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Showing 43 articles from December 1, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

McNair, Sponsler leaving FRMC
TEMP. Kathie Johnson, president of Thomasville Medical Center, will perform as FRMC’s CEO until a permanent replacement is found. (Submitted photo)
McNair, Sponsler leaving FRMC
Nearly two months after Novant assumed ownership of Franklin Regional Medical Center, they tabbed a leadership team that features something old and something new.
Out are CEO Mike McNair and Brenda Sponsler,  Chief Nursing Officer, both Health Management Associate holdovers from the late September purchase.

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Interviews for new airport director near
Franklin County airport officials and county staff are moving closer to hiring a new airport manager.
Rob Southerland resigned the position, effective Oct. 1, and airport commissioners worked to refine the job description before posting the application in airport circles.
The closing date for applications was Monday.

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VISIONS OF CHRISTMAS MORNING
VISIONS OF CHRISTMAS MORNING
Granted, it was only Thanksgiving Day but Emma McManus, 10, of Wake Forest, was using a few quiet minutes to get a start on her Christmas stocking, just as many youngsters are beginning to do. And while most of the younger generation groan at the thought of having to wait just over three more whole weeks for Santa’s arrival, the same time period seems extremely short for many of the adults who have much to do in three short weeks. Emma was working on her stocking at a crafts area set up at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Louisburg College that was sponsored by A Blessing, Inc.

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Convicted murderer in 1981 killing paroled
A Henderson man sentenced to life plus 50 years in prison for killing a Franklin County store owner and clerk back in 1981 was released on parole just before Thanksgiving.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Howard Lee Alston in May of 1981 — three and a half months after investigators alleged he shot and killed R.W. “Bobby” Foster and Jack Stainback inside Foster’s store along U.S. 401 north of Ingleside in the Kearney community.

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UW teachers grant reception Thursday
The United Way of Franklin County is hosting its annual  teachers grant reception this week and both the need and donations were up.
Each year, the human services organization solicits donations as well as teacher projects and awards teachers funding based on the merits of their programs.

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Louisburg sewer project spilling over with delays
FILL ‘ER UP. Crews worked on Tuesday to fill in a hole left when bankruptcy forced a Durham contractor to stop work on a sewer project in Louisburg.
Louisburg sewer project spilling over with delays
A project designed to bring sewer to the last of Louisburg’s outposts has been delayed, but a project to clean up its mess could move forward this week.
Mainline Contracting of Durham began work on the project in June, but the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September, halting the 25,610 linear foot project in its tracks.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Zachary Clifton of Louisburg

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cat Scratch Fever
Editorial Cartoon: Cat Scratch Fever


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Celebrating adoptions at a time we focus on family
This time of year -- from a little before Thanksgiving until after the first of a new year -- is for most Americans a time of the year focused on family.
But for some, that’s not possible without some extra help.
With that in mind, we present a message from Ken Tutterow, president, and Sandy Cook, executive vice president of programs at the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.

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Remember Pearl Harbor and remember we’ve heard it all before from Lucy Allen
Remember Pearl Harbor and remember we’ve heard it all before from Lucy Allen
GOOD MORNING: I don’t know how many people realize it, but one of the benefits of writing a column like this comes in the form of feedback from readers. And when the feedback takes the form of a personal letter and momento from someone like former NASA Aerospace Engineer Kirby Hinson, of U.S. 401, South, Louisburg, whose parachute descent system brought the Apollo 11 space capsule and crew safely back to earth after their historic moon landing in July 1969, it’s extra special.

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Whether it’s Governor Beverly Perdue or Mother Nature, a cold wind could blow
Whether it’s Governor Beverly Perdue or Mother Nature, a cold wind could blow
I got two pieces of news on Tuesday, and I don’t know which one was more alarming.
First, the National Weather Service issued a notice that severe weather could be headed our way (Wednesday).
Then, Gov. Beverly Perdue made headlines because she revealed that the Medicaid program is about $150 million over budget.
Let me tackle the bad weather, first.

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Website Reader Participation Results Nov. 25 - Dec. 1
Last Week’s Poll
Economy Christmas?
Will the economy affect your Christmas shopping?

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Editorial Cartoon: Bald Eagles
Editorial Cartoon: Bald Eagles


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Shop with a Cop is a good experience
Dear Editor,
I had one of the most heartwarming experiences of my life last December when a “special little girl” (and her Lieutenant Mitchell) participated in the Shop with a Cop program.
It’s that time of year again for the program Sheriff Pat Green started after he took office and this is the third year for the program. God bless you and your department for making a difference in many children’s lives again this Christmas.

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What is so good about the Old North State?
Sir Walter Raleigh’s first explorers described our state as “the goodliest land under the cope of heaven.” What was true then is even truer today, but human nature being what it is, we too frequently focus on what’s bad instead of the goodness we encounter.

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OBITUARIES

AUDREY A. HINES
FRANKLINTON— Audrey Adams Hines  died  Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Franklinton. Pastor Carl Hunter will officiate. Visitation will follow in the church’s multi-purpose room.

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SHARON “ANNIE” JOHNSON
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Sharon “Annie” Johnson, 55, who died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HANNAH GRACE PEARCE
YOUNGSVILLE —Hannah Grace Pearce, infant daughter of Shawn and Jennifer Pearce of Youngsville, died shortly after birth on Nov. 26, 2009.

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NORMAN J. GALLAGHER
FRANKLINTON —Norman J. Gallagher, 37, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009. A memorial service was conducted Monday, Nov. 30, at Franklinton Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Averette presiding. No further services are scheduled at this time.

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FRED G. “F.G.” SINCLAIR JR.
RALEIGH - Fred G. “F.G.” Sinclair Jr., 79, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at City of Oaks. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 2) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, with Dr. Ed Handkins officiating. Burial will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, with military honors.

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CHRISTOPHER A. HOLLEMAN
RALEIGH - Chris Holleman, 45, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. A memorial service and celebration of his life is planned at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. Visitation will be at the church from 3-4 p.m.

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SIDNEY T. AYSCUE
LOUISBURG - Sidney Thomas Ayscue, 81, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Pernell family cemetery, Louisburg.

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BARBARA JEANE KEARNEY
RALEIGH - Barbara Jeane Kearney, 70, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at her home. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. David Averette officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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CHARLES W. PIPER
FRANKLINTON - Charles W. Piper, 55, of Franklinton, died Saturday, November 28, 2009. A memorial service was held at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Franklinton on Tuesday, December 1.

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SPORTS

TEACHING TOOLS
BACK IN ACTION. Despite recent knee surgery, Louisburg High School boys basketball coach Chris Davis can be seen hobbling around at practice. Davis and the Warriors opened regular season action Tuesday night at home versus RM Prep.
TEACHING TOOLS
LOUISBURG -- Two months before the season started, Louisburg High School suffered its first significant injury of the 2009-10 boys basketball campaign.
But it wasn’t to a player. Instead, LHS head coach Chris Davis tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee at a Wiffle Ball Tournament in Indiana.

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LC’s men win over Mt. Olive
ON THE ROAD AGAIN. Sophomore guard Fletcher Wynn and the Louisburg Hurricanes will travel to Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina today for a men’s basketball showdown.
LC’s men win over Mt. Olive
MOUNT OLIVE -- Five players scored in double figures as Louisburg College soared to a 91-76 road victory Monday against the Mount Olive College junior varsity squad.
The conquest was the second of the season for the Hurricanes against Mount Olive.
Jordan Davidson led the way with 15 points, followed by Jeremy Atkinson with 14 markers. Also reaching double digits for LC were Fletcher Wynn (12), Marese Phelps (10) and Marcellous Perez (10).

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Tennis stars are selected
Tennis stars are selected
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Two Franklin County tennis players earned honors on the First Team of the All-Northern Carolina Conference Girls  Team from this fall.
Franklinton’s Candace Thomas and Louisburg’s Annie Cooke were selected for the award by NCC coaches.
Louisburg’s H-Wong Eban was picked to the Girls Honorable Mention Squad.

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Salas is one win from final
Salas is one win from final
More than a few snickers were exchanged across Franklin County when Joe Salas took the head football coaching job at South Johnston several years ago.
After all, South Johnston was considered one of North Carolina’s dead-end programs -- a school that couldn’t possibly win in the shadows of some of the area’s other gridiron heavyweights.
Look who’s laughing now.

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STATE FOOTBALL RESULTS, SKED
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are last weekend’s results -- and this Friday night’s schedule -- from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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Bunn boys, Eaton earn NCC honors
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County runners led the way this season in the Northern Carolina Conference’s boys cross country standings.
The county boasted the No. 1 runner (Franklinton’s Travis Eaton) and the No. 1 all-around team (Bunn High School) from this year’s running action in the NCC.

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Tourney pairings released
Tourney pairings released
KENLY -- Franklinton High School’s boys and girls will participate in the North/South Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament from Dec. 28-30 at North Johnston High School.
Games will be played at both NJHS’ new and old gymnasiums.

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CONTEST WINNERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s individual and game winners from The Franklin Times Football Contest:

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DOING THE DIRTY WORK.
DOING THE DIRTY WORK.
Deandre Blacknall won’t be afraid to battle inside this season for the Louisburg High School boys basketball team.

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FIRST CATCH
FIRST CATCH
Valerie Kehrer shot her first buck recently using a 308 Managed Recoil round from uphill at 75 yards. Kehrer dropped the buck on the first shot during a hunt on family property in Stokes County.

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DANTE DRAINS ONE
DANTE DRAINS ONE
Veteran Dante Walker will be one of Louisburg High School’s most reliable shooters during the 2009-10 campaign. The Warriors opened their schedule Tuesday at home against Rocky Mount Prep. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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ON GUARD AT LHS
ON GUARD AT LHS
Aaron Perry will see duty this season at the guard position for the Louisburg High School boy’s basketball squad, which will move up to the Northern Carolina Conference.

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LIFESTYLES

Stewart, Drummond wed
Stewart, Drummond wed
Allison Kathleen Drummond and Christopher Bartholomew Stewart were married on Oct. 3, 2009 at 6 o’clock in the evening. The outdoor ceremony was held at the City Club at de Rosset in Wilmington with the Rev. Dr. Reggie Rushing of Louisburg officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Linda Karen Drummond of Raleigh and the late Dr. Douglas James Drummond. She is the granddaughter of John Bregg and the late Shirley Bregg of Ottawa, Canada, and the late Bill and Inez Drummond of Ottaway Canada and Lakeland, Fla.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. James H. “Jimmy” Edwards Jr. of Louisburg announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Tiffany Bunn Edwards to Erick Donavon Patterson Jr. The groom-elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Erick Donavon “Don” Patterson of Maxton. A private wedding ceremony will be held on Jan. 1, 2010, New Year’s Day, followed by a celebration honoring the couple’s union.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Jessie and Leslie Jones of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Grace Jones, born Oct. 26, 2009 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 3/4 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Darrell and Marion Shearin of Louisburg.
Paternal grandparents are Reginald and Carey Jones of Louisburg.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg Elementary honor roll for first nine-week grading period
The honor roll for the first nine-week grading period at Louisburg Elementary School has been announced and includes the following students:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Cherry Hill concert Dec. 6
Mitchell
Cherry Hill concert Dec. 6
A two-piano concert featuring Marjorie Mitchell and Daniel Steinert is planned for Sunday, Dec. 6, at Cherry Hill. The performance will begin at 3 p.m.
The concert program will include music by Mozart, Brahms and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Mitchell has delighted both critics and audiences throughout Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, the near East, Canada, Central America and Mexico, appearing as a soloist with major orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony.

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BUSINESS

Owens approved for licensure as a CPA
Rebecca Barrett Owens of Louisburg was among the 91 applicants recently approved by the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners for licensure as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in the State of North Carolina.

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Fonville Morisey recognizes October sales leaders
The Associates and Teams of the Month for October 2009 at the Youngsville office of Fonville Morisey Realty are Gwen Gibson, listing associate; Albert Palamenti, listings sold associate; Gene Troutman, selling associate; Triangle North Team, listing, listings sold, selling and new homes listing team.

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