Congressman Bob Etheridge’s office announced that more than half a million dollars was made available to widen U.S. 401 through Franklin County, however, state officials said that money will wind up in Wake County first.
In a news release on Monday, Etheridge announced that the $565,000 would be used to widen the two-lane highway from the Neuse River through Louisburg.
Seven-term Congressman Bob Etheridge lost out on a re-election bid as he was defeated Tuesday night by political newcomer Renee Ellmers.
Franklin County’s state legislative leadership appeared to be shaken up Tuesday also, as, unofficially, incumbent Sen. Doug Berger retained his seat and Rep. John May lost his post.
BUNN — Commissioners have scheduled a work session to get a better grasp on the town’s personnel policy.
The issue came to light last month when the board approved the creation and hire of a new supervisor position within the police department.
The position was not advertised prior to the board agreeing to fill the post with a part-time officer already on staff.
THREE OF A KIND. Three cows kept a tight formation during the United Way of Franklin County’s Cow Chip Bingo event on Saturday.
The goal of Cow Chip Bingo is to choose a square that corresponds with where the first three cows do their duty.
By noon on Saturday, each square in the Walmart parking lot was purchased.
Apparently, though, one of the three cows that came from Meadow Farms likes to think outside the box because, on the way to the event, it broke free of a trailer at the corner of Bickett Boulevard and N.C. 56 — halting traffic, but fortunately, not doing any damage.
A sewer expansion project hasn’t created the jobs that were anticipated, but economic development officials expect the infrastructure improvement to pay off anyway.
In February 2008, the N.C. Rural Center announced that it was making $14.6 million available to shore up the rural economy.
The Franklin County Arts Council has at least six months to explore what can be done with the old county jail on Nash Street and then report back to the county commissioners.
That was the unanimous decision Monday night by county commissioners after Simon Brough, chairman of the Arts Council, made a presentation outlining the goals of the arts council and its plans for coming years.
Del Catennaci with the Catennaci Dance Studio prepares some chickens for sale during Frankenfest on Main in uptown Franklinton on Saturday.
The mid-term election of 2010 is over — the ballots cast and mostly counted, the debris is being cleaned up and, thankfully, the phones will be free of those irritating and ineffective “robo calls” until the next election rolls around.
But as the victors savor the spoils and the defeated look for new careers, the average American is still looking for answers — and soon!
GOOD MORNING: Or we can hope that it is at any rate. The forecast for today – the day after the off-year elections – calls for a 50 percent chance of rain, and that goes for the weather, too. Thursday looks to be more of the same only moreso.
That said, today’s issue of the Times went to press a bit later than usual Tuesday night in order to bring you some of the early returns in this year’s elections.
I wrote this column before I knew what the official turnout was, so it could turn out that voters turned out at a record low.
However, as I walked through the Franklinton polling site, it was refreshing to see the place packed with voters, eager to cast their ballots.
I don’t expect that turnout for this mid-term election will rival the turnout for the presidential election in 2008, but it will be interesting to compare the numbers to the mid-term election in 2006.
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What could be more pleasant than waking up in the morning and hearing all the songbirds singing in the trees? We are fortunate that many of these songbirds make Franklin County their year round home.
There are many who will only be passing through during their annual migrations north or south, but either way, native or migratory birds all need the same thing. That’s where we humans can help.
You may not have heard much about it in this election season amid all the talk of witches and fishing piers and threats of death row inmates moving in next door, but public schools in North Carolina are headed off a cliff very soon and it’s not clear that state officials are planning to do much to stop it.
That’s true despite the state winning a $400 million Race to the Top grant from the federal government.
LOUISBURG – Treva O. Todd, 80, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 1, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bill Wallace officiating.
SPRING HOPE - Pete Medlin, 70, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 3) at Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell. Burial will follow at Zebulon Town Cemetery.
RALEIGH - Nannie Lue Evans Bullock died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 1, at Christian Faith Baptist Church. Interment followed at Haywood Baptist Church cemetery in Louisburg.
RALEIGH - William Henry Shelton, 66, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 30, at Greater Pentecostal Church, Raleigh, with Minister James Rogers officiating. Interment was in the Hillard family cemetery, Garner.
LOUISBURG - Clifton Perdue, 72, of Louisburg passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, October 30, 2010.
CENTERVILLE - Florence Tharrington Radford, 91, of Centerville, died Sunday, October 31, 2010, at Wake Medical Center. She was a member of Centerville Baptist Church and loved to sew and cook for her family and friends, and when she was younger she loved to strip tobacco. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie G. Radford, and her grandson, Benjamin G. Radford, Jr.
LOUISBURG - Cindy LeAnne Walsh Johnson, 47, of Louisburg died Saturday, October 30, 2010, at her home. A private memorial service will be held.
DAVIS DOES IT AGAIN. Bunn’s Andre Davis escapes for yardage for the Wildcats during their home victory last Friday night against the Warren County Eagles in Northern Carolina Conference football action.
BUNN -- Bunn only snapped the ball from its own territory once in the opening period last Friday -- and that was on the first play of the game.
By the time the quarter was over, field position had told a telling story, as the Wildcats had already racked up 26 points.
FRANKLINTON -- Unlike past seasons, the Franklinton Red Rams will have to win on the road in order to advance in the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.
The Red Rams, under the direction of first-year head coach Jordan Germano, will play today at Randleman High School (Triad Area) in the opening round today.
The folks at Franklinton hope Friday’s regular season football finale will be special -- in more ways than one.
In what might be the last home game in the history of the FHS Football Field, the Red Rams will honor their 1958 Team at halftime of Franklinton’s contest against North Johnston.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s gridiron test last weekend was a tall one, as the Hurricanes traveled to tangle with an undefeated Nassau Community College squad on Long Island.
Not only has Nassau yet to lose a game, but the high-powered team has rattled off at least 31 points in every outing this season. And the closest an opponent has come to NCC is 15 points.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School kept its Class 2-A State Playoff hopes alive on Friday with a clutch 20-14 road victory at Northern Carolina Conference foe Northwest Halifax in picturesque Aurelian Springs.
The Warriors, coached by Chris Lee, moved into fifth place in the NCC with the conquest. Louisburg is 3-7 overall and 2-3 in league action heading into this coming Friday’s regular season finale at home against rival Bunn.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s statewide high school football results:
Former Bunn High School standout Ty Howle (60) is enjoying a strong redshirt freshman season along the offensive line for the Penn State University Nittany Lions’ football squad, coached by Joe Paterno. Among Howle’s game action has been his service as Penn State’s No. 1 center/snapper for extra points and field goals.
RALEIGH -- Jon Chase, Director of Community Relations and Promotions for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced the team’s home game-related promotions for the month of November.
The Hurricanes’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night will take place today, with the team’s first of eight November home games.
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the brackets for the Class 2-A Boys State Soccer Playoffs, which will begin this week:
BUNN -- The Bunn Middle School Lady Bulldogs outlasted the Cedar Creek Lady Jaguars last week in the All-Franklin County finals of the MAC-9 Volleyball Tournament.
Cedar Creek had upset top seed Hawley in the semifinals, setting up a title matchup against Bunn.
RED OAK -- Sophomore Dwayne Hollis turned in an 87-yard return for a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff last Saturday, and the Blue & Gold of North Carolina Wesleyan College did not look back en route to a 56-6 victory over USA South foe Methodist University at the Northern Nash Football Complex.
Luke Rice, seven years old, harvested his first buck during a recent hunting expedition in Franklin County. Luke is the son of Bryant and Aimee Rice of Bunn.
The second concert of the 2010 fall season at Warren County’s historic Cherry Hill will feature violinist Carol Chung and pianist Tyler Wottrich.
They will present a program of music from Roussel, Janacek and Faure beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.
Shana Kay Webber and Daniel Shane Gordon were united in marriage in a 4 p.m. ceremony on Sept. 18, 2010 at Longacre Bed & Breakfast in Appomattox, Va. The Rev. Steve Bradshaw performed the outdoor ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Sammy and Angie Webber of Pamplin, Va. and the granddaughter of Barbara Webber and the late Billy Webber, Kay Webber and John Letterman, all of Pamplin, Va.
Myra and Scott Allen of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi Ann Allen of Wilson, to Samuel Brad Medford of Rocky Mount. The groom-elect is the son of Sam and Marie Medford of Tarboro. The wedding will take place Nov. 12, 2010 in Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y.
Randy and Dale Kearney of Epsom announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Leigh Kearney, to Matthew Holt Moore, son of Doug and Roxanne Moore of Louisburg. The wedding is planned for December 11, 2010 at 12 p.m. at Liberty Christian Church, Epsom.
Melvin Keith Wrenn and Betty Murray Wrenn of Louisburg are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Betty Elaine Wrenn, to Benjamin Ray Lucas of Castalia. He is the son of Alice Boulden Lucas and the late Bennie A. Lucas of Castalia. A November wedding is planned.
Justin and Amanda Varner are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Klaire Varner, born Aug. 22, 2010. She weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Justin is in the U.S. Navy stationed in Iraq. Amanda lives in Laurinburg.
GETTING AHEAD. Vendor Bill Sorrells of Wake Forest displays some miniature Christmas trees during Frankenfest on Main festivities Saturday in uptown Franklinton.
DUCK HUNTING. Little Chase Sutton, 3, of High Point, went duck hunting at the Youngsville Halloween Festival Saturday evening and came up a winner. Enjoying the game as much as the players was Shanae Crudup of Raleigh, who was operating the booth — and who made sure there were lots of winners!
LOTS OF BEGGARS. The streets of Louisburg’s historic district were full of Trick or Treaters Sunday night as the little beggars made their annual rounds in creative — and sometimes scary — costumes. The nearly perfect weather drew nearly record numbers of ghosts, goblins and other creatures of the night.
Sister Lucy Mae Alston Wright was recently recognized by the Order of the Eastern Star, Leading Light Chapter #507 in Centerville. She is the only remaining charter member in the chapter. The program was held on Sunday, Sept. 24, during the morning worship service at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church. She joined the chapter in 1950.
Young students at the Child Care Center at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus recently celebrated October as Fire Prevention Month with a week of activities. The month has special meaning for the child care center’s manager, Michelle Patterson, because her father, Ray Patterson, is the assistant fire chief for the Louisburg Fire Department and has also been an instructor for VGCC firefighter training.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole guns, electronics and vehicle titles from a home.
Christy M. Alston reported on Oct. 30 that someone broke into her Rough Lane home while she was out at a Halloween party.
When she returned home, she found her front door and living room window open.
The Franklin County Humane Society, Youngsville, has received a grant of 180 Hide, Perch & Go boxes with a value of $720 as part of a Petfinder.com Foundation program to reduce symptoms of stress in shelter cats. The foundation partnered with the PETCO Foundation and The Animal Rescue Site to fund the grant.