It was appropriate that Mark La Branche provided his State of the College address in the spring.
“We are in a period of renewal,” La Branche said during a breakfast attended by community leaders on Tuesday.
“We are renovating our buildings ...,” he said. “We’re in a rewarding time as our enrollment continues to grow.
“We just wanted to take this time to show you where the college stands, what our plans are, and just give you a chance to have a better appreciation of what this college does.”
IN THE HOUSE. Louisburg’s Justin House poses with his second-place trophy during the International Whistlers Convention this past weekend.
For decades, there wasn’t anything about the International Whistlers Convention that Allen de Hart didn’t know about.
That changed on Saturday when long-time friend Dewey Botts presented de Hart with the Convention’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“He has had his fingerprints and footprints on many things,” Botts said moments before presenting de Hart, who danced across the stage, with the honor.
Although one parent’s complaint about a school policy elicited not a single comment from the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night, the parent’s complaints were later called somewhat justified by a school administrator speaking in a different portion of the meeting.
Dean White of Timberlake Road, Franklinton, told the school board that there is a lack of graded school work coming home to parents.
When you’re just 2 years old, awaiting the Easter Bunny can get a little boring, so little Paige Lundy of Youngsville decided to turn her basket into an Easter hat! Holding her is her mother, Julie Lundy. They were at the annual countywide Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday in Franklinton.
JUMPER. Tyrese Kearney puts together a big leap during the competition on Friday.
BUNN — From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. last Friday, organizers of the Franklin County Special Olympics fretted about fitting in all the competitors and all the events.
One of the organizers, Wendy Vavrousek, said it’s a good problem to have.
“It definitely is good news,” Vavrousek said of the interest in the event, which this year featured nearly 50 athletes — more than double the number of athletes that competed in the event that organizers brought back to the county four years ago.
Residents intent on bringing fun and family events to the southern end of Franklin County will kick off some outdoor events this weekend.
A group of Pilot residents got together in 2009 to develop the Norris Creek Outdoor Entertainment Complex, hosting its first antique tractor show.
Genevieve, Annabelle and Jared Harris
Does anyone know a good victory song that can be whistled?
And, is there a polished whistler out there who can whistle that song in tribute to the folks who managed to turn the 38th International Whistlers Convention into a rousing success this year?
When all is said and done this spring, one thing will be certain.
GOOD MORNING: Two more hummingbird sightings in addition to the two we reported earlier. The latest sightings come from Wilbur Southall on Friday and Betty Jo Redmond Saturday.
Gasoline prices jumped another 8-cents per gallon Monday to an average price of $3.69 a gallon and are expected to continue rising. And, as a result thereof, drivers are apparently pulling back at gas pumps as at the pump buying fell by 2.4 million gallons during the first week of April.
It’s always been tough being the father of girls.
From the beginning of time, cavemen have had to protect their little girls from dinosaurs, teach them how to be a lady and keep the next-door little cave boy away.
Times have changed, but those parental instincts to guard and protect little girls has remained.
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RALEIGH – Repeat after me: Federal money is no gift.
Virtually every dollar arriving from “Washington” to state and local governments in North Carolina has either been collected in taxes from North Carolinians or borrowed with principal and interest to be paid by taxes from North Carolinians.
It seems that Republicans in the General Assembly have finally gotten around to talking about jobs after weeks of debate about everything else, denying federal loans to community college students, denying health care to thousands of people who are uninsured, repealing annexations, and rolling back consumer and environmental protections.
BROWNS MILLS, N.J.—Funeral services for Mathew “Mat” Williams, 49, formerly of Louisburg, who died Monday, April 11, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Missionary Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Mariah Louise Means, 85, died Saturday, April 9, 2011 in Louisburg. Funeral service will be held at noon Thursday, April 14, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Claude L. Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.
LOUISBURG – Christine Evans Burnette, 88, died Sunday afternoon, April 10, 2011. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 13) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Butch Gordon and the Rev. Jimmy Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.
WAKE FOREST - Edna Smith Turner, 73, died Friday, April 8, 2011. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, April 12, at Union Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donnie Cash and the Rev. Robert Boone officiating. Entombment followed in the Turner family cemetery in Castalia.
ZEBULON - Helen Winifred McCormick Darnell, 60, died Sunday, April 10, 2011. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 13) at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. Interment will follow in Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - James Carroll “Bud” Johnson, 77, died Friday, April 8, 2011 at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road, Triangle, Va.
GASTONIA - Arthur Douglas Duckett Jr., 76, formerly of Louisburg, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the W.G. Heffnet V. A. Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the chapel of Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc., 223 E. Fisher Street, Salisbury. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. with Military Rites in the Salisbury National Cemetery, Statesville Blvd., Salisbury.
PERFECT HANDOFF. Franklinton’s Krika Bell (left) receives a handoff from teammate Kadesia Crudup as part of the Girls 3200 Relay Race during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference track and field event at the Franklinton Rec Park.
FRANKLINTON -- Two was better than one for the Franklinton Red Rams during Northern Carolina Conference track and field action on Monday afternoon.
FHS, coached by veteran skipper Trent Sanders, picked up a pair of impressive girls victories, defeating Warren County (81-51) and Louisburg (102-32) at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
LC CLUTCH TIME. After earning Region X Player of the Year honors as a freshman, Amber Weaver is enjoying another big campaign as a sophomore for the Louisburg College softball squad.
AIKEN, S.C. -- Louisburg College got over the series hump by taking three of four during Region X softball action last weekend at Aiken Tech.
LC, which has developed a habit for splitting series and doubleheaders this spring, wrapped up the series last Saturday with a 4-2 decision as Jamie Hockaday worked a complete-game, four-hitter.
READY TO POUNCE. Franklinton High School No. 3 Singles Player Ryan Chartier prepares to hit a forehand during the Red Rams’ home boys tennis match Monday afternoon against Northern Carolina Conference foe North Johnston.
FRANKLINTON -- A strong regular season showing concluded Monday with Franklinton in the No. 3 position in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference standings.
The Red Rams have been much improved this spring, but were unable to get over the twin humps of Roanoke Rapids and North Johnston in NCC action.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Registrations are being accepted for the Second Annual Triangle Tar Heels Mother/Daughter Father/Daughter Basketball Tournament.
The event will be held May 21 from 5-9 p.m. at Youngsville Elementary School. Play is open to girls ages 9-17 and their mothers, fathers or male mentors. Each team is guaranteed two games.
STRONG WORK IN THE MIDFIELD. Franklinton’s Lauren Wilder (left) glides for possession for the Lady Rams during their 1-0 victory over West Brunswick during last Friday evening’s action at The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase in Wilson.
WILSON -- There’s something about the Brittany Tournaments that bring out the best in both the Franklinton High School boys and girls soccer teams.
The trend continued last Friday evening as the Lady Rams outlasted West Brunswick by a 1-0 score in a tough match as part of the annual Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase at Gillette Park in Wilson.
SHE’S ON FIRST. First baseman Gabby Brickhouse and the Bunn Ladycats are in strong position to gain a berth in the Class 2-A State Softball Playoffs out of the always-competitive Northern Carolina Conference.
KENLY -- With a share of first place in the Northern Carolina Conference at stake, the North Johnson Lady Panthers continued their unblemished softball season last Friday with a 9-0 decision over the Bunn Ladycats.
Bunn is now 8-6 overall and 5-2 in the NCC, while North Johnston cemented its top standing in the league.
ZEBULON -- The Mobile BayBears scored 11 runs in the first five innings and then cruised home to an 11-3 victory over the Carolina Mudcats, turning the Mudcats into the only winless team through the first four games of the Southern League baseball season.
Carolina had its chances in the early innings against first-time Double-A starter Patrick Corbin.
PINK STRIKERS 8-11. (Back, l to r) Coach Christy Southall, Taylor Vitale, Linzey Griffin, Taylor Sullivan, MacKenzie Czysz and Coach Brian Leonard; (front, l to r) Shamya Robbins, Halie Turinsky, Mikayla Boucher, Payton Bryant and Madie Leonard. (Photo Submitted)
BASKETBALL STANDOUTS. Avery and Daniel Rising, the grandchildren of A.C. and Carrie Daniels of the Cedar Rock Community, played basketball during the 2010-11 season at Copenhagen International School in Denmark. The Risings recently competed in the Northwest European Council of International Schools Tournament in The Hague, Holland. In the above photo, Daniel (left) is eyeing the basket.
Franklinton’s Kendrick Perry pulls away to take the lead during a relay race as part of the Red Rams’ home track and field meet Monday against Warren County and Louisburg.
Members of Franklin County’s Arts Council (FCAC) exhibited more than 300 works of art at the recent International Whistlers Convention.
The two-day show held Friday and Saturday in the Louisburg College Auditorium lobby included paintings, photography, quilts, felt art, handcrafted jewelry, collage, and woodcrafts.
Roy and Brenda Patton of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Nichole Patton to Robert Calvin Shannon Jr., the son of Robert Shannon Sr. of Louisburg and Kimberly Rogers of Thomasville. An outdoor wedding ceremony will be held at Forest Lakes in Louisburg on May 14, 2011 at 3 p.m.
Seth and Casey McIntyre are proud to announce the birth of their son, Hampton Thorne McIntyre, born Jan. 31, 2011 at 1:22 a.m. at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Milton and Debby Tingen of Franklinton and Robert Greason of Chapel Hill.
Sebrina Cooke-Davis received her doctorate degree in psychology at Walden University on Jan. 24. Dr. Cooke-Davis attended East Carolina University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, and completed her Master of Adult Education at the University of Phoenix. She is a native of Louisburg and attended Louisburg High School.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who hindered a man’s business interest.
Geanie Perry reported on April 7 that someone stole a red, dual axle trailer that he had parked at 1910 N.C. 561.
According to the report by Dep. Bill Garrett, Perry had parked the 1974 trailer at the location because he was using it to open a fish market.
UNITED FRONT. Newly elected Franklin County Democratic Party Chair Armenta Eaton addresses precinct representatives during the party’s annual convention on Saturday.
The Franklin County Democratic Party hosted its annual convention on Saturday and the message was simple — regaining control.
During the most recent election, Republicans scooped up key victories, riding a wave of Tea Party support to gain control of the state legislature.
If you wanted an Easter Egg on Saturday, you had to be a kid — and a quick kid at that. Although there was a field filled with brightly colored treats, the youngsters didn’t waste much time grabbing every last treat for their basket or bag.
Every year the Easter Bunny visits Franklin County thanks to a special arrangement he has with the county’s Parks and Recreation Department. This year he dropped off hundreds of eggs and other goodies in the Franklinton Park on Saturday morning — all of which were quickly found.
DUNK YOU VERY MUCH. Franklinton Elementary School student Hunter McMichael throws a high hard one, trying to send physical education teacher Israel Johnson to a watery depth during the spring carnival at Franklinton Elementary School on Saturday.
The Franklinton Elementary School PTA hosted a carnival at the school on Saturday, raising funds and kicking off the spring season with fun, food, games and activities for children and adults.
The carnival on the school’s playground featured train rides, pony rides and a car and bike show, while community organizations provided some culinary delights.
LIFE’S WORK. Allen de Hart, foreground, takes in the moment after being presented with a surprise Lifetime Achievement Award.
2011 ENTERTAINER OF YEAR. Norway’s Tormod Rogne accepts this year’s Entertainer award.
You want it backed where? Sebastian Alford, almost 3, of Louisburg, was fascinated by one of several fire trucks and other emergency gear that was on display Saturday.
Fun, food, fire trucks! That’s a potent formula for a spring festival and that’s exactly what was featured Saturday when the Youngsville Fire Department held its Fireman’s Day. Although the weather was cool and the skies threatening, the event drew an appreciative crowd.
The North Carolina Council of Deliberation of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry-Prince Hall Affiliation and the North Carolina State Grand Assembly Order of the Golden Circle will convene in Raleigh at the North Hilton/Midtown, 3415 Wake Forest Road, for the 59th Council of Deliberation, April 14-17.
The Annual Five-County Beef Tour will be held this year on Tuesday, May 17, and will be hosted by Franklin County. The five counties on the tour include Franklin, Vance, Granville, Warren and Wake; however, interested producers from throughout the region are invited to attend and participate in this educational, very informative tour.