With little fanfare — and after receiving not a single comment from the public — the Franklin County Board of Education unanimously approved several policies, including those on religion and religious activities in the schools, on Monday night.
The school board also got a sobering reminder that converting the old Franklinton High School in downtown Franklinton into a middle school will be a costly venture with recurring costs for many years.
Veteran Franklinton High School Principal Charles A. Fuller is leaving the high school he helped open just a year ago.
Fuller, who has been with Franklin County Schools since 1983, was hired as the district’s Director for Secondary Education Monday night by the school board — and will be moving to the district’s West River Road Campus by Oct. 1.
Franklin County schools are running smoothly — and growing!
That was the word Monday night from Schools Superintendent Eddie Ingram who said that the opening this year was smooth and there have been no reportable offenses through the first 10 days of classes.
Enrollment is up by 35 students over last spring, he added.
Miracle League Buddy and mud runner Joel DeCilles takes a plunge.
YOUNGSVILLE — On Saturday, a mass of runners climbed hills and splashed through muddy waters like competitors in a human game of Pitfall, all the while being chased by the seemingly undead.
For organizers, the fact that 1,500 competitors showed up for the opportunity breathes life into their plans to do it again.
Changes in pricing, policy and practice helped animal control staff register a nearly 700 percent increase in adoptions in three months.
In June, the department adopted out 13 animals.
The next month, 46 animals were taken home.
Ten of Franklin County’s farms will be on display by week’s end, nine of which are part of a regional farm tour and one that will be on display because of its reliance on solar power and other innovations.
A Vineyard Management and Conservation Field Day, sponsored by the county’s Cooperative Extension Office, will take place on Friday at Foster Family Vineyards on Pete Smith Road.
Bunn High School band member and flag girl Julianna Wall performs during the annual Tar River Festival held this past Saturday in downtown Louisburg. The Greater Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which featured musical and dance performances, festival food vendors, games for children and craft vendors. The annual event is in its 23rd year.
Nyree Minto, 3, at the Tar River Festival
GOOD MORNING: Although fall doesn’t begin, officially at any rate, until the 22nd, a pretty good sized chunk of it fell out my way just east of town Monday morning.
I’ve forgotten what the outside temperature was when I went down to the mailbox to pick up the morning paper shortly after 5 a.m., but it was pitch-black dark and quite chilly, even with a light jacket on. And, on top of that, temperatures hadn’t made it above the mid-seventies at noon.
The political conventions have come and gone.
The results were not encouraging.
There was plenty of spectacle -- although probably not as much as in years past. There were no surprises, no tension, no controversy to speak of and the outcomes were a foregone conclusion weeks before each began.
I guess I should get ready now for the slings and arrows and be prepared to be called un-American.
However, what makes this country great is being able to question the judgement of one’s country.
I was faced with that over the weekend while doing some Sunday reading and came across a story pointing out the cost associated for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
I am sickened and disgusted with all the garbage coming from political candidates. I cannot believe the blinders some intelligent people have on.
LITTLETON - Memorial services for Percy Bunn Jr., 74, who died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Glorene Tabor Strickland, 74, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.
WARRENTON —Funeral services for Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, 19, who died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Warrenton, with the Rev. Eric Evans officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
MY BALL. Franklinton senior Tank Yarbrough celebrates after recovering a fumble during the Red Rams’ road football victory last Friday night against the Oxford Webb Warriors.
OXFORD -- Franklinton came up with more defensive heroics last Friday -- this time with the outcome of the game on the line.
FHS, which has stymied both Ravenscroft and Northern Vance in recent weeks, stopped host Oxford Webb on a potential score-tying 2-point conversion with 1:32 remaining in Friday’s non-conference football matchup in Granville County.
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- One week after using a late-game comeback to gain their first victory of the season, the Louisburg Warriors needed no such fortune to secure Win No. 2.
Instead, Louisburg dominated literally from the opening kickoff en route to a 48-6 decision last Friday at Northwest Halifax.
ON THE RISE. Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (left) elevates for a kill during Monday’s road spike setback against Northern Nash.
RED OAK -- It took Northern Nash nearly 20 years to defeat Bunn on the volleyball court -- but not much longer to secure Victory Number Two.
Northern had topped Bunn in mid-August, marking the initial time the Lady Knights had won over BHS during Henry Jones’ 18-year tenure at the Franklin County school.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Golf Fore! Miracles Charity Golf Scramble will be held Sept. 18 at The River Golf and Country Club in Franklin County.
Cost is $65 per player, which includes cart and green fees, lunch and prizes.
Four-player teams are also welcome, and hole sponsorships are available.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s scores from North Carolina High School Athletic Association football action:
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College men’s soccer team improved to 4-0 with a hard-fought 4-3 overtime win over Spartanburg Methodist College Sunday afternoon at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
The Hurricanes scored the first two goals of the game, the first by Jacques Francois in the 18th minute, the second by Rene Legien in the 29th.
BUNN -- The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bunn High School football squad.
After a home defeat against the powerhouse Southern Nash Firebirds on Aug. 30, Bunn didn’t play last week in order to prepare for its Northern Carolina Conference opener this Friday at home against a struggling North Johnston squad.
HENDERSON -- After dropping an opening-round match to host Kerr-Vance Academy, Franklinton High School recovered last Saturday to defeat Northern Vance by a 1-0 score in the third-place match of the Burger King Classic Boys Soccer Tournament on the K-VA campus.
Franklinton, under the direction of first-year coach Isaac Welker, then kicked off its Northern Carolina Conference schedule on Monday with a 4-1 decision against the North Johnston Panthers.
FORK UNION, VA. -- The Louisburg College football team improved to 2-0 overall with 23-18 road win over Fork Union Military Academy, last Saturday afternoon in the Dominion State.
FUMA struck first as they went 80 yards in two plays to open up the game with a touchdown on their first possession.
Bunn’s Destini Davis (right) goes up for a kill during Monday’s road spike loss at Northern Nash.
Franklinton’s Tank Yarbrough drags several Oxford Webb defenders forward during last Friday’s road football matchup in Granville County.
LIVELY FUN. Above, Haley Jackson and Sheldon Bowman apply blood to zombie Tina Godwin before the start of the Zombie Mud Run at Panic Point
Right, Run organizer Brian Garff explains the rules and course layout before the first wave of runners departs.
Left, Chemetra Patrick and Daniel Gray share a laugh as they emerge from one of the watery obstacles set up during the mud run.
Right, Zombies Samantha Stoner and April Clayton show off their make-up before taking their spots on the trail.
Grass planting season is upon us in piedmont North Carolina.
Labor Day is the best time of year to plant cool season grass in the piedmont as days are warm but nights begin to cool off so cool season grass can germinate and grow before cold weather sets in.
Grass and water have a love-hate relationship, which may sound strange, so let me explain.
A vehicle chase that ended in the fatality of a state Highway Patrol trooper came briefly through Franklin County, but local law enforcement officers were not involved.
Authorities arrested Christopher M. Rodgers of Williamston on Saturday morning after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase that began in Raleigh.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of cases where shots were fired.
No one was hit by a projectile.
In the first incident, deputies responded to a Spring Hope home near the Nash County line the afternoon of Sept. 8 after shots were reported to have been fired in the neighborhood.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 REMEMBERED. Left, Franklin County Sheriff’s First Sgt. Harry Upchurch raises an American flag before lowering it to half staff during a ceremony to remember those who lost their lives during terrorist attacks 11 years ago. More than 3,000 people died in the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a commercial flight that crashed in Pennsylvania.