A double punch of no rain and extreme heat is taking a toll in Franklin County’s fields. Crops are taking hit after hit after hit as a seemingly-never-ending drought and temperatures in the high 90s and more than 100 degrees are scorching tobacco, drying up corn and wilting soybeans.
The Louisburg Planning Board recommended Thursday approving a county animal control shelter off T. Kemp Road. The matter will go before the Louisburg Town Council for a decision next month. “We’re very glad they recommended approval,” said Ida Estep, president of the Franklin County Humane Society.
Sheriff Pat Green and county staff are exploring ways to expand the county’s jail, giving the agency more room to house local offenders and bring in more federal dollars. Commissioner Harry Foy brought up the issue during the board’s most recent meeting, after hearing concerns that a lack of room at the jail was preventing the county from housing its normal take of federal inmates.
Franklin County education is in a state of growth, success and challenge, according to Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme. He made those pronouncements Thursday afternoon during a Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce sponsored State of Franklin County address at the Louisburg College Blue Room.
A man whose vision helped shape the face of development in Franklin County died Thursday. Raymond Earl Burnette was 78. A real estate broker and developer, Burnette was behind deals including Carolina Sky Sports and the Franklin Plaza shopping center.
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LOUISBURG – Raymond Earl Burnette, 78, of Louisburg, died peacefully Thursday at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill with his wife of 52 years by his side. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Sandy Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Joel Story officiating. Entombment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.
HENDERSON - Cecil Talmadge Stainback, 68, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 at his home. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, Aug. 23, at New Sandy Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Brent Farrar. Born in Vance County, he was the son of the late Willie Lee Stainback and Lottie Mae West Stainback.
LOUISBURG - Ethelene Aycock Murray, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 24, in the chapel of Lancaster’s Funerals and Cremations. Burial followed at Lancaster Memorial Park.
ANGIER - Alexander Critcher Daniel, 42, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 25) at Rose & Graham Funeral Chapel in Coats. Officiating will be the Rev. Ronnie Byrd and the Rev. Jesse Mooney. Burial will follow in Lakeside Memorial Gardens, Angier.
FRANKLINTON - Margie Cannady Bobbitt, 78, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007 at Duke Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Diane Dozer, officiating.
SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Frank M. Mahoney, 81, died at his residence on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Monday, Aug. 13, in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Annanadale, Va., with the Rev. Terry W. Specht, celebrant. Burial followed in the Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va. on Aug. 17.
RALEIGH - Minnie Welch, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 at Sunnybrook Healthcare & Rehabilitation Specialists. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, Aug. 23, at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.
RALEIGH - Robert Vernon Pearce Sr., 87, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the chapel of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary. Graveside services and final interment were at Harris Chapel Baptist Church, Youngsville.
STANHOPE — Seven hasn’t proved to be a lucky number for the Southern Nash Firebirds during boys soccer action this week against a pair of Franklin County opponents. Southern traveled to Franklinton Monday and was swept 7-0 by the Red Rams in the season opener for both clubs.
FRANKLINTON -- Louisburg High’s powerhouse net attack is well-documented, but the Lady Warriors took a much different track toward topping Franklinton in Tuesday’s season-opening volleyball matchup. The Lady Warriors pounded serve after effective serve into Franklinton’s defense, and the result was a convincing 25-12, 25-11 and 25-20 decision in Louisburg’s favor at the FHS Gymnasium.
BUNN -- Following a close first game, the Bunn Ladycats pulled away to defeat Princeton 28-26, 25-13 and 25-14 in BHS’ regular season opener Tuesday at the Bunn Dome. “I thought after the first game that this would be exactly what we needed,’’ Jones said. “But it didn’t end up being very competitive after that. I thought it was going to be a tough match.’’
LOUISBURG -- New faces are plentiful this fall on the roster for the Louisburg High School girls soccer team. That hasn’t been a problem in recent campaigns, as long-time veterans Camilla Hinton, Laura Lord and Deanna Wilkins were staples on the court during their LHS careers.
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and the team’s broadcast partner FSN South have announced FSN South’s 55-game cable television package for the 2007-08 NHL season. FSN South’s coverage of live Hurricanes games includes 34 of the team’s 41 road games and 21 key match ups at the RBC Center throughout the 82-game regular season.
THE TEAM. Nicki Griffin, seated, and Mark McArn, back second from left, will serve as United Way campaign co-chairs in the upcoming year.
United Way President Bert L’Homme announced two key campaign chairs for this year’s campaign.
Nicki Griffin, director of the Franklin County Department of Social Services, and Mark McArn, Brassfield Realty, will serve as the campaign co-chairs.
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners approved a gang graffiti ordinance they hope will rid the town of eyesores and the negative connotations. Earlier this summer, Franklinton High School Principal Charles Fuller, Police Chief Ray Gilliam and Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green told the board about the increasing problem of gang graffiti and the best defense — get rid of it, quickly.
Franklinton water department and other staff are keeping a close eye on the town’s receding reservoir, wondering if they’ll have to take a harder line on water preservation. Earlier this month, staff asked its residents to voluntarily take measures to conserve water as heat and humidity combined to cause a dip in the town’s upper reservoir.
Dry and hot!! That doesn’t even describe the situation Franklin County is in currently. In your daily commutes, you have probably noticed the crops across the county are suffering terribly from lack of water and extremely hot conditions. Soybeans have shut down production, dropped blooms, and folded up their leaves to conserve water.
Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic and popular motivational speaker, addressed Louisburg College students on Tuesday. Louisburg College Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Morris Wray is pleased that Williams’ visit fell on the first day of the new semester.
STANHOPE -- Bunn’s offense has recently plenty of preseason acclaim, but it was the team’s defense that sparked Friday’s opening prep football victory at Southern Nash. The Wildcats picked up two key interceptions from Antoine Glover in the first half and limited Southern Nash to 93 total yards during a 26-7 decision at Firebird Stadium.
LOUISBURG -- For the second straight year, the Louisburg High Warriors put up some huge offensive numbers against Ravenscroft. This time around, Louisburg racked up 475 total yards en route to defeating the Ravens 44-10 in the Warriors’ regular season opener Friday night at the LHS Football Field.
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton’s Red Rams came close, but they couldn’t snap their three-year losing streak Friday night. Instead, Franklinton dropped a 14-6, double-overtime heartbreaker to Southeast Halifax, which is coached by former FHS mentor Rick Byrd. The Trojans came up with a clutch touchdown and ensuing 2-point conversion in the second extra session. Southeast then stopped Franklinton on downs to end the hard-fought contest at the FHS Football Field.