Franklin County’s labor force grew, but the ranks of the unemployed shrunk — giving it a rate under double digits for the first time in months.
Franklin County joined a trend with 84 other counties which saw their unemployment numbers fall in February — the most recent figures held by the state Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division (formerly the N.C. Employment Security Commission).
A grand jury returned true bills of indictment against a man investigators allege kidnapped and sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend before leading deputies on a four-day manhunt.
Franklin County authorities charged Ryan McBain Brown, 35, with first-degree rape, felony assault inflicting serious injury, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and misdemeanors of assault on a female and false imprisonment.
Alana McCormick has some fun on a slide at Louisburg’s Joyner Park earlier in the week. The three-year-old is too young for going to school, but she and other children took advantage of Spring Break and some crisp weather to get away from the classroom and get outside to enjoy some physical activity.
Franklin County commissioners will be presented with two planning proposals that could affect business.
Both have had some opposition to some extent.
First, commissioners will host a public hearing on a proposal to increase the size and height of ground signs allowed in the neighborhood business and rural business zoning districts.
Franklinton residents will get a chance to learn more about a company planning to renovate a building that was once a staple of economic prosperity in town.
Then, Franklinton officials will determine if the company can move forward with its plans to bring in a business that will bring 15 jobs and as many as 200 over the next 10 years.
A Franklin County woman filed a lawsuit this month, alleging a Cary company contaminated her property with seeping underground storage tanks.
In a complaint filed on April 3, Gracie Oakley said the pollutants have made her well unusable, diminished her property value and cost her money to provide alternate sources of water at the Long Mill Road residence.
Elsewhere in this edition of your Franklin Times, you may have read a little feature about the Safe Space Variety Store in Louisburg celebrating its 10th anniversary.
In many ways. it doesn’t seem possible that the store has been around for a decade.
Yet, in other ways, it’s become such a viable part of the community that it seems like it’s “always” been here.
GOOD MORNING: NO, no, no Mother Nature! It’s “showers in April – not frost and freezing temperatures, the likes of which we were greeted by early Thursday morning.
My indoor reading outdoor thermometer was registering a chilly 29.9 degrees when I went down to pick up my morning paper shortly before dawn.
Let’s see: So far we’ve had April in March and March in April — pretty much what often happens in North Carolina in the springtime!
But, count on one thing, local strawberries will be bountiful soon — and that’s a far more accurate indication of spring than sunshine or the temperatures.
In response to Martha Mobley’s column of April 7, once or twice a month, I drive out of the county to get fresh produce. Strange, isn’t it, that I live in a farm community and yet have no regular access to fresh, locally grown produce. Over the years, I’ve tried to keep my money local, but our farmers’ market has done everything possible to be inaccessible.
WINSTON-SALEM - Elizabeth Ferebee Epermanis died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 12, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Carol E. Davis, 67, who died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Minister Patricia McClean officiating.
LOUISBURG - Ardist Ray Whitaker, 76, died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park, with Dale Lawrence officiating.
FRANKLINTON— Diane P. Marks, 57, died Thursday, April 12, 2012. Arrangements by Montlawn Funeral Home, Raleigh.
LOUISBURG – Birdie W. Walker, 86, of 404 E. Noble St., died Friday morning. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Dodge Co., Georgia.
FRANKLINTON - Lawrence Lionel “Larry” Wilder, Jr., 80, of Franklinton died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at his home.
LOUISBURG – Elsie Milton Puckett, 86, of Louisburg, passed away Thursday night surrounded by her loving family.
LOUISBURG - Harold C. Foster, 80, of Louisburg, died peacefully Thursday morning, April 12, 2012 at his home.
LOUISBURG – Matthew “Matt” Francis Elliott, 37, of Louisburg, died Friday afternoon.
TAMPA, FL - Zeb Baird Davis, 89, of Tampa, FL, passed away April 9, 2012. He was a long-time member of Palma Ceia Baptist Church.
LOUISBURG - Charlotte Wray, 86, of Louisburg died Friday, April 13, 2012, at Carebridge Assisted Living. Graveside services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Cameron Currin officiating.
CENTERVILLE - Funeral services for Linwood James, 80, who died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 at Uniontown Disciples of Christ Church, with the Rev. Bernard Holliday officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON—Funeral services for Angela “Queen Ann” Waters, 40, who died Monday, April 9, 2012, will be held Saturday, April 14, at 12 p.m. at Franklinton Elementary School, with the Rev. Charles Murrell Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Aileen Robinson Smith, 71, who died Thursday, April 12, 2012, will be held Tuesday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Roberson-Robinson family cemetery.
A FOUL FEELING. Franklinton’s Matt Davis fouls off a pitch during his team’s victory over Louisburg in the third-place game of the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament at Warrior Field.
LOUISBURG -- After two days of grueling competition, pitching was at a premium by the time rivals Franklinton and Louisburg met in the third-place game Wednesday at the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Easter Classic Baseball Tournament.
Both clubs were coming off heartbreaking losses the day before, and both squads had depleted their pitching staffs in the process.
AUSTIN IS IN THERE. Bunn’s Austin Torrealba slides safely into third place during the Wildcats’ loss on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Tarboro Easter Baseball Classic at Municipal Stadium in Edgecombe County.
TARBORO -- After escaping a jam in the bottom of the first, Bunn pitcher Taylor Longson appeared to be getting stronger as the game progressed.
But in the fourth, Jefferson Forest’s bats began to sizzle, and the result was a six-run uprising that led to an 8-3 victory over the Wildcats during Thursday’s semifinals of the 19th Annual Tarboro Easter Classic Baseball Tournament at historic Municipal Stadium.
MARS HILL BOUND. Louisburg’s Jamie Hockaday has signed with Mars Hill College.
LOUISBURG -- There isn’t a coach at a four-year school who knows the attributes of Jamie Hockaday and Lauren Saller better than Monica Gordy does.
When Gordy was in charge of the softball program at Louisburg College, she recruited Saller and Hockaday -- and they eventually chose to spend two years with the Lady Hurricanes.
WINTERVILLE -- The Louisburg College Lady Hurricane softball team dropped a pair of conference games Wednesday night as the Lady Canes were defeated 5-4 and 3-1 by Region X rival and host Pitt Community College at Winterville Park.
With the two Region X losses, Louisburg’s record drops to 19-12 overall and 9-11 in regional play.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats scored two runs in the eighth inning to escape the Wilmington Blue Rocks (2-4) 5-3 in front of 1,044 on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
Jake Lowery punched through the winning run for the Mudcats (4-2) with a two-out single to right in the eighth.
High School Baseball
Louisburg at Corinth Holders 6 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College freshman Jasmine Phillips has earned a apot on the First Team of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Women’s Basketball All-American Squad.
Phillips, a freshman from Hartsville, S.C., helped the Lady Hurricanes to a 30-2 overall record and a third-place finish at the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament last month in Illinois.
(L to R) Franklinton High School head coach Lester Wilder and player Matt Davis discuss strategy at third place during Wednesday’s Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Tournament action.
Bunn’s Tevin Perry rounds third base on his way to scoring a run during Thursday’s loss to Jefferson Forest in the semifinals of the Tarboro Easter Classic Baseball Tournament in Edgecombe County.
Following a successful first workshop, the Franklin County Arts Council is sponsoring an Art Critique Workshop on April 26 from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. featuring Everett Adelman, a well-known artist and art critic. The workshop will be held at the Mitchell Media Center, 102 Dogwood Drive in Louisburg.
He critiques two- and three-dimensional art, so all types of artists are welcome to participate.
In their business and on their farm in Bunn, Jodi and Chad Ray are champions of small farm, sustainable philosophies, including using bio-diesel for trucks and tractors and powering a significant portion of their farm with solar power.
Those efforts and many more were recognized at the White House on Thursday when the family was honored as Champions of Change.
Amedisys Home Health Care of Franklinton, a part of Amedisys, Inc., a home health care and hospice services company, has announced that it is providing personal emergency response system (PERS) for its home care patients.
The PERS devices will be provided free for Amedisys patients.