A family whose pet was killed in violation of several shelter policies, animal advocates admit, filed a lawsuit against animal control and its director on Monday.
The lawsuit was filed two days before the animal advisory board was set to meet (Wednesday) to further discuss the matter.
Having fun on a sunny day are left to right Juan Benitez, Araceli Benitez and Evelyn Sarpong. March 20-26 marks the celebration of National Boys and Girls Club Week. Many local activities are scheduled. See page 2 for more photos and details about the Boys and Girls Club.
POLITICAL SPEAK. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers spoke to the crowd during the Franklin County Republican Party’s Convention on Friday night. Ellmers said that politicians in Washington are working to make government more efficient and accountable.
Franklin County’s Grand Old Party Convention on Friday evening was about paths.
It was about the path that Republican party members said they blazed in 2010, sweeping to victories and majorities in state and federal government.
Improvements to U.S. 401 — most specifically Section D between Royal and Louisburg, were very much in focus Monday afternoon at a Department of Transportation hearing in Oxford.
At issue is a new but still tentative Transportation Improvement Plan that funds Section C -- between NC 96 and Royal -- for design, right of way and construction but which knocks Section D out of the funding cycle for at least a decade.
Franklin County commissioners called for a joint meeting with Franklinton in a move that could help settle a water contract dispute outside of the courtroom.
Both the town and county have been embroiled in the water squabble since September, when Franklinton shut off water to the county citing drought conditions.
ALL IN. Clockwise from left, Franklinton Commissioner Anita Fuller, John Allers and Joe Cutchins, and resident Dee Sims plant a tree during the town’s annual Arbor Day celebration on Saturday.
FRANKLINTON — The town’s Tree Committee hosted its annual Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, planting a tree in honor of a woman whose roots were as as strong and deep as the mightiest oak.
The Tree Committee planted two trident maples, one in honor of Sadie Cutchins — a long-time businesswoman who ran Cutchins Funeral Home from the time her husband passed in 1976 through 1992, relinquishing the reins to her son, Town Commissioner Joe Cutchins.
Nearly 80 women showed up for an introduction to flight program.
If only one of them becomes an active flyer, that would double the number of women aviators at the county’s Triangle North Executive Airport.
Franklinton resident Brianna Crudup
They say experience is the best teacher — and many of us can testify that it can be a harsh teacher as well.
But it would appear that our new congresswoman is a pretty quick student.
On Friday, Renee Ellmers was to speak at the Franklin County Republican Party’s convention in Louisburg.
She was late.
GOOD MORNING: While it probably won’t ease your drive to Raleigh anytime soon, you can rest assured that if funding for the final (Royal to Louisburg) section of US 401 is not restored to current plans, it won’t be for a lack of interest or effort on the part of the 401 Citizens Action Committee and other notables attending a DOT public hearing in Oxford Monday afternoon.
I haven’t done the research yet, but I will.
After covering the Franklin County government beat for the past six years, at least, I am convinced that the current board of commissioners have gone into more closed sessions than any board in recent memory.
I might be wrong, but I doubt it.
Last Week’s Poll
Who’s best qualified for sheriff’s job?
A number of veteran law officers have shown interest in becoming Franklin County’s next sheriff. Of the below candidates who have publicly expressed interest, which is best qualified to do the job?
RALEIGH – Those who would participate in politics should possess a healthy sense of humor. It helps. But that doesn’t mean they can afford to be unserious about the major issues affecting North Carolina and the nation.
As I survey recent events in Raleigh and Washington, I see far too many politicians who fail to exhibit the seriousness needed to grapple with the present moment.
ZEBULON—James Clifton “Cliff” Arnold, 65, died Friday, March 18, 2011 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral service was held Monday, March 21, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dan Main officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for George Thomas, 71, who died Friday, March 18, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quintin Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
RALEIGH - Jessie Gray Ball, 88, died Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. A funeral service was held Monday, March 21, at Friendship Baptist Church, Raleigh. Burial followed at Lancaster Memorial Park, Louisburg.
LAKE ROYALE - Robert Gene Blackwood, 76, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at his home. In honor of his wishes, there will be no memorial service.
PILOT - Ann Marie Tanner Lewis, 79, died Friday, March 18, 2011 after a four-year battle with melanoma. Funeral service was conducted Monday, March 21, at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
BUNN - Orlando Hudson, 53, died Saturday, March 19, 2011 Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Pilot Missionary Baptist Church, Zebulon. Interment will follow in Zion Springs Memorial Gardens.
CLAYTON - Elva Kay Semones, 46, died Saturday, March 19, 2011. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 23) at Roselawn Burial Park, Martinsville, Va.
LOUISBURG – Marie Tillotson Valentine, 71, of Louisburg, died Monday evening.
SPECIAL DELIVERY. Bunn High School’s Lauren Maynard sends a pitch toward home plate during the Ladycats’ road victory last Friday against Franklinton in softball action at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
BUNN -- Bunn has been up-and-down during the non-league portion of its 2011 fast-pitch softball schedule -- but the Ladycats were revving on all cylinders during their Northern Carolina Conference opener last Friday night against the host Franklinton Lady Rams.
Bunn scored a single run in the top of the first and then broke things open later in the game en route to an 11-1 conquest over the Lady Rams at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
TIP OF THE HELMET. Louisburg College’s Stephen Crowe (right) is greeted by teammate Zach Houchins after hitting a home run as part of last weekend’s home doubleheader against Florence-Darlington Tech.
LOUISBURG -- After falling far behind in the Region X standings, the Louisburg College Hurricanes had shovels in tow for Sunday’s doubleheader climax for a four-game home league baseball series against the Florence-Darlington Tech Stingers.
Last Saturday, Louisburg had opened the series with a twinbill loss against the Stingers. On the heels of an earlier sweep at the hands of Pitt Community College, that put Louisburg on the bottom of the league standings with a disappointing 0-6 start to region competition.
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU. Franklinton’s Davey Marshall (right) executes a force play at second base during the Red Rams’ home conference baseball contest last Friday night against the Bunn Wildcats.
FRANKLINTON -- Bunn has only garnered two victories to date during its baseball season, but the Wildcats are definitely making them count.
Both decisions have come for BHS during Northern Carolina Conference action, including a 2-1 road victory last Friday evening against league foe Franklinton at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
After falling into the loser’s bracket, the Louisburg College Hurricanes faced a win-or-be-eliminated proposition last Friday at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament in Danville, Ill.
Taking on a tough Cecil College team out of Maryland, Louisburg’s spectacular season came to an end with a 90-81 setback.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College softball coach Monica Gordy says that she prefers one-run victories over blowouts.
If that’s the case, Gordy was thrilled with her team’s performance during a four-game home series last weekend against Region X rival Spartanburg Methodist College out of South Carolina.
MIDFIELD MASTER. Senior Lauren Wilder and the Franklinton Lady Rams continued their undefeated season last Friday with a home girls soccer victory against the Lady Cougars from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s undefeated start to the 2011 girls soccer season continued Friday at home against the Wake Forest-Rolesville Lady Cougars.
Nichole Poppe scored the hat trick and Nikki Bell added another marker as the Lady Rams strolled to a convincing 4-0 decision over the Class 4-A Lady Cougars at the FHS Football Field.
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina University Athletics office has announced that Saturday, March 26 has been designated as Little League Day at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
All youth who take part in Little League baseball are invited to attend a free clinic by Head Baseball Coach Billy Godwin and current members of the Pirates baseball team beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklinton’s Connor O’Dell is Franklin County’s lone representative on the 2010-11 All-Northern Carolina Conference Swim Team.
Dell earned his spot in the 50 Freestyle.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the updated standings through the first weekend of the 2011 The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Pool:
The Pirates recently won the Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department’s 6-8 Boys Basketball Tournament. The club, coached by Phillip Brown, defeated the Tar Heels 14-10 in the finals. The Pirates finished regular season action tied for first place and then won a pair of tourney games to close the campaign with a 9-1 worksheet.
Louisburg College first baseman Stephen Crowe (left) prepares to field a pickoff attempt from pitcher Stephen Rivera (back, left) during last weekend’s home Region X baseball doubleheader against the Florence-Darlington Tech Stingers.
My Spanish class was once again invited to taste Louisburg College Professor Jennith Thomas’ cuisine from the new world. On Feb. 15, the class had a special celebration by sampling the foods of North America and Latin America.
Ms. Thomas’ geography class of this spring semester took the initiative of studying the physical and cultural geography of these regions. The students acquire mapmaking and interpretation skills by doing projects in the area of cultural geography.
Jennifer Lee Inscoe and Todd Randall Baker were married on Oct. 10, 2010 during a 3 p.m. outdoor ceremony at the historic Wolfpit home in Louisburg. The officiating minister was the Rev. Jimmy Allen of Wake Forest.
The Franklin County Arts Council (F.C.A.C.) is delighted to announce the creation of F.A.C.E. (Franklin Arts and Cultural Events) Corner that will be published in The Franklin Times.
Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start made a visit to the North Carolina Legislature on Tuesday, March 15. The Tuesday for Tots event is a chance for local citizens to advocate in person with their legislators on subjects that are important to families and their young children. ABC Adventures, a Louisburg child care program, attended and had the opportunity to meet with their new House member, Rep. Glen Bradley.
The Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., Head Start is accepting children for the 2011-2012 Program Year. Children must be 3 years of age as of Aug. 31, 2011. Parents of children with mental, physical or emotional impairments are encouraged to apply. The program will make special provisions to serve children with special needs.
The Franklin County sheriff’s office is investigating a series of break-ins.
• In the first incident, Kenneth Thorne reported the afternoon of March 16 that someone broke into a property at 18 Fish Stallings Road and stole several tools.
A Franklin County committee recommended funding a number of tourist-generating events, but attached a caveat to two of them.
Representatives for three church functions presented their applications to the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority on Monday.
The town of Louisburg is going to “experiment” with a new zoning classification designed to allow the town to have additional control over how specific pieces of property are developed.
The new classification will allow conditional zoning based on site-specific development plans, according to Tony King, Louisburg’s assistant manager and planner.
On March 13, the women of St. Paul Presbyterian Church celebrated their annual Women’s Day observance. The church theme was “Beautiful Women of St. Paul Who Do Beautiful Things.”
Audrey Williamson presided at the event, and the Women’s Day Choir, under the direction of Edith Anderson, presented music.
As the St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church (Inez) continues celebrating African American history, Marque Debnam, a native of Franklin County, was the recipient of the “Spotlight on People” award at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 20. He was presented the award for utilizing his gifts and talents in order to create lasting contributions to the African American community. The certificate was presented by his grandfather, the Rev. Junious M. Debnam, pastor of St. Stephen.
Franklinton officials continue to make improvements on their financial outlook, including decisions that could eliminate a potential tax increase.
On March 1, town staff advised commissioners that there was a nearly $100,000 gap between expenses and revenue.
A new book was released March 8 by Tate Publishing, coauthored by Dr. Sylvia Crudup and Dr. James Bethea to help young people succeed even when they do not have adequate support systems from home, school, or community groups.
Dr. Crudup is an online career development instructor, consultant, and retired high school counselor in Franklinton, and Dr. Bethea is an associate professor and coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program at St. John’s University, Queens, New York.
The U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Louisburg Training Center on Johnson Street.
The committee was created by the Franklin County Economic Development Commission to further improvements of U.S. 401 between Raleigh and Louisburg.
Officers were elected at the March 18 Franklin County Republican Convention. Standing, left to right: Chairman Jeremy Neal, 1st Vice Chairman Frank Deatrich, 2nd Vice Chairman Stephen Phillips; Sitting, left to right: Secretary Stephanie Ciaramitaro and Treasurer Janet Barabasz.