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Showing 23 articles from June 13, 2008.

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FRMC’s CMS report #2 detailed
State Sen. Doug Berger formally requested that the state Department of Health and Human services inspect Franklin Regional Medical Center, alleging that nursing shortages at the hospital have attributed greatly to deficiencies in patient care.
Berger made an oral request to DHHS Secretary Dempsey Benton on Monday and submitted the request in writing on Thursday after having read two of three federal inspections at the hospital.

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Community policing
Community policing
Youngsville Police Officer Brad Pearce burns plenty of fuel on patrol, but he doesn’t replenish it at any gas station.
A bottle of water or protein bar is a better bet for the newly hired officer who takes to patrolling Youngsville streets on bicycle.
The department has utilized a bicycle for a number of years, but it has been pulled back out for patrols now as a way to provide community policing without running up higher gas bills.

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$1.7M budget OK’d in Youngsville
YOUNGSVILLE — Town commissioners approved a $1.77 million budget Thursday night with no tax increase, but there are some adjustments.
Town Administrator Brenda Robbins said the skinny budget does not include changes in utility rates, however, residents will be getting less sanitation service.

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Changes for public records?
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will be asked to adopt a resolution Monday night that its attorney says better clarifies how the county handles closed session minutes.
The item is listed under the consent agenda and will not require board discussion unless it is pulled for discussion.

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Public hearing Monday on county budget
Public hearing Monday on county budget
Franklin County commissioners continued discussion of the 2008-09 budget proposal on Thursday, but the only commitment they made was to host a public hearing on Monday.
At that time, residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on a $79-million budget that does not include a tax increase.

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Osborn wants inspection of airplane
Osborn wants inspection of airplane
A pilot who alleges his estranged wife and former county airport director sabotaged his plane is asking Franklin County to make it right.
At Tuesday’s Airport Commission meeting, Rod Osborn said he is concerned that former Airport Director Leigh Osborn did more than remove the propeller from his plane earlier this spring.
Leigh Osborn resigned her position the same day that sheriff’s deputies served warrants for her arrest on the charge.

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OBITUARIES

FRANKLIN M. FULLER
LOUISBURG – Franklin McDonald Fuller, 51, of Louisburg, died Tuesday at his home.

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JAMES E. YARBOROUGH
FRANKLINTON — James E. Yarborough, 73, died Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

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RAYMON GUPTON
LOUISBURG — Raymon Gupton, 82, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

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MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
FRANKLINTON — Mary Elizabeth Williamson, 75, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

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SPORTS

Red Rams’ Paugh Print
Red Rams’ Paugh Print
FRANKLINTON - Most successful soccer coaches will build a team from back to front, with an intense emphasis on defense.
Having a talented sweeper to patrol the back row usually means that a club will eventually sweep its way to victory.
Franklinton High boys soccer coach Deran Coe knows all about this tendency -- he lined up at the sweeper position during his playing days.

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Miller Returns To His BHS Roots
Miller Returns To His BHS Roots
BUNN -- After spending the past three years as a head football coach, Chris Miller has no problem with becoming an assistant once again.
Especially when the opportunity presented itself at Miller’s alma mater.
Miller, a former starting quarterback at Bunn High in the early 1990s, will be returning to the gridiron this fall at BHS as an assistant.

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Irish star gives out his jersey
Irish star gives out his jersey
Kerry Neal was in town recently, and the former Bunn High School gridiron star was anxious to get in touch with David Howle, his old coach at BHS.
Seems Neal had something he wanted to present to Howle, and he could hardly wait to do it.
Neal gave Howle the No. 56 green jersey that he wore last year when Notre Dame hosted the mighty University of Southern California Trojans in a college football showdown.

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LHS Rules The TRAC
LHS Rules The TRAC
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School has dominated the athletic landscape in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference since the most recent realignment before the 2005-06 calendar year.
Thanks to another strong all-around performance this past season, the Warriors have swept to their third straight TRAC Wachovia Cup Championship.

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E-W rosters released
E-W rosters released
GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been finalized for the 60th North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game, which will be held July 21 at the historic Greensboro Coliseum.
Tickets will be available at the gate. The West won last year’s contest 81-75 and leads the series by a 30-29 margin.

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Barons blast Mudcats in SL matchup
Barons blast Mudcats in SL matchup
ZEBULON -- Birmingham scored the first seven runs of the game, including five runs in the eighth inning before defeating Carolina 7-2 in front of 3,730 fans Wednesday night at Five County stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
The scoring started for Birmingham (38-27) in the third inning when Victor Mercedes hit double to left center field to score Micah Schurnstein from second.

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Hurricanes extend lease in Raleigh
Hurricanes extend lease in Raleigh
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes and the Centennial Authority, the public/private partnership that developed and owns the RBC Center, have announced that the lease agreement between the entities has been extended by five years.
The extension includes the arena management contract with the Hurricanes’ parent company Gale Force Holdings, making the previous 20-year lease, established in 1999, effective through 2024.

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LIFESTYLES

‘Vegas Extravaganza’ sparkles up the night
‘Vegas Extravaganza’ sparkles up the night
“Music is love, and love is music, if you know what I mean. People who believe in music are the happiest people I have ever seen. I Believe in Music.”
If you know the melody, sing it out loud, because it is the truth, and nothing but the truth.
And music and dancing certainly go together; they have always been together since way back when. Dancing has been an important part of ceremonies, rituals, celebrations and entertainment since before the earliest human civilizations.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Teachers’ grants: lightbulb is on
Wake Electric, a nonprofit electric utility, is looking for applicants for its Bright Ideas grant program among area teachers. Applications currently are available on-line at www.ncbrightideas.com.
The company will award grants in November for innovative instructional projects that teachers will execute during the 2008-2009 school year.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Legislator calls on EDC for right-of-way contacts
A suggestion from state Rep. Lucy Allen didn’t get much traction from at least one member of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission Wednesday morning.
Allen sent word to the Commission that the new state budget provides $3 million for right of way acquisition for the four-laning of US. 401 in Franklin County in 2014 and a like amount in 2015.

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Walters receives Silver Award
North Carolina Coastal Pines has announced that Shelby Walters has been awarded the highest achievement for Girl Scouts 11-14, the Girl Scout Silver Award.
It symbolizes outstanding accomplishments and a commitment to excellence in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development.

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Soil, water contest winners announced
The Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District has announced the winners in the 2008 Poster & Essay Contest.

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BUSINESS

HIGHT JOINS FIRST CITIZENS BANK
Laura Hight has joined First Citizens Bank as financial services representative at the Louisburg main office, 509 E. Nash St. Hight most recently worked in Franklin County as a Realtor.

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