LOUISBURG — Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones has fired off two letters defending himself against accusations that his decision to staff a National Guard Armory party led to a gang dispute there and hampered response to a nearby emergency.
About 30 officers responded to the Armory the evening of Oct. 6 after a man opened fire in a crowd of people at a party and confronted two deputies — prompting one to fire his weapon in defense.
Court officials anticipate getting updates on a home invasion that led to a shooting and another case involving a man suspected of serial break-ins.
Investigators arrested Joseph Hicks Jr. and Brandon High on April 17, weeks after authorities allege they broke into a home on Rough Lane, assaulting Joshua Hargrove Sr. while he was with his 6-year-old son.
WINNER. Cow Chip judges Linda Frederickson, left, and Jerry Jones point out the winning cow pie to Wayne Champion, center.
LOUISBURG — Within an hour, Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones went from the penthouse to the outhouse on Saturday.
At 11:30 a.m., he was helping judge a barbecue pork contest, sitting high on the hog.
By 12:30 p.m., he was helping Linda Frederickson determine exactly which square had the most cow poop.
THROWN FOR A LOOP. Above, Romina Alejo tosses a bean bag at a game set up at Frankenfest.
Hayley Buchanan, Kherington Bryant and Maycey Buchanan
GOOD MORNING: Chilly, wet and miserable is the best way I can describe the weather locally for the past several days, but it could have been worse. In fact, if it had been a bit cooler it probably would have been.
But, at he time of this writing, the outlook for the latter part of the week looked to be mostly sunny and relatively mild with daytime highs in the mid 50’s to around 60.
Whew! It looks like we’ve dodged another weather-related bullet.
As this was being written, the final word on Hurricane Sandy had yet to be written but it appeared that the storm stayed far enough off our coastline to spare North Carolina major damage.
Of course, as always, the fragile barrier islands took a beating from both wind and storm surge but this far inland, the storm’s impact was negligible.
We’re less than a week away from the general election and, already, more than 10,000 Franklin County voters have taken advantage of early voting.
And, across the state, more than 1.3 million votes have been cast — nearly 230,000 more than at the same time in the 2008 election.
LOUISBURG - Eugene Arrington Jr., 76, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, Castalia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Julia B. Perry, 54, who died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Martha R. Silver, 78, who died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, were held Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Anna Maria Wilder, 50, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at Rex Hospital. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, 2960 Tarboro Road, Youngsville.
YOUNGSVILLE - Ella Rue Alford Price, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Faile officiating. Burial followed in Raleigh Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG - Edith Len Aycock, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.
YOUNGSVILLE —George D. Choplin, 58, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Hazel Ann Mitchell Perry, 76, who died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, will be held Friday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. at Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
TARIK TO THE RESCUE. Bunn’s Tarik Cohen (with ball) picks up yardage for the Wildcats during last Friday’s road football victory at Louisburg. Both teams will have state playoff matchups this Friday night.
LOUISBURG -- Not even a victory over their biggest rivals could lift the post-game spirits of the Bunn Wildcats.
Usually, Bunn has plenty of celebration following a win over chief gridiron foe Louisburg -- but that wasn’t the case last Friday night at LHS’ Patterson Field.
Instead, emotions were tempered as the decision may have come at a cost for Coach Chris Miller’s club.
FRANKLINTON -- Senior Night was a celebration of both the present and future last Friday for the Franklinton Red Rams.
With several upperclassmen playing starring roles -- along with a handful of promising youngsters -- the Red Rams closed out the 2012 regular season with a 70-8 decision over Warren County in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the FHS Football Field.
From his perch along the fence adjacent to the Louisburg High School sideline, one of the best running backs in recent Franklin County football history had his eye on -- you guessed it -- one of the best running backs in recent Franklin County football history.
If you were around to remember Jeremy Arrington’s excellence about one decade ago at LHS, you certainly see a lot of Arrington in Bunn senior Tarik Cohen.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last Friday’s results from the regular season football finale for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association:
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It’s been three years since each of Franklin County’s trio of high school squads have qualified for the Class 2-A and 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
But the challenge is just beginning for Franklinton, Bunn and Louisburg as they embark on play this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are this Friday night’s first-round matchups for the Class 2-AA portion of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are this Friday night’s first-round matchups for the Class 2-A portion of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s football team will wrap up another campaign this Saturday when the Hurricanes tangle with undefeated ASA from New York in their Northeast Conference finale.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon at the Old Franklinton High School Football Field.
The Hurricanes will bring a 6-2 record into the event following a disappointing 45-6 setback last weekend against host Nassau Community College, which has also yet to lose a game this year.
TAKING A BIG SWING. This week’s Miracle League of Franklin County’s spotlight player is Kristopher Hanzer. Kristopher is a 9th grader at Franklinton High School. He loves to play basketball and baseball. He is the son of Elaine Hanzer and Weldon Hanzer. (Photo Submitted)
Bunn’s Tarik Cohen just misses an interception attempt during last Friday night’s prep football matchup against rival Louisburg at Patterson Field.
Louisburg High School senior running back Hakeem Thorne (1) gains yardage during his team’s home loss last Friday against the Bunn Wildcats.
Elizabeth Blake Lancaster and Billy Allen Benton were united in marriage at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Lancaster Farms in Centerville. The farm bell chimed the hour as the bride arrived in a 1977 Checker Classic Limo.
The bride is the daughter of Jerry Morris and Karen Ripple Lancaster of Raleigh.
Melissa Lynch was named the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year by the Lenoir County Public School System.
Melissa teaches first grade at Moss Hill Elementary and has taught in Lenoir County schools for the past nine years. She is a graduate of Louisburg High School, NC State University and East Carolina University. She was awarded national board certification in 2008.
The threat of poor weather didn’t keep crowds away from Frankenfest on Main on Saturday in Franklinton. Above, a train transports revelers from one end of Frankenfest to the other.
John Milton May
Jeremy David Neal
Occupation: General Manager of one of Eastern North Carolina’s largest collision centers.
Marital status: Married to Shea Batton Neal
Children: Jackson (11) and Savannah (4)
Cedric K. Jones
Cedric K. Jones
Occupation: Retired, NC Cooperative Extension Director for Franklin County
Marital Status: Married for 33 years to Laureen Jones
Patricia Finch Walker
Patricia Finch Walker
Occupation: Caregiver, health care
Marital status: Widow
Louisburg police arrested a trio of women accused of stealing from a retailer in town.
According to investigators and a report by Officer A. Holtz, a loss prevention officer at Walmart stopped three women accused of trying to steal about $200 worth of merchandise from the store on Retail Way.