FRANKLINTON — Heavy clouds gave way to a crisp blue sky Saturday afternoon, taking the scare out of organizers who planned the town’s first Frankenfest on Main.
“Things went really well,” said Elic Senter, organizer of the first year fall festival in town. The threat of rain kept away a few vendors, but plenty selling food, arts and crafts and services kept their reservations.
Franklin County investigators are looking for suspects who have committed armed home invasions and shrouded a community in terror.
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green said that by Sunday, two armed gunmen forced their way into two homes in the Bunn area, shooting one victim and placing a gun to the head of a 12-year-old.
Water woes in Franklin County have affected the training regimen for firefighters.
It’s not been caused by the lack of water flow, though.
The county is under a burn ban because of the dry conditions, which could lead to out-of-control burns.
Children in Franklin County will have a roughly two-hour period tonight to get tricks or treats.
Franklinton, Youngsville, Bunn and Louisburg will all allow trick-or-treating to take place between 6-8 p.m. on Halloween.
A series of community meetings on the county’s Comprehensive Development Plan will begin soon.
They will be in various regions of the county to solicit input from as many residents as possible about future growth.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mary Betty Yarborough Lewis, 78, who died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for John “June” Kearney Jr., 69, who died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, by the Rev. Thomas Richardson, eulogist. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Constance K. Brodie, 52, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at her home, 914 S. Main St.
YOUNGSVILLE - James Howard Tingen, 77, died Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2007 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Entombment followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
BOONE - Jewell Hayes Viviano, 79, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007 at Duke University Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 29, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner. Burial followed at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh. A native of Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Joe Whitt and Evelyn Hatton Hayes.
LOUISBURG - Rommie Epp Catlett Sr., 83, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 28, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Catlett was born in Franklin County, son of the late Fannie Wiggins Catlett and the late Rom Cashwell Catlett. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in WWII.
FRANKLINTON - Willis “Skinny” Burchett, 78, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Mt. Carmel Christian Church cemetery, with the Rev. Dean Perry and the Rev. Brian Cameron officiating.
LOUISBURG – Katie Bell Horton, 87, of Louisburg, died Monday morning. Mrs. Horton was a daughter of the late John Bennett and Martha Hill Horton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Horton; son, Phillip Horton; sister, Elizabeth Horton; brothers, Tommy Horton, Isaac Horton, George Horton, Sam Horton, Tilman Horton, Grover Horton and John Horton. Mrs. Horton was a lifetime member of Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church.
CASTALIA – Emily Collins Gardner, 62, of 2903 White Level Road, died Friday morning.
WILMINGTON - Seven in a row. With no end in sight.
Louisburg College’s decade-long dominance of the Region X Men’s Soccer Tournament continued last weekend at Cape Fear Community College.
After shutting out Tri-County Sunday morning under soggy conditions, the Hurricanes wrapped up their seventh consecutive region tourney title Monday with a 4-1 decision over host Cape Fear in New Hanover County.
BUNN -- Bunn may have been undermanned, but the Wildcats had more than enough offensive firepower to explode past Roanoke Rapids Monday.
The Wildcats were playing without starting quarterback Levon Stanley (finger injury) and halfback Chris Fleurmont (violation of team rules).
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High has had an easy road so far through the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
Maybe even a little too easy for LHS head coach Erica Wammock, who knows from experience that the Lady Warriors’ competition level is about to steadily increase.
PINETOWN -- Louisburg High’s Jared Nobles qualified for the Class 1-A State Boys Cross Country Meet thanks to a strong performance last Saturday at the East Regionals at Northside High School.
Nobles, a senior, took 16th place overall with a time of 20:02.6. He was an at-large state qualifier.
LOUISBURG -- Before celebrating their first Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship since 2003, the Louisburg Warriors first needed to take care of a Small matter Monday at home against league rival Northampton West.
Greg Small saw to it that LHS wrapped up the TRAC’s regular season title as he rushed for 167 yards on 18 carries and caught a touchdown pass late in the first half to propel the Warriors to a 24-6 decision over the Hurricanes, who are no longer coached by Robert D. Hasty.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are updated North Carolina High School Athletic Association football scores:
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton had a chance to solidify its postseason standing with a home, Senior Night victory Monday against Northwest Halifax.
Instead, the Red Rams are part of a muddled mess in the Northern Carolina Conference standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Neither rain now snow nor sleet -- nor anything else for that matter -- could keep the Franklinton Red Rams from winning the Northern Carolina boys soccer championship.
While most area sporting events were called off last Friday, the Red Rams swiftly completed their appointed rounds with a 5-2 road victory over rival Roanoke Rapids in a contest played under less-than-admirable field conditions due to heavy rains.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- Last Saturday’s much-anticipated gridiron battle between North Carolina Wesleyan and Christopher Newport lived up to its hype as NCWC spoiled the Captains’ 2007 Homecoming with a 42-32 victory at Pomoco Stadium.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s individual and game winners from The Franklin Times’ Football Contest:
Melissa Winner shows off a funnel cake she expertly prepared for those who came out Saturday for Frankenfest on Main. Vendors took up about 60 booths, selling food, jewelry, crafts, goods and services to the hundreds of folks who made their way to downtown Franklinton on Saturday.
Young students at the child day care center at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus recently observed Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13). Engineer Dalton West of the Louisburg Fire Department visited the campus on Oct. 9. West discussed basic fire safety with the children, warned them against playing with matches, and showed them his fire truck and equipment.
The booklet “Westmore Pottery: the Beginning 1977” by Patricia Greene Palmer, will be released Saturday, Nov. 10. This 27-page booklet describes the formative years of potters David and Mary Farrell and the establishment of Westmoore Pottery. Color photographs, most taken by the author, illustrate early and recent works of the Farrells. In the 30 years of its existence, Westmoore Pottery has become well respected in its field of historical pottery. Potters David and Mary Farrell are recognized among the premier craftspeople in the country.
Franklin County investigators said a 20-year-old Franklin County man killed himself last week.
Several administrators at Vance-Granville Community College recently earned the designation “Certified Program Planner.”