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Showing 46 articles from March 15, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

STEM Academy concept coming to Louisburg High

LOUISBURG -- A group of incoming freshmen at Louisburg High School will be given the opportunity to enroll in a different kind of curriculum this fall that puts the focus more strongly on science, technology, engineering and math.
The Board of Education Monday night unanimously approved creation of a STEM Academy at Louisburg High that will be open to about 26 students this fall but is designed to grow to about 200 students over its first four years.


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WHOA, WHAT HAPPENED?
WHOA, WHAT HAPPENED?

The much discussed snowfall last weekend didn't amount to much in Franklin County, although it did dust this ornamental tree that was just about to bud out -- but it was a harbinger of what was coming. Mother Nature suddenly reversed direction and March winds brought temperatures more like January than mid-March. According to the weatherman, temperatures are expected to stay cool -- maybe even cold -- for several more days, providing at least somewhat of an antidote for Spring Fever that afflicted so many when the temperatures climbed past 80 degrees a couple of times in February.


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County finance director leaves, Murray steps in

LOUISBURG -- Finance Director Mitchell Robinson tendered his resignation last week, but county management doesn't expect to miss a beat.
Former finance director Chuck Murray, who has worked part time for the county since his retirement took effect at the end of 2013, will slide into the finance leadership position until a permanent replacement is named.
"[Murray's] experience has been invaluable," said County Manager Angela Harris.


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<i>African-American contributions to state's architecture to be topic</i>
African-American contributions to state's architecture to be topic

One of North Carolina's best-known architectural historians will be at Louisburg College this month, speaking about enslaved and free black carpenters, masons, and other artisans who helped to shape the state's architectural history.
Catherine Bishir's March 30 lecture, "African American Artisans in North Carolina and the Tar River Valley," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Chapel. She will give the Joseph E. Elmore Lecture, an annual event that honors Joe Elmore, a prominent local historian.


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<i>Youngsville grapples with planning contract for downtown</i>
Youngsville grapples with planning contract for downtown

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town planning consultants informed commissioners that they'll need more time to negotiate a planning and engineering contract that will guide downtown development, but it won't delay the project.
The town secured grant funding through the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Locally Administered Projects Program to put the project in motion.


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New Farmers Market studied

Three public meetings have been scheduled in Franklin County to help gather public input on a new Farmers Market facility in the county.
The meetings will be:
--March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension annex, 103 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg.
--Wake Electric meeting room, 228 Park Ave, Youngsville on April 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg College coaching legend Sheilah Cotten


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Dems
Editorial Cartoon: Dems

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Seeing some good news in a terrible tragedy
Seeing some good news in a terrible tragedy

We've been told -- and hope it's true -- that members of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department are getting counseling and time to regroup after they dealt with a horrible tragedy in southeastern Franklin County recently.
The first deputy on the scene, J. Maloney apparently did a very professional, cool-headed job during what must have been a frightening situation.
He arrived at a house and found a young man, later discovered to be just 18, standing in the yard holding a bloody butcher knife in one hand and the severed head of his mother in the other.


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For a better Franklin County, get involved!

The time has changed (you remembered, right?), the first signs of spring are evident despite the return of chilly temperatures and spring is just days away, next Monday in fact!
In addition to the promise of getting outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, plant the garden and some flowers and do whatever else strikes your fancy as Mother Nature awakens, this is a very serious time of year as well.


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The state of this state is shaky, wobbly, at best
The state of this state is shaky, wobbly, at best

I didn't get a chance to watch Gov. Roy Cooper's State of the State Address this week, but I have to imagine it was a bit awkward, right?
I mean, unless we're talking about the addresses made by Democrat President Barack Obama to a Republican-dominated Congress during his last years in office, I can't imagine a more partisan crowd for a leadership address than the one Cooper made to a Republican-led General Assembly.
I'd love to type the phrase, "let's take politics out of it," and I guess I just did, but you can't take politics out of it for obvious reasons.


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Editorial Cartoon: Care
Editorial Cartoon: Care

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La Branches will be missed

Dear editor: Dr. Mark La Branche has had remarkable success at Louisburg College. He has not only put the college on a stable footing financially and educationally, he has fundamentally changed the attitudes of the citizens of Louisburg and Franklin County and their elected officials, imbuing them with optimism, pride, enthusiasm, and the courage to overcome obstacles and make needed changes.


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It's time to say a prayer

Dear editor: The recent murder of a mother who was decapitated in our county has many of us deeply distressed, stunned, and overcome with horror.
Would you take some time to pray for our law enforcement and everyone else involved in the aftermath of this horrific event?


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People should have a voice

Dear editor: Partisan rhetoric aside, we Americans have more in common than we have differences.
As loyal patriots, we want freedom, liberty, justice, and prosperity. We want American values honored. We want a morally sustainable future. We want the flag respected.


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A double standard?

Dear editor: I just read Carey's Corner. Seems like he needs to point his finger at himself!
On Wednesday night Fox News, I saw three clips of President Obama calling slaves immigrants.
I guess it's okay for a black Democratic president to say that, but if a black cabinet member, Dr. Ben Carson, says the same thing he catches holy @#$@%!


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Editorial Cartoon: Healthcare
Editorial Cartoon: Healthcare

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OBITUARIES

LESLIE LEWIS

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Graveside services for Leslie Lewis, age 98 who died on Sunday, March 12, 2017 will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. from the Lewis Family Cemetery in Louisburg, NC.


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SPORTS

Lucky 13 For Lady Hurricanes
TAGGED AT THIRD. Louisburg College's Sara Siwinski (right) retires a Herkimer runner at third base during last Saturday afternoon's softball contest.
Lucky 13 For Lady Hurricanes

LOUISBURG -- During her playing career at Radford University, Michelle Carlson earned a well-deserved reputation as a potent hitter.
It's an intangible Carlson has brought to her coaching career at Louisburg College as her Lady Hurricanes have put up some amazing offensive numbers this season, especially during a recent 13-game victory streak.
"We have a very good approach at the plate,'' Carlson said. "The kids are gaining more confidence, and they are really buying into the team offense (philosophy).''


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CONSOLATION PRIZE
LOUISBURG COLLEGE'S JARET GASSETT
CONSOLATION PRIZE

SOUTHERN PINES - Under past circumstances, Louisburg College's overtime loss to Richard Bland last Saturday in the Region X Tournament Championship would have been a devastating, crushing defeat -- just like the one LC experience against Bland two years ago in the same situation.
But the best part of that game, at least from a Louisburg perspective, is that the Hurricanes had already punched their ticket to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament.


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BUILDING TIME
RACE TO THE BALL. A Franklinton player and a West Johnston player battle for the ball during last Saturday's action at The Brittany.
BUILDING TIME

WILSON -- Judging by the early results, it could be a rare rebuilding season for the Franklinton High School girls soccer squad.
The Lady Rams don't have a wealth of experience and are utilizing several new performers are part of a revamped lineup for veteran head coach Isaac Welker.
Franklinton is now 2-2 overall with decisions over Southern Vance and Henderson Collegiate.
The triumph over Southern Vance was the lone Northern Carolina Conference meeting to date for the Lady Rams, and Franklinton was a convincing 5-0 winner.


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Warriors surging in TRAC
Warriors surging in TRAC

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School continues to pile up the victories this season under veteran head coach J Stamey.
The Lady Warriors are currently 4-1 overall after opening Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference action last Thursday with an impressive 14-0 road decision against Oxford Prep in Granville County.
Arianna Fuller-Bell had three hits and drove in four runs for LHS, while also earning the decision on the mound.


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Vanguards end season

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men's basketball team recently closed out the season at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Region X tournament, the first two rounds of which were held at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Va.
On March 4, VGCC, the tenth seed in the tournament, defeated the seventh-seeded Titans of Guilford Technical Community College in the opening round, 90-87, recording the program's first postseason win since 2015.


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Get Region Ready
NOT THIS TIME. Louisburg College's Blake Stewart (sliding) is tagged out at home plate during last Saturday's home doubleheader against Cuyahoga CC at Frazier Field.
Get Region Ready

LOUISBURG -- The 'Money Games' have yet to be played for the Louisburg College baseball squad, as the Hurricanes won't open Region X play until a four-game series March 25-26 at long-time rival Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina.
For the Hurricanes, the last month has basically served as a prelude to region action as head coach Blake Herring continues to tinker with his lineup and pitching rotation in order to find the most effective combinations for when the all-important region slate kicks off.


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STATE BASKETBALL FINALS SCORES

CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the complete results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's State Basketball Championships, which were held last Saturday in Raleigh and Chapel Hill:


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Franklinton to host T Sanders event Saturday
Franklinton to host T Sanders event Saturday

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will host the Third Annual T. Sanders Memorial High School Track and Field Invitational this Saturday at the FHS Football Field.
Over 25 schools will participate in the prestigious event.
Action will begin at 9 a.m.


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East Carolina nabs victory over Duke

DURHAM -- Chris Holba tossed five scoreless frames of relief and No. 8 East Carolina University scored five runs in the fifth inning on its way to a 9-4 win over Duke on Tuesday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 13-4 on the season while the Blue Devils fall to 10-9 overall.
Holba (3-0) allowed two hits, walked one and fanned five in his five innings of work.


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Strikeouts for a good cause
Strikeouts for a good cause

FRANKLINTON -- People are at their best when they utilize their top attributes in order to contribute to the greater good of society.
That's exactly what senior pitcher Summer Jacobs is doing this spring for the Franklinton High School softball squad.
Long known for her flame-throwing effectiveness, Jacobs has decided to use that intangible to help The Miracle League of Franklin County.
Jacobs is accepting donations to contribute to The Miracle League per each strikeout she records during the 2017 campaign.


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GRUNT WORK
GRUNT WORK

Louisburg College pitcher Haley Hutchins delivers an offering for the Lady Hurricanes during last Saturday's event against Herkimer College at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.


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OAKLEY ON THE MARK
OAKLEY ON THE MARK

Louisburg College's Jordan Oakley drives for two points during last Friday's Region X tourney contest against Bryant and Stratton.


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OUCH
OUCH

Louisburg College's Kenny McDaniel is hit by a pitch during last Saturday's home twinbill versus Cuyahoga Community College at historic Frazier Field.


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PEPE PLASTERS ONE
PEPE PLASTERS ONE

Louisburg College's Monica Pepe pokes a single during last Saturday's home softball contest against Herkimer College out of New York.


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RACHEL READS THE PLAY
RACHEL READS THE PLAY

Franklinton's Rachel Black (right) tracks down a West Johnston player during last Saturday's match at The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase.


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TURN UP THE HEAT IN ERWIN
TURN UP THE HEAT IN ERWIN

The Youngsville Heat Travel Team recently took first place at the Top Gun 9-Under Baseball Tournament, which was held in Erwin. The winning club received trophies along with a team plaque. The Heat defeated the Walk-Off Academy Warriors 12-5 and the JG Sluggers 5-0 to take home the championship. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coach Richard Rusnak, Coach Eric Engbers, Austin Engbers, Kaden Blackburn, Cooper Greer, Shawn Thomas Journigan, Peyton Rivers, Owen Mitchell, Will Holmes, Coach Mike Nash and Coach Allen Holmes; (front, l to r) Cooper Nash, J.B. Brown and Batboy Christian Journigan.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Annual writer's day in planning stage</i>
Annual writer's day in planning stage

Franklin County Arts Council's Writer's Guild will sponsor its fifth annual writers' day retreat on May 6 at Rolling View Community building, a part of Falls Lake Recreational Park, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The day retreat opens with coffee and donuts and a meet and greet. The day will include workshops, writing time, and readings all on the shore of the lake and surrounded by nature.


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<i>Arts Council's Diversity Team celebrates with freedom theme</i>
Arts Council's Diversity Team celebrates with freedom theme

Franklin County Arts Council's Diversity Team brought singers and poets together for an open mic afternoon recently, celebrating Black History Month with a theme of Freedom.
Music by Howard Overton greeted participants as they arrived. Overton is a long-time friend of FCAC and has provided music for several of their events. Guests included all ages from teens to grandmothers.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

No probable cause hearing for teen murder suspect

LOUISBURG -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys opted out of a probable cause hearing, meaning the next time the case against a teen accused of beheading his mother would be during a grand jury session.
Authorities arrested Oliver Machada on March 6, shortly after they allege he decapitated Yesenia Machada with a butcher knife inside their Morgan Drive home.
The 18-year-old was taken into custody, without incident, when deputies arrived to find Machada in the yard with a knife in one hand and his mother's head in the other.


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Illegal beer sales case headed to jury

LOUISBURG -- A superior court judge ruled that an issue of liability should be determined by a jury, meaning the case against a store that sold beer to an 18-year-old in an alcohol-fueled fatal wreck is scheduled to go to trial in May.
Perry Jackson Frazier was driving a pickup truck during the early morning hours of Oct. 10 when he ran off the road, hit a tree, was ejected and killed.
His passenger, Dustin Garris, suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractures of his cervical spine, and an avulsion -- tearing away -- of his left ear.


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Recent EDC meeting chock-full of potential

LOUISBURG -- Potential was a word tossed around frequently when the Franklin County Economic Development Commission met last Thursday morning. Sometimes it was a word used in a positive vein and sometimes in ways not so positive.
For example, Franklin County Economic Development Director Richie Duncan told the EDC board that her office is currently working on 46 "active projects" that have the potential to create 1,792 jobs and a potential investment of $490 million in Franklin County.


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Interim utilities director will fill county position

YOUNGSVILLE -- Franklin County management has tabbed an interim public utilities director.
Director Bryce Mendenhall tendered his resignation in February, with an effective date of March 24.
Last week, county management announced that Mike Bailes will begin serving as the county's interim public utilities director the week of March 27.
Bailes retired as manager with Catawba River Water Supply Project in 2016 having served since 1992.


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Man charged in 3 crashes

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a Raleigh man they allege was involved in three accidents -- two of which were hit and run and one involving only his vehicle.
No life-threatening injuries were reported.
According to the report, authorities arrested Phil Allan Reese III the afternoon of March 10 for his role in the three wrecks.
According to the report by Officer T.W. Lincoln, the first wreck was a rear-end accident that took place on S. Main Street in town.


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Police seeking theft suspect

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a suspect in a theft from a vehicle.
A resident in the 200 block of Lumpkin Boulevard reported the evening of March 10 that someone broke into a 2010 Chrysler Town and County parked at their home.
The vehicle owner reported that cash and a debit/credit card were taken from the vehicle.


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Town aims to be ready for gun ranges

YOUNGSVILLE -- If the town is going to be a target for gun ranges, planners want the town to be ready and set for such fire.
During the board's March 9 meeting, N•FOCUS planner Don Belk told Youngsville commissioners that work is underway to shore up the town's ordinance when it comes to permitting gun ranges.
"We have reviewed our current ordinances and found that there is some language in our ordinances that is sufficiently flexible ... to an extent that it could allow for such use, for example, language regarding private clubs; language regarding outdoor recreational activities," Belk told the board.


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UW's Day of Caring planned for April 8

LOUISBURG -- A United Way event that allows volunteers to bolster their communities is coming up next month.
The Franklin County Day of Caring will be Saturday, April 8, at the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin County at 53 West River Road from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The communitywide day of hands-on volunteering connects volunteers with organizations to work on projects that will make an impact in the future of Franklin County, said Andrea Wright, United Way's executive director.


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Hearings to focus on NC 98 corridor

Two public hearings have been planned in Wake and Durham counties to focus on the NC 98 highway corridor study that stretches into Franklin County.
The hearing have been planned by The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and will be on March 21 in Wake County and March 23, in Durham County.
The N.C. 98 Corridor Study is 27 miles long, extending from U.S. 70 in Durham County through Wake County to U.S. 401 in Franklin County.


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THREE LAYERS OF PROGRESS!
THREE LAYERS OF PROGRESS!

The new parking lot in downtown Louisburg was a good place to be run over by workmen last Friday since three projects were underway at the same time. Work on the parking lot, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, began as Louisburg town crews buried electrical lines for lights and water lines for an irrigation system around the edges of the lot after the financing for the project was finalized the day before. At the same time, workmen were restoring the mural which was damaged by Hurricane Matthew last fall. The 12-by-16-foot mural depicts a 1936 scene in downtown Louisburg complete with the images of three local residents.


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