Through Pierre Williams, The Voice of Blackness can inspire children, remind a mother of the importance of her love and tell a father that he is a hero.
It can also tell a drug dealer to get off a street corner, remind a black woman of her worth and shout at the top of its lungs the plight of minorities.
IN FOCUS. The Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine have unveiled a new plaque, below, new clinic name and a new focus heading into the new year. The clinic, above, is now officially called the James O. Hacker Jr. Wellness Center.
A bold plaque outside the Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine’s free clinic represents more than a name change, officials said.
The newly christened James O. Hacker Wellness Center represents a new focus for the health care group as it heads into its fifth year of serving the uninsured and underinsured.
Louisburg police arrested three high school students who apparently stole from the wrong person.
Officers arrested Antwon Dontay Walker, 17, and Octavius D’Shaun Wiggins, 16, at Louisburg High School after charging them with stealing a wallet from 16-year-old student Kyle Green — Sheriff Pat Green’s son.
Another teen, Keon Maurice Allen, 17, was arrested at his New Bethel Church Road home.
A Louisburg department head arrested Christmas Eve on allegations of domestic violence has been suspended without pay.
Officers arrested Brent Cardwell after his wife, Kate Cardwell, alleged that he assaulted her inside the couple’s Wilder Street home.
Officers Dennis Benson and Elliott Coker noticed bruising about the woman’s head and face.
Equipment failure at a Progress Energy substation left nearly 6,000 customers in the dark Tuesday evening.
According to Jeff Brooks with Progress Energy, the failure occurred at about 5:40 p.m., affecting 5,700 customers in the areas of Louisburg, Bunn, Castalia, Spring Hope and Hollister.
Reports of a fire forced Louisburg Gardens residents and staff to evacuate the assisted-living facility Tuesday afternoon, but investigators determined that a minor equipment malfunction produced the smoke that caused proprietors to call 911. Louisburg fire and rescue units responded to the building on N.C. 39 South and did not see signs of smoke or fire outside of the building.
Louisburg resident Makayla Wright
Here it is, the beginning of the second decade of the 21st Century.
Can you believe it? Where does the time go so quickly?
As Franklin Countians begin planning for 2010, there are some issues that need to be emphasized again and, at the risk of whipping a dead horse, we need to point out a few of them.
First and foremost, the economy! Especially in Franklin County.
Happy New Year!
As you read this, 2010 will be underway -- and it likely will go by as quickly as 2009 seemed to disappear.
Hopefully, for all of us, 2010 will be a lot better than its predecessor, although most of us really don’t have that much to seriously complain about!
But the year did end on a couple of interesting notes.
GOOD MORNING: Goodbye 2009 and Hello 2010, although it’s probably going to be several more days before a lot of us become accustomed to writing 2010 in place of 2009.
While I can’t complain too much about the year gone by, I’m optimistic and eagerly looking forward to the year ahead. And as you’ve probably already concluded, one of the prime reasons for my optimism is that we have a bunch of dedicated professionals in the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee who are volunteering their time and talent working to improve the county’s lot as opposed to “feathering” their own nests.
ZEBULON - James Henderson “Doc” Damron, 85, died Thursday, December 24, 2009 at Wake Medical Center.
ZEBULON - Cecil David Tant, 85, of 435 Tant Road, died Sunday, December 27, 2009.
WAKE FOREST - Laura N. Walters, 88, died Saturday, December 26, 2009 at Rex Hospital. She was a resident of Turnberry, a senior apartment complex in Wake Forest.
RALEIGH - Eula P. Wall, 93, died Sunday, November 29, 2009.
YOUNGSVILLE - Clyde Oren Crowell, Jr., 80, died Friday, December 25, 2009.
LOUISBURG - Jackie Tew Elliott, 66 of Louisburg, died Wednesday, December 23, 2009 in Franklin Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 7, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Rolesville Baptist Church with Rev. Marshall Neatherly and Rev. Randy Bridges officiating.
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Lillian Freeman, also known as Nanny to so many, who resided in Franklin County, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2009.
BELL ON THE BASELINE. Franklinton’s Nikki Bell (with ball) drives against South Johnston’s Liz Barbee during first-round action Monday at the North/South Christmas Tournament, which is being played at North Johnston High School in Kenly.
KENLY - Undoubtedly, Franklinton High School girls basketball coach Lester Wilder is thrilled that his club has reached the championship game at the North/South Christmas Tournament.
It’s just the opponent that Wilder isn’t very thrilled about.
Franklinton’s finals foe was tourney host North Johnston -- which is expected, just like the Lady Rams, to compete for supremacy in the Northern Carolina Conference girls hoops standings.
NIFTY PASS. West Johnston’s Katalin Gavitt (left) flips a pass to a teammate while being defended by Louisburg’s Mercedez Cooke during Tuesday’s first-round action at the West Johnston Holiday Basketball Tournament.
BENSON -- Louisburg may be improving on the court, but the Lady Warriors were unable to match West Johnston’s abilities during first-round action at the West Johnston Holiday Tournament.
The host Lady Wildcats controlled the proceedings from the outset and went on to defeat Louisburg by a 54-30 margin on Tuesday at the WJHS Gymnasium.
After approximately 1,000 columns, it’s finally time to put a close on this decade.
No pressure, huh?
It’s been a memorable decade in Franklin County, with some historic moments.
Louisburg College went to the NJCAA World Series in 2002. The men’s basketball team had a historic run to the nationals. The women’s hoops club keeps piling up the wins.
STRONG ON THE BOARDS. Louisburg’s Ryan Branch claims a rebound between a pair of West Johnston defenders during Tuesday night’s game at the West Johnston Holiday Tournament.
BENSON -- Regardless of the circumstance, the Louisburg Warriors can’t seem to find a way to get past the West Johnston Wildcats.
West Johnston has now defeated LHS three years in a row in Christmastime action following Tuesday’s 56-51 decision over the Warriors at the West Johnston Holiday Basketball Tournament at the WJHS Gymnasium.
High School Basketball
Louisburg at Northwest Halifax 6 p.m.
Bunn at Warren County 6 p.m.
North Johnston at Franklinton 6:30 p.m.
WILSON -- Franklinton will be Franklin County’s lone representative at the annual The Brittany For The Girls VI Soccer Showcase.
The event will be held March 19-20 at Gillette Park in Wilson.
Franklinton, coached by Deran Coe, will meet Greenfield School on Field Three on March 20 at 3:15 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the gate.
Louisburg’s Tabias Wright delivered eight points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors during Tuesday’s loss against West Johnston.
Franklinton’s Nikki Bell (with ball) scores two of her season-high 17 points for the Lady Rams during Monday’s tournament victory against South Johnston.
South Johnston’s Courtney Woods (left) controls the ball while being defended by Franklinton’s Nikki Bell during Monday’s first-round game of the North/South Christmas Tournament at North Johnston.
As we celebrate the New Year, how wonderful it is to think of it as an accumulation of days, weeks, and months that are given to us to live and to make the best out of them.
Needless to say, it is a festive occasion where a variety of celebrations are observed thoughout the world. New Year’s Day is the first day of the calendar year, and people in many countries celebrate this day as a holiday.
Brandy Alford and Jeremy D. Rogers were married Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Poplar Spring Baptist Church. The officiating ministers for the 4 p.m. ceremony were Rev. Tom Eldridge and Dr. Steven Wade.
The bride is the daughter of Larry and Pam Alford of Bunn.
The groom’s parents are Jackie and Debbie Rogers of Youngsville.
Heather Michelle Lohry and Joseph Allen Gwin were married Friday, December 18, 2009 at Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. The officiating minister for the 11 a.m. church ceremony was Jared Pemper.
The bride is the daughter of Frank Lohry of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Denise Lohry of Louisburg.
The groom’s parents are Dorothy Gwin of Trappe, Md. and Elton Gwin II of Newfoundland, Canada.
Kelise Byrd obtained her Master’s of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Western Carolina University on December 19, 2009. She maintained a GPA above a 3.5 and was accepted into the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society. Kelise spent several years working in various HR departments, and most recently at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She is also a former middle-school teacher. Currently, Kelise and her husband own and operate Apprintern, LLC, an HR consulting firm in Cary.
A Franklinton man was arrested last weekend after shooting a fellow hunter’s dog.
According to a report by Franklin County Sheriff’s Sgt. A.R. Roberts, at about noon on Dec. 26, Chad Coffey noticed something was amiss with one of his hunting dogs when the GPS tracker attached to the animal showed no movement for an extended period of time.
Thirty-two state legislators, including state Rep. Lucy Allen, received surprise Christmas presents recently — a “Sunshine Award” from Democracy North Carolina. Rep. Allen’s district includes all of Franklin County.
The biennial award is given to lawmakers who file “superior” reports disclosing details about their campaign expenses and donations.
Federal tax forms will be available at the Franklin County Libraries by the end of the week of Jan. 3.
State Tax forms will not be printed for the banks, post offices and libraries programs as they have been in the past so, do not look for State Tax forms here! You will need to visit the North Carolina Department of Revenue on the world wide web or call them for your forms that have not otherwise been sent directly to you.
RALEIGH – Aaron Martin, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in North Carolina, today announced that USDA has implemented the new Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) in accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill. Martin also encouraged producers to visit their FSA county office beginning on January 4, 2010, to participate in the program if they suffered crop production losses during the 2008 crop year.