An appeals court ruled last week that a superior court judge made the right decision in dismissing claims that negligence by Franklinton police and officials led to the death of two Stem sisters.
Linsay, 18, and Maggie Lunsford, 9, were killed when a chased suspect, Guy Christopher Ayscue, crashed head-on into their vehicle on N.C. 15 in Granville County.
Thursday begins the first day of what could be called a housewarming for the Board of Elections.
Early one-stop voting will start in the department’s new office at 107 Industrial Drive in the county’s health and human services complex.
“Everything we have will be in this one location,” said Board of Elections Director Amy Southerland. “It’s wonderful for us.”
Congressmen Bob Etheridge addresses a crowd gathered to celebrate the awarding of a $1.7 million grant that will be paired with a $900,000 state grant to build an access road between U.S. 401 and the Triangle North Franklin business park.
At the end of a roadway, a barricade separated asphalt from grass, dirt and a few weeds.
It marked a dead end.
Vision, though, said County Commissioner Don Lancaster, is what leaders used to turn the end of the road into the beginning of an access road connecting an industrial site to one of the county’s main thoroughfares.
Raleigh police charged a Franklinton teenager alleged to be responsible for a fatal collision involving a school bus.
According to police and published reports, David Lawrence Asato, 16, was driving a 2006 Kia when he crashed into the back of a school bus on Falls of Neuse Road the afternoon of Sept. 28.
In a matter of minutes Monday night, the Franklin County Board of Education went from having two vacancies to having a full board -- at least as soon as the two new members are sworn in Thursday evening.
Moving quickly, the school board appointed Debra Long Brodie to fill the District 4 seat left open by the resignation of Mary Vollmer and Synthia Richardson to fill the District 2 vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Beverly Joseph who left the board to take a job as assistant superintendent recently.
Working with barely a quorum (two board positions were vacant and member Dannie Williams was absent) the Franklin County Board of Education did receive a little good news Monday night during a meeting of rather routine business. (The board vacancies were quickly filled; see related story.)
A BOY AND HIS GOAT. Brody Church poses with a goat that he plans to show at the upcoming State Fair. Church and other kids in the Schloss community will exhibit their animals during the Junior Meat Goat event that begins on Monday.
When showing meat goats at the State Fair, animals and handlers are judged by their ability to stay in step while navigating a circuitous route.
When the State Fair begins this Thursday, Dale Cardenas will complete that circle, taking her next generation of young goat exhibitors from their Schloss Road community to the annual Raleigh event.
It doesn’t take much of a study to determine that Franklin County could use a local slaughterhouse, consultants figure.
The bigger questions are where should it go and what’s the best way to make it viable, long term.
Folks expected to be able to answer those and other questions are being invited to a meeting in two weeks by consultants tasked with determining the feasibility of a local slaughterhouse, as well as a farmers market and commercial kitchen attachment.
With the simple snip of a ribbon, Franklin County gained a new weapon in the on-going struggle against cancer.
Shortly after noon Tuesday, the American Cancer Society opened a Cancer Resource Center, only the second in the eastern portion of the state, within the office of Franklin County Cancer Center on Jolly Street.
Bunn resident Mark Metzler
Okay, we have celebrated the $1.74-million grant that will be used to construct a new access road into central Franklin County’s industrial park — formally known as the Triangle North Franklin Industrial Park.
What does that mean?
Although the access road is critical for the success of the park, its construction probably won’t mean much by itself.
GOOD MORNING: The race is on! Early Voting in the Nov. 2 General Elections gets underway in Franklin County on Thursday. Check elsewhere in today’s issue of The Franklin Times for complete details.
DOG DAYS? It’s my guess that this weather we’ve been experiencing for the past few days is what has, perhaps erroneously, been referred to from time to time as the, “dog days of summer,” although I’ll be dog-gone if I know how, where or when the dog got into the act.
Somehow, I think if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was around, he’d be leading this march.
But since he’s not, a Winston-Salem couple is taking up the charge.
Nobel Foundation, I hope your watching.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, a couple, Ken and Gwen Rasheed are hosting a protest march.
Last Week’s Poll
Sign of the times?
Is the enforcement of Franklinton’s recently discovered political sign ordinance more about safety issues or petty politics?
State government is not functioning efficiently, is costing more than current revenues can support and a growing number feel it is out of control. With the exception of the second Hunt administration, Gov. Bev Perdue came into office with more state government experience than anyone we’ve elected since Kerr Scott.
I am writing this letter because I don’t know what to do. I called the police a few weeks ago to stop a fight on my street.
When I went outside I found my brother beaten really bad. His teeth were knocked out.
When the police came, they locked up my grandson and brothers that did not hit anyone. They did not do anything to anyone.
YOUNGSVILLE —Robin Pete Oberlin, 52, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. A memorial service was held Tuesday morning, Oct. 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest.
FRANKLINTON—Annie Laurie Rowland Edwards, 94, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at her home near Franklinton following several months of declining health. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, 854 Perry’s Chapel Church Road, Franklinton.
FRAKLINTON — Trummiler Crudup, 91, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 9, at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, Franklinton, with the Rev. Leroy Dukes officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
WINTER PARK, FL - William Edward Collier, Jr. of Winter Park, FL, died on October 8, 2010. Ed was born in Louisburg, N.C. on January 14, 1917.
SALEM COMMUNITY - Ellen Faye Batton Green, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed on October 11, 2010, just two days after her 75th birthday. She will always be remembered for her tremendous love of her family and her church.
AROUND THE CORNER. Bunn’s Quinton Cannady (with ball) tries to elude a pair of Northwest Halifax defenders during the Wildcats’ road gridiron victory last Friday night in Aurelian Springs.
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- After five weeks on the road, the Bunn Wildcats are finally heading home.
Bunn hasn’t played at its own field since Aug. 27, but the Wildcats have certainly proven to be capable road warriors during that decisive stretch.
RED RAMS’ TOUCHDOWN MAKER. Franklinton High School wide receiver Kevin Williams (with ball) caught a pair of touchdown passes, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, as the Red Rams edged rival Louisburg by a 16-9 margin.
FRANKLINTON -- T.J. Wall’s game-winning touchdown pass to Kevin Williams wasn’t a non-stop flight as the ball was touched by at least two Louisburg defenders before finding its way into the hands of Williams -- Franklinton’s big-play receiver.
It’s not being called The Big Event this time around, but that shouldn’t understate the importance of Louisburg College’s homecoming ceremonies, which will take place Saturday at various sites on campus.
The Big Event, which celebrated the first-ever LC Athletic Hall of Fame Class, was held in 2007.
The second HOF Class will be inducted Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium.
LOUISBURG -- Another week, another milestone victory for the Louisburg College football program.
Last Saturday, the Hurricanes’ trip to the Sunshine State proved to be a profitable one, as LC recorded a 20-11 victory at Edward Waters College, which is located in Jacksonville, Fla.
It was the first-ever victory for LC against the varsity team of a four-year program.
PLAYING CATCH-UP. Bunn’s Jamie Davis (front) races to the ball while being defended by Franklinton’s Drew Loveland during Monday’s NCC soccer event on the BHS campus.
BUNN -- Each of the Franklinton-Bunn boys soccer matches have followed a similar script -- though the ending was a bit different this time around.
When the clubs met earlier in the campaign, Bunn scored first, only to see the Red Rams strike in the second half to earn a tie in a key Northern Carolina Conference showdown.
ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College celebrated its 2010 Homecoming last Saturday, and it truly was a great day for Battling Bishops’ fans.
In football, the Blue & Gold won its third straight game and 11th straight USA South contest dating back to 2008 with a 48-12 thumping of Greensboro College at the Northern Nash Football Complex in Red Oak.
NEW YORK -- Christian Buffaloe, the 10-year-old son (and student) of Kyokushin Karate Instructor Kenny Buffaloe, recently participated in a high-level Japanese Youth Martial Arts Demonstration in New York, at the “All American Kyokushin Karate Championships.”
The Buffaloes reside in Warrenton.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College men’s and women’s soccer squads will both be in action today at Region X rival Cape Fear Community College, which is located in Wilmington.
The men’s matchup will be at 1 p.m., followed by the women’s event at 3 p.m. on the CFCC campus.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last week’s results from the Triangle Tar Heels Girls Fall Basketball League:
(L to R) Bunn’s Marco Perez and Franklinton’s Norberto Modesto try to gain possession -- and avoid a collision -- during Monday’s soccer match.
Members of the Louisburg High School Homecoming Court for the 2010 season were (l to r) Ariana Ramirez (Junior Princess), Georgette Townsley (Sophomore Princess), Jackie Prosser (Queen), Sean Hines (King), Alexis Hockaday (Freshman Princess) and Justin ‘Tank’ Williams (Sophomore Prince).
The Granville Bulls Travel Baseball Team recently won the Nations Baseball Super Showdown 12-Under Elite Tournament, which was held Oct. 9-10 at Oxford Park. The Bulls went undefeated for the event, including an extra-inning victory in the championship game.
Franklinton’s Demetrius Burk (with ball) escapes from the Louisburg defense during last Friday night’s crucial Northern Carolina Conference football meeting.
Members of the Swingin’ Seniors pose with their silver medals, honors they won during the State Senior Games on Oct. 1. The group won in the Line Dancing category of the Performing Arts competition. They qualified for state competition by winning the local Region K Games.
Franklinton High School students Cassandra Lohr (left) and Dorian Torrance were recently praised with a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Just 34,000 students across the nation received the accolade, which is based on exceptional academic promise.
A Louisburg area man reported to investigators late last week that he and his house were pelted with pellets.
Jeffrey Adams of Cavalier Lane reported to sheriff’s deputies on Oct. 8 that he heard gunshots at about 11 a.m. behind his house.
When he checked, Adams told Dep. Keith Jones that pellets fell on him and his shed.