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Schools across the country have been celebrating American Education Week, an initiative developed by the National Association of Educators (NEA) in an effort to highlight the power of education.
At Long Mill Elementary, students welcomed special guests and community leaders on Thursday to share their inspirational stories and emphasize the power of education.
FRANKLINTON -- Town leaders agreed to pay back the state after a commissioner's downtown development failed to meet grant requirements.
In February, the town agreed to pursue a $40,000 Rural Development Building Reuse and Restoration grant through the N.C. Rural Center on behalf of Mary and Johnny Wayne Mitchell.
The decision was made before Johnny Wayne Mitchell was elected to the board in the fall of 2013.
AXTON, VA. - After over 101 heart-stopping minutes, two decades of frustration came to an end for the Louisburg College Hurricanes in the blink of an eye.
In golf circles, pundits like to talk about the best player never to win a major.
And if that same sentiment was addressed toward the National Junior College Athletic Association men's soccer scene, Louisburg College would definitely be the frontrunner as the best program to never hoist the championship trophy at the NJCAA Tournament.
Louisburg College's Max Blackmore was waiting patiently his opportunity to strike during the NJCAA Men's Soccer National Championship Match last Saturday.
Louisburg College's Sonny Feltwell (top) celebrates with teammate Steven James.
Louisburg College's Jorge Quintanilla (right) possesses for the Hurricanes during last Saturday's victory over Tyler Junior College at the NJCAA Men's Soccer National Tournament.
Louisburg College's Ben Foulds (top) tries to retrieve the ball off the back of a Tyler Junior College player during last Saturday's national championship matchup.
Louisburg College players celebrate the first men's soccer national championship in the history of the Hurricanes' program.
HARD WORK PAYS OFF. Two-year standouts (l to r) Max Blackmore and Alex Kao celebrate Louisburg College's victory in the national championship soccer match last Saturday.
FAB FOUR. (L to R) Louisburg College's Steven James, Coach Martin Dell, Alex Kao and Max Blackmore proudly display the championship plaque from the NJCAA National Tournament. Louisburg defeated Tyler Junior College in overtime last Saturday.
BUNN -- When his Bunn Wildcats dropped two of their first three outings this fall, Coach David Howle emphasized that his club was better than its record indicated -- and had the potential to make a deep run in the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
Howle's words were prophetic as the Wildcats haven't lost since -- a 10-game winning streak that continued last Friday with a 56-34 home victory over Burlington Cummings in the second round of the playoffs at the BHS Football Field.
Bunn's Justin Miller (right) comes up with a tackle during last Friday night's playoff decision against visiting Burlington Cummings.
LOUISBURG -- Strong guard play and plenty of all-out effort can take a women's college basketball team a long way -- as evidenced by the recent work of the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.
Without a true post player -- and with only four available bench performers -- the Lady Hurricanes have still managed to get off to an effective 9-0 start under veteran coach Shay Hayes.
FRANKLINTON -- While Franklinton has registered numerous achievements during Alan Carter's tenure as head wrestling coach, one accolade has escape the Red Rams -- a Northern Carolina Conference championship.
Franklinton has finished second in the NCC in each of the past three campaigns, including last year's runner-up effort behind South Granville.
When FHS and SG meet on Dec. 8 at Franklinton, Carter hopes his veteran group will be ready for the challenge.
FRANKLINTON -- Look for Louisburg High School to be short on numbers but big on potential once again during the 2015-16 wrestling campaign.
Louisburg once again has a solid group of high-level performers as the Warriors prepare to defend their Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Championship for the third consecutive season.
But has been the case the last few years, the Warriors won't have much depth, and probably won't be fielding a full lineup for dual matches.
HENDERSON -- Two members of the Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team were recently recognized by coaches in National Junior College Athletic Association Region X, as the Vanguards finished the winningest season in program history and scored two number-one statistical rankings in Division III.
Kara Reese of Henderson was named to the All-Region X Second Team, while Jesse Edwards of Henderson received an Honorable Mention for the All-Region team for the Vanguards.
HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy and Oxford Prep varsity basketball teams split in action last Tuesday evening.
The Kerr-Vance girls defeated Oxford Prep 54-16, winning their first game of the season and the first game under new coach Sandy Ross.
High scorer for the Spartans was Kennedy Adcock with 15. Macy Lee Johnson added 11, and Bonnie Evans scored 9 for KVA. All of the Spartans players scored.
Morgan Allen led Oxford Prep with six, and Kaci Roberson and Alyssa Gupton added four each.
SANFORD -- Franklinton High School's girls varsity basketball squad picked up its first victory of the 2015-16 campaign last Friday with a 54-40 decision at Southern Lee.
Chanel Thomas led the way for the Lady Rams (1-1) with 16 points, while Tanisha Wall and Lanesha Hawkins chipped in with 14 markers apiece.
Wall also paced Franklinton with eight rebounds, followed by Thomas and Tahrah Richardson with five each.
The emancipation of former slaves and the end of the Civil War necessitated changes to North Carolina's Constitution. Several provisions of this new document resulted in the development of a map of Franklin County that provides valuable information, including the location of roads, mills, and churches.
During the Reconstruction period, the United States Congress required North Carolina and other southern states to craft new constitutions as a prerequisite to participation in the national government. North Carolina in the fall of 1867 elected delegates to a constitutional convention, which met in January 1868.
SPRING HOPE--Funeral services for Evelyn Pope Mitchell, 50, who died Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Pearl Person, 80, who died Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, were held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg with the Rev. Cornelius Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Manasseh Church cemetery.
ZEBULON - On the evening of November 21, 2015, Stephen Lee Johnson stepped into the presence of his Lord and Savior. Nick, Bill and I stood amazed by God's grace as we prayed and gave thanks for the Godly man, husband and father he had grown to be. "All things work for good to those who are called according to His purposes." Hearing Nick's beautiful voice singing praises to his heavenly Father while holding his earthly father's hand is a precious affirmation of the truth of God's promise. I will be forever grateful.
NEWPORT - James "Jim" Robert Woodard, 73, of Newport, passed away November 21, 2015 at Carteret Health Care.
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