Franklin County school officials are reviewing all school safety plans, Superintendent Eddie Ingram told the school board Monday night, adding that he was “horrified” at what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Although the review of plans is still in progress, Ingram told the board that it is becoming obvious that “the best defense is to be proactive.
Louisburg resident Sophie Walters, 16, was like many Franklin Countians in recent days and found a reason to enjoy the outdoors as spring-like weather arrived, making the days seem more like April than mid-January. But as the bright red berries on the holly bush in the background hinted, it’s still winter.
The search is on to fill a vacancy on the Franklin County Board of Education and already a retired school administrator has expressed interest in the seat.
The seat, which represents District 3 in the northern part of the county, was vacated last week by Dr. Bobbie Richardson who was appointed to fill a vacancy in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
High tech monitoring will soon be a part of the Franklin County Schools’ bus transportation system following action by the board of education Monday night.
After months of discussion, the board purchased a GPS system for each of the 133 yellow buses, technology that will allow school staff to monitor the entire system.
RALEIGH — A Franklinton area man is scheduled to appear in court at the end of the month, facing charges that he killed his nephew in a hunting accident.
Wildlife Resource officers and investigators allege that Jason M. Parker was on a hunting trip with, among other people, his 12-year-old nephew from Tarboro, when the incident occurred in Wake Forest.
Monica Headen, assistant principal at Youngsville Elementary School, was named the 2013 Franklin County Schools’ assistant principal of the year -- and was presented a plaque at the Monday night meeting of the county school board. Headen began at Youngsville Elementary School in June, 2008.
Haley Shearin with her adopted puppy, Penny
The following is a spoiler alert for parents with small children — I no longer believe in old St. Nick.
Last February, I wrote a column expressing utter happiness as I had recently left two governmental meetings that were free of closed sessions.
You see, the month before, I had written a column lamenting the number of closed sessions conducted by our elected officials.
Asher Johnson’s column won’t appear in this edition. He’s taking a break.
Virtually everyone agrees that the world’s climate is changing — it’s getting warmer.
Now, the reason(s) for that warming are still very much in debate among everyone except the vast majority of the scientists who study this phenomenon.
Among those experts, the consensus seems to be that human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, is accelerating this process, perhaps even faster than their computer models had suggested.
Quiet Please – The show is about to begin.
Reading the Saturday 12, January 2013 edition article, “Quiet please, but keep working, developer told,” brought to mind what a script might read like for a “Key Stone Cops” movie on small town political bureaucratic bungling.
FRANKLINTON - Peter Lawrence Kearney, 33, of Franklinton, died Saturday, January 12, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Wake County and was a graduate of Franklinton High School. He loved to fish, listen to music and cook, but nothing came before his beloved Tar Heels.
LOUISBURG – Christopher Reece Gupton, 27, died Saturday morning at his home.
LOUISBURG – Linda Elizabeth Peyton, 72, of Louisburg, died Thursday afternoon.
MOREHEAD CITY - Lillie Chaney Fowlkes Norman, 91, died Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City surrounded by family members. She has been a resident of Carolina House in Morehead City since 2008 and was formerly a resident of Henderson, North Carolina.
ZEBULON – Jesse McCoy Taylor, 80, of the Pilot Community, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 16) in the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, with visitation 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., prior to the service. Entombment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
BLOWING ROCK - Shirley Marie Stainback Inscoe, 76, formerly of Louisburg, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at Davant Medical Center in Blowing Rock.
YOUNGSVILLE - Timothy Oliver “Tim” McIntyre, 44, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. A private service will be held at a later date.
ST. MARY, GA - Funeral services for Ida Mae Wright, 82, formerly of Louisburg, who died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, are incomplete at this time, but will be announced by R. L. Jones & Sons Funeral Home of Stafford, Ga., and locally by Richardson Funeral Home.
LOUISBURG -- If a team takes two steps forward and one backward, players are still one foot ahead at the end.
That’s the philosophy Sarah Bolten is taking after her Louisburg Lady Warriors were defeated last Friday at home against a well-coached North Johnston squad in a key Northern Carolina Conference matchup.
IN CONCERT. (L to R) Franklinton’s Alex Loury and Rosewood’s Angel Jaramillo get tangled up during action last Saturday at the Firebird Duals Wrestling Tournament, which was staged at Southern Nash High School.
STANHOPE -- Coach Alan Carter’s second season at Franklinton has resulted in an uptick within the Red Rams’ wrestling program -- both on the scoresheet and on the sidelines.
FHS is enjoying a .500 campaign to date against a high level of opposition. And filling out weight classes hasn’t been an issue for the Red Rams, whose roster is currently at an all-time high.
IN CONTROL. Bunn’s Josh Terlizzi (top) gains an advantage and goes on to win by decision during this match against the Northern Nash Knights.
STANHOPE -- Randy Kagarise’s wrestling roster at Bunn High School is dotted with young performers.
And Kagarise certainly doesn’t see that as a bad thing.
“The future looks good,’’ Kagarise said.
Kagarise trotted out his freshman-dominated lineup on one of its biggest stages of the season last Saturday.
LOUISBURG -- It’s finally home-sweet-home time for the Louisburg College Hurricanes as they will return to Taylor Center today following a three-game road swing against Region X men’s basketball foes.
Not that the road was unkind to the Hurricanes, who remained undefeated with another successful stretch for third-year head coach Mark Vanderslice.
LOUISBURG -- The Miracle League of Franklin County and Bunn High School’s Varsity Basketball teams are teaming up to host a free Basketball Camp for children and young adults with special needs.
The event is slated for January 19 from 1-3 p.m. at Royal Elementary School, which is located at 308 Flat Rock Church Road in Louisburg.
LOUISBURG -- Frustrated by his club’s struggles so far this season, Louisburg High School boys basketball coach Dontae Lassiter has posted a ‘Help Wanted’ sign on his team’s locker room.
And some of LHS’ younger players have accepted that challenge -- and have been rewarded with increased playing time in the process.
BUNN -- Such is the prowess of the Bunn High School girls basketball team that Whitney Bunn can be limited offensively -- but her club can still win going away.
Bunn, a senior guard who has signed with Furman University, was held to just six points during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference matchup at Roanoke Rapids.
FAYETTEVILLE -- The USA South Athletic Conference has released its weekly honors for January 14, and North Carolina Wesleyan College senior standout Brandon Givens has earned his fourth Player of the Week honor in men’s basketball.
RALEIGH -- The 63rd Annual Raleigh Hot Stove Banquet will be held Jan. 22 at the McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Festivities will begin with a silent auction at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., along with the presentation of awards.
LOUISBURG -- Shaking off the month-long rust is always the most difficult proposition for Louisburg College’s basketball squad.
LC adjourns in early December for Christmas Break, and the Lady Hurricanes didn’t return to the court until last Friday’s home meeting with Tri-County Tech Community College.
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has announced the 2012-13 regular-season schedules for its 30 member clubs.
The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 48-game season at Florida on Jan. 19, before hosting their home opener at PNC Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 22, against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Franklinton’s Devin Younger, bottom, tries to escape the hold of a wrestler from Rosewood HS.
Bobby and Judy Jones of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber D. Jones to Harry N. Dupree II of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Harry Dupree of Louisburg and the late Patricia Fuller. The wedding will take place in September 2013 in Wake Forest.
To be more competitive in today’s markets, vegetable growers are looking for new ways to achieve higher quality produce, superior yields, and reach earlier marketable dates.
A “plastic culture” system, which includes a raised bed, plastic mulch, and drip irrigation has helped increasing numbers of producers reach their goals. Growers using a plastic culture system have increased yields and also taken advantage of earlier harvest dates.
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will deliver the address, “Here Comes the Dreamer,” at the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Jones Performing Arts Center.
A native North Carolinian, Ward was raised on her family’s farm in northeastern North Carolina.
LOUISBURG — According to health officials, the flu has touched every county, but the number of cases had declined.
Just don’t tell that to the folks affected.
“We’re seeing a lot more complications from the flu ... whether its bronchitis or upper respiratory problems,” said Mel Messer, Franklin County Health Department’s communicable disease nurse.
LOUISBURG — A Raleigh man remains in the hospital, recovering from an injury he sustained after exchanging gunfire with a homeowner.
Investigators allege Devin Riddick and three other men busted into a Whites Way home occupied by Antonio White the evening of Jan. 9 in an attempt to rob the 35-year-old man.
Police arrested a Louisburg College student accused of selling drugs from a dorm room.
According to investigators, Louisburg College police were contacted about activity in a dorm room the evening of Jan. 13.
Louisburg police were contacted and dorm room supervisors, who are allowed to enter rooms, went inside.
Investigators found 10 bags of marijuana packaged for sale.
ZEBULON — Sheriff Jerry Jones and county commissioners have been invited to a discussion on citizens’ rights, with gun control laws directly in the cross hairs.
The Moccasin Creek Minutemen are hosting the Wednesday evening meeting at at Fargo Cattle Company Steakhouse in town.
RALEIGH — A Rocky Mount farmer could be sentenced to 10 years in prison this spring after pleading guilty to tax evasion.
Carson Baker Barnes, 77, pled guilty last week to structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements, and aiding and abetting.
YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville Police Chief Darin Kirts said the town would have to adopt new pay grades if it wanted to keep its best employees.
Interim Town Administrator Bill Tatum said officials would have to adjust taxes if it wanted to do so.
Youngsville staff and officials have been trying to stabilize finances since Tatum was appointed in July 2011 and, according to recent finance reports, officials say the town is moving in the right direction.
LOUISBURG — County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members have set a tentative date to present county commissioners with options for a park site.
Parks and Recreation Director Oliver Greene said commissioners could expect to get a formal presentation as early as their second meeting in February.