The American Legion’s Stand up for America celebration in Franklinton was rescheduled for (tonight) Tuesday after thunderstorms wiped out the event on Monday night. Gates will open at the Franklinton High School football field at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks will begin at about 8:30 p.m. or dusk.
HOME TEAM. James Anderson, Elmar Holmes, Carol Bumpass, Clifford Gilliam and Asher Johnson made up the Franklin County contingent of those recognized during an Independence Day park dedication in Fayetteville on Monday.
On a sweltering July 4, Clifford Gilliam’s wheelchair was posted near a tent pole.
While the covering provided the World War II veteran with a much needed respite, the structure also provided him with the support needed rise and be saluted for his service to this country.
“... They asked all the veterans that were there to stand up,” said Gilliam’s daughter, Carol Bumpass, part of a caravan of family members who made the trip to Fayetteville to watch their father and other veterans across the state be recognized for their service through the dedication of a new park honoring military vets on Independence Day.
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton was the only public place for Franklin County residents to see fireworks on July 4th, but the only display Monday night was provided by Mother Nature.
American Legion Post 52 and the town called off Monday night’s festivities as a thunderstorm put a bulls-eye on the area, bringing thunder, lightning, rain and threats of flooding in some surrounding areas.
Brian McDowell, sixth grade science and social studies teacher at Bunn Middle School, was recently designated the 2011-2012 Franklin County Schools Teacher of the Year during Honors Day at Louisburg High School.
Vernice Harris, teacher assistant at Louisburg Elementary School, was named the 2010-2011 Franklin County Schools Teacher Assistant of the Year.
LAKE ROYALE — Emergency and law enforcement officials were investigating a possible drowning over the weekend.
However, a lack of evidence has caused police to halt the investigation.
Witnesses told Lake Royale police that they saw a boy throwing a ball around in the lake just before 7 p.m.
An investigation into allegations of employee wrongdoing has resulted in two people being fired and one being charged with theft.
It also has led to a change in practice within the town.
Former streets and maintenance department supervisor Joseph Allen Patterson II was fired from his position on June 27 after commissioners reviewed investigative findings provided by Police Chief Daren Kirts.
Workmen and heavy equipment, including this crane, converged on the McDonald’s Restaurant on Louisburg’s Bickett Boulevard Tuesday morning and began to disassemble the 30-year-old restaurant. Store manager Steve Fordham said demolition and reconstruction should take about 110 days.
Addison Hardy, 2, celebrates Fourth of July
How many times have you heard that word used with regard to education, government, handling debt, and a host of other topics.
It’s safe to assume that most of us have believed that accountability meant that those in charge were being held accountable for what went on, for proper documentation and for satisfactory attention to detail.
GOOD MORNING: Literally thousands turned out Monday for the dedication of North Carolina’s spanking new Veterans Park in Fayetteville, according to the Associated Press’s brief 4 and 3/8 inch account of the event in Tuesday’s N&O.
The fact is, the huge turnout apparently far surpassed that expected by planners of the event.
Franklinton police continue to search for suspects in a home invasion that left a woman with a broken arm.
That’s the bad news.
The worst news?
It seems like police are running into a recurring problem — people in the community with tight lips.
Should the county have fired six employees due to budget issues and then make a new $60,000-a-year position at the tax office?
One of most commonly repeated claims by Republican legislative leaders before, during and after this General Assembly session was that taxes on businesses were too high and regulations were too onerous and the combination was costing the state jobs and making it hard for North Carolina to compete with other states in economic development battles.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Edward Tharrington, 57, who died Sunday, July 3, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Louisburg High School Auditorium, with the Rev. Rory Snead officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - Bobby Lee “Bob” Perry, 74 died Friday, July 1, 2011 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral service was held Sunday, July 3, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Joe Ferguson officiating. Burial followed Monday, July 4, in the Perry family cemetery.
ZEBULON - Blanzie A. High Jr., 80, died Friday, July 1, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted at noon today (Wednesday, July 6) at Wakefield Baptist Church, Zebulon.
YOUNGSVILLE - Brenda Kay Godley Davenport, 59, died Monday, July 4, 2011 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 6) at North Raleigh Church of Christ, 8701 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615.
RALEIGH - Cecil C. Alford died Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Rex Hospital. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 6) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545, with the Rev. John White officiating. Burial will follow in the Zebulon Town Cemetery with Full Military Honors.
MIDDLESEX - Gloria Straw Ellis, 63, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
YOUNGSVILLE - Theresa DePaula-Joyner, 86, of Youngsville, died Tuesday afternoon at her home.
HENDERSONVILLE, TN - Agnes Danize Bartholomew Jones, age 81, a native of Franklin County, passed away June 30, 2011. She is preceded in death by sister, Mavis Bartholomew Conn; Brother, James Howell Bartholomew.
William B. (Bob) Swanson, 73 of Louisburg, NC and Wilmington, NC crossed over the river on 3/23/2011.
YOUNGSVILLE - Ronnie Lee Jurgeson, 69, of Youngsville went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, after fighting a short, courageous battle with lung cancer. Ronnie was the son of the late Stanley and Mildred Jurgeson of Kansas City, MO. He was retired from General Motors in Kansas City and moved to the Raleigh area in 1999. He was recently employed with Welsh McNamara in Youngsville. He was a member of Harris Chapel Baptist Church as well as husband, father, PaPa, Pa, friend and neighbor.
SAFE BUT OUT. Warren County’s Kalijah Chavis (left) avoided the tag of Louisburg’s Dylan Musselman on this player, but he was later ruled out due to catcher’s interference during Sunday’s tournament contest.
OXFORD -- Holiday fireworks exploded one day early for the Louisburg All-Stars at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament.
Facing the prospect of being knocked out of the double-elimination event, Louisburg stayed alive with an offensive uprising that led to a 10-0 decision over Warren County at the Oxford Webb High School Softball Field.
CALLING HIM OFF. Bunn first baseman Kyle Kettels calls off pitcher and teammate Zack Shirley as he brings in a pop fly during the All-Stars’ matchup on Sunday against host Oxford at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tourney.
OXFORD -- Through two scoreless innings Sunday, it looked like Bunn’s showdown against Oxford would be a to-the-wire nail-bitter in the winner’s bracket of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament.
Host Oxford, however, would parlay several Bunn errors and walks into 10 runs down the stretch, and the result was a 10-0 victory in a game played at the Oxford Webb Softball Field.
Following its district victory, the next stop for the Bunn All-Stars will be an appearance this weekend at the annual Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament.
The event will kick off with an opening ceremony on Friday night, with games starting Saturday at a pair of sites in Dunn.
FRANKLINTON -- The Call of Duty has interrupted Thomas McArn’s motocross career -- and maybe permanently.
But McArn, 17, went out on top last weekend as he took first place in the latest round of the 11-stop AMA ATV Motocross Championship in Millfield, Ohio.
STATE TIME. The Bunn Coach-Pitch All-Stars, including (l to r) Aidan McKeithan and T.C. Davis, will be in action this weekend as part of the annual Dixie Youth C-P State Tournament. The event is being held this season in Dunn, and Bunn will play Saturday afternoon. The opening ceremonies will be Friday night.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School coach Emily Regan will host a Volleyball Camp on July 25-29 at the FHS Gymnasium.
The event will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day and is open to girls who are rising sixth-through-ninth graders.
Cost for the camp is $100, which includes a T-shirt.
BUNN -- Bunn’s Leonard Allen stepped onto one of the state’s highest diamond stages last month when he participated in the annual North Carolina Powerade State Games.
Allen was an assistant coach for the Region 3 squad, which consists of baseball players from the Triangle Area -- and slightly beyond. Allen coached first base for the four region contests.
WARRENTON -- Christian Buffaloe, the 11- year-old son/student of local Kyokushin Karate instructor Kenny Buffaloe of Warren County, recently received a rare and unique opportunity.
Buffaloe trained under Shihan T. Sugimura, former coach of the Japanese National Mens Kyokushin Karate Team from Tokyo, Japan.
ZEBULON -- Neither the Jacksonville Suns nor the Carolina Mudcats could declare their independence in the series opener at Five County Stadium on July 4th, as the game spilled over into July 5th and was played to a 10-inning suspended draw before a crowd of over 7,000.
Louisburg All-Star players celebrate after their team wrapped up a victory over Warren County on Sunday at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament.
Bunn third baseman C.J. Alaffita (left) records a force play for the All-Stars during the matchup on Sunday night against the host Oxford All-Stars at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament at picturesque Webb High School.
Speaking in front of crowds is not at the top of most people’s to do list, however it is a very important skill to learn and become proficient in.
Some people do not believe public speaking is important, but like math, we use some type of communication every day of our lives.
The Franklin County Schools Technology Department has been busy this summer offering various technology camps for interested students from across the district. The camps, held at the Riverside Campus on West River Road in Louisburg, introduce students to various fun, technology-oriented activities in a lab setting. Students participated in a digital animation camp and in an easy website creation camp. Instructional technology facilitators from the department led the camps for the students.
FRANKLINTON — Authorities arrested a Franklinton man who led them on an early-morning chase at speeds reaching 100 mph.
According to a report by Franklinton Police Officer A.J. Bishop, he and Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and members of the state Highway Patrol were conducting a driver’s license checkpoint at the intersection of N.C. 56 and Lane Store Road at about 2:15 a.m. on July 2 when a burgundy 1994 Honda Accord approached.
Franklinton police arrested a Wake Forest teenager on charges of drunken driving.
They also arrested a store clerk for selling alcohol to someone underage.
Officers had set up a driver’s license checkpoint on N.C. 56 and Lane Store Road on July 2 and at about 1:30 a.m., according to the report, a car approached in a suspicious manner.
Stuart D. Coward IV, president and CEO of North State Medical Transport, holds the award his company received for being named among the Top 300 Small Businesses of the South. The company was ranked Number 4 out of 59 in the Triangle and Number 38 of 300 businesses in the Southeastern U.S.
STARTING LINE. Police lead the Lake Royale Independence Day Parade down the private community’s main drag toward the lake pavilion, where later that night fireworks were on display. (Submitted photo)
FREEDOM RIDERS. From left to right, Joshua, Isaac and Sydney Schramm show their patriotic colors. (Submitted photo by John Edwards)
Youngsters grabbed candy tossed by the handsful from parade entries.
First, a Fourth of July parade and then a trip to the lake!