Most Popular Recent Articles


ARTELIA HAMME-LEACH

NEWARK, NJ - Funeral services for Artelia Hamme-Leach, 64, of Newark, N.J., formerly of Henderson, who died Monday, Sept. 22, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Henderson, with the Rev. Joseph Ratliff officiating. Burial will follow in the Concord Church cemetery.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Red Rams Now 5-0

STEM -- With two high-powered offenses on display, it was expected that points could be plentiful during Friday's non-conference gridiron meeting between Franklinton and host Granville Central.
That's exactly what happened as FHS remained undefeated with a 51-42 victory over the Panthers.
Franklinton is 5-0 heading into this coming Friday's expected challenge on the road against Corinth Holders.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Bunn Jumps On Jaguars
Bunn Jumps On Jaguars

BUNN -- After allowing a combined 87 points over their past two outings, the Bunn Wildcats weren't in a generous mood during Friday's non-conference football showdown against Northampton County.
Instead, the Wildcats didn't allow the Jaguars to reach the end zone during a 70-0 rout at the BHS Football Field.
Bunn, which will be off this coming week in preparation of its Northern Carolina Conference opener at Southern Vance on Oct. 10, is now 4-2 on the season.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Warriors Stop Southern Vance
Warriors Stop Southern Vance

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg was concerned about Southern Vance's big-play capabilities heading into Friday's non-league football contest -- even though the Runnin' Raiders entered the event with a winless record.
But the Warriors came up with some huge plays of their own, including a key third-quarter touchdown pass from Malik Sidibeh to Ron Roberson that helped squelch some of the momentum Southern Vance had acquired.

 
Read More | Post Comment

FONNIE T. "DOOTSIE" HARRIS, JR.

FRANKLINTON--Fonnie Thalbert "Doot-sie" Harris Jr., 85, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. The family will receive friends at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Franklinton Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held following the visitation at 4 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton, with the Rev. David Averette officiating.

 
Read More | Post Comment

RUTH T. ALLEN

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Ruth T. Allen, 89, who died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Bidding farewell to a young fireman who cared
Bidding farewell to a young fireman who cared
A part of the formal procession at Sunday's funeral for a fallen firefighter
Bidding farewell to a young fireman who cared

JUSTICE -- Hundreds from around the community and the state turned out over the weekend to say goodbye to a firefighter struck down while on duty, in the prime of his life.
John Derek Gupton died Sept. 16 while responding to a fire call in Lake Royale. He was 24.
There was no counting, though, the number of family, friends and members of the first responders community that showed up at his funeral this past Sunday.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Oncoming opportunity touted at annual banquet
Oncoming opportunity touted at annual banquet
Charles Hayes
Oncoming opportunity touted at annual banquet

YOUNGSVILLE -- A few months ago, County Manager Angela Harris gave a State of the County Address, noting that the county's fortunes look a lot better through the windshield than they do through the rear-view mirror.
Last week, while addressing members of the county's Committee of 100, Chair Don Lancaster echoed those sentiments, saying there is a light at the end of this economically depressed tunnel -- sort of like an oncoming train of opportunity.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Sheep plus solar is powerful partnership
Sheep plus solar is powerful partnership
EXPLAINING SOLAR. O2 Energies founder Joel Olsen (left) explains the Bunn Solar Farm to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, State Rep. Bobbie Richardson and local farmer Chad Ray during Vilsack's visit to Franklin County.
Sheep plus solar is powerful partnership

BUNN -- The same sunshine that caused U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to peel off his jacket during a visit to Bunn last Thursday was also silently generating electricity in the background.
And that was exactly the point.
Vilsack toured Progress Solar in Bunn, the solar field adjacent to the Bunn Prison that generates enough electricity to power 540 homes -- and which is part of a unique partnership that couples a solar power plant with a family farm raising free range sheep and lambs.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Franklin Face
Franklin Face

County resident Phyillis Bullock

 
Read More | Post Comment

County hires assistant manager
County hires assistant manager

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County has filled its assistant county manager position, a post that has been vacant since 2003 -- when it was eliminated with Angela Harris sitting in it.
Harris came back as the county's top administrator in 2006, but, the assistant position had not been filled until last week, when Harris announced that Sharpsburg Town Administrator Elton Daniels would be joining the county as an assistant in December.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Editorial Cartoon: Hillary
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary 
Read More | Post Comment

Knowing our potential is not realizing it!
Knowing our potential is not realizing it!

Promises, promises, promises ...
... They only go so far and then ...
You know the rest.
But that's the thought I was having Thursday night at the annual banquet of the Committee of 100 which featured Charles Hayes, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Quiet consolation for a life cut short

A solemn, unnatural calm shrouded a rural road in Franklin County on the evening of Sept. 16 as emergency workers from many agencies steeled themselves to do what they have been trained to do -- but which they hoped they would never have to face.
The unnatural quiet enveloped the site of an overturned tanker truck, its badly damaged hulk lying on its side as the first arriving workers rushed to treat and then quickly transport one injured fireman to a Raleigh hospital for treatment.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Weekend at Youngsville looks like a lot of fun
Weekend at Youngsville looks like a lot of fun

It's not very often that reporters look upon a weekend and think to themselves -- hey, I can't wait to get off the couch and go punch the clock.
However, this past weekend and this coming weekend are two exceptions.
This past Saturday morning, the United Way kicked off its Day of Caring activities, as hundreds of volunteers spread out through Franklin County, helping families in need with a number of projects, ranging from cleaning up debris from back yards, to installing handicap-accessible wheelchair ramps, to redoing, essentially, an entire kitchen.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Future of North Carolina visible today in Kansas?
Future of North Carolina visible today in Kansas?

I hope I'm incorrect, but I think if you want to know what North Carolina will look like without a course correction, you need to take a gander at Kansas.
As part of the 2010 Tea Party wave, Kansans elected Sam Brownback as governor and Kris Kobach as secretary of state.
What immediately followed in 2011 were radical right wing "reforms" which were sold as ways to lure business to Kansas and bring prosperity to every Jayhawk.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Things have changed; it's a different world
Things have changed; it's a different world

Gradually how things have changed. More than a different time, it is a different world.
People of a certain age can remember when a prayer in school was the norm, and when flying on a plane was an adventure not started with an inquisition. It was before genetically modified food, and when your old Ford or Chevy was made in the USA.
This was before cash for clunkers, NAFTA, CAFTA, and the so-called great world economy.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Politically motivated letter filled with inaccurate information

Dear editor:
I recently received a letter in the mail from "Americans for Prosperity," a national conservative group with a local office in Raleigh.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Water: 'Mother's milk' to politicians

Dear editor:
In the town of Franklinton we have just completed the second of two town meetings concerning turning over the water plant to the county. At an earlier meeting, the commissioners voted and the vote passed to turn it over to the county; and most of us considered the matter settled.

 
Read More | Post Comment

State's budget crisis 'contrived' by GOP

Dear editor:
North Carolina's state constitution requires a balanced budget, so there was nothing new in the fact that the state legislature spent a lot of time balancing the budget.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Editorial Cartoon: Seasons
Editorial Cartoon: Seasons 
Read More | Post Comment

Approaching marriage
Approaching marriage

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wayne Lancaster of Elm City announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Amber Dawn Lancaster, to Derek Kirk Shellman, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Kirk Shellman of Louisburg. An outdoor ceremony is planned for Sept. 27, 2014 in Louisburg.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Engagement announced
Engagement announced

Charles and Lorie Rollins of Nashville announce the engagement of their daughter, Maggie Lynn Rollins, to Christopher Stephen Carter, the son of Mike and Cade Carter of Louisburg. The wedding will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2014 at Nashville United Methodist Church, Nashville.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Together 60 years!
Together 60 years!

On Aug. 22, 1954, Brodie and Mary Elizabeth Green were wed by the Rev. Walter McDonald at Franklinton United Methodist Church. Sixty years later, their love and devotion to each other is still apparent to their children, grandchildren and all who know them.
Mr. and Mrs. Green were surprised and honored during a special dinner at Ryan's Steakhouse in Henderson.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Local teen to compete for Miss Raleigh title
Local teen to compete for Miss Raleigh title

Taylor Williams of Franklinton was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Pre-Teen Raleigh pageant competition that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Taylor learned of her acceptance into this year's competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local Raleigh area.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Making a difference ... just down the street
Making a difference ... just down the street
SOLID FOUNDATION. Stewart Johnson, director of Student Engagement at Louisburg College, does some brick work at Dorothy Clemons' home as part of the United Way Day of Caring.
Making a difference ... just down the street

LOUISBURG -- This past Saturday, dozens of Louisburg College staff, students and faculty made a world of difference -- right down the street.
"You don't have to go anywhere to find people who need help," said Robin Johannesen, the college's student life office manager, who, along with her husband, Jim, helped install flooring, a kitchen counter ... essentially a redo of Lola Williams' kitchen.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Havin' fun at the 25th annual Tar River Festival
Havin' fun at the 25th annual Tar River Festival

FUN TIMES. Anthony Aldridge plays cornhole.

 
Read More | Post Comment

A birthday celebration with four-legged friends!
A birthday celebration with four-legged friends!

What a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with the alpacas, and at the same time celebrate your birthday. Yes, you can do just that when you visit "Alpaca Dreams Farms" right here on Schloss Road in Franklin County. This is the place to be if you like the outdoors and love alpacas as much as I do.
Our grandson, Noah Patrick, did just that on Sept. 6, celebrating his 7th birthday in the company of friends and alpacas of all ages.

 
Read More | Post Comment

Local woman is honored on 100th birthday
Local woman is honored on 100th birthday

MARKING 100! Emma Williams Richardson celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. About 110 relatives and friends attended. She was born in Warren County on Sept. 9, 1914 to the late Sam K. and Mamie Williams. Emma is the mother of 10 children, with three living daughters, Mary Alston of Spring Valley, N.Y., Vernice Harris and Bernice Richardson of Louisburg, and one son, Emanuel Richardson of New Jersey.

 
Read More | Post Comment

It's festival time!

YOUNGSVILLE -- Crisp weather has marked the start of fall, a good thing for two events slated for Saturday -- a fundraising 5-K and the 10th celebration of a community festival.
The First Out Phantom 5-K -- a fundraising event in memory of fallen Youngsville firefighter Jeff Fields -- will kick things off as runners and spectators are expected to start gathering at about 7 a.m. on race day (Sept. 27).

 
Read More | Post Comment