LOUISBURG -- Brett Vana’s first season in charge of the Louisburg College women’s basketball program was one to remember as the coach guided the Lady Hurricanes to a third-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.
It’s encore time for Vana and Company as Louisburg looks for another strong campaign on the hardwood.
LOUISBURG -- Rare are the occasions when Louisburg College is able to secure a men’s basketball victory on the hardwood against the tradition-rich program from Hargrave Military Academy.
But it happened last Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Taylor Center as part of Roger Taylor Classic action.
In his quest to pen a definitive narrative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, Tim Stevens sought to avoid a piece-by-piece factual account of some of the state’s most pertinent prep sports events.
Instead, Stevens hoped to put together a series of human-interest stories that were more in-depth than scores, statistics and long-forgotten games.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last Friday’s results and this Friday’s schedule from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs
BUNN -- Bunn’s been-there-before mentality could be a key intangible for the Wildcats as they prepare for this Friday’s Elite Eight showdown at Jacksonville Northside in the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
Certainly, Bunn has played the role of cool customer through a pair of postseason victories against SouthWest Edgecombe and North Brunswick.
Louisburg College guard Antonio Robinson was strong for the Hurricanes during action last weekend in the annual Roger Taylor Classic. The undefeated Hurricanes defeated Hargrave Military.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will begin its 2012-13 boys and girls basketball seasons on Nov. 27 with a home matchup against KIPP-Pride from Northampton County.
As part of the campaign, Louisburg’s boys will participate in the South Granville Christmas Tournament from Dec. 27-29.
RED OAK -- The Battling Bishop football team of North Carolina Wesleyan College celebrated its 2012 Senior Day last Saturday afternoon with a 32-21 victory over Averett University at Death Valley on the campus of Northern Nash High School.
NCWC’s defense pitched a shutout in the second half, outscoring the Cougars 20-0 in the third and fourth quarters en route to the victory.
ALBANY, GA. -- The No. #3-seeded Louisburg College men’s soccer team picked up a 4-0 win over #10 Northwest College in opening round play at the 2012 NJCAA National Championship Tournament on Monday night.
The two teams played to a scoreless first half, even with the Hurricanes outshooting the Trappers 11-2.
Louisburg College’s Justin Taylor drives for two points during the Lady Hurricanes’ home conquest Monday over Spartanburg Methodist.
While Republicans strengthened their majority in Raleigh, incumbent Democrats maintained a majority at home.
The general election, plus a vacancy, gave voters the chance to elect a majority of the county’s Board of Commissioners, creating an opportunity to change the face of the board.
Following Tuesday night’s election, attorney Amanda Stevenson held a tenuous lead over incumbent District Court Judge Quon Bridges.
She’ll have to wait until all the absentee and provisional ballots are counted, though, before she can truly claim victory.
But she likes her position, though.
Franklin County voters increased the power of Republicans in the General Assembly, selecting Chad Barefoot to represent them in the legislature.
Barefoot, who served as a top policy advisor to North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam, bested Incumbent Sen. Doug Berger — 51,562 to 40,658, according to the most recent numbers available by the State Board of Elections.
Franklin County veterans officials have scheduled a ceremony honoring the military at the beginning of the week.
Franklin County will recognize its Veterans Day service on Monday, Nov. 12 — because Nov. 11 falls on a Sunday.
Three-year-old Madison Watkins
LOUISBURG — Commissioners agreed to move forward with plans to renovate and begin new construction at the county’s aging jail.
Commissioners received an update on the 16-year-old jail’s deficiencies and met with architects, the sheriff and jail staff during a work session on Thursday before committing to spend $187,817.85 — 9 percent of the expected construction cost — to retain Surapon Sujjavanich Architects to plan and design the renovations and new construction.
GOOD MORNING: Following an election that both parties agreed was a mandate to find compromise and avoid a so-called fiscal cliff, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders continue to sharply disagree over the key issue of whether or not top tax rates should be raised to help resolve the looming crisis.
Republicans say higher tax rates will damage the economy, while Democrats say it was the only equitable way to tackle the debt.
If you’re as sick and tired of politics, pundits and political shenanigans as we are, here’s a news story that’s a welcome change of pace:
Storm damage to the electricity distribution system in the Northeast exposed deep flaws in the structure and regulation of power utilities that will require a complete redesign, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.
Okay, now that the silly season is over, it’s time for politicians to get to the real work.
And be forewarned, the discussions you’re beginning to hear about a “financial cliff” and sequestration are reaching right into Franklin County.
In fact, they may reach right into the classrooms of your kids and grandkids — unless those we have elected put on their big boy (and big girl) clothes and do the right things instead of just kicking the problems down the road.
With all due respect, I would like to congratulate your President of the USA and mine on his second time around. How sweet it is.
The article about the 19,000 solar panels in Bunn was amazing. I am surprised that the panels can create enough electricity for 600 houses.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Donne Gray “Mule” Mills, 75, who died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, were held Friday, Nov. 9, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
ROCKY MOUNT - Mozelle Tant Upchurch, 90, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Ridgecrest Worship Center, with the Rev. John Sharpe, the Rev. Tony Bossolono and the Rev. David Whitley officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
RALEIGH - Knarvo Lee Jefferys, 83, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. A graveside service was held Friday, Nov. 9, at Catawba Springs Christian Church in Apex.