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May 11, 2016.
LOUISBURG -- A hearing has been scheduled that, if plaintiffs are successful, would require operators of an assisted living facility to immediately bolster its staffing levels.
Attorneys filed a class action lawsuit in Franklin County court last month alleging that staffing levels at Franklin Manor Assisted Living Center in Youngsville violate general statutes regarding such facilities.
Two school-level administrators were hired by the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night.
Bart Elliott was named principal of Cedar Creek Middle School. He has been serving as interim principal since February when Principal Dr. Laverne Daniels moved to Bunn High School.
The board also named Katie Renze-Beer as the new assistant principal at Edward Best Elementary school, a position currently occupied by Stephanie Brooks, who was named interim principal of EBES for the 2016-17 school year last month.
It's not often that a Wi-Fi controlled robot zips around a Franklin County Board of Education meeting, but it happened this week, courtesy of a robotics club that was showing off its creation. Students Marco Nekoula and Amanda Beck demonstrated "Frank" and were assisted by their advisors, Elaine Webb, Career Development coordinator (CTE), and Sondra Ayscue, lead instructional technology facilitator. The students said they hope to continue their exploration of robots next year and said that if they can find the funding, they hope to add hydraulics to the vehicle which will be entered in a multi-school competition.
FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners whittled away about $88,000 in budget requests during its first work session to devise a spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Their goal is to either cut another $44,000 in expenses or find equivalences in revenue so they can avoid filling the gap with higher taxes or dipping into the town's savings account.
Four major personnel changes were among many staffing items approved by the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night and included a top-level administrator and two principals.
Approved was the retirement resignation of Tommy Piper, who has been assistant superintendent for auxiliary services. He is leaving after a long career in the county school system -- and was recently elected to the Franklin County Board of Education, a position he will assume in December.
The Franklin County Board of Education recognized Sgt. Kyle Horton for his life-saving actions last month. According to authorities, Horton was helping a fellow deputy with departing bus riders and those in the carpool line at Edward Best Elementary School when school staff advised officers that a second-grade student was seen running in the area, headed toward the playground. The student, though, made a u-turn and ran toward the front of the school near the buses, ignoring a bus driver's attempt to get him to stop.
LOUISBURG -- When Lorenzo Charles slammed home Dereck Whittenburg's 30-foot heave in the final seconds to win the 1983 NCAA basketball championship, anyone with a good memory, Youtube or ESPN remembers an epic celebration, punctuated by Coach Jimmy Valvano sprinting around the court, looking for someone to hug.
What many might not remember is that the school could not afford to send the entire team to Washington, D.C. to meet the president -- what has become a ritual trip for a national championship team.
Strawberry lovers Ann Perdue and Kennedy Wyatt
First, a little unsolicited advice for our very own governor, Patrick McCrory -- and it comes tempered with a fair amount of experience.
"Governor, when you find yourself deep in a hole ... for cryin' out loud, stop digging!"
Of course, that advice comes after McCrory's ill-advised appearance on a Sunday morning TV program where he doubled down on his support of House Bill 2.
And, it's tempered by the knowledge that McCrory is using our hard-earned tax dollars to pursue a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department challenging exactly what the Justice Department does best, explain and interpret the U.S. Constitution.
It's alive, it's alive!
Amazingly, after a long "sleep" brought on by budget slashing, staff cuts and reorganization by leaders who don't care much for the environment, the state of North Carolina has begun to shake off its doldrums and, belatedly, do its job.
That's not good news for Franklin County in the short term.
There is a popular joke among reporters that: "my search history, alone, could get me fired."
As a police reporter, I can't tell you how many searches have been conducted using suspicious search terms, like "heroin junkie," "products needed to make meth," "legal age of consent," and "school shootings."
Out of context, that kind of search history would alert most employers.
There is a time for fear and a time for action.
Right now is a time for fear -- the North Carolina General Assembly is back in session and if recent history is any indication of future performance, they will pass one or more unconstitutional laws that will cost Tar Heel taxpayers money; lots of money.
In its last few sessions, the Republican-dominated General Assembly has passed laws regarding teacher tenure (such as it is in North Carolina), judicial "elections" that weren't truly elections, and Congressional redistricting.
Last week, Sen. Richard Burr had the opportunity to rise above the typical partisan politics that defines Congress by supporting Patricia Timmons-Goodson's nomination to fill the long-vacant seat on the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina federal district court.
When buying a car, usually the buyer gives it a test drive before paying for it.
If you are purchasing a house, you usually do a walk-through before paying for it.
ROCKY MOUNT -Funeral services for Christine Lynch Cannon, 66, who died on Friday May 6, 2016, will be held Friday, May 13, at 12 p.m. at Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Entombment will be at the Live Oak Freewill Baptist Church cemetery at a later date.
LOUISBURG - Donna Bobbitt Yow, 54, died Sunday afternoon, May 8, 2016 at her home. A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. today, Thursday, May 12, at Grace Baptist Church. The family will receive friends starting at 5:30 p.m. prior to the service.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Fred Perry Jr., 90, who died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, will be held Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at Rocky Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.
CREEDMOOR - Funeral services for Halas "Ann" Fogg, 70, who died Saturday, May 7, 2016, will be held Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson, eulogist. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
HENDERSON - Jeffrey Kyle Watkins died Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Maria Parham Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Fuller Chapel United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Tammy Ayscue officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. At other times they will be at the home of Gail Watkins, 4451 Kelly Road, Henderson.
PILOT - Pansy Denton Bunn from the Pilot Community in Franklin County passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday. She will long be remembered for her character, love of people, and love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for TyQuan Rashad "TuTu" Holden, 21, who died Saturday, May 7, 2016, will be held Friday, May 13, at Haywood Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson, eulogist. Burial will follow in the Concord church cemetery in Kittrell.
RETIREMENT CEREMONY. Louisburg High School first baseman Sydney Parrish (left) fields a ball and records an out during last Wednesday evening's home softball victory against rival Granville Central.
LOUISBURG - Regardless of the scenario, something always seems to be at stake when Louisburg tangles with Granville Central on the softball diamond.
That trend continued last Wednesday as Louisburg hosted GC with an opportunity to win the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship outright.
Louisburg, thanks to some strong defense in support of pitcher Arianna Fuller-Bell, was able to defeat the Panthers en route to finishing TRAC play with an undefeated record.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's football program will be under new leadership for the 2016-17 school year.
JeVar Bransome was hired as a physical education teacher and named FHS head football coach at Monday's board of education meeting. He will begin working with the team next week.
Bransome currently works as a science teacher and assistant head football coach at Rolesville High School -- a program that he has helped build from the ground-up in just three short years.
AND THE WINNER IS. Spencer Brickhouse earned the mound victory for the Bunn Wildcats during Tuesday's playoff opener at home against Pasquotank.
BUNN -- Well, that didn't take long.
Bunn met South Granville on the baseball diamond twice in the last two weeks in a pair of much-anticipated Northern Carolina Conference showdowns.
The latest came last Wednesday when the Wildcats defeated the Vikings at North Carolina State's Doak Field to wrap up their fifth consecutive NCC crown -- and finish the regular season with a sweep against the perennial rivals.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School has sent its share of boys basketball players to Vance-Granville Community College -- but not in the past handful of years.
That drought ended recently when LHS senior guard Calvin Manley signed a letter-of-intent to join the Vanguards' program.
Manley, at 6-foot-3, has good size for a perimeter player and helped the Warriors reach the finals of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Tournament -- along with a spot in the second round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
FRANKLINTON -- Louisburg High School took third in the girls and fifth in the boys at the annual Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships, which were held last Wednesday at the Franklinton HS Football Field.
Louisburg's girls accumulated 63 points, with KIPP Pride the winner at 219.
LHS' Breasia Williams was the girls champion in the shot put (33-08) and discus (95-01) as she continued to prepare for an attempt at a possible state crown in those events.
KINSTON -- For a moment, Louisburg College seemed destined for another Cinderella stroll through the Region X Baseball Tournament.
Two years ago -- the last time the event was held at historic Grainger Stadium -- the Hurricanes entered the double-elimination format as a mighty underdog, but came within one game of winning a region crown.
Louisburg was looking for another improbable journey this time around as the unheralded Hurricanes opened play last weekend with a 5-4 upset decision over the University of South Carolina-Sumter.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will serve as the host for the annual Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships.
The event will be held this Friday at noon at the FHS Football Field.
Tickets will be available at the gate.
The Top-Four finishers in each event will advance to the Class 2-A State Championships.
DANDRIDGE, TENN. -- North Carolina, which featured two local standouts, won the team competition between 18 states, and New York angler William Lortz maintained his lead at the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional last weekend on Douglas Lake, which is located in East Tennessee.
North Carolina's 20 anglers collectively caught 298 pounds, 8 ounces to beat Georgia by a margin of 9 pounds.
Georgia took second place with 289-9.
ZEBULON -- Joseph Daris started the 10th with a triple to deep right-center and Ryan Gebhardt brought him in with a game winning single to left while leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 4-3 walk-off win against Potomac at Five County Stadium on Tuesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
The Mudcats (13-17) had a 3-2 lead going into the ninth, but a misplay between Gebhardt and first baseman Joey Meneses between second and first allowed the Nationals (16-13) to score the tying run and force extras.
Vance-Granville Community College recently held its annual Athletics Banquet on the VGCC campus in Henderson. Among the honorees were (above) Kara Reese (Volleyball Most Outstanding Player).
Vance-Granville Community College recently held its annual Athletics Banquet on the VGCC campus in Henderson. Among the honorees were (above) Tyrek Beverly (Men's Basketball Vanguard Leadership Excellence Award).
Louisburg High School second sacker Jessie Whitley records the last out off a grounder during last Wednesday's home softball triumph against rival Granville Central.
The Youngsville Heat recently won first place at the AAU vs. Cancer Super Regional Tournament in Granville County. After two bracket victories, the Heat took the title with a 16-7 decision over the D.C. Vipers in the championship contest. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Kevin Blackburn, Allen Holmes, Mike Nash and Eric Engbers; (middle, l to r) Owen Mitchell, Kaden Blackburn, Will Holmes, Keith James, Shawn Thomas Journigan, Ethan Wisler and Austin Engbers; (front, l to r) Conner Hayes, Cooper Nash, Jadon Rodriguez, JB Brown and Peyton Rivers.
Louisburg High School's Kaylee Saunders bunts for a hit for the Lady Warriors during last Wednesday's title-clinching softball victory over Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference opponent Granville Central. Louisburg also won its contest this Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mitchell of Franklinton announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Daphnee LaReese to Christopher Lightbourne, son of Herbert & Phyllis Lightbourne of Raleigh. The wedding will be held Saturday, June 25, at 12 p.m. at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, 1055 Gordon Moore Road, Franklinton.
Rufus Edward and Minnie Lee Greene are celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary today, May 12, 2016. They were married in Louisburg on May 12, 1956.
We had a special treat at Louisburg College's Baccalaureate this past Thursday, May 5. We were fortunate to have as guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland, executive director of North Carolina Council of Churches.
It was a privilege to hear her words of wisdom as well as her statistics on the predicted future of our present young generation as they get ready to receive more education or/and seek a job that will give them security and satisfaction.
Like many small towns in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of North Carolina, Louisburg developed a noteworthy tobacco market in the last 10 years of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century.
This was the result of a confluence of agricultural trends, the rise of tobacco manufacturing in the state, and a significant improvement in transportation facilities.
Tobacco had been grown in North Carolina since colonial times, but the perfection of the flue-cured, bright-leaf tobacco process prior to and after the Civil War increased the crop's popularity.
Cherry Hill's spring concert series, A Celebration of the Piano, reaches a crescendo May 22 with the performances of Andrew Willis and six of his most gifted graduate students from UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Willis, professor of Music at UNCG, is known for his work with various keyboard instruments and his commitment to the study, performance and teaching a wide range of repertoire. In past performances at Cherry Hill and on the Greensboro campus, Dr. Willis and other professors of music have presented the biannual Focus on Piano featuring immersion into the life and compositions of one composer.
The FCAC Writers' Guild is sponsoring its second annual FCAC Writers' Guild Carolina Prize in writing contest. It is open to previously unpublished (This includes online publication) poetry, short stories, and essays or creative non-fiction.
This year two prizes will be awarded, one for prose and the other poetry. Each prize will be $100, plus two copies and page one publication in the 2017 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal. Up to five honorable mentions will also be named. They will receive publication in County Lines and one free copy.
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College will welcome former NFL player and Henderson native Jason Brown to serve as the principal commencement speaker for graduation exercises on Friday, May 13.
Daniel Davis of Norlina, parliamentarian of the VGCC Student Government Association, will be the student speaker.
About 550 students are scheduled to be honored during ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. at the gazebo by the lake on the college's Main Campus in Vance County.
Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell, left, hands Wyatt McGhee some homemade strawberry ice cream during the annual Strawberry Festival this past Friday. The festival is the official opening of the county's farmers' market in Louisburg. For more information about the market, call (919) 496-3344 or visit https://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested three men following a money lending rendezvous that turned into a robbery.
According to authorities, a 23-year-old man planned to meet up with an acquaintance in the Dollar General parking lot on U.S. 401 the afternoon of May 6 to lend him money.
But when James Johnson, 22, of Franklinton, Travis Jones, 24, of Bunn, and a 15-year-old arrived, they robbed the victim at gunpoint, instead.
LOUISBURG -- A Louisburg man was killed Saturday evening when the car he was driving ran off the road and crashed into a ditch.
Tyquan R. Holden, 21, was transported to the hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Holden was traveling north on East River Road when he ran off the road to the right.
Holden over-corrected, according to the report, and ran off the road to the left, hitting a ditch, then a fence and a tree.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies continue to look for the suspect in an armed robbery and beating that sent an elderly man to the hospital.
According to authorities, a 71-year-old man reported that he was going to his carport during the early morning hours of April 22 when a man approached wearing a mask.
The suspect, believed to be a white man, about 6-feet 5-inches tall, hit the victim in the head with a stick.
BUNN -- Last fall, Sheriff Kent Winstead unveiled a Wall of Honor inside the lobby of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, a reminder of those who have been lost in the line of duty.
Annually, members of Law Enforcement United members take to the streets, remembering the fallen, supporting their loved ones and raising money to help their survivors.
DACULA, Ga. -- A Louisburg man whose multi-state crime spree led to his arrest in Georgia last summer was arrested this week after slinking away from a prison work detail and assaulting an officer with his own baton.
David Gill Jr., 25, was slated to appear in a Georgia court today (Thursday) on charges related to a custody escape and officer assault that occurred during the early morning hours of May 4.