Employee — Airport unsafe

By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — The anticipated vote on the new Franklin County park was nearly overshadowed during the time for public comments when former Triangle North Executive Airport service manager Bruce Allen aired what he believes are serious problems with how the airport...

Learn to lie from the best: professional storytellers

Festival, workshops debut Saturday. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Get E. Gale Buck talking … about the weather, fishing, the North Pole, or even himself, and be prepared to hear him describe whatever it is in a whimsical, winding fashion. That’s because what Buck does best is what...

Former Wakefield coach pleads guilty

By Clellie Allen RALEIGH — Jamie Lloyd Ayers, the Wakefield High School teacher and head softball coach arrested in 2013 for sex crimes against a student, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of felony sex of-fense against a child Monday morning. He was sentenced to a minimum of five...

Grocery store robbed

RALEIGH — The Lowes Foods store at Forestville Crossing, 8440 Louisburg Road, just south of Rolesville, was robbed early Saturday morning, with employees held for several hours during the commission of the crime. According to an information release from the Raleigh Police...

Purple Heart dinner Saturday

WAKE FOREST — A limited number of tickets remain for the sixth annual Purple Heart dinner honoring more than 40 Purple Heart recipients. Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the dinner takes place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605...

A family’s forever home

By David Allen WAKE FOREST — If you’ve driven North Main Street, odds are you’ve seen the old house on the corner of West Juniper Avenue. 427 North Main St. is a home in need of renovation, and Shelley McPhatter and her fiancé, David White, are the two to do it. “Shelley fell in...

A rude awakening

By David Allen WAKE FOREST — Faye Nelson was jolted out of bed July 23 when a drunk driver ran off the road and hit her house at 5801 Barham Siding Road on the house’s corner facing the intersection of Oscar Barham Road and Barham Siding Road. “At about 12:30 in the morning I was...

See Black in color at Art After Hours

By Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — Artist Nicki Morin Black paints with a mission in mind. Although she also works with acrylics, watercolor, glass and mixed medium, her inspirational and nature-themed encaustic pieces are on display at the Artists’ Loft & Gallery upstairs at...

GOP club meeting Monday

WAKE FOREST — Wake County’s four Republican commissioners, Sen. Chad Barefoot and John Alexander, Republican candidate for N.C. Senate 15, will be on hand to discuss issues before the legislature and county at the Wake Forest Area Republican Club meeting at Real McCoy’s Monday....

Church hosts screening of God’s Not Dead

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Church of the Nazarene is sponsoring a free family movie night Saturday at 6 p.m., featuring God’s Not Dead. The thought-provoking movie is about a college freshman who finds himself and his religious freedom challenged by a professor. The church is...

Business Briefs – August 7, 2014

Driver reaches safety milestone Hamlin T. Raney III of Wake Forest has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) for four years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer. The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by...

We the People meet tonight

LOUISBURG — We the People of Franklin County Patriots will hold a dinner meeting tonight at Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse, 32 Golden Leaf Drive. A social and the dinner start at 6 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be District 1 congressional candidate Arthur...

Reagan to keynote GOP dinner

RALEIGH — Political commentator and columnist Michael Reagan is the scheduled keynote speaker at the Wake County Republican Women’s fundraiser dinner and silent auction Sunday, Sept. 28. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the North Ridge Country Club, 6612 Falls of Neuse Road,...

Baptist association to meet Aug. 16

WAKE FOREST — The annual session of the Wake Missionary Baptist Association convenes Aug. 16 at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road. Dr. Enoch E. Holloway is host pastor, and Dr. Haywood T. Gray, executive secretary of the General Baptist State Convention...

‘Pepsi-Cola hits the spot’ one of my first remembered slogans

Roving I have always been attracted to good advertising slogans. Well, it was more than an attraction when I started out with The Wake Weekly back in 1952 and soliciting and writing advertisements was part of my job. Last week I began to think about all the slogans I could...

Alzheimer’s support group meets Tuesday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Alzheimer’s support group meets Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. at Wake Forest Baptist Church. The group is led by Mark Foreman, with discussion on how caretakers can take care of themselves, along with community resources and special programs for help...

Democratic women to gather Aug. 28

RALEIGH — Democratic Women of Wake County will hold their monthly meeting Aug. 28. State Representatives Rosa Gill and Yvonne Holley have been invited to speak on the bills passed during the 2014 Legislature and their impact on women. The buffet line opens at 11:30 a.m., and the...

This Week In History – August 7, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1964 •The Seaboard Airline Railroad passenger station, unused since it was damaged in a fire in 1963, is being torn down and will be replaced by a modern building that includes...

Louisburg, Raleigh meet drinking water goals

RALEIGH — The N.C. Division of Water Resources’ Public Water Supply section has announced that Louisburg’s water treatment plant, along with 37 other water systems are being recognized with the North Carolina Area Wide Optimization Award. The award honors water systems for...

CROP Walk rally Tuesday

WAKE FOREST — Volunteers will host a rally Tuesday at 6 p.m. for team captains participating in Wake Forest’s CROP Walk for Hunger 2014 in September. Churches, businesses and charity organizations are encouraged to send a representative to the rally at Heritage Baptist Church,...

Livestock producers to meet

LOUISBURG — Livestock producers are invited to attend a meeting Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse, 32 Golden Leaf Drive. Guido van der Hoeven, NCSU agricultural extension economist, will present an update on changes to the farm sales tax recently passed by the N.C....

NCWORKS opens new office

RALEIGH — The Capital Area Workforce Development Board opened its new Wake County workforce development office, NCWORKS Career Center, at 1830 B Tillery Place, Raleigh, Aug. 4. Customers have access to services including: •free Internet; •employment planning; •career assessment...

3Phoenix expands

Company lauded by town, state leaders. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Eight months after breaking ground, defense tech company 3Phoenix is ready to expand into its second Wake Forest building. Tuesday town, chamber and state leaders joined company officials on Capcom Avenue for the...