YOUNGSVILLE — Police charged former town supervisor Joey Patterson with theft by an employee following an investigation they say revealed brazen patterns of wrongdoing.
According to an investigation, Patterson’s mother, former Town Administrator Brenda Robbins, also knew about the illegal actions, but she won’t face any charges because state prosecutors and agents won’t take up the case.
A LOOK FROM ABOVE. Louisburg College art professor Will Hinton and his daughter, Zoe, work on the labyrinth. This photo was taken from the second floor of the Robbins Library and offers an overall view of their creation.
Still largely unnoticed behind the low brick wall that encloses the front of the Louisburg College Robbins Library, an intricate creation of brick and concrete is slowly, relentlessly taking shape.
The Labyrinth project is being guided by Will Hinton, a professor of visual art at the college, who explains that the labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool.
FRANKLINTON — Police are looking for suspects who broke into a 55-year-old woman’s home, breaking her arm during a forceful home invasion.
Investigators responded to 15 Mill Street at about 10:30 p.m. on June 28 to find Doris Hawkins suffering from abrasions and a broken arm.
A Louisburg woman received a prayer for judgement, meaning she won’t be charged with a crime and townspeople will be rid of a nuisance as long as more than 40 chickens are gone in two weeks.
This spring, Louisburg officials took out charges against Patricia Walker, accusing of her of the prohibited raising of chickens.
Franklin County’s municipal elections opened on Friday and during a two-week window, all of the town’s incumbents were expecting to file for re-election.
Depending on the town, two or three seats will be up for grabs this November.
It’s not a presidential election year, though, so elections staff said the buzz will be tempered unless an issue spikes in a town.
There’s a new face at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg and it’s Mehgan McMillan who has been named to head the facility’s public relations and advertising efforts here.
This has been McMillan’s first full week in Franklin County, although she began working for Novant Health, FRMC’s owner, on June 15.
Youngsville resident Adam Champion
Four dead, many injured and the holiday weekend had hardly begun.
Our highways are always dangerous places but for some reason, holiday weekends are the very worst.
You might think that traveling on a summer weekend, with fantastic weather and great visibility, would be about as safe as it gets.
Apparently, it’s not.
Not long ago I was tooling up North Main Street through the Louisburg College campus and noticed someone working on the brick pavers in front of Robbins Library.
Gee, I remember thinking, I just walked through there a few days ago and the brick looked fine. Wonder what they are doing?
GOOD MORNING: I can think of any number of old sayings that come to mind in regards to the situation over in Youngsville where veteran Town Administrator Brenda Robbins and her son Joey Patterson, a town maintenance employee, have been fired for wrongdoing.
RALEIGH – If someone asked me to describe the single-biggest result of conservative electoral gains in North Carolina over the past two years, my answer would consist of two words: school choice.
Now, I admit that the most significant legislative achievement of the new General Assembly was the passage of a 2011-13 budget without imposing or extending any tax hikes.
Lost in recent news of gubernatorial vetoes, legislative overrides and freakish weather is a story that should trouble all advocates for good government. Two weeks after a vote in the North Carolina House of Representatives, long after the legislative session had adjourned, Rep. Dale Folwell instructed the House Principal Clerk to change a vote he cast in the legislature.
LOUISBURG - Sarah J. Alston, 93, died Wednesday, June 28, 2011 in Greensboro.
WARRENTON - Elaine Elizabeth High, 73, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Maria Parham Hospital. A funeral service was held Thursday, June 30, in he chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Charles Edward Davis Sr., 62, who died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, will be held Sunday, July 3, at 2 p.m. from Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister, with Pastor Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Richard “Ricky” Edwards, 60, died Thursday, June 30, 2011 at WakeMed. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, July 2) at New Knightdale Baptist Church cemetery, Mailman Road, Knightdale, with Pastor Tim Hopkins officiating.
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Burt L. White, 73, who died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at St. Delight UCC, with the Rev. Clarence LeMay officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON —Phyllis Inez Pender West, 83, died Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral services were held Friday, July 1, at Cutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. Jeannette Pender officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.
CONOVER - Charles “Charlie” Lindbergh Bunn, age 82, of Conover passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 27, 2011 at his residence.
REACHING FOR A TITLE. Members of the Bunn All-Stars accept the first-place trophy from District Director Bruce Tant after winning the Dixie Youth District Coach-Pitch Tournament on Tuesday evening at Luddy Park in Youngsville.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Bunn’s bats were booming from the get-go at the annual Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament.
And the All-Stars never stopped hitting the ball, as evidenced by their whopping run production in every outing.
THROWING HEROICS. Hana Metzinger enjoyed an amazing career as a thrower for the Bunn High School girls track and field squad -- including a second-place finish in the state in the discus.
BUNN -- One of the best track and field athletes in Bunn High School history is taking her lofty talents to the college level.
BHS thrower Hana Metzinger, who took second this year in the discus at the Class 2-A State Meet, has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke to join the Braves’ track and field program.
LOUISBURG -- Monica Gordy has been saluted for rebuilding the softball program at Louisburg College over the past three seasons.
But Gordy has been hard at work in another area -- making sure that her players excelled in the classroom.
The disappointment of not being on the original East-West roster earlier this week was all but squelched when Ervin Hunt answered his phone Friday morning.
On the other end of the line was Northside Jacksonville’s Bob Eason, who is serving as an assistant coach for the East squad.
Members of the first-place Bunn Coach-Pitch All-Star Team were (back, l to r) Coaches Chris Briggs, Bryant Rice, Larry McKeithan and Andy Davis; (middle, l to r) Alex Douglas, J.C. Davis, Luke Rice, Derek Daniel, Matthew Thomason and Kyle Herrmann; (front, l to r) Jordan Perry, Christopher Salter, Aidan McKeithan, Jordan Briggs and Trevor Davis. Bunn advanced to the state tourney following its district title.
Members of the second-place Warren County Coach-Pitch All-Star Team were (back, l to r) Coaches James Alexander, Marcus Foster, Michael Holtzman and Rorshon Williams; (middle, l to r) Mike Holtzman, Semaj Alexander, Eddie Green, Rashone Mills, Semaj Kearney, Kellen Tucker and Diandre Langston; (front, l to r) Cameron Hogan, Russell Moore, Shane Edwards, Cam Burnette and Devon Henry.
Members of the third-place Youngsville Americans Coach-Pitch All-Star Team were (back, l to r) Coaches Phil Brown, Todd Champion, Jeff Faulkner and Billy Morrison; (middle, l to r) Alex Westhoven, Joshua Stange, Thomas Lagois, Drew Shamer, Kyle Graham and Logan Morrison; (front, l to r) Jai Austin, Ethan Mason, Adam Champion, Anthony Brown, Trey Brown and Austin Witcher.
Members of the Bunn All-Stars celebrate after receiving their trophy for winning the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament, which concluded Tuesday at picturesque Luddy Park in Youngsville. Bunn, coached by Larry McKeithan, advances to compete in the D-Y State Coach-Pitch Tourney beginning next weekend in Dunn. Runner-up Warren County also qualified for the states.
ANOTHER CATCH. Larry Crudup, the self-proclaimed ‘Bass King’, brought in this 5-pound bass during a recent fishing expedition in Franklin County. Crudup says he has been on a roll so far this year.
BUNN -- Bunn will serve as the host for the upcoming Tar Heel Softball District Tournament, which will be held July 6-9.
A double-elimination format will be utilized.
In addition to Bunn, other slated entrants are Knightdale, Youngsville and Wendell.
SEVIERVILLE, TENN. -- Brooks Raley allowed one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings and drove in a run, leading the Tennessee Smokies to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Mudcats at Smokies Park on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced two new full-season ticket packages for the 2011-12 NHL season.
The two plans, which are in lower-level north and upper-level north, represent the most affordable full-season ticket prices since the team’s arrival in Raleigh in 1999, with plans starting at just $430 for the entire season.
Nealkayla Alston, daughter of Cornelius and Constalina Alston of Louisburg, will be among the candidates competing for the title of Miss Teen of North Carolina at the 2011 State Pageant, which will be held July 22-24 at Greensboro College in Greensboro. The winner of the pageant competition will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship and a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.
Louisburg College is proud to announce that Gabriela (Gaby) Calamaco placed second in the nation in the business communication category during the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Competition held June 23-26 in Orlando.
Monique Harris, a Louisburg High School, graduate, was named to the Spring 2011 Dean’s List at Wake Tech Community College. Students must have carried a full load and earned a grade-point average of 3.5 to 3.9 to be placed on the Dean’s List.
The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Sable Trenaé Clark from Clarksville, Va., has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award winner.
Sable, who attends Bluestone Middle, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook which is published nationally.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, recently recognized Bunn Elementary School, Bunn Middle School, and Franklinton Elementary School for transforming their campuses into healthier places for students and staff.
Franklin was one of 13 counties that saw its crime rate drop, according to information recently released by the state Attorney General’s Office.
Across the state, reports of crime fell to its lowest rate since 1977.
The murder rate was the lowest, according to statistics, that it has been since the figures were first kept in 1973.
The Louisburg Moose Lodge recently joined forces with the local Happy Camper organization to send needy children to camp this summer.
The Moose donated $2,500 raised from one of their local events to Happy Camper — and the check was accepted by Charles Davis, president of Happy Camper.
Franklin Regional Medical Center’s emergency room director, Dr. Haresh Kathard, warns that while fireworks can be a fun part of any July 4 celebration, if used unsafely, they can result in injuries such as burns, severe cuts, blindness and even death.
Franklinton police arrested a man who was giving his aunt a hard time.
Samuel Johnson, 47, was charged with resisting arrest and communicating threats.
According to a report by Officer A.J. Bishop, he and Sgt. K.J. Hornaday were dispatched to 216 S. Cheatham Street to diffuse a dispute.