A familiar holiday performance is developing this year into a charity swell to benefit Volunteers in Medicine and Care and Share as well as open the way for donated gifts and food for those in need.
The Northeast Piedmont Chorale is moving its first of four public Christmas concerts from Franklinton to Louisburg, and as the idea to open up the Nov. 15 performance at Louisburg College’s Auditorium to as many people as possible developed, organizers decided to build on the holiday spirit and offer the first “Night of the Living Community.”
Turnout topped 73 percent
A counting error kept Franklin County from having one of the highest voter turnouts in the state, but the electorate was still charged as more than 73 percent of registered voters cast a ballot for the Nov. 4 election.
On Tuesday night, elections staff said 28,846 voters had cast a ballot, but later in the week, Board of Elections Director Amy Southerland said the unofficial number was 26,678 of the county’s 36,282 registered voters had weighed in on the general election.
Nationwide, voters cast their ballots for a presidential candidate who ran on a campaign of change, but based upon Tuesday’s unofficial tally, voters wanted more of the same from local leaders.
Incumbent Commissioners Sidney Dunston and Robert Lee Swanson retained their seats in District 1 and District 3, respectively.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has approved the concept of a plan to bring an aviation convention, museum and air show to the county’s airport.
By unanimous decision, the board voted to negotiate an agreement to form a nonprofit corporation with representatives of First in Flight Aviation.
Two men police allege are responsible for beating and robbing an elderly man await their day in court.
With the help of Franklin County sheriff’s deputies, Louisburg Police arrested Darrell Maurice Hicks, 23, on charges that he brutally beat and robbed Keith Claxton, 84, of Wake Forest.
RALEIGH - Betsy Poole, 76, of Wake Forest, formerly of Raleigh, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. A memorial service was conducted Friday, Nov. 7, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Millbrook Road, Raleigh.
LOUISBURG – Edith Best Ferrell, 70, died Wednesday night, Nov. 5, 2008 at WakeMed. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 8) at Hill King United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Rhonda Maurer officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
ROLESVILLE - Eugene “Gene” Wesley Woodlief, 61, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 at his home.
A service celebrating his life was conducted Thursday, Nov. 6, at Glen Royal Baptist Church, Wake Forest.
RALEIGH - Colonel Gerard W. Rooney, USAF (Ret.), 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.
Born in Columbus Grove, Ohio, he was the eldest son of 11 children born to the late Ed and Louise Rooney. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for 26 years, and flew 75 missions during WW II.
NORFOLK, Va. - Jennifer Faye Burnette, 38, formerly of Louisburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 in Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 7, in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services in Louisburg, with the Rev. Jay Tilley officiating. Entombment followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG - Joe Bowers 87, died Thursday night, Nov. 7, 2008 at Carebridge Assisted Living in Louisburg.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Junious Epps, 81, who died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Open visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 8) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.
FRANKLINTON - Matthew A. Person Jr., 86, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 at Britthaven of Louisburg. Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 6, at First United Church of Christ in Franklinton. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.
YOUNGSVILLE - Raymond P. Woodward, 59, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 8) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Theotis “Dinky” Hunt, 68, who died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, will be today (Saturday, Nov. 8) at 1 p.m. at Haywood Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
New Louisburg coach to emphasize defense
LOUISBURG -- Get this -- during a recent practice session, Louisburg College first-year head coach John Meeks actually implored his club to push the ball up the court more.
“You guys are way too slow on the break!,’’ Meeks shouted before ordering up a round of push-ups for a few select players. “Let’s get it going!.’’
Bunn’s Barker, Jones saluted on NCC squad
BUNN -- Balance was a key for the Bunn High School volleyball squad, which attacked opponents from a variety of positions on the court.
One player, however, would ultimately stand out for BHS veteran head coach Henry Jones.
Ragland tabbed as Player of the Year
LOUISBURG -- In 23 matches this season, Louisburg High School’s Chase Ragland racked up an impressive 50 points while helping the Warriors to the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Boys Soccer Championship -- for the second consecutive year.
The high-scoring Ragland, a junior who also excels in baseball at LHS, has been saluted as the TRAC Player of the Year this fall.
Just about every football game, I hear a player or coach refer to the phrase ‘our house.’
“They’re not going to come into our house and beat us!’’
“Take it to the house!’’
“We’re going to show them this is our house!’’
“We’re going to go into their house and win this game!’’
Ah, the old house slang. And yes, it started way before the Under Armour ‘We Must Protect This House’ commercial.
Steve Zobel, administrator for the Louisburg Moose Family Center, presents a check for $3,000 to Sheriff Pat Green to help with his Shop with Cops Christmas program. Zobel said a lot of hard work was done by the Moose members on different projects to raise the funds, which will benefit people of Franklin County.
Louisburg High School band teacher Brian Miller. Miller received a notable honor from the Louisburg Wal-Mart — Teacher of The Year. With the award comes a $1,000 check to the school and a $100 gift certificate to Wal-Mart for Miller.
Bill Lord puts the finishing touches on a spaghetti plate that Boy Scout Troop 555 sold on Election Night Tuesday at the Farmer’s Market. Troop Leader Charles Fenske said they have sold plates for more than 20 years to support scout projects. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
FRANKLINTON -- With all eyes on high-scoring running back Michael Crudup, the Franklinton Red Rams turned to their other offensive options during Friday’s key Northern Carolina Conference showdown against Southern Vance.
Crudup, one of the area’s top rushers, was kept out of the end zone -- despite having another solid all-around outing -- by the Runnin’ Raiders.
But his teammates certainly weren’t.
GATESVILLE -- Known more for their powerful running game, the Louisburg Warriors made some rare trips to the air Friday to secure a Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference conquest at Gates County.
LHS senior quarterback Ryan Stern connected with Greg Small on a trio of touchdown passes, and the Warriors would roll to a 44-6 decision against the Red Barons.
WARRENTON -- Bunn is not a team that will allow you to forget your mistakes.
Friday night, they proved that to Warren County.
The Wildcats took two early interceptions and turned them into touchdowns.
Carrying all the momentum in their final regular season game, the Wildcats rolled up a 42-0 lead going into halftime.
The Wildcats kept the ball on the ground in the second half, and the Eagles added a late score to put the final at 42-6.