Rocky Mount investigators continue to look for a man they allege killed a woman last seen working at a Franklin County massage lounge before she was found dead in a Rocky Mount hotel room.
Rocky Mount Police obtained a warrant to arrest Ronald Carlton Ricks Jr., 41, of Wendell. No arrest has been made.
Wise was reported missing on Jan. 12 after she did not return home from work at Magic Touch Massage.
TOP COPS. Franklinton plans to swear in new Police Chief John Green Jr., above, on Tuesday while Youngsville welcomed its new police chief, Daren Kirts, to his first board meeting on Thursday night. (Times photos by Carey Johnson)
Two Franklin County law enforcement agencies looked within for leadership.
On Thursday, new Youngsville Police Chief Daren Kirts attended his first board meeting and come Tuesday, Franklinton will swear in John Green Jr. as its new police chief.
Both replace long-time law enforcement leaders in Larry Pritchett and Ray Gilliam, respectively.
After a little more than an hour of legal wrangling, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, Jr., ruled Wednesday afternoon that the Franklin County Board of Education is under no legal obligation to accept the resignation of Phillip Mueller and can, if it decides, terminate his employment.
Franklin County commissioners are expected to consider and appoint a new member to the board on Tuesday night and David Bunn said if it’s him, he’ll be ready to go.
The Franklin County Republican Party presented Bunn as a replacement for Bob Winters during the board’s Jan. 4 meeting.
Winters represented District 4, an area in the southeastern portion of the county covering part of Lake Royale.
The Franklin County Airport Committee agreed to offer the director’s position to its top candidate.
Now, they’re just waiting to see if their top candidate will take the job.
A subcommittee of the airport authority has been looking for new leadership since October when former director Rob Southerland resigned his post to return to the Air Force.
It was yet another chapter of the good news, bad news story as the Franklin County Economic Development Commission met Thursday morning, although this time the news seemed to tip just a little in favor of the good news side.
The county’s economic development director, Ronnie Goswick, provided that extra positive note when he declared “the recession is over.”
Franklin County’s Energy Conservation Committee held its first meeting on Thursday, figuring out ways to make the county more environmentally friendly and fiscally efficient.
The committee — made up of county staffers, electric utilities representatives and coordinated by Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Government staff — held its first meeting, working to develop an Energy Conservation Program that would save the county money and promote energy efficiency.
YOUNGSVILLE — Town commissioners said helping Haitian residents was a personal choice, not one to be supported by taxpayer funds.
During the board’s Thursday night meeting, Commissioner Graham Stallings asked his fellow board members if they would be willing to scour its budget, to see if there was money available to help with relief efforts in Haiti.
Louisburg’s Xavier Bullock and Bunn’s Samantha Puryear
Was it a shot over the “bow” of the Franklin County Board of Education, a kind of judicial wake-up call?
Perhaps. At least that’s what it seemed like to us.
Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, Jr., was holding court in Warren County on a case that involved Franklin County schools when he said, and not in jest it appeared, that he was keeping an eye on Franklin County schools.
Did the Franklin County Board of Education do the right thing by drawing a line in the sand over the Phillip Mueller issue?
I believe it did.
But I wish it had not happened with this case.
Let me be perfectly clear. I do not know exactly what happened, what was said or what the intent was. All that is part of the sealed personnel file and likely will never be made public.
GOOD MORNING: It looks like we’ve got a bit of somewhat cloudy, warmer and maybe wet weather on tap locally for this weekend folks — not a bad trade for the freezing temperatures we’ve been subjected to for the past several days as far as I’m concerned.
The fact is, spring can’t arrive too soon to suit me.
My jaw dropped when I read a quote from Mayor Karl Pernell in Saturday’s (1/9/10) The Franklin Times.
The article explained that Brent Cardwell was fired from his position with the town as a result of his arrest on Christmas Eve. He allegedly assaulted his wife by punching her in the head and the face and threatening to kill her.
Parents, school officials, school boards take heed. In a recent Wake Weekly article, there is a wealth of genuine, honest feedback on the functioning of our schools as reflected in a few concise statements by the German and French exchange students living with a host family in Rolesville. The observations and assessments of the two eleventh grade girls included a view that the American education system “is very superficial” and that “you learn for the tests and not to understand.”
During the past decade North Carolina had a net gain of three hundred jobs, according to UNC Charlotte economist Jack Cannaughton, who calls this our “lost decade.” No doubt the continued loss of manufacturing jobs and two recessions has been a major contributor, but we haven’t created more jobs because of North Carolina’s failed economic development policy.
YOUNGSVILLE - James Rayford Ross, Jr. ,40, died Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010 at Duke Hospital in Durham. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Rock Spring Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Nadine Evans Redmond, 82, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Louisburg Nursing Center. Graveside services will be held Monday at 11:15 a.m. from Sandy Creek Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Joel Story officiating.
BUNN - Cynthia D. Wardrick, 52, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Rocky Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will be in the Wardrick family cemetery, Louisburg.
COUNTY ICE PRINCESSES. (L to R) Franklinton residents Shana Webb, Alexis Olsson and Syerra Hicks are enjoying success as members of the Triangle Figure Skating Club under head coach Slava Petukhova. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
WAKE FOREST - Unlike most parents of teenagers, Lena Webb isn’t worried about her daughter, Shana, getting into trouble.
“She’s really too tired for that,’’ Lena Webb said.
Shana’s days are filled with commitment, responsibility and sacrifice -- all for the sake of something she loves.
Shana, a 10th-grader at Franklinton High School, rises at 4:30 a.m. at least three days per week for figure skating lessons at the Polar Ice House in Wake Forest.
The weather has warmed up -- at least temporarily -- and things will be heating up soon in the area’s sporting circles.
Louisburg College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the heart of their Region X schedules. LC’s baseball and softball squads will start their campaigns in less than one month.
And on the high school level, Franklin County’s basketball clubs are jousting for supremacy in the tough Northern Carolina Conference. County wrestlers are getting ready for next month’s region and state activities.
BUNN -- After spending his entire career as an assistant, Bunn’s Hancel Phipps wanted just one chance to prove that he can be a head football coach.
He’ll get that opportunity at Pasquotank.
Phipps, who took last season off from coaching, has been selected to oversee the Panthers’ grid program.
FRANKLINTON -- Few schools have the luxury that Franklinton did when it came to replacing the head softball coaching vacancy.
When Lisa Lawrence stepped down after three seasons, FHS already had a viable replacement in house -- and one with experience as a player on the collegiate level.
Lindsay Dehart, a former standout at Lenoir-Rhyne College, will succeed Lawrence as the Lady Rams’ head fast-pitch coach.
LOUISBURG -- Ask a junior college basketball coach, and they will inevitably tell you that most teams are slow to get back into the swing of things following a prolonged Christmas Break.
That, however, has certainly not been the case this season for the Louisburg College women’s hoops squad.
High School Basketball
Roanoke Rapids at Louisburg 6 p.m.
Franklinton at Warren County 6:30 p.m.
Northwest Halifax at Bunn 6 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will begin its 2010 men’s golf schedule by participating in the Johnston Community College Spring Invite on March 11-12.
The Hurricanes, coached by Charles Sloan, are annually one of the top Division III junior college golf programs in the nation.
LC’s complete worksheet is as follows:
Former Louisburg High School hoops standout Jessica Perry is enjoying a strong sophomore season as a member of the North Carolina Wesleyan College women’s basketball team. Perry, a guard, has come off the bench to play in eight of the Bishops’ nine games. She is averaging 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per outing while playing 13.5 minutes of action for the Rocky Mount school.
(L to R) Syerra Hicks, Shana Webb and Alexis Olsson work on a routine during a recent figure skating practice session at the Polar Ice House.
Syerra Hicks (middle) receives assistance from coach Slava Petukhova during a recent practice session at the Polar Ice House.
3-D-comedian/juggler Mark Nizer is slated to hit the stage at Louisburg College this coming Friday.
Nizer brings outrageous comedy antics and expertly crafted juggling feats to a show that features award-winning 3-D.
Nizer has been featured on MTV, HBO’s Just for Laughs, Arsenio Hall, Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians, Comic Strip Live and LA Law.
It is true that women come through for each other when times get tough. It is especially true among women of the Methodist churches throughout the nation and the world. Each circle of the United Methodist Women from a number of Methodist churches around the country are united to strongly support the activities of the Global Mission of the church as a whole. These women share with each other and with women, children and youth here at home and around the world.
Carla Jo Faulkner and Jonathan Stephen Sands were united in marriage at the Carthage United Methodist Church in Carthage on Nov. 7, 2009. The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson from The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, located in Atlanta, Ga., officiated, and scripture was read by the Rev. Steve Barham from New Hope Christian Church in Louisburg.
The following personnel matters were approved at the Jan. 11 meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education.
Resignations of Certified Personnel: Rachel Bishop, Bunn High, English teacher, effective 2/26/10; Susan Nielsson, Bunn Middle, Except Child teacher, effective 1/29/10.
According to investigators, a Youngsville woman was killed Thursday morning following a head-on collision.
According to the report, Valerie Hyers, 54, was killed when the Kia she was driving crossed the center line on N.C. 56 east near Creedmoor and rolled into the path of a tractor-trailer.
The Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP), a state- funded grant program, recently assisted the Lake Royale Property Owners Association with a stormwater wetland restoration project. CCAP funds were obtained through the local Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District office. The project, located at the Rocket Ship playground, is on the waterfront of the lake.
Results of this year’s election for a vacant seat on the Franklin County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Committee were recently announced by Sheila Allen, acting executive director of the Franklin County FSA.
“Ronnie Jones of Zebulon was elected to represent local administrative area 3 and assumed his committee duties on January 1, 2010,” Allen said. Ronnie Jones will serve a three-year term.