Town and state police are investigating allegations that a former Louisburg high school teacher/coach had a sexual relationship with a student that could have resulted in a pregnancy.
The Franklin Times obtained a letter wherein Franklin County Board of Education Attorney Boyd Sturges asked the Louisburg Police Department to investigate allegations that James Collier, 40, had improper sexual contact with a 17-year-old student.
The Times does not reveal the name of alleged victims of a sexual offense.
Widespread power outages were reported throughout Franklin County on Wednesday afternoon and into the evening as a cold front pushed through, toppling trees and flipping a Cessna 182 into some pines at Rampart Aviation.
No injuries were reported through the Franklin County Office of Emergency Services, which was on alert throughout the evening, OES Director Randy Likens said.
Committee member Allen de Hart
A citizens group bent on getting one of the county’s main thoroughfares widened held its first meeting this week.
Members left the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee with what they hope is the blueprint for getting a decades-old project off the drawing board and into development.
“I think we’ve got some people willing to step up and do something,” said Harry Barrick, a resident along U.S. 401 in favor of widening the road. “It will take a lot of hard work and support.
U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge is promoting tax credits to fund local school construction nationwide.
The push comes during a time when funding for Franklin County school construction is being reviewed — particularly the funding for a $40-million Franklinton High School replacement and other projects as part of a $53-million bond package.
Etheridge wants President-elect Barack Obama to include the credits in the economic recovery plan, which is being crafted to create and save U.S. jobs.
RICHMOND, Va. - Funeral services for Theotis “The” Davis, 65, who died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with Elder Vernell Harper officiating.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Bessie Battle Williams, 94, who died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, were Friday, Jan. 9, at St. Stephens Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Flora Belle Neal, 80, who died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 10) at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Kathleen Chandler Morton, 77, died Thursday morning, Jan. 8, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden presiding. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Fredrick George Messer, 42, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008. A celebration of life services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 10) at Riverwood Golf and Athletic Club, 400 Riverwood Drive, Clayton, with the Rev. Clarence Parrish officiating.
PILOT - Avis J. Seymour, 86, of Pilot died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon.
LOUISBURG - For the first time this season, smiles were the order of the post-game day for the Louisburg Lady Warriors following Wednesday’s girls basketball showdown at Rocky Mount Prep.
Winless heading into the road game, the Lady Warriors put together a strong performance and went on to defeat the host Jaguars by a 33-30 score in Nash County.
Louisburg, a team loaded with inexperienced underclassmen, is now 1-8 on the season under interim head coach Chris Davis.
STANHOPE -- Head coach Scott Collie put his sluggish Southern Nash girls basketball team into time-out -- literally -- during the fourth period of Wednesday’s non-conference home showdown against Bunn.
SN hadn’t played in two weeks, and the rust showed as the Ladybirds attempted to sweep their two-game season series over Chuck Mann’s Ladycats.
LOUISBURG -- Thanks to a pre-holiday cancellation, the Louisburg Warriors had to wait until the New Year to open their 2008-09 Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference boys basketball schedule.
Which meant the Warriors would begin TRAC play against one of the league’s perennial titans -- the Weldon Mighty Chargers.
Justin Rodgers planned to visit three schools before officially making his college decision.
But the first one would prove to be fine with Rodgers, the Bunn High School football standout who verbally committed Thursday night to continue his career at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.
Rodgers, a fullback, visited UNC-P and then cancelled potential trips to Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne.
STANHOPE -- Here is today’s riddle:
How are the Bunn Wildcats able to get their 3-point shooters so wide open, when everyone knows that this is the biggest strength of their offense?
It’s a question that continues to confound Bunn’s opposing coaches, who tell their players to defend the arc vociferously, only to see BHS’ performers stand alone to drill trey after trey.
KNIGHTDALE -- Bunn earned a third-place team plaque during competition last weekend at the Knightdale High School Duals Wrestling Tournament in Wake County.
The Wildcats went 3-5 overall for the event, including a solid 3-2 record last Saturday. Bunn was 0-3 last Friday.
BUNN -- The Bunn Ladycats will begin their 2009 fast-pitch softball schedule on March 3 with a home game against the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.
Bunn is the defending Northern Carolina Conference champion.
The Ladycats’ complete ledger is as follows (home games in CAPS):
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team recently completed a three-game road trip in which the Vanguards faced three conference rivals.
On Jan. 3, the VGCC Vanguards defeated the Wilkes Community College Cougars by a score of 102-90.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Freshman T’Keya Holloway from Louisburg High School scored a career-high 13 points on Thursday night, leading her North Carolina Wesleyan women’s basketball squad to a hard-fought 63-59 USA South victory over Peace College in Everett Gymnasium on the NCWC campus.
Holloway also grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots for the Bishops, who have now won two straight.
We know that no matter how different the wedding customs are from one country to another, the word “pledge” still comes to mind.
Maybe it is because the word “wed” comes from the Greek word for “pledge.”
Traditionally, the wedding pledge is made in front of family and friends.
When we attend a wedding, we can feel the joy that springs from love and the hope for a lasting marriage.
BUNN — The town is expecting to become the last governmental entity in Franklin County to join cyberspace.
Nearly two years ago, the town budgeted $1,365 to let Kimberly Files design the town’s Website.
By the end of this month, or early in February, Town Clerk Judy Jeffreys said residents should be able to access a good chunk of town activities via the Internet.
“We’re really going to miss that experience at the front counter,” lamented Louisburg Postmaster Margaret Pernell recently as she wished a fond farewell to two veteran postal employes, Judi Cooper and Brad Person.
Combined, they boast 55 years of experience at the local post office, 30 for Person and 25 for Cooper.
Both were familiar faces at the downtown post office’s front counter where they have greeted customers and handled postal business for many years.
State representatives Lucy Allen and Michael H. Wray, along with state Sen. Douglas Berger, are inviting all citizens, civic leaders and public officials in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties to the annual 7th Senatorial District Public Forum on Friday, Jan. 23.
The event will be at the Civic Center at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 2:30 p.m.
Louisburg police took three students into custody on Thursday, a day after officers allege they shot a student with an airsoft pellet gun.
According to a police incident report by officer T.W. Lincoln, the 14-year-old student was walking along the sidewalk on N. Main Street after school let out at about 2:45 p.m. when a car pulled along beside him and someone shot him in the face with an air-soft pellet gun.
The injuries were very minor, officials said.
Franklin County has been chosen to receive $39,702 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; the Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities, and United Way of America.
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