Tonight's (Friday) football game between Bunn and Nash Central has been postponed until Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
TAMING WITH LOVE. Dan Jackson holds a kitten at the Franklin County Animal Control Shelter. The kitten was brought in feral, but after working with it for a few days, by talking and holding it, Jackson has the animal ready for an adoptive home.
Dan Jackson is in the volunteer business of animal care.
He comes into the Franklin County Animal Control Shelter prepared and anxious, putting away his keys and getting his plan for the day ready without misssing a beat.
He’ll stay this day for about six hours, managing in time between hours he works his own car cleaning and detail operation.
There isn’t much time to talk after he checks in with Officer Kathy Johnson.
TAG TEAM EFFORT. The Sappah brothers, Rick, left and Cliff, are developing retail and office space in downtown Youngsville, continuing the town’s recent wave of growth. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
YOUNGSVILLE — An overcast sky this week made visibility limited, but peering through the window frames of a building in progress, Rick and Cliff Sappah could see their hometown of Montvale, N.J.
The northern town of about 7,000 people is noted for its corner shops and retail outlets in casual settings.
When Sappah Bros. began developing three retail buildings on 10,400 square feet of space in downtown Youngsville, the company’s brothers used their memories of Montvale as a blueprint.
Dozens of Franklin County students will face suspension on Monday if they haven’t updated their vaccinations.
State law went into effect in January requiring sixth-graders to provide proof of a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within 30 days of the start of school.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the booster after the state saw an increase in whooping cough.
The intensity of a late-week nor’easter had dissipated by week’s end, but the possibility of resulting scattered showers this weekend remain.
The storm, which was more than 100 miles southeast of Wilmington on Thursday morning, delivered its biggest blow along the coast with reports of flooding and 60 mph winds.
The Triangle, though, including Franklin County, saw gusts of about 40 mph and sustained winds of about 20 mph.
LOUISBURG - Elsie Gupton Stallings, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 27) from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral & Cremation Services, with the Rev. Philip Kissinger officiating. Burial will follow in the Gupton family cemetery.
HIGH POINT - The Rev. Dr. Ronald Elliot Morris, 76, died Sunday, Sept. 21, at High Point Regional Hospital in High Point.
MIDDLESEX - Peggy Ann Williams Gupton, 74, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 27) at Hephzibah Baptist Church, 1794 Wendell Blvd., Wendell, NC 27591, with the Rev. Aaron Wallace officiating.
KINSTON - Pastor Thomas Michael “Tom” Caverly, 55, and Debra Kerby “Debbie” Caverly, 51, died together on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
RED OAK - Clara Bryan Weeks died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 at her home. Graveside services were conducted at Hillcrest Cemetery in Newton Grove on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
FRANKLINTON - Mollie Lee Lyons, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Interment was at Peace Memorial Gardens, Roxboro.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Mae Foster James, 63, who died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bernard Holliday officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Valerie D. Weber, 72, of Louisburg went to be with the Lord on September 26, 2008.
BUNN - Windy conditions brought in a breath of fresh air for the Bunn Wildcats during the second half of Wednesday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer contest against Southern Vance.
Going against the wind in the opening half, the Wildcats trailed SV by one goal at intermission.
But Bunn exploded for a quartet of unanswered markers following the break and went on to pick up the NCC victory by a 5-2 margin.
GATESVILLE -- Louisburg High began defense of its Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference boys soccer championship Wednesday with a 9-0 road victory at Gates County.
LHS, Gates and Cape Hatteras are the lone entrants this season in the TRAC soccer standings.
The Warriors got off to a strong league start as nine different players scored goals -- Justin Bell, Elmer Rayo, Y-Monh Eban, Scotty Tharrington, Michael Stringer, Gabe Joyner, Chad Ragland, Chase Ragland and Chris Harrell.
BUNN -- Southern Vance was supposed to provide the greatest hurdle toward Bunn’s repeat attempt
at a Northern Carolina Conference volleyball regular season championship.
If that’s the case, the Ladycats are now comfortably in the homestretch for their second consecutive NCC crown.
Bunn staved off a second-game blip Tuesday and went on to defeat Southern Vance by a 25-17, 13-25, 25-19, 25-10 margin in a key league showdown at the Bunn Dome.
Three questions will be answered in the coming weeks of the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer season:
1) Is Franklinton still the team to beat in the NCC as the Red Rams look to repeat last year’s title run?
2) Will Roanoke Rapids return to the NCC throne after a one-year absence?
3) Will Bunn be a spoiler and claim its first-ever NCC crown?
CHARLOTTE -- During the 2008 high school football season, the Carolina Panthers will honor 10 elite student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom, as well as, play an active role in their respective communities.
The Carolina Panthers have selected Ty Howle, a senior offensive lineman at Bunn High School as the first recipient of the Community Captain award for the 2008 season.
FRANKLIN COUNTY: Here are last weekend’s results from the Franklin Futbol Club:
• FFC 3, HSFC 2 (9-Under): The FFC Under-9 girls team traveled to Holly Springs last Sunday to play HSFC.
The goalie tandem of Marlayna Frutiger and Kaitlynn Cooper had 10 stops and held the HSFC to only 2 goals.
Sylvia Bunn Watkins, former Franklin County resident, has written and self-published a book about her childhood days in the Pilot Community.
The book, “Growing Up In Pilot Where Tobacco Was King,” is published via Lulu.com, a company offering non-published writers a chance to see their work in print.
Watkins attended Pilot Elementary School and Bunn High School from 1939-1950.
YOUNGSVILLE — Police are looking for a suspect with a green first digit who prefers to thumb their nose at the law.
Police were called out Monday to a wooded lot adjacent to Johnson’s Farmers Market to find two marijuana plants potted in a white bucket. It was the first time in his five years that Officer Ron Adkins had discovered a marijuana plant growing in town.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men accused of a drive-by shooting.
According to a report by Deputy Andy Ayscue, officers responded to 116 S. Creek Drive on the evening of Sept. 21 to find John Robert Bishop Jr., 28, inside a mobile home suffering from a gunshot wound to the back.
Emergency rescue crews took Bishop to WakeMed, the report states.
FRANKLINTON — The town’s Board of Commissioners wants its engineers to revise and update the water and sewer capital improvement plan.
The plan, which began in 2002 and was approved in 2006, outlines water and sewer improvements through 2021.
Some of the issues have been addressed, in perhaps a hodgepodge manner, town staff have said, and officials want engineers to revise the document, showing what projects have been handled and what remains to be done.
Raynor & Associates Realty of Louisburg has earned United Country Real Estates President’s Round Table Award based on closed sales volume for the first half of 2008.
Curves of Franklinton is participating in the company’s nationwide program in a fight against breast cancer.
Curves of Franklinton will be offering the Liv Aid breast self-exam kit during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to help women become more comfortable performing their monthly at-home exams.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High’s final non-conference audience featured an encore-worthy performance from both its offense and defense during a 46-6 home decision Friday against Roanoke Rapids at Patterson Field.
The Warriors, led by a season-high 221 rushing yards from Hakeem Strickland, racked up 458 total yards of offense -- 437 of which came on the ground.
PRINCETON -- Franklinton’s victory streak is now at three after Friday’s wild 34-28 road decision at Princeton in a non-conference high school football matchup.
After giving up the go-ahead touchdown with 1:43 remaining in the high-scoring game, FHS immediately responded when Dietrich Mitchell returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for the eventual contest-winning score.