A second suspect in a meth lab arrest dating back to 2005 was sentenced this week.
As part of a plea agreement, Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Spencer Foy Ashley, 26, to an active sentence of 22 weekends in jail.
Ashley could have received up to 59 months on each count of possession of immediate precursor chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine.
District Attorney Sam Currin would not comment on why the state accepted the plea, but said it was legitimate.
The law enforcement community was mourning one of its own this week.
N.C. Wildlife Enforcement Officer Eddie Vaughan, 38, of Kittrell, was killed Monday evening when the motorcycle he was riding crossed the center line of Allison Cooper Road in Vance County and crashed head-on into an oncoming car.
The driver of that vehicle, Mollie Bullock, 73, of Manson in Warrenton did not sustain life-threatening injuries, according to a report by Trooper B.C. Edwards.
Above, Franklin County Girl Scouts mentor Karen Gregory, above left, and Girl Scouts Halie Turinsky and Sara Grace Wall take part in an archery station set up during the group’s summer camp last week. Girl Scout troop volunteers Alice Hornbeck, center, and Betty Craig, far right, help the girls hit their target.
Two cousins were sentenced to different fates this week in Franklin County Superior Court.
Marion P. Yarborough, 38, pled guilty on Monday to common law robbery and was sentenced to between 23 and 28 months in jail.
Norwood Yarborough, 37, pled guilty to accessory after the fact of common law robbery and was sentenced to between six and eight months in jail. That sentence was suspended.
Area Independence Day celebrations are in abundance as some start a day ahead of July 4 and make a weekend out of the festivities.
The town of Wake Forest will host its fireworks event on Thursday following an evening of activities that begin at 6 p.m. at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School’s Trentini Stadium.
LOUISBURG - Jimmy and Mary Charles Holmes of Louisburg died together on Thursday, June 26, from injuries received in an auto accident. Funeral services were Sunday, June 29, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair and Mr. Rich Cash officiating.
BUNN - Richard Clyde Roberts, 70, of 630 Main Street, died Saturday, June 21, 2008 at WakeMed. A memorial service was conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the New Hope Worship Center, Bunn.
He was born in Oneonta, N.Y. He was a retired publisher.
NEWARK, N.J. - Claude Howard Cannady, 74, died Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at Beth Israel Hospital following a short illness. A memorial service and interment were conducted Sunday, June 29, at Popes United Church of Christ in Franklinton, with the Rev. Mattie K. Kearney presiding.
YOUNGSVILLE - William C. Stougaard, 66, died at home on Thursday, June 26, 2008. A memorial service was conducted Saturday, June 28, at The Church of the Nativity, 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh.
GARNER - Dr. Georgia Vivian Alston Jones died Friday, June 27, 2008. Funeral service will be Thursday, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington Street, downtown Raleigh. Interment will follow in Carolina Biblical Gardens. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. prior to the service.
SPRING HOPE - Reuben Vann Bunn, 76, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2008. He was born in Franklin County on August 20, 1931, the son of Charlie Buck Bunn and Mary Magdalene Bowden. He graduated from Edward Best High School and served in the Korean War. He was employed by Corning Glassworks and AVX Corp. for 29 years. He was a faithful, lifelong member of Duke Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, trustee and other committees as the Lord called. Reuben enjoyed music and loved his family dearly. In his retirement, he was a proud member of the 765th Railway Battalion Army reunion get-togethers and travel with his fellow Korean Veterans. Reuben faithfully served his country, his family and was one of the Lord’s peacemakers: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
LOUISBURG – Virgil Aaron Tracy, 71, of Louisburg, died Monday afternoon.
Virgil was a son of the late Herman Clifford and Flossie Grooms Tracy and was preceded in death by his sister, Wyvonne Freeman. He was a retired Master Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps.
DUNN - For the first time, Bunn fielded a team this summer in the Belles 15-Under Division at the Dixie Softball District 5 Tournament.
Problem was, Oxford was also a newcomer to the event, and the talented All-Stars from Granville County were able to take the tournament in impressive fashion last Saturday at Tart Park.
Still, it was an opportunity for girls middle-school and early high-school age to compete on the field under the direction of the Bunn Youth Recreation League.
DUNN -- Bunn’s Angels added to their already-prolific resume’ with a pair of lopsided victories last Saturday at the Dixie Softball District 5 Tournament at Tart Park.
The pressure of the environment is nothing new to the tourney-tested Angels -- the majority of whom were members of Bunn’s Darlings State Champions in 2006. Those performers also won the district and participated in the states last summer.
DUNN -- Defending their championship proved to be a breeze for the Bunn All-Stars at the Dixie Softball District 5 Ponytails Tournament.
Bunn, coached by Lynn Davis, roared to a pair of convincing victories over Oxford at the two-team, double-elimination event last Saturday at Tart Park.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Loaded with talent and plenty of postseason experience, the Bunn All-Stars were regarded as the unofficial favorites heading into the Dixie Youth District 10 Minor League Baseball Tournament.
After two impressive victories, Bunn has done little to dispel that notion.
DUNN -- Every game is a learning experience at the Dixie Softball District 5 Ponytails Tournament.
Many of the youngsters participating in the Coach-Pitch event are learning about competing at a high tourney level for the first time in their budding careers.
ZEBULON -- Kris Harvey scored on an eighth inning passed ball to break a 3-3 tie to lead the Carolina Mudcats to a 5-4 victory over the Huntsville Stars last Saturday before 5,338 fans at Five County Stadium.
Harvey started the inning with a single to left against Patrick Ryan (L, 2-4).
BUNN -- Defending champion Bunn will serve as the host for the annual Dixie Youth District 5 Major League All-Star Baseball Tournament.
The event will begin Saturday at the Bunn Elementary School Fields.
Twenty-five graduates of Vance-Granville Community College’s two-year radiography program were honored in a May 12 pinning ceremony in the college’s Civic Center, attended by hundreds of family and friends of the graduates.
Franklin County Board of Elections’ officials and staff made the primary runoff results official Tuesday.
Shane Mitchell won the Democratic nomination for Commission District Seat 7 with 1,444 votes to Raymond Stone’s 588.
Mitchell will face Republican Ken Gregorius in the fall for the at-large commissioner seat that represents the entire county.
PSNC Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCANA Corp., has announced that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved an increase to the purchased gas component of the company’s retail natural gas rates, effective with July bills.
District Court Judge Randolph Baskerville, right, swore in four new Guardian ad Litem advocates in Franklin County court on June 26. From left are: Donald Holder, Kathy Hannam, Sharon Smith and Latyona Goode-Young. The Guardian ad Litem program is an advocacy group that speaks on behalf of abused and neglected children in court. If you would like more information on how to become a volunteer in District 9 (Warren, Vance, Granville and Franklin counties), call (919) 497-3010 or (252) 738-9024 or visit our website at www.district9gal.org.
Vance-Granville Community College biotechnology coordinator/instructor Julie Kinlaw, right, was recently recognized by Franklin County Schools for partnering with the school system. Since 2006, Kinlaw has worked with Laureen G. Jones, director of Career Technical Education for Franklin County Schools, left, on a successful grant request called “Biotech Partners” from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the N.C. Community College System.
The June 10 meeting of the Old Fashion Garden Club was at the home of Edna Fogg, with Queen Wilkins as hostess and President Martha Hyman presiding.
Devotional meditation was given by the hostess, ending with a poem, “Greenhouse of the Heart.”
Franklin County Cooperative Extension had registration for 4-H Summer Fun last week.
It was the first time it was offered after business hours, which gave working parents and others the opportunity to sign their child up in a timely manner.
This year, 4-H Summer Fun is offering 23 educational sessions for boys and girls ages 4-19.
The Philling Station, a 50s-style retro coffee/sandwich shop, has opened in Franklinton at 2 S. Main St.
Complete with modern amenities, such as wireless internet, HD TV and gourmet coffees, the business has space for individual and group dining and a separate meeting room for business meetings.
“Customers can enjoy fresh pastries for breakfast, homemade sandwiches for lunch, and come back in the evening for ... ice cream delicacies,” Philip Young said.