As Nov. 7 approaches, candidates are finding that what began as a marathon is coming down to much more. “It’s been stressful and busy,” said Kent Winstead, a Republican running for sheriff against Democrat Pat Green. “It goes from a marathon to an all-out sprint and you’ve just got to run if you want to get to the end first.
COPY CATS. Architect Walter Vick, center, talks with, from left to right, Franklin County Commission Chairman Sidney Dunston, Animal Control Director Graham Stallings and Commission Vice Chairman Lyn Buffaloe about Warren County’s animal shelter.
WARRENTON — Warren County officials unveiled Thursday a state-of-the-art building that will house animal control. The 4,100-square-foot building is square, but for a Franklin County contingent on hand for the ceremony, it was round like a wheel.
A Franklinton High School student was suspended until the end of the year, and a teacher is on leave while administrators investigate a fight between the two.
Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme confirmed Thursday that teacher Dawn Nickens was making her way through a crowd of students outside the school cafeteria to help break up a fight inside when she found herself involved in her own, separate altercation at about lunchtime on Oct. 24.
REVVED UP. Trick-or-treaters kept a fast pace this past Tuesday, Halloween, with events in Bunn, Franklinton and Youngsville. Brian Kinton did some serious laps around the Youngsville Armory collecting candy as Dale Earnhardt Jr., above. His father and mother are Lee and Brenda Kinton.
The title implies silence, but Holt Kornegay is expecting a lot of commotion. The county library is sponsoring Project READ, a community wide program that revolves around “All Quiet on the Western Front,” which is set during World War I and highlights social protest.
ZEBULON - Bettie Sue Williams Creech, 71, died Wednesday night, Nov. 1, at WakeMed. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 4) at Union Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
CASTALIA - Clyde Willis Murphy, Jr., 48, of Castalia, died Monday, October 30, 2006, in Wake Medical Center. He was a former fire fighter with the White Level Fire Department and was currently serving on the board of directors.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Mr. Curtis Richardson, 61, who died Oct. 28, 2006, were conducted Friday, Nov. 3, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
PHILADELPHIA —Funeral services for Mr. David Williams Jr., 75, formerly of Smithfield, who died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 4) at the Galatia AME Church, with the Rev. Joseph Dempsey officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
KINSTON - Emmitt Alston Lassiter, 80, of Kinston, died Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. Emmitt was married to his first love, Grace Wood Lassiter, for sixty years. Born and reared in Franklin County, the youngest of ten children. During World War II, he served overseas as an infantryman in the US Army.
ZEBULON - Ercelle Morgan Arsenault, 80, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 4) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Mildred Weldon Snee, 83, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006 in Wake Forest. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
CLEMMONS - Robert “Bo” William Winn, Jr., 53, of Lewisville, died October 31, 2006 at his residence. He was born June 21, 1953 in Wake County, the son of Robert William Winn and Jean Harris Winn.
LOUISBURG - Zena Bledsoe Gupton, 94, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 in Carebridge of Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.
BURGAW — Louisburg High’s most horrific Halloween nightmare was realized Tuesday when Britney Roper showed up at the Pender Gymnasium -- dressed as a volleyball player. Roper, Pender’s star senior hitter, provided plenty of tricks to LHS defenders, and that would prove to be a treat for the Lady Patriots’ faithful fans during a Class 1-A State Volleyball Playoff semifinal contest.
LOUISBURG — At least opponents will have the option to pick their poison this season against the Louisburg College women’s basketball squad. Want to be overpowered by size? LC will be more than happy to accommodate that request behind returning All-American center Brittney Wilkins.
BUNN -- Following a perfect regular season, the Bunn Youth Recreation League Football Mini Mites (ages 8-under) now have their sights set on a Super Bowl championship. Bunn, coached by Victor Dunston, finished as the North Division winners and will be the No. 1 seed for the East Wake Football League Playoffs.
One of the beauties of covering a game far away is that it gives you plenty of time to reflect on the way home.
That fact is especially true concerning any event that takes place in the Wilmington Area. There certainly isn’t much to look at between Franklin County and Wilmington.
FRANKLINTON — Good teams have a way of turning adversity into prosperity. That will be the chief challenge in the off-season for Coach Deran Coe and his Franklinton High School boys soccer squad.
County staff and residents turned out Wednesday night to reflect on the impact Alzheimer’s has on the community and to recognize those who help loved ones battle the crippling disease. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month as well as National Family Caregivers Month.
The phone line to the Cooperative Extension often rings off the hook as more and more people take over small farms and wonder what they’ve gotten themselves into. After fielding more than her fair share of calls, Cooperative Extension Agent Martha Mobley figured it was a good idea to get as many small farmers together and let them ask as many questions as their hearts desired.
More people than expected have gotten an early jump on Tuesday’s election. Early, one-stop voting ends today. “Compared to the primary, we’ve done a lot more,” said Board of Elections Director Amy Southerland.
AND, OAK RIDGE GIRLS: Louisburg residents Sherry Bell and Diane Layton, center, gab it up with the Oak Ridge Boys backstage at Louisburg College on Thursday night just before a performance to a sold-out crowd. The “boys,” from left are: Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban.
Louisburg Police arrested a college student charged with breaking into a campus chapel. According to the arrest report, Officer Cliff Stephens and Sgt. Gregory Alston responded to Benson Chapel on the Louisburg College campus just after 5:45 a.m. on Friday.
STRONG RUNNER. Franklinton’s Kyle Ennis heads up the sideline during the Red Rams’ home defeat against Southern Vance Friday night. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON — Southern Vance wrapped up the Northern Carolina Conference football championship outright with a 56-0 road triumph Friday at Franklinton. On the other end of the spectrum, Franklinton closed at 0-11, marking the Red Rams’ second consecutive on-field winless season.
WARRENTON — Over the past several weeks, Bunn High head football coach David Howle has talked about how well his squad is playing with the postseason looming. Even though the Wildcats have only one loss, Howle’s club won’t have a seed as high as he would prefer in the upcoming Class 2-A State Playoffs.
LEADER OF THE OFFENSE. Louisburg High quarterback Randy Lassiter guided the Warriors to a victory Friday against Northampton East. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG — The Louisburg Warriors will head into the Class 1-AA State Football Playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference following a home victory Friday over Northampton East to close regular season action.
LHS wrapped up the second spot with a 54-32 decision versus the Rams that left the Warriors with a 4-1 league mark to go with a 8-3 overall record.