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Fireman-turned-pastor honored

WAKE FOREST — As former firefighter Pastor J. R. Ricks Jr. tells it, he went from the smoking section of natural life to the non-smoking section of eternal life. Ricks, 57, took the reins of his late father’s church, the Church of God of Prophecy on North White Street in Wake...

The shine is on at Knightdale Festival

KNIGHTDALE — The Shine 4 Veterans Glitz Day Festival is scheduled July 5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Midtown Commons Shopping Center in Knightdale. The fundraiser supporting active duty military and veterans and their families is sponsored by Qdoba Mexican Grill and features live...

Library offers summer fun

The focus is on kids at the Wake Forest Community Library, 400 E. Holding Ave. Most programs are free. Call for information and to register, if indicated. For more information, see wakegov.com/libraries. •Family storytime. Young children and their families participate in an...

Democratic candidates at picnic Sunday

RALEIGH — North Raleigh and Wake Forest Democrats are invited to a picnic Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Honeycutt Park, 1032 Clear Creek Farm Drive, Raleigh, to meet candidates who are on November’s ballot. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be served. RSVP by e-mailing...

Camp C.A.R.E. offered by police department

ROLESVILLE — A free summer camp for kids ages 9-12 is scheduled July 28-August 1 at Rolesville High School. Camp C.A.R.E. (Choices Accountability Respect Excellence), sponsored by the Rolesville Police Department in partnership with the town’s parks and recreation department,...