NCDOT announces winners of equipment ‘roadeo’

Wake and Franklin employees part of winning teams RALEIGH — Two Franklin County men took prizes home in the annual N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division 5 Equipment “Roadeo” held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh last week. The annual event tests the safety...

Home-school information night

WAKE FOREST — Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Association will be hosting a home-school information night, Tuesday, July 14, 7-9 p.m. The information is designed for new home-school parents or those interested in learning more about home-schooling as an educational option....

Historic Louisburg tour June 11

LOUISBURG — The Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College will host its regular second Saturday walking tour of the Louisburg Historic District on June 11, beginning at 10 a.m. This free event will begin at the historic Franklin Male Academy building on Cedar...

Auditions for “Deathtrap”

WAKE FOREST — Forest Moon Theater will hold auditions for Deathtrap, a dark-humored thriller, July 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Centre in downtown Wake Forest. For more information, visit the theater’s website at www.forestmoontheater.org/death-trap-auditions....

Canadian chorale to sing at church

All-male group currently in vogue. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A chorale group hailing from Canada’s eastern province of Nova Scotia is making a stop here on its limited U.S. tour this month. Nova Voce, Nova Scotia’s Provincial Men’s Choir, will play at Wake Forest Baptist...

Have tea with artist

FRANKLINTON — Franklin County Arts Council invites the public to an afternoon tea with featured artist Billy Farmer on Saturday, July 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the FCAC Gallery, 22 S. Main Street, Franklinton. Farmer, born and raised in Wilson, had a love for music from the time he...

What goes into a rocket? Ask Dr. Universe!

Dear Dr. Universe, What materials would you use to make a rocket? -Freya, Scotlan Dear Freya, Whether it’s a model rocket you build in the backyard or one that launches a space shuttle, there are lots of materials you could use. So, when I saw your question, I grabbed my lab coat...

School Briefs — week of July 2, 2015

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Wakefield Elementary School Students and families will be able to meet teachers for the new school year Aug. 19 and walk through the school to help children learn where their new classroom is. Class rosters will be posted outside...

Kudos — week of July 2, 2015

•Rebecca Tenbuuren of Wake Forest was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven for the Spring 2015 semester. Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.5 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the dean’s list. •Ryan McQueen of Wake Forest...

Dollar General opens Franklinton store Saturday

Business Briefs — Week of July 2, 2015 Dollar General celebrates grand opening of new store in Franklinton Dollar General will celebrate the opening of a new location at 2500 NC Hwy 96 S in Franklinton Saturday, 8 a.m., with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will...

Dustin Baker awarded national fellowship

WAKE FOREST — Dustin P. Baker, a teacher at Franklin Academy, has been awarded a James Madison fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Va., in its 24th annual fellowship competition. A total of 51 fellowships were awarded in 2015. James...

Know vacation rental rights

State law protects renters at NC beaches, mountains. RALEIGH — Renters of vacation homes in North Carolina can avoid potential problems by reading rental agreements carefully and learning their rights under state law, according to the state attorney general’s office. The Vacation...

Tax tips for students with summer jobs

A student’s summer job might be their first encounter with income taxes. Here are some tips students should know about summer jobs and taxes: •Withholding and estimated tax: The employer withholds tax from pay. If self-employed, taxes may have to be paid, based on estimated tax,...

Franklin County Sheriff’s reports — week of July 2, 2015

Reported June 22-28. Arrests •James Haywood Young, 68, 102 Pineridge Drive, Greenville,  was arrested at Collie Road and N.C. Highway 56, Castalia, and charged with assault on a female. June 28, 10:51 p.m. •Davelle McMoore, 20, 10 Scarboro Circle, Bunn, was arrested at home and...

Wake Forest police reports — week of July 2, 2015

Incidents Reported June 22-28. •A lost purse, credit cards and money were reported at 9717 Precious Stone Drive. June 28, 10:04 p.m. •Damage to a 1987 blue Plymouth was reported at 600 N. Taylor St. June 28, 7:34 p.m. •Larceny was reported at CVS, 245 E. Roosevelt Ave. Items...

Group fighting bridge project

Business owners seek grassroots solution to closing Rogers Road bridge in 2016. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A bridge closing that will cut off access to Heritage has riled business owners and school commuters. It’s not the Forestville Road bridge replacement project expected to...

Detours ahead

Road closures take place over the weekend ahead of July 8 bypass opening. By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — As progress continues on the U.S. 401 Rolesville Bypass project, N.C. Department of Transportation contractors have two closures planned, both starting this weekend, weather...

Pa Wheeler: It’s bug season

Local Profiles by Carol Taber Tony “Pa” Wheeler has one of the most unique farms in Franklin County. For 25 years, Wheeler has been raising crawfish to feed the area’s ever-growing demand for the 10-legged, freshwater crustaceans. People come from as far away as Maryland,...

On a mission for God

Pastor carries cross through Wake Forest on 1,673-mile hike to D.C. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Traffic was temporarily slowed along Capital Boulevard June 18, due to a high amount of rubbernecking. But people weren’t slowing to look at a wreck. They were watching the progress...

Sinkhole develops at shopping center

WAKE FOREST — This sinkhole appeared in front of the Harris Teeter on Rogers Road in Heritage, forcing property owners to cordon it off and drivers to navigate around it. Property owner Weingarten Realty had a crew working to repair it Wednesday. A company official couldn’t be...

RST Cable in trouble?

WAKE FOREST — Last year, Shelby startup RST Communication made promises it would bring 1 gigabit cable Internet service to any Wake Forest neighborhood that wanted it. The company ran underground lines from downtown Wake Forest to the Neuse River and even went so far as to...

Rolesville celebration is back

Parade, music and fireworks on the 4th After a year hiatus, Rolesville’s Community 4th of July Celebration is returning. An all-volunteer committee headed by residents Gejuan Batson and Paul Vilga have worked hard to make sure Rolesville has the opportunity to remember those who...

A weekend of fun for the 4th

Wake Forest offers small changes, same activities for Independence Day. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The fireworks are over. At least, the political fireworks about who will pay for the annual Wake Forest 4th of July festivities are finished, which means next weekend’s...

Reader asks: Who cleans up road kill?

Ask Us Anything! by Camryn Jamison Editor’s note — This Ask us Anything! column is the project of summer intern Camryn Jamison and will attempt to tackle all locally based questions from readers. Q: What happens to dead deer that are left on the roadside? A: If you have ever...