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Showing 45 articles from January 8, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

‘Burngate’ sparks calls for manager’s resignation
LOUISBURG — Residents upset with the county manager’s decision to burn historic documents called upon her to produce at least one piece of paperwork — her letter of resignation.
County Manager Angela Harris didn’t comply with that request, but she did tell commissioners and the public that she would craft a letter detailing her decision to destroy documents that were being housed in the Franklin County Courthouse basement.

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‘Walkin’ robber’ nabbed close to bank stickup
‘Walkin’ robber’ nabbed close to bank stickup
LOUISBURG — A 52-year-old man’s criminal history caught up with him, literally.
Police arrested Jeffery Perry on Jan. 3 — three weeks after investigators allege he robbed the First Citizens Bank branch at the corner of Bickett Boulevard and Nash Street in Louisburg.
“We got a tip from a probation officer (who recognized a photo of Perry),” said Louisburg Police Capt. Jason Abbott. “We went from there.”

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Alleged killer may have shot himself during gun battle
LOUISBURG — A man who died in a shootout with police may have died from a self-inflicted wound.
Pathologists with the Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill were reviewing the death of Ricky Toney, one of two men suspected of killing three people: a Louisburg woman and her daughter, and a Vance County man.
The medical examiner’s report has yet to be released.

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HISTORIC ATTRACTION
HISTORIC ATTRACTION
This new Civil War Trails marker (Right) was installed on the campus of Louisburg College just before the holidays as part of an initiative of the Tar River Center for History and Culture at the school. It becomes part of a regional system that includes more than 1,000 sites across the South, sites that have become a huge draw for tourism. This marker commemorates the 1865 encampment of Union troops that had been part of General Sherman’s Army of the Tennessee.

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Commissioners now say they’ll pick the park site
LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners decided to take the lead on plans to bring a new nature park to the area.
On Monday night, it appointed three commissioners and County Manager Angela Harris to focus on locating a park site in the northeastern part of the county.
They won’t exclude areas, commissioners said, but their focus is clear.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Darell Strickland, Junior, Four Months Old

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bad Year
Editorial Cartoon: Bad Year

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Confused by government? You’re not alone!
Confused by government? You’re not alone!
About a million years ago, when I was young, I looked forward to getting older and beginning to understand how things really work.
Not work as they do in textbooks, but work as they do in real life.
Sadly, however, I seem to be understanding less and less as the years tick by — and since so many years have ticked by, I’m quite confused sometimes.

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First 2014 election poll missed the real concerns
If you had any hope that the election season in Franklin County was still months away, those hopes were dashed Monday.
Reality struck — and all those folks who have been in hiding or denial now must  face reality. And that includes us!
Sometime on Monday, Jan. 6, telephones began ringing around the county and if you happened to answer, even though the caller ID said “unknown caller, unknown number,” you helped launch the campaign season of 2014.

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Park in hands of commish; Citizens watching pockets
Park in hands of commish; Citizens watching pockets
So.
Four years ago, former Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter walked to the podium inside the commissioners meeting room and told leaders that Louisburg resident Edgar Owens left the county a good chunk of his estate to build a park with a fishing hole.
That night, she gave County Finance Director Chuck Murray a check and told him a bit more would be coming after some more of Owen’s assets had been sold.

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<i>Is legal ‘pot’ really a good idea?</i>
Is legal ‘pot’ really a good idea?
“Laws control the lesser man ... Right conduct controls the greater one.” - Mark Twain.
This week I read where there are now places in our country that marijuana has been legalized. Some say, well why not? People are going to use it anyway, just make it legal and tax it.
Certainly an argument can be made for it, you cannot legislate morality. People are going to do what they are going to do. Prohibition is more than enough evidence of this.

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<i>Are only ‘whining losers’ critical of new tax plan?</i>
Are only ‘whining losers’ critical of new tax plan?
When I think of persons of substantial financial means, I don’t envision people who live in mobile homes.
My vision is more of a mansion dweller.
Since the average price of a new single wide is about $40,000 and a doublewide can generally be purchased for under $75,000, the market would appear to confirm my feelings. 

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Reading is critical skill for kids
Our children cannot succeed in life without being able to read.  It is fundamental to everything they will   do.   Some reasons why you should read to your child:
• Reading together nurtures the bond between parent and child.
• Reading together builds the child’s social skills.

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Editorial Cartoon: Forever Stamp
Editorial Cartoon: Forever Stamp

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OBITUARIES

SHIRLEY PENDER HORTON
LOUISBURG - Shirley Pender Horton, 75, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at WakeMed. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SUSAN LLOYD ALLEN
MOREHEAD CITY - Susan Lloyd Allen, 67, of Beaufort, NC passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at home.  She is survived by her husband, Lee Parker Allen; her beloved dog, Cassie; her daughters, Melissa Allen Huffstetler of Raleigh and Jennifer Allen McNinch of Southern Shores; her son, John Corey Allen and wife Allison Stolz Allen of Germantown, MD; her mother, Helen Hoxie Tomlinson of Beaufort; and her brother, John Charles Lloyd and wife Robin Presnell Lloyd of Mocksville.  She was additionally blessed with six grandchildren, Jack and Kate Huffstetler; Alasdair, Cullen, and Maggie McNinch; and Dylan Allen.  She was preceded in death by her father, John Thomas Lloyd.

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THOMAS PERRY
WARRENTON —Funeral services for Thomas Perry, 87, who died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 12 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Baptist Church, with the Rev. Junious Debnam officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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WENDY K. GORLESKY
FRANKLINTON— Wendy Kearney Gorlesky, 52, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  She was born March 22, 1961 in Vance County,  the daughter of the late Pete and Rosa Kearney of Franklinton. She was a graduate of Franklinton High School. 

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SPORTS

2ND-HALF KINGS
SIMMONS CAN’T BE STOPPED AT BHS. Bunn sophomore wing Aaron Simmons makes a strong move toward the basket during Tuesday night’s home boys basketball victory against the Southern Vance Runnin’ Raiders at the Bunn Dome.
2ND-HALF KINGS
BUNN -- Coach Gerald Melton is firm in his belief that the Bunn High School boys basketball team has the capability to play four complete quarters.
But for now, the one-half wonders continue to excel -- and most of the heroics are coming after intermission.
Once again, Bunn showed a penchant for saving its best work for the second half during Tuesday’s key Northern Carolina Conference showdown against Southern Vance.

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SEASON SWEEP
PATH BLOCKER. Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (with ball) drives while being defended by Louisburg’s Tatyana Seda during last Friday night’s non-conference girls basketball matchup at the Bunn Dome.
SEASON SWEEP
BUNN -- Both Louisburg and Bunn had something to prove during last Friday’s girls basketball showdown at the Bunn Dome.
For the homestanding Ladycats, they were looking for a quick bounceback after falling to powerhouse Riverside Martin in the finals of the Bunn Christmas Tournament six days earlier.

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Rams Continue Winning Ways
Rams Continue Winning Ways
DURHAM -- Franklinton’s strong girls basketball season continued Tuesday with a Northern Carolina Conference road victory against North Carolina School of Science and Math.
Diesha Davis delivered 16 points as the Lady Rams rolled to a 52-18 decision over NCSSM.
Franklinton, which has dropped just one conference game, also received 13 points from Tanisha Wall and nine markers from Charity Snelling.

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Mat Gains At BHS
Mat Gains At BHS
LOUISBURG -- Bunn and Louisburg met on the wrestling mat once again last Friday, but this time it was a non-conference matchup.
BHS has remained in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference, while Louisburg is now a member of the Class 1-A Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.

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Clutch Win For SVHS
PRECIOUS’ PLAN. Bunn’s Precious Walker drives to the basket during Tuesday’s home loss to Southern Vance in Northern Carolina Conference action.
Clutch Win For SVHS
BUNN -- What was billed as a duel for first place in the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball standings morphed into a showcase for the multi-talented Southern Vance Lady Raiders.
Southern Vance gained the top spot in the NCC by invading Bunn and leaving with a 55-41 victory in a battle of previously-unbeaten clubs in league action.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 12-18
High School Basketball
FRIDAY
KIPP Pride at Louisburg    6 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Franklinton    6 p.m.

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Bunn surges past LHS on hardwood
KENAN IS KEY. Louisburg’s Kenan Epps drives while being defended by Bunn’s Thomas Dean during last Friday’s boys basketball showdown at the Bunn Dome.
Bunn surges past LHS on hardwood
LOUISBURG -- After being blown out during a pre-Christmas loss to rival Bunn, the Louisburg Warriors were determined to make a better showing during last Friday’s rematch at the Bunn Dome.
For one half, the Warriors were able to accomplish that feat, but Bunn would pull away in the second half to finish off a season sweep against Louisburg.

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Here are some winter boating storage tips
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It’s already a brutal winter in parts of the country. If your boat and trailer are going to spend the winter outside exposed to the elements, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has five tips to protect your investment and prevent winter’s bitter effects from taking hold and causing problems down the road:
• Water is enemy #1: Keeping the boat and trailer rig in a slightly bow-up position will allow water to drain.

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The Travelin’ Man
TAR HEEL BOOT MASTER. Bunn High School’s Freeman Jones (right) sends a kick through the uprights during the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Football Game last month in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The Travelin’ Man
BUNN -- Taking a break for the Christmas Holidays?
It certainly wasn’t in the plan this past year for Bunn’s Freeman Jones, who enjoyed an unforgettable string of memories as part of the postseason prep football All-Star circuit.
After spending one week in South Carolina before Christmas for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, Jones hardly had time to exhale before boarding a flight for the Lone Star State to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio.

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Lady Hurricanes to open on February 1
Lady Hurricanes to open on February 1
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s 2014 softball season will begin Feb. 1 with a home doubleheader against Southeastern Community College from Whiteville.
First pitch is slated for noon at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
LC’s complete ledger is as follows, with home games listed in CAPS (all dates are doubleheaders):

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Scales heads to Georgia Southern
LOUISBURG --  As students are returning to the Louisburg College campus, one Lady Cane will not be making the journey back to Louisburg as she has made a dream come true.
Jessie Scales of the Hurricanes women’s soccer team has been an offensive leader for two seasons and for those efforts on the field the sophomore forward has been awarded a shot on an NCAA D1 roster as she will join the Eagles of Georgia Southern University.

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Rebollar leads NCC soccer team
FRANKLINTON -- Considering he led The Triangle Area in scoring last fall, it was a mere formality that Ivan Rebollar would earn one of the top honors in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Rebollar, who paced Franklinton to a second-place finish in the NCC and a spot in the Class 2-A State Boys Soccer Playoffs, was saluted as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.

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NCSHOF inductees announced
NCSHOF inductees announced
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees.
The nine new members are Eddie Biedenbach, A. J. Carr, Bob Colvin, Randy Denton, Lee Gliarmis, Marshall Happer, Rodney Rogers, Bob Waters (posthumously), and Frank Weedon (posthumously).
They will be enshrined at the 51st annual induction banquet on the evening of May 9 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

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DRIBBLE DRIVE
DRIBBLE DRIVE
Bunn’s Tia Branch (with ball) heads toward the basket during Tuesday night’s home basketball meeting with the Southern Vance Lady Raiders.

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FANCY PASSING
FANCY PASSING
Louisburg High School’s Bryana Roundtree (with ball) looks for an open teammate during last Friday night’s road basketball matchup at rival Bunn.

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HANDS OFF
HANDS OFF
Bunn’s T.J. Jones tries to hold on to the ball against Southern Vance on Tuesday at the Bunn Dome.

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LUCAS IN THE LANE
LUCAS IN THE LANE
Bunn’s Jordan Lucas (right) makes a strong move en route to a basket during the Wildcats’ victory on Tuesday against Northern Carolina Conference foe Southern Vance.

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STERLING SURVEYS THE SCENE
STERLING SURVEYS THE SCENE
Louisburg’s Sterling Hartsfield prepares to run his team’s offense during last Friday night’s non-conference road boys basketball setback against the Bunn Wildcats.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Historic legislation underscores value of Tar River, tributaries</i>
Historic legislation underscores value of Tar River, tributaries
Legislation enacted during the 18th and 19th centuries provides evidence of how state leaders viewed the economic value of the Tar River and its tributaries.
In addition to ferries and gristmills, which were subject to government regulation, fishing and transportation improvements drew the attention of public officials.

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<i>Youngsters experience global awareness in the classroom</i>
Youngsters experience global awareness in the classroom
It is so refreshing to find schools where students get to be exposed to the world in general.
By this, I mean studying map skills, knowing where countries are located, understanding something of various cultures and developing a sense of tolerance toward others who share this wonderful place called earth with us.
Nothing is more impressive than to talk to young students who are knowledgeable about the world and its people.

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<i>It’s winter! Help keep animals healthy</i>
It’s winter! Help keep animals healthy
It is that time of year again and cold, rainy, freezing weather is upon us.  Farm animals are calving, kidding and lambing now and I thought I would share some animal tips to keep them healthy during this time.
Cattle Herds
Cattle are comfortable in temperatures around freezing. As temperatures fall below freezing and snow or other moisture occurs, cattle will need extra care to keep warm and functioning.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS (January 13-17)
LOUISBURG SENIOR CENTER
Telephone: 496-1131 • Meals Daily: 11:30 a.m.
* Exercise Room: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. -  Fri.*
*Billiards: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.*

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Mother of jailed teen turns to social media
LOUISBURG — The mother of a teenager who is sitting in jail on attempted murder charges has taken to social media, accusing officials of delaying her son his day in court and his exoneration.
Investigators arrested Shannon Nyamodi in August of 2012, hours after they allege he conspired with a 15-year-old girl to kill her mother for a bank deposit bag.

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STOP
STOP
Franklinton and Youngsville officers combined efforts before the New Year to conduct a traffic checkpoint, keeping an eye out for drunken drivers and other motorists that pose problems on the road. Above, Franklinton Police Sgt. Kevin Hornaday checks the license of a motorist during the stop along N.C. 56 and Lane Store Road.

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Local man’s son completes basic training
Army Pfc. Daniel B. Wester has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
Wester is the son of Belinda Hicks of Selma and Anthony Wester of Louisburg.

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County native earns promotion in Asheville
Franklin County native Patrick L. Crudup has been promoted to Captain in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Department. He has received numerous commendations and credentials since joining the department in 2002.
Crudup’s service includes vice president of the Asheville Firemen’s Union, a Swat Medic for the Asheville Police Department and an Army Reserve veteran sergeant. He is currently teaching at the Fire Academy for new recruits.

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BUSINESS

AGENTS CONGRATULATED
AGENTS CONGRATULATED
The annual meeting of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation was held recently at the Sheraton Four Seasons and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Franklin County Farm Bureau President Bennie Ray Gupton was recognized among his peers at the Presidents’ and Agents’ Luncheon. Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten presented each winning county president with a limited edition Case knife. Each county’s agency force worked to qualify their county president for this recognition.

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