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SARAH FOSTER SIGNS. Louisburg High School's Sarah Foster signs a letter-of-intent to continue her volleyball career at Louisburg College. Also pictured are (back, l to r) LHS Athletic Director/Coach Erica Wammock, LC volleyball coach Jon Garner and LHS Principal Glenn Dansky; (front, l to r) Leslie Foster (mother) and Arnie Foster (father).
QUAMON PERSON SIGNS. Louisburg High School's Quamon Person signs a letter-of-intent to continue his football/baseball career at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Also pictured are (back, l to r) Taliyah Person (sister), LHS Athletic Director Erica Wammock, LHS Principal Glenn Dansky and LHS football coach Dontae Lassiter; (front, l to r) Jackie Person (mother) and Willie Person (father).
Louisburg High School's Noah Allen signs a letter-of-intent to continue his football career at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Also pictured are (back, l to r) Landon Allen (brother), Wendy Snell (grandmother), LHS Principal Glenn Dansky, LHS Athletic Director Erica Wammock and LHS football coach Dontae Lassiter; (front, l to r) Brooke Allen (mother) and Ronnie Allen (father).
LOUISBURG -- A pond shrouded in woods behind the baseball field at Louisburg College will become the centerpiece of a trail and recreation area for the college community.
For decades, students escaped to the woods, carved their initials in the Beech trees and cast fishing lines in the pond.
Some of the carvings date to the 1920s; some are as recent as the 1990s.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College controlled the season-long proceedings in the Region X softball standings, so it was no surprise when the Lady Hurricanes took home the major hardware at last Friday's annual league awards banquet.
Eight Lady Hurricanes were saluted at the event, which was held at the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie in conjunction with the Region X Tournament.
LC's Haley Hutchins was tabbed as the Region X Pitcher of the Year, while shortstop Monica Pepe was the pick as the Player of the Year.
CONTINUED EXCELLENCE. Vanisha Wilshire, who won multiple state championships at Louisburg High School, is now a sophomore star at Wingate University near Charlotte. During the recent South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships in Hickory, Wilshire helped the Bulldogs win the team crown. Wilshire was the individual winner in the high jump and triple jump -- and set a new conference record in the triple jump.
Members of the Louisburg College softball team celebrate after the Lady Hurricanes accepted their second Region X Tournament Championship over the past three seasons.
The Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes celebrate after registering the final out of the Region X Tournament.
LOUISBURG--Funeral services for James A. Burgess Jr., 55, who died Sunday, April 23, 2017, will be held Friday, April 28, at 12 p.m. at Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the pastor, Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Walker Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Spivey family cemetery.
WHITAKERS -- Funeral services for Bobby Lee Ricks, 70, who died Saturday, April 22, 2017 will be held today, Thursday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church in Nashville, with Dr. Everett Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery.
LOUISBURG--Ann Griffin Jeffreys, 86, of Louisburg went to be with the Lord on April 14, 2017.
YOUNGSVILLE - John Robert Collins, 56, died Sunday, April 23, 2017. He was born November 11, 1960 in Alamance County to Robert Lee Collins and Agnes Frances Moore Collins.
LOUISBURG - Eugene "Gene" Perry Davis, 84, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Wake Med. Services will be private.
BUNN - George Milton Jones, 88, went home to be with the Lord Monday morning at Wake Med. He was the son of the late Robert Troy and Fannie Alford Jones.
Patricia Ann Perry-Taylor was the daughter of the late Glennie Perry and Alfonza McKnight. She was born April 7, 1932 in Franklinton, North Carolina and died Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Tempie Louise Alston Kearney, was born in Franklin County North Carolina on August 11, 1928 to the late Jonas Alston and Celia Yarborough Alston. She died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the home.
Cynthia Davis-Ham was born August 14, 1957 to Faymer Louise Woods and the late James O. Davis. Cynthia died Friday, April 7, 2017.
MOREHEAD CITY- Glenda Henley Baker, 68, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Crystal Coast Hospice House. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 24, at First Baptist Church in Morehead City, with Dr. Nate Leonard officiating.
KITTRELL--Funeral services for Annie Kearney White Burwell, 72, who died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, will be held Monday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at Rowland Chapel Christian Church in Henderson, with the Rev. Ronald Regular, officiating. Burial will follow in the Rowland Chapel Church cemetery.
LOUISBURG -- While a majority of the most recent Utility Advisory Committee meeting was spent discussing a resource that the county is trying to get a handle on, there was also discussion about a resource that the state is trying to take away -- impact fees.
Franklin County charges new developers a capacity replacement fee of $350 and $400, respectively, for water and sewer, based on the number of bedrooms.
The fee is designated to cover the debt associated with rising costs created by new development.
HENDERSON -- J. Henry Banks, who recently retired as chief judge of the North Carolina Ninth Judicial District Court bench, and his wife, educator Mamie B. Banks, recently established a new scholarship at Vance-Granville Community College.
Judge Banks said that in addition to his wife's experience in the teaching profession, he has always had a passion for education, as well.
"We're endowing this scholarship to provide financial support to help people pursue their dreams," said Judge Banks, who held court in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties.
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce invited Sen. Richard Burr to Franklin County, recognizing him for an award he received for his support of pro-growth legislation.
After thanking the business community and governmental leaders for their support, he talked about efforts to keep the country safe, how the economy needs to grow at a higher rate and how the federal government needs to start getting out of the way of state and local governments.
LOUISBURG -- The Town Council didn't have to look far to name the new leader of the police department.
Following a closed session, the board selected Jason Abbott as the town's interim police chief.
He'll oversee a department of nine full-time and four part-time officers, plus administrative staff.
"I'm certainly grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve here as police chief," said Abbott, who came to the department in the summer of 1996.
LOUISBURG -- Bill Lord and Sue Guerrant's Woodleaf home has quite a story to tell.
Built in the early 19th century, Nicholas Massenburg's plantation home was enlarged in 1838 with the aid of white, free black and slave carpenters.
Massenburg, in a rare move, kept a journal of the building process on the Woodleaf home.
Somehow, a black descendant of the Massenburg plantation found out about the book and sought it out, finding in that journal, the names of slaves he recognized as family names.
Members of the Justice Volunteer Fire Department -- and many of their supporters -- paused Saturday afternoon during a fundraiser to award a plaque to one of their own who risked his life to save the life of another.
Justice Fire Chief Linwood Powell was presented a plaque recognizing his bravery and sacrifice when he responded to an April 1 fire call.
Powell and many other area firefighters were attending a Franklin County Longbeards Hunting Heritage Banquet nearby when the call went out that a home on Fox Park Road was on fire.
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