The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert on Friday for a Franklin County man that close friends fear is in danger.
The 40-year-old Roger Wade Ayscue has not been seen by family since the July 4 holiday.
They have said that Ayscue had not contacted Social Services agencies to notify them of a change of address — something he was religious about, they said.
The case against a Louisburg man charged with killing an East Carolina graduate in a traffic accident could go to superior court next month.
On Wednesday, Raleigh law enforcement agents charged Cory L. Henderson, 33, of Ferrells Bridge Road, with second-degree murder for his role in the Saturday morning wreck that killed John E. Ogburn, 28.
Henderson is being held in a Wake County detention facility in lieu of a $750,000 bond — down from an earlier bond of $1.5 million.
Area law enforcement agents took a Franklin County man into custody this week on charges related to theft, a vehicle accident and assault on a female that resulted in a shooting.
Agents with the Louisburg Police Department, state Highway Patrol, and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office allege that Daniel J. Guerrette stole a sport utility vehicle from Louisburg, wrecked it a short distance from home, and assaulted his wife a short time later before she shot him in an act of self-preservation on Monday morning.
Coupling a long-standing love and understanding of Franklin County with a fresh and progressive vision for the community, Angela Harris and Dr. Mark La Branche will lead the 2009-2010 United Way of Franklin County Campaign.
“The selection of Angela and Mark by the board of directors is both significant and inspiring for this year,” UWFC Board Chairman Dale Byrns said. “We have got to be up for the challenges that the economy is presenting, and we need to all be in this together to do more and help more for those in need in Franklin County. These two understand the people of the county and the needs that are out there from their unique positions.”
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will be asked to invest in developing better broadband capabilities for the entire county.
With the aid of Excelsio Communications, multiple county departments have worked to develop a communication plan for the county relying on broadband service.
Existing Industry Coordinator Richie Duncan said the goal of the plan is to improve communications county wide.
Fire departments from Justice, White Level and Louisburg responded to a flue-cured tobacco barn fire on Swanson Road Monday night. Ricky Bell, owner of the barn, said the fire was caused by the combination of dried out wood in the structure’s frame and the 165-degree temperature needed to cure tobacco. Bell, a semi-retired member of the Justice Volunteer Fire Department, praised the efforts of all the firefighters, “Their quick response helped save the three barns next to the one I lost.” The building was a total loss and 3,500 pounds of tobacco were destroyed.
Members of Franklin County’s emergency, human resources and business communities will meet this coming week to go over their public safety game plan in time for potentially foul weather and coping with the swine flu.
The county’s office of emergency services is hosting a Local Emergency Planning Committee/Public Safety Committee meeting this Tuesday with an agenda that includes an update on the H1N1 flu, hurricane preparedness, regional disaster preparedness, coordinating local efforts and other issues affecting the county’s ability to provide emergency care.
Lunchtime traffic was rerouted on Thursday after transportation crews hit a gas line on N.C. 56 at Ronald Tharrington Road in Louisburg. The problem was fixed in two hours.
Franklin County’s sheriff’s office is offering residents another chance to better connect with law enforcement.
The office will offer its second Citizens Academy beginning on Sept. 15, giving interested residents a chance to witness and understand police duties up close and personal.
“We want to provide the best service we can to people of the county and the only way, I believe, is to inform them of exactly what we do,” said Crime Prevention Deputy Bennett Manson, who is heading up the effort.
Bunn High School student Dominic High
It’s Labor Day Weekend!
While that may come as no real surprise to many, it’s a little shocking to realize that our unofficial summertime is coming to a close.
While fall won’t officially begin until Sept. 22, Labor Day traditionally signals the end of what most of us have come to call summer.
The Internet is good for a lot of things -- but unfortunately one of the things it does best is spread bad information far and wide, unchecked by cynical editors and reporters who, in times past, checked, re-checked, verified and re-verified what they published. Or, at least they tried to.
Stuff just flies around out there -- and much of it is entirely bogus.
GOOD MORNING: The recent respite from the searing 90 degree plus temperatures we’ve been enjoying is apparently coming to an end for the time being as temperatures are expected to rebound into the mid to upper 80’s as we head into the Labor Day Weekend.
It was a plum chilly 59.4 degrees outside Friday morning when I ducked outside shortly after 5 a.m. to pick up the morning paper.
This letter is in response to the letter from Sheila Hanna, which was published in the August 29 issue of The Franklin Times. That letter contained many cases of some form of the first person singular pronoun. I wonder what it was really about? Yes, I did count — but I will try to put away childish things and address her letter seriously. What could be more serious than a cry for help?
I am sad and angry! I am sad because last Wednesday morning, I rose for the first day in my lifetime not to have a Kennedy Brother to share my day. Edward Moore Kennedy, who passed on Tuesday, was the last of four great Americans. They were Americans who served their country, our country to the end of their lives.
Regarding the letter from Sheila Hanna printed in your Aug. 29th edition of The Franklin Times. Simply—here, dear readers, is an American.
DECATUR, Ga. - Funeral services for Sharon S. Brown, 40, who died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 5) at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Harvey L. Rice Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Nelson Chapel Church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON—Funeral services for Shonquil Faith Ward, age 2, who died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, will be conducted at 4 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 5) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Kelven Rowlee Eddy, 48, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Rock Spring Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary Vasser, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.
WAKE FOREST - Stephanie Selene Clegg, 36, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 3, at Olive Branch Baptist Church, Wake Forest, with Dr. Troy Bragg officiating. Interment was in Wake Forest Cemetery.
ZEBULON - Dr. Charles Allison Horton, 81, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2009. Interment at the Horton Cemetery in Zebulon will be private.
ZEBULON - Aaron H. Hocutt Jr., 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. A graveside service was conducted Friday, Sept. 4, at Union Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE —Martha Medlin Alford, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 3, at Guardian Care Nursing Home in Zebulon. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 5) in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel, Wendell, with burial to follow in the Zebulon Town Cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - William H. “Duke” Monroe, 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Youngsville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Arminta J. Richardson, 59, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 5) at Feggins & Feggins Funeral chapel in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Riley Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Harry Walton “Walt” Hayes, 87, of Louisburg, died Wednesday afternoon.
RACE WINNER. Louisburg’s Elmer Rayo (left) wins a race to the ball ahead of Southern Nash’s Adrian Garcia (6) during Wednesday’s soccer match. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
STANHOPE -- In the estimation of Louisburg High School boys soccer coach Brent Cardwell, his Warriors may not have been the best team on the field during Wednesday’s contest at Southern Nash.
At least during the first half -- despite the fact that the Warriors went to intermission holding a two-goal cushion over the Firebirds.
But Louisburg proved to be good counter-punchers -- and excellent finishers -- during the 5-1 decision at the SNHS Soccer Field.
GIVING CHASE. (L to R) Northern Nash’s Eric Collart and Franklinton’s Jared Gailey surge toward the ball during Thursday’s first-round action of the Garman Homes Labor Day Cup Soccer Tournament. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON -- With his club the decided underdog against a potent Northern Nash team, Franklinton head coach Deran Coe decided to pack it in defensively during Thursday’s first-round showdown of the Garman Homes Labor Day Cup.
It was a strategy that worked for 58 minutes. The Red Rams were diligent defensively, and were aided by some strong saves from keeper Jared Miller.
LOUISBURG -- After dropping their first two matches to the season, the Louisburg Lady Warriors have responded with five consecutive victories.
Two of them occurred when it matters the most -- in Northern Carolina Conference volleyball action.
After opening NCC play with a road victory Tuesday at North Johnston, the Lady Warriors returned home Thursday for another conference contest against backyard rival Franklinton.
Louisburg College gave up a whopping 49 points during a wild road loss last season at Erie Community College.
Second-year LC head coach John Sala pretty much guarantees that his Hurricanes won’t allow that kind of point production during Sunday’s rematch.
“I feel like our defense is a lot better this year,’’ Sala said. “We have faster guys, and we are more disciplined. If you look up and down the field, I feel like we are more athletic at every position.’’
RED OAK -- It was difficult to tell which team was more stunned -- Northern Nash two weeks ago, or Bunn on Tuesday night.
The truth of the season series between the boys soccer squads probably lies somewhere in between the two diverse results.
When NN and Bunn met two weeks ago on the BHS campus, the Wildcats scored their first-ever victory over the Knights -- much to the displeasure of veteran NNHS head coach Joe McCarthy.
BUNN -- The Northern Carolina Conference portion of Bunn High School’s volleyball schedule went as planned Thursday.
After suffering a first-game loss to league newcomer North Johnston, the Ladycats bounced back to earn a 19-25, 25-6, 25-21, 25-7 decision at the Bunn Dome.
High School Football
Granville Central at Franklinton 7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Southeast Halifax 7:30 p.m.
Oxford Webb at Bunn 7:30 p.m.
ZEBULON -- Jose Castro delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to send Carolina to its fourth straight win, defeating Mississippi 6-5 at Five County Stadium before 5,006 fans on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Carolina (25-41) had coughed up a pair of two-run leads during the night before Castro looped a pitch just over the head of second baseman Travis Jones to score Jason Bour from second base.
I finally got hold of the book “Pardon My Spanglish” by Bill Santiago. A friend of mine, Alan Tubman, who sings with me in the choir of Louisburg United Methodist Church, gave me the book as a gift. This book has opened more ideas about Spanglish and how to tolerate it, learn to appreciate it, and have fun with it. After all, it is a way of communication according to Santiago, who is having the time of his life with it and its everyday discoveries and use. By the way, he is planning and working on his next book, already.
BUNN -- There wasn’t much suspense in Chris Miller’s first victory as the Bunn High School football coach.
Just plenty of retro Wildcats’ domination -- with a new twist.
Running out of their new spread offense, the Wildcats proved impossible to stop for an overmatched Granville Central squad Friday night on the BHS campus.
LOUISBURG -- Last week, the Louisburg Warriors played frontrunners during a season-opening victory over Ravenscroft.
LHS took a different tact Friday -- but with the same result.
Trailing by four points in the third period, and with opposition Cardinal Gibbons deep in their own territory, the Warriors survived the threat and went on to stop the Crusaders by a 17-14 margin at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
RALEIGH -- Three games into the season, the Franklinton Red Rams have developed a reputation as a second-half team.
But it’s the first half of the football game that is causing FHS the most problems.
In their opener, the Red Rams trailed by 27 points against Southern Nash before a furious late rally came up short.