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WAKE FOREST — Current and former members, architects, builders, public officials and others celebrated the construction of Wake Electric’s new 28,000-square-foot, $6.5 million service center on Franklin Street in downtown Wake Forest Tuesday. About 40 to 50 employees will work...

What is the secret to getting out of debt?

Get-Out-of-Debt-Guy by Steve Rhode Dear Steve, We have roughly $80,000 in credit card debt. We have four children, two in college and two yet to go. We own a small business that we run out of our home in addition to my being a teacher. How much are we really going to lose through...

BBB warns of scams that target small businesses

RALEIGH — The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina recommends business owners be aware of the following scams: •Bogus Yellow Page ads. Many businesses have received what appear to be invoices for ad space in Yellow Pages directories. These invoices are often...

Web of Things designer opens local office

Business Briefs — Week of April 9, 2015 Web of Things designer opens office Qualia Networks, a pioneer in Web of Things technology, products and solutions founded in Raleigh in 2013, has opened an office in the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina in Wake Forest, 3331...

Rolesville building permits for March, 2015

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following building permits during March 2015. Mechanical •Brown, Daniel Jr., 2321 Alstonburg Ave., $60. •Lennar Carolinas LLC, 1116 Virginia Water Drive, $60. •Redford Center I LLC, 405 S. Main St., $204. •Bell, Lisa...

Wake Forest building permits – March 2015

The Wake Forest Planning and Inspections Department issued 138 building permits during March 2015. Addition/renovation/restoration •Timburcraft Homes Inc., 611 S. Brooks St., $0 •AAA Home Repair, 317 E. Roosevelt Ave., $540. •Zackery Michael Inc., 916 Sugar Gap Road, $5,11...

WF Power named Tree Line USA utility

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Power has been named a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation for Wake Forest Power’s leadership, in caring for the health of trees while removing branches and limbs that grow too to close to its power lines.  The Tree Line USA award...

Get to know Rotary April 9

Business Briefs - April 2, 2015 Get to know Rotary April 9 Winter weather forced the Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest to reschedule its Get to Know Rotary lunch to April 9, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at the TPC Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive. The lunch meeting...

Leading the way in Franklin County

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has announced its new ambassadors for the 2015-16 year. Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the chamber, but also get a few perks for their volunteer efforts, according to Brenda Fuller, chamber administrator. “They...

Wake Forest Economics discussed April 1

Business briefs - March 26, 2015 Wake Forest Area Chamber news The 2015 Economic Development Forum is April 1, 8-10 a.m. at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Hosted by the Chamber and Wake Forest Economic Development, the breakfast meeting includes a discussion of the...

Learning the ropes

LOUISBURG — The 2015 class of Leadership Franklin has been selected for the community leadership development program facilitated by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Franklin is designed to stimulate leadership potential of individuals who are interested...

Wake Forest center aids startup

FokusLabs Kickstarter campaign underway for autism/ADHD product. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Rich Brancaccio has a day job as a psychologist with Wake County Schools, helping children with ADHD and autism. For the last two years, the Wake Forest resident has had a night job,...

VGCC paralegal program info session March 26

LOUISBURG — The two-year Vance-Granville Community College program held on the Franklin County Campus in Louisburg, has been designated as a qualified paralegal studies program by the N.C. State Bar. An information session for anyone interested in the program will be held March...

VGCC Paralegal program receives State Bar recognition

Information session is March 26 in Louisburg. LOUISBURG — The two-year Vance-Granville Community College program held on the Franklin County Campus in Louisburg has been designated as a qualified paralegal studies program by the N.C. State Bar. The State Bar’s Board of Paralegal...

Wake Forest’s Village Pharmacy adds tech

Village Pharmacy adds tech Nationally certified pharmacy technician Earl Hicks has joined the staff of Village Pharmacy in Wake Forest. Eat lunch and learn March 18 The lunch-and-learn session about direct mail, originally scheduled for Feb. 18, has been rescheduled for March 18,...

Wake Forest building permits

The Wake Forest Planning and Inspections Department issued 128 building permits during February, 2015. Blasting •East Coast Drilling & Blasting Inc., Friendship Chapel Road, $100. Accessory structure •King’s Glen Development, 5604 Copper Beech Lane, $230. •Trever Telenko, 834...

Rolesville Chamber names top people, businesses

WAKE FOREST — After suffering two delays due to icy weather, the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner and silent auction March 3 at The Mill Room in The Factory. Greg Rowe was named the Volunteer of the Year. Jeremy Dimmitt of State Farm Insurance was...

Meet creator of Annie the Mule Saturday at Lumpy’s Ice Cream

WAKE FOREST — Just how dangerous can one mule at the N.C. State Fair be? Find out Saturday, 1-3 p.m. when Cheryl Brown-Avery, a resident of Kittrell, will sign copies of her book, Annie the Mule Goes to the State Fair, at Lumpy’s Ice Cream, 306 Wait Ave., Wake Forest. Annie the...

Youngsville receives $15,000 grant

YOUNGSVILLE — The N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved a $15,000 grant to the town of Youngsville to support the reuse of a 1,500 square foot building located at 141 East Main St. The grant was part of 18 grants or loans approved by RIA, totaling more than $6...

Dirty Dogs holds donation drive Saturday

Business Briefs — March 5, 2015 Dirty Dogs holds donation drive Saturday Wake Forest’s Dirty Dogs Spa is sponsoring a donation drive Saturday for AnimalKind, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats in North Carolina...

Rolesville building permits

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following building permits during February 2015. •Murdock & Gannon Construction, 527 Bende-meer Lane, $813. •Cityscape Builders, 3033 Lawson Walk Way, $855. •Carlton Group of N.C., 226 Kew Gardens Way, $67...

Deliciously inventive – The Lemon Tree

Local Profiles by Carol Taber If you are looking for something deliciously adventurous, The Lemon Tree Café, tucked next to Virgilio’s on 113 S. White Street, is a must-visit for area foodies. All the soups, salad, sandwiches and pasta are made fresh daily by owner Stacey Moritz,...

Grant funds robotic equipment for mechatronics training

CREEDMOOR — The Mechatronics lab on Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus continues to gain state-of-the-art equipment, purchased with grant funds. The newest addition is the MAS-200 Modular Assembly System produced by SMC International Training, a company based in...

K-Flex hosting job fair March 3

YOUNGSVILLE — K-Flex USA is having a job fair March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are hiring for machine operators, packers, Quality Assurance Techsand forklift operators. Interested persons should stop by during the hours above, and bring a resume. See website for more...