The county’s airport director is at the center of a crash investigation being probed by the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. E.H. Smith, Triangle North Executive Airport Director Steve Merritt was flying a plane just before 11 a.m. on Nov. 20 when the craft went down in a wooded area of a subdivision about 300 yards to the right of the airport.
Prosecutors handed over more than 2,000 documents and photos, providing defense attorneys with their first look at the foundation for the Attorney General’s office case against former sheriff Pat Green.
The information was turned over as part of the routine pre-trial discovery phase where attorneys can get a hold of pictures, forensic evidence or any other raw evidence to build a defense.
Parade watchers braved the cold to get a glimpse of Santa Claus, the star of any Christmas parade. But to make sure he was still beloved, the man in red threw out plenty of candy for those who lined a downtown street for the parade.
The case against a former Youngsville department head was continued in court this week as defense attorneys wait on evidence from the town.
Town officials fired Joseph Patterson II as its streets and maintenance director in June after investigators allege he was guilty of criminal and managerial wrongdoing.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is expected to get an update on one business and take action in their ongoing efforts to attract more industry.
And they’ll probably do so under different leadership.
The first order of business on Monday night’s agenda is to elect new officers.
Organizers of the resurgent Special Olympics program are looking for a home run this coming spring.
After former Parks and Recreation Director Robert Yeatman was named as a Special Olympics coordinator back in 2007, the games returned to Franklin County in 2008 after a seven-year absence.
In that time, differently-abled athletes have competed in running and track and field events, testing their mettle in individual contests against youngsters, locally, regionally and across the state.
CIRCLE OF MUSIC. Paula Walters, center, goes through some musical selections during a rehearsal this week with other Victorian Carolers. The group is scheduled to perform at the White House on Tuesday evening.
With about as many performances as days remaining in the calendar year, to save their voices, the Victorian Carolers usually don’t rehearse much during December.
But when an engagement at the White House is looming, the group can make an exception.
The Louisburg-based group held a rehearsal on Thursday night before getting ready to depart to Washington, D.C., where they will perform for visitors and others at one of the most famous addresses in the world — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
MacKenzie Lassiter, 6 months old
Last Saturday, we suggested that the political redistricting of Franklin County smelled like a dead fish.
That wasn’t the best analogy. A better one might have been a rotting onion, because as you pull off each layer, what’s underneath is worse.
The entire process raises questions about a redistricting plan that seems to have been deeply mired in misrepresentation, mistakes, misinformation and confusion.
GOOD MORNING: It’s December already, the Christmas countdown is underway, and this coming Wednesday, Dec. 7, will mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged our nation and eventually me too into WWII.
The first day of winter is less than three weeks away, although we got a pretty good idea of what that’s going to feel like this past Wednesday.
The holiday season is usually a time when strange things happen but this year is taking the cake.
In case you’ve been napping, here are a few of this week’s highlights ... or low lights, depending on your sense of humor:
A murder suspect is suing his alleged victim’s father for talking bad about him.
RALEIGH – Although fans, foes, and disinterested observers may differ about the causes, I suspect they would all agree that Beverly Perdue has had a rough first term as governor of North Carolina.
Unfortunately for her, the events of the past few days have only made things worse.
Standing in the Great Hall of the Admissions Building on Ellis Island, you can almost hear the voices and feel the anxiety and excitement of the thousands of immigrants who daily poured into this country around the turn of the twentieth century. Then, as now, gaining entrance to America wasn’t easy.
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for James “Dick” Evans, 81, who died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at noon at the Church On the Rise, with the Rev. Howard Kendrick officiating. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Gethsemane.
CASTALIA-Edith Inez Gupton Griffin, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services is handling arrangements where the family will receive friends Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Red Bud Baptist Church with the Rev. Corey Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the Gupton family cemetery in Wood.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA-Charles Lamb Gilliam, 90, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 at home. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, Va.
FRANKLINTON —Edith Whitaker Conyers, 85, died Wednesday evening, Nov. 30, 2011, at Franklin Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 504 E. Mason Street in Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
RALEIGH - George Frank Dale, 63, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Wynne Center of Brown-Wynne (300 St. Mary’s Street), with family to receive friends following.
LOUISBURG - Cora Mae Harper Hayes, 79, died Monday evening, Nov. 28, 2011 at Hospice of Wake County in Raleigh. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at Duke Memorial Baptist Church, with Pastor Jake Dorak officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.
FRANKLINTON —Roger N. Hedgren, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.
FRANKLINTON - Samuel Lee “Sammy” Watson, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. He was born in Granville County and was the son of the late Myrtle & John Edny Watson, Sr.
BALANCING ACT. Nash Central’s Phillip Jones tries to keep his balance while being defended by Bunn’s Jaymes Kingsberry during Thursday’s game.
BUNN -- Bunn is at it again -- taking down taller teams with their rare blend of skill, coaching guile and opportunism.
BHS continued that trend Thursday during its 2010-11 regular season opener at home against Nash Central.
The visiting Bulldogs had size and athleticism, as evidenced by their myriad of blocked shots throughout the contest.
WHERE’S THE BALL? Nash Central’s (l to r) Dana Kelly and Jalynn Westry look for a loose ball Thursday night.
BUNN -- Bunn didn’t drop a game until the postseason as part of its storybook girls basketball campaign in 2010-11.
But it took only one outing this winter for the Ladycats to experience defeat as they were toppled Thursday night at home in the regular season opener.
DOUBLE TEAMED. Louisburg’s Jordan Lucas (left) and Marcus Davis (right) defend KIPP Pride’s Logan Glover during Tuesday’s basketball contest.
LOUISBURG -- Word got out in the preseason that the Louisburg Warriors were destined to be better in 2011-12 -- and LHS did nothing to dispel that notion during Tuesday’s boys basketball opener against KIPP Pride from Northampton County.
Using their suffocating full-court defense and effective transition game, the Warriors earned an early lead and went on to stop the Panthers by a 63-23 margin at the LHS Gymnasium.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has taken another step in its 2013 realignment process -- and it looks to include the breaking up of Franklin County’s high schools from the same conference.
The NCHSAA released its updated enrollment numbers, along with proposed conferences that were created by a computer formula that was submitted to SAS.
High School Wrestling
Bunn at Kerr-Vance 5 p.m.
WORKING HER WAY THROUGH. Louisburg’s Vanisha Wilshire (with ball) tries to make her way past two KIPP defenders.
LOUISBURG -- Brett Kiger took over a young team in 2010-11, and his Louisburg Lady Warriors -- along with their coach -- continued to grow as the season progressed.
Both coach and players have one year of experience under their respective belts, and optimism is high in the LHS camp about the squad’s chances this winter.
FRANKLINTON -- Long-time coach Lester Wilder expected big things this season from his veteran Franklinton girls basketball squad.
And through three games, the Lady Rams haven’t disappointed.
FHS is now 3-0 on the campaign after a pair of wins this week.
Louisburg’s Sedalia Seda (right) heads to the bucket Tuesday night during a victory against KIPP Pride.
Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (left) tries to locate Nash Central’s Niya Syles, who is making a pass to a teammate during Thursday’s game at the Bunn Dome.
FLOATING ALONG. Above, Christmas parade revelers ride along on a float entered by engineers Davis, Martin & Powell and local business C-Tron Inc. during Franklinton’s Christmas parade on Thursday night.
SHOW STOPPERS. The Helping Hand Mission Band was definitely a crowd favorite as plenty along the parade route followed the Raleigh crew, listening to the band’s inspired music and popular dance steps.
Boy am I still stuffed and Thanksgiving was a week ago!
Now that Thanksgiving is in our rear view mirror, we are pressing onto another holiday, Christmas!
Christmas is a wonderful time of year if you can ignore the anger and frustration of shopping, putting up trees and especially the lights, or cooking for 500 parties and family members.
As precious as time is, we still hear people complaining about Thanksgiving coming and going too fast, and Christmas arriving too early. I have even heard people say, “I can’t believe Christmas is here, the same old thing, the same old music.” We all know what will cure all of those thoughts, right?
Jess Burnette annou-nces the birth of his little sister, Charity Raylyn Burnette, born Nov. 16, 2011 at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson. She weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches long.
The proud parents are Jesse and Cathy Burnette of Louisburg.
Louisburg College will host a special dedication of “Windows for Education” on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Benson Chapel, located on the College’s campus at 501 N. Main Street, Louisburg.
The project, sponsored in large part by the United Methodist Men of Cary and First United Methodist Church of Cary, focused on three historic campus buildings: Main (1857), Davis (1913), and Franklin (1927).
A ceremony Saturday in Louisburg will pay tribute to the memory of a fallen U.S. Marine, a man described as a “farm boy that answered a moral compass that called him to serve his country.”
Staff Sgt. Bobby Jack Ruddle was a member of a rifle platoon that came under enemy fire in 1953.
At the time of his combat death, Staff Sgt. Ruddle was a married man and the couple was expecting their first child, a daughter he did not live to see.
Police arrested two Louisburg High School students charged with fighting.
School Resource Officer Sgt. Joe Sherrill arrested Tryquanta Stokes, 17, and Tyrone Reyolds, 16, the morning of Nov. 28.
According to the report, the two were involved in a fight on school grounds.
A total of 27 youth from Granville, Franklin, Vance, and Warren counties participated in the 2011 Area 4-H Pullet Show and Sale at the Lion’s Den in Warrenton recently. The 13 youth from Franklin County did an excellent job preparing for the show and participating in the event and “made their families and 4-H Agent very proud!” said 4-H agent Meg Wyatt.