CENTER OF ATTENTION. David Bunn addressed commissioners during the board’s meeting on Monday night. Bunn was the Republican Party’s recommended choice to replace Bob Winters, who resigned his seat at the end of 2009.
Franklin County Commissioners agreed to wait until its next meeting before deciding whether it fills a vacated seat with a board member recommended by the county’s Republican party.
District 4 Representative Bob Winters resigned at the end of 2009 to begin, full-time, a restaurant venture with his daughter in Florida.
Louisburg electric department employee Colt Dickerson takes down this Christmas decoration which was hung atop a light pole at the Franklin County Courthouse. Louisburg crews had hung wreaths, banners and lights around town and along Bickett Boulevard during the Christmas holiday. The decorations began coming down on Monday.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to back a state application that would bolster the chances that an Israeli company would move into the old HON building.
Already, the county’s governing board agreed to match a $250,000 One North Carolina Fund grant to lure Palziv’s North American headquarters into the HON building on N.C. 56 just outside of Louisburg.
A 31-year-old Louisburg woman proved to be the first fatality of the year after dying in a single-vehicle wreck on Jan. 1.
According to reports and the state Highway Patrol, Annetta Maria Mitchell was traveling on N.C. 401 near Lake View Road near the Ingleside community at about 4:30 a.m.
Mitchell died from injuries sustained in the wreck. It was not clear if anyone else was in the vehicle, but Mitchell was the only decedent.
Blistering cold temperatures are expected to hang around like a freeloader, but it may not be all bad.
While overnight temperatures in the teens is reason for concern for man or beast, the cold snap is at least expected to yield a bright spot — death to weeds, insects and fire ants.
“When the ground freezes and thaws, it kills those things,” said County Cooperative Extension Agent Will Strader.
A story in the Jan. 2 weekend edition incorrectly referred to the author of “The Voice of Blackness.” The author’s name is Pierre Perry. The Franklin Times regrets the error.
Znaya Jones & Brandon Crudup
It’s a new year!
And with it comes an important chance to deal with a difficult economy, to re-approach our “business as usual” approach here in Franklin County and it’s a time for local people to seriously get involved in the local scene in a meaningful way.
Job number one is -- and we suspect will continue to be -- the economy.
Nationally, there are significant signs that the situation is getting noticeably better.
Locally, not so much!
GOOD MORNING: The following is a notation I posted on my desk calendar last week for my return to work Monday. “Back on regular schedule. Praise The Lord. ” It’s not that I was not enjoying the Christmas and New Year holidays, but having to tailor your work schedule to mesh with that of the holidays and mail delivery is not only a daunting task, but it also had me wondering from time to time what day of the week it was.
Here’s hoping that Monday night’s meeting wasn’t politics as usual.
Ever since District 4 Commissioner Bob Winters announced he was stepping down at the end of 2009, the county’s Republican Party moved ahead with making a recommendation to fill his seat.
That group’s executive committee produced a candidate in December and presented David Bunn to the governing board for approval on Monday night.
Last Week’s Poll
Take the ‘treat’ out of retreat?
Should the Franklin County Commissioners spend money on booking a conference room and catered meals for a retreat, or have it in the commissioners’ room in the county administration building and brown bag it?
Year’s end is the traditional time to assess what was observed and learned in the past year, while setting goals for the coming one. Few will argue that 2009 was a stellar year for our state or nation.
The worsening economy appears to have brought out the worst in us. Civil discourse has been anything but civil. Rancor and partisanship have stalemated government. Poll after poll demonstrates little trust in public officials who too frequently exhibit unethical conduct, side with special interests and personally benefit from public service.
I am writing this to inform all residents of the shopping rules at the new Walmart store.
1. There is a time limit as to how long you can stay in the store,
2. Only go one time a day.
3. Do not wear clothes you have bought from Walmart.
LOUISBURG - Minnie Carpenter Guice, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Britthaven of Louisburg. A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 2, from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Leo Bennett officiating.
LOUISBURG – Sarah Wilder Underhill, 87, died Thursday morning, Dec. 31, 2009. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Rock Spring Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melton Tyson and Dr. Carl Poole officiating.
LOUISBURG - Joyce Vines, 48, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Dec. 31, at William Toney’s Funeral Home chapel, Spring Hope. Burial followed in the Vines family cemetery in Louisburg.
WAKE FOREST- Adelia “Dee Dee” Knight, 54, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at The Oaks of Carolina. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Dorothy E. Jones, 73, who died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Philadelphia Baptist Church, with the Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
JUSTICE - Francis “Frank” S. Leizear, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009 at home. Services will be held in the Spring in Roanoke Rapids.
ALERT - Robert Perry Radford, 70, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 4, at Lancaster Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG – Bobby Lee Gupton, 72, of the Justice Community, died Sunday morning at his home.
LOUISBURG – Michael Jay Aycock, 51, of Louisburg, passed away Sunday morning.
LOUISBURG —Margaret Faye Burnette Smith, born Nov. 20, 1943, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.
GUARDED CONDITION. Franklinton’s Tamara Williams (with ball) tries to escape the defense of North Johnston’s Leeann Woodall during last Wednesday night’s girls basketball championship game at the North/South Christmas Classic.
KENLY -- This was only the beginning for Franklinton and North Johnston, as the clubs will meet again at least two more times in girls basketball action this season.
That number could rise should the teams face each other in either the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament or the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
GETTING A LEG UP. Bunn’s Nick Poindexter (right) grabs the leg of a Ravenscroft wrestler to gain an advantage during last Saturday morning’s action at the prestigious Knightdale Duals Tournament.
KNIGHTDALE -- Head coach Mike Diaz is in the third year of his commitment to rebuild the Bunn High School wrestling program.
And midway through the campaign, Diaz likes what he is seeing from a young team that has only one senior -- 152-pound standout Matt Davis.
Excitement abounds every winter, when The Franklin Times’ greatest contest prize -- the beloved Old Ironsides stapler -- is up for grabs as part of our annual College Football Bowl Picks.
It’s a time filled with intensity, anticipation and the inevitable exchange of euphoria and despair that comes with each game.
Only one thing has been missing during the eight-year history of the event.
A close finish.
BENSON -- Louisburg High School’s girls basketball squad has already eclipsed its victory total from last season -- but the Lady Warriors are far from finished.
Louisburg is now 4-5 overall after earning third place at last week’s West Johnston Holiday Tournament.
LHS fell to host West Johnston in the first round, but the Lady Warriors rebounded last Wednesday with a tough 44-38 decision over Kinston in the third-place game at the WJHS Gymnasium.
BUNN -- Bunn High School will be hosting the Franklin County Baseball Clinic on Feb. 6 at the BHS Baseball Field.
The clinic will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and is open to youth players through high school.
Cost of the camp will be $30, which includes lunch.
The guest speaker will be East Carolina University head coach Billy Godwin -- the former coach at Louisburg College.
RALEIGH -- North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives are providing deserving students from across the state the opportunity to attend two local basketball camps again this year.
The scholarships are being offered to rising 6-8th grade females to attend the Kellie Harper Basketball Camp at North Carolina State University and to rising 6-8th grade males to attend the Roy Williams Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Bunn’s Johnny High (bottom) lost his headgear, but still hung on during this match against a Ravenscroft foe as part of last weekend’s Knightdale Duals Wrestling Tournament.
Members of the Franklinton High School girls basketball squad pose after the Lady Rams defeated host North Johnston in the championship contest of the North/South Christmas Classic, which concluded last Wednesday night in Kenly.
Representing the Franklinton Lady Rams on the All-Tournament Team at the North/South Christmas Classic were (l to r) Nikki Bell, Jalissa Debnam and Mecca Hicks.
Franklinton’s Mone’ Allen (20) passes the ball inside for an assist during the Lady Rams victory over host North Johnston last Wednesday in the North/South Christmas Classic Tournament.
Franklin County Animal Control is offering following suggestions and reminders to pet owners to keep all pets safe through the cold winter months.
When the temperatures reach below freezing, its time to consider changes to give the outdoor cat and dog a break by inviting them in, even if it’s in a storage area, tool shed and/or garage.
This political sign placed at the intersection of highways 581 and 56 shows Youngsville resident Glen Bradley is letting his intentions known early he plans to run against incumbent Lucy Allen for the District 49 N.C. House of Representative seat in 2010. Bradley, a Republican, is jumping the gun by displaying his signs too soon. The filing period for the 2010 election doesn’t start until Feb. 8, and a county ordinance states political signs can’t be erected before the filing period start date. A spokesperson from the county Planning Department said Bradley’s signs will be picked up.
Three Fonville Morisey Realty sales associates in the Youngsville office received their Broker License recently from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.
Dawn Ingram, Albert Palamenti and Wayne Peterson each completed the required 90 hours of intensive classroom study required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.