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Ag meeting
The Franklin County Agricultural Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the conference room of the Agriculture Services Building in Louisburg. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact the Cooperative Extension office at 919-496-3344.

Christmas Hours
If you're planning to catch up on your reading during the Christmas holiday, better plan ahead. The library will close on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and remain closed until Monday, Dec. 29.
The landfill will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The landfill will be open on Friday, Dec. 26.
Convenience centers will be open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and closed Thursday, Dec. 25.
Convenience centers will be open on Friday, Dec. 26.
All other county offices will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 through Dec. 26.
The county's New Year's schedule calls for all county offices, including the landfill and convenience centers, to be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1.

Utility discussion
The Franklin County Utility Advisory Committee will meet from 9 until 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Franklin County Public Utilities Office, 1630 US 1 Hwy, Youngsville. The topic of discussion will be proposed residential development in the county.

Ceramic Workshop
A ceramic workshop will be held Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Participants will paint ceramic figures. The workshop is free for students 18 and under, but space is limited. Pre-register by emailing DonnaCampbellSmith@gmail.com.

FC Holiday hours
Thanksgiving has become a two or three-day holiday for the majority of Franklin County offices.
The exception is the operation of the Convenience Centers which will be closed all day Thursday, Nov. 27, but be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29
All branches of the Franklin County Library will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the landfill will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28.
All other county offices also will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28.

Fish Fry
The Franklin County Happy Camper program is planning a fish fry fund raiser from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Louisburg Motors (formerly D&J) on NC 56 in Louisburg.
Happy Camper is an all-volunteer program that raises funds to send deserving Franklin County children to summer camp.
To purchase fish fry tickets in advance, contact Karen Wilson at 919-496-8103 or any Happy Camper board member.

Free Violin
A local craftsman, Mike Anderson, is offering a free violin just in time for Christmas for the young person between 10 and 17 who submits the best essay explaining why they believe they should win a free violin.
The essays can be up to 300 words and should be sent by email to fiddlemakermike@gmail.com between Dec. 1 and 15. Submissions should include all contact information, and only North Carolina residents are eligible to enter.

Alert Parade
The Alert Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. Lineup will start around 1 p.m. There are no entry fees. Anyone interested in participating or needing more information can contact Larry Ayscue at (252) 343-9275 or (252) 459-9216, or Melanie Bobbitt at (919) 853-6638 or (919) 497-6081.

Meadow Lights
The Louisburg Senior Center will be venturing to Benson to enjoy the scenic Meadow Lights, country store and buffet dinner at Meadow Village Restaurant on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The van will leave the Senior Center at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call the Senior Center at (919) 496-1131.

Holiday Breakfast
The Pilot Lions Club will have its traditional country Thanksgiving Day Breakfast from 6-10 a.m. at the fire house, 8028 N.C. 39 S. Cost is a donation to the Lions for community projects. Also, there will be a reverse raffle for $1,000 cash, a utility trailer and many additional prizes.

Sponsors needed
The Franklin County Department of Social Services is seeking sponsors for Christmas who will purchase items for families, children and the elderly. If interested in sponsoring a needy child, family or elderly person, please contact Jamie Pearce (919) 496-5721). Names may also be chosen from the Angel Tree. The Angel Tree holds the wish list of 60 children in the custody of the Department of Social Services. The Angel is in the Louisburg Walmart Your willingness to assist your neighbors in need will be greatly appreciated.

Christmas Coats
The annual "Coats for Christmas " drive is currently underway. Please drop off your new or used coats for all ages at the Franklin County Farm Bureau office on Redwood Lane, the Youngsville Library or the Village Cleaners of Louisburg. The cleaners will clean the coats as needed and with the help of The United Way of Franklin County and YABA, the coats will be given to Care 'n Share, Safe Space, YABA'S Christmas campaign for kids and various churches and families in need. All sizes are needed.
For more info or to help volunteer, please call coat drive coordinator Wayne Champion at (919) 496-2051.

Thanksgiving meal
A Blessing Inc. will have its Thanksgiving Day meal on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Louisburg College Cafeteria. There is no charge. Donations of canned food appreciated. If you need a ride, call (919) 496-4299.

FCAC Writers Guild
The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild has had to change the location of its launch party and reading for the Second Edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal, to take place on Dec. 11. The program will be held at Vance-Granville Community College, 8100 N. C. 56 Highway, Louisburg, in Building 4.
The program will begin at 6 p.m. with readings by the contributors, refreshments, and books will be available for purchase.
The link for downloading directions and map 8100 N. C. 56 Highway is: http://www.vgcc.edu/aboutvgcc/franklin-campus.cfm.

Meals on Wheels
Volunteers are needed for Meals on Wheels routes in Louisburg, Franklinton, Centerville, Bunn, Pilot and Youngsville. Routes may take about 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours once a week or every other week.
Call the Louisburg Senior Center, (919) 496-1131, or the Franklinton Senior Center, (919) 494-5611, to volunteer.

Bunn Parade
The Bunn Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. To participate, call (919) 496-4831. No registration fee.

WF Market
Wake Forest Farmers Market, 405 S. Brooks St. in the Renaissance Plaza, is open on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The market offers a variety of meats, in-season produce, baked goods, plants crafts and much more. For more information, visit www.wakeforestfarmersmarket.org or call 919-671-9269.

Christmas parade
The 2014 Franklin County Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

Farm workshop
A farm transition workshop is scheduled for landowners and farmers in Franklin, Granville and Warren counties on Dec. 11.
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension partnered with the University of Mount Olive's Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center to conduct the session. The workshop, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., will be a comprehensive review of farm transition, tools and resources that are available to assist landowners with farm transition and estate planning. Dr. Ron Hanson, a nationally recognized farm succession specialist from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and several state and local estate planning specialists will be on the agenda.
The workshop topics will include: Farm Transfer Issues; Family Farm Business Ownership Succession; Estate Planning Tools; Financial Planning - Insurance, Annuities and Other Products; Transferring Forest Assets
The workshops will take place at the Cooperative Extension Center, 103 S. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg. Registration is required by Dec. 5. For more information, call (919) 496-3344


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