Early voting began with a bang in Franklin County.
“We’ve been busy,” said Board of Elections Director Amy Southerland. “We’ve had a lot phone calls.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t have a larger turnout than we did (in 2008).”
In that election, a record 70 percent of voters turned out to cast a ballot in Franklin County.
More than 400 National Guard soldiers, including those based in Louisburg, will head to Egypt next month.
The five units that make up the 5th Battalion 113th Field Artillery Regiment will be leaving for additional training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., before heading to Egypt.
The National Guard held deployment ceremonies for the unit on Sunday, including the local event at Louisburg College.
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. Franklinton Police Officer Bennett Manson helps kindergartners Syleena White, left, and Meredith Wilkins with a reading assignment. More than a police presence, Manson also tries to foster more informal relationships.
FRANKLINTON — When Bennett Manson first walked the halls of Franklinton Elementary School, he turned heads.
In full uniform, initially the officer got some funny looks from parents and others, wondering why law enforcement might be needed at an elementary school.
CENTERVILLE — In most schools of education, Saturday is a day off.
However, for those invested in reviving the historic Perry’s School, last Saturday was the first step in pumping some life back into the school and the community.
Last month, the Perry’s School Alumni Association held a stakeholders meeting to talk about not only restoring the school, but bringing resources to the community.
This weekend in Franklin County is setting up to be red, hot and moo.
And boo, too.
First, residents and visitors will be treated to Frankenfest on Main, which begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday in uptown Franklinton.
It will feature fun, food and craft vendors for the community-wide event.
Franklinton resident Pun Yarbrough
I suspect that there are still some voters out there who are undecided, waiting for some sort of insight, character trait or whatever they will need to determine who they support in the presidential election.
So, in that respect, I’m glad that the two folks running for the top office in the land get an opportunity for a very public debate.
We hate to be negative about “progress,” but when we learned recently that our beloved North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to repave Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg early next year, it triggered negative feelings.
As someone observed, repaving Bickett is like putting lipstick on a pig!
Asher Johnson’s column won’t appear in this edition. He’s taking a break.
We hear so much pessimism today that we all need to be inoculated for a better life. There is a cure and it isn’t bought from a drug store. We do have political officials who miss the mark, but let’s believe there are those who are trying to do what’s best for our country. So, let’s appreciate and talk about them.
LOUISBURG – Rufus Denton “R.D.” Leonard, 76, died Friday morning, Oct. 19, 2012. A funeral service was held Sunday, Oct. 21, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Burial followed at Saints Delight Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Clyde Evans, 70, who died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.
RALEIGH – James Walter “J.W.” Wester, 73, died Monday morning, Oct. 22, 2012 at his home. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
LOUISBURG - Mildred Brann Clark, 90, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck. The Rev. Joe Ferguson and the Rev. Tim Weir will be presiding.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Pennie Lue Freeman, 80, who died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the Nick and Lizzie Richardson family cemetery.
TARBORO – Richard Glenn Ayscue, Jr., 62, of Tarboro, died Monday morning.
LOUISBURG - The Brown and Jessee family is grieved to announce the passing of Ashley Leann Brown on October 18, 2012. She was the wife of Casey Brown and a wonderful sacrificial mother, having given birth to two beautiful girls, Caelin Rae and Kiley Michelle.
LOUISBURG - David Lee “Butch” Bell, 64, of Louisburg, died Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Hospice House of Wake County. The son of Jenny Medlin Bell of Bunn and the late Joseph Edward Bell, Sr., he was also preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Taylor Bell. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Maple Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOPEZ LOOKS FOR A TEAMMATE. Bunn’s Erik Lopez (with ball) tries to escape the defense of Louisburg’s Hugo Hernandez during Monday’s match.
BUNN -- From a scoring standpoint, nothing came out of Monday’s key Northern Carolina Conference showdown between backyard rivals Louisburg and Bunn.
But for the Warriors, nothing meant something as the 0-0 tie wrapped up a spot for LHS in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
TIP DRILL. Louisburg College’s Keaston Jones (left) breaks up a pass with the help of a teammate during last Saturday’s game with Hudson Valley CC.
BUNN -- Glancing only at the final score, it would be easy to surmise that the Louisburg College Hurricanes have waltzed past their last two opponents in Northeast Conference football action.
Last Saturday’s decision over Hudson Valley Community College followed a similar script to LC’s previous-game meeting with Monroe College.
HE’S NUMBER ONE. Bunn’s Davonte Caldwell (with ball) turns the corner for a gain during last Friday night’s home triumph against Northwest Halifax.
BUNN -- Of all the story lines available for Bunn’s Senior Night, suspense wasn’t destined to be one of them.
Needing a victory to clinch the Northern Carolina Conference football championship, the Wildcats score four touchdowns in the first quarter alone en route to a 56-0 triumph last Friday against the struggling Northwest Halifax Vikings.
Brent Cardwell has worked all across the Southeast portion of the United States during his career as a baseball umpire.
But one of Cardwell’s greatest thrills came just down the road from home.
In late August, Cardwell had the opportunity to umpire a Class A Carolina League diamond series between the Potomac Nationals and the host Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last Friday night’s results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football season:
IT’S TANK’S TIME. Franklinton’s Tank Yarbrough (with ball) smiles after scoring a touchdown during the Red Rams’ road victory last Friday night against North Johnston.
KENLY -- When one door closes, another one opens.
That’s the theory Franklinton High School head coach Jeremy Buck has taken after starting quarterback Daquan Neal was rendered unavailable on offense two weeks ago following a broken thumb injury.
With Neal out, Buck reshuffled Franklinton’s offensive schemes -- and with great success in FHS’ last two outings.
CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF. Louisburg High School’s Quintin Walters (with ball) receives a handoff from quarterback Marcus Davis during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference gridiron decision at Roanoke Rapids.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Possibly every single fan at Hoyle Field had their eyes on the chain crew on the turf at the exact same moment.
With less than two minutes remaining on the clock and facing a fourth and four, Roanoke Rapids quarterback De’Juan Walker picked himself up off the ground after a short gain.
DOUBLE BLOCK. (L to R) Bunn’s Jenny Shearon and Tainasha Vines elevate for a block attempt during last Saturday’s home victory against Kinston in the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County went a rare 3-for-3 during last weekend’s opening round of the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.
But the road promised to get much more difficult on Tuesday for county contenders Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn.
RALEIGH -- The fifth-ranked Louisburg College men’s soccer team finished their 2012 regular season with a perfect 15-0 as they defeated homestanding Wake Tech Community College 3-0 last Saturday afternoon.
Freshman midfielder, Rene Legien scored a pair of goals in the conference win and Adrian Gonzales picked up the other LC score.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Miracle League of Franklin County will host a ‘Night of Miracles’ on Nov. 17 at the Franklinton High School Cafeteria.
A catered dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by an auction at 6 p.m.
Several items and experiences will be up for auction.
Louisburg College’s Calvin Pate (94) roars in for a sack -- and eventual fumble recovery -- during last Saturday’s home decision against Hudson Valley Community College.
Franklinton’s Tank Yarbrough rumbles through a wide-open hole for the Red Rams during last Friday night’s conference football triumph against the host North Johnston Panthers.
I would like to share with you some thoughts about our precious “animal companions,” which at times we take for granted. With our busy schedules, it is so easy to overlook what they actually mean to us, and do for us humans.
Even our “figures of speech” are so much richer because we live in the midst of beautiful animals.
Dr. Daniel Steinert
A well-known Cherry Hill favorite, organist Dr. Daniel Steinert, and bass/baritone soloist Dr. Scott MacLeod, who has sung opera professionally and taught in Vienna, will combine their talents to perform at historic Cherry Hill in Warren County at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Their performance will be the third in the fall series at the historic home and commemorates Justice John Hall.
Porchia La’Shea Wilson and Richard Antoine Toney are proud to announce the birth of their son, Chase Earl-Deshawn Wilson, born at 7:07 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2012. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Roy and Ivey Sutton of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily to Alex Taylor, son of Brooks and Pilar Taylor of Birmingham, Ala. A New Year’s Eve wedding is planned at Meredith College in Raleigh.
Jeremy and Brandy Rogers of Youngsville are proud to announce the birth of their son, Landon David Rogers, born Sept. 2, 2012 at Wake Medical Center, Raleigh. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Textile and fiber art may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “art.”
Yet, some of these art forms have been around for thousands of years. They include weaving, knitting and crochet, macramé, quilting, lace making, spinning, and felting.
FCAC member Margaret Hilpert uses felt to create colorful wall hangings and landscapes.
Castalia Commissioner Clarence Alexander Bender, 54, was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 18 on drug-dealing charges which resulted from a two-month long investigation into reports of local prescription pill trafficking, the Nash County Sheriff’s Department reported.
Bender was charged with three counts of “trafficking opium or heroin” and “maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place” for this purpose.
Earlier this year, the Cypress Creek Civitans recognized the Special Olympics and Miracle League of Franklin County. Club President Brenda Smithwick, left, presents a $1,000 check to Miracle League Executive Director Donna Wade, right, and her daughter Laci.
Child care students at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus recently celebrated Fire Safety Week (Oct. 8-12 with a visit from Louisburg Firefighter Dalton West, Smokey the Bear, and the “Fire Pup.”
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg man after he wrecked a stolen car and led police on a brief foot chase.
According to a report by Dep. Kiel Gunter, he responded to Cedar Creek Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle call.
Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory recently announced the hiring of Lisa Wooten as its new Family Service Manager. In this position, Wooten will be responsible for educating families about the importance of advance planning. She will also conduct community outreach in Hall-Wynne’s Durham, Pittsboro, Oxford and Franklinton locations.