BUNN -- ‘The Boot’ will soon be getting his kicks for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
Bunn High School junior Freeman Jones, known as ‘The Boot’ for his placekicking prowess, has verbally committed to join the football the program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The commitment is non-binding, but Jones expects to make things official with UNC during the National Signing Day in February of 2013.
LOUISBURG -- During the early portion of the season, Louisburg College first-year baseball coach Keith Shumate has kept one eye on the things his team is doing well -- and the other on some deficiencies that need to be improved upon.
Shumate found both of those aspects to be evident during last weekend’s Region X series opener at home against the University of South Carolina-Sumter.
Louisburg College catcher Pete Guy makes a play during last Saturday’s home win over Sumter.
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are updated results and pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Regional Basketball Tournaments.
The winners from the regional tournament games will advance to the state championship contests.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Things are looking up this season for the Bunn Wildcats in Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis action.
The Wildcats are 2-1 in the NCC, including victories against Warren County and North Johnston.
And Bunn is 3-2 overall, though the Wildcats ran into a strong opponent Monday in the former of non-league foe Southern Nash.
GREENVILLE -- Redshirt freshman David Lucroy struck out a career-high 12 batters en route to a complete game, two-hit shutout helping East Carolina University to a 4-0 baseball series win over Monmouth Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 9-5 on the season, while the Hawks drop to 3-7.
CHAPEL HILL -- Here is this Saturday’s schedule for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Basketball Championships:
Senior Keella Gallatin enjoyed a strong season for the Bunn Ladycats’ hoops squad.
Whitney Bunn (right) played her final game last Friday for the Bunn Ladycats as they were edged at the regional tournament by Kinston HS.
Louisburg College’s A.J. Farris lifts a foul ball as part of diamond action last weekend vs. USC-Sumter.
Sam Griffin is serving as the No. 1 Singles player this season for the Bunn Wildcats, who are currently 2-1 in the Northern Carolina Conference. Bunn stepped out of league play Monday and was defeated by a 9-0 team score against the Southern Nash Firebirds.
LOUISBURG - Perry Dale Tharrington, 59, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home. The family will receive friends Saturday at 12 p.m. at Mountain Grove Baptist Church where services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Daren Smart Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Tharrington/Bobbitt family cemetery.
The all-volunteer Franklin County Committee of 100 stepped up Friday morning to help a new local industry forge ahead with its expansion plans.
The move to help Palziv, which operates in the former Hon facility on the west side of Louisburg, came after the town declined to help with the project.
LOUISBURG — On Friday, Sen. Chad Barefoot and Rep. Bobbie Richardson brought government to the people.
During a meet and greet at the county’s Cooperative Extension office, a standing-room-only crowd gave them a sack of diverse issues to take with them back to Raleigh.
LOUISBURG — The shake-up in the county’s Board of Elections continues.
Last month, Board of Elections Chair Larry Tetterton tendered his resignation, citing health issues.
At the same time, Director Amy Southerland announced that she would be retiring after more than 30 years of public service.
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Investigators continue to probe the cause of a fatal house fire, but evidence so far points to an accident.
Fire crews responded to 2637 Rocky Ford Road the afternoon of March 4 to find the two-story home fully engulfed in flames.
Louisburg resident Jeremy Coburn
FRANKLIN COUNTY — Schools and some county offices prepared for the worst this past week.
Their efforts, said County Emergency Services Director Jeff Lewis, will be key if they find themselves in a natural disaster.
“The focus is to be aware of severe weather and how to react,” Lewis said of a statewide tornado drill that took place on Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
The first concert of the 2013 season at Warren County’s historic Cherry Hill will feature Quercus, a group founded in 2009 by a group of friends who for a number of years, gathered monthly to perform for and critique each other, to discuss musical ideas, to learn from one another, and to have a more intimate musical community than their lives as orchestral musicians and teachers provided.
GOOD MORNING: As for snowfall, that brief dusting we received Wednesday morning wasn’t much, but that March wind that followed for the rest of the day Wednesday and Thursday as well, more than made up for the lack of snow as far as I’m personally concerned.
It was, in a word, simply brutal. It appeared that Mother Nature was attempting to make up for an otherwise relatively mild winter.
It’s interesting how some things work out — especially in a small town where you know the story behind the story.
That happened last Saturday evening in Louisburg when the Louisburg Lions Club and the Happy Camper organization jointly sponsored a fund-raising concert featuring Elvis tribute artist Keith Henderson and his “Illusions of the King” performance.
A young woman lost her life this week in a house fire, a tragedy that seems to happen less frequently these days — but a tragedy nonetheless!
In this case, authorities believe a space heater may have sparked the blaze that quickly spread in the story and a half house in the Rocky Ford community, trapping her on the second floor.
WAKE FOREST - Rosa Lee Smith King, 57, died Sunday, March 3, 2013 at her residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today (Saturday, March 9) at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church.
FRANKLINTON —Memorial services for Alexander “Uncle Notty” McKnight, 80, who died Saturday, March 2, 2013, will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery.