Linda Maggio lived only 45 minutes away from what became Ground Zero of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Her life hasn’t been the same since.
“I can never forget it,” she said, holding on to her daughter, Madison Ramey. “We lost six people from our community.”
After being up for about 19 hours, the heart of MANU was still beating strong Wednesday morning.
Lt. William Mitchell finished off what he wanted of a half-smoked cigarette out front of the Franklin County Detention Center Complex before heading in, and three other agents slipped into the office somewhat unassuming through separate doors, a couple sipping on coffee in worn, convenient store cups.
They were admittedly exhausted yet notably energized from a big catch — someone to scratch off the “Wish List” of Franklin County drug trafficking.
Rodney “Camp Earl” Cannady has been out on bond for about six weeks, following a July 9 arrest in Louisburg on cocaine trafficking charges.
It was a familiar freedom he admittedly expected after such an arrest but one that was short lived this time around.
Following what police called an “active” month and a half of continued drug trading while out on a reduced $200,000 bond — during which time he sold cocaine to local undercover agents without much concern for reprisal — Cannady was picked up Tuesday night on federal indictments for trafficking on the previous charges and now is facing a possible life sentence.
The case against a man accused of killing his estranged wife will be handed over to a jury Monday.
The state wrapped up its arguments on Thursday after calling witnesses and introducing evidence they allege shows Robert Lee Pastuer is guilty of killing Narskelsky Pastuer in the fall of 2006.
The defense rested Friday afternoon, and closing arguments will start Monday morning.
The Sheriff’s Office is taking community policing to a higher level.
SCOPE (Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort) has been active for about a month, focusing about 20 deputies on community concerns and giving one-on-one support to solve, prevent and address community crimes.
“This program gives a personal presence in the communities,” said Deputy Bennett Manson, who is heading up SCOPE.
FRANKLINTON- Timothy Clark “Tim” McCarty, 41, of Southern Granville County died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 at Wake Med. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept.14, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jamie Dew officiating. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Dorine L. Kimble, 52, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.
CAPITAL HEIGHTS, Md. - John Alston, 80, formerly of Louisburg, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 in Maryland. A public viewing will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 1-2 p.m. at Alston-Anderson Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at the Sills Family cemetery in Louisburg at 2 p.m.
HILLSBOROUGH - The Rev. Bennie Austin Mack Sr. was born October 27, 1928. He died September 3, 2008
The funeral was at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 7, at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday, September 6, 7-8:30 p.m. at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.
BUNN - Almost immediately after dropping a match at Nash Central last week, members of the Bunn High School boys soccer team circled Thursday on their calendars.
That’s when the Wildcats would get another chance against a Central club that had rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat Bunn in a match staged on the NC campus in Rocky Mount.
HENDERSON -- Franklinton scored a whopper of a win Wednesday to wrap up its third consecutive championship at the Burger King Classic at Kerr-Vance Academy.
Playing in sloppy conditions, the Red Rams outlasted host Kerr-Vance 2-0 to take home the crown once again.
“It was really wet, and that cut down on what both teams could do,’’ said FHS head coach Deran Coe. “But we really didn’t play very well, either.’’
BUNN -- Bunn’s penchant for slow starts in recent matches concerns veteran Ladycats’ head coach Henry Jones.
But except for a loss Monday at Wakefield, the Ladycats have been able to overcome their early difficulties and achieve a victory.
“I’m not really sure what the problem is, but it’s something we need to work on,’’ Jones said. “Thankfully, the matches are best-of-five games, so we have time to recover. But against some teams, the first game might end up setting the tone for the match.’’
After two seasons, Bennie Franklin has resigned as the baseball coach at Bunn High School.
Franklin has also stepped down as a teacher in the Exceptional Children Program at BHS and will transfer to the Creative Education Center in Louisburg.
Because of the demands of his teaching position at the CEC, which lasts until 4:30 p.m. each day, Franklin would be unable to continue his baseball responsibilities at Bunn. He also plans to pursue a master’s degree in education administration.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In a game filled with offensive heroics, Louisburg College was done in by a pair of special teams snafus during last Saturday’s football setback at Erie Community College.
The host Kats parlayed a blocked field goal and a fake punt into scores en route to a 49-35 decision over the Hurricanes.
RALEIGH -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced that the team has signed center Eric Staal to a seven-year contract extension.
The $57.75 million deal begins with the 2009-10 NHL season and extends through the 2015-16 season, paying Staal an average of $8.25 million per season.
LOUISBURG -- Mike Holloman’s Louisburg College women’s basketball squad will open its season Nov. 3 at home against Southside Community College.
The Lady Hurricanes’ complete worksheet is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):
PEARL, MISS. -- Brett Sinkbeil won his second straight post-season start, authoring six scoreless innings to lead the Carolina Mudcats to within one victory of its third Southern League Championship 8-3 over the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park on Thursday night.
Sinkbeil, who allowed two unearned runs over five innings in a pennant clinching victory over West Tenn last Saturday, tossed six shutout innings on two hits en route to a 2-games-to-1 advantage in the best-of-five title series.
A political commercial was being shot at Justice Grocery on Friday morning. According to store owner Tony Gupton, the shoot was for state Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro who is seeking a U.S. Senate seat, challenging Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole. The crew was handling campaign signs for state Rep. Lucy Allen but refused to talk about the reason for the shoot or if the advertising was for Hagan or Allen or both. One crew member said the cameras were moving to downtown Louisburg for some afternoon footage. Neither Hagan’s or Allen’s office returned calls by press time. About 20 crew members took up the parking lot, and store regulars had to adapt to the unexpected commotion.
State Sen. Doug Berger, center, talks with those gathered for the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs speaker series on Thursday. He was joined in his discussion by state Rep. Lucy Allen, as a crowd gathered at the Hidden Lake’s Sales Center in Youngsville. Berger and Allen talked about health care, growth and the budget In the back, standing, are House of Representatives candidate Keith Shearon and Senate candidate Chuck Stires. Both will battle Allen and Berger, respectively, in the fall.
The United Way shifted its kick-off campaign to a battle of brains rather than brawn, and the move spelled success.
The United Way of Franklin County had used a basketball game as the kick-off to its annual campaign, but this year, it switched gears and had a countywide spelling bee at the Louisburg Auction House on Tuesday.
LOUISBURG -- For Louisburg, it had to end this way -- a heroic ending to a historic, unforgettable night.
On an evening when all-time great James Robert ‘Crow’ Patterson was honored, another Louisburg legend-to-be -- senior Greg Small -- came through with the winning touchdown of a 28-20 victory over ultimate rival Bunn in front of an overflow crowd at the new Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
RALEIGH -- Clark Harrell’s first victory as the Franklinton High School football came in similar fashion to so many others during his successful career.
It was paved on the ground.
Franklinton’s wing-T offense racked up a whopping 397 yards -- including 338 on 28 carries from Michael Crudup -- as the Red Rams rolled to a 54-6 road conquest Friday at North Raleigh Christian.