With a June 30 deadline approaching, Franklin County commissioners have scheduled a budget work session on Thursday in hopes of adopting their spending plan for 2009-10.
And whether it’s now or later, commissioners could be looking at a tax increase to stay on track.
County Manager Angela Harris presented commissioners this past spring with a $75.8 million budget that doesn’t call for a tax increase, but does require the county to dip into its savings to balance the budget.
Franklin County officials hope a last-ditch effort can save an educational program that gives students an early start on their future.
Last year, the New Schools Project, an initiative created by the Governor’s Office and funded by Bill and Melinda Gates to spur innovative learning, initially approved the school system’s plans to start an early-college program for at-risk students.
The program, set to start his year, would have allowed Franklin County schools to partner with Vance Granville Community College, so students could work between their high school campus and college campus to simultaneously earn their diploma and college credits.
Within 300 days, contractors expect to have finished a project that will leave no town area without sewer service.
And it will bring water to two outlying areas that want to be within town limits.
The town received more than $4 million in loans and grants in 2006 to shore up some sewer headaches, provide sewer access to the last remaining areas without such service, improve its water plant and extend water lines to unserved areas.
Within the last month, Mainland Construction out of Durham began work to complete the broad project.
Police arrested a Franklinton duo on drug charges before one of their relatives could incite a growing crowd, police said.
According to a report by officer D.E. West, he was on patrol on Elm Street near Mill Street at about 7:45 p.m. on June 17 when he saw a black Jeep Grand Cherokee halfway in the road at Mill Street and Sterling Street — a known drug area, West wrote.
When he approached the vehicle, West said, a man ran and jumped in the back of the vehicle and it took off south and turned on 56, heading West with the back door of the vehicle open.
A Franklinton businessman and husband of a county commissioner is recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck last week.
According to a report by Trooper B.D. Vick, Phillip Dean Young, 44, was riding a 1994 Harley-Davidson south on Mt. Olivet Church Road just after 5:30 p.m. on June 17 when he came out of a curve and crossed the center line.
The blue motorcycle ran off the left side of the road and overturned.
According to the report, Young suffered serious injuries in the wreck.
Louisburg’s Randi Althiser
If you’ll pardon country parlance, we’re into the short rows.
It’s June 24th and there are only about six days left until the end of the current fiscal year and the beginning of a new one -- at least for state and local governments.
As of this writing Monday afternoon, the state, county, county schools and other budgets are pending... with officials apparently still unwilling to decide between the grim realities of a dismal environment and a potentially angry electorate.
Suffice it to say it’s going to be a very interesting few days!
GOOD MORNING: There was a story in the News & Observer Monday that all but caused me to suffer a relapse. It was headlined “Jim Black needs a break, supporters say.”
You will no doubt recall that Black, now 74, was sentenced for accepting thousands of dollars in illegal payments while speaker of the N.C. House.
And while Black may be in bad health and needs some compassion, I tend to side with Joe Sinsheimer, a Raleigh consultant whose research helped lead to Black’s downfall, who urges federal officials to reflect on the severity of Black’s crimes – and the damage it did to our democracy – before they commute his sentence.
When I tell people I’m from Durham, I usually get the same look: a cock of the head, raised eyebrows, pursed lip and usually this question — Why?
The Bull City has earned a reputation as being a city full of lawlessness, drug activity on every corner and shootings every other hour.
It’s not that bad, but honestly, I wouldn’t venture out to certain areas after dark.
That same advice is becoming more and more applicable to Franklin County, unfortunately.
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Today I went to jail. OK now – before everyone starts laughing and clapping their hands, I’d better explain…
Actually, I requested a tour of the county jail facilities by Sheriff Green and the facility manager. I have to say that I got quite an education during my visit, though much of what I learned made me pretty angry and more than a little bit disappointed in our county commissioners.
North Carolina’s public university system has been a jewel in our state’s crown, but like many organizations it has grown significantly, adding programs, departments, and personnel that may not be true to the core mission of the university. It often happens in every sector of society.
WAKE FOREST - Terry Morris, 52, died Sunday, June 21, 2009. Funeral service was Tuesday, June 23, at Wake Forest Church of God, with the Rev. Mike Wells officiating.
YOUNGSVILLE - E. M. (Nick) Friedrichs died Thursday, June 18, 2009 at his home in Franklin County. Graveside services will be Saturday, June 27, at 2 p.m. at Northlake Memorial Gardens, 11001 Alexanderana Road, Huntersville, N. C.
BUTNER - Willis Clyde Bunn, 65, died Saturday, June 20, 2009. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Peachtree Missionary Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Bunn family cemetery.
ROCKY MOUNT - Lena Vick Edwards, 84, died Friday, June 19, 2009. Services were held at Hill King United Methodist Church, Louisburg, on Tuesday, June 23.
PRINCETON - Walton Kenneth “Shad” Herring, 79, died Saturday, June 20, 2009. A funeral service was conducted Tuesday, June 23, at Casey Funeral Home in Princeton, with the Rev. Ralph Parker officiating. A graveside service with Military Honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, June 24) at Princeton Cemetery.
DURHAM - Lynton Arrington Burchette, 78, a resident of Rose Manor Health Care, died Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Durham Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 24) at Williford Funeral Home chapel, Fuquay-Varina. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Dorothy Ruth Currin Terrell, 81, of Louisburg, died Saturday, June 20, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Terrell, Sr., and her son, Randy S. Terrell. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. from Corinth Baptist Church, with the Rev. Brent Farrar officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Eloise Garris Taylor, 78, of Louisburg, passed away at her home on Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer.
BUNN -- Just when she thinks her program’s talent level has peaked, Jamie Richardson continues to be surprised.
Richardson, the head coach of the Bunn Middle School fast-pitch softball team, has boasted several talented squads during her successful tenure.
But this year’s club may top the list -- and the best may be yet to come for the Lady Bulldogs.
BMS went 11-2 overall this spring and claimed the Middle Athletic Conference regular season championship.
LOUISBURG -- Monica Gordy thinks area rumors concerning the potential demise of the Louisburg College softball program might be a tad bit untrue.
Change that -- Gordy feels like those words are completely absurd.
When Gordy accepted the head coaching position at LC last June, she had less than two months to recruit a team for the 2009 season -- with precious few players scheduled to return from the previous year’s squad.
“You haunt me, my friend.’’
Those infamous words came from a television commercial, circa the mid-1990s.
In the ad, a man was haunted by a penguin that he couldn’t find. The penguin was holding a brand of beer -- one that I can’t remember at the moment.
‘Remember the penguin’ was the tagline for the commercial.
BACK IN THE FOLD. Frontliner Elijah Smith (top) will be returning next season for the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad under second-year head coach John Meeks. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- In Coach John Meeks’ estimation, the Louisburg College Hurricanes had the tallest -- and most talented -- team in the Region X men’s basketball standings last season.
Coming into his first season at LC, Meeks had expected the transition to the junior college level to be a learning experience.
If anything, Meeks learned this -- that the biggest and best squads don’t always walk away with a region championship.
That fact was accentuated when Meeks’ skilled Hurricanes went 22-8 and failed to win either the league’s regular season or tournament crowns.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will begin its 2009-10 boys and girls basketball season with a home meeting on Dec. 1 with Rocky Mount Prep.
This will be LHS’ first season in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
The Warriors’ initial NCC contest will be Dec. 15 at North Johnston.
Here is Louisburg’ hoops schedule for the 2009-10 campaign (home games listed in CAPS):
HENDERSON -- Here are the upcoming schedules for the Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball and women’s volleyball squads (home events are listed in CAPS)
Louisburg High School (LHS) and Louisburg United Methodist Church (LUMC) will definitely miss Luan Jiang and her beautiful, bright smile. Exchange students always have a special place in our hearts as they share their culture and show their love for the country that gives them the opportunity to excel in life.
Luan has been one of those special students that everyone loves and will remember for years to come.
She was an exchange student from the Zhejiang province in China. She stayed in Louisburg from Sept. 1, 2008 until June 10, 2009. As she puts it, “I had tons of experiences that I never thought of before.”
Tiffany Danielle Johnson and Timothy James House Jr. (“TJ”), both of Castalia, exchanged wedding vows on May 16 in a barefoot ceremony on the sound at Goose Creek Resort in Newport. Chaplain Bobby R. Coffin officiated the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Debra G. Johnson and Bobby Johnson of Clayton and Junior Johnson and Denise of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Clarence and Billie Johnson of Knightdale and the late Edd and Nancy Graham of Garner.
Ramona and Thomas Hicks of Louisburg and Nathaniel Hayes, also of Louisburg, announce the approaching marriage of their son, Emmanuel Green of Raleigh to Monique Headecker, also of Raleigh. The bride-elect is the daughter of Janet and John Foster of Matthews, Va.
The St. Paul Child Care Center/Hampton McFadden Education Center graduation exercises were recently conducted in the St. Paul Presbyterian Church Auditorium. Pictured (front row, left to right): Donovan Allen, Michael Hargrove, Christian Wilkerson, Brianna Newell, Marcus Potis; second row: Christopher Allen, Trinity Alston, Tamia Green, Taylor Robinson, Christian Jamison, Keymara Davis, Shaniyah Bryant, Charles Blacknall; back row: Jaylen Hartsfield, Ernest Crudup, Kelis Dean, Kjah Harris, Kuvam Handa, Nayla Seda, Natalia Harris. Not pictured is Liam Catalan
Trudy Person’s three- and four-year-old class at Saint Paul Presbyterian Day Care was the Franklin County winner of the FGV Partnership for Children’s Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Recognizing the Essential Pieces of Quality Care.” The children were treated to an ice cream and cake party.
On May 9, Jason Tyler King of Louisburg graduated summa cum laude as a valedictorian at North Carolina State University, receiving a BS degree in computer science, with a minor in cognitive science.
While attending the NCSU College of Engineering, he was recognized on the Dean’s List for eight consecutive semesters with a 4.0 GPA each semester. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Computer Science Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.
Malliron LaChashi Hodge graduated magna cum laude on May 9 from Winston-Salem State University with a BS degree in business management with a concentration in human resources
In the fall she will begin graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., seeking a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in non-profit management.
Jhanalyn A. Blount, former resident of Lake Royale, received a second bachelor’s degree on May 15. The degree is in international and global studies with a concentration in global affairs and international development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
She spent the beginning of this semester in Bostwana, Africa, as a study abroad student. Her first degree, in marketing, is from Wingate University (‘07) in Wingate. She plans a career in foreign service.
Elizabeth Moss, daughter of Susan and Jim Moss of Youngsville, graduated with high honors from Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh during commencement exercises on May 17. She was among 74 high school seniors who received diplomas.
Courtney Michelle Cooke graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh on May 10 with a bachelor’s degree in social work, with a minor in Spanish.
While at Meredith, she held leadership positions with several on-campus organizations, serving as co-chair for events and as an executive board member. She also completed a Medical Social Work internship at Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center in Raleigh.
The weekend of June 13 was like the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as sheriff’s deputies responded to two shooting incidents — one at a cookout with children and another at an area night club.
No one was shot, but injuries were reported.
In the first incident, according to a report by Dep. G.T. Hughes, officers arrested Robert Charles Ross, 32, on charges of firing a shotgun at someone during an argument at a cookout on Ross Hill Road at about 9:30 p.m. on June 13.
The Gold Sand High School Class of 1959 celebrated its 50th year reunion in May at Joey’s Restaurant.
Virginia Radford, Onnie Cowell and Carol Dement welcomed the classmates and their spouses. J. B. Hunt gave the invocation.
Each class member was given a booklet about their 1959 year, put together by Archie Gupton. He also had put each person’s picture on their name tag.
RALEIGH – Emily Odom, a student at Franklinton High School, recently served as a Page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the daughter of Gerry and Patria Odom of Youngsville and was sponsored by Representative Harold Brubaker (R-Randolph). Speaker of the House Joe Hackney (D-Chatham, Orange and Moore) appoints the Pages and introduces each one to members and citizens in the House gallery at the start of each week during Monday night’s session.
Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., Housing Services Department has been awarded a grant to provide urgent housing repair services to eligible families in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties. The grant funds an Urgent Repair Program (URP) which provides services to homeowners to alleviate housing conditions which pose an imminent threat to the life or safety of very low-income homeowners.
The $150,000 grant for the URP also funds accessibility modifications and other repairs necessary to prevent displacement of homeowners with special needs, such as frail elderly and persons with disabilities.