Franklin County commissioners approved a budget with no tax increase on Thursday understanding full well what could be in store next year.
By a 6-1 vote, the board adopted the 2008-09 budget that calls for $66 million in county spending and an 82.25 cents per $100 valuation tax rate.
Based on fixed commitments, staff told the board that the county could have $72.4 million in expenses in 2009-10 which would require a minimum tax increase of 15.10 cents per $100 valuation.
A Franklin County couple was killed Thursday morning following a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 401 just outside of Louisburg.
According to Trooper T.L. Hunt, James and Mary Holmes, each 66, were traveling south on the two-lane highway when Louis Mahler Joyner, 21, crossed the center line in a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck. The impact sent Joyner’s truck tumbling down the highway and the Holmes’ convertible Corvette into a ditch along the side of the road.
A regional sanctioning agency decided this week to continue Louisburg College’s accreditation, putting it on a 6-month probationary period to continue to improve its financial position.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools (SACS) made the decision Thursday — a day after college officials and staff made a case that the college’s finances were improving.
The 14th annual Animal Agriculture Field Day will be at Riverbend Park on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The event brings in all third-graders in Franklin County for a morning of hands-on experiences with agriculture life. There will be 12 stations, and topics range from beef cattle to water quality. Dozens of volunteers assist with the day, including Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee members, law enforcement, the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association and Bunn Future Farmers of America members. The day is organized by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center, and co-sponsored by the Franklin County United Way and the Franklin County Farm Bureau.
Elections officials on Thursday added seven provisional ballots to Tuesday’s primary runoff count increasing Shane Mitchell’s victory over Raymond Stone by six votes.
And the vote tally will be made official during a canvass this coming Tuesday.
What’s already official, though, is the end of Stone’s political aspirations and public career, which dates back to the 1950s as a teacher.
The DOT has given Franklin County a yellow light.
The state Department of Transportation denied a request by the school system for a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Bert Winston Road, made in anticipation of increased traffic when Long Mill Elementary opens — for now.
FRANKLINTON - Mary Frances Todd Eakes, 88, formerly of Franklinton, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Wake Medical Center in Cary. A service celebrating her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Franklinton Baptist Church, followed by a visit with the family in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Esther Lee Underhill Rollins, 84, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 27, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
PILOT - Lillian Frazier Pearce, 92, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Warren Hills Nursing Center. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 28) at Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.
APEX - Mary Theresa “Terri” Tomlinson Ranson, 55, died Monday, June 23, 2008, at her home. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, June 28) at Apex United Methodist Church.
RALEIGH - Jim Cottle, 62, died Monday, June 23, 2008. A prayer service, led by the Rev. Phyllis Mayo, was conduced Friday, June 27, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Millbrook Road, Raleigh, followed by a time of visitation and remembrance.
LOUISBURG - Jimmy and Mary Charles Holmes died together on Thursday, June 26, 2008 from injuries received in an auto accident. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Flat Rock Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in the church cemetery.
KITTRELL - Funeral services for George E. Kemp, 74, who died Thursday, June 26, 2008, will be conducted at noon Monday, June 30, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Larry Hinton Griffin, 64, beloved husband and father, of Louisburg, died Tuesday evening surrounded by his loving family and friends.
LOUISBURG - Near-perfect defense helped the Oxford All-Stars lay the foundation for a championship at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District 10 Tournament.
But with the job nearly complete, Oxford called upon two booming bats to finish off the title Thursday evening at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
Caught up in its lone tight contest of the tourney, Oxford broke open a tie score by exploding for seven runs over the final three innings to defeat Bunn 10-3.
Phileas Fogg traveled around the world in 80 days in the famous Jules Verne novel.
Darrell Arthur almost performed the same feat in one crazy night.
Arthur, the former Kansas Jayhawks’ men’s basketball star, was projected as a mid-teens pick in Thursday’s National Basketball Association Draft.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Listed are the rosters for the Dixie Youth Minor League District 10 All-Star Baseball Tournament, which began Friday at Luddy Park in Youngsville:
Terry Langston heads upfield during a pickup game Thursday at the annual Bunn Wildcats Football Camp, which was directed by Bunn High School grid mentor David Howle. For more camp photos and information, check out an upcoming edition of The Franklin Times.
GREENSBORO -- Louisburg’s Lakeem Perry and Bunn’s Terry Davis will represent Franklin County at the annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game.
The contest will be played July 23 at 8 p.m. at Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Grimsley High School in Greensboro.
ZEBULON -- Freddy Parejo hit a pinch-hit double in the top of the ninth to score Mat Gamel and lift the Huntsville Stars past the Carolina Mudcats 7-6 in front of 4,656 fans on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.
Trailing 1-0 going into the second inning, Huntsville scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead, all the runs coming with two outs.
Do you recall reading about a Louisburg exchange student by the name of Nuntakan Piyasirisingha (Nicknamed Pear)?
In the article of April 2007, we were welcoming this student to our community and at the same time saying goodbye to Maria Pezzotti from Colombia.
Oh me oh my, how time flies!
The Franklin County United Way hosted a reception earlier this week for representatives of the agencies that were funded for this year’s cycle.
Back by popular demand, summer dog obedience classes are being offered.
The NC Cooperative Extension Center will again offer six weeks of basic dog obedience classes this summer during the evenings beginning Wednesday, July 9.
Sherman Eugene West is going to jail for breaking into a coin-operated newspaper rack belonging to The Franklin Times and with resisting arrest.