BEATING THE HEAT was no problem for these Girl Scouts who were attending a camp this week at Louisburg College just in time to get a taste of the scorching heat that has blanketed most of the nation. With temperatures soaring, the girls took to the water -- and from the look of things, it was a cool(er) place to be.
Youngsville Nationals Coach Jamie Wilson (center) celebrates with his players following the final out of Wednesday’s victory over Bunn in the title game of the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Baseball Tournament at Bunn Elementary School. The championship was the first-ever for Youngsville on the Coach-Pitch district level.
After not hosting a Fourth of July event last year, Franklin County is getting an early jump this go around.
The county’s Parks and Recreation department will host festivities at Louisburg High School on July 3.
Parks and Recreation Director Oliver Greene said they chose July 3 instead of July 4 so that people would have time to recover from the evening festivities.
FRANKLINTON —They’ve already called in the bat man.
Now, health officials are putting out a call to anyone who, in the last 18 months, called Academy Village Apartments their home.
That’s because they have been investigating an infestation of the nocturnal mammals at the complex and they want to make sure they reach everyone who might have been exposed to the animals, which can carry rabies.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials approved a $2.79 million spending plan that gives employees a raise and drops utility rates.
Still, the document didn’t garner a unanimous decision.
Commissioner Ray Gilliam cast the lone dissenting vote during the board’s June 19 meeting.
Baseball fan Phoebe Gregg
The Fourth of July is almost upon us -- and with it comes celebrations, picnics, swimming, outdoor activities and, unfortunately, some serious dangers.
But a little common sense can make the upcoming holiday period both fun and safe.
During this time of the year, fireworks contribute to a lot of holiday injuries -- even the supposedly safer varieties that are available to the public.
GOOD MORNING: While I’m not quite ready to toss in the towel just yet, I am pushing 85, and there was an article in this past Sunday’s N&O, “Growing older, one ache or ailment at a time,” by Todd Jones, that prompted me to go ahead and thank all of our readers, past and present, now for allowing me to come into their lives in so many ways over the years while I’m still on my feet and able to do so.
It must be the heat — at least I’m blaming it on the heat — but there have been a lot of strange goings-on recently.
Here we are in the midst of what promises to be a downright nasty presidential election year — and pollsters have been asking such penetrating questions as “which candidate do you believe would be best qualified to deal with an alien invasion?”
Say what? Really?
If the school prayer was led by a student and not asked to do so by a school official, the board ruled incorrectly.
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WAKE FOREST - Margaret Novella New, 61, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Durham Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Joshua W. Levister, 71, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 1, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
RALEIGH - Benjamin Langley Dixon, 85, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
KNIGHTDALE —Charles Edward Ivey, 74, died Monday, June 25, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday at Christ Holiness Church in Wake Forest. Interment was at Riley Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON —Emma L. Perry-Bowden, 82, died Sunday, June 24, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.
SPRING HOPE - Toney Thorne died Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Funeral services will be provided by Richardson Funeral Home, Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Margaret Bullock Edwards, 64, who died Thursday, June 28, 2012, will be held at noon Thursday, July 5, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Bernard Williams died Friday, June 29, 2012 at his home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Funeral services will be provided by Richardson Funeral Home, Louisburg.
ROCKY MOUNT— Funeral services for Walter Wright Jr., 51, who died Sunday, June 24, 2012, will be held Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Dawn Locklear Jackson, 51, of Youngville, NC, born January 13, 1961, died June 26, 2012.
LOUISBURG - James Franklin Chastain Sr., age 70, of Louisburg, NC passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Marvin “Bern” Williams, 46, who died Thursday, June 28, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Haywood Baptist Church, with Minister Patricia McClain officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery.
KENNEDY IN THE CLUTCH. Kennedy Capps pitched well for the Youngsville Firecrackers during the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament. Youngsville won the event at Zebulon Elementary School.
ZEBULON -- Youngsville Firecrackers coach Davis Capps didn’t need much of a scouting report before his club tangled with Louisburg on Wednesday in the championship round of the Tar Heel 10-Under Softball Tournament.
The players from both Youngsville and Louisburg were plenty familiar with each other -- and several of them even compete together for the Franklin County Blaze Travel Ball Team.
TAG, YOU’RE IT. Youngsville Nationals catcher Trent Wheeler makes a tag at home plate during Wednesday’s victory over Bunn in the championship game of the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament.
BUNN -- Due to their tender ages, most of the Youngsville Nationals players didn’t understand the significance of their championship at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Baseball Tournament.
They just wanted the opportunity to touch the first-place trophy.
Indeed, the Nationals’ performance was one for the history books as Youngsville won its first-ever D-Y Coach-Pitch crown on Wednesday at the Bunn Elementary School Field.
READY TO STRIKE. Louisburg’s Albany Turner swings at a pitch during Tuesday’s action at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament, which was held at Zebulon Elementary School in Wake County.
ZEBULON -- With pitching ace Abigail Fagan unavailable for the first two games due to a broken arm, Louisburg fell into the loser’s bracket at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament.
Louisburg, coached by Robert Fagan, was able to work all the way to the finals in the double-elimination format, but the All-Stars finally ran out of steam in the championship round against a familiar foe in the Youngsville Firecrackers.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College fast-pitch softball team has once again earned Academic All-American status from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The Lady Hurricanes, coached by Don Stopa, boasted a 3.4 team grade-point average for the 2011-12 school year.
Over 450 teams from across the United States qualified for academic accolades.
YOUNGSVILLE NATIONALS, FIRST PLACE AT DISTRICT TOURNAMENT. Members of the Youngsville Nationals Coach-Pitch Team are (back row, l to r) Coaches Jamie Wilson, David Palmer, Brian Ayers and Harold Hopkins; (third row, l to r) Taylor Rotosky, Trenton Wilson, Anthony Brown, Tobias Eaton and Caleb Ayers; (second row, l to r) Clayton Batchelor, Deshaun Grant, Ryan Palmer and Connor Hopkins; (front row, l to r) Stephen Gregg, Trent Wheeler and Corey Jones.
Members of the Bunn Coach-Pitch squad accept their runner-up trophy from Dixie Youth District Director Bruce Tant following Wednesday’s championship game.
Members of the Youngsville Nationals pose after winning the title at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Tournament. This was the first time Youngsville won the C-P crown.
ZEBULON -- Jordan Cooper and the Carolina Mudcats held a pesky Frederick Keys team at bay on Wednesday afternoon to pick up a 4-2 win in front of 3,382 at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball game.
Cooper (3-3) tossed four innings in relief of starter Danny Salazar, holding the Keys (3-4, 30-47) to one run while scattering three hits.
The Youngsville Firecrackers won the title at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Tournament, which concluded Wednesday at Zebulon Elementary School.
Youngsville’s Corey Jones (right) chases down a ball before recording an out as part of Wednesday’s finale of the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch District Baseball Tournament.
Bunn coach Chris Briggs explains a strategy to his players during Wednesday’s finale against Youngsville at the Dixie YouthCoach-Pitch Baseball Tournament at Bunn Elementary School.
Louisburg first baseman Jayla Arnold (right) retires a Wendell runner during Wednesday’s showdown at the Tar Heel 10-Under District Softball Tournament at Zebulon Elementary School.
As summer swings into high gear, more and more people are heading outdoors to enjoy the numerous activities, such as hiking and camping, Franklin County has to offer.
But while the exercise these outings provide is fabulous, it also increases the risk for one to contract tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.
Vince and Joan Knight of Raleigh announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Marie Knight to Andrew Ray Eldridge of Bunn, son of Bill and Jackie Eldridge of Bunn. The wedding is set for Sept. 29, 2012.
People who live in Louisburg and drive past Louisburg High School have noticed a large hole being excavated adjacent to the football field.
Since I live near Louisburg, I have been asked “why in the world are they digging that big hole downhill from the high school?”
The Franklin County Community Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded a $500 grant to Safe Space in Louisburg. The board awards grants annually to non-profits serving citizens in Franklin County.
CRAFT WORK. Above, Isabel “Izzie” Pugh, center, shows off some bead work during a crafting session in the Louisburg College Multi-purpose room. The college was the site for the week-long day camp held by the Franklin County Area of the Girl Scouts’ North Carolina Coastal Pines region. The indoors provided a bit of a respite for campers as temperatures rose to the triple digits by week’s end.
Shanlee Fowler (left), 5, races to the finish line for her relay team during day camp for the Franklin County area of the Girls Scouts of the North Carolina Coastal Pines region. Contestants in the relay race had to soak a sponge with water and race to fill a plastic bottle at the end of the race. The team that reached the determined line first won.
The United Way of Franklin County Youth Leadership Team is calling on local youth ages 14-18 to join a group effort in volunteering for the 2012 UWFC Build-A-Backpack Program.
Youth volunteers are needed for July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10 and Aug. 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. to hand out flyers and take donations for school supplies and backpacks for students in need in Franklin County for the 2012-13 school year.
The Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee, along with the Democratic Women of Franklin County, provided and served lunch to 75 individuals recently at the Blessing Soup Kitchen in Louisburg.
Five County First in Families will present Family Night, hosted by Howes Your Pizza, 23 Highway 98 East, Bunn, on Monday, July 2, 5 to 9 p.m.
Ten percent of sales will be donated to Five County First In Families, a non-profit organization which helps individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries by providing families with resources, information and services they need to live healthy, happy lives.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who fired a gun during a domestic dispute.
Further investigation also revealed that Brandon Sills is a suspect in a Franklinton breaking and entering.
Deputies were dispatched to a domestic dispute at a home in the 200 block of Stephen Taylor Road the morning of June 26.