Most Popular Recent Articles


MARY E. "BETSY" JOYNER

FRANKLINTON --Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Joyner, 87, died Monday, May 22, 2017. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

 
Read More | Post Comment

CHARLES HILL YABOROUGH, JR.

LOUISBURG - Charles Hill Yarborough, Jr, died on May 26, 2017. Charles was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 20, 1933, and raised in Louisburg, North Carolina, his ancestral hometown. He was the only child of Charles Hill Yarborough of Louisburg and Alice McLean Yarborough of Lumberton, North Carolina.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Youngsville man charged with killing his mother

HENDERSON -- Authorities arrested a Youngsville man, alleging he strangled his mother to death at a family property on Kerr Lake.
Jarred Oakes, 29, of N.C. 96 just outside Youngsville, has been charged with murder on Wednesday and is being held in jail without bond.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Two men arrested in separate child sex cases
Two men arrested in separate child sex cases
Morris
Two men arrested in separate child sex cases

LOUISBURG -- Investigations into two separate child sexual exploitation cases resulted in arrests this week.
Deputies arrested Joseph Algernon Morris, 25, on May 22 and Stanley Calvin Pigue on May 23, charging them both with various counts of felony third degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Warrants and arrests in both cases stem from investigations conducted by the sheriff's office's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Crazy week: State titles, playoff win and a coach inducted into HOF!

What a week it was in the area sports scene!
For the first time since 1998, Louisburg High School has moved into the Final Four of the Class 1-A State Softball Playoffs following a 4-0 home victory over Riverside last Thursday.
The Lady Warriors will play Whiteville in a best-of-three series this week for the right to advance to the state finals.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Guv'nor gets schooled!
Guv'nor gets schooled!
Gov. Roy Cooper greets Franklinton High students during his visit
Guv'nor gets schooled!

FRANKLINTON -- The lobby that separates the Franklinton High School cafeteria and auditorium was pulsating with a jazz band and lively student chatter.
The only thing that made it different from any other Tuesday was the audience -- Gov. Roy Cooper.
Cooper visited the school to speak with teachers, students and administrators, while touring the county's newest high school -- visiting an English class, an honors forensics science class and getting a close look at the school's culinary arts program.

 
Read More | Post Comment

FHS educator is Teacher of Year!
FHS educator is Teacher of Year!

EXCELLENCE HONORED. Franklinton High School English teacher David Jennings was named Franklin County Schools' Teacher of the Year at the school district's annual banquet honoring educators. Jennings has taught at Franklinton High School for three years, but his impact goes far beyond his time at FHS, says FHS Principal Russell Holloman. "Dave is the type of teacher that other people rally around. He's the type of teacher you want to have your kid in their class and teach beside them," Holloman said.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Louisburg taxes headed down

LOUISBURG -- residents are likely headed for some good news next month.
After a preliminary budget meeting last Thursday, the town council seems likely to approve a property tax decrease along with its 2017-18 budget. A formal vote on the budget is expected on June 19, the council's next regular meeting.
As presented last week, the budget calls for a two-cent per $100 of valuation tax decrease. That would set the town's property tax rate at .495-cents per $100.

 
Read More | Post Comment

State rules out death penalty in beheading

LOUISBURG -- The mental health of a teen accused of decapitating his mother will guide how the case proceeds through the court system.
Already, it has led prosecutors to notify the courts that they will not seek the death penalty against Oliver Machada.
"With the substantial concerns raised about the defendant's mental health at the time of the offense," said District Attorney Mike Waters, whose office made the pronouncement in Franklin County Superior Court on Tuesday, "it was not appropriate for the state to pursue capital punishment."

 
Read More | Post Comment

Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Laci Wade competing at the county's Special Olympics

 
Read More | Post Comment

First 'Third Friday' featured fun and festivities!
First 'Third Friday' featured fun and festivities!

TAR RIVER THUNDER. Above, Amy Cheshire, Sutter Cheshire, Jack Davis, Brandi Davis, Zack Smith, Jamie Smith and Ian Smith relax on the lawn; Below, Jackie Barrett, center, and members of The Nut-N-Tuits Line Dancers enjoy music from the Castaways during the first Friday Nights on the Tar, which saw a storm sweep through, but didn't dampen the fun.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Ex-officer pleads innocent

LOUISBURG -- A former Franklinton police officer asserted his innocence in court on Monday.
A grand jury indicted Jason Tate in October, signifying there was enough evidence to warrant bringing sexual assault charges against him.
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation allege Tate assaulted an 18-year-old girl during the early morning hours of Aug. 7.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Traffic death case delayed

LOUISBURG -- The case against a Youngsville woman accused of killing a 7-year-old in a car accident was continued until July.
Authorities arrested Alix Feild in January, alleging that she was driving while impaired when she hit and killed Ronnie Tanner Vick while he walked along Darius Pearce Road the evening of Jan. 16.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Very Special Olympians test their skills
Very Special Olympians test their skills

GOLD MEDAL MAXIMUM EFFORT. Franklinton High School was the site of the annual Franklin County Special Olympics earlier this month, hosting dozens of kids from in and around Franklin County who showcased their skills in track and field events. Above, Shemar Kearney gets off a terrific leap during the long jump competition. The event was held on May 9 after rain forced a delay the previous week.

 
Read More | Post Comment

LET THEM EAT CAKE ... AND BARBECUE
LET THEM EAT CAKE ... AND BARBECUE

Bennie Gupton manned the grill, providing a whole hog for those who came out to the event.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Assault charges filed against Raleigh man

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies and town police arrested a Raleigh man on domestic assault charges.
Authorities allege Damien John Adkins kicked in the door at his ex-girlfriend's house, assaulted and choked her on May 18.
A patrol deputy spotted Adkins on nearby Wes Sandling Road and officers from both agencies searched the woods to locate him.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Raleigh man hospitalized after being shot in thigh

FRANKLINTON -- Sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting that sent a 28-year-old Raleigh man to the hospital.
The injuries were not life-threatening.
According to authorities, deputies were alerted to a shooting on Lane Store Road at about 1:30 a.m. on May 21.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Cookie dough thief admits guilt, is given probation

LOUISBURG -- A man who pled guilty to stealing from a Louisburg Elementary School fund will avoid jail time.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested Markee Burnette in October, alleging he stole money from a cookie dough fundraiser.
Surveillance footage revealed a man, later identified as Burnette, taking money that was placed inside envelopes that were set aside for the fundraiser.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Three admit their roles in Vance murder

LOUISBURG -- Three people who investigators allege lured a Henderson man to a home and killed him pled guilty to their roles in the Vance County crime this week.
Charges remain pending against three other suspects, including the woman authorities allege shot and killed Marcus Fields in December of 2015.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Two VGCC students awarded Mike Bradley scholarships
Two VGCC students awarded Mike Bradley scholarships

HENDERSON -- Brady, a company that provides energy-efficient HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, recently awarded the annual Mike Bradley Memorial Scholarships to Vance-Granville Community College students Michael Hall of Creedmoor and Cedric Rodebaugh of Franklinton.
Both students, who are studying Welding Technology at VGCC, received a $500 scholarship to help fund their education.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Great Depression closed Franklinton Christian College
Great Depression closed Franklinton Christian College

Franklinton Christian College, one of several educational institutions for African Americans in Franklinton during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, uplifted the students who attended it.
The school and its antecedents operated from the 1870s until it closed in 1930 -- a victim of the Great Depression.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Youth Movement
Youth Movement 
Read More | Post Comment

Why does government spring leaks?
Why does government spring leaks?

Maybe it's time to share a dirty little secret that I've discovered from four decades of covering government at a variety of levels -- and hope that it will help put some of what you're hearing out of Washington, D.C., lately in perspective.
You're hearing complaints from those in power about "leaks" to the press which, they contend, are illegal, un-American or downright wrong and must be stopped at all costs.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Besides a chuckle, there is good in county budget

We trust that all careful readers of news stories found something to chuckle about last week.
In fact, there may have been a few disbelieving guffaws heard around the county, although those we can't confirm.
The line that certainly drew chuckles from those in the know was about the county's proposed budget being "unprecedented."
Unprecedented, really?

 
Read More | Post Comment

Perk up your morning; get to know a local cop
Perk up your morning; get to know a local cop

There are a lot of things you can do with a cop.
You can run from a cop. That can be a hair-raising experience.
I'd highly recommend that you do not make a habit of this activity.
You can ride along with a cop. It's an eye-opening experience.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Editorial Cartoon: Trump Change
Editorial Cartoon: Trump Change 
Read More | Post Comment

County taxes: Third from bottom but trying to be last
County taxes: Third from bottom but trying to be last

Most people do not have an endless supply of money. They cannot just print more when they want it, or force others to give it to them.
I say most people because there are those that do print their own money, and force others to give them what they have earned.
On one side of things it is called organized crime; on another it is called the government.
It is budget time again in Franklin County. Everything costs something, and someone has to pay for it.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Editorial Cartoon: Work Day
Editorial Cartoon: Work Day 
Read More | Post Comment

After VGCC, Louisburg twins are off to major universities
After VGCC, Louisburg twins are off to major universities

Twin brothers Paul Caroline and Peter Caroline of Louisburg began their higher education at Vance-Granville Community College and will soon continue that education at two of the nation's top universities.
Both received full QuestBridge scholarships, Paul to the University of Pennsylvania and Peter to Stanford University. According to U.S. News & World Report, Stanford is the country's most selective university, accepting only five percent of applicants, while Penn has the 14th lowest acceptance rate.

 
Read More | Post Comment

FOUR WINS AWAY
FOUR WINS AWAY
SAUNDERS SLIDES IN. Louisburg High School's Kaylee Saunders slides head-first into third base during last Thursday evening's home softball playoff victory against Williamston Riverside at Warrior Field.
FOUR WINS AWAY

LOUISBURG -- Before the postseason began, members of the Louisburg High School softball coaching staff thought their club's depth at the pitching position would be one of the Lady Warriors' greatest strengths down the stretch.
That assessment has proven to be correct as co-aces Laine Barefoot and Arianna Fuller-Bell have taken turns carving up opponents.

 
Read More | Post Comment