The state Highway Patrol continues to investigate a fatal hit and run that claimed the life of a Henderson man.
Authorities were called out at about 5 a.m. Tuesday to find the body of Richard McClain Jones lying in the roadway of U.S. 401 near the Warren County line.
According to what investigators have been able to determine, the 66-year-old man appeared to have turned the van he was driving off to the side of the two-lane highway, getting stuck in a brush line.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials rejected a county offer to purchase water for six months because they said the price was too steep.
County Manager Angela Harris sent Franklinton commissioners a letter this week, outlining a plan for a temporary contract to purchase water in a move that county officials said would postpone the impact of a $15.75 per 1,000 gallons water rate hike this coming fiscal year.
A judge ruled this past week that a man accused of murdering his sister is competent to stand trial. Joseph Mendez was civilly committed to Central Hospital last year to determine if he could actively play a role in his own defense on charges of first-degree murder.
An area booster club inducted its first-ever class into the Bunn High Hall of Fame, recognizing stalwarts in the civic, business and educational community. The Hall of Fame was the brain child of the Bunn High School Athletic Boosters Club, but the Hall of Fame recognition is not limited to those making athletic contributions.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a succession of work sessions, hoping to better understand the budget and the cuts that have been proposed. During a nearly two-hour budget presentation on Wednesday night, commissioners listened to staff tick off a list of cuts, including effectively eliminating 19 positions, furloughing all employees for five days, chopping department budgets across the board and slashing overtimeand slashing overtime in public safety.
No tax increase, no dipping into the fund balance and only a small increase in sanitation rates due largely to fuel increases are to be expected if the tentative Louisburg town budget is approved later this month.
The tentative version of the budget was reviewed by the Louisburg Town Council in a special budget session Wednesday night and final approval is expected at the council’s regular June 20 meeting.
Although he emphasized that the increases were not necessary to balance the town’s current budget, Louisburg Manager Mark Warren recommended that the council consider raising several fees.
Even with the proposed increases, Warren told the board that Louisburg would still offer “among the lowest fees in the area.”
BUNN — Town officials and staff shaved off nearly $100,000 in requests to propose a 2011-12 budget without a tax increase or reliance on fund balance.
Commissioners have been working on the spending plan for a month, making it clear that cuts in spending — not a tax increase — would be their approach.
Bunn resident Joshua Crudup
There was no news in the Louisburg town budget this year!
Or was there? Perhaps it was buried a little.
But here’s what we noticed at first glance:
I suppose it had to happen sooner or later — but at least it wasn’t nearly as tragic as it could have been.
One of our U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee members (who has threatened my life if I reveal her identity although I think she was kidding) was motoring south toward Raleigh recently.
Ahead, a northbound bus was stopped to let children off and she pulled her car to a stop while the red warning lights on the bus continued to flash.
GOOD MORNING: I know I’ve said it before, but if I owed someone a hot day and they wouldn’t accept Monday in payment thereof, they’d just go unpaid.
I don’t know what the official reading for Louisburg was, but the thermometer in my front yard briefly hit the 102 mark around 1:15 p.m. before dropping back to 99.5 shortly thereafter.
I think Dr. Robert McLaurin and his group have a wonderful thing for Franklin County with the Franklin County Cancer Center. It is so convenient to be able to come here instead of going to Rocky Mount so often.
ZEBULON - Franklin Delano Smith, 72, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011. No services are planned.
ZEBULON - Annie Lillian “Runt” Ray, 90, died Monday, May 30, 2011 at the Oliver House in Wendell. Funeral service was held Thursday, June 2, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon. Burial was in the Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - Funeral services for Locker Solomon Jr., 73, who died Sunday, May 29, 2011, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.
WARRENTON - Funeral services for Audrey B. Alston, 53, who died Sunday, May 29, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 4) at Fork Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Alston family cemetery.
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Rebecca Ann Wilkins Kearney, 68, who died Sunday, May 29, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, June 4) at Allen Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
ZEBULON - Edith “Juel” Privette Gay died May 31, 2011 at her home in Pearces, North Carolina surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on November 29, 1923 as the eldest daughter of the late Herbert and Thettie Belle Privette.
ALL-REGION FROM FHS. (L to R) Franklinton High School standouts Nichole Poppe and Lauren Wilder have claimed All-Region honors on the Class 2-A level this season courtesy of the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.
FRANKLINTON -- On-field success has consistently translated into off-the-field accolades for the Franklinton High School boys and girls soccer program.
This spring proved to be no different for the FHS girls squad, which was guided for the first time by new head coach Jordan Germano.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College football coach John Sala and Athletic Director Mike Holloman took a bite out of the Big Apple last week in their first taste of being an official member of the Northeast Football Conference.
Both Sala and Holloman attended the annual Northeast Conference meeting, which was held in the borough of Manhattan in New York.
LOUISBURG -- Of the many behind-the-scenes people responsible for the success of Louisburg College athletics, Mandy Ryan might just be the most important.
Ryan just completed her fourth season at LC -- the last three of which have been spent as the school’s Head Athletic Trainer.
It’s that time of year again as area teams will compete for supremacy in the Dixie Youth District and State Baseball Tournaments.
Here’s a list of where the upcoming district and state events will be held:
DRAFT POSSIBILITY FROM LC. Louisburg College freshman shortstop Zack Houchins, who prepped at Wilson Hunt HS, might be selected in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft.
LOUISBURG -- Questions abound concerning the future of the Louisburg College baseball program -- and it’s hoped that some of those will be answered soon.
LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman hopes to officially name a new coach this coming week following the resignation of John Thomas at the conclusion of the 2011 season.
BUNN -- The annual D.R.E.A.M.S. Sports Girls and Boys Basketball Camp is scheduled for June 27-July 1 at the Bunn Dome.
The event is open to children ages 5-17 and will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Cost is $50 per person. Campers will receive instruction from past and current Bunn High School players and coaches.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Kyle Skipworth hit a two-run homer in the last of the sixth to shoot the Jacksonville Suns past the Carolina Mudcats 3-2 at the Baseball Grounds on Wednesday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League matinee baseball showdown.
BUNN -- Head Coach Leonard Allen will oversee the progress of his Bunn High School baseball program with a pair of summer-league teams.
Action will begin on June 13 for BHS’ Junior and Senior squads. The junior club will be represented by prospective JV players, while varsity performers will compete for the senior contingent.
OLD STOMPING GROUNDS. Louisburg College head coach Monica Gordy (front, second from right), returned to familiar territory near her childhood home in the Eastern Shore portion of Maryland to sign Mardela HS’ Maci Burns (front, center) to a fast-pitch softball scholarship.
Bunn resident Jonte Lewis hauled in this impressive 12-pound bass earlier this week during a fishing expedition to a private pond in Franklin County.
ELM CITY -- After taking a weekend off to observe Memorial Day and honor those who serve, County Line Raceway will return to action today with the ever-popular Kids Night.
Kids ages 3 to 15 will have the opportunity to take to the track in their opportunity to shine in front of the fans and drivers.
How wonderful it is to be able to remember the past. What would the world be without memories to cherish and memories to pass along? A good memory might be one of the most meaningful and valuable things we can have.
Tamara Williams has recently won the designation 2010-2011 TRIG-STAR for Franklinton High School. The contest was locally sponsored by the NE Piedmont Chapter of The North Carolina Society of Surveyors.
A TRIG-STAR is a mathematics student who has demonstrated in competition that they are the most skilled among classmates in the practical application of trigonometry.
The Edward Best High School Class of 1949 held its annual reunion in Raleigh on April 30, with 11 in attendance. After the meal, plans were made to hold the reunion again next year in Raleigh. Photos were displayed and candles were lit in honor of those members of the class who are deceased.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a trio of home break-ins.
In the first case, Robert Hardy Sr., reported on May 29 that someone broke into a property in the 3800 block of N.C. 58.
According to the report by Dep. Jonathan Wells, someone had pried open a side door to gain entry.
Franklin County residents have a fun new way to support the SPCA of Franklin County by helping the shelter win $15,000 through an online contest.
The shelter that gets the most votes in the “America’s Favorite Animal Shelter” contest, sponsored by Care2.com, ASPCA and Adopt-a-Pet will win the grand prize.
Franklin County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Sheila Allen reminds Franklin County producers that to receive USDA program payments, each recipient must have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) verification consent form on file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).