VICTIM OF IRENE. This large old oak tree split and fell along Mort Harris Road east of Louisburg in the Mapleville Community. (Times photo by Gary Cunard)
There was no loss of life in Franklin County attributed to Hurricane Irene on Saturday, but there was loss of limbs, power and the golden leaf.
And storms on Monday produced lightning strikes that led to at least two structure fires.
As many as 10,500 customers were without power at the height of the storm’s power this past Saturday.
TIMBER. Jonah DeMarco tries to snap some of the smaller branches from half a tree that crashed into the top left side of his family’s home in Franklinton. No injuries were reported.
FRANKLINTON — Mother Nature is nothing if not relentless.
Four years ago, she sent a bolt of lightning to the earth, striking a tree in the yard of Bob and Lisa DeMarco.
Save for a strip of lost bark running the length of the 100-year-old tree, it survived and continued to produce green foliage.
Dr. Laverne Jones Daniels, current principal of West Edgecombe Middle School in Rocky Mount, has been named principal of Cedar Creek Middle School in Youngsville.
She replaces Brooke Wheeler who resigned in late July.
Dr. Daniels has been principal of West Edgecombe since 2006.
A woman who cooked up good meals, conversation and could dish with the best of them passed away.
Hazel Collier was 86.
A lifelong resident of the county, she and her husband Richard Collier operated Dick’s Drive-In, opening the popular eatery and hangout in 1954.
BUNN — A bit of bad news for a Bunn area tributary will complicate plans to improve the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
However, it could bolster the town’s ability to secure more grant funding for the project.
Two years ago, the town secured a $500,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Center to put toward a $1.6 million improvement to its system.
Franklinton resident A.J. Piper
Franklin County fared quite well during Hurricane Irene — but our fellow Tar Heels down east got hammered, again!
Although fairly strong and often gusting winds made for some tense moments as Irene took her sweet tie getting across North Carolina, Franklin Countians suffered surprisingly few problems.
GOOD MORNING: First an earthquake, then a hurricane followed by severe thunderstorms and hail in some places, but on the plus side, we did get 1.3 inches of rain out my way late Monday. Things could be looking up for the immediate future, however, with partly cloudy weather with moderate temperatures and only a slight chance of rain for the next several days.
One of my favorite commercials is about a woman who decides that putting her child into a robot-operated day care is a good thing.
It saves her money because, “robots work for free,” the lady in the commercial said.
It’s a big deal to her because insurance prices have gotten so high, she needs to find new ways to save money.
Did you feel the aftershock of Tuesday’s earthquake?
I am mindful of the difficult task ahead for lawmakers in Washington as they decide how to best reduce the deficit. However, I want to make the case that the fight against cancer be made a national funding priority.
Why are people blaming the President for the sad mess the country is in, when everybody knows George W. Bush messed up everything: the economy, the war and everything else.
I read with great memories of my own the great person that Jeanette (Mullen) was by helping and doing for others.
YOUNGSVILLE - Mary Jane Leggett Thorp, 82, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at her home. A private memorial service was held Monday evening, Aug. 29, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Brenda Marie Williams, 52, who died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, will be held at noon Friday, Sept. 2, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
KITTRELL - Funeral services for O’Neal Cheatham Sr., 88, who died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 31) at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Blalock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Wayne Allen Booher, 63, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Middlesex Church of God, with the Rev. Steve Edmondson officiating. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon, with full military honors.
RALEIGH - William Henry Hagwood, 76, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 29, at Oak Level Christian Church, with the Rev. Gary Williams officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
ANGIER - Christine Gardner, 80, died Thursday night, Aug. 25, 2011. Funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 28, at Pleasant Union Christian Church, Lillington. Burial followed at Angier Cemetery.
FRANKLINTON- James G. Person, 51, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.
KNIGHTDALE —Funeral services for Garry “Jerome” Collins, 35, who died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Louisburg High School Auditorium, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating.
WHITAKERS - Funeral services for Frank J. Davis, 84, who died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, will be held Friday, Sept. 2, at Pleasure Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Hazel Kemp Collier, 86, of Louisburg, passed away Sunday night.
LET’S GET IT STARTED. Franklinton High School’s Reggie Williams returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown during last Friday night’s home football decision over the Northern Vance Vikings.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s decision to play last 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.
LOUISBURG -- For the second time in a one-week span, the Southern Vance Lady Runnin’ Raiders picked up a volleyball victory against Louisburg.
But LHS head coach Erica Wammock saw a world of improvement from her squad during Monday’s rematch, even though Southern Vance was able to earn the win courtesy of a three-game sweep.
Carey Johnson says that he isn’t ready to make his annual National Football League predictions.
Neither am I.
As if waiting would somehow improve our ineptitude with the touch of a magic wand.
Like those old oil filter commercials, do you want us to stink now or stink later?
So here were go:
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are the results from Week Two of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 2011 prep football campaign:
BUNN -- Due to the weather, Bunn’s football squad has only been able to play one game over the past several days.
The waiting game.
But that’s OK with BHS head coach Chris Miller, who has rescheduled his team’s meeting with Wilson Fike twice over the past 96 hours.
LOUISBURG -- If the third time is indeed the charm, the Louisburg Warriors will finally get in their scheduled football game with Ravenscroft on Sept. 12.
The clubs were supposed to play last Friday, but the event was postponed because of the pending threat of poor weather.
MONTGOMERY, ALA. -- Isaias Velazquez had three hits and two RBI to lead Montgomery past Carolina 4-3 at Riverwalk Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Trailing 4-1 in the ninth, Carolina loaded the bases with no outs against closer Zach Quate.
LOUISBURG -- League play in the Northeast Football Conference’s 15th season will open this weekend when Louisburg College begins its inaugural season of NEFC play by hosting Erie Community College.
Game time is scheduled for noon on Saturday at historic Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.
Franklinton High School quarterback T.J. Wall (left) tries to escape Northern Vance’s Joseph Mitchell during last Friday night’s non-conference gridiron matchup, which was claimed 20-7 by the host Red Rams at the Old FHS Football Field.
Ashley Riley and Derek Clark of Henderson are proud to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Lee Clark, born Aug. 7, 2011 at Duke Hospital in Durham. He weighed 2 pounds, 3 ounces and was 12.6 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Michelle Riley and Kevin Riley of Henderson.
Frank and Marjorie Davis of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Vashonda Holloway to John Davis, son of Hugh and Mary Davis of Louisburg. The wedding will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries, Louisburg. (Invitation only)
Are your children ready for learning? What can we, as parents, do to get them ready?
Hopefully, we’ve gone to open house, met some of the teachers who will be teaching our youth and have taken the school supply list to the store to purchase the tools our kids need to be successful in school this year. So, what now?
When Maegan Williby was 16, paramedics responded to a neighbor’s house, helping a child who had been involved in a lawn mower accident.
It was then that she knew she wanted to be an emergency responder.
When, as a senior, Devan Finch was first sitting in the EMT course offered at Louisburg High School, she knew that she didn’t.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training will be offered in Warrenton for Law Enforcement, School Resource Officers, 911 Telecommunicators, & Magistrates, Oct. 3 – 7, at the Warren County Campus of Vance Granville Community College. The training is free for sworn law enforcement officers.
A single-car wreck on Saturday night killed two Franklin County men.
According to a report by Trooper B.R. Simmons, Joshua Lee Ford was driving west on West River Road near Hodges Road at about 6:30 p.m. when he rounded a curve and lost control of the car he was was driving.
The car hit a tree, killing Ford, 31, of Franklinton, and his passenger, Rasheen A. Crudup, 27, of Louisburg.
Nash County and points east in North Carolina were hammered by Hurricane Irene Saturday. This stretch of Business 64 between Spring Hope and Momeyer was closed for a time as utility crews patched up the damage caused by the passing storm. Nash County sustained serious wind damage but it was further east where a combination of wind and water showed the power of Mother Nature to its fullest extent.
High winds during Hurricane Irene snapped in half this billboard along U.S. 1. The storm did not create any flooding issues, but there were sporadic reports of power outages across the county. All power was expected to be restored some time Wednesday.