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Edna Brown, 94, passed away unexpectedly at the Seasons at Southpoint in Durham, North Carolina on Friday, June 24, 2022. She was born on September 3, 1927, to the late William and Virginia Hebron. Originally from Washington, D.C. Edna moved to Franklinton, N.C. in 2019.
LOUISBURG, NC--Joseph Frederick Poleo, Jr., 92, of Louisburg, NC passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at his home. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he was the son of Joseph Frederick Poleo and Francesca Ricciardi Poleo. Joe served his country in the United States Air Force and was a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. He attended Boston Technical High School. After serving in the Air Force, he attended Ohio University obtaining a degree - BSME. He came to Greensboro, N.C. in 1960 to work for Watson Engineers on the design of heating and air conditioning systems for UNCG. He remained in Greensboro working for various companies until he moved to Louisburg in 1985. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Patty Titus.
LOUISBURG, NC--James Harold Gilliam, 84, of the White Level Community of Louisburg passed away on June 23, 2022. He was born on September 17, 1937, to the late Otha Vann and Eula Davis Gilliam. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Ann Nevils Gilliam and his sister, Mae Vann G. Smith.
SPRINGTOWN, TX--Claudia Marie Driver, 75, passed away peacefully May 28, 2022 in Springtown, Texas.
Louisburg, NC--Funeral services for Jesse Crews, age 74, who died on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, will be held on Saturday, July 2, at 2 p.m. at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Castalia with Pastor Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Hickory Grove Church Cemetery.
RALEIGH, NC-- On June 22, 2022, God called Silas Bernard Monroe to his heavenly home. He was born on August 14, 1958, to the late Margaret Pugh Monroe and Silas Monroe in Franklinton, NC.
LOUISBURG - Maxine Denton Strother, 91, of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning, June 22, 2022.
LOUISBURG, NC--Francis Marion Toney, Jr. (Frank) was born on November 6, 1931 in Comfort, WV to Orva Honaker and Francis Marion Toney, Sr.; he was one of six (four sisters and one brother). Home, family and West Virginia remained extremely important to him all of his life. He died on June 24, 2022.
Raymond "Ray" Mize was a retired English professor and Vietnam veteran, and loving father and husband. He was born 11/23/1947 to Raymond and Bonnie Black Mize in Red Springs, NC.
Kittrell, NC--Funeral services for Elnora Thomas Kearney, age 77, who died on Saturday, June 25, 2022, will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 2, from the Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Kittrell with Pastor Bryant Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in the Concord Church Cemetery.
FRANKLINTON, NC--Mary Lizzie Jeffries Pender, age 99, of Franklinton, died June 22, 2022 at the family home in Franklinton, NC.
Fayetteville, NC--Funeral services for Cenithia "CeCe" Weaver, age 40, who died on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, from the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg with Rev. Anthony Alston officiating.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Ham radio operators from the Franklin Country Amateur Radio Club -- FCARC in Franklin County and the surrounding areas will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 p.m. on Saturday until 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 - 26.
The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the national association for amateur radio in the United States.
LOUISBURG -- Two significant items sailed through the Louisburg Town Council Monday night, both unanimously and with neither debate nor discussion.
The council approved rezoning 45 acres at the intersection of U.S. 401 and Fox Park Road as one step toward turning the proposed Louisburg Falls mixed-used development into reality.
FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners approved a $3.38 million budget, but not before cutting two public-private projects from the budget.
And, they didn't approve the 2022-23 budget before they agreed to use $300,000 from savings to balance the current budget.
Both of those decisions were made unanimously.
WALKING FOR A CAUSE. The first lap of Relay was for cancer survivors and caregivers. Leading the walk are cancer survivors Jane Goswick and Evelyn Blackwell.
LOUISBURG -- Airport operations are moving ahead, full throttle, its director told county management and advisory board members.
However, they'll be pared back starting next month.
Significant work is slated to start in July on an $11.6 million project to overhaul the runway and surfaced areas at Triangle North Executive Airport.
Davy Jones with Grill Team Six prepares a pig to be judged during the Barbecue in the Burg event last weekend. It was a combination event with Friday Nights on the Tar, but the concert was rained out.
FRANKLINTON -- United Way and Novozymes recently unveiled its Innovation Mobile Lab, a science and technology-outfitted bus it hopes will be a driving force to gets in every corner of the county interested in science.
Last year, Novozymes donated $100,000 to renovate and equip the bus, making it a mobile science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) center.
Cancer survivor Ruby Williams during the Franklin County Relay for Life
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners agreed to provide water and sewer to three residential developments.
And, staff and officials said they'd work to address a mishap that -- without resolution -- might prevent another development from continuing its buildout in a timely manner.
BBQ in the Burg judge Tim Gupton, right, presents the first place clever to Kevin Wooten of Pickin' & Grillin' BBQ. Pickin' & Grillin' was deemed the best of 21 teams in the contest.
Summer just officially arrived on Tuesday, the 21st, but even for the first few days of summer, it's been pretty darn hot around these parts -- with the exception of one beautiful weekend following a big storm on Friday.
Many of the days we've had lately would fit perfectly into mid-August -- but they have arrived early this year and that may not bode very well for July, August and maybe even September.
I remember during my early days here in Franklin County, someone shared with me a little trick that folks used to do to "demonstrate" wealth.
Apparently, back in the olden days, not all vehicles came equipped with air-conditioning units.
It was considered a pretty significant luxury, generally reserved for those who were considerably well off.
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