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BUNN -- Franklinton roared to a successful defense of its Franklin County Cross Country Championships last Friday -- and even put together some personal bests as part of the festivities.
Both individual winners put together PRs, including FHS' Baretta Exley, who won the boys event with a time of 17:53.99.
It was the first time that Exley, a junior, has gone below the 18-minute mark during his distance career.
The Youngsville Heat Travel Baseball Team recently won its first tournament on the 9-Under level at the Top Gun Fight for the Girls Breast Cancer Awareness Zone Qualifier after previously excelling in Coach-Pitch. The Heat defeated the Wake Venom 18-3 in the Silver Bracket championship game in Angier.
The Youngsville Punishers Travel Baseball Team recently won the Gold Bracket in the 11-Under Division at the Top Gun Tournament. The Punishers are affiliated with the Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department.
The Youngsville Hitmen Baseball Team recently won the the 12-Under Division at the AAU Hold Bracket Tournament. The Hitmen are affiliated with the Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department.
FRANKLINTON -- Needing a victory to stay alive in the Northern Carolina Conference football race, the Franklinton Red Rams came up with one last Friday -- but it certainly didn't come easily.
Instead, Franklinton and Warren County dueled into double overtime before the host Red Rams used a 13-yard touchdown run from Tyreese Williams to defeat the Eagles by a 41-35 total at the FHS Football Field.
Bunn High School's Octavio Acuna takes part in the annual Franklin County Cross Country Championships last Friday at Vollmer Farm in Bunn.
GASTON -- Louisburg prepped for its key Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference football showdown this Friday at Granville Central by picking up another league decision last Friday.
The Warriors broke open a tight game at halftime and went on to defeat homestanding KIPP Pride by a 42-20 margin in Northampton County.
Louisburg is now 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the TRAC heading into the meeting at Granville Central, which will feature first place in the conference going to the winner.
CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors and Commissioner Que Tucker have made the difficult decision to move playoff dates following historic flooding in many parts of Eastern North Carolina.
"The logistics of moving the fall championships dates, especially this close to the events are complex; however, we must do everything in our power to do what is best for our student-athletes in the state," Tucker said.
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University's 2016-17 baseball recruiting class has garnered a No. 23 national ranking by Baseball America.
It's the first time in the programs history the Pirates have been tabbed with a Top 25 recruiting ranking by Baseball America.
The 2016-17 recruiting class consists of three infielders (Nick Barber, Spencer Brickhouse and Bryant Packard), one catcher (Zack Moore), four outfielders (Dusty Baker, Tyler Edwards, Andrew Henrickson and TJ Riles) and six pitchers (Jake Agnos, Trey Benton, Hunter Britt, Hunter Hood, Ryan Ross, Tyler Smith).
WILSON -- For the 5th consecutive year, the Wilson Tobs will be hosting a college diamond prospects camp for area high school baseball players.
The event will be held Nov. 3 from 4-7:30 p.m. at Fleming Stadium in Wilson.
The prospects camp is an ideal opportunity for young student-athletes to showcase their baseball skills for one last time before the NCAA dead period, which starts November 7.
LOUISBURG -- In many ways, Seneca County, New York is worlds away from Franklin County.
They are separated by three states, at least 572 miles and more than 10 hours by car.
Upon closer inspection, though, they are both rural communities, with strong agricultural ties.
Beginning next month, the man who steered behavioral health and rehabilitation efforts in that upstate New York community -- Scott LaVigne -- will be in charge of Franklin County's Health Department, overseeing a host of services, ranging from home health to public health to clinic services.
Allen de Hart, a genteel force whose generosity and perseverance brought culture, an appreciation for history and nature, and a legacy of environmental stewardship to Louisburg College, died Oct. 14.
De Hart, 90, professor emeritus of history, was one of the most influential people in the college's 229-year-old history and an active advocate for the arts in Franklin County.
'Meet and Greet' date corrected; it is Oct. 27
Family Matters seminar called off
Hurricane Matthew blew through Franklin County Saturday, Oct. 8, and forced the Franklin County Arts Council Photography Guild to cancel its reception for its fourth annual photography show.
But, not before the 28 photos entered by nine local photographers were hung and judged on Friday night.
Jim Liestman was the big winner this year.
LOUISBURG -- It's no longer the 'Big Three' in the Region X women's soccer standings, which could make for some interesting matches when the league holds its annual tournament next week.
For years, the trio of Louisburg College, Cape Fear Community College and Spartanburg Methodist College have teamed up to rule the competitive conference.
But recent growth within the programs at Patrick Henry, Wake Tech and USC-Lancaster have made the region much more balanced.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Two teams with one combined loss. A share of first place in the Northern Carolina Conference at stake. An overflow crowd at one of the state's most storied gridiron venues. Bunn's first game since legendary coach David Howle announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season.
And a star player for one club -- Bunn's D.J. Jones -- who was a former standout at the opposing school (Roanoke Rapids) before transferring to BHS last year.
Certainly, the Bunn-Roanoke Rapids showdown last Friday had plenty of subplots, and it delivered in entertainment value before the Wildcats rallied in the second half to defeat the Jackets 28-17 in a hard-fought NCC event at RR's historic Hoyle Field.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School has made it through the regular season of volleyball with a perfect record -- but veteran head coach Erica Wammock hopes the best is yet to come.
Certainly, Wammock is thrilled by the 22-0 regular season, which was capped Monday when LHS clinched the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference crown with a three-game sweep at rival Granville Central.
LOUISBURG -- For most of the season, the Louisburg College men's and women's cross country squads have been training hard to peak for the postseason -- and that moment will begin Saturday.
Louisburg will serve as the host for the annual Region X Cross Country Championships, which will be held Saturday morning at Owens Park in Louisburg (the former Bull Creek Golf Course).
LOUISBURG - Shirley Jean Hawkins Williams, 75, died Sunday, Oct 16, 2016, at Wake Med in Raleigh. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Haywood Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
SPRING HOPE - Funeral services for Marvin Donel Richardson, 47, who died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, were held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister. Burial followed in the Pine Chapel Church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON --Funeral services for Archie Alvin "Bro" Alston, 73, who died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, were held Monday, Oct. 17, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial followed in the Sandhills Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.
WASHINGTON, DC- Funeral services for Frederick Cecil "Jack" Richardson, 50, who died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Perry's Missionary Church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Hazel Burnette Hailey, 91, died Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2016 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center in Louisburg. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Youngsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Chuck Stratton officiating. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Town Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Dennis Ruffin Smith, 61, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at the VA Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. at Corinth Baptist Church, with the Rev. Matthew Bowden officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
PILOT - Clinton Reid Carlyle, 80, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016. He was born March 27, 1936 in Franklin County to the late Rufus Maryland Carlyle and Crettie Riley Carlyle. He honorably served his country in the National Guard from 1954 to 1962. Clinton owned and operated Carlyle Grocery and Carlyle Insurance Agency. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner. Clinton was past president and co-founder of the Pilot Lion's Club and was active in the Democratic Political Party.
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