FRANKLINTON — Authorities arrested two Franklinton men accused of committing a gang-affiliated shooting in the middle of the afternoon.
Charles Pender, 18, and Dontae Rico Wallace, 23, were both arrested a short time after investigators said they were responsible for shooting Donnie R. Vanderberg in the middle of Mill Street on Thursday afternoon.
FUN AT NIGHT. Santa Claus was the star of the show during Franklinton’s nighttime Christmas parade on Thursday.
Franklin County’s unemployment rate continues to drop — one of the factors that influenced a ranking system that determines how much money the county can use to attract business.
More Franklin County residents continued to find work, according to the state Department of Commerce, as the county’s unemployment rate for October was reported at 8 percent.
Four years ago, when Franklin County’s depressed job climate increased the resources it could use to attract jobs, economic development staff viewed it as a double-edged sword.
More than 800 people lost their jobs, but the county could rely on more state incentive dollars to attract business and spur hiring.
Apparently, those efforts paid off.
LOUISBURG — U.S. military forces are some of the most well equipped in the world.
Members and supporters of the 5th Battalion 113th Field Artillery Regiment want to make sure that includes their Egyptian canine counterparts, who are part of a peacekeeping mission in Egypt.
The main supply commander in-country notified local supply staff representative, Staff Sgt. Amanda Jones, of the need for collars, leashes, tags and other animal supplies this past week.
The Franklin County Board of Education’s December meeting gets off to an early start Monday night with a tour of the old Franklinton High School in downtown that’s being considered for conversion to a middle school.
Then, after the tour which begins at 6 p.m., the board will begin its meeting at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Both the tour and the meeting are open to the public.
Franklinton parade lover Urijah Tatum
GOOD MORNING: Here’s the bottom line, folks. From all I can gather, regardless of any changes in state laws, including changes that supposedly went into effect Wednesday in Washington State and in Colorado on Thursday, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Members of the public are also advised to remember that it remains against federal law to bring any amount of marijuana onto federal property, including all federal buildings...
You know the old saying about the devil being in the details.
That devil is in the details of a story elsewhere in this edition and it is bad news for Franklin County.
Oh, it won’t seem that way at first.
We’ll bet that county officials, polishing their own brass, will make it seem like going from the county’s current Tier 2 to Tier 3 status is a good thing.
Here’s a news flash that’s mostly positive for a change.
Three times in the last couple of months, problems have been averted by how county officials handled them.
But, there’s room for improvement. More on that in a minute.
One of the situations involves the Franklin County Board of Education which is redistricting middle school and possibly some high school attendance areas to handle rapid growth in the southwest portion of the county.
Monday night’s county commission meeting created some interesting conversations.
Primarily, it raised the discussion that pits business interests against homeowners, who want to enjoy their property free of that kind of intrusion.
In the case of Monday night, that intrusion would have been a shooting range.
LOUISBURG – Roland J. Hilaire was born July 7, 1965 in Haiti and passed away on December 4, 2012. He was a talented architect, guitarist, avid music collector, and gun enthusiast. His infectious laugh, firm handshakes and passionate personality will be sorely missed. “Roly Rol” was a resident of Louisburg, North Carolina at the time of his passing.
LOUISBURG - Carey King Jones, 64, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were held Friday at Wood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randall Owens officiating. Interment followed in the Jones family cemetery.
WAKE FOREST —Mandy Davis Boyette died Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012. She had been a resident at the Carolina House for the past 11 years. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7, at Woodland Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Laura Holmes Gupton, 92, died Tuesday night, Dec. 4, 2012. A graveside service was held Thursday, Dec. 6, at Lancaster Memorial Park, with Dr. Bill Haley officiating.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Horace J. “Shorty” Perry, 77, who died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery.
BOSTON, Mass. —Funeral services for Ross M. Perry, 64, formerly of Louisburg, who died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, will be held at 12 noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - Esther Barnette Tant, 93, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 8) at Beulah Christian Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Manervia C. Mann, 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.
WARRENTON - Georgia Exum, 86, of 150 Ridgeway Warrenton Rd. in Warrenton, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at her residence.
WARRENTON —Funeral services for Juanita Copeland, 89, who died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, will be held Monday, Dec. 10, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating.
YOUNGSVILLE —Teresa Gail O’neal Dark, 54, died Friday morning, Dec. 7, 2012 at WakeMed. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday Dec. 9, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Woodland Baptist Church cemetery.
DAILY DOUBLE. Sophomore Tainasha Vines came through with a double-double for the Bunn Ladycats during Tuesday’s decision over Southern Nash.
BUNN -- Two teams looking for their first victory of the season met in an urgency-filled girls basketball showdown on Tuesday.
For Southern Nash, the necessity of the moment was even more critical, as the Ladybirds kicked off their campaign with three consecutive losses.
GASTON -- After dropping a last-second setback earlier in the season against KIPP Pride, the Louisburg Lady Warriors couldn’t wait to get another shot against Coach Robert D. Hasty’s club from Northampton County.
LHS made the most of its opportunity and gained a measure of revenge with a 46-29 decision at KIPP in a girls basketball game played Wednesday evening.
DEFLECTION TIME. Bunn’s Javonte Perry (left) tries to make a pass as Southern Nash’s Tahj Deans defends during Tuesday night’s boys basketball contest at the Bunn Dome. The host Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
BUNN -- Southern Nash’s strong start was trumped by Bunn’s furious finish during Tuesday’s non-conference boys basketball contest.
The Firebirds led by nine points after the first frame, but BHS would rally the rest of the way, including a 16-4 spurt in the fourth quarter.
LOUISBURG -- The undefeated Louisburg College men’s basketball team will wrap up its pre-holiday campaign with a pair of upcoming games.
Today, LC will travel to Jamestown (near the Triad) to tangle with Guilford Tech Community College in a Region X showdown.
Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.
LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT. Louisburg High School’s John Cuddy (right) tries to escape a hold during a match as part of Wednesday’s mat contest with Roanoke Rapids.
LOUISBURG -- On the official schedule, this wasn’t a Northern Carolina Conference team dual match.
But it certainly offered an early-season peek into how the pecking order might evolve in the NCC mat standings.
Louisburg hosted league foe Roanoke Rapids on Wednesday at the LHS Gymnasium, and the eight-strong Warriors eventually dropped the match.
High School Basketball
Bunn at Nash Central 6:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Oxford Webb 6 p.m.
WRAPPING IT UP. Bunn’s Austin Smith won this match by pinfall as part of the Wildcats’ home wrestling event Wednesday night against the Northern Vance Vikings.
BUNN -- Opponents will have to find another weakness to exploit within the Bunn High School wrestling program this season.
That’s because depth is no longer an issue for the Wildcats.
Over the past few campaigns, Bunn has struggled with overall numbers, but Coach Randy Kagarise has a full roster in 2012-13 as the Wildcats look to make an upward move...
Bunn High School senior guard Whitney Bunn makes a strong move to the basket for the Ladycats during Tuesday’s home victory against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
Southern Nash’s Christain Atkinson goes up for a shot vs. Bunn while being defended by Jayla Cofield.
Louisburg High School’s James Harris had no problem during his match as part of the Warriors’ home wrestling event on Wednesday against the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
Bunn HIgh School’s Clifton White (right) gets two points for a hold as part of his team’s home wrestling match on Wednesday night against the Northern Vance Vikings.
The board at the Historic Cherry Hill in nearby Inez is offering a special Christmas program this year, free of charge.
The Oakwood Waits will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.
The Oakwood Waits began performing in 1984 when a group of friends got together to sing carols in the Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh, where many of them lived.
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A Louisburg High student was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct on a school bus.
Tyree R. Williams, 17, of Hickory Rock Road, turned himself in to authorities on Dec. 2 after Louisburg police had issued warrants for his arrest.
Louisburg Police Det. G.C. Stevens said a five-year-old girl told her mother that Williams inappropriately touched her while both were on a school bus on Oct. 3.
Franklin County children in foster care received a Christmas gift donation Tuesday, Dec. 4, from Thomas Clifton Jr., who did a toy drive as part of his senior project. Clifton, above front left, is with a friend, Troy Vick, right, and, standing from the Franklin County Department of Social Services, from left, Velvet Perdue, Amy Perrine and Toujana Miller.
David Basham provides a lap for his son, Aaron, 1, to view the bands, floats, motorcycles, cars and emergency vehicles pass by during Franklinton’s nighttime Christmas parade on Thursday.
Narcotics officers made two drug arrests in a week’s time. The morning of Nov. 20, officers, with the aid of a tactical unit, executed a search warrant at a home in the 500 block of Earlie Collins Road.
Inside, they found the target of the investigation, Haywood Lynch, as well as three firearms, a half gram of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a mason jar of untaxed liquor, according to the report by Det. Allen Batchelor.
A Terrell Lane Middle School teacher remains on leave after she was arrested on assault charges.
According to a police report, Rocky Mount authorities arrested Valeria Battle during the early morning hours of Nov. 19.
She was alleged to have assaulted an a apparent boyfriend, Carlous D. Powell, 26, who shared the same address.