Veteran Cedar Creek Middle School Principal Brooke Wheeler submitted her resignation on Monday, ending a nearly three-month investigation. At the time of her resignation she had been on suspension since early May because of what school officials then called a personnel matter.
YOUNGSVILLE — Residents and motorists who passed along the town’s main road beginning late last week were bracketed by symbols of freedom.
A group of residents and a local business, Sportsman Clippers, raised money to install American flags along Main Street, recognizing the sacrifice made by Military Police Spc. Lucas Elliott and others like him who continue to wage the war on terror.
Franklinton police continue to investigate a shooting that police believe could be the third angle in a triangle of incidents.
First, police said a trio of suspects broke into Doris Hawkins’ 15 Mill Street home on June 28, breaking her arm during the assault.
The county’s health board and animal advisory board have been reviewing methods to encourage better rabies compliance.
Their best tool, apparently, is already on the books.
The railroad crossing on Mason Street was closed in Franklinton as CSX workers replaced railroad ties along the track in town. Town Public Works Director Raymond Bragg said traffic would be disrupted for one day.
Legislators convened this week with a Republican-dominated General Assembly expecting to push through newly drawn maps for state and federal elections.
Opponents, though, figure this is just the beginning of the battle that will determine how residents choose their leaders over the next 10 years.
While partisan politics continues to garner headlines, Rep. Glen Bradley continues to champion a bill that would open the political process to more people.
And the measure has gotten bipartisan support so far.
Last month, the House approved a bill that would make it easier for a new political party to get on the ballot, as well as lessen the burden for unaffiliated candidates to be put on the ballot.
Franklinton resident Taliq Alston
It appears we will be having a professional football season this fall — but the nation’s credit rating is still in jeopardy as the Washington wrangling continues.
Football fans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Monday as news began to filter out that the owners and the players had agreed on a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar contract that will ensure the gridiron clashes will begin in September.
GOOD MORNING: I hope you enjoyed the brief cool-down, that is if you can call the mid 90’s a cool down, ‘cause temperatures appear to be headed back up again beginning Thursday. Incidentally, the mercury hit the 100-degree mark at RDU Sunday, setting a record for the number of consecutive triple-digit temperature days, according to the National Weather Service.
Now that the National Football League lockout is over, perhaps owners and players can send their playbooks to the town of Franklinton and the county of Franklin.
Now, I know what you’re thinking.
What do billionaire football team owners and millionaire football players have in common with governing boards in Franklinton and Franklin County?
Few economic issues are bigger or more controversial than the national debt, as we’ve seen by the recent negotiations in Washington. By the time you read this a deal on the debt may have been struck. Even so, questions about the debt will likely linger and be debated.
The sudden passing of SPC Lucas Elliott with the 805th Military Police Company on July 15 was a traumatic and heartbreaking story.
This young soldier was a true symbol of heroism. A Franklin County native who chose to dedicate his life at such a young age to defending our freedom and what this great country stands for.
LOUISBURG - Lucy Gray Arnold Wood, 88, died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Monday, July 25, in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services in Louisburg. Entombment followed at Lancaster Memorial Park.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Kelvin O. Moore, 53, who died Sunday, July 24, 2011, will be held Thursday, July 28, at Abundant Life Ministries, with the Rev. Keith Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
SELMA - Eric Thomas Bragg, 37, died Saturday, July 23, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
SELMA - Nancy Penny Eason, 72, died Sunday, July 24, 2011. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 26, at Princeton Church of God, with the Rev. Bill Braswell and the Rev. Ramon Mizell officiating. Entombment will be Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. in Selma Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - William Walker “Bill” Moore, of Louisburg, died Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Visitation will be at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc. in Zachary, La., on Wednesday, July 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. and then on Thursday, July 28, from 9 a.m. until services at 10 a.m., conducted by Pastor Charlie Watts and Pastor Don McGinnis. Burial will be at Azalea Rest Cemetery.
PILOT COMMUNITY – Travis Dexton Pearce, 63, died Friday. Travis was a loving husband & devoted father who wished to be remembered as a kind and good man, which he definitely was. Should a friend or family member need him, Travis would always be there to help. He loved riding horses and spending those wonderful times with his family, whom he cherished most. Travis’ warm and inviting smile will surely be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman Dexton and Adna Elaine Mullen Pearce, and his granddaughter, Hannah Grace Pearce.
NEXT STOP -- LC. Bunn’s Mariela Lopez is expected to join the women’s soccer program at Louisburg College under Coach Andy Stokes.
LOUISBURG -- Pardon Andy Stokes for being a bit greedy concerning his off-season recruiting efforts for the Louisburg College women’s soccer squad.
Stokes, entering his third campaign as LC’s head coach, had already landed what he felt like was his best-ever class -- and that was before the lofty temperatures of summertime arrived.
BACK IN ACTION. Matthew Thomason and the Bunn All-Stars will travel to Florence, S.C., this weekend for the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch Regional Tournament.
BUNN -- Bunn’s All-Stars weren’t able to rest on their laurels following strong finishes at the Dixie Youth District and State Coach-Pitch Tournaments.
Following a few days off after a third-place finish at the states, Bunn was back at work in a big way in preparation for the upcoming D-Y Regional Tournament.
A LITTLE HELP IS NEEDED ALONG THE WAY. Town and Country Swim Team’s Carly Weathers (left) is assisted by Coach Jamie Cash during an event as part of the Stingrays’ recent meet in North Raleigh against the Stonecreek Swim Team.
LOUISBURG -- When Jamie Cash touts the virtues of the Town and County Swim Team, she has first-hand experience with the subject.
Not only is Cash in her fifth year as TC’s head coach, she also had three children involved with the program.
The first name that came up ended up being the right one for the vacant Louisburg College’s men’s soccer coaching position.
When he submitted his resignation several weeks ago, long-time LC skipper Dave Sexton was quick to recommend Stuart Brown for the job.
LOUISBURG -- Never one to mask his emotions, Ervin Hunt stole the show when asked to describe his feelings about being a selection for the East-West All-Star Football Game.
“It said in Ervin’s bio in the game program that he felt like he had won the lottery,’’ said Louisburg High School head grid coach Chris Lee. “I think it’s safe to say that nobody was happier about being there than Ervin.’’
BUNN -- Bunn High School will host a Football Midnight Madness Ceremony on Friday night/Saturday morning at the BHS Football Field.
All fans are welcome to attend the event.
Before then, a mini-camp is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. Players interested in joining the squad are encouraged to attend. A valid and updated physical form is necessary in order to participate.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Roanoke Rapids has been tabbed to repeat as the Northern Carolina Conference football champion in a preseason poll by the North Carolina Prep Football News.
RR rolled through regular season action in the league last year under veteran skipper Russell Weinstein.
ZEBULON -- For the second time in four weeks, the Southern League Hitter of the Week has been awarded to Mudcats outfielder Denis Phipps.
Phipps was honored for the week of July 11-17.
QUALITY AND QUANTITY FOR THE BASS KING. Larry Crudup, also known as ‘The Bass King’ showed off his wares following a recent fishing expedition to a private pond in Franklin County.
Did you realize that one inch of rainfall on a 1,000-square-foot roof produces 650 gallons of water?
Where does that water go? If you live in a city or town and your gutters and downspouts are connected to a pipe that leads to the street, the 650 gallons goes straight to a local creek and then to the nearest river.
Kristina Marie Wilder of Clayton and Patrick Alex Will of Sanford were married at 5 p.m. on July 16, 2011 at the Wagner House in Clayton, with the Rev. Hunter H. Preston officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ziba L. Smith of Raleigh. She is currently enrolled in the surgical tech program at Wake Technical Community College.
A 12-year-old organist, pianist and composer who began studying music at the age of 3 will be one of the highlights of the Summer Music Festival and Camp at historic Cherry Hill in nearby Warren County.
The organ concert by Michael Bennett is planned for July 31. He will speak informally about his background and experiences at 2 p.m. and begin his concert at 3.
Leaders from the Louisburg College SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter joined other youth activists from across the country on June 26-29 to learn the latest in prevention education and to celebrate SADD’s 30th anniversary of saving lives.
Charles Fuller, principal of Franklinton High School, announces the Honor Roll for the 2010/2011 sixth six-weeks grading period.
Freda Clifton, Principal of Louisburg High School, announces the Honor Roll for the sixth six-weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the AB Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.
Kim Ferrell, principal of Long Mill Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.
Members of the Vance-Granville Community College “Chi Beta Chi” chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda business student organization recently attended PBL’s 2011 National Leadership Conference. Students from universities and colleges across the country participated in various competitions and attended workshops at the conference, held June 23-26 in Orlando.
Five graduates of the Child Care Center on Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus were honored in ceremonies on July 13 as they prepared to leave and enter kindergarten this fall.
The class of 2011 included Hollyn Cardwell of Louisburg, William Dement of Louisburg, Dawson Evans of Castalia, Nasir Kearney of Franklinton and Casson Raynor of Louisburg.
Rick Smith, principal of Youngsville Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.
Shawnee Perry-Manley, principal of Royal Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.
Franklinton police served warrants on a local nursing administrator.
It was not immediately clear what charges Sharon Rogers, 39, was facing, but she is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on Aug. 15, facing charges of felony embezzlement and four counts of probation violation.
HENDERSON — Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals®, and the board of directors of Maria Parham Medical Center (MPMC) announced this week that they have signed a definitive agreement to jointly own and operate MPMC.
Magnolia Garden Gift and Florist Shoppe, located in Downtown Louisburg, is preparing for their reopening celebration, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 16-year-old business has been closed for the past six months due to smoke damage and a personal injury. The celebration will include the Louisburg School of Dance cloggers, free hot dogs and lemonade, free Yankee candles, free Silly Bands and face painting for the kids.