Grain Mill growing up (and out)

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Notice the new sign on the former coin shop building, you know, the one that used to sport a tall wooden Indian? That’s right, the Grain Mill Grocery Cooperative is moving on up — to a large and much more visible location than the basement of the...

Cpl. Bitting completes N.C. Justice Academy program

Business Briefs, week of Feb. 12, 2015 Cpl. Bitting completes N.C. Justice Academy program Corporal A. N. Bitting of the Wake Forest Police Department recently completed the Tactical Training Certificate Program at the North Carolina Justice Academy. The certificate program is...

Rhode answers questions about student loans, debit cards

by Steve Rhode, the Get-out-of-debt guy Dear Steve: I can’t believe how much student loan debt I have. It feels like I can barely get by each month and there is no way for me to ever get out from under these loans. I have both federal and private student loans that add up to over...

Rolesville construction permits for January 2015

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following building permits during January 2015. Mechanical •Pridgen, Samuel, 705 N. Main St., $120. •American Homes 4 Rent, 516 Littleport Drive, $60. •Decoster, James, 114 Blueberry Court, $60. •Tanner, Verlinda, 929...

Wake Forest construction permits for January 2015

The Wake Forest Planning and Inspections Department issued 122 building permits during January 2015. Blasting Permit •Carolina Drilling Inc., 8505 Ligon Mill Road, $200. •East Coast Drilling & Blasting Inc., 1400 Wait Ave., $100. Accessory structure •Standard Pacific of the...

Got a tip? Wake Weekly hosts dinner for Safe Space

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Weekly teamed up with Youngsville’s Women In Networking group and Over the Falls Deli Monday to raise money for Safe Space, the Domestic Violence foundation and shelter in Louisburg. Generous customer tips, all of the Forget-Me-Not Photo Booth sales and a...

S&P to pay $21.5 million to state

RALEIGH — Standard and Poor’s will pay $21.5 million to North Carolina to resolve the Attorney General’s state lawsuit claiming it inflated ratings for risky securities and misrepresented its objectivity before the 2008 financial crisis, Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a...

Mark calendars for these agricultural educational events

Educational meetings continue throughout the winter months for equine owners in the region. Mark your calendar and plan to attend an educational mini-series for area horse owners in February and March. All meetings will be held at the Extension Center’s Annex meeting room...

Get to know Wakefield Rotary

WAKE FOREST — The Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest invites the community to a Get to Know Rotary lunch on Thursday, Feb. 26, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the TPC Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive. Wakefield Rotary Club is a community service organization made up...

Wake Tech employment classes at Northern Regional

WAKE FOREST— Wake Tech Human Resource Development (HRD) is offering continuing education courses which are fee-waived for qualifying individuals who are un-employed, underemployed or who have received notice of layoff or pending layoff. Contact the HRD office to determine your...

Complete your high school diploma

HENDERSON — Through Feb. 28, local adults can save $5 on a High School Equivalency (HSE) practice test or $10 on their first official test at Vance-Granville Community College, due to special offers from the national GED Testing Service. Adults studying for the GED test can take...

Duke Energy Foundation awards $237,757 to VGCC

Business Briefs - week of Feb. 5, 2015 Duke Energy Foundation awards $237,757 to VGCC Duke Energy and Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) have announced a $237,757 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to continue equipping the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills...

Making an impact with Racer X Stables

by Marty Simpkins RALEIGH — Jeff Neese is just a local guy following his dreams. He is also the owner of the largest stable of thoroughbred racehorses in the state of North Carolina. Jeff has always been a big fan of sports. He played quarterback at Washington State University...

Artist and entrepreneur

LOCAL PROFILES By Carol Taber Wake Forest’s Joanne Page is one of a growing number of artisans starting businesses out of their homes. British born, Joanne has a graphics arts degree from the University of Manchester. After graduation, Joanne worked for English Heritage,...

You Decide: The impacts of tax changes

by Dr. Mike Walden Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate may be one piece of common ground between President Obama and the Congress. Here in North Carolina, Round 2 of tax changes – focusing on...

Loveless CIT Officer of Year

Business Briefs - Week of Jan. 29, 2015 Loveless CIT Officer of Year The Wake Forest Police Department has named Det. Brian Loveless as the 2014 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year. A specialized law enforcement program, the CIT is a partnership between 17 Wake...

Learn Ag entrepreneur skills

OXFORD — The Small Business Center and Project Skill-UP Departments of Vance-Granville Community College are offering the N.C. REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program Tuesdays, Feb. 3-March 17, 6-9 p.m. The N.C. REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship program is designed for those...
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Hall of fame farm

FRANKLINTON — Brandy Creek Farm, located in Franklinton, was inducted into the North American South Devon Hall of Fame during the National Western Stock Show in Denver last week. Jenny Edwards, pictured second from the right, accepted the award for her late husband, Ralph...
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Help bees get a plate

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Beekeepers Association (FCBA) has designed a North Carolina specialty license plate and hopes to get at least 300 people on board with it by Feb. 15, the application deadline. In a statement, FCBA Treasurer Sandy Carlson said the association is...
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Notary class available at Wake Forest Chamber

Business Briefs - week of Jan. 22, 2015 Rolesville Chamber of Commerce news Business After Hours, hosted by Scottie Hundley and Affordable Creative Framer, is tonight (Thursday) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location is 13200 New Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 133. Guests are always welcome. Wake...
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Cutchins named citizen of year

by Clellie Allen, with Todd Allen YOUNGSVILLE — Joe Cutchins Jr., of Franklinton, was named the Citizen of the Year at the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet held Jan. 15 at The Boondocks in Youngsville. Last year’s recipient of the award, Dr. Mark La...

Body Shop leaving Wake Forest

Move to NYC to affect 145 local jobs. WAKE FOREST — The Body Shop is moving its U.S. headquarters to New York City. Now located in Wake Forest off Burlington Mills Road, the move will affect up to 145 local jobs, Body Shop spokesperson Kathleen Linder stated in a press release...
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Small farm conference coming

LOUISBURG — There are many opportunities in North Carolina for the small farmer. To explore several options, a regional conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Vance-Granville Community College multi-purpose building in Louisburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the...