GREEN THUMB. Members of Franklin County’s Multi-Agency Narcotic Unit seized more than 430 grams of marijuana when they raided two homes believed to be occupied by an indoor marijuana grower.
A slew of Franklin County investigators seized a cache of guns, more than $60,000 in cash, and more than 430 grams of hash and marijuana during a raid on two homes Tuesday morning.
Members of the county’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit (MANU) are pursuing arrest warrants for the homes’ owner, David Warren Clarke II, whom they believe is vacationing in Hawaii.
“... We were anticipating weapons at the residence,” said Lt. William Mitchell, who headed up the raid at Clarke’s rented property at 140 Woodcroft Drive in Youngsville.
YOUNGSVILLE — Officials announced Thursday night that long-time police chief Larry Pritchett will retire at the end of the year.
Pritchett joined the police department as an officer from 1984 until 1987 before taking a position with the sheriff’s office.
He returned to Youngsville in 1991 and has served as its chief since.
Pritchett did not say why he decided to retire during the meeting.
Mayor Sam Hardwick made the announcement following a closed session regarding a personnel matter.
Franklin County’s community policing effort received a boost when the federal government awarded the sheriff’s office a grant to hire more deputies.
Sheriff Pat Green said his office will use the funds to hire officers to beef up the community policing unit full time.
“We feel very fortunate to get this funding,” said Sheriff Pat Green, noting that only three other law enforcement agencies received stimulus money for such efforts.
Franklin County Commissioners will discuss jail expansion during a work session prior to tackling a varied agenda on Monday night.
Commissioners and staff will meet with jail architect Surapon Sujjavanich to discuss their take on the renovation and expansion of the current jail.
The issue has been a hot topic for the past two years.
Justin Mangum, second from left, is one of the kids from the Boys and Girls Club who gives tours of the facility each week. He was joined Thursday by Shanier Weiner, third from left, and Terica Perry, fourth from left. They gave a tour to Novozymes staff, including new president Adam Monroe, left, Kay Crowder (at end of table), and Jack Blackmer (end of table on right).
Louisburg resident Quintrell Mangum
It’s almost time to stand up and be counted.
No. . .counted! Literally.
As we all know -- but usually forget -- there is a census count done in the United States every 10 years.
And 2010 is the year of the next one.
Census Day is officially April 1, 2010 -- somebody with a sense of irony must have picked April Fool’s Day but that’s another issue --and it’s important that the questionnaire responses represent each household as it exists on that day.
GOOD MORNING: In looking back over some of County EDC Director Ronnie Goswick’s monthly reports to the EDC board — the one on April 9th in which he “updated board members on the various activities designed to bolster the local economy,” caught my attention.
Goswick is quoted as saying that he had “been busy attending several meetings and working with the local school system (now that’s a scary thought) to better train our students for the jobs in our market.” But I’ll have to confess, I was not aware that our schools were offering classes how to make Big Macs, Junior-Bacon Cheeseburgers, greet Wal-Mart customers, etc., I’ll bet our school officials weren’t aware of it, either.
Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter said Thursday that he has a “challenge supporting something that will kill business in downtown Franklinton.
Well, I certainly hope he’s not alone because the high speed rail corridor that he was talking about appears to be a very bad idea for Franklin County -- and especially for Franklinton and Youngsville.
Mayor Senter noted that the rail service also splits a predominately minority neighborhood and, it goes without saying, that such a change will be disruptive to that or any community.
RALEIGH – It’s no secret that fiscal conservatives in North Carolina are angry. They have ample reason to be.
In Raleigh, the General Assembly has just adjourned for the year after enacting a tax increase exceeding $1 billion (when fully implemented), including hikes in marginal rates for both the sales and income tax. Legislators also refused to consider substantive protections of property rights against government encroachment via eminent domain or forced annexation, while weakening property rights for restaurant owners who wanted to attract smokers.
The 2009 session of The General Assembly is over, ending, as T.S. Eliot wrote, “Not with a bang but a whimper.” It will be best remembered for missed opportunities.
The worst economy since The Great Depression is the overarching contributor to this legislative session. What was happening on the national stage impacted our legislators. They convened as the debate over the federal stimulus was ramping up and adjourned during the heat of health reform.
OXFORD - George S. Holmes, 69, a resident of 4167 Hight Road, died Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.
RALEIGH - Mildred Owen Bradley died Thursday, August 13, 2009 at home.
ESCAPE ACT FOR LHS. Louisburg High School quarterback Sport Williams (with ball) tries to elude Southern Nash’s Charles Hill during Thursday’s football scrimmage at Firebird Stadium in Stanhope. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
STANHOPE -- If all’s well that ends well, it’s hard to gauge how the Louisburg Warriors performed during their first football scrimmage of the season.
Thursday evening, the Warriors went toe-to-toe with a solid Southern Nash club through three 10-play series, along with two down-and-distance situations.
But during the goal-line work -- which was scheduled to be the close of the scrimmage -- Louisburg received a potential blow when starting quarterback Sport Williams was injured on what would prove to be the final play.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Fall sports seasons will begin early next week across Franklin County -- with some teams swinging into action on Monday.
On that day, the prep soccer clubs from both Louisburg and Bunn will take to the field for the first time.
LHS will be at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson for a 7 p.m. start, while Bunn will entertain Nash Central High School at 4:30 p.m.
Also on that day, Franklinton will kick off its volleyball campaign with a visit to Granville Central. Bunn will also hit the court for a home matchup against Nash Central.
Temporarily derailed by heat and rain, the Franklin County preseason scouting tour was back in full swing -- albeit across county lines.
The Franklin Times sports staff (aka me) crossed into Nash County to watch Louisburg meet Southern Nash in a preseason football scrimmage.
Southern Nash has been the home to some strong football players since I arrived in the area in 1996, including this one guy named Peppers (the first name escapes me).
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats dropped their second straight game to the Birmingham Barons, falling 5-3 in front of 2,484 fans at Five County Stadium on Thursday night.
Starter Tom Cochran (L, 4-5) was plagued by fielding woes as two unearned runs scored after errors by Zach Cozart and Juan Francisco in the seventh inning.
Cochran allowed only two earned runs in 6.2 innings, striking out six and walking only two Barons.
High School Football
Franklinton at Southern Nash 7:30 p.m.
Bunn at C.B. Aycock 7:30 p.m.
High School Volleyball
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed is the master schedule for the Northern Carolina Conference’s 2009 high school football season:
DURHAM -- The MVP Baseball Showcase is scheduled for Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m. at the historic Durham Athletic Park.
High school players are invited to attend the event, which aims to select performers for MVP Baseball’s national travel teams.
Several local colleges will be scouting the showcase for potential athletes.
High schoolers will have the opportunity to display their skills through a timed Major League-style tryout/evaluation.
REPRESENTING THE STATE. Bunn High School senior Michael Collins was one of North Carolina’s representatives at the annual USA Junior National Basketball Tournament. (Photo Submitted)
BUNN -- Traveling to Illinois for a basketball tournament wasn’t just about hoops for Bunn High School rising senior Michael Collins.
It was about seeing a different part of the United States.
While heading up to Champaign -- home of the University of Illinois, Collins and his family made several stops at tourist attractions.
The Collinses visited Louisville, Ky. (home of the Kentucky Derby); the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Downtown Chicago.
American novelist John Updike once said “what art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.” The inevitable chaos of daily life – deadlines, bills, cranky children, an unexpected diagnosis – can overwhelm not only our minds, but also our spirits.
And so, even in the midst of one of the most turbulent economic periods in this state’s history, Louisburg College still recognizes the importance of providing a space on its campus to house the arts and share them with the public in the form of shows and exhibits – not only with a mission to enhance the culture of the area, but also to feed the spirit of this community.
A community group is hosting a back-to-school bash this coming Friday.
Family Intervention and Prevention Services is hosting what has become an annual event as part of its efforts to provide community services to children, adolescents and adults.
The event, scheduled for 12 noon until 4 p.m. Friday at Riverbend Park in Louisburg, will feature K97.5 radio personality Brian Dawson.
Perry’s School Alumni members Tommy Perry, Sylvia Bailey and Morris Williams handed out school supplies, including book bags, pencils and pens to about three dozen children during an Aug. 8 event. The supplies were donated to the Perry’s School Community Life Center for distribution.
The Franklin County Economic Development Commission took no action on a proposed resolution supporting the Southeast High Speed Rail project during its Thursday meeting but adopted resolutions regarding efforts to find funding for four-laning U.S. 401 in Franklin County and supporting the 2010 Census.
The resolution in support of high speed rail died after two EDC members questioned the effect it will have on communities like Franklinton and Youngsville as well as industrial sites in those areas.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Youngsville man charged with sex offenses against a child.
Deputy Ruby Galvin arrested Brandy Andrew Hertl, 27, on Monday, charging him with a sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child.
According to the report, Galvin was contacted on June 22 by a county Department of Social Services worker about the case.
Apparently, a woman told DSS staff that Hertl possibly molested her daughter.
401 CITIZENS ACTION COMMITTEE
Here’s what the 401 Citizens Action Committee is asking that you do:
We are seeking federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) funds totaling about $46 million to four-lane U.S. 401 from NC 96 in Wake County to Fox Park Road in Louisburg, about 11.3 miles.
Please place on YOUR LETTERHEAD AND SIGN – WE NEED TWO ORIGINAL COPIES