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December 20, 2017.
CASTALIA -- Stephen Merritt was an aviator, but he was grounded, said friends and fellow pilots.
On Dec. 17, Merritt, who served as the county's airport director since 2010, died from injuries he sustained in a plane crash the day before.
He was 70 -- celebrating his birthday two days before the fateful flight.
"To Steve, working for Franklin County as airport manager was more than just a paycheck," said friend and colleague Lori Duke.
LOUISBURG -- The town council spent much of its Monday night meeting getting organized, saluting an out-going council member, swearing in a new member and taking the first step toward another downtown revitalization project.
The council honored veteran Councilman Joe Shearon, whose 27-year career on the town council has ended.
While dreams of a White Christmas may not be very realistic in North Carolina this year, this area group's dream of a White House Christmas came true.
The Victorian Carolers, including some Franklin Countians, were invited to visit the nation's capital and to perform in the White House, as evidenced by the photo above taken during this week's visit.
This year, the Bunn Rural Fire Department presented its Firefighter of the Year award to Russell Mullen. "Russell currently serves as a lieutenant with the Bunn Rural Fire Department and spends countless hours serving his community," said Matthew Strawbridge, fire chief. "Bunn Rural Fire Department says a great big 'thank you'" to Mullen, the chief said, adding "keep up the good work."
Miranda Alston at Alert XMAS Parade
Interesting! Last week's balloting in the Sad State of Alabama gave us North Carolinians either a powerful ace to play in Washington -- or an indication that a change in our own leadership team is overdue.
By defeating accused molester Roy Moore -- by the thinnest of margins -- voters in Alabama created a situation which gives North Carolina a huge ace to use in the United States Senate.
Here it is just hours away from Christmas Eve and the big day, but many of us haven't even made our wish list for Santa Claus yet.
Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's just procrastination or perhaps it's just been a rough year that left so many of us exhausted and frustrated!
But with the economy uncertain, tax "reform" pending (whatever that may mean) and a political process that looks more like a food fight in a kindergarten classroom than competent leadership in the world's greatest democracy, it's been a very difficult, extremely uncertain year.
"I got a lotta problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it."
That quote from "Seinfeld" character Frank Costanza properly kicks off Festivus -- a holiday depicted on the television show that is free of commercialism, puts its celebrants through feats of strength and allows for an airing of grievances.
Dear editor: The weather on Saturday made for an excellent opportunity to watch the Army-Navy football game. The telecast began with a moving prayer and then the combined choral groups singing the "Star Spangled Banner."
Dear editor: I have taken the time to read the letters from Louisburg College students regarding the Confederate Monument and now I must detail how I feel. But before I get into that, I would like to express my feelings on comments set forth by Professor William Hinton.
Dear editor: I strongly agree with Will Hinton's view on changing the location of the monument that stands in the middle of Louisburg.
I support his position to replace the monument with an American flag and moving the monument to Oakwood Cemetery.
Dear editor: My name is David Williams and I attend Louisburg College. Even though I am not originally from Franklin County, I am from a county that is just like here.
Even though segregation is past, the town is still segregated.
LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Rickey Lynch, 49, who died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, will be held Saturday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating.
RALEIGH--Stephen Ward Merritt, 70, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. A visitation will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, located at 200 Southeast Maynard Road in Cary, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 21. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, located at 117 South Academy Street in Cary at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22.
Thomas "Tom" Earl Wright, 85, of Louisburg, left his family and friends on December 17, 2017, to have a "date night" with the love of his life, Faye.
TAKING CONTROL. Bunn High School's Andy Gonzalez executes a takedown against Wakefield as part of last Saturday's action at the Rampage Duals at Franklinton High School.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School has been on a wrestling rampage over the past two seasons, so it was pretty easy to come up with a name when FHS decided to reinstitute its dual tournament this season.
So the Rampage Duals were reborn last Saturday at the FHS Gymnasium, and the Red Rams were one of the day's biggest team stars.
LOUISBURG'S EJ JAMISON
HENDERSON -- Even though the team's record isn't what Coach Mike Sheldon hoped for, this much can be said for the Louisburg High School boys basketball team:
The Warriors certainly don't give up.
That intangible was evident once again last Friday as Louisburg fell behind in what appeared to be hopeless fashion in the first half of a Northern Carolina Conference showdown against a strong Southern Vance squad.
LOUISBURG'S KANASIA PERRY
HENDERSON -- There are many lessons to be learned this season for the rebuilding Louisburg High School girls basketball squad.
One of them is that you simply cannot fall behind early on the road against a quality opponent and expect to be able to deliver a comeback.
That lesson was on display last Friday as the Lady Warriors traveled to Southern Vance for a Northern Carolina Conference meeting.
BUNN HIGH'S DELTON DAVIS
BENSON -- Bunn's season-long blizzard of threeballs continued last Thursday -- but this time, it came from an unexpected source.
Much of the Wildcats' scoring this winter has come from Delton Davis and Ghage Kenan, but David Rogers canned a trio of treys in the first half alone as Bunn extended early during a non-conference game at West Johnston.
BUNN HIGH'S BREE CRUDUP
BENSON -- Moments before tip-off, Bunn High School girls basketball coach Matt Keith expressed concern that last Thursday's rematch against West Johnston might prove to be more difficult than the clubs' initial meeting of the 2017-18 campaign.
During the first game in late November, Bunn cruised to a 26-point decision, but Keith would be prophetic as the second contest would be much tighter.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's effective start to the 2017-18 girls basketball season continued last Friday with a road victory at Southern Lee.
Freshman Miracle Cornell poured in 21 points and Bianca Perry and Amber Rushing added 12 markers each as the Lady Rams rolled to a 62-42 decision.
FHS took charge with a 17-9 surge in the second period and never looked back while improving to 7-3 overall under first-year head coach Matthew Hockaday.
Louisburg's Elijah Bumpers (with ball) tries to avoid the defense of Southern Vance's Justus Baldwin.
Bunn's Bree Crudup looks for a teammate in the paint during last Thursday evening's non-conference road basketball victory versus West Johnston.
Louisburg High School's Nathan McKenna (top) scores points against Durham School of Arts.
It`s Christmas time, and along with cold weather comes the warm feeling of family gatherings and holiday tradition.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is that of Christmas carols, and my favorite Christmas Carol is "The Christmas Song" performed by Nat King Cole. While it is a beautiful song, the reason I like it so much was not because of the song's quality, but for a unique reason. Nat King Cole serenades us with "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire."
Regardless of the season, flags always fly high at an Alert parade!
When the parade steps out in Alert, it's almost always the last stop before serious Christmas preparations -- and Santa's visit. That's the case again this year, especially since the parade was delayed until Saturday, Dec. 16 ...
... because of bad weather earlier.
By the time the town of Louisburg held a formal Christmas tree lighting ceremony downtown, these two youngsters were all ready to help Santa -- and were on his "nice" list. On the left is Raelynn Gilliam, who had just celebrated her 5th birthday the day before this photo was snapped in front of the Franklin County courthouse.
Four town officials took the oath of office this week as Louisburg got reorganized after November's election. In the photo above, Town Clerk Carolyn Patterson (left) just finished the oath for three members of the council, from the left, Tom Clancy, Betty Wright and Boyd Sturges. Wright is beginning her first term on the town board and also will serve as mayor pro tem after receiving the highest number of votes in the recent election.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies teamed with the public and state agencies to bust an illegal gambling operation and a rogue bar.
Operation Clean Sweep -- which included narcotics officers within the sheriff's office and agents with the State Alcohol Law Enforcement agency -- resulted in eight arrests, dozens of charges, the shuttering of a sweepstakes cafe and a drug raid at a Bunn area bar on Dec. 15.