Franklin County commissioners plan to get an early start on their budget, scheduling its next work session for Thursday at 7 a.m.
The board made the decision on Monday night after a public hearing on the $79-million spending plan drew no comments.
However, two commissioners on the board voiced divergent views on the county’s financial guideline.
A division of the state Department of Health and Human Services will begin an investigation of Franklin Regional Medical Center.
Last week, state Sen. Doug Berger asked DHHS Secretary Dempsey Benton to investigate the hospital in light of a federal inspection that revealed deficiencies at the hospital, one of which was related to a patient death in December.
Bunn High graduates exuberantly toss their caps to the sky as the graduation class was presented to the audience inside the Louisburg College Auditorium on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of students from Bunn High, Franklinton High and Louisburg High participated in graduation ceremonies that began at 10 a.m. and continued through 6 p.m. Franklin County Superintendant Bert L’Homme told graduating classes to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others as they move forward into college, the workplace, the military or wherever their lives take them.
The trend continues.
After significant gains in the state writing test and the math end-of-grade test, Franklin County Schools has experienced strong growth for the high school end-of-course tests.
With those gains, all three FCS high schools have an overall composite significantly higher than the 2006-2007 school year.
Franklin County commissioners will take more time to consider the ramifications of proposed felony expungement legislation.
Commission Bob Winters asked the board to consider a resolution opposing legislation that would allow judges to expunge the non-violent felony convictions of those who were under 18 when the crime was committed.
The Louisburg Town Council could take action next month to terminate a grant agreement to continue developing Joyner Park.
On Monday night, the Council agreed to have a public hearing on its plans to send back a $400,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant it intended to use to buy 42 acres from E. Carroll Joyner on the back side of Joyner Park.
LOUISBURG - Esther C. Barton, 85, died Saturday, June 14, 2008 at Wake Medical Center.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Helen P. Crudup, 72, who died Saturday, June 14, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 18) at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Claude Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the Nelson Chapel Church cemetery.
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Douglas McArthur Cheatham, 65, who died Saturday, June 14, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Shiloh Baptist Church of Kittrell, with the Rev. Clarence LeMay officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lee Johnson, 91, who died Sunday, June 15, 2008, will be conducted at noon on Thursday, June 19, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
MONROE - Mildred Jones Little, 95, died Friday, June 13, 2008 at Monroe Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 17, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial followed in Wake Forest Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Ruby Leonard Holt, 86, died Monday night, June 16, 2008 at Wellington Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Stephen Johnson and the Rev. Melton Tyson officiating. Burial will be private.
LOUISBURG - David Franklin “Dave” Hunt, 71, died Sunday, June 15, 2008. He was born on July 21, 1936 to the late David Jones and Maggie Moore Hunt.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Buzzing out of the loser’s bracket, the Youngsville Bees proved to be the queens of the Louisburg/Youngsville 9-Under Softball Tournament last Saturday at Luddy Park.
The Bees, needing to win twice, got the job done with a pair of decisions against the Louisburg Belles.
The Belles had topped the Bees earlier in the tournament, but Bees head coach Felton Jacobs had attached an asterisk to that final score.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Last Saturday’s pitching duel between Evan Brabrand and Gage Novaria -- with the championship on the line, no less -- was billed as one of the greatest mound matchups in recent Youngsville Recreation Department baseball history.
The event lived up to its hype -- so much so that neither team had mustered a hit through the first six innings of action.
YOUNGSVILLE -- For any member of the Peaches’ roster, it was almost a dream to consider rallying from the loser’s bracket of the Louisburg/Youngsville 12-Under Softball Tournament.
But the Peaches were able to have a sweet ending to their season, edging the Chicks in a pair of games that weren’t decided until some final heroics.
Last Saturday, the Peaches went to extra innings to claim a 12-11 decision over the Chicks.
Summer’s annual Dixie Youth Tournament swing will begin this weekend with the D-Y District Coach-Pitch event at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
The double-elimination tourney will feature Franklinton, Bunn, Youngsville American, Youngsville National, Louisburg and defending champion Oxford.
Tickets will be available at the gate each day.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department will offer summer volleyball and basketball camps on the following dates:
• Volleyball -- Scheduled for July 7-11 at Royal Elementary School. Cost is $30 per child, and the camp will run from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Ages 5-18 are welcome to participate.
ZEBULON -- Miguel Negron hit a two-run double to right center field in the top of the eighth inning to lead Birmingham to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Mudcats Sunday afternoon in front of 3,872 fans at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball meeting.
Carolina scored its only run in the bottom of the first inning when Josh Willingham grounded out to third base, scoring Chris Coghlan from third base.
Left, Franklinton High graduates Yasmine Moody, Jessica Wortham, Stephanie Jones and Fantashia Johnson take time out to pose for a picture moments before they were to enter the Louisburg College Auditorium to receive their diplomas. Moody graduated with a Tech Prep completer honor; Wortham graduated as a member of the National Achievers Society as well as a Tech Prep completer. Jones and Johnson were both Tech Prep completers.
Annette Alston takes a picture of her niece, Ashley Holden, following Louisburg High’s graduation. Holden was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers for her accomplishment. Alston said she was very happy and very proud of her niece.
Above, Bunn High graduate Tiffany Reynolds presents her parents, Tonya and Chris Reynolds, with a flower during Bunn High School’s graduation ceremony on Saturday. It’s Bunn’s tradition that graduates present flowers to parents or those who have helped them reach their graduation goals. Reynolds was a member of the Beta Club and an honor graduate, an achievement given out to students who have a 3.5 grade point average or better.
The Bunn High School varsity cheerleaders will have a donation car wash on Saturday, June 21.
YOUNGSVILLE — Police got burned by one Dodge Charger earlier this spring, but officials say they aren’t worried about another flare up.
An officer was on patrol at about 6 p.m. on March 10 when he stopped to write a ticket. Upon returning to the vehicle, smoke was coming from the vehicle’s fire wall.
Franklin County Department of Social Services was honored with a 2008 Employment Security Commission (ESC) Employer Award, Friday, June 13, during a luncheon held at RTRP at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
ESC Chairman Harry E. Payne, Jr., presented the award to Nicki Griffin, director, one of 16 DSS employers in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.