For the 10th year in a row, A Blessing, Inc, is holding its annual free Community Lunch for Thanksgiving.
The lunch will run from 11 a.m. until 1 pm. in the Louisburg College dining hall on Thursday, Nov. 28, and it has become an annual tradition of food and fellowship that's open to all.
Donations of vegetables, lunch sides and desserts are always welcome, organizers said, as are volunteers willing to help.
For more information call 919-496-1306.
One of Franklin County's most noteworthy historic sites will be open for a few hours later this month to give visitors a chance to take photographs and enjoy the atmosphere surrounding historic Laurel Mill and the pond that once supplied the power to operate it.
This year marks at least 250 years since an "English mill" was opened on the site by Ephriam Estridge in 1769.
The current mill building is believed to have been constructed in the mid-1800s.
The mill, which is privately owned, will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
In addition, local photographers Scott Capell and Jeff Tillett will be on hand to take photographs and family portraits around the mill.
To help mark the anniversary, a local group has obtained the rights to a watercolor painting by a noted Franklin County artist, the late Mabel Allen, and has had 250 limited edition prints of the painting made.
The prints will be sold for $25 each with some of the proceeds going to aid the Northern Sportsman organization that hosts a "Take a Kid Fishing" event each year as well as a Christmas event for local youngsters.
The Franklin County Chapter of the Concerned Women for Justice will hold its annual Miss & Master Justice talent show and contest on Friday, Nov. 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature young people from the ages of 5-16 and will be held at Louisburg Elementary School, Highway 39 S., Louisburg.
The event is open to the public and free of charge. For additional information call (919) 556-4375.
To help pay for repairs needed at the Franklinton Depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Franklinton Woman's Club is making open fire Brunswick stew on Saturday, Nov. 23. Stew will be sold by the quart.
Pick-up is at the Franklinton Depot, located at the corner of E. Mason Street and Sterling Street in Franklinton, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. They expect to sell out early. If you have questions or to reserve stew, call 919-800-9917.
Coats for Christmas is up and running again this year. Once again you can drop off new or good used coats at Care 'n Share, 401 Dry Cleaners and Farm Bureau Insurance in Louisburg.
The coats will be distributed to those in need in Franklin County.
The coat drive has been going on for over 25 years and thousands of coats have been cleaned and collected. Kids' coats are especially needed this time of year.
For more info or to help in this event, call Wayne Champion, agency manager of Farm Bureau in Louisburg, at 919-496-2051.
Fish plate sale
If you're planning a big Thanksgiving meal at your house, you may not be looking forward to having to cook on Thanksgiving eve.
If so, the local Happy Camper program can help.
Happy Camper is planning a fish plate sale from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The sale will be held at Ronnie White's Towing and Tire (the former D&J Automotive building) on NC 56 West in Louisburg.
Tickets are available from any Happy Camper board member or can be purchased at the sale site that day.
Happy Camper is a unique Franklin County program that's run by volunteers and uses all the money it raises to provide camping experiences for local youngsters.
Thanksgiving has become a two or three day holiday for many Franklin County government offices.
All branches of the county libraries will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 through Nov. 30.
The solid waste transfer station will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 and be open Friday, Nov. 29 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Convenience centers will be closed on Thursday, Nov 28, but be operating on regular 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. hours on Friday and Saturday.
The county airport will be closed on Thursday, Nov 28, but reopen on Friday, Nov. 29.
All other county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29.
Louisburg will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting on the courthouse square from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The Louisburg Christmas parade will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
The Fayetteville State University Alumni will meet at 12 p.m. on Nov 23 at the Franklinton Library, 9 W. Mason St., Franklinton.
The Louisburg Moose Lodge will have its December dance on Dec. 6, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Louisburg Moose Family Center (off Hwy. 56 E), 191 Moose Loop Road, Louisburg. The music will be provided by Willis Gupton & Friends. There is a small admission fee.
The Pilot Lions Club will have its Thanksgiving Day Breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. at 50 Pilot Bypass, Zebulon.
Cost is a donation to the Lions for community projects. There will be a Reverse Raffle for $1,000 cash and many additional prizes.