Franklin County animal control was able to find homes for hundreds of animals it seized from a woman suspected of animal abuse, but no charges have yet been filed.
Animal control, with the assistance of The Humane Society of the United States, responded to 916 Carlyle Road on Monday, after a neighbor complained of a dead carcass, odor and noise coming from an operation called Jean’s Schnauzers.
FACE OFF. Franklin County Commissioner Don Lancaster, left, speaks with Congresswoman Renee Ellmers during a meet-and-greet session hosted by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
FRANKLINTON — Despite perceived animosity in the Nation’s Capital, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers told a crowd of business leaders that legislators are working together to buttress the economy and get the country moving forward.
She made those comments during a meet-and-greet session hosted by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce inside the Franklinton Town Hall Annex on Wednesday.
Franklin County’s Special Olympics contingent continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
And athletes used those abilities to bring home a slew of medals in the Special Olympics of North Carolina Summer Games in Wake County.
Franklin County sent a nine-member team to compete in track and field events — the county’s largest group of state competitors in the fourth year of the revitalization of Special Olympics locally.
With little fanfare and minimal discussion, the Youngsville town council passed its budget for the new fiscal year during a long Thursday night meeting, most of which was held in a secret session behind closed door to discuss what was called personnel issues.
The budget totals $1,686,288 for the town of about 1,200 residents and keeps the tax rate at 59 cents per $100 of valuation.
Youngsville town resident David Frankow got a pleasant surprise Thursday night after receiving a rather mysterious request that he attend the town council meeting. Mayor Sam Hardwick presented Frankow with a certification and a key to the town in appreciation of his four years of effort to remodel and upgrade his Main Street home.
Authorities are tentatively saying they will seek the death penalty against at least some of the suspects in the murder of a Nash County deputy sheriff Thursday night who was also serving as a U.S. Marshal.
Deputy Warren “Sneak” Lewis of Middlesex was gunned down while attempting to serve a warrant in Kinston.
He was working with the Eastern North Carolina Fugitive Task Force which was attempting to serve a warrant for a homicide. He was shot multiple times at a home on West Lenoir Avenue.
FRANKLINTON — Turnout for public discussion on the budget was a moderate success over previous sessions, increasing numbers by 500 percent.
No one showed up for a similar session held at the American Legion Post on May 24.
And no one spoke during a more formal public hearing on the budget held at the Town Hall Annex on May 17.
The county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended using a designated account to build a ball field for special-needs children.
The board also agreed to move forward with examining a property they believe will be suitable for a park project to fulfill a man’s dying wish.
Louisburg resident Brooke Joyner
“You don’t want to close a charter school before it’s even gotten the kids who are having trouble up to where they should be,” said North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake, as legislators considered removing a statewide 100-school limit on Charter Schools.
Stam, who has been on a one-man crusade to revamp schools and make government less accessible to the public during this legislative term, is only half right on the charter school issue.
Let’s start this week on a positive note because, given the way things have been going, this column may not end in an upbeat manner.
First, congratulations are in order for the Justice Volunteer Fire Department on the dedication of its new, 8,350-square-foot fire station on Tuesday night.
GOOD MORNING: Summer may not begin, officially at any rate, for another 10 days, but summertime weather is upon us and appears to be settling in for the foreseeable future.
The forecast calls for daytime high temps in the low to mid 90’s through the weekend with only a slight chance of rain. And speaking of rain, or rather the lack thereof, we are reportedly running some five inches short for the year to date.
FRANKLINTON - Kenneth D. “Kimbo” Peterson, 84, died Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, June 11) at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, with Pastor Gary Williams presiding. Burial with military honors will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
RALEIGH - Santina Dawn Bridges Brock, 43, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, June 11) at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Burial will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.
GRIMESLAND - William “Steve” Thompson, 53, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011. The family received friends Thursday, June 9, at the home, 490 Arden Ridge Drive, Grimesland.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Shirley Jean Hines, 54, who died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Pastor Frances Boone officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Minnie Keith Doamaral, 86, daughter of the late Ellen Alston and Matthew Keith of Louisburg, died Monday, June 6, 2011 in Philadelphia.
LOUISBURG – Elsie Medlin Arnold Bailey, 81, of Louisburg, died Tuesday night.
NEW GUY IN TOWN. Mike McGuire has been selected as the baseball coach at Louisburg College. McGuire comes to LC after serving as a long-time assistant at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
LOUISBURG -- While posing for a picture under the Frazier Field press box, Mike McGuire caught a glimpse of placards featuring the career highlights of LC’s all-time great baseball coaches, including Russ Frazier and Billy Godwin.
Maybe one day, McGuire’s name will stand alongside of those skippers -- and be mentioned as the coach who helped bring LC out of its recent diamond struggles.
BIG CUT. Louisburg High School’s Dillon Joyner takes a swing for the Warriors during a regular season baseball game this spring against North Johnston.
LOUISBURG -- From his perch near the backstop at Warrior Field, Dillon Joyner could often hear the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd just a few hundred yards away at Frazier Field -- the home of the Louisburg College baseball squad.
A few thoughts as we work our way into the middle portion of June -- and it’s already nearly 100 degrees.
• My first thought is that it’s been unbearable to be outside this week. Thank goodness for my wife’s gym membership.
• In addition to Louisburg College’s Zach Houchins, a few other selections of local interest were made during this week’s Major League Baseball Draft.
LOUISBURG -- In Andy Stokes’ estimation, the pieces for a potential Region X championship continue to be put together.
Stokes, who is entering his third season as Louisburg College’s women’s soccer coach, thinks he has amassed his best recruiting class yet -- and he’s far from being finished.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Roanoke Rapids High School used three spring championships to secure its position as the winner of the Wachovia Cup out of the Northern Carolina Conference for the 2010-11 calendar year.
RRHS claimed outright crowns this spring in girls soccer and boys tennis while also sharing the baseball title with North Johnston.
ZEBULON -- The Tennessee Smokies hit three home runs en route to a 7-0 lead and coasted to a 9-3 victory over the Carolina Mudcats in the series opener at Five County Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League diamond matchup.
GREENVILLE -- Shawn Armstrong, Seth Maness, Brad Mincey, Mike Wright and Zach Wright each heard their names called Tuesday afternoon as they were selected on the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Amateur Player Draft.
GREENSBORO -- Former Louisburg College standout player Debra Pegram will guide the East Team for the annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West Girl Basketball All-Star Game.
The event will be held on July 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The boys game will follow.
Pegram is currently the successful head coach at Beddingfield High School in Wilson.
After playing together at Louisburg High School, both (l to r) Jeremy Coburn and Dillon Joyner have signed with Louisburg College.
LOUISBURG -- The Town of Louisburg Baseball Camp will be held June 20-23 at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
LHS head coach Al Bolton will oversee the event along with several area college/high school players and coaches.
Bunn High School recently held its senior awards presentation for the Class of 2011.
The following awards and scholarships were presented:
Will Hinton, Louisburg College professor of visual arts, is building a labyrinth in front of the Robbins Library this summer. Hinton describes a labyrinth as “a tool that increases what we can accomplish. It is also a tool of transformation and a crucible for change in our lives — where a person’s psyche meets their soul.
The Perry’s School Alumni Association has secured a designation that recognizes the past and could provide the foundation for the school’s future.
The school, which dates back to the 1880s, was recognized and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in North Carolina at the beginning of the year.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of home break-ins.
Before 1 p.m. on June 6, William Pearce reported that someone broke into a home in the 100 block of Will Mitchner Road.
According to the report by Dep. Robert Legnante, Pearce was driving past the property when he saw a suspicious vehicle and two black men at the house.
Mark Honhart, lieutenant commander with the state Department of Corrections, recently received a Professional Recognition Certificate as a Master Firearms, Self-Defense and Baton instructor. Honhart has been with the DOC for 19 years, the past 13 as an instructor. Honhart, of the Kittrell area, works at the state DOC facility in Bunn.
Franklin County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Sheila Allen reminds Franklin County farmers and producers that local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee nominations begin on Wednesday, June 15.
The Franklin County Library system will host a Summer Reading Club, giving youngsters a chance to keep their reading skills sharp the next few months.
Children’s Librarian Christy Allen will host the events, which will be held at each branch across the county.
Curves of Franklinton collected over 400 pounds of food at their recent food drive. The food was donated to the Franklinton Senior Center. Pictured above (from left) are Jannie Preddy, Deb Brunt, Evelyn Harris, Ann Ijames and Barbara Perry.
The Justice Community in eastern Franklin County has a brand new fire department building. Firemen cut the ribbon officially opening the 8,350-square-foot building this week. It replaces a building, built in 1959, almost directly across NC 581 from the new building.