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Showing 40 articles from June 9, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Crudup murder case begins Monday
Crudup murder case begins Monday
The case against a former Louisburg town employee charged with first-degree murder is slated to begin on Monday.
Barring a late-plea arrangement, Derrick Lamont Crudup’s attorney is prepared to defend his client against charges that Crudup shot and killed Darrell Collins during the early morning hours of Sept. 26, 2008.
Crudup is represented by Boyd Sturges.
According to investigators, the two began to argue about Collins riding a four-wheeler on the property of Crudup’s mother.
A fight broke out and witnesses told police the two men left. A short time later, both men returned to the parking lot of a barber shop on S. Main Street.

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Justice Fire Department receives higher rating
At least 10 years of work became a successful milestone recently as members of the Justice Volunteer Fire Department learned they have received a 7/9E rating, effective on Sept. 1.
This new, higher rating can mean significantly lower homeowners’ insurance rates in the fire district, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshall Wayne Goodwin.
In making the announcement of the new rating, Goodwin said it is based on routine inspections for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of a water source.

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Day Day Dreamer
James Kearney and Lynne Castles
Day Day Dreamer
When James T. Kearney receives his diploma on Saturday, it’s a safe bet that while he may have one eye on the obstacles he has overcome to earn that diploma, his main focus will be on the challenges ahead that can unlock the dreams of his future.
Kearney is headed to Campbell University this fall -- and he will take with him 12 hours of college credit earned while he was a student at Louisburg High School — and a goal to be a history or art teacher who can “teach children like me, probably in middle school.”
It’s the last part of that sentence that reveals the amazing achievements that James has accomplished.
As an about-to-graduate high school senior, James Tennison Kearney has faced more challenges than most people do in a lifetime -- and he has triumphed.

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Novant Health looking to build in Youngsville
A health-care provider with a minority interest in Franklin Regional Medical Center is looking at its own slice of the health-care market in southwestern Franklin County.
According to Franklin Regional Medical Center (FRMC) staff, Novant Health is planning to submit a petition to the state so it can build a free-standing ambulatory service center on property in Youngsville — the same property that FRMC bought last year in anticipation of relocating the hospital from Louisburg.

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Warfington historic marker unveiled, sort of
NOT SO FAST. Above, historians, visitors and residents gathered for the unveiling of the Warfington marker on Saturday, but workers brought the wrong sign. The correct one was installed on Monday.
Warfington historic marker unveiled, sort of
It took more than 200 years for a Louisburg native to be recognized for his service in arguably one of the greatest expeditions this country has known.
In fact, it took two more days than expected.
Members of the state Highway Historical Marker Program, the state Office of Archives and History and the Carolina Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation met on Saturday for a dedication and ceremony to unveil an historic marker in honor of Richard Warfington, the only North Carolinian on the 1804-1806 expedition to the west.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Parker Layton, 5 years old

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Thumbs Up
Editorial Cartoon: Thumbs Up


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NCSU officials put political favors before students
The fact that former Gov. Mike Easley pushed hard for his wife to be hired at North Carolina State University -- and used his political influence to do so -- should come as no surprise to anyone remotely familiar with North Carolina politics.
Or, for that matter, with politics in general.
These kinds of “insider” deals have been around since the dawn of the political system and may actually be the reason we have a political system.

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Wish I was at work, but I don’t need to make any rash decisions
Wish I was at work, but I don’t need to make any rash decisions
STILL KICKING.  At the time of this writing, I am still at home.
I’ve almost made it a whole week without having to return to WakeMed.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you members who have welcomed me into the “Stent Club”.  I seem to be in good company.
Also, thanks to those of you who have sent cards, gifts, and dropped by for a visit.  I am very fortunate to have so many blessings bestowed upon me.

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Not expecting a very good Friday in this digital age
Not expecting a very good Friday in this digital age
Strange things tend to happen on Fridays.
Movie serial killer Jason Voorhees often used the day as an excuse to slash and hack.
Most college campuses are inhabited by underclassmen who didn’t have the foresight or ability to opt out of Friday courses.
And, if someone is getting fired, it usually happens on Friday.
And it usually happens at the end of the day.

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Website Reader Participation Results June 3-June 9
Last Week’s Poll
Should Rudd’s probation be revoked until he pays?
Should former county tax collector Donnie Rudd’s probation be revoked until he pays Franklin County the $47,352 he owes.

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News from your state representative, Lucy Allen
This has been a pivotal time in Raleigh as we work to develop the budget and address the state’s economic situation. We received the most updated and accurate financial figures available to us, and I would like to share them with you. The following information is directly from a memo prepared by Barry Boardman, Ph.D., our chief economist in the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly. The numbers he presents below represent a consensus between the Fiscal Research Division and the Office of State Budget and Management.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES “TONY” EDWARDS
ZEBULON - James  “Tony“ Edwards, 39, formerly of Louisburg, died Friday, June 5, 2009. A celebration of his life will be held at Beulah Baptist Church in Zebulon  at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday June 10).

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OZZIE W. MANN
FRANKLINTON-Fun-eral services for Ozzie Williamston Mann, 84, who died Thursday, June 4, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 10) at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery.

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JOHN H. FOSTER
HENDERSON - John Henry Foster, 57, died Friday, June 5, 2009 at UNC Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 10) at Mitchell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Lilly and the Rev. Dr. Jeanette B. Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARVIN HICKS
FRANKLINTON— Marvin Hicks, 54, died Sunday, May 31, 2009 at his home. Funeral services were Saturday, June 6, at the Interdenominational Ushers Association, Franklinton, with Crystal E. Jones presiding.

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LOLA W. PLACE
FAIRFAX, Va. - Lola Wiggins Place died Sunday, May 31, 2009. Funeral services were  held Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at Ox Hill Baptist Church, Chantilly, Va. Entombment followed at Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas, Va.

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CATHERINE H. BATCHELOR
ZEBULON - Catherine H. Batchelor, 81, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Funeral services were Sunday, June 7, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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H. FREDDIE JONES JR.
YOUNGSVILLE ­— Henry Freddie Jones Jr., 51, died Friday, June 5, 2009. Memorial services were Monday, June 8, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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MARK R. RIGGLE
YOUNGSVILLE - Mark Richard Riggle, 36, died at his home on Thursday, May 28, 2009. A funeral service was conducted Saturday, June 6, in Washington, Pa.

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DONALD E. JAMES SR.
YOUNGSVILLE — Donald Earl James Sr., 67, died Monday, June 8, 2009 at University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 13, at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Zanesville, Ohio. A memorial service will be held at Louisburg United Methodist Church at a later time.

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DIEU TAM THI LE
TAMMY LE DANIEL
FRANKLINTON—  Dieu Tam Thi Le, known locally as Tammy Le Daniel, died Sunday, June 7, 2009 in Duke Raleigh Hospital. Visitation was Tuesday, June 9, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s St. in Raleigh.

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ROBERT D. WOODLIEF
WAKE FOREST - Robert Dale Woodlief, 51, died Monday morning, June 8, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 10) at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Youngsville, with Dr. Brad Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Masonic Rites.

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WILLA MAE B. LEE
RALEIGH - Willa Mae Branch Lee, a native of Franklin County, died Friday, June 5, 2009. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 11, at noon at Wake Chapel Church, with a viewing from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Interment will be in Carolina Biblical Gardens.

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SPORTS

A Giant Victory
HE IS HEADING HOME. Jordan Gailey of the Giants rounds third on his way to scoring a run during his club’s victory over the Braves during the Youngsville Minor League Baseball Tournament Championship last Saturday at Luddy Park.
A Giant Victory
YOUNGSVILLE -- Quality pitching and effective hitting are usually a lethal combination for any baseball team in a tournament setting.
As the Stonewood Properties Giants proved during last week’s Youngsville Minor League Baseball Tournament at Luddy Park.
The Giants’ pitching tandem of Branson Capps and Tucker Brown combined for 53 strikeouts and allowed just 11 runs in five outings.
The Giants also piled up 51 total runs on offense, with Capps and Brown -- and others -- coming up with clutch base hits.

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Rebels, Vols Meet In Minors
A CLOSE PLAY AT SECOND BASE. Titus Dorsey (right) of the Louisburg Volunteers slides into second base after a wild pitch as Jesse Kool of the Franklinton Rebels tries to make the tag during last Thursday evening’s Minor League Baseball contest.
Rebels, Vols Meet In Minors
LOUISBURG -- The Franklinton Rebels and Louisburg Volunteers tangled last Thursday in an out-of-department recreation showdown at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
The Minor League game was claimed by the visiting Rebels by a 6-3 margin.
The Rebels never trailed after plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.
Ward Sewell was effective on the hill for the victorious club from the Franklinton Recreation Department.

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Softball stars are honored
STRONG SEASON. Melanie Davis excelled at shortstop, on the mound and at the plate this spring for the Bunn High School softball squad. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Softball stars are honored
FRANKLIN COUNTY --  Seven softball standouts -- five from Bunn and two from Franklinton -- represent Franklin County on the annual Northern Carolina Conference All Fast-Pitch First Team for the 2009 season.
Bunn’s honorees are Morgan Pearce, Carrie Reavis, Melanie Davis, Trasheka Blackmond and Stormi Barham.
Making the club from Franklinton are Morgan Tharrington and Brittany Walker.

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Weekend contests not good
Weekend contests not good
Two coaches with extensive Louisburg College ties were on the cusp of greatness last weekend.
But both skippers came up short in their quest.
At a sold-out Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, former LC head coach Billy Godwin was close to realizing his quest of taking his East Carolina University Pirates to the NCAA College World Series.
The Pirates’ task, though, was a daunting one, as ECU was going to have to claim a best-of-three series against the North Carolina Tar Heels -- who were seeking their fourth consecutive World Series berth.

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Jackets Show The Way
Jackets Show The Way
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- For compelling evidence concerning Roanoke Rapids girls soccer domination this spring in the Northern Carolina Conference, simply consult the league’s All-Conference squad.
That list features a whopping nine Lady Jackets on the first team -- out of a possible 18 spots.
Included on the chart are NCC Player of the Year Anne Tucker Rogers and Coach of the Year Terry Frazier -- both from Roanoke Rapids.

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STATE SOFTBALL, BASEBALL RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the final results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State Softball and Baseball Championships, which were held last weekend:

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LHS football sked has been finalized
LHS football sked has been finalized
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg High School football squad will open its 2009 campaign on Aug. 28 with a home game against the Ravenscroft Ravens.
LHS’ initial outing in the Northern Carolina Conference will be Sept. 25 at Roanoke Rapids.
This will also be the first season for new Louisburg head coach Chris Lee.
Here is the complete schedule, with home games listed in CAPS:

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Wood sparks Mudcats to a road victory
Wood sparks Mudcats to a road victory
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.  -- Travis Wood hurled his first career complete game, leading Carolina to a 2-0 victory over the Jacksonville Suns at the Baseball Grounds on Sunday in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Wood (W, 5-3), who won his fifth straight decision, matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts and issued no walks in outdueling the Suns’ Graham Taylor (L, 2-5).
Wood and Taylor battled to a 0-0 tie until Zack Cozart connected on a 2-1 pitch from Taylor in the seventh inning for his fourth home run in five games.

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Tar Heels sweep East Carolina
Tar Heels sweep East Carolina
CHAPEL HILL -- Junior All-American Dustin Ackley’s three-run home run highlighted a five-run sixth inning as No. 4 national seed North Carolina took Game Two of the Chapel Hill Super Regional against East Carolina 9-3 at Boshamer Stadium Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Tar Heels, coached by former North Carolina Wesleyan College mentor Mike Fox, advance to their fourth consecutive NCAA College World Series,  which will begin June 13 in Omaha, Neb.

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LIFESTYLES

W. R. Mills class of ‘57 reunion
W. R. Mills class of ‘57 reunion
The W. R. Mills Class of 1957 met Saturday, May 23, at Maple Springs Baptist Church for their 52nd class reunion.
The fellowship hall was decorated in the school colors of blue and gold. Twelve classmates, 12 spouses, Marjorie Leonard (teacher), and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stallings (principal) attended the reunion. Jimmy Cottrell and Ralph Davis co-chaired the event.
The reunion started at 3 p.m. to enable the classmates to socialize and catch up on old times. Linda Cottrell had a display area of old pictures and memorabilia.

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Alston, Burgess
Alston, Burgess
On Saturday, April 4, Etta Yvonne Alston was united in holy matrimony to James Allen Burgess Jr. at 5:30 p.m. at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg. Officiating ministers were the Rev. Jamil Crosson of Franklinton, Dr. Coolidge McCoy of Durham and Dr. Timothy Walker Sr. of Rocky Mount.
The bride is the daughter of Bernice Allen Alston of Franklinton, the late Alfred Alston, the late Napoleon Alston, and the late Vallie Alston.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Wardrett of Louisburg and the late James A. Burgess Sr.

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Birth: Rayne LeAnne Harrison
Birth: Rayne LeAnne Harrison
Christopher and April Jones Harrison of Youngsville are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Rayne LeAnne Harrison, born Nov. 23, 2008 at Rex Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Pete and Anita Leonard Jones of Louisburg.
Paternal grandparents are Kenneth and Cindy Harrison of Wilton.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Out with the old and in with the new
IT’S READY. The exterior of the new operations center.
Out with the old and in with the new
It’s been more than a decade in the planning stages, but it’s just about ready for its grand debut to the residents of Louisburg.
It’s the new Louisburg Operations Center located at 115 Industrial Drive, a site perhaps better known to local folks as the former Star Tobacco Warehouse. Its official ribbon cutting and opening will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, June 15, and that ceremony is open to the public.

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Bunn Fire Department celebrates half century
Bunn Fire Department celebrates half century
Okay, so what does a train of cows have to do with a volunteer fire department? At Bunn last Saturday it was one way that the firemen expressed their appreciation and thanks to the community for supporting it over the last half century. The Bunn department was marking its 50th anniversary and the custom-made train, where every car was a named cow,  was a great way to say thank you to the young at heart (and maybe a few that weren’t quite so young!) during a day that featured games, food and fun.

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Friends of the Library book sale Saturday
Friends of the Library book sale Saturday
With the summer reading season here, the Franklin County Friends of the Library are planning a book sale Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, to help make sure everyone has something to read, watch or listen to during the summer season.
The sale is being held at the main library branch in Louisburg as well as at the branches in Bunn, Franklinton and Youngsville.

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Franklin Community Health Service opens
Franklin Community Health Service opens
Franklin Community Health Services’ doors are open thanks, in part, to its ability to think globally and act locally.
Covidien, a healthcare manufacturer with worldwide clients, provides grants through its National Association of Community Heath Centers Challenge Grant program and Wake Health Services was able to secure a donation of supplies and funding for its clinic now open in Louisburg.
Covidien, also known as Mallinckrodt, has two plants in Wake County and many of its 500 employees live in Franklin County.

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