One of the most unpopular proposed changes in a Franklin County School policy in a long time went down to defeat quickly on a unanimous vote Monday night after parents complained at the meeting and more than 300 more made their opposition known through e-mails to the school system.
The policy would have changed the “bell times” (hours of operation) for the district’s middle schools by one hour and was designed to maintain the efficiency of the school bus fleet.
THE NEXT CHAPTER. The county’s three high schools held their graduations this past Saturday. Above, Bunn High grads, from left to right, Mikayla Babbitt, Abigail Aurilio and Megan Arnold celebrate by blowing bubbles.
Just minutes after it adopted a new policy on how to deal with a school board vacancy, the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night began doing just that.
Last month, long-time school board member Dannie Williams resigned from his at-large seat and said his resignation would help clear the way for him to seek employment with the county schools.
BUNN — Commissioners approved a 2013-14 budget that raises sewer rates and employee salaries.
But one has nothing to do with the other, town officials said.
By a 2-1 vote, the board approved a $1.1 million spending plan that keeps the tax rate at $.68 per $100 of valuation and gives town employees a three-percent raise — the first in at least six years.
LOUISBURG — A Youngsville teenager who investigators said masterminded a plot to kill her mother will have her case handled in juvenile court.
The man investigators said she convinced to go along with the plot and pull the trigger couldn’t get his bond reduced.
Police arrived at a home on Shearin Court during the early morning hours of Aug. 16 to find Rhonda Maclean suffering from a gunshot wound.
FRANKLIN COUNTY — The town of Macon’s decision to withhold just more than .05 percent of a $311,000 federal bill sent a regional organization scrambling to collect checks filled with stipulations that required everyone to pay before cash changed hands.
That, though, didn’t stop Youngsville’s town administrator from writing a $1,608 check to the Kerr Tar Council of Governments before Macon officials made their decision.
Louisburg resident Alejandra Roa
Who is making the decisions these days?
It may surprise a lot of folks to learn that it’s often not the politicians they have elected to wrestle with the tough calls.
Increasingly, decisions are being made by bureaucrats who are not directly accountable to the public.
They make “recommendations” to elected officials who merely rubber stamp them.
To paraphrase an old song, it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.
At least it’s supposed to be.
And fun, too, especially if you’re a kid fresh out of a long year of school and ready for some carefree days of childhood.
Many kids, perhaps not as many as in the good old days, but many kids will spend time on various types of athletic fields during their free time.
I’ve covered courts long enough to know how it works. And how they’re played.
Even if you’ve committed a crime that was broadcast live, in high definition, as you did it, when you get before a judge, you better plead not guilty.
That’s because, it is up to a prosecutor to prove the case and a jury of your peers to convict.
They can make mistakes.
Recently, it was reported that the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments improperly spent $138,537 in restricted funds from its only checking account, has been directed to repay the funds in short order to the Economic Development Administration, and is assessing member municipalities a per capita $1.39 “tax” (for lack of a better word) to pay back the improperly spent money and “replenish” its bank account with an additional $172,830.
HENDERSON – Ellen Hedgepeth Winn, 83, of the Epsom community, died Tuesday evening.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Emma Verline Williams, 72, who died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, will be held Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m., at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LAKE ROYALE - Eric Roy Vitek, 54, died Saturday, June 8, 2013. A service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, June 15, at Lake Royale, followed by a covered dish meal (bring a covered dish).
THE CONNECTION CONTINUES. Kenia Roa has become the third Louisburg High School senior to sign a letter-of-intent to join the women’s soccer program at Louisburg College.
LOUISBURG - Andy Stokes wasn’t kidding when he discussed his desire to bring in more local players to his Louisburg College women’s soccer program.
When LC suits up again in the fall, the Lady Hurricanes will be represented by a trio of former Louisburg High School standouts -- Kelsey Harris, Samantha Calvery and Kenia Roa.
A LEAP FORWARD. Tainasha Vines excelled in track and field, basketball and volleyball this past season for the Bunn High School Ladycats.
BUNN -- Bunn High School has released its list of winners from the annual BHS Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held on May 28.
Seniors Tarik Cohen and Whitney Bunn were saluted as BHS’ Athletes of the Year, while Sportsmanship Awards went to Brandon Batchelor and Jhovanna Salmeron.
ALL-AROUND ALL-AMERICAN. Louisburg College’s Morgan Tharrington (right) has earned Academic All-American and Softball All-American honors to cap off her sophomore campaign on the diamond. Tharrington prepped at Franklinton HS.
LOUISBURG -- As it turns out, the end of the season was only the beginning for Morgan Tharrington -- at least when it came to collecting awards.
Tharrington, a sophomore shortstop at Louisburg College, now has a houseful of hardware after receiving seemingly one honor after another.
Bunn High School utilized a solid spring sports season to move into a tie for second place in the final Wells Fargo Cup standings in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference for the 2012-13 school year.
The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences.
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina League has announced the All-Star roster for the upcoming 2013 showdown with the California League in San Jose, Calif.
Four players, including a pair of the Cleveland Indians’ first round draft picks, will represent the Carolina Mudcats in the annual mid-summer classic.
RALEIGH -- North Carolina State University advanced to its first College World Series since 1968 by winning the longest super regional game in history, 5-4, in 17 innings over Rice on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
NC State is coached by former Louisburg College assistant Elliott Avent.
The Wolfpack (49-14) tied the school record for most wins in a season, but they had to do it with a riveting three-run ninth to force extra innings.
OGDEN, UTAH -- The Weber State University women’s basketball team has announced the hiring of Brett Vana as an assistant coach.
Vana joins the Wildcats after spending the past two seasons as the head coach of Louisburg College.
“We’re very excited to welcome Brett to Weber State,” WSU head coach Bethann Ord said.
BUNN -- Bunn will once again field teams in the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer Baseball League.
Bunn will have clubs on both the senior and junior levels.
The Senior team will open June 13 at Wake Independent. The Juniors will begin June 13 at Raleigh Independent.
RAYMAN AND RICHARDS. (L to R) Franklinton’s Hannah Rayman earned a 2013 All-Northern Conference Girls Soccer Team selection, while Bunn’s Jaden Richards was tabbed for the Honorable Mention squad.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Number Eight proved to be great for Franklin County on the 2013 All-Northern Carolina Conference Girls Soccer Team.
Eight county athletes made the prestigious All-NCC list -- three each from Franklinton and Bunn, along with two from Louisburg.
LOUISBURG -- Challenger Sports will once again be hosting a British Soccer Camp with the Louisburg Parks and Recreation Department this summer.
The camps will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s team of 1,000 British soccer coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Dates have been finalized for the upcoming Dixie Youth Baseball Summer District and State Tournaments.
On the local level, action will begin with the District 10 Coach-Pitch Tournament. That event will kick off June 21 in Oxford.
Kenia Roa (left) has displayed the skills to play several different positions on the field during her girls soccer career.
It is millipede season in North Carolina.
‘Millions of millipedes’ may be an exaggeration, but when they are crawling up YOUR walls and into YOUR house it may seem like an invasion by millions.
The most common millipede that invades homes in central North Carolina is the ‘garden millipede,’ which is about one inch long and brownish black in color.
Melissa Paige White and Martin Ray Fuller II were married on March 16, 2013 during a 2 p.m. outside ceremony held at the Sutherland Estate and Gardens in Wake Forest. Dr. Randy Bridges was the officiating minister.
The bride and her father arrived at the wedding in a horse-drawn carriage.
The bride is the daughter of Joe and Donna White of Youngsville.
How rewarding it is to have the opportunity to teach students who care about their future and take studies seriously.
It doesn’t happen very often nowadays, so when it does occur it is so refreshing that you want to keep on teaching forever.
I am about to give you some interesting information about a Louisburg High School (LHS) student who decided to take Spanish II at Louisburg College (LC) this past school year.
The following Franklin County students were named to the Headmaster’s List or A/B Honor Roll at Kerr-Vance Academy.
Megan Scott Champion of Huntersville received her Bachelor of Social Work degree (magna cum laude) during commencement exercises at East Carolina University, Greenville, on May 10.
She is the daughter of Scott and Gaye Champion of Huntersville. Her grandparents are Ronald and Rosemary Champion and Shirley Wilson of Franklinton.
The weekly protests of new policies and laws being adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly have been growing steadily over the past several Mondays, which have been dubbed “Moral Mondays.” At last count, 380 people had been arrested — and this week’s protests were joined by religious leaders from around the state, as well as local Congressman G. K. Butterfield.
Area firefighters doused a fire that gutted a home that was being renovated. No one was hurt. According to Louisburg Fire Chief Randy Lanham, units were dispatched to the home in the 1500 block of N.C. 561 the evening of June 9 to find the house fully engulfed in flames. They, along with units from Centerville and White Level, battled the fire for about an hour and a half, getting it under control just after 11 p.m.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man accused of firing his gun into vehicles.
No injuries were reported, but deputies were forced to use a taser to subdue Charles Davis, who had confronted officers with a gun.
According to the report by Dep. Kelvin Fisher, officers responded to Greenbark Drive near Louisburg the evening of June 9 to find Davis, 43, with a gun inside a garage.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect who robbed a pizza delivery man at gunpoint.
Benjamin Broadway reported during the early morning hours of June 2 that he had just delivered a pizza to a house in the 100 block of Wilder’s Lane and was stopped at the stop sign at N.C. 39 South when he was approached by a black man in his 20s or 30s.
COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES. Above, Everette Eaton, Mandrell Eaton and Gary Eaton-Yarborough pose for a picture.
COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES. Above, Christina Griffin and Elizabeth Griffin make sure they are lined up properly before they marched into the auditorium at Louisburg College.
COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES. Above, Keella Gallatin helps Kimberly Smith with her cap, moments before they joined the rest of Bunn High’s seniors to walk across the stage to accept their diplomas.