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Mardi Gras returns downtown

WAKE FOREST — For the second year, the town of Wake Forest is hosting a Mardi Gras street festival, and this year they are combining it with a Renaissance Ball to be held in the newly opened Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. The March 1 events will begin with face painting at 11...

Lend a voice to the Community Chorus

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Singers Community Chorus, in its 21st season, is holding rehearsals through April 3 for its spring concert. Rehearsals are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 830 Durham Road, and are open to all interested singers until...
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Lions laud contest winners

PILOT — Lions clubs around the world sponsor a yearly poster contest in which young people are invited to express their visions of peace through art. Open to students worldwide ages 11 to 13, the theme of the 2014-15 contest was Peace, Love and Understanding. The Pilot Lions...

Koinonia auction, grits, salt, ice and singing are week’s highlights

Roving It’s always a thrilling experience to attend and participate in the annual Koinonia Cares Charity Auction held at The Forks Cafeteria. Saturday night was no exception as the 20th gathering had a record attendance of 200. Another exciting experience is looking over and...

Byrd promoted to brigadier general

RALEIGH — The North Carolina National Guard promoted Army Col. John Byrd to the rank of brigadier general at the Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters recently. Byrd, a resident of Spring Hope, enlisted in the Guard in 1981. Since then, he has held numerous leadership positions from...

At the library – Feb. 13, 2014

There’s lots going on at area libraries. In addition to events at the Wake Forest library (400 E. Holding Ave., 919-554-8498), other events are planned at East Regional Library (946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, 919-217-5300) and North Regional Library (7009 Harps Mill Road,...

Flu shots still available

WAKE COUNTY — With a particularly harsh flu season this year, Wake County Human Services Medical Director Kim McDonald wants to remind people that it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the best protection from flu and its complications. North...

Make teacher compensation appropriate to a 21st century profession

In the book, That Used To Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, a liberal columnist for the New York Times, and Michael Mandelbaum, a professor of American foreign policy at John Hopkins University, argue that America has fallen behind in the world it invented. And although many of t...

Healthcare hits keep coming

by Brian Balfour In recent days the Affordable Care Act landed a one-two punch against the economy and working families. One of the fundamentals of economics is the lesson that incentives matter. Institutional rewards and punishments for certain behavior will result in people...