November


• The Franklin County Library kicked off a communitywide reading program —Project Read — and encouraged everyone to read “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

• Victory for Pat Green, Lucy Allen, Doug Berger, Alice Faye Hunter, Bob Etheridge, Harry Foy, Penny McGee-Young and Bob Winters.

• Wal-Mart confirmed it was looking to locate off U.S. Highway 401 with a Supercenter. Later in the month, it withdrew plans, citing the town was too restrictive in its planning regulations.

• The county considered buying 215 acres off Airport Drive for an industrial hub site as part of the Kerr-Tar Hub, four-county effort. The property was owned by state Rep. Lucy Allen and husband Felix, handled by developer Mike Leonard. Allen and Leonard are on the county Economic Development Commission.

• The WWII plaque honoring fallen vets was dedicated in a courthouse ceremony.

• Bojangles announced plans to locate in Louisburg.

• United Way Executive Director Don Hamrick resigned.

• Farm-City Week got clucking with a kick-off that started with an annual poultry show by 4-H’ers.

• A stomach flu outbreak at Royal Elementary School sent 100 students home.

• Bids for the West River Road Bridge replacement were let by the DOT.

• The county spent $2.68 million in general fund reserves for land where the county Kerr-Tar hub site could go. About $2.5 million went to property owners state Rep. Lucy Allen and husband Felix.

• Emil “Dunk” Preddy was named the Franklin County Artist of the Year by the Arts Council.

• Novozymes contributed $40,000 to the establishment of the Franklin County Boys and Girls Club.

• The annual Pilot Thanksgiving Day breakfast was a big success; more than 1,200 people attended the Pilot Lions Club event. The club continued its efforts to build a park across from the Fire Department.

• Allen de Hart was one of eight people nationwide to receive the REI Stewards for the Environment Award.

• County Manager Chris Coudriet received a pay increase of 5 percent. His $85,000 salary when he started in October of 2004 climbed in total to $100,551 in two years.