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Showing 39 articles from September 7, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

School grades improve

Franklin County school officials -- and both parents and students -- received a reason to celebrate late last week when the state announced its annual school performance data.
The data indicated that the district's efforts to improve the quality of education in county schools is making headway under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Pascal Mubenga. Nine of 16 total schools saw a full letter grade increase on their state report card.


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Water, water, who gets the water?

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners held off on plans to reserve its limited water and sewer resources as residential builders argued that such a measure would have been an effective moratorium on development.
An engineering company performed a water/sewer allocation study for Franklin County and those results presented to the county's Utility Advisory Committee in August confirmed that the county "should remain diligent and aware of the limitation of remaining water and sewer capacities when considering the additions of any large volume customers and subdivisions..."


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<i>Busy weekend offers variety of attractions</i>
Busy weekend offers variety of attractions

LOUISBURG -- In its 27th year, some things about the Tar River Festival will never change.
And some will.
The festival, hosted by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, continues to serve as a showpiece for Franklin County and its local charms and that hasn't changed, organizers said.


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How many days to vote are enough?

LOUISBURG -- Proponents of less restrictive voting regulations claimed victory two weeks ago when the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a decision that struck down the state's new voter laws -- including one that limited early voting and another that required that voters present photo ID to cast a ballot.
This week, local advocates planned to wage their own fight against what they allege are restrictive voting policies, expecting to present a plan to the state Board of Elections that would expand the number of locations offered for the first week of early voting.


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Aspiring teacher dies in car crash
Aspiring teacher dies in car crash

RALEIGH -- An aspiring Franklin County teacher and a Franklinton man were killed in separate weekend accidents, two of nine fatalities the State Highway Patrol reported over the Labor Day Weekend.
Castalia resident Amy Walker died in a single-vehicle wreck on Monday morning, a day before her first day with students as a student teacher at Laurel Mill Elementary.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn High School's Alexis McPhail


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Football Issue
Editorial Cartoon: Football Issue

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NCDOT's Bickett project revival makes no sense!
NCDOT's Bickett project revival makes no sense!

It's a simple question, really?
In what universe does upgrading Bickett Boulevard from Nash Street to North Main Street achieve a higher priority than four-laning U.S. 401 from Royal to Louisburg?
Certainly, upgrading Bickett is a "nice" project that has been promised for many years. We even went through the grueling design-explanation phase a decade or so ago when it appeared construction was imminent -- and those meetings left few people happy.


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Some apparent victories carry a subtle warning

When you're attempting to evaluate the events of the day, it's important to realize that what is good news for some can be a veiled warning for many of the rest of us!
A couple of recent events underscore the accuracy of that concern.
First, let's look at the coal ash controversy and what it means for our drinking water -- and for our state officials' credibility.


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Bad parents test the limits of what we should accept
Bad parents test the limits of what we should accept

It's been a bad few weeks for parents.
Back on Aug. 21, a Colorado man admitted to deliberately crashing his car into other motorists while his unbuckled, two-and-a-half year-old son was inside.
The man told authorities he did so in an attempt to kill his son because he couldn't handle the pressure of fatherhood.
Of course, it didn't help that the father was also using cocaine at the time of the incident.


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Editorial Cartoon: Campaign Zone
Editorial Cartoon: Campaign Zone

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Ignore rhetoric: NC teachers still rank only 41st!
Ignore rhetoric: NC teachers still rank only 41st!

From the looks of the overflowing garbage receptacle at the Post Office, I'm not the only one who keeps getting a plethora of expensive four-color flyers from State Senator Chad Barefoot touting all the teacher raises he has voted for.
They even brag about how teachers in North Carolina can now make $50,000 a year as if that were a Donald Trump income level.
Teachers are among the most valuable members of society. They are among the best educated, most civically involved and spend their entire working day with our youth.


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Editorial Cartoon: EpiPen
Editorial Cartoon: EpiPen

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OBITUARIES

AMY MARIE WALKER

CASTALIA - Amy Marie Walker, 23, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Steve Burnette and Pastor Larry Ayscue officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville.


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DAVID "WIG" M. DENTON, JR.
February 6, 1932 - September 6, 2016

WILLOW SPRING- David "Wig" M. Denton, Jr., 84, passed away on Tuesday at Rex Hospital. A native of Franklin County, he was the son of the late David M. Denton, Sr. and Martha Medlin Denton.


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KYREE JAYCEON HARRISON

HOLLISTER - Kyree Jayceon Harrison, age 11 months, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He is the son of Nakisha Reid and the late Jimmie Lee Harrison.


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ROSA E. TURNAGE
June 29, 1935 - September 6, 2016

LOUISBURG - Rosa Evelyn Turnage, 81, of Louisburg, died Tuesday evening.


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SPORTS

Rams Nab Second Straight Win
RED ROCK DEFENSE. Franklinton High School defenders (l to r) Brandon Reese and Tommy Wells team up to make a stop during last Thursday's home football decision against Princeton.
Rams Nab Second Straight Win

FRANKLINTON -- Despite possessing a wealth of talent, Tyreese Williams has needed to be patient while sharing the load in the backfield for the Franklinton Red Rams over the past three campaigns.
But Williams, now a senior, is making the most of his opportunity to be the featured back in the Red Rams' offense.


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SOUTHERN'S NIGHT
JONES JAUNTS THROUGH THE DEFENSE. Bunn High School\'s D.J. Jones (with ball) finds running room during last Thursday evenings home football setback versus backyard rival Southern Nash.
SOUTHERN'S NIGHT

BUNN - Southern Nash's skill-position depth and talent proved to be too much for the Bunn Wildcats during last Thursday's non-conference backyard rivalry football game.
The Firebirds attacked Bunn from every angle en route to defeating the Wildcats by a 31-16 margin at the BHS Football Field.
With the triumph, Southern Nash remained undefeated at 3-0, while Bunn dropped to 2-1 overall.


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BACK IN A FLASH
RISING ABOVE THE CROWD. Louisburg High School's Whitney Bolton (right) soars for a kill during the Lady Warriors' home volleyball triumph last Wednesday evening against county rival Franklinton at the LHS Gymnasium.
BACK IN A FLASH

LOUISBURG -- Midway through the opening set, and with her club trailing by nine points, Louisburg High School volleyball coach Erica Wammock called time-out.
She had seen enough.
Franklinton invaded LHS in fired-up fashion last Wednesday as the clubs continued their long-time spike rivalry.
The Lady Rams came out with a spark and controlled the early proceedings before Wammock tried to push the momentum in the other direction with her play stoppage.


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Wildcats surging on field

BUNN -- During its nearly two-decade existence, Bunn High School's boys soccer program has gained a reputation of being an offense-first group that has produced plenty of high-level scoring sensations.
That tradition might sway a bit this fall as the Wildcats have flashed plenty of defense through four contests.
Bunn has allowed just one goal and has recorded three shutouts, the latest of which was a 3-0 home decision last Wednesday against the Rocky Mount Gryphons.


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'Cats claim D.H. sweep
'Cats claim D.H. sweep

ZEBULON - Enderson Franco completed his second career complete-game shutout in a 5-0 game-one victory and the Carolina Mudcats walked off 3-2 with back-to-back bases-loaded walks in game two while completing a doubleheader sweep against the Dash at Five County Stadium on Sunday night in a Class A Carolina League diamond twinbill.
The doubleheader sweep was Carolina's second of the season and came in their Carolina League-high 14th twinbill of the year.


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Cohen breaks Aggies' TD mark
Cohen breaks Aggies' TD mark

GREENSBORO -- There was great anticipation about the 2016 North Carolina A&T football season because many wanted to know what the Aggies follow-up act would look like coming off one of the best season's in program history.
The truth is, after the Aggies 62-0 drubbing of Division II Saint Augustine's last Saturday night at Aggie Stadium, that anticipation still exists.
The Falcons (0-1) were so overmatched it is hard to gauge whether there is an encore performance of 2015 coming in 2016.


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LC Rallies Past Navy JV
LC Rallies Past Navy JV

ANNAPOLIS, MD. -- Louisburg College football coach Trevor Highfield considered it an honor when his Hurricanes were able to earn a prestigious date on the schedule for the United States Naval Academy junior varsity squad last Friday.
And that wasn't even considering the matchup.
Highfield was thrilled to be able to give his club the opportunity to tour the Naval Academy campus in Maryland and to experience what it is like to play at Navy's picturesque stadium.


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Hurricanes claim cross country invite

LOUISBURG -- It hasn't taken long for Northern Nash's Dynamic Duo of Coleman Cherry and Stephen Whitehead to make an instant impact with the Louisburg College men's cross country program.
The freshmen standouts were exceptional for the Hurricanes during last Saturday's action at the Chick Fil-A Invitational, which was hosted by Catawba College in Salisbury.


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Kerr-Vance tops rival Crossroads

HENDERSON -- For the second time this season, the Kerr-Vance Academy varsity soccer team defeated Crossroads Christian School last week, but Crossroads continued to show improvement, playing the Spartans tough throughout the game, which was claimed by a 3-0 margin by K-VA.
Christopher Steg opened the scoring for the Spartans on an assist from Drew Griggs about midway through the half.
While the Spartans had additional chances in the first half, a stern Crossroads defense and outstanding goalie play by Jackson Overby kept the game close for the 1-0 halftime Spartan lead.


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NCWC drops grid opener

BALTIMORE, MD. -- The score was tied after three quarters, but the host Mustangs of Stevenson University registered 14 unanswered points in the final period to pull away for a 42-28 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan College in last Friday's football season opener for both squads.
Stevenson (1-0) used two big plays in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
The first came with 9:15 to go when SU's Billy Lewis picked off his third pass of the game and returned it 38 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.


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BIG MATCH FROM BOLTON
BIG MATCH FROM BOLTON

Louisburg's Whitney Bolton was dominant last Wednesday evening against rival Franklinton.


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RECORD BREAKER
RECORD BREAKER

Former Bunn High School legend Tarik Cohen is shown during last week's victory for North Carolina A&T over St. Augustine's. During the home decision, Cohen, a senior All-American, became the Aggies' all-time leading touchdown scorer.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Cherry Hill's fall season opens soon</i>
Cherry Hill's fall season opens soon

The Cherry Hill Concert Series opens its fall season with a performance by the Poinsett Piano Trio at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. The group will play in the Cherry Hill plantation house in Inez and afterwards will visit with patrons at a reception in the dining room of the historic property.
After having performed together with great success for several years in other chamber combinations, David Gross, Deirdre Hutton, and Christopher Hutton founded the Poinsett Piano Trio in 2008.


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<i>Wedding bells to ring!</i>
Wedding bells to ring!

Mark and Jill Czysz of Henderson announce the engagement of their daughter, Holly Anne Czysz to Kyle Patrick Green, the son of Pat Green of Louisburg and the late Tracy Thorne Green. The wedding will take place on Sept. 24, 2016 at The Boondocks in Youngsville.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Early morning stabbing leaves victim hospitalized

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating an early morning stabbing.
According to authorities, Iesha Mathias and Gregory Bolden were involved in an argument inside their Dupree Drive home the morning of Sept. 6 when Mathias stabbed Bolden.
According to authorities, children were in the home, but they were not in danger and were not believed to be in the area where the stabbing took place.


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Sexual assault allegations probed

Franklin County sheriff's deputies are probing allegations of rape.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said a woman reported to authorities on Sept. 4 that she was driving along U.S. 1-A in Franklinton they day before when she picked up a man who was flagging down cars for a ride.
The woman was going to give the man a ride, authorities said, when, instead, they wound up at an abandoned residence on Wilder Road.


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Month-old baby abused; two local people charged
Victoria Benson
Month-old baby abused; two local people charged

A Louisburg area couple who police allege abused a month-old baby is slated to appear in court next week.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said a hospital alerted authorities to the potential of child abuse.
Authorities allege the incident occurred between May 5 and June 5.
Investigators, on Sept. 1, arrested Dequarius Johnson, 20, and Victoria Benson, 17, both of N.C. 39, with felony intentional child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.


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Firefighters Association planning 9/11 ceremony

The Franklin County Firefighters Association will host a 9/11 ceremony this Thursday, (today).
The event marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed thousands, bringing down the World Trade Center towers in New York, crashing a plane into the Pentagon and forced another plane crash in Pennsylvania.
The event is set to remember those who died during the attack, as well as first responders and law enforcement who responded, as well as first-responders and law enforcement who work around the world and here in Franklin County.


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Deputies arrest Louisburg pair on drug charges

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Louisburg area duo on drug charges.
Officers with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at 755 Sutton Road on Sept. 2 and seized crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription medications.


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<i>Budding artists, scientists got to polish skills at camp</i>
A CLOSER LOOK. Science Camp participant Zelton Thompson of Henderson views a protozoan (a type of microorganism) under a microscope.
Budding artists, scientists got to polish skills at camp

HENDERSON -- Area middle school students, including those from Franklin County, recently had opportunities to practice their skills as both budding artists and scientists at Vance-Granville Community College's sixth annual Science Camp.
The theme of this year's camp, held this summer on the college's Main Campus in Vance County, was not just "STEM," but "STEAM," according to VGCC Science department chair Steve McGrady.


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Nickels for Know How

The Franklin County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1.
County Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell said the polling location for this year in the county will be at the Agricultural Services Center in Louisburg, 103 South Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg.
Mitchell explained that the referendum is being held to let users and producers of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program.


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<i>Youngsville Girl Scout named one of area's best cookie sellers</i>
Youngsville Girl Scout named one of area's best cookie sellers

RALEIGH -- Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines announced that Youngsville's Jenna Andrews placed second in the council for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program.
Andrews sold 3,504 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the annual cookie sale that ended in March.
"The Cookie Program teaches Girl Scouts skills that will help them grow into leaders in their life, leaders in business, and leaders in the world," said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines. "We are excited to honor and celebrate the leaders of this year's Cookie Program."


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