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August 19, 2015.
LOUISBURG -- A former assistant principal at Franklinton High School will be returning to the school district as superintendent after he takes the oath of office at 8 a.m. Friday at the West River Road school campus.
Dr. Pascal T. Mubenga was hired Monday afternoon by the Franklin County Board of Education for the district's top job.
Dr. Mubenga was assistant principal at Franklinton High from 2005 to 2007.
LOUISBURG -- The New York Times Magazine is read by more than 1.6 million people each week.
One of them, apparently, is President Barack Obama.
The news magazine's Aug. 2 cover story, A Dream Undone: Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act, featured Louisburg resident Rosanell Eaton's efforts to repeal voting restrictions in her home state.
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners awarded a bid to the next-in-line contractor to finish water improvements for the recently purchased Franklinton system.
Franklinton procured $1.5 million in grants from the State Department of Commerce and the Rural Center to improve its water system.
County staff said Phase 1 of that project, improvements to the water plant, were already underway when the county bought the system for $3.2 million and took it over in April.
A State Department of Transportation Division of Highways crew worked Tuesday morning on a set of traffic signals at the intersection of Bickett Boulevard and Johnson Street. Louisburg police directed traffic while the repairs were made.
FRANKLINTON -- The state denied a developer's application for tax credits that would have helped turn the old cotton mill into a mix of houses and businesses in the heart of town.
But, the project "is not dead in the water, yet," said Mayor Elic Senter.
S.L. Nusbaum applied in May for $5.5 million in tax credits from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency as part of a $12.6 million plan to transform the Sterling Cotton Mill building.
Bunn HS football player J.D. Rice
Sitting down to write this column, I heard news that I really didn't want to believe -- that Louisburg High School Band Director Brian Miller was retiring.
He can't retire, I thought, he's not old enough!
But it's true.
I've known Brian -- better known as "Doc" -- since shortly after he showed up at LHS 20 years ago -- and have been amazed at the band programs he developed at the high school and Terrell Lane Middle School.
There was a hint of good news in last week's announcement by Novant Health that it is talking with Duke Medical Center about ways the two groups can collaborate here.
Novant has had a terrible last year or so -- and never seems to run out of "ammunition" to shoot itself in the foot, feet -- or higher!
That huge, not-for-profit company has closed physician practices, waved goodbye to popular doctors, closed much of the hospital and complains that it doesn't have enough patients!
Apparently, we could have Deez Nuts, a Limberbutt, or President Emperor Caesar as our next commander in chief.
That one is a reference to 1990's hip hop music, another is a cat, really, I mean it, and another is an emperor, whom I guess is making a lateral move run for president, isn't the only joke.
The fact of the matter is this, as of this writing, there were 585 folks who had filed official Federal Election Commission (FEC) paperwork to become a candidate for President of the United States.
Writing political commentary calls for a fair amount of prognostication.
I don't rely on a crystal ball but rather history, which does tend to repeat itself. A Federal District Court ruling in Idaho earlier this month makes it easy to predict that the radicals in Raleigh will soon be wasting more of your tax dollars to defend a recent law they passed which is a certain loser in court.
Back on June 18, I wrote about the General Assembly overriding Governor Pat McCrory's veto of HB 405, better known as the Ag Gag Bill and exposed it for the political cover maneuver it was.
In response to Franklin Times Editor Gary Cunard's recent column, "Let's Skip the Petty Cases and Focus on Deadly Violence," I agree with Cunard's first point; it is incumbent upon the district attorney to set priorities for the prosecution of cases that affect the safety of our citizens.
As I stated throughout the election process, protection of our citizens is of utmost importance to me as your district attorney.
Like many baseball fans I have been following 41-year-old Ichiro Suzuki as he tries to get 3,000 career hits. Ichiro's pursuit of 3,000 hits is well known. Less well known is the fact that he is also closing in on 500 stolen bases.
RALEIGH - Mary Conn Gupton, 76, died Monday morning, Aug. 17, 2015 at her home. A funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Friendship Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Lancaster Memorial Park.
TRIPPED UP. Louisburg High School quarterback Darryl Jones (left) is tackled by a South Granville defender as part of last Friday evening's action at the Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree at Granville Central HS in Stem.
STEM - Louisburg High School left last week's football scrimmages with almost as many questions as answers.
That's not supposed to be the case, as preseason events usually help a coaching staff prepare for the opening regular season contest -- and make effective lineup decisions.
THE TRADITION CONTINUES. Josiah Trotter is the latest of a long list of family members who were outstanding athletes at Franklinton.
FRANKLINTON -- Coach Jeremy Buck's decision to upgrade Franklinton's non-conference football schedule will be on full display this Friday night.
That's when the Red Rams will open their 2015 campaign at home against the South Johnston Trojans.
South Johnston, a Class 3-A school, went 5-7 last fall -- a deceiving record considering the loftiness of the Trojans' slate.
But one of SJ's triumphs came in convincing fashion against a Corinth Holders crew that easily handled both Franklinton and Bunn in 2014.
TEVIN TO THE RESCUE. Bunn veteran running back Tevin Perry (right) prepares to stiff arm a Cedar Ridge defender during last Friday's action at the Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree at Granville Central High School in Stem.
STEM -- Bunn certainly can't be accused of backing in to its 2015 prep football schedule.
The Wildcats' first opponent -- Wilson Fike -- might just be the best team BHS will face the entire season.
Fike has either won or shared the last two Big East Conference championships on the Class 3-A level.
And the Demons have a quarterback in D.J. Daniels who has drawn interest from several Division I schools, including a full-ride offer from Boston College.
GREAT START. Bre Monroe (right) blocks a tip attempt for Bunn during Tuesday's season-opening matchup against the Princeton Bulldogs.
BUNN -- From a performance standpoint, Bunn located just about every range of the spectrum during Tuesday's regular season volleyball opener at home against perennial Class 1-A powerhouse Princeton.
The Ladycats showed spark in the first game, but couldn't overcome Princeton's talent level.
Bunn clawed back with its finest moment in Game Two, only to respond with its poorest effort in the third game.
SPEED RACER FOR TC. Town and Country's Shayla Harris races toward the finish line in the Girls 11-12 Division.
LOUISBURG -- Town and Country's Stingrays wrapped up their successful summer campaign with a recent 217-65 victory against the Franklinton Frogs.
Results from the county matchup were as follows:
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School is now two years removed from the Northern Carolina Conference, but the Lady Warriors still like to gauge themselves against teams from that competitive league.
Louisburg is now in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference, but its non-league schedule is dotted with NCC clubs, including Southern Vance, Warren County, Bunn and Franklinton.
LOUISBURG -- Even with just two returning starters, the potential is there for Louisburg High School to once again enjoy a prosperous girls tennis season this fall.
LHS welcomes back Top 6 veteran performers Alana Fagan (now at No. 1 Singles) and Leslie Ruiz (now at No. 2 Singles).
Both players were at the bottom of Louisburg's rotation in 2014, but have worked their way up to the club's top spots under veteran coach Johnathan Waugh.
FRANKLINTON -- An unusual late start to the season might serve as the perfect tonic for the Franklinton Lady Rams to begin their 2015 varsity volleyball campaign.
Franklinton isn't playing until its meeting on Aug. 26 against Wakefield. Most clubs will have already played one or two matches by then, but Coach Crystal Barnes is happy about the fact that the delay will allow her club to have more intense practice time together.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed in the Middle Athletic Conference's 2015 football schedule, featuring county schools Franklinton, Cedar Creek, Terrell Lane and Bunn:
FAYETTEVILLE -- The USA South Athletic Conference has released its 2015 fall preseason coaches polls for soccer, volleyball and cross country.
North Carolina Wesleyan's men's and women's soccer teams earned 3rd- and 5th-place billings, respectively, with each squad receiving one 1st-place vote. Volleyball was given a 6th-place billing in the league's North Division.
BUNN -- In retrospect, a job layoff might have been one of the best things that ever happened to Chuck Mann.
An engineer by trade, Mann was laid off in 2002 -- a move that helped his long-term goal of being a teacher and coach develop at a swifter pace.
A 1992 graduate of Bunn High School, Mann eventually returned to his alma mater, where he would spend 10 years, including six as an athletic director and four as a successful girls basketball coach.
ZEBULON -- Dustin Peterson hit a score-tying home run in the third inning, Connor Lien drove in Reed Harper as the go-ahead run in the fifth and the Carolina Mudcats received six solid innings out of starter Brandon Barker as they defeated the Salem Red Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
The victory gave the Mudcats (62-58, 28-23) a 1-0 series lead against the Red Sox (55-65, 17-38) and pulled them within four games of first place Winston-Salem in the second-half race.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Moose Lodge 2256 Annual Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 25 at The River Golf and Country Club in Franklin County.
A four-person superball format will be utilized.
Registration will be from 9-11 a.m., with a shotgun start beginning at 11 a.m.
Cost is $75 per person or $300 per team. Corporate sponsorships are also available.
After missing last season due to an injury, Stephanie Williams (right) has returned and will play a key rotation role for the Bunn High School volleyball squad.
Louisburg High School's Garrett Ingraham (with ball) tries to escape several Nash Central defenders during last Wednesday's scrimmage action.
Louisburg High School's Octavius Scoggins (right) tries to track down a Ravenscroft back during last Friday's Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree in Stem.
Members of the Bunn High School defense team up to tackle a Granville Central running back during last Friday's Tar River Rumble Football Jamboree in Stem. BHS will open its regular season schedule this Friday night at home against the Wilson Fike Golden Demons.
(L to R) Addison Jones, Assistant Coach Peyton Joyner and Ashlynn Tharrington were key standouts this season for the Town and Country Swim Team.
The production of naval stores -- tar, pitch, and turpentine -- was a major industry in North Carolina from the early eighteenth century until after the Civil War.
On the eve of this conflict, Franklin County played a minor role in this aspect of the state's economy.
According to The Encyclopedia of North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2006), production of naval stores flourished in the Cape Fear Valley, especially in present-day Cumberland and Harnett counties.
Holly Yancey and Donté M. Strickland of Louisburg were married on Saturday, July 25, 2015 during a 3 p.m. ceremony at Perry's Missionary Baptist Church, Louisburg.
The bride is the daughter of Oliver and Joann Yancey.
The groom is the son of the late Bernard Clanton and Judy Strickland.
Louisburg College has announced the line-up for the 2015-2016 Allen de Hart Concert Series, which includes seven shows and two pre-concert holiday dinners.
The series will open with a concert by Melissa Manchester on Friday, Sept. 11. Manchester's career has earned both critical praise and commercial success. "Don't Cry Out Loud" delivered her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979, and she won the award in the same category four years later for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You." Two of her songs, "Through the Eyes of Love" and "The Promise," were nominated for Academy Awards in the same year.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg town council voted unanimously Monday night not to object to a pending sale of Franklin Court Apartments and then moved to "protect" a downtown dumpster from unauthorized use, even going so far as to install surveillance cameras.
Raleigh attorney Kristen Kirby told the council that her client, the Foundation for Affordable Housing, Inc., is seeking public finance authority bonds to purchase the apartment complex that's just off downtown.
These coaches and members of the Louisburg Warriors All-Star Baseball team were honored by Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell and the town council Monday night. In the front row (left to right) are Marcus Smith, Travis Brown, Will Champion, Rashad Coppedge and Jayden Burgess; The second row includes (from the left) Jodus Leonard, Tanner Rigsbee, De'Ron Williams and Mason Leonard. The coaches are (from the left) Buck Leonard, Yancey Leonard, Mike Rigsbee and Chad Champion. Louisburg finished second at both the Tar Heel Coach-Pitch District 5 Tournament in Wendell and the Tar Heel C-P State Tourney in Washington this summer.
• A break-in was reported the afternoon of Aug. 14 in the 100 block of Sue-Kim Drive in the Youngsville area.
Cpl. Jonathan Wells was the responding officer.
• An attempted breaking and entering was reported the morning of Aug. 15 in the 200 block of Otis Burrows Road in the Louisburg area. Dep. Brandon Strickland was the responding officer.
LOUISBURG -- Georgia authorities arrested two people who local authorities allege assaulted a 70-year-old woman with a golf club before stealing her car.
David Gill Jr., 24, of Louisburg, and Kyara Jones, 19, of Raleigh, were both charged with burglary, assault and larceny charges in Franklin County and some drug and criminal property possession charges in McIntosh County, Ga.
FRANKLINTON -- Town officials and authorities have made a few changes after criminals made a few attempts to defraud them.
Earlier this month, Creedmoor investigators arrested three people at Union Bank, alleging they tried to pass a counterfeit check drawn on the town of Franklinton's bank account.
Apparently, authorities said, the trio from Charlotte were trying to pass checks from municipalities like Franklinton and large corporations, hoping the matters would go undetected.
Tai Miles performing
Rainy weather did not deter people from attending a recent Art Stroll in downtown Franklinton.
Probably the main drawing card was Tai Miles who performed her one-woman small play, Silent Night. The popular dramatic artist stunned her audience with her portrayal of Nyah, whose sister committed suicide after enduring continuous bullying by her classmates.
Visitors cast their votes for their favorite entry in the Miniature Art Show which included paintings, pottery and fiber art.
Louisburg's new Hardee's restaurant opened Monday and has promotional activities planned through Saturday, including the opportunity for early risers to win free Thickburgers® for a year.
Planned opening celebration activities will follow on Saturday, Aug. 22.
On that morning, in conjunction with a Raleigh radio station, the first 101 people in line at opening at 5 a.m. will receive free Thickburgers for a year (coupons for one a week).