The Mann Family and SHAPE Eco Farm

Local Profiles by Carol Taber On a beautiful five-acre plot of land in Wake Forest, just 10 minutes from Kohl’s on Capital Boulevard, John and Kim Mann and their three children, Elizabeth, Andrea and Joshua, are establishing SHAPE Eco Farm as a working farm with an emphasis on...

Learn how to use Google+ for business

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center are bringing a free seminar to area business owners Aug. 12 on the advantages of using Google+ and Google Local for Business. Martin Brossman, a leading authority...

Organic certification assistance available

RALEIGH — Organic growers can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept....

Farmers can get free first aid training Aug. 4

Business Briefs - Week of July 16, 2015 Business after hours tonight The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly business after hours is tonight (Thursday), 5:30-7 p.m. at Coastal Federal Credit Union, 10850 Wakefield Commons Drive, Raleigh. Refreshments are catered by...

Enjoy horseback riding at Happy Trails Farm

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Ever since she was a little girl, Deb Storer dreamed of owning her own horse. Now, she has 22 of them on a 15-acre farm. Storer runs Happy Trails Farm, a horseback riding camp near Falls Lake. The farm has been in business since 2007 and has been...

Area chefs to serve fresh dishes at Farmers Market

LOUISBURG — Two area chefs, Tamika House and Jim Pfifferling from Louisburg College, are networking with the Franklin County Extension office to prepare and serve up delicious summer dishes utilizing local produce available from the Farmer’s Market. Tomorrow (Friday), sweet corn...

Small Farmers meet July 16

Business Briefs - Week of July 9 Michaels opens July 19 Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, will hold the grand opening of its Wake Forest store, featuring a new design, at 12626 Capital Blvd. in the Wake Forest Crossing shopping center, on July...

Wake Forest permits – of July 9, 2015

The Wake Forest Planning and Inspections Department issued the following permits during June. Addition/renovation •Imperial Design Builders Inc., 12516 Capital Blvd., No. 104, $1,340. •Agile Builders, 11915 Retail Drive, $300. •Davidson and Jones Construction, 10112 Capital...

Rolesville permits – June 2015

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following permits during June 2015. •Carlton Group of N.C. LLC, 406 Bendemeer Lane, $887. •Carlton Group of N.C. LLC, 439 Bendemeer Lane, $773. •Braswell Custom Homes Inc., 5700 Lord Granville Way, $960. •Medallion...

Is North Carolina’s rebound stumbling?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called gross domestic product, or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than the...

Michaels opening soon

Second phase of Wake Forest Crossing shopping center coming online this summer. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Michaels, a large arts and crafts store, opens July 17 in the Wake Forest Crossing shopping center next to Kohl’s. Another new store at the location, TJ Maxx, a clothing...
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Bunn store pays fine for errors

WAKE FOREST — The Dollar General store in Bunn was one of five area stores recently fined for excessive price-scanning errors by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Standards Division The store, located at 395 Main St., paid a total of $502.50 in civil...
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Dollar General opens Franklinton store Saturday

Business Briefs — Week of July 2, 2015 Dollar General celebrates grand opening of new store in Franklinton Dollar General will celebrate the opening of a new location at 2500 NC Hwy 96 S in Franklinton Saturday, 8 a.m., with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will...
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Know vacation rental rights

State law protects renters at NC beaches, mountains. RALEIGH — Renters of vacation homes in North Carolina can avoid potential problems by reading rental agreements carefully and learning their rights under state law, according to the state attorney general’s office. The Vacation...
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Tax tips for students with summer jobs

A student’s summer job might be their first encounter with income taxes. Here are some tips students should know about summer jobs and taxes: •Withholding and estimated tax: The employer withholds tax from pay. If self-employed, taxes may have to be paid, based on estimated tax,...
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Pa Wheeler: It’s bug season

Local Profiles by Carol Taber Tony “Pa” Wheeler has one of the most unique farms in Franklin County. For 25 years, Wheeler has been raising crawfish to feed the area’s ever-growing demand for the 10-legged, freshwater crustaceans. People come from as far away as Maryland,...
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Intern, family share love of letters

WAKE FOREST — Camryn Jamison, a rising sophomore at Rolesville High School, has joined The Wake Weekly staff as a summer intern. A North Carolina native, Camryn not only has a passion for agriculture, but journalism as well. “A love for writing seems to run in the family,” said...
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Race your cars at Hi Stakes

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Hi Stakes Remote Control (RC) Tracks started out as a small vendor’s table at the Raleigh Flea Market. Now, it has its own store on South Main Street in Wake Forest next to The Factory. Alfredo Olguin, the store’s owner and founder, has always been...
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Automotive students complete work-based learning program

LOUISBURG — The Automotive Systems Technology department at Vance-Granville Community College recently recognized its first students to participate in the work-based learning (WBL) program since the college expanded automotive training to a two-year degree program. WBL allows a...
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Sweet dreams ahead for many

YOUNGSVILLE — More than 100 children will receive new pajamas thanks to the efforts of two groups of Women in Networking. The Wake Forest and Youngsville WIN chapters collected 190 pairs of pajamas during the month of May as a part of Pajama Program International. The Pajama...
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Free spay/neuters and Kitten-Palooza this month

Business Briefs — week of June 18, 2015 Free spay/neuters and Kitten-Palooza this month June is Adopt a Shelter Cat month. To encourage shelter adoptions, free spay/neuters procedures will be done for any cat or kitten adopted from Franklin County Animal Shelter in the month of...
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More than one way to win

WAKE FOREST — Storyteller’s Book Store recently hosted an author reading for Lauren Bridges’ new children’s book, Zelda Finds a Way to Win, about overcoming adversity. Bridges will read again from the book Saturday, June 20, at Ollie’s in downtown Wake Forest from 1 to 3 p.m....

New nursing program available at VGCC

HENDERSON — Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, students wanting to enter the field of nursing will be able to apply simultaneously to both N.C. A&T University and to Vance-Granville, or one of the other community colleges. Up to 30 students a year will be admitted into...

Mini food truck rodeo in Louisburg June 16

Business Briefs — Week of May 21, 2015 Brinkley chosen as UNC law school dean Martin H. Brinkley, a partner in the law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP in Raleigh has been named as the 14th dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel...