The Murphy House restaurant, a landmark institution, will close this weekend for renovations.
How long it will be closed will all depend on getting new operators.
Alison and Josh Whitley began leasing the restaurant in December.
Franklin County voters placed their confidence in incumbents during Tuesday’s primary.
Both Sheriff Pat Green and Sen. Doug Berger easily outdistanced challenges for their Democratic Party nomination.
And although Louisburg’s Frank Deatrich lost his bid for the Republican Party’s nomination to take on Democratic Congressmen Bob Etheridge in the fall, he did win in Franklin County.
Ten Franklin County farms and plenty of rural flavor will be on display the weekend of May 15-16, giving residents, visitors and outdoor enthusiasts a chance to connect with nature and its fruits.
The event has grown over its seven year history, and so has the name — the Franklin County Farm Foods & Crafts Tour & Local Food Festival & more.
The Franklin County Board of Education will discuss Monday night how they will fill the seat vacated by John May.
It’s a seat they thought would be decided by Tuesday night’s primary vote, but since May received the most tallies — 440, he is the school board member-elect and could begin service in December if he so chooses.
An electrical reclosure switch failed in spectacular fashion Wednesday morning, knocking out electricity to all 1,949 Louisburg customers.
The switch, which carries 23,000 volts, simply exploded about 9 a.m. Wednesday at an electrical substation near the town’s water department.
MOLDING THE WAY. Pottery expert Senora Lynch helps Senior Center regular Noah Alston craft a turtle out of clay.
Award winning artist Senora Lynch, who’s works have been on display at the Smithsonian, doesn’t mind getting down and dirty.
And she usually takes senior citizens and children right down with her.
Lynch teamed up with the Franklin County Arts Council to share her pottery skills with Franklin County seniors and Franklin County elementary school students.
Bunn resident Graham Lewis
Say it ain’t so!
Okay, it’s not so — but it’s uncomfortably close!
Word flashed around Louisburg Thursday that The Murphy House Restaurant is closing.
Well, okay, it is. But hopefully for only a relatively short time — as in the four to six weeks it will likely take to remodel the building and give it a fresh, new look.
For nearly two decades, we’ve been mostly complimentary of the Franklin County Board of Elections because of the way it has run honest, efficient elections.
But it dropped the ball this time!
Honestly, someone should have put on their “big boy pants” before this election and made the difficult, fair decisions -- including banning some of our whacko politicians from a process where they have no official role.
GOOD MORNING: Wow! That was some boomer we got early Thursday night — thunder, lightning, wind and rain, according to what I’m told. Actually, I don’t know anything about it. I was physically worn out and went to bed about the time my little weather radio sounded off with that severe thunderstorm warning for our area and before the storm struck I was sound asleep, and I mean SOUND asleep. I didn’t hear a thing, period. And, by-the-way, don’t pack your long-johns away just yet, I understand we’re in for a drastic cool-down, comparatively speaking, come Sunday.
RALEIGH – There’s a big difference between incrementalism and gimmickry. Someone ought to advise Gov. Beverly Perdue of the distinction.
Hey, maybe that someone should be me!
LOUISBURG — Virginia D. Strickland 81, died Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services were held Friday, May 7, at Rock Spring Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melton Tyson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Ralph Roco “Cricket” DeFino Jr., 64, died Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Funeral service was held Friday, May 7, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Burial followed in Hephzibah Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Randy Hodge, 26, died Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Lake Royale in Bunn. Funeral service was Friday, May 7, at Feggins & Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest. Burial followed in Wake Forest Cemetery.
BURLINGTON - W. Astor Bowden, 75, formerly of Louisburg, and most recently residing in Burlington, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
BACK SAFELY. Louisburg College’s Logan Gallagher (right) scoots back to first base as Florence-Darlington’s Rhodes Dickerson retrieves the ball during Wednesday’s opening-round matchup at the Region X Baseball Tournament in Burlington.
BURLINGTON -- Pitching was supposed to be Louisburg College’s trump card at the Region X Baseball Tournament -- and nothing happened through two games to dispel that notion.
However, defense and inconsistent hitting were question marks for LC coming into the event, though head coach John Thomas had seen improvement in those areas over the past few weeks.
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM. Andrew Beckham and the Bunn Wildcats have qualified for the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs under first-year coach Leonard Allen.
BUNN -- Bunn’s Wildcats clinched the No. 4 position in the Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings with a 15-7 home victory against county rival Franklinton on Tuesday night.
With the win, Bunn also secured a spot in the upcoming Class 2-A State Playoffs, which will begin this coming week. The Wildcats will be on the road Friday against an opponent to be determined.
MULLER MAKES THE PLAY. Bunn High school’s Erica Muller (right) gains possession of the ball for the Ladycats during Wednesday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer matchup against North Johnston on the BHS campus.
BUNN -- Even though they had already wrapped up third place in the Northern Carolina Conference standings, the Bunn Ladycats had plenty to play for Wednesday when they hosted North Johnston for BHS’ regular season finale.
With pride on the line, and two seniors competing at home for the last time, the Ladycats erased a first-half deficit and went on to edge the Lady Panthers by a 3-2 score in an NCC girls soccer showdown.
Franklinton High School standouts Amanda Knapp and Shaylyn Poppe will make history for Franklin County this summer at the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Girls Soccer Game.
Poppe and Knapp will become the first-ever girls soccer participants from the county for the annual event, which is scheduled for July 20 at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Soccer Stadium.
LOUISBURG -- Amber Weaver stepped onto the Louisburg College campus last fall and immediately became a leader -- on and off the field -- for the LC fast-pitch softball squad.
“Amber is a great all-around person,’’ said LC head coach Monica Gordy. “She is a good person and a great kid. She works hard everywhere.
High School Baseball
Franklinton at North Johnston 6 p.m.
Wilson Fike at Bunn 7 p.m.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The annual North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Benefit for Special Olympics Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 4 at The River Golf Course at Lake Royale.
A four-person superball format will be utilized. Cost is $60 for individual or $50 for Sworn LEO participants, which includes golf, dinner, awards and door prizes.
ZEBULON -- Thursday night’s game between the Carolina Mudcats and Chattanooga Lookouts was suspended after 10 complete innings due to heavy rains, pea-sized hail and strong winds at Five County Stadium.
The Class AA Southern League game resumed in the top of the 11th on Friday, with the regularly scheduled nine-inning game being played thereafter.
Florence-Darlington’s Keith Branco beats out this infield single as Louisburg’s Alan Edwards stretches for the throw during Wednesday’s action at the Region X Baseball Tournament, which is being held at the Burlington Athletic Stadium.
Louisburg College’s Alan Edwards (right) is tagged out at second base on a steal attempt during Wednesday’s game against Florence-Darlington Tech at the Region X Baseball Tournament.
Two members of the faculty at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus recently participated in the local Tour de Grace. Sue Guerrant, who teaches Office Administration and Information Systems courses, and Kendra Faulkner, a Computer Information Technology instructor, rode in the 29-mile charity bicycle race that toured through scenic Franklin County on April 24.
Andrew Willis and friends will present an unusual focus on piano literature for the last of the three spring concert performances at Cherry Hill in Warren County.
The event, which will feature works by Schumann and Mendelssohn, is planned for Sunday, May 23, at 3 p.m. at the beautifully preserved mid-19th Century home in Inez.
Louisburg police arrested a teenager and a juvenile charged with, perhaps, a series of break-ins.
According to a report by Capt. Jason Abbott, officers caught Damon Latez Evans, 17, and a juvenile trying to break into a home on Noble Street on Wednesday night.
Further investigation prompted investigators to allege the duo broke into another home and tried to break into at least one more.
Franklin County Cooperative Extension Agent Martha Mobley was honored for her service.
The state’s Cooperative Extension Service Foundation selected Extension Agent Martha Mobley as its 2009 Search for Excellence award winner.
According to a release, the foundation’s board of directors were impressed with the quality of Mobley’s programs.