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Wake Forest man charged with rape

RALEIGH — A Wake Forest man is charged with multiple sex offenses, rape, assault and kidnapping, at least in some cases relating to prostitution. Thomas Jefferson Lynn, 63, 1520 Crenshaw Point, Wake Forest, was arrested by Raleigh Police Officer C.A. Wilkie at 3020 Hillsborough...
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Family’s plans vanish in fire

Destruction of historic residence is under investigation. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The whole community was watching. That’s what David White and Shelley McPhatter have learned since the house they were restoring at 427 N. Main St. was destroyed by fire March 25. “The positive...
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Residents test drive new superstreet intersection

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — Long-suffering residents, who’ve been waiting nearly a year past when the highway was originally to be completed, got their first peek at how the U.S. 401 bypass superstreet intersection at East Young Street will work when it partially opened Monday...
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Pop tops 37,000

Development, multifamily housing on the upswing in Wake Forest. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Population growth is inching back up to traditional levels in-town, after the post-recession slump in new housing starts. Wake Forest planners recently released a report detailing growth...

Commissioners approve truck purchase

YOUNGSVILLE — With time being an issue to make the purchase, Youngsville town commissioners voted to spend up to $14,550 to buy the town a 2008 Ford F-250 four-wheel drive pickup Tuesday. Commissioners convened the special-called meeting, and took less than five minutes to...
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Writers Guild to host retreat May 2

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild will host a writers day retreat May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rolling View community building at Falls of the Neuse State Park, 13304 Creedmoor Road. The featured speaker will be author Tammy Falkner. She has more...
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Donate pajamas for good cause

WAKE FOREST — Local chapters of Women in Networking (WIN) are collecting pajamas for the One Million Good Nights Pajama Program. The Pajama Program is a nonprofit organization providing new pajamas and books to children-in-need. The donated clothes will be distributed to kids...

Enter livestock show by April 10

LOUISBURG — Franklin County youth ages 5-19 years old are eligible to participate in the third annual Livestock FUN show April 24. Rabbits, poultry, goats, cattle and sheep. The event is held at the Double D Equestrian Center,  733 Egypt Church Road, Louisburg. Participants will...
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Half an ounce from victory

by Marty Simpkins Bass fishing tournaments were held at Falls Lake Saturday. Local fishermen endured the cold weather for hopes of catching “the big one.” One of the tournaments was the BNB (Bass N Bucks) Bassmasters of Raleigh. Fishermen from all over the area put their boats in...
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Downtown charity car show is June 20

WAKE FOREST — The third annual Wake Forest Charity Car Show will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Wake Forest. The all-volunteer event, presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. (WFD), showcases classic and antique automobiles...
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History in Review

WAKE FOREST — A special Writers Night in the Forest was held March 26 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, featuring several panelists who talked about Wake Forest’s history through the years. Special attention was paid to those who have published books on the subject including...
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Franklin County historic homes, gardens on tour

LOUISBURG — Step back in time and join the seventh biennial Franklin County Historic Homes and Gardens Tour Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday April 19, 1 - 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Person Place Preservation Society. Twelve special historic gems are on...

American veterans distribute hygiene kits

LOUISBURG — AMVETS (American Veterans), a premier veterans service organization, distributed hygiene kits to their comrades at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Wednesday. Commander Gregory Scott of local AMVETS Post 201 said, “Because We Care Day is our way of saying thanks...
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The DAR honors Vietnam War veterans

WAKE FOREST — The General James Moore Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution provided a bountiful reception of homemade goodies for Vietnam War veterans and their spouses Saturday at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. The Secretary of Defense authorized programs to...

Flapjack fundraiser Saturday

RALEIGH — Code Electric Senior Softball will host a flapjack fundraiser Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at Applebee’s, 3625 Hillsborough St. Tickets are $7 per person and may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Butch Arnold at 919- 215-1001.
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Learn about senior horse care

LOUISBURG — Dr. Katie Sheats of the NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine will speak on the care of the older horse as a part of the Regional Equine Educational Series April 9. Jennifer Gill from NCSU Animal Science will also speak on nutrition for horses. The meeting includes...
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Wake Forest blood drive Monday

WAKE FOREST — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8466 hosts a blood drive Monday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the American Legion building at 225 E. Holding Ave. Donors should preregister at redcrossblood.org. In the Give Blood box, enter the sponsor code VFW. For more information,...
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Combining passions, creating opportunities

Local Profiles by Carol Taber WAKEFIELD — Janet Dixon is both a Curriculum Assistant (CA) teacher at Wakefield High School’s 9th-Grade Center and a Carolina Hurricanes fan. She has combined these two passions to give her students a unique opportunity as they strive for excellence...
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Leaders pushed for N.C. 98 Bypass in 1965

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1945 •The Victory class ship SS Wake Forest has been launched from a Richmond, Calif. shipyard. The cargo ship was built in record time — 27 days. Naming the ships after places...
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Offload your paper recyclables Saturday

ROLESVILLE — The town is hosting a paper recycling event Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon at town hall, 502 Southtown Circle. Everything from notebook paper and newspapers to magazines, check registers, paper bags and even books will be accepted for recycling. Materials cannot be dropped...
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Carnival for Kids returns Tuesday

WAKE FOREST — The popular Carnival for Kids, put on annually by the Wake Forest Police Department, returns Tuesday to the Wake Forest Home Depot parking lot, 11915 Retail Drive. Admission to the carnival is free, although the rides, games and food are for a cost. Unlimited ride...
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VGCC offers biotech workshop for high school students

HENDERSON — Vance-Granville Community College has scheduled its third annual Biotech Workshop for local high school students, as one of a series of VGCC Arts & Sciences camps and workshops being held this year. All 10th - 12th graders who have taken, or are currently taking,...