Aerial view of solar farm near Bunn. (Bunn prison is at right, high school top left)
BUNN — This past Wednesday’s weather proved more than appropriate.
As O2 Energies brass, county and community leaders, and sustainable farmers gathered in what was once a pasture — an unseasonably warm sun beamed onto their brows and 46 acres of a solar array set up to collect energy in an efficient manner.
A recreation advisory board will recommend three park properties, including one that was previously rejected.
And a site that garnered support from a Franklin County commissioner didn’t make the final cut.
Earlier this month, the county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board agreed that it would recommend a Dyking road property as the county’s next park site.
A trio of county and community resource agencies have combined efforts to help fill the bellies of cats and dogs belonging to the county’s needy.
United Way, Franklin County Animal Control and North Carolina Animal Alliance, a nonprofit rescue organization headed by Ida Estep, will coordinate efforts to supply pet food for those who meet eligibility requirements.
A Frankenstorm expected to bring wind and rain this weekend won’t be enough to scare away all this weekend’s festivities, organizers said.
But it did force the county’s Firefighters Association to reschedule its 50th anniversary celebration until Nov. 4, from 2-5 p.m.
Several people were presented framed certificates including an aerial photograph of the Bunn Solar Farm during its opening ceremony Wednesday, and this one went to Robert Blackman (right) who was site superintendent for the project. Making the presentation was Olee Joel Olsen Jr., president of O2 Energies, the company which developed the project.
Smaller, locally owned businesses are the key to the success of any community -- and with that in mind, the staff at The Franklin Times has created a directory that shines the spotlight on many local businesses.
A “Business Card Directory” is part of this edition and features a wide array of local businesses and service professionals that help keep the community humming.
Louisburg’s Darrian Brown
It’s been about 30 years since I got a peek into the future — although perhaps that happened again this week in a field near Bunn.
No, nothing supernatural or drug induced!
Three decades ago I visited a small weekly newspaper in southeastern Tennessee and saw my first Apple MacIntosh computer connected to a laser printer.
Now, it will get v-e-r-y interesting!
The Franklin County commissioners have lost all their “cover” and must either do what they said they were going to do -- or toss their promises to the wind and make a purely political decision.
Apparently, Franklin County voters and others across the state have gotten the first part of the tongue-in-cheek phrase correct — vote early.
By noon on Friday, 7,635 voters in Franklin County had cast a ballot, taking advantage of the county’s three one-stop, early voting sites.
Asher Johnson’s column won’t appear in this edition. He’s taking a break.
The bridge along Bickett Boulevard which crosses the Tar River needs a sidewalk along its east side, not its west side, as was indicated in a Wednesday editorial on this page.
The west side of the bridge has a pedestrian walkway although it is not connected to adequate sidewalks.
LOUISBURG - Sallie Bowden, 93, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Castalia Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Eugene Arrington Jr., 76, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.
LOUISBURG - Rudolph “Rudy” Maynard, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at home.
RALEIGH - Nell L. Whitehurst, 95, of Raleigh, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. She was born on June 16, 1917 in Franklinton, to William and Cora Leonard.
LOUISBURG - Edith Len Aycock, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.
HENDERSON - Rachel Sykes Tant Newton, age 91, a resident of 7829 NC Hwy. 39 South, died Thursday, October 25, 2012 at her home. Born on September 18, 1921 in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Moses R. Sykes and Iola Strickland Sykes. She was a retired Rehab Therapist at John Umstead in Butner.
LOUISBURG – Frances Wall Pergerson, age 95, died Wednesday evening, October 24, 2012, at Louisburg Nursing Center.
MIDFIELD CONTACT. (L to R) Louisburg College’s Kyle Foote (right) tries to gain possession during Tuesday afternoon’s home victory against the University of South Carolina-Lancaster in the first round of the Region X Men’s Soccer Tournament.
LOUISBURG -- Despite being the overwhelming favorite, members of the Louisburg College men’s soccer team know that one untimely slip-up could put a quick end to the Hurricanes’ amazing campaign.
LC entered this week’s Region X Tournament with an undefeated record at 15-0 -- along with a No. 5 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Poll.
ON THE RUN. Cedar Creek’s Jeremiah Edgerton picks up yardage for the Jaguars during Wednesday’s MAC-9 Conference football meeting vs. the Bunn Bulldogs.
BUNN -- Rare are the occasions when the Middle Athletic Conference football standings feature a three-way tie for first place this late in the season.
But with two weeks to go, a trio of talented clubs share the top perch in the MAC-9 -- and two of them are from Franklin County.
FOOTRACE IN THE NCC. (L to R) Louisburg High School’s Hugo Hernandez and Corinth Holders’ Nick Lyons try to gain possession during Wednesday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer showdown at Joyner Park.
LOUISBURG -- Heading into the season finale, just one match separated the Corinth Holders Pirates from an undefeated campaign in the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings.
The scrappy Louisburg Warriors would serve as the Pirates’ opponent during Wednesday’s contest at Joyner Park.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Three days after a dominant first-round performance, Franklin County’s prep volleyball squads experienced the other side of the spike spectrum in Tuesday’s action in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn all exited the postseason courtesy of three-game sweeps at the hands of strong opponents.
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team is scheduled to play 16 games and compete in two tournaments during the college’s fifth season of play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The 2012-2013 season is VGCC’s first under the leadership of new head coach Mike Rotolo of Henderson.
High School Football
CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
Louisburg College’s Tommy Whiteside (right) prepares to send the ball updfield during first-round action Tuesday of the Region X Tournament.
Here are some highlights from recent games for the Franklin County Miracle League. In the above photo, Matthew Wuchich receives encouragement from buddies Joseph and Sharon Murphy.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College women’s soccer team opened up the 2012 Region X Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over Wake Tech CC on Tuesday afternoon at Ronald May Field.
LC forward, Jessica Scales) is one of the nation’s top scorers and she showed her stuff in the playoff win as she scored four of the Lady ‘Canes goals.
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE 12-OVER SERVES YOU RIGHT. (Back, l to r) Coach Cindy Dorsey, Maggie Dorsey, Hadley Nation, Joy McLeod and Coach Lisa Bolton; (front, l to r) Dequandria Obrey, Abigale Dorsey, Whitney Bolton and Lacie Steffenson. Not pictured is Erin Collier.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High school wrapped up its 2012 regular season boys soccer action in style on Monday with a 3-0 home victory against Northern Carolina Conference foe Warren County.
With the conquest, FHS concluded at 10-9-3 overall to go with an 8-3-1 conference mark.
Franklinton finished tied for second in the final NCC standings, but nabbed the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Class 2-A State Soccer Playoffs.
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 30 because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.
Cedar Creek’s Tyreese Williams (right) makes a one-handed catch for the Jaguars during Wednesday afternoon’s MAC matchup at Bunn Middle.
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When towns and cities are developed roads and roof tops and parking lots are built to accommodate human activity.
There is nothing inherently wrong with roads and roof tops and parking lots, but the installation of these impervious surfaces can have unintended consequences.
Three students from Franklinton Elementary School captured various honors in the North Carolina School Bus Safety Poster Contest recently. Kaleigh Cox won first and Amber Elkins won second in the kindergarten to grade two category and Victoria Phillips won second in the grade 3 to 5 category. The contest was titled “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black” and posters were designed to help remind everyone to use bus safety rules.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of break-ins.
Sam Holliday, owner of East Wake Guns in the 1000 block of Brantley Town Road, reported a break-in the evening of Oct. 19.
According to the report by Dep. Alison Claybon, the office’s front window was busted out.
A Louisburg man was cited for exceeding a safe speed after being involved in the single-vehicle wreck above. According to Trooper T.L. Hunt, Ronald Marshall, 57, was driving a pickup truck in the westbound lane of N.C. 56 near Leonard Road when he lost control of the trailer he was pulling, causing the wreck and damage. The trailer separated from the truck, causing them to come to a stop on different sides of the highway.
YOUNGSVILLE — Elementary students and two bus drivers avoided significant injury following a head-on collision on Wednesday afternoon.
The work status of the bus driver at fault remained in doubt by week’s end.
According to Trooper P.L. Clayton, Toshona Wilkins was driving a load of Franklinton Elementary students when she turned left from Bert Winston Road onto Hicks Road at about 3:15 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- Not even a victory over their biggest rivals could lift the post-game spirits of the Bunn Wildcats.
Usually, Bunn has plenty of celebration following a win over chief gridiron foe Louisburg -- but that wasn’t the case Friday night at LHS’ Patterson Field.
Instead, emotions were tempered as the decision may have come at a cost for Coach Chris Miller’s club.
FRANKLINTON -- Senior Night was a celebration of both the present and future on Friday for the Franklinton Red Rams.
With several upperclassmen playing starring roles -- along with a handful of promising youngsters -- the Red Rams closed out the 2012 regular season with a 70-8 decision over Warren County in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the FHS Football Field.