Franklin County commissioners are scheduled to meet Monday afternoon, moving closer to appointing the next sheriff.
Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell tendered his resignation as interim sheriff, effective on Oct. 9.
The next day, he will begin work with the Duke University Police Department.
Sheriff’s Detective Cale Wood
FRANKLINTON — Fitted with vests, tactical masks and Glocks, officers scoured Franklinton High School looking for a shooter.
In crouched positions, they walked hallways and scanned classrooms, looking for their target.
And when they did, it was, essentially, shoot or be shot.
TWO CHEERS. From left, Bunn Middle School team members Michelle Smith and Jon Dixon celebrate the correct spelling of a word on Thursday night.
If you had too many cups of Middle Eastern coffee, you might develop a case of the jitters.
Fortunately for a team of spellers from Louisburg Elementary School, they didn’t have any jitters because they knew how to spell the name of the cup that the Arabic coffee usually comes in — a demitasse.
That knowledge propelled them to a victory in the United Way of Franklin County’s Spelling Bee — one of the kick-off events for the organization’s campaign season.
FRANKLINTON — A resident said police need to boost patrols to fortify safety in the community.
Michael Hurt made those comments during the public hearing section of a town commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday.
Hurt said the community has been shaken by shootings and believes more police visibility would help.
FRANKLINTON — Water plant supervisor Frank Efird gave the town his last update on Tuesday.
Efird, who took over the town’s water plant in October 2009, has tendered his resignation.
His last day will be Sept. 30.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here,” Efird said after the meeting, noting that he had the opportunity to work with dedicated employees, including former supervisor Richard Hinkle.
Bunn resident Brian Perry
As painful as it is to suggest, now is the time for Franklin County to hire a consultant.
What the commissioners need is an expert — with no ties to Franklin County — to help figure out the best way to handle the increasingly tangled mess at the Sheriff’s Department.
Nothing less than the safety of the county demands that the commissioners stop all these secret — and essentially pointless — meetings and forge a solution to a long-standing problem.
Almost fell out of my chair the first time that I heard about a new, local project that is not seeking grant money.
What? No grant money? Can someone actually do something without grant money?
Apparently they can because they are well underway.
GOOD MORNING: Fall has fallen. It fell at precisely 12:01 a.m. yesterday (Friday) morning, although it apparently didn’t make any noise when it hit. If it did, I didn’t hear it. On top of that, it’s not like it was unexpected, as temperatures locally have been mostly on the mild side in recent days.
RALEIGH – There aren’t many places in the United States where the unemployment rate is low. Most of America is hurting.
Still, the degree of pain varies. North Carolina’s unemployment rate of 10.4 percent is higher than the national average. California’s economy is even worse, posting a 12.1 percent jobless rate in August.
ZEBULON - Larry T. Liggins, 63, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 at his residence. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 23, at Montlawn Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed at Montlawn Memorial Park.
RALEIGH - Julie Sykes Upchurch, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. A graveside service was held Friday, Sept. 23, at Peachtree Baptist Church cemetery, Spring Hope.
LOUISBURG – Elna Davis Burnette, 81, of Louisburg, passed away Tuesday afternoon at her home surrounded by her family.
YOUNGSVILLE - Ann Jones Strother, 63, of Youngsville, died peacefully Wednesday September 21, 2011 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Franklin County, the daughter of the late Pattie Husketh Jones and Raymond Vanner Jones. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
GOING UP? (L to R) Bunn’s Patika Venable and Warren County’s Alyssa Wilkins elevate for possession during Thursday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference volleyball matchup, which was claimed by the host Wildcats in three games.
BUNN -- Nobody has been immune to the upset bug this season in the Northern Carolina Conference volleyball standings -- and that includes long-time league titan Bunn.
Tuesday afternoon, the Ladycats traveled to Corinth Holders, an upstart second-year program in Johnston County that displays plenty of promise for the future.
MOVING ON UP. Erik Lopez and the Bunn Wildcats are in first place in the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings following victories this week over Franklinton and Roanoke Rapids.
BUNN -- Bunn came up with two of the most important victories in the history of the school’s boys soccer program.
And within 48 hours of each other, no less.
The Wildcats moved into first place in the Northern Carolina Conference standings with a strong week, beginning with a 1-0 home overtime victory against the Franklinton Red Rams.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Role reversal was the order of the day on Tuesday when Louisburg College and Spartanburg Methodist college renewed their spirited Region X soccer rivalries.
Two weeks ago, the long-time foes met at LC’s Ronald May Field, and the host Lady Hurricanes came away with a victory against SMC -- while LC’s men were defeated by the Pioneers.
Two games have been postponed in Franklin County high school football action due to heavy storms that hit the area Friday afternoon.
The backyard rivalry matchup featuring undefeated Franklinton at Louisburg has been moved to Monday at 7 p.m. at LHS’ Patterson Field.
High School Football
Bunn at Warren County 7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Corinth Holders 7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Northwest Halifax 7:30 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- For the second straight week, the Miracle League of Franklin County season opener has been pushed back due to poor weather.
Instead of being held today, the event has been rescheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
FCPR 8-11 BULLDOGS. (Back, l to r) Ashley Bowers, Coach Jamie Whitley and Diana Potter; (front, l to r) Heather Ferguson, Taylor Whitley and Claire Wilkins. Not pictured are Chelsea Pegram, Hannah Martin and Coach Scottie Martin.
Franklinton’s Alexis Degrasse (left) goes up for a kill during the Lady Rams’ match Monday afternoon at Roanoke Rapids.
Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (center) and Jenny Shearon (right) try to stop a Warren County kill attempt during Thursday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference volleyball showdown, which was held at the Bunn Dome. BHS won the event in three games.
The Franklin County Community Foundation has announced the availability of small grants to teachers in Franklin County from its Education Fund.
The mini-grants program was established to encourage creativity in effective teaching throughout the Franklin County School System.
As part of a national focus on making sure college students succeed, Vance-Granville Community College is creating a new division, the Student Learning and Success Center, which will focus on helping students reach their educational, personal and career goals.
Parents will soon have a local option for pediatric care in Louisburg.
Dr. Cornelius Cathcart has announced that his practice will be opening a local office, hopefully in mid-October.
Dr. Cathcart currently has offices in Henderson, Oxford and Butner and, as a result, his name is a familiar one to many parents who have had to travel to take their children for pediatric medical care.
Johnny C. King Jr. was honored by being awarded the Pilgrim degree, the highest degree in the Moose organization, by the Louisburg Moose Lodge on Saturday. It’s estimated that only one in 5,000 members of the Moose earn this honor — and King is the second from the local lodge to win the coveted gold-colored jacket that goes with the award. (The first went to the late Tom House.)
A group of teams showed up Thursday night to take part in the United Way of Franklin County’s Spelling Bee inside the Franklinton High School cafeteria.
From left to right, Martha Eskridge, William Harris, Mary Allen, holding the Spelling Bee “Bee Trophy”; Judy Stover, Max Kilpatrick and Lisa Micco made up the winning Louisburg Elementary School team. Stover, the school’s assistant principal, said teamwork and camaraderie were the keys to the team’s victory.
The following 2008 farm bill disaster programs will be ending at the end of the fiscal year, according to the local FSA office:
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Youngsville area man on charges of going armed to the terror of the public.
Officers responded to Rebecca Lane off N.C. 98 the evening of Sept. 17 when residents reported that someone was firing shots in the area.