The county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted this week to recommend a Dyking Road property for a new park site.
Commissioners tasked the board two years ago with coming up with a location to build a park to satisfy the last will and testament of Edgar Owens — who left the county nearly $1 million to complete the task.
A plan to convert a now-empty nursing home in the Zollieville Community east of Louisburg into a homeless shelter received a solid “thumbs down” from members of the surrounding community -- and a nearly unanimous vote against the idea from the Franklin County Planning Board Tuesday night. The proposal now goes to the county commissioners for a final decision on Nov. 19.
State Sen. Doug Berger (left) presents Asher Johnson with the state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine
When he was just 15-years-old, Asher Johnson lied his way into the military as part of this nation’s “Greatest Generation” that fought World War II.
Since that time, he has not taken one thing lying down, serving as a voice for the regular citizen in his weekly columns, spearheading Louisburg’s rescue efforts decades ago and touching the community through news reports, life-saving efforts and military service.
TEARING UP. Liz Guzman wipes away tears while telling the story of her daughter, Rosemarie Guzman, who was killed in a domestic violence matter in December.
Liz Guzman wiped away tears and any fears of public speaking this week.
She was the keynote speaker for a candlelight vigil to remember victims of domestic violence, as well as those who continue to battle the plague.
The morning of Dec. 14, her 24-year-old daughter, Rosemarie Guzman was shot and killed by her estranged boyfriend in a Louisburg apartment.
Lousiburg resident Mark Denton
GOOD MORNING: After all those complimentary things so many people, particularly Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell, had to say to and about me at that reception at Louisburg’s “Operations Center” Wednesday, it was a bit difficult to settle back into the role of that “old bald-headed SOB at The Franklin Times” again Thursday. But rest assured, I’m trying my best to do so.
“Hunker down and try to stay safe.”
While not exactly what was said -- we’re still awaiting a full copy of the 911 tape to be sure -- that’s the gist of what callers say they were told Saturday night when they called 911 to report a fight with shots fired in downtown Louisburg.
That’s not not what callers should have been told.
I confess, I was expecting one of those 10-minutes and out Planning Board meetings this week, partly because ace reporter Carey Johnson told me that’s how it would be when he asked for help covering one of two meetings slated for the same time and partly because that’s how most planning board meetings go.
My first hint that there was going to be more to this meeting should have been the lack of a parking spot near the county office building -- which I non-chalantly attributed to another activity downtown.
WASHINGTON, NC - Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) David Watford Spivey, III, a resident of 607 Bank Street, Washington Park, Washington, N.C., died Thursday, October 4, 2012 at his home.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Booker T. Harrison, 53, who died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. William Alston officiating.
FRANKLINTON - Clarence Woodrow “Woody” Morris, 68, died at his home in Franklinton on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 504 E. Mason Street, Franklinton. Family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.
RALEIGH - Jane Gardner Perry, 68, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Hospice of Wake County following a brief illness. Memorial service to be announced.
LOUISBURG - Gerald B. Pate, 69, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Josephine Wilder Crudup, 98, who died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, will be held Monday, Oct. 15, at 12 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Franklinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
UP THEY GO. Louisburg High School’s Zoe Hinton (right) attempts a kill while being defended by Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (left) during Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference spike match at the Bunn Dome.
BUNN -- It’s been a scene that has repeated itself time and time again this season for the Louisburg High School volleyball squad.
Against a high-level opponent, the Lady Warriors are usually competititve in the first game -- and often have a chance to pull out a victory.
EYE-CATCHING EXPERIENCE. Louisburg’s Daniel Calamaco (right) dribbles the ball as Franklinton’s Irvin Rivera (left) defends during Wednesday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer showdown.
FRANKLINTON -- During a playoff push, it’s always a good idea to defeat all the teams below you in the conference standings.
For Franklinton, that meant squeezing out a victory Wednesday against a tough-to-play Louisburg squad.
Earlier in the year, FHS needed a late rally to get past the Warriors, and the rematch was also tight until the finish.
AROUND THE BEND FOR TE WILDCATS. A Bunn High School runner works his way around a light pole during action Wednesday afternoon at the latest Northern Carolina Conference Cross Country Meet. The event was staged at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
FRANKLINTON -- Cross country can be grueling and demanding, but this fall’s work in the Northern Carolina Conference has been one big party for the Corinth Holders Pirates and Lady Pirates.
Corinth Holders has rolled through its NCC foes in both the boys and girls standings, and that continued during Wednesday’s latest conference matchup at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
Parity has rarely been a keyword in the Northern Carolina Conference, but a few of the league’s sports promising fantastic finishes as the fall season winds down.
The NCC Volleyball Tournament will begin Monday and will run through Wednesday.
Even though they had to forfeit some matches, the Franklinton Lady Rams have to be looked at as the clear-cut favorite, but regular season title sharers Bunn and Corinth Holders will probably have a say in the final proceedings.
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton High School Red Rams and Lady Rams will begin their 2012-13 basketball seasons on Nov. 19 with a road meeting at Wake Forest-Rolesville.
Franklinton’s first Northern Carolina Conference event will be Dec. 21 at home versus North Johnston.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School capped off an amazing volleyball regular season this week with a pair of victories against overmatched foes.
Tuesday, FHS hosted its Senior Night and defeated Warren County. Scores were 25-5, 26-24 and 25-17 in Franklinton’s favor.
LA PLATA, MD -- The sixth-ranked Louisburg College men’s soccer team improved to 13-0 on the season with a 5-0 road win over the College of Southern Maryland, on Wednesday afternoon.
Greg Farr and Jacques Francois led the way for the Hurricanes as they each had a goal and a pair of assists in the nonconference win.
High School Football
Franklinton at North Johnston 7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Roanoke Rapids 7:30 p.m.
NOAH STEPS TO THE PLATE. The Miracle League of Franklin County Spotlight this week is Noah Thompson. Noah’s favorite things are playing on the Android tablet, jumping on the trampoline, bubble baths and playing outside. He is the 4-year-old son of Todd & Suzette Thompson of Lake Royale. In the photo, Noah is shown at bat while being assisted by his father.
Louisburg High School’s Moses Calamaco heads the ball forward as Franklinton’s Jacob Woodburn looks on during Wednesday’s conference contest.
Bunn’s Amaya Rousseau (left) goes up for a kill attempt Wednesday against Louisburg High School.
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Mr. and Mrs. James Dickerson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16 at a dinner party at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, given by their family. They were married on Sept. 16, 1962 at West End Baptist Church in Henderson. The Dickersons celebrated further with a trip to Memphis, Tenn., and a cruise down the Mississippi River. James and Diane (Cottrell) are former residents of Louisburg.
Allison Grady Hodges and John Harlan Westmoreland Jr. were married on Oct. 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The Rev. Richard Thomas Clayton officiated the double-ring ceremony. Following the wedding ceremony, a reception, hosted by the bride’s mother, was held at The Pavilions at the Angus Barn.
Those with interest in small farms are invited to attend a special farm field day in Greensboro at the North Carolina A&T State University Farm on Oct. 18, beginning at 9 a.m.
Throughout the day, research-based information will be focused on hydroponics, alternative crops, organic nutrient management in high tunnels, and pastured pork.
The Franklin County Board of Education handled a number of personnel items during this week’s meeting.
An effort to help a man get on his feet after he lost everything in a fire, including his pets, has hit a snag.
Commission Candidate Dee Sams said George Pugh’s story drove her to open a bank account and take what steps she could to help him recover and get back into a home.
However, she said she had begun to receive political pressures to let the matter slide.
Is back to the future the way forward for Franklin County?
Louisburg College President Mark La Branche thinks it might be.
Dr. La Branche, who has been at the college helm four years, told a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored breakfast Thursday morning that the county needs to build on its history.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of break-ins.
During the early morning hours of Oct. 5, a burglary alarm was triggered at a home in the 100 block of Misty Way near Franklinton.
According to the report by Dep. J. Maloney, he and Franklinton Police Sgt. W.B. Bulloch responded to the scene to discover that forced entry had been made into the home.
Kristen LeAnne Harris of Louisburg was among 57 applicants recently approved by the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners for licensure as certified public accountants (CPAs) in North Carolina.
LOUISBURG -- Both Louisburg and North Johnston entered Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football showdown on recent hot streaks.
But only the Warriors remained on fire after their convincing 50-0 triumph against the Panthers at Patteson Field in a game with key standings implications in the NCC.
FRANKLINTON -- So much for the theory that Franklinton would have trouble scoring due to the injury to starting quarterback Daquan Neal.
With Neal unavailable to play on offense with a broken thumb, homestanding FHS used a variety of ways to dent the scoreboard during a 30-24 victory over Roanoke Rapids in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference football event on Friday.
WENDELL -- After spotting the home team nine points, the Bunn Wildcats were dominant the rest of the way during Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football matchup at Corinth Holders.
The host Pirates had won three in a row, but Bunn proved to be too much for CHHS, rallying for a 40-15 conquest.