Franklin Facts

Stew Sale
The Louisburg Moose Lodge will have a Brunswick Stew sale on Saturday, March 3. Pick up quarts of stew at 1 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 191 Moose Loop Road. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Johnny King, (919) 496-8668, or E.H. Smith, (919) 495-5390, to pre-order.

'Rock' auditions
Auditions for "We Will Rock You" will be held at Louisburg College's Norris Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18, from 2 until 4:30 p.m.
The show, which opens April 12 and closes April 22, will be directed by Wally Hurst, with musical direction by Jason Patrick and Angela Adkins, and choreography by Maria Hurst and Yvette Townsley.
Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs, "We Will Rock You" follows two revolutionaries as they try to save Rock in a post apocalyptic world.
After a 12-year reign and having rocked over 7 million people in a record-breaking run, "We Will Rock You" played its final West End performance on May 31, 2014 and achieved the distinction of becoming the longest-running show ever at London's Dominion Theatre.
For the audition, be ready to sing a rock song and prepared to learn a short dance routine. Because this is a Louisburg College production, priority in casting will be given to Louisburg College students. The director will be casting community members as well, depending on how many persons from the Louisburg College community audition.
Rehearsals will begin immediately on or about Feb. 19 (unless callbacks have to be undertaken). For questions or more informayion e-mail or call 919-497-3429.

Equine meeting
On Thursday, Feb. 22, there will be a dinner and program on Equine Emergency Response in NC at the Franklin County Extension Center Annex in Louisburg, starting at 6 p.m.
Dr. Jimmy Tickel, NCDA & CS Emergency Response leader, will be the speaker.

Farm Conference
The annual Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference will be held at Louisburg College Saturday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Opening speaker will be Emily Febles, NC Industrial Hemp Commission's Industrial Hemp program manager, who will address "The Business of Hemp: Guidelines and Opportunities."

Garden Course
Franklin County NC Cooperative Extension Center in Louisburg will offer an Extension Gardener Short Course, a series of six gardening classes designed for anyone wishing to learn about environmentally sustainable, science-based gardening. The course is free and open to the public.
Topics to be covered include building healthy soils, growing vegetables, sustainable pest management, ornamental plant design/placement, growing fruit trees, caring for your landscape and more.
All classes will be taught by Colby Griffin, Franklin County Extension horticulture agent, and will be held in the Annex of the Franklin County Extension Center, 103 South Bickett Blvd, Louisburg. Classes will meet 9 a.m. until noon Tuesdays beginning Feb. 27 and conclude on April 3.
For more information visit or locate registration form at or call 919-496-3344.

Precinct meeting
The Franklin County Democratic Party will hold a precinct meeting for East Harris (05) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Bunn Fire Station #2, 2882 Hwy 98 West, Louisburg. Contact Chester Pace (919) 496-4254 for more information.

NE meeting
A meeting on Revitalizing Northeastern Franklin County is planned for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at Hickory Rock Baptist Church, 1580 Firetower Road, Louisburg.
The meeting will include: A report on the county's program for broadband by assistant county manger Kim Denton; "Hometown Strong," the governor's program on revitalizing rural communities by Mary Penny Kelly; a Strategic Plan update by Rex Foster and Lee Paderick.
If you have any questions or want more information, contact John Parrish, 919-853-2473, email; State Rep. Bobbie Richardson, 919-715-3032, email or Jimmy Foster, 919-776-7153, email
The meeting is public.

Hemp meeting
An Industrial Hemp informational meeting will take place on Monday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at the Granville Expo Center. Get the latest information on Hemp production from Extension specialists, Extension agents, growers and industry. Topics will include production, marketing and permitting.
Registration is required. Please call your respective county office of NC Cooperative Extension: Vance, (252) 438-8188; Warren, (252) 257-3640; Person, (336) 599-1195; Granville, (919) 603-1350; Franklin, (919) 496-3344.

FC Market
The Franklin County Farmers Market, located in the Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg, is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Watch for the signs at the red light at the shopping center entrance and market parking lot.

Farm Conference
NC livestock producers and farmers are invited to participate in an estate planning conference scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, at the NC Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center, Louisburg, in the Annex meeting room, with registration from 8 - 9 a.m.
The conference will present current updates and changes affecting estate planning, assessing the farm resource, long-term health care, probate and ag taxes, retirement management, to mention a few. The program should conclude around 3 p.m. There is a $20 fee to attend the day-long conference. Lunch, refreshments and resource materials will be provided. If you plan to attend, contact Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344 or email for more information and to register.

Bluegrass Jammin'
The monthly Bluegrass Jammin' will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7-10 p.m. at the Person Place in Louisburg. Drop-in pickers welcome. Refreshments served. For more information, call (919) 539-7868.

Paws for Life
Paws For Life Animal Rescue is reducing adoption fees for all dogs and cats that are 6 months or older for the month of February, thanks to a grant from Maddie's Fund. All animals are spayed/neutered, tested, and fully vetted. Dogs, $75, and Cats, $25. See all of our adoptable pets at

FC Market meeting
Each year a meeting is held at the beginning of the Franklin County Farmers Market season to discuss the coming year and also to give vendors a chance to make recommendations and comments about the Farmers Market. This year's meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Franklin County Extension Center Annex in Louisburg.
Scales can be checked and verified by the NCDA & CS scale inspector between 3:15 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the meeting. All scales should be checked prior to the vegetable season.
Refreshments will be served, so call (919)496-3344 and confirm that you will be attending by Friday, Feb. 23.

FCRSP meeting
The Franklin County Retired School Personnel will meet on March 5 at 11 a.m. at the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 112 E. Nash St., Louisburg.
NC Representative Bobbie Richardson will present a legislative update on the NC General Assembly.