Rec Day parade launches season

Rolesville was filled with smiles, laughter and lots of “play ball” as the annual Rec Day parade and first games marked the beginning of spring ball season Saturday. Rolesville boasts one of the fastest growing youth softball and baseball programs in the area for kids ages 4-14....

DOT delays work on Rolesville bypass

ROLESVILLE — The N.C. Department of Transportation has postponed indefinitely two detours that had been planned for April 17-19 on the U.S. 401 Rolesville bypass. The work is part of a $25 million project to build 5.8-miles of the bypass between Louisbury Road and N.C. 96. It is...

Six Sundays in Spring kicks off Sunday

WAKE FOREST — From jazz and big band swing to reggae and folk pop, there’s something for all music lovers at this year’s Six Sundays in Spring concert series. Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, the performances get underway Sunday, April 26, at 5 p.m. with MikeMickXer. Sunday’s...

Wake Forest Has Talent! finalists announced

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest ARTS announced the finalists in its inaugural Wake Forest Has Talent! competition. All the finalists have been booked to perform during one of the Six Sundays in Spring concert series, which begins this Sunday. “We reviewed many terrific auditions,” said...

Researchers predict quiet hurricane season

by Clellie Allen RALEIGH — The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will be significantly less active than the overall averages from 1950 to the present, according to researchers at North Carolina State University. This year should see four to six named storms forming in the Atlantic...

Resource fair for families with special needs Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will hold a free Special Needs Resource Fair  Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road. The fair will feature professional vendors...

Free Money Smart seminar for older adults

FRANKLINTON — The Franklinton Senior Center and Kerr Tar Area on Aging are holding a free financial seminar on helping older adults avoid financial exploitation April 29, 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Vance-Granville Community College, Franklin County campus, 8100 N.C. 56, Louisburg. The...

Friends of Wake Forest Library used book sale May 2

WAKE FOREST — The Friends of the Wake Forest Library annual used book sale will be held on Saturday, May 2, coinciding with the annual Meet in the Street event in Historic Downtown Wake Forest. The sale will be held at the Ledford Center, 120 South Wingate, on the campus of the...

Wake Reps file to expand mental health crisis beds

Legislative Watch — week of April 23, 2015 So far this 2015 session, there have been 1,654 bills filed in the House and Senate combined. Here are some highlights: Wake Reps file to expand mental health crisis beds Representatives Chris Malone, Marilyn Avila, and Gary Pendleton,...

Brothers play brothers in Arsenic and Old Lace

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest High School Theater program will present the 1941 classic, Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In this wickedly delightful farce, the Brewster family brims with charming, eccentric — albeit homicidal —...

Seussical Jr. coming to Heritage Middle

WAKE FOREST — Heritage Middle School theatre arts program will perform Seussical Jr., Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 and may be purchased in advance at the school office from 7:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or at the door the night of the performance. The...

Goodbye Big Kahuna

Staff, family, friends share stories at retiring manager’s reception. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Who is Mark Williams? The Eagle Scout, a man who must finish what he started? What about a basketball and soccer coach to generations of kids? Is he the kind of father who inspires...

Trentini scholars named

Endowment must grow, president says. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — There are some  students  around here who have achieved more in their first 18 years than some do their whole lives. But only one of them gets to grab the brass ring of scholarships — the 2015 Trentini Award. That...

Franklin Academy team wins bridge-building competition

WAKE FOREST — For the third consecutive year, the Franklin Academy bridge building team won first place overall in the North Carolina Department of Transportation Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition held on Friday, April 17 at the Department of Transportation auditorium...

Wakefield Elementary students ‘Jump Rope for Heart’

RALEIGH — Wakefield Elementary participated in Jump Rope for Heart for the 15th consecutive year to help support the American Heart Association. The students raised $4,440.53 this year. The top fundraisers were Alex Numbers and Hunter Hardy. All students took part in a three-week...

Heritage Middle School students raise thousands for St. Baldricks

WAKE FOREST — Over the last five years, Heritage Middle School students, led by teacher Chad Barringer, have raised more than $111,600 for pediatric cancer research through the local St. Baldrick’s Foundation shave-a-thons. This year, the school’s Bald Patriots raised $15,146,...

Kudos – week of April 23, 2015

Scholarships awarded •Matthew Thomas Goodwin of Wake Forest received a national achievement $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Academics honored •Alexus Symone Hatchett of Wake Forest and Alicia Marie Helms of Franklinton both received the Howard...

North Forest Pines ‘goes to college’

WAKE FOREST — The North Forest Pines Elementary School Community Connections Committee held its second College-Bound Day for tracks 1 and 3 April 16th. The goal was to expose students to what college is by bringing a taste of college to them for a day. The day began with a...

School desegregation hotly debated in 1955

This Week in History In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1955 •Dr. I. Beverly Lake Sr., assistant state attorney general and former law professor at Wake Forest College, presented North Carolina’s case, along with...

Growing local

WW photo by David Leone Bob Johnson talks shop with Susie Holmes during opening day Saturday of the annual HerbFest plant sale, held at Festival Park in downtown Wake Forest. Holmes attends the sale every year, saying, “They have fantastic plants, organically raised, and you’re...

Relay site changes

WAKE FOREST — The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is moving to Richland Creek Community Church for its annual fundraiser Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  In the past, the Relay For Life serving Wake Forest, Rolesville and north Raleigh has often been held at a...

Youngsville Woman’s Club May Fare, May 2

YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Museum of History and the Youngsville Woman’s Club will host the Youngsville Homecoming picnic again this year at Hill Ridge Farms, Saturday, May 2. This year’s event is being called the May Fare Music Festival and Picnic and is open to everyone who...

Area teachers make final list

WAKE FOREST — Excellence in teaching abounds in the Wake County Public School System. The arduous task of narrowing the list of outstanding teachers to 13 finalists for the 2015-16 Wake County Public School System Teacher of the Year has been completed. The finalists were...

Franklin County rabies clinics continue

FRANKLIN COUNTY — A rabies clinic is set for Sunday, 8:30-9 a.m. at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 351 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg. One- and three-year vaccines will be available for just $5. To qualify for the three-year vaccine, pet owners must bring previous vaccination...