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FRANKLINTON--Frank Edwards, 65, a resident of 416 S. Chavis Street, Franklinton, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at his home.
LOUISBURG - Toki Davis, 91, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at South Main Street Baptist Church, Louisburg.
LOUISBURG-Funeral services for Ollie Pearl Perry, 90, who died Friday, April 29, 2016, will be held on Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Willie Perry, officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.
LOUISBURG-Funeral services for Thomas "Tom" Hedgepeth, 69, who died Monday, May 2, 2016, will be held Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at Mitchell Baptist Church in Louisburg, with Pastor Dan Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
MAUI, HI - Benjamin Ballard Massenburg III, 94, died Saturday, April 9, 2016 at his son's home in Kula under hospice care. The family will have a private ceremony in May.
BRIDGEPORT, CT--Funeral services for Virginia Sadler, 81, of Bridgeport, Conn., formerly of Louisburg, who died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at Haywood Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Robert Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis family cemetery.
Vollmer Farm discounts and donates its crop; making the best of a bad situation
Storm rips across southern Franklin
PILOT - Judith Stallings Alford, 85, died at her home on Wednesday evening, April 27, 2016. A Celebration of Life service will be held 3:15 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Pilot Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Alford Family Cemetery.
Sarah MacKenzie "Maggie" Wright and Daniel Christopher Sims were married Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at 6 p.m. at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The Reverend Richard Thomas Clayton of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh officiated.
Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception at The Sutherland Pavilion.
LOUISBURG -- By the end of the year, Franklin County could finally have the emergency radio system it set out to get when it contracted with a Virginia company in 2010 to revamp communications.
Lynchburg,Va.-based Harris Corporation built the county an $11 million emergency radio system that has been plagued by bugs, dropped calls and garbled audio since the county began using it in October 2012.
Joseph Fogg, front, along with, from left, Julia Benitez, Claudette Giani, and Briana Kelso, picked up trash along the side of Winston Street last Saturday as part of a joint effort between the Franklin County Solid Waste Task Force and OneFranklinton to clean up streets in town to recognize Earth Day, which was April 22. About 18 volunteers took part in the effort all across the town.
LOUISBURG -- Attorneys have filed a class action lawsuit alleging an operator of three assisted living facilities, including one in Youngsville, is guilty of not properly feeding some residents, and leaving some residents to sit in their own waste and filth for hours.
Attorneys for two former residents of Franklin Manor Assisted Living Center in Youngsville filed the complaint in Franklin County Civil Superior Court on Monday.
The suit alleges that Cleveland, Ohio-based Saber Healthcare Group understaffed the Youngsville facility, as well as facilities in Clayton and Charlotte, to the point that some residents went without care, and many sustained falls that required hospital stays.
Beautiful, sunny days of springtime mean many things but one of the most tasty around here has to do with strawberries.
Believe it or not, it's strawberry season -- and to put extra focus on that popular crop, the annual Strawberry Festival is slated for Friday, May 6, at the county Farmer's Market in Louisburg's Shannon Village shopping center .
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. when all recipe entries are due. Judging will begin at 11 -- as will the serving of free homemade strawberry ice cream.
LOUISBURG -- Things are beginning to sprout with Feeding Franklin.
Its board of directors met for the first time last week.
Volunteers began planting fruits and vegetables at a community garden located at the sheriff's office.
And a community garden plot behind the Senior Center in Franklinton was sprayed for weeds two weeks ago. It was tilled last week and is expected to be ready for planting the first week in May.
County resident Syon Furlow
BUNN -- For Jacob Stephens, music has always played a big role in his life. The talented percussionist and Bunn High School senior has spent his entire high school career striving for excellence so that he may perform in the prestigious North Carolina All-State Honors Band Concert.
Very soon, Stephens' hard work will pay off.
The All-State Honors Band will perform on May 1 in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Stephens will be playing the snare drum among the best high school musicians in the state.
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College will hold commencement exercises dedicated exclusively to new graduates of Adult Basic Skills programs on Thursday, May 5. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center on the college's Main Campus in Vance County.
Those being honored at the ceremony will include students who have completed either the Adult High School Diploma program or the High School Equivalency program in the past year.
LOUISBURG -- The president of a local environmental technology company and the executive director of the North Carolina Council of Churches will be the featured speakers during Commencement week activities at Louisburg College, May 5-6.
Approximately 140 students are expected to receive degrees.
Jason Williams, president and CEO of PRTI in Franklinton, will deliver the Commencement address at 11 a.m., Friday, May 6, in the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) on campus.
This is a great time to be a teacher of high school civics classes!
If this year's presidential election isn't giving students and teachers plenty to talk about, I don't know what might.
Unless, of course, it's the mess going on in Raleigh which, perhaps because it's so much closer and insanely costly, is a bit too close for a comfortable discussion.
But, given the way the national primary "system" -- and yes it deserves those quotation marks because it's not exactly a rational system -- students, teachers, pundits and citizens alike are fascinated with the process.
Three cheers for the folks in the Franklinton area who tackled one of Franklin County's most visible problems -- litter -- over the weekend.
Organizers of an Earth Day event rounded up as many volunteers as they could find to take part in a Spring Litter Drive last Saturday.
The event was coordinated by OneFranklinton and the county's Solid Waste Task Force -- and it was a big success.
Members of the Solid Waste Task Force are planning to host and be part of other events that bring awareness to the problems created by litter which seems to be an increasing problem across Franklin County.
Back in February, I wrote a column concluding that the federal government should hire people who were better at their jobs.
What brought about that conclusion, you may ask?
Here's a refresher.
At the time, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were trying to decrypt an iPhone that belonged to a man suspected of killing 14 people in San Bernandino, Calif., before himself dying in a shootout with police.
Governator Pat McCrory may be on to something with HB2.
It could be another part of his vaunted, but as of yet, non-existent, Carolina Comeback.
North Carolina's unemployment rate is higher than the national average, but McCrory may have a solution: a massive state government hiring program for Potty Police.
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