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Concern for public safety forces removal of pecan tree in Joyner Park

WAKE FOREST — Weather permitting, town of Wake Forest tree crews will close a portion of the pecan grove at E. Carroll Joyner Park, located at 701 Harris Road, on Monday to remove a large pecan …
Knightdale Mayor James Roberson congratulates Fire Chief Tim Guffey on his upcoming retirement during Wednesday's town council meeting. Contributed photo by Town of Knightdale.

After 17 years, Knightdale fire chief to retire

KNIGHTDALE — In a bittersweet tribute Wednesday, Knightdale town officials honored the service of Fire Chief Tim Guffey, who will retire at the end of the month after 17 years with the fire …
Pictured front row, from left: Tanisha Shetty of Green Hope High School; Darlene Villarroel-Lopez of Wake Forest High School; Abigail Gorman of Green Hope High School; Alexis Duncan of Regan High School; Jenna Curry of Granville Early College High School; Alhanna Cancel-Roman of Wake Forest High School; Kaylee Huff of Granville Early College High School; Shreya Gandi of Enloe High School; and Pooja Shah of Wake Early College of Health & Science. Back row, from left: lead instructor Becky Brady; Anushka Mandalapu of Wake Early College Health & Science; Nijaha Alston of Granville Academy; William Sharp of Leesville Road High School; Ashleigh Kiger of Mt. Tabor High School; Seth Jones of Granville Central High School; Brandon Bowling of South Granville High School; Brooke Bowling of South Granville High School; Lacey Blackley of South Granville High School; and Andre Hargrove of Granville Central High School. Contributed photo

High school students explore medical science at VGCC

GRANVILLE COUNTY — Vance-Granville Community College has once again partnered with the Wake Area Health Education Center to offer a “Mini-Medical School” camp for high school students. The …
Pcitured, from left to right: Hagen Donahue, Thales Academy; Jacky Wilson, commissioner; Frank Pearce, adjoining landowner; Paul Vilga, commissioner; Sheilah Sutton, commissioner; Terrence Everitt, N.C. House of Representatives; Frank Eagles, mayor; Ronnie Currin, mayor pro tem; Michelle Medley, commissioner; Mical McFarland, community and economic development director; Rachel Morris, Rolesville Chamber of Commerce. Contributed photo

Rolesville holds road project ribbon-cutting

ROLESVILLE — The town of Rolesville recently celebrated the official completion of a project to construct an extension of Granite Falls Boulevard between Rogers Road and Grand Rock Way. The road …

Best of the Best voting opens today

The Wake Weekly’s ninth annual Best of the Best competition has entered its next phase. The voting period begins today and ballots can be cast through Aug. 30 at …
Lance Williams, center, of Bunn High School, was recognized at the July 8 Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting. Williams will serve as the youth representative for Franklin County in the forthcoming North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Conference scheduled for Aug. 22-24. Chris L. Harris | Special to The Wake Weekly

Franklin commissioners sign off on Sonoco recycling contract

LOUISBURG — In a move straying from traditional practices, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved finalizing a one-year contract with Sonoco Recycling LLC for the county’s commingled …
OBITUARIES
Edwina Bullock Wadford FRANKLINTON — Edwina Bullock Wadford was a beloved grandmother, devoted mother, dedicated wife, faithful organist and gentle follower of God. She was born July 23, 1936 in Oxford, North Carolina, …
Frank Raymond Alexander RALEIGH — Frank Raymond Alexander, 59, passed away on June 25. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 3, 1960. He is survived by his love and soul mate, Cindy Morris, Annemarie Alexander …
T. Joseph Tipper WAKE FOREST — T. Joseph Tipper Jr., 78, of Wake Forest, passed away on Sunday, June 15 from a massive stroke. He was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia on July 3, 1940, a son of the late Telford …
Mary Margaret ‘Maggie’ Washington YOUNGSVILLE — Mary Margaret “Maggie” Washington of Youngsville died Friday, June 21 at her home. She was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Harold R. Washington and Thelma G. …
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Don’t hobble hemp over shoddy science in law enforcement

State lawmakers might hamstring North Carolina’s ascendant hemp farming industry because police can’t yet reliably tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. The 2019 farm bill has been …

BUTNER-CREEDMOOR NEWS
Black bear sightings reported across county OXFORD ­— Over the past two months, residents of the area have reported sightings of black bears. Reports have come in from the vicinities of Will Suitt Road, Westbury Drive, Tall Pine …
Sparks fly at Granville Fourth of July celebration BUTNER — Granville residents enjoyed an evening of fellowship, food and fireworks during the annual Fourth of July Celebration held July 3 at Lake Holt in Butner. The city of Creedmoor and town …
Man shot dead at Oxford home; 67-year-old charged with murder OXFORD — An Oxford man has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed another man at a home in Oxford this week, according to a press release from the Granville County Sheriff’s …
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Too late again

To the Editor, It’s been two months since we had the high winds and storm that came through Zebulon and tore up trees and property in and around Zebulon. One place that was hit hard was the …

The SunTrust Bank building is an albatross

A more efficient bus system in Wake Forest

COLUMNS
Blessings from presidential burdens

With the extreme far-left philosophy being pushed by the disarrayed Democrat Party, average good citizens are facing the most challenging times in the history of our nation. Adversity abounds. …

Bob Allen

More about close friends and how they help your life

This week’s column is a continuation from last week. When my mother remarried another William S. Allen in Pitman, New Jersey, about 5 miles south of Wenonah, I had to get new friends. I was 12 …

Jean McCamy

Violence in real life and novels

I abhor violence. I don’t go to movies that promise blood, gore and severed body parts whether on city streets or battlefields and, while I don’t have as much of a problem as Doc Martin, I close …

Cucumbers: Cool, crisp and sweet

Nothing quite says summertime like that of a freshly harvested cucumber. There are two basic types of cucumbers — those that are eaten fresh (known as the slicing variety) and those that are …