FRANKLINTON — A stop in Franklinton designed to discuss constituent issues evolved into a Town Hall meeting on health care.
Congressmen Bob Etheridge hosted office hours at Franklinton’s Town Hall Annex on Tuesday afternoon, planning to meet privately with individuals or small groups who shared similar problems that Etheridge would seek to address.
However, a large crowd filled the meeting area — most of whom had concerns with President Obama’s proposed health care plan — and began to grow restless as word grew that the event was designed to meet privately with residents, rather than develop into a Town Hall event.
Funding is down and so is the school system’s compliment of teachers, but expectations continue to rise for Franklin County Schools as traditional students saw the first day of school on Tuesday.
The state’s budget cut education spending by almost 10 percent, meaning educators have learned an important math equation going into this school year, do more with less.
“I can see how we can make this work,” said a somewhat relieved Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance, as he explained to the school board Monday the financial changes thrust on the local school system by the state’s new budget.
“It’s a big pill to swallow,” he said, adding that the “decisions made so far have increased class sizes” just not to the level school officials have deemed “intolerable.”
Moore detailed for the board how $1.3 million in state cutbacks (known as LEA adjustments) will affect classrooms this year -- and sounded a warning that next year’s cuts will be worse, perhaps $1.8 million.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of church break-ins that may be related.
According to three separate reports by Dep. Daniel Wester, representatives of three churches in the southeastern section of Franklin County reported break-ins that began last week.
According to the first report, Harry Upchurch, a church member and Franklin County sheriff’s deputy, reported on Thursday morning that someone had broken into Anchor Baptist Church.
The state and a local mental health organization are investigating allegations that a Louisburg substance abuse and mental health agency has committed Medicaid fraud.
At least one review, though, has not substantiated any claims.
Stan Davis, who worked at Family Intervention and Prevention Services from March until August, filed a complaint with the state Department of Health and Human Services and the Five County Mental Health Authority, alleging that the Louisburg agency was guilty of billing Medicaid for services it did not provide.
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Virtually everyone who has been paying the least bit of attention in North Carolina over the last six months knows that budget cutbacks at the state level will affect local schools.
They have and those effects will likely have a larger impact next year than this year.
But the way those impacts are being felt -- and some of the methods being used to minimize them -- have to make parents uncomfortable.
GOOD MORNING: News that Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge might be willing to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr next year is nothing to get excited about here in Franklin County — particularly to those who want U.S. 401 done now.
For some unexplained reason, Etheridge, who has announced his intent to back a move by Gov. Beverly Perdue to use all $300 million in TIGER funding earmarked for North Carolina to replace an aging bridge across the Yadkin River at Statesville, as has Sen. Burr, which strongly suggests some sort of a back-room deal to me as well as others I’ve spoken with.
I think this is when Scooby Doo would say, Rut Ro!
According to published reports, the federal government’s latest assessment shows a messier fiscal situation than President Obama’s administration had predicted just a few months ago.
Of course, Scooby Doo would say Rut Ro.
But I think most of us would just say Duh!
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One of my sisters-in-law is a health care professional. Whenever I bring up economics in a discussion about the issues involved in today’s health care debate, she waves me off my saying, “Economics has nothing to contribute to these issues, because health is more important than dollars and cents.”
Needless to say, this has led to some arguments between us (mostly civil), because I believe just the opposite – that economics has some very important contributions to make as the country gets ready to perhaps change how we receive and pay for health care.
LOUISBURG - Cleveland V. White, 81, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, in Britthaven of Louisburg. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Bunn Cemetery.
CHICAGO, IL - Funeral services for Louise Silver Battle, 84, formerly of Rocky Mount, who died Monday, Aug, 17, 2009, will be conducted at noon on Friday, Aug. 28, at Haywood Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Douglas Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Haszel “Sputer” Mills, 69, who died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, were conducted Monday, Aug. 24, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Rudd officiating. Burial followed in the Mills family cemetery.
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Melvin “Tweet” Yarborough, 89, who died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, were conducted Sunday, Aug. 23, at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Kevin Langley officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
RALEIGH - Edward Lloyd Buttram, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 at Rex Hospital. Private services were held Sunday, Aug. 23, in the Mausoleum Chapel of Raleigh Memorial Park.
ZEBULON - Jessica Lynn Lynch Dixon, 27, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 in a tragic car accident. Graveside services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 22, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Rebecca Louise Hicks, 70, who died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Jerrod Lowery officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary H. Jones cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Carol Hayes Dement, 68, of 102 Williamson Street, died Friday afternoon.
YOUNGSVILLE - Benjamin Franklin Holden, 93, passed away Monday, August 24, 2009 at Rex Hospital. He was born September 2, 1916 in Youngsville, the son of the late Maidie Allen Holden and Steven Franklin Holden. Mr. Holden was a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, NC; he was a lifetime resident of Youngsville and a member of Oak Level Christian Church.
LOUISBURG – Linda Knott Griffin, 66, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning surrounded by her loving family.
CATCHING UP. Franklinton’s R’Shad Yarborough (right) chases down Southern Nash’s Trendell Lynch (23) to make a tackle during last Friday night’s high school football matchup at Firebird Stadium in Stanhope. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
STANHOPE - Franklinton -- a team known for its powerful rushing game -- had the tables turned during its season opener Friday night.
The Red Rams saw Southern Nash accumulate 396 total yards of offense -- most of it on the ground -- and control most of the proceedings along the line of scrimmage.
Southern, however, committed a whopping seven turnovers, and the opportunistic Red Rams were able to capitalize on most of them.
FRANKLINTON -- Southern Nash had never defeated Franklinton in a boys soccer matchup -- until Monday’s non-conference showdown.
After spotting the host Red Rams the first goal of the outing, Southern rattled off five unanswered tallies on its way to a 5-1 decision at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
The Firebirds, under the direction of veteran pitch mentor Jeremy Perry, improved to an impressive 2-0-1 overall.
BUNN -- Bunn’s Ladycats upped their ledger to 3-0 overall with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-17 home victory Monday in prep volleyball action at the Bunn Dome.
The Ladycats, coached by Henry Jones, served at 89 percent, with Morgan Pearce going 10-for-10 with two aces. Kim Moss and Brianna Gatson were both 10-for-11. Moss had five aces, while Gatson came through with four aces.
LOUISBURG -- With their diversified offense and usual array of skill-position options, the Ravenscroft Ravens aren’t exactly an ideal opponent to open up a regular season football schedule against.
Coached by Ned Gonet, the Ravens like to spread the ball around on offense, and they run passing schemes that aren’t often seen in this run-oriented area.
PIKEVILLE -- Bunn built a 22-point lead to open the game, but couldn’t hold it during last Friday’s regular season prep football opener at C.B. Aycock.
Instead, the host Falcons rallied to earn a 39-38 victory over the Wildcats in an offensive slugfest.
The Falcons amassed a whopping 433 total yards -- 381 of which came on the ground. Senior running back Marcus Cobb accounted for 212 of those yards to go with three touchdowns.
ZEBULON -- The Tennessee Smokies (31-27) clinched the series win by outslugging the Carolina Mudcats (20-38) 16-9 Monday night at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Recently converted Carolina starter Jerry Gil (L, 2-3) continued his struggles as the Smokies ran him from the game in the second inning after he allowed six earned runs on four hits and four walks.
Each of the next four Carolina relievers would allow at least one earned run.
Four Franklin County residents took to the field for the Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans during last Saturday morning’s action at The Brittany For The Boys Soccer Showcase at Gillette Park in Wilson. Representing the county for the Spartans were Dallas Smith, Tyler Bolton, Cameron Capell and Parker Smith. K-VA finished in a 1-1 tie against Franklin Academy. Dallas Smith (right) dribbles away from a Franklin Academy player.
Vance-Granville Community College will hold special celebrations on each of the college’s four campuses in September to mark VGCC’s 40th anniversary and to express appreciation to its students.
On Sept. 4, 1969, the original charter for the college was signed, beginning 40 years of excellence in education. Each campus event will commemorate the founding with remarks by VGCC officials on the history of the college. Also, students and guests will enjoy refreshments as part of “Student Appreciation Day,” an annual event that honors students for choosing to continue their education at VGCC.
Crystal White, a student at Bunn High School, is a graduate of the 2009 Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge (FELC). The residential program was held in two sessions, June 14-18 and June 21-25, on the campus of Wingate University in Wingate, NC. A total of 190 students from 12 states and eight foreign countries participated in the program.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect who was apparently interested in pressing his luck.
And they’re looking for another suspect who apparently doesn’t have a cell phone.
According to a report by Dep. G.B. Gay, he responded to a business alarm at about 1 a.m. Monday at J & S Quick Stop on N.C. 96 in Youngsville to find a window broken out at the store.
Investigators confirmed this week that a Louisburg man found dead in his backyard died from natural causes.
At about noon on Sunday, neighbors and friends went to check on Don Richardson, 76, and found him dead behind his W. Noble Street home.