Your community matters

Franklin GOP convention is Saturday

‘Millennial millionaire’ author to speak

Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.


LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Republican Party will hold its annual convention beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse Annex, 113 S. Main St.

Precinct meetings are planned from 7-7:45, followed by the convention, when a chairperson, first and second vice chair, secretary and treasurer will be elected to two-year terms.

State Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes, R-Nash, who represents Franklin and Nash counties, will be the keynote speaker. Superior Court Judges John Dunlow and Cindy Sturges, along with state Sen. John Alexander and Commissioner Michael Schriver, plan to be in attendance.

For more information, call Franklin County GOP Chairman Ed Strickland at 919 210-7629 or email

WAKE FOREST — Page 158 Books, 415 S. Brooks St., will host a talk by Grant Sabatier, who grew his bank balance of $2.26 to a net worth of more than $1.25 million in five years, at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

Sabatier is the author of “Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need,” released last month by Penguin Books imprint Avery Publishing. For more information, visit or call the bookstore at 919-435-1843.

Meeting planned for livestock show

LOUISBURG — An interest meeting for the Franklin County 4-H Livestock Fun Show is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Franklin County Center, 103 S. Bickett Blvd.

Franklin County teens ages 15-19 are invited to participate and must join the 4-H program to do so. The livestock show is scheduled for April 24 at the Double D Equestrian Center. Youth will receive ribbons and monetary prizes.

For more information, email Martha Mobley at or call the office at 919-496-3344.

Downtown walking tours offered

WAKE FOREST — A free walking tour of the Wake Forest Historic District will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Each tour is about two hours and will begin at the corner of North Main Street and Walnut Street and end at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

Architectural historian and town historic preservation planner Michelle Michael or a member of the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission will lead each tour and discuss the developmental and architectural history of the area, along with significant men and women who lived in the homes.

Tours are limited to 12 participants each. Online registration is required on the town website, and the page can be accessed via the shortened link

Additional tours are scheduled for March 28, April 4, 17 and 23 and May 2, 9 and 16.

‘Rockin’ the Forest’ season to close

WAKE FOREST — Popular beach band The Catalinas will headline the final “Rockin’ the Forest” concert of 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St.

Advance tickets are $10 each plus tax. Tickets can be purchased online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card at Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre box office, 405 S. Brooks St. On the day of the concert, tickets can be purchased at the door.

Each Rockin’ the Forest concert includes a cash bar serving beer and wine.

Flag ceremony, wreath-laying set

LOUISBURG —The Children of the Confederacy’s First Flag chapter 852, United Daughters of the Confederacy Joseph J. Davis chapter 537 and Sons of Confederate Veterans Franklin Rifles chapter 310 will hold a 175th anniversary first flag ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Franklin County Courthouse.

The event will feature a flag memorial service and wreath-laying service. Guest speakers include members of the SCV’s Popular Grays chapter 1700 and members of other UDC chapters. The ceremony is open to the public.

Franklin commissioners to meet

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, March 18 at the county administration building, 113 Market St.

County Manager Angela Harris and Ted Cole of Davenport & Co. will provide a fiscal outlook and capital funding update. Commissioners’ regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Tickets on sale for Celtic Angels show

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host Celtic Angels Ireland at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19.

The show features the Sheeva Quintet, Celtic Knights and Angels Dancers with Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin and encompasses vocal and instrumental music along with Irish dancing.

Tickets are $25 each plus tax and available for purchase online at with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre box office, 405 S. Brooks St.

UniverSoul Circus coming to Raleigh

RALEIGH — Spectators can take in a highwire act, daredevil motorcycle show, acrobatics, contortionist performances, clown acts and more when the UniverSoul Circus opens Wednesday, March 20 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, 3801 Rock Quarry Road.

The circus brings pop culture flair described as “hip-hop under the big top” and will be in town through Sunday, March 31. Tickets range from $16 to $20 depending on seat selection and are available online at

Job and resource fair scheduled

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host a Job & Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Designed for area residents ages 15-21, the event will offer attendees tips on preparing for an interview and creating a resume, along with information about summer jobs, internships and career opportunities.

The day will begin with a job readiness workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the session, participants will learn how to prepare for an interview and build a resume. Lunch will be served from 1-2, followed by the job fair from 2-4:30.

A free lunch will be provided to everyone who registers at