A Franklin County man was killed Tuesday morning during a home invasion.
According to Sheriff Pat Green, deputies were called out to 40 Baileys Creek Drive, a subdivision off Walter Grissom Road, to investigate a disturbance at about 12:30 a.m.
There were signs of a break-in at the home, but investigators were unable to locate the homeowner, Anthony Perry, in the darkness.
It was a good thing for Tommy Riggan that Warren Smith didn’t hold a grudge.
And it was a good thing for Franklin County that Smith held true to his commitment as an educator.
Smith, a long-time superintendent of Franklin County Schools died Saturday.
He was 86.
Bikers tore out of the Franklinton municipal parking lot for a good cause Saturday.
About a dozen or so Franklinton Rolling Thunder members and others took part in the organizations’ first Poker Run, an event to raise money and awareness about the plight of Prisoners of War, those missing in action, and veterans.
In two unanimous moves, the Louisburg Town Council Monday night approved changes that would allow crematories as an accessory use to a funeral home in a commercial district and banned churches in the downtown business district.
Both moves had the recent endorsement of the Louisburg Planning Board.
Tony King, Louisburg’s assistant administrator, explained to the board that crematories are not presently addressed in the town’s zoning ordinances.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners decided Monday night that it’s time they get in on the Early College High School program discussion.
Also on Monday night, Vance-Granville Community College’s Board of Trustees authorized its college president to work with commissioners to figure out how to fund a building that will meet both group’s needs.
The county’s tourism advocacy group approved grants for two projects designed to bring visitors to the area.
The Tourism Development Authority agreed on Monday to recommend a $1,500 grant for the Youngsville Area Business Association’s annual Lake Donna Party.
Police are looking for suspects alleged to have fired into a Franklinton home on Saturday.
According to a report by Franklinton Det. Reggie Noflett, Chief John Green Jr., notified him that officers had received reports of shots being fired into a home at 105 Layton Street at about 8:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
Franklin County commissioners agreed to do more research before it would adopt a conflict of interest policy that, as written, would prevent any commissioners family member from holding any county job.
Commissioner Harry Foy presented board members last month with a conflict of interest resolution with two purposes: keeping commissioners from taking personal actions that could have a negative impact on their service to the board, and keeping employees or board members from having immediate family members work for the county.
“General Motors and D&J Automotive are talking -- that’s the crux of the whole matter,” said Phyllis Jeffreys Culbreth, the owner/operator of the Louisburg dealership that was started by her late father, Tommie Jeffreys and the late Winston Davis.
She was responding to questions about General Motors’ decision to reinstate 661 of 1,160 dealerships it had planned to drop.
Louisburg resident Rose Holmes
It’s time to let the sun shine.
No, this isn’t another editorial about the long winter we’ve endured — or the gloomy, cloudy days that have put many folks in a grumpy mood.
The sunshine we’re talking about involves information about your government and how it functions.
GOOD MORNING: Thanks to daughter Julie, I got my wristwatch and all of the electronic/digital etc., clocks at the house reset for Daylight Saving Time in time for the 2 A.M. switchover this past Sunday morning, but getting my body clock reset as well is proving to be a bit more challenging, however.
It shouldn’t be anything new to learn that federal agents are going undercover, pursuing suspects using the information superhighway.
According to published reports, the FBI and other agencies are going on social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, using fake profiles to get the drop on criminals.
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Louisburg Fire Dept., Centerville Fire Dept. and the EMS unit for the quick response to the fire on our property Saturday afternoon, March 6.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Maggie Pearl Collins, 82, who died Monday, March 8, 2010, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis family cemetery.
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Ruth R. Mills, 89, who died Sunday, March 14, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Michael Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Tilman Lynch cemetery.
RALEIGH - Lee R. Womack Jr., 64, died Thursday, March 11, 2010. Services will be held at a later date.
ZEBULON - Edward A. “Al” Tennant died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 due to complications of ALS. As per his request, there was no service/funeral.
CENTERVILLE - Alice Alston, 92, died Saturday, March 13, 2010. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.
WHITAKERS - Funeral services for Bessie Richardson Pittman, 58, who died Saturday, March 13, 2010, will be held at noon Friday, March 19, at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Eddie Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Julie Reneé Webb Strother, 45, of Louisburg, died Saturday, March 13, 2010, at her home. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Dow Webb; stepfather, John Robert Tanner, and father-in-law, D.T. Strother, Sr. Graveside services were held Monday at 12:30 p.m. from the Gupton Family Cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Warren Woodlief Smith, Sr., 86, of 118 Person Circle, died Saturday afternoon.
POPPE MAKES THE PLAY. Franklinton’s Nichole Poppe (with ball) dribbles into the offensive zone while being defended by Northern Nash’s Haley Claytor during last Saturday’s Shamrock Classic Championship.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s Lady Rams didn’t need the Luck of the Irish on their side in order to claim the championship at their annual Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic.
In fact, it probably would have taken some type of unexpected jinx for the Lady Rams to earn the tourney’s top prize for the fourth consecutive season.
STORMI MAKES THE THROW. Bunn catcher Stormi Barham (left) throws the ball to first base off a bunt at BHS pitcher Lauren Maynard looks on during Monday afternoon’s home setback against Northern Vance.
BUNN -- Northern Vance’s two-out rallies proved to be one big headache for the Bunn Ladycats.
Visiting Northern scored all of its runs with two outs en route to posing a 4-1 decision Monday at Bunn in a non-conference fast-pitch softball showdown.,
Of NV’s quartet of tallies, three of them were also secured after an inning had started with back-to-back putouts.
RACE TO THE BALL. Louisburg’s Samantha Calvary surges for possession for the Lady Warriors during last Saturday’s eight-place event with Northern Vance at the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic.
FRANKLINTON-- Northern Vance came up on the wrong end of some close matches at the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic this week, but last Saturday’s game was theirs from the get-go.
The Vikings controlled the tempo and possession in a convincing 4-0 win over Louisburg High School in the seventh-place game. Emily Ellington had the hat trick for Northern.
Most players take one of two thought processes into a national tournament setting, regardless of the sport.
They’re either just happy to be there, or they are intent on winning a championship.
Louisburg College head coach John Meeks is about to find out where his players stand when the Hurricanes begin action today at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Men’s Basketball Tournament.
RETIREMENT CEREMONY. Former Franklinton High School boys soccer standout Josh Woodburn (center) has his jersey retired during a ceremony last Saturday night as part of the annual Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic.
FRANKLINTON -- Just about every Franklinton High School soccer fan figured the day would come when Josh Woodburn would have his jersey retired.
Except for Woodburn himself.
Woodburn was the most stunned face in the audience last Saturday when his No. 18 sweater was retired during a halftime ceremony as part of the finals of the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic at the FHS Football Field.
WENTWORTH -- The Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II, Region X tournament, held March 5-7 at Rockingham Community College.
When the team took the court on March 5, it was its first game since the tragic death of Vanguards star forward Raymond Dunn on Feb. 20.
Dodgeball Deep defeated Eckerd Target Practice by a 3-2 score in the championship game of the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department Dodgeball Tournament. The event was held on March 11. Pictured in theabove photo are Dodgeball Deep players (back, l to r) Chris Baker, Jason Crawford, Quintrell Mangum and Troy Shearin; (front, l to r) June Greene, Casey Bolton and Damien Jacobs.
Franklinton’s Alyssa Folmar (left) is grabbed by a Northern Nash player during last Saturday’s championship match at the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic Championship, which was claimed by the Lady Rams at the FHS Football Field.
Bunn third baseman Gabby Brickhouse throws out a Northern Vance batter following a ground ball.
Mike and Terri Collins of Louisburg announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Ashley Brooke, to Joseph Boyd Henn, son of Rich and Karen Henn of Bunn. The wedding will take place on Saturday, June 26, at White Level Baptist Church.
Julius Burton and Judy King Johnson of Four Oaks announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Anne Johnson of Four Oaks, to Norman Allen Tharrington Jr. of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Norman Allen Tharrington Sr. and Martha Tharrington of New Bern.
If it’s March in Franklin County, you can bet someone is getting the stew pots ready!
The annual Person Place Brunswick stew sale will be held Saturday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Person Place, 605 N. Main Street, Louisburg.
If you’re new to Franklin County, a little explanation might be in order.
Sheriff’s deputies used a taser against a Franklin County woman they allege presented a danger to herself and others.
Authorities charged Adrienne Boblett, 22, with simple assault, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer.
According to a report by Dep. Gerrod Gay, Boblett’s mother, Susan, was scared because Adrienne was tearing up her grandfather’s residence and threatened to burn down that house and her mothers’, at 110 and 111 Triple Crown Run, respectively.
‘Peake performance. Jake, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, won first place in the recent Pet Photo Contest sponsored by Safe Space in Louisburg. Jake is owned by Randy and Susan Abbott of Henderson. Susan is pictured with Jake.
A pet photo contest was recently sponsored by Safe Space in Louisburg. Approximately 25 pictures of different pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and horses, were entered in the contest and posted in the Safe Space shop. Customers were asked to vote on the best photo.
The board of directors of the Franklin County Community Foundation is accepting grant requests for community projects funded from its community fund, according to Bob Powell, grants chairman.
Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve general charitable needs in Franklin County. Priority will be given to programs that target the needs brought on by the ongoing economic downturn.
A Wake Forest man who tried to outrun his criminal history added to it following a high-speed chase on Sunday.
According to a police report, Sgt. K.J. Hornaday was operating RADAR equipment in the Franklinton Flea Market parking lot just before 1 a.m. when he saw a white Isuzu Rodeo.
He clocked the sport utility vehicle at 54 mph in a 35 mph zone and proceeded to stop the vehicle.
Junior Parent Night will be held at the Louisburg High School Media Center on Thursday, March 18, at 6 p.m.
Answers to questions concerning college planning, financial aid, athletic eligibility and the SAT/ACT will be discussed. Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Students at the Child Day Care Center at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County campus celebrated the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss on March 4. Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born March 2, 1904. The event was marked by a pajama party, during which guest readers read books by Dr. Seuss, the children completed Dr. Seuss-themed activities in their classrooms and also viewed video adaptations of his works.
Shari Hurst won big on Feb. 11 when her entry for the SPCA of Franklin County’s “Eat Free for a Week!” raffle was drawn. With more than $200 in gift certificates from local restaurants, she won’t have to be doing any cooking for a while. Shari is pictured here with her husband, Chuck, and their adopted dog, Tink.
Warren County farmers, from left to right, Yarborough and Shauna Williams, held an Open House on Saturday, celebrating a year of operating their Cabin Branch Farm Market on Main Street in Franklinton. James Davis, right, with the state’s agriculture office, was on hand to help them celebrate. The shop offers a variety of items, including meats and groceries, even branching out to offer plants.