Don’t drink and drive 2015

RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Division of Law Enforcement Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) are once again combining efforts to save lives on the roadways and waterways this summer through an aggressive enforcement and public outreach campaign...

Wake budget grows by $67 million

County residents will see nearly 3-cent tax increase By Clellie Allen RALEIGH — The budget proposed Monday by Wake County Manager Jim Hartman is larger than the current year by $67 million for a total recommended budget of $1.13 billion. If approved by commissioners, it will cost...

Rolesville tax rate to stay same in $6.3 million budget

ROLESVILLE — Turning to the Biblical book of Proverbs, Rolesville Town Manager Brian Hicks told the Rolesville Board of Commissioners that the upcoming fiscal year was one of vision: “‘Where there is no vision, people perish,’” Hicks said. Hicks pointed to a number of “visionary”...

‘Challenging’ needs lead to proposed county tax increase

by Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — Calling it her “most challenging budget proposal” she’s prepared to date, Franklin County Manager Angela Harris told commissioners Monday she saw little alternative but to recommend, for the first time in eight years of preparing proposals, a property...

Town welcomes new manager

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Commissioners announced Tuesday they were hiring Kipling “Kip” Padgett as the new town manager. Padgett, who has been the city manager in Gainesville, Ga., since 2009, will succeed Mark Williams who retired April 30. He is expected to begin working in...

Club funding cut protested

Public hearing on budget draws Boys & Girls Club supporters. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — When preparing his final draft budget, retiring Town Manager Mark Williams once again eliminated most “outside agency” requests from consideration of funds, as he has often recommended...

Foreclosure prevention funds still available for Triangle residents

RALEIGH — Seven businesses in Wake and Johnston counties have announced layoffs totaling more than 1,000 employees since January 1 – including the recent announcement of 165 pending layoffs at Lenovo. But these layoffs don’t have to translate into mortgage payment problems or...

Police requesting public’s assistance

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying and locating the subjects shown in the surveillance camera images. The individuals are wanted for questioning in connection with a series of unauthorized credit card transactions that...

Flag-raising ceremony honors veterans

WAKE FOREST — The fifth Wake Forest Memorial flag-raising ceremony will honor Elvira R. Espinso, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 2009. The service will be held June 1, at 11 a.m. in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Members...

Hillside Nursing & Rehab celebrates National Nursing Home Week

WAKE FOREST — Hillside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated National Nursing Home Week with a slate of special activities May 10-16. Wake Weekly Publisher Emeritus Robert Allen was one of the guest presenters and read the proclamation  recognizing National Nursing Home...

Sprint, Verizon to pay $158 million for mobile cramming

RALEIGH — Sprint Corporation and Verizon Wireless will pay a combined $158 million for unauthorized charges on consumers’ cellphone bills, Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced. Cooper, the attorneys general for 49 other states and the District of Columbia, the Consumer...

Gathering to honor veterans on Memorial Day

WAKE FOREST — Area veteran organizations will assemble at the Walter E. Cole American Legion Hall, 225 E. Holding Avenue, Saturday at 8 a.m. to receive and deliver ceremonial American flags to decorate Veteran graves in 15 area cemeteries. This annual event honors the service of...

State military pipeline helps veterans

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Military Pipeline, initiated by Gov. Pat McCrory’s office, is a new initiative to transition service members out of the military and directly into positions with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS representatives are involved in recruitment...

Police conduct ‘critical incident’ training

WAKE FOREST — Approximately 15 police officers participated in a training exercise at the former Wake Forest Golf Course clubhouse and surrounding area May 14 from 2-9 p.m. The scenario included police response to an active shooter, barricaded persons and hostages. “The purpose...

Wakefield Middle receives grant for technology

WAKE FOREST — Wakefield Middle School teacher Tim Tharrington has won a $2,400 grant from CenturyLink for his school to help fund technology in the classroom. Tharrington read an article last year in The Wake Forest Weekly announcing CenturyLink’s Clarke M. Williams Foundation...

WakeMed’s newest hospital opens

RALEIGH — Wake County’s fifth full-service hospital – and the first and only women’s hospital in the area – officially opened for patient care May 11. WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital, an expansion of the health system’s existing North Healthplex, can now serve...

Learn how to lead your company through a crisis

Business Briefs - May 21, 2015 YABA meeting rescheduled The YABA business meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 5:30 p.m., Union Bank, Capital Blvd/US1, Youngsville. All YABA members are welcome to attend. Traditions at Wake Forest wins builder awards Traditions at...

Wake Forest Rotary hosts 5K run

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Rotary club held it’s 14th annual 5K Saturday. The overall winner in the male category was David Head of Wake Forest, with a time of 19:01 minutes. The overall winner in the female category was Letisha Hidinger of Wake Forest, with a time of 22:31...

Wake Forest Power lineman wins rodeo

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Power lineman Hugo Mier was the first place overall winner at the 18th Annual North Carolina Association of Municipal Electric Systems (NCAMES) Lineman’s Rodeo held April 23 in Wilson. Mier and Wake Forest Power linemen Justin Higgins and William Wester...

Thinking about selling timber?

By Martha L. Mobley Extension Agent, Agriculture, Franklin County LOUISBURG — Many farms in Franklin County and surrounding areas are diverse. That is, they have many types of income producing enterprises such as livestock, crops and most even have timber. You have to be careful...

Talent exceeds expectations

Competition relies on pay-per-votes, benefits Wake Forest ARTS. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — After watching the videos online and hearing them perform, even a neutral observer should be able to agree that Wake Forest Has Talent. The Wake Forest ARTS American Idol like talent...

Food truck rodeos continue

Wake Forest’s Food truck Rodeo is getting to be a regular event — each one has drawn a crowd to the Renaissance Plaza in front Brooks Street Bowl. The shady curb proved a nice place to eat; people line up to buy lobster meals; PNC Bank in Heritage sponsored the event and Branch...

Keep on truckin’

WW photo by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Wilson teen Cristian Machuca, below, gets airtime during the sponsored portion of the Skate 4 Life tournament held Saturday on a newly built ramp at Delicious Skate Shop in Wake Forest.  The event raises depression awareness and raises funds...

Kudos – Week of May 21, 2015

Scholarships awarded •Jennifer Bauduin and Esther Daniels, both of Louisburg; Shawna Vasilko of Wake Forest; and Karl Davis of Youngsville received golden LEAF scholarships for the spring 2015 semester from Vance-Granville Com-munity College. Academics honored •Marissa Begin and...