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Showing 35 articles from January 20, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

FRMC announces its plan to build geriatric psychiatry unit
FRMC announces its plan to build geriatric psychiatry unit
The host sponsor for an annual banquet touting new business and growth provided a glimpse of its own expansion.
The state Department of Health and Human Services Certificate of Need Section in October issued Franklin Regional Medical Center the approval it needed to build a 13-bed geriatric psychiatry unit.

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County rejects Girl Scout Camp as new park site
County rejects Girl Scout Camp as new park site
It’s been nearly two years since Franklin County was willed nearly $1 million dollars to find a park to meet a dead man’s last request.
Now, they’re back at square one.
On Tuesday night, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners rejected a proposal to use $979,000 to buy and maintain the old Girl Scout campsite as a new county park — stating they had too many concerns about the site.

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CITIZEN WAYNE
CITIZEN WAYNE
A man who has brought warmth, laughter and spirit to the community for years did more of the same on Thursday night when he was named the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year.
Wayne Champion was the center of attention after taking to the podium to receive the honor, but he said he didn’t stand there alone.

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Tomlinson named county attorney
Tomlinson named county attorney
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners went back the way they came when choosing its new county attorney.
Pete Tomlinson served as the county’s attorney from 1988 until 1992, giving way to Darnell Batton.
After Batton resigned his post at the end of last year, the board, on Tuesday night, selected Tomlinson as its new county attorney.

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Sheriff will deal with panhandlers
Commissioners said they aren’t on a mission to stop panhandlers.
They just want to keep the roadways safe for those who travel and cross them.
Because of that, the board dropped any plans to craft a regulatory ordinance.
Instead, they will let Sheriff Jerry Jones and his office continue to address panhandling on a complaint-driven basis — using the issue of safety as a means to clear streets.

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Louisburg ends partnership on proposed county complex
Louisburg ends partnership on proposed county complex
The Louisburg Town Council voted to change direction Tuesday evening, ending an unusual public-private partnership that was created in an effort to bring a new Franklin County office building downtown.
Instead, changing political winds and the economic malaise of the last few years has apparently put that project on indefinite hold and the council decided to buy out its private partner.

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Correction
Former Youngsville officer Jeremy Montejano, who was arrested in a stolen lottery ticket case, is 24 years of age. Stories previously written in The Franklin Times incorrectly listed his age. We regret the error.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Matthew Costa

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Milk and Cookies
Editorial Cartoon: Milk and Cookies

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Politics shouldn’t be a factor when choosing the new park location
The proposal to purchase the old Girl Scout camp and convert it into a county-owned park is comatose since the idea didn’t receive a second at this week’s county commission meeting.
If someone will attach a Do Not Resuscitate tag, the county can begin looking for a more suitable location.
The park is being funded largely by a bequest from the late Edgar Owens, a local businessman who left the county nearly $1 million for a park, preferably one with a “fishing hole.”

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Chamber award winners are deserving of their recognition
Chamber award winners are deserving of their recognition
GOOD MORNING: There was/is a 70 percent chance we’d get a bit of rain last (Friday) night and/or this (Saturday) morning and Sunday as well, with daytime highs in the low 60’s Saturday, dropping back to 49 or 50 on Sunday before climbing back into the high 60’s to near 70 on Monday.
But you know how that goes – what you see is what you get.

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Louisburg makes decision on downtown property, county can’t decide on park
Louisburg makes decision on downtown property, county can’t decide on park
Let’s see if any of this makes sense.
Since the early 1980s, we’ve been hearing talk of a Star Wars missile defense system that is supposed to discover, target and destroy incoming strategic missiles targeted at our country.
Begun by President Ronald Reagan in March, 1983, it’s impossible to determine how many billions of dollars have been spent on a system which we hope will never be used.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES T. JEFFERIES
FRANKLINTON —James Thomas Jefferies, 60, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at Franklin Oaks of Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 15, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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JEAN G. ROBERTS
WENDELL – Jean Glover Roberts, 82, died  Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.  The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.  A memorial service and the disbursement of her remains will be held at her home place in Wilson.

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ELIZA T. HEATH
ZEBULON - Eliza Todd Heath, 97, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 20, at Zebulon First Baptist Church, Zebulon.

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CARLTON LEE NELSON
WAKE FOREST - Carlton Lee Nelson died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 in Franklin County. A service celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest.

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MARVIN L. PERNELL
LOUISBURG – Marvin Leon Pernell, 75, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Alert Pentecostal Holiness Church, with the burial following in the Pernell family cemetery.

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OWEN RICHARDSON
CASTALIA - Owen Richardson, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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FRED SIMMONS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Fred Simmons, 87, who died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in Pollocksville, with the Rev. C. B. Chadwick officiating. The Rev. Michael Burden is pastor. Burial will follow in the Simmons family cemetery.

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MARGARET W. EDWARDS
Sept. 9, 1924 – Jan. 16, 2012
LOUISBURG – Mrs. Margaret Watkins Edwards, 87, died January 16.  She was preceded in death by her husband, R. C. Edwards Jr.; her parents, Maylon E. Watkins and Mary Etta Tharrington Watkins, and stepmother, Helen Parrish Watkins, as well as brothers, M.E. and Charles Watkins, and sisters, Mary Helen Watkins and Mildred Cook.

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SPORTS

LONELY FEELING
DESHAWN DOES IT AGAIN. Bunn’s Deshawn High (with ball) had a huge night as the Wildcats scored a road hoops victory Wednesday at Corinth Holders.
LONELY FEELING
WENDELL -- This is one time when Coach Gerald Melton and his Bunn Wildcats don’t mind having a lonely feeling.
Not when it means the Wildcats are alone at the top of the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball standings.

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BHS’ LUCKY 13
STRETCH PLAY. (L to R) Corinth Holders’ Lauren Keiser and Bunn’s Keella Gallatin try to gain possession during Wednesday’s basketball contest.
BHS’ LUCKY 13
WENDELL --  Almost halfway into the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball schedule, one team stands alone at the top of the standings.
It’s the Bunn Ladycats.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, as Bunn is the defending NCC regular season and tournament champion.

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WC claims key victory
TOUGH DEFENSE. Warren County’s Whitley Fuller (with ball) tries to pass while being defended by Louisburg’s Shadé Goodson on Thursday night.
WC claims key victory
WARRENTON -- Third place was at stake in the Northern Carolina Conference when upstart Louisburg traveled to Warren County for a key girls basketball showdown Thursday night.
Bunn (1) and Franklinton (2) are currently entrenched at the top of the league standings, but LHS had a chance to make a big move into third with a victory.

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BYRL to host signups
BYRL to host signups
BUNN -- The Bunn Youth Recreation League is currently accepting signups for its upcoming Baseball/Softball/T-Ball seasons.
Registration will be held each Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. through Feb. 25.

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IN THE HUNT
IN THE HUNT
Former Louisburg High School boys basketball coach Chris Davis (left), now at Corinth Holders, has his Pirates in the mix for one of the top spots in the Northern Carolina Conference this season.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 22-28
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
North Johnston at Franklinton    6 p.m.
Bunn at Roanoke Rapids    6 p.m.

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TAVON’S TIME
TAVON’S TIME
Bunn’s Tavon Perry (right) drives to the basket during Wednesday’s decision against Corinth Holders.

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COLLISION COURSE
COLLISION COURSE
Bunn’s Danyel Smith (with ball) tries to evade Corinth Holders’ Samantha Gibson on Wednesday.

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LIFESTYLES

Woman’s Club, Arts Council partner on series
The Youngsville Woman’s Club has announced that it has partnered with the Franklin County and North Carolina Arts Councils by sponsoring a series of Grass Roots Arts Workshops called “Bringing the Arts to Youngsville 2011-2012.”
The goal of this endeavor has been to create an avenue for arts education, thus fostering knowledge and appreciation of art forms used from earlier generations, as well as exploring the cultural diversity within our communities.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

HELPING HANDS
HELPING HANDS
Donna Wade, Miracle League, left; Michael Anderson, Blessings, Inc, center; and Dale Byrns, United Way/Franklin County Schools, right, were presented with the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Helping Hands Award by outgoing Chamber Chairman Michael Schriver during the organization’s annual meeting and banquet

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AWARD-WINNING FOCUS
AWARD-WINNING FOCUS
Outgoing Chamber of Commerce Chair Michael Schriver presents Mary Davis of Eyecare Associates with the organization’s Small Business of the Year award.

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County Library receives materials from the Brownstone Book Fund
County Library receives materials from the Brownstone Book Fund
Diane Brownstone , director of the Brownstone Book Fund, a private non-profit funded by the Brownstone Family Foundation, has chosen the Franklin County Library, through the State Library of North Carolina, to receive a gift of 100 children’s books.
Her interest in children’s services at the library stems from the public library of her youth. 

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More Chamber Banquet Highlights, 1
More Chamber Banquet Highlights, 1
A BETTER VIEW. Newly installed Chamber Chairman Joe Jones, right, and outgoing Chair Michael Schriver share a laugh as Schriver jokes about getting older and the need for spectacles.

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More Chamber Banquet Highlights, 2
More Chamber Banquet Highlights, 2
A TROOPER. Outgoing Chamber Chair Michael Schriver presented Candace Lenderman with the organization’s Director of the Year award for her dedicated service.

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Auto shop worker test drives car and goes to a crack house
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested an auto shop worker accused of taking a car on test run to use crack.
According to a report by Dep. Joel Anderson, an employee with Victory Tire and Auto Service near Youngsville called 911 the afternoon of Jan. 16 after another employee, Scott Sherrell, took a car slated for repairs out on a test drive but had not returned after four hours.

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