Involuntary annexations approved in Rolesville

Town board tightens regulations on food trucks and their uses. By Kelly Knowles The Rolesville town board met Tuesday June 22, to discuss text amendments to current ordinances. It was voted upon by commissioners to interpret terms and add restrictions and regulations for food...

Drug house busted

By David Leone Wake Forest and Franklin County law enforcement officers have made a series of drug-related arrests in the past week, including a number at Oak Grove Church Road addresses. In Wake Forest, Charles Deshon Wright, 41, 24 Joyce Crawley Road, Louisburg, was arrested...

Police department engages community

Rolesville Police run Camp C.A.R.E. for youth By Kelly Knowles ROLESVILLE — In an effort to engage the community and form positive relationships between police officers and youth, the Rolesville Police Department has developed several interactive initiatives. One of those...

Big Fourth celebrations this weekend

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest festivities get underway with the fireworks spectacular Sunday, July 3, at Wake Forest High School’s Trentini Stadium, 420 W. Stadium Dr. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. Children age six and under are admitted free. Monday,...

Taxes hiked in Wake budget

RALEIGH — With a unanimous vote, the Wake County board of commissioners today adopted the county’s $1.2 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2017, which runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, during its regular meeting. The budget addresses the increasing demands placed on...

Wake Forest resident earns Silver Star

WAKE FOREST — Sgt. 1st Class Thomas J. Grasso of Wake Forest, a Green Beret who is a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), was awarded the nation’s third highest military Medal for Valor in combat — the Silver Star — June 10 at Fort Bragg. A veteran with more than 16...

Pool closed

Holding Park pool will not open this summer. WAKE FOREST — Due to the discovery of significant structural issues, Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., will not open in 2016. Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) officials made the announcement last week. The...

David Williams runs for commissioner

YOUNGSVILLE — Business owner and longtime emergency services volunteer David. A Williams, Jr, has announced that he is running for Franklin County Commissioner in District 5. Don Lancaster, the current district 5 commissioner, announced that he will not be running again....

Former Youngsville man charged with child rape

YOUNGSVILLE — A former Youngsville resident is in jail on $1 million secured bond for allegedly raping a child. Miguel Angel Dutra-Duarte, 55, who previously lived at 1955 Long Mill Road, was arrested in Raleigh June 17 by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with...

Police remind residents about illegal fireworks

WAKE FOREST — As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, the Wake Forest Police Department reminds area residents that the possession or discharge of most fireworks that explode, spin, fly, jump in the air, or leave the ground in any way are prohibited by North Carolina...

Summer camps beyond expectation

FRANKLINTON — Franklin County’s summer youth camp is a dream in the making for Martha and William Hunter. Now in its sixth summer, the free youth camp was held in the Franklinton Middle School gymnasium from June 13-24. The camp provided activities for youths from ages 6 to 19...

Wake Forest Community Library July events

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Community Library, 400 E. Holding Ave., will host the following events in July: •K-5th Adventures, July 5, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Calling all LEGO fans. Bring your creativity and have a blast creating with LEGOs •K-5th Super Special: Amazing Chemistry, July...

Wedding dresses on a budget

Details selling pre-owned formal wear downtown. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $26,000. The average wedding dress is $1,280, a considerable amount for an item only worn once. For people looking for a more frugal option, a good place to...

Meet your coffee baristas

Editor’s note: These write-ups about two new baristas at Wake Forest Coffee Company were submitted unsolicited by Alina Glalecki, a fifth-grader who frequents the shop, presumably for hot chocolate. Some may remember Alina from The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the play put on by...

Heritage Summer Stage actors learn through doing

By Kelly Knowles WAKE  FOREST — Heritage Theater Summer Stage, where children ranging from kindergarten through middle school are found laughing, playing improve games and practicing choreography. While participating in this two-week summer workshop, children are given the...

Wake Forest’s many historic Fourths

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. Editor’s note: For this week’s history column, we thought we’d run some stories of Wake Forest’s Fourth of July celebrations of yesteryear. Aside from the first entry, all items...

New phone scam targets grandparents

WAKE FOREST — Scammers are targeting the elderly by pretending to be a grandchild needing help. They may even know a lot about the child they are impersonating. They begin the call by saying they are a granddaughter or grandson in trouble and they need money.  If they have a few...

Raleigh Little Theatre teaches the basics

By Chloe Lang WAKE  FOREST — For one week, kids ranging from ages 5-12  had the chance to be stars at the theater by demonstrating acting, playwriting and even stagecraft skills. Two summer drama camps (the Stage Door  and Stories for the Stage) were held at the Wake Forest...

Scammers posing as BBB investigators

RALEIGH — The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina warns local business owners and consumers that scammers have been posing as BBB investigators in an effort to try and get personal information. In one instance, a business owner in Raleigh received a threatening...

Area athletes compete in Special Olympics

RALEIGH — Twenty Wake Forest, Rolesville and Franklin County athletes brought home medals and ribbons from more than 50 events in the 2016 Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Summer Games. The games concluded June 5 in Raleigh and Cary. The local youths and adults joined...

Permit requests now online

WAKE  FOREST — The town of Wake Forest is now able to accept permit applications online. The initiative allows contractors and homeowners to request electrical, mechanical and plumbing trade permits online and receive them via email. Anyone wishing to request a trade permit...

Community Happenings – week of June 30, 2016

For more information about the following events, and a few more not listed here, see the Community Calendar at wakeweekly.com/events. Send calendar events to [email protected] Thursday, June 30 •Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered 12 step program, 7 p.m., Oak Level...

Rotary honors Winsteads

WAKE FOREST — Don and Karen Winstead, center, were honored Monday by the Wake Forest Rotary Club during the annual President’s Dinner at the Wake Forest Historical Museum for providing the club a place to meet for 35 years at The Forks Cafeteria. The Winsteads recently retired...

Crossfit hosts cancer fundraiser

WAKE FOREST — More than 150 people (right) participated in the crushing cancer workout of the day at Crossfit Wake Forest Sunday, June 26. The benefit was organized to help the family of 13-year-old Wake Forest resident Jackson Donahoe with the medical expenses associated with...