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October 18, 2017.
Dr. Pascal Mubenga
LOUISBURG -- In a surprise announcement this week, Franklin County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pascal Mubenga announced that he is leaving to take the helm of the 33,000-student Durham Public School System.
Dr. Mubenga's selection as Durham's new superintendent was announced Monday evening at a special board of education meeting there.
LOUISBURG -- It may have been one of the shortest town council meetings in recent memory, but the Louisburg governing board made one of its most important decisions and got quick updates on a number of projects Monday night.
After holding a brief closed-door session to discuss personnel, the council emerged and voted unanimously to name Jason Abbott as chief of police.
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that starts a state and county partnership aimed at expanding the county's water supply.
This past summer, an engineering study revealed that just more than 88 percent of the county's water supply is either being used or has already been allocated.
Auctioneer Freddie Edwards searches the crowd for bids on the items that Chris Edwards (left) and Dan Welden (center) are holding up while spotter Landen Morris also searches the crowd. The auction was the finale of the first-ever antique farm show and swap meet held next to the Gold Sand Fire Department last weekend to raise money for the department's building fund. The event, which drew exhibitors and visitors from around the area, was deemed a success and organizers said they plan a similar event next year.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners agreed to rezone a residential lot to Main Street Business, expanding economic development opportunities in the growing town.
But it highlighted a tension between commercial development and residential quality of life.
Joe Farrell with PJ 120 LLC petitioned the town to rezone 123 S.E. Railroad Street from residential to Main Street Business.
Louisburg HS v'ball player Makayla Ball
Sitting in the shade of Louisburg's Riverbend Park on a recent Saturday, it was easy to feel confident about the future of the United States as actors portraying Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton discussed concepts developed in the cauldron of 18th Century strife but which have survived the test of time into the early years of the 21st Century.
Interestingly, the local airport's governing body wants to polish its image in the minds of the public -- and, probably, in the minds of public officials.
You might think that should be fairly easy.
As we've pointed out several times in the past, the airport is Franklin County's crown jewel.
There was a period of time in my life, not very long ago, mind you, that I said there weren't very many things that could get me to go back to the State Fair.
Don't get me wrong, I went to the Fair a lot during my teen years. It was, without a doubt, one of the top destinations for a teenager to see and be seen.
That continued through my early to mid twenties.
CASTALIA--Funeral services for Bettie Jean Evans Dale, 67, who died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, will be held Friday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg, with Bishop Antonio Gregory officiating.
FRANKLINTON--A memorial service for Inez Mann Neal, who died July 31, 2017, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church, 32 Mitchiner Grove, Franklinton. Her funeral and burial were held on Aug. 3, 2017.
FRANKLINTON - Jerry Lamar Ball, 57, passed away Oct. 13, 2017 at Wake Med Hospital. He was born Nov. 15, 1959 to James and Cleo Riggan Ball.
LOUISBURG--Maxine Layton Johnson, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery.
ROCKY MOUNT--Funeral services for Rebecca "Sis" Harrison, 85, who died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville. Burial will follow in the Baker cemetery.
DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST. Franklinton's Nikki Vernelson (left) records a dig during last Thursday's road volleyball decision at Southern Nash.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School dominated the proceedings in the Big East Conference regular season volleyball standings -- but weren't about to stop there.
The Lady Rams, thanks to their undefeated Big East work in the regular season, were the No. 1 seeds for the Big East Tournament, which concluded Tuesday at the FHS Gymnasium.
MIDDLE MASTER. Franklinton's Richard Lopez-Hernandez (left) chases a ball down in the midfield during Monday's road soccer victory at Hunt.
FRANKLINTON -- Heading into the final match of the regular season, this much is for certain about the Franklinton Red Rams in the Big East Conference boys soccer status -- FHS is certainly 'right there' with some of the other storied programs in the league.
Even with a 4-5 mark in conference action, the Red Rams have been competitive in every match.
SOUTHERN NASH COACH MELANIE DAVIS
STANHOPE -- Both geographically and philosophically, Melanie Davis has never strayed too far from her volleyball roots.
Davis was a spike standout at Bunn High School before going to Lander University to continue her softball career.
Upon returning back to the area, Davis accepted the head volleyball coaching position at Southern Nash -- just across the county line from Bunn in Nash County
STEM -- Bunn's offense has been a constant throughout the season, but the Wildcats' defense has made huge strides in recent weeks -- and is a main reason the club remains tied atop the standings in the Northern Carolina Conference football standings.
BHS pitched a shutout last Friday as the Wildcats rolled to a 17-0 road victory at Granville Central to stay even with South Granville for first place in the league.
LOUISBURG -- After rolling through the regular season with an undefeated record, nothing has changed since then for the Louisburg High School volleyball squad.
The Lady Warriors wrapped up their second consecutive unblemished campaign last Thursday with a victory at Granville Central before turning their collective attentions to the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton's inaugural season in the Class 3-A Big East Conference continued to be difficult as the Red Rams suffered a 44-13 home setback to Wilson Fike last Friday at the FHS Football Field.
FHS showed positive signs in the first half, matching touchdowns with the visiting Demons, but Fike's running game and solid defense proved to be too much as the contest marched on.
HENDERSON-- The Louisburg Warriors (1-6) football squad rambled into Raider Stadium at Southern Vance on homecoming last Friday night and left with a 34-14 defeat at the hands of the Raiders of Southern Vance (5-4) before a festive crowd in Henderson.
The Warriors' vaunted run game was extremely effective, but Southern Vance quarterback Elijah Stewart threw three first quarter touchdown passes while staking the Raiders to a 22-0 lead and they never looked back.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Miracle League of Franklin County is currently conducting a fundraising raffle.
Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20.
Three prizes will be presented:
Franklinton's Denise Burk (left) delivers a kill against the Southern Nash Ladybirds last Thursday.
Franklinton's Sam Gupton (left) maintains possession Monday on the road against Wilson Hunt.
Maurice Clifton and Kathryn Foster Joyner created quite a stir in the summer of 1949, when their prefabricated Lustron house arrived in Louisburg by truck.
"People thought they were crazy," said longtime resident Myrtle King, a neighbor of the Joyners who still lives on Main Street.
The Lustron Corporation of Columbus, Ohio, manufactured enameled-steel prefabricated homes between 1948 and 1950.
A night of uproarious comedy will be presented Oct. 19-29, at the intimate Norris Theatre on the Louisburg College campus.
Noises Off -- called "the funniest farce ever written" -- will have you laughing from start to finish its director promises.
Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classic comedy.
Leading Light Chapter 507, Order of the Eastern Star, visited Laurel Mill Elementary School recently to deliver school supplies. The school staff showed their appreciation. Shown here are Assistant Principal Dakisha Perry, Alice Richardson, Worthy Matron Sandra Alston, Principal Genie Faulkner and GDL Barbara Alston.
TABOR CITY -- Charges are pending against a 17-year-old who drove into a pair of motorcycle riders, killing two people from Franklinton.
Whitney Jackson, 29, a passenger on one of the motorcycles, died immediately from injuries sustained in the Oct. 8 accident in the North Carolina county near the South Carolina border.
Three people were taken to the hospital following this wreck at the intersection of E.F. Cottrell Road and U.S. 401 on Monday night. Patrick Cioffi, 42, of Vanceboro, was cited by Trooper J.T. Southerland for running a stop sign at E.F. Cottrell Road and causing the wreck. Daniel Trombley and his wife, of Youngsville, who were in the SUV, were heading south on U.S. 401 when the accident happened.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County won't need to come up with the 10 percent match for an $11 million grant it will use to bolster and expand Triangle North Executive Airport.
During the airport board's meeting last week, committee members were already hashing out a plan to use that money to expand business opportunities on the field.
LOUISBURG -- Mental health played a role in four of the five murder cases that were the focus of a status hearing in Franklin County Superior Court last week.
In one, it led to a not guilty verdict.
In another, it led prosecutors to take a plea that resulted in less than eight years of prison time.
LOUISBURG -- In its 20th year, Safe Space continues to aid those ravaged by an old problem -- domestic violence.
During October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the stalwart organization is looking at new ways to address the lingering problem.
To that end, Safe Space has started a Financial Empowerment Program -- which provides matching funds for victims who are trying to escape their situation -- and they're working to expand prevention efforts in the school system, particularly in middle and high schools.
LOUISBURG -- Authorities have confirmed that a body found in a wooded area near the 400 block of North Bickett Boulevard was that of a teen missing for about a month.
According to authorities, Dominic Wright, 16, left his home and was reported missing on Sept. 19.
Bank of McKenney and CCB Bankshares, Inc. (, parent company of Citizens Community Bank), have announced regulatory approvals from the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission and The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for the proposed merger of the two banks.
The merger is subject to approval by both shareholder groups and is expected to close before the end of the year. CCB shareholders will receive 0.935 shares of McKenney stock under the proposed agreement.