The District Attorney’s Office has dismissed its criminal case against a man who was at the controls of a helicopter that crashed and killed a former deputy.
A Franklin County grand jury indicted Ben Barrick on a charge of manslaughter in March 2006, deciding there was enough evidence to proceed with a case that alleges Barrick was responsible for the May 2004 crash that killed Deputy Ted Horton.
Residents will have a chance to voice their opinions regarding town plans to send back a $426,000 recreation grant.
The town intended to use that money, and their own, to buy 42 acres from E. Carroll Joyner to complete phase two of Joyner Park — which includes ball fields and the expansion of the walking trail.
NEW FRIENDS. Franklin County 4-H’er Ellis Privette and Sterling Edgerton, right, will become pen pals after meeting through a cooperative county program that pairs visually impaired seniors with youngsters. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)
Together, a handful of youngsters and visually impaired seniors got a different outlook on life this week.
As part of the Franklin County 4-H Summer Fun Program, six seniors teamed with children in a morning of craft-making as well as making friends.
“Everything about today is so enjoyable,” said Jarvis McKnight, who was paired with 12-year-old Aaron Tyler.
When the U.S. Marshal’s Service came to Franklin County last year with a federal bed expansion proposal, it was with good reason.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office can house up to 70 inmates now and has done an excellent job of it, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Wilson and Sheriff Pat Green.
A bill that would stiffen the penalty for someone burning a cross or hanging a noose to intimidate is set to go before the governor.
That gives Sen. Doug Berger one victory while another piece of his legislation is expected to be challenged by commissioners on Monday night.
CASTALIA - Edward Goodman Parrish, 76, died Thursday morning, July 17, 2008 at his home. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, July 19) at Red Bud Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service and other times at the home.
LOUISBURG - Christine Gilliam Evans, 92, died Wednesday afternoon, July 16, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, July 19) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG - John Kidd Houston, 83, died on July 16, 2008 in Louisburg, N.C. He was born in Charlotte, N.C. on November 13, 1924, the son of the late Henry Hopkins Houston and Ella Mae Kidd Houston of Pageland, S.C.
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Earl W. Harper, 61, of Melbourne, Fla., died Friday, July 11, 2008 in Wilmington, N.C. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. His remains will be taken back to his home in Florida.
LOUISBURG - Town and Country’s Stingrays closed out their regular season swim schedule in style with a convincing victory Thursday against Broadlands at the TC Pool.
Host TC collected 255 points compared to 150 markers for the Broadlands squad from Wake County.
The match was the final one of the summer for Town and Country, though the Stingrays will conduct an intrasquad meet next Thursday at 6 p.m. at home.
LUMBERTON -- Quinton Sanders-coached teams almost always put together strong finishes at Dixie Youth State Baseball Tournaments.
This year, things were no different for Sanders and his Bunn All-Stars.
Bunn, with a 3-2 record, earned a fourth-place spot at the D-Y Minor League Tourney, which was held at Lumberton Park.
Finding some coaching consistency has been the biggest thorn in the recent development of the Franklinton High School volleyball program.
The Lady Rams have their fourth mentor in just five seasons after the recent hiring of Lindsay Dehart.
Dehart played softball and volleyball at Southern Alamance before continuing her first-pitch career at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory.
WILMINGTON -- Bunn brought its booming bats to the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch All-Star State Tournament, which began July 5 at the Cape Fear Optimist Park.
Bunn’s contingent, coached by Geoufrey Anderson, would collect a whopping 28 runs in three games of action at the annual double-elimination event.
The All-Stars would end up with a 2-1 record, defeating Sandhills while falling to Nakina and Troy.
BUNN -- The Bunn High School football squad will begin its fall practice schedule with Midnight Madness, starting with a workout from 8-10:30 p.m. on the BHS campus.
Midnight Madness festivities will follow. All fans are welcome to attend.
Players must have a completed physical form in order to participate.
Before then, Bunn will host a mini-camp on July 28-30 from 6-9 p.m.
RALEIGH -- Listed is the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2008-09 National Hockey League regular season schedule.
Home games at the RBC Center are listed in CAPS:
PEARL, MISS. -- Javier Guzman had four hits while Reid Gorecki homered for the second straight game as the Mississippi Braves took down the Carolina Mudcats 4-1 at Trustmark Park before 3,353 fans on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League diamond event.
Guzman had his first four-hit game of the season, including an RBI-double in the fourth inning against Rick Vanden Hurk (L, 3-3) to open up a 2-0 lead.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials and staff announced this week that they’ve received another grant to help shore up an ailing sewer system.
In January of 2007, the state Division of Water Quality notified town staff and its engineers that their ravaged sewer lines warranted a moratorium — meaning the town could not issue anymore sewer permits which would cripple growth in the town.