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FRANKLINTON -- Finding a way to win close games is prerequisite for all quality teams, regardless of the sport.
That's the intangible Franklinton High School's boys basketball squad used last weekend to secure a pair of challenging victories at home in Northern Carolina Conference action.
Last Friday night, Franklinton held off Roanoke Rapids by an 82-74 margin at the FHS Gymnasium.
BUNN -- A quick change of strategy served to swith the momentum during Bunn's home boys basketball game last Friday against North Carolina School of Science and Math.
Bunn, fueled by its strong outside shooting, controlled the early portion of the proceedings -- only to see the Unicorns begin to emphasize post presence D.J. Diabate in the second period.
LOUISBURG -- The advent of fast-pitch softball in the early-1990s changed the sporting landscape for area high school teams.
But little did Southern Nash's Brandy Winstead Frazier know how much the switch would impact the rest of her life.
After the North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced the move away from slow-pitch, Winstead was sent by then-SN coach Rosalie Bardin to a camp at Louisburg College to learn the nuances of fast-pitch.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School boys basketball coach Michael Sheldon was looking for bounceback performance from his club last Friday night -- and that's exactly what he received.
Louisburg was able to snap a three-game losing streak in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference with a convincing 74-61 home triumph against Granville Central at the LHS Gymnasium.
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina State University baseball team will a host a season kickoff event tabbed '#Pack9 Party' this Saturday from noon until 1:30 p.m. inside the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility in Raleigh.
The free event, which will be held in conjunction with the NC State versus Wake Forest men's basketball game at 2 p.m. at PNC Arena, will give fans a chance to interact with Wolfpack players and coaches.
HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy varsity boys basketball team walked away with a second victory over Grace Christian of Sanford in less than a week, winning easily at home 56-39 last Thursday evening.
The Spartans showed rust from a second long layoff, this one after the recent snowstorm, and only jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the first quarter over the outmatched Crusaders.
Franklinton's Jerrail Brodie (right) elevates for a basket during his club's home decision last Saturday afternoon against conference opponent Durham School of Arts.
Bunn's Joy McLeod (with ball) works in the paint during last Friday night's home girls basketball game against NC School of Science and Math.
Franklinton's Delton Davis (with ball) scores in the paint during last Saturday afternoon's home basketball triumph against the Durham School of Arts Bulldogs.
Louisburg College's Jordan Oakley (with ball) skies for an acrobatic layup during his club's home victory last Saturday afternoon against Region X rival Richard Bland College.
Louisburg College's Whitney Campbell (left) drives past a defender during Tuesday night's home Region X decision against long-time rival Guilford Tech CC.
YOUNGSVILLE -- What does it take for police and town staff to move into a new building?
About 19 months, $883,000, a tax increase and a police chief pulling double duty as a job site manager.
And, practically, it takes a shredding service and a moving truck -- less town staff take on the task of moving heavy equipment and resources themselves.
"We do need some guidance on a couple of things and I'm going to start with moving," Police Chief Daren Kirts said during the board's Jan. 12 meeting.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Ian Brown of Boy Scout Troop 303, son of John and Cathy Brown, reached a lifetime goal by earning his Eagle Scout rank.
The final step in the process was his Eagle project, collecting headstone images from Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, and then transcribing the personal information found on the images.
These images were added to the Billion Graves website, the world's largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data.
YOUNGSVILLE - Jasper Wellons Weathers Jr. (Jay) died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 following a period of declining health. Funeral services will be held at Youngsville Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. Visitation with the family will be held in the Church Fellowship Hall from 12 - 1:45 p.m. preceding the service.
NASHVILLE--Funeral services for Christine L. Battle, 92, who died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, will be held at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 19, at Greater St. Delight Baptist Church, with the Rev. Cecil Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Judy Wilkins Dunston, 64, who died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 19, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Anita Harrell Maroon, 59, of Franklinton, died Tuesday morning at her home.
LOUISBURG - Cora Katie Moore Edwards, 89, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, after the Lord our Savior Jesus Christ called her to her eternal home.
Reverend Ronald Arteria Wheless, age 61, of Spring Hope, NC transitioned from this earthly life into eternal rest on Friday, January 13, 2017.
LOUISBURG -- A Franklinton man will spend at least 28 years in prison for his role in the murder of a woman and her daughter.
Joey Kearney, who was 16 at the time of the Dec. 31, 2013 double homicide, pled guilty to two counts of second degree murder in Franklin County Superior Court on Wednesday.
A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain blanketed Franklin County over the weekend, creating scenes like this that looked like they belong on a calendar. Although snowfalls fell way short of predictions, the mixture of precipitation combined with temperatures that dove into the single digits created problems on roadways and closed schools -- although spring like weather is predicted to return this weekend.
LAKE ROYALE -- An investigative and autopsy report from the medical examiner's office shines new light on a summertime death at Lake Royale that resulted in no charges.
Lake Royale police responded to a home in the 100 block of Pawnee Drive the evening of Aug. 20 to find Michael Louis Cahoon dead.
Investigators allege the home owner, Shannon Anderson, 51, shot and killed Cahoon.
Bunn resident Charleston Wilder
The most recent version of the popular Franklin Times football contest went all the way to the tiebreaker but Jonathan Lewis of NC 56 East walked away with the $30 top prize.
Finishing in second place was Heather Majernik of Fellowship Lane, Spring Hope, who won the $20 second prize.
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