Former House Speaker Jim Black was sentenced to federal prison this week, and Franklin County’s legislative leaders said it’s the appropriate fate for a leader who abused his office and the public’s trust. “From the outset, I took the position of let the criminal justice system work and I think it has in this situation,” said Sen. Doug Berger, who represents Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties.
Deputies may be close to an arrest relating to graffiti spray painted on the road at Loblolly Circle in Louisburg. Franklin County deputy J. Perry responded to a call on July 6 that several obscene and gang-related phrases had been spray painted in the neighborhood.
LOVES HIS CAR. John Poplaski of Louisburg can be caught riding around in his Model T Ford with girlfriend Betty Fitzgerald, above, who shares in his love for nostalgia. (Photo by Jeff Kennon)
Traveling at 30 mph might not seem fast or efficient by today’s standards, but try sitting on top of a 1926 Ford Model T Roadster, with the wooden wheel in hand.
The fenders rattle and the wind whispers through locks of hair as the slalom continues between the lines of the road.
A meeting to help chart growth around the airport and an economic development site was canceled after the majority of an advisory committee failed to show. The county put together the Small Area Plan (SAP) Advisory Committee to determine the best way to plan for growth around the airport and a 250-acre industrial site.
Airport leaders said this week that its county-approved budget hamstrings operations. The 2007-08 budget cut the department’s salary requests by more than $44,000 — which would have covered a full-time employee and more part-time help.
The Franklin Times’ “Guide To Franklin County 2007-2008” is ready and out in paper racks today. Home subscribers can expect to see the full-color publication in their July 14 editions.
HENDERSON - Wade Larry Bliss Sr., 62, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at Duke Medical Center. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Church of the Holy Innocents by the Rev. Donald A. Lowery. Inurnment will follow in the Church of the Holy Innocents Columbarium Wall.
LOUISBURG - Graveside services for Baby Girl Jonya Danea Cooke, who died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, July 14) at Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Hazel Whitley Privette, 77, died Monday, July 9, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 12, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon.
YOUNGSVILLE - Anthony J. Bravar Jr., 76, died Monday, July 9, 2007. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh.
FRANKLINTON - Katherine Latif, 48, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh.
KITTRELL - Gaynell Layton Woodlief, age 65, a resident of 1090 Kittrell Road, died Friday morning at her home. Born on September 16, 1941 in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Calton Layton and Mattie Rogers Layton.
She was an Administrative Assistant at Roses Stores, Inc. where she worked for over 25 years.
Veteran swimmer Molly Boutwell competes in the freestyle event for the Town and Country Stingrays during Tuesday’s home matchup against Broadlands. TC will be at home against next Thursday at 6 p.m. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG — Town and Country’s swim season resumed Thursday after a one-week layoff, and the wait proved to be well worth it for the surging Stingrays.
TC soared to a convincing 253-1110 conquest over Broadlands Swim Team out of Raleigh. The Stingrays now have two season meets remaining, beginning with a home contest this coming Thursday at 6 p.m. at the TC Pool.
What if one of the state’s all-time greatest athletes spent the day in Louisburg -- and nobody noticed?
Such was the case last week when North Carolina State legend David Thompson came to town. Thompson accompanied his nephew, Shelby Crest’s Dion Malachi, on a men’s basketball recruiting trip to Louisburg College.
GREENSBORO -- Activities have been finalized for next week’s North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Games in Greensboro. The game schedules are as follows:
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has released the 2007-08 regular-season schedules for its 30 member clubs. The Carolina Hurricanes will begin their regular-season campaign with a two-game homestand at the RBC Center, Wednesday, Oct. 3, against the Montreal Canadiens and Friday, Oct. 5, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby.
Historically, the cowboy of today has Hispanic roots.
Kendell Nelson, a photographer from Idaho and author of several books, said one out of three cowboys in the late 1800s was the Mexican vaquero.
“All of the skills, traditions, and ways of working with cattle are very much rooted in the Mexican vaquero,” said Nelson to the National Geographic News. “If you are a cowboy in the U.S. today, you have developed what you know from the vaquero,” he said.
A Franklinton company has two weeks to pay a fine or contest a citation that asserts it violated work safety laws that led to the death of an employee. Franciso Baez Morales, 20, was killed at Franklin Veneers on April 10 while he was removing plastic covering from a log pile when they released and rolled on top of him.
Franklinton resident Elic Senter filed Friday morning to run for mayor of the Town of Franklinton. Senter, 30, is the only person who has filed for the seat so far. Franklinton Mayor Jenny Edwards has said she will not seek re-election.
Grace Fellowship Church of God is the newest congregation to hold its worship services in the Youngsville Christian Church building. The building, which has been the crux of controversy between the Youngsville Woman’s Club and Hope Baptist Church due to an ownership ruffle, is expected to be converted into a town museum in 2008.
Henry Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line. He did, however, change the world by using an assembly-like technique to produce cars which could be afforded by everyone.