Eight players — four from each school — have been suspended from athletic competition in the aftermath of last Friday’s on-court altercation during the Frankilnton-Bunn boys’ basketball game.
Under mandatory North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules, the players must sit out the next four games.
Bunn will be without Levon Stanley, Stephen Wilder, Nikko Alston and J.R. Barnes during that span. Franklinton will lose Kevin Crudup, Quinnel Breeden, Davaris Hardy and Isaac McClain.
The Louisburg Town Council has increased out-of-town baseball/softball registration fees by 275 percent.
By unanimous decision Tuesday, the Council agreed to raise the out-of-town fee from $40 — which was double the in-town rate — to $150.
The town’s decision, staff and officials said, comes after county commissioners refused to act on its request for $133,500 annually to offset the cost of providing town services for county residents.
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce selected a resident who’s been a force of help and change since birth and is showing no signs of slowing down.
“I’ve been motivated since I was 8 years old,” said Rosanell Eaton, 87, who helped her mother out on the family farm from the time she was little.
“I saw the need (to help) and if you had the go ahead to do it, you need to get involved,” she said.
U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee member Kathy Hannam questions state Department of Transportation engineer Jimmy Goodnight on Thursday. DOT representatives provide a key information about the project that members hope to use in their efforts to lobby the appropriate officials to get the project moved up in the state’s development plans. See story inside.
A Franklinton woman posted bond on Thursday after kidnapping a woman from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and shooting her on a Nash County street as she made her victim drive to Louisburg.
According to reports from Franklin and Nash county law enforcement agents, Dawn Perry, 44, of Hodges Road, confronted Jessica Perry, 18, at the college in Rocky Mount in the late afternoon hours of Jan. 18.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for John Clinton “J.C.” Fogg Sr., 89, who died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, will be conducted at noon Monday, Jan. 26, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
CLAYTON - Walter Rex Johnson, 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 at Longleaf Neuromedical Center in Wilson. A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 24) at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel in Garner. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
RALEIGH - Mary Louisa Pope Hancock, 46, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 from heart complications. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 23, at North Wake Baptist Church, with the Rev. Larry Trotter officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
FRANKLINTON - Grover L. Edwards, 76, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 21, at New Sharon United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Carl Belcher and the Rev. Alta Whitt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Ronnie R. Bailey, 67, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with Dr. Randy Bridges officiating. Burial followed in the Rolesville Baptist Church cemetery.
HOLLY SPRINGS - Jenatus Wilson died Jan. 15, 2009, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 23, at First Baptist Church, Holly Springs, with the Rev. Otis G. Byrd officiating. Burial followed at Town of Holly Springs Cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - Annie Louise Hight Holmes, 68, died Tuesday Jan. 20, 2009 at her home.
FRANKLINTON - Clifford Adkins Jr., 60, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.
STEM - During their first game without four suspended players, the Franklinton Red Rams showed no ill effects of the loss during Thursday’s road contest at Granville Central.
At least in the first half of action.
Taking on the building Panthers, in their second year of existence, the Red Rams took control early and went on to pick up a 68-50 decision at the GC Gymnasium in the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown.
STEM -- A steady Atkins Diet has proved to be unhealthy this season for Granville Central’s girls basketball opponents in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Thanks to the heroics of point guard Kelva Atkins, Granville Central, a second-year school, has made a quick ascent toward the top of the NCC standings.
The Lady Panthers have lost only one game so far this season in the NCC -- a heartbreaker against perennial power Northwest Halifax.
Somebody asked me Thursday who the ‘winner’ was following the announced eight suspensions of boys basketball players from Bunn and Franklinton.
That answer is simple.
Both schools embarrassed themselves considerably during a short-but-shocking 30-second span last Friday.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College men’s and women’s basketball teams will both be at home today as part of a busy weekend at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
The Lady Hurricanes, coached by Mike Holloman, will get the festivities going today with a key Region X showdown against Wilkes Community College.
Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
BUNN -- The Bunn Youth Recreation League will conduct registrations for its upcoming baseball/softball seasons on the following dates:
• Feb. 7 from 9 a.m.-noon
• Feb. 9 from 6:30-8 p.m.
• Feb. 13 from 6:30-8 p.m.
• Feb. 15 from 9 a.m.-noon
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- This week’s snowfall forced the postponement of several high school sporting events across the county.
Here is a list of those events and when they will be replayed, by school:
High School Basketball
Roanoke Rapids at Franklinton 6 p.m.
Rocky Mount Prep at Louisburg 6 p.m.
Northwest Halifax at Franklinton 6 p.m.
Bunn at Southern Vance 6 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- Listed are updated results from the Town of Louisburg Recreation Department’s 2008-09 winter basketball season:
ZEBULON -- The Cincinnati Reds have named former major league pitcher Tom Browning as the pitching coach for the Carolina Mudcats for the 2009 Southern League baseball season.
Browning, 47, won 123 games over a 12-year career, including throwing a perfect game in 1988 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It was not just an inauguration for Americans, but for the entire world as we continue to be such an important country in this global life of ours. I was pleased to have been able to see such an historic day on TV.
As President Barack Obama stated at his inauguration, “We are a nation of many religions and many languages, the beginning of a new era of peace. The world has changed, and we must change with it,” he continued.
The Franklin County Arts Council in conjunction with Art du Jour announces the 2009 juried art exhibit “Celebrating Women in Art for Women’s History Month.” The exhibit will open with a public reception on March 20 and will remain open through April 10. Art du Jour in Louisburg will host the exhibit.
Members of a committee intent on widening U.S. Highway 401 left Thursday night’s meeting with a clearer picture of the dim financial prospects they’re up against.
The group, though, also received what could turn out to be good news depending on how federal stimulus package money shakes out.
The gathering was the second meeting for the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee, a group of varied residents who have come together to lobby for the widening of U.S. 401.
The Franklin County Airport Commission decided to slow down on one capital project and get more information on another — much to the chagrin of the only pilot on the committee who attended.
For more than a year, the board has discussed the prospect of placing self-serve fuel equipment at the airport, giving pilots the freedom to fill-up 24/7 while freeing airport staff from the duty.
A Bunn manufacturing plant is closing after more than a decade of operation.
This week, Universal Forest Products Inc. announced it is closing six plants, including the one in Bunn.
In the news release, the Michigan-based producer of lumber and building supplies said the move is intended to better align its manufacturing capacity with the current business environment.
Cameron Murphy, right, was presented the White Level Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year Award. At left is Fire Chief Billy J. Brewer Sr., who presented the award.
The Gold Sand Fire Department presented its achievement awards on Monday, Jan. 5, for Volunteer of the Year and Junior Firefighter of the Year for 2008.
These awards were presented to Chris Edwards for Volunteer of the Year and Troy Shearin for Junior Firefighter of the Year. They were also presented with a certificate from the Congressional Fire Services Institute, Washington, DC, for their dedication and devotion to Gold Sand Fire Department.
Care and Share has received $2,500 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. Care and Share will use the gift to meet the increasing number of referrals for emergency food assistance. The funds will be used to purchase food from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
“As administrator of Care and Share, Franklin County Department of Social Services appreciates the generous Food Lion gift,” said Nicki Griffin, director. “Without the support of business partners, many residents would experience a greater hardship in providing nutritious meals for their families.
ShipOnSite in Youngsville is now open. Owners Pete and Matt Oberlin, top photo, are Youngsville natives and wanted to come back home to be part of the area’s growth, Pete Oberlin said. The grand opening was Oct 10. ShipOnSite of Youngsville is a neighborhood retail packaging and shipping center, as well as an eBay trading assistant. Shipping services currently include USPS, FedEx, DHL International and coming soon, UPS. For folks looking for extra cash in today’s economy, the company can sell items via eBay, saving them the time, energy and financial risk of dealing with online payment collection.
A new Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® office has opened in Franklinton at 101 E. Mason St.
The new location is owned and operated by Barbour Enterprises. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to serve customers who need individual federal and state income tax preparation services.