Former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong defended himself Friday against a special prosecutor from Louisburg attempting to prove that Nifong intentionally lied to a judge during last fall’s Duke lacrosse case. Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III appointed attorney Charles Davis as special council in June and Davis, along with partner Boyd Sturges, spent Thursday and Friday trying to prove a case against Nifong.
The state Highway Patrol will be relying on stealth in two forms this weekend as motorists hit the road for the last rite of summer — the Labor Day vacation. AAA Carolinas expects that the number of drivers on the road won’t spike, compared to last year, but the Highway Patrol said there will be enough travelers to warrant their full attention.
Crews began removing tanks and clearing out a gas station this week in Louisburg to make way for a relocated drug store. The Board of Adjustment approved a conditional-use permit in June allowing developers to build a CVS store at the corner of N.C. Highway 56 and Bickett Boulevard.
County staff will ask commissioners on Tuesday to endorse a policy that would slow down new, planned water and sewer hookups to give them more time to plot a development course in the county. Suspending the county’s water and sewer connection policy, staff said, would also keep the county from incurring a costly new sewer plant bill that could come at the county’s current growth rate.
HENDERSON - Linda Peeden Thompson, 56, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 at Britthaven of Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 1) at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church by the Rev. Allen Williams. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LONGMEADOW, Mass. - Jessica L. May Wallace, 64, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 in Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington, Conn. A service of remembrance will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, Sept. 1) at the Tunxis Club, Clubhouse Road, Tolland, Mass.
ZEBULON - Vonnie Jean Richardson Andrews, 68, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, 2007 at WakeMed. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 31, at Hales Chapel Baptist Church. Entombment followed in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Joseph Phillip Gay, 68, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007.
A memorial service was conducted Friday, Aug. 31, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Wake Forest, with William Joyner officiating.
ZEBULON - Ralph Hendrikx, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 1) at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell.
WAKE FOREST - Zula J. Marshall, 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007 at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 1) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
FRANKLINTON - David A. Barrett, 53, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, at Arlingtion National Cemetery. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest.
FRANKLINTON - Elijah Miller, 65, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2007.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 1) at Freedom and Deliverance Outreach Center COGIC, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Baptist Church cemetery, in Franklinton. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.
YOUNGSVILLE - Jennie Irene Mangum, 79, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2007 at Newark Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, N.J. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 1) at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Creedmoor. Burial will follow in Hllbg Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church prior to the service.
NASHVILLE - Ben J. Layton, 83, was called to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 after a courageous fight with cancer. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2007 at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home. Burial followed at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
ZEBULON – William Brantley, 81, of Zebulon died August 27, 2007. Mr. Brantley was a son of the late Graham Vann and Ina Medlin Brantley. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2007 at Zebulon Town Cemetery with the Rev. Shane Brantley and the Rev. Jimmy Carpenter officiating.
BUNN — ‘‘Somebody stop that little boy!’’
Those were the words of Bunn High School soccer keeper Juan Villalvazo after yet another dose of heroics from Northern Nash midfielder Isiah Gonzales. Though he stands only around 5-foot-5, Gonzales stood tall during the Knights’ 5-4 road victory Tuesday at Bunn in a non-conference prep matchup.
LOUISBURG -- Franklinton was all business during its road matchup Thursday at Franklin County rival Louisburg. And business is obviously good for the no-nonsense Red Rams, who soared to a convincing 8-2 victory over the Warriors at Joyner Park.
BUNN -- After a decade of struggles, Bunn seems to have found the answer to defeating Northern Carolina Conference volleyball rival Southern Vance. Since BHS joined the NCC in 2000, the Ladycats suffered loss after loss to SV before breaking through last fall at the league’s annual postseason tournament.
GATESVILLE -- Louisburg High found a new opponent -- but a familiar result -- during a Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference volleyball matchup Tuesday. Taking on TRAC newcomer Gates County, the Lady Warriors, who have owned the league in recent years, soared to an easy 25-14, 25-10, 25-10 decision against the host Lady Red Barons.
MONTGOMERY, ALA. -- A seven-run second inning spurred Montgomery to a 12-6 victory over Carolina on Wednesday night, completing a five-game baseball sweep of the Mudcats at Riverwalk Stadium, and officially eliminating Carolina from the Northern Division race in the Class AA Southern League.
A sweet time was had by all at the annual Franklin County Watermelon Tasting at the Farmers’ Market. Sponsored by Franklin County Cooperative Extension and watermelon growers in Franklin County, the event brought in about 150 people who sampled 23 different watermelons and cantaloupes.
Regardless of anyone’s beliefs, ideas, likes or dislikes, and even political, legal or illegal controversies, there is history in the making. History is something we must accept because it has already happened, and very often we learn from it.
Many historians have recorded history with words, with pictures, films and drawings that tell others what has happened in the past. Whether we like, dislike, agree or disagree with what has occurred in the past is beside the point. We are really and truly left with the option of learning from it, and moving on from there.
N.C. Sen. Doug Berger called the 228 members of the graduating class at Vance-Granville Community College “the hope of our region” during his remarks at the college’s summer commencement exercises, held in the VGCC Civic Center on Aug. 8. This graduation was the second of two such ceremonies held annually at the college. In May, more than 430 graduates received degrees and diplomas.
An advisory committee responsible for guiding development around the county’s airport and hub site agreed to form a subcommittee to provide more detailed plans for growth. The county’s planning staff on Thursday recommended that the Small Area Plan Advisory Committee endorse a development pattern that called for the least amount of residential development in the 19-square mile area around the airport and hub site just off of Sam Horton Road.
Two assistant principal vacancies for Franklin County Schools were filled in Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. Monica Headen was approved for the new Bunn Middle School position. Judy Stover, who has been the Reading First coordinator for FCS since 2004, is now the AP at Louisburg Elementary.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg got the victory, but Franklinton made a statement during Friday’s non-conference football contest at Warrior Field. Host LHS entered the game as a prohibitive favorite, but the Red Rams hung tough before the Warriors were finally able to wrap up a 30-0 decision. Louisburg is now 2-0 on the season, while Franklinton slipped to 0-3.
JAMESVILLE -- A long trip toward the coast proved to be a profitable journey Friday for the Bunn Wildcats. Bunn’s stingy defense limited host Jamesville to just 42 total yards, and the Wildcats went on to post a 48-0 decision in a non-conference football contest. The Wildcats improved to 2-0 one week before renewing their Franklin County rivalry with Louisburg.