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March 11, 2015.
LOUISBURG -- It appears that Franklin County students won't have to give up any of their spring break or Saturdays in order to make up for time lost during the recent inclement weather.
Instead, their school days will merely be increased by 10 minutes each for 53 school days beginning March 16 and ending June 5.
LOUISBURG -- After deliberating less than an hour, a jury found a man not guilty of armed robbery.
Louisburg police arrested Nakia Neal in August of 2013, days after they allege he used a gun to rob two 69-year-old women while they ordered desserts from a Wendy's drive thru during an evening visit.
Neal's attorney, Paris Branch-Ramadan, argued that the only state evidence linking her client to the crime was the eyewitness testimony of a convicted criminal and a pair of pants near the scene that had three sets of testable DNA -- one of which belonged to her client but two of which that could have belonged to anyone, including the co-defendent.
Bus driver Anthony Alston had an 'extra stop' on his route
LOUISBURG -- On his way to school last week, Terrell Lane Middle School bus driver and Louisburg High School exceptional children teacher assistant Anthony Alston had one more pickup to make.
He pulled a 17-year-old girl from a wrecked, smoking car.
Alston was taking a bus load of students to the middle school the morning of March 5 when he came upon a bunch of cars parked perilously on the side of the road and concerned motorists scrambling around N.C. 561 near Fire Tower Road.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners took two actions this month to bolster business.
First, they agreed to cover the costs needed to administer a $500,000 grant that would help Palziv expand its location just outside of Louisburg.
Then the board approved a special-use permit allowing PRTI Inc. to operate a salvage and recycling center just outside of Youngsville.
FRANKLINTON -- Commissioners and residents will get a chance next week to weigh in on an honorary street naming policy that was intended to serve as a bridge in the community.
To a degree, it has created a divide.
During a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. back in January, Mayor Elic Senter told those in attendance that he and Commissioner Anita Fuller were preparing to present fellow board members with a policy that would allow for the honorary naming of streets in town.
Bunn resident Tim Trader, Jr.
Isn't it amazing how we humans, faced with the same challenges, often react so differently?
This budget season, which promises to be fascinating, has already shown some of those differences.
Faced with a pending budget crunch in its utility department, the town of Louisburg began talking about how to reduce costs.
Faced with a similar budget crunch across the county, the county administration and commissioners began by talking about a major tax increase -- and then ended by considering a proposal to try to sell off a major asset.
A plan, a plan -- our kingdom for a plan!
Please, please before Franklin County begins to pour hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars into a new park, let's develop a plan that everyone will understand.
This is not a criticism of anyone, especially not the all-volunteer Parks and Recreation Committee that is charged with creating Franklin County's new park from a failed golf course the county is buying.
Alex Haley said: "Racism is taught in our society... it is not automatic."
Considering the situation at the University of Oklahoma, it's apparently still taught at the highest, academic levels.
A video was recently released, depicting members of a school fraternity chanting a racist taunt.
Days later, The University of Oklahoma expelled two students accused of playing a "leadership role" in the video.
The fraternity has been shut down.
It seems like Republican State Sen. Chad Barefoot got caught trying to sneak one past us.
On Wednesday, March 4, he filed SB 181, a bill to redistrict the Wake County Commission.
The very next afternoon it was discussed at the meeting of the Senate Redistricting Committee. The notice that it was on the agenda went out at 11:36 that morning.
TIGHT BOND. Franklinton High School's Seth Champion (right) credits FHS coach Jeremy Buck (left) for much of his development -- both as a football player and a person.
FRANKLINTON -- Seth Champion is undoubtedly one of the most appropriately named student-athletes in the history of Franklinton High School.
The senior football standout has been a champion of all phases in high school -- on the field, in the classroom and as a true leader.
KEYON IN THE CLUTCH. Louisburg College's Keyon Cowan (right) drives for a basket during last Saturday's Region X men's basketball finale.
LOUISBURG - Almost inevitably, a tight basketball game in a championship setting will be decided in the favor of the team that executes the best in a half-court setting down the stretch.
And that club would prove to be the Richard Bland Statesmen in the Region X Tournament title matchup last Saturday at Taylor Center on the campus of Louisburg College.
SUPPLY -- Louisburg College was able to pick up a victory in the first round, but the Lady Hurricanes' run would end in the semifinals of the Region X Women's Basketball Tournament on the campus of Brunswick Community College.
LC, the defending tourney champion, saw its campaign come to a close last Friday as the third-seeded Lady Hurricanes were defeated by No. 2 seed Cape Fear Community College.
ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. Bunn's Amanda Dean attempts a sacrifice bunt during Monday's home softball decision against Nash Central HS.
BUNN -- Bunn returns a veteran softball group this spring, which might explain why the Ladycats looked so sharp during Monday's regular season opener against Nash Central.
BHS has a solid core of experienced players, and they didn't show much rust from the recent layoff caused by poor weather.
LOUISBURG -- Back when he was a student-athlete at Louisburg High School, Dontae Lassiter dreamed of one day being a head coach -- especially in his favored sport of football.
But Lassiter never knew it would be at his alma mater and that one day he would be leading the Warriors on to Patterson Field.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's veteran boys tennis squad is off to an effective start to the 2015 campaign.
Louisburg, coached by Johnathan Waugh, is now 3-0 overall after delivering a home triumph Monday afternoon against non-conference foe Roxboro Person.
The Warriors took four of the six singles matches and went on to register a 6-3 victory over the Rockets at the LHS Courts.
IT'S BEEN SENT. Bunn's Lineth Martinez (right) delivers a ball past Northern Nash's Rebekah Beal during Monday's season-opening girls soccer contest on the BHS campus.
BUNN -- With only three seniors on the roster, it would be easy to assume that the Bunn Ladycats will be young and inexperienced on the soccer field this spring.
But that's not the case, despite the lack of 12th graders on hand for head coach Charles Haley.
Several of Bunn's performers have seen considerable action since they were freshmen, and the Ladycats also have a deep junior class.
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed is this weekend's schedule for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's State Basketball Championships:
WILSON ON HIS WAY. Louisburg College's T.J. Wilson drives for a bucket last Friday afternoon against rival Pitt CC.
LOUISBURG -- A mid-day matinee -- along with a huge crowd -- proved to be the perfect tonic for Louisburg College during its Region X Men's Basketball Tournament semifinal matchup with Pitt Community College last Friday afternoon.
It took awhile for LC to get going -- a trend that has bugged the Hurricanes for much of the season despite their lofty record.
IN THE CLEAR. Louisburg High School's Ruby Hernandez (left) makes her way through the midfield during Tuesday's home soccer setback against Northern Nash at Joyner Park.
LOUISBURG -- Due to the recent rash of poor weather, Louisburg High School's girls soccer team hasn't been able to conduct many practice sessions.
With that in mind, LHS was hoping to learn on the fly during Tuesday's season-opening home contest against perennial area powerhouse Northern Nash.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, will host their annual National Anthem tryouts on Saturday, March 28 beginning at 9 a.m. at Five County Stadium.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the third base side of the stadium.
This open audition event will run until noon.
Alli Davis returns at third base for the Bunn High School softball squad, which kicked off its season on Monday with a home triumph.
Northern Nash's Ally Deans (3) tries to avoid the Bunn defense during Monday's soccer matchup.
(L to R) Northern Nash's Ally Deans and Bunn's Kayla Sellars race for possession during Monday's girls soccer event on the BHS campus.
Despite being surrounded by three Louisburg defenders, Northern Nash's Rebekah Beal (with ball) was able to score on this play as part of Tuesday's non-conference, girls soccer matchup at Joyner Park. Beal finshed with six goals as the visiting Lady Knights were able to secure a 9-0 decision over Louisburg.
A CENTURY PLUS! Lorene Allen House celebrated her 104th Birthday on Feb. 23. She still lives at home, where family and friends visit and call to check on her.
Vickie and Gary Cowan of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Simone Marie Cowan of Greenville, to Jeffrey Lee Barnes of Greenville, the son of Steve and Wanda Holland, also of Greenville. The wedding will take place on May 16, 2015 at Whitehurst Lake House in Washington, N.C.
Joe and Donna White of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel White of Youngsville, to Brad Gilliam of Louisburg, son of Steve and Gaynell Gilliam of Louisburg. The outdoor wedding will take place at 3 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2015 at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. Irene Horton of Louisburg celebrated her 80th birthday, Saturday, Feb. 21, at Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church. A birthday luncheon was given in her honor. Approximately 62 guests attended.
YOUNGSVILLE -- A registration plate violation and non-functioning headlight led police to a drugs and gun arrest.
According to a report by Officer J. Garrett, he was on patrol the evening of March 5 when he got behind a 1997 Toyota and realized the registration plate frame was in violation.
The vehicle then made a quick turn into the Trade Wilco Hess gas station on Main Street. At that time, according to the report, Garrett realized one of the vehicle's headlights was out.
LOUISBURG -- Narcotics officers from multiple agencies combined to seize drugs in and around Louisburg.
On March 5, deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff's Offices's narcotics and criminal investigations unit paired with officers from Louisburg, Youngsville and Franklinton to execute three search warrants within the town's limits.
First, officers investigated drug activity at 101 Hill Street, recovering what they allege was a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Police arrested a Raleigh man accused of trying to shoot up drugs in a restaurant's bathroom.
According to a report by Officer W. Taylor, he was dispatched to the Subway on Holden Road the afternoon of March 7 to find Jackson Carrubba in the restroom standing over the sink.
Carrubba, according to the report, told the officer he wasn't doing well and upon further inspection, Taylor found hypodermic needles in the 20-year-old's pocket.
What is perhaps a lesser-known event in the pre-Revolutionary era of this nation will be the topic of the next lecture sponsored by the Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College.
"Precursors of the Regulator Movement in Old Granville County: Reuben Searcy's Petition (1759) and George Sims's 'Nutbush Address' (1765)" will be the focus of a presentation by Dr. Carole Waterson Troxler which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Public utilities staff plan to meet with state environmental staff next week, updating them on efforts they've taken to prevent sewage spills.
That meeting comes two weeks after the county's most recent spill -- when about 13,500 gallons of sewage made its way into a tributary of Richland Creek.
Joshua W. Stein of Louisburg was awarded the Eagle Scout Badge during a ceremony held at Louisburg United Methodist Church on Feb. 7.
He was born in Peoria, Ill. He began his scouting career in first grade and was a member of several troops before joining Troop 555 in Louisburg.
Recent changes in leadership have taken place at Louisburg Tractor and Truck. President James Bumpass, pictured in center, announced that Jason Wilkes, at right, has become sales manager and Robert Egan, at left, has become parts and repair manager. Bumpass commented on the change saying, "I have a good peace of mind and can leave and be comfortable having Jason and Robert in charge." Bumpass will continue to work, at least part-time.