The federal desegregation court order that Franklin County schools is under reaches beyond reassignment issues and cannot be challenged without substantial legal cost and without a plan to ensure continued progress in academics and racial equality for students and staff.
Those are some of the conclusions the Board of Education agreed upon in principle Monday afternoon, following a 4-hour-long work session that ended in no formal action and set no course of action to proceed with trying to get the system out from under the order, which fell under public criticism during the recent reassignment for Long Mill Elementary.
Two Franklin County stalwarts in education moved to higher levels of leadership this week.
On Monday, the Franklin County Board of Education named Shawnee Perry-Manley as principal of Royal Elementary School and hired Daniel Wright as a new assistant principal at Bunn High.
For the past five years, Perry-Manley served as an assistant under Rob Bendel, whom she officially replaces on Monday when he leaves to take a recruiting position with Wake County.
The United Way “Cow Chip” got off to a fast start, with two winners dropping right after four cows were let out into a corral in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Louisburg on Saturday. The first-place call caused some anticipation, top photo, as judge Bert L’Homme kept a steady eye on progress.
From left, United Way Executive Director Pat Johnston, event co-chair Wayne Champion, event co-chair Lori Martin and L’Homme, presenting Champion with a framed cartoon published in The Franklin Times, given in appreciation of the former Jaycees “Exhausted Roosters” participation. The United Way annual campaign continues with a goal of $115,000.
LAKE ROYALE — Candidates for the Nov. 4 election were given their first forum of the fall Friday night.
During the hour-and-a-half-forum, candidates or their representatives for the U.S. Congressional District 2, state Senate Seat 7 and House District 49, three of the available county commission seats and two district court judge seats got a chance to state their case to residents.
MARION, VIRGINIA — WILLIAM P. “BILL” JACKSON, age 82, died Sunday morning, October 12, 2008, surrounded by his loving family, in Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tennessee.
LOUISBURG - Julia Sanders Holt Kornegay, 90 of Louisburg died Tuesday, October 14, 2008 in Franklin Regional Medical Center.
LOUISBURG - Marguerite Whitley Patterson Pleasants died Saturday, October 12, 2008 at her home, 136 Person Street, Louisburg, NC.
NASHVILLE - Clora A. Bailey, 95, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted today, (Wednesday, Oct. 15) at 1 p.m. from the Union Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas E. McCullers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - O. Brooks Driver, 71, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2008. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
LOUISBURG - Johnnie C. Floyd Sr., 83, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. MacArthur Clemons officiating. Burial followed in the Cedar Rock Church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Anna Belle Curtis O’Neill, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 at Yarborough-O’Neal Villa. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Maple Grove Cemetery, Cleves, Ohio.
WAKE FOREST - Jarret O. Satchell, 18, died Sunday morning, Oct. 12, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at St. Caherine’s of Siena Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Some pundits thought Southeast Halifax had the best opportunity at dethroning Louisburg as the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference football champions.
If that’s the case, then the Warriors appear to be well on their way to successfully defending their league crown.
Louisburg racked up three quick touchdowns in the first quarter and went on to dominate Southeast by a 66-0 margin last Friday night as part of LHS’ homecoming festivities at Patterson Field.
HENDERSON -- Bunn’s two-year winless skein against Southern Vance came to an abrupt end last Friday in the Northern Carolina Conference football opener for both teams.
Fueled by three touchdown receptions from Jake Winstead and a perfect throwing night from Levon Stanley, the Wildcats rolled to a 34-15 decision over the winless Runnin’ Raiders at the SVHS Football Field.
FRANKLINTON -- For the second straight game, the Franklinton Red Rams used a fourth-quarter rally to keep their winning streak alive.
This time, FHS picked up a pair of final-stanza touchdowns to overtake Roanoke Rapids 21-10 in Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football opener for both clubs.
Former Bunn High School star Kerry Neal was welcomed by a slew of hometown well-wishers during his return to North Carolina last Saturday.
Neal, a starting outside linebacker for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, was in Chapel Hill to tangle with the red-hot North Carolina Tar Heels in front of an overflow crowd at Kenan Stadium.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s individual and game winners from The Franklin Times Football Contest:
Louisburg College hosted an evening with artist Peter Hoss on Oct. 8 at the Louisburg Auditorium.
Hoss and his wife, Deb, flew in from Brookline, Mass., to attend the show’s opening. Hoss’s paintings will be on display in the north side of the Louisburg College auditorium now through Nov. 26.
In a school year where budgets, assignment plans and classroom size are hot topics, Edward Best Elementary School is raising funds for its classrooms by eating at McDonald’s.
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, school staff and teachers will host students and their parents for dinner at McDonald’s across the area to raise money for the school. It’s McTeacher’s Night, a one-night fund-raiser held across the area with local schools to supplement those much-needed budgets.
Prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty against a Nash County man charged with first-degree murder, but a Superior Court judge did rule that Ibin Williams will await his day in court behind bars.
Williams and two other men, Quandrea Wilson and Darius J. Horton, were arrested and charged for their role in the July 3 death of Corey W. Mann.
Williams was in Franklin County Superior Court on Monday when prosecutors announced they would not pursue the death penalty.
Franklin County Board of Education member Dr. Beverly Long Joseph said the system has bigger fish to fry when it comes to spending money on getting out of a federal court order that mandates desegregation. Member Mary Vollmer said she was disappointed and surprised that no voice from the public who had originally asked the board to consider getting out from under the court order attended the work session.
The Board of Education and leadership team met during the work session at Wake Electric in Youngsville. The conference room was chilly, to say the least, with Executive Director for Student Support Services Wendy Vavrousek bringing in a blanket the second half of the meeting. Vavrousek and other support staff discussed statistics relative to the federal court order.
The following people were penalized in Franklin District Court recently for driving while impaired (DWI).