Agents with the state Bureau of Investigation and the Louisburg Police Department arrested a former Louisburg High School teacher and coach charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.
James Collier, 40, was charged Thursday afternoon with first-degree sex offense of a student and indecent liberties with a student.
Both are felonies relating to sex between a teacher and student where consent is not a defense.
Residents endured bone-chilling weather by week’s end, so much so that forecasted lows in the mid-20s Saturday and Sunday morning are considered a warm-up.
Sunday night, though, could bring snow.,br>
Friday night’s low was expected to be 9 degrees, just under Thursday night’s low of 10 degrees.
Saturday and Sunday night’s lows were expected to measure in the 20s.
Only Sunday’s high was expected to rise above 40 degrees.
A procession of residents making its way to the presidential inauguration has canceled Louisburg’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, but Franklinton is pushing on with its third event.
Louisburg’s celebration of Dr. King’s life and recognition of his death has a long history in the county but organizers said they will have to skip festivities this year.
“So many people are going to (President-elect Barack Obama’s) inauguration,” said event organizer and community activist Edith Anderson. “We couldn’t find anyone to be the speaker.”
Some Franklin County residents are ready to brave blistering cold, intense traffic and no elbow-room to witness a historic inauguration in person.
Barack Obama is slated to take the oath of office at noon on Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., becoming this country’s first black president.
Resident Phyllis Perry has organized a bus load of 47 Franklin County residents who will ride out on a chartered bus Monday night, making its way to Nation’s Capitol by early Tuesday morning.
CASTALIA - Funeral services for John Thomas Jr., 75, who died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Robert Alston, 50, who died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 17) at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
NEWARK, N.J. - Funeral services for Herman “Bird” Davis, 56, who died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. John A. Hopkins Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Cynthia “Cindy” Atkins Caldwell, 75, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 13, 2009. Funeral services were Friday at Strickland Funeral Home chapel, Wendell, followed by entombment in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
KITTRELL - Geraldine Moss Badala, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 at Granville Medical Center in Oxford.
FRANKLINTON - Harilee Bass, 73, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 at his residence.
LOUISBURG – Joyce Knott Weathers, 73, of Louisburg, passed away Friday at her home surrounded by her loving family.
LOUISBURG – L. H. “Pete” Dickens, II, 80, of the White Level Community passed away peacefully Wednesday evening at his home.
LOUISBURG - Opponents have been in a zone for much of the season against the Louisburg College men’s basketball team.
And LC head coach John Meeks hasn’t necessarily seen that as being a good thing.
Because of the Hurricanes’ usual size advantage, most foes have chosen to utilize a zone defense versus LC. In fact, Louisburg hadn’t seen a man defense since November before Patrick Henry Community College visited Holton Gymnasium on Tuesday for a key Region X showdown.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s traditionally successful women’s basketball program has been somewhat of a mystery this season -- if only because the Lady Hurricanes have been away from home for the majority of the 2008-09 campaign.
LC played a pair of games at Holton Gymnasium in early November, but the Lady Hurricanes have been gone ever since -- a fate that head coach Mike Holloman feels may pay off for his crew in the long run.
LOUISBURG -- The fourth annual Louisburg Duals Wrestling Tournament will be held next Saturday (Jan. 24) at the Louisburg High School Gymnasium.
Host Louisburg will headline a field that will also include Franklin County rivals Bunn and Franklinton.
Other entrants in the 10-team field will be Roxboro Person, Rocky Mount, Eastern Wayne, Southern Vance, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton Holmes and Hertford County.
BUNN -- The postseason hits just keep on coming for Bunn High School football star Ty Howle.
Howle, who graduated from BHS at the close of the first semester, has been selected as the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year from North Carolina.
One high school gridiron player from each state receives this award.
Each of those players will be presented with a recognition plaque, along with other awards.
High School Basketball
Franklinton at Granville Central 6 p.m.
Bunn at Northwest Halifax 6 p.m.
Louisburg at Southeast Halifax 6 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- Listed are recent results from the Town of Louisburg’s 2008-09 Winter Basketball League:
Did you know that besides Spanish, Portuguese is supposed to be one of the fastest growing languages in southern Africa and South America?
Up until now, everyone has noticed the increasing interest in learning to speak Spanish, but actually Portuguese has the highest potential growth as an international language in South Africa and South America. The enormous size of the country of Brazil strengthens the use of the Portuguese language in the continent.
Franklin County United Way officials will begin looking for a new executive director.
Pat Johnston told board members last week that she will be leaving her post at the end of this month.
Johnston will begin work in the training program at Duke University’s Cancer Center.
“I’ve had a great experience and I’ve enjoyed being here,” said Johnston, an upstate New York native who lived in the Washington, D.C. area for 25 years before moving to North Carolina in 1999.
A White Level man responsible for employing and supporting many in Franklin County died on Wednesday.
L.H. “Pete” Dickens II was 80.
Dickens, a military school graduate and White Level Baptist Church member, was behind a number of county businesses, including L.H. Dickens & Sons Gas, a general store, a fertilizer company and cotton gin.
A Castalia man was killed Monday when the vehicle he was driving flipped over several times.
According to the state Highway Patrol, Robert Alston, 50, of N.C. Highway 58, was traveling north on Stallings Mill Road just north of Duke Memorial Road when he lost control of the vehicle.
Alston went off the road to the right, over corrected and lost control of the 1995 Chevy sport utility vehicle he was driving.
The Doris Betts Fiction Prize contest is now open for submissions.
Supported through the Franklin County Library system, the contest offers awards for first- and second-place winners at $250 and $100, respectively.
Winners and finalists will be considered for publication in the “North Carolina Literary Review.”