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Louisburg working to improve downtown

Committee to revise recommendations for ‘friendlier’ town by Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — Looking to improve the town’s image, the town council is working to refine ideas on how to improve downtown. Last month, Mayor Karl Pernell established a committee of three, including...
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Proposed adventure facility in Youngsville gets zip

Ropes course, zip-line business denied by county by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — The Franklin County commissioners meeting Monday became the scene of a courtroom, complete with objections and requests to “approach the bench.” On trial: A proposed “adventure park” with a zip...
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Dirty Dogs extravaganza a success

WAKE FOREST — Dirty Dogs hosted a community extravaganza June 15. The event drew many visitors, who participated in sponsor and vendor exhibits, a K-9 Unit demonstration, contests, giveaways, a rabies clinic, adoption opportunities and more. At left: Paws at Play owner Courtney...

Business Briefs — week of June 20, 2013

Rolesville Chamber of Commerce news •Save the date: Rolesville Chamber of Commerce Community Business Expo will  be in the new Rolesville High, 1099 East Young St., July 23. A ribbon cutting for the school will take place at 3 p.m., followed by the Expo at 4. To participate,...

Workplace worries — The N.C. Department of Labor answers common employment questions

Question — I am wondering if it is OK for an 18-year-old high school student to be required to work until midnight while that student has school the next day. Answer — Yes. The youth employment provisions of the Wage and Hour Act do not apply to students who are 18 years old or...

Novozymes enters charity competition

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Triangle Business Journal is conducting a Social Madness competition to encourage local businesses to get involved in social media for a good cause. Local company, Novozymes, is participating. The competition measures each participating company’s online social...

Final phase of E-Verify law takes effect July 1

RALEIGH — In June 2011, the N.C. General Assembly approved a new law requiring employers and local governments to use the federal E-Verify system for new employees. The law phased in effective dates for private employers depending on the number of employees they have. Beginning...

How will technology shape our future? — Dr. Mike Walden, N.C. Economics

My late mother-in-law loved gadgets. As soon as she could afford it, she had to buy the latest kitchen appliance, hi-fi (remember those?) and TV. Indeed, her family was one of the first to have a color TV. My wife, who was a small girl then, watched an entire baseball game just...

Business Briefs — week of June 13, 2013

Dirty Dogs holds extravaganza The first ever Dirty Dogs Extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 929 Heritage Lake Road, Wake Forest. Admission is free. Wadford awarded Tile Person of the Year Nyle Wadford, president of Youngsville’s Neuse Tile Service Inc., was...
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Town buys dance venue for $1.2 million

Mayor sees future performing arts and convention center by David Leone WAKE FOREST — The town is now the owner of a beach music nightclub. The $1.2 million purchase of the Tuxedo Junction dance venue and the adjacent Rejoice Community School came after a closed session of town...

Business Briefs — week of June 6, 2013

Franklin Medical Center recognized for excellence VHA Central Atlantic has recognized Novant Health Franklin Medical Center (FMC), Louisburg, with two national awards. FMC was listed as one of six facilities that demonstrated a 20-percent or greater reduction in 30-day heart...

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...