Raleigh police looking for bank robbery suspect

RALEIGH — At approximately 11:54 a.m. today, Raleigh Police Department officers were dispatched to a robbery at the First Citizens Bank located at 9650 Falls of Neuse Road. Information gathered thus far indicates that the suspect in the surveillance photo entered the bank,...

Dept. of Insurance investigating BCBSNC problems

RALEIGH— Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin met with top executives of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina this week to discuss the insurer’s ongoing payment and enrollment problems. As a result of the issues, the N.C. Department of Insurance will be initiating an...

David and Goliath bond campaign fight begins

by Matt Caulder State News Today Organized opposition has risen against the $2 billion bond referendum being touted by Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders. A group, NC Against the Bond, registered with the State Board of Elections (NCSBE) earlier in January to campaign...

Town hall build ‘terrible’

Consultant says leaking water may be permanent. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — When the town approved Heaton Construction’s low bid of $11.4 million for a new town hall in 2008, several commissioners were suspicious there would be cost overruns. They didn’t know how right they...

Bridge project looming

Marketing burst encouraged for Rogers Road businesses. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — "We’re very nervous about the whole thing," Karrie Mathues said Monday, regarding the Rogers Road bridge replacement planned for midyear. Mathues runs the Dairy Depot, located just west of the...

Fire Dept. ready to expand

ROLESVILLE — January was a "banner month," Rolesville Planning Director Thomas Lloyd told commissioners Monday night. That’s news they’ve heard many times over the last few years, and, as they’ve often remarked, keeping up with the aggressive growth has been a continual theme for...

Black History Hall of Fame on stage Feb. 13

WAKE FOREST — Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville will offer two free performances of Black History Hall of Fame Saturday, Feb. 13. The first performance will be at 1 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor...

Earlier primary means earlier voting deadlines

RALEIGH — Advancing the North Carolina primary date to March 15 has led to earlier deadlines for registering to vote, absentee voting, changing your party affiliation, and other election-related activities. People wanting to vote absentee by mail now can apply for an absentee...

Spotlight shines on Wake Forest student

WAKE FOREST — Christopher Light, a senior at Wake Forest High School, was one of 45 Wake County students recognized as their school’s recipient of the Spotlight on Students award at the Wake County Board of Education’s meeting Jan. 26. "Christopher is deserving of this...

Legislators get mixed bag of teacher pay proposals

Atkinson’s call for  10-percent hike draws cool reception. RALEIGH — Before a state House committee Jan. 27, state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson recommended that all public school teachers in North Carolina get a 10 percent boost in their pay as part of a...

Union Bound heading to Little Washington

WASHINGTON — When artist and educator Lauri Arntsen moved to "Little" Washington four months ago to take on the position as Arts of the Pamlico program director, you’d think she was leaving her adopted hometown of Wake Forest behind. Not so. This week, the Turnage Theatre and...

Charity auction Saturday

Golf outing, cottage stay among biddable items. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The Koinonia Cares charity auction is Saturday night. Among the auction items to be had for a steal are a four-person golfing package at TPC Wakefield; two simple will and testaments from the John Cook...

Coffee time with police draws residents

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Police Department met with more than 2 dozen residents yesterday morning (Wednesday), at their first Coffee-with-a-Cop gathering hosted by the Rolesville McDonald’s at 415 S. Main St. Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston said Monday that other...

Talent show returns

Performances will occur during Six Sundays in Spring and finalists showcase. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — American Idol may be in its last season, but Wake Forest Has Talent! is just getting started. Embarking on its second season, the competition sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS is...

Welton takes the chamber reins

New director versed in business, community. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Ann Welton encountered a chicken while walking to work Monday, her first day at a new job. That the animal is allowed under the town’s progressive urban chickens ordinance and that Welton was walking to work...

Wake Forest Community Library February events

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Community Library, 400 E. Holding Ave., will host the following events in February: •K-5 Adventures, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4:30-5:15 p.m. K-5th grade kids read, create, discover and explore through books, hands on activities and more. This week find out...

Soup and sandwich fundraiser Feb. 25

The Youngsville Woman’s Club will host their annual soup and sandwich fundraiser at the Youngsville Community House Thursday, Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to l:30 p.m. Eat in or take out. Pre-orders will be accepted by calling 919-210-0789. The options will be vegetable/chicken soup...

Beatles Experience at RenCtr Feb. 20

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will present Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Audiences of all ages are invited to rock to the music of the Beatles in an all new interactive concert experience...

Heritage football players make college commitments

  WAKE FOREST — Three Heritage football players made their college commitments on signing day yesterday (Wednesday). Brandon Felton, Kellan Werness and Jack Doyle will be moving on to the collegiate level next fall. Felton signed with Lenoir-Rhyne University. "I felt...

Tickets on sale for 2016 state of the town address and dinner

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2016 State of the Town Address on Monday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., during the eighth annual State of the Town Address and Dinner. Presented by the Wake Forest Rotary Club, the event will be held at the Wake Forest...

School Briefs – Week of Feb. 4, 2016

Send school news and photos to schools@wakeweekly.com. Sanford Elementary Career fair Feb. 18 6-8 p.m. Volunteers are needed to discuss their careers/jobs with small groups of students in grades 3-5. If interested, contact Gina Haines, school counselor at 919-570-2100 ext. 20235...

Mardi Gras, Wake Forest style

Mardi Gras highlights •Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. •Free to attend •Parade, 1 p.m. (lineup, 12:45 p.m.), youths may walk, skate, bicycle, or ride in a wagon •Prizes for best costume, festive family, best baby, decided at 12:30 p.m. •Children’s activities at town hall and Depot...

Arts festival winners announced

YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Woman’s Club has announced the winners of the arts festival contest held in January: From Youngsville Elementary, Cheyenne Namishia won crayon, Alex Sakell won in pastel and Ashley Davis won in oil pastel. From Cedar Creek Middle School, Connor Hill...

Birthplace almost razed in 1956

This week in History — Feb. 4, 2016 In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1936 • Wake County rankings for Wake Forest area dairy farms have been announced. Shearon’s Dairy, Grade A raw; Pine State Creamers, Grade A...