Prosecutors have ruled a hunting fatality a tragic accident.
There are other aspects of the incident, though, that remain under investigation.
Jared Wynne, 18, was killed on Monday evening during a bird hunting expedition on property in the Rocky Ford community.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials and staff have enacted the stiffest water conservation requirements, hoping that and some rain helps fill a depleted town reservoir.
Town officials and staff met during an emergency session at the upper reservoir on Long Mill Road on Wednesday to enact Stage III restrictions — making it illegal to use water for any outdoor purposes other than fire fighting.
A decade ago, Louisburg’s Abe Kemp attended the first-ever tractor show in Justice and was fascinated by all those restored farming machines. He vowed that the next year, he’d be back with his own restored tractor. He made good on that vow -- again, and again and again. In fact, this year he drove this truck to Justice with a total of seven restored tractors on it. Oh, and he restored the tractor-trailer truck as well. It’s a 1957 Mack B61 model and has been drawing oohs, ahhs, and stares recently around town when he was out testing it on the highway.
Franklin County Commissioners agreed to support a route of the proposed South East High Speed Rail corridor they say would least impact county residents — particularly those in a Youngsville neighborhood.
They also supported efforts to limit the number of roads that the state and federal government proposes to close in Franklinton to accommodate the rail.
The next time the phone rings at the Johnson household, it could be members of a transplant team telling Angel Johnson that they have a liver that could save her life.
For now, though, neighbors, family and friends are answering the bell, rallying to support Angel Johnson and her family with the mounting bills associated with a debilitating disease.
Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce member Joe Johnson and Chamber Administrator Brenda Fuller set out stakes on Friday, marking the area for food, craft and other vendors for Saturday’s Tar River Festival.
Bunn resident Makai Hendricks
Four young lives lost in Central Franklin County in the last few weeks.
All because of accidents.
Four lives, all of young men who should have had many long, fun-filled and productive years ahead of them full of excitement, families, accomplishments and dreams, were cut short by instant tragedy.
With a combination of sadness and melancholy I read the story in Saturday’s paper about the closing of local radio station Country 102 FM, the latest “domino” to fall in a long series of hits that have adversely affected Franklin County.
It may seem strange for a local newspaper guy to lament the closing of a radio station. After all, we both competed for the same increasingly scarce -- and lately, downright rare -- advertising dollars that kept us both in business.
GOOD MORNING: If our weather forecasters are right, the record-setting heat we’ve been enjoying has come to an end, for the immediate future at least, with daytime highs in the mid-80s along with the possibility of showers over the weekend.
RALEIGH – If today were Election Day, it would be a disaster for the Democrats.
The Republican Party would retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives, with seats to spare, including the 8th District here in North Carolina and possibly two or three more. In the U.S. Senate, the GOP would win a net gain of eight seats, and possibly the two more needed for a majority.
I read with interest Eugene Robinson’s article entitled “Snake Oil? Sell us some more” that appeared in the Sept. 4, 2010 edition of The News & Observer. In the article he referred to those Americans who are looking forward to a major turnaround in the November elections as “spoiled brats.”
I read with great interest but also with great sorrow your recent article about our local radio station signing off the air. What a loss for this community!
FRANKLINTON— Charlie Gray Hunt, 84, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at Britthaven in Henderson. Memorial services were held Thursday evening, Sept. 9, at Franklinton Baptist Church, Franklinton.
ZEBULON - Timothy Wayne May, 56, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. Memorial service to be announced.
RALEIGH - Rudene Batten Watson Stancil, 82, formerly of Forestville Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Mayview Convalescent Center. Funeral service was Thursday, Sept. 9, at Bethany Baptist Church, Wendell, with the Rev. Phil Brantley and the Rev. Joe Zimmerman officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON —Paul H. Clevenger, 48, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. Arrangements by Hudson Funeral Home, Durham.
LOUISBURG - James Ray Hall, 67, a resident of 6303 Moulton Road, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.
LOUISBURG – Jared Kyle Wynne, 18, of Louisburg, died early Monday evening.
IT’S A RACE. (L to R) Southern Vance’s Jose Arias and Bunn’s Shane West surge toward the ball in an attempt to gain possession during Wednesday afternoon’s boys prep soccer contest on the BHS campus.
BUNN -- After topping Southern Vance on the road earlier in the season, Bunn expected an inspired effort from the Runnin’ Raiders during Wednesday’s boys soccer rematch on the BHS campus.
The Wildcats got what they anticipated, but first-year head coach Ben Daniels was still able to see his squad pull away in the second half to earn a 4-3 decision in the non-conference showdown.
MIDDLE MASTERS. Talented middle hitters Brianna Gatson from Bunn (left) and Zoe Hinton from Louisburg (right) try to gain possession during Thursday night’s NCC spike showdown at the LHS Gymnasium.
LOUISBURG -- Through almost five tiring games, neither team had claimed a distinct advantage during Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference volleyball showdown between long-time rivals Bunn and Louisburg.
Then Bunn’s Savanah Hopper stepped to the service stripe.
SMOOTH SCOTTY. Louisburg High School veteran standout Scotty Tharrington (with ball) dribbles upfield for the Warriors during their road victory Tuesday night against the Southern Vance Raiders.
LOUISBURG -- Signs of Louisburg’s recent improvement on the soccer pitch were evident on two fronts earlier this week.
Tuesday night, the Warriors traveled to Henderson to tangle with a Southern Vance club that defeated LHS earlier in the 2010 campaign.
It’s been one of the greatest traits of my dominant run at the top of The Franklin Times NFL Fantasy Football League.
Yes, it’s hard to be humble during such lopsided times, as I have won the league’s top prize in three of the four years of competition.
EYEING A RETURN. Louisburg High School No. 3 Singles player Teri Clemente prepares for a backhand during the Lady Warriors’ home match Tuesday afternoon against Bunn.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s early-season success in Northern Carolina Conference girls tennis action continued Tuesday at the expense of Franklin County rival Bunn.
The Lady Warriors roared to seven match victories and earned two others via forfeit en route to a 9-0 decision against the Ladycats at the LHS Courts.
High School Football
Oxford Webb at Franklinton 7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Southern Wayne 7:30 p.m.
ZEBULON -- On the final day of the regular season, the Tennessee Smokies defeated the Carolina Mudcats 3-2 on Monday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College, under new coach Mark Vanderslice, will open its 2010-11 men’s basketball campaign by hosting the Coca-Cola Classic on Nov. 6-7 at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
The Hurricanes’ complete schedule is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s volleyball team had a busy week -- in addition to its marathon match Thursday against Bunn (see page 10 for more details).
Tuesday at home, Louisburg was able to gain a tight five-game decision over the North Johnston Lady Panthers in a Northern Carolina Conference matchup at the LHS Gymnasium.
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College has cancelled its 2010 women’s volleyball season due to an insufficient number of player commitments.
This was supposed to be the second campaign of volleyball at Vance-Granville -- the school began participating in the sport last fall.
Senior Halie Harris has been effective at the libero position this season for the Louisburg High School volleyball squad, which is guided by Erica Wammock. LHS went 1-2 during action this week.
The word is out. Surprise! Yes, the girls from Curves in Louisburg had a very pleasant visit from a well-known model and actor, Josh Holloway.
How did he get invited to Curves? Well, his mother Jean and aunt Angela are members of Curves. Soon after his mother moved to Louisburg, the word got around that one of her sons was no other than “Josh,” the handsome model and actor so well liked by young women, and not so young women, as well.
What in the world is a dead ditch? It is when the ditch has lost all support from vegetation, and erosion starts because of the lack of roots holding it stable.
We all know how aggravating it is to get that old, heavy weed eater out of the barn or garage — sometimes it won’t start, and other times, we have to put that aggravating new string on it.
Louisburg College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society welcomed 15 new members during its induction ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium.
The new members were welcomed into PTK, the International Honor Society of two-year colleges, by Advisor Louise Mitchum and 20 current members.
YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials did some swapping Thursday.
First, they swapped some property.
Then they swapped some commission obligations.
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a very informative presentation recently from Jason Proctor, president of Franklin Regional Medical Center. The Baylor University graduate updated club members on several items including new physician recruitment, quality care of patients, along with announcing a major expansion planned at the Louisburg hospital.
This fall, a tutoring program is being formed to help kids at risk in the Bunn area, according to Gary Kyttle.
“There are many young people who are on the verge of dropping out or flunking out of school due to poor grades,” he explained.
Members of the community are invited to Tar River Land Conservancy’s annual Field Day on the Farm Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. This year’s event celebrates 10 years of land, water and wildlife conservation by the local land trust.
A bus made its way to Louisburg last Tuesday to deliver a simple political message; “November is coming.”
Americans for Prosperity visited the 2nd, 7th and 8th Congressional Districts last week to put the focus on the voting records of politicians in Washington.
LOUISBURG -- After spending the last two weeks in Raleigh, the Louisburg Warriors finally got to enjoy their home opener Friday at Patterson Field.
Louisburg was able to score on its initial offensive snap of both the first and second halves en route to a 33-12 decision over former league rival Southeast Halifax.
OXFORD -- Bunn exploded for the final 35 points of the game and went on to defeat Oxford Webb by a 43-16 margin in a non-conference prep football matchup Friday in Granville County.
With the decisive victory, Bunn improved to 3-1 overall for the season. The Wildcats will be off next week before returning to action Sept. 24 at Nash Central.
STEM -- Franklinton went on the road and churned out a 23-8 decision Friday at Granville Central.
The game was scoreless through the first half, but Franklinton got on the board when quarterback T.J. Wall delivered a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Williams in the third stanza of action.