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<i>Local woman to chair state Democratic Party</i>
Local woman to chair state Democratic Party

RALEIGH -- The State Democratic Party named its new chair, concluding Black History Month by naming its first African American as leader -- Franklin County resident Dr. Bobbie Richardson.
Richardson, a former state legislator and previous vice chair of the state party, was selected to lead the party as chair on Feb. 27.


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A COMMUNITY'S LOSS
A COMMUNITY'S LOSS

Lester Wilder -- often referred to as "Mr. Franklinton" -- passed away this week at 71 following a long illness. Wilder, who was a popular coach, mentor and community leader was a Franklinton native who came home to teach, coach and play a huge rule in the lives of countless students, both athletes and those who didn't play sports. Funeral services are slated for Sunday, March 7, at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville.


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County OKs storage business

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners issued a special use permit that will allow a boat and recreational vehicle storage site that's bounded by residential neighborhoods on three sides.
The county's planning board recommended denying the permit and a handful of residents opposed the project.


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<i>First responders do what they do best: Reach out to support a COVID victim</i>
First responders and friends of Trooper Montgomery braved a shower to attend vigil
First responders do what they do best: Reach out to support a COVID victim

LOUISBURG -- Family, friends and the law enforcement community lifted a local state trooper in prayer as he battles COVID-19.
James "Brent" Montgomery has battled coronavirus for weeks.
Most recently, his wife, Heather, posted via social media that he remains stable.


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Board of Elections to get new offices
Board of Elections to get new offices

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Elections agreed to move their offices into the county's newly renovated office space.
Last summer, the county agreed to a $10,937.50 per month lease for 35,909 square feet of the old Walmart building on Bickett Boulevard, using it for office space.
In December, commissioners awarded Apex-based MLB Construction Services a $2.2 million contract to upfit the space for county use.


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<i>MAE Farm a'natural' for statewide honors</i>
Mike Jones delivers a load of feed to hungry hogs
MAE Farm a'natural' for statewide honors

LOUISBURG -- When the United Way needed a place to operate a community garden, MAE Farm set aside some space at their Franklin County farm.
When the Cooperative Extension or other agriculture groups needed to show off some of the best farming techniques, the Jones family farm was often a tour stop.
When a school or anyone needed aid with a fundraiser, MAE Farm often lent a hand or a hoof.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Louisburg High Special Ed teacher Michelle Patterson Jones


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