Literally, the rubber met the road this past week.
And, as a result, testers are getting a good idea that signals are pinging where they’re supposed to.
Lynchburg, Va.-based Harris Corporation staff, along with members of the county emergency response community, took to the streets this week, physically testing radio signal strength throughout the county — particularly in areas that are notorious for poor or no service.
Louisburg Police Sgt. Greg Alston hands Jazmin Santiago one of the many backpacks that were raffled off during National Night Out festivities in Louisburg.
MEET AND GREET, BUT NOT IN THE STREET. The towns of Louisburg and Franklinton both celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday evening. It’s the 29th year that the event has been celebrated across the country and the event has been celebrated in both local communities for years. The goal is for residents to better get to know their neighbors, while also building upon their relationships with police offices, sheriff’s deputies, others in the first responder community, as well as governmental officials and staff.
Louisburg College officials said they are willing to hold up on plans to relocate their first president after a long lost relative has questioned the move.
Matthew Dickinson’s great-great-great niece, Diane Gravlee, recently contacted President Mark La Branche and has expressed concern about the college’s plans.
Certainly, it’s a cliché, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
The increasing interest in recycling has made that even more true, as tons of what used to be discarded as trash can now be reused and repackaged into new items.
Franklin County’s Solid Waste operators want to make sure residents remain keenly aware of what items can get a new life.
A shiny new child day care center has begun operations in the place of another center that ended under a cloud of suspicion and allegations involving child abuse and sexual misconduct.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was set to revoke the license belonging to operators of Leaps and Bounds Early Learning Center in July, but before that could happen, Diane Lee and Timothy Lee closed down the Sledge Road center.
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GOOD MORNING: I see where a growing number of Federal Reserve officials have concluded that the central bank needs to expand its stimulus campaign unless the nation’s economy soon shows signs of improvement, including job growth.
The question is expected to dominate the agenda when the Fed’s policy-making committee meets next week.
It’s unusual for our beloved Franklin County commissioners to get involved in a Virginia business proposal, but get involved they did.
Just this week, the commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a proposed uranium-mining operation in Virginia.
If you’re going to survive in the news business for very long, it’s a good idea to develop a healthy (or unhealthy!) dose of skepticism.
In fact, old reporters like me sometimes confess that we were born skeptical but became cynics through education and experience. Especially experience.
But sometimes that can put you in a rather awkward position as happened to me recently.
LOUISBURG - Eddie Charles Malone, 71, of Louisburg, died Thursday, August 9, 2012, at his home. Son of Annie Lee Malone and the late Willie Lee Malone.
RICHMOND, Va.— Funeral services for Evelyn Moore Mason, 55, formerly of Louisburg, who died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
HENDERSON - Elizabeth Brewer Hayes, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at her home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at New Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donnie Perkinson and the Rev. Jonathan Owens officiating.
FRANKLINTON —Claude Elvis Williams, 84, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James “Turk” Person, 72, who died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Kittrell, with the Rev. Spencer L. Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Estelle Crudup, 94, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Bunn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
CASTALIA - Jarrett Earl Dickens, age 84, passed away Monday, August 06, 2012 at the Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, from ALS. During the 8 months after his diagnosis, he was an inspiration to all, with his attitude and sense of humor. A native of Castalia, NC, he was born September 15, 1927, the son of the late William A. Dickens and Lonie Walker Dickens. He was also preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.
FORWARD MOVEMENT. A Louisburg High footballer advances the ball during Thursday’s boys soccer scrimmage at Northern Nash.
RED OAK -- Brett Kiger hopes 13 will be a lucky number this fall for the Louisburg High School boys soccer squad.
Kiger, in his first full season in charge of the LHS program, had just 13 players available for Thursday’s trip to Nash County to take part in the Northern Nash Jamboree.
EYE ON YOU. Nash Central quarterback Khalil Macklin carries the ball as Bunn’s Nathan Spurling gives chase during Wednesday’s prep football scrimmage.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Bunn and Nash Central proved to be perfect dance partners for a preseason high school football scrimmage.
Both clubs are expected to compete for the top spot in their respective conferences, and both are loaded with returning talent on each side of the ball.
IMPACT PLAYER FOR BHS. Bunn point guard Montrel Cooke has signed to continue his basketball career at Sandhills CC in Pinehurst.
BUNN -- The Bunn-Sandhills Community College men’s basketball connection will continue this coming season in the form of point guard Montrel Cooke.
A four-year starter at Bunn, Cooke has signed a letter-of-intent to play at Sandhills, which is the defending National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Champion.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It’s hard to believe, but Franklin County’s fall sports schedule will begin this coming week with a variety of events.
With scrimmages and jamborees now behind them, the county’s footballers will swing into full gear this coming Friday with a trio of contests.
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Royal Knights AAU Basketball Team will host boys tryouts the weeks of Sept. 10 and Sept. 17.
Tryouts will be held each night at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Creek Middle School Gymnasium, which is located in Youngsville.
An old-fashioned quarterback battle and hopes for upgraded play at linebacker and offensive line will be among the issues that Franklinton coach Jeremy Buck is looking to address at today’s home football scrimmage.
FHS, in Buck’s first season, will host the touted South Granville Vikings today at 9 a.m. This will also be the initial opportunity for fans to check out the Red Rams at their new on-campus field.
High School Football
Bunn at Rocky Mount 7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Lakewood 7:30 p.m.
Southern Vance at Louisburg 7:30 p.m.
SALEM, VA. -- The Salem Red Sox scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to drop the Carolina Mudcats 7-6 on Wednesday night at LewisGale Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
Salem (18-27, 59-55) appeared down to the end with Xander Bogaerts at the plate and trailing 6-4.
LOUISBURG, NC – Louisburg College Director of Athletics Michael Holloman has announced the hiring of Colby Mangum to the position of Head Volleyball Coach.
“I am very happy with finding a great candidate in such a short period of time,” said Athletic Director Mike Holloman. “Colby has some solid experience, both as a college player and a high school coach, and she has a great future as a college coach.”
LOUISBURG -- Safe Space Inc. held it annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on August 3 at Green Hill Country Club and raised over $4,000 to support domestic violence services in Franklin County.
This year’s event was a great success with 40 golfers participating.
The Team of Billy Faulkner took first place.
Bunn’s Jordan Denton catches up to a Nash Central runner to make a tackle during Wednesday evening’s high school football scrimmage on the NCHS campus in Rocky Mount.
(L to R) Bunn’s Chris Miller and Nash Central’s Kevin Crudup discuss their respective football teams before Wednesday evening’s preseason scrimmage in Rocky Mount. Both Miller and Crudup are BHS alums who played under David Howle.
Michael and Ann Marie Cash of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Nicole Cash to Jordan Hunter Rummage, the son of Jamie and Roger Rummage of Lexington. The wedding will take place Sept. 22, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Psalms 91, Lexington. The couple will reside in Lexington.
Rob and Heidi Belisle of Charlotte are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Drew Belisle, born May 23, 2012 at Carolinas Healthcare System-Main, Charlotte. He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 1/4 inches long.
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Attorneys representing Franklin County have responded to a lawsuit alleging police brutality.
Attorneys representing Louisburg and its officers have been given to nearly the end of the month to respond to allegations lodged by a father and son.
Roddie Lopp and his father, Frederick, filed a lawsuit on June 18, alleging that Franklin County Sheriff’s Dep. Joel Anderson, along with Louisburg Police Officers Garrett Stanly, Andy Castaneda and Sherri Brinkely came to his N. Church Street home the evening of June 28, 2009 to return his two children to their mother in Nashville.
The N.C. Soil and Water Conservation Districts are celebrating their 75th anniversary this month.
Gov. Bev Perdue has proclaimed August as Soil and Water Conservation Awareness Month.
Soil and water conservation has a long history in Franklin County.
“The Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District plays a very vital role today, as well in history, in Franklin County,” said Franklin Soil & Water District Administrator, Cindy Phelps.
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton police helped a fugitive task force arrest a man on federal warrants following a standoff.
Christopher McFadgen of Smithfield is facing federal drug charges, authorities said.
According to Police Chief John Green, Officers K.J. Hornaday, Reggie Norflett and Doris Hinton helped members of the Raleigh Police Department Fugitive Task force track down the suspect at a residence on Whitaker Street the morning of Aug. 8.