Due to recent rains, it seems that the mosquito population has increased.
These pesky insects can be annoying during outdoor activities. Most mosquitoes are active during twilight hours and at night, but they can be active during the day as well.
Even though we recognize a mosquito and feel the results of their bite, they are not all the same. There are over 60 species of mosquitoes in the state.
Miracle League of Franklin County Executive Director Donna Wade received a citizen of the year award.
More than two years ago, Wade began work to bring Miracle League to the area, giving physically and mentally challenged children the chance to play baseball on an even playing field.
The group has raised money to renovate a ballfield to accommodate players, but, in the meantime, has already hosted a season for players.
LOUISBURG -- Regardless of the sport, most athletes need time to adjust to two dynamic factors -- a new coach and a higher level of play.
Neither of those intangibles have posed an early-season problem for members of the Louisburg College men’s soccer squad.
BUNN -- Faced with two potential game-changing decisions, Southern Nash coach Brian Foster wasn’t about to be swept away by emotion.
Instead, Foster called on the same play twice -- a toss sweep right -- during the opening portion of the second half of the Firebirds’ road football game Thursday at Bunn.
BUNN -- Henry Jones is still frustrated by the lack of consistency displayed by his young Bunn High School volleyball squad.
But the maturation process for BHS continues to climb after a week that featured three victories -- including a clutch comeback decision Tuesday at Corinth Holders.
LOUISBURG -- Even though he now lives over 2,500 miles away, John Williamson hasn’t been forgotten at East Carolina University.
And probably never will be.
Williamson, a Louisburg native, has been chosen for induction in the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame.
BUNN -- The path is different, but the results continue to remain the same for the Bunn High School boys soccer squad.
In what was anticipated by many observers to be a rebuilding season following mass graduation, the Wildcats have gotten off to a strong start that features an emphasis on defense.
High School Football
Louisburg at Northwest Halifax 7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Oxford Webb 7:30 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- The much-anticipated opening of Louisburg College’s football season will be today at Erie Community College.
LC will due with Erie -- a Northeast Conference foe -- beginning at noon at Jim Ball Stadium in Greater Buffalo, N.Y.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats received clutch hitting from right fielder Todd Hankins to rally past the Potomac Nationals 6-2 before a crowd of 1,734 on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
Will Roberts (5-9) got the win for Carolina (30-35, 62-73) by pitching his longest out of the year.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are Thursday night’s scores from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football schedule:
Louisburg College’s Ariel Montoya advances the ball for the Hurricanes during Thursday afternoon’s home men’s soccer decision against Wake Tech CC.
Bunn’s Gabriel Gonzalez (left) tries to win a footrace for possession during Tuesday afternoon’s home victory against the Nash Central High School Bulldogs.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton didn’t have much time to re-energize following a tough five-game victory Monday against Northern Vance in prep volleyball action.
One day later, the Lady Rams opened their Northern Carolina Conference schedule in style as they toppled North Johnston in three games at home.
Southern Nash fullback Sebastian O’Neal (with ball) lunges for an extra yard before colliding with Bunn’s Naquan Davis (right) during Thursday night’s gridiron matchup.
LOUISBURG -- After two weeks of frustration, the Louisburg Warriors put together a strong effort on both sides of the ball during Friday’s non-league football showdown against Northern Vance.
The reward was a 28-19 victory -- LHS’ first of the campaign. Northern Vance dropped to 1-2 and is on a two-game losing streak.
FRANKLINTON -- The opening of Franklinton High School’s new football field was indeed a grand one for the Red Rams.
After waiting over one year to play at the facility because of construction delays, Franklinton broke in its sparkling digs last Friday with an old-fashioned defensive performance as part of a 6-0 decision over the Ravenscroft Ravens.
YOUNGSVILLE —Lynne Schuster, 50, died Friday morning, Aug. 24, 2012 at WakeMed. A memorial service was held Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.
HENDERSON -- After giving up 49 points in Week One, the Franklinton High School defense was motivated for a quick reversal of fortune during last Friday’s football matchup at Northern Vance.
FHS achieved its goal by limiting NV to a single touchdown as part of a 14-7 conquest at Viking Stadium.
The Red Rams forced four key Northern Vance turnovers and came up with a clutch goal-line stand late in the game to preserve the victory -- which was the first for Jeremy Buck as FHS’ head coach.
Franklin County staff has tabbed a familiar hand to run its Emergency Services office.
Randy Likens announced his resignation, effective Sept. 14.
Staff decided to bring back Angie Callihan to run the office on an interim basis, beginning on Sept. 13.
Callihan retired from the emergency services director’s post in 2004, after heading the office for 14 years.
Motorists experienced a particularly deadly weekend on Franklin County roads.
First, a Wake Forest woman was killed the morning of Aug. 25 when she pulled into the path of a tractor trailer.
The next day, a Franklinton woman was killed when a motorist turned in front of her.
Franklin County workers in July got jobs at a higher rate than the previous month.
And their prospects were a lot better than the year before where the unemployment rate dropped by more than a point to 9 percent.
Franklin County’s dip in the unemployment rate was shared by a majority of counties as 46 others saw their rates decline for July — the most recent data available.
SHOWTIME. Franklin County school officials have not completed their official count, but more than 8,300 students returned to school Monday for the start of the traditional calendar. Kindergartners are expected to begin reporting to school next week. Above, Long Mill Elementary School second-grade teacher Andrea Eckhardt hands out awards for student participation on the first day.
The administrator of a toddler’s estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Dominic Moises Alvarenga Ortiz died on Nov. 22, 2010 when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle driven by a Franklinton woman.
Christoper Watkins filed the lawsuit in Franklin County Civil Superior Court on Aug. 21.
The case against an 18-year-old accused of conspiring with a 15-year-old girl to kill her mother and steal more than $50,000 is moving on with new legal representation.
Shannon Nyamodi appeared in district court on Monday, notifying prosecutors that his family — which maintains his innocence — has retained a new attorney — Mike Klinkosum with the Raleigh firm of Cheshire, Parker Schneider & Bryan.