CenturyLink ‘on fire for fiber’

WAKE FOREST — CenturyLink was recognized by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council during its 2015 FTTH Connect Conference, which celebrated the growth of fiber and those who have championed the advancement of the fiber-to-the-home industry this year. CenturyLink was given the 2015...

Career networking fair Aug. 19

RALEIGH — Living Arts College is looking for participants for its career networking fair to be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1-4 p.m., at the college, 3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive, Raleigh. This event brings employers together for networking opportunities with each other and provides...

Free technology skills training for 50+ adults

HENDERSON — Through the “Plus 50” initiative, Vance-Granville Community College is hosting a free technology skills workshop/luncheon for local community members, age 50 and over, including current students and those who are considering going back to school. Update Your...

Poultry owners required to register flocks

by Clellie Allen RALEIGH — Although North Carolina is still free from the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), all poultry owners in the state, regardless of number of birds, are now required to register for a NCFarmID number in advance of a likely outbreak....

Keith Shackleford, here ‘because it’s home’

Local Profiles by Carol Taber Having earned his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1996 and passing the North Carolina Bar exam, Keith Shackleford could have practiced law anywhere in the state. When asked why he chose Wake Forest, the dapper, bow-tied lawyer smiles and...

Futures Fund helped build center

Nonprofit is slowly gaining ground, repaying town’s generous loan. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Somewhat glossed over last week during all the hoopla about the town borrowing from its own Futures Fund to build a road was the report on the Wireless Research Center of North...

Annual horse farm tour set for Aug. 7

Business Briefs - Week of July 23, 2015 Rolesville chamber news •The Rolesville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is tonight (Thursday), 5:30-7:30 p.m., and is hosted by Lennar Homes, 1116 Virginia Water Drive. •Outstanding Women in Networking (OWN) meets Tuesday,...

VGCC food truck program back for seconds

LOUISBURG — Vance-Granville Community College will offer its Mobile Food Truck Entrepreneurship workshop series for the second time. This series of courses for entrepreneurs who want to compete in the growing food truck industry is unique in the North Carolina Community College...

Small farmers to meet Aug. 20

LOUISBURG — Area farmers are invited to join the Franklin County Small Farmers Association, with an educational meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20, at Johnny Bull’s Restaurant in Louisburg. Buy your meal by 6:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 7 p.m. Development of a...

The torch is passed: Suzanne, Dave Lucey open Page 158 Books

Local Profiles by Carol Taber There are stores that add to the charm and community life of a small town. For example, try to imagine Boone without Mast General Store. Here in Wake Forest, The Storyteller’s Book Store has been a similar boon to the town and surrounding communities...

The Mann Family and SHAPE Eco Farm

Local Profiles by Carol Taber On a beautiful five-acre plot of land in Wake Forest, just 10 minutes from Kohl’s on Capital Boulevard, John and Kim Mann and their three children, Elizabeth, Andrea and Joshua, are establishing SHAPE Eco Farm as a working farm with an emphasis on...

Learn how to use Google+ for business

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center are bringing a free seminar to area business owners Aug. 12 on the advantages of using Google+ and Google Local for Business. Martin Brossman, a leading authority...

Organic certification assistance available

RALEIGH — Organic growers can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept....

Farmers can get free first aid training Aug. 4

Business Briefs - Week of July 16, 2015 Business after hours tonight The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly business after hours is tonight (Thursday), 5:30-7 p.m. at Coastal Federal Credit Union, 10850 Wakefield Commons Drive, Raleigh. Refreshments are catered by...

Enjoy horseback riding at Happy Trails Farm

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Ever since she was a little girl, Deb Storer dreamed of owning her own horse. Now, she has 22 of them on a 15-acre farm. Storer runs Happy Trails Farm, a horseback riding camp near Falls Lake. The farm has been in business since 2007 and has been...

Area chefs to serve fresh dishes at Farmers Market

LOUISBURG — Two area chefs, Tamika House and Jim Pfifferling from Louisburg College, are networking with the Franklin County Extension office to prepare and serve up delicious summer dishes utilizing local produce available from the Farmer’s Market. Tomorrow (Friday), sweet corn...

Small Farmers meet July 16

Business Briefs - Week of July 9 Michaels opens July 19 Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, will hold the grand opening of its Wake Forest store, featuring a new design, at 12626 Capital Blvd. in the Wake Forest Crossing shopping center, on July...

Wake Forest permits – of July 9, 2015

The Wake Forest Planning and Inspections Department issued the following permits during June. Addition/renovation •Imperial Design Builders Inc., 12516 Capital Blvd., No. 104, $1,340. •Agile Builders, 11915 Retail Drive, $300. •Davidson and Jones Construction, 10112 Capital...

Rolesville permits – June 2015

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following permits during June 2015. •Carlton Group of N.C. LLC, 406 Bendemeer Lane, $887. •Carlton Group of N.C. LLC, 439 Bendemeer Lane, $773. •Braswell Custom Homes Inc., 5700 Lord Granville Way, $960. •Medallion...

Is North Carolina’s rebound stumbling?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called gross domestic product, or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than the...

Michaels opening soon

Second phase of Wake Forest Crossing shopping center coming online this summer. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Michaels, a large arts and crafts store, opens July 17 in the Wake Forest Crossing shopping center next to Kohl’s. Another new store at the location, TJ Maxx, a clothing...

Bunn store pays fine for errors

WAKE FOREST — The Dollar General store in Bunn was one of five area stores recently fined for excessive price-scanning errors by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Standards Division The store, located at 395 Main St., paid a total of $502.50 in civil...

Dollar General opens Franklinton store Saturday

Business Briefs — Week of July 2, 2015 Dollar General celebrates grand opening of new store in Franklinton Dollar General will celebrate the opening of a new location at 2500 NC Hwy 96 S in Franklinton Saturday, 8 a.m., with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will...

Know vacation rental rights

State law protects renters at NC beaches, mountains. RALEIGH — Renters of vacation homes in North Carolina can avoid potential problems by reading rental agreements carefully and learning their rights under state law, according to the state attorney general’s office. The Vacation...