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Pvt. William Strickland, 19, of Louisburg graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. on Dec. 15, 2017. He successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD, Parris Island, S.C., as one of 98 recruits in Training Platoon 1090.
Following 10 days home on leave, he reported to Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, N.C. for 29 days of Military Combat Training, then Military Occupational Specialty School.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Franklinton is experiencing an uptick in pool competition level this winter as the Red Rams have moved up to take part in the Class 3-A Big East Conference in swimming.
But FHS has acclimated itself well to date in the Big East under head coach Danielle Neuhahr.
BUNN - Following a subpar, injury-riddled campaign last year, it hasn't taken long for the Bunn Ladycats to re-establish themselves this winter in the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball standings.
The Ladycats have won eight in a row to start their NCC schedule, including a 46-17 decision over rival Louisburg in league action last Wednesday at the Bunn Dome.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The overwhelming majority of coaches and players never get to cherish the experience of being inducted into a Hall of Fame -- let alone two in one day.
That's exactly what happened last Friday to retired Bunn football coaching legend David Howle.
BUNN -- Learning how to hold on to a lead -- and learning how to make a late comeback -- are two necessary intangibles that must be learned by an inexperienced basketball team.
One of those traits was fulfilled last Wednesday night, while the other one wasn't.
RED OAK -- After a long hiatus for both the Franklinton Red Rams and the Northern Nash Knights, which can be accredited to the holiday break and a few snow days, both teams hit the hardwood last Friday for the first time in 2018, in what was also the Big East Conference basketball opener for both squads.
And more importantly, this was Franklinton's first-ever conference basketball game as a Big East team.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's slow start to the 2017-18 men's basketball season certainly wasn't a foreshadowing of things to come.
Once sporting an average 4-3 record back in November, the Hurricanes, who are the defending national tournament runner-up squad, have rattled off eight consecutive wins.
Louisburg College guard Ja'Darien Wade (right) tries to find an open teammate during last Saturday's home victory over Wake Tech Community College at Taylor Center.
Delton Davis (with ball) shared scoring honors for Bunn during last Wednesday night's Northern Carolina Conference home boys basketball victory against rival Louisburg.
LAKE ROYALE--Clarence Frederick "Fritz" Anderson, 98, a 30-year resident of Lake Royale, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at his home. The family will receive friends Friday at 1 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral & Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, where services will follow at 2 p.m., with Pastor Joe Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow in Bunn Memorial Gardens.
FRANKLINTON--Funeral services for Willie J. Gupton, 70, who died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, will be held Sunday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. at Union Grove Baptist Church in Youngsville, with Minister Harriett Wheeless officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Grove Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Mr. Norah Alston, 87, who died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at St. Stephen's Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenton. Burial will follow in the St. Stephen's Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Joseph "Joe" Hicks, 60, who died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. at Haywood Baptist Church in Louisburg, with Bishop Dr. Stanley Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Church cemetery.
BUNN--Ruby E. Elmore, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn. Entombment, Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.
LOUISBURG--Faye Joanne Shoemaker Mc-Kenny, 76, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2017 at Hillside Nursing Home in Wake Forest. She was cremated according to her wishes. The family will receive friends Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Lodge in Wake Forest, 1151 S. Main Street, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m.
LOUISBURG - Donnie Ray Aycock, 72, of the Justice Community, passed away Monday morning at his home surrounded by his loving family.
LOUISBURG--Sandra Gail Moore Wiley, 51, of Louisburg departed this earthly life on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at her home. Born on February 3, 1966 to the late Samuel Dewey and Hazel Cobb Moore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Samuel G. Moore and Harold Moore. Family was very important to Sandra and her grandchildren were her life. She was the caretaker of her family; an extremely loyal friend. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting and listening to her favorite music.
YOUNGSVILLE--Frederick Wayne Pulley died suddenly at his home in Youngsville on Saturday, Dec. 23. 2018. A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, January 21, at 3 p.m. at Wake Forest Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.
FRANKLINTON - Raymond Wiley May, 69, of Franklinton, died Thursday morning, Jan. 11, 2018, at his home.
LOUISBURG--Malva Wood Jones, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at her home. The family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg, where funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with the Reverends Steve Kirk and Bobby Piper officiating. Burial will follow in Saints Delight Baptist Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - William "Bill" Arthur Wrenn, 87, of Louisburg, died Thursday morning at Hillside Nursing Center.
LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Ethelene McCray Clifton, 88, who died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, will be held Sunday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Holiness Church in Louisburg, with Minister Ron Clifton officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education Monday night decided to join with the U.S. Department of Justice in a recommendation which, if a federal judge approves, could significantly lessen federal oversight of local schools.
However, some restrictions would likely remain through at least 2020.
Riley Burton, front, pulls his friends, Rylan Brantley and Zach Brame in a sled down a hill on Sunset Avenue in Louisburg on Jan. 4. Franklin County government and schools were closed during the storm and cold weather shut off water to the county's planning office and its Louisburg library this week. They were both open for staff and the public by Wednesday.
FRANKLINTON -- Police began making arrests this week, the result of a more than two-month long investigation into drug activity in town.
The crackdown, investigators said, was the result of a fatal driveby shooting over the summer and complaints from the community about an open-air drug market in the area of Mill Street.
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