L’Homme, Clifton respond to discipline, leadership concerns
Claims of faltering leadership with a new administration and inconsistencies in disciplinary actions against students at Louisburg High School have prompted the school system to examine the situation and further open up lines of communication with the public.
At the request of The Franklin Times, Franklin County schools’ Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme, along with LHS Principal Freda Clifton, agreed to discuss, during a Wednesday interview at the school, recent questions raised through calls to this newspaper, a letter to the editor, comments on the Times’ website and e-mail correspondences to Board of Education members that have in one form or another called into question Clifton’s ability to lead and the overall state of affairs at the school, which some have claimed is deteriorating.
EARLY BIRDS. Cars packed the lot of a local retailer as residents rushed to take advantage of sales.
In Franklin County, BlackJack might be a more appropriate term than Black Friday this holiday season.
Black Friday, the term given for day-after-Thanksgiving sales when retailers begin making their annual profits, is being replaced by uncertainty, as retailers say sales could be a crapshoot this holiday season.
With no signs of slowing down, the annual Pilot Lion’s Club Thanksgiving Day Breakfast was a record-setter this year, according to Lion Ron Bullock. “This is as good as we have ever had,” he said Thursday morning at his traditional biscuit-making station in the Pilot Firehouse. In fact, the biscuit recipe is from his mother’s kitchen.
A decision to withhold $2 million in “Meals on Wheels” funding across the state doesn’t mean program recipients in Franklin County will go hungry.
But it does mean Franklin County won’t be able to feed more people in need.
Because of a slumping economy, the state is withholding a $2 million increase it approved in July for the Home and Community Block Grant.
HENDERSONVILLE - Clara “Marie” Strickland Gay, 78, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at her daughter’s home.
A celebration of her life will be at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 29) at Ayden United Methodist Church.
YOUNGSVILLE - Emma Jones Crudup, 56, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2008. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 28 at Corinth UCC of Youngsville with the Rev. Patrick Clay officiating. Burial followed in the Little Zion Church cemetery.
Harold Floyd Simpson, born April 1, 1923 in Union County, North Carolina, passed away quietly in his home in Missouri City, Texas on Wednesday morning, November 26, 2008, in the presence of his loving family.
FRANKLINTON - Willie M. Nicholson, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home.
Warrior wrestlers solid this season
LOUISBURG -- The best may be yet to come for a Louisburg High School wrestling program that looks to be in strong shape heading into its fifth year of existence.
LHS head coach Phil Mueller thinks this team has the potential to be the most talented in school history.
FHS looks good on mat during the new season
FRANKLINTON — Year Four may prove to be the most fabulous one yet for the Franklinton High School wrestling program.
Last season, the Red Rams exceeded the expectations of coach Jon Pearsall, who has been with the team since its inception in 2005.
Wildcats pick up experience at quads
BUNN -- This much can be said about the Bunn High School wrestling program -- even in a rebuilding mode, the Wildcats aren’t afraid to take on some of Eastern North Carolina’s toughest mat powerhouses.
Last weekend, the Wildcats traveled to Wayne County for the C.B. Aycock Falcon Invitations, which featured titans such as South Central, host Aycock and Southern Nash.
DURHAM — Franklinton picked up a victory over Durham Arts on Tuesday in the Red Rams’ boys basketball opener for the 2008-09 season.
FHS, coached by Clarence Walker, built a first-half lead and then held off a late threat to defeat the Bulldogs by a 71-64 margin at the historic DSA Gymnasium.
Point guard Kevin Williams, making his first varsity start, poured in 24 points for the Red Rams, including 20 in the second half.
BIGGEST YET. The 30th annual Pilot Lion’s Club Thanksgiving Day Breakfast was busy from 6 a.m. right up to 10 a.m. Emma Carol Lewis (no Pilot Club Thanksgiving breakfast is complete without Lewis’ biscuit-making) with usual-suspect partner Jason Jones.
Jessie Perry and Rickie Jeffreys, front, with the Town of Bunn, and Henry Wood were busy Thursday morning putting up about 20 holiday snowflakes and wreaths on Main Street utility poles. Another bright spot in the day was for passersby who saw the $1.64 per gallon price on unleaded gasoline at the Hess store. The Bunn Christmas Parade is along this route, starting up at 10 a.m., Dec. 13.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will seat a new member on Monday while also selecting new leadership positions for the upcoming year.
Shane Mitchell, who beat out Ken Gregorius in the Nov. 4 election, will take his position as commissioner for at-large District 7 — a seat that had been held by Lynwood Buffaloe, who did not seek re-election.
After finishing up their breakfast at the Pilot Thanksgiving morning feast Thursday, these boys found entertainment outside the firehouse, climbing on and hanging from a railing. From left are: Joseph Joyner, Noah Joyner, Ryan Joyner and Isaac Pittman.