The Franklin County Board of Elections has recorded the largest number of registered voters in the county as the registration deadline for the Nov. 4 election came and went on Friday.
As of Thursday, there were 35,514 voters registered and Board of Elections Director Amy Southerland said there were 300 or 400 more still in the hopper on Friday.
Voters had until 5 p.m. Friday to register, however, mail post-dated Friday will be accepted through next week.
Franklinton’s Novozymes operation won’t directly benefit from a $12.3 million Department of Energy Contract, but that site’s dedication to the production of alternative fuels will continue, officials say.
Under the 2.5-year contract, Novozymes has committed 100 employees to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of creating the enzymes used to produce cellulosic ethanol.
Above, L.S. Ward prepares to dip some more fish into a fryer during the annual Franklin County Shrine Club Fish Fry on Wednesday at the old IGA building in Louisburg. Dozens of volunteers and members helped prepare hundreds of plates.
The Franklin County Board of Education has scheduled a retreat work session to consider the school system’s position under a federal desegregation court order.
The order mandates that the schools in Franklin County be racially balanced.
During the most recent reassignment of students with the opening of Long Mill Elementary, members of the public questioned why the county does not aggressively pursue getting out from under the court order.
About one hundred AgCarolina Financial customers turned out Tuesday for the bank’s annual customer appreciation day in its parking lot off Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg. Customers feasted on a pig-picking with all the trimmings. AgCarolina is a farmer-owned cooperative with headquarters in Raleigh. It is the leading provider of credit to farmers in central and eastern North Carolina. It has over $1.2 billion in loans and commitments outstanding to nearly 3,000 North Carolina farmers.
GREENSBORO —Cameron Scott “Scotty” Wayne, 17, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at Lexington Community Hospital, following a car accident.
CASTALIA - Charles Wilbert Alston, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Louisburg. Interment will follow in the Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church cemetery in Centerville.
SELMA - Michael Yuel Wolfe Jr., 37, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Oct. 10, at Central Baptist Church, with burial following in Central Baptist Church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Werner Karl Munzenmayer, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 at Wake Med.
RALEIGH - Christine “Tena” Alford Benton, 93, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2008 at her home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 11) at Millbrook Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery Mausoleum.
RED OAK -- Finding a way to keep a team motivated for a late-season, non-conference match can be a hefty chore for any soccer coach.
That was the dilemma Thursday for Northern Nash’s Joe McCarthy and Louisburg’s Brent Cardwell as their clubs met on the pitch for an event that had little impact on the respective teams’ postseason fortunes.
FRANKLINTON -- In the past, a late-season trip to Franklinton might have spelled trouble for the Bunn Ladycats.
But not Tuesday night as Bunn spoiled Franklinton’s Senior Night with a 25-9, 25-9, 25-9 conquest in Northern Carolina Conference volleyball action at the FHS Gymnasium.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- Sunday provided a heroic homecoming for Louisburg College sophomore quarterback Darren Perkins.
Returning to his hometown of Newport News, Va., Perkins delivered a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Hurricanes rallied for a 34-21 decision over the Christopher Newport junior varsity squad.
BUNN -- Bunn High veteran volleyball coach Henry Jones isn’t a big fan of Senior Night celebrations -- if only for the reason that it can often distract a club from its focus.
Especially against a powerful foe, such as the Louisburg High contingent that invaded the Bunn Dome Wednesday, intent on spoiling the Ladycats’ party.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College is looking for a new baseball coach following the sudden resignation of Tommy Atkinson.
Atkinson, who has presided over the LC program for the past three seasons, stepped down to accept a volunteer coaching position at East Carolina University.
GREENVILLE -- Thirty-five home games at Clark-LeClair Stadium, including the Sixth-Annual Keith LeClair Classic, highlight the 2009 East Carolina baseball schedule announced Thursday afternoon by head baseball coach Billy Godwin.
Nineteen teams on this year’s docket recorded 30 or more wins a season ago with nine of them topping the 40-win plateau; 11 schools earned a bid to participate in the NCAA Regional in 2008 with a pair making it to the College World Series, while four finished ranked in the Baseball America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 25 polls.
HENDERSON -- Despite dominating field position for the majority of the event, Franklinton High School has had difficulty finding the net during its pair of Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer matches this season against the Southern Vance Runnin’ Raiders.
In the first meeting between the clubs, FHS controlled the action, but was able to only post a 2-1 decision over Mike Rotolo’s contingent.
Yes, she made it — all the way to the top of Grandfather Mountain near Banner Elk.
We are talking about a 60-year-old mother and grandmother by the name of Sara Newton from Louisburg.
The climbing of Grandfather Mountain by Sara was no other than a 60th birthday challenge.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina, which includes both Vance and Franklin counties, will begin its annual fund-raising campaign this coming week.
The Franklin County Club opened its doors one and a half years ago with the hopes of providing a positive and safe place for children ages 6-18.
Currently, there are about 400 members enrolled at the Louisburg Club.
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a presentation recently from Brian Parnell, operations manager of Franklin County Emergency Services. Parnell reported that his organization currently has 78 paid emergency workers and more than 200 volunteer members. He advised the club that Franklin County has paramedic level emergency responders 24/7 and that most emergency vehicles roll with two paramedics on board. He said in 2007 his organization averaged responding to 350 calls per month however, that number has increased in 2008 to an average of 500 calls per month in Franklin County. The club membership also learned that the Louisburg emergency services agency now provides in-house training toward receiving medical responder and paramedic level certification.
Safe Space Inc., a domestic violence program located in Louisburg, hosted a combined Department of Social Services and domestic violence advocate training on Aug. 27 at the Louisburg Police Training Center. Kit Gruelle, a national domestic violence consultant and trainer sponsored by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, presented the day-long workshop. Representatives from Franklin, Vance and Granville County Department of Social Services, advocates from Safe Space Inc. and Chief Rick Lassiter and Capt. Jason Abbott, Louisburg Police Department, participated.
A youth conference was Aug. 16 for 15 young women between the ages of 12 and 18 by the ladies of BAM on Wheelz.
BAM on Wheelz, “Beautifully Admired Mommas,” is a motorocycle/social club headquartered in Franklin County.
The club’s sole mission is to give back to the underserved youth and women in Franklin County.
For more than 50 years, the Railroad Depot in Franklinton has played an important part in the life of the town.
It became a center of commerce when hundreds of bales of cotton were shipped, along with passengers looking for a smooth, swift ride in the days of a few roads.
In the interest of public cooperation, Louisburg Town Administrator Mark Warren is recommending that town officials give the county back $100,000 it planned to use on parks and recreation.
Instead, the town will be asking for more.
Franklin County gave the town the money in 2007, however, both entities differ on how that money was supposed to be used.
The president of a commercial property rental company that just purchased the old BB&T building in Louisburg said he would be willing to discuss providing a home for a proposed county museum.
Time Land Development, a Greenville-based company, closed on the property this week for a sale price of at least $340,000 according to the excise tax stamp of $760.
HENDERSON -- Bunn’s two-year winless skein against Southern Vance came to an abrupt end Friday in the Northern Carolina Conference football opener for both teams.
Fueled by three touchdown receptions from Jake Winstead and a perfect throwing night from Levon Stanley, the Wildcats rolled to a 34-15 decision over the winless Runnin’ Raiders at the SVHS Football Field.
FRANKLINTON -- For the second straight game, the Franklinton Red Rams used a fourth-quarter rally to keep their winning streak alive.
This time, FHS picked up a pair of final-stanza touchdowns to overtake Roanoke Rapids 21-10 in Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football opener for both clubs.
LOUISBURG -- Some pundits thought Southeast Halifax had the best opportunity at dethroning Louisburg as the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference football champions.
If that’s the case, then the Warriors appear to be well on their way to successfully defending their league crown.