Sheriff Pat Green, reflecting on his first six months in office, said he has improved overall morale at the department, put more emphasis on fighting drug trade, is trying to increase patrol and sharpen officers’ training and has upgraded the jail.
Six months can go by fast for a new sheriff.
In Pat Green’s case, it has felt like half the time with double the work.
Three murder investigations, a high-profile drug bust, a manhunt that spilled over from Nash County and ended in the arrest of a murder suspect and reorganization of a department that has included an overhaul of the jail are just a handful of challenges the sheriff has faced since taking office.
The preliminary results of the 2007 end-of-grade tests have been tabulated, and it’s looking like Franklin County has made good progress this year. But tougher math standards are leaving some parents worried that their child will be retained. Based on grade level averages for each middle and elementary school, 77 percent of the county’s grade levels improved their math scores since last year, and 57 percent saw better results in reading comprehension.
GREAT JOB. Diane Marks, left, administrative assistant to the superintendent, gets a hug from Dianne Carter, Franklin County Schools director for elementary education, before accepting her Superintendent’s Service Award earlier this week during an honors ceremony.
Only seven of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina can say they have met all 12 of the state’s success standards. Vance-Granville Community College is one of them. VGCC has met or exceeded all of the state’s Community College Performance Standards, and this year earned a “superior” rating.
CUTTING TO THE ISSUE. Franklin County’s DOT Maintenance Engineer Johnathan Tyndall, left, talks to Martindale II resident Jack Simmons about the limbs that were cut off of the shoulder lining the entrance to the neighborhood.
YOUNGSVILLE — Think twice before bringing a contour bush-hog attached to a tractor to the Martindale II Subdivision with the intention of limbing out trees. About six community members from the neighborhood confronted two Department of Transportation-contracted workers around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday while they were cutting limbs for right-of-way clearing on Cardinal Drive.
ZEBULON - Norwood Greene Martin, 67, (Pilot community), died Wednesday morning, June 13, 2007 at WakeMed. Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 15, in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel in Wendell. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
FUQUAY-VARINA - Betty Jo Chambers, 82, died Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 16) at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Lee Memory Garden, Sanford.
LOUISBURG - Emma Elizabeth Glasgow Morgan, 97, died Thursday, June 14, 2007 at her home on 277 Edward Best Road, Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17, in Lancaster Memorial chapel. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - John Daniel “J.D.” Aycock, 88, of 68 Raymond Tharrington Road died Friday morning at his home. J.D. was a son of the late Joseph C. and Rosa Lee Gupton Aycock. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Alberta Moore, Etta Mae Nash and Emily Aycock; brothers, Gilmer Aycock and Grady Aycock.
LOUISBURG — Brandi Pinnell will be the next Louisburg High alum to get a Peace of the volleyball action in downtown Raleigh.
Pinnell, a senior setter at LHS, has become the fifth Lady Warrior over the past decade to join the successful Division III program at Peace College.
Pinnell signed a letter-of-intent recently to play for Peace, which happens to be the alma mater of her older sister, former LHS stalwart Stephanie Pinnell.
LOUISBURG -- Who says size matters on the basketball court? Certainly not any coach affiliated with Region X Men’s Basketball. If Aaron Denton can take anything away from his first season as the Louisburg College men’s hoops coach, it’s this:
BUNN -- Henry Jones and the Bunn High Ladycats will open another prep volleyball season Aug. 21 at home against Princeton. The non-conference spike matchup is slated to begin at 5 p.m. at the Bunn Dome. BHS’ complete worksheet is as follows (home matches in CAPS):
The chicken usually crosses the road, oftentimes just to get to the other side, in silly jokes. On Thursday morning, birds of a much less common variety crossed the road to the Louisburg Police Department Training Center for the annual Franklin County Library’s Summer Reading Program kick-off.
Father’s Day is mainly a secular holiday, which originated back in the 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and parenting by males. Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates, worldwide, and typically involves gift-giving to fathers and family-oriented activities.
Louisburg High Principal Chris Blice, above, is with Franklin County Schools 2007/2008 Teacher of the Year Jane Blevins. “She’s one in a million,” said Blice of Blevins. “She can teach anyone, anywhere, in any situation.” Blevins, a 10th- grade English teacher, has taught school for 34 years, with the last 12 being at Louisburg High.
Get the cars packed and the sunscreen ready because there’s a brand new team of retirees headed straight for Vacation Town. In a celebration of unwavering dedication to the school system, the Franklin County Schools 2007 Retirement Dinner was Monday night at the Riverside Central Office to wish the retiring staff and faculty a farewell.
Commissioners have asked staff to present a matrix of budget scenarios, ranging from a proposal that includes no tax increase to one that includes a 5-cent hike. County Manager Chris Coudriet presented commissioners with a budget proposal last month that included a 5 cents per $100 valuation tax increase.
EXPLORERS CLASS. D. J. Benton, left, listens as Chuck Capps speaks to a class of Explorers Post 35 members about his time as a Secret Service officer.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is providing a summer camp for kids to build confidence and career insight. The summer camp, sponsored by the FCSO Explorers Program, is split into two age groups. The first camp will be for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders and will be June 26-29. The second camp will be for high schoolers and will be July 23-26.
The Louisburg Planning Board has denied a request by a new business prospect that would have allowed them to complete their project without erecting a fence around the facility.