In the footsteps of heroes

Wake Forest group takes Freedom Tour to see Civil Rights sites. By Michael Meyer, Special to The Wake Weekly Last year, a group of Civil Rights leaders reunited at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., marking the 54-mile Selma to Montgomery march that Dr. Martin Luther King...

Downtown renaissance continues

Locals weigh-in on redevelopment of town core. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Wine tastings. Rooftop restaurants. Upscale housing. A pub. Building upkeep. Later shopping hours. Outside seating. These are a few of the things people want to see in downtown Wake Forest, noted during...

Marquee to play Union Bound

Movie less controversial than some think, producer says. By David Leone WAKEFIELD — Union Bound, the Civil War era film produced by Wake Forest’s Uptone Pictures, will be playing at the Marquee Cinemas in Wakefield starting Friday. The independently made movie is in its second...

Mark your calendars

Memorial flag-raising ceremony Monday The 11th Wake Forest Memorial flag-raising ceremony set for Monday, May 2 will honor Don Kroohs, who served in the U.S. Army. All area residents are invited to attend, the program held in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest town...

Rolesville farmers market season begins Saturday

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Farmer’s Market will kick off the 2016 season Saturday at the corner of Main and Young Streets. The Market will run two Saturdays a month from 8 a.m. to noon. This year, shoppers can expect locally grown produce, plants, fresh eggs and baked goods....

Run Saturday to help kick cancer to curb

Marga-RELAY-ville returns for third annual 5K WAKE FOREST — A Margaritaville-themed 5k fundraiser takes place in downtown Wake Forest Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. with net proceeds from the 5k donated to Relay For Life to help in the fight to defeat cancer. Relay for Life is a...

Business briefs – Week of April 28, 2016

Woof Gang Bakery Adopt-A-Thon Saturday Prepare for wet noses, wagging tails and pups looking for their "furever" homes. Saturday, April 30, Woof Gang Bakery stores company-wide will host Adopt-a-thon events to support local animal rescue organizations. As part of the...

Police need help finding man

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the individual shown in the surveillance camera image above. The subject is wanted for questioning in connection with the passing of counterfeit currency in Wake Forest on Sunday, April 3....

Prepare now for Rogers Road bridge project

Thoroughfare bridge to close June 13 through late October WAKE FOREST — Work is scheduled to begin Monday, June 13, on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge on Rogers Road that spans Smith Creek. A message board announcing the closure will be set up on...

Gear up for Meet in the Street May 7

WAKE FOREST — The 36th Annual Meet in the Street festival filled with arts and crafts vendors, festival foods and live entertainment, returns to downtown Wake Forest Saturday, May 7. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street annually draws more...

Train-car collisions led to underpass

This week in History — April 29, 2016 In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1916 •The Wake Forest Foundry Company and Dunn Plow Co. have put Wake Forest on the map as the plow-manufacturing center of the state, the Old...

American Legion hosts fundraiser for McWilliams family

WAKE FOREST — A heartfelt thank you was expressed by Ricky and Pam McWilliams of Oxford, following the presentation of a hand sewn, one-of-a-kind veteran quilt by Martha Killian, Ann Erb and Ruth Haffly, members of the Ladies of Valor. During the April 14 regularly scheduled...

Get into a frenzy Sunday and support local veterans

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest American Legion Auxiliary will be the beneficiary of Sunday’s Quarter Frenzy in the Mill Room of the Factory at 1839 S. Main Street. The Quarter Frenzy, which begins at 3:30 p.m., is a fun-filled cross between an auction, a raffle, a charity...

Nancy Grant honored

WAKE FOREST — Nancy Grant is the recipient of the town of Wake Forest’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year award. In presenting the award, Cathi Roberson, the town’s Guest Services volunteer coordinator, acknowledged Grant’s initiative and willingness to complete projects at home during...

‘Legally Blond’ hits stage May 4

WAKE FOREST — Heritage Middle School theatre arts program will present , May 4-7. With a cast of 40 students under the direction of Austin Royal, Legally Blonde, Jr., The Musical is about believing in one’s self and talents. Tickets for the show go on sale today (Thursday) and...

Bunn senior to play in All-State band

BUNN — For Jacob Stephens, music has always played a big role in his life and Sunday, the talented percussionist and Bunn High School senior will perform in the All-State Honors Band concert in Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill. Stephens will be playing the snare drum among the...

Help save lives by giving blood May 3

WAKE FOREST — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Blood may be donated in Wake Forest May 3, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Franklin Academy High School, 648 Flaherty Ave....

Kudos – Week of April 28, 2016

Scholarships awarded •Emily Coats of Wake Forest, a nursing major, received a scholarship from the East Carolina Alumni Association. •Delshown Young of Wake Forest, received a $2,704 scholarship from Wells Fargo for the current academic year. The scholarship was one of 25 awarded...

School briefs – Week of April 28, 2016

Send school news and photos to [email protected] Wakefield Elementary School •Spring Fling is Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. •May 6 is field day. •May 24 is volunteer recognition night. Franklinton Middle School •Sixth grade band and chorus concert, May 13, 7 p.m. •Seventh and...

Share your place that matters

WAKE FOREST — May is National Preservation Month and the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is celebrating by sponsoring a photo-sharing campaign that invites area residents to share their memories and stories about places in Wake Forest that are important to...

Community Happenings – Week of April 28, 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, April 28 •Wake Forest Lions Club, dinner at 6:15 p.m., meeting at 7. The Forks Cafeteria....

Bowl May 19 to support autism classes

WAKE FOREST — Brooks Street Bowl, 413 Brooks St., is hosting a Bowl-A-Thon May 19, 6 p.m., to raise money for Rolesville High School’s two autism classes. The cost is $100 per team of four players, which includes the two games and shoes for each player. Each team plays two games....

A few delights for the whole palette

by David Leone I attended a workshop Monday — the first of a number of planning sessions for determining the future viability of downtown Wake Forest. The consultant running the show, Craig Lewis of Stantec Consulting Services, made a comment about presenting "a whole palette of...