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FRANKLINTON-- Donald Bruce Willis, 71, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at his home. A memorial mass will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the mass.
STEM - With first place in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference at stake, the Louisburg Warriors stayed with host and defending league football champion Granville Central for one period on Friday.
But the Panthers would pull away in the second stanza en route to defeating Louisburg by a 33-17 margin at the GCHS Football Field.
Granville Central is now 3-5 overall and 2-0 in the TRAC while holding the inside track toward a league title repeat. Louisburg dropped to 4-4 and 2-1.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton's key standings swing game with Roanoke Rapids went into the fourth quarter with the outcome yet to be determined.
But the visiting Yellow Jackets, bolstered by short fields due to FHS turnovers, would be able to pull away late to earn a 28-6 decision over the Red Rams in Northern Carolina Conference prep football action Friday night.
Roanoke Rapids is now 8-1 overall to go with a 2-1 mark in the NCC, which is good enough for a second-place tie with South Granville.
BUNN -- What was expected to be an offensive shootout certainly didn't turn out that way.
Instead, the high-powered offenses from Bunn and South Granville combined for just one touchdown, but that would go to the Wildcats as part of a tight 9-3 victory Friday at the BHS Football Field with first place in the Northern Carolina Conference at stake.
With two games remaining, Bunn controls its own destiny as the lone undefeated club in NCC action at 3-0. The Wildcats are also 8-1 overall, while South Granville fell to 7-2 and 2-1.
BUNN - Lorraine Smith, 57, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Arrangements, William Toney's Funeral Home, Zebulon.
After dropping a tough match to Franklinton last week, Audrey Wilder and the Bunn Ladycats avenged that setback in the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament semifinals with a five-set win over FHS. The Ladycats tangled with top seed and tourney host South Granville on Wednesday in the title match at the SGHS Gymnasium.
Bunn's Victor Dunston (left) plays some sound defense last Friday night against rival Roanoke Rapids.
LOUISBURG -- A small Wake Forest company got a chance to relocate to Louisburg -- and perhaps expand -- thanks to action taken by the Louisburg town council Monday night.
The council unanimously passed an amendment to the Louisburg Zoning Ordinance allowing anodizing as a permitted use in the B-1 District.
That will allow R & M Metalworks to relocate to the South Elm Street building that previously housed Mullis Millworks.
LOUISBURG -- Safe Space, a non-profit domestic violence agency serving Franklin County, will host a candlelight vigil tonight.
The 18th Annual Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Dickson Auditorium of Louisburg College is set up to remember victims and survivors of domestic violence.
For additional information about the event, or Safe Space services, visit the Safe Space website at www.ncsafespace.org or they can be reached at (919) 497-5599.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Contractors are knee deep in town hall/police department renovations.
It's a welcome sight for town officials and staff who first began looking at the need for a new town hall and police department space more than a year ago.
"We have a building permit, and we actually have progress," said Police Chief Darin Kirts, who has relied upon his background in contracting to guide the project along.
Franklinton resident Douglas Wooten
YOUNGSVILLE -- The most recent town meeting featured a call to service and a means to trumpet the town's accomplishments.
If the call to service isn't heeded, though, one of the town's mainstay events could go away.
During the meeting, resident Keith Falt, Lila Hedlund with the Youngsville Woman's Club and David Jerose, past president of the Youngsville Kiwanis Club, asked officials and residents to be more outspoken about activities going on in the community, while also putting out a call to volunteer.
It was sad but somehow fitting that we -- Donna, Nick and I -- had just returned from a hike to visit Virginia's Natural Bridge area when we learned of the passing of one of Franklin County's icons and good friend, Allen de Hart.
De Hart was an avid hiker, author, retired professor and creator of gardens in both North Carolina and Virginia which he donated to Louisburg and Ferrum colleges a few years ago.
Granted it's probably already too late for this level of out-of-the-box thinking but stick with us for a minute just in case.
As virtually everyone in Franklin County knows by now, three companies are interested in providing some level of health care in Franklin County after we were so unceremoniously abandoned by Novant Healthcare about a year ago.
In a nutshell, these three companies are looking at leasing the 60-year-old Franklin Medical Center and re-creating the emergency room, reopening a few acute care hospital rooms and using a lot of the facility for behavioral health care needs.
When I graduated college after four and a half years, I was dead broke.
And, it was the best feeling in the world.
I come from a hard-working family, but paying for two kids in college would have been a stress and a financial situation that might have been just beyond us.
Fortunately, I had a steady part-time job through much of high school and all through college.
Today is the first day (albeit limited) of early voting in North Carolina.
It is also the last day to present new issues in this newspaper and still abide by its policy, designed to prevent the raising of a last-minute issue that cannot be replied to.
After some pondering I decided to provide my readers with an economic capsule case against the radical Republican regime in Raleigh that has tarnished this state's national and international reputation.
He is a liar, she is a crook. Would you like to read a big juicy story about corruption or a sex scandal?
Well, then this one is not what you are looking for. Turn the TV on or pick up another paper, I am sure you will find that story.
Those stories are easy to write; they boost ratings, entertain the masses, and sell really well. They are about as challenging to craft as it is to open a can of peas.
I promise this story is not going to be very entertaining.
FRANKLINTON -- Over a meal of hot dogs and hamburgers, and through games and music, residents got together this past weekend in an effort to unify many corners of the community.
The Unity & Surrounding Churches, made up of half dozen churches in the area, organized the event, which featured messages from church leaders, elected officials, town representatives and law enforcement.
FRANKLINTON -- Within a week, three people were killed on Franklin County roads, including one hit and run where authorities are still looking for the assailant.
The most recent was a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 1-A, just south of Franklinton.
According to the State Highway Patrol, a 49-year-old Indian Trail woman was pulling out from 1-A onto U.S. 1 when she drove her Ford Mustang into the path of a Hyundai heading north on U.S. 1 at about 1:30 p.m.
LOUISBURG -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a Louisburg man on charges that he stole school fundraising money.
According to authorities, the principal at Louisburg Elementary School became suspicious on Oct. 16 that money from a cookie dough fundraiser was missing.
Surveillance footage revealed that someone was taking money that was placed inside envelopes that were set aside for the fundraising money.
That suspect was identified as 21-year-old Markee T. Burnette and he was arrested Tuesday.
The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform on the campus of Louisburg College beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. With its unique jazz sound and hits, including "In The Mood," "Tuxedo Junction," "Little Brown Jug," and "Pennsylvania 6-5000," the group is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.
This concert will take place in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium in Louisburg College's Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC). Tickets are available by calling the Louisburg College box office at (919) 497-3300 or toll-free at 1-866-773-6354.
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education got a new look at its current budget last week after the district's new Chief of Finance, Doug Hale, explained the format he is using.
The numbers are essentially the same but the way the budget is being compiled is what Hale hopes will turn it into a more effective tool for school board members and administrators.
Amy Morgan of Louisburg and David Meffert of Swansboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Haleigh Morgan Meffert to Adrian Scott Tharrington of Louisburg, the son of Adrian Tharrington and the late Kimberly Smith. The wedding will take place on June 17, 2017 at Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Louisburg.
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