Economy looks to be on the up

by Dave Caldwell, North Carolina State University RALEIGH — Things are looking up economically in both North Carolina and across the nation. That is the conclusion of Dr. Mike Walden, economist and William Neal Reynolds distinguished professor at North Carolina State University....
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Pretty darn quick!

WAKE FOREST — A line was out the door at lunchtime Monday at the new PDQ restaurant on Dr. Calvin Jones Highway at Northpark Drive. The fast food eatery opened Sunday and was slammed with customers both days, according to Bryan Cole, operating partner. PDQ, which stands for...

Take life saving measures into own hands

WAKE FOREST — When it comes to cases of sudden cardiac arrest, bystander CPR can double or even triple survival rates. However, in the majority of such incidents there is no immediate help. CPR educator Kim Harkins hopes to bring awareness to changes in how CPR is done as a part...

Business briefs — Week of May 30, 2013

Dunk a county commissioner in Louisburg Union Bank of Louisburg hosts a customer appreciation day Friday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hot dogs, drinks, desserts and games will be served. Additionally, Franklin County Commissioner Don Lancaster will will be the “dunkee” in a dunking booth...

What’s behind China’s economic boom? — Dr. Mike Walden, N.C. Economics

When I was growing up in the 1950s, China was our political enemy. My uncle, who lived next to my family, had fought the Chinese army in Korea, so nothing positive was said about China during family gatherings. Our political relationship with China changed in 1972, when President...
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Wake Forest poised for economic resurgence

—Story and photo by David Leone WAKE FOREST — It’s nice to be on top. Ted Abernathy, Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, probably didn’t startle anyone at the annual State of the Chamber luncheon Tuesday when he described the struggles North Carolina — and...
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Local DJ second time at top of state awards

WAKE FOREST — For the second year in a row, local entertainment company Brian Pate Entertainment has been awarded the Best DJ Service in North Carolina by the Wedding Industry Expert Awards. Additionally, the company was ranked seventh nationally, two points higher than la...
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New business comes to Youngsville

SunStone Water Group expected to employ up to 200 over next three years. YOUNGSVILLE — Franklin County has welcomed a new business to the Youngsville area. SunStone Water Group, which constructs state-of-the-art, self-contained water filtration units, will operate in the original...
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Wake Forest company raises thousands for charity

Residents turned out in force to Delta Gypsum’s charity cookout May 17, raising more than $12,000. WAKE FOREST — Delta Gypsum, LLC, a Wake Forest-based supplier of drywall steel studs, insulation and acoustical ceilings, held a 90-minute charity cookout Friday, attracting...

Business Briefs — week of May 23, 2013

WakeMed redesignated as  Level 1 trauma center The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) officially renewed the WakeMed Trauma Program’s designation as a Level 1 trauma center — the only Level 1 center in Wake County and one of just six in the state....

State creative occupation jobs make a jump

DURHAM — N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz recently released findings from the annual Creative Vitality Index (CVI) update showing an increase of more than 8 percent in creative occupations jobs held by nearly 3 percent of North Carolina’s...