Tuesday a sign across from Winstead Grocery announced the closing of the store that has been a community institution since 1937. More signs on the doors had customers shaking their heads as the store has been a hub of activity in the heart of Bunn.
BUNN — The signs went up Tuesday, but people are still finding it hard to believe. After serving the community since 1937, Winstead Grocery is set to close its doors in a couple of weeks. The property will be rented or leased; the contents will be sold — right now, at a 25 percent discount.
FRANKLINTON — Thomas Ray has walked the streets alone here nearly 30 years — seen, yet mostly overlooked, by others going about their busy days.
He could be spotted early-morning bundled up in a warm nook between buildings downtown, going car to car in the Food Lion parking lot for spare change or heading over to the cemetery to spend the afternoon with a brown-bagged bottle of wine.
But, for the last two months, the homeless man has been missing.
Family and friends used prayer and song on Wednesday night to thank God for sparing the life of a man who was presumed dead and taken to the morgue two years ago. Within the next year, they plan to use a civil lawsuit to seek justice against the county and others they feel are responsible for the serious injuries suffered by Larry Green.
A man has been sentenced to spend the next two decades in jail for attempting to rape a Centerville woman. William Earl Anderson pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, breaking and entering and kidnapping during a session of Franklin County Superior Court on Wednesday.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Irene Davis, 59, of New York, N.Y., formerly of Louisburg, who died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday, Jan. 27, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Deborah P. Wilder Jones, 56, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 23, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.
ZEBULON - Loy Sanderford Bunn, 69, died suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 26, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church, Zebulon. Burial was in the Bunn family cemetery, Fowler Road, Zebulon.
CASTALIA - Gary Phillip Smith, 53, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. A memorial service will be held today (Saturday, Jan. 27) at 7 p.m. at White Level Baptist Church.
LOUISBURG - Dorothy Marie Tharrington, 76, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at Britthaven Nursing Home. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Blake officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Edward Norris Perdue, 88, of Louisburg died Tuesday in Nashville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday from Trinity United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Roger Owens. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
HENDERSON — Bunn’s hopes of a three-peat came down to the final race Tuesday at the Northern Carolina Conference Swim Championships. The Ladycats, needing a victory in the 400 Free Relay to secure their third straight NCC girls crown, came through behind the quartet of Melissa Brannan, Jessica Turner, Catherine Lewis and Sami Debnam.
HENDERSON -- Looking for the top mid-season candidate for Boys Player of the Year in the Northern Carolina Conference?
Look no further than Southern Vance junior guard Jamere Pugh.
As a 10th-grader, Pugh showed flashes of his potential while leading the Runnin’ Raiders to the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament championship.
HENDERSON -- Franklinton’s offensive famine continues to drive the Lady Rams toward the bottom of the Northern Carolina Conference standings.
The Lady Rams have certainly developed a penchant for playing effective defense, but FHS’ problems lie on the other side of the court, where scoring continues to be a difficulty.
BUNN -- For Bunn, the challenge was simple -- win Friday, or forget about taking the Northern Carolina Conference’s boys basketball regular season championship. Since they have already lost once to Southern Vance this year, the Wildcats needed to avenge that setback against the Raiders during Friday’s rematch at the Bunn Dome.
LOUISBURG -- Even though his team’s victories continue to pile up, Louisburg College women’s basketball coach Mike Holloman hasn’t been necessarily thrilled with the Lady Hurricanes’ recent performances. Holloman felt like a change was in order -- as in a starting lineup change.
IN THE CLINK. Don Lancaster was arrested for impersonating a county commissioner on Thursday during the Youngsville Parks and Recreation Jail-A-Thon. The department and the town combined to host the first-time event, which raised $3,889 to go toward improvements at Luddy Park. Seventeen people were arrested. Dennis Cyrus with Denmark Construction was credited with raising half of the money collected. Construction is already under way for a new ball field.
A Middlesex man was sentenced to spend about three more years in jail for killing a Wake Forest man and dumping his body in Franklin County more than two years ago. Last week, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood accepted Shelvie Hinzman’s plea to involuntary manslaughter and common law robbery, sentencing him to between four and five years in jail for his role in the death of Philip Fred Winters, 45.
A Henderson businessman became the third man to go to prison on federal mortgage fraud charges. On Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Donald Gupton to 75 months in prison on charges that conspired to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and making material false statements.