With a single word — which he led the audience in exclaiming loudly — Franklinton High School graduate and current county commissioner Shane Mitchell summed up the public reaction to the new Franklinton High School.
A crowd estimated at nearly 1,000 helped usher in a new era in education in Franklinton, witnessed the ribbon cutting and toured the state-of-the-art 214,277 square foot facility Thursday night.
With four snips of a ribbon, the new Franklinton High School building opened Thursday night. Doing the snipping honors were (from the left) County Commission Chair Sidney Dunston, Schools Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram; FHS Principal Charles Fuller and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. June Atkinson. The school is built to handle 1,200 students but can be easily expanded to 1,600 as the need arises.
WHERE’D HE GO? Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr. arrived with a canine officer to track Jonathan Tanner, who escaped from police custody on Thursday afternoon. He was captured a few hours later at Louisburg High School.
A Franklin County man compounded his legal problems after leading authorities on a manhunt.
Jonathan Tanner, 21, was additionally charged with escaping from custody after a prison break on Thursday afternoon.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies were transporting Tanner to jail at about 2 p.m. on Thursday on charges of breaking and entering and larceny.
FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners agreed to cut out-of-town water customers a break.
By unanimous decision, commissioners agreed to cut the rate from $29.92 — double the in-town rate — to $17.95, which is 20 percent more than the in-town rate.
The decision was prompted by staff finding a calculation error in the budget and by customers who cried foul.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials will host a special-called meeting next week to discuss its water standoff with Franklin County.
On Tuesday morning, Franklin County Manager Angela Harris sent town officials and staff a letter notifying them that the county had lost interest in purchasing the town’s water and sewer system.
Louisburg resident Alex Jones
So, Franklin County is abandoning its plan to purchase the Franklinton water system.
Wow, that’s as big a surprise as the sun rising this morning -- and expecting it to set this evening!
Not to be facetious, but this is a decision that should never have had to be made -- and which comes as no surprise to anyone remotely familiar with the situation.
It was bribery, pure and simple bribery!
And it happened right out in the open, right in the Louisburg town hall — and not a single person complained.
Certainly, I didn’t.
Of course, I contend I wasn’t influenced at all by the bribe which consisted of some really delicious chocolate fudge — sweetened with honey — that was being doled out to those attending the meeting.
GOOD MORNING: Thought for the day: Now that the Louisburg Town Council has decided to rethink a new ordinance limiting bee-keeping within the city limits, maybe the solution would be to consider relocating over-the-limit bee-hives to Oakwood Cemetery where there are plenty of flowers, or used to be anyway before the town trimmed all the bushes.
My name is Monica Warner, and I am president of the Franklin County Beekeepers Association
On Monday evening, Aug. 15, about 30 or 40 fellow beekeepers joined me at the Louisburg Town Council meeting. We were there to do one thing: To implore the council to reconsider their two-month-old, severely restrictive beekeeping ordinance.
WAKE FOREST - Willie Kittrell Sr., 91, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 at his residence.
CLAYTON - Herman S. “Pete” Barbrey Jr., 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 at Universal Healthcare. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Clay Hill Cemetery in Charity.
LOUISBURG - James Garfield “Jimmie” Sullivan, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in Pinewood Memorial Park.
ROLESVILLE - Deacon Theodore Columbus Dunn, 94, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Feggins-Feggins Service Chapel in Wake Forest. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral service.
LOUISBURG – Horace David Rennard Jr., 69, died Thursday morning, Aug. 18, 2011. A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Church, 460 Fox Park Rd., Louisburg. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
TEAMWORK TIME FOR FHS. Franklinton’s Tamara Williams (center) and Taylor Ritchie (right) attempt a block at the net during the Lady Rams’ season volleyball opener Wednesday evening at Southern Nash.
STANHOPE -- Franklinton’s much-anticipated volleyball season got off to a bang -- literally -- during Wednesday’s campaign opener on the road against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
Using lethal power from both the service stripe and the net, the Lady Rams cruised to a three-game sweep at the historic SNHS Gymnasium.
AT FIRST GLANCE FOR BHS. Bunn High School midfielder Dane Norris (left) follows the flight of the ball during the Wildcats’ home boys soccer victory Thursday afternoon against backyard rival Southern Nash.
BUNN -- Given the back-and-forth nature of the match, it was almost a given that the winner of Thursday’s Bunn-Southern Nash boys soccer event would be determined by a single quick dose of heroics.
For Bunn, that magic came courtesy of Dionisio Lugo, who took a long pass from Dane Norris up the right side and sent a low-left shot into the goal with 12 minutes left to give the Wildcats a 3-2 decision over the Firebirds in a non-league matchup at the BHS Soccer Complex.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- Miguel Rojas hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning as Carolina outlasted Chattanooga 12-11 in the fourth-longest game in Mudcats history on Thursday night at AT&T Field in a wild Class AA Southern League baseball game.
Neftali Soto tripled off the bench to start the 12th inning, with Rojas slicing a flyball to right to bring him home, lifting Carolina to within seven of first-place Chattanooga with 17 to play.
By the time you read this, high school football will have already started its season with a trio of contests on Friday night.
As always, you can locate stories and results Saturday morning in our online edition.
Enhanced stories, including coaches’ quotes and information about the upcoming game, will appear in Wednesday’s print edition each week.
High School Football
Northern Vance at Franklinton 7:30 p.m.
Wilson Fike at Bunn 7:30 p.m.
Ravenscroft at Louisburg 7:30 p.m.
RALEIGH -- The Fifth Annual Patrol Stroll 5-K Road Race will be held Sept. 24 at 8:30 a.m. at the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Training Academy, which is located at 3318 Garner Road in Raleigh.
In addition to the 5-K, there will a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, a MADD Dash for children 12-under and a fitness expo.
BUNN -- Bunn High School finished the first week of the volleyball regular season with an unblemished mark following a three-game home victory Thursday against the Wilson Beddingfield Lady Bruins.
Scores were 25-15, 25-22 and 25-16 as the Ladycats finished Week One with a 3-0 record.
Bunn served at an impressive 92 percent clip for the match, led by perfect efforts from Brianna Gatson (12-of-12) and Patika Venable (9-of-9).
The Louisburg High School Youth Baseball Camp was held recently on the LHS campus and was overseen by Warriors’ coach Al Bolton. In the above photo, Joey Ahrens works on his fielding skills.
Bunn’s Erik Lopez executes a header for the Wildcats during their home boys soccer victory Thursday against the Southern Nash Firebirds. Bunn scored twice in the second half for a 3-2 decision over Southern Nash, which is coached by John Matthews.
CRAFTY. Louisburg United Methodist Church children and counselors at Kids for Christ (K.F.C.) Bible Camp displaying some of the crafts they made.
Motivation is one of the challenges parents have to face when the summer comes to an end. Not an easy task for the parents and the children. One important thing to mention is that while they are young, the right experience of motivating should begin, and should take place in a systematic, constant way.
How can we help our children to get on the right track from the beginning, is the question.
Ricky and Erica King of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their new baby girl, Preslee Ann King. Preslee arrived at 5:24 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Maria Parham Medical Center. She weighed 8 pounds and was 20 1/4 inches long.
Ashley Blanton, granddaughter of William and Gloria Blanton of Youngsville, was selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen North Carolina Scholarship and Recognition Program, held Aug. 12-14 at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham, where she was the winner of the Judges Special Award for Academics.
AND THE BAND PLAYED ON. The Franklinton High School band was part of the festivities that took place outside Franklinton High School before the crowd moved inside for a ceremony and tour.
ALL SMILES. State Superintendent for Public Instruction June Atkinson, far right, with, from the left, Commission Chair Sidney Dunston, School Board Chair Paige Sayles and Superintendent Eddie Ingram. (Times photo by Donna Cunard)
FRANKLINTON — Police arrested a Kittrell area man who led his father on a vehicle chase before crashing into a telephone pole — knocking out the utility for the better part of a day.
Terrell F. Rodgers, 18, was charged with hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident; aggressive driving, failure to stop at a red light, misdemeanor injury to real property, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Franklinton investigators called in some help to investigate a weekend house fire.
It turns out Mother Nature was the culprit.
According to investigators, a storm that swept through the area the evening of Aug. 14 brought lightning with it.
That lightning is alleged to have hit a home at 410 N. Cheatham Street around midnight.
The information received by The Franklin Times regarding the time for the Open House at Louisburg Elementary School, to be held Aug. 24, was incorrect.
This incorrect information was published in the “Back To School” section of the Aug. 17 edition of the Times. The correct time for the Open House is 3 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 24, not 5-7 p.m.
The “Build A Backpack” program for Franklin County students in need of school supplies is wrapping up Sunday at Walmart in Louisburg – and additional backpack donations are needed.
“We have seen a great effort from the community to collect school supplies, and we have identified more than 290 students in the county who need backpacks and supplies,” United Way of Franklin County Board of Directors Chairman Dale Byrns said.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklin County man on drug and fraud charges.
According to a report, Dep. Damion Linder was dispatched to Oak Forest Lane after receiving a report that Paul Fogg, 46, was trespassing.
According to the report, his ex-girlfriend told authorities that Fogg came by to retrieve belongings, but refused to leave when she asked.
Applications are now being accepted for Franklin County Single Family Rehabilitation Program funds for housing repair services to eligible homeowners. Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. can provide assistance to Franklin County elderly and disabled homeowners only.
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These members of the town of Louisburg’ Electric Department were presented a safety award by ElectriCities this week. The crew had no accidents and no lost time in all of 2010, the seventh year in a row that they have won such an award. They were treated to a catered lunch on Wednesday in recognition of their achievement.
HENDERSON PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY. Henderson Pediatric Dentistry held a ribbon cutting on July 22 to celebrate the opening of the business. Owned and operated by Dr. Rhonda Kearney, the office is located at 451 Ruin Creek Road, Suite 205 in Henderson. The practice specializes in pediatric dentistry and can be reached at (252) 492-5437 or on the web at www.hendersonpedo.com.
Renee Shaw has joined Union Bank & Trust as vice president and Youngsville market executive.
Shaw has served banking customers in the Wake Forest market area for more than 25 years.
She began her banking career with Central Carolina Bank (CCB) where she worked for 18 years.
BUNN -- It rained on Bunn’s season-opening football parade Friday night.
Again and again and again.
The Wildcats seemed to have problems with the poor weather Friday -- and the talented Rocky Mount Gryphons didn’t help matters, either.
HENDERSON -- A slow start didn’t prevent Southern Vance from winning its football season opener at home against Louisburg Friday night.
Louisburg scored first and led 10-6 at halftime before a big third quarter put the Raiders up 19-10.
Southern maintained that advantage until the fourth quarter when Chris Henderson ran in for a short touchdown.
FRANKLINTON -- A season destined to be filled with huge expectations began with yet another big performance from a long-time key standout at Franklinton.
FHS senior back Reggie Williams, in his third year as a starter, scored three touchdowns as the Red Rams kick off their much-anticipated football campaign with a 29-20 decision over Lakewood at the FHS Football Field.