CHECKUP. Board of Elections member Thomas Bregger, center, and Elections Deputy Director Lisa Goswick, right, talk with recount volunteer Arlene DeJong.
LOUISBURG — Board of Elections staff, officials and precinct workers spent all day Monday recounting ballots from the Nov. 6 election.
When all was done by 10 p.m., no change was reported in the District 9 judges race for Quon Bridges’ seat.
Challenger Amanda Stevenson maintained her edge and won the election.
After the final tally, Stevenson’s edge came in Franklin County with 13,370 votes to 9,121.
A GRAVE SITE. Volunteers worked this past weekend to clear the Edwards Family Cemetery.
LOUISBURG — Earlier this year, descendants of family members buried at a long-forgotten cemetery were at odds with Louisburg College officials over plans to disrupt the resting place and move the remains of its first president to its campus.
They reached a compromise by October, as the college decided to leave Matthew Dickinson’s grave intact, instead placing a rubbing of the gravestone at the school’s Academy building and making its unveiling part of the school’s 225-year anniversary.
LOUISBURG — Two residents recently presented county commissioners with challenges.
First, investor and electrical contractor Andrew Lee challenged commissioners and staff to better promote the county and attract business.
And then one-time county commission candidate Roger Lytle urged the board to hold sessions to discuss lowering the tax rate.
A Louisburg area man was killed over the weekend following a single-vehicle accident.
According to a report by Trooper C.I. Hundley, Shawn Lee Knott, 33, of Wilson Fuller Road was traveling south on N.C. 39 at a high rate of speed when the accident happened at about 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 25.
According to the report, Knott crossed the center line, over corrected, then ran off the road to the right.
GOOD MORNING: As noted in this past WEEKEND edition of The Franklin Times, a 232 page hard-bound history of the Louisburg Fire Department by firefighters Al and Larry Peoples, published by SGA Publishing in Oxford, is now available for sale at the Louisburg Fire Department and for reading at county libraries and the Louisburg College Library.
If you want a concrete example of how “political engineering” works — or, perhaps, doesn’t work — please take a look at two maps we published on page 6b of our most recent weekend edition.
Although the maps explain possible middle school redistricting possibilities, that’s not their only message.
The other message, as was noted during a recent public hearing, is just how effective the county commissioners’ political engineering has been for the southern half of the county.
As a reporter, I’ve often had an interesting relationship with public relations staff.
My job is to get them to spill their guts and tell the truth about a situation, warts and all.
Their goal is to paint their company, business, entity or whatever in the best light possible.
You can see why there is friction.
I am not half as distraught over the candidate that won the presidency as I am over the people who voted for him.
CLAYTON – Tracey Lynn Whitley Jovino, 41, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. She was born in Wake County. Tracey graduated from Barton College School of Nursing, BSN. She was a cardiac nurse on 6A at WakeMed. She was featured in the Celebrate Nursing, May 2011 issue as a Nurses Trusted To Care Nominee. Tracey was a great mom and wife; her family was her life.
FRANKLINTON —Doris Henderson Evans, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton.
YOUNGSVILLE - The Rev. Donnel Haywood Sr., 62, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Cemetery in Wake Forest. The family will receive friends from 1-1:30 p.m. Friday at the church.
FRANKLINTON— Nellie G. Glover, 83, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Franklin County. Burial will follow in the Franklinton Memorial Cemetery in Franklinton.
BUNN - Alma Crudup Hopkins, 95, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Zion Spring Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Bunn Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Viewing will be from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Louise “Weesie” Guyton, 43, who died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.
LUCKY 14. Coach Larry McKeithan has guided the Bunn Wildcats 10-Under Travel Ball Team to a 14-4 record this fall. Bunn recently took first place at the Winter World Series, which was held in Rocky Mount.
BUNN -- Even the loss of two standouts to injury couldn’t stop the Bunn Wildcats’ 10-Under Travel Baseball Team from winning the crown at the Top Gun Winter World Series in Rocky Mount.
Bunn, coached by Larry McKeithan, was without Aidan McKeithan (ankle) and Seth Bullock (thumb) for the season-ending event, which was held the weekend of Nov. 9-11.
LOUISBURG -- After a short break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Louisburg College men’s and women’s basketball squads will quickly swing back into action this week.
Both teams have started in strong fashion and are currently undefeated. Both clubs are also the defending Region X Tournament Champions.
THE ENTOURAGE. Several representatives from Louisburg College, including the school’s entire fast-pitch softball team, participated in the recent Grace Haven 5-K Rock N’ Run event to benefit Safe Space.
LOUISBURG -- As a team-bonding experience -- and a way to help a good cause -- this option was a no-brainer for Louisburg College fast-pitch softball coach Don Stopa.
Stopa and his entire roster (other than ones unavailable due to injury) took part in the Grace Haven 5-K Rock N Run Race, which was held last month in Franklinton.
Members of the Louisburg College football team will board a bus Thursday night for a journey into the unknown.
No, this isn’t a Twilight Zone episode.
Still, there will be a bit of mystery for LC’s players as they travel to Iowa to make the school’s first-ever appearance in a football bowl game.
ROCKY MOUNT -- The USA South Conference has released its weekly awards for men’s basketball, and North Carolina Wesleyan College forward Brandon Givens has been named the league’s Player of the Week.
The senior from Ruffin, South Carolina, led the Bishops to a 4-0 record last week by averaging a double-double of 33.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
BUNN -- For the fourth time in six seasons, the Bunn Middle School Bulldogs have won the MAC-9 Football Championship.
The Bulldogs wrapped up the crown with a victory at Terrell Lane Middle School in Louisburg.
Bunn also won the title in 2011 under head coach Arthur Brown, who was assisted this year by Dale Murphy, Corey Hutcherson and Robert Pendleton.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last Friday’s Final Four scores and this weekend’s State Finals schedule from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Championships:
Victor Dunston Jr. (with ball) runs the ball for the Bunn Middle School Bulldogs during a regular-season contest. The Bulldogs won the MAC-9 Football Championship.
Louisburg College softball coach Don Stopa shows off his running skills during the Grace Haven 5K Rock N’ Run, which was held in Franklinton.
The highest-finishing Louisburg College representative at the Grace Haven 5K Rock N’ Run was its highest-ranking administrator -- President Mark La Branche, who is an avid runner.
Last week was designated as National Farm City Week this year.
Since 1955, the National Farm-City Week Council has supported educational programming such as banquets, tours or field days to build interdependence between rural and urban citizens.
What does a truck driver; a rancher, a grocery store clerk, a logger, a futures broker, and a biotechnologist have in common?
What, you may ask, is cover cropping?
The practice of using cover crops is somewhere in the range of 3,000 years old.
Understanding the effects of cover crops on soils and its productivity comes down to us through much time.
There are three different terms used to describe crops grown specifically to help maintain soil fertility and productivity instead of harvesting.
Sometimes when you meet someone you instantly know in your heart that person is special. You know that person is giving and caring and will bring many good things to others.
Such is the case with one Franklin County woman whom I now call my professional colleague and friend. I remember when we first met like it was yesterday – though a few years have passed.
At the end of the day, your safety is the most important part of your daily routine. A few minutes a day is all it takes to ensure that the machinery and work areas on your farm are safe for everyone who uses them.
Here are more simple tips to keep your farm running safely:
There are folks who do their Christmas shopping in July and then there are the rest of us who wait to join the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, which admittedly starts earlier every year.
The Franklin County Arts Council would like to help you be the one in your family who came up with the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift that will be cherished for years, and may even turn into a family heirloom. That special gift is the gift of art.
Harris Chapel Pre-school recently visited Belinda’s Pumpkins and Gourds, located on the Turnage Farm outside of Bunn. They enjoyed a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a snack, playing games, and crafts.
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, has announced the Honor Roll for the 2012/2013 first six-weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.
The Vance-Granville Community Band presented its fall concert on Nov. 1 in the Louisburg High School auditorium.
It was the third consecutive year that the ensemble, a joint effort between students and interested citizens, has performed its first concert of the academic year in Louisburg.
The Franklin County Shrine Club has again reached out to help children, this year to the tune of $14,000. The money comes from the group’s annual fish fry as well as donations and is the latest in a long series of donations the club has made to Shriners’ Hospitals, which is a nationwide network of facilities that offer services to crippled and burned children.
Franklinton police are looking for a suspect who robbed a business, possibly with a gun.
According to investigators, a suspect entered the Dollar General at about 7:20 p.m. on Nov. 20 and approached a cashier who was working along a back aisle.
The suspect, described as a black man wearing a red, hooded top, demanded money from the cashier — placing his hand in her back giving her the impression he had a weapon.
FRANKLINTON — The Franklinton police department has joined forces with a retailer and county Social Services staff to brighten up Christmas.
The department donated $100 to Dollar General’s Holiday Toy Drive.
Dollar General has coordinated its efforts with the county’s Department of Social Services, making certain the toys go to those in need in Franklin County.
SPECIAL MODEL. Little Maggie Marrow, 16 months old, tries on a very special hat with a little help from her grandmother, Donna Miller. Maggie’s great-grandfather, Willis “Bud” Matthews of the Justice Community, makes the hats and scarves for the fund raiser at Duke Memorial Baptist Church and those that don’t sell he donates to a homeless shelter in Wake County.
Army Pvt. Ryan J. Jackson has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.