It’s official. The Franklin County School District is in the market for a new superintendent following the acceptance of Dr. Bert L’Homme’s resignation Monday night. It will be effective at the end of June.
In a letter of resignation presented to the school board, Dr. L’Homme said he has accepted the dual position of director of Education Policy and Coordinator for the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Crusade with the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D. C.
The Children’s Defense Fund is a child advocacy and research group, founded in 1973 by Marian Wright Edelman. Their motto Leave No Child Behind indicates their mission to lobby on behalf of children in the federal government and the states, with the support of private and corporate donations and no government funding.
“Given the current environment, this is not bad news,” explained Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance, as he gave the school board a quick glimpse of its local funding options from Franklin County.
Moore, while emphasizing that the county commissioners must make the final decision, said that the county’s proposed budget cuts only about 1 percent from current operating funds and about five percent from capital expense funds.
Those numbers, he said, are what county finance director Chuck Murray and county manager Angela Harris are planning to present to the commissioners as the staff’s recommendations for the 2009-10 fiscal year.
Investigators continue to look for two men accused of a home invasion last week that left two people suffering from gunshot wounds.
Investigators in Vance County are trying to determine whether the same suspects invaded a home in Henderson on Saturday.
According to Franklin authorities, two black men kicked in the front door of a house at 8625 N.C. 39 South near Pilot during the evening of April 22.
“Technology is a necessary ingredient, but it’s not sufficient,” says cancer fighter Dr. Robert McLaurin -- and that may seem like an unusual statement coming from a man who has dedicated his life to beaming radioactivity into patients to kill malignant cells.
To paraphrase cyclist Lance Armstrong, he adds, “it’s not about the accelerator.”
Dr. McLaurin, owner of Franklin County Cancer Center and a radiation oncologist, explains that dealing with cancer is not merely about the size and power of the radiation-producing equipment, it’s also the careful, exacting control of the dose that can spell the difference between successful treatment and dangerous side effects.
Local health officials said they have not been inundated with swine flu fears, but they are working to stay on top of the virus before it makes an impact here.
Across the country, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed 64 cases of the virus which, if untreated, could prove deadly.
None of the cases, though, have been confirmed in North Carolina.
Of all the competitors in the International Whistlers Convention last week, Cassidy Osgood had the shortest trip to the Louisburg College Auditorium.
But the Bunn Middle School student has come a long way from whistling the children’s songs that got her selected for her first competition two years ago.
The county’s Tourism Development Authority has adopted a grant application review schedule they say will give them more time to take a broader approach to tourism.
By consensus, the board agreed to a policy during its April 20 meeting requiring that grant applications be submitted 90 days before they are reviewed.
Could it partly be the weather?
Although 90-degree-plus days in April are rare for us here in North Carolina, most folks -- except allergy sufferers -- have been enjoying the magnificent weather that mirrors summertime but without the oppressive humidity.
Apparently, that’s lifting spirits as well -- and that may be having a long-hoped-for effect on the economy.
GOOD MORNING: Adios Dr. Bert! Actually, I think Franklin County School Board members were relieved to learn that Dr. L’Homme was leaving.
The fact is that Dr. L’Homme was not a good fit for Franklin County, but he should fit well in his new position in Washington, D.C.
We wish him well.
Two recent reports of home invasions, one in Franklin County and one in Vance County, should send shivers down the backs of residents in both counties.
And, unfortunately, it could have a chilling effect on law enforcement officers.
In both instances, men who dressed in dark clothing or fatigues, tried to pass themselves off as law enforcement officers.
Last Week’s Poll
Municipalities annex property without residents say?
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I’d rather be called a ghoul than a lich.
What’s a lich? In fantasy literature, it’s typically the reanimated corpse of some dead king or sorcerer. Rather than just being an individual menace, the lich seeks to control the minds and actions of vast hordes of other beings.
The following is a list of General Assembly votes taken by local legislators, week ended April 18.
LOUISBURG – Mary Carroll Finch, 87, died Saturday morning, April 25, 2009. Funeral service was Tuesday, April 28, at Corinth Baptist Church, with the Rev. Brent Farrar officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Vera Gray Dorsey Tharrington, 76, died Saturday afternoon, April 25, 2009 at her home. Funeral services were Tuesday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Henry Stamper and the Rev. Blake Stallings officiating. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG - Virginia Alline Duke, 89, died Friday, April 24, 2009. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 29) at Cedar Rock Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Robert Williams, 63, who died Friday, April 24, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 29) at Haywood Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Marie Pearce Kitsoulis, 92, formerly of Youngsville, died Saturday morning, April 25, 2009 in Cape Coral, Fla. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Stratton officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Pauline Johnson Tant, 79, died Monday, April 27, 2009. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 29) at Union Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Zebulon Cemetery.
ZEBULON - U.S. Army retired Staff Sergeant Johnnie Mack Stewart died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 28, at Mitchell Funeral Home, Raleigh. Burial was in Briercreek Memorial Gardens with military honors.
YOUNGSVILLE - Joan Ellen Burkett, 59, formerly of Roanoke, Va., died Wednesday, April 23, 2009. Open house was Tuesday, April 28, at the residence.
ZEBULON - Rudy Vance Price, 65, died Friday, April 24, 2009 at Guardian Care of Zebulon. Funeral services were Monday, April 27, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, Knightdale, with Charlton Alexander officiating. Entombment followed in Gethesemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon, with military honors.
WAKE FOREST - Geneva Powell Stephenson, 86, died Thursday, April 23, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 26, at Woodland Baptist Church, with Dr. Tommy Seedorf officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE-Gloria Pauline Huffstetler, 78, died Tuesday morning, April 28, 2009. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 30, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.
HENDERSON - Robert Gray Fleming Sr., 56, died Monday, April 27, 2009 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.
BUNN -- High school softball is a game that consists of seven innings.
But Bunn needed just one big frame to secure a 7-4 home victory last Wednesday against backyard rival Southern Nash.
The non-conference foes usually meet earlier in the season, but a previous event was postponed because of poor weather.
Clear skies and whipping winds welcomed Southern to Bunn for the much-anticipated matchup.
RED OAK -- The last time Northern Nash and Bunn met on the girls soccer stage, the Lady Knights easily potted seven goals in the first half of a contest as part of the Franklinton Shamrock Classic in March.
That event was played in torrential rain and was called off at halftime because of the poor weather.
Mother Nature couldn’t have been more cooperative for the rematch, which was held last Friday at the NNHS Field in Red Oak.
Perfect skies and 88-degree temperatures welcomed the Ladycats to Northern as Bunn hoped to improve on its showing from the previous matchup.
HENDERSON -- Bunn moved into second place in the Northern Carolina Conference season standings thanks to a strong effort during the NCC’s latest event, which was held last Thursday.
Three Wildcats shot in the 80s as Bunn claimed the runner-up spot behind Roanoke Rapids at the match at the challenging Kerr Lake Country Club layout.
Southern Vance, the day’s host, was a mere two strokes ahead of Bunn for the No. 2 spot heading into the competition.
FRANKLINTON -- Head coach Deran Coe will host the annual Franklinton Red Rams Soccer Camp from June 15-19 on the FHS campus.
Cost is $80 per camper. The event is open to youngsters ages 4-14.
The camp will run from 9 a.m.-noon and will feature quality instruction from FHS players and coaches, along with other area soccer coaches.
Each camper will receive a T-shirt, camp photo and be eligible for awards.
To sign up or receive more information, call Coach Coe at 494-2332.
BUNN -- After several years of trying, the Bunn High School baseball squad was finally able to break through against Roanoke Rapids ace Tyler Deloach.
And the Wildcats couldn’t have picked a more opportune time to perform the feat.
Bunn, like everyone else in the Northern Carolina Conference, has been befuddled in recent campaigns by Deloach, a lefty who has signed to continue his career at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
LOUISBURG -- The intangibles that pushed the upstart University of South Carolina-Sumter Fire Ants to the Region X regular season baseball crown were all on display last Saturday at Frazier Field.
The Fire Ants, who have lost only four league games this spring, clinched the title with a doubleheader sweep against Louisburg College.
USC-S used strong pitching, timely offense and reliable defense to take its first-ever region championship.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- There’s a new team in Franklin County, and it’s giving young softball players an opportunity to improve their skills against some of the area’s top competition.
The Franklin Fire features 13 players on its 10-Under squad, which took part recently in a tournament in Rocky Mount. The team posted a 1-4 record under head coach Felton Jacobs.
Franklin County sheriff’s investigators say former patients of a Louisburg doctor should rest comfortably.
Information that first appeared to be valuable medical records turned out to be nothing more than trash.
On April 9, a woman reported that she found what appeared to be medical waste and records in a dumpster on Jeffrey’s Way in Youngsville.
The Franklin County Tax Office will be hosting several presentations to discuss the available property tax relief programs for 2009.
These include the Senior or Disability Exclusion, the Disabled Veterans Exclusion and the Circuit Breaker Tax Deferment Program. Advance registration is not required except at the Lake Royale location. The schedule for presentations is as follows:
The Louisburg Lions Club recently received an update on the Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.
Angela Herring, patient assistance coordinator for the clinic, informed the club that her organization is now up to 14 free clinics per month. There are no income guidelines for eligibility to the clinic, but you must be between the ages of 18-65 with no medical insurance coverage.
The General Federation of Women’s Club of North Carolina (GFWC-NC) held its 107th Annual Convention at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach. Clubwomen from across the state met for the purpose of honoring women in North Carolina and celebrating accomplishments, as well as conducting GFWC-NC annual business.
The Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse was the scene of the annual Franklin County Democratic Party Convention last Saturday morning.
Delegates from the county’s precincts elected the following officers for the next two years: Chair, Jerry Carlyle; 1st Vice Chair, Armenta Eaton; 2nd Vice Chair, Jenny Edwards; 3rd Vice Chair, Elic Senter; Secretary, Jean Crudup; and Treasurer, Richard Cash.
Cabin Branch Farm Market, LLC, a new business at 104 S. Main St. in Franklinton, will have its ribbon cutting and grand opening on Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. Cabin Branch is a meat and produce market offering frozen meat, poultry, seafood, fresh vegetables and local homemade products such as goats’ milk soap. Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter will be on hand to cut the traditional red ribbon at the grand opening.