LOUISBURG — A Franklin County resident shot a suspect while defending himself during a home invasion on Wednesday night.
By week’s end, investigators were waiting for Devin Riddick, 22, to recover from a gunshot wound before charging him with his role in the four-man burglary.
According to authorities, Riddick, his twin brother, Traven Riddick, Alexis Brown, 20, and Quasime Sidney, 23, approached a home on Whites Lane off N.C. 39 at about 10 p.m.
YOUNGSVILLE — Reluctantly, officials ruled that a developer violated town ordinances by conducting heavy construction on Saturdays.
However, immediate attempts to resolve the matter in a way that would let Peachtree efficiently complete development of East Woods of Patterson was thwarted by the town’s inability to follow its own governing rules.
Changes in pricing, policy and practice ramped up adoptions at the county’s animal shelter this summer.
And thanks to some new-age technical savvy and old-fashioned customer service, more animals continue to find homes after the sheriff’s office took over the department.
“We want people to feel welcome and come by,” said Joni Grissom, who along with fellow Animal Control Officer Kimberly Gallaway, has worked to improve customer service and the office’s footprint in social media.
LOUISBURG — Legal counsel for the airport advised board members this week that he’s close to finishing up a lease agreement that would bring a revenue generator to the property.
“I should have it ready by this week or next,” Pete Tomlinson said during the board’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Louisburg resident L.J. Alston
With the arrival of the new year, it dawned on us that many of our readers might enjoy a good riddle to ponder during these “chilly” (or soon-to-be-chilly) days of winter.
So, here’s a complex one to occupy your mind until spring arrives:
Why is the utility deal between Franklin County and the town of Youngsville such a secret?
Here’s the background:
And we’re off and running into a new year. It’s going to be an interesting one if trends so far continue.
We’ve got a new administration in Raleigh that will be running hard to get away from the controversial and ethics-challenged bunch of the last several years. That will be a good thing.
But before we break out the bubbly, our new guv’nor needs to focus on a few basics.
Here are a couple of places to start:
Asher Johnson’s column won’t appear in this edition. He’s taking a break.
CASTALIA - Carolyn Mizell Lancaster, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The family received visitors 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Cornerstone Funeral Home. After cremation, there will be a private memorial service.
YOUNGSVILLE—Gladys Severt Taylor, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 11, at Grandview Memorial Chapel with Elder James McNeill officiating. Burial followed in Cranberry Cemetery in Laurel Springs.
LOUISBURG – Forrest Clifford “Sonny” Harper Jr., 75, died Thursday morning, Jan. 10, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 12) at Lancaster Memorial Park. Family will receive friends immediately after the service.
RALEIGH - Funeral services for April L. Alston, 26, who died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 12) at Freedom & Deliverance Outreach Center, with the Rev. Michael Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Frances Richardson, 65, who died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 12) at Union Hill Baptist Church, with Elder Anthony Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Clarence Bob Richardson, 84, who died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, were held Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Gideon Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Lee officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
SPRING HOPE - Larry Stephenson “Steve” Driver, 57, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 12) at Joyner’s Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Bailey Town Cemetery. The Rev. Daniel Parker will officiate.
LAKE ROYALE - Ethel Hough Faison, 93, formerly of Middlesex, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Graveside services were conducted Friday, Jan. 11, in Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex, with the Rev. Kevin Byers officiating.
ZEBULON - Barbara Nell Fowler Pearce, 67, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Funeral service was Thursday, Jan. 10, at Union Chapel Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Mildred Catherine Pearce Murphy, 91, died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. She was born in Franklin County, daughter of the late Annie Gray Lancaster Pearce and George H. Pearce. She was a member of Harris Chapel Baptist Church where she taught the Beginners Sunday School Class for over 50 years. Mrs. Murphy was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Murphy, and her brothers and a sister.
LOUISBURG – Kirby Lane Bennett, 44, of Louisburg, passed away Thursday morning.
SPEED RACERS. Quick guards Demetrius Burk (left, Franklinton) and Tavon Perry (right, Bunn) challenge each other during last Tuesday night’s conference boys basketball showdown at the FHS Gymnasium.
FRANKLINTON -- A much-improved Franklinton squad was destined to give Bunn all it could handle during Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown at the FHS Gymnasium.
While Bunn is in the mix for the top spot in the NCC, Franklinton is manning the middle portion of the standings -- but still hoping to garner a berth in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
LET’S PLAY KEEPAWAY. Franklinton sophomore Anna Moss (left) holds on to the ball while being defended by Bunn’s Aaliyah Simmons during Tuesday night’s girls conference hoops contest at the FHS Gymnasium.
FRANKLINTON -- If anything has been learned about Bunn High School girls basketball over the past four years, it’s this -- when in doubt, get the ball into Whitney Bunn’s hands.
That theme was played out once again Tuesday as the Ladycats struggled at times offensively during a road Northern Carolina Conference showdown against the Franklinton Lady Rams.
LOUISBURG -- So much for the theory that a three-week layoff would squelch the momentum of the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad.
Instead, the Hurricanes returned from Christmas Break as motivated as ever during last Saturday’s non-region home event against an overmatched Tidewater Community College squad.
Jay Cutler became the scourge of the National Football League when he opted out of a playoff game two years ago due to an injury.
Fans, pundits and even league players questioned Cutler’s heart and toughness after he left the game -- even though the leg injury eventually required surgery.
PIKEVILLE -- Bunn’s Wildcats took home plenty of hardware following an impressive performance last Saturday at the C.B. Aycock Wrestling Tournament in Wayne County.
Two mat standouts -- Tank Williams (220) and Clifton White (120) took first place in their respective weight classifications.
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GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University baseball fans will get their first chance to meet the 2013 Pirates up close and personal on February 2 as ECU hosts its 13th Annual “Meet the Pirates” luncheon.
Scheduled to start at approximately 11 a.m. at the Murphy Center’s Harvey Banquet Hall, “Meet the Pirates” offers fans a chance to get autographs and photos of the ECU baseball team and eighth-year head coach Billy Godwin, as well as enjoy a catered lunch with the Pirate coaches and players.
RALEIGH -- Don Fish, Executive Director of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, has announced that former Carolina Hurricanes player and current Vice President of Hockey Operations Ron Francis is among the 11 members of the Hall’s 50th anniversary class.
Francis will officially become the first hockey representative in the museum during a ceremony on May 2.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are the game results and individual winners from The Franklin Times College Football Bowl Game Contest:
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT. Terrell Lane’s Octavius Scoggins elevates toward the basket during Thursday’s road boys basketball game against the Butner-Stem Falcons in Middle Athletic Conference action.
BUTNER -- For most of the season, the Terrell Lane Tornadoes have dominated Middle Athletic Conference boys basketball foes with an effective blend of stingy defense and opportunistic offense.
But while TLMS’ defense has remained a constant, the offense has struggled over the past two games -- both of which the Tornadoes have lost.
WANTED: A HELPING HAND. Terrell Lane’s Tykala Livingston (left) tries to locate an open teammate during Thursday’s girls basketball showdown at Butner-Stem MS.
BUTNER -- Terrell Lane’s girls had a chance to eclipse the .500 mark in Middle Athletic Conference action this season during a road matchup Thursday against the Butner-Stem Lady Falcons.
But it wasn’t to be as Butner-Stem rallied in the fourth quarter to edge the Lady Tornadoes by a 17-14 margin.
Terrell Lane is now 3-4 overall in the MAC.
Bunn’s Aaliyah Simmons (with ball) looks for an open teammate as Franklinton’s Anna Moss defends during Tuesday’s game. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Sophomore post Anna Moss led the Franklinton Lady Rams in scoring during Tuesday’s home loss against Bunn.
Javonte Perry scores inside for the Bunn Wildcats during Tuesday night’s road win at Franklinton.
Whitney Bunn’s excellence from beyond the three-point arc helped the Bunn Ladycats secure a road victory Tuesday night against Franklinton HS.
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Recently a livestock producer came in the office complaining about fire ants and how his neighbor does nothing to control the pesky and dreaded insect and he spends time and money to reduce the numbers in his pastures.
He felt he was fighting a losing battle and how everyone in the area needs to know about control of the biting insect.
Heather Lauren Joyner of Louisburg graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville on Dec. 14 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and Family Relations.
She is currently employed as interim director of the Boys and Girls Club, Jarvis Unit, in Pitt County and plans to attend post-graduate school in the near future to obtain her master’s degree.
Vance-Granville Community College recently got a jolt from a power company.
Progress Energy presented the community college with a $7,500 for its Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund.
That brought the total donated by the company to the college over the past decade to $56,250.
The funds support VGCC scholarships as well as other projects.
Louisburg police arrested a man accused of growing marijuana underneath his house.
William Alfred Sullivan, 62, was arrested Jan. 4 and charged with possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance.
Louisburg Police Capt. Jason Abbott said authorities got an anonymous call and when they investigated, located a dozen plants in the crawl space under Sullivan’s home in the 100 block of Carol Circle.
A sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital following a wreck on Friday.
According to the sheriff’s office, Dep. Deney Buchanan was patrolling along Sledge Road near Lake Royale at about 10:30 a.m. when a vehicle approached.
The vehicle hydroplaned, hitting Buchanan’s cruiser on the front left near the passenger door.
One of Franklin County’s most veteran medical professionals, Dr. Paul Stewart, is retiring after more than 38 years of practicing dentistry in Louisburg.
A Louisburg native, Dr. Stewart, known to many as “Buddy,” is a 1966 graduate of Louisburg High School who went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry before graduating from the UNC-CH School of Dentistry in 1974.