OPEN THAT DOOR. Franklin County Animal Control Director Graham Stallings motions to the crowd Saturday after clipping the ribbon at the new animal shelter. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)
It was a big hug that celebrated the successes in animal welfare changes for Franklin County and also one that symbolized a continued need for cooperation as a new shelter begins operations this week.
County Animal Control Director Graham Stallings was smiling from ear-to-ear on Saturday during the shelter’s opening as he embraced a seemingly demure and equally as happy Franklin County Humane Society President Ida Estep, who has led the charge in all corners for change in much more feisty efforts for animal control over the last four years.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners took a leap of faith Monday night when they agreed to refund property taxes to a church.
The Rev. Greg Hall appeared before the board asking it to refund $3,304.80 in property taxes the church paid in 2007.
Churches can be exempted from property taxes after filling out appropriate documentation.
Franklin Regional Medical Center presented the Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine with a $20,000 check that will allow the free clinic to help more people.
The free clinic began operating in January of 2005 and has a recurring patient list of almost 700 people.
The Tourism Development Authority recommended supporting two community events on opposite ends of the county and spectrum during a board meeting on Monday.
Pending approval from the county Board of Commissioners, the TDA recommended donating $1,500 to Youngsville’s Extension and Community Association to put on that town’s annual Fall Festival, slated for Sept. 27 at the Youngsville Armory from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Christopher C. Fogg, 74, who died Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries, with the Rev. Rebecca Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary H. Jones cemetery.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Jerry Rome “Bone” Johnson, 44, who died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Hollister Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Ray Richardson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
MESQUITE, TEXAS - Geraldine Stallings “Gerry” Moore, 88, formerly of Raleigh, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Pilot Baptist Church, 8103 NC 39 Highway South, Zebulon, with the Rev. Kevin Byers officiating. Burial will follow in the Stallings family cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Dorothy Gray Thomasson “Aunt Dot”, formerly of John Mitchell Road, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 at The Laurels of Forest Glen in Garner. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 18, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest.
RALEIGH - Norma Jean Gilbert, 74, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 at WakeMed. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Salvation Army Church in Raleigh.
RED OAK - Lucille Griffin Fisher, 88, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 20) in the chapel of Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. John White, Rev. Luis Rienoso and Rev. Tom Gearhart officiating. Burial will follow at Red Oak Cemetery.
ZEBULON - Dollie Lee Whitley, 85, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 20) at Union Hope Baptist Church, with burial in the Murray cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Emily Honeycutt Dorsey, 101, of the White Level Community, Louisburg, died Tuesday morning at her home.
WILSON - Frances Winborne Maclaga Wiggins, age 84, died Friday August 15, 2008. The daughter of the late Henry Winborne and Mamie Jones Winborne, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, John Maclaga and Robert Wiggins, and a son, Michael Maclaga.
RED OAK - Christine Vester Price died peacefully and comfortably surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 17, 2008. She was born on May 23, 1920, in the Macedonia Community near Spring Hope, the daughter of late Ralph Hawkins Vester and Lillian Deans Vester.
WAKE FOREST -- Everything was on the line -- literally -- for the Louisburg Warriors during last Friday’s action at the Wake Forest Pigskin Kickoff at Trentini Stadium.
LHS head coach James Collier knows he has a talented array of skill position performers, including four-year running back starters Hakeem Strickland and Greg Small.
WAKE FOREST -- Just about everyone acknowledges that Bunn will have one of the area’s most powerful offensive lines this season.
Led by the likes of Ty Howle -- a Penn State commitment -- and several other veterans, the Wildcats’ line should have little difficulty paving the way for BHS’ depth-filled core of running backs.
FRANKLINTON -- Let’s get it going.
That’s the attitude new coach Clark Harrell is taking into Friday’s season-opening home showdown against South Granville.
Harrell is a coaching veteran, but even the most grizzled mentors get a tingle this time of year -- especially when its Game Number One of a new era at a new school.
JACKSON, TENN. -- Chris DeLaCruz doubled home three runs to break a 4-4 tie in the nightcap and lead the Carolina Mudcats to a 7-5 win and a doubleheader split against first-half champion West Tenn before 5,045 fans at Pringles Park last Saturday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
BUNN -- Eric Schuette found the job of his dreams -- literally in his own backyard.
Schuette had been living in Bunn while commuting every day to a teaching position in Hollister.
So when a chance came up to accept a spot at Bunn High School, Schuette was more than willing to make the shift.
FRANKLINTON -- Brent Cardwell got four for the price of one last Saturday at the Red Ram Boys Soccer Jamboree at the Franklinton High School Football Field.
Cardwell, Louisburg High’s third-year head coach, got to see his Warriors compete against four different squads during 40-minute segments.
HENDERSON -- Louisburg High School scored the final two goals of the game and went on to defeat Northern Vance by a 5-3 margin Monday evening in the regular season opener for both squads.
The score was tied 1-1 at the break before the host Vikings, guided by long-time skipper David Hicks, went ahead 1:20 into the second half on a goal from Blake Wade.
FRANKLINTON -- Deran Coe wasn’t afraid of top-notch competition during last Saturday’s action at the Red Ram Boys Soccer Jamboree.
In fact, Coe, Franklinton’s long-time coach, welcomed the opportunity to tangle with some of the area’s top squads in a scrimmage-like setting.
FOCAL POINT. Franklin County Schools Superintendant Dr. Bert L’Homme talks with teachers about success and challenges for the school year.
At the ribbon-cutting of the new Franklin County Animal Shelter Saturday morning are, from left: back, state Rep. Lucy Allen, county commissioners Bob Winters and Sidney Dunston. Up front, from left are: Animal Control Director Graham Stallings and County Manager Angela Harris. Back center : Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert Lee Swanson, Franklin County Humane Society President Ida Estep, state Sen. Doug Berger, Congressman Bob Etheridge, Commissioner Lynwood Buffaloe and Walter Vick, shelter architect. The contractor, which was praised for coming in on time and on budget, is Riggs Harrod.
Group tours were part of the shelter’s opening. Shelter volunteer Maureen Brown introduces Shawn Dean Hannah to mascot Jake.
The late state Sen. James Speed received special moments of reflection. Speed, who was a member of the Board of Health and later a member of the Animal Control Task Force — which recommended sweeping changes in animal control — was a leader and strong voice for animal welfare nearly four years ago when the Humane Society was pushing to improve conditions, often to deaf ears.