FRANKLIN COUNTY — Businesses that spread across the state as quickly as the controversy they created could be history after the new year.
The State Supreme Court upheld the state’s ban on Internet sweepstakes cafes, making them illegal.
Sweepstakes industry attorneys plan to appeal the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the state has denied the industry’s request to hold off on enforcement.
THE GIFT OF GIVING. Krystyna Rothgery, Safe Space Inc.’s program manager, center, accepts a donation from Kristen Silver, right, and SAVE member Sarah Garrett.
BUNN — A group of Bunn High students stepped forward this holiday, helping two organizations that assist the battered and abused — on both two legs and four.
Last week, Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) members presented checks to Safe Space Inc., and the Crazy Cat House Rescue of Bunn.
Framed by the architectural details of the church and under a bright, Carolina blue sky that belied the somber nature of the observance, Louisburg College Professor Will Hinton carefully rang the bells at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg last Friday morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m., the time a lone gunman forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school a week earlier and began systematically killing 20 first graders and six school staff members before taking his own life.
PIT STOP. From right, Anthony Brown, Miles Brown and Trace Bowden make some car adjustments.
FRANKLINTON — He’s not quite Ricky Bobby, but Anthony Brown likes to go fast.
Well, he likes to see his son, Miles, go fast.
Brown is content on working behind the scenes, in the garage as it were, tinkering with slot cars that reach equivalent speeds of 300 mph.
LOUISBURG — County staff is getting closer to completing a contract that would bring another revenue generator to the airport.
That, coupled with a recent land purchase, airport staff said, puts the airport on an positive course.
“I’m very encouraged with the trajectory of the airport,” Steve Merritt, director of the county’s Triangle North Executive Airport, said of the contract talks with Paul Fayard to bring a 12,000-square-foot hangar to the airport, and the recent purchase of 64 acres on the north end of the airport.
Louisburg resident James Harris
GOOD MORNING: This is proving to be somewhat tricky, ie. writing a column for our December 26th (day after Christmas) MIDWEEK edition, for which the deadline happens to be Sunday, December 23rd, several days before Christmas.
As a result thereof, instead of wishing you a Merry Christmas, I find myself in the position of having to say, “I hope you had a nice Christmas.” But that’s not all.
Looking back at our last edition before Christmas, we were rather pleased that the front page — indeed most of the edition — didn’t resemble a “regular” newspaper.
That was intentional — and good fortune smiled upon us.
Part of the good fortune was that there was no tragedy or other “hard news” to report ... no murders, drug arrests, fires, etc.
The funny thing about grey hair is that even though it roosts on top of your head, it can cloud your vision.
I said that to say this, it’s easy to forget about your own foibles of youth when you get older, and grey.
So, when that happens, it becomes easier to pass judgement on a younger generation, thinking that they don’t have the same kinds of morals, work ethic and desires to do good when you see them typing away on a smartphone, or iPad or some other computer device.
SPRING HOPE - Bob James Rowe of Spring Hope passed away on Friday December 21, 2012 at home. He was born December 29, 1947 in Franklin County. He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Addie Rowe.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for La Toya Ann Mayo, 26, of Louisburg, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27, at noon from the Louisburg College Auditorium.
I’VE GOT YA NOW. Louisburg High School’s Ryder Bishop (top) prepares to wrap up a match with a pinfall against Southern Wayne during last Thursday’s event against Southern Wayne and host Southern Nash.
STANHOPE -- Even without being able to fill a full lineup, Louisburg High School hasn’t been afraid to take on several higher-classification powerhouses on the wrestling mat during the 2012-13 campaign.
That was evident once again last Thursday as the Warriors competed in a tri-match against host Southern Nash and Southern Wayne.
MURFREESBORO -- It was quite a year for football at Chowan University -- and three former Franklinton High School standouts were on hand to enjoy the experience.
Ex-Red Rams Jamarr Royster, Will Jones and Reggie Williams were members of the Hawks’ squad this fall as Chowan went 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
WENDELL -- A brutal non-league schedule left the Bunn Ladycats with five losses heading into the Northern Carolina Conference portion of their worksheet.
But don’t count the Ladycats out in the NCC, as evidenced by last Thursday’s opener at Corinth Holders -- a convincing 46-23 conquest.
CREEDMOOR -- Louisburg High School’s Christmas schedule will feature an appearance at the South Granville High School Varsity Boys Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The event will be held Dec. 27-29 at the SGHS Gymnasium. Tickets will be available at the gate.
LHS, coached by Dontae Lassiter, will compete in the Blue Bracket portion of the tournament.
WILSON -- One of the state’s top girls high school soccer events will return in March -- and the Bunn Ladycats will participate.
The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase will be played March 15-16 at Gillette Park in Wilson. The event annually features some of the top programs from across Northern Carolina -- from all classifications.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College men’s and women’s soccer teams finished their seasons by competing in the NJCAA National Tournaments, which was a first for the women’s team and a tournament best for the men as they made it to the championship game.
Each squad had some great team and individual efforts and three Hurricanes have been honored for their excellence on the field.
Louisburg’s Trevious Foster (left) tries to gain an advantage against a Southern Wayne wrestler last Thursday.
Everette and Doris Phelps of Louisburg celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on Dec. 21, 2012. They were married on Dec. 21, 1947 at Maple Springs Baptist Church, Louisburg.
Eric and Jessica Cochran of Wendell are proud to announce the birth of their son, Brady Alexander Cochran, born Oct. 11, 2012 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.
Jessica Cochran is a former resident of Youngsville.
4-H’ers had a farm and on that farm they raised some chickens E-I-E-I-O.
Twelve Franklin County 4-H’ers recently participated in the Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale in Warrenton.
The 12 youth received 10 poults (baby chicks) at the beginning of May and took on the responsibility of caring for the baby chicks so they would grow into healthy adult chickens.
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EARNS DEGREE. Karcina Cannady of Franklinton is displaying his diploma from Stratford Career Institute of St. Albans, Vt. He received his Criminal Justice degree from the Institute on Dec. 14. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department will be sponsoring Cannady as a student in the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson.
Louisburg College staff collected 90 items during a toy drive to benefit children through the county’s Department of Social Services. The toys were donated by Allen de Hart Concert series patrons, college faculty and staff and Franklin County residents. Robert Poole, director of the college’s Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, second from right, is joined by DSS employees William Viverette, Kellie Branch and Andre Coleman.
A car-jacking investigation turned out to be a case of lying.
A Lake Royale man was charged with filing a false police report for his trouble.
According to a report by Dep. A. Andrews, he was responding to a minor motor vehicle wreck on Baptist Church Road near Sledge Road the evening of Dec. 18 when he got a heads up from emergency crews in the area.
Franklin County commissioners have said they intend to apply for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant, a grant program that is administered through the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
One of the steps in the grant application process is holding a public hearing and the commissioners have scheduled that hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in the commissioners’ meeting room, 113 Market Street, Louisburg.
Randolph Spivey (center) recently completed 25 years of service with Rustic Building Supply in Louisburg and was honored with a certificate of appreciation. Presenting the certificate were Woody Wilson (left) and Jimmy Cottrell (right). Rustic honors employees when they have worked at the building supply company for 25 years.
At the annual meeting of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation that was held recently at the Sheraton Four Seasons and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, Franklin County Farm Bureau President Bennie Ray Gupton was recognized at the Presidents’ and Agents’ Luncheon. Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten presented each winning county president with a limited edition Case knife.