Texas Roadhouse helps Rolesville teen after transplant

WAKE FOREST — Rolesville teen Brooke Parrish is recovering in a Ronald McDonald House next to the Pittsburgh, Pa., hospital where she underwent lifesaving liver transplant surgery Oct. 7. Meanwhile, here at home, a fundraising campaign to help pay for the expensive surgery and...

An example of excellence

Heritage Middle School girls soccer program records third perfect season in row. by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — The Heritage Middle School girls soccer team just finished their third undefeated season in a row. Not only that, they also went the whole season without allowing a...

Approval given to Mitchell Mill road widening

RALEIGH — The Raleigh City Council has given the go-head to widen Mitchell Mill Road between Louisburg Road and Forestville Road. Council members approved the project during their meeting Dec. 2. The city will widen Mitchell Mill Road to four lanes with a median and curb and...

Backyard bird count starts Sunday

WAKE FOREST — The National Audubon Society is inviting birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey in the world, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Beginning Sunday, Dec. 14, hundreds of birders and nature enthusiasts across North...

Wanted: Real life Santas

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — You see it every holiday season — tall boxes at your local bank, grocery or fire station begging to be filled with toys. But time’s running out. The Wake Forest detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League will be picking up the last of the toys on...

Is Ubisoft lazy or do they just not care?

Local Gamers by David Allen We have had a glorious time in the PC gaming community this year. We’ve witnessed massive releases and all in all had a pretty sweet time enjoying the plethora of titles tossed our way. But for every Dark Souls II or Shovel Knight there have been some...

Bundle up for art’s sake, and c’mon downtown

by Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — Downtown Wake Forest is dressed in its holiday best for Art After Hours Friday starting at 5 p.m. Most stores and studios will be open and serving refreshments, including the newly renovated Ollie’s at 213 S. White St. Ollie’s Cafe, Coffee Shop and...

Love, letters and baseball

Wake Forest bookseller pens his own memoir. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Drew Bridges has held a lot of author-readings at Storyteller’s Book Store in the past six years, but none are so special, to him, as this week’s event. At, 3 p.m. Sunday, Drew will host a book dedication...

Home showcased

Photos by David Leone Rainy weather didn’t chase folks away from the Wake Forest Christmas Home Tour Saturday, held in participating houses decorated for Christmas in historic areas. The Powell House, a highly anticipated exhibit, wowed all comers. Modern-day transport had to...

Franklin Co. family safety program Dec. 18

LOUISBURG — Franklin County has scheduled a family safety program Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The program will take place at the Cooperative Extension office, 103 S. Bickett Blvd. The session will cover fire, food and scam safety. Although the program is open to...

Franklin Soil and water board meeting Dec. 18

LOUISBURG — The Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District Board meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Soil & Water Conservation District conference room at Franklin County Agricultural Services Center, 101 S. Bickett Blvd.,...

Hazard plan meeting Dec. 30

RALEIGH — An open public meeting will be held to review the final multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan that includes Wake County, Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. The meeting...

Buy a gift, help a pet in need

YOUNGSVILLE — Stop at the SPCA of Franklin County, buy a gift or two and help out some animals who may not have a home for Christmas. Available for purchase are custom-made gift baskets filled with a selection of pet odor-fighting candles made of a paraffin/soy blend. The baskets...

Gathering to give thanks

WAKE FOREST — Wake County Cooperative Extension and Wake County Farm Bureau sponsored the 2014 Farm City Day luncheon Nov. 25 at Barham Farms in Wake Forest. Farmers, Wake County FFA, agricultural organizations, agribusinesses, elected officials and other supporters gathered for...

Guild publishes second edition of County Lines

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Arts Council’s Writers Guild will hold a book release and launch party tonight (Thursday) for the second edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal. The reception takes place at 6 p.m. in Room 4 at Vance Granville Community College, 8100...

Trees cut for sidewalk in 1924

This Week in History Compiled by David Leone In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1924 •Where East Meets West was the name of the play Wake Forest High students presented to benefit the school’s athletic association....

Business Briefs

Edward Jones hosts open house, toy drop Jim Staples, a financial advisor for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invites local business owners to attend a holiday open house today (Thursday), from 3 to 7 p.m. at 126 West Main St., Youngsville office. Refreshments will be...

Is North Carolina’s job market back?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina celebrated a major milestone when the October labor market numbers were released. The total number of jobs at businesses in the state (payroll jobs) finally reached a level that exceeded the total prior to the recession. In October,...

Bridge removal scheduled

WAKE FOREST — The town of Wake Forest recently completed a comprehensive structural inventory and assessment of bridges, boardwalks and dams within its system of parks and greenways. In addition to recommending that the town initiate a regular maintenance schedule for these...

Lady Cougars face their toughest opponent yet

Wake Forest 41 Knightdale 58 by David Allen WAKE FOREST – The Wake Forest High School girls basketball team had a tough game against Knightdale Tuesday night, losing 41-58. Despite this, head coach Ben Daniels wasn’t too upset over the loss. He sees it as a chance for his...

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...