Meteorologists called for gray skies on Monday, but it wasn’t cloud cover that provided the gloom inside the county Commissioners Room.
Stark reality did that.
County Manager Angela Harris and Finance Director Chuck Murray presented the board with an overview of the current budget and expectations for next year.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners rejected a change to guidelines that was designed to make it more difficult for high-impact developments to locate in rural residential neighborhoods.
Instead, the board said, the proposed change to its Unified Development Ordinance would expose homeowners to even more detrimental development.
The Unified Development Ordinance is the document by which all the county’s zoning and regulations come under.
Franklinton Public Utilities Director Raymond Bragg, above, removes the last holiday snowflake that was placed around town to celebrate the Christmas and holiday season that stretched from the end of Thanksgiving, through Christmas and just after the celebration of the New Year. Franklinton also had Christmas lights that were hung on trees in front of Town Hall. Those were also removed. Franklinton wasn’t the only crew in the mood to take down holiday signs as crews in Louisburg also worked to take down their lighted designs and banners from around town which make the holiday season so colorful.
The first woman managing editor for The Franklin Times, who brought a passion for politics and quality journalism to her job, died Sunday.
Stephanie Jackson was 59.
Jackson took over the managing editor’s position in May 1984 and served in that capacity until November of 1990.
FRANKLINTON — Town police placed officers at Franklinton Elementary School on Tuesday as precaution after a fleeing suspect bolted into the school Monday afternoon.
According to arrest reports, Franklinton Police Officer M. Gray was patrolling Hawkins Street when he came upon Marcus Earl Dozier-Smith, 24, of S. Main Street.
Gray thought the office had warrants drawn against Dozier-Smith, so he stopped to question him.
YOUNGSVILLE - The Rev. Nathaniel Thomas Brummitt, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 7) at Good Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Corinth Baptist Church cemetery near Oxford.
FRANKLINTON - Joseph Allen Jr., 79, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 6, at South Main Street Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial followed at Manasseh Church cemetery, Franklinton.
FRANKLINTON - Timothy “JR” Parker Jr., 28, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 in Bennettsville, S. C., as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 3, at First Agape Baptist Community of Hope, Alexandria, Va., with the Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Brown officiating. Interment was in the Parker Cemetery in Wilton, N. C.
LOUISBURG - Harvey Lee Driver, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Franklin Regional Hospital.
FRANKLINTON - Russell Lee Breedlove, 60, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.
SAINT PAUL, MINN. - Selma Levy, 82, of Saint Paul, Minn. died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
ZEBULON - Stanley O. Massey, 63, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2008, as the result of an automobile accident.
GARNER - Vera Mouser Rush, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at home.
YOUNGSVILLE - Phillip E. McHale, 82, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.
LOUISBURG - Bessie Battle Williams, 94, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.
WAKE FOREST - Emma Mackenzie Konkle, infant daughter of Emily Tinsley Konkle and Zeke Konkle, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 in Carteret County.
RALEIGH - Mary House Butner, 96, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 at home.
Stephanie Jackson, 59, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2009 after a two year, courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on March 25, 1949, in Durham, N.C., but lived much of her childhood and teenage years in Raleigh. She was a graduate of Broughton High School and UNC Chapel Hill.
LOUISBURG - Unpredictability will not be a key component for the Bunn High School boys basketball team during the 2008-09 season.
But execution usually is.
From the opener against Nash Central last month up to last Friday’s rivalry matchup at Louisburg, opponents know what to expect from the Wildcats.
BUNN -- Before the man of the hour was asked to address the audience from the podium, several friends rose to share stories, reflections and well wishes toward retiring Bunn High School football coach David Howle.
One by one, former players, parents and fans offered positive thoughts toward Howle, who is stepping down after 21 successful seasons at BHS.
LOUISBURG -- One team was destined to pick up a much-needed victory last Friday when Louisburg and Bunn met in a showdown of winless girls basketball squads.
That club would prove to be Bunn, which broke open a tight game with a strong second quarter en route to a convincing 42-17 decision over the Lady Warriors in front of a sellout crowd at the LHS Gymnasium.
Because of a scheduling snafu, the Bunn High School basketball games against Southern Nash will be held today -- not Thursday, as per the Wildcats’ official schedule.
SN had the contests slated for tonight all along, and the matter was cleared up during a conversation between officials from both schools earlier this week.
So if you’re a Bunn fan, make the trip to Stanhope tonight -- not Thursday.
EDENTON -- Louisburg High School’s wrestling team has earned the No. 1 ranking in the state on the Class 1-A level from North Carolina High School Wrestling Mat News.
This is a first in Franklin County’s mat history as the Warriors nabbed the top spot for head coach Phil Mueller. LHS has lost only one dual match this season.
Rankings are done by NC Mat News editor Bob Mauldin, a Kannapolis native who accepts recommendations from coaches across the state.
BUNN -- Tryouts have been scheduled for an 11-under travel baseball team that will be based in Bunn.
Workouts are scheduled for Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 at Bunn Middle School. Tryouts will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. on each of those days.
All players in that age group are welcome to participate.
For more information on the tryouts, call Larry McKeithan at 496-1760 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOUISBURG -- Listed are some early-season results from the Town of Louisburg Basketball League:
Ten cadets graduated Dec. 18, 2008 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus. After passing the state certification exam, all ten are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.
Maria Orsini of Butner, Instructor for Associate Degree Nursing at VGCC and a finalist for the 2008 R. J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award, received $500 and a plaque at a luncheon in Raleigh on Friday, Nov. 21. Pictured, from left: State Board of Community Colleges Vice Chair Dr. Linwood Powell, Orsini, Steve Strawsburg of R. J. Reynolds, VGCC President Randy Parker, and President of the NC Community Colleges Dr. Scott Ralls.
Recent retirees from North Carolina community colleges were honored at a luncheon in Raleigh on Friday, Nov. 21. Pictured, from left: State Board of Community Colleges Vice Chair Dr. Linwood Powell, VGCC retiree Gloria Boone of Bullock, and President of the NC Community Colleges Dr. Scott Ralls.
RALEIGH - The State Board of Community Colleges recognized several Vance-Granville Community College employees at its Day of Recognition Awards on Nov. 21. The luncheon was held at the RBC Center in Raleigh.
Hospice of Wake County (which services Franklin County) announces that Jacque Grady, lead social worker, has earned the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker (ACHP-SW) credential from the National Association of Social Workers. Grady, who has been with Hospice of Wake County since 2005, is the first social worker in the United States to earn this credential.