Business Briefs – Apr. 10, 2014

King named police chief Louisburg native Keith King has been hired by the city of Creedmoor as their new chief of police. King was sworn in March 25. Still a resident of Louisburg, King is a 10-year law enforcement veteran who began his career in the Franklin County Sheriff’s...

Spring concert tomorrow

VANCE COUNTY — The Vance-Granville Community Band will perform its annual spring concert tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s main campus. Admission is free and the public is invited. VGCC music instructor Ivory Brock is the band’s primary conductor. He will...

Dining, drama at Vance-Granville

HENDERSON—Tickets are on sale for next month’s second annual dinner theater at Vance-Granville Community College. The play is J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, featuring a cast of seven students, as the drama and culinary arts departments team up for the event. The event is...

Rex Healthcare seeks PGA tour volunteers

RALEIGH — Rex Healthcare is seeking more than 500 volunteers for the Rex Hospital Open, an official stop on the PGA Tour’s Web.com tour at TPC at Wakefield Plantation May 19-25. Volunteers help present the best professional golf event in the Triangle by participating in one of...

Trentini dinner Saturday

Guest speaker is former basketball pro Graham Bunn. WAKE FOREST — A limited number of tickets are still available for the 34th annual Trentini Foundation scholarship banquet scheduled Saturday at 6 p.m. at The Forks Cafeteria in downtown Wake Forest. On tap to speak at the event...

Raising four sons challenging while attending to growing newspaper

Roving Around Raising a family was exciting in the early fifties, although my wife Peggy and I often wondered if our four sons were a bit much for us. Well, I really think it was mostly me. We were in the middle of growing pains with our newspaper which required constant...

Rabies shot clinics offered

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Now is the time to get your pets vaccinated against rabies and save a bundle while you’re at it. Over the next few Saturdays, several Franklin County Animal Services will offer $5 rabies vaccines at several locations. By law, all cats and dogs four months and...

Library, parks and rec happenings – April 10, 2014

Spring has arrived at area parks and libraries. In addition to events at the Wake Forest library (400 E. Holding Ave., 919-554-8498), events are planned at East Regional Library (946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, 919-217-5300), North Regional Library (7009 Harps Mill Road,...
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FBI, SBI join in missing man case

By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — The Fede-ral and State Bureaus of Investigation have joined a Wake Forest Police in-vestigation into the disappearance of a Wake Forest man. Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was last seen Saturday, April 5, said Police Spokesman Bill Crabtree in a news...

Wake Forest police reports – April 10, 2014

Citations Reported March 27-April 2, 2014   •Chante Simmons Daniel, 48, 406 Galashiels Place, operating vehicle with no insurance, other unspecified violation. April 1, 10:01 p.m. •Thomas Salmond Washington, 27, 5113 Tomasita Court, Raleigh, expired registration tag, expired...
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Search continues for Wake Forest man, FBI involved

WAKE FOREST — Police are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, who was last seen Saturday, April 5, said Police Spokesman Bill Crabtree in a news release this afternoon. And they have asked the State and Federal Bureaus of...
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Wake Forest Woman found

*UPDATE*  Wake Forest Police Spokesman Bill Crabtree has reported Williams was located in Wake Forest at approximately 4 p.m. No other information has been provided by the police department at this time. April 7, 4:30 p.m. — WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department...
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Police request help looking for missing Wake Forest man

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest police are turning to the public for help in locating Frank Jansen, age 63. It is not currently known why police are looking for him and he not currently listed in the statewide Silver Alert system (see here). Jansen was last seen at approximately 9 a.m....
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Louisburg doctor charged in hit-and-run death

Franklin Medical Center gastroenterologist Dr. Ghassan Al-Sabbagh left scene after striking pedestrian in Raleigh, police say. by David Leone, Associate Editor RALEIGH — A Louisburg doctor has been charged with felony hit-and-run for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident...

Trentini dinner April 12

WAKE FOREST — The 34th annual Trentini Foundation scholarship banquet is scheduled April 12 at 6 p.m. at The Forks Cafeteria in downtown Wake Forest. On tap to speak at the event is Wake Forest High standout basketball player, Graham Bunn. After graduating in 1997, Bunn played...

Station 4 funding under fire

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Fire Chief Ron Early spent most of last year fighting to gain residents’ approval to put a $2.2 million fire station at 1509 Jenkins Road. He cleared that hurdle with town board approval of the plan. But now the station appears in jeopardy from...

Subdivision out, signal in

Traffic signal could be built at bypass/Franklin “by this time next year.” By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Some of the biggest news doesn’t come during commissioners’ meetings and planning board sessions, but after, when they ask staff for any news. Such was the case Tuesday night...
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Family loses all in fire

Donations abound from community. By Clellie Allen YOUNGSVILLE — Early in the morning hours of Sunday, March 23, fire broke out in the rear of the Pen Oak Lane home of Sheldon and Cheryl Keith. For an unknown reason, the smoke alarms did not go off, but the family dog woke up...

Youngsville races to spring ball opening Saturday

YOUNGSVILLE — Youngs-ville Parks and Recreation celebrates opening day of spring ball Saturday with their second annual 5K run at Luddy Park, 200 Youngsville Blvd. Registration is open until 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, with the race beginning at 8 a.m. The kids 1-mile fun run...

Annual Health and Wellness Expo returns April 10

WAKE FOREST — Folks wanting to see what wellness options are available locally should make plans to attend the fourth annual Wake Weekly Health and Wellness Expo April 10 from 1 to 7 p.m. at The Factory, 1839 S. Main St. The free event showcases more than 50 area businesses...
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Dirt Day debuts

Saturday’s event promises education, fun for adults, kids. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Spring has sprung (finally!) and the merchants of downtown Wake Forest are celebrating it Saturday with an inaugural Dirt Day festival. Dirt Day is a free streetfest running from 10 a.m. to 3...
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Play ball!

Wake Forest’s Delane Smith, center, slides to third base and makes it safely as Heritages Hannah Eckert, No. 8, looks to the referee for confirmation and Laura Sales, No. 12, tries to tag Smith out. Wake Forest defeated their cross-town rivals in a close match that ended 2-1.
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DARE Carnival starts Tuesday

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual Carnival for the Kids begins Tuesday and runs through Sunday, April 13. It will be held in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Home Depot, 11915 Retail Drive. The seventh annual carnival promises fun and...

Police embrace social media

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department has joined Facebook and Twitter. The department’s Facebook page may be found at facebook.com/WakeForestPoliceDepartment, and the Twitter name is @WakeForestPD. Residents are encouraged to like the Facebook page and follow the police...