Louisburg honors state championship softball team.
by Jay Lamm
LOUISBURG — On the softball field, and in the town’s council chambers, it’s true — girls rule.
This year’s 11-12-year-old Girls Tar Heel State Champion Softball Team was recognized Monday night by the town council and lauded not only for coming in first but also for going undefeated in the season.
Louisburg Parks and Recreation Director Jina Stamey introduced each team member and coach as the council members and audience applauded and congratulated them.
“We can’t be any more proud of you,” Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell said just prior to getting an honor of his own from the team. The mayor was presented the team’s trophy from the championship game.
Councilwoman Mary Green Johnson said the saying “girls rule” really applies in this case.
“We hope they keep on going and be all they can be,” Councilwoman Emma Ruth Stewart said.
Dreams Come True
As the championship team left the council room, the discussion soon turned to two more dreams coming true for at least one council member.
The council unanimously supported moving forward on two projects:The South Main Street Sidewalk Project and the Mineral Springs Community Development Block Grant Project.
The engineering proposal for the sidewalk project was approved at $36,635, and the Mineral Springs project moves ahead with a $5,000 administrative fee to the Tar-Kerr Council of Government to administer the $50,000 planning grant.
“This is something I have been looking forward to for a very long time,” Johnson said of the sidewalk project. “It is a dream come true.”
On Mineral Springs, she said, “Another needed project — really another dream come true.”
In other business, the council heard:
•The Louisburg Christmas parade will be Dec. 8,
•The Tar River Center for History and Culture will have a strategic planning session Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the town police training center,
•The Palviz overhead water tank painting will be completed in about four weeks and
•The Tar River Festival will be Sept. 14 in downtown Louisburg from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.