County staff will present commissioners Monday with a plan to complete $13 million in school construction projects that won’t require a vote from the public. The amount effectively covers the cost for a new elementary school, proposed to be built off Bert Winston Road.
LAKE ROYALE — When Melvin Bell first came across Ronald Wilkins on Wednesday morning, the two were just shooting the breeze during a brief encounter at a local store. Little did he know that their next meeting would be a matter of life and death.
A Cary development company is marketing a high-volume intersection in Louisburg for a supercenter-anchored retail outlet. According to GFD Management Inc.’s website, the new development would feature more than 200,000 square feet of retail space at a site behind D & J Automotive at the corner of N.C. Highway 56 and U.S. Highway 401.
UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN BEGINS. Above, Blues squad member Jim Duncan with BB&T takes a shot from the paint during a hard-fought All-Star game at the Louisburg College gymnasium on Thursday night. The Bananas won the contest, though, in a 52 to 42 score.
The Blues held a one-point lead at halftime, but the Bananas pulled away in the second half for a 52-42 victory in the United Way’s fund-raising campaign kickoff basketball game Thursday night. The winners, though, will be the people in Franklin County who receive help through United Way-funded organizations and groups.
CREEDMOOR - Benjamin S. “Sid” Mitchell, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 at Mayview Convalescent Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in Eakes Funeral Home chapel, Creedmoor, by the Rev. Wesley Garner. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens.
CASTALIA - James Childress Jr., 44, died Sept. 27, 2006. Arrangements by Bowling Funeral Home & Crematory, Rocky Mount.
BUNN — Host Bunn controlled the proceedings in the beginning and end during Thursday’s non-conference, boys soccer showdown against Northern Nash. But the Knights were far superior in the middle portion of the contest, and that resulted in a 5-4 triumph for Joe McCarthy’s squad out of Red Oak.
LOUISBURG -- Brent Cardwell’s first victory as Louisburg High’s boys soccer coach was claimed the old-fashioned way. Through hard work. In a low-scoring match, every burst of passion helps, and Chase Ragland’s tenacious rush into the penalty zone was followed by a trip-up from an Ayden-Grifton defender.
LOUISBURG — Louisburg College couldn’t have picked a better time to collect its first women’s soccer victory of the 2006 season. Taking on ultimate rival Spartanburg Methodist, the Lady Hurricanes scored the first two goals, then added a late clincher, to seal a 3-2 triumph over the Lady Pioneers in a Region X matchup at Ronald May Field.
LOUISBURG -- Galidore Ngapeth collected the hat trick as Louisburg College closed out one of its toughest stretches of the men’s soccer season with a 7-0 home victory Wednesday over Region X foe Spartanburg Methodist College at the LC Soccer Complex.
BUNN -- The gap continues to shrink between tradition-rich Southern Vance and Bunn on the volleyball court. Just not enough to appease BHS head coach Henry Jones, who has watched his club, after years of futility against the Lady Raiders, take Southern Vance to five games on two different occasions this year.
The Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County staff said they were not responsible for a deputy’s death two years ago, according to court documents filed this month. Ted Horton was a passenger in a 1966 helicopter in May of 2004 when the craft crashed into a wooded field near Louisburg while he and a fellow deputy, Ben Barrick, were taking part in a marijuana eradication effort.
Assistant Superintendent Tommy Piper, left, presents Betty Faye Collins with a chain and pendant during a reception to mark her retirement. The event was at the Mitchell Media Center on Thursday afternoon. Collins got her start in the system’s Nutrition Department about 30 years ago, working her way up to director of child nutrition. She said student nutrition has changed a lot on her watch, as salty and fatty foods are giving way to more healthy options at all the county’s 14 schools.
County and school staff expect to soon establish a plan that outlines how collected development fees will be put toward school renovations and construction. In June, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners adopted a policy that will charge developers for impacts they make on the school system.
LEADING THE WAY. South Granville’s Ian Bosley was the game’s leading rusher during the Vikes’ road victory Friday at Franklinton. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON -- South Granville erupted for three touchdowns in the final eight minutes to break open a close game en route to earning a 34-7 road victory Friday at Franklinton.
The Vikings, now 3-3 on the season, held a tenuous 14-7 margin over the scrappy Red Rams before finally pulling away.
South Granville appeared to be in control at halftime, leading by a 14-0 margin. But FHS, following a clutch Clark Martin interception, scored on a 21-yard gallop from Antonio Turner with 37 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Kyle Ennis tacked on the PAT, and the Red Rams had clawed back to within 14-7.
On SG’s next possession, the Vikings converted a key fourth-and-long situation before Tahjay McCain dove in from one yard out to increase South Granville’s advantage to 20-7 with 7:59 to play.
BREAKAWAY THREAT. Louisburg’s Hakeem Strickland finds an opening in the Lakewood defense on his way to a substantial gain Friday at Warrior Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Warriors will carry a two-game winning streak into league action following a 28-14 comeback victory over Lakewood Friday at Warrior Field.
LHS, now 4-2 overall, will begin Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference play next week at home against unbeaten Northampton West, the defending Class 1-A state runner-up.
To prepare for that game, the Warriors entertained the always-tough Leopards (3-3) from Sampson County. Lakewood, utilizing its option offense, led 14-12 at halftime before Louisburg reeled off 16 unanswered points to wrap up the matchup.