Franklin County commissioners are expected to review an appraisal on Monday night that suggests they would need to spend more than $4 million to buy Franklinton’s water and sewer system.
Franklinton and Franklin County have been embroiled in a dispute since the town shut off water service to the county in September because of drought conditions.
A Louisburg woman charged with embezzlement avoided jail time by paying restitution and getting words of approval from the insurance company she stole from.
Judy Allen also received favor from Superior Court Judge Lucy Inman, who agreed to accept the plea and remit some court fees after hearing of the spiral that led Allen to steal money and tread on the trust of insurance customers.
A CROWD ABOUNDS. Louisburg police officers Greg Alston, left, and Shari Brinkley, stand before a crowd of residents celebrating National Night Out in Louisburg last year.
Last year, Franklinton tinkered with the date it celebrated National Night Out, hoping for a bigger turnout.
This year, they’re back to the traditional date — the first Tuesday in August.
Louisburg organizers never fiddled with the date and will host activities this coming Tuesday at Riverbend Park, between 6 and 8 p.m. But they said the spirit of the event is not just for one night a year.
Franklin Regional Medical Center and its magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) service has been nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The three-year, gold seal of accreditation is only awarded to facilities that represent the highest level of patient safety and diagnostic image quality, hospital officials said.
A group looking to bring another recreation opportunity to Franklin County will be seeking help from county commissioners on Monday night.
In June, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board agreed by unanimous decision to recommend that county commissioners use $145,000 in designated funds to build a ball field for children with special needs.
FRANKLINTON — One set of changes down. One more to go.
Earlier this month, the town’s board of commissioners agreed to make two changes to how it operates in an attempt to maximize service with a dwindling work force.
The first change was to create a voice mail system for Town Hall, moving customers through a computerized system to get them the help they needed without tying up employees.
Franklinton student Jessica Harris
Whew! Now that’s more like Franklin County!
We were stunned to learn the red, white and blue almost didn’t fly when a young local man who died in Iraq was remembered recently.
Normally, we would simply assume the American flag would be flying high and proud in tribute to a serviceman who gave his life in the line of duty.
Cut to the basics where education is concerned and you quickly understand that safety is the absolute priority.
Every child must not only feel safe in school but be safe as well.
Like much we humans do, that’s easier said than done.
GOOD MORNING: It was only a week ago today (Saturday) that I was lamenting the fact that Vance County had landed a multi-million dollar semiconductor manufacturing facility that will eventually employ up to 256 people at an annual salary of $45,565 while our so-called industry hunters were out playing golf or gallivanting around somewhere overseas.
Hundred degree days, another summer drought and continued population growth have put North Carolina into a “perfect storm” scenario that threatens our access to and amount of clean water. The legislature’s Environmental Review Commission makes the case that unless we address and resolve water issues we will not have adequate water supplies for the next thirty years.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Selema Joyner Oxnevad, 86, died Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Palm Beach Gardens Hospice. A graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg will be planned at a later time.
ZEBULON - Carl Durant Finch, 80, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Wakefield Central Baptist Church, 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon, with the Rev. Keith Wagner and the Rev. Mike Sterlachini officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, with military honors.
FRANKLINTON—Gladys Graham, 71, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.
YOUNGSVILLE —Peggy Dudley, 65, died Monday, July 25, 2011. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.
HISTORIC -- AND RENOVATED. Louisburg College Athletic Director Mike Holloman likes that Holton Gymnasium in steeped in basketball history -- but has also been upgraded following a summer-long renovation that includes new bleachers.
LOUISBURG -- Here’s a funny story -- about 10 years ago, Louisburg College Athletic Director Mike Holloman brought a contractor on campus to discuss replacing the ancient bleachers at Holton Gymnasium.
“The guy looked at the bleachers and said he had never seen anything like them,’’ Holloman said. “The gym was built around 1950, and this guy seemed to think the bleachers had been around longer than that -- maybe they were moved in from somewhere else.’’
LOUISBURG -- During their search for a new men’s soccer coach at Louisburg College, members of the search committee were determined to find a candidate who wasn’t intimidated by the program’s tradition-rich past.
Enter Stuart Brown.
TAKING A STANCE. Franklinton High School veteran player Raquell Jordan (left) works with a camper’s service positioning as part of a drill at the FHS Volleyball Camp, which was held this week at the brand-new FHS Gymnasium.
FRANKLINTON -- The brand-new Franklinton High School Gymnasium served as a flashy backdrop for the FHS Volleyball Camp, which was hosted this week for the first time by second-year head coach Emily Regan.
Twelve campers showed up to break in the new gym, which will serve as FHS’ home court this year -- and many seasons to come.
Bunn’s Kerry Neal signed a free-agent contract earlier this week to join the camp of the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts.
Neal wrapped up his four-year career at Notre Dame last fall, and he started every game of his senior year at outside linebacker -- making 42 tackles.
WAKE FOREST -- The schedule has been finalized for the upcoming Pigskin Classic Football Jamboree at historic Trentini Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.
The full-field scrimmage will feature eight teams and will be held on Aug. 12.
Tickets will be available at the gate.
ZEBULON -- Jacksonville’s Kevin Mattison homered and drove in two, but threw out the tying run at the plate in the last of the ninth inning to preserve Jacksonville’s 5-4 victory over the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.
Members of the Franklinton High School volleyball team -- who served as camp instructors -- encourage the youngsters during a drill at the FHS Volleyball Camp.
Franklinton High School second-year head coach Emily Regan was encouraged by the play of the youngsters at the FHS Volleyball Camp this week.
90 YEARS YOUNG. Gladys Massenburg celebrated her 90th birthday on July 27, with friends and family joining her for this memorable occasion.
For this week’s article, I have invited a dear friend of mine to share with us an inspiring mission trip experience. This is a well-known lady of our community, whom most of you know, Martha Riggan, as she has distinguished herself in the community, in the Louisburg United Methodist Church, in the Franklin County Schools, and in many other areas where she has made a difference.
Summers in Franklin County can be stifling, but that doesn’t mean that people have to shun outdoor activities. Franklin Regional Medical Center’s chief nursing officer, Lynn Chapman, says that the proper precautions can still make outdoor activities fun and safe.
Vance-Granville Community College held its annual reception to recognize loyal employees who had retired from the college -- and particularly the eight who had retired in the last twelve months -- on July 26 in the Civic Center on the college’s main campus.
The Vance-Granville Community Band is gearing up for another year of entertaining local music lovers. The ensemble will hold its first rehearsal for the 2011-2012 year on Monday, Aug. 22, from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s main campus in Vance County. Anyone with an interest in participating in the band is welcome to attend.
Six delegates and two adult volunteers from Franklin County attended the annual 4-H Electric Congress July 11-13 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Two hundred 4 H’ers, adult leaders and Cooperative Extension agents from 54 counties attended the three day event.
4-H’ers from Franklin County attended North Carolina 4-H Congress July 18-21st in Raleigh.
Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus and Raleigh for four days of activity. More than 500 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents attended 4-H Congress.
A Franklin County 4-H club member was among the top winners at the 64th annual 4-H State Electric Congress, held July 11-13 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.
Joey Moore, 14, son of Albert and Alesia Moore of Youngsville, was awarded first place for Progress Energy’s service territory during ceremonies July 11 in Cullowhee.
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who vandalized a car and painted it with gang graffiti.
The driver is a family member of a convicted murderer and known gang member.
Alice Yarborough reported on July 25 that she was driving from Henderson to her home in the Franklinton area when she got a flat tire the morning before.