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September 24, 2014.
A part of the formal procession at Sunday's funeral for a fallen firefighter
JUSTICE -- Hundreds from around the community and the state turned out over the weekend to say goodbye to a firefighter struck down while on duty, in the prime of his life.
John Derek Gupton died Sept. 16 while responding to a fire call in Lake Royale. He was 24.
There was no counting, though, the number of family, friends and members of the first responders community that showed up at his funeral this past Sunday.
YOUNGSVILLE -- A few months ago, County Manager Angela Harris gave a State of the County Address, noting that the county's fortunes look a lot better through the windshield than they do through the rear-view mirror.
Last week, while addressing members of the county's Committee of 100, Chair Don Lancaster echoed those sentiments, saying there is a light at the end of this economically depressed tunnel -- sort of like an oncoming train of opportunity.
EXPLAINING SOLAR. O2 Energies founder Joel Olsen (left) explains the Bunn Solar Farm to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, State Rep. Bobbie Richardson and local farmer Chad Ray during Vilsack's visit to Franklin County.
BUNN -- The same sunshine that caused U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to peel off his jacket during a visit to Bunn last Thursday was also silently generating electricity in the background.
And that was exactly the point.
Vilsack toured Progress Solar in Bunn, the solar field adjacent to the Bunn Prison that generates enough electricity to power 540 homes -- and which is part of a unique partnership that couples a solar power plant with a family farm raising free range sheep and lambs.
County resident Phyillis Bullock
Promises, promises, promises ...
... They only go so far and then ...
You know the rest.
But that's the thought I was having Thursday night at the annual banquet of the Committee of 100 which featured Charles Hayes, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.
A solemn, unnatural calm shrouded a rural road in Franklin County on the evening of Sept. 16 as emergency workers from many agencies steeled themselves to do what they have been trained to do -- but which they hoped they would never have to face.
The unnatural quiet enveloped the site of an overturned tanker truck, its badly damaged hulk lying on its side as the first arriving workers rushed to treat and then quickly transport one injured fireman to a Raleigh hospital for treatment.
It's not very often that reporters look upon a weekend and think to themselves -- hey, I can't wait to get off the couch and go punch the clock.
However, this past weekend and this coming weekend are two exceptions.
This past Saturday morning, the United Way kicked off its Day of Caring activities, as hundreds of volunteers spread out through Franklin County, helping families in need with a number of projects, ranging from cleaning up debris from back yards, to installing handicap-accessible wheelchair ramps, to redoing, essentially, an entire kitchen.
I hope I'm incorrect, but I think if you want to know what North Carolina will look like without a course correction, you need to take a gander at Kansas.
As part of the 2010 Tea Party wave, Kansans elected Sam Brownback as governor and Kris Kobach as secretary of state.
What immediately followed in 2011 were radical right wing "reforms" which were sold as ways to lure business to Kansas and bring prosperity to every Jayhawk.
Gradually how things have changed. More than a different time, it is a different world.
People of a certain age can remember when a prayer in school was the norm, and when flying on a plane was an adventure not started with an inquisition. It was before genetically modified food, and when your old Ford or Chevy was made in the USA.
This was before cash for clunkers, NAFTA, CAFTA, and the so-called great world economy.
I recently received a letter in the mail from "Americans for Prosperity," a national conservative group with a local office in Raleigh.
In the town of Franklinton we have just completed the second of two town meetings concerning turning over the water plant to the county. At an earlier meeting, the commissioners voted and the vote passed to turn it over to the county; and most of us considered the matter settled.
North Carolina's state constitution requires a balanced budget, so there was nothing new in the fact that the state legislature spent a lot of time balancing the budget.
LOUISBURG - Brenda Sue Joyner Smith, 67, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at Sandy Creek Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joel Story, the Rev. Dustin Mace and the Rev. Steve Burnette officiating. Interment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Clarence Edward Hayes, 63, who died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
SPRING HOPE - Clifford Eldridge Lee, 73, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at SECU Hospice House.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for James "Uncle James" Manning, 87, who died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, were held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Stanley Battle officiating.
LOUISBURG - William Donald Wester, 84, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning.
A BIG GAME FOR GARRETT. Louisburg High School fullback Garrett Ingraham (with ball) rushed for 195 yards for his club during last Friday night's home football defeat against the Bunn Wildcats.
LOUISBURG -- Just when you thought almost everything has happened in the historic Bunn-Louisburg football rivalry through the years, another strange twist comes along.
Early in the second quarter of last Friday's grudge match renewal, the lights went out at LHS' Patterson Field -- leaving the playing surface and stands in almost complete darkness.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School has provided an emphatic defense of its Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference volleyball championship to date.
The Lady Warriors have won six TRAC matches without even dropping a set -- including a doubleheader sweep Tuesday against the Weldon Mighty Chargers.
DO THE BUMP. Bunn's Rey Murillo (right) tries to avoid contact from Northern Nash's Thomas Roy during last Thursday's boys soccer match.
RED OAK -- The waiting game proved to be a key attribute last Thursday for the Northern Nash Knights during a non-league boys showdown against the Bunn Wildcats.
Northern Nash had controlled BHS in convincing fashion one week earlier in Franklin County, but the Wildcats would prove to be a much more feisty foe this time around.
SAVE MASTER. Louisburg's Brevonte Bullock (left) goes up for an acrobatic save during last Thursday's road soccer match at Southern Nash.
STANHOPE -- With such a young roster at his disposal, Coach Chris Cannady understands there will be a few ups and downs this season for the Louisburg High School boys soccer squad.
An impressive up came last Thursday as Louisburg actually led homestanding Southern Nash in the second half of action before eventually falling by a 4-2 tally.
FIVE ALIVE. Louisburg College's Ramzey Hassen (right) reels in the ball during the Hurricanes' home soccer victory on Tuesday against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has a tradition-rich history in men's soccer action dating back to the program's inception in the mid-1990s.
And along with that success comes the inevitable fact that LC's coaches will ultimately have the opportunity to work on a higher level.
SAMMY SKIES. Louisburg College's Sammy Rowland (left) elevates for possession during Tuesday's home win.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's women's soccer squad still isn't revving to Coach Andy Stokes' lofty expectations.
But in Stokes' eyes, the Lady Hurricanes are making progress, including a 2-0 home victory on Tuesday against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie in Region X action at Ronald May Field.
Stokes had hoped for a few more offensive fireworks, but USC-S' tactical strategy simply wouldn't allow it.
LOUISBURG -- Coming off a tough stretch against strong competition in Florida two weeks ago, the Louisburg College volleyball squad resumed its Region X volleyball schedule on Sept. 16 at long-time rival Pitt Community College.
Louisburg put together a strong performance and resumed its winning ways with a three-set sweep. Scores were 25-21, 25-19 and 25-19 in favor of the Lady Hurricanes.
High School Football
Franklinton at Corinth Holders 7:30 p.m.
Warren County at Louisburg 7:30 p.m.
BRINGING HOME ANOTHER TITLE. The Franklin County Young Guns Travel Baseball Team claimed the championship last weekend at a tournament in Oxford.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's successful girls tennis campaign continued last Thursday with an impressive 8-1 victory against the Southern Vance Lady Raiders.
Louisburg, coached by veteran skipper Johnathan Waugh, is now 6-4 overall as a team.
The Lady Warriors are also currently in first place in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference standings.
HENDERSON -- The 2014 Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball season is underway.
The Vanguards began their season on Sept. 6 with a non-conference tri-match hosted by Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City. VGCC lost both to the host team and to the squad from another four-year school, Christendom College.
WEBB ALUM. Tyrek Beverly of Oxford, a 2014 graduate of J.F. Webb High School, recently signed a letter of intent to join the men's basketball team at Vance-Granville Community College. Beverly is pictured above (seated, right), signing his letter with his mother, Temeka Marable of Oxford, at his side. Standing in back is VGCC Vanguards head coach Michael Woody. Beverly helped Webb win a state title in 2013.
Bunn's Bryan Reyes (with ball) tries to keep possession away from Northern Nash's Connor Woodburn during last Thursday's non-conference boys soccer meeting in Red Oak.
Louisburg High School's Malik Sidibeh (with ball) had another solid performance last Friday for the Warriors against backyard rival Bunn.
Bunn's T.J. Jones escapes up the left side for another touchdown during the Wildcats' road football victory last Friday night against host Louisburg at Patterson Field.
Louisburg College sophomore Kenia Roa (right) plays some strong defense for the Lady Hurricanes during Tuesday afternoon's Region X home soccer victory against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie. Roa prepped at Louisburg High School and is now a starter for the Lady Hurricanes.
Southern Nash's Jose Salgado (right) appears to have the ball on a string as he tries to dribble past Louisburg's Fabien Calamaco during last Thursday's boys soccer showdown on the SN campus.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wayne Lancaster of Elm City announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Amber Dawn Lancaster, to Derek Kirk Shellman, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Kirk Shellman of Louisburg. An outdoor ceremony is planned for Sept. 27, 2014 in Louisburg.
Charles and Lorie Rollins of Nashville announce the engagement of their daughter, Maggie Lynn Rollins, to Christopher Stephen Carter, the son of Mike and Cade Carter of Louisburg. The wedding will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2014 at Nashville United Methodist Church, Nashville.
On Aug. 22, 1954, Brodie and Mary Elizabeth Green were wed by the Rev. Walter McDonald at Franklinton United Methodist Church. Sixty years later, their love and devotion to each other is still apparent to their children, grandchildren and all who know them.
Mr. and Mrs. Green were surprised and honored during a special dinner at Ryan's Steakhouse in Henderson.
Taylor Williams of Franklinton was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Pre-Teen Raleigh pageant competition that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Taylor learned of her acceptance into this year's competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local Raleigh area.
What a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with the alpacas, and at the same time celebrate your birthday. Yes, you can do just that when you visit "Alpaca Dreams Farms" right here on Schloss Road in Franklin County. This is the place to be if you like the outdoors and love alpacas as much as I do.
Our grandson, Noah Patrick, did just that on Sept. 6, celebrating his 7th birthday in the company of friends and alpacas of all ages.
MARKING 100! Emma Williams Richardson celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. About 110 relatives and friends attended. She was born in Warren County on Sept. 9, 1914 to the late Sam K. and Mamie Williams. Emma is the mother of 10 children, with three living daughters, Mary Alston of Spring Valley, N.Y., Vernice Harris and Bernice Richardson of Louisburg, and one son, Emanuel Richardson of New Jersey.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County has filled its assistant county manager position, a post that has been vacant since 2003 -- when it was eliminated with Angela Harris sitting in it.
Harris came back as the county's top administrator in 2006, but, the assistant position had not been filled until last week, when Harris announced that Sharpsburg Town Administrator Elton Daniels would be joining the county as an assistant in December.
SOLID FOUNDATION. Stewart Johnson, director of Student Engagement at Louisburg College, does some brick work at Dorothy Clemons' home as part of the United Way Day of Caring.
LOUISBURG -- This past Saturday, dozens of Louisburg College staff, students and faculty made a world of difference -- right down the street.
"You don't have to go anywhere to find people who need help," said Robin Johannesen, the college's student life office manager, who, along with her husband, Jim, helped install flooring, a kitchen counter ... essentially a redo of Lola Williams' kitchen.
FUN TIMES. Anthony Aldridge plays cornhole.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Crisp weather has marked the start of fall, a good thing for two events slated for Saturday -- a fundraising 5-K and the 10th celebration of a community festival.
The First Out Phantom 5-K -- a fundraising event in memory of fallen Youngsville firefighter Jeff Fields -- will kick things off as runners and spectators are expected to start gathering at about 7 a.m. on race day (Sept. 27).