HARD CUTS. Interim Town Manager Tammy Ray shared with Franklinton commissioners on Thursday the town’s plan to trim and balance the budget, which includes furloughs and a proposed tax rate increase.
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners expect to present a budget that includes a tax increase and furlough days, moves they say are necessary to close a $94,000 shortfall in the town’s general and utility funds.
The consensus was reached Thursday night, two weeks after commissioners rejected a staff proposal that would have cut all full-time employees back to 35 hours a week — cutting about $144,000 out of the budget, but effectively limiting town services for residents.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a contract this week for a key section of U.S. 401 around Rolesville that came in under bid.
The savings, though, will not be specifically earmarked for other improvements to the U.S. 401 corridor in Franklin County, state Department of Transportation (DOT) staff said.
The state Highway Patrol was investigating a fatal wreck on Friday.
Details of the accident were not available before press time, but the wreck was reported to have occurred on N.C. 97 near N.C. 39, near the Franklin-Wake County border.
The state Highway Patrol’s accident reconstruction team concluded its investigation, and a Louisburg man was charged in a wreck that injured a state trooper.
According to initial reports, Trooper C.M. Garner was on patrol, heading north on Pearces Road just after 6:30 p.m. on April 20 when a pickup truck approached from the opposite direction.
Franklin County’s Care and Share continues to be a valuable resource for residents needing a good meal.
However, they are not the place to go if you need clothes on your back.
Care and Share began in 1985 as eight churches and a band of volunteers manned the food, clothing and utility assistance operation.
The e-mail notification that Franklin Times subscribers have been receiving telling them that a new edition is available has been discontinued.
“It was originally intended only as an aid to familiarize our readers with the concept of an electronic newspaper,” explained Publisher Gary Cunard.
Louisburg resident Addison Medlin
Osama bin Laden is dead — killed by a highly trained SEAL team that targeted his compound and pulled off a precision raid worthy of a movie.
And that’s where this should end.
But it certainly hasn’t.
Here we go folks. As expected, the budget battles are about to begin.
And to start the “fun” process (which will be anything but fun), let’s toss some stuff into the fan and see what happens.
Thus far, Franklin County has managed to keep much of its proposed budget under wraps and out of public discussion but I’ve been hearing some rumors that you might find interesting.
GOOD MORNING: Guess what? Sunday is Mother’s Day, although, if it hadn’t been for Times publisher Gary Cunard’s sharp eye, I was all set to do Easter all over again. And, with no Easter Eggs to worry about getting wet, I don’t guess it makes all that much difference what the weather’s going to be like.
YOUNGSVILLE - Inga Berta Behrens Scurti, 87, of Youngsville, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Wilmington National Cemetery in Wilmington.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Louise Bobbitt Anderson, 89, who died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Betty Pearce Rogers, 73, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday, May 6, at New Hope Christian Church, with the Rev. Steve Barham officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
RALEIGH - Bella Rose Diaz (Aug. 17, 2010 - May 2, 2011) died suddenly in her sleep. Viewing was held Thursday, May 5, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory, Knightdale, followed by the funeral at 6:30 p.m.
FRANKLINTON —Henry Pender, 74, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Cremation Society of NC.
LOUISBURG - Anita Leonard-Jones, 54, of Louisburg died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday at 8:00 p.m. at White Level Baptist Church, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park.
HENDERSON - Sarah Pearce Hamm, age 73, a resident of 216 Green Street, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Maria Parham Medical Center. Born in Vance County on February 8, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Simon Pearce and Lydia Pope Pearce. She was a former employee of Americal.
TRIPPED UP. (L to R) Louisburg’s Kelsey Harris and Bunn’s Erica Muller get tangled up during Wednesday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer matchup, which was held at the BHS Football Field.
BUNN -- Regardless of how the rest of their season has gone, the Louisburg Lady Warriors seem to save their best soccer efforts for matches against rival Bunn.
Earlier in the year, LHS rallied late as Bunn held on for a one-goal victory.
The rematch came Wednesday as part of BHS’ annual Senior Night Celebration.
DOWN TO THE WIRE. Roanoke Rapids’ Byron Maye (center) edged the field Wednesday -- including Bunn’s Andre Davis (left) to win the Boys 100 at the Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Championships.
WENDELL -- Even though they entered the Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Championships as prohibitive favorites, the final league race had yet to be run for the Bunn Wildcats and Ladycats.
And with that task brought a bit of uncertainty for both Bunn clubs -- even though they had gone undefeated in the regular season.
A GREAT BUNT. Roanoke Rapids High School pitcher Clay Lockamon is unable to come up with this bunt from Gray Ayscue (running) in the first inning of Thursday’s NCC baseball game at Warrior Field.
LOUISBURG -- Talent was aplenty -- both on the field and in the stands -- when Louisburg hosted Roanoke Rapids for a crucial Northern Carolina Conference baseball contest Thursday evening at Warrior Field.
RR head coach Mark Sneal even went as far as to refer to the event as a ‘Fab Four’ reunion as, in addition to Louisburg and Roanoke Rapids, several players and coaches from North Johnston and Bunn took in the game from the stands.
When he accepted the head coaching position at Bunn High School two seasons ago, Leonard Allen noticed a rickety sign at the BHS Baseball Field that signified the only state diamond championship in school history.
The sign piqued Allen’s curiosity, and he wondered if anything had been done in the past to salute Bunn’s 1979 State Title Squad.
SILER CITY -- One of Franklinton’s best-ever boys team seasons concluded Tuesday with an appearance in the first round of the Class 2-A State Tennis Playoffs.
FHS, coached by Nathan Moreschi, was defeated 5-1 by host Jordan-Matthews.
High School Baseball
Franklinton at Bunn 7 p.m.
FRANKLIN COUNTY STANDOUTS. Among the county stalwarts at the annual Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Championships was (above) Bunn’s Jamie Davis (front).
Franklinton’s Charity Snelling.
CHAPEL HILL --- Romar Morris of Salisbury High School and Courtney Melvin of East Bladen High School have been named winners of the 2011 Athlete of the Year awards by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).
These are the top athletic awards given by the NCHSAA to honor the most outstanding male and female high school athletes in the state.
ZEBULON -- Matt Moore whiffed nine over five innings, while the Montgomery Biscuits scored three runs in the fifth to overcome the Carolina Mudcats 8-1 at Five County Stadium on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Moore (W, 2-2), who has led full-season minor league pitchers in strikeouts the past two seasons, collected eight of his punchouts in the first three innings.
It’s strawberry season in Franklin County — and it officially began on Friday, April 29, with the annual Strawberry Festival at the Farmers Market in Louisburg.
One big highlight was the free strawberry ice cream made from strawberry donations from local strawberry growers John Vollmer, Billy Wood, and Wilburt Jefferys.
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, announced the Honor Roll for the 2010/2011 Fourth six-weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.
Carol Davis, principal of Franklinton Elementary School, has announced the Honor Roll for the third nine-week grading period.
To be named to the A honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.
Vance-Granville Community College recognized 85 students who were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, on April 19 in the Civic Center on the college’s main campus. VGCC students honored with induction into Phi Theta Kappa must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 (3.75 for part-time students) in associate degree curriculum programs and have completed at least 12 credit hours toward their degrees.
STATE FINALISTS. Recognized were (left to right) Leigh Fowler (Third Place – Watercolor), Taylor Halterman (Third Place – Charcoal), and Albany Dale (First Place – Pen and Ink). Not Pictured: Jessica Woodburn (Second Place – Sculpture).
Students at Franklinton High School were recently recognized at both the regional and the state level in the recent State Art Competition sponsored by the Woman’s Club of America.
This year, the Youngsville Chapter of this organization sponsored the local event in January. The competition is held in stages similar to a playoff system seen in sports.
Tensie Janine Taylor has accepted employment with NC State University as Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion. She will serve as assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Diversity in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
When Franklin Regional Medical Center CEO Jason Proctor (left) visited Louisburg High School this week to present the school a gift, School Superintendent Eddie Ingram (right) was there to say thank you. But it was LHS Athletic Director Erica Wammock who ended up holding the gift, an automated external defibrillator.
Because of a $10,000 donation from Novozymes of North America, Franklinton Elementary School has been able to collaborate with the Kerr YMCA in order to help support successful academic achievement at the school.
“The YMCA tutors have been an asset to our school,” Franklinton Elementary School principal Carol Davis said.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole guns and jewelry from a Rocky Ford home.
Bettie Perry reported on May 4 that she returned to her home in the 800 block of Rocky Ford Road to find pry marks around a back door.
On Saturday, April 16, the Franklin County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held its annual Mother of the Year Banquet at the Interdenominational Headquarters Building in Franklinton.
Many people attended amid the rain and stormy weather. This fund-raiser event allows the local branch to award scholarships and other benevolent activities in the community. President Zollie W.O. Gill was the master of ceremonies.
Franklin Regional Medical Center and Novant Health received the 2011 President’s Award from Professional Research Consultants (PRC), a nationally known health care research company.
Each year, PRC presents its top award to one organization or individual that has made an extraordinary contribution to health care.