Time to nominate volunteers

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Community Council is accepting nominations for its annual volunteer awards, including the Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement award, the Citizen of the Year award, and the Club of the Year award. The Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement award was first...

Grain-free diet for pets?

Food discussions today often include the potential benefits of grain and gluten-free diets. But are these diets right for cats or dogs? Michele Dixon, a health and nutrition specialist, offers some facts to consider before removing grains from your pet’s diet. She works for...

Garden dedicated at annual meeting

WAKE FOREST — The Brewer-Harris Garden was dedicated Oct. 12 at the annual meeting of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society. Wake Forest Historical Museum Executive Director Ed Morris presented a slideshow and shared memories of Jenny Brewer and Ricky Harris. The extended...

Art at the fair

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Scammers use celebrities for click baiting

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about the “Most Dangerous Celebrities” whose names and photos are most often used by scammers as click bait. BBB is joining with security technology company McAfee in alerting consumers about the problem of click...

WCPE awards grants

WAKE FOREST — The Classical Station WCPE FM announces four grant recipients for 2014, made possible through the station’s education fund. •North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations program was awarded a grant of $3,000. Ovations is a pre-concert performance opportunity for advanced...

Food, fun and fauna at the fair

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Krispy Kreme offers spooky treat

WAKE FOREST — This Halloween, wear your favorite ghoulish getup and scare up a free sweet treat from Krispy Kreme. On October 31 visit any participating Krispy Kreme location in costume and get a free doughnut of any available variety. Offer is valid while supplies last October...

Democratic women meeting, luncheon Oct. 30

RALEIGH — Democratic Women of Wake County will hold a luncheon meeting Oct. 30 at NCSU University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The scheduled speaker is Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. The buffet line opens at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon. The cost for...

Manes and Tales festival Sunday

FRANKLINTON — The second annual Manes and Tales Fall Festival takes place Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Shepherd Youth Ranch, 105 Cedar Creek Road in Franklinton. Besides horses dressed in costumes, the day’s festivities include corn hole games, square dancing, bobbing for apples,...

Deer/Me: Not a good combination

RALEIGH — The arrival of autumn increases the chances of motorists/deer collisions. Between 2011 and 2013, nearly half of the more than 61,000 animal-related crashes in North Carolina took place from October through December. Almost 90 percent of those crashes involved deer. A...

What IS that smell?

RALEIGH — With the changing temperatures of fall, many North Carolina homeowners are noticing stink bugs and kudzu bugs increasing in or around their property. According to the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), both stink bugs and kudzu bugs can become a...

Wake Forest police citations – Oct. 23, 2014

Reported Oct. 8-15 •Chante Simmons Daniel, 48, 406 Galashiels Place, speeding in school zone. Oct. 14, 2:10 p.m. •Bonnie Caroline Brown, 27, 876 N. Main St., Apt. 116, speeding in school zone. Oct. 14, 1:55 p.m. •Anabel Jennet S. Zenick, 36, 5208 Stone Station Drive, Raleigh,...

Wake crime – Oct. 23, 2014

Reported Oct. 11-17. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Falls •Daniel Wade Stockton, 19, 10840 Rio Springs Drive, Raleigh, in Falls, was arrested by Raleigh Police Officer J.D. Boyd at the Wake County jail and charged with felony cocaine possession. He...

Franklin County Sheriff reports – Oct. 23, 2014

Reported Oct. 8 – Oct. 20. Arrests •James Eli Hyatt, 42, 45 Courtney Drive, Louisburg, was arrested at home and charged with assault on a female. He was taken to the Franklin County jail and held without bond. Oct. 20, 11:05 p.m. •Matthew Hall, 31, 201 South Elm Street,...

Wake Forest police reports – Oct. 23, 2014

Reported Oct. 13 – Oct. 19. Arrests •Rodolfo Cruz Aguilar, 43, 8599 Sherman Court, Manassas, Va., was arrested at 12000 Capital Blvd. and charged with driving while impaired (DWI). He was taken to Wake County jail and held on $10,000 bond. Oct. 19, 9:31 p.m. •Kurtis Lorin...

Legal challenges remain for gay marriages

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. legalized gay marriage in North Carolina Friday, ruling on a lawsuit filed by a coalition of churches that had challenged the state’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexuals (General Synod of the United Church of Christ vs....

Stopping fire ants through the winter

by Martha Mobley N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County LOUISBURG — Recently, I’ve been receiving a lot of phone calls about fire ants and what farmers and others can do about this invasive pest. My coworker from the coastal plains, Tom Campbell, wrote an article about...

Meet your candidates

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce held a meet-and-greet with close to 30 candidates for office Monday at the Renaissance Centre. (Photos by David Leone)

Hospital cuts staff, beds

by Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — Citing a trend in declining inpatient stays, a projected $6.1 million loss and reduced payer reimbursement, Novant Health announced Tuesday it was cutting 80 percent of its inpatient beds at Franklin Medical Center in Louisburg, as well as 59 various...

Gay couples wed

Court ruling cheered by N.C. LGBT crowd. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Until Monday, Shawn Long was identified as Craig Johnson’s partner and to Johnson’s adopted 12-year-old son, Isaiah, as his guardian. Now he is a husband, and, he hopes, soon-to-be father. The partners of 20...

Parents: Student assignment splits neighborhood

Residents question school leaders over draft plan by David Leone WAKE FOREST — A change to the draft 2015-16 student assignment plan that was designed to keep neighborhood children together may now divide them. That was the complaint by some Bishop’s Grant subdivision parents to...

Get healthy — for a buck

by Carol Taber WAKE FOREST — The summer heat is passing. It is time to get outside and get moving while the weather is still nice. A group of area businessmen and women have come together to provide individuals and families in northern Wake County a unique opportunity to combine...

Principals of the Year

ROLESVILLE — The Wake County Public School System has named Rolesville Middle School Principal Dhedra Lassiter the 2014 Wake County Principal of the Year. Deputy Superintendent for School Performance Cathy Moore presented the award to Lassiter during a ceremony at Marbles Kids...