NEW LAW SIGNED. Gov. Beverly Perdue signs into law a measure that will give judges more discretion in handling those found guilty of serious traffic offenses while members of two affected families and two legislators look on.
With a quick flourish of a pen, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue signed into law Thursday morning House Bill 889 that will give judges more discretion in how they handle those found guilty of some serious traffic offenses.
The new law, which had the strong backing of both of Franklin County’s state legislators, Sen. Doug Berger and Rep. Lucy Allen, came about after the families of three traffic victims were disturbed at the way the judicial system handled the cases.
YOUNGSVILLE — A residential development with a history of hiccups in Franklin County is a few weeks from another if a courthouse auction is not delayed.
Attorneys for New York-based D.B. Swirn Real Estate Credit Partners LLC filed documents in court this past spring seeking to recover a multi-million dollar loan they say is in default.
Eight months into his job as president of Louisburg College, Dr. Mark La Branche is facing a desk piled high with details he’s crafting into an important report— and he’s doing it with a strong sense of confidence about the future of the 222-year-old school.
When he took the reins of the Methodist-affiliated junior college in January, the future looked uncertain but he ticks off a list of accomplishments since then that make him optimistic that the school will come off probation when the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) makes its decision in December.
Two major name changes are planned on the Louisburg College campus this fall thanks to donations of more than $2 million to the school.
On Sept. 12, the school will formally name the auditorium in honor of Frances Boyette Dickson, class of 1935. A charitable lead trust that she established will bring the college more than $1 million over eight years. Ms. Dickson also established a charitable remainder trust that will add to the legacy she has created at the college.
For personal reasons, Franklinton staff are expecting to make a shift in their personnel.
Last week, Water Plant Superintendent Richard Hinkle asked to step down from his post, but remain in the department.
Hinkle told Town Manager Larry Carver he would remain in his current position until a new hire is made. At that time, he would stay on as an operator and backup to the superintendent.
GANG AWARENESS. Signs of a one-night graffiti spree still remain in some parts of town after police arrested one of the suspects they allege is responsible. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
FRANKLINTON — Investigators have arrested one man and are pursuing charges against another man they allege is responsible for tagging town targets with gang graffiti.
Officers arrested Jeremy Odell Walker, 22, on Saturday after the statements of an accomplice and evidence implicated him in the matter.
Franklinton HS teacher Trent Sanders
Here’s an unanswerable question to ponder on a lazy late summer weekend: How many pizzas can 645 college students consume in a week?
And how much money will that put into the local economy over the course of a school year?
There, two questions for the price of one and yes, and there actually is a point to them although it might not be a point that’s often made about the value of a college to a town.
GOOD MORNING: You wanna know what’s somewhat amusing and sickening at the same time? It’s some of the principals who are somewhat belatedly climbing aboard the U.S. 401 four-laning bandwagon now that the U.S. 401 Action Committee is attracting high-level attention and support, but others as well who are apparently seeking to not only take credit for the effort, but to take control of it as well.
It was billed as a history-making event -- and one of the pens used will be saved for the North Carolina State Archives.
All that remains to be seen, of course, but the bottom line is that Gov. Beverly Perdue put her signature on House Bill 889 Thursday morning which, when it takes effect on Dec. 1, gives judges greater latitude in sentencing persons found guilty of causing a death by motor vehicle.
It’s one step in a process that began with two horrible traffic crashes in this state, one of which happened 14 months prior to the governor’s signing and which took two lives on U.S. 401 in Franklin County.
RALEIGH – Did big business in North Carolina win or lose in the state budget battle of 2009? Some would say it was a big winner because there was no large, permanent increase in income taxes. That sentiment is mistaken.
North Carolina’s handling of former Governor Easley’s travel records appears to be the most badly bungled coverup since Watergate.
I am not an elderly American, an African-American, or a gay-American. I am not a Democrat- or Republican-American. I am most definitely not a politically-correct American. What I am is a proud and patriotic American and my skin color, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, and political leanings have no bearing on that pride or patriotism.
SPRING HOPE - A memorial service for Nichole Alloway will be conducted from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Peachtree Baptist Church.
FRANKLINTON - Lena Yarbough-Person, 89, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Greater New Life Ministries in Franklinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Thurman D. “Luke” Mills, 44, who died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 29) at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating.
FRANKLINTON — Funeral services for Captoria Jones Bass, 72, who died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Lula B. Massey Perry, 79, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 27, at Union Hope Baptist Church, with entombment following in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Efird “Bud” Williams, 70, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday Aug. 29) at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Bill Spence officiating.
SPRING HOPE - Benjamin R. Freeman Jr., 53, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the Spring Hope Funeral Home chapel, with visitation starting at 6 p.m.
ROCKY MOUNT —Bessie Branch Watson, 106, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009 at Guardian Care Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. at North End Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Elbert Lee, Jr. will be officiating.
RANDLEMAN - Donald Ray Richardson, age 76, of 415 W. Noble St., Louisburg, died Saturday, August 22, 2009 at his home.
FLYING HIGH FOR THE LADYCATS. Bunn’s Jasmine Brodie goes up for a kill Thursday night against the Northern Vance Lady Vikings. (Submitted photo by Ashley Steven Ayscue)
HENDERSON - Given his club’s recent success against Northern Vance, Bunn volleyball coach Henry Jones figured the Ladycats would come up against a fired-up opponent Thursday in Henderson.
NV, regarded as one of the area’s top spike programs, hadn’t topped the Ladycats in three years. And Jones understands the competitive nature of NV coach and long-time ally William Hoyle.
ON THE DRIBBLE. Bunn’s Brad Davis (left) dribbles past Nash Central’s Caleb Sanford during Thursday’s boys soccer match, which was played on the NCHS campus in Rocky Mount. The visiting Wildcats were 3-1 winners at the event.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Getting off to a good start in each match has been a 2009 priority for the Bunn High School boys soccer squad.
“I give credit for that to the upperclassmen,’’ said BHS head coach Eric Schuette. “We had a lot of slow starts last year. It was just something we had trouble with.’’
NCC TIME. Cassie Dickerson and the Franklinton Lady Rams will compete in their first Northern Carolina Conference volleyball match this coming Tuesday afternoon at home against the Roanoke Rapids Lady Jackets. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON -- In the estimation of head coach Lindsay Dehart, the Franklinton Lady Rams played their best match of the season Thursday in a 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 home setback against Ravenscroft.
“Ravenscroft has a very good team,’’ Dehart said. “We played great in that match.’’
Jessica Harris had three kills and one block for FHS, while teammate Victoria Kearney offered two kills and four blocks.
Once again, I’m listening to all of the local radio homers sing the praises of the Atlantic Coast Conference in football.
And once again, I’m not buying it.
It looks like there will be a few good teams in the ACC. But the conference’s depth looks shaky as always.
Of course, the homers will tell you otherwise.
Don’t buy the hype.
High School Football
Granville Central at Bunn 7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Ravenscroft 7:30 p.m.
Cardinal Gibbons at Louisburg 7:30 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College baseball coach John Thomas traveled far and wide to pick up an acclaimed 40-man signing class.
But he didn’t have to go too far from home to ink Franklinton’s Garrett Estes to a deal.
Estes, a jack-of-all-trades who excelled at FHS as a hitter, pitcher and position player, has signed an award letter to join the Hurricanes’ diamond program.
LOUISBURG -- The annual Safe Space Inc. Golf Tournament was held Aug. 7 at Green Hill Country Club.
Over 60 golfers participated, with the winning team coming from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
The first-place foursome featured Deputy Deney Buchanan, Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell, First Sergeant Dwayne Collins and Detective E.H. Smith.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department foursome took first place at the annual Safe Space Inc. Golf Tournament on Aug. 7 at Green Hill Country Club in Louisburg. Pictured are (l to r) Deney Buchanan, Elliott Pinnell, Dwayne Collins and E.H. Smith.
The Wolfpack went undefeated during the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Basketball League. The Pack finished with a 10-0 record under head coach Chris Phillips. Pictured are (back, l to r) Assistant Coach Jerry Shirley and Head Coach Chris Phillips; (middle, l to r) Tripp Harris, Zack Shirley, Kanasia Perry, Jacob Phillips and Stormy Carneal; (front, l to r) Noah Bilski, Elyshia Bailey, Malyshia Bailey and Dexter Andrews.
When you think about it, Caribbean food includes all of your favorites like seafood, chicken and steak. The ingredients of the islands are flavorful and colorful, making the dishes a sight to smell and behold. Coconuts, mangos, plantain and guavas are a few of the many ingredients which are considered indispensable for the perfect Caribbean flavor.
Foods play an important part in the traditions and family life in the islands. There are special dishes for holidays that take days to prepare. It has been said that the cuisine in the Caribbean is like a cultural patchwork quilt. Each patch or dish represents the richness of the vegetation found in the islands.
Tickets are now on sale for Louisburg College’s 52nd Allen de Hart Concert Series, funded in part by the Franklin County TDA, will feature a wide variety of artists ranging from folk music and a big band, to comedy juggling and a Las Vegas-style variety show.
Folk music legends The Kingston Trio will kick off the series on Saturday, Sept. 12. During the late 50s & early 60s, the Trio enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame, while influencing the musical tastes of a generation. Fifty-two years after their smash hit Tom Dooley shot to the top of the charts, the Trio is still on the road 30 weeks a year, bringing back all the great memories and making new ones.
A special educational training event was held for elementary educators from Franklin County Schools on Aug. 12. At the session, sponsored by the Franklin County Farm Bureau, educators representing elementary schools from the county school system took part in a training session related to the use of a new teaching kit entitled “The Farmer Grows a Rainbow.” The kit includes multiple classroom lessons and accompanying physical activities for grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth that address nutrition and fitness education with core curricula.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects that stole more than $20,000 in vehicles and equipment from a Youngsville company.
They’re also investigating a handful of vehicle break-ins from around the county.
According to a report, Dep. Amy Russell went to Snavely Brothers’ business site on Weathers Court in Youngsville where owners reported a theft.
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority has recommended awarding funds to two community events.
During its meeting on Monday, the authority heard petitions from organizers of the 2009-10 Farm Foods and Craft Show and Tour and the 9th annual Justice Antique Community Antique Tractor, Car and Engine Show.
The tractor show is slated for the weekend of Sept. 11 and 12.
“G” you don’t look a day over ...Oliver “G” Williams of the Tant’s Crossroads community celebrated his 90th birthday at his home on Saturday, Aug. 22. The festivities were arranged by his three children and his wife. In attendance were his children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, five of his eight great-grandchildren, his 85-year-old brother, and many neighbors and friends. Mr. Williams and his wife of 68 years are still very active and are well respected in the community. Pictured are Mr. Williams, his wife Florence, and his children (left to right) Jayne Whitfield, Ronnie Williams, and Deborah Brannan.
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a program recently from Kathy Harrelson, Executive Director of the United Way of Franklin County. Ms. Harrelson informed club members that the organization has been in existence in Franklin County for over 15 years and has raised more than $1.7 million with all allocations being made locally. She also advised the Lions that the 2009 theme is “Now More Than Ever Your Community Matters”. This year’s official campaign kickoff is set for September 7th. Pictured L to R is Lions Club President Phil Mueller and Ms. Harrelson.
The Franklinton Township Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening for Care 4 a Day Preschool. The new business, located in downtown Franklinton, offers professionally designed, thematic curriculum, complete with lesson plans, assessments, and progress reports. Preschoolers learn through hands-on play and structured activities in the classroom which are organized as structured learning environments. Care 4 a Day Preschool is open weekdays, 7am – 6pm. For more information, visit www.care4aday.com. Above, from left to right, Adrian Woody, Elic A. Senter, Mayor of Franklinton; owner Brenda Hegyi, Alyssa Hegyi and Joe Cutchins, Franklinton commissioner.
FRANKLINTON -- Trailing by 10 points at intermission, the Franklinton Red Rams picked up the pace in the second half and rallied past the Northern Vance Vikings on Friday in a prep football showdown.
Franklinton would rattle off three unanswered touchdowns and go on to stop the Vikings by a 19-10 margin in a non-conference game at the FHS Football Field.
STANHOPE -- Another week, another heartbreaking loss for the Bunn High School football team.
In their opener, the Wildcats dropped a wild one-point decision at C.B. Aycock, which rallied from a 22-point deficit to edge Bunn.
This Friday, BHS amassed a 14-point lead -- and then had a single-point advantage in the closing seconds -- only to see host Southern remain undefeated with a 24-22 comeback conquest at Firebird Stadium.
LOUISBURG -- Chris Lee’s first victory as the head football coach at Louisburg High School was certainly one to remember.
Taking on a solid Ravenscroft club, the Warriors scored the first 21 points of the game and went on to defeat the Ravens by a 24-17 margin in LHS’ regular season opener Friday at Patterson Field.
Ravenscroft, which had drubbed Northern Vance in its opener, fell to 1-1 overall.