YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville branch of the Franklin County library won’t be the best place for the faint of heart.
On Thursday, it will be where opponents and proponents of a hospital expansion into Youngsville will square off.
Essentially, Youngsville and Franklinton are on one side of this tug of war, figuring that a two-operating room surgery center on the southwestern end of the county would be good for development in that section of the county, as well as improving healthcare for the entire county.
The Franklin County Economic Development Commission endorsed a complex plan last week that could finally put an industry in the long-vacant “spec” building in the county’s industrial park.
The plan, which Economic Developer Ronnie Goswick described as “having a lot of working parts” would, if all those parts work, create 15 new jobs in the county if a company that manufactures cables for computer data centers can iron out the details.
Above, Annette Hymel, right, loads up a pallet with the help of her daughter, Emily Hymel, left, and Patricia Tidball, center, representing Troop 983 in Franklinton, as they gathered at the Louisburg Fire Department to ration off their cookies, preparing to sell the goodies.
Franklin County residents will have two public opportunities to celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
First, the town of Franklinton will host festivities on Saturday, with a ceremonial march beginning at the Franklinton Middle School gym at 11 a.m.
RALEIGH — In her junior year, Hannah Stutts was faced with a strange equation: her grades were going up, but her class ranking was dipping.
“I don’t like problems,” said Stutts, a 16-year-old set to graduate from Franklinton High with more than three dozen college-level courses to her credit.
In fact, those college-level courses are the problem.
Dontae Lassiter, Jr., One Year Old
What started as a joke last week led to some serious consideration about what would happen if ...
I was walking around Louisburg in a typical post-holiday daze when I encountered and old friend chatting with a couple of his buddies whose IDs will go unreported to protect their reputations!
As I walked up, one of ‘em turned around and said, “I hear you’re going to be the county’s new finance director!”
Take a ride northward on Interstate 77, cross beautiful western Virginia, then invest about six bucks in the West Virginia Turnpike and you’ll arrive at a place that should serve as a loud and clear warning for all of us.
That place is Charleston, W. Va., their capital city, that lies mostly west of I-77, nestled in the rolling hills of that picturesque state.
Oh, this debate about teacher pay is going to be interesting.
Based on what I’ve been able to surmise, Gov. Pat McCrory lifted the skirt, a bit, on his plans to address teacher pay.
I imagine that most folks figured it might be something as simple as instituting some kind of across-the-board pay raise.
Chug, chug, chug; the 2014 campaign train is getting underway. As a boy, I was carried along with the excitement of trains.
It was magical to see all of it play out, the engine, many cars, and always the red caboose. It was so much more than the trains.
A while back, I ran across a map illustrating how the loss of extended unemployment benefits was going to affect the 50 states.
The severity was represented by various shades of blue.
One state stood out from the other 49 because it wasn’t even eligible for the 100 percent federally funded program.
That state was our very own North Carolina.
Another case of domestic violence homicide has again penetrated Franklin County.
The tragic loss of two lives reinforces the existence of domestic violence in our community. The tragedy not only resulted in the loss of a mother and her daughter but to the perpetrator’s family as well.
There seems to be unfounded rumors circulating regarding the proposed Same Day Surgery Center located at Youngsville that need to be addressed.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Marie Seligmiller, 67, who died Monday, Jan. 14, 2014, will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.
HEAD GAMES. Franklinton’s Greg Purvine (left) gets tied up with a Havelock wrestler during last Saturday morning’s action at the annual Firebird Duals Wrestling Tournament, which was staged at Southern Nash High School in Stanhope.
STANHOPE -- Franklinton’s wrestling team was feeling pretty good following a tri-match sweep last Tuesday night against North Carolina School of Science and Math and Louisburg.
Maybe too good for the tastes of veteran head coach Alan Carter, who wants to see his club peaking in February when it matters most -- and not in early-January.
MY BALL. Franklinton High School’s Tanisha Wall (left) grabs a rebound last Friday night against league hoops rival Southern Vance.
HENDERSON -- Using a simple math equation, it was easy to surmise that the odds didn’t favor Franklinton during its Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball matchup last Friday at Southern Vance.
After all, the homestanding Runnin’ Raiders were coming off a double-digit victory over a Bunn squad that had defeated FHS in convincing fashion earlier in the campaign.
A GREAT START. Guard Cole Gupton comes up with the opening tip last Friday for Franklinton against Southern Vance High School.
HENDERSON -- Regardless of the circumstances, gaining a boys basketball victory at Southern Vance has never proven to be an easy proposition over the years.
Not only have the Runnin’ Raiders fielded some strong clubs over the past two decades, they also usually enjoy a strong home-court advantage.
A FRESHMAN PHENOM. Bunn’s Whitney Bunn is enjoying a strong season for the Furman Paladins.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman University’s Whitney Bunn has been named Southern Conference women’s basketball Freshman of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
Bunn, a 5-foot-7 guard from Bunn, headlined Furman’s 82-58 Southern Conference victory over Wofford last Saturday, scoring a career-high 20 points, tallying a game high five assists and another game high three blocks, and two steals in 27 minutes of action.
JUST OUT OF REACH. (L to R) Louisburg’s Tyreka Kearney and Alkia Johnson watch a ball go out-of-bounds during last Wednesday night’s home defeat against non-conference foe Franklin Academy.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s much-anticipated girls basketball season took a permanent turn in the wrong direction during the Lady Warriors’ opening scrimmage.
During that event, LHS lost senior veteran Sedalia Seda for the season due to a knee injury.
Seda was entering her fourth year as a starter and was expected to carry a key portion of the load on offense, along with returnees Vanisha Wilshire and Alkia Johnson.
DRIVE FOR A DEUCE. Louisburg’s Elijah Williams dribbles for a basket last Wednesday night against Franklin Academy.
LOUISBURG -- The pressure is on for the Louisburg High School boys basketball team -- and that’s a good thing.
The Warriors used a tenacious full-court pressure defense to claim two key victories last week, including their Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference opener last Friday at home against Southeast Halifax.
Louisburg opened its weekly schedule by running past Franklin Academy by a 77-31 margin in a game that was never in doubt.
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BUNN -- Bunn wasn’t a very pleasant host during its Northern Carolina Conference basketball meeting last Friday night against the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
BHS swept the event, beginning with a 57-22 decision in the girls contest.
With the win, Bunn remained in second place in the NCC standings behind league-leader Southern Vance.
LOUISBURG -- Keith Shumate’s second season as the Louisburg College baseball coach will begin Feb. 1-2 with a three-game series with Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.
LC’s first home event willl be a Feb. 8 doubleheader against Patrick Henry CC at Frazier Field.
WILSON -- Franklinton and Bunn will both be in action at the Brittany For The Girls 10 Soccer Showcase.
The prestigious event will be held April 4-5 at Gillette Park in Wilson.
Both squads will play on April 5 at 9:30 a.m. Bunn will meet Washington on Field One and Franklinton will tangle with Northside Jacksonville on Field Three.
LOUISBURG -- The No. 5 Louisburg College Hurricanes men’s basketball team returned home for a conference game against Wake Tech CC last Saturday afternoon.
LC improved its Region X record to 4-0 with a 99-83 win over the Eagles.
Five Hurricanes hit for double-digits with forward Marcus Freeman leading the way with a double-double.
DURHAM -- The Durham Bulls, in conjunction with the athletic departments of the University of North Carolina and NC State University, have announced a one-time neutral site showdown between two national baseball powers at the newly renovated Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The “Duel at the DBAP” will be the lone regular season meeting between the Tar Heels and Wolfpack, taking place on April 15 at 7 p.m.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are the game and individual winners from The Franklin Times Bowl Contest:
• Clemson over Ohio State
• North Carolina over Cincinnati
• Louisville over Miami (Fla.)
LOUISBURG -- The Cypress Creek Civitan Club will host its 2014 Golf Scramble on June 14 at The River Golf Course at Lake Royale.
Entry fee is $65 per person or $245 for a four-person team. There is an early-bird special of $60 or $225 for registration before June 1.
Cost includes lunch, green fees and cart. Mulligan packages will also be available.
RALEIGH -- The 64th Annual Raleigh Hot Stove League Banquet will be held Jan. 28 at the McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Cost is $35 per person, which includes dinner. Tickets for a table of eight are $350.
Action will begin with a silent auction at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.
Franklinton’s Cole Gupton (with ball) drives into the lane for the Red Rams during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference road victory against Southern Vance HS.
Don Findley (front) is fouled on a rebound during Louisburg’s home basketball victory last Wednesday over Franklin Academy.
Franklinton’s Joseph Royster (left) tries to gain an advantage during a match as part of last Saturday’s Firebird Duals Wrestling Tournament at Southern Nash HS.
Franklinton’s (l to r) Alexus Coles and Lanesha Hawkins provide pressure defense during last Friday night’s road contest against the Southern Vance Raiders.
Franklinton’s Tanisha Wall (right) drives for a basket during last Friday night’s road girls basketball setback against Northern Carolina Conference opponent Southern Vance HS.
Franklinton’s Fred Harlan (with ball) scores a basket last Friday night against Southern Vance.
Vanisha Wilshire scores in the paint for Louisburg High School.
If you have a stream on your property in or near an urban area, the odds are the stream is under stress.
Urban areas have a lot of paved, built-upon, or impervious areas that prevent rain water from infiltrating the soil.
When rain water fails to infiltrate, it runs off and creates minor or major flash floods every time it rains.
In nature, streams have lots of trees and shrubs on their banks and the streams are able to overflow their banks.
Jamie and Tommy Smith of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, Ian Michael Smith, born Dec. 28, 2013 at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Michael and Katherine Fuller of Louisburg. Great-grandmother is Marjorie Fuller, also of Louisburg.
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After failing for the second-straight month to get the electronic voting component of its new “paperless board meeting” software to work, the Franklin County Board of Education set it aside Monday night and took the few formal votes needed during the meeting by voice vote.
The rather routine meeting’s highlight was a presentation by Dr. Cheryl Benson, assistant superintendent for human resources, about the state-mandated bonus plan that is designed to reward some of the district’s top educators.
Three area students were recently named to UNC Asheville’s Chancellor’s List/Dean’s List.
The Chancellor’s List is made up of full-time students who have achieved a 4.0 grade point average.
The Dean’s List is made up of full-time students who have achieved between 3.5 and 3.99 grade point average.
Ryan Joseph Mastridge, from Franklinton, has been named to UNC Asheville’s Fall 2013 Dean’s List.
Franklin County Schools is gearing up for Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-2015 school year. Here is a list of registration dates and times for each elementary school:
RECOGNITION. Mayor Fonzie Flowers, right, presented long-serving former Commissioner Marvin Roberts with a plaque.
YOUNGSVILLE — Town leaders said goodbye to former commissioners and a department head who combined for about 130 years of community service.
Both Leelan Woodlief and Marvin Roberts opted not to seek re-election this past fall, ending more than 100 years of service on the town board between them.
Sam Hardwick had served the town for about 21 years, the last 12 as the town’s mayor.
YOUNGSVILLE — Exasperated, town officials and staff are hoping that political pressure will get local prosecutors to call in reinforcements.
One of former Mayor Sam Hardwick’s last acts in office was a request that the District Attorney allow outside agencies to probe embezzlement and other financial issues discovered by a Youngsville Police department investigation into alleged wrongdoing by former employees Joey Patterson and Brenda Robbins.
Novant Health, which owns Franklin Medical Center in Louisburg, has announced it is “declaring war” on high blood pressure, prediabetes and obesity as part of a multi-year, systemwide community health initiative designed to create an epidemic of health and wellness.
The statistics are alarming, say Novant officials. One of every three Americans 20 and older has prediabetes.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg man who led them on a chase.
Antonio B. Alston, 33, was charged with driving while impaired, fleeing to elude arrest, driving while license revoked and having a fictitious license plate.
According to a report by Dep. Dylan Moore, he was traveling east on N.C. 561 when he saw the driver of a red Chevy Camaro run a stop sign.
Louisburg College officials have announced open auditions for the musical sensation Godspell, to be held in the Norris Theater on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26. Auditions will begin at 2 p.m. on both days.
Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is one of the biggest off-Broadway successes of all time.
The sound of the organ playing the carols of Christmas could be heard again this season at Franklinton Baptist Church.
For the first time in over two years, the congregation was able to lift its heart in praise to the sounds of “Angels We Have Heard on High.”