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RECENT GRAD. Gene’sha S. Williams graduated from Fayetteville State University on May 10, 2014 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Birth to Kindergarten, minoring in Psychology. She is the daughter of Phillip and Tina Holden of Louisburg and the granddaughter of Irene M. Williams and the great granddaughter of Bettie Ruth Holden.
WASHINGTON — Marshall Harris of Louisburg earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Gallaudet University on May 16. Chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is the world’s only liberal arts university in which all programs and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.
Marshall is the son of Dorine Harris and a graduate of Franklinton High School.
Michelle Edwards was named to the Dean’s List for the 2014 spring semester at Everest College in Vienna, Va. Her parents are Christina Mcknight and Waverly Holden of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Emma Alford and the great-granddaughter of Bettie Ruth Holden.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School has developed a well-earned reputation as consistently producing girls athletes who excel in more than one sport.
And on anyone’s list of recent FHS standouts, Anna Moss has to be at or near the top.
How talented is Moss? Consider that she was selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Defensive Player of the Year in Girls Soccer as a keeper this spring.
DUNN -- As the final piece of Youngsville’s district champion triumvirate, the Major League All-Stars headed into the Dixie Youth State Tournament with plenty of momentum.
And just like their brethren on the Coach-Pitch and Minor League levels, the Majors came up with a strong performance in the annual event at Tyler Park in Dunn.
Robbie Burnett (top) attempts a tag for the Youngsville All-Stars as part of Monday’s state tournament matchup with East Duplin at Tyler Park in Dunn.
Youngsville All-Star first baseman Austin Lowery (left) lunges for a throw in an attempt to register an out on a close play at the bag during Monday’s victory over East Duplin at the Dixie Youth Major League State Baseball Tournament at Tyler Park in Dunn.
FRANKLINTON -- If Bunn had a flaw during its star-studded 2013-14 girls basketball campaign, it was that the Ladycats didn’t have a true point guard.
Because of that weakness, Precious Walker and Tainasha Vines had to share the ballhandling chores -- and they were the club’s leading scorers.
FRANKLINTON -- At an age when most track and field athletes are interested in devolving toward specialized events, Franklinton High School’s Malik Tarbell is all about expanding his horizons.
Tarbell, a rising senior at FHS, has starred for the Red Rams in sprints, hurdles and jumps since moving to the area from Trinidad and Tobago two years ago.
BUNN -- From the moment he first stepped on to the T-Ball field as a youngster, Spencer Brickhouse was a natural at the plate.
Using that ability, and an intense desire to hone his craft, Brickhouse has developed into one of the best hitters Bunn High School has ever produced.
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team recently picked up a pair of recruits from the Palmetto State. Rayshon Andrews and Tyrell Sabb, recent graduates of Darlington (S.C.) High School and Latta (S.C.) High School, respectively, signed letters-of-intent to join the Vanguards this fall.
Andrews (6’3”) was a forward on the Darlington Falcons team that went 20-6 and made it to South Carolina’s Class 3-A state championship game earlier this year.
SALEM, VA. -- Adam Plutko limited the Salem Red Sox to five base runners across seven innings and the Carolina Mudcats pulled away for a 5-1 win on Tuesday night at LewisGale Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Mudcats (20-18, 49-56). The Red Sox fell to 16-21 in the second half and 49-56 overall.
DURHAM -- Former Franklinton High School basketball coach Thurman Jordan has been named the new hoops skipper at Durham Hillside.
Jordan spent six seasons in charge of Franklinton’s program and guided the Red Rams through one of their best stretches in recent history.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School’s 2014 volleyball campaign will begin Aug. 19 with a home match against Northern Vance.
Former head coach Crystal Barnes is returning to guide the Lady Rams this season. Franklinton returns five starters from last year’s playoff squad.
LOUISBURG -- Coach Chris Cannady and the Louisburg Warriors will kick off their 2014 boys soccer season on Aug. 19 with a home matchup against backyard rival Bunn.
Louisburg, which reached the Class 1-A State Playoffs last fall, will play its home matches at Joyner Park.
The Warriors’ lone contests in Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference action will be against KIPP Pride and Granville Central.
BUNN -- The annual Bunn High School Football Team Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Aug. 9 from 7-10 a.m. at the BHS Cafeteria.
Donations will be accepted. A mandatory parent’s meeting will be held at the conclusion of the event.
Bunn will begin its football drills this Friday with a practice from 6-9 p.m. A Midnight Madness celebration will follow, including fireworks.
The Franklin County Royal Knights Travel Basketball Team recently took second place in the nation in the High School Division at the NTBA National Tournament. The event was held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Also, the Sixth-Grade claimed 18th place nationally, and the Eighth-Grade squad was 19th. All of the clubs competed in the difficult gold bracket levels of play. The high schoolers are pictured in this photo.
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Town of Youngsville will be hosting tryouts for its Fall Travel Baseball Teams on the following dates:
I often write my op-ed for the Times’ the weekend before publishing.
Friday morning I checked the N&O for any word on a budget deal. The big news they reported was that the Republicans were actually talking among themselves.
Incredibly this passed for progress!
The Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and the Franklin County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee joined forces to bring literature to youngsters.
They purchased and donated The Beeman for each branch of the Franklin County Library, as well as for each of the Franklin County elementary school libraries.
Hard work is nothing until we accomplish something, and these students are on the right track. By “these students,” I mean the members of the National Honor Society of Louisburg High School (LHS) who were inducted into this society because of their good character, scholarship, leadership, and service.
This spring, teachers, staff, parents, family, and friends gathered at the LHS Auditorium to attend the National Honor Society induction.
CASTALIA – Jimmie Louis Pendergrass, 69, died Saturday morning, July 26, 2014 at his home. A private memorial service will be held.
FRANKLINTON-Hattie Marie Ellis McKnight , 101, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 30, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with Elder Claude Perry officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG — Joe H. Williams, 81, died Monday, July 28, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the cemetery on the Hill in Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Demetrius “Boo-Man” Cannady, 27, who died Sunday, July 27, 2014, will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. K. Greg Hall officiating.
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