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Franklin Co. Resident Arrested on Multiple Drug Violations

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-Franklin County Press Release

On July 11, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit and Special Response Team arrested Franklin County resident, Jerome Usher Jr., age 33, for multiple drug violations. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit received multiple complaints alleging that Jerome Usher Jr. was involved in the illegal use and sale of controlled substances in and around the Bunn area. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit was able to corroborate the information and the investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Usher as well as the execution of the search warrant at his residence.

On July 11, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit and Special Response Team arrested Franklin County resident, Jerome Usher Jr., age 33, for multiple drug violations. (FCSO photo)

The investigation and arrest resulted in the seizure of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and US Currency. 

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, Addressing the illegal use and sale of drugs in our communities continues to be a priority for our staff. This emphasis will continue to be a primary focus as we continue to work towards making all of our neighborhoods safer.” 

Jerome Usher Jr. 1010 Alford Mill Road Bunn, NC 27508 

Jerome Usher Jr. was charged with the following: One (1) count of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Crack Cocaine, one (1) count of Sell and Deliver Crack Cocaine, and one (1) count of Maintain a Dwelling/Vehicle for the purpose of Selling Controlled Substances

Jerome Usher Jr. was placed in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. 

For more information regarding this investigation, or to provide information regarding drug activity in your community, please contact Sergeant Ken Pike at (919)496-2186

Terry M. Wright, Chief of Staff

Kinton Arrested on Stolen Vehicle, Drug-Related Charges

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On July 3, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, along with the assistance of the Community Action Team, arrested Robert Steven Kinton, age 22, a Franklin County resident.

After a traffic stop, Kinton was charged with Possess Stolen Motor Vehicle, Felony Flee/Elude Arrest with Motor Vehicle, Possess Heroin, Injury to Personal Property, Reckless Driving to Endanger, Resisting Public Officer, Possess Drug Paraphernalia, DWLR.

In addition, Kinton was served with an outstanding warrant for Provide Tobacco/Vapor Product to an Inmate.

Kinton was placed in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $105,000 secured bond.

On July 3, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, along with the assistance of the Community Action Team, arrested Robert Steven Kinton, age 22, a Franklin County resident. After a traffic stop, Kinton was charged with Possess Stolen Motor Vehicle, Felony Flee/Elude Arrest with Motor Vehicle, Possess Heroin, Injury to Personal Property, Reckless Driving to Endanger, Resisting Public Officer, Possess Drug Paraphernalia, DWLR. (FCSO photo)

List of Local Four-County Independence Day Celebrations

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WIZS wishes everyone a fun and safe July 4th holiday weekend. To help you celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of Independence Day events planned for the local four-county area:

VANCE COUNTY:

Fireworks in the Park

Where: Fox Pond Park – 467 Vicksboro Rd in Henderson

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019

Time: Jazz in the Park festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.; fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

Note: No parking will be allowed at Fox Pond Park; shuttling from nearby Aycock Recreation Center will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For additional details, click here

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VANCE COUNTY

Fireworks Under the Stars at Kerr Lake

Where: Kerr Lake’s Satterwhite Point

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019

Time: Activities are planned from 3 until 10 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Note: Kid’s activities planned for this year’s celebration; no alcohol allowed.

For additional details, click here

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GRANVILLE COUNTY

Fireworks Display at Lake Holt

Where: Lake Holt, Old Highway 75, Butner, NC

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Time: Gates open at 6 p.m.; fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

Note: Concessions will be available; no alcohol

For additional details, click here

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GRANVILLE COUNTY

Creedmoor’s Fourth of July Picnic

Where: Lake Rogers Park, Shelter #1 at 1711 Lake Road in Creedmoor, NC

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: Activities planned from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Note: Event is open to the public and features music, food, beverages and a cake baking contest.

For additional details, click here

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WARREN COUNTY

Wise’s 19th Annual Independence Day Parade & Festival

Where: “Main Street” (US Hwy 1) of Wise, NC

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time: Activities planned from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Note: Parade begins at 10 a.m.; festival will follow at Wise Baptist Church

For additional details, click here

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FRANKLIN COUNTY

Fireworks at Louisburg High School

Where: Louisburg High School, 201 Allen Lane, Louisburg, NC

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Time: Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; fireworks go off at dark

Note: Food, music, inflatables and games; rain date is Saturday, July 6

For additional details, click here.

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Franklin Co. Responds to Reports of Radiological Contaminants in Wells

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-Press Release, Franklin County Government

The Franklin County Health Department responded to the report of potential radionuclides in wells on November 19, 2018, in a presentation to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners containing information on how citizens could have testing conducted.

The Franklin Times published this information during that week and information and instructions were placed on the Franklin County Health Department website.

In the 2018 presentation, it was noted that concern in Franklin stemmed from revised North Carolina Geological Survey Maps which show the Rolesville Granite Formation extending into a greater portion of Franklin County than was previously outlined in prior maps. As a result, the potential exists for more wells to be affected by the aging of this granite-formation, which can lead to naturally increased radionuclides in ground water.

Recent media coverage of Wake County’s notification to its citizens has generated a number of questions from Franklin County residents. So, what is Franklin County’s risk? Health concerns associated with elevated radionuclides in drinking water generally require prolonged exposure at highly elevated levels (in most cases over a lifetime) to have ill effects.

If you consume water from a well in Franklin County, visit the Health Department’s Environmental Health website for more information at https://www.franklincountync.us/services/health/services/environmental-health. Use the links in red to the “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” document to learn more about whether your well should be tested (including a link to an interactive map for Radon), what test(s) to use, and any potential health risks.

The Health Department has developed a comprehensive bundled-package of well-water radiological tests ($225) as well as less expensive options based on your well’s particular needs.

For additional information, please call the county’s Environmental Health Services Program at 919-496-8100 or visit https://www.franklincountync.us/services/health.

Franklin Co. Schools to Require Online Student Registration

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-Information courtesy Franklin County Schools

Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, all parents and guardians are required to complete student registration forms through Franklin County Schools’ new online system.

Parents will receive an email in mid-July with further details. Meal applications, as well as middle and high school technology fee forms, may also be completed through the online system.

If your email address is not on file with your child’s school, or if your email address needs to be updated, please contact the school’s administrative office. #FindOutFirst

Town Talk: Blue Collie Coffee Provides Job Opportunities for Disabled – 06/27/19

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Paige Sayles, co-owner of Blue Collie Coffee, was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss the nonprofit coffee shop.

Located at 106 N Main Street in Louisburg, the coffee shop provides employment opportunities for community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Blue Collie currently employs six local residents that have been with the shop since Sayles and husband Al first opened the store in May 2017.

“We started looking around, found a coffee shop that had been closed for two-and-a-half years, did the renovations, started hiring, went to coffee school…and here we are two years later,” said Sayles.

Featuring Hillsborough’s Joe Van Gogh Coffee, tea, baked goods and more, Sayles said the shop is proud to serve most of its offerings from NC-based business owners.

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; closed on Sunday. The shop will be closed the week of July 4th and will reopen on Monday, July 8, 2019.

To hear the Town Talk interview with Paige Sayles in its entirety, including information on the Z.B. Collie Foundation, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday – Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

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Louisburg’s New Recreational Park to Hold Grand Opening Celebration

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-Information courtesy Franklin County Government

A grand opening celebration of the V.E. and Lydia H. Owens Recreational Park at Louisburg’s Bull Creek will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The park will start the day with a 5K Run/Walk from 8 until 10 a.m. Register at https://kcdctiming.weebly.com.

Food trucks, inflatables, games and music will provide fun for the whole family from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Don’t miss the dedication of the J.M. May Butterfly Garden at 11 a.m. and check out the V.E. Owens fishing hole.

The park is located at 499 Massenburg Baker Road in Louisburg, and features walking and nature trails, a children’s playground and an ADA fishing pier.

For more information about Franklin County parks, visit https://www.franklincountync.us/services/parks/parks.

Greater New Life Ministries of Franklinton to Celebrate Second Anniversary

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-Information courtesy Greater New Life Ministries

Greater New Life Ministries, 86 Pokomoke Rd, Franklinton, NC, will hold a Second Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 6 p.m. The celebration will feature Elder Jerry Perry and the Gospel Believers of Henderson.

Also appearing: Anthony Adams/Confirmation of Tarboro, Heavenly Voices of Franklinton, Gospel Disciples of Henderson, New Mighty Soul Lifters of Henderson, Christland Singers of Louisburg, Melodaires of Warrenton and others.

Admission is free.

Remains of POW/MIA Jones Returning Home on Honor Mission – June 20

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-Press Release, Franklin County Government

An Honor Mission for Private First Class William Hoover Jones, POW/MIA, is set for June 20, 2019. Jones was presumed dead since December 31, 1953. His remains are now being returned home for his final resting place in Nash County. The escort should depart from RDU at 11:15 a.m. and travel I 540 to US 64 to Nash County, escorted by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, for burial.

The public is invited to stand with local EMS, Fire Departments and other auxiliaries and show honor for our fallen comrade and to honor PFC Jones’ service to our country. Overpasses and exits will be lined along the route with military and veteran supporters including US 264 and NC 39 overpasses and exits at Tant Road, Lewis Road and Stallings Road.

PFC Jones was awarded Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal and many others.

For additional information, contact Franklin County Veteran’s Services Director Brenda Wilkins at (919) 496- 1939.

Jones Arrested on First Degree Burglary Charge

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On June 18, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division with assistance from the Community Action Team arrested Demetrius Edward Jones, age 25, a resident of 455 Loblolly Circle, Louisburg.

On June 18, 2019, at approximately 1 a.m. deputies were dispatched to 320 Loblolly Circle, Louisburg after the resident heard someone forcing open her back door. Based on the description of the suspect and the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office K-9, Demetrius Edward Jones was taken into custody.

Demetrius Edward Jones was charged with one (1) count of First Degree Burglary and was placed in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $70,000 secured bond.

Terry M. Wright, Chief of Staff

On June 18, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division with assistance from the Community Action Team arrested Demetrius Edward Jones, age 25, a resident of 455 Loblolly Circle, Louisburg. Jones was charged with one (1) count of First Degree Burglary and was placed in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $70,000 secured bond. (FCSO photo)