FRANKLIN COUNTY — Dropped calls. Garbled audio. Missed transmissions.
Those have been the words and phrases that officers have used to describe a new and improved emergency communications system installed by Harris Corporation.
Those complaints have come from a number of law enforcement corners in Franklin County.
LOUISBURG — If you’re not at the head of a waterway, you’re downstream.
That position means that someone’s discharge is another man’s drinking source.
As such, Franklin County and Louisburg are keeping an eagle eye on Creedmoor — not just because of their usual top position along the Tar River.
YOUNGSVILLE — It was certainly a Thursday that Peggy Killian and Harold Strother will never forget.
And neither will their family and friends.
And neither will folks who stopped by the Youngsville McDonald’s for a late lunch on Thursday.
The couple, who met and fell in love at the McDonald’s location while playing Bingo, exchanged vows inside the restaurant on Valentine’s Day.
LOUISBURG — The Franklin Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has called a special meeting in two weeks, hoping to finalize a proposal that prompts county commissioners to choose a park site.
The board met during its regular meeting on Tuesday, revealing that there are still some questions about the three proposed sites that remain unanswered.
KEY WEST, FLA. — A couple accused of trying to swindle North Carolina out of economic development money, and was ultimately arrested for defrauding a relative three years ago found themselves in trouble with the law, again.
This time, Florida authorities arrested Robert Pearl and Tamara Asada, alleging that they were stealing from an employer.
J’Wan Lewis and his mother, Shirley
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Issues with the county’s radio system have caused law enforcement agencies to rely on their own cell phones for better communication.
Late last year, county staff and consultants for a $10.6 million radio project upgrade acknowledged that the system had some bugs that needed to be worked out.
GOOD MORNING: Here’s a bit of news of great concern to all of us here on earth:
According to CNN news, a meteor streaked through the skies above Russia’s Urals region early yesterday (Friday) morning before exploding with a flash and boom that reportedly shattered glass in buildings and left hundreds of people hurt.
It’s easy to understand — especially after the last four or five years — that what’s good for a few is often terrible for the many.
If the downturn in the economy that began about 2008 taught us anything, it’s that when one business (or government) does what’s in its own selfish interest, the effects can be damaging to other businesses or individuals.
One of the fun things about reporting on local government is the opportunity to watch as something goes from an idea to reality — and all the contortions that public officials go through to make it happen.
With that in mind, it will be fascinating to watch the interplay between the Franklin County commissioners and the Board of Education in coming weeks.
It’s gonna get interesting!
An editorial in Thursday’s Rocky Mount Telegram argues that Republican state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory are making a big mistake by not using the federal money that is available to expand Medicaid.
Why do my tax dollars not go to Youngsville as well as Louisburg? Not letting Youngsville have a hospital is pure greed.
NASH COUNTY — Four Franklin County residents, including one who led police on a foot chase before being subdued with a Taser, were charged with narcotics violations during a checkpoint.
Deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office were checking for licenses at along N.C. 231 and Frazier Road when the suspect vehicle approached, according to authorities.
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ROCKY MOUNT—Doris Pearce Mullen Raper, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at Hospice Home of Wake County. Services celebrating her life will be held at 1:45 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at First Baptist Church of Rocky Mount, with the Rev. Jim Alley officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30-1:45 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Rocky Mount Memorial Park, 4454 N. Dortches Blvd., immediately following the memorial service.
LOUISBURG - Carol Ann Baker, 73, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at Bunn Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the homeplace.
ZEBULON - Tony Lynn Curtis, 49, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, from injuries due to an automobile accident. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service, Knightdale. Burial will be in the Bethany Baptist Church cemetery, Wendell.
HENDERSON - Harriet Miller Ayscue, 84, of Henderson (Epsom Community) died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Louisburg. A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 14, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Franklinton, conducted by Elder Kirk Taylor III. A private graveside service was held at Sunset Gardens.
WASHINGTON, DC - Funeral services for Jerry Hopkins, 52, who died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.
BUNN - Frederick Hartsfield, 72, died Wednesday, Feb. 13. Funeral service will be at 12 noon, Monday, Feb. 18, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn. Interment will follow at Zion Springs Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at William Toney’s Funeral Home, Zebulon.
Stuart D. Coward V, “Quint,” and Brandy Leigh Barrett announce their engagement of Aug. 25, 2012. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jean F. Barrett and the late Robert H. Barrett II of Pinehurst. The groom-elect is the son of Stuart D. Coward IV and Teresa M. Coward of the Pilot Community. A June 8, 2013 wedding is planned in Pinehurst.
Ashton Carol Piper and Jared Darwyn Webb were married on Sept. 8, 2012 at 5 p.m. at Triple R Ranch in Franklinton. The Rev. Marcus Redding and the Rev. John Ridley officiated the double-ring ceremony. Following the wedding, a reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, was held at Triple R Ranch.
Blake and Brooke Fox of Kittrell are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Paisley Blake Fox, born Dec. 27, 2012 at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 6 pounds and was 19 3/4 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Irvin and Tammie Piper of Franklinton Paternal grandparents are Hugh and Teresa Fox of Kittrell.
Mary Louise Hill of Louisburg Nursing Center was honored on her 102nd birthday by her nieces. The honoree was presented with a corsage and received numerous cards, flowers, balloons and gifts. Church members, former students, family members, friends and nursing center residents were in attendance. Refreshments were served, including the birthday cake, which was compliments of Gaynell Thomas-Jones.