A family which filed a lawsuit claiming animal control was responsible for the death of a family pet put a price tag on their pain and suffering — $40,500.
Henderson attorney Scott Hamilton filed a lawsuit on March 21, claiming that Animal Control Director Graham Stallings, officers and staff failed to follow procedures and protocols that led to the death of Jessica Ruiz’ five-month old labrador-pit bull mix named Rocky.
Above photo, The State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a three-car wreck on Thursday afternoon that sent three people to the hospital. Trooper B.D. Vick said the driver of the pickup truck would be charged, but he had not identified the driver by press time.
A Franklin County educator with 35 years experience has become the victim of state budget cutbacks that are being felt at the local level.
Monty Riggs plans to have a clean office and have all his personal belongings packed up and gone by Thursday afternoon, Aug. 31. Funding for his position has been eliminated in the new state budget -- and he chose to retire.
ROCKETS RED GLARE. Visitors to Franklinton High School’s football field got a good view of a fireworks display on Tuesday night. The festivities were postponed for a day because of thunderstorms on Monday. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
FRANKLINTON — Moments before pyrotechnics lit up the nighttime sky to celebrate this country’s independence, Scott Adams told the crowd about fireworks that changed his life forever.
Adams, with the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization designed to aid and raise awareness about injured soldiers, was the featured speaker during the American Legion Post’s Stand up for America celebration on Tuesday night.
Incumbents and residents interested in retaining or taking municipal seats have one more week to file for office.
The filing period for town elections opened on July 1 and will remain open until noon on July 15.
So far, the following incumbents have filed:
A superior court session this coming week could help determine the path of a case against a White Level woman charged with terrorizing her community.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Phyllis Courtney in December 2010, charging her with assaulting a neighbor with a large stick.
Franklin County commissioners will be asked to move forward with plans to renovate and add-on at the county’s aging jail.
Commissioners did not put any money in the current budget to improve the Franklin County Law Enforcement Complex and Detention Center, but Interim Sheriff Elliott Pinnell informed commissioners of the need during budget negotiations.
Novant Health and Franklin Regional Medical Center are being nationally recognized as a top-performing health care organization.
Spotlighted for its patient quality and safety, the Health Research & Education Trust (HRET), an organization affiliated with the American Hospital Association, chose to share the innovative strategies of Novant Health and two other systems with the rest of the country’s healthcare organizations.
Louisburg resident Chris Harrell
Here’s a positive suggestion for county and town officials looking for ways to cut their budgets without trimming services.
County commissioners should immediately drop membership in the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
I’m sure you’ve realized this already, but it’s a very strange world we live in.
For example, take these two headlines from the week’s news:
1) Auto industry, seeing new life, is on hiring spree
2) U.S.: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans
GOOD MORNING: I kept telling myself this can’t go on forever, but it had been over a month since we’ve had what I’d call appreciable rainfall out my way just east of Louisburg.
I’ve been watching TV as the storms approached Franklin County, mostly from the northwest, and as the clouds reached the county line they’d invariably seem to split and pass to the north and south of us leaving us with little more than a sprinkle.
RALEIGH – Have you ever been to a state park in South Carolina?
I have. As a history buff, I’ve visited several of the Palmetto State’s excellent historic sites, such as Andrew Jackson State Park and Kings Mountain State Park. I’ve also relaxed or recreated at several South Carolina parks during trips to Myrtle Beach, where I have family, and Charleston, one of my favorite towns.
A few days ago, I accidentally locked myself out of my house. It was evening and I couldn’t get in touch with a locksmith. I called the sheriff’s office and Sheriff Pinnell and Deputy Wells came and got my door open.
GARNER - Carolyn Bracknell Eckstein, 59, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at her home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, July 9) at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner.
ZEBULON - Sandra Lynn Erb Schliphack, 60, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011. A celebration service was held Friday, July 8, at Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.
NEW HILL - Erma Lee May Sikes, 102, died Sunday, July 3, 2011. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 6, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bob Way officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer United Methodist Church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON —Mary E. Dickerson, 89, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Arrangements by Hudson Funeral Home,. Durham.
FRANKLINTON - Bonnie E. Bridges, 49, died Friday, July 1, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.
LOUISBURG – Holly Jenee Allen, 36, of Louisburg, died Monday morning.
INDIANOLA, IA - Doris L. Dop, 84, passed into eternity on July 6, 2011 at Good Samaritan Care Center in Indianola, IA. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at the First Baptist Church of Indianola with Rev. Homer Ford officiating.
ALMOST HOME. Louisburg’s Cassie King (left) prepares to cross home plate for the All-Stars during Tuesday evening’s first-round matchup against Bunn at the Tar Heel 8-Under District Softball Tournament.
LOUISBURG -- All along, Louisburg coach Robert Fagan thought the two best teams may have been matched up in the first round of the Tar Heel 8-Under District Softball Tournament.
Fagan may have been correct, as his high-powered, slick-fielding Louisburg squad needed to rally late to get past Bunn by an 11-8 score in opening-round action on Tuesday at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. In addition to their second-place trophy, the Louisburg All-Stars also accepted the Sportsmanship Award at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament in Oxford.
OXFORD -- Officially, the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball District Tournament championship game was staged -- after a one-day delay -- on Thursday at the Oxford Webb High School Softball Field.
But for the Louisburg All-Stars, a game just as important was played Tuesday in the semifinals of the event.
That’s when Louisburg avenged an earlier loss in the tourney by defeating Bunn by a tight 3-2 margin.
One of the wackiest off-seasons in Louisburg College sports history took another unexpected turn last Friday with the resignation of legendary men’s soccer coach David Sexton.
Sexton, who has been at LC since 1998, is stepping down because his wife has accepted a job in the Greater Atlanta Area. He has been in charge of LC’s men’s soccer program for all but the initial two years of its existence.
NEWEST VANGUARD. Henderson’s Natalie Reavis has signed a letter-of-intent to join the Vance-Granville volleyball program.
HENDERSON -- Louisburg High School graduate Dante Walker is among several Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball players from last year who have officially returned to the Vanguards for the 2011-2012 season.
Three returning Vanguards, including Walker, recently signed letters-of-intent confirming their desire to continue as sophomores.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg High School volleyball squad will start its 2011 varsity campaign Aug. 23 with a road match at Southern Vance.
Before then, LHS will scrimmage Northern Vance on Aug. 9 and take part in the Heritage Preseason Tournament on Aug. 19-20 in Wake County.
ZEBULON -- One way to beat the Monday blues is to watch a ballgame, and Carolina fans got quite a show on June 27 as first baseman Neftali Soto went 3-for-4 against Huntsville -- crossing home plate after every hit.
After a second-inning single, Soto’s hit of the night cracked off the bat: a two-run homer to right field, earning his first two of 10 RBI of the week.
Dylan Musselman was exceptional for the Louisburg All-Stars as a catcher during the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament, which wrapped up Thursday in Oxford.
Louisburg’s Brenda Hernandez (left) prepares to tag Bunn’s Caroline White at second base.
“A Future with Hope: Leading to Christ” was the theme chosen by the NC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for the year 2011. The theme was very well picked, as we struggle at times with daily challenges.
God calls His people to live in hope and expect new things coming our way.
Markita Harris, a 2010 Louisburg High School graduate, was named to the Spring semester Dean’s List at Elizabeth City State University.
She is the daughter of Hudie Harris of Louisburg and John Harris of Durham. Her stepfather is Kerry Brown of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of James and Earnestine Gill of Louisburg.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men charged with stealing a U-Haul trailer.
Victor Brubaker reported suspicious activity at Jeffrey’s Grocery in the 3800 block of N.C. 39 South during the early morning hours of July 6.
USDA Franklin County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Sheila Allen is reminding producers that Friday, July 29, is the deadline to apply for 2009 crop loss assistance under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible Franklin County producers on farms that incurred crop production or quality losses.
The White Level Lions Club had its installation service for new officers for the 2011-2012 year on June 17. Pictured, from left, are Gerald Leonard, secretary; Wilson Gupton, treasurer; Terry Gilliam, second vice president; Tucker Nobles, installing officer; Ted Gupton, president; Allen Tharrington, third vice president; and Sam Wood, first vice president.
Blessings, Inc., which offers free, nutritious lunches twice a week in Louisburg, all prepared by volunteers, has reached a milestone. On July 4, the group served its 10,000th lunch in Louisburg — and that tally does not include the lunches provided in Bunn and Franklinton, where Blessings also offers free lunches.
Rashaun Pace-Evans, a 2011 graduate of Louisburg High School, will be leaving July 19 for Army Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, S. C.
He received a $127,000 four-year college fund scholarship from the Army, and also received a certificate of appreciation from Gov. Beverly Perdue.
FULL FIELD. Residents and visitors packed the Franklinton High School football field on Tuesday night, taking part in the American Legion Post 52’s Stand up for America celebration.
GRILLING. Reggie Williams, right, throws some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill at the Stand up for America celebration on Monday night.
The Youngsville Board of Commissioners has scheduled a work session to talk about how they’ll fill their top administrative post.
The board fired long-time administrator Brenda Robbins in late June after Police Chief Daren Kirts concluded an investigation that suggested Robbins knew that her son, streets and maintenance department director Joey Patterson, was using town employees, equipment and supplies for his personal use on town time.