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April 20, 2022.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners got an update on projects related to utilities and the public safety radio system.
They also gave the county's tax administrator approval to negotiate a contract with the company that will perform revaluation of property.
In January, commissioners agreed to enter into a contract with Tallahassee, Fla.-based Williams Communications to upgrade its radio system.
ALL SMILES. Now that he's no longer "tied" to his almost daily town hall visits, former Mayor Karl Pernell and his wife, Peggy, have plans to do a little traveling and enjoy their time together.
LOUISBURG -- It was an early September day in 1956 -- the first Monday of the month, actually -- when a young local man took a job with the Louisburg Fire Department never suspecting that he was taking the first step down a path that would shape the next 65 years of his life.
Karl Pernell was that young man and his first duties around the fire station were that of engineer, a paid position that meant he often drove a fire truck, took emergency calls and did whatever other tasks were tossed his way.
LOUISBURG -- After meeting in a secret, closed-door session for an hour and eight minutes Monday night, the Louisburg town council emerged to quickly select Jonathan Barlow of Cary as the town's temporary administrator following the resignation of Jonathan Franklin.
Franklin, whose last day will be April 22, is leaving to take the town manager's job in Newton in Catawba County after facing increasing pressure from the Louisburg board which unexpectedly reduced his authority earlier this year without explanation for their actions.
LOUISBURG -- Although it worked through an agenda of routine business quickly and even hired an interim town administrator (see related story) on Monday night, the Louisburg Council remains hung up on a major redevelopment project south of the downtown.
The impasse centers around the revitalization of Depot Hill, most specifically a large building there that is being rehabilitated to be used for a variety of purposes but which has become a bone of contention for the council that is concerned about its cost and eventual use.
FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners announced their next town manager on Tuesday, tasking Zachary Steffey with leading the town into the future.
Steffey, 29, will succeed Gregory Bethea as town manager in late June.
"I am grateful to the Franklinton Board of Commissioners for selecting me," Steffey said. "I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the continuing downtown revitalization and growth the town will experience in coming years.
FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners decided to pull the plug on plans to bring a community pool to Franklinton and the county.
Town staff gauged its residents as part of efforts to update its Parks and Recreation Master Plan and more than 40 percent of respondents desired a public swimming pool.
Miracle Leaguer Dakota Fowler
Can you believe it?
Easter has passed, Mother Nature is finally behaving like spring and the grass is beginning to grow so fast you may soon be able to hear it!
Plus, if you believe in averages, it's safe to begin setting out some flowers and crops, although the sometimes chilly winds can still make that a touch risky.
But somewhere around April 15 is considered our average last front date -- but, remember, averages work for a reason so it's not impossible that we could still get one or two.
Donathan Muldrow is the pastor.
But, it was Paulene Scott-Kearney who was preaching.
Franklin County Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell presented Muldrow with the Governor's Volunteer Service Medallion Award -- one of the highest honors that a volunteer in the state of North Carolina can earn.
Dear editor, Government individual privacy laws cover many things. I'll name a few: HIPPA Laws protect our medical information.
There are privacy laws protecting our school records, driving records and just about anything you can name with one exception!
LOUISBURG JUMPER JAQUIEZE WILLIAMS
ROCKY MOUNT - Southern Nash encountered its most challenging task of the season last Wednesday -- and passed the test in impressive fashion.
And because of that achieved quest, the Firebirds are now the defending Big East Conference Track and Field Champions after winning the boys team title for the second consecutive campaign at the prestigious league event.
FRANKLINTON SENIOR PITCHER LANDON HELLER
WILSON -- With a handful of players unavailable due to Spring Break, Franklinton baseball coach Donnie Ray wasn't sure what to expect during the Red Rams' appearance this week at the Golden Leaf Invitational at historic Fleming Stadium.
This was Franklinton's first appearance at the longstanding event, and the Red Rams came out swinging last Saturday during their first tourney matchup against Rocky Mount Academy.
BUNN -- Thanks in part to a round at the same course two days earlier, scores were a bit more favorable when the Big East Conference convened for its latest boys golf match last Wednesday at The River GC in Franklin County.
Big East links stars generally struggled at The River last Monday, but fared a bit better 48 hours later as Roanoke Rapids' Doug Merritt and Nash Central's Spencer Edwards both put together spectacular rounds.
BUNN PITCHER ALEX DOUGLAS
BUNN -- Bunn picked the perfect way to head into Spring Break -- or at least the remainder of it.
After falling last Friday on the road at Vance Charter School, the clubs met Tuesday to cap off the non-conference series at the BHS Baseball Field.
It was a spirited occasion as the Wildcats hosted their annual Franklin County Miracle League Day before tangling with VCS.
Franklinton High School's Donnell Privette competes in a jumping event for the Red Rams at last Wednesday afternoon's annual Big East Conference Track and Field Championships in Rocky Mount.
The Bunn High School baseball team hosted its annual Miracle League of Franklin County Day -- and a tremendous time was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
LOUISBURG -- A huge multi-use development known as Louisburg Falls cleared three major hurdles last Thursday evening when members of the Planning Board agreed to help clear the way for the project and move it along to the Town Council for a final decision.
Meeting for about two hours, the planning board:
BUNN -- A Franklin County woman was forced to shoot her son to thwart a brutal assault, authorities said.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies planned to charge Wake County resident Matthew Flowers with assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, and damage to property following a Tuesday morning attack.
ZEBULON -- A glider pilot and student escaped serious injury when the craft crashed over the weekend.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies identified the pilot as Chris Hutchins of Sanford. The student, who did not sustain any injuries, was not identified.
According to published reports and the National Transportation Safety Board, a test flight was being conducted on April 16 at Crooked Creek Airport, south of Bunn near the Wake County line, when a gust of wind forced the craft into some trees.
The county's health department, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and New Life Outreach Ministry has combined to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Vaccines will be available, free of charge, for those ages 5 and up, for anyone, whether they need the first shot, the second or a booster.
Participants are asked to bring their vaccination card if they have one.