Franklin County jailers are keeping watch over a murder suspect who expressed suicidal thoughts.
Deputies arrested Joseph Mendez early Tuesday, charging him with killing his sister, 14-year-old Julianna Matthews, and critically injuring his mother, Lydia Etanislao, during an apparent fit of rage.
Since his arrest and first appearance in court on Wednesday, Sheriff Pat Green said Mendez exhibited signs of mental instability and shared suicidal thoughts.
SWORN IN. Newly appointed Commissioner David Bunn took the oath of office from Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter as his wife, Jennifer, held the Bible and his daughter, Emerson, 5, joined him.
If in doubt, don’t cut it out.
That was the gist of a new email retention policy that commissioners adopted on Tuesday night.
Information Technology Director Coy Floyd brought the matter before commissioners, giving them and county staff written instructions for how to handle electronic information transactions which are considered public record.
Both the Louisburg town council and the town’s planning board got a first-hand look at a draft of a new transportation improvement plan for the Louisburg area on Monday night, the first update in the plan since 1988.
The most notable change was the location of a long-debated western bypass around Louisburg -- this time moved much further to the west.
This map shows where NC DOT engineers believe bike paths should be improved or added -- and also shows where such paths now exist.
This map indicates where NC DOT engineers believe public transportation might be effective in Louisburg if bus service is ever offered in the town.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg dominated several statistical categories Tuesday, but was still unable to come away with a home victory against Roanoke Rapids in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball matchup.
With second place in the NCC on the line, the Warriors were defeated 59-58 by the Yellow Jackets in a tight contest at the LHS Gymnasium.
Rosemary Champion had a short walk from her seat to the podium.
But it was a trail her mother blazed some time ago that led her to receive the Greater Franklin County Chamber’s Citizen of the Year Award for 2009.
Champion received the honor Thursday night during the organization’s annual banquet and meeting sponsored by Franklin Regional Medical Center.
The Franklin County Airport Commission hired a director this week with an intimate knowledge of airplanes, airports and the agency that helps fund their operations.
Stephen Merritt was most recently an aviation program director with the state Department of Transportation’s Aviation division and president of a flight instruction company.
After getting an update on transportation planning Monday night (see related story), the Louisburg town council tackled a number of relatively routine business items, including revamping the town’s Historical District Commission and once again endorsing efforts to speed the four-laning of U.S. 401 in the county.
The town board unanimously approved changes to the historical commission as presented by Mayor Karl Pernell.
Franklin County Commissioners left a two-day retreat this week with handful of goals they hope can spur economic development.
With the aid of facilitators, the board, county staff, educators and and town staff worked to develop a multi-faceted economic development strategic plan.
The attrition continues at the Franklin County Arts Council after its secretary resigned his post in frustration.
In email correspondence, Bobby Cooper resigned his position on the Arts Council’s executive board, citing growing frustrations with how the group operates and what he called subversive maneuvering to remove him from office.
The board accepted his resignation by unanimous decision on Thursday night. In his email, Cooper claims that the transparency being touted by the group’s leadership is a mirage.
Louisburg resident Jaylen Brown, 4 years old
When first presented with the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award, Rosemary Champion said she was speechless.
Then she wasn’t.
What followed were words to live by.
So-o-o-o, Louisburg’s western bypass will be moved further to the west.
What Louisburg bypass?
The one that was in the planning document carefully adopted some 22 years ago right here in the county seat of Franklin County.
The same one that has never been built by the North Carolina Department of Transportation -- but which is now being moved well to the west.
GOOD MORNING: Only a 10 percent chance of rain today (Saturday), but it looks like we’re in for somewhat warmer weather and an increased chance for more rain Sunday and again on Monday.
NO HELP, BUT NO HURT, EITHER: Second District Congressman Bob Etheridge’s candidacy for reelection brings to mind the following tale about a couple of old-timers who were discussing an upcoming election.
RALEIGH – To the extent U.S. Senators from Massachusetts have ever played much of a role in North Carolina politics, it’s been as useful foils for Republicans. Ted Kennedy certainly showed up in more than his share of fundraising mailings by Jesse Helms and other conservative candidates. John Kerry picked John Edwards as his running mate in 2004 in an attempt to compete for Carolinian and Southern votes, a tactic that ended embarrassingly for all concerned. The GOP loved it.
YOUNGSVILLE —Ashley Ann Six, 24, died Monday Jan. 18, 2010. A memorial service honoring her life will be held 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 23) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with Harold Woodlief officiating.
LOUISBURG – Edgar “Ed” Hart Owens, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 23) at Lancaster Memorial Park, with the Rev. Earl Dulaney officiating.
RALEIGH - William Post, 54, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. A memorial service will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, Jan. 23) at the Chapel By the Sea in Emerald Isle, with Pastor Clay Olson officiating.
WAKE FOREST - Rachel Howard Harris, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 at her home. Funeral service was Friday, Jan. 22, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Wake Forest Cemetery.
ZEBULON - Danny Keith Liles, 64, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 21, at Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell, with burial following in Hollywood Cemetery.
Franklin County is again in the news for another domestic violence related homicide and indicated in the suicide of the young lady incarcerated in our jail. This news story should be very disturbing to anyone living in our county. We have had too many homicides and headlines related to domestic violence in Franklin County over the past few years.
WAKE FOREST - Sallie Cashe White, 50, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 23) at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tom Ravan and the Rev. Julian Motley officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON —Lona Mae Webb, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. The family will receive guests from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, followed by the services at 3 p.m.
ZEBULON - Shirley McLean, 73, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral, Home, Zebulon.
KITTRELL - James E. “Fuzzy” Winstead, 68, of Kittrell, died Thursday, January 21, 2010 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Ruby Winstead.
RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE. Louisburg College point guard Brittany Newby-Ellis (with ball) splits Lenoir’s defense during Tuesday’s Region X matchup.
LOUISBURG -- Sure, the opponent wasn’t a high-caliber foe, and Louisburg College was expected to record a victory in handy fashion.
But anytime Mike Holloman can watch his Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes shoot well from the outside, it’s a good thing -- regardless of the talent level of the other team.
HELD BALL FOR BHS. Bunn’s Keke Crudup (left) wrestles with a Northwest Halifax player for possession during Tuesday night’s Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball showdown at the Bunn Dome.
BUNN -- Only one undefeated team remains in the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball standings.
And it’s the young Bunn Ladycats, who are well ahead of schedule in their quest for NCC supremacy.
Behind the backcourt duo of sophomore Chepirah Neal and freshman Whitney Bunn -- along with some timely play from the rest of the team -- the Ladycats have rolled through their league schedule to date without a setback.
TIED UP. (L to R) Bunn’s Tyler Brandenburg and Louisburg’s Jackson Ellis duel for position during Wednesday’s Northern Carolina Conference wrestling matchup at the Edward Best Elementary School Gym.
LOUISBURG -- Stunningly down the stretch, Louisburg confronted a very real possibility as Wednesday’s prep wrestling match against the Bunn Wildcats.
Even with star Ahmadou Camara (145) out with an injury and Grant Madison unable to make weight at 171, LHS coach Jason Crawford still thought his Warriors had enough firepower to get past the feisty Wildcats.
Raymond Dunn had a streak to remember last week for the Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball squad.
And it was a surge that was noticed by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Dunn, a sophomore wing from Northern Vance, was saluted as the NJCAA’s Division II National Player of the Week.
It was a well-deserved award as Dunn posted double-doubles in each of the Vanguards’ three contests (all of which were victories).
IN A CROWD. Despite the presence of four Bunn defenders, Northwest Halifax’s Antonio Alston (with ball) during Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball event at the Bunn Dome.
BUNN -- Parity is a keyword this season in the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball standings.
Nearing the midpoint of the NCC schedule, six of the seven league teams have legitimate chances to compete for the four coveted spots in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
Bunn is right in the middle of that mix, though the Wildcats came up with a huge 61-58 home decision Tuesday over conference foe Northwest Halifax.
High School Basketball
Louisburg at Franklinton 6 p.m.
Bunn at North Johnston 6 p.m.
RALEIGH -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced that the team has named Eric Staal as the new team captain for the Hurricanes.
Staal is the fifth captain since the team’s arrival in North Carolina, and the 13th player to serve in that role in franchise history.
BALL CONTROL. Terrell Lane’s Sedalia Seda grabs a rebound while teammate Vanisha Wilshire (22) looks on during Thursday’s girls hoops showdown at the TLMS Gym.
LOUISBURG -- Thursday’s girls basketball meeting between Terrell Lane and Hawley was so close that the lead changed hands nine times -- in the first half alone.
Hawley, however, was able to hold on down the stretch to secure a 38-34 victory over the Lady Tornadoes in a hard-fought Middle Athletic Conference showdown at the TLMS Gymnasium.
Bunn’s Patrick Limer (right) got out of this hold from Louisburg’s Trey Griffor and went on to record a pinfall in the 112-pound weight class during Wednesday’s wrestling contest at Edward Best.
Louisburg College’s Shequitia Manning rises and scores in the paint during Tuesday evening’s home decision against Lenoir CC at historic Holton Gymnasium.
Area authorities are looking for a Bunn High School student reported missing on Monday.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Cpl. Kenny Harp said Joshua Daniel Perry, 17, is not believed to be endangered, but he is engaging the assistance of national resources.
Harp was working to have Perry listed with the national Center for Missing and Exploited Kids.