On Thursday, Austin Schneller took home three gold medals to match the three golden pieces of precious metal he won last year.
His shiny awards, though, were no match for the smiles that beamed from he and his family’s faces during the second consecutive Franklin County Special Olympics on Thursday.
“It’s a great event,” said Courtney Schneller, waiting on Austin at the finish line of the 25-meter race to give her son a high-five and a hug.
Like the state, Franklin County appears to be experiencing a two-year decline in fatal motor vehicle accidents.
According to state Transportation Secretary Gene Conti, statistics show that traffic-related fatalities in North Carolina for 2008 decreased by more than 17 percent from the previous year.
And numbers so far this year appear to be down 12 percent over 2008.
In Franklin County, statistics so far suggest that 2009 will have even lower traffic-related fatality figures.
Students and teachers at Louisburg Elementary School took advantage of the warm, sunny weather on Thursday to take part in an Easter egg hunt before Spring Break kicked in on Friday for Franklin County schools. Above, Kindergartners Amanda Bell, Jeremiah Eddie, Treqwan Alston and Isai Barrera-Solorio all tried to outrace dozens of other students to get to brightly colored eggs filled with goodies.
It was a mixed bag of topics interlaced with bad economic news that greeted members of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission when it met for its April meeting Thursday morning in Youngsville.
State Rep. Lucy Allen told the EDC board to brace for a “dog fight” over the state budget as differing versions from the governor, the House and Senate head for a conference committee soon.
In the company of a Rhodes Scholar, a Nobel Prize winner, a former chief Air Force historian for the Pentagon, and students who started a library in Ghana, Tripp Gobble was a bit overwhelmed by the new company he keeps.
But for those who nominated and inducted him into one of the University of North Carolina’s oldest and highest-regarded honorary societies, they sing his praises.
A jury of Robert Lee Pastuer’s peers is expected to continue deliberations on Monday.
Investigators arrested Pastuer in December of 2006, charging him with the stabbing death of his estranged wife, Narskeklsy Pastuer.
Two men discovered her body on Dec. 7 inside the trunk of her car, which was abandoned off of U.S. 1 near Pocomoke Road.
Whether you’re a native of Franklin County, moved here a month ago or are just passing through and curious, you might consider marking your calendar for April 18 and 19.
That weekend and several days following it will offer an opportunity to sample the hospitality and heritage of this county -- and gain an appreciation of the architectural gems that it contains.
GOOD MORNING: Reference County Commissioner (Rev,) Sidney Dunston’s sky-diving accident this past week, here are a couple of web comments I thought you, with the possible exception of Bro. Sid, would get a kick out of.
By: rockyranger on 4/8/09: Well, this confirms it beyond all reasonable doubt. “The sky really is falling!”
By Tazmania on 4/8/09: How much we wanna bet that 1) he files a worker’s comp claim with the county, and 2) he tries to get his child support lowered because he can’t work (or does he even work?)
Here are a couple of little factoids that should curl your hair -- especially if you regularly drive U.S. 401 between Louisburg and Wake County.
Based on a recent five-year crash study of the US 401 corridor (from NC 96 in Wake County to NC 56 south of Louisburg), there have been 372 crashes along that corridor. Unfortunately, there have been seven fatal crashes, resulting in the loss of eight lives, during that time frame.
The North Carolina State Senate proclaimed a budget this week and the process resembles the way a caste system operates.
At the top you have a handful of “those who know what is best.” In India, they are called the Brahmins. They breathe rarified air and do not like open meetings or open doors. About 10 in number, they are all Democrats, mostly white, mostly older males. One is not to question, just accept their edicts as truth.
I feel so fortunate to have this forum to share with you every month some of the great happenings at Louisburg College. I was hired as the director of publications and media relations in August 2008, and over the past eight months I have been truly amazed and awed by our faculty and students, 10 of whom recently exemplified just what makes them so outstanding.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Raymond T. “Ham” Williams, 81, who died Thursday, April 9, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Haywood Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Bartley “Bart” Carl Malanix, 68, died Friday morning, April 10, 2009. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dan Davis officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
LOUISBURG – Mary Odell Stallings Driver, 97, of Louisburg, died Friday morning.
LOUISBURG -- On the first day of The Masters, it was only fitting that the Louisburg Warriors made a late charge to score a team victory at Thursday’s Franklin County Golf Match.
Visiting Bunn appeared to be headed for a team season sweep against Louisburg, but the Warriors used some late heroics from Kevin Howell and Andrew Weed -- along with consistent play from Patrick Riddick -- to rally for the conquest.
FRANKLINTON -- Amanda Knapp’s return to full strength is great news for the Franklinton High School girls soccer program.
And terrible news for future opponents.
Knapp, who has been limited over the past week because of a bone bruise in her leg, played in less than one-half of Wednesday’s home match against Northern Carolina Conference foe Bunn.
And scored five goals in the Lady Rams’ 9-2 victory.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s Morgan Tharrington delivered three more hits than the entire Louisburg offense during Thursday’s prep fast-pitch softball showdown.
Of course, Tharrington had something to do with that.
Tharrington had a day to remember for FHS, tossing a no-hitter on the mound as the Lady Rams swept their season series over Louisburg with a 5-0 conquest at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
DURHAM -- Former Bunn High School diamond standouts D.J. Scott and Brandon Strickland played key roles for the North Carolina Central Eagles during a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at crosstown rival Duke University.
Scott went 4-for-7 with one RBI for the Eagles, while Strickland started Game One on the mound.
The Devils won the contests 14-1 and 9-3.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College may have scored a doubleheader sweep Wednesday afternoon, but the mood was hardly positive at Frazier Field.
Not after star shortstop Logan Gallagher suffered what may have been a potentially serious elbow injury.
Gallagher, a highly touted freshman who has been hitting out of the No. 3 spot in LC’s lineup, was injured during a relief appearance on the mound.
HENDERSON -- In a key Northern Carolina Conference diamond matchup, Southern Vance scored all nine of its runs in the third inning en route to a 9-3 home victory on Wednesday against the Bunn Wildcats.
With the win, SV took second place outright in the league with a 5-1 mark. The Raiders are 9-4 overall.
Bunn is 3-2 in the NCC and 5-5 overall.
CHAPEL HILL -- University of North Carolina sophomore Patrick Johnson tossed 6 1/3 hitless innings and struck out a career-high 11 East Carolina hitters as the 14-ranked Pirates fell to No. 2 UNC, 3-1, at Boshamer Stadium Tuesday night.
With the win, UNC improves to 25-7 and ECU falls to 25-6.
Johnson (2-0) retired the first seven batters before walking Austin Homan in the third frame. On the night, the right-hander allowed just one hit and three walks to go with his 11 punchouts.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Senior Zollie Woodlief blasted his team-leading seventh homer un of the season on Wednesday afternoon, a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning that erased a two-run deficit and gave his Bishops an eventual 6-4 victory over Greensboro College at Bauer Field.
Former Louisburg High School pitcher Jonathan Shearon claimed the decision on the mound for the Bishops.
A community that celebrates, commemorates, and remembers others has fun, learns, honors, recognizes, and appreciates its culture.
This is the case for three different local events where the Spanish, American heritage, and Irish cultures were celebrated with music and singing.
First of all, the Spanish-American program, sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council, took place at Long Mill Elementary on Feb. 11. The students of the Before and After School program of Carol Lewis were entertained and exposed to the history of some unfamiliar as well as familiar instruments and music.
The second of three spring concerts at Cherry Hill Plantation in Warren County will feature pianist Jane Hawkins and violinist Richard Luby. They will perform works from the Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven on Sunday, April 19.
Richard Luby has appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa of Mexico, National Radio Orchestra of Poland, the North Carolina Symphony, the National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony. He has given recitals of the complete works for violin and piano of Ives, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Stravinsky, as well as the Sonatas for violin and harpsichord of J.S. Bach.
The twelve children of Mother Gladys Merritt Perry hosted a “Hats off 90th Birthday Celebration,” Saturday, March 28, at the Old Liberty Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
The celebration consisted of dinner, greetings and a “Hats Off Salute” from the children, friends, her brother Dr. George C. Debnam of Raleigh, sister Bernice Flacks, of Rutherfordton, Pastor, Dr. Charles Murrill, and the entire church family.
North Carolina Coastal Pines is pleased to announce that Sharon Jones of Franklinton was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the council’s annual meeting held in Raleigh on March 7. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an adult volunteer or community group for their outstanding service and dedication to Girl Scouting.