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May 28, 2014.
RALEIGH — When the State Department of Transportation introduced a new priority formula for road projects, proponents for improving U.S. 401 feared the worst.
Last week, those fears were realized.
DOT released a preliminary report on highway projects across the state and the two-lane road that runs through Franklin County scored poorly.
RALEIGH — Last summer, 10-year-old Grace Tharrington threw on a life vest, braved a swift current and pulled her three-year-old cousin to safety.
For her efforts, she got to put something else on recently — the Girl Scout Lifesaving Medal of Honor.
“We were very surprised,” Deborah Tharrington, Grace’s mother, said of the award. “... It took Grace by surprise, too.”
BIRD’S EYE. This was the view from the front of a two-seat glider, 3,000 feet up
Prologue: Members of the N.C Soaring Association, based at Frank Swett’s Crooked Creek Airport just outside of Bunn, are part of a team of glider pilot groups from across the country, transporting a trophy from California to Kitty Hawk.
Weather conditions proved good enough on Sunday for one of its members, Heinz McArthur, to complete the local group’s leg — taking the trophy from Swett’s field to the tidewater area of Norfolk, Va.
It’s Thursday, have you gotten your incentive yet?
Actually you have — except it came last week in the form of a disincentive.
If you read last week’s edition, you know that the county commissioners were handing out money like drunken sailors on shore leave with the final tally approaching a million dollars in a few minutes. (Swabbies, eat your hearts out ‘cause you’ll never match that pace!)
Significant improvements to U.S. 401 from Louisburg to the end of the Rolesville Bypass at the Franklin-Wake County line appear to have effectively been put off for years, perhaps decades.
That’s almost impossible to understand for the thousands of commuters who risk life, limb and their personal fortunes on that aging, increasingly dangerous and highly over-used two-lane road on a daily basis.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with members of the N.C. Soaring Association — a group of glider pilots based at an airstrip/clubhouse on Frank Swett’s Crooked Creek airfield.
Too often in my line of work, I run into people who wish all my note pads would catch fire, my ink pens would get lost and I would be right behind them.
Last week I criticized Republicans Chad Barefoot and Thom Tillis for their conduct in the North Carolina General Assembly.
This week they didn’t improve.
If the short session somehow became a long session, I might never get to write about anything else.
On Tuesday the Republican House Caucus voted to censure Republican Representative Robert Brawley for speaking about Speaker Thom Tillis in terms Tillis didn’t like.
Novozymes somehow convinced your county commissioners to give them funding incentives of $930,000.
When asked if they really needed the money a Novozymes representative said, “yes and no.” This leaves me with the question of how did this deal even come up?
Did we, Franklin County, just go to them with our wallet open?
I am writing this letter in response to the question in last week’s Franklin Times. The question was “What does Memorial Day mean to you?”
Memorial Day means many things to me—from Concord, Gettysburg, Germany, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Deacon Will D. Tucker, 74, who died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, will be held at 12 noon Monday, June 2, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
IMPACT PERFORMER. Despite battling an ankle injury, senior veteran Thomas Zakerski had a strong senior campaign last fall for the Bunn High School football squad.
BUNN -- David Howle didn’t hesitate when it came time to announce the Bunn High School Football Coach’s Award at Tuesday’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony.
Howle, Bunn’s head coach, isn’t a big fan of giving out awards as he feels like it singles out individual players instead of the team aspect of the sport.
AND THE WINNERS ARE ... (L to R) Veteran standouts Charity Snelling and Darius Scott were saluted last Tuesday night as the Athletes of the Year for the 2013-14 calendar season at Franklinton High School.
FRANKLINTON -- Considering she had just made school history less than two weeks earlier, it was no surprise when Charity Snelling took home top honors at the annual Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony.
The event was held last Tuesday evening at the FHS Gymnasium.
Snelling, a senior, was saluted as FHS’ Female Athlete of the Year after becoming the first state champion in school history when she won the high jump at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Meet in Greensboro.
THE TOP CAT. Junior Parker Brantley enjoyed an exceptional campaign this spring for the Bunn High School softball team. (Photo Submitted by Anthony Bartham)
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn High School put together its best softball season in recent history this spring -- a fact that is reflected on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Team.
BHS shared the NCC’s regular season championship and eventually reached the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
TERRY SANFORD SIGNEE. Louisburg College fast-pitch softball coach Don Stopa inks Fayetteville Terry Sanford’s Kelsey Follrod (seated) to a letter-of-intent.
LOUISBURG -- Don Stopa was upbeat about a strong 2013 recruiting class -- and his assessment proved to be correct as several freshmen ended up making instant impacts this spring for his Louisburg College softball squad.
Stopa thinks his new class has the potential to be even better as he reloads his club, which went 20-21 and reached the semifinals of the Region X Tournament.
ALL-AROUND EXCELLENCE. Abigail Ross has displayed tremendous athleticism during her four years at Nash Central High School. Louisburg College head coach Andy Stokes thinks Ross’ excellence will translate well to the next level.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Due to the demands of his job, Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes usually prefers to focus his recruiting efforts on players who are current seniors.
But once Stokes saw Abigail Ross in goal, he knew he had to make an exception in this case.
Stokes first became aware of the Nash Central High School keeper when she was a junior -- and he made it an instant priority to make Ross his goalie of the future.
LOUISBURG -- Here are the winners, by sport, from last Monday’s Louisburg High School Athletic Awards Ceremony:
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School junior standout Grant Poupard has earned a spot on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Boys Tennis Team.
Poupard played No. 1 Singles for the Red Rams this season and boasted a 13-7 overall mark against tough competition.
ZEBULON -- Michael Peoples tossed his strongest outing the year on Monday afternoon at Five County Stadium, but it wasn’t enough as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans flew away with a 4-1 win over the Carolina Mudcats in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The Mudcats (22-26) dropped the series to the first-place Pelicans (32-17) and now sit 9.5 games back in third place.
BUNN -- The Bunn High School football program will conduct a car wash this Saturday to raise money to attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp.
Cars will be washed in the BHS parking lot near the baseball field and at Pilot Baptist Church. Times will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Donations will be accepted.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will host a girls summer basketball league beginning June 17 at the FHS Gymnasium.
Six teams will participate in the league -- Wake Forest, Oxford Webb, Bunn, Rolesville, Northern Vance and Franklinton.
The summer season will conclude with a tournament on July 28-29.
HATTIESBURG, MISS. -- Cameron Giannini tossed his first career complete game in a 3-1 victory over East Carolina University in a Friday night elimination game in the 2014 Conference USA Baseball Championship.
USM knocked the sixth-seeded Pirates (33-26) from the tournament in avenging an opening round, 9-8 loss in 11 innings in the last baseball game between the long-time rivals as Conference USA brethren.
BUNN -- D.R.E.A.M. Sports of Bunn will hold an informational meeting on June 4 at the Bunn Middle School Auditorium.
The event will begin at 6 p.m.
All interested parties are welcome to attend.
The meeting will be about upcoming individual skill workouts for youth footballers.
Freeman and Haley Jones display their plaques from Tuesday night’s Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held at the BHS Auditorium. A story on the event will appear in next week’s edition of The Franklin Times.
Senior Diesha Davis racked up several plaques at last Thursday’s Franklinton High School Awards Ceremony.
Tanisha Johnson received an appreciation plaque for her work at Franklinton High School.
Franklinton outfielder Mikaela Pulley was an honorable mention pick on the All-Northern Carolina Conference softball squad.
Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes looks on as Southern Vance’s Sarah Stanton signs a letter-of-intent to join the Lady Hurricanes’ program. Pictured at right is Susan Stanton, Sarah’s mother.
Laurent Sitterson (Above) from South Creek and Courtney Barbour from Garner recently signed letters-of-intent to continue their softball careers for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.
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Earvin Jamison Doyle, a 2010 graduate of Louisburg High School, graduated cum laude on Saturday, May 10, from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management.
One of two homes at Franklin County’s historic Cascine plantation
The Tar River Land Conservancy is offering a chance to visit two important Franklin County historic sites on the morning of Saturday, June 7. Planned is a tour of Cascine Plantation, including a hike along Cedar Creek to the old grist mill.
The mill and plantation buildings are antebellum, historic treasures located just off U.S. 401 south of Louisburg.
From left, James Richardson presented Tim Gilliam with the Celestine Richardson Distinguished Service Award during the Franklin County EMS Recognition Ceremony on May 17 at Louisburg High School. The award, the first time it was presented, recognizes an emergency services member who has shown lifelong and enduring commitment to Franklin County EMS. EMS Director Jeff Lewis said it is presented to someone that goes over and beyond the call of duty, such as Gilliam, who retired after decades of service.
LOUISBURG — For nearly a quarter century, Nicki Perry has had a hand in helping people, whether it was making sure a child found a good, nurturing home, or making sure an elderly person got the medication they needed.
That was all the satisfaction that she ever needed, Perry said.
It wasn’t enough for the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services (NCACDSS).
LOUISBURG — A teen accused of conspiring to kill a Youngsville woman is expected to have his day in court.
Shannon Nyamodi is slated to appear in Franklin County Superior Court today (Thursday), facing charges that he tried to kill Rhonda Maclean inside her Shearin Court home in August 2012.
Investigators arrested the then 18-year-old hours after they allege he conspired with Maclean’s then 15-year-old daughter to kill the woman and steal a bank deposit bag.
FAMILY FUN. The Bests, from left, Anna, Emily and Dustin (background) show off one of their rabbits during the show.
LOUISBURG — Agricultural agents often lament that most children have no idea where their food comes from, figuring that the grocery store is the first and only stop on the food chain.
Taylor Farley isn’t one of them.
In fact, the 16-year-old plays a vital role in getting products from the farm to the table, selling meat, eggs and other produce at three area farmers markets.
Saturday is the big day for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. It’ll be 100 years old.
To celebrate, the Franklin County Cooperative Extension is inviting everyone to celebrate their Centennial on Saturday, May 31, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Montclair Complex (beside the Vollmer Farm) in Bunn.