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Showing 33 articles from June 10, 2008.

FRONT PAGE

Berger calls for state inspection of FRMC
State Sen. Doug Berger has asked the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to initiate its own investigation of Franklin Regional Medical Center.
As agents for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state inspectors surveyed the hospital, first in March, after someone lodged a complaint that the hospital was placing patient safety in jeopardy.

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Math scores gaining
On the heels of excellent writing score reports, preliminary scores in math show equally progressive gains in Franklin County schools.
Three years ago the North Carolina end-of-grade math test was modified to match up with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) standards.

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<i>Grillin’ and flippin’ at the BBQ festival</i>
Grillin’ and flippin’ at the BBQ festival
BRING ON THE HEAT. Deanna Sykes, proprietor of Baxter’s Ale House in Louisburg, prepares some ribs for consumption during the Tar River BBQ Festival on Saturday in downtown Louisburg. Baxter’s ribs were available for free samples.

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Evans: ‘pioneer’ of fishing
Funeral services are scheduled today for a Franklin County man who was a pioneer in the fishing community.
Linville Evans was 57.
A Vance County rescue squad pulled his body from a shallow area of Kerr Lake in Henderson on Sunday morning at about 8 a.m.

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Winters prompts resolution against Berger felony bill
Commissioner Bob Winters is asking his fellow board members to support a resolution opposing a felony expungement bill filed by Sen. Doug Berger.
Berger filed Senate Bill 677 in March 2007 with the goal of giving the judicial system the discretion of expunging non-violent felony convictions from the records of offenders who were under 18 at the time the crime was committed.

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Bunn soldier in 1132nd comes home
Bunn soldier in 1132nd comes home
Soldiers arriving from the 1132nd Military Police Company was news that Bridgette Carroll was ready to hear.
For months, it seemed, there was only bad news trickling out as five soldiers in the 1132nd were killed — four of them from the Rocky Mount-based National Guard Unit.
Earlier this spring, the unit suffered the heaviest casualties of any North Carolina National Guard Company since World War II, according to reports.

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OBITUARIES

DAVID LEE MAY
FRANKLINTON - David Lee May, 52, died suddenly Saturday morning, June 7, 2008 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 11) in the chapel of Franklin Funeral Service, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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KAITLYN M. CRANNELL
LOUISBURG - Kaitlyn Melissa Crannell, 4-month-old daughter of Rita and Chad Crannell, died Saturday, June 7, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 10, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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CYNTHIA M. JEANS
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Cynthia Marie Jeans, 66, formerly of Franklin County, died Sunday, June 1, 2008 in Florida. A memorial service will be conducted Thursday, June 12, in the chapel of Spring Hope Funeral Home at 7 p.m. by the Rev. Ron Wallace.

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CLEOTHA “CLE” WOOD
LOUISBURG - Cleotha “Cle” Wood, 77, died Friday evening, June 6, 2008, at his home. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 8, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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MARIE T. EDGERTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Marie Thomas Edgerton, 75, who died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, were conducted Sunday, June 8, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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CLARENCE A. MAIDEN
ZEBULON - Clarence A. Maiden, 80, died Saturday, June 7, 2008. Memorial services were conducted Monday, June 9, at Massey Funeral Home in Zebulon.

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LESSIE R. BAKER
LOUISBURG - Lessie R. Baker, 93, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 9, at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Bunn. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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LINVILLE S. EVANS
April 10, 1951 – June 8, 2008
LOUISBURG – Linville Stewart Evans, 57, of Louisburg, died Sunday morning.

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SPORTS

Hooking A Victory
Hooking A Victory
LOUISBURG - The CAS Machine Hooks reeled in an early lead and never looked back during Monday’s championship game of the Louisburg Recreation Department Coach-Pitch Tournament.
The Hooks plated five runs in the bottom of the first and held off a late threat from the Lighthouse Church Mudcats to claim a 12-9 victory at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the Louisburg College campus.

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G-W star heading to Oahu
G-W star heading to Oahu
LOUISBURG -- Aloha means goodbye to the Tar Heel State this summer for Justin Loyd.
And hello to paradise.
Loyd, a Louisburg native who just completed his junior season at Gardner-Webb University, will spend the next two months in Honolulu as part of the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League.

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Clemens Selected In The Seventh
Clemens Selected In The Seventh
LOUISBURG -- Paul Clemens’ mid-90s fastball potential has caught the eye of the Atlanta Braves’ organization.
Clemens, a right-hander who recently completed a two-year stint at Louisburg College, was snagged by the Braves in last week’s Major League Baseball Draft.
Atlanta picked Clemens, from Burke, Va., in the Seventh Round, Number 220 of the annual event.

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Gridiron year is on the way
Gridiron year is on the way
Another sign that the National Football League season isn’t far away came Monday afternoon.
That’s when my cohort Carey Johnson picked up the annual Lindy’s NFL Guide, complete with comments on every player in the league.
That means our annual NFL Fantasy League Draft is just a few months away, as Carey looks to defend his crown, which evened the all-time series between us at 1-1.

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Pirates’ players picked
GREENVILLE -- Three East Carolina University baseball performers were selected during last week’s 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
East Carolina right-hander Justin Bristow was the lone Pirate taken on day one when the Chicago Cubs selected him in the fifth round with the 161st overall pick.

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Champs Are Crowned
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Town of Youngsville Recreation Department wrapped up its Minor League and Coach-Pitch baseball seasons with tournament action recently at Luddy Park.

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Maybin sparks Mudcats against Suns
Maybin sparks Mudcats against Suns
ZEBULON -- Cameron Maybin went two for three, including a first inning home run to lead the Carolina Mudcats past the Jacksonville Suns 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Willie Glen pitched four shutout innings in a surprise start for Carolina after Ryan Tucker was sent up to make his major league debut for the Florida Marlins.

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LIFESTYLES

Go for smaller blooms when arranging flowers
The May 23 meeting of the Old Fashion Garden Club was at South Main Street Baptist Church, with Aileen Rogers as hostess.
Devotional expressions were given by Augusta Cofield, which included a poem of praise and a prayer.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONORS FROM LOUISBURG HIGH
The following awards, and honors were presented Friday, May 30, at Louisburg High School.

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<i>More than 500 years of collective teaching, service</i>
More than 500 years of collective teaching, service
FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOLS RETIREES. Franklin County Schools had its annual retirement dinner Monday at Louisburg United Methodist Church.

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NURSING PINS
NURSING PINS
Members of the 2008 Associate Degree Nursing class at Vance-Granville Community College who received their nursing pins in ceremonies May 14 included, front, from left: Nicole Oliver, Tina Taylor, Garet Mboya, Ashley Myers, Amanda Pegram and Amy Hobgood; second row, from left: Juanita Dickens, Jessica Gray, Jaime Johnson and Peyton Reynolds; third row, from left: Heather Morris, April Seibles, Jessica Wright, Carrie Bowden and Cara Runyon; fourth row, from left: Brittney Overcash, Jennifer Whitt, Queena Royster, Megan Lewis, Robert Dorsey and Amanda Leonard; fifth row, from left: Angela Harper, Susan Gill, Civonna Cole, Serena Clark and Kate Engleson. (Contributed photo)

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26 nursing students pinned during VGCC ceremony
Vance-Granville Community College recognized 26 students who graduated this spring from the Associate Degree Nursing Program with a pinning ceremony in the college’s Civic Center on May 14.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Know a good doctor?
Patients across North Carolina are being urged to nominate candidates for North Carolina’s prestigious 2008 Family Physician of the Year Award.
The award acknowledges an outstanding family physician who embodies all the ideals of a great personal doctor—high level of patient compassion, a strong commitment to delivering comprehensive care in their community, and an individual who serves as an excellent role model to other health professionals, residents and medical students. Patient participation is vital.

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Staying cool, safe in all this heat
With the near record-breaking heat forecast this week, here are a few safety rules to keep in mind to help mitigate the effects of heat on the body.
Be aware that the effects of heat are cumulative and the threats grow with each passing day of hot weather.

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Two people injured
Two people injured
Two Louisburg women were treated and released from Franklin Regional Medical Center over the weekend following injuries from a wreck that looked far worse than it turned out to be.
According to the accident report by Louisburg Police Officer Anthony Holtz, Celina R. Bailey, 16, was driving a 1995 Oldsmobile north on Bickett Boulevard in front of the Shannon Village Shopping Center around 12:30 p.m. Saturday when a 1989 Volvo driven by Marguerite S. Moore, 71, was attempting a left turn into the shopping center and cut in front of Bailey.

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Franklin’s Sisterhood
Franklin’s Sisterhood
It all started with what we like to call “the house on the dirt road.”
We love that house, which is still partially standing.
There are 10 girls and four boys (two deceased — one sister, one brother).

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EMS SERVICE
EMS SERVICE
Louisburg Rescue and Emergency Medical Services recently recognized some of its own, Chief Ellis Day announced. Above are Steven Gupton, Jared Nobles, Daryl Ragland and Larry Varner. Gupton, Ragland and Nobles are graduating from Louisburg High School and received awards for going beyond the call of duty for the squad. Varner and Gupton have been helping people get their community service hours done by standing by the building with them.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT
COMMUNITY SUPPORT
William Bunn, center, got a boost of support to fight against his cancer during a fund-raiser at Lake Royale this past weekend. His parents, one each side Mark and Amy, said the total so far collected is $7,000. Contact dannypearce@earthlink.net for more information. (Contributed photo)

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BUSINESS

Strickland joins United Country
Robbin Peaks Strickland has joined the staff at United Country-Raynor & Associates Realty LLC in Louisburg.
She has been in real estate since 1988. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, earning a bachelor of science degree, with graduate studies in educational media.

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