Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in a home invasion shooting that sent a father to the hospital Friday morning.
According to investigators, two men armed with a 45-caliber gun kicked in the back door to a Rough Lane home and drew the gun on Joshua Hargrove, 27, who was home with his six-year-old son.
A Louisburg woman sent suspects running for the hills after firing a warning shot that thwarted an apparent break-in attempt.
Avis Cottrell told deputies that she looked out of her kitchen door on Gap Loop Driver and noticed a shed door open at about 9:30 a.m. on April 4.
Easter is a time of renewal and rebirth and those attributes can be found in agriculture, particularly on a farm. Above, baby goats await their breakfast of 16 ounces of milk as Taylor Farley, 13, feeds the two-month old animals at the family’s Walk Ahead Farms on N.C. 98 between Youngsville and Bunn.
FRANKLKINTON — It’s too early to write figures down in pen, but town officials and its budget advisory committee got to work on the budget this week.
At least one item that staff and commissioners seemed to hope stayed in the budget during a work session on Tuesday night was a salary increase for employees.
The case against a man charged with trying to kill his girlfriend could go to trial this week.
Or, it could be pled out.
Or, it could be delayed.
All of those options are possible as prosecutors ready to put on their case against Gary Normand.
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Two Franklin County students have been selected to attend the prestigious Governor’s School program this summer is a reality.
Franklinton High School junior Joshua K. Limer and Louisburg High School junior Zoe W. Hinton will be attending Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh from June 17 until July 21.
Retired postal mail carrier Eddie Watson was intrigued by this butterfly-like creature that landed near him as he refueled his vehicle along Bickett Boulevard one morning this week. It intrigued him enough that he ended up doing a little research and learned that the highly detailed, colorful creature was actually a Cecropia moth -- more precisely a Hyalophora cecropia moth that can have a wingspan up to five or six inches.
Stephan Wade and Breanna Hudson
An investigation in nearby Durham County is enough to raise the hackles of Tar Heels everywhere — and deserves special mention.
The county sheriff’s department there is investigating the operations of the county’s Department of Social Services office to determine whether criminal offenses occurred, County Manager Mike Ruffin said.
GOOD MORNING: At the time of this writing the weather outlook for tomorrow, Easter Sunday, appeared to be pretty decent, particularly when compared to the up ‘n down topsy-turvy stuff Mother Nature’s been throwing at us.
After a somewhat chilly night last night, temperatures were expected to rebound into the upper 60’s today (Saturday) followed by Sunny and even milder temperatures Easter Sunday. Let’s hope they’re right.
It’s Easter Weekend, 2012!
Can’t believe a quarter of the “new” year is gone already and even though the weather has been warmer than normal, we still can’t believe spring is here.
Time really does fly!
MIDDLESEX - James Bennett “J.B.” Bissette, 82, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012. He was born in Nash County, the son of the late Frank Alphys and Myrtie Patterson Bissette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Carl Ray Bissette; two brothers, A.J. and Bobby Bissette; and one great-granddaughter.
YOUNGSVILLE - Geraldine R. Koonce, 68, died Wednesday morning, April 4, 2012 at her residence. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Town Cemetery.
ZEBULON – George Preston “G. P.” Massey, 92, of the Pilot community, died Tuesday, April 3. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Pilot Baptist Church with burial following in the Massey Poole family cemetery.
CARY - Funeral services for Maybelle Gupton Taylor, 95, who died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Chapel church cemetery.
A SPRINT TO THE FINISH. (L to R) Franklinton’s Dayquan Banks, a Northwest Halifax runner and Franklinton’s Mike Waverly compete in the Boys 100 as part of Thursday afternoon’s conference track and field event at the new FHS Football Field.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton made a bit of history Thursday, but it had nothing to do with their Northern Carolina Conference track and field victory over Northwest Halifax.
Instead, the day will be remembered for the first high school event staged at the new FHS Football Field. A middle school meet had been held at FHS last week.
IN THE CLEAR. Cedar Creek’s Ruben Ramirez-Santiago makes his move during a boys event as part of Tuesday’s The Franklin Times Middle School County Track and Field Championships at Bunn High School.
BUNN -- One streak ended and other continued during Tuesday’s action at the annual The Franklin Times Franklin County Middle School Track and Field Championships at Bunn High School.
Cedar Creek’s five-year reign atop the boys standings came to a close as Bunn Middle erupted to 55 points to edge the Jaguars, who closed with 50 points.
TIA TO THE RESCUE. Bunn’s Tia Vines (right) scores a run as Louisburg’s Maia Quinn awaits the throw during Thursday afternoon’s prep softball matchup.
LOUISBURG -- After falling at Bunn just eight days ago, Louisburg was hoping for a better fate during Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch rematch at the LHS Softball Complex.
But it wasn’t to be, as Bunn wrapped up the season series between the clubs with a 17-0 decision.
BHS, coached by Melanie Lovin, has continued to improve as the season progresses. Bunn is now 6-8 overall and 6-3 in the NCC, and the Ladycats have won six of their last eight contests.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Montrel Cooke didn’t miss a step following a highly decorated football season for the Bunn Wildcats.
Days after leading BHS to the Elite Eight of the Class 2-AA State Grid Playoffs as a quarterback, Cooke was back on the basketball court as a senior point guard.
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ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Bunn found the historic Chockoyott Country Club to its liking during the first 18-hole round of competition this spring in Northern Carolina Conference golf action.
That was especially true for freshman William Lewis, who carded an amazing 73 to earn medalist honors.
None of Bunn’s scorers shot above 92 as the Wildcats rolled to a convincing 22-shot victory over Roanoke Rapids on March 27.
GIRLS MVP PRECIOUS WALKER, BUNN MIDDLE
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats dropped an exhibition game with their new parent club, the Cleveland Indians, 13-0 in front of 6,362 on Tuesday afternoon at Five County Stadium.
The game celebrated a new player development agreement between the two as fans got a preview of this year’s team, and saw some jaw-dropping home runs from Indians’ hitters.
Terrell Lane’s Hannah Nobles (left) hands off to J’Tyonnah Thomas (r) during a relay race as part of Tuesday’s The Franklin Times County Middle School Championships.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Louisburg College’s women’s soccer squad took second place last weekend at the 10-team North Carolina Wesleyan College Spring Fling Tournament.
LC, coached by Andy Stokes, defeated North Carolina Wesleyan, Barton and Methodist while tying Meredith.
The Lady Hurricanes reached the finals before dropping a 1-0 decision against Mt. Olive College.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s baseball and softball squads took to the road Wednesday -- and both brought home clutch victories against non-league opponents.
The LC softballers, coached by Don Stopa, finished off a season sweep against College of Albemarle with a 7-2 decision in Elizabeth City.
I almost did not make it to the last Mid-Week Community Service of prayer and devotion at Benson Chapel of Louisburg College, sponsored by the Inter-Church Council of Louisburg.
As people of all denominations, gathered and began to prepare hearts and minds for worship, I felt so blessed with a warm feeling of belonging, a feeling that not everybody can claim, as there is so much suffering, sickness, and lack of faith that there is a God that can make things better.
I had to giggle recently when I attended the NC Cooperative Extension Annual Conference in Greensboro when administration at NCSU “unveiled” Extension’s initiative for the upcoming year … the Local Food movement and how Cooperative Extension needs to be a major player to assist in the development of sustainable agricultural economies in each county.
Following a hunch, Franklinton police arrested a man charged with transporting drugs.
According to a report by Police Chief John Green Jr., he was patrolling the area of Winston Street the evening of April 4 when he came upon a vehicle that, according to an informant, was being used to transport drugs.
The vehicle pulled into the driveway of a known drug user, according to the report, and Green waited.
The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert this week for a missing Franklin County man.
Law enforcement officials said Rufus Wade Brogden, 65, is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment.
Now, a half dozen farmers have brought suit against a tobacco seed producer and distributor, claiming the companies sold them a bad product.
On March 1, attorneys for Louisburg farmer Phillip Smith filed suit in Franklin County Civil Superior Court, alleging that Cross Creek Seed, a producer of tobacco seed in Raeford, and Crop Production Services, a Colorado-based distributor/seller of tobacco seed with a local office in Nashville, misbranded and falsely labeled the product.
Students in the Franklinton Head Start program, including teachers Ms. M. Walker, left, and Ms. D. Hargrove, right, visited The Franklin Times offices on a field trip on the afternoon of March 29.