YOUNGSVILLE — In the next two years, a company that has called Franklin County home since 1995 will have moved all of its operations to Middlesex, apparently for greener pastures.
Or, at least for more green.
The Town of Middlesex, the NC Rural Center and the Carolinas Gateway Partnership combined to provide EastCoast Packaging with $85,000 in grants to relocate their custom packaging manufacturing plant to Nash County, taking advantage of restoration funding.
Franklin County’s parks and recreation advisory board began the work of trimming the list of potential park sites during a special-called meeting this week.
The Aug. 27 meeting, though, which requires 48-hour public notice, at least, was not publicly advertised.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chair Jan Alford said it was apparently an administrative oversight, not an attempt to deceive.
Now nestled among the trees, this home will soon be a student residence hall
As Louisburg College begins celebrating its 225th anniversary this month, a long-time supporter of the school has stepped up to help with a major project on the campus.
Local businessman E. Carroll Joyner, the man for whom Louisburg’s Joyner Park is named, has pledged a significant contribution to help with the restoration of the Arthur Person house on the campus.
The county’s Cooperative Extension and United Way are planning their next Local Food Roast and the goal is still the same — fill some bellies with food and help local farmers build a buzz.
Building on a local, and now statewide effort to get customers to buy good food close to home, they are prepared to host their third annual event on Sept. 7 at the Louisburg Farmers Market.
After decades of grumbling, years or planned upgrades, months of testing, and millions spent, emergency communications staff is close to activating a new radio system designed to provide clear signals throughout the county.
Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin is expected to update commissioners on Tuesday night about how the new $10.7 million system has tested.
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners held a planning workshop on Tuesday, hoping to map out the town’s future in an effort that was derailed by management upheaval.
In March 2011, commissioners hosted a public planning session, giving residents a chance to share their vision and provide input on town ordinances, zoning ordinances, the downtown district and economic development.
Bunn resident Robbie Goodacre
GOOD MORNING: Wow! Talk about being socked in, that was some fog that enveloped the Louisburg area as I headed to work Thursday morning.
I don’t mind admitting that I was real uncomfortable during the drive in from our home out on Terrell Lane east of town, particularly as I approached the intersection at Terrell Lane and the Ronald Tharrington Road as well as the intersection at N.C. 56 at what is known as Pruitt Town.
It’s Labor Day Weekend, although don’t ask us how we’ve gotten so far into the year so quickly because we’re as perplexed about that as anyone.
But it’s Labor Day on Monday, the schools are back in session, football Fridays are the rule and even Mother Nature is beginning to show signs of changing from summer to fall, even though the frequent rains seem to have slowed that change somewhat.
Learned this week that one of Franklin County’s premier historic sites has gone on the market for perhaps the first time in its nearly 200-year history.
The stately mill that once served Cascine Plantation just south of Louisburg is for sale through Preservation North Carolina, the group that tries to match historic properties with owners who are sympathetic to the sites, buildings and history.
Well, the prez and veep candidate speeches have been well documented and the decision is not hard. If I were a multi-millionaire - no, make that a billionaire - the decision would definitely be ‘Billionaire Mitty’ with his trophy blonde wife as first lady.
FRANKLINTON—Nancy Lee Evans Stephens, 82, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at the Carolina House in Wake Forest. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
YOUNGSVILLE - Phyllis Skinner Thorne, 68, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Bailey Cemetery in Bailey.
ZEBULON - Jean Rice King, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. in the L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale. Burial will follow in the King family cemetery, Doyle Road, Zebulon.
AYDEN - Joseph R. “Bobby” Congleton, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Elmwood Cemetery, N. Vance St., Fremont.
FRANKLINTON —Gail Dingeyan, 60, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.
FRANKLINTON —Yvonne Brodie-Morgan, 56, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.
KNIGHTDALE —George Marion Boone, 78, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. A graveside service was held Friday, Aug. 31, at Duke Memorial Baptist Church, Spring Hope.
FRANKLINTON— Beulah Mae Teasley Pender, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2012. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
HOPEWELL, VA - Betty Gilliam Finch, 87, of Hopewell, formerly of Louisburg, died Friday morning.
CATCHING UP WITH YOU. Louisburg College freshman Ariel Montoya chases down a ball during Thursday afternoon’s home men’s soccer showdown against Region X rival Wake Tech Community College.
LOUISBURG -- Regardless of the sport, most athletes need time to adjust to two dynamic factors -- a new coach and a higher level of play.
Neither of those intangibles have posed an early-season problem for members of the Louisburg College men’s soccer squad.
THE SWING OF THINGS. Bunn’s Samantha DeBruhl (right) goes up for a kill during the Ladycats’ home volleyball victory Thursday vs. Warren County.
BUNN -- Henry Jones is still frustrated by the lack of consistency displayed by his young Bunn High School volleyball squad.
But the maturation process for BHS continues to climb after a week that featured three victories -- including a clutch comeback decision Tuesday at Corinth Holders.
LOUISBURG -- Even though he now lives over 2,500 miles away, John Williamson hasn’t been forgotten at East Carolina University.
And probably never will be.
Williamson, a Louisburg native, has been chosen for induction in the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame.
ACTION-PACKED. Bunn’s Maynor Rodriguez (right) advances the ball for the Wildcats during their home boys soccer victory on Tuesday against the Nash Central Bulldogs.
BUNN -- The path is different, but the results continue to remain the same for the Bunn High School boys soccer squad.
In what was anticipated by many observers to be a rebuilding season following mass graduation, the Wildcats have gotten off to a strong start that features an emphasis on defense.
High School Football
Louisburg at Northwest Halifax 7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Oxford Webb 7:30 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- The much-anticipated opening of Louisburg College’s football season will be today at Erie Community College.
LC will due with Erie -- a Northeast Conference foe -- beginning at noon at Jim Ball Stadium in Greater Buffalo, N.Y.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats received clutch hitting from right fielder Todd Hankins to rally past the Potomac Nationals 6-2 before a crowd of 1,734 on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
Will Roberts (5-9) got the win for Carolina (30-35, 62-73) by pitching his longest out of the year.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are Thursday night’s scores from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football schedule:
Louisburg College’s Ariel Montoya advances the ball for the Hurricanes during Thursday afternoon’s home men’s soccer decision against Wake Tech CC.
Bunn’s Gabriel Gonzalez (left) tries to win a footrace for possession during Tuesday afternoon’s home victory against the Nash Central High School Bulldogs.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton didn’t have much time to re-energize following a tough five-game victory Monday against Northern Vance in prep volleyball action.
One day later, the Lady Rams opened their Northern Carolina Conference schedule in style as they toppled North Johnston in three games at home.
Southern Nash fullback Sebastian O’Neal (with ball) lunges for an extra yard before colliding with Bunn’s Naquan Davis (right) during Thursday night’s gridiron matchup.
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Due to recent rains, it seems that the mosquito population has increased.
These pesky insects can be annoying during outdoor activities. Most mosquitoes are active during twilight hours and at night, but they can be active during the day as well.
Even though we recognize a mosquito and feel the results of their bite, they are not all the same. There are over 60 species of mosquitoes in the state.
Come Sept. 7, there will be a number of youngsters earning their keep by serving plates of beef and locally grown produce. However, they’ve earned their stripes by handling chickens and their eggs.
For the last three years, agriculture volunteers have built up the ranks of the Franklin County 4-H Poultry Judging Club, earning two state championships in the past three years in the junior age category.
Miracle League of Franklin County Executive Director Donna Wade received a citizen of the year award.
More than two years ago, Wade began work to bring Miracle League to the area, giving physically and mentally challenged children the chance to play baseball on an even playing field.
The group has raised money to renovate a ballfield to accommodate players, but, in the meantime, has already hosted a season for players.
LOUISBURG -- After two weeks of frustration, the Louisburg Warriors put together a strong effort on both sides of the ball during Friday’s non-league football showdown against Northern Vance.
The reward was a 28-19 victory -- LHS’ first of the campaign. Northern Vance dropped to 1-2 and is on a two-game losing streak.
FRANKLINTON -- The opening of Franklinton High School’s new football field was indeed a grand one for the Red Rams.
After waiting over one year to play at the facility because of construction delays, Franklinton broke in its sparkling digs last Friday with an old-fashioned defensive performance as part of a 6-0 decision over the Ravenscroft Ravens.
COHEN CARRIES THE BALL. Bunn’s Tarik Cohen (right) picks up yardage for the Wildcats during Thursday’s home defeat versus Southern Nash.
BUNN -- Faced with two potential game-changing decisions, Southern Nash coach Brian Foster wasn’t about to be swept away by emotion.
Instead, Foster called on the same play twice -- a toss sweep right -- during the opening portion of the second half of the Firebirds’ road football game Thursday at Bunn.