Franklinton officials are slated to further discuss two incentives that could boost economic development in the town.
Staff have also included a closed session on Tuesday night’s agenda, perhaps to discuss the latest in regards to their water contract dispute with Franklin County.
Both staffs met in Louisburg Friday morning to discuss the issue.
CLEAR THE WAY. A state Department of Transportation vehicle clears the roadway along U.S. 401 just south of Louisburg during Thursday’s snow storm. Side and back roads remained a problem on Friday, as the school system was closed.
Just as the area was digging out of the slush of a snow storm Thursday, meteorologists were predicting a wintry mix this weekend.
There are two good pieces of news, though:
• This area should only get the front of a northeast moving storm;
SO MANY CHOICES. Lea Frazier seems to have the world at her disposal, or at least the Walmart toy aisle as she shops with Deputy George Hoyle during a Shop with a Sheriff outing on Wednesday.
It was bitterly cold outside Wednesday afternoon, but inside, the warmth generated by sheriff’s deputies shopping for 28 children melted any remaining snow.
It marked the fourth year of Sheriff Pat Green’s Shop with a Sheriff program, helping area parents and children have a bit better Christmas.
The Franklin County Arts Council wound down 2010 and set its sights on next year at its annual meeting, naming three new board members, changing its bylaws and making a commitment to swell its membership ranks.
It also chose its 2010 Artist of the Year, painter Billy Farmer.
President Barack Obama’s signature last week ended a lawsuit filed on behalf of farmers who alleged governmental discrimination dating back to the 1980s.
Now, about 75,000 farmers across the country — including about 4,000 in North Carolina — will have to go about the work of getting their fair share.
Franklinton resident Antroine Cooke
We should all stand, face Raleigh and salute.
No, not for what the politicians have accomplished.
Rather, the salute should be for the entertainment they provide.
That is, if hypocrisy and political posturing can be considered entertainment in a day when state deficits are projected in the billions of dollars.
Don’t panic, but if you’re reading this Saturday, it’s just one short, short week until Christmas.
And, if you’re catching up on your reading, you may have already missed it!
Hardly seems possible, but Jolly old Saint Nick will be making his rounds next Friday night — and we hope lots of little boys and girls in Franklin County get their wishes fulfilled.
GOOD MORNING: That’s a greeting I had to struggle to utter Thursday morning when I awoke to yet another icy mess for the second time in as many weeks. And while winter may not begin, officially at any rate, until this coming Tuesday, Dec. 21, you’ll have a hard time trying to convince me that winter hasn’t already arrived.
RALEIGH – I’m about to talk calmly and candidly about parental choice in education. If the topic usually makes you fly off the handle, try setting aside your presuppositions, reading all the way to the end, and then deciding what you think.
Nearly 90 percent of North Carolina students attend district-run public schools. The rest are educated in private schools, charter schools, or home schools.
After reading Asher Johnson’s column regarding the (UGH) vinyl fence surrounding the parking lot at the Louisburg Baptist Church, I decided to ride by and take a peek. I immediately liked the fence and could see no difference in a regular white wood fence. Whoever made the decision to install this type fence knew what they were doing.
WAKE FOREST - Alice Williams Jarman, 84, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at Britthaven of Louisburg. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Bill Spence officiating.
WILSON - Delcie Holloway James died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 16 at Lea Funeral Home.
FUQUAY-VARINA- Billy Koenck, 57, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at Wake Medical Center. A private family memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
RALEIGH - Steven David Ashline, 53, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A service will be held at 5 p.m. today (Saturday Dec. 18) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tara Culp Lain officiating.
WENDELL - Jessie Lee Pearce Hendricks, 95, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 17, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Burial followed in Hephzibah Baptist Church cemetery.
CAPITAL HEIGHTS, Md. - Funeral services for Zinnie Bell Perry Graves, 86, formerly of Louisburg, who died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, were held Friday, Dec. 17, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Claude Dunston officiating.
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Christine Battle Perry, 78, who died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, will be held at noon Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Truth Tabernacle Ministries, with Bishop Haywood Parker officiating. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Gethsemane Cemetery in Rocky Mount.
MATTHEWS - Mrs. Patterson, 96, of Matthews died Monday, December 13, 2010 at Carrington Place.
LOUISBURG—Willard Dewey Morton, Sr., 92, of Louisburg, died Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at Wake Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Edens Morton, and his son, W. Dewey Morton, Jr. Mr. Morton was retired from US Army National Guard with 32 years of service during WWII as a Chief Warrant Officer and from Louisburg Fire & Rescue Departments. He was a member of Louisburg Baptist Church where he was currently serving as a Sunday School Teacher.
LOUISBURG—Marilyn Rose Taylor House, 50, of Louisburg, died Thursday, December 16, 2010, at Pitt Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Taylor. Graveside services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park, with the Rev. Dale Eatmon officiating.
GREENVILLE, NC - Mrs. Elizabeth Wells Masten Phillips Honeycutt, 87, passed away Friday, December 17, 2010. A memorial service will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Brown Chapel at Cypress Glen.
CUT OFF. Franklinton’s Charity Snelling (right) tries to stop a drive attempt from Northern Vance’s Ciarea Thompson during Tuesday night’s game.
FRANKLINTON -- Nikki Bell picked the right time to score -- again and again -- for the Franklinton Lady Rams on Tuesday night.
Bell, a sophomore guard, racked up 12 points -- all in the second half -- as the Lady Rams rallied to defeat Northern Vance by a 46-41 margin in a non-league girls basketball contest at the FHS Gymnasium.
MARISA DRAINS ONE. Bunn High School junior forward Marisa Bellamy makes a jumper during the Ladycats’ home girls basketball victory Wednesday against Wilson Fike at the Bunn Dome.
BUNN -- Looking for a perfect holiday gift from that coach in your family? Try sharing the advice Bunn High School girls mentor Chuck Mann gave to his team during an early-game time-out last Wednesday at home against girls basketball foe Wilson Fike.
HELP ME OUT. Northern Vance’s Nigel Woods (with ball) tries to drive on Franklinton’s Caleb Crudup during Tuesday night’s boys hoops matchup.
FRANKLINTON -- With Northern Carolina Conference action looming, the Franklinton Red Rams had two final doses of prep time this week in non-league, boys basketball action.
Tuesday at home, the Red Rams couldn’t hold on to an early lead, and they were eventually defeated by Northern Vance by a 52-48 margin at the historic FHS Gymnasium.
BUNN -- Bunn began its Northern Carolina Conference basketball schedule in sharp fashion on Tuesday by recording a sweep against North Johnston at the Bunn Dome.
BHS’ girls, who are the defending NCC champions, rolled to a 61-36 decision behind 16 points from Whitney Bunn, including a trio of 3-pointers.
LOUISBURG -- Through the first half of the season, this much is for certain in the Region X women’s basketball standings.
The title is certainly up for grabs.
Louisburg was expected to compete for the championship with the likes of Guilford Tech, Catawba Valley and defending title holder Patrick Henry.
HENDERSON -- A new 14-Under Travel Softball Team is being formed and will be based out of Vance County.
However, players from all neighboring counties, including Franklin, are welcome to try out for the squad.
Players who were born in 1997 or 1998 are being sought. Tryouts will be announced at a later date.
BASELINE TAKER. Wilson Fike’s Antonio Hinnant (with ball) heads to the bucket during Wednesday’s non-conference boys basketball game at Bunn. The host Wildcats won the matchup.
BUNN -- For the second time in a one-week span, the Bunn Wildcats used a Comeback Special to defeat Wilson Fike in non-conference boys basketball action.
And this one was indeed special for the Wildcats as they closed out a season sweep of the Class 3-A Golden Demons with a 47-36 decision on Wednesday night at the Bunn Dome.
Franklinton’s Diamond Graham (with ball) drives against a Northern Vance defender during Tuesday night’s non-conference girls asketball event at the historic FHS Gymnasium.
Franklinton’s John Hoppe (background) tries to claim a rebound for the Red Rams during their home showdown Tuesday versus Northern Vance.
“In the Franklin Regional emergency department, we see holiday gifts gone wrong all of the time,” said Jimmy Holley, RN at Franklin Regional Medical Center. “Whether it is a swallowed piece of plastic or the ever memorable small object shoved up the nose, time in the ER is never the intended result of a gift.”
“Please, teach the children the real meaning of Christmas,” says Santa Claus as he participates in the Louisburg United Methodist Church musical.
In the musical play, the children of a family had been arguing and fighting about who has been good and who has been bad. This happened the night before Christmas when Santa was supposed to come down the chimney with glee.
The Franklin County Department of Social Services is seeking sponsors for Christmas who will purchase items for families, children and the elderly. Names may also be chosen from the Angel Tree at Walmart. The Angel Tree holds the wish list of 70 children in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
Novella Brown, principal of Terrell Lane Middle School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.
Shawnee Perry-Manley, principal of Royal Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.
Due to request from the community, the popular 1958 cookbook, “Federation of Franklin County Home Demonstration Clubs, FAVORITE RECIPES” is being reprinted for a cost of $13.50 each. Many popular recipes from Franklin County Extension homemakers are featured in the book.
Sgt. Bennett Manson drew a lucky straw, getting to shop with his niece, Nevaeh Burnett, during the Shop with a Sheriff program on Wednesday.
Alijah Lassiter points out a gift to his mom, Cynthia Lassiter, during their Shop with a Sheriff outing on Wednesday at the Walmart in Louisburg.
Keeping an eye on parking violations led a Louisburg police officer to thwart an assault on a downtown street.
Douglas Ray Tant, 48, of 1996 Pilot Riley Road, was charged with intoxicated and disruptive behavior.
According to a report by Officer Elliott Coker, he was checking vehicles for parking violations on Court Street at about 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 15 when he heard someone yelling behind him.