Louisburg police officers have arrested nearly a dozen suspects during an undercover drug sting that targeted a high-crime area and more than 40 suspects.
Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter said his department had received a number of complaints from residents along South Main Street concerned with street-level drug dealing.
For the past six months, officers have conducted undercover drug buys, building a case and a portfolio of suspects.
“The citizens in the community really helped out a lot,” Lassiter said, noting that they helped officers understand when and where transactions most often occurred.
Soup’s On. Blessings board member Diane Fleming greets Johnny Davis with a warm smile and a hot lunch.
The old adage “think globally, act locally” pretty much describes a new effort that had its “soft opening” here Thursday as the project of a group of local people who believe that hunger simply should not be a part of life in our community.
They’ve been working for several months pulling together an organization from scratch that they call Blessings, Inc.
The bottom line is that it’s a soup kitchen that will serve a couple of meals a week (to start) to local folks of all ages who can benefit from a hot, nutritious meal.
Within a week, the county’s Health Department has recorded its third and fourth cases of rabies this year.
Last Thursday, a woman in Spring Hope called animal control about how to dispose of a dead raccoon that had come in contact with two dogs.
The woman took the animal to a state lab in Raleigh, which confirmed the wild animal was rabid.
This past Tuesday, Animal Control Director Graham Stallings responded to the call of a a wild fox that nearly attacked a man while fishing in Youngsville.
Proposed cuts to home health care have resulted in a media battle between lobbyists and a co-chair of the Health and Human Services appropriations committee.
Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin, and the state have proposed cutting the budget for home health services by $40 million the first year and $60 million in the second year.
Tim Rogers, director of the Association for Home & Hospice Care — the nation’s largest trade association representing home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations — said the cuts would decimate a program that provides the care necessary to keep the elderly in their homes and out of nursing facilities.
When world leaders meet in Copenhagen later this year to negotiate efforts to reduce global emissions, many of them will put their words into action by driving vehicles powered by biofuels.
Their environmental friendly efforts are a result, in part, of work done by Novozymes scientists, engineers and workers here in Franklinton.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference will begin in Denmark in December.
At eight years old, Jackson Neal has a world of experience with animals.
Since the time he was four, he’s cared for chickens and turkeys, and toured the country to attend shows exhibiting his mastery over the beasts.
So, after he’s put away a former show cow and mentions he has a secret, one would expect a revelation that could make you, too, a grand champion with animals.
After all, Neal routinely attends shows in the dozens across the country, walking away with ribbons and accolades for his work.
His secret — he doesn’t keep up with where the shows are.
Pilot resident Samuel Tant
Beverly Perdue handpicks the new head of the SHP
Here we go again!
Yet another issue surfaces in our capital city that points to serious problems with our state government and reflects badly upon those who run it.
It is slowly being revealed that Gov. Bev Perdue forced out Walter J. Wilson Jr. from his position as commander of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Nothing wrong with that -- and no offense is meant to Wilson.
GOOD MORNING: Today may be July 4th as the dateline on this issue of The Franklin Times implies, but not if you get your Times by mail.
The fact is what with the 4th being a National Holiday, on which there is no mail delivery, followed by Sunday, again with no mail delivery, chances are that it will be July 6th by the time some readers get the current issue of the Times. The Times was available to subscribers on our website, however, holiday or no holiday.
And here’s hoping you have/had a nice July 4th holiday.
I’ve had to admit this before but sometimes there are some stories I feel guilty about getting paid to write.
One of those is on page 1 -- or is supposed to be since page 1 hasn’t been completed as this is being written.
It’s a story about a group of local folks who decided simply, enough talk about hunger, let’s do something about it.
They have formed a group they call Blessings, Inc., that will be providing free lunches to those people who really could use a helping hand.
RALEIGH – North Carolina is experiencing something unprecedented in modern times: an unpopular first-term governor.
I’d have worded the statement even more forcefully – that North Carolina hasn’t had a truly unpopular governor in recent memory – if you were reading this column a couple of years ago. But then came the implosion of former Gov. Mike Easley.
The North Carolina Constitution of 1776 emphatically demonstrated a genuine distrust of executive power; our colony was still incensed over abuses by the English crown. Voters in each county selected their legislators for one-year terms. The message was clear: Represent us well or be replaced. This system has basically served us well even with some modifications. We find ourselves needing further revisions today.
GRIFFIN, Ga. - Billy Bennett O’Neal, 74, died Sunday, June 28, 2009 at Christian Ministries Hospice. Funeral service was Wednesday, July 1, at Carver Road Baptist Church, Griffin, Ga. The Rev. Jack O’Neal and the Rev. Tom Summers officiated.
YOUNGSVILLE —Darien T. Smith, infant, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Arrangements by Chappell’s Funeral Home, Garner.
JUSTICE - Marian V. Newbill, 75, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at Life Care Health Center in Rocky Mount. Arrangements by Lancaster Funeral & Cremation Services, Louisburg.
WAKE FOREST - Mittie Aurelia Moore, 79, of Durham, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Funeral service was conducted Friday, July 3, at Wakeminster Baptist Church, with the Rev. Merle Martin officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Level Christian Church cemetery.
OUT CALL. Bunn catcher Johnathan Thomason (right) tags out Oxford’s Lane Humphries at home plate during Tuesday’s finale at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament at Louisburg High School. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- To the victor -- and the runner-up -- come the spoils.
That was the theme for Tuesday’s finale of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
Regardless of the outcome of the event, both finalists -- Oxford and Bunn -- had already qualified for the D-Y State Tourney, to begin in two weeks in Clarkton.
Town & Country meets new club in Wake Forest
WAKE FOREST -- Hasentree County Club -- a new league entrant -- hosted the Town and Country Stingrays on Tuesday in a youth swimming showdown in Wake Forest.
The host Hasentree Hammerheads came away with a victory over the Stingrays to close out pre-holiday league action.
Adam Reekie won’t be returning this fall as the head coach of the Louisburg College women’s soccer program.
Reekie, who has spent the last two years at LC, has accepted a men’s assistant coaching position at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Reekie, a native of England, has ties to both schools -- he played his first two collegiate seasons at Louisburg before finishing his career at Canisius, beginning in 2003.
BEST IN THE BACKSTROKE. McKayla Wood competes in the backstroke event for the Town and Country Stingrays during Tuesday’s road swimming matchup at Hasentree CC. (Submitted photo by Nicki Marshall)
Roster members for the Bunn Minor League Baseball All-Star squad are (back row, l to r) Coaches Geoufrey Anderson, Jimmy Johnson and Daryl Timberlake; (third row, l to r) J.D. Rice, Bladen Johnson, Christian Murray, Bryan Bowden and Taylor Proctor; (second row, l to r) Andrew Smith, Mason Makar, Dylan Timberlake and Johnathan Thomason; (front row, l to r) Nick Albino, Jaylan Williamson and Jackson Anderson. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Jake Murphy (left) accepted the Sportsmanship Award on behalf of his Louisburg teammates following the conclusion of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Tournament. Murphy is shown with Louisburg Recreation Director Brent Cardwell. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Roster members for the Oxfor Minor League Baseball All-Star squad are (back, l to r) Coaches Bill Wilkinson, Jeff Watson and Ronald Bennett; (middle, l to r) Daniel Wilkerson, Lane Humphries, Payne Watson, Josh Bullock, Nick Blackwell and Jared Bennett; (front, l to r) Jabe Montgomery, Dustin Brewer, Jack Wilkinson, Zack Keeton, Banks Conde and Austin Breedlove. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
SWEET FIFTEEN PARTY. Selena Rivera celebrates her fifteenth birthday with the traditional Spanish Quinceañera. The coming-of-age ceremony, held at the Lady of Our Rosary church, dates back to 500 B.C.
Spanish ritual of celebrating a girl turning fifteen
The “Quinceañera” ritual has been traced back to 500 BC from the Aztec culture as an event that continues to be enjoyed today by many Latin American families. By the way, Quinceañera is spelled with a curve over the “n” which is pronounced as the “ny” in “canyon.” Some of you might be familiar with the celebration that takes place when a Spanish girl turns 15 years of age. The family, friends, and guests celebrate this birthday with a religious ceremony, a meal, and a big dance. Many friends and family attend the party.
Yankee Doodle DANDIES.Britthaven of Louisburg residents get a jump on showing their patriotism with pre-Independence Day festivities. Above, residents enjoy their own Fourth of July parade. (Submitted photos)
Local residents have stepped up to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected youth. Blair Byrum and Gaynell Irby were sworn in by Judge John Davis as Guardian ad Litem volunteer court advocates on July 2.
These volunteers, along with an attorney, are jointly appointed by a judge to protect the child’s legal rights, protect the child from further victimization that results from multiple and temporary foster placements, and help the child attain permanence as quickly as possible.
The Smooth Rider Motorcycle Club of Louisburg had its annual cookout for the senior citizens of Franklin County on Saturday, June 14. More than 200 seniors attended.
Pictured are the Kid’s Corner (Louisburg) 2009 Pre-K graduates.
Rachel E. White graduated cum laude on May 9 from East Carolina University in Greenville, receiving a BS degree in nursing.
While at ECU, she was a member of East Carolina’s Association of Nursing Students, Nursing Christian Fellowship, National Honors Society, and at graduation she received her honor cards as cum laude.
Sarah Malissa Fenske of Louisburg graduated With Distinction (GPA at least 3.5) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 10 with a Bachelor of Music degree.
Justin T. Loyd of Louisburg received a BS in business administration from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs during its recent 2009 Spring Commencement. He was among a total of 512 graduates who received degrees from the university.
Matthew Joel Debnam, son of Charles and Cindy Phelps of Louisburg, received academic honors at Wake Technical Community College by making the Dean’s List for the spring semester.
The Board of Directors of the Franklin County Community Foundation has awarded $1,000 to the Care & Share Center program of the Franklin County Department of Social Services, according to Al Wheless, board president.
Wheless, in presenting the check to Cindy Tharrington, Karen Wilson and Velvet Perdue of the Department of Social Services, noted that Care & Share makes a significant impact on the lives of many in Franklin County.
The Mills High School Class of 1943 met for its annual reunion on April 30, the date of its 66th year of graduation. Eight of the 14 survivors were present.
Also in attendance were Marjorie Gardner Leonard of Louisburg, honored guest, last surviving teacher of the class; Elsie Gray Hunt Pernell of Wake Forest, Class of 1942; and spouses of class members, Bill Beckwith, Beth Beasley Dickerson, Everette Pearce, Everet Phelps and Rachel Stone.
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