Just an hour or two after looking at the draft of a policy describing how vacancies on the school board will be filled, the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night learned that it will again be facing exactly that decision.
In a surprise announcement, veteran school board member Dannie Williams gave fellow board members his letter of resignation at the close of Monday night’s meeting -- and noted that it was to become effective immediately.
CLEANING UP. Early College student Madison Potter shows how her team conducted a science experiment involving enzymes and detergents.
FRANKLINTON — Granted, the name of their science team was less than imaginative.
But at the end of the day, the ability of Early College High school students Kirk Edmondson, Matthew Enberg, Cheyenne Wiggins and Jackson Casagrande to think outside the box earned them first-place honors in a science competition hosted by Novozymes.
Little Maggie Martin, who turns 8 next week, was just beginning kindergarten when symptoms of a brain-stem tumor began to manifest themselves -- and changed her family’s life in an instant.
Her story -- from diagnosis to cartwheels -- is included in the Relay for Life section that’s a part of this edition.
LOUISBURG — Residents living near a site that Oregonians plan to turn into an aerial adventure park and team-building retreat said the development would create too much traffic and noise.
County representatives heard their pleas on Tuesday night, recommending the project be denied.
The matter will go before county commissioners next month for a final decision.
Two key administrative positions were filled by the Franklin County Board of Education during Monday night’s meeting.
Geoffrey Hawthorne, assistant principal at Cedar Creek Middle School, will become principal of Edward Best Elementary School and Hassan Kingsberry, assistant principal at Bunn High School, will become principal of the Creative Education Center. Both appointments are effective July 1.
RALEIGH — The first vice chair of the county’s Democratic Party was arrested earlier this month.
Armenta Eaton said she would be willing to do it again as soon as she can.
And she’s urging others to practice civil disobedience, as well.
YOUNGSVILLE — Town staff said Youngsville is in good enough shape that it can move beyond recent financial potholes and fix its gaze on the horizon.
To that end, the town is considering hiring a comprehensive planning and designing consultant to develop a blueprint for town growth. And the board agreed to hire two grad students to develop a downtown revitalization plan.
Franklinton resident Alexandra Jackson
ZEBULON - Lawrence Albert Wood, 92, died Friday, May 10, 2013. A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 14, at Rocky Mount Church of the Nazarene, Rocky Mount.
You know what they say ... water flows downhill.
Some local officials are learning that water isn’t the only thing flowing downhill.
The cost of government does the same thing — and guess who is at the bottom?
It’s taxpayers ... and we’ll pay one way or the other, apparently.
Two weekend events underscored a critical issue that we face every year about this time — and it’s literally one of those rare, truly life and death concerns.
On Friday night in rural Franklin County, a man drove his car off the road and it struck a tree and then caught on fire.
Tragically, he died.
It’s very rare to attend a budget work session and be moved to a state that doesn’t hover just above comatose.
As an interested observer, who’s job sort of depends on the ability to pay attention, reporters must find ways to muddle through marathon sessions of figures, concepts and policies — turning them into coherent prose that tells readers what they need to know.
As part of the daily curriculum in Franklin County schools, students spent all year long reading in the classroom as well as at home to strengthen their literacy skills.
It is beyond absurd that the county may raise our property taxes by as much as 21 cents on the 100 dollars. If you own a $200,000 home/property, you’re looking at an approximate $400 per year tax increase. If your home/property is about $150,000, that’s about $300 more per year.
I know people will miss Asher’s part in the paper. I know I will because I have been taking it a long time, even if I moved to Henderson years ago from Louisburg.
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Daniel Ron Cooper, 25, who died Sunday, May 12, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the old Franklinton High School Auditorium, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating.
WHITAKERS —Funeral services for Louise Lynch Mills, 86, who died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Pine Chapel Church, with the Rev. John Lee officiating.
NASHVILLE —Funeral services for Timmie Richardson, 56, who died Monday, May 13, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
LEG LOCKED. Northside Jacksonville’s Ashleigh Fairow (left) and Franklinton’s Carly Rayman (right) collide while going for a ball during last Wednesday evening’s matchup in the Class 2-A State Soccer Playoffs.
FRANKLINTON -- Two weeks ago, Franklinton hosted Bunn in a conference tie-breaker match for the right to host a first-round contest in the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.
But other than the opportunity to play at home, it really wasn’t going to be much of a privilege at all.
That’s because the winner was destined to entertain a Northside Lady Monarchs’ club from the soccer hotbed of Jacksonville.
SPEED MERCHANTS. Franklinton’s Travon Judkins (center) and Bunn’s Tarik Cohen (right) race to the finish during a prelim race of the Boys 100 at last Saturday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track Championships.
WENDELL - History could be made on at least two Franklin County fronts during this Friday’s Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships.
In the estimation of head coach David Howle, Bunn has never won a state relay crown -- a feat that could very well be accomplished at this year’s event, which will begin at 10 a.m. at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.
STAR PITCHER. Parker Brantley had another solid mound season for Bunn HS.
PITTSBORO -- Louisburg kept things close heading into the bottom of the fifth, but Pittsboro Northwood erupted for seven markers to invoke the 10-run rule during last Friday’s opening-round contest of the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs.
Once trailing by one three runs, the Warriors quickly saw the Chargers pull away for a 13-3 conquest.
I’LL TAKE IT. Bunn pitcher Christian Sledge (left) catches a pop fly as teammate Brandon Batchelor looks on during last Friday’s playoff contest.
BUNN -- Earlier in the season, Bunn coach Leonard Allen hoped to get a chance to play against Tarboro in the finals of the annual Tarboro Easter Baseball Classic.
But BHS fell in heartbreaking fashion in the semifinals of the tournament, which would eventually be claimed by the host Vikings.
LOUISBURG -- The final chapter on Louisburg College’s strong 2013 baseball season wasn’t written when the Hurricanes were eliminated from the Region X Tournament last week.
In addition to fielding a consistent, quality program, one of LC’s chief missions is to help find homes at four-year schools for its group of sophomores.
BUNN -- For the second straight year, Bunn’s Christian Sledge will be on the Region 3 roster for the upcoming Powerade North Carolina State Baseball Games.
A junior pitcher, Sledge has been effective for the Wildcats despite battling injuries for much of his prep career.
This spring, Sledge helped Bunn claim the Northern Carolina Conference regular
SENIOR STRONG AT PSU. Former Bunn High School football standout Ty Howle is approaching his senior season as a member of the gridiron squad at Penn State University. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BUNN -- Of the many values taught to Ty Howle by his father, one kept reverberating in his mind last summer.
In everyone’s life, he or she faces an important crossroads in times of crisis.
For Howle, the signs at the fork looked unreadable, at least in the beginning, as the heat began to roll into State College -- in more ways than one.
BUNN -- Being the generous person he is, ‘Pops’ Cole was known to purchase a gift or two for his grandson, back when Nick Cole was just a little boy.
But there was one such act of kindness that left a lasting impression on Nick.
It happened when Nick was seven years old. Pops had brought him a catcher’s mitt as a present, and Nick was anxious to try it out.
SPRING SENSATION. Former Bunn High School player Andre Davis enjoyed a strong spring football game at Elon University. Davis, a wide receiver, caught six passes for 82 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown.
SOUTHERN PINES -- Bunn High School’s links campaign came to a successful end earlier this week as the Wildcats participated as a team in the Class 2-A State Golf Championships at Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
The 36-hole event began Monday and ended Tuesday.
The Wildcats closed in 11th place overall with 690 strokes. Newton-Conover was the team champion at 611.
ZEBULON -- Mike Augliera remained undefeated by scattering three hits over six shutout innings, and the Salem Red Sox bested the Carolina Mudcats 2-1 on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The Mudcats (13-25) lost their fifth straight game, and eighth in a row at home.
BUNN -- Dates have been released for the 4th Annual Bunn High School Baseball Camp.
The Little League Camp (ages 6-10) will be June 24-June 26 from 9 a.m.-Noon and the All-Star Skills Camp (ages 11-14) will be July 15-July 17 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Both camps will be on the campus of Bunn High School with the Bunn HS Baseball Coaching Staff.
(L to R) Northside Jacksonville’s Ashleigh Fairow and Franklinton’s Carly Rayman try to win the ball near midfield during last Wednesday’s matchup in the Class 2-A Girls Soccer Playoffs.
Louisburg thrower Breasia Williams has qualified for the Class 2-A State Meet.
Bunn senior Jackson Lewis takes this pitch last Friday in what would prove to be the final game of his Wildcats’ diamond career at home against the Tarboro Vikings.
Franklinton’s Kayla Wellendorf (left) goes toe-to-toe with a Northwood runner during last Saturday’s Girls 3200 Relay race at the regionals.
Franklinton’s Charity Snelling took second place in the girls high jump at last Saturday’s regional event.
Franklinton’s Malik Tarbell qualified for the Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships following a strong hurdle performance during last Saturday’s regionals.
The end of a school year can be an exciting time for many folks; it is for certain a blessing any way you look at it, even though it is a busy time for some. When good things happen in a community, we know we are alive and kicking, and that is a good feeling.
Around here we cannot complain about not having anything to do or anywhere to go.
AUGUST RITES PLANNED. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ayscue of the Rocky Ford community announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Lynn Ayscue, to Bradley Bassinger of Granite Falls. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Bassinger. The wedding will be Aug. 3, 2013 at Locust Grove Baptist Church in Weaverville.
100 YEARS YOUNG! Lila Emma Crudup, a resident of Washington, D.C., where she has lived for the past 75 years, celebrated her 100th birthday on May 3, 2013. She was born and raised in Franklin County, the daughter of Ernest and Ella Joyner, both deceased.
The Franklin County Board of Education hired two new principals in anticipation of the coming year — and accepted several resignations, including the retirement of an assistant superintendent during Monday night’s meeting.
Hired as principals were Geoffrey Hawthorne, who will be at Edward Best Elementary School in the fall and Hassan Kingsberry, who will be at the helm of the Creative Education Center.
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Earlier this month, county commissioners adopted a resolution they hope keeps the General Assembly from playing around with money designated for parks and recreation.
Gov. Pat McCrory presented a budget on March 21 that cuts the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund spending by 44 percent — from $27.5 million to $15.5 million.
Volunteers with the United Way Community Garden project took advantage of good weather last week to do some planting on land set aside for them at Mae Farm north of Louisburg. They partnered with the county’s Cooperative Extension and other volunteers to plant squash, peppers, okra, melons and cucumbers that will be used to feed those in need. Above, a group tends the rows of produce, including lettuce and other vegetables.
Two Franklin County residents were killed in separate wrecks.
First, investigators said William Thomas Willis Jr., 57, of Louisburg, was driving north on Mort Harris Road near George Leonard Road on Friday evening when he ran off the road and hit a tree.
The 2012 Chevy he was driving burst into flames and Willis, the only occupant, was trapped inside.
Sheriff’s deputies seized drugs and a gun from a Franklinton area home.
According to a report by Det. Justin Hastings, officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Allen Avenue on May 1 after detectives smelled marijuana coming from inside.
Once inside, according to the report, officers seized marijuana, digital scales, paraphernalia related to growing and smoking marijuana and a sawed-off shotgun.
Safe Space Inc. held its 11th annual reverse raffle fundraiser recently at Louisburg United Methodist Church. Guests purchased $100 tickets admitting two people and enjoyed a “Taste of Italy” dinner prepared by Rose Joyner Catering. The agency raised more than $14,000 at the event. Safe Space serves local victims of domestic violence and their children by providing shelter, advocacy counseling and community education services.