The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce provided the cherry on top of a sweet career for a long-time commissioner and public servant.
Pictured (Above): SURPRISED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR. During his long tenure as a Franklin County commissioner before his recent retirement, it was nevery easy to surprise Robert Lee Swanson (center). He always seemed to be “in the know” before anyone else. But Thursday night, he admitted, that “I’ve never been more surprised in my life” when the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year. Presenting the award were (left) last year’s winner, Wayne Champion, and outgoing Chamber President Joe Jones.
YOUNGSVILLE — Far and away, surveyed residents said they wanted the town to be a better incubator for business and development.
They want that balanced, though, with efforts to maintain Youngsville’s small-town charm.
This past Tuesday, commissioners met with residents in an effort to address that quandary, and a host of other topics revealed by a survey to gauge the issues that matter most.
FRANKLINTON — Town officials and staff spent their most recent retreat looking forward.
But it’s hard to forget the impacts of the past.
Water line leaks due to aging lines, sewer spills plus routine maintenance on aging infrastructure is taxing an already limited staff, a department head and Town Manager Tammy Ray told commissioners during its annual retreat on Wednesday.
Someone once said you’d never go broke underestimating the American public — and this week, unfortunately, that statement has been proven correct.
Most upsetting to me is the allegation — which is accepted as truth by a few — that the Sandy Hook School shootings not only never happened but were actually staged by the government as an excuse to begin cracking down on guns.
We’ve said this so many times before that it’s almost painful to repeat this warning.
But, here goes: Wake up and pay attention to what is happening in Raleigh.
Your checkbook, billfold and family’s financial future are being discussed and you need to be aware of what our legislators are considering and understand how it will impact your daily life.
The issue is tax reform.
“Folks,” there are times when our eyes can see great accomplished projects done in the county (Franklin). The one I’m referring to is Clifton Pond Road, which runs from M. C. Wilder Road to Highway 98.
CASTALIA - Lemuel Paul Murphy, 75, of Castalia died Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Franklin Oaks. He owned and operated Murphy Hardware for many years. A member of Red Bud Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school secretary and the treasurer.
LOUISBURG – Linda Elizabeth Peyton, 72, of Louisburg, died Monday afternoon.
LOUISBURG - William Allen Shannon, 67, of Louisburg died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. He was a coal miner, mason, welder and a heavy equipment operator.
ZEBULON –Williford “Tink” McCoy Martin, Jr., 77, of the Pilot Community, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
FRANKLINTON - William Thomas Tuck, 50, died Sunday, Jan. 12 at Franklin Regional Hospital, Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Pattie Lee Dunston Mitchell, 80, who died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, will be Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. John Hopkins Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Alma C. Ellis, 66, who died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, were Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Bunn Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Hines officiating. Burial followed in the Oakland Cemetery.
CEDAR ROCK TOWNSHIP – Pattie Brooks, 44, (nee’ Patricia Marie Maynard), died suddenly Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, at Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg. She was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and Pat-Pat to her nieces and nephews, whom she adored. The love and pride of her life was as wife to Jeff, and mother to Jack, 12, Joseph, 10, and Jesse, 6.
A CROWDED LANE. Louisburg College’s Antonelle Spicer (with ball) tries to escape a pair of Brunswick Community College defenders during Tuesday night’s Region X women’s basketball showdown at Taylor Center on the LC campus.
LOUISBURG -- For a Louisburg College basketball coach -- whether it be for the men’s or women’s team -- one of the most difficult chores during the season is helping a club get back into full swing following Christmas Break.
That wasn’t a problem, however, for Brett Vana and the LC Lady Hurricanes this season.
Louisburg has hit the ground running following its month-long adjournment for the holidays.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Inclement weather forced the closure of Franklin County Schools on Friday, which means that night’s schedule prep sporting events were postponed.
The much-anticipated Bunn-Louisburg varsity basketball doubleheader has been put on hold until this Thursday.
HAPPY TIMES AT LHS. Members of the Louisburg High School swim team pose after a recent match.
LOUISBURG -- In its first year of existence, Louisburg High School’s swim program is making an immediate impact against opponents in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Coach Erica Wammock’s squad has consistently collected points at NCC pool events this winter, especially the girls team, which is seven athletes strong.
John Sala was forced to change his Super Bowl prediction following Denver’s upset loss to Baltimore last week in the National Football League Playoffs.
But the Louisburg College grid coach still has one-half of his pick remaining -- the San Francisco 49ers.
Sala isn’t about to sway from the Niners this weekend when they travel to Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Athletes find different avenues for motivation and inspiration, and Justin Puett’s came at a very young age.
“When I was a kid, people asked me what I was going to do when I get older,’’ Puett said. “I answered that I wanted to play Division I football and then in the NFL.
High School Basketball
Louisburg at Corinth Holders 6 p.m.
Bunn at North Johnston 6:30 p.m.
HENDERSON -- Almost two-thirds of the way through the 2012-13 Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards’ men’s basketball season, two freshman forwards -- both products of local high schools -- are making a mark.
In the first two games of 2013, Shawn Brown of Henderson and Justin Martin of Oxford led the Vanguards (2-12) in the most important statistical categories.
LOUISBURG -- The top-ranked Louisburg College men’s basketball team played a non-conference game Wednesday night and defeated Caldwell CC and Technical College by a 84-64 margin at the Taylor Center on the LC campus.
Louisburg, coached by third-year pilot Mark Vanderslice, improved to an unblemished 17-0 on the season.
Senior Kelsey Harris has been a mainstay this winter for the Louisburg High School swim squad.
Louisburg College’s Antonelle Spicer sends the ball inside during the Lady Hurricanes’ home basketball decision on Tuesday night versus Brunswick CC.
Louisburg College’s Justin Taylor finds an open teammate during Tuesday’s home decision against Brunswick Community College at Taylor Center on the LC campus.
A number of personnel items were handled by the Franklin County Board of Education during its Monday night meeting.
Sheriff’s deputies are probing some larcenies and break-ins.
George Moore with Progress Energy reported the morning of Jan. 14 that someone stole copper wire from telephone poles on Collins Mill Road.
According to the report by Dep. Alison Claybon, Moore found debris and wiring in the roadway, an apparent attempt by someone to steal the items.
A Louisburg woman was arrested Thursday on felony charges of writing a worthless check.
According to an arrest warrant by Louisburg Police Capt. Jason Abbott, Nita Mahoney is accused of writing a $7,400 bad check in August to a Youngsville man.
Mahoney, 62, is accused of writing the check knowing that she did not have sufficient funds to cover the payment.
Sheriff’s deputies and Louisburg police combined to raid a home suspected of being a hangout for gang and drug activity.
Officers seized drugs, but have yet to make an arrest.
According to the report by Det. Justin Hastings, deputies and officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of Ridley Street the afternoon of Jan. 15.
AMBASSADORS. Carlton Jones, center, was presented with the Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador of the Year award by Brian Johnson, left, with BB&T and his father, Joe Jones, during the Chamber’s annual banquet on Thursday at the Green Hill Club in Louisburg.
GOOD DIRECTION. Outgoing Chamber Chair Joe Jones, left, presents Fred Keller with the 2012 Chamber Director of the Year award during the group’s annual banquet at Green Hill Club.
HAND TO HAND. Outgoing Chamber Chair Joe Jones, left, presents the Chamber’s Helping Hands Award for 2012 to Randy Green with Novozymes. He and the company spearheaded a number of community projects during the 2012 calendar year.
CUTTING EDGE. Outgoing Chamber Chair Joe Jones, left, recognized Jack Blackmer with Novozymes for the company’s service.