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County defends its oft-criticized, costly radio system
County defends its oft-criticized, costly radio system

LOUISBURG -- County commissioners applauded emergency communications staff for how they've addressed issues with its emergency radio system, and first responders lauded the system as an improvement.
Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin provided the board and the public with an update on the roughly $11 million system that was installed in 2012 and the more than $2.5 million in grant-funded upgrades since.


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$5 million dispatch center eyed

LOUISBURG -- County management announced that its emergency communications department has secured grant funding they can use to build a stand-alone dispatch center.
Emergency Communications is currently set up in a roughly 850-square-foot room at the sheriff's office.


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<i>Half-blue fire truck ready to roll!</i>
Half-blue fire truck ready to roll!

LOUISBURG -- First they celebrated and then they got down to a short agenda loaded with routine items.
Most members of the Louisburg Town Council attended an unusual outdoor program to "welcome" a new truck to the Louisburg Fire Department's fleet before returning later to town hall for their August meeting.


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Advisory board strives to 'tidy up' county airport
Advisory board strives to 'tidy up' county airport

LOUISBURG -- Members of the airport's advisory board tasked its director with crafting a plan or policy that keeps the airfield looking tidy.
During the board's Aug. 13 meeting, Interim Airport Director Bo Carson asked the board for guidance on how it wanted to deal with what he described as derelict planes, particularly those that are tied down on the airfield -- the most visible crafts to visitors.


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Runway extension project needs support
Runway extension project needs support

LOUISBURG -- Airport officials, staff and engineers say residents will have their chance to see and offer feedback on a plan that will help the county draw down $12 million to help grow and develop Franklin County's Triangle North Executive Airport.
Part of that growth includes plans to extend the runway and lure higher-priced jets to the airfield.


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Ringing bells to honor, remember first slaves

If you hear church bells ringing about 3 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 25, it's for a very important reason.
The bell ringing is to help commemorate 400 years of African American History in Culture as part of a Healing Day National Bell Ringing.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Louisburg is planning to participate and is inviting other churches and the community to join them in ringing their own bells.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Louisburg football player Darrius Crudup


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