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Showing 47 articles from September 18, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

FRMC announces layoffs
In an effort to “better align the hospital for the future,” Franklin Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jason Proctor announced a 17-employee workforce reduction on Thursday.
The reduction, about 6.6 percent of the hospital’s workforce, came from eight departments “all over the hospital,” Proctor said.

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Bad Thursday
Bad Thursday
FRMC’s top man, Jason Proctor, knew he was in for a difficult day Thursday -- but the way it started shocked him.
He got a call asking why two Raleigh television news crews were setting up in front of the hospital -- and ran out to see what was going on.

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The Road ahead
The Road ahead
Franklin County received the funding necessary to bring traffic from one of its main thoroughfares to its proposed economic development hub.
The county expects to pair a recently earned $1.7 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant with $900,000 in state money to build an access road — connecting U.S. 401 with the Triangle North Franklin business park on Airport Road.

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Samantha Doll Ministry offers comfort during trying times
Samantha Doll Ministry offers comfort during trying times
When is a baby doll not just a baby doll?
When it’s carefully handmade, given a name and comes with a personal message ... and is presented to a very special someone who is dealing with very troubling circumstances.

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Franklinton may extend Internet cafe moratorium
Franklinton may extend Internet cafe moratorium
FRANKLINTON — Town officials will consider extending a moratorium on Sweepstakes cafés through December, effectively limiting the number of operations in town to one.
The town placed a six-month moratorium on the computer-operated businesses in March, but not before a Raleigh couple had already petitioned the town for a business.

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Johnson receives transplant
Johnson receives transplant
The second time was the charm as Angel Johnson received a life-saving transplant on the eve of a golf tournament to be held for her benefit.
She was diagnosed with a deadly form of liver cancer earlier this year, forcing her to seek care at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Washington Post correspondent to speak at college
Washington Post correspondent to speak at college
Ever wonder what it’s like to view the U.S. Supreme Court up close?
That’s the perspective Robert Barnes will bring to a presentation at Louisburg College next month.
Barnes will talk about “A View from the Top: A Correspondent’s View of the Highest Court in the Land.”
Barnes is the Supreme Court correspondent for The Washington Post newspaper.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Shade’ Goodson

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: If Franklin County Voters Only Had A Brain
Editorial Cartoon: If Franklin County Voters Only Had A Brain


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Access road is only part of what industrial park needs
The $1.7 million federal grant for an access highway into the county’s hub site — formally known as the Triangle North Industrial Park — is indeed good news.
Without an adequate highway to the park with the inexplicable name, there is little chance of getting an industry there.
But the access road — funded through efforts of U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge — is only one step down a long ... er, pardon the pun, road to success.

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Miracle League presentation brings tears and commitment from Board of Education
Miracle League presentation brings tears and commitment from Board of Education
It’s not often that you see adults tear up and sniffle at a Board of Education meeting —not that many of those attending Monday night’s session would admit to such a thing.
But it happened, honest.

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Momma Jean is home; list of old businesses keeps growing
Momma Jean is home; list of old businesses keeps growing
GOOD MORNING: Whoopee! Momma Jean is back home, thus ending a three and a half week long stay at WakeMed in Raleigh, two of which were spent in the cardiac intensive care unit.
To say that we are overjoyed to have Momma Jean back home is, believe me, the understatement of the past decade or more. These past few weeks have been tough, to say the least, but for the concern shown by so many of you, they would have been next to unbearable.

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Louisburg should apologize for controversial cemetery cleanup
I feel compelled to respond to your (Louisburg Town Manager Mark Warren’s) letter of Sept. 2, 2010 which you sent to me and to The Franklin Times and did not answer my request regarding a sensible reason for the removal of shrubbery from Oakwood Cemetery, Louisburg.

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Recommending local medical care
Dear Editor:
Dr. Robert McLaurin is one of the finest doctors I have met, and he has helped me a great deal with my cancer treatments.
I would recommend the Franklin County Cancer Center to anyone in need of cancer care.

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College students should be commended for litter pickup
Dear Editor:
Unnoticed by most, by 10:30 a.m. on August 16, the town of Louisburg was practically litter free. Louisburg College freshmen had picked up litter in Shannon Village, Franklin Plaza, on Bickett Boulevard from Britthaven to Fox Park Road, all of South Main Street and several other high traffic areas in Louisburg.

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Bring America back with your vote
Dear Editor:
I am looking at Fox News coverage of the reading of the ones lost in 9/11’s attack.
As I have read in the paper several letters about the clean-up of the cemetery and the people expressed a loss that the grounds had been changed.

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OBITUARIES

BERTHA H. WOODBY
GOOSE CREEK, SC - Bertha Hall Woodby, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, in a North Charleston hospital. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Sept.  21, at 2 p.m. at the Woodby family cemetery. 

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JOHN H. GALLATIN
HAMPTON, Va. —Funeral services for John H. Gallatin, 52, formerly of Franklinton, who died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will be in the Davis family cemetery.

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HOWARD A. CREECH
ZEBULON - Howard Aaron Creech, 70, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. Funeral service was Thursday, Sept. 16, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell, with burial following in Union Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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CAROL M. HARDEE
RALEIGH - Carol Medlin Hardee, 69, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 in Raleigh. A celebration of her life was held Friday, Sept. 17, at Inwood Baptist Church. Burial followed in the chuch cemetery.

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ARMAGENE W. THARRINGTON
RALEIGH - Armagene Wilson Tharrington, 85, of Raleigh, died Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at Wake Medical Center.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Carroll Wilson, and her husband, George Tharrington.  She loved life and enjoyed people.  She was a member of Longview Baptist Church for many, many years where she sang in the choir.  She retired from NC DMV as an examiner after 31 years of service.

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SPORTS

Perry Sets Pace
FINAL PUSH. Bunn’s Brannon Perry (right) pulled away late to earn first place at the latest weekly installment of the Northern Carolina Conference Cross Country Meets on Wednesday at the Franklinton Rec Park.
Perry Sets Pace
FRANKLINTON -- Brannon Perry has a reputation as a strong finisher -- a trait he did nothing to dispel during Wednesday’s latest installment of the Northern Carolina Conference cross country schedule at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
Perry, who is a veteran standout for Bunn, was running closely with Roanoke Rapids’ Matthew Williams heading into the final 400 yards of competition.

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Red Ram Equalizer
SHOW OF SPEED. Bunn’s Caleb Watts (with ball) tries to get past Franklinton’s Norberto Modesto (right) during Wednesday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer matchup at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
Red Ram Equalizer
FRANKLINTON -- Most coaches abhor the thought of a sporting event ending in a tie.
But during Wednesday’s Northern Carolina Conference showdown between Franklinton and Bunn, both FHS’ Jordan Germano and BHS’ Ben Daniels saw some merit in the hard-fought, 1-1 equalizer at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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New Kids In Town
OVER THE TOP. Bunn’s Brianna Gatson (right) delivers a kill attempt during Thursday’s home conference volleyball event against Corinth Holders.
New Kids In Town
BUNN -- Bunn’s Ladycats -- the long-time queens of the Northern Carolina Conference -- welcomed league newcomer Corinth Holders to the Bunn Dome on Thursday for the first time.
Corinth Holders, in its initial year of existence, has a volleyball program that currently consists of just freshmen and sophomores. But the Lady Pirates certainly have shown some promise for the future during their NCC matches to date.

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LC HOF class is released
LC HOF class is released
Louisburg College’s first Athletic Hall of Fame Class induction in 2007 was a black-tie event that featured a star-studded initial list of inductees -- including the likes of legendary coaches Russ Frazier, Sheilah Cotten and J. Enid Drake.
LC is taking a more laid-back approach to its second HOF celebration, which will be held on Oct. 16 as part of the school’s annual Homecoming/Alumni Weekend.

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Clean Sweep For LHS
NET MEETING. Louisburg High School sophomore Zoe Hinton (7) tries to stop a Southern Vance kill attempt during Monday evening’s non-conference volleyball contest in Henderson.
Clean Sweep For LHS
LOUISBURG -- For the Louisburg Lady Warriors, it’s currently the calm before the storm in the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball schedule rotation.
The Lady Warriors are winding down the first-half portion of their NCC worksheet before starting the second go-round next Thursday with a key road matchup at Franklinton.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 19-25
High School Football
FRIDAY
Northwest Halifax at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at Nash Central    7:30 p.m.

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NCC CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
NCC CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
Franklinton’s runners, along with Louisburg’s Kiefer Norris (left) get off to a good start.

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Louisburg plays at home
Louisburg plays at home
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Lions will have their first home football game beginning today at 4 p.m. at historic Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.
There will be three contests -- Mini Mites, Mighty Mites and Pee Wees -- as Louisburg will tangle with Clayton.
There will be giveaways for the first 25 paid admissions at the gate.

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Lions open 2010 season
IT’S KICKOFF TIME -- (Top) The Franklinton Lions Youth Football Program officially kicked off its 2010 schedule last Saturday with a home meeting against Knightdale in East Wake Football League action at Frankinton High School.
Lions open 2010 season
FRANKLINTON --  Franklinton begin its East Wake Football Leauge ledger last Saturday with a bit of the first-game jitters against Knightdale at the Franklinton High School Football Field.
In Pee Wees, Franklinton fell 60-20 to Knightdale.

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LOUISBURG REC REPORT
LOUISBURG -- Here are some updates from the Louisburg Recreation Department Fall Sports Teams:

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PENDLETON’S ALL-STARS
PENDLETON’S ALL-STARS
Several students from Pendleton’s Martial Arts of Louisburg competed last weekend at the All-Star Sport Karate Series in Halifax, Va.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

KVA students inducted into honor societies
KVA students inducted into honor societies
Fifty-one Kerr-Vance Academy students were inducted into the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society on Sept. 1. The candlelight ceremony took place on campus in the KVA media center. 

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INDUCTEES
INDUCTEES
National Honor Society inductees pictured above (back row) are Tyler Bolton, Ben O’ Geary, Chris Lanham, Chris Makulovich, Dylan Marshburn, Stephan Nii, Alexander Wegener; middle row: Hillary Wilson, Cody Huber, Maddie Cooper, Kristen Lewis, Laurin Rainey, Anthony Montone,

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Teacher mini-grants offered by Foundation
The Franklin County Community Foundation has announced the availability of small grants to teachers in Franklin County from its Education Fund.
The mini-grants program was established to encourage creativity in effective teaching throughout the Franklin County School System.

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Franklin County Schools personnel changes
The Franklin County Board of Education approved the following personnel changing during its meeting on Monday, Sept. 13:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Farmer’s Foods food drive begins Sept. 23
It’s time again for the “Feed the Folks that Feed the Hungry” food drive at the Louisburg Farmer’s Foods store.
This year the event will be held Sept 23.
Last year, 700 pounds of needed food was collected for the Care & Share of Franklin County organization.
This year’s event is planned to be extra special since the Triangle Blues Society is bringing two bands to the event.

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GOING GREEN
GOING GREEN
The Kerr‐Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG), based in Henderson, received a 2010 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for its RLF Front End Financing for Emerging “Green” Companies. The award was presented at NADO’s 2010 Annual Training Conference held Aug. 28-31 in San Diego.

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BICKETT BANG UP
BICKETT BANG UP
Emergency crews work to remove Dorothy W. Crews from this Nissan Maxima involved in a two-car wreck on Bickett Boulevard at about 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday. According to the report by Louisburg Police Officer Anthony Holtz, Crews was traveling south on the roadway when James W. Bartley was driving behind her in a Cadillac.

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Airport board member proposes rental car business
Franklin County’s airport authority opted out of striking a deal with one of its own.
Airport board member Dr. Phil Stover presented fellow commissioners with his personal proposal to provide a car for rental at the county’s Triangle North Executive Airport.

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Farmland preservation plan to be reviewed by commissioners
Franklin County commissioners will be asked on Monday to approve a plan that’s expected to help guide agriculture into the future.
Consultants have worked for months to develop a farmland preservation plan and, after presenting its preliminary findings in August, they are preparing to present the final document to commissioners on Monday night.

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Franklin County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The Franklin County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Public Open House will be held Oct. 5 from 5-6 p.m. in the Commissioners Room at 113 Market Street, Louisburg.

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AWARD WINNER
AWARD WINNER
Sen. Doug Berger, center,  was presented with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association’s Legislative Award during the Community Health Center’s by Health Center COO William Massengill, left, and  LaTasha Bennett, right, with the  NC Community Health Center Association.

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Attempted murder suspect waiting for extradition
Louisburg police took into custody a 27-year-old Baltimore woman wanted on attempted murder charges.
According to a police report, Baltimore Police took out warrants on Sept. 1, charging Alicia Ann Smith with attempted first degree murder, assault in the first and second degree, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and reckless endangerment.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Webb Waltzes Past Red Rams
Webb Waltzes Past Red Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Dipping below or rising above the dreaded .500 line was at stake when Oxford Webb collided with Franklinton during a non-conference gridiron showdown Friday at the FHS Football Field.
Both clubs entered the matchup with identical 2-2 records, but Webb departed with more room for optimism after a convincing 37-14 decision over the Red Rams.

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Southern Wayne Stops Louisburg
DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne piled up the first 19 points of the game and never looked back en route to earning a 33-20 home victory Friday night against the Louisburg Warriors.
It was the first victory of the season for the Saints, while Louisburg dropped to 1-3 overall heading into next week’s Northern Carolina Conference opener at home against Roanoke Rapids.

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