11 AND COUNTING. County Commission Chairwoman Penny McGhee presents Finance Director Chuck Murray with the certificate of achievement that the staff won for its excellence in financial reporting.
Following a closed session, commissioners voted to return impact fee-like funds to developers.
The county adopted its Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance in 2006, collecting fees from developers if projections suggest their subdivision plans will bring enough school children to the area to exceed capacity.
Louisburg Electric Department staff Matt Edwards, right, and Paul Jones, in bucket, installed a lighted snowflake along Bickett Boulevard recently as town crews worked to decorate the area for the holiday season.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has agreed to use its personnel policy to address concerns about nepotism.
The consensus was reached Monday night as the board discussed renewing its Code of Ethics, as well as scheduling a two-hour window to undergo ethics training.
INMATES. School system Assistant Superintendent for Finance Doug Moore, middle, is flanked by fellow United Way of Franklin County inmates Jennifer Westfall and Jason Proctor, both of Franklin Regional Medical Center.
Prominent members of Franklin County were dressed in prison stripes, tossed in jail on Monday and given a phone book and an ultimatum — raise your bond or rot in prison.
Plenty answered the call as organizers anticipate raising more money than last year.
The county’s Tourism Development Authority recommended helping finance the International Whistlers Convention on Monday night.
The money, though, if approved by county commissioners, would come with two caveats:
Franklin County elections staff and officials are set to begin a recount that Incumbent Congressman Bob Etheridge hopes can sway the Nov. 2 election.
County staff, though, don’t expect much change in Franklin County’s vote, although newcomer Renee Ellmers is leading the seven-time Congressman by 1,489 votes across the 10-county 2nd Congressional District.
Louisburg College teacher Rickie Wagstaff
Remember a year or so ago when everyone you knew was either quite sick or deathly afraid of getting sick.
The culprit was the dreaded Swine Flu — more correctly identified as H1N1 because, after all, we need to be politically correct about all these things.
GOOD MORNING: And if our weather prognosticators come anywhere close to being right, we are in for a beautiful fall day today (Wednesday), the outlook being for mostly sunny and mild weather with highs in the mid to upper 60’s. Enjoy it while you can.
If Congressman Bob Etheridge’s request for a recount proves fruitful, I’ll eat my words.
Fruit’s good for you anyway, right?
I guess if I was a seven-term Congressman that appeared to be bested by a political newcomer, I would question whether the vote was accurate.
Last Week’s Poll
Who will win the Water War between Franklinton and Franklin County?
The election is over and there have been shake-ups in both Washington and Raleigh. There will be many new faces in the U.S. Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly.
Although I’m an economist and not a political analyst, I think it is obvious many voters were unhappy this year, and this unhappiness had a big impact on their votes.
I take issue with the tone and substance of John Hood’s opinion piece in Saturday’s Franklin Times. (Political class adjusts to new realities.)
YOUNGSVILLE- Emmett Roy Floyd, 68, died Saturday Nov. 13, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon Nov. 16, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Chris Smith officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
RALEIGH - Alma Ruth Johnson Shaffer, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2010 at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Springmoor.
BALTIMORE, Md.— Funeral services for Annie C. Alston Scott, 69, daughter of the late Winston and Mariah Alston, were held Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at the New Metropolitan Baptist Church, Baltimore, Md.
ZEBULON - Shawn Susan Stell, 61, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. No formal funeral services will be held.
ZEBULON - Donald Edward Price, 67, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. Funeral service will be at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 17) at Friendship Free Will Baptist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service and other times at the home. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
DURHAM - Barbara Mance Johnson died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at the Carolina House of Durham. A celebration of her life will be held Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. in the American Cremation Services Chapel, 1204 Person St., Durham.
GREENEVILLE, TN - Emma Jean Shelton, age 79, of E. Rollins Street, Greeneville, TN, died late Friday evening, (November 12, 2010) at WakeMed Hospital, Raleigh, NC.
MAKING THINGS DIFFICULT. Louisburg College’s defense, including Sam Kidd (left), was outstanding during last Saturday’s home victory against Alfred State at Patterson Field on the Louisburg High School campus.
LOUISBURG -- During the first half of last Saturday’s regular season finale, Louisburg College football coach John Sala was probably as exasperated as he has ever been during his tenure with the Hurricanes.
And for good reason.
WORKING HIS WAY THROUGH. Bunn’s Andre Davis draws a crowd of North Pitt players -- and manages to escape -- during the Wildcats’ victory last Friday in the first round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
BUNN -- If time of possession was the sole determining factor in the outcome of a football game, Bunn never would have made it past the first round of the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.
But the Wildcats used their big-play machine to counter North Pitt’s grind-it-out attack, and the result was a 21-20 victory in Bunn’s favor in opening-round action last Friday in the East Regional portion of the postseason.
LOUISBURG -- Head coach Mike Holloman wasn’t quite sure how his Louisburg College women’s basketball team would respond to its first road trip of the season last weekend.
After all, LC was slated to face a Clinton Junior College club that had defeated the Lady Hurricanes two weeks ago at Holton Gymnasium.
In rather uncharacteristic fashion, Carey Johnson came up with an interesting point at the office this week.
I know, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile, or something like that.
Johnson was contemplating how, for some reason, the media is obsessed this year with which National Football League team is the best from week to week.
CHARGE IT. Louisburg College’s Joe Thompson (33) draws a charge from Durham Mt. Zion’s Mike Carson during last Friday’s action as part of the annual Roger Taylor Classic at Holton Gymnasium.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s strong start to the 2010-11 men’s basketball campaign continued last weekend with an effective performance at its annual Roger Taylor Classic at historic Holton Gymnasium.
LC went 2-1 for the weekend, but don’t be fully deceived by that record -- the setback was against perennial powerhouse Hargrave Military Academy, which boasts its usual array of Division I talent.
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Friday’s scores from the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:
TABOR CITY -- It took Franklinton just one electrifying play to gain South Columbus’ undivided attention during last Friday’s opening-round showdown in the Mideast Regional portion of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
But after FHS struck first, the host Stallions dominated the rest of the way to earn a 43-7 decision over the Red Rams.
Undefeated and top-seeded South Columbus improved to 11-0 overall, while Franklinton wrapped up its season at 5-7.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s boys and girls basketball teams will open the 2010-11 season on Dec. 3 with a home game against the Runnin’ Raiders from Southern Vance at the LHS Gymnasium.
Louisburg’s complete ledger is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):
Several Bunn defenders, including Derrick Vause (55), team up to tackle North Pitt’s Tyrone Perkins (with ball) during last Friday’s’ first-round matchup in the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs. Bunn, coached by Chris Miller, defeated the Panthers by a 21-20 score.
The Alert Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Line-up will start around 1 p.m. There is no entry fee. Anyone interested in participating or needing more information can contact Larry and Nancy Ayscue at (252) 459-9216 or Melanie Bobbitt at (919) 853-6638 or email Melanie Bobbitt at AlertParade@aol.com.
Timothy and Meg Wyatt of Zebulon are the proud parents of a baby boy, Ayden Samuel Wyatt, born Oct. 4, 2010 at 10:16 p.m., at Rex Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Sam and Ann Perdue of Louisburg.
Paternal grandparents are John and Linda Wyatt of Sparta.
Vance-Granville Community College has selected eight outstanding students to serve as ambassadors during the 2010-2011 school year.
Ambassadors represent the college at special campus and community functions, among other duties.
Vance-Granville Community College honored 12 people who completed the college’s year-long Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program on Nov. 9.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of home break-ins.
In the first matter, Tracy Garrison reported on Nov. 9 that someone broke into her 104 Pineview Home, stealing more than $2,500 in jewelry.
From left to right, United Way of Franklin County Executive Director Kathy Harrelson, Sheriff’s Secretary Nancy Neal and United Way board member Shane Mitchell work to corral the “inmates” who were brought in to serve jail sentences during the organization’s Jail-a-Thon on Monday.
Griff Gardner, who handles code enforcement violations for Louisburg and Franklin County, tries to call in some favors Monday as he tries to earn his bond money during the United Way of Franklin County’s Jail-a-Thon in the Walmart parking lot.