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Ash spill prompts water sampling

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started sampling water quality at the upper end of the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Virginia as part of the state agency’s ongoing response to the coal ash spill in Eden. Including the Kerr reservoir, DENR...

Unforgettable Shirley Temple and Ralph Waite leave their marks

Before Michael Jackson there was Shirley Temple. Not only was she a renowned singer, she was also a talented actress and dancer who began her career at the unusual age of three. With her infectious charm and her age near mine, she had me “falling in love with her.” Her blue eyes...

Ammonia omitted from water treatment

RALEIGH — The city of Raleigh will temporarily stop adding ammonia to its water treatment disinfecting process Feb. 26. The change in treatment is required by federal and state regulations governing the operation of the city’s water system. The city will resume adding ammonia to...
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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...
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Spring showers may bring more than flowers

Wake County Extension Master Gardeners can help after record wet year. RALEIGH — While 2013 ranked as the eighth wettest year on record, it was the wettest year without a tropical storm event. And rainfall to date in 2014 in the Triangle area also is keeping ahead of average. The...
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Volunteers beautify Franklin Street

More than 50 volunteers joined forces Feb. 9, and with the help of sponsors Sheetz and Fonville Morisey Realty, collected in excess of 30 bags of trash along the road leading up to the intersection of Franklin Street and Rogers Road in the Heritage neighborhood.

Parenting seminar Saturday

RALEIGH — Have you ever wondered how to be a better parent, or how to teach your child to be responsible, committed, confident, reliable and conscientious? How can you help your child withstand peer pressure? A free seminar for women — Parenting Part II, Matters of the Heart — is...

Help with hazard mitigation planning

WAKE FOREST — Wake County is working with Wake Forest and its other municipalities to develop a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan to identify and assess the community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best minimize and manage those risks. An established plan...

Time to revive, rename that resolution

Statistics show that only 8 percent of resolution makers actually meet their goals. Wow, that’s astounding! If only the excitement of the goal planning and the hope of change that the new year brings would last more than a few weeks, maybe we would get somewhere. I am here to...