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Neighborhood rocked by fireworks explosion — On Patrol, week of July 25, 2013

Company owner injured while disposing of old materials. by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Reports of a significant explosion drew fire, rescue and sheriff units to 1337 Wait Ave. Saturday evening. At approximately 7:30 p.m., residents near the home, which is also the site of S&W...
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Gas prices continue to rise

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have risen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.57 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.2 cents...
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Future of schools rests in key decisions

Board mulling choices for superintendent and board vacancies. by Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — Franklin County Board of Education members are being put to the test over the next few weeks. They have to make leadership decisions that will affect the direction of the county’s school system...
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Resident finds new neighbors

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Carol Hailey was walking through her back yard when she spotted something different. “Upon further inspection, I found a beautiful new family,” Hailey wrote. Rehabilitators with the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham advise folks that if a nest of...
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What’s in your 21st-century survival kit?

Of the 1,272 federal disaster declarations issued in the last decade, more than half were classified as major disasters. These include calamities such as floods, hurricanes and tropical storms, winter storms, and others. In the last 10 years, every state has had a least two...