As Franklin Regional Medical Center rallies support for a new facility in southern Franklin County, Louisburg officials are hiring a Raleigh law firm to help them keep the hospital from leaving town. By unanimous vote Tuesday during a special-called meeting, the Town Council selected the firm of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP to represent its opposition to FRMC leaving Louisburg for a 50-acre site at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. Highway 96.
Franklin County Commissioners earlier this week approved construction of a new $1.2-million shelter, which will be built off T. Kemp Road on a lot beside the Sheriff’s Office, where AC Director Graham Stallings talks about the plans.
Graham Stallings scanned the wooded lot where the new animal shelter will be built. He has more hope and expectation now than he had even a year ago. That’s when he was named the county’s first animal control director, and the task ahead of him would be putting together a plan to make the Franklin County animal shelter a better place.
FRANKLINTON — Faced with a sewer moratorium, town officials agreed to ask county commissioners for a $400,000 loan to begin a sewer project to satisfy the state. Late last month, engineers with the state Division of Water Quality told town staff and its engineers that their ravaged sewer lines warranted a moratorium.
Louisburg, Epsom and Gold Sand firefighters responded Thursday afternoon to a home at 1567 Duke Valentine Wynne Road, finding it engulfed in fire. Gold Sand Fire Chief Stanley Frazier said a pot left on the stove started the fire. No one was injured. The family has insurance and the Red Cross was called.
The county’s African American Culture Club and the Arts Council have combined for a history celebration. The African-American History Celebration is slated for 7:30 p.m. this coming Friday. There is no cost.
RALEIGH - Butler David Williams, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. Funeral service was Thursday, Feb. 8, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Interment followed at the Finch family cemetery on Six Forks Road, Raleigh.
ZEBULON - Mavis Denton, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 at Wellington Nursing Center. Graveside services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 8, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
ZEBULON - Robert Lynn Tuttle Sr., 83, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, Feb. 8, at Pohick Episcopal Church cemetery in Lorton, Va. He was a WW II Marine veteran.
ZEBULON - Anne Bobbitt Stevens, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Feb. 9, at Wakefield Central Baptist Church. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Priscilla Reed Basket, 94, who died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
NEW BERN - Marion Rudolph Rhodes Jr., 79, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007 at his residence. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Pollock-Best Funeral Home. A graveside service will immediately follow visitation at the Cedar Grove Cemetery Extension in New Bern.
LOUISBURG - Essie Mae G. Alston, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, Centerville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home Inc., Spring Hope.
FRANKLINTON - Samuel Clax, 90, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.
DURHAM — Mrs. Mildred G. Burgess, “Micky”, 61, of Bundy Ave. passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. Mrs. Burgess was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Lucille Smith Whitaker and Lester Lee Garrett. She worked for Square D for many years.
BUNN — During his signing Wednesday with Notre Dame, Kerry Neal sported a green Fighting Irish hat -- along with a huge smile. The next day, Neal wore a Wingate University hat to commemorate teammate Mike Montgomery’s signing with the school. Such is the camaraderie that Neal and Montgomery have shared during their football careers at Bunn.
Several Louisburg College football players have signed scholarships to attend four-year schools, including the four performers in this photo, which was taken Wednesday afternoon during National Signing Day. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- Florida State.
To most college football fans, those words spell a tradition of long-term success under the legendary Bobby Bowden.
But to Louisburg College head coach Rick Mohlmann, those words decipher a much different meaning.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s surging reputation as a possible sleeper team in the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament continued to be reinforced Tuesday night at the FHS Gymnasium.
The Red Rams will probably need to win the tourney in order to grab a spot in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
A love for the game.
When teammates talked about Robbie McDonald during last year’s reunion for the Louisburg High 1971 State Championship Team, that description inevitably came up.
McDonald’s passion for basketball -- and the intensity he displayed on the court -- were key as LHS picked up the coveted crown.
BUNN -- The first glimpse of Jimmy Tanner’s long-term potential came in 2005, when he was selected as the Most Valuable Player at the Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament. Tanner’s iron-man effort at that event was legendary, even though he was only a sophomore at the time.
STANHOPE -- Different night, same story.
When the teams met earlier in the season, Bunn fell behind early but rallied for a non-conference victory over Southern Nash in girls prep basketball action.
According to Louisburg Police Officer G.W. Stanly, Ronald Lee Mayo, 45, of Henderson, was driving a tractor trailer south on Bickett Boulevard in the far right lane when he turned on his right turn signal and swung out into the left lane to make the turn into the Murphy House at about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for two suspects accused of armed robbery and assaulting a law enforcement officer. According to Sheriff Pat Green and a report by Deputy Crystal Mitchell, the story began as she and Sgt. A. Ayscue were leaving a call on Opie Frazier Road and were heading south on N.C. Highway 39 at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday when they saw two cars parked on the side of the highway.
The Franklin Regional Medical Center Volunteers/Auxilians will be offering scholarships again this year, with a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $1,000. The scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan on majoring in a field of medicine, for example, nursing, dental technician or emergency medical technician.
Following is a list of real estate transfers and timber deeds amounting to $5,000 or more in Franklin County for the time period Jan. 27-30, 2007, as recorded in the office of the Franklin County Register of Deeds.