Youngsville, NC

Youngsville Christmas Parade Press Generates $11K for Needy Children

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-Press Release, Town of Youngsville

At the end of a year that found too many Americans isolated and dejected due to a wide variety of challenges, the annual Christmas parade in Youngsville, North Carolina helped encourage warm-hearted people from across the nation to respond in the most Christmas-like of ways.

At the conclusion of a hectic week leading up to the town’s Christmas parade, Mayor Fonzie Flowers appeared live on the nationally broadcast ‘Fox and Friends’ television show just two hours before the parade began. After reiterating the town’s careful guidance and precautions to facilitate a safe parade, Mayor Flowers then asked viewers to consider donating to the town’s Shop with a Cop program.

In the 24 hours that followed the mayor’s appearance on national TV, the town received more than $11,000 in donations from at least 500 individual donors – over ten times what the program brought in last year.

This outpouring of support was no surprise to town leaders since the response to the decision to move forward with the Youngsville parade was overwhelmingly positive. In a video published via the town’s YouTube channel, Mayor Fonzie Flowers said, “a tally of the responses to the town’s social media communications regarding our parade has yielded a total of 1,001 positive responses and only 30 negative responses. In other words, more than 97% of community members support the town’s decision. Rest assured that – at least in Youngsville – the will of the people will always be heard.”

Youngsville Chief of Police J. G. Whitley proclaimed, “We never expected this type of response. All I can say is there will be a lot of very happy children this year in Youngsville. All these donations will bring immeasurable joy into the homes of some Youngsville families that are most in need. We cannot thank our community and these generous donors enough.”

The Shop with a Cop event will begin at the town’s community building (115 E. Main Street) at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Residents can donate by clicking on the pop-up notification on the town’s website ( or by visiting

Maria Parham Health

‘No Visitor Policy’ in Place at MPH Until Further Notice


Maria Parham Health has released a statement announcing that A NO VISITOR policy will be in place at the Henderson and Franklin Emergency Departments beginning at 5 p.m. on December 3, 2020.

Visitors will not be allowed in the waiting area or permitted in the Emergency Department patient care areas. All visitors will be requested to provide a cell phone number for contact and will be required to wait in their cars.

The only visitor exceptions are as follows:

  • Power of Attorney representatives
  • Patients nearing end of life may have 2 visitors
  • Children 16 years and younger may have 2 visitors

These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

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Valenzuela Selected as Franklin Co. Emergency Services Director

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-Press Release, Franklin County Government

Franklin County Manager Kim Denton has named Hendrix Valenzuela as Emergency Services Director. Valenzuela will assume the position on December 14, 2020. Valenzuela comes to Franklin County from Cumberland County where he served as the County’s Emergency Management Program Coordinator.

Valenzuela’s public safety career began with the Fire Service where he served as a volunteer Fireman within his community as well as a Firefighter/EMT for the City of Burlington, NC and Town of Carrboro, NC. Valenzuela’s next role was serving as a Multi-Hazard Field Planner with North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) Eastern Branch Office.

Valenzuela served as a key staff member during disaster activations for Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. He received special recognition from the North Carolina General Assembly in January 2019 as a result of his personal rescue of a missing child in Craven County.

Valenzuela graduated from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and he received a Master’s Degree in Disaster & Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.

“The Franklin County Emergency Services Department provides essential services, and Mr. Valenzuela’s experience and enthusiasm will continue our commitment to delivering high-quality services and ensuring emergency preparations for our citizens,” Denton said.

For additional information, please contact Kim Denton, Franklin County Manager, at (919) 496-5994.

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Town of Youngsville Moves Forward With Annual Christmas Parade

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The Town of Youngsville posted the following message via its Facebook page regarding the annual Christmas parade:

Dear Youngsville Residents:

The town board of commissioners would like to communicate its intention to move forward with its annual Christmas parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday, December 5, 2020. We would also like to share we have consulted with the Franklin County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and will incorporate a variety of COVID-19 mitigation measures into our parade operations plan.

While some have advised us to cancel our parade (including county and state health officials), we have received overwhelming support from the community to continue. Please know we do not take this decision lightly, and that we have carefully weighed many factors in our decision to proceed. The most overwhelming factors in our decision are the sheer number of individuals that wish us to move forward, and our confidence that residents will make responsible choices for themselves and their families.

Regarding responsible choices, we’d like to communicate to all those considering enjoying the parade this Saturday with us. First, if you or anyone in your household is at-risk and/or has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to quarantine at home until your individual situation permits you to safely be in public. Second, if you will be attending the parade we encourage you to practice physical distancing, use hand sanitizer, wear a face covering, and adhere to all other public health best-practices. The town will also be posting signage along the parade route to remind everyone of these guidelines.

To those with continued reservations, we would like to share that – when using the standards established in our governor’s executive orders regarding the square-foot-per-person limits for retail stores – the “capacity” of our 18.2-acre parade route would be over five times the population of Youngsville. Thus, we’re confident that when parade-goers observe physical distancing and spread-out along the parade route (along with observing all other guidelines), we will have a safe and successful parade.

Additional information regarding the parade may be found by visiting the following website:

Thank you for making Youngsville the best place to live in North Carolina!

Yours truly in public service,

Mayor Flowers and the Youngsville Board of Commissioners

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GRRO Announces Free COVID-19 Testing, Food Box Distribution This Week

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-Information courtesy Green Rural Redevelopment, Inc.

Green Rural Redevelopment, Inc. (GRRO), along with partners Cardinal Innovations and Groundwater Solutions, is hosting a series of COVID-19 testing events this week.

Testing times and locations are as follows:


Wednesday, November 18 ~ 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Franklinton Middle School Parking Lot
224 Rams Way
Franklinton, NC 27525

Rocky Mount

Thursday, November 19 ~  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Word Tabernacle Church (Impact Center Building)
821 Word Plaza
Rocky Mount, NC 27804


Friday, November 20 ~ 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Granville County Expo & Convention Center
4185 U.S Highway 15
Oxford, NC 27565


Tuesday, November 24 ~ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Elks Lodge
326 W. Rockspring St
Henderson, NC 27536

Like GRRO’s testing events last month, these events will be conducted as low/no contact drive-up services. People who get the free COVID-19 test will also receive a free family box of food, PPE and information on resources to help them through the pandemic.

Nicholas Adam Hughes

Louisburg Man Arrested on Second Degree Kidnapping, Weapons Charges

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-Information courtesy the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On November 12, 2020, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Domestic Violence Unit responded to 888 Fuller Road in Louisburg in reference to a domestic with weapons call.

As a result of the incident, Nicholas Adam Hughes, a Franklin County resident, was arrested and charged with: one (1) count of Felony Discharge Firearm within Enclosure to Incite Fear, one (1) count of Felony Second Degree Kidnapping, one (1) count of Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one (1) count of Misdemeanor Communicating Threats, one (1) count of Misdemeanor Injury to Real Property, and one (1) count of Misdemeanor Resisting a Public Officer.

Hughes is currently in the Franklin County Detention Center under an $80,000 secured bond.

Nicholas Adam Hughes – 39 years of age – 888 Fuller Road, Louisburg, NC 27549

Nicholas Adam Hughes (Photo courtesy FCSO)

Darryl Lamont Jones

Suspect Arrested in Bunn Car Wash Homicide

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On November 10, 2020, at approximately 2 p.m., law enforcement personnel from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, State Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department arrested Darryl Lamont Jones on an outstanding warrant for First Degree Murder

Darryl Lamont Jones

Darryl Lamont Jones allegedly shot and killed Mariano Palacios Hortelano at the Bunn car wash on October 27, 2020. Jones is currently in the Franklin County Detention Center without bond. 

The joint efforts of the Franklin County Sheriffs Office, the Bunn Police Department, the Raleigh Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) led to Joness identification and subsequent arrest

Darryl Lamont Jones, 20 years of age, 25 Monarch Court Youngsville, North Carolina.

This matter remains under investigation, and no further information will be released at this time.

If anyone should have any additional information pertaining to this investigation, please call Detective Wayne Daniels with the Franklin County Sheriffs Office at (919) 340-4343.

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COVID-19 Outbreak Reported at the Franklin County Detention Center

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-Press Release, Franklin County Government

The Franklin County Health Department (FCHD) reports that as of Friday afternoon two (2) staffmembers and thirty (30) inmates have tested positive for COVID19 at the Franklin County Detention Center in Louisburg, NC

Staff from the Franklin County Health Department and the Franklin County Sheriffs Office are working together to address this outbreak for the safety of inmates and staff

Working in consultation with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the FCHD and the Sheriffs Office quickly implemented testing of inmates and Detention Center staff, contact tracing, quarantine/isolation measures and enhanced cleaning protocols

The FCHD will continue regular testing of inmates and staff, contact tracing and the use of quarantine and isolation protocols in response to this outbreak

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated that the safety of our staff and inmates are our top priority and we will continue to work with the Health Department and follow CDC guidelines and all safety protocols as we move forward.” 

Local Health Director, Scott Lavigne, stated that the early testing of inmates and staff, contact tracing, the use of quarantine/isolation measures and the wearing of face coverings and other personal protective equipment (PPE), will greatly assist us in resolving this outbreak.” 

The Franklin County COVID19 Emergency Operations Center will issue additional statements as more information becomes available.

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Franklin Co. Announces New Convenience Site Hours

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-Press Release, Franklin County Government

With the ending of Daylight Savings Time on November 1, 2020, Franklin County Convenience Sites will close at 6 p.m. beginning Monday, November 2, 2020.

All sites are open during these hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with the exception of the Timberlake Road site, which is open on Thursday as well.

The updated schedule of 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. will be observed until Monday, March 15, 2021, when Daylight Savings Time resumes. For reference, the schedule can be located online at

For additional information, please contact Lee Bodenhamer, Solid Waste Director, at (919) 496-5002.

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Kim Denton Appointed Franklin County Manager

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-Press Release, Franklin County Government

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners appointed Kim Denton as County Manager at their October 19 meeting. Denton has served as Assistant County Manager since December 2017 and will take the lead as County Manager November 1, 2020, upon the retirement of long-time County Manager Angela L. Harris.

“I appreciate the confidence the Board of Commissioners has placed in me,” Denton said. “My knowledge of the County’s important objectives will help ensure continuity.”

As Assistant County Manager, Denton has led the County’s Broadband Action Team, as well as directly supervised several departments and worked with Department Heads on accomplishing a number of Departmental projects. She has worked with the County Manager as a member of the Budget Team and helped interpret and shape policy. Denton directed the Facilities Review and Space Assessment Study to assess the condition and future objectives for County facilities.

“I look forward to working with the Board of Commissioners and County staff to address the opportunities and challenges ahead,” said Denton.

Prior to service with Franklin County Government, Denton served over six years in the Franklin County Clerk of Court’s Office as Assistant Clerk working in the Estates and Civil Departments. Her previous experience includes over ten years in the telecommunications industry working with the company now known as CenturyLink, holding positions in Accounting, Marketing and Regulatory departments. She is also an avid supporter of a number of volunteer organizations in Franklin County.

Denton graduated from Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. She is a native of Franklin County where she currently resides with her husband, Thomas. She has two sons, Mark and Edward.

For additional information, please contact Angela L. Harris, Franklin County Manager, at (919) 496-5994.