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FRANKLINTON --Funeral services for the Rev. Tony Kearney, 60, who died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Michael Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
THIRTY YEARS. Larry and Belinda Davis celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Nov. 23, 2015. Larry is the son of the late John Felix Sr. and Dorothy Davis of Louisburg. Belinda is the daughter of the late Leroy and Rosie Boyd of Louisville, Ky. They have one daughter, Shirley Davis, who resides in Virginia.
Actor, playwright and author Walter Williamson, a 1968 Louisburg College alumnus whose film credits include appearances in "Mr. Deeds" and "The Longest Yard," will serve as Artist-In-Residence on campus during the spring 2016 semester.
Williamson will serve as a guest lecturer in classes, collaborate with students and faculty, and stage the world premiere of his new play at the college.
Williamson's film, television and theatre credits are numerous.
The Alert Christmas Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Line-up will start around 1 p.m. There are no entry fees. Anyone interested in participating or needing more information can contact Larry Ayscue at (252) 343-9274 or (252) 459-9216 or Melanie Bobbitt at (919) 853-6638 or (919) 497-6081.
Community theater returns to Louisburg College and the Norris Theatre stage with performances of "The Christmas Bus."
Written by North Carolina playwright Robert Inman and directed by Norris Theatre Director Wally Hurst, "The Christmas Bus" will start the holiday season off with several performances in early December. Performance dates and times include Dec. 4, 5, 10 and 12 (7:30 p.m.), December 13 (2 p.m.), and special school day matinees on Dec. 11 (9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.).
It appears that construction on the first leg of U.S. 401 improvements in Franklin County has taken a giant step toward reality -- but there still are hurdles to be cleared.
The section in question is "C," which runs from the Wake-Franklin County line north to the Royal Community.
State Sen. Chad Barefoot, who represents Franklin County, said this week that the widening to four lanes of Section C is funded in the budget passed by the General Assembly in September.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg area residents got some great news in recent days from the North Carolina Department of Insurance, but it was the hard work of a lot of local people over the last two years that made it possible.
The state has announced that the Louisburg Fire District has received a 3 rating -- which will help lower insurance costs in the future. It is currently rated 4.
The class 3 rating applies to Louisburg, but the Central Franklin Fire District also received a better grade, a split 5/9 rating. (More about that later in this story.)
Santa Claus was sighted in Franklin County on Saturday when he visited the Louisburg United Methodist Church holiday bazaar. His visit officially kicked off the Christmas season, although little River Bryant, 10 months old, wasn't exactly sure what to make of Jolly Old Saint Nick.
LOUISBURG -- When Cheryl Brown-Avery visited her grandparents farm on Dyking Road in Louisburg, there wasn't any place she wouldn't have gone to get away from her tormenter -- Annie the Mule.
More than 50 years later, though, there are very few places that she hasn't taken Annie -- at least literally.
She's crafted a handful of children's books, recounting her childhood and her frequent run-ins with Annie, her grandparents farm mule.
Davis Ellis wearing his handmade turkey feather headdress
LOUISBURG -- After removing its executive director last week, United Way leaders said this week they are focused on their mission -- helping those in need.
By a split vote, the board terminated Kathy Harrelson after nearly seven years of service.
The board has not said why they parted ways, but Harrelson said the decision was the culmination of a personality conflict with the board's chair and treasurer.
This week, board member Linda Frederickson said the United Way and its board has their sights set on the future, not the rear-view mirror.
The United Way of Franklin County's Build-A-Backpack program provides essential school supplies for more than 1,000 children. Louisburg College students helped out by collecting donations, stuffing backpacks and then distributing backpacks to local students. Shown here are (left to right) Tacoasha Spencer, Triana Springfield, Tianna Degraffenried and LC staff member Stephanie Haskell, coordinator of student engagement.
Here's hoping you and yours have a happy, healthy and safe holiday -- and enjoy a little "down time" with friends and, especially, family.
It's also a time to reflect on the long heritage of our nation and the people from all over the world, all cultures, who forged it.
Somehow, they came together on this "new" continent and, over hundreds of years, created a new, democratic nation that strives to fulfill the goal of respect for the individual and individual rights -- and differences.
Don't look now but Turkey Day is virtually upon us!
Perhaps by tonight -- earlier in some homes where cooks prepare food well in advance -- ovens will be heated up, cooktops filled with pots and pans and everyone will be eagerly awaiting the fun, food and fellowship which comes with one of this country's favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.
It's a time for families to gather together and enjoy the fruits of their labor and continue a long-standing tradition that dates to our more agrarian roots when the feasts of fall followed a bountiful harvest period.
I've said it before. I'll say it again: Thanksgiving needs much better PR.
Right after the fireworks of the Fourth of July begin to fizzle and the heat of August and September subside, the downward slide to the holiday season begins.
You can always tell because watermelon at the grocery store gets swapped out for pumpkins and the rush to Halloween begins.
And right after kids have threatened their neighbors with tricks and pranks in exchange for treats, the mad rush to Christmas is in full swing.
My traditional practice for a Thanksgiving edition article is to list several people that Franklin County should be thankful for while providing a brief reason next to their name.
Today I'm going to give thanks in a more collective manner.
I'm going to cite the entire Franklin County Domestic Violence Task Force.
A good friend recently shared with me he was feeling empty about someone he truly cared about. Someone, he said, he had helped many times, and was willing to do anything for.
In the course of things big and small, the conversation to others was of little importance; just a couple of friends talking.
Have you ever noticed some small words can cut deep? He was feeling empty; I thought about this. Not frustrated, lonely, or angry, just empty.
In recent years, North Carolina's legislative leaders have zeroed in on early literacy and particularly third-grade reading skills, and rightly so.
The beginning of fourth grade marks the time in a child's education when he is no longer learning to read, but is reading to learn.
Several upcoming activities have been scheduled by the Franklin County Arts Council, including:
Winter Show/Art Stroll - Thursday, Dec. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the FAC Gallery at 22 S. Main St., Franklinton. A winter themes show in the front gallery. The Student Arts Council will stroll the street singing Christmas carols, Gale E. Buck will be in the gallery telling stories, free refreshments in the gallery.
"Artist of the Year" will be awarded at 6 p.m. Franklinton Christmas parade starts at 7 p.m.
The spirit of Thanksgiving was alive and well at Laurel Mill Elementary. Last week, students parents, community members, and staff gathered for the school's annual Thanksgiving luncheon, hosted by the school's Child Nutrition team.
The event, hosted last Wednesday, was a great way for the school to connect with the community and Laurel Mill Principal Genie Faulkner said she continues to be impressed with her nutrition staff.
Kindergarten through second grade students at Franklin Academy's campus in downtown Wake Forest got the unusual opportunity to paint on the walls at school recently.
Through a United Arts grant, Franklin Academy was able to partner with local mural artist Jennifer Wood.
The Artist in Residency program allows an artist to come in for several days and work with students in the visual arts.
Caroline Victoria Garrett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Carol Garrett Jr. of Raleigh, was presented at the 89th annual North Carolina Debutante Ball, hosted by the Terpsichorean Club this fall. The presentation was held at Meymandi Concert Hall followed by the formal ball at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh.
Caroline is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Garrett Sr. of Louisburg. She is a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is pursuing a double-major in Peace, War, and Defense and Psychology. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority.
U.S. Air Force Airman Joshua E. Skulnik graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
FRANKLINTON -- Commissioners approved a budget amendment that settled a retirement complaint filed in court earlier this year.
William Kenneth Edwards filed a complaint in Durham County Civil Superior Court in February, alleging that the town owed him retirement benefits for the roughly 17 years he worked for the town as a mechanic in the Public Works Department.
According to the complaint, filed by Durham attorney Faith Herndon, Edwards began working for the town on a part-time basis in 1997.
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