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Relay for life event
The Franklin County Relay for Life event will be held beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 28, at Franklinton High School, 910 Cedar Road. For information, contact Danette Cheatham at (919) 906-5002.
LOUISBURG -- The board of advisors of the Franklin County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, according to Al Wheless, board president.
Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve general charitable needs in Franklin County. Applications are available online beginning March 24. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying.
Rep. Bobbie Richardson (center right) presented Gov. Roy Cooper, right, to the Speaker of the House and representatives before Cooper took to the podium to give the State of the State address on Monday, March 13. Cooper is a native of Richardson's district.
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College will hold "Enrollment Day" on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, in Building 8 on the college's Main Campus in Vance County.
During those hours, VGCC staff members will be ready to assist anyone who is interested in enrolling at the college for the summer term, which starts on May 30, or the fall semester, which starts in August.
LOUISBURG -- In what was nothing short of an amazing occurrence, Louisburg High School's first 15 batters reached during Tuesday's home baseball showdown against Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference opponent Southeast Halifax.
By the time the frame was finally complete, Louisburg had secured 13 runs on it way to a convincing 28-0 decision over the Trojans at Warrior Field on the LHS campus.
ROCKY MOUNT - When Nash Central traveled to Louisburg last Wednesday, the weather was so cold and windy that the teams agreed to suspend play after singles competition -- and with the visiting Bulldogs already clinching the team victory by a 5-1 score.
Conditions were much more favorable for Monday's rematch at the NCHS Courts, but the result was still the same.
Nash Central took four of the six singles matches and swept the doubles on its way to defeating the Warriors by a 7-2 margin in non-conference boys tennis action.
FRANKLINTON -- Weather conditions weren't ideal, but that wouldn't have stopped Trent Sanders during his glorious tenure as the Franklinton High School track and field coach.
After Sanders' sudden passing, FHS decided to honor the coach with the T Sanders Invitational Track and Field Championships -- of which the third installment was held last Saturday in cool, rainy temperatures at the FHS Football Field.
LOUISBURG -- Talk about a tough act to follow -- and handling the proposition with ease.
When he took over the Louisburg College men's basketball program two years ago, Neil Dixon faced the task of the succeeding the wildly successful Mark Vanderslice, who left to take an NCAA Division II job at USC-Aiken.
But the Hurricanes haven't missed a beat under Dixon and are making their second consecutive appearance this week at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
LOUISBURG -- Andreas Wilson has enjoyed quite a career as a member of the Louisburg High School boys basketball season -- and the junior standout guard still has one more year to go. Wilson excelled in 2016-17 while helping the Warriors reach the Class 1-A State Playoffs. Wilson began to draw plenty of acclaim from beyond Franklin County after averaging 26.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per outing.
BUNN -- Taking on a two-time defending state champion can be a daunting task -- especially for a team as young as the Bunn Ladycats on the softball diamond.
Bunn features just two seniors, along with a strong core of freshman and sophomore starters, for the 2017 campaign.
South Granville also has some younger performers, including three ninth-graders in its lineup, but the Lady Vikings also have plenty of experience as they look for a state three-peat on the Class 2-A level this season.
BUNN -- Two convincing victories and a showdown against defending state runner-up South Granville.
Certainly, it was quite a five-day stretch for the Bunn Wildcats that began last Thursday with a Northern Carolina Conference road matchup against the Franklinton Red Rams.
The outcome of the event wasn't in doubt from the outset as Bunn delivered a 19-0 decision over the host Red Rams.
LOUISBURG -- The annual Warrior Pride 5-K Scholarship Run will be held April 8 on the Louisburg High School campus.
Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m. adjacent to the LHS Gymnasium.
The competitive/recreational event is held each year to raise funds for the LHS Booster Club Scholarship Fund.
Entry fee is $25 per person.
Louisburg High School's Ethan Young smacks a single during Tuesday's win versus Southeast Halifax.
Franklinton's Robyn Hamilton (right) competes in the Girls 3200 Relay race during the T Sanders event.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Preston Brodie, 62, who died Saturday, March 18, 2017, will be held Saturday, March 25, at 12 p.m. at Perry's Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg.
ROCKY MOUNT-- June R. Bullock, 17, of Rocky Mount died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 25, at Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount. Burial will follow in the Jones Chapel Church cemetery in Louisburg.
YOUNGSVILLE --Funeral services for Calvin "Coo" Massenburg, 57, who died Monday, March 20, 2017, will be held today, Thursday, March 23, at 12 p.m. at the Gospel Unlimited Holiness Church in Castalia, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Gospel Unlimited Church cemetery.
ENFIELD - Funeral services for Eddie "Lee" Richardson, 70, who died Monday, March 20, 2017, will be held Friday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church in Warrenton, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE - Dennis Lee Herwick, 63, died March 15, 2017. He was born January 16, 1954 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Doris Pearl Moore Herwick and Hyle Kimble Herwick. Dennis worked for many years as a civil engineer, most recently at Kimley-Horn in Cary. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jefferey Herwick.
LOUISBURG - Mary Wheless Hughes, 83, passed away peacefully Friday evening to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mary was born in Franklin County to the late John William and Mariah Harris Wheless. She was a life-long member of Maple Springs Baptist Church and for many years served as a musician, playing the organ and piano. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Ernest Hughes, an infant son, and her brother, John Wheless, Jr.
LOUISBURG - Alice Ellsworth Wheeler Horton, 95, of Louisburg, passed away Wednesday evening.
LOUISBURG -- A group of incoming freshmen at Louisburg High School will be given the opportunity to enroll in a different kind of curriculum this fall that puts the focus more strongly on science, technology, engineering and math.
The Board of Education Monday night unanimously approved creation of a STEM Academy at Louisburg High that will be open to about 26 students this fall but is designed to grow to about 200 students over its first four years.
The much discussed snowfall last weekend didn't amount to much in Franklin County, although it did dust this ornamental tree that was just about to bud out -- but it was a harbinger of what was coming. Mother Nature suddenly reversed direction and March winds brought temperatures more like January than mid-March. According to the weatherman, temperatures are expected to stay cool -- maybe even cold -- for several more days, providing at least somewhat of an antidote for Spring Fever that afflicted so many when the temperatures climbed past 80 degrees a couple of times in February.
LOUISBURG -- Finance Director Mitchell Robinson tendered his resignation last week, but county management doesn't expect to miss a beat.
Former finance director Chuck Murray, who has worked part time for the county since his retirement took effect at the end of 2013, will slide into the finance leadership position until a permanent replacement is named.
"[Murray's] experience has been invaluable," said County Manager Angela Harris.
One of North Carolina's best-known architectural historians will be at Louisburg College this month, speaking about enslaved and free black carpenters, masons, and other artisans who helped to shape the state's architectural history.
Catherine Bishir's March 30 lecture, "African American Artisans in North Carolina and the Tar River Valley," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Chapel. She will give the Joseph E. Elmore Lecture, an annual event that honors Joe Elmore, a prominent local historian.
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