LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT. A volunteer tries to contain the Franklinton fire with a plow.
Firefighters continued this week to quench hotspots at two wildfire locations that set ablaze a still-undetermined total number of acres throughout Franklin County.
Statewide, an estimated 300 brush fires burned more than 10,000 acres Sunday and part of Monday.
No one was injured locally in what one local forest service official called the worst strand of fires in recent memory.
“It’s not the wind that is so bad. It’s the ash and the heat.”
— Jay Fraccola, above, Knightdale Fire Department volunteer fighting the Franklinton blaze off U.S. Highway 1
EARLY FILER. Franklin County Register of Deeds Linda Stone, right, files for re-election Monday, with the opening of the filing period. At left are Elections Director Amy Southerland and Elections Deputy Director Lisa Tharrington.
It was a traditional-looking wait in the Franklin County Courthouse annex hallway Monday morning for political hopefuls, who were lined on both sides.
County commissioners Robert Lee Swanson and Sidney Dunston joked with each other by the doorway as they waited their turns to go in the Board of Elections Office and sit with Elections Director Amy Southerland and Deputy Director Lisa Tharrington to file for the upcoming May 6 primary.
LOUISBURG - James Howard Perdue, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 in Louisburg. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bunn Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Cottrell officiating.
RALEIGH - Thomas Wayne “Tom” Cooper, 44, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. A Celebration of Life service was conducted Sunday, Feb. 11, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, Louisburg. Entombment followed immediately after the service.
YOUNGSVILLE - Harry G. Henry, 57, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 13) at Macedonia Baptist Church, Raleigh. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Feggins-Feggins Funeral & Cremation Service, Wake Forest.
LOUISBURG - Joel T. Alston, 67, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.
FRANKLINTON - Cary D. Montague, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at Britthaven of Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. André Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.
ARCOLA - Elmer Wemyss Harris, 86, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 at Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Va. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, with the Revs. Harold DeLong and Larry Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
DURHAM — Semora Johnson, 59, of 2922 Kanewood Drive, died Monday, February 11, 2008 at home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 2508 Crest St. Family visitation will be one hour prior to service. Viewing will be noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Fisher Funeral Parlor.
LOUISBURG - Ann Barnhill Wheless, 92, of Mayview Convalescent Center, Raleigh, formerly of Louisburg, died Sunday morning. She was the oldest of eight children born to the late Walter and Lelia Locke Barnhill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James Block Wheless.
LOUISBURG - Faye Swanson Layton, 77, of 451 Swanson Road, died Sunday at her son’s home surrounded by her loving family. She was a native of Franklin County and daughter to the late David Clinton and Hattie Belle Bartholomew Swanson.
LOUISBURG - Success for Louisburg College’s pitching staff is almost a given this spring, as the Hurricanes return four hurlers who have signed Division I scholarships for next season.
But it was the LC offense that went to the Hilt to claim a three-game weekend sweep against Hiwassee College in the Hurricanes’ season opener at Frazier Field.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s Lady Hurricanes drank in plenty of tenacious defense to earn a two-game sweep during last weekend’s action at the Coca-Cola Classic at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
Taking on a pair of Region X opponents, the Lady Hurricanes remained undefeated in league action with decisions over Spartanburg Methodist (76-54 last Saturday) and Clinton Junior College (110-53 on Sunday afternoon).
John Sala didn’t have to travel far to come up with his first official high school signee as the Louisburg College head football coach.
Last Wednesday at the Bunn Dome, Sala was on hand to watch BHS defensive end Darius Brodie ink a letter-of-intent to join the Hurricanes’ program.
BUNN -- Veronica Cannady is making the most of her final season as a member of the Bunn High School girls basketball squad.
Cannady is BHS’ lone upperclassman, so it was fitting that she sparkled as part of the school’s Senior Night festivities last Friday night at the Bunn Dome.
LOUISBURG -- Five players scored in double figures as the Louisburg College men’s basketball team soared to a 94-57 home victory last Saturday afternoon against Roanoke-Chowan Community College at Holton Gymnasium.
B.J. Williams led the way for the Hurricanes with 16 points, while freshman point guard Kimani Yarborough delivered a season-high 12 points.
LOUISBURG -- Here are updated standings and results from the Louisburg Parks and Recreation Department’s basketball season:
Partial Republican Party Precinct meetings for 2008 are scheduled as follows:
• West Louisburg Country Precinct - March 6 at 7 p.m. at GOP Headquarters, 101 W. Nash St., Louisburg. Contact Ed Strickland at 496-1607.
• West Franklinton Precinct - Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at 4 S. Main St., Franklinton. Chairman, Mark McArn, 494-5735.
The Franklin County African American Cultural Club is presenting a celebration of Black History on Friday, Feb. 15.
Beginning at 7 p.m., the event will be at Terrell Lane Middle School on Ronald Tharrington Road in Louisburg. The public is invited to attend the celebration, which includes blessing of the food and a light repast.
The Franklin Regional Medical Center Volunteers/Auxilians will be offering scholarships again this year, with a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $1,000.
The new Tractor Supply Co. store in Youngsville will open for business on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 8 a.m., store Manager Jason Fasel said this week.
Franklin County Calender of Events for the upcoming week:
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