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Leave tree pruning to experts

WAKE FOREST — In recent weeks town officials have noted several crape myrtle street trees that were pruned improperly, particularly along South White Street and South Brooks Street. Although a tree sometimes needs to be pruned to avoid interference with utility lines, buildings...

Did someone take your tax refund?

RALEIGH — The tax filing deadline has passed, and many taxpayers are eagerly awaiting their refunds. But what if an identity thief filed a fraudulent return in your name and already has claimed your refund? The Consumer Protection Division is hearing from dozens of North...

Help shape Joyner Park’s future

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board is hosting a series of meetings to solicit public input concerning the second phase of E. Carroll Joyner Park. The first public meeting is scheduled Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Alston Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St....
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Heritage students win marketing contest

WAKE FOREST — Joshua Harris and Zachary Lentini, eighth-graders at Heritage Middle School, placed second in the state level annual middle school county marketing contest sponsored by the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE). The two teamed up in Akinyi Edmonds’...

Tour cemetery in person or online

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB) announces the launch of the Wake Forest Cemetery Virtual Tour. Available on the town’s website at wakeforestnc.gov/cemetery-tour.aspx, the virtual tour provides users a unique historical perspective of the cemetery....

Bobby’s first song published, fearful storm Friday, memorable 17th birthday

Roving For the benefit of those who didn’t read this column last week, my oldest of four sons, Bobby, passed away suddenly April 16 from ischemic heart disease at age 59. The number of cards, messages, flowers and meals have been a humbling tribute to his Christian life. He was...

Strawberry festival returns

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Farmers’ Market holds its annual Strawberry Festival and recipe competition Friday, May 9, at the Shannon Village Shopping Center. Recipe entries are due at 10:30 a.m., and judging starts at 10:45. Entrants of all ages are invited to pick up entry...
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Not enough hits; errors result in 12-1 Rams loss

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris Correspondent BENSON — West Johnston scored 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to break open a tie game and went on to defeat visiting Rolesville High School 12-1 in a Greater Neuse River softball matchup. “We were playing good ball,” said Rams...
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Patriot golfers win conference

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris Correspondent DURHAM — Winning their last five matches and finishing first in the North Central Athletic Conference, the Franklin Academy golf team has accomplished what no other golf team in the program’s history has achieved. The Patriots fulfilled...