Louisburg police and area narcotics agents have arrested nearly two dozen people as part of an ongoing operation to weed out drugs.
Since Feb. 27, the Louisburg Police Department and agents within the Franklin County Multi Agency Narcotics Unit have conducted an undercover drug operation that has resulted in 150 criminal drug charges against 43 people.
SWEET SUMMER. Bunn Elementary students took a break from the heat and EOG tests last week, finding shade under the playground slide. The last day for Franklin County schools for the 2006-07 school year is Friday. Graduation will be Saturday, June 9, at Louisburg College. From left are Justin Brantley, Dylan Timberlake, J.D. Rice, Christian Gutierrez and Armani Bullock. (Times photo by John Benning)
Everyone who remembers Rob Hester said he had a heart of gold.
Hester, 36, of Louisburg, whose coaching touched many lives here, died unexpectedly Saturday after experiencing chest pains, Gina Clark, a close friend of the Hester family, said.
With high school graduation just around the corner, not all students will walk across the stage.
Those who drop out of school do so for a variety of reasons, but “very seldom, practically never, do they do it because they do not have the academic ability to complete high school,” said Cherry Ayscue, the 11th- and 12th-grade guidance counselor at Louisburg High School.
To most, digging through 200-year-old trash isn’t a summer adventure.
But head out to Rose Hill Plantation this Saturday for a vistors’ day and see how much fun it can be.
It’s all part of what a group of anthropology and archaeology students and researchers are doing to reconstruct what 19th-century life was like on the plantation, which is just south of Louisburg on U.S. Highway 401.
The state Highway Patrol added another charge against a teenager responsible for a recent head-on collision.
The law enforcement agency had already charged Krystal Beth Roberts, 17, with careless and reckless driving and driving left of center following a May 25 wreck near Mort Harris Road where Roberts’ car crashed head-on into a Louisburg Police car driven by Officer Brenda Hawkins.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies served a warrant this week, charging Christopher Thomas, from his hospital bed, with murder.
Investigators allege Thomas killed Bunn High student Elvira Hernandez on May 10 as she and a cousin got off the school bus in front of Hernandez’ home on Ferrells Bridge Road.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed in principle with a school board recommendation to accept the second lowest bidder for a new elementary school.
The Board of Education accepted an $11.2-million bid by D.A. Thomas Construction Co. to build a new west Franklinton elementary school.
LOUISBURG - Robert M. Hester, 36, died suddenly Saturday morning, June 2, 2007. A celebration of his life was conducted at a memorial service Tuesday, June 5, at the Louisburg High School Auditorium.
LOUISBURG - George William Whitman, 37, died Saturday, June 2, 2007 at his home. Services were conducted Tuesday, June 5, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.
RALEIGH - Viola Kate Malagisi, 64, died Saturday, June 2, 2007. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh.
RALEIGH - Donald Sanderson died Thursday, May 31, 2007 after several years of declining health. A celebration of his life was held at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Raleigh on June 2.
ZEBULON - Willer Mae Alford Privette, 86, died Friday, June 1, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 4, at Stoney Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Pine Ridge Baptist Church cemetery.
BUNN - Mrs. Tammy Dunston Miller, 44, died Sunday, June 3, 2007. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home in Zebulon.
LOUISBURG - Mary L. Davis, 66, died Sunday, June 3, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill in Louisburg.
GRAHAM - Warnell “Nell” Strickland Pulliam, 80, of Graham, died Monday, June 4, 2007, at Pitt Memorial Hospital. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Nell dedicated her life to loving and cherishing both family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Denton; sister, Betsy Strickland Sauls; and a brother, Elvis Strickland.
RALEIGH - Just one more victory.
Members of the Bunn High School softball coaching staff aren’t trying to sound greedy. After all, the Ladycats put together a strong postseason run to reach the Class 2-A State Final Four at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
RALEIGH -- Could this simply be the beginning for the Bunn High School fast-pitch softball program?
BHS hadn’t been to the Class 2-A State Softball Final Four since 1996, when current coach Melanie Lovin was a starting catcher.
It was hoped that Bunn would break Franklin County’s 18-year state team championship drought -- in any sport -- at last weekend’s Class 2-A State Fast-Pitch Softball Playoffs.
RALEIGH – Sophomore Chelsea Leonard of Central Davidson fired a no-hitter in the finals of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A softball championships at Walnut Creek Softball Complex last Saturday as Central blanked South Brunswick 4-0.
Leonard struck out 18 and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as Central Davidson completed a 32-1 campaign. Leonard did not allow a hit during three games of the tourney.
CHAPEL HILL -- Stephen Batts, Jamie Ray and Corey Kemp were named to the 2007 Chapel Hill Regional All-Tournament Team following North Carolina’s 6-5 regional championship win over Western Carolina tournament officials announced Monday afternoon.
RALEIGH -- Listed are the complete results from last weekend’s state softball tournaments at Walnut Creek Softball Complex:
MONTGOMERY, ALA. -- Reid Brignac and Gabriel Martinez hit two-run homers to lead Montgomery past Carolina 4-2 at Riverwalk Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.
TWIST AND SHOUT. Youngsville’s Joyce Johnston, foreground, gets to dancing during the festival on Saturday. Johnston, 79, said she dances at Carolina Hurricanes games, too.
Hundreds of residents and visitors turned out for the 17th annual Tar River Festival on Saturday. Clear skies prevailed.
Event host, the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, reported the crowds were not as large as expected but were steady all day.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day,” Chamber Executive Director Stephen Barrington said. “We had beautiful skies throughout the event.”
RELAXING. Lynn Henderson, FCS’ assistant superintendent of
human resources, left, and schools’ Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme got
into the festive spirit Thursday night, May 31, adorning themselves with leis and
enjoying the meal catered by Austin Murray and staff.