SEARCH. The search for murder suspect Patrick Lynch, 22, of Franklin County ended Thursday in Rocky Mount. Scott Peele, chief secretary for the state Division of Prisons, takes a call at Cedar Rock Baptist Church.
CASTALIA — In a stolen car, Patrick Lynch didn’t get far on $2 worth of gas.
It did, however, get him far enough to stretch a two-county-wide chase with three Nash County deputies from the L&L store in Castalia to the Gardner Road bridge late Wednesday morning — kicking off an area manhunt that brought more than 10 law agencies and 100 officers to Cedar Rock Baptist Church, where command dispatch launched a late-evening and early-morning, door-to-door, barn-to-barn search.
By sunrise Thursday, as snow started to fall, Lynch had not been found. But by midday, Lynch had been apprehended by a U.S. Marshals SWAT team at the Kingsway Trailer Park in Rocky Mount.
Franklin County commissioners agreed to buy just more than 18 acres for a park in Pilot when a lease just wouldn’t do. In November, commissioners agreed to spend $195,000 in matching funds to receive a $500,000 grant to overhaul the Pilot Lions Park.
SNOWBALL BASH. Darryl Ratley II and other students at Louisburg College took advantage of the wet snow that fell on Thursday to have a snowball fight on campus. According to the state Highway Patrol, the weather was responsible for about 10 wrecks, and it closed county schools on Thursday and delayed them two hours on Friday. The snow had melted by midday on Thursday. More wintry weather is expected on Sunday night. See story
Franklin County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution that was the first step to the Health Department installing a well construction and groundwater protection plan. After published reports revealed inconsistencies in water well testing, the Legislature approved a bill in August that requires county health departments to permit, inspect and test new or repaired drinking wells.
ROCKY MOUNT - William “Bill” Haywood White Jr., 82, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 20) at Rocky Mount Memorial Park Mausoleum.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Teresia Solomon Perry, 69, who died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Mitchell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Kenneth B. Hill, 79, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007. Graveside services were conducted Friday, Jan. 19, at Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest.
YOUNGSVILLE - Carmine Milioto, 62, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. A memorial service was conducted Friday, Jan. 19, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wake Forest.
DURHAM - Fay High Powell, 64, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 at Duke Hospice Inpatient Facility. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 19, at Westwood Baptist Church, with Dr. Harry Byrd and the Rev. Frances Sykes officiating. Burial and committal were at Rocky Mount Memorial Park in Rocky Mount, with Dr. Chet Raines and Dr. Harry Byrd officiating.
FRANKLINTON - Christopher James Watson, 37, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 20) in the Franklin Funeral Service chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. John Yount officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
RALEIGH - Eva Virginia Jeans Height, 86, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 at Universal Health Care. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Neuse Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery.
KINSTON — How fitting that Louisburg College’s Region X showdown at Lenoir Commuity College was played at the LCC Gymnasium, which sits not far from one of Kinston’s busiest intersections.
This was indeed a crossroads game for the Hurricanes, who were in danger of falling to 1-4 in the league with a setback.
And another loss could have totally damaged the pysche of a club that has been reeling from a recent lack of success in region action.
So much for those factors as the Hurricanes looked full of confidence -- especially in a strong second half -- during Wednesday’s 87-64 pasting of the host Lancers at the LCC Gymnasium.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Following almost one week off from practices and games due to semester exams, Franklin County’s high school sports teams resumed their regular season schedules Friday night. In basketball action, Franklinton was at Roanoke Rapids, Bunn traveled to Northwest Halifax and Louisburg was at home against Northampton East.
BUNN — Hugh Green knows a thing or two about playing defense. An 11-year star in the National Football League, Green also excelled in college at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1980. So when Green offers a positive analysis of a player, his words aren’t to be taken lightly.
When Deran Coe took over as Franklinton High’s athletic director last summer, one of his first tasks was to sway fan behavior at the school’s basketball games.
During the 2005-06 campaign, a vocal minority of current and former students seemed more intent on being negative toward opponents, as opposed to cheering for their team.
There was even an incident at Bunn when a couple of FHS fans were escorted out of the building following an incident with the mother of a BHS cheerleader.
LOUISBURG -- The second annual Lee Fowler Day is slated for Feb. 13 at Louisburg College. Fowler, the North Carolina State University Athletic Director, will be on hand to present awards to LC’s top student-athletes.
According to EBES Media Specialist Donna Jones, “At Edward Best, the focus is always on best teaching practices.
“The result of this focus is a student-centered school where each child is encouraged to achieve their goals for learning,” she said.
“Our collaborative efforts address all learning styles and levels.”
Although the weather in December was above average, it didn’t stop the fourth-graders at Edward Best from participating in a Winter Wonderland Writing Camp. The week long camp began with these students parading throughout the school singing, “Writing in a Winter Wonderland.” Leading the parade was none other than Frosty the Snowman! And yes, there were even snowball fights!
When the Whole Faculty Study Group plan was introduced to Franklin County Schools, many teachers throughout the system began collaborating to develop a successful program. One success story of the program comes from the work of a group from Bunn Elementary School.
About an inch of snow covered Franklin County roads and lawns on Thursday, closing schools and causing some headaches but no major problems. Emergency management officials will be keeping an eye on weather reports this weekend to see if there will be a repeat of the county’s first snow. “We’ll be monitoring that storm,” said Emergency Management Director Randy Likens during the week.
FRANKLINTON — A Franklinton family is trying to get past an argument between brothers that ended in bloodshed. According to family and police, Seth Gower, 21, got into an argument with his older brother, Shawn Kearney, during the afternoon of Jan. 11 at Kearney’s Allen Avenue home.
Following is a list of real estate transfers amounting to $5,000 or more in Franklin County for the time period Jan. 2-4, 2007, as recorded in the office of the Franklin County Register of Deeds.
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We invested in our future, knowing we must work together
2006 was a year for progress in education, economic development and the human spirit. We continued with new school construction from a bond passed in 2004, agreed to make the airport a top economic investment target and celebrated many achievements as well as lost several community leaders who will be missed for years to come. We continued to face challenges of leadership, economic development, the widening of Highway 401, loss of small businesses and juggling resources as demands for services increased. Here is a review of the ups and downs, the laughter and tears of 2006, with the hope and expectation that 2007 holds a great deal of promise for us all.
• The NETSTAR scandal made headlines in the first edition of 2006, with Ben Barrick set to face manslaughter charges in the death of Franklin County deputy Ted Horton.
• Debbora Schweers took her border collie MaCh Bobbie Jo CDX to the AKC National Agility Championship.
• Local Sprint got a new name, Embarq.
• Richie Duncan assumed a newly-created position in the Economic Development Office as an existing business coordinator.
• Ben Barrick was indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the helicopter-crash death of Deputy Ted Horton in the NETSTAR scandal. Sheriff Jerry Jones was cleared of criminal wrong-doing in the scandal.
• The Andrews-Moore house off Collie Road in Justice burned. The Georgian plantation house was built in 1785.
• The Board of Education approved a 114-acre site for a joint location of a new elementary school and a new high school. The school system had negotiated a $14,000-an-acre price; final approval had to be made from commissioners. Commissioners would eventually reject this site and approve purchase of a site off Burt Winston Road for $35,000 an acre - the Mitchell property.
• In a close vote, the school bond for $45 million failed.
• Sheriff Jerry Jones was defeated in the primary; Pat Green would move on to the November election and would face Republican Kent Winstead.
• Ted Horton’s estate filed a lawsuit in the deputy’s death, naming Sheriff Jerry Jones and the county for liability.
A Kittrell boy was killed playing in a drainage ditch after a heavy rainfall
• A multi-county drug bust ended a 45-day undercover operation. Thirty-four people were charged in 170 felony counts that involved selling and distributing marijuana and cocaine. The Sheriff’s Office led the bust.
• A $69.4-million county budget was proposed with no tax increase. A controversial flat fee for waste was added. The $45 fee was widely opposed but ultimately approved.
The county imposed a $45 trash fee that is widely opposed by residents and municipalities
• Developer Jim Moss approached the Board of Education to buy land for a new high school and new elementary school.
The original proposed deal was packaged to buy both lots off Bert Winston Road.
The BOE deemed Moss’ deal too restrictive. Moss was asking for a holding fee, too high of a price per acre and too much in return in water and sewer hookups to adjacent properties, the BOE determined.
• Franklinton police confiscated more than 480 capsules of Ecstasy in a routine traffic stop. One arrest was made.
• Volunteers in Medicine members headed off to a mission trip in Venezuela.
• Franklin Regional Medical Center confirmed reports that it was considering a relocation closer to Franklinton or Youngsville, moving away from its existing location in Louisburg.
• Construction projects at Bunn and Louisburg high schools were under way.
• Commissioners approved certificates of participation as a funding strategy for a new elementary school.
The board directed staff to investigate the use of COPS for the funding source. School board members continued with plans to start construction of the school in April of 2007, with a 2008 fall opening.
• 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.
• Sign-ups started for the Boys and Girls Club.
• Stephen Barrington was hired as the executive director for the Chamber of Commerce.
• Angela Harris took on a part-time, interim role as the United Way director until one is hired.
LOUISBURG HIGH STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS -- HOW THEY LOOK TODAY. Members of the Louisburg High School 1970-71 state boys basketball championship team gathered for a reunion last February at the LHS Gymnasium. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLIN COUNTY — A reunion, a few farewells and a bountiful welcome home provided key stories during a busy 2006 in the Franklin County sports scene. One of the county’s greatest-ever teams -- the Louisburg High School 1970-71 state basketball champion -- gathered in February to relive the historic moment. On the same night -- Feb. 3 -- legendary girls basketball mentor Lester Wilder coached his final regular season home game.
“I would like to make some money one of these years.”
Developer Jim Moss to the Board of Education
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