 2008-2010 officers recently during its annual picnic at Riverbend Park in Louisburg.

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BUSINESS

A Rustic Building: Changing, growing, Serving for 50 years
When William W. Wilson paused for a photo while delivering a sheet of plywood to a construction site back in 1958, little did he know that he was laying the foundation for a family-owned business that would help build Franklin County for more than the next half century.
In those days, his fledgling business was Wilson Building Supply, after he purchased it from W. B. Joyner.

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