Franklin County commissioners approved a $77 million budget for 2012-13 that gives employees a raise and provides some additional revenue, but it requires the county to dip into its savings to cover a funding gap.
On Monday night, the board approved the budget, but at least two, Commissioners Harry Foy and Don Lancaster, said the county should go into its 2013-14 budget negotiations expecting to cut the tax rate.
LVD firemen Randy Lanham, Chase Wammock and Ray Yarborough plan strategy
Louisburg firemen weren’t sure exactly what to expect last weekend when they agreed to represent their department in Raleigh as that fire department celebrated its 100th anniversary.
But when the competition wound down, they had reaped a number of awards in a competition that involved at least 10 departments, including Raleigh’s.
The Franklin County School District recognized “outstanding employees” and community partners” at the annual Honors Day celebration last week at Franklinton High School.
Topping the list of honors were the naming of the county schools’ Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year.
A Franklinton woman who has worked behind the scenes to support area causes and leaders will now be at the front of her own campaign to be the county’s next District 2 Commissioner.
The Executive Committee of the Franklin County Republican Party chose Dee Sams to be the GOP’s candidate for the Franklinton area seat.
With no debate and after hearing from only one resident, the Louisburg Town Council unanimously adopted its budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year Monday night after making one minor change from the version that emerged from a recent budget workshop.
Acting on a recommendation from town manager Mark Warren, the board agreed to completely eliminate “capacity fees” for water and sewer from residential projects both in and adjacent to the town.
Disco King Oliver June Greene
SOME GREETING! One might think that when a business moves back into town, bringing skilled jobs and tax revenue, it might receive a hearty and positive greeting – maybe even a little encouragement – not here in Louisburg apparently, however.
The fine folks that operate Mullis Millworks recently decided to move back to the ‘Burg from a five-year foray in Youngsville and are now located in the old Joyner Manufacturing building on Bickett Boulevard and are open for business.
Absurd and despicable?
Oh, come on now Mr. Tatum, that’s a bit much even for an interim town administrator who is new to the Franklin County political arena.
For the record, we are not backing down one iota from our contention that negotiating the sale of Youngsville’s utilities to Franklin County out of the public’s scrutiny amounted to secret meetings!
Funny how when I watch cartoons, I think about bigger issues.
A few weeks ago, I was watching the Simpson’s movie when the plight of the school board popped into my mind.
If you don’t remember, it was the scene where Homer was attached to a wrecking ball, swinging violently between a rock and a bar called A Hard Place.
FRANKLINTON —Alvin Randolph “Randy” Wheeler Jr., 56, died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at WakeMed. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
ZEBULON – James McKinley “Ken” Phillips, 82, died Sunday morning, June 17, 2012. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Union Hope Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jim Robertson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Virginia Hicks Smith, 86, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the Service League of Inpatient Hospice in Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, 313 W. High St., Murfreesboro, where she was an active member. A reception will immediately follow the service.
HENDERSON - Charles Linwood Wilson, 73, died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at his home. Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 19, at Sunset Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Allen Murphy.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Sidney Junior Williams, 51, who died Thursday, June 14, 2012, were held Tuesday, June 19, at Mitchell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel Lilly officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Jimmie Lee Terrell, 69, who died Thursday, June 14, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE —Dalton Timberlake Bailey Sr., 77, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at his residence. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Donald Warren officiating.
YOUNGSVILLE - Stanley A. Norek, 80, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Cole Manor in Coudersport, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, June 18, at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, Pa.
YOUNGSVILLE - Betty S. Parker, 67, died Friday, June 15, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Charles Theodore Bradford, 70, who died Monday, June 18, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kelvin Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Richard “Ricky” Allen Stewart, 56, of the Wood/Centerville community died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Wake Medical Center. He was employed by the Franklin County Schools and Louisburg Tractor & Truck Company. He was a member of the Centerville Fire Department. He was a hard worker and he loved to help anyone in need.
LOUISBURG - Beulah Odessa Pittman, 96, of Louisburg died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Louisburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Reggie Rushing officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Francis Newell Cash, 96, of Louisburg, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at Franklin Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Callihan Cash; his son, Hoyt Kirby Cash; and his sister, Alma Thorne. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Mountain Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. T. Daren Smart, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Led by a combined five players and three coaches, Nash County and Franklin County boasted a distinct flair at the annual Powerade North Carolina State High School Level Baseball Games.
The event was held last weekend at several locations in Winston-Salem, including BB&T Park.
The Region 3 Team was coached by Rocky Mount’s Kent Cox. He was assisted by Bunn’s Leonard Allen (a former assistant in Nash County) and Faith Christian School’s Greg Clifton.
PRIME RECRUITER. Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes is looking for big things from his incoming class of freshmen.
LOUISBURG -- Only one piece was missing before Andy Stokes could put together the final puzzle that is his women’s soccer recruiting class at Louisburg College.
After recruiting both locally and internationally, Stokes felt he had his best-ever list of incoming recruits -- complete with scorers, defenders and solid midfielders.
LOUISBURG -- Historically, the fast-pitch softball program at Louisburg College has boasted one of the school’s top overall team grade-point averages.
This year proved to be no different.
The LC softballers earned Academic All-American Team status for the 2010-11 school year -- an accomplishment that is destined to be repeated for the 2011-12 campaign.
Don Stopa won’t be limiting his contributions to Louisburg College to the softball field.
Instead, Stopa’s role at LC was expanded after he was named the school’s Sports Information Director recently.
Stopa will also maintain his duties as Louisburg’s head softball coach. He just completed his first year at the helm of the Lady Hurricanes’ fast-pitch program.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Lions Club Youth Football and Cheerleading program is getting ready for another season.
Registration will be Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at Terrell Lane Middle School. A Parents Meeting and First Practice will be held at the same time at TLMS.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Raleigh native and Wake Forest University alum Webb Simpson carded a pair of 2-under 68s over the weekend at the US Open at the Olympic Club to secure his first major championship.
Simpson started the weekend in a tie for 29th at 5-over par but stayed steady on Saturday en route to a 68 and jumped into a tie for 8th at 3-over par. He started the final round four-shots behind Jim Furyk.
SALEM, VA -- Seemingly out of the game, down five, the Carolina Mudcats put together a rally for the ages to beat the Salem Red Sox 14-8 on Sunday afternoon at Lewis-Gale Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
The Mudcats scored 10 runs in the eighth, eight of those runs on eight hits with two outs.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY. Stephen and Frances Hite of Durham celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, which was June 17, 2012, at a reception given by their three children Saturday night in Durham. Family and friends attended the reception. They were married June 17, 1962 at Louisburg Baptist Church.
Kristen Nicole Ingram and Tejae Kyle Petty were married on May 27, 2012 during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony conducted at Hudson Manor Estate in Louisburg. Gary Williams was the officiating minister.
The bride is the daughter of Gray and Yvonne Ingram of Franklinton.
The groom’s parents are David and Victoria Petty of Oxford.
According to the latest research, our children will witness an episode of bullying on average every 15 minutes in the classroom, and eight minutes on the playground.
The experts state bullying runs rampant on the school bus and cyber-bullying has been linked to a spike in teen suicides. What is a parent, grandparent or concerned community member to do?
Anna Dodson recently attended the North Carolina East Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar. Dodson joined 150 other young leaders representing over 130 high schools from eastern and central North Carolina, June 15-17, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
So far, Franklin County property owners have submitted about 10 properties to be reviewed for a potential county park.
They have another two weeks to beat the deadline.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has set a June 30 deadline to receive submissions from anyone interested in turning a plot of land into a county park.
These members of the Louisburg Fire Department returned home over the weekend with four major awards they received at a competition in Raleigh. Shown here are (kneeling, from the left) Duane Smith and Ray Yarborough. Standing (from the left) are Randy Lanham, Clark May, Chris Lanham, Chase Wammock, Dalton West and Randy Young.
Louisburg police arrested a man accused of running over a man after a fight.
Marquis T. Foster, 23, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
The North Carolina Senate recently had Beverly Claire Foster, a student at Kerr-Vance Academy, serve as a Page.
She is the daughter of Al and Lynn Foster of Henderson.
Responding to community complaints, sheriff’s deputies set up a license checkpoint that netted three arrests on drug charges.
Larry C. Alley, 62, Joseph B. Tharrington, 36, and Tara M. Hughes, 27, were charged with conspiring to sell and deliver heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of marijuana.