LOUISBURG — County commissioners got an update on its new multi-million dollar radio system earlier this week.
It sounded like a bad echo.
During the board’s Nov. 5 meeting, Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin and radio project officials told commissioners that the $10.7 million overhaul was experiencing some technical difficulties.
The third Community Thanksgiving Dinner, held at Louisburg College, was the place to be for food, fellowship and fun thanks to A Blessing, Inc., the group that operates soup kitchens in the county the rest of the year. But on Thanksgiving, it takes Pilgrims, turkeys, a few dedicated cooks — and lots of hard work.
A 15-year tradition of helping local foster children at Christmas has changed just a bit this year because of a huge retailer’s decision not to participate — but the need and the tradition of helping the children will continue in Franklin County.
For a decade and a half the Franklin County Department of Social Services has had an “Angel Tree” where those wishing to help children could select an “angel” with all the information needed about a child.
LOUISBURG — The Louisburg Fire Department began with a simple goal — serving the community.
A book that chronicles its history began simply, too.
Al Peoples wrote an article for a book published in 2011.
He and his brother, Larry, felt like they wanted to do more.
When the “dust” settled at the Franklin County Board of Education’s public hearing on redistricting Monday night, two things were clear:
1) Most of the 40 or so parents at the hearing, which was held at Cedar Creek Middle School, preferred plan 3A which causes the least disruption to the attendance areas. That indication was clear from a “straw vote” of those attending the meeting and conducted by board chair Gilbert Johnson.
Bunn resident Spencer Brickhouse
GOOD MORNING: Although we’ve both had plenty to say about each other over the years, I’m going to say something about retiring County Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson that he would most likely be reluctant to say about me, although not without good reason, and that would be, “I hate to see him go.”
It’s been years since I‘ve “covered” County Commissioner meetings for the Times, where I took great delight in skewering Robert Lee in this column at almost every opportunity.
Wake up, pay attention, slough off the after-too-much-turkey doldrums and get ready to go to war.
As incredibly wrong as it seems, the United States Senate is about to consider a new e-mail privacy bill that was crafted in secret.
And it gives government agencies much more surveillance power than they possess under current law.
Ah, a public hearing as it’s supposed to be.
And, trust me, it was a dramatic difference from most public hearings conducted in Franklin County.
That’s because the Franklin County Board of Education actually listened to those speaking, involved them in discussions of plans and offered plenty of time to hear everyone who wanted to speak last Monday night.
After reading Gary Cunard’s “My Turn” on Saturday, our first thought was “where was the county manager, commissioners and economic director?”
ROCKY MOUNT— Funeral services for Maglean Williams, 77, who died Sunday Nov. 18, 2012 were held Friday, Nov. 23, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville.
BUNN - James Walter Kelley, 81, died Nov. 17. A graveside service was held Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Gethsemane Baptist Church Cemetery, Bunn.
YOUNGSVILLE —Woody Roberson, 74, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Funeral service will be Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Memories at the Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG - Betty Sue Collins, 72, died Thursday, Nov. 22, at Franklin Oaks Nursing Home in Louisburg. Friends and family will meet at the home of Ritchie Collins, 174 Brewer Road, Louisburg, at all times.
NEWARK, N.J. - Funeral services for John Allen Terrell, 75, formerly of Louisburg, who died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Moses Alvin Hayes, 85, who died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Veronica “Sweet Thang” Wilkins, 48, who died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ Disciples, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Bettie F. Wright, 79, who died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Coppedge officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Robert L. Wood, 79, of Louisburg, died Tuesday evening. He was a son of the late Howell and Bessie Wood and was preceded in death by his sisters, Rachel Champion, Myrtice Green, Jeffie Bailey; brother, Raeford Wood.
LOUISBURG - Marion Morton Fischer, 93, of Louisburg died Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at her home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
LOUISBURG – Claude “Spoon” Ray Valentine, 76, of Louisburg, died Thursday morning.
IN THE CLUTCH FOR CANES. Louisburg College sophomore frontliner Latrice Phelps made several key plays at opportune times during the Lady Hurricanes’ home victory Monday afternoon against Wallace-State Hanceville at the Taylor Center.
LOUISBURG -- Second-year coach Brett Vana deliberately upgraded the early-season schedule this year for his Louisburg College women’s basketball team.
Vana’s hope was that the Lady Hurricanes would be tested with several tough games, so they would be ready for the rigors of the postseason come February.
GOODSON GOES STRONG. Louisburg High School guard Shadé Goodson drives toward the basket during action at the Roanoke Rapids basketball Tournament.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- What appeared to be an easy Louisburg High School victory heading into the final frame got a little interesting before the Warriors held on to defeat Roanoke Rapids 36-29 in the consolation final of the Roanoke Rapids Girls Basketball Tip-Off Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.
Natalee Wright buried a three-pointer and banked home a short jump shot to cut the Roanoke Rapids deficit to 30-24 with 4:54 left in the game.
HE WON’T BE DENIED. Louisburg College’s Paul Stone (with ball) makes a strong move to the basket during Monday’s home decision over Wallace State-Hanceville.
LOUISBURG -- Rare are the occasions when an opponent can dictate the pace of the game against the Louisburg College men’s basketball squad.
But Wallace State-Hanceville was able to play to its preferred style Monday during the finale of the Louisburg Classic at the Taylor Center.
As he prepared to walk into the Taylor Center on Monday afternoon, John Meeks encountered an old acquaintance.
“Come to see us get beat by 30, huh?’’ Meeks asked.
The conversation featured Meeks at his vulnerable finest.
BUNN -- Following a legend can never be an easy coaching proposition -- especially on short notice.
Tom Snead has overseen the Bunn Middle School boys soccer program for several years, and has experienced a wealth of success.
But when Snead was sideline by medical difficulties before the 2012 season began, the task of leading the Bulldogs fell upon assistant coach Jill Johnson.
High School Basketball
KIPP Pride at Louisburg 6 p.m.
Franklinton at Southern Vance 6 p.m.
BRINGING IN THE BIG ONE. Franklin County resident Christopher Hendricks, 10, reeled in this impressive catch while fishing at Clifton Pond on Veterans Day. The fish weighed in at 8 pounds and 21 inches. This was an early birthday present for Chris, who was born on Nov. 22. He is a student at Royal Elementary School and has four siblings.
A TRUE FAMILY AFFAIR. Corey Hudgins (right) took in this monster 10-point buck during a recent hunting expedition with his grandfather, J.R. Mendenhall. Little brother Eathan (front) is eager to go hunting.
ELON -- Bunn High School graduate Andre Davis enjoyed a strong redshirt freshman season this fall as a member of the Elon University football squad.
Davis, a wide receiver, caught 17 passes for 142 yards for the Phoenix. He also returned seven kickoffs for 137 yards and had three rushes for one yard.
The Franklinton Lions Mini Mite Cheerleaders took the runner-up spot in the Large Division Ages 6-8 at the 18th Annual East Wake Cheer Competition, which was held Nov. 10 at Franklinton High School. Traci Ayscue is the cheer director for the Lions, while Ginger Morris is the Assistant Director.
The Franklinton Lions Mighty Mite Cheerleaders took the No. 4 spot in the Large Division Ages 9-10 at the 18th Annual East Wake Cheer Competition, which was held Nov. 10 at Franklinton High School. Traci Ayscue is the cheer director for the Lions, while Ginger Morris is the Assistant Director.
The Franklinton Lions Pee Wee Cheerleaders took the championship in the Large Division Ages 11-12 and took Best Overall at the 18th Annual East Wake Cheer Competition, which was held Nov. 10 at Franklinton High School. Traci Ayscue is the cheer director for the Lions, while Ginger Morris is the Assistant Director.
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced Friday the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through December 14.
The NHL also announced the cancellation of the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio.
STATE COLLEGE, PA. -- Former Bunn High School standout Ty Howle will be in the starting lineup today for the Penn State Nittany Lions when they host the Wisconsin Badgers in a key Big Ten Conference football showdown.
Howle, a junior, will start at left guard. He missed the early portion of the campaign with an injury, but has come back strong.
Louisburg College sophomore guard Olivia Gaines delivers a pass for the Lady Hurricanes during Monday’s matchup vs. Wallace State-Hanceville.
Erin Davis (left) and Adair Werner prepare the turkey
If all goes according to schedule, you’ll soon be able to research Louisburg’s various town ordinances online.
Or, look over old-fashioned paper copies at town hall.
The town council quickly gave approval last Monday night to complete a project called “recodification,” which means simply updating and reprinting the town’s ordinances, in this case both online and on paper.
LOUISBURG — Elections offices in District 9 will conduct a recount on Monday, making final a judges race that is separated by less than 290 votes.
Staffs in Franklin, Granville and Vance counties completed their canvass on Nov. 16, making election results official.