What will 2015’s economy look like?

By Dr. Mike Walden N.C. Cooperative Extension Economists receive much attention at the beginning of a new year. People want some insight into how the economy will perform. No economist can predict every individual’s economic outlook. Instead, we try to forecast the general trends...

Brewery expands

Youngsville facility will allow White Street to more than triple production, and bottle the beer. By David Leone YOUNGSVILLE — White Street Brewing Company is upsizing and has moved its major brewing operations to Park Avenue. Dino Radosta, company founder and owner, held a sneak...

Bank raises $5,000 for Safe Space

LOUISBURG — Employees at Union Bank & Trust teamed up with Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse for a Dining for a Safe Space event Oct. 27. A total of $5,240 was raised to support Safe Space, a Louisburg-based nonprofit organization that assists domestic violence victims and their...

Business Briefs

Drop children’s books at The Fire Pit The Fire Pit encourages customers to bring in unused children’s books and leave them in a drop-box at their Heritage location, 950 Gateway Commons Circle. The donated books will be distributed by Durham-based Book Harvest, a nonprofit...

VGCC offers small business seminars

WAKE FOREST — The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has scheduled two free seminars Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the college’s Franklin County Campus, located on N.C. 56, just outside Louisburg. Tax Requirements for Small Businesses will be held from 1-4 p.m., while...

Business mileage rates to rise

WAKE FOREST — The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a...

AgCarolina announces election results

RALEIGH — Three incumbents have been re-elected to the AgCarolina Farm Credit Board of Directors by the cooperative’s voting stockholders. Ellis W. Taylor of Roanoke Rapids was elected to Region 2 (serving Franklin, Warren, and Halifax counties); Paul A. Drake of Pinetops was...

Bundle up for art’s sake, and c’mon downtown

by Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — Downtown Wake Forest is dressed in its holiday best for Art After Hours Friday starting at 5 p.m. Most stores and studios will be open and serving refreshments, including the newly renovated Ollie’s at 213 S. White St. Ollie’s Cafe, Coffee Shop and...

Love, letters and baseball

Wake Forest bookseller pens his own memoir. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Drew Bridges has held a lot of author-readings at Storyteller’s Book Store in the past six years, but none are so special, to him, as this week’s event. At, 3 p.m. Sunday, Drew will host a book dedication...

Business Briefs

Edward Jones hosts open house, toy drop Jim Staples, a financial advisor for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invites local business owners to attend a holiday open house today (Thursday), from 3 to 7 p.m. at 126 West Main St., Youngsville office. Refreshments will be...

Sirius XM Radio customers may get money back

RALEIGH — Sirius XM Radio customers in North Carolina who had problems canceling their contracts, got charged unauthorized fees or saw their rates jump unexpectedly will have an opportunity to get their money back, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Dec. 4. The consumer...

VGCC seminar focuses on starting a business

WAKE FOREST — Area residents whose goals for the New Year include starting a new business venture will want to mark their 2015 calendars for an upcoming seminar from the Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center. The SBC will offer a free seminar, titled Ten Steps...

‘Meet’ applications available

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 35th annual Meet in the Street festival planned for May 2. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a...
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Something delicious this way comes

Cupcake food truck now a shop. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — One of the first things you notice when pulling up to a new business at the Wake Forest Crossing shopping center is the smell of someone baking something wonderful. Call it the sweet smell of success, perhaps. On Oct....
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Wake Weekly welcomes new sportswriter

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Responding to the burgeoning number of prep sports in the area, The Wake Weekly has brought on board Marty Simpkins as a full-time sports writer and photographer. Simpkins is a 2013 graduate of UNC-Wilmington and a native of Willow Spring. He is a...
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Business Briefs

Farmer’s Market announces special hours The Wake Forest Farmer’s Market, located in front of the Renaissance Centre on South Brooks Street, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. A holiday market will take place Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and the...

Farm transition workshop planned

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center is partnering with the University of Mount Olive’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center to conduct a farm transition conference for area farmers and landowners. The workshop will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 4...
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Business Briefs

Trade food for a brew at WSBC White Street Brewing Company is helping support the Tri-Area Ministry food bank in Wake Forest. Bring four non-perishable food items to the taproom, 218 S. White St., on Monday nights during November and get a free pint of beer in return. Agency...
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Wanted: Slightly used scarves and shoes

WAKE FOREST — Members of the Women Business Owners Alliance (wBOA) of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce are collecting gently used career clothing to donate to Dress for Success, and invites the community to join in the effort through Nov. 20. Clothing provided to women by...

You decide: How are farming and manufacturing alike?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden I have a soft spot in my heart for both farmers and factory workers. One of my grandfathers was a farmer in Ohio during the early 1900s. My father — the eldest son — told me many stories of awakening before sunrise to do numerous chores before he...

Discovery Point opens

WAKE FOREST — Jan and Hong Chen have opened North Carolina’s first Discovery Point Child Development Center at 1212 Heritage Links Drive. The location is Discovery Point’s biggest daycare center: 13,200 square feet capable of handling between 230 and 240 children ranging in age...
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Business Briefs

The Cotton Company hosts holiday market Saturday The Cotton Company is set to host its second annual White Street Holiday Market Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shopping event gathers more than 75 vendors under one roof, and is a Trinity Award winner for best public event....
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Ball joins Village Pharmacy staff

WAKE FOREST — Village Pharmacy is adding a familiar face behind the counter. Randy Ball, of Wake Forest, will be joining Pharmacist Art Minton, bringing more than 30 years of experience as a practicing pharmacist for CVS. Ball and Minton worked together for six years at the Wake...