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October 5, 2016.
LOUISBURG -- Police, courthouse staff, community leaders and residents met over the weekend, hoping to begin the kind of dialogue necessary to prevent the kinds of police and community racial unrest that's blanketed the country from smothering Franklin County.
One of the focuses of the "Unity In Our Community" workshop at South Main Street Baptist Church focused on how people should respond to police during an encounter, but officers said the true path to improvement will take place through interactions that take place long before a traffic stop.
LOUISBURG -- During a 45-minute meeting on Monday night, county commissioners pushed back or delayed a vote on every action item, save for the benign consent agenda.
First, the school system presented the board with $11.29 million worth of renovations -- the balance of a $53 million school bond approved by voters in 2008 -- but commissioners said they wanted a joint meeting with the Board of Education to dive into the proposal before making a commitment.
GOOD TIMES. Above, Mamie Person, left, and Marie Morton, right, try their hand at cornhole during the county Department of Aging event.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County law enforcement officers and other anti-domestic violence agencies are getting closer to implementing a potential life-saving program.
The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force, made up of officers, Safe Space members and courthouse staff, has teamed up with the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence to install a Lethality Assessment Program.
LOUISBURG -- From the Louisburg College stage, local, state and federal candidates talked about their unique sets of skills, hoping to galvanize their supporters and sway undecided voters in time for the Nov. 8 election.
The forum was hosted by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, giving candidates a platform for their ideas.
Senior Fun Day at the Park participant Jerry Williams
Even though we're living in a "post factual age," when truth seems irrelevant and where the Internet deluges all of us with wild stories and our beloved post office is delivering junk mail with unsubstantiated claims and incorrect information, let's take a stab at setting part of the record straight.
All of us have watched as our governor, Pat McCrory, and his administration have crowed about one of their most celebrated accomplishments, getting average teacher pay above $50,000 a year in North Carolina.
Normally, we're not much into betting, but if John Skvarla III, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, had put his prediction in the form of a bet, we might be suggesting that everyone dig out a few pennies and cover the bet -- against him!
Skvarla was the featured speaker at the normally non-partisan Committee of 100's annual meeting last week, but he did something no other speaker in recent memory has done.
This past weekend, I got to sit in on a dialogue that I wish didn't have to take place.
At the same time, it's a conversation that needs to take place all over Franklin County -- and the country.
Unfortunately, we've all seen too many headlines where officers are involved in questionable shootings and the victims have been black men.
Even more upsetting is that in many of those cases, either no charges are filed or a justice system that is often depicted as unfair acquits officers of any wrongdoing.
I wanted to present the juxtaposition of two recent events in Congress and how two of our local members of Congress voted. I find it revealing!
For the first time, Congress overrode an Obama veto. (They normally simply obstruct anything from happening in the first place.)
The override was on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. To be fair, most Democrats joined the Republicans in the override effort.
The bottom line was that they feared a 30-second commercial painting them as taking the side of terrorists over the surviving families.
So, what do you think is important, is it money, friends, that job you have, the next promotion, or maybe an election?
What is it all worth? How do you know? Simple things like a stone will bring you to it. Not long ago I went for a walk. I stood in front of a stone with my brother.
Closing my eyes, the present was to the past a visitor. I could hear children running about, nine of them. There was the smell of sulfur from a coal cooking stove in the kitchen; boiling water for a pot of oatmeal on the front glowing red stove plate. An old tea kettle was whistling away.
Louisburg United Methodist Church is a great church doing great things locally and globally. After all the funds had been collected, the new Carillon was installed by the Chime Master Company in August.
Chime Master is the number one company in the country installing electronic church bells.
LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Jerry Eaton, 59, who died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Micah Mason officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
TANNER TO THE RESCUE FOR BHS. Bunn High School's Tanner Friedly (left) advances the ball during last Wednesday afternoon's home boys soccer contest against conference rival North Carolina School of Science and Math.
BUNN -- There are two ways to look at a tie in soccer, and it's safe to say that North Carolina School of Science and Math left the field feeling the best after last Tuesday's Northern Carolina Conference showdown at Bunn.
The match, which was for first place outright in the NCC, was dubbed as the biggest contest for BHS since the Kevin Strassburger Era five years ago.
The matchup lived up to its billing, but nothing would be settled after 80 minutes as the event ended in a 1-1 tie as both teams remained undefeated in NCC action -- and still tied atop the league standings.
DOUBLE TROUBLE. Louisburg High School's Mackenzie Wood (left) attempts a kill against Bunn blockers Erin Collier (middle) and Alexis McPhail (right) during Monday's non-conference volleyball match.
BUNN - Given the subpar nature of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference in volleyball -- aside from Granville Central -- Louisburg puts plenty of stock in its non-conference spike matches, especially its four annual contests against Franklin County rivals Franklinton and Bunn.
So LHS head coach Erica Wammock considered it quite a feat when her club, which is undefeated overall, finished its county grudge match schedule with a 4-0 mark.
GREENSBORO -- There was a play in North Carolina A&T's 31-9 MEAC football win over Hampton last Thursday night at Aggie Stadium that explained Aggies senior running back Tarik Cohen's rise to collegiate stardom while at the same time, it was the catalyst that helped the Aggies pull away.
In front of a national television audience watching live on ESPNU, Tarik went for 256 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries.
In the process, he added his name to two more N.C. A&T records.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Louisburg College's undefeated and nationally ranked football squad can be quite a juggernaut when the Hurricanes put things together on both sides of the ball.
That was exactly what happened Sunday when the Hurricanes tangled with the North Carolina Wesleyan College Junior Varsity Team at the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Louisburg was supposed to be the only Franklin County football squad in action last week, but the Warriors were foiled by the weather.
Instead, the week ended up serving as a bye for Louisburg, Franklinton and Bunn as the squads prepared for their respective conference openers this week.
Louisburg's schedule featured a homecoming meeting with Warren County last Friday, while Bunn and FHS were off as planned.
But the game between LHS and Warren County was postponed to this Monday due to poor weather.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will begin its 2016-17 women's basketball slate on Nov. 4 with a home contest against Combine Academy.
Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Taylor Center on the campus of Louisburg College.
LC's complete ledger is as follows, with home games listed in CAPS:
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have announced a new player development contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The agreement is for two years, covering Carolina's 2017 and 2018 Carolina League, Class A Advanced seasons at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
"Having met with the Brewers, and in looking at their system, we are confident that we are getting an organization that is loaded with young, talented prospects that we feel will enhance our program" said Carolina Mudcats President and Majority Owner Steve Bryant.
FULL EXTENSION. Bunn's Emily Kwiatkowski lunges for a return as part of the Ladycats' home girls tennis match last Tuesday afternoon against conference opponent NC Science and Math.
BUNN -- Allen White knows a thing or two about playing tennis as he is one of the area's most accomplished senior players.
White is trying to bring some of that knowledge and skill into his role as the Bunn High School tennis coach.
White worked wonders in the spring with the BHS boys, and he is currently serving as head coach of the girls squad.
White is pretty much building from scratch after several accomplished performers, including Hollins College player Jho Salmeron, have moved on.
FRANKLINTON -- Host Franklinton secured a 6-3 team victory over Louisburg on Monday in non-conference girls tennis action.
Louisburg was a winner in three of the top four singles seeds, but the Lady Rams were able to surge by claiming triumphs in each of the three doubles matches.
Results from the event were as follows:
(L to R) Powerhouse frontliners Alexis McPhail from Bunn and Whitney Bolton from Louisburg try to gain the ball at the net during Monday evening's volleyball contest.
Bunn High School's Sage Moore returns a shot during her singles match as part of the Ladycats' recent tennis meeting against North Carolina School of Science and Math.
Bunn coach Henry Jones offers some advice to Alex Denton during Monday evening's home volleyball contest against rival Louisburg High School at the Bunn Dome.
Katie Tucker and Ryan Murray were married on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 during a 4 p.m. ceremony at Peachtree Baptist Church, Spring Hope. The officiating minister was the Rev. John R. Woodard of Durham.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Tucker of Spring Hope.
Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Doug Murray of Louisburg.
The Franklin County Arts Council's Photo Guild is planing its fourth-annual photography show -- and the public is invited to a reception for participating photographers!
The show is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the FCAC's Back Gallery at 22 S. Main Street in Franklinton.
The FCAC Photography Guild is a group of area photographers, both hobbyists and professional, that meet once a month to exchange ideas, knowledge, and inspiration related to the creative and technical world of photography.
The Cherry Hill Concert Series welcomes pianist Raffi Besalyan whose concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.
A native of Armenia, Besalyan began his music studies at the Tchaikovsky Special Music School for Gifted Children. He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctor of musical arts degrees from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. In addition, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music with legendary American pianist Byron Janis and with Sara Davis Buechner.
TWO WINNERS. Haley Williams, (left) was the Associational winner and Rebecca Kirsch, was the Associational and state winner.
Bible Drill programs are designed to raise a generation of Christ's followers to encourage them to hide God's Word deep in their heart (Psalm 119:105) and express it effectively. This program is designed to help children increase their knowledge, memorization, and application of scripture.
Rock Spring Baptist Church of Louisburg began a Children's Bible Drill program in 2013 (Pastor, Melton Tyson). There are three levels of participation: church, association and state levels.
RALEIGH -- More than 70 Triangle and Sandhills-area students, including a Franklin County resident, were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of NC) and local McDonald's owner/operators for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.
Louisburg's Jasmine Green was among 73 students from across the state that received college scholarships from RMHC of NC and local McDonald's franchisees.
All scholarship recipients were recognized at an awards reception on at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.
HENDERSON -- A group of students from Vance-Granville Community College, including a Franklinton student, received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System.
The scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state's community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Opponents of House Bill 2 say it's been a black eye for North Carolina.
Economists estimate it has cost the state $500 million in lost revenue.
Without a doubt, it's been controversial.
Last week, though, State Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla came prepared to refute its negative impact on the economy while speaking during the annual Committee of 100 banquet. The Committee serves as a local resource to help attract industry and retain existing business.
What started with a fire alarm Wednesday morning ended up closing Royal Elementary School for the day -- and possibly longer.
After the fire alarm sounded and children evacuated from the building, workers discovered that a possible electrical problem in the building triggered the alarm.
There was no fire or smoke but school officials said they wanted to track down and repair any problem before putting children back into the school.
The decision to dismiss the school for the day came about 11:30 a.m. and the word went out that parents or guardians could begin picking up the students.
LOUISBURG -- Residents were evacuated and traffic was redirected for hours while local and state emergency crews responded to a potentially explosive liquid oxygen spill triggered by a three-vehicle collision.
Fortunately, emergency officials said, the liquid oxygen, one of the fuel mixture ingredients used to launch space shuttles, didn't ignite last week.
"If oil was leaking from the truck and it mixed with the liquid oxygen, it would have exploded," said Louisburg Fire Chief Randy Lanham.
Billy W. Perry
LOUISBURG -- A Castalia couple is slated to appear in court next week on child abuse charges.
At the end of September, Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested Renee M. Perry, 20, and Billy W. Perry, 31, alleging they were responsible for injuries that required medical attention for a five month old.
Renee Perry was charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury and filing a false police report.
ZEBULON -- The state Department of Transportation said it could evaluate the safety of a Franklin County intersection that was the site of a fatal crash last weekend.
Tachina Smith, 18, of Zebulon in Wake County died in the wreck that occurred just over the county line at Williams-White and Pilot-Riley roads.
According to reports, the driver, identified as Makel Breece, 18, also of Zebulon, was driving north on Williams-White Road and ran a stop sign the evening of Oct. 1.
Wester's Front End and Brake was honored with the Small Business Award at this year's Small Business Luncheon. The award was given in partnership with the Franklin, Henderson-Vance, Granville and Warren County chambers. Pictured (l to r) are Brenda Fuller, Chamber administrator; Bobbie Jo May, Chamber chairperson; Betty Lynn and Tommy Wester, award recipients, and Tanya Evans, district manager at Duke Energy. This is the second award of the year for Wester's. They won the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in January.