Wake Forest tennis shows a net gain

The Flaherty tennis courts are becoming so packed, players have to go to Heritage High School for extra space. by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Even the summer heat can’t keep Wake Forest residents from playing tennis at the Flaherty Tennis Courts. So many people have visited the...

Is Pluto a planet again?

Ask Dr. Universe — week of July 16, 2015 Dear Dr. Universe, Is Pluto a planet again or not? -Heidi, Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Heidi, It’s a big week for Pluto as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft gets a close-up look at the distant, icy world. But first, the answer to your question:...

New Franklin County schools principals hired

LOUISBURG — At the specially called board meeting held on Tuesday, June 30, Franklin County Schools hired two new principals. Trenton Brown has been selected for Franklinton Middle School and Zachary Richards has been selected for the Creative Education Center, the district’s...

Kudos – week of July 16, 2015

Scholarships awarded •Jordan Ramos of Raleigh, a graduate of Wakefield High School, is the recipient of a Barton W. Stone scholarship at Barton College. The renewable scholarship will cover $28,000 of tuition, divided into increments of $7,000 per year for four years. •Jayne...

Learn how to use Google+ for business

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center are bringing a free seminar to area business owners Aug. 12 on the advantages of using Google+ and Google Local for Business. Martin Brossman, a leading authority...

Farmers can get free first aid training Aug. 4

Business Briefs - Week of July 16, 2015 Business after hours tonight The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly business after hours is tonight (Thursday), 5:30-7 p.m. at Coastal Federal Credit Union, 10850 Wakefield Commons Drive, Raleigh. Refreshments are catered by...

Organic certification assistance available

RALEIGH — Organic growers can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept....

Enjoy horseback riding at Happy Trails Farm

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Ever since she was a little girl, Deb Storer dreamed of owning her own horse. Now, she has 22 of them on a 15-acre farm. Storer runs Happy Trails Farm, a horseback riding camp near Falls Lake. The farm has been in business since 2007 and has been...

Wake Forest police reports – week of July 16, 2015

Arrests Reported June 22-July12. •Sherrick Jamal Mitchell, 26, 2454 Quarry Ridge Lane, Raleigh, was arrested at 1999 S. Main St., and charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He was cited and released. July 12, 11:03 p.m. •Marcus Antwan Richardson, 25, 4113...

Rolesville police reports – Week of July 16, 2015

Reported July 3-13. Arrests •Tamika Monique Tyler, 25, 246 Sulphur Springs Road, Warrenton, was arrested at 299 S. Main St. and charged with two counts of failure to appear on misdemeanor charges. July 3, 12:49 a.m. •Joshua David Gallagher, 29, 104 Bowling Drive, was arrested at...

Franklin County Sheriff’s reports – Week of July 16, 2015

Reported July 6-July 12. Arrests •George Blaine Dillard, 45, 119 W. Main St., Youngsville, was arrested at his home for obtaining property under false pretense, a felony. He was taken to the Franklin County jail and held on $5,000 bond. July 7, 10:06 p.m. •Jonathan Poole, 42, 165...

Board left out of the loop?

Commissioners criticize deputy manager for behind scene manipulations. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Kip Padgett received a warm welcome as Wake Forest’s new town manager this week, but commissioners put an existing administrator on the hot seat. Deputy Town Manager...

Major traffic design error in bypass, says mayor

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — Just when it looked like things were coming together for a July 17 opening of the Rolesville bypass, Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles told commissioners Monday night the intersection of East Young Street (Rolesville Road) with the superstreet is not at...

A century of living

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Two women reached a major milestone recently, turning 100. On July 2, Evelyn Halburnt Cross celebrated her 100th birthday at Brookdale Senior Living. She was born in 1915 in the small coal mining town of Wind Rock, Tenn. She lived there with her...

Three arrested for meth possession

by Marty Simpkins ZEBULON — Two Youngsville residents and a Wake Forest resident were arrested at a grocery store in Zebulon for possession of methamphetamine Sunday. According to Major Rudy Baker of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Brandon Ray Williams, 29, 3336 Quarry...

Election filing heats up

It looks like there’s a horse race in Rolesville — not a real one, but three newbies have filed for two town board seats vacated by longstanding commissioners. And in Franklinton, Mayor Elic Senter is facing a challenger from his own board of commissioners. Arthur Wright filed to...

New board of elections director named

RALEIGH — Gary Sims has been named the new director of elections for Wake County. He has been with the county for eight years, most recently serving as the deputy director of elections. The director of elections is appointed by the Wake County board of elections and is confirmed...

Look out for blossom end tomato rot

by Charles Mitchell LOUISBURG — If you have tomatoes turning brown on the bottom, you are not alone. This time of year we have many calls about brown spots on tomatoes, squash, peppers, watermelons, etc. This is called blossom-end rot (BER), which is a nonparasitic disease of...

Reception for new town manager

WAKE FOREST — Mayor Vivian Jones and the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners are inviting area residents to meet the new town manager, Kip Padgett, during a July 21 reception, 5:30-7 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Wake Forest town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Padgett began his...

Law enforcement agencies bust marijuana grow houses

HENDERSON — The operation of an indoor marijuana grow in Henderson has ended with the seizure of 93 pounds of marijana and the arrests of two men, according to a statement from Special Agent in Charge Mike Denning of the State Bureau of Investigation. Jorge Colina, 37, Henderson,...

Red Cross seeks blood donations

WAKE FOREST — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood. American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers will be open the following dates and locations: Franklin County: •Louisburg:...