FRANKLINTON — Police have made an arrest and continue to investigate two shooting incidents they say are connected to gang-related retaliation.
No injuries were reported in either of the incidents.
The first shooting, reported the afternoon of Sept. 17, may have triggered an altercation at Franklinton High School the next day.
Owen Hoffert holds still and holds back a knowing smile as Tammy Reedy splashes on a fresh coat of paint this past Saturday during the Youngsville Fall Festival. Visitors to the area’s National Guard Armory and Youngsville Elementary School parking lot were treated to arts, crafts, foods and a parking lot full of vintage cars on display during the community event to kick off autumn.
In addition to Louisburg College’s traditional Homecoming festivities, two public special events are being held this week in celebration of the College’s 225th anniversary.
On Thursday, there will be a ground-breaking ceremony for the E. Carroll Joyner Student Residence project on the campus of the college.
CENTERVILLE — Perry’s School Alumni Association members and others with a vested interest in a venerable school that was at the heart of a community are pushing forward with plans to revive it.
One hurdle was cleared last year when the school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in North Carolina.
Attorneys and prosecutors could learn this coming week where a multi-county criminal matter will be handled.
In August, attorneys for Ryan Brown argued that there should only be one jurisdiction for his client, even though investigators allege Brown abducted an estranged girlfriend in Craven County and sexually assaulted her in Franklin County.
BIG TOYS, BIG HEARTS. Art Thompson, with Hill King United Methodist Church, works to get an old clothesline pole up during a Day of Caring project on Saturday.
Pauline Rogers woke up Sunday morning, still smiling about the helping hands that brought her so much joy on Saturday.
“It was a blessing from heaven. They transformed my yard ... I just can’t get to the things that need to be done any more,” she said. “I am not able. If I had 1,000 tongues I could not say thank you enough.”
Birthday time for Antonio Holden, 4 years
GOOD MORNING: As I’m sure you know, Saturday was the first day of the fall season and although foliage on the trees remains mostly on the green side, it will only take a good frost to change the looks as well as feel of things.
While temperatures were a bit on the cool side Monday, 48.7 at 7 a.m. and only 65.5 at noon, temperatures were expected to top out in the mid-70’s Tuesday and be up around 85 Wednesday and Thursday.
The idea of a public-private partnership at the Franklin County Airport raises some interesting possibilities. (Okay, it’s actually called the Triangle North Executive Airport but does anyone really call it that, besides government types?)
Anyway, the idea is that local businessman Paul Fayard wants to partner with the airport to build a 12,000-square-foot hanger, the largest such facility at the airport.
Last week, Franklin County residents, and anyone else for that matter, had the chance to hear local, state and federal candidates share what they could do for us — citizens.
However, the most important conversations I heard didn’t take place on the stage of the Franklinton High School auditorium.
FRANKLINTON —Michael Delroe “Mike” Goodwin, 57, of Kittrell, died Saturday morning, Sept. 22, at his parents’ home in Franklinton. A memorial service will be held at New Beginnings Church of God of Prophecy on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be held at a later time.
FRANKLINTON —Gordon Mangum Jr., 81, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.
LOUISBURG —Louis Neal Jordan Jr., 50, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at his home. Memorial service will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kellie Gallagher-Smith officiating.
MIDDLESEX - Deborah Ann Chinnis Williams, 61, of Middlesex died Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. She is the daughter of the late John Cramer and Eunice Radford Chinnis. Deborah grew up in Franklinton and was a graduate of the class of 1969 of Franklinton High School. She retired from the U.S. Air Force.
WAKE FOREST - Charlie H. Davis, 83, of Wake Forest, died Friday, September 21, 2012 at Duke University Medical Center. He was born in Granville County, the son of the late Ernest and Evie Davis and was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. Charlie knew no strangers and was a friend to any and all. He inspired, encouraged, and motivated many young people that were fortunate enough to be around him. He taught his hard work ethic by the life he led and was happiest when he shared the bounty that he grew in his beautiful gardens. Heaven now has a new chief gardener.
FRANKLINTON - Edward Dean “Eddie” Wilkerson, 51, of Franklinton passed away September 18 at his home.
HORSE COLLAR. Louisburg High School running back Hakeem Thorne (right) is brought down on a horse-collar tackle from Franklinton’s Everette Eaton, who was flagged on the play as part of last Friday’s contest.
FRANKLINTON -- Another week, another game-saving defensive stand by the Franklinton Red Rams.
In each of FHS’ five victories this season, the Red Rams have come up with a late stop to preserve a nail-biting decision.
So why should Franklinton’s most important game of the year to date be any different?
DESHAWN DOES IT AGAIN. Bunn’s Deshawn High (right) glides past a Roanoke Rapids defender during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football game at Hoyle Field on the RRHS campus in Halifax County.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Roanoke Rapids scored 10 fourth-quarter points to cut into an 18-point deficit, but in the end Bunn had a little too much for the Yellow Jackets as the Wildcats rolled to a 28-13 win last Friday in a key Northern Carolina Conference football contest at RR’s Hoyle Field.
Roanoke Rapids quarterback Jackie Caudle threw for 125 yards in the second half, including a 32-yard completion to De’Juan Walker to the Bunn 9-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
COFIELD HAS CLOUT. Bunn High School’s Jayla Cofield (right) pounds home a kill for the Ladycats during Monday’s home spike victory vs. Nash Central.
BUNN -- Even when he wears the colors of the opposing team, Frank Poyer is still a beloved figure on the Bunn High School campus.
A former volleyball assistant at BHS -- among other avocations -- Poyer is now in charge of the spike program at Nash Central, and he brought his Lady Bulldogs to the Bunn Dome on Monday for a non-conference matchup.
Given the parity-filled nature of the league, every week is a thriller in the competitive Northeast Football Conference.
There is no time to rest, and fatigue can be a factor late in the year as the relentless schedule and travel demands can take its toll on a squad.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s results from North Carolina High School Athletic Association football action:
LOUISBURG -- The 11th-ranked Louisburg College men’s soccer team defeated USC Lancaster, 10-0 in Region X action last Saturday afternoon.
Eduardo Alvarez led the way for LC as he scored three goals and pick up one assist.
Glenn Muchedzi and Adrian Gonzales also had multi-goal games as they each scored twice in the conference win.
PECKVILLE, PA. -- The #15 Louisburg College football team improved to 4-0 with a 24-22 road win over Lackawanna College last Saturday afternoon.
Louisburg’s defense got the scoring started as defensive back Keith Trumps returned a Falcons’ fumble 88 yards for a touchdown, seven minutes into the first quarter.
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes will host their 13th annual Caniac Carnival at PNC Arena on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
This year’s Carnival will feature activities both inside and outside of the arena, and parking and admission to the event are free and open to the public.
MIRACLE LEAGUE STAR. This week’s Miracle League of Franklin County spotlight is Andrew Sparks. Andrew is being helped at bat by his buddy Cheryl Keith. Andrew is 4th grader at Grady Brown Elementary in Hillsborough. He loves playing with his dogs and being outside. He is the son of Kristin Busick and Devin Sparks.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College football team improved its 2012 record to 4-0 with a 24-22 conference win over homestanding Lackawanna College last Saturday afternoon.
For their efforts in the conference win, Demarques Martin and Ryan Samuels have been named Northeast Football Conference, Offensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week.
GREAT NIGHT FOR THE WILDCATS. The Bunn Youth Recreation League Football Wildcats recently met up with the Wake Forest Bulldogs for a key East Wake Football League showdown. In Mini Mites action, Bunn dropped a 7-0 nail-biter as the Bulldogs scored in the last minute. Bunn had two touchdowns called back due to penalties to drop to 1-1 on the campaign. In the above photo, Bunn Pee Wee players Raekwon Dunston, Bentley Stasiewicz, Jeremy Goodwin and Malakai Morrow line up before the game.
Franklinton’s Demetrius Burk gains yardage for the Red Rams during last Friday night’s home victory against Louisburg High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Bunion Winstead of Louisburg announce the approaching wedding of their daughter, Holly Reneé Gupton to Daniel Gray Kidd. The groom-elect is the son of Marie and the late Randy Kidd of Louisburg. A private RSVP ceremony/recepton is planned for October.
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Davis will renew their wedding vows on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. at Lifeline Outreach Ministries, 3227 Highway 581, Louisburg. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. Bunnie Leonard of Castalia announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amanda Marie Leonard to Michael David Holmes, son of David and Trish Holmes of Raleigh and Dave and Brenda Lankshear of Raleigh. A Nov. 3, 2012 wedding has been planned.
Former Louisburg resident Mary King Lee was recently crowned queen at the Ms. Senior Georgia pageant in Roswell, Ga. Mary is a graduate of Louisburg College and currently resides in Lawrenceville, Ga. She is the daughter of Myrtle King and the late John W. King.
This trio was called a group of angels by Pauline Rogers. The County Line Auto Services team members for Day of Caring on Sept. 22 are, from left, Jonathan Harris, Chris McMullen and David Wheeler. They helped Rogers, who is disabled, get her yard in order.
Novozymes took on two projects with about 30 volunteers this year. One, above, was a ramp in Franklinton. The Novozymes team is Day of Caring faithful, bringing in a full set-up that includes employees and their family members. Randy Green, back left, and Kay Crowder head up the Novozymes volunteers.
Melissa Craig helps clean a window during a Girl Scout project off Fletcher Fuller road in Epson on Saturday. Nine Franklin County Girl Scout troops were out and about.
The North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association (NCCA) has announced that the N. C. Cattle Industry Assessment Referendum vote will take place on Oct. 4.
The North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association requested permission from the N. C. Board of Agriculture to conduct a referendum to continue the N. C. Cattle Industry Assessment.
Louisburg police are investigating allegations that an employee of a domestic violence support organization stole from the agency.
Safe Space Executive Director Lin Rudolph reported to Louisburg police that just more than $430 was missing from a bank deposit bag.
Army Pvt. Michael A. Hughes has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will host a prescription drug Take-Back event on Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the office located on T. Kemp Road. Residents can bring in their unused or expired over-the-counter medications. For more information, contact the sheriff’s office at (919) 496-2186.
“To be born in a free nation is an accident. We could have been born anywhere but we were born in a free nation -- and these kids need a fair shot to enjoy this freedom,” said Lt. General Russel Honore, featured speaker at the Boys and Girls Club annual banquet Friday night in Henderson.
The general, who retired three years ago from the U.S. Army as commander of the First Army, also noted that “one of every four children is born into poverty.
Among the recipients of awards at the Boys & Girls Club of North Central North Carolina banquet on Friday night were, from left, Geri Floyd, the Vance County board member award; Linda McLain of Goodwill Community Foundation, Open Door Award winners; Tommy Hester, winner of the From the Heart Award; Laura Terry, Franklin County board member award; and Tanya Evans, Corporate Board Award winner.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of break-ins.
The afternoon of Sept. 21, Jameson White reported that someone broke into a property in the 2500 block of Old U.S. 64.
According to the report by Dep. J. Bell, suspects stole an electric guitar, laptop computer, a bass guitar and $40 in change.
Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) has announced the addition of Lindsey Davidson to its Northern Triangle Advisory Council, which comprises Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties.
Davidson, who is a public works administrative secretary with the City of Henderson, will be an integral part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative not only to educate people on the benefits of credit union membership.