RELAY. Relayers take first lap.
Franklin County’s Relay for Life raised spirits, awareness and, most importantly, money.
Organizers say they’ve collected $135,000 so far and expect to meet their goal of $155,000 by the end of July.
“Even with the economy the way it is, I really believe we’re going to meet that goal,” said Linda Frederickson, who co-chaired the organization’s fundraising effort — highlighted by a two-day event May 18 and May 19.
The State Highway Patrol charged a Louisburg man with the death of a Laurel Mill Elementary student in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
According to a report by Trooper C.I. Hundley, 21-year-old Trevor Tyler was operating a four-wheeler just after 8 p.m. on May 19 when he ran a stop sign at Reynolds Road.
During a spirited discussion, Franklin County Commissioners agreed that it wouldn’t pay a revaluation company the remainder of its contract — at least not until they review the request.
That was a compromise, as Commissioner Don Lancaster didn’t want to pay Assessment Solutions Inc. another cent.
Franklin County Manager Angela Harris told commissioners to expect a proposal to acquire Youngsville’s utility system by its next meeting.
And she defended accusations that Youngsville and Franklin County got to this point using secret meetings to hammer out a deal.
A simple offer of a free “quilt square” graphic to help promote a quilt trail through this region sent the town of Louisburg into study mode Monday night.
Charles Powell, a member of the Franklin County Arts Council, which is creating the quilt trail, told the town council that Youngsville, Franklinton, Bunn and Centerville have already agreed to participate in the project and that the group plans to ask the county’s cooperation soon.
Vada Tharrington at Relay for Life
GOOD MORNING: Personally, I have always been of the opinion that marriage is a contract between a man and a woman, but if former President Bill Clinton is correct, a recent amendment to the state constitution, banning same-sex marriages is likely to seriously hurt the state’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs, and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs.
In the rush to government -- often without adequate public input -- there usually are bad laws passed that can take years, even decades, to overturn.
Yet, sometimes -- rarely! -- a good piece of legislation can be forged and enacted quickly.
Surprisingly, that happened on the first day of the return of the North Carolina Senate recently although how long this new bill, if it becomes law eventually, will stand up to court scrutiny is anyone’s guess at this point.
Over the weekend, I watched a special that revisited President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment fiasco, as observers marveled at the former president’s legal dexterity.
I was reminded of that on Monday, but I’ll get to that later.
It was particularly on display as the former president, who was disgraced by a sexual harassment allegation, was before a grand jury.
LOUISBURG - Brennon Lee Perry, 8, died Saturday, May 19, 2012. Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Vassar officiating.
LOUISBURG - Stella Vee Perry Wiggins, 90, died Monday, May 21, 2012 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Entombment will follow in the church cemetery.
MOREHEAD CITY - Gary Allen Warren, 57, died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Carteret General Hospital. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Smyrna Pentecostal Holiness Church, with the Rev. Vance Harrell officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites will follow at North River United Methodist Church cemetery.
BUNN - Willie Miles, 93, died Monday, May 21 , 2012. Funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 24, at Zion Spring Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Bunn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Lena Mae Edwards, 76, who died Thursday, May 17, 2012, were held Tuesday, May 22, at Social Union Baptist Church, with the Rev. Nathaniel Bunn officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Floyd E. Ruffin, 63, who died Thursday, May 17, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Mt. Hebron Holiness Church, with Elder Raymond Bullock officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Robert Otis “Shakey” Epps, 71, who died Friday, May 18, 2012, were held Monday, May 21, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. C.L. Dunston officiating. Burial followed in the M. H. Jones Cemetery.
ZEBULON - Samuel Ray Winstead Sr., 58, died at Wake Med on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, 82 Mitchell Mill Road, Zebulon. Burial will follow in the Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery.
GARNER - Milly Harper Ridley, 75, died Sunday, May 20, 2012. Funeral services were held at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner, on Tuesday, May 22. Entombment followed at Montlawn Mausoleum.
DYNAMIC DUO. (L to R) Catcher Nick Cole and pitcher Christian Sledge will represent Bunn High School at the upcoming North Carolina State Games baseball event, which will be held in Winston-Salem.
BUNN -- Even going back to their youth baseball days, Christian Sledge and Nick Cole have had the privilege of competing on some tall diamond stages.
None, however, may be as prestigious as the North Carolina State Games.
Both Cole and Sledge have been selected to represent Region 3 at the eight-team State Games, which will be held from June 13-17 in Winston-Salem.
BUNN -- Just a few days after being eliminated by Graham in the second round of the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs, several Bunn Wildcats were already spotted working out at the BHS Field Monday afternoon.
Certainly, it takes hard work to build a quality prep diamond program -- something that Bunn head coach Leonard Allen knows from experience.
Louisburg College has sent its share of women’s basketball players to big-time Division I programs.
But never one of this stature.
LC freshman Jasmine Phillips, a wing performer, has signed a letter-of-intent to play next season for hoops powerhouse University of Tennessee.
BUNN -- Here are Bunn High School’s schedules for the upcoming Prep Babe Ruth and Senior High School Baseball Leagues (home games are listed in CAPS):
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Louisburg College signee Jessie Scales has been honored as the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
The high-scoring Scales led Roanoke Rapids to the NCC regular season championship -- in addition to a deep run in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Five athletes from Franklin County, including three from Franklinton, have earned honors on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Boys Tennis Team for the 2012 campaign.
FHS, which took second place overall in the NCC, saw Harrison Vaughn, Garrett Freese and Justin Wolz make the prestigious squad.
Junior catcher Nick Cole developed into a team leader this season for the Bunn High School baseball squad under veteran coach Leonard Allen.
WOODBRIDGE, VA. – The Potomac Nationals scored three runs in the first inning, and held on for a 4-2 win in front of 5,116 on Sunday afternoon in Class A Carolina League diamond action at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Northern Virginia.
The Mudcats (21-21) dropped to .500 with the loss. The Nationals improved to 18-22.
GREENSBORO -- No. 13 North Carolina State punched its ticket to the 2012 ACC Baseball Championship as the third seed, equaling its highest seeding for the tournament since 1993, according to the pairings announced Sunday by the conference office.
The ACC Baseball Championship will be held today through Sunday at NewBridge Bank Park in Downtown Greensboro.
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina University baseball team will take aim on its first post-season league title since 2002 when it opens play as the No. 6 seed at the 2012 Conference USA Baseball Championships presented by Trustmark, at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.
GREENSBORO -- Former Franklin County resident Terron Huffman capped off his strong athletic career at Southern Nash High School by being part of the winning Boys 800 Relay Team at the Class 3-A State Track and Field Championships last Friday at North Carolina A&T State University.
This Friday, the Concert and Symphonic Bands at Louisburg High School will present their Spring Concert, the final performance of the school year.
The Spring Concert is the fourth presentation in an annual concert series that begins with a March “Music In Our Schools Month” concert, the newly developed Solo and Ensemble Recital in late April, the annual Downtown Concert in early May, and the final concert.
The Bob Wheless Scholarship was recently presented to two students at Bunn High School. The $1,000 scholarships went to Britanny Bell and Jacob Adams during a recent awards day event at Bunn High School. Brittany will attend North Carolina State University and plans to major in landscape design and Jacob will be attending Wesleyan and majoring in environmental science.
Jacob Adams of Bunn High School is shown here accepting a $1,000 national FFA scholarship that is funded by AGCO, (Massey Ferguson) in cooperation with Louisburg Tractor, the local Massey Ferguson dealer. Jackie Vick (right) is shown presenting the check while Jacob’s parents, Cliff and Renee Adams, look on.
Jessica Walker Person graduated from East Carolina University on May 4, with the notable honor of summa cum laude (GPA 3.97). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with the distinguished credit of being a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.
A Louisburg resident got a lukewarm response to his pleas for additional sidewalks and designated crosswalks on Bickett Boulevard during a town council meeting Monday night.
Ray Alexander, who lives on Cedar Street, told the board that Louisburg is a very pleasant place to live but suffers from what he called a “lack of pedestrian safety.”
The Franklin County Board of Education has agreed to join a lawsuit that challenges the concept of a Virtual Public School that some believe threatens funding sources for traditional public schools.
The North Carolina School Board Association is planning to challenge the approval of virtual public schools in court and has asked that individual districts join the suit, which the Franklin County board did in a special meeting Monday night.
A man riding a scooter without a registration plate compounded his problems when deputies found drugs.
According to a report by Dep. Samuel Zuniga, he was patrolling Old Halifax Road when he spotted a scooter doing more than 50 mph with no registration plate.
When he stopped the vehicle at Perry Road, Zuniga said he noticed the driver, Antione Rogers, 29, was fidgeting and nervous.
GRILLING. Cedar Creek Middle Relay team members Damion Jones, Timothy Hedgspeth and Brian Perry work the grill.
TEAM SPIRIT. Franklinton Elementary School team members celebrate just as the 2012 Franklin County Relay for Life ended on Saturday afternoon at Franklinton High. Pictured from left to right are Emily Freudig, age 4; Emily’s mother, Jodi Freudig, and team member Jeanne Viva.
Authorities recovered cocaine from a state prison in Bunn.
No arrests have been made.
Operators of the Franklin Correctional Center just outside Bunn contacted the sheriff’s office on May 17 after finding six bags of suspected cocaine hidden in a hole in a window sill.
A man who was arrested on charges of assaulting an officer claims he was a victim of police brutality.
Louisburg Police charged David C. Daniel, 39, with assault on a law enforcement officer after they responded to an emergency medical call at the Shannon Village parking lot on Bickett Boulevard the afternoon of May 20.
Airman James S. Preddy, son of Leigh Smith and Tommy Preddy of Youngsville, is newly assigned to the 916th Logistics Readiness Squadron, a unit of the 916th Air Refueling Wing, an Air Force Reserve tanker unit at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.