Wake Forest police involved in shooting, suspect dies

WAKE FOREST — A Wake Forest police tactical unit officer was forced to fire his weapon to stop a man who was rushing at police with a large knife following several hours of standoff at 1117 Chamberwell Ave. late Friday night, according to Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard....

Beach Night fest Saturday

Music, dancing, food trucks expected for first-ever downtown Wake Forest event. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Looking to enjoy the best the beach has to offer without worrying about sand in your shorts or sharks off the shore? This Saturday, Aug. 22, downtown Wake Forest will host...

Group proposes detour route

Rogers Road bridge closing for five months in 2016. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — When the Rogers Road bridge closes to all traffic next spring to be replaced and the road widened, it’s going to force drivers to go the long way around to get to Heritage schools and businesses on...

Through-lane work begins

Extra westbound lane to alleviate traffic at South Main and Capital. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Drivers rejoice! An extra through lane is being added on South Main Street at Capital Boulevard. The work, which is set to begin soon, will likely result in some lane closures and...

New development approved

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — Commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning of a nearly 63-acre tract off Averette Road at their board meeting Tuesday, and then also gave the nod to a 115-home development, tentatively named Perry Farms. The rezoning brings the parcel of land in...

Invasion suspects caught

by Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — A traffic stop by a sheriff’s deputy in Georgia has put a end to a crime spree by two suspects originally wanted in Franklin County for a violent home invasion. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Tuesday saying McIntosh County,...

Rolesville hosts recycling party Aug. 29

ROLESVILLE — The town of Rolesville is sponsoring a paper recycling event Saturday, Aug. 29 at town hall, 502 Southtown Circle, from 9 a.m.-noon. The event is free so residents can bring in as many paper documents as they need to. What is accepted: •Notebook paper •Copy pap...

Property given to church

Life Church gets $907,000 nursing home site. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — When he came to North Carolina in 2006, Jesse Pimentel’s dream was to plant a church and watch it grow. That dream has just gotten a double dose of “Miracle-Gro.” The owner of a former care facility has...

Heritage Elementary moves carpool

Town takes wait-and-see approach to traffic. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — When a meeting between school, town and N.C. Department of Transportation officials Friday didn’t turn up any new fixes for the school traffic issue on Rogers Road, Heritage Elementary leaders proposed an...

Franklin County law enforcement investigations lead to convictions

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Superior Court was held during the week of August 10. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood presided over the session. District Attorney Michael D. Waters, together with Assistant District Attorneys Annette Sellars, Ben Hunter and Mark...

Thornrose easement to be condemned

Land needed for greenway by David Leone WAKE FOREST — The town intends to seize one-tenth of an acre of land so a 2.4-mile greenway can be built. Tuesday night, commissioners voted 3-1, with Greg Harrington dissenting, to condemn two small easements owned by the Thornrose...

Poultry meeting on avian flu Tuesday

by Martha L. Mobley Extension Agent, Agriculture, Franklin County LOUISBURG — To better inform the many backyard poultry owners, 4-H poultry participants and the commercial poultry producers in the region, an educational meeting has been scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m....

Raleigh police looking for bank robber

WAKEFIELD — Raleigh police are looking for the suspect that robbed the SunTrust Bank on Falls of Neuse Road Saturday, Aug. 15. At approximately 12:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the bank at 13341 Falls of Neuse Road. The suspect entered the bank, passed a note demanding...

Homecoming sweet for soldier

Photos by veteran Rich Heroux WAKE FOREST — Some 300 people gathered at 905 Wildflower Lane in Traditions Wake Forest, Friday, for the ceremonial groundbreaking of a house under construction. It is being donated to the family of veteran Kyle Snyder, who was badly injured by a...

Franklin County schools announce new superintendent

LOUISBURG — Dr. Pascal Mubenga has been named superintendent of Franklin County Schools. The board of education held a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 17, to formally announce Dr. Mubenga and he said he looks forward to leading Franklin County Schools. “I am extremely excited...

Michael Goss awarded Eagle Scout rank

WAKE FOREST — Recent Heritage High graduate Michael Goss as awarded the highest rank in Boy Scouting, that of Eagle Scout, in a court of honor held at Wake Forest United Methodist Church July 18. Goss, 18, graduated from Heritage High School with high honors. Goss’ Eagle Rank...

Cougars Class of 1985 reunite Oct. 3

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest-Rolesville class of 1985 will hold its 30th anniversary reunion Saturday, Oct. 3 from 7 to 11 p.m. in The Mill Room at The Factory, 1839 S. Main St., in Wake Forest. Tickets are $50 until Sept. 3 when the price will increase to $60. Tickets can be...

Rolesville planning with online survey

ROLESVILLE — With the continued growth and change in the town, Rolesville town staff have launched a dedicated website to get feedback on what residents would like to see in town so that they can build a comprehensive plan. “You’re the new experts in your town, as you live, work...

Couple shares secret to love

Wells celebrate 67th year of marriage. by David Leone YOUNGSVILLE — Herbert and Rosalee Wells recently celebrated their 67th anniversary. It’s past the diamond anniversary (60th), and not yet platinum (70th), but for Herbert, it still means a great deal. He’s as in-love with...

Parents: Check bus routes, stops before Monday

RALEIGH — Transportation routes and bus stops for about 55,000 traditional calendar students were posted this week as Wake County families prepare for the first day of school Aug. 24. Families are encouraged to review their stop online at www.wcpss.net/transportation before...

A helping hand

Photos by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Moniqua Campbell, 13, helps her niece Chloe Hamlet, 3, adjust the straps on her new backpack Saturday. The Hope House on North Allen Road gave away the book bags, stuffed full with school supplies, for families with children who needed them....

Build-a-backpack program closing out

LOUISBURG — The last week of the United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) Build-a-Backpack is here, and there are an expected 950-plus verified requests for backpacks and supplies this year. Hundreds of parents are unemployed, facing disability or just can’t make ends meet in today’s...

Civil Air Patrol holds open house Aug. 31

LOUISBURG — If you’ve been wondering what the Civil Air Patrol is or how you can be a part of it, Monday, Aug. 31 is your day to find out. The Franklin County Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, which has members — and the squadron commander, Richard Netherby — from Wake...

Eat like a king (or queen), support United Way

LOUISBURG — The United Way of Franklin County's (UWFC) local food roast will be tomorrow (Friday) at Shannon Village Shopping Center, off Highway 401 North, Louisburg, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until sold out. The plates will be pulled smoked pork with secret sauce by 215 Smokehouse...