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July 21, 2009.
The last time Diane Dille saw her granddaughter, the 20-year-old was stepping on a bus with plans of starting a new life for herself and her children in Ohio.
The next time Dille sees her, it will be to take possession of her ashes.
Dille said Portsmouth, Ohio investigators confirmed to her Friday that her granddaughter, Nichole Alloway, was found dead in a small Ohio village about 470 miles northeast of her Spring Hope home.
Alloway’s death, Dille said, was the result of a doomed Internet relationship that cast her granddaughter into a world of unscrupulous people that ultimately took her life.
Cleaning up Louisburg’s share of the Ward Transformer Superfund site in Raleigh will cost customers of the town’s electrical system at least $225,795 and the total bill could reach as high as $369,000 following action taken unanimously by the town council Monday night.
Louisburg hired Ward Transformer as far back as the 1960s and 1970s to refurbish and dispose of old electrical transformers at the company’s site near Raleigh-Durham Airport.
But Ward was found to be improperly disposing of the fluids from the transformers which, prior to 1977, included the suspected cancer-causing chemical combination known as PCBs.
The state Highway Patrol charged a Henderson man with losing control of a box truck Monday afternoon that shut down a highway for almost three hours. According to Trooper D.R. Simmons, Ralph Mayes, 68, was traveling north on U.S. 1 north of Franklinton when he ran off the road to the right near the intersection of U.S. 1-A. Mayes then over-corrected, Simmons said, and the commercial truck overturned in the left lane of the highway, temporarily blocking both lanes as gasoline and other liquids spilled from the truck. Franklinton fire and emergency medical crews, along with crews from Franklin County, responded along with the Highway Patrol to the single-vehicle accident that occurred just before 5 p.m. Mayes’ injuries were not life threatening, Simmons said, but about an hour after the accident, he was transported to Maria Parham hospital for scrapes and bruises.
Louisburg Senior Center volunteer Eldora Perry, above, was the center of attention as she called out letters and numbers during a spirited game of Bingo on Tuesday during the Department of Aging’s Senior Fun Day in the Park at Louisburg’s Riverbend Park.
Engineers have encountered some rock along U.S. 401, but state Department of Transportation staff promise completion of a project meant to make the two-lane highway safer.
Department of Transportation (DOT) crews began preliminary work on a project to add turn lanes and eventually install turn signals at the intersection of U.S. 401 and Darius Pearce/Sid Eaves roads in early June when workers began taking down trees.
DOT crews broke ground on the project the last week in June, said Franklin County DOT Maintenance Engineer Jonathan Tyndall.
Louisburg resident Javeon Perry, 5 months
It’s difficult to believe that it’s been four tumultuous decades since Americans sat transfixed before their television sets and held their breath as the first man -- an American astronaut -- tentatively stepped foot on the surface of the moon.
The race to the moon, launched by President John F. Kennedy in May, 1961 just after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, was won. It was a technological triumph at a time when this nation really needed something to feel positive about.
In July 1969, it was barely a year past the assassinations of presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King.
GOOD MORNING: It’s as Times staff writer Carey Johnson wrote in our Saturday edition, in a case that “pitted the governor against the voters of North Carolina,” Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood came down on the side of the voters, ruling Friday that state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson should be in charge of overseeing public education in this state.
As I pointed out Saturday (although I couldn’t recall the name of the case nor the exact date), it was 34 years ago that Judge Robert Hobgood’s father, the late Judge Hamilton H. Hobgood, of Louisburg, won national respect when he presided over the racially charged Joan (pronounced Jo Ann) Little murder trial in Wake County Superior Court.
So now what?
On Friday, Judge Robert Hobgood essentially ruled that duly elected June Atkinson should have the responsibility of overseeing education.
He said that Gov. Bev Perdue did not have the constitutional authority to appoint Bill Harrison as CEO of public schools.
So, like I said: Now what?
Harrison has been in his position since January and is in no hurry to leave.
Last Week’s Poll
Should pool be built?
Should Louisburg build an Olympic-size public swimming pool for town and county residents to use for a small per use entry fee?
Sometimes politics can get, well, a little strange.
State Sen. Doug Berger voted to cut 20,000 elderly Medicaid patients’ home care, then eight days later, turned around and voted to spend $25 million to build a fishing pier at the beach, with a 16,000-foot clubhouse and balloon.
But when the Association for Home and Hospice Care pointed out putting fishing piers before the needs of elderly Medicaid patients might be a case of misplaced priorities, Senator Berger’s response was, well, even more surprising.
YOUNGSVILLE —Nettie Wiggs Raines, 75, died Friday, July 17, 2009. A graveside service was conducted Monday, July 20, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest.
BAILEY - Frank Leslie Blackley Jr., 61, died Thursday, July 16, 2009 at his home. Funeral service was conducted Sunday, July 19, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Bailey Cemetery.
ZEBULON - Ernestine L. “Tina” Hignutt, 85, died Monday, July 20, 2009. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.
RALEIGH — Fred William Layton, 83, formerly of Louisburg, NC, died Saturday at his home in Raleigh where he resided with his son and daughter-in-law. He was constantly surrounded by his loving family and friends as he adjusted to a life with cancer by showing dignity and grace.
MAKING THE TAG. Bunn All-Star third baseman Jackson Anderson prepares to tag out a Sandhills runner during last Saturday afternoon’s action at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball State Tournament in Clarkton.
CLARKTON -- During tournament action, the law of averages dictates that, for every close victory, a narrow setback is just around the corner.
That’s the way things worked out for the Bunn All-Stars at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament at Clarkton Park in Bladen County.
Bunn’s tourney run ended after three games as the All-Stars were defeated in a toughie by a 9-8 margin Monday against Hope Mills.
One day earlier, Bunn had been defeated 10-0 by summer-long nemesis Oxford.
USE THE FORCE, KEVIN. Bunn’s Kevin Carroll (center) forces Dunn’s Austin Hardison at second base off a grounder during last Saturday’s first-round game of the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball Tournament.
PEMBROKE -- Coming out of the loser’s bracket is an ominous proposition for any team at the talent-stacked Dixie Youth Major League State Baseball Tournament.
But the Bunn All-Stars, following an opening loss to Bunn, have managed to stay alive, bouncing back with a pair of clutch wins in the double-elimination format.
Long-time observers have commented about the depth of quality teams at this year’s event, which is being held at the West Robeson Recreation Park.
If the beginning of fall football practice signifies the end of summer, then we’re up against it, aren’t we?
Fall workouts begin in just 10 days for Franklin County rivals Franklinton, Bunn and Louisburg.
Even with some heavy graduation losses -- and two coaching changes -- hopes are high at each of the schools.
It will be interesting to see how things work out.
But first, we have a few days left to enjoy before the heat-infested workouts and scrimmages begin.
BEST IN THE BACKSTROKE. Town and Country’s Lindsay Harrison claimed first place in the Girls 15-18 Backstroke event during last Thursday’s meet at Broadlands. (Submitted photo by Nicki Marshall)
RALEIGH -- Town and County’s Stingrays wrapped up their regular season league schedule last Thursday with a visit to the Broadlands Pool in North Raleigh.
TC defeated the host Barracudas by a 237-115 score.
The Stingrays’ Top-Three finishes by event were as follows:
NEW YORK -- Christian Buffaloe, the 9-year- old son (and student) of local Kyokushin karate instructor Kenny Buffaloe, former Nash County residents, recently won the Japan sponsored “Kyokushin Karate Full Contact Knockdown Children’s Tournament” in New York City for an unprecedented second time.
Last year, Christian, who lives in Warrenton, made history by becoming the first American to ever win this international event.
Even more importantly was the fact that this tournament served as a qualifier for the “World Kyokushin Karate Children’s Tournament” to be held in August in Chiba, Japan.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Since 1999, North Carolina Wesleyan College has honored 42 former athletes, administrators, teams, coaches, and contributors by enshrining them in its Athletics Hall of Fame.
These individuals have created a higher standard for Battling Bishop athletics and were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments and/or contributions to the College.
This year’s class meets these same standards and will comprise the 11th group of honorees.
WILSON -- Franklinton High School will once again participate in the Brittany For The Boys Soccer Showcase next month.
The two-day event, which features top boys soccer squads from across the state, will be held Aug. 21-22 at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex in Wilson.
Franklinton will meet Wayne Country Day on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. on Field Six.
Tickets will be available at the gate, with all proceeds going to the Brittany Willis Scholarship Fund.
The complete showcase schedule is as follows:
As part of his contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties, Phil Ford will host a co-ed basketball clinic Aug. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Rocky Mount High School for teens 13-18 years old. Registration is at 5 p.m. Participants of this clinic will learn the fundamentals of basketball as well as the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork.Limited spots are available. For more info or to sign up for the clinic, call the Boys & Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties at (252) 977-9924.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats topped the Chattanooga Lookouts 6-1 in the series finale Sunday afternoon in front of 6,574 fans at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.
Carolina starter Travis Wood (W, 9-3) set a franchise record by winning his ninth consecutive decision.
Wood tossed seven shutout innings, striking out eight and walking none. Ruben Medina and Sean Watson combined for the final two innings without allowing an earned run.
Caitlyn Cooley, daughter of Melvin and Evie Cooley of Youngsville, has been selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen North Carolina Academic and Enrichment Program to be held July 24-26 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham.
Pre-Teen North Carolina is a by-invitation only academic and enrichment event involving young ladies 7 to 12 years of age based on their school academic records, awards and honors won and/or their participation in outside activities. Additionally, young ladies are invited who have been recognized publicly for their outstanding personal achievements, volunteer services, school involvement, leadership abilities or creative talents.
Evelyn P. Smith and Viola Brooks announce the engagement of their children, Rita Smith and Donnie Brooks. An Aug. 8, 2009 wedding date has been set. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Joe and Maggie Pearce of West River Road, Franklinton.
Shane and Deborah Hunt of Raleigh are proud to announce the birth of their son, Alexander Elkins Hunt, born Friday, July 3, 2009 at Rex Healthcare Birthing Center in Raleigh. Alex weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.
Paternal grandparents are J.B. and Kay Hunt of Louisburg.
“A” Honor Roll
Third grade: Baretta Exley.
Fourth grade: Ashley Breslin, Mary Valencia, Abigail Roberson, Brandon Reese, Brandi Cornelius, Krystal Francis.
Fifth grade: Nicholas Piantadosi, Tiffini Barnes, Allison Burkett, Jacob Coats, Cody Cornelius, Brooke Moore, Kimberly Ross, Timothy Wilson.
Following are the Kerr-Vance Academy Headmaster’s List and A/B Honor Roll for the fourth quarter, second semester and the year.
Angelica R. Davis, a 2009 graduate of Northern Vance High School, has been awarded the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship. She plans to attend N.C. State University in the fall, pursuing a career as a mathematics teacher.
She has also received additional scholarships, honors and awards, including VCAE/NCAE scholarship, Arlestus Attmore Memorial scholarship, President’s Award for Academic Excellence, member of the National Honor Society, captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, member of the Show Choir, and others.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who fired shots into an occupied car.
According to a report by Dep. Jeffery Bell, Lenesha Tatum was leaving a party on Bunn Elementary School Road on Saturday morning when someone shot into the 2000 Ford Explorer she was in.
The bullet, Tatum said, shattered a back passenger window and the windshield.
Tatum and two passengers, Cora Bowden and Jermaine Jones, met police at Franklin Regional Medical Center where glass was washed off their skin.
The North Carolina Infant-Toddler program (ITP) provides services for the development of infants and toddlers with special needs, and their families. A child with a developmental delay is not developing like others his own age.
The following is a checklist to see if your child is meeting the developmental milestones during the first year of life. Successful intervention depends on identifying needs and providing services and supports EARLY.
This Saturday, July 25, the Wake Forest Farmers’ Market will host a “canning demonstration,” presented by Robin Roper, N.C. Cooperative Extension agent, who will give tips on saving the summer bounty from your garden.
There will also be a “Taste of the Market” cooking demonstration, with Cindy Karas, local gourmet foodie. She will demonstrate new ways to prepare all those veggies coming in from the garden, including free samples and answers to all of your questions.
William Goldberg, Bunn resident and independent distributor for Reliv International—a direct selling company that provides nutritional supplements—was recently promoted to the Director level.
Reliv distributors reach new levels when their sales organizations meet specific sales volume goals.
Patricia Hayes-Privette, administrator of Hampton McFadden Education Center (better known as St. Paul Presbyterian Child Care Center), was recently chosen to represent the professional and business community of Franklinton in the Biltmore 2009/2010 Honors Edition of “Who’s Who Among Executives and Professional Women.”
The Biltmore publishing committee selected her based upon her current standing, as well as criteria from executives and professional rosters. The listing is by Committee invitation only.
Samantha Scott of Youngsville recently became an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare gourmet products.
As a consultant, Scott offers the company’s gourmet foods and beverages to guests at home taste-testing parties. Guests receive samples, easy meal ideas, recipes and serving suggestions.
The Associates & Teams of the Month for June 2009 for Fonville Morisey Realty are:
For the Youngsville office: Gene Troutman, listing associate; Dawn Ingram, listings sold, selling and 2nd quarter referral associate; Triangle North Team, listing and selling team.