WAITING. Students wait for rides home at the end of summer school Thursday at Louisburg Elementary. The county has seen an increase in its summer school population this year because of tougher math EOG standards set by the state.
An estimated 15 percent more students are in summer school this year than last, with Terrell Lane Middle having close to a third of its population in remediation.
Tougher EOG math standards are affecting schools similarly throughout North Carolina. “The state kind of hit us between the eyes, changing both the difficulty of the questions and the way the test is graded at the same time,” David Hawks, principal of Bunn Middle, said.
Bunn Middle School Principal David Hawks has accepted a position with a Durham school that allows him to put his love for education and art in perfect harmony.
The Durham School Board voted on Thursday to appoint Hawks as the new principal of Durham School of the Arts.
The artistic magnet school allows Hawks, who served as a band director for nearly 20 years in Roanoke Rapids, the opportunity to quench his passion for education and artistic pursuits, he said.
A committee set up to apply development fees toward school capital needs will recommend that the county float two bonds totalling more than $95 million.
Earlier this year, the Franklin County Board of Education identified $90 million in new construction and improvements to address needs through 2014.
Expected inflation has pushed that price tag to more than $95.4 million.
The Franklin County Board of Health could form a health district with the Warren County Health Department. Warren County health officials sent a letter to the Franklin County BOH May 15 to approve a state-completed study for a union between the two health departments.
LOUISBURG - Lottie C. King, 80, died Thursday, June 21, 2007 in Britthaven of Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, in the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations, with the Rev. Ronnie Chaney and Dr. Charles Summerlin officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.
FRANKLINTON - Ernest Leroy Pendleton, 71, died Thursday, June 21, 2007 at Sunnybrook Healthcare. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Constance “Connie” Marie Ransdell, 58, died Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 21, at Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Harrison officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - James T. “J.T.” Smith, 88, died Thursday, June 21, 2007. Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, June 23) at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Reggie Rushing officiating.
ZEBULON - Linda Whitley Jones, 45, died Monday, June 18, 2007 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 21, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, Knightdale, with the Rev. Phillip Lyon and the Rev. Raeford Wiggins officiating. Burial will follow in Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery, Zebulon.
HAMPTON, Va. - Leon “Bro” F. Mizelle of Hampton, Va., formerly of Robersonville, N.C., died Tuesday, June 19, at Veteran’s Hospital in Hampton, Va. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Belmont Missionary Baptist Church, Crossroads Community, Robersonville. Burial will follow in the Mizelle family cemetery, Robersonville.
LOUISBURG - Mary Blackmond, 92, died Tuesday, June 19, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, June 23) at Rocky Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Joyce May Preddy, 70, of Louisburg, died Thursday morning.
Joyce was the daughter of the late Johnnie Henderson and Myrtle Maude Terrell May and was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Preddy, Sr.
LOUISBURG — Already holding a 2-1 advantage in the season series, the Express needed a victory Thursday over the Ironbirds to wra up the Louisburg Recreation Department’s Major League regular season title. Early on, the Express appeared to be on a quick road toward that goal. But the Ironbirds rallied to make things interesting before falling by an 18-16 margin in the season finale at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the campus of Louisburg College.
BUNN -- Experience shouldn’t be a problem when the Bunn Angels head to Shallotte next weekend for the State 9-10 Softball Tournament. Six Angels return from last year’s team, which reached the states in Lincolnton. Five more performers have moved up from the Darlings level and were part of a contingent that, in 2006, won the State Tournament en route to competing in the national event in Dyersburg, Tenn.
After fielding scholarship offers from 25 Division I colleges, Bunn High football star Brandon Barnes has narrowed his list down to six potential suitors.
Barnes, a defensive back/running back, will choose between Clemson, Auburn, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Florida and Michigan.
“Actually, I think Brandon will get down to three or four before the season starts,’’ said BHS head coach David Howle.
BUNN -- An annual Franklin County tradition was staged this week on the Bunn High School campus. Over 80 children attended the BHS Football Camp, which was overseen by Wildcats’ head coach David Howle.
BUNN -- Two years ago, several members of the current Bunn Ponytails All-Star team earned a second-place finish at the Dixie Softball Angels State Tournament. This time around, the players would like to take the next step and claim a state crown.
BUNN -- Following another title effort in District 5 action, the Bunn Darlings will now seek to defend their state championship.
The Darlings, coached by Melissa Bell, will chase their second consecutive title at the Dixie Softball State Tournament in Shallotte.
BUNN -- The Bunn United Wildcats Under-18 boys soccer team recently completed its second consecutive successful season in the Capital Area Soccer League, which is based in Wake County.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s men’s basketball recruiting process has resembled a family affair this season. First, LC head coach Aaron Denton signed D.H. Conley stalwarts Chris Smith and James Daniels, who played at Conley under former Louisburg College student Rob Maloney.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Pairings have been finalized for the upcoming Dixie Youth Baseball District 5 Major League and Minor League Tournaments.
The Minor League event will be staged June 29-July 4 at the Oxford Webb High School Softball Field.
Last week, I attended the North Carolina United Methodist General Conference in Greenville.
Many of you know the awesome feeling after such conferences; we certainly get all kinds of charges, spiritual energy, and commitments flowing as we listen to speeches and share ideas with members of the other churches.
On June 13-16, Methodist clergy and laity joined together to celebrate the 2007 North Carolina Annual Conference at the Greenville Convention Center.
Relay for Life had its first meeting last week to begin dispersing money raised in the recent campaign for cancer research. The Franklin County Relay for Life raised $222,516 — half of which goes to national coffers for programs around the world. The other half is used locally.
From left are Nicholas Patton, Brianna Pippin, Andrew Reinertsen, Chloe Rascento, Ileana Nazario and Jackson Lancaster. They await instructions at the Franklin County Parks and Rec Summer Soccer Camp, which was at Franklinton Park. Challenger Sports, an England-based group, ran the camp June 11-15 and led the participants, who ranged from 3 years old to teenagers, in drills to develop individual skills, fundamental tactics and goal scoring ability and also coached the young players in scrimmages.
Forensic science is a field that has recently attracted a lot of attention. Perhaps it is thanks to today’s popular television dramas. However, there is science behind the drama, and Louisburg College faculty members Dr. Tara Hamilton and Dr. Diane Cook will help students investigate this science during summer camp at LC.
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange Executive Director John Doty, the students are all between the ages of 15 and 18, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. PIE currently has programs to match almost every family’s needs, ranging in length from a semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local high schools.
The Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit made two more drug arrests Tuesday.
Steve Eric Perry, 40, and James Antonio Chavis, 24, both of 265 Bridgewater Drive, Louisburg, were charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine hydrochloride, or powder cocaine, as well as possession of cocaine and felony maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substances.
A grieving family is reaching out to Franklin County and the surrounding area in hopes that the person responsible for a hit-and-run death is brought to justice.
R.C. Williamson of Granville County was working on a construction site on N.C. Highway 96 near the Way Side Farm Road intersection on June 13 when the collision occurred.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials have planned a public hearing next month to consider adopting an ordinance to eliminate gang graffiti. During a meeting last month, school officials and town and county law enforcement officers talked about the prevalence of gang activity in town — mostly visible through gang graffiti.
Youngsville Police Chief Larry Pritchett used a vehicle known for hot pursuit to catch a suspect who led police on a two-county chase last week. Pritchett was responding to an emergency call at about 12:30 p.m. on June 14 when a firefighter called to tell him he witnessed a man stealing a power washer.