St. Catherine dedicates gym, cross country course

WAKE FOREST — School staff, students and their families, along with Mayor Vivian Jones, were on hand recently as St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School held ribbon-cutting ceremonies on campus. The new gymnasium will host practices and home games scheduled for varsity basketball,...

Pulley Town Road section closing Monday

ROLESVILLE — A section of Pulley Town Road will close early Monday, weather permitting, as part of the U.S. 401 Bypass project. The contractor needs to close a small section of the road to build the intersection for the new highway. The contractor has 21 days to install storm...

This Week in History — Oct. 16, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1924 •Wake Forest women have formed a garden club, as part of the National Garden Association. Presided over by Mrs. W.R. Powell, a meeting was held in the high school gym, with...

Urban forester named

WAKE FOREST — Jennifer Rall has been appointed the town’s new urban forester, announced the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department. Rall will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing and managing the town’s urban forestry program....

PDQ to help raise funds for Brooke

WAKE FOREST — A fundraiser will be held at PDQ Wake Forest Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a portion of the evening’s sales going into a fund to help Rolesville teen Brooke Parrish. Parrish has a rare disorder and is at the top of the list to receive a new liver....

Burke guitar performance Sunday

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest native Edward Burke will perform a solo guitar concert Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.. The performance will include Fantasie on Themes from Verdi’s La Traviata, Five Impromptus by Bennet, Fantasie Chevaleresque,...

Small business expo Oct. 21

HENDERSON — The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has announced the schedule for the Small Business Summit and Expo, slated for Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. The Chamber of Commerce...

Paws for Life 5K and dog walk, Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The Franklin County Humane Society will host a 5K run and dog walk Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m., beginning at the Wake Forest College Birthplace. Profits from the event will benefit the humane society’s goal to build an animal shelter where pets can find safe...

Rolesville Fall FunFest set for Nov. 1

ROLESVILLE — The town of Rolesville will hold its annual Fall FunFest Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at town hall, 502 Southtown Circle. The family fun event is free and would be a great time for early Christmas shopping. Arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery, and food will be...

Apply for BBB scholarships

RALEIGH — Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Better Business Bureau Torch Scholarships, recognizing students who personify high ethics through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history. Torch Scholarships are given to college-bound...

Wake Forest police reports — Oct. 16, 2014

Reported Sept. 29-Oct. 12. Arrests •Donnie Dontez Jeffreys, 23, 7026 Little Creek Road, Zebulon, was arrested at 249 N. Allen Road, on an order for arrest for driving while license revoked and a rear lamp violation. He was taken to Wake County jail. Oct. 12, 10:59 p.m. •Julius...

Franklin County Sheriff reports — Oct. 16, 2014

Reported Sept. 29-Oct. 12. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reported the following: Arrests •Jennifer Clark Nipper, 25, 50 MBS Lane, Louisburg, was arrested at home and charged with simple assault, misdemeanor larceny and interfering with emergency communications. She was...

BREAKING: Franklin Medical Center cuts beds, staff

LOUISBURG — Citing a trend in declining inpatient stays and a projected $6.1 million loss, Novant Health announced today it was cutting 80 percent of its inpatient beds at Franklin Medical Center in Louisburg, as well as 59 various hospital staff members. “On average, we have...

Deputy injured in crash

By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured when his car was hit by a Youngsville man fleeing from Wake Forest Police Sunday night. The deputy, Andy Andrews, suffered a fractured vertebrae in his lower back, but is expected to recover...

Room to grow

WAKE FOREST — School officials, town and school system leaders joined parents and students to dedicate the newly constructed 96,000-square-foot Richland Creek Elementary building Monday at 840 Wallridge Drive, off Harris Road in Wake Forest. Tammie Sexton, above, principal for...

Rolesville sets boundary hearing

Town tentatively approves annexation agreement with Raleigh. By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — Town commissioners gave preliminary approval to update the annexation boundary agreement with Raleigh Monday night, a task they undertook two years ago, but were unable to complete due ...

Franklinton continues look at utility options

By Todd Allen FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners held a second workshop Monday night to explore their options regarding their water and sewer system. During the discussion, it became apparent that higher taxes and budget cuts — including reduction in town staff and possibly even...

Franklin County history told in photos

Louisburg historian’s new book goes on sale Monday. By David Leone FRANKLIN COUNTY — Did you know that pedestrian traffic was once so crowded in Louisburg, that lines had to be painted on sidewalks to form lanes of movement? Or that in the 19th century, Franklin County was so...

Director: Downtown revitalization creates jobs

Facade improvements, renovations desired. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Adam Bradley recently purchased the former bank and library building at 123 S. White St. from developer Daryl Cady. Now he’s working to restore the facade and market it for offices and retail, Wake Forest...

We care, keeping you aware

WAKE FOREST — October is breast cancer awareness month, and Rex Hospital Foundation and The Wake Weekly want to make sure women get their yearly mammograms. The Rex mammogram bus will be parked outside Over the Falls Deli, 419 S. Brooks St., Oct. 24. They’ll be performing the...

Cook-off and cow chips for charity Saturday, Oct. 11

LOUISBURG — The United Way of Franklin County is selling tickets for its 7th annual Cow Chip bingo, taking place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Walmart parking lot, 705 Retail Way, as part of the SIREN4 cook-off event. Tickets are on sale at Farm Bureau, through any UWFC board member,...

A fish worth its tale

WAKE FOREST — Ty Bass, 7, is quite the fisherman. He caught this whopper early one Saturday morning at his “secret fishing spot” on Falls Lake. He and his father, Greg Bass, of Wake Forest, have a tradition of waking before the sun comes up, leaving a “gone...

Flu shot clinic Oct. 16

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., will host a flu shot clinic Oct. 16, 3-7 p.m. in room 165. The cost is $30, and there is no charge for uninsured pregnant women and children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. The center...

Organize a blood drive, win scholarship

RALEIGH — The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late — or too early — to make blood donation a lifelong habit. Many blood donors report making their first blood donation while in high school. High school and college students account for about 20...