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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dog grooming certification available

Business Briefs — Week of Jan. 15, 2015 Dog grooming certification available Dirty Dogs Spa & Boutique, 929 Heritage Lake Road, Wake Forest, is offering training and certification classes for dog grooming: basic pet grooming and bather/brusher. The pet grooming course is...

Wake Forest construction permits

The Wake Forest Planning Department reports a total of 141 permits issued for the month of December. There were 117 residential permits, 14 non-residential permits and 10 fire permits. The department conducted 1,223 inspections and performed 97 plan reviews, including 68...

Regional equine mini-series scheduled for 2015

LOUISBURG — Educational informational 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 January and February. All meetings will be held in the Franklin County...

Successful Small Farms Conference: Feb. 28

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 entitled Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference. The conference will be held at the Vance-Granville Community...

Band in running for competition

WAKE FOREST — The Will McBride Group needs help. The Wake Forest-based jazz-rock trio is currently holding eighth place in a nationwide contest to win the Bands4Good Challenge. The group needs community votes to push past the competition and take over the leaderboard, while also...

St. Paul staff completes afterschool training

LOUISBURG — Vance-Granville Community College recently partnered with Saint Paul Presbyterian Church Day Care Center in Louisburg to provide continuing education to all employees of the center’s afterschool program. The staff members included Brenda Lynch, Mary Spencer, Barbara...

Health screenings at Business After Hours

Business Briefs — week of Jan. 8, 2015 Health screenings at Business After Hours Novant Health hosts Business After Hours, today (Thursday) 5:30-7 p.m. at Franklin Medical Center, 100 Hospital Drive, Louisburg. As part of Novant Health’s system-wide wellness initiative, Novant...

Keeping records for livestock and horse owners

Free day-long workshop Jan. 20 By Martha L. Mobley Agriculture Extension Agent LOUISBURG — You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Record keeping is a key component to managing an efficient farm business. With proper record keeping, evaluations can be made on the reproductive,...

Rolesville building permits for October 2014

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following building permits during October 2014. Convenient one-family house •Heritage East Developers Homestead Building Co., 5800 Vasseur Court, $954. •Cityscape Builders Inc., 2709 Eastern Star Circle, $989. •Cedar...
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Virgilio’s: A Culinary Adventure

by Carol Taber WAKE FOREST — As owner and mixologist at Virgilio’s Premium Vinegars, Oils & Edibles, Margarita Dixon has brought a little bit of foodie heaven to South White Street. Specializing in wonderful flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegar, this is the perfect shop...
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Business Briefs – Week of Jan. 1, 2015

Start the new year with good business advice The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has scheduled a pair of free seminars for Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the college’s Franklin County Campus (located on N.C. 56, just outside Louisburg). Tax requirements for...

Gas prices could continue to slide

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.36/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has fallen 9.6 cents per gallon in...

Wake Electric scholarships available

WAKE FOREST — Wake Electric is currently accepting applications for 2015 scholarships for college students — the Fred M. Alford Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 and a total of 16 Touchstone Energy Scholarships of up to $1,250. The $2,000 Fred M. Alford Memorial scholarship will be...