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LOUISBURG -- After back-to-back 20-victory seasons, Louisburg College women's basketball coach Shay Hayes will be reloading next winter following the graduation of six talented sophomores -- five of whom will be playing in 2016-17 on the four-year level.
Three of those LC standouts have signed letters-of-intent, including Iresha Cooper, who has inked a deal with Coker College.
Cooper, a forward, paced the Lady Hurricanes in scoring and rebounding while earning Team Most Valuable Player honors.
Louisburg College women's basketball sophomore standout Keechell Johnson signs a letter-of-intent to continue her hoops career at Elizabeth City State University.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's Hurricanes will be true road warriors this fall as part of their 2016 football schedule.
The Hurricanes will play just two home games at Patterson Field on the Louisburg High School campus -- including their home opener Aug. 27 against Jireh Prep.
Louisburg College, which dropped just one game last season, will be guided by second-year head coach Trevor Highfield.
LC will play 10 games, with eight of them coming on the road.
GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been finalized for the 2016 North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Basketball Games, which will be played July 18 as part of a doubleheader at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Tickets for the hoops twinbill will be available at the gate.
Rosters for the event are as follows:
CHAPEL HILL -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2016 spring sports season.
The Wells Fargo Cup award recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state's four competitive classifications.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg's All-Stars will be busy in July with four tournaments as part of local Tar Heel League District 6 Baseball and Softball action.
Louisburg will serve as the host for the District Boys 9-10 Tournament, which will be held July 6-11 at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
Louisburg will have a first-round bye as part of the seven-team, double-elimination format.
The All-Stars will open play July 7 at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the Nash County-Wendell White showdown.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats finished their first-half schedule one win shy of 30 in the Class A Carolina League after losing 4-3 to the Blue Rocks in Sunday's baseball series and first-half finale at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
Ryan Clark allowed his league worst 12th home run of the season in the loss.
The loss came in front of a Father's Day crowd of 4,988 at Five County Stadium and in game six of a six-game series between the Mudcats (29-41) and Blue Rocks (27-42) in Zebulon.
FUTURE BUCS. Sadie Outhouse and Tanisha Wall (above) have been long-time teammates for both Franklinton High School and the Franklin County Royal Knights. The players will remain together for the next two years as they recently signed letters-of-intent to join the women's basketball program at Catawba Valley CC out of Hickory.
BUNN -- The 28th Annual Bunn High School Youth Football Camp will be held June 27-30 on the BHS campus.
Bunn head coach David Howle will oversee the event, along with Wildcats' players and assistant coaches.
Times will run from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Cost is $75 per person, which includes a field trip to the North Carolina State University football facility.
Ages 6 through rising ninth graders are eligible to participate. The festivities will conclude with a punt, pass and kick competition.
LOUISBURG-Mickey Roy Champion, 63, died at his home on Friday, June 17, 2016. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Thomas H. Branch, 91, died Thursday, June 16, 2016 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Emmanuel Church of Christ, 207 Harris St., Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Mann family cemetery in Louisburg.
BRENTWOOD, Md.--Funeral arrangements for Robert "Rob" Conyers, 72, formerly of Castalia, who died Monday, June 13, 2016, are being handled by Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg (private services). Viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the funeral home.
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Clydie Marie Barrett, 79, who died Wednesday, June 15, 2016, will be held Thursday, June 23, at 1 p.m. at Castalia Baptist Church, with the Rev. Victor Fenner officiating.
Bill McCrary, 79, born in Memphis, TN and a resident of Franklinton, NC, died Friday, June 10, 2016 while doing what he loved best, second only to spending time with his family--playing golf with his very best friend, Jim Stimpson.
LOUISBURG -- A volunteer group that works to reunite military personnel with their wartime service dogs said Franklin County has essentially peed on their legs.
Justice for TEDD Handlers (Tactical Explosives Detection Dogs) contacted county staff earlier this year, inquiring about six military working dogs that the sheriff's office acquired in February 2014.
Their goal was to reunite the dog's original handlers, many of them terror war veterans, with the canines -- either for a reunion meeting or, ultimately, to adopt them.
LOUISBURG -- Nearly 550 students took part in commencement exercises this past weekend as Louisburg College was the site of the county's three public high school graduations.
• Bunn High
Bunn High Principal Dr. Laverne Daniels marveled at the class of 2016, securing more than $3 million in scholarships for academic and athletics success, and leadership.
Bunn High seniors Connor McKeithan, Austin Medlin and Melissa McLaughlin pose for a picture moments before taking part in commencement exercises.
FHS grads Joseph Carter and Alex Burres patiently wait on the ceremony to begin.
Brooke Bendel of Louisburg High receives a carnation along with her diploma during the graduation ceremony Saturday at Louisburg College.
BHS Valedictorian Joshua Boone
YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners approved a $1.8 million budget that raises taxes to build a new town hall and sets the town up for a better future.
It didn't come without some question, though.
For more than a year, commissioners discussed the best plans to get out of a decrepit town hall and into new digs.
In the spring, the board agreed to buy a 7,500-square-foot building on U.S. 1-A to serve as a complex for a new town hall and police department, but the debt payments would require an increase of five cents per $100 of valuation in 2016-17.
LOUISBURG -- Reflecting on his first year as superintendent of Franklin County Schools, Dr. Pascal Mubenga made a bold prediction to the board of education Monday night.
"You will be proud when our report card is released in the fall," he told the board.
Last year the district was ranked 83rd out of 115 districts in the state, up from 73rd in the 2013-14 school year.
Apparently technology has its uses!
An oft-heard complaint from friends and family of high school graduates is the difficulty of getting tickets to attend the ceremony, a problem that increases with the size of each school.
To try to remedy that this year, the district offered "live streaming" of the graduation ceremonies over the Internet.
Franklin County Farmers Market Manager Pat Walker
Mary Heading Williams, born June 14, 1911, will celebrate her 105th birthday on June 18 at Berteen Wilder's cabin in Bunn. Many family members, nieces and nephews will be present. She is the lone survivor of eight children and still enjoys weeding her vegetable and flower gardens that she tends each day. Mary is very bright with a memory that exceeds those decades younger. She has a powerful "get up and go spirit" and is blessing to all her family and anyone that meets her. Mary lives in Franklin County and is a member of Maple Springs Baptist Church where she has been a member for over 86 years.
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