LOUISBURG — County commissioners agreed to move forward with plans to buy land that will become the county’s new park.
Monday night’s decision came more than three years after commissioners learned that Louisburg resident Edgar Owens left the county 80 percent of his estate — $963,000 — to build a park, complete with a fishing pond.
The county’s Water and Soil Conservation District and the Sheriff’s Office conducted a medicine drop-off on Saturday, collecting more than 32,000 pills (above).
YOUNGSVILLE — Town Administrator Bill Tatum has told commissioners that if they choose to adhere to their pay plan, it would come at a cost.
Last Thursday, though, Tatum told commissioners it might not cost as much as first indicated.
Back in November, Police Chief Daren Kirts told the board that in order to retain officers, the town would need to boost pay for officers.
In a very short meeting Monday night, the Louisburg Town Council agreed to transfer a $50,000 United States Department of Agriculture grant it had to the Franklin County Committee of 100 -- and also approved a 5K Run being planned by Crosscreek Charter School.
The town originally received the USDA grant to help a local nursing home expand but when that company scrapped the project, the town was left with an unused grant that was about to expire.
LOUISBURG — Franklin County authorities charged a man with second degree rape after helping Wake County authorities track down a missing girl.
Dean Paul White, 54, was placed in the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
A Silver Alert was issued for the 17-year-old girl on Saturday and, according to authorities, Wake County investigators tracked her to White’s home in the 1000 block of Timberlake Road.
Louisburg’s property tax base has been hit with a one-two punch in recent months -- and that will cost the town more than $102,968 in revenue each year.
Recently, Louisburg College bought back its dormitories -- Kenan, Merritt and Hillman -- from a Tennessee development company and that reduced the town’s tax base by $9.1 million, according to Louisburg Town Administrator Mark Warren. (The college is exempt from property taxes.)
Louisburg resident Nia Richardson
GOOD MORNING: They found it they found it! That’s right, physicists say they have found a Higgs Boson.
In what could go down as one of the great moments in physics – and win somebody the Nobel Prize – scientists last Thursday said that after a half-century quest, they are confident they have found a Higgs Boson, the elusive subatomic speck sometimes called the “God particle,” which helps solve one of the most fundamental riddles of the universe; how the Big Bang created something out of nothing 13.7 billion years ago.
They are called the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, but for the past three years, the group has put in plenty of work.
The result Monday night was that county commissioners agreed to negotiate with Billy O’Neal to buy property on Dyking Road for a new county park — fulfilling the dying wish of a Louisburg man.
Over the decades, a lot of arguments have been made against the death penalty, ranging from moral outrage to the long, inevitable appeals that precede it, to the fact that a death penalty case usually costs more than housing an inmate for life.
But perhaps the strongest argument against the state having the power to kill a human being — even one who has done much to “deserve” death — is the simple, quiet example of Joseph Sledge.
One of the political debates of the day is should a person have to show identification when they vote?
The question should be why would anyone object to it? Over history people have fought and died to win and protect this right. In countries too many to name people do not have this right.
RALEIGH - Ormond and Gaynell Bailey died together on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from injuries received in an auto accident. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 20) at New Hope Baptist Church where they both were active members for over 55 years. Burial will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.
FRANKLINTON—Katherine Weaver “Kathy” Talaska, 54, died Sunday, March 17, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 20) at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Joyce Strickland Wynne Anderson, 82, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center.
LOUISBURG - Annie Perkerson Inscoe, 95, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Hillside Nursing Center. Graveside services were held Sunday, March 17, at Lancaster Memorial Park with the Rev. Dusten Mace officiating.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lucille Alston Dales, 99, who died Monday, March 18, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON—Funeral services for Dorothy L. Fuller, 68, who died Sunday, March 17, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, with the Rev. LeRoy Dukes officiating.
FRANKLINTON —Jennie Mae Dale, 60, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, Franklinton, with the Rev. Jeanette Pender officiating. Interment followed in the Popes Chapel United Church of Christ cemetery.
SPRING HOPE - Funeral services for Reatha Mae Richardson, 74, who died Thursday, March 14, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 20) at Pleasure Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hope Memorial Gardens.
RED OAK - Funeral services for Annette L. Battle, 77, who died Friday, March 8, 2013, were held Friday, March 15, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Herbert Scott officiating.
FRANKLINTON - John Lee Wilder, 84, of Franklinton, died Friday, March 15, 2013.
HENDERSON - Curtis “Billy” McGhee died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at age 76. He was born in Franklin County on November 19, 1936.
FRANKLINTON— Weldon Baysmore Gaskill, 86, formerly of Norfolk, passed away Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the Gaskill family cemetery in Frisco, NC.
IN THE CLEAR. Franklinton’s Daija Corbitt elevates over a hurdle during last Saturday’s The Franklin Times Franklin County Track Championships.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton made the most of its first-ever opportunity to host The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships.
The long-time event has always been held at Bunn, which had the county’s lone on-campus track facility.
But when Franklinton’s new school was built last year, it allowed the Red Rams to serve as the hosts.
ERICA ON THE RUN. Bunn’s Erica Levinson (right) chases down a loose ball during last Friday night’s action against Halifax Academy at The Brittany For The Girls Soccer Showcase at Gillette Park in Wilson.
WILSON -- It was quite a 96-hour span for the Bunn High School girls soccer team, beginning with an appearance last Friday night at The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase at Gillette Park in Wilson.
Making their first appearance at The Brittany in recent memory, Bunn secured a 4-0 decision over Halifax Academy.
I DID IT! Terrell Lane’s Octavius Scoggins won the middle school high jump with this attempt at the Franklin County Track and Field Championships.
FRANKLINTON -- With Franklinton High School securing both of the varsity team titles at The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships, all that was left was for Cedar Creek to take the middle school title for a Western Franklin County clean sweep.
CCMS lived up to its part of the bargain by rolling to titles in both the girls and boys standings.
SAVANNA SHINES. Franklinton’s Savanna Styers (left) gains control of the ball during Monday night’s road victory against Louisburg at Joyner Park.
LOUISBURG -- Franklinton’s performance during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer showdown at Louisburg pretty much typified how the year has gone to date for the Lady Rams.
This spring, Franklinton, with a young squad, started slowly but has rebounded with three consecutive victories -- including Monday’s 4-1 decision over the homestanding Lady Warriors at Joyner Park.
Keith Shumate’s first season in charge of the baseball program at Louisburg College.
Glancing at LC’s early-year schedule in Region X action, it was widely considered that the Hurricanes would be tested in the first two weeks by usual league titans USC-Sumter and Pitt Community College.
But the Hurricanes have rolled through each of those opponents, winning a combined seven of eight contests -- including a home sweep last Saturday against Pitt.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS: FRANKLINTON LADY RAMS
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS: CEDAR CREEK JAGUARS
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School’s Jared Miller has earned one of the state’s most prestigious boys soccer honors.
Miller, a senior keeper for the Red Rams, has been selected to take part in the East-West All-Star Soccer Game.
LOUISBURG -- Given an opportunity to at least win the series against the University of South Carolina-Sumter last weekend, the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes were unable to finish the job.
After winning a pair of Region X contests on the softball diamond last Saturday, the Lady Hurricanes saw the Fire Ants return the favor during Sunday’s twinbill finale at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS
LUIS GUILLEN, FHS
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
IVORY MITCHELL, TLMS
EAST PEORIA, ILL. -- The Louisburg College women’s basketball team opened up play at the 2013 NJCAA National Championship Tournament with 66-49 win over Erie CC (New York), Tuesday afternoon.
The 2nd-seeded ‘Canes controlled the game from the onset as the Louisburg speed was too much for the 15th-seeded Kats team.
Louisburg’s Malik Sidibeh clears this height in the high jump during last Saturday’s track meet at Franklinton.
Louisburg’s John Walker competes in the shot put at the annual Franklin County Championships.
Franklinton distance runner Kayla Wetherell (center) was selected as the Girls Co-MVP at The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships.
Among the competitors at last Saturday’s The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships on the middle school level was (above) Nia Richardson (Terrell Lane).
Bunn sophomore Tainasha Vines soars during long jump action at the Franklin County Championships.
Franklinton’s Lyric Harris (left) pulls away in the Girls 100 at the Franklin County Championships.
The county and Youngsville will host Easter Egg hunts on Saturday.
Franklin County Parks & Recreation will have its 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 23 at 11 a.m. at Franklinton Park (located off Hwy. 56). Rain date is March 30.
ENGAGED. Terry and Donna McDaniel and Kathy and Todd Parrish of Henderson announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Leigh McDaniel of Henderson to Bryant Earl Coker of Henderson, the son of William and Brenda Coker, also of Henderson. An April 13, 2013 wedding is planned at Hillside Farms, Henderson.
The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents throughout the state to think about safety and exercise caution during the upcoming fire season, which typically lasts statewide mid-March through mid-May.
The N.C. Forest Service encourages anyone considering debris burning to contact the local county forest ranger. There are many factors to consider before burning debris.
FRANKLIN COUNTY — A Franklinton area man accused of pulling a gun on a sheriff’s deputy and causing a near riot is slated to appear in court later this month.
Officers arrested Gregory David Vidal during the early morning hours of Oct. 7, a short time after investigators allege he began shooting a .380-caliber pistol in the middle of a crowd outside the National Guard Armory in Louisburg.
Yvonne Townsley drops off some medications during Operation Medicine Drop, an event hosted by the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District and the sheriff’s office. Deputies Andy Ayscue, left, and Justin Hastings, take in the drugs. They and other deputies collected more than 32,000 pills during the Saturday event.
LOUISBURG — Plans to use Louisburg College land as a showcase for a community garden project got the axe.
However, a group’s plans to feed the needy with produce it grows has not bitten the dust.
Last year, the United Way and a group of residents formed the Community Garden Project — an effort to turn barren plots around the county into gardens that could be used to help stock surrounding food pantries.
EXTENDING A BRANCH. Emily Best, with 4-H, right, hands Ingleside resident Preston Woolard Jr. a tree during the Tree Giveaway hosted by the county’s Cooperative Extension office on Saturday.
Surveillance equipment helped officers arrest two people accused of breaking and entering and safe cracking.
According to a report by Dep. Dylan Moore, Laynoina Baker and Judith Baker reported the afternoon of March 14 that someone broke into their home on Firetower Road.
According to the report, suspects forced their way into the home, stealing cash, pills and jewelry.