YOUNGSVSILLE — Talk about a quick change.
Local police began looking for a “woman” who robbed the SunTrust Bank on Nov. 3.
By Nov. 10, that suspect “became” a man — identified as UNC Chapel Hill student Gordon Miller Goodwin, who is also accused of robbing the SunTrust Bank inside a Kroger store in Apex on Nov. 8.
County commissioners have scheduled a public meeting next week, giving residents another chance to weigh in on redistricting maps.
While maps prepared by Mel Black & Associates were shown to private groups in late October and early November — which drew sharp criticism — they were first shown publicly to the School Board and county Board of Commissioners on Nov. 7.
SALUTE. Army Nursing Corps Veteran Joyce Greene-McLeod salutes during the Veterans Day program held Friday inside the Louisburg High School auditorium.
Timothy Wipperman, the state’s assistant secretary for veterans affairs, said soldiers do a lot more than carry a gun into battle.
They wage battles for freedom and democracy on every front, he said.
He made those comments as the keynote speaker of Franklin County’s Veterans Day program at the Louisburg High School auditorium on Friday.
YOUNGSVILLE — Because a controversial company was unable to get gun suppressors, a packed room of interested citizens remained silent.
Amidon Contracting Solutions has applied for a special-use permit so it can continue ballistics testing on shock absorbing concrete that’s used by the military in live-fire training.
Election results are expected to be made official next week, resulting in shakeups in two town boards.
Tuesday night’s elections saw long-time public servants Franklinton Commissioner Joe Cutchins Jr. and Bunn Commissioner Robert Hartsfield lose their seats.
Youngsville and Louisburg voters kept the status quo as incumbents retained their seats.
While Franklinton and Franklin County officials have not worked out a resolution to their water dispute, they have agreed to another mediation date.
The two boards will meet jointly at the county courthouse at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 — a continuation of a more than eight-hour meeting on Nov. 3 that yielded no conclusion.
Cedar Creek student Geneva Hunt
If what we heard this week was a movie script, we’d say the movie would be so unbelievable that it was doomed to box office failure.
And if it were a novel’s premise, certainly the novel would flop.
It’s no movie or novel but the nation’s security is at risk from a royally stupid practice that is only now being admitted by our U.S. Department of Defense even though it has been happening for many years.
GOOD MORNING: First off this morning, I want to thank Wilbert Weaver, who lives on the Flat Rock Church Road about a mile west of Royal, for the huge batch of collards he dropped off by the Times office Tuesday.
Talk about an early Thanksgiving, those collards Wilbert brought us has made a lot of folks happy at Times publisher Gary Cunard’s house as well as mine.
More deserving Franklin County children will be enjoying summer camping experiences next year thanks to an agreement reached recently between the all-volunteer Happy Camper program and the Wake Forest YMCA.
The Happy Camper board recently agreed to commit a total of $17,000 to Camp High Hopes (operated by the Y) next summer -- and the YMCA’s leadership added another $6,000 to that total, bringing the total amount to $23,000 that will be available for camp scholarships through this agreement.
The fastest growing criminal industry in the world has made its way into our state. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of humans for purposes of reproductive slavery, sexual exploitation, forced labor or other modern-day forms of slavery. An investigative report by WRAL television in Raleigh confirmed that this evil practice is alive and growing in North Carolina.
FRANKLINTON —Betty Carter Gay, 73, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, Nov. 11, at Flat Rock Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE —George Charles Wilson, 81, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at his residence. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Peoples Chapel Free Will Baptist Church cemetery in Elm City. Friends may visit with the family immediately following the service.
LOUISBURG — Jack Davis Cash, 73, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. He was born Oct. 24, 1938. He was a son of the late Dock and Adell Cash.
LOUISBURG — Ella Coley Grissom, 86, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. She was born Aug. 7, 1925.She was a daughter of the late Jimmy and Josephine Coley.
CHARLOTTE - Tony Glenn Fuller, 65, of Charlotte died Tuesday, November 8, 2011 after a year long battle with cancer. Tony was the oldest son of the late William “W.O.” Oliver Fuller, Jr., and Dorothy “Dot” Idelia Phelps Fuller.
HANDS-ON TRAINING. (L to R) Durham Arts’ Keenan Conder and Bunn’s Brandon Lopez get tangled up while dueling for possession during Wednesday’s matchup in the third round of the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs on the BHS campus.
BUNN -- One of the greatest matches in the history of Franklin County soccer had a bit of everything -- acrobatic goals, great saves, comebacks, near-misses and enough highlights to fill out an entire season.
For the host Bunn Wildcats, the only thing missing was a happy ending.
Instead, sudden death provided sudden victory for the Durham Arts Bulldogs, who edged Bunn by a 5-4 margin on Wednesday in overtime in the third round of the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs at the BHS Football Field.
LC SIGNAL-CALLER. LaBron Houston enjoyed two strong years as a quarterback for the Louisburg College football squad. LC closed out its 2011 campaign last Saturday with a road defeat at ASA.
LOUISBURG -- The high-octane bus that was the 2011 Louisburg College football team finally ran out of gas last Saturday in New York.
LC closed out its campaign with a 27-3 loss at ASA Institute in Brooklyn. The Hurricanes trailed by only 6-3 at the break but gave up three unanswered touchdowns to wrap up the game -- and the season.
AYSCUE IN ACTION. Louisburg High School’s Dusty Ayscue (left) prepares for an at-bat during a road game last season against conference rival North Johnston.
LOUISBURG -- Scouts look at Dusty Ayscue’s 6-foot-3 frame and see plenty of room to grow -- and room to improve.
Ayscue, a senior pitcher at Louisburg High School, signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday to continue his career at Wingate University -- a Division II school located just east of Charlotte near Monroe.
Persistence paid off for Mars Hill College during its recent search for a head softball coach.
Earlier in the fall, Louisburg College’s Monica Gordy was contacted by administrators at MHC -- only to turn them down.
Gordy, however, would eventually accept the position, and she resigned earlier this week after three strong seasons in charge of the program at LC.
High School Football
CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
Sites, Pairings TBA 7:30
YOUNGSVILLE -- Numbers tell a true tale when dissecting the 2011 boys soccer season for the Cedar Creek Middle School Jaguars.
Over 11 matches, the dominant Jaguars scored 91 goals compared to just nine for opponents.
Cedar Creek compiled an amazing seven shutouts and reached double digits in scoring on four occasions.
ELKIN -- Braving the wind, frost, and cold temperatures of the North Carolina mountains near Elkin, the Louisburg College Hurricane golfers won the 36-hole Fourth Annual Region X Fall Championship.
Surry Community College hosted the golf tournament on November 5-6 at Cedarbrook Country Club.
Bunn’s Matheus Mell (left) tries to defend Durham Arts’ Lucas Villanueva during Wednesday night’s Class 2-A State Playoff third-round matchup.
Vivian Floyd Rogers, known as “Miss Bea,” celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 25 at Louisburg Nursing Center with family and friends at a party hosted by nephew Charles Floyd. She was born to Minnie Ballentine Floyd and Charles Victor Floyd on Sept. 25, 1911.
Marjorie G. Leonard of Louisburg celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends on Oct. 29 at her home. Mrs. Leonard taught home economics in the public school system in Franklin County for 45 years. She continues to operate the family farm in the Mapleville Community since retiring in the early 1990’s.
Pictured above are (front row, from left) Elaine Smith, great-great-grandmother, of Franklinton; Amber Nowlin, mother, of Kittrell with son, Dylan Nowlin; Nancy Satterwhite, great-grandmother, of Franklinton; and JoAnn Gallagher, grandmother, of Kittrell.
Most elementary school principals discover early in their careers that no job description covers all the challenges they will face.
Youngsville Elementary School Principal Rick Smith can confirm that after a wayward deer caused quite a commotion at his school Thursday morning.
Many Franklin County veterans and their spouses were honored Friday morning with a free breakfast at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center. Sponsored by Amedisys Hospice of Franklinton, the breakfast was a way to express appreciation to veterans like these two, Bill Spruill, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean conflict (left) and Albert Alston, a former Army drill instructor.
Boy Scouts of America and American Heritage Girls troops 619 from Anchor Baptist Church prepare to present veterans with a token of appreciation at the Veterans Day program held at Louisburg High School.
Franklinton police arrested a woman charged with interrupting court proceedings by proclaiming to be the president.
According to a report by Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, officers and deputies responded to the 400 block of S. Main Street where a 911 hang-up call was reported the evening of Nov. 5.
BUNN -- It’s amazing how, even with the chip on their collective shoulders, the Bunn Wildcats are still one of the fastest football teams around.
“At the beginning of the year, a lot of folks didn’t think we were going to do this well,’’ said BHS head coach Chris Miller. “But I really like this team.’’
BURLINGTON -- Franklinton coach Clark Harrell pretty much got what he expected heading into Friday’s showdown at perennial powerhouse Burlington Cummings in the second round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
“Cummings is very good,’’ Harrell said. “You just have to give them a lot of credit. They have an excellent team.’’