GIMME. Kamdyn Hays, center, goes for a Mardi Gras mask worn by her big sister, Dakota, during play time this week. Linda McLaughlin, who helped deliver Kamdyn, holds onto her, again.
YOUNGSVILLE — It wasn’t miraculous, but Kamdyn Hays came into the world under unusual circumstances, for sure.
Throw in the fact that she came home just in time for Easter, and the preemie’s first Christmas is an exceptional occasion for the Hays family.
“It’s really special for my husband and me,” said Jo’Ann Hays.
Although his big, official visit wasn’t until Christmas Eve, Santa Claus was seen visiting Franklin County a few weeks ago for the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. Santa, always the special guest of honor, again rode on the last float in the long parade which marks the official opening of the holiday season — and gives the Jolly Old Gent a chance to check out how all the little ones are behaving this year.
The Larry Green saga is just about over.
Last week, Superior Court Judge Henry W. Hight Jr., granted a summary judgement, dismissing claims against the remaining defendants in a three-year-old lawsuit that alleged more than a dozen people and entities were responsible for mistakenly declaring Larry Green dead.
GOOD CITIZEN. Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter presents Judy McArn with the town’s Citizen of the Year Award during the board’s Tuesday night meeting.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials approved two policies this week designed to give Franklinton tools to lure business.
The town’s Economic Development Committee met with town officials last month, recommending two proposals.
One is an incentive policy that would allow the town to provide cash grants to businesses who propose to locate in town, expand the tax base and create jobs.
FRANKLINTON — Officials decided to borrow money from its savings account to cover budget shortfalls created by a contract impasse with the county.
Franklinton officials and staff shut off water service to Franklin County at the end of September because of drought conditions.
A Blessing Inc. volunteers, from left to right, Phyllis Perry, Rick Lewis and Tom Wright, use teamwork to prepare a Christmas meal for plenty who came by St. Paul Presbyterian Church on Thursday. A Blessing Inc. serves between 50 and 85 meals each day of operation, which is Tuesday and Thursday.
Franklinton basketball legend Kelley Bural
Here it is Christmas Eve and many of us haven’t even made our wish list for Santa Claus yet.
Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s just procrastination or perhaps it’s just been a rough year that left so many of us exhausted and frustrated!
Judging by the decorations and the fact that we have a large photo of Santa on page 1 of this edition, it would appear that the rumors are true.
It’s Christmas Eve, 2010.
Doesn’t seem possible but we’re down to the last few days of the year and most kids are holding their breaths — or climbing the walls — awaiting a visit from the Jolly Old Gent from the North Pole.
GOOD MORNING: According to advance weather forecasts, there’s about a 40 to 50 percent chance that we’ll have precipitation of some type Christmas Day and the day after, and with temperatures expected to range in the 20’s and 30’s, it appears likely that at least some of it will be of a, ugh, frozen variety such as snow, sleet or freezing rain.
RALEIGH – North Carolina government is too large and too costly. It also employs too many people, which is one reason why Gov. Beverly Perdue and the new Republican-led General Assembly should eliminate thousands of positions as they seek to close a 16-percent hole in the state budget.
FRANKLINTON —Cody Charles Knisley, 23, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Cornerstone Funeral Home of Nashville. A memorial service in Cody’s hometown of Celoron, N.Y., will be announced at a later date.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Christine Richardson, 81, who died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, will be held Sunday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Louis Richardson cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Felix Milton Perry, 53, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Annie C. Cooke, 56, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at Sunnybrook Health Care in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Alston-Anderson Funeral Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will be in the Cooke family cemetery in Louisburg.
DUAL OF TITANS. Accomplished standouts Whitney Bunn from Bunn (left) and Nikki Bell from Franklinton (right) met up in the paint on this play during Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball game at the historic FHS Gymnasium.
FRANKLINTON -- Given the cramped surroundings -- especially for a key game with huge attendance -- there aren’t many folks dismayed about the pending shift of gymnasiums when Franklinton moves to a new school campus next fall.
Count Bunn High School girls hoops coach Chuck Mann among the minority of that opinion.
DOING THE SPLITS. Bunn High School wing Miles Clifton (with ball) tries to work his way between Franklinton defenders Shaq Strickland (10) and John Hoppe (42) during Tuesday’s game at the FHS Gymnasium.
BUNN -- Bunn’s road to success has mostly been paved from the perimeter during Gerald Melton’s effective tenure as the school’s boys basketball coach.
But the Wildcats have taken a different tact in 2010-11, and it’s a trend that will probably continue as the campaign progresses.
Two ex-Bunn football standouts will be in action as part of the college football bowl game schedule -- and one will be suiting up for the final time.
Notre Dame senior Kerry Neal will line up for the Irish when they tangle with Miami (Fla.) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. The game can be seen on CBS.
High School Wrestling
Bunn at Knightdale Duals 10 a.m.
I’VE GOT MY EYE ON YOU. Louisburg’s Ulises Huerta (right) tangles with a wrestler from Wilson Beddingfield as part of 103-pound-weight-class action Wednesday afternoon at the annual Mark Adams Classic Wrestling Tournament.
CARY -- Louisburg has never been afraid to take on some of the top wrestling programs in the area -- and that’s a fact that continues to be on display during the 2010-11 season.
LHS’ power-packed schedule features trips to several prestigious events -- and probably none are better than the annual Mark Adams Classic on the campus of Cary High School.
PINEHURST -- It’s every basketball player’s wish to perform well on a quality team -- and that is exactly what is happening this season for Clay Thorne and Michael Collins at Sandhills Community College.
Thorne is a sophomore forward, while Collins is a freshman wing for the Flyers. Both are former players and teammates at Bunn High School.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Louisburg roared to an early lead but was unable to sustain the momentum during its Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown on Tuesday in Halifax County.
LHS was ahead by as many as nine points in the first period, but the Yellow Jackets, who are the defending NCC regular season champions, would eventually claw back to earn a 71-57 decision.
Louisburg’s David Pearce (left) picked up a victory by decision during this match against a Mallard Creek wrestler at the annual Mark Adams Classic at Cary High School.
Bunn’s Keke Crudup drives toward the basket for the Ladycats during their road victory Tuesday night against Franlkinton in Northern Carolina Conference girls hoops action.
Bunn’s Jaymes Kingsberry (right) grabs a rebound while being defended by Franklinton’s Matthew Davis during Tuesday night’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball meeting at the FHS Gymnasium. The visiting Wildcats won the game under veteran head coach Gerald Melton.
Since January 1963, I have called Louisburg my home, and I have enjoyed every Franklin County minute with all of you. Many Christmas memories have been making a great impact in my life. The impact has been so great that my daily schedule has become busier and busier as I get involved in community and church activities.
YOUNGSVILLE — Christmas dinner will be capped off with donated turkeys to many of those in need in Franklin County this year.
As part of an effort that started in Youngsville last year with three businesses in cooperation with Butterball L.L.C. in Garner and in partnership with the United Way of Franklin County Food Drive, 200 turkeys – weighing 10 to 13 pounds each – were distributed to families this week.
A Cary man is awaiting his day in court after he was arrested on charges of swindling a Youngsville man.
According to arrest warrants and investigators, Jimmy Ray, 63, of Youngsville alleges he hired Ashley Cameron Rhodes in August of 2009 to do repairs on his home.
According to reports, Ray paid Rhodes, 44, for work, but a large portion of the home remains undone.
A Blessing Inc. volunteer Roxanna Johnson prepares to break open some bread for those who turned out for the Franklin County group’s Christmas lunch at St. Paul Presbyterian Church on Thursday.
Keep Franklin County Beautiful received The Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award at the President’s Circle Award luncheon, during Keep America Beautiful’s 57th annual National Conference in Orlando. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit to reduce litter, minimize waste and recycle, and beautify their local communities.
Jamelia Gill, left, and her son, Jasiah, 3 weeks, pose for a picture with Mrs. C.J. Claus as Logan Sayles takes a photo for posterity. Santa, Cora Jean Kearney, made a visit to A Blessing Inc.’s Christmas lunch at St. Paul Presbyterian Church this past Thursday.