A Franklinton man accused of murder was sentenced to more than 30 years in jail this week.
Rashawn Arrington’s sister, who helped him flee to Virginia, avoided prosecution as part of a plea deal.
In court on Tuesday, the family of the victim, Jesse Montague Jr., begrudgingly accepted the arrangement, but wished the worst for the triggerman, who they said had a long history of violence in the community.
ON THE BOAT, AGAIN. Lake Royale residents took advantage of some sunshine on the Memorial Day holiday, getting out to cool themselves on the lake on Monday. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s through the rest of the week.
Franklin County staff will present commissioners and the public with a budget proposal on Wednesday that cuts 21 positions, calls for employee furloughs, puts a halt to overtime in public safety, and cuts spending by more than 5 percent across departments.
But the tax rate will remain steady at 87.25 cents per $100 of valuation.
While awaiting the state’s financial “shoe” to drop and learn how deep the state cuts to education will be, the Franklin County Board of Education finds itself facing a double whammy from the county as well.
The proposed Franklin County budget’s share of school costs contains a reduction of about $750,000 in operating and capital expense funds below what school officials had asked the county to provide.
HELPING HAND. United Way Executive Director Kathy Harrelson helps volunteer Wayne Stallings pack a box of food for an organization that runs a food pantry in the community.
United Way’s fourth food drive has turned out to be its biggest.
And just in time.
Organizations that run food pantries began picking up goods on Monday, stocking their shelves for the summer season — when need is exacerbated by children missing school breakfast and lunch programs, and home-bound elderly.
A Franklin County man avoided jail time after giving a sobbing mea culpa in court last week.
Investigators arrested Kyle Neville, 18, after they allege he broke into a friend’s house on Gordon Moore Road during the early morning hours of Dec. 28, stealing more than $9,000 the family had stashed in a milk jug.
During the May 25 court session, Neville’s attorney, Darnell Batton, told Judge R. Allen Baddour Jr., that Neville was the most contrite and remorseful client he had ever represented.
Cuts to a state program that, among other things, provides funding for preventable health issues, will hamper the efforts of a local free clinic.
But the wounds are not mortal, said Volunteers in Medicine Executive Director Beverly Kegley.
The Franklin County organization opened its doors in 2004, helping serve the thousands of uninsured and underinsured residents in Franklin County.
It should have been Franklin County in the spotlight last week.
But it wasn’t — and you can’t say opportunity didn’t knock. We just didn’t answer the door!
Worse, a man we once hired gave some of the best advice about economic development we’ve heard in recent years — and he’s not even working for us anymore.
GOOD MORNING: The Memorial Day Holiday has come and gone and apparently the relatively mild weather we’ve enjoyed for the past several days has apparently gone for the time being as well.
Weather forecasts call for partly cloudy and continued hot weather throughout the rest of the week with highs in the mid-90s today (Wednesday), dropping back a degree or two on Thursday and Friday.
On Tuesday, Rashawn Arrington pled guilty to second-degree murder, admitting his role in the death of another man, Jesse Montague Jr.
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There is no doubt we need major reform in public education in North Carolina. We’ve known it for years and have nibbled around the edges of reform but to date haven’t really made significant improvements because we aren’t willing to undertake the top-to-bottom evaluation and change necessary to improve education.
According to a prominent Raleigh law firm which confirms part of that which I have already told House Representatives, the changes to the NC Workers Compensation Laws in Bill H709 that are presently being considered by the NC House will cause the following:
FRANKLINTON—James “Jimmy” Alan Fuller, 68, died Saturday, May 28, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 1) at Franklinton Baptist Church, 102 W. Mason St., Franklinton. The Rev. David Averette will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall one hour prior to the service.
LOUISBURG - Walter James Mann, 73, died Saturday, May 28, 2011. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 31, at First Baptist Church, Raleigh. Interment, Cypress Hill Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
RALEIGH - Dorothy Moody Jackson, 82, died Saturday, May 28, 2011. Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 31, at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh, with the Rev. Donnie Thomas Barbour officiating.
DOUBLE TIME. Morgan Tharrington was saluted last Wednesday as Franklinton High School’s Female Athlete of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year. Tharrington has signed to play softball at Louisburg College.
FRANKLINTON -- Last Wednesday proved to be quite a day for Franklinton High School senior Morgan Tharrington.
Around 3 p.m., Tharrington made her future plans final -- at least for the next two years -- as she signed a letter-of-intent to continue her career at Louisburg College.
The fun, however, was just starting for Tharrington, who then headed to the annual Franklinton Athletic Awards Ceremony at the historic FHS Auditorium.
MOST VALUABLE. Kerr-Vance Academy senior Tyler Bolton has been saluted as the Eastern Plains Independent Conference Most Valuable Player for the 2011 season. Bolton has signed to continue his career at East Carolina.
HENDERSON -- Franklin County resident Tyler Bolton has received the top baseball award this season in the Eastern Plains Independent Conference.
Bolton, a senior infielder/pitcher at Kerr-Vance Academy, has been selected as the EPIC Player of the Year after helping the Spartans reach the finals of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association State Championship.
DURHAM -- The 15-Under Bulldogs from Franklin County recently won the Memorial Weekend Basketball Tournament of Champions, which was hosted by Mt. Zion Christian Academy.
In the championship game, the Bulldogs were 61-60 winners against the South Carolina Royals.
Trailing most of the contest, the Bulldogs rallied and pulled to within four points with 1:07 remaining in the final quarter.
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina University baseball team will make its 25th NCAA Regional appearance and 11th in the last 13 years after earning a No. 2 seed at the Charlottesville Regional in this year’s NCAA Baseball Championships, which will be held at Davenport Field on the campus of the University of Virginia.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Pedro Villarreal and two Carolina relievers collaborated on a five-hit shutout victory over the Jacksonville Suns, leading the Mudcats to an 8-0 win at the Baseball Grounds on Monday in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Carolina (16-35) won its third straight for the first time this season, as Villarreal (W, 1-0) tossed six scoreless innings on just five hits in his Double-A debut.
The Tri-County Thunder 11-Under Baseball Team recently claimed the Eastern AAU Spring Super Regional Tournament in Oxford. The club boasts players from Franklin, Vance and Granville Counties and has won three of its four tourneys so far this season.
Members of the Bulldogs’ 15-Under Basketball Team are (back, l to r) Coach Jason Perry, Jacquez Bullock (Southern Vance), Nick Johnson (Bunn), Aaron Davis (Bunn), Xavier ‘Johnte’ McCoy (James Kenan) and Coach Stanley Davis; (front, l to r) Amyl Smith (Louisburg), Malik Finley (Bunn), K.J. Finley (Bunn), Jermaine Mithcell (Wake Forest-Rolesville) and Tavon Perry (Bunn).
BOYS AWARD WINNERS AT FHS. Among the boys recipients at last Wednesday evening’s Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony were (back, l to r) Aaron Cooke, Davey Marshall, Daquan Neal, Vinnie Joostema and Harrison Vaughn; (front, l to r) Joel DeCillis, Kevin Martin, Garrett Freese, Devin Hoffman and Malik Crudup.
Kim Smiley was honored with the Scholar-Athlete Award during last Wednesday evening’s Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony.
The Louisburg School of Dance had 85 of their students travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to participate in the National Dance Machine Competition, held April 16-17.
The following awards were received:
Susan Wammock and Keith and Heidi Smith, all of Louisburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi Marie Smith of Raleigh to John-Michael Parr of Raleigh. The groom-elect is the son of Catherine Bocher of Raleigh, formerly of France, and the grandson of Gilbert and Amede Bocher, currently of France. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Rosemary Betts, the late Pete Wammock, Pete and Ruth Smith, all of Louisburg. A local spring 2012 wedding is planned.
Henry and Brenda Allen of Louisburg were reunited in holy matrimony on Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. at Allen Chapel Baptist Church. Pastor MacArthur Debnam of St. Stephens Church officiated. The ceremony was given by their children in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.
50th Wedding Anniversary. Evelyn and Sylvester “Sonny” Robbins celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 2 with a reception at Flat Rock Baptist Church, Louisburg.
KELLY SPEAKS. VGCC President Randy Parker, left, thanks retired Dean of Adult Basic Education Leo Kelly Jr. following his commencement address to graduates of Adult Basic Skills programs on May 12. (VGCC photo)
Vance-Granville Community College held commencement exercises for new graduates of the college’s Adult Basic Skills programs on May 12 in the VGCC Civic Center. The honored graduates included 125 students who completed the Adult High School Diploma program and 90 who completed the General Educational Development (GED) High School Equivalency program.
Amalia Roa Ortiz, daughter of Moises Roa and Virginia Ortiz of Louisburg, graduated from Louisburg College on Saturday, May 7, with an associate in arts degree, cum laude. She plans to attend East Carolina University in the fall.
Uriel O. Rivera-Quintero, son of Jose and Anastacia Quintero of Louisburg, graduated from Louisburg College on Saturday, May 7, with an associate in science degree. He plans to attend North Carolina Wesleyan in the fall.
Jake Newbold, left, and Ethan Medlin perfect their cornhole skills during a hot Memorial Day holiday at Lake Royale on Monday.
Several years ago, I received a phone call from a Cooperative Extension administrator at NC State University.
He told me explicitly to “pack your bags, I am sending you to Texas to learn all you can about the Texas Cooperative Extension’s ‘Goat & Sheep Producers Gathering,’” which was a two-day educational program packed with everything you ever wanted to learn about producing and marketing goats and sheep.