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July 5, 2017.
LOUISBURG -- The State Department of Transportation released a draft roadway improvement plan that speeds up plans for widening U.S. 401 from Wake County all the way through to Louisburg.
Already, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation is underway for Section C, and construction to widen the two-lane highway to a four-lane divided highway from N.C. 96 in Wake County to just north of the Flat Rock Church Road/Clifton Pond Road exit south of Louisburg in the Royal community is set to begin in 2019.
LOUISBURG -- Two men whom Franklinton investigators allege played a role in a fatal driveby shooting are slated to appear in court in the next two weeks.
And, investigators in both Louisburg and Franklinton are working to determine if the deadly shooting was related to a non-fatal shooting that happened just more than an hour earlier in Louisburg.
"It's possible [the two shootings are related]," Louisburg Police Chief Jason Abbott said earlier this week. "We're trying to determine that now."
Spectators enjoy 'Stand Up for America' celebration in Franklinton
LOUISBURG -- Like clockwork, the filing period for municipal elections begins tomorrow, July 7.
But, for the first time since it was incorporated in 1965, there will be no race for Centerville's municipal board.
Sen. Chad Barefoot, at the request of town leadership, introduced Senate Bill 122 to repeal the town's charter in February.
The request came after months of discussion about the future of the town, as leaders realized that revenues were no longer covering the few town services offered.
Franklin County Schools gained two assistant principals but also lost one last week.
The Board of Education, meeting in special session, named Kimberly Heller the assistant principal of curriculum at Franklinton High School and Rebecca Wachholz as assistant principal of Royal Elementary.
During the same meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Claire King, assistant principal at Laurel Mill Elementary School.
Cason Grice is an All-American at the county's July Fourth festivities
"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -- after they've tried everything else," said Winston Churchill.
For a Brit, he apparently knew us better than we know ourselves.
But if he was correct, it's time for Congress to do the right thing because they have tried just about everything else, especially with this health care reform travesty they have been trying to stuff down our collective throats!
It's not there yet, but Franklin County is a great deal closer to having a four-lane highway from the Wake County line to Louisburg than it was just a few short years ago.
As virtually everyone knows, the upgrading of U.S. 401 to four lanes in Franklin County is being done as a two-part process.
Section C goes from the Wake County line (at the end of the Rolesville Bypass) north to the Royal Community.
I've always asked myself: "Why on earth would anyone want to be a politician?"
For the most part, the hours are terrible, because, you're never 'not' a politician.
You get blamed for everything that is wrong in the place that you govern.
And, since a good politician is supposed to bestow accolades upon others -- never themselves -- they don't get credit for anything.
Dear editor: On behalf of the Board of Directors of B.R.O.A.D. (Bunn Residents Organized Against Drugs), I am compelled to respond to the latest news articles about the rise of drug-related deaths in Franklin County.
It was the mission of B.R.O.A.D. to bring awareness and drug prevention education to the community.
FORT WORTH, TX-- Carolyn Winslow Miles, 73, of Fort Worth, Tex., died Tuesday, June 13, 2017. A graveside memorial service will be held Sunday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at the Maple Springs Baptist Church cemetery, 1938 NC 56 Hwy. E., Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Don Findley, 21, who died Sunday, July 2, 2017, will be held Monday, July 10, at 12 p.m. at Terrell Lane Middle School Gymnasium, with the Rev. Rory Sneed officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.
FRANKLINTON - James Earl Wilson, 84, of Franklinton, passed away Tuesday afternoon.
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Linda Mae Brake Harrison, 58, who died Wednesday, June 28, 2017, will be held Saturday, July 8, at 2 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church in Nashville. Burial will follow in the Hollingsworth family cemetery.
WILSON--Patsy Leonard Nobles, 79, of Wilson, died Monday, July 3, 2017.
LOUISBURG--Peggy Ann Weathers, 65, died Monday, July 3, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 7, 1952, in Franklin County, to the late Jake J. Hayes and Isabell Dickerson Hayes. Peggy worked for many years at Nortel and IBM.
ROCKY MOUNT--Memorial services for Randolph Livingston, 69, who died Friday, June 30, 2017, will be held Friday, July 7, at 12 noon at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.
BUNN--Ronnie Wayne Williams, Sr., 69, of Bunn passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. He was born on July 10, 1947 to the late David Glenn and Nellie Holder Williams. In addition to his parents, Ronnie is preceded in death by his brother, David Daniel Williams.
YOUNGSVILLE -- It's been a championship summer to date for the Youngsville 8-Under Coach-Pitch All-Stars.
Youngsville got things going by winning the 2017 8-U Top Gun Baseball Summer World Series, which was held from June 16-18 in Nash County.
Competing under the moniker 'Smash' in their travel ball mode, Youngsville defeated West Raleigh in the title contest.
STAR POWER. Bobby Dixon has been one of the top hitters this season for the North Wake Fungo.
BUNN - Under normal circumstances, the Fourth of July Weekend provides some much-needed down time to members of the frenetic working world.
That wasn't the case, however, for the North Wake Fungo, who were busy heading toward the home stretch of their 2017 season in the Carolina Virginia Wood Bat Collegiate League.
FRANKLINTON'S SAM GUPTON
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton has fielded some high-level golf teams during its school history, especially in the early portion of the 2000s.
But the Red Rams then went through a dry spell -- a fate that Coach Dale Byrns has been attempting to break away from in recent campaigns.
Byrns' work has been successful as the Red Rams were effective during the spring season in 2017 and even qualified as a team for the annual Class 2-A Mideast Regional Golf Championships.
BUNN -- David Weathersby's first season as the Bunn High School football coach will begin Aug. 18 with a home contest against the North Lenoir Hawks.
Weathersby is taking over the BHS position from the legendary David Howle, who retired after the 2016 campaign.
Bunn's initial conference outing will be September 8 on the road against the Southern Vance Runnin' Raiders.
ZEBULON -- Salem's Matthew Kent spun seven solid frames while leading the visiting Red Sox to a series opening 5-1 victory against the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium on Tuesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
The Carolina loss snapped a four-game winning streak and came in front of a sellout crowd of 6,959 on the Fourth of July in Zebulon.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's girls tennis season, which will feature a switch to the Big East Conference, will begin Aug. 24 at home against Northern Vance.
Coach Dale Byrns will conduct the first day of fall practice on August 2 at 9 a.m. at the FHS Courts.
All prospective players must have a completed physical form.
Caleb Coyle (right) is greeted at home plate by his North Wake Fungo teammates after delivering a home run during his club's doubleheader against the Fuquay-Varina Twins.
Members of the Youngsville Coach-Pitch All-Stars pose after winning the recent 2017 East Zone Baseball Pinto South Region Piedmont Section Championship in Garner.
North Wake Fungo shortstop Caleb Coyle (left) tries to prevent a steal attempt during his club's baseball doubleheader against Fuquay-Varina at Bunn High School.
Celik Curtis and the Bunn Wildcats will kick off their 2017 campaign on August 18 at home against North Lenoir HS.
Josh Murray, right, feeds his son, Carson, some ice cream to help him cool down during the Stand Up For America Independence Day celebration that took place in Franklinton on Sunday
Fire trucks are big in any parade -- and especially in the Alert's Fourth of July event. In this photo, Elaine Ayscue and her granddaughter, Emma Grace Faulkner, 8, ride the Gold Sand truck.
Kenneth Radford as Uncle Sam in Alert
From the littlest to the biggest, members of the Highway 56 bluegrass band performed during the Stand Up For America celebration in Franklinton on Sunday
HENDERSON -- When six students, including one from Franklinton, walked across the stage to receive their degrees at Vance-Granville Community College's May commencement exercises, they quietly made history.
They were among the first graduates of the college who had received the "VanGuarantee" scholarship to help eliminate any financial barriers standing between them and their academic goals.
Jhovanna Lizet Ramirez-Salmeron, a rising senior biology major at Hollins University, Roanoke, Va., has been named to the Dean's List for the 2017 Spring Semester. To attain this distinction, students must earn at least a 3.5 average on a 4.0 grading scale.
Ramirez-Salmeron is the daughter of Mireya Salmeron of Zebulon and is a graduate of Bunn High School.
LOUISBURG -- Four months after law enforcement and anti-domestic violence advocates launched a plan to aid abuse victims, they're seeing results.
In February, Safe Space and the county's law enforcement officers installed the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) -- a protocol-based plan to prevent domestic violence homicides and serious injury.
As LAP is designed, when an officer responds to a domestic-related disturbance, they screen victims and assess the threat of violence or death.
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education met for a rather routine special session last Thursday but ended up getting good news when bids for two roofing projects came in abut $400,000 under expectation.
The board had sought bids for new roofs at Bunn Elementary and Terrell Lane Middle schools, but the first time around got only two bids, not enough to make a choice.
A Zebulon man is next slated to appear in court later this summer on charges that he fled the scene of a fatal wreck.
Brandan Edward Avent, 36, of Zebulon, has been charged with felony hit and run inflicting serious injury or death, and hit and run leaving the scene.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Doris E. Matthews was apparently walking along Bethlehem Church Road just before 5 a.m. on June 11 when she was hit by a vehicle, which authorities allege Avent was driving.