FRANKLINTON — After adding an item to its closed session agenda Tuesday night, Franklinton commissioners reduced its professional staff by one. They fired Town Administrator Sharon Garner. After the meeting, Commissioner Art Wright, who made the motion to terminate Garner — said her performance made her expendable.
Franklin Regional Airport could get the funding it needs to begin a long-awaited runway extension project if the U.S. Senate approves a bill and the president doesn’t veto the legislation. U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge has helped secure the money through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriation Act 2008.
Commissioners adopted changes to the county’s purchasing policy this week that will put all service contracts out to bid, including lucrative vehicle maintenance service work. Before Monday night’s decision, department heads were tasked with looking for the best price for service, but they were not required to put service contracts out to bid.
Holiday tradition cracks some eggs
FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Hundreds of folks came to Pilot Thursday morning for the annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast, hosted by the Lions Club. There is no charge, but the club accepts donations at the door in a pay-as-you-please agreement. More than $7,000 is typically raised for community projects. Doors to the Pilot Fire Department open at 6 a.m., and breakfast is served through 10. Above, Donnie Eatmon, who is on the Fire Department’s board of directors, watches over some frying link sausage.
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LOUISBURG - Doris Moore Lamm, 84, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 in St. Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 24) at Pineview Cemetery in Rocky Mount.
DURHAM - Sandra Alithia Hawkins, 55, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at Carver Living Center in Durham. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Greater Joy Baptist Church, Durham, with Bishop James E. Daniel, pastor, officiating.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Bessie Lee Burrell, 83, who died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, will be conducted Sunday, Nov. 25, at Manasseh Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - Funeral services for John Harvey Edgerton, 92, who died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, will be conducted Sunday, Nov. 25, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Karl Richard Meyer, 57, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 24) in the chapel of Franklin Funeral Service in Franklinton, with the Rev. Gayla Collins presiding. Friends may visit with the family following the service in the funeral home.
ZEBULON - Rex David Carter, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 24) at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Interment will be at the Murray family cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.
ZEBULON - Randy Hugh Stevens, 51, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at WakeMed. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 24) in the L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale. Inurnment will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.
WAKE FOREST - David S. Cook III, 26, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 24) at Youngsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Stratton officiating. Friends may visit the family following the service.
FRANKLINTON -- Veteran leadership. That’s something Franklinton High School was lacking on the wrestling mat during the program’s first two years of existence. Which was understandable, considering most of the FHS wrestlers had never stepped onto a mat before the club was formed for the 2005-06 campaign.
CREEDMOOR -- Sophomore Dustin Newton delivered 17 points and 17 rebounds as the Franklinton Red Rams evened their regular season record with a 67-53 road victory against South Granville on Nov. 16. Pierre Hunter shared scoring honors for FHS with 17 points to go with 11 boards. Tristan Linton collected 16 points and eight rebounds.
GREENVILLE -- Eight high school and four junior college players have committed to play baseball at East Carolina in 2009, head baseball coach Billy Godwin has announced. Godwin, the former head coach at Louisburg College, will be welcoming two more LC roster members to his squad -- sophomore pitchers Zach Woods and Paul Clemens.
A few thoughts as we head into what should be a light sporting weekend in Franklin County, with the exception of Friday’s football playoff showdown between Louisburg and Pender:
• Today will be a first for me -- I’m heading to Chapel Hill to see my first Tar Heels’ game in person. Against Duke, of all teams.
I’ve been to two NC State home games (against Alabama and Syracuse when Donovan McNabb was there) and one Duke home contest (versus Louisville).
IN TRAINING. Could it be that Cameron Stallings, background in top photo, is ready to give up his famous duties as the top grits cooker during the Pilot Thanksgiving Day Breakfast? Lion Graham Baker was the official” Apprentice Grits Maker” on Thursday. Around 8 a.m., the grits supply ran low. Baker declined to comment on whether the production line was behind, preferring to think that demand had spiked with his master touch.
Investigators have issued an arrest warrant for a Franklin County man accused of stabbing his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son on Halloween night. Officers have yet to arrest Anain Gomez, 25, of 1215 Leghorn Drive. Investigators believe he is hiding out with relatives in Georgia.
Larry Perry with Louisburg’s Electric Department hangs one of the 50 or so town holiday lights that line Bickett Boulevard, Main Street and other town thoroughfares during the time between Thanksgiving and the new year. This light was being hung on Bickett Boulevard.
“With the holiday season upon us and winter’s low temperatures, the chances of a fire occurring in your home dramatically increase,” said Sheriff Pat Green. “Decorations, candles and Christmas trees are the leading cause of house fires during the holidays.” The sheriff reminds all Franklin County residents to follow these fire prevention safety tips:
LOUISBURG -- Just about everything that had worked for Louisburg High during its best-ever season didn’t replicate itself Friday in the third round of the Class 1-AA State Football Playoffs. Louisburg’s offense, which had averaged 387 yards during a prolific campaign, would be limited to only 168 total yards.