Franklin County residents stood shoulder-to-shoulder with more than 1 million people to witness Barack Obama take his oath as this country’s 44th president and the first black man to reach such heights.
Those in attendance and those who watched via other media said they were lifted.
“I came,” Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter said from Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, “because I know this would be a moment in history that I wanted to tell my grandkids I was here.
“I want to be able to remember it for the rest of my life, and I wanted to be here to experience it.”
Louisburg is losing one of its best-known, locally-owned businesses –– and men all over the region will look a little less sharp as a result.
Rowe’s Men’s Shop plans to close in three to six months, the result of declining business, a bad economy and an overall change in the way men’s fashions are marketed and worn.
The final locking of the doors will mark the official end of a retailer that has served Louisburg, Franklin County and much of the region for nearly 57 years.
Franklin County was blanketed by a snowfall Tuesday morning that was expected to accumulate up to 4 inches. These Louisburg snow bunnies — Efrain Valencia, Ulises Santillan, Stephanie Valencia and Emily Jayne Valencia — didn’t waste time getting out, sliding down Franklin Street.
YOUNGSVILLE-Edward Hick Allen, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Donnie Cash officiating.
WAKE FOREST - Betty Harris Robinson died Friday evening, Jan. 16, 2009 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.
HENDERSON - Dorothy Daniel “Dot” Pernell, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 at Maria Parham Medical Center. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Pernell family cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Frank Sossamon.
HENDERSON - Martha Odell Pernell, 86, formerly of the Alert Community, died Friday, Jan. 16, at Carebridge Assisted Living Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan, 23, at Flowers Funeral Home, Henderson, conducted by the Rev. Leon Pernell. Burial will follow in the Pernell family cemetery.
CLAYTON - Edna Piper Ayscue, 93, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the Brian Center of Clayton. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Way of Life Baptist Church, Clayton. Burial followed in Bethany Baptist Church cemetery in Wendell.
FRANKLINTON - Todd Edward Marshall, 36, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 21) at Faith Harvest Church. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
GREENVILLE - Suzanne Taylor Turcotte died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Friends were received by the family at Wilkerson Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 19. The family held a private graveside service.
LOUISBURG – Ernest Howard Smith Sr., 82, of Louisburg, died Saturday afternoon at his home.
Ernest was a son of the late Noel Benjamin and Mary Alice Goodson Smith. He was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church and a W.W. II Navy Veteran.
FRANKLINTON -- Maybe the future is now for the girls basketball teams from both Bunn and Franklinton.
With so many young players on each roster -- and more on the way from the middle school level -- the future certainly looks bright for the Ladycats and the Lady Rams.
Still, both clubs are looking to win now in the parity-filled Northern Carolina Conference.
STANHOPE -- Louisburg High is starting to run out of room in its trophy case for its successful 2008-09 wrestling squad.
But more awards seem to be on the way for Coach Phil Mueller’s team, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the state on the Class 1-A level.
The Warriors picked up more hardware last Saturday at the annual Thomas Cowles Memorial Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Southern Nash High School.
LOUISBURG -- Last Friday’s matchup against league foe Gates County was almost a must-win game for the Louisburg High School boys basketball squad -- if the Warriors have hopes of remaining in the upper echelon of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference standings.
Louisburg was able to get the job done, thanks in part to a strong second half that propelled the Warriors to a 64-46 decision against the Red Barons at the LHS Gymnasium.
FRANKLINTON -- Officials from both schools were scheduled to meet today to determine a resolution in the aftermath of last Friday’s cancelled boys basketball game between Bunn and host Franklinton.
The contest was called off with 1:07 remaining in the first period following a scuffle that included the ejection of at least three players.
At the time, Franklinton was leading 11-10.
STANHOPE -- Franklinton went two up and two down in action last Saturday at the annual Thomas Cowles Memorial Invitational Wrestling Tournament, which was held at Southern Nash High School.
Considering the Red Rams’ lofty competition, that was a respectable finish for Coach Jon Pearsall’s squad.
But Pearsall couldn’t help but wonder if Franklinton could have done even better at the prestigious event.
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Red Rams will open their 2009 baseball season with four consecutive home games, beginning with a Mar. 3 contest at 4 p.m. against Durham School of the Arts.
Franklinton’s complete diamond worksheet is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):
LOUISBURG -- Given his storied 21-year tenure, there isn’t a lot that Mike Holloman hasn’t seen as the Louisburg College women’s basketball coach.
But Holloman viewed something new last Saturday during the Lady Hurricanes’ convincing 63-33 home decision over long-time rival Spartanburg Methodist College at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
LUMBERTON -- The newly formed Franklin County Wrestling Club traveled to Lumberton for its first AAU tournament this past Saturday.
Nine members of the team, which has 23 wrestlers in total, made the trip.
“Our boys did a terrific job, especially when you consider that for many of them, this was their first real tournament,” said head coach Sean Holmberg.
Family, friends and church members gathered on Saturday, Jan. 3 to celebrate Walter Pettiford’s 94th birthday at the Durham Ridge Assisted Living Center.
A wonderful display of pictures was available for viewing upon entering the dining area.
Pettiford was born on Jan. 2, 1915 in Franklin County.
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FRANKLINTON — In the days before Barack Obama was to be inaugurated as this country’s first black president, the Rev. Haywood T. Gray called upon a boy of color to drive a point home.
Gray, the keynote speaker during Franklinton’s annual Martin Luther King Jr., celebration, shared the story of Little Boy Blue, who was responsible for sounding the alarm in his make-believe village if things began to go astray.
FREE FALLING. Emily Jayne Valencia gets a push from Efrain Valencia Tuesday. Franklin County schools were closed due to a teacher workday. Class is expected to resumes Thursday. Wednesday is also a workday.
A snow storm that slid in Tuesday morning made good weather for sledding and snowball fights, but it created treacherous road conditions.
And with temperatures in the teens on Tuesday night, roads were expected to be especially tricky on Wednesday as the storm brought about 4 inches of snow and ice to roads locally.
Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon, giving counties access to state help if needed.
Above, mailman Brandon Moran chats with Juan Valencia, left, and Boto Santillan, obscured, before continuing his route through snow in Louisburg on Tuesday.
Crews with the Town of Louisburg were out early. Above, Meade Bunn sweeps away snow at Town Hall. Scrapers were out and about in municipal parking areas as well.
A Franklin County teen continues to recover from injuries suffered in a hunting accident on Jan. 13.
According to a report by Deputy D. Woody, four teenagers were apparently looking for a spot to hunt for geese in a wooded area along N.C. Highway 561 when the shooting occurred at about 1 p.m. on Jan. 13.
According to Woody, the teenagers said they were shooting the weapons earlier and figured they were out of ammunition.