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Post Office offers holiday alternative

RALEIGH — The U.S. Postal Service offers alternate locations for customers to mail cards and letters and to ship packages during the holiday season. A Contract Postal Unit (CPU) is a postal retail office housed within an existing, non-postal business or building that offers...

Some debit cardholders receiving phony calls

RALEIGH — A bank in eastern North Carolina reports that some of its customers are getting fraudulent phone calls about their debit cards. The automated calls, some of which appear to be coming from 305-259-5499, say your card has been “locked.” To unlock it, you’re told to enter...

Sirius XM Radio customers may get money back

RALEIGH — Sirius XM Radio customers in North Carolina who had problems canceling their contracts, got charged unauthorized fees or saw their rates jump unexpectedly will have an opportunity to get their money back, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Dec. 4. The consumer...

VGCC seminar focuses on starting a business

WAKE FOREST — Area residents whose goals for the New Year include starting a new business venture will want to mark their 2015 calendars for an upcoming seminar from the Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center. The SBC will offer a free seminar, titled Ten Steps...

‘Meet’ applications available

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 35th annual Meet in the Street festival planned for May 2. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a...

Beware of water and sewer scam

WAKE FOREST — Three hotels in the Raleigh area have recently received bogus phone calls from people impersonating city of Raleigh utility-billing employees. The callers, claiming to be from the city of Raleigh, tell intended victims their utility bill payment is past due and must...

Franklin Academy Middle School Chorus wins radio competition

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — The Franklin Academy Middle School chorus won $5,000 last week in the MIX 101.5 Christmas Choir Competition with their rendition of Jinglin’ Bells. Schools from the area were invited to submit recordings of their songs the week before Thanksgiving....

Work with exchange students

RALEIGH — ASSE International Student Exchange Program (ASSE) is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students in the community. ASSE is a nonprofit organization providing academic year and semester exchange programs in the United...

Apply to be Senate page

WAKE FOREST — Each legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly opens its doors to high school students from across the state to participate in the House and Senate page programs. Senator Chad Barefoot invites students to e-mail his office at barefootla@ncleg.net for...