School Board member John May secured a Democratic Party subcommittee recommendation to replace Lucy Allen on House District 49 on Thursday night.
Representatives in the Speaker of the House’s office said May could be sworn in on April 23.
“To get unanimous support from the Democratic Party was humbling and gratifying,” May said of Thursday night’s vote by Franklin, Nash and Halifax county’s House District subcommittee — the group that was charged with recommending Allen’s replacement.
LEADER AMONG MEN. Louisburg College President Mark La Branche, third from left, waits on stage with other college and church leaders before being installed as the 223-year-old school’s 27th president. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
On a beautiful April afternoon Dr. Mark David La Branche officially became the 27th president of Louisburg College on Friday, making official a job he has held for the last 15 months.
In his inaugural address Dr. La Branche called the position he had just assumed a “symbol of the responsibility we all share together.
Understaffed and overworked, the state Employment Security Commission became the first North Carolina agency to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence.
Earlier this week, Franklin County’s staff were bestowed with certificates, recognizing their roles in a state effort to help record numbers of people get the training or opportunities they need to get back to work.
Franklin County commissioners will be asked Monday night to award a contract to build the Pilot Lions Park.
Engineers with Site Solutions are recommending the county use the lowest responsive bidder, not the contractor who offered to do the project at the lowest price.
American Builder Inc., petitioned to do the project for $807,650.
Contractors began pouring the concrete for a new airport hangar, putting operators a week away from adding another revenue generator at Triangle North Executive Airport.
Early last year, the airport’s governing board decided to slow down on one capital project — self-serve fuel service — and move forward with a new hangar to house corporate jets.
Friends and supporters of the Franklin County Library system paused for a moment to look back at the 35-year history of the Louisburg facility — and then dared to peek into the future.
Pictured (Above): HERE’S THE LIBRARY. Jackie Gill (center) was one of the tour guides Tuesday when the Franklin County Library in Louisburg celebrated its 35th anniversary. Getting an up-close look at the aging facility were Angela Harris (left), Franklin County manager, and Sidney Dunston, a Franklin County commissioner.
Louisburg resident Cam Murphy
For the 27th time in a history that spans more than 200 years, Louisburg College officially has a new president today.
On Friday, the Rev. Dr. Mark D. La Branche was officially inaugurated as president of the college.
In reality, Dr. La Branche has been at the helm of the college since Jan. 1, 2009. Friday, however, was his formal inauguration.
Well now, there’s a challenge for some community-minded folks who have been looking for a project to throw their experience, expertise and enthusiasm behind.
The challenge is to upgrade the Louisburg Library, a facility that has been well used for 35 years at its current location but the building is coming to the end of its useful life.
GOOD MORNING: Things have really been slow on the news scene (and rumor mill, too) recently as evidenced by Barry Saunders devoting his column in the N&O Thursday morning to the weather — a practice that I’ve been guilty of on more than one occasion.
YOUNGSVILLE - Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Barrett, 50, died Sunday, April 11, 2010. A memorial service will be today (Saturday, April 17) at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home with Rev. Gary McNair officiating.
ROLESVILLE - Lynda Katheryn Kulick Swaim, 43, died Monday, April 12, 2010 at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. A Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, April 16 at Saint Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church with Father Philip Tighe officiating. Burial followed at Wake Forest Cemetery.
THOMASVILLE - Rachel Pearce Harper, 62, died Monday, April 12, 2010. A memorial service was Wednesday, April 14 at Cumby Family Funeral Home Chapel in Archdale. Interment and graveside service was at Youngsville Town Cemetery, Youngsville on Thursday, April 15.
LOUISBURG - Johnnie White Burnette, 85, of Louisburg died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at Louisburg Nursing Center. He was born December 29, 1924 to William B. and Fannie Morton Burnette. He retired from The Hon Company as supervisor of maintenance. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Beal Burnette, and sister, Pearl White. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. from Maple Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Jay Tilley officiating.
GAINING POSSESSION FOR BHS. Bunn High School’s Mariela Lopez (left) controls the ball during the Ladycats’ road soccer victory Wednesday evening against Northern Carolina Conference rival Louisburg.
LOUISBURG -- With only three guaranteed bids to the Class 2-A State Playoffs available in the Northern Carolina, it places a premium of importance on matches such as the one Wednesday evening between league foes Bunn and Louisburg.
Thanks to a strong first half, the Ladycats earned a key victory, winning 5-3 against host Louisburg at Patterson Field.
Bunn is now 1-2 in the NCC, with losses to conference powerhouses Roanoke Rapids and Franklinton. Another crucial league test for Bunn will come Monday versus North Johnston.
SERVING UP VICTORIES. Gillberto Pannunzio, an exchange student from Brazil, has yet to lose a match at No. 1 Singles this season for the Franklinton High School boys tennis squad, coached by Billy Jackson.
FRANKLINTON -- Even without the usual six players, Franklinton was still able to get the job done Thursday during a Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis match against Bunn.
The Wildcats were able to defeat Franklinton earlier in the campaign, but not the second time around as the Red Rams claimed a 5-4 decision at the FHS Courts.
COME BACK HERE. Bunn High School shortstop Melanie Davis attempts to track down the ball for the Ladycats during Wednesday’s non-conference road fast-pitch softball meeting against Southern Nash.
STANHOPE -- After one inning, a slugfest appeared to be in store for Wednesday’s non-conference softball contest between Bunn and host Southern Nash.
Both teams exploded offensively in the opening frame, scoring four runs apiece.
However, neither club would be able to dent home plate again until the bottom of the 14th stanza.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Franklinton earned a piece of history during Wednesday’s girls soccer matchup at perennial power Roanoke Rapids.
Despite all of the strong teams FHS has fielded over the years, the Lady Rams had never been able to defeat the Jackets -- until Wednesday.
ZEBULON -- The left side of the Montgomery infield combined to go 7-9, leading the Biscuits past the Carolina Mudcats 8-4 at Five County Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.
Shortstop Drew Anderson had four hits, while third baseman Greg Sexton was 3-4 with a pair of doubles as the Biscuits (5-2) remained in first place in the Southern Division.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will host its final Region X baseball weekend today and Sunday at historic Frazier Field on the LC campus.
LC will entertain the University of South Carolina-Lancaster for a pair of 1 p.m. doubleheaders.
High School Baseball
Louisburg at Franklinton 6 p.m.
Bunn at North Johnston 7 p.m.
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for its 13-14 and 15-19 Year-Old Baseball Leagues.
The registration deadline has been extended until April 22.
(L to R) Bunn’s Kwinlyn Tyler and Louisburg’s Halie Harris lunge for the ball during Wednesday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer matchup at LHS’ Patterson Field.
Franklinton’s Garrett Freese prepares to return a shot on the forehand for the Red Rams during their home conference boys tennis matchup Thursday against the Bunn Wildcats.
Brandon Williams and the Bunn Wildcats went 2-1 this week in Northern Carolina Conference baseball action -- including a doubleheader sweep versus NW Halifax.
Bunn High School’s No. 3 Singles player Ben Costolo follows his return over the net during Thursday’s road boys tennis contest at Franklinton.
As I write this article, I cannot help but think about today’s date, Tuesday the 13th, which is actually a “bad luck day” in Latin America. It is really the Spanish version of Friday the 13th , a perfect day to watch out for the Hairy Man.
Today, at lunchtime, I was invited by Charley-John Smith, professor at Louisburg College, to come to the auditorium and help to seat the children from three different counties who came to see a most interesting play for children called “Wiley and the Hairy Man.”
Four Franklin County high school students have each been awarded a $1,250 scholarship from Wake Electric.
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the third nine-weeks grading period.
To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.
Here is the Louisburg Elementary School Honor Roll for the nine-week grading period ending March 29:
Here’s the Youngsville Elementary Honor Roll for the third nine-week grading period:
Students from Franklin County who made the Fall 2009 Dean’s List at N.C. A&T State University are as follows:
There was optimism about what our local educational efforts are accomplishing — but it was tempered with a realistic understanding of what remains to be done — when leaders of Franklin County’s three major educational institutions presented a State of the Schools program Tuesday morning.
The Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., Head Start is accepting children for the 2010-2011 Program Year.
Children must be 3 years of age as of Aug. 31, 2010.
The Five County Mental Health Authority is hosting a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking this coming Thursday.
The event, at the Louisburg Training Center on Wade Avenue, will feature addresses from town officials, law enforcement agents, representatives from Safe Space, the Department of Juvenile Justice and District Court Judge Quon Bridges.