A Louisburg High School teacher who was accused of making an inappropriate comment to a student last school year has been suspended with pay this month, pending an investigation.
Neither school system staff nor school officials would say what type of complaint precipitated the decision to suspend wrestling coach and auto mechanics teacher Phil Mueller with pay on Oct. 14.
One of Franklin County’s most famous -- some might say flamboyant -- natives, Soupy Sales, has died at age 83.
Sales was born Milton Supman in Franklinton on Jan. 8, 1926 but spent much of his later youth in Huntington, W.Va., where he later earned a master’s degree in journalism from Marshall University.
A comedian from the golden era of television, Sales entertained generations of Americans with his off-the-cuff, wacky antics.
FRANKLINTON — Water plant supervisor Richard Hinkle passed the baton of leadership this week as the town’s water plant is under new management.
Hinkle will remain on staff in a service capacity.
Frank Efird comes to the town’s water department as its new superintendent, bringing 20 years of experience, the past five as Pittsboro’s superintendent. He began work in Franklinton on Thursday.
Friends say that until the end, Joann Beal held on to her Connecticut accent.
But she made Franklin County and the Bunn community her home and worked tirelessly to leave it and the world better than how she found it.
Beal died Tuesday at the age of 72.
Until the end, friends say, she was continuing her efforts to help those less fortunate.
Walmart, which is slated to open its new Louisburg store next week, says the relocation will create 170 new jobs. Total employment is 300, according to the company.
The new store, which is 156,000 square feet, will open to customers at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 705 Retail Way in the town’s new shopping center at the intersection of U.S. 401 and NC 56. A ribbon cutting is planned for 7:30 a.m.
FRANKLINTON — Leaving the Franklinton Town Hall Annex, Ray Gilliam had his hands full, holding on to his service weapons, a badge and an engraved plaque.
But since Oct. 1, his plate was officially cleared after he retired from the Franklinton Police Department after nearly 20 years of service, most recently as chief.
Soccer referee Frank Foxx
You’ve heard a lot about them in the national media and, increasingly, at the local level.
But despite all that attention -- and gang symbols appearing on buildings and signs around Franklin County -- many folks don’t seem to realize just what is happening.
Your Franklin Times has run many stories and photos about the situation in recent months but, somehow, the impact has been muffled.
Talk about numbing numbers!
We finally received a summary of the applications for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds that have been filed by states and organizations within the states.
You probably remember that Franklin County is seeking just shy of $66 million in TIGER funds to four-lane U.S. 401 from NC 96 to NC 56 in Louisburg.
GOOD MORNING: This time next week we’ll be preparing to say good-bye to Daylight Saving Time for 2009 and hello to Eastern Standard Time for the next several months — the second Sunday in March to be exact.
You know the rule: Fall back in the fall and spring forward in the spring. What all this means is that the extra hour of daylight we’ve been enjoying in the evenings all spring and summer is going to be moved around to morning until next March.
I recently received an e-mail that I had seen at least once before. This time I really dug into it. It was about a Virginia preacher. He referenced Genesis 47:13-26. I believe it was a very moving sermon.
RALEIGH – When it comes to the political relationship between Washington and Raleigh, the old saying applies: he who gives can also take away.
President Barack Obama’s Big Give to Gov. Beverly Perdue and other North Carolina politicians was a massive federal bailout. Faced with a big state budget deficit, Perdue and lawmakers were forbidden by the state constitution to issue public debt to paper it over. Their only legal options were to reduce spending or raise taxes. The Obama administration gave them a third option – let Washington issue the debt. Over the next two years, some $3 billion of North Carolina’s budget will be financed through this extra-constitutional borrowing.
Former Governor Easley is the subject of investigation by the State Board of Elections and a federal Grand Jury. The FBI lists government corruption as its fourth highest priority, just behind counterterrorism, espionage, and cyber crime. North Carolina has had far too many public officials accused of wrongdoing in recent years, prompting the question whether people are more corrupt today than forty, fifty or sixty years ago or whether we just hear more about it?
LOUISBURG - Ethel Elizabeth “Lib” Murphy, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 at Carebridge Assisted Living. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Haley & the Rev. Don McGinnis officiating. Graveside services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - William E. Lorah, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. No memorial services are being held due to the request of the deceased.
HENDERSON —Funeral services for Keith “Peaches” McKnight Sr., 55, who died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, were conducted Friday, Oct. 23, at Kinches Chapel UCC, with Elder Claude Earl Perry officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Anthony W. Thomas, 52, who died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kelvin G. Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the New Liberty Church cemetery.
BUNN - Joann Agnes Beal, 72, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 24) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Southeastern Seminary Cemetery.
BENSON - Dennis Howard Cupp, 71, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. A graveside service with Masonic Rites will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 24) at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, Clayton.
RALEIGH - James Dalphus “Jim” Caprell, 84, died Wednesday Oct. 21, 2009 at his home. His life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with Masonic Rites. Entombment will follow in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens with military honors.
LOUISBURG – Bonnie B. Burnette, 77, of Louisburg, passed away Wednesday afternoon, after a brief illness.
TIGHT QUARTERS. Louisburg College’s Vicky Lopez (l) and Cape Fear’s Jenna Paramore look to possess during Wednesday’s Region X matchup. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- To thwart a potential dash-and-then-crash early adrenaline rush from his players, Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes tried to downplay the importance of Wednesday’s home matchup against Cape Fear Community College.
After all, this wasn’t an elimination match, with the possible end of the season at stake.
Still, it was for the Region X Regular Season Championship -- and that was a fact the fired-up Lady Hurricanes fully understood.
NET CHALLENGE. Bunn’s Jasmine Brodie (right) goes up for a kill attempt as Louisburg’s Zoe Hinton (left) defends during Wednesday’s final match of the Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BUNN - Wednesday’s championship match of the Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament came down to a precious few key points.
And it seemed like the Bunn Ladycats won all of them.
In doing so, the top-seeded Ladycats staved off a tough challenge from rival Louisburg en route to claiming the title with a 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 conquest at the Bunn Dome.
MOVING FORWARD. Northern Nash’s Eric Collart possesses the ball as Louisburg’s Brailiio Rayo defends during Thursday’s non-conference boys soccer matchup on the NNHS campus in Red Oak. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
RED OAK -- Having a height advantage is important in several sports -- though soccer usually isn’t thought of that way.
Unless you watched Thursday’s non-conference boys match between Louisburg and host Northern Nash.
Louisburg is known as a small team that relies on the speed and craftiness of its front line, including Chase Ragland -- one of the area’s top scoring machines.
North Carolina and North Carolina State aren’t very good -- despite what the local homer radio announcers like to feed you.
Wake Forest isn’t playing up to par. Clemson is inconsistent. Virginia Tech has trouble winning big games on the road.
Georgia Tech better not fall behind, as the Jackets certainly can’t pass their way back into a game.
Miami had some early headlines, then laid an egg at Virginia Tech.
NCC XC CHAMPIONS. Members of the Bunn High School boys cross country squad pose with their trophies following Wednesda afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference Championships, which were held in Roanoke Rapids.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Bunn’s boys and Roanoke Rapids’ girls capped off successful regular seasons by taking titles at the Northern Carolina Conference Cross Country Championships.
The event was staged Wednesday afternoon in Roanoke Rapids.
Bunn picked up 26 points in the boys competition to easily get past second-place Northwest Halifax (61 points). Franklinton 75), Louisburg (99) and Roanoke Rapids (113).
PLAYING KEEPAWAY. Bunn’s Robbie Satterwhite (left) keeps possession of the ball as Franklinton’s Mark Yentzer defends during Wednesday night’s boys league soccer match at the Franklinton Recreation Park. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON -- Earlier in the season, Bunn needed overtime to edge Franklinton in Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer action.
The rematch, however, was all but decided early on, as the Wildcats potted three goals in the first 16 minutes en route to a key 4-1 decision over the Red Rams at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
High School Football
Bunn at Warren County 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Halifax at Louisburg 7:30 p.m.
RALEIGH -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced that the team will honor Ray Whitney on Nov. 1 in celebration of the veteran forward reaching the major career milestone of 1,000 NHL games played.
Louisburg High School hitter Sharika Evans (right) has been a dominant performer this season, and she added to her heroics with 16 kills (including this one) during Wednesday’s NCC Tournament finals at Bunn.
(L to R) Cape Fear’s Rebecca Morris and Louisburg College’s Haley Newsome hustle to the ball during Wednesday’s Region X women’s soccer showdown at Dr. Ronald May Field.
On Oct. 9, I was invited to participate in a parade to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This parade took place at L.B. Yancey Elementary School in Henderson. The event was organized by Consuelo Allen, a very good friend of mine who is the Spanish teacher at the school.
In 1934, President Roosevelt proclaimed Oct. 12 as Columbus Day (El Dia de Cristobal Colon). Since then, we celebrate it in the Americas, in Puerto Rico, Central and South America, and Canada. Many schools observe this day on the second Monday in October.
FGV Smart Start offers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to children ages infant to 5 years old. Enrolled children receive an age-appropriate book each month, mailed to them at their home address. In Franklin County, FGV Smart Start receives funding for the Imagination Library from United Way of Franklin County. Partnership staff person Katherine Anderson is pictured above talking with parents and enrolling children at the Franklin County library in Youngsville.
The Board of Directors of Union Bank, which has branches in both Louisburg and Youngsville, named June Manning as chief financial officer at its September meeting.
Union Bank, a community bank based in Oxford, previously used outside consultants to oversee the bank’s risk management and budgeting functions, which are now under Manning’s direction. Manning is an original employee of Union Bank and President Thomas Combs said it was always the plan for her to move into the CFO position.
WAKE FOREST — Novozymes served as the catalyst for a fundraising event that brought in more than $4,100 for a local youth organization.
The Novozymes President’s Cup Golf Tournament is held annually in the fall as a benefit for a designated local charity and this year they chose the Franklin County Boys and Girls Club.
Aaron A. Martin, state executive director for the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in North Carolina, announced that USDA is now issuing $8,395,950 in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments to eligible producers in North Carolina. More than $1.7 billion in CRP payments is being made on 31 million acres across the country.
Adam Strickland Keith took the oath of office and was sworn in with all the rights and privileges to practice law in the State of North Carolina by the Honorable J. Henry Banks (center) at the Franklin County Courthouse, Hobgood Annex on Oct. 12, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues. He was introduced to the courts by Attorney Thomas Clifton and took the oath using a Bible held by his father (right) and belonging to his grandfather, Joseph L. Strickland.
The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) is extending its application deadline for the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants until Nov. 13.
Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences.
First time exhibitors. First time exhibitors at the NC State Fair this year were Madison Austin and Andy VanJaarsveld. Both placed high in the competition in the Junior Meat Goat Show with their boer does and each was named a “Super Showman.”
Franklin County youth and livestock producers were well represented at the 2009 NC State Fair. Twenty-six area youth exhibited a market hog, beef heifers, sheep, dairy and meat goats in Raleigh, bringing home three championships, many ribbons and more than $4,500 in prize money. Franklin County continues to have one of the largest numbers of youth and livestock entries competing during the fair.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for two suspects in a home invasion and assault.
According to a report by Dep. Daniel Wester, two suspects broke into a home on Al Way near Youngsville at about 7 a.m. on Thursday.
Resident Jonathan Segovia said he awoke to find one of the suspects putting him in a choke hold while another put a knife to his throat.
After racking up just three first downs in the opening half, the Bunn Wildcats got their offense going during a crucial Northern Carolina Conference football showdown at Franklinton.
And just in the nick of time.
Down by six points at the break, the Wildcats were able to rally to defeat the Red Rams by a 20-6 score on Friday at the FHS Football Field.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s Warriors almost dipped into their season-long cauldron of fantastic finishes once again Friday night.
But this time, it wasn’t meant to be.
Instead, Warren County held off two late Louisburg threats, including a missed field goal in the closing seconds, for a 14-13 victory in a Northern Carolina Conference football showdown at Patterson Field.