Franklin County’s unemployment rate, like 97 other North Carolina counties’ rates, continues to climb, up here from 7.4 percent in November to 8.2 for December.
Still, the county’s Employment Security Commission branch manager has found at least one reason for optimism.
A SIGHT TO SEE. Above, workers with Alltech’s refrigeration, heating and cooling and electrical company survey the damage to the Sunday School building at Franklinton Baptist Church on West Mason Street.
FRANKLINTON — Severe winds yanked a roof off Franklinton Baptist Church’s Sunday School building Wednesday.
The church’s sanctuary, off West Mason Street, was not damaged and services will be held on Sunday.
A storm brought wind gusts of 60 mph to the area around 5 p.m.
Franklin County’s legislative representatives joined their brethren in Raleigh this week, facing a budget shortfall measures in the billions.
State departments had already been ordered to cut spending by 7 percent and lawmakers traveled to the state’s capital expecting to use their shears, as well.
Sen. Doug Berger said he introduced legislation that would take the job of enforcing workplace safety away from the Department of Labor because the office has failed.
Those in the labor commissioner’s office say Berger’s legislation is trying to accomplish what his campaign efforts could not — unseat Cherie Berry.
MONEY FOR PLAY. Tony Sisneros, far left, a senior customer manager with General Mills, presents Edward Best Principal Debbie Ayscue, center, with a check to help put a playground at the school.
To say Joanna and Rebecca Myatt will rule the playground is an understatement.
Thanks to their mother, Debby Myatt, Edward Best Elementary school received a $50,000 sweepstakes that school officials will use to bolster the school’s dated playground equipment.
Representatives with Food Lion and General Mills were at the school Friday to make the presentation, honoring Myatt who diligently bought General Mills products at the local Food Lion.
FRANKLINTON - Peggy Grissom Jones, 59, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at UNC Hospital. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 31) at Forestville Baptist Church, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton.
KITTRELL - Teresa “Terry” Wells Camp, 52, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 31) in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel in Henderson, with the Rev. Jeff Prewer officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.
KITTRELL - Charlie Battle Mims, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at Maria Parham Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 31) at Kittrell Church of God, conducted by the Rev. Greg Carswell. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.
WAKE FOREST - Beatrice Kearney Jones, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 in Hillside Nursing Care in Wake Forest. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 31) at Rowland Chapel Christian Church, with the Rev. Isaac Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - E. Douglas Oakes, 72, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, in Duke Medical Center. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, from Lancaster Memorial Park, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating.
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Mary F. Henderson Goins-Pulley went to be with the LORD on January 23, 2009 at the age of 68. She was born in Franklinton, North Carolina, and was the youngest of five children born to Junious and Frances Henderson.
WILMINGTON - Dorothy Ann Bell Steelman, 85, died Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at Mariner Health of Wilmington. She had been a longtime resident of Oakdale Heights of Wilmington.
HENDERSON -- It only seems like forever ago when the Bunn Ladycats were winless and apparently well on their way to a substandard season under first-year head coach Chuck Mann.
But Bunn, which was once 0-7 on the season, has turned things around -- and at the right time in Northern Carolina Conference action.
HENDERSON -- Given a second chance, the Southern Vance Runnin’ Raiders were able to get the job done in overtime during a home victory Tuesday night against Bunn.
The visiting Wildcats, who are still playing without four key suspended performers, had an opportunity to win in regulation -- only to see a potential game-winning shot bounce off the rim as time expired.
BUNN -- Chris Miller set a goal to one day become the head football coach at Bunn High School.
He just never knew it would happen this soon.
Miller, a 1993 BHS graduate and former Wildcats’ quarterback, was announced Friday as Bunn’s new gridiron mentor.
LOUISBURG -- Chris Lee, who is currently an assistant at Rocky Mount, has been selected as the new head football coach at Louisburg High School, succeeding James Collier.
Lee accepted LHS’ offer earlier this week. Rocky Mount head coach B.W. Holt, the former mentor at Franklinton, announced Lee’s intentions during the Gryphons’ annual team banquet Thursday night.
LOUISBURG -- For the second straight season, the Louisburg High School Warriors are the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Wrestling Champions.
The Warriors wrapped up the crown Wednesday with a home victory over North Carolina School of Science and Math at the LHS Gymnasium.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s women’s basketball team quickly got a chance to right two wrongs during action Tuesday at Holton Gymnasium.
Three days earlier, the Lady Hurricanes had suffered one of their most disappointing defeats of the season, falling at home to Region X rival Wilkes Community College.
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for its upcoming 2009 Baseball/T-Ball and Softball season.
Boys and girls ages 5-16 are welcome to participate. A birth certificate is required for new players.
Cost is $45 for T-Ball and $60 for Baseball and Softball.
WILSON -- Pairings have been released for The Brittany For The Girls V annual soccer showcase, which is slated for March 27-28 at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex.
Franklinton will make its annual appearance at the event as the Lady Rams will meet South Brunswick on March 28 at 3:15 p.m. on Field Three.
LOUISBURG -- Listed are recent results from the Town of Louisburg Recreation Department’s Winter Basketball Season:
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A combined total of 71 years between them in civil rights and community service in Franklin County, the state and nation held special meaning for Franklin County natives Rosanell and Armenta Eaton as they observed history in the making.
Washington, D.C. was the place to be on Jan. 20 to experience a renewed sense of hope, commitment and a turning point in American history.
FRANKLINTON — The Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with a plan that could help collect outstanding debt.
By unanimous decision, the board adopted a resolution to join the state’s debt setoff program.
If approved and set up, the program would give the town a mechanism to collect an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 in outstanding balances that have built up over the years.
County Commissioner Shane Mitchell has received a scholarship award from the Local Government Federal Credit Union.
Mitchell has received a $375 Essentials of County Government Scholarship award.
Mitchell will use the money to take the Essentials of County Government course at the UNC School of Government.
WakeMed Health & Hospitals has won approval to add 41 licensed acute-care beds to WakeMed North Healthplex for women’s-focused inpatient services.
The new beds will be added to the 20 acute care beds already approved for relocation from WakeMed Raleigh Campus, making WakeMed North Healthplex Wake County’s fifth full-service hospital and the county’s first and only women’s hospital.
Progress Energy has donated a gift of $7,500 to Vance-Granville Community College. Of that amount, $5,000 will provide five $1,000 annual scholarships for VGCC students. Meanwhile, $2,000 will be added to the company’s contribution to the VGCC Endowment Fund, and $500 will support the local MATHCOUNTS competition for middle school students, which is hosted by the college. On Jan. 14, Progress Energy Community Relations Manager Tanya Evans of Timberlake (above, second from left) presented the contribution to VGCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Endowment Fund Director Jo Anna Jones, left, President Randy Parker and Vice President of Finance and Operations Matt Williams, right. Progress Energy, the Fortune 250 power company based in Raleigh, is a longtime supporter of VGCC.
First Citizens Bank will open its first office in Youngsville on Feb. 2.
The office is at at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. Highway 96.
The branch is First Citizens’ fifth location in Franklin County.