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Showing 37 articles from September 18, 2019.

FRONT PAGE

New carbon-activation plant could bring 36 jobs to 'Burg

LOUISBURG -- The town could be getting a new industry in the next 18 to 24 months if plans for an activated carbon manufacturing plant come to fruition. Its approval was one of several decisions made by the town council during its September meeting Monday night.
A company known as 424 Kemp Rd., LLC, is planning to use the former Advance Metal Products facility on T. Kemp Road to manufacture carbon pellets that can be used for many different products.


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County trying to 'guide' growth

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County planners and consultants are hosting a second round of community meetings as they near the finish line on planning policies that will guide growth for the next 20 years.
In January, Franklin County tasked Raleigh-based McGill Associates with crafting a comprehensive development plan, a policy document that the county could use to steer growth, ranging from residential and commercial development, to transportation improvements to quality of life.


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<i>Seniors converge on park for day of fun activities</i>
Seniors converge on park for day of fun activities

COUNTRY FUN. Above, Geraldine Reynolds poses for a photo op at the Wanted sign. Western life was the theme of this year's event. The county's Department of Aging hosts the event each year, offering seniors a day of fun while making them aware of resources available to them in and around Franklin County.


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Youngsville residents get chance to meet police chief candidates

YOUNGSVILLE -- Residents will get a chance to meet and grill the town's next prospective police chief.
Daren Kirts abruptly retired as police chief in June and Town Administrator Phillip Cordeiro tabbed Joseph Kimball as the town's interim chief shortly thereafter.
Since that time, Cordeiro promised commissioners a thorough search for a permanent replacement and, on Sept. 26, he's invited town officials to meet with the two finalists during a closed session for personnel.


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Franklinton trash fee sparks ire

FRANKLINTON -- When the town approved its budget, it agreed to take over billing for solid waste and began offering its own, in-house, bulk trash pickup service -- at a cost.
The combination of those two things gave some residents heartburn.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Orelia Alston at Senior Fun Day


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sharpie
Editorial Cartoon: Sharpie

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Government by ambush highlights real problems
Government by ambush highlights real problems

As someone who has been ranting and raving about -- and trying to educate voters about -- government by ambush for decades, it was no surprise when a classic example unfolded last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Government by Ambush is, by my definition, when government officials "ambush" voters, taxpayers or each other by doing something on the sly.


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Area sheriff's reputation gets ripped from the headlines
Area sheriff's reputation gets ripped from the headlines

Look, I've been doing this job a long time, so a headline has to do an awful lot to get my attention.
"Sheriff helped plot his own deputy's killing over "racially offensive" tape ... certainly does the trick.
And, the fact that it happened so close to home -- in Granville County -- certainly piqued my interest.


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Editorial Cartoon: Congressional Clowns
Editorial Cartoon: Congressional Clowns

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Learn about the candidates

Dear editor: I told a Times staff member the last letter I wrote would be my last.
I have thought about, prayed about writing this letter for three or more weeks. After my last letter I received a letter from a spineless coward that sent me a page and a half typewritten letter and did not have back bone enough to sign their name. This letter is addressed to you.


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Editorial Cartoon: NFL Coach
Editorial Cartoon: NFL Coach

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OBITUARIES

DAVID LEE CLAX

CREEDMOOR--David Lee Clax, 63, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at his home in Creedmoor. Services were held Sunday, Sept. 15, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, with Evangelist Donathan Muldrow officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.


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ERMA HOLLAND RAYNOR
August 17, 1924 - September 17, 2019

WILMINGTON--Erma ("Ernie") Raynor, 95 wonderful years old, started a new journey on September 17th.


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STANLEY RICHARDSON

ENFIELD--Funeral services for Stanley Richardson, 67, who died Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister. Burial will follow in the Pine Chapel Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Robert Hedgepeth will be officiating.


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SPORTS

SJHS Rallies Past Red Rams
LOOKING FOR A SEAM. Franklinton's Gaquavis Crudup (with ball) tries to find yardage for the Red Rams last Friday night against South Johnston.
SJHS Rallies Past Red Rams

FRANKLINTON -- Five minutes into the second period last Friday night, Franklinton appeared to be well on its way to remaining undefeated in the early portion of the 2019 prep football season.
The Red Rams had parlayed some sturdy, opportunistic defense into a 10-point lead, and had just regained the ball after South Johnston had punted the ball.


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A DUEL OF TITANS
LOUISBURG'S TAYLOR LEONARD
A DUEL OF TITANS

FRANKLINTON -- After watching his team defeat rival Louisburg on the road early in the season, Franklinton first-year volleyball coach Tom Harris emphasized that his club would get a strong pushback from the Lady Warriors the second time around.
Harris' assessment proved to be correct as Louisburg was more competitive in the return match, which was held Monday evening at the FHS Gymnasium.


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Warriors secure another road victory

WELDON -- Few are the occasions when a football team can celebrate two victories in one week -- but that's what the Louisburg Warriors experienced last week as part of their non-conference schedule.
Last Monday, LHS rallied to defeat KIPP Pride in a game that was resumed at halftime from earlier in the campaign.


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Wildcats pick up first win

BUNN -- A long-time ally helped the Bunn Wildcats secure their initial football triumph of the season last Friday at home against Southeast Halifax.
Bunn has gained a well-deserved reputation through the years as a club that can run the ball with precision and effectiveness -- and the Wildcats lived up to that billing by gaining 516 total yards (all on the ground) en route to defeating the Trojans by a 60-24 margin at the BHS Football Field.


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Rams take fourth spot
FHS SENIOR LILY PUETT
Rams take fourth spot

BUNN -- Several intangibles make The River Golf Course near Bunn one of the most difficult on the Big East Conference girls links circuit.
The tricky greens provide the main test, but the hilly layout can also be a challenge for golfers in the Big East's walk-only rules.
Throw in some higher-than-normal temperatures and a seemingly never-ending supply of gnats, and things certainly were tough for competitors during Monday's latest Big East showdown at The River.


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Canes select a new coach
Canes select a new coach

LOUISBURG -- Shay Hayes' abrupt resignation last month as the Louisburg College women's basketball left the school's athletic program with a huge void that needed to be filled quickly -- especially with the start of classes immediately looming.
LC was able to fill the spot in puntcual fashion with the hiring of Jason Rasnake, who spent the past six campaigns as an assistant at the University of South Carolina-Upstate.


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Mudcats' player saluted by Brewers
Mudcats' player saluted by Brewers

ZEBULON -- Carolina Mudcats starting pitcher Aaron Ashby was recognized this week by the Milwaukee Brewers as one of two winners of the club's 2019 Robin Yount Performance Awards, presented annually to the organization's top Minor League performers.
Ashby was named the organization's Pitcher of the Year while outfielder Trent Grisham, who played for the Mudcats during the 2017 season, was named Player of the Year.


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DEFENDING THE NET
DEFENDING THE NET

Franklinton's Amber Rushing (right) elevates as Louisburg's Carleigh Eaves attempts a tip during Monday's prep volleyball contest.


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DOUBLE TEAM
DOUBLE TEAM

(L to R) Franklinton's Rebekah Smith and McKenzie Hill go up for a block attempt during Monday's home volleyball matchup versus rival Louisburg at the FHS Gymnasium.


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TRACK HIM DOWN
TRACK HIM DOWN

Franklinton's Javion Alston (right) tries to contain South Johnston receiver Jaydn McNeill during last Friday's non-conference football game on the FHS campus.


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LIFESTYLES

<I>60th anniversary!</I>
60th anniversary!

SIX DECADES TOGETHER! Bobby and Betty Jean Hill of Louisburg celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, July 13, at 6 p.m. at the couple's home surrounded by family and friends. Bobby and Betty Jean (Robertson) Hill were married in Dillon, SC on July 12, 1959. The couple has one son, Ronnie, and three daughters, Gail, Janet and Debbie, all of Louisburg, along with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Everyone hosted the event together.


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LHS grad is 'highlighted airman'

A Louisburg native has been recognized for her service. Air Force Airman 1st Class Leilani M. Strickland is the 2nd Maintenance Squadron's Highlighted Airman.
Selection was based on Strickland's duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork ethic, personal achievements and record of supporting and serving the community.


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<I>100 years and smiling!</I>
100 years and smiling!

HAPPY AT 100! Hazel Ghering was all smiles when she celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 28 -- and celebrated by participating in a favorite activity, sewing. She is a resident of Louisburg Healthcare and Rehab.


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Writers' Guild contest winners are announced

The Franklin County Writers' Guild hosted DD's Starving Writers Fiction Contest and received 116 entries from the U.S. and internationally.
Nancy Peacock, author of novels "Life Without Water" (chosen as a New York Times Notable Book), "Home Across the Road," and "The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson" judged the contest.


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<i>Fall concert season opens at Cherry Hill</i>
Fall concert season opens at Cherry Hill

The Cherry Hill Historical Foundation will open its fall concert season with a performance by Lyricosa Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
During Sunday's performance the group will play the String Quartet in F Major by Haydn, the String Quartet No. 3 in D Major by Beethoven, and the String Quartet in F Major by Ravel. The Classical Voice of North Carolina has lauded Lyricosa for their "beautiful, rich tone ... and stylish phrasing."


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Innocence Commission to probe 1990 county case

LOUISBURG -- A state agency charged with investigating claims of innocence has asked for the judicial review of a Franklin County case that's nearly 30 years old.
Kenneth Leon Evans was convicted of first degree kidnapping, second degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny for his role in the 1990 kidnapping of Euther Ray Manning, who, had worked as a legal secretary for Judge Hamilton Hobgood and was working for the county's EMS service at the time.


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Franklinton man faces drug charges

FRANKLINTON -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a Franklinton-area man on drug charges.
The agency's drug unit and Special Response Team investigated citizens' complaints that Deshaun Lamont Williams was selling drugs at his Mark Street residence.
After executing a search warrant on Sept. 12, officers seized 42 grams of cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia.


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Did Youngsville traffic 'fix' just shift the problems?

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town officials and the State Department of Transportation have taken steps to improve traffic flow through town.
It's a matter of perspective, though, as to how effective the measures have been.
The state has installed turn signals at the intersection of Five Points -- the conversion of Main Street, Holden Road, U.S. 1-A, College and S. College streets -- in an effort to improve traffic flow on Main Street through the heart of town.


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SERVICE TO OTHERS
SERVICE TO OTHERS

Louisburg Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Louisburg staff hosted a breakfast recognizing first responders in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Thousands died that day, including first responders. Above, EMS staff Julie Black, William Capps and Robert Hohlefelder grabbed breakfast.


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Completes basic
Completes basic

Private Shauna Taylor, 19, of Raleigh graduated from U.S. Army Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO on July 2. Private Taylor successfully completed 10 weeks of basic training and seven weeks of advanced training, and was the platoon leader.
She is the granddaughter of Carolyn Harrison and the late Thomas Alston, and Jessie and Inez Taylor, all of Louisburg.


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Two local murder cases winding through courts

LOUISBURG -- Two unrelated second degree murder cases continue to wind their way through the court system.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested Ricky Barlow Weese Jr. in September 2017, charging the 35-year-old with second degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury for his role in a March 11 incident that resulted in the death of his 8-week-old daughter.


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Woman faces charges for robbery try

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a Henderson woman they allege tried to rob a sweepstakes cafe at gunpoint.
Authorities responded to a report of a robbery in progress at the Happy Sweepstakes in the 200 block of Bickett Boulevard the morning of Sept. 11.
The suspect, later identified as Kiara Janae Robinson, is alleged to have walked into the business, threatened the clerk with a gun and demanded money.


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