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April 10, 2012.
After having to farm out the International Whistlers Convention two of the last four years, organizers are whistling a different tune as they plan to host the worldwide event for a second consecutive year.
The 39th edition of the International Whistlers Convention kicks off April 18 and runs through April 22.
Up until 2007, the event had been a more than three-decade mainstay in Louisburg as artists from around the world descended n this small town to compete against the best classical and popular whistlers around.
Franklin County deputies continue to look for suspects in an armed home invasion that led to a father being shot.
Drugs found in the home has also involved the county’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit (MANU).
According to investigators, Joshua Hargrove was at his Rough Lane home during the early morning hours of April 6 when two men kicked in his back door.
Kailin Rapp is all smiles after taking home one of the top prizes at the Easter egg hunt hosted by the county’s Parks and Recreation Department on Good Friday at Franklinton Park.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the death of a dirt bike rider who was clipped by a steel cable.
Preliminarily, though, investigators said the death of Matthew Elliott, 37, appears to be an unfortunate accident.
“It’s tragic,” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. William Mitchell.
A superior court judge rejected a plea agreement on Monday, saying the charges were too serious and the defendant wasn’t serious enough.
In March 2011, investigators charged Gary Normand with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson and felony assault with a deadly weapon following a fiery altercation he had with his estranged girlfriend, Chloe Reynolds.
Karmen and Gary Rapp look over the goodies that Karmen was able to get her hands on during an Easter egg hunt held on Good Friday.
Easter egg hunter Joey Olivieri
It was inevitable — as two stories on Page 1 of our weekend edition can attest.
Although the two stories were not related, there was a common thread to both.
In fact, one was probably made more likely by the fact that the other event could occur.
In that instance, a man answered a knock at the door and was shot and seriously wounded by a suspect he says was unknown to him and who was trying to force his way into the victim’s home.
GOOD MORNING: I’ll say this much, there was more than one stuffed turkey at daughter Julia and Rodney White’s Sunday evening following our annual Easter family get-together.
All told, there was something like 19 of us at this year’s event. The weather was perfect and you had better believe that we put away a bunch of good home cooking.
It’s one of those things where you’re darned if you do, darned if you don’t.
It’s a dilemma that a lot of police officers face.
That issue has been tested twice in the past two weeks in Franklinton.
At the end of March, police responded to a convenience store when it was reported that a man had a gun. Rather than confront him inside, and put others in danger, police waited until he left.
The proposal to change the sign ordinance to triple the maximum size of signs allowed sounds like government by “whim.” The citizens of Franklin County deserve better from our well-paid staff and from our elected commissioners.
CASTALIA - Frank Brake, 73, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church in Castalia. Burial will follow in the Brake family cemetery.
LITTLETON - Funeral services for Burnet R. Bunn, 62, who died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, were held Tuesday, April 10, at Walter’s Chapel Holiness Church, with the Rev. Hurley Richardson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
ARLINGTON, VA- Funeral services for LaVern Hedgepeth Evans, 59, formerly of Whitakers, who died Sunday, April 8, 2012, will be held Saturday, April 14, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Angela “Queen Ann” Waters, 40, who died Monday, April 9, 2012 were incomplete at presstime. Arrangements will be announced later by Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.
RALEIGH - Ruby Mae Dean Dickens, 93, of Raleigh, formerly of Castalia, NC, passed away on Monday evening, April 9, at the Tower Nursing and Rehab facility in Raleigh. Ruby lived in Castalia for 67 years on Red Bud Road. She met the love of her life at the age of 16 and married George Washington “Boy” Dickens and they were together until his death in May of 1978. She continued to stay on the Dickens home place until 1996, when she moved to Raleigh.
LOUISBURG – Carl Edward Shearin, Sr., 75, of the Wood Community, died Saturday night.
Carl was a son of the late Ronald Leamon and Ruby Gladys Lewis Shearin and was preceded in death by his brother, Steven Shearin.
LOUISBURG – Matthew “Matt” Francis Elliott, 37, of Louisburg, died Friday afternoon.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
BUNN - Willie Lewis Patton, 54, died April 9th.
Surviving: wife, Carolyn Patton of Bunn; stepchildren, Kyle, Daniel, Fran, Sharon and Michael; numerous special nieces and nephews; special caregiver, Bobby Patton of Bunn.
FRANKLINTON - Lawrence Lionel “Larry” Wilder, Jr., 80, of Franklinton died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at his home.
A celebration of his life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the store “Wilder Brothers”, 2929 W. River Road in Franklinton. Farm attire is welcomed.
ON TARGET. Franklinton’s Joel Decilles lines a pitch for a single during Monday’s action at the Louisburg Easter Classic Baseball Tournament. The Red Rams opened with a victory against Rocky Mount Academy.
LOUISBURG -- A Cooke’s special creation proved to be too much for Rocky Mount Academy in opening-day action of the Louisburg Easter Classic Baseball Tournament.
Franklinton’s Aaron Cooke kept RMA off-balance with his mix of pitches, and he would finish with a shutout as part of the Red Rams’ 3-0 decision over the Eagles on Monday afternoon at Louisburg’s Warrior Field.
LOUISBURG -- Coming into the series, Louisburg College head coach Mike McGuire felt like Spartanburg Methodist was a better team than its sub-.500 Region X record would indicate.
McGuire’s assessment proved to be correct as the Pioneers -- Louisburg’s longest-standing rival -- would split four games with the host Hurricanes as part of a beautiful Easter Weekend at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
There are no allegiances when it comes to The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Pool.
That’s a strategy that has worked time and time again through the years -- and it was successful this time around for Donna Cunard.
Even though she is a native of East Tennessee, Cunard didn’t hesitate when picking Kentucky to win the NCAA Championship.
JOB WELL DONE. Three Franklin County residents participated in the 2012 B.A.S.S. Southern Divisional Tournament in Florida. Shown at weigh-in is Louisburg’s Derek Bowden.
LOUISBURG -- For Chuck Murray, it wasn’t the one that got away.
It just didn’t come at the right time.
Murray, a Louisburg (Justice Community) resident, caught his largest-ever bass during a practice round for the 2012 B.A.S.S.Southern Division Fishing Tournament, which was held from March 28-30 at Lake Okeechobee in the Sunshine State of Florida.
LOUISBURG -- This promises to be an important week for the Louisburg College softball team -- both on and off the field.
LC’s six scheduled games this week will go a long way toward determining the Lady Hurricanes’ ultimate destination in the Region X standings.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Louisburg’s Braulio Rayo and Bunn’s Markel Dawson have earned spots on the 2011-12 Northern Carolina Conference All-Conference Wrestling Team.
Grapplers received the honor for winning the NCC Tournament Championship in their respective weight classes.
Rayo was the title holder at 106, while Dawson shared the crown at 285 with two other performers.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the final results for The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool, with Donna Cunard earning the crown:
BUNN -- Leonard Allen has fond memories of the Tarboro Easter Classic Baseball Tournament.
After all, Allen grew up in Edgecombe County and prepped at SouthWest Edgecombe -- an annual entrant in the event, which is considered one of the most prestigious diamond tourneys in Eastern North Carolina.
This year, Allen will have a chance to coach in the game as his Bunn Wildcats will be a part of the eight-team, three-day tournament.
ZEBULON -- After seeing an eight-run lead erased by Winston-Salem, the Carolina Mudcats rallied with two in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game and the series 10-9 in front of 2,298 on Sunday afternoon in Class A Carolina League baseball action at Five County Stadium.
Clayton Ehlert (1-0) picked up the win in relief.
Pitcher Aaron Cooke tossed a shutout for the Red Rams during Monday’s victory over Rocky Mount Academy at the Louisburg Easter Classic Tournament.
Franklinton High School’s Brandon Brady (22) steams toward home plate as Rocky Mount Academy’s Bradley Jackson prepares to take in the relay throw during Monday’s first-round matchup of the Louisburg Easter Classic Baseball Tournament. Brady was safe on the play, and the Red Rams went on to win the game.
GIRL IN RED. Estefani Enciso Benuvides looks for that perfect Easter egg during a hunt put on by the county’s Parks and Recreation Department on Good Friday. Rain forced the cancellation of two prior hunts, but the skies cleared for the event on April 6.
Abbie Williams of Louisburg announces the approaching marriage of her daughter, Barbara A. Bryant of Louisburg to George A. Jones of Tarboro, the son of the late Olivia Jones and the late George A. Porter. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Willie Williams. The wedding will be held April 28, 2012 at the Tabernacle of Witness and Worship in Henderson.
Johnnie and Helen Gilliam of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Johnette Leigh Gilliam to Gregory Blake Brannan. The groom-elect is the son of Russell and Deborah Brannan of Zebulon. A private wedding ceremony will be held in April 2012 at Castle McCulloch.
Cory and Pam Leonard are proud to announce the birth of their son, Colton Eugene Leonard, born February 24, 2012 at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19.5” long.
Maternal grandparents are John and Janie Donaldson of Zebulon.
Paternal grandparents are Elwood and Becky Leonard of Castalia.
An increasing amount of research shows that spending time outdoors has many positive impacts on a child’s physical and mental health and development, according to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
As parents, we continuously hear about the negative effects that too much technology time has on our youth, but we rarely hear the positives of going outside, other than to get fresh air.
Officials of Franklin County Schools have announced the Teachers of the Year and Teacher Assistants of the Year from each school.
They are as follows:
Louisburg College’s Allen de Hart Concert Series will present speaker and humorist Jeanne Robertson on Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. Speaking to thousands of people annually, Robertson utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success.
Chelsea Pegram, a sixth grade student at Gorman Christian Academy in Durham and the granddaughter of Larry and Jane Goswick of Louisburg, won a Blue Ribbon at the 2012 Science Fair held on April 4 at the Academy. Her science experiment was entitled “What Type of Toothpaste Removes Most Stains?” She used white ceramic tiles as an example for teeth, bringing them back to their original color.
The Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will present its 59th Jabberwock Extravaganza on April 14, beginning at 7 p.m. at E.M. Rollins Elementary School in Henderson. There will be a $10 donation for admission. Proceeds will be invested in the education of young people who have exhibited educational ability and talent.