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FRANKLINTON - Glenn TaShaun Lee, 27, died Friday, Aug. 29, in Wake Forest. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Old Franklinton High School Auditorium. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery in Wake Forest.
LOUISBURG--Melissa Mosley Joyner, 49, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Pernell Family Cemetery, with the Rev. Gary Bateman officiating.
RALEIGH -- In the span of three days, two Franklin County men were killed in unrelated Wake County shootings.
By Tuesday, New York police had arrested Wake County resident Kendrick K. Gregory after Raleigh authorities allege he shot and killed Thomas M. Durand, a Franklin County resident, inside his pawn shop on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh on Aug. 31.
Authorities are still looking for the suspect Wake Forest police say shot and killed Franklinton resident Glenn T. Lee in a Wake Forest neighborhood on Aug. 28.
LOUISBURG -- Playing on the field where his father was once a dominant force, Ricky Person, Jr., displayed the same prolific trait last Friday night.
Just while wearing different colors.
The elder Person starred at Louisburg High School in the mid-90s and was the Capital Area Conference Player of the Year his senior campaign.
His son has shown a flair for the dramatic during his career at Franklinton, where he is only a sophomore -- but has already attracted the interest of several Division I schools.
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Health Department was shut down for a week because of air quality issues, but regional emergency management staff was preparing to set up a mobile medical unit to handle clinical and lab work at press time.
The department was closed to employees and clients on Aug. 25 after an air quality test revealed that areas within the building needed to be decontaminated and remediated, immediately.
LOUISBURG -- The closure of the Franklin County Health Department has not only caused headaches for clients, it's caused some heartburn for employees.
The office has been closed to clients since Aug. 25, when air quality tests confirmed that immediate remediation and decontamination was necessary.
The revelation came after staff and clients worked in the building for at least two business days while they awaited the air quality tests, essentially assured by a contracted cleaning crew that the problem was only mildew.
The Franklin County Health Department was abruptly closed on Tuesday, Aug. 25, by what Health Department Director Dr. Chris Szwagiel is reported to have described as a "hazmat situation," referring to potentially hazardous mold and mildew found in the large, single story building on Louisburg's Industrial Drive.
The department remained closed until Wednesday, Sept. 2, with all health department employees on fully paid administrative leave. Some reportedly have been working from home although others said they were discouraged from taking home their laptop or tablet computers because they could be contaminated.
LOUISBURG -- Just days before prosecutors informed the courts that they would seek the death penalty against a Zebulon man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, attorneys for the victim's children filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Investigators allege Garry Yarborough killed Tracy Williams the afternoon of July 26 in a Franklinton shopping center parking lot.
During a Rule 24 hearing on Aug. 27, Assistant District Attorney Ben Hunter informed Resident Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood that the state was prepared to proceed with a capital case against Yarborough, giving Yarborough the services of two legal counsels.
Former Louisburg College hoopster Buddy Williams
It's September -- and Labor Day is just days away -- on Monday!
And we all know what that means: The unofficial end of summer and back to the grind of getting the kids off to school, finding time for a high school football game on Friday nights and beginning to plan for the inevitable holiday season that's suddenly seeming much closer that it can possibly be!
But, assuming we avoid a major hit from a hurricane this fall, the autumn around these parts is a time to get outside and enjoy nature without the heat and humidity of summer or the chilly weather that's coming next.
A small, business news story surfaced last week that probably failed to capture as much attention as will the changes it may bring to our region.
The news that the venerable Belk department store chain is being sold to a private equity company based in New York didn't exactly make headlines in many places.
But it's a change that could have community-changing repercussions for places like North Carolina, especially in the eastern region of the state where Belk stores have been a vital part of communities for decades.
As I get older, I've noticed my eyesight gets poorer.
Things that used to be clear are a bit more hazy, now, apparently, literally and figuratively.
Let me explain.
A clerk of court in a Kentucky county has said that signing off on same sex marriage is a "heaven or hell decision."
Those who support same sex marriage have chanted: "Do your job!"
I swear all the talented English majors went to work for the far right wing of the Republican Party.
They consistently come up with groups that sound like motherhood and apple pie but are facilitators of evil deeds.
The latest example is the American Energy Alliance. Even climate change deniers are concerned about meeting America's energy needs.
What could sound more mainstream?
My office was recently contacted by a constituent who was concerned about domestic violence in Franklin County.
In July, Tracy Williams was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend as she stood at an ATM in a Franklinton parking lot.
Just two years ago, a woman and her teen daughter were also murdered when the mother's ex-boyfriend came to their West River Road home and shot both of them before turning the gun on himself as law enforcement cornered him in Warren County.
Dear editor: As stated in your My Turn column of last Thursday, the Franklin County Shriners have been holding their annual fish fry for decades. For most of those decades we have been privileged to host the event either at the old IGA or at Ford's Warehouse, often at considerable expense to us.
A former assistant principal at Louisburg Elementary School was chosen as the school's new principal during a special Board of Education meeting Monday evening.
Trenace Gilmore was named principal of Louisburg Elementary School, replacing retiring Principal William Harris who will leave at the end of September.
Gilmore, who had worked as assistant principal at Louisburg Elementary previously, had most recently been at Laurel Mill Elementary.
School Supt. Dr. Pascal Mubenga said he is excited to see Gilmore move into the role of principal.
In addition to hiring a new principal for Louisburg Elementary School (see related story), the Franklin County Board of Education accepted the resignations of eight more teachers Monday night but managed to hire one more teacher than they lost.
The board named Trenance Gilmore as Louisburg Elementary's new principal, replacing William Harris who is retiring.
In other action, the board:
The public is invited by the Franklin County Arts Council to an Afternoon Tea with artist Linda Wade, local visual artist and blues singer, on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the FCAC Gallery on 22 S. Main St., downtown Franklinton. Wade's art career started in Dayton, OH in the 1980s. She attended Sinclair Community College and Riverbend Art Center as an art student, successfully completing courses in wax sculpturing, jewelry casting and commercial arts. She learned silversmith techniques from artist Michel Smith.
Bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) are a common landscape pest that you see on many evergreen ornamental plants.
Most often they are found on arborvitae, spruce, juniper, cedar, and Leyland cypress. They are easily identified by their cone-shaped bag they spin from silk, parts of the host plant, and other debris.
In late summer, dark brown pupae about ½ inch to 2 inches long can be found in these bags. Adult female bagworms are wingless, legless, grub-like, and they never leave the bag. Males are small, brown hairy moths with dark wings that clear with age.
LOUISBURG -- Multiple agencies combined to arrest a Zebulon man who led authorities on a two-county chase last week.
Michael Shane Varnum appeared in Franklin County District Court Monday to face a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.
The matter was continued until Sept. 8.
Varnum, 35, according to the state's criminal courts website, is also facing a charge of driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and littering in Wake County related charges.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies were looking for a Spring Hope man who was missing since Tuesday.
According to authorities, Christopher Wrenn, 53, was last seen on Tuesday evening.
Search crews focused on the Seven Paths area, but Wrenn had not been found by press time.
Wrenn is a white man, who was last seen wearing jeans and a black shirt.
Boasting its largest student enrollment in more than a decade, Louisburg College formally opened the 2015-16 academic year Tuesday, Aug. 25, with Fall Convocation in the Jones Performing Arts Center.
A total of 720 students are enrolled this year, including 418 new students.
Dr. Jim Eck, provost, welcomed students and encouraged them to become actively engaged in their studies.
MATTHEWS - Even with the overcast skies, it was a sunny day for the Louisburg College football program.
Remnants from recent tropical storms brought the potential for rain Sunday at Rocky River High School, where LC's Trevor Highfield Era was slated to begin against Jireh Prep.
But other than a few drizzles, the weather held off -- but the Louisburg defense didn't.
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