LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing next month, giving residents a chance to talk about plans to renovate the jail and courthouse.
The county has already secured the services of Surapon Sujjavanich, the architect who designed the county jail — which has a number of maintenance issues attributed to a leaky roof.
KITTRELL — Investigators arrested one person connected to a weekend shooting that injured three people.
Investigators took out warrants on Richard D. Williams. 26, of Ridley Street, Louisburg, shortly after the early Saturday morning shooting in north-western Franklin County.
Louisburg police picked up Williams, charging him with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
FEEDING FRENZY. Louisburg College students, from left, Matt Beasley, Macian Laurent, Tori Geissinger, Meagan Bowes, and Patrick Lennon helped prepare more than 10,000 meals during a service project at the school.
LOUISBURG — About 200 Louisburg College freshmen were packed near the school’s cafeteria, but this wasn’t the regular lunch hour.
Students and staff were working to make sure others didn’t go without food by taking part in a service project — Stop Hunger Now.
Stop Hunger Now is a 15-year-old international hunger relief agency dedicated to getting food to those in need.
In a brief, 20-minute town board meeting Monday night, the Louisburg Town Council honored a girls softball team, took a step toward eventually building sidewalks along South Main Street and hired an administrator to look after the Mineral Springs Community Development Block Grant program.
The team honored was the 11 and 12-year-old girls Tar Heel State Champion softball team from Louisburg who, along with their coaches, were saluted by town officials for an undefeated season and winning the state championship. (See photo above).
IT’S FOOTBALL TIME! Bunn’s Tevin Ferrell hauls in a reception in preparation for the Wildcats’ home football opener Friday versus Wilson Fike. Also Friday, Franklinton will host Goldsboro and Louisburg will entertain North Johnston. Action for all Franklin County high school fall sports seasons began this week. For complete Friday night results, see The Franklin Times’ popular website, www.thefranklintimes.com each Saturday morning of the season.
Franklinton resident Charity Snelling
It’s time to face facts: What we’re doing to bolster the local economy simply is not working.
We’re not getting much bang — heck, we’re rarely getting a pop! — for efforts to lure industry to the county and the types of businesses that are finding us, probably aren’t the type that are going to do us much good.
For the most part, the businesses are the mass merchandisers which capture our money and wire it out of here once or twice a day, leaving us to wonder why we’re all suffering and broke.
Perhaps this note of caution is premature, but it’s better to be too early than too late, especially when too late can mean that an irreplaceable historic building is further damaged.
The Franklin County courthouse is one of the last historic structures standing proudly in downtown Louisburg and it hasn’t been totally remuddled — or torn down and replaced by a metal building on a concrete slab and faced with brick veneer.
It’s only fair that this, being summer and all, fun and games are on my mind.
During a recent county Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, members used the last half of the meeting to talk about making sure that recreation activities are promoted and spread throughout the county.
It’s not from a lack of trying, but it’s hard to get those programs out to every corner of the county.
Need groceries? Buy them in Franklin County. Moss Foods has weekly specials. This supports a Franklin County business and provides a paycheck for a neighbor.
Last week I ended by asking you to look into your crystal ball to see if you could predict the future with the current 2010 Franklin County Strategic Plan. In plain and simple terms, just like the 1998 Plan. It is not being followed. Period.
Having completed the first stage of their voter suppression plan in 2011 when their segregationist gerrymandering of Congressional districts did not require a super-majority in the General Assembly or the Governorship; the Republicans in Raleigh passed stage two this session.
De jure Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law in a private ceremony complete with a YouTube video that had the sincerity of a Mitt Romney speech.
Something doesn’t add up.
In the Aug. 15 edition of The Franklin Times, it was reported that Rosanell Eaton is the lead plaintiff in a voting rights lawsuit. She is complaining that having to show a valid photo I.D. when voting, disenfranchises some voters.
A copy of the 1999 issue of Time magazine was laid upon my lap as I was relaxing last night. It featured “Persons of the Century.” Among them was Franklin D. Roosevelt, the president of our United States of America during the Great Depression. The writer of FDR’s segment was Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian, and I briefly quote from her writing.
LOUISBURG – Alexa Chauvin Moore, 38, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 at her home. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
END OF THE ROAD. Bunn’s David McPhail (right) gets ready to bring down an East Wake runner last Friday night at the Corinth Holders Jamboree.
WENDELL -- Some prep football coaches subscribe to the philosophy that the most improvement a team can make in the preseason is from the first scrimmage to the next.
For the Bunn Wildcats, that was definitely the case following a performance last Tuesday against Nash Central that didn’t necessarily live up to the expectations of the coaching staff.
FRANKLINTON -- The last time Goldsboro visited Franklin County, the Cougars put a then-end to David Howle’s coaching career at Bunn with a road victory over the Wildcats in 2008.
Ironically, Goldsboro will be back in the county on the night Howle returns to Bunn -- albeit on the other side of the county.
UP AND OVER. Bunn’s Haley Dickerson (left) sends a blast over Nash Central’s Kaitlyn Wallace and Brittani Strickland during Monday afternoon’s season-opening volleyball showdown at the Bunn Dome. BHS won the match in three games.
BUNN -- If anyone knew how difficult of a challenge Nash Central was going to encounter on Monday, it was Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Frank Poyer.
Before arriving at NCHS, Poyer was an assistant at Bunn under Henry Jones, who is still in charge of the successful program at BHS.
To commemorate its centennial celebration, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has been releasing ‘100 To Remember’ lists -- and the latest compilation was released earlier this week.
The NCHSAA’s ‘100 To Remember Female Athletes’ recognizes 100 of the top prep athletes in the state’s rich athletic history.
To come up with the list, the NCHSAA accepted nominations not only from coaches and administrators, but also fans.
LOUISBURG -- Chris Lee sees both the positive and negative aspects of playing a familiar team for Louisburg High School’s 2013 football season opener.
This Friday at home, Louisburg will entertain former Northern Carolina Conference foe North Johnston.
The clubs have played each other for each of the past four seasons -- and plenty of times before that.
High School Football
North Johnston at Bunn 7 p.m.
Franklinton at Louisburg 7:30 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- Not since the early 2000s has Louisburg High School fielded a volleyball squad that is this young.
During the Crystal Cofield Era at LHS, the Lady Warriors started three freshman one season, but Louisburg has mostly been blessed with veteran squads since then.
But LHS head coach Erica Wammock is literally starting over this fall as the Lady Warriors make the move back to the Class 1-A Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference after a four-year absence.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School dropped its regular season volleyball opener Tuesday night at the FHS Gymnasium.
Taking on former league rival Corinth Holders, the Lady Rams were defeated 25-20, 25-22 and 25-1.
FHS’ statistical leaders were as follows:
SALEM, VA. -- Outfielder Logan Vick earned his way on base five times, but the Carolina Mudcats fell short to the Salem Red Sox 10-9 on Tuesday night at LewisGale Field inside Salem Memorial Ballpark in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
Vick finished the night with a double, a run-producing single and three walks. He reached safely in eight of his final 11 at-bats of the series.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Carolina Lady Blaze 02 made 2013 a memorable season on the travel ball circuit.
The Blaze, coached by Robert Fagan, won the USSSA State Tournament before traveling to Myrtle Beach for the WFC World Series.
The Blaze went through seven opponents without a loss to take the series crown.
The Carolina Blaze 02 Travel Team’s players pose with their parents after winning the WFC World Series two weeks ago in Myrtle Beach.
RALEIGH -- The Wolfpack Club has announced the next stop of the 2013 North Carolina State University Coaches Caravan will be in Rocky Mount.
The event will take place at the Brown Memorial Auditorium at Nash County Community College on September 5.
NC State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried will be present at the event and will speak to Wolfpack fans in attendance.
Bunn High School running back Tommy Evans (43) picks up yardage against North Duplin as part of last Friday’s Corinth Holders Football Jamboree in Wendell.
Zollie Gupton reeled in this impressive 7-pound, 2-ounce, 18-inch whopper during a recent fishing expedition to a private pond in Franklin County along with his cousin, Shon Perry.
The team of Chuck Murray and Randy Groves outdueled 48 other twosomes to take first place at the Greenville Marine Tackle Shop Bass Tour event, which was held Aug. 17 at Pembroke Creek. Murray, who resides in Louisburg, is pictured in the center.
Former Franklinton High School assistant football coach Will Harrell (left) is now working in the same capacity at Bertie. He is shown at last week’s Nash County Jamboree.
I surely hope that many of these camps that have been taking place in our communities will continue in order to keep our children and youth occupied in worthwhile activities.
Summer camps are often the type of organized activities where children and youth can experience and acquire basic knowledge in order to become productive adults.
Recent storms have caused quite a bit of tree damage locally and across the state and nation.
When storms bring down trees on houses, cars, and power lines, some people react by cutting down all trees in their yard.
While a clear cut will eliminate the possibility of any future tree damage, consider the many benefits of urban trees to daily life when trees are planted, cared for, and kept healthy.
ENGAGED TO WED. Kenny and Janie Baker of Elm City announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Anne Baker of Wilson to Alex Gary Sims of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Rick and Debra Sims of Louisburg. An intimate wedding with family members will be held at the Abilena Plantation in New Bern.
MAY NUPTIALS PLANNED. Patricia and Keith Powers of Delaware, Ohio, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Powers of Wake Forest to Eric Thrower of Wake Forest, the son of Robert and Mary Thrower of Franklinton. A May 2014 wedding is planned in Franklinton.
MARCH WEDDING SLATED. Eddie Peoples of Franklinton and Janice Peoples, also of Franklinton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Blaire Peoples to Landon Joseph Vick, the son of Stephen and Jamie Vick of Youngsville. A March 8, 2014 wedding is planned at Woodland Baptist Church, Wake Forest.
An important document penned in Louisburg on April 15, 1865—the day President Abraham Lincoln died from the gunshot fired by assassin John Wilkes Booth the night before—has been located in the National Archives in Washington.
Officials in Louisburg were aware that the Union army commanded by General William Tecumseh Sherman had reached Raleigh after its recent victory at the Battle of Bentonville.
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Amber Eaves, a graduate of Louisburg High School, received a $500 scholarship from the Epsom Lions Club at the Class Day exercises. She will attend college in the fall at UNC Wilmington. Alton Foster is shown above presenting the award to Amber on behalf of the Epsom Lions Club. Amber is the daughter of Tom and Betty Eaves of Epsom.
RECEIVES DEGREE. Brenda M. Wortham and Thomas E. Wortham announce that their daughter, April Marie Wortham, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources from Strayer University on Aug. 10. April is a student of honors and has earned National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Sigma Lambda honors.
Kendra Joyner, daughter of Larry and Carolyn Joyner of Louisburg, received her Masters of Science degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix in March. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saint Augustine’s University in 2008.
Kendra is the granddaughter of the late Annie Lewis and also John and Betty Fogg of Louisburg.
A variety of personnel decisions were made by the Franklin County Board of Education recently. The board:
Rex brought its mammography bus to Franklin County earlier this week. Above, Morgan Perry, left, helps Patricia Briscoe of Franklinton fill out paperwork for a breast exam.
YOUNGSVILLE — Graduate students tasked with helping the town develop a downtown revitalization report have turned in the final report.
That doesn’t meant the work is done, though, commissioners said.
This summer, the town secured two graduate interns to help develop a downtown plan.
State officials have concluded its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the county animal control director’s shooting and killing of a stray, wounded dog at the pound.
Their penalty recommendation could come any day now.
According to a complaint with the Animal Welfare Section of the state Department of Agriculture, Animal Control Director Taylor Bartholomew reported to the state — on July 31 — that on July 25, he used a .22-caliber rifle to kill a dog he claimed was suffering the effects of an earlier pit bull attack at the shelter.
YOUNGSVILLE — A businessman wants town officials to reconsider its fees placed on Internet cafés.
Last summer, Youngsville commissioners, like many municipalities, increased its privilege license fee for operators of sweepstakes operations.
Last September, commissioners set the fee at $1,000 per machine for the first 25 machines and $1,000 for every four machines after that.
Tim Edwards, an employee of Pete Smith Automotive in Louisburg, was recently presented an award for 23 years of service (ASE Master Certified) by business owner Keith Smith. Pictured with Tim and Keith (left to right) are members of the Pete Smith Automotive Group. First row (left to right): Robert Edwards (Tim’s father), Carol Edwards (Tim’s wife), Tim Edwards, Keith Smith, Greg Smith; second row: Wes Ragland, Charles Allgood, James Edwards, Vince Boone, Wade Franklin and Greg Ayscue.