FRANKLNTON — Town officials and staff plan to ring in the new year in a new meeting space.
The town’s Board of Commissioners bought the building next door to Town Hall in late 2007 with plans to use it for the Police Department — which is currently in building space attached to Town Hall.
But after Police Chief Ray Gilliam and Town Administrator Larry Carver surveyed the 1,800-square foot building, they realized it would be more of a hassle, and more costly, to renovate the building for police purposes.
Franklin County staff members say they expect more property owners to pay their tax bills late this year, giving them more time to settle their accounts in exchange for having to pay a late fee.
The tax office sent out 45,000 tax bills this past summer, giving property owners until Monday to pay their taxes without facing a late penalty.
Like Wake and Durham counties, Franklin County tax office staff members say they have been contacted by several taxpayers who will need longer to pay their bills because of a spiraling economy.
Franklin County staff and commissioners plan to meet in a work session Monday afternoon designed to give staff and commissioners a better handle on budget demands.
Residents, staff and county employees could also leave that meeting expecting a tax increase or cuts and eliminations to county services.
The board is slated to meet at noon in the Commissioners Room of the Franklin County Administration Building on Market Street in Louisburg.
HENDERSON - William Henry Ayscue, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 at Maria Parham Medical Center. A memorial service was Friday, Jan. 2, at Flowers Funeral Chapel, Henderson, conducted by the Rev. Pamela J. Gilliam.
CASTALIA - George Lilburn Shearin, Sr., 82, , died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at Wake Medical Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 3) at Red Bud Baptist Church, with the Rev. Leo Lowery officiating.
LOUISBURG - Rebecca Lewis, 91, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Funeral services will be today (Saturday, Jan. 3) at noon at St. Delight United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Leon White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Melba Hamilton Capps, 66, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 at her home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 3) at Corinth Baptist Church, with the Rev. Will Abernethy and Dr. Carl Hedrick officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
CHINA GROVE - Sandra G. Tomlin, 65, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 3) at First Freewill Baptist Church, 405 N. Bostian St., China Grove, conducted by the Rev. Ted Davis and the Rev. Jeff Upright.
OXFORD - Franklin Wills Hancock III, a former state senator from Oxford, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Funeral service will be private.
ZEBULON - Edna Warren Boykin, 68, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 in Raleigh. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 9, at Branch Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, with the Rev. Terry Dennis officiating. Burial followed in Selma Memorial Gardens.
YOUNGSVILLE - Phillip E. McHale, 82, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Wake Forest.
BUNN — William Clifton Medlin, 82, of Bunn, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at his home.
FRANKLINTON- Janie Parrish Wright, 85, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at Louisburg Nursing Center. She was born in Granville County, the daughter of the late Frank Parrish & Sammie Elizabeth Tillerson and was a member of Mt.Olivet Baptist Church. Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Willard Wright.
SMITHFIELD - With their speed, depth and athleticism, the Louisburg Warriors will doom many opponents in transition during the 2008-09 boys basketball season.
But for a brief one-minute span Tuesday night, the Warriors were victimized by their own best asset -- a scenario that cost them a chance at the championship at the Johnston County Holiday Invitational Tournament.
BUNN -- For Bunn High School boys basketball coach Gerald Melton, the updated story of his club’s 2008-09 season isn’t about a 3-4 overall record.
Instead, the numbers Melton is most concerned with currently stand at 2-0 -- as in Bunn’s updated ledger in the Northern Carolina Conference standings.
BHS picked up another NCC victory Tuesday when the Wildcats hosted Granville Central at the Bunn Dome.
“Hey, it’s good to be back home again. Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend. Yes, ‘n, hey it’s good to be back home again’’ -- John Denver
For almost every day over the last year, I’ve had to walk by my beloved friend ‘Old Ironsides’, which was resting in a dusty mess on the top ledge of Carey Johnson’s desk.
Even though Old Ironsides is an inanimate object, I could hear the old-school stapler shouting out to me each time I passed by.
“Take me home,’’ Old Ironsides would say. “Please, take me home.’’
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- High school winter sports action in Franklin County will get back into full swing this coming week.
Here is when each county prep squad will resume their post-holiday schedules:
• Louisburg High Basketball -- The Warriors and Lady Warriors will entertain long-time foe Weldon on Tuesday for a pair of Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference matchups.
• Louisburg High Wrestling -- After traveling to the Edenton Holmes Tournament today, LHS will participate in a dual meet Wednesday at Princeton.
GRENVILLE -- East Carolina University pitcher Seth Maness picked up his third pre-season honor recently when he was named 2009 Louisville Slugger third-team pre-season All-America by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Maness has already tabbed pre-season second-team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player-of-the-Year Award Pre-season Watch List back on Dec. 5 by the College Baseball Foundation.
High School Basketball
Bunn at Roanoke Rapids 6 p.m.
Warren County at Franklinton 6 p.m.
Weldon at Louisburg 6 p.m.
Carolina Ballet’s “Nutcracker” was an outstanding presentation, and I know that many of you have made it a special part of your holiday celebration for years.
This year Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts presented Carolina Ballet: “Nutcracker” (at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium) with Robert Weiss as artistic director and Lisa Jones as executive director.
“Nutcracker” happens to be the favorite of many people including Dan Risku, chairman of the Carolina Ballet. Dan describes the presentation as “a magical show.”
Vance-Granville Community College’s chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda business student organization, called “Chi Beta Chi,” has been reactivated. An installation ceremony was at the college’s main campus. Officers for the 2008-2009 year were installed, including president Gerald Alston; historian John Pendergrass, reporter Roberta Parham and secretary Megan Thurston, all of Henderson; treasurer Shelonda White and vice president Sajade Hobgood, both of Oxford. In addition to the officers, John Sides of Creedmoor; Angelia Harris of Franklinton; Jenny Evans, Danielle Guin, Sharon Smith, Antoinette Walker and Jeremy Wyche, all of Henderson; Calvin Sykes of Kittrell; Reuben Palmer of Norlina; Lydia Chavis, Manuel Melendez, Keneica Moore and David Thorpe, all of Oxford; Sandy Felts and Bertha Hargrove, both of Warrenton; and Rob Barton of Youngsville were inducted as members.
The FCC and local agencies are working hard at the first of the year to meet a looming deadline that could leave plenty without television options.
On Feb. 17, all full-power television stations will stop broadcasting on analog channels, switching instead to digital only transmissions.
That means that those who rely on an antenna to watch over-the-air television will see their sets go black unless they take one of several steps to prevent it.
Reclaiming Our Youth Leadership Program Inc. recently completed its fall tours of HBCU’s in North Carolina by attending North Carolina Central University Open House.
ROY is a local non-profit agency geared toward educating, empowering and teaching youth about ways to become leaders while exposing them to advanced educational opportunities. The group includes 10 volunteers who work within the five-county region, including Franklin County.
There would be no better shelter than under a “Santa’s Helper” hat for birds in this concocted house on a Christmasy bell and remodeled stump off Highway 581. A few well-placed twigs inside the hat already make for a great “patio” for landing or the beginnings of an upstairs playroom.