A Saturday evening party that was supposed to mark a young girl’s transition from childhood to adulthood was instead marked by gang activity, an officer firing his weapon and the response of 30 officers to quell what had become a near riot.
Indirectly, the incident stymied police response to an unrelated call of shots being fired in a group of people behind Louisburg’s Town Hall.
With a wave of his hat, Bill Bailey, a captain in the Louisburg Fire Department, sums up the reaction of many as “Maude” led the parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Louisburg Fire Department. Driving the truck is Deputy Chief Larry Peoples who has been with the department for 40 years as compared to Bailey’s 38 years of service. Maude, a 1921 American La France fire engine, was built in Elmira, N.Y., specifically for Louisburg.
Future fire fighter Noah Patrick, 5, checks out new equipment!
Chilly, damp, decidedly fall-like weather didn’t dampen spirits at the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Louisburg Fire Department one iota Sunday afternoon.
The event began with a silent parade -- with all sirens off -- despite the fact that 10 fire departments participated. The silence was in tribute to fire fighters who are no longer with us.
Just how big an area will be affected -- and how many students touched -- when Franklin County’s middle school boundaries are altered remains a decision for the full board of education to make -- and the decision is likely to come soon.
Earlier this year, a Middle School Attendance Study Committee narrowed the choices to just two plans, each of which would ease crowding and create a student body for the new Franklinton Middle School that is to open next fall in downtown Franklinton.
Franklin County’s Makayla Ayscue
HOWDY: Weather permitting, skydiver Felix Baumgartner was slated to attempt the leap of his life yesterday (Tuesday) by parachuting from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles above Roswell, New Mexico, in what would be the highest, fastest free fall in history.
If he does and survives, he would be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. Baumgartner previously jumped from 15 miles high in March and 18 miles in July. The record is 19.5 miles.
Maude is back!
And the grand old lady of Franklin County fire fighting led a parade down Main Street in Louisburg Sunday afternoon as part of the Louisburg Fire Department’s 100th anniversary celebration.
The vintage 1921 American La France truck, nicknamed Maude for reasons no one can remember exactly, was purchased this summer by local firemen from a Fayetteville collection and returned home.
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Whether you work behind the register at a fast food restaurant or behind the big desk at a Fortune 500 company, there are pressures associated with both jobs.
And as a reporter, I’m used to pressures.
BUNN - Margaret Maeder Larsen, 100, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wake Forest.
William Nathaniel Cooley, 64, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. A celebration of his life will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church.
FRANKLINTON —Karen Lee Vaughn Alden, 69, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at Wake Med Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Dorothy “Dot” Foster DeMent, 82, died Sunday morning, Oct. 7, 2012. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Haley officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Josephine Fuller Hayes, 91, of Louisburg died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at Hillside Nursing Center in Wake Forest. She was a graduate of W.R. Mills High School, the widow of John Whitmol Hayes, Sr., and she was also preceded in death by her brother, W.O. Fuller.
LOUISBURG – Edward Arnold “Bud” Sawitzky, 84, of Louisburg, died Monday night, Oct. 8, 2012.
LOUISBURG - Gwendolyn Chandler Ticconi, 48, of Louisburg died Monday, October 8, 2012, at Maria Parham Medical Center. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park.
MIDDLESEX - Ruby Mae Cone Strickland, 89, died Oct. 9, 2012. The family will be receiving friends at Spring Hope Funeral Home Thursday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m., with the funeral service starting at 3 p.m. The Rev. Butch Gordon will be officiating. Interment will follow in Rocky Cross Baptist Church cemetery.
COHEN CAN’T BE STOPPED. Bunn’s Tarik Cohen (with ball) had a huge effort last Friday night as the Wildcats defeated rival Franklinton by a 45-8 margin in a key Northern Carolina Conference football matchup on the BHS campus.
BUNN -- First place in the Northern Carolina Conference -- and a mighty dose of pride -- was at stake last Friday when Bunn hosted Franklinton in a matchup filled with standings and bragging rights implications.
Franklinton entered the grudge match with a one-year winning streak over Bunn -- a rarity after the Red Rams topped BHS last fall for the first time since 1989.
FAN SALUTE. Former player and state championship baseball team member Howard Dunston waves to the crowd at halftime of last Friday’s football game between the Bunn Wildcats and the Franklinton Red Rams.
BUNN -- Two iconic individuals -- and a team whose sum proved to be greater than its parts -- were part of the induction ceremonies last Friday evening for the second class of the Bunn High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Long-time teachers and coaches Bob Wheless and Mike Lovin were presented with induction certificates, as were 15 members of Bunn’s lone state championship baseball team from 1979.
ROAD BLOCK. Louisburg College quarterback Madison Mills (right) tries to complete a pass over the outstretched arms of Monroe College defender Steve Le during last Saturday’s Northeast Conference football matchup at Patterson Field.
LOUISBURG -- Coach John Sala wasn’t just providing lip service when he talked about how Monroe College’s physical defense would provide a stern test last Saturday for his Louisburg College Hurricanes.
Monroe entered the contest with a less-than-sterling record, and the Mustangs had already suffered lopsided losses to league powerhouses Nassau and ASA.
A scene like few others in Bunn High School history ensued back in 1979 after the Wildcats made the final out to secure the State Baseball Championship.
After the final Franklin batter struck out to end the series, BHS catcher Mike Pearce took the baseball and threw it wildly into the air.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last Friday night’s scores from North Carolina High School Athletic Association football action:
HENDERSON -- Bobby Paff has been named the new head coach for the golf team at Vance-Granville Community College.
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Paff grew up in Winston-Salem and today lives in Creedmoor with his wife and three children.
LOUISBURG -- For the second time in 2012, Hurricanes kicker Ryan Samuels has been named Northeast Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
The freshman booted a pair of field goals in the Canes 27-3 win over Monroe College (Bronx, NY) including a 23 yard strike and 42 yard boot.
Former Bunn High School baseball coach Butch Whitesell explains some of the nuances of his team’s quest for the 1979 State Baseball Championship. Whitesell’s son, Rod, guided Holly Springs High to a state diamond crown in 2011.
(L to R) Robert Wheless and Mike Lovin are introduced to the crowd as part of Bunn High School’s Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony. Wheless was accepting on behalf of his late father, Bob, while Lovin was a long-time teacher and coach at BHS.
MIRACLE LEAGUE BACK IN ACTION. The Miracle League of Franklin County has kicked off its fall baseball season at the Louisburg High School Softball Field. Recent highlights from Miracle League action include (above) Noah Thompson scores a run with the help of his father, Todd.
WARRENTON -- Louisburg delivered 30 unanswered points -- including 22 in the second half -- to rally past Warren County last Friday in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference football game.
Thanks to the flurry, LHS was able to break open the back-and-forth event on its way to securing a 44-16 decision over the Eagles.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Louisburg College women’s soccer team got a big road win last Saturday afternoon, as they snapped Spartanburg Methodist College’s ten game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 Lady Hurricanes’ win.
With the victory, the Canes improved to 6-5 overall and 6-2 in Region X play.
Bunn’s Johnathan Alston (with ball) picks up yardage for the Wildcats during last Friday night’s home gridiron victory against the Franklinton Red Rams.
Louisburg College’s Tyree Massey (with ball) is tripped up by a Monroe College defender during last Saturday afternoon’s Northeast Conference football game at Patterson Field.
Larry Marshak’s Tribute to “The Platters” will be performed in the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center on the campus of Louisburg College beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.
For more than 40 years, The Platters’ hit records have remained classic American standards, defining the genre of rock and roll love ballads.
Ben and Grace Smith of Kittrell celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary on Oct. 9 with their family. They were married on Oct. 9, 1943 in Louisburg.
Kathryn Leigh Wall of Louisburg and Aaron Scott Hair of Willow Spring were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Bunn Baptist Church, Bunn. The Rev. Michael Spain officiated the double-ring ceremony. Following the 6 p.m. ceremony, a reception was hosted by the bride’s parents at the Lake Royale Clubhouse.
Jesse Stallings and Courtney Burrows announce the birth of their daughter, Addilyn Nicole Stallings. She was born Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. She weighed 7 pounds and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Bobby and Becky Stallings of Louisburg and Lee and Ann Burrows of Norlina.
Kimberly Massenburg-Alston won the title of 2012 District #20 Miss OES for Order of the Eastern Star Jurisdiction of North Carolina.
The contest was held recently in the fellowship hall of Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church in Centerville. The objective of the Miss OES Contest is to raise money for the benevolent causes that the Grand Chapter supports.
From officially joining the Franklin County Quilt Trail to getting a peek at the implementation of a new testing procedure known as Measures of Student Learning, the Franklin County Board of Education waded through a long agenda of rather routine business Monday night.
In one of its few major decisions, the board agreed that the MSL exams should begin at the end of the current term instead of waiting until the end of the year.
A couple that accused a Franklinton man of harassing them in an effort to wrongly evict them from their own house has filed a lawsuit.
And they’ve listed the Franklinton Police Department and the county Sheriff’s Office amongst the defendants.
Former Franklinton residents Wayne and Debra Jones filed a lawsuit in Wake County in July alleging that Jeffrey Witherspoon had continually harassed them in his efforts to wrongly evict the couple.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a theft at an assisted living facility.
Tammy Alston reported the afternoon of Oct. 6 that someone stole money from a purse she kept in a medicine room at her job, Autumn Wind on Leonard Road.
According to the report by Dep. Robert Curtis, the money was the only thing missing from the purse.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole a political sign.
Ken Brantley reported the afternoon of Oct. 6 that someone in a green Camaro roared up to his house in the 300 block of Cheves Road and someone got out and stole a sign that said: “Defend freedom defeat Obama.”
These members of the 10 and Under Girls’ Softball All-Star Team, which won third in the state Tar Heel League, were honored recently by the Louisburg Town Council.