Allen de Hart (left) and college President Mark La Branche unveil new sign
Allen de Hart has learned many lessons in the classroom and, as a professor himself, he passed on many lessons, too.
One of the most important things he learned, though, didn’t come in a classroom.
As he stood at a podium before students, family, Louisburg College officials and staff, he looked every bit the professor — giving one more lecture on the importance of giving.
A concert in the garden is planned for Sunday afternoon to commemorate Allen de Hart’s gift of DeHart Botanical Gardens to Louisburg College.
The Community Concert, which is open to the public and free, will feature Sourwood Mountain Band, Knox Family Band, Five Grannys & a Pa and Angela Adkins.
When Franklinton residents and officials take part in the town’s 26th annual Arbor Day celebration this Saturday, they will plant a tree in a community where George Harris stood strong.
Harris died last March, but not before he spent his life serving the community and making it better.
To honor him, the town’s Tree Committee and Arbor Day participants will plant a tree at the Baptist Training Union on Carver Street — a place that Harris and others made feel like home.
Army veteran Claude Deats made a career out of making sure critical communications were sent and received.
That still didn’t prepare him for the message he kept hearing over and over on April 18 — “Thank You.”
The Youngsville resident was one of about 125 veterans who left Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Washington, D.C. — marking the final Triangle Flight of Honor trip to the nation’s capitol.
During the 39th International Whistlers Convention, many sounds emanated from Louisburg College’s auditorium.
Of course, there was whistling. And there was applause.
For the 40th anniversary of the IWC, organizers want another sound — expressed astonishment.
Shalyn Perry, Teresa Shaver
We’re all used to seeing things happen along the U.S. 401 corridor, especially south of Louisburg — but rarely something so unselfish and with such far-reaching impact as what happened Thursday afternoon.
Allen DeHart donated the 91 acres of his personal creation — DeHart Botanical Gardens — to Louisburg College.
GOOD MORNING: In the words of Louisburg College President Mark La Branche, Allen De Hart’s donation of the 91-acre De Hart Botanical Gardens on US 401 east of Louisburg to Louisburg College is “one of, if not the largest, gifts to the college in its more than 200-year history.”
But to those of us who have known and associated with Allen de Hart over the years, the gift comes as no great surprise. That’s what he’s best known for – giving of his time and talent to help others.
I confess that I’ve been dismayed to the point of frustration with the news business in the U.S. over the last few years as half-baked opinion pieces supported by few, no, or even concocted “facts,” have supplanted reliable sources of information.
But a newspaper in far-away Iowa restored a little of my faith in the journalism world recently -- and it did so in a major way.
Regarding a recent letter to the editor complaining about the commissioners voting to increase the size of signs from 32 square feet to 100 square feet and putting them up 24 feet from the ground, does this mean for a sign at the business only, or are we talking about having 100 square-foot signs all over the county promoting a business or candidate?
People are confused about the Marriage Amendment. A vote for the amendment will strengthen the “one man and one woman” model of marriage.
FRANKLINTON - Burley A. Clark, 76, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Duke University Hospital.
CULPEPPER, VA – Margaret Marie Hayes Bagwell, 87, of Culpepper, VA, formerly of Louisburg, died Thursday evening.
HENDERSON —Funeral services for Earnest “Leroy” Crews, 63, who died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Robert “Big Robert” Crudup Sr., 67, who died Monday, April 23, 2012, will be held Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at Franklinton Elementary School, with the Rev. Rory Sneed officiating.
ZEBULON - Lois Newton Tart, 90, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, April 27, at Zebulon Baptist Church, Zebulon, with the Rev. L. Jack Glasgow officiating. En-tombment followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Shirley Hunt-Brake, 65, who died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lillie Mae Gupton, 92, who died Thursday, April 26, 2012, will be held Tuesday, May 1, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Bill Martin, 74, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
ZEBULON - Ada W. Ward, 98, died Thursday, April 26, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Rolesville Baptist Church.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Charlotte Denise Chavis, 35, who died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.
DETERMINATION. Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy soars to a victory in the Girls 200 at the Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Championships.
BUNN -- It’s difficult for a team to win a track and field meet when it has a substantial deficit to overcome -- even before the event begins.
Franklin County’s three high school programs don’t compete in the pole vault, so that event was held earlier this week in Johnston County -- and featured all Corinth Holders participants, with the exception of one youngster from North Johnston.
LOUISBURG -- The outcome of the Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings could be determined Monday when Bunn travels to Louisburg for a huge, late-season NCC showdown.
The event was originally supposed to be played Friday, but was pushed back three days due to poor field conditions at Warrior Field.
BUNN -- Kevin Strassburger’s family dabbles in the paint business in Brazil, which goes a long way toward explaining his colorful artistry on the soccer field.
One day, Strassburger hopes to return to South America to take over the business, but for now he is enjoying life in the United States.
All along, Whitney Bunn hoped to finalize her college plans before the start of her senior year at Bunn High School.
Bunn’s plans are right on time after she verbally committed on Wednesday to continue her basketball career at Furman University.
High School Baseball
Louisburg at Franklinton 6 p.m.
Bunn at Roanoke Rapids 6 p.m.
ATTENTION GRABBER. Louisburg College freshman Traci Bridgers has earned National Pithcer of the Week honors.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College freshman Traci Bridgers has been selected as the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Softball Pitcher of the Week for games played April 16-22.
Bridgers, who hails from nearby Princeton, earned back-to-back shutout victories last week against Patrick Henry Community College and the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
FRANKLINTON -- Following a strong finish in the regular season, the upstart Franklinton High School boys tennis team continued to create a racket during this week’s action at the Northern Carolina Conference Individual Tournament in Roanoke Rapids.
Five Red Rams -- a league high -- qualified for the upcoming Class 2-A Regionals by virtue of their strong tourney performances.
Bunn High School junior guard Whitney Bunn has made a verbal commitment to continue her basketball career at Furman University, which is located in Greenville, S.C.
(L to R) A Louisburg runner, Bunn’s Patika Venable and Franklinton’s Krika Bell compete in the Girls 110 Hurdles at the NCC Championships.
Franklinton’s Luis Guillen (center) competes in the 800 at the NCC Track and Field Championships.
“When my child is upset because he can’t do something, I try to offer comfort by reminding him of all the things he is great at.”
The father was a participant in our Parenting Matters class and we were talking about how parents can positively influence a child’s self-esteem.
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dickerson of Bunn, NC announce the engagement of their son, Benjamin Douglas Dickerson to Margaret Elizabeth Lytch, daughter of Dina and Madison Lytch of Maxton, NC.
The future bride graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor of science degree in Health Services Management. She is employed as the Administrator at Century Care of Laurinburg Nursing and Rehab.
Leonard and Carolyn Cannady of Raleigh announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Rae Cannady of Raleigh to Celestino Tolentino Antonio of Rolesville. He is the son of Raúl Tolentino and Guadalupe Antonio of Oaxaca, México. The wedding is planned for May 26, 2012, at Red Bud Baptist Church, Castalia.
The Laurel Mill Elementary School Battle of the Books team was recognized at the regular meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education on Monday, April 23. The team won first place in the district competition and second place at the regional competition in March.
Tanya S. Weary of Oxford has been named the Director of the Small Business Center at Vance-Granville Community College.
Weary joined the college after working for the past 12 years with the City of Oxford.
TOP SPELLERS! Franklin County Schools held their annual Spelling Bee on Tuesday, April 24, at Louisburg Elementary School.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating allegations that a prostitute set up an armed robbery.
Alfredo Espindola reported that he had met up with a woman that he knew by the name of Samantha or “Sixty Nine” during the early morning hours of April 22.
The woman is a known prostitute, according to the report by Dep. Samuel Zuniga.
YOUNGSVILLE — Residents will have a new option for health care in late spring.
A+ Urgent Care and Sports Medicine will be taking over the practice of Dr. Grant Jenkins, moving to a new location a few doors down in the Shops on Main center on Main Street in the heart of town.
A+ will offer orthopedic care, as well as other urgent care needs and treatment for emergencies.
The county’s parks and recreation advisory board plans to take a field trip next month.
Since commissioners rejected the board’s recommendation to use the old Girl Scout site for a new county park, the parks and recreation office has received interest from people representing seven properties that could meet Edgar Owens’ dying request.
Unemployment rates fell in 98 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in March, including Franklin County.
Franklin County went from a rate of 9.8 percent in February to 9 percent in March — the most recent figures available.
Unemployment rates declined in 85 counties, increased in 14 and, remained the same in one when compared to the same month last year.