While Republicans strengthened their majority in Raleigh, incumbent Democrats maintained a majority at home.
The general election, plus a vacancy, gave voters the chance to elect a majority of the county’s Board of Commissioners, creating an opportunity to change the face of the board.
Following Tuesday night’s election, attorney Amanda Stevenson held a tenuous lead over incumbent District Court Judge Quon Bridges.
She’ll have to wait until all the absentee and provisional ballots are counted, though, before she can truly claim victory.
But she likes her position, though.
Franklin County voters increased the power of Republicans in the General Assembly, selecting Chad Barefoot to represent them in the legislature.
Barefoot, who served as a top policy advisor to North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam, bested Incumbent Sen. Doug Berger — 51,562 to 40,658, according to the most recent numbers available by the State Board of Elections.
Franklin County veterans officials have scheduled a ceremony honoring the military at the beginning of the week.
Franklin County will recognize its Veterans Day service on Monday, Nov. 12 — because Nov. 11 falls on a Sunday.
Three-year-old Madison Watkins
GOOD MORNING: Following an election that both parties agreed was a mandate to find compromise and avoid a so-called fiscal cliff, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders continue to sharply disagree over the key issue of whether or not top tax rates should be raised to help resolve the looming crisis.
Republicans say higher tax rates will damage the economy, while Democrats say it was the only equitable way to tackle the debt.
If you’re as sick and tired of politics, pundits and political shenanigans as we are, here’s a news story that’s a welcome change of pace:
Storm damage to the electricity distribution system in the Northeast exposed deep flaws in the structure and regulation of power utilities that will require a complete redesign, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.
Okay, now that the silly season is over, it’s time for politicians to get to the real work.
And be forewarned, the discussions you’re beginning to hear about a “financial cliff” and sequestration are reaching right into Franklin County.
In fact, they may reach right into the classrooms of your kids and grandkids — unless those we have elected put on their big boy (and big girl) clothes and do the right things instead of just kicking the problems down the road.
With all due respect, I would like to congratulate your President of the USA and mine on his second time around. How sweet it is.
The article about the 19,000 solar panels in Bunn was amazing. I am surprised that the panels can create enough electricity for 600 houses.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Donne Gray “Mule” Mills, 75, who died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, were held Friday, Nov. 9, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
ROCKY MOUNT - Mozelle Tant Upchurch, 90, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Ridgecrest Worship Center, with the Rev. John Sharpe, the Rev. Tony Bossolono and the Rev. David Whitley officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
RALEIGH - Knarvo Lee Jefferys, 83, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. A graveside service was held Friday, Nov. 9, at Catawba Springs Christian Church in Apex.
ZEBULON - Edward T. “Eddie” Smith, 62, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Funeral service was held Thursday, Nov. 8, at Pearce Baptist Church. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
ZEBULON - Robert Glenn “Bobby” Hales, 57, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 9, at Hales Chapel Baptist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
GOLDSBORO - Nona Mae Bunch Hyman, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at the Brian Center in Goldsboro. Funeral arrangements were handled by Hamilton FC in Wilson.
LOUISBURG - Rozella Rebecca Fulford, 84, formerly of Pilot, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at Pilot Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Byers officiating. Interment will follow in the Watkins family cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Albert E. Coley, 52, who died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Coley family cemetery.
HARRISBURG, PA - John Alan Spivey, of Harrisburg, PA, transitioned into eternal life on October 22, 2012. He was born November 22, 1946 in Louisburg, NC, son of Elizabeth Malone Spivey and the late Jimmie Spivey. He graduated from Riverside High School, Louisburg, and served his country honorably in the US Army during the Vietnam War. An entrepreneur/Spivey’s Enterprise, he retired from G4S Secure Solutions.
HAVING A BALL. Eduardo Alvarez and the Louisburg College Hurricanes will begin play in the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer National Tournament this Monday in Albany, Georgia.
LOUISBURG -- Two decades of dominance have brought a slew of region and district titles to the Louisburg College men’s soccer program.
Players have earned region and national honors, and the Hurricanes are firmly entrenched as one of the country’s top junior college squads -- year in and year out.
A STRONG SEASON. Beau Studebaker ran the Cedar Creek Middle School football offense this fall from his quarterback position.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Over the past three years, John Southerland has guided the Cedar Creek Middle School Jaguars through one of its most dominant football stretches in school history.
This season would prove to be no different.
Cedar Creek, which won the Middle Athletic Conference in 2010 and took second place last fall, finished tied for the top spot in the MAC this year with defending champion Bunn.
DEFENSE WINS. Louisburg College defender Sam Parrish (left) puts down the clamps on teammate Catherina Borgstrom during an impromptu game session as part of Thursday’s practice session for the Lady Hurricanes’ soccer squad.
LOUISBURG -- Fresh off the most rewarding victory in school history, the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes have come up with a new week-long motto as they train for the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Soccer National Championships.
Don’t be satisfied.
There will be a distinct feeling of a journey into the unknown when Louisburg College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams depart the campus today en route to their respective national tournaments.
Of the players and coaches on both squads, only one person has any national event experience -- LC men’s head coach Cristian Neagu.
During his playing days in the early 2000s, Neagu participated in the nationals in back-to-back years.
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CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
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HENDERSON -- The 2012 Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball season ended on Oct. 27 with a loss in the first round of the NJCAA Region X Tournament to Wytheville (Va.) Community College.
Leading the Vanguards in the tournament match, which was held at Sandhills Community College, were Veronica Papandrea of Durham with 12 digs and one assist; Cynthia Kelly of Oxford with two service aces, eight digs and one kill and Brittny Shells of Oxford with two service aces and nine digs.
SAFE AT HOME. The latest Franklin County Miracle League Spotlight Player of the Week is Hunter DeCilles. He is a in the 5th Grade at Franklin Academy. His favorite thing to do is draw. He is the son of Peter & Amanda DeCilles. He is shown sliding into home plate which Franklin County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Tommy Piper as he tries to tag him out.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s men’s and women’s basketball squads will be in action at the Taylor Center this weekend as part of early-season tournament matchups.
The LC women, coached by Brett Vana, will wind down play today in the Louisburg Classic by meeting Hagerstown Community College from Maryland.
James Scheer sends a kick into the net during Thursday’s practice session for the Louisburg College men’s soccer squad at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
Jacques Francois has been outstanding this fall for the Louisburg College men’s soccer team.
PAIR OF BLASTS. Pictured are two of Louisburg College’s first-half goals from last Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Essex CC in the Girls Soccer District Championship at Ronald May Field. A goal came from (above) Jessie Scales.
LOUISBURG -- After beginning the season with a pair of losses, the Terrell Lane Middle School boys soccer squad appeared to be on the outside looking in for the Middle Athletic Conference championship.
But the Tornadoes were destined to get an opportunity to avenge both of those defeats -- and they were able to do so on the biggest MAC stage of all.
Louisburg College veteran women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes has encouraged his players not to rest on their laurels heading into action this coming week at the national tournament in Florida.
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LOUISBURG — Commissioners agreed to move forward with plans to renovate and begin new construction at the county’s aging jail.
Commissioners received an update on the 16-year-old jail’s deficiencies and met with architects, the sheriff and jail staff during a work session on Thursday before committing to spend $187,817.85 — 9 percent of the expected construction cost — to retain Surapon Sujjavanich Architects to plan and design the renovations and new construction.
Within four hours, narcotics and vice officers executed two search warrants, seizing crack cocaine and marijuana, arresting half a dozen people.
First, narcotics officers and members of the sheriff’s office’s tactical team executed a search warrant at 208 Fox Park Road near Louisburg at just after 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.
BUNN -- Two games into the postseason, any thoughts that Deshawn High’s absence would doom the Bunn Wildcats have been squelched.
Bunn, of course, would love to have High’s services at quarterback, but he has been unavailable due to an ankle injury suffered in BHS’ regular season finale at Louisburg.