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Showing 37 articles from July 29, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

Vigil tonight for shooting victim
Garry Yarborough
Vigil tonight for shooting victim

FRANKLINTON -- Hundreds are expected to gather Thursday night to support the family of a woman gunned down by her ex-boyfriend.
Police arrested Garry Yarborough on Monday morning, about 12 hours after police allege he shot and killed Tracy Williams following a confrontation at an ATM.
His arrest concluded a three-county manhunt that had people on edge as he was considered armed and dangerous.
Yarborough has been placed in the Franklin County Jail where he is being held without bond and is on suicide watch, authorities said.


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Victim did 'all she could' to stay safe

FRANKLINTON -- Tracy Williams, said friends, family, law enforcement and others who work to thwart domestic violence, did what she was supposed to do to protect herself from Garry Yarborough -- the man police say shot and killed her in a parking lot.
Monica Kearney, the executive director of Safe Space -- an organization set out to prevent domestic violence and aid its victims -- said she and her organization wants to make sure there is a focus on what we all can do.


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Should killer get parole?

RALEIGH -- A Warrenton man sentenced to life in prison for killing a pregnant woman in the spring of 1991 could soon find out if he gets parole.
Edward R. Scott, 45, was sentenced in October 1991 to spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the shooting death of Josephine "JoJo" Dale, a 22-year-old woman pregnant with twins.
Two co-defendants, Kenneth W. Perry and Calvin Elps, both 45, were paroled in 2012 and 2013, respectively.


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School board outlines superintendent search

LOUISBURG -- Emerging from a closed-door executive session last Thursday morning, the Franklin County Board revealed a little about its plans to find a new superintendent for county schools.
"We will forgo another major search effort," said chairman Gilbert Johnson.
Instead, he said the board will review -- and possibly re-interview -- some of the applicants they considered about 18 months ago when the board eventually hired Dr. Lisa Martin to run the school system.


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Developers want county help building park

FRANKLINTON -- Developers looking to transform a hulking downtown building into a mix of housing and small businesses have also solicited support for a companion park project.
Franklinton commissioners have already approved S.L. Nusbaum Realty's plans to develop the old Sterling Cotton Mill Building into a mix of business and apartments.
Additionally, they plan to turn open space on the site into a public park, providing a resource to residents there and the entire county.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg All-Star batboy Justin Kinsey


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Ohio Miracle
Editorial Cartoon: Ohio Miracle

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We're speeding but apparently not fast enough for a fix
We're speeding but apparently not fast enough for a fix

Most of us apparently are driving too fast on U.S. 401 south of Louisburg all the way down to the new Rolesville Bypass.
But apparently we aren't going fast enough -- yet!
And many folks are dying on that miserable, out-dated stretch of two-lane highway.
But apparently, we haven't gotten the death toll up to where the state's Department of Transportation is willing to take action to remediate the problem.
Sound like a plot from some "B" movie that you realize from the opening credits is going to have a bad ending?


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You (should) have a right to know what you're eating

First, a few words about our bias. We believe that Americans have a right to know what they are eating -- and how it was grown.
Okay, that said, if you happen to agree you may be surprised to find out that our own Congressman G.K. Butterfield helped spearhead a piece of legislation through the U.S. House of Representatives last week that prevents states from requiring that food containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) having to be labeled as such.


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Waiting on county info can lead to lack of air, quality
Waiting on county info can lead to lack of air, quality

I guess it depends on what your definition of "expedient" is.
The following is an email I sent to the county manager, finance director, human resources director and maintenance director -- on June 19, mind you.
"This is Carey Johnson with The Franklin Times.
I have sent this email ... requesting the following:


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Editorial Cartoon: Ego
Editorial Cartoon: Ego

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<i>'Same legislation' mystery  solved; it's all from ALEC</i>
'Same legislation' mystery solved; it's all from ALEC

Last week, I criticized the Republicans in the General Assembly for missing the deadline on the state budget and for going on vacation instead of holding marathon sessions to atone for that sin.
Now nine key Republicans, including House Speaker Tim Moore, have decided that taking a junket to San Diego to attend the three-day American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Annual Conference is more important than the citizens of North Carolina.


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How gullible and stupid are we, really?

Dear editor:
Wow!! The Franklin Times is a wealth of information.
With the info regarding the "open public commissioners" Monday night meeting there are two things that come to mind. (1) democracy is in danger; and (2) stop payment on Pete Tomlinson's check immediately to represent the Franklin County taxpayers.


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Preserve Market House!

Dear editor:
It's with hurt and sorrow to hear that the folks in Cumberland County now would like to do away with the Market House building and anything that it stands for.
Just seems to me like we don't have a past anymore and no future to go to. We are doing away with a building that has stood the test of time.


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Editorial Cartoon: Pluto
Editorial Cartoon: Pluto

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OBITUARIES

REGINALD P. "DICK" JONES

LOUISBURG - Reginald "Dick" Perry Jones, 71, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his home. The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 1, at 12 pm at Wood Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Randall Owens officiating. Interment will follow in the Jones family cemetery.


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SPORTS

Creasy Resigns at Louisburg
Creasy Resigns at Louisburg

LOUISBURG -- Just one week after the resignation of men's basketball skipper Mark Vanderslice, the Louisburg College athletic program has lost another one of its talented young coaches.
Hope Creasy, who guided LC to a successful softball campaign this past spring, has stepped down to accept an assistant's position at Radford University.
Radford is Creasy's alma mater, and Creasy represented the school in 2009-10 as the Big South Conference Woman of the Year. She is regarded as one of the best-ever players at the Division I school.


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EDGED AT THE FINISH
CLOSE CALL. Youngsville catcher Cody Rice reels in a throw as Chesterfield's Cornell Allen slides across home plate during last Friday's Pony Baseball Tournament action at West Raleigh Exchange Park.
EDGED AT THE FINISH

RALEIGH - Ask any player, coach or fan, and the response will be the same regarding the Youngsville Red Raiders' first meeting against Chesterfield Baseball Club in what amounted to the title contest of the Pony Mustang-9 South Regional two weeks ago in Virginia.
Everyone associated with the Red Raiders felt like their club didn't perform at its optimum level against the solid Chesterfield contingent -- and the result was an easy victory for the tourney hosts.


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STINGRAYS SOAR
HELP WANTED. Town and Country's Avery Stallings gets a helping hand as she competes in the 6-Under Girls Division during a recent home swim meet.
STINGRAYS SOAR

LOUISBURG -- A new coach has brought the same successful results to the Town and Country Stingrays summer swim program.
The Stingrays are now guided by Lindsay Harrison, who worked her way up through the TC system when she was a youngster.
Peyton Joyner, another former Stingray, is serving as an assistant coach.
Town and Country's competitive season was delayed a bit by poor weather, but the Stingrays were finally able to dive into the pool on July 9 for a home meet against long-time rival Winchester out of Raleigh.


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Warriors ready for tourney
Warriors ready for tourney

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg All-Stars will test themselves against some of North Carolina's top competition at the Little Tar Heel Coach-Pitch State Baseball Tournament.
The event, which features 16 clubs, will begin today at the Susie Gray McConnell Complex in Washington.
The facility is located at 101 Airport Road in Beaufort County.


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Y'ville opens with key win
HIGH AND TIGHT. Jake Phan takes an inside pitch for Youngsville.
Y'ville opens with key win

RALEIGH -- Under pool-play tournament scenarios, it's always important to get off to a strong start -- and that's exactly what the Youngsville Red Raiders did during opening-round action of the Pony Baseball Mustang 9-East Zone Championships last Wednesday.
With a spot in the nationals in California at stake, Youngsville took a solid first step westward by rolling past Davidson County by a 22-4 margin at the West Raleigh Exchange Park.


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Lee takes part in All-Star game

LOUISBURG -- Chris Lee's last official order of business at Louisburg High School -- and his first at Nash Central -- came during last Wednesday's East-West All-Star Football Game at Greensboro Grimsley's Jamieson Stadium.
Lee, who became Central's head football coach in the off-season after a successful tenure at Louisburg, served as an assistant for the East, which left Greensboro with an impressive 27-13 victory.


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Franklinton announces practice times
Franklinton announces practice times

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will conduct its first fall practices and tryouts on the following dates:
• Football -- Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. for varsity and junior varsity at the FHS Football Practice Field
• Girls Tennis -- Aug. 5 at 9 a.m. at the FHS Courts
• Boys Soccer -- Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at the FHS Soccer Practice Field
• Volleyball -- Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. at the FHS Gymnasium


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Bunn releases spike sked
Bunn releases spike sked

BUNN -- Bunn High School's much-anticipated 2015 volleyball campaign will begin Aug. 18 with a home matchup against perennial powerhouse Princeton at 6 p.m. at the Bunn Dome.
The Ladycats, coached by Henry Jones, will begin their Northern Carolina Conference slate Sept. 1 on the road versus Warren County.
Bunn will also host its annual Alumni Day Scrimmage on Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. All former Ladycats are invited to attend.


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Peterson powers the Mudcats
Peterson powers the Mudcats

ZEBULON -- Dustin Peterson hit a go-ahead two-run double and Jacob Schrader followed with a two-run home run in the sixth as the Carolina Mudcats erupted for five runs in the inning en route to a series opening 7-4 victory against the Frederick Keys at Five County Stadium on Tuesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
Peterson was 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored in the comeback Carolina (50-52, 16-17) victory against visiting Frederick (49-54, 17-16).


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Bunn makes semis of tourney

SANFORD -- Even with a depleted lineup, the shorthanded Bunn Wildcats were still able to reach the semifinals of the Central Carolina Scholastic League Varsity Baseball Tournament last weekend.
Bunn won a 2-0 extra-inning thriller last Friday over Leesville Road to move into the semifinals, where the Wildcats were topped 15-5 by a loaded Apex group.
Apex would go on to defeat Richmond County for the tournament championship.


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ALLOW US TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES
ALLOW US TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES

Members of the Youngsville All-Star Team are announced to the crowd before last Friday's tourney showdown versus Chesterfield Baseball Club at the Pony Mustang-9 East Zone event at West Raleigh Exchange Park.


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IT TAKES A THIEF
IT TAKES A THIEF

Youngsville's Jake Roberson (right) steals second base versus Davidson County.


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RIGHT ON
RIGHT ON

Youngsville's Connor Hathaway lines a single during last Friday's contest against Chesterfield.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Dugout canoe offers a peek at history of the region</i>
Dugout canoe offers a peek at history of the region

An old dugout canoe discovered on the bank of the Tar River above Louisburg in 2001 raises interesting questions about trade and transportation in this region during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Located by Rick Lambeth, the 17-foot-long vessel was recovered by staff members of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, assisted by a group of local men, including Louisburg Town Manager C.L. Gobble and Conrad B. "Buzzy" Sturges Jr.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Scholarships aid two students</i>
CHECK PRESENTED. James Williamson, Association vice president (left), is shown presenting a $250 scholarship to LHS graduate Ashleigh Adams as Irma Bailey, president (right), looks on.
Scholarships aid two students

The historical Franklin County Training School/Riverside Union High School Alumni Association presented two local high school students with $250 scholarships each. This is the Association's first academic scholarship presentation. Criteria for the scholarships are a descendant of someone who attended FCTS/Riverside, outstanding scholastic achievement, community involvement, and extracurricular activities and acceptance into a four-year institution of higher learning or a community college.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Two alleged 'accessories' arrested
Two alleged 'accessories' arrested

FRANKLINTON -- Police arrested a third person in connection with a weekend murder.
With the aid of Raleigh Police, Franklinton investigators arrested Jasmine A. Murphy, 26, charging her with accessory after the fact.
She has a court date of Aug. 11.
Murphy's arrest comes three days after investigators allege Garry Yarborough shot and killed an ex-girlfriend, Tracy Williams, near an ATM in a shopping center parking lot.


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Assault arrest

YOUNGSVILLE -- Deputies arrested two men in an aggravated assault case.
Authorities allege on July 25 that Christopher T. Mitchell 19, and Timmothy Williams, 28, both of Eason Court, got into an argument with a man, a caretaker at the residence, and assaulted him.
Williams, according to the report, attempted to use a garden tool during the assault as it spilled out into the yard.


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<i>County, Y'ville industry look to the future</i>
County, Y'ville industry look to the future

YOUNGSVILLE -- Franklin County's economic development and administrative leaders met with one of the county's leading industries, seeking to strengthen a bond that would be mutually beneficial.
In 2005, Xerium moved its corporate headquarters from Massachusetts, splitting staff between Raleigh and Youngsville.
Xerium makes two types of consumable products used primarily in the production of paper -- machine clothing and roll covers.


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<i>1,000 can challenge ... MET!</i>
1,000 can challenge ... MET!

The Franklin County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Women's Committee Members and office staff took the "Harvest for All" project seriously!
The North Carolina Farm Bureau State Young Farmers and Ranchers challenged Farm Bureau members in each of the 100 counties in North Carolina to contribute 1,000 cans of canned goods to their respective food bank as part of the "100,000 Strong - 100 Counties Against Hunger" Harvest for All food drive.
Over the past several months, the Franklin County Farm Bureau office has been the place for its members to deliver food for the canned food drive.


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<i>Arts Stroll performer to focus on bullying</i>
Arts Stroll performer to focus on bullying

Tai Miles will perform at the Franklin County Arts Council Gallery during the upcoming Art Stroll in downtown Franklinton on Aug 6.
Silent Night, her one-woman short play sheds light on the epidemic of bullying. It entails spoken word and singing.
The character Miles will portray is Nyah, the big sister to Jasmine, a teenager who commits suicide after being subjected to continuous bullying in school. The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is a free event.


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BUSINESS

Local stores 'Aces' in satisfaction

Ace Hardware stores in the Triangle area are celebrating Ace Hardware Corporation's recent recognition in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. home improvement retailer store satisfaction study. The results ranked Ace Hardware "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Nine Years in a Row." Ace has captured this ranking ever since J.D. Power began this study.
"At your local Ace Hardware stores in Louisburg, Youngsville, Raleigh, Cleveland, Holly Springs, Durham, Rolesville, Zebulon and Lake Gaston, we strive to meet and exceed customer needs year after year.


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