FRANKLINTON — The Police Department plans to use confiscated drug money to fund a K-9 unit to get drugs off the streets. Police Chief Ray Gilliam and Sgt. John Green have proposed outfitting new traffic officer Michael Dunlap with a canine companion.
The Franklin County Arts Council is hard at work, hoping to make the 2007 International Whistlers Convention a success after a year’s absence. Plenty of logistical problems overwhelmed the council, causing a break in the 32-year event this year.
BACK TO SCHOOL. Cosmetology student Lauren Johnson of Bunn practices taking a perm out during class on Thursday. Vance-Granville Community College began its first day of classes this week, and campus Director Bobbie Jo May said there were more than 500 curriculum students and more than 150 continuing education students enrolled.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials approved every measure to rezone the town on Tuesday, with the exception of mixed-use development districts, which could raise residential property rates. Officials, staff and residents have worked for nearly two years on plans to rezone the town as a way of guiding growth.
To say that Nelson Lopez’s life has been a blitz the last week would be right, literally and figuratively.
Last week, the Youngsville 18-year-old pitted himself against the best chess players in the world — during two tournaments.
Lopez won the Denker Tournament of high school champions last Friday while, at the same time, competing in the U.S. Open during the evening in Oak Brook, Illinois.
PAIGE SELLS. Above, Paige Sayles, left, with the Franklin County Boys and Girls Club, shares information with Tina Eason during the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo at Cedar Creek Middle School on Tuesday. About 50 area businesses were on display Tuesday.
BATTLEBORO - Funeral services for Mrs. Geneva F. Boney, 91, who died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at Marks Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Leonard, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Haywood Travis Gupton, 31, of New Bern, formerly of Louisburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Maple Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - John “Johnny” F. Matthews II, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.
YOUNGSVILLE - Joseph Domenic Procopio Sr. died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 at his residence. Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 19) at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Vertie Lee Alston, 88, who died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, with Pastor Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
THAT ELUSIVE PIGSKIN. Louisburg High School running back Greg Small can only watch helplessly as the football squirts away from him during Thursday's scrimmage at Southern Nash. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
STANHOPE — Two power-hungry teams met for a final preseason tune-up Thursday evening at Southern Nash’s Firebird Stadium. Predictably, host Southern Nash and Louisburg, both of which are expected to rely on their ground games this fall, stuck to the basics during the intense, hard-fought event that paid dividends for both rosters.
FRANKLINTON — Other than the wildly successful Crystal Barnes Era earlier this decade, the Franklinton High School volleyball program has always been in search of continuity. That opportunity brought Ericka Wilkins to Franklinton, as she has accepted the chance to coach the Lady Rams this season.
LOUISBURG — In 2005, Louisburg College posted the best record (11-12 overall) during the four-year re-existence of its volleyball program, which was resuscitated after two decades of hibernation. LC head coach Jenna Hinton expects even bigger things this fall, thanks to the return of five starters, along with what might be her most touted recruiting class for LC.
For high school football results the day after they happen, you’ve always been able to count on The Franklin Times.
And you still can.
But instead of publishing the stories and photos from games in the newspaper, they will be on our web site at www.thefranklintimes.com.
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. — Yovani Gallardo retired the first 16 hitters and drove in two runs to lead Huntsville past Carolina 11-2 at Joe Davis Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League action.
The board of directors of the Franklin County Community Foundation announces its 2006 awards from its Community Fund, according to Al Wheless, board president. This year, the fund was able to distribute $1,000 to three area non-profit organizations. They include:
The Franklin County Arts Council will award grants up to $800 for local organizations to finance arts projects within Franklin County. Projects may include the performance arts, fine arts or literary arts. Examples of the project or program must be furnished with the application, which is due Saturday, Sept. 30.
Ten free white flowering dogwood trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during August 2006. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.
After receiving higher than expected estimates for an advance camera system, the county’s Airport Commission will make do with what it has. During a meeting in June, the commission voted to use available security grant money to install facial recognition cameras at two entrance gates.
FRANKLINTON — Fallout continues from the melee involving two high school coaches during a basketball tournament in Franklinton. Town staff invited a risk management specialist to talk with Franklinton commissioners on Tuesday night about handling police officer moonlighting liability issues.
To respond to changing demands in the health-care industry, Vance-Granville Community College will soon offer a new medication aide course at its main campus in Vance County, and at two of its satellite campuses.
The Louisburg Post Office is sponsoring a Passport Fair on Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Western Hemisphere travel will require a passport for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico, Canada, Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America by Dec. 31, 2006.
TOUGH GOING — Bunn fullback Norman Dunston tries to penetrate the South Granville defense during prep football action Friday in Creedmoor.
CREEDMOOR — A long, hard-fought game turned Bunn’s way for good during just a 10-second span Friday night.
After his team had fallen behind for the first time, Bunn’s Brandon Barnes returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
BHS then tacked on another score to secure a 24-11 road victory over the South Granville Vikings in the first game of the prep football season for both squads.
SG had just pushed ahead and appeared to have wrestled momentum away from Bunn when, on a fourth-down and two situation, tailback Tahjay McCain broke a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and sprinted away for a 44-yard touchdown.
TILLERY — Franklinton High School opened its 2006 football season Friday with a 34-7 road setback at non-conference rival Southeast Halifax. The score was tied at 7-7 early in the second quarter before the host Trojans rattled off 27 consecutive points to pull away for the decision over Coach Chris Miller’s squad.