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June 19, 2019.
LOUISBURG -- County commissioners agreed to move forward with an agreement that could bring Internet service to the unserved and underserved corners of the county.
"This is a much talked about topic and rightfully so," Denton told commissioners. "Improvements in broadband service can translate into improvement in the quality of life for our residents."
David Murray explains some of his BBQ artistry to Craig and Melody Hedgepeth
Hundreds of visitors wandered around downtown Louisburg last Friday night and midday on Saturday as 25 contestants applied their talents to barbecue, then made their products available for tasting and sale!
The event, dubbed Barbecue in the Burg, was deemed a major success and Louisburg officials are vowing to repeat it next year.
LOUISBURG -- Family, friends, aviation enthusiasts and the public have been invited to a Saturday ceremony honoring two people who've made significant contributions to the county's airport.
Stephen Merritt served as the county's airport director from January 2010 until his death in December 2017.
LOUISBURG -- Another Franklin County rescue squad shut its doors.
Bunn Rescue Chief Sheila Strickland and rescue Board Chair Boston Pearce submitted a letter on June 12, shutting down the southern Franklin County squad.
County Manager Angela Harris acknowledged the closure during the county commissioners' Monday night meeting.
LOUISBURG -- After a little bit of wrangling, Christopher Cooper wrestled a good-sized catfish from the pond that was nearly as big as he was.
High fives were given. Pictures were taken. The bewhiskered fish was given a kiss. Then, it was tossed back into the water.
His sister, though, was not to be outdone as she plucked a whopper from the pond, too.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Officials bolstered the town's police department in the wake of the sudden retirement of its police chief recently.
The swelling of ranks began with the swearing in of interim Police Chief Joseph Kimball, the promotion of Officer J. Magsi and the hiring of Officer T. Pearce.
"It means a lot that they've given me the trust to do what I've been doing," Kimball said of Town Administrator Phillip Cordeiro naming him interim chief.
Timothy Bardin and Butch Fleming chilling at Barbecue in the Burg
If there's one thing about writing for a newspaper that's a bit different from most jobs, it's that you never know -- often have no clue -- what you'll be doing next.
Over the years, I've covered, in both words and pictures, pig races and even a greased pig catching contest.
Both were muddy -- the latter was the most fun, although PETA would have looked down their noses in distaste.
After reading a recent story out of Wendell, I just have so many questions.
If you haven't heard about the story, let me fill you in.
I you have heard the story, I'll take a moment to refresh your memory.
Dear editor: Recently, the circus came to town. It did so in the form of what was billed as a Franklin County Commissioners workshop, followed by a Franklin County Commissioners meeting.
The "workshop" began at approximately 4 p.m. on June 3 in the Administration Building.
NASHVILLE--Funeral services for Norman Lynch, 77, who died Monday, June 17, 2019, will be held Saturday, June 22, at 12 p.m., at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Kenneth Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Hills Cemetery.
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL PITCHER LAINE BAREFOOT
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Few area prep softball batteries can match the lofty skills of Louisburg High School's tandem of pitcher Laine Barefoot and catcher Chelsea Roberson.
Barefoot, a junior, added to her resume' as a potent clutch, big-game pitcher as she guided the Lady Warriors to a 15-6 record that included a strong 11-3 mark in the always-tough Northern Carolina Conference standings.
FRANKLINTON'S RACHEL BLACK (RIGHT)
FRANKLINTON -- A few close losses kept the Franklinton girls soccer team from reaching the Class 3-A State Playoffs this spring out of the ultra-competitive Big East Conference.
Still, FHS tied for fourth place in the league and went 7-9 overall -- but only three teams in the Big East reached the postseason.
LOUISBURG -- A pair of Louisburg College softball players have earned national recognition by the Fastpitch News website.
Louisburg freshmen Haleigh Joyner and Sarah Hilton were both selected to the FPN's National Junior College Athletic Association Division II First-Team All-American List.
BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats will kick off their 2019 varsity football schedule with a trio of road games, beginning with a campaign-opening meeting on Aug. 23 at Vance County High School.
BHS' home opener will be Sept. 13 against the Northwest Halifax Vikings.
LOUISBURG'S CHELSEA ROBERSON
BHS JUNIOR MOUND ACE CAROLINE WHITE
Senior veteran Hayla Ahmadi (right) was exceptional this season for the Franklinton High School girls soccer squad.
LOUISBURG -- The county's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is slated to screen a documentary film about the battle to oppose voter suppression.
The film, Rigged, is dedicated to civil rights icon and Franklin County native Rosanell Eaton.
The film, produced by American Issues Initiative out of New York, has taken the film on the road and is bringing it to Louisburg on Monday, June 24.
'Backyard Bubbas' Kenneth Clark (left) and Aaron Lee get to work on their pig.
SHARED AWARD. The two teams that tied for the Peoples Choice Award presented by Louisburg Town Administrator Jonathan Franklin (left) were Steve Sumner of Beach Boys BBQ and John Kearney of Goldsboro, a member of J 3 cooking team. They each received an engraved meat cleaver.
Instructor Dominque Simon, M.Sci., Family & Consumer Sciences Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension leads the class at the Louisburg Senior Center. The evidence-based class is a chronic disease prevention program that provides strategies to help adults manage their health. This six-week program began May 14 and ends July 2. They meet every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. Contact the Senior Center for future classes.
Left to right: Willie Fogg, Barry Loftin and Albert Alston
The Louisburg Senior Center held their annual Father's Day Celebration at the center last week. Food, fellowship and special gifts were all a part of the celebration.
Norman Sims and Nathaniel Cook
LOUISBURG -- It's official, town residents won't see a property tax increase in the new fiscal year because of the new budget passed unanimously Monday night, but the cost of water is going up for some and the cost of owning vehicles will increase by $10 a year per vehicle.
The budget, which totals $13,724,275, leaves the tax rate unchanged at 45-cents per $100 of valuation.
FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners approved a budget with little discussion and little fanfare on Tuesday night.
The roughly $2.2 million spending plan for 2019-2020 maintains the town's tax rate at 72 cents per $100 of valuation.
It also addresses six of the goals commissioners have set for the town moving forward, including:
Young Rydan Clark discovers that even a bad day fishing is better than a good day doing most anything else!
REALLY, CHRIS? One of the organizers of the Take a Kid Fishing day, Chris Edwards, holds up some highly unusual -- and probably very ineffective bait with, from left, Saylor Mize and Lincoln Wood.
Volunteer Wayne Champion helps Mya McBride hang on to her trophy