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Franklin County resident Diane Taylor Torrent presented the Franklin County Library with a copy of her recently released book: Images of America: Franklin County. Shown here accepting the book is Librarian Holt Kornegay. The book includes 200 vintage images of Franklin County, many of which have never been published, showcasing memories of days gone by.
Melissa Anne Cherry and John David Rock Jr. were married on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Wrightsville United Methodist Church in Wrightsville Beach. The Rev. Bob Bauman officiated. Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception at Country Club of Landfall. On Friday evening, the groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Surf Club in Wrightsville Beach.
LOUISBURG -- After being rocked by a surprise restructuring at the local hospital that saw 59 people lose their jobs, Franklin County officials and staff have pledged to help the hospital any way it can.
County Commission Chair Sidney Dunston said he and county manager Angela Harris spoke with Novant Franklin Medical Center President Jody Morris.
FRANKLINTON -- While residents remain split on whether or not to sell the town's water system to Franklin County, the town's board of commissioners has not wavered from its commitment to enter into an agreement to sell.
The board recessed its Oct. 21 meeting until Oct. 30, giving them time to review a proposed contract and offer any changes they see fit.
LOUISBURG -- Checking the halls of the Alzheimer's unit every day, Franklin Oaks administrative nurse Rhonda Foreman couldn't help but notice a problem.
While she was greeted by smiling patients in the hallways, a view out of back windows was anything but cheerful.
"There was this brown, chain-link fence and it just looked really depressing," Foreman said. "I thought it would be cool to get some students to come to see what they could do (to make it look better). It just snow-balled from there."
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council filled a vacant seat on the town board Monday night and got a brief update on the recent and drastic downsizing of the local hospital, even though neither topic was on the council's agenda.
Former council member George Manley was named to the town board as a replacement for Mary Green Johnson, who resigned earlier this fall. Manley previously served on the board from 1995 to 1999 and will serve out the one year remaining on Johnson's term.
Is Bickett Boulevard poised for a long-over-due makeover?
Those who routinely travel Louisburg's accident-plagued bypass would probably welcome such a move but it's likely far in the future despite an upcoming informational meeting.
It seems that a "working group" of government officials has been tossing around ideas and is now ready to hear from the public.
LOUISBURG -- Akesia Toney and her daughter, Brianna Jones were killed in December 2013, the result of domestic violence.
Their longtime friend, Kenda Greene, though, urged people last week to remember the courage by which they lived.
Safe Space Inc. held its annual candlelight vigil to remember victims of domestic and Greene spoke for Toney and Jones, who were killed by Toney's estranged husband, Rickey Toney.
Some Franklin County voters were provided with early voting information through the Franklin County Democratic Party based on the official State Board of Election's website which was incorrect. Early voting begins Oct. 23 and is as follows:
The real victims of Novant's recent downsizing of Franklin Medical Center are the potential patients -- and most significantly the elderly and poor -- who will have a more difficult time getting access to medical care.
Let's not forget that basic truth as the finger pointing begins about what caused this massive setback for Franklin County -- and speculation about how its repercussions will ripple across the county.
All of us remember those days when state officials in Raleigh were talking about balancing the budget and cutting expenses. Some Tar Heels cheered loudly, some were happy, but quietly so, and a few trembled at what the ultimate effects of those decisions would be.
Regardless of which group you were in, recent days provided some concrete examples of the effects of those decisions.
And those decisions, whether you agree with them or not, had consequences.
As I was getting ready for work this morning, I was listening to the radio and a woman's voice made comment about the signs of fall.
An apparent friend asked just what those signs were.
Was it the changing color of the leaves?
Was it the drop in temperature?
Many see it purely as a right; something they are entitled to. I see voting as all three, most important of these being responsibility.
Have you noticed how some words and phrases now have different meanings than those you were taught, or once believed? Examples include words like progressive, liberal, and entitled. Phrases like, I am a Republican, I am a Democrat have taken on very different meanings.
Today is the first day of early voting in North Carolina.
It is also an opportunity to rid ourselves of some problems before they do more damage.
For proof, I offer the lead story of this newspaper's last edition. Our local hospital has effectively been reduced to an emergency room and two beds.
It has been apparent to me for several years that leaders of the Republican Party are trying to harm public schools. In my opinion, the pay raises for teachers this year was not something they wanted to do, but they read the handwriting on the wall that their political careers made it a necessity.
Chelsey Renee Roberson and Wrenn Christopher Smith were united in marriage on June 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Harris Chapel Baptist Church in Youngsville. The Rev. Allan Gardner officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Kelly S. Roberson of Louisburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Terry W. Roberson of Henderson. Chelsey is also the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ned H. Smith Jr., Sandra Reavis, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Roberson.
The marriage of Bethany DeAnne Holton and Joseph Clark May was celebrated Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at Louisburg United Methodist Church in Louisburg. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Madison Hankal, pastor of Louisburg United Methodist Church.
Neil Holden of Youngsville was honored for his service to the people of Franklin County by the Franklin County Committee of 100 recently. Holden is a prominent Youngsville businessman whose family was long time owners of Holden's Barbeque. He received a plaque in recognition of his long-time service from Franklin County's Economic Development Director and Assistant Treasurer of the Committee of 100, Ronnie Goswick.
LOUISBURG -- The charges against a Franklinton man accused of killing a man outside a Louisburg convenience store this summer were dropped.
Louisburg police arrested James Scott Perry II on Aug. 23, hours after they allege he shot and killed Doran Long during an altercation in the parking lot of a S. Main Street store.
A story in the Oct. 16 edition of The Franklin Times attributed a comment to Novant Health Franklin Medical Center Kathryn Knight, stating that eliminating positions was the most fiscally effective approach for the hospital in relation to a projected $6.1 million loss this fiscal year.
What Knight said was:
Full name: Sarah Crawford
Occupation: Director of Development and Public Relations, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities
Marital status: Married to husband Dan of 9 years
Children: Two daughters, Abby (3) and Emily (5)
Full name: Chad Barefoot
Occupation: State Senator
Marital Status: Married to Paige Barefoot
Children: One son, Franklin
Name: Jeffrey L. Collins
Occupation: Financial Consultant
Marital Status: Married 33 years to Beanie Collins
Children: three; five grandchildren
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