Hosts sought for exchange students

NORTH CAROLINA — World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, nonprofit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and the former Soviet...

Local streams not meeting standards

RALEIGH — The state Division of Water Resources has released for public comment the 2014 list of 103 streams, rivers and lakes that are not meeting state water quality requirements. Included on that list is 5.8 miles of Smith Creek from the dam at Wake Forest Reservoir to the...

Wake Forest looks to honor enviromentalists

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is requesting nominations for the 2014 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The Green Medal awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service, while...

N.C. charitable giving stressed last year

RALEIGH — North Carolinians dialed back their charitable giving in 2013, while still giving more than during the worst of the recession several years ago, according to new statistics from the N.C. Secretary of State’s office. The just released 2012-13 North Carolina Secretary of...
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Can this stream be saved?

RALEIGH — If you have a stream on your property in or near an urban area, the odds are the stream is under stress. Urban areas have a lot of paved, built-upon, or impervious areas that prevent rainwater from infiltrating the soil. When rainwater fails to infiltrate it runs off...