What started as a “gripe session” at a meeting of the Franklin County Medical Society Tuesday night seemed to evolve into initiatives toward improving medical care in Franklin County.
The meeting, held at a Wake Forest restaurant, at first focused on what medical care is now available in the county with Dr. Robert McLaurin, chair of the society, touting not only the Franklin County Cancer Center that he owns and operates but also the skills of surgeon Dr. Chad Caldwell who has announced that he is accepting a position in Granville County at the end of the month.
The Arts Council cut ties with two stalwarts this week.
First, board members discussed the retirement of the group’s founder, Allen de Hart.
And the Arts Council also severed its official ties with the International Whistlers Convention on Thursday night.
Both decisions leave the immediate future of the 38-year-old International Whistlers Convention teetering.
The chair of the Franklin County Arts Council will present county commissioners with a proposal for a public/private partnership he hopes can salvage an area landmark and turn it into a community centerpiece of history, culture and art.
At its last few meetings, county commissioners have discussed the future of the old jail building on Nash Street, which has sat dilapidated for years.
LISTEN HERE. Franklinton resident, the Rev. Danny Wilder, foreground, asks town commissioners the reason for a utility rate increase that he said raised his bill by nearly 50 percent.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials released a memo to town residents this week, hoping to take the sting out of utility rate increases and improve community relations.
A handful of residents on Tuesday night expressed their bewilderment at the increases, raising some people’s utility bill by nearly 50 percent.
Although Franklin County plans to use school bond money to add space for the Early College Program, the decision should not jeopardize plans for that site in the future, staff said.
By unanimous decision on Monday, commissioners agreed to use excess money from the 2008 voter-approved $53 million school bond to build a modular classroom building on county-owned land behind its Emergency Services building on N.C. 56 — which sits next to VGCC.
A drowning earlier this week is serving as a reminder to guard against swimming dangers.
Rising Louisburg High senior Markeith Kearney died Monday when he and a group of friends went swimming at a friend’s pool on East River Road.
Kearney, who could not swim, was apparently splashing around in the pool, but friends thought he was just playing around.
Bunn HS soccer follower Lily Schuette
It’s official. No surprise, but official.
The International Whistlers Convention is no longer part of the Franklin County Arts Council.
If you’re a long-time local resident, this probably seems a lot like 1994 all over again but with a different ending.
At the risk of oversimplifying this somewhat complex issue, it just seems like it was the proper time for the two groups to go on their separate ways. And separate they did on a vote Thursday night by the Arts Council Board of Directors.
Okay, you’re probably asking by now, what’s the “back story” to the long report beginning on page 1 of this edition involving our hospital, doctors and community leaders?
It’s actually pretty simple but it does have a lot of parts.
Some of it involves communication.
GOOD MORNING: It appears that Gov. Beverly Perdue may have taken State Sen. Doug Berger and Rep. John May off the hook, so to speak, at least so far as the matter of overdue state tax refunds are concerned.
You may recall that Saturday I asked what our two local representatives in the State General Assembly planned to do about this “sad state of affairs in Raleigh.”
On July 29, citizens from our area were able to express their opinions at a public hearing regarding the proposed Southeast High Speed Rail corridor. On behalf of the Franklinton Board of Commissioners, I shared our continued opposition to the current proposal, about which we have great concern.
On behalf of the entire Franklinton Police Department, we wish to extend our sincere appreciation for your contribution to our “2010 National Night Out” event. The donations of prizes were a real “crowd pleaser.”
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Markeith D. Kearney, 18, who died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, will be held at noon today (Saturday, Aug. 21) at the Louisburg High School auditorium, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the Alston family cemetery.
HOLY SPRINGS - John Owen Truelove, 73, died at home on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 21) at Macedonia Baptist Church, Holly Springs. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Danny Jarmon and the Rev. Ken Wheeler. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
WILSON - David Barrett Lloyd, 29, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. Funeral service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at Joyner’s Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, with Pastor Israel Campbell officiating.
PILOT COMMUNITY- Marie Langley Bufkin, 89, formerly of Zebulon, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 at Eugene H. Bloom retirement center, Emporia, Va. Funeral service was Friday, Aug. 20, at Pilot Baptist Church. Entombment followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
ZEBULON - Terry Glenn Baucom, 62, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug, 21) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545.
GODWIN - Iantha White Mitchell, 100, died at her home Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. Funeral service was Friday, Aug. 20, at Baptist Chapel Church, with the Rev. Alan Roberts and the Rev. Paul Honeycutt officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery.
BACK AT YA. Franklinton’s (l to r) Jessica Harris and Morgan Tharrington reject a Southern Nash tip attempt during Tuesday’s season-opening volleyball showdown, which was held at the FHS Gymnasium.
FRANKLINTON -- Emily Regan didn’t know what to expect heading into her first match as the volleyball coach at Franklinton High School.
Now, she expects even more.
Regan’s club shined in her debut, rolling to a 25-16, 25-11, 25-21 victory against Southern Nash in Tuesday’s regular season opener at the FHS Gymnasium.
UP WE GO. Bunn High School senior outside hitter Keke Crudup goes up for a kill Thursday against spike opponent Northern Vance.
BUNN -- Bunn’s Answer Women took to the court three times this week, intent on finding solutions to the questions that Coach Henry Jones has for them.
Jones has been at Bunn for 16 seasons, but rarely has the successful program had to rebuild as much as this fall, when the Ladycats must find a way to replace seven standout graduates from a 24-3 squad.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL ON FIELD. (L to R) Bunn’s Kevin Montes and Southern Nash’s Tristan Stallings leap for possession during Thursday afternoon’s boys soccer showdown, which was held on the BHS campus.
BUNN -- After a season-opening victory Tuesday over Northern Nash, first-year Bunn head coach Ben Daniels hoped to keep things going in a positive direction Thursday afternoon against backyard rival Southern Nash.
Things certainly started well for Bunn, which took a one-goal cushion into intermission.
Fishermen bemoan the whopper that got away. Golfers reflect on just-missed puts that hang on the lip of the cup. Basketball players never forget free throws they clanged off the rim in clutch situations.
We all have our personal hang-ups -- things we can’t seem to accomplish. Some of these failures can be forgiven as simple bad luck.
High School Football
Southern Nash at Bunn 7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Northern Vance 7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Ravenscroft 7:30 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- The annual Safe Space Inc. Golf Tournament was held Aug. 13 at Green Hill Country Club.
All proceeds from the tourney went to support the services of Safe Space Inc., a domestic violence services organization.
This year’s winning foursome was Ricky Raynor, Ryan Raynor, Brian Johnson and Dan Edwards.
ZEBULON -- Kyler Newby gave the Mobile BayBears six strong innings to pick up his third win of the season as the BayBears defeat the Carolina Mudcats 6-1 at Five County Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Bunn’s Savanah Hopper rises for a kill during the Ladycats’ road loss Thursday against Northern Vance.
Franklinton’s Tamara Williams (center) goes up for yet another kill during a key stage in the second game of the Lady Rams’ home conquest Tuesday against Southern Nash.
It has been four years since I attended a Chilean Reunion. You may recall the fun my sister and I had back in 2006 at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center at Blackstone. We experienced an amazing rush of happiness upon seeing friends we had not seen for a long time.
In July, Madison Tyson, from Greenfield School attended the 8th Annual Shelton Challenge at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Madison is the daughter of Mike and Bridget Tyson of Bailey. As former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hugh Shelton often reflects on how his experiences as a youth prepared him for the opportunity to serve his country.
Vance-Granville Community College held a pinning ceremony for its 2010 Medical Assisting program graduates on Aug. 5 at the college’s Franklin County Campus in Louisburg, where the program is conducted. As VGCC’s program is nationally accredited, graduates are now eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.
Thirteen Welding Technology students at Vance-Granville Community College recently earned their national certification according to the standards of the American Welding Society, bringing to 589 the total number of certified welders produced by VGCC since 1972.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg man on drug and gun charges.
According to a report by Dep. Joel Anderson, DeMario L. Wilson was a passenger in a car that Sgt. James Davis stopped during the early morning hours of Aug. 16 because of an insurance stop.
Anderson said that Wilson acted suspiciously from the beginning, prompting officers to ask him to step out of the vehicle.
The United Way of Franklin County has opened its grant cycle to receive applications from Franklin County teachers who have an innovative project idea that goes outside the scope or a normal classroom day.
Each grant is up to $1,500. The UWFC board of directors has increased the amount available this year to $30,000, much in part to community designated dollars for the program and support from Novozymes in education programs locally.
The Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start will begin working with local primary care professionals to identify children at-risk for developmental delays as part of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program. ABCD is a national program that trains primary health care professionals to use standardized tools to identify children who are at-risk for developmental delays and refer them to services.
FRANKLINTON -- Southern Nash picked up right where it left off during Friday’s season-opening football matchup at Franklinton.
Last year, the Firebirds made a historic run to the Class 3-AA State Playoff Semifinals before dropping an overtime heartbreaker to South Johnston.
BUNN -- First-year quarterback Andre Davis is expected to spearhead Bunn’s spread offense with his arm during the 2010 season.
But Davis used his sprinter’s legs to help the Wildcats get past C.B. Aycock by a 21-13 margin in the football opener for both teams Friday on the BHS campus.