Tropical Storm Ernesto swooshed east of Franklin County early Friday, bringing rain and wind gusts but no real damage. The county’s Emergency Operations Center was activated and open from Thursday night through Friday afternoon, but it logged only minor reports.
Franklin Regional Medical Center’s long-term vision could include a different location. Some employees were told during a Tuesday quarterly staff meeting that the center is looking at other sites to relocate in Franklin County. Employees identified sites near Franklinton and Youngsville.
Louisburg High School students, from front, Mika Lewis, Jordyn Verhaalen, Quyonta Patterson and Jakeia Person head back to class Monday morning. The campus is undergoing major renovations and construction.
Jakeia Person doesn’t like getting her shoes dirty. The Louisburg High School freshman, however, is going to have to get used to it. The campus is a maze of construction pits, frames and fencings, and dust is kicking up all around.
Youngsville staff and engineers are working on an annexation agreement between the town, county and Wake Forest. Wake Forest already has laid claim to two areas at the southwestern edge of Franklin County south of Holden Road.
Animal control stakeholders plan to update commissioners Tuesday about the need for a new animal control shelter. Last year, residents, health department members and county staff began addressing improvements to animal control, including the need for renovations or a new shelter.
LOUISBURG - Amos “Sonny” Ellis died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 at his home after a long illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, from the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations in Louisburg, with the Rev. Lacy Frye officiating.
ZEBULON - Clara Joyce Rhodes Dozier, 76, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Sept. 1, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Graveside service was private.
ZEBULON - Joseph Arnold Overton, 85, died Thursday night, Aug. 31, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Norris Cook and the Rev. Earl Roach officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Baptist Church cemetery, with Masonic graveside rites.
YOUNGSVILLE - Mary Norma Young Currin died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 at her home. A graveside service was conducted Friday, Sept. 1, at the Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Bill Haley officiating.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mattie Pearl Burt Warr, 77, who died Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Zion Temple United Church of Christ in Durham, with Pastor Cheryl D. Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church cemetery in Louisburg.
DURHAM - Maxine Downey Beadle, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 2) at Woodlawn Cemetery. She was born in Lamar, S. C. to Lula Bass Downey and Marshall L. “Cugar” Downey.
LOUISBURG - Odessa Hawkins, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 2) at South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will be in the Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, Franklinton.
LOUISBURG – Ronald Gary Strickland, 62, of 463 Flat Rock Church Rd., died Friday morning. Gary was preceded in death by his first wife, Joy C. Strickland, and his father, H. Candler Strickland.
ZEBULON - Susan Dunham Chapman, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 at Guardian Care. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the National Cemetery, 501 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, with the Rev. Carlyle Hall officiating.
PILOT – Winnie Belle Bunn Brantley, 101, of 4843 Old US 64 Hwy, the Pilot Community, went to be with her Lord early Wednesday morning at her home surrounded by her family. She was affectionately known as “Mama” and “Mah-Mah”.
LOUISBURG — There are few givens in sports, but one of them is that Louisburg High School is the prohibitive favorite in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference volleyball race. LHS began that inexorable march this week, first with a road triumph Tuesday at North Edgecombe.
PRINCETON — Six matches into the season, and everything seems to be falling into place for the Bunn High volleyball squad. Before the campaign started last week, BHS head coach Henry Jones wondered if several newcomers would be able to fill the void at hitting positions.
FRANKLINTON — Star power has never been a problem for the Franklinton High School boys soccer program.
From Jonathan Parker to Javy Gonzalez to Vlado Demcik, the Red Rams have almost always featured an array of talented, top-end performers.
Problem was, Franklinton rarely had the depth to complement those players, and that’s one of the key reasons the Red Rams have never traveled past the second round of the Class 1-A/2-A State Playoffs.
The television crews and journalists have all headed home, probably never to come back. Unless another off-the-field issue warrants statewide coverage.
This much is for sure — the Louisburg College football program received plenty of exposure before its inaugural 2005 campaign began.
An economic development committee hopes to cash in on changing winds at the airport. Committee of 100 Chairman Don Lancaster will ask commissioners to let the committee use land at the airport to build a shell building to attract business and industry.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting death from earlier this week. According to the incident report, a neighbor reported that Joseph McKenna had died from a gunshot wound in his front yard on Douglas Williams Road, near Castalia.
Franklin County Public Utilities experienced a bypass of untreated wastewater from the pump station located on Holden Road in Youngsville. The spill was the result of a power loss in the area and a mechanical failure of the stand-by generator. The spill occurred at 4:30 a.m. but was restored back to proper status within one hour.
Four people were penalized for driving while impaired (DWI) during the Aug. 21-22 session of Franklin District Court. Three others, all with blood-alcohol readings well over the .08 threshold for DWI, were allowed to plead their cases down to careless and reckless (C&R) driving.
Following is a list of real estate transfers amounting to $5,000 or more in Franklin County for the time period July 27 and 28, 2006, as recorded in the office of the Franklin County Register of Deeds.
HAKEEM THE DREAM. Louisburg High’s Hakeem Strickland escapes for a gain up the right side during the Warriors’ road victory Friday at Franklinton. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON — Tropical Storm Ernesto wasn’t the only phenomenon that swept through Franklin County this week.
The ‘Three-Headed Monster’ made yet another appearance, leaving behind another overmatched opponent in its wake.
Louisburg’s self-named ‘Three-Headed Monster’ — running backs Hakeem Strickland, Greg Small and Jekiva Gupton — blew into Franklinton Friday much like the windy aftermath of Ernesto.
BUNN — After a competitive first half, Bunn exploded for a trio of touchdowns in the third quarter en route to a 44-14 decision over Ravenscroft in a prep football matchup Friday on the BHS campus.
Heading into next week’s huge rivalry game at Louisburg, the Wildcats are 3-0 overall. Ravenscroft slipped to 1-2 with losses to both Bunn and LHS.