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Louisburg resident Ashley Garcia won two tickets to Sunday's Super Bowl through McDonald's Pick the Play contest. The Louisburg store hosted a send-off party for Garcia and her husband, Zeek, on Thursday night. The couple left for Arizona on Friday morning. From left to right are store owner/operator Steve Fordham, Ronald McDonald, and Zeek and Ashley Garcia.
YOUNGSVILLE -- A Wake County man who led Franklin County sheriff's deputies on a two-county, high-speed chase that resulted in a cement truck wreck is slated to appear in court next month -- and the next.
Skylar S. Blackley, 20, faces charges associated with the incident in Wake and Franklin counties. He was already facing charges from Chatham and Durham counties.
ROCKY MOUNT --Funeral services for Carolyn "Marie" Hunter, 72, who died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Whitakers, with the Rev. Timothy McGuire officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON--Mattie Pearl Tart, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Collier officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG-Clarence "Mickey" Earl Ross, 79, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at his home. Services will be private.
For Franklinton to finish in one of the top two spots in the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball standings, it was almost imperative for the Red Rams to leave Warren County with a victory Tuesday night.
For three periods, Franklinton appeared on the cusp of that goal, only to see WC respond down the stretch for a 62-55 decision at the WCHS Gymnasium.
LOUISBURG -- The organization that oversees the development of four regional business parks is looking to a Raleigh commercial group to market the sites.
One of their first orders of business -- at least on the table for discussion -- is dropping the asking price for land at the Franklin County site.
Franklin County woke up Tuesday morning to a surprise dusting of white, not enough to cause serious problems, but enough to remind everyone that it's late January and the region is still very much in the clutches of winter. Although the dusting of snow wasn't forecast, local youngsters were thrilled even though it wasn't enough to close, or even delay, schools.
LOUISBURG -- Residents will get a chance next month to speak about the county's plan to fund courthouse renovations and a school land purchase that, with no fiscal changes, could cost taxpayers an extra half-cent on the tax rate.
Finance officials, though, were quick to note that a correlative rise in taxes was not a given.
The county has figured that it will need to borrow $2 million to cover the cost of renovating the county courthouse, plus the $600,000 it has agreed it would provide the school system to buy 60 acres next to Louisburg High School for expansion of athletic facilities.
LOUISBURG -- A Harlem Globetrotter "Legend" visited two Vance-Granville Community College campuses, including the one in Louisburg, passing out his message: education is the only surefire path to success.
Raleigh native James "Twiggy" Sanders, who played with the Globetrotters from 1974 until 1991, spoke first at VGCC's Franklin County Campus near Louisburg and later in the Civic Center on the college's Main Campus in Henderson.
Franklinton resident Jermaine Mitchell
BUNN -- Town officials have narrowed their gaze for a potential new police chief to half a dozen.
During a special-called meeting last week, commissioners reviewed 16 applications, selecting six candidates who will be subjected to background checks, then interviews.
"[Commissioners] are planning to take their time and do a very thorough search to make sure they get the right candidate," said Town Clerk Judy Jeffreys.
YOUNGSVLLE -- The State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal wreck over the weekend.
According to the agency, a single-vehicle wreck was reported at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the intersection of Bethlehem Church and Darius Pearce roads.
The identity of the decedent has not been released and neither have any details surrounding the accident.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are looking for suspects who shot a hole in a fire department door.
No one was hurt.
According to authorities, a fire department member was at Station No. 3 in the 6700 block of N.C. 96 near U.S. 401 the evening of Jan. 26 when he heard a gunshot.
During the 1850s and 1860s, Thomas K. Thomas, a lawyer in Louisburg, tried his hand at mining gold at the site of the Portis gold mine and then sold most of his landholdings in the area to the Portis Gold Mining Company -- a corporation he had helped to establish.
Although Thomas made money as a miner (a census taker in 1860 recorded the value of his real and personal property at more than $75,000), the real estate transaction greatly enhanced his liquid assets.
BUNN -- Duncan Younger earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
Duncan, from Bunn, was awarded the rank this past October.
His ceremony will be held in April at the Louisburg Methodist Church after the high school wrestling season is over.
Duncan has been in Scouting for 10 years and is a member of Troop 555 in Louisburg.
With only a few hours to count off before the big game (we're not supposed to say Super Bowl!), here's a riddle to ponder while you tick off the seconds.
First, pretend you are lucky enough to have inherited, debt free (this is a dream, after all) a large farm in this country where it has been protected, preserved and used by your ancestors for 100 or 200 years.
Beginning in February, there will be events happening around Franklin County that every adult should pay attention to -- and some should offer their input.
February is when local government boards begin to discuss their 2015-16 budgets that will begin on July 1 and affect virtually all of us.
When did the White House turn into Mr. Wilson's front yard?
It was reported earlier this week that someone crashed a drone -- essentially -- in the southeast corner of the White House lawn.
It seems that going back a few months, some unwanted -- annoying person -- has found their way over the fence of what is supposed to be the most heavily guarded home in the country.
"If he enters school property without cause, he will be arrested for trespassing," is a quote from an email sent by the Franklin County Schools public information officer to school principals, and others, including the Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement.
Additional text includes, "is looking to collect statements, information, and opinions regarding school safety - do not comment."
Regardless of political philosophy, incumbency, or affiliation, political candidates invariably promise to fight waste, fraud and abuse in government.
Let's take a look at how our New Republican Congress, (with a little help from some Senate Democrats), is doing.
Speaker John Boehner looks like living proof of the Peter Principle. He had to pull an anti-choice bill, (HR36), at the last minute due to another internal insurrection.
Dr. Phillip and Judy Stover of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Danielle Stover of Wake Forest, to Samuel Jackson Craig IV of Wake Forest. The groom-elect is the son of Harold and Melissa Pridgen of Denton, N.C. The wedding will take place on June 20, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. at Louisburg United Methodist Church in Louisburg. Reception will follow at Boondocks in Youngsville.
BUNN -- Bunn's full-court pressure defense has wreaked havoc on plenty of opponents this season, but that scenario didn't play out during Tuesday's road girls basketball meeting at South Granville.
The effectiveness of Bunn's press was limited early on, so head coach Matt Keith opted to switch to a tight man-to-man strategy.
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