Franklin Facts

Christmas violin
Louisburg resident Mike Anderson, whose hobby is making violins and other similar instruments, is planning to give away a free Christmas violin this month.
The offer is for students between 10 and 17 years of age who must submit one essay of up to 300 words explaining why they or someone they know should receive a free violin.
All essays must be sent by e-mail to prior to Dec. 15. All contact information must be included and only North Carolina residents are eligible to win the violin.

Farm Market
The Franklin County Farmers Market in Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg, will be open Friday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Collards, turnip salad, turnips, cabbage, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, jellies, pickles and grass fed beef, Christmas crafts and quilts are available most market days.
For more information call Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344.

Parade returns
After being sidelined by the pandemic last year, the 2021 Alert Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. This will be the northern Franklin County town's 31st year having a Christmas parade.
Line up for the parade will begin at 1:15 p.m. There are no entry fees! There will be a Best Christmas Decorated Entry contest this year
For more information, call or text Bobbitt at 919-497-6081 or call Larry Ayscue at 252-459-9216 for more information or directions.

GOP dinner
The Franklin County Republican Party will hold its annual Christmas dinner party at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at Oak Level Christian Church, 2279 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville.
Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish, but please contact Secretary Opie Pearce, 252-478-5358, on what is needed.

County schedule
Most Franklin County offices, including all the libraries, will be closed for four days to celebrate the Christmas holiday. They will be closed Thursday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 27.
The exceptions are:
•The solid waste transfer station will work its regular 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. schedule on Thursday and Monday, and an abbreviated schedule of 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 24 -- and be closed Dec. 25.
•The Franklin County Airport will be open both Dec. 23 and Dec. 27 but operate on an abbreviated 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. schedule on Dec. 24 and be closed Dec. 25.
The convenience centers will be open Dec. 23 and Dec. 27, operate from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Dec. 24 and be closed Dec. 25.

Airport meeting
The next Triangle North Executive (Franklin County) Airport Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, in the second-floor training room of Total Flight Solutions.
The meeting will include the election of officers for the board and an airport update from Airport Director Bo Carson.
The meeting is open to the public.