THE PATH TO SALVATION. Duke Memorial Baptist Church member Bernice Harris turns by the three crosses at the resurrection scene that is part of an Easter pagean. (Times photo by Kathy Harrelson)
Bernice Harris made a sharp right-hand turn at the end of a path through the Duke Memorial Baptist Church cemetery Thursday, passing three thin crosses that will carry her church's message of Christian salvation to hundreds of people. The final week in the life of Jesus Christ will be performed in a community Easter pageant at the church from 8 to 9:30 tonight and Sunday night, and to see it, you won't even have to get out of your car.
Commissioners are set to hear from the representative of an anti-poverty organization about the impacts of hospital moves on the poor. Commissioner Sidney Dunston requested that Adam Searing with the North Carolina Justice Center speak to the board about that group's experiences with hospital relocations.
THANKS FOR GIVING. United Way Campaign Committee Chair Nicki Griffin and United Way President Bert L'Homme thanked those who contributed to the 2007 campaign during a breakfast banquet on Wednesday. (Times photo by Carey Johnson).
United Way organizers and contributors toasted their success this week over grits and bacon. For the second year, the organization that helps meet the county's social needs thanked contributors with a breakfast banquet.
"(Wednesday) was the absolute end of the 2007 campaign," said United Way President Bert L'Homme. "It was a celebration because we exceeded our goals."
Narcotics agents headed up by Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Bunn businessman on charges that his store was a front for drug activity. On March 23, officers with the Multi-Agency Narcotics Unit arrested the proprietor of Roger's Community Grocery in Bunn. Edward Earl Rogers, 59, of Bunn Elementary School Road was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; maintaining a business for the sale of a controlled substance; and possession of crack cocaine.
Political support to preserve land and water in North Carolina is gaining momentum as a bipartisan majority of House and Senate members this week has sponsored legislation for a statewide $1 billion bond referendum for funding over the next five years. State Rep. Lucy Allen is a chief sponsor of House Bill 990, a revisit to proposed legislation last full session that would have called for the referendum.
The school system and a land trust reached an agreement Thursday night that, if approved, would avoid a messy land condemnation process. School Board Attorney Boyd Sturges said that trustees of a prop
WAKE FOREST - Alice Taylor Tabron, 95, died Friday, March 23, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 28, with Dr. R. Logan Carson officiating. Interment was in Wake Forest Cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Clara Eaton Wilder, 98, died Thursday, March 22, 2007 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 26, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Danny M. Wilder officiating.
DURHAM - Funeral services for Darrell Anstead, 47, who died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert H. Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the Lynch family cemetery.
WAKE FOREST - Deloris Eileen Newbold, 86, died Tuesday, March 27, 2007. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 1, at Triangle Bible Church of Raleigh. She was born in Frankfurt, Ind. Mrs. Newbold was preceded in death by her husband, Chester; one daughter, Sandra; and two brothers, James and Waynard Sheets.
FRANKLINTON - Emily Egerton Todd, 58, died Monday, March 19, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 24, at Mount Peace Baptist Church, Raleigh, with the Rev. J. Vincent Terry Sr. officiating. Interment followed in Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, Franklinton.
ZEBULON - Fred Pearce Jr., 69, died Tuesday, March 27, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the William Toney's Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in the Holder family cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Nathan Green Patterson Jr., 58, died Friday, March 30, 2007 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Sandy Creek Baptist Church. A private burial will be at Sandy Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Vivian Floyd Fuller, 78, of Louisburg, died Friday morning. Mrs. Fuller was the daughter of the late Grace Edwards and Charles Frank Floyd, Sr. and was preceded in death by her son, Michael Floyd Fuller. She was a native of Vance County and was a member of Louisburg U.M.C. She was a retired nurse's aide at Franklin Regional Medical Center.
BUNN — Due to a depleted, injury-ridden roster, the Bunn High School girls soccer season appeared to be on the brink a few weeks ago. The Northern Carolina Conference schedule hadn't even started yet, but the Ladycats were reeling from the loss of several key players, including high-scoring wing Kristen Wright, who is out for the season.
LOUISBURG — Four pitches.
That was the extent of action during Wednesday's high school baseball showdown between Franklin County rivals Louisburg and Franklinton.
LHS starting hurler Chase Ragland tossed four offerings to Franklinton leadoff hitter Craven Barnette before lightning struck behind Warrior Field.
WARRENTON — With a strong group of freshmen on his roster, Bunn High School head tennis coach Frank Poyer hopes to build a competitive boys tennis program in the coming seasons. Poyer can only hope his squad will one day live up to the standard set by local powerhouse Warren County.
Maybe for just a brief period.
But he's back.
Franklinton High legend Lester Wilder, who has coached just about every sport at the school, has returned to guide FHS' fast-pitch softball team for the rest of the 2007 season.
FRANKLINTON — Knapptime has started to cause plenty of sleeplessness for opponents of the Franklinton High School girls soccer team. First-year phenom Amanda Knapp has scored a hat trick in four straight games for FHS, including a quartet of goals during Wednesday's 4-0 home decision over Louisburg in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference matchup.
HENDERSON — From one of the season's most devastating setbacks to a pair of feel-good victories. It's been quite a seven-day span for the Louisburg High School softball squad. Last Tuesday, the Lady Warriors saw Bunn rally to claim an extra-inning victory over LHS in a crazy contest that saw four lead changes.
LOUISBURG — Jekiva Gupton transferred to Louisburg High School as a sophomore and made an immediate — and lasting — impact. So much so that Gupton, a 5-foot-5, 215-pound fullback, leaves Louisburg as the third-leading career rushing behind former stars Jeremy Arrington and Chad Bumpers.
A committee that will help determine how development dollars are spent on school construction will meet this coming week. The Adequate Public Schools Ordinance Coordinating Committee is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The meeting is a continuation of a March 15 meeting where the group discussed funding options for school building and renovation projects.
Congressman Bob Etheridge has scheduled two opportunities this coming week to speak with constituents. First, he's hosting a Congressional Forum on the Farm Bill on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Nash County Agricultural Center. On Wednesday at 8 a.m., Etheridge will host a breakfast for county elected officials and leaders at the Louisburg College Student Center Blue Room.
Novozymes introduced a five-point plan to achieve an affordable alternative fuel source during an international biotechnology conference. The 4th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing was in Orlando on March 22 where Novozymes unveiled its strategy to achieve economically viable cellulosic ethanol.
David Sutton watches as Buck Kidd razes a building off Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg on Friday morning. The building was the old sales office for Griffin Motors, which has its main lot across the street.
Have you been wondering what to do with that old cell phone? Well, the Solid Waste Task Force and Franklin County Solid Waste Department have a new recycling program that covers not only old cell phones but all rechargeable batteries as well.
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