In a move that surprised no one, the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night voted unanimously to remove the word “interim” from School Superintendent Eddie Ingram’s title and the veteran educator was quickly sworn in as the county’s new superintendent of schools.
The board has been seeking a new superintendent since Dr. Bert L’Homme announced in late spring that he would leave at the end of June.
Park-ing lot. Clyde Harris, left, and his son, C.P., listen as commissioners debate whether they are willing to serve as manager of a state Natural Area that would be developed on Harris’ Jackson’s Mill Pond property. (Times photo by Carey John
Franklin County commissioners said they needed more information before they would commit to managing a property that its landowners and conservancy groups are pushing as a potential state Natural Area.
National and local land conservancy consultants have worked with land owner Clyde Harris, state officials and county staff for more than a year about the possibility of turning Jackson’s Mill Pond and surrounding land into a Natural Area that would boast hiking trails and a canoe park that could eventually tie into Lake Royale.
Federal attorneys reached a settlement with Franklin County in a lawsuit alleging that the county retaliated against a former employee who pursued charges of sexual harassment.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge W. Earl Britt signed a consent decree on Friday, granting Karen Dorrans $17,500 in relief and requiring the county modify its harassment and retaliation policies to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Much like fever caused by the flu, the number of absent students at Laurel Mill Elementary began to drop this week.
On Monday, 105 students were out with flu-like symptoms. By Tuesday, though, only 69 students were out sick.
If numbers continued to climb rather than decline, school officials would have considered shutting down the central Franklin County school.
Louisburg police arrested a trio of teenagers accused of crashing a school bus.
Louisburg Police Capt. Jason Abbott said two 15-year-olds were charged on Sunday for stealing and crashing a bus that was at the parking lot of Terrell Lane Middle School on Sunday.
The keys were in the bus, police said.
Franklin County Commissioners are considering putting a jail expansion project before voters next year, but they want to make sure the county’s sheriff is on board first.
About two years ago, Sheriff Pat Green approached officials about expanding the current jail with the upside being that revenue from housing federal inmates would help pay for construction that consultants said the county would need to meet future needs.
PILOT — The Pilot Lions Club unveiled a new community building this weekend, the first leg of a project designed to bring recreation and fellowship to the southern end of Franklin County.
The organization held an open house, inviting the public in to see their new community building, built in conjunction with the planned Pilot Lions Park, a joint effort between the county, its parks and recreation Department, and the Lions.
County resident Mattie Kemp holds onto a precious puppy on Saturday at an adopt-a-thon held at the county’s animal shelter. The event was in part an anniversary for the shelter on T. Kemp Road.
Franklinton High School soccer parent Greta White
While literally thousands of Franklin County residents are holding their collective breaths hoping that federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) funds will finally four-lane the deadly 11.3 miles of U.S. 401 from Wake County to Louisburg, a new wrinkle has appeared.
Franklin County submitted an application for $65.4 million in TIGER funds just prior to the Sept. 15 deadline knowing that it would be a competitive process against the state of North Carolina.
GOOD MORNING: So, Novant Health now owns 99 percent of Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg and will assert control and management of the 70-bed facility, but the future location of the facility apparently still remains a matter of some contention.
As for efforts to relocate the hospital, Novant Senior Vice President Jim Tobalski is quoted as saying that Novant believes there is a solution that involves “maintaining something in Louisburg and building a new hospital in Youngsville. We want a solution that benefits the entire county.”
In this fantastic journey that has been my career, I’ve had the good fortune of covering countless government meetings.
In that time, I’ve learned a few things that tend to hold true.
The first is this: unless the governing board is raising taxes, telling people what they can do with their property, or telling a neighbor what they can do with their property, you never have to rush to get a good seat because no one will show up.
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There are and will be many explanations for our recent failure to continue to get what we want, regarding hosting the next Olympics Games. I would like to add mine. But first, a question.
Shame on the Town of Louisburg for giving the Shriners grief over their signs advertising their annual fish fry (Saturday Times.) I cannot believe they would use safety hazard as a reason. That is nit-picking.
Thank God for the location of Franklin Regional Medical Center!
On Monday, Sept. 28, I had an urgent emergency visit to FRMC.
Grandparents never get enough face time with their grandchildren, so my wife decided to surprise our two elementary school students recently by having lunch with them. The grandchildren were thrilled to see and show her off to friends, proving again that spending time with children is more important than spending money on them.
DURHAM - Funeral services for Lonnie Bell Leonard Howard, 95, who died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, were held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Alice S. Alston, 77, who died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 7) at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Joseph Ronald Nicholson, 60, who died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, will be conducted at noon today (Wednesday, Oct. 7) at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, with the Rev. William E. Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Bessie Belle Pearce, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Bunn United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Bunn Cemetery.
ZEBULON - Pauline Denton Jeans, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 5, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Burial followed at the Bunn, Alford, Upchurch cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Margaret Perry Robbins, 90, died Saturday morning, Oct. 3, 2009 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 5, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - Daphine Baker Morris, 81, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at her home. Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 4, at Wake Forest Church of God, with Pastor Mike Wells and Pastor Phillip Lyon officiating.
ZEBULON - Phillip Craven Brown Jr., 72, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 at UNC Memorial Hospital. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Oct. 4, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Millbrook Road, Raleigh.
ZEBULON - Charles Bradley “Brad” Cummings, 38, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at Wake Med. A memorial service to celebrate his life was conducted Monday, Oct. 5, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service in Knightdale. An inurnment service will take place at a later date for family and friends.
KNIGHTDALE —Charles Larry “Charlie” Hood, 64, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 at Wake Med. Graveside services with military honors were conducted Monday, Oct. 5, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon, with Pastor John Hedgepeth officiating.
YOUNGSVILLE —Frank Benjamin Pender, 85, died Oct. 4, 2009 at his home in Youngsville. He was born in Granville County, NC to Andrew (Jimbo) and Onnie Pender. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, Franklinton, by the Rev. Richard Carnegie and the Rev. Willie R. Nixon, III, pastor. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
MEETING IN THE MIDDLE. (L to R) Bunn’s Marselo Jaramillo and Franklinton’s Mark Yentzer try to gain possession in the midfield during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer contest at BHS. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BUNN -- Parity only serves to accentuate the importance of every match this season in the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings.
Early-schedule matches can eventually determine the seeds later in the fall for the NCC in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
And with competitive balance serving as key words in the league, it’s no surprise that clubs have engaged in nip-and-tuck duels since the league kickoff off its ledger last week.
TOUGH TO TAKE DOWN. Louisburg High School running back Ervin Hunt (with ball) attempts to avoid a pair of Northern Vance tacklers last Friday during a non-conference football event on the NVHS campus.
HENDERSON - After his team’s tough loss the week before at Roanoke Rapids, Louisburg High School football coach Chris Lee was looking for an urgent response last Friday during a non-league matchup at Northern Vance.
Lee got what he was asking for as the Warriors piled up a season-high 425 yards of offense en route to posting a 29-11 road decision over the Vikings.
TEAMING UP FOR THE TACKLE. Franklinton’s Dietrick Mitchell (l) and Will Jones (r) combine to tackle Roanoke Rapids’ Tyrell Everette during last Friday night’s matchup at the FHS Football Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON -- The Northern Carolina Conference’s regular season champion won’t be crowned for over a month.
But it looks like, regardless of the scenarios, the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets will be one of the teams in the title mix.
The Jackets, coached by Russell Weinstein, used a strong second half to outdistance Franklinton by a 38-15 margin last Friday in a key NCC meeting at the FHS Football Field.
Bunn High School football fans -- including former head coach David Howle -- had their hands on the remote control during the late afternoon last Saturday.
At the same time, four players with BHS connections were on television for their respective schools -- Kerry Neal at Notre Dame, Brandon Barnes at North Carolina State, Mike Rinfrette at Wake Forest and Ty Howle at Penn State.
BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats continue to frustrate foes with their almost-dizzying array of offensive weapons.
Bunn’s gamebreakers were out in full force last Friday as the Wildcats scored eight touchdowns on their way to a 48-21 victory over visiting North Johnston in BHS’ first Northern Carolina Conference game.
The Wildcats, coached by Chris Miller, upped their mark to 4-2 overall.
LOUISBURG -- The mood around the Louisburg College football team wasn’t rosy last week.
Not after their Hurricanes had seen their unbeaten streak snapped by a disappointing loss at home to ASA Institute.
Louisburg took out some frustration last Saturday against an overmatched George Mason University Club Team.
By halftime, the Hurricanes had roared to a 34-point cushion, and they would eventually post a 60-0 decision over the Patriots on the GMU campus in Northern Virginia.
FLYING HIGH. Franklinton High School student Thomas McArn finished second this summer in the National ATV Motorcross Championship points standings. McArn is a junior at Franklinton. (Photo Submitted)
FRANKLINTON -- Thomas McArn, a junior at Franklinton High School, competed against some of the nation’s top talent this summer as part of the National ATV Motorcross Series.
McArn took part in 10 events and claimed second place overall in the 15-17 Schoolboy Senior Division.
For three years, McArn has been taking part in area events, but he decided to test himself nationally during a season that lasted from April through August.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are this past week’s individual and game winners from The Franklin Times Football Contest:
Erica Goswick was selected as the Princess and Demetrius Burk the Prince during last Friday night’s homecoming ceremonies at Franklinton High School. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Erica Batton was saluted as the Homecoming Queen at Franklinton High School during last Friday’s celebration at halftime of the football game. Also pictured is Lane Pickett, who was standing in for King Matt White. White was unavailable for the ceremony, as he is a kicker and was in the locker room at intermission.
Cedric Parker was tabbed as Mr. Franoka and Ebone’ Holloway was the choice as Miss Franoka during last Friday night’s homecoming ceremony at Franklinton High School. The students were saluted as part of the halftime event of the football game between the host Red Rams and Roanoke Rapids.
Several members of Franklinton’s 1983 football team returned to campus to be honored last Friday at halftime of the Red Rams’ contest against Roanoke Rapids. This club, coached by Tommy Piper, was the last FHS team to post an undefeated regular season. The Red Rams went 10-0 en route to claiming the Capital Area Conference championship. FHS also reached the second round of the state playoffs. (Above) Chris Summerlin (left) receives a plaque from FHS Principal Charles Fuller as Stephon Rushing looks on.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments in Henderson received a 2009 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for its Public/Private Partners in Building Restoration.
The second concert of the fall season at Cherry Hill, the 19th Century plantation home near Inez in Warren County, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. Featured will be violinst Richard Luby and pianist Jane Hawkins. They will present a program featuring Bach and Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. Cherry Hill is a beautifully preserved mid-19th Century plantation home located on NC 58 in the Warren County community of Inez. Admission is $8 per person and tickets will be available at the door. For more information,visit www.cherryhillconcerts.com
A youth conference was held August 15 for 13 young women between the ages of 12 and 18 by the ladies of BAM on Wheelz.
BAM on Wheelz, “Beautifully Admired Mommas”, is a motorcycle club headquartered in Franklin County.
The club’s sole mission is to give back to the underserved youth and women in Franklin County.
Lindsey Harrison, left, helps Colleen Cassada light a candle during Safe Space’s annual candlelight vigil in recognition and remembrance of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. The vigil was held in honor of Natalie Romine and Gabrielle Reece who were killed this year in domestic violence matters.
Participants in the Lake Royal Triathlon begin the first leg of the three-stage competition on Saturday. This year’s event had three hundred and twenty athletes compete. Marty Gall, of Cary, won this year’s event with a time of 1:06:47. More photos at www.LakeRoyale.org
Steven and Aimee Tondee of Bunn are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Rose Tondee, born Sept. 25, 2009 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 8 pounds, 4.6 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Tammy Forsythe and Nakia Richardson of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Nevaeh Dajonae Richardson, born Sept. 4, 2009 at Duke Hospital in Durham. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
Christy and Jerry Fuller proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Katelyn Grace, born Sept. 10, 2009 at Rex Birthing Center in Raleigh. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
The Rev. Jemonde Taylor, one of nine Episcopal priests at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Tex., was chosen to attend the Worldwide Episcopal Church Conference in London, England during the week of Sept. 25 - Oct. 3.
During the spring semester, Taylor received a master’s degree in sacred theology from the General Episcopal Seminary in New York City.
WAKE FOREST — Ten years in the makings, the E. Carroll Joyner Park was dedicated Sunday afternoon.
The ceremony — which featured state and local dignitaries — was under clear-blue, sunny skies that welcomed hundreds of all ages to the 117-acre playground outfitted with renovated farm buildings, an amphitheater, gardens, walking and bike riding trails and a pecan grove where picnickers relaxed and listened to The Swang Brothers concert as part of the event. When completed, trails from the park will connect with every neighborhood in the town.
A little bit of hope can go a long way, or so the saying goes.
For Franklin County’s Volunteers in Medicine, the hope has been a much-needed dose of goodness, stretching into five strong years to serve th-ousands of residents who are uninsured and who are under-insured.