Robert Elliott receives national recognition

by Kathy Harrelson LOUISBURG — Doing a double-take around the Justice Community lately has become commonplace. There has been a recent two-time recognition of excellence in local innovation, leadership and agribusiness — one on a state level and the other, on National Ag Day...

Economic director named

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett has named Jason Cannon as the town’s new economic development director. Cannon is the first person to hold the position since the town assumed economic development responsibilities from the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce...

Business briefs – Week of March 31, 2016

Parlér Properties welcomes Joann Snyder Hilda Parlér, owner and broker-in-charge of Parlér Properties Real Estate Services welcomes Joann Snyder as a representative for buyers and sellers. Snyder values the importance of community service, which is why she chose to bring her 25...

Business briefs – Week of March 24, 2016

Funding for small business workshop March 31 Learn about funding options for small businesses by attending a free educational workshop Thursday, March 31, 9-11 a.m. at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St. The workshop is presented by the Wake Tech Small...

Shopper takes over Next

New consignment boutique owner has background in jewelry. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — When Pam Jay let it slip that she was planning on retiring, locals who visit her shop, Next Consignment Boutique, were concerned it would close. So one of them decided to do something about it....

Presidential Barber Shop ribbon cutting

LOUISBURG — Presidential Barber Shop celebrated its grand opening Saturday with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The business is located at 310 S. Bickett Blvd, Suite B. Owned and operated by Daren Green, the shop is open Monday...

Thomas Walters named Volunteer of the Year

WAKE FOREST — The 2016 Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) awards were recently announced and a local business owner, Thomas Walters, was named as the national organization’s Volunteer of the Year. Walters was recognized nationally for his ongoing support and dedication...

Business briefs – Week of March 17, 2016

Comfort food cook-off Friday The Shore Grief Center will host a comfort food cook-off tomorrow (Friday), 6-9 p.m. Taste an assortment by local chefs and select the best comfort food. Meals consist of samples from as many as 12 restaurants, and salad and dessert from the Angus...

Volunteers needed for financial education

WAKE FOREST — State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) representatives, along with WFHS Business Alliance members, will host a one-day financial education workshop Thursday, March 17, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. in the auxiliary gym for Wake Forest High School students. The Reality of Money...

Business briefs – Week of March 10, 2016

Sci-fi author book signing March 11 Micheal Lee Nelson of Wake Forest will celebrate the release of his first novel, Ceres 2525, with a book signing event at Page 158 bookstore in downtown Wake Forest tomorrow (Friday), at 7 p.m. Originally from Oregon, Nelson currently is a part...

Grocery aiming for bypass

No town board review for Aldi competitor. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A discount grocery has just a little way to go before locating on the southwest corner of South Main Street and Dr. Calvin Jones Highway (N.C. 98 Bypass). Lidl (pronounced Lee-duhl), a German Aldi competitor,...

PowerSecure bought out for $431 million

Atlanta-based energy company will leave PowerSecure headquarters in Wake Forest. WAKE FOREST — The boards of directors of Southern Company (NYSE: SO) of Atlanta and Wake Forest-based PowerSecure International, Inc. (NYSE: POWR) have approved a definitive merger agreement through...

Business briefs – Week of March 3, 2016

Laura Wilt joins Pate Realty Group Brian Pate, President of the Pate Realty Group at Keller Williams Preferred Realty is pleased to announce that Laura Wilt has joined the team as a buyer’s specialist. Born in Chicago, Ill. Wilt moved to North Carolina in 1985. Being the daughter...

Business Briefs – Week of Feb. 25, 2016

Leadership Franklin deadline Feb. 29 Want to get a firsthand view of businesses and services that are available in Franklin County? Want to enhance your knowledge of the area, develop leadership skills and form bonds that can last a lifetime? If your answer is yes, then now is...

Business briefs – Week of Feb. 18, 2016

N.C. competes for jobs event Feb. 24 Is your community ready to compete for business in today’s global economy? Are you aware of all the tools available to help you prepare your community for growth? Get answers to these questions, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m., Louisburg College...

New community opens – Holding Village

WAKE FOREST — Holding Village celebrated its grand opening Feb. 6 with Snow My Yard sledding, food trucks, live music, cheer demonstrations from the Heritage High cheerleaders and, of course, model home tours. Three builders are working in Holding Village, Ashton Woods Homes,...

Business briefs – Week of Feb. 13, 2016

Local author to hold reading Feb. 13 In observance of Black History Month, Franklin County Arts Council will host a free reading and short talk by author R.J. McCarthy, from his historical fiction novel, Wilhelmina: An Imagined Memoir. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2...

Business briefs – week of Feb. 4, 2016

Holding Village grand opening Feb. 6 Holding Village will hold its grand opening celebration Sat. Feb. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at 705 Old Dairy Drive in Wake Forest. Model home tours will be given from the community’s three builders, Ashton Woods Homes, John Wieland Homes and...

Business briefs

Wake Forest Chamber happenings Schmooza Palooza has been rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 5, 9-11:45 a.m., Wake Electric, 100 S. Franklin St. Marsha Smith joins Pate Realty Group Brian Pate, President of the Pate Realty Group at Keller Williams Preferred Realty is pleased to announce...

Register now for small farms conference

LOUISBURG — Small farms continue growing in Franklin County and surrounding counties. In 2015, a Franklin County Small Farm Association was formed to meet the demand for educational information to help members be successful and to network with one another. The popular annual...

Self-publishing workshop February 20

FRANKLINTON — Franklin County Arts Council is sponsoring a workshop titled Introduction to Self-Publishing Feb. 20 at FCAC Headquarters, 22 S. Main, Franklinton, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $30 for FCAC members, $50 for non-members. Participants are asked to...

Koinonia makes a difference

WAKE FOREST — Though she has been a lifelong resident of the area, Pat had never heard of the Wake Forest organization with the unique name. In need of double cataract surgery in late 2015, Pat found herself hit with a copay bill she simply couldn’t afford. Fearful she would lose...

Fun park coming to Wakefield

Repurposed Kroger site to house Go-Karts, trampolines, a ropes course, Laser Tag and more. By David Leone WAKEFIELD — You know how kids complain there’s nothing to do around here? After July, that won’t happen again. Ever. Two Wake Forest residents are putting a Galaxy Fun Park...