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Showing 31 articles from December 9, 2008.

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FRMC: hiring freeze, furloughs
Health Management Associates instituted a hiring freeze last month, telling its 56 hospitals, including Franklin Regional Medical Center, to hold off on hiring any new, non-clinical personnel.
Current workers could also face temporary unemployment.
FRMC Human Resources Director Chuck Gavazzi said HMA put the hiring halt in place two weeks ago.

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Neecie Clifton fired
SUPPORT. Seven Louisburg High School students attended the Board of Education meeting Monday in support of Neecie Clifton, above, left, who was fired later in the evening in a 6-1 vote.
Neecie Clifton fired
Louisburg High School lab facilitator Neecie Clifton was fired Monday night by the Board of Education.
The action came in a 6-1 package vote during a closed session for overall personnel issues. The Clifton issue was not taken out for discussion, according to school board attorney Boyd Sturges.
Board member Dannie Williams voted no on the package.

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Hear those sleigh bells jinglin’
Hear those sleigh bells jinglin’
Lillian Jackson holds a puppy -- or is it Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer? — on a float as part of the annual Franklin County Christmas Parade, which was Sunday along North Main St. in Louisburg.

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Boards to develop possible scenarios
County school and government staff gave commissioners and the Board of Education mounds of information Monday night to better help them understand financial conditions in context of the $53-million school bond.
Commissioners are trying to decide the best course of action to proceed with financing the package, particularly the high school project at $43 million.

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Open hearts to be singing for opening act
Open hearts to be singing for opening act
To the casual observer, a group of youngsters on stage holding up letters spelling the name of their school and singing might seem like playtime.
But that’s not what their teacher and advisor, Pam Gilliam, wants them to take away from the experience.
The youngsters are from Cross Creek Charter School in Louisburg and they’ll be an opening act for Keith Henderson, an award-winning Elvis Presley tribute artist who will appear at the Louisburg College auditorium this Saturday evening.

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OBITUARIES

ANN S. BALLANCE
BUNN - Ann Yates Scott Ballance died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. Funeral services will be today (Wednesday, Dec. 10) at 7 p.m. in the Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, with Pastor John Lee officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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R. GLENN PHELPS
LOUISBURG – Robert Glenn Phelps, 82, died Friday night, Dec. 5, 2008. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Jay Tilley officiating.

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WILLIAM C. HART
YOUNGSVILLE - William Claude “Bill” Hart, 79, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 7, at Youngsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Stratton officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

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JOHN W. BURKE
ZEBULON - John William “Jack” Burke, 66, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 6, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon. There was also a private graveside service.

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HARRIET FISHER
YOUNGSVILLE - Harriet Fisher, 54, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh.

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ADA T. PRIDGEN
CASTALIA - Ada T. Pridgen, 89, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Arrangements by Johnson Funeral and Cremations, Rocky Mount.

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AMY L. ABBOTT
NORLINA - Amy Lynn Abbott, age 28, a resident of 1105 Axtell-Ridgeway Road, died Saturday, December 6, 2008, at her home. Born in Roberson County on November 1, 1980, she was the daughter of Wanda Ayscue Peoples of Norlina and Michael Earle Abbott, Sr. of Louisburg.

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CHRISTOPHER KEARNEY
FRANKLINTON - Christopher Kearney, 30, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.

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ANNIE AYSCUE HALE
ALERT - Annie Elizabeth Ayscue Hale, 78, of Alert died Sunday, December 7, 2008, in Wake Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her son, Myron Hale, and granddaughter, Valerie Hale. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. from Mountain Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Warren Grant and the Rev. Bill Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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SPORTS

SMALLVILLE AT BHS
SMALLVILLE AT BHS
BUNN -- Taking on an experienced, talent-laden opponent, the Bunn Wildcats resorted to a bit of Smallville last Friday night.
With his club behind by as many as 16 points in the second half against Nash Central, BHS head coach Gerald Melton went to a small lineup that eventually paid off big dividends for the Wildcats.

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LHS Has A Dual Tourney Mission
LHS Has A Dual Tourney Mission
FRANKLINTON -- Louisburg High’s list of wrestling accomplishments continues to rise following a strong showing last Saturday at the Red Rams Duals at the Franklinton High School Gymnasium.
Taking on some stern area competition, the Warriors went undefeated in the team standings to claim first place at the annual event.

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Collier to leave LHS for Wake
Collier to leave LHS for Wake
LOUISBURG -- James Collier, who led the Louisburg High Warriors to a myriad of successes during his eight-year tenure, has announced his resignation as the school’s head football coach.
Collier will also relinquish his duties as LHS’ Athletic Director, golf coach and girls basketball coach. He expects to stay at Louisburg until Christmas Break.

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Red Rams claim two over LHS
Red Rams claim two over LHS
LOUISBURG -- No matter what the records are, Franklinton and Louisburg always deliver a show on the basketball court.
Last Friday was no exception, as the excitement began with a tight junior varsity boys game, continued with a girls double-overtime thriller and closed with Franklinton taking a hard-fought conquest over LHS in the varsity boys finale.

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LC men drop contest at Pitt
WINTERVILLE -- Playing without their top three scorers, the Louisburg College Hurricanes were defeated on the road last Saturday against new rival Pitt Community College in a Region X, Division II men’s basketball showdown.
The Bulldogs, in their first year of hoops existence, broken open a tight game at halftime and went on to win by a 93-75 margin.

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BHS’ Cheer Champs
BHS’ Cheer Champs
FAYETTEVILLE -- Improving on a routine by eight points is no easy feat for a high school cheerleading squad.
But that’s exactly what the Bunn Ladycats did last Saturday during action at the 2008 Soffe Holiday Classic on the campus of Methodist University.

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Louisburg College officials: accreditation will be continued
Louisburg College officials said they’ve preliminarily received good news from an accrediting agency.
Dr. Rod Foth, the school’s interim president, said they met with representatives with the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) on Monday and were told that the college’s accreditation will continue.

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LC announces 2009 baseball worksheet
LC announces 2009 baseball worksheet
LOUISBURG -- John Thomas’ first games as the Louisburg College head baseball coach will be Feb. 11 on the road as part of a doubleheader at Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia.
LC’s first home contests of the 2009 campaign will be Feb. 14 versus Region X foe Rockingham Community College. That twinbill will begin at 1 p.m. at picturesque Frazier Field on the LC campus.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Friday’s results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoff Semifinals:

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LIFESTYLES

70 years of good plantings
70 years of good plantings
The Louisburg Garden Club celebrated its 70th anniversary on Nov. 20 at the Franklin County Library in Louisburg.
Linda McLaughlin, current club president, welcomed those present.
Special guests were recognized, including N.C. Rep. Lucy Allen; Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell; Margaret Pearson, former club president (1996-1998); and Anne Brown, South Atlantic regional director of the National Garden Clubs, with which the LGC has been affiliated since 1939.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

CHRISTMAS IN YOUNGSVILLE
CHRISTMAS IN YOUNGSVILLE
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus share a treat with Aliza Williams, 9, of Franklinton

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Really loud!
Really loud!
Hope Reynolds, 4, plugs her ears as a series of emergency vehicles made their way down the town’s main road for the Christmas parade.

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Wilkinson to be honored Dec 18
Chief District Court Judge Charles W. Wilkinson Jr., the longest serving District Court judge in North Carolina, will be honored at a retirement ceremony on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Superior Courtroom in the Granville County Courthouse, Oxford.

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Gold Sand gets grant
Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Jim Long announced that the Gold Sand Rural Fire Department Inc. has been awarded a $20,107.88 grant through the 2008 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

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Church trashed by vandals
Vandals trashed a Louisburg church, but church officials and members were able to recover in time for service on Sunday.
According to a report by Dep. M. Harrington, someone broke into Ambassadors for Christ Ministries on Fox Park Road between Thursday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, scattering items around administrative rooms and the kitchen, but left the sanctuary intact.

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Here Comes Santa Claus: Franklin Christmas Parade
Here Comes Santa Claus: Franklin Christmas Parade
There was definitely a brisk dose of Christmas weather as onlookers and participants braved high winds and cold temperatures at Sunday’s Franklin County Christmas Parade, which was along North Main Street in Louisburg. The chilly weather didn’t keep a large crowd from attending, though coats, hats and mittens were en vogue.

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Franklinton man killed, another seriously injured in car wreck
YOUNGSVILLE — A Franklinton man was killed and another seriously injured during a weekend wreck.
According to a preliminary report by Trooper C.I. Hundley, Christopher Kearney, 30, was killed when the 2004 Cadillac he was driving lost control and crashed into an oncoming vehicle on Long Mill Road at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday.

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