Optimist essay contest under way

WAKE FOREST — The Optimist Club in Wake Forest is holding an essay contest. The contest is open to students under age 19 who have not graduated from high school as of Dec. 31. Cash awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. Due Feb. 20, the essay topic ...

School Briefs

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Jones Dairy Elementary •Open houses will be held for prospective students and their parents Jan. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Jan. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. E-mail krbrown@wcpss.net to reserve a spot. •Kindergarten...

New year busy at the Museum of History

RALEIGH — Kick off Black History Month one day early at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh when the 14th annual African American Cultural Celebration takes place Saturday, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. More than 75 presenters, including musicians, storytellers, dancers,...

Bank raises $5,000 for Safe Space

LOUISBURG — Employees at Union Bank & Trust teamed up with Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse for a Dining for a Safe Space event Oct. 27. A total of $5,240 was raised to support Safe Space, a Louisburg-based nonprofit organization that assists domestic violence victims and their...

Business Briefs

Drop children’s books at The Fire Pit The Fire Pit encourages customers to bring in unused children’s books and leave them in a drop-box at their Heritage location, 950 Gateway Commons Circle. The donated books will be distributed by Durham-based Book Harvest, a nonprofit...

VGCC offers small business seminars

WAKE FOREST — The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has scheduled two free seminars Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the college’s Franklin County Campus, located on N.C. 56, just outside Louisburg. Tax Requirements for Small Businesses will be held from 1-4 p.m., while...

Business mileage rates to rise

WAKE FOREST — The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a...

First Day hikes at all state parks Jan. 1

RALEIGH — A North Carolina tradition continues New Year’s Day with opportunities to exercise and reconnect with nature on First Day hikes at every state park and recreation area, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. In the past three years, hikers in North...

Don’t fall for calls demanding tax payments

CHARLOTTE — Anyone who calls you and demands immediate payment for taxes is trying to rip you off, Attorney General Roy Cooper, federal officials and the Better Business Bureau said Friday. “Scammers posing as tax collectors are using fear and deception to swindle thousands of...

AgCarolina announces election results

RALEIGH — Three incumbents have been re-elected to the AgCarolina Farm Credit Board of Directors by the cooperative’s voting stockholders. Ellis W. Taylor of Roanoke Rapids was elected to Region 2 (serving Franklin, Warren, and Halifax counties); Paul A. Drake of Pinetops was...

Drug drop-off box installed

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department installed a drug collection drop-off box at the Brooks Street Substation, 221 S. Brooks St. The police department received the free drop-off unit through a grant from CVS/Pharmacy’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program....

Take a break, parents

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is offering Parents’ Morning Out Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. The program will provide kids ages 3-12 an opportunity to participate in a variety of organized activities, including games...

Title slips through Cougars’ grasp

For the second year in a row, Wake Forest falls to Mallard Creek in the 4-AA state high school football championship. Wake Forest 14 Mallard Creek 25 story by Marty Simpkins photos by David Allen WINSTON-SALEM — After losing to Mallard Creek last year in the 4AA football state...

Soccer club garners three division championships

YOUNGSVILLE — Three teams from the relatively new Franklin Wake Soccer Club recently won their respective division titles. Fonzie Flowers, a coach for the U10 Phoenix and volunteer coordinator for the FWSC said of the Phoenix, “These boys are pretty dang good. A lot of talent...

Wake Forest Parks & Rec youth basketball scores through Dec. 13

FRIDAY, DEC. 5 7-8 year olds Cougars vs Vipers Cougars: Sean Allen, Kennedy Bowman, Ashley Hendrix Vipers: Benjamin Coleman, Eric Fairfax, Jayden Forman, Selah Jackson, Drew Kennedy 9-10 Boys East Eagles 11 vs Rattlers 14 Eagles: Aaron Harris 1, Cole Kima 4, Payne Thomas 5, Devin...