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Showing 27 articles from August 18, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Two fatal wrecks
Two fatal wrecks
The state Highway Patrol responded to two fatal wrecks in as many days earlier this week.
According to a report by Trooper  T.L. Hunt, Wahya T. Alsubari, 23, of 113 Southwood Drive, Louisburg, was killed when the car he was riding in ran off the road and collided with a tree on Monday morning.
And on Tuesday morning, Highway Patrol Trooper C.M. Garner confirmed that Jessica Lynn Dixon, 27, of Zebulon, was killed during an accident on U.S. 64 in Franklin County.

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Jail break
Jail break
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with plans that could bring a jail expansion to the county.
Sheriff Pat Green approached officials about expanding the current jail almost two years ago.
Original plans by Brennan and Associates outlined a 384-bed expansion with a price tag of more than $30 million.
The county paid the consulting company $28,750 to assess and study the county’s need for jail expansion.

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Customized charity
Customized charity
Unique cars dotted the landscape at the Habitual Customs Car and Truck Club car show on Saturday. The club, which is made up of some law enforcement members and serves as encouragement to keep youngsters away from negative behavior, used the function to raise money for Franklin County’s Boys and Girls Club. Above, Lawrence Moore shows off his 1989 Honda CRX ST with his friend, Kristal Chappell, It was Moore’s first show. (Times photo Carey Johnson)

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High-speed chase with stolen Volkswagen
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg woman charged with stealing a car and leading officers on a high-speed chase that damaged a cruiser.
According to a report by Sgt. Gerrod Gay, he and Dep. Frederick Heisler were on their way to a call regarding a dispute on Bud Winstead Road at about 3 p.m. on Saturday when they came across two people on the side of the road who flagged them down.

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Commissioners support 401 effort, committed to early college program
Commissioners support 401 effort, committed to early college program
Franklin County commissioners took a long view of the future Monday night, approving two projects that can have a major impact in coming years.
The commissioners endorsed efforts to create an Early College High School program within the county school system and also unanimously agreed to become the formal grant applicant for federal TIGER funds that would be used to widen and improve U.S. 401 in Franklin County.

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Louisburg annexes shopping plaza, adds millions to tax base
The Louisburg Town Council agreed to annex a new Wal-Mart and related properties, possibly adding about $6 million to the tax base.
Developers are closer to opening a super center at the Louisburg Plaza location at the intersection of N.C. 56 and U.S. 401 — behind D & J Automotive.
On Monday night, town officials granted the developer’s petition to annex two of the lots, the one containing the Wal-Mart store and the adjoining retail strip area.

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Monroe doctrine: Novo committed to community
Monroe doctrine: Novo committed to community
Novozymes’s new president of North American operations remains a fierce Arkansas Razorbacks fan in the middle of ACC country.
Some things won’t change.
Adam Monroe said the same will be true during his tenure with Novozymes, whether it’s in business or community outreach.
Monroe has been with the company since 1991 and worked his way up the chain until he was installed as the company’s president at the beginning of this month.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Morgan Foster


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Priorities
Editorial Cartoon: Priorities


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Are you prepared for hurricane season?
Here it is the middle of August and Hurricane Bill is in the news!
No, not Clinton -- the other windbag, the hurricane brewing up far out in the Atlantic and which began churning up mega-news coverage long before anyone is even willing to guess when, where and even if it will hit the mainland U.S.
Although the hurricane season in these parts technically begins June 1, it’s usually about this time of the year when we’re most in danger and that danger continues until about this time next month.

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Oh Sheila, she definitely has Goswick’s number
Oh Sheila, she definitely has Goswick’s number
GOOD MORNING: As I indicated Saturday, Congressman Bob Etheridge’s somewhat belated support for funding for the Franklin County segment of U.S. 401 is greatly appreciated, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
But he could win a lot more appreciation if he would move his federal special project funding request up from 2011 by approximately a year to 18 months and it’s quite possible that he would be invited to help cut the ribbon on a greatly improved U.S. 401 Highway in 2012. Let’s be realistic about this project, folks. It’s been a long time coming — 20 to 30 years in fact. And it will pay for itself many times over.

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We, the people, are tired of standing  up for closed sessions
We, the people, are tired of standing up for closed sessions
During this past week, I got a re-education in executive session etiquette.
Last Thursday, the Youngsville Board of Commissioners went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.
And on Monday night, the Louisburg Town Council went into executive session to discuss a matter involving attorney-client privilege.
As a reporter, it goes without saying that I despise closed-door sessions, unless, of course, it’s a personnel or student matter.

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Website Reader Participation Results August 12-18
Last Week’s Poll
Who Do You Blame?
You can’t blame the recent bad economy for Franklin County’s lack of economic development for the last 5...10...20...30 years. So who do you blame?

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LEGISLATIVE WATCH
The following votes were taken in the General Assembly, week ended August 15, by state Rep. Lucy Allen and state Sen. Doug Berger:

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OBITUARIES

ELEANOR HARRIS MULLEN
YORK, PA - Eleanor Harris Mullen, 81, died August 16, 2009 in York, PA. She was born in Spring Hope, NC on October 13, 1927 to the late Sally Elizabeth Harris and James Monroe Harris. Eleanor shared 56 years of marriage to the late Roland Wesley Mullen of Bunn NC and Norfolk, VA. She lived most of her life in Norfolk, VA, then Oxford, NC and York, PA.

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ADDIE R. SILVER
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Addie R. “Can” Silver, 91, who died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, were conducted Monday, Aug. 17, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Tayborn officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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WILLIAM S. HOWARD
YOUNGSVILLE - William S. “Bill” Howard, 85, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 19) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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KATIE D. GRADY
ZEBULON - Katie Davis Grady, 64, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at Wake Med. A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Aug. 18, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, Knightdale.

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SPORTS

FUN FOR BUNN
WAITING FOR THE BALL TO COME DOWN. Bunn’s Alex Berreto brings the ball down toward his foot during Monday afternoon’s home match against Nash Central in boys high school soccer action. The Wildcats won the contest. (Times photo by Geoff Neville
FUN FOR BUNN
BUNN -- Nash Central’s inexperience -- and Bunn’s veteran leadership -- made for a sour recipe for the Bulldogs during Monday’s boys soccer season opener on the BHS campus.
The Bulldogs, with six freshmen on their roster and a new goalkeeper, were defeated 3-0 by the host Wildcats.
Bunn put together two strong rushes for goals in the first half before putting the game away with an insurance marker in the second half.

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LHS’ Opening Act
BALL CONTROL. Louisburg’s Chase Ragland (right) gains possession of the ball during his team’s boys soccer matchup Monday evening at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson. The host Spartans won the contest, which was the season opener for LHS.
LHS’ Opening Act
HENDERSON -- Officially, Louisburg High School’s boys soccer campaign was supposed to begin Monday at 7 p.m.
But in the estimation of LHS head coach Brent Cardwell, his Warriors didn’t get things going until about 60 minutes later on the scoreboard.
During their initial outing of the year at Kerr-Vance Academy, the Warriors spotted the hosts a two-goal lead before clawing back midway through the second half.

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Rams get ready for So. Nash
CARRYING THE LOAD. Franklinton’s Reggie Williams drags an Edenton Holmes defender for extra yardage during last Friday’s action at the Tarboro Jamboree. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Rams get ready for So. Nash
STANHOPE -- Clark Harrell watches Southern Nash on film and sees a football team close to his heart -- except for the fact that he has to face them this Friday.
Harrell, Franklinton’s second-year head coach, is a ardent fan of power football. Nothing thrills Harrell more than watching a strong group of backs run behind a smashmouth offensive line in a wing-T formation.
It’s a strategy Harrell has used successfully at FHS, where he led the Red Rams to the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs in 2008 -- and is looking for even more this fall.

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Wildcats hit road for CBA
Wildcats hit road for CBA
Coaches often refer to it as a ‘sucker game’. It occurs when a team, playing at home, beats a club handily -- and then has to go on the road to play on the opponent’s field one year later, when the home-and-home series is resumed.
Inevitably, the team playing at home the second time around is bent on revenge, while the road squad often falls into a trap of complacency, thinking the outing will be as easy as it was one year earlier.
That’s the scenario the Bunn Wildcats will try to avoid Friday when they open their 2009 regular season on the road at C.B. Aycock in Wayne County.

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Royals earn title in YPRD league
Royals earn title in YPRD league
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Royals defeated the Phillies 6-3 last Saturday night to wrap up the championship in the Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department 15-19 Baseball League.
The Royals closed the season with an impressive 9-1 worksheet.
Roster members for the team were as follows:

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Mudcats pick up a pair of wins
Mudcats pick up a pair of wins
ZEBULON -- The host Carolina Mudcats (19-31) beat the Birmingham Barons (31-19) 4-3 Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Jake Kahaulelio provided a spark for the Carolina offense out of the leadoff spot, scoring three runs while going 2-3 with two doubles.
Todd Frazier doubled in a run in the first inning, and Sean Henry drove in the next Mudcat run with an RBI single in the third inning.

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LIFESTYLES

Stone, Coyne wed
Stone, Coyne wed
Jackie Ann Stone and Kevin Robert Coyne were married on June 13, 2009 at Atlantic Beach. The officiating minister for the 1 p.m. ceremony was Sally Beth Shore.
The bride is the daughter of Jack F. Stone of Louisburg and Peggy Stone of Castalia.
The groom is the son of Teddie Coyne of Raleigh and the late Kenneth Coyne.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Mitch and Lauren Bunn of Spring Hope are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Molly Caroline Bunn, born July 28, 2009 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Susan Horrell of Roanoke Rapids and Randy Horrell of Raleigh.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Crenshaw graduates from basic training
Army National Guard Pvt. Ryan P. Crenshaw has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.  Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

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