In some ways, the state of the county and the state of the school system are like the television shows “Survivor” and “Deal or No Deal”, respectively.
The county is trying to survive one of the toughest economic downturns in history and the state keeps knocking school system money off the board.
County Manager Angela Harris and Superintendent Bert L’Homme made those revelations Thursday afternoon at the annual State of the County, State of the School System address sponsored by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
The county will have to layoff some employees, induce furloughs and cut benefits in order to balance next year’s budget and maintain a flat tax rate.
County Manager Angela Harris is expected to reveal that bleak outlook to commissioners on Tuesday when she presents the seven-member board with her budget proposal.
The budget recommends eliminating two positions in cooperative extension, an environmental health specialist within the planning office, and two positions within emergency management.
GONE FISHING. From left to right, Jake and Ellis Privette get an early start on seeing how the fish are biting at a lake at the Double “D” Equestrian farm.
Organizers of the upcoming sixth annual Franklin County Farm Foods & Crafts Tour tout the weekend event as a chance to discover the day-to-day life on a working farm.
That day-to-day life has been a way of life since 2005 for Maryland transplants Bob and Ginger Sykes, who left the rat race of the corporate world for the slow pace of farm life.
Their Turtle Mist Farm, which used to be a horse boarding facility and bull riding operation, and, before that, an agritourism site, will be one of the ten stops featured on this year’s tour on May 16-17.
Ginger and Bob Sykes shuttled their corporate lives in Maryland for the farming life in Franklin County.
The 401 Citizens Action Committee began the process Thursday evening of changing its focus from gathering data about the highway it wants to see four-laned to pulling together that data into a presentation that members will use in an attempt to secure funding for the oft-delayed project.
One of those persuasion tools that the committee hopes will draw widespread attention to the project is the creation of one or two bumper stickers.
The process of narrowing the choices down from about 30 suggestions ended with two final selections:
FRANKLINTON — As a farmer, it’s important to know your soil.
Yarborough and Shauna Williams figured Franklinton was fertile enough to support their meat and produce venture and burgeoning farmer’s market.
In the few weeks since opening their Cabin Branch Farm Market, the Warren County farmers have found the footing to be solid.
“The response has been positive,” Yarborough Williams said.
Franklin County resident Charles Valentine
Some things, no matter how well intentioned, just don’t pass the smell test.
Such is the case with the Flight 93 memorial the federal government is planning to build in time for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
It’s doubtful that many Americans are against the idea of a memorial to recognize the 33 passengers and seven crew members killed when their plane crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. United Flight 93 was on its way from Newark, NJ, to San Francisco when it was diverted by hijackers who apparently wanted to crash it into either the White House or the Capitol Building.
If State Rep. Paul Stam, an Apex Republican, gets his way, thousands of North Carolina residents will become victims of government by ambush.
Stam knows that but apparently doesn’t care. Wonder what newspaper gored his favorite ox?
Stam first tried to gain support for a proposal that would allow all governments to post their public notices on their own websites instead of in newspapers where tens of thousands more folks routinely get their news.
That didn’t fly.
GOOD MORNING: Thursday night’s meeting of the 401 Citizens Action Committee is a prime example why local efforts to secure funding for US 401 improvements haven’t born fruit. The fact is — except for efforts by the fledgling 401 Action Committee, there hasn’t been any real local effort to speak of.
For example: Following a meeting two weeks ago in which several county appointed and elected officials showed up for the first time, no county representation whatsoever showed up for the meeting Thursday night.
It’s that time of year again when the semester winds to a finish and students head home for the summer. Some will be returning to Louisburg next year; others will receive their degrees and begin working, or transfer to four-year institutions to complete their education. As I reflect back on the 2008-2009 school year, I am surprised at how quickly the time has passed and just how much can happen in the span of nine months.
A recent high school graduate, at the tender age of 18, brimming with a mixture of excitement, anticipation, and fear, can arrive on the campus of a small liberal arts college, then leave, nine months later, confident, poised, and more prepared for adulthood.
Whatever you think of North Carolina’s use of the death penalty – I believe that it is the only just punishment for those who commit the most grievous crimes imaginable – the de facto moratorium of the past two years should have struck you as illegal and outrageous.
North Carolina did not stop executing its most depraved and dangerous murderers because the elected General Assembly of the state, in its collective wisdom, chose to outlaw capital punishment. Executions were not suspended because the people of the state chose, via constitutional amendment, to abolish them. Our death penalty wasn’t even struck down by a duly constituted state or federal court as a cruel or unusual punishment.
HENDERSON - David Brian Weatherford, 46, of Youngsville died Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Memorial services will be private.
HENDERSON - Fun-eral services for Clementine “Clem” Johnson, 49, who died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, May 9) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Elder Hakeem Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Church cemetery.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Mary R. Wilson, 45, who died Monday, May 4, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 9) at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
GREENSBORO - Sara Gray Duncan, 91, formerly of Louisburg, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point. Funeral services were Friday, May 8, at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel in Greensboro. A graveside service was conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.
CARY - Anne G. Meyer died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Sunnybrook Healthcare in Raleigh. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
RALEIGH - Harold D. Coppedge, 59, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Rex Hospital. Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, May 9) at the Spaulding Family Rescue Center Auditorium in Spring Hope, preceded by a 10:30 a.m. visitation. Burial will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens.
WAKE FOREST - Ronald Earl “Ronnie” Jones Sr., 43, of Atlantic Beach, formerly of Wake Forest, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 9) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Mike Wells officiating. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery.
ZEBULON - Jackie “Jack” Cope, 36, died Monday, May 4, 2009. Memorial services were conducted Thursday, May 7, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, with the Rev. Steve Davis officiating. A private burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Jane E. Blackwell, 88, who died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery. Surviving: daughter, Judy Blackwell of Boston, Mass.; son, Charles Smith of Boston, Mass.; special granddaughter and caretaker, Danielle Reese of Louisburg; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
MOORESVILLE- Harold King Cline, 86, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville. Funeral services were Thursday, May 7, at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Mooresville, with the Rev. Rob Fuquay and the Rev. Andrea Smith officiating. Burial was in Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis, with military rites.
WASHINGTON, DC - Rena M. (Teasley) Walker (known as Tibb), formerly of Franklinton, North Carolina, quietly passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
HEADING HOME. Southern Vance’s Morgan Adcock (right) scores a run off a throwing error as Franklinton catcher Megan Walker awaits the throw during Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball showdown in Henderson.
HENDERSON -- Southern Vance has set the standard for perfection this season in the Northern Carolina Conference’s fast-pitch softball standings.
Certainly, SV’s league competition won’t be sorry to see the Lady Raiders leave after this spring.
That’s when Southern will shift up to the Class 3-A level due to mandatory realignment by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
BASE HIT. Southern Vance’s Roc Mosely lines a single for the Raiders during Thursday’s home conference matchup against the Franklinton Red Rams. The Raiders won the outing by a 6-5 margin. Also shown is Franklinton catcher Lane Pickett.
HENDERSON -- Franklinton went into the final weekend of the regular season still in the mix for one of the four Class 2-A State Playoff berths out of the Northern Carolina Conference.
If the Red Rams won at least one of their last two games, they would no worse than tie Warren County for the fourth and final postseason position from the NCC.
Franklinton carried a 4-6 league worksheet into Friday’s home finale against Granville Central. The Red Rams will travel to Bunn today for a 10 a.m. make-up game.
WILLIAMSTON -- How’s this for pressure -- Louisburg’s Patrick Riddick went to a playoff on Monday for the final state qualifying spot at the Class 1-A East Regional Golf Tournament.
If Riddick was able to outlast his opponent, he would claim a coveted state berth. If not, he would have been shut out from state competition.
But Riddick, a sophomore, maintained his poise with a pair of pars to earn his place at the upcoming Class 1-A State Tourney.
Rule No. 1 to being a part of high school athletics in the spring:
When it rains, it eventually pours.
And it has rained -- seemingly in endless fashion -- this spring.
That means called-off sporting events ultimately need to be rescheduled. And it feels like half of Franklin County will be in action today. It’s payback time for all of those days off because of the weather.
UP HE GOES. Franklinton’s Reggie Williams clears a height in the high jump during Wednesday’s action at the Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Meet, which was held in Roanoke Rapids.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Two schools of thought could be taken from Franklinton’s performance at last season’s Northern Carolina Conference Boys Track and Field Meet.
The Red Rams were only a single point away from winning the entire tourney -- or one point away from losing it.
Either way, FHS head coach Trent Sanders was thrilled that the Red Rams were able to finish in a tie for the top spot with Warren County.
ZEBULON -- With the rest of the Southern League practically rained out on Wednesday, Carolina was able to sweep a doubleheader from first-place Mobile at Five County Stadium.
Scores were 4-2 in the opener and 2-1 in the finale -- both in Carolina’s favor.
Matthew Klinker (W, 1-0) won his Double-A debut, while Travis Wood (W, 1-3) finally netted his first win of the season as Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak and moved out of the Northern Division cellar.
A speedy recovery allowed best friends (l to r) Michael Marciniak, 14, and Josh Daley, 15, to bag these turkeys on Youth Day (April 14). The teens were involved in a hunting accident on Jan. 13 that left Marciniak with life-threatening injuries. Marciniak was determined to recover in time to hunt with Daley on the opening day of turkey season, and this determination obviously paid off.
High School Baseball
CLASS 1-A STATE PLAYOFFS
Teams, Sites TBA
SIGNING WITH SANDHILLS CC. Bunn High School senior hoops standout Clay Thorne (front, center) signs a letter-of-intent to continue his basketball career at Sandhills Community College.
BUNN -- Clay Thorne will find a familiar face when he arrives for fall classes at Sandhills Community College.
Former Bunn High School player and Louisburg College head basketball coach Aaron Denton.
Denton, a 1996 BHS graduate, has never forgotten his athletic roots, especially during recruiting periods.
Bunn legend Freddy Little played at Miami-Dade College when Denton was an assistant at the South Florida school.
Thomas Timberlake of Youngsville (top) shows off a pair of catfish (10 and 17 pounds) during a recent fishing expedition with grandchildren (front, l to r) Christopher Pulley, Emily Holmquist and Davey Marshall. The fish were caught at Lake Royale. All of the grandchildren are Youngsville residents.
First of all, I can very well identify with foreign students since I have been one myself. It was not easy for me to take courses, study for them, take tests, and pass the subjects without working very, very hard. I was not fluently proficient in the English language, which made it more difficult for me to study for tests.
You know, we all look back at things we have done in the past and wonder how in the world we ever did it. How did we accomplish what we set out to do? Most of the time our answer is “I do not know how I did it,” or just simply, “I am glad I was younger because I do not think I could do it now.”
Register of Deeds Linda Stone, left, puts a few more goodies on the plate of Marla Hall, right, with the county’s Health Department. The Wednesday picnic was part of County Government Week festivities.
Franklinton High School was well represented in the recent State Skills/USA competition in Greensboro. Jonathan Hilliard (front left) captured first place for PowerPoint presentations, as teammates Olivia Williams (front right) finished second in a poster board competition. Corey Brushaber (back left) finished second in District Three for masonry and Pedro Najera (back right) was fourth in District Three for masonry.
Franklin County has been awarded Federal Funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Franklin County has been chosen to receive $19,858 to supplement the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for the county. These funds have been made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
With increasing economic troubles piled on to the stress of work and family demands, more and more Americans are suffering from mental illnesses. National Mental Health Month was created to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for all. At the end of 2008, 58 percent of Americans reported struggling in their lives. This represents an increase of more than 22 million Americans who reported struggling earlier in the year.
Louisburg police cited a Roanoke Rapids woman for causing this four-vehicle crash that involved a school bus. No students were on board. According to the report by Louisburg Police Officer T.W. Lincoln, Lauren Bradley, 20, was attempting to turn left from N.C. 561 to Bickett Boulevard when she pulled into the path of a school bus driven by Carolyn Wright, 46, of Louisburg. The chain reaction of events caused the bus to hit two other vehicles that were entering the intersection from N.C. 56. Bradley was treated for non-life-threatening injuries in the Wednesday afternoon wreck. She was cited with failure to see before turning.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a convenience store fire as a possible arson.
According to a report by Dep. Philip Wheless, authorities were called out to 4695 Pearces Road early Wednesday morning to find Walt’s Food Mart on fire.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act.
The Request for Referendum will be conducted at USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices. To be eligible to participate, producers must certify and provide documentation that shows that they produced soybeans and paid an assessment on the soybeans during the period of Jan. 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2008.
Louisburg firefighters doused some flames that damaged this home on 212 Bunn Road at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to reports, the fire began when a woman started a fire to scare away a snake that was on the back porch. No injuries were reported. There was no extensive damage to the structure, according to reports. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
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