YOUNGSVILLE - Iris Gay Morris Pearce, 68, died Saturday afternoon Feb. 1, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Bill Haley officiating. Burial will follow in the Harris Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Jean Carpenter Champion, 61, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at Wake Medical Center. A memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 2, at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel in Louisburg with the Rev. Robby Piper Jr. officiating.
FRANKLINTON —Lucille Elizabeth Allen Quinichett, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 1, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Rocky Mount. Interment followed in Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG - Willie David Strickland, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. at Rock Spring Baptist Church with the Rev. Melton Tyson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
FRANKLINTON—Funeral services for Jessie “Big Baby” Perry, 81, who died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
YOUNGSVILLE — Authorities arrested two men alleged to be at the center of a chop shop operation spread over eight counties.
Along with agents from the State Department of Motor Vehicles, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies spent the better part of last week at Roger D. Nipper’s Moores Pond Road property, filling tractor trailers with evidence of stolen big-machine equipment.
A much-anticipated — and probably over-promised by meteorologists — winter storm crossed Franklin County late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, dropping about 2 to 3 inches of a powdery snow that seemed to cause few problems. Of much bigger concern were downright cold temperatures, hitting about 16 degrees Wednesday morning but expected to drop into single digits Thursday night before Mother Nature was expected to change her mind by the weekend and push temperatures back toward a spring-like 60 degrees.
LOUISBURG — County Manager Angela Harris let her statement speak for itself.
And Franklin County commissioners said they were sorry that documents dating back to the 1800s were removed from the courthouse basement and burned.
Neither Harris’ mum response, nor some commissioners’ apologies were warmly met, though, by members of the Franklin County Heritage Society.
LAKE ROYALE — A federal agency was called in to investigate claims that the Lake Royale Property Owners Association discriminated against a family trying to settle into the private, recreational community.
Eric Young said he and his family bought a property at the Lake about three years ago.
In the spring of last year, Young said he, Lake Royale Board of Directors President Ryan Walker and an inspector at the Lake had a disagreement over whether Young was in violation of a septic tank permit.
Franklin County school officials are creating new passwords for students and “taking security measures to another level,” according to School Superintendent Lisa Martin, after it was discovered Friday afternoon that one student had accessed the personal accounts of others.
“We take this pretty seriously,” Dr. Martin said late Friday, adding that the student apparently only viewed the grades of at least seven other students.
Bunn HS student Dominque Seda
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LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners tabbed its county manager as its interim finance director.
But not before publicly discussing the matter.
Chuck Murray announced in December that he was retiring at the end of this month.
The area’s first measurable snowfall in some time was actually fun for some — mostly those young enough to roll round in it, sled in it or, if they were feeling just a bit ornery, to pelt their friends with snowballs which, unfortunately, were difficult to make with the powdery stuff that fell across Franklin County Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. In the photo above, 5-year-old Keegan Walters tries his hand at making a snow angel and the fluffy snow was perfect for that endeavor.
Four Franklin County 4-H members competed in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference Avian Bowl held in Louisville, Ky, in November. The competition was in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). Franklin County 4-H volunteer Alesia Moore coached the team. The Franklin County 4-H Avian Bowl team won gold at the first NC State Avian Bowl competition in July and earned a trip to the nationals.
Another 4-H youth received her very own violin over the Christmas Holiday by entering an essay contest hosted by local violin maker Mike Anderson. Anderson decided that he wanted to give away one of his handcrafted violins to a deserving youth for Christmas. After an essay review process, he chose Aubrey Pratt a 12-year-old from Youngsville and a Franklin County 4-H’er.
The JPAC at Louisburg College will host two special arts events around Valentine’s Day this year: a concert with The Lettermen in Dickson Auditorium on the day itself, Feb. 14, and a dinner theater production of Love Letters in The Norris Theatre the following evening.
Back by popular demand, on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m., The Lettermen will recreate their hits such as “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “When I Fall in Love,” and “Theme from a Summer Place.”
The following is a list of the Franklin County students who were named to the Headmaster’s List or A/B Honor Roll for the second quarter and first semester grading periods at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson.
Jessica Nichole Bunn and Reed Myles Schafer were married on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 during a 4:30 p.m. outdoor, country ceremony at the bride’s homeplace, the home of Wayne and Elaine Bunn. The officiating minister was Matt Dinkins.
The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Elaine Bunn of Pilot.
As I was leaving Dr. Weidler’s office (our Louisburg chiropractor), a brochure about the potential risk of neck injuries as you text everyday caught my attention.
I know by experience that the longer I work on the computer the more I am aware of a stiff neck and an aching back. As I read “Healthy Living,” a publication of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), I realized the importance of taking small breaks any time you tilt your neck for long periods of time.
The first concert of the 2014 season at Warren County’s historic Cherry Hill will feature pianist Jonathan Levin.
Born in North Carolina, Levin made his debut with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra when he was 15. Since then, he has become a sought after recitalist and soloist, performing throughout the country in concert halls, museums, universities, schools, libraries and private salons.
Okay, okay, enough talk of winter and far more than enough hysteria from the local weather prognosticators.
Cold and a little sleet/snow are bad enough, but I’ve been seized with the almost irresistible urge to send cases of brown paper bags to all of the local TV stations so their weather gurus can breathe deeply into them and stop hyperventilating.
My, my. What a difference one block can make!
Both the Louisburg Town Council and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners meet within a block of each other — and normally, on the third Monday of each month, on the same night.
But the similarity ends about there.
Take one recent example, providing a park for recreation.
Invariably, some moment in real life reminds me of an episode of “Seinfeld.”
Monday night was no different.
In the last season of that legendary television show, there was an episode called The Apology.
In that episode, George, who is incredibly neurotic, learns that a childhood friend, nicknamed “Stanky Hanky,” is a recovering alcoholic and — as part of Step 9 of the Alcoholics Anonymous’s Twelve Steps — is apologizing for all his old misdeeds.