Although much of Louisburg College’s 225th anniversary celebration last week was a look back, toward the end of the festivities, things reversed direction exactly 180 degrees.
Instead of reflecting on history and heritage, college officials revealed that their focus is on the future — with a serious deadline slated for December, 2015.
Franklin County commissioners essentially agreed to give the company that performed its revaluation a two-month window to try and collect the remaining balance on its contract.
If not, Commissioner Don Lancaster is prepared to not pay Assessment Solutions another dime.
In May, commissioners first discussed the prospect of not paying the company any more money.
A former county commissioner and long-time servant of Franklin County passed away over the weekend.
George “Tommy” Wynne was 63.
“He was really involved in all of the emergency services stuff,” said Commissioner Harry Foy, who served on the board with Wynne in the early 1990s.
RUBBING EXPLAINED. Louisburg College art professor Will Hinton explains the rubbing of the tombstone he did to Dr. Jackie Clark as his daughter, Zoe, watches.
With those words, Louisburg College President Mark La Branche began a tribute to Matthew Dickinson Saturday morning, part of the college’s 225th anniversary celebration.
“How incredible,” Dr. La Branche said, “before the country had its first president or a Constitution,” education became a priority in Franklin County at a time when this region was sparsely settled and considered the frontier.
BUNN — A man who has dedicated much of his professional life to education — and especially to children — was honored Sunday afternoon when the auditorium at Bunn High School was renamed the Johnny H. Alford Auditorium.
The honor, said current Bunn High Principal Robin Faulkner, was to “recognize all that Mr. Alford has done for Bunn High and the community.
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GOOD MORNING: It’s October. Next Monday, October 8 is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, Columbus Day in the U.S. Our Thanksgiving won’t come until the fourth Thursday in November, which falls on Nov. 22 this year, which (if I’m still around by then) will be my 85th birthday.
Meanwhile, the forecast for today (Wednesday) thru Saturday calls for a 50% chance of rain today and a daytime high of 83 degrees.
That’s a perfect greeting for individuals from 1 to 101 — but when an institution turns 225, it seems inadequate.
However, Louisburg College is marking its 225th anniversary this year and, certainly, happy birthday is appropriate.
You know the old saying, a little exercise never killed anyone?
Well, apparently they don’t spend time on a bike trail.
The issue of bike trails has been in the news recently, in Durham and here in Franklin County.
In one case, seriously, and in another, perhaps tongue in cheek, they both pose dangers.
I am writing in response to an editorial concerning East Coast Packaging Company’s plan to relocate from Youngsville to Middlesex. The editorial questioned the Rural Center for issuing a grant to Middlesex to assist with the renovation of the company’s new building.
YOUNGSVILLE —Sallie Chappell Finn, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Jackson family cemetery.
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Theodore “Ted” Sawyer, 73, who died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2012, were held Monday, Oct. 1, at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the Kingsberry family cemetery.
ZEBULON - Melba Clark Price, 88, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at William Dunlap Hospice Home. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Friendship FWB Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will friends from 1 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.
RALEIGH - Juanita Cyrus “Mimi” Atkins, 95, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the sanctuary of Forest Hills Baptist Church. Burial followed at Montlawn Memorial Park.
HENDERSON —Funeral services for James Edward “Nig” Macon, 78, who died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, will be held at 12 noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at Rowland Chapel Christian Church, with the Rev. John Miles officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG —Funeral arrangements for Arthur Richardson, 73, who died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, were incomplete at press time. Arrangements will be announced at a later date by Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - George Thomas “Tommy” Wynne 63, of Louisburg died Saturday, September 29, 2012 at his home.
YARDAGE MAKER. Louisburg’s Elijah Thomas turns the corner for a gain during the Warriors’ home loss last Friday night versus Corinth Holders.
LOUISBURG -- Under a steady sea of second-half rainfall, the Louisburg Warriors drowned in a series of missed opportunities -- and big plays from Corinth Holders -- during last Friday’s key Northern Carolina Conference gridiron meeting.
The high-powered Pirates used their spread offense to collect seven touchdowns, and Corinth Holders would pull away in the second half to secure a 48-28 win over the host Warriors at Patterson Field.
FLIPPED OVER. Louisburg College’s Demarques Martin (right) flies through the air while being tackled during last Saturday’s home football matchup against Northeast Conference rival Dean College from Boston.
LOUISBURG -- John Sala almost always tries to keep things positive on the sideline in his role as Louisburg College’s head football coach.
But even Sala couldn’t help but be flustered during LC’s sluggish opening to last Saturday’s crucial Northeast Conference matchup against Dean College.
ALL ABOUT THE CHASE. (L to R) Bunn’s Malik Finley and Tarik Cohen try to track down a Warren County player during last Friday night’s matchup.
BUNN -- Warren County’s single-wing offense didn’t muster a single point during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference football showdown at Bunn.
Instead, the Wildcats held WC to just 78 total yards on their way to a 36-0 triumph that kept BHS tied atop the NCC standings with Franklinton.
When last we left the Franklinton-Bunn football rivalry, the Red Rams were engaged in a joyous celebration on the field after holding the Wildcats in the shadow of the goal line in the closing seconds of a tight victory.
It was FHS’ first win over Bunn since 1989, and the Red Rams weren’t about to let the moment slip by without joviality.
FRANKLINTON -- After five consecutive to-the-wire victories, the Franklinton Red Rams took a much more direct route to success during last Friday’s homecoming conquest of Northwest Halifax.
FHS delivered five touchdowns in the first period alone and went on to past the Vikings by a 66-0 margin in a Northern Carolina Conference gridiron contest.
Louisburg College’s Madison Mills escapes a Dean College defender during last Saturday’s contest.
In one of the biggest plays of the game, Corinth Holders’ Tori Carmichael (with ball), split the defense to score a touchdown and convert a fourth-down last Friday against Louisburg.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football schedule:
TRENTON, N.J. -- The ninth-ranked Louisburg College men’s soccer team closed out their weekend doubleheader with a 6-3 win over Burlington County College on Sunday afternoon.
The neutral-site match was played on the campus of Mercer College.
The Hurricanes found themselves down 2-1 at the half, but they came out strong in the second frame as they scored five goals after the break in the non-conference win.
Bunn’s Malik Finley (right) tries to escape a Warren County defender after a pass reception during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football matchup at Bunn.
Mary Stallings of Louisburg announces the upcoming marriage of her daughter, Mertis Leticia Stallings, currently of Lanham, Md., formerly of Louisburg, to Edward Howard Johnson, currently of Lanham, Md. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Itous Stallings of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of the late Robert Johnson and Caroline Green.
Joe and Donna White of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa White to Martin Fuller II of Louisburg, the son of Brenda Aycock-Fuller and Martin Fuller, both of Louisburg. The wedding will take place on March 16, 2013 at the Sutherland Estate & Gardens, Wake Forest.
The second concert of the fall, 2012 season at Warren County’s Cherry Hill will feature a two-piano concert by Keiko Sekino and Benjamin Hochman this Sunday.
They will perform works from Mozart, Schubert, Debussy and Brahms at the 3 p.m. concert. The concert commemorates Judge Walter Clark and is one of three this fall at Cherry Hill. The final fall concert on Oct. 28 will feature baritone Scott McCleod and pianist Daniel Steinert.
Michael W. Chappell has been named interim principal of Franklinton High School. Chappell began his post at Franklinton High School on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Chappell recently retired from Wake County Schools as principal of Jones Dairy Elementary School.
He worked in Franklin County Schools in the past as an assistant principal at Franklinton High School and a principal at Franklinton Elementary School.
STEP TO THE MIC. Franklin County 4-Her Meredith Potter, center, was part of a group of youngsters at the Farm City Luncheon who put on a Farm-to-Fork presentation. The program teaches children about where our food comes from.
The importance of agriculture — from farm to table — was the focus of the annual Farm-City Week luncheon Friday that featured Larry Wooten, president of North Carolina Farm Bureau, as the main speaker.
Wooten began by noting that “99.9 percent of all students” who have participated in 4-H or FFA programs in high school go on to get their high school diploma.
A criminal case that investigators allege began in Craven County will end there, a judge ruled this week.
Ryan M. Brown, 36, was charged with rape, kidnapping and other charges after investigators allege he kidnapped up his estranged girlfriend from her Craven County home at knife point, drove her to Franklin County and sexually assaulted her on March 19.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Spring Hope men accused of stabbing a man during an attack at a Zebulon area store.
Deputies responded to the Bunn Fire Department the evening of Sept. 26 to find Gregory Denton suffering from a stab wound to the chest.
His injuries did not prove fatal.
Growers across North Carolina are being trained by N.C. Cooperative Extension agents using, Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training Curriculum.
The tiered educational program, consisting of nine training modules, teaches growers how to minimize food safety risks.
HELPING HAND. Krista Strain, standing, helps the Edward Best Elementary team. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
The community came together to spell a victory for the United Way of Franklin County.
The organization that provides funding for social and educational needs kicked off its fundraising campaign with what has become its annual Spelling Bee at Franklinton High School on Thursday.
The event featured 20 teams and raised $3,850 — $300 more than the previous year.
SR Joel N. Williams of Franklinton graduated from U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., on Sept. 21.
Civilian Michael W. J. O’Quinn Jr., son of Anna and Michael O’Quinn of Franklinton, recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh.
The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school.