Most Popular Recent Articles


WILLIAM J. BENTON, JR.

COLUMBIA, SC --William James Benton, Jr., 66, formerly of Louisburg, died Friday, April 20, 2018. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at Louisburg United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Anita James-Carnes officiating.

 
Read More | Post Comment

BLANCHE D. FAULKNER

LOUISBURG--Blanche Dickerson Faulkner, 83, of the Alert Community, died Monday morning, April 23, 2018. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 
Read More | Post Comment

D. GLEN WEST

LOUISBURG - David Glen West, 80, of Louisburg, died Sunday evening, April 22, 2018. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at White Level Baptist Church cemetery.

 
Read More | Post Comment

ZACHARY ALLEN JONES
November 6, 1990 - April 19, 2018

ZEBULON - Zachary Allen Jones, 27, went to be with the Lord on Thursday. Zachary worked at Whitley Electronics and had recently completed CDL Training with Credence Trucking. He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Whitley Jones.

 
Read More | Post Comment

MARIE COPPEDGE RIGGAN
June 3, 1927 - April 18, 2018

LOUISBURG, NC - Earis Marie Coppedge Riggan of Louisburg passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90 on the morning of Wednesday, April 18th at Louisburg Nursing Center.

 
Read More | Post Comment

LT. COL. DR. CAREY EDWARD BROWN JR.

Lt. Col. Dr. Carey Edward Brown Jr. passed away peacefully at his villa at Plantation Village in Wilmington, NC on April 19, 2018.

 
Read More | Post Comment

PAULINE W. BURK

FRANKLINTON--Funeral services for Pauline Wardrick Burk, 87, who died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, will be held Thursday, April 26, at 12 p.m. at Jones Chapel Baptist Church in Louisburg, with Pastor Hosea Starr officiating. Burial will follow in the Wardrick family cemetery.

 
Read More | Post Comment

RUBY E. BREWER
May 4, 1935 - April 19, 2018

LOUISBURG - Ruby Lee Edwards Brewer, 82, of Louisburg, died Thursday evening.

 
Read More | Post Comment

WILLIE MILTON BRANNAN JR.

Willie Milton Brannan Jr. passed away on April 17, 2018 after a brief illness. Born Sept. 1, 1932, he was the only son of the late Willie Milton Brannan Sr. and Polly Hopkins Brannan of the Hopkins community.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Impaired driver blamed for hitting two buildings

YOUNGSVILLE -- Police arrested a Youngsville man they allege damaged two businesses during an alcohol-fueled crash last week.
According to a report by Officer S. Zuniga, Lonnie Allen Reid was driving a 2007 Ford pickup truck along Main Street the evening of April 12 when he ran off the road to the left, damaging two support beams at Main Street Flooring at the corner of Cross Street.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Routine traffic checkpoint sparks chase, 'tased' driver

YOUNGSVILLE -- A chase that began with a faux state trooper avoiding a checkpoint ended with an arrest by taser.
According to authorities, Kenny Sanchez approached a driver's license checkpoint at N.C. 96 near Tom Williams Road the afternoon of April 18 and stopped.
According to the report by Officer W. Taylor, Sanchez began to show officers his license, but then questioned them as to why he was being stopped.

 
Read More | Post Comment

ROBERT M. SHUMSKY
June 22, 1943 - January 3, 2018

YOUNGSVILLE - Robert "Bob" Michael Shumsky, 74, of Youngsville, NC passed away on January 3, 2018.

 
Read More | Post Comment

RONALD JACOB CRUDUP

FRANKLINTON--Ronald Jacob Crudup, 57, died Monday, April 16, 2018 at his home in Franklinton. Funeral service will be Friday, April 20, at Pope's Chapel UCC, with the Rev. Eddie Williams Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

 
Read More | Post Comment

LORRAINE CLAX

FRANKLINTON--Lorraine Clax, 66, died Sunday, April 8, 2018 after a lengthy illness. Funeral service was held Sunday, April 15, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. André Johnson offiiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.

 
Read More | Post Comment

CHRISTINE PERSON

FRANKLINTON--Funeral services for Christine Person, 86, who died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, will be held Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at First United Church of Christ in Franklinton, with the Rev. Vivian Gill officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

 
Read More | Post Comment

KIRBY L. HOLT

SPRING HOPE--Kirby Loyce Holt, 73, of Spring Hope departed this earthly life on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 19, 1944 to Ruth Luther Holt and the late Marvin D. Holt. Kirby loved his family, riding motorcycles, his pets and his friends.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Bright Ideas grants offered

Wake Electric is again offering the Bright Ideas education teacher grant program. Educators can submit an application for Bright Ideas grants of up to $3,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. Educators can learn more and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com. There are also more details on Wake Electric requirements and past grant recipients at www.wemc.com, "Community Programs."

 
Read More | Post Comment

County waivers on effort to curb local opioid crisis

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners said they would need more information before they'd consider joining a lawsuit that lays the blame for the opioid crisis at the feet of manufacturers and distributors of the drug.
Attorneys George Daniel and Neal Ellis, representing a consortium of law firms, informed commissioners on Monday night that they are representing governmental entities across the country, seeking to recover from the drug industry monies that governments have spent to combat the opioid epidemic -- namely expenses spent on emergency services, law enforcement and other social service needs that have been impacted by the weight of the problem.

 
Read More | Post Comment

IT'S PARTY TIME
IT'S PARTY TIME

And the town of Louisburg has a spruced-up downtown amphitheater (photographed here at dusk to show the lights) that will be the venue for 2018's Third Friday Nights on the Tar events. The event features a concert, food trucks and entertainment for kids. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and the Castaways are to begin playing about 6 p.m. The event is free of charge and is this event marks the beginning of the second year of the popular event.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Louisburg bans big trucks downtown

LOUISBURG -- Two more changes are coming to downtown Louisburg, one designed to decrease traffic and the other which may help bring more people to activities in downtown.
The town and the North Carolina Department of Transportation have agreed that all truck traffic that is merely going through downtown be banned. The signs banning large trucks with three or more axles have already gone up.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Y-ville 'best site' for farm market
Y-ville 'best site' for farm market

LOUISBURG -- After a year of polling vendors, potential customers, stakeholders and others, staff with an agribusiness center at the University of Mount Olive have concluded that it would be feasible to build a new farmers market in the Youngsville area.
Sandy Maddox, director of the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center and an assistant professor of agriculture education at Mount Olive, and Edward Olive, associate director for the Agribusiness Center, presented those findings to county commissioners and visitors during a special called meeting on Monday afternoon.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Jim Grove honored for volunteer efforts
Jim Grove honored for volunteer efforts

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners recognized a Governor's Medallion Award winner before navigating an agenda that saw them move forward with plans that could bolster sewer service, bring a new tenant to the airport and chart parks and recreation services into the future.
First, Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell presented Jim Grove -- a winner of one of the state's top awards for volunteer service.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Bunn wrestles with police pay issues

BUNN -- Town commissioners are considering some pay raises, as long at it doesn't put their tax rate out of whack.
Commissioners and staff met last week during a session, poring over proposed revenues and expenses for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
For the most part, Police Chief Joe King wants to keep his spending status quo, but he did ask commissioners to consider raising pay for his part-time officers and the town's school resource officer.

 
Read More | Post Comment

FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Louisburg's James Anderson

 
Read More | Post Comment

FES employee arrested for hitting a student

FRANKLINTON -- Police arrested an elementary school teacher assistant accused of assaulting a student with disabilities.
Margaret Harris, 61, was arrested Monday and charged with assault on a handicapped person.
According to authorities, a Franklinton Elementary School employee alleged that on the morning of April 12, during school hours, they witnessed Harris hit a female student on the leg with a spoon.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Chamber drops Tar River Fest, Christmas parade

LOUISBURG -- The Tar River Festival, since 1991, has been the event for which Franklin County residents and visitors gathered for fun, food and festivities.
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce decided this year that it will be no more.
At the same time, the Chamber board also decided not to sponsor the annual county Christmas Parade that has been held in Louisburg for years -- although the town of Louisburg stepped up almost immediately and announced it will handle the parade and that it will continue as usual this year.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Even a team can't fix a biz plan based on deceit
Even a team can't fix a biz plan based on deceit

"I'll check with my team about that."
"Let me ask my team."
"I'll have my team research that and get back to you."
Although it's not entirely clear who Mark Zuckerberg's team members are, it's a safe bet they are going to be a busy bunch.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Editorial Cartoon: Cat Videos
Editorial Cartoon: Cat Videos 
Read More | Post Comment

Importing teachers ignores need for long-term solution

What sounded like a good idea -- and probably was just that -- was presented to the Franklin County Board of Education last Monday night.
But, benefits aside, it puts the focus on an on-going problem in our classrooms that must be confronted and solved sooner rather than later.
The idea was simple. A non-profit will recruit teachers from around the world and bring them to the United States on five-year Visas to work in American classrooms and learn a bit about our educational system.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Early voting starts today: Changes can be swift
Early voting starts today: Changes can be swift

It's fair to say that the most highly contested race in Franklin County will be between Sheriff Kent Winstead and challenger, Jerry Jones.
Their battle for the most ballots won't take place until the fall, though.
But that doesn't mean there won't be some interesting contests to decide this spring, as early voting starts today, April 19.

 
Read More | Post Comment