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Showing 37 articles from June 12, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Rec fees raised
The Louisburg Town Council is set to adopt a budget Monday night that keeps taxes constant, but raises recreation fees.
In January, Council members raised the out-of-town rate for its baseball/softball program from $40 to $150 — a decision made in response to the county’s refusal to commit $133,000 annually to cover the cost of county residents taking part in town recreation.
A month later, the town rescinded the increase and agreed to renewed negotiations with the county about recreation.
The county’s proposed 2009-10 budget does not include the town’s request.

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Youngsville budget raises taxes and utility rates
Youngsville budget raises taxes and utility rates
YOUNGSVILLE — The town board approved a 2009-10 spending plan that raises taxes and utility rates.
In her budget message, Town Administrator Brenda Robbins said a poor economy, slowed tax collections and debt has forced the town to raise taxes — from the current rate of 54 cents per $100 valuation to 57 cents.
Mayor Sam Hardwick said the measures should help the town pull out of a less than appealing financial picture. “The budget doesn’t include any raises or extra spending,” Hardwick said. “We’re holding the line.
“This approach should get us back to where we’re supposed to be.”

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Lunsford case dismissed
Attorneys for the family of two girls killed by a suspect fleeing Franklinton police plan to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss the case.
The family of Linsay and Maggie Lunsford, 18 and 9, respectively, filed a lawsuit against former Franklinton Officer Michael Dunlap, Police Chief Ray Gilliam, the town and Guy Christopher Ayscue, arguing that they were all to blame for the Dec. 1, 2007 chase and crash that killed the two Granville County sisters.
The chase started when Ayscue raced through an intersection in Franklinton.
The chase ended in Oxford when Ayscue crashed head-on into the vehicle that Linsay was driving.

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Second Opinion
COME IN, AGAIN. The Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine plan to open Encore! Encore! later this month. The thrift store is expected to provide the group with revenue to help operate its clinic in Louisburg.
Second Opinion
FRANKLINTON — Operators of Franklin County’s free clinic are looking to broaden their scope and their reach later this month.
The Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine are set to open Encore! Encore!, a thrift store in the heart of Franklinton.
Organizers say the store will serve two purposes: create a funding source to help operate their clinic in Louisburg and serve as another branch in their plans to touch all corners of Franklin County.
“We’re excited,” said Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) executive director Beverly Kegley.
“We’re ready to go.”

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Motions filed in Crudup case
Motions filed in Crudup case
The attorney for a suspected killer wants his trial delayed or the judge to toss certain evidence.
Boyd Sturges filed two motions on Wednesday that would either delay the trial against Derrick L. Crudup or exclude ballistics evidence as well as a statement made that Sturges argues resulted from a misleading question from a state Bureau of Investigation agent.
Sturges declined comment regarding the motions.
In the motions, Sturges alleges that the state moved slowly in securing ballistics evidence in the case, not getting its evidence to the defendant until May 28.

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Companies interested in Franklin County
Companies interested in Franklin County
A hint of good economic news as well as a changing of the guard highlighted the June meeting of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission Thursday morning.
“It’s not all gloom and doom out there,” Shane Mitchell, outgoing EDC chairman, told the board. “There are some positive signs.”
One of the key items on the EDC agenda was election of officers. Named chairman was real estate developer Mark McArn; vice chairman will be Bobbie Jo May, dean of the Franklin County campus of Vance Granville Community College and secretary will be Youngsville businessman Leelan Woodlief.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Chris Harrell

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hand-Me-Down-Docs
Editorial Cartoon: Hand-Me-Down-Docs


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Perdue’s back room deals detour Hwy. 401 funding to I-85 bridge
You might ask how a decaying bridge over the Yadkin River on I-85 will be making your trips to Raleigh more dangerous.
The simple answer is that replacing it will use money that could have gone to four-lane U.S. 401 in Franklin County, which would have made our very dangerous two-lane road much safer and fulfill one of this region’s top transportation priorities.
But it’s a little more complex than that — and involves government delay, incompetence and back room dealings.
That I-85 bridge, often called the seventh most dangerous in the nation, is long overdue for replacement.

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Itching to get back to work; Mayor visits for stimulating talk
Itching to get back to work; Mayor visits for stimulating talk
GOOD MORNING: I guess you could say that I’m itching to get back to work, or at any rate I’m still itching and scratching, but I guess that’s a small price to pay if  I can soon look back on this as just another bump in the road.
Actually, except for the almost constant urge to scratch, I feel pretty good.
But, being under house arrest so to speak is beginning to grate on my nerves. Hopefully my doctors will clear me to return to limited duty sometime next week.

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Louisburg plans for future; NC budget needs to look at real issues
Louisburg plans for future; NC budget needs to look at real issues
There is plenty to argue about, fuss about and just plain debate these days, especially with the economy in the tank, the state budget in turmoil and the seeming inability of elected officials to make the kinds of difficult decisions that will be needed to get government back into line.
But there is one project that, while we can endlessly debate the details, we can agree was done with vision.
It’s the new Louisburg Operations Center that will officially open at 11 a.m. Monday at 115 Industrial Drive.
What makes this project special, in my eyes at least, is that it is planned for the future!

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Endings and beginnings
Endings and beginnings
Graduation this year at Louisburg College was fairly typical of most graduation ceremonies.  There were caps and gowns, speeches, and photo opportunities as relieved students, surrounded by proud parents and professors, strode across the stage to the roar of applause as they accepted their diplomas.
Graduation morning, Saturday, May 9, began with an intimate gathering in the Benson Chapel for the Baccalaureate service.  As the guest speaker, the Rev. Timothy J. Russell, Superintendent of the Raleigh District of the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church, spoke on the importance of following your passion and inner guidance, I thought of Andrew, Tristan, and Caroline, three standout graduates I have come to know this past year.

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State government’s twin deficits
RALEIGH – Throughout early June, there was breaking news on the two biggest political stories in North Carolina, the Easley scandal and the state budget. While distinguishable, the two stories do have a common denominator.
The current state government has a massive fiscal deficit. The former state governor had a massive ethical deficit.
These two deficits are interconnected, both in cause and in effect. The common cause was the administration of Gov. Mike Easley, which began with a series of costly tax increases and new spending programs that only served to fuel North Carolina’s boom-and-bust spending cycle. Early in his term, Easley had a chance to break out of the cycle by repudiating the expensive spending promises of his predecessor, Jim Hunt, and balancing the state budget without a tax increase.

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OBITUARIES

LOUGH M. BAKER
YOUNGSVILLE —Lough Massey Baker, 63, died Friday, June 5, 2009.

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PERONE JONES
LOUISBURG - Perone Jones, 44, died Thursday, June 11, 2009 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services will be Monday, June 15, 2009 at Haywood Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will be in the Brodie family cemetery, Louisburg.

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A.F. “MAC” MACDONALD
FRANKLINTON - Archibald Finley “Mac” MacDonald, 66, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at WakeMed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, with Father Philip Tighe officiating.

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CLARENCE G. MANGUM
ZEBULON - Clarence Gentry Mangum, 85, died Thursday, June 11, 2009. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 13) at Union Chapel Baptist Church, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PHILLIP C. ANDERS SR.
RALEIGH - Phillip Conley Anders Sr., 74, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 13)  at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. Burial will follow the service at Historic Oakwood Cemetery with military honors.

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MARSHA H. PERSON
DURHAM - Marsha Hunt Person, 54, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at her home.  Graveside services will be held Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. from Oakwood Cemetery, with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating.

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WILLIAM R. GILLIONS II
YOUNGSVILLE - William R. Gillions II, 62, died Monday, June 8, 2009.

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C. W. STROTHER
May 3, 1934 – June 9, 2009
LOUISBURG – Charles Winston “C.W.” Strother, 75, of Louisburg, passed away Tuesday evening.

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ROBERT DALE WOODLIEF
WAKE FOREST - Robert Dale Woodlief, 51, of 1601 Oak Grove Church Road, Wake Forest, died Monday morning, June 8, 2009 at his residence. He was born in WakeCounty, the son of the late Charles Brewer Woodlief and Jessmer Edwards Woodlief.

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SPORTS

MAGICAL MUDCATS
AND HERE’S THE PITCH. Louisburg Gators’ hurler Alex Cardwell delivers a pitch during her team’s matchup Thursday evening against the Youngsville Mudcats at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
MAGICAL MUDCATS
LOUISBURG -- Youngsville’s Mudcats capped off a magical season Thursday in the Louisburg-Youngsville Softball League.
The Mudcats, consisting of players ages 7-9, went undefeated in the L-YSL Coach-Pitch Tournament -- and capped off the run with an 8-2 decision over the Louisburg Gators at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
The Mudcats, coached by Jerry Faulkner, never trailed after plating the maximum five runs in the bottom of the first stanza.

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Holloman Looks To Future
Holloman Looks To Future
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament in March wasn’t just a reward for a great season.
For LC veteran head coach Mike Holloman, it was a fact-finding mission.
This was the Lady Hurricanes’ first campaign on the D-II level, and Holloman wasn’t quite sure of the talent level his club would encounter at the nationals.

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Weekend sporting thoughts
Weekend sporting thoughts
By the time this edition hits the presses, hockey will be over, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings will have completed Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals Series.
For me, that’s a sure sign that summer is upon us.
It certainly isn’t the NBA Finals. Don’t those last until October?
Being a Penguins’ fan, I can only hope for the best. But the Red Wings are a tough team in the Stanley Cup -- as the Hurricanes found out way back in 2002.

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A Truly Special Occasion
A Truly Special Occasion
RALEIGH -- Joshua Rogers (Louisburg High School), Samantha Munson (Louisburg High School) and Arie Purvis (home school) represented Franklin County in the annual state wide Special Olympics last Saturday.
All three competed in multiple events at the Ravenscroft School Campus in North Raleigh, along with several hundred other athletes.
In all, more than 1,000 competitors participated at several sites throughout the Raleigh area.
Rogers took part in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the long jump, while Purvis went toe-to-toe in the 100-meter dash.

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LHS volleyball schedule announced
LHS volleyball schedule announced
LOUISBURG -- After eight seasons on the Class 1-A level, the Louisburg High School volleyball squad will be making the jump this fall to compete in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
LHS’ first contest will be Aug. 18 at Northern Vance. The Lady Warriors, coached by Erica Wammock, will begin NCC action Sept. 1 at North Johnston.
The Lady Warriors’ spike worksheet for the 2009 campaign is as follows (home matches are listed in CAPS):

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Hubbard hammers homers
Hubbard hammers homers
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats (33-27) lost a pitcher’s duel 2-1 to the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (24-37) Thursday night at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Marshall Hubbard belted two solo homers, supplying all the offense for the Diamond Jaxx. The former University of North Carolina Tar Heel drilled a shot off the scoreboard in left in the first and a bomb off the visiting clubhouse beyond the wall in right in the ninth inning.  

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ECU players selected in Major League Draft
ECU players selected in Major League Draft
GREENVILLE --Stephen Batts, Devin Harris, Chris Heston and Ryan Wood each heard their names called last Wednesday afternoon as they were selected on the second day of the 2009 Major League First Year Player Draft.
Harris, a native of Gastonia, was the first Pirate to be selected when the Baltimore Orioles chose him with the 236th overall pick in the Eighth Round.
Wood was taken by the Kansas City Royals as a pitcher in the 11th round (pick No. 332) just before junior right-hander Heston heard his name called in the 12th Round by the San Francisco Giants (pick No. 357).

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Coe excited about upcoming soccer camp
Coe excited about upcoming soccer camp
FRANKLINTON -- His days of teaching children at Youngsville Elementary left a permanent impression on Franklinton High School  Athletic Director and girls/boys soccer head coach Deran Coe.
And it’s the main reason that Coe holds a summer youth soccer camp annually at the FHS Football Field.
The third installment of the event will begin next Monday (June 15). The camp will run through Friday and will be from 9 a.m.-noon each day.

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LIFESTYLES

The Purple Martin Man
The Purple Martin Man
I know that some of you are familiar with purple martins, but some people like me are just learning about them. The most interesting and amazing fact about these birds is that they are the only bird species in the eastern half of North America which depend entirely on humans to supply their nesting for reproduction. The “Purple Martin Man” can tell you all about how hard and complicated, but rewarding, it is to establish a purple martin colony.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County commissioners in no rush to adopt budget
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is expected to further discuss its budget on Monday, but no decision appears to be forthcoming.
The board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. during a budget work session prior to its 7 p.m. meeting.
The board is expected to have some updated information on two items that could impact the 2009-10 budget, but staff said they anticipate the budget won’t be adopted until a later date.

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401 committee questions Governor’s spending of federal stimulus money
In the past five years, ending in 2008 with the latest figures available, crashes along U.S. 401 in Franklin County have cost a total of $38,465,800.
That’s according to a report presented by Gary Faulkner to the 401 Citizens Action Committee that is working to four-lane the highway. Faulkner, a committee member, is a retired NC DOT engineer.
Faulkner’s report was one of two presented to the committee Thursday night:  one on crash statistics and one about stimulus funding availability presented by Richie Duncan, existing industry coordinator for Franklin County, and Rick Seekins of the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments.

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Edward Best Class of ‘49
Edward Best Class of ‘49
The Edward Best High School Class of 1949 met in Raleigh on April 25 to commemorate the 60th year of their graduation. Candles were lit and photos displayed in memory of deceased members. Pictured, left to right (front row): Lorraine Watkins, Miriam Blake, Elizabeth Marshbourne, Bob Daniels, Iris Stewart; second row: Nellie Boone, Curtis Boone, Lee McGregor, Hester Jones, Jewell Griffin and Bob Pearce.

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Sheriff picks up inmate road crew trailer
Sheriff picks up inmate road crew trailer
Within a few weeks, Sheriff Pat Green will help keep Franklin County beautiful by using  inmates, charged with misdemeanors, and community service workers to pick up litter on our county roads. The new inmate road crew trailer, made by Dept. of Corrections, with little cost to the county, will be used to carry supplies needed to get the job done.

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Franklinton American Legion Post 52 installs 2009-2010 officers
Franklinton American Legion Post 52 installs 2009-2010 officers
Left to right, front: Dan Vinson (Adjutant), Harvey Satterwhite (Commander), Steve James (Vice-Commander), Renchor Wright (Sergeant at Arms), Royal Jones (Sergeant at Arms), 2nd row – Lf to Rt: Howell Jones (Vice Commander), Ed Collery (Post Service Officer), Bill Kimbrough (Chaplain), Mike Collins (Sergeant at Arms), Brodie Green (Finance Officer), Bill Hagwood (Historian), Bill Cox (Executive Committeeman), Thomas Harris (Sergeant at Arms), back: Ross Whedbee (Division I Commander), Pat Kearney (Sergeant At Arms).

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Putt’n 4 Paws fund-raiser on par
Putt’n 4 Paws fund-raiser on par
The Franklin County Humane Society held its second annual fundraiser,  Putt’n 4 Paws Golf Tournament, on June 7 at Bull Creek Golf Club. Above, Don Precise prepares to sink a putt. The benefit featured 32 teams and a concert by the Embers. Money raised at the event helps pay for various programs, such as SNIF,  a low-cost spay/neuter program, its foster program to help house unwanted animals, and its senior program, which provides food, medical supplies and transportation for shut-in seniors. To learn more about the county’s Humane Society  and upcoming events, visit www.fchsnc.org

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