Motorists experienced a particularly deadly weekend on Franklin County roads.
First, a Wake Forest woman was killed the morning of Aug. 25 when she pulled into the path of a tractor trailer.
The next day, a Franklinton woman was killed when a motorist turned in front of her.
Franklin County workers in July got jobs at a higher rate than the previous month.
And their prospects were a lot better than the year before where the unemployment rate dropped by more than a point to 9 percent.
Franklin County’s dip in the unemployment rate was shared by a majority of counties as 46 others saw their rates decline for July — the most recent data available.
SHOWTIME. Franklin County school officials have not completed their official count, but more than 8,300 students returned to school Monday for the start of the traditional calendar. Kindergartners are expected to begin reporting to school next week. Above, Long Mill Elementary School second-grade teacher Andrea Eckhardt hands out awards for student participation on the first day.
The administrator of a toddler’s estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Dominic Moises Alvarenga Ortiz died on Nov. 22, 2010 when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle driven by a Franklinton woman.
Christoper Watkins filed the lawsuit in Franklin County Civil Superior Court on Aug. 21.
The case against an 18-year-old accused of conspiring with a 15-year-old girl to kill her mother and steal more than $50,000 is moving on with new legal representation.
Shannon Nyamodi appeared in district court on Monday, notifying prosecutors that his family — which maintains his innocence — has retained a new attorney — Mike Klinkosum with the Raleigh firm of Cheshire, Parker Schneider & Bryan.
Louisburg resident Jordan Edwards
GOOD MORNING: As this edition of the Times went to press Tuesday, Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to make landfall on the Central Gulf Coast late in the evening or early this (Wednesday) morning, bringing up to 18 inches of rain forcing evacuations from low-lying areas in four states,
Meanwhile, locally, the weather looks to be more of the same, ie. partly cloudy with less than a 50 percent chance of rain and daytime highs topping out in the 80’s.
By the time you read this, the Republicans will be gathered in Tampa, Fla., to “select” their nominees for president and vice president.
No news there. And as for “selection,” that’s a foregone conclusion. Everyone knows who will be carrying the GOP banner into the November election — and if you don’t by this time, it’s not likely that you care enough about our election process to make it to the polls in November anyway.
I was reading a story recently that said the Republican and Democratic Party’s national conventions will generate millions of dollars for the cities of Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, respectively.
I have to imagine that’s because everyone in attendance must be driving there.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, gas prices continue to creep up, crossing the $3.75 a gallon mark across the country.
Boy Scout troop 520 of Bunn went to the Appalachian Mountains for a four-day hike and three-day white-water rafting excursion. From June 16-22 we hiked and rafted. Our hiking portion was where we carried all of our stuff on our backs (food, clothing, supplies) but mostly water. As a troop we trekked up the mountains, across the ridge and down the gorge, with the occasional blister or two.
YOUNGSVILLE —Lynne Schuster, 50, died Friday morning, Aug. 24, 2012 at WakeMed. A memorial service was held Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.
WAKE FOREST - Bobby Dale Gilleland, 82, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 in Hillside Nursing Home, Wake Forest. A graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 27, at Pine Forest Cemetery, Wake Forest.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Dancey Ward, 53, who died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Dalphine Moody Solomon officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
FRANKLINTON—Frances Satterwhite Hall, 73, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wilbur Phelps officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
SPRING HOPE - John L. “J.L” Wood, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Spring Hope Funeral Home, with the Rev. Corell Pittman and the Rev. David Bundy officiating. Interment followed at Peachtree Baptist Church cemetery.
WENDELL - Grace Elizabeth Robbins Castro, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at Duke Raleigh Health. A service of remembrance and rosary will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545 with the visitation from 6 to 8 p.m.
LOUISBURG – Mary Brennan Campbell, a resident of Louisburg Nursing Center, passed away at the age of 100. Her gentle and sweet personality and those twinkling blue eyes will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
LOUISBURG – Walter “Mac” Neill McDonald, age 90, of Louisburg, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012.
CAN’T BE CAUGHT. Franklinton High School veteran back Demetrius Burk (with ball) heads upfield for a substantial gain during last Friday night’s road football victory versus Northern Vance in Henderson.
HENDERSON -- After giving up 49 points in Week One, the Franklinton High School defense was motivated for a quick reversal of fortune during last Friday’s football matchup at Northern Vance.
FHS achieved its goal by limiting NV to a single touchdown as part of a 14-7 conquest at Viking Stadium.
The Red Rams forced four key Northern Vance turnovers and came up with a clutch goal-line stand late in the game to preserve the victory -- which was the first for Jeremy Buck as FHS’ head coach.
DOWN YA GO. Franklinton’s Jessica Harris (right) delivers a blast versus Northern Vance during Monday’s volleyball event at the Old FHS Gymnasium.
FRANKLINTON -- Her players might not be anxious to admit it, but there has been a method to Caitlin Withers’ conditioning madness during preseason practices for the Franklinton High School volleyball squad.
In her first campaign in charge of FHS’ spike program, Withers wanted to make sure that her team was capable of being strong physically late in tight matches.
RALEIGH -- Louisburg’s high-powered offense piled up a whopping 512 total yards during Friday’s road football showdown at Ravenscroft.
And it still wasn’t enough.
Instead, LHS allowed the Ravens to accumulate 527 yards of their own en route to a 46-32 decision over the Warriors in North Raleigh.
YOU TAKE IT. Bunn quarterback Deshawn High (10) pitches the ball to teammate J’Wan Lewis during last Friday’s prep football contest at Wilson Fike.
WILSON -- Bunn’s early-season tour of the Big East Conference continued Friday -- but with a much different result.
The Wildcats had opened their football campaign in Week One with a victory over Rocky Mount that featured a fourth-quarter comeback.
On the scoreboard, Bunn defeated Rocky Mount by a 37-21 margin in the first game of the high school football season on Aug. 17.
But Bunn has been forced to forfeit the matchup after it was discovered that the Wildcats used an ineligible player.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s results from Week Two of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Football Season:
NOTHING BUT NET. Sandhills Community College’s Michael Collins (left) converts a free-throw attempt for the Flyers. Collins will continue his basketball career with the Bluefield College Rams.
BLUEFIELD, VA. -- Michael Collins, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Bunn High School, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his basketball career at Bluefield College., a Division I NAIA school.
Collins will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after a pair of standout campaigns at Sandhills Community College.
WILMINGTON -- The Louisburg College women’s soccer team opened up its 2012 campaign with a 1-0 loss to College of Southern Maryland on Saturday afternoon.
The event was played on a neutral site at Cape Fear Community College.
The Lady Canes played well through the 90-minute contest and even had the better of the scoring chances, but they could not get a ball past the CSM’s netminder, who stopped all five of the Hurricanes’ shots on goal.
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College recently held a “Boot Camp” for student-athletes, consisting of a series of workshops over a two-day period just before the beginning of the fall semester.
The focus of the camp was on helping each student succeed in academics and in their future careers.
WILKESBORO -- The Louisburg College 2012-13 athletic year officially began last Friday night as the Hurricanes women’s volleyball team won a conference match over Wilkes Community College, 3-0.
The Lady Canes earned the sweep as they defeated the Cougars 25-19, 25-13, 25-10.
As a team, LC made 19 service aces and they compiled 24 kills in their season opener.
ZEBULON -- On their way to cruising through six innings with a three-run lead against the Salem Red Sox Sunday afternoon, the Carolina Mudcats surrendered eight runs with two outs in a 9-5 setback at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
The Mudcats (29-34, 61-72) held a 4-1 lead when the rally started against reliever J.D Reichenbach (5-7) on a Drew Hedman single.
You may have noticed a rise in the number of folks walking around Franklin County with cameras in hand taking pictures of everything from bugs to buildings. All that shutter clicking is because Franklin County Arts Council has a very active photography guild.
The guild meets every first Sunday at Common Grounds Coffee (and Fun) House in Bunn from 2 to 4 p.m.
Steven and Melissa Richardson of Warrenton are proud to announce the birth of their son, Micah A. Richardson, born Aug. 20, 2012 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.
Beginning Oct. 1, anyone who transports swine on NC highways for any reason must have proper identification of the animals approved by the state veterinarian.
Any person who fails to obtain identification shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per swine. In addition, anyone who misuses the identification required under General Statutes, Chapter 106 Article 66A shall be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for each occurrence.
Franklin County Early College High School held an orientation session for new students and their parents recently at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus.
The event was not only an opportunity to receive information and fill out necessary forms, but also to help students transition from middle school to both high school and college at the same time.
Tensie J. Taylor will be attending the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, beginning this fall, to pursue a Master of Arts in Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs.
Taylor has received a graduate assistantship in the Office for Admissions at the Rossier School of Education at USC.
The N.C. Black Elected Municipal Officials presented Louisburg High School graduate Shakira Braswell with a scholarship. Louisburg Town Councilwoman Mary Green Johnson, second vice president for the statewide group, presented the 2012 graduate with a laptop computer at Town Hall. Shakira Braswell is the daughter of Hope D. McGirt and is attending Bennett College in Greensboro.
The Guardian ad Litem Program of Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that the Guardian ad Litem Program of Judicial District 9 is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.
Army Pfc. Robert M. Schelske has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training...
Franklin County staff has tabbed a familiar hand to run its Emergency Services office.
Randy Likens announced his resignation, effective Sept. 14.
Staff decided to bring back Angie Callihan to run the office on an interim basis, beginning on Sept. 13.
Callihan retired from the emergency services director’s post in 2004, after heading the office for 14 years.
Police arrested a Franklinton man who avoided a checkpoint because he said he had something to do before going to jail.
For his effort, Leondra M. Perry, 33, added to his list of criminal charges.
Louisburg police are looking for a suspect who robbed a man at gunpoint after forcing him back into a house occupied by children.
No one was hurt, investigators said.