Allen de Hart
As a youngster, Allen de Hart discovered a love for the outdoors.
And his family, particularly his grandfather, taught him about sharing that love and whatever else he could to make his community better.
This coming Thursday, those passions will literally come into bloom as a ceremony will mark his family’s dedication of the De Hart Botanical Gardens to Louisburg College — an institution from which he retired as a professor.
The new auditorium at Bunn High School will be named in honor of Johnny Alford, a man with deep ties to both that school and to public education in Franklin County.
The county board of education voted unanimously Monday night that the facility be named for Alford, a former Bunn High principal and a former member of the county school board.
Female International Grand Champion Akiko Shibata, right, accepts her honor from International Whistlers Convention Project Director Patricia Howell.
Louisburg College President Mark La Branche (#408) on his way to top 10 finish
BUNN — The goal of the Bunn Fun Run is to bring the community together for fun, exercise and fellowship.
Down the line, organizers hope to generate enough interest and support to build a park in town.
While park facilities might be far off in the distance, the first part of their mission was front and center on Saturday morning.
Japan’s Narumi Nakata makes self at home at IWC
It wasn’t merely a feel good, local story — but it was a feel good, local story with a bit more to it than that!
Of course, we’re talking about the lead story in last Saturday’s Franklin Times about Stay-Right Precast Concrete, Inc., of Franklinton, that was selected to provide the box culverts that will handle drainage along the new access road from U.S. 401 to the Triangle North Franklin industrial site adjacent to the county airport.
GOOD MORNING: Hopefully by the time you read this the weather has begun to warm up. I shivered all day Monday and although Tuesday was somewhat better after temperatures dropped to 33.8 just before 7 a.m. Temperatures are expected to be back in my comfort zone Wednesday, however, with highs in the upper 60’s. Then it’s back into the 70’s again come Thursday.
Tuesday afternoon sort of reminded me of how tenuous things really are.
Power was out for about 45 minutes in Louisburg and panic was starting to set in.
What can I eat, some wondered?
Who still has power, others probably queried?
A central piece of an elementary school curriculum shows the difference between fact and opinion. Facts can be seen, weighed and measured. For example, we have seven county commissioners. On Monday, April 16, five of the seven voted to change Franklin County’s sign ordinance.
WAKE FOREST - Maria E. “Ella” Hicks, 85, formerly of Wake Forest, died Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove of Wilmington. Funeral services were held Monday, April 23, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Max D. Jones Sr., 81, died Friday, April 20, 2012 at VA Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 26, at First United Church of Christ, 20 W. Green Street, Franklinton. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery, Franklinton.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Freddie “Grady” Spivey, 73, who died Saturday, April 21, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Spivey family cemetery.
FRANKLINTON — Peter William Wheeler, 55, died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at New Light Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
MINT HILL - Donald Murray, 74, of Mint Hill, passed away April 20, 2012 surrounded by his family. Don was born on October 13, 1937 in Wake Forest, NC to Grover and Lena Jane Murray. He began his career in 1956 at Western Electric and retired after 40 years from Lucent Technologies. Don loved the outdoors, feeding his backyard friends and taking care of his yard. He was known to his family as “Granddad.”
LOUISBURG – Jessie Mae Valentine Hunt, 79, of Louisburg, died Sunday morning.
BOYERTOWN, PA - William C. Shutt, 79, of Boyertown, PA passed away peacefully Monday, April 23, 2012 in his residence.
LOUISBURG - Raymond Burden Hodges, 57, died Friday, April 20, 2012 at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh, surrounded by his family.
JOINED AT THE HIP. (L to R) North Johnston’s Taylor Hinnant and Louisburg’s Catie Strickland lunge for the ball during Monday’s conference soccer match.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg continues to show improvement on the soccer field, but it still hasn’t resulted in an uptick of victories.
Instead, LHS is now being competitive in most of its matches, aside from meetings with the likes of Northern Carolina Conference titan Roanoke Rapids.
KEEPING PACE AT BHS. Brandon Batchelor and the Bunn Wildcats secured a key conference diamond victory last Friday night against Corinth Holders in Wendell.
WENDELL -- Bunn managed just five hits -- compared to 12 for Corinth Holders -- but the Wildcats were still able to escape with a 7-5 victory over the Pirates in a key Northern Carolina Conference baseball matchup.
The victory kept BHS in the hunt for one of the top spots in the NCC.
Lefty Taylor Longson was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats as he scattered four hits and zero runs in 3.1 innings of relief work.
ON ITS WAY. Bunn’s Emily Stallings (left) sends a ball upfield for the Ladycats during their home loss on Monday afternoon against Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer rival Roanoke Rapids. The Jackets currently lead the NCC standings.
BUNN -- Powerhouse Roanoke Rapids hasn’t been tested much this season in Northern Carolina Confernce girls soccer action.
But Bunn made things somewhat interesting during the clubs’ first meeting of the season, as Roanoke Rapids scored a four-goal victory courtesy of a shutout.
Fueled by All-American running back Rasheed Williams and a star-studded line, the Louisburg College Hurricanes put up huge offensive numbers during the 2011 campaign.
Ranked nationally at various points of the season, Louisburg went 7-3 overall in the challenging Northeast Conference while scoring over 30 points on six occasions.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- The Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes’ softball team wrapped up the 2012 regular season with a pair of wins over University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie last Saturday afternoon.
With the 9-1 and 9-0 victories, the Lady Canes finish with an overall record of 26-13, 15-11 in Region X.
In the first game, Jamie Hockaday got the start in the circle, but she didn’t figure in the decision as Megan Thompson earned the win out of the pen.
TREMENDOUS START. Louisburg resident Chuck Murray is no stranger to success on the lake, but he says his 2012 season start might be the best of his illustrious career. Murray and teammate Randy Groves took first place at the Greenville Marine Tournament two weeks ago. There were 130 teams entered, and Murray and Groves took home the $7,000 prize following a haul of 21.13 pounds, with their biggest bass weighing in at 6.28 pounds. Greenville Marine Tournament photos are shown (above, Murray on right).
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats belted seven extra base hits to swim past the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7-2 last Saturday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The crowd of 4, 821 endured a one-hour, 23-minute rain delay to see the Mudcats (7-8) take out a week’s worth of frustration on the Pelicans (8-7).
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats held a free Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for local area youth last Saturday morning at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
All winners in the different categories were given certificates, while each participant received a scorecard signed by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig.
AUGIE ON THE BALL. Augie Ayers and the Louisburg College Hurricanes have wrapped up Region X regular season baseball action following last weekend’s road series.
LOUISBURG -- Only a weekend doubleheader against Rappahannock Community College stands in the way of Louisburg College’s upcoming appearance at the Region X Baseball Tournament at the Burlington Athletic Park.
Bunn’s Rachel Maynard (left) catches up to a loose ball during Monday’s home soccer loss against the Roanoke Rapids Lady Jackets in league action.
North Johnston’s Teddy Shirley (center) dribbles while being defended by a Louisburg player (right) during Monday’s match at Joyner Park.
Takina A. Richardson and Clifton Tyrome “Ty” Livingston were married on March 24, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the White Level Community. The private ceremony was performed by Michael Richardson, magistrate.
The bride is the daughter of Darry and Velma Richardson of Warrenton.
The groom is the son of Clifton and Burnette Livingston of Franklin County.
Michael and Pam Shearin of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Michelle Shearin, to Brandon Alexander Coffey, the son of Terry and Tish Reinheardt of Hudson. A 6 p.m. wedding is planned for June 16, 2012 at the Coffey residence, Louisburg, by invitation only.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects accused of shooting a man during a home invasion earlier this month.
Investigators allege Joseph Hicks Jr. and Brandon Terrell High kicked in the door of a home on Rough Lane during the early hours of April 6 and assaulted Joshua Hargrove Sr. while he was with his 6-year-old son.
Tabitha Floess, right, designed the logo used in the Bunn Fun Run. She is a student with Wanda Currin, left, and her Currins Art Corner.
If you had a worthwhile project and called on Ray Hodges for help, he never turned you down, friends said.
Sure, he would give you grief, but that was just his personality and his humor coming to the forefront.
But he was the backbone of many projects, programs and efforts that helped so many in Franklin County.
Now, friends said, there will be a big void to fill in the community.
Hodges died last week. He was 57.
The 39th International Whistlers Convention ended Sunday, and organizers are already thinking about marking the four-decade anniversary of the event next year.
But that hasn’t stopped them from recognizing the treat that was the 39th convention held this past week.
For the fourth consecutive year, Gov. Bev Perdue proclaimed April as North Carolina Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Child Advocate Month.
The proclamation recognizes the Guardian ad Litem Program’s “distinguished record of public service through its work to enhance the quality of life for children.”