Legal challenges remain for gay marriages

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. legalized gay marriage in North Carolina Friday, ruling on a lawsuit filed by a coalition of churches that had challenged the state’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexuals (General Synod of the United Church of Christ vs....

Stopping fire ants through the winter

by Martha Mobley N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County LOUISBURG — Recently, I’ve been receiving a lot of phone calls about fire ants and what farmers and others can do about this invasive pest. My coworker from the coastal plains, Tom Campbell, wrote an article about...

Meet your candidates

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce held a meet-and-greet with close to 30 candidates for office Monday at the Renaissance Centre. (Photos by David Leone)

Hospital cuts staff, beds

by Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — Citing a trend in declining inpatient stays, a projected $6.1 million loss and reduced payer reimbursement, Novant Health announced Tuesday it was cutting 80 percent of its inpatient beds at Franklin Medical Center in Louisburg, as well as 59 various...

Gay couples wed

Court ruling cheered by N.C. LGBT crowd. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Until Monday, Shawn Long was identified as Craig Johnson’s partner and to Johnson’s adopted 12-year-old son, Isaiah, as his guardian. Now he is a husband, and, he hopes, soon-to-be father. The partners of 20...

Parents: Student assignment splits neighborhood

Residents question school leaders over draft plan by David Leone WAKE FOREST — A change to the draft 2015-16 student assignment plan that was designed to keep neighborhood children together may now divide them. That was the complaint by some Bishop’s Grant subdivision parents to...

Get healthy — for a buck

by Carol Taber WAKE FOREST — The summer heat is passing. It is time to get outside and get moving while the weather is still nice. A group of area businessmen and women have come together to provide individuals and families in northern Wake County a unique opportunity to combine...

Principals of the Year

ROLESVILLE — The Wake County Public School System has named Rolesville Middle School Principal Dhedra Lassiter the 2014 Wake County Principal of the Year. Deputy Superintendent for School Performance Cathy Moore presented the award to Lassiter during a ceremony at Marbles Kids...

Improv coming to town

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and Forest Moon Theater present improvisational theater Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., with a fun-filled performance by the professional performing group, Transactors Improv for Families. Just in time for Halloween,...

Church offers hope with free clinic

WAKE FOREST — Hope Lutheran Church is hosting Touched By Hope, a free community medical clinic, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast or lunch will be provided free of charge. Free services include medical, dental and optical screenings; a clothing closet; a food pantry,...

A star on and off the field

by David Allen WAKE FOREST — Oftentimes in life you get to run into truly remarkable people. Among the talent pool that is Wake Forest High School, there is an individual who stands out. Senior Bryce Love is a top-ranked running back at 5 feet, 9-inches, 180 pounds, a track and...

Loose leaf pickup back in season

WAKE FOREST — The town has resumed its annual loose leaf collection program. Follow these guidelines to avoid problems and help pickup go smoothly: •Rake leaves into piles behind the curb so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage. •Don’t mix sticks, rocks, pinecones,...

Candlelight vigil for victims tonight

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Safe Space of Franklin County, a non-profit organization that assists domestic violence victims and their children, will hold its 16th annual candlelight vigil tonight (Thursday), to honor victims of domestic violence. The vigil begins at 5:30 p.m. on the steps...

Celebrate autumn at Rolesville farmers market

ROLESVILLE — Celebrate the fall season at the Rolesville Farmers Market as it hosts a mid-autumn market Oct. 17-18. The two-day event will feature seasonal produce including sweet potatoes, cabbage and apples; plants; food; crafts; and homemade baked goods. The market will be...

Bryan pleads guilty to tax charges

WAKE FOREST — A Wake County businessman pleaded guilty Friday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Antonio L. Bryan, 42, of 570 Timberknoll Lane, Wake Forest, pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to two counts of willful failure to...

Business Briefs — Oct. 16, 2014

Wammock at N.C. State Fair Wammock Utility Buildings will feature a line of storage buildings at the N.C. State Fair, Oct. 16-26. Located at Louisburg and Rocky Mount, Wammock manufactures utility buildings and gazebos locally with first quality materials. A 4-foot by 4-foot ramp...

Husband and wife coach the best two golf teams in the Cap 8 conference

by Marty Simpkins Coach Carolyn Reitz of Wakefield has won almost every single conference golf match this year. Her only loss was to her husband, Ron Reitz of Heritage. The couple has been married for 50 years and they have enjoyed every minute of it. Even when they play against...

Miracle League fall festival Oct. 24

LOUISBURG — The Miracle League of Franklin County will host their annual Fall Festival for children and adults with special needs, Saturday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Louisburg High School. Donations of cupcakes and cakes are being sought for the festival, as well as goody-bag...

Art exhibit to benefit Langston

ROLESVILLE — RED Gallery, 101 N. Main St., will honor a Rolesville High School student with an exhibit of his favorite art style. Isaiah Langston, a football player and artist who died last month, loved cartoon art and superheroes. An opening celebration will be held at the...

Art at your leisure!

FRANKLINTON — The Franklin County Arts Council’s Art Stroll drew a crowd Oct. 2 as businesses downtown stayed open late, the art gallery featured pottery by its namesake Leslie Martin along with works by gallery volunteers and a community theater group sang show tunes in...

School Briefs — Oct. 16, 2014

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Wake Forest Elementary Link your Harris Teeter and Target Red cards so the school may earn a percentage of your purchase. See harristeeter.com and use code 5683, or see target.com/tcoe, and use code...

Rolesville girl wins pagent

ROLESVILLE — Breanna Chavez, 7, was crowned 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Raleigh Oct. 4 at the Riverside High School Auditorium in Durham. The pageant included competition in modeling and interviewing, and Breanna’s win means she’ll compete in the 2015 National Competition in Orlando,...