The family of a Franklin County soldier killed in Iraq in remembering a son and husband who answered the call to serve his country.
According to reports, Military Police Spc. Lucas Elliott was was returning from a mission in southern Iraq when the vehicle he was riding in ran over an improvised explosive device on July 15.
FRANKLINTON — A late night altercation erupted in gunfire, sending two people to the hospital, but not before one of them crashed into a Louisburg eatery.
According to Franklinton police, Officer A.J. Bishop responded to a call of shots being fired in the area of Sterling Street at about 11:40 p.m. Friday.
GROUP EFFORT. Youngsville businessman Stephan Bezzina, center, shares his ideas with residents and town commissioners on Monday night.
YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials got the road map they will use to hire the next town administrator, a person they expect will guide the town into the future.
Commissioners fired long-time administrator Brenda Robbins in June after an investigation revealed that she was aware her son, streets and maintenance director Joey Patterson, among other things, used town employees, equipment and resources for personal use on town time.
Financing and taxes were the bywords for the Monday night meeting of the Louisburg Town Council.
The council finalized the long-planned purchase of a new fire truck and put in place long-term financing for the nearly completed water and sewer line project that has been ongoing for nearly two years.
The fire truck will be a Pearce model and will replace a 1984-vintage tanker.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials who took measures to ban sweepstakes cafes prior to a General Assembly ban said they are amenable to allowing the apparent legal version of the enterprises back in town — for a fee.
When sweepstakes cafes were all the buzz, Franklinton officials decided in March 2010 to institute a six-month moratorium on the establishments, refusing to consider any application until they had time to consider their impacts on the community.
YOUNGSVILLE — After busting a former town employee for allegedly using town equipment for personal uses, Police Chief Daren Kirts told commissioners that he’s having to use personal equipment for town use.
It was part of a message he delivered last week, reiterating a need for more money and resources at the police department.
Louisburg resident Abigail Fagan
There was an old recruiting poster that featured bold type and Uncle Sam proclaiming: I Want You!
Maybe it’s time to revamp that poster just a little and aim it squarely at the nation’s kindergarten and first grade teachers who may have a unique set of skills that could help this nation right itself.
What are those skills?
GOOD MORNING: Well, it was nice while it lasted, but our short respite from the oppressive heat is apparently over, for the foreseeable future at any rate. Daytime highs locally returned to the 90’s again Monday with temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 90’s Tuesday and possibly higher as the week progresses, possibly reaching the 100–degree mark or more Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A few weeks ago, I saw a movie called Bad Teacher.
In it, the protagonist is a liquor drinking, pot smoking, movie playing, sleeping in class type of teacher.
And, a spoiler alert — she cheats for her students on a standardized test so that she can earn the money she needs for a surgical procedure.
Would the political and leadership shakeup the newly proposed legislative and congressional redistricting maps could bring to Franklin County be a step forward or backward for economic growth.
Are you fed up with the partisan, polarizing and stagnant incivility and childish gamesmanship of today’s politics that forces the shutdown of governments, brings this nation to the brink of financial chaos and focuses more on being right than doing right? Political-speak labels this condition “hyper partisanship,” but most of us plainspoken folks call it garbage that smells so bad we want to toss it out and start over.
The world and I lost a very special lady and friend this week, when the Lord called her home to be with her mate of 66 years.
ANGIER - Gladys Conyers Frazier Greene died Sunday morning, July 17, 2011 at Rex Hospital. A graveside service was held Tuesday, July 19, at Montlawn Memorial Park, with Elder Joe Helms of Rehobeth Primitive Baptist Church officiating.
FRANKLINTON - Fred T. Williams died Sunday, July 17, 2011. At his request, no funeral service will be held. His family will have a private memorial service at a later date.
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Florine Manley Harvey, 83, who died Monday, July 18, 2011, will be held at noon Friday, July 22, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Harvey family cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Betty Jean Whitaker Outlaw died Monday night, July 18, 2011 at Wake Med in Raleigh. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 21, in the Hall Wynne Franklinton Chapel, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
CASTALIA - Willie Bruce Pearce better known as “W.B.”, passed away at his home on July 19th, 2011.
He was born in Franklin County on January 2. 1924. His parents were the late Willie P. Pearce and Lizzie Lancaster Pearce.
SOUTHPORT -- Louisburg’s All-Stars went two-and-out at the Dixie Youth Minor League State Baseball Tournament, but a good time was still had by all.
Included among the heroics were medal-winning performances from a trio of Louisburg players at the annual Skills Competition that opened the tournament last Friday evening.
MORGANTON -- Each of Franklin County’s four participants wrapped up play last weekend at the annual Tar Heel Softball State Tournaments in Burke County.
The host Burke County contingent lived up to its lofty billing at the event by winning in all but one age group.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS. New Louisburg College women’s basketball coach Brett Vana is known for his ability to get through to his players -- as evidenced by this time-out during a game several seasons ago when he was coaching in Europe.
LOUISBURG -- The world has been Brett Vana’s oyster during his coaching career.
So why should things be different now?
Vana, an Ohio native, has spent time at several stops in the United States -- in addition to Europe.
He’s taking the same worldwide approach to his new duties in charge of the powerful Louisburg College women’s basketball program.
Gone but not forgotten.
That’s the story of Carey Johnson after his decision to permanently retire from our College Football Bowl Picks and NFL Fantasy Leagues.
But while Carey is no longer participating, his legacy of near-misses, screw-ups and ill-fated draft selections will live in infamy.
LOUISBURG -- Brett Vana’s first season as the Louisburg College women’s basketball coach will begin Nov. 1 with a home matchup against the University of South Carolina-Sumter at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
Also, LC will host the Region X Tournament from March 9-11.
READY OR NOT. Riggan Faulkner delivers a pitch for the Louisburg All-Stars during their appearance last weekend at the annual Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball State Tournament in Brunswick County.
RALEIGH -- Jon Chase, Director of Community Relations and Promotions for the Carolina Hurricanes, has announced specifics regarding the team’s fourth annual Summer Fun Fest presented by 99.9 FM The Fan.
The event will take place on Friday, July 22, on the south lawn of the RBC Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Parking and admission are free to the general public.
Louisburg resident Michael Anderson recently hauled in this huge, 11-pound catfish at Kerr Lake.
Franklin County resident Derrick Wade, 7, calls this impressive bass his ‘trophy fish’. It was his first big catch.
ZEBULON -- Eric Campbell homered twice and drove in four to lead a quartet of home runs as Carolina split its six-game series with the Jackson Generals 12-3 at Five County Stadium on Monday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.
SLICK FIELDER. Jessica Langley, shown playing at North Johnston, is expected to be a defensive force in the outfield when she arrives on campus in August to join the LC softball program.
LOUISBURG -- Another roster opening, another look south toward North Johnston High School.
That’s become a trend during Monica Gordy’s tenure as the fast-pitch softball coach at Louisburg College.
Gordy has learned to favor North Johnston players, and why not?
Katie Elizabeth Ayscue of Henderson and Tuyen Xuan Tran of Raleigh were united in marriage on May 14, 2011 at 4 p.m. on the beach in the city of Ocean Isle Beach. The Rev. Thomas F. Kendall officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Yvonne and Donald F. Ayscue Jr. of Henderson. She is the granddaughter of the late Janet and Donald Williams of Henderson, and Joyce Ayscue and the late Donald F. Ayscue, both of Henderson.
Kristina Marie Wilder of Clayton and Patrick Alex Will of Sanford were married at 5 p.m. on July 16, 2011 at the Wagner House in Clayton, with the Rev. Hunter H. Preston officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ziba L. Smith of Raleigh. She is currently enrolled in the surgical tech program at Wake Technical Community College.
Donna and Andy Spencer of Louisburg and Wayne and Sheila Britt of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Holley Jean Britt of Louisburg to Timothy Duane Smith Jr., also of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Timothy and Pamela Smith of Louisburg. The wedding will take place on Sept. 24, 2011 at 5 p.m. at Louisburg Baptist Church in Louisburg.
While going through your day-to-day routine you might have heard of one, you might have even seen one, or maybe you have even worked in one.
One what you ask? A community garden of course. Well enough with the suspense. Community gardens are as varied as the neighborhoods in which they thrive.
Brenda Mata-Hernandez, daughter of Yuridiana Hernandez of Louisburg, has been selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen North Carolina Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held Aug. 12-14 at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham.
Cary Academy student Jimmy A. Joyner Jr. is the recipient of the 2011 $500 Vinson Orthodontics Scholarship. He was selected from a group of candidates based on his grades, SAT scores, and an essay that he wrote, among other things. The essay was about the challenges facing his generation and ideas for dealing with those challenges.
RALEIGH - The artwork of 14 elementary and middle school students was selected for the first North Carolina Farm to School calendar. The calendar features daily agricultural facts and is intended to highlight the Farm to School program and agriculture’s role in food production.
Barton College in Wilson named 48 students to the President’s List and 219 students to the Dean’s List for spring semester 2011. President’s List students compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average; Dean’s List students achieved a grade point average of 3.3 or better on a four-point scale.
Candace Curtis received her associate of arts degree from Nash Community College. She also has earned her early educator’s certification. Curtis will transfer to East Carolina University this fall, majoring in elementary education. Her parents are Scott and Joan Curtis.
The Kid’s Corner in Louisburg held its graduation in May at the center. Daycare director is Amy Merritt. The instructor of the class of 2011 is Tina Holden and assistant instructor is Barbara Coons.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded, supplemental food program which provides nutritional foods to help babies and young children improve their developmental growth.
Young children need essential vitamins and minerals in their diet. If a child does not receive the proper nutrients, he can become more susceptible to illnesses.
A celebration in honor of the Rev. Dazale Vines Kearney for her 25 years of preaching service will be held on July 23 at 5 p.m. at Old Liberty Missionary Baptist Church.
The guest preacher will be Dr. Coolidge McCoy. Music will be by the Old Liberty Gospel Choir, Elder Nathaniel Cooke (original Brooklyn All Star), Freddy Greene (jazzy sax), and the Rev. David Rosby.
Authorities arrested the second suspect in an assault that resulted in head injuries.
Mark Antione Smith, 31, of Kittrell, was arrested by Vance County authorities on Friday, charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy — the result of a March 25 assault involving a skateboard and a stick in Louisburg.