With the nation facing what he called “the toughest economic times in most of our lifetimes,” U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, D -- Second District, told a small group of local officials Monday morning that the economy may be “near the bottom and starting to move back up.”
Etheridge noted that more than half the counties in his district -- including Franklin and Nash -- are enduring double-digit unemployment and he noted that North Carolina has lost more than 120,000 jobs in the last year.
Shane Musselman of the Sun Devils gets ready at the plate during a T-Ball game as part of last Saturday’s Louisburg Recreation Department Opening Day Ceremonies for baseball and softball.
“It’s not a white knight for us,” said a concerned Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for finance for Franklin County Schools.
He was referring to a “zero interest” bond issue provision in the federal stimulus package that is being touted as a remedy for the nation’s economic woes. Moore was among school officials who attended U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge’s Monday morning meeting to detail the American Recovery and Investment Act’s impact on local governments.
Franklin County Commissioner Sidney Dunston suffered a broken ankle Sunday afternoon following a skydiving accident.
According to witnesses, Dunston was on a tandem jump at the newly opened Triangle Skydiving Center at Triangle North Executive Airport when the mishap occurred.
TSC President Greg Upper said Dunston straightened out his legs upon impact, causing his foot to twist and his ankle to break.
Chuck Murray used some home-lake advantage last week to capture a divisional bass-fishing championship, earning a chance at a national championship and a shot at his ultimate prize — the BASSMasters Classic.
Murray caught 14 fish weighing 44 pounds and 11 ounces, besting the finest fishermen from seven states that made up the field of the Bass Federation Nation Southern Divisional competition at Lake Gaston from April 1-3.
The retrial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife continues this week after opening statements on Monday.
The state’s first case against Robert Lee Pastuer in September ended with a mistrial when that jury remained deadlocked and could not determine whether he was guilty or not of killing Narskelsky Pastuer.
Mrs. Pastuer’s body was found in the trunk of her car on Dec. 7, 2006 — just less than a month after her daughter reported her missing.
In light of the teetering automotive industry, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners decided to flash some caution lights before buying new vehicles for the sheriff’s office.
The board agreed to grant Sheriff Pat Green’s request for new vehicles, but they suggested he consult with County Manager Angela Harris to figure out the best way to navigate the current minefield that is the automotive industry.
The 14 vehicles Green asked for — Jeeps and Dodges — are Chryslers, which, according to some reports, is on the verge of collapse.
Local input and control of government decisions are always good things — but rarely have they been more important than in this turbulent, uncertain and sometimes frightening economy.
As you’ve realized by reading news stories on page 1 of this edition, topics from the stability of the American automotive industry to the best ways to operate and finance schools have come to the front and center of local concerns.
GOOD MORNING: A severely disabled patient, left unattended for more than an hour at a state mental hospital, slides down in her wheelchair and chokes to death on a “safety”strap used to hold her in the chair;
Blunt-force trauma turns a state PRISONER in solitary confinement into a quadriplegic, and officials say they don’t know how it happened;
And a WANTED California con- artist almost conned state Department of Commerce industry-hunters into setting up a multi-county incentive package for a “bogus gem plant” before Franklin County authorities blew the whistle on the scheme and then the state tips the con-artist off and allows him to go scot-free.
I read a story recently that puts the phrase, Shop Locally, on steroids.
It seems that the nation’s recession is causing some local communities to resort to a Depression-era idea — printing their own money.
The idea has caught on in towns in Detroit, Massachusetts, New York and as close as Pittsboro.
Essentially, local businesses and individuals set up a network and print a local currency that can be used at stores that accept the currency.
Last Week’s Poll
Administrative change at LHS?
With all the recent turmoil at Louisburg High School, should there be an administration change at the school to try and salvage the institution’s reputation?
The cartoon that appeared in The Franklin Times on April 4 crossed the line. There are scores of staff that choose to work at Louisburg High School, and they are totally dedicated to the hundreds of students who attend every day. They work hard, have enormous integrity, and work more hours than the community could ever pay for. They do this because they believe that what they do makes a positive difference in the lives of the children they work with.
I am an African American female who resides in Franklin County and has a six-year-old granddaughter who will play with anyone, regardless of their race or color of their skin.
My granddaughter has a bi-racial friend who lives in my neighborhood and rides the bus with her. One afternoon when my granddaughter got home from school, she went to visit her friend, who resides next door to a Caucasian neighbor, and was told that she could no longer play in their yard. Needless to say, that this wasn’t the first time that this has occurred.
Every recession creates costs and losses. Jobs are cut, incomes are reduced, and stock values drop. But something more has happened during the present recession – something that many experts think will cause a major shift in our personal finances.
The devastating aspect of this recession has been the tremendous loss in household wealth. Just released numbers from the Federal Reserve show that through the end of 2008, households lost $13 trillion in wealth, or 20 percent of the wealth they had at the beginning of the recession.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Hardie Williams, 76, who died Friday, April 3, 2009, were Tuesday, April 7, in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Junious Debnam officiating. Burial followed in the St. Stephens Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Garfield Mitchell, 66, who died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 8) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Sandhills State Veteran’s Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Sidney “Sid” McCoy Denton, 84, died Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Carebridge Assisted Living. Memorial services were conducted Monday, April 6, at Centerville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Keith Campbell officiating.
BUNN -- Roanoke Rapids is regarded as one of the favorites this season in the Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer standings.
The Lady Jackets showed why Monday afternoon during a road showdown at Bunn.
RR scored less than one minute in, and things would only get worse from there for the Ladycats.
LOUISBURG - Before last weekend’s four-game home series, Louisburg College baseball coach John Thomas said he felt as good about his club as he had during the entire season.
The Hurricanes continued their recent surge by taking three of four outings against the Surry Community College Knights in a Region X series at Frazier Field.
OXFORD -- Bunn stepped out of conference play and into a hornet’s nest last Saturday against area Class 3-A powerhouse Oxford Webb.
The host Warriors were able to sweep a doubleheader from BHS, beginning with a 7-2 conquest and ending with a 10-0 decision.
Bunn is now 5-4 overall, while Oxford Webb improved to 10-1 on the campaign.
“We made a whole lot of errors,’’ said BHS head coach Chris Lewis. “And Webb has a very good team.’’
Sherry Bell has come a long way since she first entered The Franklin Times NCAA Bracket Pool Contest for the initial time in 2005.
That year, Bell used variables such as geographic location, school colors and mascots to predict her winners.
The results were forgettable. Bell’s picks have included the likes of Arkansas and Alabama in the Final Four, and she has consistently finished at or near the bottom of the standings.
FRANKLINTON -- With Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer action heating up, the Franklinton Lady Rams may have picked an inopportune time to get bitten by the injury bug.
At least FHS head coach Deran Coe can take solace in the fact that, following today’s league showdown against Bunn, the Lady Rams won’t have another NCC outing until after Spring Break.
BUNN -- The Second Annual Bunn High School Boys Basketball Team Golf Tournament is slated for May 16 at The River Golf Course at Lake Royale.
The event is open for the first 25 teams. A four-person superball format will be utilized.
Action will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Entry fee is $55 per person, which includes round of golf, cart fee and lunch.
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Sophomore Devin Harris drove in the winning runs in both games of the Conference USA doubleheader as No. 16 East Carolina completed the three-game sweep over UAB 15-9 and 10-9 last Saturday at Young Memorial Field.
With the wins, the Pirates improve to 25-5 overall an 8-1 in league play, its best start since the 2000 campaign when they also start the year 25-5.
A Zebulon man was killed in a fiery wreck Sunday night.
According to a report by Trooper T.L. Hunt, Philip Dalke, 38, of 2501 Shepard School Road was driving on N.C. 39 North when his vehicle went left of the center line at about 8:25 p.m.
The vehicle collided head-on with an 18-wheeler driven by Briant Puryear, 37, of Oxford.
Volunteer help is needed for the 36th International Whistlers Convention, April 22-26, now with a record number of whistlers and singers. Sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council, it has been necessary to add an extra day for competition in the Louisburg College auditorium.
Needed are volunteers to provide shifts in registration, stage, auditorium, program, material displays and information monitors.