Saturday was Halloween and all across Franklin County ghosts, goblins and assorted other mythical creatures of the night. . .and fright. . .reigned supreme for a few hours. Greeting youngsters and their parents at the Youngsville Halloween festival (left photo) was a witch that some alleged was distantly related to Margaret Stallings of Youngsville. In contrast to the witch was a little pumpkin, 18-month-old Josh Layton Skiler from Youngsville. In the third photo, Stephen Scott applies his artistic talent to the neck of Pam Cash when she visited downtown Franklinton for that community’s annual Frankenfest. In the last photo, “Queen Bee” Sue Guerrant and beekeeper husband Bill Lord greet children who were out Trick or Treating in Louisburg.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to let residents have a say in whether they use a quarter of a million dollars to bring an Israeli manufacturing company to town.
Already, the state’s One North Carolina Fund has agreed to provide Palziv North America with a $250,000 grant to help the company set up and operate inside of the HON office manufacturing plant — which is ceasing operation at the end of the year.
Sheriff’s deputies confirmed on Monday that a vehicle found submerged in a rock quarry was reported stolen the night before.
According to a report by Dep. Doug Murphy, Ernest Zapetis III reported on Sunday night that someone stole his 2005 Cadillac STS from his home on Baron Circle in Youngsville just off U.S. 401.
It was found Monday morning submerged in a rock quarry about 20 miles away.
For 21 years, Martha Shearin served as the county’s Register of Deeds, helping people record births, marriages, land deals and deaths.
Helping residents with such critical points in their life, friends said, was an appropriate political and personal outlet for Shearin.
She died Monday at the age of 73.
A former Franklin County school system superintendent announced this week that he will be taking his talents to the Nation’s Capital.
Durham Public Schools Superintendent Carl Harris resigned his post, announcing this week that he has accepted a job with the U.S. Department of Education.
Before going to Durham, Harris served as Franklin County’s superintendent from 1999 until the end of 2003.
Although turnout is generally low for municipal races, a steady number of residents turned out to cast ballots for the area’s next mayors, town council members and commissioners.
By 9:25 a.m. on Tuesday, 79 people had cast a ballot in races for the town of Louisburg.
According to Board of Elections Director Amy Southerland, 69 people cast their ballots early through one-stop voting leading up to Tuesday’s general election.
Chuck Murray is still lamenting the one that got away.
However, he’s decided to fish, rather than cut bait after finishing sixth at the 2009 BASS Federation Nation National Championship that ended Oct. 30 in Tavares, Fla.
He was just 2.5 pounds shy of qualifying for the BassMaster Classic, essentially bass fishing’s top draw with a half a million dollar purse.
Finally, a little good news on the local economic front where, for months, the news has been uniformly bad.
According to both local and state officials, Franklin County may land a new manufacturing facility that could take over the soon-to-be-vacated Hon plant on NC 56 just west of Louisburg.
The company, which is based in Israel and is to become known locally as Palziv North America, will make thermoplastic cross-linked polyethylene foam.
GOOD MORNING: I guess I can say without fear of contradiction that Fall has fell, fall, fallen or whatever, and the color that adorned the trees just this past week has been replaced by a mass of fallen brown leaves and pine straw, etc., covering everything, not the least of which is the floor inside my garage that I’ll have to eventually get up. 1.) If things ever dry off, and 2.) If I’m unable to cajole someone else into doing it for me.
Don’t get me wrong, however. I’m not fussing on account of the rain (we got about 2 inches), but it has certainly compounded the task of getting the leaves up.
I’ll admit it, when the alarm went off Tuesday morning, it would have been a whole lot easier to hit the snooze, roll over, get a few more winks and forget about voting.
But this country is a better place because people better than me didn’t take it easy.
It would have been real easy for women to decide that the struggle for women’s suffrage was too difficult.
It would have been easy to sleep in.
Those on the front line did not and in 1920, women finally won the right to vote throughout the nation.
Last Week’s Poll
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“Who Do You Trust?” was the name of a television game show in the late 1950’s. Who would the average North Carolinian say they trusted today? Recent polls report people don’t trust politicians much, but there is also healthy distrust for many in business, the health field, nonprofits and even religion. Leaders in today’s reality are coming to understand that they must confront and speak truth to potential problems in order to gain and maintain people’s confidence.
BUNN - Oswald Conyers, 71, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Bunn. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - Grace Rachel Davis, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 at her residence. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 4) at Good Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
RALEIGH - Max Pender Haithcock, 75, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 at Rex Hospital. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, Louisburg.
FRANKLINTON —Carolyn Dowdy Denson, 75, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Averett and the Rev. Don Ward officiating. Entombment followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
ZEBULON - Ruby M. Hendricks, 90, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 following a brief illness. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 2, at Massey Funeral Home. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
RALEIGH - Shirley P. Holliday, 72, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 1, in the chapel of Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Raleigh.
ZEBULON - Lucy Jones Faison died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 at Rex Healthcare. Funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Zebulon Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jack Glasgow officiating. Entombment followed at Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery, the Faison Mausoleum, Knightdale.
EVERETT, Wash. —Joshua Kain Althiser, 29, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 at New Hope Worship Center, 7428 Pearces Road, Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Harvey Alston, 77, who died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Spencer Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Edwards Grove cemetery in Warrenton.
LOUISBURG – Timothy Alan “Timmy” Robinson, 47, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning at his home.
LOUISBURG – Martha Denton Shearin, 73, of the Wood Community, died Monday morning at her home surrounded by her loving family.
CLAYTON: Karen M. King, 44, passed away on November 1, 2009. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at McLaurin Funeral Home Chapel.
UNDER PRESSURE. Louisburg College quarterback Karl-David Birkenfeld (left) flips the ball to avoid a sack from Nassau Community College’s Georges Gedin (51) during last Saturday afternoon’s football matchup at Patterson Field.
LOUISBURG -- Statistics pointed to a possible Louisburg College victory during last Saturday’s home football showdown against Nassau Community College out of New York.
But in this case, the numbers didn’t tell the full story of the game.
Except for one pertinent nugget -- the Hurricanes’ five turnovers.
Mistakes continue to be a problem for LC on its current three-game losing streak, and the trend continued last Saturday as the Hurricanes were topped 30-10 by the Lions at Patterson Field on the Louisburg High School campus.
TOUGH TO TACKLE. Deandre Blacknall has proven to be a difficult player to bring down this year for the Louisburg Warriors. Here, he eludes a Northwest Halifax defender during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football contest.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s penchant for quick starts this season continued during last Friday’s important home football matchup against Northwest Halifax.
With a potential favorable playoff seeding at stake, the Warriors jumped to a 14-point advantage in the first period and went on to defeat the Vikings by a 28-16 margin.
It was the final regular season home game for Louisburg, which will carry an 8-2 overall mark into Friday’s showdown at rival Bunn.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has a new Region X women’s basketball rival this winter -- Patrick Henry Community College.
The Lady Patriots will be coming to their first region dance well-prepared with Andrea Barbour, a transfer from Virginia Tech, and Indy Hauser, a transfer from St. Augustine’s.
He’s not just an athletic director.
He’s not just a basketball coach.
He’s a wiffleball legend.
And Louisburg High School’s Chris Davis has the accolades to prove it.
Already a member of the North Carolina Wiffleball Hall of Fame, Davis has learned that he will be inducted to the Inaugural Class of the World of Wiffleball Hall of Fame.
STRATEGY SESSION. Bunn High School head coach Chris Miller meets with Scottie Harrison (3) and Richard Dunston (1) during last Friday’s road victory against the Warren County Eagles. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
WARRENTON -- Bunn took to the air early and flew away to an impressive victory last Friday at Warren County.
BHS sophomore quarterback Montrel Cooke threw for 235 yards -- his second-highest total of the season -- as the Wildcats rolled to a 34-8 decision over the Eagles in a Northern Carolina Conference contest.
Cooke also delivered three touchdown passes to help Bunn improve to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the league.
NORTHWOOD -- Bunn’s boys put together a supreme performance at the right time during last Saturday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Cross Country Championships at Pittsboro Northwood.
The result meant the Wildcats have earned the prestigious right to compete in the state meet.
Bunn assured itself of that status with a fourth-place regional finish, with the Top Four clubs earning state positions.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s individual and game winners from The Franklin Times Football Contest:
Former Bunn High School soccer standout Carrie Jones recently closed out her career at St. Andrew’s College in style as she scored a goal during a 7-0 victory over Coker College out of South Carolina. Jones was recognized at midfield as part of Senior Night, and she received a plaque and flowers from her teammates to commemorate her outstanding four-year career at St. Andrew’s, which is located in Laurinburg. Jones has also been an exceptional student at St. Andrew’s.
Louisburg College football coach John Sala (foreground) gets his defensive players motivated during a time-out last Saturday against Nassau Community College.
Louisburg High School running back Ervin Hunt (right) is tackled at the ankles by a Northwest Halifax defender during last Friday night’s home football game at Patterson Field.
It may have been a dark and dreary night for some on Halloween but many of the creative creatures of the night found the weather almost perfect for a little annual haunting fun. Of course, if indoor activities were more to the liking of some fancily costumed young characters, Youngsville held a carnival at the armory where games were the order of the evening. At that event, Elivia Dale, 7, dressed as a bride, tried her luck at a ball-toss game and found it a prize-winning experience.
Mae W. Wheeler of Franklinton recently retired as the administrative assistant for Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus. Wheeler’s colleagues held a retirement celebration for her on Oct. 23.
Under various titles, Wheeler has been the administrative assistant for the dean of Franklin Campus, Bobbie Jo May, since August 1992. Prior to joining VGCC, Wheeler worked for Franklinton City Schools as a clerical assistant from 1985 through 1992.
St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church of Inez will have three services in celebration of its 118th church anniversary.
The following speakers and their congregations have been invited as follows: Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., the Rev. McArthur Mitchell, pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church, Spring Hope; Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., the Rev. Robert Farmer, pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church, Tarboro.
A Louisburg man suffered minor injuries after running off the road, hitting a fence and causing a 1998 Buick to slide along its side. Trooper C.M. Garner said Felix Guadalupe Diaz Jr. lost control of the car in a curve during the 2:50 p.m. accident on Sunday on Duke Memorial Road. According to the report, no citation was issued in the accident.