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Millionth customer wins big

LOUISBURG — Pete Smith Automotive group celebrated getting their millionth customer by giving away $5,000. “It couldn’t have worked out any better,” said Pete Smith Automotive President Keith Smith, as the customer was Franklin County Social Services (FCSS), which will put the...
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VCGG’s Brady honored Vance-Granville Community College biology instructor Phyllis “Button” Brady was recently honored with the President’s Leadership Award as part of Glen Raven’s Excellence in Teaching and Leadership awards presented this academic year. Brady, a Granville County...
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Marilyn Avila receives open government award

CHAPEL HILL — N.C. Rep. Marilyn Avila (Wake-49) was chosen to receive the prestigious N.C. Press Association’s Lassiter Award to honor the strong and courageous battle to keep government open to the people. Avila received her award Feb. 27 at the NCPA’s annual awards banquet in...

SEBTS awarded grant

WAKE FOREST — The Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Family Foundation recently awarded Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) a grant of more than $200,000. The grant will fund initiatives concerning faith, work and economics in academic classes. “I am profoundly grateful...

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Baker promoted Deborah Bordeaux, president of Stay at Home Senior Care, announces the promotion of Emily Baker to full-time scheduling administrator. Emily has worked as an in-home aide with Stay at Home since 2012. In her new role, she schedules caregivers to accommodate client...
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Local film studio releases movie

WAKE FOREST — Uptone Pictures’ most recent film, A Long Way Off, premieres May 6 at a Los Angeles film festival. The Wake Forest-based movie company filmed much of the modern day prodigal son story in and around Raleigh and Wake Forest. Some of the more picturesque scenes were...
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Cancer prevention workshop Friday Vitality Chiropractic and Family Wellness hosts a free cancer prevention workshop tomorrow (Friday), at 5:30 p.m., as part of its Family Wellness Series 2014. The event takes place at 610 Dr. Calvin Jones Highway, Suite 104, in Wake Forest and is...
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Pet food giveaway a huge success

YOUNGSVILLE — Despite a dreary start Saturday, the sun finally came out and pet owners arrived at the Franklin County SPCA office in Youngsville to pick up their share of more than 1,500 pounds of free dog and cat food for their pets. To qualify for services, clients must be...

Park construction manager chosen

RALEIGH — The Raleigh City Council has approved the selection of Barnhill Contracting Company as the construction manager at risk for the Abbotts Creek Park project. Council approved a contract with Barnhill in the amount of $8,500 for pre-construction services. The estimated...
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YABA business news •Now is the time for 2014 YABA business membership. New membership dues have been held to $50 while membership renewals are only $25. Membership includes listing and 2-inch by 2-inch ad in YABA directory, a name listing in the Who’s Who of Youngsville, Night to...
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Learn about shiitake mushrooms

FRANKLIN COUNTY — A shiitake mushroom workshop is scheduled Feb. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Franklin County Farmers Market Shelter in the Shannon Village Shopping Center in Louisburg. Participants should bring two to four freshly cut oak or sweet gum logs cut from live...

Learn about shiitake mushrooms

FRANKLIN COUNTY — A shiitake mushroom workshop is scheduled Feb. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Franklin County Farmers Market Shelter in the Shannon Village Shopping Center in Louisburg. Participants should bring two to four freshly cut oak or sweet gum logs cut from live...

Franklin GOP convention March 29

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The 2014 Franklin County Republican Party precinct meetings and county convention are scheduled for March 29 at the Louisburg Moose Lodge, 191 Moose Loop Road. Precinct meetings start at 4 p.m., dinner will be served 5:30-6:30 and the convention begins at 7....

Bridal show Sunday at The Cotton Company

WAKE FOREST — Brides-to-be in any stage of wedding planning are invited to attend the Boutique Bridal Show at The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St., this Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Also hosting the event are La Cosa Bella Events and CE Rentals, who have gathered area event...
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Jackson graduates with highest honors Eric Jackson, founder of Redeeming the Tune Piano Service in Rolesville, recently graduated with highest honors from the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology in Bozeman, Mont.  The school, which is the largest in the world, has graduates...
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Capital One most complained-about credit card company

RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers file more complaints about Capital One than any other credit card company, according to a report released recently by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) Education Fund. The report, which looked at data from the Consumer...
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Louisburg College president citizen of year

LOUISBURG — Louisburg College president Dr. Mark La Branche was named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce during its annual banquet and meeting Jan. 16. He was nominated by Kathy Harrelson, executive director of the United Way of Franklin...

Learn how to raise business capital the right way

LOUISBURG — Vance Granville Community College will host a free seminar on raising business capital Jan. 29 at the Franklin campus, 8100 N.C. 56 in Louisburg. Entitled ‘Raising Business Capital: FAQ’s for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesspersons,’ the session will be conducted by...

Reverse raffle tickets available

WAKE FOREST — Businesses, organizations or individuals who purchase a $125 ticket buy a chance to win up to $10,000 at the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Reverse Raffle & Auction, March 21 at the Renaissance Centre. The purchases provide an opportunity to make an...

MBA program ranks highest in N.C.

RALEIGH — The Professional Online MBA program at N.C. State’s Jenkins Graduate School of Management placed 36th nationally in the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings released today. It is the highest ranked North Carolina-based online MBA...
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Heritage sale prices up The master-planned community of Heritage in Wake Forest and Rolesville closed 2013 with average new home sale prices up 16 percent over 2012. As a whole, 2013 recorded new home closings 10 percent above projections as well as list-to-sales price ratios at...
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Horse farm open house Sunday Serenity Grace Farm in Franklinton will host an open house Sunday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The farm, founded by A.J. and Courtney Schneller, offers therapeutic horseback riding, as well as cart and wagon driving for all ages. Visitors will learn...
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Hall-Wynne makes generous donation

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton Baptist Church was the grateful recipient of a $20,000 Ahlborn-Galanti Angelus organ, donated over the holidays by Hall-Wynne Funeral Services. When Mark Higgins, president of Hall-Wynne, learned the the church’s previous organ had become obsolete, he...