New charter school opens

Wake Forest Academy to stress critical thinking skills. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The first day of classes for the town’s newest charter school was yesterday (Wednesday). Wake Forest Charter Academy, a K-5 elementary, with about 500 students, is located at 1851 Friendship...

N.C. Weekend features Wake Forest

RALEIGH — Downtown Wake Forest is ready for its closeup in a segment on North Carolina Weekend to air tonight (Thursday) at 9 p.m. and repeating Friday at 8:30 p.m. on UNC-TV, a North Carolina statewide PBS network. UNC-TV videographer/editor and Wake Forest resident Alan Brown...

Water sale in sight

By Todd Allen FRANKLINTON — In a dramatic turn around Tuesday, the Franklinton town board approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners to purchase and take over Franklinton’s water and sewer system after taking verbal heat from...

Wakefield library funded

Construction on regional library to begin soon. By David Leone WAKEFIELD — Bonds have been sold that will pay for $11 million in county libraries, including the Northeast Regional Library planned for Wakefield. Additional bonds will pay for $334 million in school needs. County...

The pet portraitist

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Anyone over 30 has probably seen the TV ad that artist and advertising executive Dick Larsen created for that candy sucker. But Larsen, who these days operates out of a studio at the...

Mayor: New school creates traffic hazard

Commissioners ban parking on access road. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — It didn’t take long for a new school to run into traffic issues. Even before opening day at Endeavor Charter School yesterday (Wednesday), a new law had been enacted to address a potentially hazardous parking...

Rich Netherby: For the love of flying

LOCAL PROFILES By Carol Taber From the time he was a young man, Wake Forest resident Richard Netherby loved to fly. He soloed in his Dad’s 1952 Cessna 170B at age 16, earning his pilot’s license before getting his driver’s license. Charlotte, Rich’s wife of 50 years, said that...

This Week In History – August 21, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1964 •Wheeler’s Garage, just opened in the old fire house on Youngsville’s Main Street, is running an opening special. Owner R.B. “Red” Wheeler offers a front alignment and wheel...

See Toy Story Saturday

ROLESVILLE — Rolesville Parks and Recreation presents the summer’s final free movie Saturday night, with a screening of Toy Story. Bring chairs and blankets to the Rolesville Middle School football field, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, where the movie starts at 8 p.m. Concessions...

Save the city by making a mess

A few years ago Nintendo was still revealing brand new ideas and innovations to the gaming world. One of these unique concepts was the game called de Blob. It was originally released in 2008 for the Nintendo Wii. What made this title stand out was the overall goal of the game,...

Bobby surely had that Camaro bite; birthday milestone great fun

Roving Most regular readers will remember my son, Bobby, passing away suddenly on April 16 from a heart attack at age 59. And those who knew him probably knew he loved Chevrolet Camaros. We were aware he collected small models, but not how many until we got them all out for a...

BBQ & Bands returns Sept. 13

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Chamber of Commerce hosts its Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands Fest Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Redford Place Drive in downtown Rolesville. The fifth annual event features a three-category barbecue cook-off. The grills will heat up...

Bond issue promoted

Town leaders gearing up for public referendum on $25.1 million in roads, parks, greenways improvements. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town leaders convened a special briefing Monday, with the mayor, town manager, finance director, parks director, senior planner and spokesman...

WF cadets attend leadership camp

By Cadets Benjamin Kris and Jackson Matthews Sixteen cadets departed from Wake Forest High School June 15 and headed 198 miles to JCLC (Junior Cadet Leadership Course) summer camp at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va. After they arrived, the cadets were split up into two...

Business Briefs – August 21, 2014

Thompson joins Traditions Cristi Thompson of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services was recently named sales manager at Traditions of Wake Forest. Thompson started her real estate career in 2007 and in 2011 joined the Heritage Wake Forest sales team as a...

Golf all day for a cause

LOUISBURG — The United Way of Franklin County will host the Longest Day In Golf at The River Golf and Country Club, 170 Clearwater Road, Louisburg. The tournament takes place Wednesday, Aug. 27, starting at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $100 per two-person team, and players are...

Christmas parade applications available

WAKE FOREST — It’s just about time for school to start, which means it’s not too early to start thinking about Wake Forest’s Christmas parade. Yes, seriously. Applications for the 2014 parade may be submitted by mail to Wake Forest Christmas Parade, c/o Wake Forest Downtown,...

Kicking for a cure

Charli French kicks with heart at the Innovative Martial Arts Academy Kick-A-Thon in Wake Forest Aug. 16. Students at the academy gathered sponsors to donate money, and their efforts raised $2,330 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The top fundraisers were Victoria Crane, Dean...

Music festival Sept. 20

CREEDMOOR — The 23rd annual Creedmoor Music Festival is slated for Sept. 20, complete with live music, food and craft vendors, a car show and a variety of children’s activities. The music lineup includes a high school marching band, elementary school choir, bluegrass, hip-hop,...

Cycle-a-thon helps foster children

ROLESVILLE — Nonprofit organization Mercy for America’s Children will hold its second annual Cycle-a-Thon fundraiser Sept. 13 at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Cycle-a-Thon will feature multiple teams each riding a stationary bike for a total...

Celebrate the dog (and cat) days of summer

YOUNGSVILLE — A day of fun to benefit the Franklin County Humane Society takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hill Ridge Farms, 703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville. Barbecue plates from Red Hot & Blue will be sold for $8 and tickets will be sold for a $2,500 raffle, along...

Parks and Rec – August 21, 2014

Wake Forest Team registration takes place through Aug. 29 for several adult sports leagues in Wake Forest. •Co-rec kickball is scheduled to begin weeknights in mid-September through late October. The entry fee is $150 per team and participants must be 18 or older. •Flag football...

College students guard against ID theft

RALEIGH — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Eastern North Carolina offers six simple steps to protect college students from identity theft. According to a recent study by Javelin Strategy and Research, identity theft committed against people aged 18 to 24 took longest to...