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LOUISBURG - Kyeron Kyle Depriest, 4-month- old infant, aka Stink Stink Wooty Wooty, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 10, 2014 to Kyle and Barbie Depriest.
WAKE FOREST- Albert Taylor Moore, 62, died Tuesday, Dec, 16, 2014 at Transitions LifeCare, Raleigh, NC. He was affectionately known as "T" by his wife and "Taylor" by his many friends. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the American Legion Post in Franklinton, located at 40 American Legion Road.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mary Willie Wardrick Richardson, 82, who died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at Rocky Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Patricia Chavis officiating. Burial will follow in the Richardson family cemetery.
LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for suspects in an armed robbery -- the second within a week.
According to Louisburg police, four suspects, believed to be men, went into the Food Lion on Bickett Boulevard the evening of Dec. 17 and brandished a gun.
They forced an employee to open a safe and and left the scene, on foot, with an undisclosed amount of money.
No injuries were reported in the robbery, police said.
BUNN -- Part of the downtown business community was evacuated and roads were blocked as emergency crews worked to corral a propane gas leak on Wednesday.
According to county emergency services staff, an environmental company had been working to remove contaminated soil from the Bunn Exxon on Main Street when the ground around the site gave way and a roughly 300-gallon tank fell inside the 15-foot hole.
STANHOPE -- Heading into the middle portion of December, the Bunn Ladycats have staked a claim to being one of the top girls basketball squads in the area.
That's a fact Nash Central and Southern Nash found out earlier in the month, as both Nash County clubs suffered defeats against the Ladycats.
FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners agreed to sell its water utility system -- and the county will also get more than $4 million in grants, too.
Following months of negotiations and discussions, Franklinton officials agreed by a majority vote on Tuesday night to sell the system to Franklin County for $3.2 million.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners agreed to raise spring baseball fees with the caveat that recreation staff develop a business plan that outlines spending and revenue projections into the future.
During the board's Dec. 11 meeting, Parks and Rec Director Pete Gibson presented the board with a proposal to raise the fees from $90 to $130.
This jolly old gentleman from the North Pole has been seen at various places in Franklin County in recent days, including riding in all of the community parades. In this one, held by the Chamber of Commerce in Louisburg, he is shown waving to bystanders, perhaps as a subtle alert that his annual visit is next Wednesday night, ready or not. It's been reported that Santa has been checking to see who has been naughty and who has been nice prior to loading up his sleigh for his annual expedition.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council quickly plowed through an agenda of relatively routine business Monday night, got some encouraging words about the future of local electric rates -- and just the opposite about planned highway upgrades.
"We're not out of the woods yet, but it is looking very encouraging," Town Administrator Mark Warren told the board as he discussed news that the Federal Regulatory Commission has approved Duke Energy Progress's application to purchase the generating assets of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.
FRANKLINTON -- The former treasurer of a nonprofit organization surrendered to authorities last week on charges that he embezzled more than $6,700.
While Joe Baisley awaits a January court date, those entrusted with operating the Franklin County Arts Council said they have taken the steps needed to shore up the organization now and into the future.
Connor Roberson with a special friend
YOUNGSVILLE -- The town's finances got a clean bill of health.
Jim Winston with the Oxford accounting firm of Winston, Williams, Creech, Evans & Co., LLC, presented the board with its audit report for the 2013-14 fiscal year -- giving the town an unmodified opinion, meaning that the town's financial reporting was in accordance with all reporting frameworks.
It's amazing how quickly things change, sometimes right before your eyes and you don't even notice.
At the annual Person Place Preservation Society meeting late last week, the name John McKay came up -- and conjured up a lot of memories.
John and his wife, Susan, used to operate the Hearthside Inn Bread and Breakfast on Main Street in Louisburg -- and were very active members of the community when I discovered Louisburg in late 1990.
On the surface at least, there should be some good news for electrical customers of the town of Louisburg -- although it's not coming by way of the North Pole.
But don't start celebrating just yet because the true, long-range effect of this latest development is certainly months if not years away -- and time has a way of whittling away at expected benefits.
Months after a black teenager was killed by a white police officer, and weeks after a grand jury decided not to indict the officer involved in the shooting, civil unrest has hit us at home as newscasts have been filled with protests from across the country -- and, for some of us, we've come face-to-face with it on our evening commutes.
One of the things that struck me, initially, about the incident -- whether it was through news accounts or social media -- was the apparent racial powderkeg that is Ferguson, Mo.
As we near the end of the year, it is a natural time to reflect. This column is a small percentage of my writing.
The Christmas, New Year's, recap, predictions and Person of the Year type articles are all either in my head or on my hard drive. That writing ahead allows me a little more time for my favorite job, (Grandpa), as the year comes to a close.
On net, I think 2014 was a pretty tough year for Franklin County.
This is an open letter to the commissioners of Franklin County.
I was intrigued by an article in the Dec. 4 edition of The Franklin Times that said you agreed to pay $600,000 to Dennis Mustian for 60 acres of land to be used to build a football stadium and sports complex at Louisburg High School.
A festive group riding the Novozymes float in Franklinton
Church groups added a festive mood to the Chamber's parade
Jack, Giovi and Josie Chretian enjoy some personal time with Santa Claus.
Santa, shown here at Franklinton, has been especially busy
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