Franklin County’s attempt to fund improvements to U.S. 401 from Wake County to Louisburg with federal Transportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds has failed.
Franklin County received none of the $66 million it was requesting in TIGER funds -- and the state Department of Transportation was granted only $10 million of the $300 million it was seeking for improvements to the Yadkin River Bridge on Interstate 85.
Long-time friend Joe Cutchins sat in his son’s room, looking at an old autographed picture of Jim Bibby, figuring out how to properly reflect on a friend he’s known for half a century.
One of the most important things about Bibby, friends said, is that for a man who reached some of the greatest heights in the world, he didn’t just leave pictures behind in his hometown.
FRONT AND CENTER. Congressman Bob Etheridge spoke with a group Friday morning about a number of pressing issues, including funding for transportation, education and trade pacts.
During a town-hall like session over eggs and bacon Friday morning, Congressman Bob Etheridge said the country’s road to recovery may wind a bit, but efforts continue to smooth the path.
Etheridge held the session at the Murphy House, inviting residents, businessmen and educators to address the challenges facing the business community, rural North Carolina and other matters withing the second congressional district.
Franklinton police arrested a Bunn man this week charged with going armed to the terror of the public.
The arrest and messy investigation, police said, highlights growing concerns for law enforcement — rising gang and drug activity, and communities that are held in terror by criminals.
Following what appeared to be a shootout on Monday night, police arrested Brandon Alexander Teasley, 19, of Dead Road and charged him with going armed to the terror of the public and discharging a firearm in city limits.
Franklin County’s health department ranks just outside the top third in the state, according to a national study released this week.
The University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation combined to rank each county in each state based on broad measures of health risk behaviors, outcomes, and associated health determinants.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials agreed on Tuesday to spend more than $11,000 to make emergent repairs to the dam.
More serious and expensive steps were discussed during a two-day commission retreat on Wednesday and Thursday.
The town’s dam dates back to the 1960s and, recently, has begun to show its age as heavy rain events caused erosion and highlighted the need for repairs.
No injuries were reported in this three-vehicle wreck that shut down a section of Bunn Road Thursday afternoon. The driver of the big rig, foreground, was making a wide right turn, causing the driver behind him, Latitia Bowden, to slow down in her Nissan, the middle car. However, April Cooke, the driver of a Honda, the car to the far left, failed to slow, rear-ending Bowden and nearly sending the car into the truck’s trailer. Cooke swerved her vehicle into a bush on the side of the road.
Bunn resident Jessica Nicholson
“Listening is far better than talking . . . . And listening is not enough.”
With those words, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton kicked off a business roundtable session Tuesday in Louisburg.
The goal was to give local businesses a chance to meet with Dalton and tell him what they like and dislike about state government these days — and what they would like to see changed.
Willie Mays didn’t hit a grand slam homer every time at bat — nor did Mickey Mantle or even The Babe.
And they played in beautifully manicured stadiums with officials who monitored the rules and made sure everyone played by them — more or less!
By now you know that the county’s 401 Citizens Action Committee didn’t hit a “home run” in its request for $66 million in federal TIGER stimulus funds this week.
GOOD MORNING: Needless to say, I’m eagerly looking forward to the sunny, warm weather forecast for this weekend. In addition to warming my tired old bones, hopefully it will melt away the last vestiges of the snow that has been banked up around our house for the past couple of weeks.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Tiana Monae “Pork Chop” Crews, 12, who died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Terrell Lane Middle School, with the Rev. Sylvester White officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Rock Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Thomas A Puetz, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 in Louisburg. Fr. Patrick Wendt officiated funeral services Friday, Feb. 12, at Poole Funeral Home in Washington, Wisc. Entombment followed on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in Sheybogan, Wisc.
ZEBULON - Allen Harper Green, 92, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. The funeral service was conducted Friday, Feb. 19 at Massey Funeral Home. Burial was at Wakefield Cemetery with military honors.
BALTIMORE, MD. - Elnora “Hunn” Williams Mann, 96, of Future Care Homewood Nursing Home, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.
LYNCHBURG, VA. - James Blair “Jim” Bibby of Madison Heights, Va., formerly of Franklin County, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at Lynchburg General Hospital.
CLAYTON - Memorial services for Louis Gilbert Mangas, 48, who died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, were conducted Friday, Feb. 19, at Pilot Baptist Church, Zebulon. Inurnment, Pearce family cemetery, Clyde Pearce Rd., Zebulon.
LOUISBURG - Victor L. Hawkins, 54, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center.
PRESSING ENGAGEMENT. Full-court pressure like this from Patika Venable (12) helped Bunn grab an early lead Thursday night during the Ladycats’ victory over North Johnston in the semifinals of the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament.
KENLY -- When Chepirah Neal was injured late in the season, her absence was destined to leave the Bunn Ladycats at less than 100 percent -- even after she returned.
After missing several games, Neal and her teammates needed an adjustment period to get their rhythm and chemistry back.
The Ladycats kept winning in the Northern Carolina Conference, but the victories were much more hard-fought.
CLOGGED LANE. Wake Tech’s Julian Martin (with ball) tries to drive on Louisburg’s Jeremy Atkinson during Wednesday’s college basketball matchup in Wake Forest.
WAKE FOREST -- Even though his club continues to pile up the victories, Louisburg College men’s basketball coach John Meeks still wonders if the Hurricanes fully understand the level of defensive play needed in order to be successful in the postseason.
For Meeks, that theory was evident again Wednesday during a key Region X road game at Wake Tech Community College.
ESCAPE ACT. Bunn’s Michael Collins (with ball) tries to get away from North Johnston’s defense during Tuesday’s first-round action of the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament at the Bunn Dome.
KENLY -- When Louisburg joined the Northern Carolina Conference in the off-season, LHS Athletic Director Chris Davis indicated his glee with the fact that Franklin County rivalry games against Franklinton and Bunn would mean more than just bragging rights.
It hasn’t taken long for Davis’ desires to come to fruition. Also Louisburg’s boys hoops coach, Davis saw his club tangle with Bunn in Friday’s NCC Tournament Championship at North Johnston High School’s Gymnasium.
A GEM OF A GAME. Franklinton’s Diamond Graham was strong once again for the Lady Rams during Thursday’s loss to Northwest Halifax in the semifinals of the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tourney.
KENLY -- There’s something about playing Northwest Halifax that brings out the Comeback Mojo in the Franklinton Lady Rams.
Just three days after rallying to end the regular season with a clutch win at Northwest, the Lady Rams were at it again during Thursday’s second round of the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will host a benefit basketball game on March 4 at 6 p.m. at the historic FHS Gymnasium.
Proceeds from the contest will go to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.
The matchup will feature the Franklinton High School faculty against FHS students.
OUT OF HARM’S WAY. Louisburg College point guard Shatara Jackson dribbles out of traffic during Wednesday night’s road victory against Wake Tech Community College in Wake Forest.
WAKE FOREST -- Even with a well-established paint game, the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes hope they’re not on the outside looking in when the champion is crowned at next weekend’s Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Certainly, the strength of LC’s team is in the interior, thanks in part to scoring/rebounding machines Shequitia Manning and Ariel Phelps.
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Louisburg College guard Amanda Sinclair drains another 3-pointer for the red-hot Lady Hurricanes during Wednesday night’s key road victory against Wake Tech CC.
Bunn’s Whitney Bunn (with ball) penetrates and dishes for the Ladycats during Thursday’s NCC Girls Basketball Tournament victory against North Johnston.
Bunn’s Amanda Wright (with ball) takes the baseline for the Ladycats during Thursday’s victory at North Johnston in the semifinals of the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
Bunn’s Montrel Cooke scored the game-winning basket during Wednesday night’s semifinal decision over Roanoke Rapids.
PREVIOUS WINNER. Brian Panasiak of Louisburg, who attends Franklin Academy.
Wake Electric is seeking applicants for a $1,000 scholarship plus a one-week all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. for the 2010 Rural Electric Youth Tour.
The trip will be from June 11 – June 18.
Students chosen to attend the Youth Tour will join 1,500 high school students from across the U.S. to learn about U.S. government, American history, and electric cooperatives.
The list of honor students at Laurel Mill Elementary School for the second nine-week grading period has been announced and includes:
I tell stories; weekly in the college newsletter, monthly in this column, and yearly, in the annual alumni magazine. I write about our students, past and present. It’s the part of my job about which I am most passionate. It makes things like keeping up with budgets and wrestling with copy machines bearable.
Nathan Ryan Bailey, a seventh-grade student at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Perry Creek Road in Raleigh, was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Feb. 16. Membership is available in grade 7-9 and is based on scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship.
Students at Franklinton Elementary school have the opportunity each morning to walk in the gym to music along with the PE teacher, Israel Johnson and parent volunteers. The number of students has grown from about 30 students to over 125 walking each day. Students walked over 2,000 laps. Students are encouraged to bring in healthy snacks and to become physically fit by taking part in walking, jumping rope, or dancing.
Mattie Reddick carefully measures soup servings for to-go orders on Thursday as the Youngsville Woman’s Club hosted its annual Soup and Sandwich fundraiser at the town’s Community House. The club uses the recipe that Reddick’s mother, Helen Green, conjured up more than 70 years ago.
Jackie Dean spent the latter part of 2008 and the first part of 2009 preparing for one of her favorite parts of 4-H, the Hippology competition. This competition encompasses horse knowledge with horse judging and presentation skills. It is by far one of the most difficult competitions 4-H has to offer by way of horses.
“This past year brought the most exciting news I could have ever wanted to hear. I had the opportunity to try out for the National Hippology team for North Carolina,” said Dean.