“We’re keeping an eye on the track. The rain and the wind are the biggest concerns.” — Randy Likens Franklin County Emergency Services Director
Franklin County’s emergency services crew spent much of this week preparing for Hurricane Irene.
They hope she’s a swift guest who’s in and out.
Meteorological forecasts have the storm traveling across the North Carolina Coast, making landfall at about 2 a.m. on Saturday near Cape Hatteras.
Locally, forecasts call for about one to three inches of rain, with sustained winds of about 20 mph.
Gusts could reach as high as 40 mph.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials took no action following a closed session to discuss their water impasse with Franklin County, but officials said their offer to sell the county water at a lower rate remains on the table.
If no resolution is reached at the staff and elected official level, the courtroom awaits.
“We hope this ends with the best possible solution for everyone,” said Mayor Elic Senter.
The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Angela R. Ballentine, currently the college’s vice president of instruction, to be interim president of the institution.
Her appointment is effective Sept. 1. She will take the reins from Dr. Randy Parker, who is leaving VGCC to become president of Guilford Technical Community College.
More than 8,300 students returned to the classroom Thursday as classes began at a majority of Franklin County’s schools.
Youngsville operates on a year-round calendar and began its school year back in July.
The system’s Early College High School, which operates under the same calendar as its host institution, Vance-Granville Community College, began on Aug. 9.
In more than a year, a Franklin County program to remove unsightly manufactured homes has got the wrecking ball swinging.
Now, the administrator of the program wants to see that ball continue rolling — downhill.
In May of 2010, the county received a $40,000 grant to help with the removal of abandoned manufactured homes.
If computer issues can be worked out, the first tenant at Franklin County’s industrial site could begin operations this coming week.
U.S. Growers Direct, a commodities marketing and distribution company, was planning to begin work at its Triangle North Franklin site south of Louisburg on Monday.
• Wilson Fike at Bunn ppd. until Monday at 7 p.m.
• Ravenscroft at Louisburg ppd. until Monday at 7 p.m.
• Northern Vance at Franklinton still on Friday at press time.
Bunn resident Jevon Wright, 3 years
We’ve written about this issue before, but it never ceases to send a cold chill down the backs of caring people when statistics indicate that at least 18.3 percent of Franklin County residents are “food insecure.”
Food insecure is the polite, politically correct way of saying people either don’t always have enough to eat — or they may not know where their next meal is coming from.
Here’s hoping you’re reading this while safe, sound, dry -- and getting ready to go play a round of golf or catch up on a little yard work!
At the time this was being written, Hurricane Irene was threatening to become a very uninvited guest -- and was gaining strength fairly rapidly over warm water.
GOOD MORNING: Unless things have changed considerably since mid-afternoon Friday, it looks like we’re in for some more windy and wet weather today (Saturday), all depending on what course Hurricane Irene decided to take as she approached the North Carolina Coast.
Maybe we can’t solve the problems of world peace, curing cancer or global warming, but one problem we can and should overcome is hunger. How big is the problem? North Carolina is ranked 11th among states in children with food insecurity. One out of four children often is not sure where their next meal is coming from.
Do you know what the face of homelessness looks like in Franklin County? For most of us, when we hear the word homeless, the image that pops into our heads is one of a man who is dirty, smelly, unshaven, jobless and with no home to call his own.
PILOT – Mary Magdalene Lewis, 85, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 26, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Wendell. Interment followed in the Lewis family cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Patricia “Sis” Abbott Hill, 66, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at Duke Medical Center. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - June Doreen Moore, 35, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at Duke Medical Center. A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 27, at the White Dove Chapel in Wendell, with the Rev. Dr. Mike Jones officiating.
ZEBULON - Sprite Clifton Ferrell, 86, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at WakeMed. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 25, at Wakefield Central Baptist Church, Zebulon. Entombment was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Sara LeAnn Hedgepeth Oceola, 32, who died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28, at White Rock Baptist Church, Hollister. Burial will follow in the Tillman-Lynch cemetery.
BONK. Franklinton’s Cole Gupton heads the ball between two Northern Nash defenders during Wednesday evening’s high school soccer matchup.
FRANKLINTON -- After two tough losses to regarded foes to open the season, members of the Franklinton High School boys soccer team found things more to their liking Wednesday afternoon.
That’s when the young but potential-filled Red Rams earned their initial conquest of 2011 with a 5-0 decision over a rebuilding Northern Nash contingent at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
PATH IS BLOCKED UP FRONT. Louisburg’s Katie Fobes (left) attempts to block a kill from Southern Vance’s Megan Hight during Tuesday evening’s prep volleyball showcase in Henderson.
HENDERSON -- Louisburg High School’s 2011 volleyball season got off to a slow start Tuesday as the Lady Warriors were defeated in three games by host and backyard rival Southern Vance.
Scores were 25-11, 25-17 and 25-23 in favor of the Lady Runnin’ Raiders.
Southern Vance improved to 3-0 on the season.
LUCY’S BLAST. Bunn’s Lucy Moss (left) lifts a kill for the Ladycats during their home volleyball victory Thursday against the East Wake Lady Warriors.
BUNN -- Another week, another trio of victories for the Bunn High School volleyball squad.
The Ladycats remained undefeated early in the campaign thanks to three impressive conquests this week -- including a home decision Thursday at home against Class 4-A backyard rival East Wake.
Only one of the prep football games slated for Franklin County was still scheduled as planned late Friday.
Each of the county’s squads were supposed to play at home -- Ravenscroft at Louisburg, Northern Vance at Franklinton and Wilson Fike at Bunn.
High School Football
Wilson Fike at Bunn 7 p.m.
Ravenscroft at Louisburg 7 p.m.
ZEBULON -- Josh Fellhauer singled home Bill Rhinehart with the winning run one out into the ninth inning as Carolina defeated Jacksonville 2-1 before 1,164 fans at Five County Stadium on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
HAPPY RETURN FOR FHS. Savanna Styers (center) and the Franklinton Lady Rams earned a pair of clutch home victories this week in high school volleyball action. In FHS’ first-ever matchup at the new gymnasium, the Lady Rams trailed Wake Forest-Rolesville two games to zero before rallying for an emotional five-game conquest.
BUNN -- Bunn High School baseball standouts Forrest Maynard and Taylor Longson participated in the Blue-Grey Baseball Classic, which was held earlier this month at the Greensboro Grasshoppers Stadium.
Maynard is a senior third baseman, while Longson is a senior pitcher for the Wildcats.
The classic featured two days of games plus a pro-style workout in front of college and professional scouts.
(L to R) Bunn’s Tainasha Vines and East Wake’s Shakerrya Morrison go up for the ball during Thursday’s high school volleyball matchup at the Bunn Dome.
Franklinton’s Cole Gupton (left) tries to gain the ball during the Red Rams’ home win over Northern Nash on Wednesday at the Franklinton Rec Park.
Given recent diagnoses of mosquito-borne diseases in a child and a horse in North Carolina – coupled with possible heavy rains from Hurricane Irene – a North Carolina Cooperative Extension specialist advises people to take precautions when outdoors.
Teachers represent a group of professionals who are remembered the most, and the longest, by people of all ages. Children, teenagers, and adults have, for the most part, fond memories of their teachers. These memories last a long time, and, many times, they last a lifetime.
Twelve classmates of the G. C. Hawley High School (Creedmoor) Class of 1952, along with guests, met for dinner on Saturday, July 30, at the Golden Corral in Henderson. It marked the 59th anniversary of graduation day for the class.
Francine Davis of Butner, a nursing instructor at Vance-Granville Community College, recently retired after a distinguished career in health care and education.
Her colleagues held a retirement reception for her on Aug. 19 at the college’s main campus.
Davis joined VGCC in 2000, after many years of working at Duke University Medical Center.
Next month, it will have been a decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
In the 10 years since that attack, the country has waged a war on terror, both abroad and at home.
Also, in those 10 years, the sacrifice made by first responders and others who died during the attacks slowly fades into the background.
It turned out to be a beautiful, cool morning when more than 300 students, faculty, volunteers and others showed up at the parking lot behind Louisburg College for the second annual Litter Sweep event.
As part of their orientation exercises, incoming freshmen are asked to volunteer for this annual activity.
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in a house break-in.
James Forsythe reported on the afternoon of Aug. 22 that someone broke into a property in the 6700 block of N.C. 56 West.
The 2nd annual Local Food Roast plate sale will be Friday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (or until sold out). The plate sale – as part of the United Way of Franklin County Campaign Kick-Off – will be at the Farmers Market Shelter in Louisburg. Plates are $8 each and will feature many locally raised foods. You may eat in or drive through.
HENDERSON — Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments is announcing available assistance to family caregivers living in Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren counties. Eligible persons include caregivers of any age providing care for an adult age 60 or older or providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or related progressive brain disorder.
Franklin Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s national Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation.
The Gold Seal acknowledges when a hospital demonstrates The Joint Commission’s standards for health care quality and safety. The accreditation award recognizes Franklin Regional’s dedication to meeting The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s decision to play Friday night proved to be a profitable one on the scoreboard.
While some area clubs moved their football contests up to Thursday -- or back to this coming Monday -- the Red Rams opted to take to the field despite the potential for poor weather.
In the end, the rain came at a sporadic and sometimes heavy pace, but Franklinton remained undefeated with a 20-7 victory over the Northern Vance Vikings at the FHS Football Field.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- With the threat of poor weather looming, both Louisburg and Bunn decided to postpone their respecitve high school football games that were scheduled for Friday night.
Louisburg was supposed to host Ravenscroft, while Bunn was slated to entertain Wilson Fike.