Retired Maj. R.B Wainwright with his daughter, Marian Hyatt, at the ceremony
LAKE ROYALE — There wasn’t much flash to the AMVETS Post 201 Memorial Day celebration, but there were plenty of hearts bursting with pride as dozens gathered to remember those who lived — and ultimately gave their lives — for freedom.
The Memorial Day ceremony — on Saturday — was the second such ceremony organized by the AMVETS at the memorial veteran’s garden at the entrance to Lake Royale.
Following a closed session on Tuesday, the Louisburg Town Council agreed to file a lawsuit against Rex Healthcare, seeking information about their involvement in Franklin Regional Medical Center’s proposed relocation.
Noah Huffstetler, an attorney with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, expected to file a complaint in the Franklin County Courthouse today.
A draft copy of the lawsuit was not immediately available.
Organizers of an annual summertime festival are bringing a bit of spice to this year’s festivities.
This year, the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will host the Tar River BBQ Festival, inviting competitors from around the region to put their cookers and smokers to the test on June 7.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Ke ’Maurie A’vantae Johnson, age 3 months, who died Saturday, May 24, 2008, will be conducted Thursday, May 29, at noon in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Aaron D. Gupton, 76, died Friday, May 28, 2008 in Franklin Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, May 27, at White Level Community Holiness Church cemetery, with the Rev. Marvin Dorsey officiating.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Myrtle Bell “Myrt” Blackmond Thomas, 77, who died Sunday, May 24, 2008, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church by Elder Gary Davis. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
NEW BERN - John Harold Talton, 79, died Friday, March 23, 2008 at his home. A memorial service was conducted Monday, May 26, at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown New Bern.
RALEIGH - Thomas Vincent “Tom” Poole, 88, died Friday, May 23, 2008 at his home. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, May 27, at Massey-Poole Cemetery in Pilot, with military honors. Also, a celebration of his life was conducted Tuesday, May 27, at First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh.
WARRENTON - Sammy Williams, 58, died Monday, May 26, 2008. Funeral arrangements by Toney’s Funeral Home of Henderson were incomplete at press time.
ARDMORE, Okla. - Virgie Mae Halstead, 73, died Friday, May 23, 2008, in Ardmore, Okla. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 27, at Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Chapel in Ardmore, with Pastor Jonathan Blose officiating. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Oklahoma City, Okla.
LOUISBURG - When he took the job two years ago, Aaron Denton stressed that the Louisburg College men’s basketball head coach position was one he could enjoy for a lifetime.
After all, Denton grew up in Bunn, and he was happy to be returning home, where a multitude of friends and family members would be in attendance to support the Hurricanes at home games.
KING -- Bunn’s penchant for winning close games came to an end last Friday in the quarterfinals of the Class 2-A Girls Softball State Playoffs.
Coming off last Wednesday’s nail-biting win over Pittsboro Northwood, the Ladycats were on the other side of the ledger this time around, dropping a tight 2-1 contest at West Stokes.
LOUISBURG -- Taking a year off from soccer didn’t deter the future plans of Louisburg High School senior H-Wing Eban.
Because of age restrictions, Eban was too old to compete on the prep level this season for the Lady Warriors.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s Lady Rams enjoyed a girls soccer season for the history books this spring.
FHS, coached by Deran Coe, posted its best-ever record en route to reaching the second round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
One of the beauties of my job is its unpredictability. Day to day, I never really know what’s going to happen in the Franklin County sports world.
That’s not always a good thing, though.
I’ll never forget picking up my phone at 7:30 a.m. so James Collier could tell me that former Louisburg High football great Matt Greear had been killed.
BUNN -- Bunn High School sophomore Brandon Yeatman was Franklin County’s lone representative on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Boys Tennis Team for the 2008 spring campaign.
Yeatman played No. 1 singles for the Wildcats under head coach Frank Poyer.
ZEBULON -- The Jacksonville Suns scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as they cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Carolina Mudcats on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest at fan-friendly Five County Stadium.
CHAPEL HILL -- The schedules have been set for the 92nd annual edition of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state baseball championship series.
Two of the series, including the 3-A and 4-A championships, will be played at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, the home of the Carolina Mudcats.
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina baseball team will make its 23rd NCAA Regional appearance and ninth in the last 10 years after earning a No. 2 seed at the Conway Regional in this year’s NCAA Baseball Championships.
The Pirates (40-19) will square off against No. 3 Alabama (34-26) in the first round of the regional on Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m., while top seeded Coastal Carolina (47-12) will face No. 4 Columbia (22-28) at 1 p.m.
Jennifer Inscoe was inducted into the Meredith College Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society of Psychology.
The formal induction took place at Meredith College on Wednesday, April 16.
Mother and daughter team Deborah Massey and Crystal Mullen opened up The Farmer’s Table restaurant last week in Bunn. The grill was formerly The Silver Spoon Cafe. With four full-time and four part-time employees, the grill is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Massey, who has a business background, and Mullen, who was a stay-at-home mom, started renovating the restaurant in January and opened May 20. They have a full breakfast and lunch line-up, including pancakes and waffles and “Big” Angus burgers and cheesesteaks. Sweet potato fries have been a favorite, Massey said. Food is cooked to order and frying is with canola oil. The eatery is at 333 Main St., beside Winstead’s Grocery. Call (919) 497-0039 for more information.
FRANKLINTON — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Budget Inn resident alleged to have shot at his daughter’s boyfriend.
According to an arrest and incident report, deputies were called to the Budget Inn on U.S. 1, responding to a shots fired call on Saturday morning.
The Carolina Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation is meeting in Louisburg on Saturday, making another pitch to honor a significant member of the expedition team with roots in town.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the transcontinental crossing of North America, beginning in 1804 and ending in 1806.
The Franklin County Humane Society had its first Putt’n for Paws Golf Tournament on Sunday, May 18, at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Louisburg.
The event featured a fun-filled day of golf, great food and live beach music by the Embers, all to benefit the Humane Society’s programs.
Stay Right Precast Concrete Inc. in Franklinton has been awarded status as a National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Certified Plant.
The designation recognizes Stay Right Precast Concrete Inc. as a precast concrete manufacturing plant operating at the highest standards of production and quality control.