Parks plan released – Pickleball in, aquatics, not so much, director reveals

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — If an aquatics center being built downtown seems too good to be true, well, it kind of is. A media report mentioning such a center and the inevitable tax increase that could be required to build it had town staff in a tizzy this week. The fuss...

Dirty Dogs holds donation drive Saturday

Business Briefs — March 5, 2015 Dirty Dogs holds donation drive Saturday Wake Forest’s Dirty Dogs Spa is sponsoring a donation drive Saturday for AnimalKind, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats in North Carolina...

Bingo!

Bingo! Cailee Monague, 4, can’t contain her excitement during a game of Bingo at Wake Forest Cotton Company recently. The family friendly games are now being held multiple times a week. (below) The games were called by Paige Mabry the first night, which drew close to 100...

Spring forward an hour Sunday

Daylight saving time (DST) begins once again Sunday. Officially, DST begins at 2 a.m. when official clocks will move forward by one hour. Although we ultimately lose an hour of sleep, DST is designed to extend light into the evening hours, allowing those who live in regions where...

Youngsville blood drive Sunday

YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Masonic Lodge #377 AF&AM, located at 110 W. Main St., is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To register event, go to tiny.cc/YoungsvilleARCMar8.

Take the plunge for Special Olympics

Cold weather pool dip comes with prizes for best costume. By David Leone WAKEFIELD — What better way to say goodbye to ol’ man winter than to jump into 39-degree water? That’s the spirit of the season that organizers of the 4th annual polar plunge are hoping to encourage....

Police ask: Have you seen them?

Report tips to police. WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for help in identifying two persons wanted for questioning in connection with a series of unauthorized credit card transactions. The fraudulent usage occurred about noon at the Wake Forest Target,...

New running group to meet March 12

WAKE FOREST — Cup Runneth Over, a new local running group organized by Wake Forest foot center Sole Dimensions, will meet to kick off its season March 12, 6:30 p.m., at Wakefield Wine Cellar, 13600 New Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh. The group gives local runners the opportunity...

Meeting to offer insight into advanced directives

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest-area Alzheimer’s Support Group is hosting a special meeting on advanced directives, guardianships and end-of-life concerns March 10, 7 p.m. Greg Wallace, an elder law attorney, is the guest speaker. The meeting is at Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107...

Local writer presents book March 14

WAKE FOREST — Local author R.J. McCarthy will be at Storytellers Book Store in downtown Wake Forest to launch his newly released historical fiction novel, Wilhelmina: An Imagined Memoir, March 14 1-3p.m. R.J. (Bob) McCarthy describes, as in the title, his book as an imagined...

Dispose of pesticides safely March 10

LOUISBURG — The application of pesticides can be beneficial to plants and lawns, however, the toxic nature of these chemicals can be harmful to animals and humans alike, and in some cases it can even be fatal. Hence, it is highly recommended to properly dispose of old or unused...

Cop shot teen through door in ’05

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1925 •The Flapper Grandmother, a play put on by the Wake Forest Public Schools’ PTA, packed Wake Forest College’s Wingate Hall with students and townspeople. The comedy, about a...

Comment on statewide rail plan until March 21

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has released the draft Comprehensive State Rail Plan for public review and comment. The public comment period will run Feb. 20-March 21. The plan is the freight and passenger rail component of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for...

Wake students lose Good Friday for school makeup day

The Wake County Public School System will use the following schedule to make up the academic time lost Feb. 17-20: •Traditional-calendar: One make-up day will be taken by extending the early release days scheduled for March 6 and April 17 to full school days. •Year-round, tracks...

Heritage Elementary HEStival is April 17

School briefs - March 5, 2015 Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines Drive Elementary •Remember to send in your Box Tops, Campbell and Tyson labels. Just have your child bring them to their classroom. This is a great way for our PTA to earn money to help...

Go shopping at annual JROTC bazaar Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The JROTC Battalion Bazaar is Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Support Wake Forest High School JRTOC cadets by shopping with local artisans, crafter and vendor for spring and Easter items, plus gifts for graduation and mother’s day.

Franklin County teacher played for millions, won thousands

FRANKLINTON — Not many individuals pursue the teaching profession to get rich. Andrew Spatz is no different — but he may beat the odds. Spatz is a chemistry teacher at Franklinton High School and was recently a contestant on ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire. His spot aired...

Franklin County lists initial makeup days

LOUISBURG — Makeup days for the winter weather closings have been announced by Franklin County Schools. The following days will be utilized as student make-up days. The teacher workday and early release days will become full instructional days. Additions or changes to the...

Thousands of Civil War re-enactors descend on Bentonville March 21-22

FOUR OAKS – In March 1865, nearly 80,000 soldiers descended on the woodlands near the small village of Bentonville. Fighting waged for three days in what would become the largest Civil War battle fought in North Carolina. In March 2015, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic site...

Rolesville building permits

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following building permits during February 2015. •Murdock & Gannon Construction, 527 Bende-meer Lane, $813. •Cityscape Builders, 3033 Lawson Walk Way, $855. •Carlton Group of N.C., 226 Kew Gardens Way, $67...

Franklin County Sheriff’s reports – March 5, 2015

Reported Feb. 20-March 2. Arrests •Eric Demont Brooks, 37, 2354 W. River Road, Franklinton, was arrested on West River Road, Franklinton and charged with forcible-entry burglary, possessing/concealing stolen property and larceny, all felonies. He was taken to the Franklin County...