FREE FLOWING. Members of the Angel Patrol, praise dancers with Mitchiners Grove Baptist Church, perform during Saturday’s celebration in Franklinton.
LOUISBURG — The Rev. Jemonde Taylor, a Franklin County native, recounted the story of Rip Van Winkle, the fictional protagonist who slept for 20 years, thanks to a special elixir.
Winkle missed out on a revolution, a lament that Martin Luther King Jr. touched upon in a 1965 sermon in Ohio.
NEVER ALONE. Franklinton Mayor Pro-Tem Anita Fuller performed a solo during Saturday’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration held in Franklinton. The event began with a ceremonial march from the old high school gym to First Baptist Church.
FRANKLINTON — Anita Fuller said she’s not exactly certain what the turning point was in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, but she is certain that this country is better for it.
“There is a turning point in everyone’s life,” Fuller, the town’s mayor pro-tem, said during a celebration of King’s life hosted by the Franklinton MLK Committee on Saturday.
LOUISBURG — A suspect shot during a home invasion was slated to appear in court early this week.
Devin Riddick’s appearance before a judge on Tuesday came just days after Franklin County sheriff’s deputies took him into custody on charges that he and three other men broke into a Louisburg area home and fired on the resident.
LOUISBURG — Franklin commissioners were be asked to support a hospital plan that would expand service in the southwestern part of the county.
The board was scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, just after the press time for The Times’ Wednesday edition, to discuss the matter.
Louisburg College legend Todd Holt
I don’t expect my next few comments will make me any friends, but it must be said: It’s time to revamp the way we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I had the good fortune of attending two events, one in Franklinton and one in Louisburg, that recognized the life and legacy of the slain civil rights leader.
Asher Johnson’s column won’t appear in this edition. He’s taking a break.
Schools are trying to improve security -- and Franklin County is certainly no exception.
But officials are discovering that there is no simple solution -- and that putting armed guards in schools is very expensive and far from 100 percent effective.
In Franklin County, we already have armed School Resource Officers in all our high schools and middle schools.
One of the highlights of the annual Triangle Interfaith MLK Prayer Breakfast in Durham every year is the recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by a young student.
This year Kenan High School senior Oshe Pittman from Warsaw delivered King’s words in combination with President Obama’s “Yes We Can” speech.
HENDERSON —Funeral services for Johnny “Lee” Jones, 59, who died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Hargrove family cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Gwendolyn “Gwen” D. Branch, 43, who died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Mt. Hebron Holiness Church, with the Rev. Norwood Brodie officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.
LOUISBURG - Robert Frederick Danzer, 87, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Services will be private.
FRANKLINTON - William Thomas Tuck, 62, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 20, at Kinches Chapel Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie Nixon officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
RALEIGH - Janie Bullock Johnson, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Wake Med in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Pilot Road Baptist Church, Raleigh. Burial followed at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.
FRANKLINTON —James Cannady, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2013. Arrangements by Richardson Funeral Home, Louisburg.
LOUISBURG – Edith Kemp Frisbie, 98, of Louisburg, died peacefully at her home Saturday morning. She was born in Franklin County and lived on the Terrell-Kemp home place for her entire life. Her parents were Edwin Abel Kemp and Irene Terrell Kemp.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Lena Conyers Lewis died peacefully on Sunday, January 20, 2013. A native of Franklinton, NC, Mrs. Lewis had been a VA Peninsula resident since 1949.
FRANKLINTON - Brenda Merritt Morton, 65, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Brenda was born in Vance County, NC to the late Roney Wilson and Lena Glenn Merritt on March 09, 1947.
LOUISBURG – Naomi Wood Long, 85, passed away Sunday evening.
FRANKLINTON- Funeral services for James Albert Cannady, 80, who died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Greater New Life Church, with Elder Dexter Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
WHAT’S THE NEXT MOVE? Franklinton’s Dominick Cotton (right) ponders his strategy during a match against Kerr-Vance’s Daniel Currin at last Saturday’s Belt Tournament.
CREEDMOOR -- After going up against a brutal stretch of high-powered foes during the Firebird Duals one week earlier, the Franklinton Red Rams found the opposition to be much more to their liking -- and competition level -- during last Saturday’s The Belt Tournament at South Granville High School.
Franklinton would defeat Kerr-Vance Academy (72-6) and Roanoke Rapids (39-25) to advance to the championship match against South Granville.
DARRIAN DOES IT AGAIN. Louisburg High School veteran Darrian Brown (left) prepares to wrap up another match by pinfall as part of last Saturday’s South Granville Belt Wrestling Tournament in Creedmoor.
CREEDMOOR -- With only three wrestlers available, the Louisburg Warriors weren’t expected to make much of an impact in the team portion of the South Granville Belt Tournament last Saturday.
Louisburg is down to just four roster wrestlers following Christmas Break, and one of those performers -- Ryder Bishop -- was unavailable due to a family emergency.
HUGE WIN AT PHCC. Olivia Gaines and the Louisburg Lady Canes won last Saturday at Patrick Henry CC.
MARTINSVILLE, VA. -- The Louisburg College-Patrick Henry CC women’s basketball rivalry always seems to provide an entertaing contest -- even when one team rolls to a 17-point halftime lead.
That was the case last Saturday when Louisburg, ranked second in the nation, soared to what appeared to be an insurmountable cushion at the break.
The Northern Carolina Conference basketball season still has one month remaining, but this week’s action will go a long way toward determining the league’s 2012-13 champions.
Bunn and North Johnston, the current co-leaders in the NCC girls hoops standings, met for the first time on Tuesday at the NJHS Gymnasium in Kenly.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s 2013 girls soccer worksheet will begin Feb. 27 with a road meeting against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
First kick is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the SNHS Soccer Complex in Stanhope.
LHS’ first home event will be Feb. 28 against Northern Nash.
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that tickets for the annual Skate with the Canes fundraiser, as well as the annual Casino Night and Wine Tasting, will go on sale for season-ticket holders today at 10 a.m.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. Skate with the Canes will take place on Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m., and the Casino Night and Wine Tasting will be held March 22 from 7-11 p.m.
Louisburg High School wrestlers (l to r) Darrian Brown, John Cuddy and James Harris prepare for action during last Saturday’s The Belt Tournament, which was held at the South Granville High School Gymnasium in Creedmoor (Granville County).
Franklinton’s Stephen Fritz (left) collects some points during his match versus Kerr-Vance’s Juan Lopez at last Saturday’s South Granville High School Belt Tournament.
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will perform on the campus of Louisburg College beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
As a four-time Grammy award-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, and leader of his versatile band. The Fabulous Superlatives, Marty Stuart has a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music.
Residents, including County Commissioner Cedric Jones, right, take part in a march from the old gym to First Baptist Church in Franklinton during a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.
Residents, including Superintendent Eddie Ingram, left, and School Board Chair Gil Johnson, right, filled St. Paul Presbyterian Church on Monday in Louisburg.
Louisburg police are looking for suspects who broke into a business.
According to a report by Officer T.W. Lincoln, officers responded to Hales Auto Sales in the 600 block of N. Bickett Boulevard the evening of Jan. 17.
According to the report, suspects are alleged to have gotten into the garage through a window.
Deputies and State Bureau of Investigation agents seized nearly 30 grams of heroin and arrested two people, including an 83-year-old woman.
According to the report by Det. Justin Hastings, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and agents with the SBI executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Windsong Lane near Youngsville the evening of Jan. 9.
A number of activities are planned over the next few weeks by the Franklin County Cooperative Extension service that involve livestock and bees.
The Franklin County Livestock Association will hold its first meeting of the year on at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Franklin County Extension Center’s annex meeting room in Louisburg.
GIFT OF A GARDEN. Allen de Hart, left, presented his 91-acre DeHart Botanical Gardens to Louisburg College and its president, Mark La Branche, right, during a spring ceremony.
The county’s airport was able to expand its footprint at the beginning of the year after county commissioners agreed to pair about $100,000 with a state aviation grant to buy 64 acres adjacent to Triangle North Executive Airport. The goal is to clear the property to build new revenue generating hangars.
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Once again, Franklin County’s top sports teams and individuals made impacts on the area, state and even national levels in 2012.
The local high schools continue to produce a wealth of talent, while athletic success at Louisburg College is arguably at an all-time high.