FRANKLIN COUNTY — For investigators, breaking a tightly woven criminal organization can be difficult.
But once it begins to unravel, officers can tie those threads to other enterprises.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies used a raid on a cockfighting ring in April to bust another operation on the other end of the county this past weekend.
Tommy Piper, an assistant superintendent of Franklin County Schools, has taken over as acting superintendent of county schools while the board of education seeks an interim superintendent to run the district for an estimated six months.
The change follows the abrupt retirement/resignation of Eddie Ingram last week.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Charles Powell, flanked by his wife and Quilt Trail co-chair, Debbie, and Arts Council President Margaret Hilpert, snips the ribbon officially opening the Franklin County Quilt Trail.
BUNN — Those who want to open this region to historic tourism snipped a ribbon this past weekend, turning hard work into a reality.
“All the hard work has paid off for Franklin County and the Tar River region to have this,” said Charles Powell, who set out about three years ago to make the Quilt Trails of the Tar River a reality.
VISIONS. Residents, from left, Deborah Roraback and Allyson Tsantles share ideas for the town with county Economic Developer Richie Duncan.
YOUNGSVILLE — Residents, business owners and visitors jammed Youngsville’s Community House, talking with officials and jotting down notes that many hope will form the blueprint for the town’s development.
Staff and town commissioners hosted Envision Youngsville — a community forum designed to solicit ideas, ranging from downtown parking and traffic issues to economic development.
RALEIGH — A former sheriff’s deputy has accused Jerry Jones of defaming, and humiliating him, keeping him from getting another job and ruining his reputation in the law enforcement community.
Jones said the lawsuit is surprising and politically motivated, and claims its par for the course for an officer who has had bad blood upon leaving a job.
Town & Country swimmer Bailey Nelms
It’s sometimes funny how we come to really understand things.
A case in point happened one day last week when an old friend, Eddie Ingram, stopped to chat and offer some perspective on his leaving the Franklin County School District for a new gig in Darlington, South Carolina.
The Darlington superintendent, which Eddie soon will be, oversees a financially well-positioned district with about 10,400 students, a couple thousand more than Franklin County schools, and a solid history of success.
Here it is, the eve of America’s Independence Day, when Americans celebrate their independence and their various freedoms with everything from fireworks to banners to cookouts.
And yet even after more than 200 years, there are those who still get their feathers ruffled when some Americans decide to actually use those freedoms to make their political opinions known.
It appears that folks in Franklin County will be getting an extended period of time to celebrate this country’s independence.
First, by the time this paper hits the streets, a number of communities, Franklinton and Wake Forest, to be exact, will have already hosted celebrations recognizing this country’s Independence Day with festivities, including fireworks, on June 3.
Independence Day brings to mind all that have given so much to allow “We the People” to enjoy the freedoms we have.
Many examples can be cited; however the pillar of the 1st Amendment ensures these freedoms endure.
Politically we can differ and often do, be-it sometimes in a heated manner that brings controversy.
This is ok so long as we remember at the end of the day and in difficult times we are all first Americans.
Franklin County is more socially conservative than America as a whole. That, to some degree explains our voting patterns.
Many find the Democratic platform on social issues too liberal and therefore vote Republican.
However, actions speak louder than words and the Supreme Court screamed the true Republican agenda as it announced its final decisions of this session.
The school board is accepting applications for the vacant District 7 At-Large Seat. I hope they will choose Rosemary Champion, who is committed to high quality public education for ALL students and has a proven record of accomplishment.
H.L. Mencken (born 1880 - died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic, and Democrat. He wrote this editorial while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920, edition:
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Clinton “Clint” Coley, 76, who died Sunday, June 30, 2013, was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel, Louisburg, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Malinda Carol Rivenbark Harris, 64, died at her home in Lake Royale on Friday, June 28, 2013. As per Malinda’s wishes, no formal services are planned. A celebration of life event was planned for Monday, July 1, at the home of Jackie Rivenbark, 1297 Old Grantham Road in Goldsboro.
WINCHESTER, VA—Sherry Lynn Pleasants Stiles, 63, of Stephens City, Virginia, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in her home.
FRANKLINTON —Alice Bragg Bigham, 94, died Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Fairview Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James “J.C.” Wiggins, 85, who died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Gillfield Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. John Williams officiating.
KNIGHTDALE—Funeral services for Lucy Trader Horton, 60, who died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, will be held at 12 noon Saturday, July 6, at the Evening Light Holiness Church, with Apostle Stephen Horton officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN. Franklin County’s Alex Edwards (right) tries to escape a pickle during last Saturday’s action against Zebulon at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament, which was held at Zebulon Elementary School.
ZEBULON - Who says the towns in Franklin County can’t work together?
Teaming up for a common cause proved to be a success last weekend for the Franklin County All-Stars at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament at Zebulon Elementary School.
The squad, comprised of All-Stars from leagues in Louisburg and Youngsville, took second place overall in the event under head coach Dana Holloman.
BUNN -- Principal Robin Faulkner didn’t have to look far to find her top choice for the football coaching vacancy at Bunn High School.
After retiring as BHS grid coach following the 2008 season, David Howle moved his belongings out of the football coach’s office, and into a much-smaller room on the opposite side of the Bunn Dome.
CAUGHT OFF GUARD. Louisburg’s Brenton Bullock tags out a player from Oxford after he overran second base during last Friday night’s action at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament at the Louisburg High Softball Field.
LOUISBURG -- In addition to the already-scheduled events across the area, there might be some daytime fireworks on Thursday in Louisburg to celebrate the Fourth of July.
If it ever stops raining.
Poor weather in Franklin County has forced the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament to be two days behind -- and still counting.
The new Franklinton Middle School promises to look much like the old one -- both in facilities and school colors.
Until 1999, FMS shared buildings with Franklinton High School in Downtown Franklinton, but the middle school eventually moved to a new facility at Cedar Creek Middle in Youngsville.
Fourteen years later, FMS has returned and will now be the only school on the former high school campus.
CASH-ING IN. Town and Country’s Jayden Cash swims toward the finish line in the backstroke during last Thursday evening’s road meeting against Stone Creek out of Raleigh.
RALEIGH -- Town and Country made it 2-for-2 during the 2012 summer swim season with a road victory last Thursday against Stone Creek.
TC, coached by Jamie Cash, was a 273-158 winner.
Results from the event were as follows:
LOUISBURG -- Coming off their best-ever finish at the nationals, the Louisburg College Hurricanes will kick off their 2013 men’s soccer season on Aug. 22 with a home match against Montgomery.
Last season, under first-year head coach Cristian Neagu, the Hurricanes took second place at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Tar Heel District Softball Tournament will continue next week, and Franklin County will be represented by four teams in a pair of events.
The 12-Under Tournament is scheduled to begin Monday at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
In the opening day of competition, Lousiburg will meet Zebulon at 6:15 p.m., followed by a contest between Youngsville and Wendell at 8 p.m.
VAUGHN’S USED CARS BRAVES. (L to R) Coach Josh Feuerhelm, Austin Medlin (Buddy), Aiden Medlin, Donna Wade (Executive Director), Laci Wade, Reid Wheeler (Buddy) and Homer. Not pictured are Jami Wade, Matthew Wuchich, Joshua Autry, Christian Cleghorn and Justin Smith.
MARINE CORPS LEAGUE DETACHMENT 1257. (Back l to r) Homer, Trevon Tunstall, Brooke Davis (Buddy), Loganne Driver (Buddy) and Colton Young (Buddy); (front, l to r) Todd (Dad) and Noah Thompson, Cynthia (Mom) and Dominick Hammack, Samantha (Buddy) and Cody Calvery, Melissa Stansbury (Mom) and Jalen Keith, Jayden Ossino and Austin (Brother) and Sarah Clarke. Not pictured are Coach Shane Lee and Drew Dudash.
GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been released for the upcoming North Carolina Coaches Association East-West Girls Soccer All-Star Game.
The event will be played July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Soccer Stadium. The boys game will follow.
SALEM, VA. -- The Carolina Mudcats took advantage of some early command problems from the Salem Red Sox’s prospect Henry Owens, and scored three runs early.
The Mudcats then held on late for a 5-3 victory Sunday evening at LewisGale Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
A SUCCESSFUL SEASON CLOSES. The Miracle League of Franklin County recently held its final spring event at the Louisburg High School Softball Field. In the above photo, Aiden Medlin of the Braves Team has a good time along with his mother, Lisa.
Louisburg All-Star Shane Garrett (right) is safe at third base in the bottom of the first inning of last Friday’s opening game with Oxford at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament. The event, which has been hampered by poor weather, is being held at the Louisburg High School Softball Field. Action is slated to resume today at 6 p.m. with an elimination matchup between Louisburg and Oxford.
Franklin County first baseman Rianna Layton (right) tries to come up with a loose ball during last Saturday’s Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament at Zebulon Elementary School.
Franklin County’s Courtney Sabatini executes a perfect sacrifice bunt during last weekend’s action at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament. The tourney was held at Zebulon Elementary School in Wake County.
When one thinks of biological control, usually it is in the same text as chemical agents.
Well this time we are going to talk about something totally different. Now that I have your attention, let’s get started shall we.
Biological control is generally using living organisms to control a specific pest.
Taylor M. Alston graduated from Victory Christian School on May 24 as salutatorian of her class. She will be attending college this fall.
A graduation celebration was held at her home on May 25 where many of her family and friends gathered to show their love and support.
Safe Space Inc. was the special recipient of a check for $7,050 from the SAFCAB Club of Garner which sponsored the third Annual Poker Run and Benefit in May. The Poker Run started at Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Garner and finished at the Lock and Loaded Grill. The event had local vendors, a dunking booth, raffles, local bands and BBQ plates available all day.
The filing period for this fall’s municipal elections begins on Friday.
From July 5 through July 19, those interested in running for elected office in Bunn, Centerville, Franklinton, Louisburg, Youngsville and Wake Forest will have the chance to make their intentions known.
Board of Elections Director Lisa Goswick said interested politicians have to confirm they are registered to vote in their targeted municipality and have lived there for at least 90 days.