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August 3, 2016.
LOUISBURG -- More than 90 days after county staff said jail renovations would be completed, the project has yet to wrap. The latest delay puts the $3.6 million project at least nine months behind its scheduled completion.
And water still ponds on the roof, a bit.
Back in February and March, sheriff's office staff lamented a number of lingering issues related to the multi-million dollar jail renovation project, including a still leaky roof, drainage issues, a door monitoring system that didn't always signify which security doors were open or closed, high resolution cameras and monitors that still broadcast in low resolution, and the major holdup, an exhaust system that had to be built and installed.
LOUISBURG -- Those who challenged North Carolina's voters ID law claimed victory last week when an appeals court struck the law down.
Franklin County's Rosanell Eaton, who has been the face of that challenge for three years now, hopes the ruling clears the way for more voters to participate in this fall's presidential election.
The law, as it was written, eliminated same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and pre-registration, required voters to show photo ID and reduced the amount of time for early voting.
LOUISBURG -- Internet sweepstakes cafes, which drew the ire of the General Assembly and were shuttered by state law enforcement agents earlier this year are back.
Within the past two weeks, the town of Louisburg has issued business licenses to operators of two cafes, one located on Bickett Boulevard and another located across from town hall.
A track loader and several dump trucks made short work of the former Shell gasoline station in downtown Louisburg this week, the first step in addressing one of downtown's shortcomings, a lack of parking. The town is planning to create a landscaped parking lot on this site, which is across from the post office. Work is expected to be completed in about 90 days. The town received a $50,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and a $29,000 USDA loan for 30 years at 2.75 percent interest for this project.
LOUISBURG -- It seems that Franklin County isn't the only government agency dealing with mold/mildew issues.
As Franklin County School System workers began preparing for the return of students at the Early College High School on Aug. 9, they got an unwelcome surprise.
What has been described as "green mildew" has been found growing in at least three classrooms in the eight-classroom school which is adjacent to the Vance Granville Community College campus just west of Louisburg.
LOUISBURG -- After one bit of discussion, county commissioners agreed to provide a Youngsville business with money to promote a fall event.
After another bit of dialogue, they decided to hold off on approving a final piece of land development at the airport that could clear the way for the development of hangars that could spur economic development at Triangle North Executive Airport.
First, the county's Tourism Development Authority recommended giving a $5,000 grant to Hill Ridge Farms to market a fall event.
LOUISBURG -- A man who apparently took his panhandling to dangerous lengths was sentenced to prison last week.
Robert Donnell Bass, 47, was sentenced to between 60 and 90 months in jail on robbery and kidnapping charges.
According to Louisburg Police Capt. Jason Abbott, a woman reported leaving the Walmart on July 18, 2015 and she was approached by a man, later identified as Bass.
Franklinton Commissioner Alvin Holden
Given all the potential for funny, controversial things to happen, the Democrats' convention in Philly went fairly well -- and pounded the nation with a relentlessly positive, upbeat message that perhaps we've needed to hear for a long time.
Even if you're not a Democrat, you have to hand it to old Joe Biden who rocked the house with one of the best purely political, intensely partisan speeches that has been given in a long while.
During the Democrats' convention last week, a speaker noted that it is never a good idea to bet against the United States.
There are a lot of reasons for that -- and one of them is shown, a veteran of the U.S. Army who served two tours of duty in Iraq.
Although his active service is over, the former sergeant isn't about to forget his brothers and sisters who are still dealing with the demons remaining from their service experiences.
Lilin, Tritons, Bergrisars -- oh my.
For the uninitiated, the above are references to mythical creatures, like the Yeti, or Big Foot or an honest politician (sorry, I couldn't help myself.)
The reason I reference these mythological creatures is because, surely, I relegated the "Nigerian Prince" to legend, as well.
You know the Nigerian Prince, right?
Two songs provide the themes for today's article. They are both American.
The first is the 1893 classic Happy Birthday. Today I send it out to two of the best people ever to come into my life: my wife and my President.
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 and my wife on that date a few years earlier.
The second is The Temptations 1971 hit Ball of Confusion. It spoke of racism in America and it reminds me of the status of voting rights in North Carolina in 2016.
Dear editor: Our community is fortunate to have a Guardian ad Litem program How does a community benefit from a Guardian ad Litem?
In North Carolina, approximately 1 out of every 100 children, or about 1 percent of the state's child population, are abused or neglected.
The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program works with children who have been petitioned into the system and who have been appointed a Guardian ad Litem by a judge - about 15,000 children every year.
NEW ALBANY, IN--JC (Julian Carl) Proctor, 86, formerly of Louisburg, died Friday, July 29, in New Albany, Ind. A graveside memorial service will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Spring Hope on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m.
ZEBULON - P.G. Denton, Jr., 89, of Zebulon, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
BRANDON BRINGS ONE IN. Louisburg High School's Brandon Rodriguez participates in a receiving drill during Tuesday's football practice session.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will experience a bit of back to the future as the Warriors continue to prepare for their regular season football opener on August 19 at North Johnston High School in Kenly.
Next Wednesday, the Warriors will make their second straight preseason trip to Nash Central to take part in a four-team scrimmage that will include the Bulldogs.
Nash Central is coached by Chris Lee, who left Louisburg after a successful stint to take over the Bulldogs' rebuilding program last fall.
BALL SKILLS. Franklinton High School first-year football coach JeVar Bransome hands the ball off to running back Tyreese Williams as part of a drill at Tuesday's practice session on the FHS campus.
FRANKLINTON -- Patience is a keyword as first-year Franklinton High School football coach JeVar Bransome is leading his running backs through a practice drill on Tuesday at the FHS Football Field.
The idea of the drill is to hit the correct hole, all the while following the lead work of a blocker.
Of course, that blocker probably doesn't have the speed level as the running back, so Bransome continues to stress to his players that they have to show patience while allowing the teammate to get his work done -- and clear a path to success.
ONE MORE YEAR. Franklinton High School alum Hannah Rayman (left) will be back for her sophomore season this fall as a member of the Louisburg College women's soccer team under Coach Andy Stokes.
LOUISBURG -- With a strong core of returnees to with a promising group of incoming freshmen, the immediate future of the Louisburg College women's soccer program looks to be in good shape.
At least that's how veteran head coach Andy Stokes sees things just ahead of the Lady Hurricanes' regular season opener against Andrew College out of Georgia.
That outing will be played on Aug. 27 at the neutral site of Spartanburg Methodist College.
KEY RETURNEE. Robyn Hamilton is an accomplished distance runner for the Franklinton High School cross country program.
FRANKLINTON -- Clennie Wilkins doesn't believe in letting up -- even when graduation takes away some of his top performers.
Wilkins challenged Franklinton High School's distance runners to increase their commitment to cross country last fall -- which was Wilkins' first in charge of the program.
The Red Rams responded by taking third place in the Northern Carolina Conference standings before finishing in fifth place in the Class 2-A Mideast Regionals.
LOUISBURG -- Ryan Sullivan's first season as the Louisburg College volleyball coach will begin Aug. 24 with a home contest against Lenoir Community College.
First serve will be at 6 p.m. at Taylor Center on the LC campus.
The Lady Hurricanes' complete 2016 spike ledger is as follows, with home events listed in CAPS:
BEST IN THE BACKSTROKE. Jessica Weathers of the Town and Country Stingrays speeds through the pool in the backstroke event during last Thursday's swim meet against Raleigh Stonecreek.
LOUISBURG -- Town and Country's Swim Team came up with one of its most impressive victories of the 2016 campaign last Thursday evening.
That's when the Stingrays secured a solid 217-129 decision over Raleigh Stonecreek at the TC Pool.
Results from the event were as follows:
FRANKLINTON -- the annual Wade Halford and Lane Meyer Memorial Boys Soccer Jamboree will be held this Saturday at Franklinton High School.
Scrimmage action will take place on three fields -- the main stadium, the practice field and the junior varsity field.
The event will feature 40-minute matches with a running clock. Concessions will be available.
All proceeds will go to a scholarship fund in the name of former Franklinton HS soccer standout Wade Halford.
GREENSBORO -- Coaches have been selected for the 2017 North Carolina Coaches Association's East-West All-Star and North Carolina-South Carolina Basketball Classic Games.
The East-West events will be played next July in Greensboro, while the Carolinas Basketball Classic will be held in Myrtle Beach on a date to be determined.
Former Bunn High School hoops coach Scott McInnes will be in charge of the North Carolina boys in the annual NC-SC Game at the Carolinas Basketball Classic.
ZEBULON -- Potomac's Matthew Crownover struck out four and held the Carolina Mudcats to just one run over seven innings while leading the visiting Nationals to a 2-1 series finale win against Carolina at Five County Stadium on Sunday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
Crownover (2-4, 4.79) gave up a run in the fourth, but pitched through the seventh and helped clinch a three games to one series victory for Potomac (58-46, 24-12) against the Mudcats (42-65, 13-24).
STANHOPE -- Southern Nash High School (SNHS) has announced coaching changes for the 2016-2017 School Year.
A total of three new coaches for soccer, softball and volleyball will begin their new coaching assignments at the start of the new school year.
Carlos Barron, social studies teacher, will assume the duties of the varsity boys' soccer program as well as the girls' varsity soccer program. While at SNHS, Barron has coached varsity football, served as the Varsity Assistant Boys' Soccer Coach, and Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach.
Franklinton High School assistant football coach (and huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan) Dave Jennings fixes a player's helmet during Tuesday's gridiron practice session.
Bryce Marshall races toward an effective finish for the Town and Country Stingrays' Swim Team.
A Franklinton High School running back secures the ball during Tuesday's practice.
(L to R) Rachel Black and Zoey Hall-Wray are expected to be exceptional performers this fall for the Franklinton High School girls cross country squad under second-year coach Clennie Wilkins.
Mary J. Perry-Harris of Warrenton, a member of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, celebrated her 80th Birthday on Saturday, July 23, with family and friends at the Golden Corral in Henderson. Among those attending were her daughter, Helena Williams of Warrenton, as well as family and friends from Brooklyn, N.Y., Salisbury, Macon, Raleigh, Warrenton and Rocky Mount. Her accepted son, the Rev. Darryl W. K. Boone, along with his African family, paid tribute to the honoree from afar in Ghana, West Africa.
Mary Smith of Warrenton and Johnny Smith of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Bianca Smith to Adrian Savage, son of Bonnie Lynch of Rocky Mount. The couple resides in Greensboro. The ceremony will take place at St. Stephen's Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenton on Sept. 24, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Hilary Paige Patterson earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from East Carolina University's School of Dental Medicine during their May 2016 commencement ceremonies. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erick Patterson of Louisburg, and the granddaughter of Debbie Edwards and the late Jimmy Edwards, likewise of Louisburg.
LOUISBURG -- High school students from across the region recently attended "Mini-Medical School" camps organized by the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with Vance-Granville Community College.
The first camp was held in June at VGCC's South Campus and the second camp was held last month at VGCC's campus in Franklin County -- and 44 students completed the program.
An acclaimed psychology professor who created a groundbreaking series of YouTube videos for students on how to study effectively is leading Louisburg College's faculty workshop Aug. 11.
Dr. Stephen L. Chew was chosen U.S. Professor of the Year in 2011 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an award that honors the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country for teaching and mentoring.
LOUISBURG -- Eight new graduates of the Child Care Center on Vance-Granville Community College's Franklin County Campus were honored in a ceremony on July 20 as they prepared to enter kindergarten.
The students were Ava Richardson of Henderson; and Brynlee Fuller, Allison Hoyle, Keaton Onofrio, Elaina Overby, Kylie Stanley, Ruffin Stover and Nzinga Taliaferro, all of Louisburg.
FRANKLINTON -- Police arrested a Durham woman who tried to snatch the town manager's purse.
According to a report by Sgt. Bennett Manson, Tammy Ray was sitting in her car at the Cruizers gas station at about 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 1 when a woman, later identified as Lillie K. Marrow, opened her passenger door and attempted to take her purse.
Ray was able to hold on to her purse and moved her vehicle to get away.
OXFORD -- Franklin County authorities are investigating allegations of child molestation.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, deputies responded to the Granville hospital after a 9-year-old reported to her mother that she had been molested.
According to authorities, the incident is alleged to have happened when the youngster stayed with a family member.
LOUISBURG -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a man accused of trying to set a house on fire following a domestic dispute.
According to authorities, Gregory Jackson was having an argument with his girlfriend in their Schloss Road home the evening of July 29.
The woman told authorities that Jackson threatened to set the house on fire before setting fire to rags in a hallway.
The woman, authorities said, was able to get her aunt and a three-year-old out of the house. No injuries were reported.
Smith's Mower Marine Welding, located at 1149 Ronald Tharrington Road in Louisburg, held its grand opening and ribbon cutting last week. The event was sponsored by the Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce. On hand for the event were from left to right: Brooke Allen, Bo Carson, Bobbie Jo May, Melissa Wolfe, Jamie Patrick, Allison Smith (daughter of owners), Misty Edwards, Elton Daniels, Nan Medlin, George Smith (owner), Charles Mitchell, Patty Smith (owner), Randy Green and Brenda Fuller.