Walk through town’s history Aug. 8

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, Aug. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. This free event will begin at the historic Franklin Male Academy building on Cedar...

The Dance Attic competes in national finals

WAKE FOREST — The Dance Attic Company competed at Star Talent Production’s National Finals July 15-19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The dancers scored well with many routines placing in the top 10 overall. Three routines were invited to participate in the extravaganza, and the top five...

Franklin Co. brings runner’s camp to Franklinton

By Marty Simpkins FRANKLINTON — Twenty-seven kids got out of the house and onto the race track at Franklinton High School to take part in the first Franklin County Runner’s Camp last week. While Wake Forest and the surrounding area have had a runner’s camp for several years now,...

Confederate faithful rally to the flag

Small caravan meets in the name of Southern pride. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Upset with recent calls to remove Confederate flags and monuments from the public sphere, a small but proud group of area residents gathered Saturday at area stores to rally around the historic fla...

Youngsville’s little league All-Stars are section champs

WW PHOTO Marty Simpkins YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville’s 12U All-Star team won the South Region Piedmont Section Bronco Tournament in High Point July 15. They defeated Garner, 6-5 in the semifinals and West Raleigh, 9-3 in the championship game. The team hit a total of 24 home runs in...

Franklin County Sheriff’s reports – week of July 30, 2015

Reported July 20-July 26. Arrests •Steven Andrew Watson, 37, 1146 Kimball Drive, Durham, was arrested at 811 Moores Pond Road, Youngsville, and charged with conspiring to sell a controlled substance. He was taken to the Franklin County jail and held on $10,000 bond. July 25, 7:56...

Wake Forest police reports — week of July 30, 2015

Arrests Reported July 16-26. •Carl Wesley Jones, 34, 520 E. Juniper Ave., was arrested at 499 Seventh St. and charged with felony breaking or entering and misdemeanor damage to personal property. He was taken to the Wake County jail and held on $5,000 bond. July 26, 9:35 p....

Free concert in park, Sunday

WAKE FOREST — Spend an evening in Wake Forest with family and friends and enjoy some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times during two upcoming concerts at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends will perform Sunday, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m., and...

Fund tapped over objections

Town bypasses loan criteria that others follow, commissioner complains. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Should the town be allowed to bypass its own criteria for granting Futures Fund loans? This was the objection raised by Commissioners Zachary Donahue and Margaret Stinnett during...

Bypass opens, hiccups remain

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — More than a year overdue, and the butt of more than a few social media jokes, the U.S. 401 bypass around Rolesville finally opened up July 16. But with work still remaining on the 6-mile long super street, it’s not been smooth sailing for drivers, or...

Wake Forest family fighting for baby girl’s life

by Christie Kornegay with Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Meet James and Christie Kornegay, a Wake Forest family who just welcomed into the world their second daughter, Eveyln “Evie” Ruth, Tuesday. James is an assistant principal at Franklin Academy high school and Christie is a...

A warm welcome

WW PHOTO David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town staffers joined members of the community in welcoming new Town Manager Kip Padgett to Wake Forest Tuesday at town hall. With Kip, center, is his wife and son, Tracy and Cole, left, and Ryan Hutchinson, executive vice president for...

Schools superintendent resigns abruptly

Acting superintendent named. LOUISBURG — Franklin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Martin resigned abruptly Monday night, with board members making the announcement following a closed session. Martin has only been on the job 18 months after replacing Dr. Eddie Ingram. The...

Henderson couple arrested on meth charges

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Sheriff deputies arrested two Henderson residents for a slew of drug charges July 17, after serving a search warrant for illegal drugs at 999 Eaves Road. Clifton L. O’Neal and Amanda N. Kinard, both of 999 Eaves Road, Henderson, were arrested and taken...

Five vying for town board

Newcomer, longtime residents running against incumbents. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Chad Casale lived most of his life in a congested, overdeveloped area on Long Island, N.Y. The relative newcomer to Wake Forest has thrown his hat in the ring for town commissioner to see those...

Creativity abounds with Arca Muse Society Writers

Local Profiles by Carol Taber Great writers ofttimes seem to find each other. While their work is individual, writing groups have allowed writers a safe place to test material, try out ideas or just talk. Think of the Inklings or the Algonquin Round Table. Mindy Kaling of The...

Seniors celebrate summer with cookout

by Salina Gary WAKE FOREST — More than 100 area seniors, including Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones, celebrated summer in beach party style during the Northern Wake Senior Center’s annual Willie Ray’s Cookout July 16. New Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett was also in attendance....

Reservoir improvements on tap

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The town reservoir, a popular spot for boating, fishing and trail walking, is getting an upgrade. The town is putting its recently approved recreation bond monies to use and has plans to spiff up the place. Phase 1 of the upgrade will include a paved...

House not burned

Planned demolition by fire department suspended for historic reasons. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Perhaps someone should have looked at the sign. A house that Wake Forest Fire Department planned to burn as a training exercise July 16 is still standing, for now, because it’s on...

Coyotes seen near Joyner park

It’s natural to see coyotes around here and not a cause for alarm, say officials. By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s town spokesman, Bill Crabtree, alerted residents this week that several reports have been made to the town about coyotes being seen in the E. Carroll...

Heroes, supporters invited to dinner

WAKE FOREST — Purple Heart Medal recipients and military veterans are invited to the seventh annual Purple Heart Dinner Saturday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m., at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the dinner invites the public to honor...

Cycle-a-thon supports foster care system

ROLESVILLE — Local nonprofit organization Mercy for America’s Children will hold its third annual cycle-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, 800 Granite Falls Blvd., Rolesville, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mercy for America’s Children...

Police showcase facility improvements

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Police Department is celebrating completion of renovations to its facilities by hosting an open house Aug. 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m  at the police department, 204 Southtown Circle. Tours will be given and light refreshments provided.

Free concert in the park

WAKE FOREST — Spend an evening in Wake Forest with family and friends and enjoy some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times during two upcoming concerts at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends will perform Sunday, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m., and...