LOUISBURG — In an ongoing battle pitting the county’s sheriff against Louisburg’s top cop, Jerry Jones has alleged that Rick Lassiter and his department have turned a blind eye to drug issues in town.
Jones made those assertions in a letter penned to Louisburg’s mayor and town council dated Oct. 24.
“I have visitors to my office all but weekly. Citizens constantly complaining about the drug issues in and around the ‘south side of Louisburg,’” Jones said in the letter.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman accused of threatening a roommate with a knife just hours before she stabbed an apparent boyfriend.
Tashia High Jacobs, 33, is also accused of trying to set the house on fire.
A SPOOKY GOOD TIME. Some said it was because of a full moon, others contended it was Halloween, but whatever the reason, ghosts, goblins, witches and other creatures swarmed across Franklin County on Wednesday night demanding candy and other treats. In the photo (left), which was taken in Youngsville, a witch (who contended she was Margaret Stallings), read the mummified palm of Taylor Bordeaux, 7, of Wake Forest.
Early voting ends today (Saturday) and the general election is Tuesday, giving Franklin County voters a chance to weigh in on contested races at the national, state and local levels.
In today’s edition, The Franklin Times will run the last of the candidate profiles, giving voters who have yet to make up their mind an opportunity to learn what’s important to incumbents and challengers for the locally contested seats impacting Franklin County.
The Franklin County Fire Fighters Association waited 50 years and one week to celebrate its history.
After the threat of a storm postponed festivities for Oct. 28, the group will celebrate its 50th anniversary this Sunday, Nov. 4, from 2-5 p.m. at the county’s Triangle North Executive Airport.
Marirose Boucher and Tre Chesser
GOOD MORNING: The thermometer dropped into the upper 30’s out my way Thursday morning and the deck as well as the yard around our house was covered with leaves and pine needles – a sure sign that fall has indeed fallen.
Temperatures took another dip Friday morning, dropping to the freezing mark briefly shortly after 7 a.m. and open areas adjacent to our place were covered with frost.
If nothing else, the terrible pictures and stories coming in from our Northeastern regions have again underscored how fragile and vulnerable our critical infrastructure is — and how absolutely dependent we’ve become on it.
Hurricane Sandy — dubbed Superstorm Sandy — brought terrible damage to both lives and property as she, and the water she pushed around, hammered a wide swath of the country before eventually fizzling out.
What a difference a year makes!
Last year at Halloween, trick or treaters were wandering the streets drenched to the bone as heavy fall rains dampened everything but the spirits of the small fry who love to dress up and “frighten” unsuspecting homeowners who open the door.
This year was different -- about 180 degrees different.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Roy Foster, 58, who died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Lettuce Hall Church cemetery.
RALEIGH - Foye Vaughan Banks, 96, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 1, at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, Fuquay-Varina. Interment followed at Montlawn Memorial Park.
ZEBULON – Brandon Cole Rife, 17, died Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2012. The family will receive friends 10:30-11:50 a.m. Monday at Strickland Funeral Home. Service will follow at 12 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow in Bunn Memorial Gardens.
YOUNGSVILLE —LaVerne Jones White, 85, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at WakeMed in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Julian Motley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Melbadeen House, 86, died Friday, Nov. 2, at her home in Franklinton. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton, with the Rev. Joi Williams and the Rev. David Averette officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Bertie Davis Bowden, 94, of Louisburg, died Wednesday evening.
WAKE FOREST - Ada Lee Harrison, 70, of Wake Forest, went to her heavenly home Wednesday, October 31, 2012 after an extended illness. Although her family and friends will miss her dearly, we rejoice in the fact that she will be forever at peace with the Lord. What a blessing it has been to share in her life. We will be forever grateful.
TYQUAN TAKES IT TO THE HOLE. Louisburg College’s Tyquan Roberts drives for two points during Thursday night’s home victory versus Vance-Granville.
LOUISBURG -- Regardless of the sport, this much is certain -- the more success you have, the greater the expectations become.
Such is the life of Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Mark Vanderslice, who has guided the Hurricanes to the national tournament in each of his two campaigns.
SEASON WRAPS UP. Dionisio Lugo and the Bunn Wildcats concluded their 2012 boys soccer campaign with a playoff loss this week against Corinth Holders.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Each of Franklin County’s three boys soccer teams qualified for the Class 2-A State Playoffs this week.
And each club couldn’t make it out of the first round against tough competition.
Franklinton, under first-year coach Isaac Welker, was the only squad with a home match, and the Red Rams dropped a 2-1 contest versus an always-solid Swansboro contingent from Carteret County.
BUNN PLAYMAKER. Bunn Middle School’s Fernando Orlan (with ball) had a huge game Thursday for the Bulldogs during their decision over Terrell Lane.
LOUISBURG -- With one week remaining, it’s still anybody’s guess as to how the final football standings will shake down in the Middle Athletic Conference.
But this much is for certain -- the Bunn Bulldogs will be no worse that co-champs.
Bunn sealed its fate with a 28-22 road victory Thursday evening against Terrell Lane at Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.
When Louisburg College’s football squad left Long Island last week following a lopsided loss to Nassau Community College, little did the Hurricanes know what they were leaving behind.
A few days later, Hurricane Sandy plowed through the Northeast portion of the United States, causing immeasurable damage.
LOUISBURG -- Even during the toughest times this season, Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes was unwavering in his belief that the Lady Hurricanes would win the Region X Tournament.
Stokes, in his fourth year at LC, felt like he had built his best club yet -- and that belief was accentuated during last weekend’s league tourney in Spartanburg, S.C.
High School Football
CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
Sites, Pairings TBA 7:30 p.m.
CYNTHIA SOARS. Freshman Cynthia Kelly from Oxford Webb High School was a key player this season for the Vance-Granville Community College volleyball squad.
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball team has struggled in the win-loss column this season, but the performances of two Vanguards in particular have earned them notice.
At a tri-match on Sept. 29, setter Veronica Papandrea of Durham and Cynthia Kelly of Oxford put up strong numbers, as they have done throughout much of the season.
BURLINGTON -- The 23rd annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships in women’s dual team tennis will be held today with four finals to be contested at the Burlington Tennis Center.
The 1-A and 4-A state finals will start at 9:30 a.m. with the 2-A and 3-A matches starting at 12:30 p.m.
In one of the 9:30 a.m. openers, Raleigh Broughton makes its third straight trip to the 4-A championship and an NCHSAA-record 15th overall as the Caps (23-0) face Greensboro Grimsley (16-3).
CHAPEL HILL -- The 37th edition of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state volleyball championships is slated for today at historic Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh.
All-day tickets for each of the four matches will be available at the gate.
CHAPEL HILL-- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the starting times for its 2012 state football championship games, which will once again be played at three different sites.
Three games will be played at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem and at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, while two finals are set for Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.
LOUISBURG -- Even with an undefeated record and a Top 5 national ranking, the Louisburg College Hurricanes were destined to encounter a chance bit of adversity during Sunday’s championship match of the Region X Tournament.
Vance-Granville’s Joshua Coles tries to find an open teammate during Thursday night’s men’s basketball showdown against the Louisburg College Hurricanes at the Taylor Center.
NO SLIM PICKINGS. From left, Skyon Thomas, Wykee Thomas and Celina Perry received Halloween treats from Leslie Martin, proprietor of Leslie Martin Pottery downtown. Martin, apparently, was the candy fairy.
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Justin Shearin is ready to wrangle some candy
Tracie Hockaday, back, looks on as Janashia Hicks, left, and Jazlyn Usher get some treats at the sheriff’s office.
Little James Kreel, 2, of Louisburg was all decked out and ready for some candy. He found lots at the Youngsville event.
13-month-old Levi Kinton of Youngsville hunts for the perfect duck to give to his dad, Mac, who’s keeping a watchful eye on things at the Youngsville Armory.
A lot of thought went into Pat Clifton’s costume.
The United Way and a community group are taking a grassroots approach to feeding this county’s needy.
About six months ago, they formed the United Way of Franklin County Community Garden Project — an effort to turn barren plots around the county into gardens that would sprout produce that could be given to the county’s food pantries.
LOUISBURG — Franklin County economic development staff will present a closeout report about a company that renovated a building and brought more than 50 jobs to the county.
At the same time, Palviz North America is looking to expand by building a $1 million warehouse on-site.
In the spring of 2010, the Israeli polymer foam manufacturing and distribution company received a $250,000 One North Carolina Fund grant to help bring them to Franklin County.
Kaylyn Groce, 17-year-old Chatham County cattle producer and exhibitor, was recognized at the 2012 NC State Fair as the recipient of the Senator James D. Speed Achievement Award. Kaylyn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Groce of Siler City. The James Speed Achievement Award is presented to a deserving Junior Beef Exhibitor who demonstrates strong leadership skills, integrity, good sportsmanship, achievement of goals, and is an advocate of today’s agricultural industry.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating allegations that a one-time employee left with a perk — a 1993 Nissan.
Terry Kearney with Teague Motor Sports reported that a former employee was working on a 1993 Nissan Maxima when he took it to Nines Salvage yard.
S. Quon Bridges
Occupation: District Court Judge, Ninth Judicial District-covering Vance, Franklin, Granville, and Warren Counties
Married for over 20 years
Marital status: Married for 27 years
Previous public service: None
Janice (Jan)Murray Mills
Occupation: Retired State Employee
Marital Status: Married to Brooks Mills for 23 years
Jeffrey L. Collins
Occupation: Financial Consultant
Marital status: Married to Beanie Collins
Edward Shane Mitchell
Occupation: Self Employed; Owner of Greenhill Nursery and Landscaping, President of Mitchell Do It Best Hardware
Marital status: Wife - Amy (17 years)
Occupation: Program/Project Mgr.; Electrical/Electronic Engineering
Marital status: Married
Franklin County Commission District 1 Candidate Pat Walker has five children.
A story in the Oct. 31 edition of The Franklin Times incorrectly listed that biographical information.
We regret the error and apologize for any confusion it may have caused.
Douglas Earl Berger
Occupation: Former teacher, prosecutor, and workers’ compensation judge; currently an attorney representing injured workers
Marital status: Married
Occupation: Director of Business Development
Marital status: Married to Paige Fitzgerald Barefoot
Children: One on the way.
The United Way of Franklin County has kicked off its Fall Food Drive — Feeding Franklin — and it runs through Nov. 15.
“This is a way for county residents to give canned goods and other non-perishables to the 17 pantries in Feeding Franklin in the UWFC network,” 2012-13 Community Campaign Co-Chair Betty Craig said.
BUNN -- Coach Chris Miller doesn’t know when -- or if -- starting quarterback Deshawn High will return to the lineup for the Bunn Wildcats.
But even in High’s absence, the Wildcats have plenty of offensive talent to survive in the postseason -- a fact that was evident during Friday’s first-round matchup with North Brunswick in the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton was literally a few yards away from all but sealing a victory against Randleman in Friday’s first round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
What transpired from that point resulted in one of the Red Rams’ most heartbreaking losses in recent memory.
EDENTON -- Edenton Holmes lived up to its undefeated hype during Friday’s first-round showdown against visiting Louisburg in the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
The Aces dealt the Warriors a 56-8 setback in opening-round action in historic Edenton.
With the loss, Louisburg’s campaign ended at 5-6 overall. But the Warriors achieved their chief preseason goal of qualifying for the playoffs.