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June 1, 2016.
LOUISBURG -- Federal, state and local authorities allege a former Franklin County sheriff's deputy knowingly sold stolen guns to convicted felons at his pawn shop in town.
On Tuesday, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office charged Richard B. Shearin, 50, with two counts of felony possession of stolen property and one count of felony possession of a stolen firearm. More charges are pending.
Claire Roehl in her element, the classroom
LOUISBURG -- A second-grade teacher at Edward Best Elementary School was named Franklin County's teacher of the year for the 2016-17 school year last week during a banquet at Louisburg College.
Receiving the honor was Claire Roehl, a four-year veteran of the school who says she really enjoys teaching a second-grade classroom that this year had 26 students.
FRANKLINTON -- This year's Franklin County Relay for Life has a new theme, a new event and a new function to help wrap up the campaign season.
But they have the same old goals: raise enough money to fund research that will cure cancer and support cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers.
"We want to continue to educate people about cancer and what we stand for," said Danette Cheatham, who is co-chairing Relay along with Jessica Nicholson-Bland.
LOUISBURG -- A re-configuration of Congressional maps means that voters will get to cast a ballot this coming Tuesday that will play a role in who represents Franklin County in Washington.
Earlier this year, judges ruled that the state's Second and Twelfth Congressional Districts were unconstitutional and ordered that state legislators redraw the maps.
The new map means Franklin County will go from having two Congressional representatives to one.
The Franklin County Board of Education took a giant step toward filling several key personnel positions during a special meeting last Thursday evening.
They hired four new principals, a new assistant principal at Long Mill Elementary School, and a new executive director for auxiliary services.
As many long-time administrators reach retirement age, School Supt. Pascal Mubenga said the district is focused on recruiting talented and dedicated individuals who can continue to build a foundation for success.
Jay Koloseus, Frisco Poole
It's perhaps the most bittersweet time of the year.
It's sweet because we'll all be watching and celebrating as several hundred Franklin County young people don their robes and collect their high school graduation diplomas, most on Saturday, June 11.
It's a time to celebrate the accomplishments of these young people and marvel at how far they have come and how much they have learned in the last 12 or 13 years.
In a year of unusual pre-election and election tussles, local voters have the responsibility to play their role between now and June 7 in a very important local race.
What is happening is virtually a "stealth" election that is flying under the radar of almost anyone except political junkies who pay closer attention to such details than average Americans.
Believe it or not, there is an election underway right now since early voting started recently and the actual election day is Tuesday, June 7.
f you've seen the same headlines I have the past few days, you'd think we were in the apocalypse.
• In Arizona, last week, a hiker died after getting stung more than 1,000 times.
And, over the weekend, five hikers were taken to the hospital after getting stung.
The weekend before, a man was stung 200 times in a Glendale neighborhood.
As I read the crosstabs in many political polls, one of the factors voters are often concerned about is whether or not a candidate cares about their interests.
Donald Trump is currently defending comments he made prior to the housing bubble bursting. Trump was cheerleading for the bottom to fall out of the housing market so he could swoop in and buy properties at bargain prices.
The fact that people lost their homes and jobs was irrelevant to him.
SPRING HOPE - Funeral services for John "Boot Jack" Collins, 89, who died Tuesday, May 31, 2016, will be held Monday, June 6, at 1 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG -- Shelby Cash became hooked on swimming as a youngster, and decided she was one day going to compete in the sport on the collegiate level.
Of course, that aspiration seemed unattainable at the time because Cash's future school -- Louisburg HS -- didn't offer a swimming program, which would certainly stunt the development of a prospective athlete.
But LHS started a swim team four years ago -- just in time to welcome Cash, who would embark on an amazing career in the pool for the Lady Warriors.
NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Several Bunn High School student-athletes pose with their plaques at the conclusion of Tuesday's BHS Athletic Awards Ceremony at the Johnny Alford Auditorium.
BUNN - Even for old-timers, it's hard to debate the fact that, from an athletic standpoint, this is one of the best senior classes ever produced at Bunn High School.
That assessment was evident during Tuesday's Bunn Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Johnny Alford Auditorium on the BHS campus.
Bunn's top student-athletes were honored in each sport, and plenty of the honors went to upperclassmen -- including the school's most prestigious awards.
BHS senior Tevin Perry was tabbed as the Male Athlete of the Year after excelling in basketball, football and baseball this past season.
MAN BEHIND THE MASK. Senior backstop Josh Boone enjoyed an outstanding tenure as a member of the Bunn High School baseball squad.
BUNN -- A recent baseball practice session at Bunn High School was able to begin, and Josh Boone was nowhere to be found.
That was a bit rare, considering Boone was usually the first guy to arrive at practice -- and the last one to leave.
But Boone had a good excuse as he pulled up several minutes later before quickly changing into his practice gear.
Turns out Boone was taking part in Advanced Placement Exams with the hopes of grading out through some of his early-semester college courses.
SUPER SEASON. Quamon Person was exceptional this spring for the Louisburg High School baseball squad.
LOUISBURG -- If Al Bolton has coached the final game of his illustrious career at Louisburg High School, he certainly went out in style.
Bolton, who has been LHS' head baseball coach for almost two decades, is retiring as a teacher with the Franklin County School System -- but he might still remain as the school's diamond skipper, along with serving as a substitute teacher.
All of that will be sorted out at a later date.
ZEBULON -- Joey Meneses drove in three, Ryan Gebhardt hit his first professional home run and Raymar Navarro struck out four over five innings in a spot start as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Frederick Keys 4-1 at Five County Stadium on Monday afternoon in Zebulon in a Class A Carolina League baseball meeting.
Navarro (3-1, 3.91) allowed an unearned run in the fifth and scattered three hits while starting for the first time this season. He worked through the fifth and used 60 pitches (40 strikes) in the series tying victory.
GREAT DAY FOR HUNTING. Several turkeys were harvested during the Combat Warriors Annual Turkey Hunt in Franklin County.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Combat Warriors Inc., Gene Pleasants and Wayne Farmer sponsored the annual Spring Turkey Hunt, which was held April 22- 24 in Franklin County.
Fourteen soldiers participated, arriving from Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune and the Navy Seal School in Virginia Beach.
The soldiers arrived Friday afternoon, some early enough for an evening hunt.
BUNN -- Bunn High School's baseball and soccer teams will be offered summer camps for children ages 6-12.
The baseball camp will be June 13-15 from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $60 per person.
The soccer camp is scheduled for June 20-23. Cost is $50 per person.
For more information on the baseball camp, contact BHS coach Chris Cullom at (919) 496-3975 ext. 300.
STANHOPE -- Southern Nash's Zack Foster will represent Nash County on the East Team at the annual North Carolina Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Football Game this summer.
The event will be held July 20 at Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro.
The East's complete roster is as follows:
(L to R) Haley Sheehan and Bruce Adams received the Sportsmanship Awards at the 2015-16 Bunn High School Athletic Awards ceremony. The seniors were also presented with Mike Lovin Scholarship Awards.
Bunn High School's Haley Sheehan will continue her distance running career at Louisburg College under veteran coach Jay Koloseus.
The Youngsville Heat continued its successful season on May 14-15 by winning the Top Gun Fifth Annual Battle For The Bats in Knightdale. The Heat won two bats, a team wagon and a paid berth to the summer and winter nationals, along with the winter world series. The club also received medals and a team plaque. Youngsville went 3-1 at the event, including a 19-8 decision over Wendell in the championship game of the prestigious event.
The Cherry Hill Foundation will present its annual student concert in Inez at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12.
East Carolina Professor of Piano Dr. Keiko Sekino will introduce five of her most gifted students to the Cherry Hill audience. The students, who are in either the undergraduate or graduate programs at East Carolina, have displayed unusual talent and even at their young ages, have experience in teaching and performing while pursuing degrees at the Greenville university.
It is amazing how little children can add so much to this earth when they start being interested in the things that matter, in the things that bring us knowledge, and the things that make a difference in our lives.
We do not think about young ones making an impact in our lives. But when parents, grandparents, and schools do the right things to awaken a meaningful interest in our children, they can be the giants in society that Jupiter is in our space.
It was a special night recently for some talented third through sixth graders in Franklin County Schools.
Each of these young folks were in attendance at the 20th Annual Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District Awards Program.
During this program, each student was recognized on stage and received a cash award for their achievement in the annual District Poster, Essay and Computer Designed Power Point Contests. Hosted again by Terrell Lane Middle School, the program was co-emceed by District Board Chairman Tom Gulley and District Board member Charles Mitchell.
Three VGCC Paralegal program graduates are first to become state-certified
The Paralegal Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College can now boast a 100 percent passing rate on the state certification exam, after three of the program's first graduates recently became North Carolina Certified Paralegals.
CHAPEL HILL -- Joshua Boone was presented with the 2016 Alston-Pleasants Scholarship for undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Josh, son of Gaye and Jerry Boone, is a resident of Zebulon and is Valedictorian of the 2016 senior class at Bunn High School where he was also a leader in organizing a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and a two-time all-conference selection in baseball.
DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT. Franklin County Relay for Life held their annual cancer survivor dinner recently at Franklinton High School. Attendees were treated to entertainment provided by the Franklinton High School jazz band, directed by Brandon Martel. They even dressed as Disney movie characters, which ties in with this year's Relay theme.
The award for youngest cancer survivors was a tie during the annual Franklin County Relay for Life dinner. Pictured from left to right: Whitney Espinosa, youngest cancer survivor (age 20) attending the dinner and Jordan Wright; Linda Frederickson and Danette Cheatham with Franklin County Relay for Life.
Nina Arrington (in the photo to the right) receives the award for being oldest cancer survivor in attendance from Mackenzie Person during the Franklin County Relay for Life cancer survivor dinner. Arrington, who is 87, tied with Mallie Hodge for the award.
LOUISBURG -- Prosecutors advised the courts last week that they would pursue the death penalty against a suspect in a triple homicide.
It's the second case in less than a year that has been deemed a capital matter.
District Attorney Mike Waters said the circumstances surrounding Darius Robinson's case warranted the stance from the prosecution office.
"We reviewed the statutes, the factors in the case and looked at the evidence we had at the time," Waters said. "That's why we've decided to proceed with a capital case."
LOUISBURG -- A man who embezzled money from the Franklin County Arts Council avoided jail time, but he has a felony on his record and has already paid back the organization.
Joe Baisley's repayment of $6,700 to the Arts Council was enough to satisfy prosecutors and the Arts Council.
"Recovering the funds meant that we were able to fulfill grants that we were in the process of awarding and return to business as usual," said Arts Council President Pat Noles.
LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a suspect who stole nearly $4,000 worth of eyewear from a business.
Someone at MyEyeDr reported the evening of May 26 that $3,800 worth of sunglasses was missing from the business in the Walmart shopping center.
According to the report by Sgt. G. Alston, the theft did not appear to be forcible.
The case remains under investigation