Commissioners gambled on higher than projected sales tax revenues and a just-announced hub land deal to balance a budget that calls for a 3.25-cent tax increase. The board agreed Thursday night to push the tax rate from 76 cents per $100 valuation to 79.25 cents per $100 valuation with a 4-3 party-line, Democrat majority vote for the 2007-08 fiscal year budget.
The school system announced its second principal departure in as many weeks when Bunn High Principal George Kelley tendered his resignation on Thursday.
Kelley, who has led Bunn High School for the past eight years, will leave the high school on July 31 to become the new principal at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.
FOOSBALL FUN. At the club, from left, Faison “Storm” Lynch, Tyree Alston and Kamilaha Henry enjoy a game of foosball. The summer program runs June 18- Aug. 17 at the Riverside Elementary School gym.
The Franklin County Boys and Girls Club is off to a strong start as it moves into its eighth month since opening in December. “Things are going very well,” Judy Johnson, executive director, said. The club has around 400 members, with 170 currently enrolled in the summer program.
The morgue problem is getting some attention. County commissioners, in a budget approved Thursday night, have OK’d roughly $75,000 for a county morgue. A temporary storage unit has been in the Sally Port of the Franklin County Jail for about 12 years, said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green.
THE WAY IT WORKS. Freedom Farms owner Sally Coad gives a tutorial on Dexter cattle stock. Dexter cows are considered “miniature” cows. (Times photo by Mason Rizzo)
Farmers mooo-ved in delight as Tuesday’s Five-County Beef Tour was a juicy hit.
The tour, which Agricultural Extension Agent Martha Mobley considered a “diversification of the beef cattle industry in Franklin County,” consisted of three beef farms in the county.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Shelly “Shirley” Williams, 48, who died Tuesday, June 26, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, June 30) in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with Elder James Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Dorothy Massenburg Davis, 93, who died Thursday, June 28, 2007, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - William Jasper “Red” Barham, 79, died Monday, June 25, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 28, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Mike Jones officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Helen Kearney Goodwin, 80, died Thursday, June 28, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in the Franklin Funeral Service chapel Franklinton by the Rev. Clyde Waiden. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Mrs. Mary Eatmon Leonard, 77, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Arrangements being handled by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.
BUNN — Franklin County once again fielded some competitive teams this week during the annual Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District X Tournament. But none could match the prowess of the Oxford All-Stars, who took the area C-P title back to Granville County for the first time.
ZEBULON -- Four Carolina Mudcats were named to the North Division All-Star team, the Southern League announced earlier this week. RHPs Gaby Hernandez, Scott Nestor and IFs Lee Mitchell and Chase Lambin were named to the club, which will take on the South Division All-Stars on July 9 in Pearl, MS at Trustmark Park.
LOUISBURG -- The Finley YMCA Fliers -- living up to their name -- flew past Town and Country during a summer swim meet Thursday at the TC Pool. The Fliers pulled away early and went on to earn a convincing 251-124 decision over the Stingrays.
After fielding offers from colleges far and wide, Bunn’s Brandon Barnes decided that his best option was right down the road. Barnes, BHS’ senior running back/defensive back, verbally committed Tuesday to play at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Barnes can finalize his commitment during National Signing Day next February.
SHALLOTTE -- This will be a busy weekend for the Bunn Youth Recreation League All-Stars at the Dixie Softball State Tournament in South Brunswick County.
Bunn will feature teams in the Darlings (Coach-Pitch), Angels (9-10) and Ponytails (11-12) age groups.
Freedom is a word we take for granted many times. Freedom emphasizes the opportunity to exercise one’s rights, powers and desires. The word independence implies not only lack of restrictions but also the ability to stand alone, which is the case for countries that have the opportunity to celebrate their independences. For many countries of the world, the condition of being free of restraints is the very reason for the celebration of their Independence Day.
The “Bunn Warmer” restaurant is being reopened under a new name and new management. Former Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones and Jack Joyner, former chief deputy in Jones’ administration, are slated to open up “J. J.’s,” a new eatery, within the next four weeks, Joyner said Friday.
Residents and visitors to Franklin County will have plenty of options this holiday to soak up festivities.
First, the Amvets in Lake Royale are hosting a parade that begins in that private community at 10 a.m. on July 4.
It will include entrants in golf carts, on bikes, all-terrain vehicles and other modes of transportation, beginning at the Lake’s entrance and heading down Sagamore Drive to the community’s club house.
Educators and county leaders both approved a plan on Tuesday night that outlines when and how the county can address school improvements and new construction projects for the next six years. The 2008-2014 Capital Improvement Program was the work product of county and school system staff who were tasked with applying residential development fees toward increasing school capacity.
Louisburg Attorney Charles Davis was assigned as special counsel this week to determine if Durham’s suspended district attorney is guilty of criminal contempt.
District Attorney Mike Nifong plans to resign his post and the N.C. State Bar Association found him guilty of lying and cheating during the prosecution of three Duke lacrosse players who were alleged to have raped an escort.
Some believe that a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could have far-reaching effects on how public schools promote racial diversity, but the ruling is not expected to have an impact on Franklin County’s school diversity policy.
The Franklin County Health Department is easing into a well-testing program that begins on Monday — a year before the state will make such a program mandatory.
In the past year and a half, published reports revealed inconsistencies in water well testing, prompting the legislature and Gov. Mike Easley to approve a bill last summer that requires county health departments to permit, inspect and test new or repaired drinking wells.
Law enforcement officers have issued arrest warrants for a man accused of making threats against one person and dousing another with diesel fuel. According to an incident report and warrant, Eric Alligood, 35, of Dukes Lake Road, called a woman on her cell phone at about 1 p.m. on Saturday and threatened to kill her.
The Franklin County Board of Education voted Thursday night to reject four construction bids offered for the Franklinton High School modular expansion project. The lowest of the four bids came to $949,600, which was $200,000 above the board’s most costly original estimation.
The Franklin County Library will be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday in addition to the July 4, holiday. This closure is to complete catalog upgrades and recovery from a recent system failure.