The Democratic race for the Commission District 7 at-large seat will be like a game of musical chairs with four people seeking the party nomination.
A sole Republican has sought his party’s nomination and will do battle with the Democratic winner in November.
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Some existing and proposed businesses, including one that belongs to a county commissioner, received more than $600,000 in grant money this month. The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center awarded a total of $14.6 million in grants to boost stagnant local economies and address critical water and sewer needs.
Patricia, Jake and Birdie Walker didn’t lose their house on Friday. What had been a dreaded day turned out to be one of the best for them in recent memory. Through combined efforts and determination under fire, Democratic candidate for governor Richard Moore, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, and officials from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, HUD and countless local folks who wanted to give support both emotionally and financially changed overnight the course of a foreclosure for a family that earlier in the week had nowhere to turn.
Commissioners asked staff to provide more information on how much it would cost to operate an expanded jail facility before they would consider a potential $36-million investment. Using a jail study that highlights a growing county and jail population, architect firm Brennan Associates Inc., provided county staff and officials with a proposal to expand the jail by a total of 384 beds.
A late push helped United Way coordinators get close to their campaign goal of $115,000, falling a few thousand dollars short. Down $10,000 with 10 days to go before Thursday’s noon campaign close out, United Way’s Director Patricia Johnston and Campaign Chairwoman Nicki Griffin doubled their efforts to meet the goal.
School and county officials charged a crowd of residents Thursday night with going out and selling a $53-million school bond. The 2008 School Bond Advocacy Group held a kick-off campaign at Vance-Granville Community College and Commission Chairman Robert Lee Swanson, who gave the opening address, acknowledged they will have an uphill battle.
ZEBULON - Ellen Ann “Nannie” Green, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. She was born in Fazakerly, England, the daughter of Thomas and Martha Green. She married Senior Master Sergeant Richard Lee Stansell in Liverpool, England before immigrating to the United States. Mrs. Green was a respiratory therapist.
YOUNGSVILLE - Ernestine V. Kellerhals, 81, of Youngsville, North Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg, NC. Mrs. Kellerhals was born April 23, 1926, in Pittsburgh PA, the first of two children born to Anna M. Vilsack.
BUNN – Gladys Mullen Scott, 96, of Bunn, died Tuesday at her home. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Viola Lewis Mullen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Thomas Scott, and her sister, Mavis M. McKee. She was a member of Bunn Baptist Church.
LOUISBURG – Hazel Nash Shearin, 94, of Louisburg, died Wednesday night.
Mrs. Shearin was a daughter of the late Walter Lee and Lizzie Gilliam Nash. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linwood Shearin; daughter, Iva Lynn Mustian; sister, Bertha May; brothers, Johnson Nash and Jack Nash.
LOUISBURG – James Harold “Red” Dickerson, 82, of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning. Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Doris May Dickerson, and was a son of the late James Graham and Marilda Strickland Dickerson. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Roger Dickerson. Harold owned and operated Dickerson’s Garage and served as a Franklin County magistrate.
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Lee S. Silver, 88, who died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 1) at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - W. H. “Buggar” Hopkins, 83, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 28, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
BUNN -- For the Bunn Wildcats, the first playoff eyebrow was raised as soon as the brackets were released by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
BHS’ opening-round foe would be Pittsboro Northwood, a club with a solid resume’ that includes a victory over long-time titan Burlington Cummings. That fact alone was enough to catch the attention of BHS head coach Gerald Melton.
MANTEO -- Despite posting an amazing 24 victories, one intangible hampered the Louisburg High School girls basketball team -- at least in close games -- during the 2007-08 season.
An inability to finish off decisions.
Louisburg lost four times this year, and the Lady Warriors led in the final quarter in each of them.
Who will it be this time?
Will Carey Johnson finally drop the horseshoe that appears to be affixed to his backside?
Will I overcome last year’s heartbreaking defeat?
Will two-time champion Kathy Harrelson return to form after a disappointing 2007 effort -- one she attributes to illness?
Will Darrell Brown ever finish out of last place?
BUNN -- After two unsuccessful tries this week, the Bunn Ladycats found a Nash County foe more to their liking Thursday on a frigid day at the BHS Soccer Field.
Southern Nash was able to control the action for the majority of the contest, but BHS utilized two clutch goals from Ashley Towne -- along with some amazing goalkeeping from Allie Greer -- to salvage a 2-2 tie against the Ladybirds.
BUNN -- After getting just one hit in their season opener earlier in the week, the Bunn Ladycats’ bats erupted during a Thursday softball showdown against North Johnston. Freshman outfielder Melanie Davis starred by going 3-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and four RBI as the Ladycats defeated North Johnston 8-1 on the BHS campus.
We all know how beautiful the sound of church bells can be, especially on Sunday mornings. At weddings or at many other celebrations, bells can really and truly take you through a spiritual experience.
But the sound of bells I want to tell you about in this article happens to be the sound of hand bells. Have you ever heard a complete hand bell choir concert? Well, it’s simply awesome.
Franklinton has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the 23rd year Franklinton has received this national recognition. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
Franklin County has been awarded $26,576 to supplement human services programs.
The dollars come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program. In all, North Carolina will receive $4.6 million to assist with supplemental food, shelter, rent, mortgages and utility assistance.
The number of flu cases continues to rise, but flu vaccine is still available according to State Health Director Leah Devlin and Franklin County Health Director Eric Ireland. Both encourage unvaccinated individuals to get immunized against the disease.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to move in earnest toward exploring every option it has to build the county’s water supply. During a work session on Tuesday evening, Public Utilities Director Bryce Mendenhall shared with commissioners five ways to increase the county’s water capacity.
The Franklin County Democratic Party will hold precinct meetings on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:
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