Commissioners voted against hosting a special election to choose the county’s next sheriff.
The 4-3 vote was along party lines on a night when residents crowded the board’s meeting room, asking them to eschew politics for the good of the people.
Democrats Sidney Dunston, Robert Lee Swanson, Shane Mitchell and Penny McGhee voted against a special election, while Republican Commissioners Don Lancaster, Harry Foy and David Bunn voted for the request.
A judge on Tuesday ordered the release of documents relating to a state investigation into missing money at the sheriff’s office.
Pat Green’s attorney, Johnny Williamson, protested the move, but on Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Baddour Jr. ordered them released.
The executive committee of the Franklin County Democratic Party is slated to host a Feb. 28 executive session to recommend the county’s new Register of Deeds.
The party made no plans to publicize the meeting, though, in violation of the N.C. Democratic Party’s Plan of Organization.
Linda Stone is sent a retirement letter to the state in January, making her departure effective on Feb. 28.
Commissioners balked at a nearly $200,000 project to improve communications and safety for first responders.
The $193,000 project would have provided law enforcement officers, fire fighters and rescue squads with a multitude of information via mobile digital systems.
The system also would have provided information, such as GPS, which is currently not available.
The trial against a Louisburg man accused of causing injuries sustained by a sheriff’s deputy began on Monday.
Louisburg police arrested Joe Williams on Feb. 27, accusing him of inciting unrest that sent James Williamson to the hospital suffering severe head injuries.
Prosecutors and his defense attorney spent Monday afternoon picking a jury to hear the case.
Angela and Joel Mooney have been working on their organic green thumbs for about two years now.
The most important thing to sprout up, though, is their five-year-old son, Steven.
The Mooneys began planting seeds at their Youngsville-area home to provide affordable organic food for their son, who has epileptic and autistic symptoms.
The North Carolina public meetings and public records law offers residents about one-third of the protections they deserve, and recent events in Franklin County prove that.
Actually, part of the law is pretty good — with the exception of all the loopholes about “personnel” issues. In government, virtually everything can be construed to be about personnel on some level, so that’s a huge loophole that must be tightened.
GOOD MORNING: After unseasonably high temperatures in the mid 70’s Monday, the weather returned to more seasonable like levels on Tuesday following a light sprinkle of rain just before dawn. Our best chance of rain now appears to be on Friday, however, when temperatures are expected to rebound to around 70 once again.
Stop me when I get to an adjective that, at one time or another, you haven’t used to describe a teenager.
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Many people are confused about the economy. They hear reports of the economy improving. Factory output is up, retail sales have gained and the stock market has been roaring.
Recently, it was even announced that the broadest measure of the economy – gross domestic product – had returned to its pre-recessionary level.
RALEIGH – I’ve had a conceptual breakthrough.
For more than 20 years, I have debated left-wing politicians and commentators on education policy. As an advocate of greater choice and competition, higher academic standards, and more efficient expenditure of education dollars, I have argued that these policies will boost student achievement, parental satisfaction, and economic competitiveness while reducing costs to taxpayers.
While the county commissioners are looking into changing laws to have a special election, they need to look into the laws and in hiring practices in the county.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Flonnie Richardson Coley, 85, who died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, will be held today (Wednesday, Feb. 23) at 2 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Minister Lester Bostic Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Addie Lee Ransdell Strickland Cash, 92, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 20, 2011. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 23) in the Ransdell family cemetery, with the Rev. Jared Pemper officiating.
GREENSBORO - Funeral services for Peggy Leak, 52, who died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg.
WARRENTON - Funeral services for Kelvin M. Jones, 56, who died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Coley Springs Missionary Baptist Church, with Bishop Ed Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Jerusalem Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Avis “Necie” Holden Burgess, 46, who died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Evangelist Linda Pettiford officiating. Burial will follow in the Roland Chapel church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Betty Lou Brogden Cash, 79, of Louisburg, died Sunday afternoon.
CANNADY IN CONTROL. Bunn’s Quinton Cannady (with ball) drives for two points for the Wildcats during their home loss last Friday night to Roanoke Rapids in the finals of the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.
BUNN -- Bunn expended just about every ounce of energy in its possession while rallying from a near-impossible deficit.
And that was exactly the problem for the Wildcats during their title-game matchup last Friday against Roanoke Rapids in the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament at the Bunn Dome.
FAIRMONT -- Franklinton traveled almost to the South Carolina border for its first-round game against Fairmont in the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
The journey was well worth it for FHS, which continues to play well late in the season.
The Lady Rams pushed ahead early and never looked back en route to defeating host Fairmont by a 36-25 margin.
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDOUTS. (L to R) Bunn’s Whitney Bunn (22 points) and Nikki Bell (15 points) combined for 37 tallies during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tourney title game.
BUNN -- Maybe Chuck Mann should be careful of what he wishes for.
Or maybe this was the best scenario that could have happened to Mann and his Bunn High School girls basketball squad.
Earlier in the week, Mann was bemoaning the fact that his Ladycats have had few challenges as part of their undefeated regular season.
ON HER WAY TO TWO. Bunn’s Keke Crudup (with ball) drives for a basket for the Ladycats during their first-round victory Monday against Cedar Ridge in the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
BUNN -- Who says history can’t repeat itself?
The Bunn Ladycats were certainly in the mood for a bit of retrospect Monday as they hosted Cedar Ridge in the first round of the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Tournament at the Bunn Dome.
BHS defeated Cedar Ridge last year at home en route to making regional competition.
NEWPORT -- Eight Franklin County wrestlers -- including six from Louisburg -- will be heading to the states following last week’s successful outing at the Class 2-A East Regional Individual Wrestling Tournament at Croatan High School.
Louisburg High’s six state performers will be standouts Smiley Mueller (152), Braulio Rayo (103), Trey Griffor (119), Darrian Brown (125), Tyrell Robinson (Heavyweight) and David Pearce (160).
BUNN -- In order to make yet another deep postseason run, the smallish Bunn Wildcats will have to slay plenty of giants on the road to Fayetteville for regional competition.
Act One came Monday against a tall-timber Carrboro club that was destined to challenge the Wildcats with their superior height advantage.
ROCKY MOUNT -- After 24 games played this season, North Carolina Wesleyan College’s men’s basketball team had seemingly all of its goals resting on game number 25.
When the Bishops hosted Ferrum College last Saturday, they knew that the USA South Regular Season Conference Championship, the right to be the No. 1 overall seed in the USAS Conference tournament this week and the opportunity to avenge the squad’s only conference loss this season all hung in the balance.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College had an athletics free-for-all last Saturday as four teams -- men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and fast-pitch softball -- were all in action on campus.
Here’s a look at how each club fared in those and other games from the weekend:
GREENSBORO -- The Greensboro Coliseum will be the site this weekend for one of the largest single high school sporting events in the Southeast.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s annual state wrestling championships are scheduled for three days, starting Thursday night and running all day Friday and Saturday, bringing together over 600 of the state’s best prep grapplers for competition over three days.
Franklinton’s Tamara Williams (right) drives against Bunn’s Chepirah Neal (left) during last Friday’s matchup.
Bunn’s Jaymes Kingsberry (right) takes to the lane for two points during the Wildcats’ home loss last Friday in the title game of the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament.
A new Vance-Granville Community College scholarship will carry on the legacy of a husband and wife who both made key contributions to the college in its first two decades. The Julian and Elsie Gray Pernell Academic Achievement Scholarship honors Mr. Pernell, who was the college’s original program head of Light Construction (today called Carpentry) and later chair of the college’s Trades and Industries division, and Mrs. Pernell, who was the first faculty member at Vance County Technical Institute, as the college was then known, in 1969.
Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 333 students earned Dean’s List honors for the fall semester that ended in December 2010.
To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student had to maintain a 3.5 grade-point average and have no grade lower than “B” while carrying at least 12 semester hours, according to VGCC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Angela Ballentine.
The Louisburg town council got basically good news from Dale Place, its auditor, Monday night although the recent examination of the books uncovered some problems which auditors said need to be remedied.
In a nutshell, the 94-page audit indicated that Louisburg enjoyed a year-ending fund balance of $1,334,767, an increase of $181,262 over the preceding year.
Pruning is essential for overall plant health and development as well as increasing fruit production. Extension specialist Bill Cline will be giving a demonstration on proper pruning techniques on blueberry bushes in North Carolina on Monday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. at Vollmer Farm, 677 NC Highway 98E, Bunn.
Although temperatures are spring-like, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole a snowball.
Earnest Gupton reported on Feb. 17 that his white chihuahua, Snowball, is missing.
According to the report by Dep. D.B. Wester, Snowball was at Gupton’s Wood Church Road home on Feb. 16, but he and others did leave for a few hours.
The annual Small Farmer of the Year luncheon will be held on March 23 at noon in Greensboro on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. There will be a van leaving the Franklin County Extension Center, 103 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, at 8:40 a.m. for this event.