When Louisburg College’s football squad left Long Island last week following a lopsided loss to Nassau Community College, little did the Hurricanes know what they were leaving behind.
A few days later, Hurricane Sandy plowed through the Northeast portion of the United States, causing immeasurable damage.
LOUISBURG -- Even during the toughest times this season, Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes was unwavering in his belief that the Lady Hurricanes would win the Region X Tournament.
Stokes, in his fourth year at LC, felt like he had built his best club yet -- and that belief was accentuated during last weekend’s league tourney in Spartanburg, S.C.
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CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
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HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball team has struggled in the win-loss column this season, but the performances of two Vanguards in particular have earned them notice.
At a tri-match on Sept. 29, setter Veronica Papandrea of Durham and Cynthia Kelly of Oxford put up strong numbers, as they have done throughout much of the season.
BURLINGTON -- The 23rd annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships in women’s dual team tennis will be held today with four finals to be contested at the Burlington Tennis Center.
The 1-A and 4-A state finals will start at 9:30 a.m. with the 2-A and 3-A matches starting at 12:30 p.m.
In one of the 9:30 a.m. openers, Raleigh Broughton makes its third straight trip to the 4-A championship and an NCHSAA-record 15th overall as the Caps (23-0) face Greensboro Grimsley (16-3).
CHAPEL HILL -- The 37th edition of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state volleyball championships is slated for today at historic Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh.
All-day tickets for each of the four matches will be available at the gate.
CHAPEL HILL-- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the starting times for its 2012 state football championship games, which will once again be played at three different sites.
Three games will be played at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem and at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, while two finals are set for Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.
LOUISBURG -- Even with an undefeated record and a Top 5 national ranking, the Louisburg College Hurricanes were destined to encounter a chance bit of adversity during Sunday’s championship match of the Region X Tournament.
Vance-Granville’s Joshua Coles tries to find an open teammate during Thursday night’s men’s basketball showdown against the Louisburg College Hurricanes at the Taylor Center.
BUNN -- Coach Chris Miller doesn’t know when -- or if -- starting quarterback Deshawn High will return to the lineup for the Bunn Wildcats.
But even in High’s absence, the Wildcats have plenty of offensive talent to survive in the postseason -- a fact that was evident during Friday’s first-round matchup with North Brunswick in the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton was literally a few yards away from all but sealing a victory against Randleman in Friday’s first round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
What transpired from that point resulted in one of the Red Rams’ most heartbreaking losses in recent memory.
EDENTON -- Edenton Holmes lived up to its undefeated hype during Friday’s first-round showdown against visiting Louisburg in the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
The Aces dealt the Warriors a 56-8 setback in opening-round action in historic Edenton.
With the loss, Louisburg’s campaign ended at 5-6 overall. But the Warriors achieved their chief preseason goal of qualifying for the playoffs.
The threat of poor weather didn’t keep crowds away from Frankenfest on Main on Saturday in Franklinton. Above, a train transports revelers from one end of Frankenfest to the other.
LOUISBURG — Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones has fired off two letters defending himself against accusations that his decision to staff a National Guard Armory party led to a gang dispute there and hampered response to a nearby emergency.
About 30 officers responded to the Armory the evening of Oct. 6 after a man opened fire in a crowd of people at a party and confronted two deputies — prompting one to fire his weapon in defense.
Court officials anticipate getting updates on a home invasion that led to a shooting and another case involving a man suspected of serial break-ins.
Investigators arrested Joseph Hicks Jr. and Brandon High on April 17, weeks after authorities allege they broke into a home on Rough Lane, assaulting Joshua Hargrove Sr. while he was with his 6-year-old son.
LOUISBURG — Within an hour, Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones went from the penthouse to the outhouse on Saturday.
At 11:30 a.m., he was helping judge a barbecue pork contest, sitting high on the hog.
By 12:30 p.m., he was helping Linda Frederickson determine exactly which square had the most cow poop.
THROWN FOR A LOOP. Above, Romina Alejo tosses a bean bag at a game set up at Frankenfest.
Hayley Buchanan, Kherington Bryant and Maycey Buchanan
GOOD MORNING: Chilly, wet and miserable is the best way I can describe the weather locally for the past several days, but it could have been worse. In fact, if it had been a bit cooler it probably would have been.
But, at he time of this writing, the outlook for the latter part of the week looked to be mostly sunny and relatively mild with daytime highs in the mid 50’s to around 60.
Whew! It looks like we’ve dodged another weather-related bullet.
As this was being written, the final word on Hurricane Sandy had yet to be written but it appeared that the storm stayed far enough off our coastline to spare North Carolina major damage.
Of course, as always, the fragile barrier islands took a beating from both wind and storm surge but this far inland, the storm’s impact was negligible.
We’re less than a week away from the general election and, already, more than 10,000 Franklin County voters have taken advantage of early voting.
And, across the state, more than 1.3 million votes have been cast — nearly 230,000 more than at the same time in the 2008 election.
LOUISBURG - Eugene Arrington Jr., 76, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, Castalia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Julia B. Perry, 54, who died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.