The Franklin County sheriff’s office is investigating an incident that appears to have been a murder-suicide.
A neighbor went to check on Daniel Johnston, 41, and his wife, Jenny Gunderson Johnston, 48, on Sunday afternoon and found the couple dead inside their Montgomery Road home, which is just outside of Franklinton off West River Road.
Ray Gilliam had not had reason to use his badge or gun since March, but by the end of this month, he will have no reason to do so, again.
Gilliam, who has been with the department for about two decades, is set to retire.
“I do have mixed feelings,” Gilliam said. “(Law enforcement) is all I’ve ever known.”
Gilliam has been on medical leave since March and had wrestled with the idea of retiring.
Gilliam’s last official day will be Oct. 1.
YOUNGSVILLE — Like a lot of teens, Tequan Morris likes to spend time in front of a big screen television playing video games.
But the 6-foot 4-inch 15-year-old has plenty of get-up-and-go and a couch doesn’t contain his energy.
And a wheelchair wont be an excuse.
Morris was recently diagnosed with cancer and his left leg was amputated at the ankle.
He gets around with the aid of a walker or his wheelchair, but Morris still has dreams of playing sports.
Saturday, Sept. 12, will be a very busy day in Franklin County. A number of activities are scheduled to entertain and educate, feed your face and possibly warm your heart. So hit the ATM machine early, put on your walking shoes and eating pants and get ready to enjoy the day.
Franklin County emergency crews rushed three people to WakeMed following a head-on collision in Youngsville on Monday. According to a report by Trooper Brian McFarland, Michael Kearney, 44, of 429 John Mitchell Road, was traveling east on John Mitchell Road when he crossed the center line in a commercial van he was driving. The vehicle veered into the westbound lane, crashing into a 1995 Mazda Protegé driven by Rosa Aminto Serrano DeMerino, 30, of 1113 John Mitchell Road. The impact crumpled the car and flipped the van, setting it on fire. Kearney was able to free himself from the vehicle and residents were able to pull a passenger, Yvette Clemonts, from the vehicle.
The Youngsville Board of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss, again, a billiards hall proposal that has pitted developers against nearby residents.
Cliff and Rick Sappah, who have developed three retail buildings in downtown Youngsville on East Main Street, have proposed using one of the buildings for their own venture — a billiards hall where they plan to provide games and serve beer and wine.
Bunn resident Bill Eldridge
What a radical we have in the White House!
If there was any doubt about that in recent weeks, the President himself erased it Tuesday when he used his “ Bully Pulpit” to reach out to this nation’s most vulnerable citizens, its school children.
Here are some excerpts from what he said:
“We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems.
“If you don’t do that -- if you quit on school -- you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.”
What a radical notion!
CROSS YOUR FINGERS FOLKS: The application for funding for 4-laning US 401 (all several hundred pages of it) goes to Washington, D.C. on Friday. And in my humble opinion, as well as that of folks that are a hell of a lot smarter than I am, this application represents the single best opportunity of getting this project funded since the idea of 4-laning US 401 was first addressed some 20-30 years ago.
I get it.
When word came out that President Obama wanted to address the nation’s classrooms, no one had seen the speech.
No one knew what he was going to say.
Was his speech going to be political?
Was he going to tell every student that the nurse wouldn’t be able to put a Band-Aid on their boo-boo unless mommy and daddy supported universal health care?
RALEIGH – As the latest unemployment figures make clear, North Carolina’s economy remains one of the weakest in the United States. If it were a runner in a footrace, it would be that pale, wheezing fellow near the back of the pack.
You know the guy I mean. Back in the day, he was a champion. But then he got lazy and indulged his appetites. His muscles shrank. His waistline exploded. Now, he’s just not a contender anymore – except in his own mind.
SPRING HOPE - Harold Willis Smith, 53, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 at his home. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from Maple Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Anne F. McKenna, 60, died Monday morning Sept.7, 2009. Friends may visit with the family from 2-5 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept.9), with a prayer vigil at 4:30 p.m. at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main St., Wake Forest.
ZEBULON - Margaret Anderson Fawkes, 91, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh. A memorial celebration of life was conducted at The Sanctuary Church of God in Raleigh, with the Rev. Dr. Douglas Allen and the Rev. Michael Allen officiating. A private burial took place in Graham prior to the service.
RALEIGH - Richard Howard Raybon, 71, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 at Wake Medical Center. A celebration of life memorial service was conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at Calvary’s Cross Baptist Church, 1807 NC Highway 98, Louisburg, with Pastor Martin Pinnell officiating.
WINSTON-SALEM - James C. Shubert passed away September 7, 2009 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, NC
TEAM DEFENSE. Several members of the Bunn Wildcats’ defense swam a Granville Central runner during last Friday night’s non-conference outing at the Bunn High School Football Field. BHS was a 56-8 winner. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
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 last Friday night on the BHS campus.
USING HIS BLOCKERS. Thanks to some assistance from his blockers, Louisburg High School quarterback Deandre Blacknall (with ball) carves out a nice gain for the Warriors during last Friday night’s home victory versus Cardinal Gibbons.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Warriors played frontrunners during a season-opening football victory over Ravenscroft.
LHS took a different tact last 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.
During a recent visit to Virginia with my wife, we decided to buy one of those Mega Ball lottery tickets -- which was a first in my entire life.
If you look on the back of the ticket, you can see your odds of winning, which are something like one-in-infinity-million.
The odds of either of our National Football League predictions being correct are about the same. But that’s not going to stop my annual misinformed attempt -- along with my cohort in prognostication ineptitude, the hapless Carey Johnson. So here we go:
LOUISBURG -- Before the season started, Louisburg College head football John Sala accentuated the importance of getting the ball into the hands of team playmaker Jameze Massey.
After Sunday’s opener, it’s easy to see why.
Massey, who enjoyed plenty of strong outings last season as a freshman, put up numbers for the ages during the Hurricanes’ 36-19 home victory Sunday over the Erie Community College Kats at Patterson Field.
ZEBULON -- One year ago, the Carolina Mudcats and Mississippi Braves played arguably the finest Southern League Championship Series ever, with the Braves winning the championship in the decisive fifth baseball game.
Monday afternoon, both teams concluded the Class AA SL regular season against one another with no post-season in their futures, winding up the 2009 regular season in a contest marred by a 35-minute rain delay and intermittent pesky rain.
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA. -- In last Saturday afternoon’s 2009 college football season opener, host Hampden-Sydney College defeated North Carolina Wesleyan by a 55-23 score in front of over 2,500 fans at Lewis C. Everett Stadium.
The Tigers scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter to pull away for a 41-3 halftime lead, and although the Battling Bishops (0-1) rebounded to out-score their opponents 20-14 in the second half, it would not be enough as HSC cruised to a 1-0 start to the season.
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.
Two weeks ago, FHS was behind by Northern Vance by 10 points at halftime, but got hot after the break and went on to post a convincing victory.
RALEIGH – A new look at North Carolina arrived at the Louisburg Town Hall in Louisburg on Sept. 3 and will be on display until Oct. 1. The “Telling Our Stories” Photography Exhibit includes 50 images from the state’s mountains to the coast that show different events and time periods. Organized by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com), the exhibition incorporates some of the state’s best professional and amateur photographers, and for the first time photographs from the State Archives are on tour.
Julie V. Cooke of Norlina recently retired as an instructor and coordinator of Occupational Healthcare Programs for Vance-Granville Community College. Cooke’s colleagues held a retirement celebration for her on Aug. 21. They presented her with a rocking chair, on which an engraved plaque was placed, congratulating and thanking her for “years of service and friendship.”